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October 2020 Midlands school news

Heritage, academics, a concert, a trail run and … a mermaid

With Heritage Month being celebrated in September, Epworth pupils recently celebrated their heritage by coming to school dressed in cultural attire. Picture: Supplied

With Heritage Month being celebrated in September, Epworth School pupils recently celebrated their heritage by coming to school dressed in cultural attire.

High 5 for Boaz!

The staff of St Charles College give their highest credit to their top academic. Dux is awarded at the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level across the candidate’s top 5 subjects.

Boaz Hansen with his academic awards. Picture: Saysha Baker

Boaz Hansen, right, achieved an impressive five distinctions in his June series of Cambridge Examinations. His distinctions included English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Geography and Physics with an overall average of 94%. Well done Boaz.

Wembley trail run

To celebrate SA’s rich and diverse cultures, Wembley hosted a Heritage Day run on September 18 2020. Pupils came to school dressed in a wealth of colour and diverse costumes showing off and expressing their proud heritage. Chinwendu Eke, Juandre Wilken and Celiwe Mbonambi were awarded prizes for the best Heritage Day dress. They received life-like leopard print masks.

The leopard plays an important role in Wembley College’s heritage and is the main symbol on the school badge, representing the determined scholars produced at the school.

The Heritage Day run will be known as the Leopard Run, in memory of the leopards who roamed across this area many years ago. The Leopard Run starts at the Hockey Astro clubhouse and detours around the Northfields Manor Boarding Establishment into the Wembley forest overlooking the Wembley dam. Once through the forest, the run passes the dam and climbs up Wembley hill back towards the school, winding around the cricket pavilion, back to the hockey astro clubhouse.

Open to the public

The Leopard trail is open to the public and the school invites local runners and walkers to make use of this beautiful trail. On your run you may meet some otters, porcupine quills and various buck species. The route is beautifully marked with blue rocks, thanks to the Wembley Ground staff team.

Runners and walkers are asked to park outside Northfield’s Manor Boarding Establishment. We look forward to seeing you on the trail.

Drakensberg Boys’ Choir is holding a Grade 9 fundraiser concert on Friday, October 30 at 7pm. Info in tweet below:

Wow! The water babies at The Wykeham Collegiate got a visit from a real mermaid recently.

Zoey Botha, in Grade RR at The Wykeham Collegiate in Pietermaritzburg, was thrilled to have her first swimming lesson with her classmates since the lockdown in March, in the newly heated school pool with a mermaid, Thalia Sklair. Picture: Jackie Clausen

The school in PMB has just opened up its newly heated pool for the girls to have their first swimming lesson since March, so decided to make it a bit of fun for everyone.

“There were shrieks of delight from the little ones when they spotted the mermaid in the pool.”

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More pictures from the Epworth School cultural day, below.

Leadership positions for The Wykeham Collegiate for 2021 were announced (see pic below):

Back Row: Mieka Mohaud (head of sport), Sarah Fourie (head of boarding committee), Zoey Wanless (head of culture), Christina Clarke (head of enviro), Vania Manchev (head of communications), Olivia Weaver (head of community service), Chloë Groening (head of transformation and diversity).
Bottom row: Vuyo Balfour (head of academics), Zanda Msane (head of Campbell), Samantha Brandis (head of Moore), Sai’an Dayaram (head day girl), Reabetswe Maloisane (head of school), Mvithi Ndlovu (head of boarding), Tandokazi Mahlanza (head of O’Brien), Funekile Nyathikazi (head of Crookes), Abigail Larsen (head of Chapel), Poppy Brown (head of PR) – currently out of country. – Picture: Supplied

The Wykeham Collegiate Leadership Positions for 2021 were announced as follows
Back Row: Mieka Mohaud (Head of Sport), Sarah Fourie (Head of Boarding Committee), Zoey Wanless (Head of Culture), Christina Clarke (Head of Enviro), Vania Manchev (Head of Communications), Olivia Weaver (Head of Community Service), Chloë Groening (Head of Transformation and Diversity).
Bottom row: Vuyo Balfour (Head of academics), Zanda Msane (Head of Campbell), Samantha Brandis (Head of Moore), Sai’an Dayaram (Head Day Girl), Reabetswe Maloisane (Head of School), Mvithi Ndlovu (Head of Boarding), Tandokazi Mahlanza (Head of O’Brien), Funekile Nyathikazi ( Head of Crookes), Abigail Larsen (Head of Chapel), Poppy Brown (Head of PR) -currently out of country

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