From the Head’s Desk

School would like to welcome the DHS community to the start of the 2022 academic school year. We hope that all have managed to remain safe and have enjoyed a relaxing festive season with family and friends.

Much has happened at School since the official end of the 2021 academic year. DHS was once again a marking centre for the NSC Exams. Mr S Ngcongo, a Deputy Head Master at DHS, performed the role of Deputy Centre Manager. The feedback from markers and management of the marking centre has once again been extremely positive and we are grateful to all DHS staff who have contributed.

School lost a small number of staff to out of province relocations and overseas opportunities at the end of 2021. We are pleased to be able to welcome the following experienced staff to the DHS Family:

Mr Noel Moodley (Deputy Head Master)
Mr Bruce Crouch
Ms Lindiwe Meyiwa
Mr Andre Esterhuizen
Mr Richard Herd
Mr Mike Balkissoon
Mr Mthokozisi Shezi
Mr Peter Engeldow
Mr Patrick Jolly

Each one of these appointments is intentional and geared towards providing qualified, professional staff who will benefit every Boy in their personal journey through School. DHS can now boast three Doctors and four former Principals on our staff compliment. We wish them all a pleasant and fulfilling stay at DHS.

We would like to congratulate Dr Stuart Clifton who has had some outstanding results within the sport of canoeing. He recently won the Veterans Division in the SA K2 River Champs as well as the Veterans Division at the SA Sprints at the end of 2021. Canoeing has a rich history at DHS and Stuart will be reviving the sport at School in 2022. We look forward to following the canoeing as it progresses. Still on staffing matters, we would like to congratulate Mr Brian Green who was recently appointed as a Departmental Head by the KZN Department of Education. Brian plays a significant part in the functionality of DHS and this promotion is richly deserved.

DHS participated in two cricket festivals at the start of 2022. The 1st XI travelled to Grey High School where they played four matches, winning 1, losing 2 and drawing 1. Some outstanding achievements include: N Masondo: 44 and 51; M Russell: 65; J Venter: 2/20. The U15 XI played in the inaugural Lance Klusener Cricket Festival at DHS. They played four matches and won all four. Some outstanding achievements include: S Pillay 133; B Majola 51, 4/34 and 3/29; M Omar 61; E Cooper 4/23; E Jenkins 3/9. School would like to thank CEO of DHS Foundation, Andrew Shedlock, for organizing the festival as well as Better Compare for sponsoring the event.

A number of Boys and Staff represented KZN at the Inter Provincial Waterpolo Tournament held in Cape Town over the holidays. We are proud of all these individuals. Special mention needs to be made of M Makhanya and S Spooner who both gained SA Schools selection. A top achievement indeed.

We remain grateful to all Staff and Boys who make the time to represent DHS outside of school hours across all sporting codes and cultural activities.

Please refer to page 5 for details of events planned in the weeks ahead.

DHS would like to invite all DHS families, Old Boys and other interested parties to join our social media pages for regular updates on the daily happenings at DHS.

Instagram: @durbanhighschool

Gavin Goodwin
Deputy Head Master

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