Strenue - Strenue June 2015
KES Easter Festival 2015 a success!
The King Edward VII School Easter Festival 2015 took place from 2 - 6  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 has a 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 showcase their skills over a period of 3 days. 41 teams in 2015 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: @KingEdVIISchool thank you to all who made this weekend so memorable. Safe travels to our visitors. To the Reds Community- you are the best!
Thank you to our naming sponsor Standard Bank for all their support and contribution to KES FEST 2015 and all our other sponsors, sincere appreciation.

To all who gave up their Easter weekend to work at KES FEST 2015, you are simply fantastic and there is no army, like the RED ARMY of King Edward VII School.

Congratulations to the Festival Chairman, Mr Neil Darroch, Festival Director, Ms Derron Van Eeden and the 2015 Festival Committee on another successful and enjoyable King Edward VII School Hockey and Rugby Festival.

For full results and info on KES FEST 2015 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 2016, 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 2015

SEE YOU ALL BACK IN 2016- FOR KES FEST 2016. 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!
Tradition of Academic Excellence fostered by Official Opening of Science Pavilion!

The 27th May was an auspicious occasion at King Edward VII School, as the newly renovated Science Laboratories and new Science Pavilion were officially opened. The Chairman of the Victor Daitz Foundation, Mr Sam Abrahams was on hand to officiate and cut the ribbon, and to declare the new pavilion and labs open!

The exceptional generosity of `The Victor Daitz Foundation and The Edgar Droste Trust respectively, both founded by philanthropic King Edward old boys prior to their passing, has ensured the well-being of the Physical Sciences at the School.

The `Victor Daitz Foundation`, and the `Edgar Droste Trust`, have contributed generously to the extensive upgrade of three legacy Science laboratories, and to the construction of an exceptional new outdoor laboratory, that ensures the School leads the way in terms of innovative teaching, and fittingly an environment to complement this objective. Conceived as a key component of the School`s strategic planning, and acknowledging the crucial need to contribute to improved outcomes in Science, this project was identified as a top priority need for the academic excellence imperative that is the true measure of the School`s status.

The existing laboratories were subjected to extensive makeovers in late 2014, and provide fresh and stimulating educational space for the learners to wholeheartedly embrace their chosen subject. Radical departure from the traditional Science laboratories of old, has resulted in flexible classroom space that can be adapted to optimise the teaching and learning experience. Attention to detail has been given new meaning, and the superb facilities add yet another dimension of which the School is justifiably proud.

The `Victor Daitz Foundation` and the `Edgar Droste Trust`, were appropriately acknowledged in the construct of the structure of the outdoor Science Pavilion.

The tradition of excellence continues at King Edward VII School


Some 'Before' and 'After' images of this project:


Mr Sam Abrahams – Chairman , Victor Daitz Foundation
Mrs Lynne Fišer – Trustee, Edgar Droste Trust 
Mrs Mia Peyper (Head of Science- King Edward VII School)
Ms Megan Caminsky – Victor Daitz Foundation
Mrs Joy Campkin-Smith (Architect Joy Studios)
Roy Fredrickson – Trustee, Edgar Droste Trust
Lesley Pepworth-Trustee, Edgar Droste Trust
Back: Mr David Lovatt- Headmaster King Edward VII School

Provincial Honours for our Hockey, Rugbyand Squash players!
Congratulations to the following King Edward VII School Hockey players selected to Provincial Teams on the 9 June:

C Langdon

A Mussini

B Spratt
S Mienie
R Moyo

J Finley
M van Den Berg
M Newland-Nell

B Bester
S Naidoo

T Mare
O Hurter
K Louw
T Govender
N Bouwer
R Selepe
K Coker
K Carr

D Labuschangne
I Crawshaw
N Patel
D Gopal

C McKenzie
R Rykaart
L Davies
M Rawat
K Robertson

D Chukweke
K Rust

N De Swart
W Thiel

R Metzer
L McMahon

Congratulations to our 33 players selected. Strenue for the upcoming fixtures and tournaments.

RED STICKS 1ST XI Captain Chad Langdon in action! Selected to Gauteng u18A

Congratulations to the following King Edward VII School rugby players on their selection to the final GLRU Craven, Academy and Grant Khomo Teams:

u18 Craven Week:
S Mkize
L Monokali

u18 Academy Week:
P Matlatle

u16 Grant Khomo Week:
Y Hlalu
T Gordon
K Glade

u16 Academy Week:
T Hayward
R Marussi

u16 Academy XV:
J Msipha
B Lukeleni

PUK Week (u19):
M Marussi
M Mbata


Well done to our lads! Strenue for upcoming fixtures.

KES 1ST XV players selected to Craven, Academy & PUK Week Teams 2015

Proud moments as our King Edward VII School rugby players were capped as Golden Lions players:

Congratulations to:

Senzo Mkize & Lwazi Monokali- u18 Craven Week Team

Travis Gordon (named as u16 Captain), Yanga Hlalu & Keagan Glade- u16 Grant Khomo Week Team

Mr Carl Spilhaus was named as a Craven Week Coach.

Strenue to our RED rugby players, play with pride, passion and red spirit for the Golden Lions.

REDS players- Senzo Mkize & Lwazi Monokali capped u18 Golden Lions

Travis Gordon-u16 Captain Golden Lions. Along with Yanga Hlalu-u16 Golden Lions

Keagan Glade- u16 Golden Lion and REDS 1st XV Coach named as Craven Week u18 Coach
Applause and Congratulations to our King Edward VII School Squash players as they were capped at the Gauteng capping ceremony.

Well done and Strenue to:

Andrew Berry, KES educator Mr Bradd Lodge, Michael Berry and Makhosonke Ntuli.

Good luck to all at Inter Provincials and to Mr Lodge and Makho who were both selected to play Jarvis for Gauteng.

Go School.

Mr Lodge and Makho who were both selected to play Jarvis for Gauteng.

Sporting Excellence recognised in Term 2!
King Edward's cricketers selected to SA U19 Squad!

Congratulations to King Edward VII School cricketers on their selection to SA u19 Team to face Bangladesh from 28 June- 21 July:

* Tony De Zorzi- named Captain for SA u19
* Liam Smith

Well done lads- wonderful achievement! Strenue for upcoming tour.

Liam Smith and Tony De Zorzi

Congratulations to King Edward VII School 1st Team cricketer, Liam Smith on been named, 'The Gauteng u17 Boys Player of the Year' at  Gauteng Cricket Awards evening.

Fantastic achievement Liam- your School applauds.
Further awards also went to KES Old Boys and Old Edwardian cricketers: Stephen Cook (Gauteng Batsman of the Year) and Neil McKenzie (Gauteng Cricketer of the Year).
Huge applause and congratulations to our Red cricketers.


Congratulations to King Edward VII School 1st Squash Team on winning the 'Top Schools Tournament':

The tournament started on Friday, 29 May at St Stithians College and after winning all our games were crowned the no 1 School in Central Gauteng.

Our lads will now compete in the SA Nationals Tournament in August.

KES Team:
Makhosonke Ntuli, Timothy Hendricks, Kelvin Van Baalen, Yakov Schleider, Andrew Berry, Michael Berry & Amukelani Zitha.

Top Schools Tournament Results:
Vs. St. Stithians 17-7; Vs. St. John's 20-5; Vs. Parktown Boys' High 16-7; Vs. Invitational/Egoli 18-5 & Vs. Northcliff High 15-3.

Well done lads and Coach Bradd Lodge, Mr Eugene Marx (Sports Director) on this fantastic achievement and great set of results. Go School.

KES Squash Players selected to Central Gauteng Teams!

Congratulations to our King Edward VII School Squash players on their recent selection to the Central Gauteng Teams and the fantastic performances at the Gauteng Closed Squash Tournament.

Makho Ntuli won the u19 section. He beat Wayne Sithole of Parktown Boys' in the final and he remains no 1 in the Gauteng Ranking.

Andrew Berry came 12th overall in the u19 section. He has now moved up 4 rankings after this great performance. He also won the award for 'The Most Improved Junior Male Player' for Central Gauteng during 2015.

Michael Berry came 2nd in the u16 section, this only his first year competiting in the u16 age group. He is now ranked no 2 in Gauteng u16.

Amu Zitha played in the u14 section and won the u14 age group. He is ranked no 1 in Gauteng u14.

Makho and Andrew have both been selected for the u19 Central Gauteng squad for the upcoming Inter Provincials in Cape Town.

Michael has been selected to the u16 Central Gauteng Squad for upcoming Inter Provincials in Bloemfontein. Amu has been selected for the u14 Central Gauteng squad for Inter Provincials to be held in Gauteng.

K.E.P.S players Joshua vd Wath and Nicholas Johnstone were also selected to their Inter Provincial sides.

Wow!! Fantastic achievements by our RED Squash players. The future of King Edward Squash looks to be great hands. Go School.

KES Cross Country athletes selected to Central District Team!

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Cross Country athletes selected to the Central Districts Team:

Front row: Justin Dreyer, Marcel Jonosky, Dino Claro, Pierluigi Palma, Dylan Curtis & Tiro Mosweu.
Back Row: Keagan Shellard, Nndivuwiseni Mulaudzi, Glody Kabwe, Kyle Caknis, Mogomutsi Nxumalo & Thabang Mansho.

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Cross Country Team on winning the Inter District Meet hosted by Pretoria Boys' on Friday 5 June.
Our athletes have being sublime this season with our Junior Team remaining unbeaten!
At the 5 June Meet both our Senior and Junior Teams placed 1st for Central Districts.
Really proud of this group of athletes and deserved accolades and praise to team and coach.

On the 1 June they took part in the Inter Districts Meet at Rietvlei.

Senior Team Placings:
1st- T Mantsho
5th- K Shellard
10th- N Mulaudzi
12th- K Caknis
16th- G Kabwe

Junior Team Placings:
4th- M Jonosky
5th- D Curtis
9th- T Mosweu
13th- P Palma
20th- D Claro
31st- J Dreyer


Back left to right : Kyle Caknis, Keagan Shellard, Nndivuwiseni Mulaudzi, Mogomotsi Nxumalo, Thabang Mantsho.
Front left to right: Dino Claro, Justin Dryer, Marcel Jonosky, Dylan Curtis, Tiro Mosweu, Pierluigi Palma.

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Grade 11 learner and red oarsman, Thabelo Masutha on his selection to the South African Schools Rowing Squad!

Thabelo our 'gentle giant' is only 15 years old and competing as an u16 won the u18 single sculls at the National Championships at Roodeplaat over the weekend of the 30th of April. With that win Thabelo set a new u16 course record!

Thabelo took part in the tour to the UK in April 2015.

King Edward VII School athlete, Patrick Duvenage selected to ASA Team:

Patrick was selected to represent South Africa at the World Youth Championship in Colombia from the 15-19 July.

He competed in 2 x events - discus and shot put in the u17 age group.

King Edward's Tennis Players selected to SA Teams:

Well done to King Edward VII School 1st Team Tennis player, Cameron Petersen on his selection to SA Schools u19 Tennis Team. Cameron and the SA Schools Team will tour overseas later this year. Cameron also during the holidays won the Boys u16 Doubles Title in the SA National Junior Championships held in Bloemfontein.

Cameron Petersen

Grade 9 learner, Kevin Dlamini was also selected to the SA u14 Team. Kevin will represented Tennis South Africa in Mozambique and Botswana during May.

KES learners selected to Schools Water Polo South African Teams!

Following the u16 National training/selection camp that was held in Durban from 9-10 April, the following King Edward VII learners were selected to the u16 SWPSA (Schools Water Polo South Africa) Teams:

Photo: Daniel Klein (u16B SWPSA), Ethan Coryndon-Baker (u16A SWPSA), Travis Gordon (u16A SWPSA) & Jadin Leca (u16B SWPSA).

In addition Liam Savenije was selected as a non-travelling reserve.

Congratulations lads and all the best for your tour to Serbia and Malta.
KES Old Boy Gregg Clark workshops with Red Sticks!
King Edward VII Old Boy, ex SA Hockey Coach, SA National player, Head Coach of India League's Ranchi Rhinos, Gregg Clark (Class of 1988) was at King Edward's astro on the 26 May to workshop with our 1st and u16A/B Teams.

Gregg amongst all his achievements such as SA Head Hockey Coach for 6 years, played for SA that finished 10th at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He was also present at the Atlanta Games in 1996. Gregg also holds the record in the being the Most Capped National Player. In 2013 he was appointed Head Coach of Hockey League's Ranchi Rhinos. Gregg explained his time in India was a short term contract and he now resides in Cape Town and is coaching at UCT.

Gregg a passionate Old Boy, will work with the Red Sticks in intense skills workshops on a weekly basis, as and when the need arises.

What a privilege for our lads to learn from one of the best in the world!

Thank you Gregg for sharing your skills, time and passion for KES hockey with us.

Cultural Events and Highlights from Term 2!
The Cultural activities for Term 2 include the following highlights:

The Chess boys had a very busy term 2. They participated in two leagues, playing matches on Mondays and Tuesdays. The A and B teams were placed 2nd (out of 12 competing schools) and 3rd (out of 8 competing schools) in their respective leagues, and subsequently are invited to compete in the play-offs in the Johannesburg Central League. This will take place on the 28 September.

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

Early in the term sixty two learners and three teachers went on an educational guided prison tour to Leeuwkop Correctional Services.

KESCO, has been active in the collection of canned food for the Phoenix Foundation drive. This will continue into next term and each boy is encouraged to bring at least one can for their house. This food will be distributed to food kitchens and charities through the Foundation with big business matching each can collected.

Through the kind donation and assistance of some kind parents we have been making baby blankets which are held together by knotting the fringing around the edges. Many of the KESCO members have been spending their time knotting and chatting in this pursuit. We hope to deliver these blankets to homes for babies in the near future. KESCO with the aid of Rotary have purchased and donated fifty blankets to the Boikanyo Trust for distribution to the needy in Soweto squatter camps.

KESCO Collection 

We hosted our second Blood Drive on Tuesday 12 May where we collected 57 units of blood for SANBS.

Forty boys wrote the national World Knowledge Olympiad on 21 May. The Senior Afrikaans as well as the SAIPA Olympiads were also written and the Inter-house Afrikaans Public Speaking competition took place.

Quiz fever was evident once again when we attended the Inter-school ‘Quizwizz’ hosted by Jeppe Boys’ with a table of teachers joining the four tables of our boys with six per team. Four Schools competed. All King Edward teams placed well on the night with one team tying with Jeppe for first place as the 2015 Quizwizz champions!


The Dramatics Society competed at the 2015 RAPS drama festival in the Newtown precinct after putting on a performance in the Hugh Wilson Theatre which served as a ‘dress rehearsal’.

The Pipe Band has had a really good year so far. We competed in the South Coast Championship down in Amanzimtoti where we achieved a 3rd place in the novice juvenile category. Our boys have also performed quite well on the individual stage: At the Jeppe Individual competition Luke Campkin-Smith achieved 3rd place in the junior piping category. Zize Mabuse achieved 4th in the junior drumming section. The band is definitely on the up and is growing with every passing year. We are slowly but surely becoming a force on the South African competition scene.


The Choir and Pipe Band entertained the invited guests at the opening of the magnificent, renovated science laboratories and the new outdoor pavilion.

Choir at Opening

Report Back by: Mrs A Mania, Mrs L Crous, Mrs M Claro & Mr G McLuckie
Old Boys' Reunion Dates and Reminders!
2005, 2000, 1995, 1990 – 31 JULY – 1 AUGUST 2015


Swim one length of the pool on Saturday, 1 August 2015 from 09h00 to 11h00. Let's support Graeme Parsons (Class of 1987) who will be swimming the English Channel in August. All funds raised will go towards the upgrade of our aquatic centre. So start challenging one another and book your spot!

Calling All Old Boys residing in London:

The 1st Annual London Golf Day will be taking place on 23 October 2015. Details regarding the cost and venue for the dinner/gathering will be posted shortly. Kindly diarise the date. The Headmaster will be travelling to London to meet you all. Kindly email for further information.


1955,1960, 1965,, 1970,1975,1980 & 1985


Wednesday 29 July at KES
Friday, 4 September at Old Eds
Wednesday 28 October at KES
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KES Old Boys making headlines and news across the globe!
Congratulations to Old Boy - Dr Jayson Dallas Class of 1985 appointed Chief Commercial Officer & Senior VP

Click on given link to read more on this wonderful achievement by our King Edward VII School Old Boy:


KES OLD BOY Graeme Parsons- Channel Swim August 2015: Please Support our Old Boy!


Stephen Cook named Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season!

Following the Cricket SA Awards Evening held on the 3 June 2015, it was great to see our Old Boy, Old Ed's Premier Cricketer, bizhub Highveld Lions stalwart player, Stephen Cook rewarded for his consistent form and class shown all season long.

King Edward VII School Old Boy Stephen Cook named ' Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season'.

Congratulations Stephen, well deserved. Pure class. King Edward applauds.

The RED Community look forward to you soon being recognised at a higher level and trust the selectors will soon give you an opportunity to represent your country.

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Andrew Gerber (Deputy Head Prefect Class of 1993) has been a part of an amazing adventure

Thanks to Andrew's Dad, Lewis Gerber (Class of 1960) who wrote in and told us about what our Old Boy has been up to.

Andrew has been part of an expedition team that has halved the World Record for the crossing of Greenland (along the Arctic Circle).

Click on the given link to read more of what Andrew and his Team achieved:

67n-Greenland Challenge

The Cape Argus also ran an article on this amazing adventure and challenge: 

Andrew was also the first South African to walk to the South Pole and still holds the World Record for the fastest time to the North Pole.

After growing up in South Africa, Andrew moved to the UK at the age of sixteen. An avid rower, sailor and skier, Andrew’s first expedition experience was to the South Pole in 2002 with Tom and Patrick. He was a key member of the 2005 North Pole expedition with Tom and George, which was the culmination of a multi-year project. Many weeks were spent training in the polar conditions of Baffin Island in northern Canada the previous year as the team built their replica wooden sledges, tested equipment and drive dog teams for hundreds of miles across the desolate Meta Incognita Peninsula.

Andrew is a director of the Romanian Commercial Bank in Bucharest in Romania, where he lives with his wife Rowena, and their four children, Nicholas, Thomas, Mary and Annabel.

Congratulations Andrew on this fantastic feat and know the Red Community are extremely proud of you!

Photos of Andrew and the Greenland Challenge Team:

News from the UK on King Edward VII School Old Boy JP van Aswegan

Showing great form and class. Keep it up 'Van the Man'!

Click on given link to read more:


On Careers Day 2015, King Edward VII School Grade 11 learners were addressed by a KES Old Boy and author, Lex Sloot (Class of 1966)

Lex Sloot holds more than 40 U.S. Patents and he is an accomplished Classical Pianist. He is the author of a book on Life Skills and Philosophy called The TOOLS to XEL. (The title of this book is derived from his first and last names spelled backwards.) He has just completed writing a second book called Viability which will be published in mid-2015. This new book is geared towards helping High School and College Students become more successful in their working lives.

Alexander (Lex) Sloot and his wife Jennifer immigrated to the United States from South Africa in 1978. They became naturalized US Citizens in 1984. He and his wife have been in business for themselves in America since 1979.
They have owned and run various companies from manufacturing to marketing, also direct mail operations, magazine publishing and radio station broadcasting. In the past couple of years they have sold most of their business ventures and Lex and his wife now focus on their commercial real estate holdings and digital advertising billboards.

For many years he and his wife have served on countless Non-Profit Boards as they believe in giving back to society. They have both received many Volunteer and Humanitarian Awards for services to those in need.

Lex Sloot gives numerous lectures, talks and presentations at High Schools, Technical Colleges and Universities in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Mr De Wet HOD of Life Orientation was thrilled to have Mr Sloot address the Grade 11 learners and giving them the opportunity to be motivated and encourgaed by the success of one of our own.

Mr Sloot also very kindly donated a copy of his book to the School library for the King Edward Community to enjoy and read.


King Edward VII School Old Boy, Cobras wicket-keeper/batsman, Dane Vilas was named as one of the 4 uncapped players selected to the upcoming Proteas Test Squad.


Congratulations Dane! Well deserved and the RED Community wish you all the very best for upcoming tours and fixtures for SA and the Cobras.

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Leigh Michelmore, Class of 1998, is one of only three South Africans who ran in the Marathon des Sables 2015 in Morocco which began on the 5th of April 2015:

Official Marathon des Sables website : Marathon des Sables

The Marathon des Sables is ranked by the Discovery Channel as the toughest footrace on earth. Known simply as the MdS, the race is a gruelling multi-stage adventure through a formidable landscape in one of the world's most inhospitable climates - the Sahara desert. The race is about 250 km long and rules require you to be self-sufficient, to carry with you on your back everything except water that you need to survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but any other equipment and food must be carried.

Leigh trained extremely hard in preparation for this race and clocked in an impressive training distance of 2'000km.
He now lives in Switzerland but will be representing South Africa in the race. Attached images are from radio & paper interviews across the globe.

Leigh is raised funds for an animal welfare group NetAP - Network for Animal Protection Cause.Animal Protection

Leigh completed the race and did extremely well. Fantastic achievement!

Leigh Michelmore competing in the grueling MDS race. 

Stage 1 completed 36.2kms
Stage 2 completed 31.1kms
Stage 3 completed 36.7kms
Stage 4 completed 91.7kms
Stage 5 - completed
Charity Stage - completed

Protea cricketer Quinny De Kock visits alma mater!
What a treat for us on Thursday, 21 May, as King Edward VII School Old Boy & Protea cricketer, Quinton De Kock visited his alma mater.

Quinton kindly donated a signed Protea ODI shirt, to our Headmaster, Mr Lovatt that will now be framed and displayed in a place of honour at King Edward.

Thank you Quinny, your Red Community are huge fans and followers of your cricketing career.

Best wishes for upcoming series for the Proteas. We know you'll display some awesome #‎ProteaFire

Go Quinny! Go School.

Quinny with School coach, Mr Eugene Marx
King Edward's Mr Mc Dougall passes with distinction!
Congratulations to King Edward VII School Phys.Ed Educator, Mr Justin McDougall on passing his Masters of Science (MSc) - Human Kinetics & Ergonomics with Distinction from Rhodes University.

Fantastic achievement Mr McDougall, your School & the Red Community applauds your achievement.

Mr McDougall is also part of the coaching team of the u15 A and B Rugby Teams.

Good to see the 'Tradition of Excellence' carries across the board at King Edward VII School.

K.E.P.S Term 2 Report Back from Mr Shead!
In the last week of the first term we held our Governing Body elections. Parents were asked to come to the meeting to reach a quorum in order to prevent a second meeting being called. We did hold onto their son’s report until the ‘magic number’ had been met. The hall was filled with 192 seats so that we knew when we had enough people. We tallied over 450 signatures on the register. Well done to all the parents. As a result of your dedication we have a properly elected group of Governors.

The parent members that were elected are: Mr Adam Gunn (Chairman), Mr Daryl Coker (Treasurer), Mr John Brockhaert (Secretary), Mr Abey Mamaregane and Dr Robyn Whittaker. The elected staff members are Mrs Gail Brockway (non-educator), Ms Audrey Gray and Mrs Sam Havemann (educators). Professor Aimee Stewart, Mrs Mimi Ramjas, Mr Tutty Faber, Mr Paul Marketos and Mr Craig Sadler have all accepted the invitation to be co-opted for their skills and for continuity. On behalf of the staff, parents and boys may I thank these people for the dedication and commitment to the well-being of our school. May you all find great reward and satisfaction in your term of office.

Well done to all the people who played a part in the Easter Rugby Festival. The Prep school section ran very smoothly and the competition was great. Our boys performed really well on the field and the Prep school parents shone as hosts. We looked after our usual friends from Wynberg Boys, as well as the Queens boys this year. The weekend was long but very rewarding. Thanks

The second term is traditionally a full program of football and this one was no different. Our boys have played good quality football and the staff have done their best to ensure that all the teams have had as many fixtures as possible. Our A teams are all entered into the Discovery Knock Out Cup. Unfortunately the Under 14 team (largely made up of under 13 boys) lost in their first game. In true King Edward style they played hard until the last whistle. The under 11 team lost in the third round to the German school. Once again, the team dominated the play, but could not score that elusive winning goal. Good luck to the under 9, 10, 12 and 13 boys who progress to the quarter finals which will be played next term.


K.E.P.S Grade 2 Soccer Kit Launch

The music department is growing in strength and stature. The purchase of a Yamaha Clavinova has done wonders for the singing. We have had a junior choir present a medley of songs at assembly and we are looking forward to the senior choir presentation. It is magnificent to see the boys putting in this effort in a term which is already very busy.

Mrs Day returned after her maternity leave. Returning to school when you have not been part of the start of the year, and the thought of leaving your daughter every morning, makes the second term extra difficult. Along with the return of Mrs Day came the news that Mr Lloyd Hobson and Mr Mark Demartinis would be leaving us. Mr Hobson left immediately to continue his legal career; Mr Demartinis left at the end of May to pursue a career in the corporate world. Our thanks are extended to these gentlemen for the massive contribution that they made to King Edward Prep. We also wish them every success with these new ventures and look forward to seeing them visit the campus in their spare time!

After a process of interviews and discussions the position of HOD Sport was offered to Ms Carmen Jones. Carmen has worked very closely with Mr Demartinis and is a worthy replacement. Mr Demartinis provided wonderful support for Ms Jones as he served his notice period. As a result of the interviews and changes to the system Mr Craig Myers has been tasked with managing the discipline and General Assistants. These are both very tough tasks and Mr Myers has embraced them with energy and passion. Congratulations, and good luck, to you both.

Mrs Sham timed her maternity leave very well. She left us on 22 May and young Ryder arrived on 1st June. Both the boy and the mom are doing well. Congratulations to the Sham family.
Staff engagements are also the flavour of the term. Ms Murphy, Ms Beaumont and Ms Muller have all had proposals which they willingly accepted. Congratulations to all of these ladies and their partners.
Sadly we will be bidding Ms Muller farewell at the end of July as she will be pursuing a teaching career overseas. This adventure starts with a post in Dubai. This is a very brave step and we wish her all the best. We look forward to her class in Dubai being in contact with the boys of Grade 1P!

The PTA continue to astound us. The grannies, mommies, daddies, uncles, aunts and boys were asked to knit squares so that we could make up some blankets. The target originally was 21 blankets! As the squares arrived the target was revised to 67. We delivered 103 blankets to the Union Buildings. The warmth and goodwill shared by this response has gone a long way to support those in our community less fortunate than ourselves. As if this wasn’t enough the PTA ran a quick campaign called ‘Fill-a-bag”. Interested families could collect a bag from school and fill it with non-perishable foods for redistribution to the community. It took 2 days to use up the 250 bags provided! A truly King Edward Red Spirit event.

The annual Soapbox Derby was held at the end of April. It was not just the boys racing these carts this year. A staff event was included into the house competition. Aside from the sore muscles of the “teacher pushers” and the odd claim of “cheating,” the day was won by Anderson who got to wear their house colours in a civvies day.


In our endeavour to make this the “Year of the Teacher” we have continued with the staff development program and empowerment process. There have been many sessions of teacher sharing and understanding each other as well as coaching sessions. This is a ‘work in progress’ and is showing great promise. There have been some amazing steps taken by various staff members who are gaining the skills to deal with others without the process becoming confrontational. Even though the term is hectic with extra murals the teachers have rolled up their sleeves and embraced the process.

Enjoy the school holiday. Best wishes

Doug Shead.
Old Edwardians Society News!
Communications Officer of the Old Edwardians Society, Mike Dunk, reports back on some of the 'highs and lows' of the Society's Club activities:

The cricket season ended with a whimper rather than the usual bang as for the first time for quite a number of years, the Society did not win a trophy in the Gauteng Cricket Board competitions. A number of players had left the club either to go to UJ, or retired from the game and a number of new players were blooded.

Two noticeable additions were Callum Haggett, an overseas Professional with experience with Kent county team in England and Murray Workman a top order batsman who scores consistently at the top of the order. Murray is now in England playing club cricket in Cornwall and has continued his rich vein of form.

We lost a number of the schoolboys who had been regulars for the Premier league team the previous seasons to UJ, and this left a large well of talent to fill. It is very pleasing to see those schoolboys continuing their cricket successfully at university.

On a brighter note Stephen Cook was named as the Sunfoil Cricketer of the Year and then the Lions Batsman of the Year, whilst the curtain came down on Neil McKenzie’s wonderful career at Provincial level and ended his career with a double century at The Wanderers. A fitting end to his magnificent career.

Now with winter upon us the focus is on hockey and the ever growing mini hockey. After the first nine matches the mens 1st team are currently third in Premier league behind leaders The Wanderers and the ever strong UJ. The disappointing aspect of the league is the large number of one sided matches. This is emphasized by leaders Wanderers who have 25 points, UJ 24 and us 22. Then there is a huge gap to Wits on 13 and Jeppe on 9. We lost by the odd goal in five to UJ and held The Wanderers to a 4 all draw. Having finished as runners up last year, the team is determined to go one better this year, but the outcome of the league will be decided by the return matches between the three top clubs.

Mini hockey continues to grow with coaching sessions held every Saturday morning and they have already taken part in Festivals. The results from these Festivals is the main yard stick to see the progress in the various teams, and the results have shown that the quality of play is improving and we are becoming a force in all the Festivals in all the age groups.

The athletics club have reinstated the monthly 5 km Time Trial. Run on the last Thursday of each month with the start at 17; 45 from outside the main entrance to the club, all are welcome to take part.

The Comrades marathon saw the biggest Old Eds field for some 10 years with 31 runners lining up in Durban. Only 23 finished with Mark Visser gaining his 4th silver medal in five runs. In all there were five runners who achieved Person Best times and seven Novices finished the race. John Carruthers completed his 20th Comrades so he now has a Double Green Number.

Mark Visser

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