Strenue - Strenue June 2014
Thank you for 'Sharing Our Spirit' at KES FEST 2014!
The King Edward VII School Easter Festival 2014 took place from 17-21 April. It was a stupendous event that was well attended and supported by Old Boys, friends and visitors to King Edward VII School.

The Festival is renowned for its unique `family` flavour and is considered an annual pilgrimage for multitudes of old boys, and friends of the School. Senior rugby and hockey teams, as well as enthusiastic Primary School teams showcased their skills over a period of 3 days. 36 teams participated  and provided visitors and supporters with a feast of top class schoolboy sport.

There were some mighty clashes of skills and talent shown on both the hockey astro and main REDS field and the Juniors showed the wealth of talent in junior schoolboy rugby.

Headmaster, Mr Lovatt aptly tweeted after the event: 'Thank you to the entire Reds community for all your hard work this Fest, you are undoubtedly the best there is! Proud Head!'
Thank you to our naming sponsor Standard Bank for all their support and contribution to KES FEST 2014 and all our other sponsors, sincere appreciation.

To all who gave up their Easter weekend to work at KES FEST 2014, you are simply fantastic and there is no army, like the RED ARMY of King Edward VII School.

For full results click on the given link:


To all the participating school's that traveled far and wide to attend our festival, we thank you for your competition, attendance, but mostly for your friendship shared! Till 2015, we wish you success and enjoyment in your upcoming hockey and rugby fixtures.


Please visit our 'GALLERIES' tab to view many images from KES FEST 2014


SEE YOU ALL BACK IN 2015- FOR KES FEST 2015. The Festival Committee is already hard at work, planning and organising an array of events to be enjoyed by all of our visitors, friends and Old Boys of King Edward!

Cultural Events and Highlights from Term 2!
Mrs Mania, Director of Culturals reports back as follows on another busy term on the Cultural front with the following highlights to report:

The Pipe Band season began in May with the band travelling to Amanzimtoti and competing in the Gauteng Championships, where we achieved a second overall. This is great accomplishment given that the band did not competing last year. At the Celtic Fest Individual competition, Brian Mola achieved 1st place in the junior snare drum competition and Luke Campkin-Smith achieved 4th place in the junior piping competition.

 40 Boys wrote the national World Knowledge Olympiad in May.

The second blood drive collected 65 units of blood which was below our usual rate but this was due to it being scheduled on a busy sport practice day.

The Music Society entered the Battle of the Bands at St Mary’s School where they played their way to the semi-finals.

The Dramatics Society staged a performance of ‘Dad’s Army’ in the Hugh Wilson theatre in May which they subsequently entered into the annual RAPS festival. The boys performed well and their entertaining performance saw them going through to the semi-finals with a number of merit certificates: Acting for Matthew Titterton and Christian Zogby, Directing- Malcolm Meintjes and nominations for Best Costumes- Jonathan Green and Malcolm Meintjes and  Best Actor for Viashen Govender.

Our Junior and Senior Debating teams participated in the Preliminary Rounds of the SACEE Debating League. Although we did not proceed any further the boys need to be commended for their enthusiasm and participation. Our boys have been so fortunate in receiving additional assistance and coaching from experienced WITS debaters and adjudicators. I would like to encourage our boys to take part in Debating as its benefits can be immeasurable. Debating will still continue in Terms 3 and 4. Please confer with Mrs Claro about practice times.

On 24 April, 63 boys and 3 educators went to Johannesburg Correctional Services (Sun City prison) for the morning. It was an eye opening and hard-hitting educational experience.

As a measure of solidarity concerning the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls (Bring our girls back), King Edward signed the GDE petition with 840 signatures and we initiated a white ribbon drive (in conjunction with KEPS) to collect money which will be donated to the Epic Foundation which assists abused women. This drive will continue next term and link into our Women’s Day campaign. These ribbons cost R5 and may be worn on the blazer lapel.

KESCO have been assisting our Head Prefect, John Fourie, to collect canned food for the Phoenix Foundation. This is an annual collection and each can donated is matched by a large company where after the food is distributed to the needy. We have had a good response thus far but need your assistance to make a difference to those who are hungry. We have also been collecting beanies, gloves, scarves and socks for the young children at Oliver’s House in Daveyton and the usual ongoing collection of bedding, clothing, shoes etc for Kid’s Haven. All these donations can be brought to the front office or to Mrs Mania in the I T lab.

9000 Easter eggs were collected thanks to the generosity of the boys and their parents and donated to thirteen different charities. We will be donating blankets through Rotary to the Boikanyo Trust who will distribute them to the squatter camps in Soweto.

We have established a vegetable garden here at School. The boys work in the garden as part of their LO curriculum and also as a community service project. The produce harvested will be given to soup kitchens. If any parent can help with donations of any kind it would be much appreciated. Please contact Mr Northcroft directly (
Our 'Dream Team' setting the pace at Cross Country Meets!
King Edward VII School Cross Country Teams were selected at both Junior and Senior level (only all boys school to achieve this) to represent Central Districts in the Inter League Championship on Friday 6 June at Rietvlei Zoo.

The top three teams in each category competed on Friday 6 June at Rietvlei Zoo.

Top three teams standings are currently:

Junior boys: King Edwards, Helpmekaar, Affies

Senior boys: Pretoria Boys, King Edwards, Jeppe

At this meeting, the King Edward VII School Juniors again finished in 1st Overall and our Juniors placed 1st to 5th individually! Our Juniors have aptly been named the 'Dream Team' and at the rate they are performing currently, it is fitting in recognition of their recent results.

Our Seniors finished 2nd Overall at the Meet.

Following athletes were chosen for Central Districts team competed in Inter Districts on the 2 June at Delta Park:


Tiro Mosweu

Sebastian Freeman

Dylan Curtis

Mogomutsi Nxumalo

Keagan Shellard


Thabang Mantsho

Mandla Ntlumayo 

Nndivhuwiseni Mulaudzi 

Results from 2 June Meet:

Juniors finished: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th.
Seniors finished: 1st, 7th and 10th.

KES Junior Central District Athletes:

L-R: K Shellard, S Freeman, T Mosweu, D Curtis, M Nxumalo

The Central Districts Team is made up of 40 athletes from all the competing schools. King Edward VII School have 8 athletes in that team.


Bottom left : Thabang Mantsho , Bottom middle: Mogomutsi Nxumalo, Bottom right: Dylan Curtis
Middle left: Keegan Shellard, Middle right: Tiro Mosweu
Top left: Mandla Ntlumayo, Top middle: Sebastian Freeman, Top right: Nndivhuwiseni Mulaudzi

The KES Junior Team have certainly set the pace at all the District Meets, placing individually 1st to 5th every week. Back to back wins placing the King Edward Team, no 1 overall.

KES Junior Cross Country Team:

Congratulations to all the lads selected. Good luck and may the wind be behind your back and the win within your sight.

King Edward's Pipe Band marching to a new tune!
The King Edward VII School Pipe Band has over the past few weeks competed in various gatherings and are showing sound and steady improvement. At  the De La Salle Highland Gathering on Saturday, 31 May, our Pipe Band achieved 2nd place overall.The drum corps received a 3rd place and Niel Erasmus achieved 5th in the Drum Major Competition. At the Pretoria Gathering on the 14 June our KES lads finished 4th overall.

At the Celtic Fest Highland Games our lads achieved a fourth place overall, with the drum corps achieving a 3rd. And on  the Sunday event, 18 May, an individual competition was held and Luke Campkin-Smith achieved 4th place in the Junior Piper section and Brian Mola walked away as the Champion Junior drummer of the day.

The band is available for hire for any functions: weddings, funerals and corporate functions – ranging from a piper to a full marching band.

For further information please contact:
Gareth McLuckie - 072 808 6330

Congratulations to our lads, we are very proud of your efforts.

Provincial Honours for our Hockey and Rugby players!
Congratulations to the following King Edward VII School rugby players on their selection to the following teams:


Lions u18 Academy Team:

Lions u18 Academy XV Team:

Welpies Lions u19 Team:

Congratulations to the 27 King Edward VII School hockey players selected to Provincial Teams from the u18- u14 age groups.

2014 Provincial Players:

C Swanepoel

A Mussini
C Langdon
D Phoshoko
D Wiehe

S Moyo
M Van Buuren

M Corado
U Maartens
S Miene

S Bruwer
K Karr
R Jollivet
S Naidoo
M Newland Nell

J Frack
B Spratt

C Amadi-Echendu
B Bester
K Coker
J Finlay
O Hurter
K Kruger
M van den Berg

I Crawshaw
R Selepe

D Gopal


Well done to all our rugby and hockey lads on their provincial selection and all the very best for upcoming fixtures!
Old Boys' Reunion Dates and Reminders!
The following reunions and dates for the remainder of 2014. Please send your updated contact details to:

Class of 1964 Douglas Armstrong and Derron van Eeden
Class of 1959 Jack Lurie
Class of 1984 Clive McKenzie
Class of 1999 – Greg Parkin  

King Edward VII School Spring Ball 20 September 2014
King Edward Association Golf Day 07 November 2014

Red Brothers reunited at Reunion Weekend in May!
King Edward VII School welcomed home their Old Boys from the Classes of 1974, 1989, 1994 and 2004 on Friday, 9 May for the start of the Reunion Weekend!

The reunion groups celebrating their 40th, 25th, 20th and 10 years reunion respectively were in fine form as they gathered in the School Quad for the morning assembly with the school. Following the assembly the Old Boys gathered in the quad to do the war cry along with the school, it was loud, proud and full of red passion!

This photo is of 4 Old Boys with their sons currently at KES-continuing the tradition and history!
Wayne Boardman, Tyler Viadana, Max Meurs, Marcus Meurs, Stephen Westphal, Bradley Westphal, Brett Wescott & Alex Westcott

KES Old Boys making headlines and 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:

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Zakhele Mbhele (Class of 2002) is a Member of Parliament of the Democratic Alliance in the National Assembly. Mbhele served as Media Liaison Officer for Western Cape Premier Helen Zille from November 2011 to May 2014. In the 2014 general election, Mbhele was elected to parliament.

Below is a photograph of Zakhele at the swearing in ceremony that took place on the 21 May. Alongside Zakhele are DA caucus members, Marius Redelinghuys and Toby Chance. 

Congratulations Zakhele! The King Edward Community wish you a successful term of office.

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Luke Eric Schmidt (Class of 2007) has for the past 7 years been studying Chiropractic at UJ (like so many King Edward Old Boys before him). Two years ago he was nominated to join the UJ chapter of World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS-an International Student Congress of all the Universities), around the World that offer Chiropractics as a course. Luke went to Australia for this Congress as a UJ representative. Following that he lead the UJ delegation to Malaga in Spain and at the final night of the congress he was nominated and elected as the African Regional Director ,as well as President of the Worldwide Organisation of Chiropractic Students! This is quite an achievement as Luke is the first African delegate ever selected to this position. As such he will be chairing next years WCCS conference in Atlanta in the USA.

Luke Schmidt

Congratulations to King Edward Old Boy John Myburgh (Class of 1975) who has been awarded an AO in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

“Professor John A Myburgh AO, is Director of the Division of Critical Care and Trauma at the George Institute for International Health, Professor of Critical Care at the Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales and senior intensive care physician at the St George Hospital, Sydney. He holds honorary professorial appointments at University of Sydney and Monash University School of Public Health.

He has an extensive research track record over 25 years and is regarded as a national and international expert in catecholamine neurophysiology and pharmacology, trials of clinical management of traumatic brain injury, fluid resuscitation and in the development and co-ordination of multi-centred clinical studies in Intensive Care Medicine.

His list of publications and success in recurrent grant funding is in the top 1% of Intensive Care physicians in Australia and within the top 5% internationally. These include over 160 refereed research publication and 45 book chapters and monographs. He has received over $40M in grant funding including a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship in 2012 and delivered over 300 presentations at national and international scientific meetings since 1994
He is a Foundation Member and Immediate Past-Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group. In addition to his research profile, he has a long-established national profile in education in Intensive Care Medicine and was instrumental in establishing the College of Intensive Care Medicine, serving as the first elected President from 2010-2012.

In June 2014, John was recognised as an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine as an intensive and critical care practitioner, educator and researcher, and as an international innovator in patient management.”

What an honour and the King Edward Community applaud John on this award!

Congratulations to KES Old Boy, Quinton De Kock on his #CSAAward14 Castle Lager International ODI Cricketer of the Year! Well deserved Quinny! The RED Community applaud & salute you on this achievement.

Further RED cricketing legends, Stephen Cook and Neil Mc Kenzie have been confirmed by Highveld Lions as their 'Captains' for the 2014/2015 season: Stephen Cook as Captain of the Sunfoil Series and 1 Day Cup.Neil McKenzie will be Captain for the RAM SLAM T20.

Staying on the cricket pitch, KES Old Boy, Chad Barrett (Class of 2008) played his first official 1st class game for Northamptonshire against Sri Lanka during May.

On the rugby front, two King Edward VII School Old Boys, Malcolm Marx and Cyle Brink (Class of 2012) were selected to the Junior Springkbok u20 Team to tour in New Zealand to compete in the Junior World Cup. Both showed great form and class in the opening game vs Scotland with Malcolm scoring his 1st try for the Junior Boks and Cyle was very instrumental in setting up moves for following tries by his Bok team mates. Sadly though Malcolm picked-up an injury at training and was ruled out of any further games for the JWC Tournament. We congratulate Cyle and the Baby Boks as they fought their hearts out in a tense final vs England, narrowly losing out by one point, as England won 21-20 in the JWC Final. Proud of the boys!

Malcolm Marx and Cyle Brink- Baby Boks 2014

Old Boys- Malcolm Marx, Cyle Brink and Dylan Smith- in Vodacom Final

Across the globe, KES Old Boy, Chad London, Class of 2006, was named on the bench for USA Eagles Team

On the Hockey Astro, many King Edward VII School Old Boys recently featured and performed in the Inter Varsity Hockey Tournament. The Old Boys who played in their respective provinces and Varsity Teams are Daniel Bell (Western Province/Maties), Gerald Mpopo (UJ), Jason Briggs (UJ), Gary Cooper (UJ) and Nick Consalves (TUKS).

In the Varsity Cup Final it was the KES Old Boys, Gerald, Jason and Gary for UJ (pictured below) up against Daniel for Maties. The victors and 2014 Champs were the UJ lads and Gerald Mpopo was named 'Man of the Match'!

Congratulations - Greg Macleod - Class of 1995 who has been appointed team doctor for the Highlanders Rugby Union. With four degrees and a couple of postgraduate diplomas from the University of Otago, Greg Macleod has landed his dream job – as team doctor for the Highlanders.
Click on given link to read more on the interview Greg gave to the University of Otago Magazine : Greg Macleod Interview.

Greg Macleod
Calling on our RED FAMILY to join us at Spring Ball 2014!
Dear Edwardian Family

Current, past parents of King Edward and Old Boys are invited to join us at:

* COST: R400/HEAD. Tables of 10 available.
* BOOKINGS/INFO: Contact Mrs Janeen Edwards at and/or 0824997423.

Limited space, so please make your booking soon. We look forward to your company!

Old Eds Premier Cricketers shine at Gauteng Awards!
At the Gauteng Cricket Board awards evening, 15 May, for the 2013/14 season the following awards went to the club and members of the Premier league team:

Premier league team – Time Competition trophy

Gauteng Cricketer of the Year – Quinton De Kock

Gauteng Lions batsman of the Year – Stephen Cook

Gauteng Strikers batsman of the Year – Devon Conway

The Cubs trophy of the Year – to Gauteng under 19 captained by Yaseen Valli

International recognition awards were given to – Quinton De Kock, Stephen Cook and Yaseen Valli.

Congratulations to all the Old Edwardians cricketers on these fine accolades. Super to see so many Old KES Boys involved in OES Cricket Club and amongst the awards and recognition of their talents and skills.

Some images from the Gauteng Cricket Awards Evening:

K.E.P.S Term 2 Report Back from Mr Shead!
Term 2 of 2014 will be remembered as the term that wasn’t! We had spent a month at school and achieved nothing because of the way that the holidays were structured. It was a nightmare trying to get an academic routine into place and the extra mural programmes was even worse!

KEPS Easter Egg Collection

We did manage to get a reasonable session of football into the term with very pleasing results. The football season is a delightful time of the year because there are games for many boys and there is space for the boys whose co-ordination is still developing. Practices afternoons are busy times with lots of skills are being tested. Match afternoons are quite exciting and some of the parents have to be reminded that the boys are trying their best – even professionals make mistakes!

Term 2 Extra-Murals in Action!

The Rugby festival allowed our boys the pleasure of starting the season with the Reds. Again the holidays caused complications but the boys performed as if they had practiced all term. The festival is always a pleasure to attend and this year was no different. Parents trying to seat themselves so that they can watch both fields on a morning and cheering all the rugby activities makes for a lovely atmosphere.

This year we are having an Inter-house play competition. Roald Dahl’s short stories have been selected as the theme and lots of activity has been generated. Practices have been squeezed into the various nooks around the school. The idea for week is to have a cultural event every evening. The school will be adorned with art work, the boys will be making speeches and musicians will be presenting their skills before the show, during interval and after the curtain falls each evening. A whole lot of work and fun is being generated around this event.

The PTA held its annual Winter Warmer on the Friday before the winter arrived. We had no choice but to move the event to the oak trees at the tuck shop because we had 850 replies from families. Our space could not cope with that sort of number. The evening was warm in temperature and atmosphere. The PTA moms did a terrific job of providing soup and rolls with all sorts of extra delights as desert. The entry “fee” was to provide something towards the charities that the boys are supporting this year. The store room was packed to capacity and loads of “stuff” was delivered to the four charities. The generosity of the families has gone a long way to ease the harshness of winter for many folk. Once again we have ‘Shared the Spirit.’

Grade 7 Slave Action-highlight on Grade 7 calendar!
King Edward's Mr Kok appointed as Golden Lions Coach!
King Edward VII School educator, Mr Ettienne Kok and current u16A/B Rugby Coach was recently appointed as the 'Golden Lions u13 Sevens side' Coach for 2014.

Congratulations Mr Kok and all the very best for the season ahead. Go Lions! 

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