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St. Monica's Diocesan School

As part of their caring for the enviroment ethos, Mortimer Toyota Matatiele donated trees to our school. Their Enviromental Manager, Dean McIntyre, visited St. Monica’s on Thursday 8th November to deliver and assist with planting the trees. Mr Darryn Pretorius (Principal), Mr Innocent Leboea (SP HOD), Mr Zolo Dolo (support staff) and some Grade 7 learners were on site to plant the trees. Mr Pretorius explained the root system of the trees, how to remove them safely from their packaging and how to go about planting them correctly. We would like to thank Mortimer Toyota for their contribution to our enviroment.

Mrs L. McIntyre











A Day of Confirmation at St. Monica’s Diocesan School

On the 12th October six learners were confirmed during a special Mass which took place at St Monica’s. Confirmation is the second sacrament of the Church after Baptism. This day at St Monica’s was graced by the Vicar-General S.T. Mzamane, the Bishop of Mzimvubu; Fr. Setlaba, the Rector of St. Matthew’s; Fr.Nyikiza, the Rector of Chibini and Fr. Mafunda, the Chaplain of the School who also prepared the learners for Confirmation. In his homily the Bishop encouraged learners to behave themselves and work hard for their future.

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Heritage Day

On Friday, 20th September, we were taken on a journey of many different cultures and traditions across Africa. We were entertained by a spectular runway show from all the learners: from the very little Pre-schoolers in their bright, beautiful outfits to the Grade 11s who were proud representatives of their cultures. It was a true feast for the eyes. Treats and items for sale were provided by the Grade 7s. Thanks to such a successful one and for showing that we are truly a Rainbow Nation.

Miss A. Hulley








League Finals

On the 21st of June 2018, King Edward hosted a sports day that included Rugby and Netball. Our u/13’s, u/16 and 1st team rugby teams played King Edward with our u/13’s winning their match. Our u/16’s and first team were placed 2nd in the league. Also the u16 and 1st team Netball played games against various schools. Our u/16 Netball team placed first in the league and our first team Netball placed third. Thank you to King Edward for hosting such a joyous day.

Mrs C. de Kock

Environmental Awareness on the Rise in Matatiele

On the 19th of June 2018, the St Monica's Enviro Quiz pupils were invited to the Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership Programme (UCPP). They were taken on a demonstrative tour at the river just below St Monica's Diocesan School.

In celebration of the World Environment Day which was on the 5th of June 2018, both St Monica's Diocesan School and King Edward High School partook in this wonderful event to raise awareness about the drastic plastic pollution that occurs in rivers, and eventually in the ocean. With the 2018 theme of the World Environment Day being 'Beat Plastic Pollution', pupils from both schools assisted with the cleaning of the river and they further consolidated their environmental knowledge by acquiring information from the UCPP facilitators.

The learners discovered through some scientific investigations and activities that there were alien plants such as the Grey Popler and the Black Wattle Tree.

Furthermore, the pupils identified the different types of littering as mostly plastic, paper, glass and polystyrene which were explained as the main causes of erosion in the river due to litter blockage.

Dumping was identified as the main activity leading to a lot of litter in the river. Alleviating this issue would mean enforcing more recycling in our communities and educating people about the dangers of dumping on unauthorized sites. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Be the change you want to see and BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION!

(Report by Lianetse Phooko Grade 11)

WESSA E.G High School Enviro Quiz – 2018

On Tuesday 15 May 2018, our Environmental Quiz team participated in the WESSA E.G High School Enviro Quiz at Kokstad College. The day was eventful with learners taking part in the regional quiz competition based on environmental issues. Our learners were grouped together with learners from five other schools and shared environmental knowledge as they took part in the competition. Learners were particularly touched by videos depicting the horrific effects of plastic pollution on species diversity. The quiz items were thought provoking and educational. It was indeed a wonderful way of instilling environmental awareness to the next generation of leaders. Thanks to the WESSA – EG team and our principal for the opportunity.

(Mr W. Muravu)

Enviromental Day 2

(Environmental Day 2): Left to right: Lolwethu Mazwi; Math Moshoeshoe; Yothando Jafter; Unathi Ndamase and Thabo Mbhele.

U13 rugby vs KEHS

(u/13 rugby vs KEHS): left to right: Khaohelo Lebeko; Ntando Faniso; Malusi Sipika; Athenkosi Ntshayiso and Ronaldo Potgieter.

1st team Rugby vs KEHS final

(1st Team rugby vs KEHS): Left: Bokhoni Khathali and right: Ncedo Nyakeni.


1st Team Netball vs KEHS

(1st Team Netball vs KEHS): Left: Yolanda Shwaimba

Keeping Matat Green

On Thursday, the 14th of June 2018, some of our learners attended a talk about keeping our town green at the Town hall. It was very informative. Thank you to the Municipality and Rhodes University for donating five trees which we planted on Friday. We would like to encourage the community to help us keep Matat green!

Mrs L. Rawlins


(4460) left to right: Mrs L. Rawlins, Britney Werner (Grade 8) and Awonke Jafta (Grade 8); Mr Z. SikithiIMG 4460-001


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