Parents’ Newsletter – Term 2 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians

The first half of the year is now over and, as we enter the second semester, there is opportunity for reflection from our boys on their efforts these past six months. Perhaps they achieved their goals, perhaps not, but the process of looking back is a valuable one and I urge parents to have a chat to their son(s) about the time passed and perhaps to revisit future goals. Of particular importance is the Form IV and V year group. The Form Vs have ten weeks of formal schooling left, three of which will be taken up by examinations. For them, the fourth term begins with the customary farewell ceremonies and then the process of final external examining begins. The Form IVs know full well by now that their final Form IV exams are as important if not more so than Matric results as a good set of results in Form IV can set up a university application and even conditional acceptance.

These coming holidays are a good time for a rest but also give some of our boys an opportunity to catch up and revise in areas where urgent attention is needed. We finished our examinations on Thursday to enable us to contact parents of boys at risk on the Friday. This gives parents the opportunity to use the three-week holiday for remedial action as opposed to having to wait for the start of the third term. Only parents of those boys who are at risk will be contacted. All other parents will receive a full report card within the first two weeks of the new term.

I remind our Form V boys and parents that it is our desire to achieve 100% pass rate and a Bachelor rate in excess of 90%.

The past three weeks have seen all of our boys writing their first set of exams for the year and I wish them well for the upcoming results.

Old Boys Activities

Apart from a very successful 99th annual Old Boys Dinner, at which the Head Boy delivered an excellent address, I have visited various branches of Old Boys around the country including Nelspruit, Cape Town and Hermanus. I always enjoy catching up with past pupils and telling them about the school – its successes and its challenges – and the opportunity for fellowship is wonderful. I will be expanding this to include three places in Australia in the July holidays. I am attending an international conference and thought it would be valuable to speak to Old Boys in Australia to bring them up to date on events at the school.

The speaker at Founders’ Day was Mr Vincent Ramantsima, School House Head Prefect in my first year, 2010. He gave an excellent address which the boys enjoyed and set the tone for the weekend of festivities marking our 117th birthday.

International Boys Schools Coalition (IBSC)

As mentioned previously I have been appointed as one of two Trustees from Africa to the IBSC Board. This organisation does sterling work in boys’ schools around the world and it will be fascinating to attend the annual conference of the IBSC in the Gold Coast early in July. This will be a great opportunity for learning and benchmarking our school against the best in the world and I am looking forward to the event. Those who are interested in the programme can access the website and follow the conference link.

Cultural Events

The annual production this year was, as many know, the Gilbert and Sullivan classic musical “Pirates of Penzance”. I was delighted with the performances and the obvious enjoyment that the boys got from participating. My compliments go to the staff who made this happen – Mesdames van Zyl, Hornsveld, Fincham and Fratini-Mentz for their tireless efforts. The boys and girls in the cast, backstage, the orchestra and behind the scenes are also to be highly commended on an excellent run. Some have questioned the relevance of staging such seemingly outdated shows but we felt that the enjoyment factor of those who took part and those who watched made it all worthwhile and a valuable exercise.

The annual Pipe Band gathering was another resounding success and my thanks and compliments go to Mr James Orr and his group of loyal pipe band parents for their sterling efforts. Our boys performed very well indeed and are to be complimented for their hard work.

Staff news

Congratulations to Mrs Joni Jones on the birth of her second daughter, Lake, to Mr Mario Maartens and Ms Corli Janse van Rensburg on their marriage and also to Mr Glen Botha on his marriage to Caylee.

We bid farewell to Mrs Melanie Haward, our resident expert on procurement, who has worked in our admin department for the past six years and thank her for her consummate professionalism and friendly demeanour.

Mr Cornelius Smit is relocating to Australia and we wish him and his wife Zenia all the very best for this new chapter in their lives. Mr Smit has been an outstanding member of staff, Senior Housemaster, teacher and coach and will be sorely missed.

We congratulate Mr Erlo Rust on his appointment as Senior Housemaster of Rissik House and Mr Nick Adendorff on his appointment as Senior Housemaster of Arcadia House. We wish them both well as they start this new challenge.


Admissions for Grade 8 2019

The application process for Grade 8 2019 began on 16 April when all parents wishing to apply at our school were required to use the GDE online system.  This year the system worked much better than last year but there are still some processes that require attention and are a cause for concern. Meetings are being held in this regard. Potential parents were given until the 28th May to apply online and then submit documentation to the school.  We received approximately 1,300 online applications and approximately 500 forms were submitted to us. This does not include our boarder applications. We only have approximately 220 dayboy places available. This process has shown us the importance of applying as soon as the system opens and not to leave it until the last minute. The parents whose applications are successful will receive an SMS from the GDE from 18 – 25 July and they should then accept the place offered to them using the GDE system on which they applied.  I felt that I should share this process with you as I am sure many of you are getting numerous enquiries from friends and family.


Lost Property

When your child tells you that he has had one of his possessions “stolen” such as a sports bag or shoes, there is a very strong possibility that this is not the case and he has lost that item or forgotten where he put it. The volume of lost property that is collected is completely unacceptable and represents a very poor attitude amongst our boys. They either expect parents to replace the item or claim that someone stole it when quite often it was their own fault.


In future, we will not be storing lost property. Items that are marked can be returned and the boy’s name will be read out at the end of assembly. Unmarked items will be given to the School Shop for resale if they are branded in the school colours. Items that are not associated directly with the school will be sold by the RCL or donated to charity.


This will take place at the end of every term and the shelves will be cleared. Please make sure that your son’s possessions are marked and please do NOT assume his items have been stolen. There is a far greater possibility that he misplaced them and that they are lying in the mountain of lost items in our laundry!


School Terms 2018/2019

I would like to bring to your attention the term dates for the end of this year and the start of 2019.  Our December/January holidays are much shorter this year. We return to school on Wednesday 9 January 2019 so please take this into account when making any holiday arrangements. Boarders will return on the Tuesday, 8th January 2019.


Closing thoughts

I am extremely grateful to the vast majority of parents who are so supportive of the school. They show their boys, through their actions, that they endorse what is being taught at the school and are working in close partnership with the teachers. They give us advance warning of difficulties and challenges and show support for any disciplinary process, should one be required. It also reaffirms your decision in choosing this school. The lessons learned by the boys in these circumstances are invaluable and they will grow as a result thereof. Just as both parents are in agreement with the manner in which their son is to be brought up and disciplined, we need to support each other.


On the other hand, there are those very few parents who do not support us in the disciplining of their child while he is at school, who contest every decision the school makes regarding leadership positions, colours or awards and who challenge the authority of the teacher, usually in front of the child. These parents should be aware that they are not doing their child any favours at all – they are not helping him despite their very best intentions. They are teaching him that someone else will save him and that there is little or no consequence for his actions. It undermines his self-worth in that he is not given the opportunity to deal with it himself and to take responsibility for his actions. This could have repercussions for him in the workplace later in his life.  Ann Landers once said “It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”


We all want the same thing – for our children to develop their unique skills and qualities – to be the very best human being they could possibly be. The school has the authority to lead your child in certain circumstances and as parents, you lead him in others. Let us support each other in our separate roles with common goals.


I wish you all a wonderful mid-year break if you are fortunate enough to have one. Thank you for a good first semester and best wishes for the final six months of the year.


Kind regards

Tony Reeler




Our warm congratulations go to the following boys:


Art & Culture Awards




Half Colours             Cameron Blake, Sedise Makhura, Graham Mitchell, Jonathan Nordengen, Darryl Nyamayaro, Keir Sales

Full Colours              Gofaone Garegae, Jared Hanekom, Moses Idowu, Wandile Madodonke, Callum Maloy


Social Outreach

Half Colours             Taesung Kim (new)

Full Colours              Brandon Els (re-award)


Gumboot Dancers

Half Colours             Gofaone Garegae, Kamogelo Mampe, Thetho Mashaba

Full Colours              Sedise Makhura, Khathu Motau




Half Colours             Ricardo Marques



Half Colours             Anthony Forrester, Luca Moreira Da Silva



Half Colours             Lebo Munjeri, Mohau Sekoto

Full Colours              Arnold Magezi (re-award)


Fantasy War Games

Half Colours             Ettienne Theron, Byron Topham

Full Colours              Luke Wardlaw

Honours                    Mitchell Smith


Photographic Society

Half Colours             Sachin du Plooy-Naran, Kgotso Mashiane, Jaryd van Straaten

Full Colours              Evan Louw


Science Club

Half Colours             Tariq Gangadin, Jared Scallen



First Aid

Half Colours             Craig Damons

Full Colours              Christiaan Grobler


Media Centre

Full Colours              Moses Idowu (re-award)


Technical Support Team

Full Colours              Malibongwe Jimlongoe, Tshego Motjuwadi

Half Colours             Tokolo Dijana, Dylan Jones


Junior City Council

Full Colours              Tarik Lalla



Half Colours             Zian de Swardt, Brandon Robertson

Full Colours              Christof Joubert, Jonathan Nordengen, Dharshan Pillay, Lucca Swart


Sporting Awards



Half Colours             Ongeziwe Dumzela (triple jump)

Full Colours              Lorenzo Carvalheiro (5000m), Kyle van Aswegen (400m hurdles) (re-awards);

Honours                    Matthew Joubert (re-award for 100m and 200m), Letsema Mahuma (High Jump-new award)



Northerns U18A                   Alvin Drabile, Dylan Greeff, Wisani Mushwana, Sihle Ngcongo,

Northerns U18B                   Grant Finlayson, Anton Marx, Tshegofatso Motjuwadi

Northerns U16A                   Devin Allen, Luke Andrew, Tino Chirozvi, Nathan Meyer, Thomas Minnie, Reilly Newberry, Michael Tullis

Northerns U16B                   Jeandré Kruger, Sello Mgayiya, Callen Stephen

Northerns U14A                   Robert Jordaan, Reuben Kruger, Keagan Trollip

Northerns U14B                   David Diemont, Kgosi Kgaladi, Lesedi Mokobaki



Blue Bulls

Craven Week U18A             Kgala Mothomogolo

Craven Week U18B             Khanya Jada

Academy Week U18            Reinhardt Nel, Tafadzwa Pikirayi, Dylan Thompson

Grant Nkomo U16A             Jorim Bangue Bangue Elombo, Jaide Josephs, Bradley Mayekiso, Molefe Ramotsepane

Noordvaal U16B                  Hope Mashabane

Noordvaal U16C                  Jaden Collaros, Timothy Glatthaar, Stephan Krugel, Ross Tosi


Northerns U19A                   Zian De Swardt

Northerns U19B                   Gabriel De Ponte, Dino De Sousa

Northerns U16A                   Gareth Craigen

Northerns U16B                   Calvin Botha

Northerns U14A                   Jarrod Cousins



Half Colours                         Francois Mellet, Logan Repko, Adam van Harte (re-awards); Scott Hudson, Marius Swanepoel (new awards)

Full Colours                          Kganya Ranamane

Team Award                          Felix Erken


School Championship

Junior                                     Christian de Kock

Senior                                     Logan Repko


Winter Sport Captains

Squash:         Zian De Swardt

Golf:                Chris Frade

Rugby:           Richard Da Costa

Hockey:          Dylan Greeff

Tennis:           Francois Mellet



Table Tennis – Storm Speranza (Form II) achieved Gauteng North colours and will be participating in the SA Championships during the school holidays.

Climbing – Mel Janse van Rensburg (Form IV) and Daniel Cloete (Form IV) (U17 Male category) and Tony Flynn (Form V) (U19 Male category) were selected to represent Gauteng at the SA National Climbing Federation Boulder finals in June.  These three boys were selected for the IFSC World Championships in the Lead Discipline division.  Mel and Tony were selected for the Boulder discipline.  They have all made the SA National Climbing team.

Swimming – Three of our boys have qualified to participate in two swimming championships being held in Italy during June.  They are Gabriel Gibberd (Form III), Jonathan Horn (Form V) and Christopher Pretorius (Form I).

Baseball – Joshua Mitchell (Form II) has been selected to participate in the U15 World Baseball Softball Confederation World Cup which is being hosted in Panama in August this year.

Paintball – Liam Hind (Form IV) will represent South Africa at the U19 Paintball World Cup in Paris in September.

Fencing – Jesse Ndjeka (Form IV) will represent South Africa in the Junior Commonwealth Games to be held in the UK in July.

Model Aeroplanes – Joshua Bakker (Form II) flies large scale model aeroplanes in the aerobatic class and won the overall SA Champion in the intermediate class at the SA National Championships. He also won the best SA Junior for 2018 in the Large Scale Aerobatic championships.

Robotics – The Boys High team comprising of Dylan Wills (Form V), Jayden Wills (Form II), Keegan McKenna (Form II) competed at the Open European Robotics Championships in Hungary and received first place in the Project Presentation category.

Football – Ingoma Mwanza (Form V) has been selected to compete in the Paris World Games in France and the Gothia Cup in Sweden.  He will be representing Tuks Football.

Pentathlon – The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises of five different events: Fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross country running.  Ettienne Theron (Form V) received a bronze medal in the SA U19 division and Jason Visser received 5th place in the U15 boys division.

Diamond Entrepreneur Challenge – Arnold Magezi (Form V) was part of the team that made it through to the semi-finals of this challenge which was held at the University of Delaware in USA.  This team was selected out of more than 2000 international teams.

Athletics – Matthew Forrester (Form IV) competed at the Southern Regionals (10 Southern African countries competed) and received a silver medal in the U18 3000m.

Rotary Inter-School Quiz Competition – The Boys High senior team consisting of Keaton Urquhart (Form IV), Joshua Meisie (Form IV), Christiaan Pretorius (Form IV) and Darryl Nyamayaro (Form V), won this competition.  They competed against 13 schools and 31 teams.

Judo – Brendan Pretorius (Form V) achieved first place at the National Ranking Judo tournament held in Port Elizabeth in the age category 18-20 years old and U90kgs.

Basketball – Ketan Behari (Form IV) will be representing the Gauteng Province at the Tri Colour Games in Italy in the code of Basketball.

Soccer – Gianpierro Signorelli (Form IV) has been selected to represent South Africa at the Tri Colour Games in Italy in the code of soccer.

Tennis – Kganya Ranamane (Form IV) represented the Gauteng North U19 team at SA Schools and Lamine Jeppie (Form I) and Iloke Alusala (Form I) represented the Gauteng North U15 team at the SA Schools Inter Provincial tournament.

Congratulations to all these boys for their outstanding achievements.

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