St Charles College News October16
St Charles College News October16
St Charles College Gala
Daniel Jacobs, Francois Boshoff and Matthew Diemont watching in anticipation to see the result of a race at a recent A squad gala. Photo by Saysha Baker
Robotics Competition Initiated by St Charles College
Friday 14th October found the Coach House of St Charles College abuzz with about 60 students, teachers and spectators for the inaugural Midlands Robotics Competition. With the invitation extended to many high schools in the Midlands area, Maritzburg College, GHS, Treverton and St Charles College accepted the challenge and fielded a total of 7 robots.
An event of this nature requires a huge amount of preparation, including getting robots ready to compete against each other. St Charles College students Joel Philpott and Cullen Stewart-Burger designed and planned the competition; they were able to secure sponsorship from Reutech Communications and Velos Electronic Engineering, to purchase the ‘kits’ to be used for building the robots. These were handed over to participating schools at a workshop which took place a month before the competition. At the workshop the schools were shown how each component functions and had an opportunity to ask questions about the competition.
The competition itself was divided into four components with three judges allocating scores for each. The first was an inspection of each robot to ensure that it met the required specifications. In the ping pong ball challenge the robots were placed in a walled cage and given two minutes to remove ten ping pong balls. One point was awarded per ping pong ball removed. In the rough terrain race, times were taken for the robots as they travelled around a course with 10 points being awarded to first place and less for each subsequent position. Finally, a mystery sensor (a pair of light detecting components) was handed to the teams on the night, who were given two hours to familiarise themselves with the sensor, incorporate it into the robot, and complete a task using it. This meant programming the robots to follow a LED strip placed on the ground by calculating the light levels in each sensor.
The GHS robot was first in the ping pong challenge, managing to remove four balls. The fastest robot around the track was Treverton’s second team. None of the teams were able to successfully complete the mystery challenge although the St Charles College team came very close. In the end GHS walked away with the title, Treverton came second and Maritzburg College third.
In his closing comments at the end of the evening, Mr Canos (one of the sponsors and a judge of the competition) commented that the competition had not been so much about robotics as about problem-solving. This is one of the most critical skills needed in South African society – the ability to set a task and overcome challenges in achieving it. He commended everyone for their high levels of commitment and team-work.
Given the growing energy and enthusiasm around robotics among learners in the Midlands area, we are assured that the Midlands Robotics Competition will be an annual event. It is envisaged that this will be rotated between participating schools with the host for 2017 still to be decided. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dads and Lads Cricket at SCC
The St Charles College Grade 0 boys and their dads recently took to the cricket pitch for a morning of father-son bonding at the Dads and Lads Mini Cricket.
Saints Learn About Summiting Mt Kilimanjaro
One of St Charles College’s Grade 4 moms, Suhana Jacobs, recently summited Mount Kilimanjaro and spoke to the Senior Primary boys about her adventure. She gave them details about all the necessary preparations that are required to reach the summit. It was a great learning experience for the boys to discover what it takes to achieve this great accomplishment and the realities of this feat.
Saints Support Pink Drive
There was a vibrant splash of pink across the St Charles College campus as many boys and staff donned pink shoelaces in support of Pink Drive and Pinktober!
Photo by Saysha Baker
Book Sale at St Charles College
St Charles College recently had Diskonto Books set up shop in the Prep Library. You could see the boys’ eyes light up when they walked in to see all the tables filled with books that they could peruse and purchase! Photo by Justin Smit
St Charles College KZN Schools Golf Representation
Congratulations to (l-r) Nikhil Gopal, Dylan Cutting and James Tywcross who all represented KZN at the SA Schools Championships. The Championships were played in Gauteng at the Wingate Park Country Club. Further congratulations must go to Nikhil for placing 4th and being selected for the SA Schools Golf Team – a remarkable achievement. Photo by Saysha Baker
St Charles College KZN Inland Cricket Selections
Congratulations to the following St Charles College boys who have been selected to play in various KZN Inland Cricket teams (left to right): Hayden Raw, Luthando Sigwebela, Kyle Gilson, Matthew Boast, Nathaniel Benjamin, Luke Truter, Nathan Beaumont and Unako Nowele. Photo by Saysha Baker
Mini Cricket Festival at St Charles College
St Charles College’s enthusiastic Grade 1s and 2s were out on the cricket pitches recently in a Mini Cricket Festival hosted at St Charles College. 42 teams in total made for a busy afternoon and you could see all the cricketers were having a ball! Photos by Saysha Baker