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2018-10-03 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedNoah de Beer (left) and Neha Manilal.

PHOTO: suppliedNoah de Beer (left) and Neha Manilal.

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ROBOTICS

ON Saturday, September 1, Curro Mount Richmore hosted their third annual Tovotics Competition. Five schools from all over KZN entered this year in the various categories.

The robot they built helped Noah de Beer and Neha Manilal win the WRO KZN Explorer challenge.

These winners will join the rest of the SA winners from other participating schools at the nationals in October, that will take place in Gauteng. The top pupils will then have the amazing opportunity to compete in the international competition held in Thailand this year.

Robotics is one of the subjects we offer at Curro where learners get educated in designing and building robots to perform certain tasks.

Pupils from as young as five years old get the opportunity to build with the big soft Lego blocks.

In grade R, they have to build according to a picture given to them. By the time they reach grade two they start doing coding on computer to connect the data to their robot to perform tasks.

Robotics teaches our pupils to communicate, do critical thinking, character building, be creative, collaborate and citizenship. Visit our school to experience this lovely tool we use to educate our children in the 21st Century.

CHESS

Recently 125 pupils from various KZN schools participated in Curro Mount Richmore’s inaugural Chess Celebration.

The tournament was organised by one of our own grade seven pupils, Kyron Eduard, who was also selected to represent Kwa-Zulu Natal from the iLembe District at the South African Junior Chess Championships, that will take place in Gauteng in December. Congratulation Kyron and all the best for this year’s Championships.

Chess is one of our extra mural activities presented at school for learners from the ages of eight – 18 years.

MATRIC 40 DAYS

Our first matric group started their 40 days celebration in style when they wore their matric farewell outfits to school. The majority of these 26 pupils have been with our school since 2014 and will soon complete their years in the class rooms of Mount Richmore.

They are writing the IEB exams as our school follows this syllabus from grade 10. In high school, all pupils get educated in English but Afrikaans pupils have the opportunity to get their text books and even write their tests and exams in their home language.

We are proud of this group, who worked diligently throughout their high school years as the pioneers of Curro Mount Richmore.
2018 SPUR MTB SERIES

The 2018 Spur MTB series came to an end with the final of the four races on Sunday, September 9 at Thomas More College in Kloof. The Curro Mount Richmore team has done very well and had to brave very inclement weather at two of the events. Curro Mount Richmore finished fourth, out of 35 schools that participated – this is amazing! We had 13 regular racers – Chloe Bateson (15),our oldest and most experienced rider, also helps with skills on our Friday rides by taking a small group with her. Our youngest rider who participated in the series is Rayne Bryant (5) – he is in the Castle and participated in each event. We are sure that he will one day be one of our champions.

Chloe Bateson ranked first in her age group for the series, Justin Swanepoel came second in the sub junior division, Madison Bateson came second in the nipper group and Roxy Bryant third in the same group. All our riders improved their positions in each of the races.

Mountain biking is growing leaps and bounds at our school and we are confident that more learners will participate next year. We even have new, young riders in grades two and three.

We will still continue riding in the last quarter. We are lucky to have amazing parents, who are also experienced riders, who support Christel Weigelt-Harvey on Friday’s rides at Holla Trails. -Supplied

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