Monday, October 30, 2017

Bloed skenk


Vrydag, 27 Oktober, was dit weer tyd vir Worcester Gimnasuim se leerders om op hulle tande te kners en die gevreesde naald aan te durf. Leerders oor die ouderdom van 16 en wat ook die bepaalde gewig is ( 50 kg) het na die ou-saal gestroom om deel te wees van hierdie wonderlike heldedaad. Om bloed te kan skenk moet jy seker maak jy eet 'n groot ontbyt (dis die tyd om vir jou ma vir daardie spek en eiers te vra) die oggend voor jy skenk.Jy moet ook gedurende die dag baie vloeistowwe inneem om seker te maak jy dihidreer nie. Vir die wat nie Vrydag deel was van die bloedskenk nie, hier is 'n opsomming van die gebeure.

As jy in die ou-saal instap word jy begroet deur 'n paar bekende gesigte (die bloedkliniek prefekte) wat jou darm gerus stel oor die takie wat vir jou wag. Hulle help jou ook om 'n vraelys in te vul wat deur die bloedkliniek opgestel is, om meer van jou persoonlike besonderhede uit te vind. Jy word op grond van jou antwoorde daarop dan goedgekeur of afgekeer. Daarna word jou vinger vinnig geprik om jou yster te toets en dan is jy gereed om daardie swart stoeltjies aan te durf. Die verpleegsters verduidelik dan baie mooi hoe die skenkery gaan werk en al die gevaartekens.  Nadat hulle die naald in jou arm gedruk het, is dit bloot 'n formaliteit. Daar word een eenheid (ongeveer 350ml) van jou bloed getrek. Vir almal verskil dit dan hoe lank hulle daar moet sit, alles hang af van hoe vinnig jou bloed vloei.

As alles verby is, kom die oomblik waarvoor meeste mense bloedskenk. Die lekker koekie, sappie en sonbrille wat jy dan otvang. Natuurlik ook die wete dat jy drie mense se lewens gered het. Mense word aangemoedig om bloed te skenk aangesien daar 'n groot tekort is veral gedurende die fees seisoen.
Wees 'n held en skenk bloed!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

VRL-kamp 2017

Op Woensdag 18 Oktober het die 27 VRL-lede, meneer Fransman en juffrou Sheriff met hope entoesiasme na Delmas buite Wellington vertrek. Daar is met baie nuwe idees vorendag gekom. Verskeie spanbou-aktiwiteite is uitgevoer. Dit het beoog om te werk aan die leerders se kommunikasievaardighede sowel as hul vermöe om saam te werk. They were divided into groups and each group had to make a poster presenting a theme that could possibly be the RCL theme for 2018. Some of the other activities included unknotting a human knot and building structures out of marshmallows and sticks. They also cooled off in the swimming pool during breaks, and played rugby and soccor. Daar is gereeld gepraat oor hoe om in spesifieke situasies op te tree - wat ‘n leier behoort te doen en wat nie. Die Raad het beslis hierby baat gevind. Verder het die Raad die kamp ongelooflik baie geniet en sien hartlik uit vir 2018. Nuwe hoogtes sal bereik word.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bredasdorp Athletics 21 Oct.

On Saturday 21 October our athletics team attended at a tournament in Bredasdorp and performed exceptionally well. Worcester Gymnasium came 8th out of over 84 teams, at only 954 points behind the winner. Our best athlete was again Rogail Josephs, with two gold medals, one silver and one bronze. Other top achievers include Leandre Ketch (1 gold), Francois Prinsloo (1 gold), Cailin Papier (1 silver), Ethinique Adams (2 bronze) and Arné Coetzee (1 bronze). Of the remaining athletes (Phillip Basson, Leone Pieterse, Elize-Mari Jacobs and Claudio Matolla), not one ranked below 6th place in his or her respective event. Every Bosvark athlete performed excellently and we wish them luck for the upcoming season.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Summer League Hockey

It's October, and although the short-and-sweet winter has passed on, the hockey season has not. We see the triumphant return of our school's top hockey players in the annual summer-league mini hockey tournaments.

For those of you who didn't know, summer league hockey is when kids from different hockey teams and of different ages play friendly hockey games together in teams of 11, with 8 on the field at a time. These matches take place in the 'off-season' when our hockey teams aren't playing against other schools.

Another huge difference between normal hockey and summer league hockey is the part of the game called "power play".
A team's captain can call "power play" at any time, and then their opponent's captain and another player has to go off the field for two minutes. The captains each get a chance to call a power play, and they can both call for power play at the same time. This, combined with the shorter games and the combinations of ages and genders, makes summer league very exciting to watch.

Here's what some of our school's top hockey players have to say about summer league.

Cerét Goosen
Captain of Team 5
                                                   
What is your favourite part of summer league hockey?                                                                       

My favourite part about summer league is enjoying the game with the different age groups. My team is excellent (the best, in fact 😏😂) and I love the fact that we can just enjoy the game together no matter what the outcome.

What are the positives and negatives of summer league hockey?

Positives: getting to play with different age groups, only playing 20 minutes, and being a mixed team.

Negatives: the fact that the summer league is so late in the year. I'd suggest it to be in the beginning of the year before hockey season starts. Also the fact that it's quite hot when we play 😬😂.

Jeanette Roux
Player in Team 6

Do you prefer summer league hockey or winter hockey? Why?

They are impossible to compare. The summer league hockey is only played for a few weeks, which makes it exciting and different, whereas normal hockey is played for half of the year, which means you get really close to your team and leave the season with a family.

What are the benefits of summer league hockey?
  • It's a great way to stay fit
  • You get to meet new people
  • Short games don't take up a lot of time
  • Great team spirit builder

Tiaan Bester
Player in Team 7




What has summer league hockey taught you?

Ek het geleer om as een span te speel al is jy 'n klomp individuele spelers. Jou ouderdomme strek van o/14 tot o/18. Daar is 'n groot verskil in 'skill', en dit maak dit juis lekker om op dit 'gameplan strategies' te beplan om dan te wen.

Do you think it is beneficial for players in different age groups and genders to play together? Why or why not?

Ja, dit leer jou 'n verfynde 'skill' om as een saam te werk, al is jy 'n gemengde span. Jy beplan goed rondom jou sterk en swak punte en dit is baie kosbaar.






Shane Blom
Captain of Team 8



What was the best and the worst for you in summer league hockey?

Die beste van die summer league vir my is om saam met die jonger kinders te speel van die skool, soos die graad 8's, en om vir hulle sterker te maak as hokkie spelers. En nog iets is dat meisies en seuns gemeng is - ons kan albei van mekaar af leer.

Van die slegte dinge vir my is: eerstens, ons speel mos nou net een keer in een rigting, en tweedens, ek hou ook nie 'actually' so baie van die power play nie, want een goal vir die power play tel mos twee goals.


Do you enjoy being captain of your team?

Om kaptein van my span te wees is nogals baie lekker. Dit leer my ook nou om meer te praat en mense aan te moedig, soos die wat stres en die wat nou nie 'confident' genoeg is nie.





For those Gimmies who want to go watch the matches, you are more than welcome. The teams play on Tuesdays (and next Thursday) from just before 17:00 till around 18:30.

Results will be posted on the blog as soon as they are available.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Parade Day

"Yesterday's gone, we gotta keep moving on. I'm so thankful for the moments, so glad I got to know you."

This was the lyrics of the song by which the matric wave of 2017 finally hit the shore.

The song's lyrics also reflects not only the years they shared with one another, but also the emotions that was portrayed during the parade day, which was held on Friday, 13 October.

The day started off with a bang as the matrics enjoyed their final fellowship as a group while having breakfast at the Cumberland Hotel.

The procession follwed short after and, as always, it was tremendously sentimental and beautiful.

During the assembly, not only the matrics but also the others couldn't fight back the tears as they reflected on the melancholic memories and friendships that they had built since grade 8. Mr Schoeman's metaphorical speech of the matric wave and the ocean coming in to the shore and the emotional goodbyes of the head prefects, Willa and Shakeel made saying goodbye just so much harder.

Now as the oceans change andthe wave draws closer and closer to shore the matrics will enjoy the ride no matter how rough the tide.

Their wave will however not simply be washed back into the ocean, but will be remembered for many more years to come.

The parade day of 2017 was a day filled beautiful sadness, but this however is not the end of the tide it is on the beginning of a new wave to ride.

Seminarie koshuis dinee

Seminarie koshuis se jaarlikse dinee was ‘n groot sukses.
Op Dinsdag, 10 Oktober 2017, het die graad 11 leerders van die koshuis seker gemaak dat die matrieks hul laaste dinee sal onthou. Al die matriek meisies het hul matriekafskeid rokke aangetrek om die mooiheid weereens af te wys. Met Jacques Groenewald se speaker wat kliphard deur die gange bars, was die aand definitief een vir die boeke. Die kos was heerlik, die saal was pragtig en die meisies het die aand vreeslik geniet.

Die koshuis meisies sal altyd die matrieks van 2017 onthou en in hul harte hou.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Prize-giving 2017

Worcester Gym’s annual prize-giving was held on the 12th October 2017. There was a (beautiful as always) performance by the school choir at the beginning of the evening. The learners, guests and teachers later had the privilege to listen to two performances by grade 12 students from the school. These were: a piano performance by Chadwin Phillips accompanied by Mrs D. Rabie as well as a singing solo performed by Deva Willemse. These performances were very special as they were the last performances the audience would ever see of these two matric students performing on stage in their Worcester Gymnasium uniforms.  

The evening consisted of numerous (to say the least) awards and trophies handed to learners in the school for cultural, academic, sport etc. achievements. Many learners (too many to fit into this article) were given the well-deserved recognition on this special evening .This article will highlight only a few of the top achievements.

The Top 3 Academic Achievers of each grade were as follows:
Grade 8:
 3rd place - Cecil le Roux
2nd place – Nadia Jansen van Vuuren
1st place – Ian Steyn
Grade 9:
3rd place – Eduard Klüsmann
2nd place – Simone Botha
1st place – Kristij van Dyk
Grade 10:
3rd place – Bianca du Plessis
2nd place – Tineke Swanepoel
1st place – Leandrie du Toit
Grade 11:
3rd place – Nelia Grobbellaar
2nd place – Shakirah Williams
1st place – Hans Klüsmann
Grade 12:
3rd place- Shakeel Williams
2nd place - Trisha Bhawan
1st place – Jacomi Breytenbach

Highest average in junior secondary phase trophy for two consecutive years: Eduard Klüsmann
Louisa Gie Maths Trophy for the best achievement in Maths (grade 11 and 12) trophy, Nedbank Old Boys trophy for highest average in grade 11 and Stofberg Trophy for highest academic achievement of the year (in grade 10, 11 and 12): Hans Klüsmann
PriceWaterhouseCoopers prize for Accounting and Maths (grade 12) and WJ Theron Trophy for highest average over 3 years in the senior secondary phase: Jacomi Breytenbach
RCL Bursary (annually  the RCL fundraises for  a bursary to give to a matric learner that worked hard academically, was involved in school activities and was a good example to the school): Nina Roodbol
Trophy for best academic co-curricular achievement: Shakirah Williams
Johan Matthee Trophy for best cultural achievement as well as the Henkie Swartz Trophy for Cultural Versatility: Jacomi Breytenbach
Bosvark Sportmanship Trophy: WP Viljoen
Nelson Trophy for the Most Versatile Sportswoman of the Year: Natalie van der Vyver  
Olivier Trophy for the Most Versatile Sportsman of the Year: Lundi Msenge
 Sportswoman of the year with the highest individual achievement Rugail Joseph
Sportsmen of the Year with the highest individual achievement of the year: Jean Niemand
Achievement for 9 consecutive exam terms with an A-Aggregate: Trisha Bhawan, Jacomi Breytenbach, Phillip du Preez, Khanya Fadana, Peter Mercuur, Chadwin Phillips, Noeline Rossouw, Willa Roux, Mika Schoeman, Heleen Theron, Natalie van der Vyver and Shakeel Williams.
School Principal prize (given to a grade 12 learner that made an impression with their enthusiasm, perseverance and other important values portrayed without expecting anything in return): Ivana Ceaser
Venter Kruger Trophy for Versatility (female): Willa Roux
Hans Rabie for Versatility (male): Pieter Minnie
Dux Learner of 2017: Jacomi Breytenbach

The Girls’ Hostel and Boys’ Hostel head prefects of 2018 were made known. They are as follows:
Brandwacht Boys’ Hostel:
Head boy: Coert van den Berg
Deputy head boy: Andries Lötter
Seminarie Girls’ Hostel:
 Deputy head girl: Berna Erasmus
Head girl: Marquerite Zeeman
Well done!

One of the things the audience was eagerly waiting for was the announcement of the 2018 head prefects of Worcester Gymnasium. The results were as follows:
·         Deputy head boy: Hans Klüsmann
·         Deputy head girl: Elsa Burger
·         Head boy: Joubert van der Westhuizen
·         Head girl: Elmari van der Westhuizen


 The evening ended with the singing of our school anthem, where the grade 8s sang at their first Worcester Gymnasium prize-giving while the grade 12s sang proudly for their last time of being part of the prize-giving. The singing always creates a sense of pride and unity. With sadness, excitement and (of course) tiredness, everybody left the hall into the cool breeze of the night and went back home.