PRETORIA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL OLD BOYS' ASSOCIATION
Dear Old Boy
A reminder that the 99th Annual Old Boys Dinner will be held on Saturday, 2 June
2018 in the Central Dining Hall at Pretoria Boys High School.
We will do our best to accommodate all last minute bookings.
Old Boy Patrick Conroy (1990) will be the Guest
Speaker at this year's Annual Dinner. Patrick Conroy is a media executive
with 20 years' experience in broadcasting.
He worked for Talk Radio
702, e.tv launched eNCA and now consults to Cell C.
Based on his book Everest
Untold, Patrick Conroy reflects on key lessons in Communication.
Conroy was the only journalist with the First SA Everest
He reported live from base camp for Talk Radio 702
as the tragedies unfolded on the mountain that year.
of his book will be available for purchase at the Annual Dinner at a cost
of R250.00 each.
|James Orr addressing the school at
the pipe band assembly last year.
Old Boy and current Pretoria Boys High School Master James Orr will be the Master of Ceremonies at the Annual Old Boys' Dinner this year.
James attended Pretoria Boys High School from 2005-2009 and
was a boarder in Solomon House. After school he studied a BEd and was
employed by the school at the start of 2016. James is currently an assistant
Housemaster in Solomon House and teaches Life Sciences and Natural Sciences.
He received Full Colours for Piping as well as the Drummers'
Efficiency Trophy and Paula Whitehead Cup in his Matric year. In 2017
he took over as Master in Charge of the Pipe Band from Rob Blackmore.
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If you need assistance
to make a booking for the Annual Dinner:
here to download a PDF guide.
Alternatively please contact the PBHSOB Association office at
012 460 2246 x 200 for further support.
||Saturday, 2 June 2018
||Central Dining Hall, Pretoria Boys High School
||18:30 for 19:00
||Black Tie or Lounge Suit
||Three course dinner & refreshments:
welcoming drink, wine, malt and cool drinks
||Guest Speaker - Patrick Conroy
Pretoria Boys High School Musical Item
|Per table booking (10 people)
||This event is only open to Old Boys of Pretoria Boys
|FOUNDERS' DAY ASSEMBLY
Old Boys are invited to attend assembly
at Pretoria Boys High School on Friday, 1 June 2018 at 7:45. Old Boys who
will be attending are requested to please wear a jacket and tie and RSVP
to the school at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tea will
be served in the Media Centre afterwards.
If you would like to purchase an Old Boys' Tie please click
On Saturday 2 June 2018 Old Boys are invited to support the
Pretoria Boys High School hockey and rugby teams as they compete against
Jeppe High School for Boys at
Pretoria Boys High School during the day.
The first XI Hockey will be at
11:00 on Hill Astro and the first XI Rugby match at 13:15 on Brooks Field.
Old Boys who are travelling from around the country to attend
any of these events and are in need of accommodation will be pleased to
know that reduced rates for Old Boys over this weekend have been arranged
at a number of establishments in Tshwane.
Please email email@example.com for
|60 YEAR ON 2018 - CLASS OF 1958
|BACK ROW STANDING: (L to R) Ray Vincent, Derek Brown, Giles Battiss,
Tom Brown (1962), Stan Brown, Andrew Loughor-Clarke, Glen Terry, Robert van
der Velde, Paul Hoogstad.
MIDDLE ROW STANDING : (L to R) Michael Brett,
Clifford Bentley, Anton Thompson, Thys Botha, Michael Belling, Eric Schmikl,
David De Klerk, Wolfgang
David von Broembsen,
Theo De Wet, Felix Starker.
FRONT ROW SEATED : (L to R) Peter de Jager, Tony
Birrell, Rodney Falkson, Dudley
Holmes, Tony Murray (Head Prefect 1958), Allister Rogan, Clyde Campbell, Otto
The morning of 18th May 2018 dawned with a clear blue sky,
but a very chilly easterly breeze reminded us that winter had arrived and
to thoughts that any self respecting pensioner wouldn't out of choice venture
into this environment if it weren't for a really worthy cause. But this
cause, being the celebration of the Class of 1958's Diamond Jubilee - 60
- made the sacrifice worthwhile.
From 08H00 on that chilly morning a group
of 30 Old boys and 11 wives gathered at the Sommerville Cricket Pavilion
from whence the school provided a shuttle
bus to transport them to the lawn in front of Solomon house.
received their nametags and over a warming cup of tea or coffee had an
opportunity to meet and greet their old classmates. At 09h00 precisely
Headmaster, Mr Tony Reeler welcomed us from the steps of Solomon House
and gave us an outline of the programme for the day.
Considering the various
physical capabilities of the group we were given the option of a leisurely
walking tour of the school grounds
which Mr Reeler
down Main Drive, along Jacaranda Drive past Loch Armstrong, sports fields,
the central dining room the swimming pool and the heated water polo pool
to the school up Polly Shorts. Their tour ended with a visit to the School
Museum. The group were hugely impressed by the development of the school
Those who felt they could not manage the walk went
on a tour, which included the School Museum and the very impressive "Bill
Schroder Centre" which encompasses the schools media centre, library and Music Department.
groups then met in the Library for tea and eats at 11h00. Here there
was time for some fellowship, viewing of a display of photographs,
and team photographs, casual photographs of several schoolmasters
and two group photographs from the 1958 Matric Dance and reminiscing about
We were requested to take our seats, in the gallery of
the magnificent new hall, by 11h55 as Assembly starts at 12 noon sharp.
The boys sang the school song "Tis here we learn to live" after
which the headmaster dealt with school matters, the previous weeks sports
results, details of the
weekends sporting fixtures and welcomed the Class of 1958 to
Reunion. In his opening remarks of his address to the school
Mr Reeler made a very thought
provoking statement that some of the boys seated there that day
may in 2078 be seated where we were now, attending their own 60 year
reunion. 2078 seems
be so far in the future and yet the sixty years since we were
at school seem to have passed so swiftly.
After the headmaster's address
the School Orchestra and cast of the current school production of "The
Pirates of Penzance"
us. Two extracts
operetta were performed "I am The Model of a Modern Major
General" and "A Policeman's Lot is not a Happy One". Both very competently
performed and indicative of the
high standard achieved by the school's music department.
The headmaster then introduced our Head Prefect of 1958, Tony Murray,
to address the assembly.
The following is an extract from his address:
"The School has over more than 100
years developed a very special personality which makes it unique.
It has built up traditions and values, which are really at the heart
of a liberal education.
The school has believed in encouraging the development of all-rounders,
rather than making a fetish of examination results or sporting achievements.
has given every opportunity for the development of the individual,
but it has never felt that the interests of the individual should
be put before
the interests of the team. As John Smit, Head Prefect in 1996 and
former South African rugby captain, so aptly put it in a Founder's
to the School in 2017, the School gives boys "the best chance to
be the best version
The school has not set out to produce prototypes and there has always
been room for the "characters", both boy or master. Twenty per cent
of the boys
at the School may be prefects or excel at some activity, while 80%
are common folk. Boys High creates the vital sense of belonging for
values which have made the School what it is are not values that
have been contrived in order to meet particular circumstances.
They are eternal
values which ensure that equity and decency will prevail. These
include, honour, humility, integrity, loyalty, mutual respect, dependability,
responsibility, and tolerance. Also the ability to engage in healthy
robust debate, and to
appreciate a different point of view. In order to do this, one
to have developed the difficult task of listening. Desmond Abernethy
1956 to 1973 frequently stated, "that a man with knowledge speaks,
while one with wisdom listens". Finally in terms of values it is
important to approve
what is worthy of approval and to condemn fearlessly that which
deserves to be condemned.
This was followed by the singing of the Hymn "O
God Our Help in Ages Past". The Scripture reading was done by Dudley
Aylward and finally "Forty
Years On" was sung. The words of the song really hit home under these circumstances and
the familiar refrain heralded the end of an era with many a moist
eye or silent tear shed by our group.
After assembly we gathered
in front of the school building where a group photograph was
taken and then we made our way down to the
Pavilion for lunch.
The duty of Master of Ceremonies at the lunch
fell on Neville Holmes who acquitted himself very well indeed. He introduced
the day, Mr and
Mrs Tony Reeler, Mr Bill Schroder, Mr and Mrs Tony Wilkes and Tiny
Barnetson, and his wife Jan, who was representing the Class
of 1959 who will be
celebrating their 60 Year Reunion next year.
Neville then invited
our classmate's resident artist and poet, Simon Bold, to come up and
read a poem he had written especially
for our reunion.
PBHS 2018 Reunion,
Class of '58.
Silver, see-through hair,
bright future to the rear;
out of armchairs baring wares
of banter, conquest, bawd
and dusty souvenirs:
bring bonhomie, elation
with chronic medication;
amalgam in their molars,
making shaky hay
in achy shades of grey.
Mulled memories to trade,
pale sepia, school-made;
catch-up time and to distil
prized moments on The Hill'.
Bless their constant compass,
abide their dodgy reign,
the nineteen-fifties rockers
are back at school again.
- Simon Bold.
One of Simon's etchings of the West Tower of the school
building was reproduced on back of the lunch menu.
|L-R: Neville Holmes, Stan Brown & Tom Brown, Allister Rogan
Thys Botha said Grace for us whereupon the starter for lunch
was served. Anton Thompson proposed the toast to South Africa and Allister
Rogan, resplendent in his Old Boys blazer, proposed a toast to absent friends.
These included those who were unable to attend and the 44 classmates who
are known to have passed on to higher service. Many of our number have
moved locally or overseas and have become untraceable for this or other
reasons, so it is difficult to know exactly how many are still with us.
Stan Brown, a retired Headmaster, who travelled all the way from
New Zealand especially for this reunion, proposed the toast to the School.
Stan was a member of the First Cricket team of 1958 and recalled a number
of memories and incidents of his time in the team. There were, in fact,
five members of the 1958 First XI present at this reunion.
The headmaster in his reply gave us another of his very insightful
talks in which he shared some thoughts about leading an authentic life.
When talking about people, being authentic has to do with being sincere.
It is when our actions and words are the same as our beliefs and values.
It's about being ourselves. Not an imitation of what we think we should
be or have been told to be. It is generally accepted that people are really
only truly authentic and perfectly honest when we are very young, before
the age of six or seven, and then again towards the end of our lives. In
between these extremes of age most of us are not truly authentic. Authenticity
is a quality we should all aspire to achieve in our every day lives in
dealing with others and be truly genuine, reliable, trustworthy and honest.
Tony Murray proposed a vote of thanks to Tony Reeler and the School
for hosting the reunion. Thanks were also expressed to the Organising Committee
for an outstanding job, well done, as well as Inge Paulsen-Liddle and the
catering staff. The headmaster; Bill Schroder and Inge Paulsen-Liddle were
presented with small gifts.
The floor was then open to anyone who would like to contribute.
We heard from Dave von Broembsen, who related his experiences in emigrating
to the USA and setting up a very successful water treatment business. Dave
and his wife Diana, who live in Atlanta, Georgia, had travelled to Pretoria
especially for this reunion.
Of course no reunion of ours would be complete without a word
or three from Felix Starker who regaled us with anecdotes of his school
days in which his father, the legendary Joe Starker, featured prominently.
Much to the enjoyment of all old boys who still carry vivid memories of
The afternoon flew by and soon it was time to make our way up
to the school buildings for the playing of the Last Post from the West
Tower at 17H30. An event which takes place every day. Port and Sherry were
served as the last rays of sun disappeared behind the pines and the haunting
notes of the Last Post drifted across the buildings and grounds of our
This brought an end to a day full of camaraderie and fellowship
with our classmates. It was a very moving experience and there was an air
of reluctance on behalf of the old boys to leave the school that evening
knowing full well that it was very unlikely that we would meet again at
a similar reunion.
- Derek Brown (1958)
|L-R: Wolfgang Schmikl, Simon Bold, Ray Vincent, Felix Starker, Mary Vincent
|ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Pretoria Boys High School Old Boys' Association
was held at the Pretoria High School Old Boys' Club, Hofmeyr Park, Lynnwood,
Pretoria on Wednesday the 16th of May 2018.
The following Directors & Office Bearers have been appointed for 2018/2019:
Mr Jason Webber (Chairman)
Mr Memos Kavallineas (Vice-Chairman)
Mr Nick Alton (Hon. Treasurer)
Mr Geoff Meyer (Hon. Secretary)
Mr Rodney Bench
Mr Mike Carnie
Mr Quintin Eva
Mr Kyriacos Floudiotis
Mr Humphrey Lewis
Mr James Lourens
Mr Karabo Matang
Mr Eddie Penzhorn
Mr Eddie Shelwell
Mr Ben Viljoen
Mr Mike von Bardeleben
Additional Life Members and the Headmaster will be formally co-opted
at the first Full Board Meeting in June.
Click here to read the 2018 Acting Chairman's Report.
|HEADMASTER'S AUSTRALIA VISIT
Pretoria Boys High School Headmaster,
Mr Tony Reeler will be attending a conference in Australia during the June
/ July school holidays this year and the following Old Boy gatherings have
been arranged during his visit:
30 June 2018 - Sydney
Old Boys living in Sydney are invited to attend an Old Boys Dinner on Saturday
30 June 2018 at The Lord Dudley in Woollahra at 6pm.
For further information on the Sydney event and to RSVP, please contact Robin
4 July 2018 - Melbourne
Old Boys living in Melbourne are invited to attend an Old Boys Dinner on Saturday
4th July 2018 in the Heritage Room at Yarra Bend Gold Club at 6 for 6:30.
For further information on the Melbourne event and to RSVP, please contact
Rob Blackmore firstname.lastname@example.org
11 July 2018 - Gold Coast / Brisbane
Old Boys in these areas are encouraged
to attend. Please email email@example.com for more information.
|PRETORIA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
Friends and Family are invited to the National Highland Gathering and Celtic
Market to be held on Saturday 16 June at PBHS.
||Well done to Keaton Urquhart, Joshua Meisie, Christain Pretorius and Darryl Nyamayari
who won the Pretoria Rotary Senior Inter-School Quiz competition, beating 31
teams from schools around Pretoria
|Images & Text: PBHS
|25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
This year sees the 25th year of one of the school's most active
societies, the Aeronautical Society of Boys High. Many past members have
gone on to
make a career in aviation or retained an interest in flying beyond their
To celebrate a quarter of a century of this activity at
the school, a dinner is being planned for the 20th October 2018.
details will be provided
in due course, but if you are interested in attending, please reserve
the date and also let John Illsley know if you are likely to attend,
using the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
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|REAL OR RANDOM
school has been proven to possess quite a capacity for mystery and wonder.
Year after year, rumours and myths infiltrate our conversations and shuffle
themselves in amongst common REALs. Here are some things that might have had
Mrs Holliday was a nuclear physicist
RANDOM - Mrs Holliday did, however, work
as an elementary particle theoretical physicist. In her own words, this
means that she was responsible for splitting
the atom as opposed to building the bomb.
Mrs Sparrow can hypnotise people
REAL - Mrs Sparrow practiced as a psychologist for seven years before
becoming a full-time teacher. She attained the skill of Hypnotherapy
training at the Hypnotherapy Society of South Africa. She explains that
it is used
to access the subconscious rather than to entertain. Three friends and
allowed the experience one afternoon in her Pollock classroom.
blazer" is awarded to boys with honours for academic achievement, sport
and a cultural activity.
RANDOM - A white blazer used to be awarded
to achievers in secondary sports (everything besides rugby and cricket)
during the 1950's but
was eventually discontinued. The rumoured white blazer for three
however, has never existed.
Mr Blackmore used to play drums for Cutting
REAL - Our modest geography and technology teacher used to be a member
of the rocking local success story but was not on the bandwagon
when they peaked
songs like "Ten Seconds" and "She Says". In fact, all of the original
band members attended Boys High and matriculated in '96 and '97.
What is now known as Pollock Campus used to be a separate school.
REAL - Most of the buildings at Pollock used to form part of an
English-medium art, ballet and music school, which was completely
Boys High (little wander that we have to descend a mountain on
the way from
to Life Orientation). The school was separated from Boys High
by a fence and it
eventually merged with Pro Arte in Alphen Park.
Mrs Holliday was
an Olympic medallist in the 200, hurdles event.
RANDOM - It seems that her European charisma has provoked the
imaginations of far too many boys! Despite having a history
crowned with athletic
roots, Mrs Holliday has never competed in the Olympic games.
used to be a smoking room for pupils at the School
VAGUE - Upon braving the question to Mr Illsley, I was answered
with a reluctant "yehwellhmmaybedonthinkso" which disappeared
It is possible
that such a room was available to boarders long ago. If the
idea ever existed, it must have been discontinued when smoking
The boss-skiv system is an age-old tradition of the
RANDOM - Most of the masters who are Old Boys cannot recall
belonging to a matric or receiving their personal Form
One. Thus us because
instituted only within the last 15 years. The initiation
of boys used to be more underground than organised, but
for longer that the span of living memory.
One of Jacon
Zuma's sons attended Boys High.
REAL - Siyabonga Zuma would have matriculated from our
school this year (2008 - Ed). His Boys High career ended
when he left
High. Siyabonga is remembered as a likeable peer and
the reasons for his departure
are unknown to most.
There are horse hormones in hostel
RANDOM - We have all noticed the hairy necks and grunting
noises that characterise many of our school's boarders
but such accusations
Boys High is haunted by the spirits
of the departed.
OOOOOOH - There have been many countless claims of
supranational activity at our school. One of the
most famous myths
is the ghost named Gamtoos.
said that the markings on the walls in both fountain
quads were created by Gamtoos's scratching hands
as he tried
to escape the
of the school
grounds. In Rissik House, there is a photo from which
a boy named Graeme Mokkel is rumoured to disappear
to the apparent
apparition of an ominous black cat on S-bend. The
snag in these myths us that they cannot be proven or disproven.
Barry-Jay van Wyk - Boys Highlights Number 10 - May 2008
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|OLD BOYS IN THE NEWS
EXTRA TIME: Mark Fish goes on a trip down South Africa's memory lane
In this case it is for a good cause and so we are enlightened to see Mark Fish
(1991) showing us soccer fans and media, which museums to visit.
Read More >>
Lowveld Air Show rocks the runway like never before
... Other aerial stunners included the Huey helicopters, the jet display and
aerial acrobatics by the country's leading pilots, including Nigel
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On Friday 25 May 2018 the annual PBHSOB vs st Albans Old Boys game
The young men in Red, White and Green took on a very experienced
st Albans team, with a few of them even flying up from Cape Town. It was
a very physical and close game, but in the end the Red, White and Green
men came out victorious to win 26-17
A big thank you to all the Old Boys who played as well as all
the Old Boys that came down to support.
Next up is the Maritzburg College Old Boys game... Until then... 2-3 Boys High!
- Stephen Eagle
Old Boys Ashley Kemp (2013) and Mark Chong (2016) are members of the Tuks Varsity Cup Hockey team who beat Stellenbosch 5-0 in the final. Gilbert de Villiers, English teacher at Boys High assistant coach .
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|LOWVELD BRANCH DINNER
Lowveld Dinner was once again a great success. The final numbers were 36
which was sadly a little less than expected as a result of unforeseen circumstances
at the last minute.
An informal finger-dinner was enjoyed, followed by an
update on the affairs of the School by Mr. Reeler. After that a few entertaining
yarns were revisited
to the enjoyment of all.
|CAPE TOWN BRANCH DINNER
Cape Town Branch of the Pretoria Boys High Old Boys' Association will hold
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 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
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
Please send RSVP and copy of bank EFT by e-mail to email@example.com
in contacting some of your old schoolmates and encouraging them to attend
will ensure an enjoyable evening among old school friends.
|HERMANUS BRANCH DINNER
Old Boys' Dinner will be held for the Overberg Old Boys and their partners
in Hermanus on Wednesday 6th June 2018.
The Headmaster Mr. Tony Reeler will
travel from Pretoria to attend the dinner. We look forward to sharing
the evening with you.
Venue: La Pentola Restaurant
Date: 6th June 2018
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Cost: R 250.00 per person
(includes wine at tables). Cash bar available.
Dress Code: Jacket
and Old Boy's Tie for the men. Ladies to dress accordingly.
More information: Ed
Meyer 082 880 7604
Thank you for the invitation to the 99th Old Boys Dinner on 2nd June.Unfortunately
I am unablie to attend, please give my apologies and best wishes for a
successful Dinner to Geoff Meyer.
I so enjoy reading the Old Boys Newsletters. The recent ones featuring
Peter Bantock, Murray Hofmeyr and Keith Gibbs were of particular interest.
and Murray and their partners were at my 21st birthday party/dance which
was held at Hofmeyr Park in 1954
Murray was our Old Boys cricket captain
in the 1950s and an excellent captain he was. He was unlucky not to be
chosen for Jack Cheetham's Springbok
that went to Australia.
I first met Keith Gibbs in about 1947 when he
was scoring for Old Boys cricket where I was a spectator and my Dad was
Umpire at Loftus Versveld.
days spectators and teams sat under trees that lined Lynwood Road
side of the field.
The newsletters bring back so many happy memories of my time
at the School and Hofmeyr Park. Thank you.
Robin Shorney (1950)
an absolutely brilliant News Letter in every respect !!!!! Well done !
was a PBHS for 1946 and 1947, then sadly transferred to Potch BHS, to
finish school, which however was also brilliant.
Those memories of my time at PBHS are constantly with me.
In my memiors I have covered that time with 11 pages.
The most outstanding memory was when Mac was going through our cycle marks
in front of the Class and got to my Art mark. He stopped and said "There
is a mistake here!" He left the Class, went up the stairs to the Art Class,
was above our Class and the following discussion took place all heard by
the Class and the Teacher Mr Heystek "Walter (BATTIS) you have made a mistake
Mouton's mark !"
Walter replied and said " No that is not a mistake " "Walter how can a kid
get 32 out of 30 ?"
The reply came "Well let me see, he got 30 out of 30 for all his tasks, watercolor,
sculpture, pencil drawing, and let me think, oh yes, twice I said to him
that if he collected my cream bun and Coke from the Tuck-shop I will give
extra mark on your Cycle mark"
"Walter don't be stupid, I am changing it to 30 for the Cycle" said Mac.
"Mac if you change that I will resign !!!!!"
Well to my knowledge that is
the only time in PBHS history that a kid got 32 for a Cycle, Kind regards
and keep up the good work !
Carl Mouton (1947)
don't think I have enjoyed a newsletter and its content from anywhere or
anyone as much as the latest... the pirates piece and experience of two
current master who were once donned the outfits was brilliant!!!! And then
it took me 30 mins just to navigate the 'detention' article.... Finally
through tears of laughter...I had to pass it on to my eldest daughter to
finish reading it to me... Absolute gold...
I cannot thank you enough for the joy this issue has brought. I fear however
the benchmark for future issues is higher than a hippie in Colorado.
I am also looking forward to meeting Mr Reeler in July...here
Can I ask him to bring me sandpaper?...i can't find the exact
type I need locally for the next domestic club season here ...
God speed PBHS and to those who put this letter together...top
Gareth Rogers (Arcadia 1998)
Dear PBHOB folk,
I have been meaning to write to you for many
months now just to say 'Hi, I'm still alive!'
Although a joke, it also
reminds me of sad news I have
gleaned recently about two of my school friendship group who passed
away suddenly. These two are, Ray Stroud and his younger brother Athol.
had been searching for Ray as, although we had made contact by email,
this suddenly ceased. I searched for some time and finally traced one
family members as well as a friend and the information I got from
them is that they both died in the same year, 2015, Athol before Ray. I
was really shocked at this as it all seems cruel as well as premature.
were both very lively and Ray, who was one of my best buddies, had
eccentric sense of humour. I remember that while he worked at the
station in Durban we exchanged a lot of Goon show type letters, but
he trumped the lot by sending me what he called 'The famous one-page letter';
it was hand-written on a telex roll!
What really prompted me to write
to you was the address to the form I's by Mr. K. Mansfield on Thursday,
18 January 2018, about why you
your son to Pretoria Boys High School. Excellent stuff; it could
become the school's Desiderata. I remember many similar remarks made by
Mr Desmond Abernethy,
but one sticks out above all when he said: 'Remember, you are always
a representative of this school even when you are out of uniform'.
It is a message I gave
to my team when I was in a clinical leadership role in the NHS here
in the UK. Whatever they do, say, write, or do not do, will say
the team. I hope that some of Mr Abernethy's wisdom rubbed off on
On to other good news. I recently had a clinical handbook published. What an
extra-ordinary feeling of relief and elation. Naturally, it was not easy;
getting something published it seems, requires a load of cheek and a degree
of pushiness. I suppose this amounts to a belief in the material one produces.
What I did not know was that once the book had been published,
my publisher had submitted it for scrutiny by the British Medical Association
their book awards in the Health and Social Care category for 2016.
scooping the prize, it got onto the short list and my wife and
attended the awards in London with the publishers. An absolutely
although I think Mr Abernethy may have frowned his special frown
at the colour of my shoes!
It is interesting that I felt the same kind of elation when
I found that a poem I had written (Recollections) and sent on to you had
in the Phobian. I include a copy for you as at one point, there was some
confusion as to the author - it is I! (Please feel free to use it whenever
you want to). The background photo is also one of mine taken I think in
1962. Click here to read Recollections.
Just to round off, for you who do not know, my wife, Lynette and
I retired to the Isle of Skye, a beautiful wilderness area of the Highlands
we had our own wood frame house built. Did I say 'retired', well that is
entirely accurate as we also run a small studio holiday let here. As well
as oiling the somewhat squeaky financial wheels, we love sharing the view
with our guests. And, it keeps us out of mischief.
Keith Butler (Form VD, 1962)
After matriculating at PBHS in 1971 I went to sea with Safmarine
as a Navigating Officer. I became 2 nd Mate and was Navigator on their
passenger vessel SA Vaal. On one trip I met Bob Fair ( PBHS Vice Principal)
who came to the bridge for a bridge visit) .I met my wife on that ship.
On leaving the sea I became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute
of Shipbrokers London ( a Shipbroker) and an Associate of the Institute
of Arbitrators London ( Marine Lawyer) .
I worked for various Charterers, Operators and Shipowners worldwide
in senior capacities over many years.
Most of the friends that I started
out with in Safmarine in 1972 are Captain's at sea and have been for
many years now. I went into the more commercial
/ legal side of the Shipping Industry worldwide after meeting my wife
and coming ashore . I was told by management that if I stayed at sea with
I would have had my command / been Captain in my late 20's early 30's
. I left the sea though and have enjoyed the commercial side of the Shipping
Industry immensely including family life.
If I lived in Pretoria I would love to give a talk on the Worldwide
Shipping Industry? at one of your functions. This is something that few
people know about.
My good friend Paul Le Sueur (PBHS year 1970) went to sea , has
been Captain for many years, and still is. He was the person that convinced
me to go to sea.
I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wife Katrine. We have 5 married
children and 11 grandchildren.
I have fond memories of my days at PBHS.
We emigrated to Canada in 1982 but I have returned for visits
to SA several times over the years.
Philip Theunissen (1971)
I thought that this might be of interest to you. We thoroughly
enjoyed the occasion!
During the recent Marion Island takeover during April/May, there
were 3 PBHS Old Boys on this sub-Antarctic island. These were Michael Voysey
(2010), Stephan Keys (2006) and Rowan Jordaan (2010).
Each year Marion Island plays host to an over-wintering team.
Members of the team have various jobs during the year and amongst this
team is a group of scientists from various academic institutions. Work
conducted by these scientists varies depending on the species that are
studied. Some of the work includes Southern Elephant seal censusing, seal
pup weighing, killer whale observations, penguin and albatross monitoring
and attaching GPS tracking devices onto many of these species.
Two of the three Old Boys on the island, Michael and Stephan,
are part of the current over-wintering team (Marion 75) whilst Rowan was
part of the previous over-wintering team (Marion 74). Rowan was a Killer
whaler/sealer for the Marine Island Marine Mammal Programme at the University
of Pretoria. Michael has the same position. Stephan is a birder for the
Marine Apex Predator Research Unit at the Nelson Mandela University.
What makes this combination of Old Boys interesting is that all
attended Solomon House. Stephan was in Matric when Rowan and Micheal were
in Form I in 2006, Rowan and Micheal went on to matriculate in 2010 and
have remained friends ever since. What a great experience to have the three
of us experience Marion for a short period of time, particularly how the
'tides have turned' with Stephan now being considerably shorter than his
two Form I's. We are looking forward to the experiences Stephan and Mike
will have during their year.
Attached are a few pictures of the three of us just before the
ship left the island. Michael is wearing the blue Land Rover t-shirt, Stephan
the blue/grey hoodie and buff and Rowan the black golf shirt.
I hope this story is of interest to you. Please shout if there
is any more info you would like or have any questions you would like answered.
Thank you for the great newsletters! I always look forward to
Rowan Jordaan (2010)
|THE SCHOOL HOUSE GENTLEMEN
will always remember how strange the School House method of getting up
in the morning seemed to me when I first came to this school. A "rising"
bell is rung at quarter to seven. This noise appears to have no effect
on anybody. At five to seven a new boy shouts "Time, gentlemen, time!"
- At this stage a few might roll over and stretch. Shortly after seven
the new boy shouts, "five more, gentlemen, five more" and then goes to
each "gentleman" and shakes him very gently until he hears a grunt or some
similar noise coming from under the blankets - a few early birds now start
getting dressed. A few minutes before quarter past seven he shouts, "Three
more, gentlemen, three more" - a few more begin to stir.
The breakfast bell
at a quarter past seven, however, has an electrical effect on the whole
house. Everybody flies out of bed at high speed and start getting
dressed with frantic haste. The fine art which the seniors of the house have
cut this process down to, is what used to fascinate me most of all.
the boys with less experience, however, there is absolute chaos. Their
shoe laces break and they go running about in despair looking for clothes
which they could have sworn were next to their beds.
I remember, as well
that it boosted my ego considerably by being called a "gentleman" during
my first year. This terrible error was noticed and
this year and the new boys are now woken to the call of "five more, scum,
- H. R. CABLE, Form IV B - The Pretorian 1958
The Pretoria Boys High School Old Boys' Association has recently
teamed up with a company called AlumNet and most of you should have received
an email or SMS from the new system encouraging you to log in. Click here to access the Alumnet Portal
All Old Boys will be able to register or log in and update their details on the
new portal. As a Life Member of the Pretoria Boys High School Old Boys
Association this exciting new platform will also allow you to:
- Purchase regalia from our online shop within the system
- Network and send messages to other Life Members
- Place an advertisement in the classifieds section
- Take part in forum discussions
- And many more features
If you have not yet received any communication regarding the new
online platform or are having a problem logging in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
BRIAN LAWRENCE TAVERNER (1961)
A short note to advise that my brother, Brian, passed away peacefully in
his sleep on Sunday morning. He had been receiving chemotherapy for the
past 3 months. He never recovered from the virus or infection which seemed
to have enveloped him these past few weeks. Craig, his eldest son from
Sweden, and his ever-loving wife Patsy, were with him.
God bless, Anthony
here to read a full obituary >>
MURRAY BERNARD HOFMEYR (1942)
On Thursday morning (17 May 2018) at 1:20am my dad passed away. He went very
peacefully and was surrounded by people who loved and cared for him.
TSHENOLO NATHI SERIPE (2003)
It is with sadness that I inform all Pretoria Boys' High School old boys of Tshenolo
Nathi Seripe's passing. He matriculated in 2003 and joined the SA
Navy in 2005, where he studied Nautical Science through the University
He will be laid to rest on Saturday 12th May 2018
in Johannesburg. His funeral service will take place at the Westdene
Recreational Centre, Park Lane, Johannesburg at 8am.
He is survived by his daughter Akia and fiance Makgotso.
ATWICK PINNIX HIPKIN (1961)
DAVID FALKSON (1970)
MALCOLM WERNER (1951)
HUMPHREY ROLLESTON ESSER
|UPCOMING OLD BOY EVENTS
1 JUNE 2018
FOUNDERS DAY ASSEMBLY
2 JUNE 2018
ANNUAL OLD BOYS DINNER
5 JUNE 2018
CAPE TOWN BRANCH DINNER
6 JUNE 2018
HERMANUS BRANCH DINNER
30 JUNE 2018
VISIT IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
4 JULY 2018
IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
11 JULY 2018
PBHS HEADMASTER'S VISIT
GOLD COAST / BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
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