In a true testimony of the Inspired approach, which employs an integrated educational focus on academics, sports and the arts, Reddford House Northcliff students are performing brilliantly in these areas. Apart from the collective student body’s achieving consistently outstanding academic results, various students have excelled in their chosen sport or creative field in recent months.
In December of last year, AEC Swimming School student Talia Fos made her country proud by participating in the U20 Africa Youth Games in Gaborone and bringing home a gold medal. Cameron van der Merwe, in her field of Open Water Swimming, recently represented the SA Junior Open Water Swimming team in Slovenia, swimming the 5km for her country. She then went on to win the 5km, 7.5km and her first 10km in the CGA Open Water Series 1 event.
Both young swimmers have very bright futures, as they are part of the Swimming South Africa National squads, planning for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 2024 Olympics.
On the 9th of February, Katelyn Kroats, an 11-year old student, travelled to KwaZulu Natal to participate in the world’s largest open water swim – the Midmar Mile. It was her sixth open water swim, and she finished in a pleasing 42 minutes
In Judo, Sebastiano Heidmann, Grade 9, participated in the second National Ranking event of 2019 held at Wits University last Saturday. He secured 1st place and took home a gold medal. This result places him in the joint number-one ranked spot going into the South African Championships later this year.
In the field of music, Nicolas Viljoen, Grade 10, was selected as a member of the Simfonia Juventi where he will be playing the cello. It is his fourth year playing in different youth orchestras. Last year he played at the National Tattoo. He was chosen to play for Simfonia Juventi (the old TED youth orchestra) in Pretoria and is also playing in the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra. In April, he also had a very successful week with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra and the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. Together with the Boys’ Choir, the orchestra performed Mozart’s Requiem.
In dance, Nehanda Peguilian, Grade 12, took part in the Dance World Cup South African qualifiers last week. She performed three dances: two group dances and one solo. She came first in all her dances with over 80% for each performance. Nehanda has now qualified to go to Portugal for the Dance World Cup Finals in July this year.