Lowveld High’s matric farewell a sophisticated celebration

Naledi Machete, one of Lowveld Highschool's Presidents.

MBOMBELA – The rain poured on Friday night for hours on end, however, no amount of rain or bad weather could dampen the electric atmosphere at Lowveld High’s matric farewell.

Each matriculant’s arrival was celebrated. The young men and women arrived in grand cars of all sorts and were escorted on a red carpet by assistants holding umbrellas ensuring that their attire remained dry. They proudly displayed their evening wear to fellow pupils and community members whose cheering elicited bright smiles from the special guests.

Mbombela Stadium was the venue of choice and dinner was served overlooking the stadium from the top level. “Look at this view!”, Naledi Machete, one of the school’s 2015 presidents said. She and her friends stood in silence for a minute, taking in the moment that, for many, signalled their transition into adulthood.

Ms Nadine Schnel, the school psychologist, addressed the group in a heartfelt way. She compared the metamorphosis of a high school pupil to that of a larva which becomes a butterfly. “You were all little pipsqueaks in grade eight,” she said with a smile. “Then you reached grade nine and you became busy, hormonal little larvae. In grades 10 and 11, you had no care in the world. And here you are. You have become matric butterflies.” The pride in the personnel’s eyes was touching and echoed her sentiment.

The evening’s theme was music and the group’s two presidents, or the so-called conductors of the school’s symphony, addressed their peers next. Naledi and Lukhanyiso Makaula expressed their loyalty to the school and wished their equals the best for what lay ahead. “My heart will forever be blue and white – the colours of our school,” Makaula said. As the matriculants chattered away, enjoying the festivities, an old Irish blessing came to mind, “May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun and find your shoulder to light on. To bring you luck, happiness and richness. Today, tomorrow and beyond.”

Helene Eloff
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