Sports Equipment Appeal

Sports Equipment Appeal for Sea Vista Primary School

Darryl Geel of The Village Supersapar and Jancke Beer of Pam Golding St Francis

During the month of May, residents of St Francis Bay are requested to look around their homes for any “gently used” sports equipment for Sea Vista Primary School pupils .. soccer, rugby and netball balls, tennis racquets, soccer/rugby boots, wetsuits, surfboards and cricket bats. Then please drop them off before 31 May at the SuperSpar or at Pam Golding.

There are about 450 pupils with only nine teachers, which gives some insight into the problems facing the school. Also many have parents below the poverty line. The Sea Vista Educational Fund is currently funding an additional teacher, and also has sixteen volunteers assisting with language skills.

The important role that sport can play in children’s lives is recognised, but there is no money available for kit and equipment. Hence this appeal. The main sports at the school are soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics and tennis for boys, and basketball, tennis, athletics and hockey for the girls. The children range in age from five to thirteen. This appeal is also for surfboards and wetsuits for a group of Sea Vista pupils who are being coached outside of school hours.

For more information, please contact Richard Arderne on 083 284 0168.



St Francis College vs Hermitage House

St Francis College vs Hermitage House Annual Sports Meeting

The annual two day tradition of sports and comradeship between these two schools took place on Friday and Saturday 11 and 12th of May this year with the school teams challenging each other to hockey, netball, chess and rugby.

Headmaster of St Francis College (SFC), Franzl Bause described how the annual fixture came into being. “Mr Hilton Keeton, present Headmaster of Hermitage House, and I have a long standing friendship which started out in 2007 when we were first cricket team coaches; Hilton at Kingswood Prep in Grahamstown and myself at Cordwalles Prep in Pietermaritzburg. Hilton and SFC’s former headmaster, Alan Campbell (2010 to 2015) agreed on this fixture and when I took over from Alan, we vowed to continue the tradition. So we now have a winter sport fixture every year hosted by SFC, and this year, we will return for a senior primary summer tour to Addo in October to play boys and girls tennis and cricket matches.

Eight mini hockey games were played with the SFC winning three and Hermitage House five. On the netball court, SFC won four out of six matches and the U13A put up a gallant effort losing 3-9. On the rugby fields, the Under 13 seven a side game was won by Hermitage House by 20-5 and the same score was reflected in the Under 11 match.

The chess hall was a popular gathering point for those waiting for their turn on the fields. After the formalities of the top ten match, won narrowly 10 and a half to nine and a half by Hermitage House, pupils from both schools played their own matches and made new friends.

On the Saturday morning, the senior hockey (boys and girls combined teams) on Saturday, the Hermitage House under 13 B team won 1-0 in their first game and drew the second 1-1. However, the two SFC U13 teams beat Hermitage House U13A team 4-0 and 2-1 respectively.

“Both schools did our tradition proud this year and are to be congratulated,” said Bause. “Such is the tradition that long after the scores have been forgotten, lifelong comradeship will have been forged between the pupils of both schools.”

Article & Photographs submitted by Lyn Aitken

News from Talhado Montessori School

Dear Friends

Often it is necessary to point out the disadvantages of society in order to create an awareness and generate financial support to help with the continuous demand of maintaining Talhado Children’s Haven. However, it’s sometimes best not to sew labels onto members of our community. Words like “underprivileged” and “previously disadvantaged” should be used with caution when describing the learners of Talhado Montessori. I believe that the children attending our school are privileged for having the opportunity to learn under the guidance of qualified, dedicated teachers, using specialized materials and equipment, and in classrooms that sparkle with energy and an abundance of love. We instill self-esteem, which plays a huge role in success. I hope I get to see these learners grow up to be confident, determined adults who will, one day, pursue their own happiness.

The year started with a BANG as we saw 78 learners enrolled in our two classrooms. Amongst our four Montessori teachers, we have managed to cater to the needs of these learners. Even though the numbers have increased from our 60 learners of last year, we still have a waiting list. Hence, in the Easter term we are opening an additional classroom which means our numbers will increase to 90 learners. We are trying to keep up with the demand of the community without sacrificing the standard of education that is offered at Talhado.

Parent/Teacher evening was held on the 19th March, where parents were invited to the classrooms to browse through their child’s work, as well as their progress report. The teachers gave talks about how the Montessori classroom functions, and demonstrated some of the materials we use, to give parents an understanding of what happens during their child’s school day. The evening was well supported and it was heart-warming to see so many moms, dads, grandparents and carers showing a keen interest in their child’s education.

Georgie Tovell and Vidette Jorge brought a new concept to Talhado in the form of kid’s yoga. Everyone was delighted with some fun moves and grooves. The children are eagerly looking forward to their next yoga class.

The Ukupha ladies are keeping up with the birthday celebrations as they arrive monthly, arms laden with gifts

Our jersey drive is commencing nicely. If anyone is still knitting please make a note that we will be handing out jerseys, beanies and scarves towards the middle of April, just before the cooler weather sets in. Please hand in completed knitted items to Nomvula’s or directly to Chamel in our school office. I will let you know of a definite date when we have one in case you would like to participate in the handing out of the knit-wear. Please let’s all make a concerted effort to get knitting over the Easter holidays so that every child at Talhado can be the proud owner of a school jersey, scarf and beanie! On that note … thanks to the latest contribution of knitted items (see photo below) from Sharon Mungall’s mother, Lesley, in Scotland. These were carried back in my suitcase all the way from the UK last week.

Congratulations to one of our staff members, Leigh Ann Mofu, on the safe arrival of her healthy and beautiful baby girl, Lisithe. Leigh-Ann is our current librarian and will also join our classroom as assistant teacher at the beginning of the April term.

Thanks go to our generous St Francis community, and to those individuals and organisations around the world who are supporting us in our endeavours. To name a few:

  • Thanks to Christina Fishing, St Francis Sea Products, TTM Fishing, Humansdorp Community Factory Workers for their generous cash donation
  • Shelley Donaldson who has offered us free advertising in the Info-Ads publication!
  • Wendy and Craig, our friends from the UK, held a collection for Talhado Montessori at Southrop School, which they are closely associated with in the UK. The money they handed over was used to purchase Maths and Language materials for our new classroom.
  • Danielle and Phil Clack from Devon, UK, donated to Talhado on a recent visit to South Africa. They also visited the school where their two sons enjoyed assisting the children with their activities.
  • We had a few people who chose Talhado to be the beneficiary of events and gifts over the Christmas period and we extend our thanks to every one of you.
  • Tim and Anne Briscoe, thank you for the brilliant book donations!
  • Thanks to all of you who have donated to the school fees fund. This helps us in keeping our school fees to a minimum of R175 per month. I’m afraid I may omit someone in error if I try and name everyone. Talhado is grateful to all of you.

The increase in children at the school has brought about financial challenges as we continue to provide two meals a day for the 90 learners, not to mention the increase in other costs such as stationery, education and Montessori materials, staff salaries etc. If your company or family would like to be a part of this movement in education through any contribution please contact me. We are a registered NPO and can provide you with a tax certificate.

We eagerly look forward to everything that the second term holds in store for us!

Best wishes

Cathryn Hempel
Principal (in a volunteer capacity)
Talhado Montessori Preschool
Contact: 0764126090

“Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.” Maria Montessori



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!