The Vogue Programme is always one of the highlights of the Grade 10 year; it is something the pupils look forward to with great anticipation and excitement. It comprises two main components: support of, and engagement with, a dedicated community and a formal ball which sees the girls partnering up with the Grade 11 Maritzburg College boys.
Sadly, the Grade 10’s were not able to have a ball this year, but they still participated in two initiatives aimed at reaching out to people in need. Historically the grade has worked with the Thandanani Children’s Foundation and this year, they supported them by assisting with their “meals in a jar, which they supply to vulnerable families. The money raised at the Valentine’s social, held at the beginning of the year, was used to buy rice, soup mix, lentils, stock cubes and soup powder to fill one-litre bottles and tubs, providing a meal for a family of four. The Grade 9’s helped to fill the jars before handing them over to the Foundation.
With it being women’s month, the pupils also chose to support the Jes Foord Handbag Project that collects new and used handbags containing toiletries and care items, which are given to rape victims after the initial reporting process. The Epworth community donated handbags and the Grade 10’s filled them with goodies ranging from tissues and underwear to deodorant and toothpaste. They packed over 60 bags that will be distributed by the Jes Foord Foundation to Thuthuzela Centres, Rape Crisis Centres and NPA Courts.