Merchiston Prep School News

Merchiston Prep School News

Merchiston boy places top in SA Swimming

Merchiston swim champ Lottering apr16


Merchiston Preparatory School boy, Ricky Lottering recently did extremely well in the Level 2 Swimming Championships held in Durban during the school holidays. Lottering won 6 Gold medals ( 100m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle, 50m Butterfly, 100m Butterfly, 200m Individual Medley, 200m Freestyle), 1 silver for 50m Backstroke and 2 bronze medals for 100m Backstroke and 200m Backstroke. Lottering won the most gold medals in his age group which resulted in him being the top swimmer in his age group in the country.



Merchiston boy shines at Level two swimming champsMerchiston lever 2 swim champ vdmerwe apr16

Jacques van der Merwe, A grade 7 pupil at Merchiston Preparatory School swam very well at the
recent Level 2 swimming championships held in Durban during the school holidays. Van Der Merwe won 4 Gold ( 4x 100 m Freestyle, 4 x 50 m Freestyle relay, 4 x 50m Medley relay, 4 x 50m Mixed relay), 3 Silver ( 50m Backstroke, 50m Freestyle, 4 x 50m Mixed relay and 1 bronze medal (100m Backstroke) in his age group.



Merchiston Headmaster’s 60th Birthday

L-R: James Fincham, Dave Beetar and James Wilson!

L-R: James Fincham, Dave Beetar and James Wilson!


Merchiston Preparatory School recently celebrated Mr Dave Beetar’s 60th birthday! In celebration of this momentous occasion, the boys and staff wore beach clothes, as much of Mr Beetar’s leisure time is spent surfing. Mr Beetar has been a part of Merchiston Preparatory School for 28 years and the past 16 years have seen him at the helm of the school as Headmaster. We thank him for his commitment and dedication to the growth and success of the school. Mr Beetar was lucky enough to share his birthday with six other boys, however the two pictured above were celebrating their 6th Birthday!



Merchiston Prep believes conditioning is KeyMerchiston Core training edit

Merchiston Preparatory School Sport’s Department has identified the lack of core strength as a major weakness in all our boys since 2010. The youth of today are spending more time indoors rather than experiencing or playing outdoors which builds their core strength naturally. In order to address this problem, a “conditioning” station was developed where boys complete a variety of activities from pull-ups, dips and push-ups, to climbing obstacles. In order for the ‘conditioning’ to be effective, the sessions take place before school, during P.E. lessons and during afternoon sport. Strengthening the core muscles has vastly improved the boys’ overall strength, confidence and performance on the sports field and in the classroom. A healthy mind and a fit body contribute towards being a standout Mudrat!

X-Country Thumbs up for Merchie boysMerchiston Cross Country apr16
Great excitement was had by all at the annual Merchiston Preparatory School Inter-House cross county. The boys ran a range of distances from 1km to 3,8km! Congratulations to the winners of each race and the boys for still smiling after running so far. Well done boys! Pictured is L-R: Reece Brown, Aidin Mornet, Rayke Maartens and Daniel Archibald.

Merchiston’s big catch

Merchistons big catch apr16


Liam Daff, a Grade 6 pupil at Merchiston Preparatory School won the New Hanover Bass Competition recently. Liam caught the biggest Junior Fish in the under 12 division, with his fish measuring in at 51cm. Liam’s fish was the 4th biggest fish caught during the competition. Liam is an avid fisherman and been casting and learning about fishing from the age of 2. Pictured is Liam with his Bass mounted trophy!