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Singers' Soirée Presented by Pinelands High School

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Our Music Department presents Singers' Soirée on Thursday 14 April 2016 in the Kent Hall Foyer from 19h00 to 20h00.
The evening is filled with light and classical music, featuring Mrs Shirley Sutherland's singing students and the Pinelands High School choir. Entrance is free and tea, coffee and snacks will be served.

Debating News

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PHS debated against Cannons Creek in a preliminary round of the Rotary Debating League on Tuesday (5 April 2016). The junior team opposed the motion "This house would allow performance-enhancing drugs in sport" and performed very well for such a new team, but lost narrowly.
The senior team proposed the motion "This house would not allow parents to decide the genetic make-up of their children". It was an exciting debate, full of passionate rhetoric and incisive arguments, and ultimately Pinelands was victorious! The winning argument was that if we allow parents to choose the genetic make-up of their children, the cost of the procedure will mean it is only available to the rich. This will widen the gap between rich and poor, by making the rich not only socially better-off, but also genetically superior to the poor. Cannons Creek argued that the benefits of being able to prevent hereditary diseases outweighed this, but we explained that if fewer rich people have rare diseases like ALS, there are fewer incentives for pharmaceutical companies and private donors to invest in finding a cure, thus leaving the poor (and broader society) worse off in the long run.

Please note that the closing date for Scholarship Applications for Grade 8 in 2017 is this Monday (11 April 2016).  Click on the following link for information: http://phs.org.za/admissions/scholarships-for-grade-8.html


Full and Half Colours for Summer Sports

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Pinelands High School awarded Full and Half Colours for Summer Sports to the following students:


Back row

Dylan Seragie (Basketball Half Colours), Brooke Stewart (Water Polo Half Colours), Adrian Daniels (Basketball Half Colours), Christopher Timm (Water Polo Half Colours), Nicholas Giliomee (Cricket Half Colours) and Jordan Woolf (Cricket Half Colours).

Second row

Sihle Mkalipi (Basketball Half Colours), Nikita Dawood (Indoor Hockey Half Colours), Jesseca Kruser (Basketball Half Colours), Ayanda Jacob (Basketball Half Colours) and Amaarah Davis (Basketball Half Colours).

Front row

Megan Jensen (Basketball Half Colours), Sydney Jacobs (Water Polo Full Colours), Brandy-Lee Verheem (Water Polo Half Colours) and Winona Autagavaia (Water Polo Full Colours).

Absent from photo: Yamnkela Kasana Titsa (Basketball Half Colours) and Luqmaan Meyer (Cricket Half Colours).

Chess in the Reeler Centre

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Before school, during breaks and after school the Reeler Centre (our Learning Hub)  is always alive with learning and actitivity.  Many of the children play chess when visiting the Reeler Centre and this year Mrs Cheminais would like to purchase a pirate themed chess set for the children to utilise. 

Chess is a wonderful way for students to stretch their minds and develop logical thinking patterns. The set weighs 1 kg and the biggest piece is 8 cm tall. Each piece costs R50. If you would like to sponsor a chess piece the money can be handed to Mrs Cheminais or you can pay by credit card at fees office or EFT (reference: Reeler Centre Chess Piece).

Thank you.



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Maths Olympiad

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Last week approximately 300 students from all of the grades wrote the Maths Olympiad. All students who receive more than 10 out of 20 will progress to the second round, and the top 15 in each grade will be selected for the UCT Maths Competition in the first week of the second term.



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The Teacher as Leader

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In case you missed it please follow the link below to read Dave Campbell's article that appeared in the March edition of The Muse magazine titled The Teacher as Leader.





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Basketball Girls Crowned Cape Town Champs

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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.


Boys’ First Team Water Polo Win

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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.