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OLD BOYS March 2009 Greetings from Michaelhouse, As we embark on


OLD BOYS March 2009 Greetings from Michaelhouse, As we embark on

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March 2009 Greetings from Michaelhouse, As we embark on yet another year it has been encouraging to note that we have started where we left off from last year and Michaelhouse is in a great place!!! We welcomed 120 New Boys, 117 in E Block, and one each in B, C and D Block, this year and all have settled well and got into the MHS way of life very quickly. The induction was held in the chapel in which each new boy undertakes to “strive by all means in their power to persevere and enhance the good name of this school and to be worthy of their membership of it “. A great pledge which we all still strive for many years after having left. We would like to welcome Father Fred Pitout to our team as the New Old Boys Secretary. Fred an old boy and past chaplain of Michaelhouse brings a new enthusiasm to our efforts as a club and his energy is already being felt throughout all the branches .Michelle Huntley remains as ever our loyal assistant and will be the back up that is required as we seek to reach our objectives. Welcome Fred and we look forward to all that you have to offer. Please note that Fred will have the task of handling our data base and making sure we keep updating our records .This cannot be done alone and we urge all members to please keep us informed or go to the website Please find within this newsletter the diary of events across the country as well as some pertinent information regarding school activities. OLD BOYS’ DAY Old Boys’ Day will be held on Saturday, 6th June 2009. The programme for the day is as follows: 08h00 08h30 10h00 10h30 11h00 12h30 14h00 17h00 Central Committee Meeting - Vestry Tours of the School available from the Main Quad Tea & Registration – Main Quad Chapel Service Annual General Meeting – Schlesinger Theatre Buffet Lunch in Memorial Hall – R100 per head Sporting Fixtures vs George Campbell & Hillcrest Drinks in Old Boys’ Club – Cash Bar Curry & Rice will be available. Bar Closes at 20h30. GAUDIES The following Gaudies will take place on Friday, 5th June 2009 at Michaelhouse: 1969 Callum Smythe, Tel: 033 3920500, or email:

1979 Anton Southwood, Tel: 083 578 8355, or email: 1984 David Baker, Email: or Paul Darby-Wade, email: 1989 Clinton Ward, Tel: 082 852 3333 or email: Murray Pitt on email: 1999 Matthew McCormick, email: Michelle Huntley, email: Please contact the above Convenors regarding your reunion dinners. The 1959 Gaudy will take the form of a luncheon to be held on 6 August 2009 at Michaelhouse Contact Michelle Huntley – email: or telephone 033 2341139. BRANCH EVENTS Attached is a Diary of Events at this stage – please note one important change: Johannesburg – please note that the annual dinner will now be held on 16 July 2009 at the OJA and not the 27th May 2009 as was previously circulated. Further details will follow nearer the time. OLD BOYS NEWS Ross Cronj (2007) has been selected in the Sharks Super 14 squad. Patrick Lambie (2008) and Ruan Combrinck (2008) have been selected to represent the SA U19 Rugby squad. Mark Richards (2007) and Guy Cronj (2007) has been included in the Wildebeest Rugby Squad. CONGRATULATORY LETTERS Special mention must be made of the following Old Boys: 1) Michael Rosholt - awarded “The Order of the Grand Counsellor of the Baobab: Silver”, by his Excellency President K P Motlanthe - This honouring you and acknowledging “your keen sense of justice; (and) indelible mark in fostering black trade unions and pioneering nonracialism in the work place”. 2) John Trafford - appointment to the combined post as Senior School and College Head at Kingswood. SCHOOL NEWS MATRIC RESULTS (2008) We were very pleased with the Matric results achieved by the class of 2008. We had 103 candidates, 100 (97%) of them obtained University Endorsement passes and there were 3 Diploma passes. In total there were 136 Subject distinctions; 77% of the Subject Symbols achieved were either an A, B or C. Well done to the following boys who excelled: Edward Steere (7 distinctions); William Gowans, Edward Greene, Nicholas Meyer, Ben van Aswegen (6 distinctions); Henk Appelo, Brian Cox, Jason Trautman, Nicholas Turner, PieterDerk van der Merwe and Dale Walker (5 distinctions). While we were pleased with most of our subjects, the subject departments which excelled were IT with 53% of the boys achieving distinctions; Computer Applications (43%); Mathematics (35%) and Geography (35%). Congratulations to the Class of 2008 and the academic staff on a superb set of results. CULTURAL Michaelhouse in association with The Wykeham Collegiate presents “IPI NTOMBI , the classic musical of the 70’s written by Bertha Egnos and Gail Laker. The Show takes place from Monday, 27th April 2009 until Friday, 1st May 2009 @ 19h30. Tickets are selling fast and bookings can be done with Michelle Huntley on 033 2341139 or email:

CHRISTIAN FOCUS WEEK Early in the quarter the School held a Christian Focus Week. The team leader was headed by Dr Keith Matthee and the programme leader was Xavier Moran. The following Old Boys were part of the team: Cullum Allen MHS Old Boy 2006 - School Prefect, Head of House in Mackenzie - 8 distinctions in matric exam - currently studying Bus.Sci. at UCT Ross Armstrong MHS Old Boy 1986 – School Prefect, Head of House in East – 1st Rugby and Cricket – B. Agric. Management Honours from UKZN - Businessman and Sugar Cane Farmer in the Mtubatuba area, Zululand - Chairman of the Board of Govenors of Grantleigh School. Simon Armstrong MHS Old Boy 1983 - School Prefect, Head of House in East - 1st Rugby and Cricket Former Captain of the South African Polo Team (Equestrian) - Diploma in Marketing and Agri Business - Farmer and Businessman at Verulam, near Durban. Glen Dowie MHS Old Boy 2007 - Deputy Senior Prefect, Head of House in Tatham - Captain of 1st Hockey - currently studying Bus.Sci. at UCT Warwick Elliott MHS Old Boy 1982 - School Prefect in West - Captain 1st Rugby - Natal Schools Rugby Natal Under 21 Rugby - Businessman based in Durban. David Francis MHS Old Boy 2006 - School Prefect, Head of House in Farfield - MHS Jazz Band - 6 distinctions in matric exam - currently studying B.Soc.Sci at UCT Jono Le Feuvre MHS Old Boy 2000 - Prefect in Founders - B.A. in Film and Media Production from UCT Freelance Journalist who writes for Men's Health magazine, among others (He has also written for Best Life, Men's Health Living, Sports Illustrated, GQ) - recording artist - based in Cape Town. Dr Cameron McIntosh MHS Old Boy 1994 - Deputy Senior Prefect - Captain 2nd Rugby - a Medical Doctor - South African Slalom Canoeing Champion - competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing currently working for the Congress of the People (COPE) – politician. Lochlan Mc Intosh MHS Old Boy 1996 - Prefect in Baines - 1st Rugby - qualified as a Civil Engineer - currently full time Christian ministry working with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), in Taiwan. Warwick Pearce MHS Old Boy 1982 - Prefect in Tatham - Cross Country Champion - Civil Engineer runs a foster home for abandoned babies - based in Durban. Bruce Perry MHS Old Boy 1999 - School Prefect in East - 1st Rugby and Cricket - Border Under 21 Rugby - B. SocSci. From Rhodes - Post Grad in Sports Management at UCT - Business Consultant based in Gauteng. Guy (Sparky) Robertson MHS Old Boy 2004 - House Prefect in West - received Nick Crowe award - MHS Jazz Band - currently studying Civil Engineering at UCT Mark Slaughter MHS Old Boy 1990 - Baines House - 1st Hockey - B.Comm. and Diploma in International Marketing Management - Businessman based in Durban. Paul Smedley MHS Old Boy 2006 – House Prefect in Mackenzie - received Nick Crowe award - 2nd Rugby - MHS Jazz Band - currently studying a B.Sc. at Rhodes. Daniel Van Zuydam

MHS Old Boy 2005 - Baines House - KZN Youth Choir - currently studying at UKZN. The boys were privileged to listen to the most amazing testimonies by men who are superb role models. Speakers included Michael Cassidy (Old Boy), who launched the week, with an excellent talk on “My Story of Search and Discovery”, followed the next day by an interview with Shaun Pollock which was conducted by Team Leader, Keith Matthee. Shaun came across as an incredibly humble man with a deep and strong faith and certainly ‘connected’ with the boys. This was followed by a rock band evening, led by Jono le Feuvre. Well known comedian/actor Aaron McIlroy put on a superb show and gave a very powerful message the following day. Thursday saw Sharks rugby players, Johan Muller and Jacques Botes speaking and the boys were totally engaged with them. On the Friday of that week, Cameron McIntosh gave an inspirational talk on his “Road to Beijing”. Cameron is an Old Boy and his message would have encouraged every boy to keep striving for a goal, despite many obstacles which are encountered along the way. The week concluded with Chapel services on the Sunday led by Xavier Moran – the Programme Leader. The constant message from the Team that led the Focus Week was how fantastic the young men at Michaelhouse are, their excellent manners and their willingness to engage in challenging issues. What also struck the Team was the great relationship between the boys, especially Juniors and Seniors: this was particularly apparent to the more “Senior” Old boys who were part of the team. Well done to all involved. SPORT Waterpolo – has had a very successful season with brilliant performances to beat College 8 – 3 and Northwood 8 – 1. Canoeing - dominated the Inter-Schools Dusi Race with Stuart Maclaren once again in top form in 1st place Squash – the 1st Squash Team have enjoyed huge success this quarter and are currently ranked 2 in KZN. Basketball – The 1st team have had a very successful quarter beating both Maritzburg College and Hilton. Midmar Mile – 130 Michaelhouse boys swam the Midmar Mile with Sean Clarke excelling with his 2nd place in the category for disabled swimmers. Special mention must be made of 10 boys who swam the 8 Mile event in aid of charity. They were Tristan van Dam, Cameron Lindsay, Jason Clarke, Stephen Thring, Nicholas Byrne, Storm Galllie, Michael Venter, Reece Chittenden, Lee Savory and Sean Clarker. They raised an incredible R100 000 between them! Lee Savory raised in excess of R40 000 which was the third highest of all 8 Milers – a fantastic achievement. Swimming: - Sean Clarke excelled in the SA Schools Swimming Championships winning 4 gold medals and breaking 3 records! Rector’s Announcements: KZN U19B Tennis : Myles Arron, Lungelo Nkosi KZN U15A Tennis : Richard Ashforth KZN U15B Tennis : Dean Stephen KZN U14 Life Saving : Cameron Bird KZN Midlands Tennis Team : Myles Arron (U19), Lungelo Nkosi (U19), Dean Stephen (U15), Richard Ashforth (U15)

Canoeing Dinner Awards : The Best Senior Canoeist : Stuart Maclaren The Best Junior Canoeist : Andrew Houston Hockey Captain 2009 : Clinton Panther Hockey Vice Captains 2009 : Dean Dowie, Tom Gardner Rugby Captain 2009 : Cameron Lindsay Rugby Vice Captain 2009 : David Strachan KZN Multi-Disability Swimming Team : Sean Clarke Rugby fixtures for the balance of the season are as follows: 18 April - DHS (H) – Grandparents Day * 25 April - Hilton (H) * 2 May - Kearsney (A) 9 May - Northwood (H) * 23 May - St Johns (A) 30 May - Glenwood (A) 6 June - George Campbell (H) – Old Boys Day * 13 June - St Charles (TBC) 20 June - Hilton (A) * The bar will be open in the Old Boys Club after the first team game is finished– we hope to see many Old Boys after the matches. Welcome to new Govenors The School welcomed the following new Govenors to the Board: Charles Nupen, Frank Bradford, Peter Harris, John Brand, Lorato Phalatse and Zola Songca. We hope they have a long and happy association with Michaelhouse. I look forward to seeing you at Old Boys Day on the 6th June 2009. I wish you and your families a blessed time over the Easter Weekend and may you travel safe. Kind Regards BRETT DAVIDSON PRESIDENT OLD BOYS’ CLUB Tegwen Agencies 0837026954 0315696540

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