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KZN Midlands school news, August 2019

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250 bicycles handed over at Howick High

On August 7, Howick High was honoured to host 18 local junior schools at an event to hand over 250 bicycles to their pupils.

The project was undertaken by the Rotary Clubs of Hilton and Howick, while the uMngeni Community Safety Initiative (UCSI) has been closely involved, along with other local businesses.

The event was attended by officials from the department of education, uMngeni Municipality, department of community safety and liaison, district and local Rotarians, uMngeni Traffic officials, principals from the local primary schools, Howick High School management and Governing Body members as well as UCSI board members.

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“It was such a memorable day for all and a privilege to give back to our community,” said Howick High in a press release.

Cordwalles Preparatory School pupils gave it their all during their recent junior athletics day.

In the main image, top, pupils race down the straight just as fast as their legs will take them. Left to right: Jordan Goosen, William Riley and Langelihle Sabelo.

Wartburg Kirchdorf pupils Nikki Johnson, Izabella Paterson, Rebecca Witthöft and Monique Walkinshaw.

Astro Quiz

Four girls from Wartburg Kirchdorf School placed second in the Regional Astro Quiz on August 7. This project is funded, co-ordinated and managed by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement in conjunction with the education department, and is linked with the Natural Science strand: Earth and Beyond.

Project resources for the participants are gathered and produced with the assistance of the participating centres as well as astronomy community members.

The four Wartburg Kirchdorf School girls will move on to compete in the provincial competition at the end of the month.

Drakensberg Boys Choir School recently hosted its “Battle of the Track” event, attracting locals, visitors and members of the school community to compete in the 5/10km run/walk, and the cycling races. It was a morning filled with plenty of brotherhood and family-bonding time. Seen here (above) are Brian Brits, Charlie Brown, Keenan Beeslaar and Nicholas Robinson, before the start of their cycling race.

House colours and flags for two new Houses at Michaelhouse have been unveiled.

“Quality pastoral care is a hallmark of the Michaelhouse education, which offers a unique boys-only, full boarding experience. The establishment of Ralfe and McCormick (houses) is the culmination of a six-and-a-half year process which identified the need to reduce the number of boys per house at Michaelhouse from 70 to 60 to enhance pastoral interaction between Housemasters and their staff with the boys in their care,” said the school.

Karin Moffat and Mark Blew, newly appointed Housemasters of Ralfe and McCormick Houses at Michaelhouse.

McCormick House is already inhabited by members of Baines House, as their facility undergoes significant reconfiguration to accommodate 60 boys in the future.

Ralfe House is still weeks away from completion.

Strong identities

“The appointment of Housemasters Karin Moffat and Mark Blew late in the second quarter was an important early step in the establishment of strong identities for the new houses. As a female head of a fully residential all boys boarding house, Karin’s appointment marks what must be a first in South Africa,” said the school.

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The Ralfe family connection to the school is through West House. Ralfe House will be characterised by the colour Clover Green, echoing the clover clasped in the beak of the raven appearing on the family’s coat of arms. The McCormick connection is with Baines House. Boys of McCormick House will identify with the colour Royal Purple. Ralfe and McCormick open their doors officially in 2020.

Pupils from Epworth’s prep and high school (above) joined together to celebrate Epworth’s 121st birthday recently.

Wartburg Kirchdorf School’s Mrs Wittig (Alice), Cassey Hodgkinson (Mad Hatter), Mrs Truter (Queen of Hearts)

Wartburg Kirchdorf School celebrated the wonderful world of books with an Alice in Wonderland theme. The Grades RRR’s to Grade 7 were invited to dress up as a character from a book. Mrs van Niekerk, a dedicated WKS parent, transformed both the Grade 1 and 2 classrooms into Alice’s Wonderland.

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