Valedictory to the year of E’09 is the ultimatum when it comes to school events. This is a day when you can see passion like never before. This year’s valedictory service was no different as just about every matric was emotional as Darryn Berry reflected on the past highlights.
The Rondebosch valedictory service symbolizes the end of one matric year and the start of the next. The matrics which are leaving the school think of all the memories, fond and terrifying which they experienced at Bosch. While at the same time they realize that they will part with many close friends and teachers who were with them every step of their high school careers.
Mr. Erasmus began the assembly by addressing the men of E’09 as well as the parents and other students present. He proceeded to wish the matrics the best of luck for their upcoming final examinations, as well as their future after school. After the introduction, came the most anticipated moment of the entire assembly. Mr. Barker announced the head and deputy head prefects who are to lead Rondebosch through 2010; they were Nicholas Melk and Qhamani Xanga respectively.
After that, Darryn Berry addressed the matrics reflecting on the past year’s highs, lows and funnies. This received a sort of sobbing-laugh response from the matrics who were overcome by their emotions.
At the end of the assembly the matrics received their Old Boys ties, which symbolize the brotherhood of the Rondebosch family. Rondebosch has one of the best Old Boy unions in South Africa; therefore to be part of it is a great honour and all Bosch boys wear their ties with pride. After this, E’09 sang a war cry which gave everyone who heard it chills down their spine. The true pride and passion of these young men could visibly be seen on their faces as they left the Rondebosch Boys’ High School Memorial Hall for the last time.
Altius et Latius
Chad Philip Grade 11 25/10/09