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Letter from the Editor This term has been Chaotic with a capital "C", but has not passed without enthusiasm and gees. The interhouse competitions, newly established Blue Thread Bash and other various school events were met with such support and spirit that we can only be excited for what the rest of this year will bring. This issue, local is lekker. From the indigenous flowers on the cover pages, to the

creators and content inside: this edition stems Blue Thread's roots. The Rainbow Nation certainly shines through with the colour pops in the design, and we get those local corner shop vibes with the fashion shoot - be sure to check it out. La Voix returns in this issue and I couldn't be more amazed. The amount of poetry we received is incredible: there are so many talented writers in our midst. Although only a few could be featured this term, I want to encourage all the writers who submitted work to never stop creating - and if anyone is inspired by their beautiful words, you should create too. There is nothing as pure and as human as making genuine art, and it is something that should be encouraged, supported and evolved within school and society. Here's to the artists: keep on keeping on. As always, a shout out to the people who made this issue great. Mr Spijkers - the late night coffee delivery was much appreciated: words can't describe how sorely needed the caffeine and company was. Caro - you certainly bloomed this issue and we can never thank you enough for your optimism and initiative throughout the term. Mr Mommen - we applaud you for your patience and support after all the meetings. And of course, the entire Blue Thread team, for pushing through and creating another stunning issue. We salute you. Enjoy the holidays: take your well deserved break and come back in April safe, refreshed and ready for another brilliant term. Over and out!

Your Editor in Chief,

Chanel Bowen


geskryf deur | Natasha Schmidt foto’s deur | Various Prefects ontwerp deur | Natasha Schmidt


WELKOM BRAKKIES


MATRICS 2022. ‘n Gids vir grettige graad-aggies, goor aspekte van hoërskoollewe en AL DIE GOEIE GOED TUSSEN IN.

Dit werk so: wanneer daar op jou as graad aggie gepik word - en jy nou al siek en sat is van graad aggie genoem word - is dit maklik om neus-indie-lig oor die nuwe graad agts te loop wanneer jy nie meer een van hulle is nie.

Veertien en versekerd oor hul toekoms? Se voet! Probeer horisonne verbreed, veral in ‘n skool soos Parel Vallei waar daar so baie is om van te kies. Wanneer jou skool vir jou so baie geleenthede gee, moet jy dit vat.

My eerste wenk is om nie dit te doen wanneer Volgens ‘n graad agt, Benjamin Kleyn, is die feit jy daar uitkom nie. Die meeste mense doen dit, dat mens so betrokke kan raak by alles wat in maar jy hoef nie die meeste mense te wees nie. die skool aangaan, juis dit wat PV so uniek Nog ‘n vriendelike voorstel wat ek vir jou het, is maak. om nóú al betrokke te raak by alles, van drama tot klubs tot sport - dis verpligtend so jy kan dit net so wel voluit doen. Eendag, wanneer jy oorlaai is met skoolwerk wat meer-en-meer belangrik word en jy ‘n konstante sosiale lewe het, gaan jy terugkyk en spyt wees dat jy nie die oomblik gegryp het om die vet kat te wees in die dramaproduksie nie. Fast forward twee jaar later en jy sal sien dat die meisie wat daardie rol gespeel het nou aspoestertjie is. Jy moet ook onthou om nie jouself in ‘n boksie gemerk hokkie-bokkie, spiertier, gamer, pliggie, slimmes of selfs onbelangrik te prop nie.

Gina Tough, nog ‘n graad agt, het gemeen dat ons skool uniek is omdat ons ewe goed vaar op alle vlakke. Dit wil sê, alle gebiede van ons skool word opgebou en uitgebrei wat tot ‘n diverse, uitnemende skool lei. Nog ‘n goeie ding om te onthou, is om nie aspris vyande te maak deur drama te soek nie, veral nie vyande in jou graad nie, want jy gaan vir vier en ‘n driekwart jaar saam met hulle in die skool wees.


Die laaste en waarskynlik die mees onverwagse raad, is om nog nie op kafeïene staat te maak nie. Die kans is groot dat jy teen matriek op een of ander manier aan koffie verlsaaf gaan raak en indien nie dan nie, in jou eerste jaar van universiteit. Hoe langer jy dit kan uitstel, hoe beter vir jou gesonheid en groei. Dit is iets wat sommige van ons shorties te laat uitgevind het. Een of twee koffietjies oor die naweek is nog aanvaarbaar, maar as jy vier suiwer espresso shots moet down voor saal op ‘n Maandagoogend en elke dag ‘n sakkie kafeïen-belaaide energie-jel of twee moet drink voor atletiek oefening sodat jy nie omkap nie, het jy ‘n probleem. Die goor aspekte van hoërskool kom weer wanneer jy regroup - deur na ‘n ander vriendekring toe te skuif .

Dis gewoonlik nie ‘n vraag van of nie, maar wanneer. Iemand sal heel moontlik in die proses seerkry. Nog ‘n slegter apsek is natuurlik die druk om ‘n groep te vind waar jy perfek inpas, wat eintlik onrealisties is omdat ons almal unieke individue is en nie net stukke van ‘n legkaart nie. Dan’s daar die eerste keer wat jou hart gebreek word deur ‘n ernstige verhouding wat verbrokkel.


Maar terselfde tyd kan jy ook dink aan die goeie dinge soos om jou eerste ware liefde te ervaar, honeymoon phase en al. Of om interskole te wen, wat ‘n massiewe hoogtepunt van elke jaar is. Al het julle hierdie jaar daarop uitgemis, het julle nog baie om na uit te sien wat interskole behels. Jy sal ook leer om die kleiner goed te waardeer, soos om in daardie een klas te wees waar jy weet presies wat aangaan, gemaklik voel om jou hand op te steek EN van die onderwyser hou.

Ongeag die goed en die sleg, is daar ook ‘n laaste kategorie. Tussendeur die goor en die goeie dinge, dit wat nie hoogtepunte of laagtepunte is nie, is die realiteit. Dis hierdie dele waaroor jy nie ‘n beskrywende of verhalende opstel kan skryf nie. Daardie tussen-in dele moet jy nóú al waardeer, want op die ou einde is dit die maklikste dele om te vergeet.


I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said. Thuli Madonsela


MATRIC PICNIC ‘18

written by | Georgina Samalesu photographs by | Kayla McCully designed by | Pia Cloete


A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Th e M A T R I C C L A S S O F 2 0 1 8 a t t en d e d t h e a n n u a l m a t r i c p i c n i c o n Tu e s d a y 2 3 rd J a n u a r y 20 1 8 . T h i s y e a r’ s t h e m e w a s a n i m a t e d c h a r a c t e r s f r o m c h i l d r e n ’ s TV shows from the early 2000s. The class of 2018 as well as their register teachers took the theme by the horns and went all out.

Die matriekkomitee, gelei deur die VRL-prefekte – Zara Vermeulen, Anton Broeksma en Johan Hyman, het ‘n opwindende aand vir die matrieks beplan. As deel van die kinderjare-tema, was daar nie net een nie, maar twee springkastele. Die aand het ook 'n mededingende speletjie van ‘musical chairs’ ingesluit. Met goeie dansmusiek en fantastiese kostuums, was

hierdie aand een vir die boeke. The only complaint by those in attendance was that the night ended far too early. The evening received a near perfect rating by not only the matrics but also the teachers in attendance. Matrieks van volgende jaar, julle het baie om na uit te sien!


PV sĂŞ welkom aan...


ontwerp deur | Caro Botha


HIER KOM

KRIEL DEUR CARO BOTHA

Juf. Kriel, die nuwe wiskunde juffrou met die lang donker hare en sagte glimlag - sy lyk ‘n bietjie soos ‘n Disneyprinses as jy my vra - het dadelik vir haarself ‘n plek gemaak in Parel Vallei se hart. Die Blue Thread het haar ‘n paar vrae gevra om meer oor haar uit te vind. Hoe lank gee Juffrou al skool? Hierdie is my tweede jaar wat ek skoolgee. Wat is Juffrou se droomwerk? Argitek of Fisio. Het juffrou al iets spesifiek opgemerk of geniet by Parel Vallei? Die goeie maniere van meeste van die kinders, en hoe vinnig ek deel geword het van die PV familie Is daar iets wat u wil verander by Parel Vallei? Nee, dis ‘n skool wat baie goeie waardes het en goed funksioneer! Wat is juffrou se leuse in die lewe? God is in beheer! En: Success is earned, not given!

SNELVUURVRAE: Boeke of flieks? Flieks. Plaaslewe of stadslewe? Plaaslewe. Gunsteling stokperdjie? Oefen/Gim

Gunsteling TV-reeks of fliek? Binnelanders. Gunsteling musiek-genre? Afrikaanse-vasdans musiek. Gunsteling vak op skool? Wiskunde en Siviele Tegnologie.

written by | Various photographs by | Liam Davies designed by | Nina Andro


Juffrou Franken is PV se nuwe Fisika onderwyseres. Sy het op ‘n kleinhoewe buite Villiersdorp grootgeword, en woon nou in Stellenbosch. Naweke spandeer sy graag op haar ouers se plaas naby Wellington, waar sy saam met die perde, varkies, papegaaie, eende, hoenders, kalkoene, katte en honde kuier! Sy het ‘n passie vir reis, en is altyd besig om haar volgende vakansie oorsee te beplan. Juffrou Franken het vir ses jaar by Hugenote Hoërskool in Wellington skoolgehou. Sy is passievol oor wetenskap, en heg groot waarde aan die vaardighede wat dit vir kinders leer. Sy sê: “Wanneer jy Fisika of Biologie studeer, bekom jy waardevolle lewensvaardighede, soos die inwin en prosessering van inligting, probleemoplossing en kritiese denke. Hierdie vaardighede sal jou jou lewe lank bevoordeel. Om ‘n groot volume werk effektief te prosesseer, is ‘n vaardigheid wat jy in die toekoms baie sal benut.” Juffrou Franken het nog altyd in Fisika en Biologie belanggestel. Sy heg waarde aan die feit dat hierdie vakke kinders inspireer om oplossings vir probleme te ontdek en hul kritiese denke te ontwikkel. “Kinders moet vrae vra en oor dinge dink, veral in die 21ste eeu waar alles deur tegnologie vergemaklik word.”

Juffrou Franken se eerste indrukke van PV was baie positief, en sy is opgewonde oor haar toekoms as onderwyseres in ons skool. Ons wens haar alles van die beste toe!

DEUR NINA ANDRO

FRANKEN FANTASTIES


SUPER SCHENCK BY KAYLEIGH ROUX What inspired you to become a geography teacher? High School was a significant part of my life and it included all the things that I enjoy such as Geography as well as my love for physical fitness and sport. The best combination of those within a career would be to become a teacher, specifically a geography teacher due to the fact that I now can convey my knowledge to future generations in and outside of the classroom. Are you enjoying your teaching experience so far? Yes, most certainly. I have been thrown into the deep end by being given classes from grade 8 through to matric and as a first-year teacher it’s quite challenging and overwhelming but I am enjoying it. What is it like working with your father? It’s actually quite easy. This is not the first time we have been in the same professional environment together. In my matric year, he was my Geography teacher so I have experience in dealing with it as well as him being my deputy headmaster and head of discipline from grade 8 till matric and being the 1st team forwards coach when I played 1st team at school. What current trends absolutely baffle you? Those funny pop socket things that kids have on the back of cell phones these days. It’s like a handle for your cell phone and generations before haven’t needed them so why now? With your skill set, how long do you think you would survive a zombie apocalypse? I think that I would survive for quite a long period of time seeing that I hunt regularly so I’m a good marksman, I am a qualified dedicated hunter which includes knowledge on fauna and flora as well as how to set certain traps and how to build shelters. I am also physically fit and healthy and not allergic to anything so that will help when it comes to having to eat anything one can find. Lastly, I have a great sense of ingenuity so if things have to be built or fixed then I can do that without a problem. Favourite music artist? My music taste spans over quite a few genres but if I had to choose I would say Freddie Mercury and Queen. To me, he is without a doubt one of the best vocalists of all time.


COACH JACKMAN BY RA-EESA CHOTIA How would you describe your teaching method? Getting learners involved and to encourage them to do their best. So far, what is your favourite aspect at PV? Friendly and helpful staff and well behaved learners. What do you look forward to most in your new high school career? Growing with the learners over the years. Do you have any hidden talents? High Jump, but that was back in the day. Have you ever travelled? Yes, South Korea, UAE, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong. How many languages can you speak? Three: Afrikaans, English and basic Mandarin. What is the most exciting thing that you have ever done? Working abroad and learning about other cultures. What is your most valuable accomplishment? Winning medals at SA’s and ASA’s.

What is your goal for PV this year? Helping learners improve their fitness and life skills. What did you do before you worked at PV? I taught abroad for five years. Is where you are now where you pictured yourself 10 years ago? Definitely and I'm loving every moment.

What advice do you have for students who aspire to become trainers or succeed on the athletics field? What doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger. If you could tell us the key to fitness in one word, what would it be? Consistency. How do you keep your lifestyle balanced? Take care of and nurture yourself. You cannot accomplish anything if you're unhealthy. Know what your priorities are. Balance does not entail cramming in every activity possible. Create an efficient mindset. Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? At Parel Vallei and being the best teacher I can be for my learners.


SPLENDID SPIJKERS BY CHANEL BOWEN What was your first impression of PV? Parel Vallei is really organized and the child have a sense of self-pride and dignity that a teacher doesn’t have to teach. They’ve come into their own and it means that I can inspire children on another level because they already have a grounding. What are you looking forward to at PV? I’m looking forward to trying to bridge the gap between drama and the other cultures. In the past, I think drama was kept alone and it was held up on a shelf while the other cultures tried to survive. What I’d like to do is bridge that gap. An example would be to include the dance; we can give the dancing learners a time to shine. Same goes with the music and doing more with the music department. The poetry, the ones who write poetry, let that not be the end of their road, let them perform, let them come up in assembly… these are all just ways to bridge the gap. One of dreams and visions is to have a proper studio at Parel Vallei in which there is dance as a subject and a drama studio so that we have our own space to perform. I’m also looking forward to directing the best musical that Parel Vallei has ever seen next year and I’m looking forward to trying to check out the feasibility of having the musical every three years not every four years to give the learners more opportunities to be involved in that and to showcase their talents. I’m looking forward to drama as a subject: to expanding it and making it more interesting and fun for the learners know that I get to know them.

Talking of learners, what are the joys of teaching high school students? Teaching matrics – obviously the highest intellectual level – one really gets to inspire them and prepare them for the world out there which is a thinking world, a creative space. When you look at the way your exams are set, the highest order questions are applied questions, application, creation and critique. And that is so much fun for me because a lesson can go anywhere. This is what is so great about drama: making it real. It’s not about dusty books on shelves. It’s about the colour of life. Describe yourself in three words? Down to earth. Cats or dogs? Dogs

Early bird or night owl? Both Apple or Samsung? Samsung Favourite song? Ships in the Night by Mat Kearney – among a million others Favourite play? A Streetcar Named Desire Favourite movie? The Hours Anything you want to say to the students? They must be very grateful for what they have at Parel Vallei because I come from schools where there are so many other problems related to circumstance which is not their own fault entirely and our learners should just be grateful that they’re in a school with lots of structure, that they’ve got dedicated teachers around them and should be grateful for the fact that their parents are able to support them in this school, even if their home-life is not something that they wish it could be.. And there’s no problem too big that you can’t solve.


Mev. van Wyk is op ’n klein dorpie, Britstown, in die middel van die Karoo gebore. Sy het egter die grootste deel van haar grootwordjare in die Overberg by Caledon spandeer. As jong onderwyseres het sy by Oudshoorn skoolgehou voordat sy getroud is. Daarna het sy haar loopbaan by Laerskool Overberg, Uitkyk Primêr, Hoërskool Brandwag en laastens by Hoërskool Hottentots-Holland voortgesit. Haar eerste indruk van Parel Vallei was positief: “rustig en georganiseerd”. Mev. van Wyk hou van Notting Hill, tennis, fietsry en sy lees graag. Die gesegde wat haar inspireer is: “Ek gaan alles rondom my probeer mooi maak en dit dan my lewe noem.” Parel Vallei sien uit daarna om vir Juffrou beter te leer ken en weet sommer dat sy nog diep spore in die harte van PV gaan trap.

DEUR RENÉE VAN ZYL

VAT RAAK VAN WYK As Mev. Van Wyk iets vir die hele wêreld kon sê, sou sy ons gevra het om om te sien na die Aarde.


VAN ROOYEN WYSHEID DEUR GEORGINA SAMALESU

Buite die klaskamer hou mnr. Van Rooyen baie daarvan om saam met sy kinders te speel, Bybel te lees en skaak en ander speletjies te speel, maar, hy móét die wenner wees. Ander aktiwiteite waarvan hy hou, is musiek en fotografie. As dit nie mnr. Van Rooyen die IT-onderwyser was nie; sou dit mnr. Van Rooyen, die beroemde musikant gewees het. Hy verkies koffie bo tee, honde bo katte, boeklees bo fliek, en om Tafelberg te klim eerder as in die son op Cliftonstrand te lê. Mnr. Van Rooyen gee raad: Vir die Graad 8’s: Julle het nou die

Mnr. Wernhard van Rooyen, in die klaskamer langs mnr. Mommen, is Parel Vallei se nuwe IT-onderwyser. Mnr. Van Rooyen is getroud en het twee kinders. Hy is oorspronklik van ‘n klein dorpie, Louis Trichardt, in Limpopo. IT was altyd deel van sy lewe. Sy pa was vir jare lank die hoof van die munisipaliteit se IT-departement. Hy het in 2009 sy onderwysloopbaan begin en nege jaar later is hy by ons skool. Om Mnr. Van Rooyen se eerste indruk van Parel Vallei te beskryf: “Parel Vallei is soos ‘n stoomtrein wat met perfekte ritme loop. Almal wat aan boord is, word beskerm.” Hier is waar ek alreeds Mnr. se #pvpride kan sien.

geleentheid om die besluit te neem om hierdie 5 jaar van jou lewe ten volle uit te leef deur deel te neem waar jy kan en vir jouself naam te maak. Die hoërskool is van jou lekkerste tye in jou lewe. Alles hang af van die besluite wat jy neem. Vir die Graad 12’s: Julle weet hoe

vinnig jou hoërskooldae verby gegaan het, só werk dit met die lewe daarbuite ook… met ander woorde, gryp elke geleentheid en volg julle PASSIE!


WISKUNDE MET WESSELS DEUR RENÉE VAN ZYL

Me. Wessels gee al vir ’n tydjie AP-wiskunde vir die matrieks, maar het eers die begin van dié jaar by Parel Vallei se wiskunde departement aangesluit. Wanneer die werk moeilik raak herinner sy ons om positief te bly. Selfs as ons nie meer in onsself kan glo nie, dan sal sy nog in ons glo. What lies before us and what lies behind us, are small things compared to what lies within us. Dit is wat vir Me. Wessels inspireer. Me. Wessels het in Grabouw grootgeword en gematrikuleer aan die Hoërskool Grabouw. Sy het in verskeie oorsese lande skoolgegee voordat sy onlangs teruggekeer het na Suid-Afrika. Na al haar reise en kennismakings met ander kulture voel me. Wessels steeds meer tuis in Suid-Afrika, al is die ander plekke ook hoe mooi. Haar eerste indruk van Parel Vallei was: “Dis groot!! Watter wonderlike geleentheid vir elke leerder om hier skool te gaan. Mag julle elke geleentheid gebruik wat die skool julle bied!” As juf. Wessels nie ‘n onderwyser kon wees nie, sou sy ‘n FBI-agent, of selfs die Minister van Onderwys wou wees, maar sy geniet wiskunde en om met jongmense te werk te veel. In haar vrye tyd geniet sy fietsry, trail running, kitaarspeel, haar gunsteling film, The Shawshank Redemption, en om saam met familie en vriende te kuier. As sy met die hele wêreld se mense kon praat, sou sy gesê het: “Hou moed, die Here het klaar die wêreld oorwin!”

Mag Juffrou elke oomblik van Juffrou se loopbaan by Parel Vallei geniet!


BORRELENDE BROWN DEUR ZOË NAUDÉ Die voorste kantoor is 'n intimiderende plek vir enigiemand; of jy in die moeilikheid is, papierwerk uitsorteer of bloot 'n navraag doen. Alhoewel… Die nuwe sekretaresse met die vriendelike glimlag en aangename houding, maak beslis die voorste kantoor minder onheilspellend. Zoë Naudé het met mev. Brown gepraat om 'n bietjie meer van haar uit te vind.

Waar het juffrou groot geword? In Gauteng, maar is nou al 24 jaar in die Kaap.

As Juffrou nie sekretariële werk gedoen het nie, watter ander werk sou Juffrou in belangstel en hoekom? Ek sou dalk ‘n lugwaardin wou wees, ek hou daarvan om met mense te werk en te toer.

Watter verskoning kry Juffrou die meeste? Ek is seker al die vorms was korrek, nie seker hoe dit gebeur het dat hulle nie nou hier is nie.

Wat was Juffrou se eerste indruk van Parel Vallei? Baie beïndruk gewees met die netheid en vriendelikheid van ontvangs. Wat sou Juffrou sê as u die kans gekry het om die hele wêreld aan te spreek? Wees geduldig met mekaar en aanvaar die person vir wie hy is.

Is daar 'n gesegde wat vir Juffrou inspireer? Hou jou kop hoog en glo in jouself.


ALBERTS IN ACTION BY LUCIA NILAND

Where are you from? I grew up in the good old Transvaal and I resided in Heidelberg till I was fifteen. We moved to Roodepoort thereafter until I moved to the Western Cape in 2015. Why netball? I love that netball is a fast game requiring a high level of athleticism, balance and quick decision making. And it’s highly competitive! What was your position? Goal Defence How has your time at Parel Vallei been? Any special memories so far? It’s been awesome! I really love Parel Vallei’s culture. Of my two favourite moments, one was the athletics tour to Johannesburg. The interactions with the athletes and the spontaneous united supports during the 400m race when Lesley overtook in the last few meters. We screamed and shouted like a crazy bunch of people and although we were a small group, united as one our PV gees prevailed. The second was the goosebump inducing Blue Thread bash. It absolutely rocked! What is your goal for netball at Parel Vallei? To build on the netball foundation that Parel Vallei has already established, through skills development for both the coaches and the players. I want to establish a collaborative coaching culture to draw strength from the whole. I want to create a netball heartbeat and footprint that will keep making Parel Vallei proud. Favourite movie quote? Never stop looking for what’s not there - The Magic of Belle Isle Morgan Freeman or Liam Neeson? Morgan Freeman Scrambled or fried? Definitely fried Winter or Summer? Summer


ontwerp deur | Caro Botha


sport


INTERHOUSE ATHLETICS written by | Nina Andro photographs by | Asher Adams designed by | Pia Cloete


AND THE WINNER IS... Every year, Parel Vallei’s learners take to the pavilion on one special day to support our best runners, jumpers and throwers, to compete for both the athletics and spirit cup. Lead by a team of tireless cheerleaders, each team does their level-best to improve on last year’s efforts and prove their ATHLETIC AND SUPPORTING SUPERIORITY.

2018 was no different – the 26th of January dawned bright and clear, and as learners slowly filtered into the stands the buzz was audible. The design teams had been at work since 4.00 that morning to decorate the respective seating areas according to each house’s theme: Aberdeen – baseball, Stella – Stranger Things, and Nassau – horror. Weeks of preparation on the parts of the cheerleaders ensured their optogs ran smoothly, and each house succeeded in bringing their own flair to their kreet, whipped into a near frenzy by the incredible dance moves of their cheerleaders.

A beautiful sunny day ensued, with all athletes giving it their all and their supporters singing and screaming their hearts out. At the end of it

all, Stella took home the athletics trophy and Aberdeen the well-deserved spirit cup.

Interhouse athletics day serves as a reminder to all of us of what Parel Vallei is capable of, and that despite Interschools with HH and Strand being cancelled, PV’s school spirit is undiminished. It was a wonderful day filled with friendly competition, face paint, sun cream and pride, and it’s safe to say that everyone, teachers included, went home happily exhausted. Pearson: get ready. PV’s ready and coming for you!


GRADE 8 GALA

written by | Kayleigh Roux photographs by | Zoë Naudé designed by | Lucia Niland


JUST KEEP SWIMMING. The grade 8 gala was a ROARING ATMOSPHERE OF SPIRIT, PRIDE, AND EXCITEMENT. The grade 8’s stood tall and proud on the pavilion, despite only having been in Parel Vallei for a matter of two months!

The Junior Victor Ludorums are Ben Leysons and Tion Kleynhans. The Junior Victrix Ludorum is Caitlyn Schoeman. These junior bulldogs swam their very best in their first gala as Parel Valleiers! The grade 8 gala was honestly just astounding, the crowds cheered endlessly and the swimmers pushed themselves to do their very best and impressed their new judges. Anyone who did not take part or spectate surely missed out on this exciting event.

just the grade 8s and cheerleaders, I couldn’t imagine how the whole school would sound like altogether at the time. I was so impressed because everyone was cheering as loud as they could not only for their team but also for their friends. Everyone was so supportive!

Alex Fromme - Abby: The grade 8 gala was really different compared to a primary school gala because of all the spirit in your team house! Cheering for the people swimming was ongoing, it wasn’t just for the points, it was for the fun and gees! And the The grade 8s had so many positive things to say songs we cheered were the best which gave us more spirit to win. about this gala that I asked two to describe their experience: Zeta Mendes - Stella: My first gala at PV as a grade 8 was such a fun experience, seeing all the grade 8s there and interacting with new people. The spirit was incredible with

This was already an exciting start to the grade 8’s high school career and there will be many more to come!


CARLA STEYN

geskryf deur | Zoë Naudé foto’s deur | Connor Perfett ontwerp deur | Maya Bester


FIETSRYFANATIKUS. Dis vroegoggend. Die wêreld is natgedou. Die vars oggendluggie suis verby haar ore. CARLA RY.

Wanneer jy die naam Carla Steyn hoor, weet jy dalk teen hierdie tyd dat sy iets met fietsry te doen het, maar jy het nie die vaagste benul nie. Fietsry was nog altyd deel van Carla se lewe. Haar pa was as jongman ’n aktiewe fietsryer en sy het dus van kleins af aan pretritte deelgeneem. As ’n graad 8 het sy by Parel Vallei se fietsryklub aangesluit. Sy is gekies vir die skoolspan wat na die Spur Bergfietsliga se Nasionale Finaal in Magaliesberg gegaan het. Sy het vir die eerste keer ernstig begin oefen en dit so geniet dat sy lief geword het vir die sport. Wanneer sy fietsry, voel sy vry – sy kan van alles anders vergeet. By die Wes-Kaap Padfietskampioenskappe het Carla aan die individuele tydren en padwedren deelgeneem. Sy het uitstekend gevaar en altwee items gewen. Voor dié kampioenskappe het sy baie hard geoefen vir die SA-Padfietskampioenskappe, wat drie weke na die Wes-Kaap Kampioenskappe is. Carla het regdeur die vakansie geoefen. In die week van die Wes-Kaap Kampioenskappe het sy teruggekom van ’n tawwe oefenkamp. Dit het haar fiksheid en selfvertroue ’n groot hupstoot gegee en sy het sterk gevoel in die wedrenne. Die 10de Februarie het sy deelgeneem aan die SAPadfietskampioenskappe en die derde plek behaal. Wow!

Hoe word ‘n mens so goed? Carla oefen ses dae van die week by Absolute Motion. Op weeksdae doen sy oefening- en intervalsessies in ‘n studio by die Velo Life-fietswinkel in Somerset-Wes. Tussen die intervalsessies doen sy basiese uithouritte en elke naweek een of twee wedrenne. Carla se rolmodelle is Marianne Vos en Mathieu van der Poel. Marianne Vos het fenomenale prestasies in cyclocross, padwedrenne, baan- en bergfiets. Soos Carla sê: “Sy is hardcore.” Mathieu is ’n jong ster in ‘cyclocross’ en kenners kan nie glo wat hy al in sy loopbaan bereik het nie. Carla wil baie graag eendag ’n professionele fietsryer wees, maar sy het haarself belowe dat sy eers universiteit toe sal gaan om te studeer. Sy sal steeds fietsry en haar beste doen om soveel as moontlik te oefen. So wanneer Carla Steyn eendag aan die Olimpiese Spele deelneem en jou familie voor die televisie sit en ondersteun, dan kan jy sê:”Sy was saam met my op hoërskool!”


ASHES

written by | Jessica George photographs by | Kayla McCulley designed by | Lucia Niland


STARTING THE SEASON. This year’s annual cricket match against Somerset College showed our first XI giving a STRONG PERFORMANCE and forcing College to work hard for a win at Ashes for the first time in a while.

Exceptional batting by Jannes De Necker, who hit 4 sixes in 1 over, one of which landed in College’s swimming pool and great fielding by Jan Rademan and Nicholas Hamilton, who both made incredible one-handed catches, resulted in an entertaining and overall quality game of cricket.


SWIMMING WITH

SPIRIT geskryf deur | Kayleigh Roux foto’s deur | Kayla McCulley ontwerp deur | Paige Bowen


INTERHUIS SWEM. Die interhuis was ‘n OPWINDENDE ERVARING!

Elke swemmer het hul beste gegee en soos ware swemkampioene geswem. Die dirigente het baie hard gewerk om die skare te laat saam juig, maar helaas moes hulle later op hulself en twee ywerige graad 8’s staatmaak om die gees tot die bitter einde aan die gang te hou! Nassau het hierdie jaar weer koning gekraai en is as algehele swemwenners vir die interhuis gala aangekondig. Die swemmers kon dit vir seker nie sonder ‘n bietjie blou-in-die-gesig skreeuwerk doen nie. Al drie huise het baie hard gejuig en dit was baie moeilik om net een huis as wenner aan te kondig. Dus was daar besluit om die geesbeker aan die dirigente as groep toe te ken! Hulle ywerige samewerking was onmoontlik om mis te kyk en hulle het vir seker die toekenning

verdien! Although there was the sad news of not having inter-schools, every student that attended the PV 2018 Inter-house gala enjoyed the event to their fullest and could not stop cheering! The swimmers were proud and talented as they swam their races! The Senior Victor Ludorum is Jarryd Konkol, who is in grade 8 but swims for the u/15 team. And last but not least, the Senior Victrix Ludorum is Isabella Booyens. PV worked together so well this year that we cannot wait for the next Inter-house gala to come!


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ontwerp deur | Caro Botha


DAY ZERO

written by | Ra-eesa Chotia photographs by | Henko Uys designed by | Chanel Bowen


INTERHOUSE DRAMA. Unlike Day Zero, the annual INTERHOUSE DRAMA had plenty of supporters! The three houses - Nassau, Stella and Aberdeen - presented Day Zero and the content was anything but dry. The event was a memorable one and shed light on our current situation - not that South Africa needs more light in this drought! From eager parents to excited students, the school hall was flooded. The plays were spectacularly written and directed by Parel Vallei students and each expressed different takes on Day Zero. WATWATTERWATER | BY REINATA VAN GREUNING - STELLA

The play takes off with a director - Ruan Pieterse - who is way too hard on himself and everybody else. The next scene introduces us to the cast of his play including the actor for Water, who is confused as to why he is wearing a tutu. This upsets the director and causes him to retire . I am done with amateurs. I am so done. So done, in fact that if I were a steak, I would have been charcoal by now. Most of the play is accompanied by the disembodied, soothing voice of the unappreciated tech team - Reinata Van Greuning. The rest of the play revolves around the actors playing Grond, Vuur, Wind, Water, Ekstra

nommer 1 and Ekstra nommer 3. Conflict is caused by a lack of direction and eventually the missing of Water. The cast feels the pressure in the absence of water which results in feuds and secretive meetings between Ekstra 1 and Ekstra 3 about the suspicious disappearance of Ekstra 2. During the entire play, the janitor listens in to all of the conversations and silently judges the cast while cleaning up their mess and in the end recites a monologue telling us to appreciate him because he is almost as unappreciated as the tech team. The play allows us to appreciate the presence of Water, janitors and of course, the tech team.

THE LAST REHEARSAL | BY TANYA ERASMUS - ABERDEEN CNN News has decided to take a stand in our current crises in this hilarious, contemporary piece.

actual buckets of tap water to fill their toilets and swimming pools. Actual buckets! What is next? If people do not save water, Liza and Maria - school beauty queens - will not have The piece had the entire audience entranced enough water to wash their hair. Indeed, the with its opening scene - the last rehearsal. It featured a poem recital along with blue ocean real crisis. Odia leans more towards the scientific reasons to save water. The girl want to lights, synthetic waves and intense contemporary dancing. It left us all curious as to make a difference. what led up to this event and our questions are Weather reporter, Lucy Verasamy and play answered throughout the play. director, Miss Z try to find a solution to the It starts with a weather forecast on CNN News: current attitude of South Africans because 0% rain, no clouds, clear skies and of course 0% people have resorted to stealing hand sanitizer. They decide to write a play to cheer people up hope for South Africa. This causes various and hold auditions. Everybody makes the cut reactions from viewers: Mariaan, Liza, Mari, Katinka, Elena and Odia. They have a lot to say and this leads to the final rehearsal. Well done about water and the audacity that people have to Aberdeen for winning the Best Overall Production. to waste it. It turns out that people are using


IT’S THE END AGAIN! | BY BENAZIR CHOTIA - NASSAU This comedic feature involves a boy who is yearning for death, a very Christian mother, a passionate priest, an angel who is afraid of puppies and a very repetitive Day Zero.

is also cursed with a daily visit from Die Pastoor who eventually gives up on him because his alignment with the devil is too advanced to be helped. The heavens are also confused over Thomas has planned his death and has counted Thomas’ inability to die. Angels, Lady Mary and her trusty sidekick, go to earth to try and fix down the days but when Day Zero finally things but no matter what Thomas tries to do, occurs, it will not stop. He is forced to eat he lives the same day over and over again. He pancakes every morning for breakfast and go lives in a limbo where Day Zero is constantly through the same day of school and since his mother feels that he is aligned with the devil he postponed. Sound familiar?

THE DANCE-OFF | PV’S DANCE SQUAD After the plays there was PV’s first Interhouse Dance-off. Dancers from the new PV dance squad competed on the dance floor and the winner was Stella, whose crew showed significant amounts of variation and flexibility.

This event was also followed by a spontaneous dance-off between our very own Cameron Castle and Norraine Scheffers.


BLUE THREAD BASH

written by | Amelia van Heerden photographs by | Jin Kim designed by | Lucia Niland


WHEN SONG AND SPORT COLLIDE. This is what happens when two of our school’s departments come together to create an evening with a greater cause. The BLUE THREAD BASH was a night to remember. The music was hearty, the stage setup blew expectations and the audience was filled with joyful noise.

Long before the melodies commenced, the fields were still bare and people were meandering around. By the time the stage lights had turned on, the field was packed, the music was in full swing and the little food stalls were surrounded with happy, hungry concert goers. The air was getting cooler and we were all able to just unwind and enjoy the peaceful, yet lively atmosphere. Community members - from students to teachers to parents and siblings - were enjoying themselves with a drink in the hand and light conversation going around. The murmur ceased when Jesse Jordan took to the stage and entranced us with his vocals. The real treat, though, was when two of our own teachers, Miss Murray and Mrs Swanepoel, performed. Their performance was absolutely amazing.

Everyone sat and enjoyed their picnic whilst chilling to PV’s super impressive Show Band. The Bash was a huge success. The music, the food, the scenery, the people… all these components created something magical. The Blue Thread Bash is a new initiative between sport and culture to fund school tours. This year the event funded the Holland hockey tour. Congratulations to all involved and we are really looking forward to the next Blue Thread Bash on the beautiful lawns of PV. The whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.


GERMAN EXCHANGE

written by | Chanel Bowen photographs by | Helene Viljoen designed by | Nina Andro


FOREIGN ADVENT URES. Over the December holidays, twenty PV students took a twelve-hour flight to the OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME: three weeks on exchange in Germany. From the 14th of December to the 5th of January they were immersed in German education, sightseeing and the bubbly feeling of being somewhere new. Here’s what some of them have to say about the trip...

What’s your impression of Germany now? NICOLA WHITE - I absolutely love it! The little town we stayed in, Memmingen, was my absolute favourite. The main town was beautiful and I loved walking through the streets and feeling very safe and taking the beautiful scenery of the wonderful buildings and all the new sites to see. HELENE VILJOEN - Germany is, in my eyes, the best place on earth. The culture is so different and unique, and the food is to die for! I recommend all of you guys to go and visit Germany in the future because you won’t be disappointed. JASON VAN WYK - Germany to me now is a lot more diverse and culturally interesting than what I first thought it was. A snowy dream. WALTER GUTZMANN - Cold yet vibrant, everybody seemed to have their own objective and stuck to it: it’s also a land of history and tradition and it seems that its citizens know this and are proud of it. CATHERINE BASSON - My first impression of Germany was that it was very cold, I always wanted to go overseas but I never knew that Germany could have temperatures in the minuses. NADIA DAMSELL - It was cold! Very cold, but I loved it. I missed home to be honest, but that feeling went away quickly when I realized how amazing Germany and the Germans are.

What’s one highlight of living with a host family? ZARA VERMEULEN - You learn their culture and way of living which isn’t possible without living with them: you form a bond, so you feel like a sibling. WALTER GUTZMANN - As cliché as it sounds, my host family accepted me, and I gained a new mother and a few brothers. MONIQUE BROWN - My host family was so cool, they were all really friendly and I felt welcome in their house. Hannah, my host, and I are almost the exact same person, so they paired us really well!


And one highlight of Germany? ANIKA LOOTS - Walking around and going wherever you wanted to go and feeling more independent. CATHERINE BASSON - I think the biggest highlight I experienced was snow and the different activities that come with it.

Other comments: I am very glad I had the opportunity to be able to have experienced an exchange trip. I always wished I could one day experience it and I wouldn’t change anything for the world. I encourage every person to take up the opportunity if they ever get the change of doing it. You will not regret it and you will have lifelong friendships and memories that will never be forgotten. - NICOLA WHITE. The German Exchange is definitely worth it - you make new friends from PV, too many new memories to count and countless nights where you get a stitch from laughing to hard! - ZARA VERMEULEN Being in a totally different environment, seeing things from a different perspective: it’s definitely life changing and a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’ll never forget it. - ANIKA LOOTS The German exchange was such an awesome opportunity and it really was life changing. I’ve gained so much independence and knowledge and knowledge about the big world out there. I’ll be back. Definitely. - NADIA DAMSELL

Describe the exchange in one word: Nicola White: Unbelievable Catherine Bason: Eye-opening

Zara Vermeulen: Not one word, but it is a once in a lifetime experience. Anika Loots: Indescribable Helene Viljoen: Wow! Nadia Damsell: One word? That’s impossible. Jason van Wyk: Whimsical Walter Gutzmann: Extravagant Monique Brown: AMAZING

It was cold! Very cold, but I loved it.


ATKV

geskryf deur | Amelia Van Heerden foto’s deur | Helene Viljoen ontwerp deur | Helene Viljoen


ONS HELP IN AFRIKAANS. ATKV staan vir AFRIKAANSE TAAL- EN KULTUURVERENIGING, en dit is presies wat hierdie tak in ons skool doen! Die ATKV bied jaarliks die Redenaarstreeks- en halfeindkompetisie aan en hulle het baie projekte aan die gang wat ons taal en kultuur bevorder en ons almal as ’n heel verenig. Hier is‘n paar van die projekte wat die ATKV nou aan werk:

DIE UYAVULA LEESPROJEK

Dié projek is baie spesiaal. Dit is wanneer die ATKV-lede vir minder bevoorregte skoolkindertjies in ‘n plakkerskamp splinternuwe boeke gaan lees en dan daardie boeke vir hulle skenk. Dit is ‘n belewenis om te

sien hoe gelukkig die kindertjies is wanneer die ATKV-lede daar aankom. Voor dat daar nog gelees word, is daar stralende glimlaggies wat terugstraal.

WATERBESPARINGS Soos almal in die Wes-Kaap en in ander dele van die land sal weet, is water ‘n teer onderwerp. Die erns van die saak het ons almal soos ‘n vloedgolf getref. Só het die ATKV hul koppe bo die vloedwaters gehou en met ‘n slim idee

vorendag gekom: Elke badkamer het ‘n wasgoedpennetjie sisteem om elke verbruiker daaraan te herinner om nie die toilette onnodig te spoel nie. Dit werk natuurlik soos ‘n bom en soveel

DOEKIES VIR DAMES Daar is vrouens, jonk en oud, regoor te doen en sanitêre doekies te skenk, wat dan Suid-Afrika wat nie sanitêre doekies kan na die vrouens, wat dit nie kan bekostig nie, sal bekostig nie. Dinge is tien-maal erger vir hulle as gaan. Plus, die titel van die projek is baie oulik! vir dié wat dit wel kan bekostig. Dit is hoekom die ATKV beplan om vir almal te vra om hul deel

VERLIGTING VAN DIE HITTE In die verlede het die ATKV-fondsinsamelings gehou sodat hulle waaiers vir die Afrikaanse departement tydens die erge hitte kan skenk. Die somer is weer hier en daarmee saam die hitte.

Gelukkig vir almal wat Engels neem, was die ATKV weereens ons helde. Hierdie keer was die Engelse departement die gelukkige wenners van die skenking.

Daar het jy dit! Die ATKV is ons stille helde, én ons gee‘n harde dankie!


‘N SKEMERKONSERT

geskryf deur | Natasha Schmidt foto’s deur | Jin Kim ontwerp deur | Chanel Bowen


MUSIEK AAN DIE VOET VAN HELDERBERG. Sondag, 28 Januarie, het ons eie PAREL VALLEI SHOW BAND geopen vir Coda Africa in ‘n skemerkonsert by die Helderberg Natuurreservaat. Om meer hieroor uit te vind, het ek met twee lede van ons band gesels.

Parel Vallei spog met ‘n talentvolle show band wat eers onlangs amptelik gestig is. Hierdie jaar is die 19de keer wat die pragtige Helderberg Natuurreservaat ‘n klompie skemerkonserte hou om geld in te samel vir hul instandhouding. As mens daaraan dink, is ons ongelooflik bevoorreg dat ons net ‘n klein fooi hoef te betaal om die natuurlike fynbos van die WesKaap te sien. Hierdie konserte word gehou om die kostes van instandhouding te dek. Hierdie spesifieke konsert het ‘n gehoor van tussen 400 en 500 mense gehad. Die band, wat uit huidige en oudleerders bestaan, het vir die eerste 20 minute van daardie Sondag se konsert gespeel voor Coda Africa begin het met hul stel. Wat vir my interessant is, is dat die show band nie ‘n vaste styl of genre het wat hulle speel nie. Hulle pas hul stel aan by die musikante vir wie hul open.

Coda Africa se klank is opgewek, lewendig en elektronies. Deel van wat hulle so uniek maak, is dat hulle ‘n elektriese tjellis én ‘n elektriese violis het. Nog meer, meng hulle style wat mens nie eers sou dink saampas nie, soos jazz met elektronika, klassiek met elektronika en kwaito met elektronika. Die band se klawerbordspeler, Hugo Potgieter, sê dat hy dit baie geniet het om op te tree en dat die rustige atmosfeer en die optrede buite vir hom ‘n welkome verandering is na hul by die Grandwest Arena opgetree het, waar dit warm en bedompig op die verhoog was.

Ek dink dit is ongelooflik hoe goed ons band al vaar, veral aangesien hulle eers einde laasjaar gestig is! Hopelik sien ons hulle nog baie in die toekoms.


ROCKET BOYS written by | Lucia Niland photographs by | Cameron Murray designed by | Olivia Impson


T WO S K I N N Y B O Y S P E R F O R M I N G S H A K E S P E A R E . Put three dramatic geniuses in a room for a day and you’re bound to end up with something brilliant. Force them to spend time together for four months and they’ll create something as mind-blowing, hilarious and bizarre as ROCKET BOYS.

Rocket Boys is a play written and directed by our very own head of culture, Miss Yanou Pienaar, with the sound and lighting done by Wicus Louw and stars Liam Walsh and Jordyn Linklater, all ex-Parel Vallei students and acclaimed theatre folk. The plot follows the actors as they play themselves, struggling actors performing Macbeth until they come to the realisation that they might be the sole survivors on earth. What follows is an hour and a half of pants-less scenes, conversations with God and slam poetry in fur coats, all in all an emotional rollercoaster that will have you in stiches in one moment, then throw you into a shockingly dark abyss the

Put three dramatic geniuses in a room for a day and you’re bound to end up with something brilliant.

next. The chaos-filled script fills the empty stage, making the two actors never seem alone. The creators and cast of Rocket Boys have an exciting two-year run ahead of them, so stay tuned and make sure to catch them when they hit a theatre near you.


ontwerp deur | Caro Botha


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SOCIAL MEDIA written by | Alice Torppa photographs | Google designed by | Lucia Niland


MELODIES & ME. BLOG: m elodies&me.blogspot.co.za

Past pupil and ex-head girl, Cheylin Wertheim, creates a balance between aesthetic and music. Her blog is stunning, her writing on point and her music taste has no rival. If you are seeking musical inspo, this is the blog for you.

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@jeremyloops


DEAN TUCKER. YOUTUBE: visualrev

Dean Tucker is making some of the most beautiful Youtube content in the world. We love to see him use Cape Town as material for his frequent uploads and instagrams. His photography and videography is awesome and he makes excellent turotial videos for photographers learning to edit on Photoshop and Lightroom.


JEREMY LOOPS. INSTAGRAM: @jeremyloops

Hierdie musikant kan op Soundcloud, Youtube en Facebook - byna elke sosiale media platvorm raakgeloop word. Nie net is hierdie Kapenaar se internet-teenwoordigheid kragtig nie, maar sy musiek is ongelooflik. As jy hom nog nie volg nie, beter jy nou by WiFi kom. Nóú!


THE FIRST TREE written by | Cassandra Velema photographs | Google designed by | Paige Bowen


A GAME REVIEW. Developed by DAVID WEHLE

The First Tree is a beautiful, third-person exploration game based around two parallel stories: a fox trying to find her family, and a son reconnecting with his estranged father in Alaska. Uncover artefacts from the son's life as he becomes intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree. Players take control of the fox on a beautiful journey that climaxes at the source of life, and perhaps results in an understanding of death. For fans of gorgeous games like Journey, Firewatch, and Shelter, the game is certainly not a fox simulator, but an emotional, intimate story by a one-man team with an unforgettable ending. The game is a must-have for fans of a warm, heartfelt story. Featuring a stunning soundtrack by acclaimed artists like Message to Bears, Lowercase Noises, and Josh Kramer, the short game - about an hour and a half - is a storyline-focussed game with some light puzzle solving and platforming. The First Tree is a game with amazing graphics and an intriguing storyline that will be worth the cash. Be sure to have the graphics capacity required given on the game store page, so you can experience the game’s full beauty.

| Price : R87.00 on Steam | | Year : 14/09/2017 | | Platform : PC, Apple Macintosh |


VUIL WASGOED. Vuil Wasgoed is ‘n Afrikaanse aksie-komedie wat ons herinner aan Pulp Fiction. Ja, ‘n suiwer AFRIKAANSE AKSIE-FLIEK. Wie so nou ooit kon dink dat dít sal gebeur?

Wim en Kevin werk in ‘n wassery, en het die slegte gewoonte om hul kliënte se klere aan te trek. Die dag toe ‘n misterieuse donkerkopman daar instap met ‘n sigaret in sy een hand en ‘n luukse pak in die ander een, kan hulle hul geluk nie glo nie. Dis eers toe Kevin by ‘n partytjie voor die meisie van sy drome staan, hy sy hand in sy sak steek en ‘n afgesnyde vinger uithaal, dat die poppe begin dans. Die misterieuse man was toe al die tyd die vyand van die baas van ‘n diamantkartel, en hy én die vinger se eienaar, wil die vinger terughê.

hulle kan identifiseer. Die rolverdeling is uitstekend, met ‘n reeks bekende akteurs en talentvolle nuwe gesigte. Selfs Bouwer Bosch, wat almal weet eintlik ‘n musikant eerder as ‘n akteur is, het sy rol uitsonderlik goed vertolk en het die kyker laat skaterlag met sy simpel, maar tog skerp woordspelings.

Daarop volg ‘n wilde jaagtog deur die strate van Kaapstad en vele skreeusnaakse eenreëltreffers. Dit was oorspronklik ‘n kortfilm vir die Kyknet Silwerskermfees, en nadat dit vele pryse en nominasies gewen het, is dit verwerk tot ‘n vollengte film. Dit is nie maklik om ‘n kortfilm te verleng nie, omdat die karakters soveel meer ontwikkeling moet toon deur die storielyn. Daar moet ook meer as een storielyn wees – die substorielyne moet die plot ondersteun en seker maak dat al die los punte op die ou end mooi saamgebind word. Die regisseur en skrywers het dit foutloos gedoen. Die karakters se verhoudings en persoonlike ontwikkeling word myle beter in die vollengte film uitgebeeld, spesifiek wanneer dit kom by Wim en Kevin se vriendskap.

Die grootste probleem met Vuil Wasgoed, is die feit dat ‘n groot gedeelte van die komedie op twee gestremde karakters, ‘n dowe vrou en ‘n blinde man, gemik is, en dit is in uiters swak smaak. As mens bereid is om daar verby te kyk, slaag dit wel as ‘n komedie, en kan beskou word as ‘n baanbreker in ‘n nuwe genre van Suid-Afrikaanse flieks.

Die fliek is gevul met skerp komedie en epiese skop-en-skiet aksietonele. Van die tonele mag dalk ‘n bietjie grafies wees vir party kykers, maar die res van die aksietonele is dinamies en vermaaklik om te kyk.

Dit is ‘n moet-kyk vir die aksie- en komedieliefhebber en sal jou opinie oor die Afrikaanse fliekbedryf verander.

Die karakters is realisties en die kyker sal met

geskryf deur | Caro Botha foto’s | Google ontwerp deur | Pia Cloete


MENTJE - KIND VAN PAS-OPKAMP. Deur IRMA JOUBERT | LAPA Uitgewers R295

1943 – Die onheil van die Tweede Wêreldoorlog lê soos ’n donker wolk oor Europa en die wolk word digter voor hy lig... Mentje de Vries en haar wewenaar pa bly gelukkig op ’n plasie by Vierhouten, Nederland. Al skuil daar vier Jode op hul solder gaan Mentje se lewe doodnormaal voort – tot die dag wat die soldate kom. Hulle laat ’n tienjarige dogtertjie agter in ’n donker huis. Sy moet gaan hulp soek, maar wie kan sy vertrou? Wie het hulle verraai? Tinus van Jaarsveld is ’n jong Suid-Afrikaner met drome om sy familieplaas terug te koop. Die salaris as ’n valskermsoldaat lok hom, maar is dit werklik die risiko werd?

Mentje en Tinus ontmoet in die middel van die stryd om oorlewing en sy stel haar lewe in gevaar om syne te red, dit wil sê as almal kan ontsnap...

Mentje – kind van die Pas-Opkamp gee ’n nuwe perspektief op die Tweede Wêreldoorlog, vanuit Suid-Afrika en Nederland. Die hongersnood, ontworteling en die stryd tussen goed en sleg onder die plaaslike mense word bekyk. Die leser ervaar die pyn van geliefdes wat vir geregtigheid moet sterf. Die vrees vir die soldate, die vreeslose meganisme van oorlog en die gedwonge emosionele grootword van ’n kind word in diepte uitgebeeld. Dit is ’n boek vir ma, ouma en ousus en perfek vir ’n heerlike reëndag voor ’n venster. Jy sal dalk later wegbeweeg van die venster as die handgranate begin vlieg en selfs gaan koffie maak as die Nederlandse winter aanbreek, maar neersit, dié sal jy nie!

Ander titels deur IRMA JOUBERT:

geskryf deur | Renée van Zyl foto’s | Google ontwerp deur | Alice Torppa


SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL. By HERMAN KOCH | Takealot.com R179

On the surface - Summer House with Swimming Pool seems like an excellent read for anyone in the Western Cape in 2018. Swimming? Count me in. Relaxation at a Summer House? For SURE. Yet Herman Koch’s novel is not for those who want a calming read. No, it is filled with shocking twists and mystery. Can we even trust our protagonist? Koch’s story centres on a doctor and father of two daughters, Marc Schlosser. When one of Marc’s patients, the famous actor Ralph Meier, dies because of a medical mistake, Mark is suspected by Ralph’s wife and the Board of Medical Examiners as he tries to hide the truth. Marc does not seem

the slightest bit upset that Ralph is dead. After the events that took place at Ralph’s Summer House the previous year involving both families come to light, the Mark’s motive becomes stronger - but were there more people ready to see Ralph in a grave? Is Marc guilty? Koch keeps us on the edge of our seats. Is this a family drama or a crime drama? Probably both, but it could be considered a medical drama too. Is this going to keep me up until 4 am turning pages? Definitely.

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written by | Alice Torppa photographs | Google designed by | Alice Torppa


foodies


ontwerp deur | Caro Botha


MERKAVA

written by | Sam Bicknell photographs by | Caitlin De Lange designed by | Olivia Impson


A RESTAURANT REVIEW. As jy ‘n KAFEÏEN-VERSLAAFDE is, is Merkava die beste restaurant vir jou.

Nooi jouself uit na Caledon straat nommer 63 vir ‘n heerlike koppie koffie.

Die koffiebone word uit dertien verskillende lande ingevoer en in die winkel gerooster. Jy kan ‘n poeding of ‘n krokant of selfs ‘n gourmet toebroodjie saam geniet. Geniet die geselligheid terwyl jy die ongelooflike aroma van koffie inadem. Gelukkig vir jou, kan jy koffiebone by die restaurant koop. Nou kan jy jou eie briljante koppie koffie in die gemak van jou eie huis maak.

BESIGHEIDSURE | Maandag - Vrydag: 7vm-5nm | | Saterdag: 8vm-1nm |


KOEKSISTERS

geskryf deur | Nina Andro foto’s deur | Jin Kim ontwerp deur | Paige Bowen


DIE PERFEKTE RESEP. Want PLAASLIK is lekker.

BESTANDDELE: Deeg 500 g koekmeelblom 15 g fyn gemmer 15 g fyn anys 10 g gedroogde naartjieskil, fyngekap 10 g fyn kaneel 10 g fyn kardemom 1 T suiker 1 pakkie droë gis 2 g sout 2 eiers 60 ml sonneblomolie 375 ml water, louwarm

Stroop 500 g suiker 500 g water 1 pypkaneel 1 t suurlemoensap

METODE: Vir die deeg: Voeg al die droë bestanddele in ‘n mengbak en meng deeglik. Voeg eiers een-vir-een by, dan die louwarm water en olie totdat dit ‘n sagte deeg vorm. Laat staan vir 10 minute. Rol die deeg uit met die hand tot 3 cm en sny met ‘n koekdrukker. Bak in voorverhitte olie tot goudbruin en plaas in sif. Vir die stroop: Prut suiker, water en pypkaneel op stoof vir ongeveer 10 – 15 minute tot ‘n stroop. Doop gebakte koeksisters in stroop en strooi droë klapper oor indien verkies.


what’s the 411?


ontwerp deur | Caro Botha


PART TIME JOBS...

written by | Olivia Dawson photographs by | Caro Botha designed by | Lucia Niland


AND WHY YOU NEED ONE. Are you TIRED OF BEING BROKE? Do you want to be able to afford those Jeremy Loops tickets or indulge in a treat-yo-self moment and not be racked by post splurge guilt? The answer to all of the above should be yes and fortunately all of this is very possible. So here’s a wild thought get a job!

A surprisingly large number of our very own Parel Vallei grade 10,11 and 12s have already become fully fledged, functioning members of society. Getting a job not only allows for blissful bout of independence but gives us all a chance to escape the student body most of us have known since foetuses- ah the wonders of Somerset West. Your hours are probably going to be shoddy – the pay too – but whether you are a waitron, a runner, a mechanic or a surf instructor, you have something. You applied and they picked you. It’s incredibly empowering to say the least and gives one a glimpse of the working world we’ll all be stepping into after the flash that is high school. The majority of the other staff members turn out to be brilliant themselves and full of surprises and the people working beside you – whether it be making fun of difficult customers or accidently messing with the floor playlist and blasting some classic Post Malone – make work something to look forward to instead of a chore. Not to mention the perks: free goodies and discounts. Soon you’re just as excited about them as Brenda, the suburban soccer mom, is about half off on humus. In addition to learning more about what interests you, earning some extra money on the side and maybe figuring out the direction in

which you want to take your life, you also learn the value of money, an invaluable lesson in this day and age. Mom and Dad are not going to be paying for everything forever, darling. Before it was all, “Mom I need some new clothes,” and BAM. A new wardrobe. Well, no more my friend. Now, it becomes trying everything on at least three times just in case you could maybe, just maybe, live without it. And was it even a successful shopping trip if you didn’t walk the mall no fewer than twice? Instead of thinking in terms of money, one begins to think in terms of time. Every rand you hand over is a minute of your shift that you spent slaving away. It hurts. But, on the other hand, the things you deem worth spending money on become just that – worth it. So get out there. Try something new and boost your confidence. Apply everywhere and if you get rejected, so what? Their loss. At least you’re doing something. And you can definitely be proud of that.


LEAKY TEST TUBE

written by | Du Toit Spies photographs by | Liam Davies designed by | Michelle Lourens


CRISPR. A genetic engineering tool that may very well ne the answer to curing many terminal diseases. Du Toit Spies shares his knowledge on CRISPR: clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats or in layman's terms: A SPECIALISED PIECE OF DNA IN A BACTERIUM MADE OF REPETITIVE PIECES OF DNA BITS.

To understand CRISPR, one must first understand how viruses work. Viruses are semiliving biological agents consisting of two or three parts: genes, proteins to protect these genes, and sometimes a coating of fat to help certain viruses invade cells. Viruses cannot reproduce on their own, and therefore require other cells to form more of them. They do this by inserting their own genes into other cells, and these cells then mistake the inserted code for their own DNA, and then use their own internal mechanisms to create more copies of the virus that invaded them. At a certain point, the number of produced viruses accumulate to such an extent that the cell bursts and releases the newly formed viruses to infect new cells.

Scientists turned this into a tool for editing genes, by replacing the DNA from viruses with the piece of DNA they want to edit into the genome - sequence of genes - of the target organisms. This is then recognised by an enzyme called CAS9, which uses this code to identify a suitable part of the target’s original DNA sequence to replace with a new piece of DNA which is more desirable. Due to this process arising solely from evolution over possibly millions of years, it has adapted to be precise and very averse to errors. Essentially, the enzyme performs a cut-and-paste function on the genome of the cell, by cutting the DNA to be removed and pasting the new and desired DNA into the genome.

CRISPR is shorthand for Clusters of Regularly Interspaced Short Ralindromic Repeats, which in English means it is a specialised piece of DNA in a bacterium - singular form of bacteria made of repetitive pieces of DNA bits. These bits are pieces of DNA from viruses that have previously tried to invade the bacterium, which is incorporated into its own DNA with an enzyme, which is merely a biomolecule which speeds up reactions. The bacterium then uses these parts of its DNA to recognise DNA from viruses that will invade it in the future.

CRISPR has already been used by scientists to render genes in human cells inoperative, and to turn fungi of the genus Candida - aka yeast infections - to be suitable for production of biofuels. It has been used to remove HIV from a living organism, albeit from mice, and to slow the growth of cancer cells. They have also, quite strangely, encoded a video into the DNA of an E. Coli bacterium. For those of you who are wondering what video this was, it is essentially a GIF file of a person riding on horseback, because why not.


However, despite all the amazing advances made with this technology, there are serious questions of morality surrounding this technology. The first issue is that this technology is still too unpredictable to be used in a way that is safe for use on humans. This is because despite CRISPR’s natural precision, its use after it has been modified to be able to be used on humans can have unforeseen side effects. A recent example of this was when Chinese researchers changed the genes of 54 human embryos to remove a defective gene. Of these 54 embryos, only 4 exhibited the desired genetic changes, and all 4 of these embryos showed mutations that were not desired and where CRISPR placed the desired genes in the wrong places. These embryos were therefore not viable, and therefore the use of this technique suffered a serious blow. Another serious side effect is mosaicism, where some cells carry the original gene and other cells carry the genes that were inserted via CRISPR. In 2015, a congress gathered in Washington, D.C. decided to place a moratorium on the use of CRISPR on human cells. Hence we went for a short term solution to these moral questions and thereby we avoided more difficult questions that will undoubtedly be raised again when this short-term moratorium is lifted. One such ethical conundrum is over informed consent, and the line of reasoning for this argument is that since the proposed genetic changes only effect unborn foetuses and future generations, but that these people are unable to give their consent for such a procedure. Another informed consent question is whether parents can truly consent to such a procedure that can be performed on their future children, since possible complications are inherent in such a complex procedure. Another major concern is that the benefits of CRISPR will only be available to the wealthy. This will increase existing disparities in situations such as access to healthcare. Another

major worry is that this can lead to the separation of humans based on the engineered state of their genome. While these ethical quandaries will keep humans busy for some time, it is worthwhile to reflect that it is within our grasp to remove ailments such as cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease, which kill thousands of people each year. Finally we will have a vaccine against these diseases that have for so long plagued humankind.


A DOER NOT A DREAMER

written by | Zoë Naudé photographs by | Kayla McCulley designed by | Michelle Lourens


TONY MCPHERSON. Two years ago, Tony started MCPHERSON CONSULTANCY, a social media marketing and management company, and its success resulted in him being named the runner up for Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2017, in the Small and Medium Enterprises Association of South Africa's annual awards. Tony has used his power and influence to do some incredible good deeds including: starting a campaign that led to a jam-packed, 26-link truck delivering much-needed donations to the Knysna fire victims as well as, collaborating with his younger brother Keegan, who is currently in grade 8, to impact the lives of homeless people in Somerset West.

I'm sure you faced a few challenges or long processes you had to go through to get your business up and running. Tell me about those and how you overcame them. I chose to do business with people who believe in me because if people believe in you they will invest in you. That made my business achievement so much easier. I reached goals quicker making my start up process much easier than expected.

we have opposite personalities which often clash but he keeps me grounded. I think its something very special to be able to share a love and passion for humanitarians with him.

How do you cope with the responsibility of managing, marketing and growing a business with the added stress and commitments of high school? Starting 2018, I had a different approach. I decided You've done remarkable things not to be busy but to be laser to help the community using focused. This year, I said to your company as a platform. myself: What are the 5 things How and why did you get that will make this year the involved in community work, best year of my life. I decided what inspired you to do those what it was and then decided specific deeds and what is to put all my focus on it. I live a it like working with your very demanding life, with a brother? Because of my access stressful schedule that to social media I am made sometimes burns me out, but I aware of the disasters out love every minute of it. Splitting there, as an entrepreneur I myself between spending time cannot ignore this need, I had with my family - who are my to step in and make a number one priority - work and difference, that’s what got me school is very trying and often started with community work. leaves me working till 3 am in Its amazing to be working with the morning. I am a person that my brother on some projects, can’t sit still, I always have to

be busy and I have found a way to do this and love doing it at the same time . How did you get involved in the SMESA awards, what was the experience like for you? Do you plan on entering similar awards and competitions in the future? I did not enter myself, I was nominated by someone who I choose to believe is someone who believes in me. The experience of being nominated for a business award at 17, especially an Entrepreneur of the Year award is humbling and the whole journey was indescribable. Getting the phone call informing me of the nomination to getting the official award result letter hand delivered to me was unbelievable. I would have never thought I could achieve something like this. I have been nominated for my second business award, this award is from the Youth Business Chamber.


I am once again so grateful that this has been made possible for me. I am looking forward to experiencing the whole experience over again. What advice do you have for other young entrepreneurs keen to make an impact? Get out of your comfort zone, because in that space there is no growth.

What does the future hold for Tony McPherson? From a business perspective, 2018 is going to be a tough year as I have set myself many high goals. Hopefully placing in the Youth Business Chamber Awards for 2018 and going to New York in November for a Youth Entrepreneurial Conference. From a personal

perspective, I would like to go study either Business or Corporate Law and then obtain my post-grad degree abroad.


POLITIEK MET EDUAN.

written by | Eduan Uys photographs by | Liam Davies designed by | Michelle Lourens


‘ N K Y K I E N A O N S N U WE P R E S I D E N T . Die afgelope tyd is daar een naam wat baie bekendheid verwerf het, en dit is dié van CYRIL RAMAPHOSA. Party sien hom as die persoon wat Suid-Afrika sal red, terwyl ander meer skepties is en hom eerder as die onbekende euwel sien in die oordrag van ons huidige administrasie.

Cyril is vir baie jare al ‘n prominente politikus in Suid-Afrika. Hy was aan Nelson Mandela se sy, selfs voor die 1994-verkiesings om SA te help stuur na ‘n vreedsame einde aan apartheid. Terwyl hy van 2014 af as adjunk- president gedien het onder Jacob Zuma is hy onlangs verkies as president van die ANC.

probleem waarmee ons tans worstel onder die huidige presidentskap; die feit dat hulle hul eie belange plaas bo dié van die nasie.

Ramaphosa was Nelson Mandela se oorsponklike keuse as president om hom op te volg en nou, uiteindelik, word dit ‘n realiteit. Ons moet egter die feite in die oë staar en aanvaar dat terwyl Mandela ‘n nasionale en internasionale held was en altyd onthou sal word vir sy begeleiding van SA na ‘n demokratiese land, hy nie die beste president was in terme van hoe goed SA onder sy leiding gevaar het nie.

onetiese en ontwettige besigheidspraktyke, maar is nog nooit daarvan skuldig bevind nie. Dus is daar min of geen geldigheid vir ons bekommernisse nie.

Dit is ‘n algemene probleem onder eienaars van besighede, want dit is so ‘n aanloklike aanbod om hul eie besighede te bevoordeel en die toekomstige groei daarvan te manipuleer in hul Met die veronderstelling dat die ANC in beheer politieke magsposisies. ‘n Ander argument is dat bly van die nasionale regering, sal Ramaphosa in sy beleggings in Suid-Afrikaanse besighede hom ‘n belangrike magsposisie geplaas word. Dit eerder sal aanmoedig om die ekonomie van die bring ons by die groot vraag; wat gaan werklik land te bevorder. verander? Ramaphosa is al verskeie kere beskuldig van

Ek voel egter wel dat hy nie iemand totaal onkundig sou gekies het om sy verantwoordelikhede oor te neem na sy aftrede nie. Ramaphosa is ‘n baie intelligente en hoogs bekwame man, soos ons kan aflei uit sy reuse sukses in die besigheidswêreld. Hy het ook ‘n graad in regte. Die grootste bekommernis is egter nie sy bevoegdheid nie, maar dieselfde

Of Ramaphosa wel is wat Suid-Afrika nodig het om ons van die Zuma-jare weg te lei, sal in die nabye toekoms ‘n raaisel bly, maar die enigste feit wat ons met sekerheid weet, is dat daar ‘n lang pad voorlê voor ons herstel het van die afgelope ag jaar se wanpraktyke.


CAMPUS QUOTES photographs by | Asher Adams designed by | Paige Bowen


HE SAID. SHE SAID. WE HEARD Deep down, everyone is a STAND-UP COMEDIAN.

Matriekseun: “Wat ‘n slonsing.”

Boy 1: “Are you coming to cricket today?” Boy 2: “No. I’ll just tell the coach I can’t come because of the drought.”

Girl in Afrikaans Class: “To me, Cameron Castle is everything!” Girl 1: So, what's that for? Girl 2: Stuff “How am I seeing a colour that doesn’t exist?”

Person 1: I feel sorry for beluga whales because they're just fat and white. Person 2: Yeah

Girl 1: What stuff? Girl 2: Spy stuff, shhh…

Dude I’m just like a xylem vessel... Dead and empty inside. -heard in Life Science class

*Girl is wearing her hockey jersey - Jersey number is 14* Boy in class: “ She may be 14th on the field but she’s 1st in my heart.

Girl 1: “Whoa, assembly was so long.” Girl 2: “It was, but Schenck was really bringing it with the jokes today.”

Person 1: Did you put this status up while you were supposed to be doing math? Person 2: I wasn't supposed to be doing math, I was supposed to be sleeping.


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Keep on being you. Keep on doing those

beautiful, impactful, honest things you do. Out here in this crazy world, we need more people like

you.


la voix stay creative stay poetic raise your voice written by | Various photographs by | Trichardt Meij & Caro Botha designed by | Chanel Bowen


the boy who flew...

We do not weep for the boy who fell But for those left on the rocky precipice We do not mourn his departure But rather his absence We dread the day the wind no longer whispers ragged snatches of memory to us And we no longer see his smiles amongst the winking stars The day we accept our questions have no answers Why him? Why then? Why not us? And relinquish our hatred for the chaos of chance Most importantly, we do not weep for the boy who feel because for that split-second

That immeasurable moment He was the boy who flew

written by | Neo Botha


geskryf deur | K. W.


i want You happy

i want Your smile sincere, Your soul filled with glee, Your head thinking happy thoughts in a pessimist society.

i want You to love, do things that make Your day, dream of only lovely times when the sun has walked away.

only then, can i be eased; Your wild heart: roaming free‌ the request i have is a simple one: i want You happy.

written by | C. J.


Plaas ek verlang na ‘n plek waar strome blink en water skitter waar die lande golwe maak die goue-geilheid waar bloekoms opskiet en die blou hemel raak waar kinders speel in riviersand wal-klei

of selfs klipkoppie ‘n plek waar jy nog mens is kind is ‘n plek waar hartseer nog nie die land verskeur in donga en bruisende waters ‘n land waar Jannie Lééf

geskryf deur | Renée van Zyl


Blue Thread Issue 11  

Local is lekker!

Blue Thread Issue 11  

Local is lekker!

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