The Culture Club at Eunice was founded by Dr GB Dennill in 2006. Every event is open to any girl at Eunice; there is no membership. Events include music concerts, guided tours of, for example of the Cathedrals in Bloemfontein, attending Greek and Indian cultural evenings, or going out together for supper to dine on authentic Chinese, Italian or Indian food.
The Thursday evening music concerts at the Odeion School of Music on the UFS campus form the backbone of our year, and we are very privileged to obtain 20 complimentary tickets for every concert. The number of girls attending ranges from one to 25, depending on Eunice’s very busy extra-mural curriculum and test time table. At these concerts, we have been treated to world class performances by some of the planet’s leading and up-and-coming musicians.
Most children these days have little or no exposure to ‘classical’ music. Those who have dared to attend one or two concerts have become Culture Club regulars who will only miss a concert if they have an important test the next day. When the girls have been transported by a particular performance, such is their enjoyment that they insist on having a photo taken of themselves standing next to the performer. It is uplifting to see girls idolising such refinement instead of the clearly inferior music of so many current ‘popular music’ artists.
Listening to aesthetically pleasing music is a whole-brain exercise that promotes intelligence, memory, and feelings of equanimity. It also promotes the production and release of neurotransmitters, which make one feel happy, and which prevents depression, which is becoming ever easier to slip into in this pressured and unhappy world. One must repeat that our girls are so fortunate to be able to have these wonderful experiences for free.
There is nothing more rewarding for a teacher than to hear the children enthusing about something he or she has exposed them to, to see that it has taken their breath away, awoken in them emotions they never knew they had, and transported them to places they had never imagined.
In the words of Miss Kayla Mousley, one of our ‘regulars’ at Culture Club events:
“If you asked me three years ago what Culture Club meant to me, I would have said “It is a one-way ticket out of the hostel for the night”, but now it means a whole lot more. It is the electric feeling that runs through me when one of Mozart’s classics flows through my body. It is the motivation and inspiration that I feel when I watch a world-renowned musician pouring his soul into his art. It is the awe that I am in when I attend traditional functions of other cultures. And it is also the pride I feel attending these events in my bottle green school uniform.”
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