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2017-04-05 06:03
Wembley College girls selected to represent the Umzinyathi Hockey teams this year - Zoë Scholtz, Sarah Barber, Joanna Evans, Bridget Dede, Katelyn Martens (non-travelling reserve), Ashleigh Mason and Robyn Steyn.

Wembley College girls selected to represent the Umzinyathi Hockey teams this year - Zoë Scholtz, Sarah Barber, Joanna Evans, Bridget Dede, Katelyn Martens (non-travelling reserve), Ashleigh Mason and Robyn Steyn.

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THE moment 2017 kicked off the Form 5 class had begun planning for the Black and White Ball.

Our choice for the theme of the event was Midnight Forest. With technology becoming more important in our lives we tend to slowly forget the peace and beauty that lies in the natural world that surrounds us every day.

With global warming reaching some of its highest levels in 2016 we thought that forgetting about Hollywood and Bollywood and rather surrounding ourselves literally with the woods was a great idea.

Those who saw the hall were amazed at how we used such simple objects to create such a sophisticated look. Rest assured, this was not easy. We were confronted with problems and barriers. We solved the problems, we removed the barriers and as a team we decorated the hall into something that was truly stunning.

When we started decorating the hall we all thought that we wouldn’t be able to get it done in time and it would not look that good, but we couldn't have been more wrong. Slowly it all started to come together and as we neared the end we had impressed ourselves.

An enormous thank you to the teachers for all their patience while we were doing this, as well as all the parents who took time out of their days, whom if not for all the assistance, none of this would have been possible.

On Tuesday, 28 March, the Grade 3s travelled to the African Birds of Prey Sanctuary in Ashburton. We started off with a tour of the more than 30 birds cages.

A firm favourite is always Hoot Hollow, which houses more than 12 different species of owl. The experience was something out of this world, and there was so much to learn.

Once we had finished our tour and our snack, we were privileged to watch five different birds give us an aerial show which illustrated the feeding habits of eagles, kites, sparrow hawks and two different kinds of owls.

This sanctuary does incredible work and takes care of these amazing raptors. They rescue birds from awful conditions and give them a safe place where they are clearly adored.

However, the facility is short of funds and we encourage anyone who is looking for a pleasant family excursion, just outside Pietermaritzburg, to consider visiting them. It is well worth the trip.

Friday, 24 March was a day of great excitement for the Grade 1s. It was the day of their carnival-themed market day. They were dressed in beautiful costumes and arrived with their delectable merchandise. They provided everything from sweet to savoury and spicy to sticky. There were also a few challenging games to play. Being grateful for good weather, and many customers, the 15 young businesspeople made R2 000, which will be spent on Cambridge-prescribed literature.

A word of appreciation goes to every parent and grandparent who assisted, especially those who reached out to man a second stall, where parents were unable to attend. Thanks to every pupil and staff member for your support - we appreciate you.

We would also like to congratulate JJ van Zuydam (U14) and Ross Goble (U18) who were selected for the KZN Inland Country District teams. These two pupils will now be attending Inland round two trials where they will be given the opportunity to gain selection for the KZN Inland squads on 1 May.

Amy and Qwyn Francis participated in the Maritzburg Swim Cahallenge. Amy received a silver medal for freestyle in her age group and Qwyn received a gold medal for freestyle, a silver medal for breaststroke and a silver medal for backstroke in his age group.

Wembley is also proud to announce that seven of our girls have been selected to represent the Umzinyathi hockey teams this year.

Congratulations to:

U14: Zoë Scholtz, Sarah Barber, Joanna Evans, Bridget Dede.

U16: Katelyn Martens (non-travelling reserve)

U18: Ashleigh Mason, Robyn Steyn

The U14s will play in the regional tournament form 21-23 April while the U16s and U18s play in their regional tournament form 27-28 April.

We would like to congratulate Milla, Ludwig and Nicola Herbst on their selection to represent KZN in the National Aquatic Championships.

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