GlenwoodTimes #4 - May 2019

Headmaster's Message

Glenwood House has been the top performing ADvTECH school twice in the last three years. This accolade is bestowed in an academic environment that involves many other prominent and high performing schools in South Africa such as the Crawford and Trinityhouse Schools. The year-end results of our pupils, the feedback from our alumni and the excellent achievements of our alumni in various fields, indicate that we are indeed successful.

As parents and teachers we need to work together and intensify our collective efforts to develop our children into efficient, resilient, hard-working and problem-solving individuals. In today’s complex society I want to encourage all parents to be mindful and kind to their children’s teachers on the social networks, and talk positively about these teachers with their children – it is, after all, OUR school. Give them the benefit of the doubt when your child speaks out about them in your presence and defend them against careless remarks and gossip. If the environment within which we as teachers, parents and pupils find ourselves is positive, constructive and SUPPORTIVE, we can move mountains together.

I, once again, invite parents to come in and discuss any concerns which they may have and let us resolve these issues together.


easter blessings

There was a lot of “egg-citement” at Little Glens this past week as the children were learning all about Easter and preparing some delightful crafts to take home. Our special Easter message to the children this year was not to just expect Easter treats, but to be aware of God’s love and His Blessings in our life.

The Grade 0’s decorated beautiful wooden eggs as a keepsake. These were hidden in the school gardens for our Easter egg hunt. They traded their wooden eggs for some yummy chocolate ones!

The Grade 00’s rushed around the gardens to hunt for their Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs. They painted beautiful Easter Greetings in class to take home for their parents.

The Grade 000’s hopped around the playground in search of their hidden treats. Baking was a huge hit this week, as they made delicious marshmallow baskets for their speckled eggs.

At the end of last term, we held our “Crazy Shoe Day” and Little Glens were encouraged to arrive at school with a crazy pair of shoes, as well as a pair to donate to Kidstop. We delivered these with some extra eggs to bless those less fortunate than us.


grade 9 camp

Every year the grade 9 learners participate in a three day camp at the end of the first term. The camp aims to extend the boundaries of education to include practical life skills, social skills and a ‘green’ education.

This year the focus was on a trying to obtain a carbon neutral camp. We only used solar light and solar showers, learners were requested not to bring single-use plastics and we reduced our carbon footprint in every way possible, by leaving only actual footprints behind. We departed on foot from school to our camp and returned on foot to school on the final day.

Enjoy some of the beautiful pictures we took on camp.




The Glenwood House U13 rugby team was in action during the Glenwood House Preparatory Schools’ Rugby Festival from 11 to 13 April 2019. Eight schools participated in the Festival. Curro Durbanville had a very strong team and ended the festival unbeaten. The other schools that participated were Claredon, Herbert Hurd, Rhenish, George South, Fish Hoek and Somerset College.

Glenwood did very well. We won three and lost one of their games. The three standout results for the team were the 24 – 10 victory over Herbert Hurd, a well-earned 5 – 0 victory over Rhenish which is the oldest school in South Africa and the 10 – 6 victory over Clarendon who were the strongest team at the festival last year. Somerset College scored a last minute try to beat Glenwood 12 – 10.

The festival was a huge success with parents, players and educators singing the praises of Glenwood House.

We look forward to hosting the festival again next year.

Below are some action photos of the boys during the festival.

Hugo Naudé, captain of the Glenwood House U13 rugby team, attempts to avoid the tackle of the Rhenish opponent.
The U13 Glenwood House rugby team that participated in the 2019 Rugby festival.
Jack van Dam, vice-captain of the U13 Glenwood House Rugby team, together with the pack of forwards attempts to secure the ball for Glenwood against Somerset College.
Campbell Barclay going after a loose ball against Somerset College.


Samantha Bellew proudly displays her gold medal she achieved in the U15 girls division at the Eden biathle championships held in Mossel Bay. She will participate in the Western Cape championship in May 2019.


Abigail Powell has yet again proven her versatility by recently participating in the Eden biathlon championships and achieving a 3rd place. She improved her swim time in the 100m by 2 seconds. Abigail will represent the Eden team at the SA biathlon championships. Then, Abigail also achieved her Grade 1 Theory of Music certification from the Trinity College London music academy.


Glenwood House Preparatory recently hosted their annual Rugby/Netball Festival on the 11 – 13 April. This is the second year that netball was included in the Festival. Participating schools were Herbert Hurd from PE, Blanco from George and Curro Durbanville, Fish Hoek and Somerset College from Cape Town. The Festival started with the opening Rugby and Netball matches on Thursday afternoon.

The competition was fierce but the Glenwood girls stood their ground and managed to win three of their five matches, scoring eighty goals throughout the tournament and securing an overall third place. Two of our players, Lomé Gouws and Jamie Smit were amongst the nominees for Most Promising Netball Player of the Festival. Ava Greener from Somerset College was awarded this title while Somerset College was named Netball Team of the tournament.

U’8 Kyla Schafer and Simoné Pretorious doing their best to avoid the Plettenberg Bay team from scoring a goal.

The Glenwood girls not only performed well on the court, but also looked the part, sporting their new netball bibs for the first time. Added to this, Living Ball donated colourful netball balls that were used for the matches during the Festival.

Our Festival Netball team in their new bibs. From left to right: Carmi Lewis, Miré de Waal, Coach Bianca van Wyk, Cailey Edwards, Abigail Powell, Gabi Vakis, Jamie Smit, Lomé Gouws and in front Tyla Dafel with the match ball sponsored by Living Ball.

On Saturday, the U/7 to U/9 teams joined the festivities playing their first matches of the season. The U/9 team won three of their four matches, the U/8 team won one of their two matches and the U/7 team won one of their two matches, thus guaranteeing a good start to the netball season.

Lomé Gouws, Jamie Smit and Tyla Dafel working hard on the defence.

We would like to thank every sponsor as all donations contributed towards ensuring the success of the Festival.

We look forward to next year’s Festival with anticipation.


Glenwood House School is pleased to announce that Paul Ruthven won the u/11 Western Province open squash tournament at Bishops in Cape Town. This is a very special achievement for Paul playing squash, which is one of the most strenuous sports codes at this prestigious level.

The U13 B polo team was: (from the left) Roman Doherty, Stephanus de Kock, Ben Denn, Ryan Vos, Campbell Barclay, Caleb Woolf, Landin van Wyk, Samuel Woolf and Zac Nel (in front)



During the first week in the holiday the u14 hockey team played in the Outeniqua Tournament. The boys did play a total of 10 matches in three days. The team did so well and won 7 of the matches and ended third in the tournament. All the boys played to their best which made the team very competitive. Thank you to Joshua Kleu as the coach of the team for all the positive encouragement during the games.

The team scored 21 goals and conceded 11.

Also a big thanks to the parents for all their support during the tournament, the team appreciate it.


The under 16 boys’ hockey squad attended the Nowan Cornelius Hockey Festival during the April holidays. They performed very well and had the following results:

beat hosts Hermanus High School 3-2 in their opening match,

beat Cannon’s Creeak College 5-1,

lost 0-8 against Curro Durbanville in the finals

Thank you to coach Charl and Mr Albertyn for their contribution to making this tour a highlight of the year in terms of building team spirit.

Bottom step: Charl Pretorius (coach), Maxime Deltenre, Christian Vercueil First step: James Bellew, Riley Watson, James Edwards Second step: Zander Stammer, Thomas Liddstone, Kieran Bakker, Andy Munroe Third step: Regan Bakker, James Helling Top step: W Baehnisch (manager)

news in the media

articles taken from george herald


Wednesday, 24 April 2019, 14:02

GEORGE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS - Cyan Scholtz (16), a learner of Glenwood House School, George, was recently crowned as the Face of Talent Africa 2019 at the Talent Africa national competition held in Port Elizabeth.

Cyan receives the Senior Face of Africa award from Vera Kane.

Cyan will be travelling to New York on 23 June to compete and represent the South African team at the Talent America international competition.

Cyan did very well during this year's South African regional talent competition held on 3 March in George.

She entered nine categories, including acting, drama, vocal, eisteddfod, modelling and visual art, and achieved excellent results in all. She received a special award and placed second overall performer and top model in her age group.

From 3 to 6 April, she competed at the South African national Talent Africa competition held in Port Elizabeth. Based on her excellent achievements, she was elected Face of Talent Africa 2019 and was chosen as a member of the South African team to represent South Africa at the Talent America international competition in New York.

Cyan competed in 25 categories and received 20 gold and five silver medals for various sub-categories including vocal, eisteddfod, speech and drama, modelling, photogenic modelling and visual art.

One of Cyan's outstanding talents is acting.

She was also chosen to be part of the showcase and special award prize-giving. She received special awards for top 10 senior actor, best senior articulation, best senior artist, best senior technique and best senior art concept.

She also received her Western Cape federation colours from the Federation of Performing Arts South Africa (FPASA).

Competition details

Talent Africa is a talent-based national competition which seeks to do three main things: to scout talent and give contestants a platform to perform on, to nurture and grow the talent, and to provide ongoing platforms and opportunities to work in the industry.

Contestants are divided into different age groups within the main categories (vocal, dance, instrumental, performing arts in drama and modelling), which are further divided into different genres or sub-categories.

Cyan hits the spot in evening wear.

Each year's season begins in August and consists of three rounds. Each participant must qualify at one of the nine provinces' regional / provincial rounds to compete at the nationals (the second round), where all provinces compete for a place on the South African team.

There are two national rounds that normally take place in March or April. For the third round, the South African team travels to New York City to compete at the Talent America international competition in July every year. At international level competitors have the opportunity to be scouted further.

For more information, please contact Talent Africa at www.talentafrica.co.za.


Journalist: Salette Cloete, Friday, 26 April 2019, 15:29

GEORGE NEWS & VIDEO - With dreams of becoming an independent musician, Timothy Joseph (19), is making the most of his musical talent.

A grade 12 learner at Glenwood House, he recently competed in Talent Africa in Port Elizabeth, and achieved the highest marks in piano.

He played one of his own compositions of The Greatest Showman.


Journalist: Alida de Beer, Thursday, 25 April 2019, 10:01

GEORGE NEWS - Devin Kruger, a 2013 Glenwood House matriculant, is "overwhelmed" after he received the news on 11 April that he shares the worldwide first place in the international Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (Cima) exam of February 2019.

Devin Kruger achieved a significant milestone when he earned a joint first place in the international Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (Cima) exam.

Kruger, who will be completing his management accounting articles next year at Moore Stephens Management Services in Stellenbosch, told the George Herald, "I am still in disbelief, but overwhelmed that the hard work accumulated over the years has led to something of significance."

He is following in the footsteps of his proud dad, Gerhard Kruger of K&M Management and Investment Services in George. "Devin is an extremely dedicated and focused young man. He grew up in George and attended Outeniqua Primary before enrolling at Glenwood," said Gerhard.

Kruger Jr has had to write a number of professional exams over the past 16 months, with the exam in strategic case study the last of the Cima exams he had to take to qualify as a professional chartered global management accountant.

"I believe it will open doors for me, but I have always been of the opinion that a qualification alone is not enough. I am very goal orientated. Everything you do, you should do to the best of your ability. You cannot just expect opportunities to come your way," he says.

He has already received recognition on various platforms internationally, through the university faculty and Moore Stephens sharing his accomplishment on websites worldwide.

Kruger earned his B Com (Management Accounting) degree at Stellenbosch University and went on to complete his Hons B Com (Management Accounting) degree in 2017 before starting his articles at Moore Stephens.

"Since I was a child, I had the idea of following the same career as my dad, and the more I learned about what he was actually doing, the more I realised this was for me. I don't want to be an auditor, I'd rather be involved on the management side of a business."

He still wants to obtain his chartered financial analyst qualification, but at a later stage. For now, he is concentrating on completing his articles.

His advice to other up-and-coming young professionals is, "Trust the system and work hard. There is no shortcut to achieving success."

This driven young man also likes the outdoors, cycling and running.

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