This week’s local schools snapshot

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As the academic year slowly comes to an end, school children are preparing to enjoy the summer holidays; while gearing up for an exciting school year in 2020.

With the holiday season in sight, local schools are making the most of the remainder of the school year. Whether it is for academic accolades or sports, local schools are ensuring children enjoy the final days of 2019.

Esperanza Special Needs School Prize-Giving

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Staff and learners from Esperanza Special Needs School.

Esperanza Special Needs School is a beacon of hope for children with special needs in Newcastle. It is a school which prides itself on uplifting its learners.

On Friday, November 15, the school hosted its annual prize-giving ceremony, where all 62 of its learners were awarded for their accolades throughout the school year.

“Each child puts in the effort through the year and no child walks away from the prize-giving without recognition,” says the school’s director, Jennifer Pillay.

One of the highlights of the event was two special awards being handed out.

“The first special award goes to Shanele Haripersadh, a 31-year-old woman with cerebral palsy. She has always wanted to go to school, but by the time Esperanza opened, she was already 22 years old. However, as it is still her dream to go to school, we are honouring her with a special award to show she is part of our family,” explains Jennifer.

The second special award goes to Hannah de Beer, a young woman who has been at the special needs school since it opened.

“While she left at the age of 18, she is still a part of Esperanza Special Needs School. Her eyesight is also deteriorating. This special award goes to her, to show Hannah that we miss and support her,” concludes Jennifer.

Well done to all the learners from Esperanza Special Needs School.

St Dominics Newcastle Grade R’s enjoy a Tea Party

Shiraz, Ayesha, Yumna, Zaynah and Yahya Amod.

St Dominics Newcastle’s Grade R learners enjoyed a day of laughter and entertainment on Thursday, November 14.

Hosting a tea party at the school, the Grade R learners put on a highly entertaining show; singing an array of songs to entertain their parents.

The aim of the day was for the learners to end the school year on a high note; while bidding farewell to their pre-school career as they prepare to move onto Grade 1 in 2020.

St Dominics Newcastle – tennis news

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On November 30, Newcastle Pavillion Tennis Club will host its end of year Round Robin Tournament. Johny Msimanga explains the event is open to all tennis players, with the event set to start at 2pm. Entrance fee is R20 per player.

Participants are encouraged to bring a plate of eats, to enjoy with other players at the conclusion of the event.

Contact John Msimanga via email on or on 072 722 9968 for more information.

From December 4 until December 6, Curro Tennis has a special offer for children wishing to have private tennis lessons.

“A lot of parents would love to send their children for private lessons but can’t afford the costs,” says Johny.

Therefore, the special offer will see a 50% discount, which will see parents pay only R125 for 30 minutes, R150 for 45 minutes and R200 per 60 minutes.

Be sure to book your dates and time slots with John Msimanga by November 30 via email on or on 072 722 9968.

Curro Tennis is also hosting a training camp from December 9 until December 11. Taking place at St Dominics Newcastle, the event costs R500 per person.

The event is from 8am until 12pm on both December 9 and December 10, with a full-day tournament of December 11.

Be sure to contact Jared on 079 790 7373 or by December 3 to book your spot.

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