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Midlands schools news, March 2020

Michaelhouse, Epworth ace the Dusi

Michaelhouse canoeists accept their awards at the Dusi Canoe Marathon. Picture: Michaelhouse

Thirteen Michaelhouse paddlers took part in the recent 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon and the dedication of the school’s top paddlers was rewarded with outstanding results:
U18: 1st Ross Leslie and Chase Leisegang (19th overall);
U18: 2nd Sam Butcher and Matthew Millward (21st overall);
U18: 3rd Jack Edmonds and his partner (23rd overall);
U16: 1st Reuben Baldry and Jack Shooter (82nd overall, in their first Dusi).

Michaelhouse also won the Schools’ Trophy. Well done to all the paddlers.

Picture: Epworth School Facebook page

Epworth School also had a brilliant Dusi. In a post on the school’s Facebook page it said, “Epworth paddlers aced the Dusi! Hats off to every current and past Epworth pupil who successfully completed the Dusi today.

“Yet again, Epworth showed their canoeing prowess: first and second in the girls’ U18 (Georgina Howard and her partner were first and Shannon-Ann Parker-Dennison and Frances Forsyth came second; Epworthians Tamika and Bianca Haw won the ladies’ event with Cana Peek and Christie Mackenzie coming second and Tracey Oellermann and Bridgitte Hartley placing fourth. Amy Peckett and Cara Waud, class of 2019, were second U23 K2 home.”

Trail runners during the first ‘Trevi Track’ event.

Midlands school fired up with Mashesha Stove

At Treverton, the inaugural “Trevi Track Attack” took place on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon around the Treverton trails.

Grace College and Maritzburg College joined Treverton for some tight, fast and intense racing over a short distance. The mountain bikers had a 6.6km sprint, while the trail runners battled it out over 3.8km of trail.


This past weekend saw fantastic weather in which to host the school’s “College Sleepover”. Visitors and Treverton pupils had a fun-filled weekend of creativity and adventure. From a taste of culture to exploring science, from paper circuitry and building art bots to climbing walls, Saturday was a very interactive afternoon for the Grade 6s and 7s.

A paddler enjoys the Sunday activities during the sleep over weekend at Treverton.

Open Day Sleepover morning (Sunday) activities at the dam included horse rides, zip lining, waterpolo and other games.

In the midst of a busy weekend, grade 11 Art students from Treverton took part in a 2-day “Etching Masterclass”, presented by Eloff Pretorius. Students spent time in discussions and demonstrations and transferring their drawings to plates, inking and wiping in preparation for the printing process.

Partnerships flourish at 8 Midlands schools

Cordwalles Preparatory School pupils Alex Riley and Mahdi Noorgat, guided by RR teacher Mrs Bonnie Kyle, were pictured, right, having a fabulous time at their Pre-Primary (Inky) swimming gala recently.

The theme in the St Charles Junior Primary this year is “Dream Big”. There have been many discussions this term with the young pupils around what is required to reach dreams and goals.

At the Junior Primary assembly this week, above, some of the boys were recognised for their hard work towards achieving their dreams at school. Well done, boys. Picture: Saysha Baker

Drakies pupils at the gala held at Estcourt Pool.

Drakensberg Boys Choir School recently fielded a team at the interschools gala, held at Estcourt Pool. The school came second, competing against St Gregory Primary, Hamilton Primary, Mooi River Primary, and Bergville Primary.

Congratulations to DBCS pupils Connor McLennan and Matthew White for winning their age categories.

Midlands school news, February 2020


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