Merry Christmas – Dec Newsletter
Let it be Christmas everywhere, in the hearts of people near and far, let Christmas be everywhere, feel the love of the season wherever you are. On a small Country road lined with green mistletoe. Big city streets where thousands of lights glow. Let it be Christmas everywhere. Let heavenly music fill the air let every heart sing, let every bell ring……the story of hope and joy and peace and let it be Christmas everywhere. Let heavenly music fill the air, let anger, hate and fear disappear, let there be love that lasts through the year, and let it be Christmas everywhere.
With the gold and the silver, the green and the red, let it be Christmas everywhere, in the smiles of our children asleep in their beds, in the eyes of young babies, their first fallen snow and the elderly where memories never grow old. Let it be Christmas everywhere.
Let it be Christmas everywhere. Let heavenly music fill the air let every heart sing, let every bell ring……the story of hope and joy and peace and let it be Christmas everywhere, in songs that we sing and the gifts that we bring, let there be Christmas everywhere. In what this day means and what we believe from the sandy white beaches, where blue water rolls, snow covered mountains and valleys below, let it be Christmas everywhere.
~ ALAN JACKSON (RELEASED 2002) ~
Reunion Dinner & Armistice Service 10th November 2018
The Old Boys Society, express our gratitude to all the Old Boys who have made it possible to assist (Our School-College)
“Potchefstroom High School for Boys during 2018”
The Reunion Dinner – The Wall of Remembrance, many wreaths were laid in memory of the passing of a loved one or a friend.
Wall of Remembrance Alex Paiva
Insert from Alex Paiva
Two Old Boys one living in England (Stuart Lewis) and (Howard Berchowitz) (S A) paid a visit to Potch Boys High a year ago. They were classmates of mine (A Paiva) and on their return, I was contacted by Stuart Lewis who suggested that the two of them would like to make a donation.
For any project of my choice which would enhance the betterment of the Ackerman Centre.
They then proceeded to send me a donation of R 50 000 which I then thought well to bring about the following improvements to the Ackerman Centre.
- Blinds inside Ackerman R 10000
- Boma braai area see attached photos – R39 000
On behalf of all Collegians our sincere thanks go to Stuart Lewis Barnard 1963/7 and Howard Berchowitz Barnard 1963/67
WELL DONE MR. ALEX PAIVA
A MAN WITH A HEART AND LOVE FOR COLLEGE – ALEX – YOU ARE THE MAN
Stuart Lewis-Howard Berchowitz – Alex Paiva Class of 1967
Newly built Boma left of – The Natie Kirsh Health and Fitness Centre
INSERT BY: BASIL KLETZ
College Clan Chronicle #5 – Dec 2018
CAPE TOWN GATHERING–THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER
VENUE – The ROYAL CAPE YACHT CLUB arrive anytime from 4pm onwards. A beautiful setting overlooking the yachts.
ALL POTCH COLLEGE OLD BOYS/HAGS/ CONVENT and FRIENDS welcome. Dress casual, pay only for your eats and refreshments.
JUST TURN UP –YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED. Directions- From Cape Town –take Waterfront entrance. Continue past Audi Centre on the right. At the circle take 3rd exit into SA Arm road to next circle, take 2nd turn right into DUNCAN rd. – Keep going for about 3 km-Yacht Club on your Left.
From N1 coming into Cape Town—Take off ramp R27 continue to traffic lights-Turn LEFT and LEFT again- Keep right at the split, and through harbour security-A bit further you will find Royal Cape Yacht Club on your Right. Please forward to your mailing list and NOTIFY/CONTACT those you are aware of who might be interested in attending.
The Magnificent BRUNCH held at MOUNT EDGECOMBE in KZN on Saturday 17th November.
Great to spend quality time with Carl Mouton (Milton 1946- 50), Jeremy Nel (Town House 1948-52, Colin Garvie (Granton 1960-64), his wife Sylvia, Ian Foster (Milton 1961-66)- wife Andrena, George Watson (Buxton 1962-67), Chris Gilfillan (Milton 1864-68), Norman Miller (Dayboy 1970-74)- wife Genevieve, Dennis Dallas (Granton 1964-69)- wife Shalamar, Rob Cloete (Granton 1964-67)- wife Voi, Keith Michel (Buxton 1969-72) and Karilyn Kletz.
It was well worth the trip down to attend the brunch although so busy chatting I forgot to eat. Thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable occasion and especially to Charlie who organized the venue and for hosting us. -Basil Kletz (Milton 1961-65).
Please diarize- same time next year.
Trip down Memory Lane
JEREMY NEL – Town house (Day Boy) 1948-52 – Prefect in 1952. He represented the first rugby and cricket teams for three years, awarded his colours for both sports in his last two years at school. Captain of the cricket team in Matric. Jeremy also excelled at athletics winning the Senior Victor Ludorum Trophy in Standard nine by coming first in the Open 220 yards and 440 yards, second in 100 yards and long jump.
In Matric Jeremy was Senior Victor Ludorum for a second year after wins in the 100 yards, 220 yards, 440 yards and 110 yards hurdles. He was also the Student Officer in the Artillery section of the Cadet Detachment that year. Athletics in Std eight saw him winning the u16 100 yards and long jump, second in 440 yards.
A very talented rugby player he was selected to represent the Western Transvaal senior team at centre whilst still in Matric. Only 17 years old at the time he played FIVE games that season for Western Transvaal.
Jeremy then went on to Stellenbosch to further his education and whilst there was selected to represent the Western Province Currie Cup Rugby team. He was regarded as a robust competitive player, exceptionally strong with ball in hand and a very good defender.
National selection followed and Jeremy became the Universities 75th Springbok (Potch boys Highs 1st) He was selected at centre and fly half in the team that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1956. (In all 6 Maties players were selected for the trip). The tour was a long one lasting three and a half months, thirty games played of which Jeremy Nel played in 23.
He went on to play 8 tests for South Africa, his last one in 1958 when he was fly half and vice-captain of the team that played against the French in the 2nd test at Ellis Park.
In the 1st test against France the centre pairing had been Jeremy and Wilf Rosenberg. Unfortunately in a game against the French (played after the 1st test) representing Central Universities Wilf broke his leg and therefore was unable to play in the second test. Way back in 1949 Jeremy played fly half for the College U15 team, his centers Ellis Kantor and Wilf, with Theo Myer on the right wing, Velleman the left, Allan Sutton scrum half. Of nine games played that season the six they won were by big margins which is understandable once you have a backline of that quality. By the time Jeremy retired in 1965, aged 31 he had represented SIX provinces, Western Transvaal, Western Province, Boland, Eastern Province, Transvaal and Orange Free State.
One of Colleges finest sons his wife Sheila sadly passed away earlier this year after 59 years marriage.
His dad was our well known Latin teacher Mr. T.R.B. NEL who taught at Boys High from 1958-67. Fondly known as FLASH he also assisted in the Junior English department.
Mr. J.S.I. McGregor- was the Senior English Master at College from 1922-47. Known as CHIMPY. — I will be sharing Flash and Chimpy`s Journey in the next edition of the College Clan Chronicle. Those wishing to share stories of these two popular teachers are most welcome to send to email@example.com
Anyone know how Flash and Chimpy were “awarded” these names? Apparently Chimpy had such long arms that they reached down to below his knees
November 8th – 11th
I appeal to those of you who are aware of Old Boys/Hags and Convent Girls who might be ill / recovering from operations or have suffered bereavement etc. to please advise us. Celebrations as well i.e. weddings/grandchildren etc. Please advise should a class be intending to celebrate a particular milestone at the school next year. firstname.lastname@example.org 082 377-0592
We think of Mike Kletz (Milton 1963-68) whose health has taken a turn for the worst. At school he excelled at athletics, represented the first rugby and cricket teams over a period of four years (1965-68) and after school won an international golf championship overseas. Another in the process of recovering from major operations (heart transplant/right leg amputation) is Willy Clarke (Milton 1964-1968). At school he received his colours for swimming, water polo, rugby, and athletics. We wish Mike Sher (Granton 1958-63) well on his journey to good health again.
POTCH BOYS HIGH 2018—THE SCHOOL
PRINCIPALS CORNER –article which appears in the 2018 edition of THE MOOI is a comprehensive report of how the Headmaster viewed the past year. With his permission I have added my own comments to a summary of his report.
If 2017 was the year of the Great Renovations (a number of classrooms and the two Science Laboratories were renovated) then 2018 can be viewed as the year of Saying Goodbye. A number of Educators made the decision to leave the school this year be it early or age related retirement, overseas opportunities, new challenges, promotion etc. Losing the expertise and years of accumulated experience is a loss for any school. Fortunately their replacements are certain to continue the traditions and standard of education that we have come to expect.
Mrs. BEVERLY JOHNSON retired after 25 years, 5 months placing her in the top 10 of longest serving Teaching Staff at College. Her subjects-Mathematics, English and History. Besides teaching Bev Johnson was involved in practically every activity at the school over the years. Hockey, fundraising, fishing, catering for rugby and hockey fixtures (when muffins and sandwiches would be made at her home), the school gardens, the book room where the boys assisted in stamping, covering, packing, and distribution of books. More recently she assisted with the choir. Bev Johnson has been epitome of the values that College strives to instill in boys each year. Some of the boys when asked described her as funny, warm, welcoming, interesting, strict, fair and tolerant of no nonsense. She inspired dreams, shaped lives and gave them hope for the future. May her retirement be filled with many special moments and memories.
The School LIBRARY and MUSEUM were recently renovated. With the recent revamping and upgrading of the MEDIA CENTRE there is now an inspiring reading environment for learners to relax in. There is now a need to expand on the current collection of books to meet the requirements of efficiency of motivated avid readers.