Strenue - Strenue June 2013
'Lightning Fund' Update-King Edward thanks all!
The well documented lightning strike on 12 February illustrated the amazing community support that our School enjoys in times of need.

The Lightning Fund, set up by the Educational Trust, specifically to support medical expenses related to the lightning incident, set in motion a flood of support from an array of caring folk. This has included KES old boys locally and internationally, as well as parents, staff and learners, not only at KES, but also at other schools.. The School has been humbled by the outpouring of support and continues to acknowledge this generosity as appropriate to each case.

There has been a welcome recovery by the majority of our learners involved in the incident. We continue to receive encouraging progress reports relative to the ongoing therapy being administered to Mphetho Bidli at the Netcare Rehab Centre in Auckland Park. Mphetho spends week-ends at home with his family, and resides at Buxton House under the care of Matron Monica during weekdays, benefitting from daily interaction with his peers. The School transports Mphetho to and from rehab each day. All in the King Edward family and beyond, look forward to his recovery.

Bidli receiving his colours for cricket last term.


Bidli with Matron Monica when he was discharged to go home!
KES Easter Festival 'round-up' by Festival Chairman, Neil Darroch!
The Easter Festival 2013 , now in its twelfth year, and in its second year of a five-year agreement with principal sponsor, Standard Bank of South Africa, was again a tremendous success. Like previous years, the festival proved that it was the festival to be at in Johannesburg. Our festival continues to grow from strength to strength and this year’s event was no exception. We had just fewer than nine hundred boys participating from all over South Africa. The Festival this year was different in that our first hockey side tournament did not take place due to our first hockey team participating at the Maritzburg College 150th celebration festival, it was however replaced by an under 16 tournament.

The Festival commenced on the Wednesday evening with all of the participants gathering and being welcomed in our iconic hall by our Headmaster, Mr David Lovatt. The message was clear; enjoy, make friends for life and play the game in the spirit that has been and is expected of our wonderful Festival.
The weather was very kind to us and the talent on the rugby, hockey and prep fields were of the highest standard and more importantly, the spirit in which games were played was exceptional.

The first team had a mixed bag of results winning convincingly against Hudson Park on the Thursday morning but losing narrowly to HS Landbouskool Marlow on the Saturday afternoon and also losing to a very well drilled and motivated Trinity College on the Monday. Our u16's hockey team started their campaign with a loss to Hilton College and a win over Wynberg Boys. On the Sunday the hockey boys fought two tough well contested matches vs Grey High and Selbourne College and unfortunately finished off the festival on Monday with a loss to Maritzburg College. We know however that there was never a question over the boys passion & dedication and they will learn from their mistakes and improve for the 2014 season.

Our Prep rugby side did us proud and demonstrated how rugby is developing at primary school level by beating Hurlyvale and the Lions teams convincingly on the opening day of the Festival. Day 2 they thrashed Bryanston Primary 53-0 and then were well beaten by Wynberg Primary 35-6. On Monday the K.E.P.S boys bounced back with an impressive 50-0 win over Linksfield Primary. Prep rugby is in a 'good place' and we eagerly await more of these boys into the future!

The 2013 Festival showed once again that King Edward VII School is a world-class institution, which has a unique spirit amongst its learners, educators, parent community and its much-envied “Old Boy Army.”

The Easter Festival Committee continues to try to improve the experience for our guests, participants and supporters at the festival and although we do not always get it 100% right the compliments and numbers through the gates are testament that the majority of people enjoy our very special Festival.

In closing, one must make mention of the entire Easter Festival committee, your hard work is incredible and the funds raised at the Festival do make a difference to our beloved School. I must also make particular mention of Ms. Derron van Eeden and Mr Ian Sim, who work tirelessly from August, the year before to ensure the smooth running of the tournament.

Without the educators, boarding school staff and Mr Matthee and his team, who sacrifice their own holidays, to help in the smooth operation of the Festival, none of this would be possible - we thank you sincerely.

We must also congratulate and thank all of visiting schools and clubs, their respective staff and the boys who participated in such a great manner and spirit.
Lastly, I would personally like to thank our new Headmaster, Mr David Lovatt, for his support and valuable input– I am happy to report that the 2014 Festival teams for rugby and first team hockey have been confirmed - we look forward to seeing all of you enjoy the very strong line-up for the 13th King Edward VII Easter Rugby and Hockey Festival !

“Share the Spirit” – may it continue to grow and flourish !

Neil Darroch
Festival Chairman
Class of 1994


  
 
Cultural Events & Highlights from Term 2
Mrs Mania reports back on a very hectic and busy Cultural Term 2!
This has been a most eventful and successful term for the Cultural and Outreach programmes at King Edward.

KESCO, together with our generous Edwardian family have been extremely active this term with a variety of projects. Around 3300 Easter eggs were collected and donated to Phutaditjaba in Alex, the Orlando Children’s Home in Soweto, the Salvation Army and Oliver’s House in Daveyton. Term 2’s collection of canned food for the Phoenix Foundation (L May as Head-boy is our representative) has been growing steadily (with Grade 8C deserving a special mention for their generosity). This food will be handed over to Food bank at the end of June for further distribution to charitable organisations. As a spin-off from the Phoenix Foundation, Lloyd May, together with a number of other Heads of School have set up a fund to sponsor tertiary education for one Tomorrow Trust learner (disadvantaged learners are hosted here on Saturdays for extra tuition) for 2013. We were once again able to make a generous donation of blankets with Rotary Orange Grove to Phutaditjaba Centre for the Aged. KESCO representatives co-ordinated a blood-drive where 72 units of much-needed blood, was collected. The Junior Councillors have collected sanitary towels, bread tags and sport’s equipment as part of their Council projects. Our Rotary exchange student, with a number of KESCO members have put time and effort into clearing a polluted lot and establishing a vegetable garden for the Sedibo Thuto Primary School in Soweto.

Our anti-‘Rape‘ drive enabled us to collect R4 500-00 from the boys/staff members. We are also pleased to report that we have collected well over 70 handbags (with supplies) from lady staff members and moms (Mrs C Hadlow, Mrs M Bassin and T van Hove deserve special mention for their tremendous effort in this endeavour). The handbags have all been packed with necessities to try and help restore some dignity to rape victims. We will co-ordinate this project via the social workers in Soweto.

M Jenner and L May have entered the third annual MOOT Court competition run by the University of Pretoria. The Senior debating team of A Wadee, T Marot, V Coopoo, M Jenner and Y Schleider have made it through to the quarter finals in August. The annual World Knowledge Olympiad was written by 32 boys. A Wadee and V Coopoo won their second consecutive Inter-school Tour de Facto Quiz. The Pipe Band recently travelled to Amanzimtoti for the annual South Coast gathering and have played at many Saturday gatherings. The A and B Chess teams have notched up some fine wins such as the matches against The Hill High School and Grantley College, (A team won (8 – 0) in both instances and the B team beat Grantley 7 -1). Well done on all these fine achievements!

The Dramatics Society, despite the disappointment of the cancellation of RAPS this year, staged a production of The Ghost’s Keys (written by Ms S Marvell) in the Hugh Wilson Theatre. We also staged our inter-house winning play at Sutherland Secondary School where C Swanepoel was judged best actor and the play also won best set.

The annual Music Festival called Rock of Ages, directed by the Music Society, the School Choir and with the assistance of Mr Greenberg was an entertaining evening which showcases the incredible level of talent we have at King Edward!

An Old Boy, Warren Chalklen brought sixteen visitors from the Texas A&M University on a tour to Southern Africa. They spent the morning with us on 17 May and they were very impressed by the traditions and learners that they met at King Edward.

60+ handbags collected by KESCO for Rape victims


Blood Drive 2013


Inter-House Play Festival 2013
King Edward Oarsmen perform in SA Schools Belgium Ghent!
The South African Schools Rowing Union has for the past few years selected an Under 16 and Under 17 squad of boys and girls from all registered schools in the country to represent it at an international regatta. The objective of this squad is to identify our talented youngsters, expose them to a higher level of competition and build the foundations of squads that will compete at Junior World Championships in their Under 18 year.

Athletes are invited to a rigorous trials weekend based on meeting performance targets, their performance over the season and their results from championship regattas. This year King Edwards was well represented with six of our under sixteen boys, Michael Lantieri, Marcus Meurs, Keagan Hutcheon, Tyler Viadana, Andrew Webster and Keean Mitchell, being selected and making it into the under sixteen eight.

Training commenced three weeks after the South African Schools Championships with our boys being asked to commit to an extended rowing season with training sessions every day and camps every weekend. The April holiday was spent either on the water at Roodeplaat or on an ergo or in the gym at school.
A part of the opportunity that selected athletes have is the chance to meet and train with children from other schools that they would normally not socialize with. This year, our King Edwards parents and boys hosted children from the Western and Eastern Cape and some of these boys even attended school at King Edwards prior to departing on tour. This is a wonderful part of the squad system and has gone a long way to breaking down the barriers that usually exist between competitive clubs and schools.

After a rigorous training period, our six boys departed for Belgium on Monday 08th April, flying on Air France. The squad flew to Paris and took a train from there to Brussels through the south of France and the caught a connecting train to Ghent.

Based in Ghent, the squad spent two days training on the regatta course and preparing for the two regattas in which they would be competing.
The squad fared well at regattas, collecting five gold medals and five silvers over the two days. The under 16 eight, containing our six King Edwards boys won gold in their event, breaking the national course record in the process. Three of our boys, Marcus Meurs, Keean Mitchell and Michael Lantieri also won a silver medal in the Under 18 coxed fours event.

On the return trip the squad was fortunate enough to do a whirlwind sight-seeing tour of Paris, taking in some of the most famous landmarks in a four hour dash around one of the world’s most famous cities.

Congratulations to the King Edward oarsmen for contributing and adding to the success of the SA Schools Team.

  
 

 
Cross Country Athletes are crowned 'Best Team in Gauteng'!
The King Edward VII School Junior Cross Country Team placed 1st at the Inter-League Championships at Rietvlei Dam on Friday 7th June. Following this fantastic result, they are crowned the BEST CROSS COUNTRY TEAM in Gauteng! Congratulations to all the athletes & coaches on these wonderful results.

Full results from the meet:

Senior Team – 4th overall

P. Colborne - 7th
W. Tshabalala - 13th
S. Richards - 14th
O. Mahuma - 19th


Our fantastic Senior Team!


Junior Team – 1st overall

M. Ntlumayo - 1st
T. Mogomotsi - 2nd
K. Caknis - 5th
R. Lebone - 7th
K. Shellard - 8th

Mandla Ntlumayo unbeaten the whole season!
Welcome Levon Jacobs as new Association Chairman!
Firstly, I would like to thank Johnny Gerber and his team (especially Derron van Eeden) for the work they have done as the Old Boys Association over the last couple of years and would also like to thank them for their continued support.

Simultaneously, I am very honoured to have been recently elected as the new chairman of The Old Boys Association, though it comes with enormous responsibility and great challenges. I am willing to work together with all members of The King Edward Group to jointly strive for further developing the School and enhancing the King Edward Group’s long term image as a great South African institution.

The two focus areas of the Old Boys Association are to provide Bursaries to talented individuals that cannot afford the tuition fees and  to raise money for Capital projects that will benefit the Group as a whole (recent examples include the new Museum and Library, Indoor Cricket Facilities, The Rob Wray Pavilion and Gym).

The Association has achieved a great deal in the past on the back of unbelievable generosity from a handful of passionate Old Boys and for that The King Edward Group is eternally grateful. In saying this I believe that the Old Boys Association is in its infancy and there is huge potential for growth.

The Numbers:
Membership in March 2013: 320 members paying min R50/month
Membership in June 2013: 428
Membership in Dec 2013: 1000

Short Term Goals for the Association:
• Old Boys Association Membership to reach the 1000 paying members (Min R50/month) by the end of the year. Watch this space....... PROJECT RED coming soon!!!!
• Refurbishment of the Teddy Bears Arms by March 2014. We will be running a fundraising campaign to fund this exciting project. More details to follow.

I look forward to seeing the positive influence the Old Boys of this great school can make over the next year.

Best Wishes,
Levon Jacobs.



Old Boys Reunion Dates & Upcoming Events
2013 Events:

1963 – 50 year reunion - contact person – Doug Smollan - SmollanD@smollan.co.za
Association Golf Day – 8 November 2013

The following reunions will be taking place in 2014. If you are interested in co-ordinating your reunion please contact: Derron at derron@kesnet.co.za

1964 50 Years
1974 40 Years
1979 35 Years
1984 30 Years
1989 25 Years
1994 20 Years
1999 15 Years
2004 10 Years
King Edward VII School Old Boy and best-selling author launches new book!
King Edward VII School Old Boy and best-selling author and illustrator of children’s books and motivational speaker, Trevor Romain is releasing an exciting new title which is being published by Penquin Books this month called 'Random Kak I Remember About Growing Up in South Africa'. 

Trevor Romain, is an old KES boy, who now lives in Texas and his new book, Random Kak is filled with hundreds of memories, humorous commentary and whimsical drawings that made up the world for many South Africans in the 70's and 80's. The book began as a few fun drawings which Trevor circulated on social media sites which then became viral, spread by ex-pat communities all over the world who enjoyed this humorous and nostalgic trip down memory lane.

The graphic biography of Trevor clearly illustrates the 'colourful journey' Trevor has taken over the years and King Edward celebrates in his accomplishments and eagerly awaits the delivery of his new book to our library, so that the boys of King Edward can enjoy the memories of this talented author.


Trevor's  Twitter details are @TrevorRomain and people can follow the conversation at #RandomKak should they wish to add any memories about their youth in South Africa . The book will be available for purchasing at all good bookstores and online as well via sites such as Exclusive Books and Kalahari. It will eventually be available on Amazon, but Exclusive Books and Kalahari deliver internationally as well.

Attachment of 'Q & A' with Trevor gives further insight to this great author: Q A with Trevor Romain Media.pdf

The King Edward Community wishes Trevor much success in this new title and we look forward to him visiting his alma mater when back in SA in the near future!
Captain Ramaboea in Craven Week Team!
On the announcement of the Golden Lions u18, Academy Team and u19 Golden Lions teams, King Edward is proud to congratulate the REDS Captain Godfrey Ramaboea on his selection to the u18 Golden Lions Team and to Ameer Williams on his selection to the u19 Golden Lions Team.

Wishing both of our REDS players all the very best for the challenges and matches that lie ahead.

Teams announced:
Golden Lions u18: (in no specific order)

Erwin Harris (Hoërskool Florida)
Sibusiso Nkosi (Jeppe Boys’ High School)
Godfrey Ramaboea (King Edward VII School KES)
Gerdus van der Walt (Hoërskool Monument)
Ralton October (Hoërskool Florida)
Innocent Radebe (St Stithians College)
Hamer Esterhuizen (Hoërskool Monument) Cpt
Wihan Jacobs (Hoërskool Monument)
Dylan Vlok (Hoërskool Monument)
Dwayne Pienaar (Hoërskool Monument)
Ryno Herbst (Hoërskool Monument)
Devon Henson (St Johns College)
Roan Grobbelaar (Die Helpmekaar Kollege)
Joseph Dweba (Hoërskool Florida)
Frans van Wyk (Hoërskool Monument)
Emmanuel Morowane (Jeppe Boys’ High School)
Andrew Acton (Jeppe Boys’ High School)
Gunter Janse van Vuuren (Hoërskool Monument)
Nyaska Tarusenga (St Benedicts College)
Brendon Rick (Hoërskool Florida)
Erik Fourie (Hoërskool Monument)
Fernando Kermis (Hoërskool Florida)


Golden Lions Academy u18: (in no specific order)

Sandile Sibande (Jeppe Boys’ High School)
Justin Bhana (Hoërskool Florida)
Stefan le Roux (Hoërskool Monument)
Tsepo Thule (Jeppe Boys’ High School)
Vincent Dlamini (Jeppe Boys’ High School)
Ruan Conradie (Hoërskool Monument)
Stefan Fitzgerald (Hoërskool Monument)
Denzil Hill (Jeppe Boys’ High School)
Devon Mzama (Hoërskool President)
Andile Ngope (Jeppe Boys’ High School)
Reinhard Schindehutte (Die Helpmekaar Kollege)
Tatenda Zhoya (St Benedicts College)
James Mocke (Hoërskool Monument)
Kyle Kruger (Hoërskool Florida)
CJ Conradie (Hoërskool Monument)
Gihard Visagie (Die Helpmekaar Kollege)
D Rigney (Parktown Boys’ High School)
CJ Greeff (Hoërskool Monument)
L van Tonder (Hoërskool Jan Viljoen)
Devon Mzama (Hoërskool President)
Latleho Tsotetsi (St Benedicts College)
Ashley Lindewaal (Hoërskool Florida)

AMEER WILLIAMS IN ACTION VS PARKTOWN 2013



Golden Lions XV u19: (in no specific order)

Steven du Plessis (Hoërskool Florida)
Cisko du Toit (Hoërskool Monument)
Darius de Wet (Die Helpmekaar Kollege)
Byron Kennedy (St Benedicts College)
Anlo van Wyk (Die Helpmekaar Kollege)
Ruhan Ferreira (Hoërskool Florida) Cpt
Tiaan Botha (Die Helpmekaar Kollege)
Juan Lemmer (Hoërskool Monument)
Hilroy Baadjies (Hoërskool Florida)
Constant Bekkerling (Die Helpmekaar Kollege)
Wayne Pearson (Hoërskool Florida)
Tapiwa Mangwana (St Benedicts College)
Werner van Staden (Hoërskool Linden)
Waldo Esterhuizen (Hoërskool Florida)
Ameer Williams (King Edward VII School KES)
Dylan Hulley (Hoërskool Noordheuwel)
Morné Strydom (Hoërskool Florida)
Douglas Brummer (Hoërskool Monument)
Arné Bognich (Hoërskool Florida)
Alpheus Mgenya (Hoërskool Monument)
Forrest Roos (Hoërskool Marais Viljoen)
Fenton Smit (Hoërskool Marais Viljoen)
KES Legend, 'Big Joe' shines in Toulon!
King Edward VII School Old Boy and one of the finest REDS players to date Joe Van Niekerk, led his team Toulon to Heineken Cup glory on Saturday 18 May! Captain Van Niekerk with an inform Jonny Wilkinson inspired Toulon to a 16-15 victory over Clermont Auvergne at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Wilkinson kicked three penalties and landed the decisive conversion to Delon Armitage's try as Toulon rallied from 15-6 down to clinch their first major trophy in over two decades. Toulon players were in tears at the Aviva Stadium in securing this victory.

King Edward congratulates Big Joe and Toulon on this wonderful win!

Big Joe article by Mark Keohane

School Hall of Fame by David Williams
David Williams writes a delightful piece on past educator Miss Hilde Fock:

Miss Fock began her 32 years of unbroken service to King Edward’s as a science teacher, seconded from Greenside Primary where she had taught for seven years. When she moved to the maths department, she became the first woman to be given a permanent appointment at a school in the Transvaal. When she was appointed head of department, it was the first time that a woman had achieved this status at the School.

In an era when many male teachers battled to impose discipline on large classes of boisterous boys, always on the lookout for a good “rorf”, there was always good discipline in Miss Fock’s classes. Her trademark “Er … boys” and her thorough approach to her teaching will be remembered by generations of Edwardians. “Double Maths” in her Room 5, one of the corner classrooms in the main block, was always sheltered from the corridor noise at the changeover of periods.

Old Boys will also recall her unforgettable performances in the annual Staff Play, notably in “Mr Fothergill Joins the Angels” as an angel dressed in powder blue complete with wings. She was a constant presence, often in her wide-brimmed straw hat, as a recorder at athletics meetings and swimming galas.
When she retired in 1990, at the same time as John Hurry, legendary cricket coach and a colleague for three decades, there was no doubt that the emotional force of the traditional final farewell to departing staff members – a war-cry by the whole school in the quadrangle – was directed equally at both Hilde and John.


 
Old Edwardians cricketers shine throughout the season!
Summer time is cricket time, and the sound of leather on willow throughout this past summer at the club has been more than a little satisfying to say the least. Especially the first three months of 2013.

In the first match of the New Year the Premier league side beat UJ comprehensively to win the title, and the right to represent Gauteng Cricket Board at the Momentum National Club championships. Devon Conway led the way with a sparkling 100 after the loss of three early wickets.

With the main title safely secured they went on to successfully defend the Time league format title, but only after some heart stopping moments in the last game. They were held to a draw by The Wanderers, but soon found that that Jeppe had beaten UJ, and the title was won.

They went to the Momentum Club Championships with more than a little “hope in their hearts” (apologies to Liverpool fans for using your song!), but a loss from a winning position against TUKKIES on the first day, was a setback. They won their other four matches comfortably, but so did TUKKIES.

Etienne Gerber was voted Best Bowler of the tournament with 13 wickets, and Devon Conway had a purple week with the bat. He scored three 50’s and was denied another when they chased down a mere 51 to beat Western Province Cricket Club. He was voted Man of the Match on the last day for his 85.

In the squad of 13, 11 were ex pupils of the school, some achievement!

The team was intelligently led by Ryan Cook throughout the season, and although it is a team game, and everyone played their part, mention must be made of the batting of the likes of Stephen Cook, Yaseen Valli, Devon Conway and the bowling of David Sator, Etienne Gerber and Malcolm Nofal. Shaylen Pillay proved an outstanding all rounder, and the contributions from Neil McKenzie and Blake Snijman at the Club Championships cannot be underestimated.

It was a wonderful summer under the Oaks in Houghton.

Etienne Gerber-Best Bowler of Tournament


Mr Shead reports back on busy K.E.P.S 2nd Term!
King Edward VII Preparatory School has had a very busy term on the cultural and sporting fronts. Once again, we have excelled on the sports field adding the U11A Wade Foster Football cup to our cabinet. The u9, u10, u11 and u12 football sides are still in contention for the Discovery Football Knockout Cups. Finals will take place early in the third term.

Victorius u11A's-Wade Foster Winners
 

Our annual production, Wizard of OZ, will take place at the end of the third term. Both producer and boys are sure to entertain at the highest level yet again. Scholar Patrol teams have been appointed and these teams are providing a sterling service for the safety of our boys in the mornings under the supervision of many staff members.

Our PTA has been extremely busy with projects this term. Our school is the proud owner of an outdoor chess board providing many a competitive game between boys before and after school. We have also launched our eco- garden; an indigenous garden at the center of the school, with a view to encouraging biodiversity, creating micro-habitats for birds, insects and mini-beasts, and enhancing the natural learning environment and resources available to our boys. The KEPS Winter Warmer was held bringing parents, boys and staff together on a social front. Delicious hot soups, hot chocolate and glüwein were on sale raising funds for disadvantaged communities. Families also brought blankets and warm clothing which will be distributed to charities in need.

Beautiful new Eco Garden


KEPS new Chess board at play!
Au Revoir to our Belgium exchange student, Theo!
Our Rotary exchange student from Belgium, Theo van Hove bids farewell to KES!

I want you to imagine how you would cope leaving your family and friends and all that is familiar, to travel many thousands of kilometres away to a place where you know no one and cannot speak or understand the language. You will spend a year away from home and will need a lot of courage to face the many challenges that lie ahead. There is however also the prospect of adventure, the thrill of experiencing new places, the possibility of making new friends, all while trying to make yourself understood. To achieve this takes a special kind of bravery and determination to see it through. In order to succeed in this venture, you would need to resume school and put your studies on hold while you take a gap year. However, the experience that you gain first hand of a new and different culture is immeasurable. The above scenario is the challenge that faced our Rotary Exchange Student from Belgium, Theo Van Hove.
Theo this past year endeared himself to us and made many friends. Academically he exceeded all expectations by learning English and producing superior verbal and written skills that many home language speakers would be unable to match.
Despite a less than ideal start to his stay, he persevered and made the most of all opportunities that came his way at KES. From the outset he became involved in the cultural extra-mural programme and with his very kind and caring nature he became invaluable to KESCO and its outreach programmes.
Today is Theo’s last day with us and once again we are privy to his courage and purpose. He would like to address you in English and share some of the highlights of his year at King Edward.
Theo, we thank you for your friendship, for your contributions and help over the last year. We wish you well in your studies and hope you will return many times to visit KES, your host families and many friends in South Africa.
God bless and Au revoir.
Mrs Mania

Farewell speech by Theo van Hove to the School at assembly 30 May 2013
“Bonjour tout le monde, aujourd’hui etant mon dernier jour d’ecole avec vous et ma derniere assemblee. Je voudrais en profiter pour vous dire au revoir.
This was the only language I spoke when I arrived in South Africa. One of my goals was to learn how to speak English. Indeed I couldn’t speak English before I came. My mother language is French.
My name is Theo Van Hove and I am an exchange student from Belgium.
I arrived in South Africa on the 12th of July 2012 and I will be leaving the country very soon. I had a wonderful time here and I will never forget this year. I grew so much and I learned a lot about myself. I lived many cultures, met new people, made new friends from South Africa and all around the world. I also travelled a lot this year around Southern Africa and South Africa. It was beautiful. It is simple, but this year changed my life and I will go back to Belgium a very different person. I think it is very important to open one’s horizon to see that you are not alone in the world. You will return a different person.
I finished school in my country in June 2012. The name of my school is Athenee Charles Jansen but we always call it ACJ. It is the third biggest school in Brussels with about 1500 students. My school is pretty close to my house, it is only ten minutes by bus or twenty minutes if I walk. ACJ is very different to KES. Firstly we don’t wear uniform, we don’t have assembly, we don’t have sport or cultural activities after school and secondly it is mixed. It was very strange to come to an only boy school but I enjoyed it. For me the biggest different between ACJ and KES was the spirit at your school. I have never seen that before I arrived at KES. At my school there is no spirit, it is just a school where you are going every day. Here I joined a big family where everyone is very close and I have learned how to be proud of my school and how to share the Red spirit. I was extremely lucky to be part of the heritage for one year.
Even though I didn’t play rugby. I got involved in some activities of the school. I participated in the inter-house play festival where I won an award for best Cameo actor. I also participated in the World Knowledge Olympiad and in the inter-school quizzes at Redhill and St Andrews. As a member of KESCO, I helped with outreach projects as well as developing some projects of my own. I often went to Soweto to distribute food. For Easter I distributed Easter eggs in a squatter camp with my host mom and some social workers, it is one of my best memories in SA; it was very touching to see those children smiling. I also collected Teddy Bears at school and money to buy a wheelchair for a child who had been raped. I am now involved in the handbag project to help women who have been raped. I also involved the school in the building of a vegetable garden for a primary school in Soweto. The project is working well and every Friday a lot of KES boys are travelling all the way to Soweto to help. All those experiences were awesome and I grew a lot from them. I realized how lucky I was and how easy it is to help one’s neighbour.
Let me talk a little about my country. Belgium is a very small country in Europe with eleven million people. To give you an example it is the size of the Kruger National Park. It is situated between France, Germany, Luxemburg and Holland. My country is very different to yours and I was very happy to have the chance to discover South Africa. I am from Brussels which the capital of the country. Brussels is also very different from Johannesburg. In Brussels it never stops raining, I wish I could give you some of our rain, the weather is very dry here. It has snowed for the last six months back home. We also have a lot of freedom and our public transport is fantastic. When I go back, I will not get a car. It is not necessary. I cannot say which is the best place between Brussels and Johannesburg. I love them both and it is just a different world, you cannot compare it.
In September, when the school will start the fourth term, I will be beginning my first year at university in Brussels studying law in both English and French.
Finally I would to take the opportunity to say goodbye and thanks very much to all of you, I will really miss KES. As I finishing packing my bag, I will make sure that my blazer comes home to Brussels with me along with my biltong and a packet of mielie-meal and after all, I think that now my blood is Red!

Theo with friends


Theo worked very hard on many KESCO projects
KEET has a new exciting position!
The King Edward VII School Trust is looking for an experienced Business Analyst. Please note this is a 6 month contract. Calling on Old Boys, Friends and Family of King Edward to apply or to network to possible suitable candidates. Closing date for applications is the  26 June 2013. CV's to be emailed to: foundation@kesnet.co.za


Congratulations to the KES 1st Team Golfers!
King Edward VII School 1st Golfing team comprising of Rupert Kaminski, Kyle Mc Clatchie, Matthew Kiewitz and Robert Raad took part in the Retief Goosen National High Schools Tournament at the Fish River Sun from the 15-17 June. 

After the first days play, the King Edward Team were trailing by 4 shots and the KES golfers dug deep, showed their skill and determination over the remaining two days, to claim a wonderful 1st Place, making them the 2013 National High School Champions! The King Edward Team won by 2 shots over, followed by Southdowns College in 2nd place and Reddam House Cape Town in 3rd place.

Rupert Kaminski finished tied 2nd on even par and Kyle Mc Clatchie finished 4th on +1. 36 Holes were played over the 3 days in tense, tight competition between the top high schools in the country.

Congratulations to the KES 1st Team and Mr Marx on this fantastic achievement. King Edward Community applauds your efforts!



 
 
 
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