GlenwoodTimes #7 - September 2018

eden xperience

Headmaster's Message

Dear Parents

This has been a short but extremely busy term, and I’m sure that all the children look forward to a well-deserved break – I know the teachers definitely are! Our Matrics are currently finishing their Prelims and our Prep School has just wrapped up yet another successful Schoolyard Arts Festival – in the rain, yet again! Glenwood achieved amazing results in the Eisteddfods and this talent was showcased in the Schoolyard Arts Festival and the College Showcase. This term was also characterised by some outstanding results on the sports front. Glenwood started the water polo season on a high note, by performing well in the U15 Xtreme Water Polo Festival. The boys finished 3rd and the girls edged out Pearson from Port Elizabeth in a nail biting final, which was decided on a penalty shootout. Glenwood will host the National Co-Ed Schools Water Polo Championships during the coming school holidays and we wish our teams well. There are approximately 40 teams participating in this week. Our hockey season was highlighted by the performance of our College Girls 1st Team, who reached the final of the highly competitive SWD Ladies League, where they narrowly lost 2-1 to Old Oaks from Knysna. The rest of the hockey teams were competitive in all age groups. Our netball and rugby teams in both the College and the Prep School performed exceptionally well throughout the season, one of the highlights being the clean sweep on the rugby field against York.

I would like to thank our entire Glenwood House community, especially the Parent’s Association, for making the EdenXperience such a resounding success. Despite having to reschedule the event due to very welcome rain, we all rallied together and once again made it work – the “gees” was unbelievable!

Finally, a word of thanks to my entire staff for all their tireless work in making things happen at the school, both in and out of the classroom. Glenwood appreciates you!


iPad specifications

Glenwood House uses Technology to prepare your child better for the world they interact with now and when they leave school. Digital literacy is one of the components in Global Competencies which are taught at the school.

From grade 5, all students are required to have an iPad for their studies.

An iPad is by far the most robust device, with the best applications available. Apple also have various tools, such as Screen Time in iOS 12, which make the management of the devices much easier for parents.

A new iPad also has a longer upgrade path than its less expensive counterparts. Less expensive devices have to be upgraded more often and thus cost more in the long term.

iPads are not only used for the students' textbooks, but also in conjunction with many applications, such as SeeSaw and the Microsoft office suite.

The minimum requirements for an iPad to run the MieBooks system are as follows:

iPad with iOS 10 or higher. Avoid iPad mini and the larger 12,9” iPad. The 10” devices are preferable.

At least 64GB memory.

The iPad will not need to be cellular enabled, and thus only WiFi enabled devices are required.

A STRONG cover with CORNER PROTECTION. Do not skimp on this purchase as iPads do get broken through careless use.

Kindly see attached a flier from a Cape Town supplier, who will give parents a discount for their purchases. One can even pay the device off in installments through one of the finance options they offer.


EDEN-X Little Glens DASH

14 September was an incredibly eventful day for Little Glens! Grade 000-0 could take part in the dash, making their way through the course, which consisted of fun obstacles such as going over hurdles, running through the sand, jumping through tires, sprinting to the spider web to crawl under it, before finally reaching the end. All children who finished the dash received a medal and a lovely goodie bag from Spur -a big thank you for the lovely treats inside! This year, the children dressed according to our theme, Space. We saw amazing costumes that were hand-made or created from recycled goods, all which represented some form of alien, astronaut or rocket. We spotted a group of astronauts plotting how they would fit into the rocket ship!

Astronauts: Callum Rimbault, Caiden Scholtz, Toby Hoepfner , Jordan and Connor Blaauw, Sarah Rimbault and Logan Kiestwetter Rocket ship: Harley McDonald.

schoolyard arts festival

The players had been rehearsing for months. Their eager little faces were made up and ready to put on the show of the year.

Parents, siblings and friends arrived en masse to see their little shows.

The Glenwood house, biannual Schoolyard Arts Festival took place again this year, with hundreds of theatre-goers coming to see what the school has to offer.

They were not disappointed! With plays by William Shakespeare to the fairytales of the brothers Grimm, there was something to delight every thespian.

Art, dance and music lovers also had their share of treats with works by our students, taken from their performances at Eisteddfods.

Of course, the culmination of the two-day event was the announcement of the winners, preceded by our junior and senior choir.

We look forward to our getting a hall, where we can continue to showcase our school’s cultural stars.


cindy francis

Cindy has a bubbly and friendly personality. She always aims to find the piece of gold in others. She is helpful and up for a challenge. She holds her religious beliefs at the centre of all she does.

Cindy is an intern at Little Glens and has been part of the Little Glens team for 1 year. She is always enthusiastic, full of energy and gives 110% in all she does.

Cindy lives with mother and father, whom she loves and cares for.

In her spare time she loves to give back and get involved in the community. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She believes that time only has value when you makefull use of it! She tries to make every second count.

Cindy also enjoys discovering the surrounding areas of George by driving or going for hikes.

She enjoys listening to music, eating different food, going to the beach and travelling.

Ingrid Süllwald

Ingrid attended George-Suid Primary school and Outeniqua Hoërskool. She studied at Barkly House Teacher’s College where she obtained her Teacher’s Diploma.

Ingrid has good organisational skills and strong Christian principles. She is passionate about teaching and has a firm, loving and enthusiastic approach. She is always well-prepared and is eager to try her hand at any challenge afforded her. Her classroom is a neat and colourful environment and is a representation of her organised and practical nature. It is a very appealing place for her Grade 1 pupils, as well as those who attend extra-curricular Art lessons with her.

Ingrid taught at Robertson Voorbereiding as well as Akkertjie Prê-Primer before joining the Glenwood staff. She has been at Glenwood for 12 years and is loved by staff and pupils alike. Miss Ingrid, as she is fondly known, taught at Little Glens for many years before taking a well-deserved “sabbatical.” She travelled the world for a while, only to find that she missed the classroom and children too much, as the call of teaching was too strong! She was welcomed back into the Glenwood family with open arms.

Ingrid comes from good German stock and lives next door to her mother on the family farm. She has three brothers and a busy family life. Her hobbies are reading, hiking, gardening, baking, Sudoku and travelling. She dislikes extreme heat and perspiring! Her favourite foods are steak and chips, salads and sweets! (naughty Miss Ingrid!) Number one on her “bucket list” is to swim with dolphins.

Her motto to live by is: “To have a good day by doing something to improve someone else’s life.”




Glenwood House is delighted with the inclusion of Luann Erasmus into the SWD Player Performance Program U11 cricket squad.


Attacking Rugby – The Glenwood House Way!

The Glenwood U13A rugby team enjoyed a successful season and we are very proud of our boys. During the regular season, the boys played 21 matches against various schools in George. The team also participated in the Glenwood House Rugby Festival and in the Independent Schools Rugby Festival and played against a number of touring teams. Below are some statistics from the 2018 season.

Tries Scored: 67, Tries conceded: 19; Rugby Season SCORE: 369 - 109, Games Won: 17, Games Lost: 4

We would like to congratulate the following boys on being selected for representative teams:

U12 George team: Shane van Eeden (Full back), U13 Zone C team: Josh Laurie (prop)

Glenwood House Rugby Festival 2018

The Glenwood House U13 rugby team was in action during the Glenwood House Preparatory Schools’ Rugby Festival from 19 to 21 April 2018. Eight schools participated in the Festival. Clarendon Primary had a very strong team and ended the festival unbeaten. The other schools that participated were Herbert Hurd, Rhenish, Blanco, Fish Hoek, Somerset College and Curro Durbanville.

Glenwood did very well. We won 3 games, drew 2 and lost 2. The two standout results for the team were the 17 – 5 victory over Herbert Hurd, and a well-earned draw against the oldest school in South Africa, Rhenish.

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.

Left: AJ Janse van Rensburg about to catch the ball in the line-out against Curro Durbanville. Middle: Enzo van Zyl running with the ball against Fish Hoek. Glenwood won the game 10-7. Right: The team Captain, Luke Fogle, leading from the front and taking the ball up aggressively into contact. Glenwood won the game 12-5.

Independent School’s Rugby Festival

During the last weekend of the second term, the Glenwood House U13A rugby team participated in the prestigious Independent Schools Rugby Festival. This year, Woodridge Preparatory School, close to Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape, hosted the festival.

The Glenwood House U13A rugby team played three matches during the festival. From the first match, it was clear that all the matches would be tightly contested. Our first match was against St Peter's and our second against St David’s, both from Johannesburg. In both matches the Glenwood boys led during the half-time break but, unfortunately, ended up losing two very close encounters.

Despite the disappointment of narrowly losing two very physical games, the boys enjoyed the friendly rugby camaraderie and surroundings. The boys had lots of fun and team spirit was at an all-time high. Team cohesion and interplay were constantly improving and the coaches were quietly confident that a victory was around the corner.

Our last match of the festival was against the strong and unbeaten team of Waterkloof Preparatory School from Pretoria. The match was played early in the morning and the Glenwood boys were focused and approached the match with determination and self-belief. The team produced their best performance of the festival, playing an exciting brand of rugby that was enjoyed by all. In the end Glenwood House ran out convincing winners with a score line of 19-5.

We would like to thank and congratulate the young U13 Rugby players of Glenwood House for their fine conduct on an off the field. We are proud of you!

Outeniqua Park end-of-season match against Kretzenshoop Primary School

The 2018 rugby season came to a fitting end during a wonderful afternoon at Outeniqua Park. The U11A and U13A rugby teams were invited to play curtain-raiser matches for the Currie Cup B division match between the SWD Eagles and the Leopards. The Glenwood boys dished up some attractive, attacking rugby and both our teams ended their seasons with fine victories. The U13A boys were given the wonderful opportunity to hand out jerseys to the SWD players after their match. We thank the SWD Eagles Rugby Union for their hospitality.

Top Left: Josh Laurie driving with the ball. Top Right: Daniel van der Merwe, Luke Fogle, AJ Janse van Rensburg and David de Necker with the kick-off. Bottom: Handing out match jerseys to the SWD Eagles rugby team.



Glenwood wins u16 6-a-side hockey friendly hosted at Greenwood Bay College

On Saturday 15 September, the U16 hockey girls and boys took part in a friendly hockey tournament, hosted at fellow AdvTECH school Greenwood Bay, in Plettenberg Bay. Three other schools took part namely Knysna Montessori, Wittedrift and Greenwood Bay. The U16 girls played first against GBC and won, which set the tone for the rest of the tournament. The U16 girls won all their matches, despite the harsh weather, and subsequently won the tournament 1-0 on penalty against GBC. The U16 boys also won all their matches, through precise and accurate game play. This put them in the exciting semi-final against GBC, which saw them win the tournament 6-0. Glenwood fought hard and worked well together as a team and this made them the well-deserving, overall winners of the friendly tournament.

Glenwood’s U16 girls and boys hockey team that won Greenwood Bay’s 6-a-side hockey friendly.

1st Team Hockey

This has been the best hockey season of my life. It all started with first team trials in March and ended with the Eden Championships in August. The first tournament that we attended as the 2018 Glenwood House First Team was the Kingswood Co-Eds Hockey Tournament. We left this tournament with the best set of results that Glenwood has ever achieved since attending. We beat top-notch schools such as Hudson and Woodridge, yet this was just the beginning. With the help of our coach, Gill, and our mother hen, Mrs Hiemstra, we knew that this season would be one for the books. Throughout the season we played against a variety of schools, including touring teams from overseas, and had a mixed set of results.

Cameron Trammell once said, “Win if you can, lose if you must, BUT NEVER QUIT!” We did exactly this, as we never gave up; this was particularly demonstrated in the Ladies’ League. We made it to the top 4 in the league and were to compete against York for a spot in the finals. We were determined to make Glenwood history and be the first team to make it through. With this goal in mind and team spirits high, we did exactly that. In the finals, we competed against Old Oaks and lost narrowly in a nail-biting game. We played our hearts out and we all gave 100%. Next year we will return to battle, determined to make big waves.

As I look back at the past 5 months, I realise that the famous quote “Teamwork makes the dream work” is utterly true. We stuck together through countless hours of practice, laughing and crying throughout the whole journey. We were an unstoppable, force-to-be-reckoned-with, team. At the end of this season, we’re leaving with new-found friendships and I am eternally grateful for this. I have also learnt so many new lessons that I wouldn’t have been able to learn anywhere else, or from anyone else. One of the lessons that I have learnt, is that ‘nuggets’ can be an endearing term, and that being called a ‘giraffe’ is actually a compliment. I have never been so proud to be a part of a team and am forever thankful to be able to say that I was a part of the team that made history. Thank you to everyone that made this season possible and thank you to my teammates for always being there for me, on and off the field.

-Your Giraffe, Hannah



Players, organisers and spectators were met by surreal scenes at this year’s Eden Xtreme U15 Waterpolo tournament. The iced-capped Outeniqua mountain overlooked a wet and rainy George as temperatures dropped to single figures. Over the heated Glenwood swimming pool steam rose, causing an almost Scandinavian geyser effect. These difficult conditions, however, did nothing to dampen the indomitable spirit of the young players.

Entered into the competition were Paul Roos from Stellenbosch; Port Elizabeth was represented by the boys and girls winners of the 2017 competition, Pearson, and invitational team, Manta Rays. Oakhill brought the Knysna crowd and from George were Outeniqua Hoërskool, York High and Glenwood House.

A robust and competitive spirit permeated the two days. From a local perspective, the Glenwood boys side had some exceptionally gifted players but, perhaps, that led to more individualistic displays and not enough of team play, which many believed was their downfall. Our boys finished 4th out of 6 teams with Oakhill, Knysna taking the trophy.

The girls, on the other hand, showed amazing character and resilience in extremely difficult conditions - they played as a team with a great deal of heart. They were rewarded for this effort by beating Pearson in a hard-fought final. Their gold medals were, to my mind, less important that the sportsmanship, maturity and camaraderie shown.

The event was a great success and kudos to the organiser, Mr Wium Albertyn, the staff and our phenomenal team of committed ground staff. We can only but look forward to the next Waterpolo event to be hosted at Glenwood, the Co-Ed U18 tournament taking place on 4, 5 and 6 October.

Reneé van Rensburg (U15 manager)

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