Culture

“To be or not to be…”  –  William Shakespeare

We might well use Shakespeare’s quote to describe the wide variety of cultural activities offered at the College. Activities such as:

Ars Loquendi is offered to grade 11 learners (English and Afrikaans). It aims to teach learners how to choose a topic for a prepared speech, how to structure that speech and how to deliver it with confidence and conviction. Learners are not expected to be competent public speakers – the course is especially aimed at learners who would like to improve these skills.

A fun part of each session is the impromptu speaking. Each speaker is given a topic and roughly 10 minutes to prepare a 2 – 3 minute thought-provoking speech on that topic. A chairman is in charge of each meeting and the impromptu chairman decides the topics for the impromptu speeches.

The Um-and Ah-counter entertains the audience by reporting on ‘mistakes’ that were made and the grammarian highlights where language was used well in the speeches.

The first term course ends with a gala evening to which parents are invited to see what their children have discovered about their ‘hidden speech talents’. The gala evening is entirely run by the learners and learners vote for the best prepared speakers and impromptu speakers. 

Ars Loquendi enquiries: Ms Liz Vincent (lvincent@midstreamcollege.co.za)

General culture enquiries: Dr Steyn de Bod – Head of Culture (sdebod@midstreamcollege.co.za)

Drama@Midstream is an extra-mural drama club where aspiring actors in Midstream College enjoy the opportunity to develop their acting talents on stage. Actors must attend auditions early in the year and attend weekly rehearsals to prepare them for stage productions. In 2018 an Afrikaans and English drama were performed with great success. We participated in the National Eisteddfod, SOAP festival, Op die Planke Toneelfees and ATKV-Tienertoneel. Both our drama groups went through to the national rounds for two of these competitions. The 2019 productions will also partake in competitions during the year. Auditions for the new 2019 productions will be held early in the first term. Auditions must not be missed, because 2019 promises to be a drama filled year.

“The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life.”

– Oscar Wilde

Drama enquiries: Ms Jacolien Lüneburg  (jluneburg@midstreamcollege.co.za) or Ms Zandeli Meyer (zmeyer@midstreamcollege.co.za)

General culture enquiries: Dr Steyn de Bod – Head of Culture (sdebod@midstreamcollege.co.za

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. 

– Berthold Auerbach

Midstream Melodia offers all singers and lovers of music the opportunity to sing a wide repertoire of songs.  We adopt an a capella approach, singing songs to entertain audiences from every age and culture.  The group rehearses once a week throughout the year. Melodia is in the very capable hands of Ms Carike Homann and performs during school assemblies, school functions, festivals, or anywhere else we can find the opportunity to share our music. 

Melodia enquiries: Ms Carike Homann  (chomann@midstreamcollege.co.za)

General culture enquiries: Dr Steyn de Bod – Head of Culture (sdebod@midstreamcollege.co.za

The following lessons will be offered if enough learners are interested: (Professional music teachers will conduct these classes in the afternoons.)

·   Recorder

·   Drums

·   Flute

·   Keyboard

·   Guitar

·   Piano

·   Clarinet

·   Singing

·   Saxophone

·   Violin

Music enquiries: Dr Steyn de Bod – Head of Culture (sdebod@midstreamcollege.co.za

The Midstream Gazette continues to go from strength to strength and has undergone some major changes this year. With a complete makeover, the Gazette is now proudly for the learners – by the learners!

The Gazette is available in a website format and can thus be accessed at the click of a button. Please visit our website at: www.midstreamgazette.co.za.

We include articles for multiple avenues – movie, book and app reviews, current affairs, school interests, sports, culture, photography competitions and anything that might interest our readers!

Editorial Staff:

Editor-in-chief: Christine Maree

Senior Contributors (Grade 11 and 12):

·Christine Maree (editor)

·Aurèlie Msiza (layout)

·Zené Meyer (marketing)

·Abigail Vian

·Liandri du Toit

·Leandri van Wyk

·Niki Morris

·Kaylee Haddington

·Indigo Haddington

·Robyn Gancho

·Kaylin Usher (sub-editor)

·Dihan de Bod

Newspaper enquiries: Ms Inge Wasserman (iwasserman@midstreamcollege.co.za)

General culture enquiries: Dr Steyn de Bod – Head of Culture (sdebod@midstreamcollege.co.za)

MIDSTREAM GAZETTE: EDITORS / REDAKTEURS>HONOURS ROLL / EREROL
2007Carli de Beer
2008Ilinke Naude
2009Claudine Briendenhann
2010Lara-Monique Solms
2011Karicke Piek
2012Kobie van Schalkwyk
2013Dewald Uys
2014Hidé Bouwer
2015Aroma Theron
2016Aroma Theron
2017Danielle Morris
2018Meagan de Lange
2019Christine Maree

During the fourth term, Midstream College hosts an internal cultural festival, entitled (p)Articipate. All the learners have the opportunity to participate in different cultural activities. The following cultural activities are presented:

The end of the cultural festival is always celebrated with a prestigious gala evening which reflects a kaleidoscope of highlights from the festival and includes items such as dancing, singing and acting. At the end of the evening the overall winners (boy and girl) are announced.  

(p)Articipate enquiries: Ms Lize Ludick (lludick@midstreamcollege.co.za)

General culture enquiries: Dr Steyn de Bod – Head of Culture (sdebod@midstreamcollege.co.za

He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense. – Joseph Conrad

Public speaking is a skill that can be acquired by anyone. One can learn how to speak and present oneself.

Public speaking at Midstream College has gone from strength to strength in the past decade and our learners have done us extremely proud.

We offer our learners the opportunity to convincingly and confidently take a stance. We are constantly investigating more competitions for our speakers. Subsequently we have added two more competitions.

1. INTERNAL ORATORS

In this competition we offer our learners the opportunity to orate in English and/or Afrikaans. At the end of each section an overall winner (both senior and junior; Afrikaans and English) is announced.

It is compulsory for learners to participate in the Internal Competitions prior to being considered for external public speaking competitions.

2. GAUTENG NORTH VAN HUYSSTEENS ORATORS’ FESTIVAL

Schools enter their best speakers and teams for this competition. They are entered per grade, per language (English, Afrikaans and bilingual). At the end of the first round schools are notified which three teams or individuals in each category will compete in the final round. The overall winners for each category are then announced at a very prestigious gala occasion.

3. ATKV ORATORS’ COMPETITION

The ATKV offers a national public speaking competition for Afrikaans Home Language and Afrikaans Additional Language speakers. Midstream College falls within the Gauteng North region. At the end of the first round the best learners in the province progress to the semi-final where the provincial winners are announced. The latter are then invited to the final which is annually held at one of the ATKV’s much sought after holiday resorts. Midstream College has been privileged enough to have a speaker in five finals and twice we have been victorious.

4. LYTTELTON MANOR HIGH SCHOOLS’ PUBLIC SPEAKING FESTIVAL

This competition offers a public speaking opportunity to both individuals and teams. The competition is aimed at English Home Language- and Afrikaans Additional speakers, but Afrikaansspeaking learners may however, also particiate in the English Home Language sections. This competition takes place in May.

5. TYGER VALLEY COLLEGE ENGLISH PUBLIC SPEAKING FESTIVAL

This English public speaking competition is open to individual speakers in any private school and takes place in March.

6. ARTISTICULTA PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

The Artisticulta Public Speaking Competition also takes place during the second term and is open to both English-speaking and Afrikaans-speaking learners.

7. OPPIE TONG AF – PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

This will be a new competition that Midstream College is going to participate in.  It accommodates both home language- and additional language speakers of both English and Afrikaans.  It will take place in the third term.

8. RADIKALE REDENAAR PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITION

For the first time our learners will officially participate in the Gauteng region of this national competition.  Both home language and additional speakers in both Afrikaans and English will be able to enter.

Public speaking: Ms Sharon de Bod (sadebod@midstreamcollege.co.za)

General culture enquiries: Dr Steyn de Bod – Head of Culture (sdebod@midstreamcollege.co.za)

The Midstream College revue is a highlight on the school programme every year that gives around 100 – 120 learners the chance to perform on stages such as the Pretoria State Theatre and the Mosaïek Teatro. We participate in competitions and festivals and strive to give the learners as much exposure to the performing arts as possible, as we believe this builds confidence and self-esteem.

We have two revue groups namely: the Revolution Revue Group and the Xpressions Revue Group.

·         General practice times in 2019:

1st and 2nd term: Tuesdays 18:00 – 20:00

3rd term:  Tuesdays 17:30 – 20:30

·         Important extra practice dates:

2 April 2019 15:00 – 20:00 (Hall)

9 Julie 2019 15:00 – 20:00 (Hall)

·         Competitions and performances

Will be communicated when the final information is available.

Revue enquiries: Ms L’Mri Lamprecht (llamprecht@midstreamcollege.co.za)

General culture enquiries: Dr Steyn de Bod – Head of Culture (sdebod@midstreamcollege.co.za