Dear Parents, Old Boys and Friends of Hilton
I trust that you all enjoyed having your sons home for the holidays and that you were able to spend quality time with them. A variety of sports festivals took place during the holiday and I thank all of the boys and the staff who gave up holiday time to participate in these festivals. Our teams performed exceptionally well and their results can be found in the most recent Sports Newsletter.
This is a very important academic term for all of our boys. Our Matrics wrap up classes this week and begin their examinations next week. For the rest of the school, examinations are just around the corner so there is no time to waste. I have encouraged them to start revising immediately so that they are well prepared for these examinations. I am aware that some parents did not receive the record cards which were e-mailed to all Grade 8 to 11 parents during the holidays. I sincerely apologise for this inconvenience. We do not know what caused the problem but we will get it sorted out before we send the next batch. If you have not yet received your son's Term 3 electronic record card, please let Ann Rake know so that we can resend it to you.
I congratulate the Hilton College Art Students on their effort to raise awareness and funds for The Lunchbox Fund. We were blown away by the responses to the auction during The Witness Hilton Arts Festival, the bids and the donations which have raised in excess of R30,000,00. The boys can be very proud of what they have achieved. The Lunch Box Fund spokesperson will be coming to the final assembly at the end of this term to receive the payment directly from the boys. Thank you for the outstanding support from many of you and for taking the time to be a part of this exciting initiative. Whilst on the topic of art, the Matric Art Exhibition will be on display in the foyer of the Centenary Centre and available for viewing from Wednesday 15 October until Wednesday 29 October 2014. I would encourage you to set some time aside to view this exhibition if you are visiting Hilton during this period of time.
Yesterday we hosted our Open Day for our 2016 prospective pupils and their parents. This was a great success and I thank Keith Fairweather and his Marketing team for organising this. I also want to thank and congratulate the Grade 11 boys for their help in showing these boys and their parents around the school. I had incredibly positive feedback from all of these parents about the quality of the boys that showed them around.
During the holiday, three of our Matric boys, together with Mr John Roff, attended the inaugural International World Youth Rhino Summit held at Umfolozi Game reserve. In response to this summit, Daniel Dix would like to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos in our country. I fully endorse this initiative and would ask you to read his letter, by clicking on this highlighted link.
A note of warning for our parents living outside of South Africa. We recently received a letter from one of our past parents, who still has a daughter at St Anne's, asking us to warn our out-of-country parents to ensure that that they apply for the renewal of study permits at least 90 days before expiry. They explained that they applied for the renewal of their daughter's study permit 60 days ahead of expiry and it has still not been processed. Their daughter experienced difficulties coming through Customs, is not allowed into S.A. for 12 months and is having to go through a lengthy appeals process. Please take this warning seriously.