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Two first places for Chloe Olivier

Two first places for Chloe Olivier

Chloe Olivier in Grade 9 competed in the Buffelsbosch Training Show on the weekend, riding Splashy Fen. She took first place for 60cm, first place for 6 bar and clocked the fastest time for 70cm. Thank you to Peter Olivier Photography for the image supplied.
Grade 10s in Durban

Grade 10s in Durban

On Friday, 20 October, the Grade 10 Geography class took a trip to Durban for the day. While there, they received a backstage pass for Ushaka and went into the Aquarium. They went to see the Point Road development to learn about urban renewal. The Grade 10s also went to the beach front near the harbour to look at the pollution. This trip gave them the appreciation of the Marine life and to learn about the obligation that they have to the environment. In the end, they had a productive and educational day with some added fun!
Pictured: Nqobile Mkhwanazi
KZN golf for Nikhil Gopal

KZN golf for Nikhil Gopal

Nikhil Gopal, in Grade 10, has been chosen for the KwaZulu-Natal Golf Union Inter-Provincial Team. We wish him “good golf” when he joins the team in East London to play at the SA Inter-Provincial Tournament from 11 – 15 December 2017.
Grace College Valediction 2017

Grace College Valediction 2017

Amidst huge hugs and the tolling of the new bell-tower, which was a gift to the school from this years’ matriculants, goodbyes were said at the Grace College Valediction Service.
 
Head Boy of Grace College, Carl Brann, gave a moving speech which acknowledged the strong foundations built as a result of the high quality staff who he dubbed the ‘Construction Crew’. Carl received The Leadership Award, the Sologuard Cultural Award and was runner up to Dux Scholar.
 
Grace College’s Head Girl, Rochelle Van Wyk spoke about the incredible growth amongst her peer group over their years together and both Heads declared the Class of 2017 to be well prepared to complete their finals and take on new challenges and adventures in 2018.
 
Congratulations to all the prize winners and especially our Dux Scholar of 2017; Rochelle Van Wyk, who also received the Headmaster’s Award.
 
Picture: Mr Vincent Luksich (Headmaster at Grace College with Rochelle Van Wyk (Dux of 2017).
Last school day for Matrics of 2017

Last school day for Matrics of 2017

Our matrics attended a beautifully laid out breakfast wearing interesting interpretations of their ideal school uniform. This was followed by a special assembly, a long farewell tunnel and one final war cry as they completed the very last school day before they write their final exams.
Andy Capostagno encourages sport after school

Andy Capostagno encourages sport after school

Grace College welcomed well-known sports presenter and commentator, Andy Capostagno, as Guest Speaker at the Sports Awards Evening held last night. His message to the students was clear and simple as he encouraged them to continue to play organised sport after school to ensure that they keep on having fun!
 
Amongst the seniors, Keziah Dewing was awarded Sportswoman of 2017. Sportsman of the Year was shared by Eric Hyde and Nicholas Johnson, these two also shared the Player of the Year award for Cricket. Eric Hyde was additionally proclaimed Player of the Year for both Indoor and Field Hockey. Our Rugby award for Player of the Year went to Alex Hill. We applaud all of the achievers and look forward to seeing what our up-and-coming sporting ladies and gents will bring to the seasons ahead.
Grade 10 Art Outing

Grade 10 Art Outing

Today, our Grade 10 Art Class went to Butterflies for Africa. Unfortunately due to the cold weather, most of the butterflies were hiding away, however we did get to see a few of them and we all had a turn holding the hedgehogs. Despite the weather, it was a lovely morning and we got to learn some interesting facts about butterflies!
Determined finish for Sam in Spur Schools MTB League

Determined finish for Sam in Spur Schools MTB League

Sam Moore, in Grade 9, traveled to Magaliesburg on Friday, 6 October 2017 to represent Grace College in the Spur Schools MTB League National Finals 2017 at Bekker High School. In a race of 65+ boys, Sam was doing very well and in 8th position when he unfortunately had a nasty crash.  He persevered and he managed to finish the race with great determination coming in 19th position.
 
Sam is pictured here with the other KZN representatives.
KZN Inland U15 A Soccer Team captaincy for Keziah Philip

KZN Inland U15 A Soccer Team captaincy for Keziah Philip

Three Grace College ladies traveled to Benoni at the end of September to play soccer for KZN Inland teams. They all performed well and we are especially proud of the youngest, Keziah Philip who captained the U15 A Team.
SA Schools Golf for Nikhil Gopal

SA Schools Golf for Nikhil Gopal

Grade 10 pupil, Nikhil Gopal, has been selected to play in the SA Schools Golf Team again for 2017. He will travel to Pretoria two weeks from now to compete in a tournament and we wish him success.
 
Pictured L-R: Nikhil Gopal (SA Schools Golf) with Mr Vincent Luksich (Headmaster at Grace College).
 
 
Speechcraft Final

Speechcraft Final

On Monday, 2 October, we held our Speechcraft Final, where those who participated presented their speeches to their parents, staff and Distinguished Toastmasters Dave and Ruth Varrie. At the end of the evening, they were awarded their certificates for taking part in the Speechcraft course. Ruth Varrie, who facilitated Speechcraft at Grace College, mentioned that this was the first ever Speechcraft that had 100% attendance by delegates. Well done to those pupils who did take part!
Chelsea Kilian is a Horse Riding Champion

Chelsea Kilian is a Horse Riding Champion

At the Barry Yarnell Spring Extravaganza held at Durban Shongweni Club on 9 and 10 September, Chelsea and Laddys Luck were placed 1st, 5th, and 6th in the 90cm Junior Classes. Chelsea and Davenport Rasputin were placed 1st and 6th in the 1m Junior Classes and won the 1m Junior Championship. Well done Chelsea!
Provincial Spellathon Challenge

Provincial Spellathon Challenge

On Friday, 25 August, Sarah Rushworth, Anna Dahlgren, Claire Rilett and Declan Hansmeyer participated in the provincial round of the AKTV Spellathon at Michaelhouse. Well done to all four of them!
Masihambisane Soccer

Masihambisane Soccer

On Saturday, 9 September, we hosted the Masihambisane Soccer Festival where we had schools from around our community play against each other. Each team played exceptionally well in their matches, demonstrating a high level of talent amongst all the schools participating. A big thank you goes to the Hilton Quarry SuperSpar for catering for all the players who took part!
Our MTB Champ

Our MTB Champ

Well done to Sam Moore for coming 3rd overall at the KZN Spur Schools MTB series. A job well done Sam!
Soccer Celebration at Grace College

Soccer Celebration at Grace College

Grace College hosted the annual Masihambisane Soccer Festival during which various schools from all around our community are invited to play against each other. Each team played exceptionally well in their matches, demonstrating a high level of talent amongst the schools participating. The top performers on the day of the boys teams were Zuzulwazi Secondary followed by runners-up Willowfountain Intermediate. From the pool of girls teams the winning team was Ikusaselihle Secondary and our own Grace College team took a close second place.
 
This event was sponsored by Hilton Quarry SuperSpar who catered meals for all who took part. Thank you to everyone for making this day a great success.
Animal welfare warriors

Animal welfare warriors

Grade 8 animal welfare warriors were treated to slices of pizza and milkshakes by the SPCA for their especially generous collection. Vuyo Zuma, who is holding the tray of pizza, gave his entire money box to the SPCA.
 
Back L-R: Erin Crookes, Siyanda Mkhabela, Olwethu Madondo and Adam Mahomed
 
Front L-R: Nzuzo Mdlalose, Mrs Lieschen Harrison, Vuyo Zuma, Luvuyo Sibisi and Ashlee Rock
Our Equestrian Star

Our Equestrian Star

Well done to Chelsea Kilian for her following results for her Equestrian:
Triple P Shows 29/30 July:
Davenport Rasputin 1m
1st place and 2nd Place
Laddy''s Luck 90cm
7th Place and 3rd Place
 
Highway FEI Shows 10/13 August:
Davenport Rasputin 1m
24th, 6th and 16th
Laddy's Luck 90cm
2nd, 12th, 13th, 4th
 
Sanesa Nationals:
Chelsea and Laddy's Luck have been selected for The KZN National 1m team to compete in Johannesburg on 07 October.
Crowned Miss Teen Greater Edendale Mall

Crowned Miss Teen Greater Edendale Mall

“We are delighted that such a young, intelligent and aspiring lady took part in our Pageant and was crowned Miss Teen Greater Edendale Mall.
 
She is an ambassador to our community and others and will be taking part in various community projects that the Mall is involved in, throughout 2017 up until she hands over her crown in June 2018.” Said Sonya Caldecott the Marketing Manager at The Greater Edendale Mall.
 
Well done to Busisiwa Mkhize for being crowned Miss Teen Greater Edendale Mall!
Walking the talk

Walking the talk

Masihambisane is Zulu for "Let us walk together" and also the name Grace College has adopted for their ongoing outreach programme. Masihambisane’s goal is to make a difference to education in areas including; Sweetwaters, Edendale and Lions River. This group of educators from various rural schools were amongst 15 delegates who attended a workshop hosted at Grace College by our Masihambisane champions, Sam Nkosi and Judith Brown.
 
Pictured back L-R: Judith Brown, Thami Jele, Phindile Gwala, Tomu Radebe, Andile Zulu, Nkosinathi Ndlovu and Sam Nkosi
 
Pictured front L-R: Zama Ndlovu, Fikile Mlaba and Sihle Mabaso
Michaelhouse bus tragedy - Communication from our Headmaster

Michaelhouse bus tragedy - Communication from our Headmaster

Dear Parents, Staff and Friends of our College,
 
We stand together as a family, heartbroken to witness the tragedy which the entire Michaelhouse community and extended KZN Midlands school community face. Today our school prayed for all in assembly, we will keep on doing so as the days unfold because we know that the pain will continue. We extend deepest condolences to the Dloti family on their loss of Themba, a friend to a number of our own pupils.
 
To our parents; we assure you that going forward due diligence will be considered in terms of any contracts with transport companies whose services we may require in the future.
 
We know that you will uplift everybody who has been affected in your own prayers.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mr Vincent Luksich
HEADMASTER
Our Running Champions

Our Running Champions

On Saturday, 26 August, Nick de Scally and Melokuhle Gumbi ran at Treverton College. Nick ran in the 800m and 1500m, coming first. While Melokuhle ran in the 200m and came second. Last Saturday, Nick and Melokuhle ran the Grey/Menlo athletics trials. Nick ran and won the 3000m, 1500m and 800m with his best times. Well done to Nick as he will be representing KZN at the national trials at Bloemfontein on the 14th October. Melokuhle ran in the 100m and came fifth. A big congratulations for both boys doing so well!
PA Fashion Show

PA Fashion Show

On the evening of Monday, 28 August, we had our annual PA Fashion Show. We had our Grade 8's model their masks, Grade 9's model their recycled fashion, Grade 10's model their Ball outfits, Matrics model their Ball outfits and from Ball & Bridal Dreams were also showcased.
Happiness Day

Happiness Day

On Monday, 28 August, we celebrated Happiness Day by handing out little gifts to our Grace College parents. It was lovely to see the smiles that it brought to people’s faces.
Blanket Drive

Blanket Drive

Lara Botha (Grade 12) went out to the community in Lidgetton on Sunday, 27 August, to hand out blankets to those people in need.
 
'I gave out blankets this Sunday, there were many people in need and we unfortunately couldn't give to all who needed. But those who did receive were incredibly grateful and made it so rewarding.' said Lara.
Mandela Day 42km MTB Classic win for Sam Moore

Mandela Day 42km MTB Classic win for Sam Moore

Sam Moore in Grade 9 placed 1st in the youth men category in the Mandela Day 42km MTB Classic held on Saturday, 26 August 2017. Well done Sam!
Nick de Scalley conquers local competition

Nick de Scalley conquers local competition

This past weekend, Nick de Scalley went to the Central Berg and ran in the Winterton Park Run. He managed to run his fastest Park Run time and beat the local runners! Well done Nick!
KZN Rugby for Cebolenkosi Dlamini

KZN Rugby for Cebolenkosi Dlamini

Well done to our Grade 9 pupil, Cebolenkosi Dlamini, who has been selected by the KZNRU Youth Duikers to represent the KZN U16 team at the 2017 Interprovincial Tournament which will be held in Pretoria. 
Afrikaans Camp

Afrikaans Camp

Afrikaans Camp was a weekend filled with fun activities, sunny days, and lots of learning. ATKV-Drakensville was such a treat with heated swimming pools, trampolines and a beautiful view of the Berg. Our days were filled with exciting activities such as hiking, abseiling, swimming, zip lining and so much more. With our own mini kitchen in our fancy accommodation, it really did feel like we were on a mini vacation rather than a camp. The camp leaders were always happy to help (even if it meant translating instructions into English so that we could understand). The food was delicious and we were always grateful for the wonderful meal after our busy days. It was an experience I would recommend to anyone, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the time away.
 
Megan Pluke
Show Your Talent 2017

Show Your Talent 2017

The annual Talent Show always goes down well and this year was no exception. The artists excelled themselves and the audience turned up in their hundreds.

We were entertained by a trio of gorgeous Spanish dancers, two of whom were visitors and the third was Grace’s own Tarryn Plaatjies. Castanets, and colourful costumes complimented their awesome dancing skills and left the audience shouting “Ole” after each dance.

Mevrou Walters and Mrs Hirschfield performed an hilarious scene entitled “Department of Motor Vehicles Tyrant ”, written by Christopher Durang. These two committed, talented ladies rehearsed the play to perfection, depicting two highly amusing characters who demonstrated the frustration of trying to get service from a government official who is incompetent and unwilling to help.

The programme for the evening was varied and full of fun: drumming, solo singing, accompanied singing, accapelo singing, comic duo’s, piano playing, guitar playing. Every artist performed excellently and they are all commended on their talent and for “Showing” it at the Talent Show.

While each one was a winner, the judges awarded prizes to the following artists:
3rd – Rebecca and Michael Webster on their djembe drums
2nd – Gugu Gwamanda and her band “Mobile Supermarket”
1st - Braydon Marie playing his electric guitar

Prize money was contributed by our generous Parents’ Association.

Members of the Grace College Family are encouraged to start planning their numbers for next year. Don’t be left out; come and “Show Your Talent 2018”. 
Sam Moore earns Jowetts Cycles Sponsorship

Sam Moore earns Jowetts Cycles Sponsorship

Sam Moore has once again done superbly in his Mountain Biking. He claimed 3rd place in the Spur Schools League held at Fulton School for the Deaf. He then came 1st in youth men category in the 45km classic Tour de Krans held in Harburg. Finally, he took 1st place for youth men in the Illovo Eston 60km classic. Sam’s hard work this year has earned him a sponsorship from Jowetts Cycles!
Grace College trail runners take top spots at Winterskloof Trail Run

Grace College trail runners take top spots at Winterskloof Trail Run

Well done to Joshua Benadie (Gr10) and Joel Barry (Gr12) for their great 8km runs completed on Sunday, 20 August 2017 at the Winterskloof Trail Run. Over a scenic route which combines road, trail and railway line sections;  Joshua was the first high school boy home and Joel was the second. Their times were 00:37:03 and 00:38:56 respectively.
KZN Cross Country Championships 2017

KZN Cross Country Championships 2017

Nick de Scalley took part in the KZN Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Richmond. There were 46 runners and he came 18th. He came 10th in his age group. His age group has some very strong runners in it and it was the toughest course they have had so far. Well done Nick!
The Hilton Car Show

The Hilton Car Show

Grace College hosted The Hilton Car Show which attracted a fair number of collectible cars as well as Subaru Pietermaritzburg and Halfway Ford. On the day top class coffee was served, delicious food was sold and a jumping castle for the young children added a festive air to the show. This car show will definitely be an annual event on the Grace College calendar.
Tarryn dances with wonderful results

Tarryn dances with wonderful results

Well done to Tarryn Plaatjes for her recent dancing results! For her Grade 5 Spanish dancing, she received a 78% Merit Award. For her second exam for Flamenco, Tarryn received a Bronze!
Eva Stainforth makes KZN Schools Team

Eva Stainforth makes KZN Schools Team

Eva Stainforth has once again showcased her wonderful riding skills by being selected for the KZN Schools Team and coming first for Working Riding KZN. Well done Eva!
Equestrian Success for Eva Stainforth

Equestrian Success for Eva Stainforth

Eva Stainforth from Grade 9, participated in the SANESA show last weekend, where she placed 2nd in Working Riding Class. We are proud of this young lady!
The Hilton Car Show, Saturday, 12 August 2017 09H00 to 15H00

The Hilton Car Show, Saturday, 12 August 2017 09H00 to 15H00

We look forward to the launch of The Hilton Car Show which will happen at our school on Saturday, 12 August 2017. Our corporate sites have been booked by Subaru and Halfway Ford. There will be a jumping castle and food on sale; wors rolls, burgers, bacon and egg rolls, candy floss, cooldrinks and great coffee. Bring cash and see some beautiful cars!
 
 
Star pupils selected for the KZN Golf Team

Star pupils selected for the KZN Golf Team

We would like to congratulate Nikhil Gopal in Grade 10 for being selected to represent the KZN Schools Golf Team at the SA Schools Interprovincial in Rustenburg during the holidays from Saturday 30th September to Tuesday 3rd October 2017. Well done to all the golfers selected for the KZN Schools A Team. Pictured here L-R: T. Moephuli (Michaelhouse); M. Bruin (Glenwood); M. Terblanche (Hilton College); R. vd Berg (Maritzburg College); R. Welsh (WBHS); N. Gopal (Grace College) and J. Broomhead (WBHS). Absent from photograph C. Woollam (Hilton College).
Grace College Pupil takes top spot at the Illovo Eston Mountain Biking Classic

Grace College Pupil takes top spot at the Illovo Eston Mountain Biking Classic

Congratulations to Sam Moore, who took 1st place for the Youth Men category in the 60km Illovo Eston Mountain Biking Classic. He partook in this race this past weekend with wonderful results.
Equestrian results for Chelsea Kilian

Equestrian results for Chelsea Kilian

Chelsea Kilian recently took part in the ESP Winter Show Jumping Extravaganza Durban Shongweni Club from the 15 – 16 July 2017 and the Triple P Winter Classic from the 29 – 30 July 2017. Her results for partaking in the two competitions were: 2nd place in the 90cm A2 Competition; 2nd place in the 1m Accumulator; 2nd place in the 1m A2 Competition; 2nd place in the 1m Championship; 1st place in the 1m A2 competition and 2nd place in the 1m Championship. Pictured is Chelsea Kilian riding her horse Davenport Rasputin.
A heart for the impoverished

A heart for the impoverished

Lara Botha, a matric pupil at Grace College recently arrived at the farm where she stables her horse to find that one of the grooms had fallen off the stable roof and had hurt her ankle very badly. Lara used her first aid skills to bandage the leg and with her mother’s help they took the injured groom home to where she lives in Lions River.

To Lara’s horror they discovered that this lady lives in a little wooden shack, covered with plastic to stop the roof from leaking and with a door that does not close properly. Inside this house they noted a bed with very old blankets, a pillow as thin as cardboard and an old glass bottle with a candle in. Lara was shocked, not because she did not know that poverty existed but because someone she regularly interacted with lived at such an extreme level of poverty.

Lara said, “That night, I felt God tell me to go out the next day and buy this lady a blanket and pillow, so I did. I ended up taking her some canned food as well when I went to go see her. Her reaction to me giving her this stuff touch me in ways I have not yet figured out how to express, but I will remember this forever. It was incredible for me to see how doing something so simple for someone can have the most extraordinary impact.”

This experience motivated Lara to initiate a blanket drive at Grace College to help the people in need in the Lions River Township. There is a box in the foyer for new or used blankets and if anyone wishes to contribute, the collection for this community will continue until mid-term, 17 August 2017.
3rd position in Spur Schools for MTB star

3rd position in Spur Schools for MTB star

Sam Moore rode in the Spur Schools MTB League held at Kersney Collage yesterday.
 
Sam was placed 3rd in the youth men age group, a total of 41 riders where in the race from various schools around the province.
Drama students engage with Dorothy Anne Gould

Drama students engage with Dorothy Anne Gould

Matric Drama Pupils attended the IEB KZN Winter School at Thomas More on Sunday, 30 July. Pictured here are Cara Bailey and Nomathemba Mangele with actress Dorothy Anne Gould who addressed the pupils on South African Theatre history and Athol Fugard. In her career, Ms Gould performed the role of Hester in the set work “Hello and Goodbye” to great acclaim and she worked closely with Athol Fugard in other productions. Ms Gould engaged the audience with stories about her career and nuggets of information about the great man – Athol Fugard.
Holiday Trail Runs for Nick de Scally

Holiday Trail Runs for Nick de Scally

During the holidays Nick de Scally took part in 3 cross country races. The first one was on 1 July and was a KZN cross country race at Collegians where Nick came first in his race and was therefore 1st in his age group. The second one was on 2 July where he took part in the KZN Winter Series Aloe Wildlife 12 km trail race and he managed to finish first there. The third one was on 15 July and was a KZN cross country race at Amanzimtoti where Nick came 5th in his race and 2nd in his age group.
The 19th Founders' Day at Grace College

The 19th Founders' Day at Grace College

Grace College recently marked its 19th Founders’ Day with a special Assembly and the opening of a newly enclosed verandah. Cricket great Titch Smith, who is the founder of LIV Village, was the guest of honour for this occasion. He emphasised the plight of widows and orphans in South Africa and reminded us that they need our prayers backed by action to ease their daily suffering.

L-R: Henko Jansen (Deputy Headmaster at Grace College), Vincent Luksich (Headmaster at Grace College), Titch Smith and Frances Stimson (One of the Grace College founders).
Eva's fine July Pony Show results

Eva's fine July Pony Show results

Eva Stainforth in Grade 9 participated in the July Pony Show where she achieved;
2nd Working Riding pony
Champion Show pony on her horse Top Deck
1st Working Riding horse
2nd Show Horse on her horse, Strike Gold
Junior Victor Ludorum
 
Well done on these fine results!
 
A new toy box for Tabitha Ministries

A new toy box for Tabitha Ministries

Grace College commits a chunk of time each term to an extensive outreach programme which aligns with nurturing young adults with heart. This project which a Grade 10 pupil, Matthew Turnbull, completed at Tabitha Ministries in Pietermaritzburg during the recent holiday is a significant testimony to the success of our focus. Matthew single-handedly converted a rusty old container into a bright, new toy box for the children at Tabitha Ministries.
Andiswa Ngcobo awarded Honours Blazer

Andiswa Ngcobo awarded Honours Blazer

On the 26 July 2017, we were proud to congratulate and award our pupil Andiswa Ngcobo (Gr11) with her Honours Blazer for her participation in the KZN Inland Strikers Hockey Team during the recent winter break.
Speechcraft launches at Grace College

Speechcraft launches at Grace College

The first ever session of Speechcraft at Grace College took place on Monday 24 July. Speechcraft is an offshoot of Toastmasters International which is designed to develop better public speaking in young adults. This is an exciting cultural development and we look forward to the growth of the Speechcraft in the years to come. Well done to our group of Grade 11 pioneers!
 
L-R back: Mthobisi Nzama, Slindile Mathonsi, Nonhlelelo Mchunu, Ruth Varrie of Toastmasters, Karma Nel and Simphiwe Mbimbi.
 
Seated L-R: Jason Tillet and Milan Comley.
Grahamstown Arts Festival Tour 2017

Grahamstown Arts Festival Tour 2017

During the July hoilday a group of 16, comprised of pupils, parents and staff, visited the Grahamstown Arts Festival.
 
“Rob van Vuuren was the perfect actor to play the disturbed character in Louis Viljoen’s Dangled. His status as a prolific South African comedian is darkly deceiving in this piece, as his character flows seamlessly between victim and perpetrator, frighteningly narcissistic and devastatingly vulnerable”. (Amy Pieterse)
 
This piece showcased van Vuuren’s extraordinary versatility as an actor and gave his audience a heart-wrenching view of the complexity and tragedy of mental disturbance.
 
Pictured here L-R: Liam Thresher, Bianca Santoro, Rob van Vuuren (who played the disturbed character in Louis Viljoen’s Dangled), Milan Comley and Hayden Luck.
Real Life Science at Grace College

Real Life Science at Grace College

The Grade 8 pupils are currently studying the Circulatory System in Life Science. This week Dr Caryn Penderis performed a dissection of the hearts of a Bushpig and of an Impala to illustrate how the organ functions.
 
L-R: Dr Caryn Penderis, Alex Kuhn, Luvuyo Sibisi and Adam Mahomed.
KZN Inland Strikers Hockey for Andiswa Ngcobo

KZN Inland Strikers Hockey for Andiswa Ngcobo

We want to congratulate Andiswa Ngcobo on playing for the KZN Inland Strikers team at the Regional Tournament which was held during the July holidays.
Zulu Day Celebration

Zulu Day Celebration

On Tuesday, 18 July 2017, Grace College hosted “Celebrate Zulu Day” to coincide with Mandela Day. Mrs Wynn Schoeman, the Head of isiZulu and Culture, invited Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP to talk to the Zulu pupils about Zulu. It was a memorable day as the school celebrated the colourful Zulu culture.

Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP’s response to the invitation to speak was, “I have seen English language festivals and Afrikaans Kultuur Feeste celebrated at many schools. But the idea of celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Zulu isn’t something we do often enough at high school level.”

He found it heart-warming to be asked to speak about his vibrant culture and his language, which is spoken by more than 25% of South Africans.
 
Pictured here L-R back: Mr Vincent Luksich, Mrs Wynn Schoeman, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP, Mr Thami Nwayo, Zolwandle Mnguni, Siphesihle Mbuyazi
L-R front: Nzuzo Mdlalose and Simphiwe Mbimbi
Sam rides like the wind

Sam rides like the wind

During the July holiday Sam Moore raced for the KZN Youth Cycling Team in Mpumalanga against teams from other provinces where he achieved these impressive results;
35KM MTB RACE - 1ST PLACE
75KM ROAD RACE - 2ND PLACE
HILL CLIMB - 3RD PLACE
TIME TRIAL - 7TH PLACE
CRIT RACE - 9TH PLACE
 
Sam also rode in the Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens 45km MTB race and was placed 1st in the Youth Men category and 12th overall in all age groups.
Winning choir performances in the UK

Winning choir performances in the UK

During the July holidays two of our Grade 11 pupils, Rebecca Webster and Megan Pluke journeyed to the UK to perform with the KZN Midlands Youth Choir. Click on the following link to see the videos. Taken during a Choir Competition held in Wales; http://llangollen.tv/choirs/?lang=en.
 
 
Our girls were also selected to be interviewed on BBC News. We are so proud of them and the entire choir for their winning performance.
The Hilton Car Show launches at Grace College

The Hilton Car Show launches at Grace College

In August, Grace College will host The Hilton Car Show which is a Parents’ Association driven initiative to raise funds for the school. We look forward to welcoming the greater community to view the display of vintage and classic cars that will be on show. Exhibitors are encouraged to register early to secure space by sending an email to marketing@gracecollege.co.za or follow the link at the end of this article to complete the application.
 
Jayce Lane, our Vice Chairman of the Grace College Parents’ Association, is often seen on the roads in and around Hilton driving his 1967 Dodge Monaco. This vehicle was assembled in Elsies Rivier just outside of Cape Town and fitted with a 6.3l V8 engine which was manufactured by Chrysler South Africa.
 
Pictured here L-R: Old boy Dylan Pluke enjoys a chat about cars with Jayce Lane.
 
Work and play at Prestbury Pre-Primary School

Work and play at Prestbury Pre-Primary School

Recently a group of senior Grace College pupils spent the morning with the children at Prestbury Pre-Primary School. Interactions included soccer games, painting faces and nails as well as gardening. This outreach endeavour provided a fun day to remember, for all the children.
Final Assembly Term 2

Final Assembly Term 2

Well done to everyone for successfully completing a busy calendar and special applause to Ararat, our winning house for Term 2. Congratulations to the Grade 9 girls on their fundraising effort for SUBZ and to our moms who helped to set up the verandah for tea. It was beautiful!
 
Pictured here: Ararat Captains, Kezia Dewing and Eric Hyde receive the trophy for their House from Mr Luksich.
Tug-of-war, a battle of strength

Tug-of-war, a battle of strength

On the coldest winter's day yet, pupils competed in a battle of strength. Sinai placed third, Carmel second and Ararat were the champions of the Inter-house Tug-of-war contest.

Pictured L-R: Chanell Da Rosa, Ashley King and Tarryn Plaatjies, having fun. 
Grace College pupils entertain at Emma Barter Home

Grace College pupils entertain at Emma Barter Home

Senior pupils spent a morning at Emma Barter Home in Pietermaritzburg where they led a sing-a-long of well-known classic songs and popular favourites. Foot tapping and smiles were evident as everyone was uplifted by this change in routine.
Provincial Judo for Grade 8 pupil

Provincial Judo for Grade 8 pupil

Well done to Grade 8 pupil, Mark Plaatjies, for his provincial selection. He will represent Kwazulu-Natal at the SA Open Judo Championship in Bloemfontein from 2 July to 8 July 2017. He will be competing under 38kg in the 13-14 year category.
Five Grace College teams at Laddsworth Night Fun Run/Walk

Five Grace College teams at Laddsworth Night Fun Run/Walk

Five Grace College teams entered the Laddsworth Night Fun Run/Walk last week and we look forward to doing it again next year. Well done to all our staff, parents and pupils who participated, including our Headmaster Mr Luksich who managed to escape our camera lense. Congratulations to Laddsworth Primary School on another successful evening and to our own Nick de Scally on being the first male runner home!
Night Fun Run win and another record for Nick de Scally

Night Fun Run win and another record for Nick de Scally

Senior sport teams from Grace College entered the Laddsworth Night Fun Run/Walk on Thursday 15 June where our star trail runner Nick de Scally finished in first position.
 
Two days later on 17 June, he broke his own record at Piggly Wiggly. He took 20 secs off his record and ran 17:07.
 
Well done Nick!
William Luxford places 15th in Impi Hard Enduro

William Luxford places 15th in Impi Hard Enduro

William Luxford completed the "Impi Hard Enduro" at Tugela Ferry this past weekend. This is one of the toughest races of the year, they raced for three days.

On Thursday they did 30km time trials to see where they would start the next day. The top 50 guys started first the next day, of which William was one (he came 24th), then the rest followed. There were 600 riders. You race gold, silver or bronze and William did gold.

On the Friday they raced 120km, 7-9 hours through very rough terrain and crossing rivers. Saturday is a repeat of Friday. 120km over, 7-9 hours.

Congratulations to William who finished gold in 15th position.

To view footage watch Kings of Dirt on channel 208 on Fridays as they normally televise these events.
Seniors visit Sunnyside Park Home

Seniors visit Sunnyside Park Home

Recently, a group of staff and students visited Sunnyside Park Home to spend time with some of the residents. While there, they participated in hand-making chocolate and playing Bingo. Entertainment was provided by Megan Pluke (Grade 11) playing the ukulele. Students enjoyed the time chatting to the residents and listening to snippets of their life stories.
 
Pictured here L-R: Gert Pretorius, Karma Nel (Grade 11), Victor Gilbert and Megan Pluke (Grade 11).
Chelsea rides at Royal Show 2017

Chelsea rides at Royal Show 2017

Chelsea Kilian, in Grade 8 at Grace College, competed at the Royal Show achieving the following results;
 
Riding Trick or Treat in show jumping, they placed 4th for the 50cm jump and a 3rd for the 60cm jump.
 
Riding Laddys Luck also in show jumping, Chelsea placed 3rd for the 90cm jump and 2nd for the 1m jump.
 
In the category Showing Novice Junior Working Hunter Chelsea earned a 1st, in Novice Junior Working Riding Champion she received the Edna Freidlander Memorial Floating Trophy and also placed 2nd for Novice Junior Show Riding.
Masihambisane Netball Tournament

Masihambisane Netball Tournament

Grace College recently hosted a tournament for senior netball teams from Jabula, Willowfountain and St John-Paul Combined Schools as well as from Siyanda, Asibemunye and Zuzulwazi High Schools. The teams competed with spirit, the winner was Asibemunye High School and the runner-up was Siyanda High School.
 
Masihambisane, Zulu for "Let us walk together" involves Grace College hosting a number of outreach initiatives, this event was aimed at further developing netball amongst our rural schools. All the players participated with enthusiasm and were most appreciative of their lunch packs which were generously sponsored by Hilton Quarry SUPERSPAR.
 
Pictured here L-R: Grace College pupils Joshua Smith, Candace Swart, Ruth Taylor and Jarryd Van Den Riet assist Greg Downs from Hilton Quarry SUPERSPAR who kindly sponsored lunches for the netball development event.
KZN Captaincy for Paige on Skarabee Aziim

KZN Captaincy for Paige on Skarabee Aziim

Paige Schutte in Grade 11 at Grace College captained the KZN Young rider Equestrian Endurance team, at SAIC (South African International Challenge) 120km race held in Bethlehem recently.
 
Pictured here: Paige on her horse, Skarabee Aziim.
Indigenous Trees for Grace College

Indigenous Trees for Grace College

We are thankful for the sponsorship of 50 assorted indigenous trees from KZN Wildlife, these will be planted to provide shade for years to come.
 
Pictured L-R: Mr Vince Luksich (Headmaster), Sibongile Zimu and Siyabonga Nxumalo from KZN Wildlife.
A win at Sappi Karkloof Classic for Sam Moore

A win at Sappi Karkloof Classic for Sam Moore

Congratulations to Sam Moore who rode in the 60 Km Sappi Karkloof Classic on Sunday, 28 May and was placed 1st in Youthmen.
Karkloof Classic 9km Trail Run Win for Nick de Scally

Karkloof Classic 9km Trail Run Win for Nick de Scally

Nick de Scally entered the 9km Karkloof Classic Trail Run on Sunday, 28 May which he won. Well done Nick!
3rd place for Enduro enthusiast

3rd place for Enduro enthusiast

Well done to William Luxford who came 3rd this weekend, 28 May, at the WFO Paddock Enduro, High School class.
Visual and tactile innovation at Grace College

Visual and tactile innovation at Grace College

Our Grade 11 Science students participated in a practical experience building the shapes of molecules, this process incorporated visual and tactile learning. Jelly tots and jube-jubes were added to the basic Molecular Modelling kit to extend the capabilities it catered for.
 
Pictured here L-R: Kaila Jacobs, Riona Mohanlal and Daryn Watkins build molecular shapes.
Record breaking parkrun for Nick de Scally

Record breaking parkrun for Nick de Scally

On Saturday, 13 May, Nick de Scally ran the Piggly Wiggly parkrun. He managed to take 40 seconds off his last best time thereby breaking the course record. The course record had stood for 2 and a half years until it was recently broken 2 weeks prior to Nick’s record run by a Michaelhouse pupil.
 
The next day Nick entered a 12km trail run at Hilton College. It was a tough technical route and he managed to win it. Grace College applauds these achievements.
ATKV REDENAARSKOMPETISIE

ATKV REDENAARSKOMPETISIE

Well done to Kelly Du Preez who travelled to Newscastle where she represented Grace College in the semi-final round of the ATKV-Redenaarskompetisie.
Forty Two Units of Blood Donated

Forty Two Units of Blood Donated

This week Grace College staff and pupils participated in the second SANBS (South African National Blood Service) Blood Drive of 2017. A total of 42 donations were made in this continual commitment to save lives.
 
Pictured here: Rory Houston
Outreach at Emandleni Creche Vegetable Garden

Outreach at Emandleni Creche Vegetable Garden

Kitted out with gardening tools, seedlings and plenty of packets of seeds which had been generously given by the Grace College staff, a team of Grade 8 and 9 pupils headed to Emandleni Creche Vegetable Garden. There they found a very large vegetable garden that was being managed by a handful of elderly ladies. These Gogos sell the vegetables to raise money for the creche and community.
 
They set to work and ploughed, prepared and planted a field with 52 new rows of vegetables! With the Gogos, we made a very efficient team and they were only too happy to pass on their gardening wisdom to us.
 
Since the garden has no taps, the boys took on the task of repeatedly filling large drums with water to irrigate the newly planted vegetables.
 
The students worked tirelessly with enthusiasm all morning. Every single one on the team contributed and the Gogos repeatedly voiced their gratitude.
 
MTB WIN FOR SAM MOORE

MTB WIN FOR SAM MOORE

Sam Moore in Grade 9 participated in the Husqvarna Mid Illovo Extreme Classic this past weekend, he placed 1st in youth men category for the 60km event. Keep up the good riding Sam! 
Outreach at Christian Life Academy

Outreach at Christian Life Academy

Eight Grace College pupils went to Tabitha Ministries School, Christian Life Academy, where they read to the pupils, played sport with the pupils and helped with deconstructing an old carport. This cleared a space for future development of the facilities. Our students enjoyed the reading experience; Adam Mohamed shared loads of information about sharks following on from the book he read. Kezia Philip took notable delight in a game of Frisbee rounders with Grade 3, 4 and 5 children.
 
We’d like to thank Eric Khumalo for the opportunity to spend valuable time with the pupils at Christian Life Academy.
 
Pictured here is Sebastian Homan reading a story.
 
WEEKEND ENDURO SUCCESS

WEEKEND ENDURO SUCCESS

Congratulations to William Luxford in Grade 10, who came 3rd in the Regional Junior 125 High School Class at the Ballito X-Country Champions this weekend.
Night Relay Fun

Night Relay Fun

Grace College hosted the annual Night Relay on Friday, 5 May 2017, teams were comprised of four runners who each completed a 2,5km lap around the school grounds and through the plantations. Congratulations are due to Team De Scally, they took 1st place once again!
 
To all the teams who ran or walked we thank you for making this a successful fundraiser for the Grade 10 Ball.
 
Well done to Mr Kobus and the Gr10 team for a well-executed event.
 
Pictured L-R: Martin, Nick, Chris and Lauren De Scally.
Nashua Rugby Skills Re-evaluation

Nashua Rugby Skills Re-evaluation

Thank you to Nashua for their investment in our rugby through their rugby skills programme. Our players gleaned a lot from the day and enjoyed participating with the Nashua team. Sbongakonke Ndlovu achieved best kicker and Wandile Mbekeni delivered a record breaking catch and pass routine.
KZN Inland Hockey success for Andiswa

KZN Inland Hockey success for Andiswa

Congratulations to Andiswa Ngcobo who has been selected to play for the U18 KwaZulu-Natal Schools Hockey Inland Kites team in the North Festival from 30 June to 5 July. We are very proud of your commitment and success.
Group work and adventure at Greytsone Camp

Group work and adventure at Greytsone Camp

Grace College’s Grade 11 students attended a successful adventure camp at Greystone in Estcourt. Paintball, problem solving, raft building, group work and high rope climbing were a cinch for some and for others the activities pushed them beyond their comfort zone. We applaud all for their enthusiastic participation.
GREAT HILL 2 HILL RESULT FOR SAM MOORE

GREAT HILL 2 HILL RESULT FOR SAM MOORE

Sam Moore in Grade 9 competed in the HILL 2 HILL MTB race on Sunday, 23 April. He rode from Cato Ridge to Shongweni, a distance of 45km and was placed 3rd in the youth men category and 21st out of a total 375 entrants. Well done Sam.
More MTB Action

More MTB Action

Sam Moore in Grade 9 participated in the 45km event of the Sugar Rush Classic in Ballito during the April holidays, he placed 2nd in the youth category.
 
In the KZN MTB XCO at St Ives in the Dargle, Sam placed 2nd overall and 1st in the youth (b-batch). Keep up the good work Sam!
Chess Table for Cole Baker

Chess Table for Cole Baker

Fifty years ago Mrs Cronje from Amberfield in Howick purchased a handmade chess table as a gift for her now late husband at a church fundraiser, hoping he may take up the game. Time passed as it does and as Mrs Cronje was about to do a clear out of unused items she spotted a news article in the Village Talk sharing news of Cole Baker’s recent chess win. Mrs Cronje contacted the Village Talk Editor, Peta Lee who kindly put Mrs Cronje in touch with Grace College. Mrs Cronje had decided to present this table to Cole Baker (Grade 8).
 
The gift delighted Cole who has been playing chess since age five. It has taken 50 years but finally, this table and the pieces will be used with enthusiasm and prowess.
 
We thank Mrs Cronje for her generosity.
Grade 9 Games inspired by 'The Hunger Games'

Grade 9 Games inspired by 'The Hunger Games'

On Wednesday 22nd March, Grace College Grade 9 pupils took part in an experiential outdoors learning day inspired by their Term 1 set text, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
 
The Grace Grade 9 Games, and preparations, took place at school and in the tree plantations close to the school. The pupils were given various tasks which involved: creating and presenting ideas for their own new Reality TV show, forming alliances and devising an alliance name and war cry, designing and building camouflaged shelters and capturing other alliance flags. During the course of the activities, the pupils also moved into pair and individual work for the strategic and physically demanding elimination challenge (think tag rugby in a large area of forest), where pupils had to defend their ‘3 lives’ whilst taking the ‘lives’ of other students.
 
Congratulations to the following Grade 9 prize winners:
• The Female Victors: 1st place, Airen De La Mare, 2nd place, Bathebile Ndulini and 3rd place, Victoria Rillett.
• The Male Victors: 1st place, Philasande Ndlovu, 2nd place Cebolenkosi Dlamini, 3rd place Samuel Moore.
• The most effective female game strategist: 1st place Airen De La Mare with 13 conquests.
• The most effective male strategists: 1st place Cebolenkosi Dlamini with 29 conquests, 2nd place Philasande Ndlovu with 23 conquests, 3rd place Robert Mitchell with 17 conquests.
• The Shelter Alliance Winners: 1st place The Rangers Alliance, 2nd The New Era Alliance.
• Best new Reality TV Show concept and sales pitch (which was voted for by the students): 1st place ‘Make it or Break it’ featuring Rebecca Briscoe and Nonie Zondi and Prudance Tauyatswala. 2nd place ‘Gummy Bear Grylls’ presented by Danella Bray, Conrad Mayer and Donovan Bornman.
• Best Alliance war cry: 1st place The Black Beasts Alliance and 2nd place The Shield Alliance.
 
The post event feedback shows that the day continues to be a popular and effective one but with a new request for a water-based game to be added to the programme, to help counteract the 30 degree heat.
2nd place in Enduro for William Luxford

2nd place in Enduro for William Luxford

In the 2nd round of the Enduro World EWXC (Enduro World Cross-Country Series) held in Heidelberg during March, William Luxford came 2nd in his class. Well done William.
Award for Rory's Equestrian Win

Award for Rory's Equestrian Win

Rory Houston (Grade 12), attended the Equestrian South Africa (ESA) awards evening recently. He received an award for winning the KZN 80cm Championship in 2014. We congratulate Rory on this long-awaited and well-deserved award.
 
Success in the SAPPI Howick MTB Classic 40km

Success in the SAPPI Howick MTB Classic 40km

Sam Moore participated in the SAPPI Howick Mtb classic 40km race where he placed 1st in the youth men category with a time 2hrs 17min. He was 20th overall (all age groups). It was a tough and technical course with lots of climbing and was also very hot.
Megan in 'Seeing is Believing'

Megan in 'Seeing is Believing'

Megan Pluke in Grade 11 was involved in a wonderful production at the Hexagon Theatre ’Seeing is Believing’ which ran from 16 to 18 March. It was produced by the Midlands Dance Theatre Company. Photo supplied by Linda Pluke.
Nikhil Gopal is the VCC Men's Champion Golfer for 2017

Nikhil Gopal is the VCC Men's Champion Golfer for 2017

Grace College pupil Nikhil Gopal won the coveted Victoria Country Club 2017 Men's Championship. Well done to Nikhil on this great golfing win!
2nd position in Round 2 of the EWXC for William Luxford

2nd position in Round 2 of the EWXC for William Luxford

In the 2nd round of the Enduro World EWXC (Enduro World Cross-Country Series) held in Heidelberg during March, William Luxford came 2nd in his class. Well done William.
Masihambisane Basketball Outreach

Masihambisane Basketball Outreach

Grace College once again invited basketball players from surrounding rural schools for a basketball clinic as part of their Masihambisane Outreach. Masihambisane is Zulu for "Let us walk together". The basketball clinic was well attended; Grace College hosted 17 boys who received fundamental skills training.
 
Coach Adrian Murray expressed appreciation for the loyal support of Greg Downs and Quarry SuperSpar in Hilton who supplied food and refreshments for the event.
 
Grace College basketball has benefitted from the prowess and enthusiasm of Coach Charlie Hough, a past Grace College head boy, who is headed to the United Sates where he will work and study. We wish Charlie happiness and success.