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August Midlands school news

A first for Drakies

Back, Drakensberg Boys' Choir pupils, Grade 9 mentors: Caleb Saks, Blessings Chiluba, Francois Snyman, Luan Wakeford, and LJ Hay. Front: Bradley Dube (Grade 8, from Zimbabwe), Stavros Vassilatos (Grade 7, from Durban North), Raymond Linington (Grade 8, from Johannesburg), Kwanda Dumasi (Grade 4, from Johannesburg), Khumo Gwatyu (Grade 4, from Johannesburg), Ramze Williams (Grade 8, from Cape Town), and Caleb Palane (Grade 7, from Pretoria). Picture: Supplied

Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School notched up another first recently, when it held a Concert Status Assembly (honouring seven boys), which was presented via Zoom to the rest of the school body and the parents of boys achieving Concert Status.

The school thanked its Grade 9 mentors, and the new boys’ teachers – Mrs Kruger and Ms Pretorius – for their support and guidance. The formalities were followed by a lap of victory through a guard of honour, formed by the rest of the school, standing outside the academic block.

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Before this event, the boys each sight read a piece in front of the whole choir, followed by signing their voice part in a choral piece, together with a quartet of experienced singers. This was preceded by 30 rigorous tests, covering topics like how to use a tuning fork, proper posture, and performance protocol.

Covid-19 restrictions were followed and all safety/sanitising precautions were taken.

Seen here are, back, Grade 9 mentors: Caleb Saks, Blessings Chiluba, Francois Snyman, Luan Wakeford, and LJ Hay. Front: Bradley Dube (Grade 8, from Zimbabwe), Stavros Vassilatos (Grade 7, from Durban North), Raymond Linington (Grade 8, from Johannesburg), Kwanda Dumasi (Grade 4, from Johannesburg), Khumo Gwatyu (Grade 4, from Johannesburg), Ramze Williams (Grade 8, from Cape Town), and Caleb Palane (Grade 7, from Pretoria). Picture: Supplied

Wembley College is hosting comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout in a live online show on September 4 at 8pm.

“Get ready to laugh in your living room with SA’s most popular stand-up comedian. You don’t have to go anywhere, just click on the link and buy your tickets. Pour your legal, lockdown drink, wear those ‘pantoffels’, trackies and trainers for an hour of entertainment in your own lounge at the affordable price of one ticket for the whole family,” the school said.

Schalk has a daily Instagram show and is a regular feature of the SA comedy scene, boosting laughter levels and lessening tears during lockdown. “His ‘SA-Afro’ has grown with his audience support. Head banging and neighbourly dialogue are his thing. He chats about anything from his dog, Otis, to his love of brightly coloured, signature, jersey knits.”

Born in Kempton Park, “the New York of the East Rand”!, Schalk went to traditional Afrikaans schools where he learnt his repertoire of “Schalk” maxims. His family and friends watched him evolve from a traditional Afrikaans “seun” into a king of comedy.

The funds raised from this show are going towards improving the drama facilities at Wembley College.

To buy your tickets, click on the link: https://www.magrietgroenewald.com/heartofthefarm

Two canoeing events took place over the half-term break and Michaelhouse congratulated its paddlers who enjoyed success.

Upper Umgeni Season Opener, held on August 8:
U18: First Sam Butcher (second overall); second Matthew Millward (sixth overall); and third Jack Edmonds (seventh overall).

The Ernie Alder Memorial event, held on August 16:
U18: First Sam Butcher (second overall); second Matthew Millward (fourth overall); third Jack Edmonds (fifth overall).

Michaelhouse Rector Antony Clark wrapped up his most recent E-Newsletter with this quote by Aristotle: “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance determines your destiny”. (Aristotle, 384-322 BCE)

Virtual science event

We can all do with some excitement to lift our spirits and invigorate our minds – especially, our children, who deserve a break from all the pandemic stress and anxiety. STEM education specialist Sakhikamva Foundation has announced the launch of an action-packed, virtual science event that is free to attend and running up until September 4, which will connect South African children, teachers and parents to the global science community.

Picture: Sakhikamva Foundation/Supplied

Joined by US-based Ronnie Thomas from “Fun Weird Science”, SA’s Steve Sherman from “Living Maths” and Australian Dr Graham Walker, the Sakhikamva Science Festival programme aims to engage children in science, technology, engineering and maths through fun ways of learning. More info here

Epworth School recently celebrated its 122nd birthday. Grade R pupils, seen below took part in the Jerusalema dance challenge as part of the fun activities to mark the occasion. Picture: Supplied

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