All Girls’ festival this weekend

SHARPENING SKILLS: Collegiate hockey players, from left, Amy Weyer Henderson, Leigh Paulsen and Shay Oriley get in some practice for the All Girls' Festival this weekend. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
SHARPENING SKILLS: Collegiate hockey players, from left, Amy Weyer Henderson, Leigh Paulsen and Shay Oriley get in some practice for the All Girls’ Festival this weekend. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

CELEBRATING their 140th anniversary, Collegiate will play host to almost 1000 pupils this weekend when they host the annual National All Girls’ Schools’ Sport and Cultural Festival.

The event, which includes a wide variety of sports and other disciplines, was started in 2000 and this year’s even will be the 15th festival, an appropriate mark as the host school celebrate 140 years of their existence. Collegiate will also become the first team to host the festival for the third time.

The festival has grown over the years and this year there will be 20 participating schools from all over South Africa.

The participants will meet each other on the sports fields, on the stage, across the chess board, in the choir auditorium, behind the podium and in front of the art easel. It is an event where sport and spirit meet.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the Spar group are the main sponsors of the festival, helping the growth of girls sport and involvement in cultural activities. Coca-Cola Fortune are also sponsoring the event, supplying Powerade for all the competitors throughout the festival.

The festival will last for four days, starting on Saturday afternoon with registration and ending on Tuesday, April 29, with a closing ceremony.

The sports to be played are hockey, netball, tennis and squash, while cultural activities will include the choir, debating, chess, drama, public speaking and visual art.

The venues to be used are Collegiate Girls’ High and Junior Schools, the Grey High astroturf and the Old Grey squash courts.

ý The schools attending are: Afrikaans Hoërmeisieskool (Pretoria), Clarendon (East London), Collegiate, Durban Girls’ High, Eunice (Bloemfontein), Jeppe (Johannesburg), Kingsridge (King William’s Town), La Rochelle (Stellenbosch), Northlands (Randburg), Oranjehoermeisieskool (Bloemfontein), Paarl Girls’ High, Parktown (Johannesburg), Potchefstroom, Pretoria Girls’ High, Queenstown Girls’ High, Riebeek College (Uitenhage), Rhenish (Stellenbosch), Rustenberg High (Cape Town), St Michael’s (Bloemfontein) and Wynberg (Cape Town).

The closing ceremony will take place at 1pm on Tuesday after the netball and hockey final matches have been played.

At this ceremony, winners of the various sports will be announced and special awards will be made.

The ceremony will end with a massed choir comprising girls from various schools who participated in the choir section. – Neale Emslie

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