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CLUB NEWSUNITED KINGDOM

From Oxford to Amazon: Diana Schwedhelm (OK 2009)

From Oxford to Amazon, and all during Covid – we recently caught up with Diana Schwedhelm (OK 2009) who just attended her graduation ceremony at the University of Oxford. Turns out, Diana completed her MBA (with Distinction we might add) from Oxford University at the end of 2020 and due to Covid restrictions, they delayed the graduation ceremony until this year.

CLUB NEWSUSA

OKs shine at the USA Rugby 7’s Collegiate Tournament

Earlier this week we published a post about Old Kingswoodian Duncan Krige’s (2019) participation in this prestigious event as a team member of the defending champions,  Lindenwood University. Well little did we know that another two OKs would also participate with great success in this tournament.

CLUB NEWSZAMBIA

Kingswood’s Zambian Family Gathers

After an absence of two years due to covid College Head Leon Grové and Carey Hobson travelled north on 30 March 2022 to renew our bond with the Kingswood family in Lusaka. A KIngswoodian Club function was held at the Brewery on the Ciêla Resort and Spa and what a lovely occasion this was. About 50 Kingswoodians attended and the excitement of being united as Kingswoodians was palpable.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

2022 Neil Aggett Memorial Lecture

On Tuesday afternoon, 15 March 2022, the annual Neil Aggett Memorial Lecture was delivered at Kingswood College. The lecture takes place each year to celebrate the life of Dr Neil Aggett and is held to honour his legacy. This year we are lucky enough to have our speaker join us at Kingswood College again to deliver their speech in person. Our speaker for 2022 was Zapiro, well-know political satirist.

CLUB NEWSGAUTENG

OKs unite in Johannesburg for Golf Day

The annual Kingswood Golf Day in Johannesburg was back with a bang on Friday last week after skipping a year or two due to the pandemic. The beautiful Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club hosted about 50 enthusiastic golfers who were rearing to go in near perfect conditions for golf.

CLUB NEWSWESTERN CAPE

New Committee For OK Western Cape Branch

On Tuesday, 22 March a meeting was held in Cape Town with a small group of Old Kingswoodians, all representing cross-sections of the Club in the region in terms of demographics, to discuss the future of one of our biggest OK Club Branches: The Western Cape Branch.

CLUB NEWSFEATUREDNEWSSPORT

Launch of Cricket Development Initiative

In a move designed to bring the sport of cricket to as many young learners as possible, an exciting initiative was launched at Kingswood College on Wednesday afternoon. e to many talented young people, especially in the sports arena, but very often this talent cannot be identified, nurtured or taken further, due to a lack of infrastructure and facilities. The Young Warriors Cricket Development Programme is a pilot project and takes the form of a partnership between three local primary schools (George Dickerson, St Mary’s and Grahamstown Primary), Kingswood College, the Rhodes University HKE (Human Kinetics & Ergonomics) Department and the Rhodes Community Engagement Office (RUCE), as well as the Gary Kirsten Foundation.

BOTSWANACLUB NEWS

Botswana Events a Great Success

College Head Leon Grové, Senior Head Mrs Tracy van Molendoff, Marketing Manager Danel Pruissen and Carey Hobson attended two successful school expos and also hosted a combined OK/Parent function at Falcon Crest Suites. This was well attended and it was so nice to see parents, past and present, mingling with OKs during the course of the evening.

CLUB NEWSFEATUREDFOUNDATIONNEWS

Induction of new College Head – Mr Leon Grové

With the welcome rains and our return to the College campus, we look forward to an exciting and busy first term. It is such a great honour for me to head up such an important and historical institution and I would like to thank all our Kingswoodian families that have been so welcoming over the past few weeks. Makhanda is already beginning to feel like home. I look forward to the year and am cognizant of the challenges that I may face, however I look forward to serving the Kingswood community for many years to come.

CLUB NEWSFEATUREDNEWS

Welcome to 2022 – Mr Leon Grové

With the welcome rains and our return to the College campus, we look forward to an exciting and busy first term. It is such a great honour for me to head up such an important and historical institution and I would like to thank all our Kingswoodian families that have been so welcoming over the past few weeks. Makhanda is already beginning to feel like home. I look forward to the year and am cognizant of the challenges that I may face, however I look forward to serving the Kingswood community for many years to come.

CLUB NEWSGAUTENG

Allan Keartland (OK 1950) visits Kingswood…….

Allan Keartland (OK 1950) visited Kingswood during the recently held parents’ week. Melanie (OK 1982), his daughter, brought him down from Johannesburg to not only visit his Alma Mater but to visit his granddaughter Panama who is currently enrolled at Kingswood – yes three generations.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Remembrance Day Parade 2021

Sunday, 14 November 2021 was the annual district Remembrance Day Parade. Representatives from Kingswood College (Senior and Junior School) as well as the Old Kingswoodian Club laid wreaths in remembrance during the parade. Remembrance Day serves to commemorate all those who have died in conflict in the service of freedom.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Ms Cornelia Retires From The Wyvern after 35 Years

One person who is almost synonymous with The Wyvern itself, is Ms Cornelia Sandi. 35 years ago, in 1986, Ms Sandi began her Kingswood journey when she was hired by Mr and Mrs Tommy and Kay Hartzenberg, who, at the time were the managers of The Wyvern. From the very beginning, Ms Sandi began to weave herself into the lives and fabric of the Kingswood family.

CLUB NEWSFEATUREDNEWS

The Gift of Art: Lindi Lombard (OK 2007)

At Kingswood, we are so fortunate to be supported by a talented and highly-qualified community and this week, we were reminded of that.
Lindi Lombard, and award-winning local artist who matriculated in 2007 gifted Kingswood one of the paintings…

CLUB NEWSNEWSSPORT

City Lords Astroturf Resurface Begins

Most people don’t know, but to retain its integrity, a hockey asto needs to be resurfaced every 10 – 12 years. The City Lords Astroturf (officially opened in 2007) was already due, but Covid meant some delays to the process.

CLUB NEWS Rosco Speckman Springbok debut

Rosco Speckman Spingbok Debut

A proud moment for Rosco Speckman (OK 2008)! Rosco (1st left in middle row) will make his Springbok debut against Georgia tomorrow, the 2nd of July 2021.

CLUB NEWS

2021 AGM Notice

Notice of the annual general meeting of the Old Kingswoodian Club to be held in the Wyvern Club on Saturday 24 July 2021 commencing at 09h00

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Umhlanga Cabanas Timeshare Up For Grabs

The OK Club was donated timeshare at Umhlanga Cabanas and we’re offering it to you at cost price! Time to escape the city and wake up to the sight of the Indian ocean… Dates: Friday 13 – Friday 20 August 2021

CLUB NEWSNEWS

25th Anniversary of School House Fire

On a quiet winter’s night and in the darkness, a lone bell rang out. Getting louder and louder with each ring, the bell signalled that all was not well. The first subtle smell of smoke became stronger and more powerful with each whiff, as it drifted off across the valley and over our town. The flames, once small and simmering, become more angry with each passing minute. School House was, burning. On the 25th anniversary of the fire, we remember this night.

CLUB NEWSFEATUREDFOUNDATIONNEWS

Summer Term 2021 Foundation Office Update

The Summer Term of 2021 is over and while Covid remains, it was heart-warming to see school-life increasingly return to normal as the term went on. For the Kingswood Foundation, big projects on the horizon covered in this newsletter include the urgent renewal of the astroturf, advertising opportunities around City Lords and the astro, the Exemplar Wall and the ‘stronger together’ campaign for the Legends Fund to name a few. Click here to read more.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Uyinene Mrwetyana Inaugural Commemorative Lecture

On Monday, 29 March 2021, Kingswood College hosted the inaugural Uyinene Mrwetyana Commemorative Lecture in partnership with the Uyinene Mrwetyana Foundation.

The vision for this annual event was that it should seek to remember and celebrate the life of Uyinene around the time of her birthday each year. A day to stop, pause and reflect on who Uyinene was and the legacy that she has left behind.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Steve Gardner honoured at Port Alfred Golf Day

Steve Gardner retired from the Kingswood staff at the end of 2020 having served as Business Manager at Kingswood for 15 years from January 2006 till December 2020. His contribution to the school was immense and under his astute guidance many changes and new buildings popped up on the Kingswood campus. However, Steve’s passion for Kingswood was shared with his passion for golf, especially at his home club, The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Wanda Lwazi Madasa: Neil Aggett 2021 Award Winner Citation

The recipient of this year’s Neil Aggett Award is a young woman of great character, who has played many leadership roles in the College, and impressed all those who come into contact with her. Kingswood’s 2021 Head Girl: Wanda Lwazi Madasa. Below is her citation which was read out at the annual lecture.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

2021 Neil Aggett Memorial Lecture

On Thursday morning, 18 March 2021, the annual Neil Aggett Memorial Lecture was delivered at Kingswood College. The lecture takes place each year to celebrate the life of Dr Neil Aggett and is held to honour his legacy. This year we held a hybrid Neil Aggett Memorial Lecture with Dr Zweli Mkhize as this year’s speaker.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Kingswoodians gather under the oaks at the Mill Cricket Ground

Kingswoodians from the Midlands region headed to the Mill Cricket Ground on the farm Spring Grove near Bedford on Sunday 07 March to watch a cricket match and to simply enjoy each other’s company. Due to covid protocols the annual Bedford Dinner could not take place so branch Chairman Chris Hobson decided that an outdoor gathering would be just the right recipe and so it was…

CLUB NEWSUNITED KINGDOM

Catching up with David Denton (OK 2008)

David (OK 2008) and Shelley (nee Kent OK 2008) visited Kingswood this morning with their young son Logan in tow. David enjoyed sharing his Kingswood memories and international experiences with Kingswood’s Director of Rugby and 1st XV Head Coach Jonny Mallett and fellow 1st XV Coach Murray Ranger. A highlight for the family was to see David’s Scottish rugby jersey mounted and framed in the High-Performance Centre.

CLUB NEWS

OKs meet at the Wyvern

Donald Schoeman (OK 1974), who has travelled to Grahamstown from Somerset West on his Harley, arranged an impromptu lunch at the Wyvern…

CLUB NEWSNEWSSPORT

A proud day for the Wilmot family

40 years ago on Sports Day, Justin (OK 1980) and Michael Wilmot (OK 1983) were awarded 12 trophies between them, with their mother handing out the trophies on the day. Fast forward to this past weekend…

CLUB NEWS

Tribute to Gordon Todd By David Wilkinson

Gordon Stewart Todd was Headmaster at Kingswood from 1980 – August 1986. In the words of Rev. Kirkby, “The academic and cultural side of Kingswood was dearly flourishing under Gordon Todd’s hand”.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Matric Valedictory Service 2020

This is always a special and significant occasion for our Matrics and perhaps even more so this year, as they stop, pause and reflect on not only their Matric year, but also their years at Kingswood College.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Grade 12 Leavers Dinner 2020

Last night our Grade 12s gathered in the High Performance Centre for their Leavers Dinner. One of the special moments of this celebration is that those who have decided to join the OK Club as Life Members were all wearing their Old Kingswoodian ties.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Dr Fred Oosthuizen Gets Highest Old Kingswoodian Award

At the annual OK Tie Ceremony Held yesterday, Dr Fred Oosthuizen was awarded an Honorary Life Vice-Presidency of the OK Club. 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…

CLUB NEWS

Obituary: Brian Searle-Tripp (OK 1957)

Brian Searle-Tripp (OK 1957), one of the local advertising industry’s creative greats, passed away in Cape Town at the age of 80 on 05 October 2020. Kingswood was always dear to Brian and in fact, he married his lovely wife Marina in the Kingswood Chapel.

CLUB NEWSNEWS Kingswood Celebrates Women Lerato Mbombiya

Women’s Month Series #11 – Ms Lerato Mbombiya OK 1999

KC Women’s Month Series #10: As we end the series, we have the privilege of ending our series by profiling Ms Lerato Mbombiya (née Motale) who attended Kingswood College from 1991 to 1999.

Dr Lizle Oosthuizen is a doctor in reproductive medicine. After obtaining certificates in abdominal and gynaecological ultrasound, she returned to complete her specialist degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Cape Town in 2015. Her interest in Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology culminated in a Master’s degree focusing on the effects of lifestyle factors on male fertility, which won the prize for the best gynaecological research project in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

CLUB NEWSNEWS Kingswood Celebrates Women Dr Lizle Oosthuizen

Women’s Month Series #10 – Dr Lizle Oosthuizen

KC Women’s Month Series #10: e interviewed Dr Lizle Oosthuizen for our penultimate KC Women’s Month Series this morning.

Dr Lizle Oosthuizen is a doctor in reproductive medicine. After obtaining certificates in abdominal and gynaecological ultrasound, she returned to complete her specialist degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Cape Town in 2015. Her interest in Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology culminated in a Master’s degree focusing on the effects of lifestyle factors on male fertility, which won the prize for the best gynaecological research project in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

CLUB NEWSNEWS Kingswood Celebrates Women Fundiswa Zote

Women’s Month Series #9 – Ms Fundiswa Zote OK 1995

KC Women’s Month Series #9: Ms Fundiswa Zote is a formidable businesswoman who has worked in the Tourism and Travel industry as well as the Marketing space running her own consultancy business along with her late twin sister specialising in Event Management and Hospitality, Live Production, Public Relations and Corporate Social Investment Services. More recently she has taken over the 40-year old family-run business which operates in the Funeral and Financial services sphere. She serves as board member on a number of businesses and is currently a board member of NAFUICO (National Funeral Undertakers Investment Company) and she is also a current Kingswood College Council Member.

CLUB NEWSNEWS Kingswood Celebrates Women Alet van der Westhuysen

Women’s Month Series #7 – Dr Alet van der Westhuysen OK 2008

KC Women’s Month Series #7: Dr Alet van der Westhuysen is currently undertaking post-doctoral research at Emory University in the United States where her main research focus is the development of novel nucleoside-based therapeutics for COVID-19. Considering the tremendous impact that this pandemic is having on a global scale, she is hopeful that she will be able to contribute to meaningful and potentially ground-breaking science.

CLUB NEWSNEWS Kingswood Celebrates Women Luntu Ntloko

Women’s Month Series #6 – Ms Luntu Ntloko (OK 1993)

KC Women’s Month Series #6 Ms Luntu Ntloko (OK 1993). Luntu is a Sports Marketing Specialist with over 10 years of experience and an accomplished sportswoman.
She represented South Africa in Hockey at the highest level during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, becoming the first black woman to play field hockey at this level for South Africa.

CLUB NEWSNEWS Kingswood Celebrates Women Ashley Wood

Women’s Month Series – Ms Ashely Wood (OK 2002)

KC Women’s Month Series: “…as much as you can plan your life and have various checkpoints and tick boxes, life will inevitably take twists and turns that throw you off this path. So long as you keep the vision in sight, you can still always achieve those milestones but the journey may well be very different. You also find out a lot about who you are and who “your people” are during the toughest of these climbs.” – Ms Ashley Wood (OK 2002)

CLUB NEWSNEWS Kingswood Celebrates Women Mphokolo Makara

Women’s Month Series – Ms Mphokolo Makara (OK 1999)

Our KC Women’s Month Series continues this week and we have the privilege today of profiling Ms Mphokolo Makara who matriculated from Kingswood College in 1999.

“…I am grateful that I come from a family of love that always supports even my wildest dreams, knowing that no matter what happens, there is someone out there who cares and will be there, should I stumble…” – Mphokolo Makara

CLUB NEWSNEWS Mphokolo Makara Dr Sarah Kraus

Women’s Month Series – Dr Sarah Kraus (OK 1999)

Women’s Month Series: “…The bigger your successes, the more likely you are to have big failures. Don’t be afraid of them, they’re important. You will probably learn more from your failures than your successes and they might actually enable you to become successful in a way you did not anticipate…” – Sarah Kraus ‘1999

CLUB NEWSNEWS

[VIDEO] 58th Chapel Anniversary Service 2020

[VIDEO] For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday we look back the laying of the founding stone of our Kingswood College Chapel. This weekend would have been our Chapel Anniversary Service and we thought it would be fitting to look back at this historical moment in our Kingswood history.

CLUB NEWSNEWS

A tribute: Mr Stephen Holder (1955 – 2020)

Today a memorial service for Mr Stephen Holder, former Director of Music will take place. Former pupils, Eugenie Brand and Emily Fryer put together this accompanying video clip to honour their teacher. The music played in the montage is a performance by Mr Stephen Holder and Ruru Makoni, who is also an Old Kingswoodian.

ACADEMICSCLUB NEWSNEWS

Second Term In Review

Now, more than ever, we realise that online teaching can never fully replace face-to-face interactions and that classrooms, although the way they operate may change in the future, can never be replaced by full-time online teaching.

CLUB NEWSREUNIONS OK Club Reunions 2020

2020 Reunions Go Virtual

Before this weekend, we wouldn’t have thought ‘virtual’ reunions were even possible – but our classes of 1990, 2000 and 2010 showed us just how wrong we were!

CLUB NEWSNEWS

K-Day 2020: Four schools, one goal

Striving towards a common goal of trying to see how far in the world we could get by logging km’s for running, cycling or walking, our four schools managed a total of 8300km with over 800 submissions by members from the four schools.

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K-Day 2020: Video Messages

K-DAY 2020 Is here! And here are some messages from the Kingswood community as we all, wherever we are in the world, celebrate the day and what it means to us.

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K-Day 2020: How will this K-Day be remembered?

The year in which the world stood still, driven apart by the covid-19 pandemic. The year in which the world started to realise what really matters. The year that saw our fours schools join together as one. And above all, the year that saw us working together towards a common goal.

CLUB NEWS Blog OK Club News Rugby

From 2008 KC 1st XV to careers in rugby

The 2008 KC 1st XV had a great season losing only two matches. It is amazing that 4 members this team, Grant Hattingh, David Denton, Rosco Specman and Charlie Purdon would make a living out of rugby – a great Kingswood story.

CLUB NEWSNEWS Rev Tim’s REVlections Easter 2020

Rev Tim’s REVlections: Easter 2020

As we entered the start of the national lockdown a few weeks ago we knew that as a community we would need to be able to, albeit not physically, connect with each other and to the heart of our school, which has always been the Chapel.

CLUB NEWSMUSICNEWS

We are listening.

To our pupils, to our parents, to our community.  Allegations have been made, voices have been heard.  The school has been facilitating talks with all pupils, staff, concerned parents, and have worked tirelessly the past few days to ensure that we do this right. Not for Kingswood, but for our pupils.  In the last few…

CLUB NEWSREUNIONS

K-Day 2019 Reunion: Class of 1989

Deanne Bouwer (nee Behm) did a sterling job getting her class together for their 30th reunion. A great time was had by this happy band of “1989 ers”. They did there level best to keep up with the pace set by the youngsters from the 1999 and 2009 groups and certainly coped admirably. Much has…

CLUB NEWSREUNIONS

K-Day 2019 Reunion: Class of 1999

A memorable 20th reunion of the Class of 1999 took place on K-Day Weekend. This is an amazing group of OKs who simply carried on where they had left off in 1999. Boarding house tales were re-lived, sports results were debated and many a story was told late into the night – a bit embellished…

CLUB NEWSREUNIONS

K-Day 2019 Reunion: Class of 2009

Head Prefects Gill and Brandon Handley did an amazing job “rallying the troops” for this really special 10-year reunion that took place on K-Day weekend. The support was really good – in fact one of the better turnouts that we have had for a 10-year reunion. Those attending really enjoyed the Jubilee celebrations and apart…

CLUB NEWSPORT ELIZABETH

Golf Day : Port Elizabeth

The annual Port Elizabeth Golf day will take place on Friday 15 February 2019. OKs, parents and past parents are all invited to enter and please bring your golfing friends along. If you are not a golfer you are encouraged to join us for a few refreshments after the golf.

CLUB NEWS

Dr Geoffrey de Jager, speaker at “KC Talks”

We had the privilege of having Dr Geoffrey de Jager as our second speaker for our “KC Talks” series this morning. Dr de Jager is retired investment banker, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Born in Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, Dr Geoffrey de Jager arrived at Kingswood in 1963 and matriculated in 1968. As both Drum Major…

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Jubilee Music Concert

HEAR IT. SEE IT. LIVE IT… Last night our High Performance Centre was once again transformed, this time, into a first-class music venue for our Jubilee Music Concert. The theme of the night was music through the ages and our Concert Band accompanied by the Junior School Choir took the audience on a musical journey…

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Kingswood celebrates 125 years…

Did you know that before Kingswood moved to its current site on Burton Street in 1896, the School was founded in what was known as the “Tin University” (behind what is now Winchester House, on Rhodes University campus). As part of celebrations, member of our staff, pupils and OKs walked from the original site back…

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Foundation Day Chapel Service

Over the years, hundreds of Kingswoodians have come together each year on 14 March to celebrate the founding of our school. On this day, 125 years ago, Kingswood College was founded and today we congregated in our Memorial Chapel to mark this auspicious occasion. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KINGSWOOD COLLEGE!

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Senior School Foundation Day Dinner

Our High Performance Centre was transformed into something out of this world last night for the Senior School Foundation Day dinner. The pupils and staff were in awe as they stepped into the HPC for an evening put together specially for them to celebrate the momentous milestone that is our 125th Jubilee year. While we…

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Junior School Foundation Day Celebrations

Laughter and shrieks of excitement rang out across City Lords yesterday afternoon as our Junior School hosted their Foundation Day celebration onCity Lords. Various fun stations were set up around the field and the pupilswere encouraged to make their way from one station to the next. A delightful scene unfolded as various junior grades mingled…

CLUB NEWSNEWS

Opening of Hobson House

“…Family gathers here…” On Tuesday evening, Kingswood College reached another milestone in its history. We celebrated the official opening of Hobson House and paid tribute to the Hobson family whose history is so intrinsically linked with that of the history of our school. We were privileged to share the opening, not only with our junior…