Lockdown Newsletter Competition – The Rationale, the Results

Schools across South Africa closed early in March 2020, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and all Lawhill boarders returned home to their families across South Africa and Namibia.  

In May 2020, we asked our maritime students to share their best and worst lockdown experiences, as well as the lessons they’d learnt during lockdown and what they were most grateful for.

We received 23 entries for our competition and our five, external, judges had the challenging task of selecting their 5 favourite photos and stories.  The judges ranged in ages from 15 to 70-something and current Lawhill staff and educators were not permitted to judge.

We thank everyone who supported this initiative –  including the Lawhill Maritime Educational Trust and Professor Jonathan Jansen who provided the inspiration to host our own internal Learning Under Lockdown competition and to use the stories as content for our special edition Term 2 Newsletter. Click here to download a copy of the newsletter..

The cover of our special Lockdown Edition Term 2 Newsletter
The cover of our special Lockdown Edition Term 2 Newsletter


Judges’ favourite story:  Joshua Mbana, Grade 12

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Joshua Mbana

Runners up – favourite story:  Luyanda Dlamini,  Nthuthuko Shange, Thembi Mazula

Click here to read the winning story, here to read the stories of our runners-up and here to read 10 more of the judges’ favourites (highly commended stories)… (You are also most welcome to vote for your favourite story – email us on info@lawhill.org and tell us what makes that story your favourite).

Judges favourite photoSisonke Del Fava, Grade 11

Sisonke del Fava, centre, at home with his family during lockdown

Runners up – favourite photo – Avuzwa Hloni, Luyanda Dlamini, Nerrisa Sucrum, Nhlakanipho Khumalo

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Well done to all!   We are currently working on a special edition newsletter which will include your stories (or extracts from the story) and photos.


Thank you to the following judges who devoted many hours to selecting the favourite stories:

Mr Brian Ingpen

Mr Clive de Villiers

Master Alexander Owen

Ms Audrey Matthysen

Ms Veronica Bradford


All persons mentioned below – our winners and/or finalists – will receive a cash prize in addition to a special bag made from repurposed yacht sails (and worth over R1000 each). The cash prize has been donated by the Lawhill Maritime Educational Trust, who have provided a lot of support to our programme and our school during this difficult time.  All winners and finalists will also receive a certificate.

Please find below the complete list of winners and finalists…

Judges favourite story  Grade  Result
Jody Muleshi 11 finalist-highly commended
Josh Mbana 12 First place winner – most votes
Lendicha Kuvare 11 finalist-highly commended
Luyanda Dlamini 10 Runner up
Nerrisa Sucrum 12 finalist-highly commended
Nhlakanipho Khumalo 12 finalist-highly commended
Nqobile Khuzwayo 10 finalist-highly commended
Nthuthuko shange 10 Runner up
Sibobo Nyathi 11 finalist-highly commended
Sisonke del Fava 11 finalist-highly commended
Thembi Mazula 10 Runner up
Thutho Thekiso 10 finalist-highly commended
Undiphile Mpafa 10 finalist-highly commended
Zola Sampson 10 finalist-highly commended
Judges favourite  photograph
Avuzwa Hloni 12 Runner Up
Luyanda Dlamini 10 Runner Up
Mbalenhle Mkhize 10 finalist
Nerrisa Sucrum 12 Runner Up
Nhlakanipho Khumalo 12 Runner Up
Nthuthuko Shange 10 finalist
Sisonke del Fava 11 First place winner – most votes
Thembi Mazula 10 finalist