Thursday, 28 March 2019

Junior School Art Gallery - Term 1

The art in the Junior School never ceases to delight. A small taste of the First Term's Junior School "Art Gallery".


Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Senior School Sports Results - Term 1 2019 - Final Report

Congratulations to Luzaan de Wit who won gold in the 800m Senior Women’s race at the KZN Senior Championships recently. (pictured right)

Tyla Farina competed in the Pre-Royal Show event on Sunday 24 March and was placed 1st in the Best Trot Category and 2nd in the Best School Horse Category on her horse Teal.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for uMgungundlovu hockey teams:
U14 - Olivia Elliot, Tamzin Gace, Erin Hill, Jolie le Sueur, Jess Longmore, Darelle Petersen
U16 - Samantha Brandis, Tando Mahlanza, Mieka Mohaud, Zahra Mohaud
U18 - Jessica Behrens, Jillian Ellis, Katherine Elmer-English, Brogan Mitchell-Innes

Mudman – Cordwalles
Congratulations to Abigail Larsen who was the first lady home at the Cordwalles Mudman.

Congratulations to these girls who have been selected for uMgungundlovu District Netball Teams (pictured above):
U14 – Alexandra Hugo
U16 – Jamie Rowe and Mia van der Westhuizen
U17 – Olivia Morrish and Julie Trodd
U18 – Savannah Lotze

Congratulations these girls who have been selected for the uMgungundlovu Swimming Team that will participate at the KZN Swimming Championships in April (pictured above):
Emmanuella Ambrosio
Michaela Dutton
Christy Green
Emma Huxtable
Rachel Irvine (Grade 7)
Kimberley Lewis
Jessica Longmore
Erin McCann
Nomvula Mjimba
Cara Ralfe (not pictured)
Jessica Steele
Chelsea Walden
Kelly Zwart (not pictured)

Junior School Sports Results - Term 1 2019 - Final Report

Congratulations to Hannah Bullock who has been selected for the KZN Biathlon Team that will compete in Port Elizabeth at the end of March. (pictured)

Monday 18 March vs Cowan House
Seniors – lost 12-20
Juniors – lost 13-19

Charlize du Plessis partook in her first Cross-Country Jumping Competition this weekend on her horse Rocky. She achieved a clear round and was placed second in a class of 12 riders. (pictured riding Rocky)

Congratulations to Londiwe Ngwenya, Lungelo Sibiya and Roxanne Thompson (pictured) who have been selected to represent uMgungundlovu District at the Provincial Netball trials at the end of April.

Congratulations to Rachel Irvine who has been selected for the uMgungundlovu Swimming Team that will participate at the KZN Swimming Championships in April. (pictured with the Senior School Swimmers in the Senior School Sports Results)

Monday 18 March vs Cowan House
Open A1 – Drew 14-14

Monday 18 March vs Wembley
Rained out

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Senior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 9

First Team Players
All the first team sports players have had early morning training each week since the beginning of this year. The girls are following a strength and injury prevention programme with the Biokineticist to support their busy sports schedules.

The KZN team for ASA National Championships has been announced and congratulations to Luzaan de Wit who will compete at the championships in Paarl from 27 March.

Congratulations also to Paige Mackenzie who has been selected for the KZN team for the High School National Championships in PE from 23 March.

Pre-season friendly vs St Mary’s Kloof
1st team 0-8
U14A team 0-1

Tennis – Final League Placements 
Lyle League – TWC 1st team placed 5th 
Winnie Lowe League – TWC 2nd team won the league and have been promoted to the Lyle League. TWC 3rd team placed 5th 
Cousins League – TWC 4th team placed 5th 
Fowler League – TWC 5th team placed 2nd 
Riseley League – TWC 6th team won the league and have been promoted to the Fowler League. 
Doubles League – TWC 7th team placed 6th.

Junior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 9

Congratulations to Charlize du Plessis who came 4th in the Working Rider Class for the March school qualifier on Marwick Rockefella.

Monday 11 March vs St John’s 1st
Open A2 – won 19 - 13

Thursday 14 March vs St Mary’s Kloof
Open A1 – won 50 - 40

Friday, 15 March 2019

Junior Primary Celebration of Music

The Junior Primary Celebration of Music, a termly event at TWC, was held in the Chapel this week. The Junior Primary Choir, Grade 3 recorder and strings groups, as well as individual musicians, performed their songs and music pieces for the Junior School girls and their parents.

It is best to start learning to play an instrument from a young age. Mastery of an instrument takes patience, perseverance and long-term commitment – not to mention the concentration and focus required while playing or singing. 

Being a member of a choir requires skills such as watching the conductor, learning of words, blending your voice with the other voices in the choir and working as a team. 

Playing in an ensemble involves the discipline of practising your instrument, arriving for rehearsals on time (with music and instrument) as well as teamwork. 

The concentration, commitment and teamwork learnt through music are all important life-skills in the modern world while the music provides the girls with a creative outlet. 

Blog post submitted by Carol Solomon, TWC Music Teacher

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Grade 7s and Grade 2s enjoying Maths together

The Grade 7 girls worked with the Grade 2s during Maths recently and it was a wonderful opportunity for the Grade 2s to enjoy some individual attention while working with adding, subtracting - and even some multiplication and division (using repeated addition and sharing). 

This collaborative learning helps our younger girls to bond by giving them someone to look up to, and go to for help;  and our Grade 7s learn patience and how to break down, and simplify skills, that they normally find second nature.

Blog post submitted by Mrs Wendy Boshoff, Grade 7 Teacher

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Senior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 8

Goalkeepers Clinic
TWC hockey goalkeepers were fortunate to be able to attend a Goalkeepers Clinic held by Simon Mason on Monday 4 March. Simon Mason represented Great Britain at three Olympic Games as well as several Hockey World Cups and Commonwealth Games. Each three hour clinic covers core and innovative keeper skills, drills and techniques, game strategy and pre-game warm ups.  The goalkeepers learnt some valuable skills at the clinic and we look forward to seeing these skills in action during hockey season. (pictured right)

As part of their preparation for the tour to Gauteng in the April holidays, the TWC First Team played Danville Girls High on 7 February. TWC won the match 36-25. (Netball teams pictured)

Congratulations to all the swimmers who swam their hearts out at the closely contested annual Inter-Schools Gala where we were placed third. A special congratulations to the U15 Freestyle Relay team and the U14 Breaststroke Relay team, both of whom were awarded trophies for winning their respective races (pictured above with Ms Tasker).

TWC 2 vs St Anne’s 4 – TWC 2 won
TWC 3 vs St Anne’s 3 – TWC lost
TWC 4 vs St John’s 5 – Draw
TWC 5 vs St Anne’s 6 – TWC won
TWC 7 vs St John’s 10 – TWC lost
TWC 7 vs St Anne’s 8 – TWC won

Junior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 8

Congratulations to Keira Naidoo who came 2nd in the 800m at the KZN trials and will be representing KZN at the Nationals later this month in Gauteng.

vs Howick
TWC lost 6-10 to Howick 

Charlize du Plessis (pictured right) represented The Wykeham Collegiate at her very first SANESA show on 9 February at the Shongweni Showgrounds. She did very well in spite of having to borrow a horse a week before the competition as hers was injured. Charlize finished in the top 10 in a class of 22 riders and scored a total of 75 points for the school.

Inter-schools Gala
Congratulations to all the swimmers who took part in their various inter-schools galas during week 8 competing against A teams from various schools around KZN. A special mention needs to be made of the TWC U13 relay swimmers, pictured at the top of this post with Mrs Gardner, who were awarded their Age Group Relay Trophy for winning the most races in their age group.
TWC A Team – 2nd (A Gala)
TWC B Team – 2nd (B Gala) (group of B Team swimmers pictured above)
TWC C Team – 7th (C Gala)

Monday 4 March vs Laddsworth & Athlone
Open A1 – won 19-9
Open A2 – won 26-2

Thursday 7 March vs New Hanover Prep
U11A – won 18-10

Friday, 8 March 2019

TWC Adventure Sport - Sailing

An amazing life-changing experience can possibly be the best explanation for the latest adventure organised by the TWC Adventure Sports Club.

A total of 50 girls from Grade 8 and 9 have recently had the opportunity to crew on a
54ft catamaran between Richards Bay and Durban. 

There were five separate trips between these two ports and each sail saw ten girls and crew enjoy this amazing off-shore adventure.

A yellow fin tuna was caught on one of the trips, which added to the excitement of this unique school excursion.

Chart work and learning the art of steering an off-shore yacht were amongst some of the many new experiences the girls enjoyed.

Blog post submitted by Les Willows, TWC Adventure Sport

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Grade 5s enjoy Egyptian Day

The Grade 5’s recently held their Egyptian Day, which included baking and dressing up as Ancient Egyptians. The girls prepared date balls, cheese muffins and other delicious treats, which they then shared with their classmates.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience and their appreciation for, and respect of, the Ancient Egyptian lifestyle has grown immensely.

Blog post submitted by Karin Rabe, Grade 5 Teacher

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

TWC Maths Department host visiting teachers

The Wykeham Collegiate Senior School Maths Department enjoyed a day of hosting eight teachers who are currently participating in the Vula Mathematics Project at Hilton College. 

The visiting teachers observe our girls in action in the classroom environment and share ideas and skills with our Mathematics teachers. This provides a wonderful opportunity for collaboration and growth by us all.

Blog post submitted by Christine Stiebel, HOD Mathematics

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Senior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 7

SANESA Canterbury Show
Emilia Bailey: 7th place in the 70cm class on her horse Chenoa
Megan Baines : 1 x clear round of 70cm on her horse Dichotoma
Isabella de Billot: 1st place and 5th place in the 80cm class on her horse Rasputin
Jade Martin : 3rd place in the 80cm class on her horse Antiquity

ESP Graded Show
Diya Singh riding Phoenix Cezanne achieved the following results:
- 3rd in speed class
- 1st for her 2-phase class
- 1st for 1.10m Championship
Diya was also named Champion of the 1,10m Junior Class for 2019. She was the only rider who cleared her class.

Spar PMB North hockey tournament – TWC beat:
The TWC 1st Hockey team took part in this Spar-sponsored Round Robin tournament over the weekend and performed very well against strong competition going through to the final against St Anne’s.
Round Robin
Beat Howick 3-0
Lost to St Annes 0-2
Beat Grace 2-0
Drew Treverton 0-0
Beat Voortrekker 2-0
Final vs St Annes lost 0-4

Epworth Champs Gala – TWC were placed 4th

TWC 2 vs St Johns 2 – draw
TWC 4 vs Epworth 2 – draw
TWC 6 vs ST Johns 8 – TWC won
TWC 7 vs GHS 5 – GHS 5 won

Junior School Sports Results - Term 1 - Week 7

Aquatots Gala
The much-anticipated Aquatots Gala was held on Friday with Campbell claiming first place. The delighted Grade 2 Campbell girls are pictured above with Mrs Gardner and their trophy.

Tuesday 26 February
A Team & B Team galas – no result – rained out
C Team Gala – 6th overall

Friday 1 March (at St Mary’s Kloof)
1st – St Mary’s
2nd – Our Lady of Fatima
3rd – TWC

Friday, 1 March 2019

Sports Science Tour 2019 – Cape Town

The girls studying Sport and Exercise Science as a subject had the opportunity over the half-term weekend to go on a tour to Cape Town. The Wykeham Collegiate is the only all-girls school in South Africa offering this subject as a Grade 12 option. The girls flew down to Cape Town on the Thursday of the half term break.

“After having a quick dinner at RocoMamas on Thursday night, which was situated right beneath our hostel, we set off in our fancy dress to see the musical Into the Woods at the Theatre on the Bay. We were all very impressed by the singing, dancing and acting of the South African performers.

With much excitement, the next day we visited the first Sport Science Institute to have been set up in the world, right next to Newlands Rugby Stadium. We were treated to a guided tour of the institute, including detailed explanations of what exactly takes place and had a first-hand experience on some of the equipment.

By lunchtime, we arrived at Stellenbosch University which has one of the top Sport Science Institutes in South Africa. We enjoyed some free time to get a real feel for the student life and later that afternoon we were lucky enough to get a full breakdown of what it is like to study there. Some brave souls also volunteered to participate in various tests which we all found very interesting.

That evening we were treated to an open-air theatre experience at Meerendal Wine Estate where we watched The Proposal. There is something magical about being surrounded by your friends and watching a movie under the stars.

On Saturday morning we had a fascinating tour of the Heart Museum at UCT where the first heart transplant ever to occur took place. We were able to set foot in the exact room where the actual transplant took place many, many years ago.

We later visited the V&A Waterfront for a bit of shopping and lunch and later that evening we returned to Newlands to watch a rugby match, Stormers vs Lions. Mrs Bird made sure to point out that we should be focusing on their warm-up techniques, instead of the players themselves!

Early on Sunday morning we had an extraordinary experience of attempting to have a yoga session on stand up paddleboards! As challenging as it was, all the girls found it incredibly entertaining as every so often someone would accidently submerge themselves in the icy water. Later on the same beach, we went on an educational tour of the penguin colony.

Access Park was our next destination. Taking advantage of all the sales, we filled up the extra seats in the bus with our bags of shopping. But of course, this was not enough to satisfy! We then went to do some more shopping at Canal Walk where also enjoyed lunch together.

For our last evening, we were able to either visit the V&A Waterfront again or stay at the hostel, having dinner at one of the restaurants along the road. The girls thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the various foreigners who were also staying at the hostel with us.

This tour was incredibly interesting and enjoyable. We all found it lovely to be able to bond with each other over the weekend. It was a wonderful experience.

Blog post submitted by Hannah Volker, Grade 12 Sport and Exercise Science