Bryanston High | Newsletter #5 of 2014


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Bryanston High School (South Africa) Newsletter Number 5 of 2014

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#BlueFlame Bryanston High School | Newsletter #5 of 2014 - August F arewell to two Bryanstonians... Mr. Joel Alswang, founding headmaster of Bryanston High School, who passed away last week at the age of 94, was a man that not many people could emulate. As a young man, he forged his mother's signature because he was too young to join the Airforce to fight in World War 2 where he later became a Lieutenant. Then already he showed such courage and determination. When the war was over he rose rapidly in his career, excelling as a teacher, then Vice-Headmaster of Eastleigh Primary School, Headmaster of Bryanston Primary and then founded Bryanston High School. Years later, he was appointed Inspector of Education and held that post until he retired. His brilliant mind could never rest. He tackled the arduous task of compiling dictionaries, and travelled around South Africa, lecturing at various schools. He loved all sports and participated in many, and as a result, also compiled a Sports Dictionary. Joel always had time for everyone, helping wherever he could. Nothing was ever too much for him. As stern as he could be, he also had a wonderful sense of humour and was highly respected and loved by all. He never demanded respect, he commanded it. He was an incredible husband and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren adored him and he was an amazing role model for them. To acknowledge all of his accomplishments would take up an entire book, he was a truly accomplished man who led, from beginning to end, by example. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, colleagues and past pupils, especially those of Bryanston High School where he left an such an indelible mark. May he rest in peace. Please note that our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to, inter-alia, approve next year’s budget, will take place on 1st October 2014 (not as originally scheduled in the year plan). 15 October is the second date in the event of a quorum not being present.


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D Our Teachers affect eternity... ear Bryanstonians.. We wish the Grade 11 Boys and Girls well on their self-empowerment camp and know that they will learn a lot and come Welcome back to the 3rd term! back to the school with new ideas and views on life. Our focus this term will be Athletics and Academics as the Matrics go into Prelims. It was devastating news for the Bryanston Again we appeal to parents to ensure High family to hear of the passing of that homework and tasks are done at Matric pupil Megan Byrne over the home and to supervise wherever holidays as well as the recent passing of possible. It is of concern that our bachelor Mr Joel Alswang who was the founder pass rate is well below where we would principal of Bryanston High School in like it to be. We aim for a 90% bachelor 1968. Our condolences go to their families. pass rate but currently fall short of that. We appeal to parents, friends and learners to support us at our big fundraising event this term which is the Stormfest SA on 27 September. Well known bands will be in action on the day and it promises to be Our Grade 9s will have to make subject a day of fun for everyone. choices for next year and a date for the Subject Choice Evening will be I would like to congratulate all the communicated to the grade 9 parents in participants and the winners in our Miss Pizzaz, Miss Elegance and Mr Bryanston the next week. competitions. It takes courage to go on We appeal to parents to learners to school stage and I would like to believe that this on time as coming late in the mornings opportunity gives our learners confidence has a negative effect on academic results and the experience that they will need in and tests that are written in the first later life. lesson. Two weeks ago we had our annual Polar We would like to welcome Mr Bobby Bear Swim and we would like to Derrick, a very experienced ex deputy congratulate Mr Farnell, Ms Martin, Mr principal onto our Science staff. He is Botha and Mr Slater for organizing this helping out until Mrs Fourie returns. Mr event and also taking part in what was a Ashley Govender has joined the Science fun-filled afternoon. Department and we wish him many happy Yours sincerely teaching years at our school. John Skelton Our Athletics team has been doing well this year and we wish them the best for the Inter-High which will be on the 2nd September.


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P ageant Winners... PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING Alison Bennett is a Registered Psychometrist (Independent Practice) offering psychological assessments to children and young adults, theses includes career, subject choice, psychoeduc ational, conc ession assessments (exam accommodations), career transitions and general IQ assessments. Miss ELEGANCE 1st Daniela Gasser 2nd Momentious Mthethwa 3rd Ariya Laklang Mr BRYANSTON 1st Christopher Dobie 2nd Grant Miu 3rd Dominique Lemao Miss PIZZAZZ 1st Kayla Heckrath 2nd Beauty Butsri 3rd Timiyah De Goede Mr. JUNIOR BRYANSTON 1st Martim Castro Amaro 2nd Bradley Fulcher 3rd Menashe Rossouw These assessments provide direction and guidance for important decisions that parents may need to make that will influence their children’s future. I also offer assessments for selection and development in the workplace. (011) 039 0892 (082) 450 2619 2 Rockview Close, Lonehill, Sandton. Practice No: 0537160 FOCUSED LANGUAGE LEARNING Results speak louder than words: One-on-one Afrikaans teaching grades 8-12. Jan Reinecke BA (Wits) BAHons (Unisa) TTHD(JCE) (PR. 1132648) (079) 513 3951 (011) 781 6141


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C R H H N S S S N ross Country... Certificates: Half Colours: Full Colours: Jafta Maluleka, Colin Thabane, Thabang Ngwenya, Thando Majola, Yakha Totshi Jessica Rapalego, Dustin Osborne, Jernade Kock Mzamo Mnguni, Brandlon Schlebusch, Philasande Qaga, Luke Schlebusch, Michael Ferreira Mathimba Baloyi, Aubrey Dlodlo, Kwesha Mwelwa Daniel Kvalsig, Russell Pienaar, Shawn Sile Brendon Ndlovu, Dylan Wingrove, Gabriel Harmer, Ige Ejekwu, Brandon Brighton, Mzee Mpungutye Junior Full Colours: ugby... Half Colours: Full Colours: ockey—Boys... Half Colours: Full Colours: George Clement, Andiso Ndebele, Tumelo Latlhakanyane, Zigi Zulu, Mitchell Austin KK Madlanga, Modise Mokoele, Jonathan van Duyn, Daniel Laing, Mzamo Mnguni, Tuks Mwerenga, Keagan du Toit, Ryan Govender Kyle Neilson Schae Loppnow, Thina Dyantyi Amina Williams, Jordynne Peach, Sam Ritchie Tayla Johnson Junior Full Colours: ockey – Girls... Half Colours: Full Colours: Junior Full Colours: etball... Half Colours: Full Colours: Koketso Morulane, Marina Savio, Soso Kwinana, Chantal Mjiyako, Madison Kriek. Daphne Mokogane, Robynne Reid, Jessica Rapelego, Rebecca Madubanya, Erica Donzella, Jessica Tavener Kundai Jura Lebo Ramphomane Matthew Seale Junior Full Colours: quash - Boys... Half Colours: Full Colours: quash – Girls... Half Colours: Full Colours: Samantha Ritchie (re-award), Robynne Reid Megan Howard wimming – Open Water... Half Colours: Full Colours: Kyle Langford, Luke Schlebusch Kerri-Lee Carstens, Brandon Schlebusch etball – Interhouse... Juniors : Seniors : Overall: Jupiter 20, Neptune 10, Apollo 8, Mercury 7 Apollo 21, Mercury 13, Jupiter 12 ,Neptune 5 Jupiter 32, Apollo 29, Mercury 20, Neptune 15


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R est in Peace,… Megan Byrne... by Josh Rosslee On Tuesday, 29th of July, Megan Byrne’s memorial was held at school. Mr Skelton spoke about Megan and shared his heartfelt condolences with Megan’s parents. Miss Pretorius said a prayer for both Megan and her loved ones. Speeches by Melissa Littlefield and Josh Rosslee were read out to treasure and uphold the memory of our best friend. There is an empty space amongst the Matrics of 2014. However, the memory of Meg’s bubbly personality, beautiful smile and pure brilliance, will forever remain in our hearts. You will forever be loved and cherished Megan. May you Rest in Peace, my beautiful best friend. F ree Hugs... Our Rhetoric Society… Celebrating World Humanitarian Day… Giving away free hugs! In the fast-paced world that is Johannesburg, we realise how hard it is for parents to juggle work, schedules, daily meetings and routines whilst also ensuring that their children receive the best possible care and attention. Jozi Cares aims to take the stress out of finding a suitable, reliable and compatible au pair to assist in all your children’s daily routines and needs. We offer meticulously scree ned a nd p ra ct i cal l y assessed au pairs who are matched to families according to the family’s needs and personalities with the use of psychometric testing. Jozi Cares prides itself in providing an excellent service as well as the most thoroughly screened au pairs in Johannesburg. Our screening process augments our dedication to assist families find an au pair who will be reliable, helpful and professional. In matching families with the right au pair, with the use of psychometric testing, our key objective is to ensure longevity of this working relationship which will ensue in the family unit. To find your perfect au pair or for more information, contact us. Tell 011 275 0513 Cell 071 613 8960


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L AN Gaming... by Mr. G Weir The Bryanston High LAN club met on Sunday 17th August for our second meeting of the term. After the initial set up and a few practise rounds ,we stopped for hot chocolate and cake, before the competitive rounds began. A delicious lunch of pies and slap chips (all food included in the price!) left us ready to take on the final rounds with everyone laughing at the competitive Jabs at each other and bragging at who played what best. Our Winners where: Ian and Gareth Edwards, Rudolph Venter, Edward Tu and Jarod Paul. What better way to spend a Sunday than gaming with your friends and lots of lovely food? A Big thank you to Mrs Pillay for the Prizes and Pick and Pay Douglasdale for the donated food. Also, a big thank you to the LAN committee for the running around and the organization that is put into these events.


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Music Lessons with Eugene Dippenaar at Bryanston High Guitar | Drums | Voice | Piano (083) 959 3782 earners’ Licences at BHS... The Johannesburg Traffic Department has teamed up with Bryanston High to make the booking of, and preparing for, Learners’ Licences easier. Scholars over the age of 17 wanting to write their Learner’s can now book at school and have lessons covering the K53 content. The scholars can go then as a group to write the test. The first group has already started the process and are writing their Learners’ Tests in early September. Anyone wanting further information can contact Mr. Malebana Thank you to Hatfield VW Bryanston who sponsor our Learner Driver car.


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S quash – Inter - House (Boys)... 1st Apollo, 2nd Jupiter, 3rd Neptune, 4th Mercury


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6 th place in Germany... Michael Ferreira was nominated to represent the South African Junior Elite team for the 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships held in Zittau, Germany in August. Where he finished in 6th place overall. Three junior elite were chosen—consisting of Michael Lord from Cape Town, Ruan van Zyl from Northern Gauteng and Michael Ferreira from Central Gauteng. The race consisted of a 750 meter open water swim, followed by a 24,8 km mountain bike track and to finish off a 5,5km trail run. Michael has been participating in a number of local Cross Triathlon competitions which culminated in the National competition held at Buffelspoort which he did very well in resulting in his selection to the SA team. M T K aths Olympiad… K O'Connell - Grade 12 qualified for the Inter-Provincial Maths Olympiad in September held at St John's College. ennis… While other teens spent their July holidays gaming, sleeping late and relaxing, Bryanston High grade 9 pupil Martin Dijkhuis spent his July holiday taking part in a number of tournaments, winning the Gauteng Central Keyhealth tennis tournament, together with his partner Jonathan Bulmer. He then went on to win the doubles at Gauteng Central Mini tournament at Ellis Park with his partner Kent Joubert and, despite a dose of flu, Martin dug deep and beat his partner Kent in the singles final at this tournament. Martin is currently ranked in the Top 20 in his age group in South Africa, a True Blue achievement. Bryanston High are very proud of this young man. aya FM Nelson Mandela 67km relay... During the holidays Bryanston High athletes competed in the Kaya FM Nelson Mandela 67km relay. Competing against professional athletes including former Comrades winners, the boys finished 9th overall and won the education category by more than 1 hr 30 min. Well done to the team: Brandon Schlebusch, Philasande Qaga, Luke Schlebusch, Michael Ferreira. K arate… Daniel de Jong was awarded SA colours and was selected to represent South Africa against 21 other countries in the 17th Kimura Shukokai International Karate World Tournament at Sun City Superbowl from 21-24 July. #Tr ueBlue


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T 74% 76% 77% 78% 79% 80% 84% 81% 86% 87% 88% 76% 77% 78% 81% 82% 83% 84% 86% 87% 90% 91% 77% 78% 79% 80% 81% 85% op 20... Grade 8 Tshenolo Koapeng, Michelle van Wyk, Asha Sheda M’Nyampara, Riona Naidoo, Oliswa Accom Teagen Naidoo, Liza Els Kashveer Sewjalal, Kim van Duyn, Andrea Noreiga Del Valle, Kirsty Naysmith, Anresa Naicker, Chris Denton John Tyson, Natalie Carstens, Merusha Govender Amadeo Lenz Rodriques Fatima Khan Jessica Schlebusch, Milani Kwinana, Kalece Govender Shannon Naidoo Bradley Fulcher, Beauty Butsri Grade 9 Michelle Seo, Tarsha Isaac, Akhil Bhoopal, Shrestha Arijune Zeret Naidoo, Devlan McKenzie Darren Rondganger, Yumna Karodia, Tamara Thinganya Mufaro Chiyangwa, Michelle Ikeh Candace Eslick Dylan Visser Kayla Heckrath, Caitlin Bell Tamara Tesorier, Musa Ndaba Jenna Prinsloo, Alina Holubeva Gareth Edwards Ian Edwards Grade 10 Grace Cameron, Kirthin Bedessie Jonathan van Duyn, Tyler van der Berg, Jadie Sauerbier, Mihir Poobalan, Thandeka Ndlovu, Priyantha Naicker Madison Ramsay, Kristina Marinkovic, Scherodene Devalogan, Khanya Bambo Alex Warren, Erica Donzella Amy Thomson, Andreena Smith, Megan Denton, Mbali Beja Michael Alves, Kim Ryan 70% 71% 72% 73% 74% 75% 76% 78% 79% 81% 82% 83% 85% 87% 76% 77% 78% 79% 81% 82% 83% 85% 86% 90% Grade 11 Kathryn Pike, Daniella Gasser Khanyile Sibanda Shayur Arijune Kerri-Anne Pillay, Daniel Kvalsvig, Robin Gast Kevin Pang Daniel Salgado, Khani Nkuhlu Christopher De Wit Fei Fei Wang, Marina Savio, Alyssa Paul Tsz-Yin Chen Tamara Mushai Nikheel Meghraj Immanuela Mohibidu Kganya Rapoo Cameron Matthews Grade 12 Dylan Wingrove, Caitlin MacOmture, Sachin Govender, Towela Chinganya Samantha Ritchie, Tayla Lance, Kyle Langford, Melissa Littlefield, Grant Miu Justine Pomroy, Gaby Isabelle, Shannon Bell Tanyaradzwa Sigauke, Raheema Ravat, Megan Howard Mohamed Irfan Seedat Robynne Reid Stefan Minkov Chelsea Alexander Kiara O’Connell


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E questrian Team.. A very big “well done” to all our Bryanston Equestrians! The SANESA competition is made up of four qualifiers, after which riders are then selected for the Gauteng Central team to participate at Gauteng Finals. All of our riders made us very proud! SMART KIDZ Expert, specialised tutoring for Physical Science and Chemistry, Life Sciences offered during weekend by Our captain, Nicole Kennet WITS University students in the (Grade 12) and her horse, comfort of your home. Stormtracker, participated in both 1.10 m showjumping classes. Jessica Bland (Grade 8) and her horse, LJ, took part in both 80cm showjumping classes as well as the 70cm Equitation and 70cm Working Hunter classes. Katarina Gardiner (Grade 8) and her horse, Fire Dash, competed in both 90cm showjumping classes as well as Novice Dressage and 80cm Equitation. They were fortunate enough to qualify for the Gauteng Central B Team for the Competition showjumping class. They will ride at Gauteng Finals, which is being held on the weekend of the 9th of August. We offer students personalised tuition and prepare students for major tests and exams. Julian Moodliar (078) 153 7867 (079) 506 7641 Former Bryanston High Valedictorian 2011 Standard Rate - R150/hr Georgia Wolchuk (Grade 9), and her horse, Baileys Promise, took part in 2 of the qualifiers. In the 1st qualifier she was place 11th and in the 2nd,she was placed 12th. that meets at the BHS courts every Saturday afternoon is looking for new members and it would be wonderful if some of the school parents could join us.We have occasional social events and always play doubles and the tennis is informal, great fun and quite competitive. Jim Godfrey (011) 706 4316 THE TENNIS CLUB


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G ood Morning Vietnam... by Megan Denton and Keagan Hayman Eleven teenagers from Bryanston High School, Reddam Bedfordview and Reddam Atlantic Seaboard headed off to Vietnam on the 30th of June with two adults. The trip involved three phases – Project, Hike and Rest and Relaxation. For the project phase we travelled to an orphanage and home for those in need. We nursed the babies, painted and farmed. The farming was actually just hoeing and weeding while painting consisted of chipping paint off one building to repaint it (only to find out that it was going to be demolished) and painting a new house being built. The babies were so cute and almost everyone who went farming or painting decided that their skills were better suited to tending to sleeping toddlers. As the village was really small the language barrier made easy tasks challenging but luckily we had the number of a very trusty translator that showed us where to find the best lunches for a cheap price. After four days we headed on to a small town where we began our three day hike. We hiked down a mountain into a quaint village filled with locally crafted goods and delicious food. During the nights of the hike we stayed in the locals’ houses. This helped us get to know the culture and truly experience the life of the Vietnamese people. The hike was an awesome experience with the most incredible views. However many of us underestimated it and ended up with aching legs for the next few days. When the hike was over we headed to Halong Bay to enjoy some rest and relaxation. The company that we travelled with in Vietnam received a huge discount and so spoiled us with a four star hotel experience. We had a boat ride through the bay where there rules of boating seemed to be the same as the rules of the road – more of a suggestion than a law. We then had a tour through one of the caves on a small island and enjoyed some delicious sea food. We headed back to Hanoi the next day to enjoy the last few days of relaxing and taking in the city’s culture and lifestyle. We visited an old prison that had been turned into a museum and walked around the old quarter of Hanoi, with a trip to the Night Market that sold anything you can imagine.


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We conquered the 38 degree heat (with the help of air conditioners), we learned how to bargain price using only facial expressions and gained many leadership and teamwork skills. The roles of each person and the amount of money we had in the budget were discussed at every team meeting held each night. On our last night together in Hanoi a few of us stayed up through the night to watch the World Cup Final with Australians, Europeans and the hotel manager. We left Hanoi on the 14th of July. On our way home we realised that we had an eight hour stopover in Singapore airport – one of the most beautiful airports ever with great shopping opportunities and suddenly all our leftover money was spent. We arrived back in South Africa the next day with some great new friends and memories.


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InterHouse Athletics


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Matric Dance 2014



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