Winner of Best Heads of Argument at the Annual Kovsie Moot Court Competition
by Alyssa Joan Smith (Carter High School Head Prefect 2014)
The Annual Kovsie Moot Court Competition, hosted by The University of the Free State, was held from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2015 in Bloemfontein - under the immaculate organisation of Advocate Bezuidenhout.
The Moot is an exciting mock trial, where the participants get to role play legal practitioners, arguing a specific set of facts, in an authentic court room (in this event, one of South Africa’s ultimate court rooms, the Supreme Court of Appeal).
The process, often nerve raking for some, is fairly simple. There are two rounds, a preliminary round, whereby arguments are presented to acting judges in the Bloemfontein High Courts, and the finals which are held in the South African Supreme Court of appeal.
Only the best students from all of the participating universities were selected to represent their provinces and universities in the national competition. With the common objective of winning one of the three junior division categories, Best Team, Best Orator or Best Heads of Argument. The participating universities represented included Varsity College, Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, The University of the Free State, The University of Pretoria, The University of KwaZulu-Natal, The University of Venda and The University of Johannesburg.
Prior to departure to Bloemfontein, Varsity College in partnership with Lexis Nexis Publications hosted a Provincial Moot Court Competition. This consisted of two rounds a knock-out round and the finals. Fortunately I was one of four to be selected to participate in the finals and went on to be awarded the title of the Provincial Moot Court Competition Winner.
The Provincial Moot allowed both the winner and runner up to represent Varsity College KwaZulu-Natal in the National UFS Moot Court Competition against 23 other Junior English Teams.
The Moot Court Competition is purposed to allow students the opportunity to experience practical aspects of law. Such as the reality of legal research, legal drafting, oral advocacy as well as interaction with numerous legal practitioners that have years of experience in the legal profession.
It is an exceptionally rare experience to appear in the Supreme Court of Appeal as many of South Africa’s legal practitioners never receive such an opportunity.
To be a part of this entire experience has been both a great honour and privilege.
Furthermore to emerge triumphant amongst 23 of South Africans best provincial junior teams by winning the category of Best Heads of Argument has been one of the most memorable achievements and certainly a great reward for all of the hard work.
Carter High School's
RCL Representatives for 2016
Carter High School announced their Representative Council of Learners (RCLs) during the 1st Term of 2016. This official body is made up of learners elected by their peers to represent them.
The elected representatives are:
President: Simphiwe Shezi
Vice President: Lindokuhle Madlala
Secretary: Anele Mbatha
Treasurer: Anele Mabaso
Grade 12: Manqoba Sabela (12A), Anele Mabaso (12B), Anele Mabaso (12L), Lawrence Mukono (12M), Simphiwe Shezi (12P), Siyabonga Mlangeni (12T) and Robyn Smith (12V).
Grade 11: Nqobile Vezi (11C), Samkelisiwe Ngcobo (11H), Thando Mhlongo (11L), Nikisha Kidsingh (11M), Nokwanda Mlangeni (11N), Kate-Lyn Gouws (11R) and Lindo Madlala (11S).
Grade 10: Muhammad Desai (10B), Luyanda Hlongwane (10D), Sinenhlanhla Nkomo (10H), Taashin Moonsamy (10N), Zotha Zondi (10R), Andile Nxele (10S) and Siphuxolo Ntuli (10W).
Grade 9: Owethu Mahlaba (9A), Tarlin Padayachee (9B), Lesley Khanyile (9D), Alwande Zwane (9H), Ross du Plessis (9K), Sibusiso Dladla (9R) and Samkelisiwe Ndlovu (9W).
Grade 8: Imana Hlope (8B), Keval Reddy (8C), Sisanda Ostrich (8D), Andiswa Ngubane (8M), Bulelwa Kunene (8N), Luke Krishnan (8R) and Sisanda Zondi (8S).
Academic Awards Ceremony
Carter High School had their Academic Awards Ceremony on the 21st of January 2016. Congratulations to all the prize winners, you have done us proud! Here are our Top Academic Achiever’s for 2015:
First Adam Butler
Second Calyn Reddy
Third Gabriel Pillay
First Kiara Singh
Second Adele Naidoo
Third Ajeeth Ramasis
First Sumanth Bramdutt
Second Siphesande Mahlati
Third Jason Frank
First Tarlin Padayachee
Second Keshan Naidoo
Third Kirsten Naidoo
Carter Reaches New Heights in Cricket
On the 30th of January 2016, Alex hosted Carter in what was sure to be an exciting encounter. Carter won the toss and elected to bat first. Carter paced their innings superbly and reached 271-6 in their allotted 50 overs. Faiz Shafiq top scored with a blistering knock of 110* whilst Joshua King made a classy 60. In reply Alex made 92 all out with N. Ankia and M. Shafiq taking three wickets a piece. It was a game that Carter dominated from beginning to end eventually winning by 180 runs.
Carter head coach Omar Kajee was full of praise for his players. "It was a pleasing performance with every player contributing towards the victory. Yet again Faiz played a quality innings and is a special player who has a bright future ahead of him." Kajee also paid tribute to Joshua King " I am indeed fortunate to have worked with Joshy from his early days at Carter High and to see his progression into an accomplished opening batsman is a wonderful feat"
It has been a good start to the season for Carter who face a tricky trip to Wartburg this Saturday.
Faiz Shafiq made 110* runs against Alex
Carter welcomes the new Grade 8's of 2016
The school year got off to a great start on Wednesday morning. A lot of adventure and excitement lies ahead for 2016. We wish to welcome all our new Grade 8's to the Carter family.
Sne Mbambo and Noxolo Yolanda Sithole hard at work during their Maths lesson
Mr. Orton welcomes Grade 8R to the Dramatic Arts