Grey hou gala 22 January 2017 08:01

Die afgelope week was die skool behoorlik in rep-en-roer gewees en die opwinding het hoog geloop voor die gebruiklike jaarlikse inter-huis gala tussen koshuis en stad. Hierdie wedywering, wat een van Grey Kollege se gesonde tradisies oor baie jare is, en ook as een van die hoogtepunte op die sosiale kalender onder veral die jong dames onder die meisieskole in die stad gereken word, het verseker vanjaar aan die verwagtinge voldoen en weereens daarin geslaag om die skool asook ons susterskole, naamlik Oranje Hoër Meisieskool en Eunice, bymekaar te bring.

 

The evening started with the customary processions of hostels and city and these important rituals to start the evening officially did certainly not disappoint. The city procession impressed with their use of vintage motorcycles whilst the hostels’ procession almost literally set the world alight when a teddybear was set on fire but was unfortunately dropped on the ground by the boy who carried it! Luckily a member of the hostels’ procession kept his proverbial cool and flicked the burning teddybear into the swimming pool to the delight of the crowd picking up a couple of blisters in the process. The processions of both city and the hostels were stylish and done in good taste and, more importantly, also kept to the allotted time schedule so that the inter-house gala could start on time. This set the tone for a wonderful evening. The swimming was of a high standard and the participation of the girls relays teams certainly added to the evening’s excitement. City, as has become now customary during the last number of years, won the gala quite comfortably although the hostels must be commended on their effort and enthusiasm.

 

Wat wonderlik was om te aanskou, was die gees wat gedurende hierdie geleentheid onder die seuns en dogters geheers het. Dit was verblydend gewees dat skole nogsteeds in vandag se moderne tye waarin ons leef, waarin daar verskeie ander trekpleisters is waarmee jongmense hulself besig hou, hierdie tipe geleentheid na waarde skat en dat alle betrokkenes hul swemmers ten volle en spontaan aangemoedig en ondersteun het. Ons lewe in tye waar veral die ouer garde maklik vinger na die jeug wys en ook geneig is om opmerkings oor die morele verval onder die jeug te maak. Hierdie geleentheid het ’n mens egter onwillekeurig na vervloeë dae teruggeneem toe die enigste verskil tussen die geleenthede die “malduik” aan die einde van die aand was. Wie sal ooit die opwinding vergeet toe die ligte na afloop van die gala afgeskakel is, ’n mens die reuk van paraffien en opwinding in die lug kon ruik en die matrieks hulself voorberei het om ten aanskoue van almal by die hoë duikplank met brandende T-hemde af te spring? Ek is seker hierdie beskrywing bring aangename herinneringe onder veral ons oud-Greys terug wat sekerlik met heimwee terugdink aan die tye wat hulle deel van en die fokuspunt hierdie spesiale geleentheid kon wees.

 

In conversation with a stranger during the week, the person made the comment that it is not easy being an adult in these modern times that we live in. This really made me think seeing that one easily comments on how difficult it is for our youth to grow up with all the challenges and pressures that exist although similar challenges exist for the adults. Raising a child today is not easy and one of these challenges is certainly to find a balance between being a friend to one’s children but also being a parent with sound judgement and moral values and who must be constantly set the example. Unfortunately some parents sometimes lose sight of this fine balance in parenting their children especially when parents want to make life as easy as possible for their children especially at school. 

 

One is reminded of nature and that a chick needs to break through the shell of its egg by its own accord, that this process cannot be interrupted and that they cannot be assisted by external forces. This action of breaking through the shell prepares them for what lies ahead once outside the shell and if they are assisted, their development is, in most cases, seriously jeopardised. This is also very true when a boy becomes part of Grey College. Although a parent would like to make their son’s life here at school as comfortable as possible, by for example choosing their teachers or enquiring about team selections, he needs to find his own ways so that he can develop into a young man by his own accord. Perhaps the challenge for our primary schools is to nurture independence at a much younger age so that the mindset of becoming independent is established long before both parents and boys arrive here in grade 8. Being manipulated by a group think attitude and reacting to this group think perspective via social media and WhatsApp-groups is also not helping the situation. It is, ultimately, the responsibility of parents to not only acquire the information that is available but to also assess, interpret and internalise this information. This is certainly one of the biggest challenges for our modern day parents. 

 

Die komende Dinsdag is ons jaarlikse inter-huis atletiek kampioenskappe en ek is seker dat die koshuise graag die bordjies sal wil verhang. Die vure sal ook teen 18:00 gereed wees vir ons ouers om saam met hul seuns ’n vleisie te kan braai en die aand saam te geniet. Ek vertrou dat ouers hierdie geleentheid sal ondersteun.

 

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Vriendelike groete

 

Deon Scheepers

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