Junior Prize Giving

Grade 11 Top 3 (from left) Thiyashan Pillay (2nd), Talon Sewnath (1st), Sachen Pather (3rd)

Grade 11 Top 3
(from left) Thiyashan Pillay (2nd), Talon Sewnath (1st), Sachen Pather (3rd)

On Friday 14 February 2020, Durban High School hosted our Junior Prize-Giving Awards Ceremony to celebrate the academic achievements of our young men in 2019 for Grades 8 to 11. The event was attended by parents, invited guests, staff and boys, as well as Guest Speaker, Dr Kwame Adu Acheaw Spanos.

The Junior Academic Awards Ceremony is a learner centred ceremony, with most of the formalities being conducted by the boys themselves. The Head Prefects welcomed the guests, presented a reading, introduced and then thanked the Guest Speaker and the RCL Chairman, Quincy Hitler, gave an address. The audience was entertained by the DHS Choir and the Jazz Band.

The entire event was co-ordinated by MC and Head of Department, Mr Sunil Bodasing, who also presented the prizes.

Guest Speaker Dr Acheaw, Class of 2004, addressed the audience, sharing with them his journey through DHS and beyond.

He stressed to the boys the importance of having a vision as your vision determines your reality. He said he began his life at DHS without one, which made life difficult; he struggled with the rules, had no clear plan and just wanted to be popular. This resulted in him getting into trouble which disappointed his parents. However, the outcome was the setting two goals for himself – to improve his grades and to play for the 1st Basketball team. He achieved both goals, representing SA Basketball for 3 years and becoming a medical doctor.

In conclusion, Dr Acheaw said the journey to achieving goals and living your vision is not easy. His advice to the boys was to have faith in themselves, surround themselves with a support system and to stay focussed and grounded. He said DHS has given them all they need to be successful and they should utilise all opportunities and soak in all the knowledge. He thanked the staff for their belief in the boys, which was invaluable. Finally, he asked the boys: “What is your goal for 2020? I know you can do it! Deo Fretus”

Dr Acheaw was then invited to present the awards to the deserving learners that had achieved at the end of 2019.

The ceremony ended with a love-ly touch … being Valentine’s Day, the prize winners each presented to their mother’s a rose and some chocolates. The Prefects then presented roses to all the lady staff members – a gesture which welcomed warmly by all the ladies in the room. Thank you to the Gentlemen of DHS!

Mr Bodasing then thanked the educators of Durban High School for their contribution to assisting the boys to excel. The audience rose to their feet, boys and parents, and gave the outstanding staff of DHS a standing ovation.

The Top three boys in each grade were as follows:

 Grade 11

Talon Sewnath – First in Grade 11
Certificate of Merit (Colours), subject prizes for Information Technology, Business Studies, Mathematics, (The Pricewaterhouse-Coopers Award), Physical Sciences and the UKZN Outstanding Achievement Award for Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Thiyashan Pillay – Second in Grade 11
Certificate of Merit (Colours), subject prizes for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Engineering Graphics & Design

Sachen Pather – Third in Grade 11
Certificate of Merit (Colours)

Grade 11 Cambridge

Adam Mohamed – First in Grade 11 Cambridge
Certificate of Merit (Honours), Computer Sciences and Mathematics awards

Grade 10

Mikail Kreuzer – First in Grade 10
Certificate of Merit (Honours), subject prizes for English Home Language, Afrikaans First Additional Language, Life Orientation, Music, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences

Tusani Mthembu – Second in Grade 10
Certificate of Merit (Colours), subject prizes for Accounting, Engineering Graphics & Design, Geography, Physical Sciences

Jadin Dayanund – Third in Grade 10
Certificate of Merit (Colours), subject prize for Physical Sciences

Grade 10 Cambridge

Naseem Essa – First in Grade 10 Cambridge
Certificate of Merit (Honours), Mathematics award

Sharik Ramjee – Second in Grade 10 Cambridge
Certificate of Merit (Honours), Mathematics award

Shaphan Govender – Third in Grade 10 Cambridge
Certificate of Merit (Colours)

Nathan del Fava – Certificate of Merit (Colours)

Grade 9

Michael Russell – First in Grade 9
Certificate of Merit, subject prizes for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Life Orientation, Creative Arts

Darian Robert – Second in Grade 9
Certificate of Merit, subject prizes for English Home Language, Social Sciences, Technology

Yash Haricharan – Third in Grade 9
Certificate of Merit, subject prizes for Natural Sciences, Mathematics (Trevor Wadley Prize)

Grade 9 Cambridge

Nureldin Mohamed – First in Grade 9 Cambridge
Certificate of Merit, Chemistry award

Yadav Nunnan – Second in Grade 9 Cambridge

Grade 8

Abhay Nunan – First in Grade 8
Certificate of Merit, subject prizes for English Home Language, Life Orientation

Finnley Wyllie – Second in Grade 8
Certificate of Merit, subject prizes for Social Sciences, Mathematics, Life Orientation

Dino Veludo – Second in Grade 8
Certificate of Merit, subject prizes for Creative Arts, Natural Sciences

Grade 8 Cambridge:

Zane Williamson – First in Grade 8 Cambridge
Certificate of Merit, Chemistry award

Sahil Bandulal – Second in Grade 8 Cambridge

Durban High School congratulates all the prize winners and thanks Dr Acheaw for taking time out of his busy schedule to share his story with the boys and guests.

Well done to the young Gentlemen of Durban High School on their achievements!

Grade 10 Top 3 (from left) Jadin Dayanund (3rd), Mikail Kreuzer (1st), Tusani Mthembu (2nd)

Grade 10 Top 3
(from left) Jadin Dayanund (3rd), Mikail Kreuzer (1st), Tusani Mthembu (2nd)

Grade 10 Prize Winners

Grade 10 Prize Winners

Grade 9 Top 3 (from left) Darian Robert (2nd), Michael Russell (1st), Haricharan Yash (2nd)

Grade 9 Top 3
(from left) Darian Robert (2nd), Michael Russell (1st), Haricharan Yash (2nd)

Grade 9 Prize Winners

Grade 9 Prize Winners

Cambridge Prize Winners

Cambridge Prize Winners

Grade 8 Top 3 (from left) Finnley Wyllie (2nd), Abhay Nunan (1st), Dino Veludo (2nd)

Grade 8 Top 3
(from left) Finnley Wyllie (2nd), Abhay Nunan (1st), Dino Veludo (2nd)

Grade 8 Prize Winners

Grade 8 Prize Winners

Guest Speaker, Dr Kwame Adu Acheaw, and his family

Guest Speaker, Dr Kwame Adu Acheaw, and his family

Proud Mom Ms Razina Meer with her sons Daniel and Mikail Kreuzer who both were both prize winners at the ceremony

Proud Mom Ms Razina Meer with her sons Daniel and Mikail Kreuzer who both were both prize winners at the ceremony

Ms Sandra Veludo and her son Dino, a prize winner

Ms Sandra Veludo and her son Dino, a prize winner

Ms Lorretta Rama with her son Kian, a prize winner

Ms Lorretta Rama with her son Kian, a prize winner


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