Parktown Girls Debaters spoke well at the Festival
National All Girls’ Festival
On Wednesday, 1 May, we set off for the tour of the year. This year’s festival was hosted in Paarl by La Rochelle and Paarl Girls High School. We met in the dark at 04:30 at OR Tambo International Airport to fly to Cape Town. After a bus trip from the airport to Paarl, we arrived at our accommodation for the 4 days, ATKV Goudini Spa. The opening ceremony was taken to a new level this year. It was an outdoor event, with a professional singer, speakers and a light show that entertained the 1000 plus participants and staff from schools around the country.
On Thursday, we started with all the festival activities. Everyone was very excited to get going with their busy schedules for the first day. The Debaters had 3 rounds, the hockey girls played 4 matches, the Netball girls played 4 matches and the Tennis girls played 3 matches. Day one ended with a very early bed-time as everyone was exhausted.
The Parktown Debaters spent many evenings prepping for the next day’s debate and definitely earned their place in the final. After losing their first debate on the first day, the went on to win the next four debate’s including the semi-final convincingly. Their final debate on the last day was against Durban Girls which started with some tension after our girls beat them in the final in 2018.
Parktown girls spoke exceptionally well on a very tough topic and narrowly lost the final, placing them 2nd overall at the festival. Well done to the Debaters on a fantastic result for the tournament. Three of the Parktown Debaters were placed in the top 10 best speaker’s category; Gabriella Hoskins placed 2nd, Rheyna Pattni placed 4th and Ammaara Ahmed placed 5thout of all the speakers at the festival. Well done girls; you made Parktown extremely proud.
The closing ceremony was short and sweet including the thank you’s to all the organisers, congratulations to all the participants and the hand over to Eunice Girls who will be hosting the festival in 2020. Parktown then left straight for the airport to come home. After the flight being delayed by 30 minutes, all arrived home safely; very tired but feeling satisfied after yet another wonderful National All Girls’ Festival.
Thank you to the teachers and coaches who accompanied the girls, for their motivation, guidance and support. Thanks must also go to the sponsors that assisted in various ways; Mrs Swart for the Netball lunch, Liberty and Core Production, Berni Graman, for the Netball girls’ kit and making sure they looked so smart and Gryphon for the hockey girls’ warm-up shirts.