Paperclip Uses

Hermannsburg teachers Monika Brüggemann, Uta Malzahn and Olive Surendorff found the 102nd use for paperclips – as teaching aids in multigrade classrooms – at their recent Multigrade Learning workshop.

Magic Show

Hermannsburg’s Emma Reibeling, Akira Chetty, Daniel Surendorff, Keryn du Preez, Vusimusi Ntuli, Ebrahim Muhammad, Daanyaal Hoosen, Jona Risch and Mpendulo Malalose gathered around Mr Curdin Caviezel to see if they could spot how he did his card tricks.

Multigrade Learning

Hermannsburg teachers Monika Brüggemann, Uta Malzahn and Olive Surendorff at their recent Multigrade Learning workshop.

16 April 2018

There is always something new to learn, and, as lifelong learners, seven of our teachers from the Kindergarten and Primary School attended a three-day work shop about multigrade teaching, presented by Cedar College of Education and hosted by Domino Servite School in KwaSizabantu under the auspices of the South African Council of Educators (SACE). Mrs. Bosman, the workshop’s facilitator, made the importance and roles of teachers quite clear, elucidating the different features of the classroom, teaching aids and the scholars’ responsibilities in a multigrade classroom. Our teachers will be able to apply everything they learned to their teaching and to our scholars – the workshop gave new insights and a new outlook on working with our scholars, helping them to achieve success. It was both inspiring and motivating to be in the company of like-minded professionals. A big thank you goes to Domino Servite School for hosting the workshop and for looking after our teachers so well.

On the hockey front, our boys’ teams played their first matches of the season against Carter High School, with our 1st team ending 0-5 and U15 team 0-3, despite fairly evenly matched U15 teams.

Preparations are reaching fever pitch for the HMB Fun Ride on Sunday, 22 April, with a fun but challenging track being laid out through the forests and farmlands surrounding Hermannsburg – with straightforward fun and technical sections, there will be something for every skill level on the 35km loop and shorter kiddies’ loop. We look forward to hosting two-wheelers and four-wheelers and their riders as they tackle the four-wheeler-friendly track and the barrel racing afterwards.


Magicians have the ability to capture our imaginations and Mr Curdin Caviezel, an actor from Germany, did just that when he visited our school last week and performed magic tricks for our Little Oaks and the Grade 1 to 3 scholars. His fun and energetic performances ensured that everyone was spellbound during his presentations. He also talked to the Grade 4 to 7 scholars about his work as an actor, and how to loosen your body before a show. Mr Caviezel engaged the scholars in acting out roles like being a king, a clown or an old man; the High School Grade 8 and 11 scholars were able to chat with him about theatre and how to bring Shakespeare alive, opening up their horizons as well. Our thanks go to Mr Caviezel for giving of his time and talent.

12 April 2018

After the short Easter holiday, we welcomed back our scholars and teachers, and the term is already in full swing. Our new Music Director, Mr Johan Grobler, is settling in and we are looking forward to the interaction with the student teachers from Cedar College in our Primary and High School. This term promises to be a busy but fun term, as we look forward to the inter-house general knowledge quiz, HMB Fun Ride, Greytown MTB Classic, regional Enviroquiz, Schulfest and many other fun activities.

We said farewell to our German visitors, who left for Germany on Tuesday, and our Grade 10s look forward to seeing them again in Germany in May, when they will conclude this year’s Germany Exchange Programme with a four-week stay with their guest families in Germany. We thank the teachers – Mesdames Olivier, Walton & Scherer and Mr Moll – for their patience and organisation and lots of hard work to make the Exchange possible.



Our annual ‘Germany Exchange Programme’ (GEP) has been running since 2001. This is an unparalleled opportunity for Grade 10 scholars from Germany to visit South Africa, and for our scholars to visit Germany. Leaving the familiar behind and jumping into the unknown shows a dedication to understanding other people and cultures, and a commitment to learning about the world in a way that books and school assignments can never disclose. One of the best features of a cultural exchange programme is the chance it offers for making new friends, so on the last day of our first school term, our German exchange scholars spent the morning with our ‘Little Oaks’ in the Kindergarten. They helped them to decorate Easter eggs, played with the new Lego toys brought for us from Germany and had fun with running games on the lawn. The Grade RR and Grade R scholars used the German they have learned to converse with their new ‘big’ friends. What a wonderful morning we all enjoyed! A big thank you goes to all the German families for donating Lego and other wonderful toys to our Little Oaks Kindergarten.

Grade 11 Life Science Class 12 April 2018

Thanks to Mr Günther Meyer, the Grade 11 Life Sciences class had the opportunity to dissect a calf, and see for themselves how wonderfully all the organs fit together and how they are constructed.

Kindergarten 12 April 2018

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’ spent a morning with the scholars from HAP Grieshaber Gymnasium in Reutlingen, Germany, while they were here on their three-week leg of our school’s  Germany Exchange Programme.

Hermannsburg was well-represented with four teams and two individual entries at the Epworth Mudman last Saturday.

Hermannsburg’s High School girls enjoyed learning a new way of getting fit – Pound Fitness – thanks to Estelle Fouchè of Life at Stells Fitness in Greytown.

Hermannsburg Little Oaks Jake van Dyk,
Stefan Gevers, Zoë Heij, Yobe Mabuyakhulu, Zanengcebo Ngobese discovering the smell of a eucalyptus leaf, among other forest smells, sights and sounds.

Hermannsburg Little Oaks Z Heij, Z Ngobese,
Y Mabuyakhulu, J van Dyk, S Gevers making rubbings of tree bark, experiencing the different textures found in nature.

5 March 2018

   Sports Roundup

We are proud of the Hermannsburg hockey boys who were selected to represent the Umzinyathi U18 team at the Country Districts’ Tournament on 23 to 25 March 2018: Ayabonga Dlamini, Lungelo Ndelu and Philasande Zuma.
Our U15 cricketers played against Domino Servite School, making 58 all out in 17.1 overs (Neo Blackburn 12). Domino Servite replied with 59 for 3 off 10.5 overs (Benjamin Rabe 2/4) to win the match.
The Co-Ed Swimming Gala, held at Treverton, was unfortunately rained out, although Sonja de Wet and Lila de Wet placed third in the races they were able to swim before the rain became too severe.

Epworth Mudman Our Mudman teams took to water, track and trail at Albert Falls to compete in the Epworth Mudman this past weekend. Twelve of our scholars participated in four teams, while two entered individual events. HMB 1 (Jemma Hayward, Tegan Waller and Kirsten Rabe) was the first team in, followed by HMB 3 (Deryn Currin, Kei Blackburn and Nina Schmidt), HMB 4 (Mufhiwa Magoro, Ayabonga Dlamini and Siposethu Mabaso) and HMB 2 (Amy Whittle, Dasha Mohlala and Ivan Mohlala). Luka Poser and Siena Kimble entered as individuals in the 17-39 age category, and did really well considering they are competing above their age group. Well done to them all!

Pound Fitness Estelle Fouchè from Life at Stells Fitness (Greytown) led a group of our girls in ‘Pound Fitness’, introducing them to a new way of getting fit, last week – the girls loved the routines and we hope that this will become a regular way of getting fit. Thanks go to Estelle Fouchè for the session.

High School Open Day We are looking forward to meeting new parents and scholars seeking top quality education, starting in Grade 8 in 2019, at this weekend’s High School Open Day – the Open Day begins on Saturday, 10 March and continues to Sunday morning, 11 March.

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   Last Friday, all our Little Oaks went on a bus ride to the nearby forest, to learn more about our senses of touch, hearing, smell and sight. We also wanted to spark their interest in the environment and its preservation – it was an alternative learning experience and lots of fun too! We experienced the shades and shadows of the surrounding trees, listened to the sound of twigs and leaves being crushed underneath our feet as we walked around, gathered sticks, threw leaves in the air and smelled the leaves of the eucalyptus tree; our Little Oaks had a wonderful time playing in the forest!

26 February 2018

   Quadrangular Gala Last week our swimmers took part in the Quadrangular gala, hosted by Wartburg. Our swimmers did us proud and, at the end, Greytown was fourth, Wartburg third, Hermannsburg second and Wembley first. Hermannsburg’s Lila de Wet was the U16 girls’ champion and Michael Nell the U15 boys’ champion. Following the gala, along with swimmers from other schools, Hermannsburg swimmers were selected for the Umvoti Swimming Team, which will compete in the Co-Ed gala: Kei Blackburn, Siena Kimble, Sonja de Wet, Lila de Wet, Asanda Nzimande, Cebo Mzila, Deryn Currin, Erin Whittle, Michael Nell and Dieter Volker were selected. Angelika Meyer, Jarmin Claassen and Jonathan Königkrämer were selected as reserves.
Tennis Congratulations go to Awande Mbuli, who has been selected again for the Midlands Tennis Team – she will compete in the inter-provincial tournament next weekend.

Umvoti Gala On another swimming note, Hermannsburg hosted a very happy, successful Umvoti Gala for primary schools on Thursday last week. We congratulate New Hanover 1, who won the gala, and Wembley College 1, who were the runners-up. We congratulate all the swimmers and thank all the swimming coaches and teachers who accompanied the teams, Mrs Walton and our sport staff for the efficient running of the event, and our parents who so loyally support their children and our school (and supply tasty refreshments too).

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   It was time again for the annual Sunday-School ‘camp’ last weekend, where scholars from Grade 1 to Grade 6 have the opportunity to spend time learning more about their faith. The theme was SERVING – serving family, friends, neighbours, community, Jesus – and being served – ‘me’. The theme came alive with puppet-shows, drama plays, creative activities and songs. One of the highlights was the tractor ride with Mr Rainer Kassier to a viewpoint near the Vroegop Farm. A big thank you goes to all the Sunday school teachers, Mr Rainer Kassier and the Surendorff family for all the catering over the two days, and to Pastor Risch.

Swimmers setting off at the starter’s signal during the Umvoti Gala, held at Hermannsburg last week, as the relay teams from Wartburg, Wembley, New Hanover and Hermannsburg await their turn.

Hermannsburg’s inter-house swimming gala achievers with our principal, Mr Trevor Harbottle, all dressed up for Karneval, which we celebrate annually at Hermannsburg.

The Primary School all dressed up for Karneval.

Little Oaks Josiah Harbottle, Nkanyezi Jobe and Zoë Heij experiencing Karneval for the first time at Hermannsburg.

Our High School, all dressed up for Karneval.

Our Grade 10s showing their support for CHOC – Childhood Cancer Foundation.

19 February 2018

   Second half of Term One Well-rested from the mid-term break, which began after our Ash Wednesday church service last week, our scholars are back in the classroom and we have a number of exciting events lined up for the rest of this term: the inter-house enviroquiz will whet the appetite for the regional and national events later this year, the Mini-Olympiade on 2-3 March will see Primary Schools converge on Hermannsburg, and our Open Day on 10-11 March is an ideal opportunity for Grade 7s (and even Grade 6s) to learn about the many opportunities our school offers.
CHOC As part of their Life Orientation syllabus in Grade 10, our scholars concentrate on physical fitness, and so the local gym instructor, Zeenath Ally (an HMB Old Scholar) was invited to share her tabata training expertise with the scholars, who have to work out their own fitness routines. Mrs Ally’s visit co-incided with a CHOC – Childhood Cancer Foundation awareness drive, and the scholars were asked to be part of the promotional photograph for the Greytown Gazette, to encourage our and other schools in the community to support children suffering from cancer. International childhood cancer day is celebrated on 15 February 2018 with the motto: ’Have a heart for children with cancer’, and promotional material is available from CHOC: blue heart-shaped chocolates, badges or jacket pins.
Cricket News Last week our cricketers played against Alexandra High School. Hermannsburg’s U15 team made 56 for 4 off their 15 overs (Neo Blackburn 16, Benjamin Rabe 12). Alex made 57 for 3 off 10.1 overs (Benjamin Rabe 2 for 9, Andani Ngwira 1 for 11) giving Alex the win. Hermannsburg’s 1st XI batted first and made 37 runs in 11 overs. Alex reached 38 for 0 after 7 overs to win the match.

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   With the traditional Karneval (carnival) cry, “Helau”, Hermannsburg’s scholars celebrated the traditional German form of carnival. Scholars came dressed up in colourful costumes and were showered with sweets from the Carnival trailer, driven by Mr Rainer Kassier. The best-dressed scholars from the Kindergarten, Primary school and High school won wonderful German treats and German cakes were for sale – it was a day of fun, fun, fun! We extend a big thank you to the German Department for organizing this special event, and to Mr Kassier for giving up so willingly of his time to drive the Carnival float.

Zenande Thwala, Daniella Gevers and Okuhle Nxumalo concentrating on the tasks at hand in the Hermannsburg Little Oaks’ Kindergarten.

12 February 2018

   R&B Inter-house Swimming Gala The inter-house swimming gala, held last Friday, was the culmination of weeks of spirited yet good-natured rivalry between our two sports houses, Bushbuck and Reedbuck. The swimmers swam with commitment and every position was contested as Reedbuck surged to an early lead and maintained it throughout the day, winning the spirit cup as well. Congratulations go to Reedbuck and the individual achievers:

  • Akiwe Sidu & Keryn du Preez (U8 Champions)
  • Ariya Khan & Daniel Surendorff (U10 Champions)
  • Liam Uys and Shaakirah Ebrahim & Desireé Surendorff (U12 Champions)
  • Liam Uys (Junior Victor Ludorum)
  • Shaakirah Ebrahim & Desireé Surendorff (joint Junior Victrix Ludorum)
  • Neo Blackburn & Siena Kimble (U14 Champions)
  • Michael Nell & Sonja de Wet (U15 Champions)
  • Jarmin Claassen & Lila de Wet (U16 Champions)
  • Dieter Volker & Lydia Köhne (Open Champions)
  • Sonja de Wet (Senior Victrix Ludorum)
  • Michael Nell & Jarmin Claassen (joint Senior Victor Ludorum)

Our thanks go to the parents who spectated and provided tasty treats during the day, the officials and the swimmers for another successful inter-house gala.
   Cricket Our U15 cricketers played Wartburg’s U15 team, with Wartburg setting a target of 121 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs (Cuan Malyon 2 for 14, Neo Blacburn 1 for 17 and Benjamin Rabe 1 for 20). Hermannsburg replied with 55 for 9 after their 20 overs (Neo Blackburn 11).

   Upcoming Highlights As our scholars and their teachers enjoy the mid-term break this week, we look foward to the Primary School’s mini-olympiade against various other schools, hosted here at Hermannsburg from 2-3 March, and the High School Open Day for prospective 2019 Grade 8s and their parents on 10-11 March – come and find out what makes an education at Hermannsburg something special!

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   As teachers, we have to prepare a classroom where different activities attract the scholars’ attention and lead them to choose activities that keep them busy while developing concentration and self-discipline. It is amazing to see how our Little Oaks can focus on one activity for a long time. Maria Montessori speaks of the ‘polarisation of attention’ when a child directs all of his or her interest to one task. The scholar then works spontaneously and repeatedly in total concentration and free exploration, and learning takes place – that is one important aim in our teaching approach at the Hermannsburg Kindergarten.

5 February 2018

   Water Marshal Training

Our thanks go to Milla Herbst, who was invited to help us prepare our water marshals for the aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman, and revise some basic lifesaving skills. Milla spent time with the water marshals, going over basic water safety and how to keep oneself safe in a rescue situation. Various rescue techniques were discussed and our scholars got to try them out in the pool. Great fun was had as rescues were attempted from rescue boards. Hermannsburg thanks Milla for her willingness to give of her time and to share her passion of lifesaving with our scholars. Our lifesavers assisted one or two swimmers during the Mudman – fortunately the most serious problems were swimmers with cramps, and all the swimmers finished on their own steam.

Mudman Results

With loads of mud and even more fun to be had, the 2018 aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman lived up to its name. The athletes appreciated the cool weather, and young and old joined in with gusto. This year saw a growth in support for the morning’s Mudskipper events, definitely making the Hermannsburg Mudman one for the whole family. The corporate challenge and the schools’ challenge were fiercely contested – our thanks go to all the companies and schools that support our Mudman, especially Hoërskool Voortrekker and Greytown High School, as well as to all the families and individuals who participated in this year’s Mudman.

We congratulate this year’s winners. Half-distance Swim: U14 Team – Eshowe Warriors; Open Team – Voortrekker High School 1; U11 – Lieve Rennings & Rhys Barry; U13 Brigitte von Bruddebock & Pepyn Rennings; U16 Taylor Munro & Daniel van der Walt; Open Courtney Munro & Jeramie Higgins; 40+ Elke Powell & Clayton Steytler. Full distance Swim: Open Team – Three Little Pigs; U18 Gabby Carter & Angus McLeod; Open Jeannie Bomford-Dryer (overall winner) & Darryn Purtell (overall winner); 40+ Sue Don-Wauchope & Craig Russell-White. Half-distance Paddle: U11 Abbey Hackland & Cole Joshua Berriman; U13 Rourke Paul Berriman; U16 Hannah Bruni & Abbi Larson (tie); Open Pippa Weber; 40+ Emilio Chiccaro. Full distance Paddle: Open Team VC Green; U18 Mireia Bruni & Timothy Larsen; Open Neil du Plessis. The Bracken Bandits won the Corporate Challenge, and Hoërskool Voortrekker won the Schools’ Challenge.

Well done to the winners and all participants! Thanks go to all our sponsors, the organisers and all the parents, scholars and teachers who helped to make the event another success. We hope to see you all in Hermannsburg again in 2019!


Mudman Photo Gallery 2018

5 February 2018

Sports Round-up

During the past week, our boys’ tennis team played against Hoërskool Voortrekker in the Denness Tennis League. Dieter Volker and Ivan Mohlala both won their singles matches 7-0, while Philsande Zuma and Ayabonga Dlamini ended 1-6 and 4-3 respectively. In the doubles matches, Dieter and Philsande narrowly lost 3-4 and Ivan and Ayabonga won 5-2. The team thus won 12-6 when the overall scores were tallied. Our girls’ team played against St John’s DSG, losing 4-2.

Our Primary School cricket team played against Wartburg, who batted first to set a target of 61 runs in their allotted 20 overs, losing 8 wickets (Sithenkosi Ngidi bowling well for Hermannsburg). Hermannsburg replied with 62 for 7 after 16 overs to win the match by 3 wickets.

We look forward to the ‘RnB’ Inter-house swimming gala on Friday. The scholars are building spirit this week, adopting a variety of house-coloured dress items – a different one each day – with the houses vying to outdo each other. May the best house win!

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   Over 130 children braved the light drizzle on Saturday to swim, cycle and run in the 2018 aQuellé Mudskipper event in Hermannsburg. They lined up along the sides of the swimming pool, jittery with anticipation, some already with their swimming goggles in place. They had already laid out their towels, parked their bikes, and placed their helmets and running shoes within easy reach at the transition area.

Due to the strict safety regulations, the racers were scheduled in waves from the youngest (3-year-old) racers first, to the oldest competitors at 14 years old, who started off last. When the first group of 3 to 6-year-olds jumped into the cool water, you could hear the loud cheers and flashing cameras of the parents on the bank beside the pool. After the swim, moms and dads helped to put on the T-shirts, helmets and shoes and then the kids were off, using all kinds of bikes – everything from Barbie-themed bikes to BMX bikes, from training wheels to tri-bikes, they raced with what they could bring and everyone pushed themselves through the cycle course. Marshals were on hand to make sure they slowed down as they went into the turns.

On the running course the biggest highlight was the water slide. Each competitor proudly took home a Medal, a goodie-bag and an aQuellé water bottle. After the Mudskipper, the moms and dads had their turn at the ‘big’ Mudman and everyone cheered and welcomed them at the finish line. We thank all our sponsors, who made the adventure possible for us and to all the moms & dads who helped so willingly with registration, marshalling or catering.

Hermannsburg’s High School embarked on a dam cleaning last Friday in preparation for this year’s aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman on Saturday, 3 February.

Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks, Zibale Mabuyakhulu, Zomlë Heij und Stefan Gevers, invite you to join them at this year’s aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman (and Mudskipper) on 3 February.

Zianda Zwane and Yolanda Khuzwayo piling waterweed during the dam cleaning, carried out by the High School last Friday, in preparation for the aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman on 3 February.

29 January 2018

   Cricket and Tennis News Our U15 cricketers enjoyed a close-run opening match of the season, scoring 123 for 7 off 20 overs (Benjamin Rabe 37, Nkosinathi 29, Andani 24. Greytown High School’s team scored 115 for 6 (Benjamin Rabe 3/23, Neo Blackburn 1/10) in their 20 overs. Hermannsburg won the match by 8 runs and both teams are commended for the good sportsmanship and team spirit displayed during the match. In the 1st XI match, Hermannsburg batted first, making 98 runs in 23 overs (Jonathan Königkrämer 14). Greytown passed their total after 18 overs for the loss of 6 wickets to win the match by 5 wickets. In tennis news, our boys’ team played against Michaelhouse, with Michaelhouse winning the contest. The girls’ team played against St Anne’s, but the match was rained out.

   Mudman Time!

It was mud and weeds everywhere as the High School got stuck into preparing the school dam for this weekend’s aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman on Saturday, 3 February. If you haven’t entered yet, there’s still time – there’s an event for every age group and ability. We look forward to seeing families enjoying good, clean fun in our fresh country air! Entries: for forms or enter online at

HMB Little Oaks’ Oracle

   You’re all invited! Our Little Oaks in our Kindergarten warmly invite all of you to the 2018 aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman! Our Mudman is the first in the aQuellé Mudman Series, which is 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 Mudskipper Adventure, where children younger than 12 years can participate in a mini-multi-sport event in different age groups, promises to make the day an amazing experience for the whole family. During the Mudskipper, one sees 3-year-olds riding their tricycles, 4-year-olds ‘doggy-paddling’ with all their might through the pool, moms or dads running across the finish line with their little ones, and the older children vying for the win. But the most rewarding sight is the proud smiles when they receive their medals! So: be there on 3 February! For more info visit or phone 074 125 0054.

3 January 2018

2017 Matric Results Well done, Class of 2017! 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. Hugh Bouwer achieved 8 distinctions (scoring in the top 1% in the IEB NSC for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Life Orientation and Life Sciences) while Christel Brüggemann achieved 6 distinctions. Three distinctions were achieved by Rhonda Christiansen, two each by Luke Hayward, Meike Meyer, Elisabeth Tönsing, Michelle van Rooyen and Liezl Volker, and one each by David Cunningham, Benjamin Holst, Chantal Jonker, Sanele Ndwandwe, Jessica Shearing and Philile Zuma. We are proud of our matriculants – well done parents and teachers for helping them to achieve such good results.

Hugh Bouwer (8 A’s) and Christel Brüggemann (6 A’s), top HMB matriculants for 2017.

22 January 2018

   Grade 8 Induction Our Grade 8s had a busy but enjoyable induction week, as they settled into their new environment. They met up with their Grade 12 buddies, enjoying a pizza evening with them, worked through the various skills they need to master for High School with their teachers, and went on their first class camp over the weekend. “One of the best camps I’ve ever been to” writes Dale Sosibo, who, along with the whole class, climbed trees, went on the jackal den hike, mastered the obstacle course, enjoyed a variety of other outdoor activities and even squeezed in a visit to a dairy farm.

Mishka Khan writes: “All the people were so friendly and accommodating. The food was the best camp food I have ever eaten.” We look forward to great things from our Grade 8s this year, as they start normal lessons and sport this week.

   Other Camps The Grade 9s and our prefects also spent the weekend participating in their respective camps, returning with new inspirations for the year ahead. Thank you to all the teachers who accompanied the various groups and ensured their safe return.

Mudman 2018 It’s almost time! We can hardly wait for the 2018 aQuellé Hermannsburg Mudman on Saturday, 3 February – if you haven’t already entered, there is still time to join in for this fun, family day in our school’s relaxed and beautiful setting. There is an event for every age group and ability, or you can spectate as friends and family participate.

See enter online at

Our Grade 8s enjoyed their amazing time at Glen Rock, getting to know each other better and engaging in fun activities.