Friday, 23 March 2018

Out of the Hat… – News from the Lady Principal

Term 1 has been a busy and productive term and the girls have coped well with fitting in all the necessary activities and assessments for the term, as well as preparing for sports festivals that take place during the holiday. The girls have approached their academic studies with determination and have also involved themselves in all aspects of the school.

The Grade 8s have settled in well and have coped admirably with the adjustments from junior school to senior school. They have recently spent three days working on their #Girltag project.

I was very proud of all the girls at the annual inter-high gala. The swimmers gave of their best and did exceptionally well. The spectators looked smart in their sprigs and hats and, with the help of the cheerleaders, they maintained their energetic support for the swimmers throughout the gala.

The Grade 9s have returned from their Simpler Journey Camp. It was a challenging time for them as the weather was cold and wet, but hopefully the girls enjoyed the experience, have grown from it and have many happy stories to tell.

The Grade 12s were treated to a wonderful evening dining and dancing in a ‘French Promenade’ at their Ball last weekend. They all looked very elegant in their outfits as they danced the night away (mostly barefoot!). 

A number of girls spent many hours rehearsing for the school play The Odd Couple, directed by Mr Harty. It was a wonderful, humorous production enjoyed by all who watched it. The actresses, actors and backstage crew can feel very proud of what they achieved.

Holiday Sport
A number of hockey and netball teams will be participating in festivals and training camps during the holiday and we wish all the players well. The first team hockey and netball squads will be helping the Sports’ Department run the u13 Festival this weekend.

Russia Tour
Twenty-eight girls, accompanied by Mrs Bird, Mrs Thomson and Mrs Moffatt, will be going on tour to Russia and I know they are going to have a fantastic experience.

We say farewell to two staff members at the end of this term:

Mr Dube started in the Estates Department in 1999 so he has been at the school for 19 years. Mr Dube is a reserved, humble man who takes pride in his work. He has been involved in many of the maintenance projects, especially all the painting of classrooms and dormitories. He also meets all the little juniors at the gate in the morning to make sure they enter the school safely. He will be retiring at the end of March and we wish him well.

Mrs Green started at TWC in January 2009. She was initially part-time, but joined as a full time Accounting, Mathematical Literacy and CAT teacher in 2015. She is a passionate and dedicated educator; always full of energy and enthusiasm. Mrs Green embraced all opportunities and was not afraid to take on new challenges. She involved herself fully in the life of the school as a Class Teacher and Grade 9 Coordinator. Her genuine interest in the girls, and her gentle, caring manner has endeared her to many, and she is highly respected by colleagues and girls. Beyond the classroom, Mrs Green was involved in organising Clubs; was instrumental in organising the Grade 9s for Market Day and she braved the Journey Camp with the Grade 9s. I thank Mrs Green most sincerely for her hard work and for the invaluable contribution she has made to The Wykeham Collegiate. She will be sorely missed and we wish her well as she moves to Cape Town to join her family.

So, a busy and exciting holiday coming up for some; I hope the rest of you are all able to relax and enjoy quality family time.

Sue Tasker
Lady Principal

Out of the Hat... - News from the Junior School Headmistress

Term 1 has been a wonderfully productive one as we have
witnessed growth in so many areas for our girls. Our RRRs have settled into a happy routine and are enjoying the stimulating environment.

Success is not only achieved through winning, but also through the acquisition of new skills. Winning the A Gala for the 21st consecutive year was wonderful as was winning all our tennis matches. However, learning to swim and play tennis for the first time, is equally memorable and important. A number of our girls made the KZN tennis team and Midlands swimming team.

It was gratifying listening to our Junior and Senior choirs, wind band and string ensemble and individual performers at the concert this week. Being able to offer the opportunity for girls to perform and develop strengths, encourages the girls to believe in themselves.

Our Kids Lit Quiz team enjoyed participating in the National Finals in Johannesburg. They represented TWC well and we are very proud of them.

Much learning takes place outside of the classroom, and I am very grateful to the staff for organising and accompanying our girls on overnight and day trips.

I hope you found the teacher interviews valuable. Full reports will be written at the end of Term 2.

Enjoy a blessed and happy Easter with your girls.

Karen Gardner
Junior School Headmistress

Junior School SCA Unity Evening

On Friday evening, 16 March, we held our first Junior SCA Unity evening with Epworth School. 

About 50 girls gathered in the atrium for an evening of worship, dance, fun and fellowship. Led by the Uptown Ministry Team from One Life Church, the girls danced and worshiped to modern worship songs. 

Afterwards they shared in a special message. Each girls received a special snack pack and they enjoyed browsing at the Bible Centre Bookshop to purchase devotionals and gifts. It was a wonderful evening of praise and fellowship. 

Epworth have promised to host the next one in the second term and we are hoping more Junior Schools will join us so that we can be a unified Body of Christ.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Grade 3s visit the Museum & Wylie Park

Blog post submitted by Yuvali Singh, Grade 3 (original spelling)

We went to the museum recently. We learnt so much about dinosaurs. We had to get into groups of four for a photo-scavenging activity. That was so fun and amaizing. We had to go around the museum to find things on our list. We took pictures with the I-pads. Our group loved the cavemen paintings so much. It was the best outing ever. My favourite part was the talk peter our guid did because it was intresting and great. 

After the museum we went to Wylie Park and ate but we also walked in mud and did daring stuff. I was dared to walk a bamboo bridge, it was scary but eventualy it was not. I felt very exited and a bit scared. The picnic was amaizing. Super things hapend that was great especialy climbing bamboo and learning about dinosaurs. I also discovered an extinxt bird called a moa. 

I loved this outing so much that I will come to the museum many more times and to Wylie Park.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Senior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 9

U16 St Mary’s Kloof Hockey Festival Results:
Vs Paarl gymnasium lost 3-0
Vs Fatima lost 1-0
Vs Curro lost 1-0
Vs St Mary’s Invitational side won 4-0

The U16 team were placed 11th.

1st team Hockey Preseason Hockey Festival:
Vs GHS drew 0-0
Vs Treverton won 7-0
Vs STJ’s drew 0-0
Vs Howick won 1-0
Vs EPW drew 0-0

Action Netball
On Friday 16 March TWC netball teams participated in the Action League finals.  In the U14 section the two TWC teams competed for the bronze medal.  TWC U14 Yellow team walked away with the medal with Olivia Thorpe awarded the player of the match.  TWC Open team played Epworth for the bronze medal and won the match 25-10, with Savannah Lotze being awarded the player of the match.  Unfortunately our U15 team were unable to play their gold final as they were away on Grade 9 Journey.  They finished their season undefeated, 10 points ahead on the log.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Junior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 9

Chess Results:
vs Cowan House 
Seniors lost 20-11
Juniors lost 20-11

Tennis vs Treverton
Open A won 32-4

Tennis vs Laddsworth:
Open A’s won 30-6
U11A’s won 21-7

Action Netball Results:
The team came 3rd in the U13 Action Netball League. They won their bronze medal final by 30 goals to 2. Alexandra Hugo was named player of the finals.

Congratulations to the following girls who have made it through to the District Netball Trials.
U12     -    Londiwe Ngwenya; Lungelo Sibiya
U13     -    Alexandra Hugo; Belinda Mabaso; Okuhle Kumalo; Hannah Ngwira; Mbali Dlamini