The Latest from the Acting Head Master’s Desk : 13 January 2017

Compliments of the season to the Durban High School Community!
Durban High School looks ahead to another successful year. The Management, Administrative and Estate teams returned to work on 5 January. The National Senior Certificate results were released on 5 January. We are happy with the results which reflected a 87,15% Bachelors Pass rate. Our learners achieved 20 A aggregates, 45 B aggregates and 59 C aggregates. Our subject symbols were as follows: A – 242, B – 293, C – 333.

On Friday 6 January we learnt of the unexpected passing of Mr Roy Cowgill a highly respected and loved teacher and member of our staff. We were also notified of the sudden death of Mr Colin Pay, a retired staff member while on a family visit to the UK. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones and friends. Deo Fretus, Roy and Colin.
The 2017 Grade 8s arrived two days early on Monday 9 January for their orientation which ran very smoothly and was well conducted by Mr S Cele and Mr R Smyth and the Prefect Body, under the guidance of Mr Mathie and Ms Smith. To our new Grade 8s, gentlemen, I wish you well and I encourage you to make full use of every opportunity you will be presented with during your time at School.
Wednesday saw the formal start of the School year and I would like to thank the entire Durban High School team for ensuring that the school was ready for all our young gentlemen. Teaching commenced in earnest one day one.
Our Vision is: Developing Gentlemen of Character. I received a very pleasing email from a parent from Woodridge about our 1st XI cricketers during their recent tour to Grey High. This email affirms what we strive to achieve in our young men. Well done to the 1st XI and their coaches.
While I am writing this article Hashim Amla, one of our prominent Old Boys, is still batting at the Wanderers and is 125 not out in his 100th Test for the Proteas. He thus becomes the eighth batsman to score a century in his 100th Test. We are extremely proud of all of Hashim’s records and achievements but most proud of the gentlemanly manner in which he conducts himself on and off the field. He is a credit to our School.
2017 is a very exciting year for Durban High School as we opened the Chris Seabrooke Music Centre in November 2016 and will officially open the Victor Daitz Maths and Science Centre on the 22 February.
I would like to wish the DHS community a successful and happy year.
Alan Norton
Acting Head Master

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