There will be a parade of young talent when the SPAR National All Girls’ Winter Sports and Cultural Festival is hosted by Clarendon High in East London from April 27 to 30.
In a festival which caters for sporting and cultural activities, a total of 19 schools will arrive in East London on Friday to enjoy the 19th edition of the festival.
Having started in 2000 in Cape Town, when it was co-hosted by Rustenberg (netball) and Wynberg (hockey), the occasion has grown to include over 20 schools at times.
This is the third time Clarendon will host the event after 2003 and 2011.
From hockey to cooking, a variety of disciplines will be on offer, also including netball, squash, golf, tennis, debating, public speaking, chess, vocal ensemble, visual arts, creative writing and drama.
Although the emphasis is on camaraderie, there will be keen competition among the schools, with a number of teams out to defend their top-ranking status from last year.
Clarendon principal Pat Rose said they were delighted to be hosting the prestigious girls’ event, which will see the action start on Saturday after Friday’s opening ceremony.
“We thank SPAR Eastern Cape for sponsoring the festival and look forward to a weekend of friendship and healthy competition,” she said.
“SPAR, as a brand with their values of passion and family, fit superbly with this national event.”
She added that the Smile Foundation was the chosen corporate social responsibility for the festival and there would be a strong recycling drive during the weekend.
The Smile Foundation is a South African non-profit charity that helps children in need of treatment for facial abnormalities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
Rose said the Clarendon Enviro Club would be fully involved in the festival, ensuring that all participants recycle, reduce and reuse.