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Congratulations to our Girls’ First Team Basketball who won the final of the Top Schools’ Competition on Saturday. This is the culmination of the season where the highest ranked top four schools of the season are involved in play-offs. They played the Western Cape Sports School in the final and were crowned Cape Town champs. In the same competition our Boys' First Team made it to the semi-finals and lost narrowly to Heideveld Senior Secondary. Well done to all of our basketball players for a very successful season.
The Boys’ First Team Water Polo played Somerset College in the B-league final of the Western Province Schools’ Water Polo league at Newlands Pool last night. Pinelands High School won 4-3. Congratulations to the boys, to Coach Devon Card and Manager Andy Westcott.
The annual Sunset Concert held on 4 March 2016 was a great success. The new venue at the front of the school was the perfect setting and created a fantastic atmosphere for a picnic concert. There were performances by Pinelands North Primary, Pinehurst Primary, Pinelands Primary and Pinelands High School.
Last week Monday was the Grade 10's turn to go exploring the environment on a field trip to Granger Bay and Greenpoint Biodiversity Garden.
They have been learning about biomes and ecosystems and this trip served as their case study ecosystem (rocky shore) and biome (fynbos). First hand experience on the shore at Granger Bay and in the fynbos in Greenpoint Park helped to make the knowledge learnt in class more relevant and interesting.
Following the three focus stations on the rocky shore, the students had a lunch break in the Greenpoint Park. They then contined their work by exploring the fynbos in the biodiversity garden.
The view from the bottom of the shore. The weather was perfect and there was hardly any swell this year!
One of the prac stations involved quadrant sampling of small and large limpets along a transect rope every few meters through the different intertital zones.
A baby winkle was one of the many creatures counted in the rockpools. One of the prac stations involved a rapid biodiversity assessment comparing biodiversity of low, mid and high rockpools on the shore.
Students were also required to document the diversity of life found with photographs for a poster presentation. The collaborative poster presentations were submitted electronically via Google Classroom to their teachers for marking and feedback without need for printing. The best posters will be printed and displayed in classrooms once they have been assessed.
One of the teachers remarked that they had seen pretty much every creature they wanted to find, except a crab... Well after a quick search this little guy ticked yet another box. — in Mouille Point, Western Cape, South Africa.
After a well deserved lunch under the trees at Greenpoint Park, the fynbos prac station was tackled. Using the many signboards certainly helped to answer some of the questions posed. — in Mouille Point, Western Cape, South Africa.
The best time to go study the rocky shore is a spring low tide when the water level is at its lowest (this occurs roughly twice a month). In addition, it can be a challenge to match the field trip date with a suitable spring low tide that occurs in the early to mid morning. We were lucky this year! — in Mouille Point,
Our tennis players left earlier this morning. They play matches against Hermanus High School on Friday and De Villiers Graaff High School (Villiersdorp) on Saturday.
Jordan Woolf was chosen to be part of the WP Invitational U15 side that played a 50-over match against Devon County.
Jordan was the top batsman for the WP Invitation side scoring 68 runs. He made a valuable contribution with the ball, taking 2 wickets at less than 4 runs per over.
A superb all-round effort. Well done Jordan, we are proud of you!