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Midlands schools news, December 2019

members of the 2019 St Charles College 1st XI
At the official opening of the St Charles College Chapel Garden are members of the 2019 St Charles College 1st XI. Front left to right are: Allen van Blerk (principal), Murray Cole-Edwardes (1st XI coach), Wessly Madhevere (2019 1st XI captain), Rowan Irons (director of sport) and Morne van Wyk (Cricket Specialist). Picture: Tayla Peyton

 

On Saturday, November 23, St Charles College celebrated the official opening of its Chapel Garden.

The chapel garden and fountain overlook the St Charles College Oval, as well as the greater city of Pietermaritzburg, in celebration of the incredible achievements of the 2019 St Charles College First XI.

The team won 21 consecutive matches in the 2018/2019 seasons. They were crowned Inland and KZN Champions. St Charles First XI also represented the Dolphins franchise at the National Schools T20 competition in Pretoria, where their excellent run continued and placed them in the final.

The team prize money was allocated to build this platform to inspire future generations of cricketers. The garden and fountain will serve as a reminder of the power of teamwork and commitment.

Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth, Patrick Lamb, swimming backstroke.

Patrick Lamb, a Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, participated in the TYR Westville Sprints Gala at Kings Park Stadium in Durban last month. Patrick received silver medals for U12 Boys 50m backstroke and 100m backstroke.

Abigail Moodley, left, and Julia Nicholson, Grade 2 pupils at Laddsworth Primary in Hilton.

Laddsworth Grade 2 pupils Abigail Moodley and Julia Nicholson took part in the Maritzburg Swim Challenge.

Abigail received gold medals for 25m freestyle and 25m breaststroke Girls U8 and a bronze medal for backstroke Girls U8.

Julia received a silver medal for 25m breaststroke Girls U8.

Congratulations to Hilton College’s Thabiso Dlamini, below, who was awarded the Matthew McDonald Memorial Trophy.

Matthew is an Old Hiltonian who tragically passed away after a long battle with leukemia at only 31 years of age. He was a passionate Hiltonian and a talented rugby player who, in his grade 11 year represented the 1st XV in every match that was played. Unfortunately, an injury prevented him from playing rugby in his matric year.

Thabiso Dlamini.

The McDonald family have commissioned a trophy in his memory, the Matthew McDonald Memorial Trophy, to be donated to the school’s rugby club, and which will be awarded at the end of each season to the Grade 11 player who has earned the most caps for the 1st XV. Well done Thabiso.

The 100-strong Drakensberg Boys’ Choir recently performed a Christmas repertoire to a packed audience in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. The concert took place thanks to Parklane Spar, Music Revival, CPW Printers and organiser Brad Glasspoole.

Members of the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir outside Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

“Since we just returned from our tour overseas, it was nice to see that South Africa has some architecturally-stunning venues. This was also my fourth time performing at the venue, so it brought back fun memories,” said Kieran Griffin, Grade 8.

Best of Noel Tour

“This performance was the best of our recent ‘Noel Tour’, as there was lots of energy going around,” said Tito Mhlongo, Grade 7.

Hilton Montessori kids enjoyed their recent market evening.

The children at Hilton Montessori really enjoyed their recent market evening. The kids had great fun selling the wares they had made or grown for the school’s annual market day.

On Thursday, December 5, New Hanover Prep held its annual Recognition Ceremony. The school commented that it was wonderful to have so many friends and family there to celebrate the 2019 school year.

More school news: Deante recognised in AfriCAN awards

The children sang beautiful carols by candlelight and read Biblical passages. Individuals were awarded certificates for their effort and achievements throughout the school year, and the highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Grade 7 “special awards”.

The recipients of these awards were: Grade 7 Academic Excellence trophy: Liam Freese and Kylie Schulz; Headmaster’s Award: Thandanani Zondi; and NHP Sporting Values Trophy: Melissa Dobeyn.

New Hanover Prep Grade 7 teacher John Love with Grade 7 special award recipients Liam Freese, Kylie Schulz, Thandanani Zondi and Melissa Dobeyn.

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