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I trust that you all had a good mid-term break and that you managed to spend some quality family time together.  Since my last newsletter, a great deal has happened.  On the academic front, our top academic scholars in each grade were treated to a dinner at the Fleur-de-Lys Club during which they were challenged in discussion about Human Rights and, in particular, Freedom of Speech.  Our Afrikaans Department held a very successful evening of Afrikaans orals in our Theatre and a Boekfees at which our boys were addressed by various Afrikaans authors.  The French Department hosted a dinner at the Fleur-de-Lys Club for our Matric French students, and the Matrics from local schools.   At a staff development evening, a number of our academic staff members were privileged to be addressed by Mrs Lisa Pedersen on the development and use of Emotional Intelligence in boys’ education.

As I mentioned in my last newsletter, our 1st XI cricket team was involved in the National CSA T20 competition in Stellenbosch over the half-term break.  I am thrilled to report that they had a very successful tournament, progressing to the final of this competition.  Unfortunately they lost this final by just two runs but I am told that they played superbly, and that they were great ambassadors for our school.  Well done to all of these boys and their coaches.  Thank you to all those parents, boys and Old Boys who supported our team in Stellenbosch.  During the latter part of last week, our U15A and 1st cricket teams participated in their respective Independent Schools’ Cricket festivals.   Our U15 A team had a very successful tournament, winning all four of their games.  Sadly two of the three 1st XI matches could not be completed because of rain and they lost their two-day match against St Stithian’s.

The 1st XV rugby training camp held during the half term break was also a great success and the spirit and commitment shown by the boys during training was excellent.  We wish all of our winter sports teams everything of the best as they start their preparations for the upcoming season. 

Rehearsals for our school play, Royal Hunt of the Sun and for the Epworth musical the Boyfriend, involving seven of our boys, are well under way and we look forward to your support at these shows later in the term.  Performances of Royal Hunt of the Sun will be staged in our Theatre on the evenings of 25th, 26th and 27th of March, while the performances of The Boyfriend will be staged at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg between the 18th – 21st March.  Should you wish to book for our school production of Royal Hunt of the Sun, from Wednesday you will be able to book on line.  Go to and follow the link.  Bookings for the Epworth production of The Boyfriend is through Computicket.

A reminder to our Gauteng parents, that we are hosting a current parents’ cocktail function at the Bryanston Country Club at 18:00 this Thursday evening (5 March).  We look forward to seeing you there.  If you have not yet replied and wish to attend, please contact Ann Rake on: ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Kind regards

Peter Ducasse



On Friday 20 February 2015, while most of Hilton College was enjoying a well-deserved mid-term break, the Vula Programme hosted its 14th annual Careers Day, using the theatre and the indoors sports centre as venues.

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On Thursday 19 February, on his arrival in Kenya,  Roy Kiruri went to the State House to present his cheque for the funds he has raised so far. Roy met with the President Mr Kenyatta and the First Lady. He has raised ZAR 75,000 and is aiming for the full amount of ZAR 120,000. He swam the Midmar Mile in aid of a charity in Kenya called Beyond Zero.  It provides mobile clinics to reach out to mothers and children in poor areas of Kenya.

Thank you for the support accorded to Roy so far. We are very proud of him.

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This morning, the New Boys' Induction Ceremony was held in the Memorial Hall. This is a special occasion when new boys have concluded their induction programme and are welcomed as Hiltonians.
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The Fleur de Lys Magazine is a quarterly publication which sums up the important activities and news from the preceding term. It is available here in PDF format.