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THE PRESIDENT’s AWARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

TalieHe Award was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The aim was to motivate the young to become involved in a balanced programme of voluntary self-development activities to take them through the potentially difficult period between adolescence and adulthood. Since 1956, the Programme has developed and grown and now reaches young people in over 100 countries under several different titles. The programme in South Africa was initiated by Nelson Mandela and is called The President’s Award.
The Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. The aim is to realise their potential and to conquer their challenges. The challenge is for young people to make things happen rather than waiting for things to happen for them.
The award is balanced. The four sections provide a framework to encourage physical activity, mental challenges, individual perseverance, teamwork and interaction with other people. The young person is required to challenge themselves for their own personal growth and development and they are also required to appreciate the needs of other people and help them. After doing the Award, participants should be aware of the role they can play in helping their community.
To achieve a Gold Award requires a lot of dedication and hard work. To achieve this prestigious award, recognised throughout the world the participant would had to complete the following.
1)Residential Project:
Participants are required to undertake a purposeful activity, with people who are not friends, in an unfamiliar residential setting like going to stay in an orphanage. The activity takes place over a period of at least 4 nights and five consecutive days.

2)Physical Recreation
Participants may choose a physical activity they do on their own or as part of a team. They must do it for a year and show improvement. In the case of a team sport, it is the individual participants personal effort and commitment that counts.

3)Skills
This section should stimulate new interests or improve existing ones. For a year or more participants must show dedication and improvement in this skill. Skills can include hobbies, vocational or job-related skills, social and individual activities, cultural activities of life skills.
Participants are encouraged to interact with people who are experienced in the activity and so can share their enthusiasm and knowledge.

4)Service
This is the most challenging of the sections as it takes a lot of dedication. Over a period of a year or more participants are required to do 72 hours of community service. A log is kept and signed off by an adult to prove that it was completed. To be able to complete the service in a year participant must do more than an hour of community service every week.

After completion of the award. The portfolio of all the activities is compiled and assessed by the Award leader before it is sent to TPA for approval. If approved the participant receives a certificate and badge. Gold Award recipients join the Alumni association.  

Aliwal North High School have had a few students who have been successful in completing this prestigious award.
Daniel Bezuidenhout 2011
Herman Du Randt 2011
Ryno Swart 2012
Zanie Freidberg 2014
Altus Geldenhuys 2016
Benn Rens 2017
Talia Oosthuizen 2017

Waatlemoenfees

Dis ‘n rooi omkringde geleentheid op elke Alie se kalender. Dis ‘n lekker, vuil manier waarop die VCSV elke jaar afskop. Die waatlemoenfees is ‘n jare lange tradisie van die VCSV. Dis elke graad 8 se kans om daardie matriek bietjie terug te kry. Dit begin met ‘n eenvoudige eet van waatlemoene en eindig by ‘n modder gat waarin elkeen “gedip” moet word.

Met taai modder lywe en groot glimlagte kan die jaar begin, want daar is geen fees soos ‘n waatlemoenfees nie.

Graad 8’s 2018 - “Groei waar jy geplant is. Grow and prosper from your roots”

Die Alieland graad 8’s het ‘n besige eerste twee weke van skool gehad. Die Leerlingraad het hulle op ‘n orienteringsprogram gelei waar hulle alles van Alieland moes leer van die Skoollied, Erekode en Skoolreëls tot  onderwyser en leerder name. Die hoogtepunt van die program was sekerlik die “sotte-oorslaap” en sotte konsert. Die ou tradisie is elke jaar ‘n hoogtepunt en die jaar was niks anders nie. Niemand gaan gou weer  dieselfde na Titanic kyk nie. Die liedjies “Ek hou van Kaas”, Despacito en Peri Hoender het ook nou ‘n heel ander prentjie in die kop. Baie dankie aan elke ouer wat sy/haar kind ondersteun het in die twee weke. 

Die graad 8’s saam met die leerlingraad het ‘n nuwe projek begin. Hulle het as vetplanjies bekend gestaan. Die tema of leuse wat die Leerlingraad gaan volg die jaar is “Groei waar jy geplant is” Grow and prosper from your roots.”

In die gees hiervan het die graad 8’s ‘n groot tuin aangelê. Die tuin sal hul nalatenskap wees. Baie dankie aan elke ouer en graad 8 wat groot hoeveelhede vetplantjies geskenk het vir die projek. Soos enige tuin is hierdie ook ‘n “work in progress” en daar gaan die hele jaar aan die tuin gewerk word.