Sharonlea Primary School takes a journey through the ages

Children of Sharonlea Primary School dancing to the tunes of the 1950s. The school held a concert that aimed to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

A local primary school held a musical concert to celebrate the school’s 30th anniversary.

Mel Naidoo, organiser of the concert at Sharonlea Primary School, said, “This year Sharonlea celebrates 30 years of being in existence and 30 years of excellence.”

The school decided the best way to symbolise the celebration would be to put on a themed-concert, Music Through the Ages. Naidoo explained that every grade had to choose a musical era from the 1920s through to the 2000s.

She said there were a few hiccups when putting the concert together but she was extremely impressed with the way each grade depicted the brief uniquely. She said, “Because of how they interpreted it, we have a variety show. There is dance, there is music.”

She added that there’s an authentically South African taste to the dance and music as they included music from artists like Brenda Fassie and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Teachers were involved every step of the way, especially Isabel Sibert, who will be retiring at the end of this year. Naidoo described her as a memorable teacher. “The old pupils remember her so fondly, they always come back looking for her,” she said.

Sibert was one of two teachers who played lead roles in the concert. The storyline is of two friends who look back on their friendship and how music and dance encouraged their friendship to blossom throughout the ages.

As every grade performed their songs, the two teachers would reflect on what that particular era meant for the world and more importantly, their friendship. Sibert is regarded as an icon and this was the perfect send-off for the perfect teacher added Naidoo.

The concert was part of a year-long celebration of the school’s 30th anniversary. Earlier in the year the school held a birthday celebration. Naidoo said, “We need to acknowledge that these 30 years have been because of the community and therefore they choose to include the community in their celebration.”

She went on to say they would like to portray their school as a place of culture and sports and not just academics. This can only be done with the involvement of schoolchildren, parents and the school’s extended community.

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