The 130th edition of the annual Founders’ Weekend was celebrated on the weekend of 12 – 13 May 2017 with the traditional tea and assembly opening the proceedings. Hearty thanks to all Old Boys from around South Africa who set aside equally important activities to travel to Kimberley for the commemoration. Anniversary reunions for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years took place as well as others from various matric years. Special mention should be made of Gordon Dally (1944), who commemorated his 73rd year of leaving KHS.
Founders’ Weekend Sport
The sporting activities kicked off on Friday with the school soccer and hockey teams playing against Old Boys teams. Our correspondent at the hockey turf where the hockey games took place reported a very merry and enthusiastic old boys’ team that gave the school boys a tough time. The latter won, but not without sweat and blood – literally... The soccer games at the school were partaken passionately too. The KHSOBU Honorary Secretary, Lelethu Bango and the 2007 Headboy, Victor Leeuw are some of the participants that can be seen in pictures taken at the event, giving their matches their all. On Saturday morning Jack Bezuidenhout, Dave Brickhill and other old boys had a rendezvous with the Kimberley Golf Club where they reported to have had a good game of golf. The School played rugby, hockey, basketball and soccer against a number of schools on Saturday.
The KHSOBU Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting was held in the KHS Memorial Library with the usual meager attendance. Thank you to everyone who took time to attend ensuring that the 2017 AGM could be recorded as a success. Warren Van Rensburg, the outgoing Chairperson hashed through the usual as well as new issues in his last presidence as the KHSOBU Chairman. His two-year term was concluded at the Annual General Meeting.
Zaandre Campher (2007) was elected as the new Vice Chairman. Lelethu Bango (2001) and Kevin Wakeford remain the Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer respectively.
A heartfelt thank you to Pierre Hugo (1956), Kevin Wakeford (1974) and Graham Steele (1989) for concise reports on the year passed from the Kimberley High School Development Trust, the KHSOBU Treasury and the School. Without the gentlemen’s reports, the meeting would be incomplete.
Our gratitude goes to Zaandre Campher (Vice Headboy, 2007) for giving the KHSOBU Dinner Speech and Victor Leeuw (2007 Headboy) for the Founders’ Assembly Address. The Old boys’ wives who attended the dinner with their husbands were something to behold… evidence can be found in the bumper Founders’ Weekend picture edition attached. Thank you to them and their husbands for supporting the 2017 KHSOBU dinner. Sylvester Oliphant (2006) was on the ball with the school wind band providing a mixture of soothing and rousing entertainment for the audience. Cheers to Mr. Peter Burrow and his team for once again providing a scrumptious spread for the dinner guests.
These acknowledgments cannot be complete without mention of “The George” team, led by Peter Sterley (Kimberley Chapter Chairman,1970) and Jacques Frances(KHSOB Club Chairman,1994) for keeping the Old boys entertained and well oiled…even ensuring that some left their liver behind…
FROM THE HEADMASTER’S DESK
The 2017 period started off with a number of new faces joining the debating club. The new members were workshopped in scheduled practice sessions. We hope the new arrivals will have a long and fruitful stay with the club. The Club has registered to participate in the national SA Model UN Debate (SAMUN). The workshop for this engagement took place in May and the actual competition will be in August. We look forward to this debate and other provincial competitions.
The KHS team took part in the NC Province Minquiz on 18 May. The team consisting of grade 12s that represented the school was T Motaung, L Lubisi and J Riet.
Three junior and two senior public speakers took part in a competition against HTS and NCH. Anthony Mtembu was placed 3rd in the senior competition and L Makawu was the runner up in the junior competition.
The KHS Jazz Band and Wind Band performed at the Founders Weekend Old Boys’ Union dinner on the evening of the 13 May. The band performed very well and has received many compliments from all that attended.
The KHS Chorale took part in the ATKV Applous 2017 Streekfees. Their performance earned them a SILVER.
KHS is playing in the VUKA rugby league, sponsored by Rugby Legends South Africa. It has been an exciting season thus far. The stats are as follows:
1st XV team U/16
Played 3 won 2 Played 5 won 5 (One game left against Warrenton in term 3)
Congratulations to the following boys who were selected to represent KHS in the following rugby tournaments:
GWK U/17 GWK U/15 Valke Week
Potso Mothale Calvin Marekwa Chad Daniels
Keanu Visagie Demerte Le Fleur
Well done to the following boys were selected for the Northern Cape hockey sides:
U/18 U/16 U/14
Thando Mavuso Stephen Brown Tarique Sampson
Simon Brown Claude Marekwa
The U/15 KHS side is the defending champion in the FNB Tournament. The finals will take place at 7:00 on Saturday 3 June 2017 at the FNB Stadium. Good luck to the team, we hope you will bring back medals and a cup.
Please visit the newly upgraded school website for more news on the school and subscription fees payment. The website address is www.kbhs.co.za.
OLD BOYS’ NEWS
Thank you very much to Nico Bester for getting in touch, sending us this update and the picture below!
Thank you for the KHSOBU newsletters, which I always read with much interest. I thought the attached picture might be of interest to some old boys from the '70s and 80s. On a recent visit to RSA, I caught up with Johann Swart in Cape Town. He was a teacher of Art and Drama at KHS from 1976. At the time, I taught Science and Maths at KHS, and Johann and I became good friends. I also caught up with Rodney Trudgeon (whom the Cape Town old boys may have heard…) who is Program Manager at Fine Music Radio (classical 93.7FM)
in Cape Town, I went to school with Rodney in Durban. It was a wonderful
time to catch up with such old friends.
I am happy to report that Johann is well, and clearly enjoying his
retirement. We spent many happy evenings together, and went on several sight-seeing tours. As always, Johann's company is interesting,
stimulating and often hilarious.
Thank you again for your work in keeping the KHSOBU connected.
Sincerely, Nico Bester
VISITS TO THE SCHOOL
It was wonderful meeting Stanley Eberlin and his lovely wife Maureen who arrived at the school on a cold and sunny May morning. Stanley was at KHS from 1950 to 1954 in Standard 1 to Standard 5 (Grade 3 to 7). A tour around the school jogged very fond memories of his days at the school. The cold Kimberley weather however triggered another not so fond memory of being rapped on the knuckles in winter with a duster in a bid to produce correct times table answers. The memory also triggered an earnest conversation on the merits and demerits of corporal punishment in schools. Stanley is resolutely against corporal punishment...
KHSOBU subscriptions are R300 per year. A warm thank you to all those who have already paid theirs.
Please find below the banking details for your convenience.
Name of account Kimberley High School Old Boys Union
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Account Number 52633107737
Branch Code 231002, New Park
NB: Indicate your name and matric year.
Joseph Carlo (2009)
KHSOBU National Chairman
Corner of Dalham and Memorial Roads, Kimberley, 8300
Telephone: 053 8332684/ 5
Fax Number: 086 689 9975
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