Laddsworth Dux 2021

Laddsworth Dux 2021

L-R: Mrs Shannon Lang (Guest Speaker), Mr Neil Greyling, Olivia Greyling (Grade 7), Mrs Melanie Greyling, Mr Gavin Lambooy (Headmaster)

Laddsworth Primary School held the annual Grade 7 Prize Giving and Bell Ringing Ceremony on Friday, 10 December 2021. Guest Speaker, Mrs Shannon Lang, Counselling Psychologist, shared a special message encouraging our Grade 7s to finding their own ‘Super Powers’ and to use them wisely.

Olivia Greyling was named Dux for 2021 and received the Trust Cup - Dux of the School, Olivia also won the following eight trophies:
The Gould Cup for English,
The van der Linde Trophy for Afrikaans,
The Collin's Cup for Mathematics,
The Laddsworth Natural Sciences Trophy,
The Gordjin Cup for Social Sciences,
The Life Orientation Cup,
The Technology Cup and
The Creative Arts Cup.

Congratulations to Olivia and all the Laddsworth Grade 7s. The Headmaster and Staff of Laddsworth school are extremely proud of each and every one of you. We wish you all the best for your high school careers and cannot wait to see what the future holds for you.

 

Laddsworth Golfing Star

Laddsworth Golfing Star
Laddsworth Grade 4 pupil, Christelle van Tonder, took part in the South African Kids Tournament at Princes Grant Golf Estate on Sunday, 5 December 2021. Christelle came first in the 9 – 10-year-old age group.
Congratulations Christelle, Laddsworth is very proud of you!

 

Ballet award

Ballet award

Laddsworth Grade 1 pupil, Hannah Kitching, received a trophy for The Most Promising Dancer at the Dance Warehouse in Pietermaritzburg at the end of November 2021. Hannah dances with Grade 2s, one year ahead of her age.

Congratulations Hannah, Laddsworth is very proud of you.


 

Trinity College London Music Performance Examinations

Trinity College London Music Performance Examinations

Laddsworth Grade 7 pupils Kayleigh Henderson and Anna Hind took part in the graded examinations in Music performance through Trinity College London Music Exams, during November 2021.
Kayleigh achieved a level 2 certificate in graded examination in Music performance for Grade 4 Flute. Anna achieved a level 1 certificate for Grade 2 Piano.
Congratulations to our musicians!


 

Laddsworth pupils receive Gymnastics Badges

Laddsworth pupils receive Gymnastics Badges

Top Row L-R: Julia Rossouw (Grade 4) Sarah Day (Grade 3), Hannah Kitching (Grade 1), Maria Askew (Grade 4)
Bottom Row L-R: Rebecca Lusso (Grade 2), Kayla Morrison (Grade 4), Nomcebo Mkhize (Grade 2)


Laddsworth gymnasts, Julia Rossouw, Kayla Morrison, Maria Askew, Sarah Day, Hannah Kitching, Rebecca Lusso and Nomcebo Mkhize had their badge testing and year-end display on Saturday 27 November 2021.


 

Laddsworth spreads Christmas cheer to Siyabonga

Laddsworth spreads Christmas cheer to Siyabonga
Laddsworth Primary School held a Christmas Collection of toys, stationery and toiletries during November for the children at the Siyabonga Centre. On Wednesday 24 November 2021, Siyabonga representatives collected the items. They were overwhelmed by the large amount collected by Laddsworth Primary School. Siyabonga expressed their gratitude to the Laddsworth parents for their continued generosity.

 

Laddsworth Pupils excel at the Capital K

Laddsworth Pupils excel at the Capital K

Laddsworth swimmers participated in the Greendale Capital K swim at Midmar Dam on Sunday 21 November 2021. Some of the swimmers participated in their first open water swim. The Laddsworth swimmers excelled at the event: Hannah van der Merwe, Grade 4, finished 1st in the 1km Girls Under 10 category and Carter Bloxham, Grade 4, finished 3rd place in the Boys Under 10 category.

Laddsworth is very proud of all our open water swimmers!



 

American Academy of Ballet Awards

American Academy of Ballet Awards

Laddsworth pupils Camilla Conway (Grade 5) and Jemma Pitman (Grade 6) performed at the American Academy of Ballet Awards, which was held in Pietermaritzburg on 20 November 2021.

Camilla Conway achieved Silver with Distinction for Level 5

Jemma Pitman achieved Gold with Distinction for Level 8. Jemma also received the
Mignon Furman Award, which is a 20% scholarship reduction of the fee to attend the AAB Summer School in New York in 2022.

Laddsworth is very proud of our Ballet Dancers.



 

Laddsworth received a visit from 1948 Old Boy

Laddsworth received a visit from 1948 Old Boy
Mr Stafford Smithies, a Laddsworth Old Boy, paid Laddsworth Primary School a visit on Monday 15 November 2021. Mr Smithies, was taught by Ms Daisy Ladds, the founder of Laddsworth Primary School in 1948. Mr Smithies now lives in Gauteng, he holds a PHD in Chemical Engineering and works in the approval of explosives. Mr Lambooy took Mr Smithies on a tour of the Laddsworth estate.

 


 

Mini Cricket Festival at Laddsworth

Mini Cricket Festival at Laddsworth
Laddsworth Primary School hosted a Mini Cricket Festival on Tuesday 9 November 2021. Grade One and Two pupils from Laddsworth and Cowan House played in the Mini Festival. The children were very excited that spectators were allowed onto the school premises, they enjoyed playing their matches with their parents cheering them on, from the sidelines.

 


 

Laddsworth Grade 2 Science week

Laddsworth Grade 2 Science week
Laddsworth Grade Two pupils enjoyed a week of conducting various science experiments. Various scientific theories were tested and there were many exclamations of delight when an experiment worked out as planned.

 


 

Distinction for International Clarinet Exam

Distinction for International Clarinet Exam
Laddsworth Grade 6 pupil, Irie-Mae Bailey was awarded a certificate with distinction for Level 1 Clarinet from Trinity College London. Congratulations Irie-Mae, well done on your achievement.

 


 

Third Place at the Great Schools Bake-Off

Third Place at the Great Schools Bake-Off
What makes you happy? Friends! Grade 7s working the “Great Schools’ Bake Off” first shift at the Quarry Centre
Laddsworth Grade 7 pupils took part in the Great Schools’ Bake-Off at the Hilton Quarry Centre on Saturday, 16 October 2021. The Grade 7 pupils and their parents sold delicious home baked goods to shoppers at the Hilton Quarry Centre, the funds raised from the cake sale will be used for their Grade 7 leavers dinner.
The pupils, together with parent, Mrs Pollard, created a ‘Showstopper’ cake, based on the theme, ‘What makes you happy’. The Grade 7 pupils decided that friendship is what makes them happy and created a beautiful cake to showcase that.
The Showstopper cakes were judged by a panel of judges, as well by the public. The Grade 7 cake was placed third, after Grace College and Seedlings Montessori.

 


 

Seaguls Winter Short Course Inter-Club Gala

Seaguls Winter Short Course Inter-Club Gala
Laddsworth pupils Cody Potgieter (Grade 7) and Aphelele Mhlongo (Grade 4), both from Penguins swimming club, took part in an Inter Club Gala: Seaguls Winter Short Course on 9 & 10 October in Kloof.
20 swimming clubs from across South Africa took part in the Gala.
Cody achieved a 1st place in 50m Backstroke, 3rd in 50m Freestyle and 3rd in the 100m Individual Medley.
Aphelele achieved a 3rd in 50m Breaststroke
Well done Cody & Aphelele!

 


 

Silver at South African Gym Games

Silver at South African Gym Games
Lily Smit, a Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, represented KwaZulu-Natal at the South African Gym Games in Pretoria during the October holidays. She placed 1st in clubs and came 2nd overall in the Level 4 Under 13 age group. Lily also competed in the Ball Group Competition with three fellow KZN gymnasts and they were placed 2nd in their category.
Congratulations Lily, Laddsworth is very proud of your achievements!

 


 

First at National Dance Competition

First at National Dance Competition
Jemma Pittman, a Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, competed in the MOVE! National Dance Competition in Cape Town from 1 to 4 October 2021. Jemma achieved wonderful success, placing 1st in her Duet & 3rd in the Group Dance.
Well done Jemma, Laddsworth is very proud of you!

 


 

Success at National Irish Dance Championship

Success at National Irish Dance Championship

Alison Rennie, a Grade 3 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, competed in the South African Irish Dance Championship held in La Lucia, Durban from 1 - 3 October 2021. Alison dances for the Davidson Dance Studio in KwaZulu-Natal.
The championship included dancers from around the country and was adjudicated by three judges from the USA. Alison won gold medals in both the Slip, Jig and Treble Jig, as well as silver medals in the Reel and Hornpipe dances. Alison also competed in the Preliminary Championship Level 3 and was awarded silver and bronze in the two rounds of dancing, giving her an overall 3rd place in the South African Championship Priomh Comórtas Level 3.

Alison has worked incredibly hard to achieve these results and Laddsworth is extremely proud of her achievements.


 


 

Northern Park Inter-Schools Athletics Meeting

Northern Park Inter-Schools Athletics Meeting

Top Row L-R: Aphelele Mhlongo (Grade 4), Lily Strydom (Grade 5), Abby Julius (Grade 6)
Bottom Row L-R: Troy Godley (Grade 7), Caden Francis (Grade 7), Thabiso Maduna (Grade 7), William Riley (Grade 6)
The Laddsworth Primary School’s Athletics Team participated in the Northern Park Inter-Schools Athletics Meeting on Saturday, 18 September 2021. The Laddsworth athletes excelled. Laddsworth came first with 167 points, second Athlone with 124 points, third Northern Park with 111 points and fourth Eston with 75 points.
Athletes awarded Victor or Victrix Ludorum:
Under 10 Victrix Ludorum: Aphelele Mhlongo
Under 11 Victrix Ludorum: Lily Strydom
Under 12 Victrix Ludorum: Abby Julius
Under 13 Victor Ludorum: Caden Francis

Athletes awarded Medals for Track:
Under 10 100M Girls: Aphelele Mhlongo
Under 11 100M Girls: Lily Strydom
Under12 100M Girls: Abby Julius
Open 100M Boys: Thabiso Maduna
Open 4 X 100M Boys: Troy Godley, Caden Francis, Thabiso Maduna, William Riley

Athletes who broke records in Field Events:
Under 12 Shot Put Boys - William Riley
Open Shot Put Boys - Caden Francis

 


 

Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships

Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships
Laddsworth Grade 4 pupil, Julia Rossouw, participated in the South African Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships which was held in Pietermaritzburg on the weekend of 26 September 2021. Julia excelled and came 3rd in her age category.

 


 

Laddsworth pupils excel at Howick Tennis Tournament

Laddsworth pupils excel at Howick Tennis Tournament
Laddsworth Grade 4 pupils, Alexia Smith and Ava van der Merwe took part in the Howick Tennis Tournament from 24 to 25 September 2021, at the Howick Tennis Club.
Ava van der Merwe won the Under 10 Girls Singles category.
Alexia Smith played in an older age group and won the Under 12 Singles and Doubles categories.
Laddsworth is very proud of our rising tennis stars!

 

Eisteddfod 2021

Eisteddfod 2021
Congratulations to all the Laddsworth pupils who took part in the 2021 Eisteddfod.
Cayley Hemming (Grade 2)
Classical Piano - Pre-Grade 1: Silver
Owen Clover (Grade 3)
Classical Piano - Pre-Grade 1: Silver
Emlyn May (Grade 4)
Classical Piano - Grade 1: 1 Gold, 1 Silver
Jenna Casey (Grade 7)
Classical Piano - Grade 1: 1 Gold, 2 Silver
James-Quinn Bailey (Grade 3)
Strings - Violin - Pre-Grade 1: 3 Gold
Anna Hind (Grade 7)
Classical Piano - Grade 2: 2 Gold
Anna May (Grade 6)
Classical Piano - Grade 3: 1 Gold & 2 Silver
Emily Thorpe (Grade 7)
Classical Voice - Grade 3: 1 Gold, 3 Silver
Angus Edkins (Grade 7)
Classical Voice - Grade 3: 2 Gold
Sarah Thorpe (Grade 4)
Classical Voice - Grade 3: 4 Gold

 

Top 20 in SA Cross Country

Top 20 in SA Cross Country
Tessa Moreno, a Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, competed in the South African Cross Country Championships on Friday, 17 September 2021, in Amanzimtoti. The competition was extremely tough, with 51 girls competing in the Girls Under 12 years’ event. Tessa was the first KwaZulu-Natal girl to finish and came 19th, in a time of 12 minutes 59 seconds for 3kms.
Well done Tessa, Laddsworth is very proud of you.

 

KZN Artistic Gymnastics Team

KZN Artistic Gymnastics Team
Abbie Julius, a Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, participated in the KwaZulu-Natal Qualification Artistic Gymnastics competition in Pinetown on Saturday, 11 September 2021. Abbie came first in her age category for Level 5 and has qualified to participate in the National event in Pretoria in October 2021.

 

KZN Rhythmic Gymnastics Team

KZN Rhythmic Gymnastics Team
Lily Smit, a Grade 6 pupil at Laddsworth Primary School, participated in the KwaZulu-Natal Rhythmic Gymnastics Trials in Durban on Saturday 28 August 2021. She competed in the Under 13 Level 4 category performing the free dance, rope and club routines. Lily was placed 2nd and has been selected to participate at the National Gym Games in Pretoria on 4 October 2021. Lily also performed in a group ball routine with three other Level 5 gymnasts. They will be competing against other ball groups in Pretoria on 5 October 2021.

 

Laddsworth Inter-House Athletics

Laddsworth Inter-House Athletics

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!

 

Laddsworth Grade Threes get creative with Recycling

Laddsworth Grade Threes get creative with Recycling
Laddsworth Grade 3 pupils are learning about recycling in Term 3. On 12 August 2021, they made useful products out of recycled materials. They came up with very interesting ideas and designs, ranging from bird feeders, piggy banks to pot plants.

 

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic Gymnastics

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 4 Taste Tour

Laddsworth Grade 4 Taste Tour

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.

 

SPCA 1000 Paws ‘Donations-in-a Tin’ Collection

SPCA 1000 Paws ‘Donations-in-a Tin’ Collection

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 Trust Fund Golf Day 2021

Laddsworth Trust Fund Golf Day 2021

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.

 

KZN Gymnastics Colours

KZN Gymnastics Colours

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!

 

Laddsworth pupils receive Scholarships for 2022

Laddsworth pupils receive Scholarships for 2022

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.

 

American Academy of Ballet Exams

American Academy of Ballet Exams

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.

 

KZN Squash Team

KZN Squash Team

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

 

Laddsworth receive Fury Motor Group Donation

Laddsworth receive Fury Motor Group Donation

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 Grade Threes create healthy snacks

Laddsworth Grade Threes create healthy snacks

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.

 

KwaZulu-Natal Inland Hockey Representatives

KwaZulu-Natal Inland Hockey Representatives

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

 

KZN Midlands Youth Ballet 2021

KZN Midlands Youth Ballet 2021

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.

 

Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic Gymnastics

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!

 

Quarry School Expo 15 May 2021

Quarry School Expo 15 May 2021

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.

 

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