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Demi dances with the stars at invitational!

Spanish Flamenco dancers from Alma Flamenco Dance Company, participated in the National Creative Arts Youth Festival held at The Playhouse Company. This prestigious event is held annually just before Youth Day, and is by invitation only. From left to right - Robin Britten, Sarah Hilditch (Cowan House), Demi Edwards (Grace College), Ofenje Motubatse (St Anne's College), Ann Hammond (St Anne's College), Hannah van Rensburg (St Anne's College), Gemma Bernhard (TWC), Emma Marillier (TWC) & Josie Grubb (St John's).

1st and 2nd place for Senior Boys at Trashion Show

The Dargle Conservancy’s annual Trashion Show is a celebration of the creative use of waste. Trash fashion is created each year at Grace College in art class by our Grade 9 students, so this event provided them with the perfect platform to showcase their designs and to see what others are doing.

In the Senior Boys category Brynn Parry won first prize in his own creation and Gareth Edwards placed second. Gareth kindly modelled the outfit on behalf of Erin Lane as she could not attend. This outfit was designed by Erin Lane, Sebastion Homan, Caylin Muller and Alex Kuhn.

Larissa Van Wyk and Ashlee Rock won prizes for attention to detail in the completion of their designs in the Senior Girls category. Larissa's dress was designed by herself, Nicholas De Klerk, Donovan Baugh, Erin Crookes and Ashlee Rock while Ashlee wore a design by Gareth Edwards, Ross Huxtable and Karl Rindfleisch.

Grace College is so proud of the collaborative efforts and enthusiasm of all these students.

Growing Fun Night Relay

At our annual Fun Night Relay on Friday, 25 May and we are pleased to have noted a marked increase in participation. Well done to the relay team pictured here for finishing in the best time. L-R; Joshua Benadie, Luzann De Wit, Jason Honneysett and Nicholas De Scally.

We have many helpers to thank for this especially Grace College Parents; Susan Baugh who sourced a number of prizes and Tim Smeeton who marked out the course, our Grade 10 students who marshalled in the cold were absolute stalwarts. 

We are grateful to all our sponsors including; various Grade 10 parents, Hilton Vet Hospital, The Hilton Bush Lodge, Curves Hilton, Basil Bure Convenience Store, The Nicol Family, Saysha Baker Photography, Hilton Quarry Fitness, Brenda Edwards Personal Trainer, Hilliar & Gray Optometrists, The Beauty Institute, Scissor Hands, Farmer's Daughter, Sue Baugh, Hilton Quarry SuperSpar, Steers Hilton, Artisan Café, Howick F&F Build It, Jaxx Restaurant and Ground Coffee.

Kathryn Fannin at Heads' Breakfast

At the quarterly Heads' Breakfast which Grace College hosts at Fern Hill Hotel in the KZN Midlands, Kathryn Fannin spoke about barriers to learning and specifically dyslexia which is the most common barrier with 1 in 10 people having it. She looked at various learning strategies that can be implemented in classrooms to make them dyslexic friendly and to help learners achieve to the full potential. Kathryn also touched on the Davis Dyslexia Association and their training programs.

Pictured L-R: Gael Lawrence (Headmistress at Hayfields Primary), Vincent Luksich (Headmaster at Grace College), Kathryn Fannin (LO Teacher at Grace College), Dave Cato (Headmaster at Treverton College) and Mike Corlett (Headmaster at Underberg Primary School).

Tarryn follows Flamenco dream

Tarryn Plaatjes in Grade 12 at started ballet while still at pre-primary. In Grade 6 she was introduced to Spanish dancing and has been doing Spanish dancing for 6 years.

This year Tarryn seized the opportunity to travel to Spain to attend courses and workshops with Flamenco professionals.  In Madrid she did a course on basic footwork technique at Centro de Arte Flamenco Y Danza Espanola Amor De Dios. In Malaga she did a course with a master of Castanets at Ursula Moreno Centro Cultural and Flamenco, here she learnt Alegrias and Basic Castanet technique. In Seville Tarryn practised Alegrias, Sevillana, Bata de Cola (Tail skirt technique) and Manton (Shawl technique).
She attended Flamenco shows in all three cities and got to experience the different styles of flamenco performed by male and female professionals, as well as by a family of Gypsies.
A highlight was to be part of the Feria de Seville that was founded in 1846, a national Flamenco festival which happens yearly in Seville. It is steeped in tradition and lasts for just over a week. This is the most popular fiesta in Seville and a highlight of the cultural agenda for the entire country. Tarryn attended a Flamenco show at the Museum of Flamenco Dance while in Seville.
In between the workshops she visited tourist attractions like the Madrid Tulip Museum in the Botanical gardens, Museo Picasso Malaga, Metropol Parasol.
Tarryn plays piano and still loves Ballet, but her creative passion, musicality and natural flair are all realised through Flamenco dance.

Storming 7s rugby victory

In the final Wembley Sevens Series our Seniors finished mid-table and our Juniors finished at the top of their category.

In our Senior Final the score was 27 – 5 with the win going to Trinityhouse, Tinley Manor. The Senior series was won by Waterfall College. The senior squad played hard throughout the season.

The junior squad ended off a really good season with a victory over Reddam House, Umhlanga in the final. The score as the final whistle blew was 10 - 0. Both teams were really committed to practising. The final was a massive game, it was like facing the giants. Reddam beat Grace College easily during the league match and we made plans for a comeback which was well executed, our defensive strategy saved us in the first half and we were able to fight harder in the second to finish 10 – 0 up. The tackling was superb.
Tom Cornish, scrum-half, had a storming game and scored the first try. He charged down a kick, regathered and scored. Vuyo Zuma rounded off the win with a late try.

This was the first time Grace College put two teams on the field for the 7s rugby season, the B team being comprised of mainly Grade 8 boys.

Well done to all our rugby players.
L-R:  Luviyo Sibisi (Vice-Captain) and Donovan Baugh (Captain).