Form I E4 Outing to Northwards House

During Term II, the Form I girls began to explore the growth and development of Johannesburg as a migrant city, and the consequences this has had for many people over time. The Randlords and black migrant workers are two distinct groups that highlight the societal norms, racial relations and power dynamics that existed in early Johannesburg. 

The recent visit to the Northwards House is the first stop on this journey, with this outing aiming to understand the life and times of the white and mostly European Randlords. In visiting this house, it was hoped that the Form I girls grasped how this lifestyle demonstrated vast societal stereotypes, hierarchy and segregation.

The various activities and conversations during the outing assisted pupils in comprehending how the Randlords’ lifestyle was made possible because of the injustices that existed in the late 1800s. These injustices and the Randlords’ thinking, as well as that of the people of the time, further entrenched segregation, having a negative impact on race relations in our country. 

Northwards House offered the Form I girls an experiential learning opportunity. Three practical examinations occurred during the morning, including the music listening examination, the perspective drawing activity and the stunning dance performances for the e4 My Voice course. The content and learning from this outing was used to inform the context of the My Toolbox examination assessments.

A big thank-you is extended to the girls for their enthusiasm and commitment to the variety of learning opportunities, as well as to the e4 staff for arranging the outing. 

Sally James

Deputy Headmistress