Johannesburg, DATE: Curro Create, the national creative component of Curro Holdings, the JSE-listed independent education provider, will present its spectacular new production, From Broadway to Bird Street/Van Broadway na Birdstraat at the Toyota US Woordfees in Stellenbosch in March, showcasing musical numbers from top shows from around the globe.
“Ah, the musicals! Where else could you be having a political debate that suddenly turns into a rap battle? Where else do you sing a gorgeous ballad before blowing out your last breath? Where else is a gunshot replaced with a drum beat, can a singing plant from outer space steal your heart or can you encapsulate the civil rights movement (and a good dose of gender politics) in good old-fashioned rock ‘n roll?” asks director Hennie van Greunen. “The answers (in order of the questions): Hamilton, Les Misérables, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors and Hairspray.”
These are just some of the shows that From Broadway to Bird Street/Van Broadway na Birdstraat will pay homage to.
“What makes this different for any other Broadway-inspired show you’ve ever seen, is that the songs are all placed in context – where does it fit into the story – and the performers will be in full costume and make-up, with astounding choreography, and brilliant sound and lights, in order to truly give you a slice of what you may see in one of the sumptuous Broadway theatres,” says Greunen. “The 23 Curro performers have been chosen from 360 auditions at Curro schools nationwide. Their talent will astound you. In order to mentor these young theatre stars, we have asked five of our favourite singers to join the cast.”
These include Timothy Moloi, Corlea Botha, Lynelle Kenned, Germandt Geldenhuys and André Terblanché.
Curro Create was launched in 2018 in partnership with Wordsmith’s Theatre Factory and aims to give all Curro learners the opportunity to showcase their creativity across a broad scope of disciplines. Compiled and directed by experienced theatre-makers Van Greunen and Pedro Kruger, with Melissa van der Spuy as musical director, the show promises to be a treat for those who enjoy the magic of theatre musicals.
There will be three performances of From Broadway to Bird Street/Van Broadway na Birdstraat on Saturday, 7 March at 16:00 and 20:00, and on Sunday, 8 March at 11:00. Tickets are available from Computicket.
From Broadway to Bird Street/Van Broadway na Birdstraat credits:
- Compiled and directed by Hennie van Greunen/Pedro Kruger
- Musical Direction: Melissa van der Spuy
- Choreography: Trudy Fredericks and Lee Piedt
- Costumes: Rouvé Hattingh
- Technical Manager and Lighting design: Kobus Rossouw
- Sound: Marcel Bezuidenhout
- Stage manager: Namhla Kalipa
Cycling for wheelchairs
Johannesburg, 6 March 2020: The Kind Kilometres initiative was started by cycling enthusiast Johnny Eyberg to help fund wheelchairs for those in need and to raise awareness around people living with disabilities. They are doing so in a unique way, with Eyberg and his team cycling a 1 800 km route from Harrismith in the Free State to take part in the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour. During the official tour, the team will pull a specially designed buggy along the way which will carry Deon Bezuidenhout, who, in this special way, will partake in the full 109 km needed to complete the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2020.
Bezuidenhout lost the ability to walk when a car accident left him paralysed 30 years ago, though never losing his love of exercise. Before the accident, it was Bezuidenhout’s dream to cycle this scenic Cape Peninsula race.
Curro Holdings, South Africa’s largest independent JSE-listed education provider, is assisting the Kind Kilometres initiative to help realise Bezuidenhout’s dream as well as the project’s larger goal of raising awareness.
To do so, Curro Sport’s Cycle2Ride initiative is sponsoring R50 000 towards Kind Kilometres. Furthermore, Cycle2Ride will also be providing the support vehicle for the duration of the trip as well as covering the petrol costs. On route to their destination, the Kind Kilometres crew will be stopping by Curro Langebaan and Curro Durbanville on Friday, 6 March, to help inspire the learners and raise awareness. These schools will also be donating funds towards the Kind Kilometres project.
Jaco Kotze, Facilities Manager at Curro Holdings and custodian of the group’s Cycle2Ride initiative, notes how Kind Kilometres inspires others to help where they can. “When we heard about the project, we knew that this is something that Curro’s Cycle2Ride initiative must get involved with. We are proud to play a part in fulfilling Deon’s dream of taking part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, and of course’s Johnny’s extraordinary efforts to get him to the finish line and to raise awareness,” says Kotze. Indeed, Kotze will be donning cycling shorts himself and will be pulling Bezuidenhout’s buggy for a part of the journey to Cape Town.
Cycle2Ride is an initiative joined by Curro that aims to promote cycling as a medium for family cohesion, relaxation and fun, but also as a possible career choice for those truly interested in becoming professional athletes.
The funds raised by the Kind Kilometres initiative will be used to buy a much-needed motorised wheelchair for Bezuidenhout, with the rest of the funds going towards wheelchairs required in the larger Easter Free State community.
The Kind Kilometres team left Harrismith on 20 February, with their goal to reach Cape Town on the 7th of March. If their journey goes according to plan, the 9th of March will see Eyberg and Bezuidenhout crossing the finishing line of the Cape Town Cycle Tour together.
Curro Foreshore, an independent high-school within Curro’s DigiEd model that delivers education in a technology-rich format, held an intensive Python Coding Bootcamp at their campus between 19 – 21 February 2020. In partnership with Amazon Web Services, the Bootcamp was facilitated by local NGO, International Certification in Digital Literacy (ICDL) - the world's leading computer skills certification, with the aim of equipping learners with the skills needed for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). Amazon Web Services sponsored the event, food and merchandise for all the learners.
Throughout the three-day Bootcamp, grade 9 learners gained incredible exposure to the popular coding language. Python is essentially the fastest general-purpose coding language at the moment and can be used in backend web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and scientific computing, among others - all critical skills needed for today’s work environment.
Following the conclusion of the coding camp, learners will be required to take an ICDL test a week later during one of their Information Technology lessons. If they pass the test, which requires a pass mark of 75%, learners will receive an internationally-recognised qualification – a valuable addition to their CV.
Curro Foreshore provides a progressive curriculum focused on Mathematics, Science, Robotics and Coding - essential subjects for learners to operate in the fourth industrial revolution era. As the world continues to evolve with the changing face of technology, it is therefore essential that education helps prepare learners for the 2030 workplace.
Curro New Road in Midrand and Curro Jewel City in Maboneng, both independent high schools within Curro’s DigiEd model, hosted Pepper the Humanoid Robot at their campuses on 20 and 21 February 2020.
Pepper was the first humanoid robot working in South Africa, that can impressively read human emotion when programmed. The objective of its visit was not only to show off its unique Artificial Intelligence (AI) abilities, but to introduce learners to the reality that the 4IR is here, and to reinforce the need for skills such as coding, robotics, AI, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
The Humanoid’s visit was ultimately a surprise for the learners, which elicited much excitement on the day – especially during the session where they asked Pepper questions and received articulate responses in return.
A well-travelled robot, Pepper has embarked on regular school visits around the country, and has travelled as far as Kenya, Botswana, Mauritius and Dubai. At five-years old, it boasts being the first robot to have seen the top of Table Mountain.
In light of Curro’s DigiEd schools delivering education in a technology-rich format in an effort to prepare learners for careers in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), Pepper surely felt ‘right at home’ during his visit. Curro New Road and Curro Jewel City both provide a progressive curriculum focused on Mathematics, Science, Robotics and Coding - essential subjects for learners to operate in the 4IR era. As the world continues to evolve with the changing face of technology, it is therefore essential that education helps prepare learners for the 2030 workplace.
To commemorate the 2019 matric results, the Gauteng Education Department held their District Matric Awards ceremony on 27 January 2020 at Fourways High School. At the ceremony, Zinhle Hlatshwayo, a 2019 matriculant from Meridian Cosmo City, received an award for achieving the top spot for isiZulu First Additional Language. Hlatshwayo’s overall mark for the subject was an impressive 93%.
Further, Meridian Cosmo City was also proudly a recipient of an award for their overall matric academic performance for 2019. The school won first place in the Top Independent Schools category – with the top 3 schools being selected from 23 independent schools in the Johannesburg North District.
Featured in the photo: Zinhle Hlatshwayo (right) and Lakidu Ngunda, Head of High School at Meridian Cosmo City, proudly show off their awards at the District Matric Awards ceremony.
Nkateko Tibane, a Curro Academy Soshanguve matriculant from the Class of 2019 (and formerly head boy of the school), recently won first place in the Best Cultural Male Star of the Year category at the Tshwane District ESS Awards held on 28 January 2020. Tibane’s success stems from entering the public speaking, debate and informal poetry competitions last year at the District competitions – later going on to represent the District at a Provincial level.
Further, Curro Academy Soshanguve received nominations in two categories, and was awarded third place in the Gauteng Cultural School Sports of the Year category for their school choir led by Mr Dumisani Chabalala, Head of Arts and Culture at the school.
In 2019, Curro Academy Soshanguve’s choir won first place at the District level and proceeded to the Regional competition where they secured second place on the ABC Motsepe Foundation School Choir Competitions known as SASCE.
Mr Linda Davidson Linda is the Executive Head of Curro Foreshore, a technology-driven school located in Cape Town’s Foreshore area.
An experienced leader in the field of education, Mr Linda brings with him eleven years’ worth of teaching experience in the South African independent school sector. He believes that when you set higher expectations, learners are inspired to achieve. He is an advocate for the implementation of a ‘flipped classroom’ approach where learners are challenged to investigate and explore various concepts before being assisted by a teacher. His vision for Curro Foreshore is to help learners gain the skills that will transition them into leaders for the fourth industrial revolution - an outlook that aligns well with the Curro group’s #Learners2Leaders philosophy.
Barely able to contain their excitement, the twin daughters of scholarship winner Lorenzo le Roux today started their school journey at Curro Century City.
Lorenzo and his teammate, Louyanda Thobigunya, each received a full Curo scholarship as winners of the Exxaro jersey race during last year’s FNB Wines2Whales MTB event. In a heartwarming gesture, Luyanda decided to award his scholarship to Lorenzo so that his twins could stay together.
Find out more on the journey of these avid mountain bike riders.
Curro Jewel City opened its doors in January 2020 in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg. This forms part of Ithemba Properties’ vision for an affordable metropolitan lifestyle precinct that offers residents a secure environment with easy access to retail, recreational and transport amenities.
As part of Curro's new DigiEd curriculum approach, the school unique e-learning model focusing on 21st-century skills prepares learners for the fourth industrial revolution through a project-based learning programme that emphasises Science, Mathematics, and Technology – and was recently featured in an article on IT-Online.
Read the full article on IT Online's webpage.
Learners yesterday gathered at schools across the country to receive their matric results. With news reports and social media announcements on pass rates and top achievers streaming in, we are overwhelmed at what our learners and teachers have achieved. Many of our learners received several distinctions and even placed in the top 1% for respective subjects.
Here are some of the news coverage on the 2019 matric results at Curro’s schools:
Visit your preferred Curro school’s Facebook page to view their respective top achievers.
Haven’t received your results yet?
In addition to various SMS and app platforms, you can contact your school, or visit the IEB’s website (if you wrote the IEB exam) or the Department of Basic Education’s website. Keep your exam number and ID number nearby.
Click on the links below for more information:
- Curro DigiEd Delft
- Curro DigiEd Jewel City
- Curro DigiEd New Road
- Curro Academy Mbombela
- Curro Academy The Blyde
Click here if you would like to apply for a vacancy at any of these schools.
For two Western Cape mountain bikers, the path to a good education turned out to be on a snaking, dusty trail. At the recent FNB Wines2Whales mountain bike event, Luyanda Thobigunya and Lorenzo Le Roux managed to secure a life-changing opportunity for their families - a full Curro scholarship from Grade 1 to Grade 12 at any Curro school, valued at R1.2 million each. However, in a heartwarming turn of events, Thobigunya decided to nominate his co-rider, who is a father of twins, to receive his scholarship so that both Le Roux’s children can benefit.
One of the important battles of the FNB Wines2Whales, held in the Western Cape, was the race for the Exxaro jersey which took place during the Shiraz event from 1 – 3 November 2019. Meant for riders under the age of 26 from historically disadvantaged communities, there were 19 development teams of two riders taking part in this fierce competition. After a sweaty, gruelling race it was BMT Racing Team who were crowned the winners, walking away with two Curro scholarships and a cash prize.
Team members Luyanda Thobigunya and Lorenzo Le Roux were both informed before the race by their manager, Chris Norton, that the Curro scholarships were up for grabs - this turned out to be just the motivation needed. “It was a chance for our kids to have a better start in life and that is why we rode like we did!” Thobigunya explains.
Thobigunya, who works at the BMT trail centre at Boschendal, has been cycling for 15 years, with a first place at the 2015 Origins of Trails event his best performance yet. Le Roux is employed at South Industries, a local company which creates composite products for the cycling industry. This was Le Roux’s best performance from a team point of view, with his individual performance highlight being a fifth place at the STBB 4Good MTB Challenge in Stellenbosch. Asked about how it feels to secure this scholarship, Le Roux says, “This is why we ride - to constantly improve ourselves and our families.”
Marí Lategan, Head: Marketing and Communications at Curro Holdings, noted that they are thrilled to be involved in the FNB Wines2Whales. “This event is more about the journey than the destination and, as South Africa’s largest independent education provider, we’ve spotted great synergy in this message. We are looking forward to starting Le Roux’s children on the journey to an outstanding education at the Curro group of schools,” she concluded.
Gerrit Kroon, a Grade 4 learner at Curro Nelspruit, recently returned victorious from the United States where he had represented Mpumalanga at the World Biathle Championships in the under 11 boys category.
More than 420 athletes from 33 countries participated in the biathle (run-swim-run) and triathle (swim-run-shoot) from 24 to 27 October on Florida beach.
Read the full article on the Lowvelder website.
Curro schools have always been at the forefront of advanced technological and scientific offerings in the classroom, including Robotics – and we have proven our mastery at World Robotic Olympiad events over the past few years.
The 2019 World Robot Olympiad (South Africa) this year took place on 28 September 2019 – and the national ratings have just been released.
Here are the national rankings for Curro schools:
Explorer Elementary category
- GOLD 3rd: Legends (Curro Krugersdorp)
- GOLD 8th: ZJ (Curro Brackenfell)
- GOLD 10th: HipHop Buddies (Curro Krugersdorp)
- SILVER 13th: MagicDragon (Curro Brackenfell)
- SILVER 14th: Grantleigh5 (Grantleigh)
- SILVER 15th: Robotics pro's (Curro Krugersdorp)
- BRONZE 20th: Shining Stars (Curro Brackenfell)
Regular Elementary category
- 4th: Robo_Warriors (Curro Krugersdorp)
- 11th: RoadBots (Curro Brackenfell)
- 13th: Grantleigh3 (Grantleigh)
- 16th: 3 Moegoes (Curro Krugersdorp)
Regular Junior category
- 3rd: Front Runners (Grantleigh)
Open Senior category
- 4th: AVC (Curro Mount Richmore)
- 6th: Hogwarts (St Dominics Newcastle robotics club)
Football category (unranked)
- Black Shadow Sniper (Curro Heuwelkruin)
- Hazies (Curro Hazeldean)
The International World Robot Olympiad will take place from 8 to 10 November 2019.
Shane Allen, a Grade 5 learner at Curro Mount Richmore, recently started a fundraising initiative aimed at helping a local NPO improve the conditions of domestic animals.
After a recent trip to Mauritius, where Shane was saddened by the cruel conditions some animals endure, he asked his father, Ricki, how they could help. The two started to collect and sell lost golf balls – and have since switched to buying recyclable golf balls in bulk to keep up. They have raised R1 500 already and some of Shane's golfing buddies have committed to matching the amount, thereby raising the total to R3 000.
The funds will go to Humans Helping Animals, a non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal. They educate people in the community on being responsible pet owners and assist with the sterilisation of animals to prevent more strays from roaming the streets.
Through his actions, Shane is the embodiment of what Curro hopes to instill through our #Learners2Leaders campaign: learners taking initiative, showing leadership by turning thought into action to the benefit of those around them.
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Tristan Roberts – Curro Hermanus's first head boy back in 2015 – was crowned as the 2019 APB World Tour champion at El Fronton in the Canary Islands.
Tristan, who already has a slew of achievements notched on his board, held on to an early lead and continued with his strong start to win his first world title. On his Instagram account, Tristan could barely contain his emotions: "I have so much to say, so much to appreciate, so much to be grateful for ... I wanted to put as much time and effort into achieving what I dreamed of for the last 15 years: Becoming world champion ..."
The APB (Association of Professional Bodyboarding) is the sole governing body of professional bodyboarding. They sanction several international competitions, including the most coveted bodyboarding competition: The APB World Tour.
Curro has partnered with Wines2Whales (W2W) by sponsoring a scholarship from Grade 1 to Grade 12 for the winners of the Exxaro development team during the Shiraz race of the competition. Winners may nominate a family member to take advantage of this life-changing experience.
The event dates are as follows:
- Chardonnay race: Friday, 25 to Sunday, 27 October 2019 (600 teams)
- Pinotage race: Monday, 28 to Wednesday, 30 October 2019 (300 teams)
- Shiraz race: Friday, 1 to Sunday, 3 November 2019 (550 teams)
In exchange for this sponsorship, we have been granted the opportunity to market the brand on days 1 and 2 in the exhibitors’ tent at the Oak Valley Wine Estate.
Curro Century City, Curro Brackenfell, Curro Durbanville, Curro Langebaan and the head office marketing team will all be involved in managing the activations during this time. Amazing prizes and give-aways will be available to all who visit our tent.
Curro Sitari will be present at the registration point at Lourensford Wine Estate and Curro Hermanus have the privilege of having the route pass through the school’s grounds.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Curro Hazeldean has a budding tennis star on its hands. Grade 2 learner Kholo Montsi recently 6 out of 7 singles titles at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Tour – after only a few years of playing tennis.
According to the Pretoria East Rekord, Kholo will soon be competing in his first ITF Grade A semifinal singles in Cape Town.
Curro Schools have never experienced a tennis tournament like this before: 150 learners from 30 Curro Schools across the country will be competing for prized spots in the National Curro Tennis Team.
The Curro Schools National Tennis Tournament – taking place at Sun City from 7 to 10 October – will have seven rounds of matches for boys and girls from under 13 to under 18 teams, with the final rounds taking place on 11 October. The National Curro Tennis Team will be announced at a formal ceremony that evening in the South African Sport Hall of Fame.
Learners from the following schools will be participating:
- Curro Aurora
- Curro Bankenveld
- Curro Cloemfontein
- Curro Century City
- Curro Durbanville
- Curro Hazeldean
- Curro Hermanus
- Curro Hillcrest
- Curro Kathu
- Curro Mount Richmore
- Curro Serengeti
- St Dominics Newcastle
Megan Furter, a learner at St Dominics Newcastle, has received a great prize for the Robotics project she presented at the recent Eskom Expo for Young Scientists: a bursary from Eskom to the value of R400 000 at the university of her choice.
St Dominics Newcastle – one of Curro’s Select Schools – offers Robotics as an assessment-free subject, as part of Curro’s country-wide STEAM(D) focus. Through this focus, Curro schools have reached great achievements at Science and Robotics competitions. Most recently, 18 of the 64 provincial teams that qualified for the upcoming National World Robot Olympiad are from Curro schools.
Curro Brackenfell's junior and senior choirs won several trophies at the Sing in Harmonie provincial finals this weekend.
The junior choir was the overall winner for the junior choir category and also won the category for the best non-Afrikaans song. The senior choir was the second overall winner for the senior choir category and also won the viewer's choice award.
Singing in a choir takes a lot of dedication and discipline, as well as long hours of practise. Congratulations to all learners who participated and thank you to teachers Myrtle and Lelanie for their great effort and commitment.
Curro Durbanville's junior, senior and high school choirs placed first, second and third in their respective categories at this year's Tygerberg International Eisteddfod gala evening held on Friday, 2 August 2019 in the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch.
Their scores were as follows:
- Junior choir: First place with a score of 93.5%
- Senior choir: Third place with a score of 91.6%
- High school choir: Second place with a score of 90.3%
This evening was an astounding testament to the hours of commitment and dedication on the part of the learners and music department. The school initially made history by having all three choirs invited to the gala evening and their achievement at the event shows how passion and hard work can lead to success.
Click here to see more photos on Curro Durbanville's Facebook page.
Learners at Meridian Karino can soon participate in robotics club as an extramural activity. Grade 7 learners have already started enjoying the club and Grade 4, 6 and 8 learners can join in 2020, thanks to contributions from Curro Thatchfield and Curro Roodeplaat.
The intensive programming involved in robotics prepares learners to understand and participate in the ever-changing 21st century where most processes are computerised and introduces them to new career possibilities. It also provides insight into the technology involved with modern developments such as self-driven cars and artificial intelligence.
These projects promote creativity and, as they are done in groups, also improve skills such as communication, collaboration and critical thinking that help learners integrate in society and the workplace.
For more information on Meridian Karino's robotics club, contact them at 087 285 1662.
Curro Aurora's senior choir received a gold certificate in the finals of the 2019 ATKV Applous competition. They participated in the category for non-Afrikaans choirs in the 42nd season of the countrywide choir festival, which took place from 24 to 27 June 2019 in Bloemfontein.
Click here to see the last practice before their performance last night.
Adri Wessels, a Grade 12 learner from Curro Durbanville, recently returned from the United Kingdom where he and his five team mates from South Africa, achieved a bronze medal at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the world championship Mathematics competition for high school learners and is held annually in a different country. The six learners who represented South Africa were Taariq Mowzer (Fairbain College), Emil van der Walt (Hoërskool Jan van Riebeck), Aaron Naidu (Eden College), Andi Qu (St John’s), Adri Wessels (Curro Durbanville, and Kgaogelo Bopape (Horizon International).
Photo credit: Supplied
Greek philosopher, Diogenes, wrote 'The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.' In the spirit of education, the high school learners of Curro Academy Wilgeheuwel decided to share their love of education with an underprivileged school in their area.
The learners spent their 67 minutes making educational flash cards, posters and notes for the children of Ratanda Primary School in Heidelberg.
Click here to view more photos of their activities.
Two Curro Durbanville learners placed first and second respectively in the SA Chess Championships held during the June/July school holidays.
Andrea de Jager (Grade 9) placed first in the under 15 boys section, while Ethan Samuels (Grade 11) placed second in the under 19 boys section.
Two learner from Curro Durbanville represented the Western Cape at the under 16 National Hockey Tournament held in Pietermaritzburg during the recent school holidays. Their team reached the finals and lost to the hosts, KZN Coastals, 3-2.
At the end of the tournament, the organisers announced the under 16 SA team, which includes Liam Glasby (Grade 9) and Kenoé Christians (Grade 10). Kené was also indicated as the most valuable striker of the tournament.
Two learners from Curro Durbanville represented the Western Cape at the South African National Schools Chess tournament, hosted in Kimberley from 17 to 21 June 2019.
Clea Nel (Grade 1) came fourth in the under 9 girls section while Amahle Zenzile (Grade 7) placed first in the under 13 girls section. Both learners were selected to the South African schools team and were invited to participate in the World Schools Chess Championships to be hosted in Lima, Peru in May 2020.
Northern Academy, managed by Curro, is hosting an open day with a difference on Saturday, 14 September 2019. Besides showing prospective parents what the school has to offer, there will be enrolment specials, traditional foods and great prizes to be won.
Click here for the school's contact details if you need more information.
Megan Vorster from Curro Serengeti was one of 12 finalists countrywide to participate in the 10th annual Computers Applications Olympiad, sponsored by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals of South Africa (IITPSA). The learners were the top achievers from 5 530 contestants taking part in the event, which included two school-based rounds in May, followed by the finals in Cape Town.
This Olympiad is designed to challenge learners to inventively apply their knowledge of Computer Applications Technology (CAT) – particularly Word, Excel and Access – beyond what they may have been taught.
Participating in the final Olympiad is a great honour.
Curro Hermanus was filmed by the crew of kykNET Uitblinkers for their top schools section. Star academic achievers discussed the school, leadership and their experience. That evening, the school's star performers in music, drama, vocals and dancing, as well as all three choirs and the marimba band entertained the audience in a fantastic concert.
The programme will be broadcast on DSTV channel 146 on Tuesday, 6 August at 19:00. Repeat broadcasts will be on Wednesday, 7 August at 11:30, Thursday, 8 August at 17:30 and Monday, 12 August at 12:30.
A learner from Curro Hazeldean, Claire le Roux, represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Chess Championships 2019 in India, New Delhi. She scored 2.5 out 7 in the under 12 girls section and received Chess SA Colours for repesenting her country.
She also won a number of other awards on the evening:
- Trophy for 7th best rider in Gauteng West out of all primary schools
- Gold medal for Handy Hunder (Levels 1 to 7 combined)
- Bronze medal for Working Hunter (Levels 1 to 7 combined)
Furthermore, she has made the Gauteng West team for dressage, performance riding, working riding, equitation, show jumping, working hunter and handy hunter.
Khareece Maree, a learner of Curro Hermanus, has published her second book at the tender age of 13.
Khareece – who wrote the book when she was 11 – has been at Curro Hermanus since Grade RR and excels academically. Her parents published her book, The Triple Spies, as a birthday gift. Her first book, Pony in my Pocket, was published as a gift from her grandparents.
The Triple Spies will be launched at an open event at Curro Hermanus on Monday, 15 July at 12:00 – 14:00. Signed copies of the book will be on sale after the event.
Photo credit: Hermanus Times
Muhammad Zia Shaik, a Grade 4 learner from Curro Aurora is well on his way to becoming a great poet. His poetry has already been published in newspapers in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
'Every day, you see emotions in people everywhere, and some of them are sadly negative. I decided to write a poem to make people feel happy and positive and to help inspire change in the environment around us,' he said.
Muhammad draws inspiration from those close to him. 'The people who inspire me the most in life are my mom and dad. They inspire and motivate me every day to keep following my passion.'
He would like to pursue his poetry, his dreams are set elsewhere. 'I love my poetry, but my real dream is to become a scientist.'
Click here to read Muhammad's poem, entitled Mom, in the full article on Randburg Sun's website.
Ntiyiso Mukhari, a Grade 8 learner at Northern Academy in Limpopo has just become a published author. At 14, she launched her debut book, Life's Journey, on Saturday 29 June 2019.
Ntiyiso spent six months writing this Christian novel about the struggles of a girl growing up while contending with a multitude of challenges, including child abuse and abduction, while gradually finding her path to God.
Through this book, Ntiyiso hopes to inspire her peers to live life to the fullest. She attributes her love of language to her teachers at Northern Academy who pushed her to realise her dream of becoming a novelist.
For information on how to purchase your copy of Life's Journey, contact Amukelani on 082 979 9027.
Curro Holdings and Curro Academy Protea Glen, as part of its Curro Legacy Project, handed over three new sports facilities to the communities of Protea Glen and Protea City last Thursday. The upgrade entailed revamping, resurfacing, repainting and refencing the previously neglected grounds.
'We realise how sport brings South Africans together and would like to thank the Protea Glen community and Ward 13 Councillor, George Mahlangu, for letting us assist in upgrading the communal facilities so that the whole community benefits,' said John Bisset, General Manager at Curro Holdings.
The sports grounds are now open to the community in time for the winter holidays. The revamped grounds provide space for tennis, six-a-side, basketball, netball and volleyball.
Click here to read the full article posted by The Sowetan Urban.
Three learners from Curro Hermanus who are members of Illusion Force – a senior dance group from Haus of Performance – won first place in the South Africa Body of Dance Provincial Hip Hop Championships at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
Curro Hermanus is very proud of Ané Lourens, Yohké Swanepoel and Chevonne Botes for this achievement. Yohké Swanepoel placed sixth in her age group for a solo performance. She and Ané Lourens also placed fourth in their age group for a duo.
Click here to watch a video of the dance for which Illusion Force won.
ARTS International helps adults and youth aspiring to be actors, models, dancers, and singers cut through all of the red-tape in theindustry to find healthy success. Previous winners have continued to reach international platforms such as New York Fashion Week, Broadway, Disney, CW’s Riverdale, Nickelodeon, So You Think You Can Dance, ABC, CBS, NBC, and The Voice.
Good luck, Ntokozo. We hope you enjoy the experience.
Five learners from Curro Academy Mahikeng recently represented South Africa at the World Dance Championship in Croatia.
Resego Motswenyane, Rebaabetswe Motswenyane, Maya Phele, Tshiamo Molale and Omolemo Motsoenyane did exceptionally well in this tough competition.
The results were as follows:
Resego, Rebaabetswe, Tshiamo and Omolemo
- First place: small group open A-league
- Second place: large group national folkloric B-league
- First place: duet open A-league
- Second place: large group national folkloric B-league
- Third place: duet national folkloric A-league
- Third place: solo jazz A-league
- Third place: solo commercial A-league
Congratulations to these dancers!
Sixty learners from Curro Hermanus participated in the annual UCT Mathematics Olympiad, along with 6 500 learners from schools across the Western Cape.
Jean Weight (Grade 11) excelled once more by winning a gold award and finishing third in his grade. Another seven learners won merit awards.
The combined scores of the school's learners resulted in them winning the UCT trophy for schools that entered the competition for no more than three years with the highest total for their top 30 learners.
Congratulations to Curro Hermanus and all learners that participated.
Click here for more photos on the school's Facebook page.
Curro Durbanville learner, Adri Wessels (Grade 12) received joint first place in the annual UCT Mathematics competition. In addition, Adri had achieved four first places and one second places at the competition during his high school years. Therefore, he was awarded the Lesley Reeler trophy for overall top performance over five consecutive years of participation.
Adri is one of the three Western Cape International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) 2019 team members who will represent South Africa in Bath, United Kingdom, in July this year.
We are very proud of Adri and his achievements and look forward to seeing what his future has in store.
Curro will add as many as 26 schools in 2019, taking its portfolio to 164 schools, 68 campuses and 57,465 learners by the end of the year, CEO Andries Greyling said in a presentation posted on the company’s website on Tuesday.
Click here to read the full article on the Business Day website.
Several learners from Curro Academy Sandown recently achieved in karate:
- Jasper Bloem (Grade R) earned a gold medal in Kata and Kumite at the National JKA Karate Championships.
- Caiden Moore (Grade 2) was selected to represent the Goju Kai Western Province team at the nationals taking place in September.
- Ethan van der Vlis (Grade 4) represented the Western Cape at the National JKA Karate Championships and received a gold medal as well as SA colours in his age group.
We are very proud of our learners and look forward to seeing them grow in this sport.
Puseletso Mampho (Curro Bankenveld, 2018) started playing tennis at a young age. Her great attitude and enthusiasm caused her to work hard on her skills every week and to push through difficult times. She reached such great achievements in tennis while in primary school, that she obtained a scholarship for high school from Curro Bankenveld.
Puseletso – who is currently studying towards being a teacher – recently received good news from Tennis South Africa: She was identified for the BNP Paribas Coaches Mentorship Programme, which aims to support aspiring coaches.
Click here to read the full article on the Witbank News website.
When Curro Castle Burgundy's security guard, Jo, was attacked and robbed of his bike on Monday, 20 May 2019, the school's marketer, Zoe Knifton – along with a parent and the school's facilities manager, Quinton – started a fundraiser in order to buy Jo a new bicycle.
The school's parents opened their hearts and donated enough money for the school to buy Jo a new bicycle, helmet, cycling gloves, reflector jacket, lights and a proper lock for his bicycle.
When presented with his new equipment, Jo was at a loss for words but still expressed his deep gratitude and appreciation.
Curro Durbanville's junior choir is known to excel at the Tygerberg Eisteddfod. However, this year is the first time that all three of their choirs – junior, senior and high school – have been invited to take part in the final round of the Tygerberg Eisteddfod. This is an incredible achievement for the school!
They will perform at the Tygerberg Gala Concert on 2 August 2019 at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch.
Click here to view more photos on Facebook.
Saray Khumalo – a Curro Aurora parent – made history this week when she became the first black woman from Africa to summit Mount Everest. She returned to South Africa on Monday morning after reaching her goal in the early hours of Thursday, 16 May.
Click here to to see the beautiful post Curro Aurora shared on their Facebook page in honour of Saray's achievement.
Etienne Nel – alumnus from Curro Durbanville – has supported the first teams of Curro Mount Richmore from his capacity as the owner of OK Foods Zimbali Wedge. At a recent ceremony, Curro Mount Richmore thanked Mr Nel for his continued support of their teams, as well as generous donations of kits, bags and other items as requested for school events.
Click here for more photos of the ceremony on Curro Mount Richmore's Facebook page.
Learners from Curro Serengeti present at the Pops Toys Lego robotics exhibition – held at Northmead Square on 25 and 26 May – amazed the crowds with their ability to programme Lego bricks to travel along a path, move objects and stay on course.
Click here to read the full article on the website of Benoni City Times.
Four Grade 12 learners from Meridian Cosmo City were invited to the Provincial Science Minquiz – South Africa's premier national science competition – which was hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Sibongokuhle Gama, Manqoba Ngwenya, Sibongakonke Zondo and Tadiwanashe Murgorgo competed against 17 other schools and received second position in the second round of the gold category.
Sibongakonke Zondo came second overall in the competition and will be representing KwaZulu-Natal at the national science olympiad on 3 July 2019. Sibangakonke competed against 63 other learners to receive first position in the gold category as well as second position in the gold and platinum categories.
Well done to these learners on their outstanding achievements!
Joshua Steyn from Curro Sitari has succeeded to the final round of the ATKV-orators competition. This is a prestigious achievement, as he will be representing Curro and the Western Cape at national level.
The final round will take place on 2 August 2019 at Goudini Spa.
Curro Brackenfell's junior and senior choir will soon be showcased on Sing in Harmonie – a programme on KykNet Nou! On Friday 24 May, our choirs were filmed by the crew while singing to the guiding hand of teacher Myrtle Visser.
Sing in Harmonie is the first school choir competition of its kind. It provides schools from across South Africa with the opportunity to make their mark on national television – and the chance of winning their part of R50 000.
Several learners from Curro Heuwelkruin have been invited to a World Robotics Olympiad Friendship International Tournament in Denmark. The tournament will be held from 30 July to 4 August 2019.
These learners are Alisha Calokechi, Alessio Calokechi, Luna Leon Rodriques, Carla Schulenburg, Mia Meyer and Wouter Chalmers.
Nicolene Grundeling from Windhoek Gymnasium was part of the national Namibian Eventing Team that participated in the African Shield Eventing Series 2019. The event was held in Zimbabwe with participants from six other African Countries.
Nicolene is 1.7m tall and rode on a loan horse – a little 7-year-old pony with which she had to compete in dressage, show jumping and eventing. She got a refusal in the show jumping and a good, fast round in the eventing.
Nicolene scored a 55% in her dressage and Namibia ended in 5th place.
Well done, Nicolene!
Curro Aurora's under 15 and under 16 7s rugby teams won all their Warriors League games this morning! Congratulations, you made us proud!