Strenue - Strenue October 2014
Team RED brings the Inter High Trophy home!

The Boys' Schools Inter High athletics meeting took place at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool in a very warm Pretoria on Saturday, 27th September.

According to local punters and media, King Edward went into the meeting as the firm favourite, as our KES athletes had so far finished 1st in every meeting this season. However the pressure would be on the 2012 and 2013 Champions to retain the Inter High title for a third consecutive year. Hosts AFFIES and Jeppe High School for Boys ensured that the King Edward athletes worked very hard for this 2014 win and this made for an extremely exciting and thrilling Inter High event.

The Inter High Meeting is different from the other meets, as there is only room for one athlete per school, per event (except for the 1500/3000m events), thereby making it a competition that sees ones individual stars competing on the day. At Inter High 2014, both the A and B Teams competed in separate heats and the competition was of a high calibre in both competitions.

In the early stages of the day, after about 10 events, it was Affies leading both the A & B competitions, with King Edward and Jeppe fighting it out for 2nd and 3rd place. By lunch time the scores of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were a mere 5 point difference between the hosts, AFFIES, King Edward and Jeppe High School for Boys!

It was however after lunch that the King Edward middle distance and long distance athletes showed their class taking notable wins in most of the 1500 and 400m events. After event 40, King Edward were trailing but the athletes were focused on the task ahead and knew how they had planned to finish. At the start of the 200m events King Edward athletes started to press home. After winning three out of five of the 1500m, KES took the points lead. The 400m events had KES winning 2 and finishing no worse than 2nd in the other 400m races.

It was going down to the wire and that meant that the relay team events were going to be the most exciting of the day! King Edward finished in style winning three of the relays and finished 2nd in one relay event. Furthermore KES broke 2x relay Inter High records ( u16 4 x 100m & u17 4 x 100m).

Final results eventually had King Edward VII School comfortable winners in the A Team competition, with a 32 points margin difference between the runners-up, AFFIES. It was however only a 1 point difference between AFFIES and Jeppe High School for Boys, that saw the hosts grabbing 2nd place and Jeppe 3rd place.

In the B Team Competition, Jeppe High School took a well deserved 1st place, followed closely behind by AFFIES and King Edward taking 3rd place.

In total King Edward won 25 events, AFFIES 20 and Jeppe 13.

The King Edward athletes set 8x new Inter High records on the day:

* Sebastian Freeman- u15 800m - 2m00,63s
* Dylan Curtis - u14 1500m- 4m30,12s
* Thabang Mantsho- u16 3000m- 9m16,84s
* Motame Shabangu u14 High Jump- 1m85cm
* Patrick Duvenage- u16 Discus- 56m18cm
* Patrick Duvenage- u16 Shotput- 17m40cm
* 4 x 100m u16 relay- 43,00s
* 4 x 100m u17 relay- 42,62s

A Team standings:
1st King Edward VII School          462
2nd Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool   430
3rd JEPPE High School for Boys  429
4th Pretoria Boys' High School     341
5th Parktown Boys' High School   259
6th St Benedict's                           220
7th Indep.Schools                         165

B Team standings:
1st Jeppe               381
2nd Affies               379
3rd KES                  350
4th PBHS                264
5th St David's          233
6th Parktown Boys' 189

King Edward VII School were crowned Inter High Champions for the third time, cementing an epic victory at AFFIES. In the 33rd Annual Inter High Meeting, King Edward VII School had now been victors 20 times in the history of Inter High clashes, with Pretoria Boys' High School winning 7 times, Affies 4 times and Partown Boys' twice.

Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches, support staff and thank you to all of the parents and friends of King Edward that came out to support TEAM RED!


KES Rowing Club welcomes new boats to fleet!
The King Edward VII Rowing Club’s new boats were named at a ceremony held at the school on Thursday 18th September 2014. The club is extremely proud and excited about their new arrivals, an eight, coxed four and pair from the Canadian boat manufacturer Hudson.

The 'Pair' was named “Janine Lovatt” by Mrs Lovatt, the wife of Headmaster Mr David Lovatt. The 'Coxed Four' was named “Proteus”, after the 'god of rivers and waterways' by Mr Brian Northcroft, whilst the 'Eight', named by Mr Paolo Cavalieri, was named 'Chronos' after the 'god of time'.

Guests were entertained by the school pipe band and choir at the ceremony.

The King Edward Rowing Club looks ahead to a new season full of opportunities and hopefully much success in our new fleet of boats.

UJ Weather Station Challenge sees KES place 3rd overall!
King Edward VII School entered 'The Weather Station Challenge', sponsored by Unitronics and co-ordinated by the University of Johannesburg and were awarded 3rd place overall and 'Best Construction' award.

Overall placings as follows:
The King’s School West Rand – Win 2014 Unitronics-UJ Weather Station Challenge @ Grundfos -Germiston
2nd Prize: Hoërskool Florida
3rd Prize: King Edward VII School

Awards per Category:
Most Innovative: King’s School West Rand
Lowest Cost Implementation: Hoërskool Florida
Best Construction: King Edward VII School
Best Functionality: The King’s School West Rand
Best Impression: Deutshe Schule
Most Data Captured: Hoërskool Florida

The Weather Station Challenge was inspired by University of Johannesburg HOD: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, Dennis Du Plooy, sponsored by Unitronics (Wally Britz + Neil Reynolds), Grundfos and co-ordinated by the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technolab. Panel of Judges included: IEEE representative, Rina Peach; SAIEE Deputy President, Andre Hoffmann and BCX Senior Technical Consultant: Industrial Solutions, Chris Fourie.

Presentations available via: WEATHER PRESENTATIONS 
Images available via WEATHER IMAGES

Congratulations to our King Edward VII School team of Jonathan Green, Henry Peyper, Matthew Wilmot, Tyrone Grenz (in photo) and Michael Mugoya on your awards, innovation and skill shown.

Edwardian Family 'Ice Bucket' donations go to J9 Foundation!
On Friday, 5 September Headmaster Mr Lovatt, Head Prefect John Fourie & his Deputies had the privilege of meeting with Pieter Van Der Westhuizen & Claire Kaye-Grobler of the J9 Foundation.

Following the School's 'Ice Bucket Challenge' donations from the boys, School, Old Boys Association & Old Ed's Society allowed us to hand-over a donation of R6000-00 collected.

Mr Pieter Vd Westhuizen (Joost's brother) indicated this donation would contribute to the research in finding an eventual cure for MND.

Please visit the J9 Foundation website: J9 FOUNDATION for more information on the wonderful work being done in the awareness of MND & support of those suffering from this disease.

Thank you RED FAMILY for your support.

Mr Lovatt's Ice Bucket Challenge-2014

Hugh Wilson Square paving the way for future generations!
`The Hugh Wilson Square – a Tribute to the late Mr W J H Wilson (1932 - 2010)'

‘Only the forgotten are truly dead’ was written on a scrap of paper and found amongst his things shortly after Hugh Wilson’s passing in early March 2010. A man of strong presence, an innovator, for many an erudite life coach; blessed with an iron will and dogged determinism, tempered by a kind and empathic disposition, Hugh Wilson will live on in the hearts and minds of the Edwardian family and will not be easily forgotten.

Hugh was an educator, imparting well over 50 years of wisdom, sound advice and drama (literally) to all those who were fortunate enough to make his acquaintance. He was a demanding task master and expected people to deliver their best at all times. Hugh was an ardent fan of the classics, ancient Rome and Greek mythology. He was very knowledgeable and taught Latin and its associated History with great passion and enthusiasm. Many will remember his lessons with great fondness. Some, who were victims of his scathing and at times volatile attacks, may have different memories of this Latin master. But whatever your experiences with Hugh Wilson, few people were ambivalent about their interactions with him.

Hugh Wilson started his teaching career at King Edward VII School in January 1955 as a Latin master. He was also appointed as the assistant Master for Davis House. This would be the beginning of a long and satisfying career path which would encompass many firsts (for both Hugh and the School) and successes over the next half century. Hugh Wilson served on various academic committees and co-wrote a textbook for Latin. He singlehandedly was responsible for packing the annual school timetable for thirty five years and he started the relief timetable (which many may argue may not have been such a good innovation!). Hugh extended the Colours system and controlled the allocation of Scholarships and Bursaries for many years. He instituted the Moot board outside of his office to create awareness in politics and current affairs. He nurtured and developed the RCL into a meaningful body and gave recognition to its President.

He started Hockey as a sport at the School in 1956, and sat on Provincial committees, even managing a Provincial team for a while. In later years he was often to be seen in the vicinity of the astro during inter school fixtures, a quietly biased spectator. He revived Tennis, albeit without courts to play on.

KESFAM as an outreach body was founded by him to benefit the disadvantaged and needy, and with the added boost of KESCO in 2006, has grown into a strong force with the boys gaining empathy for others through ongoing collections for charity, to the installation of our very own vegetable garden.

The one Cultural activity that most people associate with Mr Wilson is the Dramatic Society! He founded it in his early teaching days and it grew from theatre visits and script readings into plays being staged thrice annually in his ‘creation’, the Tandem theatre. The winter production involved the serving of glühwein (cooking all day in the kitchen and tempting tastings to get it just right) after the production, and the Headmaster’s party on the final night of the Inter-house One Act Play Festival, meant entrance by invitation only, a much sought after honour. At the close of each year, a formal Dramatics dinner would be held which was the highlight for the boys in the Drama society, as it usually meant an evening of good food and even better entertainment. Play rehearsals were run with military-style precision and heaven help those who missed one!

Hugh was a perfect gentleman. He liked to travel and relished the new experiences it brought. When asked if he ever tired of teaching the same material over and over, he replied that each new group of boys were different and their responses changed over time resulting in different approaches to tackle the philosophical challenges he posed to the boys.

Over time Hugh Wilson forged a somewhat unique career which would advance him to the level of senior Deputy Principal, and although he cut back on his commitments to the School as he advanced in years, he only finally retired in December 2009 due to failing health. Although Hugh had ceased formal teaching some years prior he still kept the Dramatics Society going, and staged regular productions in the theatre. It was his express wish that drama and theatre be kept alive at King Edward. The Tandem Theatre was renamed in his honour, and the newly paved area covering the old tarmac has been aptly named `The Hugh Wilson Square` as a further tribute and acknowledgement of his contribution, commitment and dedication to King Edward VII School and the extended Edwardian family. The physical link between the Hugh Wilson Theatre, Square and Hockey Astro do justice to Hugh`s considerable legacy,

(Tribute written by: Mrs A Mania)

Before and After Images of the paving project

KES Veggie Garden planting hope for the future!
King Edward VII School under the guidance of Mr Brian Northcroft (HOD Life Orientation) has started a community vegetable garden at the school.

There are numerous reasons for this initiative, some of the most important are:
* The need to create a platform for young people to engage with their environment.
* Exposure to a sustainable approach to subsistence farming.
* Raising awareness about food production in modern society.

The second main component is the social responsibility aspect of the project. The school has an existing community outreach program which will guide the process of delivery and serving our produce at various soup kitchens within the greater CBD. The aim is for the boys to follow the process from planting to harvesting to preparation and finally to serving of the food to the less fortunate.

The many life lessons these young men of the opportunity to grasp through their involvement in this initiate are balanced only by the opportunity this presents on a macro scale to the destitute.

The current Grade 10's have been hard at work since January during one Life Orientation lesson per week and we are proud to say we have already had harvested some peas, broccoli, beetroot and carrots! The idea is to create a fully self-sustaining vegetable garden that can also be used as an outdoor classroom.

We have been fortunate to have received some significant assistance from various corporate's, Old Boys and generous friends of the school but with such a project, there will continue to be 'wants and needs' that we require help with.

We have included a wish list and ask that you either contribute by assisting with corporate donations (which are tax deductible) or assisting us with contacts who will help towards the completion of our garden. Alternatively should any parent, Old Boy or friends of King Edward wish to contribute in their own capacity, it would be greatly appreciated and accepted.

The boys (and some incredible parents) have already raised R6 000 towards the installation of the rain water harvest tank and piping, which the company will do for us for R12 000 so we need around R6 000 to finalise this.

So our wish list includes:
About 50 m2 of shade cloth
A solar panel for the timer of the irrigation system

Any suggestions, comments or aid can be directed to Brian Northcroft at:

Well done to Mr Northcroft, Mrs Sim, Estate Team and the hard working lads who have already worked many hours to get this project 'off the ground' and looking so promising for the future.

Strenue in action!

Grade 12's- who helped with the clearing of the garden back in 2013!

AFTER- How it looks TODAY!

King Edward's 1st XI Captain reflects on SA u19 Tour!
King Edward VII School 1st XI team Captain and Old Ed's Society wicket keeper/batsman, Grant Roelofsen has joined an eminent list of cricketers who have represented South Africa at the under 19 level, and he has just returned from a two Test and five One Day International tour of England.

Mike Dunk of Old Ed's interviewed and chatted to Grant about his SA U19 experience:

“There were a lot of learning curves as we played against people who are already contracted to English County teams. In fact one boy missed two games as he was playing for Yorkshire.” So that gives you some idea as to the quality of the England team they came up against, and when Grant scored 149 in the first Test, it shows you that he has the credentials to match those who have gone before him from both the school and the Society, to achieve greater honors in the game.

Of that 149 scored at the Cambridge University ground of Fenners he says “I don’t remember too much about it, it was a fairy tale really especially as it was my debut. I went in with the score on 90/3, and knew that we could not really afford to lose another wicket quickly. I joined Ryan Rickerton who had opened, and we started slowly which was uncharacteristic for us. We took the score to around 190 before Ryan was out, and I batted through to the close of play finishing on 96.”

When asked how he slept that night he replied “Better than if I had been on 99!”

“When I got to the ground the next morning, saw my name on the scoreboard on 96, I realized what I had done the day before. I got to my 100 quickly and then started to score more freely until the new ball was taken. The new ball tends to swing more in England so it was a case of starting again to see off the shine.”

He was finally out on 149 caught behind. “I was batting with the tail and trying to keep the strike so tried to glide the fourth ball of the over to third man, but got a nick.”

Grant was of the opinion the man for man South Africa had better skills than the England players. However the difference was, especially in the five One Day matches, “They put the three elements together better than us. Perhaps we were not used to playing in big stadiums as we played the One Day matches on either Test match grounds or county grounds. The last game was even more nerve racking as it is a day/night game and televised.”

Grant finishes school this year and is hoping to do a degree through UNISA rather than go to University as “I want to continue playing Premier league for the Society, whereas if I go to somewhere like UJ, I would have to play for them.”

But before then Grant has his sights set on another Coca Cola week, and hopefully, his second SA schools cap. Looking further ahead he sees a possible gap for a wicket keeper in the Strikers team perhaps later in the season if the runs keep flowing for the Society like last season, and his work with the gloves stays at the level, or even improves, on last year.

Once again, the well-oiled cricket machine that produces South African cricketers regularly from the School, could have the name ‘Grant Roelofsen’ added to their honours board in the future.

The King Edward Community will be eagerly watching and supporting our young talent!

Grant in action for SA U19's
Cultural Events and Highlights from Term 3!
Director of Culturals, Mrs Mania reports back on Term 3 highlights!

We have had another busy term on the Cultural front and have the following highlights to report:

Public Speaking started the third term off with the fun-filled Inter-House, Just-a-Minute competition. Interest and support for the event was fantastic due to the revived competitiveness between the various houses. Robinson was the winning house with Croft a close second.

'Just-a-Minute' Winners 2014

We then proceeded with the more challenging and serious oration at the Junior and Senior Best Speaker Competitions. These competitions were also run on a house basis for the first time. The Junior Best Speaker was Matthew Wood from Davis and the Proxime Accessit, Ntsako Mphahlani came from Croft. The Senior Best Speaker Competition produced some excellent speeches and was won by John Fourie from Robinson. Viashin Govender from Hill house was the deserved Proxime Accessit.

Best Speaker Winners 2014

To celebrate woman’s month (August), two of our Junior Student Councillors gave each lady staff member a poem and a chocolate to thank them for the important role they play in the boys’ lives.

King Edward VII School will host a part of the heritage weekend organised by the Houghton Resident’s Association on 4 and 5 October. Our Choir and Pipe Band will entertain; there will be guided tours and a talk on the architecture and heritage of this educational corridor.

The Music Society was invited to perform at the recent KEPS Food Festival. They will also join the Choir and Literary and Dramatic Societies to perform at the annual Expressions evening on 30 September and 1 October. On the second evening, the annual Dramatics awards will be presented.

The School Choir performed at the national Eisteddfod held at St Stithians and received a gold certificate and high praise. The Choir also entertained the guests at the rowing boat naming ceremony held on the newly paved Hugh Wilson Square.

Six boys forming two teams represented Mexico and Greenland in their respective topic scenarios at the Model United Nations Conference held at Wits university. They acquitted themselves well and learned a lot about negotiations and the workings of the United Nations while simultaneously making new friends.

Two Matric ‘legal eagles’ acting as both applicants and respondents argued the Moot Court case in the Pretoria Magistrates Court and were placed among the top five schools in Gauteng.

The Johannesburg Youth Council held their annual Kid’s Karnival at King Edward and our two Junior Councillors and KESCO members helped to entertain the orphans who were brought in for the day.

A number of Cultural colours awards have been made and we celebrate the addition of a ‘team blazer’ which expands the recognition of contributions made by the Cultural achievers.

Our Quiz team was invited to the Quizwizz finals at Roedean where a good evening’s entertainment was had by the talented boys who participated. Further quiz participation is scheduled for October.

We continue to collect used clothing, books, sports equipment, rape-kit essentials and non perishable food as an ongoing project to help the needy and disadvantaged in the community. We are pleased to report that we have managed to collect the majority of the money to pay for our rain tank and thank the Badat family for their extreme generosity and passion for this project.

KES Old Boys making headlines and news across the globe!
At King Edward we are so priviliged and proud of our many King Edward VII School Old Boys who are performing in their industry, world of commerce and on the sports field. The most satisfying 'reward' to the School is how many of these 'captains of their fields' attribute some of their success to their alma mater and for that alone, we applaud our Old Boys!

Here are some notable 'congratulations' to Old Boys who have made their mark and/or making a mark in their field over the past few months:

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Old Boy, Murray Legg (Class of 2001) who was named one of the Mail and Guardian Top 200 South Africans 2014.

Click on given link to read more on this wonderful acknowledgement and achievement: Murray Legg M&G Top 200 South Africans

Congratulations Murray, the King Edward Community applaud you and wish you continued success into the future!

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Old Boy & 2013 Soccer captain, Thabo Nodada on his selection to the Mpumalanga Black Aces team for the prestigious upcoming Multichoice Diski Challenge.

This tournament will be televised on SS4 starting this Saturday and every Saturday going forward. Well done to our Old Boy on this fine achievement and between his studies at UJ and his football duties, we wish Thabo much success and enjoyment with all his new challenges.

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Bryan Habana on Saturday, September 6th became the fourth Springbok and 33rd player overall to play in 100 Tests when South Africa took on Australia in the third round of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at Patersons Stadium in Perth. The 31-year-old Habana, who made his debut for South Africa against England at Twickenham on 20 November 2004, holds the record for the most Test tries in a Springbok jersey. His 56 Test tries places him fourth on the list of all-time international try scorers.

The three-time South African Rugby Player of the Year (2004, 2007 and 2012), who was also named the IRB Rugby Player of the Year in 2007, will lead the Springboks out on Saturday as he follows Percy Montgomery, John Smit and Victor Matfield in amassing 100 Tests in the green and gold.

“This is an unbelievable achievement by Bryan, who is someone every South African can be immensely proud of,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. “Bryan is a true professional and someone who never gives anything but his best, on the field and off it. For him to reach this magnificent milestone is just reward for years of dedication and hard work. “Apart from scoring tries and always giving 100% on the field, Bryan is also a humble servant to the game and a true ambassador for his family, his friends and his country. He will go down in history as one of the greatest rugby players of all time.

“He is always looking for improvement – I’ve never seen him play a bad game in the Springbok jersey.”

KES Old Boy, Quinton De Kock, on the 19 August 2014, reached 1000 runs in the ODI format in record time. Quinton was also named one of the Mail and Guardian Top 200 South Africans 2014.

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Old Boy, Kevin Lerena on winning the WBC Youth Silver Cruiserweight on the 29 September at Emperors Palace.

King Edward VII School Old Boy and author, Rex Wickins (Class of 1958), launched his next book, 'Seven Billion People and Me'. This is the extraordinary tale of Rex's life and the people he met along his journeys from Gibraltar to Parkhurst and all in between!

This project has been two and a half years in the writing and now it is completed. Almost 500 pages and 230 photographs later, it is now available in a hard cover limited edition copy and a soft cover edition version that contain many photos in colour.

It is now available on link to the public.

Congratulations Rex and thank you for the donation of a limited hard cover edition, to the School Library. Trust the rest of our RED Community will ensure they support and get their own copy of our Old Boy's book soon. Much success from us all.

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Old Boy, Adam Speechly on his title winning fight, that took place on 7 August at Carnival City. Adam, weighing in at 76,4kg took on the EFC WW title fight vs Henry Fadipe 76.5kg and punters report he fought a very strategic fight and thereby eliminated his opponents strengths.

Adam is now the Welterweight Champion! Well done.

King Edward VII School Old Boy and team member of the UCT Varsity Cup Champions Team, Vince Jobo (Class of 2009) has been signed to the Cheetahs for the Currie Cup premiere division. Vince who was part of the very successful 2009 King Edward REDS Team of 2009, which only suffered one loss in their season, is extremely excited about his future and grateful for this opportunity to show his skill and talent for the Cheetahs in the upcoming Currie Cup Tournament. Vince attributes this 'call-up' to his successful season as a member of the victorious Varsity Cup Champions of UCT.

The future looks bright and promising for this KES Old Boy, with him studying a Bsoc Sci Degree majoring in Political studies and Sociology at UCT and now an opportunity to play for a major franchise such as the Cheetahs, we are sure to hear more of this burly no 8 as he paves his way into new challenges, conquering set goals along his path. Congrats Vince, the RED Community is right behind you, cheering you on!

Two of South Africa’s top financial and economic minds, King Edward VII School Old Boy, Chris Hart and Glenn Silverman, joined forces to explore the BRICS, to visit and touch, feel, taste and smell each of these five countries. They then put each country through a series of analytical lenses, to better understand their investment merit. The result is a unique look at these critical new kids on the global block – at how they work, and where they must improve. And, importantly, they look at the prospects for the BRICS. Will this become a major player on the global stage, or will differences, tensions, and a lack of common vision drive them apart?

Congrats Chris and much success with your new book!
Calling on our RED FAMILY to join us at our Bingo Evening!


Old Boys' Reunion Dates and Reminders!
The following reunions and dates for the remainder of 2014. Please send your updated contact details to:

Class of 1964 Douglas Armstrong and Derron van Eeden
Class of 1959 Jack Lurie 
Class of 1984 Clive McKenzie


Save the date: 1 November and come support the Old Boys of King Edward VII School.

King Edward Association Golf Day 07 November 2014

K.E.P.S Term 3 Report Back from Mr Shead!
Term Three has been a very busy term for the Prep. Lots of changes and some serious sporting events have taken place.

During the July holidays the school was 'attacked' by contract workers. The ceiling in the hall was removed, the doors in the grade R house and foundation phase classrooms were changed, a new intercom system was installed and every classroom received a monitoring camera. The Swop Shop also received a serious revamp. Bar the hall, all the renovations were completed by the end of the holiday. The hall has taken the whole of the term and we are hoping that it will be completed in time for the start of term four!

Our footballers were challenged with the Discovery Knock Out Cup. Of the six age groups available to boys, we had four teams represented in the finals. On the day we came away with two gold medals and very proud staff and coaches. The boys played as hard as they knew how and the teams that beat us were deserved winners.


A quick change of kit and the hockey and rugby season kicked off. There is hardly enough time for the coaches to dust off their whistles and the games begin. Nevertheless, we have had great support and good performances in both codes. It is wonderful to see the under 9 and 10 boys plying their rugby skills at the Saturday morning fixtures. We need to find a way to harness the energy of these young sportsmen. We could sell power to Eskom! Our under 11 hockey team were beaten in the final of their competition by one goal to nil. A wonderful season of stick and ball skill came to an end with the coaching staff looking forward to the future.


The PTA also joined forces with the Old Eds running club at the Annual Old Eds run. A wonderful collection of parents, grandparents, pets and other attachments joined the red army for a 5km walk or stroll around Houghton. It was the perfect start to Spring and a new beginning of healthy living for some.

Since the hall has been 'out of action' the schools Inter-House plays have had to be postponed to the fourth term. The date will be decided once the state of the hall can be determined. Even though there has been no hall, the various casts have continued to practice their lines and moves for the day that they can use the stage. There has been no shortage of enthusiasm and effort on behalf of the cast members and staff. 'Break a leg' boys when you get your chance to perform.

Our annual golf day was enjoyed by a field of energetic players who were challenged on a number of holes- both through the difficulty of the course and by the obstacles that were set up at sponsored holes. The Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club once again provided a brilliant setting for a very successful day.

The PTA have been working very hard to get the Food Festival up and running. What a sterling performance from the parents at our school! The generosity of time, spirit and resources is mind boggling. The parents were out setting up stalls at 5:00 in the morning and were dragging themselves home at 17:00 in the evening. They demonstrated incredible values to the boys and other spectators. It is evident that one can work hard and have fun. Team work can overcome just about any challenge: if you say you are going to be committed, then this is what it looks like! The healthy competition between the parents kept Bridgette Hudson and Michelle Bennetts on their toes. A gang of other hard working moms and dads, behind the scenes, kept the system afloat and the day turned into a rip roaring success.

We will be ending this very hectic term with the announcement of the prefect group along with the Head boy and Deputy for 2014. These boys have had a chance to practice their leadership throughout the year as Monitors. The group that has maintained consistency is rewarded as the final leader group for the year. Good luck to the selected boys.
Old Edwardians Hockey and Mini Hockey have a successful winter season!
After having finished third in the Premier league last season, it was always going to be a challenge to match or better that for our mens 1st hockey team this season.

To have finished second was not only a step up, but a great achievement for the team which did not really have any stars. Coach Thornton McDade said that the Old Eds ethos of playing hockey was to be competitive on the field, but still to retain the enjoyment of the after match festivities. They did not lose any points to the teams who finished below them which was pleasing, and in all honesty their only downfall was the match against the eventual champions The Wanderers towards the end of the season, when they did not play to their potential, and went down 0-3.

They had a solid defense with goalkeeper March de Jager the rock, and if there was an area that could have been improved, it was the strikers who did not score enough goals, as a central back Andy Roberts ended up as the leading goal scorer.

Young players Luke Sanon, Hayden Jennings and Nic Rowe really impressed with the first two having aspirations of winning higher honors.

During the season they were able to field as many as six or seven former captains of hockey from King Edward School, and were also able to give a number of schoolboys a game in the second team.

It is hoped that in future seasons the Society will be able to encourage former school boys who have completed their tertiary education to come back to the Society, and continue their hockey with them.

This year saw the revival of mini hockey, and from a small number of around 10 children on the first day, the group grew to almost 50 at the end of the season. Coached and mentored by Daryl Coker and Mark Hopkins, they played in five Festivals throughout the season, and more than held their own. It is these players who hold the future of the game at the Society, and along with the possibility of an Astro pitch in the near future, hockey looks set to become one of the mainstays of The Society.

Now with summer almost here, our thoughts to turn to cricket and although we have lost a couple of experienced players, our first team in Premier league is looking to field more younger players than usual. We again will have to take the field for many games without our Lions and Strikers players, but this gives the younger players the opportunity to experience cricket at Premier league level. The new captain, Gareth Harte, has said that they will go into each competition with the object of winning it, and in view of the success of the team over the years; a season without a trophy will be deemed a failure.

In the past the younger players we have groomed and nurtured has produced cricket worthy of winning trophies, and we see no reason why this season will not equal the performances of the past.

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When you get a blue MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card you can use it at various partner stores. These stores will donate a percentage of your purchase to your chosen beneficiary every time you swipe your card: There is no cost to you!

Please visit our website to search for partner stores near you. The more times you swipe your card, the more funds you generate for us!

I want a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card in benefit of King Edward VII School.
Apply online MYSCHOOLONLINE or
Phone us 0860 100 445 or
Visit any Woolworths store


I want my Woolworths card to be linked to MySchool.
Contact MySchool and provide your Woolworths card number and your details: ask that your card be linked to King Edward VII School.
I want to receive my monthly statement showing me how much money I have raised.

Update your UPDATE PROFILE ONLINE or contact MySchool.
I want to change my beneficiary to King Edward VII School.
Change your CHANGE BENEFICIARY ONLINE or contact MySchool.

Every swipe counts! Thank you for your support!


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