School News: Arbor Park Primary, Drakensberg Primary and St Dominics Newcastle

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Newcastle’s school community has proved its worth across various fields, with learners and social organisations ensuring their respective schools’ names are held high.

Arbor Park Primary School is geared up for sports, thanks to the Newcastle Lions and Majuba Rotary Club.

The school explained that the two organisations recently reached out to them, donating brand-new netballs, hockey balls and bibs. Moreover, the Newcastle Lions Club and Majuba Rotary additionally donated rugby balls, chess mats and sets.

With the donation set to assist the school’s learners in their respective sporting codes, Arbor Park Primary extended a heartfelt thanks to the two organisations. “We are extremely grateful.”

Arbor Park Primary

Furthermore, Drakensberg Primary School has highlighted its dominance on the sports field, while introducing the school’s new deputy principal.

In January 2022, Drakies welcomed its new Deputy Principal Philip Smit to the school’s staff. “We wish him a successful journey and look forward to his contributions to making Drakies even better,” the school enthused.

Deputy Principal, Philip Smit

In terms of sport, the Netball Ward Trials were held on 16 March 2022, where four Drakkies performed exceptionally well at the event taking part in the Netball Circuit Trials on 6 April 2022.

Congratulations to Gabriella Gurr, Unathi Mchunu, Elanie van Zyl and Suné Brits.

From left to right: Gabriella Gurr, Unathi Mchunu, Elanie van Zyl and Suné Brits.

Adding to this, nine of Drakensberg Primary School’s rugby players were chosen for the Newcastle Rugby Team. They will take part in the Northern Natal trials in Piet Retief.

Congratulations to the following boys:

u/12: Marcus van der Merwe, Reuben Liebenberg, Josua Badenhorst and Samkelo Msibi.

u/13: Akhumuzi Dlamini, Aphiwe Ndumo, Juwan Maloney, Andile Sithole and Sharl van der Mescht.

From left to right: Akhumuzi Dlamini, Aphiwe Ndumo, Juwan Maloney, Andile Sithole and Sharl van der Mescht.

The school further congratulates Thinus Laatz who was selected as an NKZN u/13 selector, and Schalk Louwrens who was selected as the Newcastle u/13 team manager.

In other news, Drakensberg Primary School congratulated the following Amajuba District athletes who took part in the KZN Championships in Pietermaritzburg:

  • Mthobisi Dhlamini placed 2nd: shotput boys u/11
  • Blake Kallis placed 2nd: 70m hurdles boys u /10
  • Lwandile Mdluli placed 1st: 100m girls u/11 and 2nd: long jump girls u/11

As Arbor Park and Drakensberg Primary focused on sporting achievements, St Dominics Newcastle set its sights on tackling the academic sector.

St Dominics Newcastle’s Leonie Meyer and Natasha Gokul attended a NumberSense workshop in Shongweni on Saturday, 23 April 2022.

Aiming at foundation and senior phase learners, the workshop focused on reasoning in mathematics as a sense-making, problem-solving activity.

“Here, learners are expected to develop a body of knowledge, which they can then apply in unfamiliar situations with understanding and reasoning,” explained Meyer.

She further said it was encouraging to see how many independent schools are currently using the NumberSense programme.

“Personally, these workshops enrich your own understanding and knowledge, so you can apply it in your class. The entire staff will therefore benefit because we report back.” 

NumberSense is currently part of the St Dominics Newcastle curriculum, allowing learners to reason and draw conclusions.

“The NumberSense programme equips our leaners with 21st Century skills,” concluded Meyer.

Additionally, a High School assembly was held on Tuesday, 26 April 2022 for Honours re-award recipients.

Congratulations to the following learners:

  • Suhaan Singh (Grade 12) – 6th Honours re-award
  • Lonathemba Mazibuko (Grade 12) – 3rd Honours re-award
  • Dia Singh (Grade 11) – 6th Honours re-award.

Head of High School, Needha Hurrichand, said the Honour re-award is the highest accolade offered. “We are very proud of their achievements.”

While St Dominics Newcastle focused on academic accolades, the school also extended a heartfelt congratulations to Ntsika Masondo.

The Grade 3 St Dominics Newcastle learner won a gold medal for KATA (a karate skill) in a Northern KZN tournament,  held in Newcastle on 9 April 2022. Ntsika also qualified for the Nationals, which will take place in Johannesburg this month.

Ntsika Masondo

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