1 May 2017 Top 10 learners tour Gauteng Thirty grade 9 to 11 academic achievers from Merensky High School enjoyed five days in Pretoria and Johannes

         
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1 May 2017

Top 10 learners tour Gauteng

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AT THE VOORTREKKER MONUMENT Front: Nkateko Shikhati, Donné Oosthuizen, Carmi Venter, Anri McLean, Bianca Prinsloo, Jan-Carel van Niekerk, Janco Blignaut, Kesia Pohl, Lin-Mari Theron, Steph-Marie de Lange and Xander Botha. Middle: Barri Gerber, Dirk Crafford, Glory Mabidilala, Chanel Dohse, Anize Basson, Jenelle de Jonge, Luann Botha, Juan-Jacques Moller and Jason Mellet. Back: Rohan du Plessis, Rinus Jacobs, Heinrich Schultz, Judi Fleischmann, Iszabella le Roux, Crystal Kirstein, Jamie Robertson, Suandrie Corbett and Stefan Corbett.

Thirty grade 9 to 11 academic achievers from Merensky High School enjoyed five days in Pretoria and Johannesburg during the annual top 10 tour from 26 to 30 April.

The learners undertook educational tours to the Voortrekker Monument and Pretoria Botanical Gardens. They also tasted sweet culture when they watched the brilliant “The play that goes wrong” at the Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino.

There was no end to the fun with a visit to Gold Reef City and the Bounce Trampoline Park at Menlyn Maine.

The Top 10 Tour is organised for the Plasies to say thank you for their hard work throughout the year.

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AT THE BOUNCE TRAMPOLINE PARK Front: Heinrich Schultz and Rinus Jacobs. Back: Dirk Crafford and Rohan du Plessis.

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AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS Chanel Dohse, Luann Botha, Steph-Marie de Lange, Stefan Corbett and Jenelle de Jonge.

 
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Mrs. Anne-Lise Fourie, the librarian at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens, informs the learners on the library’s history and collection. Front: Rinus Jacobs, Rohan du Plessis, Bianca Prinsloo, Carmi Venter, Crystal Kirstein, Lin-Mari Theron and Donné Oosthuizen.

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President’s Award participants complete the final challenge for Gold

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Belinda Nzadi, Wanga Mboweni, Riëtte Warmenhoven, Valeriia Avdysh, Marlu McClean and Ryan Jackson.

Six learners from Merensky High School, who are currently busy with the gold level of the President’s Award, completed their residential project from 27 April to 1 May at Tshega Christian Missions. They focused mainly on the Lighthouse Academy, a school in Fobeni village in the Bolubedo South area, as well as the people of the community.

The Plasies have painted classrooms and notice boards and started a vegetable garden as part of the feeding scheme for the school’s learners. In the five days they also made educational resources from mostly recycled material. This all form part of the requirements of the programme.

The participants stayed at Riverside Backpackers, with volunteers from Germany and Israel. The common goal for the weekend was to support and uplift the community of Fobeni. After each long day’s work, the Plasies had time to socialise with the volunteers and learned a lot about their countries and culture.

Merensky wishes to thank the parents of these learners for all the donations of educational resources, vegetable seedlings and pot plants which contributed to the success of this project.

Merensky would also like to thank the following people from Tshega Missions: Elani van Rooyen for all the arrangements since January; Bronwyn Holtzhauzen, who made sure the learners kept to the programme; Phumi Zondo and Cosmas Gamo, who acted as mentors for the Plasies, and Jackie van Tonder, the house master, who ensured a homely atmosphere and warm food daily at the Backpackers.

Go to Merensky’s President’s Award’s Facebook page for more photos.

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Plasies achieve bronze President’s Awards

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Front: Simran Brahmbhatt, Rifqah Moosa, Francois Smith, Heinke Lubbe and Luann Botha. Back: Reinhardt Erasmus, Pieter van der Merwe, Jason Mellet, Dillon de Lange and Stefan Corbett.

Ten learners from Merensky High School recently received their bronze President’s Awards certificates.

To be able to meet this, the participants did 24 hours of community service over a period of 3 months, participated in a sport and practiced a skill for 6 months. They also completed a 2 days, 1-night hike of 24km with 12 hours planned activities. They qualified for this prestigious award after the journals they kept were assessed.

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Plasie golfers rule the fairway

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B-LEAGUE: Jeandré Booysen, Johan Meintjes, Janco Blignaut and Franco de Klerk.

 
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C-LEAGUE: Ruben Potgieter, Willem-Albert Ludick, Herman Grové and Colleen Natorp.

On Friday, 21 April the golfers of Merensky High School played their second league match against HTS Tom Naudé. The players experienced four seasons on the course, ranging from cool weather to mist and warm sunshine. The Plasie B-league and C-league both won 4-0.

In their first league match on 17 March against Louis Trichardt High School, the team tasted their first victory with a 3-1 win.

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Plasies take a dive

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Anke Venter, Larissa Vogel and Luandi Venter, grade 8 learners from Merensky High School, completed their scuba dive open water level 1 course at Sodwana Bay during the April holidays.

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