Luyanda sets records tumbling

A standout athletics performance by Merchiston’s Luyanda Kunene was just one of the many highlights from KZN Midlands schools in recent weeks.

Merchiston Prep is proud of Luyanda Kunene who broke the school’s 100m record in a time of 11.9 seconds as well as the high jump record at a height of 1.67m at the recent Inter-Prep Athletics meeting. Langelihle Makhathini also broke the 100m record in a time of 12.03 seconds.

Picture, top: Record breaker Luyanda Kunene.

Oasis Prep’s Grade 6 & 7 class, above, had a tour of the Misty Falls Spur at St John’s Centre in Howick. The children were thrilled to learn about all the processes and procedures that go into ordering, planning, preparing and cooking food. There was a big surprise in store for them when, after a food hygiene lesson, they were allowed to scrub up and enter the kitchen to cook their own burgers.

The class also learnt about how the ordering system, payments and salaries, wages and tips are run at Spur.

The school thanked restaurant manager Michael Warwick-Oliver for arranging this informative and interactive experience for the pupils.

Wembley College chairman Michael Yeadon and his wife Louise planted a tree in the school’s new Indigenous Bushland Learning Centre during recent Founder’s Day celebrations.

A former Greytown resident, Liezl Hesketh, contacted Wembley College a few months ago because she wants to offset her carbon footprint to neutralise the impact our lifestyles are having on the environment.

Liezel lives in Manchester in England, where she was unable to find a suitable tree-planting initiative. Wembley College was an obvious choice for her as the school plants trees and welcomed the opportunity to help build more indigenous forest.

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Jenny Cowie, a local indigenous plant expert, is sharing her extensive knowledge of indigenous trees and the school is planting 36 trees in its Indigenous Bushland Learning Centre this month.

More trees

Each year, Liezl will donate money for more trees to be planted. A contractual agreement has been signed ensuring that her trees will not be sold for commercial use or cut down unnecessarily.

Well done to Akhile Ndaba of St Nicholas Diocesan School who has been selected for the U14KZN Inland Hockey Team.

Cordwalles Preparatory School pupil David Steyn is seen flying over the high jump pole during the Inter-Prep Athletics meeting held at Merchiston Prep recently. Cordwalles placed second overall.

It was all smiles from the St Charles College Prep Hockey team after a successful day of hockey against close rivals, Merchiston. Picture: Dean Riley

The 2019 award and trophy winners for athletics at New Hanover Prep: Back, Melissa Dobeyn, Juan Janse van Reynsburg, Liam Freese, Kylie Schulz and Calvin Meister. Front, Jade van Breda and Rory Schirge.

Athletics season is in full swing at New Hanover Preparatory School. This time of year sees its athletes competing in the various events and meetings. Recently the pre-primary and Grade 1, 2 and 3 children participated in a fun athletics morning. They had a ball with events such as the “mini hurdles”, egg and spoon, skipping and sack races.

The Inter-house Athletics Day was held on Saturday, August 3. The children have been practising for the various events for a number of weeks and this event is always a highlight for them.

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Awards were as follows: Junior Victrix Ludorum, Jade van Breda; Junior Victor Ludorum, Rory Schirge. Senior Victrix Ludorum, Melissa Dobeyn and Senior Victor Ludorum, Juan Jansen van Reynsburg.

Three records were broken on the day. Duiker won the spirit cup, and Rietbok won the overall athletics trophy.

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Treverton College pupils and staff (pic below) participated in the Gandhi/Mandela symposium on Friday, July 26, in which pupils and facilitators came together to discuss South African history and how to pave a peaceful way forward. The pupils were honoured to meet Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter and a special committee from India.

Liam Pillay, Angelique Adalis, Max Sartini, Thajmei Maharaj, Daniel Mortimer, Yoshoda Lalpersad and Mrs Susanna Harper.