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Welcome to The Old Hiltonian Club!

On the last day of the 1892 school year, when Hilton College was only 20 years old, a “gathering of masters and senior boys“ established The Old Hiltonian Club.

The Hiltonian Society was originally formed in 1927 when ownership and control of the school was transferred to a not-for-profit association whose members were Old Hiltonians- dedicated to sustaining Hilton College. It was then renamed The Old Hiltonian Club.

Back then, The Old Hiltonian Club was created to keep Hiltonians informed and in touch with our school and each other and to enable Hilton College to keep aspiring to excellence.

The first edition of The Hiltonian appeared in 1901 – a significant milestone for both the school and the Club. Published and edited initially by the Club, chronicling the events of the school year together with news of Old Hiltonians, The Hiltonian remains the premier publication of each Hilton year and still aims to fulfill the functions established at its inception.

In addition to our quest for excellence, we have had some key fundamental shifts.

Today our Club exists for a greater purpose. First and foremost, we are passionate about raising friendship. Developing and nurturing relationships goes to the heartbeat of our lifelong connections.

As a collective, we are not only steadfast in our quest to uphold the schools’ good reputation, we also believe in supporting the legacy of our roots of ‘giving back’ to the school that has given us so much.

To ensure delivery on our vision of harnessing the potential that Old Hiltonians hold, our Board of governors represents our interests and ensures sound management and support.

I am excited to invite you to learn more about The Old Hiltonian Club.

Yours sincerely,

Anton Jooste

Chairman, Old Hiltonian Club

chairmanohc@hiltoncollege.com

Who we are

After leaving Hilton College, every boy in good standing, is eligible to become a member of The Old Hiltonian Club.

An elected committee of ten old boys runs the Club, each of them serving for two years. At the discretion of the committee honorary appointments can be made.  Currently, the Club has an Honorary Life President and three Vice-Presidents, titles in acknowledgement of service to the Club.

The Chairman and committee members are elected bi-annually at our annual general meeting (AGM).

Our Chairman, Anton Jooste, leads the Club’s affairs together with a national committee of at least four others. This committee and representatives of the various Club branches meet quarterly to plan events and drive projects.

The Chairman of the Board of the Hiltonian Society, the Headmaster and the Directors of Advancement and Marketing are also invited to attend quarterly meetings.

How we work

The Old Hiltonian Club works with the Hiltonian Society, the Hilton College Endowment Foundation and the school itself for the greater good of the school and all its stakeholders. Combined, these entities make up the collective that is Hilton.

The Hilton College Endowment Foundation

The Hiltonian Society N.P.C. is a non-profit company, registered in terms of the South African Companies Act of 2008, which holds Hilton College as its major asset.

It is made up of a board of directors, commonly referred to as governors. The Chairman of the board is Advocate Alistair Franklin S.C.

When a student matriculates at Hilton College and turns 18, he is entitled to apply to the Society to become a member, which is like being a shareholder in a company. This affords him the right to elect governors, attend the annual general meeting and to vote on any resolution tabled by the Society.

By virtue of their membership of the Society, in a sense, Old Hiltonians are the actual owners of Hilton College.

Hilton College

The school is an independent, full-boarding, all-boys secondary education institution, run on a day-to-day basis by its headmaster and a body of senior staff members.

In a company, this would be the equivalent of the chief executive officer and his or her executive committee members. The headmaster is Mr George Harris. The school is entirely owned by The Hilton College Endowment Foundation

The Hilton College Endowment Foundation

The Hilton College Endowment Foundation is a separate legal entity from the other organs-of-state and is responsible for the independent management of the school’s financial endowments.

The Foundation is managed by a separate and independent board chaired by Old Hiltonian Mr Guy Hayward.

The Old Hiltonian Club

The Old Hiltonian Club – unlike the Society – is not a company, but instead is a recreational club, established in accordance with a constitution and the South African Income Tax Act. It does not directly have a say in the day-to-day running of the school and neither can it dictate to the board, however, it does have significant influence.

The Chairman of The Old Hiltonian Club sits on the board of governors of The Hilton College Endowment Foundation, ex officio.

Spread out across the world are a number of branches or chapters of The Old Hiltonian Club, which are responsible for organising and facilitating events, for and on behalf of, Old Hiltonians and, more recently, the wider Hilton family.

How we work

The Old Hiltonian Club works with the Hiltonian Society, the Hilton College Endowment Foundation and the school itself for the greater good of the school and all its stakeholders. Combined, these entities make up the collective that is Hilton.

The Hilton College Endowment Foundation

The Hiltonian Society N.P.C. is a non-profit company, registered in terms of the South African Companies Act of 2008, which holds Hilton College as its major asset.

It is made up of a board of directors, commonly referred to as governors. The Chairman of the board is Advocate Alistair Franklin S.C.

When a student matriculates at Hilton College and turns 18, he is entitled to apply to the Society to become a member, which is like being a shareholder in a company. This affords him the right to elect governors, attend the annual general meeting and to vote on any resolution tabled by the Society.

By virtue of their membership of the Society, in a sense, Old Hiltonians are the actual owners of Hilton College.

Hilton College

The school is an independent, full-boarding, all-boys secondary education institution, run on a day-to-day basis by its headmaster and a body of senior staff members.

In a company, this would be the equivalent of the chief executive officer and his or her executive committee members. The headmaster is Mr George Harris. The school is entirely owned by The Hilton College Endowment Foundation

The Hilton College Endowment Foundation

The Hilton College Endowment Foundation is a separate legal entity from the other organs-of-state and is responsible for the independent management of the school’s financial endowments.

The Foundation is managed by a separate and independent board chaired by Old Hiltonian Mr Guy Hayward.

The Old Hiltonian Club

The Old Hiltonian Club – unlike the Society – is not a company, but instead is a recreational club, established in accordance with a constitution and the South African Income Tax Act. It does not directly have a say in the day-to-day running of the school and neither can it dictate to the board, however, it does have significant influence.

The Chairman of The Old Hiltonian Club sits on the board of governors of The Hilton College Endowment Foundation, ex officio.

Spread out across the world are a number of branches or chapters of The Old Hiltonian Club, which are responsible for organising and facilitating events, for and on behalf of, Old Hiltonians and, more recently, the wider Hilton family.

Our history

On the last day of the 1892 school year, when Hilton College was only 20 years old, a ``gathering of masters and senior boys`` established The Old Hiltonian Club.

It was initially called The Hiltonian Society until the significant developments of 1927, when ownership and control of the school were transferred to the newly formed Hiltonian Society, a not-for-profit association whose members were Old Hiltonians dedicated to sustaining Hilton College. So, to align it with its function, the old boys’ club was renamed The Old Hiltonian Club.

The first edition of The Hiltonian appeared in 1901 – a significant milestone for both the school and the Club. Published and edited initially by the Club, but chronicling the events of the school year together with news of Old Hiltonians, The Hiltonian remains the premier publication of each Hilton year and still aims to fulfil the functions established at its inception.

Programme

As an invested stakeholder of The Old Hiltonian Club, it is important that you know about major initiatives the Club committee champions:

Branch activities and reunions

Our branch activities and class reunions are vital for engendering collegiality among Old Hiltonians. These include annual dinners, golf days, drinks evenings and other sporting and recreational events. Contact our events coordinator, Mrs Carolyn van Zuydam at cvz@hiltoncollege.com

150th anniversary of the founding of Hilton College

In 2022, Hilton celebrates its 150thyear of existence – a significant milestone by South African standards and a time for Old Hiltonians to celebrate and reflect. Brett Armstrong and our Advancement office are putting a tremendous amount of planning into ensuring we’re all able to commemorate this milestone fittingly.

Growing The Hilton College Endowment Foundation

To stay affordable and accessible, the world’s great schools are run as not-for-profit organisations. For them to be able to maintain and upgrade their facilities, support bursaries and scholarships and run worthy social projects, they need the financial support of their alumni and wider communities. Hilton College is no different.

Stay in touch

To update your contact details or make contact with any other Old Hiltonians, get in touch with Mrs Amanda Pistorious who manages our alumni database, at database@hiltoncollege.com

We’re investigating a new digital networking platform to enable connectivity and collaboration between Old Hiltonians.

All working together

For Hilton to thrive, these four organs-of-state need to work closely and effectively with each other.

The school of today is a vivid testament to a healthy climate of co-operation. There is no doubt that Hilton is on a positive trajectory, with much to celebrate and be proud of across several disciplines.

That being said, we cannot rest on our laurels. Institutions like Hilton need to be unrelenting in our aspiration for excellence.

Programme

As an invested stakeholder of The Old Hiltonian Club, it is important that you know about major initiatives the Club committee champions:

Branch activities and reunions

Our branch activities and class reunions are vital for engendering collegiality among Old Hiltonians. These include annual dinners, golf days, drinks evenings and other sporting and recreational events. Contact our events coordinator, Mrs Carolyn van Zuydam at cvz@hiltoncollege.com

150th anniversary of the founding of Hilton College

In 2022, Hilton celebrates its 150thyear of existence – a significant milestone by South African standards and a time for Old Hiltonians to celebrate and reflect. Brett Armstrong and our Advancement office are putting a tremendous amount of planning into ensuring we’re all able to commemorate this milestone fittingly.

Growing The Hilton College Endowment Foundation

To stay affordable and accessible, the world’s great schools are run as not-for-profit organisations. For them to be able to maintain and upgrade their facilities, support bursaries and scholarships and run worthy social projects, they need the financial support of their alumni and wider communities. Hilton College is no different.

Stay in touch

To update your contact details or make contact with any other Old Hiltonians, get in touch with Mrs Amanda Pistorious who manages our alumni database, at database@hiltoncollege.com

We’re investigating a new digital networking platform to enable connectivity and collaboration between Old Hiltonians.

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