Strenue - Strenue December 2015
Sporting Excellence at King Edward continues!

The 34th Annual Inter High Athletics Meeting was hosted by Jeppe High School for Boys on Saturday, 19 September 2015. King Edward VII School has won the inter high championship 21 times in the 34 year history of the competition.

The competition was very tight with the score board placings changing between Affies, Jeppe and KES after every couple of events. Leading into the final event of the day, the relays, it was King Edward who had the lead, but the tension and excitement was at an all time high as the athletes gave it their all till the very last race.

4 Years in a row! Well done School on this fantastic achievement. Massive thanks to all our RED athletes who worked so hard to retain the trophy.

Mr Thorne MIC of Athletics we salute you and your team. Well done Captain Ndhivo Mulaudzi & Emilo Despotakis (VC) on another superb athletics season.

KES 475
PBHS 287

KES 340

Tradition of Excellence continues. Well done.


Proud Moment for our Captain- 2015 Trophy

Visit our web galleries for more photos of the team in action:

KES ROWING CLUB- has had a great season with our crews producing the 'good's and bringing home the Gold at both the Gauteng Championships, held over the 7-8 November and at the King Edward VII School Regatta on the 31 October.

The 2015/2016 season hold much promise for our young crews and we wish them to go from strength to strength. Go School.


Overall Placings:
1st-St Benedict’s 446
2nd-St John’s 329
3rd-King Edward VII 291
4th-St Albans 262
5th-St Stithians 207
6th-Jeppe 198
7th-Parktown 127
8th-Hilton 2

At Champs our U16 crews brought home gold in the: u16 Eight, u16 Four and u16 Pair events.

The King Edward VII School Regatta held at Roodeplaat on the 31st October, was a most successful and golden one for our oarsmen.

17 schools participated, 11 of which have boy's clubs.

KES entered 25 events, including entering the U15 crews in U16 races.


U16A Scull - Gold: Smit

U16B Scull - 6th: Hudson

U16C Scull - Gold: P. Weyers; Silver: Bester; Bronze - J. Weyers (U15); 5th - T.Mitchell (U15)

U16A Pair - Gold: C.Baxter & D. Bonhage-Koen

U16B Pair - Gold: Dyke & Nepgen

U16B Double - Bronze: A. Baxter & M.Huisamen (U15); 5th - Dlamini & Ndabankulu

U16C Double - Gold: Provin & Whittaker (U15s); Silver: Fester & Goosen (U15s); 4th - Jardim & Howes (U15s)

U16B Quad - Gold (U15s); Bronze (U15s)
U16A Quad - Bronze

U16A Four - Gold. New record set. Previous record set in 2010. New record 6.58.52. Crew: Baxter, Nepgen, Geldhof, Bonhage-Koen, McJarrow (Cox)

U16B Four - Gold

U16A Eight - Gold

Liam Smit, Philip Weyers, Benjamin Dyke, Dean Geldhof, Tait McJarrow (cox), Christopher Baxter, Damian Bonhage-Koen, Nic Nepgen, Brandon Bester

U16B Eight - Gold (composite crew made up of U16 & U15s)

U19 1st Scull - 4th: Masutha; 11th: Bryce
U19 2nd Scull - Bronze: Thorne

U19 3rd Scull - Gold: R. Da Silva

U19 1st Pair - 5th: Spratt & Reynolds
U19 2nd Pair - 4th: Basson & Swanepoel

U19 2nd Quad - Gold

U19 2nd Four - Gold

U19 1st Four - 4th & 5th
U19 2nd Eight - Silver
U19 1st Eight - 4th

Massive CONGRATULATIONS to the u16 crews with their fantastic achievements, especially the u16A Four on their record breaking result!!
An outstanding event hosted by our Rowing Club- huge THANKS and appreciation to the Red Army parents who supported, worked and gave of their time to make this regatta a most successful and enjoyable one for all who attended. Thank you for sharing the spirit! GO SCHOOL

KES Tennis Club- has had an outstanding 2015 with our 1st Team placing 2nd overall at the Sun City Tournament and then our Juniors narrowly losing in the final to Helpmekaar 5-9 at the Junior Inter High Schools Tournament.

On route to the finals the Junior Team beat the following teams:

Rand Park High won 14-0
Parktown Boys' won 13-1
Sacred Heart won 14-0
Northcliff won 8-6 in SF play-offs

KES placed 2nd overall with Northcliff High 3rd and St John's 4th. Well done to our young red aces, Mrs Thorne and coaches. Onwards and upwards for our tennis code.

Junior Team

King Edward VII School 1st Team Tennis player, Cameron Petersen was named, 'Player of the Tournament' at the Sun City Tournament on the 4 September. Cameron won 5/5 games in the tournament.

King Edward 1st Team played Merrifield 1st in the final of the A-Division and loss in the final game of the final set. A very fitting finale, showcasing the wonderful talent on display from both schools.

Our 1st Team lost narrowly in the final set of the final and finsihed 2nd overall at Sun City Tournament.

The 2nd Team finished 4th overall, playing great tennis vs 1st teams in that pool.

KES 1st Team- finish top of their pool
Beat Michaelhouse 7-0
Beat Redhill 5-2
Beat Merrifield 5-2

KES 2nd Team-finish 2nd in their pool
Lost 3-4 Crawford 1sts
Beat Shangri-La 1sts 6-1
Beat Uplands 1sts 6-1

Congratulations Mrs Thorne & Mrs Visser and all the boys on a superb tournament. King Edward Tennis is on the up and our boys have made the School very proud.

Cameron Petersen

KES 1st Tennis Inter High Team

Gauteng Schools Water Polo Team Selections:

Congratulations to the following learners on their selection to Gauteng Schools' Teams, that will compete in an Inter Provincial Tournament in Cape Town: 10-14 December

U17 Colts:
Tameem Rawat

Ethan Coryndon-Baker
Jordon Delport
Daniel Klein
Jadin Leca
Jarryn Robinson
Liam Savenije
Edmond Tsang

Travin Bouwer
Cameron Moffett
Keomohetswe Rachidi

Milan Naidoo

U15 Boys- Reserve:
Kayleb O'Donoghue

Jared Germond
Bokang Maabane

U14 Boys Reserve:
Joshua Nel

Good luck lads and well done on your selection!

Congratulations to the 13 King Edward VII School cricketers on their selection to Gauteng Teams after trials held during the October holidays:

Tony de Zorzi - Gauteng u/19A
Liam Smith - Gauteng u/19A
Shane Dadswell - Gauteng u/19A
Keegan Oschger - Gauteng u/19B
Jamie Thomas - Gauteng u/19B
Mitchell van Buuren - Gauteng u/17A
Muhammed Mayet - Gauteng u/17A
Siddique Mohamed - Gauteng u/17B
Calvin Johnson Gauteng u/17B
Ambrin Snyders - Gauteng u/15A
Callum Broodryk - Gauteng u/15B
Kabelo Hlekelele - Gauteng u/15B
Bryce Parsons - Gauteng u/15B

Well done lads on this achievement and wishing you all much success into the future.

BOAT RACE 2015: KES 1st Eight beat SACS in D Final

MIC of Rowing, Mr Trevor Dedlow reports back on Boat Race 2015.

King Edward VII School once again competed in the Annual Schools Boat Race in Port Alfred on the 4th and 5th of December 2015.

The Boat Race, started in 2000, sees the best eight oared crews from around the country converge on the Kowie River to compete over a 6.4 km course. Traditionally the course provides many challenges for the crews, from narrow water channels, sand banks, tidal conditions and severe head winds, the course will examine the character of each and every boy in the boat.

Purists will refer to the race as a “coxswains” race, with the driver of the boat being instrumental in selecting water and channels for his crew to row in. In 2010, the year that we won the event, the difference between the finalists was the quality and intelligence of our cox. This year Tedd Mphahlane held the rudder strings. 

Our crew hoped to improve on the “D” Final achieved over the last two years and had trained in earnest during the examination period. The Boat race event is the only competition in which we allow under sixteen boys to be selected for the club’s top boat. This year we had three of the junior boys adding some length and muscle to our senior crew.

Our boys raced in the heads race, a time-trial to determine finalists, on Friday, 4 December and on Saturday, 5th December raced against SACS in the D Final, in a two boat race.

The heats on Friday were extremely close and our crew managed the 7th fastest time on the day and went into the final day to race against SACS in the D Final.

King Edward VII School 1st Eight beat SACS to claim 7th overall place.

The crew for 2015:
Stroke: Byron Spratt, 7: Keegan Reynolds, 6: Christopher Baxter, 5: Liam Smit, 4: Thabelo Masutha, 3: Damien Bonhage-Koen, 2: Tristan Peel, 1: Cameron Bryce and cox, Tedd Mphahlane.

Well done to our crew and know the 2016 seasons hold much promise for this club.


Cultural Excellence and Community Outreach celebrated!
The Chess Teams of King Edward VII School concluded their season on a high note at the Gauteng Central Schools Chess League Play-Off held at Parktown Boys’ School on Monday 28 September.

The A team placed tie 1st with Jeppe High School for Boys',  followed by Parktown Boys' and St John's College in 3rd and 4th positions respectively.

Trophy handed to Captain: Henry Peyper

Gold Medals:

The B team were placed third in their League after another great season.

Bronze Medals:

Congratulations to our Chess Club on these fantastic results.



Community Projects at King Edward- The heart of our School. Share the Spirit!

At the end of August, our King Edward VII School Councillor Malcolm Meintjes and School Library Monitor, Keagan Doyle handed over a donation of books from the School Library.

Brenda Andrews from the Johannesburg Student Council was on hand to take the delivery of books. Ms Andrews is the manager of Civic Education and works for the City of Johannesburg Office of the Speaker and she co-ordinates the Student Youth Council.

The textbooks and reading books they were given were being donated to under-resourced schools in Soweto and Alexandra.

Following further book donations made earlier in the year to other NGO's that KESCO, under the direction of Mrs Mania and Head Librarian Mrs Schumyn have identified and/or support, is yet another example of 'Sharing The Spirit' of our proud School.

Well done to all and keep up the good work of assisting our community in need.

School Choir leading in beautiful song and tunes- well deserved honours!

The King Edward VII School Choir participated in the annual National Eisteddfod held at Linden Hoërskool on Monday 14 September.

They were awarded a diploma (90% plus) for their performance which was a medley of ethnic and more contemporary music.

It was well received and the adjudicator was most effusive in her praise of the boys for their excellent efforts! Recognition was also given to the superb direction of the Choir master Mr P Khanye assisted by Sipho Dlova and accompaniment by Mr Greenberg.

The King Edward Choir were invited to sing at the prestigious Lead S A Change-makers gala function at UJ on 15 August. The event was streamed live and the Choir received high praise for their efforts. With these talented ambassadors, it became an opportunity for Mr Visser to do some valuable marketing for the School.

Colours for Choir were awarded to J Sibeko and the Cultural team blazer awards to D Gabriel, A Ndhlovu and A Motloutsi
Choir leadership for 2016: Captain: A Fongoqa & Vice-captains: B Rantao and S Williams

Showcase of Red Talent at our Annual Expressions Evening!

On the 25 August a showcase of King Edward VII School talent was on display at the Expressions Evening, in the Hugh Wilson Theatre.

The audience was treated to an array of superb music, song and literary works by our fabulous young men.

At the end of the event, the annual Drama awards were handed out and awarded to the well deserved recipients.

King Edward VII School was fortunate enough to have had a donation from The Fourie Family (John Fourie 2014 Head Prefect) , for 5 more trophies which have been allocated to Drama Department and now have become new awards for the Literary Society and the Music Society as well as for overall Cultural Contribution.

Sincere thanks to the Fourie Family for this generous donation.

Full list of the awards presented:

Cultural Awards (Drama, Literary and Music Societies) for presentation at Expressions evening on 25 August 2015:

The Braithwaite trophy for Best play:

Hill House – “Fawlty Towers” directed by Yuveshan Govender and Dino Calvaresi

The Fourie trophy for Best Play - Proxime Accessit:

Robinson – “Blackadder: Goodbye” directed by Malcolm Meintjes and Dylan Taplin

The Fourie trophy for Best Comedy:
Crofts – “The Thin Blue Line” directed by Phato Pukwana and Nicholas Barnard

Best Actor (in the House plays) – plate:– Reece Hawtrey (Grade 11) for his performance as Basil Fawlty

Best Actor (in a house play) Proxime Accessit:

Dylan Taplin (Grade12) for his performance as Blackadder 

Cuan van der Merwe - Best Actor in a female role:

Dino Calvaresi (Grade 12) for his performance as Sybil Fawlty

Matthew Jenner award for Best Director:

Malcolm Meintjes

Overall Best Actor (knocker):

Reece Hawtrey and Phato Pukwana

The Sword for technical excellence:

Keean Mitchell

Duncan Allan Memorial Award for overall contribution and dedication to the Dramatic Society plus Penguin Tutoring award:

Malcolm Meintjes

The Fourie award for Literary Accomplishment:

Jonathan Green

The Fourie award for best Musician:

Andrew Webster and Westleigh Viljoen

The Fourie trophy for overall Cultural Contribution:

Nicholas Barnard and Mazi Thando

Congratulations to all the award winners for 2015. Fantastic achievement by all.

Some of the talent on show at Expressions Evening:

The King Edward VII School Inter House Chess Championships took place during Mid-August and the competition was a tough and tense battle.

Both Junior and Senior Inter House Teams battled it out and the final results were as follows:





2 5 HILL

3 3½ HILL
4 2½ DAVIS

Congratulations to our 2015 Champions and to all the boys who competed and gave of their best during this Inter House Event.

Chess is alive and well at King Edward VII School. Go School!

2015 Champions: D Nxumalo & M Mzinzi

u15 Team that earned Silver at District Tournament

Chess: u15 Team place 2nd in District . The u15 Chess team competed in the JHB East District Championship on Monday 17 August.

Congratulations to the following boys:

S. Jolliffe
S. Burke
B. Ramsay
N. Titterton
L. Thomson
S. Collins

Public Speaking Inter House 2015 Results:

Well done to all the boys who took part in the Junior Inter House Public Speaking Competition. The scores were all very close.

It was fantastic to see that all houses entered teams and that the boys had some entertaining and thought-provoking ideas to share.

The results were as follows:
Robinson 7th
Grimmer 6th
Crofts 6th
Hill 5th
Hofmeyr 4th
School 3rd
Anderson 2nd
Davis 1st

Senior speakers are 'Congratulated' for producing some thought-provoking speeches.

The results were as follows:
Crofts 7th
School 7th
Hill 6th
Anderson 5th
Davis 4th
Grimmer 3rd
Hofmeyr 1st (W Agar,H Munchi & T Chingwaru)
Robinson 1st (L Ruckard, K Carr & T Makda)

The Junior Best Speaker Ntsako Mphanhlani and Proxime Accessit: Faranani Lishivha. The Best Senior Speaker Yakov Schleider, the Proxime Accessit was shared by Mohammad Badat & Anthony Rousseau.

Full colours awarded to: D Valsamakis, J Green, N Barnard and M Asamoah-Bekoe.

We look forward to a successful Public Speaking year in 2016!

KESCO outing and handover to Ethembeni

KESCO knotted over 140 fluffy blankets (the material was kindly donated by the Badat family). The fringing was cut by a few industrious moms and the boys knotted the blankets in their spare time which proved to be a rather therapeutic pastime. The final products were donated to two homes for abandoned babies, one in Primrose (El Shammah) (where some staff members and their families spent time interacting with the babies) and the other in Doornfontein (Ethembeni) where KESCO spent an afternoon playing with the babies and children at the Salvation Army home. KESCO were also able to hand over a number of disposable nappies which had been donated to the cause.

Blood Drives
There were blood drives held in August and September and 148 units were collected for the SANBS.

Model United Nations Conference
On Saturday 19 September two teams of 3 learners each took part in the annual Model United Nations Conference run by SAIIA and held at Wits university. The boys debated well and a lot of research and preparation had taken place before the event, which was enjoyed by all.

L to R: M Badat, M Wood, J Sass, A van der Spuy, J Webster, D Clerk
Front: Mrs A Mania

Photographic Society
A number of interesting lectures and workshops were held to motivate the boys in the photographic society. Canon has donated some equipment to the School and Matthew Wilmot won a camera for his excellent photographic ability.
Colours award to M Wilmot and Cultural team blazer award to S Adlard.

Pipe Band:
Congratulations to Luke Campkin-Smith on Team Blazer Award.

Johannesburg Junior Council
We congratulate Faranani Lishiva and Sebastian Freeman on being elected as the school representatives for 2016.

GIBS Spirit of Youth programme
The following boys have been accepted onto the GIBS youth programme for 2016:
T Makda, M Ellero and C Cronje.


On completing their final Matric Examinations, the Class of 2015 donated their school shoes and uniforms, that will be distributed by KESCO to NGO's in need.

Well done lads! Keep the RED SPIRIT alive and the keep the 'gift of giving'.

Go School.

KESCO and Edwardian Community bring the Christmas Cheer!

Thanks to the efforts of KESCO, KEPS, generous parents, staff and boys of King Edward VII School we were able to amass this impressive collection of presents, school shoes and basic uniform, food, books and clothing to be donated to pensioners, child-headed households and children through the community centre known as Phutaditjaba, founded and run by the 'Father of Alex', Mr Linda Twala.

This centre, apart from the important work they do on a daily basis, holds Christmas parties for the aged as well as the children each December and requests donations from the community to make the festive season more meaningful through the provision of gifts and essentials.

Thanks to the Edwardian family for not just this collection but for their caring and sharing throughout the year. Without your generosity we would not be able to make a difference to those people who are underprivileged and to those battling to eke out an existence.

May the festive season hold joy and a 'red' spirit of togetherness for us all as we celebrate the conclusion of yet another busy year and make preparations for the New Year that lies ahead.

Academic Excellence celebrated by Class of 2015!
The Annual Valedictory Service held on the 20 October was a grand occasion at King Edward VII School. 

Congratulations to all the 2015 Award recipients and well done to the Class of 2015.

Valediction 2009 1

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 scholar (i.e. someone with Academic Colours) who has made a significant contribution to many facets of the life of the School.

J Thorburn is the recipient of the 2015  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 M Badat

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 recipients of the H J Hofmeyr Scholarship for 2014 are :

D Valsamakis
A Dimaculangan


English Editor's Prize: M Badat
Proxime Accessit: J Thorburn

Afrikaans Redakteursprys: J Thorburn
Proxime Accessit: D Gouws

isiZulu Editor's Prize: SP Ngwenya
Proxime Accessit:      J Sibeko

Headmaster’s Service Award
The Headmaster's Service Award is given to Grade 12 learner who over the years have given unselfishly of their time to service to the School and to the community. The recipients receive a certificate, a plaque and their names are put on the board in the Auditorium.

M Badat
J Green
Y Schleider

Summa Cum Laude
D Valsamakis (Swimming, Public Speaking & Academics)
Y Schleider     ( Academics, Public Speaking & Squash)

Subject Awards
Afrikaans J Thorburn
Mathematics J Thorburn
Physical Sciences J Thorburn
Accounting SIL Spruit
Information Technology BI Osler
Advanced Programme Mathematics J Thorburn 
English J Thorburn
isiZulu SP Ngwenya & J Sibeko
Life Orientation J Thorburn
Mathematical Literacy GW Read
Life Sciences J Thorburn
History JR Dickson, AB van der Spuy & AC Webster
Geography J Thorburn
Visual Arts BJ Agar
Engineering Graphics & Design M Wilmot

Dux Scholae: Highest aggregate in Grade 12 
J Thorburn

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
AD Dimaculangan
ML Araujo

Full list of 2015 Award Winners
KES Valedication and Prizegiving 2015.pdf

Annual Service of Remembrance 2015

Our Annual Service of Remembrance held on Sunday, 8 November 2015 at King Edward VII School was a fitting tribute to the fallen 'Sons of this Place'. The Service took place in the Quadrangle of the School with the Guard of Honour consisting of learners drawn from the Grade 11 Group.


This Service is traditionally held on the Sunday closest to 11 November, the date on which the Armistice was signed to end the First World War. 

The King Edward Community came out in numbers for this very special occasion and is a firm favourite event on the School calendar.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Memorial parade

2015 Officers

Officer Commanding

WD Viljoen

Second in Command

A Malgas

Company Sergeant-Major

B Rantao

Platoon Commanders
BA Spratt
KC Doyle

Colour Party
Flag Officer  P Duvenage
Colour Sergeant-Major  LT Nhlapo

Colour Sergeants
LJ Schippers
GL McDonald

BZ Gewer
1 HM Sweet
2 GJ Swanepoel
3 M Corado
4 TR Taplin

Aide de Camp 
1 LC Nel
2 J Magnus

C Mac Farlane
I Radiokana

Wreath Orderlies
1 H Munshe
2 J Pieterse
3 R Mkhalane
4 D Steyn
5 T Mangena
6 K Ramokgopa
7 T Pillay

2016 School Leadership announced!
At an Award Assembly on the 19 October the 2016 Prefect Body to lead the School was announced and on the 30 November the 2016 Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefects were announced:

Head Prefect
Nkosinathi Chibi

Deputy Head Prefects
Byron Christou
Calvin Johnson

PREFECTS - 2016:
Luke Campkin-Smith
Keagan Doyle
Andries du Plessis
Patrick Duvenage
Athi Fongoqa
James Gerber
Yuveshin Govender
Yusuf Jassat
Conah MacFarlane
Themba Mpemvu
Jethro Pieterse
Ryan Quigley
Tameem Rawat
Luca Ruckard
Jonty Sass
Hayden Sweet
Tyron Taplin
Mitchell van Buuren
Matthew Wood

Congratulations gentlemen! Lead your School with pride, passion, humility and dignity. May 2016 be a memorable year for you all.
K.E.P.S Term Four Report Back from Mr Shead!
K.E.P.S Headmaster, Mr Doug Shead reflects back on Term Four, 2015:

Looking back over the year it has been fun at times and hell at others. We have grown and hurt in measurable amounts but ‘if it doesn’t kill you – it makes you stronger”! I am not sure that we needed to be this strong though!

Very sadly we say farewell to Ms Audrey Gray! After a near lifetime of dedication to the Prep, she is moving on to private education and growth. Audrey has served the boys and gentlemen of the Prep with huge dedication and passion. She has fought for the boys on many fronts and while no one was looking, she fought with the boys for their own good! School tours, sporting afternoons, inter-house events, parents and boys are going to miss you Juffrou Gray! Wat gaan ons nou maak? It is our wish that the happiness and love that you have shared with the many boys, will find you in your new position and surround you as you have surrounded them! From all of the boys, the parents and the staff, we wish you all of the very best and thank you sincerely for all that you have done at, and for, King Edwards.

Ms Gray with the Prefects of 2015

We also bid farewell to Mrs Nicky Day as she has decided to dedicate herself to her maternal duties. This too has not been an easy decision, but Sarah stands to gain what King Edward loses! Thank you for the wonderful dedication and devotion to the school. Your daughter is indeed lucky to have chosen you as her mother!

The New Year is looking exciting. Mr Rob Kops joins us as Deputy Headmaster and he will be working with Mrs Carrie Viljoen who will be acting until the Department appointment can be finalised. Both these people have a deep passion for the education of the boys and they are going to make a valuable contribution to continuing the drive towards quality education for the boys. We look forward to their input into the growth of the school.

Our grade 7 boys will be leaving us after their final assembly on Friday, 4 December. This year the boys have been exemplary in the manner in which they have handled themselves and their peers. We have had a few glitches along the way, but the overwhelming feeling when saying farewell is of great sadness. The boys have set high standards and worked hard at maintaining these over the trying days and the easier day. We are very proud to be sending them on to the high schools and wish them loads of success in all their ventures. They have worn the Prep school badge proudly and we thank them for that. We look forward to them achieving great successes in the future. Good luck!

Our dramatic production this year was Oliver Twist. The cast and staff were amazing in the quiet manner in which they went about their work. It was hardly noticed that this production was taking place and it proved to be magnificently successful. Congratulations are shared with Mrs Viljoen, the cast of boys, staff and parents who “slogged” for many hours to entertain the crowds so professionally.

The PTA have commissioned the installation of the sound system into the hall. The refurbishment has taken a long time, but the final hurdle is close by. We are very excited about the prospect of having professional presentations with decent sound in our hall at all our functions. Working around the needs of the school has not been easy, but the patience and tolerance is going to mean an above average completed project. Thanks to all the parents who made this possible. The work of chasing and collecting has been tough, but we know that the parents at this school are tougher!

The PTA also held a wonderfully supported Breast Cancer Lunch. Through the organisation and generosity of the community, more than R 20 000 was raised for this superb cause. Well done to all the ladies!

New families to the school were exposed to our Orientation Day. On this morning, we brought the new families to the school in preparation for their big day in 2016. Our grade 7 boys acted as hosts and ushered the parents to the hall and took the boys to their activities. The Quad was filled with PTA parents, suppliers and activities that the boys will be involved in through their school life. A wonderful atmosphere of care and love was created by Miss Ruksana Khan and the folk who helped to coordinate the event. It has been flagged as a great success. Next year will determine how successful!

The fourth term hardly has enough time for an extra mural program, let alone fixtures! We have had some success on the field, but nothing substantial to report on. Our annual connection with Merchiston took place as usual with our boys travelling to Pietermaritzburg. This was the 39th event of this nature and the tradition is going to continue for many years to come. Sadly we did not perform all that well as a travelling group, but the connections were strengthened in other areas. We look forward to hosting a very special 40th anniversary event next year.

#NoHomework is the new buzz phrase after #FeesMustFall. It is our hope that the crowds who march against homework will behave better than the students who marched for the lower fees! It has been interesting to see how this phenomenon has grown over the world and the momentum that it has attracted. We all agree that there is no space for a free afternoon. No real worker gets the afternoon off to do as he or she pleases, but the formality of doing homework could be taken off the program. There is always a space for learning and reading and without the ‘shackles’ of the phrase “homework” may improve.

Our wish for those who celebrate during the Festive Season is that the spirit of Christmas will abound wherever the celebrations occur. Please be careful during the holidays. Travel safely, rest well and we wish you loads of success and prosperity in 2016.

Best wishes

Doug Shead
Old Boys' Reunion Dates and Reminders!
Upcoming Events:

Water Polo Tournament:                      4- 6 March 2016
Easter Festival:                                  24-28 March 2016
Cape Town Golf Day & Gathering:               29 April 2016
Reunion Weekend/ Home Coming Weekend:  7 May 2016
Annual Golf Day:                               11 November 2016


Class of 2006:  6- 8 May 2016
Class of 1996:  6- 8 May 2016
Class of 1986:  6-8 May 2016
Class of 1976: 11- 13 November 2016
Class of 1966: 11- 13 November 2016

Class of 1956:    11- 13 November 2016

Chairman's Report December 2015: Report back from Byron Leggett


November Reunion Weekend a RED celebration!
On the, 6 November the corridors of King Edward VII School 'WELCOMED HOME' , the Classes of 1955, 1965, 1975, 1979, 1980 and 1985 for their Class Reunions.

Old Boys celebrating their 60th, 50th, 40th, 36th, 35th and 30th reunions gathered at the School for a special School Assembly on the 6th. An Assembly address by the Head Boy of 1965, Douglas Wilson, was warmly received by the School, Staff and Old Boys. That Assembly was then followed by the King Edward Association Golf Day at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

Saturday evening saw the reunion groups each meet and celebrate at various venues for  their reunion dinners. We won't publish 'how late those groups partied for', but have it in good faith, a wonderful time was held by all the groups!

Sunday, 8 November saw our Reunion groups join the School and Community in our Annual Remembrance Parade and Service at King Edward VII School.

It was a memorable weekend for all and a true celebration of our Schools rich tradition and history.

Well done and 'thank you' to all, especially Ms Derron Van Eeden who co-ordinated this weekend for all our Old Boys.

Go School.

Images can be viewed at the KES Face Book page:


Class of 1955 Reunion Memories 2015.pdf
Old Boys' in the News across the globe!
King Edward VII School Old Boy, Mark Stevens, Class of 1985, CEO of Fortress Income Fund. The property group was not only nominated in the Top 100 Companies for 2015 but was named as the Sunday Times Top Company for 2015. Mark Stevens, CEO of Fortress Income Fund Limited, celebrated the achievement saying, “We are honoured to be recognised by our peers in receiving this acknowledgement. It has been a true team effort and everyone at Fortress deserves our thanks for a job well done. Moving forward it’s business as usual as we strive to continue maximising value and providing our shareholders with great returns.”

Sunday Times editor Phylicia Oppelt explains “what makes the Top 100 Companies so successful is that the recipients of the individual awards are voted for by members of the business community. It is therefore an exceptional endorsement of Dr Wiese that he received two prestigious accolades from his peers.”

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Congratulations to our KES Old Boy, on this fantastic achievement, the Red Community applaud your award and deserved accolades.

Mark joined the Class of 1985, at their 30th Year Reunion this weekend, 6-8 November.

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Roy Ettlinger, Class of 1980 and CEO of the Credo Group is setting the trend and building a global empire in the UK.

The Credo Story: How SA-expat Roy Ettlinger built R35bn London-based group is a fascinating read and journey of our Old Boy:

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The Credo Success Story

Such an inspiration to the King Edward Community and especially the boys of KES to follow in the steps of this global leader.

Well done Roy, we are so very proud.

King Edward Old Boy, Steven Jaspan, Class of 1967 was awarded  AfHF Role of Honour.

Steve Jaspan’s award as the first recipient of the African Hockey Federations (AfHF) Order of Merit is the culmination of 25 years of service on the AfHF’s Executive Board, 20 of which were as Senior Vice President which included 3 years as Acting President. 

He has also served on, inter alia, the Council, (later renamed Executive Board) the Executive Board and chaired various committees of the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Over the same 25 years period. He presently chairs High Performance and Coaching in the FIH.The FIH awarded him their Order of Merit in 2002, the first South African to receive this honour.

Prior to this he had been President of the SA Men’s Hockey Association (the youngest ever), played a pivotal role in unifying South African Hockey after which he served as the inaugural President of the unified South African Hockey Association. His service to SA Hockey covered a period of some 30 years in various roles in addition to the Presidency.

Prior to that he played international hockey for South Africa and captained the SA Indoor Hockey team. He was awarded the State President’s Award for hockey in 1975 after the SA team defeated the Olympic Champions, Germany, in an eight nation’s tournament in Johannesburg en route to winning the tournament.

Outstanding recognition to our Old Boy- Congratulations Steve!

KES Old Boy, Bryan Habana- had us all glued to our screens during RWC 2015!

On Saturday, 26 September 2015, King Edward VII School Old Boy and speedster of the Springbok Team sealed the win for the Boks over Samoa in the 83rd minute of the game, in the RWC 2015. Bryan Habana scored a scintillating, trade-mark Habana try and so entered his name into the rugby history books. His 60th test try for South Africa makes Bryan the joint third all-time try scorer and South Africa’s leading try scorer.

The Boks made a resounding return to form beating Samoa 46-6 and signaled their intention to bring home the William Webb Trophy for a 3rd time, but unfortunately it was not meant to be and our Springboks finished 3rd overall at the RWC 2015.

Bryan in the semi final vs the now RWC 2015 Champions, New Zealand, had the opportunity to surpass Jonah Lomu, as the 'world's leading RWC try scorer', but on the day, he could just not 'seal the deal'! In the 3rd place play-off vs Argentina, we hoped for that 'elusive record try', but it just did not happen. No man was more determined to cross the tryline than Bryan Habana.

The veteran winger concluded the RWC 2015 campiagn on  64 Test and 15 World Cup tries to his name. 

Congratulations Bryan, the Red Community are your biggest fans and salute your achievements and contribution to South African rugby.


Congratulations to King Edward VII School Old Boy, Shaun Keeling (Class of 2005) who over the weekend, 5 to 6 September, placed 7th in the Mens’ Heavyweight Pair at the rowing World Championships.

By doing so qualified the boat for next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil. South Africa managed to qualify 4 boats for the Olympics at the same event.

Well done Shaun & much success into the future. The Red Rowing Community is extremely proud of this achievement and wish all Team SA all the very best for Rio 2016.


Shaun in action at World Championships


King Edward VII School Old Boys XV took part in the Old Boys Tens Festival held at the Pirates Sports Club on Saturday, 21 November.

Our Old Boys showed good form and class and finished 3rd overall, winning the Plate Final vs Michaelhouse OB.


Won 24-12 vs Kingswood OB
Drew 14-14 vs Pretoria Boys' OB
Won 19-12 vs Trinityhouse OB
Lost 5-7 vs St Andrews OB

Won 21-7 vs St Andrews OB in play-off's
Won 19-12 vs Michaelhouse OB in 3rd/4th Plate Final

KES Old Boy, Raynor Parkinson, Class of 2007 selected to the German National Rugby Team and in a recent report credits his alma mater for his success!

Well done Ray- fantastic achievement and well deserved accolades:

Raynor Parkinson Pure Class for German XV

New Projects and Developments at King Edward!
Buxton House- New Dorm

The relentless development at School continues apace - notwithstanding the soon to be completed townhouse development for educator accommodation at Sir Donald Gordon House, and the Buxton dining room extension, work is well underway to complete conversion of old common room at Buxton House into comfortable new dormitory space - the giant never sleeps!


Buxton Dining Room Extension

And so the next School project begins. 2015 has been an exceptionally busy year with major projects including completion of the Science Laboratories renovation and upgrades, construction of 4 new townhouses at Sir Donald Gordon House for our educators ( scheduled completion 15 December ), total upgrade of main ablutions for learners, and now the extension of the Buxton Dining Room. Site set-up has commenced, and the project is set to roll with completion towards the end of March 2016. The new extended dining room will provide a single dining facility for all our boarders, and will compliment the state of art kitchen which we opened in January this year.

43A St Patrick Road: Update

The recent purchase of 43A St Patrick Road by the King Edward Educational Trust, courtesy of old boy generosity, has seen a flurry of activity in rendering the residence and its gardens ready for the first educator occupants later this year. Work has included:

•Repainting of the interior and exterior
•Total replacement of gutters
•Renovation of kitchen
•Upgrading perimeter security
•Extensive makeover of gardens, including deforesting of areas that were overgrown as a result of years of neglect, but coupled with the benefits of a high yielding borehole irrigation system

The end result is an asset for the Prep and High School to be proud of – the pictures tell the story.

The images taken on a lovely sunny afternoon at the Schools new house - awaiting the imminent arrival of our educator occupants.

Well done to all involved in this project!

Old Edwardians Society reflect on last quarter of events for 2015!
'2016 will not only herald in a new year but the dawning of a new era for the Society', writes Mike Dunk of the Old Edwardians Society.

At a Special General Meeting held on 16 November the members voted overwhelmingly for the proposed redevelopment of the club to go ahead. This will see, amongst other additions, an Astro hockey field, new tennis courts and swimming pool, a modern cricket pavilion and a brand new club house.

All this will take time but work is expected to commence early in the New Year with the whole project being completed by the end of 2018.

The Old Edwardian Society SGM Vote Report 2015.pdf

Both hockey and mini hockey had successful seasons with our Premier league team again finishing third. The play-offs at the end of the season were only played a month after league had finished which resulted is not being able to field a full strength side against Wanderers in the semi-final. Despite leading 4-0 at half time we only managed a draw in the end and lost the penalty shootout. We did bounce back to beat Jeppe to secure third place.

“Considering the number of injuries we had during the season, a top three finish was good” said coach Thornton McDade.

The Mini Hockey section continues to grow. Training and coaching sessions were held each Saturday morning and they took part in four Festivals throughout the season. We fielded teams from under 5 through under 13. This is the life blood of the hockey club and it is so gratifying to see so many children taking part and enjoying the game. With the experience of playing in the Festivals, most players and teams have improved their own game as well as becoming a cohesive unit as a team.

With the advent of the Astro turf pitch within the new Development, this section is set to grow in the years ahead. It may be wishful thinking but we may even be able to renew the glory years in the 1980s’ when both our mens and ladies hockey teams were a force to be reckoned with not only in the Province, but the country.

The mens tennis team won the Premier league in the Gauteng Central league with the ladies finishing as runners up to Bryanston Sports club.

With the advent of summer, the cricket season is in full swing. Our Premier league team got off to a shaky start losing their first two matches, but bounced back to win three on the trot to kindle hopes of another league title. But with UJ still ruling the roost on that front, plus an unexpected loss to Delfos, this thought was quickly and sadly, extinguished.

They will now play the Time competition from January, a competition that has usually suited us.

Onwards and upwards for the OES Clubs, as all parties look ahead with new promise and projects to tackle!

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