Last night was the much anticipated St John’s festival, celebrating the life of St John the Baptist, which all parents and children eagerly look forward to each year. It comprises of the Primary School children performing in the school hall which was more packed than Moses Mabhida Stadium at Top Gear. Well it felt like it anyway as I was sandwiched in a corner with my nose stuck against my camera with only a few inches of space either side for the kids to pass. The children did extremely well to remember all their lines and song words amidst all the excitement of the evening ahead. Next came the much anticipated moment where all the children brought out their lanterns into the circle for the rest of the classes to see. After a number of years of seeing this you would think that it wouldn’t be exciting but to see such beautifully crafted lanterns and realize how much work must have gone into them it really is something special to see. The children then take a walk through the school and up to the field where all the parents are waiting. For the class ones this is quite an experience walking in the dark holding their lanterns to help light the path ahead. It is the class seven’s privilege to light the bonfire and is probably the only time you will see them so quiet and focused as they carry their parafin torches and prepare to say their verse. The sight of the bonfire when it gets going is breathtaking as well as scary as the flames reach up into the sky and the darkness around the field is turned into almost daylight. It was once again a memorable St John’s festival and a big thank you must be said to all the staff involved on the evening and for all the hard work that went into helping the children with their lanterns.