Friday, 18 January 2019

Out of the Hat - News from the Lady Principal

It is a pleasure for me to welcome the TWC community back to school and a special welcome to all the new girls and their parents.

Staff News
We also welcome new staff members to the Senior School:
- Maths Department: Zukiswa Stemele
- Boarding: Wendy Dlamini and Jean Rose (Housemothers)

Jenny Mathews has resigned to take up a position at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School and Judith Hawthorn has been employed to train the choir, and Jenny du Plessis will teach the Music theory lessons.

Holiday News
The Estate staff were very busy with the usual maintenance projects as well as upgrading different areas of the school and we thank Barry Moig, Theunis Ferreira and the Estate staff for all their hard work. The IT department was also kept busy with the installation of 55 new desk top computers.

Girls who went kayaking around Mauritius thoroughly enjoyed their trip and I would like to thank Les Willows for offering the girls this wonderful opportunity.

And 2019 starts…
The Grade 8 Orientation weekend, The Next Chapter, was held at the school before the start of the academic year. It provided an opportunity for parents and girls to meet each other and for the boarders to settle in before the year actually starts. 

The Grade 12 girls and parents attended an academic meeting to outline the school’s expectations and the IEB requirements for 2019. This was followed by the Grade 12 Prayer Service, which sets the tone for the year.

2019 Projects
The new multi-purpose Aftercare building in the Junior School is near completion and, once swimming season is over, the building of the new pool stands will begin.

The Grade 12s have introduced their theme for the year to the school - The Amazing Race - and I am looking forward to a happy and productive 2019.

Sue Tasker
Lady Principal

Out of the Hat - News from the Junior School Headmistress

It was wonderful to have the girls back at school on Wednesday when we welcomed 348 Grade RRR – 7s, including 41 new girls. The school is an unnaturally quiet and dull place with no pupils. Girls are quickly settling into their daily routines of lessons and extra mural activities. Please encourage your daughters to get involved in school activities. Being a member of a choir/band or sporting team has many benefits.

We welcome the following new staff to the Junior School:
- Mrs Ellis Becker (Grade 4)
- Mrs Lisa Gerber (Grade RRR)
- Mrs Sue Tarr (Drama Grade 3-7 for Term 1)
- Mrs Carey Wilson (Grade 1)
Our intern teachers for 2019 are Vumile Nkosi, Samantha Evans; Hannah Jacob, Sarah Mcloughlin and Danielle Terblanche.  

2019 THEME – Better Together
Our theme this year in the Junior School is Better Together. We are going to focus on relationships, communication, supporting and encouraging one another.

Date: Tue 22 January
Time: 18:30
Speaker: Gill Willows
A reminder to Junior School Parents to please attend the parent/teacher meeting on Tuesday 22 January at 18:30 in the Atrium. Gill Willows, a psychologist, will be our guest speaker. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your daughter’s class teacher, hear her explain the exciting challenges and routines for the new grade, and to meet the other parents in the class. A cocktail party will follow in the Atrium. Babysitting will be available from 18:30 – 20:30.

I wish you and your daughters a wonderful year in the Junior School.

Karen Gardner
Junior School Headmistress

Monday, 3 December 2018

JSE Schools Challenge

TWC participants in the JSE Schools Challenge, Jamie Rowe and Olivia Weaver, accompanied by Mrs van Heeswijk left school on Monday 26 November for a trip to Johannesburg to experience the financial and economic hub of the country.

An early flight on Tuesday morning gave them a day ahead to 'do Jo’burg'. After visits to the JSE and Nedbank and a pleasant lunch with Ashleigh Dawson (TWC Old Girls Gauteng Rep); the mind-boggling Discovery Head Office was next on the itinerary.

A fascinating and emotional trip to the Constitutional Court followed. Evening supper was at Nelson Mandela Square and the girls learnt about what 'quants' do and how Bitcoin works and then explored the stunning Christmas lights at Melrose Arch.

Wednesday started with a trip to Victoria Yards - an entrepreneurial hub and inner city revival development.

The surprise of the morning was a trip around a block (or two) in an Aston Martin!

There was a bit of time left to shop at Sandton City and then it was back to the airport and home. 

Blog post submitted by Mrs van Heeswijk

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Junior & Senior School Final Sports Results - Term 4 2018

Athletics (Junior School)
Congratulations to Savannah Ingledew (Grade 7) who won a Gold medal at the recent Sub Youth KZN Track and Field Championships for U13 800m. She ran a personal best of 2:19. She also went to the National Inter-Provincial Championships and was placed 2nd in South Africa.

Basketball (Junior School)
The Junior School girls participated in the U13 Girls Basketball Championships on Friday 23 November. They came 4th in their pool and were commended for their excellent performance throughout the season - especially as this was their first season ever.

Mountain Biking (Junior & Senior School)
Congratulations to Sarah Ryan (Senior School) and Hannah Elliott (Junior School) who both recently received their KZN colours for mountain biking.

Sarah also competed in the Drak Extravaganza on Sunday 25 November and came second in the u17 age group for the 84km road race.

Swimming (Senior School)
Congratulations to Nomvula Mjimba (Grade 10) who has been selected to represent Zimbabwe as a member of the Swimming Team to participate in the AUSA Region 5 Under 20 Youth Games in Botswana in December.

Squash (Junior School)
Squash Results: Week 7
Monday 12 November vs Epworth
Lost 3-9

Squash Results: Week 8
Monday 19 November vs Clifton NR
Lost 3-10

Squash Results: Week 9
Monday 26 November vs Clarendon
Won 12-0

Congratulations to Lexi Uys and Keira Naidoo who have been selected to play in the U12 Tennis Team (KZN Chapter) that will be taking part in the SALGA games in Pietermaritzburg from 7 to 9 December.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Junior School Nativity Play

The annual Junior School Nativity Play was held this week and performed this year by the Grade 4s and 5s.

The high standard of TWC drama productions is well known and The Angels' Special Flight did not disappoint, being thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Here is the video trailer for you to enjoy:

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Senior School Sports Results - Term 4 - Week 6

Congratulations to Hayley Conway and Lady who have also been chosen to represent KZN at SA Youth Championships 2018 in December.

Victoria Daniels recently competed in the 2018 FEI International Children's Classics and won the Silver Tour which was a height of 110cm on her coach’s daughter’s horse, Lollipopman.

With her win of the FEI Silver Tour, she is now ranked number 11 in the world and number 3 for Southern Africa made up of riders from South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the Child Classic 2018 rankings. Congratulations!

Victoria recently also competed at the Triple P Summer Classic 2018 Show held at Shongweni Club where she came 2nd in her speed class and won the 1m Championships.

She has also been selected to represent KZN in the Equitation Team at the SA National Junior Championships in Port Elizabeth in December.

Indoor Hockey
vs St Anne’s
Junior Teams – lost