Newsletter #4 July 2017
Oldest Old Boy on record to contact us
Good day Wally
I was looking in an old file and found the attached which I thought would be of interest to you
I went to College from 1936 till 1939 and then served in North Africa and Italy returning in 1946 when I went to University and it was then that I joined the Old Boys Society and later found Life membership was no longer for life, however I attended the annual dinners until no one from my class came.
I am now 94 years old and have not heard of anyone else from my class who is also a nonagerian
I married Marion Jenkins who went to Potch Girls High and she is now 90 years old and we have been married for over 62 years. We still keep reasonably fit except that I suffer from low vision hence the big type
Hope this of interest to you
Note This has been reduced considerably from the type size of the original. Very encouraging receiving mail from a 94 year old Potch Old Boy and interesting to see the cost of a life membership in 1946 It was one of our first “battles” to persuade Old Boys that less than R 5 would never allow The Society to grow and be the support for College as it has been over the years.
The Natie Kirsh Sport Complex 2015
It was on August the 3rd 2015 that the following resolution was sent to the Trustees of Inkazimulo – The Shining Light Trust. Request for a Trustee Resolution of Approval to proceed urgently with Phase/1 of the construction of the Ackermann Project.
“It is with pride and confidence that we submit this request to The Trustees of Inkazimulo, The Shining Light Trust. Pride because of the quality of design work put in over the past two years and conformity to College 1905 and Milner Heritage Principles, as well as the fact, we have raised nearly Two Million Rand in donations over the period”.
It had been decided because of cash constraints to devide the work into phases. Each phase to be costed separately.
Phase One: Demolition and repair of existing building, which has been found to have some serious structural defects. A budget allowance has been made for an Engineers input and cost of recommended repairs. A five ton steel beam was inserted above the ceiling and between the front and back walls to stabilize them.
The aim is to have a beautiful renovated building before the Reunion Dinner on the 7th November 2016. The programme will be tight and we ask all to assist in insuring minimum delay time. The Vision is to provide best quality work and materials, conforming where possible to the 1905 heritage principals.
So today July 2017 it is with great pride and gratitude Phase 3 was completed along with five classrooms in 21 days of the school holidays July 2017 by Ambrac Construction, Rose, Andrew and their Team. They are to be congratulated. Using only five key workers and quoted specialized contractors.
21 Days of Magic as all were very old buildings which had to be repaired and restored to provide, a beautiful and fully functional catering and kitchen facility with toilet and a change room for visiting teams. Surrounded by an attractive brick paved area which would help to take concentrated traffic of the many boys using the facility. All other lawns and hedges were provided by the School Staff, Alex Paiva and Neville Grater. With the Thor Gevers A Rugby Field having been irrigated in a joint venture between School and the Trust the entire area is something to be proud of. Of considerable importance is the fact that The Ackermann particularly is becoming a sought after venue for meetings for other schools and bodies and a significant growing source of revenue.
Funding to Complete Phase Three was provided by our Amazing Philanthropic and Generous Old Boy Natie Kirsh 1949 and facilitated by George Lys CEO Kirsh Industries South Africa
Of overriding importance the Natie Kirsh Sports Complex has provided a sense of pride and accomplishment to all with hope for today and the future.
Other positive factors: our data base membership after being virtually static for some years the numbers have increased from March 2017 to date by over 200 new names and details of Old Boys now totaling +- 1570
Interest and involvement by Old Boys is being shown in many practical and generous ways. After all it will always be our school which moulded us for our adult lives.
Adopt a Classroom 2016
It was agreed that we should fund this Project by way of Class years, adopting a Classroom. To date funds have been raised by Old Boys in Class Years 1950, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1976, 1980 and 1982.
Classroom NO 10 was completed in 2016 as a model for the Adopt a Classroom Project: Basic colour decisions were made with classroom 10 but teachers were able to have a final choice of the shade of green to be used Gray and White were standard. The colours Gray, Green and White were options suggested by an Occupational Therapist.
Present electricity supply is a problem as there was no available electricity in 1905 when the school was completed. It was done at a later date but only supplying one plug per classroom, in today’s digital age, that one plug is subjected to very creative uses and could be dangerous.
BEFORE AND DURING THE RENOVATIONS
Work in Progress: Classroom 1
It is interesting to see different floor surfaces used at different periods
Class of 1976 appointed a coordinator who followed up with us each month to establish who had paid so far and to contact those who had not. It worked well. They were allocated classroom No 10.Steve Ross 1977 virtually organized a golf day on his own. Others particularly from abroad requested that their donations remain anonymous.Recognition Plaques outside Classroom doors will reflect the Class year (s) that made the Repair and Upgrade of a particular classroom possible.Of high importance we received the following today 27th July from Otatile Mothoagae Matric 2012. His email is of importance as we need more input from our “Young” Old BoysMy name is Oratile Mothoagae (Matric 2012) wanted to find out more about the old boys dinner and if I need to pay any fees as I have never paid in the past 5 years. Secondly I would also find out about the Blazer and how I am able to get myself one. Regards
Oratile MothoagaeIn Addition to adding Oratile’s email to the July Newsletter we will also send the “answers” to all young Old Boys on our data-base. Please note the Date for the Reunion Dinner and Armistice Service is Saturday the 12th November 2017 starting at 5:45pm. This will be followed by drinks in The Ackermann. 10 year Anniversary years all ending with 7 i.e. 2017 and 5 year, ending with a 2. In the last few years the Anniversary Years, began making contact with classmates well in advance of their year and organizing for as many as possible to attend the weekend. They also made plans to provide funds for the school project. At the moment the Adopt a Classroom Project is a good one. Class Years are raising as much as they can.
With regard to paying fees we don’t really ask for a subscription fee but we do ask you to join the 100 club where you can pay by debit order which we will arrange or you can arrange a monthly recurring EFT Payment. The amount could be R 100 or any amount you can afford.We have not had many requests for a blazers with badge but can organize for anyone that wants one. You have to try on any blazer at Woolworth’s and provide us with your size. We would get a quote for you. If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact me.
Important information of costs and how to pay for the Reunion Dinner and accommodation in Buxton
Cost of Dinner: R280
Cost of staying at Buxton P/P: R250 Bed, Linen and Breakfast
All payments to be made to Esme Combrink Bursar at College.
Name: Potchefstroom College Foundation
Account no. 62115936182
Branch code 240438
Use Reference Z080XXXXXX (X = 6x digits of surname) for the Dinner
And Z070XXXXXX (X = 6x digits of surname) for Bed & BreakfastPlease! Every payment must be accompanied by an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 018 2933338 indicating who the payment is for, the matric year and house represented and the person’s cell number. Additional info required for sleeping over: number of nights, number of people and gender as special arrangements will have to be made for female visitors.
Potchefstroom High School for Boys
Tel 018 294 5339 x110
Fax 018 293 3338An email from Grant Abrahams (Buxton 79-81) provides interesting reading.
My father Marcus Solomon Abrahams attended College as a day boy from 1942 and matriculated in 1946. He was immensely proud of his school and always spoke highly of the teachers and staff, he was also a keen member of the old boy’s society for many years.Marcus was born in Potchefstroom in 1929, his parents Isidore Abrahams and Rosalie Abrahams (nee Stone) managed the Kings Hotel in Potchefstroom.
Marcus attended Central primary school and his three older sisters, Olga, Hilda and Lois were also at Central and thereafter attended Girls High.
My father lived for most of his adult life in and around Johannesburg and practiced as a chartered accountant during most of this time.
He sadly passed away in January 2016 after a long illness, he was 86 at the time.
I am sorry to hear about Rev David Jones – He married my wife and myself and was my patient when I was a GP in Parktown North. Cricket and Rugby Dominated at Potch in the early sixties, so some of us starting hitting a hockey ball around, and eventually formed a team. I was one of the early Captains of the Hockey team and had a group of dedicated and keen players. One of them Alistair Forbes went on to play for SA, if I think – Alistair, are you still out there? I cherish my Potch days and have many happy memories of the years spent there. I was Calder/Buxton 1958-63
Colin HollowayAthol Weddell
Athol is making sure but slow progress. He was actually able to go to Potch with Geoff and myself when we went to see the work being done over the holidays.Vic Jardim
I spoke to Vic this morning and he was his usual positive self. The injury he sustained three and a half months ago and reported in the June Newsletter. He says he is making good progress the fracture has healed and he is now on one crutch. Believes it might be another 2 months before he can walk unaided.
We wish him well!Please send us any interesting news you have about any Old Boy.