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Schools in the Midlands are cool

Schools in the Midlands are cool

The Midlands is always full of good youthful news – even in the holidays!  Here are some snippets for you to enjoy …  thank you cool kids!

Cordwalles Preparatory School News

Photographed from left to right: Robert Combrinck, Daniel Peckham, James Fender, Cuan Conway and Brendon Barnard.

Cordwalles Prep Enviro Trip

The Cordwalles Preparatory School Grade 5 Environmental trip to Roselands was a wonderful experience for all the boys. The cold, wet weather did not stop the boys from taking part in all the activities. They were challenged and completed tasks and activities which took them out of their comfort zones. They learnt about teamwork and were encouraged to support each other always.
The boys learnt to control their fears and it was lovely to see them overcome personal obstacles. Not only were the activities very exciting, but the boys learnt so much about their environment too. The boys returned very tired, but enriched with new experiences and memories.

Cordwalles Prep KZN Inland Hockey
Congratulations to the following boys from Cordwalles Preparatory School who have been selected to play for various KZN Inland hockey teams.

Back row from left: Jason Dix (U12 A), Oliver Armstrong (U12 B), James Gilson (U12 B), Thomas Griffin (U12 B) and Nkosi Shozi (U12 B).
Front row from left: Jeremy Foss (U13 A), Olwethu Kweyama (U13 A), Jarryd Pike (U13 A), Kamohelo Rathepe (U13 A), Richard Robertson (Cordwalles 1st Team coach) has been selected to coach Inland U13 A team, Luc Benkenstein (U13 B) and Kamesh Padayachee (U13 C).
From left to right: Tom Koller (Maritzburg College – Cordwalles Closed), Adam Cameron (St Charles College – All Rounder), Olwethu Kweyama (Hilton College – All Rounder), Jarryd Pike (Hilton College – All Rounder), Luc Benkenstein (Hilton College – All Rounder), Tomas Szudrawski (Michaelhouse – Cordwalles Closed), Byron Mitchell-Innes (Michaelhouse – Sport Exhibition) and Xihluke Marhule (Michaelhouse – Pennington Scholarship)


Cordwalles Prep Scholarship Recipients

Cordwalles Preparatory School are very proud to announce the following Grade 7 boys who won scholarships for high schools next year.







Cowan House News

left to right: Ross Froise, Jack Walters, Rohil Singh and Oliver Cornish (supplied Tracey Wood)

Formula 1 dreams inch closer for Cowan House Boys.

The Cowan House Jaguar Primary School Grade 6 team (Yolo Molo) made up of Ross Froise, Jack Walters, Rohil Singh and Oliver Cornish cracked their need for speed as winners of the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge Regional Event.  In awe of the surrounding Jaguars in the dealership showroom, Ross, our Team Manager; Jack, our Design Engineer; Rohil, our Graphic Designer; and Oliver, our Manufacturing Engineer, pitted their compressed air cylinder powered racing machine against those developed by a number of other schools’ teams and as with Formula 1 racing, the winner was decided by results in splits of one hundredths of a second.

The aim of the Jaguar Primary Schools’ Challenge is to provide a stimulating project to introduce leaners to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related topics through the engagement of design and manufacturing of a race car. Each team is commissioned to research, design, manufacture, test, promote and race the fastest car possible. We are certainly looking forward to defending our title at next year’s event.

Epworth School News

Epworth English Olympians



Epworth English Olympians
Congratulations to Epworth pupils, Shraya Moodley (left) and Catherine Bloy who were ranked in the top 15 in the 2017 De Beers English Olympiad. Over 7800 candidates entered this nation-wide competition.






Epworth Junior and Senior Cross Country Runners

Epworth Cross-Country Champs

Epworth finished the cross-country season on a high note by winning both the junior and senior Midlands Cross-Country Leagues, as well as the final relay events. Pictured with their coach, Kim Peek (back, right), are Epworth’s junior and senior runners who contributed to the school’s success.


Michaelhouse School News

Michaelhouse KZN Inland Hockey Players

left to right: Mubeezi Lubinga, Michael Menear, Nic Forster, Murray Armstrong, Rorke Melville, Sebastian Haug-Lyons, Josh White, Matthew Gibson, Kenton Melville, Thabo Dlamini, Mugabi Lubinga, Ben Rebeck, Josh Elliot, Adrian Thompson

Michaelhouse is proud to announce that the following boys have been selected for KZN, Coastal and Inland hockey teams:
KZN Inland Hockey Teams:
U18A: Michael Menear, Mubeezi Lubinga, Nic Forster
U18B: Murray Armstrong, Angus Ferguson,
Non Travelling: Matthew Gerrish
U16A: Mugabi Lubinga, Chris Christodoulou, Thabo Dlamini, Michael Christodoulou, Ben Rebeck
U16B: Rorke Melville
Non Travelling: Sebastian Haug-Lyons, Michael Ross
U14A: Josh Elliot, Kenton Melville
U14B: Adrian Thompson, Matthew Gibson, Josh White
Non Travelling: Dominic Le Sueur
KZN Combined (Coastals & Inland) U14 team: Hilton Giles, Jason Williams

New Hanover Prep News

Danika Freese up close and personal with a young crocodile.

New Hanover Prep – Expanding the walls of the Classroom
Children, like adults, need a range of visual and sensory experiences to inspire and stimulate their creative potential. Fortunately, at New Hanover Prep, the environment is flexible enough to create opportunities to help expose children to new experiences, excursions being one method.  Each term the different grades benefit from various excursions. The Grade Twos and Threes visited the Shark’s Board to watch a shark dissection and audio visual show. Thereafter they enjoyed their trip to Crocodile Creek.

Casey Barnard and Karl Meisegeier getting to know Brunfelsia Resident Heiko Garz.

New Hanover Prep Outreach
We should value all ages in our communities, from the very young to the very old. The elderly folk in nursing homes and assisted living facilities often feel isolated and excluded. The Outreach Club at New Hanover Prep chose to make a difference in the lives of the residents at our local Brunfelsia Care Centre this term. Developing stronger connections between these older adults and their community can have tremendous benefits for young and old.



St Charles College News

St Charles College Provincial Teams

Left to right: Ryan Lindenberg – Sharks U13B; Seth Samuel – KZN Inland U13C;
Ross Boast (KZN Inland U12B and Sharks U12A); Jordan Bentley – KZN Inland U12B; Kyle Gilson – KZN Inland U13A; Nathan Beaumont – KZN Inland U13C; Luthando Sigwebela (KZN Inland U13C and Sharks U13B); Matthew Urquhart (KZN Inland U12A and Sharks U12A); Reval Gayadin – KZN Inland U13B  Photo: Saysha Baker

The following boys from the St Charles College Preparatory school have been selected to represent their province in rugby and hockey.




St Charles Mini Rugby on Old Boys Day

Dustin Stockley trying to make a run with the ball from Excellent Tshiamala (L) and Elihle Hloba (R).  Photo: Martin Ashworth

The Saints Grade 1 and 2 boys played in the curtain raiser to the High School 1st XV in June for our Old Boys Day. In front of a large crowd on Old Orchards, the Junior Primary boys all gave of their best and entertained everyone with big tackles and great tries.


Mitchell Lütz celebrates 50th cap
Pictured: 1st team hockey captain, Mitchell Lütz, was celebrated Saturday, 27 May, for playing in his 50th match! After being formally

Mitchell Lutz celebrates 50th Cap Photo Saysha Baker

presented with his 50th cap match shirt, Mitchell ran on to the field cheered on by his team, school and wider St Charles College community.







St Nicholas School News – Pietermaritzburg

Out and About with St Nic’s

St Nicholas Learners enjoyed an interesting visit to Tala Reserve recently

The Grade 2 learners accompanied by Miss Maitin-Casalis and Mrs Marriott recently visited Tala Game Reserve. The learners and teachers had a fantastic time.

St Nicholas hosts recent Chess Champs
St Nicholas Diocesan School recently hosted the Junior School Chess Championships. 45 learners from 13 schools in and around the Midlands Area participated. There was a Junior Section (Grade 4-5) and a Senior Section (Grade 6-7). St Nicholas would like to congratulate Cowan House Preparatory School and Laddsworth Primary School on their victories.

Chess focus at the champs hosted by St Nicholas



Your Move – chess champs at St Nics







Carefully now! Chess at St Nics

St Nicholas Blood Drive

St Nicholas Blood Drive

St Nicholas Diocesan School learner Anothile Matthews and SANBS Donor Attendant Dashan Reddy are all smiles during the recently held Blood Drive at St Nicholas.



St Nicholas Ballerinas

St Nicholas Ballerinas put their best foot forward

St Nicholas Diocesan School is extremely proud of their young ballerinas Luthando Mazibuko and Ozuko Mpahlwana who have been selected to perform in the upcoming production of The Ugly Duckling at the Hilton Theatre and who have been chosen to become members of the KZN Midlands Youth Ballet Company.

St Nicholas celebrates Winter Solstice
In celebration of the Winter Solstice, St Nicholas Diocesan School celebrated Polar Bear Day. All learners wore their pyjamas to school and enjoyed a delicious breakfast.
All swimmers that braved the cold water were treated to a warm cup of hot chocolate and received a certificate. A great day was enjoyed by all.

Joaquin Wildey, Aphelele Ndlovu
Zukhanye Mthembu


Front Row: Zime Ngcobo, Tia Knock, Andiswa Ndlela, Olwethu Sithole
Second Row: Siyande Ngcobo, Oratile Shale, Sphesihle Ndlovu
Back Row: Azande Ngubane
(Photo Credit: Sarah Thomson)






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