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Curro Hazeldean | 15-year old learner makes 2020 GolfRSA national squad.
25 June 2020

CAPE TOWN, 17 June 2020 – Operational savings from its 2020 National Squad budget have paved the way for GolfRSA to add a further R500 000 to its ambitious #GolfRSAHelpFund, which provides assistance to caddies and casual workers that have been severely affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

In April, the organisation set aside R1 million from savings on operational expenses and voluntary staff salary cuts to launch a programme that would identify and reach golf industry workers who have been severely affected by the temporary closure of golf facilities during the government lockdown.

With the full initial sum having been realised over the last six weeks, GolfRSA has explored other avenues for funding sources to sustain the project, including an online auction through Strauss & Co, a raffle site on iTickets SA and savings from the National Squad budget.

“We are extremely proud to have been able to contribute to so many of the most vulnerable members of our golf industry and assist them in a small way,” explained GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn. “However, we recognise the urgency of continuing this programme as our caddies and casual workers continue to feel the effects of the lockdown.

“The lockdown has unfortunately limited the opportunities available to our National Squad players, such as group training camps, tournaments and the annual UK Tour,” explained GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn. “However, there is a silver lining in that we were able to find an extra R500 000 in the budget to put towards our Help Fund.”

The GolfRSA Men’s and Women’s National Squads were launched in 2016 through funding from businessman Johann Rupert and provide a valuable platform for talented golfers to further develop their skills and showcase themselves through competition, locally and on the world stage.

Contributions totalling R15 million from Mr Rupert have played a major part in the success story of the National Squad.

Members who have achieved significant international success include Rebula’s triumph in The Amateur in 2018 and Martin Vorster’s hat-trick in the Junior Open, East Of Ireland Championship and Italian U16 Championship, as well as Christo Lamprecht (East of Ireland Championship), Jayden Schaper (Junior Players Championship), Amilkar Bhana (Italian U16 Championship), Wilco Nienaber (The Amateur Strokeplay Qualifier), Kyle McClatchie (Brabazon Trophy and the Argentine Amateur Qualifier), Tyran Snyders (Junior North & South Championship) and Deon Germishuys, who won on the Tarheel Junior Tour in the USA.

Vorster, Lamprecht, Samuel Simpson and Casey Jarvis also won the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in 2019 with a record-setting tournament total of 41 under par, while Simpson secured the Individual title with a four-shot victory on 18-under 266.

Four members of the National Squad – Schaper, Lamprecht, Luca Filippi and Garrick Higgo – qualified on their world amateur golf rankings to represent the International Team in the 2017 Junior President Cup. In the 2019 edition, Lamprecht and Schaper made a second appearance on the International Team alongside Vorster, Simpson and reigning Nomads SA Boys U-17 champion Jordan Duminy.

“We are very grateful to Mr Rupert for his continued support and we are delighted that we are able to redirect some of this funding to a worthy cause,” said Hepburn.

GolfRSA has announced its National Squad for 2020 with a clear emphasis on youth.

“Towards the end of last year and following the Sunshine Tour’s Qualifying School in March, we saw a number of our senior squad members graduate to the professional ranks and we wish them all the best in their careers,” said Hepburn.

“This has opened up spaces within the squad and, following what is a natural ebb and flow, this year’s Class of 2020 is a very young, but very exciting one.

“We are extremely fortunate that, because of the groundwork put in by the clubs, unions, coaches and academies, we continue to see so many highly talented young golfers come through the system.

With the group of 27 promising golfers averaging just 16 years of age, the most experienced player within the squad is Jovan Rebula, who is based at Auburn University in the USA.”

Rebula, along with Central Gauteng’s Cole Stevens, has been part of the National Squad since its inception in 2016.

Under normal circumstances, National squad members benefit from funding, advice, training camps, dietary, fitness and psychological support and, ultimately, playing opportunities at home and abroad.

“Unfortunately the international pandemic has adversely affected the playing opportunities for this year’s squad, including the cancellation of the UK Tour, but we felt it was important to acknowledge the recent performances of the players who have qualified for the squad, particularly the nine new members,” said Hepburn.

“However, we will continue to work with the players to ensure they remain sharp, both physically and mentally, during the lockdown period. The Squad members will take part in numerous online conference calls and, together their support teams, we will set individual conditioning programmes for the players.”

The 10 new additions to the Squad include Werner Deyzel, who represented South Africa in the 2018 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup, 2019 Nomads SA Under-15 champion Rorisang Nkosi, 15-year-olds Jaden Deltel and 15-year-old Jordan Wessels (the respective winners of the Sun City Under-15 Challenge in 2018 and 2019), 15-year-old Dylan Melville and 14-year-old Fabrizio de Abreu, the 2018 Sun City U-13 Challenge champion, Filip Sakota (14), Marno Lange (13) and 11-year-old rising star Zinan Maimane. The final new cap is Ryan van Velzen (18), who turned heads with an excellent performance in this year’s African Amateur Championship.

2020 GolfRSA NATIONAL SQUAD (* indicates new members)
Amilkar Bhana (15 / Central Gauteng / Country Club Johannesburg)
Carl Mwale (18 / Central Gauteng / Eagle Canyon Golf Estate)
Casey Jarvis (16 / Ekurhuleni / State Mines Country Club)
Christiaan Burke (19 / North West / Potchefstroom Country Club)
Christiaan Maas (16 / Gauteng North / Pretoria Country Club)
Christo Lamprecht (19 / Southern Cape / Pinnacle Point Golf Club)
Cole Stevens (18 / Central Gauteng / Parkview Golf Club
*Dylan Melville (15 / Southern Cape / Oubaai Golf Club)
*Fabrizio de Abreu (14 / Gauteng North / Woodhill Country Club)
*Filip Sakota (15 / Ekurhuleni / ERPM Golf Club)
*Jaden Deltel (15 / Central Gauteng / Bryanston Country Club)
Jordan Duminy (17 / Southern Cape / Pinnacle Point Golf Club)
*Jordan Wessels (15 / North West / Mooinooi Golf Club)
Jovan Rebula (22 / Southern Cape / George Golf Club)
Kian Rose (18 / Central Gauteng / Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club)
Kieron van Wyk (18 / Central Gauteng / Ruimsig Country Club)
Kyle de Beer (21 / Eastern Province / Port Elizabeth Golf Club)
*Marno Lange (13 / Ekurhuleni / Serengeti Estates)
Martin Vorster (18 / Southern Cape / Pinnacle Point Golf Club)
Nash de Klerk (16 / North West / Pecanwood Golf & Country Club)
*Rorisang Nkosi (15 / North West / Pecanwood Golf & Country Club)
*Ryan van Velzen (18 / Ekurhuleni / Benoni Country Club)
Samuel Simpson (17 / Western Province / Bellville Golf Club)
Tyran Snyders (18 / Western Province / Durbanville Golf Club)
Yurav Premlall (16 / Ekurhuleni / Glendower Golf Club)
*Werner Deyzel (20 / Gauteng North / Woodhill Country Club)
*Zinan Maimane (11 / Gauteng North / Silver Lakes Country Club)

Womens Golf South Africa also welcomed a number of new caps from the country’s promising amateur pool into their three-tiered GolfRSA National Squad structure for the 2020 season announced earlier this year, including Stephanie Barbaglia to the B-Squad and Chloe Malgas-Kelpin, Ellandri van Heerden, Kaylan Boshof, Kesha Louw and Lucia Mhlabane, who joined the Talent Identification (TID) Squad.

ELITE SQUAD
Caitlyn Macnab (Serengeti Estates / Ekurhuleni)
Kaylah Williams (Durbanville Golf Club / Western Province)
Kiera Floyd (Ebotse Golf Club / Ekurhuleni)
Kaiyuree Moodley (Bryanston Country Club / Gauteng)
Meghan Streicher (Swellendam Golf Club / Boland)
Kajal Mistry  (Randpark Golf Club / Gauteng)
Kaleigh Telfer (Bryanston / Gauteng)
Symone Henriques  (Glenvista Country Club / Gauteng)

B-SQUAD
Kera Healey (Eagle Canyon Golf Estate / Gauteng)
Kyra van Kan (Glendower Golf Club / Ekurhuleni)
Ineke Brynard (De Zalze Golf Club / Boland)
Samantha Whateley (Country Club Johannesburg / Gauteng)
Stephanie Barbaglia (Bryanston Country Club / Gauteng)

TALENT IDENTIFICATION SQUAD
Anika Smit (Vryheid Golf Club / KwaZulu-Natal)
Chloe Malgas-Kelpin (George Golf Club / Southern Cape)
Ellandri van Heerden (Bloemfontein Golf Club / Free State)
Kaylan Boshof (Ebotse Golf Club / Ekurhuleni)
Kesha Louw (East London Golf Club / Border)
Lucia Mhlabane (Malelane Golf Club / Mpumalanga)
Tebogo Lififi (Wanderers Golf Club / Gauteng)

Written and released on behalf of GolfRSA.

Curro Online | The difference between online learning, remote learning, and home schooling.
17 June 2020

Curro Holdings, South Africa’s largest independent education provider, is launching Curro Online – the group’s first online school that offers a flexible yet structured education model, with classes taught by Curro teachers.

COVID-19 has changed the education landscape as we know it, with education having to move into an online capacity in a short time-frame. As a result, there appears be some confusion around the various online education offerings. This fact sheet serves to outline the difference between online learning, remote learning and home schooling.

What is online learning?

Online learning is education designed to take place completely in an online capacity and not in a traditional classroom. It is also referred to as ‘e-learning’. There is a shift away from top-down teaching to a more interactive, collaborative approach whereby learners and teachers co-create the learning process.

This education approach empowers learners to become active in the process of taking ownership of their own learning experience.

Although very similar to remote learning, online learning differs in that it starts and ends as an online learning experience only. Remote learning on the other hand, takes advantage of past or future classroom interaction.

What is home-schooling?

Home-schooling refers to learning that happens outside of the school classroom environment – typically at a learner’s home. It involves a commitment by a parent or guardian who takes on the role as teacher, and oversees their child's educational development. 

Home-schooling puts all the pressure of the child’s educational development on the parents, and therefore is an option that is only considered by parents who believe they can provide the necessary support to their child.

What is remote learning?

Remote learning is where the learner and the teacher are not physically present in a traditional classroom environment. Instead, information is relayed through means of technology, such as video conferencing, pre-recorded video material, and online assessments. Remote learning can occur synchronously with live teacher and/ or peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration, or asynchronously, whereby the learners completes learning activities at their own pace.

What is emergency remote learning?

As a result of COVID-19, the education environment has had to adapt to an emergency remote learning approach. In contrast to regular remote learning that is designed to be conducted online, emergency remote learning is a temporary shift to an alternate delivery mode due to crisis circumstances. It involves remote and virtual teaching solutions that would have been delivered face-to-face, and will return to that format once the crisis or emergency has passed.

Where is Curro Online positioned in the online education landscape?

Curro Online is an online learning solution. It is not a home-schooling model, where parents need to take on the responsibility of teaching and continuous supervision. It is a learn-from-home model with CAPS curriculum aligned online material created and taught by Curro teachers. It has been developed as a solution where learners will not need a classroom environment to connect with each other. Parents can be rest assured that their child’s academic career is well taken care of.

For more information, visit www.curro.co.za or email info.online@curro.co.za.

First ever inter-Curro virtual relay starts!
09 June 2020

Curro Sport challenges our learners and staff to our first ever VIRTUAL RELAY CHAMPIONSHIP! 🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏻

Rules of the race:

  • This is a relay race consisting of 4 team members from the same Curro school. Select your team, your captain and a team name and get running.
  • The 4 x 1km relay must be run on the same day, but at any time of the day.
  • The age groups are U/10, U/12, U/14, U/16, and U/18.
  • The 3 categories are Boys, Girls, and Mixed (2 boys and 2 girls).
  • Curro staff have a category of their own; a mixed category consisting of 2 men and 2 women.
  • Each captain to submit screenshots as proof of the time, date and distance that each member completed by 16:00 every Friday. These screenshots can be from any device.
  • Every Monday morning, a weekly leader board will be posted on Curro Sport’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Teams are encouraged to challenge these times for that national title.
  • Championship ends on Friday, 26 June 2020 with last submissions at 16:00. The winners will be announced on social media on Monday, 29 June 2020.

Weekly times and entries can be sent to heste.n@curro.co.za. The subject line should include your category and the word "Championship".


Prizes:

The winning team from each category will be crowned the Curro National Relay Champions and will each receive a R400 Sportsmans Warehouse voucher!

Run the distance, pass the baton, be the champion!

Curro Durbanville | Curro Durbanville excels with remote learning during lockdown
22 June 2020

After schools closed amid COVID-19, there were concerns raised about the effectiveness of educational institutions’ remote learning efforts during lockdown. This, however, was not the case for Curro Durbanville, where a structured remote learning approach meant learners could continue to receive the highest standard of education.

 

Siyabonga Nhlapo and Kiara De Gouveia, head boy and head girl of Curro Durbanville high school, believe the school’s matric group is still on track to successfully complete the IEB final exams - with thanks to the school’s successful remote learning classes.

 

When the lockdown came into effect, Curro Durbanville was quick to provide daily virtual class schedules, and a contingency plan for an extended lockdown period. Learners knew what classes were scheduled for the day and the topics to be covered in each.

 

Nhlapo believes this structure helped learners to work at their own pace. They knew, for example, what would be presented in the next live virtual Maths class, while learners received pre-recorded videos or PowerPoint presentations to prepare beforehand, or to study to move ahead if they so wished.

 

Nhlapo mentions it was easy for him and his fellow learners to move to a virtual learning platform because of the exposure to technology they have received at Curro Durbanville. That, coupled with the matric grade’s eager work ethic and positive attitude.

 

That said, both De Gouveia and Nhlapo credit their teachers for a successful remote learning experience. “Our teachers have been brilliant and so accommodating. Lockdown has been an overwhelming time, but they have done an amazing job of making us feel that they will do everything they can to help us,” De Gouveia says.

 

From the teachers’ perspective, the daily engagement and feedback from learners was vital in building the skills needed to teach effectively remotely. There was also Curro Durbanville’s strong senior management team working tirelessly behind the scenes to drive these efforts during lockdown.

 

While the remote learning experience has proved essential in preparing Curro Durbanville learners for the year-end exams, Nhlapo and De Gouveia are excited to be back at school, catching up with their friends and teachers.

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