08 OCTOBER 2018

Each of Hermannsburg’s scholars has the potential to become a leader in whatever path they choose after school, and we aim to equip our scholars as best we can to face the challenges of taking the initiative, leading others and heading up projects. The most important person to convince is oneself – and our Grade 11s challenged themselves and each other during their leadership camp at Spirit of Adventure, situated in the reserve around Shongweni Dam. Along with lectures on action-centred leadership, they put their leadership skills into action during the mind-games, abseiling, rock-climbing and other challenges put to them by the course instructors. The sense of achievement they felt when they overcame the personal challenges presented by the activities at Spirit of Adventure will be taken forward, boosting their  confidence and their belief in themselves – something that rarely happens inside a classroom.

On Saturday, a group of early risers took part in the family fun walk / run at Hermannsburg. The 5km and 10km courses were along pleasant, easy-going routes and everyone enjoyed the morning sun and fresh air. Thank you to the organisers for an enjoyable morning. We look forward to our Grade 12 awards ceremony on Friday, followed by the matric dance on Saturday – our Grade 12s will be taking some study time before starting their final examinations with Advanced Programme English on Wednesday, 17 October, when Hermannsburg will be hosting the Big Band from the Hebartsgymnasium in Germany for an afternoon concert that promises to reprise their stunning performance of 2016 – join us to hear them and the Hermannsburg choir in action.

GERMAN DAY – DEUTSCHER TAG

On 3 October 1990, East and West Germany were officially reunified after the decades of separation that followed the building of the Berlin Wall by Russian armed forces. Since then, the reunification has been celebrated every October wherever German families are found (and there were very many who were separated by the wall). In Hermannsburg, we take the opportunity to celebrate our school’s German heritage. Although we teach and communicate in English now, in a multi-cultural environment, we have much to be thankful for that came from the German missionaries, farmers, craftsmen and businessmen & women who built, expanded and supported our school, starting in 1856, and continue to do so.

From the Kindergarten to the High School, various plays and recitations were performed for the enjoyment of the spectators. The build-up to the day involved various tasks, started in the German lessons, for which a number of scholars were rewarded with prizes. Thanks go to our school’s German Department for organising such a well-run day.

HMB LITTLE OAKS

Our ‘Little Oaks’ recently visited Mr Wally Gevers on his farm. They had already had lessons about farm animals and why we need them, but it was quite another experience to see them live. Some of the Little Oaks had to get used to big dogs wandering around first, as they got off the bus, but they were soon at ease with having them around. The group split up into three and went to see all the farm animals. There were mommy pigs with their little piglets, bulls, cows and calves, cats, dogs, sheep and chickens laying eggs. All too soon it was time to say farewell and to board the bus again – we would all have loved to stay longer! The visit to the farm was tremendous fun and everyone learned a lot. A big thank you goes to Uncle Wally, and especially to Uncle Leon for showing us around and for answering all our questions.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oak’, Asimbonge Majola (Grade R) was fascinated by a newborn piglet during the Kindergarten visit to Mr Wally Gevers’ farm.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oak’, Asimbonge Majola (Grade R) was fascinated by a newborn piglet during the Kindergarten visit to Mr Wally Gevers’ farm.

Hermannsburg’s Mrs Mary Chitsa with Lihle Nyirenda, Angelika Meyer, Sinqobile Mngoma, Kirsten Ortmann, Clara Kohrs, Dieter Volker and Liteboho Mosheshe enjoying this year’s leadership camp.

Hermannsburg’s Mrs Mary Chitsa with Lihle Nyirenda, Angelika Meyer, Sinqobile Mngoma, Kirsten Ortmann, Clara Kohrs, Dieter Volker and Liteboho Mosheshe enjoying this year’s leadership camp.

Hermannsburg’s Ivan Mohlala prepares to rap-jump during the Grade 11s recent leadership course at Spirit of Adventure.

Hermannsburg’s Ivan Mohlala prepares to rap-jump during the Grade 11s recent leadership course at Spirit of Adventure.

Mrs Katja Hoffmann leads the junior Primary School in a rousing German folk song during Hermannsburg’s German Day celebration.

Mrs Katja Hoffmann leads the junior Primary School in a rousing German folk song during Hermannsburg’s German Day celebration.

The Hermannsburg scholars and teachers entered into the spirit of the recent ‘Deutscher Tag’ - German Day.

The Hermannsburg scholars and teachers entered into the spirit of the recent ‘Deutscher Tag’ – German Day.

01 OCTOBER 2018

After a short September holiday, all our scholars are hard at work again for the last term of the school year, especially our Grade 12s, who will be writing their final school examinations from mid-October. At the start of our school holiday, the Lepidopterists’ Society of South Africa spent a weekend at our school for their AGM and Conference, staying in our boarding establishments. In anticipation of their arrival, our scholars enjoyed crafting butterflies to decorate the rooms and to welcome them to Hermannsburg. We look forward to seeing them all in Hermannsburg again in the future. Last Thursday we welcomed back our Sport Olympiad team and its supporters, after they spent several days seeing the sights in southern Namibia and having loads of fun participating in various activities along the way.

We look forward to this Saturday’s Family Fun Walk/Run and Oktoberfest. Purchase your tickets for the Oktoberfest by emailing oktoberfest@eule.co.za.

HERMANNSBURG GOLF DAY

On Friday and Saturday, 21 & 22 September, golfers took to the course at St Cathryn’s Golf Estate for the 26th HMB Golf Day – the 15th to be hosted at St Cathryn’s. The 70 golfers who participated enjoyed some keen competition and a good, sporting spirit reigned over the two days. We congratulate Flip and Ronel Botha, who took top honours and the Gary Player floating trophy, along with a weekend getaway for them and two of their guests at the White Elephant Lodge; they were closely followed by runners-up Madala Sibiya & Xhoko Biyela, and third-placed Fanie van Wyk & Bernd Elges. We sincerely thank all our generous and loyal sponsors, the staff of St Cathryn’s, our school family for the work behind the scenes, and (not least) Piet and Cathy Nel for making the 2018 HMB Golf Day yet another successful event.

Quad-biking in the Namibian sand dunes was just one of the fun activities that members of Hermannsburg’s Sport Olympiad team and its supporters enjoyed while travelling through Namibia last week.

Quad-biking in the Namibian sand dunes was just one of the fun activities that members of Hermannsburg’s Sport Olympiad team and its supporters enjoyed while travelling through Namibia last week.

Hermannsburg’s scholars enjoyed making butterflies to welcome the participants in this year’s AGM and Conference of the Lepidopterist’s Society of South Africa.

Hermannsburg’s scholars enjoyed making butterflies to welcome the participants in this year’s AGM and Conference of the Lepidopterist’s Society of South Africa.

Hermannsburg congratulates Flip and Ronel Botha on winning the HMB Golf Day this year. They were presented with their prize and the trophy by Hermannsburg’s principal, Trevor Harbottle, and Piet Nel of St Cathryn’s Golf Estate.

Hermannsburg congratulates Flip and Ronel Botha on winning the HMB Golf Day this year. They were presented with their prize and the trophy by Hermannsburg’s principal, Trevor Harbottle, and Piet Nel of St Cathryn’s Golf Estate.

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

With the Sport Olympiad team away in Windhoek last week, the rest of the High School undertook a variety of activities.  Just like the team during its trip to Namibia, our remaining High School scholars presented individual orals on various places and sights to see in Namibia, before taking a morning to explore the intricacies of making mosaics – crosses, hearts and even the school badge were created; thank you to Mr Tracey, who took time out to instruct and guide our scholars. Time was also spent clearing the verges of the roads in a 2km radius from the school – many bags of refuse were collected during this exercise. Our thanks go to KwaSizabantu, for hosting our scholars for a morning and giving them a guided tour of the bottling plant, greenhouses and auditorium.

Meanwhile, in Windhoek, Jarmin Claassen won a bronze medal in the 50m backstroke, Johanna Fuchs was awarded silver in long jump and bronze in the 100m sprint, and Asanda Nzimande brought home bronze in high jump. We congratulate our team for its spirit of good sportsmanship – the Sport Olympiad closing ceremony was held on Thursday, 20 September, after which the team embarked on a short tour of Namibia, on their return route to South Africa. We look forward to hearing all their news and more results from the Olympiad after they return on Thursday, 27 September.

We wish all our scholars and teachers, and their families, a relaxing holiday with loved ones and friends, safe travels for those on the road, and a safe return to school on 1 October – when the Grade 11s will be setting off on their leadership camp. Note the date: 6 October sees the morning fun-run-walk at Hermannsburg, and in the evening there will be an Oktoberfest in Hermannsburg (tickets available through oktoberfest@eule.co.za).

HMB LITTLE OAKS

A visit to the Hermannsburg Museum is ever a wonderful event, and the scholars of the Hermannsburg Kindergarten – our ‘Little Oaks’, visit at least four times a year. In the last week of school they celebrated their annual cultural day at the Kindergarten, to mark Heritage Day (which falls in the school holiday this year). The scholars dressed up in their different, vibrant cultural attire, to show off the various traditions of our country. As part of learning about different cultures, they visited the Museum’s Zulu room and Indian room, learning a lot about these interesting and diverse cultural groups.

Hermannsburg’s Jarmin Claassen with his bronze medal for 50m backstroke at last week’s Sport Olympiad in Windhoek, Namibia.

Hermannsburg’s Jarmin Claassen with his bronze medal for 50m backstroke at last week’s Sport Olympiad in Windhoek, Namibia.

Taking a short break for tea during the road cleanup, Hermannsburg’s teachers and High School scholars posed with just some of the litter they collected last week from the verges of nearby roads around the school. In the photo: Hester van de Merwe, Andrea Bam, Mrs Mary Chitsa, Brielle Swanlow, Nicola Ortmann, Mr Johan Grobler, Paul Tönsing, Nina Schmidt, Owethu Dlamini, and Chakera Volker.

Taking a short break for tea during the road cleanup, Hermannsburg’s teachers and High School scholars posed with just some of the litter they collected last week from the verges of nearby roads around the school. In the photo: Hester van de Merwe, Andrea Bam, Mrs Mary Chitsa, Brielle Swanlow, Nicola Ortmann, Mr Johan Grobler, Paul Tönsing, Nina Schmidt, Owethu Dlamini, and Chakera Volker.

Hermannsburg’s Kindergarten is a congenial meeting-place for a variety of different cultures, and the ‘Little Oaks’ celebrate each culture’s uniqueness on their annual ‘cultural day’.

Hermannsburg’s Kindergarten is a congenial meeting-place for a variety of different cultures, and the ‘Little Oaks’ celebrate each culture’s uniqueness on their annual ‘cultural day’.

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

On your marks … get set … GO! Our Sport Olympiad team left Hermannsburg on Friday evening to drive nonstop to Windhoek via Botswana, arriving there on Saturday evening. After a day to acclimatise and do some last-minute shopping on Sunday, the highlight of the weekend was the opening ceremony on Sunday evening, with its displays and processions to welcome the six schools represented at the Olympiad. Our team will be competing on track and field for the athletics, in the swimming pool, on the soccer field and on the ball courts, where they will play basketball, volleyball and handball. We wish them stamina and flair as they bring the Hermannsburg spirit of good sportsmanship to the competition.

In other sports news, our boys’ tennis team played against St Charles, winning 30-14, while our girls’ team played Epworth to a narrow 16-20 finish. Hermannsburg’s athletes participated in the Co-ed meeting at Voortrekker, where Kirsten Rabe placed 1st in 400m, Johanna Fuchs 1st in the 400m and long-jump, Dieter Volker 1st in 1500m and 2nd in 800m, and Asanda Nzimande 2nd in shot put. On the hockey field, our U13 boys won 2-0 against Wartburg and our Grade 2s played Wembley (2-1), New Hanover (1-4) and Wartburg (0-5) while the Grade 1s played New Hanover (3-0), Wembley (2-1) and Wartburg (2-0).

On Friday and Saturday we look forward to our 26th HMB Golf Day (4BBBS, staggered tee-off times with both Friday and Saturday scores considered for prizes), which will be held at St Cathryn’s Golf Estate again this year. The field has been filling up, but there are still some slots available – why not come and join us for a round of golf? Avoid missing out by emailing golfday@hmbschool.co.za today.

An excited, motivated Hermannsburg team left for Windhoek, Namibia last Friday, to compete in the week-long Sport Olympiad of the German Schools in Southern Africa, held every two years in rotation among the participating schools.

An excited, motivated Hermannsburg team left for Windhoek, Namibia last Friday, to compete in the week-long Sport Olympiad of the German Schools in Southern Africa, held every two years in rotation among the participating schools.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’ invited their grandparents to ‘Opa und Omi Tag’, to show them some of the activities they enjoy in our Kindergarten. Zoë Anne Wyatt Heij was excited to be joined by her four Grandparents and two great-grandparents, who joined the day’s programme with many other grandparents

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’ invited their grandparents to ‘Opa und Omi Tag’, to show them some of the activities they enjoy in our Kindergarten. Zoë Anne Wyatt Heij was excited to be joined by her four Grandparents and two great-grandparents, who joined the day’s programme with many other grandparents

10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Tired but happy, our Primary School scholars are all back from their camps. The Grade 1 to 6 scholars enjoyed their time at Twinstreams in Mtunzini. Group dynamics (with intriguing names like ‘spider’, ‘log’, ‘pyramid’ and ‘commando bridge’), forest interpretation and water studies were just some of the educational activities. They hoped to see the rare palm nut vulture during a visit to the Raphia monument, to see and learn more about this palm with the largest leaf in the world,  but sadly did not spot one. However, a visit to the Umlalazi Nature Reserve to do some canoeing and learn about mangroves and the mangrove crabs came with a ‘free mud spa’, as they made their way through the swamps. It wasn’t all work, however, and there was time for play on the beach, climbing the dunes and some fun survival challenges – and even a movie evening. We thank Twinstreams and all our teachers who went along to provide this opportunity for our scholars.

As our Grade 12 scholars come to the end of their trial examinations, our High School sport olympiad team is looking forward to the trip to Namibia, where they will participate in the Sport Olympiade of the German Schools in Southern Africa – a biennial event with schools from South Africa, Namibia and Ghana represented in athletics, swimming, soccer, handball, volleyball and basketball tournaments during the week-long competition. Providing the opportunity to meet scholars from other schools and cultures, and interacting with them socially and on the sports field, is one of the  key reasons the sport olympiad was introduced.  This has proved an invaluable educational experience for our scholars over the past two decades. While the team is away, and touring Namibia briefly on the way back, our High School scholars will participate in an educational alternative programme, before the October holiday and the 26th HMB Golf Day, on 21 and 22 September at St Cathryn’s Golf Estate.

HMB LITTLE OAKS

Last Thursday, our ‘Little Oaks’ visited the Aheers Multisave Supermarket in Kranskop to learn about specific jobs and  occupations in a grocery store, and to begin to understand and appreciate the hard work that is involved. They met with the store manager and with key staff in certain departments, who shared their expertise related to their areas of the store. The Little Oaks visited the butcher, the baker, the cashier, the cleaner, the security guard and the packer, and learned many interesting facts about their important work and how they all fit together to make the business run efficiently. A big thank you to the Aheer family for giving us the opportunity to learn so many interesting facts about the different occupations; and thank you especially for the delicious cup-cakes and food packs we could take home with us.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’ visited the Aheers Multisave Supermarket in Kranskop, where they learnt about all the different jobs involved and what each job entails.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’ visited the Aheers Multisave Supermarket in Kranskop, where they learnt about all the different jobs involved and what each job entails.

Among other things, Hermannsburg’s Primary School scholars learnt more about water and how important it is to look after our water supply, during their camp at Twinstreams in Mtunzini last week.

Among other things, Hermannsburg’s Primary School scholars learnt more about water and how important it is to look after our water supply, during their camp at Twinstreams in Mtunzini last week.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 7s took off for a week in Cape Town and environs, accompanied by our principal, Mr Trevor Harbottle, and Ms Katja Pfafferott, our resident education support specialist and occupational therapist.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 7s took off for a week in Cape Town and environs, accompanied by our principal, Mr Trevor Harbottle, and Ms Katja Pfafferott, our resident education support specialist and occupational therapist.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 12s planted a yellowwood tree during the morning devotion this week, to celebrate arbor week. It has become a tradition for each Grade 12 class to plant a tree, which will be nurtured so that they can enjoy its shade as Old Scholars in the future.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 12s planted a yellowwood tree during the morning devotion this week, to celebrate arbor week. It has become a tradition for each Grade 12 class to plant a tree, which will be nurtured so that they can enjoy its shade as Old Scholars in the future.

03 SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Excitement ran high as the Grade 7s left for the airport on Sunday, reaching fever pitch as they waited to board the aeroplane for Cape Town, where they will be spending the week, learning about our country’s heritage and taking in the sights. The Grade 1 to 6 scholars are also enjoying their annual camp this week, accompanied by their teachers, as they experience a variety of activities and learn more about the world in which we live.

 

On Saturday, our Primary School athletes took to field and track for the Umvoti Athletics meeting, hosted in Hermannsburg, competing against Deutsche Schule Durban, Wartburg and Greytown. We congratulate victrix ludorum Anna Schulze (DSD) and victor ludorum Siyanda Ngubane (Greytown). Greytown took first place overall, followed by Deutsche Schule Durban. Well done to all the athletes and their coaches, and thank you to our parents and teachers, who worked behind the scenes and as officials.

 

We really enjoyed having a wonderful group of Grade 6 and 7 scholars and their parents visiting Hermannsburg for the open day and sleep-over this past weekend. They learned a lot about our school, meeting some of our teachers and boarders, and participating in a variety of activities, including some short lessons, a hike around the school dam, and a ‘veld fliek’ (where they got to sing along), before sitting for the placement tests for 2019. We look forward to working with them in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 AUGUST 2018

Gales of laughter swept the audience as ‘Robin and the Hoodies’, King John, Maid Marion, Aunty and the unforgettable ‘skunk patrol’, along with all the other actors in the Primary School and Kindergarten, flawlessly delivered witty repartee and ‘punny’ one-liners during the two performances. In the end, King Richard arrived to pardon everyone (except, perhaps, the unfortunate Sheriff of Nottingham, who was unfortunately ‘mangled’ by the royal torturers’ new invention). All was well that ended well, however, and the scholars and teachers of our Primary School and Kindergarten are heartily congratulated on a delightful evening’s entertainment!

There was a fair bit of love, along with a fair share of deuce and advantage, in Hermannsburg as the scholars – and their teachers – took to the courts last week in a fiercely contested inter-house tennis tournament. In the end, Bushbuck carried the day and the two sport houses now stand even on house points with Reedbuck’s lead in cultural, academic and sporting endeavours now being equalled.

We wish our Grade 12s sound memory and clear recall as they start their trial examinations this week – may all the hard work and many hours of preparation pay off handsomely.

 

 

 

HERMANNSBURG EISTEDDFOD

 

The Hermannsburg Eisteddfod is an opportunity for young musicians of all ages to perform in front of an external adjudicator and to receive constructive advice for the upcoming IEB and Royal Schools examinations. This year our adjudicator was the current conductor of the Drakondale Girls’ Choir, Mrs Ronél Perks, a respected vocalist, cellist, music teacher and choral conductor. Once again our scholars did exceedingly well and we hope to grow this valuable performance opportunity in the years to come, with more participation from other schools in our wider community. Our Primary and High School scholars distinguished themselves as follows: Kayla Shearing (A, recorder), Carolina Hoffmann (A, piano), Mischa Chetty (A, recorder), Stephanie Meyer (A, vocal), Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose (A, vocal), Sinqobile Mngoma (A++, vocal), Clara Kohrs (A+, vocal), Angelika Meyer (A+, vocal), Lydia Köhne (A, vocal), Ntokozo Zondi (C+, vocal) and Nonjabulo Khoza (B, vocal). Congratulations to all the participants and a big thank you to the Hermannsburg Music Department and to the adjudicator!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hermannsburg’s Kayla Shearing (Prince John), Dale Sosibo (the Sheriff), Andiswa Gabela, Matteo Risch, Lisu Mabuyakhulu, Mohammed Hoosen and Nkazimulo Sosiba in a scene from the Primary School’s production of ‘Robin and the Hoodies’.

Hermannsburg’s Kayla Shearing (Prince John), Dale Sosibo (the Sheriff), Andiswa Gabela, Matteo Risch, Lisu Mabuyakhulu, Mohammed Hoosen and Nkazimulo Sosiba in a scene from the Primary School’s production of ‘Robin and the Hoodies’.

Hermannsburg’s Music Director, Mr Johan Grobler, with Eisteddfod achievers Clara Kohrs, Nonjabulo Khoza, Angelika Meyer, Ntokozo Zondi, Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose, Kayla Shearing, Sinqobile Mngoma, Mischa Chetty, Lydia Köhne, Carolina Hoffmann and Stephanie Meyer.

Hermannsburg’s Music Director, Mr Johan Grobler, with Eisteddfod achievers Clara Kohrs, Nonjabulo Khoza, Angelika Meyer, Ntokozo Zondi, Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose, Kayla Shearing, Sinqobile Mngoma, Mischa Chetty, Lydia Köhne, Carolina Hoffmann and Stephanie Meyer.

The Hermannsburg Boarders enjoying a day of fun in the sun with Mr. and Mrs. Prigge at Ballito over the weekend

The Hermannsburg Boarders enjoying a day of fun in the sun with Mr. and Mrs. Prigge at Ballito over the weekend

13 AUGUST 2018

HERMANNSBURG HOSTING GERMAN EXCHANGE SCHOLARS

We welcomed Sven Meyer and Johanna Fuchs to Hermannsburg at the start of this term, and are enjoying their contributions in the classroom and on the sports field. Johanna writes: “I live in Garching, near Munich, where I attend the Maximiliansgymnasium. Hermannsburg is completely different to the Gymnasium, but I am liking it very much. I enjoy all the nature around here. When I came to South Africa, I knew almost no-one, but everyone is very friendly and we have got to know each other.” Sven writes: “I am from a small town, Fellbach, outside Stuttgart, and I attend the Gustav Stresemann Gymnasium in Schminden-Fellbach. I really like the kindness of the Hermannsburg scholars, and especially the boarders, who have welcomed me into sports, free time activities and school, making me feel right at home.” We trust that their stay in Hermannsburg will continue to be productive and will build life-long friendships as they in turn enrich the experience of our South African scholars.

HMB LITTLE OAKS

Last week’s Open Day was the ideal opportunity for prospective parents and the families of our existing ‘Little Oaks’ to attend our Pre-school. It was a busy morning, kicking off with an official welcome from Pastor René Risch, who also presented the unique features that make Hermannsburg so different from other schools – a school for scholars from 18 month to 18 years old, with the opportunity to learn German and classes small enough for every scholar to get the best possible attention and support. The Kindergarten buzzed with the excitement of prospective scholars and their parents participating in ring-time, sport, music and art activities. There were displays of the scholars’ work throughout the Kindergarten to show all the other activities that take place during the year. The Open Day ended with a fantastic little play called ‘The Opposite’, performed by all the Kindergarten teachers. We thank our Kindergarten teachers, led by Mrs Uta Malzahn for organising another successful Open Day.

Johanna Fuchs and Sven Meyer are two German exchange scholars who are enjoying their time at Hermannsburg immensely this semester.

Johanna Fuchs and Sven Meyer are two German exchange scholars who are enjoying their time at Hermannsburg immensely this semester.

It is with great pleasure that we announce some more prize-winners from our Inter-house Athletics meeting: James Waller was awarded the Andrew Bam Trophy as Primary School Victor Ludorum, and Carolina Hoffmann was awarded the Teresa Bam Trophy as Victrix Ludorum. The Grade 7 Victor and Victrix Ludorum were Adam Kassier and Mischa Chetty respectively. Well done to our athletes!

It is with great pleasure that we announce some more prize-winners from our Inter-house Athletics meeting: James Waller was awarded the Andrew Bam Trophy as Primary School Victor Ludorum, and Carolina Hoffmann was awarded the Teresa Bam Trophy as Victrix Ludorum. The Grade 7 Victor and Victrix Ludorum were Adam Kassier and Mischa Chetty respectively. Well done to our athletes!

Mrs Chuntharpursat with her daughter Povana Chuntharpursat looking at some of the interesting work that our Little Oaks do during the year.

Mrs Chuntharpursat with her daughter Povana Chuntharpursat looking at some of the interesting work that our Little Oaks do during the year.

20 AUGUST 2018

This week we welcomed everyone back from the mid-term break, which gave us all a chance to get our second wind for the remainder of this term – especially the Grade 12s, who start their trial examinations next week and are busy finishing off sections of work and revising in preparation. During this term, our Grade 10, 11 and 12 classes will write the Deutsche Sprachdiplom (DSD – German Language Diploma) at both levels of this international qualification, as well as completing the oral examinations for the DSD. Our musicians are preparing for their Royal Schools and IEB music practical examinations, the first of which will be after the HMB Eisteddfod on Thursday, 23 August. In the meantime, our Olympiade team continues to train hard for the week-long Sport Olympiade of the German schools in southern Africa, which starts on 16 September in Windhoek, Namibia. Inter-house tennis, league tennis, athletics meetings (Quad, Co-ed, Umvoti), Primary School hockey and soccer matches are among the other sport events on the calendar this term.

 

Our Primary School scholars are, however, far more excited about ‘Robin and the hoodies’ – the school play for which they have been diligently rehearsing. Many moms (and dads) probably already know various lines off by heart, as they help their children memorise their parts, and we thank them for their contributions! The performance is scheduled for 24 August in the church hall in Hermannsburg, starting at 18:30, and promises to be another entertaining performance by our budding young actors.

Hermannsburg’s Carolina Hoffmann, Sithenkosi Ngidi, Heiko Ortmann, Mischa Chetty, Ariya Khan, Adam Kassier, Kayla Shearing, Matthew du Preez, Luqa Zondi and Kuhlekonke Zondi at a rehearsal for ‘Robin and the hoodies’ - our Primary School play for 2018.

Hermannsburg’s Carolina Hoffmann, Sithenkosi Ngidi, Heiko Ortmann, Mischa Chetty, Ariya Khan, Adam Kassier, Kayla Shearing, Matthew du Preez, Luqa Zondi and Kuhlekonke Zondi at a rehearsal for ‘Robin and the hoodies’ – our Primary School play for 2018.

30 JULY 2018

 

The first week of the third term swung into action last week, with anticipation building for the inter-house athletics this Saturday. ‘Spirit week’ this week has seen the scholars supporting their houses with a different dress theme each day, and warming up their voices to shout for their houses on the day. We look forward to another keenly contested meeting.

We congratulate the organisers and the Greytown Museum on the Creative Fair held at the museum last weekend – our school stand was well-visited and our Germany Exchange class for 2019 sold out of pancakes four times (fortunately, the teachers were able to organise more batter each time). Our young entrepreneurs sold fudge, brownies, cup-cakes, popcorn and acorn key-rings, and there was a variety of other interesting items visitors were able to purchase from the stall. A huge thank you goes to the teachers and parents for the preparation that went into the stand, and for their support on the day, as well as to our High School scholars who helped with duties at the stand and made pancakes continuously for four hours.

We look forward to the Kindergarten Open Day on 9 August, and the High School Open Day on 1-2 September, where parents and their children will have the opportunity to see what potential their futures can hold.

HMB LITTLE OAKS

Aerial displays, musical interludes, art and science all blended together on Saturday, 28 July in the Primary School, where parents and their children took part in the activities based on the theme ‘rockets’. They had the opportunity to test whose balloon rocket flew furthest and which launch angle allows a straw rocket to fly furthest, as well as colouring in rockets (before attaching ‘flames’ and sticks to make them ‘fly’), build a toothpick rocket tower and link it all with ‘Maths 24’. They even learnt a German greeting song. The highlight was Mr Terry’s demonstration of a 2-litre bottle rocket, which launched successfully a number of times. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the Primary School’s Open Day – children, parents and teachers. Thank you also to the Parents’ Committee for the refreshments provided through the morning. The ‘Little Oaks’ certainly have something to look forward to as they approach their Primary School years!

Hermannsburg’s stand at the Greytown Creative Fair, held at the Greytown Museum on Saturday, was very well received and offered the school’s entrepreneurs the opportunity to practise their sales skills.

Hermannsburg’s stand at the Greytown Creative Fair, held at the Greytown Museum on Saturday, was very well received and offered the school’s entrepreneurs the opportunity to practise their sales skills.

“We have lift-off!” - Mr Terry’s water rocket whooshes skyward at the end of the Hermannsburg Primary School’s Open Day last Saturday.

“We have lift-off!” – Mr Terry’s water rocket whooshes skyward at the end of the Hermannsburg Primary School’s Open Day last Saturday.

Ms Monika Brüggemann testing a balloon rocket made by the children and their parents during Saturday’s Hermannsburg Primary School Open Day.

Ms Monika Brüggemann testing a balloon rocket made by the children and their parents during Saturday’s Hermannsburg Primary School Open Day.

06 AUGUST 2018

Hermannsburg’s quiz team joined teams from Michaelhouse, St Anne’s, St John’s, Hilton College, Treverton and Grace College for the Grade 9 & 10 inter-schools general knowledge quiz, hosted by Michaelhouse. Hermannsburg was well-represented with a total of four teams, participating in all the rounds until the ‘Sudden Death’ round. Thank you to Michaelhouse for organising the event and treating the teams with ‘goodie bags’, delicious eats and hot chocolate. Thank you to Mrs Cheryl Ruthven for organising and accompanying the scholars.

Our sports fields echoed with the enthusiastic supporters’ shouts of encouragement last Saturday, as Bushbuck and Reedbuck took to field and track for the annual inter-house athletics meeting. Bushbuck emerged victorious as athletes from the two houses broke 37 records between them in hotly contested events. The age group champions were Mpendula Malalose & Silidokuhle Ngcobo (U7), Shineroop Singh & Keryn du Preez (U8), Ayanda Mananga & Lisu Mabuyakhulu (U9), Matteo Risch & Amelia van de Merwe (U10), James Waller & Shaakirah Ebrahim (U11), Liam Uys & Carolina Hoffmann (U12), Andile Mpanza & Mischa Chetty (U13), Asanda Nzimande & Dale Sosibo (U14), Jonathan Königkrämer & Awande Mbuli (U15), Paul Tönsing & Kei Blackburn (U16), Ayabonga Dlamini & Kirsten Rabe (U17), Owethu Gulubela & Hester van de Merwe (U18) and Charlize Vermeulen (U19).

Trophies were awarded as follows: Andrew Bam trophy for Junior Victor Ludorum – Adam Kassier, Teresa Bam trophy for Junior Victrix Ludorum – Mischa Chetty, Betsall trophy for PS track athlete – Ayanda Mananga, Kimble trophy for PS field athlete – James Waller, Morgentau trophy for PS athlete of the day – Mpendulo Malalose, Günther Köhne trophy for HS field athlete (boys) – Owethu Gulubela, Ingrid Köhne trophy for HS field athlete (girls) – Ayanda Dlamini, Landolf Klingenberg trophy for HS track athlete (boys) – Dieter Volker, Mel Klingenberg trophy for HS track athlete (girls) – Londeka Ndlela, Carl Ortmann trophy for HS Victor Ludorum – Owethu Gulubela, Juanita Ortmann trophy for HS Victrix Ludorum – Awande Mbuli, Klar Family trophy for HS athlete of the day – Owethu Gulubela.

HERMANNSBURG’S RADIO STARS

Shortly before the winter holiday, our Grade 6s and 7s, together with three scholars from Grade 10, visited Radio Khwezi. They were welcomed with delicious treats from the bakery before Daniel Wunderlich and Andrea Husslig from Radio Khwezi’s German broadcast team gave them a guided tour of the station. They learned that the walls are filled with sand to make it soundproof, and that the walls were built in a certain way to ensure perfect conditions for sound recordings. The scholars and their German teacher, Mrs Katja Hoffmann, had prepared a German audio play, which they had a lot of fun recording as they experienced the various different effects used to enhance a recording. The play and the interviews were broadcast last Thursday (Radio Khwezi broadcasts in German every day between 2pm and 3pm) and it was an amazing experience for the scholars to listen to the Radio and hear their own voices. Our thanks go to the Radio Khwezi team and Mrs Katja Hoffmann, one of our German teachers, who prepared and accompanied the scholars.

HMB LITTLE OAKS

For the next two weeks, our theme is ‘Opposites’, as it will be for upcoming OPEN DAY this Thursday. How do opposites help children build up their vocabularies? We use words when we read, write or speak, and learning opposites widens a child’s vocabulary and engages their higher thinking skills. With our wonderful Montessori material, our scholars learn opposites with all their senses. For example, the ‘Pink Tower’ cubes show us ‘big and little’ or ‘small and large’; ‘thick and thin’ or ‘broad and narrow’ are introduced through the ‘Broad Stairs’ – all these relationships are lessons in opposites and adjectives. If you want to learn more about opposites, come and join us for our OPEN DAY this Thursday, 9 August at 8am at the Kindergarten in Hermannsburg.

We congratulate all our scholars, from Kindergarten to High School, on their participation and good sportsmanship.

We congratulate all our scholars, from Kindergarten to High School, on their participation and good sportsmanship.

Hermannsburg’s Liam Uys, Alvin Gumede, Carolina Hoffmann, Jarrod Dukhi, Mischa Chetty, Adam Kassier, Cebo Mzila, Kayla Shearing, Anathi Gasa, Zail Rubieparsad, Vithal Maharaj, Lungelo Ndelu and Philasande Zuma in the recording studio at Radio Khwezi, where they recorded their play for broadcasting with their German teacher, Mrs Katja Hoffmann.

Hermannsburg’s Liam Uys, Alvin Gumede, Carolina Hoffmann, Jarrod Dukhi, Mischa Chetty, Adam Kassier, Cebo Mzila, Kayla Shearing, Anathi Gasa, Zail Rubieparsad, Vithal Maharaj, Lungelo Ndelu and Philasande Zuma in the recording studio at Radio Khwezi, where they recorded their play for broadcasting with their German teacher, Mrs Katja Hoffmann.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’, Nkayezi Jobe, Stefan Gevers, Siyamthanda Mthembu, Zaid Mia, Zoë Heij and Kindergarten assistant Johanna Hinckers, learning about opposites and how to describe them in words.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’, Nkayezi Jobe, Stefan Gevers, Siyamthanda Mthembu, Zaid Mia, Zoë Heij and Kindergarten assistant Johanna Hinckers, learning about opposites and how to describe them in words.

23 July 2018

It’s Open Day in our Primary School this weekend! On Saturday, 28 July, from 9am to 12pm, parents and their children will have the ideal opportunity to see for themselves what our school can do for them, and what potential can be unlocked. Please feel free to join us, whether you’re just curious, or looking for a welcoming school for your child.

This week we welcomed back our scholars, especially the Grade 10s, who were in Germany for the last four weeks of last term. It is good to see them all again and to continue working with them! We also welcome Mrs Cheryl Ruthven, who will be teaching in the High School in Mrs Penny Waller’s place while she is on long leave, and Mrs Wendy James, who has taken on the task of Housemother in the senior girls’ boarding establishment. We trust that they will soon feel at home in the Hermannsburg family.

During the holiday, on Mandela Day, Hermannsburg’s Emma Reibeling and Keryn du Preez visited the eNhanhleni crèche, which our school has enjoyed supporting for many years. They had fun teaching the children some new games, and took turns in looking after the youngest little one at the crèche. Thanks to Mrs Stella Cockburn, Old Scholar and former member of our staff, crayons, colouring-in books and treats were taken along for the children, purchased with money donated by some of the Hermannsburg scholars earlier during the year.

We look forward to a term filled with a variety of activities and events – come and see our stand at the Greytown Creative Fair this Sunday, 29 July, to find out more about our school – from Kindergarten to Grade 12 – and to talk to us about your child’s future.

Hermannsburg’s Keryn du Preez and Emma Reibeling enjoyed looking after the youngest member of the eNhanhleni crèche when they visited one morning earlier this month.

Hermannsburg’s Keryn du Preez and Emma Reibeling enjoyed looking after the youngest member of the eNhanhleni crèche when they visited one morning earlier this month.

Hermannsburg’s Emma Reibeling and Keryn du Preez helped, taught and enjoyed some games with the teacher, Mrs Thembeni Mzila, and the other children at the eNhanhleni crèche during the July holidays.

Hermannsburg’s Emma Reibeling and Keryn du Preez helped, taught and enjoyed some games with the teacher, Mrs Thembeni Mzila, and the other children at the eNhanhleni crèche during the July holidays.

28 June 2018

At last they’re here! The winter holidays have started and we wish all our scholars and their families, and our teachers, a relaxed, refreshing and safe time together with family and friends. Our Grade 12s will be returning a little early from their holiday, to attend our winter school, where they will participate in focused lessons in various subjects to better prepare them for their trial examinations at the end of August, and for their final examinations in October and November.

In the meantime, a number of our Primary School scholars are taking part in the Kailager, an annual camp on the South Coast for children from all over the country, run by the ELCSA(N-T) (the Lutheran church to which Hermannsburg is affiliated). Later in the holidays, our confirmands will attend the KT-Camp for teenagers, where they will focus on topics related to confirming their beliefs as part of the preparation for their confirmation service at the end of the year. We wish all our scholars an enriching and rewarding experience.

A couple of weeks ago, Hermannsburg welcomed a group of bikers, led by one of our Old Scholars, who enjoyed the breakfast on offer at our Lapha while on their breakfast run, before they went on a guided tour of the Mission House Museum.

A couple of weeks ago, Hermannsburg welcomed a group of bikers, led by one of our Old Scholars, who enjoyed the breakfast on offer at our Lapha while on their breakfast run, before they went on a guided tour of the Mission House Museum.


09 July 2018

We’re halfway through the winter holiday, and our thoughts are beginning to turn towards the second half of the year. While we trust that our scholars and teachers are still enjoying their time off school, we have a variety of events and activities for everyone to look forward to in the new term. The inter-house athletics tournament is just one of the highlights of the term for our scholars, but before that our Enviroquiz team will participate in the national final in Pietermaritzburg, having won the regional contest last term.

There’s more, however, as our Music Department prepares for the HMB Eisteddfod, and our Primary School presents this year’s play before going on camp – the Grade 7s will again travel to the Cape, and the Grade 1-6 classes will spend three days in the outdoors closer to home. Towards the end of the term, in mid-September, our High School team will compete against schools from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Windhoek and Accra (Ghana) in the biennial ‘Sportolympiade’, which is being held in Windhoek this year – afterwards, the team and the group of supporters will have the opportunity to tour southern Namibia. While they’re away, the ever-popular HMB Golf Day (the 26th one) will be held at St Cathryn’s Golf Estate (golfday@hmbschool.co.za).

We will not neglect all the usual school activities, however, as the Grade 12s prepare for their trial examinations and the Deutsches Sprachdiplom examination (DSD II), with our Grade 10s writing the DSD I. On 1-2 September our High School will host an Open Day for Grade 6 scholars looking to enter Grade 8 in 2020 – this will be the ideal opportunity for parents and scholars to come and see for themselves the benefits that our school offers its scholars (wecare@hmbschool.co.za).  Don’t forget to look out for our stand at the Greytown Creative Fair on Sunday, 29 July at the Greytown Museum!

2 July 2018

HERMANNSBURG LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Making a bird-feeder with children is a wonderful opportunity to discuss birds, their habitats and their needs. Bird-feeders also provide the children with the opportunity to observe birds in their natural environment. During the last month, some of the pottery club scholars made bird-feeders for their gardens in their pottery lessons. In addition to making something practical and useful, playing with the clay was very therapeutic and lots of fun. Our scholars love the tactile nature of clay; they can roll, squeeze, twirl and pull clay in all directions, and it develops their motor skills and imagination while having fun. Through the process of making the bird-feeders, they learned different techniques of manipulating clay – after painting and decorating their bird-feeders, they took them home to hang them in the trees in their gardens.

Hermannsburg’s pottery club members, Jona Risch and Amelia van der Merwe, with Jona watching as she applies decorative touches to her bird-feeder.

Hermannsburg’s pottery club members, Jona Risch and Amelia van der Merwe, with Jona watching as she applies decorative touches to her bird-feeder.

HMB HAPPENINGS

‘Kailager’ brings back fond memories for many Hermannsburg Old Scholars who have enjoyed the annual camp at Port Edward on the South Coast, and have gone from being children attending the camp to helpers running the camp. The Kailager is run under the auspices of the Lutheran Church – ELCSA(N-T) – and is a fun, rustic week on the beach with beach-games, swimming, campfire sing-a-longs and other fun activities for children from 8 and 12 years of age. While there  are many opportunities to have fun, make new friends and enjoy new experiences, there is also fellowship and a sound message to take home as well. This year, Hermannsburg’s Akhiwe Sidu, Sithenkosi Ngidi, Keryn du Preez, Mhleli Ngobese (whose little brother Melizwi was unfortunately still too young this year) and Emma Reibeling (in the photograph), as well as Matteo and Jona Risch enjoyed the week in the winter sun. They were joined by Hermannsburg Old Scholars Siggi Engelbrecht (née Worthmann), Heinz Engelbrecht, Hermann Düvel and René Risch (who is also our school pastor). We look forward to the KT-Camp for teenagers and confirmands, which will also be held this July, and which our school’s confirmands will be attending.

18 JUNE 2018

Feathery, colourful, large & small birds and a cacophony of sounds greeted the Nature Club members on their field trip to the Umgeni Bird Park last weekend, affording them a closer look than is often possible during the Birding Big Day in November. The sheer variety of feathered friends demonstrates the wonder and complexity of nature, a fascination for all our Nature Club members.

As the term draws to a close, we wish all our scholars and their families a peaceful and relaxing holiday, not least the Grade 10s returning from Germany on Friday. We look forward to the tales they have to tell of their experiences! Many lifelong friendships have sprung from our Germany Exchange Programme, and a number of our scholars have found that the connections bear fruit not only when future planning holidays and gap years, but even for their future careers.

 

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Puppets can stimulate children’s imagination and creative play and encourage the discovery of new experiences and thoughts; any puppet can encourage even the quietest of children to start talking. Puppets can break down barriers and provide an effective means to initiate communication. Last week our ‘Little Oaks’ had the opportunity to participate in a puppet show by Jane Allison with the title “Saving our Planet”.  They learned that we only have one world, and each one of us needs to take responsibility for our part of it now – and they learned how we can make a difference. The show covered climate change, using water wisely, recycling & reusing, pollution and its effects and many other important topics. Everyone enjoyed the show and went home with the knowledge of how to save our world.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 10s outside Lichtenstein Castle in Germany, before heading for the ‘Klettergarten’ amusement park.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 10s outside Lichtenstein Castle in Germany, before heading for the ‘Klettergarten’ amusement park.

Members of Hermannsburg’s Nature Club at the Umgeni Bird Park, where they were able to see a great variety of our feathered friends up close.

Members of Hermannsburg’s Nature Club at the Umgeni Bird Park, where they were able to see a great variety of our feathered friends up close.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’ Povana Chuntharpursat, Alwande Ndlovu, Keryn du Preez and Abelo Nene enjoyed Jane Allison’s informative and educational puppet show.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’ Povana Chuntharpursat, Alwande Ndlovu, Keryn du Preez and Abelo Nene enjoyed Jane Allison’s informative and educational puppet show.

11 JUNE 2018

Although our school is affiliated with the Independent Schools’ Association of Southern Africa (ISASA), and offers the National Senior Certificate through the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) – which means that all our tuition takes place in English, throughout the school – our school also belongs to a network of schools offering the German Language Diploma, or ‘DSD’ (on all available levels). A representative of our school was therefore invited to attend the World Congress of German Schools Abroad, which is held every four years. Mr Witthöft, our Deputy Principal, attended the Congress and the workshops, which took place in Berlin last week, gaining insights into international trends and challenges in education, as well as quality management and monitoring in schools.

During the High School examinations, which ended on Monday, there were no sport fixtures, but before that, in their last 7s rugby tournament (which included play-offs for final positions for the season), our 1st team ended their match against Reddam 12-22, placing 8th out of the 11 schools for 2018. Our Junior team ended the season 4th on the log. We congratulate our teams on their achievements this season and on the growth they have shown in 7s rugby.

 

HMB LITTLE OAKS ORACLE

Planting Checkers’ ‘Little Garden’ seeds was great fun for scholars from our Green Group (Grade RRR)! They were mesmerized by planting their very own little seeds in the soil. They are taking great care to water them daily, waiting for them to grow into big flowers; there were big smiles when they saw the first signs of green coming through the soil. The children love being part of the process of new growth, and long the way they learn the importance of taking good care of their seedlings while they watch them grow and make sure that they get plenty of light too. What a valuable life-lesson they are learning!

Our Grade 10s enjoyed their day-visit to Tübingen as they continue to experience Germany - they have a week left of their four-week stay with their host families.

Our Grade 10s enjoyed their day-visit to Tübingen as they continue to experience Germany – they have a week left of their four-week stay with their host families.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’, Abelo Nele, Daniella Gevers and Okajehova Sibisi preparing to plant their seedlings, which they will nurture as they watch them grow.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’, Abelo Nele, Daniella Gevers and Okajehova Sibisi preparing to plant their seedlings, which they will nurture as they watch them grow.

04 JUNE 2018

Our U11 hockey girls played in a tournament at New Hanover, winning two, drawing one, and losing one game against Treverton (2-0), Lynford School (2-0), Greytown Junior School (1-1) and New Hanover (0-2). Ariya Khan and Carolina Hoffmann scored the goals for Hermannsburg. Well done to all our U11 girls!

In Germany, our Grade 10s visited Sonthofen (Germany’s most southerly town) in the Bavarian alps, the castle at Neuschwanstein, the Allianz Arena (home of FC Bayern-München), and Füssen, where they saw many older building styles. Two weeks into their leg of the exchange, our scholars have another two weeks to look forward to in Germany.

We wish our scholars all the best with the last of their June exams, which end on Monday.

 

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Jörg Mueller, a photographer doing photographic research on German communities and schools around the world, visited our school last week to take some images of how German is taught and integrated into life at our school. He studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, where he graduated as ‘Diplom Designer’ before starting his career as a freelance photographer in 1991 in Hamburg as a photographer for the magazine ‘Sports’. Since 2009 he has been represented by the renowned ‘Focus’ agency.

Today, he works mainly in the field of reportage and portrait photography, working for well-known German and international magazines such as ‘National Geographic’ and ‘Der Spiegel’.  A special focus of his work are topics with an inter-cultural background. In 2007, he was awarded the Hansel Mieth Prize for his reportage on Chinese textile workers in Italy, who produce cheap fashion under the label ‘Made in Italy’. In addition to reportage, business photography and event photography form further focal points of his work. Today, Mr Müller works mainly for agencies and the public relations sector; his photographs have been exhibited several times.

The images he took at our school will be exhibited by the Goethe Institute in Berlin, and possibly elsewhere, depending on the acclaim they receive.

Hermannsburg’s Erin and Amy Whittle with one of their German partners at Sonthofen in the Bavarian Alps, which they visited as part of Hermannsburg’s four-week Germany Exchange Programme with HAP Grieshaber Gymnasium in Reutlingen, Germany.

Hermannsburg’s Erin and Amy Whittle with one of their German partners at Sonthofen in the Bavarian Alps, which they visited as part of Hermannsburg’s four-week Germany Exchange Programme with HAP Grieshaber Gymnasium in Reutlingen, Germany.

Hermannsburg’s Matthew du Preez, Mahir Singh, James Waller and Sithenkosi Ngidi with the German photographer Jörg Müller

Hermannsburg’s Matthew du Preez, Mahir Singh, James Waller and Sithenkosi Ngidi with the German photographer Jörg Müller.

28 MAY 2018

RAKweek is here!  While Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) are by no means uncommon in Hermannsburg, this week sees our school focusing on all the good things that happen to us and that we can ‘pay forward’, from the Kindergarten to the High School. Whether it is helping someone to carry something, making someone a cup of coffee, making a new friend, or even picking up after someone, we look forward to experiencing many positive contributions through the week.

Our Grade 10s arrived safely in Germany, albeit after a long stopover to catch a connecting flight. “We may be taught all our subjects in English, but we can communicate in German too!” is the message that they have taken with them to Germany. Their four-week sojourn will immerse them in a continental culture and language – an unparalleled opportunity for personal growth and to gain a more global insight into the world around them. Contacts forged during the Germany Exchange Programme can last a lifetime.

Congratulations go to Awande Mbuli, who was selected for the U16 Country Districts hockey team. She will play for the team in a tournament during the July holidays. Our 1st team hockey boys played Grace College, and won 3-0.

As we gear up for the June examinations, which start this Friday, we wish all our scholars sound memory and perfect recall for the week ahead – all the hard work they have put in will pay off!

 

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Planting Checkers’ ‘Little Garden’ seeds was great fun for scholars from our Green Group (Grade RRR)! They were mesmerized by planting their very own little seeds in the soil. They are taking great care to water them daily, waiting for them to grow into big flowers; there were big smiles when they saw the first signs of green coming through the soil. The children love being part of the process of new growth, and long the way they learn the importance of taking good care of their seedlings while they watch them grow and make sure that they get plenty of light too. What a valuable life-lesson they are learning!

Hermannsburg’s Random Acts of Kindness week (RAKweek) started early on Monday morning with scholars putting up a wealth of kindness quotes on a classroom wall for all to see.

To signal the start of Hermannsburg’s Random Acts of Kindness week (RAKweek), scholars put up kindness quotes to remind us all of what we can do for others during the week.

Some of Hermannsburg’s Grade 10s at Reutlingen train station, being welcomed by their German host families as they start their four-week stay in Germany.

Some of Hermannsburg’s Grade 10s at Reutlingen train station, being welcomed by their German host families as they start their four-week stay in Germany.

To signal the start of Hermannsburg’s Random Acts of Kindness week (RAKweek), scholars put up kindness quotes to remind us all of what we can do for others during the week.

Hermannsburg’s Random Acts of Kindness week (RAKweek) started early on Monday morning with scholars putting up a wealth of kindness quotes on a classroom wall for all to see.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’, Abelo Nele, Daniella Gevers and Okajehova Sibisi preparing to plant their seedlings, which they will nurture as they watch them grow.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’, Abelo Nele, Daniella Gevers and Okajehova Sibisi preparing to plant their seedlings, which they will nurture as they watch them grow.

21 MAY 2018

As our scholars and teachers enjoy their mid-term break, we are thankful to everyone who contributed to this year’s Schulfest, celebrating 162 years of our school. Seeing so many of our Old Scholars and friends of our school, and spending time with them in relaxed good spirits was fantastic. On Friday, our choir received a standing ovation at the music recital, following superb performances by soloists and our music teachers, before everyone enjoyed a convivial evening around the bonfires. Primary School and High School hockey and 7s rugby dominated the morning’s activities, and in the afternoon the tractor rides, ‘train’ rides, mechanical bull ‘rides’, Old Scholar hockey and many other activities ensured that there was something for everyone to enjoy on Saturday. The church service in the marquee on Sunday was a fitting close to the weekend. We thank every helping hand and sponsor, whether in cash or kind, for their contributions towards the success of this year’s Schulfest.

Our girls’ 1st hockey team played against Domino Servite (1-1) and Alexandra High (0-0), while our U16 girls played and won against Curro Mount Richmore (1-0), Domino Servite (1-0) and drew with Alexandra High (0-0). The U14 team won against Alexandra High (2-0), and our U11 girls won against Wartburg (1-0) but ended 0-1 against Greytown Junior School. The Grade 2 girls had tremendous fun playing against Wartburg (winning 1-0) and Greytown Junior School (where they ended 0-5). Our U18 7s rugby team played against Faithway College and Maritzburg Christian School in a three-way tournament.

We wish our Grade 10s safe travels and a wonderful, enriching time in Germany, as they leave South Africa behind  this Wednesday to spend four weeks in Germany with their host families, touring various historical and contemporary sites and immersing themselves in the culture this prominent European nation. We look forward to hearing about their experiences.

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

 

Schulfest 2018 was the best! We had loads of fun with lots and lots of games to celebrate 162 years of our school. Tractor rides, jumping on the jumping castles and a lantern procession on Friday made this year’s Schulfest unforgettable for us. But we also know that we owe a big Thank You to all our parents, teachers and to all our HMB friends for organising, donating, working and supporting us on that day. Without your hard work we could not have had such a wonderful and fabulous day – THANK YOU!

The ‘train rides’ at this year’s Hermannsburg Schulfest were a huge hit with the kiddies, among the many other games and activities celebrating the 162nd year of our school’s existence.

The ‘train rides’ at this year’s Hermannsburg Schulfest were a huge hit with the kiddies, among the many other games and activities celebrating the 162nd year of our school’s existence.

14 May 2018

Our scholars took an active role in the Greytown MTB Classic this past weekend, with James Waller 2nd in the 3km run and 3rd in the 10km cycle, while Amy Whittle was 1st lady home in the 10km cycle. Unfortunately, the night ride was cancelled due to a heavy storm on the night. A huge thank-you goes to Mrs Penny Waller, who organised Hermannsburg’s participation in organising and competing in the Classic, as well as to all our scholars and the Chetty family for their hard work and dedication (not least at the bike wash, where the bikes came in fast and dirty). We congratulate the Greytown MTB Club on another well-run and fun Classic – we are honoured to be a part of this community project.

In hockey news, our 1st team girls played Domino Servite and drew 0-0, and the U16 girls won 1-0 (Amy Whittle scoring for Hermannsburg). The girls also played against Greytown High School, the 1st losing 0-1 and the 2nd team drawing 1-1 (Liteboho Mosheshe scoring); Kei Blackburn scored for the U16 team, to secure them a 1-0 win. The U14 team win their game 2-1. The boys played a rare home game against Maritzburg College – our young 1st team ended their game 0-2 and the U15s 1-2 (Mufhiwa Magoro scoring for Hmb). In the Spar Hockey Tournament, our girls (with a number of U15s filling in for 1st-team players) played against Greytown (0-2), Wembley (0-2), Wartburg (0-3) and Domino Servite (1-0). Congratulations to Greytown, who took the final against Wartburg.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 1 girls won three and drew one of their hockey matches in the tournament at New Hanover, against Wartburg (0-0), New Hanover (3-0), Wembley (3-1) and Epworth (1-0). The Grade 2 girls played New Hanover (0-2), Greytown (1-1) and Epworth (2-0).

We look forward to more success on the sports fields at this year’s Schulfest, on Saturday, 19 May, with 7s rugby as well as junior and senior girls’ hockey. We are proud of Awande Mbuli and Kei Blackburn, who are playing for the U16 Umzinyathi team – Awande attended the KZN Inland team trials this past weekend.

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

One of the many special attractions at our Schulfest this year, will be our very own ‘Hermannsburg Schulfest Express’ – a fun train-ride for kids that will keep them entertained for hours; there will be lots of other fun activities for the kiddies at Schulfest, and we look forward to seeing you on a journey through our beautiful campus this Saturday!

Hermannsburg’s Umzinyathi hockey players, Liam Uys (U12), Kei Blackburn (U16) and Awande Mbuli (U16), with sport co-ordinator Debbie Walton and principal Trevor Harbottle.

Hermannsburg’s Umzinyathi hockey players, Liam Uys (U12), Kei Blackburn (U16) and Awande Mbuli (U16), with sport co-ordinator Debbie Walton and principal Trevor Harbottle.

Hermannsburg’s estate manager, Mr ‘Siggi’ Prigge, taking some of the Little Oaks and their teachers for a test-drive of the train before the upcoming Saturday’s Schulfest.

Hermannsburg’s estate manager, Mr ‘Siggi’ Prigge, taking some of the Little Oaks and their teachers for a test-drive of the train before the upcoming Saturday’s Schulfest.

30 April 2018

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Dressed in gumboots and comfortable clothing, our Little Oaks went to Mr. Rainer Kassier’s farm last Monday to get a closer look at vegetables and fruits. There was NO time for flash cards because we could see, touch, smell and taste the real things. Our scholars gained a deeper understanding about the growing of vegetables, the life cycle of a pumpkin and the parts of a plant. We were allowed to take many different types of vegetables and fruits back to the Kindergarten, to learn all the different names, and to explore the insides of some of them. A big thank you goes to the Kassier family for allowing us to invade their vegetable patch – we know now that vegetables don’t grow on supermarket shelves, but from seeds, in the soil.

Hermannsburg’s Ayathandwa Dzanibe, Povana Chuntarpursat, Zenande Thwala, Elihle Ngiba, Mr Rainer Kassier, Josiah Harbottle, Zoë Heij, Daniella Gevers and Lubanzi Mbatha learning all about vegetables.

Hermannsburg’s Ayathandwa Dzanibe, Povana Chuntarpursat, Zenande Thwala, Elihle Ngiba, Mr Rainer Kassier, Josiah Harbottle, Zoë Heij, Daniella Gevers and Lubanzi Mbatha learning all about vegetables.

07 MAY 2018

We congratulate Liam Uys on being selected to represent the U12 Umzinyathi hockey team, which will play its first tournament on 19-20 May. In other hockey news, our U11 hockey girls played against Pelham A (0-1), Pelham B (1-0), New Hanover (0-0) and Wartburg (0-0) at Wembley last week. Playing against Wartburg, our U14 girls won 1-0 (goal by Brielle Swanlow), the U16 girls won 3-0 (goals by Kei Blackburn, Amy Whittle, Zenande Magubane), with the 1st team ending 0-1 in a match cut short early in the second half due to poor visibility. The girls’ 1st team went on to win 1-0 against Grace College later in the week (goal by Awande Mbuli). Our hockey boys’ team played against Wartburg (0-4).

Preparations for the Greytown Mountain Bike Classic are nearing completion. Under the guidance of Mrs Penny Waller, Hermannsburg has charge of the night race as well as participating and helping in other areas. We wish our scholars, teachers and parents participating in and helping in the weekend’s events every success. At the same time, preparations for our annual Schulfest (school festival) continue apace – we will celebrate 162 years of HMB from Friday, 18 May to Sunday, 20 May, with the main activities on Saturday, 19 May.

We wish our Grade 10s sound memory and clear recall for their half-year examinations, which start on Friday and which lead up to their departure for Germany, where they will spend four weeks with their guest families.

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

Every year, lanterns light up on the eve of our Schulfest (school festival) in Hermannsburg. On Friday, 18 May this year, all children and their parents will be able to participate in the popular tradition. The lantern procession (Laternenumzug) is always a highlight, especially for the Kindergarten and Primary School children. A lantern can be obtained for only R20, and the procession meanders around the school to the accompaniment of songs like ‘I walk with my lantern’ and ‘my lantern with me’. Then, on Saturday, 19 May, children and adults can enjoy themselves at different game stations … decorating gingerbread hearts, jumping on the jumping castle or taking a train or tractor ride among many, many more activities. We hope we will all see you at Schulfest 2018!

Congratulations go to Hermannsburg’s Liam Uys for being selected to represent the U12 Umzinyathi hockey team.

Congratulations go to Hermannsburg’s Liam Uys for being selected to represent the U12 Umzinyathi hockey team.

Daniel Surendorff, Lihlithemba Makhoba, Emma Reibeling, Khayelihle Makhoba, Jona Risch, Ayabonga Cele and Keryn du Preez with the some of the lanterns they have been preparing for Hermannsburg’s Schulfest.

Daniel Surendorff, Lihlithemba Makhoba, Emma Reibeling, Khayelihle Makhoba, Jona Risch, Ayabonga Cele and Keryn du Preez with the some of the lanterns they have been preparing for Hermannsburg’s Schulfest.

23 April 2018

On Tuesday evening, 17 April, our school’s two houses pitted their collective knowledge against each other. Almost the whole High School participated – even a teacher or two attempted the challenge! Categories ranged from riddles to rebus puzzles, abbreviations to acronyms, and questions on topics from English to isiZulu and geography to current affairs. At half-time, Bushbuck’s ‘Twins Squared’ (Erin & Amy Whittle, Ivan & Dasha Mohlala) were tied with Reedbuck’s ‘Team Us’ (Paul Tönsing, Philip Lütge, Luca Poser, Nonjabulo Khoza), and the battle was on. By the end of the last section (name that anthem and identify the movie) Team Us had managed to pull ahead of their immediate rivals to be the top team of the evening. In the end, however, Bushbuck took the house honours for the evening.

 

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Ingrid Wentzel to the Life Sciences Locum post, while Mrs Ronelle van Dyk is on maternity leave from 9 May until 21 September. Ms Wentzel has taught in a number of schools in South Africa, and abroad in Sweden, having completed her BSc in Botany and Zoology through North West University in Potchefstroom and UNISA. We look forward to welcoming her to our staff on 7 May.

 

During the first term, every child in the Primary School made an Easter basket. Some were decorated, colourful paper baskets, some had a rabbit head and some were even big bunny baskets – but every one of them contained marshmallow Easter eggs. Grade 6, 7 and 11 scholars (Carolina Hoffmann, Zail Rubieparsad, Cebo Mzila, Jarrod and Abigail Dukhi) accompanied Mrs Hoffmann and Mrs Rubieparsad to Pastor Nathan’s children’s ministry outreach programme in Greytown. They had 100 baskets with them, so no child was left out. First, they sang some songs together and then everyone enjoyed a fun time with these very active children. Our scholars are looking forward to another fun-filled visit later this term.

 

Our hockey and rugby players had a full round of fixtures last week. Our U16 and U14 girls played hockey against Epworth, ending 0-0 and 1-5 respectively (with a goal to Mishka Khan); our 1st team girls played well, but ended 0-2 against Epworth, while the 2nd team ended 0-5. The boys’ U16 hockey team played against Weston, ending 1-2 (goal by Mondli Gumede); the U15 team played against Carter (0-3), as did the boys’ 1st team (0-5). The Primary School tag rugby team played at a tournament at New Hanover, against Lynnford (1-5), Treverton (6-3), New Hanover 2 (2-5) and New Hanover 3 (2-3).  Our 1st 7s rugby team played at Grace College against Carter (12-7), Curro Richmore (7-26), Grace College (7-14); our U15 team played Carter (21-10), Curro Richmore (31-7) and Grace College (0-43).

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

 

For two weeks our Little Oaks have been learning all about traffic and traffic rules – the big highlight was our traffic day last Friday. Everyone brought their bicycles, tricycles and scooters to school and even the rain could not hold us back – we were lucky as the day progressed, as the rain stopped and we could ride outside. All of the Little Oaks played interesting games like the robot game or crossing an imaginary river on bean bags. At the end of the day the bikes needed a good wash so they would sparkle before they went home, and so the Little Oaks learned that cleaning is also part of traffic day!

Some of Hermannsburg’s littler Little Oaks gathered for traffic day with their favourite bikes.

Some of Hermannsburg’s littler Little Oaks gathered for traffic day with their favourite bikes.

General Knowledge Quiz

Hermannsburg’s Bushbuck and Reedbuck pitted themselves against one another at the recent inter-house general knowledge quiz.

Hermannsburg’s Cebo Mzila avoids being tagged, with Matthew du Preez in support against Treverton at the recent tag rugby tournament at Hew Hanover.

Hermannsburg’s Cebo Mzila avoids being tagged, with Matthew du Preez in support against Treverton at the recent tag rugby tournament at Hew Hanover.

Mrs Katja Hoffmann and a group of our scholars delivered Easter baskets to Pastor Nathan’s children’s centre as part of Hermannsburg’s ‘Children helping Children’ initiative.

Mrs Katja Hoffmann and a group of our scholars delivered Easter baskets to Pastor Nathan’s children’s centre as part of Hermannsburg’s ‘Children helping Children’ initiative.

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.

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.

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

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.

Multigrade Learning

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

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.

 

HMB LITTLE OAKS’ ORACLE

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.