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2015-09-02 06:00
Wembley ABC Hockey Coaching Clinic coaches and pupils.

Wembley ABC Hockey Coaching Clinic coaches and pupils.

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ON Friday, 21 August, the U13 boys and girls left for their annual hockey tour. Both teams played indoor, on astro and on grass, which exposed them to the full variety of different hockey turfs.

They played against Umhlanga College, Ashton Ballito, Darnall and Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy and there was a vast improvement on their skill and results from last year.

The U13 boys and girls enjoyed a hockey clinic, facilitated by Alan Paton from Riverside Sports Club. This is the first year the players have attended a clinic on tour.

The players learnt a lot from a master of the game and enjoyed picking up extra skills. It was a misty and cloudy morning on Thursday, 20 August, as the children arrived at school in their Eagles and Falcons clothes. Luckily as the morning progressed the clouds disappeared and the mist rolled away to reveal the perfect weather for our fun athletics day. Everyone participated, giving each race their all.

The children had fun running, jumping in sack races and trying to pick up golf balls with only a spoon. The relentless cheering from both teams resulted in a few hoarse voices at the end of the day.

Thank you to the staff who helped, and last but not least, a big thank you to the parents who came to support. The current theme in Grade 3 is “Around the World”. Each pupil has made their own passport to show which countries they visited during their time at school.

We were very excited to have Mrs Yoganie Aheer, mother of Yastil and Yuvan, come to speak to the Grade 3 class about her climb up Kilimanjaro four years ago. Mrs Aheer brought photos and gear with her and told pupils all about her trip up the highest mountain in Africa.

The children were fascinated to hear about her ascent to the Uhuru Peak - which is 5895m high. She shared many interesting insights and the children were amazed when she showed them how slowly her final steps had to be to adjust to the altitude and to prevent “altitude sickness”. We thank Yoganie most sincerely for coming to speak to the class.

A second awning has been erected at the swimming pool to provide shade for swimmers, parents and spectators. This has made a significant difference to the swimming pool facility and will provide necessary shade in the hot summer months. Thank you to Mr Corbishley for providing this new addition, it is greatly appreciated.

A number of our Wembley pupils have represented the Old Scholars’ Hockey Club (OSHC) in the Midlands Country Districts Hockey League this season. It is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to play hockey at this level and they have improved remarkably throughout the season.

The following pupils were presented with the respective awards for 2015 - the Most Improved Player was Michael Chiazzari and the Most Promising Players were Robyn Steyn and Josh Meyer. Pupils are thanked for and congratulated on their contribution to the club this year. We encourage more high- school pupils to join the OSHC next year as it is extremely beneficial for their hockey

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