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Casey Coetzee Selected to Represent South Africa

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Congratulations to Pinelands High School’s Casey Coetzee who was selected to represent South Africa in the SA U17 Hockey squad. 

Casey played as a forward in the Western Province U18A team where her team won GOLD at the recent Interprovincial tournament in Pietermaritzburg.

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Scholarship Winners

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We are very pleased to announce our scholarship winners for entry into Grade 8 next year. These young people have won the scholarships on merit, based on assessments which they and the other entrants had to undertake.  We congratulate the following:

From Left to right in front row

  • Lima Gqomfa (Pinehurst Primary) - Music Scholarship     
  • Matthew Redfern (Pinehurst Primary) - Academic Scholarship 
  • Kieran Bowers (St Joseph’s College) - Sport Scholarship    

Back row:  Mrs Fadia Hassiem (Deputy Principal), Rebecca Marx, Casey Coetzee, Tanweer Mohamed, Mr Dave Campbell (Principal)

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From the thousands of contestants who took part in the CAT Olympiads, Huw Irlam, rated amongst the top 15 countrywide in the Second Round of the Applications Olympiad. Huw has been selected to take part in the Finals in Cape Town on the 26 June 2018 and to represent the school at the Awards function on 27 June.

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Yesterday's Tatler - Go Miguel

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In case you missed the Tatler yesterday click here to read all about our very own Miguel Rebelo who is off to the Youth Commonwealth Games.

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The Senior Marimba Band and the Poetry Society performed at the Life Orientation Youth Celebration at Groote Schuur High School this weekend. 

The Youth Celebration was addressed by the Minister of Education for the Western Cape, Mrs Debbie Schafer and the Deputy Director-General, Mr Brian Schreuder.

The Senior Marimba Band gave a mesmerising performance throughout the morning with their highly spirited and rhythmical pieces. Mpho Ngexe captivated the audience with the poem he wrote and recited.  He received a standing ovation. 

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Debating Duo Dominates

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Keren Parker (Grade 10) and Kelsey Everts (Grade 12) entered the British Parliamentary Debating League run by the Cape Town Speaking Academy earlier this year. The tournament ran at UCT over four weekends in April and May.

At the league debates, Kelsey and Keren spoke in a different format to the one we normally use for interschool competitions. In the British Parliamentary format, there are only two people on a team, and a much shorter preparation time - only 20 minutes from receiving the topic to starting the debate. The girls participated in 7 preliminary rounds, and just squeaked through to the semi-finals. Despite being the underdogs coming into the semi-finals, they knocked out one of the top ranked teams in their semi, and progressed to the finals.

They did not win the finals, but they still did tremendously well and we are very proud of them. 

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17 PHS HOCKEY PLAYERS SELECTED TO REPRESENT WP

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Wow, what a list! Congratulations to ALL 17 HOCKEY players who have been selected to represent WP.

Congratulations to all coaches, managers and players who have all worked so hard! Special mention to all parents for their support.

1. Casey Coetzee – Western Province U18A
2. Moletlo Somo - Western Province U18B
3. Shanice Philander - Western Province Zonal U18
4. Chelsea Jeffery - Western Province Zonal U18 
5. Yusra Azzakani - Western Province Zonal U18
6. Ni-shaat Esau – Non-travelling reserve for U16 Zonal
7. Dayna Hughes - Non-travelling reserve for U16 Zonal 
8. 8. Zoë Kannemeyer - Non-travelling for U16 Zonal 
9. Mika Ryklief – Western Province Zonal U14
10. Chase Newel – Western Province U18B
11. Andrew Pick – Western Province U16B
12. Taquoma Sealy – Western Province U16B
13. Na’eem Davids – Western Province Zonal Disa U18
14. Noah Jones – Western Province Zonal Disa U18
15. Mathew Kaiser – Western Province Zonal Disa U18
16. Keagan Kinnes – Western Province Zonal Disa U18
17. Enrico Celento – Western Province Zonal Disa U16

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Matthew Vianello takes Silver in Open Bike Class

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This last weekend Matthew Vianello took part in two Western Cape Off-road Regional Races.  The first race was on Saturday morning where he rode 212.2km in 5 hours and 41 minutes and came second in the 250cc Open Bikes class.

 On Sunday he rode 140km in 3 hours and 15 minutes, again coming second in the 250cc Open Bikes class.  Well done Matthew!

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Matthew (far right) at the prize giving.

Computer Olympiad Boffins

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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 3 students placed in the top achievers; 2 Gold (better than 93% of all participants countrywide) and 1 Silver (better than 79% of all participants countrywide) winners.

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Back row: Huw Irlam (Gold), Christopher Hawker-Jehring (Silver)

Front row: Imaad Faki (Gold)

ForgingAFuture - BE ENCOURAGED

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Be encouraged and read the latest edition of ForgingAFutre.  The newsletter is sent out to alumin and PHS donors and supporters. 

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