Principal Reflects On Term 1 2019

Dear Parents, Old Boys, Supporters and Boys,

We have come to the end of a very busy first quarter; a term that started so early that the boys brought gammon sandwiches to school!

Green is Gold! That is our vision for this year. The boys have shown through their achievements in various activities that they are indeed Gold! Despite the heat and humidity, staff and boys retained their energy and passion that was so palpable in our opening Assembly on 9 January. When Winston Churchill went back to his alma mater to speak, the audience anticipated a great speech from the prime minister. However, he stood before them and said six words: Never, never, never, never give up! Our boys adopted a similar philosophy in all their endeavours this term. All their achievements were posted on social media I therefore only highlighted a few.

Our Form II boys thoroughly enjoyed their orientation camp at the NMR and by the time they returned to school, it was clear that their blood had turned green.

At our recent junior prize giving ceremony we celebrated the academic achievements of Form II to Form V boys. Mention must be made of the outstanding achievement of Nicholas James Hardman, who placed first in Form V and was awarded the E Osborn (Rhodes Scholar 1952) Trophy.

Our Academic programme has been enhanced this year with the introduction of Google Classroom and Information Technology as a subject in Form IV. Several boys have also opted for Sports Science and Consumer Studies as part of their subject packages. We have also added French and Mandarin as examinable additional subjects. In our Cambridge section Francis Moran achieved outstanding results.

In the sporting arena, several boys excelled. Our 1st XI Cricket managed to secure a position in the semi-finals of the T20 but unfortunately was defeated by a very good Westville side. Lifa Ntanzi returned from India where he represented South Africa in cricket.

Nico Steyn was selected for the SA U18 Sevens Team which travelled to Namibia and won the tournament.

The following Glenwood pupils represented the Port Natal Bowling Association at the S.A. National U20 Championships which were held in Bloemfontein from the 26 – 29 March: Jarred Bauristhene, Keagan Bauristhene, Trystan Lassak and Travis Finestone.

Our swimmers participated in several galas and while the juniors were still finding their feet, our senior boys excelled.

Four of our boys, Tino Kazi, Dylan Raftery, Lesedi Goge and Kwadokuhle Ntshangase were chosen to be part of the cast of the Young Performers Project 2019 production CURTAIN UP.

I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all for the continuous support and encouragement.

OGA

Dr A Barnes
Principal Glenwood High School