The last few months of 2018 were good to the Yewnique family.
Younger Daughter took part in her dance school’s concert. It was also the school’s 20th year, so it was a very special showcase. Over the year, she took every dance class that was offered for her age level, was a concert helper for the younger dancers, and competed in troupes and solos at dance competitions (and did well!).
At the concert, she took part in 14 items and gave it her all in every single one of them. She was awarded (jointly) the Star Performer Award which is awarded to the student(s) who were outstanding on stage during the performance. This award is chosen on the night itself.
She was also awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award which is given to student(s) striving for excellence in dance and performance. She got a trophy to keep and there was also a Cup which is passed on to future recipients.
Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade
Younger Son completed another year of Boys’ Brigade and earned the relevant badges.
Younger Daughter received Best Girl in the Senior Section.
Older Daughter received the Queen’s Award, the highest international award in Girls’ Brigade. She put in a lot of work over the past two to three years to earn this.
November is always a busy month for the Yewnique household.
The youngest turned nine. This is the one who was supposed to be born in October, but decided to wait and wait for almost a week, so that not only would she share a birthday month with her older sister, but also share a birthday with my sister, her aunt.
Miss Nine performed in her dance school’s annual performance and also had the honour and privilege of being a student helper for the Mini Stars’ dance items. All in all she was in seven items: four with her class (ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre) and three as a helper (ballet, jazz, tap).
We attended the wedding of Mark’s cousin. The bride is a South African of Indian descent and there was an elaborate week-long string of celebrations. Here we are at the Mandap ceremony which kicked off the week.
The younger two finished up their home school for the year. Did they finish ALL their assigned work? No…. As the song says, Let it go, let it go….
The Boys’ Brigade and the Girls’ Brigade had their Annual Presentation.
Susannah received her Pioneer Pin, which is the highest national award for Girls’ Brigade.
Jeremy received the Queen’s Badge, which is the highest award for Boys’ Brigade.
And finally, last but certainly not least, Susannah had her birthday. This is the one who was supposed to be born in December, and therefore share a birth month with her father, but decided to be born early and have her own birth month thankyouverymuch . . . that is, until her younger sister was born eight years later.
The school gives out fewer than ten awards in total at the Annual Show and Presentation. So, for a school that has over 200 students, this is quite an achievement. This year, the school awarded two students Encouragement Awards, and Miss Eight is one of them. The trophy is hers to keep and she will have the perpetual shield for half a year.
This year, the Brigades had a joint Presentation Ceremony.
This is her final year as a Cadet. Next year, she will be a Junior.
Older son also won Rookie of the Year during his time. So both our sons’ names are on the shield.