St Francis College Cross Country Runners Shine

St Francis College Cross Country Runners Shine at Independent Schools Trail Run

The College entered 20 children in the six Independent Schools Trail Run races hosted by Kingswood College in Grahamstown on 11th September. Nine ISASA schools participated in the event.

The College did really well with 10 of their entrants being placed.

In the Under 9 boys race, Ethan Darke was placed 1st, Noah Tovell 2nd, and Gabriel Pearton 10th.

In the under 11 Boys race, Nicholas Niven came in 1st, Daniel May 7th and Sine Hlela 8th .

In the Open Girls race, Ella Boonzaier was placed 2nd and in the Open Boys, Sine Ndabambi was placed 10th.

Congratulations to them all!

Pictured from left to right (Back) : Sine Ndabambi and Ella Boonzaier Left to right (front) : Ethan Darke, Noah Tovell, Sine Hlela, Daniel May, Gabriel Pearton and Nicholas Niven

Article – Lyn Aitken

Sea Vista Primary School Achievers


Five Sea Vista Primary girls were invited to participate in the Sarah Baartman District Championships held in Port Alfred on 18 August. Ntando Dolophi took first place in the U10’s, Janett Jansen and Archelene Hendricks were placed 3rd and 4th respectively in the U12’s while Radene Groenewald and Shaneen Munnick were placed 4th and 5th in the U13’s.

These athletes went on to proudly repr4esent their school and District in the Eastern Cape Cross Country Championships on 1 September. The competition was of a very high standard and our girls gave it their best to make their school proud.

Pictured here are (l to r) Shaneen Munnick, Janett Jansen and Archelene Henricks (Ntando Dolophi and Raydene Groenewald absent)


The Sea Vista Primary U13 rugby team participated in the Stulting Primary Sports weekend. This was a wonderful experience for our players who had the opportunity to compete against teams who play in league competitions. The team showed great character in their matches against Border and Kings College and although they lost to the well coached Border team they managed a win against Kings College.

The following players were outstanding on the day (l to r back) Avuzwa Nodendwa, Jonathan Joseph (who scored the winning try) and Devandre George. Front (l to r) Henley Felix and Nathan Jamaar

In addition, our U8 boys (Pienk Voete) played the warm up match for the Humansdorp Senior Secondary during their FNB Classic event. This was an unforgettable experience for our juniors who had the opportunity to lead the top teams onto the field for the main game of the day

The following players were outstanding on the day (l to r back) Avuzwa Nodendwa, Jonathan Joseph (who scored the winning try) and Devandre George. Front (l to r) Henley Felix and Nathan Jamaar

Pictured Jaydrin Rollison and Zozo Mofu


Two Sea Vista Primary tennis players played their way into the Eastern Cape Provincial Championships held in July at Selbourne Park in East London. Under 13 players Henley Felix (l) and Gregan Smith (r) seen here with proud coach Mr Bradley Stefaans, played exceptionally well, missing out on qualifying for the Nationals by just one point each!

Henley Felix (l) and Gregan Smith (r)


Nineteen learners from Sea Vista Primary School took part in the WOW District Spelling Competition tool place on 26 July 2018 at Pellrus Primary in Jeffreys Bay. Four of these learners qualified for the Provincial Championship in Port Elizabeth held recently where the school’s top speller, Shamima Yousuf amazed everyone by being placed first and automatically qualifying for the National championship to be held in Stellenbosch on 20th October.

The four learners who took part in the Provincial Championship pictured here are (back row l to r) Top speller Shamima Yousef with her teacher Mrs Alexander. Front row (l to r) Shana Baadjies, Kaymin Kapang and Jocelyn Jansen


Sea Vista Primary School chess players took part in the Stulting Primary School’s Sports weekend recently. This was a first for the school but the players are eager to compete and so there are big plans to improve their game for next year.

The Sea Vista team were (back l to r) Roger Smith, Devandre George and Sibusisu Booi – front (l to r) Gregan Swarts and Bervin Titus (absent Duncan Swarts)


St Francis College News

Success For St Francis Song Birds

St Francis College girls excelled at the “Knock on Wood” Festival at Woodridge College on 31 July 2018 which was  judged by the well known conductor and musician, Richard Cock. Each of the seven girls sang a song from a musical with impressive results.

Eva Hurley won a gold, and Madison Morris, Layla Reynolds. Ella Leshem and Kate Joubert each won a silver. In the duets, Ella Leshem and Kate Joubert sang their way to gold with Katy and Lara  Killian claiming a silver.

Beautiful work girls!

left to right : Madison Morris, Lara Killian, Katy Killian, Kate Joubert, Ella Leshem, Layla Reynolds and Eva Hurley.

Grade 7’s Otter Challenge

The exciting Otter Challenge is currently underway with the St Francis College Grade 7’s competing over three days cycling, hiking and paddling. Day 1 (31 July) had them cycling (15 kms) and paddling (10kms), day two was the hike (15 kms) and paddle (10kms) and the finish is a paddle to finish at Quaysyde on August 2nd.

Here are the Grade 7”s at the start and finish of the cycle challenge….


Article by Lyn Aitken

St Francis Footballers Shine

 Sea Vista boys take top honours

U/14 Player of the tournament – Sine Sakhi

The Sea Vista based St Francis Bay Galaxy football club U/17 team beat seven other Kouga teams to take first place and the floating t

rophy at the Nordex sponsored Mandela Day football tournament held on 21st and 22nd of July at the Humansdorp Sports Field, making their coach Kaizer Makisi, extremely proud.

The U/14 team shared in the honours with the U/14 Team Player of the Tournament trophy awarded to Nico Malan High School learner (ex St Francis College) Sine “Messi” Sakhi, a great achievement considering his team were competing against eleven other Kouga teams.

In addition, the U/14 team’s popular coach, Thomas Kuka, claimed the trophy for U/14 Coach of the Tournament.

Well done to both teams and their coaches for making Sea Vista proud!




U/14 team very happy with their medals

U/14 Coach of the Tournament with the trophys – Thomas Kuka

Pullovers Make For A Warmer Winter

The kids of Balobi Disney Creche will be a little warmer this winter

Leslie Moore and Cathryn Hempel invited St Francis Today for a brief tour of Talhado Children’s Haven last week before crossing the road to the Balobi Disney Crèche where Leslie and Cathryn handed out warm winter jerseys to the children of the crèche.  Knitted by volunteers who can purchase  knitting packs and patterns for pullovers and beanies from Nomvula Knitting and knit them up for the kids at both Talhado and Disney Crèche.

More on Talhado in a future article for the short time spent at the school was certainly an eye-opener worth getting to know more about  and how Cathryn has introduced the Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, into Talhado curriculum.

As with previous visits to Disney Creche it is so heart-warming to walk into a and be welcomed by beaming smiles of these innocent souls so appreciative of what they receive.

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College Kids Eco Project

College Kids Create Eco-Bricks with Plastic Waste

Wow what a great project! The College kids are making the Eco Bricks which are being promoted by the Kromme Enviro-Trust in an effort to reduce plastic waste. The aim is to use these bricks to build new garden walls and other structures around the school. The “bricks” are made using 2 litre plastic bottles which are filled and compacted with lots of soft plastics. Once the bottles are completely full and firm they can be used as bricks which are then laid with cement just as normal bricks are.

Grade 6 learner, Sine Ndabambi shows off the two Eco-Bricks that he has completed so far.