After much practicing and preparation, the Arts Festival week began on Tuesday 6 September.
The traditional starting assembly saw the gym filled to capacity with over 750 students, teachers, parents and guests. Mr Thomson reflected on what it means to truly glorify God as we officially opened the Art Exhibition. ‘Life in Colour’ was the theme and what a display of colour it was! Not only in the foyer, but also on the walls of the gymnasium where we enjoyed viewing the many entries for this year’s Art Competition.
A big thank you to our Art teachers and to Mrs Nieuwkerk for their tireless efforts in curating the exhibition. Anyone entering the Kenwick Campus would have also been wowed by the beautiful Year 10 mural designed and painted on the foyer windows. The mural also ‘spilled’ down onto the paving as our keen and creative students ‘chalked’ the school in a kaleidoscope of colour.
On Wednesday during the Arts Festival, the gym was humming to the sounds of students ‘warming up’ for the annual Extravaganza. That evening our exceptionally talented students put on an amazing show celebrating our creative students and their creative God with a jam packed program in a packed out gym. The addition of the black curtains added to the atmosphere and really helped with the acoustics. It was a night of beautiful sounds, from exquisite Primary solo performers to Secondary rock ensembles to the first performance from our newly formed Stage Band. The music program at Rehoboth is growing from strength to strength.
Many of the Secondary students took on the challenge of dressing up in their crazy colourful best for our Thursday festivities. Again our staff and students were treated to delectable tastes, sights and sounds during the Street Food and Open Mic event. A great way to ‘chill’ in the sun, enjoying each other and delighting in God’s good gifts.
One thing missing from the Wednesday night Extravaganza was a drama performance. This year we moved the Year 10 drama production to its own slot on Friday afternoon. What a great finish to the festival it was! Mr Dougherty’s drama class and Mrs Hlatywayo’s music class had prepared a production centred on the life of John Newton. The gym ‘theatre’ came alive as we were reminded of God’s amazing saving grace through this creatively told story.