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NEWSLETTER

TRINITY TERM No 4/2013

Dear Parents

I have, as is my normal custom at the end of term, been writing report comments for your sons on our Pencil Box school administration system. Your sons marks for Trinity term are recorded, as well as comments from all his teachers, and Housemaster. A photograph of your son is also displayed on my screen. As I read through the report I look at the photograph on my screen and cannot but sense all the hopes and dreams that parents and grandparents have for these young men. At times I am aware of how many have already suffered some of lifes challenges illness, disappointment, divorce in the family, or loss of a family member, and have subsequently lost confidence. I also know that young men can be resilient, robust and full of confidence. The role of St Johns college is to help build in them character and hope, which will enable them to be resilient and robust. It is as families and the school work together, that we can be successful in shaping your sons into fine young men. As I look at the photographs of all the young men as I go through the reports, it is extraordinary to think about the possibilities for life ahead in how many more world renowned cellists, or cyclists or doctors are in the making! Recently we celebrated Chris Froomes victory in the Tour de France, and also celebrated David Hunts success in winning a gold medal at the world rowing championships. Not all our boys are going to win major championships, but they will face challenges at university, in business, and in family life. The question is: What are those reservoirs of hope in each young person that will enable him to be robust, resilient and resolute? I am convinced that one of these is a family that loves him a mother and father, a granny or grandpa, who hold him and have high expectations of him, and to whom he is accountable. One of the key motivators of young boys is to please their parents. They do not want to let you down. But even if they do, your task is to love them unconditionally. A second motivator is a spiritual grounding that enables them to have a sense of purpose that is above and beyond themselves. St Johns starts each day with an act of worship, reminding boys that their hope is in God. Our call to boys to be rightly trained in body, mind and character, to serve God in Church and State. This is a call to look beyond our selfish interests and make a difference in our society. I often speak to the boys about the 3Gs grounds, grooming and greeting. They will explain that this is about litter, dress and greeting visitors to the school. But it is actually about respecting the environment, yourself and respecting others. All of this is about a spiritual understanding of the world that will enable boys to be robust, resilient and resolute. We are about to conclude our second Wilderness School at Maretlwane. The 55 boys from Lower 4 (Grade 9) have been at Maretlwane for just over a month, and I congratulate them on finishing the course, and look forward to hearing stories of their unique experience. It is this kind of testing experience that enables our boys to grow into robust, resilient and resolute young men.

Chris Froome's incredible journey to victory Chris Froome initially started mountain biking whilst living in Kenya. His interest in road cycling developed after joining St Johns in 1999 where he joined the schools Cycling Club. The bug bit and he started saving for his first road bike. Although cycling wasn't a school sport, he still found time to do early morning rides before school and would ride on rollers most evenings. He participated in other school sports such as rugby and running, winning an inter-house cross country athletics event. His passion however was cycling. One of his favourite climbs that he often used for training was on Munro Drive, adjacent to St Johns College which Chris says now looks like a speed hump compared to the mountain passes that I now use to prepare for events like the Tour de France. He was a boarder at St Johns and in his Matric year in 2003, was elected Nash House Prefect. In his final exams, he earned a distinction in his favourite subject, Mathematics. Chris studied B Com Economics at the University of Johannesburg but in 2007, before his final year, abandoned his studies to pursue an offer to ride in Europe. He resides in Monaco and enjoys coming home to Johannesburg whenever he can, especially over the Christmas season. Triumphantly crossing the line in Paris
Chris Froome, who dominated the Tour, received his final yellow jersey with the Arc de Triomphe lit up against the night sky in honour of the 100th Tour. The incredible overall performance was one of the fastest runnings of the Tour de France in the race's history. Linking arms with his team mates, they triumphantly crossed the line in Paris. He thanked his Team Sky management for believing in him and thanked his team mates saying that they had buried themselves day in, day out throughout the Tour to keep the yellow jersey on my shoulders. This is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time he added, in reference to doubters over doping suspicions.

Etana Office Development on the ridge next to The Wilds Etana Insurance have purchased several derelict properties on the ridge above St Patricks Road, with the view to developing an office park. During 2012 they approached the Upper Houghton Residents Association, King Edwards, St Johns and Roedean, seeking our blessing on this development. The houses in question had been lying derelict for several years, and had been occupied by vagrants. There was a concern about the future of the area. We were anxious about security, and in particular the lack of security in The Wilds led to various criminal activities near the Pre Prep. After several meetings with Etana, all the parties gave their blessing to a well-considered development which did not change the skyline and preserved the treed environment, subject to a proper traffic report for the area. Etana have considered the needs of St Johns College and are willing to provide parking in St Patricks Road and on the property at the corner of St Patricks and Stone Road. They have also agreed to support the elimination of criminal activity operating from The Wilds. The Council of St Johns College considered all these issues and felt that it was unlikely that these houses would revert back to residential use, and that if the traffic concerns could be allayed, then the increased security, the opportunity to use safe parking on Saturdays and the provision of additional parking in St Patricks Road would be beneficial. It was also perceived that Etana were a reputable company who had shown their willingness to work with St Johns College. St Johns is presently hiring an independent traffic consultant to examine the traffic report.

Roger Cameron Headmaster

ST JOHNS COLLEGE - 2013 PREFECTS Head of School: Second Prefect: NASH Head of House Bradley Dial
Bradley Chauke Gary Jackman Thulani Maphasa Dean Maxton Sbonakaliso Nene Molemo Ponoane Oliver Vincent Andrew Williamson

Gianluca Agostinetto Lizolethu Rensburg CLAYTON Head of House Naeem Vallee


Akshay Manga Roarke Olver Brett van Staden Wesley Fletcher Gareth Baker Conor Johnstone Matthew Henderson Miguel Neto Alex Mathew

HILL Head of House James Eckersley


Luke Auret James Barton-Bridges Ryan Hopkins Jaishil Modi Nicholas Raal Bevan Rabie Liam Chew

THOMSON Head of House Devon Stone


Matthew Vyvyan-Day Bryden Jones Alex Kuttschreuter Matthew Tregoning Stephen Mark Sean Bayley Jason Vermaak Naazim Sayanvala Malik Dasoo Niel Vosloo Jonathan Rogerson Michiel Visser

ALSTON Head of House Siyabonga Mkhize


Nishal Dullabh Dilkash Harryprasadh Richard Mackie Nicholas Martin Luke Penney

CLARKE Head of House Nicholas McLaughlin


Jordan Cutifani Tejis Devchand Vishal Mistry Praval Sooklal Merrick Stevenson Neil Viviers

HODGSON Head of House Philani Qwabe


Jack Berry Joy Chabikuli Jonathan Fletcher Christopher Hale Christopher Huntley Eddie Langa Alex Masvikwa Rufaro Warinda

FLEMING Head of House Michael Papas


Jean-Andr Deenik Francois Elliott Emile Engelbrecht Daniel France Kyle Lion-Cachet Danyaal Mahomed Munshi Andrew Morgan Stephen Slabbert

RUNGE Head of House Lango Sichizya

ACADEMIC COLOURS AWARDS TRINITY TERM 2013 James Barton Bridges Sean Bayley Christopher Bellew Benedict Didcott-Marr Bryden Jones Alex Mathew Michael Papas Jason Vermaak Michiel Visser

SIXTH FORM NEWS We have offered this alternative means/modus operandi of examination at St Johns College for the past 40 years and are pleased to announce that four of our Sixth Form students received prestigious awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the November 2012 Cambridge examination series. Sophie Harbour Gained the Highest Mark in South Africa for A Level History Charles Price-Smith Gained the Highest Mark in South Africa for A Level Mathematics Nicola Hiestermann Gained the Highest Mark in South Africa for A Level German Chelsea Kneale Gaining the Highest Mark in South Africa for AS Level Literature in English

The Director of the Sixth Form, Mrs Byrne, said that the awards recognised the talent, dedication and commitment of both learners and staff. Mark Barber, Senior Schools Development Manager, Sub Saharan Africa said: It is extremely rewarding to congratulate Cambridge learners and teachers at St Johns College Sixth Form who have worked so hard to achieve tremendous success in Cambridge AS and A Level examinations. The results are a reflection of the enormous talent in South Africa, not only amongst learners but also within the teaching profession. Learners from St Johns Sixth Form have a bright future ahead of them, and I wish them every success in their future.

CULTURAL AWARDS TRINITY TERM 2013 MUSIC


HONOURS Robin Lavers Benedict Didcott-Marr Michael Davies COLOURS Daniel Erasmus

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RE-AWARD COLOURS Gianluca Agostinetto COLOURS Luke Quinn

HALF-COLOURS Jonty Fletcher MERIT CERTIFICATE Aasif Bulbulia Pierre Joubert Tom Montgomery Stefan Massyn ORATORY COLOURS James Sulter HALF-COLOURS Gianluca Agostinetto Thomas Montgomery DRAMA PERFORMANCE RE-AWARD HONOURS Nicholas McLaughlin James Sulter HONOURS Travis Hornsby Francois Elliott Gianluca Agostinetto RE-AWARD COLOURS Thulani Maphasa COLOURS Khanya Moyo RE-AWARD HALF-COLOURS Cynthia Mbuthia Matthew Henderson Buhle Blose James Gooch Eric McLaughlin HALF-COLOURS Nandipha Sihlali Emile Engelbrecht MERIT CERTIFICATE Anneline Mabile Christopher Sterley Bernadette Burger David Ramushu Jean-Andre Deenik Naeem Vallee Nathi Ncala

Ezra Fleisch Llewellyn Craddock Alistair Seymour Hector Bartlett Thulani Dlamini Daniel Arnot Kiran Govinda Aashish Diayar Connor McKerr Simon Jones Brandon Gower-Winter Daniel Carter Phil Baloyi Angus Paterson Afrika Ndlovu Mpilo Mseleku Rea May Herman Lubega Sango Socikwa Merlin Love DRAMA BACKSTAGE HONOURS Richard Mackie Jean-Andre Deenik RE-AWARD HALF-COLOURS Matthew Irvine Chris Mackie Muaaz Suliman HALF-COLOURS Brandon Gower-Winter MERIT Bobur Ergashev Michael Norman Rhys Newton-Hill Jason Batzofin Afrika Ndlovu CULTURAL HONOURS James Sulter

Music

The following boys recently did their Trinity London practical music exams: Colin Kinghorn James Shelton Christopher Huntley Daniel Erasmus Zack Bowditch Wesley Fletcher Robin Lavers Piano Gr 3 Violin Gr 3 Violin Gr 7 Piano Gr 7 Clarinet Gr 8 Flute Gr 8 Jazz Clarinet Gr 8

Benedict Didcott-Marr Logan Geldenhuys Michael Bergh Gabriel Kritzinger Johann Muller

Recorder Gr 8 Jazz Saxophone Gr 6 Saxophone Gr 6 Clarinet Gr 5 Piano Gr 4

Sam Chen participated in the Johannesburg Festival for the Advancement of Music and was awarded a Merit Certificate for Piano De Beers English Olympiad We are thrilled to announce the success of four boys who have reached the top 100 of this years De Beers English Olympiad. Benedict Didcott-Marr came 5th in the country. This is a really splendid result. James Sulter has come 47th, Mikhail Kolabhai is placed 63rd and Keegan Leech is placed 100th. We are very proud of this.

Siemens Junior Cyber Junkyard Challenge 2013 A team consisting of James Allsop, Carl Beekhuizen, Chris Maree and Mitchell Terblanche entered the Siemens Junior Cyber Junkyard Challenge 2013. This was the first year that St Johns College has entered a team into the competition hosted by Siemens and the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department at the University of Johannesburg. The Junior Cyber Junkyard Challenge 2013 required students to design, build and program a fully functional energy management and optimisation system. The competition involved designing and building a scale model of a house that included typical specified electrical loads. Siemens provided each team with a programmable logic controller and expected students to program it to ensure that all loads operated for a defined period of time whilst maintaining the lowest peak energy consumption, lowest average energy consumption and lowest cost of operation. The system had to have a manual as well as an automatic mode. All of this had to be accomplished within a set budget. The project was a huge undertaking and the team worked days and nights over a period of three months. On 20 July 2013, all the teams gathered at UJ for a gruelling day of presentations and judging. Expert judges from Siemens tested each project thoroughly and tried to find flaws in the systems that had been designed and programmed by the teams from seven different schools. Our boys produced exceptional work and impressed the judges. At the prize giving in the evening, our boys were announced as the regional winners and were each awarded a bursary to study electrical engineering at UJ and a training course at Siemens. It was inspiring to see what our team of boys managed to learn and achieve in such a short space of time. James, Carl, Chris and Mitchell were great ambassadors for St Johns College and are congratulated on an excellent and well-executed project.

Science Expo 2013 St Johns College entered 14 projects into the Eskom Expo for Young Scientists this year. The expo took place on 3 August 2013 at Wits University. The boys had an interesting and successful morning. St Johns College earned 13 medals: 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze. Gold medals were awarded to the following projects: Energy efficient housing Andrew Boyazoglu and Michael Bothma Silver nanoparticles in food packaging Christopher Ching, Numan Koor and William Kerr-Phillips Kung fu vs karate Llewellyn Craddock and Daniel Chen Correlation between CMEs and the solar sun spot cycle Justin Boyce and Jason McNeil Covering the reality of heat loss Michael Davies and Chiraag Kathawaroo

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The gold medallists attended an elimination round on Wednesday 7 August where all of the gold medal projects were selected to proceed to the finals. A number of judges at the elimination round commended St Johns College on the projects presented. We wish the gold medallists the very best for the International Final in September. Silver medals were awarded to: Bioreactor efficiency Kaleem Ahmid, Raess Patel and Tariq Koor Energy of the future Daniel Venter and Logan Gedenhuys Spectrometer Andre Venter and Aadam Muhammad Bronze medals were awarded to: Hydropower vs windpower Amc Greyling and Nadeem Karachi Wind Energy? I am a fan Emilio Ziniades and Dillon Petyt LEDs: The brightest sparks Liam Collins and Hiren Mistry Anthriquinone: Knipholone Brandon Gower-Winter and Philip Mostert Efficient Energy Matthew Taylor, Eric McLaughlin and Christoper Thurling Well done to all these young men on an excellent achievement.

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Thank you to the College Science Department and Natelie Gower-Winter for the guidance and enthusiasm shared with all the boys who did Science Expo Projects.

Dr C A Henning HOD: Science

Harmony Maths Olympiad The following boys reached the Third Round of the Harmony Maths Olympiad: Nicholas Brinkmann Colby Clarke Michael Copeland Logan Geldenhuys Jordan Cutifani Remove Lower IV Lower IV Upper IV Upper V (Junior) (Junior) (Junior) (Senior) (Senior)

This places the boys in the Top 100 nationally in the Junior and Senior sections respectively. The Third Round will take place on 9 September and St Johns will host the writing of it for the Southern Gauteng contestants.

Exchange Students

St Johns has participated in several pupil exchanges over the past year. In 2011 we sent three boys on exchange to Greshams School (UK), Woodberry Forest School (USA) and Hale School (AUS). Typically the exchange lasts between 6 and 14 weeks depending on the school. In 2012 the following fourteen boys went on exchange to 12 different schools. These exchanges were based on a reciprocal programme, so we hosted boys from these schools, except Christ Church Grammar who are still to send a student.
Name Daven Mauff Hamish Mollett Jacques Swanepoel Alexander Korsten Michael Davies Daniel Erasmus Angus Mackenzie Christopher Strong Oliver Gnodde Kemeel Pillay Eric McLaughlin Ryan Mackell Christoff du Plessis Nicholas Barker School Visited Greshams School, UK The Lawrence School, India Hale School, Perth Woodberry Forest School, USA Abingdon School, UK Wellington College, UK Glenalmond College, Scotland FSA Programme, Germany Christ Church Grammar, Perth Aus St Georges School, Newport USA St Georges School, Newport USA Toowoomba Grammar School, AUS Abingdon School, UK Glenalmond College, Scotland

By the end of this year the following fifteen Upper IV boys will have gone on an exchange to the following schools. We will be hosting boys from these schools in return during Michaelmas 2013 and Easter Term 2014.
Keegan Leech Liam Collins Simon Jones Henry Daniels Matthew Rosin Kuda Sithole Michael Kriegler Matthew Peterson Jesse Stephens Nicholas Peterson Kevin Boyce Craig Morshead Dario Venter Hector Bartlett Kgonamoste (Giggs) Kgole Greshams School, UK Christ Church Grammar, Perth Aus St Georges School, Newport USA Raffles School, Singapore Hale School, Perth St. Albans School, Washington DC Woodberry Forrest School, USA Abingdon School, UK The Lawrence School, India Glenalmond College, Scotland Clongowes Wood College, Ireland Brookhouse School, Kenya Abingdon School, UK Toowoomba Grammar School, Aus Glenalmond College, Scotland

We also have boys and girls participating in international forums on issues ranging from Creating Global Leaders at the IBSC Student Forum held in Richmond and Washington, Shift Tilt, a forum attended by two Sixth Form girls from St Johns accompanied by the Director of the 6 th Form, a discussion on Poverty Relief at Raffles Institute, Singapore, as well as a sports seminar at Raffles Institute to be held in August, that will be attended by Martyn Strydom (L5), Nicholas Cowen (L5), Liam Collins (U4) and our Bio-Kineticist and Gym Manager, Patrick Tshutshani. IBSC Youth Forum 2013 This year was the first year in which the IBSC hosted a student forum that ran concurrently with the annual conference held in Richmond, Virginia. Kyllian Pather represented St Johns College having been selected by the staff through a nomination and voting process. The boys started participated in online learning at the end of last year. Project work focused on leadership models and global citizenship. Boys posted their ideas online and even prepared some video lessons for general comment and discussion. Part of the process involved a community based outreach project. Kyllian excelled in this area by implementing a successful clothing drive at St Johns College. The marketing, collection process and distribution process all ran smoothly and Kyllian was even able to secure a food sponsorship valued in excess of R80 000. He is to be commended on this fine achievement. During the student discussion groups he stood out amongst all of the international students, showing great insight, intellectual maturity and a confidence fitting of a top St Johns College Boy. The boys were given the opportunity to present during workshop sessions at the conference. They presented their project proposals for future implementation at their schools. Kyllians project idea involves student mentorship and tutoring. The IBSC student forum provides an opportunity for students to grow beyond the normal confines of the classroom, and exposes them to different world views and cultures. Kyllian has done St Johns College proud. We look forward to future involvement in th is process. (Warwick Taylor Teacher mentor for the student forum)

Colours Awards - Winter Sports


CHESS: In play-off in the South Gauteng 5-A-Side Tournament & are in the SG High schools League Final: Sachin Modi* Is to be commended on his selection to represent SA at the
2013 World Youth Olympiad U/16 Chess Championships. He has been awarded his SA National Junior Chess Colours.

New Awards: Team Blazer: Zachary Bowditch Colours: SQUASH: New Awards: Team Blazer: Brett Le Roux Martyn Strydom Tyrone Dial* Aaron Krishna Benedict Didcott-Marr Eric McLaughlin

*Tyrone Dial to be commended on winning the U/16 Gauteng Champs and attaining a National U/16 Ranking of 3

Honours: HOCKEY:

Cameron Dry

*Kyle Lion-Cachet: To be commended on playing 117 games for the 1st XI, Captaining the Gauteng U/18A team and selected to the S A National U/18 A Team.

New Awards: Team Blazer: Stephen Slabbert Gianluca Agostinetto Colours: Honours: Sean Bayley Ndumiso Mvelase Walter Pfaff Fabio Tonello Kavi Nair Jean-Andre Deenik Nicholas Raal

Andrew Williamson Alastair Fletcher Nathan Elliott

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RUGBY:

New Awards: Team Blazer: Li-Zen Pan Dylan Testa Michael du Toit Tijan Oberholzer Alastair Marquis Franz Gmeiner Joseph Kamangu Rufaro Warinda Conor Moses Daniel Katz

Colours:

Devon Stone Philani Qwabe* Devon Henson James Eckersley

*To be commended on playing 50 matches for the 1st XV

Honours:

Sports News Athletics Captain 2013 Gareth Harvett Cricket

Congratulations to Bradley Dial on being selected to the SA National U/19 Cricket team to tour India later this year.
Hockey

Kyle Lion-Cachet was selected to the SA National U/18 A Hockey team in Cape Town on 6 July. The team was selected at the end of the tournament which started on Monday, 1 July, where he captained the Southern Gauteng team. He was also awarded the best defender of the tournament. Sailing Henry Daniels participated in the 29er world championship regatta in Aarhus, Denmark. After the initial ceding round he was placed in the silver fleet for the main regatta, and eventually finished 78th overall out of a 210 entries.
Squash

Tyrone Dial had an exceptional Inter Provincial Squash Tournament before half-term, where he gained a national ranking of number 3. As a result he has been chosen to represent the South African U16 schools team and will tour the USA and Canada in December. This is an exceptional achievement.

INTER HOUSE HOCKEY RESULTS - 2013 Senior Trophy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Fleming Clarke Hill Alston Thomson Nash Clayton Runge Hodgson 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Junior trophy Thomson Fleming Hodgson Hill Clarke Alston Nash Clayton

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Fleming Thomson Clarke Hill Alston Hodgson Nash Clayton

Combined Positions 1+2 5+1 2+5 3+4 4+6 9+3 6+7 7+8

Total 3 6 7 7 10 12 13 15

Overall 1 2 3 3 5 6 7 8

INTER-HOUSE RUGBY 7'S Juniors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Nash Hodgson Thompson Clayton Clarke Hill Alston Fleming Seniors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Hill Hodgson Nash Alston Clarke Runge Thompson Fleming Clayton Overall 1st 3rd 4th 6th 7th 8th Nash & Hodgson Hill Thomson & Clarke Alston Clayton Fleming

TABLOID RESULTS - 2013


JNR RESULT
TOTAL HILL HODGSON NASH ALSTON CLAYTON CLARKE THOMSON FLEMING 17 16.63 15.67 15.53 15.37 13.4 12.49 11.93 POS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 HILL HODGSON FLEMING CLAYTON CLARKE NASH THOMSON ALSTON RUNGE

SNR RESULT
TOTAL 22.5 17.54 16.65 16.11 15.7 15.66 15.35 13.37 10.47 POS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

OVERALL RESULT
TOTAL HILL HODGSON CLAYTON NASH CLARKE ALSTON FLEMING THOMSON 39.5 34.17 31.48 31.33 29.1 28.9 28.58 27.84 POS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Permanent Flight Simulator at St Johns College. The aviation society of St Johns is undergoing a face lift and plans on expanding its activities to the broader St Johns Community; Thanks to the interest and sponsorship of Dean at Aerial Concepts and the Headmaster, we are installing a permanent HD flight simulator that caters for both full-size pilots and R/C model aircraft in an accessible and practical location and offer its utilisation to the whole SJC community. This simulator is state-of-the-art with advanced graphics and speed and will allow realistic HD simulation of the full pilots curriculum and much more. A large HD screen will display a most realistic viewwatch how real it looks and feels flying a Tornado jet at low level over a European countryside! Any aviation-inclined members of staff, boys and parents in our community are welcome to try their hand! The scenario envisaged includes perhaps a dad waiting for his sons involvement in sport or other activity to finish and has an hour or so to kill. With an interest in aviation he is welcome to spend this time in the

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simulator! Another scenario includes the needed simulator time for license renewals, PPL training and the honing of R/C skills. New R/C club members depends on simulator time to overcome the real challenge of learning how to fly a model from all angles, and successful solo R/C flight depends on these skills hardwired into the brain. The simulator offers this very realistically without crashing real models. It is also just plain fun! Helicopter Sims are also on offer. Please contact me if you would like to give it a try! Andrew Robinson

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