Strenue - Strenue - December 2013

Christmas and Happy Holidays Greetings!

King Edward Community Projects make a difference!

KESCO has also donated funds to worthy causes such as Hospice and Oliver’s House and are collecting Christmas gifts, toiletries and non-perishable food for their Christmas appeal to distribute to worthwhile charities. KESCO would like to thank all those families who have supported our initiatives this year and encourage more families to come on board in 2014.

Food donations to Phuthaditjaba Centre in Alexandra

The staff at the suggestion of Mr Lovatt, have raised an amount of R7280 by growing Movember moustaches and purchasing Breast Cancer bracelets. Funds will be donated to sponsor the efforts of Mr Funnel and his son Jason (a learner at King Edward) who have volunteered for Westcliff 100 000 stairs (Everest Challenge) to raise money for the Sunflower Fund. King Edward VII School Grade 11 learner, Jayson Funnell , his Dad,Ray and a Team of 20 athletes will be climbing 100 000 stairs in Johannesburg on the 14th & 15th December 2013. They will cover a total distance of about 100 km as they attempt 200 reps of the famous Westcliff Stairs. This is the equivalent height of Mt Everest 8,840 m (from sea level) which will involve a daunting 36 hours of stair climbing. Each of the athletes will attempt this target.

“There is a great synergy between this challenge of climbing 100 000 stairs and the challenge that patients face when searching for their life-saving donor match” adds Tarryn Corlett-Boden, Chief Operating Officer for The Sunflower Fund. “For most patients the odds of finding their life saving match, within their ethnic group, is 1 in 100 000”.
Every year thousands of South Africans are diagnosed with leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders. For many patients unable to stay in remission with chemotherapy alone, a bone marrow stem cell transplant becomes a viable treatment option. 75% of these patients are under the age of 25.
Funds raised through this event will assist The Sunflower Fund to recruit and pay the test costs for potential bone marrow stem cell donors to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry.

“This challenge offers hope to all South Africans diagnosed with leukaemia and other life-threatening blood disorders and a chance of life” says Funnell.

The Team boasts some incredible athletes and personalities, one of which is Sibusiso Vilane, the famous SA mountaineer, who has conquered Everest twice. Pamela Buckle, a travel and experience blogger; adventurer and radio presenter dubbed Little Miss Mission Impossible together with Shaun Taylor an extra-ordinary ultra-marathon challenger, also enthusiastically joined the team.

To read more about all the athletes visit: Everest Challenge

How you can help:

The team is asking for the support of the South African public through donations of R10 per stair. The target will be to have 100 000 stairs sponsored. People may sponsor as many stairs as they wish. All donations can be paid directly to The Sunflower Fund; ABSA Bank; Account Number: 4051 834 719; Branch Code: 632005. Ref: Everest / Depositor’s Name.

For more information on 100 000 Stairs of Hope email or how to become a bone marrow stem cell donor, call the toll free line on 0800 12 10 82 or visit SUNFLOWER FUND
Share a Little, Save a Life.

Encouraging our RED FAMILY to support Jayson, Ray and Team in either a donation or to register to become a bone marrow stem cell donor. Good luck Jayson!

KES Staff supporting ‘Mo-Vember 2013’

Our outgoing Head boy Lloyd May, has been the 2013 KESCO (King Edward VII School Community Outreach) representative on the Phoenix Foundation Committee, a body set-up and run solely by the Head Boys/Girls of a selection of Johannesburg schools.

As is the norm, KESCO has partnered with the Phoenix Foundation Committee and the Tomorrow Trust (a NGO that supports the needs of children and youth living in orphaned and/or vulnerable conditions), in order to raise funds to support one 2013, Grade 12 disadvantaged learner with tertiary educational funding for next year.

This Phoenix Committee bursary will allow for one academically excellent learner, from a disadvantaged background/school, to study at a tertiary educational institution in 2014. The sponsorship will include:

• Tertiary fees
• Contribution to textbooks/study material
• Contribution to accommodation
• Support and mentoring assistance

A full biography of the identified student as well as academic and financial reports will be available twice a year to all donors.

The aim is to raise R40 000 towards changing a person’s life. KESCO and Lloyd have managed to collect R28000 thus far. We are therefore looking for funding for the remaining R12 000 to meet target. All contributions and donations are welcome. Should you wish to make a donation or contribution, the banking details are as follows:

Tomorrow Trust
Nedbank Business Northrand
Account Number – 1469153785
Branch Code – 146905

Please reference “Phoenix Bursary KES” in your payment. The relevant tax letters regarding business donations and BEE certification are available on request from the Tomorrow Trust.

The Tomorrow Trust have offered to facilitate the various payments to the tertiary institution and validate the sponsorship on our behalf as they currently facilitate partial and full sponsorship for 132 university-going youth in their own capacity.

For more information on the Tomorrow Trust see website: TOMORROW TRUST

For KESCO related queries, please contact Lloyd May at or Mrs Arlene Mania at

Stay Connected and Support KES during 2014!

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Old Boys making headlines across the globe!

King Edward is certainly blessed and proud of the many Old Boys who are achieving, receiving and producing fantastic results and accolades. Some notable mentions of some our Old Boys making headlines in recent times:


Quinton De Kock has made numerous headlines on the sports pages in the past weeks. This young talent is making steady and sound strides on the cricket pitch and has the national media talking about him, every time he takes to the crease. On ‘Pink Day’ at Wanderers on 5 December, Quinton scored his 2nd ODI 100, making 135 runs off 121 balls in the ODI vs India.

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Quinton De Kock  smashed his maiden hundred to help South Africa beat Pakistan by 28 runs in the fourth one-day in Abu Dhabi on Friday, taking an unassailable 3-1 lead.

And the swashbuckling but modest left-hander said South Africa will go for the kill. “We definitely look to get it 4-1 and that is our main goal and if we do that it would be awesome,” De Kock said after team practice on Sunday. De Kock said his innings was more pleasing as it helped his team win.

“It was great,” said De Kock of his 135-ball 112. It was a tight knock and I enjoyed it a lot and it was more good for the team that with the match we won the series so it was good,” said De Kock, dropped by Mohammad Hafeez off paceman Sohail Tanvir when on three.

The Gauteng born De Kock said his hard work paid off after a disappointing one-day series in Sri Lanka in July this year.

“I got back and worked hard and did a lot of analysis and technical work and that is paying off. It was difficult to face Pakistani spinners, it’s always a big challenge but I am happy that the hard work is paying off,” said De Kock who had scores of 20, 8 and 27 in Sri Lanka.

He replaced injured Graeme Smith in the fourth match and instantly made his mark with a 40 in the third match, which South Africa won by 68 runs.

“I wouldn’t say that I have replaced Graeme, they are big shoes to fall in so I have to make sure that I meet those standards,” said De Kock.

“It’s great to be in the team. All accept me what I am and it’s a great team environment,” said De Kock, who has modeled his batting on former Australian great Adam Gilchrist. Congratulations Quinton, the King Edward Community applaud your efforts and look forward to many more centuries been notched up by our talented Old Boy!


Scarra Ntubeni

King Edward VII School Old Boy, Siyabonga Ntubeni was included in the Springbok Touring Squad to Wales, Scotland and France. The diminutive 22-year-old, affectively known as “Scarra”, was the big bolter in Heyneke Meyer’s 32-man squad for the November internationals.

Ntubeni was the form hooker of the Currie Cup competition and was acknowledged as the player of the Month for September. According to rugby365 website, Scarra is quoted in saying on his selection: “Words cannot describe my feelings at the moment,” an elated Ntubeni said following Monday’s squad announcement.

“It really is beyond my wildest dreams. I’d like to thank everyone at Western Province – my teammates and coaches – and I look forward to joining my WP mates in the Bok squad.”

Ntubeni joins another KES legend and BOK superstar, Bryan Habana in the squad. Congratulations Scarra, we wish you much success in this exciting adventure. The RED Community has their sights firmly fixed on you!

Furthermore our Old Boy has shown he has a big heart and is generously giving back to the community too. Western Province hooker Scarra is just 22 but when asked to be the face of the Groote Schuur Hospital’s neonatal unit’s new campaign, ‘Little by Little’, he obliged without thinking twice. Ntubeni says he loves children and his warm and friendly demeanour was a hit with the kids and PR people alike. 

Well done Scarra, we are extremely proud of you!

Callum Mowat
King Edward VII School Old Boy, Callum Mowat  scored a hat-trick of  golfing wins recently in Swaziland. Callum won the Open Championship, the AAGTC Individual Title and Team South Africa won the AAGTC Trophy.

Callum Mowat, Zander Lombard, NJ Arnoldi and Gerlou combined to claim South Africa’s seventh successive triumph at the Royal Swazi Sun Country Club with a total score of 34-under-par 830, finishing 26 strokes clear of Zimbabwe.

Mowat clinched the Swazi Open title by two shots from Lombard on Sunday and edged out his team mate again to win the Individual Competition with rounds of 65-65-71-75. The Modderfontein golfer said it was a much tougher day at the office, but he was delighted that the team backed him up in the final round.
“I struggled, but the team pulled through and that is what this championship is all about,” he said.

“I have to thank the team, Llewellyn and the SAGA for this opportunity and for what has undoubtedly been the best week of my golfing career. To win the Swazi Open and the AAGTC and the individual competition was more than I dreamed of doing. And I have to say thanks to my coach, Robbie Stewart, my family and friends for their support and for believing in me.”

Congratulations Callum on these fantastic results and recent achievements, proving that hard work, dedication and commitment do eventually earn due rewards. The King Edward Community wish you many more accolades and success into the future!

Article links on Callum’s recent success and achievements: 

Mowat in Argentina

Mowat maiden win

Other Notable Footnotes on our KES Old Boys making strides in various sporting codes:

* Malcolm Marx and Cyle Brink selected to the Lions Super Rugby Squad for 2014. Plus Cyle was named Lions U19 Player of the Year and Malcolm was named Lions U19 Forward Player of the Year at GLRU Awards Evening on 2 December.
* Stephen Cook continued his top form for the Highveld Lions, scoring another great century (175) in the Sunfoil Series. Fellow teammate and KES Old Boy, Neil McKenzie also showed his class scoring 153* in the same match.
* Daniel Bell and Ross Gonsalves selected to the SA u21 Junior Hockey Team and are currently at the JWC in India.
*  Graeme Smith scored his 27th Test Century and 5th Double Ton in the Test Series vs Pakistan.

Conrad Kemp
King Edward VII School Old Boy, Conrad Kemp is making strides on the international acting circuit, filming alongside the ‘rich and famous’. Fresh after staring alongside Forrest Whitaker in ‘Zulu’, Conrad recently stared alongside Orlando Bloom on Broadway. Kemp and Bloom were the leading stars in the production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Congratulations Conrad, what an achievement! The King Edward Community eagerly awaits for your next big production. Break a leg!

Conrad alongside Orlando Bloom on Broadway!

Pusa Thahane
King Edward VII School Old Boy, Pusa Thahane (Class of 2006) another King Edward success story is making strides in the law faculty. Puso (25) is a candidate attorney at Bowman Gilfillan, one of the top five law firms in South Africa.

Thahane is also a businessman and leader. In an interview with the Daily Sun, Puso said: ‘ It was my goal to work at Bowman Gilfillan as a corporate lawyer in their Mergers and Aquisitions department. I applied in the last year of my undergraduate degree and was offered the job about two years before I joined the firm.’

The young lawyer was born and raised in Rockville, Soweto, later moving to Cyrildene, where he was close to his alma mater, King Edward VII School. Where in Grade 11, he became the Junior Mayor of Johannesburg.

In 2007 he founded an initiative called, ‘Grow to Lead’, where young people learnt to serve as leaders in their communities. A year later he co-founded with another KES Old Boy, Imran Kahn, Attitution, an education brand which offers extra lessons and communication skills to learners and students throughout Johannesburg.
Whilst a student  at WITS, he served as president of the Golden Key International Honour Society and was named, ‘Student Leader of the Year’ in his final year in 2012.

Puso says he is inspired by his parents and Africa’s promise for a prosperous future for all.

King Edward VII School is inspired by young men, role-models and  leaders like Puso and congratulate him on his success so far.

School Hall of Fame- by David Williams

Norman McFarland (also known as “Irish” because of his origins, and “McTackie” because of his preference for wielding a sports shoe instead of a cane when discipline was required), was a legendary rugby coach at the School in the 1970s and 1980s. As a hooker in Northern Ireland club rugby, he had come close to national selection.

When he arrived at the School in 1968 he coached age-group sides but was soon invited to join Bruce McMurray as 1st XV coach in 1970. When Bruce left on promotion in 1971, Norman took over the 1st XV – a position he retained with great success for the next 15 years. He was an unusually gifted coach, both in his insistence on tactical innovation (two-man lineouts and three-man scrums) and his ability to discern a boy’s strengths and weaknesses and then to get the best out of both individual and team.

There were some brilliant unbeaten seasons, notably in 1973 and 1973 when the 1st XV was captained by Lee Barnard, and 1978, and Norman produced a steady stream of provincial schools players. He was also invited several times to coach Transvaal Schools – when the boys from other schools somehow overcame their mystification at his Irish accent and delivered what he wanted.

Norman also had the ability to make a boy feel like an adult, understanding that self-confidence is the most important ingredient in sporting achievement. He also inspired a generation of schoolmaster-coaches by sharing his knowledge generously, while instilling a creative and effective pattern of play on all teams in the school. He understood that the 8th XV and the Under 14F were no less important than the 1st XV.

Norman was expected by many to continue at the School in the pattern of great contemporary schoolboy coaches like Basil Bey at Bishops and Skonk Nicholson at Maritzburg College, but in 1986 he left to extend his educational experience in senior positions elsewhere. He eventually settled at St John’s College, where he was no less affectionately regarded than at King Edward’s. After 16 years at St John’s he finally retired, and in 2011, at the invitation of Headmaster Mike Fennell, the familiar Irish cajoling lilt was heard again at the School.

Norman McFarland made a substantial difference to the lives of a great many boys, not all of them rugby players, and he is unquestionably on the great schoolmasters of his or any generation.

Written by: David Williams (1st XV 1970 and 1971, Transvaal Schools)

Norman McFarland

Old Boys Reunion and Important Dates for 2014

The following reunions and dates have been confirmed for 2014. Please send your updated contact details to:

REUNIONS – 9 – 11 MAY 2014
Class of 1974 Gary Shearer
Class of 1989 Simon Thorne & Brett Westcott
Class of 1994 Neil Darroch
Class of 2004 Byron Leggett

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

Class of 1999 TBA


King Edward Annual Water Polo Tournament 7 – 9 March 2014
King Edward Easter Rugby & Hockey Festival 17 – 21 April 2014
Port Elizabeth Old Boys Gathering & Golf Day 27 or 28 March 2014 (TBC)
Cape Town Old Boys Gathering & Golf Day TBA
Home Coming 10 May 2014
Durban Old Boys Gathering & Golf Day 23 and 24 May 2014 (TBC)
King Edward Association Golf Day 07 November 2014

Class of 1963 and 1983 Reunions

On Friday 8 November 2013, a special school assembly was held to welcome home, the Class of 1963 for their 50 Year Reunion and the Class of 1983, for their 30 Year Reunion!

It certainly was a moving assembly with the Old boys from both reunion groups tracing their steps and reliving their memories of their beloved alma mater. The rest of the weekend was spent re-connecting with old friends at a special dinner at the Rand Club for the Class of 1963 and many joined in the Annual Association Golf Day on the Friday too. 

A perfect end to a perfect reunion was rounded off at the Annual Remembrance Service on the Sunday. Welcome home gentlemen, it was an honour to host you all.

Photos from the reunion can be viewed at the website galleries and/or ordered at 1963 and 1983 Reunion photos

Sportsman of the Year 2013 – Old Edwardians Premier Event

The South African International cricketer, Quinton de Kock was named as the Old Edwardians Sportsman of the Year following his performances for both the Highveld Lions, and the South African team in one day and T20 Internationals.

The 20 year old left hand batsman and wicket keeper has been a star in the making for a number of years starting with his achievements at King Edward VII school, then the Society, through to the Lions and finally, for his country.

The runner up was Nic Gonsalves who played hockey for South Africa, and was in their Olympic squad, as well as being instrumental in ensuring that the club finished 3rd in their first season in Premier league.

“Such was the quality of nominations this year that the final choice was the most difficult in many years” said Mike Dunk, Communications Officer for the Society. “In fact we nominated 6 people as finalists rather than the usual 5, as to differentiate between them was an impossible task. They were in fact all worthy “winners.””

The successes of the club throughout the year were highlighted, including the achievements of squash in winning the 7 trophies, including the Best Club in Gauteng; cricket with their two Premier league titles; tennis who have world champions who won the Kia International mixed doubles event in Australia as well as the success achieved by bowls, junior football and cricket, and hockey who finished 3rd in Premier league at their first attempt.

“It was a year that will be looked back upon as one the most successful in the history of the Society on the sports field for many a year.” Dunk said.

The nominees for the top award were:

Stephen Cook (cricket), Quinton de Kock, Nic Gonsalves, Julie Mansour (tennis), Neil McKenzie (cricket), Dion Willis (water polo).

The full list of awards is:

Best Junior boy: Naps de Beer (cricket).
Best Junior girl:Imaan Hassim (tennis).
Best schoolboy playing sport for the Society: Yaseen Valli (cricket).
Veterans award: Brandon Zackey and Julie Mansour (tennis).
Team award: Premier league cricket team.
Sub club of the Year: Cricket;
Sportsmanship: Ryan Cook (captain Premier league cricket team).

The function, which is really the “Flagship” event of the year for the Society, was attended by 90 people, and the presentation of the trophies was made by either the donors or in their absence, the President of the Society, Tutty Faber.

Click on the given link for photos from the evening: SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR 2013


K.E.P.S Term 4 Wrap-Up from Mr Shead

What a busy year it has been for King Edward VII Preparatory School. Academically we have maintained our high standards. All the boys have had their reading ages measured and we are driven to get these to the highest possible level. The term saw our first Science Fair which the boys so enjoyed. Genius designs and projects were on display which invited both parents and staff to experiment.

The first Water Polo team toured Cape Town at the beginning of the term and won 6 of 10 games before bowing out in the quarter finals. All of the cricketing sides continue to be a force in all aspects of the game. The annual Inter-house gala was won by Anderson who pipped Hofmyer at the post. In the annual Merchiston weekend we were hosted by Merchiston Prep School. Between bouts of extreme rainfall an A and B swimming gala, 5 cricket matches, tennis, squash and chess events were completed- a successful weekend all round.

In a uniquely South African version of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her dog Tuto were caught in the path of a hurricane and somehow ended up in the Land of Rock. In her adventures she met some memorable friends and foes. She was off to see the Wizard of Oz, who everyone said could help her return home, to Houghton, and possibly grant her new friends their dreams of having a brain (Scarecrow), heart (Tin Man) and courage (Lion).

The first Grade 7 social was hosted in the school hall this term which was a resounding success. We look forward to many more of these events in the future.

The K.E.P.S. annual golf day was held at The Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. A full field of players enjoyed the day even though challenged with a deck of penalties.

Our PTA eco- garden project continues to flourish attracting various species of birds and butterflies. The new additions of a water feature and succulent garden enhance our project further. The Carols by Candlelight evening was supported by hundreds of parents who, through the Red Spirit, brought along Christmas Teddy Bear Boxes which will be given to the children of Coronation Park. The support and Christmas spirit was terrific.

We bid our Grade 7’s farewell and hope their journey to the High School is a successful one. For those boys continuing their education elsewhere we hope that they will cherish the ‘Red Spirit’ and continue to flourish.

A huge ‘Thank you’ goes to all the parents and the wonderful staff for their support during this year. It is truly appreciated. We will continue to Strive for excellence.

Excellence Awarded and Soldiers Honoured!

King Edward VII School celebrated and acknowledged excellence and service at two separate Annual Events during the Fourth Term:

Valediction 2009 1


Desmond Davis & War Memorial Scholarship

L May is the recipient of the 2013 Desmond Davis and War Memorial Scholarship.

Hugh Wilson Scholarship
The recipient of the Hugh Wilson Scholarship is DJ Braithwaite.

HJ Hofmeyr Scholarships

VY Coopoo
TJ Miller
KC Melville

King Edward VII School Scholarship for Teaching as a Profession:
2013 recipient of this award is- MJ Farrell


English Editor’s Prize: VY Coopoo & A Wadee
Proxime Accessit: DJ Braithwaite

Afrikaans Redakteursprys: M Engelbrecht
Proxime Accessit: VY Coopoo

isiZulu Editor’s Prize: M Mthembu
Proxime Accessit: C Maposa

Headmaster’s Service Award
The Headmaster’s Service Award is given to a Grade 12 learner who over the years has given unselfishly of his time to service to the School and to the community. The recipient receives a certificate, a plaque and his name is put on the relevant honours board in the Auditorium.
TB Marot
TBJ Marwa
A Wadee

Subject Awards
Afrikaans JH Du Plessis
Mathematics VY Coopoo
Physical Sciences VY Coopoo
Accounting A Wadee
Information Technology D Burgess
Advanced Programme Mathematics VY Coopoo 
English A Wadee
isiZulu M Mthembu
Life Orientation VY Coopoo
Mathematical Literacy H Khan
Life Sciences VY Coopoo
History A Wadee
Geography A Brunette
Visual Arts DM Critchfield

Dux Scholae: Highest aggregate in Grade 12 
VY Coopoo

Academic Gold Medals
for those who have received medals in Grades 8, 9 and 10, been awarded Academic Colours in Grade 11 and have maintained the standard in Grade 12
VY Coopoo
L May
A Wadee


The Annual Remembrance Parade held on Sunday, 10 November at King Edward VII School was a fitting tribute to our fallen soldiers. The King Edward family young and old came out on a beautiful, sunny day to pay their respects. The Guard of Honour consisting of learners drawn from the Grade 11 Group continued the tradition in a professional and fitting parade.

Sons of this place, let this of you be said:
That you who live are worthy of your dead



King Edward’s Library & Media Centre wins architecture award!

Congratulations to Joy Campkin-Smith who at the GIFA ( Gauteng Institute for Architects ) awards function on the 31 November, was one of the winning entrants for her design of our King Edward VII School library, a wonderful conclusion given her achievement last month in being a category winner at the `SA Steel Awards` event.

Joy paid tribute to the significant role that Akhane Construction played in the process – well done Pierre and team.

Well done Joy, a fitting acknowledgement of your professional inputs into the library project. King Edward VII School and Community are extremely proud of this wonderful facility, where learning and knowledge is exercised and enjoyed by all of our learners on a daily basis.

Cultural Highlights for Term Four of 2013

Mrs Mania-Director of Culturals and Art reflects on a very busy and successful Term Four:

In September, two teams of three boys each entered the prestigious Model United Nations Debate run by SAIIA at the University of the Witwatersrand. One team (T Marwa, S Baxter and G Blok) were awarded silver in their topic category. The second team (A Wadee, V Coopoo and T Marot) were sadly not placed this year but A Wadee was awarded Silver as the Best speaker in their topic section. These aforementioned boys have participated in this competition for a number of years and have consistently been placed in the top three, winning gold on a number of occasions.

The Tour de Facto inter-school quiz team participated in the last leg at Kingsmead and were finally trumped after a winning streak by V Coopoo and A Wadee. A lot of fun was had by the team of ten, grade 11 and 12 boys.

The Music, Choral and Writer’s Societies staged two final Music and Literary evenings in October. The a cappella group and a number of duos and trios sang and played instruments to entertain the audiences. The evening also included a dramatic skit and a variety of poetry and prose written by the boys themselves. These evenings need to be supported as they are magnificent showcases for the exceptional talent that we have at King Edward.


The School Choir had a longer than usual run this year. They performed at the Eisteddfod, Valediction, a memorial service, an Old Boys’ reunion, the Matric Mom’s tea and finally at the K.E.P.S Candlelight function in November.

The staff, Old Boys and parents, at the suggestion of Mr Lovatt, have raised R7280 by growing Movember moustaches and purchasing Breast Cancer bracelets. Funds have been donated to sponsor the efforts of Mr Funnel and his son Jason (a learner at King Edward) who have volunteered for the Westcliff 100 000 stairs (Everest Challenge) to raise money for the Sunflower Fund.

Some of the ‘Mo-Vember’ Staff members!

KESCO has also donated funds to worthy causes such as Hospice and Oliver’s House and are collecting Christmas gifts, toiletries and non-perishable food for their Christmas appeal to distribute to worthwhile charities. KESCO would like to thank all those families who have supported our initiatives this year and encourage more families to come on board in 2014.

Sporting Excellence during Term Four of 2013

Term Four traditionally is the term for more academic focus than usual, the King Edward sportsmen did not disappoint and produced some fantastic highlights. Well done lads, coaches and support staff on an excellent sporting term!

King Edward VII School 1st XI went unbeaten in the 54th annual Oppenheimer Michaelmas Cricket Week that took place in Pietermaritzburg during the September long weekend break . This was the 2nd consecutive year that the King Edward cricketers remained unbeaten during the Festival Week. 

King Edward beat Northwood, Hilton, Kearsney and Durban High School during the Michaelmas Week. Liam Smith was one of the outstanding batsmen on display, making over 200 runs, including a 105 not out.

Results from the Festival:


KES                168/1 ( SMITH 72* & ROELOFSEN 54)

KES 206 (SMITH 105* & BROODRYK 35)
KEARSNEY 130 (BROODRYK 3/23 & HORN 3/35)

HILTON 174 ( BROODRYK 2/16, LEITCH 4/47 & MAHARAJ 3/36)
KES 176/4 (DE ZORZI 55 & MELVILLE 38*)

Day Four- KES VS DHS
KES 177/6 (SMITH 46 & DE BEER 35)
DHS 175/8

Congratulations to the King Edward 1st XI, coaches and supporting staff on an excellent campaign.    

Congratulations to the following King Edward VII School cricketers on their selection to the various Gauteng Teams:

Back- left to right:
Grant Roelofsen (u19A), Jayden Broodryk (U19A) & Isaac Dikgale (U19A). Absent: Yaseen Valli (u19A)

Front Row-left to right:
Tony De Zorzi (U17A), Liam Smith (u17A), Paul Habib (U15A), Mitchell Van Buuren (U15A), Muhammed Mayet (U15B), Conah Mac Farlane(U15B).

The King Edward VII School 1st Tennis Team excelled at the Boys Inter-High held at Rand Park High School on the 12 October. The team comprising team members: M van den Berg, Y. Jassat, C. Petersen and L. Radosavljevic showed great skills and improvement as they secured victories over the following schools in Round One:

Curro Aurora
Marist Brothers Linmeyer
St Peter’s College

Then in Round Two went on to beat:

Edenvale High
Rand Park High
Trinity House

and in the final losing out to the winners, St Stithians College. Well done to the team and Mrs Thorne on a fantastic 2nd placing overall at the 2013 Inter-High.


KES Athletes continue excellence on the track!

The King Edward VII School Athletes continued to show top form and produced fantastic results at the recent PUK TOP 30 Meet in Potch over the 25-26 October 2013. The athletics team achieved the following notable results at the PUK Top 30 Athletics meeting.

Patrick Duvenage –
Patrick was outstanding in the u15 Discus. He won the meeting with a South African Record throw of 68.29m. He also won the u15 Shot Put with a distance of 19.30m breaking the meeting record. He was awarded the individual prize for best Male Field Athlete at the meeting!

Bongi Skwasha –
Bongi broke the PUK Top30 meeting u16 Long Jump record with a jump of 6.73m. He also placed 3rd in Triple Jump with a jump of 13.94m.

Tevin Hlatswayo –
Tevin broke the PUK Top30 meeting u19 100m record in a winning time of 10,98 sec.

Menzi Mthembu –
Menzi won and broke the records for u19 Long Jump (6.69m) and u19 Triple Jump (14.75m).

Emilio Despotakis –
Emilio won both the 200m and 400m races and broke the u16 400m record with a time of 48.50sec.

Thabang Letsoalo – Placed 3rd in u14 200m in a time of 23.13sec scoring 1083 pts.

Mandla Ntlumayo – Placed 2nd in u15 800m in a time of 2min00,30sec scoring 1045pts.

Themba Mpemvu – 4th u15 100m Hurdles in a time of 13.38sec 1024pts

KES finished 5th overall out of 42 schools. Congratulations to all our athletes and coaching staff on these achievements and results. Go School!

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The King Edward VII School Rowing Club participated in the 55th Wemmer Pan Sprints regatta over the 12-13 October. The juniors being the U14’s and U15’s raced on Saturday in the junior events and managed to obtain some very pleasing results.

The U15A Octuple managed to win the premier race of the day beating St John’s, Jeppe and Parktown by a clear boat length margin. Other notable results from our juniors was a first place by Tapelo Masutha in the U15 A single, 2nd place in the U15A Quads, a 2nd place in the U15B Octuple and 1st places for the U 15 B Quads, U15C Doubles and U15C Quads.

The seniors of the club raced on the Sunday and had a truly fantastic day of racing, walking away with the majority of the silverware of the regatta. The Wemmer sprints regatta is unique in that all U16 and open school boy rowers must row in the senior events against other rowing clubs and Universities.
The highlight of the day was the school’s first eight winning the men’s A Eights, beating two very competent UJ Crews, Wits, Parktown and Jeppe making it only the third time in the 55 year history of the regatta where a school boy eight has won men’s A eights. The last time this was achieved was in 1991. Our Second eight had an exceptional row beating the Parktown first eight and finishing very close behind a fast Jeppe first eight.

The club also managed to place 1st and 3rd in Men’s A Fours, First in Men’s B eights (Our U16 A Eight) and 1st in mend C Fours. The club managed to tie the regatta for the overall win and shared this with the University of Johannesburg and the Wemmer Pan Rowing Club.

Congratulations to all of our oarsmen on these fantastic results. A solid and promising start to the 2013/2014 season. Well done lads!