This week’s local school’s snapshot

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With the holiday season in sight, schools and their respective learners are gearing up for the summer break.

However, there are schools and youngsters who are ending the year on a high note. Whether it’s achieving national accolades or prepping for the festive season, this is truly the season to be merry.

3rd Newcastle Scouts

3rd Newcastle Scouts Group
Lynton Cloete of the National Scouts team with Jessie Gale of 3rd Newcastle Scout Group.

A sense of pride and excitement surged through 3rd Newcastle Scouts group on Sunday, November 24.

Jessie Gale was awarded the Scouts Springbok Award, the highest award achievable for any scout in South Africa. To obtain the award, Scouts must meet a series of requirements before they turn 18-years-old.

Warren Seegers of 3rd Newcastle Scouts explains this includes leadership skills, planning camps and much more. “An incredible amount of work goes into obtaining the Scouts Springbok Award. Out of all the scouts, less than 6% obtain it.”

To mark the momentous occasion, Lynton Cloete of the Scouts National team travelled to Newcastle to hand over the award to Jessie.

“Jessie is one of 19 scouts in KZN who have achieved this award during 2019 and she is also the first girl from 3rd Newcastle Scouts to obtain it.”

Beginning her journey with the 3rd Newcastle Scouts 12 years ago, Jessie has embraced the Scouts movement. Embracing its teachings which focus on improving a child’s leadership skills, while teaching them the importance of nature conservation and contributing to society in a positive way.

Congratulations to Jessie Gale for obtaining the Scouts Springbok Award.

St Dominics Newcastle holds Bell Ringing Ceremony

As the school year comes to a close, Grade 12 learners from St Dominics Newcastle participated in an age-old tradition at the school. That of the Bell Ringing Ceremony.

Following their final examinations, the Grade 12 learners were met by fellow school learners, teachers and parents who came to witness the momentous occasion. A moment which sees the learners transition from school life to tertiary education and the adult world.

As the matriculants wait for their matric results, the Bell Ringing Ceremony is one of laughter and joy, where the learners brace themselves for a new journey as they prepare to bid farewell to their beloved school; St Dominics Newcastle.

Carols by Candlelight with St Dominics Newcastle

A sense of festive cheer resonates through the air. The holiday season is finally within sight and Christmas decorations popping up around town.

As Newcastillians start winding down, bracing themselves for the festive season, St Dominics Newcastle held its annual Carols by Candlelight event on Friday, November 22.

Shirley McGhee and Natasha Gokul.

With learners singing an array of carols, guests found themselves geared up for the upcoming holidays. Becoming truly immersed in the Christmas spirit.

Setting the pace for the upcoming holidays, St Dominics Newcastle is also gearing up for the upcoming academic school year.

Lynsey, Connor and Norman Forbes.
Mabu and Tumelo Phalane.
Sria Gokul and Natasha Friend.

Orientation Day at St Dominics Newcastle

St Dominics Newcastle
St Dominics Newcastle Executive Head, Bryn Thomas addresses parents and learners at the orientation day.

St Dominics Newcastle recently held its orientation day. This is an event which welcomes new learners entering St Dominics Newcastle while giving its older learners an idea of what to expect in 2020 as they move on to their next Grade.

The event was found to be an educational event, leaving parents and learners with a sense of excitement for the upcoming year.

St Dominics Newcastle
The St Dominics Newcastle Marimba band prepares to dazzle parents and learners.
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