Matric Dance 2014
Amid great excitement, Kearsney’s African themed Matric Dance took place on Friday 7 March. Mrs Tracey van den Aardweg co-ordinated the decoration of the Henderson Hall and façade. It was a wonderfully creative spectacle which showed care and remarkable attention to detail. Mrs van den Aardweg was supported by the grade 11 Matric Dance Committee who worked up to sixty hours helping with some of the beading and painting required. Many moms and dads dedicated time to assist with various aspects of the set-up.
The magnificent mural on the façade of the hall depicted a stunning African sunset and silhouetted animals. Four life-sized glass-fibre rhino and beautifully painted zebra backdrop contributed greatly to the atmosphere.
The entrances by the boys and their dates entertained the crowd who assembled to watch the arrivals.
A big thank you goes to all of those involved in putting together a beautiful memorable event. Tidying up, whilst less glamorous, also required the help of a large number of willing volunteers. The Class of 2014 certainly appreciated all their efforts.
Grade 8s demonstrate gentlemanly etiquette
Manners and etiquette are attributes we pride ourselves on at Kearsney. Following their etiquette course as part of their Life Skills programme, the Grade 8s displayed their good manners at the annual Grade 8 formal dinner held on Wednesday 26 February. The dinner also served to introduce them to the accepted procedures of a formal dinner. Mr Rob Candotti, who retires at the end of 2014, was the guest speaker.
Community Service Week: Tuesday 25 February to Friday 1 March
Kearsney has an extensive community service programme which affords each boy the opportunity to serve and contribute to his community in a variety of ways. The values instilled and the lessons learned by this service to others are hugely beneficial to the boys’ development and we are proud of the commitment and passion which they bring to this crucial aspect of their education.
The theme for our Community Service Week this term will be: ‘The act of goodwill’.
This week Kearsney boys will offer services to the following:
· Hillcrest AIDS Centre and Hillcrest Police Station
· Hillcrest Hospital and Empilweni Primary School
· CROW (Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife)
· Focus on iThemba
· Golden Hours and Makaphuthu Orphanage
· 20 orphans will be given full school uniforms
· Sibusisiwe Community Centre will be donated clothes
· Beach Clean-up at Durban beachfront on Sunday 3 March.
Excellent performance by Kearsney's 1st Basketball team
The St John’s Basketball Festival, which is now in its 8th year, is an invitational to 32 schools from all over Southern Africa. The tournament was split in two halves namely the Cup with the top 16 teams and the bottom 16 competing for the Plate.
Kearsney finished in a credible 3rd place in the Cup section after three days of competition.
Some players from different teams were chosen as All Stars. Kearsney’s Morena Malakoana (front left) was named in the 10-man team.
Congratulations to all of our boys and coaching staff. This was a wonderful achievement all round.
Kearsney hosted its annual Careers Expo on the 19th of February 2014 in the SportZone.
This popular event enables students to find out more about possible career paths which interest them and possibly to discover new opportunities that they may not have considered. The event was also open to the pupils of neighbouring schools. More than sixty exhibitors were at the expo, allowing the visitors to seek career advice, meet representatives from tertiary institutions and colleges, gather information on courses and careers, as well as explore work placement opportunities both locally and internationally.
We thank our School Counsellor, Mrs Kerry Coleman, for organsing this huge event.
Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival 2014 Launch
At the launch of the 2014 Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival held on Tuesday 11 February at Growthpoint Stadium, the Sharks CEO John Smit said they were proud of their association with the festival which has been “a phenomenal success” and attracted the top rugby-playing schools from around the country.
Headmaster, Elwyn van den Aardweg, acknowledged the festival sponsors, whose valued support has enabled the festival to grow remarkably over the years. Standard Bank, which last year became headline sponsor in a four-year agreement, were thanked for their incredible support. The Sharks and Sharks Academy have supported the Kearsney festival since its inception, whilst Illovo Sugar South Africa Limited remained a valued sponsor, together with Nashua Durban and several other partners and companies, he said.
Pictured left: Toy Mzimela (Standard Bank), Patrick Lambie (Sharks Player), Elwyn van den Aardweg (Kearsney College)
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Kearsney Old Boys finish 2nd and 3rd in Midmar Mile
Kearsney’s swimming fraternity and the broader community were thrilled to see Kearsney Old Boys Troyden Prinsloo (2004) and Myles Brown (2010) finish 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Elite Men’s Midmar Mile event on 9 February 2014.
Seeking his third title, Troy Prinsloo recorded a time of 18 minutes 18 seconds – the same time as the winner, Chad Ho. The electronic scoreboard separated the Olympic swimmers by 0.08 seconds. The win was Ho’s fifth consecutive title. Myles Brown’s time for third place was 18:43.
Congratulations to both of our Old Boys for their superb results.
Medworth Stand upgrade
There is much excitement amongst the Kearsney community at the rapid progress of the upgrade of the Medworth Stand, alongside Stott Field. The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the first match of the rugby season in March 2014.
The grandstand has been expanded to increase seating and roof coverage, a much needed boost considering Kearsney’s micro-climate and given the tremendous crowds that come along to enjoy the rugby and the family atmosphere on a Saturday and the tens of thousands who travel to Kearsney to catch the action of the annual Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival. The opportunity has also been taken to upgrade the medical facilities within the grandstand, following consultation with medical experts, allowing Kearsney to provide world-class facilities and the best possible emergency care for injured players. All four players’ change rooms will be renovated and a brand new Ladies toilet facility will be located closer to the Coffee Shop on the southern side of the Medworth stand.
Our thanks go to a number of generous Old Boys and the team of parent medical doctors who have assisted with the project.
Kearsney's excellent results put us on top again
We are delighted to report the results of the 2013 IEB November Examinations, which were released to the school yesterday. The Class of 2013 have delivered a wonderful set of results, once again establishing Kearsney as the top independent boys’ school in South Africa for academics. Congratulations to the boys on these wonderful results. Through their hard work and discipline throughout the year they have made themselves, their families and their school proud.
Pictured left: 60 distinctions between them: Vaughn Pears (7); Edwin Bunge (9); Daniel Kolev (10); Greg Royston (9); Samuel Hansen (9); David Clarke (8) and Josh Bean (8).
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Provincial Water Polo selections
We congratulate our water polo players who have been selected to represent KwaZulu-Natal.
KZN Under 19A: Julian Lewis (pictured left)
Julian was also selected for the SA Under-19 team to play in Sydney in a Tri-Nations series against Australia and New Zealand at the end of the year.
KZN Under 16A: Chase Dunnett - non-travelling reserve.
KZN Under 15A: Luke Croshaw