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Inter-house Music The annual Inter-house Music competition is a highlight in the Kearsney calendar.The talent on display was phenomenal. Involving dozens of boys from each House, the performance level was exceptional, and their peers' suppor t was inspirational.This year, the results were so close that the gap between rst place and third place was a mere 0,84%.Well done to Finningley on taking the win this year. 6 7 TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2023 www.kearsney.com Cultural News Cultural News Choir and Orchestra It was a pleasure to perform for the grandparents who attended our popular Grandparents’ Day in September, where the enter tainment was warmly received. Another highlight of the term was performing with the girls from St Anne’s College in Hilton, where our choir and orchestra performed independently and with their female counterpar ts.The boys enjoyed the collaboration, which provided a different dynamic from their normal stage performances. Our annual programme of events will soon come to an end with our Carol Services. These are marvellous occasions with beautiful music, spreading the Christmas message to our broader community. Our Grade 10 Dramatic Ar ts students and their peers from the Ethelber t Child andYouth Care Centre, accompanied by the director Mrs Vanessa Theophilus and PRO Ms Nazley Giquel, enjoyed a special afternoon of drama! The event, conceptualised and organised by HOD Dramatic Ar ts, Ms Ulaetha Singh, saw the power of theatre work its magic in bringing these young people together, forging friendships, in a fun- lled experience of ice breakers, theatre spor t and improvisation. The students were treated to an exciting workshop facilitated by Kearsney Drama teacher Mrs Emily Stockil-Smith.These incredible young people went on a journey - from the silence of trepidation to peals of laughter, from strangers to friends in a matter of two hours.Their shared experience manifested in them walking taller, donning beautiful smiles, and radiating glowing energy, sad to par t but hear ts lled with joy.This is the rst of many encounters to build and nur ture using Drama as a means of transformation – the transformation of stories, of spaces, of breaking down screens, and sharing a powerful experience. “It reminded me of the importance of appreciating the small moments that bring us joy and the strength that can be found in a simple smile.” Athandiwe Qunya Gr 10 Dramatic Ar ts student Kearsney College. Drama event with the Ethelbert Child andYouth Care Centre Report by Ms Ulaetha Singh, HOD Dramatic Arts. Dale Carnegie The Dale Carnegie Generation.Next training focuses on skills for future success, showing people how to “tap into the best par ts of themselves to create positive change”. Between 2003 and 2023 there have been 42 Dale Carnegie Generation.Next courses held at Kearsney College, and over 1000 of our boys have earned the coveted Dale Carnegie cer ti cate.This year more than half of the Kearsney Grade 11s par ticipated in the course. The recipients of the highest award, as voted on by their peers, were Bryce Blomquist (Term 1) and Callum Steer (Term 3). Callum Steer – Term 3 Award Recipient Bryce Blomquist – Term 1 Award Recipient The Speakers’ Circle and the Inner Circle end-of-year dinners in Term 4 were an oppor tunity to say farewell to two very special groups of boys: the Grade 10s, who are moving into the Inner Circle, and the Grade 12s, who are moving on to new experiences next year. It was wonderful to be able to host the Grade 10 and Grade 12 parents, who could witness rst-hand the exceptional speaking ability of their sons. A highlight of the dinners was the tribute the members paid to each other, which is a testament to the culture of acceptance and safety these societies practise as they grapple with the daunting skill of public speaking; I applaud each speaker for adopting and valuing this attitude. The trophies awarded at the end-of-year dinners are as follows: INNER CIRCLE (Grades 11 and 12): Best Object Speech – In the News Today Pair: Zweli Sibanyoni and Kyle Berry Best Icebreaker: Elihle Hadebe Best Impromptu Speech: shared by Matthew Lamplough and Sim Mkhize Best Introduction of a Speaker: Sethu Magubane Best Prepared Speech: shared by Hayden Davel and Devahn van der Walt Best Vote of Thanks: Luhlelo Sibisi Trophy for Excellence in Public Speaking: Liam Jansen van Rensburg SPEAKERS’ CIRCLE (Grades 9 and 10): Best Object Speech,TheWhat’s It Trophy: Wandile Sibisi and Jason Denekamp Best Icebreaker,The Sue O’ Neill Trophy: Ben Menges Best Impromptu Speech: Joel Steyn Best Introduction of a Speaker: Liam Botha Prepared Speech: The Sutler-Gore Trophy for the Best Prepared Speech of theYear: Joshua Grif ths Best Vote of Thanks: Austin Clewlow The Speakers’ Circle Trophy for the Most Improved Speaker: shared by Ndabenhle Mkhize and Cullan Abrahams The Lamplough Trophy for Excellence in Public Speaking: Connor Grenfell Congratulations to all the par ticipants and winners. Speakers’ Societies end-of-year dinners Report by Ms Natalie Arndt,Teacher in Charge.