Ballroom Dancing A group of grade 11s met with St Mary’s girls in evening classes to learn such dance steps as the Salsa, Quick Step and Cha Cha. Several of the boys showed star potential and may even go on to win competitions! Not only does the course count towards their grade12 Life Orientation practical component, but more impor tantly they all had lots of fun, learnt new dance moves and exchanged phone numbers. Paula Isaac Chess Club The club has not been par ticularly active this year, owing to local chess association problems. However, a small group of boys took advantage of the few matches we played and did their best. Whilst the lack of a local association limited our oppor tunities for competitive play, our boys remained committed. James Hullet has continued to impress following his award of the best player of 2013. He managed to defend that title by scooping the inter house best senior player and winning all of his matches. The arrival of Richard Paterson in grade 8, a passionate and committed player, has boosted the Kearsney team tremendously. Both James and Richard par ticipated in a tournament under the Ilembe district association. James was selected for the KZN U 20 squad and Richard placed second in the U 16 age group.They will both be par t of the KZN squad to compete in Kimberley at the beginning of 2015. For his effor ts, James was awarded full colours for chess. Congratulations are extended to Pembroke for winning the inter house competition.The rivalry between the houses was fierce and small mistakes cost some houses in the overall standings. I would like to thank Khetha Nxumalo, my captain, for his assistance and commitment to the club. Bongi Ndaba DJ Club This proved to be a very popular club this year and, given that the younger generation of music consumers are addicted to electronic dance music, this came as no surprise. A huge thank you is extended to Timothy Lewis who headed up the club and brought a wealth of musical experience and enthusiasm to the group. Christian Booyens also needs a special mention for his willingness to volunteer to play at events. If I were to pick a highlight from the year it would be members playing at the massively popular Matthew Mole choir fundraiser. It could be likened to playing at a major festival it is for this kind of exposure that boys join the club.The hope is to improve the integration of the DJ Club with events that the College hosts like the Culture@Kearsney events which will be a perfect oppor tunity to showcase skills and offer the audience a new form of enter tainment. Michael Von Bardeleben The course is was run over eight weeks in three hour sessions and is an adaption of the world-famous Dale Carnegie course. Sessions took place on Tuesday evenings over the second and third terms. It has been specifically designed for 17 to 20 year olds and primarily sets out to develop young people’s EQ. Largely based upon Dale Carnegie’s international best-seller ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ - a copy of which every boy received, the nature of the course provides many opportunities for boys to stand up and speak and so public speaking skills are also covered. At the end of the course the boys in each group vote for the one boy who they believed best exemplified the standards, qualities and principles of the course. It is the most prestigious award in the programme and is a tradition which began in 1912. Luke Plotts and Hylton Parsons were the two worthy recipients of this prestigious award. In completing the course 68 Kearsney boys have reached new levels of confidence, commitment and insight.The lessons learnt and habits formed will prove invaluable for the rest of these boys’ personal and professional lives. Adam Rogers Dale Carnegie ‘Generation Next’ 105 CLUBS & Culture