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11 June 2017

Founders Day 2017 Report and photos

https://www.facebook.com/DurbanHighSchool/posts/10155341293904254

19th April 2017

New Head Master for Durban High School

(From DHS Face Book page)

The much anticipated appointment of the new Head of Durban High School has been announced by the Department of Education. The School’s 15th Head Master will be Mr Tony Pinheiro, who is seen by many as one of South Africa’s leading high school educationists. Mr Pinheiro takes up his new appointment at the beginning of the second term.

Mr Pinheiro began his teaching career in 1992 and joined Glenwood High School in April 1994. As the Senior Deputy Principal at Glenwood High, he has been the Acting Principal of Glenwood High since February 2016. This was Mr Pinheiro’s second prolonged stint as Acting Principal as previously, the Department of Education selected and seconded him to the role of Acting Principal of Brettonwood High School at a time when Brettonwood was in dire straits. Mr Pinheiro did an excellent job there, steadying the ship and handing over to the new Principal.

DHS Governing Body Chairman, Mr Winston Owen, commented on the fact that despite Mr Pinheiro having spent 23 years at our “rival” school, his laudable track record speaks for itself. Not only did he do a great job as Acting Head at both Brettonwood and Glenwood, but he was also responsible, as Deputy for Glenwood, for introducing the Advanced Academic programme to Glenwood which led to them being licensed by Cambridge University to run the Cambridge programme, enabling matriculants to have easier access to top overseas universities.”

Mr Owen continues, “Tony Pinheiro has palpable leadership energy. He is a futurist and a visionary, but understands the importance of the traditional values of a great school like DHS. Through the selection process, it became clear to us that he was the right person to lead this fine school with a great history, into a magnificent future.”

Whilst heading Glenwood’s Gibson House Boarding Establishment, Mr Pinheiro saw the boarding establishment grow significantly in numbers, to become the backbone of the school. Judging by the comments of Glenwood Old Boys on the school’s Facebook page, Tony Pinheiro has had a significant impact on the young men that have passed through the school during his tenure.

Mr Pinheiro is married to Colleen, a highly respected educationist herself. His daughter, Cassandra, is in her Honours year as a Bachelor of Science student at Stellenbosch University, whilst Dominic his son, is currently a 1st year student at Tukkies.

Mr Pinheiro is an avid reader and accomplished chess player and enjoys both travel and sport. He was the 1st XV Rugby and 1st XI Cricket coach at Glenwood for a number of years and also helped to structure and introduce the High Performance Programme to the school, beneficiaries of which include the likes of Protea all-rounder, Andile Phehlukhwayo. He has a Bachelor of Education (Honours Degree), and is known to have a particular interest in Educational Management and Law, as well as Sociological trends.

“Highly respected by the young men and staff that have experienced his leadership skills, Mr Pinheiro will no doubt have a significant impact on the future of Durban High School,” says Mr Louis Arde, former Head of Glenwood Preparatory School and recently appointed CEO of the DHS Foundation. “I am looking forward to working with him. With the recent opening of The Victor Daitz Maths & Science Centre at DHS, and a few months before that the Seabrooke Music Centre, and now the appointment of Mr Pinheiro, these are indeed exciting times for Durban High School.”

Mr Owen echoed these sentiments, “A number of really positive things have been happening at DHS lately. Having spent time with Tony Pinheiro this weekend discussing vision and strategy, I am extremely excited about the future of Durban High School. I am convinced that with Tony at the helm, and the necessary support from the DHS community and Old Boys, Durban High will become an extraordinarily good school within a few short years.”

A special assembly was held at the School this morning, Wednesday, 19 April, at which Mr Owen as Chairman of the Governing Body thanked Mr Alan Norton for being Acting Head Master before officially introducing Mr Pinheiro to the staff and boys. This was a significant moment in the history of the School as a warm DHS welcome was extended to Mr Pinheiro, the 15th Head Master in the 151 year history of Durban High School.

Mr Pinheiro addressed the young men and staff of Durban High School. He emphasised his deep seated belief in the importance of values and principles and shared that his vision for the school was to return it to being the top school in South Africa. In addition, he mentioned the significance of traditional boys’ schools and that every young boy should understand what it is to be a real man. He highlighted that each and every learner should have a deep respect for the teaching profession and value their teachers. He then left the young men with a number of quotes, one being “You make a choice and your choice makes you.” Mr Pinheiro ended the Assembly stating that he was honoured to serve as the new Head Master of Durban High School.

Welcome to Durban High School, Mr Pinheiro!

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6th April 2017

DHS Foundaion Newsletter (March 2017 edition)

https://dhsf.alumnet.co.za/Api/Media/1/2/document

This edition of the newsletter contains a message from the new CEO of DHSF&T, Louis Arde who began in his position on 1 January 2017.

Of interest to many Old Boys will be the announced opening of The Victor Daitz Mathematics and Science Centre on 22February 2017, consisting of a R6.6M upgrade of the existing science block made possible by a donation of R5.1M by the Victor Daitz Foundation. The opening was performed by its chairman, Sam Abrahams.

A useful inclusion in this edition is news of several Old Boys, including a report by Candice Herbst (cherbst@dhsfoundation.co.za) of her visit to one of the oldest Old Boys, Eric Story (Class of 1937) who lives near the school at Garden Grove, off St Thomas' Road.

You may find this newsletter interesting and well-constructed. It bodes well for building an inclusive community of Old Boys by DHSF&T.

Please contact Candice to receive the newsletters by e-mail. 

 

24th November 2016

Announcement

DURBAN HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION TRUST APPOINTS NEW CEO

The Durban High School Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Louis Ardé as the CEO of the Foundation, effective 1 January 2017.

Mr Ardé joins the DHS Foundation to assist DHS in its pursuit of education excellence. He regards his appointment as a privilege and looks forward to the exciting challenges that will present themselves. When asked about his appointment to the Foundation, Mr Ardé replied: “As an Old Boy of the School, I am thrilled to be able to serve the Durban High School community and to assist the Foundation, Old Boys and Staff in their efforts to provide a school of excellence to the boys of DHS. Great strides have recently been made and we need to ensure this momentum continues.”

Mr Ardé grew up in the Morningside, Durban and attended DHS and played 1st team cricket for the school. He then attended Rhodes University where he attained a B.A. Honours Degree and an H.D.E. He was the Rhodes University Sportsman of the Year in 1979 and 1980.

An all-round sportsman, Mr Ardé captained Natal, S.A. Universities and Eastern Province Currie Cup soccer teams as well as the national South African team. He received the State President’s Award for soccer in 1983. Mr Ardé also played rugby throughout his school days and represented Rhodes University during his tertiary education years.

On returning to Durban, he captained both the African Wanderers Football Club and Durban City Football Club in the National Professional Soccer League. Mr Ardé embarked on his career in education in 1984 and taught at Park View Primary and Morningside Primary School. In 1994, he was appointed as an H.O.D. at Chelsea Prep and Deputy Principal at Virginia in 1998. He became Principal of Parkview Senior Primary in 2001, changing the direction of the school in 2003 by renaming it Glenwood Preparatory School. He has for the past 16 years headed Glenwood Preparatory School with distinction.

Mr Ardé will be making a welcome return to his alma mater. Under his leadership, both DHS and the DHS Foundation will go from strength to strength.

 

24th June 2016

Letter from Leon Erasmus announcing his departure as Head Master of DHS:

18th June, 2016.

Presentation of the Trevor Lloyd Wadley Montage and a fine Speech by our Classmate, Keith Barnett on 3rd June 2016.

A framed artwork consisting of a montage of images and text about the life and achievements of mathematician and engineering genius, Trevor Lloyd Wadley, was presented to the school by his niece and nephew, Di Lariviere and Roger Bosch at the 150th Anniversary Special Assembly on 3rd June 2016. The artwork, produced by Ed Granger and Bruce Ballance, is a reminder to the school and current boys of who this great man was and why his name was chosen for the rededication of the Year 9 Maths Prize.

The new prize was financed by donations from members of the Concerned Old Boys (COBs) group who fought the campaign (begun with discussion on this website in June 2013)  to have sexual abuse (historical and recent) apologised for and eliminated in future by means of adoption by the school of active anti-abuse policies.

The changes were agreed to by the Head Master, the School Governing Board (SGB)  and the Foundation (DHSFT). The latter has dedicated all funds held in trust by it on behalf of the paedophile Gray to the implementation of the anti-abuse policies.

The following is the text of a speech given at the assembly by our classmate, Keith Barnett at the Special Assembly on 3rd June 2016..Photos of the montage and the presentation follow.

Take it away, Keith!

DR TREVOR LLOYD WADLEY.

I GREATLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY I HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT DR WADLEY AFTER WHOM THE NEW MATHS PRIZE HAS BEEN NAMED.

TREVOR LLOYD WADLEY WAS BORN IN DURBAN IN 1920 INTO A LARGE FAMILY. AT A YOUNG AGE HE ALREADY DISPLAYED THE TRAITS WHICH WERE TO STAND HIM IN SUCH GOOD STEAD LATER ON, THAT IS HE WAS ALWAYS PULLING THINGS APART AND HE HAD AN ENQUIRING MIND. HE ALSO WAS EXTREMELY DETERMINED TO SUCCEED IN ANYTHING HE DID AND PERHAPS THE FOLLOWING EXTRACT FROM THE BIOGRAPHY WRITTEN BY HIS SISTER DEMONSTRATES THIS-

“AT AGE 15 HE WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING A VERY GOOD LONG DISTANCE RUNNER. THE AUTHOR REMEMBERS SEEING HIM WINNING SHORT DISTANCE RACES BUT THE MASTER’S REFERENCE TO LONG DISTANCE WAS NO DOUBT PROMPTED BY THE FOLLOWING STORY, WHICH SO WELL ILLUSTRATES WADLEY’S LOVE OF BETTING AND CALCULATING, EVEN, AT AN EARLY AGE. HE BET HE COULD WIN THE BOYS LONG DISTANCE UNDER 16 RACE IN RECORD TIME AND THAT THE RECORD WOULD STAND FOR 15 YEARS. HE THEN PROCEEDED TO MARK OFF 100 YARD DIVISIONS ON BURMAN DRIVE, THE DRIVE ABOVE THE WADLEY RESIDENCE, AND PRACTISED RUNNING EACH 100 YARD STRETCH IN THE TIME HE HAD CALCULATED WOULD BE NECESSARY TO BREAK THE RECORD. IN THE RACE ITSELF HE BROKE THE RECORD, WHICH STOOD FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. PERHAPS THE ABILITY TO SEE THE LONG HAUL AS A SERIES OF SHORT CALCULATIONS MADE IN ORDERLY, PATIENT SUCCESSION MAY HAVE BEEN THE KEY TO HIS GENIUS AS AN INVENTOR!”

ALTHOUGH HE MATRICULATED IN 1936, HE IN FACT WAS IN DANGER OF FAILING BECAUSE HIS LATIN WAS SO POOR, BUT HE WAS ALLOWED TO CHANGE TO CHEMISTRY AT THE LAST MOMENT, RESULTING IN HIM ACHIEVING A’s FOR MATHS, SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY.

HE IMMEDIATELY STARTED STUDYING FOR A B. Sc. IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AT HOWARD COLLEGE AND HIS LECTURERS WERE AMAZED THAT HE HARDLY EVER TOOK NOTES IN LECTURES. HE WAS DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT STUDENTS OF THE DAY AND IT WAS NOTED THAT HIS PRIMARY CONSIDERATIONS WERE THE EXPLORATION OF IDEAS AND CONCEPTS. HE QUALIFIED IN DECEMBER 1940 AND MARRIED IN 1941 AT THE AGE OF 21 AND THEN JOINED THE ARMY(WW 2).

HE WORKED IN SPECIAL SIGNAL SERVICES AND DEVELOPED THE WADLEY LOOP-A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT COULD IDENTIFY MILITARY TRANSMITTING STATIONS AND LISTEN IN TO THEM, INCLUDING, CRUCIALLY, THE ABILITY OF IDENTIFYING ENEMY SIGNALS. HE ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOUTH AFRICAN RADAR EQUIPMENT DURING THE WAR.

AFTER THE END OF THE WAR HE JOINED THE CSIR WHERE HE CONCEIVED AND PRODUCED MANY ELECTRONIC INNOVATIONS. IN THE EARLY 1950’s  THE MAJOR COUNTRIES IN THE WEST HAD RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO VERY ACCURATELY AND QUICKLY MEASURE LONG DISTANCES IN THE FIELD, AND COUNTRIES SUCH AS THE USA AND CANADA HAD TRIED TO ACHIEVE THIS, MAINLY FOR MILITARY PURPOSES, BUT LARGELY FAILED, AFTER SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

SENIOR RESEARCHERS AT THE CSIR WERE TASKED WITH THE JOB OF FINDING A SOLUTION TO THIS CHALLENGE AND BASICALLY FAILED. WADLEY, THEN A JUNIOR, VOLUNTEERED TO TRY, AND, RELUCTANTLY, HIS SENIORS GAVE HIM THE JOB, PUTTING A TIME LIMIT OF 18 MONTHS ON IT. WADLEY STARTED WORK ON THIS IN 1954 AND WITHIN 2 MONTHS WAS ALREADY MAKING MEASUREMENTS IN THE FIELD WITH A PROTOTYPE AND IN 18 MONTHS HE HAD A WORKING MODEL. IN SIMPLE TERMS A PAIR OF  INSTRUMENTS WORKED WITH MICROWAVES, ONE SENDING THE WAVES WITH THE OTHER RECEIVING AND BOUNCING THEM BACK. THE DISTANCE WAS THEN CALCULATED FROM THE TIME TAKEN FOR THE WAVES TO TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH(IT ACTUALLY MEASURED THE “RIPPLES” OF THE WAVES). THE INSTRUMENT WAS CALLED THE TELLUROMETER.

IT WAS DEMONSTRATED AND TESTED OVERSEAS EXTENSIVELY, TO WIDE ACLAIM, AND WAS DESCRIBED BY THE PRESS AS THE MOST NOTABLE SURVEYING INSTRUMENT SINCE THE INVENTION OF THE THOEDOLITE IN THE 15TH CENTURY! THE WORLD NOW HAD AN INSTRUMENT WHICH COULD DO A JOB IN 20 MINUTES THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY TAKEN 2 TO 3 WEEKS USING A WHOLE TEAM OF 45 SURVEYORS AND THEIR ASSISTANTS, AND TO AN ACCURACY OF ONE IN A MILLION, I.E. 1cm IN 10km!

HE WAS AWARDED THE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING INSTITUTE GOLD MEDAL IN 1959 AND ATTAINED A D.Sc.(ENG)AT WITS IN THE SAME YEAR. IN AN AMAZINGLY SHORT TIME THE TELLUROMETER WAS IN USE IN 54 COUNTRIES AND ALL THE UNITS WERE MANUFACTURED IN CAPE TOWN.

AS TIME PASSED IT WAS CLEAR THAT THE TELLUROMETER COULD OPERATE IN VIRTUALLY ANY ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND ONE WAS EVEN ACCIDENTALLY DROPPED INTO A LAKE IN ALASKA. IT WAS EVENTUALLY RETRIEVED, WASHED WITH FRESH WATER, DRIED WITH AN OPEN FLAME HEATER AND STILL OPERATED PERFECTLY. IN ANTARTICA(1960)IT MEASURED DISTANCES OF 32 KILOMETRES TO AN ACCURACY OF 50mm.

IN KENYA IT WAS USED TO MEASURE A DISTANCE OF 600 KILOMETRES IN 30 DAYS WHEN NORMAL METHODS WOULD HAVE TAKEN MORE THAN 2 YEARS. IN THE USA IT WAS REPORTED THAT HIGHWAY ENGINEERS COULD NOW MEASURE DISTANCES OF 60 KILOMETRES IN 40 MINUTES, WHERE OLD METHODS WOULD HAVE TAKEN 4 DAYS OR UP TO 4 WEEKS IF THE TERRAIN WAS MOUNTAINOUS.

THE USE OF THE TELLUROMETER SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE IN MANY DISCIPLINES SUCH AS-

  • ENGINEERING SURVEY
  • HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS
  • HARBOURS
  • BRIDGES
  • AIRBORNE SURVEYS, AND
  • MINING

OVER THE YEARS, DR WADLEY RECEIVED MANY INTERNATIONAL  AND

NATIONAL AWARDS, IN 1976 AN HONOURARY D. Sc. FROM UCT, IN 1971 THE

BELGIAN POSTAL AUTHORITY SHOWED THE TELLUROMETER ON A POSTAGE

STAMP AND IN 1979 THE SA POSTAL AUTHORITY ISSUED A 25TH ANNIVERSARY

COMMEMORATIVE STAMP SHOWING THE  TELLUROMETER AND A PORTRAIT

OF DR WADLEY.

PERHAPS THE BEST WAY TO CONCLUDE THIS SPEECH IS BY QUOTING WORDS

WHICH I RECENTLY RECEIVED FROM DR WADLEY’S SON, GRAHAM, WHO

NOW LIVES IN AUSTRALIA-

“I HOPE THAT THIS PRIZE AND HIS NAME CAN FOSTER IN ANOTHER STUDENT

THE ENTHUSIASM TO DO WELL AND ACHIEVE GREATNESS IN THIS FIELD.

EDUCATION SHOULD BE A HAPPY EXPERIENCE FILLED WITH JOY AT LEARNING

NEW THINGS.”

IN PRESENTING THIS MONTAGE THIS MORNING TO THE HEADMASTER IT IS THE HOPE OF THE OLD BOYS OF DHS WHO COLLECTED THE FUNDS FOR THIS PRIZE, THAT EVERY YEAR WHEN IT IS AWARDED, THE RECIPIENT OF THE TREVOR WADLEY PRIZE WILL TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO LOOK AT THE MONTAGE AND DRAW INSPIRATION FROM IT BEFORE LEAVING DHS AND TAKING THE NEXT STEP IN HIS CAREER PATH.

THE MONTAGE WILL NOW BE PRESENTED BY DR WADLEY’S NIECE, MRS DI LARIVIERE AND HIS NEPHEW, MR ROGER BOSCH.

 

                     Di Lariviere (nee Ballance), Leon Erasmus and Roger Bosch 3rd June 2016                    

Artwork for the Trevor Lloyd Wadley Montage by Ed Granger (Class of 1963) and Bruce Ballance (Class of 1965)

 

30th May, 2016.

Dear Old Boys,

Old Boys Assembly

We invite all our Old Boys to the Old Boys Assembly this Friday 3 June in the DC Thompson Hall, at 08h15.

Please RSVP to Candice Herbst 031-201 2284/ cherbst@dhsfoundation.co.za

Please click here  for the invitation.

Founders Day Marquee Tent

In order to ensure that you are able to spend the entire day with us on Saturday without having to run off for replenishments, a marquee tent and beer garden has been arranged for your convenience.  A variety of meals will be served, together with suitable beverages. The caterers will operate from 08h15 to 20h00. Alcoholic beverages will be served from 10h15 to 23h00. Please note that the bar will be closed during the 1st XV match. 

Please join us in support of all our teams, and in celebrating our 150th birthday.

Please click here for the sport fixtures for the day.

For the programme of events for Founders Week please click here .

Candice Herbst

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

cherbst@dhsfoundation.co.za

www.dhsfoundation.co.za

031 201 2284

Fax: 0867329063

 

29th May 2016

Reports on the DHS - Glenwood rugby match of 28th May (televised)

From Justin Paul (Class of 1980)

We, which I must expand to the 1000 DHS boys there and a lot of oldies standing with me, were devastated (no rephrase that .. gutted) that we lost to the Hoppers by one point – 23 - 24. Four kicks were missed by us. That is life but says so much for our boys and how we have progressed.

We last won against Glenwood in 2006 and have been clobbered by them until this year.

Our boys played with exceptional pride and passion against a bigger physical side. It was a true Classic Clash against the Hoppers who recently won the World School Champs in Japan.

It was a game totally worthy of being televised.

John Allen, SA and Scottish Hooker was standing next to me and said everything counted in the first five minutes of the second half. We were leading 16-10. After 10 minutes, John the Glenwood “Die Hard” said they were gone.

I must confess that yes our Oldie mob was big but we gathered a number of Glenwood Oldies in our midst. They were as nervous as hell as they should have been. That was great.

Well done to Glenwood, but we also did bloody well.

We now look forward to College this Saturday.

Will be tough but not insummountable.

From Chris Thorpe (who watched the game on television):

It was a great match and DHS nearly pulled off an historic win. (They have not beaten Glenwood since 2006!) They led 16-10 at half-time, and then let Glenwood swamp them, and then,with about 5 minutes to go DHS scored. With Glenwood leading by 1 point, DHS were all over them but could not score again. The final score was 24-23 to Glenwood!

I was very impressed by the DHS lads who were much smaller than their Glenwood counterparts.Many of the Glenwood players have been "bought" from up north and their Afrikaans names told this story. Glenwood played a much more direct game, using their bigger forwards to try to smash through the centre. However, the DHS boys stood their ground and tackled their hearts out. One of the commentators said that he had not seen better defence from a school team this year. They were also far more adventurous and used their skills to break the Glenwood line.

There was a great turnout from School and they sat in the hot sun and cheered their hearts out. What I noticed was that the traditional War Cry, which we all know so well, was only used once, and that was by the First Team itself, before they ran onto the field.There were lots of other minor 'war cries', but it was sad not to hear the traditional War Cry from the supporters as well. There was also no hint of the School Rugby Song,which was another disappointment.

The DHS boys were all dressed in their blazers, which must have been stifling in the hot sun, but they were allowed to take them off from time to time. I was gobsmacked when I saw the boys use their blazers to spell "SCHOOL"across the stands from time to time. I wish I had been there today!!; and I have to admit that I did not go down because I was convinced that we were going to be annihilated by "The Green Machine".

Something else which really pleased me was that, when either team took a conversion, there was absolute silence from both the DHS boys and the Glenwood boys. What an example that was to the louts at senior games who whistle and shout to try and put the kicker off!

I will write a letter of congratulations to Leon on the incredible spirit which was displayed by the boys today and also say that it was a pleasure to see the DHS schoolboy supporters behaving so well. What a pity they did not win!

Reply to Chris from Justin

Hi Chris, besides watching the game, I watched the TV coverage of the game immediately when I returned home with my gutted son.

It did not show half of what went on.

Before the game, during it and after the game War cries were sung. At half time, during the advertising break, we all sang  the School song normally reserved for College.

What was particularly brilliant was that after the game a bunch of younger Oldies ran across the field, together with the First Team, to the Scholars carrying a banner that read:

Horseflies

Till the day we die

Together, with 1000 boys and the rest of us around the field we did the School song again.

Also the boys were spelling out Durban High School, School and DHS with their blazers in the stands.

What particularly impressed me, besides the incredible silence when either team was taking a kick at posts, was that when DHS took a kick at posts, every single DHS boy had their hand on their heart. We never did that in our day. This made me very proud and a bit emotional.

All very special. Pity one point difference.

Regards,  Justin

 

21st April: Official DHS Face Book Page:

 http://www.facebook.com/DurbanHighSchool

11th April 2016

3rd March 2016

Street Art in Cowey Road, Durban. Thanks for photo from Cedric Parker

2nd March 2016

Brisbane 150th Celebration Event:

17th February 2016

SGB Chairman calls attention to DHS's leadership building The Rainbow Nation

Thanks to Ed Granger for the cutting from The Daily News of 16-2-16.

150th Celebrations Update 19th January 2016

Dear Class Captains,

Happy 2016 to you all! May you all have a fantastic year.

I would like to appeal to you all to please start pushing the above functions to your fellow classmates. We are encouraging all the years to get together and take tables and to play in the golf day, to celebrate School turning 150 years old! It would be an honour to have all our Old Boys at these functions.

For the Corporate Breakfast we have been fortunate to secure the services of GREG BLEWETT (the former Australian All Rounder and current assistant coach to the Australian Cricket Team) to be guest speaker at a with HD Ackerman as Master of Ceremonies.

This will be an ideal opportunity to get an inside view into the Australian Cricket Team and also a preview of the T20 against the Protea’s on the same day at Kingsmead.

Speakers for the Old Boys banquet Dinner are being finalized, and the Golf Day is always an entertaining day out.

For bookings and further information please click on the following website: www.wardevents.co.za or email Candice at: cherbst@dhsfoundation.co.za

Thank you.

Regards

Candice Herbst

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

cherbst@dhsfoundation.co.za

www.dhsfoundation.co.za

031 201 2284

Fax: 0867329063

150th Email Signature

 

150th Celebrations: Update 29th October 2015

Announcements have been made by the DHS Foundation of three events scheduled for around 3rd June 2016, namely a Corporate Breakfast, a Golf Day and the Old Boys Dinner.

For details please go to the Foundation website: www.dhsfoundation.co.za 

28th July, 2015

 

THE DHS FOUNDATION TRUST

Dear Old Boy,                                                                                                              July 2015

 

Following the merger of the four different DHS Trusts, the Association, and the DHS Old Boys Club into the DHS Foundation Trust, membership of these former entities will now be referred to as the Foundation membership.  DHS Foundation’s goal is to maintain regular links between the School and the Old Boys, including regular newsletters. In addition the Foundation is the new and single access for loyal old boys to support the school. The Foundation Website www.dhsfoundation.co.za has also been created to assist and keep old boys up to date on the current happenings of the school as well as dedicating news of the old boys of the school.

 

There are many challenges facing Durban High School and other great South African government schools today, and as the state provides fewer and fewer resources, the flourishing schools are those with enduring old boy support. It is imperative, therefore, to increase the DHS Foundation membership to make it stronger, both financially and in the academic and sporting fields. The foundation membership fee is exclusively used to supplement the costs of running the foundation and to providing bursaries. Contributions to the Foundation in excess of the annual membership fee are used for projects e.g. the refurbishment of Blackmore House or as directed by you.

The DHS Foundation membership fee is R600 per year or R50 per month. Any voluntary amounts in excess of R600 will result in the issuance of an 18A tax receipt entitling the contributor (including your company) to a deduction of that amount from his taxable income in the year that the receipt is issued. These additional funds will be vested into the foundations capital and used for foundation approved capex or as specifically directed by you.

 

DHS needs your support and contributions in the past few years have already seen the school’s results steadily improving under the leadership of the new headmaster and the support of the Foundation. Please find attached the membership form. We would appreciate you completing the form and returning it to Candice Herbst (cherbst@dhsfoundation.co.za)

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Candice Herbst

PR and Marketing Manager

DHS Foundation

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                             

CEO Mike Fennell

Trustees: Chairman: C Seabrooke, S Saad, H Buttery, B Armstrong, I Corbishley, R Neave, D Speirs

P O Box 50001 MUSGRAVE, 4062  ( 031 201 2284   fax:  0867329063

 

The DHS Foundation Trust

Formally the DHS Association which is now a Division of the Trust

 

MEMBERSHIP FORM

 

Towards 2016 and beyond

 

________________________________________________________             

I choose the following payment:

 

□ I will make my subscription of R600 in full up front.

□ I will make my subscription monthly at R50 pm.

□ I wish to make a section 18A donation of R_________________

□ I will make a section 18A donation on an ad hoc basis.

□ I would like my donation of R __________to be used on a specific project indicated below:

 

                                                                                                                                         

 

NOTE: Payment details are on the next page. Alternatively please fill in the Stop Order (that you can cancel at any time) and the Foundation will arrange for you payment to be made.

 

My personal details:

 

Full Name: _____________________________                           Matric Year:                 ______

Cell: ___________________        Email:                                       Bus No: _________                

Company:                                                               Occupation:                                          ______  

Postal Address:                                                                                                                  ______

_________________________________________________                Postal Code:                

(For posting of tax certificate)

 

□   I would like to speak to a Trustee about leaving a Bequest through my Will to the school.

 

Signature:________________________________

 

                                                                                                                                               

      Payment to be made as follows:

 

      Cheques to be made payable to:                              The DHS Foundation Trust

                                                                                      P O Box 50001

                                                                                      Musgrave, 4062

 

 

      Electronic Payments                    Bank:                 FNB (First National Bank)    

Account name:  Durban High School Foundation Trust Account type:     Current

                                                            Branch Code:     22 04 26 (Durban North)      

Account No:       624 1172 8712

                                                            Reference:          Your name and matric year

DHS new badge

Stop Order Form

(this can be revoked at any time by written instruction)

 

Dear Sirs/Madam

My Agreement/ Reference Number ………………………………. (to be filled in by DHSFT)

The details of my/our bank account are as follows:

Account Holder                        ……………………………….

ID Number (individual account)      ………………………………..

OR

Full Company Name                 ………………………………….

Company Registration Number       …………………………………

Bank                                        ……………………………….

Branch Name and Town           ……………………………….

Branch Number                        ……………………………….(6digits)

Account Number                      ……………………………….

Type of Account           Current (cheque) / Savings / Transmission (delete where not applicable)

 

I/We hereby request, "instruct" and authorise THREE PEAKS/ DHSFT to draw against my/our account with the above mentioned bank (or any other bank or branch to which I/we may transfer my/our account) the amount necessary for the monthly payment due in respect of the above mentioned agreement on a specific day as I have indicated on my application form. All such withdrawals from my/our bank account by you shall be treated as though they had been signed by me/us personally.

I/We agree to pay any penalty bank charges relating to this debit order instruction.

This authority may be cancelled by me/us by giving thirty days’ notice in writing, but I/we understand that I/We shall not be entitled to any refund of amounts which you have withdrawn while this authority was in force if such amounts were legally owing to you.

Signed……………………………….on this…………….day of…………………………………………….

 

…………………………………………

Signature:

…………………………………………                                …………………………………….

Assisted by:                                                                            Capacity:

(Where legally necessary)

8th July 2015

DHS FOUNDATION & DHS OLD BOYS OF GAUTENG GOLF DAY 

The DHS Old Boys of Gauteng would like to invite you to the 2015 edition of our annual Golf 

Day on 28 August 2015.   NB:  Your tee time will only be confirmed once payment for 

the golf day has been received. 

DATE: Friday 28 August 2015 

VENUE: Wanderers Golf Club 

COMPETITION: 4 Ball Alliance (2 scores to count, 3 scores on the par 3’s)

ENTRANCE FEE: R550 per person (includes green fees, halfway house, dinner and 

a raffle ticket)

A non-playing option is also available and non-golfers and family are encouraged to join the 

festivities.  The cost per dinner ticket is R150.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Cost to sponsor a Hole, R2000 each (no fourball included) please contact Dale Verster 

(daleverster@gmail.com or Andrew Crawford (Andrew@thecrawfords.co.za) 

Player’s Name Contact 

Number 

We would like to book additional non 

playing tickets for the dinner 

Please sent this form to Liz Foster on lfoster@dhsfoundation.co.za

Payment to be made by electronic transfer to:  

Bank: Grindrod Bank 

Account Holder: DHS Foundation Trust 

Type: Call Deposit Account 

Branch Code: 584000 

Account Number: 11000027543 

Reference: Golf (your name)

 

20th June 2015

DHS Foundation Statement on Jiggs Gray Apology and Policies 

THE DHS FOUNDATION TRUST
NO: IT 1146/1946/PMB
STATEMENT BY THE DHS FOUNDATION TRUST CONCERNING SEXUAL ABUSE


In the June 5th issue of The DHS Herald, the SGB Chairman and Headmaster disclosed that charges of sexual misconduct in the period from the 1950s to 1980s had been laid against one of the School’s past educators (now deceased) by a number of Old Boys in sworn affidavits.
The Foundation is totally dismayed by these revelations and rejects this and all criminal behaviour as completely unacceptable in any circumstances and in particular in a school environment. The trustees in their fiduciary positions in perpetual succession on behalf of the Foundation, join the Chairman of the SGB and the Headmaster in expressing unreserved apologies to the DHS learners and their families who were affected by any unacceptable abuse.


In addition the Foundation fully supports the School’s Zero Tolerance attitude towards sexual and any other form of abuse, and fully endorses the eight points of the DHS Policy Statement which will facilitate compliance with the Zero Tolerance attitude.
The Foundation advises that it holds a material sum of money which it received some years ago as the sole beneficiary of the estate of the past educator against whom the charges of sexual misconduct have been made. The Foundation has investigated the terms of the bequest and found that there were no conditions attached to the bequest. The capital presently amounts to about R600 000. In past years the capital and income were used to award prizes or bursaries to learners in accordance with a decision made by a past headmaster and SGB. The prizes or bursaries incorporated an acknowledgment of the past educator as the source of the funds.


The Foundation has now resolved to discontinue the awarding of these prizes and bursaries and will in future make the capital and income available to the School on an anonymous donor basis for the specific funding of the anti-abuse training, counselling and programs set out in the DHS Policy Statement.
As we approach the 150th Anniversary of the founding of DHS, the School’s traditions, heritage, morals and achievements are our causes for celebration and our benchmarks for the future. We must always remain diligent in defence of these and always tackle any behaviour contrary to these with zero tolerance.


Chris Seabrooke            Mike Fennell
DHSFT Chairman DHSFT CEO
18 June 2015


CEO Mike Fennell
Trustees: Chairman: C Seabrooke, H Buttery, S Saad, B Armstrong, I Corbishley, R Neave, D Speirs
P O Box 50001 MUSGRAVE, 4062, 255 St Thomas Road, Durban, 4001? 031 201 2284 fax: 0867329063

 

3rd June 2015

 

Founders Day Assembly

Founders Day Small

 
 

 

Founders Day Fixtures

FD Rugby and Hockey Fixtures Small

 
 
 

It would be great to see all Old Boys support Founders Day!

 

 

12th March 2015

Please copy and return to Liz Foster:

2015 FOUNDERS DINNER

RESERVATION FORM

DATE:              Friday 5 June 2015

TIME:               18h00

Reunion cocktail parties, drinks & light snacks (marquee bar area)

DINNER:          20h00 - The Old Boys Dinner will take place in a marquee on the field at school.   All old boys are welcome to attend and will be seated in their years.

DRESS:             Jacket and Tie

COST:              R375 per person - Cash bar available

NAME:                                                                               YEAR:                                                   

E-MAIL:                                                                             R375 PER PERSON:                          

POSTALADDRESS:                                                                                                                                           

PHONE NUMBERS:                                                                                         

ASSEMBLY:  A special old boys’ assembly will be held on Friday morning in the Memorial garden at the school, the time to be confirmed.  If you wish to attend please make a booking for catering purposes.  

YES                  NO                    

Reunion cocktail parties taking place:

1965                       50 years

              1970                       45 years              

              1975                       40 years

               1980                       35 years

               1985                       30 years              

               1990                       25 years              

               1995                       20 years              

               2005                       10 years              

Bank:                                     Grindrod Bank

Account Holder:               DHS Foundation Trust

Type:                                     Call Deposit Account

Branch Code:                     584000

Account Number:            11000027543

Swift Code:                         GRIDZAJJ

Reference:                         Your initials, surname and matric year eg lfoster52.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE AS THERE WILL BE NO TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE ENTRANCE.

PROOF OF PAYMENT MUST BE E-MAILED OR FAXED TO 0867329063 or lfoster@dhsfoundation.co.za IN ADVANCE            CLOSING DATE 20 MAY 2015

12th March 2015 CONTINUED...

DHS FOUNDATION GOLF DAY

IN MEMORY OF DALE McDERMOTT

The annual DHS Foundation Golf Day is held in memory of Dale McDermott who was a dedicated teacher at Durban High School. The proceeds are used to award bursaries to deserving learners from disadvantaged background.

            DATE:                                                5 June 2015

            VENUE:                                              Royal Durban Golf Club

            COMPETITION:                                4 Ball Alliance with 2 scores to count

            ENTRANCE FEE:                             R400 per person

            SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

            Cost to sponsor a Hole, Registration Table, and Prize Giving area R1000 each

If you wish to donate prizes or cash of any amount please fill in the details below.  RSVP:   lfoster@dhsfoundation.co.za

Name & Surname

Telephone Number

Fax Number

Email Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           Contact Person as 4 ball representative:                  

 Name:____________________________         Contact No:                                        

 E-mail:____________________________        Matric year:                                     

                      Sponsorship: 

Payment can be made by electronic transfer to:

            Bank:                            Grindrod Bank

            Account Holder:            DHS Foundation Trust

            Type:                            Call Deposit Account                            

            Branch Code:                584000

            Account Number:          11000027543

            Swift Code:                   GRIDZAJJ       

            Reference:                    Golf (your name)

PLEASE EMAIL OR FAX A COPY OF YOUR PROOF OF PAYMENT TO lfoster@dhsfoundation.co.za or 0867329063

 

19th January 2015

There is an Old Boys function to be held in the Founders Room at the School at 6 pm on 29th January 2015. Cash bar. Dress casual. RSVP Candice Herbst 031 201 2284. All Old Boys are welcome. Meet some of the recent graduates. 

Special Message:  from Liz Foster, DHS Foundation:

The Durban High School class of 1945 will be having their 70 year reunion lunch on Friday 27 February 2015 at DHS. Calling all old boys from 1945 to please contact Liz Foster lfoster@dhsfoundation.co.za or Candice Herbst cherbst@dhsfoundation.co.za or 031 2012284 for further details.

DHS is 150 years old in 2016. If your father, grandfather, uncle or any member of your family is a DHS old boy, please send me their contact details so that I can keep them informed of the festivities taking place in 2016. Thanks very much,      Liz. 7th January, 2015.

2nd September 2014

Thanks to Class of 1961 website for the following two posts

OLD BOYS DONATIONS TO THE SCHOOL FOUNDATION

AUGUST 2014

____________________________________________________________________________________

WINDFALL FOR DHS

 .

The DHS Foundation has celebrated a windfall in that the sale of the property which currently hosts the DHS Old Boys Club and some lessees, has been sold for R50m – R5m in excess of what was originally anticipated earlier in the year when the call for proposals was networked extensively internationally, nationally and to the Old Boys network to ensure that as many as possible had the opportunity to put forward a proposal.

The property which measures 4,3 hectares (43 000m2) and is flanked by Marlborough Crescent and Gainsborough Drive in Durban North has been sold to a private developer, whom together with other tenderers, was subject to a stringent adjudication process by the Foundation and attorneys Garlicke and Bousfield.  The evaluation of the proposals took purchase price, satisfactory financial guarantees, deposits, acceptable and realistic land usage, sustainability of the proposed project and effects of the proposed development on the neighborhood into consideration.

The transfer of the property is subject to the successful completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), rezoning of the property from Private Open Space to Residential, and various other statutory requirements being met, all of which the developer has until January 2016 to complete.

The intended usage for the property is for a low density, up market residential development and a spokesperson for the developer has confirmed that every effort has been made to take the environment into consideration with only twenty nine percent coverage of the site, and the remaining seventy one percent being open space and waterways.

In keeping with the property’s significant history, in that it was purchased as a memorial to Old Boys of the school who had fallen in the First and Second World Wars and was subsequently developed as a sporting and clubhouse facility for DHS Old Boys, the developers have allowed for a servitude over the property in which a War memorial is to be erected.

Included in the proposal submission by the developer was an initial traffic study, but a full Traffic Impact Assessment will be required prior to any development approvals being granted for the site. A representative from the Foundation will attend all development meetings to ensure that due process is followed and that there are no unreasonable delays.  The process is also intended to be fully transparent in that there will be public presentations and neighbours will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed development.

Chris Seabrooke, Chairman of the DHS Foundation Trust, has expressed his delight in the sale of the property, saying:  “For some time, the Foundation wrestled with how the full value and potential of the property could be unlocked, but we now appear to have a winning formula.  The income generated from the investment of the R50m will now provide substantial and consistent funding from the Foundation to DHS for scholarships and capital expenditure, thus ensuring the perpetuation of the DHS Heritage of Excellence which was established in 1866.”

11th March 2014

THE DHS FOUNDATION TRUST

Cover Letter

No: IT 1146/1946/PMB   CEO Mike Fennell   Trustees : Chairman: C Seabrooke, S Saad, B Armstrong I Corbishley, R Neave, D Speirs

P O Box 50001 MUSGRAVE, 4062 ( 031 201 2284 fax: 086 732 9063 www.dhsfoundation.co.za

Dear Class of 1964,

I have recently joined the staff of the Foundation with the task of assisting in the raising of funds. Details 

of the Foundation can be found on the website www.dhsfoundation.co.za. I am led to believe that I tend 

to write letters that most people do not have the time or inclination to read as they are invariably so busy, 

wrapped up in their own lives and business commitments. I must confess that I find it difficult to convey the 

necessary information in a few paragraphs but it occurred to me to send a summarised appeal, in order to provide an overview to those who lack the time/inclination to plough through the more elaborate appeal.

The reality is that DHS is no longer the pre-eminent school that it was in our day. Its facilities are worn and it lacks funds. Many families who would have considered sending their sons to DHS have chosen other schools.

The more elaborate letter (below) sets out in some detail some of the problems and what the Foundation hopes to achieve. Yes, it is up to the state to fund the provision of education in state schools but this is not happening and it is up to us to do something if we wish to preserve our heritage.

The appeal to the Old Boys’ fraternity is to contribute to the Foundation so that the Foundation can gather 

a ‘war chest’ and start a period of regeneration. This regeneration will combine the wherewithal from the 

funds raised, with the focus led by the CEO of the Foundation, Mike Fennell (past headmaster of K.E.S.) to 

achieve the following:

        Greater financial discipline combined with upgraded facilities

        Focus on the attraction and retention of quality staff, including innovative provision of accommodation

        More ‘focused’ allocation of bursaries, including academics, sport and cultural activities

The challenge is to convince the Old Boys’ fraternity that the funds raised will not be frittered away in 

admin. or bureaucracy but will be utilised in sound goal-orientated projects that will be focused on the re-
establishment of DHS as the pre-eminent boys’ school in Durban. Apart from pandering to our pride as ‘old 

boys’ it will have the concomitant consequence of contributing towards the uplifting of educated youths in 

general, using the medium of Durban High School, which will perpetuate the image of ‘School’ as a beacon of secondary school education in Durban.

If you are willing to contribute to the Foundation, go to the Foundation’s website and click on “Fundraising” and then “Pledge Now” and enter your details on the form and email it to Liz Foster.   http://www.dhsfoundation.co.za

Yours sincerely

Ray Lalouette

 

 APPEAL LETTER from DHS FOUNDATION TRUST

                                                                                            11th March, 2014

Dear Class of 1964,

The DHS Foundation has been established to generate financial support for DHS through a partnership with the school community of Old Boys, parents, staff and pupils. The Foundation aims to ensure the continued growth of DHS as a centre of excellence, learning and opportunity. The Foundation seeks pledges of support, whether it be financial or in the form of sharing expertise, in order to ensure that the strategic objectives of Durban High School are met now and in the future.

The DHS Mission Statement, appearing in the school’s website, reads as follows:

Durban High School strives to develop responsible, motivated young men with strong moral convictions and integrity, who, possessing self-discipline and courage are capable of leading with strength and compassion to meet the challenges of the future.

Our ethos enables us to realise individual potential in Academics, Sport, Cultural Activities, Leadership, Outdoor Experiences and Service to the Community.

We pride ourselves on achieving this by the nurturing of loyalty and respect, the honouring of all relationships, and through a commitment to hard work, in a secure environment which embraces the diversity of South Africa.

The objective of the Foundation is to assist in the regeneration of DHS as the pre-eminent boys’ high school in Durban. The purpose behind the objective is to participate in the reformation of scholastic education in order to achieve school leavers who are not only functionally literate and numerate but who have benefitted from a broad education that will equip them with life-skills that will be relevant in their choice of careers.

A sad reality of so-called government schools is that the funding for the provision of education is woefully inadequate – DHS, by way of example, receives approximately 17% of its annual income, funded by the Department of Education; the balance needs to be sourced from students’ fees and fund raising by the school. The source of funds derived from students’ fees is a constant nightmare as many pupils qualify for a reduction in their fees.

Fund raising on the part of the school has been very challenging and for some time now has been inadequate. The shortfall has been funded by The Durban High School Foundation Trust. Now, while the Foundation is quite prepared to continue some level of funding, it has become apparent that it is most ill-advised for the status quo to remain. Something has to be done.

It is the considered opinion of the board of trustees of the Foundation, in conjunction with the school’s governing body, that a different approach needs to be embarked upon to encourage an improved student diversity, who understand that a school cannot exist unless its costs are paid for. The reality has to be faced that quality education has to be paid for. The Foundation’s trustees believe that improved and enhanced school facilities will attract pupils from families who are not only in agreement with the principle of paying for quality education but who also have the capacity to meet this commitment. In addition, cognisant of the need to support and encourage pupils from less financially secure families, who have the potential to achieve commendable levels of academic and sporting achievement, the Foundation must acquire the capacity to fund relatively significant numbers of bursaries.

The challenge will be to manage the appropriate ‘mix’ between fee paying students and those students who benefit from Foundation sponsored bursaries. Given the necessary financial capacity, it is the fervent hope of the trustees – and I am sure, that of all Old Boys – that the school will attract a suitable mix of really fine pupils who will develop and thrive academically as well as in the various sporting fields and cultural activities.

The initial project is to refurbish Blackmore House, which has been allowed to deteriorate to an unacceptable level. The budget for this refurbishment is estimated to cost in the region of R2.5 million which will include some fairly substantial re-wiring. One of the anticipated benefits, apart from the obvious improvement in the conditions for the occupants, is that it is believed that a refurbished boarding establishment will encourage pupils from areas other than the immediate environs of DHS, to join DHS as boarders. As places at Blackmore House are subject to interviews by the management of DHS, care can be taken that the applicants will be demonstrably capable of meeting their financial commitments to the school. Emphasis will also be placed on the potential for academic, sporting and cultural prowess. Without attempting to sound elitist, the reality of life is that the adage “success breeds success” will continue to apply.

Another goal of the Foundation is the general upgrading of school buildings. The plan for a dedicated Mathematics and Science Centre is being developed and it is also anticipated that the IT Centre will be upgraded.

Our appeal to those Old Boys who have benefitted from a sound secondary school education at DHS, and who entertain an awareness of their need to reflect upon their success in life, is to identify with this very worthwhile enterprise. Help us ‘make a difference’ by restoring DHS as a school of excellence.

We want to produce an ever increasing number of high achievers who will in turn contribute to the growth and development of this beautiful country, so that in another 50 years, Old Boys of the day can reflect with pride that DHS has continued to uphold its legacy of producing not only leaders and high achievers, but also a solid body of ‘boys’ who are the salt of the earth, imbued with a sense of pride in their own achievements as the ‘product’ of a really fine school. And your grandchildren can also bask in the pride of knowing that your contribution made that possible. The 200-year anniversary celebrations will include your name in pride of place among the benefactors who helped to restore DHS to its historical place as the top boys’ high school in Durban. Who knows, maybe it will be a co-educational school by then, but whatever its student body classification, it will remain the school to be proud to call one’s Alma Mater.

You would provide a legacy for your grandchildren in the widest sense, in that you would be contributing towards the uplifting of educated youths in general – albeit on a smallish scale – using the medium of Durban High School, which will perpetuate the image of ‘School’ as a beacon of secondary school education in Durban.

Last year, three Old Boys made a most commendable commitment. Stephen Saad, Christopher Seabrooke and Howard Buttery each committed R1 million per year for 3 years to the Foundation. They have appealed to the Old Boys’ fraternity to join in this most worthwhile endeavour and to donate funds generously. In addition to lump sum payments that some Old Boys may be able to provide, there will be many instances where Old Boys feel it will be more suitable to make monthly payments. Stephen Saad has expressed the hope that as many as 3000 Old Boys will commit at least R100 per month, for 3 years, to the Foundation. Old Boys will be well aware that donations towards the Foundation qualify as a deduction in terms of the Income Tax Act.

If you are willing to contribute to the Foundation, you can simply go to the Foundation’s website (see above) and click on “Fundraising” and then “Pledge Now” and enter the details on the form and email Liz Foster. All contributions will be acknowledged and recorded for posterity.  http://www.dhsfoundation.co.za

Yours sincerely

Ray Lalouette

I have recently joined the Foundation’s staff as a fund raiser and would be happy to discuss any concerns or queries you may have. My contact details are 082 552 0840 and raythelark@gmail.com

__________________________________________________________________________

 

17th January 2014

(Message sent to Old Boys from The DHS Foundation)

DHS SET TO BENEFIT FROM PROPERTY REALISATION

Durban High School (DHS), one of the oldest boys’ high schools in Kwazulu-Natal, is set to benefit from income on the investment of the proceeds of the sale of the property, which is currently occupied by the DHS Old Boy’s Club and some lessees. The property belongs to The Durban High School Foundation Trust.

The property, which is approximately 4,3 hectares (43 000 m2) in extent, is flanked byMarlborough Crescent and Gainsborough Drive in Durban North and is expected to realize above R45m. 

It was initially purchased as a memorial to Old Boys of the school who had fallen in the First and Second World Wars and was subsequently developed as a sporting and clubhouse facility for DHS Old Boys.  The Foundation has taken a decision that the property is to be sold with the proceeds to be invested by the Foundation for the provision of annual scholarships and capital expenditure at DHS. 

The Foundation is calling for proposals to purchase and develop the property.  It is intended that all interested developers submit proposals to the DHS Foundation by no later than 21 April 2014.   The relevant property information and proposal form can be obtained from the offices of Garlicke and Bousfield for a fee of R1 000-00 plus VAT.

In the interim, the property will be fenced, and existing lessees will continue to operate in the former clubhouse buildings.

The call for proposals is being networked locally and internationally to ensure that as many DHS Old Boys as possible have the opportunity to put forward proposals.  At the same time, other interested parties are also invited to submit proposals by the closing date.

The proposals will be adjudicated by the Foundation and Garlicke and Bousfield. The evaluation will include the purchase price, satisfactory financial guarantees and deposits, acceptable and realistic land usage, sustainability of the proposed project, effects of the proposed development on the neighbourhood and the likelihood of regulatory approvals being obtained.

The successful proposer will enter into a sale agreement, which will enable it to make application to the relevant authorities for the required statutory development approvals in terms of the planning and environmental legislation. The property is currently zoned Private Open Space, and transfer will only be effected once the necessary statutory approvals have been received.

Chris Seabrooke, Chairman of the DHS Foundation Trust has highlighted the future benefits of the process to DHS, saying: “The Foundation has for some time wrestled with how the full value and potential of the property could be unlocked. Developers now have an opportunity to put forward proposals to purchase or develop the property. Income on the investment of the proceeds will provide more substantial and more consistent funding from the Foundation to DHS for scholarships and capital expenditure, thus ensuring the perpetuation of the DHS Heritage of Excellence which started in 1866 out of humble beginnings in Smith Street”.

PLEASE FIND ATTACHED ADVERT FOR THE SALE OF THE CLUB

www.dhsfoundation.co.za

18th November 2013

4 May 2013

"May the Fourth be with You"

New DHS Headmaster Announced

This is the official announcement from the DHS Herald that Leon Erasmus has been appointed as the new Principal of DHS. (He will be a guest of honour at the Class of 1963 gala dinner on Saturday, June 8, 2013). Thanks to Stu Clark for forwarding this information.

The Governing Body of Durban High School are excited to announce the appointment of

Mr Leon Erasmus as Principal of Durban High School, effective from 8 April 2013.

Leon is joining the DHS family from Rondebosch High School in Cape Town, where he has served as Deputy Principal since 2004.  Leon has gained exceptional leadership attributes having had experience in many areas of educational responsibility at a leadership level, including representation on Governing Bodies over the past eighteen years. He is passionate about education and the moulding of youngsters into future leaders.

Leon was schooled in Queenstown before joining the education profession. He was then appointed HOD at Queens College and subsequently promoted to second Deputy Principal. In 2004, he moved to Rondebosch Boys’ High School where he took up the post of Senior Deputy Principal, a position he has held for the past eight years.

Leon also has an outstanding organisational and managerial track record within secondary education, believing in dynamic leadership whilst still being approachable and a good listener. He also has experience in performance assessment, academic curriculum, educational legislation and human resource management, external evaluation, whole school evaluation and has sat as chairman on a number of school committees.

He has a Degree and a Diploma in Education from the university of the Free State.

Leon is an avid lover of sport and its role in the development of boys at high school and has coached sport at provincial and national level.

He is married to Elmarie, also an educator, and they have two daughters, Chanel, who is studying in the USA and Cassandra who is in Grade 8.  Both have already proven themselves on the sports fields.

The Durban High School Governing Body congratulates Leon on his appointment and wishes him every success in the significant role he is to perform as Head of Institution in the future of DHS.

 

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