16 January 2017 Skivvys create dance partners On Wednesday, 11 January, the first day of school kicked off with excitement when Merensky gathered en

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16 January 2017

Skivvys create dance partners


Ruben Potgieter admires his partner.

On Wednesday, 11 January, the first day of school kicked off with excitement when Merensky gathered en masse to witness a tidal wave of grade 8’s, on the first leg of their journey to become blue blooded Plasies.

As tradition dictates, the 2017 Merensky skivvys once again amazed with their innovative approach to create partners with brooms, mops and feather dusters for the first school dance of the year.

This dance was the first step, to be followed by the unique Moo-Poo experience and Skivvy concert. At the end of the concert every Skivvy will ring the traditional cow bell as part of their inauguration – a privilege they will again only experience at the end of grade 12.


Marjoné Beukes, Lizané van Schalkwyk, Zuleika Ferns, Rhode Faber, Jolene Venter, Charlize Krause, Lee Riley, Salomé Lombard, Jomari de Beer and Mapula Matjokotja.


Ethan Valentine, Andru Miller, Retief Fourie, Shaun Dee-Delport, Jabus Erasmus, Jacques de Beer, Francois O’Connell, JP Seaman, Dylan Visser and Dillon du Preez.


Mokgodi Mphohlele, Ronel Maponya and Zanie Pick.


Exploring the swimming pool.


Enjoyment all over.


Hoofleiers stroom na Merensky

2016 Laerskool Hoofleiers-web

AGTER: Christof Joubert (hoofseun, LS Dr Annecke), Rain Terblanche (hoofseun, LS Phalaborwa-Noord), Janderik Eloff (hoofseun, LS Duiwelskloof), Retief Fourie (o/hoofseun, LS Phalaborwa-Noord), Palisa Shiluvane (o/hoofdogter, LS Dr Annecke) en Kayla van Zyl (o/hoofdogter, LS Duiwelskloof). MIDDEL: Gavin Knott (o/hoofseun, LS Musina), Janke Basson (hoofdogter, LS Dr Annecke), Ronel Maponya (hoofdogter, LS Drakensig), Joné du Toit (hoofdogter, Duiwelskloof) en Henro de Bruin (hoofseun, LS Tzaneen). VOOR: Hanno Theunissen (hoofseun, LS Louis Trichardt) en Abri Whelan (hoofseun, LS Musina).

Hoërskool Merensky is hierdie jaar bevoorreg om ‘n volle bakkersdosyn hoofleiers van naburige laerskole in graad 8 te verwelkom.

Plasieland is trots daarop dat hierdie leiers reeds vroeg besef dat die regte “oefenveld” ‘n basis vorm tot ‘n suksesvolle toekoms.


Plasie athletics off to a great start


Lourentia van Dyk

During the Interhouse meet on Thursday, 11 January at Merensky High School no present records were safe. Athletes were eager to make 2017 their best season yet. No less than 39 records were broken.

Congratulations to the grade 11’s who won the day. Runners-up were the grade 8’s, proving their commitment and team spirit from the word “go”.

Best junior field athletes were Nikita Pohl and Janco Coetzee, while Zuleike Ferns and Ignatius Stucki reigned on the track.

At senior level, Sancha van Niekerk once again was a force to be reckoned with, by being the best girl on the track. Newcomer, Reuben Caroto, inspired with his first performance as a Plasie and won the best boy on the track title.

On the field, Lourentia van Dyk, with her steady performance and Marnus Grobler, also a new Plasie, reigned supreme.


Interhouse Top 10 Girls

Front: Emma Dalrymple-Hay (1), Twané van Wyk (2), Lourentia van Dyk (3) and Sancha van Niekerk (4). Back: Steph-Mari de Lange (7), Zuleike Ferns (8), Anri McLean (9) and Danielle Kasselman (6). Absent: Bernalee Benadé (5) and Lilly Pohl (10).


Interhouse Top 10 Boys

Front: Vutomi Mkhabela (1), Juandré Slippers (2), Reuben Caroto (3), Kieran Albertus (4) and Ruan van Rooyen (10). Back: Marnus Grobler (6), Andru Miller (7), Janco Coetzee (8), Dillion de Lange (9) and Noko Malatji (5).


President’s Award alive and well at Merensky

Merensky High School congratulates the following learners who have completed their silver President’s Award in 2016: Tahiyya Moosa, Eljana Fleischmann, Jenna Devenish and Amelia Middleton.

PA Certificates - Silver

Tahiyya Moosa, Eljana Fleischmann, Jenna Devenish and Amelia Middleton.

Gideon Engelbrecht, Juan-Jacques Moller, Jan-Carel van Niekerk and Jenelle de Jonge also completed the bronze award and are on their way to obtain gold.

PA Certificates - Bronz

Gideon Engelbrecht, Juan-Jacques Moller, Jan-Carel van Niekerk and Jenelle de Jonge.

Another first occurred when two of Merensky High School’s President Award facilitators accompanied 9 learners from the Keep the Dream Foundation, based in the outskirts of Tzaneen, as well as 1 learner from Capricorn High School in Polokwane on their first bronze President’s Award hike.

PA Hike

Front: Hlulani Hamu, Hlulani Tiba, Ntumbuluko Mashele, Masana Makhuvha (Capricorn), Nyiko Nghondzweni and Ntshuxeko Mashele. Back: Matimu Masinga, Shaun Tiba and Sevy Mboweni.

On Saturday, 14 January the group set off from Woodbush, which forms part of the Magoebaskloof Hiking trial. They ended the first day at Waterfall Hut. On Sunday they continued to De Hoek Hut. A total of 33km over rough and wet terrain proved a challenge, as some bridges were washed away and more difficult alternative routes had to be taken.

Merensky wishes these learners all the best upon completing their prestigious bronze award.


Plasies pronk in Afrikaans

15 Plasies kon hierdie week pronk met puik uitslae, nadat hul op 6 September 2016 aan die ATKV Junior Afrikaanse Olimpiade deelgeneem het.

Lize Mostert spog met die topprestasie van 80% vir Afrikaans Huistaal, terwyl Stefan Corbett in haar nek blaas met 78%.

In die Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal afdeling behaal Danzi Ivy 71% en Rifqah Moosa, 65%.

Afrikaanse Olimpiade 01

AFRIKAANS HUISTAAL: Voor: Amelda Pretorius, Lisa Maguire, Suandrie Corbett, Manica van Schalkwyk, Liza-Ri Snyman en Stella Nkuna. Agter: Mianke Badenhorst, Lize Mostert, Stefan Corbett, Jan-Carel van Niekerk, Chantelle Pieters en Anize Basson. Afwesig: Maruschke Knox

Afrikaanse Olimpiade 02



New Plasie dynamos

Added to the already dynamic teaching staff at Merensky High School, 2017’s intake boasts with young and energetic teaching excellence.

The group were welcomed with a friendly Plasie-braai before the hard work commences.

New Teachers

Front: Thomas Joubert (Gym & PT) and Alexandra Dreyer (EMS & LO). Back: Greta van Staden (Physical Science), Claudia Olivier (Afrikaans HT & Hospitality Studies), Yvette Streicher (English FAL), Anché van der Westhuizen (English FAL & LO), Alex Schoeman (English HL), Arno Last (Agriculture) and Anri Prinsloo (Mathematics & Life Sciences).


Plasie Academic Top 10 announced

The top 10 achievers in Merensky High School for end of 2016 has been announced.

The results are calculated from each learners’ 4 main subjects with their best 3 remaining subjects.

GRADE 8 (2016)

Grade 8 2016

Front: Iszabella le Roux (1), Suandrie Corbett (2), Rinus Jacobs (3) Judi Fleischmann (4) and Bianca Prinsloo (5). Back: Bonga Mathebula (6), Aaliyah Bham (7), Rohan du Plessis (8), Michaela Stanley (9) and Zainab Modan (10).

GRADE 9 (2016)

Grade 9 2016

Front: Lize Mostert (1), Anize Basson (2), Jenelle de Jonge (3) and Juan-Jacques Moller (5). Back: Lin-Mari Theron (6), Jan-Carel van Niekerk (7), Simran Brahmbhatt (8), Aasiya Patrel (9) and Janco Blignaut. Absent: Maruschke Knox (4)

GRADE 10 (2016)

Grade 10 2016

Front: Donné Oosthuizen (1), Carmi Venter (2), Bianca Elbrecht (4), Nkateko Shikhati (5) and Monique Zhanda (5). Back: Xander Botha (7), Twané van Wyk (8), Glory Mabidilala (9) and Anri McLean (10). Absent: Jason Mellett (3)

GRADE 11 (2016)

Grade 11 2016

Front: Valeriia Avdysh (1), Amelia Middleton (2), Jenna Devenish (3), Elzette van Dyk (4) and Belinda Nzadi (5). Back: Marlu McLean (6), Chelsea Schlebusch (7), Eljana Fleischmann (8), Hayley Stephenson (9), Chris Bill (10) and Zenelde Schoeman (10).


Merensky old boy excels

Doctor of Philosophy-web

Dr Christiaan Labuschagne

Plasieland is proud to congratulate Christiaan Labuschagne with his recent doctorate in Philosophy, with specialisation in Genetics. Christiaan completed his secondary education at Merensky, class of 2000.

He obtained a BSc degree in 2003, a BSc Hons degree in 2004 and an MSc in 2007, at the University of Pretoria. He started his professional career in 2006 as part of Inqaba Biotec’s Sanger sequencing technical team where he is currently Production Manager. He is responsible for overseeing services and production and for providing several other services. In his leisure time he likes to travel and he plays the piano and cello.

Christiaan’s thesis, THE APPLICATION OF NEXT GENERATION TECHNIQUES IN CONSERVATION GENETICS, is focused on the African penguin and the white rhinoceros. Through the use of molecular tools, investigations on genetic management and reintroductions in the African penguin and white rhinoceros are now possible.


Blended learning development plan

After a disappointing start to blended learning with our previous service provider, we cut all ties in October 2016. We are now dealing directly with the creators of the SchoolLMS software, Ekasi IT. A LMS (Learner Management System) developed by Ekasi IT will focus mainly on four apps namely Teacher app, Learner app, Management app and Parent app. The Learner app will allow learners to connect to virtual classes created by educators, receive notes and interact with the e-lesson. The Teacher app will be used to create virtual classrooms, distribute information and presentations and even administer short tests. The Parent app will allow parents to stay in touch with what is happening in the classroom. This programme is still under development, but is unique and promises to change the eLearning landscape.

The following will be phased in during 2017:
• Installing of the SchoolLMS on learner tablets.
• Supplying parents with a manual to install the parental app
• Finalisation and implementation of the timetable app.
• By the end of term one educators and learners will engage in interactive learning.
• Receiving general notifications.

Blended learning is an ongoing process and we are excited to be part of this ground breaking development in education.


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