Northwood Rugby Show Top Form vs Jeppe & Parktown

After a successful trip to Johannesburg in 2013, Northwood and Jeppe linked back up with full set of fixtures for rugby, hockey, squash and chess, all with an overnight bus trip.

This year saw a Jeppe side dubbed to be a Joburg schools rugby power house after a good win on their tour beating the top rated Australian schools side Scotts College.  They travelled down to Northwood on Friday and were hosted by their opposite numbers that evening causing some new friendships to undoubtedly be made. Come Saturday however, it was business as usual and the Northwood Knights  proved the doubters wrong and stunned the Jeppe side with a convincing 14 point victory.

Northwood were first to get points on the board with the talented boot of Sasasa Makhanya. Jeppe did not take long to reply and were in with a try down the blind side. If anything this helped the Northwood team pull together and they worked a penalty to the corner, eventually scoring a try by vice captain Ngoni Chidoma soon after with a rolling maul.

Jeppe replied with a penalty late on in the half and this left the teams going in to the break at 10 all.

Both teams came out with a point to prove and were at each other’s necks so to speak. Northwood worked their way down field convincingly well through the boot of their strong Dutch international centre David Weersma pinning Jeppe back in their own half.

From here ball retention was vital and Northwood once again through some strong carries by flanker Calvin Silson found themselves close enough to the try line where they bullied Jeppe over the line with some pick and goes.  A converted try gave Northwood a 17-10 lead. Northwood then had 2 more penalties converted. Jeppe worked back a try of their own after good phase play to get one right through the centre channel and touch down under the posts. The score was 24-17 to Northwood with just minutes to go when replacement winger Jabu Mabida caught an intercept and made good use of his legs to beat most of the defenders 60 metres to the try line scoring under the posts. This proved to be the final nail in the coffin for Jeppe and Northwood walked away with a well deserved victory (not just for them and their school but their entire community) 31-14.

After the great win on Saturday Northwood made a quick turnaround to play Parktown on Monday. Due to some injuries the back line was shuffled around and in the end the boys did well to not let this distract any momentum.

The game seemed to be one way traffic in the first half with Northwood showing their true quality as a team and were tactical at set pieces, the break down and, most importantly, defence-cutting out any threats from Parktown before they could turn into momentum.

Northwood found themselves leading 26-3 at half time.

They could then be accused of being human for taking the pedal off the gas and letting Parktown into the game with 2 tries of their own and some weak discipline gave Parktown 2 penalties as well. After a quick reality check for the team by captain Ross Muil, the boys pulled together again and some great line outs work by thrower Cameron Silson(younger brother of the larger ball carrying flank) combined with good jumping by locks Shane Kennedy and Greg Slater saw the perfect platform for the backs to get moving again and Norhwood finished strong with 2 more tries to stamp out any doubt that Parktown had a chance of a comeback.

Northwood won the game 38-19.



Book Now for Northwood’s Musical, 14!

The Northwood Musical takes place this year from the 14th to 16th May.
Tickets are available from the school now!
You not going to want to miss out on this year’s show!
Wednesday show: In uniform R50, or R65 for civvies. Thursday R65 and Supper Theatre on Friday night at R130 pp.

Northwood 1st Rugby Victorious at First Home Fixture vs George Campbell

Saturday April 12 was the first of Northwood’s home rugby fixtures for the season up against George Campbell.

Northwood have usually managed to get the best over the latter and this was to be no exception. Northwood came out of the blocks firing. For the first time this season the forwards had clicked and with majority of the penalties being kicked to the corner they finally put their size and strength to good use with some strong rolling mauls leading to a could of tries. The mauls almost seemed unstoppable and will undoubtably become their favorite weapon on attack soon.

Northwood went in to the break leading 24-0.

After returning to the pitch they were perhaps too confident and some poor defending off the scrum resulted in George Campbell getting one back for themselves. Campbell failed to convert and so the score was 24-5 to Northwood. The majority of the second half was a scrappy stop-start affair with Northwood being forced to make 6 subs, in vital positions, due to injury within 15 minutes.  This had definitely made it difficult to get going again and find their momentum. Fortunately within the last 10 minutes the Northwood packed clicked and provided the perfect platform for the backs to spread the ball to the ever dangerous PK Sobahle at 13, who was dangerous all day with ball in hand and made some real yardage each carry.

Northwood managed 2 tries for all their efforts at the end and can be complimented for their efforts on defense when numbers were down. Winger Sasasa Makhanya can also be complimented for a great day with the boot converting all of Northwoods tries and did well when slotted in to fly-half.

Final score 38-5 to the Knights.




Northwood’s e-Library Is Up And Running!

Exciting news! Northwood is the 14th school in South Africa to have an e-Library up and running, which is available for all learners and staff. You are now able to take out books, anywhere and anytime at your own convenience. It’s easy, just log onto: and follow the simple signing up instructions. There are already over  seventy books in our e-Library and new orders will be made on a termly basis. If you have any difficulties following the log on procedure, please see Mrs Beissner. She will also welcome any requests for new books that you may want to see in our Northwood e-Library.


Northwood Cyclists In Top Form At KZN Spur MTB School Series

Well done to all the boys who competed in the first race of the KZN Spur MTB School Series.

The first race of the series took place at Cascades Mountain Bike Park in Pietermaritzburg. The course was not as technical as last year so most of the boys had a good fast race with great results.

We had a total of 7 Northwood boys participating in the race, the largest group from any high school at the event. This is a great start to the series and we would like to invite any other learners who are interested in cycling to please speak to Mr G. Le Roux or contact him at Learners from neighbouring primary schools are more than welcome to join.