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It is not always easy to answer the question: Who am I? I am a multitude of things to many people, I am a Daughter of The King, a mother and a wife. I am also a passionate teacher, avid sports lover, outdoor enthusiast and liberal thinker. I somehow do not always fit the mold of my profession and the perspectives others may have of my various labels…and I love it this way.

My “abnormalness” (for lack of a better word) began at school, when I beat the boys in most short distance running events and participated in 9 different sports over my high school years. Unusual for “a girl” certainly. But, therein lies my urge to fight the labels… who decided that “a girl” could not do all of these things. I am inspired by History as a subject, because it is by knowing where we have come from that we can best create a path for the future. History teaches us to analyse and understand the perspective of others, surely the world could do with more of this? History has the potential to create global citizens of substance and positive contributors to the currently broken and hurting world.
My other major is Physical Education, yes unusual again, I know. The quote by Kurt Vonnegut rings true here: “Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.” Imagine if everyone treated their bodies this way, how different would our world and the confidence of people everywhere be?

My main aim in education is to change the life of ONE pupil, just ONE. One pupil that can openly say and confess “because of you I didn’t give up. Because of you I am a better person.” Coaching a team or a pupil is one of my greatest privileges. Coaching teenagers can be a complex, frustrating, yet highly rewarding experience. By being a coach a person is likely to impact more people in one year than the average person will in a lifetime. As an avid lover of the outdoors, it saddens me that some people have never, not for a day, slept in the bush and woken up to a sunrise. There is no place in the world that you can learn more about yourself and your relationships with others than in God’s splendour. In Job 12: 7- 10 we read, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Education is a challenging and ever-changing space. As a teacher you can be a hero one minute, and a villain the next. It is a calling and gift from God to shape young lives and young hearts to create a world that is better than the one we inherited and to help create the change we wish to see in the world.

Should you wish to chat to Jen directly, please feel free to contact her via

jtownsend@treverton.co.za


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For most matriculants, it was a once in a lifetime experience; As we often say Treverton gives all round quality education. It is not different when it comes to languages. The itinerary included a trip to the Pavillion – watched a movie in line with their CAT work and film studies. We drove off to The Valley of a Thousand Hills to experience their rich culture. On arrival pupils were offered cold beverages to hydrate themselves before embarking on a 3-hour cultural tour. First stop was a trip to the river where boys were reminded how girls were asked out in the Zulu culture, when they came to fetch water. Next stop was to visit a Sangoma hut to hear all about how the ubizo, the calling, works and who gets affected by such. The last stop was at the Nduna’s house where our pupils were reminded how it works from when a young man from the village reaches manhood/adulthood to finding a fiancé with intentions to marry, being given (land) plot to build a family home.

There was a lot that correlated with our prescribed textbook. We were treated to a scrumptious dinner, slept in tents and enjoyed breakfast in the morning before heading back to Mooi River.

Xoli Mzinyane


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My name is Xoli Mzinyane, I have been with Treverton for a number of years. I am a passionate language teacher who introduced IsiZulu at the College in 2011, after there had been a student in 2010 who struggled to find a teacher. I had one boy in Matric year 2011. It has been pleasing to witness growth in numbers of pupil taking IsiZulu as well as the whole department growth. With the help of former Prep Headmaster Mark Chaperone and Dave Cato (former College Master) who were both eager to venture with me into the unknown allowed me to introduce IsiZulu in 2016 for Grade 6s and Grade 7s at the Prep and those who were in Grade 7 in 2016 are in Matric this year. That is History in the making.
I would describe myself as someone who is charismatic in my teaching approach. The children in my class come alive when they get to class, those who know me knows how deep my voice is but I have no fear of throwing in a chorus in sync with the subject matter as I teach. Pupils are challenged and expected to keep up with the evolving times of technology. My classes has experience broadcasting “live” on their radio station and TV and interviewing prominent members of the society for orals, short stories and novels has been created to mini series and our pupils enjoy editing these and before submission.  For those I have coached and cheered for on the sidelines when playing games, know how loud I can be on the side of the field. If you think Pep Guardiola is dramatic on the side of the field, then you definitely have not met Mrs Emzee as popularly known by the students.
My Hotel experience filters through to the way I teach some content in class. Please see an example of Recipes of African Cuisine done by Okuhle Ntuli (Grade 10).
Though I am not a keen outdoor pursuit person, I have tested my boundaries – going on hikes, excursions and even abseiling. I guess sky is the limit….

Should you wish to chat to Xoli directly, please feel free to contact her via

xmzinyane@treverton.co.za


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Many of you know me for teaching Geography, sports coordinating and coaching. This is a bit more about me…

I enjoy running, cycling, hiking and any other adventure orientated activity. I love being out in nature and enjoying the diverse landscape that our country has to offer. I have had the privilege of racing in two Duathlon World Championship events in Europe and finishing on the podium in my age group in multiple South African Multisport Championships.

Sunrise trails run at first light, that sip of coffee in the morning, the sun dipping over a mountain and the sound of country music on a road trip with my girlfriend or family are some of the little things that I enjoy in life.

I am passionate about educating students to embrace their uniqueness and individuality as we each have our own strengths to enrich those that cross our paths. I encourage each person to grasp the opportunities that Treverton has to offer you, in order to broaden your repertoire to become well rounded ladies and gentlemen as you lead into your future.

Let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. Hebrews 12.1

Should you wish to chat to Travers directly, please feel free to contact him via

sport@treverton.co.za


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Mr Bheki Majahana and Mrs Samkeliso Sibanda, along with their son Wayne and daughter Victoria, moved onto campus in early December. Bheki will be teaching accounting and is an avid archer who has competed in the National NASP archery tournament. The greatest feeling for him in education is hearing the magic words, “I now understand it, Sir.”

“A few years ago I was suddenly struck by an epiphany, that we are our values and the works of our hands are just a reflection of our values from a state of intangible to a tangible form. This has led me to a path of questions, what values lie behind our respect for Great leaders? What values lie behind our respect for a German engine? The greatest teachers teach values and this is the vein from which flows my passion for teaching whether I am in the classroom or on the archery range. Society can be improved one value at a time.”

Should you wish to chat to Bheki directly, please feel free to contact him via

bmajahana@treverton.co.za


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Known as the “Green Machine” in the Eventing circuit, K’li has been our Head of Equestrian at the Treverton Equestrian Centre since March 2019.

Horses are in her blood. Her family has been involved in the Equestrian industry for generations, owning and breeding racehorses from the 1960’s to 1997 in Zimbabwe. K’li was gifted with her first pony, Popcorn, at the age of 3, and after that many great horses who helped her become the horse woman she is today. She joined Pony Club when she was 10 years old, was an active member of the Noodsberg branch, representing at the Prince Philip Games and Regional Inter-Branch Competition.
She later joined the Ashburton branch and continued with Pony Club until 2016.

After matriculation, she worked a season on a Thoroughbred Stud Farm, gaining invaluable knowledge and hands on experience. She then managed a farm, livery yard and started a riding school before taking up the post at Treverton.

K’li discovered the adrenalin rush of eventing during her junior years and has continued with it into her adult career. She is currently competing a novice warmblood mare, Escada, and is excited to see what the future holds for her. One of her passions in life, is sharing her love of all things equine, and helping others achieve their goals and dreams.

Her accolades include:
#Full Pony Club Colours in Showjumping, Equitation and Dressage
#Pony Club AH Efficiency
# Kwazulu-Natal SANESA for Eventing, Dressage, Showjumping, Equitation and Working Hunter teams.
#Kwazulu-Natal Junior Novice Eventing Team
# Kwazulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Adult Novice Eventing Teams.

“When I’m not horsing around, you will find me pottering around my garden, behind my piano, book in hand or exploring the great outdoors. My mantra: ‘Be still, and every horse will tell you their story.’

Should you have any questions relating to horse riding and the Equestrian Centre for your child, please feel free to contact K’li directly via

kscott@treverton.co.za


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On my walk around the campus over the weekend I was made aware again of how you all give of yourselves so freely and selflessly to make Treverton a real blessing to our pupils. The campus has never looked better in my time here, and the work that our maintenance, cleaning and support staff have put in over the past few months has been nothing short of remarkable. This creates a wonderful environment for kids to grow, learn and have fun. At Clewlow field, I passed Bheki teaching pupils to shoot with a bow and arrow, full of energy and enthusiasm. I then cut down past the veggie patch where Chris had the new pupils planting lots of new crops. On the Astro, Dean was going through the paces with the hockey players, with lots of laughter and chirping to go along with it as expected. Moving in down to the dam, Dave was overseeing a group of pupils having a great time out in the water whilst keeping an eye out for Charlie who was determined to push him into the water (which he succeeded in doing).
Moving up towards the pavilion, I passed Mantombi and the Harland prefects and grade 8s involved in fierce competition on the field in a game that I have never seen before but which seemed intensely exciting. Inside the pavilion, Samu and Kaitlyn were having tea with the Lind prefects and planning their strategies for the term. I thought I’d pop through the boys hostels on may way back home and found groups of boys having great conversations in cubicles, and an open, friendly welcome met me in both Harland and Jonsson. (And the rooms were tidy! On a Saturday!) As I headed past the Staples Centre, Carmen was in the shade under a tree chatting with Mihle.
Then, passing the sickbay on my way home, I heard screams of laughter from the Hudson Reed hall so I went over and ended up shooting a few hoops with the guys there before eventually making it home and collapsing on the couch. I know that Derek and a number of staff and pupils were at the same time kayaking down the Umkomaas river.
What an amazing place where we share our lives with the pupils and get to minister to them in such beautiful surroundings. Thank you staff for everything you all do!

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Mr Kean Broom (College Headmaste

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Alan Staples.

With close to 50 years association with Treverton, Alan has left an indelible mark on our school.

As a young graduate of Rhodes University, Alan joined Treverton College in 1973 as the Science and Mathematics teacher. Alan was a passionate and inspiring teacher and made an enormous impact on the many pupils he taught over the years. In 1978 at the very young age of 30, Alan was appointed Deputy Head and clearly demonstrated his leadership ability resulting in him being appointed as College Headmaster in 1980, while retaining his teaching duties. Alan worked tirelessly for Treverton and his huge contribution to the growth and success of both the College and the Prep led to his appointment as Executive Head in 2004.

In both roles as College Headmaster and as Treverton Executive Head, Alan took Treverton to heights beyond expectations. Not only did he have a very clear vision of how Treverton could grow, but his dedication and hard work saw that vision fulfilled. The dam, the squash courts, the Chapel Theatre complex, the equestrian centre, the hockey astro turf, the additions to the sports pavilion and a borehole to supply the entire school are just some examples of vision turned into reality. Treverton would not be the school it is today without Alan’s leadership and commitment.

When Alan retired from Treverton in 2007, the Board of Governors immediately invited him to join the Board where he continued to serve, with his trademark energy and dedication, right to the end.

The Board of Governors has a motto: “Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God”.

Alan lived this motto for all his 35 years at Treverton and 13 years on the Board, and he leaves behind an extraordinary legacy. He was a true servant of the Lord who dedicated his life in service to Treverton. We celebrate his life and thank the Lord for bringing him to Treverton all those years ago.

To his wife Brenda, his daughters Lyn, Pam and Susan, his sons-in-law and his grandchildren, we thank you for sharing Alan with Treverton and we uphold you in prayer, that you may experience the peace and comfort of knowing that Alan is with his Saviour.

 


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Debbie Allen runs our Visual Art Department.  We are very proud as both Treverton and Debbie are currently the featured School on The Art Room.  To read more about Debbie and her background please click here: https://www.the-art-room.net/featured-school

In addition we are proud as we have students art featuring on the website too thanks to Debbie, please follow the links below:

https://www.the-art-room.net/pencil-drawings?pgid=kdrgktre-70d62530-5b5a-4221-aa74-78ab

https://www.the-art-room.net/charcoal-chalk?pgid=kdrezw5j-6cd7b4a7-eda8-4047-8d0b-f5d520b3ca08

https://www.the-art-room.net/charcoal-chalk?pgid=kdrezw5j-ab2c612f-211d-45ca-b8e1-47f650163fca

https://www.the-art-room.net/pencil-drawings?pgid=kdrgktre-c12567cd-40bf-4187-aeb9-237ec159bfa4

Should you have any questions relating to Visual Art as a matric subject for your child, please feel free to contact Debbie directly via

dallen@treveton.co.za


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What a week down at Mtentu with an amazing bunch of Grade six’s. We all learnt some true grit lessons of digging deep especially on our beach walk into a rather howling head wind. The only way to go through a difficult situation is to face it head on.
Education is exceptionally important however education expands beyond the four walls of a classroom. That often is when we learn how to get through things without relying on a comfort zones. Treverton is outstanding especially when it comes to outdoor life lesson experience. Grateful to experience this, especially during the current time we find ourselves in. Nobody should be limited.

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Mr Joshua Marsden (Sports Coordinator – Prep)

On Friday the 16th of October and group of seven headed off from Treverton to Vergelegen in the Himeville area of the Drakensberg. This group included three pupils (Dimitri Dendrinos, Jarryd van Alphen, and Kai Broom) and four adults. The aim was to summit Ntabana Ntlenjana, the highest point in Southern Africa. We had achieved in 2019, and for Jarryd and Kai, this would be their second summiting of that peak. The difference, however, was that we would use a largely different route, with a descent of a different pass.

Our first night was spent at the base of the Mkhomazi pass. Saturday morning involved a quick ascent of the pass, followed by a gradual ascent of the high berg to Ntabana Ntlenjana. We then descended down the Mohlesi valley that drains the slopes of Ntabana Ntlenjana, and continued to follow that valley before cutting back towards the escarpment up the Mohlesana river with the imposing Ngaqamadolo peak to our right. We camped in this valley. This is a beautiful gently sloped valley. There were many sheep grazing in this area, their presence given away by the gentle tinkling of their bells. There were also a few Basutho shepherds around.

Our descent was via the Ngaqamadolo south pass. We found the pass easily enough, with some confirmation from three Basutho herdsmen who were looking for five lost sheep with their 14-odd pack of typically lean dogs. This pass, of moderate difficulty, took us to the long ridge that eventually leads back to the Vergelegen offices. This was a great trip with stable and warm weather. We enjoyed freshening up in the river at the bottom after the heat of the midday.

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Mr Derek Brown (Head of Life Sciences – College)

Thinking Back to the Mafadi Summit Hike – 2018 

Mafadi- The highest point in South Africa (3450m)

February 2018, summer time, long days and warmth meant a weekend of adventure in the Drakensberg Mountains. We left Treverton directly after school on Friday and headed off to Injisuthi. This was the starting point for our Mafadi summit hike, which included three staff members (Mr Derek Brown, Mr Craig Robinson and I) and 5 students.

Leaving the Injisuthi camp at around 4pm meant that we had about 3 hours of light to cover as much distance as we could. We headed up the valley meandering along the Little Tugela River. The river was flowing steadily from all the recent summer rain, before we knew it we could see another afternoon storm brewing in the mountains.

After about 3 hours of walking we found ourselves slightly damp and needing a place to spend the night. We found ourselves an overhanging rock which was not marked on the map, it did the job and we had a pleasant nights rest without getting wet and having to erect our tents. The evening turned out pleasant and we could fall asleep while enjoying some splendid views of the Milky Way.

Saturday morning arrived, the sun was up and we had a big day ahead of us. We departed around 7am and continued up the valley, climbing consistently up heartbreak hill left some students searching for their lungs. After a quick snack break at the derelict Centenary Hut, we headed towards Corner Pass which was where we were going to climb up to the top of the escarpment. Corner Pass is a rather steep gully that requires some serious concentration and even some rock climbing. There were three points where we had to pull our bags up with a rope before climbing up the rope to make headway. After some slow and safe climbing we found ourselves on the escarpment where we had to traverse along the beautiful Trojan Wall towards Mafadi. By this stage we had a group member who was struggling, Mr Brown had to accompany him to a nearby valley where they would spend the night; otherwise we would not make the summit before nightfall. We marched on to Injisuthi summit cave (highest cave in the Drakensberg) where we left our belongings. A few group members were too tired to continue with the remaining 1.5km to the summit, so they started cooking dinner and settling into the cave. Four of us departed for the summit and moved at a rapid rate as nightfall was not far off. We managed to all get to the top and enjoy the setting sun over the Lesotho highlands. At this point in time, there was nobody in South Africa that was situated higher than us, this was a unique feeling that felt rewarding. I carried a Treverton flag and planted it on the summit; a few days later I was educated that it was an old first team rugby flag. However, I managed to get the original manufacturer to design a new one which was used at the first match of the season. The four of us hurried back down to the cave and enjoyed a good night’s rest after an 11 hour day.

Sunday morning embarked on us and we were privileged with a magnificent sunrise peeping over the early morning low lying cloud. Coffee was brewed while some sore bodies exited their sleeping bags. We left the cave at around 7am and backtracked down towards the escarpment and the Trojan Wall. We reunited with the other 2 group members and continued on our descent down Judge Pass. The descent went smoothly and we made some good headway. However, mist rolled in and before we knew it we had missed the contour path and found ourselves a few hundred metres down into the Mtshezana Valley. After our student leader gathered our bearing, we were back on track and soon found ourselves back at the Injisuthi camp at approximately 4pm.

The expedition was approximately 58km with many memories made along the way. This was the first Treverton group that has knowingly summited Mafadi. Well done to Luke McCubbin, Oscar Hapgood, Connor Nicolson, Kieran Roediger and Leighton Hancock for joining the hike. A special mention goes to Oscar Hapgood and Kieran Roediger for summiting Mafadi.

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Mr Travers Pellew (College Sports Co-ordinator)