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After a few days of rain, a few weeks of wind and many months of Covid affected events; it was great to have the whole College come out on Harwin Drive to enjoy a traditional event.
The running of The Dash, in absolutely perfect conditions, was enjoyed by spectators and competitors alike. One of the special traditions is to start the race by ringing the bell in our remembrance garden. We were honoured this year to have our long-serving stalwarts, Mrs Janet de Croes, Mrs Glenda Frangs and Mrs Barbara Thorpe starting the races. Between them, these incredible ladies have served the St Charles College family for over 70 years. What a truly remarkable example they are to all of us… we salute them!
On the road, the competition was red-hot, with all the races being decided in the final few metres, except the Prep winner. Mondli Gwetu ran an amazing race to break the Prep record (which was 1:27,12). Results and times can be seen in the picture shown on the right.
Congratulations to the fastest runner of the day, Seth Rose, who shone for Delalle House, and whose name will now be etched into history on the brass plaque that features on the water fountain alongside the first turning circle. – Mr Rowan Irons (Director of Sport)
We welcomed Nkosinathi Dlamini back on campus this week, following his FIBA Africa camp in Kenya. We trust the exposure and learning will hold him in good stead as he continues to reach for the stars!
We congratulate James Laynes, who, following on from the 1st teams Top 4 finish at the St Johns Tournament over the weekend, has been selected for the St Johns All-Stars team. This is a prestigious accolade, and we applaud James for once again being recognised as one of the top players in the country. – Mr Rowan Irons (Director of Sport)
St Charles College hosted Maritzburg College in the much-anticipated football derby on Wednesday, 8 September, on Colts Field.
Both teams started off well and after 15 minutes of play it was the home team who went 1-0 up with a well-taken goal from speedster Simenjalo Lembede. Lembede soon had his brace when he volleyed in from close range. The game had opened-up with both teams pressing and the Saints made it 3-0 just before half-time with a close-range goal from Zimele Zuma.
Maritzburg College came out the better team in the second period and pulled one goal back within minutes of the restart. The visitors tried to press the Saints defence and soon went two goals further behind with quick counter attacks from the men out wide. Lembede completed his hattrick with a simple tap-in at the near post, and ‘Goldie’ Mlotshwa made it 5-1 with a well-finished left-footer. Both teams rung the changes and it was ‘super-sub’, Cameron Barker from Saints with the goal of the match that secured a 6-1 victory for the boys from St Charles College.
It was an excellent team performance from the home boys, and very well led by ‘Skipper’, Taygen Mollentze. – Mr Gary Ritchie (1st Team Coach)
Provincial Junior Debating
This past weekend Raahil Ramklown (Grade 9), Zahid Khan (Grade 9) and Cian Jacobs (Grade 8), and competed in an online version of the Junior KwaZulu-Natal Schools
With COVID being an ever-present concern, debating has had to adapt in many ways, and we have been fortunate to not only be able to transition to an online platform, but to also continue with our provincial tournament as scheduled for this year.
The tournament itself, despite being online, is mentally rigorous and demanding. It consists of five preliminary debates as well as two break rounds across a single weekend, where the top Junior debating minds from several leagues across the province compete to determine the strongest team in KZN.
Zahid and Cian, who were on the same team, did exceptionally well, notching four out of five wins and qualifying for the Semi Finals of the tournament. They were matched against another team from Pietermaritzburg, which happened to be the team that Raahil was on, and on a split two thirds decision from the adjudicators, unfortunately lost.
Raahil’s team then qualified for the Finals of the tournament and went up against a team from the Durban Coastal Debating League (DCDL). A traditionally strong league, the two teams engaged in an exciting debate about granting Artificial Intelligence basic human rights. In another close debate, Raahil’s team unfortunately also lost.
We would like to offer a massive congratulations to these three boys who have shown that they can compete with the best in the province and succeed. The requirements of the tournament are stringent, with the boys only getting an hour to prepare their arguments for speeches that last 7 minutes. They have shown perseverance and adaptability. Their hard work over the years has indeed paid off.
In a noteworthy individual achievement, it was also announced at the tournament that Zahid ranked within the Top 10 best speakers in the province and was further selected as a reserve for the KZN team that will compete in the South African Schools Debating Championship later in the year. We wish Zahid well as he continues to progress admirably in his debating journey. – Mr Travis McCabe (Head Debating Coach)