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01^ Sarpe Kearsney Chronicle 1980 Kearsney College,Botha's Hill Natal,South Africa. April 1981.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS 1981 CHAIRMAN *Dr G. W.Shuker Kearsney near Stanger VICE-CHAIRMAN *Rev Professor V. J. Bredenkamp Pietermaritzburg Mr D. W. Barker Umzlnto Mr J. H. Charter Benrose, Johannesburg Mr K. C. Comins Sandton, Johannesburg Mr D.D. Morgan Umhianga Rocks Mr H. Newton-Walker Potchefstroom *Mr T. A. Polkinghorne Canelands *Mr I. G. B. Smeaton Kearsney, near Stanger Mr A. B. Theunissen Norwood,Johannesburg *Mr D. V. Thompson Verulam *Rev C. Wilkins Durban £a/?pe o\^ KEARSNEY COLLEGE OLD BOYS'CLUB REPRESENTATIVES *MR E. S. C. Garner Maldstone Mr D. A. Hopewell Howick THE PRESIDENT OF CONFERENCE(EX OFFICIO) Rev H. KIrkby THE CHAIRMAN OF NATAL COASTAL DISTRICT(EX OFFICIO) Rev Dr D. Veysie THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PINETOWN CIRCUIT(EX OFFICIO) Rev M. J. Eddy SECRETARY(EX OFFICIO)DURBAN Mr D. Murray HEADMASTER(EX OFFICIO) Mr E. C. W.Sllcock RETIRED DURING 1980 Mr S. A. Johnston Durban indicates membership of the Executive Committee
MembersofStaffatKearsney College during 1980 Headmaster — Mr E.C. W.Silcock Deputy Headmaster — Mr J. W.Storm Vice-Principal — Mr P.E. Metcalf Senior Master — Mr R.D.Blamey Senior Master; Housemaster: Haley House — Mr J. L. Hall Housemaster:Pembroke House — Mr C. Diedericks Housemaster: Gillingham House — Mr A.R.C.Townshend Housemaster: Finningley House — Mr B,Williams Mr T.G.Allen Mr M.Bradley Mr A.M.Bromley-Gans Rev.D.Buwalda Mr F.Cocks Mr L.P.Daniels Mr M.J. de Beer Mr K.Decker Mr K.G.Fish Mrs H.Gibson MrJ. M.Harper Mrs B.Jaffray Mr K,Joyner Mr L. Kassier Mrs H.Kode Mr R.Lamplough Mrs A.Lees Mr M.Lees MrsJ, Mackie Mr G.D.Madeley Mr M.Myhill MrsJ. Reynolds MrsJ.Schumann Mr W.B.Schumann Mr P.C.Taylor Mr P.M.W.Tennant Mr M.A.Thiselton Mr B.Tucker Mr M.Vassard Mr0. Walters Mrs R. Walters Mr L.P.Zaayman
fliPiHI »« m m ■ m m Sometimes it seems extraordinary tfiat scfiools can keep on ctianging, but changes are being made to ensure that we keep abreast of trends in society. I use the word society here instead of education because in the broadest sense we in schools must serve society and not the other way round. Next year will see some changes at Kearsney. Computer Science will be introduced as an optional extra subject from Form 4. A small computer is being acquired so that certain boys can become coversant with computerlanguage and computer-usage. Even tually it can be taken at matriculation level, but as an extra to the six chosen subjects just as Supplementary Math ematics is an extra. I am hoping thatZulu will be introduced as a compulsory subject in Forms 2 and 3 for two periods each week. Then,depending on demand, it may be taken through to matric. The taking of three languages out of the six subjects is always debatable, but Zulu might suit a small number of boys. Know ledge of customs and conversational Zulu would be extremely useful in our society but I am not convinced that academic Zulu is desirable. On the physical amenities side the biggest change will be the building of the Old Boys' Clubhouse on a property they have acquired from the school. This imaginative scheme will be in valuable to the Old Boys and it will enhance the school considerably. It Is very pleasing that the Old Boys want to involve themselves more in the school and the increased support will do a great deal for the boys. The proof of the benefits of Kearsney is certainly in the calibre of the Old Boys. 1981 will be our Diamond Jubilee year and there will be certain times when D1^ Sarpe From the Headmaster^s Study Parents and Old Boys will be invited to join in celebration and thanksgiving with the Board of Governors,Staff and Boys. 1980 has been a good year from most points of view, as can be gauged from the contents of this Chronicle. I have enjoyed the spirit in the school and I thank all concerned for their help and contribution to it. One of the best moments of the year was the recognition of long service to Kearsney of the Deputy Headmaster and three members of our, African Staff, recorded elsewhere in this Chronicle. The long and devoted ser vice of so many of the staff from all parts of the school is gratefully ac knowledged because it is this con tinuous dedication which ensures the future of the school. E. C. W.SILCOCK
Prefects 1980 f.*m.#.T S £aM m ^'-iX » 1^ .iwilWnMg'flfW ■ ■ m K I M Bffyfiifw *"h flPjoNS '** ■*>» •Uk* «w* <•'*«*'*» t All theResults — Matiic 1980 Natal Senior Certificate with Matriculation Exemption 67 Natal Senior Certificate without Matriculation Exemption 18 Failed to gain a certificate _2 87 'A' Aggregate (above 80%) - 5 Barrett, A. P.; Hillestad, H. T.; Parle, C.G.; Polkinghorne, T.C.; Pons, J. J. 'B' Aggregate (70% - 79%) - 11 Benporath, C. L.; Bien, G. A. P.; Blamey, I. D.; Bush, C.; D'Unienville, M. J. V.; Gazzard, B. J.; Hobbs, C. L.; Houston, D. A.; Jordan, R. C.; Markram, H. J.; Toms, G. P. 'C Aggregate (60% - 69%) - 15 Buntzen, K. W.; Darley-Waddilove, D. J.; Dickson, K. W.; Doidge, I. A.; Engelbrecht, K. W.; Eraser, R. M.; Groom, N. G.; Howard, A. W. L.; Miller, M. P.; Morrison, P. I.; Parnell, N. G. G.; Reis, T. A. N.; Richards, W. R.; Roberts, S. V.; Viljoen, J. S. duT. TOTAL: 31 Subject Distinctions 3 'A's Parle C, G. (Maths, Biology, Physical Science). 2 'A's Barrett, A. P. (maths. Physical Science); Hillestad, H. T. (English, Latin). 1 'A' Bien, G. A. F. (Maths); Blamey, I. D. (Geography); Bush, C. (Geography); De Kock, J. D. (Afrikaans); D'Unienville, M. J. V. (French); Hobbs, C. L. (Geography); Howard, A. (English); Mandy, A. H. (Geography - Standard Grade); Polkinghorne, T. C. (Maths); Pons. J. J. (Biology). 'A's Barrett, A. P.; Parle, C. G. (Supplementary Maths). TOTAL: 17 5
SchoolNews During 1980 there were a number of staff changes: Mr. P. Daniels arrived to teach Maths and Science, Messrs K. Decker and K. Joyner to teach Maths, the latter leaving again at the end of the year for Zimbabwe.Mrs Edmunds stood in once again in the first term until Mr Decker arrived. Mr M. Lees arrived in July to teach English, a post which Mrs R. Walters had filled from the beginning of the year. She also taught junior French and from mid-year with Mrs A. Lees introduced remedial English to the lower forms — this has been of great assistance to some of the boys. Mrs Lees, an ex international hurdles champion, was able to help coaching boys during the athletics season. Mrs J. Schumann taught Science to the lower forms and Mr M.Bradley arrived in July to teach Biology in place of Mr Metcalf. Mrs J. Reynolds took over the library at the beginning of the year and she has been assisted during the mornings by Mesdames Harper and Tennant. While Mr Biamey and Mr Tucker each took a term's well-earned long leave Mrs J. Mackie helped out again. She left in July and we congra tulate her on the arrival of a daughter. At the end of the year we bade farewell to Mr P. Tennant after twelve years' service, and to Mr Joyner and Mrs Schumann. Mention has been made elsewhere in the magazine of Mr Metcalf's move to Epworth. Mrs Wynne, matron at Haley House, retired in the fourth term, and at the end of the year Mr M. Myhill took the short form of long leave. Two new junior members of the Kearsney community arrived this year - Matthew Vassard in March,and,to the great delight of all, Zelda Diedericks in November. Five staff members were involved in studying to improve their qualifications this year, and Mr Storm found himself tearing out his hair getting their exam time tables to fit into that of the boys'. Obituary:Stanley Gordon Osier Headmaster1947—1963 On Wednesday,16 April 1980,Stanley Gordon Osier died in Somerset West after suffering a heart attack ten days before. He was 73 years old. Our beloved Headmaster from 19471963 had a distinguished career. He was born at Aiiwal North in 1907, went to school at Rondebosch Boys' High and Kingswood and then on to University of Cape Town, where he graduated with a B.A. LL.B. As a Rhodes Scholar he went to Oxford where he obtained his M.A. and then returned to South Africa to teach at Kingswood. He served with the 6th Armoured Division as a captain. After the war he took a refresher course in teaching and then was appointed Mr Matterson's successor. He took over the reigns in 1947 and changed Kearsney from a small school of two hundred to the Kearsney we know today. He was a kind, friendly, sympathetic, Christian Gentleman, always prepared to help any boy, member of staff or less fortunate person. The warm Osier home was the centre of the campus where the staff gathered to welcome new members of the Kearsney Family and where we said our farewells to those departing, where we enjoyed wonderful fellowship. Staneiy made his mark on education in Natal. He served on many commit tees and was Chairman of the Joint Matriculation Board. It was not sur prising therefore that he was appointed a member of the National Education Advisory Committee and had to move to Pretoria. The name Osier of course means rugby. He played centre and flyhalf for the University of Cape Town, centre for Western Province and the Spring bok Team in 1928 against the All Blacks. He was an Oxford Blue in 1931. To him rugby was a game of» chess, not of brute force; you had to out-think, outwit and outrun your opponent, not crush him. I cannot describe his rugby better than Maxwell Price did in the Cape Times the day after his funeral — I quote: "Stylist rugby centre Staneiy Osier, whose death this week is mourned by many old Cape rugby players and enthusiasts, and whose natural bril liance was overshadowed by his older brother, Bennie, the Springbok fiy-half genius, nevertheless left a lasting memory of eloquent sportmanship and great ability on the playing fields of the Cape, and even further afield. Stanley Osier, who later rose to great heights in the sphere of education - he was a much revered principal of Kearsney College, Natal — had a wonderful, almost poetic approach to the game of rugby. A man of modest nature and warm-hearted friendliness, he excelled in the backline for UCT, Western Province and South Africa in the late twenties. He shone among the satellites of that era, but walked humbly among them. I once asked him to provide some material for a chapter in a book I wrote on old Springboks, and this was how he quoted lines from Siegfried Sassoon to interpret the spirit of the game-as he saw it: "Image of war- without its guilt... The thrill of adventure, the spur of enterprise..." "At the heart of three-quarter play is the sporting attitude towards one's opponents: 'We honour as we strike him down The foe that comes with fearless eyes.'" Stanley Osier had an harmonious partnership at centre with Willie Rousseau at UCT, for Western Pro vince and South Africa against the 1928 All Blacks. Dismissing his own brilliance, Stanley Osier said of Rousseau ... he had the genius of quick movement and nippiness often disconcerting to his opponent, his halfsection and himself. But he made brilliant openings for his partner to capitalise to effect."
As a schoolboy rugby fanatic I recall them both as a brilliant pair of twinkletoed centres. Stanley's dainty kickahead was such a well-judged affair that he often collected and went over himself or unselfishly gave to his wing. He had a deceptive body feint and devastating side-step. While Bennie was renowned for his drop-kicking, Stanley did not lag far behind. He had his own particular style, spinning the ball on to his instep and lofting it high over the crossbar. Crowds flocked to Newlands one Saturday when Stanley was switched to flyhalf for UCT, Geoff Grey going to centre because of some team adjust ment. The big attraction was that UCT were playing Hamlltons and at flyhalf opposite Stanley was his brother, the great Bennie. I cannot recall the result of that game, but I know that Stanley dropped a goal, not Bennie." Stanley was admitted to the bar when he retired from Kearsney but he never practised as an advocate. He used his knowledge to help the less fortunate coloured community in and around Somerset West where he retired. He will be remembered with gratitude by these people because it was through his endeavours that the little town Sir Lowry's Pass was re-proclalmed a coloured community In and around Somerset West where he retired. A number of Old Boys and parents of Old Boys paid their last respects at the Maitland Crematorium on Friday, 18 April. Harold Groom officially repre senting the President of the Old Boys' Club and the Deputy Headmaster re presenting the College. A Memorial Service was held at Kearsney with the Head Boy, Vice-Principal, Headmaster, Chaplain, Chairman of the Board and Mr Trev. Polkinghorne all officiating. With Mrs Annaline Osier, Marguerite, Maeder and Anthony we share wonder ful memories of an outstanding man and wonderful friend. May God Bless you and comfort you. Farewell:Mr and Mrs Peter Metcalf From Kearsney to Epworth Peter Metcalf is leaving Kearsney to become Headmaster of our sister school Epworth. It does not seem possible that the putter of his scooter will be heard no more, the rattle of his large bunch of keys will be silenced forever or that the lone tenor in the staff pews will be something of the past. If it is difficult for us to contemplate losing Peter Metcalf, spare a thought for him - this place has been his home more than any other. He came as a school-boy in 1944, left only to get an Honours degree in Maritzburg, then came back to teach, got married, raised a family of four and ran Pembroke for twelve years. Sparingly he has taken leave, sick or long, just in case things should happen while he was not here, and then assumed the mantle of Vice Principal in 1975 just to keep us on the right road. He has served under four headmasters, six chaplains but only one head-ofdepartment, for he soon took over Biology, brought it up to date, and then began to examine and set the papers for the Joint Matriculation Board for the last nine years. Is there any part of Kearsney that Peter has not directed, guided or just generally given a hand to? The only ones I can think of are some of our games. In the days when the Dining Hall was everything, Peter showed films, acted and produced house plays, sang in the choir, scrambled as a little boy for seconds at meals. Introduced speakers at Society meetings and dressed up as FatheCrhristmas for staff parties. Perhaps some of his happiest times were spent at the Yacht Club outings or even on Cadet parade. There Is hardly a building in the College where his interest has not been seen. His interests have ranged over acoustics in the Chapel, rearrang ing the classroom block, adding Sixth Form wings to the senior houses, thoughts for the new Administration centre, but the greateosft all was his work with the Henderson Hall. His ideas are largely responsible for this fine multi-purpose hall and his enthusiasm in the lighting, planning, participating and producing of plays is proverbial. It will be strange to think of Kearsney without Peter and Nan Metcalf but we will have to get used to it. Farewell: Mr Peter Tennant Latin teachinhgas always played an important part in Kearsney's school curriculum. During the twelve years that Mr Peter Tennant controlled Latin teaching at Kearsney, he instilled in his pupils a sense of love for the language. It has been his philosophy that Latin is the basis of an educated under standing of language; in addition, he held that it offered discipline In language use, recognising as he does a value quite contrary to the oft-held opinion that it is a 'dead' language. His adaptation of the Cambridge course, his training of pupils to feel that the subject is vibrant and alivethese have been the manifestations of a dedicated teacher. In addition to his work at Kearsney, Peter made some considerable contri bution to the teaching of Latin in Natal, having chaired meetings of the Classics Association for several years. During his stay at Kearsney,MrTennant continued with his Latin studies, being awarded his Masters Degree (cum laude). He is presently studying Greek with equal success. Mr and Mrs Tennant have moved to Pietermarltzburg and Mr Tennant is now teaching at Maritzburg College. The school will miss the help of Mrs Mary-Lynne Tennant who has worked in the school library and has played an important role in the dramatic and musical life of the school. Pupils will continue to associate Mr Tennant with music, and staff and boys who enjoyed listening to his fine playing of the classical guitar will look forward to hearing him again. We all wish the Tennant family every happiness in their new home. T.A.
Winners1980 Cultural Awards Honours: B. Main Colours: C. Zerf; P. Skottowe; S. Taylor. S.B.Theunissen Prize for Perseverance: M. G. Green; G. I. Groom. Headmaster's Prize for Special Services: J. G. Mungle. Academic Colours: G. A. F. Bien Academic Colours: J. J. Rons Art Prize: 0. 1. Benporath French Prize: V. d'Unlenvliie Geography Prize: C. L. Hobbs Academic Honours: T. C. Polkinghorne Alletson Smith Award for Mathematics and the Mathematics Prize: A. P. Barrett Patrick Moore Memorial Shield and the John Kinloch Memorial Prize for Physical Science: A. P. Barrett Academic Honours: A. P. Barrett Afrikaans Prize: H. T. Hlllestad Hindson Memorial Prize for English Literature: H. T. Hlllestad History Prize: H. T. Hlllestad Jack Reece Latin Prize: H. T. Hlllestad Academic Honours: H. T. Hlllestad Ben Milner Prize for Biology: C. G. Parle William and Susan Jones English Prize: C. G. Parle Academic Honours: 0. G. Parle Dux of the School: C. G. Parle
i Ml I ti sT m «1 ^Ifp3*: 4» Recipients of Academic Honours for 1980 (Left to Right):A. P. Barrett, T. C. Polkinghorne,(the Headmaster), C. Parle(Dux), H. T. Hillestad.
Speech Day ^ « Professor V.J. Bredenkamp Guest of Honour At theannual Speech Day held in the Margaret Mary Henderson Memorial Hall on Friday, 3rd October, Professor Victor Bredenkamp was the guest speaker. Professor Bredenkamp has had a long association with Kearsney, beginning as Chaplain of the College, serving for several years as a member of the Board of Govenors for Kearsney and Epworth, of which he became the Chairman. When the Board split up last year, Professor Bredenkamp ser ved as Chairman of both bodies. He resigned his Chairmanship this year, and Doctor Graeme Shuker was elect ed to the post - he Is the second Kearsney Old Boy to have held this post(the first one was Mr Philip Hind). As guest speaker. Professor Bredenkamp was given more scope in his speech than he had previously enjoyed In his capacity as Chairman on these occasions. He made full use of this opportunity and showed himself to be a very witty, interesting, and extremely competent speaker. Doctor Shuker, In his capacity as Chairman of the Board, welcomed the guests and introduced the guest speaker. The prizes were presented by Professor Bredenkamp. m mm h m m m f ■ 1 ms ■H Long Service Awards At the annual Speech Day and PrizeGiving Ceremony held at Kearsney on the 3rd Cctober, presentations were made by the Board of Governors to four staff members who have given more than twenty-five years, service to the School. In doing so, the Board sought to make good what they termed "an oversight", and to give recognition to staff members who have given faithful service to the School. Pictured above are the four recipients of Long Service Awards: From left to right: Beka, who has served in the capacity of Postman since he joined the staff in 1940. Linda, who joined the staff in 1954 as the Gardener for the late Mr Stanley Csler, and who has served as a School Gardener since then. Mr Jan Storm, who joined the staff as a junior teacher in 1947, and is, at present, the Deputy Headmaster. Clement, the brother of Beka, who has served the school as a Painter since he joined the staff in 1955. 10
Haley House The year was a thoroughly enjoyable one anda tremendous spirit existed between boys, prefects and masters, making it a very successful year. Our sporting activities achieved suc cess in nearly every field. Some of the highlights of the year were the out standing seasons of the 14a hockey and cricket teams. The prospects for these two Sports look bright. A. Maybery and A. Hall are both very promising sportsmen. Other boys to excell were G. Simpson and C. du Toit at squash, C. du Toit being captain of the Natal U13B side. A. Hall won the Junior Squash Champ ionship. G. Gordon was selected for the Natal LI16baseball team - not bad for an U14 boy! The cross-country this year proved to be a very fierce contest between the 'midgets' of the house — A. Davidson and S. Wiison, with Wilson just manag ing to win. S. Olive ran a good race to win the U15 cross-country, and along with S. Craig and B. Huiett should become very prominent athletes. N. Seton did very well in shooting. Water polo became a very popular sport this year. Prefect C. Bush was chosen to attend trials for the Natal Schools side. Nearly all the boys took part in rugby and the U13 sides, suffering from a iack of numbers, showed plenty of courage and determination against much bigger opponents. Prefects H. Mandy and M. Milier received rugby colours- Miller was 1st XV captain. During the 3rd term a table-tennis Championship was played which generated much enthusiasm. P. de Grandpre was the winner of the floating trophy presented by the pre fects for this event. The cuitural and academic spheres did not go unnoticed. A number of boys received academic merit certifi cates. The members of the School Choir are to be congratulated on their fine contribution to this aspect of school life. Mrs Hall made a tremendous impact on the boys with her Christian fellow ship gatherings during the year. Many boys attended them every week. I am sure that this will continue to play an important roie in maintaining the happy atmosphere which prevails in Haley House. We wish to thank the AssistantMasters — Mr Kassier, Mr Ailen and Mr Walters for spending much of their time with the boys and for being a constant help to the prefects. We also extend thanks to Mrs Wynn, the Matron, and latterly Mrs Crane, for their time and effort spent in the house. Finally, the year has been a memorable one with a very happy atmosphere. This kind of atmosphere could not exist without our Housemaster, Mr Hall. The many new recreational facilities he has offered to the boys have made the house a hive of activity during afternoons and weekends. The boys and prefects would like to thank him for all he did for them during the M. P. MILLER Head-of-House Gillingham House Report Gillingham started the decade with what must surely be one of its better years. This was,to a large extent, due to the strength of the sixth form which dominated ali aspects of senior school life. Mr Daniels came to Gillingham at the beginning of the year and after Mr Schumann had ieft both Mr Fish and Mr Tennant helped in the house. We wish Mr Tennant the best for the future and thank him for "The Pavlov" (a new bell). In the academic spheres Gillingham was particularly strong. C. Parle was dux of school and together with A. Barrett and C. Polkinghorne was reawarded academic honours. In addition Parle and Barrett made the top 100 in the Science Olympiad while Barrett also fared exceptionally well in the Maths Olympiad. In addition to the above, Jaaback (4th form), and D. Barrett, Dicks, Pilling, D. Polkinghorne and Townshend (5th formers) were awarded academic colours. C. Benporath won the sixth form art prize. Culturally Gillingham was aiso strong. Zerf was awarded colours and a large number of Gillingham boys took part in Oklahoma, as well as in the numerous societies. Crocker and Butterworth were awarded Service certificates. During the year there was an increase of interest in religion and this was largely due to the efforts of Veysie who was awarded a Service certificate for this. The sporting year started disastrousiy when, despite the attempts of Aungiers and Houston, we ended up last in the gala. Some aquatic pride was saved, however, when we unexpedtedly came second in the water-polo competition. On dry land Gillingham fared much better and this was iargely due to the strength and depth of the seniors. Of the four senior cricket captains, there were four Gillingham boys. This in cluded Mungle (1st XI) who led the house team to victory by a very narrow margin. Rugby was probably our strongest sport and the four boys who received colours were Miller (captain), Mandy, Mungle and D. Polkinghorne. In all we fielded eleven first team regulars. A large portion of the touring party came from (iillingham and we were confident of winning the inter-house rugby until it was cancelled! Gillinghparmovided seven members of the highly-rated first hockey team. Of these Louw and Piiling were awarded colours. Livingstone captained the first team, was vice-captain of Natal Schools and a prominent member of the S.A. Schools team. For his achievements he won the 1980 Hockey Cup and was named Sports man of the Year. With this depth in the seniors and very strong juniors we were unbeaten inhouse hockey. In the less publicized sports we also played a prominent role. W. Hohls was the best shotist and for his achieve ments was awarded shooting colours. In squash circles Deenik made the Natal Schools 1115team and Devereux was awarded a certificate in recogni tion of his service to tennis. Markram led the senior cross-country team to victory, winning the senior race him self. In addition Wilson smashed the U13 record. 11
The highlight of the year was undoubtediy our victory on Sports Day. This can be attributed to the effort put in by Markram (captain of Schooi Athletics). The house spirit on this day was such that unknown athletes caused upsets and in some races the first five to cross the iine wore red vests. This was the first time for over twenty years that we have won this meeting. Giliingham boys won the majority of cups and H. Markram, W. Hohls, W. Huiett and C. Zerf were awarded colours, as were G. Pilling, D. Polkinghorne and M. Townshend after they had made the Natai Schools team. The attitude of the master was to leave to a large extent the boys to run themselves. This heiped create Giliingham's traditional relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and also encour aged individual development which is often difficult, we think, in more tense and controlied environments. 1980 has been a great year and wili remain stamped in everyone's memory for a long time. We wish the prefects for 1981 — A. Meaker (Head of House), A. St. Pern, L. Dicks, C. Charter and D. Poikinghorne as Head of Schooi. the best of luck. To those leaving we thank them for the memories and ali that they have done for both house and school. T. C. POLKINGHORNE P.S. FROM THE HOUSEMASTER. It was the maturity and co-operation of the Giliingham sixth formers that made 1980 such a memorabie year for me. The prefects (Polkinghorne, Markram, Groom and Livingstone) were excep tional in their day-to-day running of the House. I thank your aii for your great contribution to the House - may the rest of your lives be as successfui as your last year at school. Well done! Finningley House Report What a very good year this has been. My sincere thanks to ail concerned for providing the enriching experiences that have benefitted our whoie famiiy. A iarge number of Finningley boys have achieved a great deal of success in the academic, cuitural and sporting spheres of the schooi. You can read of their successes elsewhere in this Chronicle. It Is that very large group of boys who do not make the top places, but who provide the environment that make these high points of success for others possibie, whom i wish to appiaud. While the same applies in ail Houses, I am particularly proud of the large number of Finningley boys who stove so diligently and conscientiously throughout the year in ali facets of school life. These activities need leaders. The Head of House, H. Hiilestad, has carried out his duties most admirably. I have been content to leave the everyday running of the House to Hiilestad and his fellow prefects, D. Draper, B. Gazzard and N. Parneil. You have ali done a most worthwhile job. Draper was elected as Captain of Swimming. He is the best captain that Mr Bromley-Gans can remember. The spontaneous cheer that the House gave Draper on Gala Day spoke volumes. I also recall J. Brooker's valiant effort in the 100 metres back stroke. It was this same Brooker who, as Captain of House Hockey, showed that sportsmanship and good conduct are the keystones in any game. Athletics will always beone of the main features of the year, in athletics G. Maritz showed outstanding leader ship as Captain of Finningley. His enthusiasm was an important factor in Finningley's doing so well. Winning the tug-of-war was as thrilling for me as for the luggers. Then we saw the sportsmanship engendered by Maritz when he and his House stood to applaud Giliingham's fine, weli-deserved win. Two other leaders I want to mention are Howard and Rons who have cared for the spiritual growth and needs of many boys through regular Bible studieasnd discussions. Cur growth toward completeness must include physical, mental and spiritual aspects. Then there are the staff Involved in the smooth running of our House. Mrs Rautenbach, the matron, has proved once more to be efficient and always ready to help boys with their everyday needs. She has a warm, friendly manner that many recognise and ap preciate. Mr and Mrs Lees and Mr Dekker joined the House during the year. Together with Mr de Beer and Mr Myhill they have done duty in the House, i thank them for their helpful ideas and co-operation. What a fine Sixth Form group we have had this year. The 1981 group is much larger and contains boys who I know will make a positive and very worth while contribution to their House and School. I also look forward to the intake of new boys and feel sure that they will soon feel as much at home as boarding-school life allows. When still young, people find they are dependent on others. As they grow they seek to gain independence and often rebel against authority. This can result in tension and even conflict. "As he matures he sees that there is something far better than either de pendence or independence, and that is interdependence." ("The art of understanding yourself"; CECIL OSBORNE). We all have needs. These must be recognised and shared so that all can be helped. B. WILLIAMS Pembroke House Report Thanks to all those involved, Pembroke can look back on 1980 as a very successful year. The spirit amongst the boys was exceptionally high, al though we did seem to break all past records as far as extended holidays in the Transkei were concerned! 12
Three boys received their academic colours this year, M. J. Taylor (a reaward), M. Wessels and C. Hobbs (also a re-award). Culturally, B. Main represented Kearsney In both the Jan Hofmeyer and the E. G. Jansen speech contests. In the E. G. Jansen competition, Kearsney won through to the finals where Main won the unpre pared section of the speeches. For this, and for his part In the "Long and the Short and the Tall", he was awarded Cultural Honours and received the Hanle Cup for contributing the most to cultural activities. In the Interhouse speech competition, he was nominated as best speaker of the evening, although Pembroke was placed second. With C. Bush as vice-captain of school swimming, Pembroke was unlucky for the second successslve year In having to settle for second place In the Inter house gala. The senior age group did extremely well and the following cups were received; U13 champion: Fearnhead Cup - G. Catlln U15 champion: Matterson Cup - A. Muhlbauer Open Backstroke: Phillip Hind CupD. Ethelston 200 yds Freestyle Open: Nightingale Cup- R. Hoole 100 yds Freestyle Open: Sandy Marr Cup- C. Bush Open Relay team: Bryan Cup Swimming colours were awarded to D. Ethelston and R. Hoole. Our senior water-polo players dis played some excellent ball control when they were ably led by C. Bush (vIce-captaIn of school water-polo) to convincing victories over the other houses. Not surprisingly, six members of this team were chosen for the school team. On the athletics side, nothing seemed to work this year - we even lost the Tug-of-War which was unfortunate. Our thanks to P. Morrison for the time he spent as House captain. Both the senior and junior hockey teams were well represented by Pembroke. Altogether there were eleven players In the second and third teams, with Sloane representing us In the first team. Other boys who made an appearance In the first team were Lacon-Allln, Wilson, Laing and Aniere. Many of the U15 players who played In the senior groups will be competing strongly for positions In the first team next year. J. Wessels and M. Von Sorgenfrel were appointed as captain and vlcecaptaln of school shooting respect ively. They were both awarded their shooting colours. During a Natal Interschools BIsley, C. Wright was placed thirteenth In Natal In the junior section, and at a BIsley held at Hammarsdale during September, M. Von Sorgenfrel came thirteenth overall In deliberate, and fourth overall In rapid. This was after competing against members of the S.A.D.F. and the public. It was then with little difficulty that Pembroke won the Interhouse shooting. J. Lawrence was the best junior shortest with C. Wright the runner-up In that section. J. Wessels was the runner-up for the best shot In the senior section as well as managing the highest average during the season. 0. Doria (vIce-captaIn of school rugby), J. Browne and T. Emmanuel represent ed us In the rugby tour to South America. Van Noordwyk won the open tennis championships and with his partner won the senior doubles champ ionships. P. Wilson, with his fine collection of rats, mice, snakes, spiders, moths, bees and butterflies, was duly awarded House Colours by Mr. DIedericks for Zoology. Furthermore we welcomed the arrival of another DIedericks junior, and, with the odds 4-0 against, it turned out to be a little girl - Congratulations! The prefects that have been elected for 1981 are D. Ethelston (Head of House), B. James, P. Bowmaker and A. Whitfleld. We wish you everything of the best for 1981. Keep up the spirit and the good work! B. S. MAIN •A f.t W jCtl 9 13
Chapel Notes The highlight of our Chapei programme in 1980 was undoubtedly the visit of the Scripture Union team who con ducted a Teaching Mission in August. The team was made up of4 members, Peter Twycross, Alan Smedley, Juliet Eberhard and Jane Rennie and for the period of a week they were totally involved in the life of the school. They took the morning Chapel devotions on such themes as: "Who is Jesus?", "Man's Need","The Cross of Jesus" and "How to grow as a Christian". They led discussions in the Scripture periods on various objections to Christ ianity and attempted to answer the intellectual doubts and problems that were raised by the boys. Regular evening meetings were held at which films were shown, testimonies given and a panel discussion conducted. After these meetings boys who wanted to know more about becoming or being a Christian were given the opportunity to meet with the team members for private interviews. On the Sunday of the Mission Week the team conducted services in the Chapei. The central question of the week was "Is Christ ianity true?" and boys were challenged to answer this question and if they decided "yes!" to ask what this meant for them personally. It was a most worthwhile week with many lives being greatly blessed and the whole school being forced to look at itself in a searching way. Our traditional Easter Tenebrae service and our Carol Services were highlights of our year and we are grateful to Mr John Harper and the members of the choir who continue to put so much time and effort into these important services. Once again the S.A.B.C. invited us to share in regular Sunday service with a larger radio audience and the theme of the service was "Two kinds of Peace" In which the peace of Jonah — the peace of godlessness, was contrasted with the peace of Christ — the peace of God. Many parents and wellwishers joined us for our joint Anglican/Methodist Confirmation Service at the end of the third term. The Bishop of Natal, the Rt. Revd. Philip Russell, and the Superintendent of the Pinetown Circuit, the Revd. Matt Eddy, respectively confirmed and received Anglican and Methodist members.The following boys were received; into membership and confirmed. METHODIST: G. N. Bradford, M. P. Baker, A. M. Clarke, G. J. Hagemann, A. C. Hudson, D. J. Lait, P. J. Logan, F. J. Mandy,S. M. Nalson, M. J. Pearse, D. Philips, J. M. Weiier, M. Wessels, N. H. Williams. ANGLICAN: G. V. Baker, J. C. D. de Viliiers, B. C. Fletcher, N. M. Gebers, P. B. Gibson, 0. L. Glutz, S. A. Gooderson, R. M. Laing, B. J. Nicoll, R. P. Pooley, P. R. Rencken, G. Sadie, S. J. Sloane, A. R. J. D. Sutton. The Bishop reminded us that the boys were being confirmed on St. Matthew's day and portrayed in a very moving way how Matthew must have felt when he was confronted by Jesus' call to follow him when he was a wealthy but lonely man.The Chaplain would like to express a special word of thanks to the members of staff who play such an important part in the preparation of the Confirmation candidates. In part icular our thanks go to Ken Fish and Barry Williams for their participation in the training programme and in the Confirmation weekend held at Koinonia. Our annual Remembrance Day service is always a moving experience and this year the Rev. Prof. Bredenkamp was our guest speaker. An innovation during 1980 was to introduce a limited number of voluntary Sunday evening services. These services have been most successful for even though they have been char acterised by a small attendance, they have been marked by a true desire to worship God and a very warm and intimate atmosphere. We are grateful to have this new avenue for worship in addition to the many other informal fellowships and Bible Studies that are currently being run in the life of the school. Mention should be made of a service conducted by a group of Senior Boys In the fourth term. The theme of the service was "Foundations" and the entire planning and presentation of the service was in their hands. The result was a most acceptable time of worship in which the question of foundations for the Christian life and how to build on them was answered by two boys, while others participated in the readings and prayers and in the giving of a testimony. At the instigation of Mrs Gill Williams and with the help of a number of staff wives and others, a most important Christian service project commenced during the year. This took the form of an Operation Upgrade programme — a literacy course and a course for im proving education - for black members of the school staff. This programme is filling an important gap in the lives of black people who have not had the privilege of an education and we commend those who have taken on the responsibility of the teaching: Marilyn Myhili, Pat Hail, Joyce Madlaia, Barry Williams and Patrick Moyane. There can be no doubt that in 1980 we as a school community were con fronted by the Gospel of the Lord Jesus in word and in deed. We know that many boys came to know God's love in a new way and we trust that they will continue in the path of Christian discipieship. D. J. BUWALDA Chaplain THE SERVICE OF TENEBRAE FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY The word 'Maundy' comes from the Latin word 'Mandatum' which means commandment and refers to the new commandment which Jesus gave His disciples in the Upper Room, "Love one another as I have loved you." In the evening of the day before His Crucifixion Our Lord met with the disciples in the Upper Room and shared in the meal known as the Lord's Supper. Christians in every country gather on the evening before Good Friday to recall the events of the night in which He was betrayed. The service in which you are about to participate is an adaptation of an early Fourth Century act of worship called 'TENEBRAE', a word which simply means darkness. 14
Ttie gradual extinguishing of the candles and the lights in the Church symbolises the darkness of loneliness in desertion. The extinguishing of the main candle is symbolic of the extinguishing of the Light of the World at the Crucifixion. The re-iighting of this candle points to the renewal of hope and the emergence of New Life on Easter Day. We believe that the service will mean most to you if you discipline yourself to observe the rules of silence and reverence. The readings are taken from the New English Bible version of the Holy Bible. THE ANTHEMS Sanctus Holy, Holy Lord God of power and might Heav'n and earth are full Of Thy Glory Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest F. Faure AVE VERUM Jesu, Word of God incarnate Of the Virgin Mary born, On the cross Thy sacred body For us men with nails was torn. Cleanse us by the blood and water Streaming from Thy pierced side Feed us with Thy body broken Now in death's agony. 0Jesu, Holy Jesu, 0Jesu, Son of Mary Have mercy upon us. Amen G. Faure LEAD ME LORD Lead me Lord. Lead me in Thy righteousness. Make Thy way plain before my face. For it is Thou Lord, Thou Lord only, that makest me dwell in safety. S.S. Wesley ORDER OF SERVICE (The Service will proceed unannounced) Processional Hymn 228 Prayer and Lord's Prayer Hymn 74 Prayer:The Gathering Darkness The Shadow of Betrayal — Matthew 26:20-25(Junior Chorister) The Shadow of Desertion - Matthew 26: 31-35(Junior Boy) Anthem:Sanctus His Agony of Soul - Mark 14:26,32-36(Senior Chorister) His Unshared Vigil - Mark 14:37-42(Head Boy) Hymn 180 Father, the Hour Is Come -John 17: 1-6(Member of Staff) The Arrest at the Gate - Mark 14:66-72(The Headmaster) The Shadow of the Cross- Mark 15: 15-27(The Chaplain) Silent Prayer The Light of the World Anthem:Lead me Lord Silent Prayer Hymn 182:Prayers and Benediction Congregation leaves quietly with Chapel dimly lit. 15
CAROL SERVICE 1980 Organ music PROCESSIONAL HYMN Once in Royal David's City(859)choir only w 1 & 2 PRAYERS 1st Lesson (junior chorister)Romans 1:13-18 Man's disobedience CAROL Adam iay ybounden 2nd Lesson (junior boy)Romans 4:13-18 God's promise Hymn: Hark the giad sound (82) 3rd Lesson (senior chorister)Isaiah 9:2,6,7. Christ's birth foretoid CAROL The Sans Day Caroi 4th Lesson (senior boy)Luke 1:26-35,38. The Angel Gabriel visits Mary, CAROL 0iittie town of Bethlehem 5th Lesson (Head prefect) Micah 5:2-4 Micah foretells the glory of Bethlehem Hymn: Love came down at Christmas(138) 6th Lesson (Lady chorister)Luke 1:18-25. The birth of Jesus CAROL Child in the manger Offertory hymn: What chlid is this? 7th Lesson (Deputy Headmaster)Luke 2:15-20. The Shepherds visit the manger CAROL The Donkey Carol Hymn: While Shepherds watched (129) 8th Lesson (Headmaster)Matthew 2:1-12 The wise men are ied to Jesus CAROL The Star Carol Hymn: As with giadness men of old (132) 9th Lesson (Chaplain)John 1:1-14 John unfolds the mystery of the Incarnation CAROL The Birthday Carol Prayers Recessional hymn:0come all ye faithful (118)Choir oniy v 2. ORGAN POSTLUDE 16
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Library Report The J. H. Hopkins Library and Re sources Centre has seen a good deal of activity this year and the faciiities it offers are in constant use, both for study and recreation. 684 new titles have been added to the shelves this year, a number of them having been donated. Mr A. Hopewell donated volumes on a variety of subjects. Dr P. Ryan donated a fine collection of books on birds and wildlife and Mrs Corlett donated a number of novels which we were very pleased to receive. We are very grateful for the assistance we receive from the Provincial Library which contributes large numbers of books to our book-stock,150of which are changed every six months for new titles. This year we were supplied with the latest edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica on permanent loan. The Central Reference Library in Pietermaritzburg is always willing to assist with providing books which we do not have in stock. We have been fortunate in having the assistance of Mrs Tennant and Mrs Harper during the mornings. I would like to express appreciation for the work done by the library monitors, which contributes in large measure to the smooth running of the library. P. J. Butterworth earned a Service Award for his work over several years and as Chief Library Monitor for 1980. Third and fourth form boys who served for part of the year are 8. P. Barry, B. J. Cunningham, N. Baley, B. W. Haley, J. B. Lawrence, J. Moffett, S. M. Nalson, D. C. Porrill, M. L. Smith and A. G. van Wyk. The monitors have been responsible for a number of displays which have included pottery and paintings for the Art Department. J. R. Writing Growth in Language: THE REMEDIAL PROGRAMME AT KEARSNEY COLLEGE -T. Allen Head of English Department It is a sad reflection on the standard of English of so many school leavers that more and more universities, both in other countries and in South Africa, are Introducing literacy courses for their new students. The complaint is that students coming into university have not mastered the rudiments of the language. The discrepency which exists between the weak and able student is notice able not only at the school-leaving level, but also, and possibly even more so, at the beginning of the third phase. It is at the beginning of this level that pupils enter Kearsney College. What, then, are the causes of this frightening decline in the level of literacy, and how is it to be countered or, if necessary, cured? A general consideration of possible causes would include: the high rate of teacher turn-over, especially in the rural areas; the lack of any reading background in so many homes today; some would argue the lack of formal language teaching which, until recently, has been a trend in some English teaching; the lack of conversation within the home — so the list continues. Kearsney is in the privileged position of receiving students who possess a reasonable control of language; even so, testing in 1980 showed that some fifty pupils in Forms One to Four were in need of remedial assistance. It has therefore been necessary to introduce a programme of remedial instruction which is now under the control of Mrs Ann Lees, who is a fully qualified remedial teacher, assisted by Mrs Rose Walters, who in turn is a qualified English teacher. Kearsney therefore has two more remedial teachers than most schools: nevertheless, this means that only those pupils who might be described as being in 'serious need' can be provided for in the remedial programme. It is the nature of such language weakness that any programme should be continuous and last at least two to three years. Individual attention is necessary for all of this time and a record of the progress made by the pupil must be kept, and it must be based on regular, varied testing. Unfortunately, at Kearsney it is only possibie to continue such a programme to the end of Standard Eight, or Form Four; after this time it is no longer possible to remove the pupil from his English set without his falling behind seriously in his class work. In addition, positive growth in language work of this nature is considerably slower once the pupil moves into his late teens. At this age, it is likely that language weakness may be entrenched. For all of this, success has been considerable in the first six months of the programme, with an average improvement in reading age for all pupils who have been taught in this way of some five months. This is considerable when one realizes that many pupils have a reading age at least three years below their chrono logical age. Initially, pupils(and some parents)tend to resent the term, 'remedial'. If one realizes that above all, such a pro gramme is designed to build confidence in the pupil's belief in his own language ability, there is no need to feel that there is any stigma at tached to this form of learning. It is our experience that it is appreciated, and that pupils welcome the chance to return to the more competitive atmosphere of the classroom with some faith in their own commmand of the language. All pupils at Kearsney are taught within the terms of a clear language policy. Remedial teaching forms an important part of that policy. Language develop ment and its subsidiary, reading development, is vital to every pupil in every subject. The Headmaster made the point at Speech Day that a problem In Mathematics, for example, is often traceable to a weakness in general comprehension,and therefore, reading ability. Parents, too, have a role to play. All too often, holidays are a time when reading is forgotten and is consequent ly seen by their children as 'work'. This is simply not true. Reading is a delight — which should be enjoyed throughout the year AND long after each boy leaves Kearsney College. 19
Horizons The dark, swirling mists of early morning clear, and before me stretches the invincible, immovable horizon, its steel-grey fingers towards the rising sun. Delicate fingers of light reach down to meet them, radiating light so magical that it seems to come from Apollo. Memories of far-off places and mo ments flood back. Pictures of Eden and Xanadu dance just out of reach. As the sun rises and the horizon clears you gain confidence and grow more sure of yourself: all you need is that last great effort, that erruption of energy before your goal is reached. All through the day you walk, doing your best and overcoming obstacles that lie waiting in your path ready to catch you in their grasp. The horizon looks dull brown, uninviting and in hospitable. Gone are the illusions of light and perfection and reality stares at you like an angry cobra. The horizon seems further away than it was in the morning but you are determined not to give up and face the truth. The sun has now dropped a little and visions of loneliness and isolation nag at your fatigued brain. Now it time to stop and ponder as the sun sinks lower. You grow unsure and dejected as you think of the long road that you still have to tread. The sun is now on the horizon, touch ing golden-red light to the steel-grey fingers. Confidence grows and life seems worthwhile once more. It is time to pitch camp, knowing that tomorrow will be full of new opportunities. And as the darkness fills all the cracks and corners of the earth, a silhouette appears on the horizon and the roar of a lion shakes the earth, signalling the end of a day. M.BUTTERFIELD 3A "All I want is a Room Somewhere" "It is two-thirty and time to "find the facts" with Marvin K. Moony on loca tion in the Princetown slum." "Thank you, Des, and hello listeners. Right now I am looking into a problem which has concerned both government and civilian alike. That of squatters. With me I have Mrs Lipasco who so kindly agreed to throw a more personal light on the problem. Mrs Lipasco, perhaps you could tell us a bit about yourself?" "Sad indeed is the tale you ask me to recall. It is one of poverty,disease and hunger. When my parents married, my mother was twenty, my father eighteen and I was two. My father earned just enough to get drunk and my mother died of typhoid when she was twentyfour." "Thank you Mrs Lipasco. I'm sure you're enlightening a lot of our listen ers on "Find the Facts." What are your feelings about living in the camp?" "Well I guess this is where I belong. I've never known anything else. You see, I'm kind of used to living with peoples' garbage. It's almost as if I fit in here." "Mrs Lipasco I certainly admire your straightforwardness, as I'm sure do all the listeners on 'Find the Facts.' Do you feel that you are presenting a problem to society, as a squatter?" "Mr Moony,for years I have lived like this. I have no income and my husband occasionally helps in peoples'gardens, you know, carrying the garbage and suchlike. Everyone must live some where, even the outcasts of society." "Mrs Lipasco, I certainly find this most interesting. So you consider yourself an outcast of society. Is anything being done to rectify this or are you satisfied with your lot?" "Mr Moony, mine is a tragic tale. My life has been wasted,through no fault of my own, but rather through the refusal of society to accept me. I often ask myself why I'm here. It's a difficult question really, but I often attribute it to fate. You see, I don't know that I'd be able to live anywhere else. I'm sort of used to it." "What sort of relationship exists between squatters Mrs Lipasco, I mean is there any friction-how is the community run?" "Well Mr Moony there is a definite mutual bond between us. We all have similar backgrounds and can therefore identify with each other. My crippled brother here on my left is always cared for. You see, we belong together as a society." "So you identify yourselves as a separate part of the community as a whole. I never realised there was such unity among you. Mrs Lipasco, there remains one very important question which I'm sure will be sufficient to sum up this interview. Speaking for your brother as well, are you happy with life?" "Mr Moony,for you, four barrels and a sheet of iron might house your dog. But for me it is shelter from the rain and sun — it is home. Shelter is happiness. I am ioved by my husband, brother and God, who can want more? True I am often cold and hungry, but while I may be cold and hungry in body, the rich, who will never inherit the earth, are cold and hungry in spirit and soul. So you see, I don't have to worry about material things for I have none. I can only look to the future with a hopeful soul." "Mrs Lipasco thank you so much for talking to our listeners on 'Find the Facts'. And now it's time to cross back to Des Nessman in the studio for a review on the songs of 'My Fair Lady.'." Thank you Marvin. And to start off, Julie Andrews sings, 'Wouldn't it be Loverly'." Failure Peacfully sprawled out over the Earth it lay, colours blending, bright and gay; Invigorating, fresh, a dazzling panorama of shape and force. The huge expanse stretched lazily towards the horizon, punctuated with blending shades, hues, tints, tone- colour. What can nature's beauty surpass? Towering steel structures gazed for-, lornly down upon the smog of dirt and smoke which surrounded their heels; Cluttered filth, confined, cramped spaces, pollution, air pollution, body pollution - man's pollution. Diagonal, vertical, sharp lines, all geometrical, man's contribution to this world. Nothing can Nature's beauty surpass. 20