GlenwoodTimes #8 - November 2018

Headmaster's Message

A little while ago I overheard a conversation between a father and his son on the Glenwood fields. They were visiting us for a cricket fixture. The son was not getting as much of a chance to bat, as he was part of the lower order in the batting line-up, and the boy was very upset about this. The father’s response was remarkable. Instead of lambasting the coach or complaining about the coach to the other parents, he asked his son the following questions:

• When last have you worked on your skill levels – doing something extra, putting in a little more time?

• On the occasions that you did bat, you never used your opportunities. How much have you contributed to the team's score in the last while?

• Do you think your current attitude is going to help your situation?

• Have you been working like a team player?

The boy struggled to answer these questions. The father then went on to say, “This is one person’s problem: yours. You need to contribute in such a way that the coach has no choice but to move you up the batting order, because you have so much to offer the team.

I want to commend this parent for putting the responsibility back on his child and making it a life lesson. He did not handle this, all-too-common, situation by screaming at his son or yelling profanities at the coach throughout the game or blaming the match officials. This father chose to put responsibility on his son to make him realise that he needed to improve his performance and his attitude if he wanted to achieve his goal of batting further up the order.

We have numerous sports codes at our school, which should cater for most of the children in the school. Some children have poor ball skills but happen to sing like nightingales. Others are more interested in community service and see very little sense in tackling another individual into oblivion on a rugby field. Where possible, and numbers allow, we strive to accommodate B teams in certain age groups. Coaches are encouraged to arrange fixtures in order to provide our fringe players with opportunities to improve and give them as much playing time as they possibly can. This allows them to hone their skills so they can find their strengths. Not everyone can always get equal playing time. Not everyone is going to get an A on his or her test. Not everyone can perform the lead role in the stage production. Not everyone is going to be a starter. People earn these things by their performance.

When you are on a competitive team of any kind, you have to realise that you are competing! You are competing, not only as a team, but also for specific spots and roles. This is not a bad thing as it allows you to find strengths and weaknesses. It is a time to find likes and dislikes. It is also a time to learn life lessons. A good, positive attitude, paired with hard work and displaying good character, a willingness to listen to coaches, showing up to perform or play, benefits the individual player as well as the collective team.

Unfortunately, even with hard work and a great attitude, some children are just not cut out for certain activities. I love art and music but I do not have a creative or musical bone in my body. No matter how many much I practiced singing or how many voice lessons my parents paid for, I was never going to be a good singer. Even if I managed to get a spot in the choir, I was never going to be a soloist. It is important that we all understand our limits and capabilities.

Glenwood does, however, undertake to attempt to provide our pupils with as many opportunities as possible to find their niche, and we will make every effort to create as many development opportunities as possible.

I appeal to parents to assist their children by setting a good example of sportsmanship, instead of nurturing a sense of entitlement. Help us to help your child!


Grade 000 dinosaur roar!

The Grade 000s started their last term of the year by going back in time to when dinosaurs walked on the planet! They had such fun making their own dinosaur head pieces, which they used to explore the different food dinosaurs ate: herbivores and carnivores! Of course we all had to have a chance to give the biggest ROAR! that we could make.

Grade 00 healthy habits

The Grade 00s started off their new term with licking lips as they discovered healthy habits. What better way to discover new tasty, healthy treats than hosting a picnic in class with your fellow class mates! Children had the opportunity to taste fruit that they have never tasted before, like dried mango pieces. They had such a fun time talking about the different tastes and smells of the healthy snacks.

Grade 0 exploding experiments

Term 4 started with a bang in the Grade 0 classes! We all had the opportunity to host our own science experiments for our fellow class mates. There were all kinds of fun, bubbling, exploding, erupting, foaming discoveries. We had the chance to test some theories ourselves; we left the experiments in class to see if theories were found to be true, like mixing of colours and evaporating liquids.

open day

On Friday 19th October, Little Glens opened our doors to welcome parents and visitors to celebrate our children’s learning journey over the past year. Activities were set out for parents to enjoy with their children, and all had super fun. Shaving cream, finger paint, spaghetti play and easel painting were just some of the activities to get their hands dirty.

Our usual Friday Market Day got a super boost, with a face-painting stall and photo booth, while Derick Hill entertained the children with his balloon tricks.

Hot coffee and muffins offered a much-needed break to the parents after the “exhausting” activities, while the children played on the playground. We look forward to future opportunities to acknowledge our children’s remarkable achievements during the year.


performing arts colours

Tristan Scholtz, Head boy of Glenwood House, distinguished himself by obtaining his Federation Provincial Colours in Performing Arts. Tristan also participated in the South African National round of 'Talent Africa' and achieved silver and bronze awards.


Egypt 2018

“‘Excuse me, please! One dollar, one dollar!” The group of 35 members of the 2018 tour to Egypt would get to know this phrase very well as the masters of selling tried to part us with our money. The world-famous market at Khan-el-Khalili has been going for over 900 years, and the Egyptians have perfected their trade! Fortunately, we were wise to the wiles of the merchants, thanks to the excellent advice from our guide, Mohamed, who told us ‘In Egypt, they don’t steal with their hands – they steal with their tongue!’

Our adventure started with everyone beautifully attired in their snazzy red Egypt t-shirts and khaki-hats (generously sponsored by Mrs von Mollendorf from York Auto and organised by Mrs Marais) – and did those hats come in useful in the 40+° C temperatures in Egypt!

We experienced a wide variety of transport on the tour: aeroplanes, air-conditioned buses, sleeper trains, camels, luxury Nile cruise ship, not-so luxury boats, horse-drawn buggies, quad bikes, mini-taxis and sea boats – in a country where traffic rules (like spelling) is optional. Watching the traffic in Cairo was, to say the least, interesting.

We saw Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo, and visited a papyrus shop, a perfumerie and a cotton shop, where many deals were concluded. A visit to the Egyptian Museum introduced us to the magnificent mask of Tutankhamun and the many treasures buried with the boy-king. The highlight of the time in Cairo was, undoubtedly, the pyramids and the sphinx. Aswan Dam, temples galore (at Philae, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Luxor, Abu Simbel and the beautiful temple at Karnak with its unique hypostyle hall with its 143 pillars) informed us about the history of Ancient Egypt. Our brilliant guide, Mohamed Said, explained the intricacies of the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms and the many intrigues in the various royal families. Another highlight was the visit to three tombs in the Valley of the Kings – where we encountered the curse of Tutankhamun first-hand! A blood-stain and some skin from Jake’s heel will forever be part of this valley…(a memorable trip for Jake, as he also celebrated his birthday on the cruise the day before!)

Leaving history and the heat behind, we travelled to the seaside resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea. The food at the resort, the brilliant turquoise water of the Red Sea, the opportunity to snorkel and experience brilliant corals and other sea-life, brought this excellent, amazing, exciting, nerve-wracking, eye-opening, and very hot, tour to an end.

So which exotic destination will we visit in 2019? Watch out for information…

good vibes

A couple of months ago, I walked into my classroom and found a motivational drawing on my board. I really liked it and left it on the board for the rest of the day. The artwork was not signed and I had no idea who drew it. Throughout the day learners entered my classroom, looked at the artwork on the board and smiled. The next day, there was a new one. After a couple of days, learners entered the classroom asking what today’s motivational drawing looked like.

It turned out that Athene Hage (Grade 10) created these motivational works of art. She even created a character named “Meneer Sir” who featured in the drawings.

The original motivational drawings were in English, but because I teach Afrikaans, I asked her to do a few in Afrikaans too.

I would like to share some of the artworks with you and thank Athene for spreading “Good Vibes”.

Mr Christo Boshoff


The Glenwood House College Awards ceremony was held at Eden Church on Tuesday the 6th of November. This prestigious event was attended by students, parents and teaching staff. Awards were made to our students for academic achievement, diligence, progress, sporting success, service to the school, the arts and environmental work. Half colours and full colour awards were made to students in Grades 8 to 11, additionally certificates were presented to matriculants.

The audience was entertained by the Marimba band and Vocal Ensemble who will be touring to Belgium next year.

In his Headmaster’s address, Mr Symes told the attendees that the college teaching staff are proud of the achievements of our student body and that the teachers take great pleasure in honouring their hard work and dedication. He welcomed Philip Vercueil to the college teaching staff and bid fond farewell to Ingrid Heysteck and Mandy du Plessis.

Despite our best efforts to get everything just right, gremlins do creep in. We apologise for the incorrect half-colour award made to Timothy Joseph at the recent Awards Evening. He has earned Full Colours for Culture and a corrected certificate has been handed to him. Congratulations, Timothy, and please accept our apology for the mistake.


One of the highlights on the school calendar is the annual Valedictory Service. This year marked the tenth service at Glenwood and we are privileged to be able to use the majestic and beautiful national monument, St Mark’s Cathedral, as the venue.

In the first few years, when our matric class was tiny, we were hard-pressed to fill the pews, but recently we have been able to make this event exclusively for Grade 12s, parents, family and siblings, and the Grade 11 class.

The Grade 12s asked Mrs Lindi Hiemstra to address them and they were delighted with the excellent advice she shared with them, her ‘homies’.

The beautiful rendition of ‘The Prayer’ by Caera Grindlay, accompanied by her exceptional pianist father, Peter, brought tears to many eyes.

After ringing the ceremonial bell to signify the end of their official school career, many, many photos were taken outside the Cathedral, as the realisation started hitting home that this was very nearly the end of school for the Class of 2018.

The scrumptious eats provided by the wonderful ladies of the AWF brought yet another Valedictory Service to an end.


Glenwood SPCA cadets raised money by selling pancakes and bought pet food for animals rescued in the recent fire-torn areas.


Helen Reuvers-Hefer (Steenkamp)

Helen attended Grabouw Primary School and matriculated at Rhenish Girls High in Stellenbosch. She studied at Stellenbosch University where she obtained her BA Higher Education degree. She taught at Truida Kestell in Bethlehem and also worked in retail for eleven years and was the manager of Truworths. During that period, she designed dresses and reared her two sons, Esuan and Elardus. Esuan is married and lives in Scotland. Helen is the proud grandmother of a little girl, Isuara. Elardus works at Mazars in George. Helen recently married Hans Hefer and is looking forward to spending time with her new husband when she retires!

Helen joined the Glenwood team in July 2006, which was the year that the school started, and she has been a part of the furniture ever since! At that time, she taught Grade 7 and had only 8 learners in the class, while her Grade 6 class had 12. The school was housed in the pre-fab building and moved to the new extension in 2007. At one stage Helen had 11 portfolios! Currently she teaches Grade 6 English and Grade 7 HSS and coaches and organises Chess.

Helen enjoys the simple things in life like a walk on the beach, picking up pebbles, bird watching and watching the sun rise every morning at her home in the Wilderness. She enjoys a good book, movies, painting and knitting and the comfort of her home. She is an excellent cook and her spinach quiche is legendary! Her favourite food is pasta puttenesca and salad. She does not tolerate snobs and pretentious people.

Helen’s motto is: “Live simply and be genuine.”

Sadly, this is Helen’s last year at Glenwood as she has reached retirement age. She will be sorely missed by staff and pupils alike. We wish her a happy retirement as she takes time to “smell the roses” and enjoy the simple things in life.




Glenwood House is very proud to announce that Matthew Seabrook and Wido Rudolph have been selected to represent the Western Cape Swimming team at the upcoming SA Championships.


Our u13 water polo teams travelled to Cape Town to participate in the popular Cannons Creek tournament.

Here is how the boys fared:

Winelands Invitation (tied 1-1), Bishops (won 5-0), WPPS (won 5-2), Wynberg (won 1-0), Rondebosch (tied 1-1), Oakhill (lost 1-4), Rhenish (lost 2-4), Sun Valley (tied 1-1), Semi Final vs Wynberg (lost 1-4), 3/ 4 play-off vs Oakhill (lost 2-3).

Our boys had a brilliant performance as can be seen from these results.

The u13 boys polo squad from left: Joel Struwig, Daniel van der Merwe, Cuan Leach, Hugo Naudé, Migal Groenewald, Emiel Terblanche, Sebastian Smuts, Michael Pearce, Tristan Scholtz, Campbell Illman.

The results for our girls were:

Oakhill (won 3-1), Herschel (lost 2-10), Sun Valley (lost 2-4), Rhenish (lost 0-4), Springfield (lost 1-4), Sun Valley Semi final (lost 2-4), 3/ 4 play- off vs Springfield (lost 2-4)

Both our teams ended in 4th position. This was a brilliant tournament and many lessons were learnt in the polo pool.

The u13 girls polo squad: Jessica Powell, Kate Bartels, Morgan Barclay, Alana Vermaak, Jolisna Mulder, Nicole Booyens, Gugu Zumbire, Seke Zumbire and in front, Catherine Mentz and Taylin Lincow.

cross country

First 3 places - top left: u6, top right: u7, bottom left: u8, bottom right: u9 main race
First 3 places - top left: u9, top right: u10, bottom left: u11, bottom right: u12
First 3 places - top left: u13, top right: u14, bottom: winning house - Montagu



At the SWD Talent Identification meeting in Oudtshoorn, the GWH athletes again showed their worth despite the heatwave. Personal Best performances were achieved in almost all events in which they participated. The medal tally for the day was 7 gold, 7 silver and 1 bronze!


Cricket 1st team (The Gators)

With the new cricket season upon us, the Gators are standing tall. Although the first league match of the season rained out, we were able to play the next two weekends.

On 20 October the Gators took on Langenhoven Gymnasium. We batted first and scored a respectable 226 runs in our 50 overs. Our mainstay at the wickets was the captain, Heath Richards (157 runs not out), who scored his second century for the season. He was assisted by Kirk Nevay with 37 runs in a partnership of 158 runs.

The team was able to restrict Langenhoven Gymnasium to 123 runs, winning the match by 103 runs. Heath also took 2/20 and Brett Wagner 2/23.

The next weekend we played against Sentraal HS from Beaufort-West. They won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 91 runs. David Larkin was the thorn in their side by taking 4/15 and, again, Brett Wagner chipping in with 2/12.

This left the Gators 92 runs to get, which was chased down in the 18th over. Kirk Nevay scored 45 and Rhys Jansen 25, both not out. Glenwood won by 10 wickets.

As this match ended before lunch, Sentraal asked if we could play a T20 in the afternoon. Glenwood was given the opportunity to bat first. Heath Richards opened the batting with Callie Swanevelder. Heath didn’t hold back and took the bowling apart, scoring a massive 217 runs from 88 balls not out! Callie made 34 and Scott Blackwell 16 not out. Glenwood ended on 282/1 after the 20 overs.

Sentraal then made 126/7 in their 20 overs. Scott took 3/10 and Glenwood won by 156 runs.


Marcus Kleynhans and his mixed relay partner came second at this prestigious triathle event in Egypt.

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