Spring has sprung, not as much in the environment around us as it has in our hearts. With Covid putting a damper on most fun activities in the past year and a half, it was definitely time for the learners of King Edward to flourish on a day where the goal was to forget about formal school work and just focus on enjoying life.
We were able to host our own 'Mini-olympics', where sack-racing, sand-castle-building, human foosball and balloon relays were a few of the fun activities the various countries could participate in. Our opening ceremony mimicked reality, with each class representing a country and marching in as ‘their’ country’s National Anthem played. The Grade 7s also treated us to a Git Up team dance.
China (Grade 4) won the spirit cup and France (Grade 7) achieved first place overall with the most gold medals.
It was a sweet day, almost as sweet as the condensed milk treats and ice-cream cones that were sold. The kids had a spring in their step, the teachers realised that we were no longer spring chickens and hope will surely spring eternal that this will not be our last Spring Day at King Edward.
France the overall winners
China making an entrance
Our Deputy Head Boy showing China how its done
Hobby Horse Race
The delicate art of balance
Water Balloon Fight
Real life Foosball
On 25 May, King Edward's Head and Deputy Head Prefects were invited to address other learners in Maluti. Our four speakers held the School's flag high with their strong speeches and wise words of encouragement. Thanks must be extended to the District Director, Mr Mbangeni, for the invitation and we look forward to many more such meetings.
Rebecca de Burgh, Sinelisiwi Matam & Songezo Mcinga
On Monday, 17 May, Ntsoaki Kortjass Sibiya paid a visit to her alma mater, King Edward High School. She was Head Girl and First Hockey captain in 2005. She is currently a semi-finalist in the Mrs South Africa competition. Mrs Sibiya came to address some of our high school learners and to encouraged them to make the most of what has been given them. She praised the quality of education she received at King Edward High School.
KEHS 1st Team Hockey girls would like to say a big thank you to their generous sponsor Sirrah Hardware for sponsoring our stunning Hoodies. You have always been a true friend of our school
On 22 April, the Grade 12 learners travelled to de Hoek farm to watch the Hamlet play in a novel environment. Due to Covid, the learners could not watch the live play at the Durban Playhouse as was tradition and alternative arrangements were made to ensure that they could still experience the play.
On arrival, they received a warm welcome and taking advantage of the scenery and the fresh air, they set off on a short hike up the mountain-side. After a week of stressful tests, a day away from school was all the Grade 12 class needed. With the combination of being both restful and educational, the learners left having been given one more experience to remember in the years to come.
During this unique and strange time of COVID-19, school sport has somewhat dissipated from the normal routine of school life. Since the go-ahead was received by the Department of Education, we have been vigorously practicing with our rugby boys. As with all things, you only realize how much you value something when it is taken away. As part of school culture at KEHS, we want to encourage holistic learning and development, where academics, sport and culture play an integral part of the KEHS experience. We are pleased that we are once again, able to play this game of rugby that we love so much. Last week KEHS had u/16 and u/18 rugby boys participating in the SKZN round 1 trials.
We are pleased to announce that the following players will move forward to round 2:
U/18: Benji Dickson, Olothando Sapo and Kamva Nonjiji.
U/16: Stephan Bronkhorst, Kadin Kok, Trevor Mkhathi, and Blessing Chenzete.
Congratulations and good luck for round 2.
Songezo Mcinga, Sine Matam & Benjamin Dickson. First XV.
Benjamin Dickson. First XV.
Try time! Stephan Bronkhorst u16.
Blessing Chinzete u16
Saturday, 8 May, was the first set of sporting fixtures for King Edward since the start of the pandemic. Suid-Natal graciously travelled to King Edward to play against us. Our u/16 hockey girls played spiritedly and drew 0-0. The u/16 rugby boys’ game was tough and KEHS lead for most of the game. Sadly, Suid-Natal got a try in the dying seconds of the match to snatch the victory. The full-time score was 15-12 for Suid-Natal. The first rugby match kicked off with incredible intensity as the KEHS boys were on fire and ready to play. KEHS lead the scoreboard for the entire game. Suid-Natal fought back valiantly in the second half but it was too little too late for the boys from the south. KEHS walked off the field with their heads high, winning the game 19-15.
Our First Team girls' Hockey game started very slowly, with both teams finding their feet and connecting with their teammates. KEHS managed to score 1 goal, winning 1-0.
We would like to thank Suid-Natal for traveling to us and for their great sportsmanship.
King Edward High School took 10 athletes to participate in the 26-28 March 2021 KZN Athletics Championships. While we had good weather conditions on day two and three, on day one our athletes had to compete in very wet, rainy conditions. Being the extraordinary athletes they are, they still fared well and produced outstanding results. We want to congratulate all our athletes on their exceptional sportsmanship and performances.
Our results are as follows: Qhayiya Sapo - Gold in Long Jump Boys U16; Tlhabeli Letuka - Bronze in Long Jump Boys U16; Lihle Nontwana - Bronze in Javelin Boys U16; Trevor Mkhathi - Gold in Javelin and Silver in Discus Boys U16; Advocate Matheza - Gold in Discus, Silver in Javelin, Bronze in Hammer Throw Boys U16; Reinard Mulder - Gold in Hammer Throw, Silver in Shot Put and Bronze in Discus Boys U16; Sydney Lombard - Gold in Hammer Throw, Silver in Discus and Javelin Girls U16; and Kamva Nonjiji - Gold in Discus, Silver in Javelin Boys U20.
Extraordinary times have called for, and resulted in, extraordinary performances by our athletes. We are very proud of each one for them, even those who did not receive medals at the competition. Your best is always good enough for us! We want to thank Sondela, Modern Butchery and Brandon Lombard for their generous sponsorships during the Championship. We truly appreciate your support.
Despite the challenges COVID-19 has put in our way, our athletes had an outstanding weekend in Durban. We would like to congratulate the following athletes on their performances: Sydney Lombard 1st & 2nd, Buzzinski Saliwavikwa two 1st places, Qhayiya Sapo 1st place, Tlhabeli Letukaone a 2nd & a 3rd, Bereng Mohlomi 1st & 3rd, Kamva Nonjiji 1st & 2nd, Reinard Mulder two 1st places and a 2nd, Celere Ntshengulana 2nd, Advocate Matheza 1st & 3rd, Trevor Mkhathi 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Lihle Nontwana 2nd, Rendani Mathohi 2nd and Lukhanyiso Mona 2nd.
We are looking forward to the KZN SYYJ Athletics Championships this coming weekend at King's Park, Durban.
Rendani Mathohi 2nd
Reinard Mulder 1st
Umntu ngumntu ngabantu. It was in the spirit of this proverb that prefects of King Edward High School commenced leadership training on Saturday.
Upon arrival we were cordially greeted by our handsome guide Charlie and Prefect mentors. They led us to our base for the day, and we were immediately taken aback by the simplistic, yet elegant aesthetics of the stone house. After prayer, our day officially began. Thinking back now this could have been the only thing that kept many of us calm and collected after we observed the state of our shoes after the first activity. If you know of any good, affordable dry cleaners, please do leave their name and number at the school's reception.
With that being said, one could already picture what our first activity entailed - guts, resilience and bravery. The prefect body was split up into different groups who competed against one another for the title of… there was no title actually, we were just competing against each other, because why not.
Yet through this, no one had been prepared to meet the people introduced to throughout the race. Beautiful demonstrations of dedication, patience and continuous encouragement were displayed throughout the entire event, and not a single teammate was left behind or without any reassurance that they were part of a unit. Throughout this race, the prefects were experiencing and demonstrating the importance of community.
After the gruelling race, we cooled down in one of the dams on the lovely establishment and had lunch, which was quite a treat for our ravenous selves, especially for those who managed to consumed six hamburgers!
With lunch well on its way Mrs Semosa introduced the concept of lunch discussions, where honest questions were asked and answered in a respectful manner. Here we got to know what we would not usually have known in a casual setting and we were allowed to air issues and to learn respect for our fellow prefects who had opposing opinions to us.
We then returned to our base where Mr Harrison and Ms Rawlins met us with inspiring and heartfelt messages on leadership, the importance of establishing a firm base and finding one’s purpose. Mr Harrison specifically highlighted the importance of servant styled leadership, and how one can only give without reserve if one’s source of strength and inspiration gives without out ceasing. Therefore, to establish a firm relationship within the Lord will allow one to give as one who has never experienced lack.
The next message was given by Ms. Rawlins who shared her experiences and wisdom on how to navigate not being in complete control over one’s life. She shared the importance of finding one’s identity in Him who remains the same every day, and understanding that the work you do for those around you counts for something, no matter how small the contribution.
As mentioned earlier, one is shaped by community and those around you. Those words have not rung truer than through the actions of our Prefect mentors who showed us the importance of communication, listening and hearing one another.
It was refreshing working with adults who treated you as they expect you to conduct yourself, I speak for the whole prefect body when I say that we respect and greatly appreciate the manner in which you worked and will continue to work with us.
With that being said, the Prefect body of King Edward High School would like to thank the School for providing the resources for our excursion, the Rawlins family for hosting us, Mrs Semosa, Ms Rawlins, Mr Bouwer and Mr Enslin for their leadership and planning and finally a special thanks to Charlie for being the cuteness overload we all needed to continue throughout the day.
From trudging through marshlands, jumping over fences and learning to hold one’s tongue, one could assuredly say our prefects understood what determination, assertiveness, and communication meant. We left knowing, better yet, understanding the importance of community and how it affects us, especially when we understand that one does not bring about greatness for all (and at all) , when one works towards greatness alone.
Therefore, with this new revelation filling our Prefect body’s sail, we hope and know this year will be one of laying ourselves down for those in and around our community.
King Edward High School celebrated Heritage day on Friday 26 and Monday 28 Sept. When you have such a beautiful and diverse heritage, you have to show it! The children and educators displayed their heritage with pride and excitement. Facemasks are now part of our heritage as well.
King Edward High School is looking forward to welcoming pupils back. We have been working very hard to ensure the school is sanitized and prepared for the return of learners.
A crisp Wednesday morning, 11 March, saw the King Edward matric class pile into the buses and travel down to Durban. The notorious Durban heat did not disappoint. Because of Mrs Naidoo’s paranoia about time, we were 1 ½ hours early. The extra time was wiled away at the museum across the road.. Back at The Playhouse, we had a short wait before being ushered into the theatre itself. The play was much of the same as last year so no surprises for the teachers. Learners, however, found much to appreciate.
The role of Polonius was well cast and drew many favourable responses. Sadly, some of the actors lacked in the enunciation department which made it difficult to follow the dialogue. Fortunately, our learners were familiar with the play and could fill in the gaps. The learners’ engagement with the play was constructive as they were able to rate performances and question the wisdom of certain sub-plots being omitted.
Overall, the theatre experience was valued. Our learners were commended for their good behaviour and mature appreciation of the play. It was a good day out, albeit long.
Friday 13 March, an unlucky day for some, found most of King Edward out on the fields of King Edward Park. We were playing host to Aliwal North. We played them on the netball courts, we played them on the hockey fields and we played them on the rugby fields. And we proved to be worthy opponents, with our teams not giving in to a dull surrender. We thoroughly enjoyed the day of tenacious sport and good spirits.
Thank you to Aliwal North for travelling as far as you did. And thank you to all the staff and pupils who made the afternoon a memorable one. Our First Rugby team displayed commendable drive and motivation despite losing 5:12.
Our First Hockey team did not disappoint either and were unlucky to concede a goal in literally the final second of the game.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. During this past weekend KEHS took our First teams to participate in the annual Scottburgh High School Sports Festival. It was a well-organized and energetic event hosting very tough competition.
The First Girls’ Hockey team played three games. The day was hot but the girls played well. We drew against Kuswag and Kingsway and beat Shepstone 1 – 0.
The first Netball girls displayed great improvement in the Scottburgh Festival although losing 8:18 to Kokstad College, they beat New forest 14:5, Werda 15:11 and Scottburgh 9:5.
The first rugby team was matched against an old rival, Suid-Natal High School. The match started with high intensity. From the start, both sides displayed great physical intent. What I witnessed this past Saturday makes me extremely proud to be part of KEHS. Our boys never gave up; despite trailing at the half time break, the team displayed character and determination and walked off the field victorious. Yes, we won the match, but we achieved something bigger than this. We came together as a team in the face of overwhelming odds, proving that we are courageous. Extremely pleased and satisfied, we say thank you to our opposition and congratulations to our boys.
On Saturday, King Edward hosted our annual Mini Cricket Festival. A number of schools attended the festival and, as always, we enjoyed an excellent morning of cricket. The boys displayed some awesome talent and excellent sportsmanship. KEHS would like to thank all the schools for attending and for helping to make the day so successful.
Nine athletes participated in the KZN Sub-Youth and Youth Championship from 6-8 March at the Kings Park Stadium. They excelled against tough opposition bringing home 9 medals. Joshua Sweetnam: Gold in Shot Put, Discus and Hammer boys U16. Rendani Nathone: Gold in Hammer, Silver in Discus and Hammer Boys U16. Sine Matam: Gold in Discus and Hammer Boys U20 and Blessing Chinzete: Bronze in 800m Boys U16.
During the past weekend, KEHS took part in the annual Suid-Natal Sports’ Festival. As always, this day brings together some of the top schools in the greater KZN South Coast region. At KEHS, we have a long and proud rugby tradition. Win or lose, we always strive to play our absolute best. This weekend saw us playing against an old rival, Kingsway High School. The match was very tight and evenly contested. KEHS held their own but lost the match. The boys made their coaches extremely proud by showing a “never say die” attitude - a virtue we hold close to our hearts. We look forward to the next contest to show improvement and determination once again.
Our First Team Girls' Hockey Season also kicked off this weekend at the Suid Natal Sports’ Festival. The girls' first opposition for 2020 was Kuswag High School. Kuswag scored in the first five minutes. However, our girls stood their ground and went on to score two goals giving KEHS a fine 2:1 victory. We drew 0:0 against Scottburgh and Creston.
The First Netball Team played against three strong netball schools. The girls gave their best performances, though they ended up with many injuries, as some of the games were physical. It was good experience for the girls and they look forward to the next festival.
We would like to thank the hosts - Suid Natal for a well-organized day, filled with great fun and fine sport.
Sinyolo Kibi shooting a goal for KEHS 1st Netball Team
KEHS 1st Hockey team talk
On Wednesday, 26 February, King Edward hosted the Bergview U11 cricket team. KEHS batted first making 131 runs after 15 overs without conceding a wicket. Our best batsman was Bailey Greyling who scored 22 runs. Bergview made 25 runs after 15 overs for the loss of 9 wickets. KEHS therefore won the match by 106 runs. Well done to the boys!
On Wednesday, 26 February, both the Senior Primary and the High School participated in annual interschool galas. The day was hot and sunny - ideal for the swimmers. Caleb Sweetnam came first in his age category. Sarah-Jane Höll was the runner-up Junior Victrix Laudorum and Ethan Duminy was the runner-up Senior Victor Laudorum. Thank you to the hosts, St Patricks College, for well-run and enjoyable galas.
On 24 January, King Edward’s Monitors departed to Glenrock for their annual team-building camp. After being warmly welcomed they proceeded to participate in many activities. These included: kayaking, zip-lining, raft building, star-gazing and oddly enough how to make potjie. Ultimately, the monitors learnt how to work well as a team, motivating each other where need be. They analysed their own strengths and weaknesses and explored what types of leaders they were. It was an enlightening and enjoyable experience for all. Thank you to Glenrock for being fine hosts and to the teachers and drivers for accompanying them.
On Saturday 22 February, King Edward U11 cricket played against Underberg. KEHS batted first making 111 runs after 20 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. The best batsman was Kandro Phillips with 34 runs. KEHS bowled very well, restricting Underberg to 79 runs after 20 overs. The best bowler was Kandro Phillips with 2 for 7. KEHS thus won by 32 runs. Well done to the boys!
King Edward High School commenced their 2020 cricket season with a match against St. Patrick's College on 18 January at King Edward Park. After winning the toss, St. Patrick's chose to bat first and scored 217 all out in 35 overs. In reply, KEHS scored 145 all out in 27 overs. The second match was played against South City Christian School on the 25 January at the South City Oval. KEHS won the toss and chose to bat, scoring 111 all out in 31 overs. Our captain, Kholekile Bam made 27 runs. In reply, South City made the required 112 runs for victory in 22 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. KEHS' third match was played against Kloof High School at the Kloof HS grounds on 1 February. Kloof HS won the toss and put KEHS into bat. KEHS scored 109 for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 25 overs. Subsequently, Kloof HS made the 110 runs needed for victory in 17, 3 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. The match against Creston High School was more successful. Creston batted first scoring 142 all out. KEHS chased down this total without losing a wicket. Njinga Mnukwa top scored with 60 and Jaden Davids made an impressive unbeaten 48.
Congratulations to our first team boys on a fine 10 wicket victory. Our U16 team was equally successful against Creston College passing their 52 all out in the 8th over for the loss of just 3 wickets.
Dante van Wyhe
KEHS hosted a very productive coaching clinic with Elsie Coetzer this past weekend. A total of 40 participants benefited greatly from the expertise of the presenters.
On Thursday, the King Edward High School Tennis team travelled to the Kokstad Country Club to play their first match of the year against Kokstad College. KEHS started badly, losing two of the three matches played in the first round, but bounced back in the second round reducing the gap to three points going into the final round. KEHS could not maintain the momentum, however, and lost two of the three matches in the final round, thus losing the fixture by thirty-six points to twenty-seven.
On the evening of 13 February, Mrs du Randt and the Grade 11s hosted a Valentine’s Ball for the JP and SP learners. Everyone dressed to impress, or better yet, to win! Entertainment was provided by DJ Joshua Sweetnam who brought diversity in terms of song choices. Some scrumptious food and drinks were provided as promised. As the evening progressed we found everyone on the dance floor, along with Mrs Steyn! A couple of lucky learners walked away with awards. Simon du Toit and Botle Tsabo were Mr and Ms JP Valentine and Keyonte O’Reilly and Lunathi Nyingwa were Mr and Ms SP Valentine. It was truly a memorable evening. Everyone went home with full bellies and tired feet.
Mrs Lehman and her Gr R class all dressed up for Valentines day
On Tuesday, 4 February, the King Edward High School Senior Primary Tennis team travelled to Kokstad for their first match of the year against St Patricks College. A slightly different format was agreed upon whereby the first couples from each school would play each other in a best of fifteen match, whilst the second and third couples would play two sets each.
The first couple from King Edward, Justin Steyn and Lunathi Nyingwa played excellently and won their match 12-3. The second couple, Reinard Mulder and Umar Surti won their matches 6-1 and 5-2 respectively whilst the third couple, Caleb Sweetnam and Zian Jacobs also won both their matches 6-1 and 5-2. The King Edward Senior Primary Tennis team ultimately won the fixture 34 points to 9 and it was thus another very successful start to the season.
King Edward hosted a golf day and curry evening at the start of the term. It was a beautiful day and we had a great field of 40 players and a well-attended curry evening serving 95 people. Congratulations to the winners: Bryce Tarr and Deon Lategan. Johan Prinsloo and Charles Whittal took second place. Conrad de Kock and Joshua Müller came third. Abbey Tarr and Tarryn McArthur won the prize for the “most golf”.
Thank you to all our sponsors, as without them the day would not have been possible. Our heartfelt thanks to: Office National, Sondela Store, W&S Enterprises, Pick ‘n Pay, Herring Garrun and Modern Butchery. Thanks must also be extended to the Golf Club for allowing us to host this event.
Johan Prinsloo Charles Whittal in 2nd place
Conrad de Kock Joshua Müller in 3rd place
Abbey Tarr Tarryn McArthur won the prize for the most golf
At the Alfred Nzo West District Awards, King Edward High School received high accolades for its outstanding 2019 Matric Results. Trophies were received for the Top School in the district, Best Feeder School and Best Performing School in key subjects. Mr Philip was recognised as the top Physical Science educator in the district. Aletta Sibi who was the top learner in the Eastern Cape with an aggregate of 95 %, also received numerous awards and prizes.
Mr Philip awarded as Top Physical Science Educator in the district
The last day of January dawned brightly, boding well for KEHS's annual Interhouse Gala. The sun shon, the spectators sang, the teachers timed and the swimmers swam with enthusiasm. The day ended with Graham House taking both the spirit cup and the coveted title of winning House. Well done to all who participated and made the day an enjoyable experience.
Keen little spectators at the Interhouse Gala
The KEHS Tennis team enjoyed their fixture against St Patrick’s and won comfortably 34-9.
KEHS batted first making 145 for 5 wickets after 25 overs. The best batsman was Aiden Robins with 39 runs. KJS made 130 runs all out. The best bowler was Aiden with 5 wickets for 31 runs. Aiden was a worthy man of the match. KEHS won the game by 15 runs.
On Saturday, 1 February, our U13’s played against KJS in Kokstad. KJS batted first scoring 28 all out. This was largely due to the incredible bowling of Lunathi Nyingwa who took 6 wickets for 7 runs. KEHS passed the target with the loss of one wicket.
“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” - David Polis
Leadership development is one of the building blocks of our schooling model at King Edward High School. We take immense pride in the moulding and guiding of our young minds. The 2020 prefect group came together to start the year in the best possible way with friends, in the mountains and with a challenge to overcome.
We took our young leaders to spend some time in the Garden Castle Wilderness Area. Having to be totally self-sufficient and carrying our own hiking packs, we explored various life lessons while hiking in this beautiful part of the Southern Drakensburg.
We had fun while crossing gushing rivers, abseiling, laughing and hiking. Our lectures and discussions were held in the stony grip of Pillar Cave overlooking the beautiful Mashai Pass, giving the prefect camp an edge never before experienced.
The physical effort required to navigate and go about daily routine while on a hike of this nature ensured that our students were constantly being pushed out of their comfort zones. We facilitated new challenges and problem solving activities, ensuring personal growth through expansion of their reference experiences.
A paradigm change is what we are aiming towards. By shifting expectations and boundaries as we face our fears, the 2020 prefect group is ready to shift perceptions and limitations.
Congratulations to the Matric class of 2019 who performed admirably in their examinations. For the 7th consecutive year, KEHS achieved a 100% pass rate. This ensured that we appeared in the National Senior Certificate School Performance Report, as one of only four schools in the Eastern Cape to achieve a 100% pass rate for the past 5 years.
The exceptional Bachelors rate (Matric Exemption) of 93% reflects that 39 of our 42 learners can go to university. The other three learners achieved Diploma passes and will also be able to proceed to tertiary institutions. The quality of the results was excellent and 58 distinctions were attained.
Aleta Sibi, the Dux, brought honour to the school and district by achieving first place in the entire Eastern Cape. Her aggregate of 95% comprised the following marks: English 92%, Afrikaans 93%, Mathematics 93%, Life Orientation 98%, Physical Science 100%, Life Sciences 96% and Accounting 94%. At the glittering provincial prize-giving the other top learners in the province threw their blazers on the red carpet in recognition of this remarkable achievement.
Other top achievers from King Edward High School included Hannah Hansen who also received a full house of seven distinctions and Aditya Nair and Pabala Letuka who achieved five distinctions each. Hannah and Aditya were also invited to the Provincial Prize-giving where they received trophies and substantial bursaries, for being placed first and second in the district respectively.
King Edward High School is proud of all our Matriculants. We will continue to serve our community with distinction in 2020.
On Wednesday and Thursday this past week our Grade R classes visited the Rhino Bakery. This is always one of the highlights of the year and the learners thoroughly enjoy every minute of it. The bakery manager, Mr M Lempe, welcomed us all and each learner was kitted out with an apron and appropriate head gear. Then the excitement began! Each child received their own piece of dough and decorations to make their very own gingerbread man.
Afterwards Mr M Lempe gave them a tour of the bakery, explaining how the ovens and machinery worked. They saw the bread baking and their gingerbread men taking shape. Afterwards they returned to school and enjoyed their baked goods. A big thank you is extended to Mr G van Staaden, manager of Rhino, and Mr M Lempe for accommodating us and making this outing such a pleasant one.