13 February 2017 Plasie athletics on a roll Merensky High School athletes competed in the Lowveld Prestige Athletics meet held at Barberton High Sch


13 February 2017

Plasie athletics on a roll

Athletics stars

Sancha van Niekerk, Noko Malatji and Dillion de Lange.

Merensky High School athletes competed in the Lowveld Prestige Athletics meet held at Barberton High School on Saturday, 11 February. The bus left shortly after midnight on Saturday morning and arrived at Barberton with spirited athletes ready to seize the day.

Seven schools were ready to give their all in typical lowveld conditions, humid and hot. Rob Ferreira High School won the day, with Merensky in a close second with 597 points.

Records were shattered by Kesia Pohl (girls u.16 shot put, 11.14m), Dillion de Lange (boys u.16 javelin, 53.16m) and Sancha van Niekerk (girls u.17 400m, 60 seconds).

Top honours were awarded to Van Niekerk as Senior Victrix Ludorum. De Lange also received a trophy for best javelin athlete of the day. Noko Malatji was honoured as best hurdles athlete.

The top 5 Plasie girls were in first place Emma Delrymple-Hay (high jump, 806 ABSA points), Kesia Pohl (shot put, 773 points), Lourentia van Dyk (high jump, 767 points), Sancha van Niekerk (400m, 747 points) and Kgabo Mamorobela (long jump, 735 points).

The first five Plasie boys according to the ABSA table were Dillion de Lange (javelin, 808 points), Thato Shokane (100m, 807 points), Vutomi Mkhabela (200m, 806 points), Juandré Slippers (high jump, 780 points) and Ruan van Rooyen (200m, 775 points).

“Now, it is all systems go for the Interhigh meet at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Friday, 24 February,” said the team captains, Noko Malatji and Lilly Pohl.


TEAM CAPTAINS FOR THE 2017 INTER HIGH: Noko Malatji and Lilly Pohl.


Top of the gallops

Celebrations were in order amongst the equestrian ranks at Plasieland.

Both Anri Janse van Rensburg (grade 12) and Dawie van Jaarsveld (grade 11) were honoured for their 2016 achievements during the recent SANESA Western Mounted Games prize giving.

Janse van Rensburg was crowned the top level 7 WMG rider in Limpopo. Van Jaarsveld claimed the same honours in level 4.

Anri Janse van Rensburg

Anri Janse van Rensburg

Dawie van Jaarsveld

Dawie van Jaarsveld


Bullseye for Merensky archers

Archery Medal winners

Back: Mr Ockert le Roux (Gold), Dewald Wagenaar, Helgardt Horn (Bronze), Andre van der Merwe (Gold). Front: Martin Mostert (Silver), Ryan Jackson, Canell Jackson (Bronze), Lin-Mari Theron (Silver), Morney Kleinhans (Silver) and Sean Hunt (Bronze).

On 11 February fourteen of Merensky’s best archers traveled to Pretoria and braved what is described as one of the toughest competitions in the sport, namely the Triple Crown Leg 1 ABO/3Di, hosted at Magnum Archery.

This adventurous range of 22 butts is set in a natural hunting environment over a distance of 1 to 4km. During this event the archers are divided into groups of four and aim at 3D animal targets as they would appear in their natural surroundings. Participants are scored based on their groupings on the target. This type of competition is challenging in the respect that it forces the archers to navigate rocky and often uneven terrain loaded with shrubbery, trees and outcrops which obscure the view. The targets are placed over distances ranging between 10 and 60 meters and archers compete according to draw weight, sex and age. The course usually takes six nail biting hours to complete.

Merensky Archers palmed many accolades and both teams claimed podium positions.

The second team, consisting of Helgardt Horn, Sean Hunt, Dewald Haagner and De Marco Meyer, earned bronze medals for third place overall while the first team comprising of Lin-Mari Theron, Ryan Jackson, Canell Jackson and André van der Merwe battled their way to second position and earned silver.

During the competition Lin-Mari Theron and André van der Merwe achieved two provincial qualifying scores whilst Mr Ockert le Roux, Ryan Jackson, Sean Hunt, De Marco Meyer, Benéche Jackson, Dawie and Janco Theron all attained one Provincial qualifier.


Plasie swimmers qualify


Doran Kleynhans, Daniel Smit and Ronan Theron.

Three Merensky High School swimmers recently qualified to participate in the levels championships.

Daniel Smit qualified for the junior nationals (level 4) with his 200m back stroke. Doran Kleynhans qualify for level 3 with his 50m and 100m breast stroke, and Ronan Theron qualified for level 2 with his 50m back stroke, breast stroke and butterfly.


Hat trick for Merensky cricket

In an exceptionally good week on the pitch, Merensky’s first team enjoyed a hat trick by winning against Nkowankowa, The Oaks and Phalaborwa.

The u.15 boys took their lead in their game against Hoërskool Montana on Saturday, 11 February. The Plasies enjoyed home ground advantage scoring 200 runs after 50 overs. Gerhardus Fourie and Rinus Jacobs took the lead with 3 wickets each. Montana could only manage 135 runs and bowed the knee to the Plasies who were victorious with 65 runs.

Mubin Patel scored 67 runs, Jaden Rheeder 46 runs (not out) and Rinus Jacobs 30 runs.

Gerhardus Fourie

Gerhardus Fourie

Rinus Jacobs

Rinus Jacobs

Mubin Patel

Mubin Patel

Jaden Rheeder

Jaden Rheeder


Plasie chess players enjoy first moves

Chess 05 Kevin van Onselen and Wiehan Cloete

Kevin van Onselen and Wiehan Cloete.

Eight chess players from Merensky High School travelled to Polokwane on 11 February to participate in their first friendly chess tournament of the year.

Jeandré Joubert, Danielle Theron, Louis Haynes, Kevin van Onselen, Charney Rae, Kishan Patel, Francois Strydom and Wiehan Cloete gained valuable experience during their 5 games each.


Plasie Tennis participate in Nelspruit


Dezi Dreyer, Janke Basson, Valeriia Avdysh, Ronel du Toit and Nina Grové.

Merensky Tennis participated in the Big 5 Tournament in Nelspruit on the weekend of 11 February.

Schools present were Afrikaans Hoër Seuns and -Meisies, Monument, Ermelo, Nelspruit, Wilgerivier, Landboudal, Garsfontein, HTS Middelburg and Merensky.

The Plasies have gained a lot of experience and finished eighth.

Congratulations to Janke Basson who was named player of the tournament.


Dining in style at Appetito Restaurant

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SERVICE WITH A SMILE. Clariska Venter and sibling Juanet.

On Wednesday, 8 February, Merensky High School’s Appetito Restaurant was a hive of activity when the grade 12 Hospitality students presented a fine dining experience.

This opportunity serves as a valuable “hands-on” training experience for the grade 10 to 12 learners at Plasieland.

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Aaliyaa Modan and Philip Mostert preparing the starter.

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Maitre’D John Slabber leads Adri Horn and Wilmari Moller.

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Wendy en Cor Dreyer toasting a successful evening.


Skivvys plant a difference

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Richard le Roux and Tiaan Maritz.

All the Merensky High School grade 8’s got down to serious tree planting business on Wednesday 8 February during the traditional tree planting ceremony.

This year no less than two indigenous lanes were added to the Plasie arboretum. A new row of Wild Mangoes (Cordyla Africana) and Matumi’s (Breonadia salicina) now enhances the B rugby field, while a variety of other trees will provide shade around the infamous MooPoo hub.

This tradition originated in 2015 and since then the various grade 8 groups take ownership of the trees until they leave school at the end of matric. Some of the learners expressed the wish to one day return with their families and enjoy the shade of “their” tree.

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FRONT: Harry Visagie. MIDDLE: André Venter and Kyle Hamilton. BACK: Juan Pretorius and Johann Roux.

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Matt Myburgh, Rain Terblanche, Abraham Matsepane and Erik van den Dool.


Merensky VLR 2017

Op Maandag, 30 Januarie is die nuwe VLR (Vereenigde Leerlingraad) van Hoërskool Merensky aangekondig. Hierdie leiers word op ‘n demokratiese wyse deur klasmaats verkies vir hierdie posisie.

Hulle het op Woensdag, 1 Februarie, hul eerste opleiding deurloop. Hier is gesels oor hul pligte en verantwoordelikhede en hoe hulle die leerders in hul onderskeie klasse kan ondersteun. Die skoolhoof, mnr. Magnus Steyn, het ook verduidelik wat dit is om ‘n dinamiese leier te wees. Daarna is die groep bederf met lekker eetgoed terwyl almal saam gekuier en opgewonde planne beraam oor hoe hulle ‘n verskil gaan maak op Plasieland.

Merensky sien met afwagting uit na die impak wat dié groep leiers op die skool gaan hê.


GRAAD 9. VLNR: 9A - Jan Naudé en Laché van der Westhuizen. 9B - Janco Coetzee en Iszabella le Roux. 9C - Ikne Stucki en Mienke Lombard. 9D - Ian Coertzen en Jamie Robertson. 9E - Tivani Shilubane en Mmakgomo Mashile. 9F - Tristan Jackson en Refilwe Masehela. 9G - Sinethemba Siwisa en Mixo Mhlongo.


GRAAD 10. VLNR: 10F - Dillon De Lange en Danielle Theron. 10D - Seth Lathane en Mmarena Mamaine. 10C - Sean Hunt en Tuney Strydom. 10B - Arne Verster en Cara Flattery. 10A - Stefan Corbett en Lisa Maguire. AFWESIG: 10E - Lebepa Leshabane en Charney Rae.


GRAAD 11. VLNR: 11A - Jason Mellet. 11B – Letilda Pohl en Delux Jooste. 11C - Juane Luus. 11D - Melvyn Maphoto en Khubi Sekgobela. 11E - Kenan Ngobeni en Pearl Malahlela. 11F - Cameron Buys. AFWESIG: 11A - Anri Mclean. 11C - Wynand Scholtz. 11F - Masedi Manamela.


GRAAD 12. VLNR: 12A - Arno van Coller en Eljana Fleischmann. 12B - Rudolph Beetge en Lilly Pohl. 12C - Leon Jardine en Amore Immelman. 12E - Nehemie Munduku. 12D - Chelsea Schlebusch. 12F - Obed Mabuza. 12E - Precious Nkuna. 12F - Noko Mabilo. AFWESIG: 12D - Francois Coetzer.


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