“…A person really doesn’t become whole, until he or she becomes part of something that’s bigger than themselves…”

This morning a new chapter began…our Matric class of 2020 were given their Old Kingswoodian Ties and welcomed into the Old Kingswoodian family.

A family which reaches far beyond the borders of this school, town and country.

The Grade 11 class lined the Jubilee Pathway, as the Matrics, some accompanied by family members, processed up the Jubilee Pathway to be presented with their Old Kingswoodian ties by President of the Old Kingswoodian Club, Mr Colin Stirk.

This is a momentous occasion for each and every one of our Matrics, as it marks the beginning of the end of their schooling career. Two notable pupils to walk the pathway this morning is Matthew Stretton and Jocelyn Morrison, who today, became the fourth generation of the Stretton and Morrison families to wear an OK tie.

The event was made even more special with an Honorary Life Vice-Presidency of the OK Club award been bestowed upon Dr Fred Oosthuizen. There is no doubt, that Dr Fred is most deserving of such an award. Dr Fred is epitome of a passionate and proud Kingswoodian and as such it is only fitting that he be awarded with highest honour that the Old Kingswoodian Club can bestow on any individual. Since Kingswood’s founding in 1894, only 33 recipients have been given this award and in this particular case the decision was a unanimous one (which has not always been the case). Read more about the award here.

After the presentation of their ties Mr Colin Stirk addressed the group during which he expressed his wish that one day in the not too distant future a significant number from the Class of 2020 would be attending this ceremony to present their own children with an OK tie.

He lauded them for their tenacity and endurance during a very difficult year which had robbed them of so much of what they would have looked forward to in their final year as pupils at Kingswood.

At the conclusion of the ceremony our Grade 3 class surprised the leavers with a sterling rendition of Izani Madoda/Mafazi – it was done with such passion and gusto that the Gr 12s could not resist in joining in!

As a token of their appreciation, the 2020 prefect body presented each of the young Kingswoodians with a miniature Kingswood rugby ball – the look in their eyes said it all…

A few of the pictures taken on the day…