Thursday, 19 April 2018

Out of the Hat… – News from the Lady Principal

Welcome to Term 2.  I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and are ready for another busy term.

The new seating area for the girls has been completed and work on widening the driveway and entrance has begun. 

We officially welcome Humayrah Ally as an Accounting, Mathematical Literacy and CAT teacher in the Senior School, and Gina Lauterbach as the Grade 2 locum teacher. We also welcome Kurt Thomas and Wilson Sokhela to the Estates Department and Luyolo Mabena as a trainee driver.

Catherine Lewis has taken over as the Grade 9 Coordinator; Humayrah Ally is a Grade 9 class teacher (9H) and Jane Howes has taken over from Catherine Lewis as a Grade 12 class teacher (12L).

We also extend our congratulations to Jerry Padayachee on the birth of his son, Amelio and Jenny du Plessis on the birth of her daughter, Penelope.

Many girls and staff had a busy sporting holiday, starting with the U13 Netball and Hockey Festival held at TWC. The 1st hockey and netball squads travelled up to Johannesburg to participate in festivals and this was a great way for them to start their seasons. The netball team played particularly well coming 4th out of 32 teams. The u15 netball team won their tournament at Camp Discovery. Girls were also involved in athletics, swimming, equestrian, table tennis and canoeing during the holiday. Thank you to all parents who supported the girls.

During the holiday 38 girls, accompanied by 3 staff members, went on tour to Russia and from all accounts had a cold, but wonderful time.

Our annual Market Day takes place on Tuesday 1 May and we are looking forward to seeing you there.

Have a great term.
Sue Tasker
Lady Principal

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

April Holidays Sports News

U13 Sports Festival
The 7th U13 Sports Festival once again attracted a number of schools from around KZN. This was the second year that the festival was run by the TWC Sport Staff, with the help of the first squad hockey and netball girls. With over 200 players attending from 11 schools, the atmosphere was amazing. Schools that attended included Virginia Prep, Chelsea Prep, Maris Stella, Hutten Park, Cowan House, Clifton Notties, Hillcrest Primary, St Marys DSG, TWC, Grantleigh and Mtunzini Primary.

This year’s theme was Superheroes and each team dressed up as their chosen Superhero and performed a song/dance. The hockey and netball coaching and matches ran well with teams demonstrating good sportsmanship and camaraderie.

Luzaan de Wit won the bronze medal for 800m girls under 17 at the SA Schools Athletics Championships in Potchefstroom. After Luzaan's good performance over the last 4 months in 800m, she is now ranked 8th in Africa with strong competition from Ethiopia and Nigeria in the girls under 18 age group (She is currently under 17). Congratulations, Luzaan.

Canoeing – KZN Sprints Results
U18 K2 500m
4th Gabi Campbell and Jessica Behrens
5th Erinn Schmidt and Melissa Walton

U18 K2 200m
3rd Gabi Campbell and Jessica Behrens

U16 500m K2
1st Georgie Howard and partner
3rd Laila Maher and partner
4th Tayla Isaac and Danalyn Schmidt

U16 200m K2
1st Georgie Howard and partner
2nd Laila Maher and partner

U16 200m K1
4th Georgie Howard

U16 500m K1
3rd Georgie Howard

Hayley competed in the Equistar Show at Shongweni on the 24 March where she came 2nd in Junior Novice 2 and 3rd in Junior Novice 3. Hayley also attended the annual KZN awards evening at Shongweni where Hayley and Casanova were awarded the Victrix Ludorum trophy for the highest ranked team in 2017 for Elementary-Medium and also awarded the Victrix Ludorum trophy for the highest ranked team in the Medium level for 2017.  Hayley competed in the events show at Mount Verde on 15 April where she won the Junior Novice 5.

Hockey – St Mary’s Festival
On Wednesday morning 3 April, a very excited TWC hockey team, along with their manager Mrs Royston, coach Miss Scott and reliable driver, Phillip, left TWC for St Mary’s Waverley in Johannesburg. For the next four days the 1st team Hockey squad were going to eat, play and sleep Hockey.

Despite playing some great hockey throughout the tournament, we battled to score some much needed goals which resulted in some disappointing results. Despite this, the girls had a great time, learnt a lot and bonded well together as a team. They have reassured me that they are saving all the goals for the league!

Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof lost 1-0
Kingsmead College drew 0-0
Hoërskool Waterkloof lost 1-0
Eunice High School lost 2-0
St Stithians Girls’ College lost 2-0
Pretoria High School for Girls won 0-1
Hoërskool D F Malan drew 1-1
St Johns drew 0-0
Roedean drew 0-0
St Mary’s Festival Team lost 12-11 (after 12 strokes St Mary’s was able to break the deadlock with a 12-11 win!)
Fatima lost 2-O

Netball – 1st Team (Gauteng)
On Monday 2 April the TWC 1st netball team started their annual trip to Johannesburg to participate in the St Andrews Netball Festival.  The girls started the week with a tough coaching session in Potchefstroom presented by Elsunet du Plessis, Head Coach of the North West University Netball Club. On Tuesday enjoyed a rest day at Sun City.  On Wednesday it was back to reality and the day started with training and warmup matches against Uplands and St Andrews, both of which h TWC won.

On Thursday and Friday, the 32 schools participating in the St Andrew’s Netball Tournament played round-robin matches in pools of 8, with only the top two teams in each pool advancing to the championship section, making every match important. TWC finished second in their pool winning 6 of their 7 matches.  

The team then went into the championship section - top 8 and played another 7 matches on Saturday and Sunday.  TWC had a smaller touring team this year and so there was a greater load on the girls and by Saturday afternoon we had some really tired bodies.  TWC finished tied for third place with Edenvale, who our TWC team beat in their championship pool match. However, since there is no playoff for 3rd place, TWC ended 4th as Edenvale’s goal average was 0.07 better than ours.
The team really stood up to all the challenges throughout the tournament and had to work hard to finish top 4 out of the 32 schools participating.  We would also like to congratulate Jemma Fox on her selection in the tournament all-star team and to the 9 TWC girls that made it possible. Thank you also to all the parents who made the tip to Johannesburg, it was great seeing you in the stands supporting the team.  

Netball – U15 Team (Camp Discovery)
The U15 girls attended a netball camp – Camp Discovery – during the holidays. The U15s ended up playing in the gold medal final versus Hoerskool Witbank and won 11-2. They are Camp Discovery Champs 2018 having beaten eleven U15 Teams from across the country.

Table Tennis
Yashka represented South Africa in the 2018 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) African Junior and Cadet Championships held in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire from 7 April to 13 April 2018.  Yashka won a bronze medal in the team event and was seeded 11th in Africa. Congratulations Yashka!