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2016 annual magazine


For Ntokozo and Keletso


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THANK YOU catholic institute of education dame hilary cropper foundation deutsche bank dominican sisters of king william’s town epoch optima hannover re mike leeming ann lynch mahogany capital maono isasa m&e programme murray and roberts nedbank foundation rockwood private equity zenex foundation Your support empowers young people to reach their full potential through 21st-century education.


CONTENTS

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Letters from Leaders

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Progressive Education

25 Faith 39

Creative Expression

67 Sport

78 Family

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Awards and Prizes

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AS WE REFLECTED ON OUR HISTORY THIS YEAR, WE WERE REMINDED OF OUR NEED …. TO BE A COMMUNITY SERVING HUMANITY THAT IS DEDICATED TO BUILDING A JUST SOCIETY.

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e are living in a fractured society in which there appears to be a lack of values and a clearly defined and accepted set of morals. It would appear that anything goes, with the result that our youth are growing up in a very uncertain space in which they receive conflicting and contradictory messages. How gratifying it was then this year to celebrate 800 years of the Dominican Order, as it gave us time to pause, to reflect and to recognise those imperatives that drove this Order and equally allowed the establishment of Dominican Convent School. It enabled us as a Dominican family to reconnect with our mission and vision and to acknowledge those key principles of service, faith, truth and justice that have been shaped over centuries and, most importantly, still have significance and relevance today. At the Matric Academic Prize-giving this year I spoke about the need to stop focusing on the differences that exist between people but rather to focus on our shared humanity. This is a call to “see” the person rather than “the other” or “the different” and by so doing it creates a platform or a foundation on which to connect and engage. The tendency to focus on our differences creates potential division between people in which trust and respect is often the first casualty. The Dominican mission and vision statement reminds us that we are a values-based institution in which the Gospel values of truth, justice, peace, reconciliation, love, hope and joy are embedded in all that we do, and at the same time inform our decisions and actions.

It is not coincidence that these values are as relevant today as they were to St Dominic centuries ago. These values remain the cornerstone of our existence because they are the essential traits of our humanness. Sadly, they appear to have been relegated to the far reaches of society’s collective mind, as we chase other imperatives that have overshadowed those things that unite us in our humanity. And so as we reflected on our history this year we were reminded of our need, so clearly articulated by our founder, to be a community serving humanity that is dedicated to building a just society in which peace, reconciliation and service to others remain constants. It is not enough to simply prepare our young folk to write exams or to play in the team. It is our God-given responsibility as educators to prepare our students for a world that is conflicted, tension-filled and contradictory, a world which they can enter with confidence because they have been schooled in an environment that believes in our common humanity and strives above all else to honour this truth. St Dominic was a great teacher in that he gave us the rules for life as it were, rules which we ignore at our peril. May our common search for truth, peace and justice remain our shared vision and goal.

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ACTIVE CITIZENS A better future begins with education rooted in care for others and our world


IT IS MY HOPE THAT ALL LEARNERS APPRECIATE OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITY AND CARE FOR OTHERS BY BECOMING CITIZENS AND DEVELOP A CONCERN AND RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

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s the head of the Primary School, it is my purpose to educate the youth of Dominican by offering our learners a comprehensive education from Pre-Primary to Matric. We are a caring community where our learners are a priority and where values are respected and encouraged to coexist. In the Primary School my aim is to provide a challenging academic environment, emphasising learning as well as social and personal growth. The development of the school this past year has been significant and the future will build on foundations which have been established. With the introduction of 21st-century teaching, we will be reviewing our curriculum to ensure that it remains appropriate to the needs of our learners. The curriculum emphasises the acquisition of knowledge, skills, critical thinking and problem-solving abilities for all learners attending our school. I believe that every learner is unique and special and that they have the ability to learn. It is my responsibility as head of the school to nurture and develop every learner to their maximum potential. It is my hope that all learners appreciate our diverse community and care for others by becoming citizens and develop a concern and respect for the environment. I believe we are a school that strives for excellence by preparing learners for learning beyond their school years and to assist them to become lifelong learners as well as helping them to be self-directed, realistic and responsible decision-makers in the future.

In the past few months there has been a lot of publicity about the demands of tertiary education and the protests that have caused so much damage. Tertiary education is the door to a successful future but it is important to remember that anything worth having, is worth working hard for. Nothing in life comes easily. We all need to have goals and we need to be prepared to put in the effort in order to reap the rewards. If we consider some of South Africa’s great leaders, in the academic, business and political spheres, we see people who set goals for themselves and worked hard to achieve those goals. We should be inspired by the words of Earl Nightingale, the American author, who said, “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going.” I strongly believe in the importance of educators and parents collaborating and communicating openly and frequently in assisting their children to set and achieve their goals. I look forward to seeing you and your children over the coming years.

dalene rostovsky Head, Primary School

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I WANT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US TO leave this school knowing that there is absolutely nothing enlightened about shrinking so others will not feel insecure around you. Our world currently has too many dreamers and not enough doers. Go out there, be great and believe that one day the dots will connect. The world is filled with pessimists, mediocrity and failure. Success has never been for those who deserve it. It’s for those that want it bad enough and work hard for it. The time we have spent predicting our future is over. We must now go forth to create our future.

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EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TOP ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT

LESEGO MOTSOANE DEPUTY HEAD BOY GRAHAM HOWARTH EXECUTIVE HEADMASTER DANZEL TSHUMA HEAD BOY (BOARDING) MUSA BUTHELEZI HEAD BOY BOTTOM ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT

NOMSA ZIKALALA DEPUTY HEAD GIRL ENTLE SABA HEAD GIRL (BOARDING) BOIPELO MONTOEDI HEAD GIRL

AT DOMINICAN WE ARE TAUGHT THAT WE CAN dream, believe and excel. We can only do these things if each of us is self-motivated, ambitious, and courageous. You must find your why — your purpose for existence. Your why is the reason you strive to achieve a particular goal. Your why is what keeps you motivated and focused on your goal. And your why is what gives you the power to determine the person you become. Find your why and begin to shape your life to what you desire it to be.

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Thinking School

Changing Mindset TEACHING OUR STUDENTS TO BECOME CRITICAL THINKERS WITH THE ABILITY TO COLLABORATE, INNOVATE AND COMMUNICATE .‌ IS KEY TO OUR NEW LEARNING PHILOSOPHY.

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ominican Convent School learners in the past two years have achieved a 100% pass rate in Matric. Whilst proud of our results, the school hopes not only to ensure learners pass Matric, but also have the opportunity to enter higher education. Further, in a society where the unemployment rate of young people is more than 50%, it is the mission of the school for learners to develop and master critical-thinking skills in order to have the best opportunities. Our goal at Dominican Convent School is to ensure that not only do learners meet the requirements of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), but that they are also equipped with the skills essential to living and contributing to the 21st century.

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In 2016, all staff have placed emphasis on developing these critical-thinking skills. In the PrePrimary, Foundation Phase and Primary School, learners have been introduced to the Six Thinking dominican convent school magazine

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Hats. This tool helps learners to understand information on a deep level and from multiple perspectives, sophisticating their understanding of school work, as well as the world around them. The High School have focused on the Habits of Mind, a concept where learners need to master 16 different skills in order to be successful citizens. Staff are providing various opportunities for learners to engage and practise these skills. The Habits of Mind are appearing now on assessments and homework in specific subject areas, in order to inform learners of the skills being tested, helping them to be focused in how to achieve high results. Already, staff are seeing improvement in multiple subject areas, particularly in the learners’ ability to critically engage with new information. Critical thinking will continue to play an important role in 2017 as Dominican Convent School strives for better results and increasing the skill set of learners. With more staff collaboration occurring across the Primary and High schools, as well as time being set aside in home room for critical thinking, learners will no doubt benefit from the changes occurring in the school.


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n 2016, Dominican embarked on a journey to boost learners’ abilities to think critically, and solve complex problems using the Thinking Schools approach. In partnership with Thinking Schools South Africa (TSSA) educators, our learners will be exposed to methods that will improve their ability to think critically over time.

Already learners are being exposed to these new techniques in the classroom. In Life Science, Grade 12 learners had to design an experiment that could be performed by a group of learners who had never conducted the experiment before. The new approach stymied some learners who were used to passively following a set of practical experiment instructions. The learners walked away with a greater understanding of the importance of methodology and apparatus in experiments.

CREATING OUR OWN EXPERIMENT COMPELLED US TO THINK MORE INNOVATIVELY. WE BEGAN TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE APPARATUS AND METHODOLOGY REQUIRED IN CONDUCTING EXPERIMENTS. BUNGCWETHI HLONGWANE, 12V

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Thinking School

Thinking Day MY HEAD ACTUALLY HURTS FROM ALL OF THIS THINKING. GRADE 10 LEARNER

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n a society where more than 50% of young people seeking work are unemployed, Thinking Days help learners to be better prepared for the world of work. They learn to work with people of other ages and backgrounds, they learn that the real world often lacks clear-cut solutions, and they learn the ability to synthesize and communicate complex information under pressure. Through the opportunities provided to learners, they will no doubt be better equipped with the skills to solve these and other complex issues, enabling them to positively contribute to South African society.

At the end of Term 2, Dominican Convent High School held its inaugural Critical Thinking Day, where all high school learners had the opportunity to hone their critical thinking skills, as they tried to solve South Africa’s water crisis. Learners were split into “country” groups of mixed ages and had to complete different tasks using skills and knowledge from a variety of subjects. The end goal was to create a 15-year plan that would provide South Africa with enough water for agriculture, mining, power production and home use.

WATER CRISIS

After six hours of work, one Grade 10 learner remarked, “My head actually hurts from all of this thinking.”

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INEQUALITY In October, another

Thinking Day was held in which learners focused on solving inequality in South Africa. Learners had to work interdependently across age groups on tasks that were designed to understand issues of inequality that currently exist in South Africa, as well as provide solutions. Learners, like Thuto from Grade 9, came to the realisation that “there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in this country in regards to achieving equality�.

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21st-century Skills

Making e-Books

I WAS WEARING MY FEELINGS HAT. I WAS SO EXCITED AND SURPRISED THAT WE COULD DO THIS. OMPHILE, 1A

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Primary School teachers have been taking part in iPad training every Friday afternoon since the start of school. The training forms one part of Dominican’s efforts to provide 21st-century education to learners, big and small. This week, the Grade 1 learners divided into groups of four. Each group got an iPad. A group leader was chosen and the leader was in charge of the iPad. The learners each had to write a letter sound that

they had learnt so far this year, and they also had to draw pictures about that sound. When they were done, the group leader took a photo of each learner. Each group then made an e-book with the pictures they had taken. The learners were very excited to learn how to do this.


Culture of Reading

Living Stories I was dressed as MacDonald the farmer. The animals sleep in a big barn and the farmer looks after the animals. MASEDI KHOANYANA, RS

My favorite character is Snow White who has a white skin and red lips. She sings beautifully in the forest. I like the end of the story because the prince kissed Snow White. GABRIELLA MAKANDA, RS

My character was from Toy Story. I love to ride horses and help people from danger. Woody and Buzz are friends in the book. I acted out the story with my friends on the playground. We had lots of fun. HAYDEN WATKINS, RS

Learning Adventures

Journey to Neptune On 19 May we went to the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown. When we got there we were all very excited and were eager to learn. We did a lot but, personally, my favourite was the Planetarium. We entered a dome “thingy� that was very interesting. We sat on the ground and waited for the guide to instruct us. Then we lay down to make it more realistic. We looked up and it was really amazing to see. We learnt a lot and had a really nice time. One of the many things that we learnt was that the planet Neptune rains diamonds, and as soon as the girls heard that, we all said that we wanted to go to Neptune, even though we know that if you were to even get close to Neptune, you would definitely die or you might be dead already. We learnt that there is a really cool way to find out where North, South, West and East is, which is to find out where the star of Venus is, and from there it is easy to find that out. For me, it felt like I was really outside lying down and looking at the stars. The solar system is a really amazing thing to learn about and I am really grateful to our guide and our teachers who organised the trip. ONTHATILE LEKATA, 6D JEENA MARRIOTT, 6B

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Maths and Science Education

Explosion of Knowledge

LEARNERS COULD INTERACT AND SHOWCASE THEIR KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND TALENTS. EDUCATOR | ST JAMES PREPARATORY

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The light of Science burned brightly on 12 March, as 120 learners from 11 schools gathered at Dominican Convent School to participate in our third Festival of Science. Learners conducted experiments that demonstrated the sublimation of carbon dioxide, how to create holograms, the effects of pressure on rocket launches, how to conduct a

chemical test for sugar in foods, chemical reactions that created foam, and much more. The practical experiments were followed by presentations on topics such as evolution and the making of lime batteries. Thank you Shuter & Shooter Publishers and The Zenex Foundation for making this event possible.


Maths and Science Education

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record 420 learners from Gauteng schools took part in the Dominican Convent Primary School Maths Challenge on 16 September 2016. The challenge consisted of a problemsolving round and a round of presentations on engaging topics in Mathematics. Montrose Primary School won the problem-solving challenge and Johannesburg Girls Preparatory School won the presentation round.

Two Dominican learners, Phemelo Ratlhagane (4C) and Simphiwe Radebe (7S), shone in the individual challenge, achieving top results. “Thank you for the Mathematical nourishment. Our learners thoroughly enjoyed the experience.� MRS SINGH | BRYNEVEN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Thank you to our sponsors: Zenex Foundation, Rockwood Equities, Absa, Mrs Rubenstein and Shuter & Shooter Publishers.

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Cross-cultural Learning

Stowe Scholars

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his year’s South African scholars have embraced all that Stowe has to offer, and have thrown themselves into every aspect of school life in their first term as Stoics. Longin Kakera (Fourth Form, Chandos), Boikarabelo Tladi (Fourth Form, Cobham), Sandile Tilibe (Fourth Form, Temple), Zizo Chuma (Fourth Form, Lyttelton) and Mahlatse Mabitsela (Fourth Form, Queens) arrived from Dominican Convent School in Johannesburg the day before term started in September and have been inspired by everything Stowe has to offer. From the day-to-day teaching, CCF, sport to even the house crosscountry, the scholars have already taken on board much of what the exchange programme is all about: the development of leadership and to enhance exposure to global issues as well as a broader general knowledge. As Boikarabelo writes, “My first term as a Stoic has been phenomenal. Each day, the layers of understanding why I’m here are thickening. You appreciate the value of a minute when you’re running with a ticking time bomb on you. I use the expression because I’m on the edge, really on the edge. I’m much closer to everything I’ve wanted to do.” The scholars will be returning home when term ends to spend Christmas with their families, but will return to Stowe just before term starts again in January. The programme is designed to select and nurture the future leaders of South Africa, and by all accounts, they are using their

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time at Stowe well, to encompass all the school has to offer, making friends and experiencing activities unavailable to them back home. It is such a valuable programme, and we hope that they will grow even more next term as they experience yet more. BRIAN HART | MIC SA SCHOLARS PROGRAMME

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y experience has empowered me to dream more and I have certainly learnt more. I was in Queens and to be honest, it’s the best house! I met so many different people from all different backgrounds. I got the honour to share most of my memories with a girl from Russia, who has influenced me into believing in my own opinion and seeing things from a completely different perspective, giving me the image that we are all equal at the end of the day no matter where we come from. During mid-term and exeats I would stay with the Blanes, who are a loving family. I got the pleasure of having dinner with an MP and had the famous British fish and chips. Something which was really eyeopening was my adventure trip to Scotland with the Hills. Edinburgh is a beautiful and such an historic city and seeing that city made me realize

that my ability to do anything is unlimited. I have taken advantage of many of the sports at Stowe, except basketball, a sport I found a bit too aggressive. In the first term I was in the B hockey team and was voted captain, which made me feel appreciated and warmly welcomed. I learnt how to play rounders, a sport which most Stoics enjoy and is socially entertaining. Athletics was my favourite sport. I got to show off my amazing speed on their annual sports day, which was an intimidating day but turned out well. Tuesdays were my favourite days, besides the all-day breakfast. I had double philosophy and ethics which was my favourite subject. I really enjoyed our discussions in each of our lessons, they were strangely fascinating, as I disagreed with most of the topics and beliefs but I learnt something new. Stowe is one of my biggest highlights of 2015–2016. It taught me so many things about life. I thank Stowe school for welcoming me with warm hearts and for nurturing me. This has been a truly amazing trip. MAHLATSE MABITSELA, 10L


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y Stowe experience was an eyeopener for me, not only going to a different school in a different country but actually adapting to the environment and interacting with totally different people. I liked the teachers who made school seem very easy and the students who made us feel welcome, but my favourite thing I’ve experienced is actually living with my host family. They were the most sweetest and prudent people I’ve ever met, I’ll be forever thankful for all the things they’ve done. I had such an amazing lifetime experience.

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SANDILE TILIBE, 10M

I had the pleasure of staying in Chandos with Ms Claire Hill Hall. She is a wonderful person to talk to. She always made time to get us together and ask how we were coping. She is a wonderful mother and I will never forget her and the friends that I made in the boarding house, those are my brothers and they made me feel at home from the moment I met them.

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The day came when we had to fly out and I was there at the airport with the other four talking about how excited we were to get on a plane and leave Africa and become part-time Europeans for the first four months. We arrived and the emotions that ran in my mind and body were unexplainable. To this day I still get chills thinking about the first day at Stowe. I couldn’t stop looking at the ceilings because it was just as amazing as the old Stoic put it.

The school itself was different from what I had experienced at Dominican. It had a different teaching method and it was a challenge I was ready to accept.

t’s been a year since I first set foot at the school grounds of Stowe. I need to thank the organisers that made the Stowe 2015–2016 group possible.

I really invested my time in sports; I was part of the Juniors U17 First rugby team and I also took part in the soccer team, along with Sandile Tilibe.

I remember the first time I heard about the Stowe scholarship. I did not take it very seriously because they had to pick five students in the Grade 9 group, which was a very large group with lots of competition and great candidates to

We really enjoyed showing them a different way of playing football and they were very impressed. I’d like to thank Mr Howarth, Mr Du Toit, and other staff members who gave

us the chance to represent the school and its values. Ms Claire Hill Hall for taking good care of her darlings. Mr Mavedzenge for accompanying us and cracking some jokes on the way. Mr Anthony Wallersteiner for welcoming us to the school. To the host families for making us feel welcome and comfortable and giving us a very good time. LONGIN KAKERA, 10S

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oing to Stowe has been an eye-opener for me, which has affected me greatly in a positive way and partially in a negative way. It has broadened my mind on how other people see us Africans. This experience has expanded my knowledge in such a way that I got to know foreign people, along with their cultures, and to work with them, which every teenager should be exposed to. I have grown in such a way that I have learnt the importance of standing up to what is right and not making other people believe in “black” or “African” stereotypes, and furthermore, always being true to myself. The most valuable thing I have learnt is to make a difference in other people’s lives. ZIZO CHUMA, 10L

Going to Stowe was an a epiphany. It is a cosmopolitan school which ensures people would interact and share culture and ideas. I became exposed to different ways of life, different cultural norms and a whole new window of opportunities in the world! BOIKARABELO TLADI, 10M

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Active Citizenship

#Rights

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ominican Convent School is taking a whole school approach in addressing the development of learners’ skills. In the first term during Human Rights Month, learners across the school were asked to think about what they valued. This was a way to engage learners in thinking about what rights they have, how this is reflected in South Africa’s Constitution and the different groups of people across the world that do not have basic

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human rights. Learners of all ages took part and shared on chalkboards their values, which included friends, God, respect, and culture. Many learners offered donations to support the Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation as a way to support the socio-economic right to social security guaranteed by the Constitution. This event developed learners into 21st-century citizens who form clear opinions on events that impact them and others in society.


IEB Matric Results

Diligence Pays Dividends

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he Dominican Convent School Class of 2015 achieved a 100% pass rate for their final Independent Examinations Board (IEB) Matric exams. Dominican’s second consecutive perfect result did not come easily, but only after months of targeted intervention, and the bolstering of learner diligence through the implementation of a new diligence appraisal system. The results were also the product of 12 years of education at Dominican and numerous other schools in South Africa and beyond.

MATRIC RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS

• Pass rate of 100%, compared with a 98,3% national IEB pass rate. • 97% of Dominican matriculants can enter tertiary studies after achieving a Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma Pass. • 44 distinctions achieved across 11 subjects. TOP CANDIDATE

I AM SO EXCITED. MY RESULTS HAVE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO GET A UNIVERSITY BURSARY, PURSUE MY BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN EDUCATION, AND ONE DAY BE A MATHS AND PHYSICS TEACHER. ZAMA MADONSELA | CLASS OF 2015

Zama Madonsela achieved the highest Dominican IEB Matric average of 81,3%, with distinctions in Mathematics (94%), Life Orientation (80%), Life Sciences (84%), and isiZulu (91%). dominican convent school magazine

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Out in the World

On Tour

As Grade 8s we were alerted to the current water crisis in South Africa. The Vaal dam is currently at 18%, and is dangerously close to becoming a pool of mud and sludge. Water conservation is currently South Africa’s – and the worlds – biggest need. We never imagined that the situation would be on such a big scale. We have witnessed scenes such as dead fish and barren land. As young people we realised how much we need to look after our precious resources, like our mothers look after us. MPHO MOGALOBE, 8L

The tour taught me how to look at different opinions in terms of group work in the activities given to us. I got to know people that I’m not used to speak to. I enjoyed camp because I learned that there is not enough water in South Africa and I also learned that some people are also creative with other things. RELEBOGILE HLATSHWAYO, 8R

Camp was an adventure of a lifetime. Our first stop was the Sterkfontein Caves. We went inside a cave, then we stopped at Maropeng, which was also quite memorable. Then we got to Konka. It was a soul adventure, indeed. From the food to the swimming in the mud, at the Oakers Gat, everyone took a great bath. Camp reunited the Grade 9s. We were all one unit at camp — one big family. BOIPELO BAITSI, 9L

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Camp was very enjoyable. It helped improve our communication and problem-solving skills. We also got down and dirty when doing certain activities. I showed great leadership skills by taking the lead to some activities that some girls were scared to. Overall, it was a good experience. TSHEPISO MOTLOUNG, 10S

This year’s camp was one of the best experiences. I worked with people I never imagined working with and it was fun. Camp taught me a lot of things, not only leadership skills, but to also appreciate everybody's opinion because after all, we work better as a team. TAMRY ESIRI, 11G

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Critical Thinking

SHOULD YOU SAY, “THE YOLK OF THE EGG IS WHITE” OR “THE YOLK OF THE EGG ARE WHITE?” MANY LEARNERS ANSWERED, “THE YOLK OF THE EGG IS WHITE.” IS IT?

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f you crack open an egg you will see the yolk of an egg is yellow or orange, not white. In the example given to the learners, the question focused on English grammar. Should we use “is” or “are”? When we think critically we can look beyond the parameters, make connections, ask questions, and solve problems. As part of our journey to creating critical thinkers in the 21st century, our learners embarked on a thinking adventure on 2 March. Along with thinking about the difference between thinking and critical thinking, the learners were asked to create something using only their

minds, paperclips and paper. The results were awe-inspiring! With simple tools and their intellect, learners created planets, tunnels, flowers, a speedboat, a school building and even a Pharaoh. With such a wonderful start to our thinking journey, we can only imagine the endless exciting thinking detours the learners will take us along as they travel to their final, critical thinking destination. The possibilities are endless. CELIA GRIGGS | EDUCATOR


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The Dominican Order

800 Years of Truth

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n the year 1216, Pope Honorius III officially founded the religious Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominican Order. The mission of this Order of Preachers was to share with others the truth about the God whom we contemplate in our hearts. It is unlikely that anyone living in Europe at the time could have expected the global footprint of the Dominican priests, sisters and brothers 800 years later.

Closer to home, the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena of King William’s Town was founded in 1877 by Mother Mauritia Tiefenboeck and her companions from Augsburg, Germany. The Sisters went on to found many schools in South Africa that opened their doors to all children, and were outspoken at the injustice of apartheid South Africa. On 30 July 2016, the Dominican schools of South Africa marked the 800th Jubilee anniversary of the Dominican Order with a special Mass at St Dominic’s in Boksburg and workshops on a wide range of topics.

MUSIC IS A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE, EVEN IF YOU ARE DEAF. YOUR ACTIONS CAN BRING WORDS TO LIFE. SIYABONGA NDABA, 11F

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fter months of preparation staff and learners journeyed to St Dominic’s school in Boksburg to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order. More than 1 500 learners from Dominican schools in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape and Free State were present to celebrate Dominican spirituality and mark the historic anniversary with a celebratory Mass. Learners enjoyed more than 20 workshop sessions on topics such as Dominican values, Saints meditation, and symbols. Each school shared in the music, readings and prayers. dominican convent school magazine

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Called to Live Like Dominic SR EVELYN JUNG, OP

Be Open to Receive Be open to receive the gift of life in conscious loving thoughts, words and deeds. Appreciate life deeper each day – life is an enormous gift, no day is repeated ever as long as you live. Commune with the Source of Life daily to receive the wisdom, love, strength, and the joy you need to live fully. Embrace life in all its facets, joys, and sorrows to become the person you were meant to be. Also receive the humour that is embedded in many of life’s circumstances.

Appreciate, Develop and Use Your Gifts Allow yourself to be led by the Living God. Dominic’s power was deep, intimate prayer. Develop the habit of becoming aware of your gifts and appreciate them. Nurture them in joy – Life becomes heavy with ‘have to’s’ use a willing heart and body. Share your gifts willingly. Appreciate and receive the fellow travellers’ gifts with joy.

Be united with the Living God and let God’s light shine out of you. Be the truth. Search for it daily and allow it to enthuse others. Be the preaching. Walk with others and allow others to share your gifts and enthusiasm. Serve others in love and humility. Forgive yourself and others readily. Forgiveness is the way to wholeness. Open your eyes and life to beauty and share it richly. Honour all parts of creation and care for it like its Creator. Make joy and humour a great part of your life. May ‘Thank yous’ and gratitude to God and people be a big part of your life. Are you ready for it? Have you begun to be a Dominican? Are you spreading the hope?

Search and develop the gift of truth.

Has your life been enriched?

Develop confidence in God and Dominic’s courageous spirit to stand up for the truth.

Are you enriching others?

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Be a Blessing to the Whole of Creation

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DOMINIC WAS LOVING AND AMIABLE TO ALL, RICH AND POOR, EVER JOYOUS AND CHEERFUL, PATIENT AND TENDER, LOVING TO ALL, MEEK, TENDER-HEARTED AND A LOVER OF PEACE. WALTER GUMBLEY, OP

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IN EVERY PERSON THERE IS A HUNGER FOR TRUTH AND FOR GOODNESS …. OUR FUNDAMENTAL DESIRE FOR GOD, WHO IS TRUTH AND THE GOOD. CHARISM OF THE DOMINICAN ORDER

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ow often does the pursuit of truth govern our thoughts, actions, and decisions? Are we motivated by a desire to live a life of truth? I believe these questions are particularly relevant for us in a society where “truth” is increasingly defined by loudness, orthodoxy and the use of extreme language — even violence — as evidence of a perspective's validity. Social media and ubiquitous internet connectivity have both amplified and proliferated these messages of “truth.” For many — particularly young people — this has led to society polarising people who are guided by moral relativism or people who are guided by a moral code that is considered absolute and not open to interpretation. Both positions can undermine the creation of society founded upon justice, filled with compassion, and dedicated to the advancement of the common good. The search for truth in a sea of conflicting belief systems and moral ambivalence is not new. At Jesus’ trial, Pontius Pilate, on the outskirts of a Roman Empire that encompassed vastly different geography, religions, and cultures, asked the famous question, “Truth, what is that?”

Christ declared that He came into the world to testify to the truth. For Christians, truth reflects that which is consistent with the will of God. This then should be our pursuit as individuals and as a community, as we try and live a life that reflects God's will. A will in which truth, honesty, and integrity ultimately define who we are. St Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order who’s 800th Jubilee we celebrate this year, made the word of God accessible to the people of Europe who could not read and write. These men and women were being taken advantage of by those who abused their power, status, and education for personal gain. St Dominic’s work to educate people about God broke the systems of graft and corruption around him. His work also brought people closer to God.

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Living Faith

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BEING A CHRISTIAN IS A CONSTANT JOURNEY AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ENJOY IT AND MAKE OTHERS’ JOURNEYS LEAD TO GOD. GISLAINE BATUBENGE, 11G

Baptism

Journey of Faith

Seven students were welcomed into the Catholic Church when they received the Sacrament of Baptism. The ceremony included the anointing of the candidates, baptismal vows and the pouring of water over the candidates’ heads. Baptism gives us the character of Christ. We are marked as God’s people and His light now shines in our lives as we love and serve Him. It was an exciting process for me and I was thrilled to be getting confirmed on 29 July 2016. Being a Christian is a constant journey and it is important to make sure you enjoy it and make others’ journeys lead to God. That’s what I intend to do after being Confirmed.

A journey of faith is a commitment that Christians make by undertaking to walk with Christ in their lives. This commitment is cemented by the acts of Baptism and Confirmation as seen at Dominican Convent School this week. Students committed their lives to Christ and so continued on their spiritual journey in faith with our Creator. This is very appropriate as the Dominican Order celebrates its 800th Jubilee this week. St Dominic, the school’s Patron Saint and Founding Father, undertook his own spiritual journey 800 years ago, a journey that had a profound influence, not only in its time but for centuries to come. It is my hope and prayer that by their acts of spiritual dedication, these students will begin a similar journey and that their influence as followers of Christ will have a significant impact on all the people in their lives. Such a commitment to Christ is a very important decision and one that cannot be entered into lightly. At the same time, it is a reminder to all followers of Christ of our own

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ON FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DAY I WOKE UP EARLY. I WAS THE HAPPIEST GIRL EVER. I SANG AND PRAYED. WHEN I RECEIVED THE BODY OF CHRIST AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, THERE WAS THIS THING INSIDE ME THAT TOLD ME, “YOU ARE SAFE NOW.” LINDOKUHLE MAXHANTI, 3C

Confirmation journey and the responsibility that such a journey demands. St Dominic faced many challenges, yet through faith and an unwavering belief, he was able to influence Christian thinking and belief to the present day. As we congratulate those Dominican Convent students who have committed their lives to Christ, perhaps it is an appropriate moment for you and I to reflect on where each one of us is in our journey with Christ.

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Sixteen candidates got confirmed in to the Catholic faith. Confirmation is a journey toward accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny. Childhood is a time when you’re told what to do, and you react positively to reward and negatively to punishment. Young adulthood means that you must do what’s right not for the recognition or reward but merely because it’s the right thing to do. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles and gave them courage to practice their faith.

First Communion 16 OCT

St Anne’s Church glowed with candlelight and the excitement of young people ready to take the next step in their faith journey. Teachers, sponsors, family, friends and members of the local community formed a community of faith that supported 11 Grade 3 learners from Dominican Convent School, and learners from St Anne’s parish, as they pledged their belief and then took part in the sacrament of the Eucharist — the physical reminder of God’s love for us, and our call to be people of love.

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Faith Community Each week at Mass we gather as a whole school to share our joys and sorrows, to ask for forgiveness, and pledge our lives in service.

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Being at Regina Mundi was the best! We got to meet new people and be able to socialise with them. It felt a bit scary because most people looked older than us but to remember we were all the same. I also hope that the next Grade 7s will enjoy and have the best and same experience as us. MBALENHLE NGWENYA, 7B

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PREFECT INDUCTION At Mass on 20 October, the newly-elected 2016– 2017 school leadership team pledged before God, the staff and the learners, to be loyal to the school community. The prefects also asked our Creator to grant them the gifts of charity, justice, honesty, reliability and truth in order to fulfill their duties. Fr Moshoeshoe encouraged the prefects to earn the respect of their electorate by acting with integrity, justice, compassion and service. This tradition has added significance in a country where leadership in many different quarters is under close scrutiny, and in some cases severely wanting. Leadership is not self-directed. It is not self-serving nor self-enriching but rather a manifestation of the words of Christ: “If one of you wants to be first, he must be servant of all.” May these words challenge us all as we look inwards and become the agents of change this country so desperately needs.

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Lent began on Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, abstinence and worship where the priest marks each person with a cross of ashes on their forehead. The symbol reminds us of our mortality and encourages us to pursue eternal virtues of love, humility, generosity and mercy. Our Lenten theme for 2016 was “Open the Door of Mercy”, based on Pope Francis’ call to everyone to live with mercy. Pope Francis says: “Have you thought about God’s patience, the patience He has with each one of us? That is His mercy. He always has patience, patience with us, He understands us, He waits for us, He does not tire of forgiving us, if we are able to return to Him with a contrite heart.”

Everyone in our Dominican family was urged to practice patience and forgiveness, and reach out to those on the margins who are suffering.

The symbolism and meaning of Ash Wednesday were keenly felt this year as our Dominican family said farewell to Ntokozo Luvuno and Keletso Nakedi after they battled cancer. The school community gathered for Mass and the learners’ family, friends, peers, and educators paid tribute to their lives. Our Lenten journey of faith was tested by these losses, and we remembered our call to be people of hope, and people of mercy for those in pain.


Spiritual Retreats

Look Within DISCOVERING GOD

Grade 4 learners spent 12 May learning about Mary and the place of the Rosary in Christian life. They watched a video of our Lady of Fatima. Many of the learners were amazed by the courage of the three Portuguese children who risked persecution, rejection and imprisonment in order to spread their faith. “I learnt that Mary appeared to three little shepherds. I am surprised that Mary came to the children and not adults. It is amazing that God speaks through children.” ALWANDE MDLETSHE, 4M

FINDING OUR WAY IN A MORALLY COMPLEX WORLD

On Monday 9 May, the Grade 9 learners had the chance to tour the Catholic Cathedral. We learnt how cathedrals have a great significance to countries all over the world. We then shared our thoughts, hopes and feelings about many different aspects in our lives. We got to listen to, and understand our peers a lot better and I believe that created a new, strong bond between us. I realised that I need to make a change in my life because success is very close. I’m just looking in the wrong places. JONAH GASURA, 9B

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“The retreat was an enjoyable experience. Our first activity gave me the opportunity to reflect on myself and connect with my spiritual side.” EARL RATEMA, 11F

“The retreat was a much-needed day of reconnecting spiritually as well as re-adjusting our focus and aspirations. It could have not come at a better time. The thoughtprovoking activities helped kickstart the right processes of thinking to lead us into preparation for our exams and the Matric year.” MARIO ANTONIO, 11G

“The experience was enjoyable and being able to interact with people from different environments gave me a different perspective on the views of others.”

“I learnt about Mary, Queen of Heaven. She helped the village of Fatima in time of need through their devotion to the Rosary. Mother Mary gave birth to Christ our Saviour. Thank you, Mary.”

“As a newly elected perfect, I learnt that you need to have certain qualities to make you a greater leader. You need to lead and leave a legacy that people will remember you by. You always have to thank BEATRICE BEAVER, 10S God for your success and turn to “I learnt quite a lot at the retreat. I got him for wisdom. Never let fear conquer you.” to know a different side of my peers. They gave exercises to boost our selfTSHEGOFATSO MATSEBA, 11G esteem and discover who we are.” THOBEKA BOKOPANE, 10S

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Seeking Forgiveness Dominican students received the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Father Moshoeshoe in preparation for their First Holy Communion. Reconciliation is a Catholic sacrament in which the priest, as an agent of God, forgives sins which have been committed, when the sinner is genuinely sorry for them and sincerely confesses them to God. “On my first confession I felt so happy to say all my sins to Father. First you will think it is hard, but you will feel free.” RESHOKETSWE MATHOSA, 3C

“I felt happy but a little scared, but I thought it was a great idea and soon after that I was able to receive the Body of Christ and drink the Blood of Christ.” THANDOLWETHU MADINANE, 3A

“I felt very nervous to go to my first confession but I tried to be calm. I was frightened when I got in the room. I was looking around when Father spoke. I said what I was supposed to say. Then he said I must say five Hail Marys.” KAGO SEBEELO, 3C

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CREATIVE EXPRESSION


On Stage

Coming Home Coming Home was a workshopped play that deals with the lives of two families, separated by ambition, wealth and status. It tells the tale of how family values weigh more than materialistic ideals. The Dlamini family in Soweto ensures that life is love and that family is most important, whereas the Dlamini family from Clifton bask in their lavish lifestyle, forgetting life’s important values. This production was a wonderful, funny, and emotional, journey of family life.

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COMING HOME LED ME THROUGH EMOTIONAL TRIALS THAT I REFUSED TO FACE ON MY OWN. JESSICA AMODA, 12V

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I ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT OF CREATING THE STORY BEHIND THE SCENES, WORKING THE LIGHTS AND SOUND. KHETHIWE NDABA, 12S

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irecting a play isn’t child’s play. You need to be able to work with different people. I never expected Coming Home to be such a journey in my personal life.” When we realised that we could have our own original production this year straight from our own hearts, I knew this would be more than just a

play. Learning to work with all these people and having to put together such a successful play made me realise the true beauty of life and of family — may we never forget who we really are, as one of my favourite characters, Budapest, once said “Be one with the ground.” Never forget your roots. AIMEE LOKOTA, 12V STUDENT DIRECTOR

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High School Choir

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THE CHOIR BUILT UP MY BELIEF IN MYSELF. I NOW STAND IN FRONT AND PERFORM WITH CONFIDENCE. CHELSEA-ROSE MACKENZIE, 8R

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THE MEANINGS OF THE SONGS WE SING GIVE ME A BETTER PERSPECTIVE OF LIFE. PERTUNIA MASHILOANE, 8R

Ukuhlabelela kuyamthokozisa odabukileyo, hlabelela Music brings joy to those who have sadness in their hearts. I have seen the choir grow from strength to strength in the past few years. The tonal quality has greatly improved. The choristers understand what voice control is. Recently we went to sing at the Catholic Schools Choir Festival. The teachers from the Soweto schools asked me how I manage to have such a wonderful choir! I told them that I have

empowered the learners themselves. They work on their own. Training and maintaining discipline. I am proud to have such a wonderful group. A lot of the credit goes to the choir leaders who have worked tirelessly to take the choir to where it is today. I would like to pay tribute to the choir leaders of 2016. They were a united front who not only gave support to the choir, but alsoto me. These choristers will forever be remembered by the Dominican family. They are: Palesa Legodi, Nomakhosi Sindane, Boipelo Nonyane, Boitumelo Kokoropo, Ntokozo Tshabalala, Malehlohonolo Ntsoa, Ashley Chindawi and Mpho Seabi.

I would be mistaken if I forgot to mention the support we got from the parents who took time to bring and also fetch their children from performances, at times very late. Siyabonga bazali. We have great plans for the future where we hope to introduce traditional indigenous dances from South Africa. We are working very hard with the choir leaders of 2017 to fulfil our dream. ROSALIA MOTHA | CHOIRMISTRESS

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Marimba and Drumming

One Beat, One Soul

Arts and culture has been on the rise at DCS for the past four years and it is showing great potential for the future. With the evolution of our African Drumming Ensemble, the Marimba bands reaching greater heights, the MADD (Music Art Drama and Dance) Block is the space to be in, at Dominican Convent School. The marimba band was at its best when they performed at the United Nation’s Africa Day celebrations in Pretoria. The DCS marimba band opened the festivities and continued to serenade the ambassadors and members of the African society

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with sweet sounds. From the very first music note, the ambassadors where captured and taken through a journey around the Motherland. The bands went on to achieve high accolades at the Allegretto and National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA) competitions. The 2016 Senior band performed well, reaching the semifinals of the 2016 NEA Young Performer Awards. The 2017 Senior band secured a good position in next year’s competition, having won the Medal Award and the Ambassador Award at the NEA Showcase evening at the Roodepoort Theatre. The Drumming ensemble saw substantial growth as we entered three bands for competitions this

year, with the introduction of the DCS Senior Primary Ensemble. The ensembles performed very well at the Allegretto Eisteddfod and NEA. Our Senior Primary Ensemble received gold at the NEA and our High School Junior Ensemble received a diploma at the NEA. Our Senior High School Ensemble received gold and was invited to perform at YOTV. We are looking forward to an exhilarating year next year, as we grow the arts at DCS. NTHLANE RATLHAGANE

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IT HAS BECOME EASIER TO MASTER OUR CRAFT BECAUSE OF THE JOY AND FUN IT GIVES. WE HAVE MASTERED COMPOSING SONGS AND UNDERSTANDING THE INSTRUMENT THAT WE PLAY. MASEGO TLHABANYANE, 10L

United in Music 25 MAY

Dominican Convent High School’s Marimba band headed to the United Nations (UN) Centre in Pretoria to perform for ambassadors, senior members of the diplomatic corps, students, representatives from civil society, the media and members of the public. Alumna Nolundi Maselana (DCS Matric 2009), who is now working for the UN, invited Dominican to perform as part of the UN’s Africa Day celebrations. From the very first music note, the ambassadors where captured and taken through a journey around the Motherland. The head of the UN’s population agency UNFPA, Dr Ester Muia, talked of the importance of women taking centre stage in Africa – and encouraged all Africans to accelerate consciousness, determination and focus to eliminating poverty. “Partnerships and quality education are pertinent to Africa’s success,” said Muia, as the audience chanted “Africa, let us unite!”

THE UNITED NATIONS PERFORMANCE UNITED PEOPLE FROM DIVERSE CULTURES. IT HIGHLIGHTED THE BEAUTY OF AFRICA AND HOW WE SHOULD APPRECIATE OUR UNIQUE MOTHER CONTINENT. TSHEGOFATSO MANTSHO, 11N

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Expression Through Movement BEFORE THIS YEAR I COULDN’T GET MYSELF ON THE ASSEMBLY STAGE. NOW I HAVE RECEIVED AN AMBASSADOR AWARD FROM THE NEA FOR MY SOLO PERFORMANCE. RAMODISE MODISE, 10S

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hree years ago DCS offered only ballet but today we celebrate a growing art form in our school. After the introduction of the African Contemporary Dance Group (ACDG) as an afternoon activity three years ago, we saw the birth of subsidiary dance clubs that emerged from DCS ACDG. The introduction of pantsula (a modern authentic South African dance form), Indian dance, hip-hop and gumboot dance gave new life to the arts at DCS. Our Gumboots Dance Club took the Ambassador Award for the second time in a row and Best African Dance Group in Gauteng at the NEA this year. A group of energetic young stars requested a Parkour Club (parkour is

a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training, using acrobatics and gymnastics. Practitioners aim to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible.). This group gave an advantage to our Hip-hop Club, as our dancers placed well in both dance competitions we participated in. Young Ramodise Modise won four awards at the NEA, including Ambassador Award and Top 10 performer at NEA for Gauteng and the Medal Award. NTHLANE RATHLAGANE

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hy did I choose to join hip-hop and help create parkour as an extra mural in this school? It was said that “people dance because dance can change things, one move could set a generation free”. I finally decided to join dance as an extra-mural this year because I felt like it could help better myself and get myself out there as the dancer that I passionately want to be. This year has been a big year for dance because it has finally gotten the recognition in the school that we all truly deserve, because of how we have worked for the school and how well we have achieved in the competitions that we have attended this year. Before this year, I couldn’t get myself on the assembly stage and now at the end I have been able to receive an Ambassador Award from the NEA for my solo performance. Without the certain exercises and guidance from dance students around me and Mr Ratlhagane, I couldn’t have achieved this. My dance level has increased drastically over the year also thanks to parkour, because it helps my flexibility, strength and ability to amaze the crowd in front of me. I couldn’t be more thankful for everything that has happened, not just for me, but for everyone. We are truly thankful for what the school has given to us as a platform to improve ourselves as dancers.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE HAS HELPED ME TO LISTEN TO OTHER PERSPECTIVES AND UNDERSTAND DIFFERENT WAYS OF COMMUNICATING. ATLEGANG KGAGUDI, 10S

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t the beginning of high school I was an introvert and shy. The reason for entering contemporary dance was not only my passion and interest in other dances but an opportunity of opening up. Being in contemporary dance for the past three years or so, has enlightened me and has opened other opportunities for me. One thing I’ve learnt within these years as a member of the contemporary dancers is that in life there are different people with different ways of communicating, different aspects and different ways of voicing their perspectives. Contemporary dance has helped me to listen to other perspectives and explore many adventures. In conclusion, and as a member of the contemporary dancers, I’d like to thank Mr Ratlhagane for his patience and accommodation, Ms Roy for her cheerful support and enthusiasm, and mostly I’d like to thank the Dancers for creating memories, having fun and working hard to get where we are.

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Learning an Instrument

Making Music

Various concerts throughout the year provided an opportunity for our young instrumental learners to perform for their parents and friends, to show them what they have been learning this year. For many learners, it was the first public performance of their lives. They participated with great enthusiasm and excitement, and both their teachers and parents were very pleased with their performances. Concerts are always landmarks in a learner’s progress and builds confidence to move to the next level of achievement.

I PLAYED THE RECORDER. IT WAS EXCITING TO SEE MY MOM AND DAD THERE TO COME AND SEE ME. LINDOKUHLE MAXHANTI, 3C

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Nature is Part of Us Lehlohonolo Litabe, 00

Kemoratile Metsileng, RS

Nthabiseng Posholi, 00

Nhlakanipho Mazibuko, 00

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Life in the City Gabriella Makanda, RS

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Gopolang Ndzekeli, RS

Mahlatse Mahlalela, RS

Rapelang Molubi, 5P

Relebogile Mxakato, 5A

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Daniel Nkongolo, 1M

Rorisang Aphane, 1M Chioma Nebo, 1M

Creatures Great and Small

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Lihle Ndlangamandla, 1B

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Ofentse Sibeko, 2M

Tswaledi Phashe, 1B

Ethan Benjamin, 2M

Lonwabo Fihla, 1M

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Anele Ndawo, 2M


Trees of Life

Sicelo Tshabalala, RM

Luyanda Gasa, 5B

Nakisani Magagula, 1B

Unathi Dubazana, 5G

Sihle Mthembu, 1B

Eleazar Chindomu, 1B

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Out in the World

Thandolwethu Maebele, RS

Rutendo Musada, 1B

Taye Watkins, RM

Thabiso Monageng, RM

Bontle Nkomo, RM

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Sibusiso Gumede, 7S

Garon Beukes, 6B

Mathapelo Phororo, 5P

Zenzo Msimanga, 6D

Sibongakonke Ndawo, 6B

Faith & Culture

Jemima Ruben, 7S

Sihle Malambe, 6B

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Hand Made

Lethabo Legwale, 7S

Njabulo Dikome, 7S

Ntsika Nkosi, 7S

Deyshan Kaloo, 4C

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Dolophina Vilankulu, 10L

Thato Mokgatle, 9N

Lungelo Ndawo, 10S

Khulekani Magudulela, 10R

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Emihle Mangcipu, 9N

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Cindy Dzobo, 10S

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Mpho Seabi, 12W

Trevlin Olckers, 11M

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Atlegang Ramakgapola, 12S

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SPORT


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Reigning Champs THIS YEAR'S BASKETBALL SEASON WAS THE BEST SEASON, NOT ONLY BECAUSE WE REACHED THE FINALS AND CAME OUT SECOND, BUT ALSO BECAUSE I LEARNT SOMETHING: NEVER GIVE UP. JANSEN MUKANDILA, 9K

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his year was above all a year of hard work for the DCS Cardinals. The team managed to maintain its form to contend for top championships, despite having suffered the loss of major role players. The team this year being composed solely of young players, showed their class by consistently reaching the finals of every competition we entered, such as the AISJ tournament, (U18) JSBL Championship, inter-Catholic tournament, and St John’s second division. Here the shortage of experience was evident as the team lost in the final in all these competitions.

Although this rut had the team’s heads and shoulders down, we soon rallied and got back to the true spirit of DCS Cardinal basketball. NTOYAMI BOPELA, 10L

The boys finished the year on a high being on the right track to contend for the championship at the St Peter’s tournament, winning three of four games before it was cancelled. Their successes included being crowned Wendywood tournament champions for the third consecutive year and being crowned (U17) JSBL champions for the fourth consecutive time. MARIO ANTONIO, 11G


JUST BECAUSE YOU DESERVE SOMETHING, DOESN'T MEAN THAT IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU. WE HAVE TO GO OUT THERE AND TAKE IT! NTOYAMI BOPELA, 10L

U19s Win Inter-Catholic On Saturday, 14 February, the DCS boys and girls hoops teams took to the courts in the 2016 U19 Inter-Catholic Basketball Tournament. Both teams easily passed through group play to the finals. The DCS U19 girls lost 6-28 to Chisipite Senior School, and finished second. The DCS U19 boys defeated St Benedict’s College 45-37 in the final match to lift the coveted senior InterCatholic trophy.

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Victory

WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE THE FEELINGS WE SHARED AFTER WINNING THE FINAL. WE TRULY LEFT OUR HEARTS ON THAT COURT AND I AM BEYOND PROUD. IMANI NYEZI, 11F

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n 15 October, the U15 and U17 Johannesburg Basketball League (JBL) season came to a thrilling end. Dominican dominated their semi-final games and headed into the league finals. The U15 boys played against Bishop Bavin but unfortunately lost their match, putting them in second place. The U15 girls were confronted with height and strength from Wendywood High School, but weren’t shaken. With agility, skill and sport etiquette, the U15s remained unbeaten and won. The U17 boys also faced Bishop Bavin in their final. From trailing during the first half, the boys came from behind to become city champions. The U17 girls faced their fiercest rivals, Norkem Park, in their final. The girls epitomised teamwork, determination

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and skill as they fought through every second of the 30-minute match. DCS clinched the victory on a long two-point shot by Ulemu Padzuwa with less than 10 seconds left. After four years of coming second to Norkem Park, DCS were crowned city champions. Words cannot describe the feelings we shared after winning the final. We truly left our hearts on that court and I am beyond proud. Coach Suzan Maleho later reflected, “I knew this day would come. This time it wasn’t about talent or skills, it was about teamwork and intelligence. We knew what we were up against and we told ourselves that we were going to fight until the last minute. We did, and we made it happen.” IMANI NYEZI, 11F


BASKETBALL THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS. BOTH OUR TEAMS WORKED VERY HARD AND AT THE END WALKED OUT AS CHAMPIONS. WEZI CHIRWA, 12V

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ike every year, 2016 came with challenges, and the biggest challenge was to lose two of the most valuable players in our senior team (Wezi Chirwa and Cassandra Modise, Grade 12). This made the girls step up, including the juniors. So first term we planned and set goals; one of our goals was to play hard and have fun. We changed everything that didn’t work for us in previous years. We became more of a defensive team than an offensive one, we were a team that played together. We recorded every game’s statistics, and we sat down and worked on our mistakes. We eliminated our turnovers.

The main reason we performed so well this year is because we had time to prepare. It took us years to prepare to win the championship and this takes courage, discipline, time and commitment. I’m really honoured to be working with these girls as they make my job easy by listening to my instructions, being at practices all the time and by working hard. SUZAN MALEHO, COACH

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2016 season results U9 W

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Boys Football

New Beginnings

I WORE THAT SILVER MEDAL WITH PRIDE AND TEARS OF JOY BECAUSE I KNOW IT TOOK A LOT FROM US TO GET THERE. COACH “MOOSE” MASEKO

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y first year at Dominican Convent School as a coach gave me so much energy. I was excited about the challenges ahead and to change the football structure of DCS for the good. It was a difficult year for us as we had limited training space, but we still managed to qualify and play the finals of the League for the first time in a very long time. We lost by one goal in the end. We could not bring the trophy home to Belgravia, but continued to work hard as a team. I need to sincerely

thank the parents who have been supportive in their children’s interests. The 2016 season is one of the highlights of my career, and I am proud to have done it with Dominican Convent School. I wore that silver medal with pride and tears of joy because I know it took a lot from us to get there, because sometimes in football you can’t win them all but you can win most of them. “MOOSE” MASEKO, COACH


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he girls football season was a tough season this year. We had to learn how to trust each other. There were times where we doubted each other and shouted at one another, but still made it through as a team. At some point you may feel like quitting, but you always have to think about how far you have already come. Next year it will be hard for us to know that the

people who inspired us and motivated us to play soccer will be leaving, as they will be matriculating. To all the sportsmen and sportswomen, just know that the only person you should strive to be better than is the person you were yesterday, because it’s hard to beat someone who never quits.

AT SOME POINT YOU MAY FEEL LIKE QUITTING, BUT YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO THINK ABOUT HOW FAR YOU HAVE ALREADY COME. PHELADI KEKANE, 10M

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High School Netball

Standing Firm The 2016 netball season started off with the Saheti Annual Netball Tournament, where the first team won the Plate, and the St Peter’s Tournament where we were placed fourth. Our League started in May and ended in June. There were highlights, for instance the matches against St Mary’s, Pretoria, where DCS performed to the best of our abilities and, as it was a home game, the support was extraordinary. We do believe we can improve in the 2017 League games and we are already working towards achieving that goal. NATANIA VAN ROOYEN, COACH

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Growing Talent

We were all very excited as we headed to St Dunstan’s Prep School for our very first U9 mininetball match. We quickly warmed up and had a light snack. The first game was against Saheti School and we gave it our best but lost 0-2. We then played St Andrew’s School’s second team but lost 0-3. The team players then played St Andrew’s first team but lost 0-1. We were all excited when we had a goalless draw against St Dunstan’s School.

FIERCE MATCHES ON THE COURTS STRENGTHENED OUR TEAM AND UNIFIED OUR NETBALL PLAY. LEILA MARRIOTT, U9 TEAM CAPTAIN

WE HAD TO IMPROVE OUR NETBALL SKILLS IN ORDER TO KEEP UP WITH THE STANDARD SET BY LAST YEAR’S U14 TEAM. OUR SKILLS GREATLY IMPROVED. VUYELWA MOYO, 8N

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LEADERS BECOME GREAT …. BECAUSE OF THE ABILITY TO EMPOWER OTHERS. KEDIBONE MOKGOBU, 11M

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remember my first volleyball tournament at the University of Pretoria. The place was packed with volleyball players and you could see that the players were full of joy, passion and love for the sport. These people played the sport as if it was their last.

There are a lot of sports out there today. Most require a decent amount of physical effort in order to participate in. Some sports use lots of equipment to play, and others require none. There are even sports that many people cannot play because they can’t afford it. But, out of all sports that I could choose as my favourite, I would have to say volleyball is the best. I’ve been playing volleyball for three years. When I started volleyball in Grade 9 I didn’t have any skills. Mr Nkomo had to teach me everything. As time went by, I got used to the sport, but the fact that I was in the B team, told me that I was capable of doing the sport better.

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In Grade 10, I improved my skills and I even made sure that I participated in each and every practice. That’s when I was chosen to be part of the first team, not because I was good, but because I was committed. I was passionate while playing the sport. At the end of 2015 I was chosen to be the 2015-2016 volleyball captain for girls. Being a captain taught me how to be a good leader and how to support my team members where they needed help. It was not easy to work with new members because I had to teach them volleyball skills. Mr Nkomo always reminded me to be patient because that’s how leaders are supposed to be. Overall, volleyball has taught me that leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of the ability to empower others. KEDIBONE MOKGOBU, 11M


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Dominican Dominance

Inter-Catholic Action On Saturday, 6 February 2016, the U13 A team players woke up with butterflies in their tummies, awaiting the matches against Holy Family College, Sacred Heart College and St Benedict’s College. The festival opened with a prayer and the Captains then signed a Fair Play Pledge upholding the Catholic ethos. The U13 team played with heart and determination, finishing in third place overall.

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Heritage Day

Proudly African HERITAGE DAY IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE AND PUT OUR CULTURE ON DISPLAY. WE MUST EMBRACE IT. EDITH MSIMANGO, 12V

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n 23 September our entire Dominican family — learners, educators, and parents — celebrated our diverse cultural heritage. Before the Heritage Showcase Concert, which completed the school day, educators enjoyed a special tea where they shared foods from around South Africa and the rest of the world. Learners and educators alike were delighted to see the range of cultural clothes on display, including modern interpretations of traditional attire. The Heritage Showcase Concert celebrated South African dance and song, and also included fusion dance ensembles that celebrated international dance interpreted in the South African context. Learners young and old performed to great acclaim.

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address. I believe solutions to his year has been marked these issues will emerge — and by many events — be more enduring — because particularly in Europe and the United States of America of our cultural diversity and collective wisdom. — that have demonstrated a growing fear of other cultures, As we look to other shores races and identities. It would and see the strife caused by a seem that the era of globalisation “melting pot” mentality, where all is fading. Europe is less of a are encouraged to be the same, “Union”. The States of America we see how amalgamation can are less “United”. lead to invisible discrimination and violence. As Dominican celebrated Heritage Day, I was reminded Let us celebrate our differences, of how far our nation has come and if need be have the difficult to overcome fear and prejudice. conversations that lead to This does not mean we do not common ground. Through it all, have challenges and divisions, let us be proudly South African. and the #feesmustfall stalemate GRAHAM HOWARTH highlights the inequality and EXECUTIVE HEADMASTER institutional racism that South Africa is still grappling to

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THERE ARE MYSTERIES IN THIS WORLD THAT WE ARE NOT MEANT TO SOLVE. WE DON’T ALWAYS HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS. KARABO MAGOMOLA, 12V

Our Family

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Prefect Camp

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Parent Information Morning and Braai

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Grade 8 Pool Party

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January – April 2016

WE NOW KNOW MORE ABOUT APPLYING FOR TERTIARY STUDY. THE PROCESS 13 First Week of School IS LONG, AND In Grade 8, learners began the MUST NOT BE year with a Maths Boot Camp, working in teams to try and TAKEN LIGHTLY. JAN

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find relationships between seemingly unrelated numbers. With teachers acting only as facilitators, learners consulted information on the internet and other resources and walked away with a better understanding of number theory.

JAN

“It was exciting, amazing, awesome and everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you to our lovely teachers for this wonderful occasion.” DIVINE MWENDA, 8L

“It was an exciting day filled with fun for the Grade 8s, we got the opportunity to understand people better and we grew closer.” PHAPHAMA MABENTSELA, 8L


YOUR LEARNERS CERTAINLY HAVE A VOICE. THEY ARE NOT AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS. VISITING EDUCATOR | LEAP SCHOOLS

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Ash Wednesday

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Water Collection for Communities in Crisis

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Report Collection

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SAESC Visit

Scholarship Exam I HAVE OFTEN SEEN THIS SCHOOL AS I PASSED BY. I AM SO EXCITED THAT MY DAUGHTER MIGHT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE THE BEST EDUCATION. VISITING PARENT SCHOLARSHIP EXAM

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Community Outreach

Long T Walk to Equality

he traits of Interact Club aren’t instilled by means of feeling sorry for others who are regarded as “needy”, because with that mentality exultation of oneself is made. From my perspective, the motif at the basal section of the committee is of hands holding another. Every person has their hands as a lightly shaded area in comparison to the rest of their body because of the potential to transmit light obtained from within the spirit. Participation in Interact Club may appear as a minuscule activity, however, the light is very potent and is able to propagate a bonfire of impact. Participation this year included aiding learners from varying backgrounds at the Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation. This help was through homework. These particular learners were classified as vulnerable in their home situations or enduring tribulations in the financial field. Another activity was our visit to the Dudu Zwane Home for people infected and affected by HIV/Aids. The visit was for the purpose of donating

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detergents. On arrival, our hearts were engulfed in a sense of Ubuntu. This came from the revelation that the centre accepted any people who were in need of care. The prayer that closed off the visit to the home inspired an outpouring of tears. Interact Club is built upon the Dominican ethos. There is no exclusivity in the committee, which charity and the Interact Club reflects. GIFT NYAMA, 10S


ALUMNI FROM OUR OVC PROGRAMME OFTEN SEND US WORD OF THEIR SUCCESS AT UNIVERSITY. MOST HAVE JOINED THE WORKFORCE, AND AT THAT MOMENT BREAK THE CYCLE OF GENERATIONAL POVERTY.

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ome of you will remember the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Thousands of people sang and danced in the streets of Johannesburg. Mandela’s release gave people hope. The end of apartheid had come.

Many South Africans believed that after apartheid everyone would soon be equal. Unfortunately, socioeconomic inequality, racism and xenophobia continue to divide the nation. Forty years after the 1976 student uprising, we see disillusioned youth taking to the streets — sometimes violently — as part of a desperate search for a better future. It is easy to understand the impatience of the youth, but it is also easy to understand why transformation has been so hard to achieve. The nation requires skilled workers, who in turn can generate and redistribute wealth. This can only happen when young people have access to high quality education, live in homes where their basic needs are met, and have the support of educated parents and guardians who can assist them with their schoolwork and developing their professional goals. With more than 12-million South Africans still living in poverty, this will take many generations to be realised. Roosevelt’s New Deal in the United States’ Great Depression, and Lenin and Trotsky’s vision to improve the quality of life for millions of Russian peasants achieved mixed success, if any. Why should the South African experience be any different, given its challenge to empower an even greater number of people in a highly competitive global economy? It would be easy to give up, but Mandela taught us through his own actions that even when faced with overwhelming odds, change is possible. The South African revolution will not occur by literally setting the world on fire. Burned schools and infrastructure only makes the plight of under-resourced communities worse. The key to transformation will come from individuals and organisations providing opportunities for empowerment, in a land where the poverty of opportunity is often more keenly felt than economic poverty.

and its partnership with the Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation (KNF). Since 1999, more than 500 orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) have been given access to a Dominican education through the generous support of corporations, foundations, and private individuals. Alumni from our OVC Programme often send us word of their success at university. Most have joined the workforce in a wide variety of careers, and at that moment break the cycle of poverty that has affected their family for generations. This is how South Africa will be transformed. On Dominican’s campus, KNF empowers local community pre-school children and parents from the local community. For R50 a month, more than 100 children receive pre-school education and two meals a day at the Wings of Hope School. At KNF’s new childcare centre in Marshall Street, another 100 children receive food and care from 6am to 6pm. KNF has also begun skills development programmes for parents who are learning to sew school uniforms and other items. In July we marked Mandela Day and the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order. Let us pause to celebrate the contribution our Dominican family has made these past 22 years to transform South Africa. Let us also consider our call to creating a more just and humane world. What can we do to show our gratitude to God (laudare) and others for the gifts we have? What can we do to be a blessing (benedicere) for the poor and suffering around us? What will we do to preach (praedicare) and live Christ’s message of love and truth? Many of you, together with Mandela, made the long walk to freedom. In the spirit of Mandela, let us renew our commitment to continue the long walk to equality. PAUL HORN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KGOSI NEIGHBOURHOOD FOUNDATION

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Sacred Heart Our Dominican community marked another year in its rich heritage of education, imbued with the pursuit of social justice, reconciliation, and marked by the relentless search for truth.

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Mandela Day

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High Tea

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Carnival

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Our Family

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Career Day

May – November 2016

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JUN

PADI Visit

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AUG

23 SEP

5

OCT

Sci-Bono Outing

27

Heritage Day

OCT

THE BEST PART OF THE SHOW WAS WHEN THE BEARDED DRAGON SAT ON MY SHOULDER.

Mike Leeming Assembly

KEMORATILE, GRADE 0S.

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10

Alumni Luncheon

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Matric Final Assembly

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Primary Library Opens

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After 30 years of sponsorship, financial stewardship, and investment in Dominican, Mike Leeming retired from our school Board. He was given the Veritas Award, the highest accolade offered by Dominican, for his years of service to the school.

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Mobile Zoo Visit

Entrepreneur Day OCT

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n 15 January 2013, I started my journey as a Dominican Convent boarder. The journey has been an amazing one. Being in the boarding house has taught me more than I ever imagined. I come from a disadvantaged background and when I was granted the opportunity to experience the other side of the world, which didn’t exist in my previous lifestyle, I was excited because I knew that this is exactly what I needed to turn my life around.

Boarding

Home Away From Home

I had to adjust my daily routine, I had to prepare myself for a longer school day, I had to adjust to eating at specific times, I had to adjust from living with my family to living with about 15 other girls, who back then were strangers, and, lastly, I had to adjust from seeing my family daily to seeing them only six times in a year.

COMING TO A BOARDING SCHOOL IN SOUTH AFRICA WAS DIFFICULT BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW ENGLISH. WITH THE HELP OF THE BOARDING HOUSE STAFF AND MY FRIENDS, ENGLISH BECAME MUCH EASIER. LOURENÇO GARCIA, 8R

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In the boarding house I have learnt to love, respect, appreciate, tolerate, independence, internal motivation and I have spiritually found myself. Every single aspect of the boarding house has contributed to making me the person that I am today. The boarding house has become my home to the point where, when I am at home, I miss being here. MICHEL MAHLANGU, 11N

As a Matric student who has been in the boarding house for three years, I have been through the changes; from the way the dining hall looks, to the staff members that have left us. I would like to thank the boarding house staff for shaping me and teaching me different values in being the person I am today. REITUMETSE POO, 12S

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y name is Lourenço Garcia. Coming from Angola to South Africa without any clue about English was the worst! The year 2016 was my first time in a boarding school, and so far the experience has been good. The people I’ve met, and have made friends with, are very kind to me. They were very helpful in times of need. Coming to a boarding school in South Africa was difficult since I didn’t know English. But with the help of the boarding house staff and friends, English has now become easier and easier. Even though I didn’t speak proper English, they could understand what I was trying to say. Overall, the boarding house has been good to me. It has become my second family, a home away from home. LOURENÇO GARCIA,8R

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he boarding house is a place that teaches you responsibility without your parents doing everything for you. It helps you make decisions for yourself within a short space of time and whatever decision you make, will determine if you get yourself into trouble or not. The boarding house helps you face life challenges from all angles. The boarding house masters and mistresses try their best to be your parents far away from home. They help where they can, lift you up if you’re down, motivate you to do the best in whatever you are doing, and help you celebrate the achievements you have accomplished.


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y experience in the boarding house this year was good. I enjoyed some of the outings. The weekend I enjoyed the most was the first weekend because I got to know many more people. I feel like I grew more independent and less dependent on my parents. I was able to find my comfort zone outside of my home and I’m glad I did. REFILOE NTSHABELE, 8R

after making new friends and creating a Dominican family, everything changed. When I come through the blue gates of the Dominican school, I now feel at home because of the love and the support that people are showing towards me. All the successes are because of the support and motivation from my friends and teachers.

WHEN I COME THROUGH THE BLUE GATES OF THE DOMINICAN SCHOOL, I NOW FEEL AT HOME BECAUSE OF THE LOVE AND THE SUPPORT THAT PEOPLE ARE SHOWING TOWARDS ME. ENOCK SOKO, 10S

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eing born in a different country and moving to South Africa was a bit frightening because you have to leave all your friends and make new friends and also learn different languages. Coming to Dominican Convent School, with the pressure from people saying that I must be as good as my brother, Albert, all the motivational talks from what’s called devotion at the boarding house, made me overcome my fear. Being at the boarding house has been and still is a life-changing experience, where you learn to work with a group of people who have different talents and ideas. As a foreigner, the first day felt like I was in a totally different world, where when people were talking to me in their languages I felt like they were making fun of me. But dominican convent school magazine

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Matric Farewell

Winter Wonderland

13 MAY

Friday, 13 May marked an auspicious occasion that had been keenly anticipated by all the matriculants. Glamorous gowns transformed the girls into ladies and perfectly tailored suits moulded the boys into gentlemen. We show-cased our individual styles and yet we were bound together as the Matric group of 2016. The night was filled with celebration and love. The dĂŠcor reflected a magical winter land where dreams could come true. As far as memorable nights go, this has to be the greatest of our school career. NOMSA ZIKALALA, 12V 88

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AWARDS AND PRIZES


ACADEMIC AWARDS GRADE 8 (2015)

GRADE 11 (2015)

FIRST IN SUBJECT

afrikaans arts and culture ems english french hss isizulu life orientation mathematics natural science sesotho

FIRST IN SUBJECT

REAOBOKA RAMAKOALIBANE REAOBOKA RAMAKOALIBANE SIVE MDLALOSE SIVE MDLALOSE THERESA KANTE SIVE MDLALOSE SIVE MDLALOSE MARCIA WILLIAMS SIMBARASHE MABAIRE SIVE MDLALOSE BOITUMELO SELWADI

OVERALL AVERAGE

first second third

SIVE MDLALOSE REAOBOKA RAMAKOALIBANE SIMBARASHE MABAIRE

GRADE 9 (2015) FIRST IN SUBJECT

afrikaans arts and culture ems english french hss isizulu life orientation mathematics natural science portuguese sesotho

afrikaans accounting ap english ap mathematics business studies dramatic arts english geography history information technology isizulu life orientation life science mathematics maths literacy physical science portuguese sesotho

BUQAQAWULI NOBAKADA

OVERALL AVERAGE

BUQAQAWULI NOBAKADA

first second third

CORLENDER MUNYAWIRI BUQAQAWULI NOBAKADA

BOIPELO MONTOEDI BOIPELO MONTOEDI BUNGCWETHI HLONGWANE DANZEL TSHUMA BOIPELO MONTOEDI SIPHIWE MKHONZA MUSA BUTHELEZI ZANELE SIMANGO NOMSA ZIKALALA NICOLLE CHARUMA LETHAUKUTHULA MASEKO DANZEL TSHUMA MUSA BUTHELEZI DANZEL TSHUMA CHUMA PINDELA DANZEL TSHUMA CYNTHIA JANUARIO CASSANDRA MODISE DANZEL TSHUMA MUSA BUTHELEZI BOIPELO MONTOEDI

CHRISTELLE BADIBANGA MASEGO TLHABANYANE SAMUKELE NGEMA KABELO DAMARI BUKIWE MASILELA MASEGO TLHABANYANE ADITELMA CANELAS TSHEPISO MOTLOUNG

OVERALL AVERAGE

first second third

MASEGO TLHABANYANE GIFT NYAMA THANDOLWETHU THWALA

GRADE 10 (2015) FIRST IN SUBJECT

accounting afrikaans business studies english geography french history information technology isizulu life orientation life science mathematics maths literacy physical science portuguese sesotho visual arts

TSHEGOFATSO MANTSHO TSHEGOFATSO MANTSHO ALYSSA POTGIETER IMANI NYEZI IMANI NYEZI GISLAINE BATUBENGE BONGIWE NKOSI LUVUYO-UNATHI NYAMATHE NTOKOZO MYEZA GISLAINE BATUBENGE IMANI NYEZI TSHEGOFATSO MANTSHO KHANYA-KHAYA MOYO TSHEGOFATSO MANTSHO KISSIA NOGUEIRA MICHEL MAHLANGU TREVLIN OLCKERS

OVERALL AVERAGE

first second third

TSHEGOFATSO MANTSHO LAYLA MOTAUNG IMANI NYEZI

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORT AND CULTURE AWARDS BASKETBALL

VOLLEYBALL

TOP POINT SCORER

junior girls junior boys senior girls senior boys

MOST IMPROVED

senior girls

BOITUMELO SELWADI JABEZ MUKANDILA

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

IMANI NYEZI

junior boys senior girls senior boys

JONATHAN BARUTI

MOST IMPROVED

junior girls junior boys senior girls senior boys

SIMBARASHE MABAIRE KEDIBONE MOKGOBU ENOCK SOKO

ULEMU PADZUWA JABEZ MUKANDILA

CHOIR

CRISTIANA FITA

best junior chorister best senior chorister

JOHN NHANDARA

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

junior girls junior boys senior girls senior boys

JABULILE MATHENGA

BOITUMELO SELWADI KGOSIETSILE MOSINKI WEZI CHIRWA AND CASSANDRA MODISE JESSIE MACIE

CHESS

KUTLWANO SHAI SABELWE MABUYA

CONTEMPORARY DANCE most improved dancer best african performance best performance

KEORAPETSE LEBELE RAMODISE MODISE NINA ZWANE

DRUMMING most improved best junior best senior

MOST IMPROVED

junior senior

MICHAEL CHANETSA SIMBARASHE MABAIRE

MOTHEO MSIMANGA

best participant

SIVE MDLALOSE

most improved best junior best senior

NETBALL MOST IMPROVED

MANDISA NGUBANE

EARL RATEMA

MARIE MUTABAZI PRIVILEDGE DUBE MASEGO TLHABANYANE

PERFORMING ARTS

TOP GOAL SCORER

junior senior

TAMRY ESIRI

MARIMBA

HOUSE TROPHY

senior

THUTO KOENANE

I-SCHOOL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

junior senior

BULELWA MATABANE

KAMOGELO MOLOELANG SOMILA KIMA

best supporting actress best supporting actor best actress

ELLA MARRIOTT SIYABONGA NDABA TAMRY ESIRI

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

junior senior

NALEDI NTSOOA SINDISWA BOKOPANE

FOOTBALL MOST IMPROVED

senior girls

SINDISWA BOKOPANE

MANDISA NGUBANE

GOLDEN BOOT AWARD

senior girls junior boys senior boys

KELEBOGILE MATSHEKA ZAMOKUHLE THABETHE LONGIN KAKERA

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SENIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

junior girls senior girls junior boys senior boys

JUNIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

2016

KELEBOGILE MATSHEKA

SENIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR


HALF-COLOURS summa cum laude basketball

honours

full colours

CHRISTIANA FITA MBULELO BONGOBI NDUMEZULU NGWENYA SARAH KAZEMBE RAMODISE MODISE THABANG KHAMBULE NOKULUNGA MASHABA MARENA MOLABA

NICOLLE CHARUMA

academic

ZANELE SIMANGO GIFT NYAMA NTOKOZO MYEZA MASEGO TLHABANYANE DANZEL TSHUMA

IMANI NYEZI

chess

THATO MNIKATI

netball

NTOMBENHLE MAVIMBELA ENTLE SABA SINDISWA BOKOPANE MANDISA NGUBANE MICHEL MAHLANGU NTHABISENG MODUKANELE AYANDA MOYO KHANYA-KHAYA MOYO MASANA SITHOLE REFILOE SITHOLE

soccer

LINDOKUHLE THUSI THATO MOOROSI MBONGWA DINEKA LONGIN KAKERA SINDISWA BOKOPANE MANDISA NGUBANE JOAQUIM DIAS NTOKOZO MYEZA PERTUNIA NEMANAME GUGU SEITLHAMO KGAUGELO MOTSUMI ENTLE SABA

volleyball

WITNESS MALINGA KGAUGELO MOTSUMI REFILOE MULEYA KELEBOGILE MATSHEKE BOITUMELO KHOANYANE SIMBARASHE MABAIRE SIPHESIHLE MAGUBANE OLGEBOGWE MATLALA SIVE MDLALOSE KELECHI NTINUGWA DIOSCOR IRAHARI LESEGO MPYE ENOCK SOKO REFILOE MULEYA

MPHO SEABI MICHEL MAHLANGU TSHEGOFATSO MATSEBA NEO MAYEZA NTHABISENG MODUKANELE AYANDA MOYO KHANYA-KHAYA MOYO SIYABONGA NDABA BONGIWE NKOSI LUVUYO-UNATHI NYAMATHE TSHEPO NYANDA AMANDA SHEZI MASANA SITHOLE REFILOE SITHOLE SABELO TEMBA KHANYISILE MALOPE BOTLE MATHOKA PRINCESS MOYO BUKIWE MASILELA

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speech and drama

KANALELO MATHINYA JESSICA AMODA KHETIWE NDABA TSHEGOFATSO MANTSHO

dance drumming marimba

TSHEGOFATSO MATSEBA TSHEPO NYANDA NOBUHLE HLOMUKA KHANYISILE MALOPE FATIMA KABA BOHLALE MALIBE

performing arts

KHETIWE NDABA ZANELE SIMANGO NOMAKHOSI SINDANE KHANYISILE MALOPE BOTLE MATHOKA KERATILE RAMMUKI

press team

AYANDA MOYO REITUMETSE POO

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service

half colours


HONOURS COLOURS

basketball

summa cum laude

honours

full colours

half colours

NTOYAMI BOPHELA LAKHE GRANTHAM WEZI CHIRWA JESSIE MACIE MARIO ANTONIO JONATHAN BARUTI NATHAN BARUTI

NOMSA ZIKALALA

JESSE MACIE

BOIPELO MONTOEDI

CASSANDRA MODISE

MUSA BUTHELEZI

chess

SITHEMBISO MOKUWA

EDITH MSIMANGO

rugby

RODNEY MOSES

BOIPELO NONYANE

MUSA BUTHELEZI

IMANI NYEZI

NTOKOZO GULIWE

LAYLA MOTAUNG

NTOKOZO TSHABALALA

TSHEGOFATSO MANTSHO

netball

academic

SOMILA KIMA GUGU SEITLHAMO SOMILA KIMA

soccer

SITHEMBISO MOKUWA LESEGO MOTSOANE MPHO SEABI DANZEL TSHUMA BOITUMELO RASEHLO WEZI CHIRWA ISAAC SAYI KELEBOGILE MATSHEKE HAPIFINIO DUARTE

volleyball

ASHLEY CHINDAWI LAKHE GRANTHAM

BOITUMELO KOKOROPO

choir

PALESA LEGODI BOIPELO NONYANE NTOKOZO TSHABALALA MALEHLONOLO NTSOOA NOMAKHOSI SINDANE TREVLIN OLCKERS BOITUMELO KOKOROPO PALESA LEGODI

marimba

NOMAKHOSI SINDANE BOIPELO NONYANE AIMEDO LAKOTA IMANI NYEZI AIMEDO LOKOTA

music performing arts

PALESA LEGODI BOTLE MATHOKA EARL RATEMA

press team

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GRADE 12 AWARDS ENGLISH

SOCIAL SCIENCE GEOGRAPHY

ENGLISH

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BUNGCWETHI HLONGWANE NOMSA ZIKALALA MUSA BUTHELEZI

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MATHEMATICS

DANZEL TSHUMA JUSTICE MADZIVHANDILA NOMSA ZIKALALA

first second third

JUSTICE MADZIVHANDILA

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BOIPELO MONTOEDI NOMSA ZIKALALA

TSHEGOFATSO SEPURU LESEGO MOTSOANE NICOLLE CHARUMA

NTOKOZO TSHABALALA CYNTHIA JANUARIO SANTA PINHEIRO

BOIPELO MONTOEDI ZANELE SIMANGO ENTLE SABA

RELIGION

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PORTUGUESE

SANTA PINHEIRO

OVERALL first second third

SESOTHO

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RADOLF MAVEDZENGE

LIFE ORIENTATION

AFRIKAANS

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BUNGCWETHI HLONGWANE

VALUES

2ND LANGUAGE first second third

NOMSA ZIKALALA

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

DANZEL TSHUMA NOMSA ZIKALALA

RADOLF MAVEDZENGE

TECHNOLOGY

AP MATHEMATICS

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CHUMA PINDELA

HISTORY

MATHEMATICS

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ZANELE SIMANGO

CASSANDRA MODISE GRACE MOTSUMI

BOIPELO MONTOEDI NOMSA ZIKALALA MUSA BUTHELEZI

KELEBOGILE MATSHEKA

ISIZULU

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LETHAUKUTHULA MASEKO EDITH MSIMANGO ENTLE SABA

PRO MERITO AWARDS

COMMERCE

Awarded to Grade 12 learners in recognition of their dedication and ability in sport and culture for five consecutive years.

ACCOUNTING

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BOIPELO MONTOEDI DANZEL TSHUMA

basketball

MUSA BUTHELEZI BOIPELO MONTOEDI DANZEL TSHUMA

KHETHIWE NDABA

choir

BOITUMELO KOKOROPO MALEHLOHONOLO NTSOOA

ENTLE SABA

MPHO SEABI NOMAKHOSI SINDANE

THE ARTS

NTOKOZO TSHABALALA

DRAMATIC ARTS

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SPHIWE MKHONZA TSHEPISO MOLIKI THANDEKA KHESWA

marimba netball

NOMAKHOSI SINDANE SOMILA KIMA ENTLE SABA

soccer

HEPIFINIO DUARTE NTOKOZO GULIWE

SCIENCES

MPHO SEABI DANZEL TSHUMA

LIFE SCIENCE

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KELEBOGILE MATSHEKA

BOIPELO MONTOEDI

LESEGO MOTSOANE

NOMSA ZIKALALA CASSANDRA MODISE

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

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JESSIE MACIE CASSANDRA MODISE

BUSINESS STUDIES

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WEZI CHIRWA

DANZEL TSHUMA JUSTICE MADZIVHANDILA MUSA BUTHELEZI

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LAKHE GRANTHAM WITNESS MALINGA KELEBOGILE MATSHEKA KGAUGELO MOTSUMI


SPECIAL AWARDS BOIPELO MONTOEDI

2016 LEADERSHIP AWARD

Awarded to a Grade 12 learner who has shown outstanding, consistent and exemplary leadership in all spheres of school life. DUX SCHOLAR For the highest combined marks in all Grade 12 subjects.

DANZEL TSHUMA ZENEX MATHS, SCIENCE AND ENGLISH AWARD

For the highest average in Maths, Science and English

REITUMETSE POO

2016 SERVICE AWARD

Awarded to a Grade 12 learner who has shown outstanding, consistent and exemplary service to the school in all spheres of school life, and who embodies the ethos of Dominican Convent School.

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INDIVIDUAL PHOTOS


BABY CLASS

Malakai Horn

Noela Madalena

Alvaro Mouton

Tochi Ogbonna

Emmanuel Ossa Ossa

Oratile Tshishonga

Bencao Vuvu

Bethel Chimwanda

Mia Mackenzie

Duma Duma

Adaeze Ezeife

Ezra Koopman

Sibahle Makhathini

Rutendo Manyuchi

Wandile Maphosa

Keona Maseko

Khethelo Mkhize

Minenhle Mpofu

Engetelo Mukhari

Tiisetso Nissel

Sebeelo Letlotlo

Oratilwe Sibeko

Thokozani Sibiya

Lishen Singh

Mutshidzi Tshivhilinge

Otsile Daku

Emmanuel Ddumba

Melokuhle Khumalo

Lehlohonolo Litabe

Ashley Magodiela

Balekane Mamabolo

NOT PICTURED Rorisang Ayivor

000

Thapelo Moeti

Kabelo Motapane

NOT PICTURED Enzo Domingos

00S

Mace Van Wyk

Nkosazana Zwane

Tonica Matthews

Nhlakanipho Mazibuko

Nonceba Mhlongo

Letlotlo Mokhethi

Freddy Musada

Imange Ndabeni

Mangaliso Ngubeni

Nthabiseng Posholi

Thato Shingwenyana

Shannen Tshuma

Elyon Adabah

Boniswa Buthelezi

Cheryl Chimwanda

Crispen Chirume

Refentse Itsweng

Maya Koopman

Ndumiso Mabuya

Lethabo Makabanyane

NOT PICTURED Mnqobi Makhubo

RM

Nqobile Makhathini

Vincent Mashaba

Olerato Masilo

Chikomborero Matumba

Omphile Mogase

Keratilwe Moloi

Thabiso Monageng

Itumeleng Mophosho

Sihle Mthanti

Siyabonga Ngutshana

Bontle Nkomo

Keren Nkongolo

Mihle Nongogo

Samkele Radebe

Khathutshelo Ramanugu

Koketso Sehume

Tumisho Serepo

Nkateko Shinguenyana

Sicelo Tshabalala

Joshua Ugonna

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NOT PICTURED Rachel Zikode

RS

Taye Watkins

Kearabetswe Zulu

Musa Khumalo

Thando Maebela

Mahlatse Mahlalela

Maita Mbariro

Kemoratile Metsileng

Omphile Mmethi

Lukhanyo Cekete

Mary-Anne Churu

Jack Dakile

Fredrick Ezeife

Siphephelo Hlatshwayo

Masedi Khoanyane

Lesedi Mahlatji

Gabriella Makanda

Nontisikelelo Maphosa

Kristen Maseko

Masego Mashaba

Omphile Masilo

Minienhle Mazibuko

Ofentse Mohale

Maxime Mpano-Makuza

Calvin Mugutso

Lwazi Ndlovu

Gopolang Ndzekeli

Arodi Ruben

Tylin Saptoe

Chiko Chanetsa

Tshepang Dladla

Omphile Kobeli

Ethan Koffman

1B

Mariam Siby

Angelo Vuvu

Hayden Watkins

Puseletso Zulu

Khanya Mmusi

Nakisani Magagula

Karabo Magodiela

Athen Massika

Frederick Mfene

Koena Mokoena

Asanda Moloi

Kopano Mosebi

Lekgeme Mphahlele

Manelisi Mpofu

Rutendo Musada

Lulama Mzangwe

Lihle Ndlangamandla

Lwandle Ngcobo

Tlhonolofatso Nkosi

Reoratile Ntaje

Lebogang Plaatjies

Lethabo Qwaka

Tlhalefo Rapuleng

Lesedi Seleti

Uche Abaruo

Chioma Ajuobi

Boipelo Aphane

Natasha Basikolo

Luthando Cekete

Lulama Lukhele

Oratile Maidi

Jada Mapfumo

Natasha Masuku

Thabo Mhulatshi

NOT PICTURED Eleazar Chindomu Sean Mthembu

1G

Mikayla Thoane

Siya Tshabalala

Matteo V.d. Westhuizen

Yanga Ddumba

Sphesihle Dlamini

Kutlwano Josam

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Pheliswa Jwili

Faith Lucas


Pedro Miguel

Masentle Moeti

Thando Mosidi

Ntumba Mukeba

Funani Muofhe

Buhle Ndlovu

Paidaishe Ntshingila

Favour Nwachukwu

Keamogetswe Ramathlafi

Boikanyo Ratlhagane

Rorisang Aphane

Adrienne Damons

Lonwabo Fihla

Nokutenda Manase

Chipo Manyuchi

NOT PICTURED Rodney Mugadza

1M

Zola Ruben

Khothatso Sebake

Zanele Xulu

Mangaliso Maphalala

Kgakollo Masege

Kamogelo Mashadzha

Itumeleng Moroe

Chioma Nebo

Daniel Nkongolo

Luvuyo Nyovane

Tswaledi Phashe

Nyiko Radebe

Ethan Benjamin

Jean-Pierre Blignaut

Mbali Bokopane

Amulike Dube

Akhumuzi Duma

Angela Dzokesayi

Busisiwe Jabetla

Ntando Kumalo

Ofunwa Likhaba

Ntokozo Malebo

Rhulani Mathebula

Lehlohonolo Mgabhi

Ayanda Mogoshi

Siyabonga Moloelang

Omphile Monanyane

Mmasego Moseki

Anele Ndawo

Penuel Ndlovu

Tshimollo Ndzekeli

Lindokuhle Nhlapho

Andile Nkwenkwana

Rorisang Ntshona

Tiago Okonkwo

Ofentse Oliphant

Khumo Pooe

Tshiamo Selwadi

Ofentse Sibeko

Lethabo Thekwane

Anathi Tobo

Oboitshepo Chavalala

Tshepi Daku

Oarabile Dikeme

Frederique Eyengbiang Ossa

Sonwabile Fihla

Samuel Gomolemo

Molemo Gqosha

Jassira Miguel

Sandiso Mkhize

Esihle Mkize

Ratumo Mofutsanyana

Owethu Motaung

Lehakwe Mpholo

Mpumi Mthembu

2M

NOT PICTURED Miguel Joao

2S

Logan-Leigh Ugonna

Wandile Hlatshwayo

Riboningo Mabasa

Neo Mabe

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Ziyanda Mtimkulu

Nyakallo Ntsooa

Lesego Nxumalo

Faith Nyawera

Unam Pase

Neo Rantao

Opelong Rapodile

Onthatile Saohatse

Lungile Sibiya

Mpilo Sindane

Sibongakonke Hlatshwayo

Mandisa Khumalo

Thandolwethu Madinane

Hlumela Malinga

Olorato Mncube

Palesa Molamu

Kamohelo Motapane

Amahle Ndawo

3A

Nomthandazo Sithole

Mpova Vuvu

Keren Wanyama

Ayanda Zwedala

Grace Manase

Unathi Masimini

Dinhle Matsoetlane

Zuriel Matthews

Sihle Mdletshe

Kwazi Mketshane

NOT PICTURED Lethabo Letsoalo

3C

Temaswati Ngobese

Agrippa Nhlapo

Lindokuhle Ntuli

Motheo Sadiki

Keamogetswe Seabi

Alyssa Tyler

Nkosinathi Zuze

Sbahle Cele

Lehlohonolo Gcaleka

Victoria Hughes

Asanda Khumalo

Katlego Lefowa

Leila Marriott

Reshoketswe Mathosa

Takunda Matumba

Lindo Maxhanti

Unathi Mbadzo

Nhlangano Mhlongo

Amogelang Mhulatshi

Bokang Mokhethi

Sibusiso Ncube

Reatile Ngubane

Grace Ngwenya

Nyerende Matlhogonolo

Pavel Rosenthal

Kago Sebeelo

Ayanda Tshabalala

Oratilwe Tshikane

Nokuthula Dlamini

Woxola Hughes

Deyshan Kaloo

Tumelo Khala

Vincent Kibue

Khanya Kobeli

Isaac Lomo

Motlatsi Mabeta

Khathutshelo Mamphoto

Elias Manthata

Reatlehile Mathinya

Phutholoho Mathoka

Kelebogile Matseoane

Mbulaheni Mbali

Boitumelo Mpalane

Laika Muanza

4C

Mandisa Madlala

Ashanti Mamabolo

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Angela Mwangi

Phemelo Ratlhagane

Ayanda Sebuse

Junia Wanyama

Zinhle Zuze

Omphile Baholo

Lihle Gule

Amahle Kemp

Keabetswe Mahoro

Phathutshedzo Malaka

Tshegofatso Malope

Njabulo Maseko

Thamsanqa Mashele

Justin Matsoetlane

Alwande Mdletshe

Waratwa Mlonyeni

Lungile Mofokeng

Warona Mogoshi

Bokamoso Mokoena

Keabetsoe Mpele

Jan Mwakassa

Princess Ndlovu

Njabulo Ngema

Khwezi Radebe

Kutloano Sehlapelo

Loyiso Thela

Michyle Watkins

Unathi Dubazana

Luyanda Gasa

Cynthia Gwanyanya

Chris Itefela

Marone Kassa

Omolemo Legodi

Banthatile Madubanya

Wandile Majola

Warona Malambe

Keletso Mohale

Bonolo Moroe

Relebogile Mxakato

Sethu Ngobese

Nokukhanya Radebe

Palesa Selibe

Lihle Thage

Neo Thoane

Nompumelelo Dladla

Mthandazo Jabetla

Oratile Mabula

Andile Magudulela

Misho Mashigo

Gomolemo Matseba

Kutlwano Mthembu

Keyan Naidoo

NethonondaTanya

Tshiamo Nissel

Phororo Mathapelo

Ntando Sipambo

Garon Beukes

Hlumela Gcasamba

Liam Johnstone

Tanaka Magwegwe

Sandiso Mahlangu

5G

Tenderoyashe Makuwerere

NOT PICTURED Tinashe Chitaka

5P

Ofentse Tshishonga

Malebo Van Ross

Ntando Mazibuko

Lulama Mketshane

Mandisa Mkhetshane

Rapelang Molubi NOT PICTURED Ropafadzo Dube Pascalinah Kazembe

Nyeleti Sithole

Owethu Thamane

Bernadine Zwane

6B

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Lutando Makhoba

Sihle Malambe

Jeena Marriott

Buhle Mkhangwana

Gontse Mohale

Naledi Mokonyane

Tumelo Muanza

Sibongakonke Ndawo

Kgotso Qwaka

Amogelang Sediela

Banele Bhengu

Jabulani Lebewane

Thato Lekata

Tinyiko Mabaso

6D

Thato Serepo

Katleho Shongwe

Ofentse Tshehla

Unathi Tshuma

Asanda Majola

Oratilwe Masilo

Gugulethu Mkhize

Oratile Mosinki

Gladys Moyo

Zenzo Msimanga

Nelly Mukodzeri

Nsika Ngubane

Shaun Ngwenya

Khothatso Nyandeni

Kudzai Coutries

Branford Derbyshire

Nokuthula Dube

Kgosietsile Legae

Tshiamo Lekalakala

Jennifer Lioul

Onkarabetse Mogase

Basetsana Moropa

Linda Ndelani

Mbali Ngwenya

Teboho Nkosi

Hlengiwe Plaatjies

Celma Ahmedou

Simnikiwe Dhlamini

Njabulo Dikome

Claudio Francisco

Meron Getahune

Princess Kante

Lwandile Mavi

Soni Mdlulwa

Omolemo Mogase

Koketso Molema

Keabetswe Mosidi

Ntsika Nkosi

Cristina Canga

Jeorgeth Dos Santos

Siyabonga Dube

Wandile Dube

NOT PICTURED Joao De Carvalho Tania Van Wyk

7B

Gomolemo Sephodi

Asma Siby

Tumelo Mabeta

Jacline Manuel

Bathandwa Manyamalala

Buntu Mkhonto

NOT PICTURED Naomi Kazembe Thabo Peete

7S

Marina Sonblo

Thandeka Tshabalala

Siphokazi Khala

Lethabo Legwale

Tegra Lomo

Tshegofatso Malapane

8B

Kelechukwu Okpara

Karabo Radebe

Jemima Ruben

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Njabulo Shingwenyana


Ijeoma Ibe

Ibu Kapisa

Leanne Khumalo

Chilowa Leshaba

Israel Mafuta

Masego Manoog

Tshepang Matabane

Owethu Mavuka

Ntando Mazibuko

Matshidiso Mohulo

Kgosiemang Mosinki

Fezile Mpotulo

Mapalo Mwale

Itumeleng Ngubane

Malik Nodangala

Itumeleng Ratsikana

Kutlwano Shai

Tamia Tshili

Siphesihle William

Helen Getahune

Ithuteng Homoyi

Katleho Koenane

Nosindi Kubeka

Lelethu Mabentsela

Khanyisa Maebela

Blessing Manthata

Mpho Mogalobe

Kgosietsile Mosinki

Thembelihle Moyo

Nhlanhla Mtembu

Divine Mwenda

Ashley Ndou

Katleho Ntholi

Thubelihle Cebekhulu

Michael Chanetsa

Lourenรงo Garcia

Clementine Godi

Wesley Mncube

Bophela Mnyakeni

Nompumelelo Motsepe

Vuyelwa Moyo

8L

Lesego Masoek

Xenlyn Matthews

Bonga Mchunu

8R

Khahliso Ntoi

Livhuwani Ratshibaya

Vusumuzi Tshabalala

Shekina Woldesemayat

Relebogile Hlatshwayo

Jeffrey Kimani

Kilebohile Kobeli

Chelsea-Rose Mackenzie

Ella Marriott

Pertunia Mashiloane

8W

Keraiya Naidoo

Bhambatha Ndaba

Lutho Ndiki

Refiloe Ntshabele

Thandiwe Padzuwa

Zamokuhle Thabethe

Noligwa Tsehloane

Asante Zwane

Lisa Dube

Andile Dube

Hans Itefela

Tyrese Jacobs

Keorapetse Lebele

Mogomotsi Leso

Kgotso Mabuya

Lunga Makhanya

Nozipho Malindzisa

Thobekile Mathobela

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Morena Matsoso

Marang Modise

Thabang Mokoena

Motheo Msimanga

Marie Justine Mutabazi

John Nhandara

Ifaenyichuku Nwosu

Bridget Sebola

Tshenolo Semenya

Kgomotso Tshukudu

Sifiso Buthelezi

Moise Byiringiro

Sean Dzokesayi

Jonah Gasura

Tshegofatso Kgosiemang

Boitumelo Khoanyane

Omphile Malatse

Thandeka Mosia

Tshiamo Motau

Bhekuzulu Ndlovu

Melchi Ngoyi

Sijabulile Nsibandze

Ulemu Padzuwa

Nelly Phakathi

Matthew Alberts

Yannick Batubenge

Jansen Mukandila

Kelly Ntinugwa

9B

Adam Van Zyl

Gift Matubatuba

Sive Mdlalose

Candice Meek

NOT PICTURED Tadiwa Makuwerere

9K

Owami Sejwe

Boitumelo Selwadi

Daluxolo Sithebe

Sibusiso Sithole

Kefuoe Thokoane

Marcia Williams

Nontsikilelo Davies

Emmanuel House

Theresa Kante

Phila Lufele

Simbarashe Mabaire

Siphesihle Magubane

Kananelo Mokone

Kabelo Molamu

9N

Naledi Ntsooa

Malwande Phiri

Reaoboka Ramakoalibane

Thato Rammutla

Lesego Sepuru

Lilitha Sibanyoni

Natasha Tapfumaneyi

Motlatso Themba

Boipelo Baitsi

Boipelo Dladla

Daniel Gitau

Siphesehle Kunene

Reabetsoe Machepha

Emihle Mangcipu

Olebogwe Matlala

Thato Mokgatle

Kamogelo Moloelang

Nwabisa Moyo

NOT PICTURED Joseph Kazembe Aurea Nogueira

9V

Khanyisile Nangu

Miyoyo Ngnatat

Hlolohelo Pusoeng

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Michelle Sephula

Nhlanhla Sibiya

Ofentse Somo

Jonathan Tshitadi

Ryley Buikes


Katleho Chepape

Sonto Dube

Zinhle Geluk

Paballo Kekana

Thuto Koenane

Mamello Makgalemele

Tadiwa Mavedzenge

Thabiso Mncube

Keletso Monageng

Mondli Moyo

10L

Sandile Ndaba

Ntando Ngcobo

Bongiwe Nkutha

Hlohonolofatso Pusoeng

Boikanyo Rankapole

Ishiqa Singh

Buhle Skosana

Wanga Tshivhase

Ntoyami Bopela

Nokukhanya Buthelezi

Aditelma Canelas

Samantha Chirume

Noxolo Dlamini

Hรกfnio Duarte

Thulie Gumede

Lwando Hurley

Dioscor Irahari

Refilwe Lekwape

Tsheko Magubane

Molly Mashile

Davis Massala

Tshepiso Mnguni

Lerato Moloi

Thato Moorosi

Maphutha Mothapo

Kgomotso Mpele

Akani Novela

Lindokuhle Thusi

Christelle Badibanga

Neo Dinku

Nkosazana Dlamini

Cristiana Fita

Emmanuel Getahune

Thulani Gumede

Luyanda Madida

Siphosethu Malindzisa

Nqobile Mashau

Tshepiso Matsose

Thato Mnikati

Musa Monageng

NOT PICTURED Zizo Chuma Titelo Lepule Mahlatse Mabitsela Fuluthelo Singo

Masego Tlhabanyane

Dolophina Vilankulu

Thato Gwinya

Atlehang Jorha

Pheladi Kekane

10M

Banele Kumalo

NOT PICTURED Sandile Tilibe Boikarabelo Tladi

Simphiwe Ngcobo

Nontokozo Ngwenya

Sandile Nonyukela

Keratile Rammuki

Rendani Ratshibaya

Bongisiwe Sibanda

Thando Sithole

Nina Zwane

Mbulelo Bongobi

John Damari

Mbongwa Dineka

Sebenele Dlamini

Phumeza Hlongwane

Clinton Khumalo

Sabelwe Mabuya

Khulekani Magudulela

Bontle Malebo

10R

Tamiqua Martin

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Khwezi Masuku

Corlender Munyawiri

Ndivhuwo Nemugumoni

Samukele Ngema

Ndumezulu Ngwenya

Buqaqawuli Nobakada

Morglin Olivier

Mbalenhle Radebe

Dibatlo Rankoe

Ofentse Sekgobela

Thobeka Bokopane

Savannah Campbell

Cindy Dzobo

Longin Kakera

Atlegang Kgagudi

Helder Mavuie

Siphesihle Mazibuko

Tshepiso Motloung

Lesego Mpye

Feziwe Nangu

NOT PICTURED Beatrice Beaver Moradi Keraetswe

10S

Tanaka Semeon

Nomfundo Sive

Thandolwethu Thwala

Natasha Kgaphola

Londiwe Kunene

Monare Maditsi

Thato Maja

Bukiwe Masilela

NOT PICTURED Sarah Kazembe Ramodise Modise

Lungelo Ndawo

Mandisa Ngubane

Gift Nyama

Siyabonga Sechabe

Reabetsoe Selelo

Simphiwe Shabalala

Sibusiso Simamane

Enock Soko

Christine Cebekhulu

Fezile Dhladhla

Thabang Khambule

Ayanda Madi

Layla Motaung

Carnatia Mpapele

Zukhanye Mqunquthu

Refilwe Mthelezulu

Siyabonga Ndaba

11F

Mihlali Ngayi

11G

Jemima Nsabwa

Imani Nyezi

Boitumelo Rasehlo

Earl Ratema

Amanda Shezi

Sibonginkosi Zuze

Nontokozo Zwane

Ntokozo Zwane

Mario Antonio

Jonathan Baruti

Gislaine Batubenge

Tamry Esiri

Jason Kekana

Nonhlanhla Maclare

Mpho Manalo

Jabulile Mathenga

Kananelo Mathinya

Ntombenhle Mavimbela

Thato Mosea

Ntokozo Myeza

Lindokuhle Nxele

Luvuyo Nyamathe

Cheraldine Peters

Mogau Sadike

Sipho Twala

Khanyisa Zide

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Nthabiseng Modukanele

Nathan Baruti

Duduzile Buthelezi

Tamia Jacobs

Lance Latola

Thabang Marumo

Nokulunga Mashaba

Neo Mayeza

Zisuxolo Mhlayivana

Kamohelo Mlambo

Abigail Mokgobu

Ayanda Moyo

Khanya-Khaya Moyo

Holiness Muanza

Hlulani Nkhwashu

Tshepo Nyanda

Trevlin Olckers

Gugulethu Seitlhamo

Keketso Serero

Joaquim Dias

Mlondi Dlamini

Hlengiwe Mahlambi

Michel Mahlangu

Tshegofatso Mantsho

Marena Molaba

Keoagile Moledi

Keletso Nakedi

Denise Pedro

Ntokozo Phillips

Isaac Sayi

Masana Sithole

Refilwe Sithole

Sabelo Temba

Rachel Vaz

Mbali Xulu

Masego Bantsi

Cynthia Januario

Katlego Khoza

Somila Kima

Witness Malinga

Melisa Mathobela

Manelisa Mbatha

Buti Mofokeng

Ashley Chindawi

Nobuhle Hlomuka

11N

Pertunia Nemaname

Bongiwe Nkosi

NOT PICTURED Lebohang Khumalo

12M

12S

Tshepiso Moliki

Kgomotso Monyemoratho

Mitchell Mpofu

Malehlohonolo Ntsooa

Itumeleng Phetoe

Neo Tisane

Thandeka Kheswa

Jesse Macie

Bohlale Malibe

Koketso Marule

Botle Mathoka

Sithembiso Mokuwa

Kgaugelo Motsumi

Khethiwe Ndaba

Reitumetse Poo

Atlegang Ramakgapola

Jessica Amoda

Musa Buthelezi

Nicolle Charuma

Wezi Chirwa

Lakhe Grantham

Bungcwethi Hlongwane

12V

Ntokozo Tshabalala

Mpumelelo Xulu

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Palesa Legodi

Aimee Lokota

Karabo Magomola

Leley Maseko

Kelebogile Matsheka

Boipelo Montoedi

Rodney Moses

Lesego Motsoane

Princess Moyo

Edith Msimango

Boipelo Nonyane

Chuma Pindela

Santa Pinheiro

Reamogetswe Poo

Ntokozo Guliwe

Entle Saba

Tshegofatso Sepuru

Nomakhosi Sindane

Danzel Tshuma

Nomsa Zikalala

Hepifinio Duarte

Fatima Kaba

Boitumelo Kokoropo

Justice Madzhivhandila

Khanyisile Malope

Radolf Mavedzenge

Sphiwe Mkhonza

Cassandra Modise

Caleb Nkosi

Ontlametse Phalatse

Mpho Seabi

Mbongiseni Sibanda

Zanele Simango

12W

Refiloe Muleya

Sibongile Ndlovu

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Jo-Anne Appels

Amanda Beukes

Darryl Bimray

Modupi Botsane

Martha Bouman

Sonto Buthelezi

Denise Carolino

Tarisai Chanetsa

Tangu Changa

Bianca Chendip

Jeffrey Chimwanda

Nicola Da Silva

Gabby De Quintal

Marie De Wet

Sipho Dlamini

Barry Donga

Bronwyn Dos Santos

Petrus Du Toit

Lynn Fortmann

Jessica Gomes

Paul Horn

Graham Howarth

Robin Howell

Sr Evelyn Jung

Isaac Karota

Tanya Lamb

Noloyiso Lange

Grace Leggett

Sandisiwe Leuta

Amelia Lima

Ruth Loewenthal

Joyce Machogo

Deidre Mackenzie

Veronica Magudulela

Giba Mahlangu

Thabo Mahlatse

Suzan Maleho

Lydia Mangaliso

Amanda Maree

Hassiena Marriott

Helen Marx

Florence Masuku

Tapiwa Mavedzenge

Colleen Mazibuko

Goodman Mkhahlela

Kgothatso Modupe

Paulus Modupe

Apiel Mokoena

Jayme Moodley

Sabrina Moore

Sidrick Moore

Rosalia Motha

Cynthia Mtshali

Phumudzo Muravha

Freddy Musada

Mbuyi Mutamba

Busisiwe Mwelase

Viloshini Naidoo

Bongumusa Ncanana

Connie Ndhlovu

Alex Ngoasheng

Thandazani Ngubane

Helen Ngubeni

S’thembile Ngubeni

Linah Ngwenya

Nondumiso Nhlapo

Brighton Nkomo

Yvonne Peete

Anne Pirie

Leluma Posholi

Andrew Radebe

Nthlane Ratlhagane

Margaret Redman

Dalene Rostovsky

Michelle Roy

Evelyn Sehlapelo

Nthabiseng Selibe

Francis Shabalala

Takalani Siala

Bongiwe Sibiya

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Zelda Sikhakhane

Hiloshni Singh

Ntsoaki Sithole

Ute Smythe

Franc Sobreira

Joyce Sokhela

Venkata Somanchi

Jacqui Spellas

Susan Steyn

Grace Thabethe

Debbie Thome

Neighbour Thondhlana

Alice Tshabalala

Tammy-Anne Van Den Heever

Lara Van Der Westhuizen

Natania Van Rooyen

Vincent Vollgraaff

Dayle Whitaker

Kathleen Whitaker

Julia Wright

NOT PICTURED Celia Griggs Byron Lorton Zama Madonsela Bongumusa Mbatha Molly Mcongwane Linah Ngwenya Shira Wolpe

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2016 magazine DESIGN

Paul Horn

EDITORS

Gabby De Quintal Grace Leggett Edwina van der Burg*

PHOTOGRAPHY

Paul Horn Tshepiso Motloung Khwezi Masuku Reitumetse Poo Gabby De Quintal

PRODUCTION

Ella Marren*

ASSISTANTS

Atlegang Kagudi Tamiqua Martin Khwezi Masuku Tshepiso Motloung Ayanda Moyo Siyabonga Ndaba Sibusiso Simamane Siboginkosi Zuze

*Flow Communications


2016 annual magazine

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DCS Annual Magazine 2016  

A celebration of the academic, sport, culture, service, and faith life of Dominican.

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