Strenue - Strenue March 2016
Congratulations Class of 2015!
Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Matric Results Pass Rate: 99,5%
Bachelors Degree entrance: 83%
Access to Tertiary Education: 98%
Total No. of Distinctions: 270

Congratulations to our Top Achievers on their fantastic results:

* Jason Thorburn- 8 distinctions
* Mziwenene Mabuse- 8 distinctions
* Mohammed Badat- 7 distinctions
* Ryan Vasiljevic- 6 distinctions
* Allister Dimaculangan- 6 distinctions
* Marcello Araujo- 6 distinctions
* Gabriel Raven- 6 distinctions
* Dillion Gouws- 6 distinctions
* Geoffrey Erasmus- 6 distinctions
* Yakov Schleider- 6 distinctions
* Denny Valsamakis- 5 distinctions
* Seth Adlard- 5 distinctions
* Sebastian Spruit- 5 distinctions
* Shivesh Bhana- 5 distinctions
* Bryson Osler- 5 distinctions
* Arthur van der Spuy- 5 distinctions
* William Mc Michael- 5 distinctions
* Matthew Wilmot- 4 distinctions
* Brendan Hurly- 4 distinctions
* Anthony Rousseau- 4 distinctions
* Daniel Whitbread- 5 distinctions
* Daniel Wiehe- 5 distinctions

Tradition of Excellence. Go School.

Jason Thorburn- 8 Distinctions
Also placed in the top 1% for AP Maths with 96%.                                    

Mziwenene Mabuse- 8 Distinctions

Mohammed Badat- 7 Distinctions

Allister Dimaculangan- 6 Distinctions                                   

Ryan Vasiljevic- 6 Distinctions

Marcello Araujo- 6 Distinctions                                             

Gabriel Raven- 6 Distinctions

Dillon Gouws- 6 Distinctions                                                

Yakov Schleider- 6 Distinctions

Geoffrey Erasmus- 6 distinctions

AFTER REMARKS: Some of our Top Achievers received further distinctions- click on given link:

Academic Excellence awarded at District Awards!
Congratulations to the Academic Staff and Top Achievers of the Class of 2015!

The Johannesburg East District Academic awards for the NSC examinations of 2015 were held at Eden College on Friday evening 29 January 2016 and King Edward VII School walked away with top honours.

The following educators received awards on behalf of their departments:

Ms Nelly Reddy-  English

Mr Chris Hammond-  Geography

Ms Naeema Asvat-  Mathematical Literacy

The following boys received awards for the top learner in the district in the respective subjects:

Matthew Wilmot-  Engineering Graphics and Design

Jason Thorburn -Geography, Physical Sciences

The top Public School learners in the District were:

Mziwenene Mabuse-  2nd place

Jason Thorburn-  1st place

Further Accolades:
Jason Thorburn took overall first position in the district for both Public and Independent schools. Well done Jason we are super proud of your achievements!

Congratulations to Director of Grade 12 Studies, Mrs Reynolds, Academic Staff and our Top Achievers of the Class of 2015 on these fantastic awards and well deserved accolades.

Tradition of Academic Excellence continues!

Go School.

Red Brotherhood welcomes 'Class of 2020' to the fold!
King Edward VII School opened its doors to the Grade 8's of 2016 on the 12 January, for 'round two' of orientation to our School.

Red Welcome to our 245 Grade 8's starting their journey at our great School.

Some boys are the first of their families to start at KES, many others are following in generations of Old Boys from the School.

Class of 2020 - make your mark, find your place and strive for excellence in all that you do.

Tradition of Excellence since 1902.

Go School. STRENUE.

Cultural Events and Highlights from Term 1!
Operation Hydrate- mission complete!
A human water chain to carry all the litres of water kindly donated by the K.E.S and K.E.P.S families ensured for much excitement and banter as the boys loaded the waiting truck from the Gift of the Givers on Friday, 5 February.

King Edward VII School and K.E.P.S in collaboration with 'Gift of the Givers' collected hundreds of litres of water to be transported to drought affected areas.

Thank you Red Army for your support. This is the 'Community Spirit of KES'. Red ubuntu in action.

Mrs Avidon, Educator in Charge of our King Edward VII School Photographic Sociey shared some exciting news on our boys' entries into the FIAP 37th Annual Competition:

The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP)
Results of the 37th Youth Digital Biennial Competition.

Images were sent in from school clubs all over South Africa and a maximum of 20 images per country were accepted to be entered into this International competition. The following King Edward boys had their images selected for the competition:

Shanil Bheeka – Category 1 (U/16) 2 images


Pranay Kathard – Category 2 (U/21) 1 image


Sage Masher – Category 2 (U/21) 1 image

Although there were no top awards received by any of them, just receiving an acceptance by the Photographic Society of South Africa, to have their images entered into the competition is an excellent achievement.

Mrs Avidon reports on other news and highlights from the Club for Term 1:
This first term has seen a huge growth in the Photographic Society in numbers, in an improved level of photos sent for judging and in enthusiasm!

We have had 3 presentations this term:
21 January - Mrs Anne d’Oliveira: Submitting photos for grading and the requirements for each star rating when photos are sent for Judging.
28 January – Dr David Benn: His amazing photography of his trip to the Antarctic.
10 March – Mrs Anne d’Oliveira: Taking Matric Dance photos.

The boys have had four opportunities this term to send in photos (two per date) for judging. The external judging panel has awarded each photo a gold, silver or bronze (in the author’s star rating) and made comment on each photo submitted. In Thursday meetings, the photos are projected and the awards together with the comments are read out. The boys have learnt a great deal on techniques for improving their photos.
The results of the FIAP International Photographic competition were announced and the boys were congratulated in assembly.

We look forward to an exciting 2nd term with two more guest speakers, Claire Scott and Mark Geldenhuys.

Dr David Benn: His amazing photography of his trip to the Antarctic

Mrs Reynolds- reports back on Term 1's Public Speaking Events:

The Public Speakers have not had as successful a season this year as they would have liked with most teams achieving B or B+ symbols. The Grade 11 Prepared Team showed great promise achieving an A for their efforts. The senior speakers had, as the springboard for the topics, a palindrome which resulted in some interesting responses. The Juniors responded to TV shows.

Grade 8 Public Speaking Team on Debut in February 2016

The highlight of the league was Ntsako Mphahlani’s participation in the Elite Individual Event where he had to present both a Prepared and an Impromptu Speech. He was the only grade 11 pupil competing against Grade 12s and was particularly commended for the calibre of his Impromptu Speech. He was awarded with the sought-after A+ for his combined efforts in the Prepared and Impromptu Sections. We look forward to the Public Speaking events that lie ahead for the year.

Ntsako Mphahlani- Earned an A+ at Elite Event

Mrs Crous- reports back on the Chess Society during Term 1:

We have been participating in the Johannesburg Central Schools Chess League. The League will only be concluded in term 2, but to date our B team is placed 1st out of nine participating schools, and the A team is currently 4th out of ten schools. The teams have 2 and 3 rounds respectively left to play.

Director of Cultural Events, Mrs Mania- reports back on further activities in Term 1:

The first term of 2016 is a rather short one and a few of the usual events on the Cultural calendar have had to be postponed to the second term.

KESCO, together with our generous Edwardian family have once again been active this term with the traditional Easter egg collection and thanks to the combined efforts of the High School and Prep School combined, 10 577 easter eggs were collected!!

All the houses are involved and the generosity of donations has been impressive. We had a kind offer from K.E.P.S to assist us with the Egg Drive and we look forward to being able to distribute a record number of Easter cheer to a variety of charities, organisations and old age homes. 

We hosted our first Blood Drive on Tuesday 8 March where we collected 68 units of blood for SANBS.

Quizmania was evident once again when we hosted the Inter-house, ‘Quizwizz’ with teachers joining the eight, house tables of six boys each. The top three (boys’) teams will progress to an Inter-school competition later in the year to defend our joint title with Jeppe Boys’.

We have deferred the One-Act Inter-house play festival until Term 2 as a number of boys from the Dramatic Society joined the Kingsmead production of “Suburban Shift’.which was staged in mid-March. We hope to participate in RAPS again this year and to enter a number of other festivals to give our young thespians more acting experience.

A talented band of members of the Music Society entered the St Mary’s Battle of the Bands competition in February. Sadly we did not progress beyond the audition stage and hope that we will be able to stage an Expressions evening in May where they can showcase their talent.

The Choir were invited to perform at the National Eisteddfod competition for Diploma achievers from 2015. Unfortunately we were unable to take up this opportunity as most of our Choir members from last year are unavailable to take part. The Choir did entertain guests and Old Boys at the opening of the new townhouses and 43A St Patrick Road. Luke Campkin-Smith joined in as piper to complete the festivities.

Choir in tune in a School Assembly

We are pleased to announce that the new councillors for the Johannesburg Junior Youth Council for 2016 are Sebastian Freeman and Faranani Lishivha. The three newly elected councillors for the Johannesburg Student Council for 2016/7 are Nkuleleko Mkari, Thato Mashiyane and Aron McDonald.

Junior Youth Council for 2016 are Faranani Lishivha & Sebastian Freeman

Sporting Excellence highlighted in Term One!
On Saturday 18 January fierce battle was held in the pool at King Edward VII School. It was time for the Annual Inter House Water Polo challenge!

The games were played in great spirit and it was Davis House who were crowned the 2014 'Champions of the Pool' beating Hill House 7-4 in the final.

Water Polo: Inter House Results 2014

1st Davis
2nd Hill
3rd Croft
4th Grimmer
5th Robinson
6th Hofmeyr
7th Anderson
8th School

Well done to all the boys, coaches and staff on another superb Inter House event. Go School!

Our Annual Inter House Gala, held on Friday 23rd January,  was a huge splash of red sportsmanship and red spirit shared.

Superb event with Robinson House swimming away with bragging rights as they were announced overall winners.

Results as follows:

Overall Results
1 Robinson 140
2 Anderson 131
3 School 124
4 Grimmer 120
5 Davis and Hofmeyr 119
7 Crofts 100
8 Hill 80

Senior Results
1 Anderson 61
2 Crofts 61
3 Davis 51
4 Robinson 50
5 Grimmer 41
6 Hofmeyr 34
7 Hill and School 33

Junior Results
1 School 86
2 Robinson 82
3 Hofmeyr 78
4 Grimmer 76
5 Anderson 60
6 Davis 62
7 Hill 46
8 Crofts 41

Well done to all the boys who swam, cheered and helped to make this event the success it was. Thank you to all of our Staff members for their hard work and parents who attended for their support.

Go School.

King Edward VII School U14A Water Polo Team embarked on their first tournament over the 29-30 January 2016. The Tournament was hosted by Crawford Schools.

Our youngsters performed admirably and with each game showed some new skills and further determination.

Water Polo Results: 29-30 January, U14 Inland Tournament at Crawford:

Lost 2-5 St Alban's
Won 4-3 St Stithians
Won 10-0 St Peter's
Lost 3-6 Crawford
Won 10-0 Parktown
Won 8-2 Pretoria Boys' (play-offs)
Won 6-3 Jeppe Boys'- Plate Final

Well done to our youngsters on their maiden tournament for King Edward VII School. Boys showed great spirit and determination. Learning every game and we congratulate them on being crowned PLATE WINNERS CHAMPIONS!

Max Johnson was named in the Tournament Team.

Well done Mr McDougall, support staff and boys. Onwards and upwards for season ahead.

Kieran Duminy, Zack Segell, Luke Campbell, Conor Holbrook, Matthew Hodgkinson, Declan Warwick.

Max Johnson, Craig Friedman, Brent Rowe, Ruan Visser, Lucas Blanc.


Congratulations to King Edward VII School athlete, Patrick Duvenage who set a new U19 record for shot-put, throwing 17.38 at Kempton Park Athletics Meeting.

Meeting was held on the 23 January where Schools had entered some of their elite athletes to compete. Well done Patrick. Great season expected from our elite athlete.

The King Edward VII School Regatta was held on Saturday, 20 February at the Roodeplaat Dam.

It was a massive success, thanks to the Red Army crew of parents, staff and learners who helped in the organisation of this great event.

Results from our King Edward Crews:

U19A scull - gold: Masutha & 4th to Bryce.
U19 1st pair - bronze
U19 2nd quad - gold.
U19 1st coxless four - silver
U19 1st coxed four - bronze
U19 2nd four - gold
U19 2nd eight - gold
U19 1st eight - silver

U16A scull - gold; Smit in a new course record of 7.45.51.
And fourth place by an U15A entry - Da Silva.
U16B scull - silver; Hudson. Bronze - Durant & fourth A Baxter (both U15)
U16C scull - silver: Mitchell (U15); bronze - Ndabankulu.
U16A pair - gold.
U16C double - gold (U15) and fourth (U15)
U16B quad - silver and bronze (both U15 crews)
U16A eight - gold; and bronze for the U15A crew entry

Great set of results from our crews. Massive thanks to RED ARMY for ALL your help, organisation for a most successful KES Regatta.

Some of the KES Medal Winners:


KES ANNUALSWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS- held on the 29 February. Well done to the Trophy Winners & all our swimmers.

Winners of Trophies in 2016

Start 200m Championship Freestyle Trophy
J Dean

Harcourt Cooke 100m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
K Martin

Donaldson Family 400m Championship Trophy
R Pleass

Dr A du Bos 100m Freestyle Championship Trophy
J Cronje

Dick Alexander 100m Open Backstroke Trophy
M Corado

Doble Hoffman 200m Breaststroke Championship Trophy
J Dean

Eric E Heilbronner 100m Butterfly Championship Trophy
J Cronje

John D Wilson Open Individual Medley Championship Trophy
J Dean

Mrs A Canning 200m Backstroke Championship Trophy
J Dean

Janet Kyte U14 Championship Trophy
M Johnson

Wilna Groenewald U15 Championship Trophy
R Pleass

C R Bluett Junior Championship Trophy 
C Robertson

Marchant U17 Championship Trophy
J Dean

Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy
J Cronje

Records Broken: 


Old Record

New Record

200m Junior Backstroke

2:24:96 T Gordon 2014

2:23:17 R Pleass 2016

50m U17 Butterfly

27:71 R Raven 201

27:37 T Gordon 2016

Joshua Dean- with all his trophies!

J Cronje- Old Edwardian Senior Championship Trophy

C Robertson- Junior Championship Trophy

R Pleass- U15 Championship Trophy Winner

M Johnson- U14 Championship Trophy Winner

Record Breakers: T Gordon & R Pleass

Red Johnny Waite Champions- Congratulations to our King Edward VII School 2nd XI and U16A XI on winning the 2nd and 3rd Division Trophies on Thursday, 2 March at St Stithians College.

KES 2nd 136/6 after 20. C Kankowski 53.
St David's Marist 2nd 128/8. K Pieterse 3/27.
KES won by 8 runs.

Congratulations 2nd XI and Coach Mr Van Rooyen.

KES 16A 177/5. C Broodryk 89.
St David's Marist 16A 57/10.
KES won by 120 runs.

U16A finish the season unbeaten. Well done lads and Coach Mr Marx.

Happy Coaches- Mr Marx & Mr Van Rooyen

King Edward VII School is extremely proud of our teams that made it to 3 Johnny Waite Finals and coming home with 2/3 Division wins is a tremendous achievement.

Red Applause to our 1st, 2nd and 16A XI's on representing our School with pride, passion and determination.

Thank you to St Stithians and St David's for the competition and friendship shared in these finals.

Red Thanks to all of our parents/family/Old Boys for their support of these teams and all of our teams during the season. 

Tradition of Cricketing Excellence continues.

Our King Edward VII School 1st XI also showed great spirit and a sense of community, when they took up the challenge to run the 'Dare Devil Run', in support of a most worthy cause, running Cansa 'outta town'! This took place on the 19 February 2016 and our boys used this also as a great team building exercise.

King Edward VII School elite group of athletes took part in the Gauteng Championships held on Saturday, 5 March 2016.

Our athletes did exceptionally well, qualifying for most of their final events after their heats. The final events produced some outstanding achievements.

Notable achievements:

Patrick Duvenage- Won GOLD in the U19 Shot Put- 17m01 and confirmed his place at SA Championships.

Patrick also won the U19 Discus with a staggering 54m72cm, setting a new Gauteng Schools record!

David Seete- Won Gold in both the U15 200m and 400m (49,5sec), confirming his place at SA Championships.

Nathanael De Swardt- Won Gold in the U15 High Jump- 1m90cm.

Itumeleng Molefe- Won Gold in U17 Triple Jump

Well done to all our athletes on their achievements and we wish them continued success for upcoming events.

SA Schools Rowing championships were held over three days at Roodeplaat Dam, with excellent results for King Edward VII School, coming 3rd overall with 251 points. St John’s was 2nd and St Benedict's finished 1st overall.

King Edward VII also received the Tom Price Shield for the ‘Best U16 Boys selection’ and broke 3 course records. Open sculler, Thabelo Masutha, has been invited to trial for SA Junior Squad, while the U16 Eight squad has been selected to SA School rowing development squad.

U19 results:

1st Eight - 6th
2nd Eight - 6th
1st Four - 5th
2nd Four - 4th

Scull - Silver (Thabelo Masutha invited to trial for SA Junior squad)

U16 results:

Eight - Gold - selected to the SA Schools Rowing Development Squad
Four - Gold - new SA course record (6.45.35 in final)

Quad - Silver
Pair A - Gold - new SA course record (7.21.22 in heat)
Pair B - Fourth

Scull - Gold (Liam Smit) - new SA course record (7.39.71 in heat; breaking his own previous record)

U15 results:

Octuple - 4th
Quad - 5th
Scull - 4th

U14 results:

Octuple - 4th
Quad - 4th

All the medal winners, including the U19 sculler's silver, U16 Eight/Four/Pair and Scull golds and the U16 quad's silver, with MIC Mr Trevor Dedlow.

SASRU National President, Mr Andre Oosthuysen, presenting the Tom Price Shield for the best U16 boys’ selection, to Damien Bonhage-Koen and Dean Geldhof

Outstanding results from our TEAM RED! Your School salutes all your hard work and these achievements. Well done to ALL involved.
Old Boys' Reunion Dates and Reminders!

Contact Derron at: 


Neil Mc Kenzie attended the February Association and 300 Club Gathering

Upcoming Events:

Easter Festival: 24-28 March 2016
Cricket sixes tournament at Pirates Saturday:  23 April 2016
Cape Town Golf Day & Gathering: 29 April 2016
Reunion Weekend/ Home Coming Weekend: 7 May 2016
Annual Golf Day: 11 November 2016


Class of 2006: 6- 8 May 2016
Class of 1996: 6- 8 May 2016
Class of 1986: 6-8 May 2016
Class of 1991: 6-8 May 2016

Class of 1976: 11- 13 November 2016
Class of 1966: 11- 13 November 2016
Class of 1956: 11- 13 November 2016
Old Boys' in the News across the globe!
King Edward VII School Old Boy (Class of 1984), fiction author as well as a passionate educator and motivational speaker and writer, Adam Rabinowitz met and visited with the Matric group of 2016, on Wednesday 24 February.

He publishes the weekly Entrepreneurs Ask Adam, which has a current circulation of about 3000 weekly readers. The newsletter deals with topical motivational and business management issues. Adam is a dynamic and creative facilitator, bringing a diverse set of activities and games into the classroom, and challenges candidates to step out of their comfort zones. He certainly lay down the challenge to the Class of 2016 to set goals, to make plans to reach them, to have a vision for the future and gave them life experiences and tools to reach those goals. Adam kindly handed over a signed copy of his new novel, Porter’s Rule: Slave to the City, to the School Library, that Librarian Mrs Schumyn was very happy to add to Adam's other books on display on our shelves.

Thank you Adam for sharing your vision with the King Edward boys, always a valuable lesson for KES boys to learn and grow from each others experiences and to give back to the community.

KES Rahul Patel on Adam Rabinowitz Talk Feb2016.pdf

The King Edward Community wish you continued success, especially with the new novel.

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Old Boy, Dr Nicholas van As, Class of 1987 on this fantastic appointment from January 2016.

Dr Nicholas van As, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, has been appointed as Medical Director at The Royal Marsden. He has taken on the role after Professor Martin Gore decided to step down after ten years of outstanding leadership. Dr van As said: “I’m looking forward to continuing Professor Gore’s fantastic work, and driving forward national and international excellence in clinical care for the benefit of patients with cancer."

Strenue to our Old Boy and we wish him continued success in this new role and appointment of office.

Read more on The Royal Marsden Charity:

Royal Marsden Organisation

And Hospital:

Royal Marsden UK

Dr van As at No 10 Downing in 2015

Cricket Excellence and Pride for King Edward VII School as Old Boy Stephen Cook becomes Test Cricketer number 326 and is King Edwards 17th SA Test Cricketer.

Stephen made his debut at SuperSport Park, on the 22 January 2016 for South Africa vs England in the 4th and final Test and scored a maiden test century, 115 on debut and became the 100th player to score a ton on his debut.

According to certain stats on certain cricketing sites:

Most Test cricketers since readmission: KES 6, Grey College 5, DHS 4, Affies 3, Dale 3, Grey High 3, Plumstead High 3, Rondebosch 3 & SACS 3.

Another proud day for King Edward VII School as two Old Boys Quinton De Kock and Stephen Cook represent their School in the Proteas Test Team.

Well done Cooky- very well deserved and all of the King Edward Community applaud and wish you much success!

(Photo credit Gallo Images)

Stephen Cook also took time out of his busy schedule to meet with the First XI for a training work-shop in the first term:

King Edward VII School cricketers and very new Old Boys, Tony De Zorzi and Liam Smith (Class of 2015), headed off to Bangladesh on the 14 January to take part in the ICC U19 World Cup.

Tony De Zorzi, proudly carrying the 'Captains armband'. Since 2010, King Edward VII School has produced five SA U19 Captains.

Whilst the results for our U19's were not as expected and conditions were tough, our boys lead with pride and Liam Smith also scored a fantastic ton in the opening match, leading the U19's to a win.

KES Cricketer & SA U19 Captain meets with Proteas Captain AB De Villiers ( Gallo images 2016)

SA U19 Captain Tony De Zorzi & Liam Smith


King Edward VII School Old Boy, Chris Marthinusen, Class of 1986, featured on on Carte Blanche edition on the 24 January, as part of "mad swimmers" who recently set world record for highest and coldest swim in the world.


On 5 December, five Madswimmers did the highest swim in history in lake Tres Cruces Norte on the border of Chile and Argentina in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 5909 m above sea level, 700 m higher than pioneer swimmer Lewis Pugh on Mt Everest in 2010.

The team used pickaxes to cut open a 30 cm layer of ice to prepare a swimming lane in the crater of this volcano after a 1.1 km ice ascent since 4 am that morning. This climb alone took them over 6 hours, after a tough hiking expedition of 8 days in the Andes. Members’ physique took strain, but their good spirit remained throughout. The big smiles portrayed in the video footage after the swim proved victory over this huge mental challenge they tackled and conquered!

Jean Craven, Herman van der Westhuizen and KES Old Boy Chris Marthinusen completed the 5-minute swim in average water temperature of 0.5 to 2 deg C in speedos only, and Evan Feldman and Milton Brest in wetsuits. Robert Graaff rendered support and Juandre Human also didn’t swim due to medical restraints. However, they all had to face a quota of serious challenges on this expedition, which most of them describe as the hardest they have ever embarked on.

It has been a long journey since the team left South Africa on 23 November but they have trained and mentally prepared for this point for months. The original plan to swim on top of Volcano Ojos del Salado at 6400 m did not pan out as the pool was solidly frozen. They changed strategy on day 3 of the trip and headed to Mt Tres Cruces, summited the crater at 6014 m on day 8 and swam the same day. The ice-covered layer of the lake was 30 cm thick and the chain saws they carried with were too weak to cut open a swimming lane at that altitude. Eventually the team had to revert to pickaxes and hours of hard manual labour on the day of the swim and that after 8 days of tough hiking (often near vertical snow fields) extreme cold (-18 deg C at night) and at an altitude where it is literally hard to breathe.

Any name for this group other than MADSWIMMER would simply have been inappropriate. Rewardingly, the attempt earned Madswimmer a nomination by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) for its Offering of the Year Award. South Africans are invited to read more about this nomination and please vote for them here:MAD SWIMMERS VOTE HERE

The swimmers have been supported by Dr Sean Gottschalk and Darryl Wood, specialists in altitude acclimitisation and hypothermia, tour guide Sean Disney of Adventure Dynamics International, 4 support climbers and Charl Rorich, the cameraman who had to bring back the proof. Jean Craven, swimmer and founder of Madswimmer, noted that the professional support of this team has been an indispensible part of their victory. is a registered South African charity that raises funds for various children’s charities by doing daring open water swims. During its 7 years of existence, it has paid out in excess of $420 000 USD (almost R6-m) aimed at changing children’s lives. The public is invited to please have a look at the work done by these charities and donate under the DONATIONS tab of this web page.

Congratulations to the Mad Swimmers Team, but especially proud of our King Edward VII School Old Boy, Chris Marthinusen.

King Edward VII School Old Boy and Proteas batsman, Quinton de Kock was in sublime form for the Proteas vs England in the 1st ODI in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 3 January. Quinton's 136* however was in vain as the much needed rain in the Free State took the spoils and England won on the D/L method. 

Our Old Boy in this innings reached two remarkable milestones:

1) Quinton's 136* was his highest ODI international score.

2) At just 23 years and 48 days old he becomes the youngest South African batsman to reach 2000 runs in ODI's.

Fantastic effort, wonderful skills and pure class from this young man. Quinton, your School and Country applaud. Long may this vein of form continue.

Some BLITZ News on Our Old Boys:

Bryan Habana selected and played for the Blitz Bokke in the Las Vegas Tour & scored his 1st try for the blitz bokke!
On the Canadian Tour met up with another Old Boy, Dr Mike Wilkinson(Class of 1981) who is working with the Vancouver Ice Hockey Team.


KES Old Boys, Stephen Cant and Daniel Bell, both Class of 2012- selected to South African Hockey Team

KES Easter Festival 2016- Come Share the Spirit!



KES Fest 2016 Prep Rugby Fixtures UPDATED.pdf

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Red Machine in Action during the Easter Holidays!
Many of our sporting teams embark on tours and tournaments from the 18 March- 2 April 2016. Should you be in the vicinity of any of the tournaments, please get down to the venues and support the RED MACHINE:

Sat 19 March:
10:30 KES vs Affies
15:30 Hilton vs KES

Sun 20 March:
10:30 PBHS vs KES
14:15 M College vs KES
15:30 College vs KES

Mon 21 March:
9:15 KES vs Clifton

26 March
12h30 vs The Heritage School
15H30 vs Enjabulweni High School
27 March
12h30 vs Portshepstone High School
28 March

2ND XV RUGBY AT HS MONUMENT: 30 March- 2 April
11:00 KES 2nd vs Helpmekaar 2nd

19:00 EG Jansen 2nd vs KES 2nd

09:00 KES 2nd vs Florida 2nd

U14A RUGBY AT HS MONUMENT: 30 March- 2 April
09:00 KES U14 vs Monnas U14

14:00 EG Jansen U14 vs KES U14

08:00 Kempton Park U14 vs KES U14

U15A RUGBY AT AFFIES: 24- 28 March
Thurs 24 March

Saturday 26 March

Monday 28 March


Saturday 19 March
09:00 KES vs Linden

Monday 21 March:
11:00 KES vs Swartkops

Tuesday 22 March:
10:00 Westville vs KES

Rugby: KES vs Helpmekaar 1 April
1 April 16:30
Schools clashes will serve as curtain-raisers to Lions’ Super Rugby matches.


Open Day 2016- Join us!

K.E.P.S Term One Report Back from Mr Shead!
It has been a ‘happy new year’! If the start of 2016 is the measure of the year to come, we are in for a bumper year.

Mr Rob Kops started with us and, together with Mrs Carrie Viljoen; there has been a marked change in the system and procedures. Two new deputies could have spelt a tough period, but they have worked hard to support each other and the staff through this tough change. The year is looking good from this point of view.

Last year we declared the year of the teacher. 2016 Has been decreed the year of the boy. We are using our network and resources to make the educational journey of the boys easier. Mrs Burger is exploiting all the specialists that she can to get the assistance that the boys may need. This is very exciting and has begun to show great promise. Some of the boys who have shown signs of academic struggle are coming to school with excitement and joy.

The new visual and audio system has been set up in the hall. We now can enjoy a large screen experience with stunning sound support. The system is going to make our production a whole lot more professional. Our most sincere thanks to the PTA and Jackie Tabor for their work and support in getting this project completed.

The building of the much needed storage space is beginning and we will soon have two new store rooms to keep our hall chairs and boys kit bags. The security of leaving a cricket kit bag in a safe place for the day is going to make the passage a pleasure to walk along.

The boys did a wonderful collection of water for operation Hydrate. In one week we collected an impressive 13,500 Litres that were collected by the Gift of the Givers. An amazingly generous week.

The shavathon was also well supported with many of be boys having their heads sprayed in support of this good cause.

Our MIC cricket, Mr Charles Coventry, and his wife became proud parents during the term. We welcome Ava Clarence Coventry and wish her and her parents loads of love and good fortune.

We are preparing our rugby team for the Easter festival which is going to take place a week after our water polo tournament! Good luck to Mrs Erasmus and the water polo group for the 18 -20 March tournament. Our thanks to the committees and parents who tirelessly support behind the scenes. The tournament will be held at Old Eds. The Easter rugby festival is the next weekend. Again, we thank the committee for the opportunity and the joy of watching a great spectacle of rugby. Good luck to all involved in these events.

Next term will see the rugby boys playing against the private schools in a very competitive rugby league. It will be interesting to see how the boys raise their level.

Blessed Easter to all those families who celebrate Easter.

Some more happy images from Term One Events:

Old Edwardians Society News!
Mike Dunk of the Old Edwardians gives us an update on Old Ed's News:

A new year and a new dawn for The Society. After the Special General Meeting approved the plans for the development of the facilities, it was hoped that the contractors would be able to start early in 2016. However, there are still some legal aspects to be finalized and agreements to be signed, but it is hoped that the development will finally get under way before the end of April.

The Society has gone down a long and winding road to get to this point, and with the final detailed drawings of the new facilities still very much in our minds, the wait will soon be over and the realization of the contractors being on site will gladden the hearts of all members.

The breaking news is the long awaited selection of Stephen Cook as the opening batsman for South Africa. After the past couple of seasons where he has been the stand out player in the four day domestic game, and the only player to score runs against England for the South African A side in a warm up game, the call finally came for the him to open in the Pretoria test. He did not disappoint. Stephen became the sixth South African batsman to score a century on debut (seven if you include Kepler Wessels when he debuted for Australia) and was the corner stone of their first innings. It is now hoped that after this success he will go on to open in the remainder of the Tests for this year and into the future. He became the 23rd member of The Society to play cricket for the country.

Sadly, though our Premier league cricket team has not had the best of seasons. Not being able to field an established and regular eleven, consistency was always a problem in the first half. In the Time competition, where we have always been a threat if not champions over the years, the malaise continued and the odd collapse when looking to be in a good position has not helped.

News coming through from the hockey club is that they have signed some new players and feel that they will be a greater force in challenging for this year’s title. Also mini hockey will again be fielding teams in the various Festivals and will be able to build on the success of last year.
King Edwards Community bids a fond farewell to Ma-Fock!
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a past and most respected educator of King Edward VII School, Miss Hilde Fock at the age of 87 years during the week, mid-February 2016.

Ms Fock taught at King Edward from 1959- 1991, giving 32 years of loyal and dedicated service to King Edward. She will be fondly remembered for her keen involvement in both the cultural and sporting activities at the School. She was also a most loved and respected Mathematics teacher and numerous Old Boys' comments on our School Facebook page bear testament to her wonderful teaching methods and how loved she was in and out of the class.

Duncan Mac A teacher of complete dedication, even with those who never grasped the subject. Through an old school friend of hers, I learned that Ma'am's first name was Alice and that she attended Deutsche Schule Johannesburg. One by one the legends of our day slip away.

Michael Faber One of the only lady members of staff in the earlier days. A legend.

Len Smith R.I.P Miss Fock. Had the privilege of having you as my maths teacher in 1984. Thank you for all you did for me and for KES. You embodied our motto STRENUE

Stephen Steinhobel RIP Ma Fock, a true teacher. A privilege to have been taught maths by the best. Red salute to a legend.

Chris Penn RIP Ma Fock - absolute legendary Maths teacher : probably set the mathematics foundation for more accountants in SA than any other educator , AND also managed to miraculously get many more maths-challenged boys a matric pass in the subject than most teacher would have attempted !

Brian Greenblatt Ma Fock may you rest in peace.What a capable teacher and an example of academic excelence. If it wasent for her dedication I probhably would have never passed maths or gone to university. You were truly one of the legends of that great school. She was also in charge of our Matric class of 77.

A Wayne Smith A life of dedicated service. A quiet hero.

Peter Castrinoyannakis RIP. I remember she would normally start our maths lesson by saying "Eh, boys ... take out Dolciani and turn to page ...".

Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to friends and family of Ms Fock. May her dear soul rest in peace.

The Red Community mourns her loss but forever grateful for her great contribution to our School. RIP Ma'am.

Old Boys saluted and thanked for generous contributions!
The exceptional generosity of the King Edward family has allowed the King Edward Educational Trust to purchase a home in close proximity to the School, for occupation by educators of both the High, and Prep Schools. Contributions from old boys and parents facilitated the transaction.

At a formal assembly in the Hall on Friday, 26 February,  the School was able to acknowledge 6 old boys in particular, who have been significant donors to various projects over a number of years.

Their presence at assembly reinforced the spirit of involvement which is so unique to the King Edward family. Our Headmaster Mr Lovatt, and Michael Faber, Chairman of the King Edward Educational Trust, paid special tribute to these loyal old boys.

It is quite a 'read' to hear the path these Old Boys' have taken since their education at King Edward VII School and each tribute bears an amazing journey of hard work, perseverance and success- true King Edward men, every single one of them.

Your RED Community salutes and thanks you for your contributions and support to our great School.

Below are the tributes given by Mr Lovatt and Mr Michael Faber in the School Assembly.

Tutty Faber
Tutty matriculated in 1957 after having attended both the Prep and High School.
At High School he played REDS rugby (Colours Grade 11) and played 1st XI Cricket. He also won the Open Shot Put. In addition Mr Faber also took a lead role in the School Play “HMS Pinafore”. He studied Civil Engineering at Wits and Stanford Universities.
Played Rugby for the then Transvaal in 1961 / 62.
In summing up Mr Faber’s playing career at School his Coach wrote the following in the School magazine – “Faber – no 8 – was the most prolific try scorer in the team. When he gathers a loose ball near the try line not even the brick and mortar can keep him out”.
Mr Faber has been a true servant of our School. He has served on the Governing Bodies at both the Prep and High School – in addition to serving as Chairman of the SGB at both Schools.
He has also served as Chairman of the King Edward Educational Trust.
Despite his children having left the School some 30 years ago he continues to serve his School with as much passion and enthusiasm. Mr Faber has coached U14 rugby at the School since 1982. This after he had been asked if he could help out a little in that year. Some 35 years later he is still helping out! In recognition of his service the south Rugby field was renamed the Tutty Faber field in 2007. Mr Faber in addition to his service to the School has been a major benefactor giving most generously whether it’s to build new classrooms, libraries, Staff housing or the support of generations of Prep boys’ on the The Faber Scholarship. Mr Faber’s energy and passion for this School is the benchmark for all of us to follow.
Once again Mr Faber. Thank you!

Geoff Baars
There is not much that Geoff didn’t achieve at school. He was head-boy in 1982. A Craven Week rugby player, he played centre in the great team of 1982 which was unbeaten until their last game of the season which they unfortunately lost to Queens College on tour. Geoff was victor laudarum in athletics and a 1st XI cricketer. He held academic colours and cultural colours for debating and became only the 5th boy to be awarded Summa Cum lauda – colours in all 3 facets of school life. Geoff was a genius at school. In the days when distinctions were extremely hard to get (in fact of these other illustrious old boys here today – Bruce is the only other person to have obtained a distinction), Geoff attained 6 distinctions. When one considers that the whole class of 1982 only achieved 32 distinctions between them all, it is a remarkable feat! He was awarded the Desmond Davis war memorial scholarship. After a year in the USA as a rotary exchange student, he went on to study actuarial science at Wits before emigrating to Switzerland in 1989. He later moved to Singapore where together with 2 partners started a financial services consultancy group which today has operations in over 10 countries and 18 cities in the world. In 2000, Geoff settled in Perth Australia where he lives with his wife and four children. Geoff is a great supporter of the school and has been most generous with large annual donations for the past 10 years.

Bruce Poole
Bruce Poole’s direct association with the school goes back 45 years to 1971 when he enrolled at KEPS as a grade 1. He is a 3rd generation King Edwards boy with his father and grandfather also having attended the school. Unfortunately, his move to the Cape 6 years ago meant his son would not become the 4th generation Poole to pass through this hall. Bruce also matriculated in 1982. Bruce is a sportsman in the true sense of the word. He has always enjoyed his sport and is very competitive without trying to win at all costs. I have played many games of golf against him over the years and in one particularly tight singles match he gave me a free drop when in terms of the rules he didn’t have to. That’s what being a sportsman is about. He was a middle distance athletics coloursman at school and played rugby and cricket for the 2nd team. He obtained academic colours and was the top Latin student in the country. He also played a leading part in the school play. After school whilst studying law at Stellenbosch he changed to hockey and went on to play first team at Stellenbosch. He is still a great runner and cyclist and has Springbok colours for masters’ triathlon. Bruce is in partnership with one of his oldest friends from King Edwards and together they own and run a large chain of filling stations, convenience stores and fast food outlets on the major highways in SA. I give him a lot of credit for the fund raising that we do at the school. In the days when old boys thought that a R5,000 donation was generous, Bruce was one of the first people to make a donation of R100,000 – and that was 9 years ago!

Quinton Dicks
Quinton Dicks is also from the illustrious class of 1982. Quinton came to the school in grade 10 from Glenwood in Natal. A Buxton boarder, he played 1st team water polo and had academic colours. After school he studied law at University of Natal. Following his two years’ national service, he became a state prosecutor for the next 4 years. He spent a few years overseas before returning to South Africa to complete his law articles. A stint at Brait was interrupted when he did his MBA at UCT Graduate School of business. Quinton returned to the Private Equity and currently works for Old Mutual Private Equity sector and is a director of Primedia and Consol Glass amongst others. Quinton is a very modest man who stays well below the radar and is and always has been a huge supporter of the school. I hear from his head-boy that he’s always there behind the scenes and is someone that you can always count on. Not one for big talk – if he says he’s going to do something – he does it. A true gentleman.

Now a very interesting fact about these gentlemen from 82. Whilst reading through the school magazine I discovered the most remarkable statistic. At the inter-house athletics championship in the open 800m race the results were as follows: 1st Geoff Baars 2nd Bruce Poole and 3rd Quinton Dicks. Quite unbelievable. Now I’m not a betting man, but I was to bet on the result if they were to race today, despite Geoff’s dogged determination, I’d put my money on Bruce. And Quinton, I think you’d still come 3rd!

James Teeger
James Teeger is the son of an old boy and matriculated in 1985. James had an outstanding sporting career at school. As a hockey player he made the South African Schools B team and in cricket he was selected as wicket keeper for South African Schools. It wasn’t only on the sports field that James shone – he obtained academic colours and was a member of the Stock Exchange Club where he possibly learnt what he wanted to do after school. After matriculating he went to England to do A levels at Eton – probably Britain’s most famous school. He then returned to Wits where he studied to become a Chartered Accountant. He went on to represent what was then Transvaal at cricket. After only one season of provincial cricket, James hung up his pads and gloves to concentrate on his career. James quicky gained a reputation for his incredible work ethic and the long hours that he put in at work often spending the night at his office. After rising up through the ranks at RMB where he was tipped to be the next head of that bank, he was appointed CEO of Ernst Openheimer and Sons which entails managing One of South Africa’s wealthiest family’s assets. He has been very shrewd in this and has made the family even more wealthy. James is an incredibly hard worker and despite having 7 children and commuting between Johannesburg and London, he still finds time to serve as a Trustee on the King Edwards Educational Trust where his wisdom, leadership and generosity are greatly appreciated.

Mark Stevens
Mark was like the vast majority of us sitting in this hall today – just an average schoolboy. The fact that he has gone on to reach the success that he has should be an inspiration to you all and a lesson in hard work, passion and following your dreams. Mark like James matriculated in 1985. He was one of those good solid King Edwards boys who without being a standout star at anything in particular participated fully in the school – played rugby in the lower teams, swam and was involved in the dramatics society. Mark’s wife Lindsey is also from a good King Edwards family. Her older brother Mitchell Clark is one of the very few cricketers to have captained the 1st XI in both his grade 11 and grade 12 year and of course her younger brother Greg Clarke is one of South Africa’s most capped and respected hockey players. Mark’s son Tom who is currently head of his house at St Andrews College Grahamstown is also here today and we welcome him.
Shortly after leaving school Mark took an interest in property. He walked the streets of the Jhb CBD documenting who owned what and what the rentals were. With this knowledge, and after working at both Old Mutual and Imperial, Mark was able to set up Fortress Property Group which is a listed company on the JSE and of which he is the CEO. Last year he was honoured by Fortress being named as the top 100 company over the last 5 years in South Africa! I am told by people that work with him that he is down to earth with his staff and doesn’t expect them to do anything that he wouldn’t do himself. I know many old boys who have gone on to great success and yet hold a grudge against the school because they were never recognized at school. Mark is not like this at all – he is one of the school’s biggest supporters. The son of a teacher, Mark understands the value of education. He is extremely generous and supports two boys at this school paying both their boarding and school fees.
We thank you Mark.

K.E.E.T March Conference
K.E.E.T. Conference- 22 March 2016

The King Edward Educational Trust will be hosting a one-day watershed conference on the 22nd of March 2016, with an aim to highlight the current status quo of education in the South African landscape. The invitation is extended to parents, educators, pupils and the extended community.

To reserve a seat , kindly contact Gina at 0826849986

Look forward to seeing you there!

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