On Saturday, 13 July, KEHS participated in the Cross Country KZN League hosted by St Patricks. The sunny weather made for good running conditions. In the U/17 girls category Tiffany Schonken came 2nd. Our U/15 boys did well with Daniel Tatchell coming 3rd and Ralitsa Lesapo 4th. In the U/14 girls category, Nicolate Willmot came 1st and in the boys category Atabile Msindo came 2nd, Blessing Chinzete 3rd and Lolwethu Mshiywa 4th. U/13 boys’ category saw Fezile Jozi taking 2nd position. Well done to all athletes who participated.
The Mountain Bikers from KEHS competed in the Sardine Classic on 6 July. In the 25km race Caleb Sweetnam finished 1st, Rueben Vos and Zian Jacobs 4th, and Joshua Sweetnam 5th - all in their respective age categories. In the 45 km race Lehan Niehaus finished 3rd and David Wills 1st, in their respective age categories.
On 15 June, our U/10, U/11 and U/13 Netball girls played at Gerit Maritz in Pietermaritzburg. Our U/10’s beat Northern Park and TWC-B, drew against Gerit Martiz and lost against TWC-A. Our U/11’s drew against Northern Park and lost against Scottsville, TWC and Gerit Maritz. Lastly our U/13 girls drew against TWC-B and Northern Park, but lost against TWC-A and Gerit Maritz. Netball continues to improve at King Edward.
Sinelizwe Matam travelled with the U/18 KZN Country District Rugby Team to Grey College in Bloemfontein on the 27th of June to participate in the Annual Academy Week. They played 3 games of which they won 1 and lost 2. This was a well-organized event with great Rugby talent from across the country.
On the 21st of June 2019, four King Edward Boys, Keagan Watkinson, Justin Nel, Yanga Nyanga & Stephan Terblanche travelled to Reitz as part of the Southern KZN U/19 Rugby Team to participated in the Annual U/19 Reitz Platteland Rugby Tournament. There were 10 Provincial Teams at this Tournament. The Southern KZN Team played 3 games of which they won 1. We would to thank their coaches for coaching and looking after the boys.
The EG Netball Challenge was held on 24 May at St. Patrick's. We lost to Kokstad College and won our matches against St. Patrick's and Bergview finishing, once again, second in the challenge. We extend huge congratulations to our girls for an excellent netball season.
Our Foundation Phase enjoyed excellent fixtures at the Wacky Winter Weekend. Thank you to SPC for your excellent organisation.
The u7 Hockey Girls won 2 and lost 3. Our u8 Hockey Girls ended their season on a high note by winning all three their games. These girls can proudly say they have lost only one match throughout the season. Well done girls! Our u9 Hockey Girls won 1, lost 1 and drew 1 match.
The rugby boys had a very successful day. The u7’s played 3 games - won 1, drew 1 and lost 1, while the u8’s won all 3 of their games and the u9’s both of their games.
The U/13 boys played against Kokstad Primary. It was a challenging game with our boys losing narrowly with a score of 15-17. This was also their first game in their new jerseys sponsored by Marnie Steyn. We thank Marnie for his generosity and expert coaching.
Siso Mbele - one of three Best Hockey players
Our Netball girls were privileged to play in the final of the Matatiele First Netball Team League against Bergview two weeks ago. The girls played their best, finishing second in the league.
This past weekend our u13 girls took part in the Suid-Natal Winter Festival in Port Shepstone. It was a day filled with outstanding netball with our girls playing five matches – we won our matches against Pennington and Port Natal, drew against Scottburgh, and lost to Port Shepstone and Warner Beach.
14 May brought the E.G. Girls Hockey Challenge to KEHS. Five well-matched teams took part – Bergview, Kokstad College, St Monica’s, St Patrick’s and the hosts King Edward. Each team played four games of twenty minutes each. There was some excellent and passionate play from the girls. Overall King Edward came second and KC first. Well done to the girls for their high standard of play, the coaches for their dedicated enthusiasm and the referees for their fair judgement.
Our little u/8 Hockey team played against Bergview on Thursday 16 May. We drew two all. The U/10 girls thoroughly enjoyed the Suid-Natal Sports Day on 18 May. Our A team won one, drew two, and lost one game while our B team won two and lost two of their games. All our girls were amazing players. Our U13 girls played a full 40 min hockey game against St Pats and won 6-0.
Retshe Khiba and Setu Xabendlini
On Thursday, 16 May, Justin Steyn & Lunathi Nyingwa, travelled to Pietermaritzburg with Mrs du Randt (SKZN U/12 & U/13 Team Manager) to participate in the Sharks (KZN) Primary Schools Rugby Trials that took place at Maritzburg College. Competition was tight as 350 talented Rugby boys, all top, players in their respective districts, competed for a spot in the Sharks squad.
On Saturday, 18 May, the Sharks Teams were announced and it is with great pleasure that we congratulate Lunathi Nyingwa who was selected to represent The Sharks U/12 Team in Vryheid from the 13th to 15th of June 2019. Congratulations must also be extended to Sinelizwi Matam who was selected for the KZN U/18 Country Districts Team. We are extremely proud of these boys.
Lunathi Nyingwa and Sine Matam
On the same day our First Girls Hockey and u/16 Hockey teams travelled to Howick to play their respective teams. Sadly, our u/16 girls lost their game but our First team fared better, drawing 0-0.
We also sent ten u/16 rugby players to compete in the St. Monica's 7's tournament. After convincing victories against Bergview College and St. Monica's they faced St. Monica's in the final. KEHS won the game 36-0. The referee's choice, and best player of the day, went to KEHS's Kamva Nonjiji. Well done on games well played!
On 11 May, KEHS hosted our annual winter sports festivaI. It was a memorable day with every inch of our sportfield occupied with teams from Bergview, Creston, Focused, Kokstad Junior, Kokstad Primary, King Edward, St Monica’s and Underberg learners. We appreciate every team that participated, all the officials and the many spectators who supported.
Our teams played with spirit and enthusiasm. Passionate, barefooted little rugby players, determined stick-working hockey players and fleet footed netball players. Our u7s all the way to u13s played multiple games on Saturday, drawing some, losing a few, and winning most.
Our u13 rugby boys had a fine victory over Underberg, 47-8.
The KEHS u/15 rugby team has been undefeated this term. This particular group of boys showcase fantastic running rugby and provide their supporters with delightful play in every fixture. This past weekend was no different. We hosted Creston High School at KEHS for the final fixture on our rugby calendar. The day was well attended and the support for the boys in blue was incredible. We emerged victorious and put up a convincing win 66-0.
The whole team played very well, Tyron Hayes (3), stood out as best forward on the day while his team mate Ngawo Sidaza (12) was the backline player of the day. We are proud of all of you. Congratulations on a season undefeated.
Our First Rugby Boys also played against Creston on the day. All the boys played well, and there were some stellar moments from Justin Nel including a spectacular try. Our boys won 45-7.
Justin Nel showing a clean pair of heels
Our First Netball Team were invited to play in the Harry Gwala league on Saturday, 11 May, at Mount Currie Secondary. Although we lost against Shayamoya High, our girls showed great courage and determination during that match, and won their game against Carl Melcomess. Well done to our First Netball girls.
Khotsofalang Langeni & Tshegofatso Msomi
With all due pomp and ceremony, our Grade 12s attended their matric farewell on 30 April. Wonderfully stylish in their envy-inducing outfits and top-class arrivals, the home crowd applauded each dazzling entry. Our Grade 11s outdid themselves with the efficiently organized evening, beautiful hall and reception. The décor was magnificent and the behavior of our learners exemplary. It was a grand evening, befitting of such a special occasion.
Lehakoe Lesaoana & Yanga Nyanga
Pabala Letuka & Rethabile Koalane
KEHS U/9 Rugby Boys travelled to Kokstad to play against St Patrick's. They played excellently, winning the game handsomely. The score was 22-19. Well done to the team for winning their first 15 man rugby match.
The 4th of May was a busy sports day. The U/7 Girls Hockey drew one, lost two, and won one of their games. Our U/8 Girls won all three their games quite tidily. The girls played so well! The U/9 Girls Hockey won all three games comfortably. Well done to the girls, they played like absolute stars! The U/11s lost two, drew one and won one game.
Our U/7 Rugby Boys drew one and won one. The U/9 Rugby team lost to Lynford 4-1, and beat Underberg 6-4. Well done to the boys, they played well.
Freedom day was celebrated slightly differently this year for the U13, U14 and U16 rugby boys at KEHS. The U13 Boys trounced New Hanover 46:0 in their tournament. The U14 and U16 teams travelled to the sunny South Coast to play the game we love so dearly, rugby. The weather was perfect for the matches to follow.
The U14’s were confident and prepared for what proved to be a tough fixture against Suid-Natal. Both teams spread the ball very well and showcased fantastic skills in attacking runs. Late in the first half, the score still stood at 0:0. This is testament to the tight competition between the two teams. The deadlock was broken by a dashing run, from his own 22m line, by captain and fly-half, Blessing Chinzette. He drew first blood and converted his own try to put KEHS up 7:0. The final score was 7:5 in KEHS’s favour.
Not to be outdone, the U16 Rugby boys played a tough match as well. It was a game of two halves, and in the end it was a very close affair. Both teams scored 3 tries but KEHS was able to convert more often, finishing with a final score 21-17 to KEHS. The KEHS boys showed that patience and hard work pays off. We are very proud of you. Thanks must also be extended to our host, Suid-Natal. It was a great day.
On Saturday, 27th of April, our U13 Hockey Girl’s participated in the Wartburg tournament. They won six of their games, drew one and lost one. Each game was a full half-hour in duration. We are very proud of our girls and their excellent performance.
Our U16 and First Team girls departed, before sunrise, to play against Grace College’s corresponding teams. The U16 girls beat Grace College 2:0. The First Team Girls fared even better, walking off victorious with a score of 6:0.
Our lovely U8 girls played a match against St Monica’s on 25 April. The St Monica’s girls played well, winning two games and KEHS one.
Last week the following netball players from KEHS travelled down to Durban for the 2019 KZN trials to represent the Harry Gwala District; U12 Nosizwe Mlandu, U13 Mateke Matsoele, Moranang Phoofolo, U16 Khotsofalang Langeni, U17 Nikita Madikizela and U18 Philiswa Gugushe. Special mention must be made of Nosizwe who played exceptionally well and went through to the semi-finals. We are very proud of all our girls!
The KEHS cross-country festival was very well supported on Saturday and we were blessed with excellent weather. Learners in the 7-10 age categories braved the 1km run, while those in the older age groups ran 2.5km. King Edward High School athletes won 5 gold and 5 silver and 3 bronze medals. Learners across the board fared very well and we also applaud the St Monica's and Focused athletes on their excellent achievements. Our parents put on a good show in the last race of the day with Mrs Lehman taking the bronze medal. It was a good day all round. We look forward to even greater support next year.
The evening of 17 April found many of our staff, students and aspiring orators in the main hall of King Edward High School. The autumn evening was crisply cool, contrasting starkly with the tense group of learners prepared to speak. First to address the audience was Ondele Ngubo, setting the standard. Thereafter, each of the young ladies who stood to speak held the crowd with their well-crafted words, each trying to outdo the other, each with their individual touch and twist – making the judges’ work that much more difficult. To quote one judge, ‘you did not tell me how good they were!’. The evening ran smoothly, with all twelve speakers being judged both on a prepared as well as an impromptu speech.
Overall, each prepared speech was well executed, but it was those who delivered excellent impromptu speeches which gave each winning speaker their well-deserved win. In the GET Phase, Qaqamba Sipamla and Aviwe Mfungula came second and first, respectively. Our FET Phase had more of a struggle, with Georgia Evangelellis and Rebecca de Burgh, both tying for second place. Lastly, Yolanda Matubatuba took first place in the FET Phase, having executed both speeches with calculated passion. A warm thank you to the English Department for their involvement in the evening’s organisation, hearty congratulations to all who took part, and sincere thanks to our wonderful judges, Hamish McLeod, Khutjo Manganyele and Yvonne Wills.
Yolanda Matubatuba 1st in FET phase
Aviwe Mfungula 1st in GET Phase
Georgia Evangelellis 2nd in FET phase
Qaqamba Sipamla 2nd in GET phase
Rebecca de Burgh 2nd in FET phase
It is great to have good opposition from our local schools. We thoroughly enjoyed our u11 and u13 fixtures against St Monica’s. Our u11 Hockey girls won 6-1 and the u13’s won 3-0. Our Rugby boys were equally successful with the u11’s winning 20-5 and u13’s 42-0.
The u15 Rugby side took on St Patricks on Saturday 13 April. It was a good advert for school boy rugby. Although KEHS were clear victors, St Patricks never gave up. We look forward to further fixtures in the future.
We are proud to announce the selection of a number of our u16 and u18 boys for the Southern KZN Rugby Squad. The u16 category: Kevin Nkansah, Sipisihle Matomela, Khanya Nomatshila, Rudi du Randt, Benjamin Dickson, Dante Van Wye, Sibulele Feni, Ngawo Sidaza, Kamva Nonjiji, Tyron Hayes, and Caleb Vincent. The u18 category: Sinelizwi Matam, Keagan Watkinson, Songezo Mcinga, and Unam Sotshangaye.
Not to be outdone, our u12 Rugby Boys participated in the E.G. Schools u12 Rugby Boys trials. The following were selected: Batebang Mopahi, Molemo Heisi, Lengau Mongoato, Junior Bagah, Lihle Nontwana, Ray Matsau, Justin Steyn, Lunathi Nyingwa, Onwabile Mahlasela, and Mvelo Thabana.
On Thursday 11 April KEHS staff and governing body members played a few ends of social bowls. The welcome braai and social interaction was enjoyed by all.
On Saturday the 13 April, a young, tenacious and talented team of hockey players travelled to the South Coast to participate in the Spar KZN Southern Regional Tournament which was hosted by Creston College. Upon arrival the girls played a rather challenging match against Port Shepstone High School which ended 0-0. They then went on to play against St Monicas and once again drew 0-0. The third game against South City resulted in a victory of 1-0.
Thereafter the girls took on Ixopo and won that match 2-0. They thus proceeded to the semi-finals where they played Kokstad College - this game ended in a 1-1 draw. This resulted in an 8 second penalty shootout where the team unfortunately lost 3-2. The final game of the day for the girls was against St. Monica’s which was won 3-1 after an 8 second penalty shootout. The first team was thus placed 3rd in the tournament. Many thanks are extended to Spar KZN for organizing such an enjoyable, fun-filled tournament. Congratulations to Kokstad College who were the champions of the day.
On Tuesday 9 April our u16 Hockey girls played against the St Monica's 1st team. They lost this match 3-0. They then played Bergview's 1st team, beating them 2-0.
The netball girls played against Focused on Thursday 11 April. They showed excellent skills in their victory. The Matatiele First Team League is starting this week and we would like to wish our First Netball Girls all the best with their league.
The National Secondary Schools Championships took place in Port Elizabeth on 14-16 March 2019. Aaron Lombard finished 5th in the Shot Put and 7th in the Discus.
The South African Youth and Junior Athletics Championships took place in Paarl on 28-30 March 2019. Two of our school's top athletes attended these championships. Kayla Harris and Aaron Lombard were both placed 6th in the Shot Put and 8th in the Discus in the u20 age group. We are very proud of them and their achievements at national level and in a higher age group. They truly upheld the KEHS ambassadors’ flag while competing in Paarl and Port Elizabeth. Well done Kayla and Aaron!
Four rugby teams travelled to Maclear, to play in their tournament. Our u11s, u13s and u15s all played against Nolufilo High School’s corresponding teams, winning 17-5, 10-5, and 52-0 respectively. The First Team players went on to play Matwandlangena High School. Both teams showed great commitment and heart. Our boys played far better as a team, rather than focussing on individual play. Having said that, a star performance was exhibited by Siso Mbhele, with Keagan Watkinson’s leadership skills guiding the team. We won comfortably 22-0.
Our hockey girls played two home games. The u16s played against Umtata on a cold and wet Saturday morning. The weather did not seem to affect the girl’s performance as they won 8-0.
The First Girl’s Hockey Team then went on to play St Patrick’s. Both teams gave their all in the wet weather. After a nerve-wracking game the girls drew 0-0. Thank you to Mrs Du Randt and Ms McArthur for coaching. We also appreciate the learners support as spectators.
Our u13 and u16 netball girls attended a Netball Festival in Maclear. Both teams played three matches, winning one and losing two.
To be able to gaze down on what we have achieved, we must first climb to the top.
Student life at KEHS is always full of opportunities, not only on the academic or sporting fronts but also in our life experience extension tours.
This holiday we set off on our Bell Traverse Expedition.
The Bell Traverse is arguably one of the most beautiful hikes in the Northern Drakensberg. Set against the skyline of the towering Cathedral Peak, the Bell Traverse is characterised by extreme climbs, daunting heights and narrow paths contouring exposed cliff faces. The conditions are perfect to go and have an adventure, and so we did. We set out from Cathedral Peak Hotel on Friday afternoon for a quick hike up to Sherman’s cave where we spent our first night contemplating the challenge that lies before us over the next few days.
The next morning a quick breakfast and stretching session introduced the start of our ascent. We headed up the dragon’s back, through Orange Peel Gap, up and through the infamous “Bugger’s Gully”. From here the real Bell Traverse starts, we followed the narrow paths around spectacular cliffs with breath-taking views of the valleys and streams below. The Clear sky and fresh air filled our lungs as we trekked on towards Twins Cave (2900m above sea level), our mountain shelter for the night. Card games, exuberant laughter and a serious lightning storm made this night one to remember.
Dawn on day three saw us manipulating sore and aching muscles to create various warm beverages ranging from espresso coffee to cup-a-soup. Enjoying the view from our mountain penthouse we slowly prepared to ascend even higher up Mhlambonja Pass to access the escarpment and enter into Lesotho. Here an icy cold swim in the Kwakwatsi river rejuvenated spirits and bodies. From there, we trekked along the escarpment to the East, ascending Cleft Peak at 3277m above sea level.
We pitched our tents just above Organ Pipes Pass to spend our last night under the Milky Way. The stars in the Drakensberg seem so close you almost feel like a space traveller on your way to the moon. We descended the next morning down Organ Pipes Pass, Windy Gap and down the green, steep slopes of The Camel back towards the hotel.
We had an amazing adventure. We laughed and cried. We tested our limits and pushed our boundaries. We overcame our fears and saw that we could be brave. We felt alive and proud…
On 13 March KEHS played a few friendly matches against St Monica’s. With much needed rain in the district the fields on King Edward Park were soaked. Puddles, mud and wet grass awaited the rugby teams about to step on to the field. The conditions were perfect. The slippery conditions made the ball hard to control. Despite this, our boys displayed fantastic skills.
The u/13 team won 15:5.
The u/14 game was characterised by cracking tackles and storming runs. Spreading the ball wide, dominating the scrums and line-outs gave us the upper-hand over our opposition. We had lots of fun and secured a convincing victory of 29:0.
Our u/16 rugby team totally dominated the game, displaying considerable skills to win 42:0.
The first teams clashed grandly. The first half was dominated by a strong St Monica’s team. But come the second half the KEHS boys made a comeback. Sadly it was too late and St. Monica’s took a well-deserved win! Well done St Monica’s for an excellent game! The final score was 10:5.
On 13 March, before schools closed for the holidays KEHS sent 18 players to the Harry Gwala All Ages Netball Trials in Ixopo. Our girls played in several age groups and 7 of them were selected for the Harry Gwala district teams that will participate in the KZN Schools Netball Trials in Durban at the end of April. We want to congratulate the following selected netball players: Philaswa Gugushe, Avela Ndzamela, Nikitha Madikizela, Khotsofalang Langeni, Moranang Phoofolo, Mateke Matsoele, Precious Mlandu. We are extremely proud of our girls and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.
On the Athletic front, KEHS keeps on pushing to develop the best. Selected to participate in the South-African Athletics Championships, Aaron Lombard and Kayla Harris will represent the province in the Shot-put events. We are extremely proud of these two athletes and wish them well.
Our First Netball Team played against some very strong teams: Amanzimtoti, Sarel Cilliers and Voortrekker. Despite this, we managed to showcase excellent skills and defensive efforts. The girls managed to absorb much of the onslaught of the attacking teams, limiting their scores to small margins of victory. The team made us proud in their resolve and gutsy play. Well done to all the netball players who have shown great improvement this season.
Our First Rugby Team came up against Kingsway, a historically tough opponent for us. Our Boys displayed enormous courage to keep their resolve throughout the entire game. After a deadlock of 5 all, we managed to score a try through Prop, Sine Matam, securing a 10 – 5 victory in the dying moments of the match this, displaying our never give up attitude.
The u/14 Rugby Team played Grey Town High School. The boys did well and despite losing the match, they showed courage and tenacity in their set pieces, out-scrumming the opposition and dominating the line-outs on the day.
On Saturday our teams travelled to Pietermaritzburg to participate in the annual Pre-season Festival hosted at Voortrekker High School.
Our First Girl’s Hockey Team played in a round robin of 5 matches. KEHS girls played with flare and determination beating Ixopo 5 – 0, Voortrekker’s u/16 team 2 – 0, Newcastle 1 – 0, Sarel Cilliers 1 – 0 and Greytown 2 – 0. KEHS ended up top of the pool and proceeded to the Final. It was a nail-biting game against Ladysmith High, with both sides playing a skilful match. The game ended 0-0 at full time. A penalty shootout then ensued, where the scores were tied at 1-1. And after a sudden death penalty shootout, KEHS beat Ladysmith 1-0 to win the Festival. Well done girls on your stellar teamwork and dedication!
On Tuesday, 5 March, the King Edward High School (KEHS) Primary Tennis team travelled to Kokstad to play against both Kokstad Junior School (KJS) and Underberg Primary School (UPS) in an inter-school tennis tournament. The tournament was dominated by UPS who won most of their matches against both KJS and KEHS. UPS won by 31 points to 14 against KJS and by 30 points to 15 against KEHS. KEHS and KJS drew their game. Well done to UPS who showed themselves to be well coached and seasoned players.
On Saturday, our first teams travelled to Scottsburgh to participate in the Scottsburgh Festival. Our First Girl’s Hockey Team played three games at the festival. In the first game against Suid Natal, our girls’ defence was impeccable, even in the wet weather conditions. They drew that game. The next game was against Kuswag, which they won, 1-0. By the time they played the last game the sun had come out and they drew against Werda. This was a wonderful start to their season!
Our First Netball Team also faced some challenges on wet and slippery courts, as the rainy weather set in for most of the morning. The girls managed to beat Werda, but lost to Toti, Curro and Kingsway.
The Rugby boys played a tough game against Suid Natal. The weather conditions were taxing and the opposing team was very physical. In the first five minutes of the game one of our forwards was laid low and sent to hospital with concussion. The boys kept their spirits up, but in the end we lost 12-0.
Over the weekend, Saturday 2 March, KEHS hosted our annual Mini Cricket Festival. There were 9 schools that participated. The boys and girls had a challengingly fun morning where they learnt a lot from one another. Our U/7 A’s played two games winning one and losing one. The U/7 B’s lost their games. The U/8 A team won both games. Our U/8 B team played two games, winning one and losing one. Our U/9 A and B team won all their games. We would like to thank all the schools for joining us and for making the day a huge success.
KEHS played Mini Cricket against Bergview on Thursday, 28 February. Our U/8s and U/9s won their games, while the u/7s lost. The learners enjoyed the matches and we wish to thank Bergview for playing against us.