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We are delighted to announce that Old Boy Greg Hassenkamp will be the guest speaker at the 100th Annual Old Boys Dinner this year.

Gregary Hassenkamp was a boarder in Solomon House and matriculated from Pretoria Boys High School in 1990. He was quite the athlete, swimming for the first team and receiving Half Colours for athletics and Full Colours for rugby. After matric Greg obtained a higher diploma in Education from the Johannesburg College of Education, and a BEd. Honours Degree from UNISA. Greg also holds a number of sporting achievements which he attained after school such as playing for numerous 1st XV rugby sides as well as two Comrades and Two Oceans Ultra Marathons.

Greg started his teaching career at De La Salle Holy Cross College Junior School in Johannesburg and returned to the School on the Hill in 1999 where he taught Geography, was the Master in Charge of Rugby and later settled in Solomon House as the Senior Boarding Housemaster. In 2005 Greg was appointed as Deputy Headmaster - one of his portfolios being the management of the school prefects and the day-to-day discipline issues.

"It was, I believe, in this role that Greg displayed most clearly the attributes that make him such an outstanding school master. His uncanny ability to deal with boys who were in trouble (for all manner of offences and problems) in a way that made them leave chastened but without feeling aggrieved, was wonderful to behold and a fine example of how such matters should be dealt with in a boys school. Likewise, the same combination of fair play, directness and charm also had many a boy leaving his office duly recruited into some or other school activity that he had no intention of doing and feeling somewhat bewildered as to how he had allowed himself to be persuaded by "the H"! - Mr John Illsley - The Pretorian 2013

In 2014 Greg took up the position of Headmaster at Hermanus High School. Since his appointment the school has grown from 850 to 970 pupils, 14 additional classrooms have been built and 8 new teaching posts have been created. Additional subjects such as Drama, Visual Arts, IT and Advanced Programme Mathematics have been added to the curriculum. Most importantly the pupils have been instilled with a great sense of pride and ownership of the school which is evident in the values and ethos Greg has established in not only the school, but also the community.


After five years as Principal of Hermanus High School, Greg Hassenkamp can still not believe his luck. And undoubtedly, there will be many parents and children in Hermanus who will feel equally happy about his appointment. Not only has the school achieved excellent results under his leadership, but he identifies so strongly with it, that in the minds of many, school and principal are indistinguishable.

Having previously been Deputy-Head of Pretoria Boys' High, a very large single-sex school in a very large city, it took him a while to adjust to a smaller co-ed school in a smaller town in a different province. However, supported by an excellent Governing Body and a hard-working and effective staff complement, he soon took to it like a duck to water and was able, in a remarkably short time, to put his own stamp on the character of the school.

Hermanus High School Principal Greg Hassenkamp at his desk at the school

"Actually," says Greg, "I found a very good school when I arrived, so all I have had to do is expand on what was already there. In fact, the quality of a school is determined on the one hand by the pupils - their energy and honesty and pride - and on the other, by the teachers. Nothing can be achieved without their full commitment, and I have been blessed with a brilliant staff, a good mix of mature, experienced educationists and younger teachers, with fresh new ideas and lots of energy."

He and the Governing Body have formulated a new short- to longer-term vision for the development of the school. The first year of three, three-year cycles has just been completed and Greg finds this road forward very exciting. "With an enrolment of 970 pupils, the school is at capacity at the moment, but within that limitation, there are many ways in which we can move in exciting new directions," he points out. "Our aim is to become a destination school; in other words, a school whose standards compare with those of any other school in the country ".

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Text: The Village News | Image: Taylum Meyer



DATE: Saturday, 1 June 2019
VENUE: Abernethy Hall, Pretoria Boys' High School.
TIME: 18:30 for 19:00
DRESS CODE: Formal - Black Tie or Lounge Suit
INCLUDES: Three course dinner, refreshments: welcoming drink, wine, malt and cool drinks, entertainment and collector's items
ENTERTAINMENT: Guest Speaker - Gregary Hassenkamp, PBHS Musical Items
COST: R 500.00 Per Person
This event is only open to Old Boys of Pretoria Boys High School & Honorary Life Members of the PBHSOB Association.



At Summer Sports' Day this year among a number of additional cultural activities which Old Boys could participate in, the Photographic Society of Pretoria Boys High School hosted the first ever "Old Boys Challenge"

Below are the top three photographs in the category "Sport" Congratulations!

1st place: Keaghan van der Merwe (Photographic Society student Form 3)

2nd place: Martin Short (1991)

3rd place: Martin Short (1991)


A reminder of the 3rd Annual Chesa Nyama taking place on 2 March 2019 come and enjoy an afternoon reminiscing with other Old Boys. We will do our best to accommodate all late RSVP 's.

Date: Saturday 2 March 2019
Venue: Jackbudha, Mashabela Street, Mamelodi
Time: 12:00-17:00
Address: Mr Tony Reeler - PBHS Headmaster

  • Complimentary welcome drinks
  • Cash bar available
  • Plates of braai meat will be sold
  • 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 RSVP for this event. For more information and event queries, please contact the convenor Rami Moatshe: ramimoatshe@yahoo.com

This event is only open to Old Boys of Pretoria Boys High School.


Everybody has heard the boarders moan about house runs, but nobody seems to sympathise with them. All they understand is that we, forms I - IV, run a set of compulsory cross-country routes. We understand that the no-walking, no-stopping, no-cutting-corners rules, as well as detailed routes that go something like this: Out East, college block, tractor path, up S-bends, island. I am not looking for sympathy. It wouldn't matter. I'll be in matric next year anyway. I am just out to expose the boarder house runs.

Basic Routes:

An island is an uncomplicated route around the inner 'island' of the school - that is from the front of school down Main Drive until the junction with Jacaranda Drive. Then, turn left and run along Jacaranda, past the tennis and basketball courts, up S-bends and back to the start. At 1.575 km it's not the longest sub-route, but it is quite a popular one.

Here's a mean one. You run out East Gate, around the perimeter of the school and back in. Due to urban development, you'll have to run past houses for part of the odyssey. You must run with a friend to ensure safety. Don't let the appeal of running College (see below) fool you. This baby clocks in at about 4.925km.

Out East, In North
This route, involving running out through main gate, in through north and up S-bends, is frustrating, particularly when you find out all too late that the North Gate turnstyle is broken. Sometimes, if he wants to do a bit of shock-treatment in terms of fitness, the matric-in-charge will set a time limit for the 2.573km run. Although your house run will finish a lot more quickly you will have to spend the rest of the afternoon attending to your cardiac arrest. Dayboys may recognise this route as the senior inter-tutor relay route.

College Block
Also quote common, this route will take you out through the East Gate, along Roper Street to the monster of a hill on College Drive. After reaching the summit, oxygen masks must be applied due to the lack of oxygen at that altitude. You will then run down what seems like a less-than-fair gentle downward slope until you turn left into the straight of Roper. Conclude your 3.090km journey up Main Drive.

Expansion Tracks:

Tractor path
One of the more scenic routes, the tractor path's dirt road leads you on a hike around Oehley field to Brooks, between Hofmeyr Oval and the cricket nets, to the foot of Suicide. Being sort of an extension, tractor path shaves off a nice 445m off of the island, but adds on a nett distance of 566m.


A hill for speed training, this 84m incline usually requires a sprint followed by a slap-in-the-face set of stairs.
Burn Rating: 5/10

Polly Shorts:
Named after the comparatively easy hill in the comrades, this hill is also a rather short 97m. I have been unable to determine the gradient, but I am sure that it's no less than 90 degrees. Not such a common run as it is practiced every day at school.
Burn Rating 7/10

This hill comes second in terms of length at 340m. it is a combination of the gradient at Polly Shorts and the constant include of Suicide, making it the Hybrid Hill of Hell.
Burn Rating: 9/10

It is difficult to believe that the hill was laid out in its S shape because it was too steep for horse-drawn carts. That is, until you run it. If measured from the foot of Polly Shorts, it is the longest hill at 390m, and due to its being in the school grounds, it is part of almost every house run, often more than once. Being probably the sole cause of boarder stiffness, this is the ultimate house run hill.
Burn Rating: 10/10

House runs are made up of a combination of any (or all) of the above routes, extending some and cutting others short. Sure, we complain but house runs are really meant to get us fit. This is proven in the inter-house-cross-country. They also get us into fairly good shape for the winter sports season. So, now that you know how to run the 5480km out east, college, tractor path, up S-bends, island, we hope to see all the dayboys join us in our house runs, starting tomorrow!

Greg Lavagna - Boys Highlights Number 12, May 2009


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Cape Town - SuperSport have confirmed that John Smit (1996), captain of South Africa's second World Cup-winning team in 2007, will be a key addition to their panel of experts for the Super Rugby 2019 campaign which begins this weekend.


Ex-Dolphin consistently reaching 90mph

Former Dolphins fast bowler Mathew Pillans (2009) will qualify to play for England later this year and wants to consistently deliver the ball at 90 miles per hour.


SportsEdTV Names Roy Wegerle To Lead Soccer

SportsEdTV has named Roy Wegerle (1981) as Executive Director of Soccer. The former Chelsea player and two-time FIFA World Cup competitor as a member of Team USA will lead the development of all instructional content for the fast-growing online sports instruction network.


Varsity Cup paved the way for Claassen's sevens dream

Luvo Claassen (2013) finished his schooling at Pretoria Boys High and represented the Limpopo Blue Bulls U19s before moving to Port Elizabeth where he opted to study a Diploma in Building Engineering.


 Old Boy Paul Katzeff (1978) in the news.


Thank you so much for the ongoing Newsletter. I remember with fondness Capey Jones, his operettas and his maths lessons. It was through him and perhaps Baldy Matheson that I achieved an A in his subject in Matric

Kind Regards
Frank van der Velde (1960)

A tribute to Ted Jones

I was a pupil of Ted Jones in one of his maths classes and he conducted the school orchestra in which I played (as possibly the most undistinguished double bassist he ever encountered). I often met him or watched him as he strode through the corridors of the school, always briskly and always with a clutch of books and papers under his arm. If there was time for it, a greeting with anybody would be brief. He always needed to be somewhere else, in a hurry. The hurry was understandable because he had so much to do.

It would be impossible to catalogue how much he had to do as a teacher, a housemaster, the conductor and guiding hand, eye, and mind behind the school's orchestra and its annual performances of a concert and a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, as a coach in various sports, and much more. I only learned from his obituary in the PBHS online magazine of his passion for gardening.

It is said that one's education is what's left over when you have forgotten everything you were ever taught. If that is a true test, I would say that I and many others had a rich and enviable education from Ted Jones alone.

It was done in a subtle and even somewhat inscrutable way, very is difficult to describe. One had to spend some accumulated time in an activity he commanded before his influence and its effects could be felt. Understanding of what he had achieved would come much later.

I would say that one of the chief lessons he taught was moderation. He was moderate and even-tempered, patient with both the slow and the quick, always respectful of others whether young or old or lowly or exalted, never the one to poke fun or to seek recognition or popularity. He had no favourites and he took no short cuts. His idea of discipline was largely self-discipline. In speech he was laconic.

I would also say that he taught by example, not by precept. One saw a busy, productive and serious man, a believer in order and harmony, someone who thought deeply before he spoke or acted, a lover of music and the spells it can cast. I can only imagine that he went into teaching with a great desire to find and liberate the good that he saw in everyone around him. I don't think it would ever have occurred to him to punish anybody.

The boys of my era at PBHS were even luckier in that Ted Jones was not alone - we had a pantheon of admirable teachers.

Lawrence Reyburn (1954)

What a great man he was - he has travelled the road we all must - bless him.
I played the role of Elsie in the Yeoman of the Guard in 1960 if I remember.

Barry Greyvenstein (1965)


It was with sadness that I heard of the passing of Ted Jones at the age of 97. Sad, yes, but happy that he'd lived a fulfilling life and passed peacefully in his sleep. I have maintained contact with him since I matriculated in 1955, mainly through his son Glyn.

I feel it fitting to write this tribute, as Ted was the most influential teacher and mentor throughout my years at PBHS - a good maths teacher, but mainly through his involvement with music, which has been my main interest throughout my life. Ted got me involved in the musical activities of the school through his establishment of the school orchestra and military band, and his spirited presentations of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas every year (what a pretty girl they transformed me into - (see the attached photos). He recruited the help of parents and teachers for the orchestra, and loaned instruments from government institutions for the military band. He started me off with the clarinet, but I switched to the oboe, and had the pleasure of playing with Gerrit Bon - an accomplished oboist and son of Professor Bon, with whom I also learned to play the organ. Prof Bon played the viola in the orchestra as I remember. Noel Pollock, our esteemed Headmaster, played the violin. Faces flash back like ghosts from the past, but I can't remember their names. Margaret Arundel played violin- I think her son was Timothy. I can see the face of the tall guy who played bass, but can't remember his name. One of our other masters playing viola. Flautists, drummer, memories flashing briefly through my mind. What a sound we produced for an amateur orchestra. I remember performing Beethoven's C major concerto with Brian Monteith - an accomplished pianist and friend with whom I still communicate. He played the first movement and I played the second. Brian learnt the bassoon through Ted's encouragement and played this in the orchestra. I graduated from this orchestral introduction by performing at several Youth Concerto Festivals, and also played the Beethoven C minor concerto with the SABC orchestra. I continued with my piano playing and performed at many concerts. I remember Errol Richards, who, under Ted's encouragement, played the old organ for Assembly, with a junior kid pumping the bellows with the lever on the side of the instrument.

But I think that Ted's most memorable contribution was the annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta presentations. The parents were encouraged to assist in every way, from making costumes, décor and scenery, and as I've mentioned, participation in the orchestra, which they did with dedicated enthusiasm under his encouragement. I remember Bob Fair's wife was involved in making costumes. I found some old pictures which I've attached - I'm the little "girl" on the right in all the photos. The picture with the tall guy in the middle shows Paul Kelly on the left. The picture of the 3 tall sailors and 3 little girls show Tristan ? next to me and Paul Kelly on the left. I don't remember the other names.

When I asked Ted once how he started all this, and where he learnt all the skills to conduct and direct music, his humble and modest response was "I didn't have any formal training. It was just something I wanted to do, so I just did it, and learnt as I went along". A simple statement, but what a lesson it contained. Ted married Jennie, who sadly passed away at an early age. Ted's stoic disposition carried him through this crisis.

I have two photos which I know I still have amongst all my old memorabilia, and have searched high and low but can't find them. When I find them I'll send them to the Association. A picture of Ted and Jennie holding baby Glyn, as well as a shot of myself marching proudly in the Military Band, with my clarinet tucked under my arm. I found some shots of HMS Pinafore which my dad took. I'm the little "girl" on the right, next to the tall sailor, with Paul Kelly on the left.

Yes Ted, you are gone, but certainly will remain in my memory as a mentor who opened up a new world of music for me during my formative years. Thank you for that, and may you rest in peace.

Stan Shear (1955)


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You may wonder why I'm ill at ease
And feeling out of sorts for this is the
Day when through the post comes my school report.

Yes, as I thought it's none too good
My head is bowed, I daren't say a word
My dad says it's beyond being understood.

I go to visit Gran mama
She's always very kind
She says "Come upstairs we'll see what we can find"

Some old reports of dad she finds
And what a consolation
Among the milder things it says
Is, "Lack of concentration".

C. Stander 1A - The Pretorian 1979


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