Strenue - Strenue December 2016
| ||Accounting Excellence Continues||
|For the 5th consecutive year, King Edward VII School placed as the Top School in Gauteng in the National Accounting Olympiad 2016! Sage Pastel once again sponsored the prize of two desktop computers (together with accounting software) to the school and the Accounting Educators, Mrs S Naidoo, Mr S Sutherland and Ms C Avidon (Subject Head of Accountancy) were also rewarded with a cheque for R2000.
In August 2016, 15 Grade 12 Accounting learners took part in the SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) National Accounting Olympiad. We are extremely proud of Byron Christou, who was not only placed 1st in Gauteng, for which he received a cheque for R2000, but he also was placed 1st Nationally, from more than 4000 learners who wrote the Olympiad from private and public schools! Byron achieved 97% for the Olympiad and for being top in the country, was awarded a laptop computer sponsored by Sage Pastel.
Ryan Quigley has also done our school proud by achieving 95% for the Olympiad and was placed 1st runner-up in Gauteng! Ryan was awarded a cheque of R1000.
The Grade 12 learners who took part in the SAICA Olympiad were: Sameer Aithma, Benjamin Austen, Jonah Austen, Byron Christou, Yuveshin Govender, Keaton Jacobs, Yusuf Jassat, Marc Jutte, Sicelo Mazibuko, Hasan Munshi, Mufhumudzi Muthivhi, Daiyan Parker, Ryan Quigley, Tyron Ruthel and Jonty Sass.
Our Accounting boys also took part in the SAIPA Accounting Olympiad. The following boys progressed to the second round: T Agar, J Austen, B Christou, S Mazibuko, H Munshi, M Muthivhi, D Parker, R Quigley and J Sass. Once again Byron Christou achieved an excellent result of 90,5% and was 1st runner-up in Gauteng Public Schools.
Congratulations to our Accounting Department on this fantastic achievement, our learners are their top awards and all the boys who participated in the 2016 Olympiad, we salute you.
Tradition of Academic Excellence continues. Go School.
| ||Sporting Excellence highlighted||
|Water Polo: Congratulations to the following King Edward VII School boys on their Gauteng Schools' Water Polo selection & to compete in Inter Provincial Tournament 7-11 December in Durban:
KES Gauteng Schools’ Water Polo Team Selection:
• Ethan Coryndon-Baker 19A
• Jarryd Robinson 19A
• Liam Savenije 19A
• Jordan Delport 17 Colts
• Jadin Leca 17 Colts
• Tameem Rawat reserve 19/u17
• Travin Bouwer 16A
• Keamohetswe Rachidi 16A
• Cameron Moffett 16B
• Milan Naidoo 16B
| ||Cultural Events and Highlights from Term 3 & 4!||
|Public Speaking: The Annual Inter-House Public Speaking Competitions took place on the 20 October for the Seniors and the Juniors competed on the 25 October 2016. Mrs Reynolds thanked all the boys from Grade 8-11 who participated in the Senior & Junior Inter-House Public Speaking events.
Senior Inter-House Results:
Winning speakers: Luke Woolway, James Parsons & William Agar
School House did not participate.
Junior Inter-House Results:
Winning speakers: Keagan Delatè, Mohammed Rawat & Caleb Slooten
3rd- Crofts & Anderson
School & Grimmer House did not participate.
School Choir: The Choir participated at the National Eisteddfod on Tues 27th Sept at Jan Celliers Laerskool and they were awarded Gold for their efforts.
Our Choir has also performed and entertained at many events this year, including at the Old Boys' Reunions, Acoustics Evening & the Matric Moms Tea.
Thank you lads for your excellence in beautiful song.
Santa Shoebox Charity Drive
King Edward VII School staff and learners took up the challenge to help out and contribute to the Santa Shoebox Charity Drive.
Well done and THANK YOU to the King Edward Staff & learners involved in collecting and making up the 33 Santa Shoebox gifts.
The Santa Shoebox Project distribute festive season gifts to thousands of underprivileged children and the Red Family was glad to play a small part in the distribution of red hope and red cheer this Christmas season.
Blood Drive: King Edward learners, staff and family proudly supported SANBS Blood Drives again this year. Our September Drive brought in another 58 units. Well done to all you have contributed in saving a life and making a difference.
Dramatics: Ms Marvell reports back on our King Edward VII School Dramatics Club that were on stage last week, 8 September:
The Drama boys took part in the International Shakespeare Online Festival this year. It is the first year we have taken part in the Festival and the boys performed a rendition of "Macbeth". The boys had a lot of fun getting acquainted with the dark 'Scottish Play' and enjoyed the experience of performing at a professional theatre.
Well done to our Dramatics Club, showcasing their wonderful talent.
Dramatics Awards: The Annual Dramatics Society award winners were announced at the' Night at the Theatre Evening' held on the 11 August.
2016 Winners are:
The Duncan Allen trophy for the greatest overall contribution to the Dramatic Society plus the Penguin Tutoring award: Malcolm Meintjes
The Sword for dedication to the Dramatic Society: Mokundi Muofhe
Overall best Actor for 2016: Mazi Thanda
The Fourie Literary Accomplishment Award (for writing his own play for the One-act Play festival: Seth Thorne
Best Director (awarded at Play festival): Mazi Thanda
Congratulations to all the winners but also well done to the Dramatics Society on another very successful year and for entertaining our Community with the wonderful talent on stage during 2016.
Public Speaking 2016 Winners: Congratulations to Ntsako Mphahlani who was recognised as the winner of the Senior Best Speaker competition displaying charm and keen interest in both his prepared and impromptu speeches. Luca Ruckard was awarded with a well-deserved Proxime Accessit position.
N Mphahlani-Best Senior Speaker 2016
Luca Ruckard- Best Speaker Runner-Up 2016:
Well done to all the senior speakers who delivered entertaining and thought-provoking speeches at their event.
The Inter House positions were as follows:
Well done to Thato Mashiyane who was judged the Junior Best Speaker for 2016. He had some thought-provoking, yet entertaining, concepts to share both in his prepared and impromptu speeches. Seth Thorne was the Junior Proxime Accessit and moved the audience with the sincerity of his speeches.
Thato Mashiyane- Best Junior Speaker & Runner-Up Seth Thorne
Well done to all the Junior speakers who courageously faced the audience and shared their thoughts.
Junior Finalists 2016
The Inter House positions were as follows:
Afrikaans Eisteddfod- Well done to our learners on superb results!
Some of our King Edward VII School learners participated in the Kempkuns Afrikaans Eisteddfod on the 24 August.
They took part in the poetry recitation section. The results were as follows:
1. Willie Wannenburg A+
2. James Parsons A+ (winner of the Poetry recitation for Grade 11 boys section)
3. Ryan Mildenhall A+
4. Taahir Makda A+
5. Ryan van der Merwe A
Welgedaan manne! Uitstekend. Congratulations to our learners and the Afrikaans Department.
First Aid: Congratulations to the following King Edward VII learners on completing an International Advanced Level 1 First Aid Course.
The course comprised of 16 hours of practical and theoretical training.
Well done to our First Aiders on passing this course with distinction:
G McDonald (achieved 100% in both papers)
C Van Der Merwe
Grant McDonald was also named and awarded- First Aider of the Year 2016.
Grant currently in Grade 12 is planning to study at WITS in 2017 in the Bio Medical Health Sciences field.
Thank you to our First Aid Team under the guidance of Mrs Schumyn and Mrs Asvat for the many hours spent along the side of rugby and hockey pitches this winter season.
QuizzWizz 2016: The Annual Quizwizz Inter-school finals that was hosted by King Edward VII School on Monday, 1 August.
Results from 2016 Quizwizz finals:
1st Jeppe High School for Boys' 257 points
2. Redhill 250 points
3. King Edward VII School 248 points
4. Roedean 222 points
5. Mondeor 189 points
Three King Edward Houses took part: Crofts, Davis and Robinson as individual teams and also as a school unit.
Congratulations to the 2016 winners, Jeppe Boys' and well done to our teams and all the participants of QuizzWizz 2016.
Annual Acoustics Evening 2016: Terrific event that showcased our musical talent, prose and poetry at King Edward VII School on 13 September
Annual Art Exhibition November 2016- Showcase of our Art & Technology Departments.
Credit and applause to the Staff and learners involved.
Class of 2016- Shoe Donation
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end!
Matrics of 2016 are on their way to new beginnings after completing their final examination today.
Well done lads & thank you for the donation of your school shoes, that will be donated to the charities KESCO supports.
Happy Holidays Class of 2016- Safe travels & take care!
| ||Service of Remembrance 2016||
|Red Memorial Parade: Lest we forget!
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
When the guns fell silent, we will remember them.
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Delville Wood and as such the Wood witnessed the unveiling of a new memorial
at the Delville Wood In France, which now commemorates the SA Native Labour Corp Volunteers.
In the Battle of Delville Wood – the 1st South African Brigade assisted in the capture and holding the wood which was under German attack.
The losses in this battle were in the 360 000 region combining both the allied forces and German losses. The South African Brigade lost 766 men. The losses in the war overall obviously different.
After the war Sir Percy Fitzpatrick bought the wood and presented it to the South African government.
There are three memorials in the wood now.
One commissioned in 1921, one in 1986 and one in 2016.
The 2016 memorial is a wall which has the names of all the men who served in the war.
Out of the 229 000 South African volunteers who fought in the Great War, 1100 of these were Black, Indian and Coloured troops from the SA Native Labour Corps. These men were also volunteers and were used as stretcher bearers and trench diggers. They were not allowed to carry arms, yet spent as much time on the battle field dodging bullets etc.
The 2016 memorial wall which acknowledges the role of South Africans of all colours who fought in The Great War and proves that we have a shared history.
King Edward school boys that fought and died in this battle were: (7)
E. G. Coombe
C. P Geraghty
G. B. L Hirtzel
G. D. Mosses
J. A. Parker-Quine
W. R .C. Pearson
N. R. Sturgeon
King Edward boys who were wounded: (8)
R C Kernick
G P Leslie
L D Raymond
G E Sturgeon
Prisoner of War: (1)
C W K Tucker
We will remember them.
Click on given link to read more:
MEMORIAL PARADE HISTORY
Thank you to all the Old Boys, parents and friends of the School who joined us on Sunday, 13 November for our Annual Service of Remembrance at King Edward VII School.
Sons of this Place.
| ||2017 Leadership announced||
|At the King Edward VII School Reunion Weekend Assembly, the 2017 Head Prefect & Deputies were announced:
Head Prefect: Travis Gordon
Deputies: Sebastian Freeman & Yanga Hlalu
Boarding Houses Heads:
Buxton House: James Parsons
Gordon House: Tom Berman
School House: Ntsako (Ted) Mphahlani
1. Y. Hlalu
2. J. Parsons - Head
3. K. Thambisa
4. D. Basson
5. G. Fisher
6. R. Clark
1. M. Newland - Nell
2. D. Promnick
3. L. Woolway
4. N. Mphahlani - Head
5. T. Clarkson
1. S. Freeman
2. Z. Msipha
3. K. Glade
4. T. Berman - Head
5. M. Orr
PREFECTS – 2017
Congratulations all, lead our School with pride, humility and tradition.
| ||New Projects and Developments at King Edward!||
|King Edward VII School Business Manager, Mr Ian Sim reports back on the projects & developments that took place or are in the pipe-line for 2017:
• New state of art dining room at Buxton
• Astro floodlights, reputedly now the best in Johannesburg
• Total refurbishment of Staff Room, including new furnishings
• Full upgrade of 4 educator flats, including new kitchens in all
• Creation of new `Art Gallery` in Art Block, as a permanent display facility for art works
• Conversion of old coal storage facility into permanent change room for 1st XV Rugby
• Refurbishment and relocation of main rugby scoreboard on Reds field, to comply with `Boksmart` requirements
• Successful drilling of new borehole, allowing us to irrigate fields without reliance on municipal water ( reticulation is next phase of this project )
And currently on the go:
• `The Victor Daitz Mathematics Centre`, scheduled for completion in July 2017. Project includes additional ablutions for learners, and parking for educators
• The new hockey pavilion and change rooms, a component of the Maths Centre project, also to be completed July 2017
• Conversion of old dining room and kitchen at Gordon House, into ablutions and new dormitory space, to be ready for occupation January 2017
• Upgrade of external flatlet for educator at School House, to be ready mid-December
• Imminent upgrade of main events board, corner Ash / St Patrick, courtesy of King Edward Association
| ||K.E.P.S Term Four Report Back from Mr Shead||
|What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. (Richard Bach). Many of us at the Prep may be feeling a little like the caterpillar right now. Change is never easy and at the end of the year, when the body is tired, the change seems most complicated and convoluted! The final outcome, it is hoped, will be the beautiful butterfly.
The Grade R House is being moved to where the library used to be and the prefabs are being replaced with proper brick and mortar rooms. The space in the Grade R House is too cramped to allow for the energy and ‘bounce’ that young boys possess. The Grade R teachers, who have used this space, have worked miracles under tough conditions and need to be congratulated. The drive to adjust our education to 21st century thinking skills required something different, with more space. The library space attracted the attention of the Exec who decided to make the change. The new Grade R venue is in the process of being developed for 2017 and the outlook is very positive. The ground breaking for the termination of the prefabs took place in September. Since then, the school campus has been alive with building activity. There have been days where the building team has worked way past midnight, but the result is that these new rooms are evolving very rapidly; both becoming butterflies in time.
We congratulated Ruksana Khan on the arrival of her son Armaan. The maternity leave seemed to go on forever, but it was a great time for Ruksana and her partner. The maternity leave dovetailed very well with Carrie Viljoen’s surgery which kept her away for the second term. Mrs Belinda Bosman looked after the vacancies created by each event. It is wonderful to have both Ruksana and Carrie back at work.
The extra mural program in the fourth term can be a bit of a damp squib, but this year it has been extraordinary. There have been cricket and water polo matches to please all the boys. Unfortunately, some of the afternoons were interrupted by lightning alarms, but our performances, for the most part, were very pleasing. The coordinating of this hectic program has been a monster and, fortunately, almost flawless. Well done to the sports department and staff.
Our dramatic contribution for the year involved an inter house play competition. This competition was adjudicated over one evening that produced some astounding performances. The casts were involved in writing the script to suit the colour of their house and then producing the play. Staff were involved supporting the boys and directing where necessary. The competition was intense and Anderson were crowned as worthy winners. Each play was a true example of team work and house spirit.
The 40th version of the Merchiston sports weekend was held in Johannesburg. This weekend confirmed that the two schools have a similar mission and ethos. The boys from Merchiston were warmly welcomed into the Jo’burg homes and the competition began. On Sunday, after lots of swimming, cricket, tennis, squash and chess, friends bid each other farewell as the bus left for Pietermaritzburg. All the people involved pledged their commitment to this very special weekend and expressed the desire to see the weekend continue for another 40 years.
On behalf of the boys, and their parents, I extend an expression of huge gratitude to the teachers who have attended to the needs of the young men with dedication and devotion. Our teachers are indeed special people in their desire to see the boys grow and develop. The lengths that these people go to, to make a difference in the lives of the boys, is extraordinary. They have deserved the break that comes at this time of the year.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen. Have a blessed holiday.
Our wish, for those families who celebrate during the Festive Season, is that the spirit of Christmas will abound wherever the celebrations occur. Please be careful during the holidays. Travel safely and enjoy the holidays.
We wish you much success and prosperity in 2017.
| ||Old Boys' Reunion Dates and Reminders!||
|REUNION DATES 2017
2007 10 YEAR REUNION 5-7 MAY 2017
2002 15 YEAR REUNION 5-7 MAY 2017
1997 20 YEAR REUNION 5-7 MAY 2017
1992 25 YEAR REUNION 5-7 MAY 2017
1987 30 YEAR REUNION 5-7 MAY 2017
1982 35 YEAR REUNION 5-7 MAY 2017
1977 40 YEAR REUNION 10-12 NOVEMBER 2017
1972 45 YEAR REUNION 10-12 NOVEMBER 2017
1967 50 YEAR REUNION 10-12 NOVEMBER 2017
1957 60 YEAR REUNION 10-12 NOVEMBER 2017
REUNION DAY (HOMECOMING DAY) 5 AUGUST 2017
ANNUAL GOLF DAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017
OBA CHAIRMAN REPORT- DECEMBER 2016
OBA BYRON LEGGETT REPORT DECEMBER 2016.pdf
OBA IN ACTION DURING 2016: GAUDY DAY, TENS RUGBY & 947 CYCLE CHALLENGE
WELCOME CLASS OF 2016 TO THE OBA!
Headmaster Mr Lovatt, Deputy Head Mr Hansen, Old Boys Marketing & Events Ms Van Eeden, Old Boys Mr Tutty Faber, Mr Graham Berman & Mr Michael Faber welcomed the Matrics to the OBA on Friday, 25 November 2016.
Class of 2016 were treated to a breakfast followed by the handover of the new Old Boys tie.
Red Army is now bigger & stronger as the Class of 2016 joins the ranks of many proud Old Boys before.
Strenue. Go School.
| ||November Reunion Weekend a RED celebration!||
|Special Reunion Assembly was held on Friday 11 November to 'welcome back', the Classes of 1956, 1966, 1976 and 1981.
The Head Prefect of 1966, Mr Bernard Freeman addressed the School and the School Choir entertained our visitors in beautiful song.
At this Assembly the announcement of our 2017 School leaders (Head Prefect & deputies), boarding heads & prefects also took place.
And although the heavens poured down on us for most of the Assembly, the Old Boys, Staff and learners braved the elements and enjoyed the gathering of our Red Army.
| ||Old Boys' in the News across the globe!||
|Old Boy, STEVE JASPAN (CLASS OF 1967) RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY’S HIGHEST HONOUR
Steve Jaspan, former South African National Player and former President of the South African Hockey Association has received the FIH (International Hockey Federation) highest honour- becoming a 'Member of Honour' for his outstanding contribution and services to World Hockey over the past 25 years. During this time he served on the FIH Council, Executive Board, Chaired and served on numerous committees and working groups.
He is the first South African to win this award of which there are only 6 living recipients. This follows his 2002 award of the FIH Order of Merit for more than 10 years of 'distinguished and exceptional service to hockey' and his 2015 Award as Member of Honour from the African Hockey Federation for his exceptional contribution and service over 25 years to African Hockey.
Congratulations Steve, your School applauds your fine achievement and recognition of all your hard work.
Old Boy, Malcolm Marx (Class of 2012) was named 'Young Player of the Year' at South African Rugby Awards evening on the 24 October 2016. Well done Moose- School applauds your excellence.
Old Boy Kevin Lerena- Class of 2010 Congratulations to Kevin Lerena on a majority decision beating Micki Nielsen at the Southpaw Showdown on 22 October at Emperors Palace. New Cruiserweight Super 4 Champion.
Old Boy Dr Roger Duckitt, Class of 1989, shortlisted for an Acute Medicine Innovation Award by the Health Service Journal (HSJ).
Old Boy, Keaton Jennings (Class of 2010) was the big winner at his County, Durham Year-End Cricket Awards Evening on Thursday, 29 September. Keaton has had an incredible season and his list of awards are well-deserved and proof of the superb form he is currently in. Trophies given for:
Player of the Season
Jennings was also earlier in the week, awarded, 'County Champ Player of the Year', by the Cricket Writers Club. An amazing season that has seen Jennings achieve 7 tons:
116 & 105* v Somerset
113 v Warwickshire
221 v Yorkshire
129 v Hants
171* v Notts
103* v Surrey
Deservedly Keaton has been called up to the England Winter Squad and we can only hope this is the start of greater and bigger 'things' for our KES Old Boy! Breaking News on 30 November 2016, Keaton was selected to join the England Squad on the current England vs India Tour. Well done Keaton & Strenue.
Congratulations to Old Boy, Thabang Moroe, Class of 2001, on his new appointment as CSA Vice-President.
Old Boy, Shaun Keeling (Class of 2005), along with his partner, Lawrence Brittain (Parktown Boys'), won a Silver medal in the Men's Pair Rowing on the 11 August, at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Keeling and Brittain started off in a blitz and were in the lead for the first 1000m, then the class of the New Zealand pair kicked-in and took the lead. Shaun and Lawrence were lying 4th up unto the last 500m, where they stepped it up, passed the GB and Italian pairs and gave the most magnificient chase to the finish line.
Silver for the South African Pair in the Men's Coxless Pair, brought celebration at School, around the Country and World as Keeling and Brittain were hailed for their efforts and achievement.
Red Salute to our Olympian on this outstanding achievement.
The Road through the Grove: Featuring King Edward VII School, Old Ed's and many renowned KES Old Boys.
KES Old Boy Bobby Wilkinson, Class of 1965 has manged and played a huge role in the production of this wonderful book, 'The Road through the Grove'.
Trevor Romain, another KES Old Boy, contributes with a fabulous prologue and the sketches illustrated by Trevor, provide a most wonderful foldout map, in the centerpiece of this book.
Many famous Old Boys such as Justice Goldstone, Gary Player, Ronnie Kasrils, Ali Bacher, Alan Miller, Doug Smollan, Sir Donald Gordon and Sir Sydney and William Kentridge to name a few are featured in this book.
The Road Through The Grove Bio:
An upmarket Coffee Table book on Louis Botha Ave and its flanking suburbs/schools/characters and successful people to have come out if there. It mainly focuses on the 50/60/70s, the music, socials/sessions/clubs and places such as Orange Grove Hotel, Highlands Park football club, Radium Beer Hall, high street Orange Grove, Doll House etc......
The book is a labour of love, We have had an unbelievably positive response from all involved, especially so many people living abroad, who remember SA and that era just so well.
The book is available to Purchase on the website: the road through the grove
Readers warehouse @ The Norwood Mall
Soon to be sold at Exclusive Books
Please see attached Press Release, for more info and have a look at the website The Road through the Grove website
There is also Facebook Page that people are reminiscing over.
Bobby Wilkinson has kindly donated a copy of the book to the School's library, so our boys can enjoy this journey and story so beautifully complied by John Burgess. Old Boys, Friends of the School and parents, we strongly encourage you to find a copy for yourselves.
A great read indeed. Enjoy School.
Rowing: Old Boys who represented King Edward VII School and their current Universities as oarsmen and/or coaches at Universities Boat Race in Port Alfred this past weekend, 9-12 September 2016:
Back row (L to R):
Andrew Cheesman (Class of 2011)-Wits MA8+ (6 seat)
Sloane Steinhobel (Class of 2011)-Wits MA8+ (2 seat)
Lloyd Tinney (Class of 2011)- Wits MA8+ (Stroke seat)
Marcus Meurs (Class of 2015)- UJ MA8+ (6seat)
Timothy Miller (Class of 2013)- Tuks MA8+ (5 seat)
Vaughn Botes (Class of 2013)- Tuks MA8+ (Bow seat)
Front row (L to R):
Vincent Botes (Class of 2011)- Tuks Coach MB8+
Dennis Howard (Class of 2004)- UJ Head Coach
Fantastic to see our past oarsmen involved in the code and providing skills, knowledge and talent into the future of this great sport. Red Rowing applauds and wishes all our Old Boys continued success and accolades into future events.
Old Boy, Kyle Maree, Class of 2009, during September was involved in an International Universities Squash Tournament. The South African Team were placed 3rd overall in the world. Amazing achievement Kyle and Team SA.
Old Boy Cameron Ellis, Class of 2014, represented SA at the U23 World Baseball Championships
Old Boys in both Springbok & Protea Tour Squads 2016:
Springboks: Bryan Habana & Malcolm Marx
Proteas: Quinton De Kock, Stephen Cook, Dane Vilas & Neil McKenzie(coaching staff)
KES OLD BOY JOHN STRICKLAND, CLASS OF 1957 TAKES US DOWN MEMORY LANE ON THE KING EDWARD PIPE BAND
A few notes on the KES School Pipe Band - 1952 to 1957
I was a ‘drummer boy’ until my Matric year when I became Drum-Major, and was privileged to lead the band in what I think was its biggest and best year ever. 1957. I salute those who were with me in the Band for the Journey we enjoyed. Thank you.
The School’s affiliation to the Transvaal Scottish with their wonderful Prize-winning Band offered no assistance whatsoever. Our uniforms were ‘hand-me-downs’, with ill fitting kilts and tunics, broken sporrans, hose and spats all needing darning, buttons or dry cleaning. No attempt to upgrade or replace uniforms was forth coming. We were left to ‘get on with it’.
Our side-drums were the old fashioned type with ropes and were braced for use with leather frogs. They seemed like Tom-toms next to the new nylon-screw tension drums used by senior and other school bugle-bands. The drum settings were also ‘hand-downs’ which we ‘modified’ here and there.
Back in 1955 it became apparent that unless we (the Students) did something about it, with the Matrics about to leave School, we (who were in the Band), would have no Pipers. I had met a Scottish gentleman who was helping me with my hobby of philately, and he could play the pipes. I introduced my school friend John farmer to him, and John started to learn to play the pipes, and soon had gathered several students keen to learn to play, and Mr. Mac Burnie became our (unpaid) band master.
But, now we had the makings of a band to take into the future. When the School had Cadets on a Monday morning, ‘Mr. Mac’ was also ‘on parade’ with us, and quickly knocked us into shape as a really good pipe band, even if we had a very limited repertoire of tunes.
1957 was a very good year. It was the first ever that the School had ever entered a pipe band competition. We entered Under the Title of School Pipe Bands at the Royal Scottish Gathering held at the Wanderers Sports Club held in Johannesburg. With much practice and a lot of enthusiasm, our band received a ‘third place’ in the playing of the Strathspey, Reel and Marches competition. We were also thrilled to be part of the Massed Bands parade and March past.
John Farmer, once he had left school continued playing the pipes, and became the South African Champion at playing the very difficult range of PIBROCH tunes. Sadly he died some twenty years ago. I salute him for his contribution to the School Band, and feel he ought to been awarded School Colours for his endeavours. (Even Posthumously).
We also introduced playing to the crowd outside, once the Armistice Ceremony was over. We played the tune – our favourite - Scotland the Brave as our farewell to 1957 year, and that was the last time I wore a kilt. Those were good years and the fond memories are still with me today.
Part of the School Band were the Buglers. They were a small group who kept to themselves and came on parade specifically for the Armistice Service, at which time they were asked to play The Revellie, and The Last Post.
Members of the 1957 KES School Pipe Band as best I can remember:
Drum major: John Strickland
Pipers: John Farmer- Pipe major, David Bain, Rob Wodley-Smith, Richard Pott, Ron van Til, David Meyer, John Fitz-Henry, David Snowdowne, Simon Hodge
Base Drums: Christopher Cook, David Cole and Alan Kemp
Side Drummers: Trevor Scholtz, ‘Jazz’ Gardener, John Duval and Robbie Gien.
Buglers: Gregory, Michael Clingman
I would be delighted to hear from any of the band members. email@example.com or 021 782 7337.With sincere best wishes - John Strickland.
| ||The Barry Eberlin Story||
|THE BARRY EBERLIN MEMORIAL TROPHY- FOR THE MOST DEDICATED & ENTHUSIASTIC 3RD TEAM RUGBY PLAYER
Valediction & Prize Giving Annual Event is always a highlight on the King Edward calendar, but Valediction 2016 had an added ‘special addition’ with the return of a trophy & award that was ‘MIA’ for a number of years.
The return of this very special trophy to the fold of King Edward, is a really ‘feel good’ read, a true human interest story! The characters featured in this story are dedicated, passionate & hard-core Red Army fans who would not rest until this trophy and its history were returned home…to King Edward. The plot of this story had many ‘twists & turns’ & reads better than most detective stories and the historian lovers of KES history and tradition will be thrilled with the positive outcome.
In brief summary, The Barry Eberlin Memorial Trophy was first awarded back in 1986, in honour of Barry Eberlin, a KES pupil, who had died only 6 months earlier (on 03/04/86) in a car accident. Barry had spent 12 years at King Edward beginning at KEPS in 1971 and matriculating at KES in 1983. He was a keen sportsman and represented both Schools at soccer, cricket and rugby. This was always with maximum effort and a great deal of pride in being a KES boy. His dad was a Parktown Boys’ High boy and his brother Jeff was Highlands North Boys’ High boy. After matriculating, Barry was called upon to do his National Service and spent two years in an artillery regiment in the South African Defense Force. Barry started work on the 3rd of March 1986 and was tragically killed in a motor accident one month later on the 3rd of April. In an obituary in the King Edward School Magazine Barry was quoted as being a leader and sportsman in the true sense of the word.
This was a new award to the School back in 1986 that would be awarded to the scholar that showed the greatest dedication and enthusiasm to rugby but that was not in the first or second team. The first recipient of the award, was William Gets.
At the 2016 Valediction, after the trophy last been awarded in 1994, The Barry Eberlin Memorial Trophy was awarded to Ricardo da Silva and what made the occasion spectacular, was that Mr William Gets and Mr Stanley Eberlin were at hand to present the trophy back to the School and to the 2016 winner. Mr Gets flew out from England & gave a speech on the history of the trophy and the ‘story behind’ how it was tracked down this year this year with the help of Mrs Traci Gerber. Mr Stanley Eberlin (Barry’s father) presented the trophy to Ricardo for the tradition of this fantastic award to be re-ignited!
Click on given link to read Mr Gets’ speech- it truly is a wonderful story.
WILLIAM GETS ASSEMBLY ADDRESS OF EBERLIN TROPHY HISTORY 2016
Sincere thanks & appreciation to Mrs Gerber, Mr Gets and Mr Eberlin for making this moment possible and for rightly returning an important part of our KES tradition home.
Congratulations Ricardo da Silva on receiving this award, what an honour to be the recipient of such a popular trophy and now to be a part of a story and history of our great School.
| ||Old Edwardians Society News!||
|Mike Dunk, OES Society spokesman reports back on some of the Old Edwardian's highlights:
The Sportsman of the Year Awards function was held to honour those sportsmen and women from the Society who have excelled throughout the year.
Proteas opening batsman Stephen Cook, was named as the Sportsman of the Year 2016 for his maiden Test hundred against England in his first appearance for the Proteas at Centurion against England. He had also led the Highveld Lions with distinction throughout the season.
Runner up was water polo’s Gus Pinker who was selected to attend the Rio Olympic Games where he officiated for the fourth consecutive Olympic Games, a record in itself.
A full list of the winners is:
Best Junior Girl – Elishia Retief War Games.
Best Junior Boy – Kyle Coker Hockey
Best schoolboy playing sport for the Society and Junior Sportsman of the Year – Mitchell van Buuren Cricket
Best Senior performance – Colin Webster War Games.
Team Trophy shared by mens 1st hockey team and boys under 13 hockey team.
Sportsmanship award – Andrew Craig Boat Club
Sub-club of the Year – Hockey
Chairman’s Award – Colin Webster.
During the winter months the Society had a very successful hockey season, The mens 1st team finished 3rd in premier League and only dropped points against the teams that finished above them, namely, UJ and The Wanderers. In an innovation a new league was started, a boys under 13 league played under floodlights at Randburg. Our team won 6, lost 1 and scored 32 goals whilst only conceding 4. Mini hockey attended many Festivals throughout the winter with success.
Our Premier league cricket team have started their T20 competition with five wins out of five to set themselves up for the semi-finals and finals which will be played at the Wanderers Stadium.
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