Strenue - Strenue - December 2012

Happy Holidays to our King Edward Community!

To our Parents, Staff, Old Boys, Learners and Friends of King Edward VII School

Season Greetings! Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and Best wishes for a Happy New Year filled with health, happiness, and spectacular success.

Travel safely and we look forward to a wonderful RED 2013!

School Hall of Fame by David Williams

Stay Connected in 2013!

Dear Parents, Old Boys & all Friends of the School

Ongoing enhancement of our communication channels remains a primary objective and we trust that everyone is experiencing positive changes in this respect.
You can now follow King Edward VII School on YouTube: KESUTUBE – here we will place videos of various School activities and events. Should you wish to contribute or add videos to this channel, please send the links to:

If you are not yet connected to the other King Edward Communication channels, please connect to:
• School Communicator: Link SC
• School Communicator via your mobi (cell phone): SC Mobi Link
• Face Book: FB Link
• Twitter: @KingEdVIISchool
• Website: KESNET
• You can find direct links to the King Edward VII School website, twitter and face book accounts on the School Communicator. We invite you to click on the tabs and sign-up to our communication channels today.

Loyalty Programmes: MySchool Card
Please click on the My School Card link that the School is affiliated to. We appeal to all our parents to partner with My School and raise valuable funds for our School:

My School Card link: GET MYSCHOOLCARD

This link can also be found on our website homepage: WEBSITE LINKS

• MySchool Card: King Edward VII School is a proud beneficiary of the MySchool Programme. Our records indicate that many Grade 8 & 9 parents have yet to join this programme or have not updated their MySchool card details from the various primary schools that our boys came from. Once you’ve clicked on the My School Card link, please either update your details, or apply for a new card and to change the beneficiary on your current card to King Edward VII School, just follow the prompts on the website. (Please note King Edward Preparatory is also a MySchool beneficiary & if you have boys in both the Prep and High School, are able to link to both schools.)
• Thank-you for your support to this loyalty programme. Every swipe counts and there are many major Retailers that now offer the consumer the opportunity to use their My School Card.

Thank you for your support & stay connected.

K.E.P.S bids a fond farewell to Mr Foote!

2012 marks Mr John Foote’s retirement year. He has been involved with K.E.P.S for 42 years, not only as our Headmaster, but as a teacher and a boy. In order to celebrate his retirement and honour the impact he has had on the boys, teachers, parents and old boys, several special events were organised throughout the year.

Each Grade held a themed ‘day with Mr Foote’. For the Grade 1s, he awarded medals to the first, second and third place winners of their DIY Olympics. ‘A walk down memory lane’ was the theme of a very special screening of the latest Tin Tin movie, which was hosted by the Grade 6s. Our new indoor cricket and sports facility was named in honour of Mr Foote, who officially opened the centre in October.

The Golf Day was a great success with Mr Myers and Mr Butler winning for the adults and Jarred McCosh and Connor Hein gaining special mention as the best K.E.P.S boys. During the day, a gift was presented to Mr Foote; a golf cart. Those who know Mr Foote, will know that it will be well used.
There was also a banquet held in his honour, attended by staff, both current and past, governors, old boys and other members of the King Edward family. The toasts and speeches truly reflected the impact and personal affect that Mr Foote has had, with a few tears being shed by the audience and a few cringes from our ever humble Mr Foote. Mr Titterton stated that Mr Foote is an unobtrusive leader; whose joy comes in creating leaders rather than in the plaudits associated with visible leadership.

So if Mr Foote had any doubts of the impact and importance he has had, after so much praise and adoration this year, it must be very clear now! The K.E.P.S family now looks forward to a new year and a new principal.

Mr Foote enjoying a moment with Mrs Wood.

Old Edwardians Society Highlights ‘Sportsman of the Year’

Just on 100 people were at a cocktail function to honour our sportsmen and women in recognition for their achievements during the past 12 months.

With virtually all sub clubs having achieved success over the past year in one form or another, either as a sub club or through individuals, the quality and quantity of the nominations was one of the highest for a number of years. The final choice in some instances was not easy.

The South African hockey player, Thornton McDade was crowned Sportsman of the Year in honour of his achievements in being instrumental in South Africa getting to the London 2012 Olympic Games, by way of the hazardous qualifying route that was set them, as well as playing a sterling role in those Games.

He was also the driving force behind the re emergence of hockey at the club.

The runner up was Quinton de Kock, the young Gauteng Lions cricketer whose star continues to rise. He captained the SA under 19 team that played in the World Cup in Australia, scoring two centuries, and it was said by the former Australian captain, Gregg Chappell that “this is a man to watch for in the future.”

Also nominated for the main award were two other cricketers, Neil McKenzie and Shaylen Pillay, and from tennis, Julie Mansour.

The Premier first X1 cricket side which went through the season unbeaten to win the Gauteng league won the Team Trophy, which was soon filled with a well known and loved drink!

Hockey have risen, like Phoenix from the ashes, and made such an impact on Gauteng hockey during the season, winning two leagues, were the Sub club of the Year.

Linda Shannon, in recognition on reaching the final, of the World Masters squash championships in Birmingham, England from an unseeded position and beating the number two seed along the way, won the Masters Trophy.

Gus Pinker, for all the years of unselfish service as a water polo referee, who retired after officiating in his fourth consecutive Olympic Games in London, won the Sportsmanship Award.

The Eric Heilbronner Trophy for the schoolboy playing sport at the Society went to Michael Watt-Pringle, who was chosen for the SA under 18 water polo team to take part in the World Championships in Australia.

Swimming’s 16 year old Cecile Olivier returned from injury and qualified for the SA Senior short course championship was voted Best Junior Female, and cricketer, Shaylen Pillay, who played for SA under 19 at the World cup, won the Best Junior Male award.

Click on the given link to view photos from the event: Sportsman of Year Awards

Old Boys Reunion Dates & Reminders


Reunion  Class Contact Person Email address 2013 Dates
10 2003 To be advised To be advised 24-26 May
20 1993 To be advised To be advised 24-26 May
25 1988 Donald Gilroy 24-26 May
30 1983 To be advised To be advised To be advised
35 1978 To be advised To be advised To be advised
40 1973 Enzio Zambetti 25 May
45 1968 To be advised To be advised 8-10 November
50 1963 Doug Smollan 8-10 November



Old Boys Celebration Weekend a RED Affair!

Friday the 9th of November was another special assembly at King Edward VII School. Not only did we have many returning Old Boys attending the various reunions of the weekend, but it was also the start of a momentous RED weekend. The Reunion Groups included leavers that matriculated before 1950 and the Classes of 1951, 1952, 1953, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1972 & 1977.The assembly was also when the Head Boy and his Deputies for 2013 were announced. The hall was packed to capacity and the tension of the school was palpable.

But first the boys needed to get through some really great speeches by the Old Boys representing their respective Reunion years. Our New Head Mr Lovatt welcomed everyone “Home”. It really is a brilliant experience and having attended our 25th reunion last year can only urge all of you having reunions to attend as it is certainly worthwhile. The Old Boys that have not returned for many years were astounded as to the quality that the school still stands for, with many in fact commenting that it was even better than in their day! I can affirm that the King Edward of today is indeed a better school than it was in our day.

After the assembly many found their way to Royal Johannesburg for the Annual Old Boys Association Golf Day. 240 Intrepid golfers made their way and stayed long into the night enjoying the spirit and camaraderie of many years past. Hugh Page was our MC and shared many insights and laughs as to the happenings at our fine school over the last 110 years. It was a fantastic day and our sincere thanks to Derron for all the hard work that she puts into this mammoth event.

Saturday night was very special with 500 Old Boys attending the gala dinner in our brand new Indoor Cricket Facility in celebration of 110 years of excellence. Many stories were shared, the speakers were excellent and it was also an opportune time to say a fond farewell to Mr Fennell and to welcome in Mr Lovatt. There really is a special bond between the old boys of this school and this night would prove just how long lasting that bond is. What a brilliant evening and what an incredible celebration.

Sunday was the Traditional Armistice Parade service which once again was a fantastic advertisement for our school and all that it stands for. It is important to remember all those that have passed and as the words of the cenotaph say “Sons of this place, let this of you be said, that those who live, are worthy of their dead”. It is a fine tradition and we remain one of very few that still hold the service and parade. It is also a coming of age so to speak of the Grade 11’s as they are now officially the seniors of the school.

I was extremely proud to be an Old Boy on this weekend as the school was at its finest. Jovial and enthusiastic old boys, immaculate surroundings, well- mannered and turned out boys and proud parents were the order of the day. A magnificent weekend for a World Class School. Gentlemen, we should all be very proud.

Jonathan Gerber
Chairman Old Boys Association

King Edward VII School ‘Never to be Forgotten’ Memorial Parade 2012

King Edward VII School Annual Service of Remembrance which was held on Sunday, 11 November 2012 proved again to be an emotional and fitting tribute to our fallen hero’s. The Service took  place in the Quadrangle of the School with the Guard of Honour consisting of learners drawn from the Grade 11 Group. 

At the going down of the sun and in every new dawn, we shall remember them. 
Sons of this place, let this of you be said:
That you who live are worthy of your dead
Inscription, Great War Cenotaph
King Edward Vii School


Memorial parade

2012 Officers

Officer Commanding

TB Marot

Second in Command

CT Mc Call-Peat

Company Sergeant-Major

DJ Braithwaite

Platoon Commanders

ST Biassoni
CE Wilkinson

Colour Party
Flag Officer J Riley
Colour Sergeant-Major SM Sishi

Colour Sergeants
JG Ramaboea
MJ Thomson

DJ Pieterse
1 Knodl
2 AHC Bronkhorst
3 M Mthembu
4 BJ Leitch

Aide de Camp 
1 P Maponyane
2 L May

MS Johnson

ACJ Majozi / JH Du Plessis

Wreath Orderlies
1 N Carstens
2 TJ Ackermann
3 TPG Matea
4 S Richards
5 ST Qubeka
6 KR Chasumba
7 IM Dikgale
8 OB Mahuma

Please visit our GALLERY section and/or our King Edward VII School Face Book page for additional photographs from the wonderful occasion and celebration

King Edward School in Review-by Theo Garrun

King Edward VII School retained its reputation as Joburg’s top sporting school during 2012. Apart from the outstanding achievements of its elite sportsmen in a team and individual context, the school once again led the way as far as mass participation was concerned. No boy at the school who wanted to participate in an extracurricular activity was denied the opportunity. The list of players who achieved provincial or national recognition is testament to the quality of individual sportsmen who attend the school. At King Edward the emphasis has always been on teamwork. There are multiple teams in each age group in just about all the sporting codes that the school offers, and they are coached to take it very seriously, and be highly competitive in everything they do.

King Edward has been in the forefront for many years, and in 2012 rugby was no exception. The first team did not win all its matches, but played a style of rugby that won them many friends, and they were always competitive. That the school played both Affies (2 point loss) and Monument – who they beat – showed that King Edward rugby is a force that can be measured against the top rugby-playing schools in the country. There were 17 rugby players from the school who played for Golden Lions provincial sides, including seven in the Craven Week team and one in the SA Schools team, the first since Joe van Niekerk back in 1998.

The first hockey team also had an excellent year. They won the Aitken Trophy for the second year in a row and their captain Daniel Bell was selected to lead the Southern Gauteng schools team at the SA Schools interprovincial tournament, which they won. Bell was also selected for the SA Schools under-18A team. The King Edward under-16s won the Monk Trophy.

As far as achievements of teams are concerned, pride of place should probably go to the athletes, who won both the A and B league Inter-high meetings. This achievement is testament to lots of hard work & dedication by the athletes backed-up with a top-class coaching team. The 2012 1st cricket team lost in the final of the Johnny Waite Knockout competition, with the 3rd team winning the C section. The Cross-country team won their league, the Squash team were runners-up in the Gauteng Super league, and the water polo team were beaten in the final of the King Edward Festival in April 2012.

Like all good schools, King Edward is not just about sport, however. They excelled in cultural activities during 2012. They won the local RAPS Festival, their Choir won gold at the Eisteddfod, the chess team won the Southern Gauteng League and also had a learner who was the national winner in the Accounting Olympiad.
King Edward VII School is proud of its record of producing quality leaders in all spheres of endeavour for well over a century. This tradition continues today!

Moments of Glory & Pride 2012

Welcome Mr Lovatt!

King Edward VII School is pleased to announce that our new Headmaster, Mr David Lovatt has taken up his new post as from 1 November 2012.

Mr Lovatt matriculated from Roosevelt High School and obtained an HDE in Physical Education from Wits University and a subsequent B.Ed. Honours in Educational Management and Leadership from RAU. More recently he completed an intensive management programme in School Leadership at the Wits Graduate School of Business. After qualifying as a teacher, Mr Lovatt taught Geography, Physical Education and Life Skills at Roosevelt High School for twelve years. He was appointed as Head of Department, Educational Guidance during this time. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy Headmaster at Uplands College where some of his responsibilities included Head of Boarding, Academic Head, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee and coach of the 1st Cricket and Rugby teams. In 2005 he was appointed Second Master at Hilton College and three years later he was appointed Headmaster. After a brief stint as Headmaster, he elected to pursue a career in Educational Consulting. He soon realised that his true passion lies in dealing directly with young people and that he would be able to make a greater contribution to education in South Africa by returning to the State sector, where he took up the post, Headmaster of Queen’s College, Queenstown, Eastern Cape.

He believes that schools need to be extensions of their communities, and that an environment needs to be created where all role players (teachers, parents, contractors, boys, Old Boys and governors) combine to create a school that has an holistic approach to education. This will only be achieved if the school has a strong set of core values, underpinned by excellent discipline and good manners. Added to this must be the development of environmental awareness and sustainability, coupled with a strong sense of community service. Mr Lovatt is a keen sportsman, having played Premier League Rugby and Cricket for the Pirates Club in Greenside. He now confines himself to less energetic sports, like golf and jogging. Mr Lovatt has had a very active coaching career and has coached the Gauteng Lions and Pumas Craven Week and Grant Khomo Week Rugby teams. He has also been known to make cameo appearances in school drama productions and enthusiastically supports cultural activities.

Mr Lovatt’ s wife, Janine is a high school English teacher having taught at Roosevelt High, Uplands College, Maritzburg College, St Anne’s and Queen’s College. The Lovatt family look forward to settling back into Johannesburg and forging a long and prosperous association with King Edward. After his appointment Mr Lovatt said “It is an honour to be appointed as Headmaster of this historic, traditional school and I look forward to the many challenges that lie ahead.”

The King Edward Community wish Mr Lovatt and his family many years of success and happiness amongst the King Edward family.

300 Club Farewell to Mr Fennell & Mr Foote!

Wednesday 28 November marked the end of two remarkable eras for the Prep and High Schools, with parents, educators, old boys and friends saying their final farewells to the Headmasters, Mr Foote and Mr Fennell. So different, yet so similar. Mr Foote retiring, Mr Fennell moving on to play a different role in education in KZN. Both old boys of the High School, both having contributed significantly to the development of so many boys who have passed through the respective Schools during their reigns as the Headmasters. By far the largest 300 Club gathering in years was appropriate testament to the material impact both men have made at the Schools. Fitting acknowledgements from two old boys, Jonathan Gerber as Chair of the High School Governing Body, and Adam Gunn a governor at the Prep School, epitomised the widely envied legacy being left by the two Heads. Strenue wishes them the very best in the next chapters of their lives.