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College News Cultural News 5 4 TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2023 Supporting Literacy The Hammarsdale Cato Ridge Development Association (HCRDA) embarked on a book drive, with the aim of collecting 5,000 children’s and young adults’ books and distributing them to homes with no or few books. It is estimated that 42% of SA’s households do not have a single book in the home. The HCRDA is a group of 70 businesses working to make the area a better place to invest, work and live, thereby suppor ting growth, employment and transformation. Kearsney College’s LeadershipWeek was revamped for 2023, with the name being changed to Kearsney College Outdoor Learning and ExperienceWeek, or KCOLEWeek.This name change more closely re ects the purpose and what we hope the boys will gain from the week. Each Grade has a theme, focusing on developing the individual while building a strong group through shared experiences. The Grade 8s followed the theme of “Know your brothers”, with the focus of this week being to develop and bond the groups.Two venues were used – Bergventure and Nyala Pans. Both venues offered similar activities, where the boys could swim in dams and rivers, camp in shelters they built themselves, complete obstacle courses as a team, prepare and cook some of their own meals, and spend free time just being boys.The groups arrived back at Kearsney tired but with new friendships formed and old friendships renewed. The Grade 9s had the theme “The value of others”.The whole Grade went to Zingela, an environmentally focused camp on the banks of the Tugela River.They worked as teams, earning points for a mystery prize at the end of the week. Activities included kayaking on the river, guided game walks, sh tagging, bird ringing, abseiling, and contributing to an anti-erosion and land rehabilitation project.The nal team challenge was an early morning dip in the Tugela River – de nitely the coldest star t to the day many had experienced! Working as a team the entire week meant the boys had to rely on each other to complete each task and, without a doubt, learnt the value of others. The Grade 10 group worked on “Knowing and extending your limits and the consequences of decisions”. Possibly the most different week to previous years, the Grade 10s spent ve days hiking in the Cobham area of the Drakensberg. Being self-suf cient, carrying all their kit and having to make decisions on navigation, meals, and the team’s daily routine made for a week of individual independence, with a lot of time to consider the theme. It was a physically, mentally and emotionally demanding experience, and most of the boys found it rather challenging but came away with a massive sense of accomplishment.The week ended with a few hours of community service at Pevensey Place, a home for adults with Cerebral Palsy. The Grade 11s theme was “Harnessing the Inner Leader”. A week quite different from the rest, the Grade 11s were based at Kearsney College and surrounds, where they spent time attending seminars and discussed the challenges they may face as leaders of the College in 2024. It was not all sitting and talking though, with, among others, a ‘braai-master challenge’, a walk from the College to the Shongweni Polo Club and a ‘chain reaction’ team task. The venue coordinators and their teams are thanked for their tremendous effor ts in making the KCOLEWeek memorable for all the boys who par ticipated. KCOLE Week 2023 Report by Mr Dougan Macdonald, KCOLEWeek coordinator. John White, CEO of the HCRDA, accepted the donation from 2024 Head of School Anele Cele and Deputy Matthew Lamplough, together with Mrs Hayley de Marigny, Media Centre Manager and Mrs Sandra Thorpe from the Kearsney Knowledge Centre. Prize for Outstanding Cultural Achievements - Lwandile Khoza Congratulations to Lwandile Khoza on being awarded this prize. He has shown dedication to Drama both on the stages of Kearsney College and KZN. In 2022 he played a suppor ting role in the school production of ‘In Their Shoes’ and in 2023, he formed par t of the authentic and effective prologue to the acclaimed school production ‘Kat and the Kings’. In the 2023 Inter-house Play competition, Lwandile scooped the Best Actor award, performing in the Shef eld House play. He also wrote the play, thus showcasing his abilities both as an actor and scriptwriter. He par ticipated in Culture@Kearsney events including Drama@Kearsney and Words@Kearsney and in the Grandparent’s Day Drama offering this year. Lwandile played the role of Zebulun in the professional production of ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ performed at the Playhouse Theatre, where he was praised by the directors and choreographers who worked with him. He was awarded KZN Colours for achievement at the highest level in the Performing Ar ts. Our international exchange programme was back with a bang in 2023, after the lean Covid years. Kearsney is committed to fostering global connections and providing our students with a wellrounded, culturally rich education, and this international exposure and experience is of tremendous value to all the boys. Nine Kearsney students travelled abroad this year, while we welcomed six incoming exchange students, plus two shor t-term enrolments fromWashington, USA, and Germany. This year our boys were for tunate to go on exchange to Catholic University School (Dublin, Ireland), Mount St Mary's College (Shef eld, England),The Scots College (Sydney, Australia), and the latest addition to this global network, Oswestry School (England). Mr Peter Middleton, the Headmaster of Oswestry School, star ted his teaching career at Highbury, where his passion for teaching, and running, began. He ran the Comrades Marathon in his Kearsney Striders’ kit and recalls the emotion of receiving a cheer from the Kearsney pupils as he ran past our gate. We look forward to the arrival of the rst boys from Oswestry in 2024. It was our pleasure to host boys from Catholic University School, Mount St Mary's College and The Scots College during the year and our boys have enjoyed making new friends from around the world and bene tting from that experience. International Exchange Mrs Charlene Elliot,Teacher in charge: International Exchange, reports. Top: Luca Mindry, PJ Synman and Jayden Jonsson travelled to the Catholic University School in Dublin, Ireland.We are due to host their boys next year. Middle: Mason Hielckert went to Mount St Mary’s College in Shef eld, England. He was hosted by Noah Glossop who was at Kearsney in Term 2. Here Mason was playing rugby for their 1st team. Bottom: Kunashe Kamwendo played drums at their school’s Founders weekend. Grade 8s at Nyala Pans Grade 9s at Zingela Grade 10s in the Cobham area