OVER the weekend of May 12 and 13 Howick High School held its jubilee celebrations and, despite the cold and wet weather, many past pupils, teachers and friends gathered to mark this special occasion alongside current pupils and staff. A wonderful weekend was enjoyed by all.HOWICK HIGH ENVIRONMENT CHAMPIONSThe Howick High enviro squad were recently placed in the top five schools in South Africa in the WESSA Water Explorers Programme challenge. In addition, they were awarded a silver award for two years of sustained environmental effort in the WESSA Eco-schools programme earlier this year. Eco-schools is an international programme for the foundation on environmental education. The programme has been in operation for more than 20 years, with 63 countries participating. The WESSA Eco-schools programme has been running in South Africa for 14 years with over 1000 schools participating. Schools work toward achieving their “Green Flag” status on a yearly basis by following a seven-step process. This year Howick High School is eligible for their green flag. PMB FA CUP SOCCER TOURNAMENTHowick High School was honoured to host the PMB FA Cup Soccer Tournament in August and are proud of our boys’ and girls’ teams who participated wearing their new kit sponsored by MANCOSA. Our girls’ team brought home silver medals, being unbeaten throughout the tournament and only losing their final match. SCIENCE ACHIEVEMENTIn August eight Howick High pupils attended the KZN Regional Science Expo for Young Scientists in Durban. Over 1000 projects from 66 schools were entered into 24 different categories, and were judged using strict criteria, including an interview. Rachel Tyrer, Stephen Whitwell and Willem Mentz are congratulated on being awarded silver medals and Abigail Petersen, Cornelius Mentz, Jaydin Williams and Alex Candler for their “highly commended” awards. As the majority of the projects at the expo received no award, Howick High is proud of the achievements of these young scientists. NEW SQUASH COURTS AT HOWICK HIGH SCHOOLThe governing body and school management were delighted to open the new squash courts at Howick High School in September. Messrs George Friedel and Garth Jenkin have been the driving force making this new facility a reality for our school and they were commended for the energy and enthusiasm they brought to this project and the fantastic standard of the building. Designed by Garth’s son, Ross, the court building is drawing a lot of attention from the squash fraternity for its innovative design and we were honoured to have members of the Midlands Squash Union in attendance. Parents and the Howick community were thanked for their support and contributions and it was wonderful to have current and past pupils testing out the courts.