Meridian Matric Dance  

On Wednesday the 4th of October 2017, Meridian Cosmo City grade 12 students had their very first Matric dance. It was hosted at the Garden Venue in North Riding. It was done as a way for the school to bid the grade 12s a beautiful farewell.

Since the class of 2017 is the first Matric class at Meridian Cosmo City, the pupils were especially excited by the event, hosted in their honour. Filled with beautifully set tables with name tags so each student knew where to sit the venue was so beautiful one could swear it was for a Presidents dinner.

‘’ Ours is a first and because of that, it is very special, this year we are like parents who are seeing off their first born child coming of age.’’ Said Vusi Masuku, executive head at Meridian Cosmo City.

Young boys and girls came out in their best attire to celebrate themselves, and bid high school a final farewell and as they start their matric final exams soon. Grade 12s were screaming for their friends who arrived in stylist cars, dresses and suits and hair and nails done in styles that one knew was not cheap.

Teachers also came out to support their students and were dressed to impress, as the event was also meant to allow the teachers to celebrate the students and the strength the children have shown this past year.

‘’ This Matric dance shall forever set the standard for this school; we are celebrating what the school has been able to achieve since its inception in 2015. It is something a child who is in grade R can see and say that  is the product of Meridian Cosmo City.’’ Explained Masuku

Matric Dances have been a right of passage for matriculates for many years and Meridian has finally joined the ranks of this high school tradition that has made high school all the more exciting for learners and worked as a motivation for the ones who are still on their way to grade 12.

Youth imbizo story

On the 16th of September 2017, Multipurpose was the host to a Youth Imbizo event organised by an orgnisation called Fronesus Students Development Trust, the imbizo was organised as a way for the youth to showcase local talent and find out what can be done to make them an integral part of society.

Fronesus Students Development Trust, have services that include women and youth development. Their youth development project is called Zone14 youth development, they hosted the youth imbizo.

‘’ The reason for this youth imbizo is to bridge the gap between the youth and the government, we know that there is a high unemployment rate and lack of information for various things because the youth do not have access to things such as Wifi, so these expos will be a  networking session for the youth.’’ Said Tsitsi Sekgobela, founder of Fronesus Student Development Trust.

The Zone14 youth development wants to make this imbizo an annual event, so as to assist a new group of youth every year. The venue is dependent on the number of people that come to the youth imbizo. So youth is encouraged to find out about these programs and become a part of them so as to equip them with information

‘’ Government has a lot of programs that are there to assist unemployed youth that we are not aware of, programs that can assist youth in schools with early work experience and other things such as internships.’’ She explained

This year the imbizo focused on Integrated Development Plan (IDP), which is a super plan for an area that gives an overall framework for development. It aims to co- ordinate the work of local and government in a plan to improve the quality of life for all the people living in the area.

‘’ We went to the speaker’s office and asked them to come and unpack the IDP for the youth, so that they understand what the IDP is, because most of them do not know what it is. They do not know what government entity to approach for help with things such as starting a business and needing funding.’’ She continued

This year’s Youth Imbizo was made to highlight the issues that affect the youth such as unemployment, crime and poverty, it is important that the community supports and encourages the youth to grow and develop themselves for the future and for them to have the relevant information they need to grow.

Meridian Heritage Day Celebration

On Friday the 22nd of September 2017, students from Meridian Cosmo City came out in their traditional attire to celebrate Heritage Day. This day was also celebrating Mandela Day for Meridian. The festivities took place at their school hall, the whole school was involved, grade R to 7 in the morning and 8 to 12 from 11am until 2pm.

Heritage Day is a day in the South African calendar where being different is celebrated instead of misunderstood. It is a day where people show off where they come from through their traditional clothing, and one where people do not mind talking about the things that make their culture unique and beautiful to them.

‘’ These 2 days are significant in the history of our country. Looking at Heritage Day, it is very important to remind ourselves about our culture, about our diversity and for us to always remember that in our diversity we must find unity.’’ Said Mr Vusi Masuku, Executive Head of Meridian Cosmo City.

Mandela Day is a day where South African hearts are open to giving and doing more through their resources, to help the less fortunate by remembering the sacrifice made by the late Nelson Mandela for the liberation of this country. It was celebrated on the 18th of July, which is Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

In celebration of this spirit of ubuntu the students of Meridian came together and collected nonperishable food items. They then packaged them into food parcels and selected from the elderly people of Cosmo City, 18 fortunate grandparents were given these parcels.  .

‘’ These days are an opportunity for us to remember how privileged we are and that there are people out there who are not as privileged and for us to lend a helping hand whenever possible so that people do not feel forgotten.’’ He explained

Celebrating who you are and where you come from is what heritage day is all about, it unifies all 11 official South African languages through culture are celebrated it is an opportunity to learn about different cultural norms.

‘’ Our children respond very well to days like these and parents do very well in educating our children about their cultures, they are very proud and excited about today’s festivities. Parents have done an amazing job in instilling the importance of knowing who you are. Just as the colours of the rainbow sit neatly next to each other, we can also unify as people.’’ He concluded.

TAEKWONDO in Cosmo City

In Cosmo City there is now a sport that requires the same set of skills as that of soccer and rugby, this one however is not a group but rather an individual sport, it is Taekwondo. Which is a form of martial arts and entails very strict rules that participants must respect.

Taekwondo literally means the way of the foot and the fist in Korean. The roots of the art dates back as far as 2000 years ago. It is a martial art that in today’s “self-defense”, has evolved by combining many different forms of martial arts that existed in Korea for 2000 years. The earliest records of Taekwondo practice date back as far as to about 50 B.C.

‘’ I started doing Taekwondo because I had a passion for it, which came from watching Bruce Lee, Jean Claude Van Damme and many other martial artists on television and wishing I could be like them.’’ Explained Relebohile Cade Mathetha, 2nd degree Black belt in Taekwondo.

Being from Johannesburg and moving to Cosmo City to be closer to family, Cade realised that there is no point in having a talent and keeping it to yourself, which then allowed him to open a Taekwondo Centre in Sunninghill Village Mall, sponsored by A.C.E TAEKWONDO South Africa.  The Centre is open to anyone from the ages of 15 to 70 years old

Taekwondo is not just about acquiring the skill of fighting there is more levels to it, the skill of fighting is just a bonus but the root of taekwondo is about learning self-discipline, awareness and control. Hence the skill is not acquired to hurt someone but to defend yourself from one tries to bring you harm but also not to inflict harm if necessary. Certain fighting skills from Asian where built with a form of spiritual connection, a way to link your mind body and soul.

It is vitally important for people to find ways of channeling energy into peaceful ways and Taekwondo can be regarded as one of those outlooks, the youth just any other sport learn that the sport is not just about playing it there are other principals involved that will help benefit and navigate the direction of one’s life.

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