Three Kearsney Old Boys in Springbok Squad
Congratulations to the du Preez brothers who play their rugby for the Sharks and have all been selected for the Springbok squad for the June internationals. This is a phenomenal achievement for each player.
Special mention should be made of flyhalf Rob du Preez (2011), pictured, on this occasion as he earns his first Springbok squad selection.
Loose forward, Jean-Luc du Preez (2013) has played in ten Tests for the Boks to date and scored two tries. Dan du Preez (2013), also a loose forward, has represented the national side on three occasions.
The Springboks are due to play a test against Wales in Washington DC on Saturday 02 June and the first of three Tests against England in Johannesburg on 09 June. Of the three players, only Daniel will travel to the USA for the Test against Wales.
We wish the brothers the best for the forthcoming Tests.
KCOB to play for Scotland U20 in World Cup
Congratulations to James Miller (Class of 2016, Pembroke prefect) who has been selected as a back-row forward for the Scotland U20 team for the forthcoming World Rugby U20 Championship 2018. James has been playing for Watsonians based in Edinburgh.
The World Rugby U20 Championship takes place in France between 30 May and 17 June, 2018. Three venues will host the tournament in the Stade Aimé Giral in Perpignan, Stade de la Méditerranée in Béziers and the Stade d’Honneur du Parc des Sports et de l’Amitié in Narbonne.
Pictured – James playing for Watsonian rugby 2018 (ball carrier)
Grade 9 pupil Edward Yeo has been awarded two gold medals for achieving the top scores in both the Maths and the Science International Benchmarking tests.
Twenty of our Grade 9 boys wrote the University of New South Wales/Education Assessment Australia International Benchmarking tests in English, Maths and Science, joining boys from over twenty other countries. Edward Yeo, Carl Combrinck and Robert Whitehouse received distinctions in Maths; Edward Yeo, Thomas Lunde, Michael Lee, Tim Bean and Jethro Strydom received distinctions in Science; Tim Bean and Daniel Phillips received distinctions in English, with Michael Lee earning a High Distinction (Top 1% of participants) in English. The group received an additional 29 Credits and 4 Merit awards over the three tests.
James Tedder, Kearsney College 1st XV centre, has been contracted to the Sharks U19s for next year.
Tedder was an important cog in the team’s backline this year which saw him repeatedly getting through the defence as he proved to be one of the most difficult runners to stop. After a stunning season his impressive play was capped off with being selected for the KZN Craven Week team where he stood out as a player for the future. James was also captain of Kearsney’s 1st X1 cricket team. He joins his older cousin Tristan who played flyhalf for the Sharks U19s this year.
31 August to 03 September
Our twenty-fifth annual Leadership Week was a resounding success. The venues which we visit have been carefully selected over the years and are ideally suited to each group, while the instructors based at each of these venues are professionals who ensure that the boys derive maximum benefit from the courses and have the opportunity for personal development.
The Grade 11 group embarked on a course in ‘Ethics and Leadership’, reinforcing the role and responsibility that they will shoulder in their matric year. The Grade 10s spent four days at the Shongweni Spirit of Adventure Centre, enjoying a challenging course on ‘Action Centred Leadership’, which is most appropriate for this age group. The focus of the Grade 9s’ course was ‘Being aware of the needs of others’, while the Grade 8s’ theme was ‘Standing on your own two feet’. Well done to all the boys, and the Masters who accompanied them, for a very positive and constructive week.
The following Kearsney boys have been selected for various KZN A Cricket Teams:
U19A: James Tedder, Keean Rencken
U17A: Luke de Vlieg, James Stamatis, Matthew Lees, Brad Porteous
U15A: Robert Koenig
Congratulations to all these cricketers on this fine achievement.
Pictured (left to right): James Stamatis, Luke de Vlieg, Robert Koenig, Matthew Lees, James Tedder, Brad Proteous, Keean Rencken
Congratulations to the following Kearsney boys for their selections to the KZN water polo teams:
U19A side – Ryan Jackson
U19B side – Luke Croshaw and Jared Meyer and non-travelling reserve – David Weaver
U14A – Josh Muller and non-traveling reserve – Oliver Kenny
Congratulations to the boys who have been given the honour of leading the College in 2016. We wish you all the best. The staff and boys are behind you. Read more…
Deputy head-boy, Jabulani Nyathi, is this year’s Dux. At Speech Day he received Academic Honours Cum Laude (over 86%), as well as subject prizes for English (shared), English Literature, Modern Languages, Afrikaans, Physical Science, Mathematics (shared), Dramatic Arts and Music.
Runner-up to Dux is James Hansen who also received Academic Honours Cum Laude and subject prizes for Engineering Graphics and Design as well as Life Orientation (shared). Read more…
On Friday afternoon (9 October) the world champion Kearsney College Choir performed for the entire Kearsney staff in a special final show of the year. Almost two hundred internal and service provider staff, from the grounds, maintenance, laundry, kitchen, cleaning, administration and academic departments, enjoyed a hot lunch and a spectacular show. A large number of the staff, who work tirelessly to ensure Kearsney is so well maintained and the staff and boys so well looked after, have never had the opportunity to watch our famous choir perform and the choir and orchestra gave their all to entertain the staff while acknowledging them and the fantastic work they do.
Pictured: Mr Bernard Kruger and some of the Grade 12 choir boys, for whom this was the last official performance.