Eunice High School triumphed in the SACEE debating league final which took place at Grey College on 17 October. Eunice’s senior team beat their male counterparts from Grey College in an intense unprepared debate that focused on the government’s responsibility to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants. The teams were allowed one hour in which each debater prepared an eight minute speech – without using any electronic device as a resource. This victory places Eunice High School top of 18 teams that competed in the senior division of the SACEE debating league. The winning learners were Favour Ifeanyi, Bontle Leeuw and Tshepiso Seboloki. Favour Ifeanyi was also selected as the best debater of the event.From left to right: Tshepiso Seboloki, Favour Ifeanyi, Bontle Leeuw.

The Provincial Round of the Departmental Maths Competition took place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12 October at the Bon Hotel in Bloemfontein.
The Provincial Round of the Departmental Maths Competition is comprised of two sections namely Quantiles 1 – 3 and Quantiles 4 and 5. Nine learners of Eunice High school were placed in the top 10 in the Free State in their respective age categories in Quantile 4 and 5.

Back row (fltr): Orefile Losabe (Grade 10 Top 10, Tasmiah Hoosain (Grade 10 Top 10), Cara Stevens (1st in Grade 8), Caitlin Rossouw (2nd in Grade 8), Cara Katzke (1st in Grade 9) and Lize Feirrera (2nd in Grade 9),
Front row (fltr): Alanis Alvarez Aranda (2nd in Grade 11), Grace Ho (1st in Grade 11) and Baraka Mutambala (Grade 11 Top 10).
In a separate Mental and Maths 24 competition which was also held on Saturday 12th, Caitlin Rossouw (Gr8) and Lize Ferreira (Gr9) were the overall winners in their respective grades.

On Saturday, 12 October, the Eunice swimming team participated in the Menlopark Invitational Gala. This was the perfect time to start off the new school swimming season for 2020. The girls did not disappoint and Eunice was placed 2nd overall. Joane Meintjies was third in line for the Senior Victrix Ludorum. Eunice had an overall medal count of 19 medals, including relays.

The following swimmers were Medalists:
Back: Amber Olsen (girls 14): 2nd 50m breaststroke, 2nd 50m backstroke
Warona Tlali (girls14): 3rd 50m breaststroke, 3rd 50m butterfly
Luchelle Oosthuizen (girls 15): 2nd 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 1st 50m butterfly, 3rd 200m Individual medley
Cara Hickling (girls 16): 2nd 100m freestyle

Front: Danielle Ontong (girls 16): 2nd 50m breaststroke
Joane Meintjies (girls 16): 2nd 50m backstroke, 2nd 50m butterfly, 3rd 200m
Individual medley
Rochelle Jacobs (girls 17): 3rd 50m butterfly

The Top 5 positions at the gala were Menlopark 1st (291points), Eunice High School 2nd (259 points), and Oranje Meisieskool joint 3rd (238 points) with Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool Pretoria (238 points). Höerskool Garsfontein placed 4th (119 points).

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