College Whole School

Glenwood House School proudly congratulates its 2016 Grade 12 class for their successful completion of Matric. A total of 47 students wrote the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam this year.

100% pass rate, 5 candidates with 7 out of 7 distinctions, 12 A average candidates, 2.8 distinctions per candidate, 3 candidates in the IEB overall top 5% of the country, 11 candidates in the IEB top 1% of the country in 7 different subjects, 23% of candidates above 80% average, 66% of candidates above 70% average, 87% of candidates above 60% average, 100% of candidates above 50% average.

Subject Distinctions (% of candidates obtaining above 80% in subject): Accounting – 38%, Afrikaans – 39%, Geography – 50%, Business Studies – 23%, Information Technology – 57%, Engineering Graphics and Design – 67%, Visual Arts – 38%, Mathematics – 36%, Mathematical Literacy – 84%, Physical Science – 36%, Life Science – 36%, Life Orientation – 60%.

Glenwood holds a proud record of not having a Matric failure since its inception in 2006 – and looks forward to a continued success rate in the future.

We are confident that the Class of 2016 will count amongst the leaders of tomorrow.

Our Glenwood’s Got Talent star does it again!

Preparatory Whole School

Mihle Xipu, winMihle Xipuner of the 2015 Glenwood’s Got Talent took part in the Vine Christian School’s yearly fundraiser – a singing competition held on 29 August and won!

His performance enchanted the audience and the judges were so impressed with his beautiful voice and performance that there was no doubt at all as to who the winner of this competition was.

Mihle also took part in the George Eisteddfod and sang songs far above his age level. He is definitely a true performer with a very exciting future. Well done, Mihle!

Glenwood House swimming pool opens

Glenwood House swimming pool opens

Whole School

After many years of waiting and eager anticipation, our BRAND NEW sparkling pool has finally been completed. Thank you to all our parents and pupils who have been so patient, but I’m sure you’ll all agree – IT HAS BEEN WORTH THE WAIT!

The pool will be officially inaugurated only at the start of 2014 and we will use the rest of this year to sort out our systems and teething problems. We will, therefore, start using the pool as soon as possible. In fact, College water polo training has already commenced.

I am truly convinced that this pool will take our swimming and water polo to a new level and we look forward to a “cool and splashing season”.

D R Symes Headmaster

Glenwood House School launches Insect Hotel

Whole School

Glenwood House School officially launched its own Insect Hotel this week. The refuge for invertebrates was built by Grade 8 students along with their teacher Mrs Clare van Rensburg during a practical workshop in celebration of World Wetland’s Day. The structure stands on the grounds of the school’s own wetland and was made entirely of recycled materials.

It consists of seven stacked wooded pallets with natural materials in each compartment. Decomposing wood will attract burrowing beetles, while damp carpet, dried grass, pine cones, corks, hessian sacks, bricks and bamboo will provide a habitat and nesting grounds for other insects. The wildlife stack will eventually harbor a number of beneficial insects which may act as valuable pollinators of the flowering plants on the school grounds, as decomposers, seeds dispersers and pest controllers. The exhibit will form a permanent teaching aid to students in Glenwood House School.

Grade 8 students also completed an iSPOT workshop held by Dr Tony Rebelo of the South African National Institute for Biodiversity. iSPOT is an interactive internet based tool for citizen scientists. It allows users to upload images of wildlife, including plants, insects, animals and birds which are then identified by other users including experts in botany and zoology.

The Grade 8 students spent several hours in the school wetland photographing aquatic invertebrates and plants using their cell phones. The students then uploaded the images onto the iSPOT website under the supervision of Dr Rebelo and several volunteers from the Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wildflowers (CREW). Pia Marotti, a grade 8 student, photographed a small chameleon which was identified as a Knysna Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion damaranum) within several minutes. Several students posted photographs of a tiny white frog with yellow markings on its skin. It was immediately identified as a Painted Reed Frog. The full array of photographs of the Glenwood House Wetland can be accessed on iSPOT at