Midlands schools news, March 18

KwaZulu-Natal Midlands schools have, as usual, been blazing a trail in sporting, academic and cultural activities. Here we report on some of those developments and the pupils making their mark.

Drakensberg Boys Choir School recently launched its “12 Club”, acknowledging the top three boys in Grade 6-9 for their academic successes. This event took the form of a formal dinner at the executive headmaster’s house, where the boys had to prepare speeches. Seen in the picture above are Tjama Keta, Khwezi Msimang, Brett Fernihough, Finlay Dalrymple, Walther de Bruin, Kigen Chepkonga, Kieran Griffin, Luan Wakeford, Geo Kirsten, Marco Marais, and Angus Sommerville. Absent: Connor McKenzie.

Cordwalles Preparatory School pupils were excited during preparations for the Cordwalles aQuelle Mudman which was held on Sunday, March 17. Photographed during Mudman Mania at the school are, back, from left: Nathan Hounsom and Blake Boast. Front, left: Akhanya Makhanya, Sahal Dawood, Mason Stretch and Kukhanya Sokhaease.

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Members of the St Nicholas Diocesan School Marimba and Steeldrum Band were honoured to perform at this year’s Cansa Relay For Life held in Pietermaritzburg.

Pictured: St Charles Head of Sport, Rowan Irons with War Cry Leader, Wandile Ngcobo.
Picture: Tayla Peyton

One of the leadership opportunities offered at St Charles College is that of War Cry Leader, an annual position voted for by the boys. Wandile Ngcobo will be custodian of the traditional blazer and mace in 2019. He will be supported by a committee, as well as the prefect body.

More school news items from the KZN Midlands

Laddsworth Primary pupils took part in the Maritzburg Swim Challenge on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Tia Aurets (Grade 5) swam in the under 11 category and received gold medals for 25m Breaststroke and Backstroke, silver medals for 25m Freestyle and Butterfly, and a bronze medal for the 100m Individual Medley.

Ella Hall (Grade 3) received a bronze medal for the under 9 Individual Medley.

Under 7 category

Abigail Moodley (Grade 2) swam in the under 7 category and received a silver medal for 25m Backstroke and bronze medals for 25m Freestyle and Breaststroke.

Julia Nicholson (Grade 2) swam in the under 7 category and came 4th in 25m Freestyle heat and 2nd in the Breaststroke heat.

Owen Hall (Grade 1) swam in the under 6 Category and received a silver medal for Backstroke and a gold medal for Breaststroke.

Left to right: Owen Hall, Ella Hall, Tia Aurets, Abigail Moodley and Julia Nicholson

Nine Records were broken during the Cowan House Inter House Championship Gala.

Back row, left to right: James Cairns, Jessica Oxenham, Imogen Rushton and Callum Dreyer. Front row, left to right: Lexie Warr, Thubelihle Mfayela, Jayden Barry and Nina Rautenbach.

U13 Girls Imogen Rushton and Jessica Oxenham went head to head and together, broke the record for 50m Freestyle. Jessica went on to break a further three records in the 100 Freestyle, 25m Butterfly and 50m Backstroke races; Nina Rautenbach broke the 100m Individual Medley record in the U11 Girls category, and Lexie Warr broke both the 100m Individual Medley and 25m Backstroke records in the U10 Girls category. Callum Dreyer broke the record for Butterfly in the U9 Boys category.

Long-standing record

During the Epworth Medley Relay Gala, Cowan House pupils – James Cairns, Thubelihle Mfayela, Jayden Barry and Callum Dreyer – broke the record for U9 Boys which had stood for 14 years!