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Swimming Gala 122 122 115
Soccer Tournment 54 55 53
Academics Term 1 105.5 176 124.5
Academics Term 2 111 162 117
Academics Term 3 0 0 0
Academics Term 4 0 0 0
TOTAL 391.5 515 409.5

  • Open Air Swimmming Gala 2014

    On 7th of February 2014, we were blessed with perfect, hot and sunny weather for our Annual Senior Phase Swimming Gala. The event was a great success, as staff all came together in the hot sun and worked hard to ensure that the day ran smoothly. Most importantly, the children had fun, swimming and singing their house songs with great spirit, ensuring an incredible atmosphere the entire day. The winning house on the day, for the first time in the history of the school, was a tie between Bader and Keller. The best spirited house went to Roosevelt, not only for their singing, but for their parents' support and spirit as well. Our Victor and Victrix Ludorum went to Nhlakanipho Mnqayi and Britney Hope for winning every single race that they competed in. The Keenest Swimmer of the day went to Roosevelt's Cain Du Preez and the Most Improved Swimmer of the day went to Bader's Nkosinathi Mkhize.

    A big thank you to all the staff involved, especially Mr Sewsunker and Mr Brockett and their team, who helped to ensure that the day was a great success.

    Midmar Mile 2014

    On Saturday 8th of February 2014, three students and a team of teachers and therapists competed in the Midmar Mile. Mrs Pool and three hostel learners also came along to help out at a fundraising table called the "Extra Mile". This organisation aims to raise awareness and funds for and with people with disabilities, using open water swimming events. The initiative is driven by the idea that everyone can make a difference and "go the extra mile". Nhlakanipho Mnqayi, Abigail Hope and Britney Hope all competed in their first Midmar Mile, and successfully finished the world's largest open water race. Mrs Dawson, Mrs Radermeyer and Ms Martens swam in the Open Air company relay race and did very well to complete the race, considering the choppy, tough swimming conditions. Well done to Open Air and all the swimmers and supporters on the day. A lot of fun was had by all, and we look forward to taking a bigger team and competing again next year.

    Senior Swimming Gala 2013

    Not even the threat of impending rain could dampen the spirits of the learners as the gala commenced, albeit a little late (due to the grey skies). The cheerleaders made their much-anticipated entrance and learners roared in support of their favourite houses. As the day progressed, the skies cleared, and the teams were ready and willing to battle it out for the Best Spirited House Award and the 2013 Winning House Shield.

    Special Awards/Trophies were awarded to:

    • Thea Harman (Gr 10): Keenest Swimmer.
    • Britney Hope (Gr 5): Most Improved Swimmer.
    • Ranetsi Manyoni (PVC): Paraplegic Swimming Champion.
    • Nosipho Malinga (Gr 11): Open Air Swimming Champion of the day.
    Bader emerged as the winner of the 2013 House Shield, scooping it away from last year's winner Roosevelt. However, Roosevelt clinched the title of "The Best Spirited House".

    Like any other event, this swimming gala would have not been a success without the teamwork of many people. Thanks to Mrs Hope, Mr Kennedy and Mrs Dawson, the lifesavers who were prepared to offer their assistance in the event of an emergency.

    Our special thanks and appreciation go out especially to Mrs Dawson, assisted by Ms Bellars, for co-ordinating the event, and the team managers, Mrs Fourie, Mrs Ntshangase and Mrs B Naidoo, who made this event a success.

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    Junior Swimming Gala 2013

    The junior swimming gala was held on 15 March. It was a lovely warm day and many parents attended. The children really enjoyed themselves. Thank you to Ms Rademeyer and the physiotherapy department for co-ordinating the event, as well as to the facilitators/therapists who assisted in the pool. A special thank you to Mrs Gregg and Ms Pillay, the two parents who volunteer to help every Friday in the pool.

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  • Athletics is held as an extramural during school time for the first three terms. This includes track (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m) and field (javelin, shotput, discus, long jump) events. All learners can participate in extra murals, however, to compete in KZN Disabled Trials, athletes need to meet the minimal disability criteria for disabled sport. Athletes that are eligible include amputees, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, visually impaired/blind, etc etc. Athletes are classed once a year if found to be showing talent and dedication to Athletics. Once classed, if they meet the qualifying standards for their event, they attend KZN trials, and if chosen to be part of the KZN team, they will go to Nationals in March. This is a precursor to the Para-Olympics and gives those with talent an opportunity to excel.

    Sport's Day

    Our Annual Senior Phase Sport's Day was held on 27th of August in beautiful hot and sunny weather. Events that took place during the course of the day were javelin, discus, shotput, 100m running, wheelchair races, as well as ball and spoon and relay races to finish the event off in a fun and competitive manner. The event was well supported by parents, and the children and staff all really enjoyed the day on the Glenwood fields. The final results were as follows: In third place was Keller, in second was Bader, and winning by a considerable margin was Roosevelt. Keller's S'celo Mhlophe won the best male athlete trophy (Victor Ladorum) while Roosevelt's Britney Hope won the best girl athlete trophy (Victrix Ladorum).

    2014 National Championship for the Physically Disabled

    The 2014 National Championship for the Physically Disabled took place in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, during the holidays from 28th of March to 3rd of April. Four learners from Open Air School were privileged enough to be part of the KZN team, and represented their province and our school at the games. All of our learners outdid themselves, and not one of our athletes came home empty handed.

    In judo, both Sinethemba Xaba and Sihle (Smiso) Mntungwa took the gold medal in their weight classes. Sihle (Smiso) Mntungwa won weight category 66kg and under for ages U19 as well as 21-23 years old, securing two gold medals in judo.

    In goalball, the junior girls team which included Nontethelelo Hlungwanae, came second. The junior boys team, which included Sihle (Smiso) Mntungwa, beat Eastern Cape for the first time ever and won the gold.

    In athletics, S'celo Mhlophe did us very proud, running against athletes of all ages competition was extremely tough. In the 100m, he took the silver medal, and in the 200m, he took the bronze. The following day, after telling me with great confidence that he was going to win the long jump, he accomplished it, with a jump of over 5 metres. Not only did our athletes do incredibly well in their performances, but they carried themselves in a respectful manner, and we can all be very proud of their performance both on and off the field.

    Handcycling 2014

    On Sunday 9th of February 2014, Ranetsi Manyoni competed in his first 42km race, The Hillcrest Marathon. Ranetsi looked strong the entire race, and every time I saw him on the road, he had a smile that was beaming from ear to ear. Ranetsi ended up winning the race in a time of 2 hours and 5 minutes. He has been training very hard and all of his hard work and commitment is starting to pay off.

    On Sunday 23rd of February, Ranetsi competed in his second marathon in Pietermaritzburg and ended up winning that event in a time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. Ranetsi's future in handcycling is looking very bright, as he is extremely passionate and shows great commitment.

    1. Nelisiwe Sibiya
    2. Sthabile Mnyandu
    3. Bonisiwe Ngubane
    4. Nosipho Mbatha
    1. Musawenkosi Dlamini
    2. Nhlalonhle Hlongwa
    3. Lusanda Ndwandwe
    4. Emmanuel Dlamini
    5. Asanda Khawula
    6. S'celo Mhlophe
    The table tennis tournament will take place in October; date and venue is yet to be confirmed.
  • Boccia is similar to a game of bowls. The game is played on a flat surface in a seated position. Boccia is held as an extramural during school time for the first three terms. Although anyone can play boccia, to compete in the KZN Disabled trials one must qualify within the CPISRA classification criteria, which is an international governing body for boccia. Athletes that are eligible include amputees and people with spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. On 30 July 2014, the Department of Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy from Open Air School attended a boccia development programme held at University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, specifically aimed at developing skills and strategies of players. On 31 July, we were honored to attend a Boccia Coach Development course, held by internationally recognised boccia coach Maguel.

    Boccia is one of our biggest sports at the school. Outside of school, there has been a development tournament that 10 of our children attended. It was very good for their confidence as well as improving their skills. There will also be an interschools tournament coming up on 17th of September 2014, from which a possible KZN Boccia team will be selected.
  • Musawenkosi Dlamini and Siphelele Dlamini have been selected to play for the senior boys KZN wings team at the Vodacom Nationals held in Potchestroom from the 23rd to 27th of September 2014.

    Open Air School's wheelchair basket ball girls, (from left to right) Bonisiwe Ngubane, Zenande Mabunti and Dudizile Mceleni competed in the KZN U23 women's team at Nationals in Umlazi at the beginning of July.

    These girls were selected for the South African U23 Women's team that will be competing in a training camp in Johannesburg, as well as at a Women's Day celebration tournament coming up in Port Elizabeth.

    Keep a look out for our future paralympic wheelchair basketball stars.

  • Our school has been very fortunate to be selected as one of the schools to join the SADGA (South African Disabled Golf Association). We have also been blessed to receive a brand new set of baby Tiger golf clubs from SADGA, as well as four sets of left handed clubs donated by Mr Phillip Mina. This has been a great help to get the golf team going. Mr Sandile Peters, a professional handicap golfer, will provide professional coaching on a monthly basis to our learners. SADGA encourages and promotes every South African to play and compete in golfing competitions. Once we have finalised our Golf Team, we will be participating in friendly and provincial competitions. A very big thank you goes out to Mr Ettmayr for his passion and hard work in introducing and co-ordinating Golf at Open Air School.
  • Five Foundation Phase learners started bouldering with the help of the DHS climbing team in 2013. As their confidence and strength grew, they were trained as the Open Air U6 team. They then competed against each other at the KZN 2014 schools competition with climbing routes set for U13 able-bodied learners.

    They still climb at DHS every Friday and we now have six Intermediate Phase learners trying this sport, supported by the DHS climbing team. The learners are now also trying out Top Rope Sport Climbing and two of them attempted routes at the KZN Schools Sport Climbing Competition held at the UKZN wall. DHS is currently fundraising with KZN Climbing and the climbing community so as to build an Open Air Traverse Wall.
  • The KZN Goalball squad has been announced, and three of our pupils have been invited to a provincial tournament that will be held on the weekend of 27th and 28th September. From there, the official KZN Goalball team will be selected for Top Schools that will be held in Pretoria in November 2014. The following learners have been selected:

    Sinethemba Xaba, Smiso Mntungwa

    Nonthelelo Hlongwane
  • Nosipho Mbatha has just started rowing with the KZN rowing club as part of a development programme.
  • Sixteen of our pupils and two staff members were invited to a Schools Development Programme run by Mr Peter Lonsdale at the Berea Bowling Club on 11th of September. The programme ran for three weeks, after which the school was given four sets of bowls and mats, so that this sport may continue to grow in the schooling environment.