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Kearsney's Easter Treats - Come and share the excitement

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The prestigious and highly anticipated Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival is only days away and we look forward to once again welcoming some of South Africa’s top young rugby talent.

Promising a feast of exciting rugby this year, played in the finest tradition of the game, will be Kearsney College, Glenwood and Westville from KZN; Grey College (Bloemfontein), Affies (Pretoria), Monument (Krugersdorp), EG Jansen (Boksburg), HTS Middelburg (Middelburg), Framesby High (Port Elizabeth), Nico Malan (Humansdorp), Selborne College (East London) and Dale College (King William’s Town).

There will be six fixtures on each of the three play days: Thursday 17, Saturday 19 and Monday 21 April.  A match between primary school teams - Highbury, Westville Senior Primary and Umhlali Preparatory - and the KZN U13 Provincial Development team will kick off each day’s action. 

The Festival is a very family-friendly event and there are always masses of boys and girls running around and enjoying the space and atmosphere on campus. We are expecting lovely sunny and mild weather and a variety of food and beverage outlets will be operating.

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For information on the festival go to our Festival pages.


 

 

Four Kearsney Old Boys are Junior Bok hopefuls

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On Friday 4 April the South African Rugby Union (SARU) named a reduced SA U20 training squad of 36 players for the remainder of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship training camp following two trial matches in Stellenbosch.

Three Kearsney Old Boys are included in the training squad: Daniel du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez and Ayron Schramm. Although Sandile Khubeka was not included in the training group due to Vodacom Cup commitments, he is still in contention for a place in the final squad of 28.

SARU will announce the official SA U20 Junior World Cup squad on April 22. The IRB Junior World Championship will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, from May 27 to June 20.  

The training group will 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.

Pictured (left to right): Jean-Luc du Preez, Sandile Khubeka and Daniel du Preez. Inset: Ayron Schramm.

Congratulations and best of luck gentlemen.


 

Excellent public speaking skills displayed

altKearsney’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

altWith 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

altThe 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

altThe 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

altManners 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

altKearsney 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 Easter Rugby Festival 2014 Launch

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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's excellent results put us on top again

altWe 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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