Tuesday, 17 October 2017

First Flautist for KZN Youth Wind Band

Congratulations to Junior School pupil, Esihle Mthethwa, who has been selected for the KZN Youth Wind Band as first flautist.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Senior School Sports Results - Term 4 - Week 2

Athletics - Grey Invitational meeting in Bloemfontein 13-15 October
Two TWC girls were invited to this event: Luzaan de Wit and Jemma Fox.

Luzaan de Wit won gold both the 800m and 1500m girls Under 16 events. She also broke the 800m record which has been standing since 2006 and narrowly missed the 1500m record by 1 second.  Jemma Fox won silver in the girls Open High Jump.

Action Netball

TWC Open vs Epworth Open
TWC U16 vs SJS U16
TWC Lost
TWC U15 vs Epworth U15
TWC U15 vs Heritage U15
TWC U14 vs Epworth U14
TWC U14 vs Curro U14

Canoeing: Fish River Marathon
Seven girls, Paige Mackenzie, Erinn Schmidt , Melissa Walton, Jessica Behrens , Georgina Howard Gabriela Campbell and Courtney Davison, travelled to Cradock to take part in the Fish River Canoe Marathon. They all successfully completed the event. Special mention must go to Erinn Schmidt who completed the short course Fish on her own in a K1.

Canoeing: Inter-School League
The final event of the Inter-School Canoeing League took place on Saturday 14 October. It was the 4 team relay held at the Drift. TWC entered 4 teams and the results were as follows.
TWC U18 team - Third
TWC U16 team - Third
TWC U14 team - Second

Indoor Hockey
Thursday 12 October
Senior 1sts vs GHS – LOST 6-1
Senior 2nds vs GHS - WON 3-0
Senior 3rds vs GHS - WON 12-1
Junior C vs Grace College A - LOST 7-2
Friday 13 October
Senior 2nds vs Voortrekker - WON 5-4
Junior A vs GHS - LOST 4-0
Junior B vs GHS - LOST 3-2 

Water Polo 
A very young TWC water polo team participated in the KZN Top Schools Water Polo tournament from 13 to 15 October.  The girls played hard and finished 10th overall.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

TWC participate in Allan Gray Challenge

The Wykeham Collegiate participated in the Allan Gray Challenge recently where they were placed 8th overall out of 77 schools from across the country and 3rd in Kwazulu-Natal.

Melissa Walton was placed in the top twelve pupils in South Africa for demonstrating outstanding entrepreneurial thinking skills.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Junior School Art

It is always a privilege to walk through the Junior School and see the beautiful art on display. Here is a snapshot of some of the art up this week.

Junior School News


Congratulations to Lexi Uys who was crowned KZN Junior Open U12 Tennis Champion for 2017.

Two Junior School girls, Emma Hoole and Tamzin Gace, recently took part in the KZN Dance Festival and Championships.

Emma competed in slowdance, freestyle, freestyle couples, slow dance, rock and roll, amongst others and received a 2nd and a 3rd place as well as 7 medals. This was Emma’s FIRST competition.

Tamzin received two trophies for 2nd places in both the slow dance and freestyle and also won 7 medals.

Friday, 6 October 2017

BREAKING NEWS - White Blazer Award

Citation read at assembly this morning by Ms Tasker

This morning it gives me great pleasure to award the highest award The Wykeham Collegiate can bestow on a pupil, a White Blazer.  The minimum criteria for a White Blazer are as follows:
  • The recipient should have achieved Honours in at least two areas of the school and Full Colours in a third area.
  • The areas are defined as Academic, Cultural and Sport.
  • The recipient should also have an exemplary disciplinary record and reflect and aspire to the values of The Wykeham Collegiate at all times.

This morning I would like to present a White Blazer to Jodie Koenig.

Meeting the criteria to be awarded a White Blazer is really challenging, but what makes Jodie’s achievement even more remarkable is: firstly - she has achieved Honours in all three areas; and secondly, Jodie suffered a serious health set back in the April of her Grade 10 year and essentially had to catch up 2 ½ years of her life, and in all areas – academic, sport, cultural, socially and emotionally.

I would like to read the following citation:

Cultural Achievement:
Jodie has been a committed member of the Wind Ensemble since Grade 8 and this year she is the Wind Ensemble leader and first saxophonist. In her recent Grade 6 saxophone examination, Jodie achieved an impressive 92%. She is always enthusiastic and positive and has a natural ability to improvise, both on the saxophone and piano. Jodie is a worthy recipient of Honours for Wind Ensemble.

Sporting Achievements:
Jodie is an outstanding sportswoman – both on and off the field. She has excelled in a number of sporting codes and her sportsmanship is a wonderful example to others. At Prize-Giving this year, Jodie was awarded the Clifton Parks Trophy for Sportswoman of the year.
She represented the TWC first team in hockey, indoor hockey, swimming, water polo and soccer. Jodie was vice-captain of the hockey and soccer teams and over the years she has been selected for the regional teams. Jodie also excelled in the pool and was selected for the KZN Water Polo team. She was awarded Honours for Water polo.

Academic Achievement:
Jodie always gives of her best.  Her report comments refer to her as being motivated, conscientious, determined, outstanding and so the list goes on.  And just in case she isn’t busy enough, she takes Advanced Programme Mathematics as an 8th subject.  In 2016 she was awarded the subject prizes for Music and AP Mathematics as well as the Morelle Phipson Endeavour Trophy for sustained industrious effort in a number of different areas. In 2017 she was awarded the subject prizes for Accounting and Music. Jodie was awarded Academic Honours last year and again this year.
Jodie is a humble person and as Head of School she has led well and by example. Jodie exemplifies our core values of honesty, integrity, respect for self and respect for others. She is also able to maintain a balance in all areas of school life and was awarded the Lauren and Kim Cousins Versatility award in recognition of this.

Jodie, you are a talented young woman, a wonderful role model to others and certainly a worthy recipient of a White Blazer. Congratulations.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Senior School Sports Results - Term 3 - Week 10

Netball – TWC wins Ladies Action League
On Tuesday 19 September TWC played the Hawks in the final of the PMB Ladies Action Netball League. The team produced a flawless performance and walked away as league winners with Savannah Lotze being awarded player of the final.

 Basketball vs St Anne’s

1st Team
TWC Lost
U16 A
U16 B
U15 A
TWC Lost
U15 B
U14 A
TWC Lost
U14 B
TWC Lost

Canoeing – Slalom Results
TWC organised and hosted the first ever flat water slalom event for KZN Inter-Schools Canoeing League at the TWC pool. Our girls performed exceptionally well with Tayla Isaac and Gina Holdsworth winning their age categories. 

Tennis vs Epworth
TWC 1st beat Epworth 35 - 9

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

TWC Grade 3's mentioned in The Eden Kids Book

The Grade 3s were visited by Nhlakanipho Gazu from The Eden Kids Trust recently.  He came to tell them about The Eden Kids book, written by Pastor Joel Ruttenberg.

This children’s book tells the story of the Eden Kids journey and our girls were given the opportunity to buy the book.  All proceeds raised go towards the Eden Kids Feeding Scheme.  TWC’s contribution to Eden Kids is also mentioned in the book.

The Grade 3 girls gave scarves they have knitted to Mr Gazu who said the children would be very excited to receive such warm, bright scarves.  The scarves will keep them warm on the chilly mornings when they walk to school. It was a heart-warming afternoon and the girls enjoyed singing songs with Mr Gazu and learning more about this wonderful Outreach Programme.