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October 27, 2010

The kids are alright at the 16th Cape Town International Kite Festival

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Photos by Ingrid Sinclair

Last weekend was cold and windy – perfect conditions for kite flying, we’ll have you know! On Saturday, October 23, hordes of eager enthusiasts of all ages converged on Zandvlei in Muizenberg for what has become a highlight on Cape Town’s outdoor calendar: the 16th Cape Town International Kite Festival.

See also: Photos: The 16th Cape Town International Kite Festival

Saturday’s activities revolved around the Boomerang Edu-Kite Schools’ Competition, which brought together children from both special educational needs and mainstream primary schools to create kite arches and participate in a mass fly.

The Boomerang marquee was a hive of activity from early Saturday morning. Kids and their teachers huddled around tables, perfecting their kite creations and making sure that they kept this year’s theme, Uplifting Mind and Body, at the forefront of their creative vision.

Loveable cartoon characters Fred Flintstone and Scooby Doo were very popular on the day and happily posed for photographs with captivated children.

A TV crew from YOTV filmed the goings-on and TV personality Elmo Adams was there with his Jou Show crew and had the kids in stitches with his off-the-cuff remarks. It was the children of Cape Town’s chance to be celebrities for the day and they relished the opportunity.

The schools’ presentations were very touching and you could see that they put a lot of thought and feeling into their creations. A presentation made by three boys from Bishops Preparatory was particularly tender. They spoke about school friends of theirs that had special educational needs, and what these friends taught them about life: mostly, they told the audience, “to be compassionate and humble”.

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The Boomerang marquee

Before announcing the winners of the Boomerang Edu-Kite Schools’ Competition, Ingrid Daniels of the Cape Mental Health Society thanked Boomerang for their support and said that the 41 schools that took part did “fantastically”: “The judges had a very difficult time choosing the winners of the two categories.” Daniels then directed her words to the children: “We’ve achieved our objective, which is to get you to understand the theme.”

The winning schools are as follows:

For special educational needs schools, third place went to Paarl School of Skills, second place to Mary Harding School and first place to Alpha School.

The mainstream school winners were, from third to first place: Muizenberg Junior School, Crystal House (last year’s winner) and Paul Gedenk (last year’s runner-up).

After the winners’ announcement, all participants took part in a mass fly of their kite creations, a humbling but no less impressive end to a day dominated by fantastically large professional kites hovering in the sky.

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