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Demi dances with the stars at invitational!

Demi dances with the stars at invitational!

Spanish Flamenco dancers from Alma Flamenco Dance Company, participated in the National Creative Arts Youth Festival held at The Playhouse Company. This prestigious event is held annually just before Youth Day, and is by invitation only. From left to right - Robin Britten, Sarah Hilditch (Cowan House), Demi Edwards (Grace College), Ofenje Motubatse (St Anne's College), Ann Hammond (St Anne's College), Hannah van Rensburg (St Anne's College), Gemma Bernhard (TWC), Emma Marillier (TWC) & Josie Grubb (St John's).
1st and 2nd place for Senior Boys at Trashion Show

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

Are you interested in learning about undergraduate studies in the US or UK for your children?
Since 2015, Crimson Education has supported students from across the globe to secure 99 offers to Ivy League schools, 37 to Oxford and Cambridge and more than 330 offers to the top 50 schools in the US.
Come along to the US & UK University Information Session to get answers to five big questions:
1) How are US & UK universities different?
2) What are the benefits?
3) How does one apply?
4) How much does it cost?
5) How can Crimsons global team support South African applicants?
 
Other points include:
- The benefits of studying overseas - employability, experience, independence, networking and more
- The common reasons South African students apply overseas
- The types of students that get accepted into Ivy League schools and/or Oxford/Cambridge
- Strategies for applying and how to maintain local universities as an alternative
- Common mistakes South African students make when applying to overseas universities
- 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.
 
For more information please contact Micaela Paterson at m.paterson@crimsoneducation.org or +27734987272
 
 
 
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 ad 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
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.