#Noplasticfantastic Report 2019
In 2019 Pearson introduced a new environmental club with the focus on our oceans. A group of knowledgeable and enthusiastic learners quickly created awareness about the impact that the irresponsible use of plastics has on the oceans. A small group started doing beach clean ups, selling glass straws and reusable cups. The group steadily grew and the club joined The Sustainable Seas Trust as well as WESSA for bigger beach clean ups and other events, that turned out to be a lot of fun as well.
The president, Sophia Finestone, was selected as the first youth ambassador for the African Waste Network. Sophia attended the 10-day Global Youth Leadership Conference in Washington DC in June 2019 where she had a platform to share her views regarding the responsible use of plastic with other young leaders from 145 countries as well as international agencies including the UN. Pearson is extremely proud of her.
2020 is sure to be a remarkable year with a growing group of learners who are excited about saving the planet’s oceans. #Noplasticfantastic is proud to be of service.
Animal Anti-Cruelty Youth League Report 2019
The new Chairperson and Vice-Chair were elected towards the end of 2018 and Tyra Roozendal and Kiara Henderson were voted into these positions respectively. Their fundraisers and outreach programmes have included major animal food drives, dipathons and several bake-sales. They were involved with both the Nkandla and Helenvale dipathons: physically involved in the first and financially involved in the second. Volunteers from the Youth League were constantly involved in the market tin-collections and the annual AACL Street collection. The Animal Anti-Cruelty League would like to thank the outgoing committee for their continued support and for all that they achieved for the League this year.
Afrisame Raport 2019
Vanjaar het Afrisame ’n goeie jaar onder voorsitterskap van Kyla Joubert beleef. Die komitee het gepoog om een aktiwiteit per kwartaal te reël.
Ons was betrokke by ’n uitreik na ’n ouetehuis waar daar tydskrifte afgelewer is. Die graad 8’s is ook met ’n boeresport verwelkom.
Die hoogtepunt was ongetwyfeld ons deelname aan die eerste Master Sjef kompetisie vir ATKV-jeugtakke wat by Framesby gehou is. Ons span, bestaande uit Heinie Els, Leoné Oosthuisen, Danielle Roux, Anouk Pio en Cara du Toit, het met die louere weggestap en is as Master Sjef kampioene aangewys. Hulle boerekos-met-’n-kinkel het die beoordelaars oorrompel.
Die kuieraand met strooibale en ’n sokkie was weereens baie gewild. Jayden Dickson verteenwoordig ons by die ATKV-Algemene Jaarvergadering in Noordwes.
Art Club Report 2019
The Art Club committee for the 2018/2019 year consisted of enthusiastic and creative individuals who strove to show Pearson learners that it is never too late to get your creative juices flowing.
The Art Club started their year by raising funds with their annual ice cream sale and baking their famous Valentine’s Day biscuits. The committee took on the challenge of creating personalised iced biscuits, testing out creating fonts and weird and wacky recipes to make the biscuits even more appealing to eat.
The Art Club partnered with the Discovery Society for their Comic Con event by painting their decorative display items. They also held a fun and interactive workshop for the reunion weekend in which old scholars and current Pearsonites could spend time learning some new origami skills as well and decorate a massive display board with their favourite memories of our beloved school. This ‘scripture’ wall turned out to be a huge drawing card for the old scholars who found it less intimidating than folding origami birds.
The new board members for 2019/2020, Brinkley Massart-Burns ( President) and Juliette de Beer( Vice-President) plan on taking over the roles from Mari-Leigh Becker (outgoing President) and Linika Naiker (outgoing Vice-President) to make 2020 one of the Art Club’s best years with many more exciting events to not only inspire the learners but allow the Art Club to grow even bigger!
ATKV-Redenaars Raport 2019
Pearson het vanjaar weer aan dié gesogte kompetisie deelgeneem. 32 leerders het aan die eerste rondte deelgeneem. Die volgende 16 leerders het vir die semifinaal gekwalifiseer:
AFDELING: Graad 8 en 9 Huistaal Voorbereid
Anke Serfontein, Mari Venter
AFDELING: Graad 8 en 9 Huistaal Onvoorbereid
Lize Heather, Tanel Kruger
AFDELING: Graad 8 en 9 Addisionele Taal Voorbereid
Amy Jones , Hannah Smith J. Gobby
AFDELING: Graad 10 tot 12 Huistaal Voorbereid
Danielle Roux , Helene Venter, Michaela Robinson
AFDELING: Graad 10 tot 12 Huistaal Onvoorbereid
Flippie van der Spuy, Jana Zittlau
AFDELING: Graad 10 tot 12 Addisionele Taal Voorbereid
Cleo Eksteen, Jessica Beukes, Khensani Gaisa, Sophia Finestone
Danielle Roux(9de) en Jana Zittlau (8ste) haal die top tien by die semi-finale rondte vir Oos-Kaap, Suid-Kaap en die Overberg-streek.
Chess Report 2019
A highlight of chess this year was the fourth Pearson Boardwalk Open at the Boardwalk Lighthouse during the March school holidays. Our main sponsor, The Boardwalk, as well as Dr Brian van Zyl, contributed very generously towards this tournament. We made this a FIDE-rated tournament and were therefore able to attract six grand masters, the South African Champion and Pearson’s very own South African player, Jack van Zyl-Rudd.
There were four sections, namely: the GM Norm section, Invitational Round Robin (in which ten players with a FIDE rating of more than 1 500, from all over South Africa, played), the A section (in which more than 50 players played) and the Development section, in which over 60 players competed.
Prize money in excess of R40 000 was won by the top three players in each category.
Pearson’s A Team won its pool in the annual chess league. They went on to represent the school at the play-offs for league winners of the High School, Senior Primary and Junior Primary divisions in the Eastern Province.
The play-offs had a round-robin format. Pearson’s results were as follows:
- Beat Brandwag (A) 4 – 3
- Beat Brandwag (B) 7 – 0
- Beat Chapman 7 – 0
- Beat Alexander Road 6½ - ½
- Beat Grey High 6 – 1
Pearson was therefore unbeaten and won the Eastern Province A-league for the fourth year in a row. The school also produced one EP (and SA) player in the u/18A category, Jack van Zyl Rudd.
A very big thank you to our professional chess coach, Mr Freddie Odendaal, for his input this year.
Computer Club Report 2019
The following learners were chosen as Committee Members for the Computer Club in 2019: Raymond Huygen and Simon Riordan.
The following learners took part in the CodeAbot Robotics Schools League Challenge and they were placed first in the competition.
Keagan Elliot Gr 8E4
Luke Coetzer Gr 8E1
Justin Bekker Gr 8E1
The computer club hosted a gaming afternoon.
The computer club took part in the Comic Con evening organised by the Discovery Society and the committee played a valuable role by setting up arcade – type gaming sessions which were enjoyed by many.
Cultural Awards Assembly Report 2019
Our Cultural Awards Assembly was once again a smart event where we paid tribute to and gave recognition to our learners that performed well enough to receive their scroll, colours or honours award.
Our guest speaker, Marlene Pieterse, well known drama personality in Port Elizabeth, shared her ideas on how drama chose her and lessons that she learned.
The school salutes their learners who are so involved in all the different cultural activities.
Cultural Highlights Report 2019
At Pearson things happen at a very fast tempo. Therefor it is impossible to mention every event or outing of our active clubs and societies. But the following are some highlights of 2019:
The Musical Review, Kom laat ons sing, was a big success and enjoyed by many.
The wacky production, Wonderland, introduced the audience to a totally different theatrical experience.
Two Afrikaans plays were entered for the ATKV Toneelkompetisie, Liewe Lavinia en Freneties while 10000 Cigarettes was entered for the Alexander Playhouse and made it to the semi-final round.
The Beanies4Babies project was undoubtedly one of the best community involvement projects ever experienced. The whole Pearson family got on board to make this a huge success. Taking part in Wheel Chair Wednesday enabled Interactors to sponsor two wheelchairs for the needy.
Danielle Roux(9de) en Jana Zittlau (8ste) haal die top tien in die semi-finale rondte van die ATKV-Redenaarskompetisie vir die Oos-Kaap,Suid-Kaap en die Overberg streek.
Die jaarlikse Redenaarskompetisie was die grootste ooit. 49 leerders het vanjaar hieraan deelgeneem.
Afrisame neem deel aan die eerste Master Chef kompetisie vir ATKV-jeugtakke en word as die kookkampioen gekroon.
The launch of the #noplasticfantastic club is another highlight, as well as PET’s involvement in spayathons.
Having the junior mayor, Simon Riordan, is another thing to be proud of.
Dancesport Report 2019
Dancesport has enjoyed a very busy and successful year. The sport has enjoyed tremendous growth in the school.
The 2019 Dancesport committee organised many events, including an amazing dance demonstration in assembly, a flash mob display at a break and a stand for the club and societies expo day. Our members also provided entertainment at the Cancer Night Relay to raise funds for Cancer SA. Our dancers also competed in the Pearson-Framesby derby. Pearson dancers S’bulelo Kubashe and Megan Smith won this comfortably, after which some of our dancers were invited to do a dance display at Kabega Primary School’s Sparkle Tea for Grade 6 and 7 girls.
Pearson competed in the annual Interschools Dancing Competition. Although we had a fewer couples than the previous year, the Pearson dancers did the school proud. S’bulelo Kubashe and Megan Smith won 1st place in the Gold Latin Badge section for the second year in a row. These results helped us come second for the second year in a row, with just one point the difference between us and the overall winners.
In August, our first official annual ball was held in the school hall. The theme was Prom Night. It was a truly magical night which all 79 learners who attended, thoroughly enjoyed. A big thank you to Britney Smith and her parents who organised the event. Thanks also to the Gentleman’s Club for acting as waiters, to Mrs Marais for helping with the decorations and to all the parents who helped with the clean-up. We hope to organise another ball in 2020.
The yearly dance tests were held at Victoria Park High School. Most of the Dancesporters achieved results of over 80%.
The year ended with the annual Grand Ball in the Feather Market Centre in October. The theme was Yule Tide Ball and was organised by our dance instructors, Hadrian and Taryn Roberts, for all the schools in Port Elizabeth who participate in ballroom dancing. It was a superb evening.
Huge congratulations to the 2019 committee for all their pioneering work this year.
ATKV-Debat Raport 2019
Vanjaar is daar weer aan dié kompetisie deelgeneem. Drie van die spanne, twee juniors en 1 senior dring deur na die halfeindrondte in George. Hulle het die skool se naam daar hoog gehou.
Juniors: Dané van Dyk, Anke Serfontein, Alexa Barnard, Mari Venter, Danielle Honiball en Lise Heather
Seniors: Jana Zittlau en Gerhard Botha
Debating Report 2019
The debating season started with the annual Alexander Road Pickwick Debating Festival on the 26th of January. This is a friendly competition to encourage pupils to participate in debating and to gain some experience before the start of the league. We entered two teams, of largely inexperienced debaters, who performed well and learned valuable skills in debate structure and strategy.
For the first time, the Port Elizabeth league included a junior section this year. Our Grade Eights have shown a keen interest in debating and have developed nicely during the course of the year. The junior team won two debates and lost one, narrowly missing out on the quarter finals. Keira Saddler performed very well and earned a best speaker award. The junior team also won the Parel Vallei derby, with jayde O’Halloran and Okuhle Mti both named best speaker in their debates.
The senior team won all of their debates in the first round of the league competition, making it through to the quarter finals, where they lost to Collegiate. Taboka Ndhlovu was named best speaker in one debate. They narrowly lost to Parel Vallei in their derby debates and Irene Pitsoladi was awarded as best speaker in her debate.
Reece Tuck joined our debating committee and attended an adjudication course, enabling him to adjudicate junior league debates.
In August, nine learners travelled to East London for the regional round of the World Scholars Cup. This is a global competition, which includes debating, writing and quiz sections. The teams of three were challenged to think out of the box and come up with innovative solutions for a ‘World on the Margins’. Our teams performed very well, particularly enjoying the debating section. Particular mention must be made of the Grade 8 team, who competed in the senior division, with Grade 11s and 12s and achieved some of the best results from our school. Keira Saddler was named as the best participant from Pearson and ninth overall, out of more than 300 participants.
The interhouse competition took place in the third term and provided an opportunity for many learners to try out their debating skills. After a preliminary round, Heath 1 and Deary and Wait and Heath 2 met in the semi-finals. Heath 1 and Wait competed in the finals and Wait won the competition.
Discovery Society Report 2019
The Discovery Society had an exciting year with events that appealed to a wide audience. The year started with a trip to Plettenberg Bay and George. Learners visited the Redberry Farm on Saturday, 9 February, where they enjoyed negotiating their way through the largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere, listened to an educational talk and picked strawberries. Learners spent a lovely evening walking on the beach in Sedgefield followed by a visit to the Plett Puzzle Park on Sunday, 10 February. Hours of fun were had while the learners explored the 3D maze and the Forest Puzzle Walk. The weekend spent puzzling and solving problems was enjoyed by all.
The annual Shakespeare in the Park was enjoyed by a number of learners who were treated to an excellent production of As You Like It.
The second term’s main project was our annual Comic-Con in co-operation with the Computer Club. Friday, 3 May saw the Deary Hall filled with characters from a variety of movies and games. There were old-fashioned arcade games for those with a touch of nostalgia, a number of board games, LANning, a Superhero quiz as well as a Costume competition. The evening was huge success and we hope to grow from strength to strength. The second activity for the term was a quiz as part of the reunion weekend.
The third term saw the second Discovery Escape Room being held. Seven teams competed to see who could solve the clues and puzzles to escape from the locked rooms first. Teams had fun solving puzzles and riddles to find the key to escape. The winning team was rewarded with delicious cupcakes as their prize.
2019 was a year filled with fun and entertaining activities ensuring that this dynamic group will grow from strength to strength in their aim of being life-long learners with a sense of wonder and a thirst for knowledge.
First Aid Report 2019
This year, there was a large group of new first aiders. 27 learners completed the Level 1 and Level 2 courses, and more of our current first aiders completed the Level 3 course. All these learners passed with flying colours. A strapping course was also completed by 24 learners, which prepared them for the busy winter season and all the injuries it brings.
Another busy year of sport – and filling ice bags – has passed. Even though many of our derby days were away this year, the first aiders still served at athletics, cricket, netball, hockey, swimming galas, water polo and rugby. The white blur of the first aid jackets often came and went before anyone realised that there was an injury.
The school is extremely proud and grateful for what the first aid learners do and what they represent. Our first aiders practise an important life skill and they are all passionate, kind and capable young people who are ready to serve others.
Foodlover’s Club Report 2019
Thank you to Charné van der Mescht (who began the Foodlover’s Club) for her leadership over the past year and for organising an interesting sushi demonstration this year.
Further demonstrations and competitions will follow next year under the leadership of Hlumelo Vece.
Congratulations to the committee members of 2020: Kirsten Wylde, Leah Woolard-Gomez, Lihlumelo Marele, Sihle Ndoyana and Ashley Fothering-Roelofse.
Gentleman’s Club Report 2019
The Pearson Gentleman’s Club hosted their Winter Ball again in June this year. The creative decor, top class musical entertainment and fine dining made for an unforgettable evening, turning this stylish event into one of the most anticipated on our calendar and requested by especially the young Pearson ladies. Thank you and well done, gentlemen.
Hands of Hope Christmas Party Report 2019
The Hands of Hope Committee and Pearson’s Interact Club once again joined forces to host the annual Christmas Party for The EP Childrens’ Home.
The Christmas Party was held on Friday 11 October in the Pearson Tennis Clubhouse. It was an enjoyable afternoon filled with excitement .The children were spoiled with delicious pizzas and other yummy snacks.
They participated in various games and enjoyed being entertained by a very funny clown who performed wonderful magic tricks.
Each child received a present from Pearson’s very own Santa Claus. A big thank you to everyone who assisted us with the Christmas Party by donating various items and gifts.
Hands of Hope Report 2019
The Hands of Hope Committee visited the Eastern Province Childrens ‘ Home several times this year.
Each of their visits focused on specific activities in order to teach the children various skills.
On some of their visits they focused on improving the reading skills of the children as well as improving their soccer skills. The children thoroughly enjoyed these activities.
They started off the year with their first visit in February, where they donated much needed toiletry items for the children. Their March visit had an Easter theme which included an Easter egg hunt.
During the second term they held a Winter Woolies Collection, collecting much needed winter clothes. The children were always treated to healthy snacks on each of our visits. The committee organised a few very successful bake sales during the year to help them raise funds to buy much needed stationery items for the 2020 school year.
They elected their new committee in August, after conducting a week of interviews to ensure that everyone had a chance to join the new committee for 2020.
Their Christmas Party took place on 11 October and they once again joined forces with Interact to host the party .It was a wonderful afternoon filled with various fun activities. Each child received a gift from Pearson’s very own ‘Santa Claus’.
We encourage all Pearsonites to join us on our visits to Eastern Province Childrens’ Home in 2020, as we continue to strive to make a difference in the lives of these precious children.
Hiking Club Report 2019
The hiking club enjoyed a number of 1-day and multiday hikes this year.
The first hike of the year was a day hike in the Island Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. A record number of hikers came out on this beautiful day to experience the natural habitat flaunted its beauty and array of bird species, even allowing us a peek at the large game species in the reserve.
The next hike was a 5-day’er, the Strandloper beach trail starting near the Kei mouth. There were many rivers to cross on this hike and we were warned that we had to time the crossings well otherwise we would struggle. With only one ‘deep’ river crossing and some over-the-head bag lifting, we managed to make the crossing safe and sound. We were also joined along the trail by many surfing dolphins and distant whale breaches that left us all gawking at the ocean in anticipation for the next sighting.
Another 2-day’er followed, the well-known Alexandria hike. This is a favourite among hikers for its shorter length, gruelling hills and diverse terrains. The Alexandria trail takes hikers through the iconic Alexandria dune fields, the largest dune field in the southern hemisphere. This hike is often underestimated for its length and intensity. Nevertheless, a concerted effort from the hikers and carefully-timed comments of “just around the corner” or “this is the last hill” gave everyone the drive to push to the end.
Overall, a highly enjoyable year full of memories and lasting friendships.
Live the adventure!
Interact Report 2019
Last year, in the third term, the Induction dinner, and the annual travelling supper were held. Toiletries, handbags and feminine products were also collected from Summerstrand residents and from people in the school. These were donated to Dora Nginza hospital.
Interact also assisted MES with a fun run.
Interact collected flowers for Spring Day and gave these to patients at Livingstone hospital. Spring Day Cookies were sold to raise some funds.
In the fourth term, Interact organised food hampers for the workers as a Christmas gift to thank them for all their hard work throughout the year. The club also organised a Christmas party, together with the Hands of Hope club, where learners entertained and played with the children from EP Child and Youth Care Centre.
In the first term of 2019 Interact learners visited Malabar Soup Kitchen to serve the people there and to spend time with them.
Valentine’s Day saw the club selling gifts providing a Valentines Match Making Service for Learners, as well as organising the annual Valentines Dance where more than R16 000 was raised. Learners visited Cheshire Homes to give cupcakes to the residents as well as spend some time with them – the learners even ended up singing for them.
Every week throughout the year two food parcels have been collected which are given to learners in the school who need it.
The annual Granny tea was a highlight and a number of tin collections were held. The very successful Beanies4Babies project saw more than 700 beanies being donated for neo-natal babies at Dora Nginza hospital.
A total of R24 000 was donated to various projects and charities throughout 2019.
Interact Christmas Party Report 2019
Interact, in collaboration with Hands of Hope, hosted a very successful party for 26 children from the EP child and Youth Care centre. The ages of the children ranged from six to nine. It was a heartwarming experience to bring joy to these youngsters.
The club members went out of their way to make these youngsters feel welcome. Entertainment included a magician/clown who played games with them. They were treated with a tasty pizza from Romans, Spur burgers, cooldrink and sweets. The highlight, however, was when Santa (Daniel de Wet) made his entrance and handed out a gift to each child. This is what makes the Service clubs so rewarding. Service above self. Making a difference in someone’s life makes a difference in your own life.
Interact Induction Dinner Report 2019
Kirsten Bester and his board of directors were inducted in style at a formal occasion in the Deary Hall. The school hall was transformed into a cosy spot with draping and lighting and although we had to change the original date, the evening was enjoyed by all present.
Outgoing president, Khensani Gaisa, took the audience through her very successful year and all the charities that benefitted. The following were beneficiaries :
Container project for MOC Ministries: R5000
Cerebral Palsy: R5000
Wheelchair Wednesday: R10 000
Cansa relay: R1000
Tin food to value of R2000 to MES
Junior City Council Report 2019
The Junior City Council of Port Elizabeth strives to make a difference in people’s lives by training young leaders and encouraging young people to affect change in their communities. Great emphasis is also placed on upliftment and offering financial support to various charities in Port Elizabeth.
Every year during the interview process we are pleasantly surprised by the leadership qualities displayed by Pearson High School learners. Their enthusiasm, vision and drive give us hope that the youth will be able to build a brighter future for all.
Pearson’s outgoing council member and the executive head of the council’s public relations portfolio, Zelschke van Zyl, has been a very involved and dedicated council member. The school is proud of all she has done to grow the JCC over her two years in office. Zelschke, and her amazing debating skills, will sorely be missed at the council meetings.
Simon Riordan, our new senior council member, was elected as the Junior Mayor of Port Elizabeth earlier this year. In an amazing minute-and-a-half speech, Simon convinced all those present that he was the right man for the task at hand. He is a very charismatic young leader with the vision and drive to turn his plans into reality. He genuinely cares for the people he serves and aims to involve more schools in the JCC by reaching out to the areas desperately in need of a “voice” on the council.
Jenna Greeff has also been elected to the council. We are very excited about the start of her tenure and we cannot wait to see what she will offer the council with her caring and compassionate disposition. We wish Simon and Jenna, along with the rest of the members of the council, the best of luck for the upcoming tenure and we eagerly await the outcome of their projects and charitable efforts.
JOT Society Report 2019
The JOT society has had another fantastic year.
A large number of Pearsonites have been actively involved in all of the weekly activities that the society offers.
The learners have been keen to develop their relationship with God. It has been wonderful to witness how God works in these teenagers’ lives. They are excited about sharing their faith with their peers and family members.
Die JOT – gemeenskap het in een groot familie ontwikkel, waar leerders welkom, veilig en geliefd voel.
The “Wednesday Get – Together” is a highlight of every week. A variety of events take place in the get – togethers, including worship sessions, personal testimonies, communion and DVD clips. Mr Broom’s class room is usually packed out for these meetings.
“GFC” (Girls for Christ) and “MUG” (Men United for God) meetings are held every Thursday at break time. This is a special time for guys and girls, where the opportunity is created for them to share openly with each other about issues directly affecting their lives.
Op Vrydae het leerders bymekaar gekom vir die weeklikse “Vrydagbidsessie” tydens tweede pouse. In hierdie sessie bid hulle vir kwessies wat die skool raak, asook vir vriende en familie. Hulle groei in geloof soos wat God hulle gebede beantwoord.
Die twee hoogtepunte van die jaar was weereens die JOT-kamp (in Februarie) en Focus Week (in Julie).
85 Pearsonites went to the JOT camp. It was an awesome weekend of fun, food, worship sessions and inspiring guest speakers.
Focus Week was a week where guest speakers and worship teams came to Pearson to share their story and sing praises to the Lord. It was amazing to see hundreds of Pearsonites respond so positively to the sessions that took place.
We thank God for everything that He has done at Pearson this year and we look forward to what He has in store for 2020!
Mr and Miss Pearsonality Report 2019
The Mr and Miss Pearsonality pageant is held in the first term for Grade 11 learners. This year the theme was ‘Marvellous Pearson’ and hosts Sitha Mpako and Hlumelo Tshungu did not leave any detail to chance. Dressed according to the Marvel Super Heroes theme, Sitha and Hlumelo led us through an array of Marvel delights. The contestants danced two themed dances from Black Panther and a remix of all the Marvel movies’ theme songs. They then impressed with their entertaining two-minute skits about their lives before getting smart and serious for the formal wear.
The outside judges were once again thoroughly impressed by the talented contestants.
Congratulations to the 2019 winners:
|Mr Pearsonality: Ruben Muller||Miss Pearsonality: Kelsey Willis|
|1st Prince: Adrian Briel||1st Princess: Michaela Robinson|
|2nd Prince: Jarred Grassouw||2nd Princess: Ashton Volkwyn|
Oppie-Tong-Af Praatkompetisie Report 2019
Pearson het vanjaar vir die eerste keer aan dié alternatiewe openbare redevoeringskompetisie deelgeneem.
Op 23 Augustus het sewer leerders, Toboka Ndhlovu, Andy Mfunda,Micaela Robinson,Hannah du Plessis, Ben Stead, Tanel Kruger en Oyama Mabi aan die Oos-en-Suid-Kaapse been deelgeneem en baie goed gevaar. Micaela Robinson en Tanel Kruger dring deur na die landsfinaal waar Tanel 7de in Suid-Afrika eindig.
Hopelik sal meer leerders die nut van hierdie ongewone kompetisie besef en daarvoor inskryf.
Oratory Competition Report 2019
49 of our learners participated in the annual oratory competition and the standard of the speeches delivered, was of a very high standard.
Jayde O Halloran won the gr.8-section with her speech: Words: mourning or wisdom?.
Jade Gobby won the gr 9 section with her speech: Deure gaan oop as jy die deurknop draai.
The gr 10 section was won by Danielle Roux with her speech: Die samelewing maak van ons marionette.
In the gr 11 section Taboka Ndhlovu won with her speech: Happiness is a choice.
We are going to miss our eager gr 12 speakers. Cleo Eksteen, with her speech Society’s road to success was crowned the gr 12 winner.
Parel Vallei Derby: Kultureel Raport 2019
Die kulturele derby met Parel Vallei is vanjaar by Pearson gehou en daar kan tereg gesê word dat dit nog die grootste een ooit was..
Die kultuurvure het hoog gebrand. Die naweek is die Donderdagaand afgeskop met ‘n musiek extravaganza met ons koor, orkeste en hulle revue en jazzorkes.
Die Vrydag het ons teen mekaar gedebatteer: dink of sink, gespelathon en gedrama. Boonop was daar fotografie-uitstallings en Kunsuitstallings van ons en hulle beste werke. Moet ook nie van die vasvra, skaak en Wiskunde uitdagings vergeet nie!
Die derby het in goeie gees geskied en daar word uitgesien na aanstaande jaar.
Pearson staged two one-act plays: 10000 Cigarettes and Liewe Lavinia. The adjudicator, Marlene Pieterse, was impressed by the standard of the plays and the brilliant performances. Kiara Henderson, Keryn Gilham and Ngali Simka were highly commended for their Ensemble play. They were mentioned too for really listening to each other and convincing acting. Dillon Roberts was commended for his fine characterisation and Danielle Roux for her sincere acting.
Spoken Word celebrated poetry, prose and the spoken word. Debating and Spellathons took place in both English and Afrikaans. There were also chess matches, and Art and Design displays.
Pearsonality Report 2019
… for the people by the people …
Yet another year at Pearson High School filled with top notch academic achievements, sports adventures, cultural evenings of song and word … and day-to-day activities, all culminating in competing for a spot in Pearsonality, our vibrant learner magazine.
Applications for positions on the 2019 editorial exceeded all previous interest and allowed for an extended editorial functioning per term in order to keep the Pearson highlights warm, relevant and set in print for generations to come.
Under the editorial guidance and design expertise of Jana Zittlau and Mieke Mulder respectively, the term 1 and 2 editions delivered an elegant, clean design picturing Pearson in close connection to the World Out There.
In term 3 the baton was passed to Michaela Robinson and Mareli Roux who brought a new flair to the magazine, focusing especially on the Pearson Gees while loading the paper with photos upon photos to shine the spotlight on not only Deary Day 2019, but also on our two world class athletes: Jana Gerber and Tharushan Chettiar.
With a proud history of ensuring that the Pearson pride finds a spot in every Pearson home, we salute the editorial team of 2019 for doing a spectacular job!
Performing Arts Society Report 2019
The Performing Arts Society, once again, had a successful year hosting Pearson’s Got Talent and the annual Interhouse One Act Plays. Our performers have also been very busy bees as they have graced our stage as well as stages around the city and even country.
On Wednesday, 17 April 2019, Pearson High School held its much anticipated Oscars evening and talent show: Pearson’s Got Talent. The Performing Arts Committee joined forces with the Prefect’s cultural portfolio team to put on a dazzling show that showcased the singing, dancing, rapping and even magical talents of our young learners. This evening was a roaring success!
The top achievers in Pearson’s Got Talent 2019 were:
|3rd||Terece Jacobs and Kaylene Botha (instrumental and voice) shared with Siyo August (dance)|
|2nd||Gemma Bisseker (dance)|
|1st||JP Geldenhuys (Magic)|
The annual Interhouse One Act Plays were held on 1 August. This year had a twist: each house was given a prompt from which they had to write a script. Their prompt was the colour yellow. Ms Linda-Louise Swain graciously worked with each house in a Performing Arts workshop at the beginning of the year to develop their scripts and characters. The audience was treated to exceptionally funny comedies exploring what it is like to live in a multi-cultural South Africa from Heath and how to create an “us versus them” mentality on a sinking submarine from Deary. On the other hand, the audience was taken on a journey through the themes of abuse and addiction from ffolliott, Wait and Duppie in their deep and thought-provoking dramas. However, there could only be one winner. The top achievers in the Interhouse One Act Plays were:
|Most promising actor:||Jaydon Dickson|
|Most promising actress:||Terece Jacobs|
|Best actor:||Landile Nkengana|
|Best actress:||Tasmin Els|
A huge thank you to our 2019 Committee and especially our out-going leadership team: Belinda Taljaard, Sihle Lekhelebana, Megan Bodley and Kayla Auld. Without you, these events would not be possible.
It is sad to say farewell to the 2019 matrics. All the best to the performers for 2020!
PET Report 2019
2019 has been the most successful year yet for PET. This society, an acronym for Protect and Educate Together, aims to raise funds for animal-related charities in and around Port Elizabeth. The society also aims to educate members of the school and greater community on animal welfare concerns and our responsibility to protect those who cannot speak for themselves.
The 2019 committee, under the stellar leadership of President Chané van der Mescht and Vice-President Tristan Pilcher, managed to raise in excess of R25 000 for animal charity this year. This has enabled PET to embark on an exciting partnership with veterinarian Dr Carolyn Fryer of Pet Doctors on Pickering in Port Elizabeth. The PHS PET Sterilisation Fund, which is dedicated exclusively to the spaying and neutering of animals from disadvantaged communities where access to veterinary services is severely lacking was created. The greatest proven contribution to animal welfare is controlling the breeding of animals, which dramatically reduces the number of animals living lives of neglect and abuse. This is a pioneering initiative which puts Pearson on the forefront of animal charity in Port Elizabeth and surrounds. PET will be funding the sterilisation of needy animals in steady increments. Look out for regular updates on the PHS Instagram account (@phs_pet_project) as well as on the Pearson High School Facebook page.
PET would like to thank the executive committee and their parents as well as all Pearsonites for their support in 2019. Thank you for lending your voice to the voiceless and for making a difference in the lives of needy animals. Thank you to Mrs Smith, Mr Brazier, Mrs Munnik and Ms Georgiades for their ongoing support, energy and motivation.
The 2020 PET committee, under the leadership of President Leah Woolard-Gomez, looks forward to doing even greater good in 2020!
The 2019 committee:
Chané van der Mescht (President)
Tristan Pilcher (Deputy President)
Gerritt van der Mescht
Photographic Arts Club Report 2019
After a successful year of monthly submissions, ranging from photos of everything from portraits to food, the Pearson High School Photographic Arts Club held its annual exhibition. This year the exhibition was held in Pearson’s Deary Hall Foyer, which proved to be the next venue of choice.
This year’s exhibition saw the submission of many excellent photos. Emma van Heerden and Alycia Roux took the combined fourth place, whilst Connor Barr won third place and Skye Adcock second place. It was the excellent photographic insight and talent of Kerryn Govoni, however, which resulted in her being the overall winner of the 2019 exhibition.
On the evening of the exhibition, the club also bid a fond farewell to its matric members and thanked them for their excellent service over the years. Past President Kayla Auld was acknowledged for her hard work, management skills and dedication to Pearson Photography over the five years that she has been a member of the club.
We look forward to seeing what the talented Pearson photographers will produce next year.
Poetry Society Report 2019
The poetry society is where learners use the medium of poetry to explore their humanity. Members write poems about different topics such as love, dignity and heritage and Pearsonites meet from time to time to enjoy and savour the beauty and power of the written and spoken word. In February, Pearsonites were entertained by Silu Gqebe and Okuhle August during the introduction of committees at the Deary Hall. Silu mesmerised learners using rhythms and rhymes while Okuhle used rap to convey his message. During the year, Brinkley Massart-Burns organised different meetings such as blackout poetry where learners had to construct a poem after blackening out sections from newspaper articles. Learners were also introduced to poetry in the Dadaist movement.
POETRY COMMITTEE 2019
POETRY COMMITTEE 2020
TSOSO MOENG B MASSART- BURNS RENATO MADALA N. NTLANGANISO
Service Club Report 2019
The Service Club was established a few years ago to give the Grade 8 Learners leadership opportunities. Two learners are chosen from each register class. These learners are then responsible for organizing volunteers from their class to help at various events at the school.
This year the Service Club had representatives working throughout the night at the CANSA relay. They also worked as waitrons, serving lunches on Derby days and at the Netball lunch. During the Parel Vallei weekend they helped put up posters and assisted with setting up for the Food Fair.
During the year they helped collect and sort almost 400kg of bottlecaps and bread tags on behalf of the Sweetheart Foundation. The Sweetheart foundation sells the caps and bread tags to a recycling company and uses the funds generated, to supply wheelchairs to those in need. A wheelchair was handed over to a needy recipient during an assembly this year. Other charitable efforts included assisting Cheshire Homes by sticking labels onto 4000 hangers for Woolworths.
The Service Club members and their friends that helped, are commended for their time, enthusiasm and contributions. The experience they gained will make them valuable committee members for the various clubs and societies in their senior years at Pearson High School.
Sound and Lighting Report 2019
The Sound & Lighting team had a very busy 2019. The team was responsible for providing sound and lighting for various functions and events. Apart from the normal assemblies, Pearson also had many speakers and presentations that required our services. The team also did great work for various shows and productions held at Pearson, the theatre and Feather Market Hall. The Parel Vallei derby was a great highlight with the team providing sound and lighting at various events.
The senior learners could always be relied on to do a professional job. James Stevenson, Tim du Preez, Julian Gill, Dylan Yates and Tayla Barnard played a huge role in making the Sound & Lighting club a huge success. It is encouraging to see that there are a few juniors who will continue the good work in the years to come.
String Ensemble Report 2019
The Pearson String Ensemble has had a full and exciting year. The ensemble, led by Khensani Gaisa, started 2019 with a bang at the Pearson Music Celebration at the Feather Market Centre. A highlight from their repertoire was A-flat, a hip-hop inspired piece for violin. The ensemble made several performances including joining the Concert Band for the annual Granny Tea with some well-known favourites which got the audience up and waltzing. The annual Strings Studio concert was a delightful evening of music at which several students, who took part in the Pearson Arts Festival, played solos as well. These included, Leona Botha, Ethan Price, and Lara Fourie. The ensemble received an A+ Gold award at the Pearson Arts Festival and were invited guests at the Westering Ensemble Concert. This year the ensemble said goodbye to four wonderful matric students at a surprise waffle breakfast. The year ended with a performance at the SASMT music competition at NMU with a gentle performance of Arioso and the Theme from Forrest Gump.
Toastmasters Report 2019
The Toastmasters Youth Leadership Programme is an informal course in the art of communication and leadership held in the third term for interested Grade 11 learners. Toastmasters recognises that clear communication, the ability to express one’s thoughts to others so that they are not only heard but also understood, is important if one is to be successful in life. This ability is vital in group discussions and decision-making activities.
Over the eight weeks of the course, 48 Grade 11s in two groups learned valuable skills which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Participation in the course increased learners’ self-confidence and, best of all, they had fun learning and making new and interesting friends.
The programme ended with the graduation dinners held at Grass Roof, specially decorated for the occasion. The two consecutive evenings were organised by the learners themselves and showcased everything they had learned. Each person had a role to play. Highlights included “Table Topics”, a hilarious session of impromptu speeches including some of the learners and brave volunteers from parents and teaching staff, and speeches from the three top speakers, as judged by their peers.
The top speakers were as follows:
1ST place: Taboka Ndlovu
2nd place: Siya Didiza
3rd place: Luke Pretorius
1ST place: Saveena Naidoo
2nd place: Robert Honiball
3rd place: Jenice van der Wat
Taboka and Saveena were invited to compete in the annual PE City Schools competition against the top speakers from all the other schools in the Metro who do the course, where Taboka was awarded a trophy for second place.
Vasvra Raport 2019
Pearson het weereens in 2019 ’n span in die vasvra-liga in Port Elizabeth ingeskryf. Pearson was ook die organiseerder van die liga in 2019. Ons span, bestaande uit Reinhardt Buys, Werner van Eeden, Daniël de Wet, Connor Barr en Jana Zittlau het baie goed gevaar. Pearson het vanjaar tweede gekom in die liga.
Die span het ook deelgeneem aan die World Knowledge Olympiad en die Burger se Vlymskerp vasvrakompetisie. Hier het hulle hulself goed van hul taak gekwyt. Ons sien uit na ‘n suksesvolle 2020 jaar.
Versier-’n-Koek Raport 2019
Afrisame het 'n versier-’n-koek-met-’n-Afrikaanse-gevoel-dag gehad. Daarna is gekoffie en gekoek. Die komitee het ook die werkers met 'n reusekoek bederf!