St Charles College News for February
Official Opening of the St Charles College Oval Change Rooms and Scoreboard
On Friday morning, 2 February, the Official Opening of the Scoreboard and Change Room Facility on The Oval was held at St Charles College. It is appropriate at the conclusion of an exciting building project to pause and give thanks to the people that have worked particularly hard and gone above and beyond. The wait for this world-class facility has been a remarkable story of patience, humility and community involvement. The morning’s ceremony was two-fold; firstly, to show our appreciation and give thanks to the donors and secondly to officially cut the ribbon and declare the facility open on this day, 2 February 2018.
The Raw and Truter families have had an incredible belief in our school and the journey it has undertaken to becoming the leading independent school for boys in Africa. We thank them for partnering with us and through their incredibly generous donation we have been able to take this project from a dream on paper to reality.
We wish our cricketers many decades of happy memories as they play the Gentleman’s Game on The Oval. May you always play within the Spirit of the Game and at all times align yourselves with the St Charles College Values: Respect, Responsibility, Self-discipline, Honesty and Courage. – Mr Rowan Irons
St Charles College 1st Basketball team vs Michaelhouse
St Charles College put their unbeaten record on the line this last weekend against a passionate and determined Michaelhouse team. With the Saints winning on the Michaelhouse court during the Stayers season, Michaelhouse were keen to return the favour on the SCC home court.
St Charles College got off to a good start, taking advantage of some loose play from Michaelhouse which resulted in fast break points. This ultimately led to an early lead at the end of the first period. With consistent play, the Saints team were able to extend their lead to 10 by the half. However, the third period belonged to the visitors. Controlling the offensive glass meant they were able to get valuable second and third shot opportunities which cut into the lead and resulted in a tight game at the end of the third. The fourth period was a tight affair with no more than 8 points separating the two teams; however, it was the Saints team that managed to make the big shots when it counted. Behind a mammoth game from the Saints captain, Luyanda Mazeka, the Saints managed to run out the clock and get the 7 point win.
Sister Morag visits Scrummies
The boys from Scrummies were very excited to welcome Sister Morag, who visited the Pre-Primary recently to teach the boys all about the human body.
Valentine’s Day at St Charles College
St Charles College celebrated Valentine’s Day from the High School all the way down to our Scrummies!
Our boys from Scrummies were spotted walking around campus with their teachers and treating staff to some special flower inspired artworks for Valentine’s Day!
St Charles awards Basketball Honours
Congratulations to Teboho Dlamini, one of the senior players in the SCC Basketball First Team, who recently received his Honours. Teboho received Honours for his participation in the KZN U19 team who played in the inter-provincial tournament last December and won silver. Teboho plays shooting guard and is commonly referred to as “Bullet” due to his pace on the basketball court.
St Charles College attends Unity Conference
Over half-term members of the St Charles College Pastoral Council attended Unity Conference, a leadership training weekend. Pastoral committees from over KZN gathered together at Emseni for a weekend of intense leadership training.
The programme was facilitated by Scripture Union Independent Schools, a ministry investing in young people and leadership. Mahlatse Mashua, from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Cape Town, provided the keynote address speaking into ‘Leading for Christ in South Africa today’. The conversation was challenging but resonated well with the students. The weekend included multiple ministry workshops, stimulating conversation and planning. Our time together was productive, providing a healthy impetus for the Pastoral leadership team of 2018. – Mr Ross Ducasse (St Charles College Chaplain)
St Charles College Prep 1st XI Cricket
During the mid-term exeat, the Prep 1st XI cricket team played in the Independent Primary Schools’ Cricket Festival held at Beaulieu Prep and Dainfern College in Johannesburg.
In the first fixture of the weekend, the Saints boys took on Dainfern College. SCC lost the toss and were asked to bat first. After an initial hiccup, at 28/3, Matthew Urquhart and Ross Boast put on a 138 run partnership which helped the Prep team reach 244 for 8. Matthew Urquhart scored 84 runs while Ross Boast made 105 runs. The Saints boys then put in a fine bowling and fielding display to bowl their opponents out for 125 runs. Josh O’Connor, Jordan Bentley, Matthew Urquhart and Nathan Beaumont all took 2 wickets apiece. SCC won by 119 runs.
The next fixture saw the Prep 1st XI taking on Woodridge from the Eastern Cape. The SCC team, once again batted first and found themselves 22 for 3. This time, Brett Cutting and Connor Riley steadied the innings with a 107 run partnership. Brett Cutting eventually out for 62 runs and Connor Riley top scoring with 76 runs. Seyur Pillay chipped in with a quick fire 47 runs at the back end of the innings. In the field, the Saints boys hit their straps and bowled Woodridge out for 149. Jordan Bentley doing the majority of the damage with 5 wickets for 45 runs. Ross Boast and Nathan Beaumont chipped in with 2 wickets apiece. SCC won by 123 runs.
The final fixture of the tour was a T20 match against Beaulieu Prep. The Saints boys batted first and amassed 212 for 5 with Matthew Diemont making 48 runs, Matthew Urquhart chipping in with a quick fire 44 runs off just 17 deliveries and Ross Boast top scoring with 57 runs off 27 balls. The Prep team then restricted their opposition to 43 all out with Brett Cutting taking 5 wickets for 20 runs and Connor Riley and Seyur Pillay each picking up 2 wickets. SCC won by 169 runs.
Bike Day at St Charles College, Scrummies
Before heading off on their mid-term break, our boys from Scrummies enjoyed a fun and mud filled bike day!