15 JULY 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

On Monday, it’s back to school for our scholars and teachers and we look forward to welcoming them all back in Hermannsburg. As we change gears to bring our focus back to ‘learning mode’, we anticipate a term filled with various activities besides learning new skills and gathering knowledge in the academic lessons. After the always hotly-contested inter-house athletics on the first weekend back, our High School will reprise the well-received ‘Creative Magic – Cabaret and Musical Enchantments’ in Harburg on Friday, 2 August while our Primary School teachers attend the biennial ‘Proudly Primary’ conference with many other teachers from across KZN. The HMB Eisteddfod (open to participation from other schools) promises to be a highlight, and our Grade 10 and 12 scholars will write the Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD) examinations – passing which will give them an internationally recognised language qualification over and above their matric certificates. We wish our Grade 12s well as they prepare for their trial examinations, which they will write towards the end of the term, and all our other scholars as they learn to master new material during their lessons. The term will be rounded off with the annual HMB Golf Day on 20 & 21 September at St Cathryn’s Golf Estate.

8 JULY 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

As our Grade 10s prepare for their return to South Africa on Thursday, they can look back on four weeks crammed with rich new experiences, from everyday family life to a different schooling system to the many sights they were privileged to see. Most recently, they visited the hunters’ castle, Burg Lichtenstein, and the Schloß HohentübingenMuseum, where they saw a variety of famous artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and models. They also visited the Mercedes Benz Museum – a favourite every year – and the art department at their host school in Reutlingen, where they learnt more about the artist HAP Grieshaber (after whom the school is named) and had the opportunity to follow in the ‘artistic steps’ of the artist by creating their own art. A visit to the university’s art department rounded off their art experiences. We look forward to hearing all their stories and wish them a relaxed holiday further.

Visiting an art gallery can be tiring – Hermannsburg’s Grade 10s visited the art departments at HAP Grieshaber Gymnasium and the university in Reutlingen during their 4-week 2019 Germany Exchange Programme.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 10s saw some of Leonardo da Vinci’s work at the Schloß Hohentübingen Museum in Germany towards the end of their four-week visit with their host families.

Every year it is a highlight for Hermannsburg’s Grade 10s to visit the Mercedes Benz Museum during their Germany Exchange, this year towards the end of their four-week visit with their host families.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 10s enjoyed their visit to the ‘hunters’ castle’ – Burg Lichtenstein – in Germany towards the end of their four-week visit with their host families.

Mrs Sonja Terry, head of Hermannsburg’s Primary School, and a group her scholars with the packets of soup and beanies prepared by the scholars for the school’s outreach programme, Children Helping Children.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 4s mixed and prepared ‘cake-in-a-mug’ for their parents for the gratitude tea last term, to help show their gratitude towards their parents for all they do for them.

1 JULY 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

Amid the humdrum of everyday living, we need to remind ourselves of all the things for which we can be thankful. Family, friends and good health (and even a good education) are too often taken for granted, while physical comforts – our homes, our clothes, our toys – we tend to overlook as just a backdrop to our lives. Nevertheless, we should remind ourselves to be thankful, if we are privileged enough to find them ‘unremarkable’. So, to show thankfulness, our school celebrated gratitude week during the last week of the second term.

In the Primary School, our Grade 4s learned how to bake – and bake they did – to provide the tasty cakes for the gratitude tea on the last day of the term. Our parents were invited to enjoy the cakes (or ‘cake-in-a-mug’) with a cup of tea or coffee and could read the letters and cards their children wrote to them to say “thank you” for all that they provide – love, understanding and the opportunity to attend an excellent school. We hope that all our scholars and parents are enjoying the holiday, and we are thankful that they have the opportunity to be together as families.

A big thank you goes to all scholars and parents, from the High School and the Primary School, who contributed towards the Children-helping-Children ‘soup and beanie’ collection. We made more than 100 packets for needy children, and our thanks go to Mrs Hoffmann, Pastor Risch and our scholars who went to Pastor Nathan’s church to hand over the gifts and spend some time with these children yesterday. #bringthejoy

 

Parents enjoyed cake-in-a-mug, handmade by their children, at Hermannsburg’s gratitude tea in the Primary School, while reading the thank you letters the children had written.

17 JUNE 2019
HERMANNSBURG LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Blue skies and sunshine was the ideal weather for the Little Oaks’annual traffic day last Friday. The excitement reached a fever pitch on the morning of Traffic Day. “What parts does my bicycle have”  and “why is this part here?” were some of the questions we explored. An obstacle course had been built for the day, and everyone, from Grade RRRR to R, could try their skills in riding around cones, keeping on a straight line or weaving around a number eight. Teachers stood on the sidelines cheering, guiding and sometimes running alongside or pushing scholars on their bikes. It was a busy, happy morning which was a lovely way to revise and practice all the traffic rules that the Little Oaks have been learning.

Hermannsburg’s Little OaksLangelihle Xulu, Lubanzi Mbatha, Lubabalo Gasa, Ayathandwa Dzanibe, Lwandiswa Hlongwa, Okajehova Sibisi, Melizwi Ngobese, Unathi Xhakaza, Lusekho Shongwe, Khayelihle Makhoba enjoyed Traffic Day with their assortment of two-and three-wheeled bikes.

26 JUNE 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

It seemed appropriate that our school holidays started on the shortest day of the year on Friday last week – we look forward to longer, brighter and warmer days ahead as winter slowly turns to spring and summer. In the meantime, we wish our scholars, their parents and their teachers a peaceful and relaxed holiday with travelling mercies as they spend time with family and friends, ‘recharging their batteries’ for the next school term.

Our Grade 10s are certainly enjoying their four weeks in Germany. By now they have settled in with their host families, and are experiencing many different aspects of Germany. In our scholars’ own words:

Sonja de Wet writes “Schloss Neuschwanstein is one of Germany’s greatest tourist attractions, attracting 1,4 million visitors every year. The setting of this ‘castle of the fairy-tale king’, King Ludwig II, could not be more idyllic. With the great golden details and the repetition of the swan image, the castle is truly extraordinary. The Grade 10s of Hermannsburg had the privilege and joy of taking a tour through this jewel of Germany’s history and it was a sight worth seeing.”

Stephanie Meyer writes: “We had the amazing opportunity to watch the modern take on the musical ‘Aladdin’, which came to life in vibrant colour, with dazzling outfits, fireworks and lively music. The musical was filled with classic German humour and was accompanied by traditional dishes which included Schwarzwaldkirschtorte and the Swabian language (Schwäbisch).”

We look forward to hearing more about their adventures in Germany in the next fortnight.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 10s, together with their German partners, spent a fantastic evening taking in the musical ‘Aladdin’ and enjoying traditional German dishes.

Hermannsburg’s Kei Blackburn, Sonja de Wet and Stephanie Meyer enjoyed their visit to Schloss Neuschwanstein in Germany immensely, as they visit various historical and other significant places in Germany.

3 JUNE 2019
LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Poems can be FUN – Using poetry in the classroom may seem daunting at first, but our Grade 9 scholars had a vision to try out their German poem: ‘Hoppe Hoppe Reiter’ with our Little Oaksscholars, getting a feel for German poetry and enjoyment in the way it sounds. ‘Hoppe Hoppe Reiter’ is a lap rhyme where you put the child on your knees and they can pretend they’re riding a horse. Once the Grade 9s were comfortable with the rhyme, they joined our scholars in the Kindergarten, where they sat the little scholars on their knees and bounced them up and down in time to the rhyme. Our Little Oaksthought it was hilarious and fun, fun, fun! Thank you, Grade 9s.

Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks and Grade 9s enjoyed sharing German poetry. Nicola Ortmann, Abelo Nene, Dale Sosibo, Mishka Khan, Owami Madondo, Khwezi Ntuli, Brielle Swanlow, Zahra Mahommed, Isiphile Gasa, Benjamin Rabe, Greg Kassier and Zianda Zwane spent a poetry lesson in the Kindergarten with Mrs Katja Hoffmann.

3 JUNE 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

It’s officially June and in a scant three weeks the shortest day of the year will dawn (coincidentally on the day we start our winter holiday). Our High School and some of our Primary School scholars are currently writing exams, and we wish them sound memory and perfect recall, as well as sharp on-the-fly thinking as they problem-solve to answer the questions. Our boarders were able to take a break from studying to watch some rugby in Durban on Saturday – thanks to the boarding staff for the organisation and to Eatfresh for sponsoring the tickets.

On Friday, four of our teachers participated in the Arcadia General Knowledge Quiz in Greytown, to help raise funds for the old age home. Eighteen teams participated and we congratulate all the teams on their general knowledge, but especially Hermannsburg’s team ‘Kandaze’ for winning the quiz. Sincere thanks go to the organisers and to Arcadia for hosting a most enjoyable evening.

While many of our scholars are gearing up for the inter-house enviroquiz next week, where Bushbuck and Reedbuck will put on their thinking-caps to see who knows most about the plants and animals that inhabit our beautiful country, our Grade 10s are eagerly anticipating their departure for Germany. On Tuesday they will board the aeroplane to Germany, where they will spend four weeks with their German ‘parents’ and partners, experiencing everyday life and seeing

27 MAY 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

We laughed, we cried, we were simply blown away! Our Grade 12 Music scholars, with the help of our Director of Music, Mr Johan Grobler, put on a show with a difference, living up to the billing as ‘Creative Magic’ on stage. While the masters of ceremony had us in stitches, the solo and choral renditions of popular songs transported the audience to different worlds, leading up to the pièce de résistance– the closing performance by the High School choir, which will be going to the World Choir Games in Flanders, Belgium in 2020.

A relaxed, welcoming atmosphere pervaded the Saturday of Schulfest, as Old Scholars and the rest of the school family sat back, enjoyed the sunshine and swapped stories with long-time friends. A new spin on the kiddie games allowed moms and dads more freedom, and young and old(er) were able to enter and enjoy the various distances of the early morning Fun Run and the well-supported touch-rugby tournament in the afternoon – the scholars’ ‘Blitzboks’ team, captained by Sean Ngwenya, beat the ‘Staff Superstars’ in the final. Our 1stteam hockey girls played Domino Servite, ending 0-1 despite dominating 80% of the match and playing superbly as a team, and our U16 girls ended 0-3 to Domino Servite while Bushbuck won the boys’ inter-house hockey match. Thank you to everyone who supported Schulfest 2019, celebrating 163 years of our school, in whatever capacity. We hope to see you again next year!

On the hockey fields last week, our Grade 1 and 2 girls played a mini-hockey tournament at New Hanover last Tuesday. They played three games each and had lots of fun playing the games – the Grade 2s won all their games and made Hermannsburg truly proud: 1-0 against Domino Servite, 5-0 against St John’s 2 and 3-0 against St John’s 3!

Hermannsburg’s High School choir gave a poignant yet stirring rendition of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both sides now’ at the Creative Magic cabaret and musical enchantment last Friday.

Hermannsburg’s Head Boy, Dieter Volker, was one if the masters of ceremony who had the audience in stitches as they guided the audience through the evening’s entertainment last Friday.

Some of Hermannsburg’s Class of 2009 – Ralf Küsel, Rosali Brüggemann, Claire Hesom, Byron Bure, Jaydene Surendorff, Wandile Nyoka and Louise Nel – enjoying a trip down memory lane in the High School during Schulfest on Saturday

Old Scholars enjoyed the sunshine and ‘Gemütlichkeit’ (relaxed, friendly atmosphere) at Saturdays Schulfest in Hermannsburg, celebrating 163 years of the ‘school on the Hlimbitwa’.

20 May 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

Our school is part of a larger community, and our involvement in the community is important to us – Hermannsburg and Skillspro (adult education and corporate training) recently joined forces to offer training to Aheers Group employees in Greytown. The training, based on three modules in MS Excel, was facilitated by Hermannsburg’s Mrs Maria Olivier. Cassandra Naidoo, Hunsrani Maharajh, Thaijal Lutchman, Githem Lutchman, Naasira Hoosen, Noleen Hemraj, Minisha Gajather, and Shane Dlomo completed and excelled at the training, as did the owners of the Aheers group: Arvin, Naresh and Neelesh Aheer. We congratulate all the participants on their outstanding achievements! The certificates of achievement were handed over by Hermannsburg’s Principal, Mr. Trevor Harbottle.

On Thursday, 16 May our 1stteam hockey girls travelled to Wartburg, where they played a determined game but ended with the score at 0-4. The girls are looking forward to a reversal of fortune in their upcoming fixture at this weekend’s Schulfest. Members of the team will also be performing on stage during Friday evening’s Creative Magic cabaret and musical enchantment.

Several of the Aheers Group participants in the recent successful MS Excel course proudly displaying their certificates, which were handed to them by Hermannsburg’s Principal, Mr Harbottle.

13 MAY 2019
LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

There was great excitement among our Little Oaks Grade R scholars on Thursday last week as some of them came to school and couldn’t stop talking about voting. Others wanted to know more about voting, and so we built our own Kindergarten voting station where they learned about the voting process, that they each have an opinion, and that the vote stands. They voted on what kind of story they would have for story time; we could have pretended to vote for a president, but story time is much more meaningful to them at their age and the choice affects them in a real way. In our class vote, they could choose between a puppet-show, a fairy tale, a story about animals and a movie. Our Little Oaks learned what it means to vote and, equally importantly, that it sometimes doesn’t turn out their way. They were so excited about the whole process that in the end they were all happy about the outcome, and we had an enjoyable puppet-show.

Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks, Ayathandwa Dzanibe, Lubanzi Mbatha, Unathi Khakaza, Langelihle Xulu, Lwandiswa Hlongwa, Melizwi Ngobese, Khayelihle Makhoba , Lusekho Shongwe, Okajehova Sibisi, participated in the vote for reading time, learning about how voting works in a way that was meaningful to them.

13 MAY 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

Sticks down! On Thursday, 9 May Hermannsburg’s 1stteam hockey girls played Epworth in Pietermaritzburg in what they knew was going to be a very challenging match against the Spar hockey winners from this year. They managed to shoot a beautiful goal within the first couple of minutes as Zenande Magubane scored after being set up by great team play. Epworth came back during the match to score 2 goals and the game ended 1-2. Lady of the match went to Sonja De Wet, for holding the defence together. On Saturday, the team played in Greytown at the Spar Tournament against Greytown (1-0), Estcourt (5-0), Domino Servite (1-1), Wartburg (0-1) and Wembley (0-0) to make it into the final. After playing to a 1-1 draw against Wartburg, the tournament had to be decided by a penalty shoot-out, where Wartburg managed 2 goals to Hermannsburg’s 1. Well done to our 1stteam girls for their spirited play and good sports(wo)manship!

The 1stteam and U15 boys played against Maritzburg College, ending their matches 0-3 and 0-5 respectively, with the U15 team playing an U16 side.

One could hear the singing from half a mall away – Hermannsburg’s choristers (Awande Mbuli, Anele Dlamini, Nqobile Sithole, Brielle Swanlow, Zenanda Magubane, Sinqobile Mngoma and ‘old singer’ Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose) in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Youth Choir recently participated in a ‘flashcrowd’ concert at the Liberty Midlands Mall, to the delight of the shoppers and patrons of the coffee bar outside which they performed. If you haven’t heard our girls singing – and there are several in the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Choir as well – then you owe it to yourself to hear them perform at the Creative Magic cabaret and musical enchantment on Friday, 24 May in Hermannsburg; the show is free – donations welcome – and supper can be booked through the school secretary on 074 125 0054 (adults R90, children U12 R45).

Hermannsburg’s choristers in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Youth Choir were part of the well-received ‘flashcrowd concert’ at the Liberty Midlands Mall recently.

06 MAY 2019
HERMANNSBURG LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

‘Vegetables and how they grow’ has been our theme for the last two weeks. It is very interesting to learn about fruit and vegetables, even if you don’t like to eat them all. They are important for our daily health and packed with lots of vitamins and nutrients, as well as coming in lots of different shapes and sizes. We learned about vegetables that grow under and above the ground and the highlight was our field trip to Mr Rainer Kassier’s farm, to see how real fruits and vegetables grow. We smelled, touched and tasted them to deepen our knowledge; a big thank you goes to Mr Kassier for opening his farm to us.

Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks, Singethwa Dube, Kukhanya Mkhize, Zenande Thwala learned about growing vegetables along with the others in the Kindergarten.

06 MAY 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

“Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time”. Last weekend, our Nature Club (‘Naturkunde und Wandern AG’) travelled to the Umlalazi Nature Reserve, Mtunzini, where they camped and hiked the Siyaya Trail. They were privileged to see the palm-nut vulture (Gypohierax angolensis), encountered zebra at close quarters and collected bags of litter in the Dune Forest to do their bit towards cleaning up our environment. The group enjoyed camping in the forest, experiencing the richness of our natural heritage, and returned well-satisfied that our school’s appreciation of and care for nature could be tangibly expressed; they left nothing but footprints and took away only memories.

Our hockey players have enjoyed their season thus far. Our girls’ 1stteam played Wembley College on astro – the first game on astro-turf this season – and drew the game 1-1 thanks to a smashing goal by Awande Mbuli. The enthusiasm and grit displayed by the whole team holds great promise for the future. The U16 team ended their game against Wembley College 0-1 after some determined play.

Hermannsburg’s Nature Club camped in the Umlalazi Nature Reserve’s forest and hiked the Siyaya Trail, where they collected bags of litter as their contribution towards preserving our natural heritage.

Hermannsburg’s Kei Blackburn, Jemma Hayward, Lila de Wet, Sonja de Wet, Jonathan Königkrämer, Mufhiwa Magoro and Neo Blackburn at the Cordwalles Mudman event.

18 MARCH 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

Two of our scholars, Abigail Dukhi and Kirsten Ortmann write: “From simple addition and multiplication to solving equations, our scholars use calculators in their day-to-day learning. Recently we attended a workshop here in Hermannsburg, presented by Ms Lauren Isaaks from Casio. She explained to us how to use our calculators properly, and encouraged us to use our calculators only to check our answers.

“The majority of the scholars were amazed by the many things modern scientific calculators can do, while some had already realised that from experimenting with their calculators, or by reading the manual. Not only scholars, but a few teachers participated too, wanting to know the power of the calculator. Thanks to this workshop, some things will now be easier: our Mathematics scholars will find the turning points of a cubic function, the gradient of a curve at a point and a lot else more quickly; our Geography scholars now know how to use their calculators more effectively for map work; and the Science scholars discovered how to use their calculators for stoichiometry. All in all, everyone benefited from the presentation and workshop – we had a pleasant time broadening our knowledge and can’t wait to put that new knowledge to good use. There is still so much more that one can do with calculators, which we still have to figure out, but we certainly feel better equipped for tests and examinations.

“A big thank you goes to our Mathematics teacher, Mrs Chitsa, for organising this informative workshop, and to Ms Isaaks for presenting it in such an engaging manner.”

We congratulate our Mudman teams, who participated in the weekend’s Cordwalles Mudman. HMB Team 1 won the Mudman Series High School Challenge, having taken part in all four Mudman events this year – well done to Lila de Wet, Jemma Hayward and Kirsten Rabe for this fine achievement! Well done also to all our other athletes who participated in the various Mudman events this year.

18 MARCH 2019
HERMANNSBURG LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Learning about our family brings with it learning and appreciating our community, and we also learned that our family is a type of community – we live with our relatives and do many things together. Our neighbourhood and town are other communities in which we live and our Little Oaksexperienced first-hand how people in the neighbourhood work together. We would like to say a big thank you to Dr M I Moolla for sponsoring us yummy ice-cream and to Mr Mukesh Ghoorahoo, the owner of Honchos at 117 Sergeant Street in Greytown, for delivering them to us. Saying thank you to our community members, or waving to our neighbours, creates a welcome, friendly feeling in our community.

‘Little Oaks’ Okajehova Sibisi, Daniella Gevers with their teacher, Ms Ilse Ortmann and Mrs Thabile Zondi and Mr Mukesh Ghoorahoo of Honchos, learning about ‘community’ last week.

11 MARCH 2019
HERMANNSBURG LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

A chorus of old and new children’s songs may not be quite what you expect to hear on walking into Arcadia Home for the Aged, but our ‘Little Oaks’ were there to lead the way last week. They had a great time singing and dancing for the elderly, and the pensioners and staff from Arcadia enjoyed their performances. We engaged grandmas and grandpas, who clapped and sang with us and, for a little while, forgot that they are away from their own families. This is our way of showing that we care, we want to stay connected, and we want to brighten up their day, even if we can’t do it every day – before we said our good-byes we let them know that we will be visiting again soon.

Hermannsburg’sLittle Oaks Ayathandwa Dzanibe, Zwelabantu Sekwaila, Othandweni Ngubane, Khazimla  Tenza, Anathi Makhaye and Lubabalo Gasa entertained Rookmoney Puckree, Tanga Pillay, Rob Ritchie, John Sneyd, Jannie Ehlers, Averil van Rooyen, Phyllis Miller and Shirley Urquart at Arcadia Home for the Aged last week.

Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks, together with their teachers, entertained the residents of Arcadia Home for the Aged in Greytown last week with old and new children’s songs.

4 MARCH 2019
HERMANNSBURG LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Hermannsburg’s Hayley-Jade Eardley, Stefan Gevers, Abelo Nene and Ziyanda Zondi were spotted at last week’s ‘Little Oaks’ cake sale, which was a great success – organizing a cake sale is an excellent way to raise funds for little projects around our school. Thank you to all the Hermannsburg parents who brought a variety of delicious treats to sell, and to all those who supported the cake sale.

11 MARCH 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

Five of Hermannsburg’s hockey girls were chosen to represent the U16 and U18 Umzinyathi district at the Country District tournament, which took place on 10 March in Greytown. We congratulate Dale Sosibo (U16), Awande Mbuli (U16), Jemma Hayward (U18), Kei Blackburn (U18), and Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose (U18), all smartly turned out in their Umzinyathi team colours. The tournament saw some good competition and there was much excitement and good sportsmanship shown by the teams.

4 MARCH 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

The whistle blew, the starting gun fired and the swimmers launched themselves into the water – the swimming gala was the first contest in the annual Mini-Olympiade, held this year on Friday, 1 March and Saturday, 2 March. Hermannsburg once again gladly welcomed Michaelis and Deutsche Schule Durban (DSD) to its beautiful country setting. DSD took the honours in the gala, with Dieter Hannweg and Vickey Kruse crowned Victor and Victrix Ludorum for their winning performances. Later on the Friday, the girls’ and boys’ teams faced each other on the cricket field, with many keenly contested matches; DSD managed to take first place for this event as well. The day finished off with some fun games, planned by the Grade 11 scholars as part of their Life Orientation leadership assignment, before the teams retired for the night in Hermannsburg’s boarding establishment.

On Saturday, the day kicked off with some great soccer from all the participating teams, after which lunch was served before the visiting teams embarked on their return journeys. This year’s Mini-Olympiade was another great success, thanks to the enthusiastic participation of all the scholars. Thanks go to all the teachers for their hard work, our Grade 11s for looking after the teams, and to the Hermannsburg parents who provided meals and refreshments for supporters and team members alike, along with the school’s caterers.

Earlier last week, our U15 cricket team played Wembley College – Hermannsburg made 135 runs for 4 wickets (Cebo Mzila 50, Neo Blackburn 31), to which Wembley replied with 137 for 1 to win the match. At the recent Quadrangular Gala, held at Wembley College, Kei Blackburn and Neo Blackburn took first place in their respective 50m breaststroke events. We congratulate all our scholars on their achievements and the good sportsmanship they display.

Hermannsburg’s Primary School Mini-Olympiade team with the Grade 11s who officiated at and looked after the scholars during the weekend’s tournaments and activities, proudly displaying their certificates of achievement.

Hermannsburg’s Nkazimulo Sosiba facing a ball during the Mini-Olympiade cricket tournament, hosted by Hermannsburg on Friday last week.

Hermannsburg’s Liam Uys contesting possession during a Mini-Olympiade soccer match on Saturday, supported by Muhammed Hoosen and Mhleli Ngobese.

4 February 2019
HERMANNSBURG LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Last week our ‘Little Oaks’ visited the dentist in Greytown. Dr Mullah and his team were perfectly prepared to give our scholars the best experience possible for their first visit to a dentist. This was a great way to engage our scholars in positive oral health, by demonstrating good tooth-brushing techniques, giving lessons on sugar in food, and informing them about healthy diets. With this trip to the dentist, we have made our scholars feel more comfortable with the sights and the sounds of the dental practice, as well as easing any anxiety they may have had. We now know how to keep our baby teeth healthy, and how very important this is – we must brush our teeth at least twice a day. A big thank you goes to Dr Mullah and his team for an unforgettable visit.

Dr Mullah with Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’, Ufanelwe Mhlongo and other scholars from Grade RRR and Grade RR.

18 FEBRUARY 2019
HERMANNSBURG HAPPENINGS

Congratulations to all the swimmers in our recent inter-house gala – the awards ceremony was held last Friday and a big “well done” goes to Keryn du Preez (Girls’ U10 Champion), Shaakirah Ebrahim (Girls’ U12 Champion), Matthew du Preez (Boys’ U12 Champion), Liam Uys (Boys’ U13 Champion and Primary School Victor Ludorum), Shaakirah Ebrahim and Keryn du Preez (sharing the Primary School Victrix Ludorum), Carolina Hoffmann (Girls’ U14 Champion), Phakade Mqadi (Boys’ U14 Champion), Cebo Mzila (Boys’ U15 Champion), Nicola Ortmann (Girls’ U15 Champion), Sonja de Wet (Girls’ U16 Champion and Senior Victrix Ludorum), Michael Nell (Boys’ U16 Champion), Lydia Köhne (Girls’ U19 Champion), and Jarmin Claassen (Boys’ U19 Champion) who shared the Senior Victor Ludorum with Michael Nell. Thank  you again to all the supporters and parents who cheered our swimmers on.

This week we once again celebrate ‘RAKweek’ – random acts of kindness week – where our scholars and teachers remind themselves and each other of how important kindness is in our lives. Whether we are kind to others, or whether we receive the kindness from others, it makes each day a little bit brighter and enriches our lives both in the giving and in the receiving. While this is, of course, not restricted to one week of the year, this week is for us to focus on what kindness is and how we can pass it on to others around us.

Hermannsburg congratulates the individual winners of the inter-house swimming gala awards, who received recognition at last Friday’s awards assembly.

18 FEBRUARY 2019
HERMANNSBURG LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

All our ‘Little Oaks’ hiked to the school dam last week to learn more about their senses of touch, hearing, smell, feeling and sight. It was an alternative learning experience and lots of fun too. They split up into groups and were able to feel the wet sand while listening to the sound of the wind and the waves splashing against the dam wall. They saw dragonflies and heard many different types of birds calling. The highlight was watching a freshwater crab walking sideways over the dam wall. Throughout the morning, the scholars’ interest in the environment and its preservation was sparked – we are so privileged by our surroundings at Hermannsburg, with natural vegetation and wildlife right on our doorstep!