I trust that the first term has been a good one, that your son has settled in quickly and has developed a good routine and that he has made good friends with those around him. In particular I hope that our new boys, mainly in Form I, have found our school a place they can say with great pride that they attend and that they have experienced a sense of belonging and worth.
Please look carefully at your son’s report after this first term. The results are based on a number of shorter tests so be aware that they may be slightly inflated. We are entering the first exam term for the year in the second term so I ask that you prepare your son for this and make sure he plans his time well in the upcoming two months. If he has not done well this first term, please ensure you speak to his teachers at the upcoming Parent-Teacher consultation evenings to plan the way forward.
The period for application for admission for Grade 8 2019 opens on 16 April 2018. We urge all those who need to apply for their younger sons to do so as soon as the system opens. Last year we had close to 1600 applications and we do not feel there will be much of a difference this year so please make sure that if you have to apply, you do so on time. The step by step detail on how this process will work is on our website.
The experiment of having an all-day election seemed to work well with all parents that I spoke to, agreeing that this was a better system of ensuring greater participation in the process. I am extremely grateful to our electoral officer, Mr Andrew Nel from Brooklyn Primary School, who oversaw the day and the administrative staff, Mrs Dodds, Mrs Chapman and Ms Fisher who ensured voting went smoothly.
The names of those who were elected to the SGB have been put on the Communicator and I would like to wish them well for their term of office. The SGB is entitled to co-opt additional parents where expertise is required. They have done that to ensure the school is able to garner maximum support from those who are experts in their field. My thanks go to the outgoing governors for their support and service and I also thank all those who were willing to stand for election to serve the school.
My congratulations go once again to the Music Department and all who helped make the Café Concert the success it was. The quality of performance was superb and our boys and their teachers are to be highly commended for their efforts.
Our museum curator and long-time friend and supporter of the school, Mr Keith Gibbs, passed away early in January after a long battle with cancer. Mr Gibbs had direct connection with the school for over 70 years having started here as a scholar in Form I, then teaching on the staff and finally as the curator, a position he held until he died. We will remember this kind and gentle man.
Mr Paul Osborn has been appointed to the curator’s position and has already taken up the responsibility. Mr Osborn is an Old Boy as well and we wish him well for his time back at the school.
Our congratulations went to Mr Ryan Anderson who got engaged early in February; to Mr Wilbert Tenga on the birth of his daughter, Michelle, who was born on 13th February and to Mr Herman de Jong on the birth of his son, Samuel, who was born on 26 February 2018.
Our thanks were given to Mr Wynand Greyling who has been a great help while standing in for Mrs Bianca Nel, who will return to school early next term after her maternity leave.
A number of smaller projects were either completed or are under way. The mosaic school badge at the entrance to the school was kindly donated by Mr Gavin Ehlers and made by his wife Marina Ehlers. We are most grateful for this beautiful addition to our school.
The sports department will be moving to a sport-specific set of offices near the gym. Apart from office space for the Head of Sport and the various directors, we will have rooms for a physiotherapist and a biokeneticist to make a real sports hub for the school.
The old music room (or old gymnasium depending on how old you are!) is being restored to its former glory under the guiding hand of our own Mr Paul Ewart-Phipps. This labour of love will take a while but it is hoped that this space can be used as a multi-purpose venue for cultural activities. The restoration of the woodwork both on the floor and the roof beams is a massive project that is part of the exercise.
The trenching in front of the school is being done to improve the lighting in the car park areas and should be completed by the start of next term.
The swimming pools have been a source of frustration this term as old equipment has let us down. The pools have turned “Boys High Green” on a number of occasions and we assure you this is not a clever marketing strategy! We are in the process of replacing part of the filtration system to allow for a greater volume of water to be cleaned. The human traffic in the two pools is significant and we must ensure that our infrastructure can cope with this demand.
I would like to pay tribute to our support staff who keep our facilities in such good shape. Hardly a day goes by without someone commenting on how good the grounds look and how well-kept they are. I am indeed grateful to have the staff we do, who look after our beautiful school.
Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA)
The call for public comment on BELA elicited a response not yet seen before in SA politics. The number of comments received has not been confirmed but it is rumoured to be significant. In fact, the period for debate has been extended to allow for due process to take place. We are not sure when the next round of comments will be called for but for now the process of going through the public response is taking place.
International Boys School Coalition (IBSC)
The school is a member of this coalition of boys’ schools from around the world and I have been nominated to join the board of trustees as one of the two African representatives. This organisation gives valuable support to those working in boys’ schools and their research is most valuable indeed. Last month, our teachers took part in a situational judgement test as part of a 20-school study worldwide and this year we will be looking at research into character education and what it is that makes our school special in this regard. It is always useful to have factual evidence for what is often anecdotal supposition. I shall be attending the annual IBSC international conference in Australia in the July holidays this year and using that trip as an opportunity to engage with Old Boys in that country as well.
These past few weeks have been difficult for the school as we grappled with the issue of alleged bullying, particularly in boarding. I am only too aware that there are wide-ranging opinions on the matter but it is important to maintain balance and perspective and realise that we are a community of teenage boys.
This community sometimes behaves in a manner that is strange to us as adults. Boys need physical activity and boys love teasing each other. Boys love a challenge, love a dare and often see overcoming a physical obstacle as a rite of passage on the way to manhood. Yet in all of this, there has to be a sense of humanity, justice, kindness and empathy. We have to negotiate through the mass of male-ness and combine that with gentleness.
My final Friday assembly for the term spoke of the legacy I would like to leave the school and the influence I would like to have had. I want our boys to be tough, to be able to take on challenges both physical and emotional. I want them to ride into the sunset on a dusty horse having saved the day! But I also want them to be able to cry and show emotion, to be able to be who they are deep inside, to show compassion for those less strong, to be gentle and to truly understand those around them. Some may say this is not possible – you cannot have toughness with kindness. I disagree and this is the modern man I would like our school to produce. The man who can withstand physical and emotional challenges and walk out stronger yet someone who is acutely aware of others’ needs and rights. We speak often of our boys as Boys High Boys. Perhaps we should be talking more about what the Boys High Man should look like.
I wish all our parents, guardians, boys and their families well over the upcoming holidays. To those celebrating Easter, I wish you a deeply satisfying spiritual experience over this the most important period in the religious year. To you all, I wish health, happiness and safety until we meet again next term.
Easter Holiday Sporting Activities
The following Easter Festivals will be taking place:
1st XV team at Kearsney Easter Festival from 29th March to 2nd April
2nd XV team at Krugersdorp High School Festival from 29th March to 2nd April
U16A team at Jeppe Boys Festival from 29th March to 2nd April
U15A team at Parktown Boys Festival on 28th March, 29th March and 31st March
U14A team at Parktown Boys Festival on 28th March, 29th March and 31st March
The 1st team are on tour to Malaysia / Singapore from 25th March to 7th April.
The U16A team will be attending the U16 Nomads festival which takes place at Selborne College from 28th March to 31st March.
The U14A team will take part in the U14 Nomads festival being held at Jeppe Boys from 4th to 9th April.
The 1st team will be attending the St Stithians Festival from 29th March to 2nd April.
Our warm congratulations go to the following boys:
Representative Council of Learners – 2018
RCL Committee: Chairman: Lorenzo Carvalheiro; Vice Chairman: Ferdi van den Heever; Secretary: Joshua da Silva; Advertising Officer: Dylan Talbot; Teacher Liaison: Mrs M Petrou
Abernethy: Arthur Payne, Raoul Mahabeer, Douglas Elcombe, Alvin Drabile, Roberto Rea
Arcadia: Sebastian Papaikonomou, Destiny Marivadzi, Nathan Duff, Ntokozo Menemene, Lorenzo Carvalheiro
Armstrong: Jason Visser, Eben Pienaar, Vugo Tswago, Adrian Malan, Tarik Lalla
Hofmeyr: Iloke Alusala, Marciano de Oliviera, David Choi, Ketan Behari, Joshua da Silva
Matheson: Owen Oelofse, Yasser Noor Mahomed, Adam Vorster, Luke Cavaleiro, Xabiso Kunene
Rissik: Keagan Trollip, Siyakha Dyasi, Brendan Chennells, Dylan Talbot, Malibongwe Jimlongue
School: Joshua le Roux, Jared le Grange, Cameron Ferreira, Morekolodi Skosana, Nceba Gxumisa
Sunnyside: Thami Skele, Delano Goncalves-Viera, Akani Denga, Connor Venn, Ferdi van den Heever
Solomon: Yasfeer Johnson, Joshua Engelbrecht, Christian Hoffman, Valentin Hialunga
Town: Owethu Malan, Liam Gillesen, Christopher Gregoriou, Nathan Jammine, Cameron Blake
Academic Colours (based on 2017 promotion results)
Form III: Justin Cross, Alvin Drabile, Christian Immelman, Ralph Jürgens, Can Kacar, Muzi Mabena, Bobo Moumakoe, Alex Paulsen, Grant Petzer, Noko Phukubye, Zander Polson, Mbano Sibande, Kian Trathen, Reinhardt von Brandis-Martini
Form IV: Ashley Bode, Greg Comins, Lorenzo Carvalheiro, David de Villiers, Jan-Hendrik Dreyer, Almog Funis, Dylan Greef, Francois Grobler, Simeon Jamison, Kayur Lakha, Nicolas Rovetto, Werner Scholtz, Theron Treunicht, Alexander van Twisk, Werner Wombo (re-awards)
Form III: Werner Bronkhorst, Luke Cavaleiro, Daniël Cloete, Brendon de Beer, Juan Fourie, Declan Humphries, Mel Janse van Rensburg, Keanu Jardim, Dylan Nel, Christian Pretorius, Halloran Stratford
Form IV: Devon van Rensburg (new award); Kyle Brown, Dawid Coetzee, Christopher Gous, Alex Jacobs, Justin Jeon, Adrian Rae, Lefteri Vlahos (re-awards)
Form III: Josh Meise, Keaton Urquhart
Form IV: Graham Mitchell, Brendan Pretorius (re-awards)
Allen Harding Swiss Tournament Louhan Fourie
Junior City Council
Form V Representative Tarik Lalla
Form IV Representative Mbano Sibanda
Form III Representative Vuyo Tshwago
Gauteng Colours Jorim Bangue (U15 100m hurdles); Matthew Joubert (U19 100m & 4x100m); Matthew Forrester (U17 3000m)
Gauteng North Colours Matthew Forrester, Matthew Joubert, Letsema Mahuma, Kyle van Aswegen
New School records: Jorim Bangue U15 100m hurdles – 13.11
Matthew Forrester U17 3000m – 8:50.13
Matthew Joubert U19 100m – 10.37
Kyle van Aswegen U19 110m hurdles-14.56
U19 400m hurdles-53.99
Half Colours Shaun Letsoalo, Mako Mutezo (re-awards); Moses Idowu, Rhandzu Mathebula, Mixo Shipalana (new awards)
Full Colours Ewald Minny, Ofentse Tladi (re-awards); Thato Nyawo, Nicolas Rovetto (new awards)
Team Award Ketan Behari, Donze Blom, Ethan Geerthsen, Keke Lehobo, Jandre Minny
Full Colours Dylan Greeff, Wald Truter, Hanu Viljoen (re-awards); Liam Treadwell, Joshua Wienand (new awards)
Team Award Alex Gurschl, Ryan Joyce (re-awards); Joseph Arendse, Nathan Meyer, Wisani Mushwana, Daniel van der Merwe, Ruan van Rooyen (new awards)
Junior Inter-House Olerato Thabetha
Senior Inter-House Matthew Forrester
U14 Eric Booyens
U15 Olerato Thabetha
U16 Xaidon Witbooi
U17 Matthew Forrester
U19 Lorenzo Carvalheiro
King of the Mountain Race Lorenzo Carvalheiro
Form 1 Race Eric Booyens
Social Race Lorenzo Carvalheiro
Old Boys Race Matthew Forrester (new record: 14:33)
U17 National Championships Jesse Ndjeka
Half Colours David de Villiers, Ruan Du Preez, Gabriel Gibberd, Ivan Horak, Jonathan Horn, Johnlouis Landskron, Matthew Neser, Rialdo Roeloffze, Seth Scott, Anton van Dyk, Cornel Watson
Full Colours Jonathan Horn, Ivan Horak, Johnlouis Landskron, Anton van Dyk
Honours Jonathan Horn
U14 Phillip de Lange
U15 Joshua Mitchell
U16 Ivan Horak
U17 Rialdo Roeloffze
U19 Jonathan Horn
Half Colours Bruce Anderson, Thomas Calenborne, Diego de Aveiro, Tristan Lunt (new awards); Rhys Bekker, David de Villiers, Ryan Muller (re-awards)
Full Colours Richard da Costa, Tshepiso Ntuli (new awards); Cole van Rooyen (re-award)
Honours Matthew Neser
Team Award Nathan Jammine, Ronan Perring
U17A SA Squad Matthew Neser
U17B SA Squad Tshepiso Ntuli
U18 NTS Currie Cup Bruce Anderson, Rhys Bekker, Thomas Calenborne,
Squad Richard da Costa, David de Villiers, William Fairhurst, Tristan Lunt, Ryan Muller, Matthew Neser, Tshepiso Ntuli, Brandon October, Cole van Rooyen
Reserves Nathan Fogwill, Jordan McHardy, Ronan Perring
Water Polo: Service
Half Colours Thomas Calenborne, Justin Cross (re-award), Jordan McHardy, Karl Muller (new awards)
Athletics Matthew Joubert
Basketball Thato Nyawo
Climbing Ethan Ford
Cricket Dylan Greeff
Cross Country Lorenzo Carvalheiro
Fencing Dawid Coetzee
Golf To follow
Hockey To follow
Rugby To follow
Squash Zian de Swardt
Swimming Jonathan Horn
Table Tennis Ashley Bode
Tennis Francois Mellet
Water Polo Richard de Costa
Squash – three of our boys took part in the SA National Squash championships. Jarrod Cousins U14 ended 4th in SA, Gareth Craigen U16 ended 6th in SA and Zian de Swardt U19 ended 4th in SA.
Ballroom Dancing – Miguel de Oliveira and his partner competed in the 2017 SA Dance Teachers’ Association open championships. In the ballroom category for beginners, they achieved a first place (gold medal).
Sailing – Christiaan Holm competed in the 2017 SA Sailing Youth National Championships in December. He received a silver medal after finishing second in a fleet of 27 entries in the Dabchick class.
Congratulations to the boys for these outstanding achievements.