Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Grade 7s create terrariums


The Grade 7s created terrariums during their Natural Science class using their knowledge of photosynthesis. 

During the lesson, the girls had to explain how the plants would survive without water and without opening the jar of the terrarium to replenish oxygen or carbon dioxide.

Blog post submitted by
Glen Jenkins
Grade 7 Natural Science teacher

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Junior & Senior School Sports Results - December 2018 / January 2019

Mountain Biking - Eurosteel Drak Challenge
At the recent Eurosteel Drak Challenge 2-day MTB event, Abigail Larsen achieved first place in the ‘Junior Female’ category.

The SALGA games were held early in December and the following girls achieved great results (pictured right):
Athletics - Luzaan de Wit - won gold in the 800m and 1500m
Tennis - Keira Naidoo and Alexandra Uys - won the U12 age group and Umgungundlovu came 2nd overall

Emma Huxtable, KZN Girl’s Captain, took part in the SA Schools Championships in Johannesburg in December 2018 and achieved the following results in the Women’s 17-18 category:
- 50m and 100m breaststroke – first places and
- 200m breaststroke- second place.

Nomvula Mjimba had a busy swimming holiday and at the AUSC Region 5 Games in Botswana, Nomvula achieved a silver medal for the Women 400m Freestyle Relay and bronze medals for the Women 400m Medley Relay and Women 200m Freestyle Relay. Back in South Africa, she won a bronze medal at the KZN Championships for Women Open 100m Butterfly and then back in Zimbabwe at the Senior Nationals, she obtained gold medals in the Women Open category for 50m and 100m Freestyle, 50m and 100m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke.  Congratulations!

Trail Running – Ladies Drak Challenge Trail
Congratulations to Paige Mackenzie who won the Ladies Drak Challenge Trail run recently.

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