Holiday News & Achievements
Tremendous news from the holidays and early January.
Congratulations to Amara Abgai and Bianca Kennerley who were selected to play for the Central Gauteng U15 Indoor Netball team. They will be playing in a tournament in Edenvale in April. They were also selected to be a part of the Sandton Indoor Super-league team who won a silver medal recently.
Well done to Mosetsana Modika on her selection for the U14A Central Gauteng Netball team.
Congratulations to Bailey Davenport and Bailey Heydra for their performance at the RSA cup during the holidays. Bailey Heydra placed 2nd and Bailey Davenport placed 8th. In the B group on 3m, Bailey Heydra came 1st and Bailey Davenport came 3rd. In the B group – 1m board, Bailey Heydra came 1st and Bailey Davenport came 2nd. On the platform in the B group Bailey Heydra came 1st and in the Synchronised Diving, Bailey Heydra came 1st with her partner and Bailey Davenport came 4th. Bailey Heydra now holds the South African B group record on all boards. Both of these divers are fantastic divers competing at senior levels in many of the competitions and are contributing in an enormous way to the magnificent school results for St Stithians.
Diving results from the St Mary's Summer Splash competition were as follows:
- 3rd Nkazi Matayolo
- 1st Bailey Davenport
- 5th Rae Attridge
- 3rd Becky Wallis
- 4th Leigh Hudson
- 1st Bailey Heydra
Overall St Stithians won with 112 points, 2nd - St Mary's with 102 points and 3rd Brescia House with 71 points
Well done to 1st quad (Jennavieve Williams. Kate Pringle, Maddy Crews, Jordan Korevaar and cox Vuyo Mashinini) who performed superbly at Boat Race in Port Alfred at the beginning of the holidays. The girls 1st quad won the bronze medal at South African Schools Boat Race held on the Kowie River in Port Alfred 8-9 December. They also won the trophy for the most improved crew. Boat Race is a premier event on the regatta calendar and this is the first medal the girls college has won since 2012.
The girls involved were Jordan Korevaar, Kate Pringle, Madison Crews, Jennavieve Williams and Vuyolwethu Mashinini (cox).
They are pictured here with coaches Tay Johnston and Rain de Jager and reserve Megan Cronje.
These rowers also ended last year on a high note with a bronze medal at the Gauteng Championships. We look forward to the build-up for the SA Nationals this year.
Results from the Gauteng Championships in case you missed them:
U14 girls results:
- Single scull: Jemma Antoncich won silver
- Double scull: Jemma Antoncich and Jenna Markgraaf won bronze
- Quad: Tatum Milns, Jemma Antoncich, Jenna Markgraaf, Isabelle Phillips and cox Shannon Vermaak won silver.
- Octaple: Isabelle Phillips, Ruby Small, Phoebe Coetzee, Electra Teichman, Katie Gouws, Keri Cuyler, Amelia Raath, Alexia Luizinho and cox Kaileen Govender won gold in a crazy push for the finish line.
U15 Girls results:
- Single Scull: Shelby Schoeman placed 4th and Skye Tucker placed 5th
- Double scull: Shelby Schoeman and Skye Tucker placed won bronze.
U16 Girls results:
- Girls quad: Moshoeu Khwinanan, Dominique Dos Reis, Mia Rogers, Jessica Endenburg and cox Vuyo Mashinini won silver.
- Girls four: Rutendo Kawelenga, Caitlin Macfarlane, Kiera Gouws, Khanyisa Ntozini and cox Vuyo Mashini placed 4th overall.
Open Girls results:
- 2nd quad: Sydney Davison, Megan Cronje, Amanda Aitken, Kaitie Tyndale Biscoe and cox Emma Aitken won bronze.
- 1st quad: Jordan Korevaar, Kate Pringle, Madison Crews, Jennavieve Williams placed 3rd.
St Stithians placed 3rd in the girls overall points trophy, a result we have not achieved in a very long time.
At the Selbourne Sprints and Buffalo Regatta in East London our girls were on fire with the 1st 8+ winning the Selbourne Sprints with gold in the 4+ and silver in the 4X. Our 2nd team won a silver medal and the Girls' 1st quad came 3rd. In the Buffalo Finals our Open 8 won gold and our U16 girls won the 4+.
The full results for Selbourne Sprints were as follows:
- U16 4 (Dominique Dos Reis, Ruthendo Kawelenga, Moshoeu Khwinana, Mia Rogers and cox Vuyo Mashinini) won gold.
- They also won silver in the U16 quad.
- 2nd Double (Megan Cronje & Katie Tyndale-Biscoe) came 2nd.
- Open 8 (Megan Cronje, Kate Pringle, Jen Williams, Madison Crews, Sydney Davison, Dominique Dos Reis, Amanda Aitken, Katie Tyndale-Biscoe and cox Vuyo Mashinini) won gold.
- Open 4 (Jen Williams, Kate Pringle, Amanda Aitken, Sydney Davison and cox Julia Deverell) won bronze.
- Girls 1st quad (Megan Cronje, Kate Pringle, Madison Crews, Jen Williams and cox Vuyo Mashinini) came 3rd.
he full results for Buffalo Regatta were as follows:
- U16 4 won gold
- Open 8 (Megan Cronje, Kate Pringle, Jen Williams, Madison Crews, Sydney Davison, Kiera Gouws, Amanda Aitken, Katie Tyndale-Biscoe and cox Julia Deverell) won gold
- Open 4 (Jen Williams, Kate Pringle, Megan Cronje, Sydney Davison and cox Julia Deverell) took silver.
Congratulations to Leila Fernandes and Kate Hinrichs on their selection for the SA U19 Schools’ Team. They were part of the Gauteng team that won Gold at the IPT’s in the U19 Girls’ Section. Both of them and Una Donnelly have subsequently been named in the U18A South African team, where Kate and Leila will travel to Durban to compete in the African qualifier event.
Congratulations to Zanne Smit and Jennifer Everett on their selection to the SA U17 team to compete in Prague, Czech Republic.
We are holding thumbs for these U16 girls who have been selected for the SA U16 water polo squad - Abi Sooku, Natasja Troskie, Nicolle Cronje, Tatum Lomax and Jordan Wedderburn.
The first water polo team have won their 2nd tournament of the year already with wins at the National Aquatics Championships and now the Summer Splash.
Our swimmers have had a tremendous start to the year winning the National Aquatics Championship Gala in Bloemfontein and coming 2nd at the St Mary's Splash.
Well done to Cloé de Souza and Caitlin Readhead who were selected for the U16 All Stars team after they played in the National Indoor Hockey tournament in December.
Claudia Dobson competed in the Regional Elite Karate Trials winning double gold medals for kata and kumite (fighting) in the Junior 16 - 17 yrs Division. All 3 styles of karate were represented such as Goju Ryu, Shotokan and Shito Ryu. The trials were judged by qualified international and national referees. She has been selected for the Regional Team (Ekurhuleni) and will compete in the Elite Gauteng Trials in February 2018. We are very proud of her achievement as this was important for next year’s result going forward toward the main event of the year which is Karate South Africa.
TOUR DE MATHS
Congratulations to the Boys' College and Girls' College for taking 1st and 2nd place respectively in 2017. This is the first time in the history of the competition that we have taken the top two places as a College.
Winning team on the night with a score of 100%
L-R: Jessica James; Nicole Brink; B. Hultzer; K. Schroeder
In total 26 of the top schools in Johannesburg participated in 7 legs of the competition which saw 831 students take part, in what is essentially a Grade 10 competition. In the individual component of the competition the Boys’ College achieved 1st 2nd and 3rd place and the Girls’ College taking up the next two places on the log.
We have started the year on an equally good note with Amber Beresford and Tayla Orsmond winning the first leg of the Tour de Maths for 2018.
EISTEDDFOD OF THE PERFORMING ARTS
Congratulations to Roxanne Steenkamp from Bowring Levin School of Dance for attaining Silver in her Modern Solo and for being a part of the ensemble that attained Gold in the Modern Group section.
Congratulations to Erin Brammer, Emma Fraser, Khanyi Nkhulu and Olivia Davies from Dancers Studio for being a part of the ensemble that won the trophy in all seven of their group categories, which include Modern, Contemporary and Ballet. Erin also won her Solo Contemporary section and was placed third in the Solo Jazz section. Olivia’s Pas De Deux won the trophy for Best Demi-Character Ballet and Olivia won the trophy for the Most Outstanding Ballet Dancer of the Eistedfodd.
AMERICAN DANCE AWARDS
At the ADA, Emma Fraser was placed first in her Solo Contemporary section. Khanyi Nkhulu attained second place and a special award for passion and confidence in dance for her Solo Contemporary and Classical Ballet sections respectively. Erin Brammer placed first in her Solo Contemporary and Classical sections and was placed third runner-up across all dance styles in the Teen Solo Dancer of the Year. Due to injury, Olivia was unable to compete at the awards. The three girls were part of the dance ensemble that won the South African cup for the highest scoring item at the ADA competition and have all qualified to dance at the American Dance National Competition in Miami next year July.
Erin and Emma competed in the IDO World Showdance Championships followed by the IDO World Ballet and Jazz Championships in early December. We also congratulate Olivia for being selected to join the Joburg Ballet Academy.
Congratulations to these girls on their superb achievements in the Royal Schools of Music Practical and Theory Examinations:
Amanda Aitken Singing Grade 7 Pass
Siphokazi Macheke Piano Grade 7 Pass
- Jodi Carr Singing Grade 6 Merit
- Chante du Preez Singing Grade 6 Merit
- Emma Blackwell Singing Grade 5 Pass
- Zanele Nzau Flute Grade 5 Pass
- Chiyedza Chimunda Recorder Grade 4 Pass
- Amelia Johnson Piano Grade 4 Pass
- Edith Mugadza Flute Grade 4 Pass
- Catherine North Flute Grade 4 Pass
- Veronica Keys Flute Grade 3 Pass
- Tessa van Heerden Flute Grade 3 Pass
- Shawana Mafuna Singing Grade 2 Pass
- Niike Neervoort Singing Grade 2 Pass
- Erin Stockigt Singing Grade 2 Pass
Natasja Troskie Theory Grade 5 Distinction
- Zanele Nzau Theory Grade 5 Merit
- Hannah Schutte Theory Grade 5 Pass
- Danella Oelofse Theory Grade 5 Pass
- Laura Gilardi Theory Grade 5 Pass
- Jessica Knight Theory Grade 5 Pass
- Veronica Keys Theory Grade 3 Pass
- Chichi Chimunda Theory Grade 3 Pass
- Emma Dodkins Theory Grade 2 Distinction
- Jordan Brown Theory Grade 2 Distinction
- Michaella Evlambiou Theory Grade 2 Distinction
- Kelly Capper Theory Grade 2 Merit
Congratulations to Chante du Preez on flute and Amira Sithole on Cello who participated in the "Orchestra from Scratch Mozart Festival under the baton of Richard Cock.
The interhigh A tennis team finished 2nd overall. They won the first round robin of matches and progressed to teh semi-finals where they beat St Andrew's convincingly.They lost to St Mary's in the final but not without our first couple Jessica Assenmacher and Sasha Taruberekera beating their first couple in a nail biting final in the tie break. Caitlin Willis and Julia Letcher make up the first team as 2nd couple. These 4 girls were placed 2nd out of 27 schools competing in the A division!
In the Interhigh B tennis tournament, our team consisting of Sian Wilson, Ashton van Heerden, Gina Breetzke and Dayna McCarthy, were placed 4th out of 26 schools after winning their first found robin matches.