Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Time with Christ Week 2019 - The Amazing Grace Race

Every year, TWC holds a Time with Christ (TWC) week following a specific theme. In addition to various events organised throughout the week, every day at 12:00 the whole school pauses in their lessons to say a specific ‘prayer of the day’.

Monday 18 February
We had the entire school in the LHC for the start of Time with Christ week where we introduced our theme of the Amazing Grace Race. By performing various dances to the hymn Amazing Grace, we represented the different destinations we visited in the Amazing Grace Race - including a performance by a piper (and her bagpipes) playing for the Scots destination.

Later that evening, we hosted a Senior School Inter-Schools Rally in the Chapel. One Life Church provided a worship band and a preacher who spoke on the topic Amazing Grace. Learners from GHS, St Nicholas, Russell High and some home schoolers joined us for this event.

Tuesday 19 February
Tuesday started with an early morning Prayer Meeting in the Chapel, attended by both staff and girls, where we prayed for our school and our country.

The Junior School welcomed Jaco Gerber to lead morning Chapel and the girls and staff really enjoyed his fun lesson on Amazing Grace.

Ann Ashworth (Winner of Comrades Marathon 2018) spoke to the Senior School girls and staff during the Clubs session in the afternoon. She shared her personal Amazing Race, the Comrades Marathon. She spoke of how God has given her this talent of running for a reason - that is to help those around her to better themselves. She then hosted a time of “Q&A” with the girls afterwards.

The Junior School enjoyed a Christian movie evening later in the day, which was very well supported. The girls shared a delicious dinner together before watching the movies. Thank you to Lora Laithwaite and the Junior School Staff for their assistance in arranging this event.

Wednesday 20 February
The Chapel Committee took Senior School Chapel and spoke about how we should fight our battles using reference to Moses and the parting of the Red Sea.

Mrs Michie (our past Junior School librarian) came to lead our Junior School SCA meeting and spoke on Jesus being our best friend. The girls made friendship bracelets and enjoyed heart biscuits after the meeting.

Throughout the week, the Media Centre Foyer and the Junior School Reception area were decorated especially for the Amazing Grace Race and the week culminated with hot cross buns for tea on Thursday.

Blog post submitted by Mrs Garnett, School Chaplain

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Senior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 6

At the recent KZN Athletics Championships, Paige Mackenzie competed in the U19 age group, obtaining gold medals for both the 800m and 1500m races.  Mieka Mohaud came fifth in the U16 200m race and fourth in the U16 400m obtaining a new personal best time in the latter.

Inter-House Gala
House Results
Inter-House Spirit Cup – Crookes
Becker Relay Trophy – Campbell
Bedford Trophy for winning house – O’Brien

Individual Results
Junior 100m Freestyle Champion - Kelly Zwart
Jo Jeffrey Trophy for Senior 100m Freestyle Champion - Nomvula Mjimba
Hastings Trophy for the Senior Individual Medley - Nomvula Mjimba
Bowman-Edgar Trophy for style in all 4 strokes - Nomvula Mjimba
Tom McKenzie Trophy for Junior Victrix Ludorum - Erin McCann
Janine Anderson Trophy for Senior Victrix Ludorum – Nomvula Mjimba

Tuesday 19 Feb
TWC 1 vs SJS 1 - TWC lost
TWC 2 vs GHS 1 - TWC won
TWC 3 vs SJS 2 - TWC lost
TWC 4 vs SJS 4 - TWC lost

Junior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 6

Monday 18 February vs Cowan House
Seniors – lost 9 – 23
Juniors – lost 12 - 20

Inter-House Gala
House Winners
Relay Cup – O’Brien
Spirit Cup – O’Brien
Inter-House Cup – O’Brien

Age Group Winners
U9 – Rachel Sheard (Moore)
U10 – Mikjé Bocking (Crookes)
U11 – Tori Jackson (Campbell)
U12 – Charlize du Plessis (Moore)
U13 – Jordan Zwart (O’Brien)
Gillespie Trophy for Individual Medley - Jordan Zwart (O’Brien)
Certificate for U9, U10 & U11 most points - Mikjé Bocking (Crookes)
Victrix Ludorum for U12 and U13 - Jordan Zwart (O’Brien)

Monday 18 February vs Howick
Open A1 – won 30 - 6
Open A2 – bye
U11A – won 21 - 7

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

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)

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

Independent Quadrangular Gala at Hilton College – TWC placed 3rd

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

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.

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

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

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