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The Kearsney College 2023 Matric Leaver’s dinner, on 13 October, was the last formal occasion for quality time together as a Kearsney community. It was an oppor tunity to celebrate half a decade of endeavour.The almost 400 guests enjoyed an evening of good food, excellent company and wise words from the various speakers, in a tastefully decorated venue.The Grade Head of Grade 12, Mr André van Zyl, thanked the boys for a good year where they contributed in the cultural sphere, on the spor ts eld, in the classroom, and every other aspect of College life. He reiterated that it had been a pleasure and a privilege to journey with them in their nal year. He acknowledged that it had not been an easy ve years, par ticularly with the intervention of the Covid pandemic and the unrest in KZN. However, he commended the boys on their resilience. He urged the young men of the College to maintain their standards and be role models. He added that they should respect and care for the women in their lives. Lastly, he advised the boys to choose their friends wisely and always do what is morally right. Mrs RobynWiggett eloquently and kindly thanked the College on behalf of the parents, and the headmaster encouraged the boys to y and ignite their passion – wise words indeed.The dinner concluded with the traditional singing of the Shosholoza, a tting end to an emotional and meaningful evening. On 09 October the Class of 2023 gathered in the Greyhound Pavilion on campus for their Kearsney College Old Boys’ induction. KCOB President, Mhlangenkululeko Siwisa (Finningley, 2001), of cially presented the Kearsney Old Boys to the Matrics. Joined by alumni from various decades, many with sons in Grade 12, the boys got to hear rst-hand what it means to be a KCOB and the bene ts of maintaining school ties beyond their time at the College. 19 www.kearsney.com Old Boys’ News College News 18 TERM 4 | NOVEMBER 2023 KCOB Induction for the Class of 2023 Lize Mathew, Oliver Mathew (Finningley, 2009), Richard Mathew (Finningley, 2004), Kelmaré Mathew (and baby Penelope) with Jo and Bradley Mallett (Gillingham, 2007) at the Zululand Event. KCOB News The four th term of 2023 was busy for the alumni of the College as many branch events and functions were held. South Coast Branch Function On 06 October the South Coast Branch of the KCOB gathered at the picturesque Southbroom Golf Club to welcome Mr and Mrs Lees to the local community. Joined by Senior Deputy Headmaster, Mr Kirsten, the venue was humming with conversation as Old Boys, past teachers and parents celebrated our great school. Gauteng Business Networking Breakfast On 12 October Gauteng-based KCOB entrepreneurs, businessmen and company owners gathered at Olive & Plates Embassy Towers for a business networking breakfast with “a twist”.The event followed a “speed dating” format, with everyone having 60 seconds to introduce themselves and / or their business in a one-on-one format before a bell was rung to signal to switch seats.The format was well received. The next Business Networking Breakfast will be held locally on 28 February 2024. Zululand Branch Function The Zululand Branch of the KCOB gathered at the new “Vista Boma” at Vista Lagoa Por tuguese Restaurant, to welcome Mr and Mrs Lees to the community on 20 October. Chaired by Daniel Verbaan (Finningley, 1993), this branch of the Old Boys boasts an array of members ranging from prospective parents, past parents, current parents to alumni. L-R: Deputy Head of School Devahn van der Walt, KCOB President Mhlangenkululeko Siwisa, and Head of School Simthembile Mkhize Members of the Class of 2023 with KCOB fathers. The boys will formally join the guild of Old Boys, receiving their KCOB ties, after their nal examination on Thursday, 23 November 2023. Grade 11 Dance The Grade 11 Dance was held in the Henderson Hall. The venue was beautifully decorated along the theme of “La Dolce Vita”. One of the highlights was having a shiny black Vespa as par t of the display in the foyer, which was used as a prop in countless photographs of couples enjoying the evening. Thanks go to those who helped with decorating the venue and for the lovely meal provided. Parents’ Society Quiz Night The Parents’ Society held their inaugural Quiz Night on 09 September.The Henderson Hall was beautifully decorated from the Grade 11 dance held the night before. Thir teen teams signed up for a fun, competitive evening.When they arrived, the teams discovered a collection of dress-up items on their tables, each with a different theme.This led to a lot of laughter and lively banter. Thanks must go to the Quiz Master, Mr Mark Ogilby, for the considerable effor t that went into setting up a challenging quiz with lots of interesting questions on a wide range of topics. The competition was close, with Team Bokke Bokke and Team Back to School both nishing with 50 points.The tie was settled with a danceoff, which Team Back to School won. The format for the evening proved a great success and similar will be included in the Parents’ Society fund-raising calendar in the future. Grade 12 Art Exhibition Report by Mrs Joanne Hicks, HOD Visual Arts. The theme that was presented to the 2023 Matric ar t class was ‘Resonance’.This theme is set as a national paper and underpinned all the work produced this year.The tasks included the creation of a body of work and a 24-hour nal examination drawing.The boys have shown skill, determination, and an innate sense of creativity in the development of these assessments.They produced mature and highly polished ar tworks that culminated in an excellent exhibition, which they should be very proud of. Farewell to the Grade 12s: Leavers’ Dinner Riku Boshoff Lihle Maqhugula Matthew Langeland-Hansen