CULTURAL PROGRAMME

CULTURAL DIVERSITY

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”-Anonymous

The Aeronautical Society is a landing strip for boys who love aviation in its various shapes and forms. The society is very active and is catered for with outings to major airports, gliding at the Magalies Gliding Club, flying in light aircraft and helicopters, attending air shows, talks by aviation experts, as well as visits to aircraft museums.

The boys are also involved in several community-based projects whereby they volunteer their time to clean and restore aircraft at museums and other locations. If a boy is considering a career in aviation, this is the society for them. 

Possible activities include:

– Guided visits to airports in Gauteng which include OR Tambo International Airport, Rand Airport, Wonderboom and Lanseria.   These visits typically include tours of airlines and other aviation companies and going up the control tower

– Other excursions to aviation-related places, including aircraft factories, heliports, museums

– Gliding at Magalies Gliding Club

– Visits to flying schools and aviation companies

– Attending air shows

– Talks by aviation experts

– Involvement in a hands-on project with a real aircraft

– Competitions, including paper plane contests and the annual “Aeroquiz”

– Community service activities, including cleaning aircraft at the SAA or SAAF Museum

– Flying afternoons in light aircraft and helicopters

Master-In-Charge: Mr M. Maartens – mmaartens@boyshigh.com

ARCHERY

Do you want to be like the smooth-talking Finnick Odair in “The Hunger Games”? Are you attracted to the likes of the Persian Grand Admiral Artemisia in “300: Rise of an Empire”? Or are you just a noble Robin Hood at heart?

At Pretoria Boys High School, the boys have the chance to participate in the ‘noble sport’ of Archery, a relaxing, yet competitive activity. Our teams participate in the provincial and National NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) and several competitions whereby we compete with other schools from around South Africa.

Boys are trained by an experienced national archer and one can participate on a competitive level or a purely social level, spending the afternoon shooting with your peers, relieving one’s stress. 

The school has recurve bows and NASP bows. However, if you are serious about archery, you will be required to purchase your own NASP bow.

Master-In-Charge: B. Penrose – bpenrose@boyshigh.com

ARCHITECTURE CLUB

Architecture offers a world of possibilities for learning all sorts of things, in or out of the classroom. When children and teens design and create structures, they draw upon many different skills and fields of knowledge — math, engineering, history, planning, geography, art and even writing. Architecture provides the platform for boys to fully realise this ideal as architecture is more than just the built environment. It is also a part of our culture and it stands as a representation of how we see ourselves, as well as how we see the world.

As it stands, our academic program offers EGD which is magnificent for drawing and Visual Art which is great to develop an appreciation of aesthetics. However, the exploration of function and critical thinking required in architecture has the power to address poverty, overcrowding and land degradation and will enable humans to survive on earth for the decades to come.

Master-In-Charge: H. Engelbrecht – hengelbrecht@boyshigh.com

ART CLUB

The Art Club is for anyone and everyone who is driven to explore their own personal brand of creativity. You might have already developed creative art making skills, you may be the next Picasso or you might just have an interest in learning how to draw and how to get your ideas onto paper. The Art Club is for you.

The club will assist in developing talents and skills as well as explore the world of art appreciation in its different forms. Various projects and workshops will run throughout the year and individual tasks as well as collaborative projects will give you the opportunity to expand your mind in a vibrant and fun environment.

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” – Emile Zola

Master-In-Charge: D. Cloete – dcloete@boyshigh.com

BALLROOM DANCING CLUB

Our Ballroom Dancing Club assists in building our boys’ self confidence, develop their social skills and show off some talent! This club is open to Form 3 – 5 boys and we collaborate closely with Pretoria High School for Girls and Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool.

The club features the art of Ballroom and Latin American dances. Previous dance experience is not required as all dancers start on a beginner level and can work themselves up to an advanced class that is being taught by a professional outside coach and old boy, Ryan Kichenbrand.

The club has two very special annual events: a Mother and Son dance class where members of the club get to dance with the amazing mother-figures in their lives; and an annual Ballroom Showcase, held in the fourth term, where parents, teachers and friends are afforded the opportunity to be amazed by the dancers’ skills.

Master-In-Charge: S. Botha – sbotha@boyshigh.com

BOYS’ HIGHLIGHTS

The Boys’ Highlights is the school’s official termly newspaper, written and created by the boys for the boys.

Under the guidance of experienced editors and journalists, the newspaper allows boys to be a journalist, a news photographer or a cartoonist, providing them with a sound first-hand experience of what the world of journalism entails.

The club visits a different publishing house every year for a workshop on the production of print media. They also visit local newspapers for an on-site, in depth experience.

MIC: S. Hayward / shayward@boyshigh.com

Boys Highlights SPECIAL cultural edition - august 2023

BUSINESS CLUB

Are you the next Elon Musk? Are you the next legendary Boys High entrepreneur? If so, the Business Club is for you. Prospective entrepreneurs receive a weekly lecture on topics such as the investing, commerce, the economy, while exploring the exciting developments in the world of business.

The members also participate in two national competitions:

The Johannesburg Securities Exchange Investment Challenge is a national, simulated JSE investment competition which runs from March to September with substantial cash prizes to be won.  

The Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge, a web and app-based game which exposes the boys to weekly micro-challenges in order to develop their entrepreneurial mindset and skills. This challenge runs from July until September, also, with incredible prizes and cash to be won. 

The club also focuses on the world of entrepreneurship, starting a business and how to create a sustainable source of income from a business venture.

There are excursions every year as well, where the boys will go out and experience the various role players in the business world.

“The secret of getting ahead, is getting started”
– Mark Twain

So get started, join us at the Business Club and become the next Jackal of the JSE!

Master-In-Charge: D. Goosen – dgoosen@boyshigh.com

CARD GAMES CLUB

Have you ever wondered how the card games in the movies and in popular culture work? From Texas Hold ‘em to Bridge, there is a plethora of card games out there.

In the card games club, we will teach you a wide variety of games which you can play just for fun at a party or at home or in a more competitive capacity. We will start with the basics of many card games and arm you with the skills to become more competitive. Whether you are interested in poker, blackjack or bridge, which are extremely popular games played in tournaments or casinos, or more leisurely games such as rummy, go fish, cheat, kings and peasants, canasta, or whist, this is the club for you.

The games that we will teach you develop logical and strategic thinking but can also just be played for fun or to break the ice.

Come join the fun and learn new games with your friends. The great thing about card games is that they can be played just about anywhere. All you need is a deck of cards and you are good to go.

Master-In-Charge: C. Davies – cdavies@boyshigh.com

CHESS CLUB

Have you ever heard your parents say that chess helps to improve your mathematical skills? That and SO MUCH MORE.

Chess develops your STRATEGIC and LATERAL thinking and improves your CONCENTRATION.

Apart from all the intellectual advantages, there is a myriad of social advantages that our club offers, like playing social chess with the “girls next door”, meeting like-minded individuals and sharing strategies and tips.

Every year, the newcomers get into the swing of things right from the start by entering the Form 1 Chess Championship early in the first term.

Once the hierarchy has been established among our newcomers, the Internal PBHS Chess Championship is held and teams are chosen to represent Pretoria Boys High School in the various Chess Competitions, including the Etienne Lewis Chess Tournament.

We also take part in inter-school exchanges which include the Maritzburg Exchange and the Hilton Exchange.

Satisfy your adventurous side by entering the black and white world of chess. See you on the checkered board of combat.

Master-In-Charge: L. Kriel – lkriel@boyshigh.com

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB

Schooling is seldom about creativity and exalting the imagination. Writers are continually in the process of negotiating creative spaces for their voices. Those with a passion for writing cannot do without the activity and feel deprived when they are unable to engage in their passion crafting words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs.

Writing, as an activity, has everything to do with reconciliation.  We re-member (as opposed to dis-member) our stories and in doing so, we re-construct and re-connect our lives. Writing is powerful medicine: we write and the process of writing changes us irrevocably.

A writer needs to direct his attention to the social, economic and political realities but he also has to direct his attention inward to examine his own psychic responses to what transpires in the world around him. In the words of Henry Thoreau: “Some record only what happens to them; but others record how they happened to the universe”. Through writing, we each take responsibility for our own story.

It is a writer’s or poet’s obligation to name the unnamable, to point out frauds, to take sides, to start arguments, to shape the world and to stop it from going to sleep. Writing, is therefore, contrary to popular belief, not a civilizer, as it deals with our most basic instincts. As such, the work produced by the club can be taken as a barometer of what is happening in society at large.

What we endeavour to accomplish is to challenge members to think far and wide and evaluate what they see, hear and are exposed to in a critical way. A writer has to have something meaningful to say about a specific topic and therefore, the club attempts to expose members to a variety of stimuli and discussions.  Topics covered in the past include:

* hate speech and the effects thereof on society

* food and the role it plays in society in general

* a self-portrait in three hair-styles

* walls – why do we need them?

* honesty, is it always the best policy?

* money, success, power and the inter-relationships that exist between them

* the difference between the Other and the Outsider in the school community

We also host two events annually where we share our work with an audience.  Other clubs and societies may join us for the second event to interpret our work through photography, film or drama.

Master-In-Charge: W. Louw – wlouw@boyshigh.com

DEBATING CLUB

The Debating Club offers a tangible and significant benefit to a boys’ education. We teach them not only how to construct a compelling argument, but other essential skills like critical thinking, improving their verbal skills, all while enhancing their confidence. These skills are essential in offering the boys a holistic education.

By joining the Debating Society, you will:

* Increase your general knowledge and understanding of current affairs.

* Learn to analyse situations from different perspectives.

* Acquire the ability to express yourself confidently and persuasively to an audience.

* Be trained by top university debaters.

* Practise your skills by debating against one another in teams.

*Compete against your peers in Inter-House Debates.

* Debate against the Old Boys.

* Be part of the host school of the Tshimong Debating League.

* Take part in the JEPPE Cultural Festival

The top teams take part in the SACEE League and the Constitutional Hill Debating Tournament.

Masters-In-Charge: A. van den Berg and E. Bisschoff – avandenberg@boyshigh.com / ebisschoff@boyshigh.com

FANTASY WARGAMES SOCIETY

Fantasy Wargames offers our boys a unique opportunity to express and explore new hobbies within the nerd-culture universe. Primarily orientated around the trading card games, Magic the Gathering (MTG) and Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), our club brings individuals with like-minded interests together to share in the fantastical worlds brought to life through collective imagination.

Boys High caters to the needs of learners and all levels of experience. Newbies are welcome to join and are invited to training workshops which will improve the skills of our players.

Fantasy Wargames is a melting pot and common ground for anyone who wishes to have fun while playing games in a social environment. The society is all about playing games ranging from Dungeons and Dragons to Warhammer (fantasy in which players use miniature figurines to play out battles between different armies), through to Magic: The Gathering (the original collectable card game). 

Master-In-Charge: N. Kowlaser – nkowlaser@boyshigh.com

FIRST AID SOCIETY

This is a very important and well respected extra-curricular activity at Boys High. Boys who successfully complete the First Aid course become full members of the society. They assist during inter-school sports’ events on weekday afternoons and on Saturdays under the supervision of the school sisters in order to practice their skills. They will deal with the treatment of cuts and grazes, sprained ankles, fingers and wrists, fractured arms, collar bones and concussion both at the Sanatorium and especially at rugby and hockey fixtures.

The aim of training the boys to be First Aiders is to add to the corps of First Aiders in the school, and secondly, to equip these boys with a valuable life skill. Form 1 – 5 boys can complete the course in the first term of each year. Form 1 boys are welcome and, in fact, encouraged to join the society to see what the boys do and obtain first-hand experience.

The society draws boys from across the spectrum from sport like rugby, hockey, water polo, tennis to Arts and Culture vultures who participate in drama, photography, and orchestra and choir. We have a great mix of boys from Form 1 to Form 5.

We have a workshop each term where we get expert speakers to widen the boys’ knowledge about all things medical related. We also have a few fun activities throughout the year – such as visiting the Netcare helicopter air ambulance services and the fire department.

Boys are welcome to join the society even if they have not completed the course, but if you would like to complete the course in Term 1, enquire at the Sanatorium for more information. The course is a fun way of upskilling yourself and getting to know new people.

If you have a servant-heart and you are the type of boy who can commit to a project without fainting at the sight of blood, then THIS society is for YOU.

Masters-In-Charge: Srs C.M Stephens and L. Mansell: san@boyshigh.com / sansister@boyshigh.com

FRENCH CONVERSATION CLUB

What better way to learn a language than to speak it? The French Conversation Club meets every Friday and the boys are encouraged to practice their newly acquired vocabulary and sentence structures. The conversation classes are offered to French students who have done at least one year of French at the school.

The boys engage in one-on-one chats as well as group chats should they feel confident enough. The group is very casual and making mistakes is not frowned upon. Rather, the boys support and learn from each other, providing an optimal atmosphere to learn and improve on their French skills. French culture is introduced in an informal way through playing games in French, listening to French songs.

Pretoria Boys High guides the boys who would like to write the DELF International Certificate Examination in October every year. Preparation for these exams start in the second term during the conversation classes, but extra classes can be introduced as well.

As a group, we attend the Francophonie Day in March every year. This is an international festival to celebrate the French language spoken in 30 countries globally.

Master-In-Charge: H. Coetzee – hcoetzee@boyshigh.com

GUMBOOT DANCING CLUB

“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people”. – Anonymous

 At Boys High, we are extremely privileged to have such a vast range of cultural activities to cater for all the possible interests of our pupils. Nowhere else is the spirit of diversity so clearly manifested as in the Gumboot Dancing Club.

Gumboot dancing has a long and illustrious history, not only in South Africa, but also at Boys High. It is a form of dance that originated in the mines as a form of communication because the miners were not allowed to talk inside the mines. The slapping of the boots carried different messages and was later taken outside the confines of the mine where groups of miners competed against each other.

It is, if you speak to our dancers, an excellent form of exercise, and if you see them perform, a wonderful way of expressing themselves. Our members enjoy every moment of practice and this results in a very high standard of performance. The dancers are consistently invited to perform at other schools, school functions, Tuks Rag, openings of art exhibitions, for charities, the South African State Theatre and many more. The dancers are extremely popular and are always praised for their performances.

In 2021,the Gumboot Dancers held a Gumboot Dance-Off at the Form I Fun Day where the Form Is then put together their own Gumboot routine and performed it in their respective Houses. The Gumboot dancers were also part of a very successful collaborative project with the Pipe Band and the Big Band for the Assembly performance of “ A Lion Sleeps Tonight” by S. Linda which was then posted on Social Media. 

In 2022, our Gumboot Dancers performed at the Tshwane Youth Arts Festival and received gold. They performed at numerous charity organisations which include CHOC, Paul Jung and Bramley House to name a few.

In 2023 they won Gold A++ at Talent Africa Regionals and were invited to compete at national level where they walked away with Gold. While the boys were preparing for both regional and nationals, the Gumboots Club supported their community by fundraising for Branlife NPO, an organisation which offer care to people who suffer from acquired brain injuries from an accident or stroke. The French International School, Lycée Jules Verne, invited the club to perform for their Heritage Day celebration. The boys entertained national and international diplomats and their families at the celebration while highlighting the rich culture of Gumboot Dancing in South Africa. 

This is more than a club: it is a family. Our members are totally committed, passionate and enthusiastic about the art form. The Gumboot Dancers welcome boys from ALL cultural backgrounds. Boots and overalls are provided by the club.

Master-In-Charge: Y. Welthagen – ywelthagen@boyshigh.com

LIBRARY PREFECT BODY

We are extremely privileged to be working in a brand new, modern Library and Music Centre which is called the Bill Schroder Centre. This state of the art building houses our library with a computer centre where boys can do research and print their assignments. The boys assisting their fellow students are called Library Prefects and their main aim is to render a service to the staff, boys and parents in the school Library.

The boys who join the Library learn responsibility and acquire skills that they will use in school and later in life. The library prefects are trained during the first term and on a continuous basis throughout the year. As a prefect, you are expected to work during specific breaks and one afternoon per week after school. There is also a compulsory meeting every Tuesday during second break.

The fun part! We are one of the first schools in South Africa that have a Maker Space. The Maker Space is where you can relax and enjoy the activity that has been placed there for the month. Various activities can be enjoyed – puzzles, board games, building electrical circuits, etc. We also take part in the Readerslink Competition where we celebrate National Book week and International Book Day with a fun reading competition. This reading competition is held against other high schools in our community.

It is not all hard work. We also have fun and attend an annual “Media Bash” with media prefects from other schools. We have a team-building workshop once a year and visit different places of interest. If you love reading books, like to help and assist other students and are up for a challenge, this can definitely be for YOU.

Master-In-Charge: K. Botha – kbotha@boyshigh.com

MUSIC AND CHOIR

In recent years, the school choir has become one of the more popular cultural activities at PBHS. With just under 100 members, we are one of the largest boys’ choirs in Gauteng. What makes the choir particularly unique is the diverse groups of boys who all find commonality in making beautiful music. From First Team rugby players, top academic students, to school prefects, the choir is truly a place for all boys.

The boys have several opportunities to expand their talents by performing
vocal solos, playing various musical instruments, and dancing. Many of our boys are also members of the University of Pretoria Youth Choir (UPYC) which is a regional choir made up of the top choral singers from schools in and around Pretoria. 

Pretoria Boys High is home to one of the best music departments in the country. There are in excess of 180 boys taking music as a subject, each one learning to play an instrument and studying various aspects of the theory of music. Many boys start the subject never having done any formal music before their arrival here. Others continue with the instrument that they have started while at primary school or take a second instrument. 

The music department has several ensembles which boys can join based on their musical preference and chosen instrument. 

Symphony Orchestra
Big Band
Dixie Band
Salon Boys
Brass Ensemble
Clarinet Ensemble
Saxophone Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble
String Quartet
Cello Quartet
Trombone Quartet
Flute Quartet
Boere Band

The choir and music ensembles are two of the “show pieces” of the school and members are regularly invited to perform at school functions.

Masters-In-Charge: J. Robertson and J. de Meillon – jrobertson@boyshigh.com / jdemeillon@boyshigh.com

PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

The art of photography is “Painting with light” . Having a camera, a creative streak and a good eye, renders the world a boy’s oyster in this society. 

The society’s mission at the school is twofold. Firstly, the Photographic Society is essential in portraying the image of the school through its contribution of photographs for sporting and cultural events. The service rendered in this regard is invaluable.

Secondly, the society is a haven for boys who love creating thought provoking images and capturing a moment in time through their lenses. Aspiring photographers are encouraged and provided guidance on how to build up a strong photographic portfolio.

The society runs monthly master classes with various professional photographers, with skills ranging from the ‘how to use your camera’, to studio portraiture, fine art photography and wildlife photography. Many of our workshops take place in the evenings or early mornings as this is when light is at its best. All this hard work culminates in the annual exhibition of photographs where the members’ images are showcased and sold. 

The society enters a number of national and international competitions each year. The PSA Youth Showcase is an international competition in which we have competed since 2016. The goal of the PSA Youth Showcase is to involve the society in the promotion and education of photography among young people by highlighting outstanding photographs from high school age students. The Showcase is an excellent opportunity for eligible students to share their work and receive recognition for their efforts. Only actual photographic societies in schools are allowed to participate in this very elite and prestigious competition.

Finally, the society goes on day and overnight excursions to places like National Parks, Memorials and Farmer’s markets. We have done tours to Botswana and hope to organise another tour in 2024. We are supported by  and collaborate with PBHS Old Boys and various professional photographers and we are so grateful for their outstanding support, adjudication and general instruction throughout the year.

Join us and get in touch with your inner artist and contribute meaningfully to the living history of Pretoria Boys High School.

In the words of Henri Cartier-Bresson, “For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”

Master-In-Charge: J. Jooste – jjooste@boyshigh.com

PIPE BAND

The Pretoria Boys High School Pipe Band embodies the life and heart of the school. The values, traditions and ethos of the school are evident when you hear us play. Formed in 1971, the Pipe Band has grown from strength to strength as a result of our proud traditions and heritage. The band competes at an average of seven highland gatherings around Gauteng, with one competition taking us as far as Amanzimtoti.

 

You do not need to own drums or bagpipes to join. You do not even need any experience as a musician or formal musical training. We will happily turn you into a capable musician. The Pipe Band has always been one of South Africa’s BEST school bands and YOU could blow the pipes or beat a drum with the best of them.

Master-In-Charge: Mr J. Orr – jorr@boyshigh.com

Warren Buffet said, “If you can’t communicate and talk to people and get across your ideas, you’re giving away your potential” which highlights the power that public speaking has and for this reason, Pretoria Boys High hosts the Pretoria Public Speaking Festival. The festival is attended by 21 Pretoria schools and takes place in May.

The Public Speaking Club offers the boys a platform to voice their opinions on various subjects and heated topics in an orderly and constructive way. On some days, the speeches are impromptu, and speech topics are drawn from a hat. The competition is fierce and an outstanding speech is applauded enthusiastically and appreciated by the boys.

This is how members are given the opportunity to hone their public speaking skills. This not only improves their public speaking skills, but challenges their way of thinking and makes them more tolerant of other boys’ opinions, a vital skill needed to move our country forward. The power of the spoken word has inspired men to fight wars and start revolutions which have changed the course of history. The members are often amazed at the power they hold when they deliver a message which includes a cleverly worded metaphor or a precise analogy. The ability to express a point of view clearly and in an entertaining manner is a very powerful skill.

All the skills learned during the year are then used to write speeches for the two public speaking competitions in which Boys High takes part every year. These two competitions include: the Pretoria Public Speaking Competition held in May and the Four Schools Competition held in September. Edited speeches are rehearsed until individuals and groups are ready for the competitions. The criteria for the awarding of colours for public speaking are dependent on the results achieved by the boys in these two competitions.

Masters-In-Charge: B. Boerstra – bboerstra@boyshigh.com 

SAILING CLUB

The Sailing Club, introduced in 2023, was met with great enthusiasm from the boys! The club, one of only two official school sailing clubs in South Africa, is open all all aspiring or active sailors. Whether you have already mastered the art of racing, or if the terms ‘port’, ‘starboard’ and ‘gust’ sound like terms from a Latin textbook – there is a level of sailing open to all. 

The boys can expect training sessions at Rietvlei Dam and the Vaal Dam with Old Boys of PBHS as coaches as well as registered SAS coaches. Boys will also participate in the official South African Sailing Regattas, including the Pretoria Sailing Club Youth Regatta and the South African Youth National Championships.

Master-In-Charge: C. Maartens – cmaartens@boyshigh.com

SCIENCE CLUB

Are you a lover of all things science? Do you spend your weekends watching channels like Mark Rober, ElectroBOOM, NileRed or Periodic Videos? Are you one of those kids that ask – ‘But what about quantum physics?’

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Science Club is for you! We spend Friday afternoons doing fun experiments, listening to talks given by experts in various fields of science and watching fun videos together. We will occasionally be able to visit places like Camera Obscura, Sci-Bono and Sci-Enza, so come join the Science Club and bring out your inner Science Nerd.

Master-In-Charge: W. Truter – wtruter@boyshigh.com

STUDENT CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

The SCA offers a home to the Christian boys at Boys High where they can share their faith with those around them and grow in their relationship with God.

The group meets on Friday afternoons where they have the opportunity to discuss scripture, have prayer requests attended to and to offer praise and worship to God. Boys are encouraged to share testimonies and offer short teachings to their fellow boys in Christ. The group also has a practical purpose whereby advice is given to boys from a biblical perspective on how to deal with everyday issues in a largely secular world.

Master-In-Charge: J. Matthys – jmatthys@boyshigh.com

SOCIETY FOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

This society was formed thirty years ago to provide a forum for the “thinking and inquisitive” boys of Boys High. Their interests reach far beyond the perimeters of the school and he wants to understand the reasons behind current affairs and how they impact on his life and our future.

The SNIA aims to broaden the experiences and involvement of our boys in all aspects of society in order for them to become well-rounded and informed individuals. The SNIA invites guest speakers in prominent positions in society to share their views and knowledge on certain topics. We have, in the past years, been informed and challenged by speakers who lecture internationally, young Palestinians; young Israelis; on topics like world terrorism, global warming , hate speech, and “Is religion still relevant?”.

A speaker from the University of Pretoria’s Criminology department pulled no punches when she delivered a speech on “Life after Crime” and left a very subdued group of boys behind. Just as everyone made plans to leave the country, we had a speaker on “South Africa Then and Now” which left everyone buzzing with positivity for the future.

We visit places of interest like Constitutional Hill, the South African Mint, Pretoria Central Prison, Freedom Park and the Hector Pieterson Museum. This year, we hope to put our money where our mouths are and make a difference to our future and that of our country. Are you a thinking boy?

Master-In-Charge: C. Stephens – cstephens@boyshigh.com

SOCIAL OUTREACH SOCIETY

The Social Outreach Society is a group that enables the boys to get involved in the community. Outings are arranged on Wednesday and Friday afternoons to two old age homes, Princess Christian Home and Huis Machteld where the boys play Scrabble and Rummicub with the old folks; The Mohau Centre at Kalafong hospital, an AIDS orphanage, and the Sunnyside Shelter where the boys help refugee children with homework.

The boys also help with sorting of the various outreach collections that the school organises each term. The Outreach Initiatives are collections of stationery, blankets, clothing, food and Christmas boxes. All the boys in the school are encouraged to support these collections. Items that are collected are then distributed to the following organisations: Bramley Children’s Home, The Mohau Center, Kingdom Life Children’s Home, Dynamic Women and Children (which supports a squatter camp in Kameelfontein), Sunnyside Shelter and a soup kitchen in Sunnyside (which supports men and women who are homeless).

The aim of the Social Outreach Society is to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves by GIVING – not necessarily money – of our TIME, our ATTENTION, our LOVE and RESPECT. These gifts are far more valuable than money because we give of OURSELVES and we take of our precious TIME to do so.

Masters-In-Charge: P. Vlag and J. Nell – pvlag@boyshigh.com / jnell@boyshigh.com

TECHNICAL SUPPORT TEAM

Although they are essentially ‘invisible workers’, the Technical Support Team are absolutely integral to the running of the special school assemblies as well as the various functions at the school. The boys are responsible for setting up, monitoring then packing up various audio-visual equipment required outside of the school hall. These include the galas, athletics meets, market days and outside assemblies. 

They also cater to several functions such as the Annual Production, the Fringe Production, Inter-House Plays, The New Parents’ Braai, Old Boys Lunches and Dinners, Academic Meetings, presentation and musical ensembles. 

Master-In-Charge: W. Truter – wtruter@boyshigh.com

WILDLIFE SOCIETY

The Wildlife Society strives to educate its members in natural sciences, botany, geography, biology and wildlife management by taking them on trips to the Kruger National Park and Marakele National Park and various rehabilitation centres. Speakers also address the boys on topics like conservation, careers in wildlife management and also on different species like leopards, spiders, elephants, snakes, etc. Another objective of the society is to create awareness and promote respect for our natural resources.

Master-In-Charge: P. Loots – ploots@boyshigh.com

WRESTLING CLUB

The Wrestling Club, introduced in 2023, is not for the faint hearted, but anyone is able to take part.

Unlike other sports, wrestling focuses on the boys’ individual abilities for success and thus requires a fair amount of confidence and courage. The boys learn the skill of grappling in order to bring their opponent down onto the mat whereby strength, technique and skill are essential qualities. Whether the boy already possesses these qualities or not, the Wrestling Club will teach and encourage the boys in order for them to compete.

Master-In-Charge: R. Townsend – rtownsend@boyshigh.com