Leadership Chairman Messages

Headmaster’s Message

One of the challenges facing all independent schools worldwide is that of affordability. How do we continue offering the outstanding education for which we have become renowned and keep it within the reach of boys who would benefit most from such an education?

We at Kearsney are approaching this challenge with our characteristic positive attitude combined with ingenuity and hard work. We are positive because we are convinced that deserving boys regardless of race, creed or culture, from all walks of life will continue to be part of the Kearsney fabric of the future.

We have always been a school that has “walked with kings yet kept the common touch” and we wish to remain so. The Kearsney Foundation was established in May 2001 to address the task of funding various worthy projects within the school. These range from bursaries and scholarships for top students, many of whom are from needy families, to capital projects necessary to keep the College at the forefront of educational innovation.

All revenue into the Kearsney Foundation is directed towards these vital areas. Our approach is to involve as many interested people as possible to join us in our vision for the Foundation. Existing pupils, staff members, parents, as well as Old Boys, friends of the College and corporates are invited to support Kearsney College as we venture with confidence into the 21st Century. Elwyn van den Aardweg Headmaster.

Meet the Development Fund Trustees

Peter Morgan

Peter Morgan

KEARSNEY DEVELOPMENT FUND

TRUST CHAIRMAN

Peter Donald Morgan (Pembroke 1970) B Comm CA (SA)

Appointed as Trustee 1998

Appointed as Chairman 1999

PETER joined the accounting practice of Compton and Horne (now Deloitte) in January 1975 where he completed his articles and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He remained with this firm for 25 years serving as a partner for 17 years and heading up the Financial Services Group in his last four years. In 2001 Peter was part of a joint buyout of this division to form BoE Trust (KZN) Limited of which he became Managing Director until mid-2010. He currently acts as an independent Trustee and Financial Consultant.

Peter attended Kearsney from 1966 to 1970 in Pembroke together with his brothers, Doug (Pembroke 1966) and the late Tony (Pembroke 1968). Peter’s sons, Greg (Pembroke 2001) and Chris (Pembroke 2003) also attended Kearsney. Peter served on the Kearsney College Board of Governors and as Chairman of the Finance Committee from 1999 to 2005. Peter’s late father, Don Morgan, was a founding Trustee of the Kearsney Development Fund.  Peter was appointed as a Trustee to the Kearsney College Trust in 2016.

Rob Becker

Rob Becker

TRUSTEE

Robert Ross Becker (Gillingham 1963) BSc (QS) PrQS PMAQS

Appointed as Trustee 2007

ROB joined Walters and Simpson (now Mbatha Walters and Simpson) as a student quantity surveyor in 1969. He was admitted as a partner in 1980 and retired in 2014 after having served as Managing Partner for a number of years. Rob has been involved in a number of charitable and community-based boards and committees over the years.

Rob attended Kearsney from 1962 to 1963 (Gillingham). His sons Anthony (Sheffield 1998) and Lloyd (Sheffield 2000) were lured out of Gillingham to form part the first group of Sheffield boarders in (1993). He served on the Kearsney College Board of Governors for 12 years (1992-2004) and served as Trustee and Chairman of the Kearsney College Trust from 2003 to 2015.

Ted Garner

Ted Garner

TRUSTEE

Edward Sephton Clayton Garner (Finningley 1956) CA (SA), MBL (Unisa), MSIA (Carnegie Mellon, USA)

Appointed as Trustee 2001

TED’s early career was spent owning and managing various small businesses. He joined Tongaat-Hulett Group in 1967 and was appointed Financial Director in 1978. While at Tongaat Hulett he was Executive Chairman of various operating divisions, Vice Chairman of the Zimbabwe Triangle Sugar Corporation and a director on the SBDC, CBM and NHT of SA. Since his retirement in 2000, Ted focused on business consultancy.

Ted attended Kearsney from 1952 to 1953 (Finningley). His son Michael (Finningley 1981) lives in Australia and sent Ted’s grandson Christopher to Kearsney for a term in 2013. Ted served on the Kearsney College Board of Governors from 1980 to 1992 and as a Trustee of the Kearsney College Trust from1995 to 2007. He chaired both the Board of Governors and Trust during his tenure. He was elected as an Honorary Life Trustee of the Kearsney College Trust in 2009.

David Pearse

David Pearse

TRUSTEE

David Kenneth Pearse (Finningley 1974)

Appointed as Trustee 2005

DAVID founded Bay Union Financial Services Group in 1990 and remains the CEO of the Company. He represented KwaZulu Natal at rugby and cricket. David is a keen adventurer and at the end of 2010, he achieved his goal of completing extreme foot races on all seven continents.

David attended Kearsney from 1971 to 1974 (Finningley) together with his two brothers Peter (Finningley 1977) and Mark (Finningley 1982). He was a member of the Kearsney College Board of Governors from 2003 to 2007 and served as Chairman from 2005 to 2007. He was appointed as a Trustee of the Kearsney College Trust in 2010

David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne

TRUSTEE

David Andrew Polkinghorne (Gillingham 1981) B Comm; Rhodes Scholar – Oxford University: BA (Hons); PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics); MA (Oxon)

Appointed as Trustee 2008

DAVID was appointed as the Managing Director of Grindrod Bank in 1999 after a career with Standard Merchant Bank in Johannesburg and Cape Town. David is a director of a number of companies, including Grindrod Limited and Bridge Fund Managers. David is a trustee of a number of charitable trusts.

David attended Kearsney from 1978 to 1981 (Gillingham) together with his brother Craig (Gillingham 1980). His grandfather was one of the thirteen Kearsney founder students in 1921. David’s sons Murray (Gillingham 2011) and Robert (Gillingham 2015) are fourth generation Kearsney students. David was a member of the Kearsney College Board of Governors from 2003 and served as Chairman for three years from 2008-2010. David was appointed Trustee to Kearsney College Trust in 2015.