Newsletter June 2018

Dear Parents and King Edward VII School Community

This term has literally flown by!   It is difficult to comprehend how busy the School has been and how much has been achieved by the boys and staff alike within the last eleven weeks.

I am continually amazed at the commitment of our young men and the undying support of the parents and our broader community.  We, as a School, are extremely privileged to have such a supportive community.

The term has been extremely busy from an Academic perspective with a full set of Standardised Tests and Mid-Year Examinations.  In order to maximise teaching time we wrote examinations up to and including the last day of term which will result in School reports only being published on Friday, 27 July.  The reports will be published on Ed-Admin so please ensure that all your details are up to date and you have your login details on hand.

The following two reports written by Mrs Mania (Director: Cultural activities) and Mr Marx (Director: Sport) highlight the events and successes of the term.

Cultural report

KESCO
Due to money raised this year, we are once again able to sponsor through Rotary, the donation of 70 blankets distributed by Boikanyo Trust to the squatter camps in Soweto.

We participated in the Reach for a Dream, Slipper Day and raised some extra money for KESCO. We are currently collecting books and comics for a book drive as well as baby food, nappies, toiletries etc for the Hotel Hope Ministries.

Dramatics Society
The Drama Society staged a double bill in May and one of the plays, Hell or High Water was entered into the EADS festival where it was placed second overall. C Beukes and G Greenfield each picked up awards while a number of our drama boys were nominated in a variety of categories.

Music Society and Choir
The Music Society’s offshoot band “Teddy on the Throne” entered the annual competition “Battle of the Bands” hosted by St Mary’s, Waverley, making it to the finals. As a consequence, they have been invited to be featured on the show “Talent on Track”, which will be broadcast on SABC next term. The quarterly “Expressions” evening was themed “A Night at the Movies” and proved to be a wonderful evening with a wide variety of talent and musical styles.

Chess
The Chess Team concluded the Johannesburg Central Schools Chess League this term

The A team was placed 6th out of 10 competing schools after the 9th round in the A League, and subsequently they did not proceed to the next round – the semi-finals.

On 4 May the Chess team played 2 rounds against Maritzburg College. They won both.

Debating

The SACEE Development Debating team are going through to the finals next term. We will once again be participating in the British Parliamentary League which runs over the end of term weekend.

Pipe Band
Term 2 started off with our annual tour to Amanzimtoti for the South Coast highland gathering. We placed second overall out of a group of 8 competing schools. Following this, we attended gatherings at Jeppe, De La Salle and Cornwall Hill, placing second once again at every gathering. Our last gathering for the term took place at Pretoria Boys’ High School, with the band placing third overall. We have seen some major improvements this year, and this is evident in the fine results that the Pipe Band have been achieving.

Johannesburg Junior Council
As King Edward VII School boasts the 2018 Co-Mayor and Chief Whip on the Johannesburg Junior Council we are consequently very involved in their projects and handovers.

The Junior Council managed to collect an enormous amount of necessities for the Strathyre Girl’s home. They also collected a substantial amount of money for the worthy cause of Growing Champions. These handovers were effected at King Edward VII School by the co-Mayor, Callum Beukes.

General
The National World Knowledge Olympiad was written on Thursday 17 May. Sadly only 14 boys elected to write this Olympiad as opposed to 30 last year.

Sports report
King Edward experienced a busy yet successful Second Term of sport. Our rugby and hockey teams fared exceptionally well during the Winter Season. During the Aitken Cup, our 1st hockey team lost in the semi-final to Beaulieu College and finished fourth overall. The u/16A team won the Top Eight Tournament and the u/15A team beat Jeppe in the final to win the Aitken Trophy. Our 2nd team took part in the C-Section of the Aitken Cup and won that convincingly.

Our 1st Squash team wrapped up the Super League and then continued to dominate the Top Schools Tournament in Johannesburg, qualifying for the SA Top Schools Tournament to be held at Epworth College in Pietermaritzburg during the long weekend of August.

Three of our rowers (Christopher Baxter, Dean Geldhof and Damien Bonhage-Koen) qualified to represent their country in the Czech Republic early in August. Bryce Parsons (Best u/17 Central Gauteng Player 2017) and Dean Bacher (Best u/13 Central Gauteng Player 2017) received accolades at the Annual awards ceremony. The 1st cricket team was named the best school team for the 2017/2018 season. Bryce Parsons was also invited to attend the SA u/17 cricket camp during the Second Term.

In cross country the Seniors finished 2nd out of 14 teams overall and the Juniors finished 5th out of 14 teams overall.

Cross country: Runners who qualified for Districts Championships:

Juniors: J Vermeulen, P Dreyer, K Figuera, C Shanley

Seniors: R Baird, C Curtis, D Seete

 

Provincial representatives

Squash
Central Gauteng: Amukelani Zitha u/18A
Tyrin van Baalen u/18B
Joshua van der Wath u/16A
Nathaniel Ndebele u/16A
Vusimuzi Buthelezi u/16A

 

Tennis
SA School Team: Yarona Morule u/14
Central Gauteng: Kevin Dlamini u/18
Rynhard Roothman u/16
Wian Roothman u/16
Ethan Lee u/14

Hockey
Southern Gauteng u/18A
Kyle Coker
Joshua Finlay
Rethabile Selepe
Michael van den Berg

Southern Gauteng u/18B
Crispin McKenzie
Keagan Robertson

Southern Gauteng u/17A
Anthony Davis
Ryle Rykaart
Warren Thiel

Southern Gauteng u/16A
Luke Campbell
Jordan Probert

Southern Gauteng u/16B
Keegan Figueira
Deeran Baba

Southern Gauteng u/16C
Ryan Cant
Gerard Klein
Katlego Ledikwa
Thabo Masemola
Tlhogi Sefike
Wandre van den Berg

Southern Gauteng u/16D
Liam Finlay
Leabua Khomari
Legae Mogapi
Timothy Statham

Southern Gauteng u/14A
Keegan Rea
Marcus Cordeiro
Heath Jacobs

Southern Gauteng u/14B
Joshua Janse van Rensburg
Aiden Schwartz
Lethabo Seete
Dean Bacher
Aphiwe Yako

Southern Gauteng u/14D
Jonathan Hodgkinson
Dihan du Toit

 

Rugby
Craven Week u/18: Lindokuhle Ncusane
Tokollo Molotsi
Jason Cloete

Craven Week XV: Ngia Selengbe
Neil Hoffman
Kayleb O’Donoghue
Reece Botha
Joseph Iye

Academy Week: Elizee Kwitonda

Grant Khomo u/16: Prince Mulea
André Goliath
Kabelo Motlhajwe

Academy: Zibusiso Msipha

I once again urge Parents to ensure that their sons return to School at the start of the Term with a School regulation haircut.   Please ensure that all uniform and shoes are in an acceptable state, and if needed, reparations are done in the School holidays.

Please note the following important dates:
Start of Term    –     Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Winter School     –     9 July to 13 July 2018
Matric Prelims    –    Tuesday, 21 August 2018 to 26 September 2018
Inter-house Athletics   –   18 August 2018 – Compulsory

Grade 8 – 11 Paper 3 Language Exams –   25 September 2018 and 27 September 2018
(Please note: Absence from these Exams requires a doctor’s note, so do not leave on vacation early!)

I trust that you all enjoy having your sons at home for the holiday.

Strenue!

Yours sincerely


DCP Lovatt
Headmaster