Wednesday, 20 February 2019

’Dusi Canoe Marathon (14-16 Feb 2019)

A very challenging 120km, 3-day canoe race starting in Pietermaritzburg and finishing in Durban, the ’Dusi Canoe Marathon takes paddlers through the Valley of a Thousand Hills and is an extremely challenging event. Paddlers do not only have to negotiate the ’Dusi river but also the many steep muddy paths on the portages. This year the first day, usually the most challenging day, was eased by heavy rains the night before.

Danalyn Schmidt (paddling with Mr Willows who completed his 25th Dusi), Jessica Behrens (paddling with her father) and Laila Maher (paddling with Nicky Irvine) all took on the ’Dusi this year. For these three young ladies, this challenging event required huge effort and perseverance.

Day 1 - (42kms) After heavy rains the water level was good but the cool weather was not what we were expecting. The paddling was fine but the wet conditions made the steep portages very slippery and difficult - especially the notorious “Devil’s Cauldron”.

Day 2 – (46kms) On day two, the weather remained cool and as the valley got wider so the water got shallower and this made the paddling much more difficult. Day two ended with an hour-long paddle across Inanda Dam, which is extremely tiring.

Day 3 – (36kms) The final day is a shorter day with many technical and often “boat-breaking” rapids. The last 10 kilometres is “flat water” and very tiring. Parents and supporters were a welcome sight as the girls paddled over the finish line at Blue Lagoon in Durban. 

Well done to these girls on completing the ’Dusi Marathon.

Blog post submitted by Les Willows, TWC Adventure Sports

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Senior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 5

Canoeing
Three girls took part in the recent Dusi Canoe Marathon, all completing the gruelling race in the K2 category:
- Laila Maher
       (and Nicky Irvine)
- Jessica Behrens
       (and Craig Behrens)
- Danalyn Schmidt
       (and Les Willows)


Equestrian
Diya Singh competed in the SANESA Schools Event representing TWC. She placed 2nd in the 1.2m Speed Class on her horse Phoenix Cezzane.


Swimming
Independent Quadrangular Gala at Hilton College – TWC placed 3rd


Tennis
Tuesday 12 Feb
TWC 1 vs ST Annes 1 – TWC lost
TWC 2 vs SJS 3 – TWC won
TWC 3 vs ST Annes 4 – TWC lost
TWC 4 vs Wembley 1 – TWC won

St Andrew’s Invitational Tennis Festival
Five TWC girls travelled to the St Andrew’s Invitational Tennis Festival over the weekend. The girls acquitted themselves well, losing to St Mary’s Waverley, St Mary’s Kloof and Somerset College and beating Pretoria High School for Girls to finish in 7th place.

Junior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Weeks 4 & 5

Athletics
Congratulations to the following girls who have will be representing uMgungundlovu District at the KZN Athletics Championships in Durban:  Keira Naidoo, Erynne Marais and Tori Jackson.


Chess
Monday 4 February vs Athlone
TWC won 17 – 9
 
Monday 11 February vs Longmarket
Friendly matches


Swimming
Tuesday 12 February
A & B Team Gala
TWC A team – 1st – 190 points
TWC B team – 7th – 81 points
C Team Gala
TWC C team – 6th place – 102 points

uMgungundlovu District Swimming
Congratulations to these girls who have been selected for the District Swimming team to compete at the Provincial Gala at Kings Park on 9 March:
- Keira Naidoo
- Charlize du Plessis
- Grace Wardlaw
- Tori Jackson
- Regan Jones
- Keona Pillay


Tennis
Monday 4 February vs Clifton NR & Cowan House
Open A1 – won 22-6
Open A2 – won 19-17
U11A – won 24-4

Monday 11 February vs St John’s & Howick
Open A1 – won 16-12
Open A2 – won 22-14
U11A – won 21-7

Midlands Tennis Teams
Congratulations to these girls selected for Midlands Girls Tennis teams:
Red Team – Lexi Uys, Grace Wardlaw, Erynne Marais
Blue Team – Keira Naidoo, non-travelling reserve: Georgie Henderson

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Grade 3s learning on iPads


The Grade 3 girls have been using iPads and enjoying some amazing new applications called Number Pieces and Number Frames that teach place value and the concept of division.

These applications are not just games but are teaching platforms and the girls have loved combining them with practical work done with blocks and books. It is a great example of integrating technology into the Foundation Phase Curriculum.

Blog post submitted by Lora Laithwaite, Grade 3 Teacher

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Senior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 4

Athletics
Paige MacKenzie attended the Puma School of Speed on held Saturday 9 February in Durban and achieved the following results in the U18 girls category:
1st – 800m
2nd – 1500m


Mountain Biking
Sarah took part in the Illovo Wartburg MTB race and was placed third lady overall and second in the Junior (u19) category for the 45km race


Swimming
Independent Girls Schools Gala at Durban Girls’ College – TWC was placed seventh
GHS Night Gala – TWC was placed third


Tennis
TWC 1 vs St Anne’s 2 – St Anne’s won
TWC 3 vs St John’s 3 – TWC won
TWC 5 vs Grace 1 – TWC won
TWC 5 vs St John’s 6 – St John’s won
TWC 6 vs VHS 2 – TWC won
TWC 7 vs Epworth 4 – Epworth won


Trail Running
Jessica Behrens (pictured right) was the first lady home at the Illovo Wartburg 7km Trail Run (ROAG series).

Friday, 8 February 2019

MICHAELANGELO SPELLING


The Grade 2s had a lesson with a difference when they did Michaelangelo Spelling.  They wrote spelling words while lying under their desks (not without some difficulty) to mimic Michaelangelo’s painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  The lesson concluded with the girls learning more about Michaelangelo.