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DlE^ 1997 Kearsney College Trustees MrLFBuys(Chairman) MrDW Barker MrJ W Gafney MrESCGamer MrBHagemann MrsSC Hotz MrCWoolacott Honorary Life Trustees MrABTheunissen MrTAPolkinghorne DrGWShuker RevCWilkins Kearsney College Board ofGovernors MrLFBuys(Chairman) MrJMWallace(ViceChairman) MrRR Becker MrR JBenney MrGJCollingwood MrAREwing MrAKErancis MrsHGammie Mr N Gerber Mr V Naidoo MrTRosenberg MrJ E Sabine Mr A WH York Ex Officlo Members The Presiding Bishop of Conference: Rev M Dandala Chairman Natal Coastal District: Bishop G Irvine Representative Natal Coastal District: Mr C Woolacott HonoraryLifeGovernor ProfV J Bredenkamp Kearsney College Headmaster MrO J Roberts Kearsney College Old Boys'Club MrA Ross MrPMorgan MrDEraser(Parents'Society Rep) Kearsney Chronicle 199]-Pagei'
1 A Wi/ ■ f »sigsr TH[ HEADMMTER'i DBK This year can best be described as one of growth both physi cally and in so many areas. 1997 saw a record enrolment of 590 students only to be surpassed by the 613 in the new year. Builders continued to disturb us throughout the year but it was all worthwhile in the end with the following facilities completed through the generosity ofthe donors to our Beyond 2000 appeal: an additional computer room - 90 computers at present all networked and connected to the Internet for use of both pupils and staff revamped, up to date Science laboratories extensions to the administration block giving us more office space, a beautiful staff room and staff workroom an additional heated swimming pool Sheffield,our magnificentnew boarding house,was notfunded through the appeal. It should be completed by the end of the first quarter of 1998. As you page through The Chronicle you will realise that this has been another very full year with many successes in almo.st every field: * our best matric results ever with 92% getting university exemption and no failures * our music thrilled audiences locally and overseas * our sportsmen produced over 40 provincial caps Two long-serving Board members stood down after giving so willingly oftheir time and expertise. We are extremely grate ful to Neil Gerber who looked after our finances in difficult times, and to Andrew Ewing who headed the Strategic Plan ning and Bursary Committees. Education in our country remains in turmoil with limited funds and expertise hitting the state sector very hard. Numerous new independent schools have sprung up country wide. Our challenge is to maintain our high academic, social and moral standards in an era of steady decline. We must ensure that we continue to equip our young men to take their places in our new country. With God as our helper we shall strive to do this. Owen Roberts Kfar\ney(ltroniclei(|()]-Page2*
vmm COLLEGE iTAFF Mr O J Roberts Mr K Decker Mr M F Bissell Mr J L Hall Mr W Amos Mr D Boshoff Mrs J R Broadbent Mr R Candotti Mr D Cato Mr F P D Cocks Rev P Crundwell Mr L P Daniels Mr R de Villiers Mr J A Drew Mrs A Fripp Mr K J Garrett Mr D Goldhawk Mr D Graves Mr M Griffiths Mrs S Griffiths Mr H Horowitz Mrs P M Isaac Mr P G King Mr D L Knowles Mr R W Lamplough Mr M G Mack Mrs V Mare Mr J McMichael Mrs K L Mollentze Mr A Moore Mr B Ndaba Mrs L Payne Mr O D Phipps Mrs R J Randall-Taylor Mr P A T Ratcliffe Mr P-J A Richter Mr B Riley Mr G E M Shone Mr K Smith Mrs A M Stevens Mr B S Steyn Mrs C V Tullidge Mr C J van Loggerenberg Mr S L van Wyk Mr A F van Zyl Mrs V A Wallace Mr A H Willows Mrs D S Woodroffe Mrs M W Alborough Mr J G Bester Mr G S Borresen Mrs J du Casse Mr M I M Dawson Mrs S A Gelder Mrs P Needham Mrs B Kassier Mrs D Littlejohn Mrs J McKernan Mrs C Ross Mrs R Waldburger Sister A Ashburner Sister M Morgan Ms A M Fuller Mr R J Smith Mr J Govender Mr R Pillay BA Hons TTD FDE (Management) BEd T Cert BA BEd MA BEd BA (Hons) HDE BA (Phys Ed) HDE MSc HED BA (Hons) HED BSc HDE BA BEd BA (Hons) WTSD FDE (Maths) BSc (Hons) HDE BA HDE BCom HDE FDE HDE FDE BA Sp(Hons) Grad CE BA BEd BSc UED BA (Hons) PCE BSoc Sc HDE BEd BA UED BA (Hons) HDE FDE (Ed Management) BA (Hons) UED HDE SEC ED BA MA HED BAFA HDE MA HDE BPaed (Arts) BA HDE BSc STD FDE MEd BA BEd HDE BEd T Dip BSc BEd Nat Dip -Ind Teach BA UED BA HDE LTCL BCom HED NTDA NHD HDE SEC ED BA HDE BA HDE BSc HDE BCom HDE Dip M(GSM) Dipl Basic Bookkeeping/Accounting Cert/Dip Journalism Reg Nurse/Midwifery/Com Health Reg General Nurse Headmaster Deputy Headmaster / Maths Deputy Headmaster / History Deputy Headmaster / History Geography Afrikaans i/c Science English Lower School Tutor / Maths Director Post Matric / Maths Chaplain Housemaster Finningley / Maths Housemaster Haley / Biology Geography Accounting Science Housemaster Gillingham / English Afrikaans Head 4"' Form / Biology i/c French Science i/c Resource Centre i/c Geography Housemaster Pembroke / History i/c History Lower School Tutor / Science Resource Centre Assistant (part-time) English Art (part-time) Computers / History i/c Zulu Zulu (part-time) i/c Computer Studies / Biology i/c Afrikaans i/c Maths i/c Biology Design & Technology (part-time) English i/c Phys Ed i/c Music Accounting / Business Economics i/c Art Afrikaans Science Afrikaans i/c English Maths i/c Accounting / Business Economics Receptionist | Development Trust Officer Bursar Financial Secretary Financial Manager Marketing Secretary Headmaster's Secretary School Shop (part-time) School Secretary Bookkeeper Director of Marketing MusicDepartmentSecretary(parttim jL V J msf t T f 1 i n t-L m Registered Nurse Sanatorium Registered Nurse Sanatorium Matron / Housekeeper Estate Manager Sportsfield Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor * ifs 3:, Keanney Chronicle i()()j-Page j'
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5TAFF HOTKD The Staff scene at Kearsney is ever in a state of flux, with 1997 seeing its fair share of new faces. NEW ARRIVALS Wayne Amo^ Wayne arrived at the beginning of the year from Pinetown Boys' High. He has settled well into the Geography depart ment and onto the sports fields where he coaches cricket, hockey and athletics. Wayne is still single Andrea Fripp Andrea is the much needed addition to the Accountancy de partment where she operates with energy and enthusiasm. She came to us from Northwood and Natal Technikon where she lectured part-time in FDE Accounting. Andrea has helped out with tennis and hockey coaching. She and husband Terry as yet have no family. Andrew Moore Andrew is the incumbent in the post of Computer Whizkid. Hisjob is to teach computer literacy and some history to jun ior boys,to take care ofthe day to day running ofcomputers at Kearsney and to initiate and train the staff in the use of com puters - no mean task! He also runs the desk top publishing programme at the college. He is married to Deryn and as yet they have no children. Lorraine Payne Lorraine is the permanent part-time teacher in the Zulu de partment. After spending some time teaching at Primary school level and lecturing in computers she became a free lance lecturer in Zulu during which time she devised her own audiovisualZulu course. She and husband,Andy,have a small son, Matthew. Penny Needham Pennyjoined Kearsney as Headmaster's Secretary upon Desny Littlejohn's transfer to the post ofSchool Secretary. She spent some years working in the commercial sphere before joining us. Penny and husband David have a family of two sons. Colleen Ro» Colleen,our new Director ofMarketing replacementfor Karen Tocknell, comes to us from Kingswood College in Grahamstown where she performed the same duties. She has flung herselfinto herjob with vim and vigour and is an excel lent point of first contact with the outside world. Colleen and husband Stephen have two daughters, Jessica and ElizabethAnne. Howard Horowitz Coming to us from McLean High School in Lairfax County, Virginia, Howard is at Kearsney on a Eulbright Teacher Ex change with Mark Mack in the Science department. They have exchanged teaching assignments and homes for the cur rent 1997-1998 United States academic year. Howard was educated both in the United States and in Israel where he also served briefly in the Israeli Army and worked on a kibbutz growing mangoes in the Arava desert and playing semi-pro fessional basketball. It is here that he met his wife liana. They have a three year old daughter, Yael. The Horowitz family has so far managed to fit in a great deal of travelling around South Africa. We hope the rest of their stay is as enjoyable and fruitful. LABORATORyMiliTANTi Tilly Naldoo and IhaloFhney MoonFamy(Jane) These two young ladies assist in the day to day running ofthe Physical Science and Art departments(Tilly)and the Biology and Computer departments(Jane). They enjoy the work here and have both already made a significant contribution to their respective departments. DEPARTURES During the course ofthe year we said farewell to a number of staff. Dalene lyneFF Dalene held the post ofSchool Secretary where she performed her varied duties with interest and enthusiasm. She and hus band Rob and three children have emigrated to New Zealand where they are finally happily settled. Karen Tocknell Karen retiredfrom the Marketing departmentduring the course ofthe year to start a family. Baby Jenna was bom in May and Karen is happy in her new role of mother and wife to Neil. At the end of the year we said a sad farewell to three long standing and valuable members of staff: Paul Daniels is emi grating to New Zealand, Carl van Loggerenberg has entered the world of travel and Peter Cmndwell has taken up duties as Minister at the Kloof Methodist Church. Fitting tribute will be paid to them at the end of these Staff Notes. OBITUART BaFdeo(Henry)Rampenhad Sadly, Henry died on the 14 February of this year. He served Kearsney in a number ofdifferent areas with complete loyalty and dedication over a period close to 35 years. We mourn the passing of a good friend and honourable gentleman and ex tend our sincere condolences to bis family. Keariney Chronicle 11)1)7-Page5'
mmims We would like to thank kindly the following for their services as teacher replacements during the year: Garth Charlton for Joyce Broadbent & Mark Mack on long leave Elma Blignault for Carl van Loggerenberg on long leave Jean Ratcliffe for Keith Decker while acting Headmaster Jeanette Gilks for Carol Tullidge on long leave Peter Crundwell Rev Peter Crundwell took over as Chaplain in 1992. In his six years here he endeared himself to all associated with the college. He has been remarkably successful in bringing Christ to staff and pupils alike. This he achieved by getting involved in all aspects of life at Kearsney. He was not just the Rev who took Religious Edu cation classes and chapel. In addition he I '■ 'Sisif took rugby and cricket, played in the band, " ■ . . performed on the stage, took boys away on projects, cycled for charity with the boys, arranged missions for the staff and intro- <K duced the Pilgrim Award. fiSHHwHl During his time here the SCA grew to over 200 members and the Christian leadership in the college grew remarkably. He has been a remarkable role model. He not only talked Christianity but walked it. From the staff perspective, Peter had a wonderful balanced sense of humour. He was always willing to see the brighter side of things. His balanced thinking helped enormously in our decision making on the executive, in disciplinary hear ings and generally in day to day matters. Behind every good man there is always a very special lady. Priscilla quietly and efficiently supported all Peter had to do. It is now time for the Crundwell family to move on. Fortu nately they are only moving to the local Church. We wish them well and thank them for the wonderful mark they have left at Kearsney. Owen Roberts Paul Danleli After eighteen years of loyal service, Paul left Kearsney at the end of 1997 to take up a post at Kristin School in Albany, Auckland, New Zealand. Paul assumed duties at Kearsney in January 1980. He was appointed housemaster of Haley house ^ in 1989 and, after a stint of just over five years in the junior house, he transferred to Finningley where he spent the last four years as housemaster. m f WhenIthink of Paul,Ithink of him as an excellent mathematics teacher, an enthusi astic sports coach and as a wise and sea soned housemaster whose counsel I often sought. Ialso think of him as being meticulous in his appear ance, a stickler for correct conduct, a wily investor and also as a joker, whose puns, the boys tell me, are even worse than mine. To the boys of Kearsney, Paul was first known as The Lone Ranger - perhaps because of the way he walked and his fond ness for boots which were in vogue in those days. More re cently, he has been known as Dainty Daniels because of his meticulous dress. He has had a reputation for being firm but fair with the boys who have always had considerable respect and affection for him. Paul's wife. Eve has, to me, epitomised the perfect housemas ter's wife - totally supportive and fully involved in the life of the school, but without interfering in what was her husband's domain - unless, of course, the boys' sound systems upset her peace and equilibrium! We bid farewell to Paul, Eve and Sam and wish them all the very best in New Zealand. Dave Goldhawk Carl van Loggerenberg Carl and Pat arrived at Kearsney in 1982 and immediately Carl's involvement in almost every aspect of life at Kearsney became apparent. From his very first year, Carl's personality and tireless drive left its mark in the classroom, on the rugby field, in the swimming and waterpolo pools, in the cultural activities of the school and in the boarding houses. Carl became "Mr Swimming" at Kearsney when he ran this sport for 13 years, during which time Kearsney became one of the top swimming schools in South Africa. He also coached a number of provincial and South African swimmers during these years. As housemaster of Finningley his enthusiasm for swimming ensured that for four years Finningley beat the rest of the school in the interhouse gala! Carl's involvement in waterpolo was equally successful. He coached the first team for five years from 1990. During this time they made the finals of the top eight four times, winning once and drawing once. Carl toured with his team to Zimba bwe in 1993 and then in 1995 took them to the USA. Carl's talents extended beyond the sports field and swimming pool. In the cultural life of the school he left his mark in numerous school play productions andhouseplay productions. He also ran a very successful Gavel Club for 7 years. Carl was appointed as housemaster of Finningley in 1985 and remained in this position for 8 years. His talents as a school master were very evident during all these years and Carl and his wife Pat were held in high regard by the pupils: "Our housemaster Mr van Fogg and his wife. Where would we be without them?" To both of you a big thank you and good luck for next year. Keith Decker Kearsney Chronicle
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fl^H RIVER mm HIKE i<)-27 September i<)<)7 Front Row . 2nd Row During the Michaelmas holidays a large group of Kearsney boys,parents and teachers took part in a strenuous, but very rewarding and interesting hike through the Fish River Canyon. The group lead by Reverend Peter Crundwell and Rod de Villiers consisted of Wayne Amos, Arthur Durham, John McMichael,Jerry Ndaba and Owen Phipps on the staff/parent side,and the boys who wentalong were Craig and Sean Campbell,Simon Crundwell,Mark Kuster,Alan McCabe,Bruce and Stephen McNabb, Matthew Paola, David Rice and Gareth and Ryan Stobie. They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, but the journey to AisAis from Botha's Hill begins with two thousand kilometres in the school mini-busses, which has its limitations! We broke our journey at Kimberley where we metDr and Mrs Paterson and enjoyed a pleasant braai. The next day took us through the ever-increasingly barren and strangely beautiful North West Province where the Orange River provided the one spot of verdant relief in this really sun-baked landscape, and it was hot, very, very hot in deed! After a very pleasant night of luxury at Ais-Ais where we stayed in two star luxury and enjoyed the luxury of the min eral hot springs there, we set off early on Sunday morning to begin the hike itself. Words cannot adequately convey the magnificence ofthe canyon from the viewpoint beyond Hobas where we began the very steep descent into the great gorge itself. At the base ofthis decline the canyon presented its first and most charming feature - the emerald green pools of the Fish River itself which accompany hikers throughout the 5 - 6day walk. Hiking the canyon itself we soon found involves four different surfaces, rock scrambling on the first two days of the upper canyon, boulder hopping almost every day, sand - deep, dry and hard on the ankles and gravel which is the only surface that provides easy and comfortable walking. In the past the hiking season ended on 31 August because of the heat in summer and even though we were there at the very beginning ofSummer,the heat was a tangible thing that meant we couldn't walk at all really from about 10am - 2.30/3.00pm and rather did most of our hiking in the early morning and later afternoon. That having been said, the hike itself was really enjoyable. Every day and evening we simply camped next to a pool or on the riverbank surrounded by the most magnificent cliffs and mountain scenery where the fundamen tal geology and starkness of the rock formation are laid bare without any of the softening compromise of the greenery we are so used to in Natal. But it is a lovely place ofsavage heat and cool waters and evenings and the stars at night shine with a beauty that few of us ever have the chance of seeing anymore. Of course the hike is about people too, and characters soon emerged - no-one was a stauncher, tougher hiker than Alan m . ■ 'i I - -i MS . i t; XiiJ M .h Slit C Campbell, Mr W Amos, D Rice, A McCabe, Mr B Ndaba, R Stobie, B McNabb L Durham, S McNabb, Mr J McMichaei, S Campbell, Mr R de Villiers, Rev P Crundwell, S Crundwell, G Stobie, W Glasspoole,R Howie, M Kunster, O Phipps McCabe, nobody hiked faster, or was better organised as ca terer than Owen Phipps and in contrast, no-one was more likely to overturn food at a crucial stage of culinary proceed ings than Ryan Stobie, and Wayne Amos undoubtedly added to the depth of the canyon by amassing a huge collection of rocks thatensured that(uniquely in the annals ofbackpacking) his load actually increased in weight as we covered the 80+ kilometres ofthe hike! There were some wonderful moments, such as reaching Sulphur Springs and enjoying the natural sauna of the mineral waters there, swimming in the deep and cool waters of Barbel Pools where we spent our third night, and also some funny moments,such as the fourth night where the discovery of a very large, seriously venomous scorpion caused every night sound to be magnified into something sin ister, and oddly, everyone seemed more tired than usual the next morning. Sadly Peter Crundwell and Mark Kuster had to take the early exit on the second day because of injuries, but apart from this everyone else managed to finish what is in truth a very de manding but truly memorable hike. For those who have done the hike, you will all know what paradise on Earth looks like - it is Ais-Ais at the end of five days roughing it. On the long journey back we made a .stop at Aughrabies Falls which was really spectacular and also a brief detour to Golden Gate National Park. In retrospect this was a wonderful hike and all of us enjoyed it immensely - thank you Pete and Rod for organising an excellent experi ence! John McMichael Welcome relief! Fish River Canyon Kearsney(lironicleiw
E(0-LAMEHT For several years I have had the privilege of living in one of the loveliest spots Kearsney offers to its people. The house is perched on the edge of the hill and the homesteads of the Assagay valley lie hundreds of metres below like children's toys set out on the carpet. Past our windows soar the yellowbilled kites in their season, as well as larger raptors from time to time. This year a swallow has begun a nest in one of the outbuildings. Of an evening one can hear the francolin and the guinea fowl in the low ground where the Umhlatuzana rises to begin its winding journey to the sea. Although the psalmist was writing of Zion rather than of a rural setting, his simple words beautifulfor situation often occur to me as a perfect description ofthe place where 1 have been permitted, albeit very temporarily, to reside. One of the simple pleasures of the place in which I live has been to be able each day to walk across the veld to work. Be side the house has lain the last patch of undisturbed grassland on the Kearsney spur. There was a time when the biologists used to use it for surveys and the collection of specimens. Each year the spring flowers have been a delight. I do not have the skill to identify most ofthe species I encounter in my crossings. The cheerful yellow helichrysum is everywhere, however, and this year I found a stand of haemanthus thrust ing its thick stems above the surrounding grasses, which are themselves a happy hunting ground for the naturalist. Recently,however,there has been a change. A few weeks ago I came home to discover a yellow monster from the nearby building site clawing at the grass not far from our garden boundary. By the evening it had made a huge red gash on the landscape. Raw earth has been piled at one side of the exca vation amid a clutter of exposed sandstone boulders. 1 was never able to discover how or why the monster was allowed to escape from its proper place. After a day or so, the task was abandoned. The ugly scar has been neither used nor repaired. Perhaps the monster's operator needed somewhere safe to prac tice. Perhaps his foreman was holding the plan upside down. Or maybe it Just seemed a good idea at the time. I don't sup pose I shall every know. This much,however, I do know. The natural veld which has been disturbed will never in my lifetime recover from this mauling. Even if they bring the monster under control and send it back to repair the damage it has caused, all that they will make is a weed patch. And the myriad little plants which have survived on our hilltop for centuries will never return to this spot again. When nature is disrupted even in the name of progress there is always a sadness but wanton destruction is particularly revolting. And the kind of senseless violence which destroysthe irreplaceable is even more to becondemned. Yet even the severest condemnation is powerless to restore what has been lost. I shall continue for a few years more, God willing, to walk across the veld to school. The spring flowers will still appear each year in the grassland which is left. In time the ugliness of the excavation will be covered by the greenness of fresh growth. But this little patch of unspoilt flora with its innu merable ecosystems will never be quite the same again. We have a lot to answer for. Robin Laniplough , i ■■ "Si" * MS :v ^ ' - ' \. v.-sIlBr ' ft' •.r ; ... ■' ■" .r - P,.; .1 -i ij^f HI ■-a-":-;. iaiL t -i n r -- -T -r 1 Kearsney (hroniclei<)(|]-
/At. V ■L-IL. ?- 4 A IP PREFECn B Hector P Lamplough W Verbaan MNelson NBreedt G Higgs H Young P Sampson J Lemmer G Laurence MCocks R Slater B Cole M Copeland Q Cossie G Franz GHodgson R James G Jollands K Kusel J Marnewick TMolloy B Parton S Stockil B Watson R Wightman Head of School Deputy Head of School Head of Finningley & School Prefect Head of Gillingham & School Prefect Head of Pembroke & School Prefect Head of Haley & School Prefect Deputy Head Finningley & School Prefect Deputy Head Gillingham & School Prefect Deputy Head Pembroke & School Prefect Deputy Head of Haley & School Prefect School Prefect in Gillingham School Prefect in Haley Prefect in Pembroke Prefect in Haley Prefect in Haley Prefect in Gillingham Prefect inHaley Prefect in Gillingham Prefect inHaley Prefect in Pembroke Prefect in Finningley Prefect inHaley Prefect in Finningley Prefect in Finningley Prefect in Finningley Prefect in Gillingham in making prefects' detention a regular, recognised and in creasingly utilised part of the school's routine disciplinary system. In addition, they achieved a much-needed co-ordina tion of the recording of prep and house misdemeanours, which made it easier to identify and deal appropriately with habitual offenders. The head boy and his deputy continued the significant contri bution to the marketing process which was initiated several years ago. At considerable cost to their own academic time, they paid formal visits to a number of preparatory schools in the first term of the year. An important innovation this year was the secondment of senior prefects to the school's strategic planning committee. Another was the inclusion of portfolio leaders in the various awards committees, formerly made up solely of members of staff. An interesting and valuable extension of the leadership train ing of the senior prefects was a workshop on the skills of ne gotiation. This experience stood them in good stead on sev eral occasions later in the year and the maturity with which they conducted themselves in some potentially damaging con flict situations was most impressive. It was particularly grati fying to see a number of the senior prefects emerge as young men who were able firmly yet courteously to maintain a defi nite and not always popular point of view. The portfolio lead ers were as follows; Public Relations Academic Sport Spiritual Outreach Day boys Cultural B Hector F Lamplough N Breedt G Laurence R Slater MCocks P Lamplough It was a pleasure to have the brief privilege of helping these young leaders prepare for the worldoutside the Kearsney fence. They have set their successors a high standard to uphold. Robin Lamplough In spite of a heavy load of conventional school and house du ties, as well as additional consultative responsibilities which are part of the new dispensation at Kearsney, the school pre fects of 1997 brought to the extra burden of their portfolios an enthusiasm and a wealth of administrative potential which made for an exciting if very busy year. Capably and sensitively led by head boy Benji Hector and his deputy Peter Lamplough, (who worked together exception ally well) the senior prefects addressed the portfolio system with the commitment and loyalty which was their hallmark in all other areas of school life right to the end of the year. The portfolio leaders were able honestly to report that many (although not all) of the objectives they had set themselves were achieved by the time their term of office came to an end. Particularly, they managed to establish standards of dress on the sports field and around the school. They also succeeded E lkv'\ n s Kearsney Chronicle ii)<)L Page 10"
IE B Siwm(ERTIFICATE Matriculation Exemption - 85(92.4%) Senior Certificate - 7 Failures - 0 Pupils - 92 A Aggregate: 19 Balkind D M,Bolland C F, Buntting G N,Cocks M D,Copeland M P,Cossie QZ,Craig S,DacePC A W,Davis P J B,Duys R A,Gaines R L,Graham D D, Hector B, James R K, Jollands G D, Lamplough P M,Marnewick J, Molloy T J W,Roper M. B Aggregate: 18 All M, Anderson B F, Benney J H, Beswetherick A, Breedt N, Buthelezi A F,Cole B C,Colman D A,Du Plessis M S, Fielers N R,Halberstadt W D, James M W, Kiisel K R, Laurence G, Lemmer J F,Lewis H V,Ogle G,Wightman RCD. ■ -Sf-* .-I - ftici W J"-' . t. sz] -sK ^UiWiitiii iNNlMii. .■S. inr ll ...;:3 ■■E'' f,i\ Prefects Seated : Second Row Third Row : Fourth Row : .Ii. fit.. V ■1 m £ m ■ l-f'..? 1=S^.. C Aggregate: 29 Baxter J, Bolton S, Botsis S B, Corbett N.D, Fvans R H, Franz G P, Frost R P, Georgekopoulis J, Goble A H, Grobler RM, Hodgson D A, Hoskings R S, Jonas A V, Keelan PGR, Liith S M, Mclntosh GM, Neilson G T, NelsonMD,Ntuli SDN, Paola S J J, Reavy FK,Richardson C D, Sampson P, Schroder M V, Slater R P G, Stockil S A, Stofile A B, Watson B K, Young HL Subject distinctions (A) 6 Buntting GN English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Physical Science, French, History 5 Duys R A Mathematics, Biology, Physical Science, History, Advanced Mathematics Lamplough PM English, Afrikaans, Physical Science, History, French 4 James R K Mathematics, Advanced Mathematics, Physical Science, Computer Studies Roper M English, Afrikaans, Accounting, History 3 Balkind DM Physical Science, Geography, Art Cole B C History, Mathematics (SG), Physical Science (SG) Gaines R L Physical Science, History, Accounting GrahamDD Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting Hector B Afrikaans, Physical Science, Accounting Marnewick J Afrikaans, Mathematics, Physical Science 2 Benney J H Mathematics, Physical Science W Verbaan, P Lamplough, Mr K Decker, B Hector, Mr O J Roberts, MNelson, N Breedt H Young, R Wightman, J Marnewick, G Franz, B Parton, R James, Q Cossie, B Cocks J Lemmer, B Watson, T Molloy, P Sampson, D Hodgson, G Laurence, S Stockil B Cole, M Copeland, R Slater, G Jollands, K Kusel Bolland C F Physical Science, Biology Breedt N Afrikaans, Accounting Buthelezi A L Accounting, Mathematics (SG) Cocks MD Physical Science, Biology Craig S Physical Science, Art Dace P C A W Physical Science, Advanced Mathematics Davis P J B Accounting, Physical Science Jollands G Physical Science, History Kusel K R Physical Science, Accounting Molloy T J W Physical Science, Accounting 1 All M Biology Anderson B F Accounting Beswetherick A History ColmanD A CopelandMP Cossie Q Z Du Plessis MC Jonas A V KeelanP C R Lemmer J F Lewis H V Neilson G T Ntuli SDN Ogle G Roux J A S Stofde A B Physical Science Physical Science History Mathematics (SG) Mathematics (SG) Physical Science (SG) Afrikaans Mathematics (SG) Mathematics (SG) Physical Science (SG) Mathematics (SG) Afrikaans Zulu Total: Higher Grade - 68, Standard Grade -10 Keariney Chronicle!()()]-Page 11"
6™ FORM SPEECH DAT HEADMMTER'i AOORE« As you have heard,one ofthe most positive and exciting things that happened this year was in the strategic planning field where representativesfrom all stakeholders - Old Boys,Board, Parents, Staff and Pupils - were involved in a process of es tablishing a common vision for the College. We needed to do this as almost all the goals set in 1993 towards the attainment of the published vision had been reached. The task group reached consensus as to our new vision: Words cannot thank him enough. We wish him,Priscilla and all his family God speed. He will be replaced by Reverend Steve Singleton who comes to us from the Reef with outstand ing credentials. So we do have a basis on which to work. We have God's laws which are there to protect us, to help us, to guide us, not to impose a morality but to make for better living. We all know what is required. The difficulty will always be to stand up for our principles. The example of society and the pressure of peers often prevents us from doing what we know is right. Yes,it is a great challenge and every one of us,teacher, parent and pupil has a key role to play. In Christ we have the perfect role model who lived a life of truth, love and sacrificial servTo be a great Southern African Independent School and rec ognised as such. The debate as to what makes a great school is never ending but I have isolated six factors: academic, sporting and cultural success spiritual, social and moral development a dynamic staff pupils ready to take their place in society ... in our case the new South Africa modern and outstanding facilities something unique which makes it different to other good schools I shall be alluding to most of these during my report back on the year. Firstly,I want to dwell briefly on the spiritual, social and moral development of the young men entrusted to us. As we look around us in our own country and abroad, we see traditional values crumbling about us. The most critical need of all is the inculcation of good morals, values and ethics. This is a challenge for every school and especially for a school such as ours. Where are we going? Why are we going there? The political, economic and social chaos in Africa has arisen because ofthe loss of virtue; the decline of moral values. Ro man education went offtrack when it stopped teaching people to be good and concentrated on teaching only what to do. Let us not make the same mistake! We as a school must ask ourselves : Where do we stand? We have a spiritual base which makes it so much easier. Here I would like to pay tribute to the Board (past and present). I think especially ofBishop Hudson and Reverend Wilkins;and of the chaplains who have kept the spiritual profile of the college in the forefront. Our core values remain those of Christ's but outside influences have made it increasingly dif ficult to enforce them. We say a grateful farewell to our chap lain Reverend Peter Crundwell who leaves to join the Kloof Methodist Church. Externally he leaves a legacy of a large dynamic S C A, varied and meaningful worship, the Pilgrim Award,and strong Christian leadership and fellowship among the boys; internally, through his example of Christian living and leadership, and his involvement in so many fields, he has had a remarkable impact on the spiritual life ofso many of us. This is all very well in theory but we need to take an honest look at ourselves and ask where are we going in regard to the moral development of our students? I believe strongly that we need to workshop,to identify and to communicate our core values. We know what our vision is, but do we all share and know our covenant - shared values that are not negotiable? Every one of us needs to know these so that we can be more responsible and committed to them. We need to reach the stage where we do things because we want to not because we have to. When discussing Covey's principles with the staff, I asked : How would you like to die? One fellow replied : On the deck ofa cruise ship at 90... shot by a jealous lover! Another said : At one ofyour staff meetings When I asked why, he replied : Because then the difference between life and death is barely perceptible. I have discussed but one of the six factors which I identified as being needed to fulfil our vision A great Southern African Independent Schooland recognised as such. You have before you a detailed synopsis of our activities this year. As I report on the year I will mention but a few of the highlights and leave you tojudge our progress in the other five factors. ACADEMIC,*IN6AND CULTURAL Academic Last year we wrote the matriculation exam of the Independ ent Examination Board for the first time thus ending our long and fruitful association with the Natal Education Department. Our results exceeded our expectations, being even more im pressive than our 1995 results. Briefly, the figures are as fol lows: 89% gained matric exemptions 27% got A aggregates, with 74% getting C aggregates and above there were 80 subject distinctions there were no failures. Kyle Paradies achieved 7 A symbols,and was awarded Hon ours Cum Laude for having an average of over 90%. Keanney Chronicle Page u'
The achievements of our boys in National Academic Compe titions have been most gratifying. David Turner was placed in the top 14 ofthe Computer Olympiad while other Kearsney boys were placed in the top 100 in the following National Olympiads. * 3 in Accounting * 2 in English * 2 in Physical Science. In addition Kearsney boys have participated in provincial com petitions. Our junior boys once again did very well in the Science Expo and in Mathematics competitions, while we have had pleasing success in debating and the Young Historians Competition. Culture Undoubtedly the cultural highlights of the year was the Choir tour which culminated in our 48 boys receiving a standing ovation in Vienna. As I listened to them in London it seemed a dream come true. The standard and range of singing were truly breath taking resulting in their singing to full houses wherever they have appeared. The music department can be very proud ofthe amazing strides made by this choir, ofsome 100 voices, and by over 180 boys learning to play musical instruments. 13 Boys either sang or played for their prov ince. The carol services last year can only be described as wonderful. This year our annual production was a play with a difference: Vacuees involving 28 pupils from Kearsney and other local schools in a growth experience as they acted successfully in this difficult production. Our senior andjunior debating teams are doing well. The chess team had one ofits most successful years with 3 boys earning their provincial colours. ipoit One way ofjudging our sporting success may be to mention that throughout all age groups, 14 boys have represented S A Schools A;2S A Schools B; with another 30 earning provin cial colours. But more important is the opportunity given for participa tion. In rugby we ran 23 sides with the U' XV carrying the Kearsney colours to Australia and New Zealand. The pack was particularly outstanding with N Breedt chosen to play for the Natal Academy team. Several teams lost only the odd game and the under 15A side remained unbeaten. Cricket has continued to prosper with A Gait being selected for the S A Schools B team and then into the S A UI9 team last year. Over twenty teams regularly play interschool fix tures and other teams compete weekly in junior and senior internal leagues. The UI4 festival at Kearsney has become a regular,feature of the season. Kearsney continues to dominate all the schools Tennis leagues in Durban and Pietermaritzburg. D Clarke, A McDade and M Westerhof have been selected to represent S A Schools teams. Our P'team won our own Kearsney tournament and went on to lose the final in the A Section of the National Wayne Ferreira Tournament in Johannesburg. Our 11 hockey sides enjoyed another very good year with H Young being chosen for the S A U18A team and B Hector captaining the Natal Schools U18A team. In all, 14 Kearsney hockey players were selected to the various Natal School's teams. Our A swimming team was placed third in the annual Interschools Gala. G Jollands swam for Natal Schools and Natal Men at the Currie Cup. B Manson and M Nelson were selected for the S A U19A waterpolo team and R Leibbrandt made the S A UI9B side. M Brunskill and C Khaled were selected for the S A U16A team. With 2 swimming and 14 waterpolo sides our new heated pool is much needed. The other sports : squash, basketball, athletics and sailing are also doing well and offer the opportunity for each individual to develop his talents. An innovation this year has been the introduction of3boarder masters who assisted with coaching. They have been such a success that six of them will be employed next year. We thank Our Lord for his mercy in the terrible javelin and cricketing accidents that befell two ofour boys. We wish them both a full and speedy recovery. A DYNAMIC mFF A headmaster's dream is to be surrounded by a team offanat ics, it can also be a nightmare as each strives to achieve the impossible in their sphere. We have such a staff with each striving to do things better. The challenge has been to har ness their passions and enthusiasm. The demands on our time are never ending. Things that can't be done in the term time tend to overflow into the holidays. There is hardly a holiday when there are not numerous activities or tours on the go. We certainly do have a dynamic and enthusiastic staff who are unashamedly happy to go the extra mile. I know that parents and pupils appreciate the incredible op portunities made available to the boys through tbis commit ment and dedication. Not many schools of our size can offer the numerous sporting opportunities mentioned. When one adds the many Clubs and Societies and Support Teaching one wonders how time is found for our academic pursuits. One of the most interesting appointments has been that of Andrew Moore whose main responsibility has been to run courses for staff in computer literacy. He has succeeded beyond expecta tions with some90% ofthe staff making good use ofthe com puter for their teaching. We are indeed blessed with an amaz ing staff. m\\S READY TO TAKE THEIR PLACE IN THE NEW iOUTH AFRICA Our all round education certainly prepares our students in many ways for life after school. They are well prepared aca demically to face the challenges which lie ahead. The introKearineydironicleiw-Pageij"
duction of our Commerce department and especially the Entrepreneurship programme which has taken off with a bang will enable them to create their own employment rather than attempt to seek employment which is becoming more difficult in our changing society. Our pupils are also very well prepared physically. I have men tioned the spiritual and moral dimension. We are seeking to expose them to the concept of service to others and especially to greater interaction across cultural lines. This they will ob viously need in our new country. The SMILE programme continues to work well for the Form 5's and there have been other minor projects tackled. However,the whole concept of sacrificial service needs to be made an integral part of our education. This I believe is our greatest challenge. To achieve it we need but a small change in attitude from might is right to a greater concern for fellow man. With the severe time restrictions already mentioned the programme would have to be held over weekends with the support and encouragement of our parents. MODERN AND OUmANDINGFACILITIK Over the years we have been blessed by benefactors who have enabled us to develop our wonderful facilities. With the col lege full and our Beyond 2000 appeal bringing in much needed funds we have been able to improve further and to modernise. I would like to elaborate upon the items mentioned by our Chairman. This year we have seen: * the revamping of our Science laboratories, and the conversion of the science lecture theatres to audio visual rooms, and the upgrading of yet more classrooms. * the extension of the administration block to give us more offices, a staff work room containing the latest in technology and a larger common room. * a new computer centre. We now have some 70 computers networked with our own Internet link available to both staff and pupils. 1 see the com puter as essentially a tool at our disposal. It will make for better learning if used wisely by us all. * an additional heated swimming pool * a new boarding house which will be named Shef field in recognition ofourfounder Sir Liege Hulett. The intention is not to take in more boarders but rather to accommodate better the day boys who will be integrated into the boarding houses. SOMETHING UNICUE Our strategic planning identified leadership as a vital prereq uisite for the future. All schools offer leadership opportuni ties,some more successfully than others. We believe thatevery boy needs to be trained in leadership and given opportunities to lead throughout his school career. Many staffhave attended4days ofleadership training through a facilitator. A key task group is formulating a programme for its inclusion into every aspect ofcollege life. We still have a long way to go in its development but we hope that ulti mately our graduates will leave well trained in the theory and practice ofleadership with the course possibly certified by the National Certification Council. mm I wish to thank all who played a part in this very busy year. I will be saying my thanks and farewells to the matrics at the leavers' dinner. Today,I would like to congratulate, not only the prizewinners, but all those who have given of their best. Once again the seniors set out to maintain standards, tradi tions and privileges. This they did with unquestionable loy alty and spirit. In the process, some but not all, forgot that with power and authority comes responsibility. My thanks to all the prefects ably led by Benji Hector and Peter Lamplough and the heads of houses who ensured duties were carried out responsibly. The Post Matrics entered into the spirit of things and contrib uted greatly whilst producing good academic results by terti ary standards. We saw an almost entirely new Parents' Society ably led by Doug Eraser who fulfilled its mandate by organising social and other functions. They provided a constructive channel of communication for all our parents who continue to play a key role in support of their sons and the college. Alan Ross has ensured that the fellowship of the Old Boys continues to flourish but he has also played key roles in mar keting and strategic planning. Our Chairman ofthe Board has given an extraordinary amount of his precious time to leading the Board and its sub-commit tees and to analysing and seeking solutions to the inevitable problems found in an institution like ours. He and his new vice-chairman, John Wallace, have been fully involved in the development of our strategic plan. My thanks to them and to all Board members. Special thanks to Keith Decker and our deputies who have been of great assistance to me and who ran the school so well whilst I was on long leave. Once again my grateful thanks to all the staff - academic, administrative and support - who are above all responsible for maintaining our proud standards. This has probably been the most wonderful and eventful year for Anne who gives so much to the college and to me. I am extremely grateful. CONCLUSION These last few weeks have been a very emotional time for us all. The tragic death of Princess Diana made us realise that we do need to Seize the Day and that we the privileged can do so much for those in need. Then we had the passing of Mother Theresa whose life of sacrificial service crossed all racial and religious barriers. And finally we have had the accidents to young Andrew Adams and Rowan Moran both of whom,but for the grace of God, could have lost their lives. The very morning of the athletics, at our executive meeting, Reverend Crundwell led us in prayer and, amongst other things, asked for God's protection of all at our interhouse athletics. These Keariney(lironiclei9<)7-
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happenings made me, once again, realise that God's guiding hand is directing our college. With His help, and following His values, we can move confidently into the future. Owen Roberts HEAD BOrjSPEECH At head prefect for 1997, I am indeed privileged to address you on this probably the most prestigious day on our school calendar. Importantly, though, today is one which will al ways be treasured by this year's 6"'form - a form which has progressed through the ranks, one which has flourished in character, and one which has developed into the proud Kearsney boys who sit in the front of the hall this morning. On this very special occasion it is my primary intention to relate to you the story of a boy who, back in 1993, opted for the Kearsney route and enrolled as a form 2 pupil at the Col lege. Unbeknown to this particular individual was the fact that this route would soon take the form of one of the most enriching journeys he could ever have imagined. How re markably fortunate he indeed would become! It all began in a blur for this innocent little chap at the tender age ofthirteen. Asthe spectacle ofthe Kearsney gates loomed for the first time, so the access to an unforgettable adventure invited him to participate in it, and this he most certainly did! I might add that up until now he has definitely never looked back on his decision; not because he wasn't ever one of ma tron's homesick patients, but simply because of the unique sense of spirit, tradition and camaraderie which are so inher ent at Kearsney. During his first year as a junior in Haley house the maturity and wisdom of his elders were determining factors on the path he was to follow. It definitely turned out to be the correct one - an onramp to a highway in the right direction, and one on which the intrinsic values and principles of Kearsney were attained. In fact, without knowing it, every crossroads in stilled in him that special sense of pride, respect, discipline, integrity and stewardship which, all together, stemmed from a very strong base of Christian ideals. He also soon learnt that these were the essence of something which he would cherish forever;something which,I know for a fact, he continues to appreciate today. Ahead of anything else he will always remember the impassioned spirit of his school, as well as the tremendous friendships made with his colleagues. Whenever the journey required that extra bit of guidance, his peers were always there to point him back on track; whenever a hill or detour reduced his momentum, his mates were always there to lift him up; whenever he broke down through lack of motivation, his comrades were always there to assist; and whenever he managed to make it into the fast lane, his compatriots were always there to share and to enjoy the ride with him. Colleagues, peers, mates, comrades, compatriots - sure, call them what you like, but there is no other way more fitting than to describe them as true products of Kearsney College. Today, these very products are none other than my co-sixth formers sitting in front of me. In addition, as I'm sure you may have already guessed, I was fortunate enough to be that innocent little chap back in 1993. No doubt you have also probably guessed that I am certainly no longer that innocent, and nor am I - or should I say - hopefully, still that little! Anyhow, it has been our journey as a Form which has been much more significant. Along the route, we've travelled down many a highway or byway and,such is life that it hasn't quite been plain sailing for the entire duration. Nevertheless, in the end our unique character and typical Kearsney camarade rie has negated any obstructions we have had to deal with. Appropriately for our experience here, Publilius Syrus once said : An agreeable companion on ajourney is as good as a carriage. I firmly believe this has been the case for every one of us during our journey along the incomparable Kearsney avenue. There is also something else about thisjourney which we must never lose sight of. Although the end of the road seems in view for us matrics, it is my theory that this is simply an illu sion. I consider the Kearsney experience an invaluable tool in life and one which we could never do without. Unques tionably I believe in the words ofB F Skinner that in the true sense :Education is what survives when what has been learnt has beenforgotten. Before anything else the values and prin ciples of Kearsney are undoubtedly the constituents of this education. However, only when we,the sixth-form of 1997, return one day as proud Kearsney parents, will my theory be confirmed. This time,though, meeting up on the sports fields will have a distinct difference. No longer will we have the opportunity to compete ourselves, but instead will take the utmost pleasure in watching our sons grow in a fond and fa miliar environment. Until then I can only hope and pray that none of us becomes lost, and that we always remember to thank our friends for the wonderful journey together thus far. In this regard there is one particular friend to whom I owe so much appreciation for his priceless role as co-pilot this year. To my deputy, Peter Lamplough,I am indebted to you for the hours and hours of time you have given to Kearsney over the last twelve months - or, perhaps, should I say every one of your 17 years. Following in the footsteps of your father, you have constantly been a huge pillar of wisdom and a person totally committed and dedicated to the cause of Kearsney. For all of us I can only say : Peter, thank you very very much! In addition to him, there are one or two other special thank yous that 1 wish to make this morning. Firstly to the rest of the prefect body : thank you, guys, for all your support and hard work this year. Once again to the entire 6""form : thank you for an adventure and spirit I shall cherish forever. Then to Mr Buys and Mr Ross : thank you both for the constructive discussions we have often had together. Also to Mr Decker : a sincere thank you for all the devotion and affection you have persistently shown towards our great school. To Mr Roberts and the rest of his enthusiastic staff : thank you all for the impetus and guidance you have continually supplied to us on our journey. Finally to my family and friends, I just want to Keariney(lironicleii)()7-