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YORK HIGH STUDENT e-MAG

EXCELLENT AT EXCELLENCE 2nd EDITION APRIL 2018


CONTENTS INSIDE THE MAG SPORT

6 Nike’s HyperAdapt 7 Sporting Tech 8 Nike Releases First Hijab 10 Hockey Inspiration 23 House Scoreboard

HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

12 High School Student Health Status 14 Homemade Sports Drink 15 Sports and Exercise

ACADEMICS

16 Olympiads At York

THE ARTS

18 Film Review 19 Book Review 19 Poetry 21 Poetry Evening 24 Relax The Zentangle Way 25 Competition Time 29 A Knight To Remember

FEATURES

5 Sportsmanship is an ethos

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EDITOR’S NOTE “Excellence is doing a common thing in an uncommon way.” These are the famous words of one of the world’s most excellent mathematicians, Albert Einstein. With committments to full- time academics and life in between, very few of us have the time and energy needed to pursue something extraordinarily and excellently. However, excellence is not confined to the extraordinary or unusual, it should exist in the little things we do. It cannot be measured by any fixed standard; it should be a personal achievement to undertake every task - big or small- to the best of your ability. Excellence is built on habit and attitude, therefore, excellence at school in sports, academics, music, or whatever propels you, creates your foundation of success for your future in the ‘real world’. Sometimes it makes me anxious thinking about the tremendous amount of pressure on our generation to achieve nothing but excellence. Don’t get me wrong, achieving greatness is important, but knowing where the line between doing your best and burning yourself out can be a tricky one to draw. Each of us should, therefore, practice mindfulness and know our limits - when you get tired don’t give up, just rest. Speaking of achieving excellence, releasing a magazine this term would not have been possible if it weren’t for the amazing matrics of 2017. Their articles contributed greatly to the content in this edition. With the first term of 2018 well under way and the holiday in our midst, meditating on the things we need to work harder at to achieve excellence is something to consider. As Yorkies each one of us should make excellence our brand… whether it be on stage, on the field and court or on your report.

By: Tavita Fivas

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WE ARE WHAT WE REPEATEDLY DO.

EXCELLENCE, THEN, IS NOT AN ACT, BUT A HABIT.


SPORTSMANSHIP IS AN ETHOS BY JESSICA SCHRECK

Sportsmanship involves fairness, ethics, respect and a sense of fellowship with one’s competitors. There is one thing we all have in common and that is the desire to win.

No matter how hard you work or train at mastering a certain skill in a specific sport, one can never be immune to failure. Here is a simple illustration: in my hand I am holding a coin with two sides, ‘heads and tails’. If I toss the coin once, what is the probability that the coin would land on heads? The answer would be simple - one over two, meaning a 50% chance of it landing on heads. There would always be the probability that it would either land on heads or tails. In the terms of playing a game with an opponent you can either win or lose (let us not forget there is always the slight possibility of a draw between opponents) but our main focus is on how one would respond to winning or losing and one’s attitude towards it. I believe this is where one can measure true sportsmanship. We have all heard this saying before: ‘Don’t be a sore loser’. This is when a person takes defeat or a loss pretty badly in this case and when it comes to sportsmanship one should strive to be a humble winner and a courteous loser.

Sportsmanship can be looked at in different ways: it could either be the way

in which one treats others fairly, maintaining self-control and the way you respect authority and opponents and it could also be seen as the way one reacts towards sport and to players. Many believe that the concept that closely mirrors sportsmanship is RESPECT.

This is where the golden rule comes in that one should treat others as you would want them to treat you. I asked a former Yorkie, Abby May, what her view on sportsmanship is and her answer was: “In essence I view it as when one knows that your humility is what makes you a winner. Through and through.” I also asked Kriste Alberts, a determined athlete, what her opinion is on sportsmanship and she said and I quote,

“Sportsmanship is important for a team to function properly. To have sportsmanship is more important than winning a game. Sportsmanship can be tested when you lose a game as well. Sportsmanship is an acquired quality of a person’s personality and a very good aspect to have in one’s life.” The lessons we learn from sports and sportsmanship could relate to life. The main goals parents, teachers and coaches strive towards are to help develop children into productive, respectful, happy and well-adjusted members of society. We could implement many of these lessons into our daily lives. We all have had successes and failures in our lives and therefore one becomes aware of the fact that you cannot always succeed. Kayla Corker, a matric learner, says that failure should be your motivation to get better. An interesting fact: Thomas Edison has had 9999 failed attempts to create a successful light bulb and on his 10 000 attempt he successfully created the first light bulb. ‘Our greatest successes in life are not the ones that come easily but the ones we had to work the hardest to achieve.’

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NIKE’S HYPERADAPT:

The first auto-lacing show and the future! BY ETIENNE TERBLANCHE “Innovation at Nike is not about dreaming of tomorrow. It’s about accelerating toward it” -Tinker Hatfield The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 is the first commercial auto-lacing athletic shoe. Nike was able to anticipate the needs of athletes - the people who have been their priority since day one and the reason for their existence. Nike’s innovative products are imaginable to other shoe companies. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. When you slip your foot into the shoe, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten. There are also two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen the shoe. The process saw Tiffany Beers, a senior innovator at the company and the engineer largely responsible for figuring out how to make adaptive fit a reality, brainstorming with a group of engineers’ intent on testing her theories. The potential of adaptive lacing for the athlete is huge and for others it’s endless, for example allowing disabled people to tie their shoes without any effort. The HyperAdapt is the future of running shoes and revolutionizes the way we see shoes.

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SPORTING TECH BY ANDREA FANIZZA

News trends in sporting equipment and technology come and go like the seasons. Once one piece of technology has been disproven to work another one pops up claiming to do tenfold more than its predecessor. Recently as technology progresses there has been huge leaps of progress made in the field of sporting technology. From smartphones that can track your physical daily movement to electronic scales that can estimate your BMI and body fat percentage. There is, however, one piece of technology that has been monopolising the world of fitness tech. Some of you reading this may already own one. I am of course talking about smart watches. A smart watch is quintessentially a wrist watch with a smartphone built into it. Some models have the capacity to answer calls, send messages, take photos and even tell the time! Though, as many of us all have smartphones that can already do all of these things, the emphasis on smart watch abilities has been placed more on fitness aspects. One feature that is highly sought after in a smart watch is its ability to take accurate heart beat per minute readings. This is very useful if you exercise often and strive to get your heartbeat up to a certain speed in order to burn the maximum amount of calories or build the most muscle. The technology behind the heartbeat reader is very interesting to say the least. It works with a system whereby a small camera and infrared light are placed on the skin. The infrared light illuminates the blood in your veins so that the camera can see the difference between every pulse. Although it’s a rather ingenious solution it does have its limitations. One of these being the fact that it is rendered virtually useless if you have a dark ink tattoo under the watch. Other features commonly seen in smart watches are step counters, GPS tracking, quality of sleep tracking and, of course, calorie tracking. All of these features make fitness-based smart watches

sound like the perfect solution to get your body in shape. In many cases they’re exactly that, however, one thing all companies fail to mention in their advertising, is that once you’ve bought the watch it’s up to you to actually exercise. The watch can’t do it for you. Many smart watch developers are aware of this “minor detail” and give blanket statements which imply that smart watches are packed with powerful electronic features which have great technological capabilities that help fitness and provide huge mental boosts to encourage users to get their money’s worth out of the device. Sinister as it may be, this technique of ‘guilting’ people into exercising actually has been proven to garner results. However, a study conducted in 2016 published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found interesting and unexpected results. The study that involved 471 overweight people over a period of 18 months showed that people who owned a Fitbit actually lost less weight per month. The author of the study attributed this to something called the halo effect. The idea being that if you own a smart watch you subconsciously feel healthier already and so feel less guilty when treating yourself to some high calorie treat. This effect is well documented in food advertising. When something is labelled “natural” or “home grown” it is purchased more than its label-less counterpart regardless of the fact that they could both share the same amount of calories. The study concluded that smart watches are not bad, rather people’s perceptions of how to lose weight is the problem. In conclusion, these new to the scene representations of human technological capabilities have shown their benefits as well as their downfalls. The question is would you still buy one?

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NIKE RELEASES FIRST EVER HIJAB BY ETIENNE TERBLANCHE Female Muslim athletes can now enhance their performance and stay true to their beliefs with this ground-breaking garment, available starting early next year. It is remarkable that companies like Nike are finally recognising Muslim and Sikh players. The Islamic market is expected to be worth more than $5tr by 2020. The pull-on hijab is made of light, stretchy fabric that includes tiny holes for breathability and an elongated back so it will not come untucked. It will come in three colours: black, grey and obsidian. Over recent years, meetings at Nike World with top-flight athletes have illuminated performance problems associated with wearing a traditional hijab during competition. The Nike Pro Hijab has been a year in the making, but its significance can be traced much further back to Nike’s founding mission to serve athletes. By providing Muslim athletes with the most innovative products, like the Nike Pro Hijab, Nike aims to serve today’s pioneers as well as inspire even more women and girls in the region who still face barriers and limited access to sport. Nike has also released a plus-size collection for female athletes and has focussed tremendously on equipping female athletes in every way they can.

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It’s the

little moments that make life big.


HOCKEY INSPIRATION FROM OUR 2017 STARS

ANGIE MILLER Sport is my passion, or more specifically hockey. I have been playing hockey for 12 years, starting in Grade 1 when I picked up a hockey stick for the first time. I could not contain my excitement before every hockey match. Nothing has changed. I am filled with excitement and anticipation before every hockey game and I aim to give everything as soon as I step onto the turf. Hockey, like any team sport, has given me the opportunity to build friendships that I never would have made elsewhere. The majority of my memories at York High School involve ‘my hockey team’.

It has been a privilege to captain the 1st

Girls Hockey team this year. I can proudly say that this is a team that displays true sportsmanship on and off the field. True sportsmanship shows a team who values fairness and loyalty. A team who never drops their head in a tough situation but rather fights back and works harder. A humble team that relies on each other and supports each other and will only criticize constructively. A team who shows great pride in playing for the badge on their shirts. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to play 100 hockey games for York High School’s first team. I have been blessed with amazing support from coaches, parents and every girl that I have been in a hockey team with. I will treasure the last few months of being part of York 1st team girls

I will always hold on to the pride I have for York High School. and

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JOSHUA DE PONTE Finishing off the hockey season this year isn’t only saying goodbye to my high school hockey career but it’s leaving behind a team of brothers. Being part of the first team hockey boys has really been a phenomenal experience. The memories of me wearing my blocks are endless. To Mr Slater thank you for being the best coach I could’ve asked for and for putting up with me. I really don’t know how you did it. To my team of 2017 you guys are truly the best. Thank you for the tours, victories, bus trips and ‘bromances’ we have shared this year. These memories are unforgettable and I can call all of you my brothers. To the juniors, I want you guys to keep working hard. Play for York with all your heart and wear your kit with pride because being part of the 1st team is the greatest privilege. To those who have the privilege to play for the firsts next year, cherish it. The time you have at York seems long but time flies so enjoy it.

To those who don’t make it keep working hard and spend countless hours on the turf because hard work always pays off.


TRAVIS ACKERMANN I still remember my first game for the mighty 1st team hockey of York High School. Putting on the blocks for the first time is always a memorable experience. Arriving at the astro for warm up, singing the school song, the echoes of “Oh when the firsts” are still ringing in my ears. I can’t believe it’s been 100 games since then. Playing for York 1st team hockey is an incredible honour. To answer the call of the blocks is an experience you cannot explain. You must “feel” it. The brotherhood that is formed within the team is such an amazing experience to be part of. You don’t play alongside your friends or team mates. You play alongside your brothers. Brothers that you can trust on and off the field. The step up from u16 hockey is huge. The level of hockey you play at is immense. The amount you grow not just as a player but as a person is incredible. You learn things such as courage, never let die attitude, pride, humility in victories and gracious in defeats, and many more attributes. Your skill and knowledge about the game increases. This is due to the fact that we have such an amazing coach here. Mr. Slater is the best coach. He allows you to grow so much as a player and a person and I’m sure my fellow team mates will agree with me when I say that. He knows when it’s time to be serious and when it’s time to have a laugh. After being under his guidance for the past 3 years I can say he has impacted not only mine, but many other boys’ lives. His blood definitely runs blue. Thank you so much sir. You’ll never walk alone. Being named captain is such an honour. To have my name added to Beezie’s tie is an honour very few get to have and I’m so thankful my name is added to the list of living legends on that tie. So now here I sit with 100 games behind me and the urge to play another 100. I don’t know what I would do without my hockey brothers. I wouldn’t cope. So thank you so much boys. You all mean so much to me, going to miss you all next year but I know I’m going to leave the team in good hands and that you boys will keep the blue blood running in your veins.

To the future boys to play for the firsts, cherish every second because before you know it you will have 100 caps already. It’s such a ‘jol’ so enjoy it while it lasts and give it your all. Thank you so much York High for letting me take root and grow. Travis Ackermann no.8

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H I G H S C H OHOSL S T U D E N T H E A LT

TAT U S

BY KIRSTE ALBERTS

The following results were deduced from the survey that has been completed by York High School learners from the age of 14 to 18: 47.05% of participants that filled in the survey are in a healthy condition according to their BMI (Body Mass Index). Congratulations! Following a healthy diet improves your energy levels, helps you reach an ideal body weight, manages medical conditions and prevents diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes later in life. So, eating well is a worth-while investment! • The great news is that there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods, which means that healthy eating doesn’t need to be boring or bland. All foods can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet, if we apply three key elements: balance, variety and moderation. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit every day. Veggies and fruit are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, which are all essential for optimal health. 52.94% of participants are underweight according to BMI calculations.

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Being underweight can cause a poor nutritional status, which increases the risk of infection. Speak to your doctor about any sudden unexplained weight loss. A wellbalanced high-energy eating plan is essential to improve nutrient intake and support healthy weight gain. • Planning your meals around the carbohydrates, protein and fat is the first step to ensuring a healthy, balanced eating plan. • Fruit and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and other protective substances in plants. A minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet every day. • Eat small, nutritious meals or snacks every two hours. Include plenty of fruit-juice, vegetable soups and yoghurt as these are easy to digest. Meal replacements are an easy, quick way to obtain nutrients and can be used in place of a meal or as a snack.


A BMI is calculated by using your Body Weight (kg) and your Height (cm).

One can find various amounts of BMI Calculators on the internet. For this Survey the PnP BMI calculator was used. http://www.picknpay.co.za/bmi-calculator Some facts: • The average weight of high school learners fall in the range between 50kg and 60kg. • 10% of learners have a fitness level of 1 which includes sitting and moderately walking. • 50% of learners have a fitness level between 3 and 4 which includes walking, sitting and moderate exercise. • 40% of learners have a fitness level of 5 which includes daily exercise. • 47% of students participate in hockey of which 35% fall under the underweight category (scary fact for hockey coaches to consider). • 30% participate in athletics. • 20% do no sport at all. • 88% of participants agree that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle individuals must motivate themselves to take part in activities that will raise their fitness level and have a healthy eating diet. • According to the survey done, the most popular tekkies used by students on average is Nike followed by New Balance, Maxed, and Adidas.

BMI = Weight (kg) (height in metres)

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To conclude, being active and doing a lot of sport does not necessarily mean you are in a healthy condition. To decide on whether to loose or gain weight based on the way you look is not the best option, rather calculate a BMI or speak to a medical practitioner, dietician or even your parents! Make sure you eat enough food in a day! Remember these 3 key words for a healthy, balanced lifestyle:

Balance

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HOMEMADE SPORTS DRINK Why spend hundreds of Rands on energy drinks such as Powerade or Energade and ReHydrate, Bioplus or Turbovite sachets when you can make your own sports electrolyte drink? Making an electrolyte drink at home isn’t as daunting as you might think and it is a great alternative to all the unnatural, artificial products we put into our bodies. It’s super quick and easy to make. What you’ll need: • 1 to 2 cups of coconut water depending in which flavour • ¼ tsp. Sea salt • Lemons • Sugar free syrup Add in’s for different flavours : • 1 cup of unsweetened Cherry Juice • 3 Limes • 2 cups of Red Seedless Grapes • 2-3 Large Oranges How to make it: Lime Mix 2 cups of coconut water, juice of 3 limes, 3-4 tsp. of Sugar Free Syrup, and ¼ tsp. of Sea Salt. Lemonade Mix 2 cups of coconut water, juice of 2 lemons, 3-4 tsp. of Sugar Free Syrup, and ¼ tsp. of Sea Salt. Orange Mix 1 cup of coconut water,1 cup of juice from oranges (about 2-3 oranges) 1-2 tsp. of Sugar Free Syrup, and ¼ tsp. of Sea Salt.

Tarte Cherry Mix 1 cup of coconut water,1 cup of unsweetened tart cherry juice, 1 tsp. of Sugar Free Syrup, and ¼ tsp. of Sea Salt and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Grape Mix 1 cup of coconut water, ¼ tsp. of Sea Salt, squeeze of lemon juice, 2 tsp. of sugar free syrup and set aside. In a blender add 2 cups of washed red seedless grapes with 3 tsp. of water and blend until smooth. You can add this mixture directly to the coconut water, or strain through a sieve and add to coconut water mixture if you don’t like the pulp.

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SPORTS & EXERCISE We have some very talented sports men and women who proudly represent York on the rugby field, netball or tennis courts, on the cricket pitch or the track. If you ask any serious sportsperson or athlete in our school how they achieve excellence, the answer will without a doubt be something along the lines of: training is vital, the harder you work the better you get, practice makes perfect. Maintaining a great fitness level in or out of your sports season remains a top priority to all our dedicated sportsmen and – women in York.

Whether you do a sport all year round, just during the winter terms, or throughout the hot summer month, you still need to stay fit. The exercises provided below will ensure, whatever your sport may be, that your fitness remains at a peak and that your core stays strong. Just take your pick. Dedication is always rewarded with success, this is applicable not just to excelling in sport but to any area in and out of school.

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AT YORK

The concept of Olympiad has its origin in the Olympic games of the ancient Greek. The word “Olympiad”, according to the historic use, represents a period of four years associated with the Olympic Games of the Ancient Greeks. Through time the term became synonymous with athletic excellence but at the beginning of the 1900’s Cultural and Art Olympiads was established and the first official programme for Art and Culture was presented during the 1912 games in Stockholm. The English term ‘Olympiad’ is still often used to refer to the Olympic Games themselves, but has also grown to indicate international competitions other than physical sports, such as Mathematics, Science, Linguistics and Computational Olympiad events all over the world. At York we were fortunate this year to have a huge number of learners participate in a varied number of subject Olympiads. We are proud to say that Yorkies can stand their ground, so to speak, amongst any of the great minds in the country. Not all the Olympiad results are available yet, but we would like to congratulate Sarah Galvin’s achievement in the Computer Applications Technology Olympiad (ranked in the top 13 in South Africa) and Natassia Leggatt on her outstanding achievement in the Physical Science Olympiad. Let’s hear what our champions have to say about their experiences:

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SARAH GALVIN (CAT) I decided to write the CAT Olympiad just for a new experience, and to see what it was like. I didn’t expect to do well enough to get through to the third round! I went to Cape Town in the July holidays to participate in the final round, and I had an absolutely amazing time. It was there where I met the other twelve competitors from all around the country. During that week we were kept very busy with going out to eat, visiting the Waterfront, exploring Cape Town on a bus tour, writing the final Olympiad exam for 6 and a half hours, and just getting to know one another and becoming good friends. On an even better note, everything was paid for by the Olympiad Committee. So, if anyone is unsure whether or not to enter the CAT Olympiad, I would STRONGLY recommend that you give it a try! You have nothing to lose and you may just end up going on an incredible all-expensespaid trip like this. It was really a great experience and I have no regrets whatsoever about participating in this Olympiad.

NATASSIA LEGGATT (PHYSICAL SCIENCE) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” If you’d told me I’d be invited to attend the Youth Science Focus Week held by the National Research Foundation, I wouldn’t have believed you. One hundred top participants from a pool of thirty-seven thousand candidates enjoyed five days in Gauteng exploring various scientific fields. Outings included the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, star gazing at the Observatory, touring Cullinan Diamond Mines (home of the largest diamond ever recorded and the rare blue diamonds), a look at the genetics laboratories of the National Zoological Gardens, trips to Wits and Tukkies, as well as insight into the life of engineers at DENEL Dynamics. But far more than that, it was the interpersonal bonds formed which made the biggest impact. In a short space of time, students from various schools in and outside local borders formed friendships deep enough to call for a reunion.

Take the opportunities that come your way. Who knows, you might just get more out of it than simply missing the last lesson as you write an Olympiad.

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FILM REVIEW BY TAVITA FIVAS

Point Break Main character: Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah Director: Ericson Core Film company: Warner Bros Duration: 113 min Genre: Action sports film Age restriction: PG 13

Former extreme sports poly athlete, Johnny Utah, experienced a fatal motocross accident involving his closest friend. This tragic accident drove him to leaving behind the extreme and spontaneous, to rather pursue a career in justice and control with the FBI. His chase after a group of extreme poly athletes that mysteriously give back to the earth, is driven by pure determination to prove himself as passionate and worthy of being an FBI agent as well as a tether to his past. These athletes are driven by a mysterious cause. In his undercover pursuit of solving the motifs behind this group’s action Johnny is tested beyond breaking point both physically and mentally. Johnny must earn the trust of the group and earn his place in the group. To achieve this he needs to conquer his “point break”: the point where fear becomes your master. The motif that drives their hunger to achieve the impossible and give back to the earth through excellence is motivated, not by personal gain, but by something much more meaningful. This group’s goal is to complete eight ultimate and impossible extreme sports at any cost and against all odds. Their ordeals are based on the forces of nature,

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where they get the opportunity to truly become one with the earth and nature. This group of excellent athletes are the perfect example of an unquestionable team effort, a team conquering everything that finds its way in their path, self and team motivation but, also the realisation that everybody chooses their own path.

This movie reminds us of the beauty of this Earth and how far we can go to put

our ideas and goals into action to achieve absolute excellence, even on our own justified terms sometimes. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, the pure exhilaration and excitement of their reckless adventures was worth every second of my undivided attention. Whether extreme sports is your thing or whether you just need to break away from the boring everyday routine this movie is the perfect choice.


BOOK REVIEW BY TAVITA FIVAS

Author: Rupi Kaur Publisher: Andrews McMeel publishing Published: 2015 Genre: Slam poetry Milk and Honey is a collection of poems by Rubi Kaur. Those who love Pinterest quotes might have some with her name attached to the mellifluous words.

Milk and Honey speaks of the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. Honey might be sweet, but her words are also bitter. It documents her emotional journey to accepting and understanding the horrors left behind after a past of sexual abuse and finding liberation in learning to love herself first. For those curious souls who like to dive into the deep end and explore a swirling chaos of emotion, this

is the perfect book.

I found it captivating as I read deeper into every poem. I would highly recommend it, but I must warn that it is not a book for sensitive readers regarding the topic of sexual abuse. It is however an excellent gateway into their intriguing minds.

POETRY

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POETRY EVENING

POEMS FROM OUR VERY OWN PASSIONATE POETS: THE WIND My Father said the tallest trees catch the most wind Please tell me father why When the wind catches me My branches break and my roots grow weak Tell me why Father, my heart feels heavy and All I wish to do is plummet to the ground with a feeling of defeat The rot runs deep. I do not catch the wind Father, I get bombarded. Subjugated to draconian authority under the smokescreen of personal preservation. Twisting your body into something you wish to see. Scars will heal, it just takes time. But its been years. And the wound won’t seal. It festers, infected. And it bleeds Nauseating odours still linger heavy, To be a reminder of its unremitting presence when you refuse to see.

I realise this wind, this storm, was a necessary thorn in my side But it was just a thorn, it wasn’t the Christ it claimed to be Never have cleansed the sick and remedied the blind. But you, like Jesus to Nazarus, shall rise the dead. I will rise. I will grow Twist my roots, break my branches and poison parts of me. But there’s beauty in disaster Awe in destruction Because they too shall rise, Shall take root and grow And it will be more magnificent than any Malevolence I will be extended, ever present A beacon of rebellion. I am a being you cannot prevent. - Helga Radermacher

Tell me the difference between time and eternity Father. Tell me how can one see abuse as flattery Maybe I’m just stuck in a state of mind that reflects too much With a heart that forgives too little Just let me grieve How can I grow Mother? When diesel is doused on my roots I understand that you are a bird, unaffected But I cannot fly with the wind when Decaying trunks are still anchored Mother please be patient I don’t not lie here between corpses Dependant and complacent

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26 NOVEMBER 2007 I believe they called it a car “accident” but believe me when I say in this case it was no accident, because excuse me sir-yes, you who drove the truck-were you not drunk? I’s sure it was your choice; the choice of one too many, and I’m sure it was a situation where you hindered with a little hesitation and wanted to say no to that one extra drink, one extra dime it was the cost of that one extra drink where you wanted to stop, but who was going to stop you. So you had it anyway; regardless the cost. Little did you know it would later cost you a little more than one extra dime, more like something irreplaceable that can’t be bought. I’m not afraid to say how much it puzzles me how it did not even take a moment for things to never be the same, and I find it insane how you served not even half a life sentence but you took a whole life. From someone who did not have the same choice-the one you had when sitting inches away from that intoxicating glass, that same kind of intoxicating glass was there, I’m sure, when the accident brewed near, intoxicating in another sense though. I mean like a toxic poison that takes things away, the way you took something away from me. I mean, don’t take this wrong the wrong way, I’m not trying to take this out on you-this isn’t even for you, it’s for me I don’t even know you, I know only of your actions and what happened that night, but I mean to date you’re the only eye witness because someone else has her eyes now but that doesn’t mean they saw what happened, glass causes messy state. All I’m saying is that if things were different and choices were not made that led to outcome number one; as it is already known. Maybe if things were different maybe an outcome number two would have shown something different. See, here we both sit with our intoxicating glasses on either side of the crime, all the difference that was possibly made that night was with your one extra dime. - Jessica Taberer Phillps

MINDFULNESS Mindfulness is the skill of being aware and in control of your own thoughts. It is the ability to apply all your focus to the present moment’s task, the opposite of the brain’s “auto-pilot” mode. This state is disturbingly difficult to maintain, because every idle thought about what you’ll have for lunch, every glance at your phone to read a message or to change a song, every worry and plan that takes you out of the present moment interrupts mindfulness. So why bother practicing mindfulness at all if it is so impossible to achieve? Because the benefits of being more mindful are touted in an abundance of studies; they include: • Reduction in stress, anxiety, useless rumination and depressive symptoms • Increases in attention span and short term information retention • Augments learning ability and promotes more flexible thinking If you feel like giving this a shot you can try one of these strategies to practice: 1) Mindful Eating • Focus on and appreciate the tastes smells and experience of the food you are eating • Every time you catch your mind wandering reel it back to the present • Turn your TV and similar distractions off 2) Mindfulness Meditation • The word meditation has a lot of stigma attached to it but it’s benefits in addition to mindfulness are vast and well documented. It is also much easier than commonly portrayed • Sit in any comfortable position on a bed or chair • Set a timer (recommended 5-10m for beginners) • Begin consciously breathing, pay attention to each breath • Your mind will wander, don’t get frustrated when you notice this, just return your attention to your breathing - Sean Dominick

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HOUSE SCOREBOARD 22 Points

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THE ZENTANGLE WAY I can see the confusion. What is Zentangle? And … how does it relax you? I personally would describe Zentangling as purposeful doodling. We all doodle from time to time. When we find a class boring, when we have to listen to our parents giving us “the lecture” about cleaning our rooms for the hundredth time or when our bosses are jabbering along about being efficient, productive and imaginative, we have all picked up our pens and drew mindless shapes and patterns on a piece of paper. That is not Zentangling, that is just mindless shapes and patterns on a piece of paper, that is just doodling. But when we doodle with purpose, either with the purpose of relaxing after a time of stress or because you want to create beautiful art, then doodling becomes Zentangling. WHERE DID IT START? A few years ago an artistic couple, Rick Thomas and Maria Roberts, have designed a system for drawing intricate patterns that anyone with hands and a mind can learn and reproduce. As the name suggests, the activity of creating these “tangles” (short for Zentangle) has become a “zen” activity, or “yoga for the mind”, especially for people who have experienced, or are currently going through, some sort of hardship in their lives. “Zentangle is being taught all over the world. It is now being taught in schools, both primary, high school and college. It is taught in hospitals to aid people recovering from physical and psychiatric health issues,” says Maria Thomas. Read more about them on their official website: https://zentangle.com/ BENEFITS OF ZENTANGLE Zentangle provides a simple and fun way to unwind from the stress of the day. It enhances your focus by drawing you away from stress, frustration and irritations through subtle, calming and intricate strokes that lead to wholesome beauty. By focusing on drawing beautiful tangles, the pressures of everyday life just seem to lessen. Zentangle’s method of purposefully doodling was designed to ease tension. So follow the easy steps below and be sure to experience the calming nature of Zentangle whenever you feel the weight of the day becoming too much for you. HOW TO START 1. Start with the right supplies Plain white, unlined paper. Cut your paper into a 9 cm square piece(s). This square is called a tile. Handmade or textured paper is fine, as long as it doesn’t have patterns. A hard pencil or black pen. 2. Draw a string Take your pencil and draw a “string” inside the border. A string is a curved line or squiggle that will lend structure to your design. The pattern you create will develope according to the contours of your string. 3. Start creating a tangle A “tangle” is a pattern drawn in pen along the contours of a string. One Zentangle may have just one tangle, or a combination of different tangles. Use your pen to begin drawing whatever pattern comes to you - again, there’s no right or wrong move inside a Zentangle. 4. KEEP IN MIND • The tile does not have a “right side up” - it is without orientation. • It should not be recognizable objects; rather, it should be abstract. • The drawing should be completed in ‘black ink on white paper with gray pencil shading. • A Zentangle is meant to be portable, so that it can be created at any time the mood strikes. I encouraged everyone to try it. You may fall in love with it like so many people around the world already have. I have. - Helen Robertson

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COMPETITION TIME

COLOURING COMPETITION RULES Entry: • Contest open to York High learners • Download and print the colouring page, or collect a page from Mrs Robertson in Computer Lab A • Colour it in however you like • Be sure to include your Name and Surname and your register class • Contest closes 20 April 2018

Categories: • Grade 8 & 9 • Grade 10 – 12 • Staff • Prizes sponsored by The Little Art Shop

Winners: • Entries will be judged by Mrs van Rensburg, Mrs Holden and Mrs Dee. • The winners of each category will receive a collection of art supplies from The Little Art Shop • Winning entries to be announced on the YHS Morning News on 27 April 2018

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This edition would not have been possible without the hard work of the editor, Tavita Fivaz and sub-editor, Kirsten Murray. A very special thank you to ex-Yorkie, Megan Huebsch for her hard work on the layout and editing, her unwavering support and enthusiasm and creative talent.

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Blue magazine 2nd edition april 2018 low res  

This edition would not have been possible without the hard work of the editor, Tavita Fivaz and sub-editor, Kirsten Murray. A very special t...

Blue magazine 2nd edition april 2018 low res  

This edition would not have been possible without the hard work of the editor, Tavita Fivaz and sub-editor, Kirsten Murray. A very special t...

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