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Four students from Rhodes University in Grahamstown will be travelling to Geneva‚ Switzerland‚ to represent Africa in a competition showcasing legal argument.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 07:22

rhodes.jpgThe Rhodes University team‚ consisting of four final year LLB students - Nkosazana Lulu Dweba‚ Steph Stretch‚ Declan Williamson and Moya Vaughan-Williams - has won the African Regional Round of the European Law Students Association (ELSA) Moot Court Competition. The runner-up team was from Wits University‚ who pleaded against Rhodes in both the preliminary and final oral rounds.

The foursome won after arguing a question of international trade law focusing on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM Agreement).

They will now be representing Rhodes University and Africa in Geneva in the final oral round in June‚ the university said in a statement.

Ten teams competed in what was only the third African Regional Round of the competition‚ hosted for the first time at Rhodes University. Participants included teams from Kenya‚ Uganda‚ Tanzania‚ Ethiopia and South Africa.

One of the prizes for the competition is the award of a fully paid scholarship for a one year LLM degree at the University of Barcelona’s IELPO programme‚ which was won by Rhodes team member Nkosazana Lulu Dweba.

“I was surprised when I made the team‚ never mind that I got best orator for the prelim and the grand final‚” Dweba said. “It was a good learning experience as there is very high quality in the competition‚” she added.

The team comprised three speakers - Williamson‚ Stretch and Dweba - and a researcher‚ Vaughan-Williams‚ who was also the team captain.

Rhodes law students have competed and come 14th in the Geneva competition in each year that Africa has been included in the competition.

“I’m super excited about Geneva. We were terrified that we would be the first Rhodes team not to get through‚” Stretch said.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2016/04/05/Rhodes-students-pip-Wits-to-score-trip-to-Switzerland

 
Grantleigh - Tops in Country
Thursday, 19 February 2015 04:34
 
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Curro school introduces parallel medium
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00

Curro school becomes first (private) parallel medium school in KZN.

Grade 1 and 2 Afrikaans Medium pupils Marne and Corlene van der Westhuizen and Emma Jordaan enjoy reading time together
        PHOTO: AMY JENKINS
Grade 1 and 2 Afrikaans Medium pupils Marne and Corlene van der Westhuizen and Emma Jordaan enjoy reading time together PHOTO: AMY JENKINS

GRANTLEIGH has become the first parallel medium school in the province.

After recognising a need in the community to introduce separate Afrikaans classes for each grade, Executive Head Shaun McMurtry and head of the Preparatory school, Colston Veater began investigating the opportunity in 2010.

‘Our role as a community school is to live up to the expectations of the community,’ said McMurtry.

After approaching parents at public meetings, it became clear that a parallel medium was needed.

After joining Curro Holdings in 2014, the idea was supported as Curro schools are traditionally parallel and dual medium.

A parallel medium, compared to a dual medium, denotes schools in which two languages are used in separate classes instead of one.

‘Most parents want their children to be brought up in their mother tongue as this helps their learning ability and builds their confidence in the classroom,’ said Veater.

‘After a positive response from parents we saw the opportunity, butr needed to assure them it would continue in the future,’ said McMurtry.

Classes

Although the children are taught in Afrikaans, cultural classes such as art, music and their break-time periods are spent integrating with pupils from the English classes.

‘This is done intentionally to integrate the classes and allow pupils to exercise another language outside the classroom environment,’ said Veater.

The Afrikaans classes, although still very small, include Grade R, and Grades 1 and 2 combined. Numbers are expected to grow as the classes increase by one grade every year.

‘We feel very strongly about allowing pupils to learn in their mother tongue in the foundation phase,’ said Grade 1 and 2 Afrikaans medium teacher, Ilse Verburgh.

‘By having smaller classes we can also provide pupils with our undivided attention,’ said Grade R Afrikaans medium teacher Nerine Le Roux.

Parallel Medium will include Grade R to 7.

‘Allowing our pupils to learn in their home languages is the perfect example of unity and shows the community that everything can work together,’ said Veater.

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Meet Mike, the science whizz
Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

Grantleigh pupil’s dream of being a robotics engineer is becoming a reality after he developed the first prototype of his ‘Energy through Motion’ project.

Grantleigh science whizz Michael van Niekerk
Grantleigh science whizz Michael van Niekerk

GRANTLEIGH School pupil Michael van Niekerk’s dream of being a robotics engineer is becoming a reality after he developed the first prototype of his ‘Energy through Motion’ project.

Known for his passion for innovation through science, the Grade 11 pupil narrowly missed taking first place at the Eskom eta Awards due to his prototype not reaching production stage at the time.

Michael first entered the Eskom eta Awards in July last year after working long and hard to develop his Grade 9 Science Expo project.

His project, involving a road-covering mat embedded with piezoelectric crystals, found favour with the judges and he was selected to go through to the second round, which involved an interview in Johannesburg in September.

He impressed the judges yet again and was selected as one of three finalists for the final round.

The winners and runners-up were announced at the Eskom eta Awards Gala Event in Johannesburg in November and Michael was placed as First Runner-Up in the Young Individuals Category, receiving a prize of R5 000.

There has been considerable interest in his innovative ideas.

Michael calls his work with piezoelectric crystals ‘a hobby’, but he has reached new heights with his invention.

It produces a charge when cars drive over it, with some cars producing up to 100 volts.

Any pressure exerted on the crystals creates charge and striking the mat with a hammer results in 1000 volts captured.

The output is very low amperage but high voltage, and the mats can be used to charge batteries and ultimately could power traffic lights, LED lights or other devices.

For more information on the Eskom eta Awards visit www.eta-awards.co.za.

 
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