Dear Parents, Old Boys and Friends of Hilton
Last week I spent four days away at the Independent Schools Heads' Conference in Port Elizabeth. Apart from the privilege of listening to a number of excellent speakers, this was a wonderful opportunity to connect with other heads and to discuss issues which are common to all of us. I thank the staff, the executive team and, in particular, Paul de Wet, for taking charge of the school in my absence.
On Thursday afternoon the whole school gathered at the opening of the Chris Loxton Memorial fountain. This beautiful fountain is situated between the Crookes Block and the Chapel and is a wonderful addition to the history and richness of our school. We thank the Loxton family for their very generous donation to the school, and we pray that this memorial fountain will bring solace to those who knew Chris and a sense of peace to future generations of Hiltonians.
The Witness Hilton Arts Festival was, once again, a resounding success and a great opportunity for us to share our beautiful campus with lovers of the arts from across the country. There is no doubt that this festival has become a premier event on the South African arts calendar and we are blessed to be in a position to host such an incredible selection of theatre, music and art right here at our school. I sincerely thank and congratulate our festival organizers (Sue Clarence, Su Huggett, Sheryl Hodkin and their team), our contractors and all the other staff members and boys who offered their help, for putting together such an amazing festival. I received numerous very positive comments about the behaviour, dress and politeness of our boys and I thank them for being such good hosts. I trust that they all really enjoyed the shows that they attended on Jongozi Day, and that they appreciate just how lucky they are to have such a rich festival of the arts right here on their doorstep. Thank you, too, to all of you for supporting this festival.
This afternoon we have our Inter-House Athletics meeting and on Thursday evening our Confirmation Service. On Friday morning tea will be served outside the Sports Centre from 08:45 and Speech Day will begin at 09:30. Boys are free to leave for the holiday at the conclusion of the Speech Day proceedings.
Just a reminder that it is only our Matrics who get full reports with subject comments this term. Boys in Grades 8-11 do not get a report this term but parents will be e-mailed a record card which will include the latest mark order. These will be sent out in the first week of the holidays.
This has been another busy term and I wish you all a very happy holiday.