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St Charles College Top-10 Cambridge results – 2012 Back: Vivek Bhagwan, Graeme Hammond, Sean Anderson, Frank Küsel, Pranava Naidoo, Liam Carey and Nicholas Twycross; Front: Menyotaoghene Mowoe, Daniel Van Breda and David Mashoko. New records were set in Mathematics (17 distinctions), Chemistry (10 distinctions) and Physics (10 distinctions) when the A-Levels boys of 2012 received their examination results from the University of Cambridge mid-August. Top student, Frank Küsel, achieved an incredible six distinctions and an inspiring average of 90.8%. Sean Anderson scored 100% for Mathematics.

Education for Life What a statement and what a responsibility! Educating boys for life means identifying those aspects we can influence that will serve as a foundation for their learning to prepare them to operate with confidence in a world where the only constant is constant change. CHRISTIAN VALUES – we believe that there are some absolutes in life and that Biblical principles give boys a moral compass necessary for good decision making throughout life. A GLOBAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE – by offering the Cambridge curriculum – designed by the number-one ranked university in the world – we are able to place boys in a competitive space with millions of others across the globe. The same Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, etc. which is taught and examined in Singapore, for instance, is taught in the classrooms of St Charles College. Our boys have opportunity to challenge themselves against the highest international standards. SINGAPORE MATHEMATICS – Why Singapore? In the most recent World Economic Forum release, South African schools’ Mathematics and Science were ranked 143 out of 144. Singapore

is ranked number 1. South Africa has therefore much to learn from a country like Singapore whose economy is now benefiting from its prioritisation of Mathematics and Science; they recognise the importance of enabling students to get into higher education – and out of it at the other end as competent graduates. Not only are our boys following exactly the same syllabus as their peers in Singapore, but we have strengthened the foundation in our Preparatory School as well with the Singapore Mathematics programme up to Grade 3. The positive feedback means we will be extending this foundation in the years ahead. LEVELS OF PRESSURE – We hear from outside sources that we work our boys too hard. In response we reply that there is nothing wrong with hard work. There is no use in pretending that the world is not a place of pressure. We need to prepare boys to succeed by teaching them how to handle pressure that is equivalent to the real world expectations they will meet. We do not believe that the children in South Africa are less intelligent or incapable, and our hope for them is that they will be well equipped to hold their own on the global economic stage. At the very least, this is the core of an Education for Life. Mr Allen van Blerk • Principal

LIVING WORDS “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6 THE

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Varsity College partners with the University of the Free State Varsity College has expanded its partnerships in Higher Education to offer degrees through the University of the Free State. “For someone who is looking to spread their wings in a totally new environment, Varsity College is a place that will help you fly. There is a Career Centre where you can find part-time work or there is always a chance to take part in the sport and even help the local community through VC cares.” Vincent Potgieter • Head Boy, 2011

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That’s one small step for Scrummies and two giant leaps for St Charles College . . . SPACE TO THINK, SPACE TO GROW AND SPACE TO LEARN in the new Pre-Primary facility which opened in January. Only a few small steps from the previous Scrummies venue to the new, but the move symbolises much of what happens in both the Pre-Primary and throughout St Charles College – space for boys to give full expression to their potential and abilities. “One step at a time, we were told when we were small and very bold. But O how hard our fear to hide when our steps were small and the spaces so wide.”

Twenty years on and the new entrance gates have finally arrived – sometimes you just have to be patient. THE

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SCC hero in Botswana

Legends in the making . Basketball

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Devon Hesse

9 October 2012 Sir, I’m unable to remain silent any longer. I wish to report to you the behaviour of one of your pupils, namely, Devon Hesse. This incident occurred on Sunday 7 October at the Kasane Airport in Botswana. I was returning from a fishing trip on the Zambezi river with the above Devon, his younger brother, his father and Mr Cameron McKenzie from the Park Lane Spar, who also had his son with him. As we disembarked from shuttle-bus, which had delivered us to the Kasane Airport, an elderly gentleman who was travelling with us collapsed in a heap in the parking lot in the intense heat, at split open the back of his head. The rest of our party including the driver of the said shuttle-bus and the Air Botswana staff could not find it within themselves to assist this gentleman in his unhappy circumstance. I did my best to comfort the elderly gentleman who was semi-conscious and looked up to find young Devon Hesse on his knees asking how he could be of help. Devon followed every instruction I gave him regarding the help required by the elderly man, and I wish to commend him for showing empathy, concern, a willingness to assist, the determination in securing the paper towels to staunch the bleeding, and the carrying of the elderly man to the comfort of a bench outside the airport building. He showed great determination in securing a wheelchair which was necessary to help the injured man onto the plane despite the thoroughly uncooperative attitude of the Air Botswana staff.

First XI hockey St Charles College 2 – 2 Maritzburg College

Lizwi Duma was recently called up to participate in the U20 basketball squad which will participate in the Zone 6 games in Zambia. Lizwi captained the first team in 2012.

Tennis triumphant St Charles College Tennis teams dominated the Midlands Leagues coming top in the U19A and B sections. The U15 teams came 2nd in the A Section and first in the B Section.

Amazing kick from Matthew Dukes THE YEAR 2012 SAW THE ST CHARLES BOYS at St Alban’s, Pretoria, for our annual rugby fixture. A tough and competitive game was expected and the boys knew that they had to be at their best to overcome what was always game opposition. The 3rd XV were due to play at 08:30 and it was amongst plumes of vaporising breath that we began our warm up. Cheers from the main field signified the 4th team’s narrow 6-3 victory over their opponents and the scene was set for the 3rd team’s match. The next 50 minutes bore witness to pitched battle of seesawing fortunes. By the time the last move of the game was called, St Charles found themselves 10-15 down but inside the opposition 22 with possession. Against specific coach’s orders, and to his horror, Chris Jones, at fly half, stabbed a kick through the St Alban’s backline defence. Luis Buque, clearly privy to a somewhat risky plan, steamed down the right-hand touchline, collected the ball and dived over the line to score the equaliser. The draw had been secured and no one at this point expected anything more. The scene was set,

It was a joy and a relief to find someone this young demonstrating the commitment and leadership necessary in this emergency. We are so often disappointed with the behaviour of the youth, however, in this circumstance, I have nothing but admiration for this young man. I believe this is a very good reflection on his up-bringing and the environment in which he has been educated. Well done!

however, for the creation of a legend. Taking the ball to the point where the

The happy outcome was the fact that the elderly gentleman was able to make the flight and return home to his family.

And so, victory! And so, a legend! There are few sporting moments that have

Yours sincerely Mark Bird

victory over St Alban’s, we are reminded that there is nothing greater in this

10m line intersects with the touchline, Matthew Dukes calmly set his place kick and began his pre-kick routine. I had convinced myself that the draw was enough, that no one could manage a 45m kick from such an acute angle and under so much pressure. These thoughts, it seemed, did not extend to Matthew. With calm assuredness Matthew put boot to ball and, from the minute it left his foot there was no doubt that he would bisect the uprights. the ability to stay with one forever, and if we get to experience such an event, we are truly favoured. Yet, if we get to coach a moment such as that 3rd team life than the euphoria of shared success. At the final whistle there were not fifteen boys on that field; there was just one team and one School. Jonathan Beaumont • Coach.

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Sublime cricketing performance by senior boys Robinson’s, efforts for the Saints. The opening match is a two-day, double-innings affair. Winning the toss and choosing to bat first was a good start for St Charles. After a very tentative first over opener Dean Robinson entered a journey of self-discovery as he proceeded to stay on the field for every ball of the next 250 odd overs which were bowled. His first over gave no indication of a unique and very rare occurrence about to happen as Dean piled on the runs over after over reaching 132 not out when St Charles finally declared their first innings closed. Fielding the entire St Alban’s knock was a pretty tiring affair and their innings closed after 80 overs. Dean Matthew Ford

Dean Robinson

TWO FIRST XI CRICKETERS achieved monumental feats. Losing the toss at Grey College’s cricket festival in Bloemfontein, on a searingly hot day during our bi-annual trek to the Free State

then donned his batting kit to open the second innings and there he stayed until the end of the game finishing on 136-not-out for a match aggregate on 268 not out. One must agree that this amazing effort needs to be recorded in the folklore of St Charles College cricket.

Dave Karlsen • Head Coach

capital in January this year, and being asked to bowl first against Woodridge was not quite what our boys were hoping for – but all turned out well thanks to a master class of fast bowling from skipper

Seven Provincial representatives

Matthew Ford. They say that five wickets is worth a century in batting terms but skipper Ford, battling injury, ran in with incredible courage to bowl seven of the hapless Woodridge batsman. Taking seven wickets is a remarkable feat but to achieve this on a batterfriendly pitch in the searing heat is pretty special, topped by bowling all seven makes it fairly unique as well. The Independent Schools’ Festival at St Alban’s produces some very good cricket but none more so than opening batsman, Dean

Preparatory School excels The Preparatory School is proud to have seven provincial “A” team representatives. Abhik Sewsunker, Liam Levin and Guy Morgan are in the Inland U12A team and Nivaal Rahim, Liam Green, Bradley Sherwood and Nikhil Gopal will represent the Inland U13A team.

Preparatory School cricket THE PREP FIRST XI CRICKET TEAM enjoyed a remarkable first term locally and also on tour to the Eastern Cape. Some fantastic batting performances contributed to strong team performances. Cameron Brown made good use of his experience gained at the National U13 Week in December to notch up 524 first-term runs, his Superb rugby season for the Preparatory School

best efforts being 129* against Merchiston and 127* against WHPS from Pretoria.

WATER DOES NOT BOIL AT 99˚C. It boils at 100˚C. The difference

Top 10 Prep Batting Performances of 2012 so far…

is small but the change is significant. The Prep first XV rugby

Cameron Brown

129*

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mirrored this theme by making small changes and experienced a

Cameron Brown

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WHPS

significant change in fortunes during the 2012 rugby season. It was

Jason Login

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a season highlighted with first-time wins against Cordwalles, Pelham

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and Clifton Nottingham Road. The team added Johannesburg’s St

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U11A

Highbury

Stithian’s and The Ridge to their list of scalps as well as most other

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5th XI

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local opposition.

Cameron Brown

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Clifton Durban

Jason Login

67*

U11A

Cordwalles

included in the Craven Week KwaZulu-Natal U13 team in

Nathan van Blerk

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Egerton 1st XI

Bloemfontein.

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4th XI

Virginia

We were proud to have Prep speedster, Chris Hope-Johnstone, Rowan Irons • Head of Prep Sport

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Tradition Founder’s Day Dash FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS, the Matric class has indicated that their top request for improvement to the College was for new entrance gates. For the uninitiated, this process has taken almost 20 years because of a dispute over a small patch of tarred road in the middle of the intersection which, until recently, did not belong to us. So it was really fitting that on 26 July 2012, we celebrated the College’s 137th anniversary of Founder’s Day with a new tradition – the Founder’s Day Dash. Prompted by the Cambridge Dash, featured in Chariots of Fire, the Dash gives boys the chance to have their name recorded for posterity as the one who completed the race fastest. The Matric group of 2012 has donated Mason O’Connor leads Blake Mingay in the Founder’s Day Dash

a drinking fountain to commemorate the start of this new tradition, and each year’s winner with his time will be recorded on brass panels on the side of the fountain. The race is from the new gates around the first traffic circle and back (approximately

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inaugural winning time was set in a close finish by Mason O’Connor stopping the clock at 1:16.97.

The four proud Houses of St Charles College

Warcry leader, Mbolela Nyosi, ready for battle THE WARCRY LEADER’S BLAZER – St Charles College has 137 years of interesting history. We went back in time to acknowledge the fact that we were once a Marist Brothers school and although we have been a nondenominational Christian College since 1979, we still maintain sporting ties with several of the Saints schools. The responsibility of the boy to whom the blazer is awarded each year is to lead the College into “battle” against the opposition on match days.

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A research initiative started in 2011 by the House Heads has finally led us to the point where not only has the fourth House of St Charles College, O’Meara (green), being reinstated after a 20 year absence, but banners bearing the crests of each House were also finalised and are now hanging in the new library. The other Houses are Conway (red), Delalle (yellow) and Smith (blue).

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Talented musician, Shane Peel, performing at the Annual St Charles College Talent Show, obtained 93% for AS Level Art and Design

James Rae scoops a double English Cambridge Brilliance Award. First in both AS Level English Language and AS Level Literature in English, James is the first St Charles College boy to earn two First-in-SouthAfrica Awards.

AN EXCITING NEW PLATFORM will soon be launched for you as parents and associates, past and present, to stay connected with the St Charles College community . As a Friend of the College or as one of our valued Old Boys, we trust that you are committed to supporting excellence and making a difference - not only to the College and our city, but to South Africa as a whole. Together we will work hard to enable boys who would not ordinarily have access to a global learning experience in an independent School, to come to St Charles College. Those who support our values and the delivery of education to South African children that meets the highest International standards are already Friends of the College. If you would like to be involved and know that you can make a difference, contact us and let us know what you are thinking and we will see that you are included in future initiatives.

Five years on . . . Grade 8 Biology project models were on display at the College. Their educational value does not stop there – as they are then donated to needy schools with which St Charles College has a mentoring relationship.

Fair Play Trophy for football

OLD BOY, EDWIN BATH (2007), WRITES: ‘Close on five years have passed since the days of frequenting a once gateless entrance to St Charles College. Much has changed since the Class of 2007 ruled the College – a new Matric boarders’ block, a new gym, new locker-rooms, and not to mention a much shorter migration to English and Art with newly added high school classrooms allowing “Gardens” to be converted to the much needed new Scrummies component for the College. As St Charles College has progressed from strength to strength so too have many of its Old Boys: here, briefly, are the movements and achievements of the Class of 2007. The College can be extremely proud of its Class of 2007. Of the 66 Saints who left the College in 2007, 57 have gone onto acquire tertiary education qualifications and soon South Africa will have: • 4 Doctors (Ahmed Jooma, Marc Smit Dux, Rushil Nundlall and Charles Ojur)

Junaid Camp and David Krone IN THE JULY VACATION the first team football played in the KwaZuluNatal Inter-Schools’ Festival. Of the 8 matches that we played we won 5, lost 2 and drew 1. Notwithstanding the importance of winning,

• 5 LLB Graduates (Gareth Mauck with Masters, Chris Hart with BCom, Andrew Pattinson with BCom, Bruce Hughes, James Farina) • 3 Engineers (Oliver Aardnesgaard – Civil, Claudio Buque – Electrical, Brett Moolenschot – Mechanical)

the highlight of the Festival was that the St Charles College team was

• 1 Actuary (Craig Fowler)

awarded the trophy for fair play and best sportsmanship. The leaders

• 44 other qualified graduates.

of the team, David Krone and Junaid Camp, received this trophy on

Clearly a number of 2007 Saints’ Old Boys are ready to take their

behalf of the team. In an era when the fundamental values on which

position amongst South Africa’s leaders of tomorrow, and I believe

professional sport were founded are being undermined it was pleasing

we can all proudly say that St Charles College had a large part in

to see the young men of our College remain true to the values we

nurturing our individual potentials, preparing us and placing us at

aspire to, and to represent their School with honour and distinction.

the forefront of our bright futures.’ Edwin Macrae Bath • Matric 2007

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