KZN Midlands schools have been preparing for the return of Grade 7s and 12s, while continuing to keep up spirits and encourage those who will continue with online learning for now. All schools were expected to reopen on June 1, but it seems only the independent schools will do so, with the reopening of government institutions postponed until June 8. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is expected to make an announcement on June 1.
Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School has been a flurry of activity, getting the school prepared for the boys’ returning to school. “Thank you to all our staff for measuring desk spacing, moving extra furniture, placing social distancing stickers, putting up Covid-19 educational posters, erecting sanitizing stations, among several other tasks. Importantly, thank you to our staff for adapting,” the school posted on its Facebook page.
“A big thank you to our school nurse, Sister Lianne, and to our maintenance manager, Mark Enslin, who have led the charge in terms of planning, protocols, and readiness.
“We are enormously excited to have the boys coming back this weekend.”
St Charles College said: “From our classrooms, grounds and admin areas to our boarding establishments and kitchen… We have been hard at work making sure that our entire campus is ready and safe for our boys to start returning.
“We can’t wait to see our Saints Families back on campus – We’re ready for you! 💙”
LiveArt Dance Company
Epworth School in PMB has also been busy with its preparations, sharing information with pupils and parents on how to plan for a return to school. On a different note, it shared this message and video on its Facebook page re the school’s dance company: “Join us for a flashback to 20 years of dance at Epworth. This month, our LiveArt Dance Company would have performed at the 21st Funk dance extravaganza.
“Dance is an integral part of ‘Culture at Epworth’ and has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception at Epworth 20 years ago. We now boast three dance companies: Junior, Senior and LiveArt – all of which provide our pupils with access to expert instructors and diverse performance opportunities.
Michaelhouse Rector Antony Clark wrote about this interesting piece of school history in his latest newsletter:
“I wrote to you last week of some of the features of the earliest days at Michaelhouse and I had a few parents who wanted to find out a little more, especially in connection with whether a Rector had left Michaelhouse to fight in a war.
“For those who are interested, the answer is that Anthony William Scudamore Brown, (the Rector from 1910 to 1916) was regrettably killed in France on 18 August 1916. Ironically, shortly after his arrival at Michaelhouse in 1910 there was a society meeting where the motion that ‘War is an Evil’ was debated and carried by a small majority.
“Having been at Michaelhouse for five years, Brown was eager to serve in the military and left South Africa with special leave of absence from the school in August 1915. Just before his death, he wrote back to Michaelhouse indicating that, ‘I am glad to be here; but confess that I long to be back at my work at Michaelhouse.’
“This, of course, was sadly not to be. He was sitting on the parapet of a front-line trench near Guillemont, directing improvements to the trench, when a sniper shot him and he was killed instantly.”
Treverton College is organising a fundraising event to benefit CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa) on June 16.
“Save the Date now … challenging everyone to wear PJs on Tuesday, June 16 (Youth Day) and donate R10 or more to CHOC for their fundraising initiative. A great excuse for an even better cause!”
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Cordwalles Prep posted this message about learning during lockdown on its Facebook page (see below).