Friday, 19 January 2018

Out of the Hat... - News from the Lady Principal

It is a pleasure for me to welcome the TWC community back to school and a special welcome to all the new girls and their parents.

We welcome these staff members to the Senior School:

New Staff: Jenny Garnett – Chaplain and Sam Scott – Sport Department and in Boarding: Gail Coffey and Slindile Zuma (Housemothers)

Senior School Interns: Larah Binedell, Lihle Manana and Xolile Mkhonza

Locums:  Frances Salisbury will be teaching Life Sciences while Michelle Bennett is on maternity leave, and Kay Threadingham will teach Mathematics while Mike Nicholson is recovering from a knee operation.

The Estate staff were very busy with the usual maintenance projects as well as upgrading different areas of the school and we thank Barry Moig, Theunis Ferreira and the Estate staff for all their hard work. The IT department was also kept busy with the installation of 55 new desk top computers and upgrading all computers to Windows 10 and Office 365.

A number of staff and their families completed the Otter Trail during the holiday, which they found challenging but rewarding.

The Grade 8 Orientation weekend, ‘The Next Chapter’, was held at the school before the start of the academic year. It provided an opportunity for parents and girls to meet each other and for the boarders to settle in before the year actually starts. 

The Grade 12 girls and parents attended an academic meeting to outline the school’s expectations and the IEB requirements for 2018. This was followed by the Grade 12 Prayer Service, which set the tone for the year. 

A reminder that the driveway and entrance to the school will be widened which will cause some inconvenience for a period of time once the project starts. The new seating area for the girls is in the process of being developed, and we are hoping the astro turf will be completed in early February.

I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2018.

Sue Tasker
Lady Principal

Out of the Hat... - News from the Junior School Headmistress

There was much laughter and excited shrieking on Wednesday as girls returned to school. We welcome 50 new pupils into the Junior School. 15 of these are Grade RRR girls who are embarking on their exciting schooling journey. It was the little siblings leaving their sisters at “big school” and parents, who shed tears on day one. 

Girls are quickly settling into their daily routines of lessons and extra mural activities. I am impressed by how many girls, after their first day, are walking to the classrooms on their own.

We welcome the following new staff to the Junior School:
Jenny Garnett (Chaplain), Shirley Kempthorne (Head of Sport), Katherine McClelland (Music), Sasha Peens (HoD of Intermediate Phase), Tracey Pera (Library), Sam Scott (Sport), Carol Solomon (Music), Belinda Veenstra (Grade 3), Slindile Zuma (Junior Boarding Housemother).

INTERNS: Debbie Minnaar, Samantha Evans; Lisa Gerber and Thandeka Hlongwane

Our theme this year in the Junior School is related to Growth. We are going to focus on growth mind sets, growing in understanding of self and others.

A reminder to Junior School Parents to please attend the parent/teacher meeting on Tuesday 23 January at 18h30. Floss Mitchell, a psychologist, will be our guest speaker. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your daughter’s class teacher, and to hear her explain the new challenges and routines for the Grade, and to meet the other parents in the class. A cocktail party will follow in the atrium.

I wish you and your daughters a wonderful year in the Junior School.

Karen Gardner
Junior School Headmistress

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Senior Primary Prize-Giving

Congratulations to our Senior Primary Trophy Winners at last night’s Prize-Giving.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Grade 3s - Anne of Green Gables

To round off the theme on Anne of Green Gables the Grade 3s held an Anne Picnic and the girls looked delightful dressed up as Anne.

Everyone brought either fruit, finger sandwiches or chocolate cake. There was vanilla ice cream to eat as in the story Anne gets her first taste of vanilla ice cream ever at the picnic.

The girls spread out their rugs under the trees at Eagle Ridge and enjoyed their delicious treats, trying to eat like little ladies with the proper etiquette of the time.

Then they held three legged races just as Anne and Diana did in the story. There was much laughter as they discovered it was harder than it looked!

After some more tea the girls got into groups and acted out little scenes from the book. Much pleasure was taken from being able to re-live some of their favourite moments and there were some very convincing Annes!


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Junior School Sports Results - Term 4 - Weeks 7 & 8

Squash Results: Week 7
A team vs Epworth   Lost 10 - 2
B team vs Hayfields Won 12 - 0
U11 vs Clarendon     Won 7 – 5

Squash Results: Week 8
A Team vs Merchiston Won  10 -2
B Team vs St Charles   Lost    8 - 4

Monday, 20 November 2017

Senior School Netball bags 3 ‘Golds’

The Senior School Netball teams have been taking part in the Action Netball league and all four of our teams finished the season playing in medal matches. The U16s played for the bronze medal in their age group, being pipped to the post by the St John’s U16 team.

The Open, U15 and U14 teams all played and WON their GOLD medal matches, completing an undefeated season of Action Netball and finishing top of the log during the pool phase.

The following girls won player of the match in their respective finals:

U14 Gold Final – Funekile Nyathikazi
U15 Gold Final – Bambi Kunene
Open Gold Final – Natasha Morby-Smith


Open vs St Anne’s  33-12    TWC won (Gold Final)
U16 vs St John’s     9 - 24    TWC lost (Bronze Final)
U15 vs St Anne’s    20 - 12  TWC won (Gold Final)
U14 vs Curro          30 - 7    TWC won (Gold Final)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Junior School Art - November

Various artworks seen on display this week in the Junior School.

Grade RRR - Christmas trees

Grade RR - night scene

Grade R - Angels

Grade 1 - Christmas theme

Grade 2 - Father Christmas - Gingerbread people - Snowmen

Grade 3 - hearts

Grade 4 - avos and tea cup stacks

Grade 5 - harbour scene and roosters

Grade 6 - iPad tree frogs

Grade 7 - dogs and ocean creatures

Monday, 13 November 2017

Senior School Sports Results - Term 4 - Weeks 5 & 6

Indoor Hockey

TWC Senior A vs St Anne’s Senior A
TWC Lost
TWC Senior B vs St Anne’s Senior B
TWC Lost
TWC Junior A vs St Anne’s Junior A
TWC Lost
TWC Junior B vs St Anne’s Junior B
TWC Lost
TWC Junior C vs St Anne’s Junior C
TWC Lost

Water polo

TWC Senior A vs GHS Senior A
TWC Lost
TWC Senior B vs GHS Senior B
TWC Junior A vs GHS Junior A
TWC Junior B vs GHS Junior B

TWC Senior A vs St Anne’s Senior A
TWC Lost
TWC Senior B vs St Anne’s Senior B
TWC Lost
TWC Junior A vs St Anne’s Junior A
TWC Lost
TWC Junior B vs St Anne’s Junior B
TWC Lost