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The Good Fellowship Award 2018 goes to Mrs Schoeman

The Good Fellowship Award 2018 goes to Mrs Schoeman

A well deserved Christmas lunch out in a lovely setting was enjoyed by our staff. Congratulations to Mrs Schoeman who received the Good Fellowship Award, as voted by the staff.
Prize Giving 2018

Prize Giving 2018

Well done to the pupils who have received certificates and trophies, all of your efforts contribute to make Grace College great.
 
JUNIORS
Music Trophy - Jade Duncan
Trophy for Enthusiastic Participation in Afrikaans - Karl Rindfleisch
Linguistics Trophy: This is awarded to the pupil with the highest total in English and a First Additional Language. Awarded to Larissa Van Wyk - Eng: 93% & Afrik 96%
Science & Maths Trophy: This is awarded to the pupil achieving the highest total in Sciences and Mathematics. Awarded to Erin Lane - Maths 89% & Science 87%
JUNIOR DUX : This trophy is awarded to the pupil achieving the highest total in all their subjects except for Life Orientation - the 2018 recipient is Cole Baker.
 
SENIORS
Linguistics Trophy: This is awarded to the pupil with the highest total in English and a First Additional Language. Awarded to Joshua Benadie English 87% / Afrikaans 98%
Science & Maths Trophy: This is awarded to the Pupil achieving the highest total in Sciences and Core Mathematics and went to Joshua Benadie Maths 96% / Physical Science 94%
Tri-Subject Proficiency Shield: This is awarded to the pupil achieving the highest total in their 3 choice subjects and went to Joshua Benadie Accountancy 94% / Business Studies 94% / Physical Science 94%
Honours and Top in Grade 11: Joshua Benadie
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
Good Fellowship Awards; this award is given to a pupil from each grade who has provided support and encouragement throughout the year to their peers. The recipient of this award is voted for by the pupils in each grade.
Jennifer Van Heerden Grade 8
Nontsikelelo Zungu Grade 9
Sarah Rushworth Grade 10
Anthony Wimbush Grade 11
 
The Joshua Award: Joshua 1:9 states: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” The award is made to a pupil in recognition of their strength of character and courage throughout the year. Nonie and Janet Zondi received the Joshua Award for 2018.
 
Congratulations to our Head Prefects for 2019; Kaitlin Grobler (Head Girl), Nikhil Gopal (Head Boy), Gugulethu Gwamanda (Deputy Head Girl) and Joshua Benadie (Deputy Head Boy).
Head prefects for 2019

Head prefects for 2019

Our Head Prefects for 2019 were announced at the annual Prize Giving on Tuesday, 4 December 2018.
L-R: Gugulethu Gwamanda (Deputy Head Girl), Nikhil Gopal (Head Boy), Kaitlin Grobler (Head Girl) and Joshua Benadie (Deputy Head Boy).
Well done Rachel, Tarryn and Ashley on your President's Award Gold

Well done Rachel, Tarryn and Ashley on your President's Award Gold

In 2013 we signed up our first few students for the President’s Award Programme. To date our pupils have achieved a silver and two bronze certificates; Caitlyn Kobus - Silver in 2015, Majorie Misihairabwi and Milan Comley - Bronze in 2016.
 
In 2018 we celebrated four successful achievements at Gold Level; congratulations to Milan Comley, Rachel Newlands, Tarryn Plaatjes and Ashley King. This is the highest achievement on the programme.
 
On the 5th of October 2018, these students together with their award Leader, Mrs. Leanne Kobus, joined many other successful Gold achievers in the country at a prestigious ceremony to celebrate their achievements. We look forward to seeing more students benefitting from this fantastic opportunity in the future. We are proud to be a school that is affiliated to such a programme. Please visit The President’s Award website for details of the programme.
Raising the pace of basketball

Raising the pace of basketball

Grace College is delighted to receive a new basketball scoreboard and two shot clocks. Valued contributions from ‘Ubuntu Family Funeral Group’, ‘Farm to You’ a subsidiary of Khulisani Farming and the Augustus family made the purchase of these items possible. Keeping track of the team’s progress in a basketball game is vital for our fans to enjoy the thrill of competition, and the digital score board will assist with this. In basketball, the shot clock is a timer designed to increase the game's pace. The shot clock ups the ante on our scoring, keeping the game more exciting for the fans, teams and coaches.
 
We look forward to raising our game during the upcoming season, with the arrival of this new equipment.
 
Pictured back L-R: Robert Mitchell, Zimile Meyiwa and Andile Ngcobo
 
Seated L-R: Mr Adrian Murray, Philasande Ndlovu, Vuyo Zuma and Bayanda Nathikazi
Six wickets for 25 runs, well done Karl

Six wickets for 25 runs, well done Karl

Well done to Karl Rindfleisch (Gr9) for taking 6 wickets for 25 runs Vs Wembley College on Saturday 27 October 2018.Well done to Karl Rindfleisch (Gr9) for taking 6 wickets for 25 runs Vs Wembley College on Saturday 27 October 2018.
Enrol for Speechcraft in 2019

Enrol for Speechcraft in 2019

Speechcraft will be available in Term 1 next year.  Learn how to speak in public through a structured course facilitated by Distinguished Toastmaster, Mrs. Ruth Varrie. The cost of this course is R950.00 for all 7 modules. You will learn how to craft and present a speech for a range of situations. Your confidence will grow, easing your stress around oral exams. Give it a go!  Email marketing@gracecollege.co.za to enrol. 
SA GYM GAMES in Gauteng for Matthew Pluke

SA GYM GAMES in Gauteng for Matthew Pluke

Matthew Pluke recently represented KZN at the SA Gym Games in Gauteng. Matt came 4th for his floor routine and placed in the top 10 for 4 of the 6 apparatus.
Farewell Tea for matric mums leaving Grace College

Farewell Tea for matric mums leaving Grace College

On Saturday, 20 October 2018, matric mums who have reached the end of their journey as Grace College parents, attended an afternoon tea at school. This provided the opportunity to; hear encouraging stories from others who have walked this path before them, say goodbye by ringing the bell and fellowship together. The Head Girl of 2014, Brennah Coslett, spoke to the moms about what to expect from their children when their school careers end. Brennah was in matric when this group of matrics joined in Grade 8. This farewell tea was initiated by Mrs Dewing and will continue to be an annual event on the Grace College calendar.
Personal safety presentation by Debbie Preston

Personal safety presentation by Debbie Preston

Debbie Preston, a teacher and co-owner of Knight Security Solutions, delivered a personal safety presentation at Grace College recently. The aim of her talk was to alert pupils and staff to be aware of the responsibility they personally have to protect themselves from danger. The talk was loosely based on the colour code system of mental awareness, developed by the late Jeff Cooper (May 10, 1920 – September 25, 2006) who was a US Marine.

The “Color Code” has been taught by police instructors for many years. Cooper broke down situational awareness into four levels of escalating degrees of preparation for police use of deadly force. This system is a mental process, not a physical one, and should be utilized whether or not you are armed. Being alert may help you to avoid a deadly threat in the first place, which is always the preferred outcome.

This was a valuable reminder of what we can all do to improve our level of personal safety on a daily basis just by changing how we think.
 
Valediction 2018

Valediction 2018

Congratulations to all our prize winners at the Matric Valediction on Monday, 15 October 2018. Special applause goes out to our Dux; Ashley King and runner up to Dux; Jason Tillett. Thank you to our Guest Speaker, Mr Tim Fannin, for his meaningful speech.
Kudos for Grace College family from Hilton parkrun event director

Kudos for Grace College family from Hilton parkrun event director

Will Van Loggerenberg, the Hilton parkrun Event Director shared the following feedback, 'On Saturday the 29th of September, at our parkrun opening, Jared Leighton was scheduled to be a volunteer. Unfortunately he was sick and couldn't make it. This is completely understandable but instead of just sending a text, his parents, Juan and Rolene, stepped up and took his place. They showed up, explained that Jared was sick and asked what they can do to help.

They were a tremendous help to us and on a day that saw record numbers, they were an incredible blessing!
 
In my short time that I have worked with Grace College, I have been very impressed by the character of your students and it is stories like these that make us proud to be associated with Grace College.
 
Hooray for the Leightons!'
Prefect Camp 2018

Prefect Camp 2018

With much anticipation the newly elected prefect body set out on their leadership camp to Cumberland Nature Reserve. Upon arrival Mr Dirk Calitz, founder of Outdoor Educators, received the prefects with a hearty welcome. The prefects had a very busy schedule and started the programme with ice breaker activities and going through a dark maze tunnel. Each of these activities had a purpose and was designed to reflect on leadership qualities and life experiences. The first day ended with the prefects having to prepare their own meal with a braai and an evening session with Mr Luksich.
 
The following day was an early start with a short hike down to a dam where the prefects did kayaking and learnt valuable lessons in communication. The short hike back saw a stop off at the low ropes course where teamwork was the main theme and valuable lessons learnt. The afternoon was a long session planning the next year with Mrs Watt-Pringle. Needless to say; this session lasted long into the night! On the last day the prefects had a short hike to an amazing view of the Umgeni River and spent some time doing solitaire and reflecting.
 
After a hearty breakfast the busses were packed and left for Grace College. We want to make special mention to Mr Calitz from Outdoor Educators who put together an amazing programme for the prefects. A big thank you to Mr Luksich and Mrs Watt-Pringle for attending the camp and imparting their knowledge to the prefects. We look forward to the 2019 prefect year and wish them the best of luck in their tenure as leaders.
Gold for Nick de Scally at Grey Bloem athletics meet

Gold for Nick de Scally at Grey Bloem athletics meet

Nick de Scally (Gr11) represented KZN in the national schools athletics event in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 13 October. He won the 800m race, running his personal best time, which is now 1:54. This result was only just off the record by 1 second, a record which Johan Cronje, a world championship bronze medalist, has held for the last 20 years. It is also the longest standing record for the Grey Bloemfontein Athletics event. Nick followed this awesome success with a 4th position in the demanding 1500m.
A distinction for Tarryn

A distinction for Tarryn

Tarryn Plaatjes (Gr12) passed her first major elementary (Primer Año Estudiante) Spanish Dance exam through the Spanish Dance Society, with a distinction and final mark of 85%. We are proud of your success young lady!
Small things, big impact with Kyle Emerson

Small things, big impact with Kyle Emerson

Mr Kyle Emerson, a Hilton College old boy and past sports coordinator and Geography teacher at Grace College, was our guest speaker at the annual Sports Awards evening. He aptly titled his presentation SMALL THINGS, BIG IMPACT. Three stand-out points he made were;
1. Go back to basics. What it means is that we start with the basic, the non-negotiables, the smallest things and we get those right first. Just like an unshaven face, your socks being half way up your calf, your shirt only half tucked in or…. your untidy bed – they make a statement. The small things, can make a big impact.
2. ‘’Good manners will often take people where neither money nor education will take them.” One of my favourite quotes from FJ Coppin who was alive in the 1800’s and those words still have relevance today. Manners are a small thing, that can leave a lasting impact.
3. Never forget the Why. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world really needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman. You owe it to yourself to be your best! When you remember the why, it has a motivating impact.
 
In brief, if you want to change your world, and make an impact on your journey, pay attention to the smaller things first. Come back to basics and get the little details right. Ensure that you are well mannered and respectful to those around you, and remember why you chose to do the thing that you are doing and don’t forget that passion and drive that you have within you.
 
Pictured L-R; Channell Da Rosa, Kyle Emerson, Trent Speirs and Mr V Luksich.
Nick completes 800m in 1:58

Nick completes 800m in 1:58

Nick De Scally (Gr 11) took part in the Umgungundlovu trials for KZN SALGAO at the PMB track meeting on Saturday 29th September. He ran 800m in 2 minutes and 1500m in 4:15 minutes. He came first in both of these races.
 
On Saturday, 6 October, he took part in one of the league races at Kings Park. He decided not to run in his age group and ran against the seniors for more competition. He came 2nd in the 1500m in a PB time of 4:10 despite the race being tactical and he ran 1:58 in the 800m breaking the magical 2:00 mark.
 
We wish Nick well as he heads to Bloemfontein this weekend to take part in the first national event of the new season.
 
Pictured L-R: Nick with Owen Higgins from Maritzburg College.
Sam wins KZN XCO Series

Sam wins KZN XCO Series

Sam Moore (Gr10) won the KZN XCO series and will be receiving his full colours for KZN. He placed second in the junior age group of the ROAG series and achieved a 9th place in the SA XCO at Mankele near Nelspruit recently. We congratulate Sam on these fine results 
Art and Photo Expo 2018

Art and Photo Expo 2018

Well done to everybody who made the Art & Photo Expo evening a success, especially Mrs Harrison and our matrics.
Nikhil joins SA Schools Golf team for the third consecutive year

Nikhil joins SA Schools Golf team for the third consecutive year

Our humble golfing star, Nikhil Gopal (Gr11) has been selected for the SA Schools Golf team for the third consecutive year. Well done to this fine young gentleman.
Hilton parkrun takes off at Grace College

Hilton parkrun takes off at Grace College

The inaugural Hilton parkrun at Grace College on Saturday, 29 September 2018 welcomed a crowd of 953 participants. A parkrun is a free, weekly, timed, 5km run or walk. The course is suitable for prams and dogs on short leashes may join in. Thanks to the awesome group of parkrun volunteers, the event ran smoothly and feedback on the route was positive.
 
Both winners were first time parkrun entrants; Kelly Martin was the first lady home in a time of 22:07 minutes and the first gentleman in was Sabelo Zwane in a time of 18:35 minutes.
 
We look forward to many more active and social Saturday mornings at Grace College.
 
Pictured L-R: Robin Archer (parkrun SA), Vincent Luksich (Headmaster at Grace College), Carrie Luksich, Gill Fordyce (COO parkrun SA) and William Van Loggerenberg (Hilton parkrun Event Director).
 
Aloe planting on Heritage Day

Aloe planting on Heritage Day

Pupils wore clothing which represented heritages from all around the globe, adding new dimensions to our diverse South African culture. In line with the more traditional local perspective on Heritage Day we braaied and also collected piles of aloes which staff and pupils planted on the bank overlooking our dam. This planting will yield a magnificent display in years to come. Thank you to Mrs Hackland for the forethought which she gives to our estate gardens. Pictured L-R;Nyasha Moyo, Akhona Phoswa and Zintle Mdaka.
Speechraft graduates for 2018

Speechraft graduates for 2018

Congratulations to our Speechcraft graduates for 2018! These pupils worked hard and it showed in their delivery of well crafted, confidently presented talks which were all completed in perfect time.
 
Pictured L-R top: Cameron Stadler, Gugulethu Gwamanda, Claire Rilett and Sarah Rushworth.

Pictured L-R bottom: Vincent Luksich (Headmaster), Robert Mitchell, Ruth Varrie (Distinguished Toastmaster), Munashe Makondo and Owethu Ngcamu.
Consistent effort rewards Nick De Scally

Consistent effort rewards Nick De Scally

Our middle distance athlete, Nick De Scally has notched up a number of achievements this term placing; first in the Umgungundlovu schools cross country race, first in the Howick Highlander, second in his age group for one of the KZN cross country races at Baynesfield, 7th in the KZN final race for his age group in Newcastle and as a regular winner at Piggly Wiggly parkrun he tied with the record on the 18th August, in exceptionally poor weather conditions. Well done Nick!
A little happiness goes a long way

A little happiness goes a long way

Staff and pupils arrived extra early on Wednesday, 12 September to spread a little happiness amongst the commuters who pass by our school. 
 
Pictured here L-R: Cameron Gevers, Jared Leighton, Philisiwe Hlongwane, Thembi Ndolvu, Thokozile Buthelezi, Nomfundo Ngobese and Alanna Klassens, with Mister Zondi at the back.
Senior Geography excursion to Rietspruit

Senior Geography excursion to Rietspruit

On the Thursday the 6th of September our senior geography pupils undertook a fluvial study at Rietspruit, adjacent to the Umgeni Valley, where they conducted river cross-sections and water quality tests. This enthusiastic bunch of hikers enjoyed river crossings and experiencing the great outdoors.
Christien Neser encourages reading more fiction books

Christien Neser encourages reading more fiction books

Author of a number of fiction books including Die Elle Reeks, Christien Neser, visited Grace College last week. Danella Bray and Joshua Benadie each received one of Christien's books for correctly answering her spot questions. The insights she shared around reasons to read, gave pupils compelling motivation to read more, especially fiction books.
2nd in KZN Amateur Champs for Nikhil Gopal

2nd in KZN Amateur Champs for Nikhil Gopal

Nikhil Gopal in Gr11 performed brilliantly in his last two golf tournaments. Two weeks prior in the KZN schools tournament he placed first overall in a field of over 80 players. This past weekend he competed against players from all around the country in the KZN Amateur Championship and was placed 2nd. He played against an ex golf professional in the final and experience won.
Winter Wonderand Matric Ball

Winter Wonderand Matric Ball

Grace College celebrated with the Matric Class of 2018 on Friday, 24 August at a Winter Wonderland themed Matric Ball. The Grade 11s magically transformed the hall through hours of focused toil, they selected a classy menu which they served all the guests and proved their year-long fundraising efforts were worthwhile. Congratulations on a well-coordinated and stylish evening of which we can be proud.
 
L-R: Lerato Manoko, Siya Zungu, Nonhlelelo Mnchunu, Karma, Nel, Tyler Francis, May Zondi, Andiswa Ngcobo and Mlugisili Ndulini.
Hilton parkrun begins on Saturday, 29 September 2018 at Grace College

Hilton parkrun begins on Saturday, 29 September 2018 at Grace College

Hilton parkrun launches at Grace College in Hilton, KZN on Saturday, 29 September 2018. All parkruns are free, weekly, 5km timed events. This event is open to everyone, easy to take part in and for your convenience, you only register once. There will also be a pre-registration at Quarry Centre in Hilton on Saturday, 22 September.
 
The Hilton parkrun begins on the lower sports field at Grace College and follows a route through the forested surrounds, offering lovely views and all the benefits a parkrun route is required to provide. As a location, Grace College offers easy access to the N3, making it convenient for runners/walkers joining in from Pietermaritzburg, Howick and beyond. For any enquiries please call William on 072 365 1568.
 
Pictured here are some of the champions of this new course L-R; William Van Loggerenberg, Ros Crookes, Martin, Nick and Lauren de Scally.
KZN gymnast in action

KZN gymnast in action

We congratulate Matthew Pluke (Gr8) who has qualified and been selected at the recent KZN qualifying competition to represent KwaZulu-Natal at the South African Gymnastics Union National Gymnastics Games which will take place during October in Centurion.
Talent Show 2018

Talent Show 2018

This year first place went to Toni Hemming for her rendition of 'Dear Mr President' and Rebecca Webster placed second with her own composition. In third place was a skit about an old age home with a difference, two elderly couples add spice to their lives, by cranking up Bob Marley's "Is this Love?" on the juke box and dancing joyfully together. This delightful piece of gentle, comedic physical theatre is devised and performed by Matric Drama students; Michaela Collop, Kerryn Fourie, Candace Swart and Bianca Santoro. A number of staff ended off the evening’s entertainment with amusing mimes of songs through the ages.
Challenging 212km mountain biking adventure

Challenging 212km mountain biking adventure

During the July school holidays, Duncan de Klerk and his dad joined 10 other Lads and Dads from various schools (including Hilton College, Treverton and Pretoria Boys High) on an exciting 4 day, 212km mountain biking trip that started at MacKenzie Country Club near Donnybrook and ended at Masakala near Matatiele. The route is part of the Freedom Challenge that runs all the way from Pietermaritzburg to Cape Town, and follows dirt roads, jeep tracks and single track through farms, plantations, tribal lands and nature reserves. They covered between 40 and 60km a day and stayed over night at Centocow Mission, Glen Edward Farm, Ntsikeni Nature Reserve and a traditional guest house in Masakala. They were fortunate to reach the end just ahead of a cold front and impending snow!
KZN soccer stars

KZN soccer stars

Congratulations to these determined young soccer players who have been selected to play for KZN soccer teams. We wish them all the best when they travel to Johannesburg for the upcoming inter-provincial tournaments.
 
Pictured L-R; Kwanele Mbatha (u14), Sarah Rushworth (u16) and Janet Zondi (u14)
 
Careers Expo at Grace College

Careers Expo at Grace College

We hosted our careers expo yesterday, 6 August 2018, in conjunction with X2Y between 9 -11. Our Grade 9 to 11 pupils all attended along with the Grade 11s from Domino Servite school, who visited from Kranskop.
 
There were 26 different tertiary institutions attended some of whom were:
Potch Academy
AFDA
VEGA
Embury
Howick Hospice
Crimson Education
University of Pretoria
University of Free State
UKZN
DUT Chiropractic
OVC
20 years celebrated on Founders' Day 2018

20 years celebrated on Founders' Day 2018

This year we celebrated the landmark 20th anniversary of the founding of Grace College. The day began with an assembly with guest speaker, Dr Rob Pluke, who gave an inspiring and entertaining address. Our founders, both Frances Stimson and Trish Gatland were in attendance. Assembly was followed by the Inter-House Cross Country as well as a Soccer Festival where matches were fiercely contested. The day concluded with an Alumni braai where staff and past pupils were reacquainted.
The Hilton Car Show at Grace College in 2018

The Hilton Car Show at Grace College in 2018

This year The Hilton Car Show at Grace College aims not only to provide an opportunity to view some of the latest offerings from Ford, Subaru, US Trucks, Landrover and Haval, but also the opportunity to view the progression of the automobile through time, with an array of classic vehicles on display too. Of particular interest will be Subaru’s brake testing display and US Trucks converted Dodge Ram.
 
With live music as entertainment, a place for the kids to play on a jumping castle and over 30 stalls being presented on the day, options abound for every member of the family. The fun continues for exhibitors in the form of prizes on the day relating to Best on Show as well as lucky draw prizes. Gates open at 9:00 for visitors with an entrance fee of R30 per visitor being asked in support of Grace College. Exhibitors will gain free entry for themselves and one passenger.
 
Automotive exhibitors are most welcome to register their vehicles ahead of show day being the 4 August 2018, by contacting Grace College on 033 343 2177 or emailing marketing@gracecollege.co.za.
 
MTB win at Scottburgh for Sam Moore

MTB win at Scottburgh for Sam Moore

Congratulations to Sam Moore in Grade 10 on his success at the Sappi Scottburgh 45km Classic where he was the 1st Junior home and he placed 12th overall.
Academic half colour awards

Academic half colour awards

Well done to the following matric students, pictured here L-R, for earning their Academic Half Colours; Daryn Watkins (re-award), Ashley King, Nonhlelelo Mnchunu and Jason Tillett.
1st and 2nd place for Senior Boys at Trashion Show

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.
 
Kathryn Fannin at Heads' Breakfast

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).
Storming 7s rugby victory

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).
Growing Fun Night Relay

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.
Tarryn follows Flamenco dream

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.
Anna Dahlgren is the Midlands Chess League Champion

Anna Dahlgren is the Midlands Chess League Champion

Midlands Chess League Champion, Anna Dahlgren (Gr11) is congratulated by the convenor, Mr Van Niekerk. Well done young lady!
Accolades for our songbirds

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
Athlete delivers star performances through enduring commitment

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.
Honouring Multilingualism

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.
Sven cycles 45km in Mid Illovo MTB Classic

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!
Nikhil Gopal wins Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series North Final

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.
 
Photo Credit: Golf RSA Facebook
Holiday outreach

Holiday outreach

During the past school holiday a group of Grace College students went to the P.A.R.R. (PMB Rescue and Rehome) kennels where they lent a hand cleaning kennels, washing bowls and unblocking gutters.
 
The students who participated were; Toni Hemming, Gabi Hemming, Sne Sithole, Caitlyn Ogilvie, Sebastion Homan and Karl Rindfliesch.
Everything You Need to Know About US & UK Universities

Everything You Need to Know About US & UK Universities

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- The benefits of studying overseas - employability, experience, independence, networking and more
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- Timeline for applications
- How to balance the application process and final year studies
- Information for parents including university support and safety
- How Crimson Education works, the team you could be working with and where to find more information.
 
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Show jumping success for Roxanne

Show jumping success for Roxanne

Roxanne Luxford (Gr10) placed 4th in her class, at the Land Rover Durban Shongweni Derby, this past weekend. Well done Roxanne!
SA Schools Canoeing for Erin

SA Schools Canoeing for Erin

Erin Lane participated in the KZN Canoe Sprint Championship and the Canoeing South Africa’s Schools Sprints Championships during the school holidays.
 
In terms of KZN Canoe Sprint Championships Erin achieved the following:
4th 500m K1 Final
3rd 200m K1 Final
2nd 500m K2 Final
2nd 200m K2 Final
Placed 4th overall on the points table.
 
In terms of the South African School Sprints Championships Erin achieved the following:
5th 5000m K1 Final
5th 500m K1 Final
5th 200m K1 Final
6th 100m K1 Final
2nd 5000m K2 Final
2nd 500m K2 Final
2nd 200m K2 Final
2nd 100m K2 Final
5th overall on the points table.
She received 4 silver medals for 2nd place.
 
Well done Erin!
 
Honours for Nick De Scally

Honours for Nick De Scally

Nick de Scally, who is coached by his father Martin de Scally and also by Chris Whyte, trains daily and sometimes runs twice a day. He participates in numerous middle distance events and athletics meetings around the country. At Grace College’s Final Assembly for Term 1, Nick was awarded Honours for his success when he represented KZN at Menlo Park in Pretoria earlier this year. Well done Nick!
Nikhil Gopal is VCC Champ once again

Nikhil Gopal is VCC Champ once again

Nikhil Gopal, a golfer in Grade 11, retained his title of Victoria Country Club Champion this weekend in Pietermaritzburg. He won by 6 shots, finishing four under par. He played 138 over the two days of the competition.
Grade 8 Innovation Programme for 2018

Grade 8 Innovation Programme for 2018

The start to the academic year at Grace College saw the inception of the Grade 8 Innovation Programme for 2018, led by Mrs Quibell and her team. This programme embraces an innovative approach to learning through critical thinking and experiential teaching.

The key elements which this program addresses are;
• Creativity
• Collaboration
• Communication
• Cognitive Flexibility (resilience)
• Character Education
• Cultural Competence
• Curiosity
• Imagination
 
The core skills focus for the program being addressed are;
• Language Thinking
• Mathematical Thinking
• Visual Thinking
• Complex Thinking
 
Grade 8 students are following a normal academic programme which includes contact sessions, assessments, homework etc. Once a month the students are taken out of their classrooms to be taught the content matter in a ‘different way’ with a more interactive approach. The last Innovation day was held on 1 March when the Grade 8 students were all exposed to an interesting approach to music as presented by Mrs Hackland, this was followed by a Drama session with Mrs Cronje.

The students were then divided into teams which rotated between the Math, Natural Science, Geography, EGD, English and a Cross Curricular station where they solved problems using levers and pulleys. The latter station provided a lot of amusement and getting wet in our dam!

The activities in these subjects were designed to be fun and interactive but had defined outcomes from each of the subjects. Focus points that are a struggle to address in the classroom were addressed through these activities. The activities took on an amazing race theme with Ubuntu being the underlying social skill that was addressed during the activities. To this end some of the students were blindfolded, had their hands tied or their ears covered at times during the activities.

This Grade 8 Innovation Programme has resulted in a number of positives thus far. I am happy to report that the Grade 8 average this year for Mathematics is almost 8% higher than it has been comparing results at the end of Term 1 over the last four years, doing the same syllabus at the same pace. Also important is that the students display enjoyment of their academics and we have found that they are putting in more effort to achieve better results. We are excited to see what this program will yield in the future.
Unique hat-trick in sight for Nikhil Gopal

Unique hat-trick in sight for Nikhil Gopal

Following on from winning the Midlands Open Championship at Bosch Hoek Golf Club last weekend, Nikhil Gopal in Grade 11, travelled to Benoni Country Club where he played in the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series 2018. At 3 under par with 69 strokes after 18 holes the reigning Benoni Club Champion and Nikhil were neck and neck, they had to play on to sudden death. Both players halved their respective holes until 18H50 when it became too dark to continue with play. The contest was called evens and as a result both golfers from this round of the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series will proceed to the regional final which will be played later in the year. Should Nikhil finish victorious at this next leg of this series, he will travel to the USA to compete further.
 
Nikhil is aiming for a unique hat-trick of wins this coming weekend when he defends his title at the Victoria Country Club Champs played over 36 holes.
Great placings for Chelsea and Laddys Luck

Great placings for Chelsea and Laddys Luck

Chelsea Killian (Gr9) and her horse Laddys Luck were placed 2nd and 3rd in the 1m10 Junior class at the ESP Show Jumping Competition held at Durban Shongweni Club on the 3rd and 4th March 2018.  Well done young lady!
THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD GOLD FOR MILAN

THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD GOLD FOR MILAN

Milan Comley in Grade 12 has earned The President’s Award Gold which requires the student to focus on five areas of self-development. Milan completed the following to be able to submit a portfolio which qualified her for the highest level in this Duke of Edinburgh initiative.

Details of her accomplishments are listed below:
 
SERVICE
Midlands Tennis Association Tennis Coaching - Jan 2016 - Nov 2016
Pietermaritzburg Kitten Fostering & Rescue - June 2016
Free Me Art in Umgeni - July 2017
 
SKILLS & INTEREST
Extra Afrikaans Lessons
Extra Maths Lessons
Toastmasters International (Speechcraft)
Event Planning
 
PHYSICAL RECREATION
Crossfit June 2016 – October 2017
Tennis – Ongoing since 2005
 
ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
World Challenge, Thailand - 29th March – 1st April 2016
 
RESIDENTIAL PROJECT (Gold only)
World Challenge, Thailand - 21st March – 26th March 2016
 
Pictured L-R: Vincent Luksich (Headmaster at Grace College), Leanne Kobus (Award Leader), Milan Comley and Christine Wyngaard (President’s Award Programme Manager for KZN).
Nick De Scally at KZN Champs

Nick De Scally at KZN Champs

At the KZN Schools Athletics Championships held at Kings Park in Durban this month Nick De Scally ran a Personal Best for his 1500m heat, placing 3rd and then ran a Personal Best in the final. There were about 30 athletes who were selected to take part in the champs from their respective districts.

Nick managed to come 5th overall and he beat his arch-rival.

Nick achieved another Personal Best in his 800m heat and got the 3rd fastest qualifying time which would have got him a silver medal in the Free State champs final. There were 40 athletes in the heats for the 800m.

Unfortunately, Nick was so tired that he did not run the time he was hoping for and placed 7th.

There were only 3 boys in KZN who took part in the 1500m and 800m.

Grace College is proud of him and acknowledges all the time and effort which Nick dedicates to his training.
Pietermaritzburg Children's Home outreach

Pietermaritzburg Children's Home outreach

A group of Grade 8 and 9 students from Grace College recently went to the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home in Woodlands with Dr Brown. This home is an amalgamation of the Hilltops Children’s Home, the Mary Cook Home and the Mildred Ward Project. It provides residential care to over 80 orphaned or vulnerable children who have been placed in its care by the Children’s Court.
 
The children were away at school when we went to do our Community Service. Grace College students therefore helped the Home with office administration. Donations of stationery for the children’s schooling are made to the Home and are stored in an outside container. Our students spent the morning sorting and ordering the stationery in this container, a job that the Home’s staff battle to get around to do.
 
The morning gave us all an appreciation of how enormously privileged we are to have homes and family that care for us.
 
L-R: Nontsikelelo Zungu, AkhonaNdela, Luvuyo Sibisi, Matthew Pluke and Zimile Meyiwa.
Cycling through challenges and wins

Cycling through challenges and wins

Sam Moore in Grade 10 participated in the following cycling events;
• S.A. XCO CHAMPS - Sam did not finish due to a crash and resultant concussion.
• ILLOVO WARTBURG CLASSIC 45KM - Sam placed 1st overall and 1st junior.
• SHONGWENI XCO LAP CHALLENGE #1 - Sam was the 1st junior and placed 13th overall.
• KZN TIME TRIAL – Sam finished 3rd in this road race.
• KZN ROAD CHAMPS – Sam came 4th over a 105km distance.
• Sam will be racing at the Howick Classic this coming weekend, we wish him a good ride.
Basketball Champions

Basketball Champions

At the Mofokeng Mndaweni Basketball Tournament held recently at St Nicholas Diocesan School in Pietermaritzburg our Grace College Boys 1st Basketball Team finished as overall winners. We celebrate their opportunity to realise the results of commitment and hard work.
Photo credit: Daniel Bailey
Inaugural Grace College U16 Basketball Tournament

Inaugural Grace College U16 Basketball Tournament

On Saturday the 17th of February 2018, Grace College hosted an U16 Boys Basketball Tournament for the first time. We are grateful to our sponsors Mr Greg Downs from Hilton Quarry Spar and Mr Ndumiso Ndlovu Sportsmans Warehouse for their support.
 
The tournament held at Cowan House was comprised of 5 schools; Westville boys high school, Grace College, Maritzburg Christian School, Umgungundlovu Technical Basketball Team. St. Nicholas Diocesan School and Clifton School (Durban). All the matches in the Round Robyn Stage were closely contested with St Nicholas leading the pack. However, it was Westville Boys who won 28-23, in a thrilling playoff against St Nicholas, finishing as overall winners. We congratulate them and extend the invitation to other schools with basketball programmes for the upcoming ‘Grace College U16 Basketball Invitational Tournament 2019’.
 
Pictured here are the Westville Boys U16 basketball team.
 
A victorious journey

A victorious journey

Ten months ago the entire Grace College family were shattered to receive news that Mrs Jana Auge had breast cancer. By the grace of God Mrs Auge faced the road she had to journey with peace and dignity. Through chemotherapy sessions, surgery and radiation Mrs Auge faithfully trusted that this was a race she would win with the help of her father, God. Her unwavering strength and conviction have portrayed an amazing lesson for all who were privileged to bear witness to her trial.
 
Today in assembly Mrs Auge shared a photograph of herself winning a sprint at age 13, an image which she kept in mind as a reminder of victory. She also performed a most beautiful, prayerful song which she had written. A song describing the protection and peace she found in her faith which Mrs Auge has titled 'I have Peace'. The school rose and gave her a standing ovation as we all shared in this momentous acknowledgement of the power of prayer and obedience.
DNA awareness

DNA awareness

Dr Carolyn Hancock, who has, amongst other degrees, a Ph.D. in Genetics and who chairs Angels Care Centre in Howick spoke to our matric class about DNA awareness. The pupils had many questions which showed their keen interest in Forensic Biology and what it can do to change our world.
 
Pictured L-R: Milan Comley, Carolyn Hancock, Slindile Mathonsi and Georgia Teasdale.
First Aid Certificates for Matric Students

First Aid Certificates for Matric Students

Ryan King, the Director of St Michaels Ambulance Service, presented certificates to Gr12 pupils; St John Meadows, Graeme Gibbs and Liam Thresher. These young men successfully completed their First Aid Training Levels 1 - 3 during the holidays.
 
Pictured L-R: Ryan King, St John Meadows, Graeme Gibbs, Liam Thresher and Mr Vincent Luksich.
Nonkanyiso and Nyasha are paired up to cheer

Nonkanyiso and Nyasha are paired up to cheer

Our war cry leader Nonkanyiso Zondi has elected Nyasha Moyo (Gr8) as our school mascot for the year. We look forward to hearing a lot more from these two ladies.
Rochelle Van Wyk earns Sinclair Trophy for top IEB Candidate 2017

Rochelle Van Wyk earns Sinclair Trophy for top IEB Candidate 2017

Rochelle Van Wyk, our Dux for 2017, was awarded the Sinclair Trophy for academic excellence at assembly recently. At Grace College this trophy is awarded to the top achieving pupil in the final IEB matric exams. Rochelle finished with 5 distinctions and our runner to Dux, Carl Brann attained 6 distinctions. For the 15th consecutive year 100% of our matric students passed, with 88,23% of them achieving a Bachelor Degree pass.
 
Pictured L-R: Rochelle Van Wyk with Mr Vincent Luksich (Headmaster at Grace College).
 
Head Prefects for 2018

Head Prefects for 2018

We look forward to a great year with these young ladies and gentlemen taking up leadership roles at Grace College. Pictured here L-R; Deputy Head Boy Graeme Gibbs, Head Boy Jason Tillett, Head Girl Megan Pluke and Deputy Head Girl Tarryn Plaatjes.
Golf Honours for Nikhil Gopal

Golf Honours for Nikhil Gopal

An honours blazer was awarded to Nikhil Gopal in Grade 10 for his excellent golfing achievements. During the year Nikhil has played for a KwaZulu-Natal Golf Union Inter-Provincial Team and the SA Schools Golf Team.
 
L-R: Nikhil Gopal and Vincent Luksich
 
Children’s Home supporters at Grace College

Children’s Home supporters at Grace College

This Grade 11 Mentor group responded to a call from Achieve Careers to collect second hand childrens books for the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home. They chose to do this instead of buying Christmas gifts for each other. Well done to these young ladies for demonstrating kindness to others.
 
Standing L-R: Paige Schutte, Heather McElhenny, Hannah Watkinson and Mrs Glynis Watt-Pringle
Seated L-R: Rebecca Rasmussen, Candace Swart and Ruth Taylor
Channell completes Jump City Stadium Dash

Channell completes Jump City Stadium Dash

Channell Da Rosa in Grade 11 at Grace College participated in the Jump City Stadium Dash with her family in Durban on Saturday, 25 November, in wet rainy conditions. Channell finished in a time of 1:30:54, she was the 118 female finisher out of 379. This fun and challenging event comprises an inner city obstacle race, which takes competitors through an adrenaline pumping obstacle course.
 
Pictured L-R: Channell Da Rosa, Zane Jones and Katia Da Rosa Jones
Nashua acknowledges Wandile Mbekeni as most improved rugby player

Nashua acknowledges Wandile Mbekeni as most improved rugby player

During 2017 Nashua played a valuable role in our school rugby growth through their rugby skills programme which brought two vibrant training session to our sports fields. Our rugby players enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of the Nashua teams at both events. Wandile Mbekeni in Grade 10 delivered a record breaking catch and pass routine during the training. On comparing statistics from the second session with the first, Wandile showed the greatest improvement of all our rugby players. In acknowledgement of this achievement he was presented with a new pair of rugby boots today by JP Du Toit, the Nashua Pietermaritzburg sales director.
 
Pictured L-R: JP Du Toit and Wandile Mbekeni
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