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Fantastic Rugby 7’s Season for Kearsney

altKearsney’s 7s rugby team did the school proud by winning two out of three tournaments in which they participated this season, namely the Crawford and the Voortrekker 7’s tournaments. Kearsney played 15 games over the three tournaments and lost only one game, and that by a two point margin. 
 
Coach, Mr Francois Lubbe said: "The boys displayed true dedication and commitment and were fearless on the field".
 
Kearsney is also very proud of Tristan Dixon who was selected to the KZN 7s side.

 

Transnet Foundation

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela

altWe are delighted to have received notification from the Transnet Foundation that they will be fully sponsoring another two boys to attend Kearsney from Grade 8 2015.  This will bring to five the number of pupils at Kearsney who are fully funded by the Transnet Foundation and the school is immeasurably enriched by their presence and contribution.   

The Transnet Foundation’s education programme aims to equip academically gifted orphans in underprivileged communities with a firm foundation in critical subjects such as Maths, Physical Science, Accounting and English and provide comprehensive educational and psycho-social support in top performing schools. Students will also receive Transnet bursaries to enable them to further their studies at universities of their choice within South Africa.

Kearsney salutes Transnet and the Transnet Foundation for this incredibly important initiative and thanks them for their continued faith and support.  


 

Golden Hours visit

altOver the years we have developed a wonderful friendship with Golden Hours staff members and children. The school caters for children with special needs.

The Kearsney boys were greeted with much excitement at their recent visit. A number of games were played, including soccer, rugby, basketball and tennis. It was heart-warming to see the Kearsney boys helping the children to hold a cricket bat and showing them how to bowl. The excitement when the ball is successfully struck is wonderful to behold! It is very humbling to interact with the children.

Towards the end of the afternoon we had the traditional 100m race where every Kearsney boy ran with a Golden Hours’ child on his back. Traditionally the last event is a tug-of-war, which is always won by the Golden Hours team. We finished off our visit by congregating  in the centre of the field, where we sang our Kearsney school song ‘Come the Day’ followed by Golden Hours singing their school song. Afterwards we all sang the National Anthem together.

This is always a lovely, fulfilling and joyful day for both schools and we look forward to visiting Golden Hours again next term.


 

Leadership Week 2014

altWhilst our Grade 12 boys were writing their trial exams, the rest of the boys of the College took part in our annual Leadership Week activities. Whilst those in Grade 8 to 10 went to various outdoor adventure destinations, the Grade 11 boys remained mostly on campus to experience an Ethical Leadership Course.

See the photographs of the various groups' activities in our Facebook Albums.


 

Excellent results for Kearsney boys in National English Olympiad

altCongratulations to the following Kearsney boys on achieving a Gold Medal in the 2014 De Beers English Olympiad by scoring over 80%:  (pictured left to right) Grade 12s Dhirren Pillay, Ivan Crockart and Jeremy de Beer and Grade 11 Ross Cairns. Ross and Jeremy finished in the Top 50 overall.

The Top 50 Students in the Olympiad are each offered a scholarship to Rhodes University to study any course.

More than 8 000 students entered from high schools around South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Mocambique. Thirty other Kearsney boys achieved a silver or bronze certificate in the Olympiad.


 

Captain, Bili Ntuli shines at Youth Olympics

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The SA Boys 5-a-side Hockey team gave a gutsy display against Spain as they played for the bronze medal and lost 7-4. Captain Bili Ntuli of Kearsney said: ‘There’s no doubting we gave 100% effort and I’m proud of these guys.’
 
In the last pool game against New Zealand, the hero of the South African team was Bili Ntuli. He scored a goal in each of the three periods of play to deny New Zealand a spot in the semi-finals.
 

 

Provincial Golf Selections

altCongratulations 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

altKearsney 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 

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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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10994004/Costa-Concordia-comes-home-to-die.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28508387?ocid=socialflow_facebook


 

Kearsney Choir World Champions again!

altThe 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.