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Kearsney Old Boy selected for Rugby World Cup squad

altBrad Barritt (Kearsney Class of 2004), has been selected for the England squad for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup. Brad has earned 22 test caps since 2012 and is valued as a powerful centre whose defence is world class.

Brad, who plays for Saracens in the UK, played 1st team rugby at Kearsney for two years, captaining the team in his Grade 12 year. A hooker until U15 level, he was selected for KZN Craven week, SA Schools and Sharks U19.  Kearsney coaches describe him as “a most intelligent rugby player. His commitment and discipline were exemplary and he always put in extra time and effort”.

Brad was a true all-rounder at Kearsney, also playing 1st team cricket, being Head of Pembroke House and achieving five distinctions in Matric.


 

Grade 9s showcase: Aspects of World War II, Drama Showcase and Visual Art Exhibition 

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Over the past six months the Grade 9s have been studying Hitler’s Nazi Germany and the outbreak of World War II as part of the Grade 9 History curriculum. The boys created displays, individually or in groups, on a topic to do with World War II, and these were exhibited in the Henderson Hall this past week.

The winners of the best displays were announced at the Historyonix function on Tuesday 18 August. The opportunities available to pupils when taking History as part of their Grade 10 to 12 subject package were also presented by the History department staff.

The Historyonix Expo Prize Giving ceremony was followed by the Grade 9 Drama Showcase in the Auditorium, where the boys impressed their parents with their dramatic performances. Selected works of art completed by the Grade 9s were also on display in the foyer. We thank the boys for their efforts and parents for their support on the evening of the Prize Giving.


 

Kearsney boys visit Makaphutu Village

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Makaphutu is a children’s village in KwaNyuswa, in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, that houses over one hundred disadvantaged children who are affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic. Kearsney has built a long-standing relationship with the Village through our Master-in-charge of Community Service, Mr Manzini Zungu. Groups of boys visit Makaphutu at least one or twice a term. On Friday 7 August, a group of Kearsney boys visited and spent time doing homework with some of the children in their “Homework Club” before playing a fun game of football.


 

Kearsney's Harvard student returns 

altGreg Royston (Class of 2013) is now on his summer break from Harvard University and we were delighted that he took the time to return to Kearsney to inspire the boys with his passionate address about some of his experiences and people he has met in the USA.

Greg did exceptionally well in his freshman year of a four year undergraduate Liberal Arts degree at Harvard. He plans to major in Applied Mathematics and Economics.Greg also represented Harvard in the eight member Men’s Golf team. His success over the season saw Greg named The Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Greg is an extremely loyal and humble Old Boy with infectious enthusiasm and we hope to have regular visits from him when he returns home. We wish him well for the forthcoming academic year.

Greg is pictured here with the top 5 pupils in Grades 8, 9 and 10.


 

Extraordinary athletic achievements for Kearsney Old Boy

altMpumelelo (Mpumi) Mhlongo (Kearsney Class of 2012) was born with a handicap which affects the function of one of his legs and yet despite this he has done amazing things.

The UCT student, who is studying Chemical Engineering, has been breaking All African Athletics records. At the National Championships for the Physically Disabled, Mpumi became the South African T44 champion in the 100m, 200m, long jump and high jump - breaking the African records for the latter two. This qualifies Mpumi for the IPC World Championships in all four.

Whilst at Kearsney Mpumi tackled every possible opportunity and achieved great success which resulted in him being awarded the Edwin Henwood Tropy in Grade 12. The trophy is for scholastic achievement (Mpumi achieved 7 distinctions), success in sport and and setting a good example to his peers with his leadership style (he was Head of Finningley and Head of Choir), upholding Christian principles and displaying courage in overcoming difficulties.

We celebrate with you Mpumi, and wish you all the best.


 

Kearsney boys selected for SA Basketball

altWe congratulate Thomas Westermeyer and Kuhle Bophela on their selection to the SA U16 Basketball team. The team will compete at the Afrobasket U16 which is also a qualification tournament for the World Under 17 Championships for 2016.

 

Pictured: Kearsney coaches Mr Nhlanthla Dlamini and Mr Myles Delport with Kuhle and Thomas.


 

Kearsney Old Boy Rhodes Scholar visits

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Rhodes Scholar Alex von Klemperer (Class of 2006, Dux of the College) took time out of his busy schedule to address the boys of the 12 Club at Kearsney last night.

Alex will be furthering his studies in Neuroscience at Oxford University and he spoke to the boys about his research and about the Rhodes Scholarship criteria and selection process. Alex urged the boys to appreciate the privileged education that they have been fortunate enough to enjoy and to make most of the opportunities they have been given.

Alex' scholarship covers a one-year Masters in Neuroscience and a three-year DPhil, during which he plans to study neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, epilepsy and Parkinson’s. He is also interested in studying the overlap between HIV/Aids and tuberculosis.

A medical graduate from the University of Cape Town, Alex recently completed his internship at Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto.


 

SA Hockey selections for Kearsney boys

altCongratulations to Lyle Jarvel who was selected for the SA U17 Hockey squad and Luke de Vlieg and Jeremy Foord who were selected for the SA U16 High Performance Hockey squad.

Pictured L-R: Luke de Vlieg, Lyle Jarvel and Jeremy Foord

 

 


 

Kearsney hockey coach to coach SA U 16 

altCongratulations to Sihle Ntuli, our Kearsney 1st XI hockey coach, who has been appointed as the SA U16 boys coach. Sihle's talent and enthusiasm has contributed to our 1st team having a very successful season under his guidance.


 

Provincial Rugby selections for Kearsney boys

altCongratulations to the six Kearsney boys on their provincial rugby selections: Tristan Dixon and James Tedder (KZN Craven Week) and Cameron Ritchie (KZN Academy); Dylan Richardson (KZN U16) and Matt Heard and Wandile Linda (KZN U16 Invitation Team).