KZN Midlands school news, April 2019

From the Mudman at Midmar, to a hockey tour, theatre production and sun smart programme, here’s some news from KZN Midlands schools.

Fifty-five boys from the Drakensberg Boys Choir School (pictured, top) took part in this year’s Cordwalles Mudman, which was held at Midmar last month.

Wembley College in Greytown has embarked on a campaign this year to promote sun safety among its pupils.

Children are at school when UV radiation levels are at their peak and the dangers of sun exposure for children are becoming an increasing concern for parents and schools. The school has undertaken to promote healthy sun safety habits among the pupils and will endeavour to encourage children to apply sunscreen before going out to break. By making sunscreen readily available in classrooms and at the sports fields, children are more likely to use it.

As a BE SUN SMART school, Wembley will benefit through the educational programme offered.

St Nicholas Diocesan School held its annual Big Walk recently. In the picture, left, Lwandiswa Zondo and Wandile Zuma cool off after taking part.

St Charles College U14A hockey team played in the Independent Schools Festival in Cape Town recently. The team had an excellent tour, winning all five of their matches.

Results: SCC 3-0 St David’s; SCC 2-1 Oakhill; SCC 2-0 St Benedicts; SCC 4-1 St Andrews School; SCC 3-0 St Albans.

Self-directed education through interactive creative practise, exchange of ideas and skills are the hallmarks of the two-week-long Thupelo International Workshop being held at King’s School in Nottingham Rd this month.

The workshop includes 18 artists from five different countries and give them the opportunity to work together in various disciplines.

This initiative of the Cape Town-based Greatmore Studios, runs until Friday, April 12, culminating in a public open day on Saturday, April 13 from 10am-3pm, during which the work will be on display for public viewing and audience engagement.

The Thupelo International Workshop is taking place at King’s School until Saturday. Picture by Thalante Khomo.

**If there is demand for a bus to take people from Durban to the Midlands and home again for the morning, one can be organised for a nominal fee. Should you be keen to take arranged transport – please contact Witty Nyide on 076 333 3671.

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Laddsworth Primary siblings Lily, Liam and Ella Freeman-Smith (pictured below) took part in the Mudskippers at the Cordwalles Mudman, which was held at Midmar Dam on Sunday, March 17.

Pictured:  Laddsworth pupils Liam Freeman-Smith (Grade 1) Lily Freeman-Smith (Grade 3) and Ella Freeman-Smith (Grade 1)

At New Hanover Prep School, educators use musical theatre as a ticket to learning and enhancing education.

More school news from the KZN Midlands

The Grade 3s showcased their learning experiences at their “Oceans of Fun” theatre supper. With upbeat music and vibrant animation, the “ocean creatures” took family and friends on an underwater voyage of discovery. Wartburger Hof was thanked for providing delicious food for the kids.

Musical Theatre inspires joy, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement in students, a great environment for learning.

Picture: The cast of “Oceans of Fun”, by New Hanover Prep’s Grade 3s.

12-year-old Deante Swart from Wembley College continues to make inroads in the modelling world, where she does work for Mr Price Clothing, Mr Price Sport, Soda Block, and others. She is also passionate about community work.

Deante recently took part in a reptile photoshoot (see picture right) and this was by far one of her toughest shoots.

Deante Swart, from Wembley College, is a young model with a bright future.

She will be taking part in Mini Miss RSA in September this year. The winner will qualify to represent South Africa internationally in America.

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