Strenue - June 2012
King Edward VII School Rowers represent South Africa in Belgium
Three King Edward VII School learners representing South African School’s Rowing, competed at the Ghent Senior and Ghent Junior International Rowing Regattas in Ghent, Belgium on 5 and 6 May 2012.  Three members of staff, Mr. Dennis Howard, Mr. Ed Goodier and Mr. Trevor Dedlow toured with the squad as coaches.

The South African squad delivered some excellent performances bringing home several gold medals and the Under Sixteen Eights trophy.
The boys also had an opportunity to experience some sightseeing and some of the culture in Belgium.

Our congratulations go to Dylan McCann, who received two gold medals in the U16 eight, Marco Dos Santos, who rowed in the U16 four and Michael Spezialetti who coxed the second eight in Belgium.

All three boys have been awarded their U16 Gauteng Provincial colours. Congratulations to our King Edward rowers Dylan McCann, Marco Dos Santos & Michael Spezialetti, we are very proud of your efforts and achievements!

Rowing Eight winning the u18 Eights, Dylan McCann 2nd from right.

Images of Ghent boys experienced.

Marco Dos Santos in action
King Edward VII School Hockey triumph at Aitken and Monk Tournaments
Aitken Cup Champions 2012: By Mr Da Mata

King Edward VII School Hockey is alive and well after a fantastic term of results! King Edward VII School 1st XI are the 2012 Aitken Cup Champions defeating Noordeheuwel in a very tense and exciting final at Randburg, taking the title in a penalty shoot-out! The u16's were crowned Monk Cup Champions 2012 after defeating St Stithians 1-0 in the final and the u15's were semi-finalists in the Boden Tournament losing to Krugersdorp High School.

King Edward VII School has had a proud history in the Aitken Cup winning it on several occasions. The last 5 years have been particularly fruitful winning the trophy twice and being runners up on 2 other occasions.

Being the winners in 2011 King Edward VII School went into the 2012 tournament as top seeds. We were placed in Pool A together with Northcliff, Trinity House and HS Monument.

In the opening game things didn’t go to plan losing 2-1 to Northcliff. We bounced backing beating Trinity House (4-1) and Monument (5-0). This ensured we qualified for the quarter finals finishing 2nd in our pool.

In the Quarter-finals we met St John's College. The score after extra time was 0-0 so into flicks. In an exciting shoot out King Edward scraped through.
In the Semi finals we met St Stithians winning the game 2-0.

In the final we met Noordheuwel. They were the surprise package of the tournament. After being promoted to the A section this year they managed to scrape some good results together. The final was a tight affair. We were one down for much of the game equalising towards the end of the game. Back to shoot out and we managed to scrape home.

In the 37 year history of the tournament King Edward VII School have now won it 9 times. An outstanding achievement!

Well done to ALL the hockey boys on these amazing results, we are so very proud of you. Thank you to the coaches, support team and the King Edward VII School Red Army for their support during the 2012 Hockey season. 

Daniel Bell, Captain of the 1st XI receiving the Aitken Trophy, along with 1st XI Hockey Coach, Mark Saunders

Monk Cup Champions 2012

In 2007 it was decided to move the Boden cup from U16 to U15. This left a hole for U16 hockey in Johannesburg. Parktown Boys decided to host an U16 Top 8 Cup competition called the Monk cup which runs simultaneously with the Aitken Cup (U18) and Boden cup (now U15). Invites are sent to the top 8 schools based on the previous years results at U15 level.

King Edward VII School has a proud record in the short history of the Monk Cup winning the tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2010, losing in the final in 2011 to Jeppe and placed 3rd in inaugural year in 2007.

This year King Edward VII School was placed in pool A with Noordhewel, Krugersdorp and St Stithians. We managed comfortable wins against Northcliff (7-0)and Noordhewel(10-0). M du plessis scoring 5 goals in the latter game. In the 3rd game we managed to grind out a 2-0 victory over St Stithians. The results don’t reflect the closeness of the game.

In the semi final we played St Benedicts winning 3-1. In the final we met St Stithians again and as in the pool game it was a close game. The deadlock was broken halfway through the 2nd half when T Winslow scored a reverse stick cracker. The score remained at 1-0 and King Edward won the Monk cup for the 4th time in 5 years.

M Du Plessis won the top goal scorer prize and M Dos Santos was defender of the tournament.

U16A Monk Cup Champions 2012
Homecoming Day a resounding success!
Report back by Governing Body Chairman- Mr Jonathan Gerber

Saturday the 26th May was a watershed day. It was our first ever King Edward VII School Old Boys Homecoming day. Our 80 year old Teddy was up in the Rob Wray pavilion for everyone to see and most importantly our Old Boys were out in force. What a day, the sun was out and our boys were primed to do their best. Our supporters were well mannered, respectful of our opponents and our boys were a fine advertisement for our proud School.

The school grounds were impeccable, our boys greeted everyone with sincerity and impeccable manners and the results were spectacular on the day. Most notably our Reds of 2012 and our 1st XI Hockey boys put in sparkling performances on the day to make our old Boys go home with a smile on the faces and a twinkle in the eye. The Teddy Bears Arms has never been busier and the festivities ran long into the night. The Reunions taking place also made it special and Friday morning’s assembly was a truly emotional moment with many “Sons of this place” returning for the first time in many a year.

Our first Homecoming day showed what a force our Old Boy Army is and will continue to be. What saddens me to a degree is how very few contribute and pay annual subscriptions to the Old Boys' Association. Many of you saw how special our school continues to be and it can only continue in this vein with your support and commitment. Likewise the Old Boys' Association office and all the good work that Derron does can only work if funded correctly. My request is to urge as many Old Boys as possible to join the Association, it is but one small part of our magnificent School. But it is however an integral part that continues to work hard on our behalf and for the School.

I was extremely proud that we managed to pull off a day of this magnitude and of how many Old Boys we got back for the very first time. Homecoming day will become a tradition, we all know how much us King Edward Boys love tradition! So until next year’s homecoming day please remember that you are always welcome back. Please join the Association and always be proud of the fact that you attended one of the finest if not the finest schools in the country.

Sons of this place, let this of you be said. That those of you who live are worthy of your dead.
Go School.

King Edward VII School excels at Cultural Events in Term 2-report by Mrs Mania
There have been some exciting developments in the Cultural and Outreach spheres of King Edward in the last few months.

Aqeel Wadee and Tristan Marot in Grade 11 entered the second annual MOOT Court competition run by the University of Pretoria, and made it to the semi final rounds. Aqeel Wadee and Verushen Coopoo have been elected the new Johannesburg Junior Councillors for 2012/2013. Verushen was further elected to the position of Chairperson of the Youth Awareness portfolio on the Council.

The Junior and Student Council representatives form the leadership of KESFAM (fund-raising) and KESCO (co-ordination and outreach). Through School initiatives KESCO have been busy collecting items for distribution to charitable organisations. Around 2000 Easter eggs were collected in the first term and donated to Phutaditjaba in Alex, the Orlando Children’s Home in Soweto, the Salvation Army and the St Mary’s Children’s Home in Rosettenville. Term 2’s collection of canned food and old clothing has been going very slowly and will be extended into Term 3. We were however able to make a generous donation of blankets to Rotary Orange Grove and Oliver’s House in Daveyton. KESFAM also held a successful Mother’s Day promotion to raise funds.

KESCO co-ordinated a blood-drive where 91 units of much-needed blood, was collected. They also ran an ID book drive in conjunction with Home Affairs. 

King Edward welcomed back Old Boys at two reunions in May where the Choir who entertained the group during assembly were able to show off some of their new repertoire. The annual World Knowledge Olympiad was written by 22 boys, sadly a poorly supported event. The Pipe Band recently travelled to Amanzimtoti for the annual South Coast gathering and have played at many Saturday gatherings. The A and B Chess teams have notched up some fine wins such as the matches against Jeppe Boys’ and Waverley Girls’, ((8 – 0) in both instances). The B team also won the 5-a-side B League. Well done chaps!

One truly magnificent achievement has come from the Dramatics Society who staged their production of Blackout in May in the Hugh Wilson Theatre as well as at the Wits theatre for the RAPS festival. We are thrilled to announce that King Edward, while garnering a number of merit awards and nominations on the way, beat 39 schools to win this year’s RAPS; a fine achievement as this is only our third year of participation. Congratulations to Thomas Braithwaite who was judged the festival’s Best Actor for 2012. We also congratulate all the Drama boys on a fine achievement and thank those behind the scenes contributors for their tireless efforts to help make this win possible.


KEPS News & report back on Cultural activities!
This has already been an interesting and busy year at K.E.P.S! Not only do we have our usual exciting level of sports, our culturals are going from strength to strength and in Mr Foote’s retirement year, we have a range of additional activities, making this year the busiest yet!

Our team this year is doing exceptionally well, having won all their matches this season. Chess has become a very popular cultural this year with a much higher turn out than usual and some top-class players, including Shaun Jolliffe who was part of the Under 12B team who won a bronze medal at the Nationals in December last year.

The Grade 7 boys approached the teachers this year with the ‘Y Campaign’. They wanted to host a shave-a-thon in honour of their classmate, who was battling leukaemia, and raise money for CANSA. With the help of a fantastic group of Moms, they shaved heads and spray painted hair all morning long and managed to raise an incredible R14 800-00! Equally as wonderful, the Grade 7 boys soon found out that their classmate’s bone marrow transplant was successful and is now recovering, slowly but surely.

Mr Foote
As it is Mr Foote’s last year as Principal of K.E.P.S, there are many interesting and unusual events happening throughout the year. The first of these has been Mr Foote’s day with the Grade 0s who held the ‘John Foote Golf Tournament’ in May. We may have seen the next Gary Player emerging under such great tutelage! The Grade 2s also had a morning with our headmaster, who enjoyed the boy’s ‘edible art’, which was themed around his two favourite animals; ducks and fish. There are many more events lined up as well as a few other surprises!

KEPS Chess boys in action

KEPS Shave-a-thon
School Hall of Fame to be a new feature with YOUR help!
A wise old schoolmaster at a traditional boys’ public school in England once said: “Every boy needs at least one teacher who makes a difference to his life.”
The history of King Edward’s is crammed with legendary teachers who have made a difference to generations of boys. Indeed, at our school it has often been the case that an individual has encountered several inspirational teachers who have each in their own way made a defining difference.

Older generations of Old Boys will remember men like Teddy Mills, Ted Gordon and Darby Whyte, and the trio of Jack Muller, Dan Henning and Jan Hofmeyr, who together served the School for around 130 years. A no less remarkable contribution was provided by Hugh Wilson (55 years unbroken service, a record), John Hurry, Hilde Fock and Brian Kerr. More recently, men like Paul Edey and Chris Moffat made their presence felt. Some teachers were at the school for the relatively short time, but became legends among those they taught: they include Malcolm Armstrong, Joseph Sherman and Ben Brooks.

We have decided to acknowledge these awesome contributions by establishing a staff Hall of Fame. This will have a physical presence in the new museum, as well as a place on the website – which of course allows for unlimited additions and extensions. Admission to the Hall of Fame is simple: a teacher needs to be nominated by an Old Boy, parent or teacher, and the nominators simply need to justify their choice – ideally by supplying anecdotes that preserve the personality and works of an inspiring teacher. These can then be added to by others. The Hall will be coordinated by David Williams.

You are invited to nominate to the Hall of Fame any teacher who made a difference. Please send info and photos to Lisa Slooten at:
News & Highlights from The Old Edwardian Society

Two of the most popular and prestigious sub clubs of the Old Edwardian Society, cricket and hockey, will be holding a joint 90th anniversary dinner at the Society’s club house in September.

Both clubs have been at the forefront of the Society’s success over a number of years, and have produced many South African players in both codes. There is also a lot of synergy between the two sections as a vast number of players play or have played both sports.

This past season the cricket club won Premier league, and 2012 sees the resuscitation of hockey.

Not only have Society members been chosen for their country, but the vast majority of them are ex pupils of the school. So far 24 members have played cricket for South Africa, led by the current captain of the Test team, Graeme Smith. Add to that illustrious names such as the father and son combination of Kevin and Neil McKenzie, Lee Barnard, Hugh Page, Ray Jennings, Paul Winslow, and the first member of the Society to receive National selection, S J Pegler in 1928.

On the hockey front, 11 players have played for their country. Steve Jaspan heads the list as he then went on to serve the sport both at National level and subsequently, International level. Marshal Page and Ponky Firer are also products of the school.

The details of the dinner are as follows:

DATE:    Thursday 20 September 2012.

TIME:    19H00 for 19H30

VENUE:   The Memorial Hall

PRICE:   A discounted price for those who book prior to 31 July of R150, thereafter R200 per person.

Further details of the evening will be posted on the Old Edwardian web site between now and the date of the dinner, in the meantime electronic payments can be made as follows:

NAME OF THE ACCOUNT: The Old Edwardian Society

BANKERS:    FNB Killarney Code 256205

ACCOUNT NUMBER: 6207 1433 115

We look forward to welcoming many former cricketers from the Society, and the school, at what promises to be a memorable function.

"Kevin McKenzie, Graeme Pollock and Ray Jennings at the cricket 75th anniversary dinner ."

1990/91 Old Eds third team captained by Alan Lawson (front) with future South African player Neil McKenzie  (back row second from left) and prominent player George Pothas with pads on.


On the third Friday of each month Pat Cotter, as Convenor of Happy Hour, organizes a guest speaker. For the next three months those due to speak are:

June 15: Aki Anastasio the Radio 702 Traffic man.

July 20:  Paul O’Sullivan, formerly head of security for ACSA, and subsequently involved with private investigation including some high profile businessmen. This could be quite controversial.

October 19: The outgoing Headmaster of King Edward VII School, Mr Mike Fennell. 

The cost is just R5 which includes snacks and a lucky draw, and proceedings get under way from 17h30. There is supper available afterwards.

This is an open invitation to anyone from the school, any Old Boys and teachers, who would like to attend.

An innovation this year has been the Inter Sub Club quiz night. Each sub club will take a turn at hosting the evening, and the first was held in January with 15 tables of around 10 people. The first winners were from the hockey section, who in fact hosted the evening!

Travis White proved to be an enthusiastic quiz master, aided and abetted by Gareth Taylor.

The second quiz was held in May, hosted by the tennis section and 80 people attended, with the cricket club table the winners.

This event now looks set for a permanent place on our social calendar.

 Comrades Report back by Mike Dunk

There were 16 runners from the Society who lined up in Pietermaritzburg at the start of this years Comrades marathon, the “blue ribbon” event in the South African road running calendar.

Of those at the start, six where running for the first time. A daunting task lay ahead.

The first Old Eds running to finish was James Clark who collected his second silver medal in as many years, finishing in 07; 13; 30, just four minutes outside last years time.

Two runners achieved their best times in the race, Mark Daws by a massive 47 minutes. Mark’s previous best was an “up run”, and his time this year belies the fact that the “down run” is in fact harder. Russell Harris finished 12 minutes ahead of his personal best time.

Tom Webster was making his “come back” not having run the race since 1993. He was joined by his son, James running his second Comrades. Although Tom finished the race in just over 11 hours, James was unable to complete the race.

Of the novice runners, the most spectacular run was by Tim Johnston, who is known mainly as a squash player. His time of just over 10 and a quarter hours was a remarkable achievement for someone not knowing the course, and who has not tested himself over that distance. The other novices to finish were Antonio Lopes, Josh Apfel and Gordon Kerr. The most experienced runner, Albert Fayard completed his 27th Comrades.

The full results are:


351 James Clark 07; 13; 30
5324 Tim Johnston 10; 19; 46
5742 John Carruthers 10; 27; 15
6680 Linda Icely 10; 43; 38
6843 Greg Bortz 10; 45; 48
6902 Antonio Lopes 10; 46; 22
7757 Mark Daws 10; 55; 31
8305 Trevor Webster 11; 09; 42
8926 Albert Fayard 11; 23; 32
9011 Russell Harris 11; 24; 46
9355 Josh Apfel 11; 30; 07
9780 Gordon Kerr 11; 35; 24
11279 Simon Naylor 11; 51; 01

Comrades 2012 Moments & Memories:

Old Boys' Reunion Dates & Reminders

 1951, 1952, 1953  9-11 November 2012  Bruce McMurray
 1972  9-11 November 2012  Billy Foster
 1977  9-11 November 2012  Digby Holdsworth
Keith Eldridge

Reminder dates

The Old Boys Association & 300 Club Gatherings

29 August 2012
26 September 2012
31 October 2012
28 November 2012

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

Old Boys Association Registration
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Class of 1971, 1987 & 1992 Reunions Photos:

King Edward Teddington introduced! Place your order today.
King Edward Teddington has been introduced to the King Edward VII School Community and if you would like to own your own King Edward Teddy, please get your order in today! Calling all Old Boys, Parents, King Edward VII School boys and friends of King Edward VII School to order King Edward Teddington Bear before stocks run out, as there will only be a limited amount ordered. C'mon the Teddy Bears!

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