School news By Staff Reporter - September 4, 2019 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Parel Vallei High School Grade 12 pupil, Michelle Lourens, has had a bumper art eisteddfod season, winning one cum laude, one gold plus, and one gold, at the Stellenbosch event, three high honours (equivalent to gold plus), at the Cape Town event, and one gold plus and one gold, at the Helderberg event. You can send your school pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org 1 of 8 Parel Vallei High School Grade 12 pupil, Michelle Lourens, has had a bumper art eisteddfod season, winning one cum laude, one gold plus, and one gold, at the Stellenbosch event, three high honours (equivalent to gold plus), at the Cape Town event, and one gold plus and one gold, at the Helderberg event. Michaella Beart and Zack van Cuyck are Somerset Colleges new head prefects. Parel Vallei High School gymnast, Katelyn Drury, garnered a crop of awards at the Western Cape gymnastics championships. In the tumbling discipline she tied first: level 5 in the 13 to14 year-old age group. On the double mini trampoline she was third overall: level 4, in the 13 to 14 year-old age group. On the Euro trampoline she was second overall: level 4 in the 13 to 14 year-old age group. Katelyn qualified for the Western Cape team in all three disciplines. She also came third overall: level 6, in the 13 to 17 year-old age group in floor/vault/beam/bar disciplines in the womens artistic gymnastics event. Parel Vallei high School pupils, Megan Lane, Dirk Beukes, and Joshua May, above, recently took part in the LIT British Parliamentary provincial tournament at Rondebosch Boys High School. Megan and Dirk made it through to the semi-finals, while Joshua team came second. Megan and Joshua were ranked sixth and third respectively in the best speaker positions. Joshua was selected to debate at the national championships in Durban this month, and also as reserve speaker for the provincial debating squad. Two pupils from Reddam House excelled at the regional Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. Natalie Gelderblom, pictured left, a Grade 11 pupil, received a gold medal for her project in the environmental studies category, and also received the award for the best research project for a senior in this category. The aim of Natalies project was to investigate the relative quantity of earbuds, straws and sucker-sticks (lollipop sticks) polluting beaches, and to find alternative solutions to reduce pollution. Natalie has been invited to attend the National Expo taking place later this year. Michael Shepstone, a Grade 8 pupil, received a gold medal for his project in the energy category. Michaels project was to design a salt-water battery that can power an LED light. His aim for this project was to develop an easy-to-assemble, cost effective, do-it-yourself battery kit for use in low income areas, to be used during times of power-outages. The purpose and aim of the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists is to better enable, encourage and inspire youth to become the next generation of researchers and scientists. Somerset College gathered on Friday August 16, for the dedication of the new sports field, named after Myles and Marion Siebrits, who are past staff members as well as parents, and valued members of the Somerset College community, and who were the guests of honour at the dedication ceremony. The Somerset College chaplain, Patrick Cordery, conducted the dedication service, and was assisted by Victoria Brakhoff, Grade 12, and her little brother, Ferris, Grade 2, who did the Bible readings. Ms Siebrits did the honours of cutting the ribbon under the new scoreboard, after Mr Siebrits had addressed the pupils.