Grade 8 & 9 Parents Evening – Thursday 23rd March
A reminder that the Grade 8 & 9 Parents evening will take place on Thursday 23rd March.Nancy Grover and Collette Wright will present a short presentation on a study method course that they will be running at the College. The ACE (Academic Centre of Excellence) department at Penryn embraces this course, which provides good wholesome advice and teaches the scholars how to think their way into a positive lifestyle. Although this presentation precedes the Grade 8 and 9 parents evening, all parents are welcome to attend to this presentation. Nancy and Colette will be available afterwards to discuss any questions you might have.
Time: 17:00 – 17:30
Venue: Auditorium (next to the Community Hall)
Parents’ Evening at 18:00 – 19:30 in the Community Hall
Felixton Rugby Festival
Our 1st and 2nd rugby teams will be participating in the Felixton Rugby Festival at Felixton College in KwaZulu Natal this weekend. We wish them a safe journey and the best of luck with all their matches.
Inter House Plays
The plays were once again a great success and of a high standard. I comment each year on our talented scholars, and this year is no different. Well done to the Directors, Script Writers and Actors. You did a sterling job!
Best Actress Award: Sonya van Rooyen
Best Actor Award: Siya Radebe
Best comedic play: Kestrel
Winning House: Kestrel, with Goshawk 2nd; Kite 3rd and Harrier 4th.
Congratulations to Oliver Ratnarajah (400m) and Bethal Makoni (Long Jump) who were selected to represent Mpumalanga at the South African Championship in Cape Town. Oliver ran his 400m in 0.49 sec and Bethal jumped her best distance ever of 5.49m. Truly remarkable achievements. Best of luck at the championships!
Please see the latest College Newsletter for more details :College weekly 9 17 March
What a superb couple of evenings we have just had! Those of you who managed to attend this year’s SP play would certainly agree with me! Well done to all our Grade 4 to 7 scholars, our amazing moms who helped behind the scenes, our talented teachers who worked tirelessly both on and off the stage, and Mrs Jacqui van As, our writer and director.
Alice Through the Flat Screen, was a completely original take on the story of Alice in Wonderland. The story was narrated by Lewis Carroll, and started in the traditional way where Alice is bored and follows a White Rabbit down a rabbit hole. Once she is inside the rabbit’s house she sees a flat screen. Alice drinks a liquid labelled “Drink Me” shrinks (with the help of a smaller Grade 5 double of our Alice) and slips neatly through the screen.
After she walks through the flat screen she goes to Charlie and the Chocolate factory where the Grade 4s are minions. From there she follows the White Rabbit to Narnia where the Grade 5s are warriors and dancers. In the final scene she comes to Africa and meets Percy Fitzpatrick and his dog Jock. The Grade 6s take the roles of the traditional dancers and animals. She loves it so much that she decides to stay in the Lowveld.
Last Thursday was a picture perfect evening as the Preschool families gathered for their annual Teddy Bears Picnic. Excited children dressed in pyjamas and armed with torches played and explored until it was time to gather together to read some stories.
The soft toys that the children donated were handed to the Penreach ECD department. The ECD field advisors distributed the toys to ECD centres in Hlau-Hlau, Daantjie, Msholozi and Mataffin areas. Thank you for your generous contributions.
The Penryn Prep scholars sat on the edge of their seats, as the knowledgeable and passionate, Pat McKrill "The Snake Man" presented an insightful session on snake education, the conservation of snakes and snake handling. This occasion symbolises one of Penryn's proud values in honouring our environment.
This past week some of our Penryn swimmers participated in the South African National level 2 and 3 swimming championship galas and have definitely made Penryn extremely proud to have such fine swimmers in our midst. A few of our swimmers blew the rest of the competition away, and some achieved a few personal bests that they can be extremely proud of. Swimming has certainly picked up at Penryn and the improvements from our swimmers is becoming more and more tangible. The pool is becoming a home for our swimmers who have made it their own and continue to seamlessly improve as the years go on. Achievements are as follows:
Mikaela Goelst swam in 9 level 3 finals and achieved a bronze medal as well as 8 ribbons.Emma Beyers made it through to 7 level 3 final events and was awarded 7 ribbons.Tyla Van Zyl swam her heart out in 5 level 2 prelims.
Yuva Singh swam in 6 level 3 prelims and 1 final as Penryn’s best U/13 swimmer. She also achieved personal bests in 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke and qualified to swim in the 100m freestyle finals.Erin Beyers showed some Penryn pride as a young swimmer in category in 4 level 2 prelims.
Dylan Ormiston raced in 7 level 2 finals and picked up a stunning 3 medals – 2 silver for 50m and 100m breaststroke and an especially impressive gold medal in the 200m breaststroke.Congratulations to our swimmers. We cannot wait to see them swim on to even greater heights.
Finally, we would like to wish all the swimmers who will be taking part in the South African Schools Swimming Championships this holiday all the best and we look forward to reporting back on some fantastic results.