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National Braai Day & Braai Tour Epic scenery, road-tripping adventure, earlymorning coffee in the great outdoors, stunning campsites and more braais than you can shake a stukkie wors at – there can be nothing more South African than the annual National Braai Tour, the perfect starter ahead of National Braai Day, as organised by the iconic Jan Braai. We caught up with Jan as he and his 200-strong cavalcade set off on the National Braai Tour. Q How did the whole National Braai Day initiative come about? A We love to braai, of that there is no argument. As a nation, we are united like no other time on National Braai Day. We share stories, relax, unwind, reflect and just enjoy the country that has given us the opportunity to burn large quantities of braai wood. And in 2017, there is more than one opportunity to unite around a fire. Q What is special about this year’s National Braai Day? Q How does the National Braai Tour actually work? A Thanks to National Braai Day falling on a Sunday this year, there is a whole Saturday at your disposal to prepare for the country’s greatest public holiday. Inspired by the Dutch holiday of King’s Night ahead of King’s Day, we encourage all South Africans to take part in National Braai Night the evening before National Braai Day. This is the chance for the braaiers of South Africa to get into the Braai Day groove early. It’s the party braai to National Braai Day’s relaxing braai. Q But wait, there’s more to the braai movement – just before National Braai Day, you and a 200-strong travelling carnival will also be touring the country as part of the National Braai Tour. What happens during this tour? A Think of it as a political rally ahead of an election, only we are not canvassing for votes, we’re calling on millions of South Africans to unite around fires and celebrate our heritage. Now in its fifth year, the National Braai Tour acts as a smokey, flame-grilled messenger for National Braai Day, with participants of the Tour spreading braai cheer throughout the country and ramping up public excitement for our country’s fast-approaching biggest day of braai. The 2017 edition of the Braai Tour starts in Cape Town on 10 September and will stop in at iconic venues like Cape Agulhas, Calitzdorp, Plettenberg Bay and Storms River before culminating in Port Elizabeth. Q What is the purpose of the National Braai Tour? A It is all about showcasing our vision of nation-building around a fire. A blueprint of sorts on how to best celebrate heritage month and Heritage Day. It’s about bringing diverse people together to enjoy the one thing that unites us all, cooking and celebrating around an open fire. It’s also an opportunity to build public excitement and momentum towards 24 September in a way that gets South Africans thinking about and celebrating their own heritage, our shared heritage, and how great it is to be a South African.

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A As always, the route has been selected to take in the diversity of the South African countryside and to showcase historically significant spots along the way. The aim of the National Braai Tour is for participants to enjoy themselves, but also to learn more about this great country. Q Why do participants have to have South African flags? A At registration each participant is issued with a full-size South African flag on an individual sized pole. These flags are carried by participants at all times. It’s the rainbow wave of the Tour. Q What is the role of National Braai Day and the National Braai Tour in our country? A They are reminders that we as inhabitants of such a wonderfully diverse country have something in common. Our country has a rich and diverse heritage and this needs to be celebrated. But it is essential to share one thing, and that one thing just happens to be the nation’s love for cooking food over the coals of a fire. We have much to celebrate as a nation and as diverse people. What better way to do that than with a Tour that teaches you about our collective heritage, your fellow South Africans and a day that encourages you to celebrate around a fire. Q You are the first AWSUM celebrity to appear on our cover twice – congrats! What do you make of that? A That is really AWSUM – and says a lot about our love for the braai! Thank you – I look forward to more.


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GREY HIGH SCHOOL (t) 041 374 3300 (e) Tree planted for Arbour Week

South African Society of Music Teachers Competition The Annual South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT) Competition assembles all of the top performing talent from the entire Eastern Cape. Candidates perform in a number of categories over two days to compete for a place in the final, which takes the form of a prestige public concert. Grey was represented in this competition by Daniel Albertyn and Gerhard Woithe, who acquitted themselves very well, as well as by Gerhard Olivier, who was selected for the finals. In the final, Gerhard’s flawless performance of an impromptu by Schubert won the day and he received first place in the most senior and advanced category of the competition. Gerhard won a cash prize, a certificate and a gold medal, opening doors for endowments and bursaries for further study in the near future. Gerhard Olivier

Members of Grey’s Preservation Society secured the donation of a Witstinkhout and planted it on campus to mark National Arbour Week. The tree was donated by Sherwood Garden Centre.

Luke Rudman, Benjamin Gardiner, Gerhard Woithe, Marno Groenewald, Nikhil Riga and Vekash Pillay.




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Entrepreneurs in the making The Grade 7s of Herbert Hurd held their annual Entrepreneurs Day this month. This day, a favourite on the school calendar, is the culmination of weeks of hard work and preparation by the Grade 7 pupils. They work in groups, develop a business plan and then, on the day, put that plan into action and, hopefully, make a profit. This practical exercise is part of the Economic and Management Science syllabus and gives pupils the opportunity to put the theory they have learned into practice. Some of the teams show off their wares as they prepare to welcome their customers.

LAERSKOOL KABEGA (t) 041 360 2581 (e) Recycle Day SA Dress-up winners

Art festival participants

Beach clean-up with TWTC

LORRAINE PRIMARY SCHOOL (t) 041 367 1115 (e) Lente is in die lug! Op 1 September het al die Graad 4’s en hulle onderwyseresse heerlike pret gehad met hul pragtige tuisgemaakte lentehoede.

Dear Dr Seuss: It is not only cats in hats, but our fun-loving Grade 4s too!

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SUMMERWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL (t) 012 345 6787 (e) Celebrating our new eco indoor pool They say it takes a village to raise a child, and Summerwood Primary School mobilised this very same approach with children, staff, Parents’ Association and school Governing Body, joining together to raise funds to enclose and heat their new revolutionary eco swimming pool. This does not only allow the ‘school by the sea’ to enjoy year-round swimming action, but will also benefit the community with various projects. There are many, many mosaic pieces to the process that make up the final picture of a happy child who is ready to start an independent life. The water in the swimming pool at Summerwood is about to become the catalyst to contribute to that transformation. Summerwood Primary School pupils all joined together recently to view the new enclosed, heated pool facility. Due to weather conditions and seasons, the pool was only used for 30% of the school year. The new lightweight steel construction will ensure that the children swim for closer to 90% of their year. The transparent roof sheets allow for natural light to enter the structure for most of the day and LED energy-saving neon tubes

allow for night swimming. There are numerous ways which makes the pool eco-friendly such as the use of borehole water and rain storage tanks for refilling the pool and the installation of solar panels to run the heaters. The first phase of occupation has seen the Summerwood children and business partner PEA swim club using the pool. The next phase will hopefully include the parents and community, and possibly oldage homes, depending on available hours. The pool has already been used for a night fundraising gala, raising R9 000 for Yokhuselo Haven, a shelter dedicated to women and children affected by domestic violence. Swimming is an essential life skill which also enhances social and personal skills. The teachers will ensure earlier development of physical skills, including hand–eye coordination and muscle tone, especially for the sedentary youth, but at the same time preventing injuries from higher-impact activities. Mrs Sandra McKay, head of swimming at Summerwood is “very optimistic about raising the standard of the already talented swimmers at Summerwood Primary.”

Headmaster, Mr William Foaden, is pleased that the construction time is over and that the swimming can begin in earnest. “Summerwood Primary is delighted about the eco-friendly indoor pool, which will benefit the local community in numerous ways. We hope to have a positive impact on those in and around the school.“

LAERSKOOL VERKENNER (t) 041 360 1200 (e) Verkenner-leerders bak en brou Ons leerders het heerlik gebak en versier en dit baie geniet!


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U/9A rugby team We are very proud of our u/9A rugby team. They had a brilliant 2017 season. The side is captained by Ayathandwa Lize and Xhanti Rasi is our vice-captain. Our top prop, Kevin Matandela, scored the most tries this season. These young stars are coached by Mr Wessel Claassen.


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WESTERING PRIMARY SCHOOL (t) 041 360 7818 (e) MiniHockey Our U9A and U9B girls took part in the Clarendon MiniHockey festival.

Ancient Egypt

Climbing wall

Some of our Grade 5s learning about Ancient Egypt and making death masks and sarcophaguses.

Our new climbing wall is a hit in Grade 1 and 2!



End-ofhockey season fun for the U10s at Gravity Indoor Trampoline Centre.

Squash is new to our school, but we are extremely proud of how well our boys are doing already.

THEODOR HERZL SCHOOL (t) 041 581 4244 (e) Pre-Primary School Spring Hat Parade The youngest Theodorians had fun celebrating the arrival of Spring and also Casual Day at school with a Spring Hat Parade. The Pre-Primary School supports this charitable event every year with a R10 donation from each child in the PrePrimary School.

Rosh Hashanah

Pre-Primary School Concert The theme of the annual concert was ‘Under the Sea’ this year.

We wish all our Jewish families a Happy New Year.

HOËRSKOOL ANDREW RABIE (t) 041-374 5604 (e) Afrikaans Week Hoërskool Andrew Rabie het onlangs ‘n baie suksesvolle Afrikaans week gehou. Die skrywer Annelie Botes het ‘n inspirerende praatjie gelewer.

Daar is ‘n Afri-Koekedoortjie-kompetisie gehou wat deur Mariolette Homan gewen is.

Chante Bouwer, Kayla van Schalkwyk, Annelie Botes, Charmél Marx en Kayla Zeelie.

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Ons Vlymskerp-span het met slegs ‘n ½-punt verloor in die jaarlikse ATKV Vlymskerp Vasvra-kompetisie en ‘n pragtige tweede plek behaal.

Zoë Oosthuizen, Lizz Meiring, Mariska Lessing, Shanun Iverson en Cole Adams.

Spelathon-deelnemers: • Jade Haggard • Robyn Olifant • Tammy Gerner • Zoë Oosthuizen

HOËRSKOOL DF MALHERBE (t) 041 581 3145 (e) DFM-skoolkoor reik uit na Merryvale On 29 August DF Malherbe's choir spent time at Merryvale School, performing for the staff and learners and interacting with the learners by treating them. Malherbiete het geluister na Merrivale se koor en saamgesing met die leerders in hul saalperiode. Daarna het hulle gesels, bederfies en drukkies uitgedeel en gekry, jonger kinders opgetel en natuurlik foto's en video's geneem. Dankie aan ds Rudi van Tonder wat 'n boodskap vir die kinders gebring het en lidmate van NG Sherwood wat ook bydraes gemaak het.

BO: Bianca Olivier deel kolwyntjies uit aan die Merryvale-leerders. LINKS: DF-skoolkoorlede.

HOËRSKOOL FRAMESBY (t) 041 360 1257 (e) Hoofleiers 2018

0.15 se 7’s-span wen Plaat-afdeling Framesby se o.15 7’s-span het op 9 September aan die Marius Schoeman/Paarl Gim 7’s-toernooi deelgeneem en die Plaat-afdeling gewen en sodoende ook vyfde uit 24 spanne geëindig.

Luan Ras (onderhoofseun), Ruan Reinhardt (hoofseun), Megan Tait (hoofdogter), Vicky Oelofse (onderhoofdogter).

Mnr. & Mej. Framesby

VOOR: Keitlin Mitchell (Mej. Framesby). AGTER: JP Greyling (1ste prins), Lise Nel (1ste prinses), Jason van Tonder (Mnr. Framesby), Caroline Janse van Rensburg (2de prinses), Tiaan Coetzee (2de prins).

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COLLEGIATE GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL (t) 041 373 7705 (e) SASMT Music Competition Our Saxophone Ensemble were chosen as finalists in the SASMT Music Competition!

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