Our latest #SaintsMoments - Together Apart

May 08, 2020 | Campus

Over the past two weeks, St Stithians Family have been sharing thier #SaintsMoments with us.  There have been an immense amount of submissions and our Saints Community has embraced the capmpaign and the moments that it has reminded us all of.  At the end of each week, we have been sharing the full week's stories and photographs on our webpage for those that do not necessarily folllow social media channels.  Here are the posts that were run from the 1st May to the 8th May 2020.

#SaintsMoments #BeStrongerOneAndAll


Thank you to Justine Heydra for sharing this special #SaintsMoment with us from 2016. The Grade 7 Class of 2016 dedicates their gift to the school in their final year at the Prep to celebrate 21 Years of the Girls' Schools.A special moment and a special gift.


Thanks to Lizelle Swanepoel of our Boys' College for submitting this #SaintsMoment from August 2019 during the “ACROSS THE ALPS” Science Tour. This particular pic was taken underneath the Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, Paris, France.

Twenty adventurous boys, two science teachers, one magnificent French Iron Lady, one massive Swiss Particle Accelerator, one breathtaking European mountain range, one quaint Italian wine farm, one famous leaning tower, one ancient Roman amphitheater, countless awe inspiring Cathedrals, basilicas, and flashy Merc Maybach's and McLaren's: these all make for one unforgettable European Summer filled with inspiring Saints Moments!

In the photo (left to right):
Standing: Ms Lizelle Swanepoel (tour leader and organiser), Mr Barry Lambson (fellow tour leader), Roald Carstens, Bono Mutangwa, James Carter, Leroy Mlambo, Nyasha Zvinoera, Tende Gombarume, Armand Carstens, Daniel da Fonseca, Asiphe Gwala, Ethan Cox, Reuben du Toit, Simon Massey. 
Sitting: Monde Mjacu, Hlangi Mdima, Kutlwano Manaka, Alex Chikamhi, Sean Jackson, Kyle Mlambo.
(Not in photo: Michael Hills, Mihir Haripersad)

The following quote was sent with the submission, “Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.” William Wordsworth


Thank you to Chantel Smith for sharing this moment from our Junior Prep in 2019, her little daughter's excitement of her first Grade 1 Sports Day - certainly a special moment to treasure.


Our annual JP to Matric Journey event is always a special celebration where the Matric Saints that have been a part of the College from the JP return to the place where it all began for a trip down memory lane and to inspire the little Saints that will follow. This pic was sent to us of the 2018 event.


Thank you to Garry McCluskey for sending in this team moment. The Saints Boys' College 2020 U14B Cricket team (including his son) who, having just arrived in the College have been unbeaten in all games played to date. Well done to this group of young men. Special Saints moments.


Thank you to Kirsten Cohead for sharing this awesome moment with us. She took this photograph earlier this year of a couple of teammates from our Girls' College u15 Water Polo team celebrating with their coach just after they won the Shaun Fuchs Water Polo Tournament.  'This photograph was taken just after the U15 girls gave the final all they had and won the Shaun Fuchs tournament.'


This photo taken in Mountstephens boarding house in 1984 was shared with us by Justin Hawes. The photo includes from left to right: Sonwabo Mtshazo, Rob Townsend, Justin Hawes and Rowan Ditcham, in Justin and Sonwabo’s dorm.

Justin shared the following along with the photo, 'Life in the boarding house was quite different in those days. Mounstephens was surrounded by a forest – no Cheetah Slopes! The boys all used one telephone, a ticky-box (payphone), near the prep room. It was often out-of-order but when it was working you had to chat with a queue building behind you and all the boys listening to your conversation. The whole school wrote tests every Saturday morning and weekly boarders could only leave after the tests were done. They had to be back at school on Sunday evening for Chapel.'  Justin’s son, Robert Hawes, is currently in Grade 9 in the Boys’ College in Pitts house.


We absolutely love this #SaintsMoment sent in by Mia Campbell captioned, 'Our Saints neighborhood gang' - this is what the Saints Community of Belonging is all about. Here are the Campbell’s, Parks, Bakers, Wrens and Taranjanin’s who all live in the same area and all have their kids at Saints. 

Thank you for sharing this #OneAndAll moment with us. 


Thank you to Lyn Griessel for sending us these #SaintsMomentsfrom our Boys' Prep Baron's Tour to the United Kingdom that took place in 2019. She writes: 

'In April 2019, the 16 Grade Seven boys from the Boys’ Prep making up the elite singing group, The Barons, embarked along with their Musical Director Mr Altus Moolman, on a tour of a lifetime to Cornwall in the UK. The boys had been selected after a rigorous audition process, to participate in the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, along with their older brothers from the College, The Dukes. The boys poured their hearts and souls into their preparation, practising during break-times and over weekends, and sacrificing many days of their holidays to ensure that they were performance ready. The boys performed in a number of packed churches and cathedrals in and around Truro where they were based, and were rewarded with standing ovations and shouts of encores wherever they went. The boys are pictured below in the magnificent Truro Cathedral after the Grande Finale, and prior to that on the steps of the Cathedral, celebrating after achieving fourth place in the competition. The boys also had the opportunity to visit the church in the village of Stythian, and enjoy a cream tea with the Stythian Male Choir.' Moments to be cherished for a lifetime.

Photos by Lyn Griessel and Les Humphrey.


This photo, taken in 2018 by Martine Baker at our St Stithians Girls' Prep Interhouse Gala is all about spirit and there is no doubt that all of our Saints students have that in spades. 


This picture was taken by Paul Benbrook and submitted by Katherine Benbrook of the boys entering the field before the 1st team main rugby match at the Saints Sports Festival in 2019. Katherine writes, 'Love the atmosphere and the painted faces! Always such a great vibe!'


Throwback to exactly a year ago, 5 May 2019, when the Duke of Cornwall Singers were crowned the overall winners of the Cornwall International Youth Male Choir Competition, held in in the beautiful Truro Cathedral. Unforgettable singing and such a proud moment for the Dukes. 
Photos: Phil Monkto


Thank you to Saadia Ebrahim of our Junior Prep for submitting this pic of her and Jonty Wood from Founders Day 2019. Saadia says of the photograph, 'I taught Jonty when he was in Grade 1. He comes back to the JP every year to take a photo with me on Founders Day - our most special day on the Saints Calendar.'


Community Engagement is one of the central pillars of our St Stithians education and in our Boys' Prep, our values are being lived out in our Ivory Park Schools. From grade 3 to grade 7 each boy plays his part in #InspiringExcellence and #MakingAWorldOfDifference in these very special schools, developing friendships with the students through the years. Thank you to Justine Heydra for sharing these #SaintsMomentswith us, these pics are of the Grade 7's of 2018.


Thanks to Old Stithian Association Jock Seeliger for sharing this sporting moment from the 1998 derby versus St John's College (away) with us.  He said of the moment, 'The match was broadcast on live TV and Saints pulled off a great win with amazing spirit from the entire college. It was a great great day!'  From left to right: Glen Halkerston, Mark Harland and Jock Seeliger (the loose trio for the 1st VX 1998).


We thought we would share this different #SaintsMoment with our Saints Family. Our 2017 Head Girl, Gaby Fedetto designed and created this beautiful image depicting the notion of sisterhood which is a significant part of the identity of the Girls’ College, a sisterhood that everyone is missing hugely at the moment.


Now here's a moment for you - Old Stithian Association Bradley Ainge (Matric 2005) caught this 12kg Carp on a fly in the Saints Dam in 2002. It took him over an hour to land. As far as we are aware this is the biggest fish caught in the Saints Dam. Let us know if we are right? 



Thanks to Bev Ladner for sharing these photographs of another great #SaintsMoment. Our 1st XI Cricket team winning the Coca Cola Franchise Final in 2019, overcoming St Charles College in the final. 


Since we all returned to school this week (albeit with our Online & Distance Learning Programme), we thought we would share these great first day photos as shared by Nicole Basson of her son and daughter's first day of Grade R and Grade 3 - special moments to treasure.


Thank you to #OneAndAll that have taken the time to share these inspiring, special, touching moments with us in the past couple of weeks,  It is truly wonderful to see how many incredible moments have been enjoyed by our Saints Family through the years.  If you would like to continue to follow the #SaintsMoments Campaign, please follow us @StStithians on our social media platforms or keep checking back to our website each week for a synopsis of the moments we have received.  If you would like to share your Saints Moments with us, please email moments@stithian.com

#SaintsMoments #InspiringExcellence #MakingAWorldOfDifference