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A letter to Old Hiltonians – Q1 / 9 April 2021

A Culture of Giving - Quarter 1 - 2021 Dear Hiltonians, On 9 January 1961, a few weeks before his inauguration as the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy famously exhorted, “for of those to whom much is given, much is required.” Kennedy’s oratory reminded America that great societies are built, in [...]

Matric Results 2020

A total of 40 of the 106 Hilton College matric candidates achieved four distinctions or more Statement by George Harris, Headmaster of Hilton College The culmination of one’s schooling is the final exam our boys write as Matrics.  The Class of 2020 did Hilton College especially proud in realising an outstanding set of results, despite [...]

A letter from The Head – No. 21-01

No.20- 15 / 10 November 2020 Dear Parents, If you seek, you will find… These times are unsettling. What we know and have become accustomed to has all but evaporated and our way of being has been altered significantly. Some have been using analogies that draw on wartime experience, others invoke visions of the apocalypse, [...]

Grey Matter Chatter

Grey Matter Chatter Opinion piece on the importance of good research - 22 November 2019 RESEARCH THROUGH LEARNING Research and innovation lie at the heart of any good socio-economic strategy and make a pivotal contribution to the development of a society. They are the foundation of new career paths, economic and intellectual growth and underpin [...]

A letter from The Head – 6 Feb 2021

6 February 2021 Dear Hilton Community, It is with much heaviness of heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Mr Tony Richter, in a vehicle accident on Friday night. The entire Hilton Community mourns this tragic loss. Sadly, Alice, his daughter remains in a critical condition. Our prayers are with Caro, [...]

Letter from the Chairman – 4 Dec 2020

4 December 2020 Dear Parents, Fee Increase: 2021 The Board of Governors of the Hiltonian Society held its final meeting of the year last Friday. In keeping with all the other extraordinary circumstances of 2020 this was our first meeting this year actually held at Hilton rather than virtually. We were acutely aware of what [...]

A letter from The Head – No. 20-16

No.20-16 / 26 November 2020 Dear Class of 2020, This is it: school is done. When most of you were born, in 2002, a few things happened: Mark Shuttleworth became the first African, and the second tourist, in space; Hansie Cronje died in a plane crash in 2002; Zachie Achmat embarked on a protest not [...]

A letter from The Head – No. 20-15

No.20- 15 / 10 November 2020 Dear Parents, Surprised In a world that feeds off bad news and sensational negativity, positive moments are like a balm to our souls. If we are honest, we need to find and celebrate the positive more. Beautiful things are always there, perhaps they don’t announce themselves as loudly, nor [...]

View from the Dugout

View from the Dugout #59

8 February 2019 As mentioned, last week I introduced the notion that leadership is integral to the success of any team. In my editorial, I highlighted a book written by Sam Walker called "The Captain Class", a work that highlights the importance of captains and in particular the specific character traits that make them successful [...]

View from the Dugout #56

17 January 2019 On behalf of Hilton College Sport we wish all our families and friends our very best wishes for 2019! We hope that this year is filled with happy sporting memories and, come the end of the year, we will be able to look back on our achievements with pride. The common aphorism, [...]

View from the Dugout #67

6 June 2019 Your perspective, the way you see things, will very often determine your success. Perspective after all determines your attitude and your attitude your motivation to achieve. In sport (and life) this can be directly applied to the competition arena when facing a bigger, stronger opponent. This scenario can be viewed from two [...]

View from the Dugout #66

22 May 2019 Recently, I have been encouraged to read some excellent articles published by schools and various other commentators defending the cause of school boy sport. Not least of these was the article published by our own headmaster, Mr George Harris, about winning. His article has been shared far and wide and has sparked [...]

View from the Dugout #65

3 May 2019 My highlight this past weekend was having the opportunity to watch the U16C rugby team play against Northwood. This match was a particular high point as it marked the return to sport of a brave young man named Avu Zondi. Avu’s sport story is a heart-wrenching one. Having come to Hilton as [...]

View from the Dugout #64

21 March 2019 This extract is adapted from a previous article that I wrote in 2017. I took the liberty of doing so as I feel that this is a well-timed piece for us to ponder as we go into the Hilton versus Michaelhouse winter sport day. Whilst one may use the term derby or [...]

View from the Dugout #63

15 March 2019 You have to watch this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDeBOkGbvvE   No writing could better explain the impact that generosity makes. It has the power to transform our perspective from, “us and them”, to just “us”. Generosity gives us purpose and, according to research, it even makes us happier people. Read https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/meditation-modern-life/201712/study-shows-generous-behavior-leads-increased-happiness Selfishly, I love what [...]

View from the Dugout #62

8 March 2019 Last week I had the privilege of attending the SA Rowing Championships at Roodeplaat Dam, just outside Pretoria. This massive event attracts passionate boys and girls and their coaches, parents and supporters from all over the country. It’s an “all-in” kind of a sport, which demands absolute dedication from all involved. As [...]

Letters from The Head

A letter from The Head – No. 21-02

No.21-02 / 26 March 2021 Dear Parents, When the world as we know it seems to be up-ended, it is necessary to reflect on that which we can yet be grateful for. At Hilton College I am grateful for the significant support we enjoy from you, our parents. The frustration of not being able to [...]

A letter from The Head – No. 21-01

No.20- 15 / 10 November 2020 Dear Parents, If you seek, you will find… These times are unsettling. What we know and have become accustomed to has all but evaporated and our way of being has been altered significantly. Some have been using analogies that draw on wartime experience, others invoke visions of the apocalypse, [...]

A letter from The Head – 26 Jan 2021

26 January 2021 Dear Parents, It feels a touch surreal that our campus will at last be officially open this weekend after the false starts. It goes without saying that the staff and I are delighted that the boys will be back soon! While we are determined to ensure that boys make the most of [...]

A letter from The Head – 15 Jan 2021

15 January 2021 Dear Parents, We have been discussing the implications of this morning’s ministerial briefing with ISASA and our various Hilton staff and management teams. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. With regret, it has become clear that we will be UNABLE to open our campus this weekend as we [...]

A letter from The Head – 14 Jan 2021

14 January 2021 Dear Parents, May I begin with an unreserved apology for the amount of change we are needing to deal with at the beginning of this year. Moreover, our communication from time to time is always aimed at our trying to keep you, our parents, in the know as we navigate these extraordinary [...]

A letter from The Head – 7 Jan 2021

7 January 2021 Dear Parents, 2021 has begun and with it some of our fears about this pandemic are being realised. Regrettably our ability to be certain about our opening for the academic year is in the balance given the restrictions which govern us under Level 3 regulations. We wait patiently for the next address [...]

A letter from The Head – 6 Feb 2021

6 February 2021 Dear Hilton Community, It is with much heaviness of heart that I write to inform you of the passing of Mr Tony Richter, in a vehicle accident on Friday night. The entire Hilton Community mourns this tragic loss. Sadly, Alice, his daughter remains in a critical condition. Our prayers are with Caro, [...]

A letter from The Head – No. 20-16

No.20-16 / 26 November 2020 Dear Class of 2020, This is it: school is done. When most of you were born, in 2002, a few things happened: Mark Shuttleworth became the first African, and the second tourist, in space; Hansie Cronje died in a plane crash in 2002; Zachie Achmat embarked on a protest not [...]

Academic

Matric Results 2020

A total of 40 of the 106 Hilton College matric candidates achieved four distinctions or more Statement by George Harris, Headmaster of Hilton College The culmination of one’s schooling is the final exam our boys write as Matrics.  The Class of 2020 did Hilton College especially proud in realising an outstanding set of results, despite [...]

Matric Results 2019

Congratulations to our Class of 2019 Hilton College would like to congratulate all our 2019 matriculants on their outstanding results. Academic learning continues to be Hilton’s top priority and we are delighted that we are achieving consistently strong matric results. For the second year running, we have achieved an average of more than two distinctions [...]

Grey Matter Chatter

Grey Matter Chatter Opinion piece on the importance of good research - 22 November 2019 RESEARCH THROUGH LEARNING Research and innovation lie at the heart of any good socio-economic strategy and make a pivotal contribution to the development of a society. They are the foundation of new career paths, economic and intellectual growth and underpin [...]

2018 English Creative writing

Pinnacles An anthology of English creative writing by Hilton College boys over the past year I am pleased to be able to present the 2018 edition of Pinnacles, an annual compilation of writing from our boys. Although much of the work has been done in class time, on the creative writing excursion or with the [...]

Speech Night 2019

Speech Night Video Speech Night was a wonderful representation of Hilton College in 2019. It has been an eventful, turbulent but ultimately successful year- with much to celebrate. If you were not able to attend in person, please click on the link below for a ten minute highlights package. Thank you to the matrics of [...]

2019 English Creative Writing

Pinnacles An anthology of English creative writing by Hilton College boys over the past year We are pleased to be able to present the 2019 edition of Pinnacles, an annual compilation of writing from our boys. They have produced some superb work and we are grateful that they were willing to share their writings with us. These writings are as diverse in [...]

Grey Matter Chatter No 3

Grey Matter Chatter Opinion piece on the importance of good research - 22 November 2019 ACADEMIC RESILIENCE 2020 will be a year remembered by many as one that tested the academic immune system to its limits. Academic resilience was required from educators and learners and everyone had to make the effort to succeed despite adverse [...]

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture Newsletter – 11 February 2019

This promises to be a culturally rich term with the boys involved in a wide variety of activities. The Debating Society has already participated in two league fixtures. I am delighted with the number of Grade 8 boys who have signed up for debating. The various skills they learn will stand them in good stead [...]