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There are two choirs in the school catering for a diversity of interests.

The choir performing in assembly with the school orchestra.

The choir performing in assembly with the school orchestra.

The main School Choir comprising about 50 learners plays a leading role in school ceremonies and participates in festivals, concerts and competitions. Their repertoire is wide and ranges from difficult and challenging classical works to popular songs and songs from musicals. The choir is directed by Mr Daniel Rossouw and is accompanied by Mrs Elize Kruger and Ms Conradie.

The second choir is a traditional voice ensemble called Hlabelela which means “to lead with the voice”. Hlabelela sing African music and broaden their knowledge of the language and cultures of South Africa. They are assisted by Mr Bhulana and are seen here performing at the school’s Fun Run and Market Day.

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The following girls were recognized in 2016 for their contribution to the choir:

Full Colours (Re-Award) – Nontsikeleo Tshefu and Angela Xia

Full Colours (New) – Moratiwa Malatje and Lesego Molefe

Half Colours (Re-Award) –Thando Nkomo and Nthato Zitha

Half Colours (New) – Linae Baron, Siphokazi Magaga, Lungile Mvelase, Mpho Mvelase, Maya Oliver,  Daniella Owiredu, Daniella Owiredu and Erin van Wyk

Merit AwardGail Ngoveni

Team – Elana Adams, Savannah da Silva, Yonela Dishi, Noncebo Khanyile, Nicole Mychajluk and Gail Ngoveni, Thando Nkomo, Lindokuhle Sukazi, Nontsikelelo Tshefu, Erin van Wyk and Angela Xia

Choir Leaders 2016

Deputy Head : Erin van Wyk

Choir Master’s Assistant: Savannah da Silva

Accompanist’s Assistant: Angela Xia

Musical Leader: Yonela Dishi

Voice Leaders: Nicole Mychajluk, Elana Adams, Thando Nkomo and Lindo Sukazi

Librarian: Gail Ngoveni, Noncebo Khanyile

Head Chorsiter: Nontsikelelo Tshefu

Hlabelela Leaders 2016

Head: Gugu Mabena

Deputy Head: Bongiwe Nkabinde

Secretary: Nontsikelelo Tshefu

The Experience of a lifetime

Jeppe High School for Girls brought home 2 silver medals from the 5th World Choir Games which  took place in Austria in 2008.

The Jeppe choir took part in two categories – Popular Choral Music (Open) with 20 other choirs and Gospel and Spiritual (Open) with 16 other choirs. They were selected to go through to the final round for both categories and performed in the finals on Friday 11 July and at midnight on Saturday 12 July.

The results of the Games were announced at a huge prize-giving ceremony at midday on Sunday 13 July in an indoor theatre that was larger than a soccer stadium. Most of the choirs that had participated attended the ceremony in their national dress and were bearing their national flags. It was a wonderful experience. The certificates for each category were awarded first and then the medals: bronze, silver and gold. After cheering heartily for our fellow South Africans and choirs we had met on the tour, the Jeppe contingent awaited the results of their categories with bated breath. The competition was really stiff and the excitement mounted as the choirs who had been awarded certificates were announced and then those that had won bronze medals and Jeppe’s name still hadn’t been called out. When Jeppe Girls was awarded silver, the learners and staff alike leapt to their feet with ecstatic cheering.

 “I am really thrilled with our results” said Mrs Morrick. “We were honoured to be invited to participate in the games and were incredibly excited when we qualified in not one category, but two. I would have been happy with one bronze medal, but two silvers! I’m ecstatic! As first time participants, we have done ourselves and our country proud. Our girls worked extremely hard and they deserve this honour. Bravissima!

The South African choirs attending the games did exceptionally well, winning more gold medals than any other country (15 out of the 74 gold medals that were awarded) and numerous silver medals. Ms Slabber, Headmistress at the time, had this to say: “What a wonderful experience for Jeppe Girls to be able to compete against the best choirs in the world. The fact that the choir received two silver medals for the first time they participated in the games is quite an achievement at this level of competition. The girls also participated in a friendly concert that took place in Haüplatz – in the middle of the city and drew the biggest crowd of all the choirs that participated. It was an amazing experience for everyone. Well done and congratulations to all involved.”