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Next week is our annual Book Fair in the Reeler Centre. The Book Fair runs from 29-31 Aug and is open 07h30 - 15h30. It caters for adults, high school and junior school children.

Reader's Warehouse will supply a wide range of well-known teen fiction as well as the latest editions in popular teenage series.

‘Help the Rural Child’ will again provide for all other tastes with second hand books at a very reasonable price. There will be tables filled with fiction and non-fiction for adults, primary and high school children as well as the little ones.

Supporters can make use of the opportunity to also collect “Help the Rural Child” bags to fill and return to the Reeler Centre for collection to support this worthy cause.

Come and do some early Christmas shopping.


PHS Excels at Science Expo

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Pinelands High School excelled at the Science Expo held this past weekend.

A total of 18 projects were submitted by 28 students.  There were FIVE GOLD, TWO SILVER, NINE BRONZE  and EIGHT SPECIAL Awards.  Out of 28 students, 25 received medals!

Well done to both Life Sciences and Physical Sciences staff, Mrs Kate Jack, Ms Irene Pampallis and Ms Lydia Kim.

A detailed list of Awards received is outlined below.



Bronze Awards

Taariq Adam

Aman Adams

Zainab Davids

Jenna Gore and Danielle Fielies

Huw Irlam and Benjamin Vaisanen

Jamie Langson

Natalie Lovell and Kelsey Everts

Sofiyyah Makda and Megan Booysen

Noah Syndercombe


Silver Awards

Nikita Faulmann and Kyle Morgan

Muaaz Paleker and Ameer Berhardien


Gold Awards

Thania Abrahams

Casey Coetzee and Rana Ebrahim

Chase Newel

Donghuyn Park

Maryam Sonnie and Nicole Oliver


Special Awards

Highly commended Senior Chemistry project: Zainab Davids

Best Senior Chemistry projects: Taariq Adams

Outstanding Sustainability project: Thania Abrahams

Outstanding Environmental project: Nikita Faulmann and Kyle Morgan

Outstanding Medical Science project: Donghyun Park

Outstanding Engineering projects: Muaaz Paleker and Ameer Berhardien, and Chase Newel

Eskom Expo Energy Efficiency Prize: Chase Newel




Snippet from Last Year's Gala Music Concert

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Just in case you are still deciding whether or not you are coming to the Gala Music concert on Wednesday, have a look at this video taken at the concert last year.  You don't want to miss out. Book at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/32648-pinelands-high-school-2017-gala-music-concert/


Book your tickets to our annual GALA MUSIC CONCERT ON 16 August 2017 at the Hugo Lambrechets Auditorium.  The Gala Music Concert is a showcase of the school's premier, soloists, vocal groups, instrumental ensembles, bands and orchestra. This year the theme is MY AFRICAN DREAM: MANY DREAMS, ONE HOPE.

Don't miss out on this exceptional event. Book your tickets by clicking here.




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Sophiatown opens on Wednesday night. Tickets are selling fast.  Don't be disappointed!  Book your tickets ONLINE AT WWW.QUICKET.CO.ZA or via the school shop.




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.


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.

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



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.


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.


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)