SFAR and The College

St Francis Animal Rescue visits St Francis College

St Francis College has long been involved in supporting charity organisations and have certainly been exceptionally supportive of St Francis Animal Rescue (SFAR) since its inception some three years ago. Started with less than a handful of volunteers St Francis Animal Rescue has grown in leaps and bounds and now has a dozen or more dedicated volunteers making a difference to the cats and dogs of Sea Vista.

But all the work that SFAR does would not be possible without the community’s generosity and St Francis College who are major contributors of food that is used to help undernourished puppies and kittens primarily but also adult dogs and cats.

Yesterday, SFAR Chairman Susan Rae Fox gave a presentation to the children of the College to show them not only what SFAR does but how much their kind donations, made up out of the children’s pocket money, goes towards helping the domestic animals of Sea Vista.

It was a privilege to have been a spectator at the event and it was even a little emotional to hear the oohs and aahs of these youngsters as Susan went through a slide presentation of some of the aspects of the work done by SFAR volunteers. The privilege was not to hear and see what SFAR does but to witness the attitude and reaction of the kids.

Well done to the staff of St Francis College, you are doing a wonderful job in teaching the kids a whole lot more than just reading and writing.





College News

St Francis College Swimmers Making a Splash!

History was made when St Francis College was invited to participate in the Independent Schools Gala for the first time on February 20th. The event was hosted by Woodridge Prep and participating schools included Woodridge, Kingswood Prep, St Andrew’s/DSG, St George’s Prep and St Francis College.

Our swimmers really made us proud at this event. In the 54 races, 34 individual and 20 relay, College swimmers obtained 27 top three places including 8 first, 4 seconds and 15 thirds.

The five pupils who obtained first places were, from left, Ethan Darke, Vaclav Horak, Micaella White, Rory Dace and Ryan Marais.

St Francis College students excelling in the classroom and on the sportsfield



Eight of St Francis College’s top readers attended the annual Kid’s Lit Quiz competition at St George’s Prep on 19 February and for the third year in a row one of our College teams was placed in the top ten! Twenty teams were entered representing twelve schools. Congratulations go to Ella Boonzaier, Eva Hurley, Emily Cownie and Daniel May whose team was placed seventh over all.

Ella Boonzaier and Daniel May

Eva Hurley and Emily Cownie


Several of St Francis College’s cricketers have been chosen for the Kouga Cricket Performance Centre team this year.

Players are selected from schools in the Kouga region (Stulting, JBay Primary, Victory Christian School, Pharos, amongst others). Seen here – Back row : Alexander Moolman (U13), James Beckley (U13) and Mr Ralton Fortuin (U13 coach). Middle Row : Jac Duval (U10), Nicholas Niven (U10), Troy Kennedy (U10), Connor von der Marwitz (U11) and Gian Moolman (U11). Front Row : Rylan Jarvis (U10) and Christopher Cownie (U10). Well done boys!

College’s Water Polo U/13 team amaze!

A wonderful achievement for our super Water Polo U/13 team who managed an amazing result of 8-6 against Pearson High School U/14B team on only their second ever match – especially as this came after a gruelling Independent Schools gala where our school also did so well against much bigger schools!

A special word of thanks to Hayden of Liquid Lines our Water Polo Team coach and to Shakti Shanti for sponsoring our super swimming costumes!

Sea Vista Primary School Athletes Shine

Sea Vista Athletics Team: With coaches (l to r) M. Leander, B, Stefaans, J. Matroos.
Back row : Frediano Bruitjies, Archelene Hendricks, Shaneen Munnick, Raydine Groenewald and Mayzine Coenraad
Middle Row : Lieschen Coenraad, Cay-Leigh Burchell, Jeanette Jansen, Bevin Titus, and Ntando Dolophi
Front : Indiphile Booi

A group of ten members of the Sea Vista Primary School athletics teams were selected for the Humansdorp Zone team to participate in the Gamtoos Kouga   Zone, held on Friday  16  February  2018.

Our athletes were not at all intimidated by competing with the much larger schools in the contest which included schools from  the   whole   Kouga region.

Ntando Dolophi won the 1200m Boys U/10 and achieved a third in the Long Jump. Raydine Groenewald came second in both the Girls U/13 1500m and 800m while Frediano Bruintjies managed third in the 800m for Boys U/13.

In addition, four of our athletes excelled at the Prestige competition (when and where). Indiphile Booi won gold for the Girls U/7 60m. Ntando Dolophi achieved another bronze for the U/10 Boys long jump. Raydine Groenewald won gold for the Girls U/14 400m and Mayzine Coenraad won bronze for the Boys U/12.

“Our athletes have really made us proud,” said headmaster Mr Charles Coenraad. “A special word of thanks must go to our coaching team Mr B Stefaans, Mr J Matroos    and Mr M  Leander who have been doing inspiring work with our learners.”

Prefects and Scholar Patrols for 2018

Sea Vista also announced the appointments of prefects and the Scholar patrols fo rge coming year.


Sea Vista Primary School 2018 Prefects
Back Row (l to r) Dominic Makeleni (Deputy Head boy), Shemeema Yousuf, Elihle Rawutini (Deputy Head girl), Devandre George with Co-ordinater Mr M Leander
Front Row (l to r) : Bridgette Davids, Bevin Titus, Gregon Smith (Head boy), Mitanchia Meyer (Head girl), Gregan Swarts and Joslyn Jansen

Scholar Patrol

Sea Vista Primary School 2018 Leaders in Scholar Patrol :
(l to r) Chandre Sisuza (Leader),and Joleze Nieveldt (Captain) for Girls with Roshart Sisuza (Captain) and Keedam Jamaar (Leader) for Boys

Articles & Photos by Lyn Aitken



New Teachers at St Francis College

St Francis College Welcomes New Teachers For 2018

The new school year got off to an exciting start at St Francis College where four new teachers were welcomed into the fold.

“In a major coup for our school, we have secured the services of Mr Ralton Fortuin as the new physical education teacher and sports coach,” said headmaster Franzl Bause. Mr Fortuin, who left his post at Pharos School at the end of the last year, is the head coach of KCPC (Kouga Cricket Performance Centre) and is an accomplished soccer, tennis and volleyball coach.”

“Mrs Aletta Malherbe is the Grade 7 class teacher in 2018. She will be teaching Grade 6 and 7 Afrikaans, Mathematics and Grade 7 Natural Sciences. Mrs Malherbe has taught at Pearson High School, Adelaide Gymnasium, Otto du Plessis High School and Thornhill Primary School in Botswana for nineteen years.”

“In Grade 6 we welcome Mrs Nadine Knezovich. She and her husband, Warren, and their two young children have just relocated to St Francis Bay from Cape Town where she taught for thirteen years at Fish Hoek Middle School, Bergvliet Primary, Bay Primary, Pinelands North and Timour Hall Primary School.  She is a keen long distance runner having completed the Comrades in 2014 and is an accomplished hockey coach.”

“Mrs Catherine Falconer replaces Mrs Michelle Miller in Grades 00 and 2 for the first term. Her experience in working with children over the past fifteen years includes teaching on a ship, in Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, in Diguna Missions in the Lopit Mountains in South Sudan and in Nairobi, Kenya since 2014. She and her husband have also recently relocated to St Francis Bay. The exciting news for the nursery school is that Mrs Falconer has agreed to be the class teacher for the Butterfly class from the start of the second term.”

“Congratulations to Mrs Michelle Miller and her husband Greg on the arrival of their second daughter in January. Mrs Miller will return to her classes at the beginning of May and I am delighted to be able to utilize her to her full potential this year. She will assume responsibility for the ICT computer laboratory and teach Grade 4 and 5 Natural Sciences and Mathematics classes.”

“2018 is set to be a busy and productive academic year and we are looking forward to really excelling on the sports fields too!” concluded Bause.

New teachers at St Francis College

Left to right: Nadine Knezovich, Ralton Fortuin, Franzl Bause (Headmaster), Catherine Falconer and Aletta Malherbe.

Cross the line interiors St Francis Bay

College Choir performs at Resort

The Foundation Phase (Grades 1-3) had their choir evening at the Cape St Francis Resort on October 26th and their theme was Vintage Songs. All the children dressed up to play a certain part during the concert. The many popular favourites performed by the choir included songs like Candy Man, On the Good Ship Lollipop, Spooky, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The finale, the “Hallelujah” song, was sung by Layla Reynolds, and said music teacher Natasha Brown, “she sang like an angel!!”