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.

Local clothing company Shakti Shanti is collaborating with Talhado Children’s Haven and Tharros Child and Youth Care Centre to promote empowerment in women and children in our local communities: Read More

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.

Aloe Cup Kicks Off In Jeffreys Bay

Not only is Jeffreys Bay the Kwela Town of the Year, home of the JBay Winterfest, but its also has the rugby field with the best view in South Africa.

Overlooking Main Beach and the golden beaches towards the Gamtoos River, the Jeffreys Bay Primary School’s rugby fields will host the Aloe Cup over the next three days (starting 21 June 2018).

With top rugby schools from all over South Africa already in Jeffreys Bay, the scene is set for scintillating rugby as Grey College take on the likes of Durbanville, Beaumont and Outeniqua.

Local schools Stulting, and Graslaagte will join Jeffreys Bay Primary in the quest for honours in the Aloe Cup.

With R 10 000 in prize money, there is everything to play for in the 2018 Aloe Cup.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks welcomes all the players, teachers and parents to Jeffreys Bay.

“The Aloe Cup is an integral part of the tourism plan we have introduced in Kouga which is based on growing events in the region and bringing more visitors to Jeffreys Bay and the surrounding towns.

Good luck to all the participants and may the best team win,” said Hendricks.

The full list of fixtures can be found at

Through Sport we will unite

The Village Superspar and Pam Golding sport initiative may just uncover a Federer or Kolisi

What an incredible sporting weekend! We South African’s love our sport and there was something for every sports lover this past weekend. The swimmers kicked the weekend off with the weekly polar bear antics but most of the action then moved to France for the Seven’s Rugby and of course the French open.

Rugby fans would have had a ‘skrik’ and a foreboding of disaster when in the sevens when the Blitzbokke lost to Scotland then barely scraped a win against Russia. That they went to not only win the gold medal but also take the championship for the second year in a row demonstrates the tenacity of our sportsman. Our Bokke were next to cause us moments of anxiety as we gave up 24  points to England before our Eastern Cape Captain rallied his boys to a magnificent  and courageous win against England in the first test.

But we digress.

Sport is in our blood and watching the interaction within our sport teams truly shows how we get on as a nation. Forget the negativity of the politicians who seem intent on stirring up racial divide, we get on and our sport is proving a wonderful catalyst.

And so our accolades must go to Richard Moolman (Superspar) and Richard Arderne (Pam Golding) for their used sport equipment initiative. Last week Richard Arderne on the behalf of The Village Superspar and Pam Golding handed over a pile of used sports gear collected during the initiative to Sea Vista Primary School Headmaster, Charles Coenrad and staff.

Looking at the makeup of our sport teams, and not only rugby, for cricket, netball and other team sports are creating role models for others to follow. If the hockey stick or cricket bat donated in this collection motivates just one kid at Sea Vista on to greater things it will be worth more than ploughing a million Rand into the township. If just one kid succeeds in a port, rugby, cricket, golf , paddling, they will become the role model that will get the other kids to follow rather than the fall into the grip of the gangs and drugs that capture so many kids in townships. Just one and who knows your donation just might be the one that make the difference even if it is only the tennis ball or racquet that spurs that budding Federer onto Wimbledon.

Whilst waiting for the equipment to arrive we were able to chat to Tom Roux regarding the Sea Vista education initiative but more on this in later posts. That there could be as many as 60 kids in a Grade One classroom next year is not doing the education any good. The youth are the future and they must be nurtured not cast aside.  We have a fantastic school facility on our doorstep now we need teachers to fill the classrooms.  And wow the school is spotless, not a single sweet wrapper or empty cool drink bottle did we see during our walk about the school. Well done to the principal and staff for this can only be achieved through strict discipline.

If you missed the boat and still have sports equipment now or in the future be sure to drop it off either at the school or at Pam Golding.


19   x   Sticks



2  x  GOLF   BAGS


13         X          TENNIS        RACKETS
12         X          SQUASH     RACKETS
2          X          SPALDING   RACKETS
3          x          TENNIS  WOODEN  RACKETS
8          X          ALUMINIUM   TENNIS   RACKETS

Rugby  :

Rugby  balls    x  2


Cricket   bat   (old)         x          10
Cricket   Gloves             x          3
Cricket   stumps  (Practise)    x   1
Cricket   stumps            x           4
Cricket    bats                x  (new)  2
Cricket    balls   (new)    x            4
Cricket    balls   (old)      x            4
Batting  legguard   New  set    x    4


15 wetsuits and one surfboard