A warm welcome to all of our readers to the winter edition of RAGA News 2016. There have been so many highlights over the past 3 months; it’s a very busy time. Thank you for all the wonderful compliments that were sent to us after our last edi tion of RAGA News. We love hearing your feedback.
In this edition of RAGA News
- Students to receive Bronze President’s Award
- Community service to the fore
- An arduous but rewarding hike and camp
- The 2015/2016 RAGA Students Awards evening
- Juniors complete a career guidance workshop
- Seniors visit Berge Farrell design company
- A visit to the opera production of “Salome”
- Ashleigh McKie shines in ladies club champs
- An unbeaten start to the schools golf league
- Students participate in The Wendy Ackerman suite
BELOW RAGA STUDENTS CELEBRATING AT THE AWARDS EVENING
Students to receive President’s Award Youth Empowerment Bronze Medals in June
We are thrilled to announce that 22 RAGA students will be receiving the prestigious bronze President’s Award at a ceremony in Worcester in June. The President’s Award, part of the Duke of Edinburgh programme started in the UK, teaches valuable life skills and incorporates community service, learning of new skills, adventurous journeys and physical recreation activities. The students have successfully completed the tasks over the past nine months.
ABOVE LEFT: FUN AT AWARDS EVENING
ABOVE RIGHT AND BELOW: GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
COMMUNITY SERVICE TO THE FORE
To achieve the bronze award our students have been very busy in the community giving back over the last few months. Examples of what they have been doing include 12 separate visits to work at the Sinethemba Creche for children with physical disabilities, volunteering at feeding programmes, garden clean-ups, a garage tidy up, baking with a senior cit izen, dog walking at TEARS and regular street and community clean-ups in Masiphumele. The students have learnt so much from these activities and the feedback we have been getting from the community has been amazing!
The President’s Award camp and hike
Another President Award task has been an adventurous hike. Learning to be self-sufficient, responsible, to take leadership roles and to push oneself physically are fundamental objectives behind an excursion of this nature. No adult intervention (apart from supervision and monitoring) was allowed as it would defeat the purpose of the camp. The students had to prepare and organise a 12km hike, then set up camp, prepare and cook supper, then go on another 12km hike to a different landmark in the morning. It was particularly pleasing to witness the teamwork and organisat ional skills that the students showed leading up to and throughout the course of the weekend.
BELOW: THE RAGA TEAM ENJOYED A GREAT 12KM HIKE TOGETHER
The 2015/2016 RAGA Students Awards evening
- ABOVE: STUDENTS AND PROUD PARENTS AT THE AWARD EVENING WITH MR JONATHAN ACKERMAN
The undoubted annual highlight for our students and their parents is the RAGA awards evening that honours and recognises our students’ achievements over the past year. This year it was particularly difficult to choose the award recipients as all of the students worked so hard and diligently throughout the year to meet their goals as set. We had our most successful year in respect of academic achievements where nine distinctions were achieved by three of our matrics in 2015. The golfing front saw handicaps improve radically, a few students going unbeaten in the schools league and success at WP junior foundation tournaments. The life skills programme, which includes the President’s Award youth empowerment medals, saw many life skills workshops, activities and excursions being undertaken. Congratulations must go to the following main award recipients:
Student of the Year – Luke Delcarme received this main award for overall outstanding performance across all three pillars of Education, Life Skills and Golf that RAGA is structured on. Luke went out of his way to assist others, took the lead in many activities and met all of his goals. Luke took the initiative to research and apply for a bursary on his own and ultimately was awarded it from the Boeta Foundation. Luke is currently studying for his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of the Western Cape.
Fellow Student of the Year – Steede Stoffels received this award as voted for by his peers. Steede excelled in his matric year with three distinctions and was a regular competitor in golfing competitions, often ending up at the top of the leader board. The students felt Steede brought unique characteristics to RAGA that in many ways aligned themselves to the culture of “camarader ie”.
Academic of the Year – Jason Stoffels excelled in his grade 12 year receiving four distinctions after working really hard at his studies. He was
awarded a bursary to study electrical engineering at a university of his ABOVE: MR JONATHAN ACKERMAN choice and has earmarked Stellenbosch as his first choice. WITH ALIZWA MAQALA
ABOVE: STUDENTS AND PROUD PARENTS AT THE AWARD EVENING WITH MR JONATHAN ACKERMAN
Life Skills Award – Aidan Valayadum spearheaded the SA Navy fundraising weekend where over R5 000 net profit was raised. He also led the way when the students visited the Victoria Hospital children’s ward where a party was given to the mostly orphaned sick little children. Outside of RAGA Aidan is also a member of a youth group known as “The Blue Route Teen Ambassadors” which does various community service projects monthly.
Leadership Award – Ashleigh Mckie and Alizwa Maqala – both Ashleigh and Alizwa took on the roles of spokesperson , whether it was a simple yet important thank you, through to representing their peers in a public speaking capacity in front of a large audience. They were the first to take the lead to do clean-ups of the Academy lecture room or arrange a golf practice session to name two examples, and were regularly voted for as group leaders during various RAGA workshops or on excursions.
Most Spirited Student – Emma Devoti’s lively personality always put a smile on everyone’s face, especially during busy and stressful times. When Emma was having an “off day” she still remained upbeat and did not allow it to have a negative effect on her peers.
Golfer of the Year – Jessica Green’s practice ethic and improvement in her golfing handicap, which came down from a 24 to a 10 in a year, led to her winning this esteemed award. Coupled with her win at the SA Girls Rose Bowl in December and her sparkling performance in the club championships, these few achievements earned her this much deserved award.
Senior of the Year – Asheeqa Bisoonpersad, who had the best attendance record, really came out of her shell during 2015. Asheeqa communicated really well with her peers, staff and tutors. Across all three pillars she gave of her best at all times.
Junior of the Year – Bracyn Valayadum at 12 years and the youngest student at RAGA, never missed a golf lesson or any compulsory RAGA activity that formed part of our holistic programme. Despite being somewhat shy at first he made efforts to engage with everyone and lent an enthusiastic hand to doing daily chores as required by students within the RAGA environment.
BELOW LEFT AND MIDDLE: LUKE DELCARME STUDENT OF THE YEAR WITH JONATHAN AND AIDAN VALAYADUM WHO WON THE LIFE SKILLS AWARD
BELOW RIGHT:GIRLS POSING WITH A CAST MEMBER FROM THE PRODUCTION OF SALOME
Juniors complete a career guidance workshop
Kathy Morse, our career guidance facilitator, recently held a full day career guidance workshop with our grade 9 and 10 students. Keeping in mind that RAGA hopes its students will go on to enjoy fulfilling careers, the workshop helped the students:
- Understand the importance of finding a job that is a good fit
- Provide an introduction to various career fields and the jobs in those fields
- Understanding that school marks and choice of subjects lead to possible entry for tertiary courses
- Introduction to our local tertiary institutes, what they offer, the costs, and entrance marks you need
- To consider whether career aims are realistic or not
- To complete an online careers test and identify career fields of interest
- To use the “go-study” website to explore jobs of interest
Seniors visit Berge Farrell Design Agency
Berge Farrell design agency, the wonderful creative hub responsible for our timeless logo and design work, recently invited our senior students to visit their Cape Town office. RAGA student, Aidan Valayadum , put his public speaking skills to the test by delivering a short powerpoint presentation to the entire Berge Farrell team . Aidan highlighted not only his RAGA journey thus far but what the support of having companies like Berge Farrell means to the RAGA students and the positive effects it has on their lives. After a brief Q&A interactive session with the Berge Farrell team, the students were then taken on a tour of the studio. Their eyes were opened when they realised all the different sets of skills that are required to work in the creative industry. An enjoyable morning and most certainly an insightful one for all.
BELOW: BERGE FARRELLS TAMRYN VAN GREUNEN WITH RAGA STUDENTS
A visit to the opera production of “Salome”
Exposing our students to the arts and culture remains one of RAGA’s important life skills offerings. Salome, performed by the Cape Town Opera, was our latest arts and culture experience. Staged at the Artscape Theatre, Salome is based on a German translation of Oscar Wilde’s play about the biblical story in which a young girl dances for Herod Antipas, and asks for the head of John the Baptist on a platter as her reward. In their own words the students said they did not expect the opera to be so powerful and loud. Prior to the start of the performance the students were taken on a backstage tour
where they got to meet the some of the cast and have a photo taken with them.
Ashleigh McKie shines in Ladies Club Champs
The annual men’s and ladies club champs took place in April and saw some wonderful performances from the RAGA girls and boys who were competing. Ashleigh McKie flew the flag for our girls by winning the Waterford Crystal Trophy for Bronze Division Best 36 Holes Medal Gross as well as the Copper Cup – Best 36 Holes Gross for first time players. Readers w ho play golf competitively will appreciate the daunting nature of playing in tournaments such as club championships, especially for the first time. This is what makes these performances that much more special for our young golfers. Jessica Green, w ho plays off a single figure handicap, came second overall putting in a wonderful display over the two days. Timothy Wolfaardt, Lunga Kibi and Aidan Valayadum competed in the men’s champs with Timothy winning the stableford points division over the two days of competition. Win or lose we are very proud of all the students who competed and gave of their best.
BELOW: ASHLEIGH MCKIE AT THE ANNUAL MEN’S AND LADIES CLUB CHAMPS
Students participate in the Wendy Ackerman Suite
RAGA students have been competing for eight years in the schools golf league that takes place on Monday afternoons after school over nine holes of match play. Whilst winning is not everything it certainly helps with confidence and momentum moving forward. This has been evident in the three games played to date where our students have won all three matches against Rondebosch, Bishops and Reddam schools respectively. The RAGA teams this year consist of three girls and three boys in the six person team. A pleasing aspect to see is the camaraderie amongst all the competitors and good sportsmanship whether individuals are winning or losing. With mid-year exams and school holidays approaching, the players have a break and recommence at the start of the third term. We wish the team the best of luck for the remainder of the season.
In recognition of almost 50 years of philanthropic work to helping young South Africans from all walks of life fulfil their dreams, the Cape Town Opera had choreograp hed a suite in honour of Mrs Ackerman.
Our very own RAGA students were invited to perform the opening sequence of the suite to the famous Chariots of Fire score. Weeks of practice for the opening routine, which included some very fancy footwork, set the tone for a memorable day for all. To Mrs Ackerman, thank you for your continued care and support. To the 1O students who bravely performed, you were magnificent.
BELOW: STUDENTS WHO PREFORMED CHARIOTS OF FIRE SCORE FOR MRS ACKERMAN