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PHS Pair Win GOLD Award at UCT Mathematics Competition

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On Thursday 7 April, 75 students from PHS took part in the annual UCT Mathematics Competition. We entered five individuals and five pairs in each grade category. The UCT Mathematics Competition is one of the biggest inter-school maths competitions in the country, with over 7 000 participating students.

With numbers so vast, it is a mark of excellence to be ranked among the top achievers - and this is just what two of our Grade 10s have done! Rafeeq Jaffer and Muhammed Zuhayr Khan participated in the pairs section of the competition, and we have recently learned that they have received a Gold Award for placing in the top three pairs in their grade. This fantastic result is testament to their ability to think creatively about unfamiliar problems, and their strong teamwork.

Rafeeq and Zuhayr's performance qualified them for the invitational UCT Mathematics Challenge, which was held on Saturday 7 May. Their exact rank position will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 19 May.


Maths lovers and  GOLD winners (from left to right), Rafeeq Jaffer and Muhammed Zuhayr Khan, are pictured here with Ms Pampallis one of our excellent and inspiring Mathematics teachers.

Awsum Newspaper: April 2016

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Find Pinelands High School on page 6 and page 10 of the latest edition of the Awsum newspaper. 



Congratulations to our exceptionally talented Sydney Jacobs who has just returned from representing South Africa in Water Polo at the U17 European Union Nations Cup in Denmark.

Sydney attended the National Training Camp at St Stithians at the end of March after which the 13-strong team travelled to Odense in Denmark to compete in the U17 European Union Nations Cup from 1 – 3 April 2016.

Eight countries competed and South Africa dominated from start to finish. The two semi-finals featured SA v England and Malta v Czech Republic. The SA team won gold in the finals by beating Czech Rep 15-3.

Sydney played mid or wing and scored three goals in the Cup. Well done, Sydney! You did us and South Africa proud.


Sydney Jacobs with her U17 SA National squad.


SA U17 National Water Polo Team.


Sydney in action.


Sydney in action.

Congratulations to Uthmaan Abrahams and Matthew Kaiser who have just returned from representing South Africa at the International U15 Cricket Challenge in Malaysia.

This was the fourth year that an invitation team from South Africa participated in the annual Tuanku Ja’Affar Trophy Tournament. The South African team showed lots of promise from the start of the tournament by beating India, Thailand, Bangladesh and Malaysia in the round-robin phase of the competition. They unfortunately lost to Sri Lanka in the final and ended as runners-up in the International U15 Cricket Challenge.

Uthmaan was South Africa’s leading wicket-taker at the tournament and Matthew made valuable contributions as a middle order batsmen with a healthy average of 23.7.

Well done to the boys on their great achievements! We are very proud of them.


Mathew carving another delivery through backward point.


The trophy.


Uthmaan sending down another thunderbolt.


The team.


Our proud two lads with the trophy.



Inter-house One Act Play Festival

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The Inter-house One Act Play Festival runs this week on Thursday and Friday night.  Tickets can be purchased from the school shop.


Pinelands High School Students Lend a Hand

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Due to the ongoing drought in parts of South Africa the Representative Council of Learners initiated a water project among the students. The idea was to lend a helping hand to the wider community and for students to think about others in need.

The school partnered with Operation Hydrate and thousands of litres of water were collected by students and then dropped off at the collection point in Maitland.


Pinelands High School students pictured with a sample of the water that was collected. (left to right: Luzuko Ncube, Stella Hertantyo, Brooke Stewart and Chakwizira Diza)

Latest ForgingAFuture Newsletter

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The ForgingAFuture newsletter is sent to all PHS alumni and donors.  Read the latest edition here: 


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.

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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