St Charles College News for November
Dolphin Cricketers visit St Charles College
St Charles College was fortunate to have two Dolphins cricketers; Kerwin Mungaroo and Attie Maposa, come in and help some of our cricketers fine tune their cricket skills. Kerwin has been bowling very well lately for KZN Inland and hence got a call up to the Dolphins squad. Kerwin assisted our seamers in being able to bowl quicker and more accurate. Attie was on hand to show our spinners different tricks with the ball and help them to expand their skills. Their time is much appreciated and we look forward to seeing them again at St Charles College and at Kingsmead.
Leadership for 2018 at St Charles College
The announcement of St Charles College’s 2018 prefect body was one of the most anticipated items on their Speech Night programme. Congratulations to all those who were selected to be Prefects and Council Leaders. The top five selected to represent the College as Head Boy and Deputies are (from left to right): Luke Adam, Scott Anderson, Matthew Mortimer (head boy), Njabulo Tenza and Dominic Casey.
Photo credit: Saysha Baker
St Charles College Basketball vs Maritzburg College
The city of Pietermaritzburg has a long tradition of basketball excellence dating back to the 1980s where strong rivalries between Maritzburg College and Alexandra High School took centre stage. The YMCA used to play host to massive games where the victorious school was celebrated as the best in the province. Many things have changed in Pietermaritzburg since those days; however, the tradition of basketball excellence endures.
Recently, the much anticipated night fixture between traditionally strong basketball school Maritzburg College, and a strong St Charles College team. St Charles College, unbeaten this season and having finished the 2016 season as the second best team in the country were favourites on the night, however, Maritzburg College wanted to ensure that this did not continue on their home court. In front of a capacity crowd at the Alan Paton Hall the two teams put on a show which was ultimately only decided in the closing minutes of the game. St Charles College got off to a quicker start managing to convert on some easy opportunities created by the pressure defence; however, the players from College refused to give way and managed to keep it within 15 points for the entirety of the game. St Charles College applied full court defence throughout the game with the intention of disrupting the offensive flow of College, while College employed a surprise man-to-man defence throughout the fixture which also created pressure for the Saints players. Although it was a tightly contested game, the Saints players seemed to find a basket whenever College threatened to fight back. In the final period, College managed to reduce the deficit to single figures, however, senior player Benjamin Gardner made three clutch post moves in a row and effectively snuffed out any chances of a comeback. The night will be remembered for the high standard of basketball as well as the awesome atmosphere created by the spectators from the two schools. The final score St Charles College 64 – 56 Maritzburg College. – Mr Darren Holcomb.
Remembrance Day Service at St Charles College
Remembrance Day is a day to honour the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is always observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. We also remember, in particular on this day, those St Charles College boys who gave their lives in these wars.
A remembrance Day service was held on Friday, 10 November at St Charles College. Representatives from the SALegion and Natal Carbineers, along with staff and students of St Charles College congregated in the Chapel, and the order of proceedings followed closely the layout of the ceremonies which occur across the European continent. Two bugle calls are played, the Last post and Reveille. The Last Post is a call to remember those who have been killed in war.
This is followed by a second piece called, ‘The Reveille’. This call marks the beginning of each day to wake up soldiers. The two tunes symbolise sunset and sunrise respectively, and in the context of this occasion they symbolise death, but more importantly a promise of resurrection. Other traditions that are also observed include two
minutes of silence for reflection, the laying of wreaths, and we have brought in our tradition of releasing pigeons, symbolising the release of our loved ones.
Our deputy principle, Mr Graham Stewart-Burger, gave the address highlighting the importance of Remembrance Day in “showing respect for those who were willing to serve their country and, if need be, to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we who are here now can have the life that we know”. – Mr Ross Ducasse
1st team Basketball vs Westville
St Charles College once again put their unbeaten season on the line in the final game of the season against Westville. St Charles College played a stayers team while Westville played a leavers side, but despite Westville’s matric players, it was St Charles College who got off to the better start. St Charles College implemented a high energy full court press which forced Westville into a number of turnovers in their own half. The Saints were quick to capitalise on these early errors which led to a number of uncontested layups. With full court pressure which seemed impenetrable, the Saints opened up a large first quarter lead. Due to the large lead, the Saints were able to rotate their bench which meant they always had fresh legs on the court. This ultimately resulted in the scoreboard ticking over and the lead extending. St Charles College dominated defensively throughout the game but also supplemented this with accurate shooting from range. In the end, the Saints secured a comfortable 84 – 42 victory.
Scrummies Pink Drive
The boys from Scrummies arrived to school dressed in pink on Friday, 10 November, showing their support for the Pink Drive Initiative. Well done to the boys, staff and parents for their excellent fundraising efforts. In addition to our staff and family teams, we even had some Grade 0 boys forming teams and participating in the Swimchix Charity Swimathon that afternoon! Well done to all those who got involved.
SJ Erwee visits the Prep School
On Friday, 10 November, Dolphins cricketer and St Charles College Old boy, SJ Erwee took time out from his busy schedule to speak to the Senior Primary Boys at St Charles College. SJ had just returned from representing South Africa at the Hong Kong Sixes where South Africa won tournament. SJ shared his experiences of representing his country in Hong Kong and what it takes to achieve at a high level. That Sunday, 12 November, SJ then went and blitzed 103 not out, off just 58 balls which helped the Dolphins beat the Cape Cobras.
St Charles College Cricket Community Day
In NOvember St Charles College hosted their first ever Cricket Community Day! Over the course of the day, players from age six to 60 participated in a number of exciting cricket matches – from Mini Cricket and a series of Dads and Lads matches in the Prep School, to a Twenty 20 battle between the Staff and an Old Boys team.
St Charles College Scrummies Orientation Morning
Our Pre-Primary School recently hosted their Orientation morning for the Scrummies boys of 2018. Both returning boys and those new to St Charles College met their teachers and classmates for next year, and enjoyed some time in the classroom bonding and doing some fun activities. Thank you to all the Pre-Primary staff for the hard work and effort they put into making the morning such an enjoyable one for our Scrummies families.
St Charles College Science Explosion
As part of the Prep Schools’ Science Explosion this week, the boys from the Senior Primary were treated to a scientific display from our Senior School Science teachers as well as some Scientists from UKZN. They had the boys captivated and amazed while they conducted a variety of experiments; from creating explosions and colour changing liquids, to the much anticipated elephants toothpaste!