A wonderful kite-flying day
TWO SCHOOLS from Ottery – Christel House and Ottery Youth Care and Education Centre – won the Edu-Kite Schools’ Competition at the 15th Cape Town International Kite Festival.
The competition was open to ordinary schools and to schools for children with special needs. Each of the 37 schools that entered was given a set of blank kite skins to decorate on the theme. The Kite Festival was in aid of World Mental Health Day.
Festival spokeswoman Cathy Williams said the festival was a great success. Even though the wind didn’t really co-operate, more than 20 000 visitors (plus hundreds of volunteers and stallholders) were there. More than R100 000 was raised for Cape Mental Health.
“The kiters had a great time. The Creative Kite Competition showed excellent examples of Malay Swallow Kites – a design that was originally bought to the Cape by slaves generations ago.”
And she added: “Thanks to Jellybean Journal readers for your support. We really, really appreciate that you helped Cape Mental Health reach new heights.”
The kids’ kites were assembled into flying kite arches and judged on stage during the festival, before all the schools took part in a mass fly in the main arena.
In the ordinary schools category, Christel House came first and won R3 000. Pauw Gedenk Primary in Paarl came second and won R2 000 and Belhar Primary came third and won R1 000.
In the category of schools for pupils with specials needs, Ottery Youth Care and Education Centre won R3 000, Blouvlei School in Retreat won R2 000 and Mary Harding School in Athlone won R1 000.
FLYING: Back left to right, teachers David Chirova , Errol Dixon, Donetha
Cupido with Zimvo Nokama,
Siyamthanda Mgudlwa,Yanga Mdudu, Febe Mbiko, Juliana
Undengue. Second row: Danren Morkel, Lona Nokama, Danielle Davids,
Mzukhona Sobekwa. Lying in front, Littha
WIN: Goosain and Mujaid Davids, 8, – first in the Junior Creative Kite Competition.
FIRST: Ottery Youth Care and Education Centre – first LSEN school. Left to right, Adrian Adriaanse, Gcinikhaya Bam, Farzana Sange (therapist), Ricardo Tembu.