Pictured below are Michael Tack (Deputy Head of School 2010), Marc Train (Deputy Head of School 2011), Gavin Thomson (Headmaster), Bob Skinstad, Mark Burman (Head of School 2011), Dawid Swart (Head of School 2010)
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This past weekend from Sunday evening 9pm until Monday evening 9pm eight Hilton boys were involved in a relay with their sole purpose being to raise funds for Hlanganani Ngothando Organization, which is an NGO serving a wide variety of people groups including men, women, children, the elderly, sick, prisoners, school children, and mentally and physically disabled children, in and around KwaZulu-Natal.
This inspired group of Hilton College pupils split into pairs to swim, run and cycle on the Hilton College grounds. Included in this group of caring boys were the Heads of Houses and the Head Boy of the school. By 9pm on Monday evening they were suitably exhausted and had accomplished their worthy goal of helping a needy cause. HiltonVillage.co.za salutes their effort, well done boys!Pictured here are Tiaan Slabbert, RossMcPhail, Michael Tack, Cameron Crawford, Garth Harding, Andrew McFarlane, Dawid Swart (Head of School) and Luke Purdon.
Hilton is a gorgeous haven where we are blessed with some of the most beautiful gardens in South Africa. With a fair number of the Open Gardens right on our doorsteps we hope you have all been out to support, enjoy and find inspiration.
This unusually dry October is a time to remove young weeds before they have time to flower and set seed, mulch around and in between shrubs wherever possible as this creates a cushion from hard rain and will keep moisture in if the expected rains do not arrive. Until the heavens bless us with more rain you may wish to water fuschias three times a week. Also keep soil around hydrangeas moist as they start to come into flower and perhaps mulch with pine needles. For beautiful lawns raise the height of the blades on your lawnmower to avoid exposing roots to hot sun. A periodic change the direction in which you mow the lawn prevents ridges and uneven growth.
Winters hectic pruning is over but the following may require thinning out after flowering, the Rosa 'Albertine' and 'Dorothy Perkins', Banksia roses, Viburnum (snowball bush), Ornamental fruit trees e.g. apples, cherries, peach and Spirea (Cape May).
With around 8 weeks till Christmas you may want to plant up some red flowering petunias, strawberries or even chillies. These add festive colour and can make super gifts for friends. A bunch of herbs for stuffing the festive bird are another grand idea for planting now to give away in December to your favourite cook.
With hot summer months to look forward to you may want to set up a pond or water feature now, these can be relaxing and give the illusion of cool even if temperatures soar. Water, even in a still pond will add a new dimension to your private sanctuary.
You're in time to sow ageratum, alyssum, aster, Canterbury bells, cleome, cornflower, cosmos, dahlia (bedding), dianthus, gypsophila, impatiens, lavatera, lobelia, marigold, nasturtium, nigella, petunia, portulaca, salvia, sunflower, verbena, and zinnia flower seeds. For a great veggie patch plant bean, beet, cabbage, carrot, celery, corn, cucumber, eggplant, leek, lettuce, onion, peppers, pumpkin, radish, spinach, squash, tomato and turnip seeds.
BrainTrain is a Private Remedial School in Quarry road, owned by Jenni Underwood. Sharri Robb works alongside Jenni, each of these nurturing ladies share a strong love for working with children. Jenni has a natural leaning to access different learning styles, developing study skills, teaching in harmony with either left or right brain dominance and she enjoys using colour in her teaching. Sharri has a special interest in dyslexia. Brain Train has in five years grown to a morning school with 15 full time pupils, ranging from primary level to high school. These ladies also visit schools in the afternoons to facilitate supportive sessions. In an average week they tutor about 70 children.
Jenni's ideal is to provide a more comfortable option for children who may be sensitive and unable to adjust to the traditional school system. Children will encounter nature, art, music and dance on this alternate path to matriculation. They will be able to grow and achieve in a learning space which is accepting and accommodating of their varying requirements. Brain Train is a bright and yet gentle environment.
Jenni Underwood is a qualified teacher with a Post Graduate Remedial Education qualification. She has taught all ages at Government and Private Schools and at Tertiary level, with more than 20 years of experience. Jenni believes that learning can only happen once a child is content on a physical, emotional and psychological level. She therefore always works in conjunction with Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Doctors, Homeopaths, Schools, Parents and other alternate therapies that do work. Added to the years of traditional experience Jenni also has three grown sons who have taught her a lot about how children grow, develop and mature.
Happy children will more readily perform at their full capacity. If you would like to ensure your child is in the learning arena best matched to his or her whole being, you are welcome to book a consultation with Jenni. Click here for more details.
Pictured are Jenni Underwood (right) and Sharri Robb.
Hedgehogs and Porcupines, both found in South Africa share but one common feature, quills. Yet with these spikes covering the best part of their bodies they appear similar, until the porcupine outgrows the average hedgehog by almost 30 kilograms! Hedgehogs are small and weigh between 400 to 600 grams while the porcupine can weigh up to 30 kilograms. Hedgehogs are insectivores and porcupines are rodents. A Hedgehog's diet comprises mainly worms and insects on the ground while Porcupines are vegetarians eating plant material including leaves, bark, fruit, bulbs and roots. Porcupines also crave salt and if they find almost anything previously held in a human's sweaty hand they will destructively gnaw away in innocent bliss.
Porcupines may smack other animals in the face with their tails if they feel threatened. Their quills are designed to burrow in and a vet will have a tough time removing the barbs which naturally work their way deeper into the victim. The quills can cause a bad infection and injuries must be professionally treated. Porcupines are not aggressive unless their space is invaded. Shown respect they will tolerate being observed from a safe distance.
Hedgehogs adopt a more defensive behaviour when under attack. They simply roll up into a ball. They use a circular muscle that runs along the sides of their body and across the rump and neck which folds into a bag to encase the body, head and legs. Curled up in this manner with thousands of spikes aiming outwards, the Hedgehog can sleep peacefully.
Hedgehogs are most desirable garden inhabitants since they are skilled in controlling garden pests. A single hedgehog can keep an average garden free of pests as they gobble their way through up to 200 grams of insects nightly. In the United Kingdom environmentally conscious gardeners do their utmost to attract hedgehogs to their plots. They lay out suitable treats and cut hedgehog sized holes into their boundary fences to entice these little creatures in. Many a gardener who is challenged by the vegan appetite and tunneling habits of a Porcupine may understandably repeat the mantra 'may all of our porcupines be hedgehogs' on a daily basis.
Both Hedgehogs and Porcupines can be successfully owned as pets if you are comfortable with removing them from their natural habitat.
On Friday 17th September 2010 Laddsworth teachers, pupils and parents teamed up to collect litter in the Laddsworth vicinity. First thing on the cool morning the troops were divided into supervised groups. Armed with great big bin bags and gloves the entire school forged into the immediate neighbourhood roads to clean-up.
This is a reminder that when a task seems too big for a single individual to make a difference, a team working towards a singular goal can create a big impact very efficiently and have fun while getting the job done.
With municipalities under massive strain and struggling to deliver essential services, we as rate payers often moan and groan without thinking of what can be done to help. Laddsworth took the lead in giving us hope that future generations will learn a new way to handle challenging situations. By doing small daily things, such as taking responsibility for ones own waste, everyone can ease the load on municipal service. This in turn will hopefully free up resources to improve our villages, towns and cities.
Laddsworth have also teamed up with Mondi and Central Waste in a successful recycling effort. Acknowledging that environmental care is everyone's problem and we all have the power to bring about a solution.
To Laddsworth, a big round of applause from everyone in Hilton. The joyful noise which accompanied the little clusters of garage collectors as they meandered through Hilton to carry out this good deed was uplifting. The fresh air and change in routine was exhilarating for teachers and pupils. Perhaps this will become an annual event.
Meetings of interested residents have been held during the past months and a committee recently elected. A Constitution has been tabled for comment and the way forward is becoming clearer. At this stage efforts are underway to define the area encompassed by the World's View Conservancy (WVC). This will incorporate the area between World's View Road (including all houses within World's View suburb itself) and Celtis Road including houses on the southern side of Celtis Road and all homes on either side of Old Howick Road and turn-offs as far as Celtis Road. A conservancy is all about loving your home and surrounds enough to join hands in actively caring for them. It is an opportunity to get to know your neighbours and share a joint concern for your environment.
To this end a public meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 26th at 19:00 in the Girl Guide Hall, World's View Road. Residents, community members and interested parties are invited to attend and share their views. Membership of the World's View Conservancy is R100 per person per annum. On the following Sunday, 31st October, residents are invited to participate in a World's View Clean-up, commencing at 10:00 at the corner of Old Howick and World's View Roads and proceeding along to the picnic area at World's View where a bring and braai will be held. Please call Chairman, Hugh Temple 033 3431286, or Secretary Howard Richardson 033 3432884.
Submitted by Ros Grieve
HiltonVillage.co.za met up with Moira, a local yoga teacher. Moira takes a weekly class for the public and also teaches Yoga for relaxation at St Annes Diocesan College.
Yoga has been a big part of Moira's life since 1983 when, although it was not popular at the time, she and her sister began a yoga class. Through the years Moira has practiced Hatha Yoga under 5 teachers.
Initially Moira began teaching in Howick when encouraged by her teacher, later she also taught for a while at the Quarry Health Centre. In total she has taught Yoga in Hilton for 8 years. Moira idoes not follow any of the spiritual teachings of Yoga. Her focus is on the health benefits for body, mind and spirit. She does however enjoy Eastern Philosophy and will close each class with an uplifting reading, some drawn from the East and others not.
Moira shared that the ancient activity of Yoga first began around 5000 years ago when it was mostly followed by men, then woman began to see the benefits and found it easy to do at home. Nowadays mostly women practice Yoga. Yoga is Sanskrit for yoke, meaning the joining together of things. It brings about a connection of body, mind and spirit.
Hatha Yoga is the most physically demanding of the many arms of Yoga. Initially Moira is careful to suggest alternate positions within the capabilities of her students. As Yoga in non-competitive new students can easily slot into the class. Within 3 months you will begin to appreciate the benefits of increased strength and toned muscles. Yoga also stretches ligaments and tendons, increases suppleness of joints and improves circulation and breathing. Moira Also teaches relaxation techniques.
All you need to become involved is grab your yoga mat and a light blanket, pull on some really casual comfortable gear and join in at a very reasonable rate of R30.00 per session. Click here for contact details.
Life Coaching comprises the second fastest growing profession in the world today. HiltonVillage.co.za met up with Hilton's own Life Coach, Cherri Forsyth, who is well-known for her many years spent in Hilton where she has been a wife, mother, teacher, swim coach, estate agent and auctioneer in the family business, has finally for the last year and some been doing the work that resonates with all that she is.
Nine years ago Cherri and her family had to deal with the sudden loss of their daughter, aged just nine. This life shattering experience and successive challenges have equipped Cherri with the heart to carry out her life's purpose with courage. In hindsight Cherri acknowledges that the path behind her has molded her into a brave woman, who is ready to step through all the new doorways that beckon. Having personally tested her newly acquired life coaching tools has, for Cherri, added a dimension of honest conviction to this venture.
Taking your life to a new level is a gutsy choice, it is much easier to coast along and blame somebody else for your shortfalls. Cherri welcomes clients who are pro-active and ready to be empowered, live a positive and balanced life, achieve peak life performance on a personal level and quite simply be the best they can be. The four key areas she focuses on are;
Coaching sessions for couples and individuals face-to-face or on Skype.
Coaching the Coach.
The handover of life skills needed to live a balanced life to high school pupils.
Workshops. e.g. Dealing with Emotional Pain, Time Management.
Packages can be streamlined to fit your budget. Cherri also networks with a group of esteemed professionals in supporting fields and as soon as she identifies a problem requiring alternate expertise, she will suggest the most suitable course of action.
Cherri is amongst the first few South Africans to be empowered by New Insights Africa, to coach other aspiring Life Coaches. She is very enthusiastic about new developments that will soon be available to her clients, such as guided online journaling. This will be an ongoing growth area that is accessible to everybody. Watch this space!
Congratulations to Michael Ryan, a Grade 11 pupil at Hilton College, who has been selected for the South African Schools' Golf Team. Michael competed in the recently held inter-provincial schools' golf championships held in Parys. He shot rounds of 71 and 74 at the Parys Country Club and rounds of 75, 71 at the Vaal de Grace Country Club. This resulted in him ending in joint 4th place and being selected for the SA Schools' Golf Team which was selected of the top 8 golfers at the tournament.