31 July 2017

New Merensky EC has big plans

EC 2017 2018 group

Front: Anri McLean (deputy head girl), Jason Mellett (deputy head boy), Liné Fourie (head girl), Joshua Labuschagne (head boy), Donovan van Tonder (deputy head boy), Donné Oosthuizen (deputy head girl). Row 2: Bernalee Benadé, Pearl Malahlela, Monique Zhanda, Twané van Wyk, Christelle Brummer, Corli van der Merwe, Michelle Fivaz. Row 3: Nkateko Shikhati, Bianca Elbrecht, Ciné Venter, Chanel Dohse, Jordin Young, Jade Barnatt, Micke Venter, Laryn Bezuidenhout and Shea Adendorff. Back: Xander Botha, Heinco Lubbe, Simoné van den Bergh, Pieter van der Merwe, Kyla Schoeman, Genevieve van der Merwe, Francois Smith and Fumo Chabalala.

The 2017/2018 Executive Committee of Merensky High School were elected in June this year, but spent the final 4 days of their winter holiday at Mowana Game Lodge. During this time they underwent intensive training and planning sessions.

Traditionally, one of the tasks of the group is to design an emblem showcasing their goals, beliefs and motives for the year. This group chose the motto: Inspire and Serve.

On day 4 the group also elected their leaders: Liné Fourie (head girl), Joshua Labuschagne (head boy), Anri McLean and Donné Oosthuizen (deputy head girls) with Jason Mellett and Donovan van Tonder (deputy head boys).

On Tuesday, 25 July, the seremonial inauguration took place in the school hall. During this the previous EC members symbolically handed their duties over to their successors by presenting them with an EC blazer.

Former heads, Zenelde Schoeman and Stefan Prinsloo, delivered outgoing speeches while Liné Fourie and Joshua Labuschagne made their debut on the Plasie stage.

EC 2017 2018 exec

Donné Oosthuizen (deputy head girl), Anri McLean (deputy head girl), Liné Fourie (head girl), Joshua Labuschagne (head boy), Donovan van Tonder (deputy head boy) and Jason Mellett (deputy head boy).


Plasies teachers reap rewards

Teachers Awards

Mrss Magriet van der Merwe and Sunet van Gass.

Mopani District Municipality held an Educator’s awards ceremony on 7 July at the Tzaneen Disaster Centre.

This event was attended by the Mayor of Tzaneen, Ms Maripe Mangena, the District Senior Manager, Dr Livhuwani Mafenya and other delegates from the Greater Tzaneen Municipality and the Limpopo Department of Basic Education in acknowledgement of grade 12 teachers that have achieved commendable results in the National Senior Certificate examination in 2016.

Five of the ten awards went to Merensky High School teachers, who each received a HP laptop at the event. Mrs Ada Venter received the award for best teacher in Physical Science, Mrs Magriet van der Merwe for best teacher in Business Studies and Mrs Sunet van Gass and Wendy Dreyer for best teachers in Mathematical Literacy. The Teacher’s Awards were based on subjects with the highest pass rate in a subject.

Michelle Stevens, who wrote her matric at Merensky in 2016 received an award for the 3rd best learner in the Mopani District, based on her overall raw score.


Merensky boys hockey shines

During the winter holidays Merensky’s hockey boys were everything but idle. 10 Players were chosen for various provincial teams.

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JJ Davis

Top of the crop was JJ Davis, who was selected to play at the Bokkieweek. JJ represented the Far North team for the past four years and will be touring with the u.19 SA Bokkie team overseas during November/December.

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Stefan Prinsloo

Novice, Stefan Prinsloo also participated in the Bokkieweek, representing the Far North team. His skill on the field presented him with an opportunity to be included in the u.19 Gazelle team, thus reaping the rewards of five years training whilst playing for Limpopo.

Three players: Samuel Modiba, Jordan Stevens and Donovan van Tonder also qualified for the u.18A Limpopo team. During the tournament this team did the best ever, ending in the 7th position overall.

Limpopo u.18A

U.18A LIMPOPO PLAYERS: Samuel Modiba, Jordan Stevens and Donovan van Tonder.

The u.16B Limpopo team players: Dillon de Lange, Itumeleng Makhubela, Masilo Mabilo, Ryan Jackson and Luann Botha gave their all, with their team ending in the 5th position – also the best performance ever.

Limpopo u.16B

U.16b LIMPOPO PLAYERS - Front: Masilo Mabilo and Ryan Jackson. Back: Dillon de Lange, Itumeleng Makhubela and Luann Botha.


Plasie hockey boys at Noordvaal

MHS u.16 Noordvaal team

Front: Arné le Grange. Middle: Itumeleng Makhubela, Andrew Graham, Talon Griffiths, Jan-Carel van Niekerk, Dian Fivaz and Johan Strydom. Back: Nico Pretorius, Gideon Engelbrecht, Doran Kleynhans, Mrs Izelle du Preez (coach), Juan-Jacques Moller, Ulrich Koster, Ethan Smith and Sean Hunt.

The u.14 and u.16 hockey boys from Merensky High School played in the Noordvaal competition to determine 3rd position in Limpopo.

The u.14 boys had their tournament in Krugersdorp. They played three games against Maragon, Garsfontein and Sasolburg, defeating the latter 5-0 to end 5th overall.

The u.16’s traveled to Rustenburg, playing against Dr Malan, Secunda and Krugersdorp. In the final game against Krugersdorp they lost 2-3, ending 6th in the tournament.


Merensky ringball players excell

Ringbal SA

Devon du Plessis and Elyon Els. Absent: Xander Steyn, Charlize Meyer and Leoné Slabbert.

Ringball South Africa (affiliated with SASCOC) recently announced that several Plasies now carry the title “SA Ringball Player”. The national championships took place from 16 to 22 July in Pretoria.

Merensky High School is proud of Charlize Meyer (captain) and Leoné Slabbert, both in grade 9. They are now part of the Girls u.15 SA Invitational Team. Elyon Els (grade 9) will contribute to the Boys u.15 SA Team, while Devon du Plessis, grade 9 (captain) and Xander Steyn (grade 8) are part of the Boys u.15 SA Invitational Team.

During the trials Elyon, Devon and Xander played for the u.15A team, receiving silver medals.

These teams will be in action with exhibition games from August to October at various venues in South Africa.


Archers attack Vivo


Front: Gerrie Niemann Back: Benno Kotzé, SP du Preez, Mr Dawie Theron, Lin-Mari Theron and Martin Mostert.

For the first time, five archers from the Merensky Archery Club competed in the Nimeng SABA Shoot at Vivo on Saturday, 29 July. A total of 50 archers struggled over rough terrain with the Plasies reigning victorious at the end of the day, winning the school section.

Congratulations to Lin-Mari Theron, SP du Preez, Gerrie Niemann, Martin Mostert and Benno Kotzé. Lin-Mari was awarded a gold medal in the senior ladies division, while Martin received gold and Benno silver in the junior boys division. In the senior men “field point” class, Dawie Theron won the gold medal.
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Archers bag a Gold and Silver for Merensky

Archers Ryan Jackson (grade 10) and Canell Jackson (grade 9) represented Merensky Archery Club on 29 and 30 July at the challenging 2017 Sedibeng Provincial Indoor Archery Championship. They braved the long journey to a cold Kempton Park and did Merensky proud.

In the junior female bow hunter category, Canell did exceptionally well and was awarded a gold medal. Ryan scored 290 out of a possible 300, in doing so he achieved a silver medal and obtained a third provincial qualifying score which earns him his sought after provincial colours for 2018.

Ryan Jackson

Ryan Jackson

Canell Jackson

Canell Jackson


Plasie athletes prove their worth

In preparation for the LIMA cross country championships on 5 August, 7 Merensky High School athletes competed at Stanford Lake College in the 4th league event. Janco Coetzee, Anri McLean, Francois Nothnagel, Micaela Dale, Ikne Stucki, Johan Haynes and Jodi Spaumer were true ambassadors for Plasieland.

Janco Coetzee (u.15 boys) showed his mettle with a silver medal. Micaela Dale (u.16 girls) and Anri McLean (u.17 girls) both received a bronze medal.

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Janco Coetzee and Anri McLean.

Cross Country League 4 4

Micaela Dale

Cross Country League 4 3

Front: Francois Nothnagel and Anri McLean. Back: Ikne Stucki, Johan Haynes and Janco Coetzee.

Cross Country League 4 2

Anri McLean in action.


Plasie o.15-rugby in Limpopo finaal

Hoërskool Merensky se o.15 rugbyspan het op Saterdag, 29 Julie, teen Hoërskool Ben Vorster in die Limpopo finaal op die velde van HTS Tom Naudé in Polokwane te staan gekom. Na ‘n verbete stryd het hulle met ‘n telling van 24-29 verloor.

Twee drieë is gedruk deur Danie Potgieter, terwyl Jason Janse van Rensburg ook die bal onder die pale geplant het. Die drieë is verdoel deur Anru Miller, wie ook ‘n strafskop deur die pale gestuur het.

Die Plasies is baie trots en staan bankvas agter dié belowende span wat eerskomende Saterdag, 5 Augustus, in Potchefstroom teen Potch Gimnasium kragte sal meet in die Beeld uitspele.

u15 Limpopo final 1

Anru Miller laat loop met die bal met WB Grobler wat ondersteun.

u15 Limpopo final 2

Neil Delport reik na die bal in die lynstaan. Duan Rossouw ondersteun hom en Tiaan Tonsing keer ‘n Vossie af.

u15 Limpopo final 3

Jan Naudé stoei vir die bal met Jason Janse van Rensburg, Anru Miller en Wikus Swart.


UK 2016/17 gee terug aan die gemeenskap

Hoërskool Merensky se Uitvoerende Komitee, 2016/2017, het besluit om vanjaar deel te neem aan die wêreldwye beweging om honger te beveg. Hulle het ‘n behoefte in die gemeenskap gesien om geld vir kos in te samel en sokkies vir die minder bevoorregte mense.

‘n Vellie-Vrydag is op 5 Mei gehou waaraan die hele skool deelgeneem het. Die skool is uitgedaag om ‘n geldjie te skenk en bottels vir elke graad is uitgesit vir die doel. Die graad 8-leerlinge het die meeste geld ingesamel. Die geld gaan gebruik word om “Go Ahead” voedsame kospakkies aan te koop. 60 Pare sokkies is ook aan die Westfalia kliniek oorhandig.


Agter: WESTFALIA KLINIEKPERSONEEL - Ann Botes, Kelvin Fowler, Doreen Modiba, Tumi Mabaso, Sizwe Magagula, Wonder Rikhotso, Julia Modika. Voor: PLASIES - Elzanne Engelbrecht, Marlu McLean, Clariska Venter en Stefan Prinsloo.


Stefan Prinsloo, Kelvin Fowler, Tumi Mabaso en Ann Botes.

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