Strenue - Strenue June 2016
King Edwards Mtshali writes his way to France.
Congratulations to King Edward VII School learner, Tyson Mtshali (Grade 11A) for coming third in the Delville Wood Essay writing competition.

He will be representing King Edward VII School in France this summer to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Delville Wood.

At a Schools Assembly on Friday, 13 May, Mr Ivor W. Rimmer of the The South African Delville Wood Commemorative Museum Trust , handed over the prize and congratulations to our very excited and happy Mtshali.

Photo: Mr Rimmer, Tyson Mtshali, Ms Hansen (Subject HOD History) & Headmaster, Mr Lovatt
Red Oarsman shine on the SASRU UK Tour
King Edward VII School educator and rowing master, Mr Ed Goodier reports back on our King Edward VII School U16 oarsmen selected as part of the UK SASRU Tour:

Following on from a hugely successful domestic season, taking 4 Gold medals and one Silver at the South African Schools Rowing Championships - including a first ever Gold medal in the Eight at U16 level, the invitation to travel to the UK for the annual SASRU development tour was offered to the King Edward VII U16 squad.

The SASRU tour is now in sixth year and is an initiative by Rowing South Africa and the South Afri-can Schools Rowing Union to nurture the best talent at U16 level by allowing exposure to competi-tion and different experiences of rowing in countries where it is more deeply embedded in their sporting culture. In previous years the tour has also visited Holland and Belgium.

Thanks to the considerable efforts of the boys themselves in their dedication to training over the Easter break and into term 2 as well as from the parents in an impressive fundraising drive to help cover the costs of the tour, the boys were able to confirm their places and departed for the UK on the 28th of April, along with athletes from St Albans, St Johns, St Andrews (Girls), St Mary’s and Holy Rosary.

The first major event of the tour was a Wallingford regatta held at Dorney Rowing Lake - the venue for the rowing and canoeing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The squad were very kindly hosted at the lake by Eton College, lending us boats and allowing us full access to their state of the art rowing centre for the duration of the tour.

Close to freezing temperatures greeted the athletes on the morning of the regatta - warm and sunny outdoor events are one luxury we do have in South Africa! The first rounds of racing in the coxed four and quad proved to be a wakeup call for the boys as they found themselves towards the back of the field off the start and with a lot to make up over the rest of the 2000 metres. The afternoon’s racing, however, went much more according to plan. The crew progressed to the final and lined up alongside some of the top schools in British rowing, not least our hosts Eton College who are the reigning national champions in the Under 16 8s event. A fantastic effort from the crew in a very closely fought race took them to a third place, 4 seconds behind the Eton crew and 0.2 seconds behind the King’s College Wimbledon in 2nd place. A result to be very proud of - and showing that we are competing at a very high standard.

Over the week following the regatta, the SASRU squad were given a number of exciting opportuni-ties to see something of the culture and history of rowing in the UK. There were visits to Henley and Oxford, as well as talks with current members of the British rowing team selected to compete at the Rio Olympics and with the coaches of the Oxford University boat race crews - plenty of inspiration for our athletes to pursue further goals in the sport and to hear from the very best about what it takes to succeed!

Our second competition came at the end of the week with racing at Bedford Regatta - an event that has been running for over 150 years. This event also presented a very different challenge to the crew. Rather than competing on an 8 lane, dead-straight 2000 metre course as they are used to, the Bedford Regatta runs over 1200 metres through the centre of the town, underneath a stone arch bridge and around a bend. It is also one-on-one ‘knockout’ style racing with 3 or 4 rounds of racing usually required to progress to the final.

The King Edward’s boys did themselves very proud and progressed to the finals of both the under 16 8s competition and an ‘open’ event, requiring victories over an Oxford University college and two U18 school crews. The finals races themselves turned out to be some of the best racing seen at the regatta. In the Under 16 final they raced neck and neck with Hampton School, the official verdict on the finish line being recorded as ‘3 inches’. In the open event they raced an under 18 crew from Shiplake College and raced well to stay within one boat-length of their opposition.

Without a doubt the tour has given the boys invaluable experience of competition at the highest level and will equip them well for their racing as they make the step up to open-level competition next year - well done on a great effort boys!

Well done to our KES lads on making their School and Country proud on this tour. 

Thank you to all the support given from the School, MIC Mr Trevor Dedlow, the King Edward Rowing Club, our parents and King Edward Community who contributed in 'a big or small way' to make this tour a reality.

Go School.

Cross Country athletes Inter League Champions 2016
Red Cross Country: Inter League Championship results- 3 June

King Edward VII School Senior and Junior Teams competed on Friday, 3 June at Delta Park Meet and produced outstanding results.

KES Seniors placed 1st overall at the Championships.

Senior Placings: Freeman 2nd, Curtis 3rd, Mosweu 6th, Nxumalo 11th & Pieterse 17th.

KES Juniors placed 1st overall at the Championships.

Junior Placings: Jonosky 1st, Claro 5th, Curtis 6th, Seete 10th & Miles 11th.

Congratulations to our athletes on a fantastic set of results.

Red Champs! Go School.

Sporting Excellence recognised in Term 2
King Edward VII School 1st Team golfer, Chandler Shaw was selected to go to Scotland as part of the SAGBD (South African Golf Development Board), on invitation from the Scottish Golf Union.

Chandler and team will depart on the 29 June and return on the 15 July.

Strenue young man- fly our KES colours proudly in Scotland.

King Edward VII School Squash 1st Team took part in Top Schools' Tournament and produced outstanding results. Thanks to Mr Bradd Lodge for report back:

Won 13-5 vs Egoli Invitational
Eon 11-7 vs Parktown Boys'
Lost 7-11 vs St John's College
Won 11-7 vs St Stithians College

A hard fought weekend of squash fixtures resulted in our King Edward Team being placed 2nd overall, due to a points count. A mere '4 points difference' at the end of the day between 1st and 2nd place. Well done lads! School Proud.

Our King Edward VII School Cross Country athletes showed their class and worth as part of the Central District winning team at Inter Districts Meet on the Monday, 30th May. The Inter District Meeting is made up of the Top 20 from athletes from each district. Our central district team is made up from those 12 teams that we compete against each week. King Edward had 5 athletes in the Senior division and 5 athletes in the Junior division competing in the Central District colours.

Our boys placed as follows:

King Edward CD at Inter District Championships Seniors: S Freeman 4th, T Mosweu 7th , D Curtis 9th & J Pieterse 26th

KES Senior Central District Athletes

King Edward CD at Inter District Championships representation Juniors:  M Jonosky 1st , D Claro 10th, Y Miles 11th, C Curtis 14th & N Whittaker 21st.

M Jonosky-Placed 1st in the Juniors for Central District

KES Junior Central District Athletes

King Edward VII School U15A Hockey players had a superb tournament and in a very tightly contested final, KES lost narrowly 0-1 to Jeppe High School for Boys.

Jeppe, U15A XI, a very strong side are deserving 2016 Boden Cup Champions and King Edward U15A can be very proud of themselves, as runners-up 2016.

Road to Final:

Pool Games
Won 3-0 vs Krugersdorp High
Won 3-0 vs HS Noordheuwel
Won 6-0 vs Fourways High

Quarter Final
Won 4-2 (penalties) Crawford Lonehill

Won 3-2 vs St Stithians

Lost 0-1 to Jeppe Boys'

Well done School, keep up the hard work. Special thanks to Coaches, Ms Sturmheit, Mr Dedlow and MIC of Hockey, Mr Da Mata for their support.

King Edward VII School is duly proud of the fantastic representation of provincial hockey players selected to Southerns Hockey Teams for the 2016 season.

32 KES hockey players were selected to various provincial age groups:

* N De Swardt recently added to U16D Team.

Well done to all the players, coaches, staff and support team of King Edward VII School. Tradition of sporting excellence continues.

Back Row: Taahir Johnson. Matthew Hodgkinson, Kyle Coker, Brandon Bester, Stephen Newland-Nell, Warren Thiel, Dhillan, Gopal, Crispin McKenzie, Keanu Van Der Kolf, Anthony Davies, Luke Campbell, Owen Hurter, Ryle Rykaart

Middle Row: Michael Van Den Berg, Nikhil Patel, Michael Newland-Nell, Rholesizwe Nyandeni, Byron Spratt, Slade Bruwer, Rethabile Selepe, Joshua Finlay

Sitting: Tlhogi Sefike, Brad Robertson, Liam Brooks, Ethan Pretorius, Callum Brooks, Deeran Baba, Cameron White, Ryan Cant, Katlego Ledikwa

Absent: Ian Crawshaw, Matthew Cosser

Red Rowing- National Selection!
King Edward VII School Red Rowing team member, Thabelo Masutha has being selected to SA Team. 
Along with Luc Daffarn, from Rondebosch Boys' High School, they were selected to the SA U18 Doubles to compete in the World Champs in Rotterdam.

Well done Thabs!

Cricketing Excellence:  
King Edward VII School 1st XI Captain, Mitchell Van Buuren, received further good news after his recent, 'Gauteng U17 Player of the Year' Award, when he was informed of his selection to the South African U19 Team. Mitch and the SA U19 Team will travel to Sri-Lanka next month for a ODI Tour. Your School applauds our young talent and wish him continued success and deserved accolades into the future.



Gauteng Awards 2016: Excellence continues.. 

King Edward 1st XI Captain, Mitchell van Buuren awarded 'Gauteng u17 Player of the Year'.

King Edward U14A Captain, Heinrich Pieterse awarded 'Gauteng u13 Player of the Year'.

Gauteng Strikers Player of the Year: KES Old Boy Matt-Kai McGillivray.

bizhub Highveld Lions Batsman of the Year: KES Old Boy Stephen Cook.

Congratulations to our cricketers- the future holds much promise & expectation from our Schools young talent. Special applause to our Old Boys on their achievements and deserved accolades.

Red Rugby: Craven Week, Golden Lions Provincial Teams announced.

Congratulations to the following King Edward VII School rugby players on their selection in the following teams to take part in the Junior Weeks fixtures that start from the 4 July (U16 Grant Khomo) & 11 July (Craven Week & Academy Week):

Craven Week Team:
Mpilo Mabusa
Keegan Glade
Kalvin Mills
Kennedy Mpeku

Craven Week U18 Team- Capping photo
KES Coaches Mr C Spilhaus & Mr M Nkosi part of 2016 team.

Golden Lions Academy Team:
Themba Mpembu
Mpho Khambule
Yanga Hlalu

Golden Lions Grant Khomo Week Team:
Neo Pheko

KES Craven, Academy & Grant Khomo players

Golden Lions Puk Welpies Team:
Tyran Dickson

Golden Lions U16 Academy Team:
Rory Atwill
Neil Hoffman
Kayleb O'Donoghue
Jason Cloete
Luke Bramhal

Golden Lions U16 Welpies Team:
Keane Morse
Reece Botha


Hamba kahle Mr Keetse!
A Special tea was held on Thursday, 9 June to bid farewell to one of King Edwards long standing Estate Team members, Mr Wilfred Keetse.

Deputy Head, Mr Hansen paid tribute to Wilfred for his 37 years loyal service to our School. He started working at KES in 1980 and will be well remembered by the boys for driving his beloved tractor around the campus. Estate Manager, Mr Frikkie Matthee also thanked Wilfred for all his years service, contribution and dedication to our School.

Enjoy your well deserved retirement Wilfred, you will be missed.

Hamba kahle, Sir!

Cultural Events and Highlights from Term 2
On Sunday, 29 May two of our King Edward VII School pipers, Luke Campkin-Smith and Thabiso Motaung, competed at the De La Salle Solo competition and received a 2nd and a 3rd respectively overall. Congratulations to them.

Photographic Club News: 
The Photographic Society of America held their annual International Salon for scholars called - 'Youth Showcase 2016'.

A number of photo's from the King Edward Photographic Club were submitted to the Photographic Society of South Africa who selected the best in each category from South Africa, to send to America. There were 1167 entries sent to PSA from 37 countries.

We are very proud of Taahir Makda who received an acceptance (which is a Gold certificate) in the Architecture category. Congratulations on this fine achievement.

Afrikaans Public Speaking Winners 2016:
The Afrikaans Inter house Public speaking was a great success! We had a lot of support from the parents who came to support the participant’s extraordinary speeches on the 17 May 2016.

The juniors set the tone with well-researched speeches that had brilliant ideas and a touch of humour. They were well prepared and delivered speeches of high quality. Congratulations to Franco du Plessis (Anderson House) on winning the junior section.

Franco du Plessis- Jnr Winner

The senior speakers raised the bar with their fantastic speeches. The competition was strong but in the end Bradley Bosch (Robinson) walked away with first prize.

Bradley Bosch-Snr Winner

Thank you to all the staff and boys involved in Afrikaans Public Speaking in 2016 and we look forward to further successes in 2017.

Junior and Senior Speakers 2016

King Edward VII School Dramatics Club again showed their class and talent on stage at RAPS 2016. Mr Terry Bremner reports back on this years production:

The culmination of the RAPS Festival on Saturday 4 June was met with both relief and disappointment by the boys of the Drama Club. Four KES boys were invited to the prize giving with nominations for five awards in differing categories.

“Happy Birthday Wanda June” scripted by the morbidly comical commentator Kurt Vonnegut was the chosen play. Cutting this two act black comedy to fit the narrow time frame was an arduous task, which meant that the play was always evolving as dialogue changed throughout. Actors debated loudly, protesting as to why their lines could not be cut, and the director was continually chasing the pace of the play to maintain the energy and tempo.

The RAPS festival is always a challenge as it starts with a page of script. In the three month period this page is translated into a staged live performance. As a student directed production, the play has merit because of the skills of brain storming, planning, conceptualisation, collaboration, resourcing, quality control, conflict resolution, communication and the use of human resources to produce a product that has appeal within a competitive market. In short, all the critical outcomes within education, as required by commerce and industry are developed and tested in this artistic forum. Many of our actors have commented on the fact that successful past students who return to address the school were often fully involved within dramatics, and that the DNA required in building and directing of companies on the stock exchange might well have begun within a company of unknown actors in the Hugh Wilson Theatre.

The boys worked hard in establishing the characters and relationships required both on and off stage. They persevered while managing academics, sport and performing House Plays and Expression Evenings in the middle of this major production. In short, they are to be commended on their spirit and commitment that made this challenging production a success.

Malcom Meintjes is to be congratulated for directing a play that reached the next level and allowing the development and recognition of the cast. The nominations and award comment on the quality of the play and his ability to produce theatrical works. His energy and character are commendable, and he conducted himself in a manner worthy of our school.

The Cast
Harold Ryan Mazi Thanda (father)
Penelope Ryan Seth Thorne (mother)
Paul Ryan Mukundi Muofhe (son)
Looseleaf Dominick Basson (friend)
Herb Shuttle Christian Zogbhy (vacuum salesman)
Norbet Woodley Reece Hawtrey (hippy physician)
Wanda June Thabit Essa (deceased 6 year old)
Von Koningwald Ross Robertson (The beast of Yugoslavia)
Director Malcom Meintjes
Stage manager Ted Ntsako Mphahlani
Lighting Sachin Tommy
Sound Wesley Hurter / Taigue Mitchel

Initial results:
We were nominated in the following categories:
Best Actor award – Seth Thorne and Mazi Thanda (2 of only 6 nominations)
Best Cameo – Ross Robertson
Best (written) Director’s Motivation – Malcom Meintjes
Best costume – the company.

Final award received – Mazi Thanda was the best actor for RAPS 2016

Nominated Ross Robertson, BEST ACTOR Mazi Thando & Nominated Seth Thorne

Final School results:
We progressed to the semi-finals along with St John’s, St Benedict’s, Redham, Parktown Girls High and Greenside.

Finals and placing: 1st St Benedicts,  2nd Parktown Girls & 3rd Greenside

Congratulations to Mazi on his award, fantastic achievement and to all the rest of the King Edward crew, we salute you for your efforts and many hours hard work. Thank you to the educators and support staff involved in RAPS 2016 production.

Expressions Evening 2016- Red Talent on display!

King Edward VII School held its Annual Expressions Evening, in the Hugh Wilson Theatre on Thursday 19 May.

There was music from the Music Society and the Choir, Magical acts from Big Ace, Dramatics skits that included Poetry and Literary readings by our talented boys and staff members. Well done to all on a superb evening of entertainment.

Chess Club: Johannesburg School League Results

Educator in Charge, Mrs Crous reports back on our Teams:
Our boys fought till the very end, but unfortunately we must be satisfied with 3rd position in both A and B Sections.

Well done to our KES Chess Club on receiving bronze medals and for producing sound results during the 2nd Term League matches.

A League Final Results
3rd Place
4th Place

B League Final Results:
3rd Place
4th Place

Reunion Day 2016- a Red celebration of Excellence!

Saturday, 4 June
Celebration of Excellence at King Edward VII School

Reunion Day 2016 was a superb day of friendship, sporting excellence and the re-connection of our King Edward Old Boys, friends and family.

Derby Day lived up to all expectations between KES and St John's and especially the main game between the 1st XV was a spectacle of running rugby from the Red Machine. REDS showed great class and finished the last home game in style, with a 59-10 victory over the 'old rivals', St John's College. Our 1st XI Hockey also fought a tough battle against a very strong St John's outfit. KES held onto a 1-0 win, rewarding the Red Army who came out in numbers to support our boys.

Earlier in the morning from 09h00- 11h00, our Annual Polar Bear Swim took place at the King Edward pool. There was a good amount of support by some very 'brave' Old Boys, parents and boys. The pool temp was a mere 11 degrees celius! It was yet another wonderful event showing the 'Spirit of King Edward' by it's community. Close to R8500-00 was raised towards the Aquatics Centre Project.

Red Thanks to ALL who came out to support this event!

Thank you to ALL of our Red Army who came out to support, help, braai, serve, and cheer on our School at our last home of 2016. The Spirit of KES is simply the best. Pride, Passion and Tradition the hallmarks of a supporting and superb community. We salute you 'one and all'.


Old Boys' Reunion Dates and Reminders

11-13 November 2016
1976 – Contact to be advised
1966 – Kevin McKenzie & Bernard Freeman
1956 – Bob Fussel
Everyone that left the school in the 1940's – Pat Cotter

Upcoming Events:

16 July 2016- Gaudy Day at St John's College

4/5 November- Rugby 10's Tournament at Pirates Rugby Club

94.7 Cycle Challenge: Want to be a part of the KES Association Team?
King Edward Association - 94.7 Challenge.

We have entered a group of 20 cyclists into the 94.7 Cycle Challenge 2016. The fee to be part of this group of 20 is R700 per cyclist which will give you entrance to the race as well as a King Edward Association branded cycling shirt. The spots will be allocated on a first come first pay basis.

If you would like to participate kindly deposit R700.00 into the Association Banking Account with the reference being: 94.7/Surname.

Please send confirmation of payment as well as the shirt size you will require. King Edward Association : Standard Bank of South Africa Limited : Branch: Killarney, Branch code: 007205 : Account number: 243043678


Old Boys' in the News across the globe!
King Edward VII School Old Boy and Youth Olympian golfer, Kyle McClatchie finished ninth at the Scottish Open on Sunday, 29 May 2016.

Last man standing Kyle McClatchie strung together four outstanding rounds at Gullane Golf Club to tie for ninth in the prestigious Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship on Sunday. The 2014 Youth Olympian from Ekurhuleni made the most of the mild weather conditions in round one to open with a 69 and carded a one over 72 in round two to survive the cut – set at one-under-par 141 – while rest of the 10-strong SA crew in the world-class international field received their marching orders.

‘The morning starters got the worst of the weather and then there was a weather suspension for mist of more than two hours, as well’ said McClatchie from Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate. ‘It worked out well for me that I teed off in the afternoon in the first round. I had to come back to finish the first round and played the second directly after. I knew it was going be tough and I would be out there for a long time, but if I kept my head down and played my own game, it would stand me in good stead.’

McClatchie vaulted up the leaderboard with a flawless 65 in the third round and closed with a 71 to grab a share of ninth with Welshman Jack Davison and Australian Zach Murray at seven under 277. ‘I was really chuffed with my game this week,’ said the 2016 Boland Stroke Play champion. ‘I played well at home this season, and I was a little anxious to see how my game would hold up to such a great international field. I had a game plan for the course and I stuck to it and fortunately, it worked out for me. The first round draw didn’t hurt, either. It was a lot of fun having my dad (Ryan) on the bag; it just kept the whole event normal and relaxed.’ The top 10 in Scotland followed hot on the heels of a tie for eighth at the Coupe Murat Internationaux de France in Chantilly, France last week.

The key to McClatchie’s performance was his ability to erase his mistakes. Although the Wanna Be A Champion golfer dropped eight shots in three rounds, he was able to counter with 15 birdies. ‘I capitalised on the good conditions in the third round to shoot 65, but I have to admit the afternoon was a bit of a struggle,’ he said. ‘I made birdie at six, but bogeyed 12 and 16, so finishing with a birdie was a real bonus. ‘I am really happy with the top 10 result after a good week in France last week and hopefully I can keep this form going at St Andrews this week.’

McClatchie will join fellow eight fellow Golf RSA National Squad players in the St Andrew Links Trophy, which will be contested at the Old and New Courses from 3-5 June at the Home of Golf, including Aubrey Beckley, Albert Venter, Andre Nel, Angus Ellis-Cole, James du Preez, Jason Smith, Tristen Strydom and South Africa’s number one ranked Jovan Rebula. While McClatchie played himself into the top 10, reigning Victorian Amateur champion Cameron John from Australia denied the Scots a home victory.

See more at: McClatchie at Scottish Open

King Edward VII School Old Boys, Siyabonga (Scarra) Ntubeni and Malcolm Marx have made the School duly proud with their inclusions to the Springbok and SA A Teams.


At the BOK Squad announcement on the 28 May, much anticipation and excitement greeted the names as announced by SARU.

KES Old Boy and DHL Stormers hooker, Scarra Ntubeni was named in the Springbok Squad for the upcoming inland Ireland Tour and KES Old Boy, Class of 2012 and Emirates Lions hooker, Malcolm Marx was named in the SA 'A' Team.

Click on given link to read more on the Springbok Team selected:
Springbok Team and Their Schools

A lecturer in Emergency Medical Care at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) Faculty of Health Sciences, Mr Connor Hartnady and King Edward VII School Old Boy, Class of 1998, was awarded an accolade by the government of Japan, as a token of commendation and appreciation for the operations conducted by Rescue South African following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 11th March 2011.

The ceremony took place in April at the Japanese Embassy in Pretoria and was in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the disaster.

“I have been following the reconstruction of the areas that we assisted in Japan. It has been amazing to see the resilience of the Japanese people over the past five years as they continue to rebuild the affected areas,” says Hartnady. “The Japanese government requested assistance from Rescue South Africa to search for victims that had been buried amongst the rubble in Sendai and Natori City within the Miyagi Prefecture.”

Click on given link to read more on this deserved accolade:


Congratulations Connor! Your School applauds your efforts and hard work done for a community in need.

Celebrated South African artist and King Edward VII School Old Boy, William Kentridge, unveils 550 meter frieze along Rome's River Tiber titled 'Triumphs and Laments'.

On the evenings of the April 21 and 22, the banks of the River Tiber in Rome came alive with light, shadow, and music, in a free, public, site-specific performance along the Piazza Tevere. Conceived by artist William Kentridge in collaboration with composer Philip Miller, under the artistic direction of Kristin Jones, Triumphs and Laments is comprised of a 550 meter-long frieze along the urban waterway. During the opening, it will be activated with live shadow play, a procession of performers, voice and music.

Click on the given link to read more:


Red Community applauds this South African icon and national treasure.

King Edward VII School Old Boy, (Class of 2014), Rupert Kaminski took the individual title to lead Oklahoma City University to the Arkansas-Fort Smith Hardscrabble Invitational team crown Tuesday at the Hardscrabble Country Club.

Kaminski, a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa, fired a 64-66–130 to capture his second individual championship this season.

Click on given link to read more:


Jared Meyer and Jared Saunders (Class of 2009) both played for Saracens in the World Cup Rugby Tens in Mauritius from the 18-19 June 2016.

K.E.P.S Term Two Report Back from Mr Shead
Half way through the year and we are already exhausted!! Are we not as fit as we used to be or are we doing more than we used to?

The private schools decided some time ago to change their rugby time to end of April, May and June which meant that we had to make a choice in the sports that we offered. We chose to offer two major sports in one term i.e. football and rugby. Much concern was raised about the impact this would have on the school community. Would the boys be able to manage the extra load? How would the teacher manage the dual roles? Could the parents manage to get through all the practices and matches and ‘homework’? The result of this can be written because we have survived this frenetic term.

It was not ideal to be having one practice per week for both of these major sports. We have ‘watered down’ the coaching opportunities for both and this may have slightly impacted on our efficiency in various sporting sectors. Our boys have proven throughout the term that they are hugely resilient and determined. The pride to represent the school at every level is as strong as ever! Our competitive nature continues to shine as our boys continue to strive! Go School!

On the staff front, the term saw the departure of Charles Coventry. The school, PE and cricket departments wished him loads of success with his future ventures. We welcomed Gabby Garcia back to the Prep after her sojourn overseas. Gina De Bastos also departed to the staff room at St John's. We wished her much love and lots of happiness in her new role. Chelsea Harrup joined us to take Gina’s place after completing her Masters. Mandy Beaumont converted her surname to Du Buisson by marrying JP. Lauren Murphy changed her surname to Todd by marrying Mike Todd. Kirsten Pugh accepted a proposal to be married and is engaged to Bryan Townsend. Carrie Viljoen had some surgery at the beginning of the term and was booked off for the whole term. She has recovered really well and is looking forward to returning to the staffroom in the new term. We are looking forward to having Carrie back. Ruksana Khan is about ready to pop. Her little guy is due any day now and she will be taking the third and fourth term off as maternity leave. Good luck Ruksana and Vin!

The building of much needed storerooms started at the beginning of the term and this has provided the school with two lovely, spacious areas for the safekeeping of belongings and equipment. The first room is placed where the aviary used to be and will house all the chairs that previously were stored at the back of the hall. There will be less clutter in the hall and more space for the boys at assemblies. The second storeroom is behind the sports office and is going to be used for the sports equipment as well as the boys’ kit bags during the day. This is going to make moving in the passages a dream - especially during the cricket season.

Our Open Day was held in conjunction with the day at K.E.S. and proved to be very successful. The attendance for the Old Boys group is quite amazing and good contact was made with new families too. The teachers welcomed the visitors into their rooms and the grade 7 boys acted as superb hosts sharing their knowledge and passion for the school in a gentlemanly manner. The PTA pulled out all the stops to cater for the many visitors and their children. One cannot help but feel proud of a school on a morning such as this! “This is OUR school . . . .!”

The GDE Admissions process has caused its own share of tension. The MEC had a plan and it needed some running time to iron out the kinks. These were addressed while the applications were streaming in. Many frustrated phone calls and emails were fielded by the ladies in the front office. Sadly they had fewer answers than the GDE officials who visited the school regularly! The process is still unfolding and we hope that the quality families that we invite to be part of the school will continue to be welcomed. Our school has always had a diverse and varied population and we would like this to continue.

Our newly formed and growing Musical Department presented a Winter Soirée. This magnificent evening was an opportunity for the boys who have been practising their violins, drumming and choir skills for a presentation to the parent body. A delightfully varied and entertaining programme was presented with solos and ensembles astounding the audience. The presentations brought the parents to their feet with resounding applause that stunned the boys and caused a few faces to ‘leak’! Again, a very proud moment in the history of the school. This sort of event is going to become a regular! Do not miss the next Soirée!

The really important news in this note is that the Prefabs are reaching the end of their stay on the Prep School campus! The legend of Old Boys who hated the prefabs because they were so hot in the summer or cold in the winter is amazing. Gents this message is written to you! Please watch this space as we begin the process of constructing new rooms to house the boys and ULTIMATELY removing those unsightly and uncomfortable ‘temporary’ classrooms forever. The SGB have worked very hard to get to a point where the process is about to go to tender. If planning goes according to schedule, the process could begin in September and occupation of the new buildings in the second term of 2017. There are groups planning the process of #prefabsmustfall. Your task is to watch the social media and web sites for the events and join us as we bid farewell to the prefabs once and for all.

John Foote Golf Day 2016

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