18 March 2013 | by Adithya Lakshminarayanan
After winning all their matches this season, the boys were in high spirit and were confident that they would put up a good fight. The MaP Cricket team was amongst six other teams: five of the teams originating within South Africa and one other team that travelled from Botswana to take part in this very prestigious event.
Akshay Nalamalapu, one of the Cricket players who played during the festival said, “Before leaving, we hoped that we would come first and prove to other teams that participated that we finally gained the confidence we had lost for a few seasons. We were amped to play our first match.”
04 March 2013 | by Adithya Lakshminarayanan
Every term at Maru-a-Pula is packed with a number of sporting events that range from those that take place domestically, to those that involve our school’s representation across the border in South Africa, Namibia and so on. Basketball is one of the sports that is taken very seriously and played rigorously here at MaP. Basketball is a sport that fills our term roster with several competitive games and inter-school competitions.
Just recently on the 14th of February, both the MaP Girls and Boys Under 19 Basketball teams travelled to South Africa to take part in one of the most prominent competitions of the season, at the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ). Both teams were amongst 12 other schools that participated in this annual event. The MaP teams were in for two days of exciting and tiring Basketball.
11 February 2013 | by Sakeena Abbas
Friday the 1st of February saw the Maru-a-Pula Swimming Pool come alive with the annual hustle and bustle of the Inter-House Swimming Gala. The weather was pleasant, perfect; a typical Botswana summer’s day, with a few clouds in the sky. Visitors and students alike sat in the grand stands, cheering for their respective houses as loudly as their lung’s capacities allowed them to. The air was charged with excitement and victory as the best swimmers from each of J, K, L and M House showcased their aquatic abilities.
Oceans of Red, Yellow, Blue and Green took up four corners of the pool area as students cheered on their Houses and friends. Teachers also watched avidly to see which house would take up the lead this year; it was going to be a close match.
05 February 2013 | by Simone Hadebe
After the long Christmas holidays, it is no doubt in many students’ minds how to lose those few extra pounds. The thought of readjusting to campus life, early morning activities and the SPE timetable have students pulling out hairs. However, there has been a recent shift in the requirements for extra-curricular activities. It is now no longer compulsory for students from Form 1 to 3 to do one Physical activity and Enrichment. We interviewed the Director of Sports, Dr. Bruce Nkala to find out what he had to say on the matter.
When asked on what was the decision behind the change, Mr. Nkala said, “Some students don’t like physicals and some don’t like enrichments. Therefore, instead of forcing people to do something they don’t like we made a balance in between. This allows students to do activities they like. The school administration decided on it.”
There is also a shortage of teachers who are free in the afternoons, due to them invigilating the Middle Six practical. The Director of SPE, Ms Turnbull also added, “We are also trying to make some wiggle room in the afternoon.” We posed the question on whether or not this arrangement would carry on to second term, she said that they will see how it goes. “If we have fewer students doing three activities, then probably not. However, it also depends on what the teachers are doing and what they’re afternoon commitment is.”
29 October 2012 | by Adithya Lakshminarayanan
The boys departed from the Maru-a-Pula campus shortly after 9 o’clock with high hopes of ending the weekend with a fairly good finish, taking into consideration that their team was not as strong as their previous representations. However, the team’s performance was below par and the boys finished last out of 6 teams that competed in the tournament. Of the 6 teams, one team was from Zimbabwe, four teams were based in South Africa and Maru-a-Pula was unusually the only team that participated in the tournament from Botswana.
What was anticipated to be one of the best matches of the year ended up being a complete walk over for Spain; who won 4-0 against Italy in the Euro 2012 Finals this past Sunday. Most spectators and football enthusiasts feel that it was not a final at all and the match certainly did not live up to their expectations.
It was David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata who did the job for Spain, each scoring a goal during the match. The first goal was scored in the early 14th minute of the game by Silva and the last one by Mata, who was only on the field for 4 minutes. Many thought that Fernando Torres’ goal was the best out of them all; “He showed a lot of composure,” said Bryan Molefe, a member of the MaP football team.
The annual Toyota 1000 Desert Race, a highly anticipated race by many Southern Africans, takes place in Botswana, and each year, a different course is laid out. In 1975, The Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa held the first Trans-Kalahari Road Race, however, in 1980, the race moved to Botswana; and the Toyota Desert Race was born. Click to read more...
The Toyota Desert Race (TDR) is probably one of Botswana’s most anticipated motorsport events to date ever since it began in 1975. With a vehicle category being present from the beginning, a motorbike and quad bike category was later added in 1978 and 1993 (respectively). This year’s first prize is bigger than ever before as the 2012 winner gets a free automatic registration into the 2013 Dakar Rally in South America; which is scheduled to start on the 5th of January 2013.