Annual Cricket Dinner
Boys who have represented the 1st XI this year, together with their parents and members of staff gathered on Saturday 21 November to celebrate the successful and happy cricket season. Awards were made across various categories and colours and honours awards announced. It has been a fantastic season and we are particularly proud of the sportsmanship demonstrated and of the seven Kearsney boys who have been selected for various KZN cricket teams. We thank the parents for their support and staff for their leadership and dedication.
Provincial Cricket teams named
The following Kearsney boys have been selected for various KZN A Cricket Teams:
U19A: James Tedder, Keean Rencken
U17A: Luke de Vlieg, James Stamatis, Matthew Lees, Brad Porteous
U15A: Robert Koenig
Congratulations to all these cricketers on this fine achievement.
Pictured (left to right): James Stamatis, Luke de Vlieg, Robert Koenig, Matthew Lees, James Tedder, Brad Porteous, Keean Rencken
Provincial Water Polo selections
Congratulations to the following Kearsney boys for their selections to the KZN water polo teams:
U19A side - Ryan Jackson
U19B side - Luke Croshaw and Jared Meyer
U14A - Josh Muller and non-traveling reserve – Oliver Kenny
Back: Jared Meyer and David Weaver
Front: Oliver Kenny, Luke Croshaw and Josh Muller
Farewell to the Class of 2015
Today marks the final routine school day for the Class of 2015. The Class has had a wonderful year and we wish them well for the final examinations and thank them for their massive contribution to the College over the past five years.
Read all about the traditions of the event and their history.
Congratulations to the boys who have been given the honour of leading the College in 2016. We wish you all the best. The staff and boys are behind you.
Head Prefect: Luke Croshaw
Deputy Head Prefect: Jared Meyer
Finningley: Head: Cameron Rencken
Deputies: Cameron Craze; Brady Erlich; Joshua Hagemann; Matthew Watts
Gillingham: Head: David Weaver
Deputies: Cuan Crocker; Craig Barth; Brendan Bosman; Grant Coolbear
Haley: Head: Lyle Jarvel
Deputies: Nick Hudson; Ryan Lewarne; Panashe Mwamuka; Keiran Smith; Lwazi Zulu
Pembroke: Head: Greg Van Noordwyk
Deputies: Cameron Baker; Grant Louw; James Miller; Daryn Shepherd
Sheffield: Head: Warren Driver
Deputies: Christian Bamber; Cameron Maynard; Kyle Mertsch; Gianluca Pauselli
A special "Thank you"
On Friday afternoon (9 October) the world champion Kearsney College Choir performed for the entire Kearsney staff in a special final show of the year. Almost two hundred internal and service provider staff, from the grounds, maintenance, laundry, kitchen, cleaning, administration and academic departments, enjoyed a hot lunch and a spectacular show. A large number of the staff, who work tirelessly to ensure Kearsney is so well maintained and the staff and boys so well looked after, have never had the opportunity to watch our famous choir perform and the choir and orchestra gave their all to entertain the staff while acknowledging them and the fantastic work they do.
Pictured: Mr Bernard Kruger and some of the Grade 12 choir boys, for whom this was the last official performance.
SA Rugby Union U16
Congratulations to Dylan Richardson (Grade 10) who will be attending the SA Rugby Union U16 High Performance Training Camp in Paarl from 04 – 09 October.
Dylan will be joining fifty-eight promising rugby stars from around the country at this prestigious camp and we congratulate Dylan and the rest of the boys on this fantastic achievement.
Grade 12s excel academically
The 2015 Matrics have maintained the Kearsney’s exceptional academic standard with 37 percent achieving an aggregate of over 75 percent in the trial examinations.
Deputy head-boy, Jabulani Nyathi, is this year’s Dux. At Speech Day he received Academic Honours Cum Laude (over 86%), as well as subject prizes for English (shared), English Literature, Modern Languages, Afrikaans, Physical Science, Mathematics (shared), Dramatic Arts and Music.
Runner-up to Dux is James Hansen who also received Academic Honours Cum Laude and subject prizes for Engineering Graphics and Design as well as Life Orientation (shared).
The trophy for best all-rounder in the 6th Form was shared by Matthew Butler and James Tedder. Matthew achieved Academic Honours Cum Laude, and won subject prizes for Biology and Mathematics (shared), is Head of Haley House and plays KZN hockey. James Tedder achieved Academic Colours, plays provincial rugby, and 1st team 7s and cricket. He is a Finningley prefect.
Eight boys were awarded Academic Honours Cum Laude (over 86%). In addition to Jabulani, James and Matthew, Brandon Hughes, Ross Cairns, Ross Conway, Cameron Lee and Ru Baker also achieved over 86%.
Academic Honours (80-85%) were awarded to head prefect Robbie Polkinghorne, Siya Kheswa, Nicholas Hoare, Jordan Ross-Elliot, Josh van Vuuren, James Hulett, Lyle Hewitson, Simon Nortje, Matthew Carlson, Garrett Stevens, Geoffrey Sibbald and Tyrone Beunk-Burgess.
Twenty-one Grade 12 boys were awarded Academic Colours (75-79%).
Guest speaker, Dr Jonathan Pons (KCOB 1980) encouraged the boys to follow their dreams. An ophthalmic surgeon who heads up a rural hospital in Swaziland, his inspiring message was to ‘measure your day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow’.
Centenary History Project
Mr Dave Goldhawk is currently researching the College’s history in preparation for a beautiful coffee table book to be published in time for Kearsney’s centenary in 2021. To ensure that the book reflects some of the experiences of the schoolboys of the time, in addition to providing an historical record, Mr Goldhawk is looking for anecdotes, reminiscences and, especially, photographs – informal ones rather than the posed official ones taken for publications such as the school magazine. Mr Goldhawk can scan these and return the originals promptly. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated and would help make the book a colourful and interesting record.
A list of suggestions which might help to jolt the memories of those who were at Kearsney during those years are on our website Centenary landing page. Please share with Kearsney Old Boys who you know.
Mr Goldhawk has an office in the Heritage Centre and can be contacted at
Leadership Week 2015
31 August to 03 September
Our twenty-fifth annual Leadership Week was a resounding success. The venues which we visit have been carefully selected over the years and are ideally suited to each group, while the instructors based at each of these venues are professionals who ensure that the boys derive maximum benefit from the courses and have the opportunity for personal development.
The Grade 11 group embarked on a course in ‘Ethics and Leadership’, reinforcing the role and responsibility that they will shoulder in their matric year. The Grade 10s spent four days at the Shongweni Spirit of Adventure Centre, enjoying a challenging course on ‘Action Centred Leadership’, which is most appropriate for this age group. The focus of the Grade 9s’ course was ‘Being aware of the needs of others’, while the Grade 8s’ theme was ‘Standing on your own two feet’. Well done to all the boys, and the Masters who accompanied them, for a very positive and constructive week.
Open Rugby Sevens team victors at Sharks' Field of Dreams Tournament
With Sevens now offered as an official sport at Kearsney, it has been very exciting the watch the progress made by the players. The Open team's season culminated in superb fashion, with the team winning the Sharks 7s tournament on Saturday 05 September. On the way to the final, they beat DHS and College before a last gasp try sealed a 26-19 victory in the final against Pionier. Well done to the boys and coaches involved!