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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.

Honouring Multilingualism


The annual Grade 9 Afrikaans Dinner is a memorable evening founded by Cecile Hackland, who teaches Afrikaans and Music. Students host the evening where we listen primarily to Afrikaans and yet are also reminded to recognise the wonder of understanding and speaking more than one language.
 
This year we welcomed special guests Father Allan Moss, Denisé Plaatjes and Nicolene White as well as members of our extended Grace College family who translated and presented the excerpt below from English to Afrikaans, Zulu, Hindi, Urdu, German, Hebrew, French and Latin.
 
The wonder of being multilingual means that we love our mother tongue but we also communicate with others, by listening to their language.
 
A person understands the heart of another when one can think, sing and chat in his or her language.
 
Two groups of students and the parents competed in a quiz competition; which last night was won by the parents.
 
Pictured here L-R: Father Allen Moss, Denisé Plaatjes, Nicolene White and Cecile Hackland.

Accolades for our songbirds


We are proud to be educating five members of the prestigious KZN Midlands Youth Choir and in assembly two of these students, both in matric, received Honours for their dedication and success in Choir. Megan Pluke, who is both our Head Girl and the KZN Midlands Youth Choir Head Girl, and Rebecca Webster were presented with white blazers, a privilege reserved for students who attain Honours. Toni Hemming (Gr12) and Munashe Makondo (Gr10) earned Full Colours while Cole Baker (Gr9) received a Junior Colours Re-Award. This entire group were part of the choir which achieved a category win and three silver medals at the International Choir Festival in Wales earlier this year. Hear them sing at Grace College on Thursday, 24 May.
 
Pictured L-R back; Cole Baker and Munashe Makondo
Pictured L-R front; Rebecca Webster, Toni Hemming and Megan Pluke

Sven cycles 45km in Mid Illovo MTB Classic


Sven Van Zuydam (Pictured here on the RHS) in Grade 8 competed in the Husqvarna Mid Illovo MTB 45km Classic on Sunday, 22 April. He came 22nd overall out of 205 males, and 8th in his age category (Youth) His time was 2:29:54. Well done Sven!

Athlete delivers star performances through enduring commitment


On 15 April Nick de Scally took part at the Umgeni Valley KZN Trail Run and came 3rd in a very competitive field.  On 21 and 28 April he took part at the Winterton Park Run. He came 1st on 21 April in a time of 16:59 and on 28 April he managed to break his best time and ran 16:45.  Nick has also run his best time at the Piggly Wiggly Park Run which is 16:56.  For the Midlands school cross country races so far, Nick has obtained two 2nd place finishes and a 3rd place finish. Nick recently won a KZN league race at Laddsworth and came 5th in the men’s race at Burnam Bush.
 
Pictured here L-R: Sphe Dladla, race organiser Lauren Booth and Nick de Scally at the Umngeni Valley Trail run.

Nikhil Gopal wins Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series North Final


Nikhil Gopal, in Grade 11, birdied the 36th hole at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington, on Sunday, 22 April 2018 to finish ahead of Ryan van Velzen in the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series North Final. This secured Nikhil the top position which means that he will go on to compete in the prestigious US Junior North & South at Pinehurst, North Carolina in June 2018.
 
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