For the second time this year, the much loved Elsies River High School Band affirmed their musical dominance by winning the 2019 High School Jam.
This year’s Jam, which took place on Saturday at GrandWest Casino’s Grand Arena, features 10 of the best High School Bands in Cape Town.
These High Schools included West End Junior High, Portland High, Plumstead High, Milnerton High, Cedar High School, South Peninsula High, Parow High School, Alexander Sinton High and of course, Elsies River High.
Another team, BAAP, also participated and is a musical collaboration between Bridgetown High, Athlone High, Athlone School for the Blind and Peakview High.
Each school is given an opportunity to perform before a panel of judges and the school with the best band walks away with the R50 000 winning prize, that band being Elsies River High.
Earlier this year, the school also won the Band Slam competition for the third time, despite only having competed six times.
Similarly, the school also won the High School Jam for the third time, having taken the prize in 2015 and 2016.
On a Tragic Note
The weekend was marked with both joy and tragedy for the High School.
A grade 11 learner, Waydene Priga, was involved in a taxi accident at the Old Apostolic Church in Elsies River while celebrating the High School Jam win.
She was rushed to Grootte Schuur Hospital where, in a critical condition, she died on Sunday afternoon.
A valued member of the school’s netball and female rugby team, she scored a try this week in a game against the under 15 boys team.
She was also crucial in a recent girls rugby festival game where Elsies River won 75-5.