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Marias Viljoen High School SOUND EDUCATION The school was named after the late Marais Viljoen, an MP of Alberton, who became State President. He officially opened the school on 1 September 1961. The principals have played an important role in the past 48 years: Messrs Myburgh, Fouché, Le Roux and Mrs Heystek, the current principal. ACADEMICS Academically our educators are experts in their fields and are very committed to outcome based education. Special recognition is given to academic achievers each term by acknowledging the Top 10 in each grade. A special funtion is arranged for the learners. Those placed from 11 to 20 are also given a function to reward them. Learners whose average improves with 10% or more per term also receive a special certificate. With the wide range of subject choices that Marais Viljoen High School offers, learners can study in any field or trade at any tertiary institution. Subject choices include the following: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Business Studies, Economics, Information Technology, Engineering Graphics and Design. Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology, Electrical Technology, Travel and Tourism and Computer Applications Technology. CREATIVE EXPRESSION and KNOWLEDGE The Marais Viljoen choir consists of 60 learners, who take part in many festivals and competitions. Grade 7 learners audition at the end of their primary school year. English learners are able to take part in the College of Speech and Drama competition. Afrikaans First Language learners can also take part in the ARRTS competition. Learners participate in the Eisteddfod. SPORT The learners perform at national and international level. The school has the following sport codes: athletics, chess, cricket, cross-country, equestrian, golf, hockey (boys and girls), netball, rugby, swimming and tennis. MESSAGES “The aim of Marais Viljoen is to be leaders in comprehensive education, which includes academics, sport and culture” said the school principal, Mrs Heystek, and added: “I praise the educators, governing body and staff for their ongoing contribution to the school. To the 1 421 learners, you are extremely valuable to the school in everyway! Always do your best and you will get very far in life.” Head Girl, Gale Holder, said: “Being a part of the School Management Team has been a life changing experience for me.” Her advice for learners is to always be yourself, keep an open mind to suggestions and be the best you can be!” “Being a leader has its challenges, but the interaction with the educators, staff and learners at a leadership level has been most rewarding. Marais Viljoen has given me a solid foundation in education,” expressed Head Boy, Patrick Vosloo.


What’s HappeNing



Confederations Cup

oung, talented Roman de Beer, 15 years old, from Hoërskool Dinamika took everybody by surprise at this year’s Junior Rok International Grand Final in Italy from the 22 - 25 October.

He raced neck-to-neck to take a well-earned win and became the new World Champion! Roman won the first two qualifying sessions, but had a bit of a bad run in the third qualifier when he tried to avoid getting caught in an unfortunate incident and finished tenth. Starting fourth on the grid in the final race, he took the lead within the first few laps. Fioraventi tried to pass him in the final corner, but Roman managed a win. Roman is the third South African who has walked away as the World Champion since 2004. Former Champions were Wesleigh Orr in 2004 and Kyle Mitchell in 2006. Roman is hoping to defend his title next year, and to get more invitational races to compete overseas to further his career in motorsport. Roman also thanks his father for all his hard work. Thanks, goes to the South African Team, South Garda Karting and Rok organizers of the event. During an official interview after the race an upbeat Roman said: “I would like to thank God for the happiness that I am feeling at this moment. I have been lucky for the victory, I had a great kart, everything was perfect and I was quite calm, even when Fioraventi tried to pass me at the last bend. The Rok final in Lonato has been a wonderful experience. I had a lot of fun in Article: Mrs De Beer this category.”


t was a wonderful surprise for Sir John to be selected as one of the schools to take part in the opening ceremony together with another eight schools.

Ninety-one students from our school were selected to take part and they did our school proud. Even though the students had to attend many hours of rehearsals and come home late while writing exams, the students did not give up. The routine was developed by a British company, as well as one of South Africa’s best choreographers, Somizi Mhlongo. From rigorous dancing routines to painting the FIFA Confederation logo from the bottom on a canvas, our students did an outstanding job. We must admit that it was very hard work. Our students went to ten practices where they were taught how to perform in the production. It was very cold and tiring work at times, but our students put in the hard hours and it really paid of in the end.

Photo Angiolella

Roman de Beer sets the pace during the Junior Rok International Grand Final.

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MPHO is Jetting OFF TO Germany!

Leaders hip Development E d u c a ti o n


pending 15 days in a foreign country without family and friends is no child’s play. Most people would be terrified at the thought of being alone, thousands of kilometres away from home. This is not the case with Mpho Lebethe, a 16 year old Grade 10 learner from Sir John Adamson High School. It all started when Mpho was selected as a member of the student council. “It was the best present one can get because it was also my birthday!” she exclaimed. Little did she know that eight months later she would be jetting off to Germany with seven other council members for an educational of the way schools operate, to learn about German culture and their way of life. The aim of the council is to teach its members how the government operates and intends to groom them to be better citizens. Their responsibility is to pass their knowledge on to the community and school. The council consists of two learners from different schools who are chosen by the teachers. The council host meetings at the Johannesburg Metro Centre once a month. Mpho dreams of a career in the accounting field after completing matric. “Work hard, dream big and be yourself” is the advise Mpho has for all learners, so guys, dream big because nothing is impossible to achieve. She describes being part of the student council as her biggest achievement yet because its the main reason she is going to Germany. We at School Chat wish the young star a safe and fulfilling journey. Article: ‘Ricco’ Sicam

Photograph: Sir John Adamson High School

OH BoY! It’s MATHS CAMP Sleepy-eyed and freezing, the busses were loaded up and off to camp. We travelled to do maths – just our luck! The awe-inspiring scenery brought smiles to a few faces, but what use is a pretty view when maths dragged us through our paces? Hour upon hour of sequences and fractions; would there ever be an end to our additions and subtractions? “At least Prelims are over”, some happened to say. Our marks suggested otherwise, and with a sigh of dismay we realised finals were just months away. This week was important – no time to play. In the end it was over, we climbed on the bus. We don’t mind leaving maths camp, we won’t make a fuss. But wearily we’ll go to bed and happily sleeping, far from Wyndford Estate, of numbers we’ll be dreaming. And like that giant tortoise, formed out of rock, our 6 days of maths camp shall never be forgot! Article: Judy Engela (Gr 12) Photographs: St Martin’s School


ongceba Mngomezulu, Felicia and Delicia Arjunan and Lesego Chauke of St Martin’s High School were treated to a once-in-alifetime opportunity: the Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) Program held at the University of the Witwatersrand from 20 June to 6 July. Felicia explained that all the learners, under the auspices of Sponsorship Societies from all over South Africa and the United States of America were divided into three groups: Commerce, Engineering and Health Sciences. Each group had a tight schedule of lectures, outings and group activities that motivated the young students to study. “I learned that the world is so big, with so many opportunities” said an excited Felicia who spoke so animatedly about the program. This is a small indication of what happened on a typical day: Breakfast, lecture, musical appreciation, group activities, lunch, an outing, supper, and another lecture. During their lectures, they were taught to appreciate their circumstances, Rick Ramsey (head of LEAD program) said: “It’s not about what you have, it’s what you make with what you’ve got!” Fiona (a lecturer) said: “Who you are is what you do with who you are” is probably the most insightful quote that Nancy remembers is what Einstein said: “I don’t have any special talents; I am just passionately curious.” Lesego relayed that it was such an incredible bonding experience that everyone cried as they exchanged their contact details on the last night. “There were 1000 people of different cultures and we all brought about spectacular outcomes. I am so motivated now! I can’t wait to get out there and make a huge success of myself: for me and my family and my country and the world!” Sponsors were Google, Microsoft, ITEC, Telkom, J. P. Morgan and many more. Article and Photograph supplied by Student Sponsorship Programme

Horizon Mathemamatics Competition


rizon School’s sister schools in Cape Town and Durban have hosted the Horizon Mathematics Competition for the past ten years. Horizon High School (JHB) will continue this tradition.

“We invited Grade 6 and 7 learners from various primary schools to participate in this event. 5000 entries were received for the first round, and 600 of them were successful and qualified for the second round”, said the Principal, Gurtug Yalvac. The top 100 learners were awarded with certificates and prizes according to their positions at the prize-giving ceremony on 20 May at the Pyramid Conference Centre.

Everybody smile! Yip! there is always time for a quick photograph.

Common, we know this! Learners work hard to get the correct answer.

The top 10 Primary School achievers were: 1st place, Tamarin Tal, Glenanda; 2nd place, Meeca Longhow, Mulbarton; 3rd place, Shainin Pillay, Glenanda; 4th place, Keegan Cos, Glenanda; 5th place, Siyabonga Siluma, Glenanda; 6th place, Bruce Dickie, Aloe Ridge; 7th place, Jason Pike, Mondeor Primary; 8th place, Kade Haywood, Mondeor; 9th place, Jean-Marc Mafulu, Mondeor; 10th place, Katlego Makubetse, Glenanda. The top three schools were awarded trophies; 1st place, Glenanda; 2nd place, Mulbarton; 3rd place, Aloe Ridge. Article: Mr Tas Ahmet (Mathematics Educator)

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Yes to DRUGS means No to FREEDOM! o o se a h pa C th o

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orest High School’s hall was silenced as Sandile ‘Dash’ Buthelezi (31) walked escorted and shackled towards the wooden stage on 18 May. The silence was brocken by a wellspoken Sandile, “Only for today, just listen to me... then make your choice!” Learners listened intently as Sandile who is serving a 35 year sentence for rape, theft, possession of drugs, armed robbery and murder at the Johannesburg Correctional Prison began to share his experiences. He blamed himself for making the wrong choices in life, saying: “When you make a wrong choice in life, it can steal your freedom.” “Let me tell you my life story... My father was serving a prison sentence and because of this my grandmother was the only bread winner. It was difficult for my mother to come to terms with other children having more than me, she cried a lot. This was when I made a choice to help my mother. Whilst at school my parents dreamt of me becoming a doctor or an accountant. It was here that I associated with a group of friends who were smoking and because I had a sense of belonging, I would bunk school with them and smoke in the toilets. Soon I was smoking marajuana (dagga). I managed to finish grade 7, but failed grade 8 three times and was eventually expelled for disrupting the school with the gang I associated with. My mother placed me at a technical college where I eventually ‘dropped’ out of school and turned to house breaking to get money. As a gang we fought other gangs and by the age of 20 I had killed 6 people who had refused to give me money. Their faces are still etched in my mind, and find it hard to sleep

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at night! ‘Dagga’ was not strong enough for me anymore so I started to take drugs. What a person spends on groceries in a month I would ‘blow’ in an hour. I soon found myself being arrested and spending time in and out of prison. Some of my friends died whilst others were serving prison sentences. When released from prison I would start taking drugs again. I remember that a new type of drug had been released. My friend did a single ‘pull’ which killed him. I hijacked a vehicle whilst ‘high’ on drugs. The driver, a grandfather, stared at me whilst the little boy prayed. I decided to let them go. Who knows what might have happened. My unlawful ways eventually caught up with me when I was arrested, found guilty and sentenced to 35 years imprisonment. My family are serving this sentence as well as they are suffering in that my chair is empty at the dinner table. Through rehabilitation and my saying no to drugs, I began to study in prison and am now doing my BComm degree through UNISA. I have caused so much pain to my family, son and a cummunity who loved me so much.

Wake up call! Above: Sandile ‘Dash’ Buthelezi explains to learners the effects of drugs on his life and that it is never too late to make the right choice by saying ‘No to drugs’.

your spirit, we want a bright future for you all!” Margaret Janeke, the event organiser and director for Reach for Life, No Regrets said: “The Bound Programme is implemented at schools and helps increase the child’s sense of worth and creates awareness of how children are being, through peer pressure, lured into teenage smoking, drug abuse

I further have to deal with my son and I being HIV positive. It is all about you and your choices in life! Your educators are here to lead you to a better future, don’t miss out on this opportunity!” The school’s principal, Mr Petersen added: “Your parents see to it that you have a house to live in and that you are being educated. We as educators are here to teach you the correct values in life. Let what has been said today sink into

and risky sexual activity.

(L to R): Musa Ngcebo (Gr 11), Sibusiso Zwane (Gr 11) and Kutlwano Baloyi (Gr 12) (President of Forest High School) give a ‘thumbs up’ in saying a big ‘NO’ to drugs!

Sharing some of her sentiments on the programme, Keshia Petersen (Gr 8) said: “I found the Bound Programme to be very educational and got know how drugs effect a person and your family. The interaction with Sandile brought about the harsh reality of drugs. I definately say no to drugs and challenge other learners to do the same!”



Gemeenskapsprojek ie nuwe onderwysstelsel vereis ’n deurlopende evaluering van ’n kind of student.

Dit is ’n wonderlike beginsel om druk van ’n eindeksamen te verlig en die kind deur die jaar geleentheid te gee om punte bymekaar te maak, maar ai..... Weet ons nie nou van take nie, ouers gooi hulle hande in die lug, kinders sug en ons praat nie eers van die arme onderwysers wat al hierdie moet nasien nie. Wel dit is totdat ’n mens geforseer

Namies Potjiekos D

ie “Swiss Hotel School” het ’n potjiekos-kompetisie geloots. Verskeie hotelskole en skole het daaraan deelgeneem. Hoërskool Dinamika was aangewys as die bes geklede span wat aan die kompetisie deelgeneem het. Namies se potjiedagnaam was die “Wild Legends”. Almal was druk aan die kook en Namies se “Hoender en Chirosso-potjie” het met die louere weggestap as die mees oorspronklikste potjie.

Artikel: Me Ina van Staden (Onderwyseres - Namies hotelskool)

Internasionale Kookkompetisie


ie “International Hotel School” reël elke jaar ’n kookkompetisie. Verskeie skole neem daaraan deel. Namie-kokke het gedurende die eerste been van die kompetisie ’n gemiddeld bo 80% gehandhaaf. Vier leerders van Dinamika; Richelle Long, Ntombi Khanye, Shawn Deysel en Bernice Loggenberg, het daarin geslaag om deur te dring na die semi-finale, waar hulle dan al vier in die top 20 posisie eindig.


word om vir behoeftiges iets te gaan doen wat dié Lewensoriëntering gemeenskapstaak so wonderlik maak. Ja, daar word ’n paar punte verdien, maar is dit nie ongelooflik hoe God jou oë deur ’n taak kan oopmaak nie en vir die warm bed wat jy het, die yskas vol kos wat jy geniet en die huis waarin jy woon. Artikel: Mnr Chris van der Schyf (Onderwyser - Lewensoriëntering, Hoërskool Dinamika)

Graad 10’s besig met hulle gemeenskapsprojek.

Reaching out to the Community

manzi Nokuphila, which means “Living Water”, is Waterstone College’s Charity Group, and in just a few months they have started making a massive impact in the community. Striving to live out the biblical command to look after those less fortunate, and to be representatives

of Christ’s love to all around us, they feed almost 500 learners at a nearby school each week. The Society have also distributed thousands of Easter eggs this year, as well as hundreds of items of clothing and almost 800 blankets. Article: Waterstone College

Artikel en Photo Hoërskool Dinamika

Hier staan Ntombi Khanye, Shawn Deysel, Jacques Vermaak, Michelle Viljoen en Bernice Loggenberg met die pragtige trofee vir die mees oorspronklikste potjie wat hulle gewen het tydens die potjiekos-kompetisie.

Waterstone learners reached out to those less fortunate by distributing thousands of easter eggs. Agter (L na R): Richelle Long, Shawn Deysel, Ntombi Khanye. Voor: Bernice Loggenberg.

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A T P I N!




rade 12 has been a tough year. However, our small St Martin’s Grade 12 class of six learners continued to learn and grow in Hospitality Studies. We started this year off with marketing tools and soon moved into entrepreneurial concepts.

with ease! As for desserts, we did not leave any stone or pudding unturned when we created decadent Chocolate Cheesecake and scrumptious Panna Cotta. This was the last opportunity we had to show off our skills in the kitchen before our exams.

Our Traditional Cookery Portfolio task required us to select a country and prepare a four-course meal for eight people. We also had to do the costing and design our own tables. Our group represented Mexico, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia and Morocco.

Our practical examination was preparing for the meal for the annual Christmas in July. Guests were treated to festive tables set and served by the Grade 10 learners. Each Grade 12 learner had a course to prepare; this included Tomato Soup, Grilled Linefish, Lamb Parcels with Potato Croquettes, Carrot Roulade and Green Bean Medley, ending off with Coffee Mousse. We are so lucky that Christmas comes early at St Martins!

The Meat section was by far the most challenging and captivating section for all of us. For the practical aspect of this section we paid a visit to our friendly butcher who dissected a hind-quarter for us. We were hugely impressed and our confidence grew, as we were able to identify and name sections of the meat. We used our culinary skills to prepare tantalising red meat dishes. We ended the term on a deliciously high note. Desserts and wine made the last dinner evening sweet. We didn’t do any of the wine tasting, but if you asked us to pick a suitable wine for a meal - we would be able to do so

Hospitality Studies is a subject that requires a never ending passion and an unnerving dedication. We also have a strong, dedicated and talented teacher. Most importantly, we are a tightly knit group of peers. We build each other up and support each other in everything we do. Lastly, Hospitality Studies is a subject with a lot of heat - that is probably why there are only six of us in the kitchen! Article by Chriselda Pillay (Gr 12)

Photographs by St Martin’s School

Christmas Cheer! N

ew South Baptist Christian School (NSBCS) emarked on the first of what is expected to be an annual Christmas cheer on 21 November.

A group of under-privileged children were invited to the school to share in our own Christmas Cheer and to enable earners to interact with them and to share in the wonderful experience of giving and sharing.

In his closing speeach Pastor Wesley said: “What you have experienced is nothing compared to what you will experience in the future.” Article and photographs by NSBCS

A total of 300 children, parents, care givers, family and supporters from the following children’s homes attended - St. Mary’s, Gwen’s Little Angels, Christ Way, Bophelo High School, Philip Kushlik School for those suffering with Muscular Dystrophy and Cerebal Palsy and NSBCS. The children were exposed to a full day of entertainment which included Just Like Christ Outreach Band who had the children singing and dancing in the aisles. Adrain Trapiani and his family presented their Gospel Outreach for Children programme which introduced a very strong spiritual message using song and dance. Steiner Hygiene focused on cleaning hands regularly and other hygiene issues. Dino the Dinosaur also made an appearance and proved to be a winner with the children. The entertainer - the 11 year old son of Adrian Tripiani - made it into the semi-finals of the “South Africa has talent” competition.

Children show off their presents received after an entertaining day!

The Bophelo High School choir was a huge success not only with the children, but also with all the adults thoroughly enjoying what was an excellent production of a number of African hymns and songs. They followed this later with traditional dancing that had everyone wanting to jump up and join in! Then the moment arrived which the children had longed for - the handing out of the gifts. The smiling faces were priceless as children opened their presents. We want to thank all who attended. It turned out to be a magnificant day!

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Staff members smile proudly for the camera after organising a day full of Christmas cheer and loads of fun!



his is the tenth year that the National Teachers’ Awards were held. Every school has the opportunity to select and nominate teachers from their school to participate in this prestigious event. There is an elimination process afterwhich teachers then attend interviews on a cluster level. A winner is chosen from each cluster and compete against each other on provincial level. After another round of interviews the top three candidates are announced.


n 4 September Marist Brothers, Linmeyer celebrated its Name Day and instead of celebrating it at the School, the high school learners took their cheerful spirits and kind hearts next door to the Glenzich old age home. The learners were divided into groups and assigned to units where they took a handful of goodies and a heart full of smiles to the retired, who very rarely had the privilege of chatting to youngsters.

We at Glenvista High School are very proud of all our educators and were so proud when one of our educators, Ms Amanda Ferreira, who was nominated for the category of ‘Excellence in Secondary School Teaching’, won the Southern and Central cluster round and went through to the Provincial round. In this round she was selected as the first runner up. Well done for doing Glenvista proud.

As the morning ended it was good to see how the learners’ efforts to reach out to the community were appreciated and of course, nothing was more rewarding than the smiles left on each person’s face... young and old. Written by Tchinossanda Kandimba (Gr 11)

Learners enjoy a moment with one of Glenzich old age home’s residence.

“I am extremely honoured and see this as a positive award for all teachers. We need to start focussing on the positive and stay away from the negative.” said Ms Ferreira.


Reaching out to the Community

SPRING DAY! earners at Fakkel High School celebrated Spring Day on 4 September by dressing up in a outfit that depicted Spring in all its splendour. A very upbeat group of girls had this to say:

“Spring Day is a day of welcoming in the new season which is full of colours and vibrance.” Mbali Motsoeneng (Gr 11). “This is a very special day to be creative and free!” - Amanda Bruurer (Gr 10) “Spring Day is a day of opportunity. We are able to dress up and welcome spring with all it has to offer.” - Kekeletso Photolo (Gr 8) “It is rewarding to be able to raise funds for the school and celebrate Spring at the same time.” - Chanelle Upton (Gr 11) “This is a day of support for the school and to welcome Spring.” - Leila Abrahams (Gr 10)

Mandela Day


n 17 July the St Martin’s boarders and staff were treated to a luncheon in the sun to celebrate Mandela Day. The weather may have been a little chilly but the sun was warm and the food was delicious!

(L to R): Mbali Motsoeneng, Amanda Bruurer, Kekeletso Photolo, Chanelle Upton and Leila Abrahamsw.



inyiko Maluleka, a Grade 10 pupil, was introduced to chess in 2007. His enjoyment and enthusiasm has earned him many rewards. He is known as the “Chess Guru” having won most of his games at school, district and provincial level. On 7 June he participated in provincial trials and won all his games in the u/18 category. Tinyiko Maluleka said “I wanted to improve my concentration level for academics and started to play chess. I did not realise that I had such a natural ability and I am very happy with my achievements. One of the highlights is being elected as the Chess Captain this year!”

Members from St Martin’s celebrated Mandela Day in traditional dress.

Mr Moses Makotore (chess mentor) said that he is more than happy to see Tinyiko develop into such a good player and Tinyiko now beats him continuously!

Tinyiko Maluleka waits for you to make your move, but don’t be surprised if he beats you without working up a sweat!

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ia Ireland from Marion College and Fuaad Coovadia from Waterstone College have made the cut from over 400 applications to be the 2009 Brand Ambassadors for Mark Shuttleworth’s HIP2B2 (Hip to be square) Programme. Working together with 2008 HIP2B2 Brand Ambassadors, the fifteen 2009 Brand Ambassadors, all under 17 years of age, will participate upfront as ‘the face of the brand’ in the exciting HIP2B2 platforms, which include a magazine, television programme and annual road show says Cathryn Treasure, General Manager of BSquare Communications. According to Treasure HIP2B2 Brand Ambassadors are young learners that are passionate about STeM subjects, excel in them

at school and more importantly develop this passion outside of the classroom. “They are original thinkers who like to push the envelope and are committed to showing other learners how crucial and cool STeM subjects are. A very upbeat Gia said: “I consider it an honour to be a representative of the HIP2B2 programme. I enjoy educating people through the programme! Recently, we had an outreach programme at St Andrews School and invited Soweto School learners to attend. Our group also got involved in the project ‘HIP2B2 Energy’ which had to be of benefit to the community. We designed energy ovens for cooking and baking.”

Gia Ireland poses proudly with Mark Shuttleworth at the outreach HIP2B2 programme. Mark is a self-confessed geek who became a billionaire in his twenties by breaking new frontiers in computer technology.

For more information about the HIP2B2 programme log onto or watch the television programme every Monday afternoon on SABC2 at 4.30pm.

It’s all about Presenting!

Sir John Adamson’s Student President


ot only is Sabelo Thiyane the President of Sir John Adamson High School, but he is also the President of the Representative Council of Learners (RCL) for District 14. The district committee deals with 52 schools RCLs at district level and are the link between the school, the school’s management team and the school’s governing body. The district committee deals with problems in education, finds solutions for fundraising and attends to extra mural concerns.

Sabelo Thiyane, the President of Sir John Adamson High School, always has his diary on hand for those all important meetings.

“It is a honour for me to be serving as President of the RCL for District 14” said Sabelo. My future plans are to qualify as a civil or electrical engineer. My dream is to have a positive scientific impact on society that will change people’s lives for the better.”

Fuaad Coovadia was also selected to be one of the Brand Ambassadors for Mark Shuttleworth’s HIP2B2 programme.


entertainment industry and has also inspired me to further my career in television.

“I started as a YOTV presenter in 2008 and did my first live show during April 2008.

I feel strongly about the future of the youth of South Africa. Being on YOTV gives me the opportunity to inspire and motivate young people to achieve and do the best that they can do in all aspects of their lives and to never give up on their dreams.”

umi Nhlapo (Gr 12) from St Martins, and who is also known as “Tee” on YOTV wanted to share her ‘television life’ with School Chat and it’s readers.

Being a youth presenter has taught me a lot about the


aphael Griffiths is the President of Fakkel High School and a continuity programme television presenter for SABC’s, Q Base 28. Raphael said: “After a national search, auditions for presenters for Q Base 28 were held. I made sure that I attended and after hearing the news that I had been chosen to

be a presenter, I was ecstatic! His aspirations are to continue presenting for the next 2-3 years and then wants to embark on a marketing career at the SABC for television and radio. “I make the most of every opportunity that comes my way, and believe in the Lord for strength and guidance.”

Mandela Scholarship for St Martin’s Learner


exter Padayachee (18), a St Martin’s School learner who matriculated last year, has been awarded a Mandela Scholarship and will be attending Amherst College in Massachesetts, USA,

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from August this year until June 2013. “Being awarded the Mandela Scholarship is an absolute honour” said Dexter and added, “When I’ve finished my studying I’d like to do my honours at

Harvard or Princeton and work as an economist or a biochemist. “My advice to learners is not to let circumstances determine who you are going to be. Always strive to be the best.”

Dexter Padayachee, who was awarded the Mandela Scholarship, will be off to the USA later this year to attend Amherst College.

Raphael Griffiths Tumi Nhlapo is a television presenter is a Continuity on SABC’s,YOTV. Programme Television Presenter for Q Base 28.

Randeor’s Talent Show T

he School’s first talent show was hosted in September. The audience and judges were bowled over by our children’s talents, and are they talented! There were four categories namely Art, Drama, Dance and Singing. Our seven judges were all experts in one of these talent forms and they had a tough job. The guests of honour, Nathan Adonis and Dominique Burger, entertained us with their beautiful voices. Dominique was a semi-finalist in the last Idols competition and Nathan was a teacher himself. Our presenter, Jeanmari Van Der West, was a big hit! The contestants gave it their all and the audience was on its feet. Each category took home beautiful prizes for

The girls’ dance group performing to a cheering crowd.

Fakkel Achieves Gold for Poetry

first and second place. Winners were: 1st Dancing Solo - Sandile Khanyi 1st Dancing Group - Krump 9.11 1st Solo Singing - Linda Zwane 1st Drama Group - “Worst class ever” Gr 9.1 Group 1st Art - Nokimiso Makgaya Congratulations to all the winners, and to the rest, you are all stars in my eyes! A big thank you to all who worked very hard to make this a memorable evening - this was team work! Everybody, watch this space next year! Article and Photographs by Delia Maritz (Culture Organiser)

The drama group perform ‘Worst class ever!’

Dagliesh Devlal sings.

Miss Fakkel & Mr Charming Keagen Synders (Mr Charming, Senior) (Gr 12) Michelle Harris (Miss Fakke, Seniorl) (Gr 12)

Raidon Coverdale (Mr Charming, Junior) (Gr 8) Kgaukgelo Masenya (Miss Fakkel, Junior) (Gr 9)

Donna Champion, Gr 11, won gold after entering the “2010 School Adventure” competition and made it into the Arts and Culture National final. Her poem, “Colours of the Day” was presented to a panel of judges at the Africa Museum on 20 June.

COLOURS OF THE DAY Cluttered emotions cause frustration whilst wildly running my imagination; and as I lay and close my eyes, I slowly begin to visualise a piece of earth that lies in light with colours peircing through the night: black, brown, tan and white. Hold hands against war, stand strong, unite. All harsh winds and dusty clouds are none where eyes can see. Only the gentle whispers of love from the breeze that circles me and she and he, all our humanity, ignoring the pigments that caused vanity, embracing the change for our sanity. Exhaling warm breaths of suppressed pain, the ghosts of discrimination will try yet again; with unlucky success and gloating in vain, here cometh the sun and there goeth the rain. Heroes have come and taken a stand, John Dunn - tribal hero of the land; “Madiba” - for freedom, he taught the most. To all I raise my glass to toast, a toast to racial integration, a new sweep of caring across the nation, a love and sharing determination, creating an honourable reputation. Pushing xenophobic ways aside, we welcome our brothers with African pride: acknowledging the hope that racism has died, a rope of forgiveness with which we are all tied. And even all the history, maybe it’s created a story that proves that we’re free and I’m proudly South African, because that’s what that’s made me.


“This was my first time on stage and I was surprisingly not nervous; it must have been the support of my friends. Being chosen as Miss Fakkel (Junior) has improved my self-confidence.” - Kgaukgelo Masenya (Gr 9)

The school had approximately 120 entries and there were 13 judges from companies, modeling schools and sport personalities such as WWP Thunderstrike champion, Christo Cilliers known as ‘Lizzard’.

‘I was shocked when the judges anounced me as Mr Charming (Junior). Learners must grab the opportunity and participate next year, you could win! I had a bit of stage fright, but kept calm and focused.” - Raidon Coverdale (Gr 8)

is event took place on the 21 August. The theme for the evening was 1001 Arabian Nights. There were two categories in which the pupils could participate, Casual and Formal themes. It was a very successful evening and one of Fakkel High’s more elegant evenings.

Espier Modeling School awarded wonderful prizes to each participant, which included a modeling/dance contract to the winners. This is what some of the upbeat contestants had to say: “I entered as it was a fund raiser for the matrics, but was so suprised to be chosen as first Princess!” - Saligh Dollie (Gr 11)

“The evening was amazing! I never thought I would do it. It is a great feeling having been chosen as first Prince (Junior). I would like to do modelling full time and work as a musician part time. My advice for the catwalk is to keep eye contact and to walk positively with your chin up.” - Kgosi Kgage (Gr 8) Article: John Sverdloff Photographs: Fakkel High School

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Learners excel at English OlympIAd


he English Department participated in the De Beers English Olympiad earlier this year. The topic was based on the theme Conundrums of Ambition, Dreams, Pipedreams, Ambitions and Disillusionments.



The 17 entrants spent many an afternoon debating and discussing various elements of the topic. The examination was written on 3 March and the selection of essays and short writing topics was wide and varied. Our very ‘own’ Judith Engela was notified in June that she had been placed in the top fifteen. She, along with the other fourteen top fifteen candidates, was invited to

English Olympiad is a National English Exam organized by the SACEE in conjunction with the Grahamstown Foundation. Siobhan Ashmole finished in the Top 50 in the country. She has won one year free tuition at Rhodes University.

Grahamstown for the ceremony. The candidates were treated to a week of workshops – with the likes of Matthew Ribnick and Daniel Buckland (both St Martin’s favourites), lectures and shows at the Grahamstown Schools’ Festival, including Monkey Nuts (Matthew Ribnick’s new show). On Thursday, 16 July, the winners were announced. We are bursting at the seams with pride – Judith was placed fourth. She received prizes that include, amongst others, a boot load of books and a year’s free tuition at Rhodes University.



Well done Siobhan! The educators, staff and learners at Marian College are very proud of you. The following results were achieved: Lauren Kennedy (Bronze); Shaun James (Merit); Motheo Sebesho (Merit); Lyndal-Lee Pallozzi (Bronze); Tchino Kandimba (Merit); Gia Ireland (Bronze); George Sebastian (Merit); Brandon Urwin (Bronze); Daniel Da Costa (Bronze); Laura Dlepu (Silver); Samantha Jack (Bronze); Erin Byrne (Bronze); Siobhan Ashmole (Gold).

Siobhan Ashmole received Gold at the National English Exam.

The Marian College music group consists of talented learners who sing Christian songs. They perform at mass every month and at different festivals. Recently they performed in the Southern Arts Festival and were awarded a diploma.

Members are dedicated enjoy performing.


The leaders of the group are Tchinossanda Kandimba, Kirsten Schwegler and Bergen Schwegler. Article: Bergen Schwegler (Grade 11) Photograph: Marian College

Article and Photograph by Marian College

Jhb Philharmonic Orchestra visits St Martin’s

Back (L to R): Cheyanne (Gr 9), Monica Lang (Gr 11), Chantell Pienaar (Gr 11), Lara de Villiers (Gr 11), Bergen Schwegler (Gr 11), Kirsten Schwegler (Gr 11), Kerisha Phekoo (Gr 11), Sairisha Singh (Gr 11), Krystal (Gr 9), Erin Byrne (Gr 11). Front (L to R): Samantha Jack (Gr 11), Tamsin Scott (Gr 9), Chelsea (Gr 9), Nadia Prata (Gr 11), Ayanda Nkosi (Gr 11), Janine Pretorius (Gr 11), Marthe Matia (Gr 11), Kiasha Govender (Gr 11).


nce again we were asked to host the Philharmonic Orchestra as the area centre for their outreach programme. The brilliantly orchestrated and musically illustrated story “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev.

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was performed, as the narrator was calmly moved among the audience with a radio microphone. Article: Mr Ronnie Gill (Deputy Principal, St Martin’s) Photograph by St Martin’s

The Alberton High Girls’ Choir has just turned excellent. The choir earned yet another diploma at no less than 93%, that for a fourth time in a row! Congratulations girls and a big thank you to Mr Barnard. Article and Photographs: Alberton High School

SAAF Pilot in Cockpit

I N SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE T S I G H T he South African Air Force (SAAF) is mainly responsible for protecting South African citizens by securing and protecting our air space. The arrival of state-of-the-art aircraft and weapon systems has boosted confidence in the SAAF’s capability to safeguard our nation and provide humanitarian support. In order to effectively carry out its mandate, the SAAF relies heavily on the skills and dedication of all serving personnel. The SAAF offers young aspiring pilots and navigators the opportunity to be a part of the SAAF. Minimum entry requirements:

Be a South African citizen or relinquish any other citizenship he/she may have. Age between 18 and 24 or not older than 26 years, if he/she is a graduate. Not be older than 28 years upon commencement of practical flying training.

Currently busy with or successfully completed Grade 12 or equivalent. Obtain at least a D-symbol in higher grade Mathematics and Physical Science or a C-symbol in standard grade. Mathematics and Physical Science and at least 50% in these subjects at N5, N6 and first year university or the University of Technology level or equivalent. Pass English at Grade 12 or an equivalent level. Be medically fit, as normally required of persons wishing to train as pilots or navigators in the SAAF.

Have 6/6 vision: in other words, he/she must not have the need for spectacles, contact lenses or laser correction. Not have a hearing impairment, meaning he/ she must not have a need for hearing aids. Must be willing to relocate and to participate in the deployment both in South Africa and abroad if required to do so. Must not have a criminal record. Selection Process:

Candidates who comply with the minimum requirements for application may apply and could be earmarked for further selection. This will depend on the need for trainee pilots/navigators at the time. Candidates will be invited to take part in the selection process in Pretoria, and this entails the following: Psychometric Evaluation:

All applicants will be required to undergo aptitude and general cognitive ability assessments. Only candidates who perform above the norm will be allowed to proceed to the next selection phase. Psychomotor Assessment:

A hand-eye coordination test must be passed in order to proceed to the next selection phase.

Formal Selection Board:

Candidates will be interviewed by a selection panel comprising senior military personnel from the SAAF and other staff divisions. Taking into account the candidate’s performance. The following additional variables will serve as criteria for evaluation during the interview: motivation, perseverance, purposefulness, crea-tivity, officer potential, knowledge, adaptability, analytical ability. Medical Examination:

Candidates recommended for pilot or navigator training by the above-mentioned selection panel are subjected to a medical examination at the Institute for Aviation Medicine. An offer of employment will be extended to the most successful candidates, taking into consideration equal opportunity and affirmative action programmes within the Department of Defence. Enquiries can be directed to: SA Air Force Headquarters Directorate HR Services (Recruitment Section) Private Bag X199 Pretoria, 0001 Tel: +2712 312 1164 / 2148 / 2609 / 2904 / 2985 Fax: +2712 312 2138 Website: +2712 312 2138


Ute Tepper - Educational Psychologist (M. Ed - Guidance and Counselling)

Hi there! You have heard this word before: “self-esteem” and maybe have sort of an idea what it means. You may assume it is what you think and believe about yourself. This is true. The word “esteem” means how you value something, in this case you and yourself. How valuable are you – to yourself and others? The concept of self-esteem is more complicated than you think. You can feel very confident about yourself when you are at home, where you feel loved and valued by your parents, but very insecure about yourself while you are amongst your friends at school. How does this work? Let me give you an example: Rochelle comes from a loving home. She grew up with parents who accepted her for who she is, with her strengths and weaknesses. She feels loved and accepted even though she makes mistakes. Her parents correct her in a positive way, without criticizing and demoralizing. Feeling accepted at home, she may also expect the same at school, or wherever she finds herself. She carries herself in a confident way and her friends are reacting in a good way to her positivity and good self-esteem. They treat her with respect, because she can say “no” and “yes” where necessary without

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“How to have a good self-esteem” self-doubt. Even when someone at school criticises her, or belittles her, she may feel insecure, unhappy, or angry for a while, but can recover fairly quickly, get over it and carry on without thinking back. Rochelle may think about the criticism and learn from it, or reject it as untrue. This means she knows who she is, and if the criticism is untrue, she will not accept it. Rochelle knows what her strengths are, what her true character is, what she can do or can’t do. She knows what is valuable and important to her and will not let those values go, even when some peers are telling her otherwise. For example: Rochelle is approached at a party to join in and smoke dagga. She says “no”, without having to worry about critical or sarcastic remarks afterwards. Thabo, suffers from a low selfesteem, is so scared and timid, that he will not try anything. He feels as if his real person is trapped inside himself. He may be so quiet in class that people are hardly aware of his presence. He perhaps has only one friend or may hardly be seen or heard in a group. He is too scared to voice his opinion, because he learnt elsewhere that his opinion is worth nothing. Perhaps he learnt this at home, where his parents never listened to him and criticized his opinions or actions. He is viewed as being ‘useless’. Or perhaps one person of his own

age has criticized him or passed a mean remark that hurt him terribly. This hurt can last and be retold in his mind over years, until someone helps him to correct it.

to the opinions of others, maybe learn from it, but stick to your own values. That causes a good feeling about yourself and raises your selfesteem.

This means that he expected to receive criticism at school or from friends. Because he does not believe in himself and views himself as valueless, he would rather believe what his friends or peers are telling him. To conform, Thabo may possibly connect to his friends’ type of music, opinions, dress code, language code and behaviours. Instead of being sure of his own taste and opinions, he is confused, he is unsure of who or what he is. Thabo hears at home how “useless” he is, but at school he is “cool” when he bunks classes, or goes against the school rules.

Participate in activities like sports or music. Join in with a circle of friends with good values. Read the latest magazines to stay informed, work to get good marks at school Apply yourself to the school rules and rules at home, do good and talk good. Get involved wherever possible, in a right way, it will give you opportunities to know yourself better. You will gradually learn more about yourself, what you can or can’t do, what type of person you are, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, or what kind of talents you have.

How can you develop a healthy self-esteem? Connect to your own values and opinions in spite of what others are saying is not easy, but it is possible. Stick to your own beliefs, values, or what feels right and not wrong for you. How do you know that your values are correct? A very simple guideline is the following: if you feel that you need to do something alone or with friends that may get you into trouble with any parent, teachers or any authority figures, or even your own friends, this could be an indication that this activity is not right for you. You can listen

A good self-esteem does not fall into your lap; you need to work hard at it! In other words, participate in lots of activities and hobbies, have various types of friends. Learn hard at school to get a feeling that you are worth something and then you start to know what your own value is. Only then are you able to accept criticism or even compliments from others, which will not rock you…….. because you know what and who you are. So, BURST into LIFE and become the REAL YOU! Until next time, Ute, Thera Ed Centre, Tel/Fax: (011) 869-1200

Good Self-esteem! Clever Eating for Sport All that Glitters is not Gold Written by Neo Sibiya (Gr 11) (Bracken High School)

“When you look good, you feel good”. So says a popular cosmetics advert tagline. Achievements can work in the same way giving you a “feel-good” vitality, positive outlook and selfconfidence. At school, achievements are there for the school body to notice. A special mention in assembly, honours evening for the ‘clever’ ones and sports morning for the top ‘sport types’. They deserve recognition because lots of hours of hard work is behind every achievement, but your selfworth should not be determined purely by glowing praises and pleased looks [or even jealous ones!] in the eyes of others.

Getting Ahead Written by Amanda Magagulu (Gr 11) Glenbrack High School

In a world where opinion has become the order of the day, I find comfort in knowing that there is so much more to me than just my past, my present and my future. I have come to realise that in the midst of all that, there’s a girl with dreams that are so big that they overwhelm my petite physique. Dreams form part of our being. We can dream and aspire to greatness through a chain of events that help us move forward. Confidence, a zest for life and a good self-esteem. Self-esteem is not merely built on what that cute bloke from your class said about your stunning outfit on civvies day, and it’s not destroyed by how bad your marks are for maths. I have never

If you need to look everywhere except inside yourself to find selfworth and confidence, then it was never there in the first place. If you do not believe you are worthy of your achievements; they lose their significance. If you believe; they make you worthy. Achievements are ‘feel-goods’ like chocolate or a trip to the beach in December. They’re good for you and add positivity. Every individual’s unique talents and abilities are an achievement in themselves. In the end, the curtains go down on every play, the whistle is blown to end every game and the last bell goes at the end of a day at school. What then? Will your self-esteem fall along with the curtains or is it everlasting? Get your priorities right; determine your self-worth in order to determine what you want to achieve. allowed myself to overlook the fact that I cannot be the greatest at everything, but I can be a better person by striving to always be honest, respectful, happy and allow room for improvement. Goals should be set the smart way (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and within a time frame). Circumstances should never be blamed for goals not achieved, never be a believer of circumstances because people who make it in this world are those who rise up and look for circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, they make it happen. Set your standards high, stand out. Values are essential; they are your laws in life. My personal motto in life is: only the force of gravity can pull me down, no-one and nothing else can, but if it has pulled me down hard enough to my knees, I am in the perfect position to pray! God never designed life to be easy, so find refuge in knowing that He designed it to be beautiful.


thletes can expend a huge amount of energy during training sessions and events. This means that the body’s muscles must be provided with a supply of energy on an ongoing basis. In order to achieve the desired results and best performance, the correct nutritional management is vital. To achieve sustained energy, the correct amount, type and time of eating is important. Carbohydrate (CHO) is the body’s muscles’ source of fuel and if you consume the correct type at the proper time, you should have sustained energy. The Glycemic Index (GI) is a rating of carbohydrate foods (starches, milk products, fruit, vegetables and sugars) according to their actual effect on blood glucose levels. During exercise, immediately after exercising and for a few hours after exercising, depending on the duration and intensity of exercise, it is best to consume high GI carbohydrate foods and drinks. Before the event or strenuous exercise: Eat or drink low GI carbohydrate food or drinks one to two hours before competing which will be digested slowly and can still supply energy one to two hours after consumption, meaning blood glucose will be maintained at a healthy level for the duration of the sporting event or activity, giving sustained energy. Examples of low GI drinks and snacks/foods are Ensure, Glucerna, apple juice, orange juice, milk, popcorn, Provitas with topping, low GI bread sandwiches, high fibre oat fruit muffins, soft (e.g. apples, peaches) and citrus fruits, fruit salad, Trufruit and Safari fruit bars, yoghurt, pasta dishes, brown rice or mealie or lentil dishes or salads, etc. During the event or exercise: Events or exercise lasting longer than 90 minutes require high GI (medium for diabetics) foods and drinks at a rate of 30-60g carbohydrate per hour, depending on body weight. If the duration of the exercise is less

than 90 minutes, the low GI food/ drink taken beforehand should be sufficient to sustain blood glucose levels at a healthy level, and no carbohydrate intake is necessary during the exercise event. It is also important to re-hydrate with water or drinks during events: 300-800ml fluid per hour, depending on size or weight. After the event or exercise: Consume enough high GI carbohydrate food or drinks within the first 30 minutes of completing strenuous exercise. Faster replenishment of glycogen into the fatigued muscle is observed if high GI foods are taken as soon as possible after cessation of exercise and severe hypoglycaemia can be prevented by this course of action. Then after one hour also consume mainly high GI foods or drinks and then the next meals every two to three hours thereafter consisting of protein and intermediate or low GI CHO, depending on the intensity and duration of the exercise. If training is scaled down before an event, meals should be low fat and high in low GI carbohydrates for the best carbo-loading effect. Examples of high GI drinks and snacks/foods are Ceres Medley of Fruit and Litchi fruit juice, Energade, Powerade, Game, Lucozade, energy bars, jelly type sweets, white and normal brown bread sandwiches, cream crackers and rice cakes with toppings, commercial scones and muffins, Marie biscuits and Boudoir biscuits, two minute noodles, etc. For specific individual diets and meal planning it is best to consult with a registered dietician. If you have any questions on this topic, send it to the editor at Maretha Doubell RD(SA) Alta Kloppers and Associates Dieticians Tel: (011) 907 9973 References: Delport, L and Steenkamp, G (2000): Eating for Sustained Energy. Tafelberg Delport, L and Volschenk, S (2007): Eet Slim vir Sport. Tafelberg

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Beautiful & Courages

Duane and Fiona Tiquin pose proudly with their four huskies. (L to R): Maya, Talia, Snowy and Dewey.


hey can pull up to a ton when fully grown and can adapt easily and fit into almost any home. They love to run, don’t bark, but howl like wolves and have a cat-like personality, which means they won’t do what you tell them unless they see a point to it. They are pack animals and ideally a person should own more than one. They can live in temperatures of -60 degrees Celsius. Guessed what animal it is yet!? No, well, here is another clue. They acted in the movie ‘Eight Below’. Well done! You guessed it! We are talking about Huskies (Sibes). Have you ever wondered what commitment it takes to own a Husky? Well, as I arrived at Duane and Fiona Tiquin’s house in Brackendowns for an interview, I was soon bowled over by two beautiful and overly excited Siberian Huskies, who greeted me at the front door of the house with a howl! At once, I knew that these are dogs with a very different temperament... Duane, the secretary of the Sled Dog Federation of South Africa (SAFSS) was quick to point out that before choosing a Siberian Husky you should do your homework. “Ask breeders and those who own a Husky what type of commitment is required”. He added, “They are a breed with a unique nature that needs to be a part of your lifestyle. It is important to make provision for them, as it is a commitment for the next 14 years.” You should always consider the pros and cons to owning one. The cons are that you cannot just have one dog. They live and work in packs and need friends. Sibes

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Article and Photographs by John Sverdloff Additional photographs supplied by Duane Tiquin

need a lot of attention and if left alone will destroy garden furniture, clothes, shoes, cell phones, plants, their own bowls, beds, kennels, etc. They are extremely difficult to train. Your garden will never be big enough for them to expend all their energy! So, regular exercise is the order of the day, which can be in the form of sledding – pulling carts and bikes in a controlled environment. They are able to scale 2,5 metre walls, squeeze through tiny openings, slip out of collars and break chains. Sibes are hunters by nature and love to roam and run. Never let your Husky out on its own or to run freely, it will only obey you when it wants to! The pros are that they are the most beautiful and free spirited, independent dogs. This gives them a type of personality which ensures that they become full members of the family, rather than just an extension of it. You will be able to take them on extra long walks because of their urge to exercise. They do not have any body scent. “One has to be realistic when wanting to own a Siberian Husky, as the cons do outweigh the pros!” concluded Duane.

Boastfully, Fiona said that they are the proud owners of four Huskies and are hoping to add a fifth to the ‘family’. She said that Huskies go through a rebellious stage, such as Maya who is 2 years old. Other breeds at that age are more prone to being independent. Sitting forward, she added a few more tips: “Choose a breed of dog that suits your lifestyle! If it is a Sibe, your lifestyle needs to be planned around the dog. One must remember that they are high maintenance working dogs which need to be exercised regularly and groomed at least once a week or month. For the best advice on feeding speak to your vet or a breeder and please take note they are not guard dogs!” Grinning from ear to ear and with a twinkle in his eye Duane exclaimed “Our Siberian Huskies are such a part of our lifestyle that during the winter months we wake up at 5:00am to take them dog sledding!” and added “It is not about us, but about them and their needs”.

“So why were you interested in owning a Siberian Husky?” I asked enthusiastically.

Still unable to contain their enthusiasm Duane and Fiona mentioned that Snowy, who is very affectionate by nature, was found running in the street and after advertising for her owners to claim her, was eventually kept.

“At first, we were not planning on getting a Sibe. We had lost our boerboel to cancer and soon went to look for a dog in Boksburg. A seven-week-old Siberian Husky’s beauty caught our eye, but we were not too sure whether to take the dog, as it is a special breed. We spoke to breeders and owners and after in-depth reading on how to manage a Sibe we were smitten!” said Duane.

Lovely Maya is a free spirited and independent Sibe who assumes a motherly role and at times keeps their Rottweiler in check. Dewey was brought to them by Mandy Merber from Husky Rescue to fill a void after losing their ridgeback to a heart condition. He is very soft and loving by nature. Talia was a nine-month-old puppy from Husky Rescue who needed a home for the weekend. But after a week,

they decided to welcome her into their home. “We could not imagine life without our Siberian Huskies” they said and suggested that if you own a Siberian Husky or have any other breed of working dog, why not join the Siberian Husky Club of Gauteng and the SAFSS where you can be part of a unique ‘family’ of Sibe lovers. The SAFSS offers dog sledding workshops covering topics such as safety, equipment and how to make your own sled. But, be warned! You will have to sacrifice your winter mornings to go sledding, as the maximum temperature for dog sledding is 15,6 degrees Celsius. Sledding events include time trials, which is completing the mile in a given time. The South African Championships consist of competitors racing against each other for the fastest time over a given distance. These races are not breed specific. Ordinary membership club fees are R100 per annum. Participation in events is R20 to R30 per event. Joining the SAFSS is optional at R100 per annum. If you want to know more about your Husky, the Siberian Husky Club of Gauteng or the SAFSS, contact the SAFSS, Duane Tiquin (Secretary), 076 186 9698 or the Siberian Husky Club of Gauteng, Leanza von Broemsen (Secretary), 011 682 1827/073 303 4483.

Sanef Schools Ekurhuleni Region W

ell done! to the Alberton High School horse riding team who competed at the Weltmeyer Farm in Alberton. Ross Hughes, Charissa da Costa, Courtney MacKenzie and Justin Hoffmann did the school proud, despite riding in muddy conditions. Ross Hughs and Brandenburg La Scala attained a 2nd and 3rd place in the Level

Marian College

Marian are tops in Equestrian!

2 Dressage classes. Courtney MacKenzie and Baroness were placed 2nd in the level 0 Equitation class, with Charissa da Costa on Levico in 4th position. Justin Hoffman jumped Spanish Conquested into 7th position in the Level 1 show jumping class. Article: Alberton High School

Marais Viljoen Ruiterkuns


eel van span wat liga gewen het: Lizahn Venter 8JA Armand Kruger 12PA. Lid van liga wen span: Angelique van der Klooster 11LE. Verwerf Ekurhuleni kleure en kwalifiseer om aan die Gauteng finale deel te neem: Chanelize Swart 12P, Heleen Meyer 12VE, Angelique van der Walt 10TA en 10OA, Hermien Odendaal 8VA, Tinesse

Verwey 8JA, Anrich de Jager 8JA, Emile Engelbrecht 8JA. Behaal Gauteng kleure en kwalifiseer om aan SA Kampioenskappe deel te neem: Carina Lingerfelder 11PA, Inge Pietersen 12VE, Jan Cilliers 12PA. Article and Photographs: Marais Viljoen High School


n 23 May Marian College Equestrian team achieved the following results:

Adele Bezuidenhout – 1st Jumping, 1st Showing and 2nd Equitation. Tamsin Craddock – 1st Dressage. Jemma Dickinson – 1st Jumping and 1st Equitation. Well done! to our Equestrian team.

Inge Pietersen

Glenvista Golf -

Carina Lingerfelder

Article Photograph by Marian College

Marion college golf tour


uring the private school holidays in August, Marist Brothers, Linmeyer under-took a golf tour which covered Southbroom, Margate, Umdoni and Port Edward. The week turned out to be most enjoyable and our golf improved day by day. Jason Pienaar was crowned as Golf Champion after four consecutive days of golf.

The players who took part in the tour were: Glen Forsman, Sergio Ribeiro, Jatin Kasan, Motheo Sebesho, Fabian Pienaar, Jason Pienaar, Johan Botha, Shaun Tait and Mohit Lakhta. Two members of staff were: Mr Gouws, the Master in Charge of Golf and Mr Germishuys (Head of Sport). Article by Marian College

Jan Cilliers

a score above the rest!


lenvista High School’s golf team have won many tournaments including the Nyati Golf Challenge, which was a tournament that included teams from schools such as Helpmekaar, Marian College and Maragon. The School’s two coaches, Mr Henry de Vos and Mr Sheldon Atti, were included in the Southern Gauteng Teachers’

team. Glenvista High’s number one golfer Kyle Lucas is also ranked as the top U/18 player in the country. He represented South Africa in England during the July holidays. Congratulations! to all players for a job well done so far this year. Article: Glenvista High School

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Ar gentina Ruby Tour

layers left for Argentina on 9 August and returned on 23 August as seasoned international players. St Martin’s won 3 of the 4 matches played over a period of 15 days, which was the best result achieved by a St Martin’s rugby team that has toured Argentina four times.

Marian College 1st Team Rugby T

he Marian College first rugby team had a wonderful season with a tour to Margate in April where they played two very hard games against Suid-Natal Hoër. They lost the first game, but improved in the second game and won 14 - 5. They played in the quarter final of the Kudu League on Wednesday, 27 May and after a grueling match they lost 31 - 7. Well done boys, you really put your heart into the game. Better luck next season. Article: Clifford Cuthbert-Hughes (Gr 12)

Back (L to R): David Adamson, Michael du Toit, Michael Cassel, Neil Bouwer, Durren Williams, Keaghan Sze les, Shaun Tait, Kyle Jones, Derrick Mitchley, Bevin Klaassen, Craig Winfield, Motheo Sebesho, Craig Fick, Chad Trollip, Maurice Rhame, Daniel Da Costa, David Ho-Tong.

The first match was played against St Brendon’s College (Buenos Aires) and the players were still shell shocked by the hospitality and friendliness of the Argentine people. We were tired after the long flight and still had to get used to new play combinations. This was exploited in the second half. We were beaten 40-10. We then moved to Rio Cuarto (Cordoba). The reception by the Jockey Club was exceptional. We beat the club 23 - 0. The game was fluid and our forwards had the upper hand. It was the singing of Nkosi Sikelele, playing in front of a huge crowd and the star-like status that will stick in our memories. Next on our agenda was Santa Rosa, where we stayed in cabanas. A field that was bare of grass and hard as concrete saw us once again raising the national flag and lifting us to new heights. Our bodies were sore and tired, but we turned this match in our favour through sheer guts and self-belief. Trailing 0 - 5 at half time saw us winning eventually by 10 - 5.

In Villa General Belgrano (a small German town in the middle of Argentina) we did our share of radio and television interviews. We once again played a fluid game of rugby, outrunning, tackling. We won 50 - 5. Thank you to our sponsors and parents who made this tour possible. The every game played was enjoyed by the team. An added bonus was seeing a country that takes pride in their own culture and hospitality. One also realised that the game of rugby can overcome language barriers in that you can sit down after a match and have rugby in common with any player, anywhere in the world. Played 4 (Lost 1 Won 3) Points for: 93 Points against: 50 Most points on Tour: B Hurst 39 Second most points: James Beswick 15 Most improved: Keaton Randall Most feared: Ryan Plasket Most under-rated by opposition: Renaldo de Gouveia Youngest player: Rick Gericke (15) Oldest player: Gareth Wood (19) On behalf of the management and coach, a big thank you to all school staff who played a roll in the tour. In closing, this was not only a tour, but a life experience. Article and Photographs: Members of the rugby group.

A player from Argentina breaks away from the scrum.

Front (L to R): Clifford Cuthbert-Hughes, Ricardo Resende, Miguel Alves, Jude Pallini, LeeRoy Ribero.

Alberton High has a succesful season


lberton High School had a very successful rugby season. For the first time in Alberton High’s history. We had all 4 league sides in the Golden Lion’s play-offs. Unfortunately our U/16 team lost in the Quarter-finals. However our U/14, U/15 and 1st team all progressed to the final round but were unfortunate in the final result.

Article: Ms Kirsten Stapel (Head of Sport)

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St Martins rugby team take ‘time out’ for that all important photograph prior to playing a match.

Marais Viljoen presteer! Sir John Adamson at D14 Champs!

LANDLOOP Lid van Sentraal Gautengspan na SA Kampioenskappe: Tarika Brand André Venter Lid van Distrikspan na Gautengkampioenskappe: Nadine Thomas Dian Rosslee Lohann van Wyk Calmy Potgieter Van Echten Lotter Jacques Coetzee Hanneke Klut Kimberly Supra Maurichelle Stevens Thorne Zurfluh


he school had fifteen cross country runners representing Southern Suburbs at the D14 championships.

Lindy Mudau won the U/17 and Lungi the U/15. Nine runners made the D14 team and went to the Gauteng championships. Article Mrs A Nel (Cross Country Coach) Photographs: Sir John Adamson High

Tarika Brand

André Venter

Zanmarie Pienaar 8e op nasionale ranglys

Vaughn Hunter 13e op O/16 ranglys

Redge Rosttron 5de op 0/14 ranglys

Inga Van Der Nest

Lid van Groter Albertonspan na Distrikkampioenskappe: Nico Somers Bianka de Lange Martin Grobler Duncan Potgieter Rehan Vermeulen L.P Zaaiman

TENNIS Marais Viljoen se tennis het hierdie jaar van krag tot krag gegaan. Al ons ingeskrewe tennisspanne in die liga het hul onderskeie ligas gewen. Kyk net hierna – al die spanne wen liga! Superliga 1e Dogterspan Superliga 1e Dogterspan 2e seunspan 2e seunspan 3e seunspan 3e seunspan 4e seunspan 4e dogterspan Article: Marais Viljoen High School Photographs: Mr van Zyl

New South T

he students from New South Baptist Church School participated at the National Athletic Meeting held at King’s Park Stadium in Durban from the 17 to 19 September.


The school was proud to receive a gold and a bronze medal in Shotput and a further two bronze medals in the 200m relay. Robyn Joynt (Shotput)

“We did exceptionally well considering the adverse weather conditions and I truly believe we will do better next time,” said the Principal, Pastor Wesley Ebrahim. Results: Robyn Joynt Shotput (Gr 8) (Gold) Javelin Palesa Matlaupane 200m (Gr 8) (Bronze) Relay

Waterstone wins Districs

The U/16 netball team from Waterstone College won the SACSSA U/17 District Competition, and then went on to win the Regional Finals as well. The girls played a total of 9 games, and won all of them.


Chess Champions!

n the first term Glenvista High School entered five teams into the 5-aside inter-school league. Our first team finished first, undefeated, beating schools such as St Johns, Parktown Boys and KES. The A, B and C teams qualified for play-offs where they did very well. We received one gold medal and two silver medals. In the second term our school entered the inter-schools league for the first time. The first team won the Zone A Championship and the B team won section B. Both teams qualified for play-offs.

Palesa Matlaupane (Relay, 200m)

The entire GSCA U/16 team consists of players from Glenvista High. Article: Glenvista High School

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Dinamika Hokkie


iedie jaar het weer afgeskop met sterk kompetisie vir beide ons seuns- en meisies- hokkiespanne. Die seunsliga het reeds begin en die meisiesliga begin volgende kwartaal. Gedurende die vakansie vind die hokkiekliniek plaas vanaf 3de Maart tot 1ste April. ‘n Uitstekende geleentheid vir spanbou! Al die spanne gaan betrokke wees en onderwerpe soos verdediging, aanval, wedstrydplanne en spelpatrone sal aangespreek word. Die kliniek word aangebied deur Jaco Dennis. Die eerste spanne toer saam na Margate Sportskool van 2de tot 7de April en dit sal weer groot prêt maar baie leersaam wees. Hulle sal daar afrigting ontvang, wedstryde speel en ‘n bietjie in die branders ook speel. Ons het hiedie jaar die volgende spanne:

Main photograph: Keagan Ludik, Danelle Diedricks, Chadene August, Sheldon Taaibosch, Lauren Campbell, Andrea du Plessis, Angelica Hulley, Amy-Leigh van der Walt take the plunge at practice.

Gala Swimming

Open Water Swimming

Article: Mrs Marie du Plooy (Swimming co-ordinator)

Article: Ms Brenda du Plooy (Swimming coach)


pen water swimming is a sport that takes a lot of endurance and stamina. We have paticipated in open water swimming for the last four years and we would like to continue to do so. When we started four years ago, we started with only 4 swimmers, now we have 20 swimmers participating. We compete in the Makulu 1000m, Lake Hentage 1200m, Buffelspoort 1500m, Sun City 1500m and the Midmar Mile 1600m swim.

irstly, a word of thanks to my two dedicated coaches and all the swimmers from Sir John Adamson High School for all your hard work during the swimming season. You have really put in a great amount of effort and hours to achieve your goals. Without the support of the coaches, Ms Brenda du Plooy and Mrs Mitchell, the swimmers would not have been so passionate and dedicated to be in the pool every afternoon, even if the weather was not in favour of swimming! Thank you so much for your valuable contribution. Out of six galas, we swam four and two were rained out. The schools that we swam against were Reddam, American School, Queens, Volks-skool Heidelberg, President Hoërskool, Sacred Heart, Greenside, Mondeor High, Fourways B, Florida and Sir Pierre. The results were as follows: 1st gala - 2nd place out of 4 schools

Meisies: O/14 Tweede O/15 Eerstes O/16 Eerstes


Our swimmers take pride in their sport and after each event that they complete they are awarded a medal. As a swimmer and coach myself, I know that there are many aspects to contend with such as the weather and the currents. We do our best to complete our events to the best of our abilities. We started to compete in other major events such as the Sterkfontein Dam swim of 3km. This is the start of many other events that we plan to do. I would like to say thank you to my swimmers for all the effort they put in. Keep it up guys!

2nd gala - 2nd place out of 4 schools 3rd gala - 2nd place out of 4 schools Interhigh: 4th place out of 6 schools

Seans: 0/15 Ope junior span 0/18 Eerstes (ope senior span) Artikel: Mev Ingrid Schroeder

The unknown Joys of Cross Country Article: Keitumetse Sekhuthe (Gr 11)


ross Country distances covered are: 4km for the girls and 8km for the boys. It may seem long, but it’s always over before you know it. Hearing the gun shot, everyone sprints. The first part of the race is just a crowd pleaser. We may begin fast with the fitter runners getting to the line first, but for sum of us, as soon as we’re away from the crowds, the walk to the finish line begins.

Keagan Ludwick and Shannon Straightfill were placed 1st in butterfly at the Interhigh. Michael Forbes was placed 2nd for the Junior Boys’ Individual Mixed Medley. Daniel Philpott came 2nd in the Open Boys’ Backstroke. Lauren Campbell placed 2nd in the Girls’ U16 Breaststroke. Jarred Stoffels came 2nd in Boys’ U16 Freestyle.

Our mini marathon can still bring so much laughter. The boys are the worst. Arriving as the best of friends, but as they await the gun shot it all changes, they don’t even help each other out. Tough luck for those who fall, nothing stands in their path to victory. Some may say the best part of the entire event is getting to the finish line. The sense of achievement you gain, knowing that no matter what your placing is, you did it all on your own and didn’t walk.

Besides stamina and fitness, our swimmers are also being taught stroke correction. At the beginning of every year we get learners who are unable to swim, but we encourage them to come to training so that we can teach them how to swim. Some of them have even perfected the most gracious butterfly stroke.

I disagree! I think all the athletes will agree with me in saying the best part of the entire event is the big fat Chelsea bun with custard and a juice of your choice which awaits you at the finish line. The truth is the food is the only thing that keeps you going and then coming back for more.

The swimming captains are Danelle Diedricks and Keagan Ludick.

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Back (L to R): Lauren Campbell, Danelle Diedricks, Andrea du Plessis, Sheldon Taaibosch, Keagan Ludwick. Front (L to R): Amy-Leigh van der Walt, Chadene August.