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PRETORIA BOYS HIGH NEWSLETTER NO: 96 December 2013

Dear Parents This is not only the last newsletter for the year but also the last time this newsletter will be sent out in its current printed format. We are trying as much as possible to embrace new methods of communication, curb unnecessary spending and help the environment so will be limiting our printing to essential items. Only in situations where printed hard copy is absolutely necessary, will we do so. In future, all newsletters will be available to parents on the Communicator and website. Many other important items such as our school reports will be emailed from next year. It is thus critical that you keep us updated with a valid email address that we can use for communication with you. If parents would like to receive a hard copy of this termly newsletter and are unable to download it from the Communicator or the website, you are welcome to approach my PA, Ms Dodds, who will arrange a printed copy for you. I would like to thank all parents for their support of the school this past year. We have had a very successful year again and much of that success is due to the ability of the various stakeholders in the school to work together. I remain extremely proud of our school, our staff and our boys for all that is achieved here. Annual General Meeting For the third time in a row, the parents of Boys High achieved the required quorum of attendees at a public meeting. This is unprecedented in the history of the school and I thank those parents who came out that night to support the School Governing Body, to listen to the annual reports and to approve the school budget and fee for 2014. The unanimous vote in favour of the proposed budget and fee was a huge vote of confidence in the school and I am extremely grateful to the parents for this support. We do not take this for granted and assure you that we will do all we can to build on the successes of the past and provide the best possible education for your son. The fees for 2014 have been set as follows: R33,400 per annum (Form I, II & III) R32,100 per annum (Form IV) R32,800 per annum (Form V) (which includes a book deposit) and an additional R44,150 per annum for boarding A discount of 3% for school fees and 3% for boarding fees may be deducted if these fees are paid in full BEFORE 31 January 2014 (discount does not apply to credit card payments). Please note that ALL fees are payable annually IN ADVANCE with an option of paying monthly from 01 January in ten equal payments. If you choose to pay monthly, then the minimum payment must be made each month. I do not want the unpleasant situation arising where we have to chase parents for fee payments. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please make sure you communicate with us to prevent us having to follow other channels of collection. On a positive note, we collect almost 98% of all fees which is an outstanding achievement. My grateful thanks go to all parents who ensure that they make payments on time to allow the school to function efficiently. School banking details:

Nedbank, Hatfield Branch, Branch Code 160245 Account: Pretoria Boys High School


Account Number: 1602 186 936 Please use your son’s account number as the reference. Statements have been sent out with the account number on it. This needs to be used at all times when making any payment to the school. Parents wishing to pay school fees at the beginning of the year may do so during registration on the following dates: Friday 10 January 2014 14.00-18.00 Saturday 11 January 2014 08:00-11:00 Tuesday 14 January 2014 09:00-12:00 2014 School Terms Please be aware that the second term next year is an extremely disruptive one due to the number of holidays that exist. Please plan your lives around the school days to avoid taking your son out of school in an already difficult term that culminates with the important mid-year examinations. Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

15 January - 28 March 07 April - 27 June (including the Easter Weekend plus a further week’s holiday from 28 April to 2 May) 21 July – 03 October 13 October - 10 December

School commences on week 1, day 3 of the cycle. Boarders should report on the evening of Tuesday 14th January 2014. Personal Details As mentioned above, please ensure that the School is kept up to date with any changes to addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, marital status, emergency contact details etc. It is essential that the school is able to contact parents should it be necessary. Subject Changes The Academic Department will be open on Saturday 11 January 2014 from 9.00 - 12.00. Any recommendation from subject departments to change subjects, as well as any other subject changes must be done at this time. This will be the only opportunity to change subjects for Term 1. Activities this past term The extremely busy fourth term has now ended with the writing of the final examination for all boys from Form I to V. I trust that your son has performed as well as he can and that he is able to look forward to next year. Our Form V results will be published on 7 January 2014 and we hope for the best for our most recent matriculating class. I would like to pay tribute to the Form V class for finishing well. They left with dignity and all the various ceremonies that paid tribute to them, the Valediction, Final Assembly and various other formal and informal events were marked with a solemnity and sense of sadness to see them go. My best wishes accompany them for the future. I remind the current Form IVs of their new role as leaders and seniors in the school. This group of Form Vs in 2014 will have been in Form I in my first year at Boys High and I am extremely excited to see my first “babies” through to Matric! Apart from the activities mentioned, we hosted three reunion groups, held a successful Form IV Camp and Prefect Camp, RCL Charity Assembly, Remembrance Day Service and Carol Service in addition to the other daily activities. My thanks go to all who organise these events for their ongoing devotion to the school and our boys. Governors leaving Boys High The law requires that serving governors retire from the Board when their sons leave school. We are sad to bid farewell to our current Chairman, Mr Harry Todd, our Vice Chairman, Mr Quito Esteves and our Wellness portfolio Chair, Dr Mario Greyling. All three gentlemen have given much to the school and we thank them for their service. We have approached some parents to fill the gaps on the SGB as co-opted members until the by-election at the end of April 2014.


We are currently in need of a parent representative to head up the Information Technology sub-committee. The parent must have some experience in the IT industry and be able to help formulate IT strategy and policy, culminating in an IT vision for Boys High. Any parents who would like to be considered for this position and are happy to volunteer their services must please contact me at school at the start of the New Year. Staff News We wish those members of staff who are leaving all the very best for their future. Keith Mansfield retires after 16 years of service to Boys High. Greg Hassenkamp leaves after 14 years to take up the position of Headmaster at Hermanus High School. Ursula Naude will be teaching at Crawford College. Derik Botha is relocating to teach at St John’s College. Joanne Beckwith will be reading for her Masters degree in Education in the USA. John Webber will be starting his own business. Hayley Brett will be teaching in the UK. Rob Orr is moving to a school in the Lowveld Yvonne Uys is retiring after 13 years’ service as secretary. We welcome the following new members of staff to the teaching staff in 2013: Mr Chris Oldnall (English); Mrs Liz Vincent (English); Miss Nikki Kock (Mathematics); Mrs Lerine Kriel (Afrikaans); Miss Corli Janse van Rensburg (German); Mr Nicholas Adendorff (LO & Technology); Mr Michael Noon (Geography) and Mrs Cathy Louw (Pollock Secretary) Mrs Bev Boerstra and Mr Brad Burrow take up permanent employment in the English department after teaching in part-time capacities this year. We trust that our new staff will make a significant contribution to the educational experience of our boys and will be warmly welcomed to the Boys High community. We congratulate Mr Ryan O’Donoghue and his wife Julie on the birth of their daughter Camryn.

Craig McBride presents Mrs Uys with a painting of the school before she delivers her speech reminiscing about the years she has spent working as a secretary for Pollock campus. Keith Mansfield and Greg Hassenkamp also delight staff and guests with stories of their time spent teaching at Boys High. Final thoughts Perhaps one of the hardest things to do as a parent is to let go. I speak about this every year at our Commencement Ceremony, yet all of us who are parents battle with this concept, particularly when we feel an injustice may have been done to our child. We understand this as a school, yet need to remind all parents that the lessons learned by a child are often best learned on his own. As parents we need to know when to step in and when to let go. Two good examples of letting go present themselves every year when we announce the school Prefects and we award School Colours.


All of us as parents feel our child would make an excellent leader and is deserving of some kind of recognition through the awarding of colours, yet as a school, we simply cannot make all boys Prefects or award every boy colours. Both systems are not perfect but are very, very carefully monitored based on well thought-out criteria and following hours and hours of consideration. These are not decisions that are made lightly but are made based on a published system whether it be by popular vote or established criteria. Some boys will be fortunate to be chosen for some form of honour and it is up to them to justify the faith shown in them. Most, however, will not and for these boys I remind them of my words at an assembly I directed specifically at this issue – your time will come. It may not be at school but your time will come and you will receive the recognition you deserve. I ask parents to therefore trust the system. The school has the responsibility of making these awards and it is not the prerogative of a parent to attempt to nominate their child for an award or a position. My final comment touches on my personal theme for 2014. We are a school that is unashamedly different in so many ways. We do quirky things sometimes but we hold our staff and boys up to the very highest levels of behavior in all they do. Most people, when asked why Boys High is their school of choice for their son, remark on how important high standards are these days. We do not settle for mediocrity and we will always strive to be better than others in all we do. My theme for next year will thus be centered around the Boys High ethos – attempting to define exactly what it is and how to ensure that the expectations we have of staff, boys and parents are of the highest order. In short – what is the “Boys High way” and what do we expect from our boys, our parents and our staff in order to keep our standards high? I wish our Christian families a blessed Christmas. To all our families I wish a safe and happy holiday and I look forward to working with you again in the New Year.

Kind regards

TONY REELER HEADMASTER


BOYS ACHIEVEMENTS Our warm congratulations go to the following boys: Prefects Marthinus Erasmus (Head Boy), Tyler Easton (Deputy), Josh Ashfield, Bill Badi, Mitchell Baumann, Wesley Benade, Jake Blew, Daelon Campbell, Marc Coetzee, Winford Collings, HJ Cronje, Fred Dilapisho, Romeo Drabile, Andries du Toit, Brendon Fekete, Marko Fourie, Viaan Janse van Rensburg, Aiden Malan, Tumi Malete, Kuda Maneta, Shane McLachlan, Kimon Nicolaides, Wayne Parker, Kyle Plage, Josh Raynard, Werner Reyneke, Geor Schulze, Tyrone Simmonds, Kofi Snaman, Keegan Stratford, Llewellyn Strydom, Pablo Talbot, Daniel Tooley, Johan Van Rensburg, Brandon Van Veenhuyzen, Michael Volschenk, Gareth Waldeck Chairmen of Clubs/Societies – 2014 Aeronautical Anime Archery Bridge Business Chess Choir Creative Writing Debating Drama Fantasy Wargames Gumboot Dancers Hiking Historical Wargames Media Prefects Photographic Pipe Major SCA (dayboys) SCA (boarding) SNIA Social Outreach Technical Support Wildlife

Grant Kingon Sahil Dowra Sinclair Rencken Sahil Dowra Dean Pillay Dean Pillay Caleb Kinimi Hieronymus Crouse Kimon Nicolaides Kimon Nicolaides Giado Sargenti Thabang Letsoalo Marc Coetzee Hieronymus Crouse Rendert Hoekstra Sam Cohen Estian Zietsman Jesse Parviss Mashao Mukhari Karish Naidoo and Gregory Russill Rendert Hoekstra Gomolemo Mahuma Alessio da ConceicaĂś

Art & Culture Awards Merit Business Club Full Colours

Allan Goldacre, George Ioannou, Kamohelo Motaung, Ruben Mpanya, Dean Pillay, Geor Schulze, Kofi Snaman, Stefan Van Wyk

Creative Writing Half Colours Full Colours

Hieronymus Crouse Winford Collings

Photographic Full Colours

Alex Lambley

Service First Aid Society Half Colours Full Colours

Ryan Dreyer (re-award); Mulalo Mphaphuli (new) Jason Kleinhenz, Aiden Malan

Gumboot Dancers Half Colours

Thabang Letsoalo, Mpho Rakometsi

Media Centre


Half Colours

Johannes Coetzee, Devin Hollier, Joseph Idowu, Krisjan Korf, Songezo Magadlela, Malesela Masenya, MJ Reeler

Social Outreach Half Colours Full Colours

Imtiaz Salie (re-award);Xandro da Silva (new) Rendert Hoekstra

Technical Support Team Half Colours

Daniel Fryer, Gomolemo Mahuma, Tyler Riggs

Cultural Choir Half Colours Full Colours

Music Half Colours

Curtis Cornwall, Lesedi de Wee, Fred Dilapisho, Nkosinathi Dlamini, Reendert Hoekstra, Abu Kgofelo, Caleb Kinimi, Kagiso Mpipi, Kyle Peterson, Ruixan Qi, Ian van der Vyver, Duane van Wyk Thato Ntlatleng, Raine Pienaar (re-award); Armandt Horton, Duncan Thomas, Seth Fobian

Full Colours

David den Hartog, Neil Fair, Lloyd Havenga, Reder Joubert, Nicholas Louw, Lerato Masters, Yuneil Padayachee, Llewellyn Strydom, Ian van der Vyver Brett Giddy, Michael Gous, Soenggeun Kim, MJ Reeler, Cameron Williams

Inter House Debating

Hofmeyr

Sporting Awards Athletics Half Colours

Honours

Jesse Fröhling (4x100m relay), Mbuyi Katumba (4x100m relay), Edzani Kone (1500m), Peter Lennon (3000m), Jeremie Luhandjula (4x10m relay),Kossy Obodozie (re-award:triple jump); Emmanuel Olusegun (1500m), Nicholas Petzwinkler (100m relay), Armand Pretorius (800m), Timothy Thompson (100m long jump, 4x100m relay) Jesse Fröhling (400m) (new award); Shelton Mokuena (10,000m, 5000m 1500m), Thati Phele (1500m), Jon Seeliger (100m, 200m & 400m) (reawards)

Climbing Half Colours Full Colours

Richard Bettman, Justin Jacobs, Nick Murray, Shaun Pieterse Kgosi Moatshe, Sean Nel, Keaghan Vryenhoek

Inter-House Seniors Juniors

Rissik Solomon

Cricket Half Colours Full Colours

Jake Blew, Phillip Hendry, Chris Hitchcock, Mbulelo Jimlongoe Daelon Campbell, Tyler Easton, Dustin Melton, Kevin Short (re-awards); Michael Gous, Thomas Mashiane (new award)

Northerns U19A Northerns U17A Northerns U15A

Dustin Melton Tyler Easter, Thomas Mashiane Donovan Ferreira

Cricket-Service Half Colours

Matthew Joubert

Cross Country Half Colours Full Colours

Sive Dzhabirov (re-award); Mitch Brussow, Aston Fortuin, Matthew Hills, Peter Lennon, Armand Pretorius, Brandon van Veenhuyzen Shelton Mokuena (re-award); Thati Phele (new award)

Headmaster’s Prestige Junior Senior

Edzani Kone Thati Phele


Golf Half Colours Full Colours

Daniel Becker (re-award); Trent Haantjes (new award) Nicholaus Frade, Shane McLachlan (re-awards)

Rugby-Service Half Colours

Rufus Mvuyo, Tyler Riggs

Squash Half Colours Full Colours Honours

Braam Coetzee, Henning Holtzhausen, Jason Lazarus Cleelynd Potgieter Marko Fourie

Inter-House Squash Senior Junior

Town Hofmeyr

U18 Champion U16 Champion U14 Champion

Marko Fourie Cuan Verhage Blaine Verhage

Tennis Half Colours Full Colours Honours

Anthony Mickelsfield (re-award); Nathan Dunkley, Trystan Van Rie, Jake Weatherhead (new) Dian Haasbroek, Zander Kotze (re-award) Courtney Lock

Inter-House Tennis

School House

Tennis Double Championship Senior Zander Kotze & Dian Haasbroek Junior Jordan Sauer & Songezo Magadlela Water Polo Half Colours Full Colours North Gauteng U16A North Gauteng U15A North Gauteng U14A

Brett Giddy (re-award); Kade Chapman, Quintin Claassen, Aidan Nunn (new awards) Rupert Louw Quintin Claassen, Dillon Cromhout, Tercio de Ceita, , Lloyd Havenga, Rupert Louw, James Neser, Tyne Potgieter Michael-John Anderson, Hlanganani Denga, Chad Howard, Michael Manley, Jason Reynders, Sven van Zyl Carl Jacobsz, Daniele Paris, Kayd Potgieter, Deon Schürmann, Kyle van den Heever

Inter-House Water Polo Senior Junior

Hofmeyr Arcadia

Water Polo-Service Half Colours Full Colours

Mbongiseni Kuhlase Njabulo Makhathini

Other Achievements Readerslink Competition – Our boys won the prizes for two of the four book prizes against Waterkloof, Menlo Park, Pretoria Girls High, The Glen, Pro Arte and Garsfontein. Well done to Anton Prinsloo & Wilhelm Kriek (juniors) and Wayde Thomas and Krisjan Korf (seniors). Varsity College Inter-Schools Quiz – the Boys High team won this quiz against 18 other schools. Well done to Kimon Nicolaides, Brendon Van Veenhuyzen, Harry Burdett and Michael Zaayman.


English Alive – this is a publication of the SA Council of Educators where the best pieces of creative writing (essays and poetry) are published. Three of our boys have had their work published – Ridhwaan Shariff, Emmanuel Olesegun, Jaco van der Merwe. Squash – Marko Fourie has been selected for the U19 SA Schools team to participate in the US Open and the Canadian Open over December. Wrestling – Ernst Bester and Alex Stenos were awarded their Gauteng North colours for wrestling in the Freestyle Youth Championships and the SA Greek Youth Championships. Lifesaving – Jared Fee and Milan Swart represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Lifesaving Championship held in Canberra, Australia in September. Their team was placed 3rd overall.

Photo Gallery 2013 40 and 50 Years-on Reunions

Remembrance Day

RCL Assembly

Final Assembly for Matics

PBHS Ceileidh

Resident Geese


Selected Proposed Dates for 2014 PLEASE NOTE: The dates are subject to change and are still being finalised. A full calendar will be issued to all boys and will appear on the Communicator and website. Wednesday, 15th January Wednesday 22nd January Friday 7th February Saturday 8th February Tuesday 11th February Thursday 13th February Saturday 15th February Wednesday 26th February Tuesday 18th March Friday 28th March Tuesday 7th April Saturday 12th April Tuesday 14th April Thursday 15th April

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Thursday 23rd/24th April Saturday 10th May Saturday 17th May Tuesday 20th May Wednesday 21st May Saturday 24th May Saturday 31st May Friday 6th June Saturday 7th June Monday 9th June Saturday 14th June Monday 16th June Saturday 21st June Friday 27th June Monday 21st July Saturday 26th July Tuesday 29th July Saturday 2nd August Saturday 9th August Friday 15th August Tuesday 19th August

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Thursday 21st August Saturday 30th August Saturday 27th September Sunday 28th September Friday 3rd October Tuesday 13th October Tuesday 14th October Wednesday 15th October Tuesday 28th October Tuesday 11th November Thursday 13th November Sunday 30th November Wednesday 10th December

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Term 1 begins Inter-House Gala Boarder Exeat Grey College Cricket Fixture (home & away) PA AGM Matric Information Evening KES Summer Fixture (home & away) Inter House Plays begin until 28th February Cafe Concert starts until 20 March Term 1 ends Term 2 begins Maritzburg College Exchange (away) Parent/Teacher Consultations (Forms 1,2,3 dayboys) Parent/Teacher Consultations (All boarders + F4/5 dayboys) John Vorster Winter Sport Fixture (away) Westville Winter Fixture (home) Jeppe Winter Fixture (away) Fringe Production until 22 May St Albans Winter Fixture (home) Parktown Winter Fixture (home) St Benedicts Winter Fixture (away) Founders Day KES Winter Fixture (home) Exams start until 27th June St John’s Winter Fixture (away)/Highland Gathering Public Holiday St Stithians Winter Fixture (home) Term 2 ends Term 3 begins Menlo Park Fixture (home) Form II Subject Choice Evening Maritzburg College Exchange (home) Affies Winter Fixture (away) Boarder Exeat Parent/Teacher Consultations (All boarders + F4/5 dayboys) Parent/Teacher Consultations (Forms 1,2,3 dayboys) Matric Dance Athletics Inter High 4-Schools Concerts start until 30th September Term 3 ends Term 4 begins Valediction Final Assembly Parents Fee Setting Meeting and AGM Remembrance Day Exams start for Forms I to IV Advent Carol Service Term 4 ends

PLEASE NOTE: The dates are subject to change and are still being finalised. A full calendar will be issued to all boys and will appear on the website.


Parents Newsletter - December 2013