Valedictory ceremonies take place at this time of the year in all our schools for Matric learners who have written their prelims and are ready to write their final exams and then leave school. The schools in our surrounding area – SACS, Bishops, Rondebosch, Wynberg, Rustenberg, Reddam and Westerford – have chosen Forries as their favoured venue to celebrate the end of their 12 years of schooling slog.
Each school will reserve an area at Forries and after the Valedictory ceremony at their respective schools, they will arrive en masse, with their parents, to celebrate the end of their schooling years, with enormous verve and vigour, and sometimes …. drunkenness! This congregation of schools on the same territory can sometimes be quite interesting, as the rivalry between schools on the sporting and academic ground is subversively carried through to the celebrations and one will find one school singing their ‘wakas’ more loudly than the next door school.
It is generally seen as a release from the shackles and rigours of being a ‘learner’ and a readiness for entering the ‘big world’.
They still have their final exams to write, but the celebration at Forries is kind of an interim blast, before they have to knuckle down and study for the last hurdle.
“And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”
-T. S. Eliot.