Wembley College News Snippets July 2017

Wembley College News Snippets July 2017

Wembley College Choristers experience Wales with Midlands Youth Choir

Monique Jonker, Renier and Amoré Van Rooyen, CG Nefdt and Milla Herbst set off with 70 other participants from the Midlands Youth Choir and 50 Michaelhouse Choir members to participate in an international choir competition in Wales.

During the July holidays, Monique Jonker, Renier and Amoré Van Rooyen, CG Nefdt and Milla Herbst set off with 70 other participants from the Midlands Youth Choir and 50 Michaelhouse Choir members to participate in an international choir competition in Wales. Scholars from across the world went to Wales to sing, dance and take part in many cultural activities.

Our Wembley scholars were lucky enough to be a part of this educational process. All the participants from South Africa flew to London where they spent four day exploring the city. This included a boat trip on the river Thames and taking a double-decker red bus tour around the city. Some of the best sights were Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the Natural History Museum and the London Eye.
Monique’s highlight in London was going to the Royal Albert Hall and being able to play on Elton John’s piano. Renier preferred going to see the production, Wicked. Unfortunately, one night of sleep was interrupted by a bomb scare at the St Christopher’s Hotel near London Bridge which forced everyone to evacuate the hotel for a couple of hours in the middle of the night.

The adventure continued with a stopover at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon on their way to Manchester. The choirs performed at the Old Trafford Stadium for one evening and enjoyed a workshop with the Manchester United Youth Choir. From Manchester it was onto Liverpool – home of the Beetles. Renier and CG loved Liverpool and seeing John Lennon’s house. They visited the Beetles museum and had a glance at Penny Lane, the famous street from a Beetle’s song. On leaving Liverpool they headed for Wales.

Amoré loved the visual beauty of Wales. The choir participants stayed in a small village called Wrexham, very close to Llangollen where the competition took place.

The Wembley scholars all commented on the experience of working together as a team. By the end of the trip they felt united as a choir. The Midlands Youth Choir performed nine times in five days. All their performances were given an A and they won the cultural showcase of the year. This is an amazing achievement but understandable, considering the beautiful eclectic mix of cultures performing in one choir.

CG is happy to be home and eating home-cooked food as he feels, “British people can’t make food!” However, the trip was inspiring and a recommendation for anyone who would like to join the Youth Choir. Well done, Wembley scholars, you were wonderful ambassadors for our school.

Monique and Chantal Jonker, with the help of Renier, Amoré and CG, helped raise money for Monique to travel to Wales, by hosting a concert at the Beehive. Renier and CG opened the concert with songs from their band “The Disproportionate Do Gooders”.

Deante Swart took part in the Miss Africa International competition

Wembley College Pageant winner wants to make a difference

Wembley College, Greytown, is very proud of the achievement of Gr 5 learner Deante Swart. Deante took part in the Miss Africa International competition, hosted by Pageants SA, recently, winning her category, Miss Pre-Teen Africa 2017 International. Young Deante also won the title Miss Pre-Teen Best Model South Africa 2017 nationally. The young competitors had to model casual wear, as well as evening wear, and introduce themselves, their interests and what charity work they are doing to make a difference, to the assembled judges and audience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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