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News from the Olympic Games

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is set to officially open on Friday, 23 July 2021. The top athletes from around the world have been arriving in Japan over the past fortnight, amongst them our very own matric pupil, Matthew Sates.

News from Matt’s coach, Wayne Riddin, who is also the Swimming South Africa Team Coach, is that they are settling well into the Olympic village and Matt is raring to go. His first race is on Wednesday, 28 July at 1:15pm. The Olympic motto 'Faster, Higher, Stronger’ has been updated to 'Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together'; very apt in our current global circumstances.

We look forward to positive news in the coming weeks of excellent human endeavour, great dedication and discipline, and dreams unfolding into reality.

We are super proud to have a Saints boy representing us and we are behind him all the way! - Mr Rowan Irons (Director of Sport)

Partnership with Alliance Francaise and International French Examinations (DELF)

Prof Bernard De Meyer and Dr Philip Azewaye (President of Alliance Francaise in Pietermaritzburg) visited our campus to build on a partnership between St Charles College and Alliance Francaise.

We share the same vision for promoting Pietermaritzburg as a city rich in diversity, especially when referring to languages and cultures in society. We, as a South African school, truly stand by our countries’ motto “unity in diversity”. Visit our blog HERE to read the full article.

National Benchmarking Tests

For a second consecutive year, St Charles College has been able to offer the National Benchmarking Tests to our Seniors at the College. When one considers the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases, it is essential that pupils have a safe and familiar environment to write these important tests, which in many cases can assist our boys in securing a place at a tertiary institution.

Under the watchful guidance of our examinations officer, Mr Stewart Bradford, our Seniors have recently spent six hours making their way through the two different components of the NBTs. – Mr Darren Holcomb (Head of the Upper School)

Coach Elevation Sessions

“Some tend to think coaches work only in sport… but great coaches know better.” - Professor Tim Noakes.

With the suspension of all extra-curriculars on campus this week, we have been able to accelerate our coach education plans for 2021. The ongoing process includes both internal and external courses and seminars. Our rugby coaches had already completed online courses – with BokSmart accreditation being a priority – and some of our cricket coaches have signed up to do Cricket South Africa courses next week, which will be run by CSA representatives here on campus.

The internal courses are equally important, and we are blessed at St Charles College with staff who have a wide range of experience and skills. As we look to continue elevating our coaching team, we thank the coaches who shared with their peers this week as well as leaders Joel Barron and Gregg Cole-Edwardes for initiating. – Mr Rowan Irons (Director of Sport)

Day 1 Presentations                                  
Joel Barron – Critical Thinking                                               
Petrus du Plessis – Rugby @ Saints                                       
Kelvin Elder – Planning & Controlling Intensity                    
Rowan Irons – Scenarios & Responses

Day 2 Presentations
Rowan Irons – Coaching Gen Z @ Saints
Morne van Wyk – Saints Cricket & MANA
Matthew Coombes – Hockey @ Saints
Nick Jackson – Coaching Fundamentals

Trumpets and Trombones in the Prep School

Break time was buzzing earlier this week as teachers and boys were treated to the first performance of our Grade 5 trumpet and trombone programme that began this term. We look forward to more wonderful music coming out of our Senior Primary. – Ms Heather Skorpen (Music Director)

Hooked on Books in the Prep School

Earlier this week, our boys in the Prep School were visited by the “Hooked on Books” team for a show! The boys loved every second and left feeling inspired to read.