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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.

Peter Ducasse



The matric group of 2014 were welcomed into the Old Hiltonian Club (OHC) on Sunday evening 16 November by the Treasurer of the National Committee of the Club,  Tim Gibson. 

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Today a very moving Remembrance Day Service was held in the school chapel commemorating all the Old Hiltonians who died in battle, including those who fell in, amongst others, the Anglo-Zulu War, both World Wars and the South African Border War.   Mr Paul Venter (Head of History) addressed the boys making special reference to World War 1 as it is the 100th anniversary since the start of that conflict. Two minutes silence were observed after the Chapel Bell was rang at exactly 11:00 followed by the sounding of The Last Post. Thereafter, the complete Roll of Honour was read out by the 2015 Heads of Houses and 2015 Head of School. Our Headmaster Mr Peter Ducasse and Mr Rob Buchanan (M.O.T.H.S) laid wreaths in memory of those who died. The boys all wore poppies on their blazers to commemorate this important day.


Dear Parents, Old Boys and Friends of Hilton

On Tuesday last week, our 2015 Heads of Houses were announced in their Houses and I use this opportunity to inform you of these appointments:

Head of School:                        Matt Dahl
Deputy Head of School:             Ross Yammin  (Head of Churchill House)
Head of Ellis House:                   Nick Brown
Head of Falcon House:               Nick Lello
Head of Lucas House:                Keagan Hope
Head of McKenzie House:           Thato Mokemane
Head of Newnham House:          Ross Spriestersbach
Head of Pearce House:              Craig Krog                                                   

I am sure that you all join me in congratulating these young men and in supporting them as they take on this leadership role in the school next year.  We also encourage all our current Grade 11 boys (next year's leaders who have already started to take on some of the leadership roles in the Houses) to support their newly appointed Heads of Houses by leading their portfolios with integrity and commitment.

Our Grade 11 boys began their examinations today and the Grade 8 to 10 boys have just one week left before they start.  I trust that they will work really hard this week in order to ensure that they are well prepared for these examinations.

I remind the Matric parents that we have our Leavers' Chapel Service at 18:00 on Sunday evening.  We look forward to seeing you at this service and at the Leavers' Function in the Memorial Hall immediately after the service.

This week wraps up our sports programme for the year.  Thereafter, there will be no further official sports practices or fixtures so that boys can focus their full attention on their examinations.  I remind them, however, that it is important to include some form of exercise during this period.  We sincerely hope that the weather will be kind to us on Saturday so that we can end the year off with a full range of fixtures against Michaelhouse.

Yours sincerely

Peter Ducasse

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