IN THE SPOTLIGHT
QGHS team excels in an online speech contest on climate change
At the end of July, QGHS was invited to participate in a special National Model Parliament to discuss how to address climate change in South Africa. The planet is facing a climate crisis and the prosperity of future generations is at risk.
One of our learners, Farha Mustan has been a representative at Youth@SAIIA since May 2021. Hundreds of young people from all over South Africa representing various organisations, schools, universities groups and communities had been working to develop the first SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH CLIMATE ACTION PLAN (YCAP). The SA YCAP will serve as a guide for youth, decision-makers, civil society, business, academia and other stakeholders.
High school learners from across the country were invited to represent their schools at the National Model Parliament on Climate Change. A total of 25 schools and 30 teams participated. During the session delegations discussed the climate crisis and cross-cutting issues such as poverty, inequality, health, gender, food security, and water scarcity. Delegates had the chance to get their voices heard and will contribute to the national YCAP process. Top teams were awarded Best Delegation and Best Speaker Awards and are being further invited to join other meetings in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 to be held later this year.
Our QGHS team comprised of Farha Mustan, Melody Pillay and Kaitlin Muruvan. QGHS was awarded the 3rd best delegation for their opening statement. They argued that climate change isn't just a concern for scientists and politicians; it's a problem that affects everyone, young and old, rich and poor.
Farha, Melody and Kaitlin prior to this participated in the National Womens Dialogue which was published by Youth@SAIIA on Womens Day this year. The three girls also went on to draw up the Model Resolution on climate change: voices of the youth. Farha was later selected to be on the editing committee of the final YCAP document, making her 1 out 2 representatives from Kwazulu Natal.
The ladies are now preparing for their next challenge at the SAIIA Johannesburg Model United Nations Conference 2021.
We are proud of you girls and we wish you the best in your next challenge.
A budding author – The rise of a star
Queensburgh Girls’ High is honoured to announce the rise of one of their own writers, Grade 12 learner, Asande Dube. Asande, born and raised in Umlazi, started writing poems at the age of eleven and songs at the age of twelve.
She was inspired to write stories by her mother who was instrumental in getting her first story published. Asande was recently inspired by her English teacher, Mrs S. Sewnarain in completing her creative writing piece for a school based Assessment task in Grade 12 by using elements of vivid image and expression which she then applied to a short story she entered in a competition.
The story that is now being published, ‘Dreaming in a Blue Neighbourhood’, is a fantasy story about a group of teenagers taking a trip to a deserted place without their parents’ knowledge. It is a moving, compassionate and beautifully written short story which is a powerful testament of the triumph of the human spirit.
To get this story published, Asande entered the “Teen Short stories writing program” run by the “African Teen Authors Book Initiative (ATABI)”. The initiative was looking for 25 outstanding stories written by African Teens in each African country. The chosen stories would form part of the Anthology of 25 stories of that country. The aim was to promote writing and reading of African stories. Asande Dube was one of the lucky writers whose beautiful story has been chosen to feature in the Anthology.
The principal and staff at QGHS extend their heartfelt congratulations to Asande. We are extremely proud of her.
2020 Junior Prize-Giving
We are pleased to announce the 2020 Prize winners for different categories and different grades. Well done ladies!!
Grade 12 Visual Arts Retrospective Exhibition
We are very proud of our grade 12 Visual Arts learners who recently had their Retrospective Exhibition. This year, due to COVID-19, we were unable to do an exhibition for our QGHS family. We however, took a few pictures and made a video compilation to share with the rest of the QGHS family. I am sure you will agree we have talented girls.
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