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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.


Life Sciences Learning 'on the go'

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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,

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!


Abdul-Malik Racking Up the Runs

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Congratulations to Abdul-Malik Van der Westhuizen. He scored 102 runs against Rondebosch Boys' U14A on Saturday 20th February 2016. It was a deceleration match and Abdul batted for a total of 3 hours and 30 mins.
He followed up this score with 82 runs off 60 balls when we played Bergvliet in a day-night match on Monday.
Way to go Abdul-Malik!


Nadine Excels in the Swimming Pool

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Our congratulations go to Nadine Faulmann for qualifying for the 2015/2016 SA National Level 1 Age Group Championships.  These will be held at UWC from 1 - 3 April 2016.  

Swim well Nadine, we are proud of you!




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Sunset Music Concert on Friday 4 March 2016

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Come along to our annual Sunset Concert and listen to our talented musicians.  The concert starts  at 17h30 and will be held under the trees at the front of the school.

Bring along your family and friends, a blanket and your picnic basket.  Refreshments will be on sale.

Performances by Pinelands North Primary, Pinehurst Primary,  Pinelands Primary and Pinelands High School.


Jonas Gensicke: 2nd Junior in Peninsula Half Marathon

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Congratulations to Jonas Gensicke who ran his first 21.1km (half marathon) on Sunday. He ran the Cape Peninsula half marathon in 1 hour 46min and received a prize for the second junior of the race.  He ran the half marathon with his family.  Well done Jonas.


Closing Date for Grade 8 Applications (2017): 11 March 2016

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Please note that the applications for Grade 8 in 2017 close on 11 March 2016.  Application Forms must be collected from the school's reception. Thank you.



U17A SA Water Polo Team

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Congratulations to our Sydney Jacobs who has been selected for the U17A SA Water Polo team.


Oakhill Open Water Festival in Knysna

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Our U19A boys and girls travelled to the Oakhill Open Water Festival in Knysna for the fourth consecutive time last weekend. It is a special experience for the players and they can count themselves truly blessed to have reaped such a spectacular reward for all their hard efforts in training and their commitment to the sport.

The festival takes place over four days in two constructed pools in the Knysna harbour, making for a truly unique experience. It is a festival rather than a tournament and so the atmosphere is one of great camaraderie and friendship amongst the teams, an ethos that is strongly emphasised by the organisers. Nevertheless it is pleasant to report that the boys won all seven of their matches by considerable margins (every outfield player scored at least one goal) and the girls also performed fantastically to dominate all but one of their seven matches.

Christopher Timm was voted as the best boys’ goalkeeper of the festival and Winona Autagavaia was the top goal scorer in the girls' division. The Pinelands players did us proud with their flawless manners, admirable sportsmanship, fervent spirit and irrepressible charisma.b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4249.JPG

Christopher Timm (Best Boys’ Goalkeeper) and Winona Autagavaia (Top Goal Scorer)