Principal Reflects On Term 2 2019

Dear Parents, Old Boys, Supporters and Boys,

We have come to the end of a very busy term which was interrupted by public holidays, long week-ends and heavy rains. We had to work much harder to maintain our standards of excellence.

The term started with the official launch of the Wellness Programme under the leadership of Old Boy, Mr Cameron Scullard. A large number of boys signed up for this and the adoption of a healthier lifestyle is already showing an improvement in academic and sporting performances.Our boys have achieved well in a number of sporting codes this term. The first rugby fixture of the term against Pietermaritzburg College nearly did not take place as a result of torrential rain. Fortunately, the fields recovered in time for the visit of Monument High School. Our 1st XV travelled to the Wynberg Festival during the April holidays, followed by two games at the World Schools’ Festival at Paul Roos. The boys performed very well there as well as at the Kearsney Festival. They faced a tough opposition at the Wildeklawer Festival and, unfortunately, lost both games. The last fixture of the term was against our traditional rivals, Durban High School. We were very happy with the performance of all our teams, hockey and rugby. Our hockey keeps growing from strength to strength under the leadership of Mr Jonty Robinson.

I would like to congratulate all of our sportsmen who have been selected for various provincial teams to participate in their respective upcoming tournaments: Nico Steyn, Blaine Golden and Jordan Hendrikse representing KZN at the annual U18 Craven Week; Phatu Ganyane, Gcinokuhle Mdletshe, Christiaan Els, Munanshe Dukswa and Gerrit Ockerse representing KZN at the annual Grant Khomo.

Several of our boys are also excelling at individual sport. For example: The Bauristhene brothers’ achievements in Bowling, Jan du Plessis who has been selected as Captain of the U19 SA Deep Sea Angling Association, Jordan Bridger who picked up a third place for Ebass fishing and target shooting, Diaego Barco. Our chess results have also been outstanding this term. Francis Moran has to be congratulated for receiving an outstanding Cambridge Award for his results in physics in the Cambridge AS level 2018 examinations, as well as Emilio Gallus for his achievement in art and design. On the cultural front, three of our Form V drama boys, Ethan Hayman, Ethan Lester and Lwandile Mbanjwa, participated in Words@Kearsney, and expressed themselves through poetry. Our art boys were invited to exhibit their work at the KZNSA Gallery this week and it is clear that we have very talented boys.

The term ended on a high note as all boys put their heads down and prepared for the mid-year exams. Our Form IV and Form III boys thoroughly enjoyed their leadership courses at Spirit of Adventure and Wagon Drift Dam. The Form IV and V boys participated in the Work Experience Programme in the last week of term and we trust that this assisted them in choosing their future careers.

I would like to thank all our staff and parents for their continual support. Thank you for providing refreshments for our home games and for hosting our visiting schools from outside the Province. Thank you to the Moms who diligently intercede for the safety and well-being of the entire Glenwood Family. I thank the Old Boys for their involvement in our various initiatives. We celebrate all their achievements in various spheres of life. Several of our more recent Old Boys graduated at various universities, while they were also represented in various Provincial Sporting Teams. We are all very proud of the performance of Andile Phlekuwayo in the Protea team, as well as the splendid performance of our Junior Springboks, JJ van der Mescht, J. Hendrikse and T. Mdletshe. Of particular interest was the interview of the BBC with prof. Daniel de Kadt (University of California) regarding the recent elections and the launch of Gordon Murray’s new book ‘One Formula – 50 years of car design’ at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall.

We are very excited about our partnership with AmaZulu and the Durban Children’s Home, which has opened an avenue for us to serve our immediate community in various ways. Long may this continue.

I would like to thank the parents who are allowing their boys to travel with us to Eastern Europe on a cultural and history tour during the holidays. Travelling opens our eyes to a whole new world.

I wish the entire Glenwood Family a good time of rest, whether you are enjoying our beautiful winter in Durban or travelling away to much colder areas. Be safe and blessed.

OGA

Dr A Barnes
Principal Glenwood