Provincial Golf Selections
Congratulations to Greg McKay (Pictured left) for being selected to the KZN Schools "A" Golf Team and to James Kennedy for being selected for the KZN Schools "B" Golf Team.
Seven Kearsney Old Boys are currently in the Sharks U19 rugby team
Kearsney Old Boys of 2013 who are in the Sharks U19 team are: Ayron Schramm (captain); Chris Lines; Matthew Reece-Edwards; Jean-Luc du Preez; Jordan Meaker; Mthunzi Moloi and Daniel du Preez.
Our photograph shows Kearsney boys who played for KZN School’s rugby in 2013 (including some of the above):
Left to right: Chris Lines; Tristan Tedder (2014); Jean-Luc du Preez; Matthew Reece-Edwards; Ayron Schramm; Jordan Meaker; Daniel du Preez; Tijde Visser (2014). (Not pictured – Mthunzi Moloi).
Kearsney Old Boy completes Costa Concordia salvage
Kearsney Old Boy Nick Sloane is the salvage master of the Costa Concordia, one of the biggest salvage operations in marine history. On Sunday 27 July the ship was hauled by a team of eight tug boats into the harbour at Genoa.
The 14-deck luxury liner struck a reef near the Tuscan island of Giglio on 13 January 2012. There were 4 229 passengers on board at the time. A team of 500 people worked round the clock over a two year period on this large scale salvage operation.
Mr Sloane told the Telegraph newspaper: "It's been an amazing experience, working with a fantastic team. It's been an honour and a privilege to be a part of this project. But now it's time to say goodbye and to head home to my family (in South Africa)."
On 3 October Mr Sloane will be the guest speaker at our annual Speech Day and Grade 12 Prize-giving, where he will share some of his experiences with us.
Kearsney Choir World Champions again!
The Kearsney College Choir won gold in all three categories which it entered - the Young Male Choirs, Scenic Folklore and Scenic Pop - as well as World Champion status in the latter.
In the Scenic Pop category, clearly a favourite with the boys, several jury members recorded their performance on their cell phones and were some of the first to give a standing ovation. After the performance, media teams descended on the boys - interviewing them, taking photos and videoing them singing Kearsney war cries.
The Choir Games is the Olympics for choirs and is the largest choral competition in the world. Which this year attracted 27 000 participants and 460 choirs from 73 nations. Clearly crowd favourites, the Kearsney Choir received standing ovations on several occasions.
With its signature blend of classical, pop and indigenous music, the Kearsney Choir has now won 12 gold and six silver medals at the eight World Choir Games held biannually since the inaugural event in 2000; and has been hailed as “a great showpiece of the Rainbow Nation”.
Kearsney is not a specialist choir school, but rather encourages learners to develop their musical talents alongside those on the sports fields. Dispelling any traditionally held views regarding choirboys, several choir members are also in the school’s 1st and 2nd rugby, cricket, soccer and hockey teams.
The Choir will perform their Scenic Pop set at Kearsney next Tuesday (22 July) with the internationally acclaimed show choir Synergy from the United States. Booking is through Computicket.
Read all about the excitement of the European tour and Kearsney's World Choir Games adventures and see photographs on our tour blog.
SA Schools Hockey Selection
Congratulations to Bili Ntuli (Grade 12) on his selection to the SA Schools U18A Hockey team. They played against their Australian counterparts on 9 July on the Mason Astro at Kearsney.
Following the U16 IPT held recently, Lyle Jarvel and Blake Tyack were selected to SA Schools Hockey tournament team. Congratulations to both boys.
Pictured (left to right): Blake Tyack, Bili Ntuli and Lyle Jarvel.
Kearsney Tennis enjoyed a wonderful tour to Europe
Sixteen Kearsney tennis players and two staff members toured to England and Spain and had the opportunity to add clay, grass and synthetic to their list of playing surfaces.
Matches and practice sessions were on hard courts and grass in London, Somerset and Surrey and on clay courts in Barcelona. The itinerary included plenty of tennis with visits to educational and historical sites in England and Spain, watching their idols at Wimbledon, as well as training at the Andres Gimeno Tennis Centre in Barcelona.
Mandarin class for Kearsney
Kearsney is one of the country’s first non‐Chinese schools to offer Mandarin Chinese as part of the school’s academic programme, in partnership with Beijing’s HanBan Confucious Institute. The Institute, which is affiliated to the Chinese Ministry of Education promotes Chinese language and culture. Kearsney welcomed Ms Jing Wang, a Chinese teacher sponsored by the Institute, in mid-May. She will teach Mandarin Chinese as a curriculum language and Chinese culture. Twenty-five Kearsney Grade 8s signed up for the subject in 2014 and are excited about the journey ahead.
Kearsney headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg said it was vital that boys were offered the opportunity to study Mandarin if they were to effectively operate and excel in a global economy.
Conversational Mandarin and Chinese Culture Studies was introduced for members of the Kearsney choir who were travelling to Xiamen, China for the World Choir Games in 2010, and since then has been offered as an elective subject in Grades 8 and 9.
The naming of roads at Kearsney College
On Founders Weekend, Friday 13 June, we officially unveiled the signs for road names around campus. The roads were named after members of staff who served the school at Kearsney, near Stanger, on the North Coast and were responsible, together with the Headmaster, Mr RH Matterson, for the successful relocation of the school to Botha’s Hill in 1939.
Read all the detail behind the names.
See photographs of the ceremony.
KZN Rugby Selections
We are delighted to announce the names of the boys who have been selected for provincial rugby representation.
U18 Craven Week team: Tristan Tedder, James Hall and Tristan Dixon.
U18 KZN Academy: Tijde Visser.
U16 Grant Khomo Week team: Jared Meyer.
Some of our staff members are involved with the schools provincial rugby:-
U18 Craven Week Manager - Mr Dean Moodley
U18 Craven Week Coach - Mr Barend Steyn
U16 Grant Khomo Week Head Coach - Mr Francois Lubbe
We wish them all the very best for the respective inter-provincial weeks in the forthcoming holidays.