Despite early speculations of rains, the clouds held back for the guests to enjoy what the students had to offer.
There was more than more than meets the eye at Gayaza High School on Saturday 2nd April as the school held their 2016 Gayaza Performing Arts (GAPA) Competition.
To many in the over 500-strong audience, the girls went passed the presumption that books take exclusive rule life at Gayaza and put a touch of class to cultural dance, mimes of popular songs, set pieces and theatre plays.
Gayaza being a girls-only school did not hold back from fielding interesting plays where the costumes and facial paint brought out a somewhat convincing feature for parts such as those for the fathers and male village chiefs.
Among the seven girls' houses including Kennedy, Corby, Kivebulaya, Hutchinson, Sherbine, Ham and Apollo, Rhoda, Nsibambi and cox, the competition was rather stiff as each house seemed to have an area or two where they focused from the onset.
Despite early speculations of rains, the clouds held back for the guests to enjoy what the students had to offer from solo performances to the ekizino courtship dance from Kigezi region that was well presented by Hutchinson house, the Bwola dance from Acholi region by Corby and a highly competitive array of contemporary dance presentations.
The headteacher, Victoria Kisarale Serunkuuma, who was in neighboring Kenya on the day, added to the statement made to the country by this year's competition saying that it was part of the school's strategy to invest more in excellence.
"We chose the theme of success under construction as a sign that Gayaza High is hoping to do even more in all spheres of education especially in the echelon of academics," she said.
At day's end, about 6pm, it was all up to the judges to decide and cloud nine was reserved for Corby house that walked away with the top prize of the fun-filled competition.
The Corby girls then took to the stage and danced away to popular tunes like Justin Beiber's "sorry."
Important to note however is that the girls maintained a sense of unity before, during and after the competition.
On the sidelines of the day's activities, the students who spoke to the New Visionexpressed their appreciation of this year's GAPA.
"We have gotten to meet, see new stuff and learn while having fun." - Arnetia Lunkuse, 17 (pictured).
"From this year's GAPA you could see that dance is what we all about in the competitions." - Joseline Kirenda, 18.
"It is possible to live and love dance!" - Vaneta Kirenda, Senior 6.