Laddsworth Primary School held their Senior Primary Inter-House Athletics on Thursday 19 August and Friday 20 August 2021. On Thursday the Field events were held and 3 records were broken:
Under 9 Girls High Jump, 1.07m by Sarah Day (Grade 3)
Under 11 Girls Long Jump, 4.04m by Lily Strydom (Grade 5)
Under 11 Boys Shot Put, 8.62m by Samuel Wessels (Grade 5)
The track events were held on Friday. The winning house was Duiker with 322 points, 2nd Kudu, with 318 points, 3rd Nyala with 307 points and 4th Oribi with 292 points.
Congratulations to all our Athletes!
Lily Smit, a Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, took part in the Ocean Invitational Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition in Durban on Saturday, 7 August 2021. This competition was a qualifier for the KwaZulu-Natal Trials at the end of August. Lily performed her free-dance, rope and clubs routines and was placed first in the under 13 category. She also achieved the highest score overall for Level 4.
Laddsworth Grade Fours held the annual Taste Tour on Tuesday 3 August 2021. Every year the Grade Four pupils choose a country to study. They complete a project on their country of choice, including an informative poster, making a puppet and performing a puppet show to the class. On the day of the Taste Tour, pupils prepare a special dish and dress up in a traditional outfit. The Grade Fours had great fun showing and teaching their friends about their chosen country.
Laddsworth Primary School collected money for the SPCA 1000 Paws ‘Donations-in-a Tin’ drive. The School raised an amount of R17 309.34. Laddsworth would like to thank our parents and community for their generocity towards animals in need.
There was a class competition to see which class collected the most money. Grade 4 Jackson collected R2 282.91 and Grade 4 Rogers collected R1 854.82. These classes were given treats on Friday, 30 July 2021 by the SPCA team as a reward for their efforts.
Laddsworth Primary School invites you to take part in the Laddsworth Trust Fund Golf Day on Friday, 27 August 2021 at Victoria Country Club. The funds raised at the Golf Day will be used to grow the Laddsworth Trust Fund, which forms an integral part in securing the school’s future.
The format will be a 4-Ball Alliance – 2 scores to count, 3 tee-shots minimum per player to be utilised. Shot-gun start with Tee Off at 10h00. Each player will receive a voucher for lunch at the Halfway House. There will be lots of prizes to be won, including nearest to the pin, longest drive and many more. Prize-Giving will take place at approximately 17h00, as soon as all the players have finished and the results calculated. The golfers’ safety is our utmost concern and strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Should gatherings not be allowed, the prize giving will simply entail players collecting their winnings from the prize table.
The cost per team/4-Ball is R1 600 (R400 per player), which includes your green fees, competition fees and a voucher for lunch at the Halfway House. The closing date for entries is Friday, 13 August 2021. Please book your own golf carts, directly with Victoria Country Club, as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.
Please follow the Laddsworth Trust Fund Golf Day events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/521087969168483
Download the entry form here.
Laddsworth pupils took part in the KwaZulu-Natal Gymnastics Union Provincial Festival on 12 June 2021 in Howick and Pietermaritzburg. We would like to congratulate the following pupils on achieving their KZN colours:
Daniel Thorpe (Grade 1), Level 1 7-9 years
Hannah Kitching (Grade 1), Level 1, 6 years
Lilly Rogers (Grade 2), Level 2, 7 years
Katie Roberts (Grade 3) Level 3, 6-8 years.
Sineyka Veenstra (Grade 3), Level 1, 8 years
Emma Buis (Grade 3) Level 2, 8 years
Lilly Smith (Grade 4), Level 1, 9 years
Liam Buis (Grade 4) Level 1, 10-11 years
Lily Strydom (Grade 5), Level 2, 10–11 years
Lisa du Preez (Grade 5), Level 2, 10–11 years
Megan Gibbs (Grade 5) Level 2, 10-11 years
Elihle Mchunu (Grade 6) Level 3, 11-12 years
Congratulations to all our gymnasts!
Top Row L-R: Dax Jursa, Angus Edkins
Bottom Row L-R: Thomas Prentice, Kayleigh Henderson, Caden Francis
Photo Credit: Head Hunters
Laddsworth Primary School would like to congratulate the following Grade 7 pupils who have earned Scholarships to their respective High Schools for 2022:
• Dax Jursa - Maritzburg College - Laddsworth Closed Scholarship
• Angus Edkins – St. Charles - Music Scholarship
• Thomas Prentice - Grace College - Laddsworth Closed Scholarship
• Kayleigh Henderson - Grace College - Laddsworth Closed Scholarship
• Caden Francis – Maritzburg College – Sports Hockey Scholarship
Laddsworth is very proud of these pupils and encourage them to continue to
‘Aim High’ at their respective High Schools.
Laddsworth pupils recently took their American Ballet Awards exams. Mieke van den Berg, Grade 2, completed her American Academy of Ballet Level 3 exams in Howick on 6 June 2021. Mieke achieved Silver with a double distinction.
Sarah Rampaul, Grade 5, completed her American Academy of Ballet Level 4 exams in Pietermaritzburg at the end of May 2021. Sarah achieved a Silver Medal with a double distinction.
Laddsworth is very proud of our Ballet stars.
Laddsworth pupils took part in the KwaZulu-Natal Schools Closed Squash Tournament, at the end of May 2021 in Pietermaritzburg. This event was used to select players for the KwaZulu-Natal Interprovincial Tournament.
Congratulations to the following players on making the KZN Teams. They will participate in the 2021 Inter-provincial Tournament.
Under 13A Boys’ Team: Aiden McNeill
Under 13C Boys’ Team: Seth Morgan
Under 11A Girls’ Team: Lily Strydom
L-R: Mr Kieran Nero (Head of Sport), Mr Mohammed Abubaker (Fury Team), Mr Petrie van der Merwe (Fury Team), Mr Gavin Lambooy (Headmaster)
The Fury Motor Group donated a set of sports fitness equipment to Laddsworth Primary School on Thursday 27 May 2021. An array of equipment, including slalom poles, skipping ropes, foam rollers, agility hurdles and ladders were donated. This equipment will be used for circuit training exercises at Physical Education Lessons and during Extra-Mural sports practices.
Laddsworth is very grateful for the Fury Motor Group’s ongoing support of the school.
Laddsworth Primary School Grade Three pupils recently learnt about the various food groups and healthy eating options. At the end of May, the pupils prepared an oral on making a healthy snack and explained which food groups were represented and discussed the nutritional value. The Grade Three pupils impressed their teachers with some very creative healthy snacks.
Top Row L-R: Tessa Moreno (Grade 6), Jemma Pitman (Grade 6), Luthando Shelembe (Grade 5), Caden Francis (Grade 7)
Bottom Row L-R: Viwe Ndlovu (Grade 7), Blake Francis (Grade 6), Thabiso Maduna (Grade 7), Irie-Mae Bailey (Grade 6)
Laddsworth Primary School would like to congratulate the following pupils on being selected for the KwaZulu-Natal Inland Hockey Teams.
• Under 12A Girls Team: Tessa Moreno, Jemma Pitman
Non-Travelling Reserve: Irie-Mae Bailey
• Under 12 A Boys Team: Luthando Shelembe
Non-Travelling Reserve: Blake Francis
• Under 13A Boys Team: Caden Francis
Goalkeeper: Viwe Ndlovu
Non-Travelling Reserve: Thabiso Maduna
Jemma Pitman, a Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, has successfully auditioned for the KZN Midlands Youth Ballet Company. Jemma, who dances with Midlands Dance Theatre Centre, attended auditions on Saturday, 8 May 2021. She will attend weekly classes with specialists teaching various styles of dance.
Laddsworth is very proud of Jemma’s achievement.
Laddsworth Primary School pupils, Hannah Kitching, Grade 1, and Sarah Day, Grade 3, participated in the Pro Gymnastics Challenge in Pinetown on Saturday, 15 May 2021.
Hannah achieved a Silver Medal in the Under 7 age group.
Sarah Day achieved a Silver Medal in the Under 9 age group.
Laddsworth is very proud of our fine Gymnasts!
Laddsworth attended the Quarry School Expo on 15 May 2021. The colourful and vibrant Laddsworth stand was front and center and generated a lot of interest. Our Laddsworth pupils proudly represented their school in their various sport and school uniforms. The Laddsworth branded blue and yellow balloons are made of latex and are 100% biodegradable.
Laddsworth Grade 3 pupil, Alison Rennie, competed in the KwaZulu-Natal Irish Dance Feis held in Pinetown on Saturday, 8 May 2021, which included dancers from KwaZulu-Natal, Gqeberha (PE), Cape Town and Johannesburg. Alison won Gold Medals in both the Reel and the Hornpipe dances, as well as Silver Medals in the Light Jig and Single Jig dances. She also competed in the Preliminary Championship Section and won Gold Medals in both rounds, giving her the overall win of the Priomh Comórtas Level 2.
Laddsworth is very proud of Alison’s achievements, and wishes her all the best for the South African Irish Dance Championship, in which she will be competing in September this year.
Congratulations to the Laddsworth boys and girls who were recently selected to represent our uMgungundlovu District hockey teams at the Provincial Festival on Saturday, 15 May and Sunday, 16 May 2021.
Under 12 Boys
Blake Francis, Luthando Shelembe.
Under 12 Girls
Jemma Pittman, Irie-Mae Bailey, Unecebo Mchunu, Tessa Moreno
Patrick Mbofana, Viwe Ndlovu, Caden Francis, Thabiso Maduna.
We are extremely proud of these boys and girls and wish them an enjoyable tournament this weekend.
Lily Smit, a Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, competed in her first Rhythmic Gymnastics competition of the year on Saturday, 8 May 2021 in Durban, hosted by Ocean Rhythmic Gymnastics Club.
Lily represented Glenwood Gymnastics Club and performed her free dance routine. She was placed first in Level 4 Under 13 and was awarded a Gold Medal, based on her score.
Amahle Mhlongo, a Grade 4 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School was named Junior Swimmer of the year at the Penguins Swimming Club Awards Evening in April.
Carter Bloxham, a Grade 4 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, competed at the South African Schools and Canoe Sprint Championships from 24 to 26 April 2021 at Ntshongweni Dam in Durban. Carter excelled, even though it was his first attempt at the event, in which over 270 paddlers from across South Africa took part.
He achieved the following results in the Under 10 Boys Category:
1000m - 3rd Place
500m - 2nd Place
200m - 4th Place
Carter scored points for his school as well and Laddsworth finished 17th in the Co-Ed Primary Schools section.
Laddsworth Primary School kicked off the Cross Country season with Inter-House Cross Country on Tuesday 20 April 2021. Nyala (Green) won with 585 points, Duiker (Blue) 2nd with 510 points, Kudu (Red) 3rd with 493 points and Oribi (Yellow) 4th with 381 points. Laddsworth pupils enjoyed running Cross Country again and a record number of over 100 pupils arrived for early morning training at the beginning of Term Two.
Laddsworth Primary School celebrated World Book Day on Friday 23 April 2021. The pupils and staff were very creative in bringing various book characters to life.
Laddsworth Grade One and Two pupils enjoyed their first Mini Cricket matches last week against Howick Preparatory School. The Grade Twos played on Tuesday 13 April and the Grade Ones played on Thursday 15 April. The boys and girls had lots of fun, with some pupils showing major cricket talent!
Laddsworth Primary School held the Junior-Primary Inter-House Gala on Tuesday 13 April (Grade 1) and Wednesday 14 April 2021 (Grade 2). Laddsworth would like to congratulate all our pupils who participated in the Gala. The Relay Trophy was won by Nyala (Green House) and the Winning House Trophy was won by Duiker (Blue House).
Laddsworth Primary School held its annual Senior Primary Inter-House Championship Gala on Tuesday, 30 and Wednesday, 31 March 2021. Even though there were no spectators to encourage the swimmers, they still managed to give their best and 11 records were broken! The winning House was Duiker, Kudu second, Nyala third and Oribi fourth. The Victor and Victrix Ludorum was brother and sister, Justin (Grade 7) and Hannah van der Merwe (Grade 4) from Kudu. All the races were recorded and posted on the Laddsworth Facebook page for parents, grandparents and pupils to enjoy.
Laddsworth would like to congratulate all our swimmers on their excellent performances.
Laddsworth Grade 4 pupils, Carter Bloxham and Aphelele Mhlongo, competed in the Penguins Regional Level 3 Championship Gala from Friday 26 March to Saturday 27 March 2021 in Pietermaritzburg.
Carter achieved Gold Medals in 7 Under 10 Boys events: 50 &100m backstroke, 50 & 100m freestyle, 200m Individual Medley, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly. He also achieved a personal best time in each race, which gave him his Level 2 times.
Aphelele achieved Gold Medals for 4 Under 10 Girls events: 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly and a Silver Medal for 100m freestyle. Aphelele achieved her Level 1 times.
Laddsworth is very proud of their young talented swimmers!
Laddsworth celebrated its 118th Birthday on Monday 1 March 2021. The staff and pupils were treated to a surprise delivery of delicious, individually wrapped doughnuts, kindly donated by the Hilton Quarry SuperSpar.
Laddsworth is very proud of its 118 years of tradition and continues to encourage the values of Loyalty, Honesty, Self-Discipline, Sincerity, Courage and Respect.
Alexia Smith, a Grade 4 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, competed in the TSA (Tennis South Africa) Wilson Lollipop Tournament on 20 and 21 February 2021 at Westridge Tennis Stadium in Durban. Alexia was the winner of the Green ball section. Congratulations Alexia, Laddsworth is very proud of your achievement.
Laddsworth Primary school was very pleased to welcome back all pupils on Monday 15 February 2021. The new Grade Ones were excited to finally start ‘big school’ and settled in with great enthusiasm, as the school year officially started.
Laddsworth Primary School held their annual Prize Giving on Friday 11 December 2020. The Prize Giving was very different this year, with only Grade Sevens and their parents attending and strict COVID-19 safety protocols being adhered to. The Prize Giving was followed by the Bell Ringing Ceremony.
Matthew Bishop was named the Dux of the School for 2020 and received the Trust Cup: Dux of the School. He also received the Laddsworth Natural Sciences Trophy, The Gould Cup for English, the Life Orientation Cup and the Gordijn Cup for Social Sciences.
Laddsworth Primary School wishes the Class of 2020 all the best for the future and encourages them to continue ‘Aiming High’.
KZN Schools Squash completed three of the four compulsory tournaments for 2020 before the country went into isolation for COVID-19. Only one final trial round of trials was left and that was to finalize their positions in the teams.
Laddsworth Pupils Aiden McNeill (Grade 5) and Lily Strydom (Grade 4) qualified for selection and would have been selected for the Inter-Provincial teams if COVID-19 had not intervened in the selection of the 2020 teams.
Kendra Tongue, a Grade 7 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, has been selected for the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Youth Choir. She attended the KZN Midlands Youth choir camp, which was held at the Golden Harvest Conference Centre in Nottingham Road from 01 December to 04 December.
Kendra also just received her Music Theory results from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and she passed the Grade 3 Music Theory exam with a Merit of 87%.
Laddsworth is very proud of Kendra’s musical and choral achievements and wish her all the best for her high school career.
Charli Mlotshwa, a Grade 7 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, competed in the ROAG semi virtual trail running series, over the last 3 months. The semi virtual races were incorporated in the overall ROAG series to achieve the minimum number of races for the year. Charli won the virtual series for his age group and was the overall winner.
Charli also took part in the ROAG short course series at Karkloof, Illovo Eston, Wartburg and Drak Gardens, where he won his age group and was overall winner of the 8km trail run.
Adam Tilbury, a Grade 7 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, took part in the Pro Kennex UTR Tennis Event at Kershaw Park in Pietermaritzburg, from 28 to 29 November 2020. Adam was the runner up in the Under 14 Singles section and was the winner in the Under 14 Doubles section.
Laddsworth Ballet dancers, Camilla Conway and Amy Goddard, took part in the American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards on Saturday, 14 November 2020.
Camilla Conway (Grade 4) was awarded a Silver with Distinction for Level 4 American Academy of Ballet.
Amy Goddard (Grade 7) was awarded Gold with Distinction for Level 7 American Academy of Ballet. She also received a Mignon Furman Award, which is a Scholarship to attend the AAB Summer School 2021 in New York or Winter Online School 2020/2021.
Laddsworth congratulates our ballet dancers on their excellent achievements.
Laddsworth pupils Eben van Eeden (Grade 5) and Tayla Street (Grade 4) were awarded their Leaping Wolf Badges in October 2020. Eben and Tayla are members of the 1st Hilton Scout and Cub Group. The Leaping Wolf is the highest badge a Cub can achieve.
As part of Tayla’s Leaping Wolf project, focused on the need for early childhood development for school readiness in children. Prior to lockdown, Tayla spent Saturday mornings with the young children at the Salvation Army Children’s home and used her own occupational therapy exercises to design a programme that would be fun for pre-schoolers. She also encouraged her Cubs group at First Hilton to donate baby formula, nappies, cream, soap etc to the Salvation Army.
Eben focused on Quality Education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all and donated books and bottle tops to Singakwenza. For his Personal Challenge he sailed a Halcat by himself, with dad as crew member.
Lily Smit, a Grade 5 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, took part in the Glenwood Invitational Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition on Saturday, 14 November 2020.
Lily performed a Level 3 Free Dance and received a Gold Medal. She came First in Level 3. Lily also achieved the highest score out of all the Level One to Three competing gymnasts.
Laddsworth Primary School Grade Three pupils held Victorian Day on Thursday 22 October 2020. Pupils transformed themselves into stylish Ladies and Gentleman. They enjoyed many Victorian activities including ink and quill writing, games and a picnic on the lawn.
Laddsworth Primary School Grade Two learners enjoyed a 'Wacky Wednesday" on Wednesday 21 October 2020. The day was inspired by the book Wacky Wednesday written by Dr Seuss. The learners enjoyed lots of 'wacky' activities during the school day and they had lots of fun finding what was backwards or upside down.
On Wednesday, 23 September 2020, Laddsworth celebrated South Africa’s rich and diverse cultures, with the learners dressing up to reflect their cultural heritage.