Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival 2014 highly successful
A highly successful seventh annual Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival wrapped up on Monday 21 April. At the end of the festival four teams remained unbeaten: Glenwood, HTS Middelburg, Grey College and Monument. Glenwood and Middelburg both won all three of their games played at the festival whilst Grey and Monument won two and drew the game against each other.
In announcing the awards to players to each receive bursaries to the Sharks Academy for 2015 KCOB Etienne Fynn, managing director of the Academy, said the great pool of talent this year had made it extremely difficult for the selectors to choose only three players, as originally planned; and they had therefore decided on awarding five bursaries.
“The standard is again consistently high with excellent match-ups at the festival. Academy coaches and selectors who have been to the other festivals taking place around the country this weekend have reported that the Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival has an exceptionally high standard of participating teams with sides being very competitive and evenly matched,” Fynn said.
The festival was well supported with capacity crowds who were able to enjoy a high standard of competitive rugby in good weather. It was a successful event for organisers and sponsors Standard Bank, Illovo Sugar South Africa, Nashua Durban and the Sharks Academy.
For further details on the festival go to our Festival pages.
Two Kearsney Old Boys selected to Junior Bok team
SARU announced the official SA U20 Junior World Cup squad on April 22. Kearsney Old Boys of 2013 Daniel du Preez and Jean-Luc du Preez were both selected. The IRB Junior World Championship will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from May 27 to June 20. The U20 team will also play three international friendlies against Argentina next month - May 2 at the Saldanha Rugby Club, May 6 in Stellenbosch and May 10 at City Park, Cape Town.
Congratulations and best of luck gentlemen.
Pictured left: Daniel du Preez and Jean-Luc du Preez in SA Schools jerseys 2013.
Excellent public speaking skills displayed
Kearsney’s Speakers Circle Club trains boys in the art of public speaking including the construction and delivery of toasts; impromptu; icebreaker; prepared; object and evaluation speeches. Boys are also guided in table etiquette and how to be a gentleman.
Each term we hold a formal dinner where boys have the opportunity to show off their newly acquired public speaking skills. The boys' parents are invited to the last formal dinner of the year at which trophies are presented to the best speakers in a variety of categories.
This term the category winners were: (pictured left to right)
Kyle Koenig (Best Prepared speech); Christopher Thomson (Best Impromptu speech); Juandré de Beer (Best Prepared Reading); Calvin Engelen (Best Object Speech); Stuart McCleave (Best Evaluation) and Panashe Mwamuka (Best Icebreaker).
Fantastic basketball season
With the summer sports season now over Kearsney would like to acknowledge the excellence achieved by our basketball players and coaches over the first term. The 1st team won 14 of their 16 matches and the U14A, U15A and U15C teams remained unbeaten during the season.
The 1st team participated in the St John’s basketball tournament in Johannesburg and did extremely well to finish third out of thirty two schools, Kearsney’s highest ever finish in this event. Our 1st team is now highly ranked in SA
Most of the local games were played at home with wonderful crowd support. The boys and coaches put in an incredible amount of work and enjoyed the season. Congratulations to all of those involved.
We wish the 1st team all the best for the DHS tournament which is on from 28 March to 1 April.
Drama showcase delights audience
The talented Grade 10 and 11 Drama pupils entertained a supportive and responsive audience of parents, staff and peers with their energetic and engaging performance of pieces from their term's work. The Grade 10s shared their exciting work on the Greek Drama module and the Gr 11s explored their 'Shaking up Shakespeare module', South African Theatre and standup comedy. Ranging from fun and light-hearted to serious and meaningful excerpts, the performance made for an enjoyable evening.
Medworth Stand Upgrade: A World-Class Facility
The upgraded Medworth Stand was used for the first time last weekend. We thank the many generous donors who made this upgrade possible. In addition to the increased seating and roof coverage, all four players’ change rooms have been renovated and a new Ladies toilet facility provided on the southern side of the stand. The medical room within the Stand has been upgraded to a state-of-the-art medical facility catering for all possible injuries and emergencies. Now significantly bigger and equipped with sophisticated medical equipment, the facility is manned on match days by two doctors and nursing staff, ably supported by ER24 paramedics and Kearsney pupils trained as first aiders. Two automatic external defibrillators are strategically placed at different venues at the school to assist with resuscitation. A number of Kearsney parents provided their medical expertise in the establishment of the facility and continue to give generously of their time, providing medical assistance on match days:
Kearsney is proud of this world-class facility and the excellent medical attention available to our boys and guests and we thank all our donors and sponsors for their tremendous support.
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.
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