GlenwoodTimes #5 - June 2019

Headmaster's Message

Please afford me the opportunity to remind all our parents and pupils about our Maths, English and Afrikaans support groups that are held during the week for our Grade 4 – 7 pupils. Prep School teachers are also available to assist further where required. Our College not only offers Maths extra classes/support every afternoon of the week, but also has the “Golden Hour” on Mondays and Thursdays where support is arranged in all other subjects. I encourage parents and pupils to make use of these opportunities. It is not only for pupils who are challenged in specific learning areas, but also for those pupils who have a desire to “shoot for the stars” in a particular subject.

As is the case in all schools, Mathematics always seems to be the elephant in the room. Hence the fact that we cannot emphasise enough the importance of using the extra opportunities that the school provides as part of its normal offering. We have a strong team of Maths teachers who are passionate about their subject and will do everything possible to foster a love for Maths. It is also true that you normally love a subject in which you excel. Too often pupils and parents experience that the Maths marks drop when the pupils make the transition from the Prep to the College. This is perfectly understandable, as the jump in the level of abstraction and volume in College Maths is high, but it is something that has to be addressed.

To be successful at Maths, especially in the College, requires the pupils to practise – they need to practise, practise and practise! Doing their homework religiously and revising at home is critical - Maths must become part of their daily diet. Success in Maths costs - it costs commitment, determination, perseverance and, above all, time. Repetition is essential for success in Mathematics. I want to encourage the pupils to speak to the teachers and ask questions when they don’t understand an operation or a concept. There is nothing wrong with not knowing something!

Help us to help your child enjoy Maths. Our teachers teach for that golden moment when they can see on a pupil's face that the penny has dropped.


mother's day

It was a day full of Mother’s Day kisses and hugs at Little Glens on 9 May. The Grade 000-0s invited their mommies to a special tea party where they could serve their amazing moms tea and freshly baked scones with a variety of delicious toppings. They shared stories, songs and poems to celebrate the love and appreciation they have for their incredible mothers. The highlight of the day was seeing the faces of our little ones giving their moms their thoughtful handmade gifts and cards.

social evening

At the end of May the Little Glens parents enjoyed an evening of fun and social. INVERROCHE made sure parents enjoyed a lovely gin-tasting while Glenwood Catering and Nonnas provided delicious tapas. Sugarbird coffee roasters served coffee after our parents engaged in hands-on fun.

Watch out for details and more in the next edition of the Trinitonian!




We received Oakhill here on Friday, 10 May for rugby, netball and some junior hockey matches on our mini astro. Our rugby and netball teams dominated play, yet the matches were played and enjoyed in the spirit of true sportsmanship. Well done to our players who gave a great account of their skills and abilities on the rugby and netball fields.

On Saturday we travelled to Oakhill to play our hockey matches on their astro. Most matches were hotly (notwithstanding the weather) contested. It was pleasing to see our players push just that little bit harder to clinch the desired victory.

Here is a full list of the results for the weekend:


U9: GWH 1 – OAK 4, U11: GWH 11 – OAK 0, U12: GWH 19 – OAK 0, U13: GWH 9 – OAK 5


U9: GWH 20 – OAK 0, U11: GWH 56 – OAK 24, U13: GWH 59 – OAK 0


U9 Boys: GWH 1 – OAK 2, U9 Girls: GWH 1 – OAK 3, U10 Boys: GWH 2 – OAK 0, U11 Boys: GWH 2 – OAK 0, U11 Girls: GWH 1 – OAK 0, U13 B Boys: GWH 0 – OAK 0, U13 B Girls: GWH 0 – OAK 0, U13 A Boys: GWH 2 – OAK 1, U13 A Girls: GWH 0 – OAK 3

Far left: Kyle Strydom was the U11 rugby man of the match. Left: Charlotte Parsons was the U11 hockey player of the match. Right: Iya Khuze was the U11 netball player of the match. Far right: Lathim Impondu was the U13 A hockey player of the match.
The U9 rugby team - Front: Gerhard Hoepfner, Ethan McDonald, Max Bubanj, Ryan Boshoff. Middle: Konrad Gouws, Travis van der Heever, Anrich Schnetler, Frank Barnard, Brayden Pietersen, Jonathan Ladamo. Coaches: Giovani Fernol and Danie Leonard.


Glenwood House is proud to announce the selection of Stella Adrian and Claire du Preez- Gratz for the Eden chess team.


We are delighted to announce the selection of our young netball players to the George team- Jamie Smit (left) and to the Western Province U12 team- Lomé Gouws.


Our netball teams played Thembalethu and the following players were the players of the match:

Left: We lost 6-2 and Imange Mayekiso was player of the match. Middle: Lomé Gouws helped her team win 15-2. Right: Gabi Vakis was player of their match. Her team won 9-4.


Left: U7 - Megan Wray Middle: U8 - Riance van Staden Right: U9 - Vaneska van der Schyff


Glenwood House is proud of the performances of Mia Gould who won the Eden Mini 3 tennis tournament U10 singles and doubles this past weekend. She also achieved the same win in the last tournament. (the Eden 2).



Congratulations to Kyla Langner and Megan Bosch who both made the Eden U15 team, and to Danielle Dominick who made the Eden U18 side. We wish them well for the Inter Provincials during June holidays – make us proud, girls!


Congratulations to Connor Malek (U14), James Bellew, Kieran Bakker (U16) and Dylan Saptoe, Callie Swanevelder, Juané Impondo (U18) who were all selected to represent Eden Schools Hockey at the Inter Provincials in the holidays. We believe you will have a great time representing the Southern Cape.


Well done, once again, to Hannah Murray for being selected to represent South Africa in Open Water swimming on 30 June in the Toulouse French Cup 5 km event. We are very proud of you and wish you luck for this endeavour.


Congratulations to Sean (1st RS Tera Sport) and James Vonk (1st RS Tera PRO) for becoming National Champions in their resepctive sailing divisions.


Well done to Jade das Fontes who will represent South Africa in canoe polo during August in Belfast, Ireland. She was selected for the U18 National Ladies team.


Well done to Jade van de Venter, Camryn Seabrook and Lara Durant who were selected to represent the Eden Sables indoor hockey team.


Once again, Michael Bachle was selected to represent South African Shore Angling in the U16 division of the International Championship against Namibia in 2019. Well done, Michael!


Gillian Young continuous to make us proud by her performances on the bowling greens. She represented Eden Bowls once again and excelled in every event. Well done, Gillian – we are extremely proud of your performance.



The marimba band of Glenwood House College, directed by Jan-Erik Swart, hails from George, Western Cape, and participated for the first time in the 64th European Music Festival for Young People, Pelt Belgium from 3-5 May 2019.

The group was awarded a highly sought-after First Prize summa cum laude (98-100%), during the prizegiving proclamation ceremony, which was attended by 92 instrumental ensembles from 29 countries, including symphony orchestras, percussion groups and brass concert bands. They were one of only nine ensembles who received a summa cum laude festival medal.

The marimba band presented a selection of African ethnic music on marimbas which they dismantled and brought from South Africa. Their technical proficiency, musical interpretation and energetic stage presence ensured that they attained the highest possible award available at the competition, adjudicated by highly respected international music specialists from all over the world. Two members of the adjudication panel awarded them 100% scores.

The Glenwood group included their vocal ensemble, who performed concerts in Dieverbrug and Someren-Heide (in the Netherlands), Tongerlo, Bokrijk and Overpelt, before attending the EMJ festival, one of the largest in the world.

As part of their participation at the festival, they were invited to perform in a special concert for local schools on the eve of the festival, as well as the massed ‘Happening’ concert, which was held in the Dommelhof Indoor Sport Stadium. Their jury concert was held in the Dommelhof Theatre, renowned for its perfect acoustics. After their adjudication concert, the group marched in a flag parade through the streets of Overpelt and attended the prizegiving ceremony, where they received their results and medal from the president of EMJ, Rutger Nuyts.

The group spent two days in Brussels and Antwerp before returning to South Africa on Wednesday 8 May, 2019, landing at Cape Town International Airport at 12.00 and returning to George by bus.


Congratulations to the following pupils for making it through to the "Taste Bud Competition" semi-finals. Judging will taking place in June, and finalists will be selected for the ‘Taste Bud Battle Cook-off’ which will take place in Johannesburg:

Keyla Douglas, Caitlin Douglas, Harvey Edwards, Grace Edwards, Bailey Goodger, Jade Fourie.


A huge thank you for supporting the worthy cause, Reach for a Dream's “Slipper Day” on 10 May 2019. An amount of R5 600 was raised. This is always such fun for the pupils, and at the same time Glenwood is helping to make a difference in the lives of many. Throughout the country in 2018, 32 000 children were reached. The foundation relies solely on donations, sponsorships, volunteers, passionate staff and committed board members to achieve all of this. Thank you, GLENWOOD!


A big thank you, parents, for continuing to swipe your MySchool Cards.

We were able to buy 33 pairs of school shoes for Moreson Childrens' Home with the MySchool money raised by parents.



Danie Leonard

It is with great sadness that we take leave of Mr Danie Leonard who has been the Deputy Principal at the Preparatory School since 2008. Mr Leonard and his family are emigrating to New Zealand at the end of this term. He has been integral to the success that Glenwood has achieved in the past 11 years and we are going to miss his expertise on many levels. He has often been referred to as our “systems guru” as was evidenced in the piloting and development of our previous administration platform/system which most will remember as Metaschools. It is going to be difficult to imagine life at Glenwood without Mr Leonard. We all wish him and his family every success and happiness in their future endeavours in Napier, New Zealand.

As far the expression “every cloud has a silver lining” is concerned, we are extremely excited to welcome Mr Philip Vercueil back to the Preparatory School as the new Deputy Principal after his brief sojourn into the College. I am excited about the value that he will bring and look forward to working closely with him.

We are currently in the process of interviewing candidates for the vacant English post in the College and will inform the parents and pupils as soon as the process has been completed.


Monica is a happy, friendly and enthusiastic lady. She loves life and gives of her best in everything she does. She has a kind heart and enjoys helping those in need.

Monica is the wonderful teaching assistant in the Grade 000 Owl Class. She loves the children and the children love her.

Monica has been part of the Glenwood family for 13 years - such dedication.

Monica is a wonderful mother to Khayone (age 4 and in the Meerkat class) and Linathi (age 11). Her mom and dad live in the Eastern Cape and she enjoys visiting them. Her family is very important to her and she loves them dearly.

Monica enjoys reading the Bible and going to church. She enjoys spending time with friends and family. Her weekends and spare time are mostly spent looking after her precious children.

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