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Dear Parents, Old Boys and Friends of Hilton

After twelve years of schooling, our Matrics finally attended their last school classes this week.  This is an important milestone in their lives but they now have to ensure that they make it all worthwhile by working conscientiously for these upcoming examinations.  They begin their Final Examinations this week, starting with Advanced Programme English tomorrow, Advanced Programme Mathematics on Wednesday and Information Technology and History on Friday.  I am sure that you all join me in wishing them everything of the best as they prepare for, and write, these important examinations. We sincerely hope that they will perform to their true potential.

Our Grade 8 to 10 boys will also be writing important examinations this week.  On Tuesday morning they write the English International Benchmarking Test and Thursday morning the Mathematics International Benchmarking Test.  As you know, we write these IBT tests in order to measure ourselves against international students in these two important subjects.  We wish these boys well and trust that they will do our school and themselves proud in these examinations.

At our Basil Crews Science Lecture on Monday last week, the whole school was treated to a fascinating address by Adriana Marais.  Adriana is one of the remaining candidates in the Mars One Project - a project which sets out to take humans to Mars to colonize this planet.  She described the progress of this project and explained her reasons for applying to be one of the first colonizers.  A most interesting and thought provoking address.

We had a good week of sport.  Our 1st cricket team recorded comfortable victories over St Charles in their opening Sunfoil Night League fixture on Wednesday, and over Kearsney on Saturday.  The rest of our cricket teams, especially the 2nd XI, also fared very well in their matches against Kearsney,  our water polo teams performed very well in their respective KwaZulu-Natal Top 10 competitions and our basketball teams and canoeists gave of their best.   Sadly, our golfers were not able to bring home the Douglas Cup that we won last year but it was, nevertheless, a good day of golf against Michaelhouse.

 On Friday evening our Grade 11 boys attended their Formal Dance.  They, and their partners, were very smartly dressed for the occasion and the Memorial Hall was very elegantly decorated.  I understand that they had a most enjoyable evening and I would like to thank Ms Carolyn van Zuydam and her Grade 11 organizing team for all their hard work in arranging this occasion.  I would also like to thank our Royal Mnandi catering team for preparing the meal and the Grade 10 waiters for their willing help during the evening.  I also extend my thanks to Ralph Tiaden and the Fleur-de-Lys Club for arranging a function for the Grade 11 parents during the evening.

Our half-term break starts at 10:15 on Thursday morning and I wish you all a happy weekend together.  Whilst this has been a short first half of the term, the second half of the term is slightly longer and includes the year-end examinations.  I encourage all boys to make their academic studies their top priority in the remaining weeks and to set themselves realistic, yet challenging goals for these examinations. 

Kind regards

Peter Ducasse


On Friday 17 October the Memorial Hall was transformed for our Grade 11 Formal Dance. Our boys looked smart and their partners elegant for this wonderful evening.


Our campus was hit by a severe hail storm yesterday afternoon. The boys were out soon afterwards having lots of fun.


Our campus was hit by a severe hail storm yesterday afternoon. The boys were out soon afterwards having lots of fun.

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