Strenue - Strenue – June 2018

King Edward mourns the loss of Mr Brian ”Torchie” Kerr

Red Family Mourns: Our deepest condolences to Anne Kerr and family.

Mr Brian Kerr (Torchie), former Deputy Principal for 18 years, passed away on 31 May 2018. Mr Kerr dedicated 41 years of teaching to King Edward VII School.

Mr Kerr joined the staff in 1962 as a Mathematics Teacher and soon became HOD and later Deputy Principal of the School in 1985 until his retirement in 2003. He was Housemaster of School House for 22 years.

He was involved in many facets of the School including swimming, hockey, rugby, cricket and dramatics.

The School mourns the loss of Mr Kerr who gave so much of his time and effort to King Edward VII School.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Anne, his daughters and family during this very difficult time.

Tribute & message from Mrs Arlene Mania:
“I remember Brian Kerr as being the perfect gentleman. He had a wicked sense of humour and we often shared jokes, one in particular involved my daughter getting lost in the Drakensberg when her school group were told to turn right at ‘The Big Rock’.
Brian taught Maths at King Edward well, and always with a humorous twist. I remember the PAC man (computer game) emblems (warning about access) above the door to the museum and above the door to his classroom which were his doing. A boy would understand that access to his class meant he was to apply himself to his Maths or bear the consequences (hence Pacman who gobbled up all that stood in his path). Brian was dedicated to the cultural and sports side of the school and apart from being involved in Dramatics – he always supported all the productions that his firm friend Hugh Wilson staged.From stories I heard, Brian and Hugh spent some time overseas pursuing the things that young men of the world do in their youth which required much story telling of the adventures as well as mirth at their various exploits.
Brian had the respect of all who worked with him but he was very approachable and warm in his dealings with staff. You felt that he was a ‘friend’ that really took an interest in you and your life both inside and outside of school.
We salute a fine gentleman and remember him with fondness.”

Following the announcement on twitter yesterday, many wonderful tributes, memories and messages were posted from Old Boys, Staff, Friends and Family:

@KingEdwardPrep Condolences to friends and family. #RIPSir

A gentleman who added great substance to a rabble of us boys! Rest in Peace Mr Kerr. Jonathan.

My condolences to his family and friends 🙌🏽 Bryan Habana.

#RIP Torchie Kerr great educator and housemaster to many @KingEdVIISchool not so fond memories of a well deserved #6ofthebest on first night in #schoolhouse 😉 boy could he #jack Honest Jonny

Torchie had a massively positive influence over me in my life at the school. I’ll also never forget polishing that brass gas bottle! RIP Legend… condolences to his family. Pete De Wet.

The hardest jack I ever received was from him. Boys became men under his watch. Rest In Peace sir. Craig B.

The term “Legend” fits perfectly on Mr Kerr. You will be missed, Sir. RIP. @KingEdVIISchool. Anthony Lord.

A legend of the School and an absolute gentleman. An inspiration and example to all who met him and were taught by him!!! RIP ‘Torchie’. Hansi Klein.

A legend of the King Edward family. Loyalty beyond the call of duty and an inspiration to so many.I trust you are up there joined by so many other great King Edward teachers. RIP Mr “Torchie” Kerr. #sonsofthisplace #StrenueNeil Darroch.

One of the most passionate people I’ve ever met. Converted many boys to gentlemen. Condolences to the family. James Rapoone.

Very sad news. You will always be remembered as a wonderful teacher and housemaster. But most of all as an incredible human being. RIP Sir. Bradley Anderson.

Mr Kerr was a great housemaster and was well versed in the art of giving hidings!! I know because he gave me one nearly every week of my School House year!! David Lovatt.

RIP Sir. Torchie taught respect. Ewan O’Leary.

Extremely sad to read this.. Peter Davidson.

RIP Torchie. Condolences to the Kerr family. Cary Seach.

Serious legend of @KingEdVIISchool RIP Sir! Dan Friedman.

Rest in Peace Torchie. Thanks for the banter about the wrong school shoes I wore, even though they technically weren’t in contravention of the rules. Graeme Lipschitz.

As a std 6 boarder at the old Hills House l still remember him. Corbett if l recall was HM. Sad indeed. RIP. Adv. Martin Williams.

A proper KES master, well liked..jacked our entire class a few times over and in alphabetical order RIP Sir. Richard Clemitson.

@KingEdVIISchool RIP Mr B Kerr. Simon Thorne.

What sad news. Legend of School House.. R.I.P. Sir. Llew Walters.

Sad news. I remember him well, coached me rugby, a good guy. Evan Bloom (1984).

Was my first Hostle Master at School house. Was a great man, fair and always had our best interest at heart. Andre Geel.

R.I.P Sir. STRENUE. Len.

RIP Sir. Gregor Calderwood.

Sad news. Condolences to his family. Legend of a man! Rob Squire.

He was an absolute legend!! Sympathies to his family. Travesty Kruger.

Just some of the outpouring of respect, love and admiration for a much beloved man, educator, mentor and leader. You will be missed Sir, but never forgotten.



A wonderful memorial service was held at King Edward on the 11 June, where Mr Kerr was fondly remembered and his life celebrated. RIP Sir – forever in our hearts.

Cultural Highlights & Excellence in Term 2

Dramatics: EADS Festival Final – 2 June

#EadsFinal after a long, tense wait by adjudicators, final placings as follows were announced on the 2 June:

1st- Sutherland High School
2nd- King Edward VII School
3rd- Greenside High

Total of 18 plays took part in the festival so an excellent & outstanding result for our talented crew!

Further Awards & Accolades
‘Hell & High Water’ production awards at #EadsFinal

* Best Costume and nominated for Best Set

* Grant Greenfield-Best Supporting Actor

* Callum Beukes – Adjudicators special award. Callum was the Director of this production and his first attempt in this role, showed his skill, patience and talent in this role. Well done Callum.

Outstanding performance – well done to our red dramatics club, Mr Bremner, Ms Marvel & all of our awesome crew and production members.

Massive congrats School and our dedicated, talented Dramatics Club.

Furthermore the Double Bill Production held on the 17 May showcased the wonderful stage talent as two plays were enjoyed by our audience, namely, the Eads production ”Hell and High Water” and ”Hard Candy”.

Pipe Band: Showing good form and bringing home great results in Term 2

Report back by MIC, Mr Dale

The pipe band has been extremely busy during the course of Term 2. We started the term 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. We made some serious improvements and some boys really stepped up to plate in terms of gathering performance. 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. This is augmented by the Sunday morning solo performances done by our boys every gathering weekend. Most notably, Zipho Oliphant placed first overall in the junior snare drumming category at De La Salle. We have seen some major improvements this year, and the boys really have been so motivated and ready to work hard. This dedication from the boys is evident in the results that they have been receiving. Their countless hours spent practicing and performing have definitely borne fruit, and cannot be discredited. Thanks must go to Mrs Mania for dealing with the management of the financial side and management of the band as a whole, and of course to the tutors who spend their time to help the boys get ready for every gathering.

Further Wrap and Term 2 overview by Peter Bond:

KES Pipe Band 2018 Term 2 Overview Peter Bond

Placings at Term 2 Gatherings:

Placed 3rd overall at Pretoria Boys’ High Gathering

Placed second in both novice juvenile and grade 4 section – Cornwall Hill Gathering

2nd Overall – De La Salle Gathering

2nd Overall – Jeppe Gathering

2nd Overall – Toti South Coast Gathering

Full individual results can be viewed on the Pipe Band page on the School website.

PipeBand2018 at the Jeppe Gathering.

Attached below is the video the King Edward Band did for a commemoration video for the victims of the Manchester bombing that happened during 2017. It is in tribute of a young piper, Eilidh who was 15 years old, that was killed in that event. The video will be broadcast at a memorial event later during 2018.

Pipe Band commemorationManchesterVideo

2 June 2018 – Pipers lead the 1st XV out on Derby Day vs St John’s and in tribute to the red legend, Mr Brian ”Torchie” Kerr.

Pipers lead 1stXV2June TributeMrKerr

Piper James Hickman was named the Overall Winner for the HW Kinsey Novice Challenge for pipers for the 2017/2018 season.

Music Society – outstanding accolades and achievements in Term 2:   

The Music Society has had an extremely busy term. We said a very reluctant farewell to Miss van den Biggelaar, who left the King Edward family to explore new horizons. We have welcomed Mrs Jones, who ardently took over the running and organisation of the Society, and not a moment too soon based on all the happenings that were underway!

The Music Society’s offshoot band “Teddy on the Throne” (James Thornhill, Philip Weyers, Oyama Mdladla, Jason Vermeulen and Sam Groenewald) entered the annual competition “Battle of the Bands” hosted by St Mary’s, Waverley, making it to the finals. The brilliance of all the finalists that night demonstrated how immensely talented our King Edward musicians and singers are. They performed with outstanding confidence, precision and creative flair, making all involved and supporting this band immensely proud of their achievement. Consequent to the “Battle of the Bands” competition, they have been invited to be featured on the show “Talent on Track”, which will showcase young, up and coming musical talent in South Africa. The show will broadcast on SABC and filming will be taking place next term.

Expressions Evening 2018 was a superb celebration of prose, poetry and music talent at King Edward VII School

The quarterly “Expressions” evening was themed “A Night at the Movies” and proved to be as wonderful an evening as expected, with a wide variety of talent and musical styles. Well done to all involved.

It is with great pleasure that the new Chairman, Jason Vermeulen, and Vice-Chairmen, Lance Perfect, were announced at the end of Term 2. We thank our outgoing Chairman and Vice Chairman, James Thornhill and Philip Weyers for their outstanding dedication and expertise put into the Music Society. We wish them both well going into their Matric prelims.

2018/2019 Music Society Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Junior Councillors – doing great work in the Community.

Mrs Mania reports back on Junior Councillors:

The Johannesburg Junior Council had their AGM at King Edward during May and the mini and junior councillors were asked to bring toilet paper and non-perishable food for the Salvation Army Strathyre girl’s home.

The response was incredible and very well received. In the photos are our two councillors, Chief Whip, Sinakho Ncala and Co-Mayor Callum Beukes as well as Mrs Mania and Laurine and some staff from Strathyre home.

Johannesburg Junior Council Co-Mayor and Chief Whip announced at end of Term 1:

Co-Mayor Callum Beukes and  Chief Whip, Sinakho Ncala.

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

The Junior Council also collected a substantial amount of money for the worthy cause of Growing Champions which to quote from their website:

 Growing Champions empowers children who come from low income groups and abusive, drug and gang infested homes to find the champion within and lead their lives. We use sport, character development and academic support to build our future leaders and keep them on a healthy path.
Growing Champions is a leadership and football development program run by professional coaches within sport and personal development.

The handover was effected at a School assembly by Callum Beukes (co-Mayor of the Johannesburg Junior Council) to Ms Sam Toweel founder of Growing Champions.

KESCO – Community Outreach Projects Term 2

Slipper Day 2018 was very well supported by the boys, staff and parents.

KESCO  has been collecting baby food, nappies, toiletries and other necessities this term for the orphaned and abandoned babies at Hotel Hope. This drive continues into the third term and all donations are most welcome.

Mrs Schumyn in the Library, has also conducted a new book and comic book drive for which we invite contributions.

Chess League – Term 2 Report back by Mrs Crous

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.

The B team was placed 4th out of 12 competing schools in the Finals of the B League.

The C team played in the B League and were placed 8th.

The Chess team is also playing in the Johannesburg East High Schools Chess Team League.

After 5 Rounds the u19 team has won 4 games.

After 6 Rounds the u15 team has won 5 games.

This League will be concluded in Term 3. Hold thumbs our winning streak continues.

On 4th May the Chess team played 2 rounds against Maritzburg College.

They won both.

Well done to our Chess Club.



Sporting Excellence celebrated in Term 2

Rugby Excellence – Rewarded as Lions Craven Week and Grant Khomo Youth Teams Announced
Congratulations to our King Edward VII School rugby players on their Lions Provincial Team selections:

Craven Week
Lindokuhle Ncusane
TK Molotsi
Jason Cloete

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

Craven Week Academy
Elizee Kwitonda

Grant Khomo U16
Prince Mulea
Andre Goliath
Kabelo Motlhajwe

Grant Khomo U16 Academy
Zibusiso Msipha

Youth Week Fixtures – July 2018

U18 Craven Week

Monday, 9 July
10:40 – Griffons vs Blue Bulls XV
12:10 – Border v Limpopo
13:40 – Golden Lions vs Eastern Province
15:40 – Western Province vs Pumas

Tuesday, 10 July:
09:30 – Golden Lions XV v Western Province XV
11:00 – Valke vs Leopards
12:30 – Boland vs Griquas
14:00 – Sharks vs SWD
15:30 – Free State vs Blue Bulls

U18 Academy Week

Monday, 9 July
08:00 – Sharks CD vs Blue Bulls CD
08:00 – Namibia vs Valke CD
09:20 – Zimbabwe vs SA LSEN
09:20 – Griquas vs Valke
10:40 – Border vs Leopards
12:00 – Boland vs Sharks
13:20 – Western Province vs Pumas

Tuesday, 10 July:
08:00 – Griquas CD vs Griffons CD
08:00 – Pumas CD vs Border CD
09:20 – Eastern Province CD vs Limpopo
10:40 – Golden Lions CD vs Western Province CD
12:00 – SWD vs Griffons
13:20 – Golden Lions vs Free State
14:40 – Blue Bulls vs Eastern Province

U16 Grant Khomo Week

Monday, 2 July:

10:30 – Free State vs SWD
10:30 – Golden Lions vs Blue Bulls
10:30 – Limpopo vs Valke
10:30 – Zimbabwe vs Border CD
11:45 – Eastern Province vs Leopards
12:45 – Western Province vs Border
12:45 – Sharks vs Boland
12:45 – Griffons v Namibia

Well done to all – represent your School and Province with pride and passion in upcoming fixtures.

Rowing Excellence Celebrated

Congratulations to our King Edward VII School oarsmen, Damien Bonhage Koen, Chris Baxter in the Pair and Dean Geldhof in the coxed four for selection to the Junior World Squads announced on the 16 May.

The Junior World Championships will take place in Racice, Czech Republic, from the 9th to the 12 August 2018.

Exceptional achievement and reward for all the hard work put in. Massively proud of our Red Rowing Club, MIC Mr Dedlow, Mr Goodier and all of the support staff involved in this journey.

We asked MIC Rowing, Mr Dedlow, to pen a few words on ”The Journey To Worlds”, as this fantastic achievement does not come without a history of a hard-worked, ‘behind-the-scenes’ life story:

”Three of our matric boys have been selected to represent South Africa at the Under 18 Rowing World Championships to be held in Racice, Czech Republic from the 6th to the 8th of August this year.

Christopher Baxter and Damien Bonhage Koen have been selected in the pair whist Dean Geldhof will join athletes from three other schools in the coxed four.

For our three boys this is a dream that has been three years in the making and to see them realise it is very rewarding. All three of them were members of our unbeaten under 16 eight and record breaking four in 2016 and, to a certain extent, the dream began during that season. Chris and Damien have been a pair combination for the past three years and have developed an unparalleled understanding of one another and their boat. They hold the under 16 and open South African records for the pair and have been South African Champions for three consecutive years. Damien has always had a single-minded focus and once the rowing bug bit, national honours were clearly his goal. Chris took a bit of time to understand his talent and ability but has grown exponentially over the past three seasons to the point where he possesses a massive conviction and an almost undefeatable desire to succeed. He has found himself in rowing and with it, a sense of purpose that only the top athletes ever achieve. The two boys both possess a voracious appetite for work and have set themselves a very high standard.

Dean missed out on qualifying last year and set himself the goal of achieving national colours this year. His selection is particularly rewarding because of the work that he has put in. Dean has never been the most confident of boys and has quite often needed a lot of affirmation and support. I have always found this to be strange as he has never lacked in ability or work ethic. To see a young man rewarded for trusting himself enough to set a higher goal will always be gratifying. Dean was a member of our record breaking under 16 coxed four in his U16 year and is also a three-time South African Champion in the event.

Whilst we recognize their achievement, most of us will be unaware of the massive amount of work and personal sacrifices that have gone into it. All three boys have committed to a rigorous training routine for three years and have compromised family and social time in the process. They have racked up thousands of kilometers in their boats and on the ergo and have regularly given up portions of their holidays to train. I am pleased to say that their academic focus has never waned and all three should achieve University entrance at the end of this year.

After being so dominant locally for the past few years, this opportunity to test themselves against the best that the world must offer will motivate them even more. Three months of serious training lie ahead of them and the time commitment will test them all. During their final school season, to push them harder, I often used to ask them, “How good are you really”? By August the 12th, they will know.”

Representing Club, School and Country – we are so very proud and wish you all the very best!

Squash: King Edward Top Squash School in Central Gauteng

King Edward VII School 1st Squash Team are officially the Top Squash School in Central Gauteng!

They competed in the Central Gauteng Top Schools competition from 2-3 June held at St John’s College. Results were as follows:

Beat St John’s College 20-5 in the Final.
Beat St Stithians College 20-1 in SF.
Beat New Model School 20-0.

Left to right: Rahul Parbhoo, Joshua Van Der Wath, Tyrin Van Baalen, Nathanael Ndebele, Amukelani Zitha and Muzi Buthulezi.

Provincial Selection Announced: Squash Central Gauteng Teams

Amukelani Zitha u/18A

Tyrin van Baalen u/18

Joshua van der Wath u/16A

Nathaniel Ndebele u/16A

Vusimuzi Buthelezi u/16A


Cross Country: Inter District Teams and News

Senior Central District Team finished 4th overall at the Inter District Team Meeting on 1 June

Congratulations to our Central District athletes who competed in the Inter District Meet at Pretoria Boys’ High on Monday, 28 May.

Great set of results:

Juniors :
Jason Vermeulen 2nd, Philip Dreyer 7th, Keegan Figueira 28th & Conner Shanley 30th out of total runners 51 athletes.

Junior Central District Team

Jason Vermeulen – silver medalist for Juniors and the Top 3 Junior Medalists.

Tennis: Red Aces showing great form and promise.

Central Gauteng: Kevin Dlamini u/18

Rynhard Roothman u/16

Wian Roothman u/16

Ethan Lee u/14

Results Term 2 (1st team):

Lost 4-5 vs St Stithians

Won 6-3 vs St David’s

Won 6-3 vs Helpmekaar and 2nds won 6-0

Won 8-1 vs Edenvale

Won 11-1 vs Maritzburg College

Won 6-3 vs HS Linden

Hockey: Excellence rewarded as KES representation in Provincial Teams are announced:

Congratulations to King Edward VII School Hockey Club on the 31 players selected to the 2018 Southern Gauteng Teams:

Kyle Coker
Joshua Finlay
Rethabile Selepe
Michael van den Berg

Crispin McKenzie
Keagan Robertson

Anthony Davis
Ryle Rykaart
Warren Thiel

Luke Campbell
Jordan Probert

Keegan Figueira
Deeran Baba

Ryan Cant
Gerard Klein
Katlego Ledikwa
Thabo Masemola
Tlhogi Sefike
Wandre van den Berg

Liam Finaly
Leabua Khomari
Legae Mogapi

Keegan Rea
Marcus Cordeiro
Heath Jacobs

Joshua Janse Van Rensburg
Aiden Schwartz
Lethabo Seete
Dean Bacher
Aphiwe Yako

Jonathan Hodgkinson
Dihan Du Toit

Outstanding representation from King Edward. Well done to all the coaches, staff, support staff and most importantly our lads on their selection after many hours of hard work and dedication.

Strenue for upcoming fixtures as you represent School and Province.

More great hockey news! Congrats Mr Fielding & Old Boy Anthony Woodhouse

Warm congratulations to Director of Hockey and King Edward VII School 1st Team Coach, Colin Fielding on his appointment as Head Coach for Southern Gauteng Mens Team.

Furthermore Old Boy Anthony Woodhouse appointed Head Coach for SG Witsies Team.

Awesome news and we wish you both, all the very best for upcoming IPT Tournament.

Hockey: Great results from Aitken, Boden and Top 8 Tournaments

King Edward VII School and Hockey Club are extremely proud & elated after the biggest hockey fixtures/tournaments played over the weekend, 11-13 May, see the School celebrating the Club’s successes, form and results.  King Edward’s 2nd XI are the Aitken C Winners; our U16A – the Top 8 Tournament Winners, our 15A – the Boden Cup Winners and our 1st XI finished 4th overall in the Aitken Cup.

2nd XI – Aitken C Winners

Results 2nd XI Aitken C Section

Won 3-0 Trinity

Won 5-1 Roosevelt High

Won 7-2 Kings School WR

Won 1-0 Randfontein QF

Won 2-1 HS Linden SF

Won 3-1 Woodlands Final

Congratulations to Coach Mr Von Vollenhoven and 2nd XI players, who tat the last minute entered the competition, to fill-in after a withdrawal. Huge credit to all involved and well done.

C Section winners

16A – Top 8 Tournament Winners

Results 16A Top 8

Won 3-0 Parktown

Won 4-0 SJC

Won 3-0 St Stithians

Won 3-0 St Davids SF

Won 2-1 Jeppe Final

Congratulations to Coach Mr Von Hoesslin and the U16A charges on a fantastic tournament and result.

Top 8 Winners

15A – Boden Cup Winners

Results 15A Boden

Lost 1-2 St Davids

Won 4-0 St Benedicts

Won 5-1 Beaulieu

Won 2-0 Noordheuwel QF

Won 2-0 Parktown SF

Won 4-3 on shoot-outs vs Jeppe Final

Congratulations to Staff, Ms Sturmheit, Coach Ross Van Buuren and boys on this wonderful result and achievement.

Boden 15A Winners

Results 1st XI – Aitken Cup

Won 2-1 SJC

Won 1—0 Crawford

Won 3-1 Noordheuwel

Won 3-2 St Davids QF

Lost 1-3 Beaulieu SF

Lost 5-6 SJC

Finished 4th overall

Congratulations Coach Mr Fielding, Manager Mr Da Mata and all of our 1st XI players for playing top, competitive and classy hockey for all to enjoy and watch over this weekend. We are very proud of your efforts and hard work.

Outstanding set of results from all of our Red Sticks! Representing our School and Club with pride, passion, fair-play and sportsmanship at all the tournaments. Massive congratulations to all the coaches, staff, support staff and parents for their support, motivation and hard work over this weekend and season.

So let’s celebrate the wins, be humble in victory, in defeat be strong and in all things be fair.

Rugby: Coach Nkosi selected for SA Schools Coaching Staff

Announcement made on Friday 25 May, saw that King Edward VII School 1st XV Coach, Old Boy & Master Mr Mzwakhe Nkosi has been selected as Assistant Coach to the SA Schools 2018 Team.

Cricket News: KES 1st XI players showing good form & deserved accolades given.

Bryce Parsons – awarded Momentum U17 Player of the Tournament at the Gauteng Awards on 2 June.

At the Annual Central Gauteng Awards on 10 May, our School, King Edward VII School took ‘School Team of the Year’ and 1st team cricketer, Bryce Parsons was awarded ‘ U17 Player of the Year’ & Dean Bacher our u14 cricketer was awarded ‘U13 Player of the Year’ Awards.

King Edward VII School 1st team cricketer and Grade 10 learner, Heinrigh Pieterse currently on a 3 month cricket and academic exchange programme at Queen’s College located in Taunton, Somerset is showing good form and skill for Queen’s and Club.

His innings so far for Queen’s have been:
38 vs Exeter
100* vs Somerset Club
58* vs Kings Bruten

Innings for Club Clevedon in Somerset:
100* vs Wells Cathedral
58 vs MCC

Swimming: Pleass and Nel competed in the SA Senior Nationals during April, representing Central Gauteng Aquatics.

In a tough and very competitive field the lads did soundly and showed great promise for the future.



King Edward’s ‘Purple Army’ wins inaugural trophy

Congratulations to the boys of King Edward VII School for gathering the most runners for #DaredevilRun2018!
Our Purple Army was a sight to behold, and we’re pleased to announce we are the winners of the inaugural @Daredevil_Run High Schools Challenge!
Dean Fin from Parktown Boys’, who helped initiate the @Daredevil_Run High Schools Challenge, was joined by Group Sponsorship Manager, Nikki Belford of Hollard Insurance and they handed over the 2018 trophy to Dylan Curtis, who championed the KES ”Team Purple” runners.
Thank you to Hollard Insurance for this recognition and know in 2019 our Team Purple will be bigger and stronger – as we kick cancer’s where it hurts!
Thanks to Mr Lovatt and Mr Van Vuren for all their support in this initiative and motivating the boys to take part.
Red Army cares! Well done lads.
Go School.

Old Boys Upcoming Events & News

King Edward Old Boys’ Gatherings

and 300 Club – 2018


Teddy Bear Arms
Wednesday      29 August             (KES)

Wednesday      26 September   (KES)

Wednesday      31 October        (KES)

Wednesday      28 November    (KES)

 Association Cycle Challenge 2018

We will be entering our team for the 94.7 Cycle Challenge on 29 June 2018.  If you would like to join the KES OBA Cycling team please let Derron ( know before 29 June 2018.

An email will be going out soon where you will be able to pay on line.  That will give you the option to:

  1. a) Pay your entrance fee
  2. b) Pay your entrance fee as well as a cycling shirt
  3. c)  Just a cycling shirt

We would prefer all these payment to be made online as the database sends us a receipt of exactly what you are paying for.  Obviously if you don’t like making online payments you will be able to do an EFT.


1978 40 YEAR REUNION 9-11 NOVEMBER 2018
1968 50 YEAR REUNION 9-11 NOVEMBER 2018
1958 60 YEAR REUNION 9-11 NOVEMBER 2018

Coordinators for Reunion Groups:

1958       Derron van Eeden –

1968       Clive Liebenberg –

1978       Brian Avnit & Farrel Boom – and


KES UK OBA Golf Day 2018 INFO

King Edward VII UK Old Boys Golf Day.

Date: Friday 7 September 2018

Venue: Malden Golf Club –

The golf will be followed by dinner at the club. For those who can’t make golf there will be an option to attend dinner only. Additionally, on the Saturday 8th we will be getting together to watch the Springboks vs Australia. Venue The Alma.

Prices/costs in pdf info.

PLEASE send this to your KES buddies in the UK/ Europe if you think they would be interested in attending.

King Edward VII UK Old Boys Committee.


ANNUAL GOLF DAY 9 NOVEMBER 2018 to be held at Rand Park Golf Club.

Association & 300 Club Gathering News – 30 May
Red Bok & Red Brother: Malcolm Marx

Thank you so very much to our Old Boy, Malcolm Marx, who joined us as a special guest at the Association 300 Club Gathering on 30 May.

Our super hero generously handed over some rugby boots to our rugby club.

Red Moose – such an inspiration and wonderful role model to all our young players and School.

This special photograph below, show Mr Simon Thorne and Mr Tutty Faber alongside Malcolm Marx and the photograph of the unbeaten U14 XV of 2008. Both Mr Thorne and Mr Faber coached Malcolm in that U14A XV. Special bit of red history!

We can’t wait to see Malcolm back on the pitch and in the Springbok jumper, representing School and Country.

Class Reunions May 2018

Red Reunion Weekend: Welcome Home OBA

Wonderful morning on a crisp May morning, as we welcomed back home, the Classes of 1983, 1993, 1988, 1998 and 2008 for their reunion weekend. Rekindling of friendships, great memories shared and brotherhood of King Edward celebrated.

Passionate and moving Assembly addresses by Old Boys’, David Munro, CEO of Liberty Life, representing Class of 1988 and Michael Stevens, Director of Jumping Kids (NGO), proudly representing the Class of 1998. Both spoke of the privilege and opportunties provided in attending this great School. The theme of brotherhood, respect, tradition and excellence highlighted and celebrated.

We are RED! Go School.

Old Boys in the News – across the globe!

Red Hockey: KES Old Boys’ in SA Masters World Cup Team

The International Masters Hockey Association (IMHA) Masters World Cup is the world’s biggest event of its kind and takes place every 2 years, this international tournament is recognized and sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and supported by hockey playing countries around the world. The South African Masters Hockey Association (SAMHA) will be sending 2 Ladies and 4 Men’s teams to represent South Africa in this tournament. The World Cup is to be held at the famous Club Egara,Terrassa, Spain from 27 July to 5 August 2018.

Proudly King Edward has the following Old Boys’ selected:

40+ Team:
Darren Olivier – Class of 1988
Ryan Beukes – Class of 1991

35+ Team:
Thornton McDade – Class of 1998
Stuart McDade – Class of 2000

Congratulations to our KES OBA on these selections, we wish you all the very best for the upcoming event. Should you wish to support the lads, check-out the golf day pamphlet and details on how to get involved.

Jared Saunders – Class of 2009

New ventures as he signs for the Exiles.

Rhys Thomas – Proudly representing Class of 2000, showing red heart, red spirit and how to not give-up on what you love & find ways to follow your passion.

Bryan Habana – Celebration of the player, man and red legend as he announces his retirement from the game.

Red Salute: Bryan Habana The Player. The Record Breaker. The Gentleman. The Red Legend.

Social media channels across all platforms are ‘alive’ with posts of support, congratulations, praise and thanks to one of the finest wings ever to play, in the number 11 jumper.
‘Living legend Bryan Habana has announced his retirement at the end of this season. 67 tries from 124 tests. 2007 World Cup Champion. Two Vodacom Super Rugby titles. One of the best wings of all time. Legend!’
Vodocom rugby.
Always will be & always has been a red legend Bryan Habana your School applauds you on a superb, exemplary & commendable career. One that has inspired, motivated & encouraged many a young red to never falter or give-in. Thank YOU for representing School, Province, Club & Country so well.
Thank you for the milestones, the memories and all the wonderful moments given to us, your fans. May continued success, joy and happiness accompany you in this next exciting chapter.
One of our finest and proudest, our Old Boy – pure RED CLASS.
Strenue Bryan.

How Bryan Habana announced his retirement on social media: School so grateful for Bryan’s tweet, acknowledging ‘where it all started’
So it’s my turn to say Thank You: The inevitable moment has come knocking on my door and I’ve welcomed it in for a drink. It’s been more than a year of hoping, trying, pushing and willing to get back on the field for one last time, to taste the sweet victory or encounter that gut-wrenching despair. To hear the roar of the crowd or grab the pill out of the air. To make that last bone crunching tackle or score that last game winning try. But it’s unfortunately just not to be. I, like most, would have liked my career to have ended differently, but sometimes things don’t turn out quite the way we hope for. So at the end of this season, it’s time to say goodbye and thank you to the game I so dearly love. To try and sum up the past 16 years and how quickly they’ve flown by or even begin to describe how amazing the journey has been is impossible. I would though like to express my gratitude: • First and foremost, to God for blessing me with the talent to play this beautiful game. • To my wife Janine, Timothy and our newborn Gabriel, for your support, sacrifice and love to follow me to all corners of the earth so that I can pursue my dreams. • To my family and friends, far and wide, who wore their hearts on their sleeves as much as I did. • To the coaches, team-mates, medical and support staff in all the teams I was involved in. • To every opponent that made the battle tough and worthwhile. • To all my sponsors over the years who believed in me enough to support me on the journey. • To the fans, who make the game what it is. • To the critics, not to prove you wrong but so that I could prove to myself I could. • To the media, who take the game to households the world over. • To the lessons learnt, through the good times and the bad. • To the friendships made and experiences a plenty. But most of all to Rugby, because for me it truly is a game made in heaven. As a close friend one said: “memories are all we have.” And I’m immensely grateful for the memories I take with me into the next chapter. With much respect BH11
Kevin Lerena –  ‘Two Guns’ Lerena retained his IBO Cruiserweight title beating Roman Golavashchenko in Azerbaijan #SSBoxing on 2 June 2018.

Peter Meintjies is on the left and Brendan Armstrong on right in the given photo are both proudly representing the Class of 1991.

This article gives a bit of history of their journey in the IT and Technology world, where they are both now leaders in that industry.…/258357-the-dream-to-have-a-…/amp

From Brendan’s early days at School, where he secured the KES domain and very generously handed over that domain to the School at no cost later on and that currently Afrihost host our School website, shows their involvement and commitment to their alma mater. Peter Meintjies is also the single biggest donor to the TAG Foundation, that sponsors King Edward boys. Wonderful pioneers in their field and Old Boys’, we celebrate and follow with keen interest and massive amount of pride.

Proud Edwardians!

Thabo Nodada – Class of 2013 with Top Award for Cape Town City Club

Thabo with one one of the many MOM awards during the 2017/2018 season for CTCFC

King Edward Old Boy (Class of 2013)  and rising star, Thabo Nodada was named Cape Town City’s Player of the Season for the 2017/18 campaign following the club’s awards ceremony on Sunday, 13 May. Wonderful accolade and well deserved, as he has earned numerous ‘Man of Match’ awards and shown great skill and talent all season.

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School applauds and cannot wait for higher rewards and possible future call-up to National side, must just be around the corner! Thabo gets our vote every time.

Sean Dickson – Class of 2009 – Scores a ton (117) for County Club Kent

Gareth Harte – Class of 2011 – in the runs for Durham

Scored his maiden ton (114) only after his 2nd first class game on 11 June.

Keaton Jennings – Class of 2010 – recalled to England Squad vs Pakistan, May 2018.

KES Old Boys in the runs in County match Lancashire vs Somerset 4 -6 May.

Dane Vilas

Keaton Jennings

From Red Caps to Red Roses – OB’s show their class!

Fantastic knocks and innings by King Edward Old Boys’ Dane Vilas and Keaton Jennings for Lancashire CC.

Dane Vilas – reached his 4th double century! 323 balls with 2 sixes & 24 fours. Outstanding.
Update: Dane finished his innings on 235* !!

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Keaton Jennings- hit his first ton for Lancashire CC. 109.

Wonderful talent and pure class by our Old Boys’, providing continous motivation and inspiration to our School cricketers. Great to see and hear this super news.

School Proud of OB’s Vilas and Jennings

Grant Roelofsen – Class of 2014

Congratulations to Grant Roelofsen who received the Player of the Year and Player’s Player of the Year awards at the KZN Inland Cricket Union awards banquet during April 2018.

Red Army braves the chills at Annual Polar Bear Swim

Annual Polar Bear Swim 2018: Congrats to all!!

The ‘Mad Swimmers Club’ of King Edward VII School, made-up of our awesome Old Boys’, Parents, Staff, learners and friends of the School came out in numbers to support this annual event on the 2 June.

Thank you to the teams, individuals and families who took part and braved the cold waters.

R5000-00 was raised – many thanks to all who contributed to this fine effort.

Thank you Graeme Parsons and OBA team for all your support.

What a School – Brave Teddybears indeed.

Go School.

News from K.E.P.S – Term 2

News from Headmaster, Mr Doug Shead

Forging ahead with a new School Governing Body is refreshing.  New blood brings new energy! Our thanks and gratitude are shared with the SGB members who dedicate their time to our school.

The end of the first term included the Shavathon. This is an event that needs to be seen to be believed! The sense of community and caring that explodes out of this event is incredible. The parent helpers stream into the hall to assist wherever they can and the boys arrive with their donations scrunched in their sweaty paws. The money is collected in an ice cream tub and the young man is sent to the next available station dependent on the signed slip – a cut or a spray! Within minutes the excited energy is on display as the young man is released to inspect the ‘damage’! It is quite common to see the boys fighting over the mirror as they admire the handiwork of the volunteer. Comparisons and contrasts abound as each new young man approaches the mirror. The crowd are herded together by the teacher and encourage return to the classroom for continued learning. Optimistic teachers abound. The day is written off to excited energy and good will to those who suffer from the dreaded cancer lurgies. Our school is amazing at this sort of support and it astounds everyone at how much is raised. Well done to all involved.

The April holiday flashed by in a haze of rugby festivals. The senior boys payed a lot of rugby and showed good form and team spirit. Lots of work was put into the structures to get the boys to be able to be competitive. The resultant display of rugby was testament to the hard work that was put in by the coaches and the boys. It is vey heart warming witnessing a coach choked with emotion because his boys had played SO WELL! “Did you see them play Sir? Did you see them?”

The Second term of the year is still the most frenetic and busy term of the year. Offering football and rugby to 5 age groups with at least three teams per group is quite a challenge. The boys enjoy the opportunity to be out on both afternoons, but it is a nightmare for teachers and parents. We are very grateful to the parents for their ongoing dedication and support. There is something very special about the atmosphere on the side of the field which is surrounded by the parents of the King Edward boys. Thanks to the rugby gents who bused to Old Eds every day for practice. It has been a mission but much easier than the option of staying at school until the early evening.

The seasons have proven to be both exciting and fruitful. The Integrated day program has allowed boys to ‘experiment ‘with the skills that they have been taught and this has shown a spike in the competitors for positions in both the rugby and football teams.

The integrated period has allowed the boys to experience the cultural side of the school program as well as increase their sporting skills. The joy of watching boys getting involved in the serious side of sport or culture because of this process is indescribable. We have lots of boys wanting to be involved in the debating sessions and trying out the public speaking with incredible confidence.

The Inter-house plays happened in April. The evening was adjudicated by a variety of talented people but the most notable were the K.E.P.S. old boys. It was magnificent seeing the young men coming back to support their school. The theme for the house plays was Alice – Through the looking glass with each house allocated a portion to present. There is NO shortage of talent in the cultural department at K.E.P.S. We witnessed an array of dancing, singing and musical items that warmed the bones of every audience member. Our congratulations are shared with the winners in the different categories and to Robinson who was adjudicated the winning house.

The staff list saw a few changes during the term sadly. Mrs Glass found the going a bit tough with her little baby not wanting to feed properly and sleeping quite badly. We tried a sabbatical which, unfortunately, worked and Mrs. Glass resigned with immediate effect. Thankfully Mrs. Leathers was on hand to step in and hold the fort for the remainder of the term. Fortunately, we have secured the services of Ms. Von Berg to replace Mrs. Leathers, who will be emigrating during the June holidays. Ms. Von Berg has a connection to the history of King Edward and is a very exciting addition to the grade R center.

We also needed to bid farewell to Mr. Thom during the term. This, too, came as a surprise and left the staff room decidedly quieter. Most fortunately the staff put up their hands magnificently to manage this change. It never ceases to amaze one at the willingness to support the school from the various quarters. Teachers picked up new subjects and HOD’s took up the slack all over the place to make the timetable work. Management is extremely grateful to all for their dedication and service to the school. The new term will see Mrs. Gillian White returning to the campus. It is fantastic to be able to welcome Gill back to the school to take up where she left off.

Positive notes to end the term on:

We have 6 teams going into the quarter finals of the Discovery Knock Out cup. From under 9 through to under 14 have all progressed and will be called upon to show their mettle in the new term. Congratulations and good luck to all the players.

Our senior hockey boys have been playing in the junior league under Old Eds banner. They have played five and won five of their games.

Enjoy the Winter holidays. Best wishes.


Welcome Mr Bragin

King Edward VII Preparatory School welcomes Llewellyn Bragin as the new Governing Body Deputy Headmaster
Llewellyn Bragin joined the preparatory school in the fourth term last year following the relocation of Rob Kops to the United Kingdom.

Mr Bragin has vast experience in leadership, management, pastoral care and sports administration in the educational sphere. His time at King Edward VII School, Kingfisher Private School, Glenwood School and Northwood School has certainly equipped him to meet the expectations of the Deputy Head portfolio. He has injected energy and professionalism not only into the Grade 4 to 7 department but to the entire K.E.P.S community.

Both Mr Shead and Mrs Viljoen are delighted to have him on the executive committee of the school. Alongside Mr Shead and Mrs Viljoen, Mr Bragin certainly has what it takes to lead King Edward VII Preparatory school into the future with prowess, discretion and passion.

Old Eds Society June News Wrap-Up!

News from The Old Edwardian’s Society: June 2018

The Old Ed’s society has negotiated a membership deal especially for K.E.S. & K.E.P. S. pupils and teachers with Virgin Active Old Eds.

The scholars and teachers can now join the gym and go any time they wish, no more peak hours.

New membership, with unlimited access, will be R95.96/ month pro rata.

No joining, admin or card fee.

Pupils need to obtain a letter from the School and from Sharon Marchioro from the Old Ed’s Society at  before applying at Virgin Active.

Athletics – The Athletics club recently hosted a successful 65km long training Run on the 6th May where over 50 runners from various clubs joined Old Eds in preparation for the Comrades.

WELL DONE to our Comrades Marathon team of runners. Old Eds had a 93% finish rate at Comrades this year which is excellent.

The Old Eds Half Marathon takes place on the 12th August 2017 from Virgin Active Old Edwardians Sports Grounds (Joburg). Distance options: 5km, 10km & 21.1km.  for more

info visit:   Discovery Vitality Run Series Website

Boat Club– The Annual Championship in South Africa was held at the end of April. The team went on to win 3 gold medals, had a great experience with a weekend filled with lots of laughter. For more info, please visit

Bowls– Old Ed’s is offering new members free coaching, it is not an “Old Man’s Marbles” game but a game requiring considerable skill. We invite you to try your luck with our spare bowls for practice free of charge.

Happy Hour – The Social takes place on the first Friday of each month for the Attendance prize and on the third Friday a Guest speaker.

Junior Soccer – New league fixtures started on Saturday 21st April. With Pre- season starting on the 1st March.  The Chairman, Jateen Bhana is growing the Old Eds Soccer Club tremendous with his energy and enthusiasm for the game. Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17H00- 19H00 and games are on Saturday for under 12 playing on Sunday Morning.

Hockey– The Hockey season is well under way, the ladies 1’s and 2’s are top of their league. The men’s’ 1’s-  in second place.

The Men’s and Ladies teams continue to practice at Parktown Girls on a Monday night, and Tuesday and Thursday night respectively.

Swimming– Hannah Jacobs (St Mary’s  and Josh Nel (KES) represented the province at SA Nationals in Port Elizabeth. After a 2 week break the swimmers are back into training for seasons first gala in July.

Tennis– Growthpoint Junior Nationals 2018-  An outstanding tour for the Old Ed’s and the I-Tag tennis Academy players. A special thanks to Coach Louis Pretorius and Coach Segal for taking our kids on this 12-day tour to Bloemfontein. Well done to all the touring players who challenged themselves against the best players South Africa has to offer.

Water Polo– The Annual Water Polo Tournament is usually held over the first weekend in October and has been in existence for 44 years. It has become known as the unofficial National Club Championship and in 2017 they included the Inter Universities Championship.

War Games– We are excited to report that the wargames sub club has begun teaching a wargame class at KEPS.


Please contact Sharon Marchioro at the Society Office for all your Membership requirements: