Pupils show skills at Moroccan extravanga

Mitchells Plain School of Skills teacher Lee-Ann Meyer, Gawie Swart and his wife Leone, a former teacher at the school.

Mitchell’s Plain School of Skills pulled out all the stops to showcase their pupils’ talents and skills honed over the past four years.

In their Moroccan-themed extravaganza on Thursday October 17, the school’s hall was transformed so guests could enjoy a harem dining experience, a souk feel with the upholstery and hairstyling pupils and dessert to transport their imaginations.

The school in Rocklands caters for pupils with various disabilities or barriers.

Pupils aged between 14 and 18 are recommended by the Western Cape Education Department to attend the school.

Guests draped in their North African garb were greeted at the door by a stableman and stepped into a corridor of sand, lamps and smoke.

Their dining area had low tables and guests sat on pillows made by the upholstery pupils.

While settling in, they had the attention of the auxiliary health care pupils who went around washing guests’ hands and giving massages.

The hospitality pupils prepared and served a seven-course meal, while the upholstery pupils finished versatile fabric poufs, and the hairdressing pupils did styling.

Dancers from Aphrodite Belly-Dancing School, in Strandfontein, enthralled guests with their moves.

On Saturday October 19, they opened their workshops for guests to see what the school has to offer pupils learning the trades of beauty and nail care, hairdressing, hospitality, panel beating and spray painting, upholstery, welding and woodwork.

The pupils offered their services at nominal fees and visitors to the school could buy their wares.

For more information, call the school on 021 392 1213.