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Junior Primary March

Jenson Jewel

Hamptons Primary

Jenson is a shotput 'jewel'

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IN the realm of sports, talent knows no age, and Jenson Jewel, a Grade Four learner at Hamptons Primary School, is a testament to this adage.
Jenson has emerged as a shining star in the realm of shotput, showcasing remarkable achievements at a tender age.

His journey in the world of athletics commenced with his triumph as the first in Shotput U10 at the North Durban Athletics in 2022, marking the onset of his remarkable feats.

“I then came first in Shotput U10 at the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Schools Sports Association (KZNCSSA) championships the same year. It was a great day, and I am proud of my achievement,” he said.

He then achieved third place in the Shotput U10 at the South African Christian Schools Sports Association (SACSSA) event in 2022 and in 2023 and secured first place in Shotput U11 at the North Durban Athletics event.
This year, his latest achievement was second position in Shotput U12, also at the North Durban Athletics event, showcasing his remarkable growth and potential as an athlete.

“I am proud of myself and all I’ve achieved in shotput. I am determined to always work hard. If I am determined and work hard, I know I can overcome any obstacle,” said Jenson. When Jenson is not playing shotput, he enjoys swimming.

Jamie Boyd

Chelsea Preparatory

It's all about cricket and coding

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JAMIE Boyd, currently in Grade Four at Chelsea Preparatory School, loves cricket and achieves good academic results.

At school, he is part of the U10A cricket team, the A-squad swim team and tennis team and attends rugby-conditioning morning sessions.
“I started playing cricket when I was six years old. This year, I scored two centuries in the recent cricket games. In a game against Glenwood Preparatory School, I scored 102 runs when I was retired, and in a game vs Ashton College, I scored 100 runs not-out when Chelsea’s innings concluded,” he said.

Jamie has watched most of the Durban Super Giants’ home games this year. His favourite game was Durban Super Giants vs Paarl Royals, when Heinrich Klaasen scored 50 off 17 balls and the Durban Super Giants won by 125 runs. Out of school, Jamie is a member of the Crusaders Cricket Team, Riverside Hockey Team and also plays soccer for Virginia United.

“I am happiest when I am on the sports field. Much of my weekends are spent playing in matches, either for my school team or for club teams on a Sunday. My favourite sport is cricket as I find it naturally fun, and I enjoy batting the most,” he said.

His cricket idols are AB de Villiers and Aiden Markram, and if he is not playing sport, Jamie loves to play with his friends and go fishing.
His favourite subjects are coding and maths.

Kuvira Lutchman

Crawford International La Lucia

Dance is her language

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KUVIRA Lutchman is a 12-year-old rising star at Crawford International La Lucia. She has shown growth and promise as one of Durban Dance Unlimited’s students.

“I started dancing at the age of three. It came naturally as I come from a family of dancers. My mum noticed my talent and made it her mission to find a dance school that would allow me to grow and excel,” she said.
Upon much research, she got in contact with Enver Moolla from Durban Dance Unlimited at the tender age of seven.

“My involvement at Durban Dance Unlimited has grown immensely in a short period of time. My lessons focus on the deeper understanding, different structures and the science behind dance choreography,” she said.
Kuvira’s achievements are endless. From 2019 to 2024, the dancer has earned herself a number of top positions and titles at various dance events – from first place to second, to Best Solo to gold for Bollywood Solo and double gold for Hip Hop solo.

She also earned her Federation Provincial Colours for participating and representing KZN on a national level in dance. She studies Dance, French and other cultural subjects which fall under the IB (International Baccalaureate) programme.

“I love travelling and languages, and one of my favourite subjects is French. Last year, I took part in the Diploma of French Language (DEFL) exam and successfully completed the DELF PRIM A1.1. I was issued with a diploma from the French Ministry of National Education,” she added.

This year, Kuvira has set some amazing goals for herself, one of which has already come true. Kuvira was recently elected to be one of the dance captains at Crawford Preparatory La Lucia.

“I hope to maintain my position within my respective dance competitions and learn new dance movements that will allow me to grow from strength to strength,” she said.

Layla-Jay Jones

Virginia Preparatory

Layla-Jay makes a splash

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VIRGINIA Preparatory School learner Layla-Jay Jones has proven her success in the sporting world, whether it be in the water or on terra firma.

The Grade Six learner, who plays netball, and hockey, is also involved in swimming and athletics at her school.

She was recently selected for the U12 Umlazi and Districts Swimming Team and also excelled at her school gala.

She placed first in the breaststroke race and also had three third-place finishes.

The talented all-rounder also contributed to a team effort which saw the school’s A-squad win the Durban and Districts (DnD) B-League gala.

In athletics, Layla-Jay also took part in the KZN Athletics Trials and was selected for the U12 Durban Central Athletics team. She was also selected for the U12A D&D hockey team.

“I’m proud of my recent achievements. It has proven to me that hard work pays off. My coaches are always encouraging me to reach new heights. In swimming, I had never been selected for an Umlazi team, so that was a huge honour. This year, I’ve been working really hard to reach my goals,” she said. “I love participating in all sports, especially team sports, because of the sisterhood and the way it helps you grow as a person.”

Layla-Jay also recently competed in the Dance World Cup in Pretoria.

Outside of school sport, she also competes in lifesaving and came third overall in the U12 Girls KZN Nippers champs for the Umhlanga Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club (Rox).

She received above 80% for all six dances that she competed in which included ballet, solo and contemporary.

High School March

Saanvi Chitra

Northlands Girls’ High

Saanvi shows leadership skills

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FOR Northlands Girls’ High School learner Saanvi Chitra, setting an example for her peers and standing up against injustice are two things she is passionate about.

Last year, the Grade Nine learner was chosen as the eThekwini District Junior Commissioner for the Durban North SAPS after participating in the SAPS Junior Commissioner Speech Competition.

“It is an honour having being chosen as the junior commissioner. I see my role as a way to empower young people and raise awareness about topics affecting the youth, including crime. Being thrust into a leadership position is a big responsibility and one I hope to do justice to. I also hope to set an example to my peers and speak about the various social ills, like drug-taking and theft. In my role, I also liaise with the SAPS to speak to them about how the youth is responding to their initiatives from the youth crime prevention desk at the station,” she said.

Last year, Saanvi also placed third in the country in the English Home Language Olympiad hosted by SA Olympiads.

“To place third in a competition that had thousands of learners enter is amazing. I truly was not expecting it, but I’m proud to represent Northlands Girls’ High School on a national level,” she said.

Saanvi also plays for the U16A volleyball team for the school and is involved in debating and public speaking.

Steph de Sousa

Our Lady of Fatima

Steph nets SA invitational spot

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A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME opportunity was how Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent School learner Steph de Sousa described her time representing the South Africa Invitational Netball Team at the HSBC Emirates Dubai 7s at the end of last year.

Steph was part of a successful venture which saw the SA Invitational Team make it to the quarter-finals and placed fifth overall in the U19 league.

The matriculant said she was shocked but pleasantly surprised when the team was named.

“They actually contacted my KZN U17 action netball manager and let me know. It was such a proud moment for me, and it was a shock getting the invitation. The tournament itself was incredible. It follows the big Rugby 7s tournament, and they had other sporting disciplines, including netball, over that week. The facilities in Dubai were incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was also incredible playing netball overseas which was such an amazing opportunity for me,” she said.

In just two years, Steph made remarkable progress on her netball goals, including being named captain of the first team this year.

“I’ve been a member of the first team since Grade 10; that’s where my love for great netball grew. I was also surrounded by mentors, and our coach, Nana Khomo, a former Baby Protea, has been such an inspiration. Being named captain is a huge responsibility and honour. I love netball and my school, so to lead them is special. If you told little Grade 10 me that I’d be captain one day, I don’t think I would have believed it,” she said. “We have such talent in our team, and we are building a strong foundation which I hope will stand the school in good stead in the future. We’ve also forged great bonds between us.”

Steph has also been selected for the U19 KZN action netball team that will play the inter-provincial tournament (IPT) in April.

Junior Primary February

Heinnz Espach

Northlands Primary

Heinnz bowls them over

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AFTER delivering some remarkable performances on the cricket field last year, Northlands Primary School Grade Seven learner Heinnz Espach has been named captain of the first team for cricket.

The 12-year-old hopes to one day walk in the footsteps of his cricketing idol, Proteas batsman Heinrich Klassen.

With his leadership qualities and the fact that he has played first-team rugby and hockey and represented the open-water polo team, Heinnz has shown he can adapt to any setting.

“It was a huge honour and a privilege to be named as captain of the school’s first team for cricket. It’s a goal I’ve been working towards since last year. While it is a huge responsibility, I feel confident I will be able to lead my team and represent the school with distinction,” he said.

“I do see cricket in my future as it’s one of my favourite sports. I’ve watched all the Betway SA20 games with our home team, Durban’s Super Giants. My goal is to play just like Heinrich Klaasen and hopefully one day have the privilege of representing the Proteas.”

While 2024 represents new beginnings, Heinnz hopes to emulate the success of last year which saw him playing first team across a variety of sports.

“My parents have been right behind me and supporting my dreams. I would love to have the honour of again making the first team in hockey and rugby. I see it as a challenge and one I’m ready for,” he said.

Keah Nkethu

Chelsea Preparatory

Singer hits the right notes

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CHELSEA Preparatory’s songbird, Keah Nkethu, has been singing since the tender age of two.

At the young age of 12, the Grade Seven learner has quite an impressive CV with many achievements and is no stranger to performing in front of crowds.

In 2023, she sang six solo songs at the KZN vocal Championships at Seabrooke Theatre in Durban, which qualified her to perform those songs at the South African Corporation of performing arts in Johannesburg. Here, she won gold and silver medals which qualified her to be included in the South African team to represent South Africa at World Championship in America.

In the same year she also performed a full solo song at Destiny Music Academy jam evening, a vocal Academy she joined in 2022.

She also performed twice, singing two songs at an open mic evening at the lifestyle center in Balito.

“I started singing when I was two and sang all day every day until I went to formal singing lessons with Des Govender where I learnt technique, breathing and voice projection. At school, I joined the choir. I love singing because it makes me feel so happy inside. My favourite singer is Adelle because she has a really strong voice. She is my role model,” said Keah.

She also loves dancing, so it’s safe to say that Keah simply loves being on stage. Her other passion is hair and beauty, and when she grows up, she would like to own a beauty spa while still continuing with her singing.

She also plays sport at school, such as soccer and hockey.

“I really love the fun that sport brings and being part of a team,” she said.

Keah is currently awaiting her Trinity of London level three examination results for singing which she says is something she’s really looking forward to. She’s currently ready to record her Trinity level five examinations.

When she is not singing, Keah loves making bracelets, baking, reading and swimming.

Shalom Msomi

Hamptons Primary

Shalom is a soccer and sneaker fan

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SOCCER, swimming, cricket and rugby are all sports that Shalom Msomi plays, but soccer, he says, is his favourite.

The Hamptons Primary learner, currently in Grade Seven this year, is this month’s SPAR Star.

“I love soccer and everything about it, from the playing style to all the soccer players from all over the world. They are an inspiration to me,” he said.

The 12-year-old plays soccer at school and also for the Supersports United Sports Club outside of school. Saturday is the day Shalom trains with his club, but he plays soccer on his own after school every day.

“I think it’s important that I train by myself, as well, so after school, I get in some training, too. I have to train because I want to play soccer professionally one day,” he said.

His favourite players are Lionel Messi, Rodrygo Silva de Goes, Kylian Mbappé and Vinícius de Oliveira Júnior.

“I also enjoy swimming and made the Durban U13 swim team. I play cricket and rugby, too, but only at school,” he said.

Shalom’s favourite subjects are geography and history, and when he’s not playing sport or doing his homework, he loves baking and spending time with his family, including his border collie, Metaverse.

“I love baking cakes and puddings, and I am pretty good at it. I also have a keen eye for fashion and clothing that stands out, particularly Y2K fashion. I am also a sneaker head. I am currently growing my sneaker collection and hope to build a wall-to-wall display for them as soon as I have collected enough pairs,” he said.

Uvaar Maharaj

Glenashley Preparatory

Sport lover says cricket is the best

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GRADE Five learner Uvaar Maharaj is an aspiring cricket star. He is an all-rounder who bats in the top 5 and can bowl a leg spin and seam.

He attends Glenashley Preparatory School and plays in the school’s cricket team. He says his love for cricket grew after he started watching his brother’s moves on the field.

“I started playing cricket when I was about four years old. I watched my brother play every day, and I watched his bowling and batting and used to try and replicate it,” he said.

Uvaar loves both batting and bowling, but given the choice, he says he would choose bowling.

“I love both, but if I had to choose, I would say bowling because the feeling you get when you hit the stumps is indescribable,” he said.

His favourite cricket team is The Proteas and his favourite cricket player is Keshav Maharaj.

“I love sport. I also love playing soccer, hockey and rugby, but I enjoy cricket the most because it is a gentleman’s sport which teaches me discipline and respect,” he added.

His message to other young boys and girls out there is to believe in themselves and never give up on their dreams.

“Achieving your dreams takes hard work, dedication and perseverance. You can do this. Have faith in your abilities, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Don’t forget to celebrate your successes because this will help you stay motivated and remind yourself that you’re on the right track,” he said.

High School February

Kelly Rademeyer

Danville Park Girls’ High

Top marks for Danville artist

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AT the end of last year, Danville Park Girls’ High School learner Kelly Rademeyer entered her drawing into the Eisteddfod Prepared Art section.

Her pencil drawing, a portrait of an elderly man, was called a ‘masterpiece’ of extraordinary skill by the panel of judges, and for her entry, she was awarded 99%.

The Grade 12 learner said she was pleased with the feedback and said art has always been a passion.

“I have a number of artists in my family, and they’ve always pushed me towards achieving my goals. Art is more than a hobby for me; it’s also a passion. With my portrait of the elderly man, I used a graphite pencil, and for the Eisteddfod, because there was no theme, it was unprepared in that you could submit anything you wanted to. I first learned about the competition through the school in 2021. It was only a year later that I entered, and at the Eisteddfod, I achieved 100%. I’m proud of both marks, and I’m happy my portrait resonated with the judges,” she said.

Kelly also thanked her art teacher for her support and for pushing her to try new things.

Outside of art, the 17-year-old is also involved in the Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer initiative. She volunteers to sell cupcakes to make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer and help their families.

“I know several family members who’ve been touched by cancer, so the connection is personal for me. I help sell the cupcakes on National Cupcake Day and make the toppers. I feel it is important to give back and help where you can and especially for such a meaningful cause,” she said.

Kelly is also the treasurer for her school’s Representative Council of Learners (RCL).

Nigel Kambasha

Northwood School

Nigel leads with his voice

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AS the War Cry Leader for Northwood School, learner Nigel Kambasha is someone who understands how a crowd can influence teams at any sporting arena.

The matriculant recently led his school in a viral video with their rendition of Stick, a song by American hip-hop artist JID, which showed how the War Cry Leader and his fellow learners can provide players with an adrenaline rush and heightened motivation.
He also carries around a stick which he uses to control the energy, tempo and exuberance of the group of learners he is leading in school songs and war cries.

“You could say I’m like a conductor. Whereas he has a baton to guide the orchestra, I have something similar, and I use my voice to control the tempo and energy. Being named as War Cry Leader is a huge honour and something I’m incredibly proud of. It’s a role I’ve wanted since Grade Eight. I used to be one of the boys in the crowd participating in the chants and cries, but I fell in love with how the War Cry Leader at the time brought the vibe, energy and adrenaline rush to the boys.

“It is especially significant for me as the school celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. I would say being War Cry Leader carries with it great responsibility as we bring life to sports and school. Whether it’s the rugby field or the pools, I want to make a difference to our school teams and gee up the boys. We practise every Thursday, and our recent viral video of our version of Stick was shared by the artist himself,” he said.

Outside of his war cry responsibility, Nigel is also a keen basketball player.

He is also involved in a charitable outreach programme through his church which helps underprivileged families in the KwaDakuza area.

“I’m a strong believer in giving back. The ability to help others is something we should all strive to do if we are in a position to do so,” he said.

Thank you for voting for your SPAR Superstar and for giving them a chance to win a SPAR Voucher

Voting for the first quarterly winners closes on 9th May 2024. One junior/senior primary and one high school winner will be chosen based on the number of votes. Maximum of one vote per person. Look out for the SPAR Superstar winners in the Northglen News May 24th edition.

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