Founders Day Celebrations
Durban High School will be celebrating its 153nd Birthday next week. Founders Day is on Saturday 1 June, with various events being held in the preceding week.
On Friday 24 May the Head Master, Mr AD Pinheiro, together with Head Prefect, Xhanti Njokweni, will be having tea with DHS Old Boys at the Caister Lodge. Our Choir will also accompany them to provide entertainment for our Old Boys.
Also on Friday, our boys and staff will all receive a piece of birthday cake to celebrate the School’s 153rd Birthday! Yay!
Friday 31 May will be a very busy day, with a number of celebrations taking place.
Old Boys Assembly
First up is the traditional Founders Day Old Boys Assembly at 8am in the DC Thompson Hall. Mr Sizwe Nxedlana, Class of 1999 and Chairman of The DHS Foundation, is to be the Guest Speaker.
The DHS Foundation Trust Golf Day, at the Royal Durban Golf Club, follows the Assembly, with tee-offs starting at 9.30am. We are delighted to once again have a full field of 160 golfers. In addition, every tee and hole is sponsored and some wonderful prizes have been donated.
An auction is to be held at the Prize-Giving in the evening with magnificent holidays on offer for bidding:
&Beyond Kirkman’s Kamp – kindly donated by Linda and Stephen Saad, this holiday is a safari for two people for two nights. Kirkman’s is situated on a ridge overlooking the Sand River. This upmarket, all-inclusive lodge dating from the 1920s is 2km from Sabi Sands Game Reserve and borders the Kruger National Park. Approximate value – R45 000.
Hartford House – kindly donated by Mick Goss, the holiday is a one night stay for two people at Hartford House, which is “the only World class hotel on a World class stud farm in the World”. In the past 15 years it has been a regular feature among the nation’s top 10 restaurants (out of more than 100 000 eligible eateries around South Africa). Approximate value -R15 000.
Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa – donated by Pat Goss, this holiday is a stay for two people sharing at the Umngazi River Bungalows on the beautiful Wild Coast. The resort has numerous times been awarded “Top Family Hotel” in the country. Approximate value – R12 000.
Please note that pre bidding for these three auction items may be made by contacting Bronwyn Bath of the DHS Foundation on
email@example.com before the Golf Day.
Old Boys Breakfast – NOT TO BE MISSED!
This year, The DHS Foundation is introducing a Breakfast for Old Boys on Founders Day, Saturday 1 June 2019. Starting at 8.30am in the DC Thompson Hall, a Panel discussion is to be held with the “Famous Five” participating – celebrity DHS Old Boys Barry Richards, Lee Irvine, Brendon ‘BJ’ Botha, Adrian Hansen and Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan.
MC for this event is the hilarious Aaron McIlroy.
Barry Richards and Lee Irvine are both renowned Cricketers. A year apart in age, they were school mates and played cricket together at DHS. Both gentlemen played for South Africa, however, the breaking of official sporting links due to apartheid policy curtailed the number of tests matches they were able to play.
Lee played for South Africa in 1969-1970. He captained the Transvaal team and also played for Essex in the UK.
A right-handed “talent of enormous stature”, Barry Richards is considered one of the finest cricket talents of the 20th Century and was selected in Donald Bradman’s greatest Cricket XI for the 20th Century.
BJ Botha is a rugby player who has played Prop 25 times for the Springboks. He was a member of the squad that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Adrian Hansen is a former No. 1 South African Squash player, representing his country at the Commonwealth Games in 2006.
Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan is a professional martial arts fighter; he was a two-time EFC Africa Champion and EFC Worldwide Champion. He is due to challenge for the EFC middleweight title in the near future.
The John Lennon memorabilia of a copy of the original lyrics of his song “Imagine” will be auctioned at the breakfast. Pre-bids from interested parties can be sent to Bronwyn Bath on firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday 31 May 2019.
Finally, Founders Day itself will be held on Saturday 1 June, with Rugby fixtures being played against Glenwood High School. Games begin at 08h00 with the 1st XV kicking off at 13h20. The traditional Sundowners Cocktail function, open to all adults, will be held in the DC Thompson Hall after the 1st XV game.
Founders Day is a compulsory attendance for all our Boys until after the 1st XV game. We would also like to ask our boys to please bring a plate of eats or two for tea.
We look forward to another great week of celebrating this fine School!