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06 December 2021 - Weekly Update from the Principal

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Grade 10 Extension to Geluksburg

Based in the beautiful rural community of Geluksburg, KwaZulu-Natal, our Grade 10 Extension Programme is an integrated educational programme that once again delivered.

The ‘Sport to Life’ approach reinforced life skill elements of the programme and provided a unifying philosophy and vocabulary for the programme. Other opportunities for our learners included building ‘Cultural Capital’, exposure to the harsh reality of social inequality in our society, thought around developing a ‘social conscience’, creating and nurturing an understanding that privilege comes with / requires responsibility and creating social awareness through site visits to the homesteads.

The boys participated in a meal in a rural Zulu homestead and had a once in a life-time camping experience centred on outdoor self-sufficient living by making fires and cooking their dinners. A highlight was also the long hike up to the summit of a mountain. Not even the rain and mud could dampen a highly successful trip that saw the Grade 10s rise together as one. I cannot wait to see them in the Upper School and as leaders of our College.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing ambassadors of Geluksburg for their time and effort with the boys, and last but not least, thank you to the SCC staff who gave of their time so willingly for our boys. – Mr Murray Cole-Edwardes (Head of Middle School)

Grade 10 Extension: Rotations

The rotations proved to be highly successful once again this year. Unfortunately, the ‘Relationship’ talk, due to be presented by Alex and Renias, had to be cancelled as a result of illness; however, the remaining four rotations certainly held their own and fundamentally taught our boys important life skills.

The career guidance talk gave the boys the opportunity to receive some feedback on a possible chosen career after their studies.

The ‘Teamwork’ session was centred around go-kart creations and subsequently racing them. Our boys had to work together to create vehicles that could race, and this takes patience and teamwork.

Mr Holcomb presented his Grade 11 and 12 programme to the boys and gave them a lot of insight into the AS and A Level programme.

Lastly, the ‘Leadership’ session was once again held by SportsTech, who successfully taught the boys how to run a sport2life session with pupils from Grades 00, 0, 1, 2 and 3. These were highly successful and taught our boys the value of empathy and leadership in a very tangible way.

The Grade 10 boys now embark on a week’s work experience to conclude their extension and time in Grade 10. It has been my privilege to be their Head of School for the past three years and I have enjoyed every second of our journey together. – Mr Murray Cole-Edwardes (Head of Middle School)

Saints Cricket Season Wrap Up

The cricket playing community gathered during lunchtime yesterday to close off the year with a lot of gratitude, the final accolades and an exciting new announcement.

STAFF APPRECIATION

At Saints we are blessed to have eight turf cricket fields and a bank of turf nets. The quality of these surfaces is key to the brand of cricket we wish to promote, and our boys and coaches were able to show their gratitude to the team of men who have consistently produced excellent wickets this season. Thank you to our Estate Manager, Mr Tom Smith, Mr Walter Mkhize and his team, as well as our Cricket Specialist, Mr Morne van Wyk who have all combined to produce the magic.

1st XI COACH

After five years of absolute excellence, Mr Murray Cole-Edwardes has decided to hand over the baton of 1st XI head coach.

In his time at the helm, Murray has enjoyed a St Charles College record of 21 consecutive victories, a national T20 final, a host of provincial players, including an international player; but more than this, he has role-modelled what is means to be a man of honour. Through this 121-game coaching chapter, Murray’s players all left as better people… an incredible testament to his deep commitment and selfless attitude.

The great news for our incoming Grade 8 cricket enthusiasts is that Mr Cole-Edwardes will be heading up the U14 age group in 2022.

MEET THE NEW SAINTS 1st XI COACHES

We are proud to share the news that Mr Lucky Dladla and Mr Mzamo Cele will be the 1st XI coaches from January 2022. Lucky continues the excellent work he has done with the 1st XI but now takes over the head coach role and is joined by Saints Old Boy, Mzamo Cele.

The new combination looks formidable with Mr Dladla as a former Dolphins fast bowler, a CSA Level 3 coach and current Khaya Majola Coke Week coach; alongside Mr Cele who represented the St Charles College 1st XI with distinction, playing KZN Inland and SA Colts, as a wicket keeper batsman.

The most important factor is their proven track record in their care and firm belief
in the boys of the College.

We wish the new coaching team all the very best as they start a brand-new chapter in the rich history of St Charles College Cricket. - Mr Rowan Irons (Director of Sport)

Grade 5 Outward Bound

The Grade 5s recently enjoyed a two night stay at Roselands Outdoor Adventure Camp.

Despite the gloomy, wet weather our boys made the most of it and got stuck into each activity, giving it their all. Many of the activities pushed boys out of their comfort zones but, working together as a team and encouraging one another, they were able to overcome the obstacles.

We were so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend such wonderful time together, creating lifelong memories. – Mrs Michelle Barichievy

Grade 4 Science Experiments

The Grade 4 boys enjoyed researching and planning an experiment that shows change as part of our Science Explosion.

They learnt some new terminology relating to experiments like aim and hypothesis. Some experiments included making lava lamps, slime, volcanic eruptions, unpoppable bubbles, mentos in Coke and showing how red cabbage can be used as a pH indicator. The boys out did themselves with their creativity. It was a wonderful learning experience and much fun was had by all! – Mrs Kelli Howells

Outreach Music Trip to Marion Villa

The Saints Music Department had the privilege of taking some students to Marian Villa old age home last Friday as part of our outreach to the community.

The boys performed brilliantly, and the audience was amazingly appreciative. Some of the performances included the strings ensemble, chamber ensemble and some soloists. The boys loved socializing with the residents after their performance. We hope to continue reaching out to old age homes in our area in 2022. – Ms Heather Skorpen (Music Director)

Scrummies Christmas Evening

They say that the best way to see Christmas is through the eyes of a child….

For the past 10 days our space has been abuzz with excitement, chatter and wonder as we relived the very first Christmas when Christ was born, spoke about the true meaning of Christmas and agreed that it is good to also have fun at Christmas time. Our little boys created beautiful Christmas art and we decorated our school and playground to look like a true Christmas Wonderland. Then finally...the evening arrived when we could gather as a community to celebrate this special time of year!

Our families arrived looking very festive in vivid red and green, carrying their picnic baskets and blankets. Accompanied by Mr Ryan Calder, we sang our favourite Christmas carols and songs. The highlight was certainly the arrival of Santa in a Netcare ambulance! Our lads and their siblings were on their best behaviour as they waited for their turn to receive their gifts.

We are so blessed to have had this perfect opportunity to share in the happy and joyous
spirit of Christmas! – Mrs Liesl Meter (Head of Pre-Primary)

Junior Primary Assembly

Today the Grade 3s celebrated their years in the Junior Primary, and the friendships they have made along the way in a farewell assembly. Boys shared their heartfelt memories and thoughts of their time spent at St Charles College thus far through speeches, poetry and song.

We also said farewell to Mrs Franklin and wished her well in her retirement. Mrs Sorour was thanked for all her hard work as head of department over the years and we are all very happy to still have her teaching in the Junior Primary next year.

The 2021 Grade 3 boys and parents kindly donated a brass bell as a parting gift in remembrance of them. This will be rung each year as the Grade 3 group graduate to the Senior Primary. – Mrs Gail du Toit

Junior Primary EQ Talk

Today Libby Edmonds came to share her wisdom with our Junior Primary boys.

They listened to a story called ‘Hearts Treasure Hunt’. Heart is looking for love and through his interactions with his animal friend, learns that love is inside us all. The boys got to identify and talk about different emotions and were given the skills of how to successfully navigate these.

This lesson had even greater impact as our little people have had to deal with some very big emotions in the last two years. They now have real, tangible tools to appropriately weather life’s storms. – Mrs Debbie Sorour (Head of Junior Primary)