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Pearce House recently held a Golf Day and raised R25 000 for their Charity Drive.  The proceeds went to assist the Joseph Baynes Children's Home and the uMngeni SPCA in Howick.

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In my last newsletter, I mentioned that a group of our Grade 10 Physical Science boys had been entered into Science Expo events recently. I am pleased to report that, at the FFS Expo, Nicholas Fowler and Murray Short received Gold awards for their individual projects and Nicholas Fowler received the Best Project at Expo award. Of our other entrants, two won Silver awards and two won Bronze awards for their projects. At the Eskom Science Expo, Sheldon Bishop and Rasikan Moodley received a Gold award and the Best in Category award for their project, while three of our other entrants won Silver and two won Bronze awards for their projects. Well done to all the boys on the effort they put into these projects.

For the second year, artSpace Gallery in Durban offered their gallery space to exhibit the Matric artwork of IEB students in the region. Twelve schools entered this year and each school could submit five students’ work for inclusion in the exhibition. Our five entrants are commended on the high standard of work they produced and, at the Prize-Giving which took place on Saturday 8 August, John Booysen won First Prize.  We congratulate him on winning in this prestigious competition.

Yesterday our Grade 8 and 9 boys started the OLE exercises, Our Grade 10 boys travelled to eMseni for their Inward Bound course and our Grade 11 boys departed for Johannesburg on their Academic Tour.  I understand that all of these groups arrived safely at their destinations, and I wish them all well.

Sadly, during the course of last week, I had to ask two senior boys to leave the school for contravening our drug policy.  This decision was in line with our zero tolerance stance on drug abuse, and the recommendations of the external chairman of their enquiries.

I use this opportunity to remind you that drug abuse and the effect that this is having on young people today, is of real concern to us.  Unfortunately, drugs (both recreational and performance enhancing drugs) are easily available and are a social reality.  No school can claim to be immune from this problem and every boy will, at some stage, be exposed to drugs of one form or another.  Not only is the abuse of drugs a criminal offence but, more importantly, it has the potential to severely affect the health and well-being of our boys and to undermine the ethos, values and achievements of our great school.  It is for these reasons that we take a strong stance against drug abuse.  We need to do everything in our power to prevent our boys from becoming involved in such activities, and to ensure that we have a firm policy on drug abuse in place to dissuade our boys from experimenting with drugs of any sort.

I, once again, urge you not to fall into the trap of believing that your son would never become involved with drugs.  The pressure is immense and boys who come from very good homes are not immune from this.  In particular, the desire to achieve an enhanced body image or to succeed on the sports field is a very strong motivator and influence in the lives of adolescent boys.  This can cause them to risk their health or careers by using illegal performance enhancing drugs as a shortcut to meeting these goals. For these reasons, I ask you all to help us protect our boys by talking to your sons about the dangers of drug abuse and to watch out for signs that may indicate a problem.

All that remains is for me to wish you all a restful and happy mid-term weekend with your sons.

Sincerely

Peter Ducasse

 

 

During the course of the past two weeks, two of the Gradeclasses visited Babanango in Northern KZN as part of their annual History and Zulu extension tour.  The boys were exposed to aspects of Zulu society and culture in the rural areas in that vicinity, which incorporated a study of traditional medicine (including the role of the Sangoma), as well as traditional foods and associated customs.  Historically the focus was on the intriguing battles of the area, including Talana and Blood River as well as a study of the history associated with Fort Nonquai, near Eshowe. The other Grade 8s were involved in a series of Environmental Sciences activities based on the school Estate.  Thank you to all the staff members who accompanied these tours.

On Saturday, twelve of our Grade 10 boys travelled to Durban to compete in the Eskom Science Expo.  I understand that they did very well , and I look to getting the official results.

The KZN Schools’ Golf Championships were held in Durban last weekend under, what I am told, were very difficult, windy conditions.   Having held the KZN Schools’ Champions title for the past two years, our boys were disappointed to lose this title by just one shot to the Westville Boys High School team this year.  However, I congratulate them on their well-earned 2nd place in this competition.  The KZN golf trials were played this weekend and I am pleased to report that we have the highest number of golfers in the teams with two boys in the KZN A team and three boys in the KZN B team.   

 Two soccer teams (U15A and a Stayers 1st XI) travelled to Johannesburg last week to participate in the highly competitive St David’s Soccer tournament.  This was a good challenge for our boys and I thank our Johannesburg parents for hosting them.

Our musicians have been very busy during the past week.  Apart from their excellent Woman’s Day Concert yesterday, many of them competed in the various local South African Society for Music Teachers (SASMT) Eisteddfod categories.  Whilst I have not yet received the official results from this Eisteddfod, I have heard that a number of our boys performed particularly well and I look forward to reporting further on this next week.  Thank you and well done to all of our musicians and music staff.

On Friday evening we officially opened the renovated McKenzie House and parents and other guests took the opportunity to tour around the House.  We were blessed with a glorious evening and were privileged to have with us all of the former Housemasters of McKenzie House since 1972 which was special.  It was a very happy occasion and I would like to thank, most sincerely, all of the donors whose contributions helped to make this project possible.  The Board of Governors is committed to completing this renovation process and plans for the remodeling of Falcon House are well under way.  Work is scheduled to begin on Falcon House next year.

This week, our Grade 11 boys will be involved in their leadership training programme and on Sunday they depart for Johannesburg for their Academic Tour.  A special thank you to all of the Johannesburg Grade 11 parents who have offered to host our boys during this tour.  We truly appreciate your assistance and we trust that the boys will have an enriching and successful tour.

As mentioned in an earlier newsletter, boys in Grades 8 to 10 depart on their Outdoor Leadership Exercises (OLE) on Sunday morning (16 August) and I wish them all a very happy time away.  They will be returning to school during the late afternoon of Wednesday 19th August and our Half-term break begins at 08:30 on Thursday 20th August.

Sincerely

Peter Ducasse

 

The cold weather during the past week has prompted me to begin this newsletter by reminding you, especially new parents, that although we are moving towards Spring, this is often the coldest part of our year so one needs to come prepared with warm clothing when visiting the school this term.

In my newsletter last week, I omitted to congratulate Giulio Beltramo on his recent selection for the South African National Youth Orchestra. This is an outstanding achievement and I congratulate him and the Music Department.

Whilst on the topic of Music, I am thrilled to report that I have just heard that our 2015 Competition Marimba Band has won all three open large ensemble categories (Battle of the Bands', 'In the Mix' and  'Strictly Classical') at the Marimba Festival Championships held in Johannesburg over the weekend.    In the Prestige Open category, where our band performed against top professional marimba players from around Southern Africa, we were placed third.  These are our best results since we started our Marimba Band in 2009 and I congratulate all of the boys and staff involved on these excellent results.  Thank you to Brian Clarke, Mike Sibanda, Justice Hakata and Khaya Mkhize for their hard work and assistance in getting the boys back to top international performance standard. Thank you, too, to the marimba parents for their unwavering support.

On the Drama front, last week we had three performances of our school production of  'The Outsiders'. The cast has been working really hard for this production and I congratulate them on their fine performances.  I also thank the directors, Mr Graham Roberts and Mr Anthony Durnford, and all those who worked behind the scenes, for their hard work in preparing the boys for this production.

On Sunday afternoon this week (9 August), our musicians will be putting on a Women's Day Concert in our Theatre.  This concert will start at 14:30 and tickets can be purchased through the theatre office or click on this highlighted link to book on-line.  I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Women's Day and we look forward to seeing many of you at this concert.  This two hour concert will be featuring the best of the Hilton College Music Department's soloists and ensembles.

This week, our Matrics start their Trial Examinations, our Grade 8 and 9 boys write the Natural Sciences Olympiad , all of our Grade 10 and 11 Physical Scientists will be writing the Physical Science Olympiad and our top Grade 10 and 11 Life Scientists will be writing the Life Sciences Olympiad.  We wish all of these boys everything of the best. 

Sincerely


Peter Ducasse

 
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