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					S T STITHIANS BOYS ’ COLLEGE A South African School M aking a World of Difference
Johannesburg, South Africa. Telephone: +27-011-577-6100. Facsimile: +27-011-789-4665

NO. 3

11th JULY 2006



Headmaster’s Message
Dear Parents Staff and boys alike have received the news of David Knowles’s appointment as the next Headmaster of the Boys’ College with unanimous delight. He is undoubtedly the right man for this position. He knows and understands the needs and attributes of a boys’ school and his love of Saints and loyalty to the Boys’ College are deep and passionate. Dave Knowles is a man of unwavering integrity and he walks his talk. He is, indeed, an exemplary example of the Saints Honour. The Boys’ College is privileged to have a man of his calibre at the helm and Ian McLachl an can be assured that the wonderful ethos that he has brought to this great school will be continued by his successor. ONE AND ALL join together in wishing and his family, wi fe Susannah, son Anthony and daught er Michelle, our congratulations. May the legacy left by the next Headmaster be a rich and lasting one.



Wayne Ferreira Challenge





The learners of the Boys’ College continue on a consistent basis to strive for excellence in many facets, and succeed. Over the past few weeks we have held three Awards ceremonies. One was the Service Tie Award, awarded to Matrics for service to the school through the Matri c Committees and House Committees, and the other two ceremonies were the Service Awards and the Cultural Awards. David Knowles Mr David Ryan introduced the awards with the following abridged speech:

I read somewhere, not so long ago, a little story about the Springbok Jersey. You might have also heard the story. Imagine for a moment that you have been selected to play for South Africa. Rugby, Hockey, or Soccer. See yourself in that jersey.


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Now the point of the story is that you don’t own the jersey, you are the guardian of the jersey. Others have worn it before; others will wear it aft er you. Your responsibility is to add value to the jersey while you wear it. So I thought that this is true of the white blazer or the light blue blazer; others have worn it before, others will wear it aft er. It is true of Colours, of Wreaths. In fact it is true of the dark blue blazer you all wear. Others have worn it before, you wear it for five years, others will wear it after you. Your responsibility is to add value to it while it is briefly in your possession. The reputation of the s chool lies briefly in your hands. You receive it from others; you treasure it, add value to it and pass it on to the next wearers of the blazer. Now what I said about the Springbok jers ey, the white blazer, the light blue blazer is also true of positions in the school. If you hold a position now others will hold it in the future and you must do your best to add value to that position. In 2002, was Head Prefect. He was the Head Boy of our Grade 12s when they were in Grade 8. There is no doubt that while he was custodian of that position he added hugely to this position. Today David Smith is the custodian and he continues the legacy.

Richard Burge, Grade 12, becomes one of a select few who have been awarded three Honours Blazers while at the Boys’ College. Richard has Honours in Academics, Sport and Service.

SPEECH BY IGNUS DU TOIT – HEADBOY 2002 On the 29th of October 1941, amidst the second World War Winston Churchill visited his alma mater Harrow where he was to address the school. He got up, stood behind the microphone and said with a croaking voice: “ Never, never, never, never ever give up…” and then walked off the stage. You see sometimes it is just an idea; a single simple thought that makes all the difference. It seems, somehow, that some people are born to achieve anything they want. Some people attribute their success to luck, or may say that they are bless ed and are tal ented or just simply have the Midas touch. Yet there are numerous stories of peopl e who succeed against tremendous odds, overcoming the worst of adversity. What then is it that is the reason for their success? Is it perhaps a good family background that makes the di fference, perhaps it is wealth or high morals or an easy childhood? The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. What I want to talk about today is exactly that: failure. A strange topic you might think to discuss on a day such as this, a day of achievement. It is perhaps not something a school needs to hear about that is so much about success and excels all the time. But failure is not something we are taught at school and it is certainly not something anybody wants to fall victim to yet it is integral to our learning process and the road to success. There is a very famous story about Thomas Edison: after he had tried 9 999 times to perfect the light bulb, he was asked: “ Are you going to have 10 000 failures?” Edison replied: “ I did not fail. I only discovered another way not to invent a light Ian McLachlan, Ignus du Toit David Smith, Dave Ryan

MATRIC SERVICE TIE AWARDS Chris Ansara, Warren Backman, Dirk Bouwer, Kyle Charlton, Shaun Franklin, Daylin-Boyd Gibbons, Reinhardt Henzen, Derick Wade Immelman, Kyle Jordan, Ross Kinmont, Nicholas Kuilman, Terry Kyriazis, Lungisani Malungani, Lee Moodley, Chris Mudditt, Keshav Nursoo, Conrad Schwellnus, Mogola Segooa, Tao Tang, Greg White


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CULTURAL WREATH Gideon Malan Justin Roberts Nkululeko Nhlabathi Jacques Stemmet Richard Sibeko Karl Wolmarans Webster Lenyenyabedi Cameron P rior Danny Dee Keagan Malan James Clay DRAMA COLOURS Dylan Horley Kaeden Arnold Leroy Ntanzi Thabo Kunutu Ikanyeng Mbelle

One thing is for cert ain and that is that through your life you will come across tremendous obstacles and often have to fail and so it is crucial that you do not run away from failure but instead to embrace it and make friends with it. Now one can go on for ages about the topic but the most important thing for us to do is to shift our perception of failure. Failure as we perceive it does not exist. There is no such thing as failure, there are only results. Most people in our culture have been programmed to fear this thing called failure. Yet all of us can think of times that we wanted one thing and got another. Maybe it was failing a test, not making a sports team, not becoming a prefect or not receiving that cultural award you craved so badly for. Success ful people do not see failure; they see “ outcomes” or “ results.” They do not believe in failure. It just isn’t part of their vocabulary. The super success of our culture are not those who do not fail but simply people who know that i f they try something and it does not give them what they want, they’ve had a learning experi ence. They us e what they have learned and simply try something else. They take some new action and produce some new result. Every experi ence is just another lesson, another stepping-stone towards that ultimate goal you yearn for. Let me share someone’s life history with you. This was a man who: Failed in business at age 31 Was defeated in a legislative race at age 32 Failed in business at age 34 Overcame the death of his wife at age 35 Had a nervous breakdown at age 36 Lost an election at age 38 Lost a congressional race at age 43 Lost a congressional race at age 46 Lost a congressional race at age 48 Lost a senatorial race at age 55 Failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 56 Lost a senatorial race at age 58 Was elected as president of the United States at age 60. The man’s name is Abraham Lincoln. Could he have becom e one of Ameri ca’s most influential president’s if he had seen his losses as failures? It is not likely. It was Shakespeare who wrote: “ Our doubts are our traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” Belief in failure is a way of poisoning the mind. When we store n egative emotions, we affect our thinking process, and our state. One of the great est limitations for people is their fear of failure. Here is a question I want to ask you and I want you to think very seriously about: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Let us take a lesson from an oyster into whose shell comes a small tiny grain of sand – a thorn in it flesh, so to speak. This grain of sand is an irritation – it causes it discomfort, distress, even pain.

MUSIC HONOURS Robert Attwell

CULTURAL HONOURS Byron Bester Gabriel Crouse

SERVICE WREATH Tinashe Chandauka Dean Gibson Ryan Jutzen James Gaydon Dylan Horley Andrew Ilsley Keagan Malan Abhinav P andya Cavan Bartlett John Tatham Warren Alford


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Now the oyster can choose what to do with this intruder:
SERVICE COLOURS Conrad Monareng Yusuke Natsui Ross Kinmont Marc Eskinazi Thato Modisagae Neo Baloyi Sven von Wildenrath Rimon du P lessis Ross Baker Kyle Junkuhn Matthew P reston Nicholas de Klerk Gareth Dixon Mohammed Khan Michael Ord Jarryd Mather Dane Moodley

- The oyster could rebel – and ask why me? What have I done to deserve this? - The oyster could say: “this proves there is no justice – there is no God” - Or the oyster could deny the existence of this grain of sand through the power of positive thinking - Maybe this oyster could say, “this is my lot in life and I have to endure it” But it realise that no matter what, this grain of sand is real and it is there – so behold what does the oyster do? it firstly, recognises the presence of the grim intruder and chooses right away to do something slowly, patiently, with infinite care, the oyster builds upon the grain of sand – layer upon layer of a shiny milky substance that covers each sharp corner and coats every cutting edge and gradually, slowly, a pearl is made – a thing of wondrous beauty, wrapped around trouble. The oyster choos es to turn grains of sand into pearls, cruel misfortunes into blessings, pain and distress into beauty.

The only failure that exists is the failure to continue, the failure to pers evere. Success is not final, failure is fat al: it is the courage to continue that counts.
SERVICE HONOURS: Dane P eck Ben Ryan David Shaw Tom Dittmer Sydney P etzer P aul Sprenger Bradley Wilding Byron De John David Scheepmaker Richard Burge

During the middle ages a traveller came across a large building site. He asked a couple of workers: What are you doing?” The one grunted back and said: “ I am cutting stone. It is hard, boring and my back is killing me.” The other replied with shining eyes as he pointed to heaven: “ I am building a cathedral.” What is your cathedral? What is your big hair- raising goal? Do not let fear of failure or the outcomes you produce stand in the way of achieving those goals. When I left Saints the then Rector, Mr Wylde, gave us all bookmarks with a quotation on them, a quotation that I have found very powerful and which has helped me through tough times and I want to share it with you today. It goes as follows: “ Do not pray for easy life. Pray to be a stronger person. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle. But you shall be a miracl e. Every day you will wonder at the richness of life which has come to you through the Grace of God.” Finally I would like to end of with three simple words. Now remember that it is oft en just about a single idea a simple thought that can change our lives. Follow… your… bliss! We are all indebted to these three m en mentioned above, nam ely Dave Knowles, Dave Ryan and Ignus du Toit, who each in his own way has helped mould the Boys’ College into what it is today. Yours sincerely IAN McLACHLAN Headmaster

CONGRATULATIONS B IRTHS Trish & Cliff Jackson (Council Member, P resident of the OSA, & Headboy 1961) on the birth of their grandson, Richard (son of Brent Jackson, Matric Class of 1990), in Bahrain. Tania & Michel Hansrod (former Boarding House Administrator) on the birth of their first child, Tamia Ingrid, in Somerset


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West. CONDOLENCES Margie, Bruce, Karen, Grant & Tania, on the tragic death of Mark Finnemore (Matric Class of 1993).


INTERACT COMMITTEE: P eter Burge P resident of Interact
Douglas Hoernle – Deputy

St Stithians Boys’ College entered “Barbershop” in the 37TH RAPS National Annual One Act Play Festival. We last won in 2002 with “Big Boys” and were runners-up in 2004 with “Snowangel”.
NEW PR TEAM PR EXECUTIVE Michele Acquisto Robert Attwell Tinashe Chandauka James G aydon Ross Baker Nicholas BeachyHead Carl Bouwer Andrew Campbell Tinashe Chandauka Alex Correia Gabriel Crouse Byron de John Nicholas de Klerk Tom Dittmer Rimon du P lessis Adon Fairweather Matthew Fletcher James Gaydon Dean Gibson Wesley Graham Russell Johnson Kyle Junkuhn Jason Koch Ivan Lines Thato Modisagae Brent Morris Ofhani Negota Michael Ord Abhinav P andya Sydney P etzer

This year forty schools were involved in the Preliminary Rounds. Five schools made it to the Semi-finals, and three schools to the Finals. The Cast and Crew won Adjudicators Merit Awards for the following catagori es: Best Stage Management – Kagiso Kau Lighting - Sven von Wildenrath Cameo Role – Bongani Ngema Cameo Role – Tshepsio Goba Best Actor - Nkosinathi Hlatshwayo Best Set Design – Dylan Horley Best Motivatin – Gabriel Crouse Best Ensemble – Cast and Crew Best Comedy – Cast and Crew Best Sound – Cast and Crew Then all these Merit Awards winners were nominated for the National Awards in all the same categories and won the following awards: Best Sound – Cast and Crew Best Ensemble – Cast and Crew Best Cameo – Tshepiso Goba Best Motivation – Gabriel Crouse, Director Best Overall Production – Gabriel Crouse, Sipho Buys, Cast and Crew Electrosonic awarded R10,000.00 Lighting Equipment as the prize for BestProduction.


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Matthew P reston Graham Rex Michael Roberts Graeme Rodd David Scheepmaker Kopano Seopela David Shaw Lee Stack Christopher Thompson Eric Tsang James van Kralingen Charles Walters James White Lu Xin


SAINTS TREK 2006 The following boys will be going on the Saints Trek: Miguel Tavares Chris Ford Dean Cowley Alexander Bailey Keagan Malan Chris Austin Alex Backwell P eter Burge Mark Rusch Ian Fleming Andrew Smith Dean Johnston Dale Warburton Michael van Gysen

During the period from August 2006 to September 2007 the Boarding Houses, Collins and Mountstephens, will be undergoing dramatic renovations. These renovations will trans form the interior structure of the Boarding Houses as well as the surrounding gardens and communal areas. At St Stithians Boys’ College, the understanding of the importance of Pastoral Care as an essential ingredient in boys’ education has been refl ected in the philosophy behind the renovation planning. The Boarding Houses will accommodate 65 boys and six full time academic staff members. This ratio of approximately 1 teacher to 12 boys would allow a closer relationship to develop bas ed on an intimate understanding between staff and boys. Each Boarding House will be divided into three areas, or ‘family units’. These family units will consist of approximately 4 boys from each Grade, 8 through 12. The design of the accommodation within the family unit is based on the maximisation of individual privacy. Boys in Grade 8 and 9 would have bedroom facilities with a bed with a large drawer below the bed, locker, desk and book-shel f, within a larger room of 8 boys. Boys’ bedroom facilities will be divided via structural partitioning at head height level. This maximises the focus on privacy for the individual boy, without losing the benefit of the social interaction, establishment and development of relationships within the larger dormitory. Grade 10 boys would be allocated to a dormitory of four boys with similarly private accommodation. Grade 11 and 12 boys would be allocated to individual rooms, which allows for the developmental need for independence and also accommodates the need for academic focus. Each family unit would have a designat ed bathroom facility, which comprises individual bathroom and shower cubicl es where boys could shower and change. Each family unit would be centred around a lounge or common room where boys would be able to relax and interact. A television, books and computers would be available in these areas.

Stythian Shop Holiday Hours Friday 4th August 06:45 to 12:00 Saturday 5th August 08:00 to 12:00 Monday 7th August 09:00 to 14:00 Tuesday 8th August 09:00 to 14:00 Monday 28th August to Friday 1 September 09:00 to 14:00 Saturday 2nd September 08:00 to 12:00 Monday 4th September 08:00 to 15:45


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The boys within each family unit would be made responsible for maintaining the orderliness of their unit, and as such, duties and responsibilities would allow a broad spectrum of boys to take on leadership roles in the Boarding Hous e. The family unit will then become the focal point for Mentorship relationships between juniors and seniors within the boarding houses.

PROPOSED TIMELINE FOR BUILDING 11 September 2006: 13 October 2006: 1 December 2006: 8 January 2007: 26 March 2007: 10 April 2007: 26 June 2007: 3 July 2007: 18 September 2007: Collins House construction begins. Demolition work complete. East Wing of Collins House completion and hand over. West Wing of Collins House construction begins. Collins House complete and hand over. Mountstephens House construction begins. West Wing of Mountstephens House complete. East Wing of Mountstephens construction begins. Mountstephens House complete and hand over.

The 2006 Wayne Ferreira Challenge Thursday 18 May – Saturday, 20 May 2006 This Tournament has grown over the past few years to be the country’s premier schoolboy Tennis Tournament. Sixteen Teams participated in the National Finals of the Wayne Ferreira Challenge 2006. Teams qualify for this prestigious Tournament via regional playoffs. Nkateko Sono The teams are divided into an A and B Section. Each Section comprises eight teams. A Round Robin is played within each group. The 2 teams with the most points then qualify for the crossover semi-final.

St Stithians was placed in the A Section, facing very tough competition against Paul Roos Gymnasium, Pretoria Boys’ High and Kearsney College. St Stithians beat Kearsney convincingly by 8 matches to 1 in their first m atch, but unfortunat ely lost to both Boys’ High and Paul Roos, ending 3rd in their group. St Stithians was scheduled to play head on vs Stellenbosch (who ended 3rd in their Group in the A Section) on Saturday morning. However, the final match was cancelled due to rain and St Stithians and Stellenbosch jointly finished 5th in the Tournament. Congratulations to Jared Robinson, James Munro, Philip Lawson, Jurgen de Jager, Michal Lyzwa and Thomas Wewege on securing the Boys’ College the 5th position in South Africa. RECENT TOURS & ACTIVITIES 1ST TEAM HOCKEY TOUR TO ARGENTINA The 1st Hockey Team accompanied the Girls’ College 1st Hockey Team on a very success ful tour of Argentina. Despite a changing itinerary caus ed by an engine failu re which resulted in the outgoing flight being forced to return to Cape Town, the team performed excellently, achieving a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses against teams ranging from Schools to Club Premier teams. We visited Cordoba, Mendoza and Buenos Aires, but sadly missed Rosario owing to the delay in our flight. The teams were hosted and billeted by Argentine families for part of the tour, giving us a greater insight and understanding of Argentine culture. Our boys learned to adapt to Argentine soci ety as the


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meals and times of day are very di fferent to those followed in South Africa. We also had to adapt to different field conditions as we played matches on sand-based Astro turf and, most memorably, on a clay field similar to a clay tennis court set in the midst of a vineyard in the shadow of the Andes Mountains. We also took in the majestic sights of the Andes Mountains, even crossing over into Chile, and then experienced the romantic vibrance that is the tango of Buenos Aires. Our time in Buenos Aires included visits to Boca Stadium, home of Boca Juniors Football Club and a theme park where we were thrilled by roller coasters and other wild rides. Both Boys’ & Girls’ teams were worthy ambassadors of the College and South Africa. Captains Gareth Dixon & Robyn Taylor are to be congratulated not only on their teams’ successes, but also their players exemplary behaviour as well. The Saints’ Honour was certainly upheld and spread abroad. RESULTS: 11 – 0 5–0 2–1 4–4 2–3 2–3

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Cordoba Athletic Club U/18 Cordoba Athletic Club Combined team Cordoba Athletic Club Premier team Vistalba Club Mendoza, Premier Team Vistalba Club Mendoza, Premier Team Quilmes School, Buenos Aires

SCUBA DIVING The Scuba club took a group of 32 parents, pupils and friends (including 5 members of staff) to Ponto Do Oura in Southern Mozambique this holiday. The trip was a week long, from the 22nd to the 29th April. It was a fantastic week with perfect weather and incredible diving. The 18 scuba divers did 5 or 6 dives each and swam with dolphins on 3 occasions. A smaller group of 9 people did an unbelievable night dive. We were accompanied by 2 Potato Bass for the entire dive and experienced the most incredible sea life. On surfacing we were greeted by the huge expanse of stars in the beautiful Mozambican sky. Four scuba courses were also completed during the trip: an Open Water course, an Advanced Open Water course, a Naturalist speciality course and a Rescue Diver course, involving a total of 14 people. All in all it was a wonderful week of diving, sun, food and fun for all. We will hopefully be running another Mozambique trip in the August holidays, as well as scuba cours es and other diving trips. For more information please speak to Miss Procter (Sc10),



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Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

House Penryn Henning Mears Wesley Tucker Pitts Webb Collins Mt Stephens Krige

Senior Boys 8km was won by Grant Edmiston (Pitts) Junior Boys 4km was won by Sean Sanders (Webb)


Kabelo Pule, Grade 8, has been selected to represent South Africa in the World Karate Championships in Germany during October this year. Kabelo has achieved much success in his age group (U14 2006) over recent years. Last year he won a Gold and this year a Silver in the South African Championships. We wish him every success at the World Champs!
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