Eunice High School’s Executive Committee (Headgirls and Vice Headgirls) was announced at the Awards Ceremony on 3 October 2019. 41 learners from Grade 8 – 11 form the new Representative Council of Learners (RCL) for 2020. They were announced on Friday, 23 August during a special assembly at school.

From left to right: Sinovuyo Busakwe (Eunice House Vice Headgirl), Maudè Kruger (Eunice Vice Headgirl), Busisiwe Mahlaba (Eunice House Headgirl) and Kim Joubert (Eunice Headgirl)

Delien Kleinhans of Eunice High School received the “2019 Girls’ Player of the Year Award” at the annual Junior Awards Evening of Tennis, South Africa. This is the second time that Kleinhans has won this prestigious award – she received it previously in 2018. The gala took place on the evening of 6 October at Feather Hill Estate in Potchefstroom.

Photo: Allan Karm (TSA board member), Delien Kleinhans and Asnath Sebati (TSA Junior National selector and travel coach).

Delien’s achievements include the following:

  • Winner of the Southern Africa U/20 Youth Games: Singles and Doubles (December 2018 – Botswana),
  • Runner up of the International Tennis Federation Grade 5 tournament: Singles and Doubles (February 2019 – Potchefstroom),
  • Runner up of the International Tennis Federation Grade 3 tournament: Singles (February 2019 – Pretoria),
  • Part of the South African U/18 Team competing in the African Junior Championships (March 2019 – Morocco),
  • Winner of the U/18 National Championships: Singles and Doubles (April 2019 – Bloemfontein) and
  • Winner of the International Tennis Federation Grade 4 tournament: Singles (July 2019 – Johannesburg).
  • Delien is also included in the Growthpoint Junior National Squad for 2020.

Eunice High School’s Representative Council of Learners (RCL) was announced on Friday, 23 August during a special assembly at school. The Executive Committee (Head girls and Vice Head girls) will be announced at the Award Ceremony, on 3 October 2019.

From left bottom to right:

1st Row: Serena Donachie, Alanis Alvarez Aranda, Thatoyaona Mogamisi, Sune Venter, Delien Kleinhans, Alyssa van Reenen

2nd Row: Mrs M Spoelstra (Learner Development coordinator), Kim Joubert, Lwazi Bezani, Olithemba Dyeyi, Feng Mei Chuang, Cara Katzke, Antoiné Geel, Simona Petrella, Lesedi Mohale, Mercedes Hartley

3d Row: Ms E Pretorius (Wellness coordinator), Carla Stadler, Boitumelo Masimong, Katelyn van der Merwe, Lindelwa Xhati, Bohlale Malimane, Unako Bekezulu, Tashlene Cronjé, Jandri van Straaten, Jody Maclachlan, Onyi Nwaokorie, Busisiwe Mahlaba, Omogolo Choane, Lerato Mohlamme, Mrs J Botma (RCL coordinator), Robynne Ndlovu, Nthabiseng Seturumane, Mrs L Smit (Community Building and Service coordinator)

Back Row: Mr W van Zyl (Culture coordinator), Lael Malherbe, Ané Meyer, Mrs de Wet (Headmistress), Maudé Kruger, Jacolette Wessels, Sinovuyo Busakwe, Mbali Mtimkulu, Nicola Badenhorst, Tlholo Moeng, Gabby-Lee Topkin, Mrs S Wesso (Wellness coordinator)

On Saturday, 7 September, two u15 teams from Eunice High School participated in the Free State Schools Netball Fast Five Tournament, held at Zastron High School. The u15 A-team showed exceptional endurance and qualified to participate in the National Tournament, which will take place during the September school holiday.

Front row from the left:
Annemè Kruger; Katlego Konana; Luciana Senosi; Juanita Kruger.
Back row from the left:
Ms Stephani Snyman (team manager); Ellizaan Jaftha; Zenobia Slabbert; Daniella Hugo; Carmen Du Plessis; Cristina Alexander; Carli De Jager; Ms Nicole Bruhns (team coach).

Eunice does it Again!
Most Outstanding Senior Public Speaking pupil in the Province

Alyssa van Reenen, from Eunice High School, once again outwitted her competitors from the Free State region, by running away with the Provincial Public speaking Youth Summit trophy.
After going through three gruelling rounds of delivering a prepared speech, presenting unprepared speeches and experiencing question and answer sessions, Alyssa was placed 1st at the Public Speaking Youth Summit held in Bethlehem, on the 30 August 2019.

She impressed the judges with her confident demeanor and her hard hitting topic, Rape Culture is a Myth. In addition to her trophy she was awarded a HiSense Infinity E6 cell phone

The Eunice U14A Hockey Team won the Southern Free State league. They then proceeded to beat Witteberg and claim the Free State Cup at the University of the Free State’s astro on Saturday, 24 August.

From left to right:
Back: Mrs Anmaré Harris (coordinator) and Mrs Zinnette de Wet (headmistress)
2nd Row: Taheera Augousti, Alexia Koupis, Solange Jacobs, Taryn Adams, Isabella Myburgh, Yolandi du Plooy, Khanya Mtimkulu, Bianca Edwards, Lisa Sambo, Ms May-Louise Stassen (coach)
1st Row: Chris-Lea Potgieter, Megan Pelser, Sasha-Lee Assur
Front: Courtney van Reenen

The Northern Cape Theatre in Kimberley is filled with a nostalgic atmosphere and excitement. It offers opportunities, exposure and privileges almost without equal.
The Eunice String Ensemble, Eunice Drumline and the 3 Eunice Marimba bands have worked extremely hard! Week after week, rehearsal after rehearsal (and then of course the extra rehearsals in between) led to the brilliant results of the MADDFEST held in Kimberley on the 22nd August 2019.
What is even more impressive, is how efficiently the marimba band can dismantle and set up 2 full sets of chromatic marimba instruments; an amazing 4.5 Min – 7min and ready to play! These ladies are truly a well-oiled machine, ready for anything that comes their way; a true reflection of Eunice Excellence.

On the morning of 22 August, the ‘Dream Team’ of 42 Eunice ladies, coach Mrs Margie Anderson and manager Mrs Mag Marais set off aboard a Big Sky bus in order to take part in the MADDFEST held in Kimberley. They were only too aware of the challenges which faced them: providing musical entertainment and undergoing the severe scrutiny of an adjudicator from Gauteng.

The MADDFEST has 4 categories of awards. A Bronze 60%-69%, Silver 70%-79%, Gold 80%-89% and Diamond 90%-99%

The string ensemble, (9 learners), earned themselves an outstanding 99% thereby obtaining winning a Diamond Award.
The first Marimba group, consisting of 8 Grade 8 learners, played their own compilation of Stereo Love and Macarena received a very impressive 96%! This earned Eunice its 2nd Diamond certificate.
The second Marimba group, with 8 learners ranging from grade 8 to grade 11, playing ‘Buya Africa’ and ‘Vat Jou Goed en Trek’ compilation, left the adjudicator in such awe that they awarded 99% and Eunice earned their third Diamond certificate!
The third Marimba group was the highlight, playing a radio mashup of ‘CCR Brown-eyed Girl’, ‘Have You Ever Seen the Rain?’ and ‘Viva la Vida’. The adjudicator was so impressed that he said that he could have awarded a Quadruple Diamond to this group! They received 100% for their performance!
The drumline then performed. This is the first time that they have entered a competition. They made a dramatic improvised entry with an improvised version of Johnny Clegg’s ‘Impi’, ‘Great Heart’, and ‘Asi-bonanga’. Their disciplined style and technique gave them a very well deserved 100% with the adjudicator again wanting to award a triple Diamond!

This was a very successful trip! We were awarded 5 Diamond certificates in all. The Eunice Music department is constantly on the rise, living up to her motto: Those who conquer, conquer themselves!

Eunice Senior Marimba Band
From left to right: Gabby-Lee Topkin, Caitlin Mantel, Jade Swart, Mrs Anderson (coach), Baraka Mutambala, Todva Mhlanga, Julie Ji, Kara van Wyk.

Absent: Lisa Reblin, Manto Mhlangu

Eunice High School took part in the regional round of the ATKV Tienertoneel that took place at the Wynand Mouton Theatre from 5-10 August.

Eunice’s production, Die langste Maandag written by Issabella Mostert, received a Bronze Certificate. Jandri van Straaten in the role of Nina received a Silver Certificate for her acting and the cast received a Bronze for Ensemble work. The cast consisted of Neo Mogodi (Juffrou Ina), Anke Weyers(Riana), Nielsje Erasmus(Esmé), Alanis Alvarez Aranda (Rouvé) and Jandri van Straaten(Nina).

Taegan Regal, Gr 11 learner at Eunice High School, was placed in the top 50 in the Free State after the Science Olympiad. As a result, she was given the opportunity to attend a Science Convention with her Science teacher, Mrs Kerryn Lombard. This took place at the North West University, Potchefstroom on the 15th and 16th of August.

Taegan said that the well-organized Science Convention was an inspiring and enlightening experience. She enjoyed all the presentations but especially the Chemistry demonstration and the tour around the Pharmacy faculty. She will share her experiences with her peers and use the opportunity that was given to her to encourage others.

Eunice High School’s U/14 Hockey Team was the runner up at the prestigious DSG under 14 TOP 12 Hockey Tournament. This took place in Grahamstown at the Diocesan School for Girls from the 8th – 11th August.
In the first round Eunice beat Pearson 5/1, St Cyprians 3/0, St Stithians 4/1 and Bloemhof 3/2. In the semi-finals they played Bloemhof again and beat them 5/3. Eunice ended second after losing in the finals against Herschel in a nail-biting shootout.

Front row from left to right:
Taryn Adams, Khanya Mtimkulu, Courtney van Reenen, Isabella Myburgh, Chris- Lea Potgieter, Megan Pelser, Alexia Koupis.

Second row from left to right:
Lisa Sambo, Sasha – Lee Assur, Solange Jacobs, Dulce Lopez De Rey, Bianca Edwards, Yolandi du Plooy.