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St John's College 2009 Magazine

  1. 1. “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford
  2. 2. Contents Academic Staff 02 Speech Day 04 Academic & House Review 27 Highlight Events 39 Cultural Reports 53 Sports Reports 75Form 4 Dance & Leavers 2009 109 Production Team EDITOR: Mr N. Hovelmeier DESIGNER: Mrs J. Kirkman PHOTO CREDITS: Mr J.H. Muller Louis Fick Mr N. Launder PRINTING: Pacprint, Harare © St John’s Educational Trust, 2010
  3. 3. Staff Photograph 4th Row: J. Oldrieve, R. Nel, L. Morkel, B. Annandale, J. Robinson, J. Roscoe, N. Manomano, R. Powles, A. Masiyiwa, J. Seaman, K. Muyedzwa, L. Frampton, J. Chitando, N. Hovelmeier, A. Gumbo, J. Stephens, A. Taylor, R. Trew, K. Whatman, M. Norton, K. Marx, J. Jones 3rd Row: A. Sakala, T. Perepeczko, S. Jirri, J. Fulton, D. Wijers, D. Ashburner, J. Logan, M. Kok, C. Baker, S. Conradie, J. Kalonga, W. Mukotsanjera, L. Runhare, R. Oxley, R. Wilde, A. Meyer, R. Wild 2nd Row: P. Volker, L. Marriot, K. Craft, J. Riley, J. Muller, S. Chikanda, G. Day, J. Loveridge, R. Wilde, R. Fuller, A. Squire, R. Vickery, M. Brock, D. Hale, R. Reed, L. Jack, R. Atkinson, B. Vidovic 1st Row: T. Marais, N. Ratanje, A. Van der Merwe, J. Mariani, C. Bewhay, S. Levy, S. Howson, J. Long, S. Hrusa, L. Syme, R. Fox, N. Milner, T. Edwards, N. Chirewa, S. Jones, E. Mobodo
  4. 4. Academic Staff Ross Fuller, Headmaster, BA London, B.Ed. Cape Town, PGCE Bristol Atherton Squire, Deputy Headmaster, BA (Hons) Rhodes, GCE, Unisa Mary Brock, Head of Academics, BA (Hons), Rhodes, STD, Cape Town Management Diana Hale, IB Coordinator, BA (Hons), London, GCE, UZ Committee Prof. John Loveridge, Director of Studies, B.Sc (Hons) Ph.D, London Ryan Vickery, Senior Master, Cert Ed, UR Maggie Norton, Counsellor, Occupational Therapist Neal Hovelmeier, Head of Culture, Hawthornden FellowArt History Boba Vidovic, HOD, Ph.D Arts, St. George. Monica Kuhudzai, HOD, BA, UZ Augustine Gomba, B.Ed, CE, UZ Claire Bewhay, BA Rhodes Jenna Long, BFA (Hons), Rhodes Jack Robinson, TC, Dip.PE, Newlands Park Terry Marais, Dip. Graphic Design, ZIVA Rosemary Wild, BA, STD, Cape Town Nana Ratanje, BA (Hons) Art & Design Amanda Van Der Merwe, Dip Ed, TTC Mathematics Mary Brock, HOD, BA (Hons) Rhodes,Biology STD Cape Town Rosemary Atkinson, HOD, Bsc, Cape Town, GCE, London Sue Conradie, TTC, UZ Elizabeth De Ridder, Bsc (Hons) PGCE, Rhodes Jane Logan, BSc, Pietermaritzburg, HDE, Natal Julian Roscoe, Bsc (Hons), London Alfred Musiyiwa, B. Ed, UZ Jill Fulton, Bsc, Natal, Grad CE, UZ Andrew Sakala, B. Ed, UZ Annette Meyer, Bsc, Natal, Msc, UZ Ryan Vickery, Cert Ed, UR Sheila Howson, Bsc (Hons), Oxford Brookes Debbie Wijers, TTC, UZ John Loveridge, B.Sc (Hons) Ph.D, LondonBusiness & Economics Music Richard Wilde, HOD, BA (Hons) Rhodes, FIBZ Linda Frampton, HOD Bill Annandale, BA, Grad CE (UZ) Jonathan Kalonga Christine Baker, B.com, Cape Town Emmanuel Mabodo Richard Fox, B.Soc.Sci (Hons) UCT Nicholas Manomano, Ethno.Mus. KM Centre Travis Edwards, BBA, UNISA Sue Hrusa, B.Soc.Sci, Pietermaritzburg Physics Walter Mukotsanjera, BA, PGDE, Botswana Johan Muller, HOD, Bsc, UOD Freestate Justin Oldrieve, B.Soc.Sci, Rhodes Simba Jirri, B.Sc (General) UZ, Grad CE, UZChemistry Kuda Muyedzwa, BSc UZ Robin Powles, HOD, M.App.Sci, New South Wales Simba Jirri, B.Sc (General), UZ, Grad CE, UZ Shona Mike Kok Nesbet Chirewa, HOD, CE, UZ Lodge Smit, Bsc, UCT, Grad CE, UZ Jesmael Chitando, Dip. Ed, UZComputers Justin Mariani, HOD, Bsc (Hons) Computers, Sport HND Information Systems Design Atherton Squire, HOD, BA (Hons) Rhodes, GCE, Richard Fox, B.Soc.Sci (Hons), UCT Unisa Sheila Howson, Bsc (Hons), Oxford Brookes Scotty Jones, Dip, Sports Management, Boston Niall MilnerEnglish Ross Nel Lindsay Jack, HOD, BA Wits, PCE, UZ Alan Taylor Claire Bewhay, BA Rhodes Neal Hovelmeier, Hawthornden Fellow Estate Manager Shannon Levy, BA (Hons), NMMU Academic Staff Ted Perepeczko Raye Oxley, BA (Hons), PCE, London Kevin Whatman Jack Robinson, TC, Dip.PE, Newland Park Penny Sylvester, BA (Hons), PGCE, Rhodes Robyn Wilde, BA Rhodes, GCE, London Librarian Rima TrewFrench Wendy Taylor, HOD, BA, HDE, Wits 3 Administration Brigitte Fodouop, Dip. French, France Speech Day Geoff Day, A.C.I.S., Financial Director Diana Hale, BA (Hons) London, GCE, UZ Sam Chikanda Cathy Marx, BA Natal, Grad CE, UR Debbie AshburnerGeography Karen Craft Ronelle Reed, HOD, HDE(S), Rotchefstroom Linda Marriot Bill Annandale, BA, Grad CE (UZ) Lisa Morkel Julianne Seaman, BA (Hons), Oxford Brookes, Grad Cert, Queensland Jenni Riley Jill Stephens, B.Ed (UZ) Penny Volker Linda Syme, BA, UNISA Joanna Jones 2009 Magazine
  5. 5. Speech Day This Section Is Kindly Sponsored By: Bharat and Fatima Naik & The Old Johannian Society
  6. 6. Chairman’s Annual Speech Mr Bekithemba Ndebele he Guest of Honour, Mr Tim Middleton, Our Host Mr Ross Fuller, Patrons, Fellow Governors, Fellow Parents, Ladies and Gentle- men of St John’s – I am privileged to stand before you and present my Annual Report. The economic environment in Zimbabwe changed sig-nifi cantly from February 2009 through the adoption of multi-currencies and the abandonment of the hyper-inflation ravagedZimbabwe dollar. Stability in the measurement of economicactivity returned, planning and budgeting became easier. Onthe negative side the substantially non-performing economy isresulting in low incomes earned across the economy. In 2009 the school focused on repairs and maintenanceto restore the quality of our infrastructure which had deterio-rated over the last decade of survival. The school expandedits curriculum, with the introduction of commercial subjectsat AS Level. The sporting side introduced Parents Commit-tees to support the school in the major sporting sections and Iwould like to recognise the achievements of the Parents RugbyCommittee for a job well done during the Rugby Season. ThePLC under the leadership of Coleen De Jong, once again had asplendid year and performed its liaison and social activities ad-mirably, most recent of which was the well-organised and well Mr Bekithemba Ndebelesupported Spring Fair. Your contribution to the improvementof the school infrastructure is well appreciated. The Old Johan- In a big and diverse community as we have, thingsnian Association was formed this year, this was spearheaded by will go wrong from time to time, but what will determine our success as a community is how weDeon Erasmus, the draft constitution is being circulated and is resolve departures from the norm and learn fromunder discussion. The Old Johannians will provide a valuable that experience to avoid failures in future.link with past students. Looking ahead to 2010 the school has plans to modernizethe staff room, to create a conducive working environment for our teachers. The school has am-bitious plans to build a new 6th form centre, this will of course involve a lot of money, but it isnecessary to move the school forward and maintain our prime position as the best Private Collegein Zimbabwe. The school will robustly improve the performance of our academic, sporting andcultural staff in line with our Mission Statement. The board is there to serve the community, in so far as is humanely possible the Board tries totake on board the concerns of all stakeholders. In a big and diverse community as we have, thingswill go wrong from time to time, but what will determine our success as a community is how weresolve departures from the norm and learn from that experience to avoid failures in future. Boyswill be boys and it is normal for them to err every now and again, if they did not we would all be Chairman’s Annual Speechworried about their normalcy! This is the first year that the College has been under the stewardship of Ross Fuller. I havebeen very impressed with Ross’s footprint and leadership, thank you very much for your leader-ship Ross and you have the Board’s Trust and Confidence. To the Professional Staff thank youvery much for another year of hard and productive work, you have been with us during the darkdays and we are indebted. The Support Staff have remained loyal and hardworking as evidencedby the good state of the school infrastructure thank you very much. To the Patrons and the Board,thank you for your wise counsel and support. 5 In closing, congratulations to the Outstanding Achievers for 2009! Good luck to those writ- Speech Daying fi nal exams. Happy travels to the Leavers and I hope St John’s has left an indelible mark inyour lives. As a community we have enjoyed watching you grow, and regrettably there comes atime when one has to let go! You have an opportunity to serve the community you grew up inthrough the OLD Johannians. To Ross and his team we look forward to a fruitful and exciting2010. Thank you for your support, hard work and loyalty. 2009 Magazine
  7. 7. Headmaster’s Speech Mr Ross Fuller Y our Worship the Mayor, Mr Masunda; our guest of honour: Mr Tim Middleton; Chairman of the Board, Mr Themba Ndebele; Chairman of College Exco, Mr Dave Bain; members of the Board of Governors; the Education Officer from Harare North, Mrs Ncube; teaching and administrative staff, distinguished guests, parents and students of St John’s College. It hardly seems a year ago that Riette and I were sitting in this audience at the 2008 Speech Day. At the time, I remember feeling a considerable sense of trepidation about taking up the reins of headmastering again, but also a sense of being honoured to have been accorded the privilege of heading a great school in to what was inevitably going to be a challenging period of transition, not only for the College but for the country as well. We both still have vivid memories of flying in to Zimbabwe from Kenya at the end of June 2008, a day before the second elections were held. Harare was unnervingly quiet and the College campus was unnaturally deserted during term time. A lonely bottle of Bovril on the bare shelves of TM cost 350000 Zim. dollars, and as one could then only draw 1000 dollars a day from the bank, we calculated that it would take us a year to buy that bottle. Nevertheless, the warmth of our reception by members of the Board, together with what we felt the College stood for, convinced us that this was a challenge and an honour that we just could not pass by. Suffice to say, some 18 months down the road we feel very much that we have come home. We have found our first year at St John’s to be an immensely busy, extremely varied, but rewarding and fulfilling year. It has, of course, not been without its disappointments and difficulties, but I do feel that there has been a sense of positive momentum, direction and achievement in the College this year, giving us all hope and inspiration for next year and the years beyond. One of the most remarkable things about coming back to the independent schooling system of this country, after 5 years away, is how intact, vibrant and successful the independent schools continue to be, in spite of the general degradation of institutions, Mr Ross Fuller services and facilities in the country as a whole over the past decade or more. The qualities of identity and unity are crucial… With respect to St John’s, much of the continued success of the they are the glue that hold institutions together. College is based on the commitment and dedication of the teaching and administrative staff, the hard work and interest of the very active Board of Governors, the enthusiastic and energetic support of our parents and, of course, the spirit, pride and passion of the student body. The combination of all these ingredients have certainly encouraged me in my own task of heading the College this year. Having spent some 4 years in a long-established private international school in Kenya, where I might add that the termly tuition fees were over 3000 US dollars per term, I am very aware that in terms of facilities, school spirit and the commitment of all stakeholders, St John’s is light years ahead of not only that particular school, but also the other international private schools withHeadmaster’s Speech which we came in to contact in East Africa. There is, however, never a time to be complacent about ourselves as a school and all stakeholders will be conscious of the need to develop a vision of how and where we want to go as a school, in both the short and the long term. Walt Disney once commented that “progress is not just moving ahead. Progress is dreaming, working, building a better way.” We do need to push out our frontiers in terms of developing extra dimensions and facets of the College. Let us retain what is good and valuable, but also move forward. In this regard, we6 have been pleased with the widening of the curriculum at Lower Sixth level this year, providing a range of new vocational subjects such as Travel and Tourism, Design and Technology, BusinessSpeech Day Skills and A+ Computers, as well as the introduction of a Life Skills and Music Appreciation programme. The introduction of a full range of 5 AS subjects for all students in 2008 proved very daunting for many, and we are hoping that a more diverse and manageable programme will be reflected in the AS result patterns for 2009. In IGCSE, the results were well up to expectations, in spite of the many disruptions to the school calendar in 2008. The A level/IB pass rates were excellent, although we were a little thin in top grades. St John’s College
  8. 8. Headmaster’s Speech Mr Ross Fuller We also feel that the encouragement and widening of cultural activities has been significantthis year, show-cased by the dynamic “Power of One “ production, an outstanding Art exhibition,the hosting of the inter-schools dance sport competition, a newly sponsored schools quiz and thecontinued growth of musicality in the College with choir, marimbas and the famous pipe band allcontributing to a varied and exciting cultural identity in the College. This has certainly not been to the detriment of our sporting achievements and a tribute to ourteams in all sports is that we are considered to be one of the most highly respected opponents by allour rival schools. Many of our teams have had remarkable successes, with the 1st and 2nd rugbyXV’s losing only one match out of 18 played in the domestic season; the 1st and under 15a hockeyteams recording unbeaten seasons; the golf team winning all the inter-schools tournaments, thecricket team winning our own 20/20 for the first time, and, just this past week-end, the water-poloteam returning from Bulawayo with the coveted and prestigious Crusader Shield. All of our other sporting disciplines, whether swimming,athletics, squash, triathlon, basketball, tennis or volleyball haveacquitted themselves with distinction and with pride. Credit toomust go to our girls who, with a small pool of players, havecompeted honourably against big schools in water-polo andhockey. We congratulate an array of boys and girls, across a widevariety of sports, some of which are not undertaken at theCollege itself, for gaining national representation in their varioussporting disciplines. A number of successful school tours were undertaken toSouth Africa, including cricket, rugby, basketball, hockey, golfand the pipe band, where we showed in no uncertain terms thatwe continue to more than hold our own against a wide range ofS.A. schools. In the plethora of all our school activities, it should never beover-looked that as well as our students perform, there is someonebehind them, organising, coaching, encouraging and directing. Inthis regard, I would like to pay special tribute today to those ofour staff and parents who have spent countless hours in guidingour St John’s boys and girls to be “the best they can be”. Much of what is measurable of the College’s successes andachievements of this past year is reflected in the “Year at aGlance” which I am sure will give you cause to be proud of your sons and daughters, and indeedof St John’s College with all that it undertakes and all that it achieves as a school. Contiguous with this impressive record, I am, however, reminded of an article written bythe former Head of Bishops School in Cape Town, Mr John Gardener. He writes: “So much ofour time in schools is spent trying to measure what we are doing: examining, assessing, testing,costing, comparing. It would be silly to say that we should not do such things. They serve validpurposes. Where the fault lies is in believing that such measures are the most important, and thatthey are totally reliable, or anything more than guidelines, straws in the wind. Headmaster’s Speech Measuring the measurable is much easier than measuring the unmeasurable. But the job isnot done when the butterfly is pinned to the board, the sports statistics better than last year, thebudget balanced and even the great god examinations dealt with. It’s not the straws that are thepoint: it’s the wind. In Greek, the wind and the spirit can be denoted by the same word.” In the light of John Gardener’s comments, I would like to express to the school communitythat the unseen things, the things that matter most, are ultimately not measurable at all. But theyare knowable and they are tangible, because they are very real. How do we, as a school, as a 7community, measure kindness, encouragement, friendship, graciousness in victory and defeat, co- Speech Dayoperation, courtesy, commitment or courage. In this respect, two particular moments of adversity were particularly up-lifting for me thisyear, as they went to the very heart and soul of the College. One was the dignity and graciousnesswith which the 1st XV rugby players responded on the field to the disappointment of their lastminute and only defeat of the season by P.E. Another was how the under 16 rugby team suffereda crushing defeat one week, but managed to guts out a narrow one point win over Falcon the nextweek, having already been written off as a team by some rugby pundits. 2009 Magazine
  9. 9. Headmaster’s Speech Mr Ross Fuller Further to this, two of our outstanding cricketers suffered major injuries in the rugby season. To me, their real qualities emerged, not from the tries and centuries they might have scored in the remaining part of the year, but from the immeasurable values they have displayed by being on the sidelines at all the subsequent matches, encouraging their team-mates. I was deeply touched a short time ago by a visitation to the office by five 6th Formers. My first thought was “ I wonder what trouble they are in and what teacher has sent them to see me.” Far from this, the boys came in to my office and asked if they could pray with me for the school and for myself in the midst of a very stressful issue which the school was going through. Mr Mike Whiley, former Head of Plumtree and a doyen of education in so many ways, with a passionate interest in cricket and rugby, commented to me just last Saturday on how impressed he is that St John’s boys always greet him, in and out of school. The moral of this is that if any of you see a tall white-haired gentleman with a stoop, greet him anyway, as it could just be Mr Whiley! Seriously though, I cite these few illustrations to try to define that which is not quantifiable and measurable in a school. These aspects cannot be measured by victory and success, but they are the very essence of the individual and his school. By the same token, we must be vigilant and mindful about the negative things in a school…behaviour which is in any way demeaning, churlish, ungentlemanly or destructive. We have to be constantly aware of the need to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative not just in terms of our results and achievements, but in those immeasurable things which John Gardener so aptly identifies. For the students, no matter how junior or senior you are, how seemingly significant or insignificant your role might be, each one of you has the capacity to reflect and develop those immeasurable values which define the soul and well-being of the school. Schools, by their very nature, are extraordinarily complex organisations… essentially because they are all about people and the interaction between them: students, teachers, management, parents and Board. The qualities of identity and unity are crucial…they are the glue that hold institutions together. I have been greatly impressed this year with the togetherness and unity of the students, their loyalty to each other and their pride in being in being a part of the College, no matter how big or small their roles might be. This is not easily achieved in a relatively young school or indeed in a school without a boarding component, but it is something immeasurably valuable which needs to be nurtured in a positive manner. I also thank them for their courtesy and daily greetings which have been particularly refreshing to me after some time spent in other schools in other countries. Returning to the measurable, I would like to pay tribute and express thanks to many people who have given so much, in so many different ways, to St John’s College this year. However, my abiding reservations about thanks is that in a school such as St John’s, much of what happens is a team effort with contributions by many different players and I know you will forgive me that I cannot mention everyone. I would like to start where it matters most and that is the student body of the College. You have given me much to be proud of this year in so many ways…we have had a few sad events, but noHeadmaster’s Speech family is ever perfect and you can certainly look back on a year in which, in the words of Rudyard Kipling, “you have filled the unforgiving minute, with sixty seconds worth of distance run.” To the teaching staff, my thanks for your continued commitment and dedication in so many facets of school life. More than anything, perhaps, I have appreciated the good humour and the quips in the staff room which indicate that as much as education is serious, we cannot take ourselves too seriously. I have been particularly grateful that we have experienced such a stable8 year in staffing with the encouraging prospect of sound overall continuity for 2010. Especially, I would like to thank the Management team for giving me such wise direction and support during the year.Speech Day The Administrative staff, under Geoff Day, is in the front line when it comes to parents and public and I am very aware of the enormous demands made on them by everyone from within and without the school. My sincere appreciation goes to them all for their hugely significant contribution to the smooth running of the College, in particular to Debbie and Lisa for organising the Leavers’ lunch today. We have an amazingly supportive parent body at the College, quite unique in its contribution and positive involvement, whether it is in providing eats for multiple events, improving facilities St John’s College
  10. 10. Headmaster’s Speech Mr Ross Fullerat the school, serving on sports committees or helping with coaching. The flag-ship of the parentbody is the PLC and the remarkable success of this year’s huge Spring Fair, which has raised over$32000 for the College, is a glowing tribute to Colleen De Jong and her incredible committee.We are hoping that the fruits of the fair will soon be actualised in a multimedia educational roomat the College, and my thanks go to the outstanding energy and commitment of the Spring Faircommittee. Many people, including visitors to the College, have remarked on the enhanced appearanceof the school this year and my particular thanks go to the Whatman brothers, Dave and Kevin,as well as to Ted Perepeczko and the grounds staff for their huge efforts. Kevin recently gave mea list indicating that no fewer than projects, large and small, have been tackled and completed onthe College grounds this year. In this regard, there is a standing in-house joke in the staff-roomthat my own legacy to the College in terms of developments, perhaps even to be denoted by aspecial plaque, will be the refurbishment of the toilet block. It is also important to mention the work that has gone into the school gardens under JaneFiler and the makeover of the Mylyking garden and the cricket pavilion area, directed by Katevan Deventer and Kim Bennett. Finally, my thanks to the Board, under the overall chairmanship of Themba Ndebele and theCollege chairmanship of Dave Bain. It is never fully appreciated how much time, interest andenergy is invested by Board members in the College. It is one of those immeasurable qualitiesI alluded to earlier and we are greatly indebted to their collective passion and commitment, inparticular the chairpersons of the committees: Bryan Hofmann, Dave Whatman, Beatrice Lakeand Emma Fundira. I am fully aware that I have left out many people, for which my apologies, but I would finallylike to express my profound thanks to my wife, Riette. She has embraced St John’s wholeheartedlyand in spite of her full commitment as the administrator of the CHISZ/ATS organisation thisyear, she has been an enthusiastic supporter at all our activities and sports, even when she is notfamiliar with the rules! In conclusion, I would like to leave you all with this wonderful prayer. It was written byGeneral Douglas MacArthur, of World War 2 fame, and although one can imagine him as a sternmilitary man, the prayer reflects that inside the military dress, the insignia and the medals…liesa man who understands that it is those immeasurable things in life that really, really matter. Hewrote it for his son, but one can certainly replace daughter in his sentiments. “Lord, build us a son who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid: one who is proud and gracious in defeat, yet humble and gentle in victory. A son who will first know You, and then know himself, for that is the true foundation of all knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. There let him learn to stand in the storm, yet have compassion for those who fall. Build us a son whose heart is clear and whose goals are high; who’ll master himself before he seeks to master others. One who’ll learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach in to the future, yet never forget the past. And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humour that, though serious, he may never take himself too seriously. And above all, Lord, give him enough humility to know that true Headmaster’s Speech greatness requires simplicity, true wisdom requires an open mind and true strength requires meekness. Amen.”From the book of Isaiah we read: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. 9 Speech Day They will soar like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint.”God Bless you all and thank you for your presence and for your attention today. 2009 Magazine
  11. 11. Address by the Guest Speaker Mr T.D. Middleton How To Fail! I t is an interesting thought that Mr Fuller mentioned my achievements but he didn’t mention any of my failures! For nine months after leaving Zimbabwe for the UK in 2002 I could not get a job at all, though I applied for every position within schools at numerous schools; I could not even get a job teaching English at the government school in Scotland where I had started my teaching career over 20 years before; when I did do some supply teaching for two weeks at that school soon after (in exactly the same classroom as 20 years previously) there was one lesson where I realised with fi ve minutes to go that I had absolutely no control over what was happening in the classroom. And I could go on and mention many, many other failures. It is interesting too that there will be no mention of failures here at today’s Prize Giving – we celebrate, rightly, the successes and achievements of individuals and of the school as a whole. But we keep quiet about failures. A friend of mine told me how he had cruised through his top Independent school in South Africa, serving as Headboy, captaining the first team rugby, gaining excellent results and awards; how he had gone to Rhodes University and came out as top student each year and again served in positions of responsibility; how he had gone to teach at another top independent school in South Africa before being appointed the youngest ever housemaster at that school; and then how, after 12 successful years as Housemaster he had taken on the role of Public Relations/Marketing Officer for that school – and had a nervous breakdown. What struck me so vividly then, and ever since, was his comment: “No-one ever told me how to fail!” Success came so easily for him that he did not know how to fail – like so many others. So this morning I would like to teach you how to fail! Of course, we all know how to go about failing – sleep in late, do little work in class, party hard and long and so on. So, no, it is not so much about what to do in order to fail but rather what we should do when we do fail, as fail we will all do, at some stage or another, in one form or another. The short answer is really quite simple though perhaps paradoxical. We Mr Tim Middleton need to deal with failure in exactly the same way as we deal with success – or should deal with success. It was Rudyard Kipling in his well-known poem Then too we need to see the bigger “If” who wrote that “If we can meet with triumph and disaster and treat picture in the events that happen. these two imposters just the same” then we will be a man. We need to treat Often our failures are in fact the failure in the same way as we treat success. So how then should we treat prelude to something greater. them both? Very simply, we need to APPLY PERSPECTIVE to both. For many years I had on my desk a plaque on which were written the words “IT WILL PASS”. In one corner of the plaque I had written “The Praise” and in the other I had written “The Problem” while at the bottom I had written “The Opportunity” – each of these will pass. I realised very quickly as a Head that the praise of parents, staff or pupils can pass very quickly – you can be the saviour one day, the villain the next! The praise passes so that we do not become too big-headed. Equally that horrendous, all- encompassing, massive problem that confronts us will in a few days or weeks pass and we will wonder Address by the Guest Speaker what the fuss was about. The problem passes so we do not become down-hearted. We need to see them both in perspective, in the following ways. First, we need to see the bad things that happen, the failures, in perspective. Michael Jordan, the all-time great basketball player, once said: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Thomas Edison, who is described as “deserving the lion’s share of credit for lighting up the world… with an incandescent bulb but more for his creation of the fi rst genuinely safe and economically viable system for generating and distributing light and power – worldwide” has the patent for over 1090 inventions but when he was10 asked about all his failures his reply was simple: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Both these men kept the bad things in perspective. Speech Day The same can be said of the university student who wrote home to her parents. Dear Mum and Dad, It has now been three months since I left for college. I have been remiss in writing and am very sorry for my thoughtlessness in not having written before. I will bring you up to date now, but before you read on, please sit down. You are not to read any further unless you are sitting down...Okay? Well, then, I am getting along pretty well now. The skull fracture and the concussion I got when I jumped out of the window of my dormitory when it caught fire shortly after my arrival, are pretty St John’s College
  12. 12. Address by the Guest Speaker Mr T.D. Middleton well healed now. I only spent two weeks in the hospital and now I can see almost normally and only get three headaches a day. Fortunately the fire in the dormitory and my jump were witnessed by an attendant at the gas station near the dorm and he was the one who called the Fire Department and the ambulance. He also visited me at the hospital, and since I had nowhere to live because of the burnt-out dorm, he was kind enough to invite me to share his apartment with him. It’s really a basement room, but it is kind of cute. He is a very fine boy and we have fallen deeply in love and are planning to get married. We haven’t set the exact date yet, but it will be before my pregnancy begins to show. Yes, Mother and Dad, I am pregnant. I know how much you are looking forward to being grandparents and I know you will welcome the baby and give it the same love and devotion and tender care you gave me when I was a child. The reason for the delay in our marriage is that my boyfriend has some minor infection which prevents us from passing our premarital blood tests and I carelessly caught it from him. This will soon clear up with the penicillin injections I am now taking daily. I know you will welcome him into our family with open arms. He is kind and although not well educated, he is ambitious. Although he is of a different race and religion than ours, I know your expressed tolerance will not permit you to be bothered by the fact that his skin colour is somewhat darker than ours. I am sure you will love him as I do. His family background is good, too for I am told that his father is an important gunbearer in the village from which he comes. Now that I have brought you up to date, I want to tell you that there was no dormitory fire, I did not have a concussion or skull fracture, I was not in the hospital, I am not pregnant, I am not engaged, I do not have syphilis and there is no boyfriend in my life. However, I am getting a “D” in History and an “F” in Science, and I wanted you to see these marks in the proper perspective. Your loving daughter. Sometimes, then, we do get things horribly out of perspective. However we must then rememberto ensure that we see the good things that happen, the successes, in true perspective as well. Wecan be proud of our efforts, be they sporting, cultural, academic, but we do well to remember thatthere will be others who have done braver, stronger, kinder, more skilled things than we have. Wemay well run incredibly fast but is that better than someone who has lost all limbs who still paintsamazing pictures? We may well pass exams easily but many others have done so too, if not moreso. Scoring the winning try could be trumped by saving someone’s life. Then too we need to see the bigger picture in the events that happen. Often our failures are in factthe prelude to something greater. Chuck Colson was President Nixon’s right-hand man in the USA inthe 1970s and was caught up in the infamous Watergate scandal which led to Nixon’s impeachmentand his own prison sentence. Following his release from prison he has spent the rest of his life workingfor prison reform – his massive failure has brought considerable success. Closer to home, one of mystaff at Petra High School had served time in prison before coming to work at the school as the EstateManager – now he has set up a programme to provide a halfway house for prisoners released fromprison, to prevent them from re-offending. The world is a better place because of his failure. Finally we need to see the real picture regarding failure and success. Kipling hit it on the head Address by the Guest Speakerwhen he described success and failure as “imposters”. Neither of them are the real thing. Both aresimply the results of our actions, or rather the responses of other people to our actions. Others try todetermine what is success and failure. Second place in the Olympic 100m final could be seen as successor failure – for the world record holder who has been unbeaten for 2 seasons and is the hot favourite towin, it would be seen as a failure but for the youngster who had never won a medal of any sort in anymajor championship it would have been seen as a success (note it would be “seen” as such; it wouldnot have “been”.) Bluntly though, it is second place, silver medal – fact. In short, then, I want to tell you it is okay to fail. Someone has written that “failure does not meanyou are a failure – it does mean you are yet to succeed. Failure does not mean you have wasted your life– it does mean you have a reason to start again.” Failure will happen. I love the slogan which states that 11“life is drawing without an eraser.” Mandela himself noted that “it is not a matter of whether we fail Speech Dayor not that counts but what we do when we do fail.” And the truth is that in the Kipling poem “If” towhich I have referred throughout this talk, his conclusion to the poem, after he has expounded on all thesituations that you might overcome, does NOT state that you will be a success but rather that “you willbe a Man, my son.” That is what you should be seeking to be, young men of St John’s College – notsuccesses, not failures, but men. And if you haven’t understood or accepted what I have been trying to say, then I have failed— yet again! 2009 Magazine
  13. 13. Headboy’s Speech P.J. Moor G ood morning Mr Middelton, Mr and Mrs Fuller, Mr and Mrs Squire, Board Of Gover- nors, Invited Guests, Staff and my fellow students of St John’s College. A year ago, addressing the class of 2009, Michael Vickery, Headboy 2008 quoted these lines: “Be fearless in making those decisions which are right and good, fair and honest. Be humble in your acceptance of youth, health and strength, for these are gifts from the Almighty Himself. Place your faith in God; praise his name by your actions, words and thoughts.” Those are good words. Looking back on this year I believe that we in 2009 have tried to follow these precepts, and one can do no better than urge our successors in 2010 to do the same. 2009 has been a year of change in the St John’s community. At the beginning of the year we welcomed a new Headmaster and said farewell to some unforgettable faces. It was delightful to see change in the economic climate while we have still been at school. The transformation and upgrade of numerous of the school’s facilities over the coarse of this year has been marvelous. Our school is some- thing to be proud of, and I propose that those who still have some years left at this institution recognize how lucky and privileged they are to attend a school with not only good and powerful traditions but also outstanding facilities and amenities. Despite all these changes, the year of 2009 has lived up to previous years or even set the benchmark for years to come. Our school has done well this year, and we are proud of our academic, sporting and cultural achievements. Quoting the words of Anna Pavlova: “No one can achieve success from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius,” and perhaps many of our students have, this year, trans- formed this talent into genius. Personally I have a great deal to be thankful about, and I gratefully mention the people who have sup- ported me during my school years: P.J. Moor In his absence, I would like to thank Mr Vincent for all he has done for this school over the years. His Our school has done well this year, and we are proud of our impacts shall be engraved here forever. academic, sporting & cultural achievements. Mr Fuller: In my time at St John’s I have been under three different Headmasters, all of whom have been fundamental contributors to the success of our school. Mr Fuller, however, you have epito- mized the role of Headmaster with such value and ethic. Your gentle but persuasive, strong and determined leadership has certainly benefited the school. It has been an honor to work by your side this year. With you as Headmaster I know this school is still to see some astounding progress in the years to come. The staff at St John’s College. Although all the teachers I have had the privilege of learning under over the years have all been major contributors to our academic development, I must make mention of Miss Syme and Mrs Van Der Merwe who have taught me Geography and Art respectively, this Headboy’s Speech year. In addition to them, Mr Taylor and Mr Squire for your hours spent teaching our P.F.T class for the last two years. Thank you. Another member of staff who has not taught me since form 4, Mrs Sylvester, I feel I must make mention of. Although my mother taught me in grade five, I must confess you have been my favorite! Not only did you provide me with invaluable lessons that got me through O’level English Language, but you also provided me with a squack whom has been an unsung hero for me this year! Mike you12 have always been a whistle away when I have needed the most important of things, like those juicy chicken rolls from the tuck shop! Thank you for all you have done and I look forward to maintain- Speech Day ing a friendship with you. And of course “Madagascar,” “The Dreive,” Mr Oldreive! Thank you for being the person you are. Your influences on my academic and sporting career have been immense. This year we have shifted from you Old Boy’s place to Eversharp. Field trips with you have been somewhat entertaining, and I’m sure you will agree that being on the receiving end of numerous prank phone calls from Benji Bennett throughout this year is partly the reason for you sudden loss of hair! Your ability to teach as well as share a laugh with your students is how we shall all remember you. Your A’level Business St John’s College
  14. 14. Headboy’s Speech P.J. MoorManagement class will miss your “Wang Chang” humor and have asked me to formally wish you luckon your upcoming tour of Scotland to go see that special Misses! Thank you for your friendship. Mr Vickery, Jones and Milner. Being under you coaching for rugby and hockey for the last threeyears has been excelling. Thank you for all you have done. To The Prefect body of 2009: Thank you for all your support this year.Your endless duties have been of the highest caliber and I am truly gratefulfor your never ceasing commitment to St John’s. I would like to make specialmention of three boys in my year who have defined leadership, loyalty andcomradery. Tom Stone, Lawrence Whatman and Brett De Kock. Thank youfor all you have done. To the Deputy Headboy of St John’s College, Richard Todd. In myschooling lifetime I have met many people who have come and gone, butyou have been there since the beginning. Having the honor of being Head-boy of St John’s Prep School with you as my deputy and sharing the samehonor here at The College are two things I will treasure forever. Together wehave stood side by side since the opening day of grade one. If ever I neededto turn to someone, you were always there. You have been an admirableleader, and invaluable friend. An asset to The College. Finally to the most important people in my life; my family. Firstly to myfather. You have not only been a provider for our family, but you are alsothe reason for any and all my achievements. Your compassion and desire forVictoria, Richard, Anthony and me to succeed in all we do is like no other. Iam truly blessed to have you as my father and hope one day I will be able tosend you that ticket to Lords. Behind every great man is a woman. Mum you have been an amazingcontributor to this school, the prep school and the lives of so many others seated here today. Yourunconditional love and support for me in all I do is never-ending. I cannot fully express how gratefulI am and I love you both. To my sister and two brothers; together we have shared so much and I believe in that way wehave all benefitted. I love and thank you. Now we look to the class of 2010; you have the potential and ability to lead the College like noothers have done before you. It is now up to you to ensure the flame that was lit 24 years ago, burns foranother year. The prefect body is soon to be announced, with the appointment of a new Headboy, anddeputy. All I urge is that the year of 2010 does not become divided due to prefect selection, but onlybecomes closer due to responsibility. We look forward to hearing of your success in the near future. I remember so well our class of 2009 as we were 6 years ago when we embarked on our form 1camp. Since then we were joined by others, and 12 months ago, as a more mature group, we bondedtogether at leadership camp. I am proud to have been one of that group and I believe that we havemade 2009 a fine year at St John’s. The diversity amongst our form has resulted in our success over ourstay here at The College. We have shared three unbeaten rugby and hockey seasons, two cricket as wellas produced dozens of students who have excelled in academic and cultural aspects to receive theirfull colours. Legends on the sporting fields like Richard Sainsbury, Craig Dollar, Nathan Waller andAndrew Lindsay, to name a few, shall be remembered in time. Unbreakable bonds have been formed,and memories that shall last a lifetime. I have personal regrets that injuring my knee has restricted my Headboy’s Speechsporting activities, but none the less I have been grateful to serve the school as best I could. Today we close another chapter of the school’s history and of course we have to remember whatFrank Matande said some years ago; “The College is yet to see its finest hour.” Friends I am afraidI must agree, however we have certainly seen some fine hours this year. As I end my valedictory speech I wish to leave you with a quote aimed at every student seatedhere today, for you to ponder: 13 Speech Day “What lies before us, or what lies behind us, are small in matter, compared to what lies within us.”It has been an honour. Thank you. 2009 Magazine
  15. 15. Class of 2009 Prefects Back: M. Matande, T. Covarr, M. Hougaard, R. Taylor, M. Kopecky, M. Chiduku, S. Alberts Front: T. Gatsi, M. Hobbs, C. Dollar, P. Moor (Headboy), Mr R. Fuller (Headmaster), R. Todd (Deputy Headboy), R. Sainsbury, A. Lindsay, N. Kwaramba
  16. 16. St John’s Educational Trust Board of Governors / PLC MembersPatrons of the Trust G.S.R. Honey, Esq. M.A. Masunda, Esq. R.J.A. Passaportis, Esq. Members of the ParentsGovernors Liaison Committee B. Ndebele, Esq – Board Chairman Colleen De Jong – Chairperson D.G. Bain, Esq. – College Executive Chairman David Ballantyne R.H.S. Beattie, Esq. – Chairman, Campus Shelly Crabbe Development Committee Dave Crous P. Filer, Esq. Chantelle Crous Mrs E. Fundira – Chairperson, Bursaries Committee Jenny Fynn B. Hofmann, Esq. – Chairman, Finance Committee Keith Hepworth E. Jinda, Esq. Mohamed Joosab Mrs B.A. Lake – Chairperson, Staff Committee Bharat Naik S.E. Mangwengwende, Esq. Greg Wilkinson E. Mungwariri, Esq. – Chairman, Staff Pension Fund Debbie Ashburner Dr S. Mushiri, Esq. Ross Fuller R. Naik, Esq. Richard Wilde D. Whatman, Esq. – Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee V.W. Zireva, Esq.Non-Executive Members G. Day, Esq. (Financial Manager) E.D.R. Fuller, Esq. (Headmaster – College) M.N. Mackenzie, Esq. (Headmaster – Prep) St John’s Educational Trust 15 Speech Day 2009 Magazine
  17. 17. St John’s Cross Award Andrew Lindsay T his award serves to recognize the extraordinary talents and achievements of a sportsman who, ever since he was at the Preparatory School, has excelled in no fewer than five sporting disciplines: athletics, cricket, hockey, rugby and tennis in three of which he has had national representation at the College. Before that, at St John’s Prep, he already played Mashonaland A schools rugby and Zimbabwe U13 cricket. In form one, apart from being in the U14 A teams in athletics, cricket, hockey, rugby and tennis, he once more represented Zimbabwe at cricket, this time at the U14 level. In forms two and three in addition to being in the U15A and U16A teams in all these sports, he was also the tennis captain. More significantly, however, whilst in form 3, he played four games for the 1st XI cricket managing an impressive batting average of 60 even at that young age. By the time he reached form four, he played not only U17A cricket and hockey, but also represented the College first teams in both these sports. He was, moreover, in that year, the athletics Victor Ludorum, establishing a school high jump record of 10.92m. Last year, in lower sixth, he was not only the athletics Victor Ludorum once more, but also received athletics half colours. In 1st XI cricket, he once more received the Best Fielder Cup and in addition, most prestigiously, was chosen for the U19 cricket tour to Namibia. In hockey, in 2009, apart from receiving hockey colours, he represented the Zimbabwe U18A team. In this his final year, in addition to playing both 1st XV rugby and 1st XV cricket, he was the cricket captain in the third term and played for Zimbabwe in both sports: for Zimbabwe schools U18A Andrew Lindsay rugby and for the Zimbabwe U19 World Cup Squad in cricket. For these phenomenal achievements in a wide variety of sports and most particularly, for his national representation in three of them, namely, cricket, hockey and rugby, the St John’s Cross is awarded to: A ndre w Lindsay This award serves to recognize the outstanding achievements of a sportsman in no fewer than four sporting disciplines: swimming, tennis, water polo and rugby. Apart from having colours in all of these sports, he is currently captain for both rugby and swimming, and vice captain for water polo. In all four sports, moreover, he has played at provincial, national and international level with phenomenal achievements to his credit. In swimming, he has represented his school at the highest level throughout his career, being School Champion from 2004 to 2007 and currently the School Open Champion. At national level, St John’s Cross Award he was the winner of several age group championships from 1999 to 2007 in various distances and events. In January 2007, he was the fastest 200m backstroke male resident in Zimbabwe at age 15. He is, furthermore, the holder of several provincial and national records at age group level. Internationally, he represented Zimbabwe each year from 2003 to 2007 in various competitions including the South African Age Group Prestige Championships from 2003 to 2006, the Junior All Africa Swimming Championships in Mauritius in 2005 and the Sub Sahara Championships16 in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he was selected to represent Zimbabwe at the inaugural FINA U 18 World Youth Championships in Brazil. His highest achievement was winning bronze medals Speech Day in the 50m backstroke and the 100m butterfly against the African continent’s best age group swimmers at the Junior All Africa Championships. In 2007, he withdrew from swimming at a national level to pursue his interests in rugby and water polo. This, too, was his reason for withdrawing from competitive tennis in 2008. From 2004 to 2007, he played for the College at the highest level, being school age group champion in various years. At national level, he was the winner in various Zimbabwe national singles and age group tournaments from 1998 to 2007. In 2006, he was selected to represent Zimbabwe Schools at the St John’s College
  18. 18. St John’s Cross Award Richard Graham SainsburySouth African Schools Interprovincial at U16 level and at U19 level whilst still in form four. Atthe U19 competition, he won 5 out of 6 singles matches, a performance which assisted Zimbabweto finish a creditable fourth out of 12 competing provinces. In water polo, he has represented the College at first team level since form four, also havingbeen awarded the Swan Seal of Excellence. In 2007, he was chosen to represent Zimbabwe Schoolsat U17 level and again at U19 level in 2008 at the South AfricanSchools Nationals. His highest honour was winning, at age 17, thePlayer of the Tournament Trophy at the Zimbabwe Schools U19trials in October 2008. In his other major chosen sport, rugby, he has represented hisschool in the top team at age group levels at tight head prop sincehe took up the sport at preparatory school. He won his starting capfor the school 1st XV at age 16 and was a member of the starting1st XV throughout the 2008 season and in 2009. He has served theCollege with distinction having lost only one school rugby matchin his entire schoolboy rugby career from four to upper sixthwhen St John’s was narrowly beaten by Prince Edward in July thisyear. Apart from being awarded the College’s Pearson Trophy forDedication, Courage and High Performance, he toured with the1st XV to the inaugural House of Paint Easter Festival at KearsneyCollege and to the Independent Schools Rugby Festival at StBenedict’s College in 2008 and this year 2009, to the KrugersdorpEaster Festival at Krugersdorp High School. Nationally, he was selected for the Harare Province A teamat 2008 and 2009 National Trials, while in this last year he waschosen to represent Zimbabwe Schools at U18 level at Craven Weekin East London. In August of this year, moreover, he represented Richard Graham SainsburyZimbabwe at U19 level at the CAR/IRB qualifiers held in Nairobi.He played against Uganda and Tunisia and was part of the starting XV that beat Namibia 39-7 to win the CA (Confederation of African Rugby) Cup for 2009, thereby enabling Zimbabweto compete for the IRB U20 Junior World Rugby Trophy in 2010. He now has a total of fourinternational caps and is hoping to further his rugby career with the Sharks. For all of these phenomenal achievements in many sporting fields, but particularly in rugbyand water polo, the St John’s Cross is awarded to: Richard Grah a m Sainsbury St John’s Cross Award 17 Speech Day 2009 Magazine
  19. 19. Cultural and Sports Persons of 2009 T he recipient of this year’s Athene Cup for Cultural Person of the Year has been actively involved with many facets of the College’s cultural life since 2004. He has sung in the choir for most of his school career, and was a member of the Junior Boys Choir which won the overall Eisteddfod Choir cup in 2005. A talented actor, he performed roles in the College’s productions of Blood Brothers in 2004, the Carnival Extravaganza in 2005 and Joseph in 2006. For the productions of Grease and The Power of One, he had the unenviable task of being Stage Manager to extensive casts and complicated stage designs. In 2007, he received Honours for his performance of original poetry at the Allied Arts Speech and Drama Festival. As Head of Culture for Matopos house this year, he has been involved in several Current Affairs and Cultural Forums as well as being a member of the College Quiz team from 2006 to 2009. It is as an orator, however, that today’s recipient has truly made his mark. He has reached the finals of the last five Inter-house Public Speaking Competitions and was the College Public Speaking Champion in 2005 and 2007 and a runner-up in 2006 and 2008. In 2007 he participated in the Finals of the Harare Regional Public Speaking Competition and was a runner-up. This young gentleman has also excelled as a lead speaker in the forum of debating. He has been a prominent member of the College Debating Society since 2005 and debated in the National Semi-finals in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. A current holder of Full Colours in Academics, Drama, Debating and Public Speaking the award of this year’s Athene Cup Jack Trew for Cultural Person of the Year is awarded to: Jack Tre w This award serves to recognise the achievements of a multi-talented sportsman with colours in swimming, tennis, rugby and water polo. Currently the College’s Open Swimming Champion, he is also captain of swimming and of rugby and as well as vice captain of water polo. In rugby he has been a member of the 1st XV since age sixteen. Furthermore, in his entire schoolboy rugby career at the College he Cultural and Sports Persons of 2009 has lost only one match – a narrow defeat to Prince Edward this year. In 2009, he toured with the 1st XV to the Krugersdorp Easter Festival at Krugersdorp High School. At a national level, he was selected for the Harare Province A team in 2009 National Trials and also represented Zimbabwe Schools at U18 level at Craven Week in East London. In August of this year, he was selected to represent Zimbabwe at U19 level in the CAR/IRB qualifiers held in August 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. He was part of the starting XV that beat Namibia 39 – 7 to win the CAR (Confederation of African Rugby) Cup for 2009,18 thereby enabling Zimbabwe to compete for the IRB U20 Junior World Rugby Trophy in 2010. He now has four international caps. Speech Day In recognition of these considerable achievements in 2009, Sports Richard Graham Sainsbury Person of the Year is awarded to: Rich ard Grah a m Sainsbury St John’s College
  20. 20. Speech Day and Cultural Awards Major Awards The Garrs Charger Trophy Dux Of College For 2008 Nil To be awarded annually to the boy in Matthew WijersTrophies And Awards Salver For Service To The College Kevin Channon the Upper 6th at the College “who has shown outstanding qualities of honour, Service Awards Meghann Kopecky & chivalry and valour: in other words the Steven Alberts boy whose gentlemanly conduct (in the Students’ Student Award, Introduced By Richard Filer true sense of the word) has distinguished Interact And Leavers of 2007 him above his peers” Craig Ralph Memorial St John’s Cross Award Awarded to the “boy in the U20 Age Group Thain Covarr who has played games with the most whole- Richard Sainsbury hearted enthusiasm, enjoyment, determination and the greatest sense of sportsmanship” St John’s Cross Award Athene Cup For Cultural Person Of The Year Andrew Lindsay Jack Trew Sportsman Of The Year Foundation Cup Richard Sainsbury Vumba ACADEMIC AWARDS HISTORY Davis Cup Tinashe Gwataringa Best L6 IB Student Belinda Hlatwayo Best O Level Results MATHEMATICS Walsh Award Ross Roberts Mikhail Suleman Trophy Dustin Sheehan Lower 6 A Level Excellence Form 2 Mathematics BUSINESS STUDIES CBZ Trophy For The Best Form 4 Student Shaun Foulkes Economous Trophy David Kind L6 A Level Mathematics Liam Costa Best U6 A Level Business Studies Student L6 IB Standard Level Mathematics Grace HudsonAcademic CBZ Bank Cup David Kind For Best U6 A Level Accounts Student PHYSICS Techfin Research Cup David Kind Best L6 Student Ross Roberts For The Best U6 A Level Economics Student CBZ Trophy Russell Taylor IB AWARDS For The Best U6 IB Economics Student Best U6 IB CAS Learner Lara Nicholson BIOLOGY CBZ Cup For The Best IB TOK Student Jack Trew Best L6 Student Jonathan De Bruijn Trophy For The U6IB Learner who Tinotenda Chinogurei “through the medium of the Extended CHEMISTRY Essay, shows drive and passion for Best L6 Student James Hepworth His research subject” The Coordinator’s Plate Lara Nicholson and FRENCH To The Boy And Girl Who Have Excelled Jack Trew Hale Cup For Oral Proficiency Diepen Patel Throughout The Diploma Programme The Ab Level CBZ Cup For Lower 6 IB Excellence Anoosh Arevshatian Speech Day and Cultural Awards MUSIC PUBLIC SPEAKING Music Performance Award Tutu Tutani Claude Mellor Cup, Junior Thomas Chadwick Most Outstanding Vocalist Luisa Ciampi Quentin Tannock Cup, Intermediate Abias Chivayo Warren Watkins Trophy for Best Soloist Ratidzo Zvirawa Drs T & L Parker, Senior Jamie Bell Overall Performance Shield Douglas Stangroom Dunstan Cup, Interhouse MatoposThe Arts DRAMA ART Adam Neil Shield Gwinayi Ranganyi For Excellence in Theatre Arts Shaw Award, Outstanding Progress Lauren Robertson 19 and Commitment for an IB Student Speech Day CHESS CBZ Cup, Outstanding Progress and Henry Kinnaird Inter House Nyanga Commitment for an A Level Student Harrison Award, Best A Level Artist Michael Hobbs BRIDGE CBZ Salver for Best IB Artist Jenna-Lee Craft Cunliffe Trophy Ryan Charnley and Contemporary Art Trophy Louise Taylor Champion Bridge Couple Tileman Van Vuuren for the student who “consistently Tselentis Cup Matopos kept work within a contemporary Interhouse context of the 21st century” 2009 Magazine
  21. 21. Speech Day and Cultural Awards Anoosh Arevshatian Lara Nicholson and Jack Trew David Kind Kevin Channon Steven Alberts and Meghann Kopecky Matthew Wijers Speech Day and Cultural Awards Richard Filer Thain Covarr Tinashe Gwatiringa Tutu Tutani20 Speech Day Michael Hobbs Ross Roberts St John’s College

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