Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (24 November 2014)
Dear Parents, Old Boys and Friends of Hilton
As we approach the end of the school year, I look back on what has been a very busy and successful year. The pleasing number and variety of outstanding achievements during the year has been particularly gratifying, and I thank all of our staff members and Hilton College boys for their commitment during the year.
Before the school year comes to a close, there are a few important items that I wish to bring to your attention.
Long-Leave weekend date change, Term 4, 2015:
At a recent term calendar planning meeting, involving representatives from all of the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands Independent Schools we, together with Michaelhouse, agreed to move our Term 4 Long-Leave weekend date one week later in order to bring it in line with the other Midlands Independent schools. The new Term 4 long-leave weekend dates are now: Thursday 29th October to Monday 2nd November rather than the Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th October as previously published. Please take note of this change. This means that, apart from St. Anne's who will not take a long-leave weekend in Term 4 because of their Speech Day early in the term, all of the other Midlands Independent schools will share the same Long-leave weekend dates. This has been done in order to assist parents who have children enrolled at more than one of the schools.
End-of-Year Reports and Term Calendar:
In an effort to be more environmentally responsible and to better manage our costs, henceforth parents will have secure online access to the school administration software, allowing them to access their son's reports (present and past) and to print a copy, if desired. This will overcome the frustrations we have previously had with posting and e-mailing reports. We will continue to post a hard copy of the November Grade 11 Report and the Grade 12 Trial Examinations Report as these are required by tertiary institutions. However, no other reports will be physically generated by the school. If you require a formal hard copy of a report other than those mentioned above, this will be provided on request. This would not typically be necessary other than in special circumstances, for example, when a boy is leaving and needs an official report for his new school.
To log into the portal, parents will need to use their ID number and cell phone number which are registered with the college. In the next few days you will receive a communication which will allow you to update these details should they have changed. This will then be submitted back to us and we will make the changes on the database. When the reports are available to be accessed, parents will be notified via a generic email. This email will include a set of instructions on how to access the document repository and find your son's report.
In the same vein, we have decided to stop printing hard copies of the school term calendars for parents. The term calendar is available on our web-site. From here one can export the calendar into your own calendaring software for synchronisation to your device, or you can download a printer-friendly version to print yourself. In order to ease the transition, we will e-mail a link to this printer-friendly version to all parents at the end of this term.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Director of Academic Administration, Mr Bruce Maclachlan, if you have any queries regarding the above. Please click on this highlighted link to e-mail Bruce.
The Fleur-de-Lys magazine will be back from the printers before the boys leave at the end of the week, so the magazines will be sent home with the boys. This will alleviate the problem we are experiencing with the current postal strike.
Christian Focus Week
I am very pleased to announce that during the second week of next term (Sunday 25th to Friday 30th January), we will be running a Christian Focus Week at school. An exciting team has been assembled to run this week and, amongst other things, our boys will get the opportunity to listen to a variety of talks on relevant issues presented by members of the team, and to be involved in a range of worship opportunities.
Return date for Matric boys and boys in Grades 9 - 11
All Matric boys are expected to have returned to school by 10:00 on Saturday 17th January 2015. Tea for Matric parents and their sons will be served on the lawn in front of the Campbell Block at 10:00. This will be followed by a brief meeting in the Theatre for all Matric boys and their parents.
All boys in Grade 9 - 11 are expected to have returned to school by 20.30 on the evening of Tuesday 20th January.
Please can I ask you to ensure that your son's uniform is in good shape and that he has had a standard Hilton haircut before he returns to school next year.
I take this opportunity to wish our Matric Leavers everything of the best as they move on to new pastures, and we look forward to welcoming them back as proud Old Hiltonians in the future. I also express my sincere thanks to all of the parents of our Matric Leavers for their support over the past five or more years.
I know that everyone is now ready for a well-earned holiday and I wish you all a very happy and restful break, a blessed Christmas and a prosperous 2015.
Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (17 November 2014)
On Saturday morning, our Grade 8 to 10 boys attended their last classes for the year and yesterday they started writing their final examinations. These examinations continue right up to, and including, Friday 28th November. On Friday afternoon, after the final examinations, they will be involved in checking their examinations scripts, returning text books that they will not require next year and then packing up their possessions. They are free to leave on holiday at 9.00am on Saturday morning (29 November).
In a moving Remembrance Day service last Tuesday, our 2015 Heads of Houses read the roll of all those Hiltonians who lost their lives in war. Mr Venter, Head of our History Department, delivered a meaningful address to put this loss of life into context.
Our final sports fixture of the year, against Michaelhouse on Saturday, was a very special day. Not only did our teams perform particularly well, but the competition, spirit and camaraderie between the two schools was excellent. I take this opportunity to congratulate all of our players and coaches on their achievements this term.
On Sunday evening, Mr Klein Strydom, whose thirty five and a half year career here at Hilton is drawing to a close, fittingly delivered the sermon at our Leavers’ Chapel Service. This was a very moving occasion and we thank Klein for his wise words of advice to our leavers and for his long and loyal service to this school.
Joining the Old Hiltonian Club
Welcome to the Old Hiltonian Club
- Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (10 November 2014)
- Leavers' Service
- Remembrance Day
- Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (3 November)
- Hylton Knowles
- Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (20 October 2014)
- Grade 11 Formal Dance
- Hail Storm
- Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (13 October 2014)
Fleur de Lys Magazine
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.