On the 31st of August, Holy Cross High school took part in the Provincial SAASTA School Debate Competition. Holy Cross High had first taken part in the qualifying round on the 3rd of August 2019, and were amongst ten schools who made it through to the provincial round.

The topic at provincials was:

South Africa is amongst the richest countries in biodiversity globally, being home to nearly10% of all known species of birds, fish and plants registered in the world and 6% of mammal and reptile species. Bioprospecting, the exploration of living things for socio-economically valuable compounds, links South Africa’s rich biodiversity and indigenous knowledge to potentially benefit the South African health, pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors in search of improved health, cures for diseases and food security.

Biodiversity is under threat due to influences such as climate change. Bioprospecting faces other risks such as issues of bio piracy (illegal bioprospecting) and the uncertainty in discovering useful compounds. In addition, there are many ethical concerns associated with bioprospecting. Do you think it remains important for South Africa to continue bioprospecting in search of solutions to a myriad of challenges facing the country?

Each debate team has five speakers. The first speaker opens with an opening statement for 4min long. There are then three response speakers that speak for 3min each and the final speaker gives a closing statement, also for 4min long. The only prepared speech is the opening statement. The success of all the other speakers lies in how well the team listens throughout the day, to all the opening statements, responses and imbizo’s (small discussion groups).

Each team had to discuss the topic through one of four perspectives: Socio-cultural, Application and benefits, Economic and Political. Holy Cross High School discussed the topic through the socio-cultural perspective.

The competition was not an easy one, all schools presented very good statements. Thus, the competition was not an easy win. However, the decision amongst the judges were unanimous in terms of who the winning school was. With Oracle Academy taking 3rd place, De Kuilen High School taking second, Holy Cross High School, unanimously, took first place!

Afrikaans Taal Kompetisie

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A3rd  August 2019 – Kensington High

Holy Cross High school went for an Afrikaans Language Competition, on 03rd  August 2019, held at Kensington High school, for the first time. It was quite an experience for the girls because the questions that were asked were totally different from what they had expected. Despite the difficulty of the question paper, they managed to obtain good marks. Kelly Abrahams, one of  the participants, scored 80% which was outstanding. However, she did come in fourth to one of the participants who obtained a better mark than her, only by 1%. Therefore, resulting in us losing the competition, we plan on going to the competition next year now that we are aware of the mistakes that we’ve made and hope to achieve a better ranking.

The teachers are also recognised



On the 3rd of August 2019 five of our learners: Zukhanye Mack (Gr 11), Juliane (Gr 11),Kanda, Ayola Siboto (Gr 10), Okuhle Nogaga (Gr 10) and Rutendo Mugwara (Gr 9) took part in the first round of the SAAST National Schools debate.

The topic given to discuss was: ” Science and technology are key to understanding climate change and responding to it. Climate change will potentially impact many aspects of our lives, including health, access to clean water, energy, and food security. How must science and technology be used to respond to the harsh realities of climate change in South Africa?”

Each school had to give a 2min opening and closing statesment, discussing the topic through a chosen perspective. Holy Cross High discussed the topic through a socio-cultural lens. Zukhanye Mack delivered the opening statement while Rutendo Mugwara delivered the closing statement.

Sixteen schools took part. Ten schools were selected to go to the provincial competion, Holy Cross being one of those schools. The winning school of the provincial competition will represent Western Cape at the National Competition.

The topic for the provincial competition is: “Biodiversity is under threat due to influences such as climate change. Biodiversity faces other risks such as issues of biopiracy (illegal bioprospecting) and uncertainty in discovering useful compounds. In addition, there are many ethical concerns associated with bioprospecting. Do you think it remains important for South Africa to continue bioprospecting in search of solutions to myriad challenges facing the country?

Our debate team worked well together. Working as a team to put the best opening and closing statement together. They conducted themselves as professional young ladies and made our school proud. We wish them all the best for the provincial round.

I really enjoyed the experience. It was a style of debating I had never encountered before. It also opened my mind to many other effects and solutions to climate change. It was rather interesting to see how the other schools gathered their research and expressed their chosen perspective. I also discovered that I really like typing and can’t wait for the next round. It was also a huge honour working with my team and Ms Classen”.      

Okuhle Nogaga Grade 10

Catholic Choir Festival

4 August 2019 – Holy Cross High back at the Catholic School Choir Festial. Mr Klaasen the conductor ensured that we performed memorably at the event. The girls certainly seemed to enjoy all the pomp and circumstance. Most importantly though was the interaction with other choirs nd their members.

School Production 2019: Mama Mia

By all accounts our school production was hugely successful and the quality of our productions are growing year by year.

HCH choir visits care homes

The school choir sent a contingent to bring some joy to local old age homes recently. Mr Klassen accompanied by our piano tutor made a good impression on their visits.