KearsneyChronicle 1988

i I J i ■ife1 p ft BOARD OF GOVERNORS Standing: N. Gerber, J. Perkins, L, Allen, E. Garner, N. Polkinghorne, Rev, J. Borman,D.W. Barker, C. Woolacott. Seated: T. Polkinghorne, Rev. C. Wilkins, D.D. Morgan, Dr G. Shuker, Rev, J.P, Scholtz, K,C, Comins,E,C,W, Silcock, Kearsney College Trustees The President of the Conference of the Methodist Churchof South Africa; Rev M.S. Mogoba Professor theRevDrV.J. Bredenkamp MrK.C. Comins MrsS. Hotz Mr D.D, Morgan Mr I.E.Morgan MrT.A. Polkinghorne DrG.W. Shuker Honorary LifeTrustees MrW.H.Huiett Mr A.B. Theunissen Rev C. Wilkins Secretary of the Trustees: MrN. Gerber Kearsney BoardofGovernors *DrG.W. Shuker: Chairman *MrD.D. Morgan: Vice-Chairman Prof the RevDr V,J. Bredenkamp MrD.W. Barker Mr J.H. Charter MrK.C. Comins Mr A.R. Ewing *MrE.S.C. Garner *MrN. Gerber MrM.T. Mealin *MrT.A. Polkinghorne *Rev C. Wilkins OldBoys' Representatives Mr B.C. Smith *MrN, Polkinghorne ExOfllcioMembers The President of Conference Chairman,Natal CoastalDistrict: RevJ. Borman RepresentativeNatal CoastalDistrict:Mr C. Woolacott Kearsney CollegeHeadmaster *MrE.C.W. Silcock Secretary MrN. Gerber Honorary LifeGovernor MrsM.E. Forsyth "Executive Committee

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Kearsney College Staff1988 MrE.C.W.Silcock MrJ.W.Storm MrR.D.Blamey MrJ.L.Hall Rev D.J.Buwalda MrD.Armour MrA.Bromley-Gans MrsE.P.Buwalda MrR.Candotti MrP.P.D.Cocks MrJ.J. Cummins MrL.P.Daniels MrJ.J. de Beer MrK.Decker Villiers MrC.Diedericks MrK.Garrett MrD.Goldhawk MrD.Graves Mr M.Griffiths MrsS.Griffiths MrJ.M.Harper MrsI. Harper MrL.Kassier MrP.G.King MrD.Knox MrR.W.Lamplough MrsA.Lees MrM.Lees Mr J. McMichael MrP.A.T.Ratcliffe MrG.E.M.Shone MrK.Smith MrD.Sudding MrM.A.Thiselton Mr A.R.C.Townshend MrsC.V.Tullidge Mr C.J. van Loggerenberg Mr A.Williams MrJ. Woodhouse MrD.Wortmann MrD.B.Pithey MrsA.B.Potter MrsM.W.Alborough MrsT.E.Milbank MrsD.Paul Mr R.Blackbeard MrP.Agate MrD.Vosloo MrB.Potter Sister A.Ashburner Sister E.Beaton MrsM.Stanley MrsJ. Lyte-Mason MrsI. Rautenbach Mrs U.R.Streak MrsS.Agate MrsJ.Lamplough MrsN.Townshend BSc(SA)UED(Natal) BA,STD(Stel) BA,STD{Stel) MA.BEd(Natal) HonsBA(SS)(SA),STM(Yale) BSc.BEd NATD NTSD(NTC) BA Hons,HED BA(Rhodes),BEd(Unisa) InterIMTA NTSD BA,BEd,NTSD(Natal) BEd(Maths),TCert BSc Hons(Pmb).HDE(Rhodes) CTD.DC(SA) HDE(Sec Ed) BA Sp Hons,Grad CE(Rhodesia) BA,BEd BSc,UED(Rhodes) BA Hons(Natal),UED(Edin) PRCO(CHM).LTCL,ARCM,TD BA,UED,BEd BA,UED(Rhodes) HonsBA(SA),UED(Natal) TC(Manchester),Remedial Cert (Lond) TC(Manchester) BA Hons,HDE BEd(Maths)TCert BA,UED(Natal) BA,HDE(Rhodes) BA(Unisa) HonsBSc(SA),UED(Natal) BA NTDA(4),NHD(Pine Art) BA(Stel) HDE(SecEd) BSoc,Sci NTSD BAHons(Oxon),STC Reg Nurse/Midwifery/Community Health Reg.Nurse/Midwifery Headmaster Deputy/Headmaster i/c Afrikaans i/c Geography i/c History i/c Counselling i/c Art Part-time Housemaster Gillingham i/c ComputerStudies i/c Biology i/c Mathematics i/c Trench Director of Music i/c ResourcesCentre Part-time Housemaster Pembroke i/c English Housemaster Haley i/c Physical Education i/c Physical Science Housemaster Pinningley i/c Zulu Liaison Officer i/c catering Estate Manager Matron Pembroke Matron Haley Matron Pinningley Matron Gillingham Laundry Stud Shop Kitshop

From the Headmaster'sDesk StaffNotes 9 V PSH^ MrE.C.W.Silcock Next year marks the 50th year at Botha's Hill and I wonder if anything is known about the spirit of Kearsney or what makesit the schoolit is. My first contact with the College was through Old Boys I met long before I had any idea ofcoming here. I liked these men and found them to be strong, reliable and good company. The many more Old Boys I have met since being at the College have reinforced my pleasure in being amongthem. As each group of matriculants leave,the boys take with them some intangible quality which has developed while they have been here. Many would be surprised to know how much pride and admiration we, the Staff, have in them and their development. We are pleased to meet them socially or in business because a special courtesy and manner has been bred into them.Perhaps they would even be surprised to find how much pride they havein their school. No one man or boy can claim credit for this quality, but "50 years on the hill" have certainly developed some thing very specialin the way ofschoolspirit. 1988 has played its part in enhancing this spirit and the school's reputation. May both increase in quality and quantityin the future. E.C.W.Silcock This year has seen a greater movement of staffthan has been the case for a number of years, with some retiring while others have left to take up more senior posts. A number of staff have been on long leave and the size of the Kearsneyfamily hasincreased somewhat. PixieMilbank has decided to call it a day after thirty years and three headmasters,certainly a well-earned re tirement which,from all accounts, is going to be a very busyone. Fred and Sylvia Agate are also retiring but will be stay ing locally at that delightful little haven,the Chantecler. Barry and Gil Williams moved to St Mary's in the sec ond term and have settled into their new life. Barry is also coaching hockey at St Mary's and the games he has arranged with Kearsney certainly have done little to re duce his popularity! Mark and Helen Briston also left us in the second term. Helen then stayed on to teach Afrikaans while Chris Diedericks was away on long leave. Mark is now the 3rd Master at Highbury—congratulations! Maurice and Ann Lees have emigrated to New Zealand where Ann has family. They are both teaching in the Aukland region. They will be missed by the many friends that they have made while they have been at Kearsney. David Goldhawk is taking up a post at the Gazankulu Training College where he will be lecturing and further ing his studies. He is a very talented teacher and he will be difficult to replace. Chris Diedericks, Rob Blamey and Pip Townshend took their long leave and travelled far and wide. Helen Briston looked after the Afrikaans while Johan Claassen kept the Geography department on an even keel. June Mackie returned to the school to teach English for two terms. Thank you all for your support and contribu tion. We welcome a number ofnew staff to the school. Derek and Inge Armour, Graham and Elizabeth Borresen, Rob and Sandra Candotti,Roderick and Debbie de Villiers, David and Lianne Graves (an Old Boy — Dave that is!), Graham and Elsbeth Shone and Dave Vosloo. We wish you all along and happy stay at Kearsney. There is a theory that in times of conflict and in the im mediate post war period a great percentage of children borne are males. If the reverse is true then we must be heading for a period of peace because all the new ar rivals in the Kearsney fold are girls. Dean and Hilary Sudding,a daughter;Mark and Helen Briston,a daugh ter;Jannie and Bertha Storm,a granddaughter;Pip and Nan Townshend, a granddaughter; Lyn and Marie Alborough,a granddaughter.Congratulations all ofyou!

NatalSenior Certificate Examination 1988 NatalSenior Certificate with Matriculation Exemption 74 Wrotefor MEbutonly gained a Certificate 10 Wrotefor Certificate and gained it 23 Failures ^ 109 A aggregate:6: B aggregate: 15: S.Amos,B.J.Drew,S.A.Rutherford,R.J.Scholtz,M.B.Suckling,C.vanLoggerenberg L.H. Balcomb, J.R.M. Bowmaker, A.N. Broom,T.C.M. Browse, B.G. Cooke, S.J. Hickman, D.A. Hutton, J-M. Lalouette, V.R.D. Noel, P.B. Pearce, K.A. Pearse, D.S. Swanepoel, G.P. Tack, P.R. Townshend,G.D.Wood Caggregate:23: T.A. Archer, R.J. Barbour, H.D. Bedingham, M.W. Bridges, L.C. D'Avice, C.S.T. Eastwood, J.B. Foss, K.S. Higginson,C. MacLarty,B. Mdhluli,C.A.D. Murdey,M.L. Nene,A.B. Ogilvie, R.Paeper,D.N.Phillips, N.R.Phillips,H.Price-Hughes, V.Shaw,M.P.H.Smith,J.J.H. Storm,D.M.Street,A.l.Turner,R.A.van der Schyff SubjectDistinctions(A)—46 6 C.van Loggerenberg (English,Afrikaans,Mathematics,PhysicalScience,Geography,History) 5 S.Amos (Mathematics,Physical Science,Geography,History,Additional Maths) 4 S.A.Rutherford (Mathematics,Physical Science,French,Geography) 3 B.J.Drew (Mathematics,Biology,PhysicalScience) J-M.Lalouette (Mathematics,Physical Science,Additional Maths) 2 D.N.Phillips (MathematicsSG,PhysicalScienceSG) R.J.Scholtz (Afrikaans,Mathematics) M.B.Suckling (English,History) A.L Turner (Mathematics,Physical Science) M.R.Willcox (EnglishSG,MathematicsSG) G.D.Wood (Mathematics,PhysicalScience) 1 T.A.Archer (PhysicalScienceSG) B.G.Cooke (History) L.C.D'Avice (MathematicsSG) H.Gcaleka (Zulu) S.J.R. Goldie (BiologySG) R.A.Heaver (Physical ScienceSG) D.A.Hutton (PhysicalScience) S.A.Lutz (EnglishSG) V.R.D.Noel (French) K.A.Pearce (physicalScience) A.Peckham (MathematicsSG) D.S.Swanepoel (Mathematics) P.R.Townshend (History)

SchoolsAddress by Guest of Honour — Mr. A.T. Myburgh, Editor of TheSundayTimesand DirectorofTimesMedia. MR CHAIRMAN, Mr Headmaster, Honoured Guests,Parents and Boys. Now you know about editors ... We're the people who sort the wheat from the chaff — and then publish the chaff! One grain offact,though,which I have established over the years,is that yourschoolis noordinary institution. It has quite rightly acquired a praiseworthy reputation for being in the front rank ofSouth African schools,one that bearscomparison with the very best anywhere. Blessed with dedicated and deeply concerned parents, loyal old boys, and fine teachers, it has established a proud record ofstriving forexcellence in all matters. Most important, to my mind, is the quality of pupil which a school ROUTINELY produces; the value sys tem it imbues within its AVERAGE pupils, their ca pacity for independent thought, fairplay, justice, and service to society. As a result, alumni of this fine institution are to be found in commanding positions in every field of en deavour.And deservedlyso. My wife and I are, therefore, most honoured to have been invited to share this occasion with you. Especially since newspapermen do not have all that manyfriends these days. But those who may be quick to condemn newspapers, should always bear in mind that the same set offacts of ten mean different things to different people. And now, if my own recollection of such occasions serves me correctly, I imagine that the boys out there are just about now beginning to say to themselves:"Oh gosh, here we go again .. . one of the penalties of at tending Valediction is that some worthy old wrinkly comes along and lectures us on the awesome challenges oflife." True,there's bound to be a bit of that, but then yours is a generation which has been destined to DEAL with some very awesome problems indeed — most of theifi, problems which we wrinklies have left unsolved. But before I get to my main theme, Mr Chairman, which is a plea for greater inter-racial understanding in our country, may I also quickly — en sommer so uit die vuis uit — may I make a kind ofsub-plea for greater understanding between the two big white language groupsin ourcountry. My wife and I are both Afrikaners — or Crunchies, or Rocks,or Hairies... one can never be quite sure about the prevailingly fashionable slang — and it has always been a source of amazement to me, and no little dis tress, to discover how wide the gulf is that remains be tween people in ourcountry. Meneer die Voorsitter, ek sal later in my toespraak 'n versoek rig aan ons jongmense om — in hul eie, daaglikse omgang— beter verhoudinge met anderskleuriges te bevorder. Maar eerstens wil ek'n pleidooi lewer dat Engelstaliges en Afrikaners mekaarook beter moetleer ken. Die bestaan van twee blanke kulture — elk met sy eie kosbare tradisies, elk met sy eie trotse geskiedenis— is 'n verrykende faktoor van onskatbare waarde in ons samelewing. Maar,as ons dit wil benut,as ons'n ware sintese wil teweeg bring tussen die twee, moet ons almal 'n baie groter poging aanwend om ons mede-burgers te leer ken en liefte he. Now I'm not going to invent some kind of new slogan like: "Promote national unity — take a Crunchie to lunch!" I would merely urge you all to engage in much greater cultural cross-pollination. I can assure you that you will find it personally reward ing and hugely enriching. Iknow that myown family and I mostcertainly have. Now to the mainpointI wish to make today. My chief concern,Mr Chairman,is with the lamentable failure of so many South Africans to accept their re sponsibility as individuals; with the supine inclination of so many people to become reliant on a"nanny State". To wallow agreeably, even hedonistically, in the splen didly escapist material pleasures which life in this rich land affords us — while passing the buck to Pretoria or Parliament whenever problemsarise. I am concerned that we in South Africa — people whom our greatest Afrikaans poet,N.P. van Wyk Louw,once called "kinders van die protes"— have become a com munity ofdocile,unquestioningfollowers. Worse,that when we see something wrong or malfunc tioning in our community,our first question is:"Whatis the Governmentgoing todoaboutit?" Too seldom do we pause to consider what we,as indi viduals,can doabout it. We display a tendency to clutch for consolation,like Li nus at his doedoe blanket, at sweeping, grand designs offered by Old Testamant political figures who believe that a single, cosmic vision — USUALLY THEIR OWN — holds within it the solution to all the myriad and intractable problems which a capricious fate has visited upon ourland. I would like to submit that the resolution of many ofour country's problems more properly rest in our individual hands. What,you may ask,CAN the individual do when all the important decisions about our destiny are being taken elsewhere? In the President's Council, in Parliament, in com missions of inquiry and in all those labyrinthian com mittee rooms where bureaucrats meddle in virtually every aspect of human endeavour in this horrendously over-governed country. It's out of our hands, you may say,"they"— that wellused portmanteau expression we employ to describe faceless authority—"they"will decide our lot. That's rubbish, Mr Chairman .., there's plenty we can do asindividuals.

As President Reagan once said:"We who live in free enterprise societies believe that growth,prosperity,and human fulfilment are created from the bottom up, not from the Governmentdown. "Only when the human spirit is allowed to invent and create,only when individuals are given a personsatlake in deciding economic policies and benefiting from their success,can society remain economically alive, prosper ous,progressive andfree." Let us concede right away that South Africa has long, and erroneously, claimed full membership of the capi talist club ofnations. For one thing, state control of such things as the rail ways,the airwaves,Iscor and Eskom,as well as dozens of other semi-state institutions, places us firmly in the category ofsemi-socialistsocieties. One in three ofour economically active population is on the State payrollin oneform or another. There are many other factors which push us across that magicline which dividesfree societiesfrom the unfree. For when the lives ofpeople are controlled and centrally planned by government through legislation which de termines where they may live, how they will be edu cated,on which markets they will sell their labour,and what limitations will be placed on their aspirations,then one hassocialism. Let us also pause briefly to look at that other free mar ket,thefree marketofideas. Here,too, an interventionist central authority has lim ited yourand my right to trade freely in knowledge. But it is my submission. Sir, that a free, independent and commercial Press is one of our most precious, civi lised possessions. It is notsome abstractidea. It is synonymous with your and my individual right to know what goes on in our land and in the world around us. Grave inroads have already been made into these rights. There are many vitally important areas of public affairs to which we journalists can no longer give citi zens proper access. There are thoughtless people who would like to see con trolsoverthe mediaextended even further. It isthe duty ofus all to guard against this. It is essential for South Africans to see the issues clearly. The man who keeps his head in a crisis situation is the one who has the most facts at his disposal, who knows whatis goingon around him. And,usually,he knows because a free and independent commercialPress hastold him. If our rulers hear only the voices of the docile or the sychophantically loyal,the self-seeking and the personally ambitious,is there not a danger that the men who must manage one of the trickiest situations in history will be deprived ofrealistic options? Which is why I submit that critical analysis ofSouth Af rican society and of a large number of its insitutions and practices is perhaps the highest loyalty we can display in these critical times. We need to push forward the frontiers of our national thinking, to explore new ideas for the solution of our complex problems, to unearth fresh facts — no matter how unpalatable — to extend the fragile channels of communication between the races, and so supply safety valvesfor bottled-up frustrations. And free media, as the open forum — the free market —ofideas,are the best guarantee ofthis. We must beware. Sir, that politicians — with that ob sessive worship of order which is the mark of the beast — are not permitted to effectively kill the sometimes chaotic,untidy geniusoffree men in afree society. The most orderly place we know is a desert — but noth ing growsthere. If one listens to some people one finds they believe that free,probing and sceptical media are major obstacles to efficient government by the executive;to the making of tidy policy. But then, you know,so is the existence of Parliament, Opposition parties, regularly scheduled elections and an independentjudiciary. These are all considerable prices to pay, and many so cieties in the world have found ways of avoiding paying them — the Soviet Union,and, nearer home, Mozam bique and Angolato name only afew. But,so long as we believe in the fallibility of all men and of all institutions, and as long as we value the disorder of relative liberty over the efficiency of tyranny, we should continue to paysuch prices. And here I return to my central point. Sir: The desper ate needfor greater individualism in oursociety. In support ofthis,let mecite a call by President Botha. In urging South Africans to recognise the painful, but unavoidable truth that a secure future will mean sacri ficing some of those luxurious goodies which has made the privileged section of our population — and it is well represented here today — among the most comfortably off on earth, he urged each one of us to examine our personal relationships and our conduct towards people ofanother hue. How many of us are actually doing this in our personal lives? Or do we just go on fiddling with thoughts of a larger Mercedes, or the next trip to Hermanns or Plett or St Moritz — while our society itself could one day, Zim babwe-style,begin to burn around us? How many opportunities for the promotion of true understanding do we permit to slip by — because of thoughtlessness or,even worse,because we don't really care — on the playground,at the office, in the kitchen, oron thefactoryfloor. Mr Chairman, it is the apparent incapacity, or unwill ingness, of many South Africans to engage even in this elementary level ofcontactthatis most alarming. How can our leaders, no matter what their party politi cal stripe, begin to tackle the truly awesome, large, national issues— when ordinary citizens refuse to bestir themselvesin their personallives?

When you and I go on complacently believing that this lovely gravy train will simply go on rolling forever with outany efforton our part? Small wonder that so many leaders of colour declare, often despairingly, that racial polarisation in South Africa has become virtually complete. That the twain — dangerously and ominously — can never meet to discuss a sensible sharing of justice and prosperity in our land. The question, Mr Chairman,is whether we — ordinary South Africans, in our private lives — have recognised the need for individual action to mend some of those broken,even non-existent bridges between people who share thesamecountry—butalarmingly little else. Somehow,Sir, we simply have to find a way of not only listening to each other and respecting each other. Yes, we mustfind it within ourselvestoLOVEeach other. And let us. Sir — asINDIVIDUALS— remember,al ways,Abraham Lincoln's qualities; He was politic without being unprincipled. Patient,without being resigned. Flexible without being opportunistic. Tough-minded without being brutal. Determined without being fanatical. Religious without being dogmatic or unworldly. Tender without being sentimental. And devoted to man without worshipping him. It seems to me. Sir, that these are some of the values which this fine school has striven to imbue in the boys who, over these past many years, have been fortunate to passthrough its doors. Values which, one hopes, this fine school will continue to instil. Long may this splendid institution live to civilise and en rich, to enchant and engage,succeeding generations of very lucky boys. Ithank you. Headmaster'sReport Mr Chairman and Mrs Shuker, Mr Myburgh, Trustees and Members of the Board of Governors, Distin guished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to Kearsney. This is speech day season and I know how much time you give to oc casions such as this, especially our civic dignitaries and mycolleaguesin schools.Thank you for being with us. We have been looking forward to welcoming Mr and Mrs Myburgh for well over a year and we are very sorry to hear that Mrs Myburgh is indisposed. Please take back our best wishes for a speedy recovery. We are so pleased that we have not had to re-schedule our Speech Day this year. It is a real privilege to have such a distin guished person in our school and we look forward to your address, sir, with keen anticipation. This is our main Speech Day of the year but, as I told parents last year,there will be a prize-giving function for Forms 1 to 5 on the last day of the school year. Today we honour successful Sixth Formers after their matric trials, and the good scholars in the rest of the school will receive their prizes after the end-of-year examinations. In the year since my last report probably the most out standing event was the success ofour top scholars in the 1987 matriculation examination. K. Wiseman's nine As set a Natal(and probably a South African)record which will be hard to equal,let alone beat. He was such a bril liant boy and we are extremely proud of him. K.Ever ett followed him with seven As — another great achievement, and D. Allen and G.Thompson had five As each. Any one of these could have been Dux of the School, but they chose the wrong year to write matric! These results show what can be done with sensible ap plication and real determination. Over all we had more subject distinctions than we have achieved before so we can look back with pride on a good academic year. There were some slips in Afrikaans on Higher Grade, four because our professional advice about grades was not taken. We are by no meansinfallible, but our advice is genuine and warnings are given after serious consid eration and when evidence of non-achievement is per fectly clear. Unfortunately we appear to be responsible when,in fact,we are not. I think this is a good stage in my report for me to make some general comments which should interest this gath ering. There are three main points, all connected with "preparation for adult life" which is a very important part of the aim ofour school.The first pointcomesfrom a study by the Committee of University Principals and deals with choice of careers. The study found that too many students were acquiring qualifications which were not in demand in the market place.The world is not just waiting for young men with any university degrees; it is waiting for young men with particular degrees. There is a decline in the number of engineering students and,as far as student numbers go,the "top of the pops" is the arts. This is followed by the economic sciences, with the naturalsciences at the bottom. In no way am I decrying an arts degree,I believe there is, and always will be,a need for the aesthete. But if we are looking at employment prospects then the engineer is better placed. It is sometimes considered that an en gineering degree is harder to obtain than an arts degree

— I cannot comment on that, but surely parents should consider future employment openings when advising their sons about careers. Some extra effort now could be profitable in thelong run. This brings me to my second point which involves a dirty word — work,and I must attach to it another un pleasant word — motivation. A senior man on the edi torial staff of a large newspaper in Natal has told this year's matric class that unless they motivate themselves they are less likely to reach positions of responsibility than school leavers of ten years ago, and he has figures to prove this. The boys here can no longer rest in a cush ion of affluence or any other cushion —they are in com petition with all other school leavers, and there are plenty of them.So much of life is a competition and the sooner the boys get themselves off their — er — chairs, the better. Parental and teacher encouragement is necessary, but the motivation itself mustcome from the boys. My third point is an observation about change. We are told constantly that we live in a changing society and I will not repeat any of that. I will pass on a comment about one particular change and then give you my com menton another. While chatting to a dentist friend I said that there seemed to be much more metal-work going into young people's mouths now than a few years ago. He con firmed my observation and told me that we are seeing a change in children's jaw shape due to the change in our diet. More junk food and sweet drinks and less food to chew and less milk being drunk. Interesting! But not strictly educational! The other change we are seeing is educational, and be cause we are in the middle of it, or at least the early stages, it is particularly difficult to deal with. It is the matter of a decline in reading standards. We are ex periencing what is called the "information explosion" caused by these fantastic computers which can store and transfer information which our brains could never cope with. Of the enormous amount of information vailable we need, and will use,only a fraction of 1 percent, but we will have to be able to read it and understand it, so, for the present anyway, we need to be able to read. And,because of the competition I was referring to, we need to be able to test boys about the knowledge they are supposed to have acquired and we do this by asking them to write the answers to set questions. People may not need reading and writing in the future but we need them now and weknow thatstandards are dropping. TV is a wonderful whipping boy in this regard and it must accept a lot ofthe blame,but the threat to books is very real. Most boys'lives are very full andfewer novels are being taken out of the library: video shops are al most replacing lending libraries; watching even an un satisfactory video is often an easier way of being enter tained than readinga book. Parents put children in front of TV in the evening instead of putting them in bed with a book,and we are even studying films as part of our English syllabus. Fourth generation computers will print thespoken word with nospelling mistakes! Will our examination technique become purely oral for the candidate with no written word in either the ques tion or the answer? Maybe!And will the average person use his or her brain as much as it can be used now? I don'tknow! But I would like ^parents to realise how the world of education is going to keep on changing. It is difficult enough to keep up, but this transition period is es pecially difficult to cope with because reading and writ ing are still essential to academic success and it will be a comparatively long time before they will be eliminated completely.Butit may happen! I think education planners are in a similar quandary to a housewife buying a washing machine or somebody buy ing aTVcamera.Asyou buy it,it becomesobsolete! However, referring to the spoken word we have some excellent speakers at Kearsney, in fact they are out standing. The team of Charl van Loggerenberg, Roger Scholtz and Martin Suckling talked their way into the finals of the Shell competition and Charl and Roger were in the finals of E.A. Janssen Afrikaans speaking competition. All through the school we have good de baters and speakers and I am sure the Gavel Club gives boys excellent practice as well as confidence in their ability tospeak in public. Much information about happenings in the school is collected in the insert in your programme and there is no need for me to repeat any of it. All years go well and all years have their problems and,in the main,this is no differentfrom previous years. But,asDr Shuker has mentioned,there will be a differ ence in the administrative side of the school when Mrs Milbank retires at the end ofthe year. Pixy began in the school office 30 years ago when Mr Osier was Headmas ter. She was secretary to Mr Hopkins during his time as Head and she has been my secretary for 13 years. She has a prodigious memory for boys who have been in the school and she has all sorts ofinformation tucked away but ready for use. On behalf of all of us I thank her for her years of dedicated service to Kearsney and wish her a happy retirement with Don.She is not going far and I am sure we willoftensee herin the schoolin thefuture. Mrs Potter will become Headmaster's Secretary and a new Bursar hasbeen appointed. The Chairman has mentioned Mr Hall for his long ser vice and I emphasise my gratitude to him,the Deputy Headmaster,Senior Staff and all Staff, whether teach ing, administrative, catering, maintenance and grounds,sanatorium or boarding houses,for all they do for the boysand theschool. We had a wonderful example recently of the team spirit among our staff when we had a small problem with part of the work force. We stumbled a couple of steps but the school continued to run with very little incon venience. It was a great show by all concerned and we have benefited bylearning more abouteach other. There are some Staffchangessince my last report which I must refer to. Mr Barry Williams left at the end of the first term to take over the Physical Science department at St Mary's.An Old Boy of Kearsney,he gave 18 years of great service to the school and we thank him for it, while wishing him and his family every success for the future. We are to lose Mr Lees at the end of this year. He has been Housemaster in Haley House and he has intro duced new boys to the school. Mrs Lees has already gone to New Zealand to look after her parents and we thank Mr and Mrs Lees for their work at Kearsney and

wish them and theirfamily good fortune"down under". We have been fortunate to have Mr Claassen and Mrs Mackie to "stand in" while staff have been on leave and Ithank them for their help to us. We were saddened recently to record the death of Mr Peter Metcalf who had been a boy here and who taught here for 26 years, being in charge of Biology, House master in Pembroke House and Vice-Principal before becoming Head ofEpworth School. He was a man who was an authority in Biology and one of themost ef ficient organisers I have known. His passing is a loss to education in South Africa. On the physical side of the school you have heard of the refurbishing of Gillingham and Finningley, and the school kitchens are in excellent condition. The hot water supply to the houses is still a source ofirritation to us all despite the advice and attention of experts, which could be called "cold comfort".The setting up ofa new Biology laboratory and a new Physical Science lab oratory has completed the excellent facilities we need forthese twosubjects. We are looking forward to having the day boy facility and the new pavilion between the Osier and Matterson fields and with the Creative Arts Centre these will be fine additions to our already very good buildings. Ithank DrShuker and the Board of Governorsfor their full support of the school and their enthusiasm for our continued development. And I can't emphasise too much how grateful I am to you parents.I enjoy my con tacts with you and the many friends I have made. Even if your sons are leaving, please come to see us some times. And last in my report, but first in my consideration, I come to the boys. While in Australia I asked the Head master of a very long-established and proud school, Geelong Grammar, what his goals for his school were and his reply was"The 3 Rs and honesty and decency". Sosimple,and yet what moredoesone need? Quite naturally at Kearsney the three Rs take up most of our time. We have top scholars right through the school and excellent results are achieved. Seven sixth Formers with Academic Honours this year is a record. Study methods are examined and encouragement comes from the Staff. Fixed time is set aside for all to get down to work but there are plenty of opportunities m. E.M # m Wk. •m m for extra work. No boy can say that he has no time for studying. It has been a real eye-opener to many of us to see just how much studying can be done by our two new boysfrom Korea. Their work-ethic hasshown just what is possible. Kearsney traditions are being upheld and I hope man ners, courtesy and integrity are natural parts of the boys' lives. Standards and values in the world are changing all the time and in my opinion not always for the better. We try to make the platform which the boys take with themfrom theschool asfirm as possible. We have a fine crowd of boys here, and this year they have been ably led by Head Boy Charl van Loggerenberg, the four Heads of Houses and the other prefects. In the main the Sixth Form have set a good example to others in the school and, having done well, we are ex pecting to end the yearon a high note. We have had many successes in all sorts of fields, but the list of successes does not tell the whole story of others who have been involved, or who have aimed high. We have more and more teams playing games at inter-school level and sometimes the travelling pro gramme is frightening. A danger is that academics will be relegated to second place in importance but we try to keep a balance on that. If a proof of what we are doing here is needed we can look at the final product, the Old Boys. We are proud ofthem asI believethey are ofKearsney. Dlt^ DrG.Shuker,Mr A.T.Myburgh(GuestofHonour),C.van Loggerenberg(Head Boy),S.Amos(Dux ofthe School)andE.C.W. Silcock(Headmaster) 10

Prizewinners — 1988 S.B.Theunissen Prizefor Perseverance A.Peckham M.andR.BestPrizefor Music C.S.Eastwood Zulu Prize H.Gcaleka AcademicColours (Re-award)A.N.Broom (Re-award)B.C.Cooke (Re-award)SJ.Hickman (Re-award)D.A.Hutton (Re-award)P.B.Pearce K.A.Pearse (Re-award)D.S.Swanepoel G.P.Tack (Re-award)G.D.Wood ComputerStudiesPrize J.M.R.Lalouette AcademicColours J.M.R.Lalouette William Crawford MemorialPrize for History P.R.Townshend AcademicColours (Re-award)P.R.Townshend ArtPrize V.R.D.Noel French Prize V.R.D.Noel AcademicColours (Re-award)V.R.D.Noel AcademicHonours B.J.Drew R.J.Scholtz M.B.Suckling Ben MilnerPrizefor Biology L.H.Balcomb AcademicHonours L.H.Balcomb William and Susan JonesPrizefor English Language C.van Loggerenberg Hindson MemorialPrizefor English Literature C.van Loggerenberg AfrikaansPrize C.van Loggerenberg Headmaster'sPrizefor Special Service C.van Loggerenberg AcademicHonours....(Re-award)C.van Loggerenberg Patrick Moore MemorialShield and the John Kinloch MemorialPrize for Physical Science S.A.Rutherford GeographyPrize S.A.Rutherford J.F. Reece Prizefor Modern Languages S.A.Rutherford AcademicHonours (Re-award)S.A.Rutherford Alletson/Smith Prizefor Mathematics S.Amos Advanced MathematicsPrize S.Amos AcademicHonours (Re-award)S.Amos DUXOFSCHOOL S.Amos Presentation Assembly,Friday,4November1988 ACADEMIC George McLeod MemorialEssayPrize M.Suckling CHESS Junior ChampionSenior Champion- - Stanek Trophy R.Nutten -WardShield D.Walker DEBATING CarterTrophyfor the Best Junior Debater .M.Lamplough CADETS Inter-House CadetCompany Drill Competition Grand Challenge Cup Pembroke GYMNASTICS Bestgymnastofthe year— Payne Bros.Cup D.M.Street HOCKEY The Outstanding Playerin the 1stXI— the 1980Cup M.Conte SHOOTING 1. Silver Medal(awarded by Defence Focefor 100%) A.Turner;R.Barbour;L.Balcomb;T.Hulett 2. Inter-House Competition: Derek RobbinsCup Gillingham 3. Junior Champion 1988: ErnestAshby MemorialTrophy P.Schwulst 4. Senior Champion1988: Ken Trotter Shield T.Hulett 5. BestAveragein All Competitions: Ivan Bjorkman Cup R.Barbour SQUASH Mostimproved player—CarringtonTrophy .G.Pringle Junior Champion U14—NegusTrophy G.Pringle UlbChampion—Aub AmosTrophy G.Hunter Senior Champion—Old Boys'sTrophy A.Broom TENNIS Junior SinglesChampion— George HulettTrophy A.Buwalda Senior DoublesChampion— CollTrophy W.D.Bowyer K.Wortmann Senior Singles Champion— Polkinghorne Cup W.Bowyer WATER-POLO Inter-House Competition—HallTrophy Finningley 11

i iiA m " ■ I' .■.-.■MH' m m % m ?? i fs. >S m COLLEO tK)NOUR$ 1988 ■ BP in m m* M Back row. S. Rutherford,R. Scholtz Fromrow:M. Suckling, C. van Loggerenberg, S. Amos, L. Balcomb, B. Drew FinalAssembly, Friday, 25November1988 Certificate for service to rugby by his courteous andwillinghelp withFirst Aid A.R.Mills Special award for achievement inPhysical Science andMathematics inForm4 M.J.W. Dace Special award for achievement inEnglish andAfrikaans inForm5 H.A.Meintjes Certificates for Christian leadership..C.S.T. Eastwood M.C. Holding R.J. Scholtz G.P. Tack C.E. Whitfield" CULTURAL AWARDS Ceritificate for outstandingcontribution backstage in theprojectionroomand in the Chapel C.W. Haley Certificate for his continuedcontribution instage lightingand theprojectionroom C.J. Fockens Certificates for their performances in "Twelve AngryMen" F.C. Calitz A.M.Hall D.D.Heath W.B.Tullidge Cultural Colours (Re-award) C.S.T. Eastwood H.A.Meintjes M.Mulder Cultural Honours (Re-award) R.J. Scholtz M.B. Suckling (Re-award) C.J. vanLoggerenberg Sutler-Gore Trophy— the best speech of the year C.J. vanLoggerenberg CulturalCup:Hanle Trophy Greatest contributionin cultural field C.J. van Loggerenberg Certificate for oustandingperformanee inNatal Canoe Triathlon L.D.'Avice Certificate for oustandingperformance inNatal Show Jumping J.J. Apsey CRICKET Certificates for competence for ericket score-board operating for three years willingservice J.L. Hatchuel O.J. Balladon D.D. McElwee C.C. Moonsamy P.M. Mundel L. Wiltshire Certificate for competence in cricket teamseoring E.B. Tollner FossBat—most improved cricketer in the school R.E. Wilkinson King's Trophy— best all-roundcricketer in1st XI C. vanNoordwyk J.M.R. andB.Hulett Salver—House providing the greatest number of players inall divisions Pemroke 12

• ■ KEARSNEY COLLEGE HONOURS ■ Back row.C.Symons(rugby),A.Broom(squash),P.Townshend(hockey),J.Briginshaw(rugby) Frontrow.K.Pearse(athletics),M.Conte(hockey),C.van Loggerenberg(swimming),M.Kalliambetsos(volleyball),D.Street(gymnastics) RecentAwards:C.van Noordwyk(cricket),M.Parker(water polo).R.van derSchyff(water polo) Colours B.J. Drew D.A.Hutton M.J.Morris P.R.Townshend Honours C. van Noordwyk WATER-POLO Dicks'Cup—mostimproved playerin the school R.Ambler-Smith EthelstonTrophy— team with best match record(unbeaten)...Under 15B Colours I. Halliday J.Smith C.van Loggerenberg Colours and Honours A. Murray Honours M. Parker R.van der Schyff EDWINHENWOOD TROPHYfor the boy who isthought bythe Senior Boysand Staffto haveshown the bestqualities of character,perseverance and sympathy in his dealing with others C.van Loggerenberg SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR R. van der Schyff ParkesTrophy Pembroke House t ■■■ ■ V 22. 1 R.van der Schyff ■'Sportsman of the Year" 13

Prize Giving—FormsOneto Five— 30November1988 Van der SchyffTrophy for the top Physical Education Class 2B JakubowiczTrophyfor the BestJunior Speaker ACADEMIC AWARDS Form 1 2nd on Year S.E.Crooks 1ston Year and Special prize for coming first in every subject A.S.Dawe Form! Progressand Perseverance Prizes C.G.Cunningham W.A.du Plooy B.Peckham Certificates ofMerit 2A W.G.Drier(absent) 2B A.L.Fuller 2D J.Wiseman L. Wiltshire SpecialPrizein Form2 For Outstanding Achievementin Mathematics and a Certificate of Merit K.B.Cunningham Toppupilsin the wholeofForm2 3rd on Year A.D.L.Buwalda 2nd on Year A.J.Lamplough 1st on Year B.A.Norval Form3 Progressand Perseverance Prizes R.M.Hickson G.D.Hunter W.F.Jackson V.H.Mtangai E.Reed Certificates ofMerit M.J.Duys A.S.Pirrie SpcialPrizes For Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics G.J. Donnelly For Outstanding Achievement in Physical Science and a Certificate of Merit S.R.Laing Top Pupils in the wholeofForm3 3rd on Year M.D.Lamplough 2nd on Year B.Butler 1st on Year C.I. Day Form4 Progressand Perseverance Prizes M.-J. Bamficld P.B. Douglas C.P. Hind P.M.Mtangai Certificate ofMerit S. Valkhoff Academic Colours D.N.Arde M.L.Brazier M.Brown M.D.P.Ratcliffe T.K.Turner SpecialPrizes For Outstanding Achievementin Physical Science, and AcademicColours H.J.W.Dace ForOutstanding Achievementin Zulu M.B.Dindi For Outstanding Achievementin English and AcademicColours C.S. Hancox Top Pupilsin the wholeofForm 4 3rd on Yearand AcademicColours M.S.Swaffield 2nd on Year,Academic Colours and a Special Prizefor Outstanding Achievementin Mathematics K.Tollner 1st on Year.AcademicColours,and a Special Prizefor Outstanding Achievementin Afrikaans F.C.Calitz Form5 Progressand Perseverance Prizes M.C.Giles T.Kim N.C.Kleinveldt CertificatesofMerit C.C.Akerman L.M.Russell P.S. Luiz Academic Colours C.C.Akerman M.J.Melrose J.J.Apsey B.M.Pearse E.J. Archer D.L.Roberts A.G.Ewer L.M.Russell C.E. Highman D.C.Schneider D.M.Hitchins F.R.Schwegler D.M.C.Leclezio A.B.Singh P.S.Luiz D.A.C.Taylor G.M.Maud R.E.Wilkinson H.A.Meintjes G.M.Witherspoon TopPupilsin the whole ofForm 5 3rdon Yearand AcademicColours A.C.Bull 2nd on Year,a Special Prize for Outstanding . Achievementsin English and Geography,and Academic Honours M.Mulder 1st on Year,a Special Prize for Outstanding Achievements in Biology and Mathematics, and Academic Honours K.L.Wortmann 14

SpecialAchievements1987-1988 Afrikaans E.G.Jansen Speech Contest: 3rd in Natal R.Scholtz C.van Loggerenberg Mathematics MathsOlympiad: Top 100in South Africa S.Rutherford K.Wortmann MiniMaths Olympiad: FirstPlace Division FirstPlace Division FirstPlace Division FirstPlace Division Second Place Division (Form6) (Form6) (Form5) (Form6) (Form5) (Form 4) (Form 3) (Form 2) Matric1987—"A"Symbols 9—K.H.Wiseman 7—K.J.Everett 5—D.M.Allen and G.V.Thompson 4—E.I.Hansa and W.B.Taylor 3—C.W.Watson 1—achieved by 16boys Science G.E.C.Expo(Natal): 3rd Class A.Dawe G.Jones (Form 1) Speech Contests Daily News/RotaryTeam Speaking Competition R.Scholtz Debating League (Winners) (Bestspeaker won by memberson6occasions) Jan JofmeyrSpeech Contest (Semi-Finals) ShellIndividualPublicSpeaking Competition (Winner) (Natal'srepresentative at National Finals) Young GeographersConference Natal Finals C.van Loggerenberg Athletics Durban and District M.deBeer K.Pearse P.Townshend A.Bull N.Kleinveldt R.Holgate Natal Canoe Triathlon Championships:FirstJunior L.D'Avice Cricket NatalSchools"A" J.E.Nel Natal Schools"B" C.van Noordwyk Hockey NatalSchools"A" M.Conte Natal Schools"B"(Mynahs) P.Townshend Durban and District Under15 B.Groves R.Lees D.Thompson (2nd in Natal) R.Scholtz M.Suckling C.van Loggerenberg R.Scholtz C.van Loggerenberg (Form6) (Under 19) (Under 17) (Under 16) (Under 15) 15

Gymnastics NatalJuniorTeam D.Street C.Clifford M.Giles C.Eyssel B.Butler E.Archer R.A'Bear T.Field Rugby NatalSchools C.Symons Sailing Inter-Schools Mirror ClassTrophy:Winners Jongh C.Fockens W.Cummins J.Bromley-Gans M.Osborne A.Curtis Shooting Natal MidlandsSeniorTeam R.Barbour Squash NatalSchools"A" A.Broom G.Hunter NatalSchools"B" M.Batchelor (Reserve)C.Pringle Tennis Natal Schools"B" W.Bowyer Volleyball Natal"B"SeniorTeam K.Garrett M.Kalliambetsos Water-Polo Natal Schools"B" R.van der Schyff Natal Colts M.Parker D.Hitchins JuniorSA SchoolsSelectorsTeam M.Parker VidesTrophy (Winners) Swimming NatalSchools M.Gibbs (Grade1) (Grade2) (Grade3) (Grade5) (Skippers) (Crew) (Under 19) (Under 16) (Under 14) (Under 14) (Open) (Staff) 1stTeam 1988Scholarship Awards Standard7—Major Entrance Scholarship Graeme Haley—Clifton Preparatory School,Durban Standard7—MinorEntranceScholarship Michael Udal—HighburyPreparatory School Standard6—MinorEntranceScholarship Ross Williams—HillcrestPrimary School Stanley Osier Award Kevin Arenhold —MorningsidePrimary school 16

Gillingham HouseReport—1988 "S m ">■ u m W. m. m mF m & % t0m m4t «wt, H a 1988 was a fine year for Gillingham and served as a fit ting tribute to the inspiration and dedication nurtured by the arrival of Mr Cocks and his family. This, their first year with us, seemed to rush by all too quickly de spite a few inevitable setbacks which are part and parcel of running a boarding establishment. With eight honours awards to Gillingham's credit and substantial Gillingham representation in many first teams we can only hope that future years will be as prosperous as 1988 has been. The Gillingham spirit was as distinguished as ever this year with pleasant co-operation and unity on all levels. Gillingham walked off with the "laurels" with victories such as the inter-House golf, squash, hockey, shooting and senior cross-country matches. Unfortunately we were "pipped at the post" by Pembroke and Finningley in the athletics and swimming gala this year. Things can only get better chaps! One consolation in this regard is that we put more points on the board in this year's gala than we have done in the last ten years! Gillingham boys shone in their individual achievements this year. On the hockey field Peter Townshend, a regular first team member, was chosen to represent the Natal "B" side as captain. He was awarded his honours this year for hockey as well as colours award for athletics. Marco Conte, another honours candidate, made the Natal "A" hockey side. Marco Conte was awardedhis hockey honours as well as athletics colours and represented Durban and Districts in this sport. Keith Pearse, who was placed second inNatal for the 1500m, was awarded his athletics honours. In relation to this topic it must be mentioned that Gillingham's open athletics team won 11 out of their 15 events. Michael Kalliambetsos was re wardedhis volleyball honours. He was selected to rep resent Natal "A" volleyball for the third year in a row, this year as captain. He also had the privilege of rep resenting the Natal "B" men's volleyball side. On the rugby field Kevin Wood, lain Squires and Brendon du Randt, regular members of the 1st XV, were selected to attend the Highway trials at which lain Squires made the "B" team. Andrew Broom, our Head of House, represented the Natal "A" team for squash, for which he was awarded squash honours. He was also awarded his colours for hockey on being selected for the Durban and Districts "B" hockey side. Brian Springorum, Oliver Hilton and Ross Holgate were selected for the Durban and Dis tricts athletics team, Chris Eysell for gymnastics, and Vaun Harris for swimming. Warren Buchanan was se lected to swim for Natal and Wayne Bowyer, this year's tennis colours recipient and school champion, made the Natal "A" tennis team. Mark Willox represented the Natal "B" volleyball team and Malcolm Giles was awarded his gym colours for his achievements in this field. David Rush made the Natal junior golf team and Trevor Hulett won the senior shooting championships this year. He, A. Turner and L. Balcomb were each awarded silver medals by the South African Defence Force for achieving one hundred percent in the cadet inter-detachment shoots. Last, but by no means least, T. Hulett was selected by Bodyness body building as sociation as one of their representative candidates. 17

Speech day 1988 saw the award of the Dux to S. Amos. It is the third year running that Gillingham has pro duced a Dux!L. Balcomb,B.Drew and S. Amos were awarded academic honours. The following were awarded academic colours: S. Hickman (re-award), A. Broom (re-award), D. Swanepoel (re-award), K. Pearse and P. Townshend(re-award)in the sixth form; R. Meintjes(re-award),A.Ewer(re-award),B.Pearse and G. Witherspoon in the Fifth Form;K. Tollner, M. Ratcliffe, A. Curtis and M. Brassier in the Fourth Form. I'd like to take this opportunity as a Sixth Former to thank the prefects, S. Hickman, K. Wood,K. Pearse, M. Kalliambetsos and Head of House A. Broom for their diligence and commitment in the smooth running of the House and the retention of so much healthy tra dition. To Mrs Streak and Messrs Woodhouse, Sudding. Decker and Cocks we extend our sincere thanks for their relentless dedication and continued enthu siasm in the running of Gillingham. Thanks for a great year and pleasant memories. L.Balcomb HaleyHouseReport—1988 ■ "A. f* i» f m mm m m 1.1,1m m MmmrM m 1988 has been a very happy and successful yearfor all of us in Haley. We have seen the boys mature and trans form from "new boys" to Kearsney boys participating in all walks of school life. There was always an air of cheerfulneasnsd the spirit in the House was excep tional. It has been a very pleasant year of First, Second and Third Formers in Haley and there has been a lot of co-operation and helpfulnessamongstthe boys. The boys have achieved a great deal on the sports fields and on the cultural side. The UI3 age group was filled with competent sportsmen this year with the UI3A cricket and rugby sides doing particularly well. D. Walker won the junior cross-country and P. Shwultz was the junior shooting champion. M. Gibbs also did exceptionally well in the swimming pool, he carried away most of the cups for his age group at the interHouse gala and was deservedly chosen for Natal Schools. D. Walker, a Second Former, won the senior chess championship while R. Nutten won the junior cham pionship and was chosen for Natal schools. The junior debating team also metwith a great deal ofsuccess. D. Wayt was the school athletics captain and rep resented D &D and was also awarded rugby colours. D.Hutton wasthe first team cricket captain and wasse lected to play for Durban against Pietermaritzburg. He was also awarded academic colons. P. Townshend was the first team hockey captain. Natal B captain and was awarded his hockey honours. He was also selected for the Natal'B'cricketteam. Special thanks must go to Messrs De Villiers, Williams, and Daniels,the duty masters,for all the effort they put in. Mrs Lyte-Mason, our matron, also deserves a big thank you. She has been largely responsible for the smooth running ofthe house and spent a lot oftime or ganising,sewing and workingin the House gardens. The sad conclusion to the year is the end of an era for Mr Lees,the Housemaster for the last five years who is leaving, with his family,to live in New Zealand. He has done a great dealfor the House this year. Wethank him for a tremendous year and wish him wellfor thefuture. The year has been memorable and a great atmosphere has existed. Last, but not least,I would like to thank my fellow prefects, Dave Hutton, Doug Wayt and Peter Townshend for the support they have given me,and for making the House such a happy one. To Mr Daniels and the 1989prefects"good luck". J.Thornhill 18