Our current Matrics are studying an Afrikaans poem entitled: “Boekmerk,” which talks about special moments (bookmarks) in a person’s life. This is so apt as it reminds us that the matric dance is not just a dance – it is much more. It is a monumental event in the learner’s life – one which will forever be etched on his mind.
Preparing for this dance is just as nerve wracking for the boys as it is for girls. The boys found it difficult to contain their excitement weeks before the event as they were looking forward to an evening of fun; especially as everything was kept top secret and they had no clue as to what to expect.
The matric dance was moved to earlier in the year this year to ensure that our boys had fun at their dance without the added pressure and stress of the final exams.
At last Saturday 6 April finally arrived and as family, friends and well-wishers gathered outside the ICC, our boys arrived with their partners in their smart suits and fancy cars. This year the trend was old cars from the 70’s & 80’S and the highlight was the one spewing fire through its double exhaust!
Amidst much cheering and ululation, these beautiful couples took to the red carpet where they were welcomed by our hosts, Head Master, Mr AD Pinheiro and his beautiful wife. Judging from the smiles, and sometimes tears, from the mums, I am sure they had completely forgotten about the time and money spent on ensuring their sons looked amazing.
The theme “Unbelievable Magic” was based on the movie The Greatest Showman. With the theme song “Never, Never” playing in the background, all the couples walked into the spectacularly decorated venue. The intricate centrepieces, which alternated between the ring master and a carousel, were simply dazzling. The highlight was the photo op area which even had a tiger in a cage!
Our Head Master Mr Pinheiro, our Head Boy Xhanti Njokweni, Connor Mack who proposed a toast to the Class of 2019 and our programme director Taariq Kruger all delivered inspiring and sometimes nostalgic speeches. Taine Owen and Khaya Hlomuka then presented the Class of 2019 with special awards. These awards presented to the various recipients were nominated by the matric body.
A scrumptious dinner was then served followed by an array of delectable desserts.
The dance was opened by Head Prefects Xhanti, Taariq and Connor, with their partners. Thanks to Ms Meyer who managed to teach the boys (all with two left feet) the waltz in time. The party finally got started. From this moment on there was nothing but chatter, laughter and loads of photographs. Never a dull moment was had.
Xhanti commented later that the most daunting thing for him was having to prepare a speech and learn the dance moves.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this Matric Dance a happy memory for our boys.
Ms S Nagiah
Matric Dance Co-Ordinator