A proud Protea in our midst

Conrad Jonker achieved his South African colours for angling.

THIS week we are able to brag about a plethora of excellent achievements by our learners in a variety of disciplines, once more showcasing our ability to nurture well-rounded individuals. News streamed in, in the past week, about a South African angler, a rider representing her province, dancers excelling and cricketers joining the elite squad. On top of all this, we still did exceptionally well in our weekly sporting activities.

Firstly, it is with immense pride that we congratulate one of our matric learners who, amid all the pressure of being a school leader and a matric student, still managed to achieve his South African colours as an angler.is currently representing his country in Namibia. We wish him all the best of luck in this endeavor and we know he will make his school, his family and his country proud.

Then, three of our cricketers were chosen to represent the KZN Inland Elite cricket squad. Congratulations to: Sibonga Thabede, Connor High and Rudolph Benecke on this exceptional achievement. We are very proud of these young gentlemen and trust they will go on to do their very best.

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We would also like to congratulate Cara Klingenberg, who has been chosen to represent the KZN A-team and VHS at the South African National Championships for horse riding. She will be riding Scatalley and Bakgat Juror. Well Done, Cara!

Three of our young women represented Unity Dance Studio at the Harrismith Eisteddfod and received, between them, 5 As, 4 A+, 2 A++ and a special award. The results were as follows:

Catia Marques – Straight studio solo: A

Rebekka Barnard – Group Dance Trumpets: A+ and special award

Group Dance Juicy: A

Group Dance Rule the World: A+

Hip-Hop duet: A

Modern Studio Solo: A

Mieke van der Walt – Trio: A+

Quartet: A++

Studio Solo: A+

Small group: A

Small group: A++

…And our good news does not end there! On August 26, Vryheid High was victorious when battling schools from the surrounding area by obtaining an overall win in the tennis tournament held in Dundee. Pupils from Dundee, St Dominics and Sarel Cilliers faced a cold winter morning to have a battle of skills on the courts to determine who was the best. Great sportsmanship was shown as it became apparent that VHS was the overall champion by defeating Dundee in straight sets, and only losing one mixed double. VHS lost one match against St Dominics in the boys’ singles, but we were the clear winners of the day. By the end of the day, VHS had a score of 111.

The scores were as follows.

• VHS against Dundee – Girls won all 4 games

• Boys won all 5 games

• Mixed doubles played 4 games with one loss against Dundee

• VHS against St Dominics – Girls played 2 games and won both

• Boys played 4 games and lost 1

• Mixed doubles won all 4 games played.

Congratulations to the players and the coaches. This was a great day of playing a good sport, and having fun. A big thank you to our hosting school, Dundee, as well as Mr and Mrs Van den Heever for taking us there and back safely.

The week that passed we also played cricket as part of our term fixtures. The results were as follows:

VHS 2nd team vs Pionier 2nd team – VHS won the match by 10 wickets.

VHS u/15 lost the match against Dundee with 5 wickets.

VHS 2nd team won their match against Dundee’s 1st team with 30 runs.

Lastly, it is with great sadness that we bid farewell to one of our laboratory assistants, Patrick Dlamini. Mr Dlamini is leaving VHS to pursue a career at the University of Johannesburg. We wish him and his family the best of luck in the big city and we thank him for his dedicated service here at Vryheid High School. He has made a difference, not only in the staff room, but also in the classroom and most importantly, in the lives of many learners.

Once again, congratulations to all the learners mentioned above and thank you for representing the values of Vryheid High School beyond the walls and gates of the school.


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