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 www.theibsc.org and follow the conference link.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Half Colours Taesung Kim (new)
Full Colours Brandon Els (re-award)
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
Half Colours Sachin du Plooy-Naran, Kgotso Mashiane, Jaryd van Straaten
Full Colours Evan Louw
Half Colours Tariq Gangadin, Jared Scallen
Half Colours Craig Damons
Full Colours Christiaan Grobler
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
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
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
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.