TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2022 Congratulations to Julian Daws (left) on his selection to the KZN U19 Golf team. The team will be playing at the SA U19 IPT in Mpumalanga from 12 to 16 December. Julian was recently selected to the SA Schools Golf team and captained the KZN A team. International Exchange Kearsney’s Maths and Science Excellence Programme continues to deliver exceptional results, with Kearsney being awarded the 2022 Top Performing School in KwaZulu-Natal in the Old Mutual SA Mathematics Olympiad.This is the third year in a row that Kearsney has won the award. Congratulations to our boys and the Mathematics Depar tment on this excellent achievement. Kearsney the Top Performing KZN School in Maths Olympiad for 3rd consecutive year 24 Kearsney boys selected for KZN sports in Term 4 See inside for details Kearsney boys embarked on the International Exchange Programme after a two-year hiatus.Three boys were selected to represent the College at Mount St Mary’s in Sheffield, England. Connor McIntyre depar ted towards the end of Term 3 and has had the oppor tunity to play First XVTeam Rugby for Mount St Mary’s and to go on tour to play in the Merchiston U18 National Schools Festival in Edinburgh. Luhlelo Sibisi and Keagan Coetzee arrived in Term 4 and joined Connor. KCOB Dylan Campbell (Director of Spor t and International Exchange at Mount St Mary’s) welcomed the Kearsney boys to the Mount. SA Schools and KZN U19 Golf Left: Keagan Coetzee, Luhlelo Sibisi and Connor McIntyre are currently on exchange at Mount St Mary’s, Derbyshire, England.
Interwoven-Intertwined was the theme for the Matric practical por tfolio and exam drawing this year. A broad star ting point that led them all down varied conceptual paths. Each matric unpacked their individual slant on the theme in a way that revealed their creative and personal interests. Some standout works were completed by Lonwabo Hlophe,Troy Dyer, and Cole Rencken. These young ar tists interrogated meaningful subjects that revealed mature skills in relevant, personal pieces. 2 3 TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2022 Matric Art Above: Cole Rencken Above: Lonwabo Hlophe College News Mathematics Teacher Development Continuous staff development and training is an essential par t of Kearsney’s Maths and Science Excellence Programme. Mathematics teachers Mr Brad Savage-Reid and Mr Pierre Le Roux recently completed the seven-week South African Mathematics Foundation Teacher Problem-Solving Course.They both achieved over 90% for this challenging course, placing them in the top 1% of all those who took the course. Mr Pierre Le Roux and Mr Brad Savage-Reid Computer Programming Olympiad Nineteen Kearsney boys took par t in the first round of the IITPSA Computer Programming Olympiad. Gabriel Delpor t (Grade 11) and Benjamin Hancock (Grade 8) made it to the second round.This is a fantastic achievement! Although the boys did not make it through to the final round, they gained valuable lessons from the experience. A special assembly was held on the morning of 12 October for the boys of the College to pay tribute to Headmaster, Mr Elwyn van den Aardweg, who retires at the end of the year after 22 years at the helm. Rev. Kym Bishop opened with devotions and Senior Deputy Mr Peter Kirsten delivered a speech acknowledging the Head’s outstanding contribution to and impact on the College. Headboy Jason Brien spoke with great sincerity on behalf of the boys, including messages from boys in each Grade. The final speech was made by the Head, with a moving and meaningful address aimed at all the boys of the College. A por trait of the Head was unveiled at the end of the assembly.This will be framed and hung in the Henderson Hall, alongside the previous six Kearsney Headmasters. On leaving the Hall each boy and staff member collected a stone to add to the Kearsney cairn. After the cairn ceremony, each boy of the College shook hands with the Headmaster. acknowledging his enormous influence and wishing him well in his retirement. Headmaster’s Farewell to the College The annual prize-giving and Speech Day was held on 30 September, where achievements of the Class of 2022 were recognised and honoured. Kearsney College’s Class of 2022 has maintained the school’s exceptional academic standards, with 31 percent of the Class achieving an aggregate of over 75 percent this year. John Eastes received the coveted Dux award at our annual Speech Day. John received Academic Honours Cum Laude (an average of over 86%) and subject prizes for English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Accounting and Information Technology. He was also awarded the coveted trophy for the best all-rounder in the 6th Form. He served as deputy head prefect, played 1st team golf and soccer, recorded excellent public speaking and debating achievements, and completed the international President’s Award. His runner-up, Javhar Naidoo, also received Academic Honours Cum Laude and subject prizes for History and Life Orientation (shared) and prizes for English essay and History essay (shared). Eight matrics achieved Academic Honours Cum Laude (over 86% ave.). In addition to John Eastes and Javhar Naidoo, Fynn Pollock, Owen Payne, Benjamin Bur ton, Matthew Smith, Andrew Roden and Kayden Robinson achieved this distinction. Academic Honours (80-85%) were awarded to 17 boys. Kearsney Old Boy Dr Jeremy Nel was the guest speaker at the Speech Day and gave the boys an inspiring, positive and enter taining message. He matriculated from Kearsney in 1999, where he was an outstanding academic, debater and musician, before specialising in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He is a member of South Africa’s Ministerial Advisory Council on COVID-19. Academic Excellence College News Guest speaker KCOB Dr Jeremy Nel, Dux John Eastes, runner-up to Dux Javhar Naidoo and Headmaster Mr Elwyn van den Aardweg Grade 12 boys with Headmaster Mr van den Aardweg and Mrs van den Aardweg
Cultural News www.kearsney.com 5 www.kearsney.com 4 TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2022 Inner Circle Dinner Our end-of-year Inner Circle Dinner for the members of the Society and Matric members’ parents was held on 18 October. The following awards were made: Prize for Excellence in Public Speaking: Javhar Naidoo Best Prepared Speech: Joshua Maskell Best Impromptu Speech:Toka Kgomo Best Icebreaker Speech: Benjamin Bur ton “My Fake Holiday” Impromptu Speech winning pair : Ryan Denekamp and Sim Mkhize Best Vote of Thanks: John Eastes and Anesu Chimusoro (shared) Best Introduction: Bongumenzi Zungu Javhar and Javashkar Naidoo shared the running of the evening efficiently as Chairman. Speakers’ Circle Dinner Congratulations to the boys who were awarded prizes at the Speakers’ Circle, end-of-year dinner : Best impromptu speech: Elihle Hadebe Best object speech: Jasper Bruno and Patrick Rocher (shared) Best Icebreaker : Kyle Berry Best introduction of a speaker : Connor Grenfell & Josh Griffiths (shared) Best prepared speech: Evan Powers Best vote of thanks: Kyle Berry The Speakers’ Circle Trophy for the most improved speaker : Sethu Magubane The Lamplough Trophy for excellence in Public Speaking: Matthew Lamplough Dale Carnegie The Award for the Highest Achievement for Dale Carnegie, as voted by their peers, was Siyen Gounden and Zwelitsha Sibanyoni. Congratulations on your achievements We congratulate our boys for outstanding performances and results at the South African Literacy Association’s Public Speaking Competition. Hundreds of competitors from across South Africa took par t. Joshua Owen placed 1st and Kudzai Kamwendo placed 3rd in the Grade 12 category, while Liam Jansen van Rensberg placed 4th in the Grade 11 category. Seven Kearsney boys made it into the semi-final round. Public Speaking Joshua Owen, Kudzai Kamwendo and Liam Jansen van Rensberg Prefects for 2023 The prefects of 2023 were announced at the Matrics’ Final Assembly on 14 October. We congratulate these boys on their appointments and look forward to working with them as they fulfill their leadership roles next year. The prefects for 2023 are: Head of School: Simthembile Mkhize Deputy Head of School: Devahn van der Walt Head of Finningley House: Sange Mdunyelwa Deputies: Hayden Davel, Dhiyarv Govender, Otsile Ntsele and Guy Rober ts Head of Gillingham House: DylanWiggett Deputies: Chad Croshaw, Michael de Beer, Dominic Hislop and Fritz Rheeder Head of Haley House: Hayden Bishop Deputies:Oliver Brazier, Ryan Denekamp, Matthew Langeland-Hansen, Zibusiso Ngobese, Kyle Pottinger and Zwelitsha Sibanyoni Head of Pembroke House: Luca Veronesi Deputies: Jarred Christie, Ross Phillips, David Pohl and Francois Snyman Head of Sheffield House: Asande Nyawose Deputies: Siso France, James Gillespie, Liam Jansen van Rensburg and Matthew Rix College News 2023 Drama@Kearsney This year over 60 students from around KwaZulu-Natal took par t in our annual Drama@Kearsney Festival.The festival was run as a two day workshopping experience, where students are taken on a play creation process with a renowned theatre practitioner.This year the festival was run by Ben Voss of Black Mamba and Green Mamba fame. Ben’s amazing sense of comedy combined with his incredibly well-structured workshop led to the creation of compelling and hilarious work.
www.kearsney.com 12 www.kearsney.com 13 College News Sports News TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2022 Grey College Tennis Tournament This was an incredible event held in October.The top 8 schools in the country arrived in Bloemfontein to compete in this stayers’ tournament.The teams this year were arguably the strongest ever.The Kearsney team of John Bothma, Caleb Fyvie, Finn Coningham, Keegan Gevers, Ryan Smith, Connor van Heerden and Matt Lamplough, played exceptionally well throughout the weekend. We make special mention of John Bothma (Grade 8 and playing at Number 1) - who beat boys 2 and 3 years older than himself. John beat the Number 1 players from Paul Roos, Affies andWaterkloof and lost narrowly to the Grey College number 1. Festival results: Beat Affies by 5 matches to 4 Lost to Paul Roos by 3 matches to 6 Lost Grey College by 1 match to 8 Lost Waterkloof 4 matches to 5 Beat Affies again by 5 matches to 4 Grey College beat Paul Roos in the final by 5 matches to 4. The Kearsney Canoeing team has once again been competitive in the KZN inter-schools competition. Canoeing, in general, has had to endure many challenges this year, including the KZN flooding and associated poor water quality in many water bodies. Despite this, the inter-schools competition remained active and highly competitive. Credit goes to the boys who could adapt and make things work. The Kearsney A and B teams have punched well above their weight over the years, and this year was no different. Our teams finished off in 4th and 7th places overall in the Inter-schools competition. Significant credit must go to the junior paddlers who have made valuable contributions to the team result. Rory Trealeven (U16), Raine Scoular (U16), BenjaminWessels (U14) and Oliver Mowat (U14) all finished inside the top 10 paddlers in their respective age groups for the 2022 season. Trail Running Congratulations to Rory Treleaven and Andrew James, who came 3rd and 4th at the Glencairn Trail Run in Underberg in October (and 1st and 2nd in the Juniors category). Canoeing Report by Mr Steve Main, MIC Canoeing. Right: John Bothma BJ Botha rugby coaching We welcomed Brendon (BJ) Botha to Kearsney College for a scrum clinic on Friday 04 November.With 25 Springbok caps, BJ has tremendous experience and rugby knowledge that few people can rival. He was par t of the winning RugbyWorld Cup team in 2007. BJ spent a few hours with our elite rugby coaches and players, discussing various aspects and techniques related to scrummaging. His presentation was highly informative and educational.We are for tunate to be able to continue utilising his services for our rugby programme in 2023. Grandparents Day After missing out on the last two years, it was fantastic to experience that sense of family and community again at our annual Grandparents’ Day on a beautiful Spring morning in September.Thanks to the grandparents who joined us. It was a special morning at the College as we bade farewell to the Matrics at their meaningful and significant final assembly on Friday 14 October.We congratulate this group of young gentlemen on a wonderful year and for providing such positive leadership. Depar ting staff Mrs Tracey van den Aardweg and Mr Gareth Moerdyk delivered their farewell addresses to the boys. The prefects of 2023 were announced and the leadership of the College symbolically handed over at the traditional flag ceremony. We wish the Class of 2022 all the best for the future. Farewell to the Class of 2022 Carol Services Our annual Carol Services are a highlight for the Kearsney community. Our Choir worked hard to prepare their reper toire in record time, since the services week earlier than usual.We are blessed with a wealth of excellent musicians at the College who could put their skill and talent to good use and add that magic touch for which Kearsney is renowned. The Ethelber t Child andYouth Care Centre is one of Kearsney’s long-term charity par tners, and the offering taken during the services will again be donated to the Home to suppor t their excellent work.
14 15 www.kearsney.com www.kearsney.com Old Boys’ News Foundation News TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2022 The 14th annual KCOB Old Cricks vs Kearsney 1st XI T20 Challenge took place on Friday 23 September and it was a wonderful afternoon of cricket. Old Boys from various decades took par t: Benji Hector (C) (1997) Kearsney 1st XI 1995 - 1997; KZN U13, KZN Schools U15, U19 (C); Boland; GriqualandWest; Free State; Eagles; Cape Cobras Andrew Perkins (2001) Kearsney 1st XI 2000-2001; KZN Coastals U13, U15, U17, U19 (C); Shell KZN Academy Captain 2002 David Cameron (2003) Kearsney 1st XI 2001-2003; Nottinghamshire U19 and 2nd Team Graham Hudson (2016) Kearsney 1st XI 2016 Gregory Last (2008) Kearsney 1st XI 2007 - 2008 Jarryd Phillips (2009) Kearsney 1st XI 2006 - 2009; KZN 2008 - 2009; Dolphins Academy 2010 - 2011 Jordan Graven (2016) Kearsney 1st XI 2014 - 2016 Jordan Gregory (2013) Kearsney 1st XI 2011 - 2013; KZN U17; Highway Steamers, Nor th London CC 2016 - 2017; Devon Dumplings 2016 - 2017; Dolphins Colts 2021 Marco Gouveia (2018) Kearsney 1st XI 2016 - 2018 Ricardo Gouveia (2007) Kearsney 1st XI 2005 - 2007; KZN Schools and U19; SA Schools; KZN Coastals Stuar t Lacon-Allin (2016) The Old Cricks batted first, with Mr Benji Hector scoring 56 out of the 150 runs produced by the KCOB - a brilliant performance. In giving thanks for his 14 years of suppor t to this T20 challenge, the Old Cricks invited depar ting teacher and coach Mr Gareth Moerdyk to bowl the first over. The 1st XI, coached by Mr Matthew Savage and captained by BryceWiggett, put on a stellar performance, giving the KCOB a run for their money and narrowly missing the target.The Old Cricks won by four runs. Old Cricks 150/6 (B Hector 56, G Hudson 33 andWeyer 3/13); Kearsney 146/7 (Weyer 43). It was a wonderful social occasion and an oppor tunity for old friends to catch up. On Tuesday 27 September a group of exceptional boys reflected on the impact attending Kearsney College had on their lives. It was an honour to welcome Mr Wandile Linda (Finningley, 2017), Head of School, as guest speaker at the annual Kearsney Bursary and Scholarship Boys’ lunch.Wandile was suppor ted by the Class of 1952 Bursary fund while at Kearsney College. Wandile commented about the power of community, “I am here today because of the dedication of my family, the staff of Kearsney College, Old Boys such as Mr Pat Marshall and the rest of the Class of 52 and Mr George Baikie, a proud Kearsney Old Boy.” Each of these young men have written letters to their benefactors. Reading these letters, of oppor tunities seized and memories made, it is apparent how much our donors contribute to Kearsney College and to the future leaders of our country. From left to right: John Eastes (Deputy Headboy), Mr Anthony Willows (Deputy Headmaster), Marvin Gama, Callum McKeown (Prefect), Mr Wandile Linda (Guest Speaker), Lorenzo Stevens, Javhar Naidoo (Prefect), Mrs Shantell van Jaarsveld (Foundation Director), Joshua Owen (Head of House) and Ayabonga Mngaza A reminder to support Kearsney by supporting MySchool and School-Days Each programme offers different benefits. Please go online to get more information. If you have not registered, please sign up and star t swiping. Should you need any assistance or information, please contact Monica in the Foundation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kearsney Bursary and Scholarship Lunch Old Cricks vs Kearsney 1st XI Farewell events for the Headmaster This term several events have taken place around the country where Old Boys and friends have taken the oppor tunity to wish our Headmaster, Mr Elwyn van den Aardweg, a happy retirement.
16 TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2022 25 Old Main Road, Botha’s Hill, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa | PO Botha’s Hill, 3660, South Africa Tel: +27 (0) 31 765 9600 | email: email@example.com | www.kearsney.com Founded in 1921 unded in 1921 Facebook KearsneyCollege Twitter @KearsneyNews Instagram kearsney.college LinkedIn Kearsney College Thought for the Moment “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Life is busy. Sometimes there can be so much on the go that we do not always notice the things that matter most. Christmas is often like this.There are already decorations in shops, and the annual Christmas playlist has begun to receive air time.We make lists and plans, but usually do not pause long enough to consider the great Mystery that is the Christmas story – that God stepped into our world and our humanity as Jesus. In Jesus, God has come close to us. Because of our tendency to not notice things that really matter, the season of Advent is set aside to help us prepare our hear ts for the coming of Jesus. I have encouraged the boys to make use of an Advent calendar, and while eating the chocolate each day, to take a moment to give God thanks for the gift of Jesus. Perhaps there are other ways you can prepare to receive Christ at Christmas.Whatever you do, may you know the nearness of God who comes to each one of us. Rev. Kym Bishop: Chaplain College News TERM 2023 TERM DATES 2023 HALF TERM DATES 1 Tuesday 17 January – Friday 24 March at 09h00 Thursday 16 February at 12 noon – Monday 20 February (incl) 2 Monday 17 April – Friday 23 June at 09h00 Thursday 18 May at 12 noon – Monday 22 May (incl) 3 Tuesday 18 July – Friday 22 September at 12h00 Friday 04 August at 12 noon – Wednesday 09 August (incl) 4 Tuesday 3 October – Friday 01 December Thursday 26 October at 12 noon – Monday 30 October (incl) Prospective families must please note the above impor tant dates for the 2024 admissions process.