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Drakensberg Boys’ Choir auditions in Pietermaritzburg

Auditions to be held at Epworth

Young members of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. Picture: Supplied

The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir is searching SA, including Pietermaritzburg, for boys between the ages of 9 and 14, with potentially great singing voices, to join the world’s best boy choir.

“Worldwide there are a number of boy choirs, but the Drakensberg Boys Choir is unique in that it is the only choir school on the African continent, being a boarding school, that uses choral music as a significant vehicle for holistic education,” the school said in a media release.

The school, nestled in one of the world’s major heritage sites, the mighty Ukhahlamba mountain range, provides not only training and performances in choral, contemporary and pop singing, but also African folklore music and choreographed movement. The school allows boys the opportunity to experience a vibrant outdoor life with cycling, swimming and hiking integral to the curriculum.

Audition details are as follows: Saturday, October 31, from 10am-12 noon at Epworth High School. Boys will not need to prepare anything for their audition. More details here.

In other school news

A common complaint among pupils at schools is a lack of practical application of the knowledge and skills they have learnt in class. At St Charles College, Mr Gareth Barry and a group of boys embarked on a project which saw them building a telescope for the school. This provided an excellent opportunity for the boys to put theory into practice and learn about the fabrication processes involved.

2021 head boy Daniel Jacobs looking through the telescope. Picture: Saysha Baker

“After many hours of work, the boys were rewarded with the chance to view the heavens with an instrument made by their own hands, as well as leaving something tangible for future generations of St Charles pupils to enjoy,” the school said.

Wembley Spekboom to green Greytown

Spekboom (Portulacaria afra) is the 2021 tree of the year, and every Wembley Scholar will be cultivating their own plant over the next year. Wembley College said its aim was to give Spekboom to people who lack greenery in their Greytown gardens.

Spekboom has an extensive root system which occupies a significant amount of space, and thus keeps loose soil from washing down the steep slopes when it rains. It is a pioneer species which attracts birds and small mammals. Seeds are transported in their excreta, aiding seed dispersal and the re-introduction of plants on transformed land.

More Midlands school news, October 2020

Wembley kids ready to take part in the greening project.

In addition to having an attractive green foliage that can be shaped into a shrub, tree or hedge this “wonderplant” is an excellent carbon store which requires minimal water and can be used as a food source.

Taking cuttings from existing Spekboom, Wembley College’s Eco Committee is asking teachers and pupils to propagate more than 300 plants at the school by the end of next year. Each pupil will select someone who doesn’t have many plants in their garden and give them a plant. A competition is being held by the committee for the wackiest planting photo.

Greening Greytown is the real purpose behind the project. This is the first stage of an annual campaign to increase the diversity of indigenous plants in the town. – Copy supplied by Wembley College

Building team spirit!

The Grade 7s from Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School recently attended their camp at ATKV Drakensville near Bergville. The boys were kept busy ziplining, abseiling, swimming, and building rafts.

Picture: Supplied

Epworth SPCA Day

Epworth’s Preparatory School collected pet food for a week and decided to include an animal themed dress-up to celebrate all things furry, slimy and scaly. “It was also the perfect way to end another busy school week,” the school said.

“A huge thank you to all pupils, parents and staff who donated food for the Pietermaritzburg SPCA -we know that our animal friends will appreciate it.”

Picture: Epworth Facebook page.

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