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KZN Midlands school pupils

KZN Midlands school pupils paid tribute to the fallen war dead in Remembrance Day ceremonies, took part in outdoors and cultural education activities, and old rivals Hilton and Michaelhouse squared up in summer sports.

A Remembrance Day Service was held in the Cordwalles Preparatory School chapel. In the picture, top, Cordwalles pupils, from left to right, David Colenbrander, William Gilson and Jarred Maltby, are seen playing The Last Post. Picture: Supplied

During a Remembrance Day ceremony this week, The Wykeham Collegiate’s Ayonelisa Mgxaji (Grade 12), Ana Galante de Jesus (Grade 10), Larisse Guila (Grade 10) and Bruna Ferreira (Grade 12), placed a wreath at the Cenotaph in Pietermaritzburg on behalf of the school, to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in World War 1. Picture: Jackie Clausen

New Hanover Prep Grade 2s and 3s went on their curriculum enriching outings for the term recently.

De Wet Barnard and Junior Mpisane learning how to shoot with a blow-gun. Picture: Supplied

The Grade 3s were challenged and enriched during their outing to Cumberland Nature Reserve. The activities were arranged by “outdoor educators” who provide fun and adventure-related programmes based on positive and pleasant experiences in the outdoors.

Activities included blow-gun shooting, a hike to two waterfalls and navigating through a dark tunnel.

The Grade 2 class went on an overnight outing to Ecabazini Zulu cultural homestead, which is one of the highlights of the year. The children were enthralled learning about King Shaka and Zulu traditions. They thoroughly enjoyed making clay pots, doing beadwork, taking part in stick fighting, milking cows and sleeping in the beehive huts.

Top team trophy for Shea O’Connor Combined

The Michaelhouse Canoe Club has been crowned provincial interschool league champions, despite being pipped into second place in the recent Gotcha Dice at Camps Drift. Ross Leslie was placed second overall in the U18 category while Reuben Baldry finished in overall third position in the U16s.

The future of Michaelhouse canoeing looks bright with Rob Butcher, Peter Hein, and Rupert Henderson dominating the podium places in the U14 age group on the league table.

U15C batsman Tim Evans helping his side to a nine-wicket victory. Picture by Ian Crawford

It was a mixed bag of first team summer sport results against the school’s old rivals Hilton College over the past weekend. The first basketball side made it three from three against Hilton in 2019 with a commanding 82-65 win. Hilton though, were as imperious in the pool enjoying a 9-4 win; and on the pitch, cantering to an 8-wicket victory on the Hart-Davis Oval.

Hilton basketball pressure

Depth in the open age groups is a feature of cricket at Michaelhouse, with the second, third and fourth XIs all recording good wins over Hilton. The U15A clash was one of three fixtures hampered by damp conditions on the weekend, but the B (3 runs) and C (9 wickets) results both went the way of Michaelhouse. Hilton chalked up wins in both U14 age group games.

Hilton applied pressure on Michaelhouse’s basketball teams, winning three of the seven open fixtures, including a 44-21 win over Michaelhouse in the second team clash. Hilton bagged wins in all four of the U15 matches, including avenging their first quarter loss in the U15A encounter. The House U14A lads were the only team in that age group to come away with a win (56-21) win over Hilton on the day.

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