Dear King Edward VII School Community
2018 has been another most rewarding, if not at times, an extremely challenging year.
The environment within the country has not always been very positive with the plethora of Commissions, constant reports of maladministration, charges of corruption levelled at people who have been entrusted with running our country or municipalities, load shedding and the continued struggle to recognize all members of society as equals.
Despite this, the School has had a bumper year and a great deal has been achieved by the boys. Many goals have been achieved, some have been missed (but not through lack of effort) and new goals have been set for 2019.
In the new year we are going to launch the concept of an Honour Code for all our boys to sign. The Honour Code will cover aspects of how we expect our boys to conduct themselves, how we interact with others and what the meaning of respect and inclusivity is, as well as highlighting the need for mutual respect and acceptance. The honour code will encompass some of the following qualities:
Academic honesty, trust, respect, responsibility, fairness and integrity.
An honour code is something that people follow to improve themselves and the people around them. It allows them to become better people and help their neighbours. This is such an important quality, especially today. To have an honour code is not to just say the words and that’s it. It means that you understand what the words mean and follow the message in the code every day.
At a recent Gauteng Boys’ Schools Headmasters’ meeting, all the Heads affirmed their commitment to fostering the concept of “Manliness” and of Leadership as stated:
Our focus is on fostering in our young men a revised concept of leadership and of ‘Manliness’ – founded upon respect for others, authenticity, empathy, compassion, courage, selfhood and resilience, and acknowledging the need to speak out when one’s values are compromised. It is Values-Based Moral Leadership which will ensure we grow good husbands, good sons, good fathers and good brothers, who will make a difference in their school and in their society.
We believe that by establishing this Honour Code and focusing on Manliness we will continue to produce young men of integrity who will make a positive contribution to our ever-evolving society.
The Matric Class of 2018 covered themselves with great distinction this year. My heartfelt thank you to the Head of School, Keane Morse, for his unfailing leadership and guidance offered.
The Matric results will be available from 9am to 11am on Friday, 4 January 2019.
The following new Staff join the team at the start of 2019:
Mr Luciano Adriaanse – Social Sciences, Life Orientation and Technology
Mr Simon Bosman – English
Mr Paul Galbraith – School Psychologist
Mr Chris Tomsek – Geography, Mathematics, Social Studies
The new staff bring a great deal of passion and expertise and I wish them a long and happy career at King Edward VII School.
Because of some current staff leaving, there are a few changes to the House Teams for 2019. Please refer to the table below. My congratulations go to Mrs Megan Friedland who takes over the academic leadership of Crofts House.
HOUSE LEADERS, ASSISTANT HOUSE LEADERS & ACADEMIC LEADERS
|HOUSE||HOUSE LEADER||ACADEMIC LEADER||
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4||Group 5|
|ANDERSON||Neethling||Wadee||Von Hoesslin(AHL)||Murray||Bremner||Prideaux-Brune||W Pretorius|
|DAVIS||Khanye||Koekemoer||C Fielding (AHL)||Miss de Wet||J Scouler||Van Straten||Van Niekerk|
|HILL||Gordon||Asvat||Marvell (AHL)||Bain Venn||Van der Merwe||van Rooyen||S Pretorius|
|ROBINSON||Chopamba||Ferreira||Els||H Hansen||Jones||Crossley (AHL)||Engelbrecht|
|SCHOOL||D De Wet||Claro||Van Rensburg (AHL)||Mrs Hammond||Dale||
Congratulations to the following boys who will represent Gauteng at the National Cricket and Water Polo tournaments:
Provincial Cricket Players 2019
Bryce Parsons – Central Gauteng Lions U/19A
Obakeng Maila – Central Gauteng Lions U/19A
Callum Broodryk – Central Gauteng Lions U/19B
Saeed Kirsten – Central Gauteng Lions U/19B
Heinrich Pieterse – Central Gauteng Lions U/17A
Jason Bracher – Central Gauteng Lions U/17A
Michael Copeland – Central Gauteng Lions U/17A
Zack Momberg – Central Gauteng Lions U/15A
Liam Alder – Central Gauteng Lions U/15A
Gareth Lonie – Central Gauteng Lions U/15B
Ethan MacMaster – Central Gauteng Lions U/15B
Provincial Water Polo Players 2019
U14 – Makhaya Tshidzumba Central Gauteng A
Emmanuel Phoshoko Gauteng B
U15 – James Parker Gauteng B
Tieago Correria Eastern Gauteng
U16 – Maxim Johnson Gauteng A
Ethan Martin Gauteng A
Zack Segell Gauteng B
Brent Rowe Gauteng B
Kieren Duminy Gauteng B
Dean Combrink Gauteng B
Yann Mbella Gauteng B
U18 – Muhammed Rawat Gauteng A
Jared Germond Gauteng B
As we head off on our holidays, I wish to bring the following annual reminders to your attention:
- That all boys (and parents) commit to attend School on time for the entire year. In addition, we all stick to the School Calendar and do not take any uncalled-for time off school. If parents need a weekend away or a mid-week break, do not include the kids!
- That we all commit to the School’s Code of Conduct, that we wear our School uniform with a great deal of pride and stick to all the rules related to our appearance;
- That we will honour each other with mutual respect and celebrate our unique differences;
- That we will all commit to acting in the interests of our young men of King Edward VII School and work as a collective to ensure he achieves his very best!
I believe that if we adhere to these 4 points we will have a great 2019.
School Calendar 2019: Common for all 9 Provinces
|Term||Duration||No. of weeks||No. of days||Public holidays||No. school days|
|1||(07) 09 January – 15 March||10||48 (50)||0||48 (50)|
|2||02 April – 14 June||11||54||3 + 0||51|
|3||09 July – 20 September||11||54||1 + 0||53|
|4||01 October – 04 (06) December||10||47 (49)||0||47 (49)|
|TOTAL||42||203 (207)||4 + 0||199 (203)|
Public Holidays 2019:
|01 January||New Year’s Day||01 May||Workers’ Day||23 September||School Holiday|
|21 March||Human Rights Day||16 June||Youth Day||24 September||Heritage Day|
|19 April||Good Friday||17 June||Public Holiday||16 December||Day of Reconciliation|
|22 April||Family Day||09 August||Women’s Day||25 December||Christmas Day|
|27 April||Freedom Day||26 December||Day of Goodwill|
FIRST WEEK PROCEDURES – 2019
NEW AND PRESENT LEARNERS AT THE SCHOOL
TUESDAY 8 JANUARY 2019 – GRADE 8 & NEW GRADE 9 – 12 LEARNERS
(Mr Visser to coordinate)
08h00 – 09h00 Grade 8 learners to meet in the Hall for Class and House Group allocation.
09h00 – 10h00 New Grade 9 – 12 and Grade 8 learners to report to the Hall for presentations by Masters in Charge of Sport, Culture, First Aid Societies, Clubs and Academics.
10h00 – 11h00 Tours of the School – Grade 8 learners with Prefects; Grade 9 – 12 learners with Mr Visser
11h00 – 11h30 Break
11h30 – 12h30 Meeting for all new learners in the Hall – to be addressed by Mr Lovatt and Mr Visser.
12h30 – 13h00 Grade 9 – 12 New Learners DAY and BOARDING to go home.
Grade 8 New Boarders report for lunch.
13h00 – 14h30 All Grade 8 learners to report for summer sports practices. Mr Marx to co-ordinate.
17h30 – 18h00 Grade 9 – 12 New Boarders report to Boarding. Mr Marx, Mr Ridley to co-ordinate.
WEDNESDAY 9 JANUARY 2019
08h00 – 09h30 Grade 9 – 12 to meet on the Hugh Wilson Square; Grade 8’s to go the Hall for call over, academic class period and administration.
Learners to work in Academic classes for the first week.
09h30 – 10h30 House meetings
- Anderson Stands next to Hockey Astro
- Crofts Geography Block Quad
- Grimmer Main Quadrangle (Hall)
- Hofmeyr Faber Quadrangle
- Robinson Auditorium
- Davis Library Steps
- Hill Science Quadrangle
- School Main Quadrangle
10h30 – 10h50 Break
10h50 – 11h10 Period 5 – Grade 8 Orientation until Assembly at 12h10
11h10 – 11h30 Period 6
11h30 – 11h50 Period 7 Matrics to go to the Hall.
11h50 – 12h10 Period 8 Rest of the School to follow Periods 7 & 8
12h10 Meet in the Quadrangle to be seated in the Hall for Assembly. Prefects to assist.
THURSDAY 10 JANUARY 2019
07h40 – 07h55 Assembly in the Quadrangle
07h55 – 08h20 House Meetings
08h20 – 08h55 Academic class period
08h55 Adjusted periods 2 – 4 (Grade 8 Orientation for the rest of the day).
FRIDAY 11 JANUARY 2019
07h40 Assembly in the Hall
Academic class period.
Adjusted timetable for the rest of the day.
Grade 8 Orientation for the rest of the day.
New Parents Welcome will be held on Monday, 28 January 2018, in the School Hall from 18h00 to 19h00.
I trust that you all have a wonderful holiday and that 2019 will bring great joy, peace and prosperity!
D C P Lovatt