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Dear Old Boy

In this last eNews for 2009 we provide links to the 2010 Rugby Fixtures, the 2010 Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival
Fixtures, and a number of uplifting stories of Kearsney Old Boys contributing to Kearsney and their communities. We
especially salute those supporting children affected by HIV/Aids with today being World Aids Day.

We have just recently posted to you the Greyhound News (Volume 7). If you do not receive your copy please email your
postal address details to oldboys@kearsney.com Click here for our online PDF version of the latest Greyhound.

Lastly, we would also like to take this opportunity to wish you a very blessed Christmas!

Happy reading and Carpe Diem
Joy Mills-Hackmann

KCOB Event Calendar (also below)

Kearsney Old Boy News
Jonathan Pons (1980) and Kevin Ward (1983) drive the largest project in Africa to support Orphaned children:
Bulembu is a town in Swaziland; it shows Africa with the heart and vision to redefine and rebuild itself. Read more

Old Cricks T20 Challenge cancelled when rain and wind lash Kearsney campus. Click here to see images of rain
swept Kearsney.

Good KCOB turn-out on 4 November 2009 to thank and congratulate Kearsney Staff Read more

Congratulations to Keegan Eccles (2008) who has been chosen to play for a South African Invitation XI against
England in two two-day matches in East London from 9-12 December 2009. Eccles is a left-arm pace bowler and a
member of the KZN under-19 team.

Remembrance Day on 11 November 2009 was lead by Roger Tedder (1987) Read more

Barry Livsey (1974) chairs group to transform the West. Read more about the Durban West Community Tourism
Organisation (DWCTO).

Jaryd Rudolph (2007) putts his way to win the Men’s Golf Gala Day at the Kloof Country Club.

Best wishes to Lawrence Polkinghorne (1990 - KCOB Vice President) who will cycle the 6th annual HABIT 320 km in a
1-day charity cycle on Monday 7th December 2009. Click here if you wish to support LP and his team: HABIT (HIV
Abandoned Babies and Infants TRUST) Trust #12902/06 NPO 056/364 and PBO 930 027 759
Founders Weekend 7-8 May 2010: Have you booked your place yet? Founders booking form.

Branch News

New Zealand (Aotearoa) Annual Dinner on 21 November 2009 was attended by 37 people! Read more

Durban Networking Breakfast 18 November 2009 was inspired by Lucien d'Avice (1989), co-owner and director of
Barrows Read more

Class Corner

Class of 1957 Newsletter: Class Convenor Colin Downie arranged a lunch on 9 November 2009 and wrote to all his
classmates. (See full text in Catch-up below)

Class of 1996 Convenor David Emanuel (1996) and Benji Hector (1997) model one of Benji’s old bats into the new
trophy for the Old Cricks annual contest against Kearsney’s 1st XI. The T20 Challenge Trophy is in memory of Stuart
Brown who lost his battle with brain cancer August 2009. Stuart played for Kearsney 1st XI and will be remembered.

Class of 2007: Friends and members of the Class of 2007 cycle the Amashova in memory of Stef Rohwer who died
March 2009. This would have been Stef’s 10th Amashova. Amashova 2009 Photographs. Click here to read more about
the Class of 2007 Memorial Fund.

We congratulate Old Boys
Congratulations, we celebrate with you!

Congratulations to Andrew Perkins (2001) who will marry Caitlin Henderson on 12 December 2009 in the Highbury

Congratulations to Peter Townshend (1988) and his wife Emma on the birth of their first child Arthur in May 2009.
Pip Townshend (1958) & Nan now have a bakers dozen of grand children.

Congratulations to Renzo Scribante (1998) and his wife Emma on the birth their first child Scarlett Christine Maria
12 November 2009.

Congratulations to John (1967) and Cathy Nightingale on the birth of their grandson Rex Gary 16 November 2009
delivered in Pietermaritzburg by the daughter of Kearsney Old Boy Denis Roberts (1967).

Special birthday congratulations!
Congratulations and best wishes to those celebrating a special birthday this month:
98      Harold Wilkinson (Unknown 1926) turns 98 on 7 December. No email.
85th    Leslie Putterill (Gillingham 1940) turns 85 on 24 December. No email.
80th    Andrew Brass (Gillingham 1947) turns 80 on 21 December. asbrass@yahoo.com .
        Gerald Hastie (Unknown 1948) turns 80 on 16 December. No email.
70th    Rob Tedder (Finningley 1956) turns 70 on 16 December. No email.
        Brian Murray (Unknown 1957) turns 70 on 10 December. No email.
60th    John Keir (Pembroke 1968) turns 60 on 24 December. john.keir@eskom.co.za
        Orson Toombs (Gillingham 1967) turns 60 on 26 December. bolder@telkomsa.net
        Graham Theunissen (Finningley 1967) turns 60 on 13 December. No email.
        Jeremy Smith (Gillingham 1967) turns 60 on 24 December. jerry@ileslie.co.za
        Noel Leitch (Finningley 1967) turns 60 on 7 December. leitch@iafrica.com
        Ronnie Hemphill (Gillingham 1967) turns 60 on 8 December. kenoron@iafrica.com
        Alan Dryburgh (Finningley 1967) turns 60 on 18 December. Alan.dryburgh@jhi.co.za
        George Baikie (Gillingham 1967) turns 60 on 22 December. jgb@halfway.ws
          David Reece (Finningley 1966) turns 60 on 20 December. Zs1dfr@telkomsa.net
          Giles Hugo (Gillingham 1965) turns 60 on 29 December. No email.
          Geoff Capstickdale (Unknown 1968) turns 60 on 13 December. capstick@mweb.co.za
50th      Kim Lindsay (Finningly 1976) turns 50 on 18 December. kim.lindsay@ncdsolutions.co.za
          Kevin Guy (Finningley 1977) turns 50 on 4 December. Kpe.guy@gmail.com
21st      Roshan Chakane (Unknown 2007) turns 21 on 25 December. mmzambo@ds.ncape.gov.za
          Alessandro Rossi (Pembroke 2008) turns 21 on 24 December. jcrossi@mweb.co.za
          Fergus Ridl (Pembroke 2006) turns 21 on 8 December. gus@therugby.co.za

                        Please register your birth date with us! Contact us on oldboys@kearsney.com
       Please send news of graduations | promotions | engagements | marriages | births, etc. to oldboys@kearsney.com
                    Join the Virtual Prayer Group - Contact Roger Tedder (1987) on roger@hillside.org.za

College News
‘Happy 50th Birthday Mr Elwyn’: The Headmaster, Elwyn van den Aardweg, was overwhelmed at a surprise breakfast
with Kearsney staff on his 50th birthday on 26 November 2009. The choir performed an adapted song as a tribute which
was followed by all the boys gathering to sing happy birthday. Elwyn joined Kearsney in 2001 and looks forward to
continuing successes at Kearsney in 2010 and beyond. Read more

Kearsney Carol Services benefit Ethelbert Children’s Home: Over R10 000 was donated to Ethelbert Children’s
Home through the offerings taken at the Carol Services. In addition the generous contributions by parents and boys of
toiletries for the children at Ethelbert also brought joy to many.

Epoch and Optima Trusts grant R300,000 to promote mathematic excellence at Kearsney Read more

Rotary Durban supports Kearsney bursaries Read more

Swimming success: Murray McDougall and Brett Walsh returned triumphant from the Junior Africa Championships in
Mauritius, where between them they bagged 11 gold and 1 bronze medals and broke 3 South African and 10
championship records. Read more

Progress on resurfacing of the Stott Field Read more

Golfers shoot to the top of the leaderboard: The 1st team was unbeaten this season and the 2nd team lost only one
match. Congratulations to Martin Rohwer who won the School Matchplay Championships and was selected for the
KwaZulu-Natal Under 18 team to participate in the Interprovincial Tournament in Bloemfontein in December. Read more

We welcome Kearsney’s New Chaplain Rev Teboho Isaac Erasmus: The Methodist Church has confirmed the
appointment to Kearsney with effect from January 2010 of Rev Teboho Isaac Erasmus. Rev Erasmus is currently Circuit
Superintendent Minister in the Bela-Bela district involved with pastoral and counselling duties as well as leadership and
administrative duties in the MCSA. He studied at the University of Transkei where he obtained his BJuris degree in 1985,
obtained his Diploma in Theology in 2000 and his BTh Honours from Natal University in 2002. He is currently busy with
his Masters Degree at the University of KZN. We look forward, after a year without a full-time Chaplain, once again to
have a Methodist Chaplain taking care of the spiritual life of the College.

Fond farewells to three stalwarts who retire from Kearsney: Carol Tullidge after 28 years, Mick Bissell after 14 years
and Janet Lee after a 22 year association with Kearsney. Read tributes

Useful links:
More Kearsney news | 2010 Rugby Fixtures | 2010 Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival Fixtures | 2011 Grade 8 Admissions
KCOB Events Calendar
Find calendar updates & event detail online

2 December 2009: Cape Town UCT Sports Club
Join Geoff Stroebel for an ABF get-together from 17h30 to 19h00 to wave goodbye to 2009 and to drink a toast to what
2010 has in store.

9 December 2009: Durban Branch Year-end Dinner
You and your partner are invited to join the Durban KCOB branch.
Venue: Marco’s Restaurant, 52 Florida Road, Durban | Time: 18h30 for 19h00
Dress: Smart Casual | Cost: R150 per person
RSVP: Ross Littlejohn Cell: +27 (83) 635 5281 | Email: ross.littlejohn@za.didata.com
Your booking will be confirmed on receipt of payment – please note payment details below
Dinner drinks are on a cash bar basis – corkage fee available at R35 a bottle

12 December 2009: Swaziland Annual Golf and Family Day
Venue: Nkonyeni Golf Estate Contact: Grant Litster (Sec.) | Cell: + 268 6038013

14 January 2010: New Old Boys Cocktail Party
Venue: Greyhound
Time: 17h30 for 18h00
Dress: Smart Casual
RSVP: oldboys@kearsney.com by 11 January 2010

3 February 2010: Gauteng Cocktail Party to welcome New Old Boys and Parents

4 February 2010: Gauteng Business Breakfast
Booking is essential: email oldboys@kearsney.com to receive a detailed invitation.

10 February 2010: Durban Networking Breakfast
Booking is essential: email oldboys@kearsney.com to receive a detailed invitation.

21 February 2010: Kearsney Striders Dunlop Half Marathon & 16km Walk

24 February 2009: KCOB Wilderness Golf Challenge
Contact Simon McKeown simon@zulu-sky.com

10 March 2010: Durban Networking Breakfast
Booking is essential: email oldboys@kearsney.com to receive a detailed invitation.

13 March 2010: Open Weekend Stott Corner KCOB Braai

25 March 2010: 1st Dinner for Branch Committees and Class Convenors, Greyhound

18 April 2010: Touch Rugby Tournament / Old Crocks Rugby Match, Kearsney

7-8 May 2010: Founders Weekend booking form
Speak! Catch-up with Old Boys
A number of Old Boys sent messages this month. Thank you!

HALL, Michael 1953 l cailey@ucla.edu l On a recent trip to Perth, Australia, where I have become involved in teaching at
the University of Western Australia, I met up with Jim Anderson (I think of the Class of 1963). We had met at my 50th
reunion in 2003, and had kept in touch via email since then. It was great to meet him again in the flesh, and we managed
a dinner together, and then a lovely walk one afternoon around his suburb and some of the beaches of Perth. Jim is a
radiologist in Perth, but if ever he wants to take on a more relaxing job, he could become a tour guide. His knowledge of
the history of Perth, and of Western Australia in general was awesome. He seemed to know the name of every tree and
plant that we passed. It was delightful to catch up, and when I return to Perth next year, I hope that we can again spend
some time together. His wife, Jennifer, is well known in the Perth art world.

Since I retired 3 years ago, I have kept myself busy by continuing to teach both at UCLA and the University of Western
Australia, serving on a few academic committees at UCLA and studying French; which is by far the most difficult of my
current activities. While I thoroughly enjoy it, I fear that learning a new language at 70-plus, is a slow process!

My wife, Jill, retired this year after 20 years as a librarian with the Los Angeles Schools. The recession has hit funding for
our schools very hard, and we felt that it was perhaps a good time for her to get out of the system. This will allow us time
to travel together. In fact we are having a family reunion in New Zealand over the Christmas holidays.

I notice that there is a KCOB dinner in Auckland this month--unfortunately we won't be there until December. I shall email
Mark Berge and find out if there is perhaps a KCOB drinks evening which coincides with the few days that we will be in

My 60th reunion is around the corner and I plan to travel from the USA to attend it. Our 50th was delightful and I wonder if
anyone in our class would be willing to step up to help arrange the event? I shall certainly be willing to be co-chair, as I
was with Frank Porrill for our 50th.

Thank you for the Old Boys News; I enjoy it tremendously. 2 November 2009

LONGHURST, Bruce: 1955 l sbal@mweb.co.zw l Many thanks for your invitation for cocktails on 4 November; would
love to make it, but regret I cannot. The Newsletter was of great, nostalgic interest – I shall be writing to the Rock Art
‘fundis‘ about opportunities to have a look at the rock art in the Matobo Hills near Bulawayo, they remain safely
explorable. Keep the Newsletter coming, please. November 2009

REEVES, Gareth: 1967 l garethreeves@yebo.co.za l I would like to let the school know that young Richard McLaverty
(2007) now studying at UCT Cape Town has just been appointed to Secretary General SRC. A portfolio of 5 committee
members elected from 25000 students. He heads up Campus Policy Negotiations. Further to this he received a personal
call from Helen Zille requesting him to join the DA Party. Richard was awarded Honours for services to Kearsney. He
certainly is a great example to the school.

I was most impressed with Elwyn’s report at the Zululand Old Boys Dinner and am proud to be an old boy. I also speak
for my late Dad who was Head Boy in 1935. Thanks again and well done to Miles Mathews for putting on such a good
evening. Please oblige by sending this e mail to Miles and Justin Hughes. Elwyn thank you for your sound guidance of
Richard McLaverty. That deed has seen him on his way to success. This is another testimony of a truly great school. I
will certainly attempt to get my grandsons to attend Kearsney

Personally Kearsney is the greatest asset I have on my CV although academics was not my strongest point. The school
has given me a passionate drive to achieve in an honest manner. Our network of Kearsney friends and family is
awesome. Thank you for listening and been such an asset to South Africa. 2 November 2009
DOWNIE, Colin: 1957 Class Convenor | down@telkomsa.net | Colin shared his Newsletter to the '57 Survivor

Just before the crazy month of December starts, a few words which may be of interest to you.

Let's start with a brief report on two lunches. The first one was the Survivors Lunch which was held in the Greyhound
Pavilion on 16 October. It was reported in the November issue of Greyhound eNews together with some photographs,
but in case you missed it let me just say that it was an outstanding success. About 45 Survivors, some with wives,
attended. Graeme Shuker welcomed everyone and the Headmaster gave a very interesting short speech in which he
highlighted three Kearsney boys who had overcome adversity to make successes of their lives. Then two members of
the Kearsney Choir sang a duet after which the whole choir sang two songs one of which of course was Shosholoza! It
was quite a moving experience. The tasty lunch had only two courses and the sweets were good old Kearsney bread
and butter pudding! A nice touch.

Harry Bouman, Donald Thresher and I represented our year, but there were so many other Old Boys that I had not seen
for many years. A few names that come to mind of our vintage are Colin Carelse (53), the Haley brothers Peter and
Barry (53), 'Tiny' Doige (55), David Lees (59), Eric Gieseler (59), Bruce Hulett (56), Ron Timm (56), Denis Hopewell (53),
and 'Pop' Tolken (54). Jannie Storm and Bertha also attended.

There is no doubt that this function will become an annual event for Survivors and I urge you to watch out for it next year
and to get your name down to attend. You won't be disappointed!

The second lunch took place on 9 November at a restaurant in Durban. Dylan Cross was for many years a 'lost' Old Boy
but we managed to make contact with him and found out that he had been living in Germany for the last 40 years. When
he told me he was coming out to South Africa for a visit I invited him to spend a couple of days with me. We spent almost
a full day going round the Kearsney campus which really impressed him. The next day I had lunch with Tony Stiebel,
Donald Thresher, Mike Storm, and Dylan Cross.

Dylan spoke of his interesting life and travels. He is multi-lingual and has his own translating business which specialises
in translating legal and important documents. Tony spoke about his relationship with Queen Elizabeth. He hosted her at
the July Handicap a few years back and she in return hosted him at Ascot. Mike had a most unpleasant experience he
when he was accosted by three thugs at his beach cottage. He also talked about a trip he had made with Dylan and
Neville Polkinghorne on a Union Castle ship to the UK shortly after they left school and some of the shenanigans on the
way. He also brought along some photographs to prove it!

On a sad note, Eric Hermanson lost his wife Cynthia in October after a long battle against cancer. Our sympathies are
with you, Eric.

Sympathies also go to Chris and Pauline Coggin in Perth, Australia. They lost a daughter-in-law to cancer. She gave
birth to a baby girl one week before she passed away.

 I wish you and your family all the very best for a wonderful Christmas, and a most successful 2010, and let's hope we
see more of each other next year.

Kind regards and Carpe Diem

Please send your messages to Cindi on oldboys@kearsney.com
Heritage Corner
2009 donated items previously reported listed here

We thank Philip le Feuvre (Staff 1959 - 1961) for the 1960 and 1961 issues of the Kearsney College Exploration Society
journals. November 2009

Offer volunteer support or memorabilia to archivists Owen Clarkson and Colin Downie oldboys@kearsney.com

In memory
We remember KCOB members who have died

It is with much regret that we notify you of the following deaths. Our sincere sympathy goes to the families and friends
concerned. Read listing and tributes

Notices received since the last eNews
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Reflections on-line
She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger – there was no room for them to
stay in the inn. (Luke 2:7)

No mention is made of the person who offered the humble stable accommodation to Joseph and Mary. Bethlehem was
packed with people who had arrived to take part in the compulsory census and the town must have been over-extended
and busy. Yet someone, amidst all this frenzy, took the time to help this couple who were desperate. The challenge for
us, at least over this Christmas period, is to look past the stress and activity of the season to see that person or couple in

Submitted by Elwyn van den Aardweg, Headmaster
Contact us
eNews Editor
Joy Mills-Hackmann | +27(0)83 662 0838 | joy@kearsney.com

Kearsney College Foundation & Old Boys Secretariat
Secretary: Karen Seals | Tel: +27 (0)31 765 9628 | oldboys@kearsney.com
Database & Research: Cindi Polzi | Tel: +27 (0)31 765 9650 | oldboys@kearsney.com

Branch Chairmen
AUSTRALIA: Richard Bridel | Tel: +61 2 405100261 | Richard.Bridel@ampymetering.com.au
CAPE TOWN: Geoff Stroebel | Cell: 083 460 1281| geoff.stroebel@pamgolding.co.za
DOLPHIN COAST: Ryan Hunt | Tel: 082 786 4170 | ryan@sportandsafaris.com
DURBAN: Ross Littlejohn | Cell: 083 635 5281 | ross.littlejohn@za.didata.com
GAUTENG: Tim Johnson | Cell: 082 4246202 | tim@mediasquared.co.za
NEW ZEALAND: Mark Berge | Tel: (04) 385 0587 |mark.berge@woosh.co.nz
SOUTH COAST: Kyle Staats | Cell: 076 188 5810 | kcobcscb@gmail.com
SWAZILAND: Patrick Russell |Tel: 09268 602 0449 | tinkhukhu@realnet.co.sz
       and Grant Litster (Sec.) | Cell: + 268 6038013 | glitster@fnb.co.za
UK LONDON: Tyrone Jansen | Cell: +44 798 3979 093 | tyronejansen@yahoo.com
USA: Grant du Plooy | Tel: +510-315-0565 l duplooy@gmail.com | see new USA Branch page
ZULULAND: Miles Mathew | Cell: 082 891 6628 | pumula@iafrica.com

Local chapter
SINGAPORE: Kendal Robinson | 00 65 9667 0312 | kendal@idealgroup.com.sg


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