Northwood Toastmasters Dinner and Graduation

Our annual Toastmasters dinner and graduation was held on Monday 22nd September. 18 grade 11 learners participated in 3 categories under the guidance of Elaine Swanepoel from Toastmasters International.

It was a funfilled evening enjoyed by the pupils, their parents and invited guests.

The winners in each category are as follows:

Best Prepared Speech: 1st-Taish Ramkisson, 2nd- Gavin Williams, 3rd- Kershin Naidoo

Evaluation category: 1st-Ashley Smith, 2nd-Duval Jugganath,3rd-Rahul Parathnandh.

Impromptu Speeches category: 1st Jason Daniel, 2nd-Teshar Ramkisson, 3rd Kershin Naidoo.

Well done to all the boys who participated!


Northwood U16A Hockey Team Win Indoor League

Congratulations to the U16A team who won the U16 Indoor league when they beat Westville U16B 9 – 1.

The U16B team ended an outstanding 3rd in the U16 Indoor league. They placed ahead of Glenwood U16A, Clifton U16A, DHS U16A and Westville U16B.

We congratulate the players and coaches on their outstanding achievements, we are very proud of you!

Northwood’s Chidoma Tackles his Goals

Newspaper article courtesy of Northglen News, written by Shiraz Habbib.

AT the beginning of the year, Northwood School’s loose head prop, Ngoni Chidoma, wrote down four things he wanted to achieve in 2014. They were to make the Craven Week side, the SA Schools side, cement his place as a regular starter in the schools first side and sign a Sharks contract. The 17-year-old man mountain did all this more proving that he is well able to adapt to the rigours of international schoolboy rugby.

Chidoma was one of only three KZN lads to be selected for the SA Schools team who took on the might of Europe as they faced off against the U18 teams of England, France, and Wales in an international series. What’s more is he also became the first player in the school’s history to make the SA Schools side.

“Making the team was a dream come true. Receiving my green and gold blazer and bok tie was a huge honour. It is a stepping stone in my career and I hope to build on my performances and my next goal is to be selected for the U20 bok trial squad,” Chidoma. 

The Zimbabwe born prop played two games for the schools squad against France and England. 

“I made my first appearance against France and the differences between school rugby was immediately apparent. You can’t switch off, every inch, ruck and maul are fiercely contested. It definitely opened my eyes as to what international rugby is all about,” he said. 

Chidoma also praised the new coaching staff at Northwood made up of head coach, and former Sharks player Grant Bashford, scrum coach and former Sharks loose-head prop, Eduard Coetzee, and SA Schools player in 1997, Simon Vickers, the conditioning coach.

“They’ve all been great this year and have helped mould me and guide me on and off the field and I’m grateful for their input. You don’t succeed in sport without the support of coaches, friends and family and that is what has helped me reach my goals,” he said.

Photo Credit:  Shiraz Habbib

Mr Govender Gets Iced for Northwood’s Academia MMXV

Ticket sales for our Project Academia MMXV Fundraiser went sky high last week with the promise of Mr Govender taking the ice bucket challenge should the students reach a  certain target.  And reach that target they did! Mr Govender, being the good sport he is, took the challenge gladly and in front of the entire school at last weeks assembly.  The students who had sold the most booklets got to do the honors!

Mr McAvoy also had a cold and wet morning as he accepted his nomination from the headmaster of Jeppe Boys to take up the Ice Bucket Challenge, which he did in his trademark smart suit and tie! Along with accepting his nomination, Mr McAvoy also made a donation to ICare.

2015 Prefects Announced

The 2015 prefects were announced at a Prefect Induction Ceremony which was held at a special assembly yesterday, 4 September 2014.

The boys were handed their prefect scarf and badge, and recited the prefect pledge in front of school and staff. We wish them all the best in their year of leadership within the school, and as role models to the young squires of Northwood and their peers.

2015 Prefects

Blayde Capell

Cameron Silson

Cameron Stanley

Craig Trollip

Damien Rautenbach

Dylan Coertzen

Eugene Van Wyk

Gareth Swain

Gavin Williams

Kreolin Govender

Hayden Van Tricht

Jadon Stevens

James Rich

Jason Daniel

Jonathan Hartwig

Julian Tromp

Junaid Syed

Justin Snyman

Keagan Sparks

Kesh Naik

Leelan Govender

Luke De Bruyn

Mandisi Mtshali

Igshaan Manuel

Matthew Farren

Matthew Smith

Nkanyiso Ntombela

Ntobeko Sibisi

Quinton Mogale

Rinaldo Biassoni

Sasha De Marigny

Shane Bradbury

Shiv Naik

Tristan Nobre

Tyler Smith