During these June/July school holidays, Fisherhaven residents Natasha and James Bruiners of the Catapult Foundation will, once again, host a three week music winter school boot camp for ± 400 learners from 15 different schools of the Overstrand.
The Boot Camp offers a viable alternative for parents to keep the youth of all ages occupied during the holidays and will culminate in a jazz concert at its conclusion providing a platform for the youngsters to showcase their newly acquired skills.
The programme underpins the Foundation's commitment to ‘music for all’ by introducing learners to the wonderful world of music, art, and culture as an alternative to gangsterism and drugs and other issues which are rife in the Overstand community.
Boisterous energy greeted Overstrand’s Mayor Dudley Coetzee at the opening of the event at Hawston Secondary on Monday, 25 June, when boot campers were treated to a short performance by the band Signature SA and Carmen Exclusive, who will present the music lessons during the Boot Camp. It was clear that a good time was had by all.
The programme simultaneously kicked off at Zwelihle Primary and Bot River Primary.
During the course of the next three weeks, learners will be taught the finer skills of singing and how to play various instruments such as the violin, keyboard, bass guitar and other wind instruments.
Mayor Coetzee said, he is always encouraged by organisations such as these that provide such a worthy platform where young learners are able to engage in music and art programmes in such a meaningful way.
Pictured here are Deputy Mayor Elnora Gillion, Zwelihle Primary School teacher Thandeka Mavata and some of her learners as well as Aidan Arendse (guitar) and Lingo Black (keyboard and vocalist) of the band Signature SA.
“Our youth need healthier avenues that will steer them away from societal ills that are often driven by socio-economic issues such as poverty, crime, gangsterism, poaching and the like. This boot camp is certainly a step in the right direction. With the proper grooming, it could, in time, even lead to a career in music and the performing arts for those children who show the necessary talent and aptitude.
The event concluded with Mayor Coetzee expressing his gratitude to the organisers and all in attendance: “Natasha and James, thank you once again for initiating this programme and for all your efforts that are indeed making the biggest difference and adding such great value to our communities - more especially our youth who with your guidance is able to realise their best potential. Keep up the good work!”
Meanwhile, at Zwelihle Primary, Deputy Mayor Elnora said; “as always, I am committed and happy to be involved in this wonderful cause, both in my personal capacity and as the Deputy Mayor of the Overstrand, to support music, arts and culture in our area. “We should guide and lead our children to explore their gifts/talents to believe in whatever form of education can open doors to a brighter future. We have talented children in our schools who await opportunities to explore.”