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Pinelands High School is Working Hard to Save Water

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Pinb2ap3_thumbnail_Water-saving-1-of-2.jpgelands High School has been on a water saving journey for a number of years, but over the past few months the school has aimed to decrease further its water usage.
 
Previous water saving strategies include installing efficient flushing systems when the toilets were renovated, planting waterwise plants and using treated wastewater to irrigate the fields.  To reduce water loss by evaporation, the school fields are watered at night. Last year a pool cover was installed, all the flower beds were mulched, and an additional rainwater tank was installed.

The treated wastewater irrigation system is only set up to water the school fields, but there are still large gardens and grassed areas around the school.  This year a small Jo-Jo tank and a water pump were bought. The treated wastewater can now be pumped from the holding tank on the field, and then transported to other areas of the school.  No potable water is used to water gardens at the school anymore.   Most recently, low flow adapters were fitted on all the taps in the school.

These practical water saving measures have been complemented by improving water awareness throughout the school. A combination of approaches (posters around the school, videos during assembly, dam level updates in general notices each week, a special assembly on World Water Day, research projects based on water use, saving and purification) have been used to raise awareness of our need to save water and to change our thinking with regards to water consumption.

To date these water saving strategies have meant that Pinelands High School has decreased their daily water usage by approximately 71% since January 2015.

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Picture 1:  Tank containing treated wastewater being transported and used to water the flower bed.

Picture 2: Tap fitted with a slow flow adapter in the bathroom.

Last night our First Girls' Hockey team and U19 Boys' Soccer team played Villa Devoto School from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Villa Devoto is a neighbourhood  located in the northwestern area of the city. Their school was founded in 1908 in the neighbourhood church hall.
 
Our girls were down 1 goal to zero at half time and turned the game around in the second half by scoring two goals. The final result was Pinelands 2, Villa Devoto 1.
 
Our soccer boys won 4-1.
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Congratulations to Winona Autagavaia (Matriculated from PHS in 2016) on being chosen for the SA LADIES NATIONAL TEAM to compete at the EU NATIONS WATER POLO CUP FOR WOMEN, BAZEN SLOVANY, PILSEN, CZECH REPUBLIC, from the 14 – 16 JULY 2017

WELL DONE WINONA!  WE ARE VERY PROUD!

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On Thursday last week the Pinelands High School Wind Band participated in the Cape Town Eisteddfod at Wynberg Boys' High School.  They presented a polished performance with a good selection of pieces. The Wind Band received a GOLD DIPLOMA (90% - 100%) and was AWARDED THE BEST SENIOR WIND BAND prize.

Well done to the Music Department for all their hard work! We are very proud.

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Students Conquer Computer Olympiad

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Pinelands High School is proud of the excellent performances of the students who took part in the annual Computer Olympiad. The Computer Olympiad is the South African version of the Bebras Contest which attracts more than a million participants from across the world. The contest requires the skills of computational thinking, the same used for Mathematics, Science, IT and CAT. These problem solving techniques are used by Software Engineers to write programs and apps.

Pinelands High School had seven students placed in the top achievers; four Gold (better than 93% of all participants countrywide) and three Silver (better than 79% of all participants countrywide) winners.

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Back row:  Kyle Solomons (Silver), Jason Hillebrand (Silver), Huw Irlam (Gold), Grant Spaans (Silver), Daanyaal Gamieldien (Gold)

Front row: Jesse Das Neves (Gold), Imaad Faki (Gold)

This year Physical Education at Pinelands High School has included a Sports Conditioning programme to ensure that students are trained in the basics of sport. These sessions are compulsory for juniors and optional for seniors.

These sessions take place once per two-week-cycle within scheduled Physical Education lessons. In these sessions students are taught hand/eye co-ordination, agility, speed-endurance and power related exercises. This does not replace the Physical Education programme but adds value to the programme by ensuring that students receive additional conditioning over and above the Physical Education curriculum. 

This programme increases the fitness and skill level of sports playing students and assists students with basics physical skills which are used in everyday life. 

 

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Wind-resistance training with speed chutes provides overall muscle resistance. Speed chutes build fast-twitch muscles. Fast-twitch muscle fibers are advantageous for short bursts of strength or speed, critical for short bursts of speed.

SEEDs Project for Grade 8s

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Grade 8s starting to work on their SEEDs projects.

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Shakespeare Schools Festival

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Pinelands High School will be participating in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Baxter Theatre this coming Saturday evening.

Davida Smith (Grade 12) has written and directed an original script where Shakespeare is put on trial by the Three Witches as they explore some of his sonnets. There is a 23 member cast with cast members ranging between Grade 8 and Grade 12.

You can book tickets by clicking here.  Don't miss out, we are very excited about this performance.

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MARIMBA FESTIVAL at the Baxter

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Our school is participating in the Cape Town Marimba Festival, which will once again be held at the Baxter Theatre Concert Hall on Friday 12 May 2017 at 19h45.

Tickets can be bought through Computicket at a cost of R100 for adults and R50 for students/learners (upon presentation of valid student card or pensioner’s card). Funds raised by the concert are administered by the Cape Town Big band Jazz Festival and will be used for music development projects in Cape Town (of which two bands supported by the Cape Town.

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