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KZN Midlands school news, May 2020

Isolation education

St Charles College Grade 4 pupil Heath Schwegmann gets to grips with online learning.

With many Midlands schools returning to schooling during lockdown through online teaching, teachers and pupils are finding creative ways to share information, stay in touch and facilitate learning.

From the study, to the kitchen table, an improvised office, to the bedroom and the porch, a whole lot of learning is going on.

Along the way there have also been some fun and light-hearted moments, as well as some emotional tributes and messages. We thought we’d share with you some of the schooling moments that have been posted on social media.

There was plenty motivation for the pupils, staff and Wembley College “family” as evidenced on this post on Instagram:

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Motivational Monday

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After the first official week of online learning, St Charles College asked a few of the Senior Primary boys how they found working from home and this is what Heath Schwegmann from Grade 4 (see picture, top) had to say: “It’s a little weird seeing Mrs Howells on the computer screen and only hearing my friends’ voices instead of being with them all in class. I miss my friends and Mrs Howells. But I am getting the hang of online classrooms and I am loving it!”

Drakensberg Boys’ Choir recently loaded a video of the first movement of Carl Orff’s landmark work Carmina Burana to Instagram. The Drakies performance was a reminder to followers just what this amazing school and choir have to offer.

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Today's concert performance is the first movement of Carl Orff's landmark work "Carmina Burana", which we performed as part of our school's 50th Anniversary celebrations. The complete performance of this production (which is one of the Drakensberg Boys Choir's most celebrated) is being uploaded at Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/dbchoir) Become a Patron of the DBC to enjoy exclusive and preview content, as well as advanced bookings for our future concerts and festivals. Credits: Bernard Krüger (conductor) — Carin Louw & Lubabalo Dyasi (piano) — Magda de Vries, Jacques vd Walt, Motshwane Pege, Kyle Allens, Koketso Seboka (percussion) — Hugo Roodt (timpani) — Drakensberg Boys Choir — Drakensberg Old Boys Choir — The Wykeham Collegiate Choir

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Howick High School decided to hold an online “Mask-erade” party and asked followers to share their face mask pics on Facebook.

The Michaelhouse Community Partnership Trust is working with local organisations to assist those in need during the Covid-19 crisis and the associated economic hardships felt by many.

From the bulletin, Michaelhouse Rector’s News:

Picture: Chang Duong/ Unsplash

“A number of Old Boys are making a huge difference throughout the world in many inspiring ways at present, being innovative and supporting others. The Michaelhouse Community Partnership Trust is working with the Nottingham Road Relief Fund to support the Action in Isolation programme which provides food parcels to destitute families in the Midlands area as children are unable to access their feeding schemes while schools are closed.”

The bulletin item stated that one of the trust’s roles is to collect cash donations and issue 18A certificates to donors. Funds collected for the appeal will be passed on with no donations covering administrative costs.

Volunteered their services

“The Nottingham Road Relief Fund is being managed by local Old Boys in Nottingham Road area. Old Boys, parents and members of the Michaelhouse community have volunteered their services to this cause which is in great need of financial support. Since last week when a letter went out to the Old Boys, R19 750 has been raised. Thank you so much for your amazing contributions!”

For more info, email cpt@michaelhouse.org; Community Partnership Manager – email: amyweb@michaelhouse.org

Wykeham Collegiate’s Sarah Macaskill serenaded cattle on the farm, playing The Prayer for Africa. The video was shared on the school’s Instagram page.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_fOjKbHKss/

Treverton College has been posting regular motivational videos through its “Missing You” YouTube channel, see below:

Cordwalles Prep celebrated Freedom Day by inviting parents and pupils to take part in its online “Night Out” occasion.

Images from Cordwalles Prep’s “Night Out” happening.

The school said on Facebook: “Who can think of a more wonderful way to spend Freedom Day than a Night out at a restaurant? Our Cordies boys did us proud by being the best hosts, waiters and chefs at their restaurants. Each boy had to come up with a menu and restaurant name, he had to serve his guests and help tidy up afterwards. What a special evening this was allowing families to connect during this difficult time.”

Epworth’s Consumer Studies department challenged all its pupils to a virtual run/walk any time between 7am and 3pm. Many Epworth families and staff members joined in on the fun. See the pics below.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_aKCDNHdi3/

Hilton College reminded pupils and the school family of the beauty of their school through this picture posted on Hilton’s Facebook page.

Stunning avenue of trees at Hilton College.

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