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Last week all of our boys wrote the first round of the National Mathematics Olympiad and we look forward to receiving the results of this examination.  We trust that a number of our boys will qualify to write the second round which will be written during the course of next term.

On Wednesday evening I attended our school Subject Music Examination Concert at which all of our Grade 10, 11 and 12 subject music scholars performed.  I was very impressed by the quality of these performances and with the confident manner in which these boys introduced their pieces.

The term 1 academic Mark Order closed on Friday last week and subject teachers are now busy writing their reports.  All boys receive reports at the end of this term and I urge you to spend time discussing your son's report with him because a healthy partnership between the school and you, the parents, is vital in order for your son to achieve to his full potential.

At the Nomads School Golf Team Championship, held on Monday the 2nd March at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club in Durban, the Hilton College A-Team won the event by 19 strokes.  The team will now represent KwaZulu-Natal at the South African High Schools' National Championships in Pretoria in August.  The Hilton College B team was placed in joint 4th position out of the twenty teams entered in this tournament.  We have boys in 6 of the 8 places in the A side and 2 in the B side, giving us 8 of the top 10 spots.  In addition to this, Guy Waterhouse has been invited to play in the SA Boys U19 Golf Championship which will be held in Polokwane from the 6 - 10 April.  I congratulate all of our golfers and their coaches on these outstanding achievements and wish them everything of the best for the remainder of the year.

On Friday evening last week, our 1st XI cricket team concluded their highly successful summer season with another outstanding all-round performance.  They played superbly to win the Inland Sunfoil Night League limited overs cricket competition final against Maritzburg College in fine style.  Following on from their success in the National T20 competition, they have now confirmed their dominance in KZN by also winning this limited over competition.

I was extremely proud of the way in which our boys competed in both hockey and rugby against Westville Boys' High School on Saturday.  Despite their limited preparation for this opening fixture, I felt that our teams played very well and this augurs well for the remainder of the season.

Enjoy the week!

Sincerely

Peter Ducasse

 

 

Congratulations to Lionel and Taryn Randall on the birth of their baby son... weighing in at 2.6 kg and 56 cm.

 

 

Hot off the press is news about our boys’ performance in the 2014 National Science Olympiad Schools Competition which was written in September last year.  In the Grade 8 Natural Science National competition, Hilton College was placed second, in the Grade 9 Natural Science examination, Nicholas Fowler was placed third, out of 1751 entries nationally, achieving an excellent 90%, and in the Grade 10 Life Science examination, Andrea Tonelli (93%) and Christopher Walley (93%) were placed tied third out of 1355 entries nationally.  These are excellent results, and I congratulate these boys and the staff of our Life Sciences and Physical Sciences Departments.

This past weekend brought the summer sports season to a close on a very positive and happy note.  I commend all of our boys who have given of their very best during the season and have achieved pleasing results.  Across all the sports, our teams have competed strongly and I have been impressed with the manner in which they have played their matches.  We now move directly into our winter sports programme and play a full set of fixtures against Westville Boys High School this coming Saturday.  Given the limited time available for practices, this will be a tough opening fixture for our teams.  Please can I ask you to be patient and to remember that the teams that take the field this weekend will have been put together in just one week.  They will still be finding their feet and there may well be selection errors.  However, it is important to get the season under-way and these matches will provide a good opportunity for coaches to watch all players and to fine-tune their selections.

Thank you to all those parents who attended the Johannesburg current parents function last Thursday evening, and to all the Matric parents who attended their House functions ahead of the Matric Ball on Friday evening.  The Matric Ball was a great success and the Memorial Hall was superbly prepared and decorated.  On behalf of all the Matric boys, I thank Mrs Carolyn van Zuydam and her Matric Dance Committee for all the hard work they put into organizing this event.

As we approach the end of this term, please can I remind you that Term I ends at 08:30 on Friday 27 March and that boys need to be back at school for the start of Term 2 by 20:30 on Monday 20 April.  Please make sure that your travel arrangements are made with these dates and times in mind, and that you communicate the details of these travel plans to your son’s House Manager in good time.

Kind regards

Peter Ducasse

 

 

 

Our handsome Hilton College young men enjoyed an amazing Matric Dance with their beautiful partners this evening. It was a magical evening and the hall looked stunning.  Well done to Mrs van Zuydam, Gavin Morris, the Dance Committee and all the waiters for organizing an unforgettable evening.

 
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