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The girl’s cricket team at De La Salle Holy Cross College were fortunate enough to tour KwaZulu-Natal.
The second annual Vryheid Girls Cricket Festival was hosted recently in KwaZulu-Natal and Victory Park’s very own De La Salle girls’ cricket team was invited to participate. Fifteen learners from the school dived into the cricket action between 4 and 6 October.
At the festival, De La Salle’s girls took on and beat Vryheid, Felixton and the Zululand Hub. Tayla Vester, one of the team’s players, believes their attitude going into the tournament resulted in them winning all their matches. She said, “Our college motto was lived up to by all players with the other teams and staff members complimenting us on our players’ conduct and community spirit.”The team is a combination of girls who have played the sport for years and some, only for weeks. Regardless of the length of time individual players have played the sport, the key characteristic between them is their determination to learn and succeed. Every player contributed in all aspects of the game.
At the festival, they also had the opportunity to play a match in mixed teams to support those living with breast cancer. The cricket field was filled with girls in bright pink cricket uniforms, bringing awareness of the disease that affects millions across the world.
The experience was an incredibly valuable one for the girls and they thanked their school for making it a reality. “Thank you to Mr Vernell and Ms Lawless for accompanying the team and wearing their shirts with pride; we had a great time,” said Vester.
Discovery Knockout Cup brings the best primary school soccer teams togetherGREENSIDE – Joburg’s best primary school soccer teams play at the Discovery Knockout Cup finals.Dakarai Zhoya and Mila de Bod of De La Salle Holy Cross College try to tackle Gabriella Maart of Wendywood, with Keira Davids of De La Salle Holy Cross College approaching. Photo: Nicholas Zaal
Ultimate glory was on offer in the finals of the annual Discovery Knockout Cup on 9 August.
Pirates Sports Club, Greenside, saw eight soccer matches played between the best primary school sides in Joburg.
The field was busy from the afternoon until the evening but no fans, friends or family became bored while cheering their teams on from the stands.
Linden police visit and educate at De La Salle Holy Cross College
VICTORY PARK – Grade 2s excitedly storm police vans.Constable Takalani Matumba allows some of the De La Salle Holy Cross College Junior School Grade 2s to try on her bulletproof vest.
Grade 2 children were excited when they had an interactive and educational visit by local police.
On the day, the De La Salle Holy Cross College Junior School’s little ones sat patiently waiting for the Linden police and, upon their arrival the festivities began.
By Michael Shackleton – Our special supplement on Catholic Education provided a reasonably comprehensive assessment of the state of education in South Africa, with special attention to our own schools.
The positives and the negatives were highlighted, so readers could see that whatever problems schools, teachers and learners were faced with in past years, they had now taken on a fresh 21st century challenge.
Although in theory education is on the right track, it needs a new impetus to rise higher and achieve greater success in producing citizens well prepared to handle today’s turbulent environment.
there were press reports that told of a growing number of South African teachers who believe homework is a potential hazard for children’s emotional wellbeing at primary school level.
By Alice Markham – Most of the students at De La Salle Holy Cross College High School in Johannesburg are well on their way home by the early evening, but students of the Victory Park Adult Education Centre hosted on the campus are only just arriving — many after a long day of work.
Every weekday, from 18:00 to 20:00 and on Saturdays from 9:00 16:00, the 170 students of the centre come to the school to further their education in otherwise empty classrooms.
Victory Park Adult Education Centre is a satellite school of the City Deep Public Learning Centre and has been facilitated by De La Salle Holy Cross College since 1985.
Click on the logo above to listen to Mr Neil Berndsen talking to Azania Mosake about 'The question of homework or no homework for school pupils'
How much homework should kids be getting? How much is too much?
Some argue that children these days spend far too much time doing homework and it eats into family time.
There are schools which have begun to introduce no homework for learners but some feel pupils will be losing out on essential work.
Azania Mosaka speaks to the Headmaster at De La Salle Holy Cross College Junior School Neil Berndsen to understand the importance of homework and how much work should be given to pupils.
Homework that requires pupils to work late into the evening could be making them tired and anxious.
Northcliff High, De La Salle and Greenside High compete in Spar Hockey ChallengeNORTHCLIFF – Local schools have a blast at regional girls hockey festival.Anna Mungle of De La Salle Holy Cross College and Ivy Goso of Greenside High School compete at the Spar Hockey Challenge. Photo: Nicholas Zaal
Three local schools competed in the Spar Hockey Challenge at Fourways High School on 27 May.
After a series of action-packed 20-minute matches, Northcliff High School finished fifth at the girls’ hockey festival.
De La Salle College and Greenside High School took sixth and 10th places respectively.
The event was competitive but also fun. In-between matches, players had a chance to interact with their opponents, practise with them in the indoor arena, or even eat boerewors rolls together.
Is extra work at home worth it?Decades of global research, shows that homework in primary schools is unnecessary and unproductive.
Johannesburg - Before the teachers at De La Salle Holy Cross College Junior School assign homework, headmaster Neil Berndsen asks them to consider one key question: Is the extra work at home worth eating into the already limited time the school’s young pupils have at home?
“If they feel it is worth it, then they must go for it,” he says. “But they mustn’t just give homework for the sake of it.”
There are other “golden rules” for the teachers at the Catholic primary school in Victory Park, north of Joburg. Homework can only be assigned on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - Wednesdays are strictly family nights. And it mustn’t exceed 15 minutes for young children and 30 minutes for children in the higher grades.
Homework must incorporate sufficient reading, skills-based exercises and activities, as opposed to content-driven tasks.
Berndsen is part of a small but growing movement of educators in South Africa who are redefining their approach to homework - or scrapping it.
#THESHIFT:Please click on the image below to watch #TheShift video, taken on the evening:2018 is well on its way, and we’re stepping into the future and the new year with #TheShift!Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for an evening of fun as we revealed our exciting plans for De La Salle Holy Cross College – here’s to some incredible years ahead.
NORTHCLIFF – Debaters put their speech presenting skills to the test at the Northcliff Rotary Club.
Brian Appelton, Tommy Stratten, Gareth Rigden, Oscar Swanepoel, Megan Hunt and Dean Gounden at the competition.
Speeches were the order of the day when Northcliff Rotary Club hosted the finals of their annual speech competition.
The competition took place recently at De La Salle Holy Cross College. Other primary schools which participated include Bryandale, Bryanston, Blairgowrie, Franklin D Roosevelt, Fairways, Crossroads, Constantia Kloof, Craighall and De La Salle College.
Ashley Tanton and Mwewa Ngandu hold their certificates for the impromptu speech category.