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.
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.
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.
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.
Provincial Hockey Selections
Kearsney has 26 boys across the three age groups chosen to represent KZN Coastals hockey. The capping will take place on Monday 2 June from 18h30 in the Northwood school hall.
Bili Ntuli has been selected for the under 18a team, with Ru Baker, Matt Butler and Matthew Last for the under 18b team and Alex Di Marco for the u18 Impis. Simon Nortjie is the u18 non-travelling reserve.
In the KZN u16a team Lyle Jarvel, Matthew Lees, Cameron Rencken and Blake Tyack have been selected. Jeremy Foord and Brad Wood made the u16b team and Cameron Baker, Nicholas de Beer, Kyle Koenig, Keanan Naidoo and Grant Oliver the u16 Warriors.
Ross Gibbings, Guy Morgan, Fin McLean, Liam Maguire, Kandri Naidoo and Steven Conway have been selected for the u14a team; together with Scott Bentley, Calym Lishman and Kyle Sewbaran in the u14b team.
The boys will participate in various inter-provincial tournaments in the July holidays.
Kearsney Old Boy Heads for Harvard
Greg Royston is excited to hear that he been accepted to Harvard University. Greg, a true gentleman of the Class of 2013, was one of South Africa’s top 2013 IEB matriculants and a SA Schools golfer. Harvard receives approximately 40 000 applications from around the world each year and enrols just 2 000 students. Greg is looking forward to being part of such a stimulating and rigorous academic environment, whilst also being able to benefit from Harvard’s highly respected golf programme.
Greg will major in Applied Mathematics and Economics over his four year undergraduate course. He will also play golf for Harvard and return to South Africa during the long vacations to play on the local circuit. In 2013 Greg played golf for the KZN Men’s team, having been the KZN Schools golf champion and he represented SA Schools golf when he was in Grade 11.
Greg will be able to get advice and support from Will Scott, a fellow Kearsney College old boy who was also accepted directly to Harvard following his outstanding matric results in 2005. Will graduated from Harvard with an engineering degree in 2010 and is currently working in New York City.
Greg said that teachers at Kearsney challenge boys by discussing topics in depth and encouraging them to question and form their own opinions whilst also exploring their individual passions. He praised the teaching staff for being dedicated and passionate and inspiring pupils. Greg is convinced that his experiences at Kearsney have prepared him to face any challenge. We wish him everything of the best.
Four Boys to play for KZN U20 Basketball
Congratulations to our four basketball players who have been selected for KZN U20 to play in national trials at the end of May.
They are (L to R) Ntando Cele, Morena Malakoana, Langa Mhlongo and Jeremy Maarschalk.
Well done boys on this fantastic reward for all the hard work and the brilliant season you produced.