Outstanding Results

June 28, 2020

We are extremely proud of our academic achievements to date and now have yet another accolade to add! Yemaya Morley, a 2019 AS student, achieved the third highest mark in the world for Environmental Management. This is a monumental achievement and we are extremely proud of her. I would also like to thank her family for their obvious support and encouragement. A special word of thanks goes to, Ms. Tana Scott, for her continued belief in Yemaya. Not many people know but this was a process which involved many additional hours and independent study over a number of years to prepare for this. This is now the 4th special achievement that Rundle College has achieved for Environmental Management over the last five years. It is also not surprising to note that four of our Environmental Management students from last year have decided to study their BSc in Environmental Studies, yet another accolade to the school and Ms. Scott.

Dr Stuart Colesky

The Fascinating World We Call Home

July 02, 2020

Did you know that the world's second-tallest waterfall is located in South Africa? Can you take a guess as to where?

Tugela Falls are in the Drakensberg (Dragon's Mountains) in the Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province. Recorded as the world's second-tallest waterfall, they may well be the highest waterfall in the world, rather than Venezuela's Angel Falls. The combined total drop of its five distinct free-leaping falls is officially 948 m (3,110 ft). In 2016, a Czech scientific expedition took new measurements, measuring the falls at 983 m (3,225 ft) tall. The source of the Tugela River (Zulu for 'sudden') is the Mont-Aux-Sources plateau which extends towards Lesotho, beyond The Amphitheatre escarpment from which the falls drop.

Gaining Perspective during Lockdown

April 29, 2020

Lockdown has certainly been a challenge for all of us. However, this time allows us to reflect on ourselves, work on ourselves and, above all, gain perspective.

As we live in a boarding school, we are all in tune with each other and know each other’s boundaries and soft spots. As the time in which we are around each other has significantly increased, there may be instances in which we find ourselves overstepping those boundaries. We are learning to fine-tune our actions around other people. Having to do online schooling forces us to better our time management as well as work responsibly and independently, a skill that will definitely benefit us in the future stages of our lives.

We are incredibly lucky, experiencing lockdown at #KeNakoAcademy, where we have a gym, a garden and much more to keep ourselves busy. This is a time to think of the less fortunate and be grateful for what we have.

Since there are no staff members at KeNako right now, we do everything ourselves, including the laundry, the cooking and maintaining and cleaning the building. We get insight of what the staff do on a daily basis, which is more than we thought. This situation really does make us appreciate them even more.

We certainly gain teamwork skills since certain days are assigned to groups of three to look after the kitchen and prepare the food. We try to help and complement each other at all times in what we do.

Lockdown forces us to apply certain mental skills taught and reinforced by Head Golf Coach Roger Wessels and our Hostel Parents Judy Westraat and Esna Louwrens as we have no choice but to think positively and look forward. We should remind ourselves of what we have. Gratitude and seeing the positive will change each day to a beautiful opportunity to learn something new.

Kira Kappeler
Rundle College Prefect
KeNako Academy Golf & Hostel Student

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