Newsletter #3 June 2017
Hi All Old Boys.
It is with a sense of Pleasure and Pride that I can say Tracy and her daughter Alanna have completed
• A new easy to manage data base programme
• We are actively adding all latest news to Facebook and will be interacting with Old Boys
• A new interactive Website, it is attractive and easy to use.
~ www.potcholdboys.co.za ~
We invite all Old Boys to contribute their stories or news to the Website, we will do the same. In addition Tracy now manages all financial statements and produces a monthly reconciliation for the Trustees.
Any queries referring to finance can be referred to her at email@example.com.
Generosity of the Old Boys
Over the past three years 2015, 2016 and 2017 The Old Boys have accepted the need to support the School as the Department of Education in the North West are only able to supply minimal support. Despite this lack of support we have upgraded the entire Sports Centre except for the interior of Squash Court 3 which will be divided to accommodate a catering facility and a change room for visiting teams. The entire Complex is now known as the Natie Kirsh Sports Complex.
A very well deserved honor to Natie who has been extremely generous in his support of this project which is now a great source of pride to College and also producing income by way of rentals for the use of the facilities.
The other Project started in 2016 is the Adopt a Classroom Project to renovate and upgrade all Classrooms to meet today’s needs and digital requirements. We have been raising funds by way of Class years, working together, to raise funds. To date the class years approached have raised R 600 000 towards the project. We have only approached 8 class years who have been successful as we find this number to be manageable and possible to keep in close touch to motivate and support.
The Class years who have been active in the
Adopt a Classroom Project are:
- The class of 1966 who set up a WhatsApp contact group which worked very well. It still continues today. Such a system would be of great help to all class years.
- The Class of 1976 were the first to start contributing to the Adopt a Classroom Project and are close to meeting their target. This was facilitated by appointing a coordinator. This was an innovative move and worked well.
- The Class of 1977 Steve Ross basically organized a golf tournament on his own which was very successful
- The other years basically have raised funds and some have achieved their targets with a donation basically by one person, all wish to remain anonymous.
The highlight of these activities has been the visit to College by Natie Kirsh and wife Frances, George his CEO in South Africa and wife Roxanna. During the day Natie requested a list of priority requirements which we will be discussing. With George his CEO as soon as he is back. He has been away in Swaziland for the last month and is busy catching up.
The Anniversary Year 2017
This year the Armistice Service and Dinner will be on Saturday the 11th November. The Anniversary years will receive a list of names and details of Boys from their class year that we have on our data base to get started. The class years are urged to add to those supplied by us. All names and contact details to be sent firstname.lastname@example.org to add to our data base. This will ensure a wonderful turnout for your year.
Support for talented boys who lack sufficient funds to adequately support them at College and the need for a Bursary Fund to assist Verity Phiri the school’s marketing lady.
Verity visits recognized primary Schools, and motivates for talented boys to consider College as their Secondary School of choice.Whilst we have not yet actively pursued donations for this activity we were able to Assist Shakina Kamina with his hostel fees. Shakina proved to be a very good investment. He played 1st XV rugby for 3 years and was the Athletics Captain. Whilst he achieved several awards at the final prize giving he received the premier award of the Rotary Cup and Book for the learner whose conduct in the opinion of all Staff approached, most closely met the four way test of a College boy. Shakina contacts me regularly. He is studying computer science at present.
School upgrading the Hostels
On the upgrading of facilities, the school has been very busy upgrading Buxton and making good progress in Granton and Milton. All this will now provide attractive facilities for parents to send their boys to College. For more details and photographs will soon be available on the Website www.potcholdboys.co.za
Of significance and importance were the discussions Natie and George had with Johann and John. Natie and George both felt very impressed by the School Staff and Pupils and positively impressed by the administration of the way the School was managing the pupils with todays changed demographics. Natie said it was unique in his experience of Schools in many parts of the world. He added “today I have seen College boys as in my day the only difference is they are black” and they are important for the future of South Africa
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Basil Kletz independently said a few weeks later after a visit to the school Input from the Limited Clan Chronicle Basil Kletz M -1965 (MY TRIP TO BOYS HIGH three weeks ago.
I hear so many negative stories about the school. Let me assure you our school is good hands. GRANTON is a very different house to what you Grantonite’s remember. Bathrooms, dorms, prep room, corridors, boards etc. All in mint condition. MILTON in the process of being upgraded is already looking a lot smarter. BUXTON- join us at the end of the year and judge for yourself. I certainly will be spending at least a couple of nights in the hostel. Lamb on a spit, maybe a swim in the school pool. Sounds good to me. The learners (school boys) -will make you as proud of them as I am. No different to when we were there. Basil is still active, swimming in the Polar Bear day.
School Projects 2020
The School has developed an amazing document Project 2020 which identifies many of today’s difficulties with working group’s active and seeking solutions. However this should in no way imply all boys coming to the school fall into the difficulty category as we have had mainly boys of good Caliber and standard. It generally was small groups who at times had a very disruptive presence. The Matric boys of 2017 are proving to be exemplary as described by Natie and Basil. Of interest two of Gwede Mantashe’s (ANC Secretary General) sons have matriculated at Boys High. The eldest told me he had qualified in his Agricultural Studies and was going to China to learn more about small scale farming. Something that would be of great value to South Africa.
Today the school with its marketing efforts and other means are able to be far more selective in there acceptances. All of this does not mean rejection of poor or indigent boys, but one cannot afford to have a few disrupting an entire class.
With all our communication systems now working we will be able to be more active in providing sport results and activities.
Some recent Sport News –
Potchefstroom High School for Boys
A report from Alex Paiva Sports Director and Old Boy provides us with the latest Rugby and Hockey results.
Rugby vs Potch Tegnies 1st team won 26 – 12, 2nd Team lost 5 -10, U/16 won 36 – 20, U/15 won 42 – 0 and U/14 won 45 – 0 Tegnies in the last few years has been very difficult to beat.
Results against C B C Boksburg 1st Team won 52 – 38, 2nd team won 33 – 28,
U/16 won 82 – 21, under 15 won 46 – 0 and U/14 lost 0 – 64
1 ST team hockey have won all their derby matches this year. They are playing Volkies today and if they win they will end 2nd to Gimmies in the N West league and both teams will compete in the Noord Vaal Play offs.
Feedback on Founders Hockey Festival
Teams that participated were: S A C S, Kearsney College, Paul Roos, Dale College, Affies, Parktown Boys High, Queens College, Rondebosch Boys High, Northwood, and College.
Five teams arrived on Friday evening and the other teams arrived on Saturday Morning. Teams from S A C S, Paul Roos and Rondebosch were met at airport and were transported in a Luxury bus to Potchefstroom. On arrival these teams were shuttled by two smaller busses to and from venues as they wished.
All matches were played on the N W University Astros accept the last day which took place on Girls High Astro. The tournament was a wonderful showcase of what College is about with our new facilities, Ackermann receiving a lot of praise. Other feedback from S A C S AND Kearsney College. Via correspondence received confirmed that the tournament as a whole was a great success. On the first day College played against Kearsney arguably one of the top three teams at the tournament and our boys underperformed ( nerves ) and were beaten 7 – 0. The Rest of the results were as follows : vs S A C S lost 0 – 5 , vs Northwood lost 0 – 3 vs Queens lost 1 – 2 vs Affies lost 0 – 1 Affies scored in the last minute, vs Parktown won 1 – 0. Our boy’s performances, sportsmanship on and off the field was excellent against some of top schools in Hockey.
The progress made during the Festival said a lot for the learning ability and determination of our College boys.
News of Old Boys – Obituaries
It is our intention to add this section in our monthly Newsletter and Facebook. When we are reporting on the passing of an Old Boy or someone connected with the school in a memorable capacity. We will just provide the date when the person passed away.
In this Newsletter # 3 2017
Trevor Mac Donald – March 28th 2017
Rev. David Jones – May 17th 2017
As both those men were remarkable people and at various times played an active role in the life in Potchefstroom a full eulogy of both will also appear on the Old Boys Website.
News about Old Boys
We have good news regarding Athol Weddell (G) 65 – 69 who is recovering well from major surgery. Athol was a long time member of the society and chairman.
Victor Jardim 1965-1969 recovering from a serious accident in the Gym where weights fell on him and broke his thigh bone. Vic was a long time member of the Old Boys Society committee Chairman and one of the first trustees of Inkazimulo – The Shining Light Trust