Monday, October 30, 2017

Bloed skenk


Vrydag, 27 Oktober, was dit weer tyd vir Worcester Gimnasuim se leerders om op hulle tande te kners en die gevreesde naald aan te durf. Leerders oor die ouderdom van 16 en wat ook die bepaalde gewig is ( 50 kg) het na die ou-saal gestroom om deel te wees van hierdie wonderlike heldedaad. Om bloed te kan skenk moet jy seker maak jy eet 'n groot ontbyt (dis die tyd om vir jou ma vir daardie spek en eiers te vra) die oggend voor jy skenk.Jy moet ook gedurende die dag baie vloeistowwe inneem om seker te maak jy dihidreer nie. Vir die wat nie Vrydag deel was van die bloedskenk nie, hier is 'n opsomming van die gebeure.

As jy in die ou-saal instap word jy begroet deur 'n paar bekende gesigte (die bloedkliniek prefekte) wat jou darm gerus stel oor die takie wat vir jou wag. Hulle help jou ook om 'n vraelys in te vul wat deur die bloedkliniek opgestel is, om meer van jou persoonlike besonderhede uit te vind. Jy word op grond van jou antwoorde daarop dan goedgekeur of afgekeer. Daarna word jou vinger vinnig geprik om jou yster te toets en dan is jy gereed om daardie swart stoeltjies aan te durf. Die verpleegsters verduidelik dan baie mooi hoe die skenkery gaan werk en al die gevaartekens.  Nadat hulle die naald in jou arm gedruk het, is dit bloot 'n formaliteit. Daar word een eenheid (ongeveer 350ml) van jou bloed getrek. Vir almal verskil dit dan hoe lank hulle daar moet sit, alles hang af van hoe vinnig jou bloed vloei.

As alles verby is, kom die oomblik waarvoor meeste mense bloedskenk. Die lekker koekie, sappie en sonbrille wat jy dan otvang. Natuurlik ook die wete dat jy drie mense se lewens gered het. Mense word aangemoedig om bloed te skenk aangesien daar 'n groot tekort is veral gedurende die fees seisoen.
Wees 'n held en skenk bloed!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

VRL-kamp 2017

Op Woensdag 18 Oktober het die 27 VRL-lede, meneer Fransman en juffrou Sheriff met hope entoesiasme na Delmas buite Wellington vertrek. Daar is met baie nuwe idees vorendag gekom. Verskeie spanbou-aktiwiteite is uitgevoer. Dit het beoog om te werk aan die leerders se kommunikasievaardighede sowel as hul vermöe om saam te werk. They were divided into groups and each group had to make a poster presenting a theme that could possibly be the RCL theme for 2018. Some of the other activities included unknotting a human knot and building structures out of marshmallows and sticks. They also cooled off in the swimming pool during breaks, and played rugby and soccor. Daar is gereeld gepraat oor hoe om in spesifieke situasies op te tree - wat ‘n leier behoort te doen en wat nie. Die Raad het beslis hierby baat gevind. Verder het die Raad die kamp ongelooflik baie geniet en sien hartlik uit vir 2018. Nuwe hoogtes sal bereik word.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bredasdorp Athletics 21 Oct.

On Saturday 21 October our athletics team attended at a tournament in Bredasdorp and performed exceptionally well. Worcester Gymnasium came 8th out of over 84 teams, at only 954 points behind the winner. Our best athlete was again Rogail Josephs, with two gold medals, one silver and one bronze. Other top achievers include Leandre Ketch (1 gold), Francois Prinsloo (1 gold), Cailin Papier (1 silver), Ethinique Adams (2 bronze) and Arné Coetzee (1 bronze). Of the remaining athletes (Phillip Basson, Leone Pieterse, Elize-Mari Jacobs and Claudio Matolla), not one ranked below 6th place in his or her respective event. Every Bosvark athlete performed excellently and we wish them luck for the upcoming season.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Summer League Hockey

It's October, and although the short-and-sweet winter has passed on, the hockey season has not. We see the triumphant return of our school's top hockey players in the annual summer-league mini hockey tournaments.

For those of you who didn't know, summer league hockey is when kids from different hockey teams and of different ages play friendly hockey games together in teams of 11, with 8 on the field at a time. These matches take place in the 'off-season' when our hockey teams aren't playing against other schools.

Another huge difference between normal hockey and summer league hockey is the part of the game called "power play".
A team's captain can call "power play" at any time, and then their opponent's captain and another player has to go off the field for two minutes. The captains each get a chance to call a power play, and they can both call for power play at the same time. This, combined with the shorter games and the combinations of ages and genders, makes summer league very exciting to watch.

Here's what some of our school's top hockey players have to say about summer league.

Cerét Goosen
Captain of Team 5
                                                   
What is your favourite part of summer league hockey?                                                                       

My favourite part about summer league is enjoying the game with the different age groups. My team is excellent (the best, in fact 😏😂) and I love the fact that we can just enjoy the game together no matter what the outcome.

What are the positives and negatives of summer league hockey?

Positives: getting to play with different age groups, only playing 20 minutes, and being a mixed team.

Negatives: the fact that the summer league is so late in the year. I'd suggest it to be in the beginning of the year before hockey season starts. Also the fact that it's quite hot when we play 😬😂.

Jeanette Roux
Player in Team 6

Do you prefer summer league hockey or winter hockey? Why?

They are impossible to compare. The summer league hockey is only played for a few weeks, which makes it exciting and different, whereas normal hockey is played for half of the year, which means you get really close to your team and leave the season with a family.

What are the benefits of summer league hockey?
  • It's a great way to stay fit
  • You get to meet new people
  • Short games don't take up a lot of time
  • Great team spirit builder

Tiaan Bester
Player in Team 7




What has summer league hockey taught you?

Ek het geleer om as een span te speel al is jy 'n klomp individuele spelers. Jou ouderdomme strek van o/14 tot o/18. Daar is 'n groot verskil in 'skill', en dit maak dit juis lekker om op dit 'gameplan strategies' te beplan om dan te wen.

Do you think it is beneficial for players in different age groups and genders to play together? Why or why not?

Ja, dit leer jou 'n verfynde 'skill' om as een saam te werk, al is jy 'n gemengde span. Jy beplan goed rondom jou sterk en swak punte en dit is baie kosbaar.






Shane Blom
Captain of Team 8



What was the best and the worst for you in summer league hockey?

Die beste van die summer league vir my is om saam met die jonger kinders te speel van die skool, soos die graad 8's, en om vir hulle sterker te maak as hokkie spelers. En nog iets is dat meisies en seuns gemeng is - ons kan albei van mekaar af leer.

Van die slegte dinge vir my is: eerstens, ons speel mos nou net een keer in een rigting, en tweedens, ek hou ook nie 'actually' so baie van die power play nie, want een goal vir die power play tel mos twee goals.


Do you enjoy being captain of your team?

Om kaptein van my span te wees is nogals baie lekker. Dit leer my ook nou om meer te praat en mense aan te moedig, soos die wat stres en die wat nou nie 'confident' genoeg is nie.





For those Gimmies who want to go watch the matches, you are more than welcome. The teams play on Tuesdays (and next Thursday) from just before 17:00 till around 18:30.

Results will be posted on the blog as soon as they are available.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Parade Day

"Yesterday's gone, we gotta keep moving on. I'm so thankful for the moments, so glad I got to know you."

This was the lyrics of the song by which the matric wave of 2017 finally hit the shore.

The song's lyrics also reflects not only the years they shared with one another, but also the emotions that was portrayed during the parade day, which was held on Friday, 13 October.

The day started off with a bang as the matrics enjoyed their final fellowship as a group while having breakfast at the Cumberland Hotel.

The procession follwed short after and, as always, it was tremendously sentimental and beautiful.

During the assembly, not only the matrics but also the others couldn't fight back the tears as they reflected on the melancholic memories and friendships that they had built since grade 8. Mr Schoeman's metaphorical speech of the matric wave and the ocean coming in to the shore and the emotional goodbyes of the head prefects, Willa and Shakeel made saying goodbye just so much harder.

Now as the oceans change andthe wave draws closer and closer to shore the matrics will enjoy the ride no matter how rough the tide.

Their wave will however not simply be washed back into the ocean, but will be remembered for many more years to come.

The parade day of 2017 was a day filled beautiful sadness, but this however is not the end of the tide it is on the beginning of a new wave to ride.

Seminarie koshuis dinee

Seminarie koshuis se jaarlikse dinee was ‘n groot sukses.
Op Dinsdag, 10 Oktober 2017, het die graad 11 leerders van die koshuis seker gemaak dat die matrieks hul laaste dinee sal onthou. Al die matriek meisies het hul matriekafskeid rokke aangetrek om die mooiheid weereens af te wys. Met Jacques Groenewald se speaker wat kliphard deur die gange bars, was die aand definitief een vir die boeke. Die kos was heerlik, die saal was pragtig en die meisies het die aand vreeslik geniet.

Die koshuis meisies sal altyd die matrieks van 2017 onthou en in hul harte hou.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Prize-giving 2017

Worcester Gym’s annual prize-giving was held on the 12th October 2017. There was a (beautiful as always) performance by the school choir at the beginning of the evening. The learners, guests and teachers later had the privilege to listen to two performances by grade 12 students from the school. These were: a piano performance by Chadwin Phillips accompanied by Mrs D. Rabie as well as a singing solo performed by Deva Willemse. These performances were very special as they were the last performances the audience would ever see of these two matric students performing on stage in their Worcester Gymnasium uniforms.  

The evening consisted of numerous (to say the least) awards and trophies handed to learners in the school for cultural, academic, sport etc. achievements. Many learners (too many to fit into this article) were given the well-deserved recognition on this special evening .This article will highlight only a few of the top achievements.

The Top 3 Academic Achievers of each grade were as follows:
Grade 8:
 3rd place - Cecil le Roux
2nd place – Nadia Jansen van Vuuren
1st place – Ian Steyn
Grade 9:
3rd place – Eduard Klüsmann
2nd place – Simone Botha
1st place – Kristij van Dyk
Grade 10:
3rd place – Bianca du Plessis
2nd place – Tineke Swanepoel
1st place – Leandrie du Toit
Grade 11:
3rd place – Nelia Grobbellaar
2nd place – Shakirah Williams
1st place – Hans Klüsmann
Grade 12:
3rd place- Shakeel Williams
2nd place - Trisha Bhawan
1st place – Jacomi Breytenbach

Highest average in junior secondary phase trophy for two consecutive years: Eduard Klüsmann
Louisa Gie Maths Trophy for the best achievement in Maths (grade 11 and 12) trophy, Nedbank Old Boys trophy for highest average in grade 11 and Stofberg Trophy for highest academic achievement of the year (in grade 10, 11 and 12): Hans Klüsmann
PriceWaterhouseCoopers prize for Accounting and Maths (grade 12) and WJ Theron Trophy for highest average over 3 years in the senior secondary phase: Jacomi Breytenbach
RCL Bursary (annually  the RCL fundraises for  a bursary to give to a matric learner that worked hard academically, was involved in school activities and was a good example to the school): Nina Roodbol
Trophy for best academic co-curricular achievement: Shakirah Williams
Johan Matthee Trophy for best cultural achievement as well as the Henkie Swartz Trophy for Cultural Versatility: Jacomi Breytenbach
Bosvark Sportmanship Trophy: WP Viljoen
Nelson Trophy for the Most Versatile Sportswoman of the Year: Natalie van der Vyver  
Olivier Trophy for the Most Versatile Sportsman of the Year: Lundi Msenge
 Sportswoman of the year with the highest individual achievement Rugail Joseph
Sportsmen of the Year with the highest individual achievement of the year: Jean Niemand
Achievement for 9 consecutive exam terms with an A-Aggregate: Trisha Bhawan, Jacomi Breytenbach, Phillip du Preez, Khanya Fadana, Peter Mercuur, Chadwin Phillips, Noeline Rossouw, Willa Roux, Mika Schoeman, Heleen Theron, Natalie van der Vyver and Shakeel Williams.
School Principal prize (given to a grade 12 learner that made an impression with their enthusiasm, perseverance and other important values portrayed without expecting anything in return): Ivana Ceaser
Venter Kruger Trophy for Versatility (female): Willa Roux
Hans Rabie for Versatility (male): Pieter Minnie
Dux Learner of 2017: Jacomi Breytenbach

The Girls’ Hostel and Boys’ Hostel head prefects of 2018 were made known. They are as follows:
Brandwacht Boys’ Hostel:
Head boy: Coert van den Berg
Deputy head boy: Andries Lötter
Seminarie Girls’ Hostel:
 Deputy head girl: Berna Erasmus
Head girl: Marquerite Zeeman
Well done!

One of the things the audience was eagerly waiting for was the announcement of the 2018 head prefects of Worcester Gymnasium. The results were as follows:
·         Deputy head boy: Hans Klüsmann
·         Deputy head girl: Elsa Burger
·         Head boy: Joubert van der Westhuizen
·         Head girl: Elmari van der Westhuizen


 The evening ended with the singing of our school anthem, where the grade 8s sang at their first Worcester Gymnasium prize-giving while the grade 12s sang proudly for their last time of being part of the prize-giving. The singing always creates a sense of pride and unity. With sadness, excitement and (of course) tiredness, everybody left the hall into the cool breeze of the night and went back home. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Teacher Interviews: The Drama Queens


At approximately 5:00 a.m., on Thursday 3 August, 27 learners and two teachers departed from Worcester Gymnasium. Their destination: Fraserburg, a sweet little town in the region of absolutely nowhere (AKA the Northern Cape). Their purpose: to participate in the Fraserburg Toneelfees, an annual festival where schools from all over the country come together to perform drama pieces of their own choosing.

I interviewed Mrs Nel, an experienced drama director and well-known Afrikaans teacher at Worcester Gym, about her experience in Fraserburg. She directed one of the two senior pieces: Fawlty Towers.

Ian: Could you give us a brief summary of the senior piece you are directing this year?
Ms Nel: Fawlty Towers is a comedy about a British hotel. The owner, Basil Fawlty, is very careful to obey his strict wife Sybil, who likes to see things happening smoothly. When a sour old woman, Mrs Richards, checks in and starts complaining, and a betting opportunity threatens Basil to make the wrong choices, the laughs begin.

I: Who are your actors and other participants in the piece?
M: [Actors:] Basil - Nikus Venter, Sybil - Jacomi Breytenbach, Polly - Jacorie Viljoen, Manuel - Aneeq Jacobs, Mrs Richards - Shayna Moffat, Guests - Elsa Burger, Bianca du Plessis, Christo Botma, Kyle Duvanage.
[Technical:] Sound and lighting - Braam Visser, stage manager - Carla van Niekerk.

I: How did you come by this British piece?
M: Mrs Tara Conradie told me about it and I decided to try to direct a comedy, which I haven’t done before.

I: What sort of feedback did you get on Fawlty Towers?
M: It was received very, very positively!

I: How many times have you been to the Fraserburg Toneelfees?
M: This was my tenth time. What a privilege to do things like this with hand picked Bosvark Actors! I’m proud of our learners who never fail to warm my heart wherever I take them.

I: Ten times! And remember folks, we only do the Fraserburg Toneelfees every two years! Thank-you for your time, Ms Nel.

Ek het ook n onderhoud gevoer met Juffrou Grethe Steenkamp, ‘n nuwe juffrou by Worcester Gim. Sy het drama gestudeer en het vir Juffrou Nel gehelp met die regie van die junior stuk. Sy was ook die regisseur van haar eie senior stuk, Drie Stories.

Ian: Kan jy vir ons ‘n kort opsomming van jou stuk gee?
Juffrou Steenkamp: ‘n Unieke vertelling van drie stories, gevleg in een storie. Die akteurs beeld op kreatiewe maniere die stories uit en maak die stories hul eie.’n Belangrike les word geleer deur die verloop van die vertelling.

I: Wie is akteurs en tegniese werkers?
J: Liné Bredenkamp, Asiphe Juleka, Conrad le Roux, Lu-Marie Lötter, Marquerite Zeeman, Mikyall Harris, Bennie Swanepoel.
Tegnies: Caris-Paige Little, Henk Blaauw.

I: Was daar enige glipsies tydens die optrede?
J: Niks wat die beoordelaars agtergekom het nie.

I: Watter terugvoer het julle gekry van die beoordelaars?
J: Dat dit die eerste stuk van die fees was waar hulle hul verbeelding kon gebruik het. En dat ons goeie fisiese teater elemente gehad het. Hulle was ook beïndruk met die teks en die boodskap aan die einde.

I: Het enigiets snaaks of interessant gebeur oppad of terug, of tydens die fees?
J: Juffrou Nel is afgetrek deur ‘n spietkop. Na jare van self aktrise-wees by die toneelfees, was dit baie lekker om vanjaar die geleentheid te kon kry om as regisseur daar te wees.

I: Wie weet, dalk is een van ons ‘n regisseur daar in ‘n paar jaar! Baie dankie vir jou tyd, Juffrou Steenkamp.
I myself play the role of Francois in the junior piece, #instant. It tells the story of Lara (Jillian Fritz), a girl trying to write an oral about a fairytale with a twist. Together with her friends Marli (Chelsea Grove) and Francois, she decides to talk about how fairytales don’t work in real life because of the way we live.  Lara and her friends’ speculation about what would happen in modern fairytales is portrayed by the following actors: Cinderella - Corné van Niekerk, Prince 1 & 2 - Henno Conradie, Red Riding Hood - Zuané Mathee, Wolf - Stefan Breytenbach, Rapunzel & Snow White - Josephine Jonker.

All three pieces will be performed again on Wednesday, 9 August in Montagu. You can come and watch them the night after that at 6:00 p.m. at the Worcester Gymnasium School Hall. Just bring along a R10 admission fee and enjoy a night of laughable, goosebumps-giving, and thought-provoking plays.

Drama: Fraserburg

Die Fraserburg-dramatoer van 2017 was 'n enorme sukses. Almal sal die herinneringe, wat op dié klein Karoo-dorpie gemaak is, vir altyd koester. Van skaterlag op die bus tot mekaar omhels na 'n skitterende vertoning. Dit was beslis een vir die boeke.

Die groep het die Donderdagoggend dou-voor-dag vanaf Worcester Gimnasium vertrek. Half vyf is die tasse in die bussies gelaai met half-verkluinde hande. Die opgewondenheid was tasbaar. Op pad na die eerste stop in Laingsburg, het die meeste mense bietjie 'n uiltjie geknip, maar van daar af, na 'n vullende ontbyt van Steers, was almal wawyd wakker. Daar is gesing en gelag en gepraat en nuwe verhoudings gebou.

Uiteindelik het die Gimmies in die vaal, plattelandse dorpie aangekom. Die bagasie is afgelaai en almal het koshuiskamers gekies vir die aand. Gim het drie verskillende stukke gehad wat opgevoer moes word. Twee senior vertonings en een junior. Terwyl die een groep gerepeteer het, het die ander twee kans gekry om te gaan verken. Daar was meestal stofpaaie en rolbosse om te sien, maar die geselskap het die leerders geïnteresseerd gehou. Die enigste "coffeeshop" in die dorpie, die Pers Malva, was binnekort propvol honger Gimmies. Omtrent 20 van hulle het om die twee tafeltjies in die een kamer met die ag stoeltjies gepas op een of ander manier. Naderhand was die winkel se borde op en party kinders se koek is bedien in pieringtjies. Die Pers Malva het daarna toegemaak vir die res van die dag.

Die Donderdagaand het die twee senior stukke opgetree. Juffrou Nel se Fawlty Towers en juffrou Steenkamp se Drie Stories. Fawlty Towers was eerste om die beurt. Dit was 'n humoristiese vertoning wat gehaal is uit die bekende reeks. Die akteurs en aktrises was skitterend en het die gehoor konstant aan die giggel gehad. Die beoordelaars het dit 'n goud toegeken. Drie Stories was artistieke teater en het baie fisiese aktiwiteit vereis. Die spelers het hul fantasties van hul taak gekwyt en almal laat snak na hul asem. Die stuk het silwer verower.

Daardie aand het die seniors baljaar en gesels tot in die middernagtlike ure. Maar eers nadat die juniors behoorlik ingelyf is. Vier van die seniors het die kleintjies na buite geroep ná donker en vir hulle 'n storie vertel van Elsa, die vreemde meisie van Kakamas wat twee jaar gelede verdwyn het op die toneelfees van '15 en nooit weer gekry is nie. Hulle het 'n paar gruwelike details ingegooi om die juniors behoorlik op hol te jaag. Terwyl hulle besig was om angsbevange na die storie te luister, het die res van die seniors in hul kamers gaan wegkruip. Ligte uit. Die graad ags en neges het salig onbewus van die ouer kinders onder hul beddens en in hul kaste gaan slaap. Ná 'n rukkie, het die seniors vreemde geluide begin maak. En die harde asemhaling en die skraap van naels teen die houtvloere het die juniors dadelik laat opspring en hardloop vir die vale.

Die volgende oggend was dit die juniors se beurt om op te tree. Hulle opvoering het gehandel oor "millennials" en die rol van sosiale media in hul lewens. Die beoordelaars en gehoor het die boodskap en toneelspel hartlik waardeer. Daarna het almal terug in die bussies geklouter en die lang pad aangedurf, mer die ongelooflike ervaring steeds vars in hulle gedagtes.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Organise Your Life

It’s only 2 weeks into the third term and you’re already feeling a bit overwhelmed by how much you have to do. You try your best, but usually fail at getting 8 hours of sleep (only me? Well…).  Got you (myself) covered! Here are a few tips and tricks on how to start cleaning up your life and becoming more organised.

Pause for a moment.
Take a look at the areas in your life which need the most attention right now. It could be your room that looks like a natural disaster just hit it (only me again? Well…) or the pile of tasks you have due next week which you’ve been procrastinating since you got it. Tackle it and one weight is lifted off your shoulders. Now you can move on to the next thing.

Make lists and write things down.
Honestly, ticking things off a simple to-do list – which you scribbled down in only a few seconds – is so satisfying. It could just be making your bed or doing homework, but with that “check!” off your list, you’ll want to keep writing things down and completing tasks.

          5 minutes method.
Ever heard of it? Take out your phone and set a timer for 5 minutes. In that 5 minutes, devote your attention to any one task. 5 minutes pass so fast and that’s why it works. It feels like you just started working and your timer beeps that time’s up, but you feel like you want to continue – so you do.
Before you know it, you have made progress! Keep going!

Get a calendar.
A big one on which you can doodle, personalize and fill important dates on is just the thing you room might lack. If it’s on an easily accessible place that you can see, you can write down things that you need to remember and there’s barely a chance of forgetting anything. Planners can work in the same way. You can check it in the morning, fill in important dates (homework, hangouts, road trips etc.) as you remember them and you can easily carry it around.

Declutter.
If you have spare time, start decluttering things bit by bit – not only your room. Take out the random socks and Lego blocks from under your bed. Clean up your desk area. Cut and paste in the random pages in your school workbooks that are becoming so untidy and frayed. Throw out the random papers in you blazer pockets or in your bag. Throw out old clothes and shoes from your cupboard. Get rid of unnecessary junk.

        Start.


Intimidating as becoming organised from the state you’re in sounds, once you start getting the hang of it, you don’t really want to turn back. Humans are all about feeling accomplished and getting recognition. Becoming organised gives you both of these. Your friends will be asking you for tips in awe as they look at the new improved you. You’ll be a pro answering their questions with a smug smile as you “forget” to mention it was from a Circum blog article. Ha! 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How to avoid conflict : At school


Yes, we all know that conflict is a bad thing. We know it should be avoided at all cost, yet when faced with it, most of us are consumed by that insatiable rage-moster. And it’s especially hard at school. Throw a thousand completely different, hormonal teenagers together and the last thing on their minds when they disagree is going to be : “Let’s talk this out like mature adults.” Still, it is the general opinion that the few textbook resolutions to conflict in our Life Orientation books are enough to keep the peace. It’s not. So, here’s a few tips on how to handle conflict, for teenagers.


  •  Always have a tasty snack with you to give as a peace-offering. This will also work with money or gum.
  • When in a disagreement with someone, always get an objective third party to give their opinion. Note: OBJECTIVE means they won’t be influenced by either of you. Your best friend or the other person’s ex does not count.
  •  Calm down... Is what the textbook would say. Or, as it is more commonly known: “Take a chill pill.” Yet we all know that isn’t so easy. So, just have a chaotic rage-session in your head where you tell the person exactly how you feel. Then, remove all the offensive, rude words and start speaking.
  •  Never enter an argument when you’re hungry or just received your science marks. It will make you extra angry and you will enter a full-fledged argument.
  • When you lose the argument, SHUT UP! please stop speaking. (See what I did there?) Continuing to argue when you know you are wrong will only make you look like a sore loser and fewer people will respect your opinions.
  • When you are dealing with somebody who refuses to accept that they’re wrong, walk away. Tell them that they are entitled to their opinion and stop arguing. If they want to look stupid, it’s on their heads.
  • Don’t fall in the same trap twice. Stay away from those that you know are constantly seeking out arguments for the sole purpose of winning it and feeling superior. It’s not worth it.   
  • Don’t play the devil’s advocate. Yes, we all know them. They are the ones who would  abandon their food at breaktime to go stand on the sidelines, chanting “fight,fight,fight!”   Even though they have no idea what the argument is about... Please don’t. Rather spend your time resolving conflicts than encouraging them.


There you have it!

It’s no use pretending that it’s easy to resolve conflict. It’s incredibly difficult. But if you follow these eight steps, you might find out that it’s not as hard to avoid conflict as it appears to be. So, stop arguing over whether One Direction is better than Justin Bieber and focus on the aspects that make them both good (or bad...)

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” – Dorothy Thomas


Albums 4 All

Music is a wonderful thing. As humans, we all have that special song or artist that could get you singing along even on the gloomiest of days. So, to keep you updated on what's hip in the music-industry, here are the latest albums of the most famous music-genres.


Alternative - Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (Halsey)

If you like listening to songs that make you feel something more than the need to tap your foot, this is the perfect album.

Our favourite songs: Strangers / Eyes closed



Afrikaans - Sing vir Liefde (Karlien van Jaarsveld) / Okay! (Heuwels Fantasties)

Aangesien ons trotse Suid-Afrikaners is (en graag van die droogte wil vergeet), het ons twee ablums in ons moedertaal gaan soek.

Ons gunsteling treffers: 
Karlien - Sing vir Liefde
Heuwels - Gebruik My




Songs to sing to in the shower - After Laughter (Paramore)
This unofficial genre might include a mix of 80's synths, rock guitars, meaningful lyrics and a whole lot of fun.


Our favourite song: Hard Times




Christian and Gospel - Starlight (Bethel Music)

The collection of classical, as well as lively songs will have you either swaying to the music, or raising your hands to sing along!

Our favourite song: King of my heart





Folk/Acoustic - Land and Sea (Ziggy Alberts)

Even though this album has been released in 2014, it's sure to punch you right in the feelings, and will definitely put you in a soothed, content mood.

Our favourite song: Gone (The Pocahontas song)





Pop - Witness (Katy Perry)

This album has not yet been released, but it should be worth the wait. Katy simply does not disappoint.

Our favourite song: Chained to the Rhythm





R&B/Soul - Darkness and Light (John Legend)

Throw back and relax as you listen to the catchy tunes on John Legend's latest masterpiece.

Our favourite song: Surefire




Spanish - El Dorado (Shakira)

For those of you who like to salsa (no, not the salty meat dressing; the dance!), this album will be the best dancing partner you could wish for this winter.

Our favourite song: Me Enamoré




Dance - Uncovered (Robin Schulz)

Even though this album has not been released yet, it will surely put you in the mood to jump of joy soon enough.

Our favourite song: OK (feat. James Blunt)


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Billboard Music Awards 2017

If you missed the annual Billboard Music Awards don't fret! Here is a list of some of the winners of the major categories of the night:

 Top artist: DRAKE
 Top new artist: ZAYN
 Top female artist: BEYONCÉ
 Top male artist: DRAKE
 Top duo/group: TWENTY ONE PILOTS
 Top collaboration: THE CHAINSMOKERS ft. HALSEY - CLOSER
 Top selling song: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - CAN'T STOP THE FEELING

 Drake broke the record for the most Awards won in a single year. He took home a grand total of 13 trophies, beating Adele's record of 12.

These awards included:
 Top artist
 Top male artist
 Top Billboard 200 artist
 Top Billboard 100 artist
 Top song sales artist
 Top streaming song artist
 Top rap artist
 Top rap tour
 Top Billboard 200 album
 Top rap album
 Top streaming song
 Top R&B song
 Top R&B collaboration

 If you would like to check out the full list of all the nominees and winners check out the link below:

  9 of the most memorable moments of the evening, according to clevver, are: 

 1. Vanessa Hudgens RAPPING! (Yes, sweet Gabriella Montez rapping!!)
 2. Venessa Hudgens doing a musical impersonation of Celine Dion
 3. Celine Dion singing the hit song from Titanic, "My Heart Will Go On"
 4. Drake giving a shout out to the beautiful Vanessa Hudgens , as well as giving a shout out to Nicky      Manaj exclaiming his love for her
 5. Cher made her return to the stage
 6. Camila Cabello made her solo debut after leaving girl group, Fifth Harmony
 7. Miley Cyrus ended up in tears after singing her new song, Malibu
 8. Vanessa Hudgens outfits! (Yes, her outfits get their own point due the pure beauty of them)
 9. Nicky Manaj's sexy opening that well, only she could pull off !!!!

 To watch the video make sure to click on the link below Make sure to comment your favourite part of the award show and whether or not you are happy with the winners of the night.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Annoyances of Being a Teenager

Welcome to being a teenager. It’s that awkward time when you’re not completely an adult yet, but you are not a “little kid”. If someone told us this and warned us about some things besides physical change, we could have at least been a bit more prepared on what to expect. It could have been helpful. Maybe this compiled list of “Annoyances of Being a Teenager” will be able to warn future generations on what to expect during teenagerhood, perhaps it could bring some comfort that you’re not the only one who experiences these things or maybe you could just laugh at the relatibility of it all.
Here we go:


Balance between ten thousand things: academics, sport, social life, sleep and physical health.
Now’s the time where everything gets harder. You know have more homework, test and projects and so much of your time is taken away because of it. You try to care about your grades, but the motivation for school is decreasing. Getting enough sleep? Ha. You crave it more, but barely get enough. Then there’s trying to still stay social, but battling the need to stay in comfy clothes in your house and watch series all day. On top of it all, physical health is still important because you don’t want to look like a mess, with crazy hair, hairy teeth and tired eyes.

Pimples: the little idiots on your face. They make everything worse. That’s enough said. You become jealous of those few teens who are blessed with wonderful skin or rare breakouts.

Big social gatherings or family events. You don’t feel old enough to sit with the adults, but you also don’t always feel young enough to play “shop-shop” or active games with the smaller kids. Sometimes there aren’t people your age around, so you either pull out your phone and busy yourself with it until the battery is dead, sit alone like a loner or choose an awkward group to stay with.

You aren’t old enough to drive yet. When you need a break from siblings or the crazy people you call parents, you can’t just grab the keys and leave for a few hours. You also can't go on long, fun road trips with your friends without your parents. That dream will have to be put off for a few years.


Emotions are all over the place. One moment you’re happy, the next you’re so upset you don’t want anybody within a mile.  Nobody seems to understand and give you your space and when they ask what’s wrong, you don’t even know yourself.

Confidence levels. How did they suddenly plummet? You become conscious of so much more.

WHO AM I? Does this sound familiar? Not only are you deciding what to do after school, which subjects to choose or what type of friends you want, but you are also still figuring yourself out. It feels like so much is dependent on what you decide and do as a teenager.

Along with everything above, people have high expectations of you, there’s gossip, never enough privacy and you compare yourself with friends, siblings and even parents.  This was taken out of an online article “… even though adults endure everything from work problems to debt, no period of your life comes close to being as difficult as your teenage years. Everything is changing both physically and emotionally and yet you are thrust in to the most intense situations of your young life, discovering heartbreak, anxiety, low self esteem and peer pressure along the way.”* BUT it can also be one of the most fun times of your life. You don’t have to worry about rent, don’t have to be adult and too mature yet, daydream a lot, make lifelong friends, enjoy ugly at-home clothes, can binge-watch series and you are finally allowed to be home alone and sing at the top of your lungs like a free soul. It will all pass eventually. This can be good or bad, but growing up is inevitable.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Olympiad Mania!

This was the week of Olympiads. Every day at rows we heard about them...in the before-break announcements...the little voices at the back of our heads, telling us, "Sign up for the Olympiad..."

Or that might just be the teacher.

Anyhow, why should we do Olympiads? How does it benefit us?

Here are some reasons why you should participate in one...or all...of the many Olympiads this school offers:

1) Grade senior points

Everyone wants that double gold badge at the end of the year. And when you're filling in that form, and you're one point short of a double gold...an Olympiad would have saved you. For every Olympiad you write you get grade senior points that really help in the long run.


2) GK










(That stands for General Knowledge. In case you didn't know that, I just added to yours.)
Writing an Olympiad increases your general knowledge. Now when you're flirting with that cute guy, you might actually know what he's talking about.
Also, you learn new facts that prevent embarrassment in the future. For example...what's the fourth colour of the rainbow? Is is green? Is it orange? Is it yellow?











Now you know!

It's green, by the way.


3) Helpful hints













Many times the things you learn in Olympiads will help you in a real test. It's a lot easier to remember an experience than it is to learn a load of boring facts. So, if you can remember that you were embarrassed because you didn't know the fourth colour of the rainbow, you'll always remember it is green.


4) Like-of-the-week badges















Who knows...if you do well in an Olympiad and hand in that certificate, you might just get a like-of- the-week for being called onstage in hall.


5) 'Cuz it's fun!















Writing an Olympiad is fun! There's no pressure...and you can simply enjoy yourself...and play eeny-meeny-miny-mo when you don't know the answers. So go...do an Olympiad. Join the Olympiad Mania.

Olymania.

Manilympiad.

Lympimaniad?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Top 10 flieks

Winter vermaak:

Die tyd stap aan en die winter het begin inkruip en dan is daar natuurlik niks lekkerder as om onder die komberse in te duik met 'n goeie fliek nie. Hier volg die top 10 flieks wat die meeste geld verdien het volgens Box Office Mojo.

1. Beauty and the beast
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2
3. Logan
4. The fate of the furious
5. The LEGO batman movie
6. Get out
7. Kong: Skull Island
8. The boss baby
9. Split
10. Fifty Shades Darker

Ek hoop dat hierdie een nat en koue winter sal wees en dat ons almal genoeg tyd sal hê om hierdie lysie deur te werk!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Genotvolle Damesaand

Die tradisionele damesaand het vanjaar op Woensdag 10 Mei plaasgevind en was 'n plesier vir ma's en dogters regoor Worcester.
Altesaam, het 286 vrouens bymekaargekom om vrouwees te vier en sommer net lekker te kuier en gesels.

 Die eerste damesaand is in 1999 gehou deur Me Elsabè Morekel. Dit is die jaar waarin die matrieks van 2017 gebore is!
Die tradisie word elke jaar aan die hoofmeisie en haar ma voortgesit.
Worcester Gimnasium se hoofmeisie, Willa Marie Roux en haar ma Wilna het baie hard gewerk om die 18de Damesaand 'n reuse sukses te maak. Familielede van Willa het van regoor die Wes-Kaap gekom om die spesiale aand by te woon.

Gassprekers Estee en Lourens van Bottomless Coffee Band het vir 'n volle uur lank die gaste vermaak met hulle ongelooflike musikale talente. Tussen die troupaardjie kan hulle 10 instrumente speel! Al hulle liedjies kom met 'n interessante geskiedenis en dit was wonderlike om te sien hoe hulle hulself in die vertoning inleef.

"Om sommer net bietjie vrouwees te vier, ons het so baie goeie dinge" -  Willa






Monday, May 8, 2017

Unique South Africa

Fun facts about our unique country

  • We have a coastline that stretches over 2500km.

  • The "Kreepy Krawly" was invented in South Africa.

  • SA is the home of the worlds largest bird (the ostrich), the longest animal (the giraffe), the fastest animal (the cheetah), the largest land mammal (the elephant), the largest water mammal (the blue whale) and the largest fish (the whale shark) .

  • Cream soda is a South African thing , just like "braai" , "biltong" , "vetkoek" and "koeksisters".

  • The longest wine route in the world is found in South Africa.

  • The Chris Hani-Baraganeth Hospital in Soweto is the biggest hospital in the world.

  • The only street in world to house two Noble Peace Prize winners is in Soweto. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses in VilaKazi Street in Orlano West. 

  • South African Breweries (SAB Miller) supply up to 50% of China's beer.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Só sê die ou Bosvarke

Vanjaar se Derby was weereens ‘n dag van goeie sportmangees, samesyn en geesdriftigheid. Dit was ‘n reuse sukses, en dis nie net die Gimmies wat so dink nie. Hier is wat ‘n paar van Worcester Gim se ou sport-helde te sê gehad het oor hoe hulle die dag ervaar het:

Joy Fortuin (1ste Netbalspan)
1. Wat is elke jaar die hoogtepunt van die Clashes?
Hands down die gees en om te sien hoe die skool ‘n eenheid vorm; wen of verloor.

2. Hoe voel dit om as oud-Gimmie die Derby by te woon?
Dis soos ‘n klein reünie. Dit was lekker om ou gesigte te sien, en ek kry nogsteeds hoendervleis as ek School in Union sing. Ek kan sonder twyfel sê: “Dis lekker om ‘n oud-Gimmie te is!”

3. Wou jy by tye self op die veld klim om die spanne te help?
Ek is hopeloos te onfiks, so daardie is ‘n negatief.

4. Neem jy nog deel aan die sport wat jy op hoërskool beoefen het?
Ek speel netbal vir my koshuis, Heemstede. Die druk is minder as wat dit  op skool was, maar dis nogsteeds pret. En ‘n student is maar dankbaar vir enige iets wat "Eerstejaar-sindroom" voorkom.

Adriaan van der Bank (1ste rugbyspan kaptein)
1. Was vanjaar se Derby dieselfde as hoe jy dit onthou?
Ek onthou nie baie van hoe die Derby was toe ek op skool was nie. Ek was gewoonlik gestres voor my wedstryde en het maar min gesig gewys.

2. Wou jy by tye self op die veld klim en saamspeel?
Ja, beslis. Ek sou enige iets gee om weer die skool te verteenwoordig.

3. Hoe verskil hoërskool sportbyeenkomstes van dié van universiteit?
Jy het beslis ‘n beter verhouding met jou spanmaats op hoërskool as wat jy met hul het ná skool.

4. As jy enige iets vir WG se sportspanne kon sê, wat sou dit wees?
Dié wedstryd is net ‘n boublok vir die res van die seisoen. Vat die positiewe uit die wedstryd in plaas van die negatiewe, en werk hard aan julle spel vir interskole.

Chrisrie Oosthuizen (1ste hokkiespan kaptein)
1. Wat het jy van vanjaar se sing-song-kreet gedink?
Dit was die hoogtepunt van die dag.

2. Was 2017 se Derby dieselfde as hoe jy dit onthou?
Dit was amper beter, omdat ek alles uit ‘n ander oogpunt kon beleef. Die gees was net so aansteeklik soos altyd.

3. Neem jy nog deel aan die sport wat jy op hoërskool beoefen het?
Ja, maar net op koshuisvlak. Ek het wel ook begin sokker speel.

4. Watter raad het jy aan al Worcester Gim se sportspanne?
Speel elke wedstryd asof dit jou laaste een is. Geniet ook elke oomblik, want daar is iets spesiaals aan skoolwedstryde wat jy nêrens anders sal vind nie. Spanbou is ook altyd belangrik.

Luke Titus (1ste Rugbyspan)
*Luke het sy vrae tweetalig beantwoord, wat dit aansienlik makliker maak vir Engelse leerders om te verstaan. Dankie, Luke!

1. Wat mis jy van hoërskool sportbyeenkomstes?
Having support on the side-lines during games makes a big difference when it comes to the dying stages of a match. I miss the sing-song group from which my team mates and I always drew our strength.

2. Neem jy nog deel aan die sport wat jy op hoërskool beoefen het?
The plan was actually to study and play golf the whole day, but when sitting alone in my room at the beginning of the year, I could not resist the temptation of taking my rugby-boots and joining the seniors for practice. I still believe it’s in a Gimmie’s blood to always do something productive with their spare time.

3. Watter “quote” will jy die Bosvarke mee motiveer vir die res van die seisoen?
“Hou jou plat soos ‘n minora blade, maar sny diep.” – Ashley Dreyden

4. Hoe het dit gevoel om as oud-leerder die Derby by te woon?
Ek het lanklaas so trots gevoel soos die oggend van die 6de Mei toe ek weer daardie trui oor my kop getrek het. Ek voel steeds deel van die skool, en daarom skop die term “old boy” nog nie in by my nie. WG once again did not disappoint and by looking at the school from the side-line, I can truly say that this is a school in union.