Orando et Laborando - Headmaster's Newsletter (25 January)
I begin by wishing you a very happy new year. I sincerely hope that you had some time off over the festive season and that you had a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
Our school year has started very well and on Monday last week we welcomed 127 new boys and their parents to Hilton College (113 new boys into Grade 8 and 14 new boys higher up the school). Some of them are, of course, still finding their feet but we hope that they will settle quickly and that they will soon feel a part of our Hilton Family. Until now, the Grade 8 new boys have been kept busy with an orientation programme but, today, they started formal classes for the first time.
The nine boys who were away on exchange last term, are back with us and I understand that they all had enriching experiences. This term we have two exchange students with us (Chris Oldham comes to us from Woodberry Forest in the United States and Eduardo Henriques-Pascoal from Gordonstoun in Scotland) and four of our boys are away on exchange for the term - Alex Hopkins is at Eton, Sheldon Bishop at Framlingham, Rasikan Moodley at Harrow (all in England) and Sam Nicol is at Strathallan in Scotland. We sincerely hope that these boys will enjoy, and benefit from, their exchange experiences.
At the start of term, we also welcomed four new members of staff and four new Intern teachers to Hilton College: Mrs Ashleigh Askew joined our Academic Support team and is teaching English, Mr Darren Gallagher took up the new position of Director of Hockey Coaching, Mr Brad Macleod-Henderson returned to us as the Head Coach of the 1st XV rugby team and Mrs Rosie Kalipersad replaced Mrs Verna Ayliffe as the House Manager of McKenzie House. Mr Andrew Duncan, Miss Katy-Lee Harrison, Mr Sibusiso Mbhele and Mr Sifiso Msimanga joined our Intern Teacher programme. We really look forward to working with these new members of staff and sincerely hope that they will all be very happy at Hilton College.
As announced toward the end of last year, Mr Tony Richter has replaced Mr Trevor van Niekerk as the Housemaster of Ellis House and Trevor has taken over as Head of the Physical Sciences Department. We wish them both everything of the best in their new roles.
We are thrilled with the excellent results achieved by our Grade 12 boys in their 2015 IEB examinations. We heartily congratulate these boys and their teachers who helped to prepare them so well over the years. Details of these IEB results, and other important information about academic initiatives for the year, were communicated to you in an Academic Newsletter last week. If you have not already done so, please read this letter because it contains important information.
Matric Examinations 2016
A few matric parents have asked for the 2016 matriculation examination dates, particularly the ending date. At the moment, all we know is that the IEB examinations run from 19 October to 29 November. The IEB will release the final timetable in mid- to late-May. As soon as the timetable is finalised, we will let parents know.
On the sporting front, our programme got off to a good start this weekend with virtually all boys taking part. There were some fine individual and team performances, and I commend all of the boys on their enthusiastic participation. I congratulate, in particular, our 1st Water polo team and 1st XI Cricket team on their fine victories over Kearsney College on Saturday.
Access to online reports
The ADAM software developers have been working on changing the login process for parents. As you know, this currently consists of an ID number and a cellular phone number which are stored in the database. This combination is not a particularly secure means of authenticating to the database. The change will now require parents to create a password to be used along with the ID number. While this change is in progress, access to the portal has been closed. Parents will receive a series of instructions on how to proceed once the upgrade is complete. In the interim, if you need access to any document in the repository, please contact the school and we will arrange for it to be sent to you.
The first step in the process will be a details update request which will be sent to all parents in the next week or so. I urge you to check the details which come through on the automated email and alter these where necessary. This is also a good time to check the exact format used to store your ID/cell numbers in ADAM. The first step in the process of creating a password will need you to enter the cell phone number. A very small number of parents have experienced problems logging into ADAM and most of the time it is due to the fact that the phone number is being entered in the incorrect format, especially when dealing with international numbers.
So, please be on the alert for an email in this regard. Once that process is complete, further emails will be sent so that you are aware of the password creation process.
We are very excited about the year ahead and we look forward to your continued support at all school functions. Wishing you a good week ahead.
- Our New Boys settling in!
- First Afternoon of Sport
- Welcome to our Hilton Family!
- Thank you for making a Difference!
- Celebration of Achievements
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- Remembrance Day
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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.