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Matthew’s in the swim

Midlands school news, March 2021

Some of the St Charles College boarders went to Midmar Dam at the weekend to assist and support in the 2021 Midmar Mile. They were delighted to spot fellow Saints boy, Matthew Sates (Grade 12), shortly after he completed his race.

Only the top 20 swimmers were invited to swim in this year’s race. Congratulations to Matthew who placed 9th! The school also took the opportunity to congratulate all those in the Saints community who took part in the 2021 virtual Midmar Mile.

Pictured, top: Matthew Sates with some of the St Charles College boarders.

Wembley College pupils enjoyed the opportunity to experience the KZN Museum in Maritzburg during a recent visit, where they learnt about more about South Africa, its unique animals and bugs, its history and how things worked a long time ago.

The museum staff commented on the great interactions they had with Wembley scholars.

Michaelhouse thanked the parents and old boys who have begun to assist Simon Williams (A Block, Founders) in his efforts, under a Rector’s Leadership Portfolio, to raise an additional R100 000 this year to support the work of the Community Partnership Trust (CPT) in the 16 schools supported by Michaelhouse. Since the last Rector’s Newsletter the school has had 27 families join the project.

Community partnership

Much of the fundraising is done through the MySchool and School-Days initiatives. – Info from Rector’s newsletter

With the guidance of two-time MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon champion Abby Solms, young Pietermaritzburg resident Aadila Kajee could become the first Indian woman to take on the three-day epic this coming week.

It has been a whirlwind build-up for the former Wykeham Collegiate pupil who had never picked up a paddle, let alone been in a canoe before October last year, but the seed was sown for her when she started running during lockdown.

Two-time Dusi Canoe Marathon champion Abby Solms (front) will partner novice Aadila Kajee (back) on her first Dusi starting at Camps Drift on March 18. Picture: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

“On one of the runs our group was chatting about their various experiences at the Dusi,” Kajee said. “They were arguing about what is more difficult, Comrades or Dusi and they mentioned that they have run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, some have also ridden from Pietermaritzburg to Durban and they were just saying it is amazing achievement to have done the route from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in all three formats, run, ride and paddle.

Insane people

“So that is when I thought maybe I should try to be one of these insane people to try to achieve all three!”

Read more about her story here

The 2021 edition of the annual Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Investment Challenge kicks off on March 15, and schools and universities are encouraged to sign up and participate in the competition.

The JSE Investment Challenge is the exchange’s flagship youth CSI programme that aims to teach South African pupils and students about investing on the JSE and the larger role that such investment plays in the country’s economy. Through the JSE Investment Challenge, participants get to test their share trading skills through a simulated “ghost trading” programme. Each team is given a virtual sum of R1 million to invest in JSE-listed shares, their performance is tracked and measured against other teams taking part.

Drive financial literacy

This year, the Investment Challenge team is aiming to attract more schools and universities to participate, especially those in underdeveloped areas. The exchange is amplifying efforts and engagement with schools, the Department of Education and universities/private colleges to ensure that the programme reaches every corner of the country, to drive financial literacy and expose the youth of South Africa to the exciting world of finance and investment.

“We are very excited to start this year’s JSE Investment Challenge and look forward to bringing the competition to more South African youth,” says Ralph Speirs, CSI Officer at the JSE. “We will be conducting the competition virtually again due to the pandemic, and with the learnings and insights acquired from last year’s edition, we are ready to take things to a new level.”

More schools news here

To reward top performers and pique the interest of all participants, there are monthly and annual prizes up for grabs. At the end of the competition, members of the overall high school winning team each get a cash prize that is deposited into a Satrix Investment account, while the top performing university team wins a trip to an international stock exchange.

To register, visit the JSE Investment Challenge website

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