New School finally opens

New Sea Vista Primary finally opens

The new school has finally opened with streams of both new learners and seasoned veterans streaming through the gates yesterday morning. Very few tears but lots of excitement as the tiny tots accompanied by mothers and fathers introduced their kids the their brand new surroundings.

Some photo’s

New Sea Vista Primary School opens

New Sea Vista Primary School opens

New Sea Vista Primary School opens

New Sea Vista Primary School opens

St Francis Bay lass is top Nico Malan

Hannah Nauhaus comes out top at Nico Malan

Hannah Nauhaus Nico Malan High, HumansdorpNico Malan High School Hannah Nauhaus from St Francis Bay received 7 Distinctions for her Matric Exams with an average of 91%. Her distinctions came in English Home Language, Afrikaans First Additional Language, Maths, Life Orientation, Accounting, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. Added to an already overloaded subject curriculum Hannah also studied advanced mathematics as an extra subject and achieved a remarkable 65% for the subject.

Hannah’s proud Mom, Ginny Nauhaus chatting with St Francis Today had this to say of Hannah’s achievement/. “Hannah is very disciplined and dedicated in everything she does. Whilst not really into sport, Hannah does care for her health and fitness and goes to the gym twice a day. She also loves reading”.

Hannah is will be enrolling at Nelson Mandela University to study Micro Biology, Bio Chemistry and Physiology thanks to the generosity of Humansdorp businessman Lex Gutsche who has extended a bursary to assist Hannah in her futures studies.

Congratulations Hannah, St Francis is proud of you!

Talhado Children’s Haven Learner of Year

Talhado Children’s Haven Learner of the Year announced

2017 Learner of the Year Mivuyo Zono with trustee Judy Slade and teacher Roseline Goeda

2017 Learner of the Year Mivuyo Zono with trustee Judy Slade and teacher Roseline Goeda

The annual Talhado Children’s Haven Christmas graduation event. saw little Mivuyo Zono of Grade RB graduated awarded Talhado Children’s Haven Learner of the Year.  Mivuyo’s Class teacher and headmistress Mrs Roseline Goeda, beamed with pride as Mivuyo received her award from retiring Trustee, Judy Slade.

Mivuyo will start “big school” next year as a learner at Sea Vista Primary and will be amongst the first learners to begin their school career in the brand new Sea Vista school premises due to open after the summer holidays.

The theme of the event this year was Funky Christmas and children and teaching staff alike joined in the fun and gaiety of the evening.

A sad moment arrived when school Administrator, Lesley Moore presented three departing teachers with special gifts to thank them for their service to the Haven. The three, Amorita May, Monica Guga, and long serving headmistress and Haven’s first teacher, Roseline Goeda will be moving with the primary school classes to the new Sea Vista Primary school next year.

Further sad farewells were made to retiring Trustees, Lew and Judy Slade. But perhaps the most heartfelt tribute for the evening was when the entire hall burst into song in celebration of school administrator, Lesley Moore’s birthday. The much loved founder and administrator of the Haven will pass the baton into the very capable hands of Catherine Hempel, who has up until now been the school’s Montessori mentor.

Although Mrs Moore will be retiring as the Manager of the Pre-School she will still be involved with the finances and After Care. Mrs Hempel will now take the Haven into its rebirth as a Montessori method pre-school for children between the ages of 3 to 4 boasting four Montessori classes and teachers with after –care facilities for primary school children.

Lesley Moore bids a foind farewell to Monica Guga, Amorita May and Roseline Goeda

Lesley Moore bids a foind farewell to Monica Guga, Amorita May and Roseline Goeda

Lesley Moore and Lew Slade

Retiring Trustee Lew Slade pays tribute to founder and administrator Lesley Moore

Catherine Hempel introducing the Montessori method to Talhado Childrens Haven   Article and photos – Lyn Aitken – Talhado Childrens Haven Facebook 

Sea Vista Primary School awards

Head boy & girl and sports awards at Sea Vista Primary School

 Sea Vista Primary School head boy and girl

Sea Vista Primary School have announced Robin Ann Lucas (left) and
Lisakhanya Skosana (right) will be head girl and head boy for 2017

Sea Vista Primary School Sport stars of the year

Sea Vista Primary School awarded 2016 Sportswoman of the Year to Kelly
Titus (left) for athletics and 2016 Sportsman of the Year to Lunguletho
Spekboom (right) for tennis

Sea Vista Primary School academic awards

Sea Vista Primary School academic achievers for 2016 : Cathleen Coenraad –
Junior Phase (left), Kelly Titus – Senior Phase (centre) and Gregan Smith –
Intermediate Phase (right)

Sea Vista paddler gets award

Sea Vista paddler excels

So wonderful to see the local Sea Vista community is sharing in the water sports of St Francis and who knows we will soon have a champ paddler following in the footsteps of FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon K2 champion Sbonelo Khwela.and rising star Banetse Nkhoesa.

The St Francis Paddling Club awarded their Development Paddler of Year Award to Sea Vista Primary School learner, Edwill Munnick recently. Edwill is one of the 11 member paddling development team from Sea Vista Primary school who are currently training to take part in the South African School’s Paddling tournament to be held in Cape Town in April next year. Coach Dave Louw is seen here with proud Headmaster, Charles Coenraad congratulating Edwill while his team mates look on.

Louw says, “Edwill has shown that he is a determined competitor and he has made the strongest progress this year. Each of these 11 boys and girls has earned a progress award and we are confident that our team will compete at SA School’s next year.”

St Francis Paddling Club awards to Sea Vista paddlers

Coach Dave Louw is seen here with proud Headmaster, Charles Coenraad congratulating Edwill Munnick

Sea Vista Paddlers

Photo’s and article by Lyn Aitken

School News

St Francis College Budding business types

Jemma Boonzaier (left) and Saskia May.


St Francis College Grade Seven pupils recently held their annual Entrepreneurs’ Day – and it was a resounding success. Pupils, staff, parents and friends enjoyed homemade treats, hairstyling and nail painting. The young entrepreneurs learned first-hand that running their own trades or businesses is hard work – but fun! Pictured are Jemma Boonzaier (left) and Saskia May.


Photograph: Mariana Van Kradenberg



St Francis College Grade Two girls and boys get set to launch their nautical creations in the school’s annual Marie Biscuit Challenge. Creative teacher Caroline Anderson tasks her pupils with building a boat and placing a Marie Biscuit in it. The boat is then put into the dam on campus…and hopefully makes it to the other side, Marie Biscuit intact!

St Francis College Marie Biscuit Challenge

Photograph : Caroline Anderson.

Articles supplied by Roxanne Litherland and Beth Cooper Howell