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  18 March 2008                                                                      Headmaster’s Letter 03 of 2008


  Dear Andrean Family

  A story against myself:

  On Saturday we played in the Graeme College Rugby Day (it is so good to have that proud
  school as our neighbour) against Brandwag from Uitenhage in the rain. The field was wet.
  The Headmaster was seated behind the deadball line (just) with all the paraphernalia of an
  armchair critic: binoculars, shooting stick, and umbrella. James Price ran in the winning
  try, carrying the ball one handed over the try line. In order to narrow the angle of the
  conversion kick, he ran round to try and put the ball down under the posts. In this sensible
  endeavour, and in order to avoid being tackled, he also took out the Headmaster, shooting
  stick and umbrella.

  The Headmaster’s public version is that he was willing the boy to carry the ball in two
  hands in the wet and to dot it down to such a degree, that he forgot to get out of the way.
  The private version is that he didn’t have the coordination to think and move away at the
  same time. Eish, these boys move fast, hey!

  “All’s well that ends well.” The shooting stick and umbrella did not do significant damage
  to James compared to the potential damage they could have inflicted, and the Headmaster,
  when playing the sympathy card later that night, and recalling the incident to his wife,
  Ingrid, who had been otherwise busy elsewhere, was told to get over himself. Certainly
  James will go on and set many records at College, but knocking the Headmaster over on
  the way to scoring the winning try is the stuff that legends are made of.

  That was a long introduction. What you really wanted to know was that we have a team of
  relatively small boys, tough, skillful, full of running, and fearsome tackling, and a burning
  desire to play the game. It was the first game of the season and they made mistakes.
  These will get sorted.

  That was Saturday.

  The weekend started on Friday night with the Speechmakers’ Banquet. Rufus Camm
  (Grade 11) spoke with such depth, and thoughtfulness, compassion and humanity on the
  topic ‘Good Fences Make Good Neighbours’ and Luke Westensee was all soul and
  maturity and sensitive balance in talking of The Need for Romance. Jack Darby, Henning
  Klopper, Matthew Spurr, Jaco Delport, Bruce Austin and Justus Luttig all spoke with skill
  and control. I am so often so proud of our boys.


                        HEADMASTER : DAVID WYLDE BA (HONS) (UCT) M PHIL (OXON) B ED (WITS)
SOMERSET STREET • P.O. BOX 182 • GRAHAMSTOWN • 6140 • SOUTH AFRICA • TEL: +27 (0)46 603 2300 • WEBSITE: www.sacschool.com
                Member of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa • Member of SAHISA AHISA HMC
Friday afternoon had started with the opportunity to say goodbye to the Debating Team.
Without having any expectations, I told them what I said last year to the team who went to
Eton: “Stand back for no one. You are as good as.” The team of Luke Kelly, Cameron
MacKenzie, Zukisa Pityana, Nandile Tabata, Jarrett Whitehead and Sean Viljoen, with
coach Ms Clare McIntyre, departed on Sunday 16 March for Dublin, Ireland, where they
will participate in the St Andrew’s International Model United Nations (SAIMUN)
debating competition, being held at the Royal Marine Hotel from 18-21 March 2008.
During the competition they will be accommodated by host families in Dublin. They will
be doing a little sightseeing after the competition and return to South Africa on 27 March.

From 16h00 to 19h00 on Friday afternoon we were at a most joyous event filled with old
boys, amongst others, friends and relatives from around world, white rose petals, and eight
grandchildren who nearly stole the show. We were invited to the wedding in the College
Chapel, conducted most animatedly by Father Gary Griffith-Smith, of Gunther Marx
(Vice Principal Pastoral Care) and Kelly Dower, and the reception afterwards at the
gracious home of Naomi and David Dower. We wish Gunther and Kelly a long and happy
life together.

Saturday night after the rugby we were at the school play, ‘Othello’, put on in the Drill
Hall with a newly built stage, lanterns and lighting consul.

This has been a short term. This was David Molony’s first production. To put on a
Shakespeare Tragedy in such a short time was remarkable. To tell the story of evil
manipulation in such stark clarity was astounding. The story of the play was as clearly
portrayed as I have ever seen it done on the stage. The portrayal of Iago by Henry Beckett
was a performance of steady control and Machiavellian manipulation. Sive Dom’s Othello
had stature, weight and a dominant presence, Benoit Morkel (Deputy Head Prefect) as
Cassio was warm and genuine and honest, Robert Levick (Montano) filled the stage with
natural presence: Frikkie Stegmann, Jethro Wilkins, Zukisa Pityana, Luke Kelly, Dexter
Munnik, Andrew Still, Dylan Buchalter, Guy Hennings-Haahr and Timothy Abel all spoke
with clarity, were sure of foot and added to a strong ensemble. Ruth Nelson (Desdemona)
was glittering attraction, Sarah Holtshauzen (Emelia) has a wonderfully expressive face
and showed powerful and believable characterization, and Anthea Gilfillan (Bianca) was
seductive, emotional, vibrant. The girls added the meaning for all this male bombast and
reminded me again why College is a better place because of the DSG.

Years ago we raised money, which now stands at nearly R1 000 000 (one million Rands),
to develop a theatre in the Drill Hall while retaining the space as an exam hall. Is there an
old boy to whom we would give NAMING RIGHTS who would help us to complete this
project and create a top rate theatre at College?

I also said goodbye on Friday to the Thistles Rugby team who went on rugby tour to East
London, Kokstad and Kwa Zulu Natal. The team consists of Granville Smith, Michael
Holmes, Khanyisa Jamjam, Rikus Kruger, Grant Prior, Ed Torr, Nick Branford, Andrew
Alexander, Ryan Black, Jordi van Hasselt, Steven Cilliers, Steven Harding, Jonathan de
Vrye, Jack Darby, Ross Campbell, Justin Swart, Dale Austin, Simon Tukahirwa, Richard
O’Mahoney, Dane van der Westhuyzen.

The new boys are presently on a New Boy Camp, camping out at the Whites’ Farm, 'Table
Farm’, and will return later today.



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So a full weekend reached its zenith on Palm Sunday morning at 08h00 in Chapel. I
looked up to the window above and in front on my left and read the words “Stop Doubting
and Believe”, and on my right front, saw in the back row of the choir, Sive Dom, Othello,
standing in humility and singing his lungs out. As my wife had said to the Headmaster,
boys too, get over themselves. From the heady stuff of lead roles and a cast party with
David Molony and Aidan Smith, Sive was up betimes and quietly standing in the back row
joining the choir singing. (The Headmaster is so often proud of our boys).
The last verse of the first hymn on Palm Sunday was:

       “Crown Him the Lord of years
       The Potentate of time,
       Creator of the rolling spheres,
       Ineffably sublime!
       All hail, Redeemer, hail!
       For Thou hast died for me;
       Thy praise shall never, never fail
       Throughout eternity.”

May I wish you the joy of the risen Lord and the happiness of having your boy back in the
bosom of the family.

Have a great holiday.

Kind regards




DAVID WYLDE
HEADMASTER


HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Our U15A Rugby squad will be participating in the Independent Schools Rugby Festival
which will be held at Woodridge, from 25-29 March 2008. The team consists of Michael
Allsop, Litha Bakumeni, William Cahill, Ayesha Cindi, Andre Coetzee, Matthew Fraser-
Jones, Troy Frisch, Peter Lever, Toza Macozoma, Xhanti Mahlangeni, Chris Malila, Nikita
Manqoyi, Tendai Mauluka (v/c), Graham Maxwell, Ntsiki Mlameli (c), Kanekwa
Mondoloka, Wesley Obray, Camillus Ondego, Paul Selwyn-Smith and Declan
Williamson.

Our Rugby 1st XV squad leaves shortly to play at the King Edward VII School Festival.
Here are the dates and the times:

vs St David’s Inanda          -      Thursday 20 March 2008      at 09h30 Main Field
vs Westville Boys High        -      Saturday 22 March 2008      at 14:30 Main Field
vs Jeppe High School          -      Monday 24 March 2008        at 15:45 Main Field




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The team consists of Patrick Eriksen, Andrew Walker, Bradley Paul, Richard Strydom,
Jamie Gotz, Dale Manning, Kent McIntyre, Nieuwoudt Gresse, Ryan Dugmore, Heinrich
Smit, James Price, Brian Skosana, James Boyd-Moss, Matthew Stanbury, Grant
Macdonald, Wesley Bell, Brian Makamure, Ross Thompson, Justin Hango, Ross Holmes,
Nick Mills and Robin Murray.

We hope old boys will be there.

Graham Creese has organized a Surfing Tour to Bali from 27 March – 7 April. The boys
on tour will include surfing at Kuta Beach, Ulluwatu, and Padang Beach amongst others.

Our Hockey Squad departs from Cape Town for Buenos Aires, Argentina on 2 April on a
two week tour under the guidance of Nick Clogg and Gunther Marx. The team consists of
the following boys: Michael Curr, Wayde Guedes, Warren Guedes, Anthony Lovell,
Benoit Morkel, Craig McCune, Christopher Clarke, Paul Hofman, Nathan Reitzer, Marc
Theuma, Jan Kruger, Graham Renard, Philip Selwyn-Smith, George Oberholzer, Dylan
Buchalter and Gareth Glyn.

Maretha Potgieter and Christa Snyman have organized a Karoo-toer from 19-24 March.
Afrikaans Home Language and First Additional Language students will have the
opportunity to sink their teeth into the cultural fibre of South African performance and art
when they attend the Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudsthoorn. For the past
eight years students from St Andrew’s College have attended the festival and learners have
all come back feeling that this was one of their High School highlights.

A Performance Arts (Drama and Dance) Tour leaves for New York on 4 April 2008.
They will spend a week in NYC and a week in Los Angeles. They are led by Bauke
Snyman(b.snyman@dsgschool.com) and will be doing workshops and visiting theatres.

The President’s Award National Office (Grahamstown) will be holding a conference at
St Andrew’s College during the holidays. 120 boys will be accommodated at St Andrew’s
College and 80 girls at the DSG.

                                  2009 Term Dates
                                       FINAL
             St Andrew’s College, Prep and the Diocesan School for Girls

Term 1        Thursday 15 January to Wednesday 8 April 2009
Wed 14 January       Boarders return by 18h00
Thurs 15 January     Classes begin
       (Half Term: 12h00 on Thursday 26 February to 18h00 on Monday 2 March)
Wed 8 April          Final Assembly at 11h30

Term 2        Wednesday 6 May to Wednesday 5 August 2009
Tues 5 May           Boarders return by 18h00
Wed 6 May            Classes begin
       (Half Term: 12h00 on Thurs 25 June to 18h00 on Mon 6 July)
Wed 5 Aug            Examinations end and Final Assembly at 11h30




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Term 3        Wednesday 2 September to Wednesday 2 December 2009
Tue 1 September      Boarders return by 18h00
Wed 2 September      Classes begin
(Balloon Week        19-22 October)
       (Half Term: After Relay Athletics Prize Giving (13h00) on Thursday 22 October to
       18h00 on Monday 26 October)
Wed 2 December       Final Assembly (compulsory attendance) at 09h00.

                              2010 Term Dates (Provisional)

Term 1
Start          13 January
Close          26 March
Half Term      26 February – Return to School 1 March
Term 2
Start          13 April
Close          9 June
Half Term      No half term
Term 3
Start          13 July
Close          19 August
Half Term      No half term
Term 4
Start          8 September
Close          3 December
Half Term      21–25 October (Balloon Week 18-21 October)


Book Bags

In order to promote and improve the care of the boys’ books and papers, we are
introducing a school book bag in Term Two. The navy bag has been designed to be simple,
user-friendly and robust. The school crest on it makes it part of the school uniform. As
from next term, all Grade 8 to 10 boys will be required to use the bag. The cost of the bag
will be charged to parents’ accounts. Grade 11 and 12 boys can choose to use the bag, and
it is intended that over the next three years the bag will become part of normal school life
for all College boys.




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