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A letter from The Head – 6 September 2022

6 September 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, Values: listening, learning and living Wokeness should not be our aim, rather, our goal should be finding truth in our values and maintaining a steadfast resolve in whom we are. Voicing an opinion is a dangerous game. I’m not sure my opinion will resonate with most, but in [...]

A letter from The Head – 17 August 2022

17 August 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, Leadership Our boys in Grades 8 to 10 are about to embark on an Outdoor Learning Experience aimed at challenging them in ways that may make them a little uncomfortable. The intention of the exercise is to get them to internalise and develop the resolve to live the [...]

A letter from The Head – 16 June 2022

16 June 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, Lighthouses A chapter in my dream of a utopian educational experience for all South Africans is that schools in every community function as lighthouses; lighthouses signal hope for those at sea, standing tall and shining brightly – beacons, steadfast and certain. The idea of schools cultivating hope and [...]

Matric Results 2021

Hilton College commends the matric class of 2021 Each year, our matrics set out to do themselves proud in their final exams.  The class of 2021 is no different.  Despite the interruptions of the Covid pandemic, our boys did themselves proud through their determination to catch up on time lost and to apply themselves to [...]

Grey Matter Chatter

October 2021 Re-imagining music An opportunity to reboot and re-imagine is perhaps the upside to an ongoing pandemic. In this edition of Grey Matter Chatter, David Orr, recently appointed to co-lead Hilton College’s Music Department, outlines a rationale for Music Education for All, together with some specifics regarding the new Hilton College Music Centre. From [...]

No.2 1 -0 6 / 2 8 October 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,, “The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can’t wake up.” DH Lawrence When we look around us, the picture of a world asleep is all too real. Whether it be our response to global warming, to sustainability, [...]

No.2 1 -0 5 / 27 August 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,, Amidst the turmoil of navigating this latest wave of Covid infections, I write to thank you for your ongoing support. Despite the various and legitimate frustrations experienced by all of us in some or other form, I believe we have been able to get through this period fairly well. Your support [...]

Black & White Newsletter

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View from the Dugout

View from the Dugout #59

8 February 2019 As mentioned, last week I introduced the notion that leadership is integral to the success of any team. In my editorial, I highlighted a book written by Sam Walker called "The Captain Class", a work that highlights the importance of captains and in particular the specific character traits that make them successful [...]

View from the Dugout #56

17 January 2019 On behalf of Hilton College Sport we wish all our families and friends our very best wishes for 2019! We hope that this year is filled with happy sporting memories and, come the end of the year, we will be able to look back on our achievements with pride. The common aphorism, [...]

View from the Dugout #67

6 June 2019 Your perspective, the way you see things, will very often determine your success. Perspective after all determines your attitude and your attitude your motivation to achieve. In sport (and life) this can be directly applied to the competition arena when facing a bigger, stronger opponent. This scenario can be viewed from two [...]

View from the Dugout #66

22 May 2019 Recently, I have been encouraged to read some excellent articles published by schools and various other commentators defending the cause of school boy sport. Not least of these was the article published by our own headmaster, Mr George Harris, about winning. His article has been shared far and wide and has sparked [...]

View from the Dugout #65

3 May 2019 My highlight this past weekend was having the opportunity to watch the U16C rugby team play against Northwood. This match was a particular high point as it marked the return to sport of a brave young man named Avu Zondi. Avu’s sport story is a heart-wrenching one. Having come to Hilton as [...]

View from the Dugout #64

21 March 2019 This extract is adapted from a previous article that I wrote in 2017. I took the liberty of doing so as I feel that this is a well-timed piece for us to ponder as we go into the Hilton versus Michaelhouse winter sport day. Whilst one may use the term derby or [...]

View from the Dugout #63

15 March 2019 You have to watch this! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDeBOkGbvvE   No writing could better explain the impact that generosity makes. It has the power to transform our perspective from, “us and them”, to just “us”. Generosity gives us purpose and, according to research, it even makes us happier people. Read https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/meditation-modern-life/201712/study-shows-generous-behavior-leads-increased-happiness Selfishly, I love what [...]

View from the Dugout #62

8 March 2019 Last week I had the privilege of attending the SA Rowing Championships at Roodeplaat Dam, just outside Pretoria. This massive event attracts passionate boys and girls and their coaches, parents and supporters from all over the country. It’s an “all-in” kind of a sport, which demands absolute dedication from all involved. As [...]

Letters from The Head

A letter from The Head – 6 September 2022

6 September 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, Values: listening, learning and living Wokeness should not be our aim, rather, our goal should be finding truth in our values and maintaining a steadfast resolve in whom we are. Voicing an opinion is a dangerous game. I’m not sure my opinion will resonate with most, but in [...]

A letter from The Head – 17 August 2022

17 August 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, Leadership Our boys in Grades 8 to 10 are about to embark on an Outdoor Learning Experience aimed at challenging them in ways that may make them a little uncomfortable. The intention of the exercise is to get them to internalise and develop the resolve to live the [...]

A letter from The Head – 16 June 2022

16 June 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, Lighthouses A chapter in my dream of a utopian educational experience for all South Africans is that schools in every community function as lighthouses; lighthouses signal hope for those at sea, standing tall and shining brightly – beacons, steadfast and certain. The idea of schools cultivating hope and [...]

A letter from The Head – 1 June 2022

1 June 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, Must it always be better? There are days when better is just impossible; it doesn’t matter what I try, better just cannot occur. I think this is just as true for stockbrokers and fund managers as it is for me – some years are just not as good [...]

A letter from The Head – 26 May 2022

26 May 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, Grief At times I write to make meaning of my experience of this world; this is one of those occasions. The past few days have been very difficult, in particular for many boys who were close to Oyisa, but also for all of us as we have lost [...]

A letter from The Head – 14 March 2022

14 March 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, S…E…X… I am proudly prudish. My dilemma in being prudish is the anxiety I encounter when faced with stories of explicit sexual behaviours among our teens.  These seem to be ever more prevalent. I am not qualified to pronounce judgment on sexual behaviours, but my working with young [...]

A letter from The Head – 1 March 2022

1 March 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians, Our chaotic world Regrettably I am no historian, politician, or futurist, so I cannot comment with any authority on the events unfolding in Ukraine over the past few days, suffice to say that they are alarming in the extreme. Only eight months ago the insurgence that erupted in [...]

A letter from The Head – 25 January 2022

25 January 2022 Dear Parents and Guardians An enduring task… In recent months there has been much in the media about the challenges facing boys’ schools. Schools can be the best and the worst of places. Intriguingly, as we have all been through school, we all have an opinion as to what we believe constitutes [...]

Academic

2021 English Creative writing

Pinnacles An anthology of English creative writing by Hilton College boys over the past year Pinnacles is an annual anthology of Hilton College boys’ creative writing, both poetry and prose. The 2021 edition includes an exciting new section: the top Grade 11 Extended Essay published for your reading admiration!   Download a PDF copy of [...]

Matric Results 2021

Hilton College commends the matric class of 2021 Each year, our matrics set out to do themselves proud in their final exams.  The class of 2021 is no different.  Despite the interruptions of the Covid pandemic, our boys did themselves proud through their determination to catch up on time lost and to apply themselves to [...]

Grey Matter Chatter

October 2021 Re-imagining music An opportunity to reboot and re-imagine is perhaps the upside to an ongoing pandemic. In this edition of Grey Matter Chatter, David Orr, recently appointed to co-lead Hilton College’s Music Department, outlines a rationale for Music Education for All, together with some specifics regarding the new Hilton College Music Centre. From [...]

Matric Results 2020

A total of 40 of the 106 Hilton College matric candidates achieved four distinctions or more Statement by George Harris, Headmaster of Hilton College The culmination of one’s schooling is the final exam our boys write as Matrics.  The Class of 2020 did Hilton College especially proud in realising an outstanding set of results, despite [...]

Matric Results 2019

Congratulations to our Class of 2019 Hilton College would like to congratulate all our 2019 matriculants on their outstanding results. Academic learning continues to be Hilton’s top priority and we are delighted that we are achieving consistently strong matric results. For the second year running, we have achieved an average of more than two distinctions [...]

Grey Matter Chatter

November 2019 RESEARCH THROUGH LEARNING Research and innovation lie at the heart of any good socio-economic strategy and make a pivotal contribution to the development of a society. They are the foundation of new career paths, economic and intellectual growth and underpin a wide range of policy priorities in organisations and governments.   In this [...]

2018 English Creative writing

Pinnacles An anthology of English creative writing by Hilton College boys over the past year I am pleased to be able to present the 2018 edition of Pinnacles, an annual compilation of writing from our boys. Although much of the work has been done in class time, on the creative writing excursion or with the [...]

Speech Night 2019

Speech Night Video Speech Night was a wonderful representation of Hilton College in 2019. It has been an eventful, turbulent but ultimately successful year- with much to celebrate. If you were not able to attend in person, please click on the link below for a ten minute highlights package. Thank you to the matrics of [...]

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture Newsletter – 11 February 2019

This promises to be a culturally rich term with the boys involved in a wide variety of activities. The Debating Society has already participated in two league fixtures. I am delighted with the number of Grade 8 boys who have signed up for debating. The various skills they learn will stand them in good stead [...]