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24 August 2017



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   Accounting Day Our dedicated Grade 12 scholars and their Accounting teacher were hard at work on Saturday, 12 August, arriving at school bright and early at 07:00 to work on their case study - analysing parts of the Spur Corporation Ltd Integrated Report of 2016. They were given 5 hours to complete this task, which is one of their portfolio items. They kept going through the morning with tea breaks and snacks as they diligently went about their task.
   Sport News Our U13 hockey boys, meanwhile, played in a tournament at Howick Primary School where they won two, drew two and lost one of their five games, playing against Kokstad (0-2), Howick C (0-0), Howick D (0-0), Treverton (1-0) and Scottsville B (1-0). Well done to goal-scorers Benjamin Rabe and Julian Königkrämer, and to all the players in the team. At the Inter-schools Athletics Meeting at Treverton, Julian Königkrämer again did us proud, coming first in shot-put, long-jump, the 100m and the 150m races, and third in his high jump event. Well done to all our athletes, who consistently achieved in the top places against a wide field of competitors. Our young soccer teams from the High School were up against more experienced opposition when they played Greytown High School, losing both of their matches. The senior team defended well in the second half of their match, preventing the Greytown High players from scoring any further goals.
   Choir Silver Last week, our Viva Voce Girl’s Choir participated for the very first time at the PMB Eisteddfod (the girl’s choir was established last year and has grown from 18 to 38 girls), where it presented Orinoco flow (Enya) and Royals (Lorde), both of which were very well received. The girls were complimented on their strong performance as a young choir and achieved 82% (Silver). Our four Grade 12 music scholars represented our school in a solo capacity - Meike Meyer, Elisabeth Tönsing and Jordan Pope in the Grade 7 classical voice category, and Rhonda Christiansen in the Grade 8 classical voice category (we await the adjudicator’s final assessment). We congratulate all of our scholars on their performances and look forward to an even better Eisteddfod next year.
   Coming soon We are also looking forward to hosting the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Youth Choir in Hermannsburg on 24 August (booking is still possible through the school office), where they will be joined by our school choirs, as well as the Hermannsburg Eisteddfod, which will be held on 28 August in Hermannsburg.

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   Every year our Little Oaks Kindergarten offers student teachers the opportunity to do their teaching practice at Hermannsburg. The student teachers are given the opportunity to try out, and to refine, their teaching skills as part of their studies. In this way, they are granted experiences in the actual teaching and learning environment before starting in the real world of the teaching profession, applying what they have studied. This year, Ilse Ortmann (an old scholar of our school) did her teaching prac at our Kindergarten. The Little Oaks enjoyed her teaching, and we thank her for contributing to the enrichment of our scholars’ learning experience. (In the Primary School, Nobuhle Waega and Yeoju Na of Cedar College completed their two-week teaching prac last week, and we thank them for their contributions during this time.) We wish all ‘our’ student teachers all the best for the completion of their studies.


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   National WESSA Enviroquiz Thirteen was the lucky number for our Enviroquiz team who, together with Domino Servite School’s team, represented the Umvoti area at last Friday’s national finals of the WESSA Inter-School Enviroquiz in Pietermaritzburg, to vie with other schools for the coveted WESSA Enviroquiz Trophy. The team from St Charles’ was there, to defend the title, along with teams from East Griqualand Schools, Epworth, and Maritzburg College. The usual topics - general wildlife knowledge, conservation legislation, emblems, zoology, botany and eco-affairs - were covered during the quiz, under the guidance of quiz-master Rob Thompson of NCT. The Hermannsburg team led at half-time, but by how much was not divulged. They held on to their lead, however, to bring the trophy back to Hermannsburg for the 13th time in the history of the 24 annual quizzes held so far! Our thanks go to the organisers, our coaches and supporters, and our congratulations to our team.
   Inter-house Athletics The sun smiled on the inter-house athletics meeting in Hermannsburg on Saturday, and supporters were treated to no fewer than 51 records tumbling as our athletes showed their determination to excel, with not only first places exceeding the records in many cases. We congratulate all our athletes on their fine performances and the personal bests they achieved! At the end of this dynamic meeting, the following awards were made:

Age-Group Champions
U9 - Andiswe Gabela & Amelia van de Merwe
U11 - Julian Königkrämer & Nkazimulo Mkhize
U13 - Asanda Nzimande & Siena Kimble
U15 - Awande Mbuli & Jarmin Claassen
U17 - Sven Klar & Lydia Köhne
U19 - Jordan Pope & Charlize Vermeulen
Trophies
Bestall Trophy (Primary School track athlete) Julian Königkrämer
Kimble Trophy (Primary School field athlete) Julian Königkrämer
Morgentau Trophy (Primary School Athlete of the Day) Julian Königkrämer
Günther Köhne Trophy (High School boys’ field athlete) Sven Klar
Ingrid Köhne Trophy (High School girls’ field athlete) Awande Mbuli
Landolf Klingenberg (High School boys’ track athlete) Sven Klar
Mel Klingenberg Trophy (High School girls’ track athlete) Londeka Ndlela
Klar Family Trophy (High School Athlete of the Day) Sven Klar
Andrew Bam Trophy (Junior Victor Ludorum) Julian Königkrämer
Teresa Bam Trophy (Junior Victrix Ludorum) Siena Kimble
Carl Ortmann Trophy (Senior Victor Ludorum) Sven Klar
Juanita Ortmann Trophy (Senior Victrix Ludorum) Awande Mbuli

   The Rommelspacher Trophy for the winning house went to Reedbuck (who led by 1158 pts to 1082 at the end). The Christel Brooks Trophy (Athletics Spirit Cup) also went to Reedbuck.

   Soccer In soccer news, our players took on Weston Agricultural College on Friday, with the senior team winning 2-0 (goals by Owen Gumede and Owethu Gulubela), while the junior team ended their game 1-3 (goal by Ayabonga Dlamini). We look forward to the rest of the season!

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   Our world is filled with many things worthy of scientific inquiry, which is why scientific literacy has become a necessity as early on as pre-school. In our Kindergarten we start to build a basis for future scientific understanding as our ‘Little Oaks’ begin to build an understanding of basic concepts, and how they connect and apply to the world in which they live. With our last theme, ‘weather and seasons’, our Little Oaks had the opportunity to learn how important water is to life on Earth, as well its many amazing uses and properties; they learned about ice, steam, snow, drinking water, oceans, water pollution, rivers, the water cycle and much more. Our next theme - wild animals - promises to be just as exciting and thought-provoking.

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   Night at the Museum 2 Last Friday night the curators of the Hermannsburg Mission House Museum held the second annual ‘Night at the Museum’, providing a most convivial opportunity for individuals and families to experience the museum’s history through various activities. The treasure hunt for the children, who had to look for various photographs of items from the museum and to find the actual item in the museum to receive rewards, was the source of much excitement. The adults were able to soak up the ambience of one of the first buildings at Hermannsburg (and the residence of many families since the 1850s, until it became a museum), playing friendly rounds of poker, skat or rummy and enjoying delicious soup. A big thank you goes to all the people who donated towards the lovely supper, Glühwein and the prizes for the treasure hunt, and to Tante Inge von Fintel and Petra Middleton, our curators, for organizing the evening. We can’t wait for ‘Night at the Museum’ 3!
   Hockey News Our under-11 boys’ hockey team played in the first tournament of the season at Treverton, winning 3-0 against Oasis and drawing 1-1 with both Winterton and Treverton. We look foward to this weekend’s inter-house athletics meeting, with Bushbuck and Reedbuck vying to see who can do the best on track and field.
   Welcome We welcome Mr ‘Siggi’ Prigge and his wife Romy to our Hermannsburg community - Mr Prigge will take up the duties of grounds manager from 1 August. As an Old Scholar, former parent and former trustee of the school Board, we trust that he and his wife will soon feel right at home and we look forward to working with him in our school.


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   KZN Midlands Youth Choir The Welsh are well-known for their love of singing, and so it was a special privilege for a group of our scholars to represent our school in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Youth Choir, as it participated in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales. Apart from seeing the sights, performing at various opportunities and even participating in a singing ‘street march’, the choir was awarded first place in the ‘Cultural Showcase’ category, and fourth place in the ‘Children’s Folk Song Choirs’ category. Congratulations to the choir and to our choristers for the splendid performances! (Information and photographs taken from www.facebook.com/kznmidlandsyouthchoir/).
   Third Term We are geared up and looking forward to another successful term ahead - the Grade 12s will be working hard to prepare for their trial examinations, and we wish them strength and fortitude for the task. Of course, academic work will be the focus for all our scholars, but we also look forward to the National Enviroquiz, Hermannsburg Eisteddfod, the inter-house athletics and other athletics meetings, soccer and hockey fixtures, the KZN Midlands Youth Choir performance in Hermannsburg, the Opa & Omi Day in the Kindergarten, the Synod of the Lutheran church, our High School play and the 25th HMB Golf Day at St Cathryn’s, among other activities that will keep everyone busy this term.

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   Sports News While many of us have been relaxing with our feet up this holiday, some of our scholars have been busy on the sporting and cultural fronts. Awande Mbuli played in the KZN U14B team in Krugersdorp recently, further developing her game and learning new techniques and skills, as did Julian Königkrämer, who represented the KZN U12B team in Pietermaritzburg. Congratulations to both of them for their fine achievements!
   Choir News Meanwhile, several of our scholars had amazing experiences with the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Choir at the ‘Golden Voices of Barcelona’ choir competition, held in Lloret de Mar, Spain. The choir entered five categories in the 15 to 24-year-old range and walked off with four first places: Academic Singing, Gospel, Church Music and Folk Singing. We congratulate the choir and their conductor, Mr Gérard’d du Toit, on this fine achievement, and thank the parents and organisers for giving our scholars the opportunity to be a part of this memorable tour de force. More of our choristers have been in Wales, as members of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Youth Choir - watch this space for news about their achievements.

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   Several Hermannsburg scholars and members of the Hermannsburg church community experienced six-and-a-half days of games, singing, worship, study, and Christian life experience at ‘Kailager 2017’, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Kailager campsite just north of Port Edward on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline. The children had the opportunity to saturate their minds and hearts with God’s word, studying His Word daily, hearing Bible lessons, and singing praises to God. But they also learned responsibility and independence by keeping their tents tidy, keeping their clothes together, and by being ready on time - all under the supervision of young-adult leaders. There were also wonderful opportunities to move about, running, jumping and swimming. Coming to the camp means joining a close-knit community, where individuals must agree to respect and to co-operate with each other. When they live in tents with others, children quickly learn to share chores, resolve disagreements, and see first-hand the importance of sincere communication. A big thank you goes to the Evangelical Lutheran Church and all the camp leaders for the amazing camp experience given to our scholars.


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   Bio-Prac Life Sciences, or Biology - as many of us still know it, lends itself to hands-on learning, as the Grade 11 class learned first-hand last term. Thanks to Mr Thomas Shearing and our Life Sciences teacher, Mrs Ronelle van Dyk, they had animal eyes and kidneys to dissect - all were intrigued to see how the textbook drawings measured up to the real thing. In the end, they all agreed that getting stuck in and investigating these organs for themselves was the best way to learn.
   This and That With out Grade 10 scholars back from Germany, all our scholars, parents and teachers are hopefully enjoying the winter holiday to the fullest. Our History boffs in Grade 12 will be returning to school a little early, as they apply their minds to a History camp with Mrs Birgit Eggers during the last days of the holidays. The Grade 11 and 12 parents and scholars are looking forward to the Geography field trip that kicks off their third term on Monday, 24 July, when Mrs Penny Waller will be taking them to see formal and informal commerce & industry first-hand in Durban. All our High School parents are reminded of the parent-teacher meetings on Sunday, 23 July, starting at 14:00 in the High School - we look foward to seeing you there!

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   The last week of the second term was filled with learning all about how to stay fit and healthy - our Little Oaks had a look at the different types of food that make up the food pyramid, and at what makes up a healthy meal. Then they tried out lots of different kinds of sports on the big sports field, like long-jump, sprints, throwing balls and many more, having loads of fun in the process. At the end of their learning journey, they remembered the following: being fit means we eat well, get lots of exercise, drink lots of water, have regular check-ups, get enough sleep and keep our bodies clean. If we're fit, our bodies work well, feel good, and can do all the things we want them to do - and we are even able to think better.

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   Outreach We’re not sure who enjoyed it more - the ‘little ones’, or the ‘big ones’ - but we do know that everyone had fun. As part of their Grade 9 Life Orientation curriculum, our scholars involve themselves in a community project. Our school has supported the Enhlanhleni Crèche in various ways for many years, and this year our Grade 9s prepared beautifully decorated cupcakes, made bracelets for the little girls and bow-ties for the little boys. They also drew poster-size letters of the alphabet and colourful number-recognition posters. The visit to the crèche was a highlight; each of the Grade 9 scholars took one of the crèche kiddies under their wing and in no time at all, friendships were formed and home-time came all too soon; on the way back to school the question arose about ‘when the next visit’ could take place. Thanks go to Ms Marsé van der Merwe and her Life Orientation class.
   GEP We welcomed back our Grade 10s last weekend, returning from four exciting weeks in Germany. We look forward to the many stories they can tell us, and wish them a relaxed holiday with their families.

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   Our Little Oaks and Primary School scholars have the opportunity to take ballet lessons during school time once a week. Dance is an excellent form of exercise but, even better, dancing is fun and it encourages children to stay healthy and active in an enjoyable way. Ballet promotes physical strength & agility, can boost concentration, develops an understanding of music & rhythm and generates a love of movement. As children learn and master more challenging movement combinations, they start feeling more self-assured - a feeling that can carry over into other areas of their lives.


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   Germany Exchange Programme Castles, forests, ancient people … 3-D printers and science laboratories - our Grade 10s have been very busy in Germany! They recently visited Schloss Neuschwanstein, the amazing castle built by Bavaria’s fairy-tale king, Ludwig II between 1869 and 1886. They learned that the castle was inspired by Richard Wagner (the composer) and the ancient historical German sagas. But they haven’t just been sight-seeing - they also visited the HAP Grieshaber Gymnasium, where they watched 3-D printers producing biological models in the school laboratories, as well as observing other lessons and activities.
   The Federsee was declared a UNESCO world heritage site due to the remains of prehistoric ages that were found in the swamps of the area, and here our scholars walked through the Wackelwald - the shaking forest - where the trees shake as you walk or jump in the swamp. The museum offers a reconstruction of the housing of the early stone age; our scholars were shown how to make fire with flint & stone and how to use the special hunting spear (Wurfspeer), which uses an extension when launching the spear to gain greater range. Cooking was done in this early age by lining a hole in the ground with animal skin, putting water and meat into it and adding fire-warmed stones. This was a realistic walk through a part of the ancient world of humankind!
   We look forward to hearing more about the experiences and adventures of our Grade 10s. In the meantime, we wish them and all our scholars and parents (and the teachers) a very relaxed and blessed holiday with all travelling mercies.

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   Naturkunde & Wandern The last week of the second term is usually filled with a great number of administrative activities, but we were able to fit in some other activities too, while we were busy wrapping up the term.
   The Junior and Senior Nature Club had a weekend field trip at the weekend, visiting the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve. Although the evenings were cool, the weather was perfect for camping, walking and generally exploring the area. The ‘Ultimatum Tree’, Fort Pearson and the Fort Pearson War Graves are of historical interest and it was a good opportunity for the scholars to learn about this part of our history. The Nature Reserve is situated on a hill above the Tugela River which, although quite low at the moment, is a beautiful river lined with a variety of magnificent trees including many, many massive specimens of fig trees. A number of informative walks and talks were held with the group and once again the ‘open air classroom’ proved to be a constructive, yet fun way to absorb new knowledge.
   Germany Exchange Programme The Grade 10 class will be returning from their Exchange trip to Germany towards the end of the month, and the reports from Germany are arriving at the school thick and fast with a wonderful variety of activities on the list - more details about the Exchange activities will be published in next week’s Gazette.
   Choir Tours During the July holidays, a number of our scholars will be enjoying trips overseas, representing the KZN Midlands Youth Choir as well as the KZN Youth Choir. All at Hermannsburg are looking forward to a well-deserved four-week break, which will start on Friday, 23 June. We wish our parents, scholars and teachers a relaxed holiday with family and friends, and a safe return in the new term.
   Hockey Hermannsburg’s Julian Königkrämer was recently selected to play in the U12 Inland Boys’ Hockey Team and he has done exceptionally well, fully deserving the opportunity to play at this level. He plays centre link and proved at the weekend that he is an asset to this team; they will participate in a tournament at Maritzburg College from 7 to 11 July.

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   Together with their parents, our Little Oaks seized the opportunity to spend a fun day at their Kindergarten last Friday. We welcomed many visitors, who came to see what we are all about and to check out our facilities and the excellent work that is done in our Kindergarten by our motivated and dedicated staff. The young visitors were, naturally, in the foreground and had opportunities to participate actively in the day’s (daily) events and to test the methods and materials used in our teaching. Parents received a wealth of information, specifically about our Kindergarten’s educational concept. Open days are important, not only for the parents and scholars who want to find out about our school, but also for our school itself - we can show everyone how creative, committed and loving our teachers are, and that we work to a high standard with all our scholars.


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   English Olympiad English is the most important subject our scholars take - proficiency in English enables them to learn all the other subjects, as they make and understand meaning around sometimes difficult and complex concepts in the sciences, commercial and art & humanities fields. Congratulations go to this year’s English Olympiad participants: Ntokozo Zondi, Christel Brüggemann & Hugh Bouwer all achieved Gold; Luke Hayward, Sven Klar & Liezl Volker achieved Silver; Kirsten Ortmann, Dieter Volker, Nonjabulo Khoza & Elisabeth Tönsing achieved Bronze and Enoch Mnikati received a Merit certificate.
   German Olympiad Another important language in our school, which leads to an internationally recognised language proficiency diploma, is German, where we congratulate Ntokozo Zondi (84%), Charlize Vermeulen (79%) and Nonjabulo Khoza (76%) for their achievements in the 2017 Deutscholympiade (German Olympiad).
   Term 2 draws to a close With the June examinations now behind us, we start our second-semester subjects in Grades 8 and 9 this week and continue with the year’s work in the other Grades while we start practising our athletics skills in preparation for next term’s inter-house athletics and other athletics meetings.
   Golden Confirmation The Hermannsburg congregation congratulates its golden confirmands! 50 years ago, in 1966 and 1967, here in Hermannsburg in the Peter-Paul church, Ingrid Fricke, Ingrid Fröhling, Peter Gevers, Sieghard Kassier, Victor Schulze, Siegwald von Fintel, Verita van Rooyen, Anita Ahrens, Stella Fröhling, Anneli Köhne, Rainer Köpke, Ingeborg Rabe, Erika Surendorff and Edna Schmitt confirmed their Christian faith. On Sunday, 11 June they celebrated with family and friends in Hermannsburg, after a special re-affirmation service conducted by Pastor René Risch. Thanks go to the congregation’s brass band and choir, and to the ladies’ guild for the delicious lunch and dessert.

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   Surely everyone who’s ever passed a construction site would like to know what it would be like to get behind the controls of a crane or a bulldozer! Young and old are fascinated by such machinery, and our Little Oaks are no exception as they explore the theme of building and building machinery. Getting dirty comes naturally to our little ones, who are learning the names and functions of all the different types of building machinery, the safety equipment and measures, and all the steps that must be followed to build a brand new house - and they play with mud, lots of mud, because playing in the mud encourages them to learn and develop creative thinking. Playing with open-ended materials, like mud, stimulates creativity and imagination, which are hard to jump-start later in life. If you don’t believe us, come and join us for our OPEN DAY on FRIDAY, 16 JUNE 2017 at 08:00 at our Kindergarten in Hermannsburg.


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   Germany Exchange Programme At the time of writing, our Grade 10s were about to leave for their four weeks in Germany, on the German leg of the Germany Exchange Programme - the best value-for-money exchange out there! They will be hosted by their German partners and get to see many sights in Germany - we look forward to reporting on their experiences. While our Grade 10s head northwards, our Primary School and High School scholars are making full use of the opportunity to show off all they’ve learned this year as they write their June examinations this week; we continue to wish them sound memory and clear recall.
   Hockey Round-up In hockey news, our teams have been busy over the past few weeks and, in the words of our sport co-ordinator, Mrs Debbie Walton, "sport has been amazing this term and the spirit in the hockey teams has brought everyone together, both in the boys’ and girls’ teams, with the players showing maturity and good spirit, helping out from one team to another as needed. Very proud of our scholars."
   The U10 girls played Wartburg (5-0), New Hanover (1-2) and won all their matches against Lynford 1, Lynford 2, Treverton and New Hanover the recent tournament. Our U11 played against New Hanover (3-2) and Wartburg (4-0), while the U13 girls played intense matches (with key players ill) against Greytown (0-1) and Wartburg (1-1); in a tournament at New Hanover they played Greytown (0-0), Lynford 2 (0-0), Lynford 1 (0-3) and Treverton 1 (0-2).
   The U14 girls ended their match against Wartburg on 4-2, while the U16s scored 3 goals to end 3-0 (goals by Zenande Magubane, Awande Mbuli) against Wartburg. The 2nd team girls played Greytown (1-0) and Wartburg (0-2). Against Greytown, our 1st team ended 0-5 and the U16 girls 0-1 after an early goal by Greytown, despite spending most of their time in the Greytown half. The 2nd team won 1-0 against Greytown (Elisabeth Tönsing) and the U14 girls won 2-0.
   On the boys’ side, our 1st team played against Alexandra High and won 3-1 (Jordan Pope scoring all 3 goals - well done Jordan!), and drew 1-1 against Grace College (Kabelo Molefe), which means they only lost one match this season! The U15 boys played Maritzburg College on astro (a new experience for the team), losing 0-3 before playing against Treverton on grass and winning 4-3 (Asanda Nzimande scoring 3 of the 4 goals).
   We congratulate Awande Mbuli, who was selected to go through to the next round of district trials, and Julian Königkrämer, who was selected for the U12B KZN Inland boys’ hockey team. Well done and thank you to all our hockey coaches and players - good luck for the last few games of the season!

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   Be quiet for a moment, and listen to the sounds around you … the ability to hear is one of the most amazing things about being human, and it’s something worth protecting. Did you know that hearing loss can be a sign of other health problems, including hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes? People with untreated hearing loss have been shown to lose 30-40% of their ability to think and solve problems efficiently. The Ear Institute from Pietermaritzburg recently gave all our scholars the opportunity to test their hearing ability - "you can treat hearing loss if it is caught early" says the Ear Institute. We thank Mrs Uta Malzahn for organising this opportunity for our scholars, and commend all our parents who sent their children to be tested.

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   Greytown MTB Classic Catching up with news from the past few weeks, our school was invited to help organise and provide officials for the night ride portion of the Greytown MTB Classic held at The Beehive. Despite the inclement weather and low temperatures, our scholars did us proud with their cheerful and helpful enthusiasm for their tasks. Some of them also competed: Owen Gumede and Kabelo Molefe were tied for first place in the Saturday’s 10km run; on the night ride, the team of Luka Poser and his father won the senior section, Ayabonga Dlamini and Luke Pellow-Jarman were the second team home, and the team of Kabelo Molefe, Owen Gumede and Joel Pope tied for third place; James Waller, Liam Uys and James Pellow-Jarman tied for first place in the junior team section. On the Sunday, Amy Whittle placed first in the 10km run with Millisoa Mavie in third place. Asanda Nzimande was followed in by James Waller and Lungelo Mbambo for the 3km run. First lady in on the 16km run was Ms Marsé van der Merwe. While these stars were competing, others were busy washing and polishing bikes at the HMB Bike-wash. Thank you to all our scholars and helpers, and to Mrs Penny Waller for organising our school’s contribution.
   Hockey News On 19 May, our Grade 1 & 2 girls played hockey in a tournament at Wembley College, enjoying the excitement of participating in an ‘away’ fixture. Our 1st team girls, with the help of some U16 players, took on Grace College on astro, ending 0-3. Meanwhile, in an intense, fast-flowing game our 1st team boys were 2-2 against Domino Servite School before they ‘got their eye in’ to end the match 5-2 in Hermannsburg’s favour.
   Quad-biking The Natal Off-Road Club was invited to the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) on Friday, 12 May. Erich Ortmann took part on his quad-bike and placed first in KZN, leading his nearest rival by 14 minutes; his time would have placed him 4th in South Africa! We look forward to the results of his next 6 races - for KZN - the first of which will be on 15 July. Congratulations, Erich!

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   When the days get shorter and shorter, and the leaves fall from the trees, it is finally time for our annual Schulfest. It is also then high time to get out the lanterns and walk, singing, through the darkness. On the Friday night of Schulfest, Mrs Ingrid Köhne provided the accompaniment to German lantern procession songs like ‘Ich geh mit meiner Laterne’ (I’m walking with my lantern) or ‘Laterne, Laterne, Sonne, Mond und Sterne’ (Lantern, lantern, sun, moon and stars) - all the grown-ups, Little Oaks and visiting children sang from their hearts while walking around the campus.
   The next day all the Little Oaks had the opportunity to join in lots of fun games around the school grounds, have their faces painted, go on a tractor rides or jump on the jumping castle. A very big thank you goes to all our parents and teachers, and to all our HMB friends for organising, donating, working and supporting us on the day; without your hard work we could not have had such a wonderful and fabulous day.


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   Schulfest 161 Glorious sunshine greeted Schulfest-goers this weekend, as Schulfest 161 kicked off with the stunning music recital on Friday - Primary School and High School musicians entertained a packed school Chapel with choral and instrumental pieces, as well as solo performances by our talented scholars. The evening braai was very well supported and set the scene for the good vibes the next day, where rugby and hockey supplemented the traditional Gemütlichkeit (relaxed, friendly atmosphere) that characterises Schulfest. An abundant variety of treats and meals kept the guests fuelled for the day, and Old Scholars, parents and friends of Hmb stayed well into the evening, relaxing in The Lapha and around the fire-pits warding off the evening chill. On Sunday, the closing church service was followed by a plentiful breakfast. Special thanks go to all the parents, scholars, teachers, Old Scholars and the Hermannsburg Congregation for all the hard work behind the scenes and on the day to make this such a successful event, as well as to all the friends of Hmb who helped and attended Schulfest.
   Schulfest Hockey Our hockey teams did not lack in enthusiasm during Schulfest, as they took the game to the opposition. Our U10 girls played Greytown (1-0), Wartburg (1-0) and Wembley (0-0) as did our U13 girls: Greytown (1-0), Wartburg (1-0) and Wembley (0-0). The U16 girls ended 0-0 against Grace College after a disallowed goal, ‘camping’ in their circle for most of the game; they drew 0-0 against both Wartburg and Wembley. Despite missing players due to illness, the 1st team girls held Wartburg to a 0-0 draw with their superb defense and saves by our U16 goalie (Dasha Mohlala). Against Wembley College the game ended 0-3. While Schulfest was going on, Julian Königkrämer was scoring goals (3 in total), captaining the Umzinyathi team - he has also been selected for the U12B KZN Midlands team. Well done Julian!
   Be there in 2018! We look forward to Schulfest 162 in 2018, as our teachers and scholars enjoy a well-deserved mid-term break. They will all return on Thursday, when we will have the Ascension Day church service in our school Chapel at 09:45.

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   Royal Schools of Music Results Our Music Department has been busy! On 25 April, our Viva Voce Girls’ Choir and Grade 12 Music scholars attended an inter-schools’ music evening at Epworth in Pietermaritzburg, along with St John’s DSG. Our choir (singing English, German & Xhosa songs) and soloists (Meike Meyer, Jordan Pope and Elisabeth Tönsing) did us proud, delivering amazing performances that earned them accolades for their performances and concert etiquette.
   The very next day our Grade 11 & 12 Music scholars attended the ‘Oliver!’ workshop at Hilton College, to study this matric set-work. Apart from gaining invaluable insight into the work, they met with other music scholars and teachers from around the province, providing the ideal networking opportunity.
   We congratulate our musicians on their achievements in the international ABRSM examinations, where we will be entering candidates for Grade 8 Practical (the highest Grade possible) in 2017.

Singing (vocal)
Grade 7
Rhonda Christiansen
Christel Brüggemann
Grade 6
Meike Meyer
Grade 5
Lydia Köhne
Jordan Pope
Grade 4
Clara Kohrs
Grade 2
Nonjabulo Khoza
Stephanie Meyer
Grade 1
Ntokozo Zondi (with Merit)
Flute
Grade 5
Lydia Köhne
Grade 4
Elisabeth Tönsing
Piano
Grade 6
Rhonda Christiansen
Grade 5
Clara Kohrs (with Merit)
Grade 3
Elisabeth Tönsing
Grade 2
Philip Lütge
Theory
Grade 6
Christel Brüggemann
Rhonda Christiansen
Grade 5
Elisabeth Tönsing (with Distinction)
Clara Kohrs (with Merit)
Meike Meyer
Grade 4
Jordan Pope
Nonjabulo Khoza
Grade 3
Philip Lütge (with Merit)

   Schulfest 161 We are looking forward to this weekend’s Schulfest 161, which reprises the successful format of last year’s jubilee event. From the music recital on Friday, to the service on Sunday, the weekend will be filled with good fellowship, fine food and sporting action. Please book suppers in advance to avoid disappointment (074 125 0054). Further details can be found at www.hermannsburg.co.za/schulfest. Be There!
   Hockey Results At the recent Spar Hockey Tournament at Wembley College, Kei Blackburn scored our winning goal against Domino Servite (1-0); our team went on to play Greytown (0-0), Wartburg (0-1) & Wembley (0-4). At Epworth, the 1st & 2nd teams ended 0-5 in their respective games, while the U14s narrowly lost to Epworth (0-1) and the U16 team won 2-1 (goals by Amy Whittle & Zenande Magubane). Sadly the boys’ games against Wembley and St Charles’ could not take place as scheduled due to inclement weather.

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   Our Kindergarten recently visited Greytown’s fire station to learn more about people who help in the community. The ‘Little Oaks’ loved sitting in the truck, putting on the jackets and helmets and touching all the hoses, taking away a lot of really interesting information that was shared with them. To see a real-life fireman in a fire-suit helped our Little Oaks to understand who firemen (or women) are and what it is they do for us - with the suit, helmet, mask, tools, and gloves they can be scary and intimidating for young children, so the more exposure they have to them and what they look like, the less likelihood of them being fearful if they ever have to meet one during a rescue. We also practised the "Stop, Drop & Roll" procedure, which most scholars under the age of five have never practised. This procedure could save one’s life if one is ever caught on fire. A big thank you goes out to all the firefighters, who were very helpful and taught us about how to help young children prepare and practice for a house fire.






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   HMB Fun Ride Engines racing, riders descended on Hermannsburg for our second fun ride for bikes and quads on 30 April; once again a huge success with riders coming from all over to a sunny Hermannsburg. Private landowners and Mondi opened up their properties and the bikers were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The track designers, Mark and Philip Gathmann, with their team of helpers, pulled out all the stops to present a track that suited not only experienced riders but also had an alternative route for the not-so-serious riders; many a biker commented on an excellently marked track. A huge thank you goes to the Kranskop Farmers’ Association, who provided delicious breakfast rolls and burgers to the hungry riders and spectators. After the fun ride, the barrel racing was also a hit, where many men and some ladies proved their riding skills and agility against each other. Thank you to all our sponsors: Mahindra, NCT, Umvoti Repairs, Aheers Build & Save, TWK, Ekerold Yamaha, Rocket Racing, Alfie Cox KTM, Farmers’ Agri-Care, Plennegy, Bohrmeister, Ruben’s Home Deli, Tuta Carriers, Mascor, Mondi, aQuellé, David’s Motors Midas, KZN AgriServe, Faan van Rooyen, Carl Gathmann, Günther Meyer, Rolf Königkrämer, HMB School Trust, G. Köhne family, Allstone Solutions and Link Seed as well as our parents, teachers and scholars - and not least all the riders, who worked together to make the day a great success.
   Hockey Our Grade 1 and 2 players played their very first hockey games against Wartburg, Greytown and New Hanover, having great fun chasing the ball all over the field - they are all very excited about playing their next games. Well done to all the girls, especially Naseeha Randera who was definitely the player of the afternoon.
   isiZulu Olympiad Our scholars again excelled in the first round of this year’s isiZulu Olympiad: Saneliso Dlomo, Anele Dlamini, Yolanda Khuzwayo, Sinqobile Mbambo, Zenande Magubane, Nqobile Sithole, Nongcebo Mene, Lihle Nyirenda, Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose, Sinqobile Mngoma, Owethu Gulubela and Nonjabula Khoza will all proceed to the next round. Nqobile Sithole scored our top mark in the first round with 90%, closely followed by Zenande Magubane with 88%; All the rest achieved high 70s and 80s.

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    Field trips give our ‘Little Oaks’ valuable educational experiences away from their regular school environment; they learn in a more hands-on and interactive manner than they do in school. Last week we visited Mr Rainer Kassier’s vegetable patch, where our scholars got the opportunity to see where fruits and vegetables are grown for distribution and sale. Everyone was very excited to see how the vegetables that they eat are grown on the farm. Learning in different ways can appeal to varied learning styles, helping children to succeed - whether they are visual, auditory or kinetic learners. Our scholars are now aware of the efforts of the farmers in growing the vegetables, and how to lead a healthy life by consuming them. A big thank you goes to Rainer and Renate Kassier for opening their farm to us.


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   International Bench-marking Tests To ensure that we continue to meet international standards, our school participates in the International Benchmarking Tests (IBT) offered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) each year. Our Grade 6 and 9 scholars’ mathematical and language skills are tested, and in 2016 Grade 9s Clara Kohrs, Anna Kremnitzer and Sinqobile Mngoma achieved High Distinctions in English, while Ivan Mohlala achieved a Distinction in Mathematics. In Grade 6, Greg Kassier and Jessica Vroegop achieved Distinctions in English; Greg Kassier and Mischka Khan achieved Distinctions in Mathematics. Well done to all our IBT achievers! Our Grade 9 scholars continue to achieve a higher average English score than all other participating schools - South African, Australian and other schools worldwide - and higher Mathematics average than South African and Australian schools.
   Germany Exchange Programme Our German exchange students returned after the holidays full of interesting stories about what they had done during the holidays with their host partners: some went to Cape Town, some to Umfolozi or the Kruger Park, some to Swaziland and others to various different beaches along our coast. Thank you to all our ‘GEP’ parents for giving your ‘partner children’ many good memories to take home.
   On the first Wednesday of term we took our guests down to uShaka, and to the Sharks Board where they observed a shark being dissected. The day was rounded off with time at Salt Rock beach and swimming in the sea, before it ended with a delicious meal on the beach front. The next day our guests went to Kranskop to experience eating chicken legs and heads, and some of the boys even had a haircut before heading to the Kop for the beautiful view. Magwaza Pottery, down on the Tugela, was the next stop (and lunch time); many pots were bought and will have to be looked after on their travels home. Mr and Mrs Meyer kindly hosted the group at Emansini on Albert Falls (on their boat) with wildlife all around on Sunday (a very big thank you to Mr and Mrs Meyer for allowing us to enjoy this opportunity) before the farewell dinner back at school in Hermannsburg - thank you to Mr and Mrs Friedel Ortmann and Mr and Mrs Meyer for arranging all the food. The scholars put on a lovely slide-show to show everyone some of the wonderful experiences they enjoyed while being in South Africa.
   We bade our visitors farewell at the morning devotion last Monday, and we wish them a safe journey back home to Germany. Our Grade 10 class will depart for Germany on 5 June, where they will meet up once again with their partners to experience Germany.
   Hockey News We congratulate U14 Umzinyathi team members Nqobile Sithole and Awande Mbuli (captain) for being selected; their team won 2 and lost 3 games at the inter-regional hockey festival last weekend. We also congratulate Angelika Meyer, who will be playing for the U16 Umzinyathi girls’ team as vice-captain.

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   Museums offer a dynamic opportunity to expose children to new things in a rich and educational environment. Life-long learning begins at a young age, and museums are a great place to spark an interest in our rich history: our wonderful Hermannsburg Mission House Museum provides just that. Here, our scholars get a glimpse of a different time, helping them to gain a broad understanding of the past. We had a look at how people cooked a long time ago, how their living room was very different from ours today and with what toys the children played. History is important to us, because we are who we are today, because of those who have gone before us.

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   Cape to Cairo Ivan Zimmermann - actor, singer and adventurer (Leaders Never Quit) - shared his experiences of his ‘Cape to Cairo’ cycle tour, as part of the Tour d’Afrique in 2015, at St Cathryn’s on Friday; five of our scholars were invited to attend and were fascinated by his experiences. "I plan to raise one tin of food for each of the 12 000 kilometres covered by the Tour d’Afrique (Can-a-Kilo initiative) as part of the adventure," said Zimmermann. The trip to Cairo stretched through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa and took him 121 days to complete. He cycled from Beijing to Istanbul in 2016 - 12 280 km in 145 days! His talk has motivated our scholars to never quit, no matter what, to go out and do things they would have never had thought possible, and never to quit. Thank you for this opportunity, and for inspiring our scholars! Thank you also to St Cathryn’s and the Kranskop Farmers Association for making this great opportunity possible.
   Schulfest 161 Preparations are in full swing for Schulfest 161 on the weekend of 19-21 May 2017. We will once again have a music recital, campus tour and evening braai for Old Scholars and friends of the school on the Friday, with the usual sport, meat sales, German treats and Gemütlichkeit - a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere - on the Saturday. The weekend will be rounded off with a church service at 08:30 on the Sunday.
   Germany Exchange Programme We bade farewell to our visitors from HAP Grieshaber, Reutlingen on Monday, and our Grade 10s are already looking forward to the trip to Germany in June, when they will be hosted by the visitors’ families in Germany for four weeks. Some of them will travel on the Spain and Wales, to participate in the KZN Youth Choir and KZN Midlands Youth Choir tours during July.

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   Reading for Meaning was a wonderful and inspiring workshop run by Heather Drage, who is a contract workshop co-coordinator for ISASA schools. Mrs Chetty and Mrs Malzahn attended the workshop and took home lots of inspiring new ideas and insights into the topic. We are living in the 21st century and, in this day and age, literacy is about managing non-linear information structures. The more content knowledge we can search and access on the web, the more important the capacity to make sense out of this content becomes. Sharing lots of different kinds, or genres, of books with your young readers exposes them to different words, different pictures, and whole new worlds. Literacy encompasses the knowledge and skills scholars need to access, understand, analyse & evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities at school and in their lives beyond school.


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   Germany Exchange Programme The 21 Germany Exchange Programme visitors from HAP Grieshaber Gymnasium in Reutlingen arrived in South Africa on Wednesday, 29 March. After a relaxed welcoming ceremony at The Lapha in Hermannsburg, they spent the Thursday & Friday in lessons. Later on the Friday the group travelled to Greytown, where they experienced the mix of cultures in our country first-hand. Weenen Game Reserve was the next attraction, on the Saturday, where they saw lots of ‘general’ game and the African veld, before they headed off to the Drakensburg Sun for a canopy tour on the Saturday - a first for many of the group, including our scholars. The motivational talk on ‘Fear Factor’ was an excellent bracer. The day ended with a quiet braai in the foothills of the Drakensberg.
   The next day the Grade 10s and the visitors started an amazing three days at the White Elephant Lodge, sponsored by Dr Heinz Kohrs and his wife, Debbie. The five-star cuisine was very much appreciated, as was the game-viewing boat cruise on Jozini dam - where the group encountered hippos, rhinos (one with a calf in the cooling waters), crocodiles and other game. The competition among them to spot 10 different species each of birds, trees, insects and even dung brought some fascinating finds to light. Dr Kohrs introduced elephants back into the area 20 years ago, and the group was addressed by Heike Zitzer, who has been monitoring elephants for past 14 years. The group then split into four groups, to go on game drives by Landrover (each with a dedicated ranger) for some unique sightings of wildlife. After their sojourn in Pongola, the exchange partners joined their host families for the rest of the Easter holidays, to experience South African family life and to visit various other parts of our country.

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   This year’s Germany Exchange Programme visitors spent the morning with us in the Kindergarten on the last day of term. They helped us to decorate picture frames we had made ourselves, played board games with us and had loads of fun with running games on the lawn. Our Grade R’s had ample opportunity to use the German they have learned so far, with our visitors helping them to learn more. It was a wonderful morning! Our visitors also surprised us with new toys brought from Germany - we can’t wait for the new term to start, so that we can play with them. The Germany Exchange Programme is an annual event, which started with the Grade 10 class of 2001. Every year since, usually just before Easter, the German visitors spend time with host families here in South Africa. Our scholars' horizons are broadened even further when they are immersed in the language and culture of Germany in an everyday environment, with their host families in Germany, usually in May/June.

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   Advanced Programme English The Danger of a Single Story - "The problem with stereotypes," says best-selling Nigerian author, Chimamanda Nogzi Adichie, "is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story."
   In spite of knowing better, how often have we not all fallen into the ‘single-story trap’ - hearing something about someone or something, jumping to conclusions, becoming incensed and, in true millennial fashion, venting on social media. Not guilty? Not possible.
   This year’s IEB Advanced Programme(AP) English syllabus explores the theme: ‘The Danger of a Single Story’ in an in-depth study of various films and novels. Our AP scholars (in weekly evening lessons) have been investigating, through the characters and filmic techniques used in these texts, how stereotypes are unwittingly created, how easy it is to form unsubstantiated opinions, how not exploring more than the single story has the potential to destroy lives - as is so aptly demonstrated in Ian McEwan’s Atonement and in Adichie’s exquisite must-read novel, Purple Hibiscus.
   AP English is a voluntary course offered by the IEB - passing this course gives matriculants the equivalent of a UK A-levels matric, opening global doors for them. For those who prefer to study locally, most SA universities give extra points to scholars who have taken AP English; but more importantly, it gives scholars even greater exposure to a variety of quality texts, films and poems, in-depth analytical skills, and formulating and substantiating an argument. Most IEB schools who offer AP English only have a very small proportion of matriculants who choose the subject, and even fewer who finish. Here at the Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg, year after, we have had more than 80% of our matriculants not only choose to take this extra highly challenging subject, but also go on to pass it comfortably. We wish our 2017 HMB AP scholars much success as they tackle the poetry section of the syllabus in term two.
   Naturkunde & Wandern Hermannsburg’s Nature Club meets regularly and the meetings take various forms: sometimes the group visits a local place of interest, or watches a relevant film or documentary, or has indoor ‘show and tell’ sessions, where members bring interesting bits of current eco-news, relevant photographs or live specimens to identify and ponder upon. Autumn is the time of year when most plants develop seeds ready for distribution - an iteresting afternoon was spent recently looking at various ways in which plants distribute their seeds. The group came across a ‘tumble weed’, a member of the Brunsvigia family, which tumbles across the grasslands in the autumn winds, cleverly distributing its ripe seeds as it goes along - stop and have a close look, next time you see one, like the one in the picture!

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   For Christians, the egg is a symbol of the rebirth of Jesus, for, just like the hard shell of the egg is broken open so that new life can emerge, so was the rock-hewn tomb of Jesus broken open when he rose from the dead on the third day. Lizette Larson-Miller, a professor with the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, traces the specific custom of the Easter-egg hunt to the protestant Christian reformer, Martin Luther: "we know that Martin Luther had Easter-egg hunts where the men hid the eggs for the women and children, and it probably has this connection back to this idea of eggs being the tomb." The Reverend Mary Jane Pierce Norton, the Associate General Secretary of Leadership Ministries at the General Board of Discipleship, states that "there’s something about going to hunt the eggs just as we might go to hunt for Jesus in the tomb. And when we find them, it’s that joy that the women had when they reached the tomb first and found that Jesus was no longer there." So the Little Oaks also had their traditional Easter-egg hunt, but before the start of the Easter Holidays. With self-made Easter baskets, the hunt began, and it the squeals of delight attested to how much fun it was to find the Easter-eggs on our school grounds. Happy Easter to you all - may you find the renewal of hope, health, love and the spirit of God.


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   Conservation Matters (Pun intended) At the end of last week, Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg scholars joined their teacher, Mr Mike Terry, at the ‘flower patch’ to help clear away alien invader plants, and to see the variety of (some rare) plants that grow in this conservation area. ‘Our’ flower patch was declared a "site of conservation significance" in 2010 (a legacy of Mr Jürgen Greve, who was the biology teacher at our school for many years), as it includes "natural features and objects which significantly contribute to the preservation of natural diversity in KwaZulu-Natal". Our scholars regularly participate in clean-up exercises, along with Mondi staff and our teachers, to keep the species in the flower patch thriving.
   Primary School Field Trips It was with great excitement that the Primary School scholars boarded the bus on Tuesday last week, to be whisked away to uShaka Marine World for a day of learning and experiencing the wonder of nature in a marine setting. The next day was spent at the Bird of Prey Sanctuary outside Pietermaritzburg and on a game farm nearby. The close proximity of the birds and the African veld once again wowed our scholars and brought a fresh appreciation of our natural heritage. Our thanks go to the hosts at each of these venues, and to KwaSizabantu, who hosted our Primary School scholars for the last day of their excursions, showing them around the various industries at the mission station. They were taken on a tour of, amongst others: the auditorium (which seats 10 000 people), the aQuellé factory (learning that ‘aqua’ means ‘water’ and ‘Quelle’ is German for ‘source’); the hothouses where they grow peppers for companies like Woolworths, Spar and more, as well as visiting the broadcasting rooms of Radio Khwezi.
   GEP We trust that all our teachers and scholars are enjoying a well-deserved holiday with friends and family, and wish them all safe travels during this time, but none more so that the Grade 10 scholars and their visiting partners from Germany, who arrived last week. The well-established, annual Germany Exchange Programme with HAP Grieshaber Gymnasium (formerly Bildungszentrum-Nord, Reutlingen) started well with the arrival of the German partners on Wednesday last week. After sitting in on lessons, they are currently at White Elephant Lodge in north-eastern KZN, experiencing the African bush for the first time with their South African partners. They will spend time with their host families in the coming week, before returning to Hermannsburg for the final part of their stay with us.

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   The accordion came into its own last Monday, as our Little Oaks and Primary School scholars were treated to, and actively participated in, the interactive "Learning German through songs" concert with Mrs Martina Schwarz. Mrs Schwarz was invited to South Africa by the Goethe Institute, to bring her concept of learning a new language through songs and rhymes to all German-speaking schools. Born in Köln (Cologne) in Germany, she is a London-based songwriter/composer, musician and performer. It is her belief that music is an excellent vehicle for language learning, as language in itself is a form of music with its own rhythm and intonation. All our scholars had the opportunity to join in, dance, act and sing their hearts out. It was a wonderful experience for all scholars and teachers, and we thank the Goethe Institute for their support and generosity in bringing people like Mrs Schwarz to our school, to enhance our scholars’ learning experiences.

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   First Term The end of the first term has come up quickly, and we can look back on many successes for our school, from the Grade 8 induction, Mudman, inter-house gala, mini-olympiade, open days and the High School ‘bush camp’. This week the Grade 1 to 6 scholars will be taking day trips to a number of educational sites in the Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas, while the Grade 7 scholars are touring Cape Town and surrounds. We wish our Primary School groups safe travels and memorable experiences.
   Germany Exchange Programme Our German exchange partners have arrived for the South African leg of the 2017 Germany Exchange Programme, and we welcome them as they acclimatise themselves to our Hermannsburg weather and lifestyle. Our Grade 10s are looking forward to spending time with their partners, who will host them in Germany later this year.
   Easter Holiday We wish all our scholars and teachers a relaxing holiday and a blessed Easter with family and friends. Our Grade 8 teachers will be on hand on 17 April from 14:00 to speak with the parents of Grade 8 children.

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   ISASA Early Childhood Development (ECD) Conference 2017 - last week Mrs Olive Surendorff and Mrs Uta Malzahn attended the exciting ECD conference at the Lebone College of the Royal Bafokeng in the North West Province, under the theme ‘education is light’. We know that we are privileged to work in the independent schooling sector, where we have the opportunity to shine our light brightly and to provide light to others. Throughout the conference, the importance of ECD became increasingly clear - it is the foundation of learning. Wonderful keynote speakers, like Mr Darren August (author of the highly acclaimed book ‘A Teacher Changed My Life’), who encouraged us never to give up and that we need to try one more time before we can get a breakthrough, and Mr Gavin Keller (CEO of the Sun Valley Group of schools in Sun Valley, Cape Town), who demonstrated to us the importance of ‘play’ to create the necessary scaffolding for high-performance academic achievement.
   In breakaway sessions, we had the opportunity to listen to more interesting talks and to share, discuss and communicate with other ECD teachers from all parts of South Africa. We also had the privilege of seeing Mr Chris Forrest, the well-known South African comedian, in action and of meeting the famous journalist and Carte Blanche TV presenter, Mr Derek Watts, who was the conference master of ceremonies. Over the next couple of weeks, we hope to share lots of new ideas and valuable information with our colleagues and scholars at Hermannsburg.


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   Bush Camp It was all systems go at 8am last Saturday after lists had been checked, supplies loaded and buses boarded and the trip to ‘Darkest Africa’ at last began.
   The journey was accompanied by thunderous sing-a-longs on the big bus, and once we arrived everyone was soon settled into the tents and eating well with their appetite sharpened by the fresh bush air. The Bushmans’ River proved the ideal way to cool down as the hot African sun filled the sky.
   Taking the concept of an ‘open-air classroom’ quite literally, Kevin Cockburn spoke on the geographical history of our country and Darkest Africa, after everyone had come back from a bush walk on the Sunday. He was able to show our scholars a 20-year-old scorpion, an Emperor Moth caterpillar that was searching for a place to pupate, and a dung beetle at work, among the fauna and flora. Sunday afternoon was spent creating group flags and slogans.
   The programme for the week included more lessons about the flora and fauna, basic first aid, bushcraft, bread-baking, teamwork exercises and singing lessons. But, more importantly, our scholars are learning that some of the things they take for granted are not simply a ‘given’ - food needs careful preparation, ablution facilities need to be kept clean, tent discipline is crucial and groups need to work at achieving a happy co-existence between the members.
   And it can all happen without cell-phones, tablets and all the electronic gadgetry that consumes our everyday lives - interacting face to face with each other, and nature, brings with it a different dynamic.

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   Experts believe that over 80 percent of what children learn at school is presented visually (in various forms), so making sure children have good vision can make a big difference in their academic performance. Routine eye exams for children will detect near-sightedness, far-sightedness, as well as astigmatism early, so that the problem can be promptly treated. A child who is unable to see printed texts, the blackboard, a ball being bowled to you, and so much more, can become easily frustrated and disadvantaged, potentially also jeapardising performance in both the classroom and on the sports field.
   Last week Thursday, we welcomed Snyman Optometrists to our school to conduct free routine eye-exams on all our scholars, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Mrs Monique Snyman is a qualified Optometrist from the University of Johannesburg, with a great passion for optometry, and strives to deliver the best care for her patients. We thank her and her team for coming out to our school and for a job well done!

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   Epworth Mudman Our Primary School team (Siena Kimble, Benjamin Rabe and Julian Königkrämer) took part in the Epworth Mudman on 5 March at Albert Falls dam in the U14 category and were placed fourth in their age group. It was a very hot day, but they did very well and were on the track for just over an hour; well done - we are very proud of them. Mr Mike Terry also took part, in the 40+ category, canoeing, cycling and running. Thanks go to Epworth for a well-run and organised event.
   Cricket & Hockey The Primary School cricketers took on Greytown Junior, who made 113 for 7 (Benjamin Rabe 2/7, James Waller 2/17). Hermannsburg replied with 63 all out (Julian Königkrämer 15), to lose by 50 runs. On Saturday, the girls’ 1st team played hockey against Wartburg (0-6), Wembley (0-2) and Dundee (1-2) over the weekend, in their first matches of the season.
   E-Gala Eight schools participated in the E-Gala at Epworth last Thursday, with most of the events being relay races (only five individual events), including mixed age-group medley and freestyle relays. Despite the rain, the swimmers and officials persevered, and all the swimmers enjoyed the gala - some personal bests were recorded and goals achieved. Thank you to Epworth for hosting the gala - the scholars also loved the ‘splashes’ and biscuits!

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   Our theme at the moment is ‘Our Family’ and we are not only learning about different family members, but also about their responsibilities. So, cleaning up is an important part of children’s development and gives them a sense of responsibility - clean-up time can be fun, and teaches children problem-solving skills, mathematical concepts and lessons about family life. Our teachers know that clean-up time is just as important as play-time, which is why it is part of each school day. Our scholars will learn that they are expected to participate and help with jobs, that the contribution required of them is reasonable, that they can do their work, that work done quickly, ends quickly, and that it feels good to contribute to school life. Children like to mimic the real work that parents do, and clean-up time at home is a time for parents and children to tidy up their home together - the family is a team.


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   Mini-Olympiade Even the rain could not dampen the enthusiasm of the scholars on Friday and Saturday, as the German Primary Schools in KZN held the annual Mini-Olympiade at Hermannsburg again. The two-day event kicked off with the swimming gala (where 9 records were broken), won by Deutsche Schule Durban (DSD), which was followed by mini-cricket - Deutsche Schule Michaelis (DSM) taking the honours. In the evening, the Grade 11s led the games time on the sports fields under floodlights, another highlight of the Olmpiade, before all the children - new friends - retired to the boarding establishment for the night. On the Saturday, DSD won the soccer tournament in the end, before the parents took to the field to show their children how they play soccer (the DSH parents outplayed the others). Thanks go to the Grade 11 teachers and scholars for their assistance, taking care of the Primary School scholars and umpiring of the ball sports. Congratulations and thanks go to DSD and DSM for their participation and for the good sportsmanship that all the participants displayed.
   Inter-house Enviroquiz Silence fell as the quizmaster explained the rules, and then the game was on as Bushbuck and Reedbuck vied for the prize in the annual Inter-House EnviroQuiz on 28 February. As usual, the evening was characterised by the good spirit and competitiveness shown by the contestants - with many scholars showing off their environmental knowledge and capabilities, the evening was bound to be entertaining. In the team contest, third place went to Bushbuck’s Team 2 (Sven Klar, Jarmin Claassen, Erin Whittle & Kayla Shearing), second place to Bushbuck’s Team 3 (Christel Brüggemann, Ivan Mohlala, Philile Zuma & Chloe-Rose Pope), and first place to Reedbuck’s Team 3 (Hugh Bouwer, Paul Tönsing, Ayanda Dlamini & Nicola Ortmann). The quiz was very tightly contested, but Bushbuck managed to reach the end one point ahead overall! Well done to all the scholars who took part and to all the teachers who organised the event - we are all very excited for next year’s ‘re-match’. Thank you also to the parents and friends who came to support us on the evening.
   Grade 7 Tour Thank you to all the parents and scholars who contributed to the raffle, raising funds for the Grade 7 Tour this year. Congratulations to the winners of the prizes: 1st Prize (Nashua colour printer - R6000) Mrs R Beneke, Amanzimtoti; 2nd Prize (HP colour printer, Nashua - R5000) Mrs Q Bestall, Hermannsburg; 3rd Prize (Liberty Mall Voucher - R2000) Mr Krebashan, Greytown; 4th Prize (small laptop - R1800) Mr F Volker, Pinetown; 5th Prize (Liberty Mall Voucher - R1000) Mrs L Baker, Greytown; 6th Prize (Justine hamper - R500) Mr D Turner, Greytown; Kranskop Pharmacy Voucher (R500) - A Khan, Greytown; Power Bank charger (R500) - M. Meyer, Hermannsburg. A big thank you goes to all our generous sponsors!
   Co-Ed Gala The Co-Ed gala took place at the UKZN pool in Pietermaritzburg, with a number of Hermannsburg swimmers in the Umvoti team (made up of Wartburg, Wembley and Hermannsburg this year). The boys came fifth and the girls fourth, and overall the Umvoti team was placed third out of the six teams (Voortrekker, Treverton, Howick, St Patrick’s/King Edward/Kokstad, Umvoti and Grace College. We congratulate Kei Blackburn for achieving second place in her breaststroke event.

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   Karnival is a German tradition that is known world-wide and has been celebrated by Germans since the Middle Ages. "The celebration takes place six weeks before Easter, just before the period of fasting or Lent begins. In fact, the original name still used in parts of the German speaking world, ‘Fastnacht’ (night before the fast), reveals these early Christian origins. The 40 days leading up to Easter were intended as a quiet, reflective time. According to the church, people should abstain from heavy eating and drinking during Lent as a way to remember the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. The normal order of things was reversed: the figure of the fool or clown was respected, and the nobility was openly satirized. The simple craftsmen and workers rose to the position of prince in their guilds and paraded through the streets in hand-sewn robes showering bystanders with food and wine instead of golden coins" ( http://www.dw.com/en/the-historical-roots-of-carnival-in-germany/a-405933).
   So, last Monday our big and small scholars celebrated Karnival; dressed up in cute costumes, our Little Oaks could not wait to receive sweets thrown down from a Karnival ‘float’, driven by Mr Rainer Kassier. It was a day of fun, fun, fun. We extend a big thank you to Mrs Jenny Matulat and her German Department for organizing this special event, and to Mr Rainer Kassier for giving of his time so willingly.

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   Swimming Rain, blessed rain! We are thankful for the good rains that we have had over the past week - we have certainly needed them! It did mean, however, that the Quadrangular Swimming Gala ended up being cancelled, much to our dismay. However, the Umvoti Gala was able to go ahead (it almost seemed as if the weather cleared just for that to happen) and we were able to welcome New Hanover, Wembley and Wartburg to our pool. Four records tumbled on the day and one was equalled. In the end, New Hanover gathered the most points, followed by Wembley and Wartburg. Victor Ludorum was Gerhard van Greuning (Wartburg) and Victrix Ludorum was Cora Barnard (New Hanover). Well done to all the swimmers.
   Cricket Our 1st XI played Grace College on Saturday, fielding first. Grace College made 163 for 4 (Luke Hayward 3 for 18). Hermannsburg replied with 69 all out (Sven Klar 26) to lose by 94 runs. The U15 team made 64 for 8 and Grace College passed that with the loss of 2 wickets.
   Other Sports Congratulations go to Awande Mbuli, who made the girls’ U15 Midlands tennis team. We are looking forward to the Mini-Olympiade of the German primary schools in KZN, which will take place on Friday and Saturday here in Hermannsburg. Once again the Grade 11s will be assisting with the organisation as part of their Life Orientation curriculum.

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   Last week’s cake sale was a great success! Organizing a cake sale is an excellent way to raise funds and we sincerely thank Mrs Nombuso Sosibo for helping us with the sale. A special thank you goes to all of the parents and scholars who donated cakes and supported the sale; the funds raised will go towards the purchase of educational toys for the Kindergarten.


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   Athletics News As reported a while ago, Julian Königkrämer competed in the Umzinyathi District Primary Schools Athletics Trials in Dundee on 3 February, where he placed 1st in the boys’ U11 long jump and 2nd in the 70m hurdles. He was selected to the Umzinyathi Team that participated in the KZN Primary Schools’ Athletics Championships in Chatsworth on 10 & 11 February. The team departed from Greytown on the Thursday afternoon and stayed in an hotel in Durban where, on the Friday morning, Julian slipped on the stairs and twisted his ankle. His parents met up with him at the stadium and tried everything possible to get the ankle ready for competition, and he competed in the 70m hurdles, starting well but enduring increasing pain; he placed 5th out of the 6 runners despite his injury. Sadly, however, that meant the end of his participation for the weekend. We look forward to Julian’s future successes.
   Other Sports News The cricket fixtures against Domino Servite were unfortunately rained out last week, but the tennis boys played against Wembley College, who won 4-2 on points (31-23 in games). Our scholars and teachers took a welcome break over half-term and we are looking forward to an action-packed second half of the term. The High School Open Day is coming up on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February - please contact John Pope on 074 125 0054 to book a place if you have a son or daughter in Grade 7 this year (entrance exams will be written on the Saturday); come and see all that our school has to offer!

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   Over the past two weeks, our theme was ‘My body and hygiene’. The Little Oaks were very impressed by Dr Michelle Powell’s visit - she has a practice in Greytown, opposite Pannar - as she took time out of her busy schedule to explain to us how important it is to look after our bodies, how to eat healthily and why we need to brush our teeth at least twice a day. Thank you, Dr Powell, for bringing these messages home!

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   Inter-house Gala The misty morning on Friday did not deter the swimmers, supporters, parents and families from enjoying the inter-house swimming gala. With both teams in good spirits, the each event was keenly contested. In the end, thirteen records were toppled: David Torgius and Jarmin Claassen both broke the boys’ U15 backstroke and 100m freestyle records; Jarmin also broke the boys’ U15 breastroke, freestyle (50m) and individual medley relay records; K Blackburn broke the girls’ U15 breastroke record; Lila de Wet broke the girls’ U15 butterfly, freestyle (50m and 100m) and individual medley records; Reedbuck broke the records for the girls’ U14 and U15 freestyle relays, and the U15 medley relay record. Age group Champions were: Tyro Bezuidenhout & Chloë Pope (U8), James Waller & Shaakirah Ebrahim (U10), Liam Uys & Carolina Hoffmann (U12), Michael Nell & Sonja de Wet (U14), Jarmin Claassen and Lila de Wet (U15), Dieter Volker & Lydia Köhne (U16), and Hugh Bouwer & Rhonda Christiansen (Open). James Waller & Liam Uys shared the Junior Victor prize, while Carolina Hoffmann was Junior Victrix. Jarmin Claassen and Lila de Wet were the Senior Victor and Victrix. In the end, Reedbuck produced a tour de force and won both the spirit cup and the gala. Well done to all the swimmers, especially those who got in the water and won points for their houses even though swimming is not their forté. Thank you to all the moms and dads who provided coffee, tea and treats, the grounds manager and all the teachers and scholars, and, of course, all those who came to support our school.
   Cricket & Tennis Our U14s played cricket against Wartburg’s U14s in a T20 match last week. Wartburg won the toss and sent us in to bat; HMB made 100 for the loss of 1 wicket (FC Uys 33, J Königkrämmer 53 n.o.). The match was reduced to 13 overs due to a Wartburg injury, Wartburg making 56 for 4 in their allotted overs - Hermannsburg won by 44 runs. The Hermannsburg boys also played tennis last week, this time against Grace College, winning 5-1 on points (30-24 in games). It was a closely contested match; Mondli Gumede won his singles match 7-2. Well done all!

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   Despite temperatures soaring up to 32°C, the 2017 Mudskipper was a huge success - the event is growing with each passing year and this year we had over 160 entries, a new record! From 2-year-olds to 12-year-olds, everyone had fun participating in the swimming-cycling-running event. A big thank you goes to Olive Surendorff and her Mudskipper team for preparing the course and making sure that everything ran smoothly. BUT, a very big thank you also goes to all our moms and dads of the Primary School and the Kindergarten: without your help and support we never could have done it. Your participation in marshalling or working in the kitchen is highly appreciated. A big thank you also to our main sponsors, aQuellé and Spur and all our other generous sponsors.
   We are proud of Julian Königkrämer, Liam Uys and Sienna Kimble, who, as a team, won the Primary Schools’ Challenge. Well done! Benjamin Rabe, in Grade 7, took part in the individual half-distance Mudman - well done Benjamin! We look forward to many more successes in 2018, when our young athletes will no doubt be looking to improve their performances even further.


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   aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman Old-school fun! That’s what Mudman is all about - getting dirty, going for a quick dip in the dam, cycling, running, working up a decent sweat, taking in the scenic views, enjoying good food and laughing with friends. What started off 18 years ago as a small fun(d)raiser in Hermannsburg in 1999, has grown year after year, to become a well-loved and popular series-event hosted by four different schools. The Deutsche Schule Hermannsburg would like to say a huge thank you to the organisers, Mr & Mrs Mike & Sonja Terry, along with the rest of the Mudman and Mudskipper committees for yet another superb Mudman; our title sponsors, aQuellé; the many other sponsors and prize-donors; Dr Manfred Kuhn and the rest of our Board of Trustees who support our school so loyally; as well as the many teachers, parents and scholars who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make the day run so smoothly. Don’t forget to support the next Mudman in the series, hosted by Epworth at Albert Falls dam, Msinzi, on 5 March. To see the detailed results (including race times) of each event in the Hermannsburg Mudman, please visit our website at www.hermannsburg.co.za/mudman.
   Cricketing success! In last week’s mid-week 1st XI cricket fixture, Wembley College batted first, making 100 runs all out after 18 overs (Sven Klar 5 for 7). Hermannsburg replied with 101 runs for 1 wicket after 15 overs, to win the match by 8 wickets (Sven Klar 45 n.o.). Very well done to our 1st team boys! Our U15 team also played Wembley College, making 23 runs all out, which the Wembley batsmen reached for no loss to win by 10 wickets. The U15 team also played against Greytown High in an overs-reduced match (due to the heat). Hermannsburg batted first, making 57 runs for the loss of two wickets (Mondli Gumede 17). Greytown reached our team’s score with one over to spare. Meanwhile the U14 team also played Greytown High: Greytown 98 for 5 off 20 overs; Hermannsburg 99 for 5 off 18 overs to win by 4 wickets (Jonathan Königkrämer 49, man of the match). Well done to all our cricketers!

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   Waking up to a glorious sunny day was the start to another very successful Hermannsburg Mudman, and the sun was shining while many of our Little Oaks took part in the Mudskipper competition (the Mudman for children under 12 years). With a swim in the school pool, a cycle around the school grounds and a run over the sports fields, everyone enjoyed the challenge. One of the biggest highlights was the water-slide on the running course. The Little Oaks too home their Spur medal, a Goodie-bag and an aQuellé water bottle with pride. Afterwards, the Mudskipper moms and dads participated their ‘big’ Mudman, and everyone cheered and welcomed them at the finish line. We say a big Thank You to all our sponsors for making the adventure possible for us.

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   Cricket The year is in full swing and our scholars took to the sports field last week, needing to find additional fixtures for our growing number of cricket teams. Our 1st XI played Greytown High School, who made 71 runs, all out (Joel Pope, 5 wickets). Hermannsburg replied with 72 runs in 11 overs for the loss of 1 wicket to win by 9 wickets (man of the match: Joel Pope). Sadly, the U15 match was cancelled due to the weather.
   In the Primary School, our young team faced off against Wembley College, who won the match (our Zail Rubieparsad taking 2 wickets and a run-out). On Thursday the team played against New Hanover, who batted first and made 55 runs. Our boys replied with 56 for 4 (Julian Königkrämer 23 n.o.) to win the match by 6 wickets.
   Tennis, swimming. Our tennis girls played against Treverton and won 4-2, with Awande Mbuli winning 9-0 and going on to the Midlands Trials this week. Four of the tennis girls also played in the Smythe League, with mixed success, while our sports co-ordinator, Mrs Walton attended an officials course for swimming, to stay up to date with the latest rules and news in the swimming world.
   MUDMAN On Friday last week, our High School scholars descended on the school dam to tidy up the area for the aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman this weekend (4 February), which promises once again to be the highlight of the Mudman Series. If you have not already entered, there is still time - bring the whole family, as there are events for all ages and abilities! See www.hermannsburg.co.za/mudman for more information, or contact the school secretary on 074 125 0054.

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   With the help of ‘Letterland’, our Little Oaks in Grade RR are already being introduced to all 26 letters of our alphabet! Letterland is a unique, phonics-based approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling, where the Letterland characters transform plain black letter shapes into child-friendly pictograms - and they all live in a wonderful, imaginary place called Letterland. Simple stories about the Letterland characters are used to explain the full range of dry phonics facts, so that our children are motivated to listen, to think and to learn. Abstract letter shapes are transformed into motivating and engaging pictogram characters which provide memory hooks for all the letter shapes and sounds. Each week the Grade RR’s are introduced to a new letter - last week it was Clever Cat’s turn (or, as we know it outside of Letterland: the letter ‘C’). Before we know it, they will be starting to read 3- and 4-letter words.


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   Camps After a busy but productive first week, the Grade 8s and 9s and the prefects spent the weekend at their respective camps. The camps are an integral part of our education programme as we guide our scholars towards being leaders in their chosen paths when they leave our school after completing Grade 12.
   Grade 8 and 9 camps The Grade 8 class spent time at Glenrock, where the classmates got to know each other and bonded as a class. This bonding will enable them to support each other during this year and beyond, as they grow into eventually being the seniors of our school. While the Grade 9s had the bonding experience in their Grade 8 year, they face subject choices and the beginnings of career choices at the end of the year, which means they need to get to know themselves and their personal boundaries a bit better - and realise their ability to do things they didn’t think they could, boosting their confidence in other spheres as well. They started this process well at L’Abri.
   Prefects’ Camp The prefects spent a very positive time at the Harburg Retreat Centre, learning about the importance of teamwork and mutual support, as well as discussing a variety of important aspects of the year ahead. We look forward to a great year with their assistance! A big Thank You goes to all the instructors, teachers and hosts who looked after our scholars so well, and made this weekend possible.
   Mudman The aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman takes place on Saturday, 4 February and athletes of all ages and levels of fitness are invited to join the family fun on the day! Enquiries may be directed to mudman@hmbschool.co.za or point your Internet browser at www.hermannsburg.co.za/mudman.
   Grade 8 & 12 Buddies On 18 January from 16:30 till 19:00 the Grade 8 scholars had the opportunity to interact with the Grade 12s and to meet their buddies. The afternoon consisted of various fun games organised by the Grade 12s which aided interaction and conversation between scholars. Great fun was held by all and the games were followed by a braai, held at The Lapha, which ended with pudding.

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   The scholars of the Little Oaks Kindergarten invite you all to the 2017 HMB Mudman! The aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman is again the first in the annual aQuellé Mudman Series, one of the more popular multi-sport events in KwaZulu-Natal - a broad range of categories is available, catering for top athletes, weekend sportsters and relay teams. The Spur Mudskipper Adventure, where children under 12 can take part in a mini-multi-sport event in different age groups, promises to make the day an amazing experience for the whole family, with 3-year-olds riding their tricycles, 4-year-olds doggy-paddling with all their might through the pool, and moms or dads running with their little ones across the finish line, for example. The most rewarding sight is the proud smile when the Mudskippers receive their medals! Be there on Saturday, 4 February! For more info visit www.mudman.co.za or phone 074 125 0054.

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   And so it begins… 2017 has got off to a flying start with a pleasing increase in our High School numbers and renewed commitment to excellence on the academic, sport and cultural fronts. Thank you to all the parents, scholars, Old Scholars and members of our school family who attended yesterday’s church service and the Annual General Meeting of the Parents’ Association. We welcome all our new scholars, especially in Grade 1 and Grade 8, as well as the new teachers who have joined us this year. We look forward to productive and happy times with them all, again congratulating the Class of 2016 for a 100% pass rate (allowing them all to go on to further study), and trusting that this year’s Grade 12 class will maintain this tradition.


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   Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and a new year beckons, promising continued excellent academic achievements, successes on the sports field and accolades for our music and cultural endeavours. We trust that all our scholars and teachers have enjoyed a peaceful and rejuvenating Christmas holiday; we look forward to welcoming back all our scholars and their parents on Sunday, 15 January, starting at 08:30 with the return of our boarders, through the church service at 11:00 and the parents’ annual general meeting at 14:00 (to which all our parents are invited). School will start on Monday, 16 January with the morning devotion at 07:15 in the school chapel.
   Holiday Duties But some of our parents have not been idle during these past few weeks: our sincere thanks go to the dedicated group that undertook the catering for the visiting groups that stayed at our school, using our boarding establishment and facilities for their retreats and workshops - the most recent being the EQUIP retreat, run by the Lutheran Church last week. We appreciate the support of such visiting groups, as well as the Old Scholars who regularly organise reunions at our school, and trust they will continue to make use of our tranquil surroundings for their functions.
   With such support from our school family and particularly our committed parents, we look forward to a superb year ahead.


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   2016 Matric Results They’ve done it again! We congratulate our matriculants on achieving a 100% pass rate and maintaining the excellent record for BD (access to bachelor degree study) passes at our school. Tabea Röhrs achieved 4 distinctions (including 100% for German Second Additional Language) while Riaan Olivier and Imke Marx each achieved two subject distinctions; Terry-Lynn Costello, Kelly-Dean Herbst, Rupert Meyer and Danielle Schweiger each achieved a distinction and all those who took Advanced Programme English also did well.
   Rüstwoche Soon after the December holidays started, a group of young people and their leaders, all participating in the annual Rüstwoche (a camp offered by the Lutheran Church for teenagers) came to Hermannsburg for the outreach part of Rüstwoche. They spent time at local crêches and cleared alien plants from the school’s ‘flower patch’, among the workshops (covering a wide variety of Christian topics) that form part of the week-long Rüstwoche. A number of Hermannsburg scholars attended the camp and we thank all the leaders and the ELCSA-NT for the hard work and organisation that made it possible, and especially for the very special church service in Hermannsburg at the end of the camp.