Strenue - April 2012
Class of 2011 Academic Accolades!
Congratulations to King Edward VII School matriculants, Milan Bheeka and Luca Zambetti on having been awarded Vice- Chancellor's Scholarships.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to the ten most outstanding matriculants from the previous year. The scholarship criteria is based entirely on academic performance for a range of subjects which include English, Maths, Science, Life Sciences and 1 other academic subject, Life Orientation is excluded. The scholarship is renewable for each year of the first undergraduate degree provided that academic performance is of a high standard. It is the most prestigious award out of the total number of scholarships made at the University.

We are very proud of the Class of 2011 Matric results and especially proud of Milan and Luca on this fantastic achievement.

Main photo: Mr Milan Bheeka (2011 Matriculant); Professor Rob Moore (Deputy Vice Chancellor); Mr Fennell; Professor Patrick Fritzgerald (Deputy Vice Chancellor – Finance); Professor Peter Fridjhon ( Head of School: Statistics and Actuarial Science); Mr Zambetti (Parent) and Mr Luca Zambetti (2011 Matriculant).

Top 10 2011 Matriculants awarded WITS Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships:

KES Water Polo Tournament a 'Splashing Treat'!
King Edward VII School Water Polo Tournament 2012-Report by Mr Tee

The King Edward VII School Water Polo Tournament was held over the weekend of 2 to 4 March 2012. The tournament, held for the first time in 1981, has become the most prestigious and fiercely contested tournament in the country, and the winner is unofficially declared the best school boy side in the country for that year. The tournament has gained this reputation because of the long game format. Matches are 4 x 10 mins, which is a long time in water polo, meaning that few unexpected upsets occur, and the winning team has succeeded after a long and hard fought battle.

This year’s tournament saw the introduction of a changed tournament structure. Previously, teams that won their pool progressed straight to the quarter finals, while teams finishing 2nd or 3rd in their pool entered a play off to win a quarter final place. This structure had a number of drawbacks; firstly pool winners only played 1 game on Saturday, and then had to contest quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals on the Sunday, and secondly teams finishing last in their group finished their matches on Saturday evening and often departed the tournament early.

In the new structure, teams finishing 1st and 2nd in their pool advanced straight to the quarter finals, while teams finishing 3rd and 4th entered into a newly created plate competition. This made a massive change to the excitement levels surrounding the pool games as teams very quickly arrived at the point of having must win matches! The structure also saw the tournament progress very quickly to a strength vs. strength situation, eliminating a number of the mismatches that used to occur! The new structure meant that all teams played the same number of games and all teams contested a play off match on the Sunday to determine their final position. The result was a packed pool area buzzing with excitement for the whole of Sunday!

In terms of results, St John’s College very quickly established themselves as the dominant team in the tournament, cruising through the group stages with a 14-10 win over Paul Roos, 18-6 win over DHS and 10-7 win over Rondebosch. KES had a hiccup with a 7-9 loss to SACS in their first game, but rallied to beat Maritzburg College 15-6 and Parktown 15-8 to secure a place in the quarter finals. St Alban’s were the surprise package of the tournament finishing 2nd to Pretoria on goal difference to reach the tournament quarter finals in their first attempt. The most closely contested group was a three horse race between St Stithians, Jeppe and St Andrew’s. Following 2 narrow wins, St Stithians topped the group, and after a draw between St Andrew’s and Jeppe, Jeppe went through by virtue of their superior goal difference.

The quarter finals were thus St John’s vs Jeppe, St Stithians vs Paul Roos, KES vs Pretoria and SACS vs St Alban’s. St John’s easily overcame Jeppe, while St Stithians, KES and St Alban’s also qualified for the semi’s after very hard fought battles. An indication of the strength of Gauteng Water Polo was that 6 of the 8 quarter finalists and all 4 semi finalists were from the Gauteng Province.

The plate competition was an exciting and popular addition to the tournament and it was ultimately won by Bishops, beating Rondebosch 10-9 following a penalty shoot out.

In the cup semi-finals St John’s showed their class, cruising to a 20-4 win over St Alban’s, while KES clinched a spot in the final with a nail biting 10-9 win over St Stithians. St John’s were the clear favourites to win, but KES as the defending champions had the experience of having previously played in and won a final on their side.

The final was a tense affair with both teams swapping goals in the opening exchanges. KES held a slender 1 goal lead at half time, but the turning point in the game came in the third chukka. A KES player one-on-one with the St John’s goal keeper inexplicably popped the ball over the cross bar and following a quick re-gather, St John’s scored at the other end as a result of their numbers advantage. The swing would have put KES 3 goals up and clear, but instead brought St John’s back within one score and re-energised their flagging team. St John’s rallied from that point and finished the stronger team, ultimately winning the final 12-10. Although disappointed the KES team can reflect on an excellent run at the tournament over the past 3 years, having reached 3 finals and winning 1 title.

Another innovation at this tournament was the appointment of independent selectors to select the tournament team – the best 13 players at the tournament. Gareth and Mike Samuel fulfilled this role, and gave the team selection the thought and consideration that a prestigious award like this warrants. Ultimately, the team selected was very popular with the majority of pundits agreeing that justice had been done.

1 L. Madi (St Stithians)
2 D. Henson (St John's)
3 M. Marx (KES)
4 C. Brockschmidt (KES)
5 C. Wright (Jeppe)
6 R. Olver (St. John's)
7 M. Watt-Pringle (KES)
8 S. Fourie (SACS)
9 K. Gibson (PBHS)
10 H. Landsman (St Alban's)
11 W. Antonides (St John's) - Player of the Tournament
12 M. Frames (St Stithians)
13 J. Lagaay (St Albans)
14 D. Trinic (St John's)

Final Rankings 2012

1. St John’s
2. KES
3. St Stithians
4. St Alban’s
5. Jeppe
6. Pretoria
8. Paul Roos

1. Bishops
2. Rondebosch
3. St Andrew’s
4. Parktown
5. Grey College
6. Maritzburg College
7. DHS
8. Parktown
Tournament Team 2012
Feast of Hockey & Rugby at King Edward VII School
The Easter Festival, in its eleventh year, has partnered with a new principal sponsor, Standard Bank of South Africa, who has signed a five-year deal with the School. Like previous years, the Festival proved that it was the preferred venue to be at with record numbers coming through the School gates. Our Festival continues to grow from strength to strength and this year’s event was no exception. We had just fewer than nine hundred boys participating from all over South Africa and an Italian club side, Viadana, from Milan, Italy returning once again.

The Festival commenced on the Wednesday evening with all of the participants gathering and being welcomed in our historic hall by our Headmaster Mr Fennell. The message was clear; enjoy, make friends for life and play the game in the spirit that has been and is expected of our wonderful festival.

Unlike the two previous years, Thursday morning started with wonderful sunny weather and more importantly, not one rain cloud in the sky. Our 1st hockey team demonstrated why we continue to be rated one of the top hockey schools in the country. In their first game of the day, they beat Queens College 3 – 1 and later in the day, they beat Rondebosch Boys 2 – 1. Our Prep side did us proud and demonstrated how rugby was developing at primary school level by winning both of their 1st day games versus Hurlyvale Primary 13-0 and Bedfordview Primary 33-0 The 1st XV convincingly beat St Andrew’s College of Grahamstown 58 – 8, making the “Red Army” supporters very happy, especially those who snuck out of work early to watch the game.

Saturday once again proved to be the biggest day of the Festival, so much so, the committee decided to close the gates early due to the sheer number of spectators. The fixtures on Saturday were exceptional, especially on the main rugby field where Marlow Landbou beat Jeppe Boys, followed by Pretoria Boys losing to St Andrew’s 13 - 17 and in the final game of the day, the mighty Reds showed their tenacity by beating Bishops 28 -13. The 1st hockey side continued their form by beating Grey College in an incredible nail biting game where they were two nil down at one point  and rallied to win the game 4 -3. The Prep showed strength and character beating Pirates Club 19-0, but had a tougher fixture against Wynberg Primary going down 0-15.

Easter Sunday was a welcomed low-key affair with only hockey games being played; the 1sts lost to an invitational Old Boy team 3-1.
Monday marked the last day of the Festival where the weather continued to play its part, the crowds came out in their masses and again they were not to be disappointed by the spirit on and off the field. KEPS beat Bryanston Primary 17-0 and Monument 6-5 .The 1st Hockey team beat Noordheuwel 2 – 0. The Reds ended their rugby festival by beating the Italian touring side 41 to 3, who incidentally were unbeaten at this point, including a victory over Jeppe boys.
The 2012 Festival showed once again that King Edward VII School is a world-class institution, which has a unique spirit amongst its learners, educators, parent community and its much-envied “Old Boy Army.”

In closing one must make mention of the entire Easter Festival committee and in particular Ms. Derron van Eeden , who works tirelessly from August, the year before to ensure the smooth running of the tournament. To the teachers, boarding school staff and the grounds men and women, who sacrifice their own holidays, to help in smooth operation of the Festival, none of this would be possible - we thank you sincerely.

We must also congratulate and thank all of the visiting schools and clubs, their respective staff and the boys who participated in such a great manner and spirit.
Lastly, I would personally like to thank our outgoing Headmaster, Mr Mike Fennell, for his support and input over the past seven years – you have contributed in so many ways in making the Festival what it is today, you will be sadly missed.

We look forward to seeing all of you next year at the 12th King Edward VII Easter Rugby and Hockey Festival !

“Share the Spirit” – may it continue to grow and flourish !

Neil Darroch
Festival Chairman
Class of 1994

Visit the GALLERIES tab on Homepage to view many more action photos from the KES EASTER FESTIVAL 2012.

King Edward VII School gives back and supports 'Tomorrow Trust's' Programme
King Edward VII School is a new host partner to Tomorrow Trust’s Saturday School Programme: Report back from Mrs Mania 

The Tomorrow Trust, founded by Kim Feinberg in 2005, creates opportunities for vulnerable and deprived children to build and strengthen their academics through hosting Saturday and Holiday teaching programmes. Learners are transported to private and well-equipped public schools to be taught by professional teachers in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Physical Science and Life Sciences with the aim of providing a support system and vastly improving their levels of performance. These learners are also fed and supplied with stationery and equipment.

The Tomorrow Trust currently works with 1700 learners grouping them by grade, and placing them into a carefully monitored school environment. The entire programme is fully sponsored by the business fraternity.

King Edward VII School joined the Trust programme as a host school when a group of Grade 9 learners were brought through for orientation on Saturday 11 February 2012. A number of the educators from the School have come on board to teach the ‘Saturday scholars’.

We look forward to a beneficial association with The Tomorrow Trust and wish them every success for 2012.

Cultural Events & Highlights from Term 1
The Second Literary Evening: 8 March 2012

After the success of the first Literary evening held late in 2011, we decided to make it a fixture on the Cultural calendar. We hosted the second evening on Thursday 8 March in the intimate surroundings of the Hugh Wilson Theatre.

The majority of the material performed on the evening was written by the members of the Writer’s Society according to themes devised by Ms Tebogo Maneli (a Wits student who spent time with us last year on a practical) who, in her own time, kindly helps Ivan to supervise the writers.

As has become customary, we were entertained by a skit (Rowan Atkinson and John Cleese’s ‘The Beekeeper’) beautifully performed by Sebastiao Rodrigo (whose tiptoeing around an increasingly frustrated Matthew van Rooyen) nearly brought the house down. Frequent musical interludes on the keyboard and guitar, rendered by members of the Music and Choral Societies provided the perfect foil for the evening. Ivan Webb (the founder of the Society) decided to let out his inner demons and dressed accordingly. He was the perfect host – albeit it a rather scary one!

The evening was reasonably well attended considering it revolved around poetry and music. It is extremely satisfying to showcase different forms of talent as there are many boys who regularly astound us by bringing to the fore and sharing their many and varied creative talents.

Mrs A Mania

Stylish Orators: Public Speaking Report from Mrs Reynolds

The first term of 2012 started off very busily with the choice of speakers for the various teams to compete in the Public Speaking League. The league is organised by the Speech and Drama Guild of South Africa over a period of about six weeks.

The junior section of the competition were tasked with preparing speeches related to advertising slogans
The grade 9 learners were the first to compete and spoke convincingly on the topics of “Impossible is nothing” and “Tata ma chance”.
The Grade 8’s took part towards the end of the league entertaining the audience with their charm. All participants showed superb potential. We look forward to the interesting viewpoints these boys will offer in the future.
The senior league teams discussed words ending on “...ion”, as well as participating in the impromptu sections where their oratory skills and eloquence are put to the test.
The Grade 10 prepared team offered some interesting ideas on “Revolution”, while the Grade 11’s elaborated on the “Emotions” we experience in life. The Grade 12 prepared team displayed their skill and confidence when discussing matters related to “Revolution”. All teams displayed confidence and intelligence in the impromptu speeches.

The highlight of the festival is the Elite Section.
The Trophy Team, comprising of Duncan Braithwaite as the chair and Verushen Coopoo and Aqeel Wadee as speakers, responded to the word “IF” inspired by the poem by Rudyard Kipling. Their creative and original interpretation of the topic, and the poise and confidence of their delivery, impressed the adjudicator greatly.

Llyod May spoke in the Individual section and charmed all the ladies present. He shared his views on “Leadership is a lifestyle”. He went on to deliver his impromptu speech with sensitivity and conviction and achieved an A+ for his overall effort.

The boys have, once again, enjoyed a very successful Public Speaking League. They have practised and developed a skill which will open many doors and impact extensively on their achievements in the future. We look forward to hearing them express their many and varied views on important matters later in the year.
Trophy Public Speaking Team
Lloyd May
Grade 10 Public Speaking Team
The 'Story' behind our beloved King Edward VII School Teddy!
David Williams tells us more on the History of our King Edward VII School Teddy:

Teddy Bears are over a century old, though there is some dispute over their origin. One version is that the first Teddy Bears were American, having been named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, following his humane treatment of a grizzly bear that was found injured during a hunting trip. The other and more convincing version is that they originated in England, derived from the name and appearance of the popular King Edward VII – who was certainly large, bearded and bear-like in stature. Apparently the names “Teddy” and “Teddy Bear” had been nicknames for the King since his coronation in 1901. On his death in 1910, the Johannesburg College sought permission to re-name itself after him, and so King Edward VII School came into existence.

As anyone connected to King Edward’s will know, the school war-cry ends with the rousing call: “Who are we? Teddy Bears!” The first official reference to “Teddy Bears” was in the 1912 school magazine. There are early sports photographs that show a massive Teddy Bear as a mascot. Apparently this legendary Teddy Bear was a gift from an elderly invalided woman who lived in St Patrick Road. She had complained to the school about the noise made by the bugle band when the cadets passed her house on route marches. The battalion commander then ensured that both band and cadets were silent on that part of the route. In gratitude, she found and bought the biggest Teddy Bear she could find in Johannesburg, and presented it to the Head Prefect.

However, Teddy’s power as a mascot seems to have been very selectively employed for the athletics team – in the December 1919 school magazine, for instance, he is seen in the centre of the photograph of the athletics team, holding the Inter-High floating trophy which was won by the School that year. But he is not pictured with the 1919 soccer team. There were years when he was absent completely – 1951, for instance – but generally he is there, sporting a huge rosette. In 1961 he sits as usual in the athletics photo – but that year a much smaller (younger brother?) Teddy Bear also made an appearance in the rowing photograph.

Teddy’s last appearance in the athletics team photograph seems to have been in 1965, though some Old Boys will remember that he was occasionally hauled out later than that as a very visible mascot at swimming galas and rugby matches. The story goes that this practice was ended for his own safety and preservation, as there was always a danger that he would be seized and perhaps damaged by supporters from opposing schools. So he was put into boarding in the school museum, and is now being restored to his full splendour, preparatory to being given pride of place in the new museum and library that is being created through the renovation of the old gymnasium.
Teddy proudly displayed in 1945 magazine
Teddy restored to his former glory
Governing Body 2012 Chairman announced
It was with great pleasure following the 2012 SGB official handover from the out-going SGB to the newly elected SGB, on the 11th April, that Mr Fennell announced the new SGB Chairman to take-up office would be King Edward VII School Old Boy, Jonathan Gerber (Class of 1986) and that the Vice-Chairman would be Michael Janse van Rensburg (Class of 1980), also a King Edward VII School Old Boy.

The following are the office bearers for 2012:

Chairman - Mr Jonathan Gerber
Vice Chairman - Mr Michael Janse van Rensburg
Treasurer (Chairman – Finance Committee) - Mr Leon Wilmot
Secretary - Mrs Natalie Gordon

Congratulations and may their term of office be a successful and happy one.

Foundation Report by David Williams
King Edward VII School Foundation-Report back from Director

This year’s Strenue 110 Campaign celebrates the School’s 110th birthday, and sets a target of R110 million to be raised for the Foundation. I have told you in previous communications about how important it is to invest in the future and sustainability of King Edward VII School, enabling it to continue its leadership role as one of the great South African schools.

Several events will form part of the campaign during 2012, but right now I want to tell you about the opportunity for everyone in the King Edward family to make a difference and leave a legacy. The School has benefited from the generosity of major individual donors over the years, but the King Edward community as a whole can make a huge contribution in the long term.

We estimate that there are about 10,000 living King Edward VII School Old Boys. If every one of them were to donate just R100 (the price of two movie tickets, or a steak in a restaurant), that would amount to R1 million. Many, of course, can donate a lot more (and many have). In the United States, such is the culture of giving that nearly all graduates of schools, colleges and universities give back regularly. They begin with small amounts like $10 when they are starting out in life, and steadily increase their contribution as their careers develop.

Every donation, however, is valuable to us and every donation to the Foundation will be publicly acknowledged (the name of the donor and his matric year, not the amount), unless the donor asks to be anonymous. We would obviously prefer a donation to be up-front, but international experience shows that in many Foundations or equivalent institutions, a substantial part of the income is from regular debit-order contributions over years.

“If you want to give, then give what you can.”

R10,000 over five years: R166 per month, effectively R100 per month after the tax benefit. If, say, 1,000 Old Boys were to choose this modest option, the School would benefit to the tune of R10 million over five years.

R50,000 over five years: R833 per month, effectively R500 per month once the tax benefit is claimed. If just 200 Old Boys were to choose this amount, the School would also receive R10 million over five years.

That would be R20 million from just 1200 donors! And if another 100 Old Boys, in line with the Strenue 110 theme, were to give ...

R110,000 over five years: R1833 per month, effectively R1099 after the tax benefit

.... that would produce another R11 million!

This principle can take on more power if the donation is in a foreign currency, such as the US, UK and Australia.

The cost to you can be minimal, the effect on the school substantial. You can use the attached pledge form to institute a debit order or to commit to other methods of payment; or simply make a deposit to the Foundation – our account details are below. (You must be sure to include your name as a reference.)

This will be just the first communication on this kind of giving – so simple, effective and impactful. Donations will also be listed in terms of matric years, which will drive some healthy competition!

When your donation is received, the Foundation will send you your official 18(a) tax deduction certificate.

I am delighted to tell you that the Headmaster, Mr Mike Fennell, in his capacity as a proud Old Boy, has today pledged R50,000 to the Foundation over five years.

For Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer:

King Edward Educational Trust

Bank: Standard Bank Killarney

Account Number: 2002 89047

Branch Code: 007 205

Reference: Your initials and surname

Click on link for Foundation Pledge Form

Yours sincerely

KEPS News & message from Mr De Martinis
King Edward VII Preparatory Sport report Term 1 2012

The Prep school has started the year with a profound sporting bang! Two “tours,” must be made mention of.

Whilst experiencing great cricket results through the season, special mention must be made of the 1st XI tour to D.P.H.S where some exceptional results were achieved under the keen eye of Mr. Hobson and Mr. Myers. Bowling first against Nothlands Primary school, Naidoo picked up 4 wickets for 9 runs after his 5 overs, followed by Govender who took 3 wickets for 4 in his 4 overs. Both Morrison and Gordon picked up 1 a piece. Some great fielding and a good run out saw Northlands limited to 49 all out. This was made quick work of by opening pair Chamberlain and Morrison in 10 overs.

Day 2 and KZN development won the toss sending K.E.P.S into bat. Getting off to a great start on a smallish field the boys managed an unheard of 549/5 in their allotted 50 overs. Some good technical work and educated hitting saw Chamberlain at 116, Naidoo at 150* and Gordon at 159*, Gordon hitting 8 sixes with no less than double the number of 4’s. An enthused group of boys took to the field and spread the bowling through the ranks with the pick of the bowlers being Gordon, picking up 4 wickets in 2 overs with not a run being struck off him. K.E.P.S bowled the KZN side out for 74 in 24 overs.

Once again our young rugby lads had the opportunity to strut their stuff at the Easter Festival under the watchful eye of the elder brothers and heroes, the Reds.
The lads played 6 games conceding only 1 defeat. Messers, Butler, Visser, Carstens and Nkosi organized a fit and well trained unit for the Festival. Day 1 saw Bedfordview Primary who were beten 33-0, then Hurlyvale Primary with a 13-0 victory. Day 2 we played the Pirates Under 13 Club side and won 17-0, then losing to Wynberg boys 8-15. The last day we played Bryanston Primary and won 17-0, and in final fixture against Monument Laerskool, K.E.P.S claimed a 6-5 victory in a nail biter of a game. The boys showed true King Edwards Spirit throughout the Festival where captain Gordon and the senior members of the side showed class and lead from the front, with solid defence and some great attacking rugby.

Photos courtesy of Jolene v Staden - Live Moments 
Happy Hour Guest Speakers a hit at Old Edwardians Society

The Happy Hour club meets twice a month in the Kings Tavern at Old Eds, and the convenor is Pat Cotter.

On the first Friday of each month the Attendance Prize is drawn, and on the third Friday, there is a guest speaker. This innovation was started almost by accident. In 1994 the rugby commentator and member of the Society as well as a prominent Old Boy of the school, Hugh Bladen, had just returned from the tour of New Zealand. This was the first official rugby tour by South Africa since readmission.

Hugh was sitting on a bar stool, and it was suggested to him that he might like to give his thoughts, and answer questions on the tour. From such small acorns are big oak trees nurtured.

Since then the speakers have been from a complete cross section of business, sporting, arts, politics, travel, entertainment, defusing land mines in war torn Africa, the piracy off the coast of North Africa, and the heads of big business. When “big issues” arise, then you can be sure that Pat Cotter will arrange for someone to talk. Such people as the CEO of Eskom, the CEO of the Gautrain project have all been on the guest list.

The speakers for the next three months are:

APRIL – Kevin Young who will talk on his work with the St Bernard dogs in Switzerland.

MAY – Connor Hartnaby, who is an Old Boy of the school, and will be talking on his work as a senior member of the Gauteng Emergency Services.

JUNE – Russell Hadingham, who is a private pilot flying for the United Nations and the Red Cross on mercy missions throughout Africa, with the emphasis on the Congo region. His presence is subject to him being available at that time.

These talks and, draw evenings, are open to anyone who would be interested in coming along. The entrance fee is R5 per person, which includes snacks and a “lucky draw.” Supper is available during the evening.
 Pat Cotter & lovable 'Guest'
Old Boys' Reunion Dates & Reminders

 1951, 1952, 1953  9-11 November 2012  Bruce McMurray
 1972  9-11 November 2012  Billy Foster
 1987  25-27 May 2012  Kevin McEvoy
 1982  4-6 May 2012  Geoff Baars
 1992  25-27 May 2012  Warren van der Merwe

Reminder dates

The Old Boys Association & 300 Club Gatherings
25 April 2012

27 April 2012 Durban Old Boys Gathering at Beachwood Golf Club – Evening Gathering at the Golf Club : Clive Stricker - and/or Brian Avnit -

26 May Homecoming Day

30 May 2012
25 July 2012
29 August 2012
26 September 2012
31 October 2012
28 November 2012

Other events
Golf Day - 9 November 2012
Banquet evening - 10 November 2012 

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