STUTTERHEIM – The South African Council for English Education is focused on improving the linguistic and comprehension skills of scholars through engaging and thought-provoking activities such as poetry, essay-writing and debating. Two teams from Stutt High attended the annual Discussion Forum at Clarendon in East London.where Zokhanyo Kweleta was given an honourable mention by the adjudicator for having spoken well in her team’s discussion on the impact of social media on young people’s self-worth. Yonela Mbusi provided very good guidance to this discussion and was mentioned by the adjudicators as well. Each team consisted of four speakers and a chairperson.
Also with SACEE, a Slam Poetry evening was hosted in the Selborne College library. There some 30 entrants from various schools, with three from Stutt. Nicholas Smith started the evening with his poem, “My Secrets” and was followed by Alive Klaas with “I am Death” and Asanele Renene with her untitled poem raising important social justice issues.
Several children from the community who attend Stirling High School took part in their exquisite rendition of the musical, Les Miserables. In fact, the road to East London was well travelled this week with many people going down to watch the performance at Guild Theatre. On Thursday night, three students from Stutt also attended and were absolutely blown away by the musical.
Jayden Fourie and Jocelyn du Preez have both been progressed to the provincial athletics trials to take place in Cradock this week. There are high hopes for their success.
Recently the men of Round Table 103 gathered with their families for their annual induction dinner. The incoming chairman is Wynand Botha and his vice is Travis Scholes. Other members of council are Jotham Stone and Sean Richter as treasurer and secretary respectively. Rohan Lombard was named Tabler of the Year for 2019. The guest speaker was Mark Daniel who entertained those present with many a humorous anecdote from his many years as a member of the organisation.
Also with Round Table, Ernst du Plessis was inducted as chairman for Border for 2020/2021. He and his wife, Andrea, attended the induction dinner hosted by Nahoon Round Table 160. He has been on the Border council for several years, serving as secretary and vice chairman. He was joined by Jotham and Leilaunie Stone as he was inducted the secretary for Border Round Table. There was also a large contingent of the community in attendance.
Last Saturday, the Stutterheim High School and Rance Timber Cycle Enduro took place. Cyclists could be seen racing through the back roads and forests – all the while attempting to steady their bicycles in the slushy mud to which the rain had reduced the trail. There were a total of 123 participants this year in the three different routes. The longest and most challenging race was the 50km. In this, cyclists overcame heights and demanding turns, all the while enjoying the beautiful scenery around them. The cycle race was held earlier this year in a bid to avoid the extreme cold that invariably plagues the race when it is held in May.
Rotary and especially the cooks of Rotary had a busy weekend recently. They held two fundraisers, both of which were resounding successes. On Saturday there was a steak evening at the bowls club and on Sunday their monthly breakfast which has the support of many locals who enjoy going straight from church to the club to share a hearty meal with their friends and fellows.
Several fitter members of society took part in the Buffs Marathon and ran the distance from Macleantown to the Buffaloes Club in East London. The gruelling race was well attended and enjoyed by the runners. For many, this was a qualifying race for the Two Oceans in Cape Town in April.
Asenathi Pezisa has progressed to the third round of senior netball trials for this year and will attend the next round next week. She is a grade 11 scholar who knows the meaning of hard work and perseverance.
Emma Coetzee (grade 10) has been awarded a certificate for coming first in her quintile in the South African Mathematics Olympiad. She wrote the Olympiad last year and progressed to the final round. This is a massive achievement for a such a young student.