Dear Old Boy

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Old Boys Chesa Nyama. Come enjoy a tasty meal, a drink and some good company in one of Pretoria's more popular establishments.

Date: Saturday 17 March 2018
Venue: Jackbudha, Mashabela Street, Mamelodi
Time: 12:00-17:00
RSVP: 9 March 2018
Address: Mr Tony Reeler - PBHS Headmaster

  • Complimentary welcome drinks
  • Cash bar available
  • Plates of braai meat will be on sale
  • There will be two screens showing live sports on the day
  • Old Boy DJ's will be on the deck

Click here or here to make a booking for this event. For more information and event queries, please contact the convenor Aphile Molefe: aphilem@gmail.com

This event is only open to Old Boys of Pretoria Boys High School. We look forward to seeing you all there!


It was distressing to learn that Murray Hofmeyr had passed away recently in Knysna. It went almost unnoticed. His spirit could never be confined within this narrative, but at least there can be remembered his enormous ability, faith, ethic and delight of all who were privileged to know him.

The son of Boys' High's first Headmaster, Mr Billy Hofmeyr, he was arguably one of the most formidable business personalities produced by the School, but sadly was also one of the sub-continent's most understated business leaders.

He was mostly remembered however for his incredible sporting ability.

Murray retired to the Knysna area, lived on a farm with his well-liked veterinarian wife Joan Verdurmen, and more recently, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, moved to the Hunter Village retirement home which cared for him.

Born in on the 9th December 1925, Murray's siblings included Bremer, a well-known Moral Rearmament figure; Haldane, headmaster at Jeppe Boys School (1967-78); William, prominent at PBHS for several decades; Andrew, an Advocate; and Elsa (du Preez), an economist.

Haldane was previously at Potch Boys High for 25 years, was a provincial rugby player, and a first-class ruby referee. His most memorable refereeing performance was All Blacks versus Northern Transvaal in 1960 and he was singled out for praise by Terry McLean, NZ's foremast rugby writer at the time.

Murray attended Boy's High in the late thirties and early forties; graduated at Rhodes University; and like Bremer and William before him, clinched a Rhodes Scholarship. He moved to England in 1948, attended Worcester College, returned to SA in late 1951, and spent a year teaching at Boys High. His subjects were Latin and Maths and he was also a housemaster at Rissik.

Peter Bantock, a longstanding friend, described him as meticulous in everything that he did, whether as a student, teacher, businessman or cricket captain. Murray even went to enormous ends to arrange wonderful Old Boys' Club dances.

Anglo American

Murray joined Anglo American Corporation (AAC) in Johannesburg in 1962; was appointed Manager in Zambia between 1965 and 1969, and elected Chairman of AAC (Central Africa) in 1969.

Three years later he was appointed MD of Charter Consolidated while simultaneously being an AAC Executive Director. His career summited in 1990 with his appointment as Chairman of Johannesburg Consolidated Investment (JCI).

It's the detail of Murray's career that's perhaps most fascinating, but much of it has been lost to history. For example, he was in charge of AAC's interests in Zambia during one of its most critical periods. An impressive copper mining industry with AAC at the forefront had been established in the run-up to and during Federation, but was placed in serious jeopardy in 1964 with the coming to power of Kenneth Kaunda and his United National Independence Party (UNIP), political independence, and the threat of nationalization.

Kaunda demanded a 51% stake in all foreign-owned companies, including the two main mining companies AAC and Rhodesian Selection Trust, had his way, and they were converted into Nchanga Consolidated Copper Mines (NCCM) and Roan Consolidated respectively. In 1982 NCCM and RCM were merged into Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM)

Not satisfied, Kaunda became increasingly authoritarian, banned all opposition political parties and declared Zambia a one-party state. One can argue the political merits and demerits of all this, but the reality was that the consequences were horrific. Capital and skills rapidly departed the country, oil prices increased sharply, export earnings were halved, and by the mid-1980s Zambia was one of the highest debt nations on the globe.

AAC's two main negotiators were future AAC CE, Gavin Relly, and Murray Hofmeyr. AAC reluctantly conceded to the Kaunda's demand for 51% control, but insisted on an immediate US$ 22 million payment, full payment by 1978, all expatriate employees to remain, and complete freedom of recruitment. This, however, came to little in the end.

Andrew Sardanis, a close observer at the time, described Relly as ‘very confident, arrogant and a fine thinker'. Murray was presented as a ‘detailed man, low key, and a master of irritating and patronizing under-statement'.

Charter Consolidated and JCI

Murray's appointment as MD of Charter Consolidated in London also had significance historically. One of Cecil Rhodes' development companies in the former Rhodesias', the business was founded as the British South Africa Company in 1889 by Royal Charter, and in 1965 merged with The Central Mining & Investment Corporation and the Consolidated Mines Selection Company to form Charter Consolidated.

Charter Consolidated was also one of the four giants that comprised the Oppenheimer Empire along with, Anglo, De Beers, and Rand Selection. Anglo American Canada, Australia, Zambia and Rhodesia were all locked in through their cross-holdings.

Under Murray's charge Charter disposed of its overseas mining concerns to concentrate on its British engineering interests. In 1993 its name changed to Charter plc.

Response to the 1976 Unrest

The 1976 and 1986 riots shook SA immensely and Murray as an AAC executive director was charged with investigating how, ‘White business could engage domestic struggle activists in negotiation'. He declared that Anglo ‘needed to assist in cementing black political stability'.

The captains of industry had rapidly lost confidence in Pretoria's ability to deal with deteriorating conditions in the townships and it was felt that the private sector needed to play a leading role in closing the gap.

Murray engaged with among others Neil Chapman, chairman of Anglo subsidiary Southern Life, and also an Old Boy. This was in tandem to initiatives pursued by fellow mining groups, especially Anglovaal. It culminated shortly after in the founding of the Urban Foundation (UF).

It was established in November 1976 as a Section 21 (not for gain) company with AAC chairman, Harry Oppenheimer as chairman and the doyen of Afrikaans business, Anton Rupert as deputy. A Cape Supreme Judge, Jan Steyn was appointed executive director.
Operations began in early 1977 and a year later regional offices had been established across the country, backed up by local businesses. AAC however served as the primary vehicle and injected R100 million into the organization. E Oppenheimer & Son put in R1 million

Harry Oppenheimer argued on numerous occasions that blacks should be brought into the free market system, and cautioned of the perils of communism taking root if their situation was not improved. He warned particularly that South African blacks were looking to revolutionary Angola and Mozambique for inspiration.

Murray maintained that by establishing highly visible welfare projects in black areas would, by example, help reshape government thinking. Jan Steyn later wrote that "The UF is now applying its resources to help achieve growth, prosperity, peace and stability that all South Africans seek".

It's been widely intimated that Murray was a strong backer of former Boys' High teacher Larry Robertson's Promat Colleges which opened in 1983 for unmatriculated teachers. Promat grew rapidly into an organization that offered quality professional development to potential black teachers in seven secondary and tertiary institutions. However, it was subsequently vandalized by activists and ran into financial difficulties.

Peter Bantock, a Promat trustee, contested that view however, saying that whilst Murray may have provided moral support, Promat didn't benefit from any financial backing from him. But well known was that Murray provided considerable financial and other support to related organizations, especially TEACH.

AAC's gift to black business

With experience in Lusaka, Johannesburg and London in hand, Murray took the reins at JCI in 1990, aimed at preparing it for black control. This exercise was similar to what Harry Oppenheimer had done in the early sixties with Afrikaner-run Federale Mynbou. Oppenheimer agreed to help Federale acquire control of the second largest mining concern, General Mining and Finance Corporation (which later came to be known as Gencor).

Although Oppenheimer had officially retired as AAC chairman in 1983, he had been replaced by his anointed successor Gavin Relly, though the real power remained with the former. But given Relly's long relationship with Murray, there is little doubt that Murray enjoyed Relly's support as well.

Relly retired in 1990 and was succeeded by Julian Ogilvie Thompson who too had a cordial relationship with him.

JCI had effectively been started by Barney Barnato in 1989, and in 1905 it took over the Barnato Consolidated Mines. AAC bought control of it in 1960, split it into Anglo Platinum and Johnnic in 1985, and placed the gold assets in JCI.

On paper, Murray became one of the most commanding businessmen in the country with JCI's massive stakes in several of SA's biggest companies. This included massive exposure in mining and mining financial houses and industrial and property investments. Standout companies included the likes of De Beers, Randfontein Estates, Western Areas, Rustenburg Platinum Holdings, South African Breweries, Premier, Argus Newspapers, Times Media (owner of the Sunday Times and Financial Mail) and Toyota (SA).

Murray bowed out on a high note in the early 1990s, though the unbundling of the group and its handover of control to black shareholders was left to his successor, Pat Retief. Clearly uneasy about the road ahead, Retief warned of a prickly process, but executed what he could.

Said UCT academics Graham Barr and Brian Kantor at the time: "Anglo's transfer of resources to Afrikaner business in the 1960s was a period characterized by enormous hostility in which leading English controlled mining groups were seen to threaten the Afrikaner and their state.

"However, in due course the Afrikaner learned to live with them and even founded two powerful groups that strongly identified with Afrikaners. Perhaps history will repeat itself with the encouragement of established black groups and the tolerance of the state".

As it turned out, the JCI issue ended up as a fiasco. It was stripped of its platinum and diamond interests; these were transferred to Mzi Khumalo in 1996 in one the first post-apartheid empowerment deals; and he was soon outmaneuvered by Brett Kebble who took control and looted and destroyed the group for his own gain.

Kebble was disposed as CE of JCI, Randgold & Exploration (R&E) and Western Areas in August 2005, and a month later was shot dead in Melrose Johannesburg.

One of Murray's predecessors as chairman of JCI was Gordon Waddell, also a prominent sportsman in his time. Waddell was the only Scottish fly-half to play in two British and Irish tours. Married to Mary Oppenheimer for a time and joined Anglo American, he was chairman of JCI from 1981 to 1987. He was credited for turning the group from a backwater into the mining sector's glamour house. Surprisingly, his death in 2012 was also relatively overlooked in SA.

Sporting prowess

Murray represented Oxford in both cricket and rugby union, and captained the Oxford University Cricket Club in 1950.

A right-handed opening batsman, he made 35 first-class appearances for the university and scored 2 495 runs. His most prolific year was during his captaincy when he scored 1 063 runs at an aggregate 55.9 and scored four centuries. His highest score was against Gloucestershire with 161. The second highest, 28, was scored by Brian Boobbyer who partnered him in the England rugby union team.

Murray was also a modest right-armed medium pace bowler.

Playing full-back, he appeared in three of England's four Tests in the 1950 Five Nations championship against Wales, France and Scotland. He played his club rugby for Harlequins and also represented the Barbarians.

On his return to SA Murray captained the Old Boys Cricket side in Pretoria as well as North Eastern Transvaal. He played a total of nine first-class matches for the province, from which her made 683 runs at an aggregate 48.8.
His overall first-class record showed 44 matches, 3 178 runs, seven hundreds and 19 50s.

Murray, interestingly, was slightly ahead of Clive van Ryneveld who also passed away recently. A product of Bishops in Cape Town, Van Ryneveld was similarly a Rhodes Scholar, an excellent cricketer and played rugby for England. He captained the Springbok Cricket side in the mid and late 1950s.

And much the same as in the Hofmeyr tradition, Clive's brother Tony was also a Rhodes Scholar and fine sportsman and their father was a Springbok rugby player. Clive was a prominent Cape Town lawyer, Member of Parliament for the United Party in the late 1950s, a founder of the breakaway Progressive Party in 1959, and was reputed to have a social conscience when it was considered dangerous.

This even translated into his approach to sport. For instance, he withdrew fast bowlers Peter Heine and Neil Adcock in a Test against Australia because they were intimidating the Australian batsmen. They had been told not to bowl more than one bouncer per an eight-ball over. They were infuriated.

- Leon Kok

Images: The Pretorian 1942


The Gilbert and Sullivan operettas represent a unique combination of memorable tunes, witty lyrics, whimsical plots and colourful costumes. This makes them something to be enjoyed by the whole family.

The very first musical productions at Boys High, way back in the 1930s, were chosen from operettas written by Gilbert and Sullivan and so generations of boys from this school have enjoyed being part of these productions. They have become an important part of the tradition of the school.

Now thanks to a modern co-production with our sister school, you can enjoy all of the elements that have made these musicals timeless in their appeal. You won't be disappointed.

The production will take place from Tuesday 22nd May to Friday 25 May at 19:30 pm at the Abernethy Hall, PBHS.

Tickets are R85.00 each and can be purchased online. Click here purchase a ticket.


All prospective parents for either dayboy or boarding are invited to visit the PBHS Open Day on Saturday 3rd March 2018. Come and see what Pretoria Boys High School is all about and what makes us so special. There will be a tour of the school grounds, as well as an address by the Headmaster and an explanation of the Admissions process.

Saturday, 3 March 2018, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30am Tea in Memorial Quad.
9:00am Address by Headmaster in the Abernethy Hall
9:20am Application process presentation
9:30am Questions
9:45am School and grounds tour
10:30am Prospective boarders to meet in Abernethy Hall for Boarding Tour


To date all the raised platforms that created somewhat of an amphitheatre in what became the music room some sixty years ago, have been dismantled and removed. As many of the bearers and joist structural pieces as possible will be reused for other structural purposes in order to save costs as timber has become an increasingly expensive commodity. All the storage cupboards at the back of the room have also been removed. This action has resulted in one getting a better perspective of the large volume the venue potentially possesses.

Fortunately the water damage is not too extensive and will be effectively made good again. It also appears that the leak from the south west top corner of the ceiling has been effectively repaired, as no water seepage was evident during the regular thunder storms that have occurred during the recent past.

The flooring by and large remains functional. There is however evidence of insect borer activity. These damaged sections will be repaired with reclaimed timber to cut costs. The south end of the wood flooring is laid at right angles to the original timber floors which are made out of Douglas Fir. There is strong evidence of repairs undertaken in the past, which show slight structural deviations from the original flooring. It remains a point of interest as to why these repairs were undertaken. Hopefully some clues will come to light when these sections are dismantled. These sections too will be removed and good repairs undertaken to ensure that the wooden floor is brought to a horizontal and thus level standing. This will take an appreciative amount of time, as new sections of floor boards need to be made out of reclaimed timber from the dismantling of the removed bearers and joists. The challenge here is that these joists and bearers are not Douglas Fir, and as a result reclaimed Douglas Fir needs to be sought out and machined into overlays on top of the reclaimed joists and bearers, so that the repairs compliment the appearance of the original flooring. This long slow process is currently underway.

Investigation into the removal of the paint from the solid wood beams across the top of the ceiling, has strongly cautioned of the health hazards where old paint containing lead was used. This challenge too will be overcome, as various methods are currently being thought about.
To date matters are proceeding as well as can be hoped for with the full intention of turning this venue back to its former glory.

- Paul Ewart-Phipps

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- I like girls. You see, I am a boarder. Being a boarder can, understandably, do nothing to dampen my keen interest in the fairer sex.

I am a growing lad whose interests in schoolwork have begun to dwindle, showing that there is a keener interest elsewhere - probably just down the road over the railway line.

God created Adam. That was the second best thing he did, when he created Eve...

I like Girls!

J. CROOKS, Form II A - The Pretorian 1986


Purchase regalia items via the Pretoria Boys High School Old Boys' Association online shop on the AlumNet portal or email info@pbhsob.com for more information.

Please note Regalia is only available to PBHSOB Association Life Members.

An exciting new range of "Old Boyz" items are now available. This range is available to all Old Boys of Pretoria Boys High School. Life Members of the PBHSOB Association can purchase these items online. Old Boys must please email their queries to info@pbhsob.com


Game of Stars Project launched by Mark Fish Foundation

Fish announced the project that ‘will use the game of soccer to build relationships on farms, give hope to workers and youth, develop life skills and scout for soccer talent on farms and in rural areas in general’.


Benjamin Lock praises Zim fans

Harare - Zimbabwe’s Davis Cup top seed Benjamin Lock has praised local fans for the support they gave to the side during the Euro/Africa Group II tie against Turkey at Harare Sports Club over the weekend.


Assupol Tuks reclaims VarsityCricket title

.. In spite of scoring 59 runs off 57 balls in the final Brand refuses to take sole credit for his team’s victory. He is of the opinion that it was Corbin Bosch’s innings of 41 runs from 21 balls that swung the game..


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Sit up straight.

Now listen to me carefully.

I am going to give you the most important lesson of your life. The earth is in crisis.

Thousands of animal and bird and fish and insect and plant species are becoming extinct. But there is no shortage of people. There are more than 7 billion people on earth. That means that there are more than 3 ½ billion boys and men on earth.

But only a small percentage of all the boys and men on earth still have good manners. In other words, boys and men with good manners (whom we call gentlemen) are becoming extinct, like all the animal and bird and fish and insect and plant species. This is a crisis situation.

And this is the most important reason for your coming to Pretoria Boys High School. Because at this great school we specialise in good manners.

We are fighting a war against bad manners in order to protect our threatened species called gentlemen.

The word gentleman does NOT mean a weak or soft man. It means to be chivalrous, like the mediaeval knights: brave and fearless. It means to be well-bred, well-educated, treating everybody with respect, and being respected by everybody.

Today, you are all different from one another. Some of you are tall. Some are thin. Some are clever, some are vegetarians. Some are good looking. Some read books. Some a sportsmen - the differences are innumerable.

But, in five years' time, you will all be the same. You will all be gentlemen. Everyone will know, as soon as he meets you, that you are a gentleman. Everything about you - your body, your clothes, your language, your actions - will say "I am a gentleman".

In five years' time you will all be gentlemen. And here is the important reason for your becoming a gentleman. No matter who or what you are, at this great school, and in the world outside, if you have good manners, everyone will be willing to help you, and you will achieve your goal of becoming the professional gentleman you want to be.

When you are polite, when you show that you are a gentleman, nobody refuses to help you.

All of your parents and grandparents, and some of your teachers, have tried to teach you good manners - but you still have a lot to learn.

I know from experience that only a few of you already have good manners.

So, listen to me carefully.

Good manners have never been written down in a book. You cannot buy a book and learn them. Instead, we teach one another good manners.

All of these superb young gentlemen, the prefects, whom you see around you, have learnt their good manners at this great school. They were taught their good manners by their teachers, and by older boys.

And that is how you are going to learn your good manners - by listening to, and by obeying, your teachers, your prefects, and the boys who are older than you are.

The manners which we teach at this great school are universal - they apply to all nations, all cultures, all societies, all religions, all trades, all professions.

The manners which we teach at this great school are timeless - they have existed since life began, and they will continue to exist, because you will soon start teaching them to boys who are younger than you are.

Meanwhile, let me remind you of a few basic rules, so that you will survive your first day of lessons next week, and you can tell your parents tonight that you have already started becoming a real gentleman.

1. Good manners require that you clean your body every day before you come to school, and, when it becomes necessary, that you shave your beard.

2.Good manners require that you never comb your hair or groom your body in public.

3. Good manners require that your school uniform is clean and neat, and that you wear it with pride, and in the way it is supposed to be worn.

4. Good manners require that you carry a handkerchief or paper tissues in your pocket. A gentleman does not sniff in company, or ask other people to help him to blow his nose.

5. Good manners require that you respect all forms of life, and especially people who are older than you are - no matter whether they are women or men, rich or poor, important or ordinary.

6. Good manners require that when an adult walks past, you stand up smartly and say "Good morning, Sir", or "Good afternoon, Ma'am".

7. Good manners require that you when you are waiting in a line, you stand up straight. Do not lean against a wall, and do not slouch, or stand with your hands in your pockets.

8. Good manners require that you when you are walking, you walk up straight. Do not slouch. Do not drag your feet, and do not walk with your hands in your pockets.

9. Good manners require that you when you are seated, you sit up straight. Do not lie back in your chair, the way you do when you are watching television.

10. Good manners require that you are never late - not for school, not for a class, not for a practice, not for any appointment.

11. Good manners require that you when you get to your classroom, you line up in silence at the door, and wait for your teacher to give you instructions.

12. Good manners require that when the teacher tells you to enter the classroom, you go inside and stand in silence next to the desk, which the teacher has allocated to you, until the teacher greets you and tells you to sit down.

13. Good manners require that you never talk in the classroom, unless the teacher invites you to ask, or to answer a question, and if you want to ask a question, you raise your arm and wait for the teacher to invite you to speak.

14. Good manners require that all your books must be covered, and kept clean and neat and tidy.

15. Good manners require that your work, your handwriting, must be neat, and that your language and spelling must be correct.

16. Good manners require that you never yell out or talk to other boys during a lesson.

17. Good manners require that you never stand up or walk about during a lesson.

18. Good manners require that you never eat or drink during a lesson. You eat and drink only together with your friends, only during breaks.

19.Good manners require that you never walk about carrying a bottle of water, and drinking from it while others have to watch you drinking. You quench your thirst only during break. 20. Good manners require that you never chew gum, not anywhere.

21. Good manners require that you never, never use foul language, not anywhere, not at any time, not to anyone.

22. Good manners require that you never have to ask for permission to leave the room, unless you are seriously ill. Visit the toilets before school, and during both breaks.

23. Good manners require that when the bell rings at the end of a lesson, you wait for the teacher to give you instructions to pack up, to stand, and to leave.

24. Good manners require that before you leave the classroom, you straighten your desk and replace the chair neatly underneath it.

25. Good manners require that you pick up and carry to a bin, any litter which you have created, whether you are in a classroom, or out of doors.

26. Good manners require that on your way out of the classroom, you thank your teacher for the lesson.

27. Good manners require that you walk on the left side of the corridors and staircases, on your way to your next lesson.

These are just a few of the good manners which this great school demands of you, and every teacher in this great school expects of you to show these good manners at all times.

Now, sit up straight again and listen to me.

At the end of last year you each received a copy or an emailed copy of the 15-page booklet called "The Code of Conduct". Every teacher in this school possesses a copy of the Code of Conduct. Study it carefully tonight. It is filled with important good manners, and with warnings. Every teacher has already studied it carefully, so, for the next five years there are going to be 100 teachers and 1500 other boys watching you, correcting you, and if necessary, punishing you, if you allow yourself to forget your good manners.

A real gentleman never has to ask permission to do anything. He knows what is the correct behaviour, in the correct place, at the correct time.

But if you don't know what to do, then ask someone and, if for any reason you make a mistake or do something wrong, then have the decency and the good manners to admit to your mistake, and if necessary, to apologise.

Your parents are paying R49 000.00 this year for you to attend this great school. When you divide that huge amount of money by 170 teaching days in the year, and by 7 teaching periods in a day, you discover that every lesson costs nearly R41.00.

Make sure that by having good manners you make it easy for all your teachers to teach you, to the best of their ability, so that you will get good value for your R41.00 per lesson.

In the sandstone blocks above the main entrance to the main school building, and on the honours boards in the foyer of this, the Abernethy Hall, there are the names of about 130 old boys of this great school who gave their lives so that you and I can live in freedom. Never forget that!

Every old boy of this great school, every teacher of this great school, every pupil of this great school, has been, and is prepared to give his life to defend the good name, and the good manners, of this great school.

If you mess with our good manners, you will be taking on more than you can handle and we will have difficulty in trying to respect you.

If you mess with our good manners, the proud 117 year history of this great school will survive,but your life will become very unpleasant.

If you are not with us, you will be against us, so make up your mind now, to work with us so that you will become the gentleman that everybody wants you to be.

Not long ago I met a woman who was visiting our great school for the first time. She said that, since her arrival, she had been greeted politely by everyone who crossed her path and that many of these people had asked whether she required any assistance with her luggage, or whether she needed to be shown her way to the member of staff whom she needed to see. She was so pleasantly surprised by the good manners which she had encounteredat this great school, that she referred to it as a "well of politeness" in a world in which good manners have dried up, and disappeared.

From today onwards, each of you will be a drop of water in our well of good manners, and you will be expected to show your good manners to everyone you meet, for the rest of your life.

Human beings are mirrors. We automatically reflect everything we are given. When people are polite to us, we are automatically polite to them. When people with bad manner are less than polite to us, we are automatically less than polite to them. We will never be less than polite to you unless you force us into reflecting your own bad manners.

There are 3 phases which have become synonymous with this great school and which are used by us, and by old boys all over the world. They have been printed boldly in your Orientation Programme.

One is the Latin motto on the school badge: Virtute et labore - Manliness and hard work.

The second is the last line of the school song - ‘Tis here we learn to live.

The third is the nickname - the School on the Hill.

I am now going to give you a fourth motto: Always a gentleman. I repeat, Always a gentleman.

Never forget it.

On your programme fortoday, this period is labelled: "School ethos, what is expected of a Boys' High boy". The word ethos means the spirit of a community or the attitudes which exist in a community.

The ethos of this great school is good manners.

We respect every member of our great school, as a unique individual, and we share his pride when he achieves success.

Our worldwide family of Boys High gentlemen includes famous academics, businessmen, scientists, lawyers, musicians, artists, sportsmen - leaders in every sphere of human activity.

If you play a musical instrument well, we will respect you.

If you are an expert in any subject, we will respect you.

If you do well in your school work, we will respect you.

If you do well in your chosen sport, we will respect you.

Everyone has at least one talent. Use your talent well and you will be respected by everyone in this great school. No matter who you are, no matter which area of endeavour you choose, when you do well, we will be proud of you.

And we expect you to show the same respect to every other member of our great school, no matter whether you are interested in his choice of activity, or not.

Every member of this great school shows respect for all its other members, despite our differences. We give everyone the opportunity to excel, and to become the best he can possibly be, in whatever he has chosen to excelin.

That is the ethos of this great school.

Now I come to the question: What is expected of a Boys' High boy?

A few years ago, the principal of the University of the Free State visited a good school in Umlazi, near Durban. He was very impressed by everything he saw there. He stopped a little girl and asked her, "Why isyour school such a good school?", to which shereplied, "The teachers expect much from us".

At this great school Mr Reeler expects much from all the teachers. The teachers expect much from one another and the teachers expect much from their pupils - which is exactly what the little girl said about her school in Umlazi.

Your parents are making great sacrifices in order to give you a privileged education. Your parents also expect much from you. Therefore, if your parents and teachers expect much from you, they and we expect you to expect much from yourself.

Think big! Work hard! Excel yourselfin everything you do!

And by being excellent all the time, you will be helping to ensure that this great school continues to be called "The Best School in the World"!

Welcome to "The Best School in the World". Your five years here are going to be the best years of your life.


The Lowveld Branch of the PBHSOB Association invites all Old Boys in the area to attend an informal dinner on Friday 11 May 2018.

The Headmaster Mr. Tony Reeler will travel from Pretoria to attend the dinner. We look forward to sharing the evening with you.

Venue: Picasso's Mexican Taqueria, Baghdad Centre, White River
Date: 11 May 2018
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Dress Code: Smart-Casual
RSVP: Kuen Pappas, 083 256 6591 | kuen@halls.co.za


This is an early advisory that the Cape Town Branch of the Pretoria Boys High Old Boys Association will hold its Annual Function on Tuesday 5 June 2018 at Rondebosch Golf Club.

The Headmaster Mr. Tony Reeler will travel from Pretoria for the dinner. Jacket and tie would be appropriate.

A dinner has been organised at a cost of the dinner will be R225.00, payable before by EFT.
Drinks at the bar will be for your own account. Hopefully you will not have to bring your own ice!

Cost: R225.00 per person
Drinks: For your own account
Dress Code: Jacket & Tie
Time: 19:00

Account Details:
Name: Pretoria Boys High School Old Boys Association CT
Bank: First National Bank
Branch: Constantia. Code: 250148
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 62216338641
Reference: Surname & Last Year at School

When paying, please put your surname and year in which you left school as the reference

Please send RSVP and copy of bank EFT by e-mail to mark@gleeson.com

Your assistance in contacting some of your old schoolmates and encouraging them to attend will ensure an enjoyable evening among old school friends.


Dear Art
I am always getting into trouble. I find myself constantly in Mr McBride's or Mr Hassenkamp's office. This almost always leads to punishment.
Please help.

Dear OJ
I should tell you not to get into trouble, but that advice is about as useful to a Boys High Boy as a pair of stilettos. Learning the art of not getting caught is your first mission, but according to your letter, you're not very good at this. So you need to work on your defence, once you're in the office. Don't go with the old "I didn't do it" or "The teacher doesn't like me". These are such common excuses that the authorities already have a counter-argument. Come up with something different. Surprise them! But be wary! They like a challenge. Defend yourself by saying something along the lines of "I was only misbehaving as to create jobs in the school's disciplinary department." Judging by the government's lack of effort in this regard, not only will you get away with it, but you may even be elected a Junior City Council representative. Another method is to plead insanity. However, this will require violent outburst and foaming at the mouth. If all else fails, simply blame Slipknot.
Best wishes,

Dear Art
I am really struggling with maths this year in Form IV, but I think the problem is the teacher. Simplification requested.

Dear Denominated
Usually, it is your fault, but I can believe you as I have received several comments about the maths problems. However, maths is one of the less interesting subjects but also one of the most important. If you have a friend in Add Maths, get him to help you. If you don't find someone in Add Maths and threaten him until your goal is achieved. If you are still struggling, switch to Maths Lit where marks can be obtained for tasks such as finding your seat in an exam room, remembering your calculator and not counting on your fingers.
Work it out.

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