“Newsletter with a Difference”- February 2019 # 1
In a few but meaningful words, we as the Old Boys Society, wish all our Old Boys and Young Old Boys, the very best for 2019.
Our Organisation “Potch Old Boys Society” wish to thank our donors “Old Boys” for the monetary gifts. Your donations “made-a-difference” your contribution has made this world a better place, putting smiles on the face of our pupils and teachers. Your donations are Tax deductible. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you will read all about all the facilities completed since 2015. Your contribution assists in upgrading of facilities, which was illustrated in all our Newsletters since 2015 your contribution allows for a administration cost such as a salary, office expenses etc.
Our Special Thanks
Mr. Natie Kirsh
Mr. Charles Miller
Mr. Paul Mortimer
Mr. Barry Munro
Mr. Matthew Francis
Notable many who have donated.
- Sechaba Lucas Motaung
- Rorisang Matsiela
- Sihle Grootboom
Introducing below our New Members!!!!
Sechaba Lucas Motaung
Bcom Economics & National Diploma in Banking
CEO of Tleane Medical Group
Director of KE Ya Sechaba Foundation
Team member of Potch Old Boys touch rugby
Throughout my time at college I had the opportunity to experience the best times of my life. I met extraordinary gentleman and achieved a number of accolades that one never could possibly get. This signals the pleasure of being in that institution.
I always say that I was an extraordinary academic before I even went to varsity as I had the privilege of graduating everyday due to the fact our school song is Gaudemuas (Graduation song) moreover that meant everyday one achieved a certain way of life .
The main elements of one graduated on was Respect, Loyalty & Engagement those are highly important in the foundation of a community as they make a place better.
Therefore I believe for the development of our country those elements mentioned above where implemented they would directly lead to a positive change, hence our foundation is important namely College, if we lack the spirit of togetherness and action then things will fall apart
BATCHELOR OF EDUCATION (UNISA)
SPORT COORDINATOR AT MITCHELL HOUSE SCHOOL
GRANTON 07’ (UNIVERSITY EXEMPTION)
I grew up in a small platinum mining town called Swartlkip in the Limpopo Province. I knew very little back then accept a precious stone called platinum and a sports field. The small town of Swartklip only had 1 pre-school and one primary school and not a single high school in sight, so I knew very early on that completing grade 7 would be my ticket out of the small town. The majority of my schoolmates settled for schools in Rustenburg and Thabazimbi after grade 7, but I wanted more for myself, although I had no idea what that was.
It was in grade 5 that my future would change considerably, I had a new English teacher who had a reputation for putting ‘chances’ like myself in their place. I took my chances with her and she’d always tell me how a school like Potch Boys High’ would fix me. Coming from such a small town, I had no idea that an all-boys school existed, this was all foreign to me. I became curious and asked her more questions every day and eventually she told me that her husband and son are old boys of the school, the term ‘old boys’ was also foreign to me. My teacher then brought me old school magazines of the school and I decided right there and then that this would be my school in 4 years’ time whatever the cost.
I didn’t come from a well-off family but my parents decided to plan ahead to make my dream a reality.
Grade 7 eventually came, I applied, was then invited for an interview, when I arrived I could almost feel that this was no ordinary school, the boys, the uniform, the buildings, this was beyond my wildest dreams. I got accepted into the school and I couldn’t wait for January of 2003 when I’d begin my high school adventure, I couldn’t wait to don the famous blazer. I reminded myself of how privileged I was, every day I strived to meet the high standards of the school. I loved the school especially the old boy’s days, I looked forward to these, and I found it fascinating that such old people would take such great pride in their old school.
The school played a massive role in making me a principled man and a leader in my community. Potch boys high’ made me confident that I could become whatever I want; I don’t shy away from challenges because that’s what the school demanded from us. I remember how we’d travel to Johannesburg and Pretoria on Saturdays to take on our counterparts in various sporting activities, those moments filled my heart with great pride because we’d leave everything on those fields because we were proud of our great school.
Sadly our great school isn’t quite the same; it hurts to see it in this state. This is no ordinary school and I feel pity for the current crop of boys because they don’t realize this. This is the only school in the North West province that could attract heavyweight schools from Gauteng, how can we allow it to parish? I would like to see the old boy’s society regain control of proceedings again. This school is supposed to be the North West’s Department of education flag bearer. I’m willing to work with the old boys’ society to fix our great school. The school still has a positive role to play in society.
Mr Kirsh let us work together and fix this school that has produced esteemed gentlemen such as yourselves who continue to look for good solutions to the world’s problems, we need to create more of these esteemed gentlemen.
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Class of 2006 (Milton House)
North West University – Pukke Alumni
Bcom Human Resource Management Degree
Human Resource Manager at Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd Passion for
To return the school to its former glory, as well as to create a lifelong bond for future Collegians as I currently have with my brothers.
I entered the school as Mr Know-it-all but left as a true gentleman, these changes were achieved through tradition, respect, mentorship, education and competition. Being in an environment that was full of passion and competition brought out the best in me. I was surrounded by achievers in all environments – culture, sports and academics, which helped me learn more about myself but also take pride in all my efforts.
My dream is to create an environment for young men to be able learn and pass on traditions as well as maintain relevance in this day and age.
Respect, honesty and integrity will never get old, but they are traits that need to be instilled from a young age.