Looking for Father Christmas – that is what our ‘Little Oaks’ did last Tuesday. Rainer Kassier came with his tractor and trailer and picked up all the Little Oaks and their teachers from Kindergarten in Hermannsburg. Together, they went on a search to find Father Christmas around Hermannsburg. By singing carols throughout the ride, they were eventually able to track down the jolly old man near the Hermannsburg church. Back at the Kindergarten, the scholars were thrilled to have Father Christmas present; they each had the opportunity to sit on his lap for a photo and to receive a gift from him. Thank you, Father Christmas, for visiting us! A big thank you goes to ‘Uncle’ Rainer for driving everyone around.

Above: Lwandiswa Hlongwa (Grade R) was one of Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks who was thrilled at meeting Father Christmas and sitting on his lap for a photograph.

Above: Hermannsburg’s Primary School scholars spent time last week recycling old CD’s into smart Christmas decorations during their ‘alternative programme’ week.

Above: Hermannsburg’s Primary School scholars made their own fruit salad last week, as part of their ‘alternative programme’ week, before showing the good manners they had learned when they ate their delicious salads.


While the High School was away on its biennial bush school experience, the Primary School embarked on an alternative programme, where scholars decorated old CD to transform them into Christmas decorations, beaded Christmas balls, and converted ice-cream sticks into Christmas trees. The scholars also learned about etiquette and manners, made their  own fruit salads and sandwiches and ate them using what they learnt about good manners. They also made a collage about their teachers using magazines, nature and any other creative inspiration they had in them. Because it was so hot, they spent some time cooling off in the swimming pool, as well as practising for the awards ceremony. A soccer match against scholars from the Hermannsburg Combined school rounded off the week. Everyone enjoyed the various activities and learnt many different skills which they would not have learned in ‘normal school’ time.

Hermannsburg’s High School are enjoying their biennial bush school in ‘Darkest Africa’, reprising the great fun, learning and camaraderie of previous bush camps. (Photo from the bush camp in 2017).


We congratulate all our scholars who wrote their Deutsches Sprachdiplom or ‘DSD’ (German language diploma) examinations earlier this year. The DSD follows the European language framework, and there are two levels: the DSD I and the DSD II (the latter satisfying the language proficiency requirements of German universities, for those wanting to study abroad).

Sven Meyer, Paul Tönsing, Philip Lütge and Kirsten Rabe all achieved the DSD II. Luka Poser, Sonja de Wet, Stephanie Meyer, Nina Schmidt, Monique Jonker, Jonathan Königkrämer, Mufhiwa Magoro, Jarmin Claassen, Kei Blackburn, Michael Nell, Ivan Mohlala, Cuan Malyon, Salmaan Ebrahim and Lara Knoetze achieved the DSD I. Those who wrote the DSD I this year will have the opportunity to write the DSD II in 2020. Our school has been assisting some scholars from other schools to write and achieve the DSD, and five of those scholars achieved their DSD I. Our thanks go to our dedicated and capable German language department for these results.

This week, our High School lessons are taking place Mr Piet Opperman’s farm, ‘Darkest Africa’. There, or scholars go back to basics, cooking their own food and living without cell-phones, while their daily lessons range from ethics and the challenges our world faces, to first aid and river studies. We thank Mr Opperman for once again allowing our school to make use of his farm.


Graduation is a traditional ceremony for our ‘Little Oaks’ at Hermannsburg. Proud parents and loved ones packed the Hermannsburg church hall, as 10 Little Oaks graduated. They said “good-bye” to the other pre-school scholars with their dramatisation of the fairy tale ‘The three little pigs’. This was followed by a slide-show highlighting all the great moments of this past year’s school life. Our Little Oaks looked so gorgeous and proud in their graduation gowns when their graduation certificates were handed to them by our principal, Mr Trevor Harbottle. We wish our Little Oaks all the very best as they enter into Grade 1 in 2020.

Right: We congratulate Hermannsburg’s Grade R graduates following their recent graduation ceremony: Lubanzi Mbatha, Lubabalo Gasa, Okajehova Sibisi, Langelihle Xulu, Unathi Xhakaza, Lusekho Shongwe, Khayelihle Makhoba, Melizwi Ngobese, Ayathandwa Dzanibe, Lwandiswa Hlongwa stand proudly with with their teacher, Mrs Uta Malzahn.


Hermannsburg’s principal, Mr Trevor Harbottle, with the prefects for 2020:
Nqobile Sithole, Paul Tönsing, Naseeha Mahomed, Sven Meyer,
Jemma Hayward, Mufhiwa Magoro and Zenande Magubane.

21 OCTOBER 2019

We congratulate our prefects for 2020 on their election last week. Jemma Hayward, Mufhiwa Magoro, Zenande Magubane, Naseeha Mahomed, Sven Meyer, Nqobile Sithole and Paul Tönsing have taken up their duties and we look forward to their leadership within our school. At the awards ceremony at the end of the year the head prefects will be announced, and also which portfolio each prefect will lead. The portfolios include day scholar affairs, boarder affairs, eco-school, sport & cultural activities and school events management; our prefects have the opportunity to introduce new initiatives and to motivate our scholars to actively engage in these aspects of school life in Hermannsburg. We wish the prefects strength and wisdom to fulfil their roles in the year ahead. A vote of thanks goes to the outgoing prefects of 2019 for their hard work and dedication to our school, laying the foundations in the various portfolios and for their support of the school’s ideals.

Congratulations go to all the merit, half-colour, full colour and honours winners of Hermannsburg’s Class of 2019: Dieter Volker, Ivan Mohlala, Sean Ngwenya, Lydia Köhne, Dasha Mohlala, Sinqobile Mngoma, Clara Kohrs, Kirsten Ortmann, Zimtoti Dlamini, Liteboho Mosheshe, Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose and Angelika Meyer.

Hermannsburg congratulates the Class of 2019 trophy winners: Dieter Volker, Ivan Mohlala, Lydia Köhne, Dasha Mohlala, Abigail Dukhi, Angelika Meyer, Liteboho Mosheshe, Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose and Clara Kohrs.

14 OCTOBER 2019

We congratulate the Class of 2019 on the many awards with which the members of the class was presented on Friday, 11 October at their awards ceremony, which also marked the end of their official lessons for 2019. Certificates of merit were awarded to Clara Kohrs (soccer), Angelika Meyer (academics), Dash Mohlala (academics), Ivan Mohlala (academics & athletics), Sean Ngwenya (cricket, soccer & athletics) and Dieter Volker (academics). Half-Colours were awarded to Lydia Köhne (academics), Dasha Mohlala (soccer), Ivan Mohlala (hockey), Liteboho Mosheshe (academics), Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose (hockey), Kirsten Ortmann (academics) and Dieter Volker (hockey & cricket). Full Colours were awarded to Zimtoti Dlamini (soccer), Lydia Köhne (swimming & hockey), Clara Kohrs (academics), Angelika Meyer (hockey & soccer), Sinqobile Mngoma (soccer), Liteboho Mosheshe (soccer & KZN Midlands Youth Choir), Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose (athletics & soccer) and Dieter Volker (swimming). Honours were awarded to Clara Kohrs and Angelika Meyer for their membership of the KZN Youth Choir for several years, and also to Sinqobile Mngoma for her membership in the KZN Midlands Youth Choir for several years.

Trophies and special awards went to Lydia Köhne (Ulrich Prigge Deutsch Pokal, Gert & Wynina Jansen van Vuuren Afrikaans Trophy and the W&K Schröder Language Proficiency Trophy), Ivan Mohlala (Edith Clark Memorial English Trophy, Trustees’ Prize for Consistent Effort), Zimtoti Dlamini (isiZulu Prize), Angelika Meyer (Ulrich Prigge Music Trophy), Dasha Mohlala (Lombardozzi Life Orientation Trophy, A.R.T. Maharaj Memorial Geography Trophy & Landman Family Mathematical Literacy Trophy), Liteboho Mosheshe (Neil Reid Accounting Trophy, Ultimate Creatures CC Life Sciences Trophy & Tudor Ignat Memorial Physical Sciences Trophy), Dieter Volker (Mel Taylor History Trophy & Sportsman of the Year), Abigail Dukhi (Trustees’ Prize for Consistent Effort, Class of 1995 Matric Trophy for Service above Self, Ernst Schütze Trophy for Service above Self), Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose (Sportswoman of the Year) and Clara Kohrs (Morgentau Visual Arts Trophy & Dux Trophy for 2019).

Congratulations go to Hermannburg’s Clara Kohrs, Dux of the school for 2019, on her fine academic achievements throughout the year.

We wish the Class of 2019 all the best as they prepare for their final examinations, which will end on 29 November.


Are you ready for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan? The Little Oaks from the Hermannsburg Kindergarten are! And so are all the classes from Grade 1 to 12: each Grade drew one of the participating countries to support and they have decorated their classrooms and done research about ‘their’ team. Every Monday, two classes will give short presentations to introduce the rest of the school to their team. The Little Oaks learned lots of interesting facts about the country of the All-Blacks, and decorated the long passage in the Kindergarten with creative art work and interesting facts about New Zealand. After the holiday, they will practice for our presentation and everyone is super-excited about it already.









Right: Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks Ayathandwa Dzanibe, Okajehova Sibisi, Lubanzi Mbatha, Langelihle Xulu, Lusekho Shlongwe, Melizwi Ngobese and Unathi Xhakaza in front of the Kindergarten’s New Zealand display.

Mr N Nene, Josiah Harbottle, Melizwi Ngobese, Zwelabantu Zekwaila, Lusekho Shongwe, Ava Rose Adlem, Khwezi Ntuli and Mrs B du Preez at Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks’ Kindergarten’s inaugural Mini-Debutantes’ Ball.


Hermannsburg’s Little Oaks’ Kindergarten congratulates the winners of our first ever Mini-Debutantes’ Ball, where the scholars who had raised the most money were crowned the winners: Zwelabantu Sekwaila and Lusekho Shongwe were crowned King and Queen, Ava-Rose Adlem and Melizwi Ngobese received the first princess and prince award; and Khwezi Ntuli and Josiah Harbottle were crowned second princess and prince.

Mr Nhlanhla Nene, as guest of honour, together with Mrs Brigitte du Preez, our guest speaker, handed out miniature trophies and certificates to all our participants, as all our scholars had contributed towards the fundraising and are therefore winners.

The hall was exquisitely decorated and all scholars, parents, guests and teachers were elegantly dressed in ball-gowns and smart suits.  Mr Harbottle, our principal and Kindergarten dad, opened the ball with a word of welcome, followed by our guest speaker, Mrs du Preez, who talked about: “All I really need to know, I learned in Kindergarten”. After her talk, guests were entertained by a little dance our debutantes had been rehearsing, to a German song called ‘Komm Tanz Mit Mir’, which was followed by the mother-son and father-daughter dance.

Everyone enjoyed fine food followed by a huge piece of a specially-made royal cake. Special thanks go to Mrs Pavini Chetty for all the excellent organisation, as well as to all our sponsors, helpers and teachers who helped make our first ever Debutantes’ Ball such a great success.


Our Primary School spent three days at Berg Venture last week, on the annual Primary School Camp. The scholars were able to go abseiling at a waterfall and  went horse-riding, tree-climbing and zip-lining to mention some of the activities. They also had lots of fun and games on the lawn at Berg Venture, making their own chicken potjie and getting (good) dirty while doing the obstacle course. There was great food and the lovely, helpful and energetic facilitators took good care of everyone. A big Thank You goes to Berg Venture and team.

At the same time, the Grade 9s enjoyed a wonderful three-day stay at the beautiful L’Abri Outdoor Adventure centre in Karkloof, on their class camp. They were blessed with sunshine and warm evenings and all enjoyed chatting over hot chocolate and star-gazing in the exquisite stillness of the indigenous forests of the Karkloof. There were lots of challenges, some sore muscles and many good laughs as the scholars explored the theme “who am I?”

Our 27th HMB Golf Day is coming up on the weekend, with the Friday field teeing off at 11:00 on 20 September, and the Saturday field due to start at 10:00 on 21 September. There are still some slots available for those who would like to join in for a round of golf. Please contact the school secretary on 074 125 0054 for entry forms and details.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 9s spent three days in the Karkloof at L’Abri Adventure Camp for their annual class camp, where they had great fun while discovering more about themselves as individuals.

Hermannsburg’s Primary School spent three days at Berg Venture for this year’s Primary School Camp, and had loads of fun under the watchful eye of the facilitators.


After two days of drizzle and light rain, Saturday dawned cool but with clear skies and a warming sun for the annual Umvoti Athletics meeting at Hermannsburg. This year, five schools again participated and the competition was keen among the Primary School competitors. Greytown Junior School scored the most points on the day, followed by Domino Servite School, Deutsche Schule Durban, Wartburg and Hermannsburg. Five records tumbled on the day and we congratulate the new record-holders: Kayla Witthöft (from Domino Servite – girls’ U10 80m and 100m), Reitumetse Gumbi (from Wartburg – boys’ U10 80m and 100m) and Domino Servite’s girls’ relay team (U10 4 x 100m relay). Victrix Ludorum was Kayla Witthöft and Victor Ludorum Owen Witthöft (both from Domino Servite). A big thank you goes to all the participating schools and the many parents who came to support their children, as well as the Hermannsburg scholars and parents who helped officiate and provided food & drink through the day respectively.

As our Grade 12s finish their trial examinations this week, we look forward to the short holiday starting on 20 September, which is also the first day of the 2019 HMB Golf Day – the main day will be on Saturday, 21 September and there are still slots available for golfers and sponsors to participate. Please email golfday@hmbschool.co.zaor telephone 074 125 0054 for entry details.


Our ‘Little Oaks’ welcomed their grandparents to their Kindergarten on Friday, 6 September. The grandparents spent time looking at their grandchildren’s portfolios and enjoyed tea, coffee and lots of yummy treats, served to them by the Kindergarten Staff and volunteer workers. After that they participated in a hands-on activity with their grandchildren, the Little Oaks and their grandparents worked together to colour in, cut out and construct the well-known fairy tale, ‘Jack and the beanstalk’. Working together was an opportunity to learn about teamwork and interesting conversations were had. The highlight of the morning was the puppet-show of the story, presented by the teachers. Each Kindergarten grandparent took home a special clay hand-print created by their grandchild to remember the great morning they enjoyed together.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oak’, Lwandiswa Hlongwa, enjoyed grandparents day with his mother and grandmother.

Hermannsburg’s Grade 12s planted a Forest Bushwillow as their ‘matric tree’ on Monday, to celebrate arbor week and as something to come back to during visits to Hermannsburg in years to come.


Spring, it seems, has sprung! Around Hermannsburg, new leaves are unfolding, buds are opening into flowers and new growth is showing in many different places. Our scholars took this as a sign that it was time to have a ‘spring day’ civvies day, and to dress in bright and cheerful colours in celebration on Monday. With it being arbor week, Monday was also the day on which our Grade 12s planted their ‘matric tree’ – following in the footsteps of many classes before them – during the morning devotion. Matric trees dot our campus at Hermannsburg, and Old Scholars can visit and see how their trees are growing.


This year, the Grade 12s planted a Forest Bushwillow (Combretum kraussii), an indigenous tree that we hope will do very well in Hermannsburg’s climate. The official trees of the year, the Marula (Sclerocarya birrea) and Apple-leaf (Philenoptera violacea) are sadly not ideally suited to the temperatures in Hermannsburg, and we want the matric tree to grow strong and tall. We look forward to seeing the tree grow in the coming years, and provide shade for the common area where our boarders can socialise in the afternoons.

We are also looking forward to our 27thHMB Golf Day on 20/21 September. There are still opportunities and slots available, so anyone interested in either sponsoring or just playing on the day is asked to email golfday@hmbschool.co.zafor more information (or telephone 074 125 0054).


A great way to get our scholars excited about the themes we teach them, is to take them on a field trip that reinforces what they are learning. So, with our theme ‘different occupations’ we took them to Build Itin Kranskop, where they learned about all sorts of new things! They discovered the behind-the-scenes activities of a store (e.g. goods storage and delivery, loading of goods on to the truck, and how shelves were arranged in the shop). They recognized all sorts of different building materials and they became more familiar with the different roles of the people working at Build It, for example the cashier, the manager, the stocker, the driver and the security guard. During our tour we met some of the friendliest staff we know! They were more than willing to go out of their way to help us learn as much as we could. A big thank you goes to Mrs Ngwenya and her team at Build It in Kranskop for showing us around their wonderful store.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’ visited the Kranskop Build It store to learn all about who works in a store and what each person does.

26 AUGUST 2019

“What do I want to be when I grow up?” was one of many questions we discussed with our ‘Little Oaks’ last week. They drew their dream jobs on paper and had conversations about why they wanted to become actors, doctors or even astronauts. Then we looked more closely at what it means to work as a baker, or as a fire-fighter. By means of lots of songs, creative activities and stories, we helped the ‘Little Oaks’ discover jobs they did not even know existed. And to our big surprise, we discovered that not all people who are working get paid! For example: mommies and daddies who do housework, volunteer at local charities and churches, and so on, don’t get paid for their work. Did you know that?

19 AUGUST 2019

Our recent inter-house athletics meeting was hotly contested, with many personal bests and some stunning performances and we thank all the athletes and their parents for their participation and support. In the end, there had to be a winner, and this year Reedbuck took the honours, earning both the Rommelspacher Trophy as the winning house on points and the Christél Brooks Trophy (narrowly) for the best spirit displayed on the day.

In the Primary School, the top achievers were Tihyano Madela & Bala Ngubane (U7 Champions), Keryn du Preez & Daanyaal Hoosen (U9 Champions), Lisu Mabuyakhulu & Nkazimulo Sosiba (U11 Champions),Liam Uys (U13 Champion and Andrew Bam Trophy for Junior Victor Ludorum), Thando Mathonsi (U13 Champion, Teresa Bam Trophy for Junior Victrix Ludorum and Bestall Trophy for top track athlete) and Luqa Zondi (Kimble Trophy for top field athlete and Morgantau Trophy for Primary School athlete of the day).

In the High School, the top achievers were Awande Sibiya (U15 Champion), Asanda Nzimande (U15 Champion and Carl Ortmann Trophy for Senior Victor Ludorum), Jemma Hayward (U17 Champion, Ingrid Köhne Trophy for best girl field athlete, Juanita Ortmann Trophy for Senior Victrix Ludorum), Paul Tönsing (U17 Champion), Kei Blackburn (Ingrid Köhne Trophy for best girl field athlete), Kirsten Rabe & Ayabonga Dlamini (U19 Champions), Lukhanyo Ndlangisa (Günther Köhne Trophy for best boy field athlete and Klar Family Trophy for High School athlete of the day), Uphile Mchunu (Landolf Klingenberg Trophy for best boy track athlete) and Londeka Ndlela (Mel Klingenberg Trophy for best girl track athlete).

We congratulate all our athletes on their fine achievements!

Hermannsburg’s inter-house athletics stars on track and field with their awards and trophies.

Congratulations go to Hermannsburg’s Lukhanyo Ndlangisa (Athlete of the Day), Thando Mathonsi (Junior Victrix), Jemma Hayward (Senior Victrix), Asanda Nzimande (Senior Victor) and Liam Uys (Junior Victor), the top achievers at this year’s inter-house athletics meeting.

19 AUGUST 2019

Last week our ‘Little Oaks’ received two environmentally friendly benches for their playground – all the months of collecting plastic milk bottles finally paid off! Not only do our school grounds look beautiful with these eco-friendly benches and tables, we have also helped to reduce plastic waste in our community. Each ton of plastic that is recycled saves nearly 6 cubic metres of landfill space. We are proud to be an Eco-School and will continue to collect as many milk bottles so that we can have more eco-friendly furniture on our already beautiful school grounds.

Spending the day in your pyjamas is a weekend-only occurrence for most people, but a couple of weeks ago our ‘Little Oaks’ and their teachers had a fun day coming to school in their pyjamas and enjoyed a variety of associated activities. Many ‘onesies’, animal pyjamas and dressing gowns made an appearance, and the children were invited to bring along their favourite toys! We had a ‘show & tell’ session, looking at the material toys are made of and which toys we can use inside, outside or in both places. The highlight of the day was our toy story at the end of the day, which we enjoyed with popcorn.

Hermannsburg’s ‘Little Oaks’, Lubanzi Mbatha, Lusekho Shongwe, Melizwi Ngobese, Lwandiswa Hlongwa, Unathi Xhakaza, Okajehova Sibisi, Langelihle Xulu and Ayathandwa Dzanibe enjoyed using the recently delivered eco-benches in their playground for the first time.

Hermannsburg ‘Little Oaks’ from the Green and Blue groups having loads of fun with their teachers on pyjama day.

12 AUGUST 2019

Fresh from the mid-term break, our scholars are ready for the second half of the term and the Grade 12s are gearing up for their trial examinations. We wish them all the best during this intensive study period.

Our Kindergarten and Primary School teachers attended the recent Proudly Primary Conference. They arrived at the conference at Highbury Preparatory School armed with the puzzles they were donating to schools in need, and met up with over a thousand teachers from as far afield as Swaziland and Lesotho. ‘Dare to be great’ was the theme of the conference, which kicked off with a presentation by the energetic Aaron McIlroy. Lebogang Montjane, Executive Director of ISASA, was there, as well as Nene Molefi, a diversity & inclusion consultant and MD of Mandate Molefi HR Consultants. Over the two days of the conference, the teachers split into various smaller workshops, but highlights were presentations by Prof Jonathan Jansen (Stellenbosch University), Dr Craig Blewett (who developed the ‘Activated Classroom’ teaching model), and extreme explorer David Grier (who has run the length of the Great Wall in China, the entire South African coastline and the lengths of both Madagascar and India, as well as paddling from Africa to Madagascar). The insights that our teachers gained during the conference will help shape the way they teach – we are all continuously striving to teach more effectively, for the benefit of our scholars.

Following the huge success of the encore performance of the ‘Creative Magic’ show in Harburg, we look forward to two other events coming up on the horizon – our 27thHMB Golf Day at St Cathryn’s on 20/21 September, and the Oktoberfest on 5 October! Please telephone 074 125 0054 for more details.

Hermannsburg teachers Thembani Mzila, Ntokozo Zondi, Angelique van Rooyen, Monika Brüggemann, Ilse Ortmann, Pavini Chetty, Michael Terry and Uta Malzahn, led by Sonja Terry (taking the photo), ‘reserved’ their seats early at the recent Proudly Primary Conference.

Hermannsburg ‘Little Oaks’ the green and blue groups with their teachers during pyjama day last week.

12 AUGUST 2019

Spending the day in your pyjamas is a weekend-only occurrence for most people, but on Tuesday last week our ‘Little Oaks’ and their teachers had a fun day coming to school in their pyjamas and enjoyed a variety of associated activities. Many ‘onesies’, animal pyjamas and dressing gowns made an appearance, and the children were invited to bring along their favourite toys! We had a ‘show & tell’ session, looking at the material toys are made off and which toys we can use inside, outside or in both places. The highlight of the day was our toy story at the end of the day, which we enjoyed with popcorn.

5 AUGUST 2019

Children and animals are a match made in heaven, which is why our ‘Little Oaks’ embarked on a trip to the farm owned by Mr Wally Gevers last week. They had already enjoyed lessons about farm animals and why we need them, but it was quite another experience to see them in the flesh. Farms are a magical place for little eyes and hands! By visiting the farm, they saw first-hand where and how we get our favourite foods. The Little Oaks learned that plants are grown and meat comes from animals. They split up into two groups to see all the farm animals, and saw mommy pigs with their little piglets, sheep and lambs, bulls, cows and calves, cats, dogs and chickens laying eggs. They were sad that they had to go on the bus again, as they would all have loved to stay longer! The visit to the farm was so much 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 Oaks’ Abelo Nene, Bridget and Daniella Gevers were part of the group that visited Wally Gevers farm to experience and learn about farm animals first-hand.

The Hermannsburg team – Jarmin Claassen, Jemma Hayward, Lara Knoetze and Nina Schmidt – presented a novel idea to combat the scourge of litter at WESSA’s e-STEAM workshop and competition.

Hermannsburg’s Cuan Malyon, Michael Nell, Nkosinathi Chonco, Luka Poser took second place at the Michaelhouse Inter-Schools Quiz last week.

5 AUGUST 2019

On Thursday, 1 August, a group of Hermannsburg’s Grade 10 Scholars joined schools from around the Midlands to fill the Michaelhouse Indoor Centre and take part in Michaelhouse’s annual Inter-Schools Quiz. Contestants faced off over five rounds, fielding tough questions ranging through music, literature, science, art, general knowledge and current affairs. After a heated showdown in the lightning-fast buzzer round, the results were as follows: 4th: ‘The Randoms’ from Treverton College, 3rd: ‘Enslaved Consciousness’ from Michaelhouse, 2nd: ‘Verbi-higilists’ from Hermannsburg (Cuan Malyon, Michael Nell, Nkosinathi Chonco, Luka Poser), 1st: ‘Can I Go to the Toilet Please?’ from Michaelhouse. We congratulate our team on their achievement.


On Saturday, 3 August, four of our scholars (Jarmin Claassen, Jemma Hayward, Lara Knoetze and Nina Schmidt)  attended an e-STEAM workshop and competition, held this year at Wembley College. e-STEAM is a new WESSA initiative which has replaced the annual Enviro-Quiz Competition. The new format aims to take the scholar’s knowledge and apply it, in practical ways, to aid our environment. It was an informative and enjoyable morning for all as four teams competed to devise practical solutions to an existing environmental threat, and present their ideas to a panel of judges. Many innovative ideas were showcased, and the two schools going through to the next round will be announced by WESSA in due course.

Our High School presented the ‘Creative Magic’ show in Harburg last Friday, once again wowing the audience and receiving high praise from all who attended. Thank you to our Grade 12 Music scholars (Ivan Mohlala, Angelika Meyer and Ntandoyenkosi Mpungose) for putting the show together (and performing their own original pieces) under the guidance of our Director of Music, Mr Johan Grobler, as well as a big thank you to all the performers and supporting crew.

Our Kindergarten and Primary School teachers attended the Proudly Primary conference over the weekend and returned with many new ideas and inspirations from the shared experiences at the conference. The fruits of the workshops and presentations are sure to become evident as the year progresses.

29 JULY 2019

Congratulations go to Reedbuck, who won both the Christél Brooks Spirit Trophy and the trophy for the winning house at Saturday’s inter-house athletics meeting. Bushbuck pushed hard until the very end, in true competitive spirit, but Reedbuck held out. Thank you to all the parents who supported their children on track and field, and a special thank you to all the parents who provided refreshments throughout the day. Without such committed support, our school events would be very much the poorer.

We also congratulate the newly-formed United Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Wartburg on the inauguration of their new Congregation Centre. The inaugural service, held last Sunday, was very special. Bishop Horst Müller, in his sermon, noted that from the outside the building appears much smaller than it actually is when one is inside – and that this is how we should be too: although we may appear small, we and our faith can be big on the inside.

We are looking forward to presenting the encore performance of the ‘Creative Magic – Cabaret & Musical Enchantment’ show in the Harburg Hall on Friday, 2 August – dinner tickets are still available from the school secretary on 074 125 0054 (dinner will be served at 18:00). There is no charge for the show, which starts at 19:00 (donations are welcome).

The house captains of Reedbuck, Zenande Magubane and Sean Ngwenya, with the Spirit and Inter-House trophies at the end of Hermannsburg’s inter-house athletics meeting last Saturday.

22 July 2019

“Bring the Joy!” is our school’s challenge for the year – to bring joy to people wherever we are, whatever we are doing, in whatever measure we can. Each term, we look at ways to meet that challenge. We rounded off the second term with a gratitude week, where we looked each day for people to whom we could say “thank you”. This term, we are focusing on looking for happiness, not in ‘things’, but by looking for and expecting something good to happen each day, not allowing our joy to be stolen by negative things that happen, laughing more at ourselves and finding something to laugh about each day, forgiving ourselves and others for mistakes, and learning to enjoy God, ourselves and the people around us. We look forward to a challenging term … with joy!

We congratulate Liteboho Mosheshe, Angelika Meyer and Clara Kohrs – Hermannsburg’s choristers in the KZN Youth Choir – on their and the choir’s achievements in Austria during our school holidays from 5 to 10 July. The choir, which consists of 62 members from 33 schools across the province, beat choirs from across the world to take home joint first place with São Vicente a Cappella, in the mixed choir category.

Hermannsburg’s choristers Liteboho Mosheshe, Angelika Meyer and Clara Kohrs about to depart from King Shaka airport to join other members of the KZN Youth Choir in Austria, where the choir won first place in its category.

Hermannsburg’s choristers Liteboho Mosheshe (holding the flag corner), Angelika Meyer (alongside) and Clara Kohrs (behind them) with the KZN Youth Choir, celebrating the choir’s first place in the choir competition held in Austria.

15 JULY 2019

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

8 JULY 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 JULY 2019

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

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

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


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

17 JUNE 2019

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

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

26 JUNE 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 JUNE 2019

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

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

3 JUNE 2019

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

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

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

27 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 May 2019

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

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

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

13 MAY 2019

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

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

13 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

06 MAY 2019

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

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

06 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

18 MARCH 2019

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

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

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

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

18 MARCH 2019

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

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

11 MARCH 2019

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

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

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

4 MARCH 2019

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

11 MARCH 2019

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

4 MARCH 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 February 2019

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

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

18 FEBRUARY 2019

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

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

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

18 FEBRUARY 2019

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