Home Headmaster HM Newsletter: 21 May

HM 2011

Dear Parents

There is much animated talk at the school dining hall table as the event of the day is discussed amongst a group of Lucas boys. One particular story caught my attention; "We arrived at this place for... like orphaned children to bring them eats and spend time with them. Like the thing that surprised me was that they were... like more concerned about us – like... they even offered us the eats first that we had brought for them."

"This place" was the Pietermaritzburg SOS Village which some of the Lucas boys had visited on Sunday afternoon, and what a revelation it was as the above account outlines. Was the revelation the fact that some boys from a posh school arrived bearing eats or was it that those that have very little offered those that have much to help themselves first?

The revelation was further unwrapped in the Lucas House Chapel service on Tuesday when the Bible reading was taken from Luke Chapter 12 verse 48: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." The theory is simple but those boys involved in the outreach put it into practice at the SOS village, and came away humbled. The bus trip back was quiet.

"It was the coolest holiday we ever had together!" This was the summary of a Hilton dad after the last adventure trip to the Eastern Cape led by Chris Kingsley. Many parents and boys exclaim with surprise that their time and association with Hilton seems to pass by in a flash. The Dads and Lads Adventure Trip to the Eastern Cape is an opportunity for fathers to connect with their sons away from a sports stadium or golf course, and be exposed to challenges together out in the wild. Extend your relationship with your son and contact Chris Kingsley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"Mylo Xyloto" is likely to mean nothing to those of us that have survived the tumultuous teenage years and are now racing to our sell-by date. If I add that this is the name of an album released by a British alternative rock band formed in 1996, most of us will still be in the dark and in need of phoning a friend to find out the name of this band, and what their link is with Hilton College. However, if you happened to be in the audience at the Hilton/St Anne's Concert on Wednesday evening, then you would have been one of the people on your chair and screaming for more. The combined Music Department performance of "Paradise" by Coldplay was magnificen, and the arrangement by Brett Udal absolutely outstanding in combining marimbas, strings, jazz, choir and vocals by Yann Ngameni and Bravado. There is every promise from the Music Department that there is more to follow, and I for one will be there wherever I can find a seat. What a phenomenal show! There are a couple of clips on YouTube if you have a moment to spare.

In a term regarded as having a strong sporting focus, it is important to highlight the thoughts expressed by Shane Gaffney in the latest Winter Sports Newsletter regarding the significance of our boys maintaining an eye on their academics. With standardized tests and the Form Four Mid-Year examinations soon to begin, it is vital that an academic focus is maintained by our boys.

After a demanding six weeks it is time to enjoy a well deserved respite from the rigour of life at Hilton, and to take time out to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Have a wonderful Half Term!

G Thomson