The Latest from the Head Master’s Desk : 12 August 2016

We are very proud of our Badminton Team that won the SA National Badminton Tournament when the beat the strong team Fichardt Park from Bloemfontein 3-1 in the final.  The team was unbeaten for the duration of the Tournament, and to top it all, our team will represent South Africa at the All Africa Badminton Tournament in December.
Our Athletes competed in the Michaelhouse Athletics Meeting last Saturday and we recorded seven first places, four second places and one third place.  Well done to these men.
Our 1st XI Football team beat George Campbell 1-0 on Wednesday and our Water Polo team lost 7-10 to Glenwood.
We also hosted the DHS U12 Sevens Tournament that featured a number of top Primary schools from the province and even Pirates Club from Johannesburg.  We started this tournament last year and it is held this time of the year over two days.  The boys are hosted in Blackmore House and it gives them an idea of what DHS and the boarding house have to offer.
This weekend our Sevens teams will be participating in the College Sevens Tournament.
I commended the brass band in assembly this week for their contribution to the school and what they did for us over the Founders Weekend.  These young men were simply outstanding and they played a very big part in the spirit that was evident in our boys over that weekend.  They practice extremely hard and we are grateful for what they have done for us.
Our Grade 10 boys are going on their excursion next week.  They will be hosted by Khotso Trails and I have no doubt that the boys will find it tough but beneficial and rewarding.  I strongly believe in taking boys out of their comfort zones and for them to do some physical and outdoor activities.  Some boys are not going and they will be attending school and the lessons as per a normal school week.
Our Grade 11 boys will be doing their Work Experience this week and again I want to emphasise the importance of this exercise.  It gives the boys a taste of what to expect in their future professions.
Last week we had our Local Municipal Elections and what an interesting development in South African Politics.  The close results in some municipalities can only be good for us all.  The political parties will now have to learn to work together but most importantly, they have also now seen what the electorate will do if the local government does not deliver the goods.  Now you will also see the concept of accountability taking a more prominent role in the minds of those who occupy public offices.
Leon Erasmus
14th Head Master

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