Midlands school news, August 2019

Milestone occasions, awards and scholarships, a teddy bear picnic, musical events, sports achievers and a hockey clinic of note. More news from schools in the KZN Midlands.

The following Grade 7 Cordwalles Preparatory School pupils (pictured above) have been awarded scholarships or merit awards to High Schools for 2020.

From left to right: Harshad Pillay (Music, St Charles College), Thivaar Mudaliar (All Rounder, St Charles College), Jarred Maltby (Merit Award, Hilton College), Ivan Jjuuko (Merit Award, Hilton College), Luc Schravesande (Merit Award, Hilton College), Sebastien le Roux (Merit Award, Hilton College), Siyamkela Maphumulo (Merit Award, Hilton College), West Mitchell-Innes (Sport Exhibition, Michaelhouse), Sebastian Hofmeyr (Minor Sport, Michaelhouse), Ayabonga Shivane (Cordwalles Closed, Michaelhouse) and Gareth Egberink (Cordwalles Closed, Maritzburg College).

St Charles College. Picture: Saysha Baker

On Friday, July 26, St Charles College turned 144 years old and the five schools which make up the college came together to celebrate the occasion.

To kick off the birthday festivities, all the boys were addressed by the principal Allen van Blerk. This was followed by an inspirational speech by operations manager and St Charles old boy Stewart Bradford. He spoke to the boys about the school’s history and what it means to be a part of a school like St Charles.

KZN Midlands school news… caring for community

The Founder’s Day Dash, another highlight, was won by the speedy Garrett Frier, who missed the record by only a fraction of a second.

Pictured, left: Some of the boys celebrating the big birthday after the Founder’s Day Dash. Photo by Saysha Baker

George Guisti and Kwando Ndlovu enjoying the morning with their teddies.

New Hanover’s Prep’s pre-primary children love having visitors at the school.

Last week the kids came to school in their warm and comfortable pyjamas, accompanied by their favourite teddy bear!

The visiting teddies enjoyed a picnic with the children and had a wonderful morning at the school.

More schools news: Spar launches new netball tournament

Lise-Lea Engelbrecht from Wartburg Kirchdorf School with Jarrod Jones (left) and Jethro Eustice (right).

Wartburg Kirchdorf School hosted two South African Indoor Hockey players, Jethro Eustice and Jarryd Jones, who ran a clinic in the Multipurpose Indoor Centre. The clinic was for children in the U9 age group up to the Open age group. The sessions focused on skills and ended with a short game verses the SA stars.

This was the first clinic in the multipurpose centre and was a success, with 36 children participating from various schools. Wartburg Kirchdorf aims to host many more clinics in future to develop school sport in the community.

Wembley College recently celebrated 22 years in a unique way. The birthday party started with gusts of winter wind and splashes of colour at the annual Go-kart racing. In the morning, the Founder’s Day celebrations continued with a special assembly.

The school’s chairman Michael Yeadon spoke regarding the legacy of Wembley and how it was created 22 years ago by the founding mothers and fathers, with the intention of keeping families together and ensuring children had access to quality education through the Cambridge system.

Computer training boost for KZN schools

A family-orientated tree-planting ceremony took place next to the new Hockey Pavilion, during which matrics and their families helped add to the greenery on the campus. The whole school then played inter-house sport, with some of the moms and dads having a chance to play against their children. The day did not end there.

During the evening school band, The Disproportionate Do-gooders, followed by the multi-talented Refentse and the main act, the laid-back, interactive Desmond & the Tutus provided entertainment for a fun-filled evening.

High performance

St John’s D.S.G. is proud of Grade 10 pupil, Jenna Fyvie (right), on her selection to the U16 South African High Performance Hockey team. Jenna says the highlight of being selected is the invaluable experience she gained while training under expert South African coaches and with high-level hockey players from all over the country.

Congratulations to Cordwalles Preparatory pupil Lukholo Matanzima (left) who came third at the SA Children’s KZN Golf Junior Open Tournament at Umhlali Country Club during the July holidays.

Lukholo was also awarded the Most Improved Player trophy. He will participate in the Junior Africa Challenge at San Lameer in August.

Celebration of music

In celebration of Women’s Day and Hilton College’s Grandparents weekend, the Hilton College music department will perform with the music departments from St. Andrew’s College and DSG Grahamstown on the final leg of their KZN music tour. The beautiful and vibrant sounds from all three schools, ranging from vocal and instrumental ensembles and choirs, will be on show.

All women and grandparents have free entry using the promo code (HCW19 for Women and HCGP19 for grandparents) when booking online.

Notes: The David Wynne Music School at St Andrew’s College and DSG in Grahamstown has a reputation as one of the most vibrant, varied and exciting places to study music at school level in South Africa. This is achieved by combining the vigorous pursuit of excellence with the concept of music being a fun language which everyone can learn.

Their Biennial Music Tour this year is to Kwazulu-Natal. With concerts at other prestigious schools like Cowan House, St Mary’s and St Anne’s, they will complete their tour on Friday, August 9 in Hilton’s Memorial Hall together with Hilton College musicians.

The tour group is about 50 pupils and seven staff and includes a choir, string ensemble, wind orchestra, jazz band and a contemporary band. The genres of music will be varied and eclectic, with something for everyone.