Strenue - Strenue December 2014
Sporting Excellence recognised in Term 4
King Edward VII School swimmers, Travis Gordon (u15) & Sabusiswa Ngcobo (u14) have been selected to the Gauteng Schools' Swimming Team to compete at the SA Schools Championships. Congratulations lads and good luck for the Championships!

King Edward VII School Grade 12 learner and 1st Team golfer, Rupert Kaminski signs with Mississippi State University for 2015.

MSU made the announcement on their sporting website. This is a wonderful opportunity for Rupert to pursue his dreams and showcase his skills and talents.

Congratulations Rupert and we wish you much success.

King Edward VII School 1st XI edged out a 4 run win over Gauteng rivals, St Stithians 1st XI on Saturday, 1 November on the John Hurry Oval at King Edward.

It was a thriller of a game with the win secured in the last over off the last ball. King Edward 1st XI posted 297/7 with a captain innings by new captain, Tony De Zorzi who scored 102*. De Zorzi is showing great form with back to back tons, scoring 129* vs Parktown Boys' High on the 27 October. St Stithians kept to the run chase and were kept to 293/7 with Dean Horn taking 3/64.

Arguably one of the best school boy cricket games played this year, with the two powerhouses leaving it all out on the pitch. Great showcase of skill, talent and passion displayed by both teams.

Other matches on the day saw King Edward taking majority of wins over the St Stithians sides. KES 2nds won by 194 runs, 3rds won by 7 wickets, 15A won by 6 wickets, 14A lost by 5 wickets & 14C won by 6 wickets.

Out of the 15 games played, King Edward won 11 and lost 4. Go to 'results' on website to view full list of results for all the teams played.

Well done to the RED MACHINE on a fine set of results!

Congratulations to the seventeen King Edward VII School lads on their selection to the u19 A/B, u15 A/B and u14A/B/C Gauteng Water Polo Teams:

A team- Nic Markram

B team- Gabrielle Raven
Aiden Moffat
Jonathan Matheus


Leca Jadin
Coryndon-Baker Ethan
Savenije Liam
Klein Daniel
Gordon Travis

Robinson Jarryd


C. Moffett, T. Bouwer, K. Rachidi.

M. Naidoo, K. O'Donoghue.

T. Thome, J. Dludla.

Well done and good luck to our boys in upcoming fixtures! Strenue.

King Edward VII School Senior Tennis Champs Final held on Wednesday, 22 October saw C Petersen (6-0, 6-1) crowned 2014 Champion & L Radosavljevic as Runner-up. Congrats lads, well done.

Congratulations to our King Edward VII School Grade 10 learner & member of the 1st Basketball Team, Nkosinathi Chibi on his selection to the u16 UBL All Star Basketball Team that played against the RBS Jnr NBA team on the 24 and 25 October.

Fantastic achievement, well done!

Congratulations to the following King Edward VII School cricketers on their Gauteng selection:

U19A G Roelofsen & T De Zorzi
U19B D Horn
U17A L Smith, S Dadswell & M Siddique
U17B N De Beer
U15A S Naidoo & N Cook
U15B J Thomas & W Wannenburg

Well done to our cricketers! Once again proving our prowess in the production of future top cricketers for Province and Country.

Back Row : Napoleon De Beer, Shane Dadswell, Liam Smith, Grant Roelofsen, Dean Horn

Front Row: Willie Wannenburg, Nisaar Cook, Siddique Mohamed , Shailan Naidoo, Jamie Thomas
Absent: Tony De Zorzi

Our 1st Basketball Team ended the season unbeaten and showed their prowess in the basketball arena. With Term Four wins over St David's, Crawford Lonehill, St Stithians, Jeppe High School for Boys and Pretoria Boys.

Well done lads and coaches on an excellent season.

During the school holidays, King Edward VII School learner, Peter Norval fought in the South African School Judo Championships, hosted by Judo SA, from 4-5 October 2014.

Peter earned and won the Gold medal! He fought in the Group 3, Under 60 kg category.

This is Peter's second national gold medal this year, earning Gold back in July 2014. In January 2015 Peter starts the long process of preparing for the 2016 Commonwealth Games where he will be representing SA.

Congratulations Peter on this fantastic achievement. Strenue and success for the upcoming challenge of competing in the Commonwealth Games 2015.

Peter Norval centre- placed 1st- Gold Medal Winner
Cultural Events and Highlights from Term 4!
Mrs Mania reports back on the Cultural activities of Term 4:

In the Cultural sphere of the School we have had a fantastic year. We have been extremely busy and have participated in the usual competitions and included some new and exciting activities. One thing is certain we have an able bodied, willing and talented base of young men who excel not only in the classroom and on the sports field, but also at cultural pursuits. A well rounded education is what we envisage for each and every boy at King Edward.

The fourth term is traditionally time to mop up and end off the cultural programme as it is only a few weeks long and largely dominated by examinations. However we did manage to fit in the following events:

• A third blood drive for the year which collected 73 units for the SANBS ahead of their busy Christmas period.
• The annual Gauteng South Chess Association awards evening which was held in our Hall and included the presentation of gold medals to the A team for winning the Gauteng South Chess Association’s 8-A-Side A League.
• Valediction evening for the class of 2014 where the entertainment for the evening was supplied by the School Choir and a few of the very talented individual and group members of the Choir and Music Society who performed piano recitals, sang songs and our band played some ‘light’ rock music.
• The Junior and Senior Inter-house Public Speaking evenings were held to wrap up for the year and to promote interest for 2015.
• The Memorial Parade is always an emotional day and particularly poignant this year as we mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I. The Choir are always an integral part of this service and this year they were in particularly good form.
• We had the usual Old Boys’ reunion assembly at the start of November and the Choir (who have had a busy term), sang to their most appreciative audience and thus ended off their assembly performances till next year.
• We are proud to announce that one of our Johannesburg Student Councillors, Jonty Ngwekazi in Grade 10 has been elected the Chairperson of Transport on this Council. He was inaugurated as part of the Executive and Management Body for 2015 at a function held at the Civic theatre and attended by Old Boy, the outgoing Junior Mayor, Tristan Marot.
• KESCO’s drive to collect (with the help of the Johannesburg Junior Council whose own book drive supplemented our collection) library and textbooks in response to the appeal by the Silolo Mission School in Zambia. These children are desperate for reading material and by working through a family at our School we managed to donate 50 boxes of books and some clothing which was transported up to the school by truck. We also collected cricket equipment which was donated to Dlala Nje who operates from Ponte in Hillbrow and helps street children. We thank our councillors and KESCO members for all their efforts throughout the year to make sure they put a smile on the faces of those who are not as fortunate.
• Our final Outreach project for KESCO for the year is the collection of wrapped presents for pensioners and children as well as non-perishable food and party items for donation to our usual charities, Phutaditjaba in Alex as well as the Orlando Children’s Home in Soweto and the Salvation Army. Sadly the support for this drive has been slow thus far and we will probably fall short of our target. We do however take this opportunity to thank all those families who have supported our drives throughout the year. We hope we can count on your continued generosity in 2015.

This year we were most pleased to see the long-awaited award of a ‘Team-blazer’ for Cultural achievement. A number of boys qualified for this honour and can be seen sporting green and white braiding on their blazers! We congratulate all our coloursmen on their fine achievements.

Silolo Mission School Appeal

A Team Chess Winners- Gold Medal Winners and 2014 Inter House Champions

Choir at Valediction 2014

Excellence Awarded and Soldiers Honoured!
During the Fourth Term, two very special annual events were celebrated at King Edward VII School, namely the Annual Service of Remembrance and the Annual Valediction Evening. Both showcased that tradition and excellence still go 'hand-in-hand' at King Edward.

The Annual Service of Remembrance which was held in full sunshine on Sunday, 9 November 2014 was a fitting and moving tribute to those brave men who had fallen during the wars. The Service took place in the Quadrangle of the School with the Guard of Honour consisting of learners drawn from the Grade 11 Group.

Well done to the Grade 11 marchers, Mr Marx, King Edward Staff, our Pipe Band (made up of current & Old Boys) for making the event a successful and fitting tribute.

Sons of this place, let this of you be said:
That you who live are worthy of your dead
Inscription, Great War Cenotaph
King Edward VII School

Visit School website page for: 2014 Memorial Day Officers and Roll of Honour

Visit GR Photographic Gallery for full set of hi-res images: MEMORIAL PARADE 2014


The Annual Valediction Evening took place on the 21 October 2014. It was a grand event that congratulated and awarded the excellence of the Class of 2014.

The Award Winners- Valediction 2014 were named as follows:

Desmond Davis & War Memorial Scholarship
In March 1919, Mr H J Hofmeyr, Chairman of the Governing Body, and Mr Desmond Davis, the Headmaster, proposed that a memorial be erected to those Old Edwardians who had been killed on active service during World War One. A magnificent response to the appeal for funds made it possible to erect the War Memorial in the School quadrangle, and left enough in the fund to finance a War Memorial Scholarship. After the death of Desmond Davis in 1960, funds contributed by Old Edwardians in his memory were added to the trust fund of the War Memorial Scholarship. From this fund is made the annual award now known as the Desmond Davis and War Memorial Scholarship.

This is the Premier Award of the School. It is awarded to a learner (i.e. someone with Academic Colours) who has made a significant contribution to many facets of the life of the School.

J E Fourie is the recipient of the 2014 Desmond Davis and War Memorial Scholarship.

Hugh Wilson Scholarship
The award goes to a Grade 12 learner who has contributed to the School in many areas, i.e. Academic, Sport, Cultural and Service. Contribution to the Dramatic Society is given consideration.

The recipient of the Hugh Wilson Scholarship is S M Baxter

HJ Hofmeyr Scholarships
Mr H J Hofmeyr served on the School's Governing Body from 1907 and was its Chairman for twenty five successive years. Upon his death in 1937, money was left in trust for the creation of a fund which now finances scholarships and bursaries.

The H J Hofmeyr Scholarships are awarded on the same criteria as the Desmond Davis and War Memorial Scholarship, although only two recipients need to have Academic Colours and the others a 60% average. These are awarded at the discretion of the Trustees. The recipient of the H J Hofmeyr Scholarship for 2014 is :

W K Benson


English Editor's Prize: W K Benson
Proxime Accessit: G Blok

Afrikaans Redakteursprys: J E Fourie
Proxime Accessit: B Wilson

isiZulu Editor's Prize: P Makgobola
Proxime Accessit: S Mdletshe

Headmaster’s Service Award
The Headmaster's Service Award is given to a Grade 12 learner who over the years has given unselfishly of his time to service to the School and to the community. The recipient receives a certificate, a plaque and his name is put on the board in the Auditorium.
S M Baxter
W K Benson
G Blok
B Govender
D Nizetich
B Wilson
T C S Winslow

Subject Awards
Afrikaans J E Fourie
Mathematics S M Baxter
Physical Sciences W K Benson
Accounting T C S Winslow
Information Technology S M Baxter
Advanced Programme Mathematics S M Baxter
English S M Baxter
isiZulu P K Makgobola
Life Orientation J E Fourie
Mathematical Literacy D L Norton
Life Sciences S M Baxter
History J E Fourie
Geography W K Benson
Visual Arts F Engelbrecht
Engineering Graphics & Design S L Johnstone

Dux Scholae: Highest aggregate in Grade 12
W K Benson

Academic Gold Medals
for those who have received medals in Grades 8, 9 and 10, been awarded Academic Colours in Grade 11 and have maintained the standard in Grade 12
S M Baxter

Cricketing News of Term 4
Our King Edward VII School, 1st XI had a fantastic last quarter of results, notching up good wins vs top opposition and cementing their place as the leading school cricketing side for 2014.

Congratulations to our 1st XI on their unbeaten record at Michaelmas 2014.

4/4 games vs top & leading opposition, with KES 1st XI taking wins over DHS, Kearsney College, Glenwood and Michaelhouse.

Following Michaelmas, our 1st XI went on to compete in the Gauteng Trial Week and again the results were outstanding:

Beckwith Week ( Gauteng Cricket Trials):
Thursday- KES 1st XI beat St Stithians by 3 wickets.
Friday- T 20's
KES 1st XI beat JHB North by 61 runs.
KES 1st XI beat Lions Development XI by 89 runs.

Final Term fixtures vs Parktown Boys', Trinityhouse, St Stithians and Pretoria Boys' High School saw our boys on the winning side, with superb performances from both the batsmen and bowlers at all the outings. The thriller game of the season was most certainly the match vs St Stithians College. Our 1st XI won the match by 4 runs, with the game going to the wire and the match result only decided off the very last ball of the game. Fantastic showcase of talent, skill and passion by the two leading boys school cricketing sides.


Liam Smith scored centuries vs Trinityhouse & Pretoria Boys' High

King Edward VII School is pleased to announce the appointment of Gordon Matheson as the new coach for our 1st XI side from 1 January 2015.

Mr Matheson stems from a long and proud cricketing background and career and brings along with him vast experience, enthusiasm and a firm commitment to extend our 1st XI cricketers skills and experience and to prepare them adequately for the challenges ahead.

Schooled at Grey College and with CSA level 2 coaching certificates and Diploma in Sports Psychology and the experience of representing Free State schools '98, '99 & 2000, Western Province Colts 2001, Old Eds 1st XI 2001-2012 as a player and then coaching and/or assisting at camps for the National U19's 2013, Gauteng U19B, Gauteng U17B, Sandton U19 Area and Dainfern College 1st XI is armed with a wealth of cricketing knowledge and skill.

When asked about his vision for the task ahead, Mr Matheson replied: 'I offer the highest quality cricket coaching at the best intensity level possible in order to grow the player into the best cricketer he can possibly be. I use all my knowledge possible and the latest coaching techniques in doing so. Never doing so in a one-sided manor, always working together with the player making sure that he is part of every process, and that he ultimately takes responsibility for his betterment.
Understanding that there is more to life than just cricket, we undertake this opportunity in not only teaching cricket, but life lessons as well. Understanding that young adolescents are very impressionable and are often vulnerable to outside influences and most importantly, never treating any one player the same, bettering each player at his own tempo.'

Welcome to the King Edward Community and cricketing family, Mr Matheson. We trust your tenure at KES will be a happy and successful one on and off the pitch.

2015 Leadership Announced
Congratulations to the King Edward VII School boys elected to the 2015 Prefect Body.

C F Swanepoel

T de Zorzi
J Thorburn


A D Dimaculangan

M Badat

M Wilmot

E J Dick

E Despotakis

D Calvaresi

B M Hurly

K B Oschger

Following our new House System, you will note the boys names listed according to the houses they are in.

D T Cooper
A D Dimaculangan
K C Maatjie
S L Mkhize
N D Mulaudzi
L Wilson

C B Langdon
N P Markram
M Meurs
T T Rampou
M Wilmot

E Despotakis
S Dlova
K McClatchie
P P Moshikaro
J J Smith
D Valsamakis

B M Hurly
Y Schleider
R M Theron
J Thorburn
A C Webster
J J Webster

M Badat
N P Barnard
J R Dickson
D C Gabriel
A Rousseau

E J Dick
M Mabuse
M A Marussi
T K Nevin
D T Petzer

D A Calvaresi
T McK B Chabant
D Gouws
D Horn
C F Swanepoel
D J Thomas

M L Araujo
T de Zorzi
J A Green
S Mtshali
R Sojane
K B Oschger

K.E.P.S Term 4 .Report Back from Mr Shead!
It has been another busy year for King Edward VII Preparatory School. Academically we have maintained our high standards. All the boys have had their reading ages measured and we are driven to get these to the highest possible level. We are very satisfied with the improved ANA results and the constantly improving weekly group test result.

The first Water Polo team took part in the SACS water polo tournament in Cape Town at the beginning of the term. Despite the challenges the team performed admirably. In the annual Merchiston weekend, we hosted the boys from Pietermaritzburg this year. Between bouts of rain, an A and B swimming gala, 5 cricket matches, and tennis, squash and chess events were tightly contested. The results are immaterial in light of the value of the family connections between the two schools.

Not having the use of the school hall during last term made the house plays a real challenge. The cast were well versed and very quickly adapted to the space. Three wonderful evenings of laughter and music were enjoyed. Roald Dahl would have loved the adaptations to his work. Anderson was awarded the Warren Brockway trophy for the best play.


The K.E.P.S. annual golf day was held at The Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. A full field of players enjoyed the day even though challenged with a deck of penalties. The support and camaraderie made the day very special.

Our eco- garden project continues to flourish attracting various species of birds and butterflies. The new additions of a water feature and succulent garden enhance our project further. The Carols by Candlelight evening that was supported by hundreds of parents last year will take place on 5th Dec. We are expecting another bumper set of parcels to deliver to the less fortunate in our community. Red spirit is alive and well in the season of giving!

We bid our Grade 7’s farewell and hope their journey to the High School is a successful one. For those boys continuing their education elsewhere, we hope that they will cherish the ‘Red Spirit’ and continue to flourish.

A huge ‘Thank You’ goes to the wonderful staff and parents for their support during this year. It is truly appreciated. K.E.P.S. will continue to Strive for excellence.

Some memorable moments captured during Term 4:

Old Boys' Reunion Dates and Reminders!
Old Boys please diarise and 'save the date' for the following upcoming events:

Old Boys Gathering and 300 Club – 25 February 2015

Water Polo Tournament 6- 8 March 2015

Easter Festival – 2 – 6 April 2015

Look forward to seeing you there!

Any queries or updates, kindly email Derron at:

We are proud to announce the launch of our new KES Alumni database:


Kindly register online \ login and update your details.

This system is going to allow us to communicate far more efficiently. Once the database is updated we intend to start organising functions around the globe. Any queries or concerns, please email Derron:

Class Reunions November 2014
A Speech prepared by D V Armstrong: Class of ‘64 - How does King Edwards measure up against South Africa’s great Schools?

First, we will look at the school itself, then the achievements of its old boys and finally we will examine how authoritative sources rate our school.
I regard myself as an aficionado of South Africa’s premier schools as I often trawl their websites, read books and articles about these schools and visit them in order to experience their atmosphere.

I believe that I am eminently qualified to talk about KES, as I never really left the place. As a young police detective, I frequently assisted the school. During that period, I also began to attend rugby and other sporting fixtures at the school. For the past forty years, I have watched at least 90% of all home rugby matches. A philistine like me has even attended a few plays; the excellence of the acting astonished me.

The School
I would like to mention that, unlike in our day, there is a greater balance at the school between sporting and non-sporting activities. Regrettably, in our day, the school only recognised sporting excellence for which team and colours blazers were awarded. Happily, today the school extends that same recognition to our top academics and those boys who excel at cultural activities: academic and cultural colours are granted to them. Top scholars wear an impressive maroon academic gown.

Then there is the Summa Cum Laude Award, which is awarded to those boys who attain excellence in all three of the school’s activities.

On Friday, you toured the school’s magnificent buildings − the main building and the Memorial Wing are national monuments. You saw the excellent academic and sporting facilities, which, amongst other things, include what is undoubtedly the best school library in the country, the indoor cricket nets, the indoor sports centre, the heated pool, the new basketball centre, the beautiful gardens and the park-like playing fields.
Few schools – public or private − are able to match these facilities.

Now I want to read to you an excerpt, from a popular schools’ rugby blog, which appeared at the beginning of 2012. For some reason, the conversation drifted away from rugby to a discussion about which school was the best in South Africa.

This interesting debate raged for days.

Ultimately, a Maritzburg College old boy using the pseudonym, Madeva, summed up the gist of the debate and added some of his own observations; here is what he wrote: “It has been very interesting to read the discussions and debates about the various successful schools in SA. I really do not think anyone in SA can claim that his particular alma mater is the top school. Not one school in SA stands out like, say, Eton does in the UK, but I would guess that pretenders to that title would certainly include (but by no means be limited to) King Edwards, Diocesan College (Bishops) and Grey College.

“For those of you who might be interested in schools’ military history, I refer you to the article that appeared in the SA Military Journal in 1969 (and available on the Net) titled ‘From Playing Field to Parade Ground: The Record of King Edward VII School, Johannesburg’, which outlines the formidable sacrifices of KES Old Boys in especially WW2.”

I offer the following to the debates that have been going on:
“As a matter of interest, when I was a lazy varsity student with too much time on my hands in 1992, I grabbed hold of a copy of Southern Africa’s Who’s Who and tabulated the schools, which those luminaries attended. Since reading some of the comments today, I went up into the attic and hunted down my old notes, written 20 years ago. The list makes for interesting reading: 1 KES (158 entries), 2 Jeppe (106), 3 Michaelhouse (103), 4 DHS (102), 5 St John’s (98), and 10 Grey HS (71). As a matter of interest, Grey College came in at 14th (56 entries), the Pride of Maritzburg at 17th (37 entries).”
Only five schools in the top 20 were private schools.

Achievements of old boys
Few, if any, schools can equal the manifold achievements of our old boys. A whole multitude has attained excellence in all fields of human activity. Unfortunately, their achievements are not always known to the pupils, old boys and, indeed, to the public at large.
I will name just a few of these achievers, as to list all of them and to describe their achievements would take up a whole book.

To date the two schools, the Preparatory and the high school, have produced ?232 international sportsmen.

As far as I have been able to ascertain, only Maritzburg College has produced more – about 240.
How many people would know that the school has produced three South African cricket captains: Smith, Bacher and Nupen from the 27 international cricket players that attended the school, or that the following sportsmen attended the school?
1. Gary Bailey, the ex-Manchester United and England goalkeeper,

2. Richard Gough, the former Scottish football captain,

3. Archie Shacksnovis and B MacMaster, who played rugby for England and more recently, Rhys Thomas, who played for Wales,

4. Len Brown, who played both Soccer and cricket for South Africa,

5. Gregg Clarke, the most capped hockey player to have ever played for South Africa and

6. Gary Player, Wayne Ferreira, Bryan Habana, Joe van Niekerk, Neil McKenzie, Ray Jennings, Quinton de Kock and Hugh Bladen – the names just keep rolling off the tongue.

As a matter of interest Matt Prior, the England wicketkeeper, learnt his cricket at the preparatory school.
We have produced internationals in almost every sporting code ranging from our three Springboks in the brutal sport of boxing to our two Proteas in the gentler game of bowls.
Currently, Kevin ‘the KO Kid’ Lerena is making his mark as a professional boxer with 11 wins and no losses

Leaving sport aside, let us look at few notable honours garnered by our past pupils.
At the turn of the last century, The Financial Mail divided the various areas of human endeavour into eight categories in order to choose the finest South African achiever in each category for the 20th Century.

Our old boys won three of the categories. Business: Donny Gordon. Sport: Gary Player. Art: William Kentridge. This is surely an unparalleled record of achievement!

The School is proud to have six old boys knighted by the Queen
Sir Sydney Kentridge
Sir Sydney Lipworth
Sir Mark Weinberg
Sir Donald Gordon
Sir Keith Acutt
In Law
Justice Johann Kriegler
Justice Richard Goldstone
Sir Sydney Kentridge.

These eminent jurists served on the Constitutional Court. The school has also produced many other distinguished judges and lawyers; for example, Mr Justice A. D. Davidson, who was also one of a number of Rhodes Scholars produced by the school.
In Politics (as Cabinet Members)
H Gluckman
D Keyes
R Kasrils
A Number of Mayors of Johannesburg and presidents of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange attended the school.
Many top Artists like Kentridge and Ainslie went to the school, as did bishops and businessmen and a great many top academics and captains of Industry. I could give you names, but it would take all night.

In Literature
Bryce Courtney ("Power of One")
Of Interest
Werner Willi Max Eiselen, who matriculated at the youthful age of 12, eventually became the Secretary of the Department of Bantu Administration and Development, where as Dr Verwoerd’s right-hand man, he was an important architect of apartheid in South Africa. I am telling you about the good as well as the bad.

Then there is the little known fact that KES lost more old boys in the two World Wars than any other school in the then British Empire − excluding the UK.
England paid tribute to the school via a worldwide broadcast on the BBC’s Foreign Service.

Now let us look at the authoritative sources
Do they corroborate what I have said?
1. Just a few years ago in the Financial Times of London, there was a lengthy article about King Edwards, which referred to the school in glowing terms. An entire page was devoted to the article.

2. In 1982, a book entitled Little England on the Veld: The English Private School System in South Africa by Professor Peter Randall was published. (Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1982)

This book was originally written as a thesis for a master’s degree in education. In his book, Prof. Randall rated South Africa’s top 10 schools. The rating was based chiefly on the achievements of the various schools’ old boys, which is, I believe, the best method by which to rate schools.

He rated King Edwards as the third (3rd) best school in South Africa. DHS was rated the best school. Bishops did the best among private schools, coming in at number five.

3. Then in 1993, a tome entitled Historic Schools of South Africa: An Ethos of Excellence by Hawthorne and Bristow was published. ( Cape Town: Pachyderm Press, 1993)

Sir Richard Luyt, the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town in the foreword to this book wrote:
“This collection of 23 schools has produced the lion’s share of our political and social leadership, and many of our outstanding sportsmen and scholars, as well as offering a way of life to guide people.”

In the article on the school, the author states: “… it has a track record that is hard to beat.”

4. For the past six years, The African Economist has rated the top 100 secondary schools in Africa. In 2014, it rated KES as the second best school in South Africa and the third best in Africa. Grey College was ranked first in Africa and South Africa.
Of the private schools, Hilton College fared best, being ranked at number three in South Africa and at number four in Africa
These three schools are the only S A schools that The African Economist rated in the top ten in Africa.
KES have maintained that position since 2009 when the ranking was first published.

Gentlemen, I think I have shown that if King Edward VII School is not South Africa’s best school, it is certainly a contender for that position.
I believe, however, that our finest achievement is the many good and honourable citizens, we have sent out into South Africa and the world.

* Some of the achievements mentioned in this speech of some of the Old Boys are subject to change, due to sporting events that took place after 8 November 2014.

Douglas Armstrong at Reunion Assembly- 7 November 2014


 Always a special occasion when the Headmaster, Mr Lovatt, Staff and boys of King Edward VII School get to 'Welcome Home' Old Boys to the School. This morning, 7 November saw the Classes of 1959, 1964 and 1984 gather at King Edward for their 55th, 50th and 30th year reunions respectively!

The Old Boys attended the morning school assembly with the prayer and reading given by Old Boy, Rev. John Alex (Class of 1964), followed by the assembly address of the Head Prefect of 1964, Mr Richard Pemberton.

The Old Boys were entertained by the School Choir and then the School war cry was done 'loud and proud' in the quad after assembly.

The weekend reunions will see our Old Boys enjoying the Annual Association Golf Day at Royal JHB & Kensington, group dinners and the Annual Remembrance Parade on Sunday will round-off a perfect weekend of fellowship, reminiscing and connections rekindled.

Welcome home Gentlemen, good to have you back at your Alma Mater.

Association Welcomes New Chairman!
King Edward Association of Old Boys welcomed in their new Chairman, Byron Leggett on the 31 October 2014.

Byron has a long and proud history with King Edward. He matriculated as the Head Prefect in 2004 and was a recipient of the Desmond Davis War Memorial Scholarship. Byron proudly represented King Edward with academic and cultural colours and team blazer. Following his matric, Byron completed his studies at  UJ: Honours in Industrial Psychology; completed in 2008, UJ: Certificate in Psychometric Assessments (equivalent of honours in Psychology); completed in 2009 and is currently completing the following at UNISA: Masters in Industrial Psychology.

During the years 2005 to 2008 Byron was a Junior Housemaster at  Gordon House and an EMS teacher during 2008. He also coached the following teams:
- U14 A & B rugby coach
- U14 B waterpolo coach

Today Byron is the Recruitment Team Leader for Comair Limited.

When asked what his vision for the Association going forward, Byron replied as follows:

'Once you depart from King Edwards many things change. You either start with building your career in the big wide world of work or move on to University to further your studies. You buy a house, you get married, you have kids. Life becomes faster and the years seems to flash by before you have had a chance to enjoy, reflect, and find solace in what you have achieved and the man you have become. While all of this change is continuous, one thing remains constant and those are the principles which shaped you as a young gentleman. Qualities such as respect, passion, and an undying determination to succeed become a part of your very make up. It is what defines you as an individual; it is what defines you as a son who was fortunate enough to attend King Edward VII School.

I believe that the driving force behind the Association is to maintain these values within the King Edwards community of scholars, Old Boys, and Friends of the School. The Association is geared towards connecting Old Boys within South Africa and across the globe with the purpose of ensuring that the Red Spirit continues to keep on growing for another 112 years.

In 2015 we will build on the foundation already established by the Association and bring the Old Boy Army together on a regular basis to enjoy all that is King Edward.'

Great to have Byron on board for 2015 and with his able association 'crew' on hand to advise and support, the seas ahead look like plain sailing for this passionate Old Boy.

Strenue  Chairman Byron!

Byron with Gordon House boys
Old Boys' in the News across the globe!
At King Edward we are so priviliged and proud of our many King Edward VII School Old Boys who are performing in their industry, world of commerce and on the sports field. The most satisfying 'reward' to the School is how many of these 'captains of their fields' attribute some of their success to their alma mater and for that alone, we applaud our Old Boys!

Here are some notable 'congratulations' to Old Boys who have made their mark and/or making a mark in their field over the past few months:

King Edward VII School Old Boy, bizhub Highveld Lions ODI Captain and Premier OES cricketer, Stephen Cook was named as the 2014 Sportsman of the Year  at the Old Edwardians Awards Evening on the 20 November 2014. For his performances with the bizhub Highveld Lions as well as being made captain of the SA Invitational team that played against India and Australia last year, it was a well deserved award for Stephen.

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Grant Anderson competed in the Chicago Marathon, in the colours of the Old Ed's Society . Grant wrote to Old Ed's Athletics Club recalling his experience of this wonderful event.

“I came through KEPS and KES and matriculated in 1999 before coming to America to study on an athletics scholarship at Arkansas State University. I am currently living in Orange County, California which is just south of LA.

The trip to Chicago was fantastic and I was surprised to meet and talk with a handful of other South Africans, including Ernst van Dyk who was the defending wheelchair champion. The race is one of the six world major marathons and it certainly lived up to its expectations. They limit the race to 45 000 participants and it has grown so popular that outside of qualifying for the race, a lottery exists for those wishing to compete, with a limited number of entries available for charities. The course is flat and fast, but lined the entire way with a boisterous fan base as it works its way through the 29 neighborhoods in the city.

The event is extremely well supported and is profitable for the city and surrounds. It would be difficult to come into the city and avoid the race as it seemed that on every street corner there was something of reference to the race.

I took my time in the race and managed get a lot of photographs and got a perspective of the city that I would not normally be able to do. I enjoyed the cool weather, but was more than happy to get back to sunny Southern California.

During the race I received a number of compliments on the Old Eds gear, so I appreciate you turning me into a fashionable marathoner!

C’mon the Reds. Regards Grant Anderson.

Congrats to Grant and thank you for sharing your experience with the RED Community!

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Kyle Marshall (Class of 2007) has been signed by Barnoldswick Cricket Club for 2015. Kyle was a member of the King Edward 1st XI.

It will be Marshall's first season as a professional in the UK and he's eager to impress and help the Ribblesdale club to success next summer.

Congratulations Kyle and much success overseas and we look forward to following your career!

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Old Boy, Keaton Jennings (Head Prefect 2010), on his recent cricketing award.
Keaton was awarded, 'Young Player of the Year 2014' award for the Durham Cricket Club at their recent season awards ceremony.

Well done and know the King Edward Community is very proud of your achievements and wish you further success into the future.

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Dr Nick Van As (left), Class of 1987 is working to improve NHS cancer patient's access to high tech radiotherapy.

Nick met with Mr David Cameron at no 10 Downing Street, on the 2 October, and he and his team are hoping to see quick progress!

Fantastic support from Tessa Munt MP @tessamunt, and Lawrence Dallaglio @dallaglio8 (Thanks to Graeme Parsons for sharing the news with our Red Community on FaceBook).

Fantastic to see our Old Boys making strides and moves across the globe. We are very proud of you Dr Van As!

An exhibition of prints by a selection of some of South Africa’s greatest print makers and artists, including King Edward VII School Old Boy, William Kentridge will be on display from November to January 2015.

On view in the Collector's Room from Wednesday 26 November 2014 - Saturday 17 January 2015. This new exhibition which opens in the Collector's Room showcases a selection of prints by some of South Africa's greatest print makers and artists.

The works will be on display from Wednesday 26 November at 9am, during the gallery's normal business hours.

Private viewings can be arranged by appointment, please contact the gallery. FRIED CONTEMPORARY ART WORKS

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Clayde Baumann matriculated with university exemption in 2000 and was selected for a bursary at the finest South African salon chain, Terenzo Hairdressing. After 8 years in South Africa and 2 awards at the coveted L'Oreal Colour Trophy, Clayde set his sights on the international hairdressing arena and emigrated to the home of hairdressing, London.

Clayde has since represented 3 of Britain's biggest salon chains and 2 of the world’s biggest Colour houses in the UK and Central Europe and is also a feature columnist for one of the biggest hairdressing trade publications in the UK, The Professional Hairdresser.

On Monday 24 November 2014, Clayde went on to win the British Colour Technician of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards and is now a recognised leader and trend forecaster in the hairdressing industry.

Clayde had this to say. "This is a massive honour and I couldn't possibly have managed it without the support of an amazing team, friends and family. I attribute my drive and success to having strong foundations and an A-class education and I'm thrilled about what the future will bring!"

Congratulations Clayde and further success into the future. The RED Community applauds.

Congratulations to the following King Edward VII School Old Boys on receiving recognition & deserved accolades at recent rugby awards evenings for the 2014 season:

* Malcolm Marx- u21 Forward Player of the Year- Golden Lions

* Godfrey Ramaboea- u19 Backline Player of the Year- Golden Lions

* Dylan Pieterse- u19 Player of the Year- Pumas

Fantastic achievements by our Old Boys. Wishing them all much success into the 2015 season.

Malcolm Marx
Godfrey Ramaboea

Dylan Pieterse
Old Edwardians Society reflect on last quarter of events for 2014!
The year started with our Premier league cricket team retaining the Time competition, and this with having to deal with the loss of some talented schoolboys who had left school and had gone to University. Add to this the call-ups from The Lions, the Strikers and Gauteng under 19 teams and this makes the achievement even more memorable. The title was won in the gathering gloom at The Wanderers when those watching could hardly see the players!!

From an individual point a view we must mention that schoolboy and Premier League player, Grant Roelofsen was chosen for the SA under 19 team that played Test matches and one day international on England, and he scored 149 on his debut.

In the winter, hockey continued their improvement in Premier league, finishing as runners up, one place higher than last season. It was a season where the top four clubs dominated the league, and many one sided victories were recorded against the teams in the bottom half. It was just one match, against The Wanderers, towards the end of the season that cost the team the title, but apart from that they had good results against the teams that finished in the top five. For a team that had been playing for only three seasons, this achievement cannot be under stated.

Mini hockey was revived and as an acorn turns into an oak tree, they started with about 10 children on the first day and at the end of the season over 40 were attending coaching. They played in five tournaments throughout the season and their results were excellent considering the length of time they had been playing. This augurs well for the future of the sport at the Society.

The water polo club celebrated their 80th anniversary with a Festival which featured the top teams throughout the country, some travelling from as far afield as Cape Town. In fact it was the Cape Town university ladies that won the ladies section, with their men counterparts ending as runners up to the habitual winners OJ Eagles. No wonder this tournament is known as the unofficial National Club Championships with that sort of talent on display.

The first part of the new cricket season has seen our Premier league team sporting a number of new faces and a new captain in Gareth Harte. Although they are unlikely to win the limited overs competition, the opportunities that have come along for younger players to experience cricket at this level, will ensure that they will defend their Time competition title with confidence and commitment.

Onwards and upwards for all our OES Clubs into 2015!
Old Edwardians Sportsman of the Year 2014!
Mike Dunk- Communications spokesperson reports back on the Annual Premier Event at Old Ed's:

What a delight to see The Kings Tavern packed with members and guests for last night’s Sportsman of the Year function.

Mike Dunk was the MC for the evening and he mentioned the highlights of the past year especially the “re launch” of the boat club. This section dominated the function for seven consecutive years from 1999 when Donovan Cech and Ramon de Clementi won the trophy. And just before that another rower, Michael Hasslebach won it for two consecutive years.

He also mentioned the re-birth of mini hockey, which in the 1980’s was the catalyst for future Provincial and National players.

Stephen Cook was named as the 2014 Sportsman of the Year for his performances with The Lions as well as being made captain of the SA Invitational team that played against India and Australia last year.

There were joint runners up in Gus Pinker and Dion Willis for their officiating at world water polo events.

The President, Tutty Faber, presented the awards and here is the full list of winners:

Sportsman of the Year: Stephen Cook – cricket
Runners up: Gus Pinker and Dion Willis – water polo

Best female junior: Faye Keighley – swimming
Best male junior: Cameron Peterson – tennis
Best schoolboy playing sport for the Society: Grant Roelofsen – cricket
Best performance by a senior: Linda Icely – athletics
Team award: 1st cricket team
Sportsmanship award: Tim Johnston
Sub club of the year: Water polo
Chairmans award: Kevin Webber

Congratulations to all the 2014 award winners!


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