St Charles News January 2018
First Day of Grade 1 at St Charles College
There was great excitement in the air on Tuesday morning as the Grade 1 boys arrived for their first day of Junior Primary! After settling in to their new classrooms, the boys headed to the Chapel where they were given a special welcome by Mr Graham Stewart-Burger.
Scrummies first day back
On Tuesday morning we welcomed both our new and returning boys to Scrummies! Filled with lots of fun activities, it was a happy first week back at school for all our teachers and boys.
St Charles College: 1st XI Cricket vs Northwood
The St Charles College 1st XI played host to a strong Northwood team who performed admirably at the recent Grey College Festival. Northwood won the toss and put the home side into bat on a wicket which showed lots of cracks after a scorching hot week. It was slow going for the batsman for most of their 60 overs, until a flurry of runs at the death saw them amass a respectable total of 230 after their allotted 60 overs. Humphrey van der Merwe top scored for the hosts with a well played 51, he was well supported by Clive Madande who scored 41. It was a classy and mature batting performance which wore down the Northwood bowlers. It was then over to the Saints bowling attack, and a magnificent one handed diving catch by Clive Madande set the tone for a brilliant display of attacking bowling to bowl Northwood out for 77, beating off the overs, time and rain. Keegan Crawford led the attack taking 4 for 12 in 10 tight overs. St Charles College should be rightly proud of this performance. They have nailed their intentions down as a force to be reckoned with.
St Charles College Basketball vs Northwood
The Saints Basketball community had a good start to the year against Northwood, winning 8 out of 11 matches. One of the most exciting games was the U15B which ended 18-18 after full time and the score line remained the same after double extra time. It was decided to take the game to a free throw sudden death and Zolani Jama stepped up to win it for his team, 19-18!
The 1st Team played in front of a good crowd and executed their game plan very accurately for an early season encounter. During a superb 10 minute spell leading into half time the Saints put 21 points on the board to lead 48-15 at the change. The pressure remained on the visitors throughout the third and fourth quarter and with very little time left on the clock and the scoreboard reading 99-31, the officials agreed to end proceedings and the players shook hands. A strong performance from the Saints and we thank Northwood for the fixtures.
St Charles College, Grade 12 Trip to Zingela
The Grade 12s of 2018 embarked on their annual leadership extension programme to Zingela Safaris and River Company. The programme is designed as a leadership course as well a chance for the Matrics of 2018 to bond before starting their Matric year.
The excitement amongst the boys was noticeable, with loud chatter and lots of laughter as they caught up on holiday news before departing on a 2 hour journey from St Charles College to the Bloukrans River, where they started their walk into Zingela Camp. The extension programme included a number of activities to encourage bonding and leadership; activities such as problem solving, an obstacle course, abseiling, paintball and white water river rafting. Unfortunately, even with good local rain the Tugela River is at its lowest it has been since Zingela established 35 years ago. However, this did not get the boys down as the river was still a haven to where the boys could escape the scorching heat. Mud fights and swimming kept them busy for much of their free time. The evening sessions were run by staff and focussed on leadership and goal setting. This got the Matrics thinking about what they wanted to achieve as a Matric group and what positive change they could make to the school. As always, we were looked after well by Peter Calverley and the Zingela staff. The food was amazing and the activities were well run and organised. The camp proved to be extremely successful and ensured that the Grade 12s of 2018 started off the year as a team.
– Mr Adam Usher (Head of Outdoor Education)