This Friday and Saturday sees the Rondebosch vs Bishops derby matches being played. To start the weekend, Rondebosch Old Boys will again be hosting a rugby match at Rondebosch against Bishops Old Boys. To celebrate the close connection between the two schools Rondebosch and Bishops have introduced an old bronzed boot “The Tullyallen Boot” as a trophy for the winners. It carries the name of the road in Rondebosch which runs between the two great schools. Old Boys are invited to the match on Friday afternoon and enjoy the social occasion before going across to Bishops to support the Rondebosch First hockey team.
The traditional Old Boys versus school boys hockey, rugby and squash matches are on Tuesday 24 August, followed by an informal Old Boys’ function – all Old Boys are invited.
On the academic side we have news of two excellent achievements at the Prep School.
In this Enews:
· Old Boys vs Bishops Old Boys on Friday
· Past versus present matches on Tuesday
· Rondebosch vs Bishops on Friday and Saturday
· Prep School accolades
· Old Boys who have recently died
· Dinner with WP rugby captain
· Sub-Union functions
· Music and other performances
· Bequests to Rondebosch
· Reminder of the MySchool Programme
· School tours during September and October
· Fixtures and other functions
Rondebosch v Bishops Old Boys match, 20 August
On Friday at 16h00, Rondebosch Old Boys are playing a rugby match versus Bishops Old Boys on Rugby A. You are invited to the match and to enjoy the social function afterwards with Old Boys of the two schools. The match will finish well before the First XI hockey match which is scheduled to start at 18h10 at Bishops.
Past vs Present winter sports on 24 August
As mentioned in our July Enews, the traditional hockey, rugby and squash matches between Old Boys and school boys will be played on Tuesday 24 August followed by a social function for all Old Boys.
To play hockey, rugby or squash let the Union know by Friday (20 August) that you want to play. If you want to play against your son or brothers contact the OBU so that you are placed in the appropriate sides – simply reply to this email. Old Boys vs school chess matches are also being considered for later this year.
The fixtures are:
15h30 Second team Rugby A
15h30 Third team Lower Desert A
15h30 Fourth team Lower Desert B
15h30 Fifth team North
16h30 First team Rugby A
16h00 First team on the Rondebosch/WPCC astro
15h30 First team at the RBHS courts.
The matches will be followed by an informal function in the E1942 Centenary Pavilion from about 17h30. All Old Boys are welcome.
Rondebosch vs Bishops on Friday and Saturday
The hockey and rugby High School derby matches between Rondebosch and Bishops are being hosted by Bishops on Friday and Saturday this week. The Prep School and U14 rugby sides are playing at Rondebosch on Saturday.
The First XI hockey match will be played on Friday 20 August at 18h10 at Bishops.
The First XV rugby match kicks off on Saturday at 12h15 at Bishops. The full fixture list is available on the OBU website.
Prep School accolades
Two weeks ago Prep School master Warren Sparrow won the South African “Innovation in Content” national award from Microsoft’s Innovative Teachers Forum. His entry entailed boys learning about economic management sciences and entrepreneurship through designing board games and making videos using computer software. They also used blogs and wikis and other technological resources. Warren’s achievement emphasises the excellent and extensive use of technology by the school for the benefit of Rondebosch boys.
Prep School boys have again excelled in the annual Star International Mathematics competition in which 16 930 primary school children participated. Rondebosch boys filled 42 of the top 200, 25 of the top 50 and 10 of the top 15 positions in the province. Christian Cotchobos was placed third in the province and fifth nationally and Julian Dean Brown achieved first place in the province and third in South Africa. Well done to all the boys and the Rondebosch Prep School staff on this enormous achievement.
The Union conveys its condolences to the family and friends of Old Boys who have died during recent months:
Brian van Breda
Music and other performances
The Prep and High School Jazz and Concert bands will perform in a combined concert on Friday 27 August at 18h30 in the Prep School Hall. Contact the Prep School on 021 686 4635 for more information and to book.
The annual Emilio Farella Cup Competition & Matric Music Recital is on Friday 3 September in the Reeler Centre at RBHS. We congratulate RBHS Grade 11s Matthew Budden, Matthew Ehrenreich and Matthew Hurworth on their selection to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra during the Grahamstown Festival.
The play “Zigger-Zagger” will be staged at RBHS during mid-September and will feature a large number of Grade 8 and 9 boys, and some Rustenburg girls. Please watch the website for details.
The RBHS school drama production will take place from 6 to 8 October. Booking and other details will also be posted on the website in due course.
The popular Cabaret-in-the-Quad is on 19, 22 and 23 October. Bookings are not yet open. Please contact RBHS during early October for more details.
Dinner with Anton van Zyl and Gavin Cowley
The annual Rondebosch Rugby Dinner is next Thursday 26 August at Kelvin Grove. The main speaker is Western Province captain and Stormers lock, Anton van Zyl (E97) who also played for the Lions and Stellenbosch and Oxford Universities.
SuperSport commentator Gavin Cowley will be the Master of Ceremonies. Gavin played cricket and rugby for Eastern Province and was in the 1974 and 1976 Springbok squads. Please book by Friday by calling Pam Ogilvie at RBHS on 021 685 1923. The tickets are R290 per person (R220 for Supporters’ Club members). All Old Boys are most welcome.
Old Boys in the Southern Cape meet several times a year at informal lunch time functions in the George and Oudtshoorn areas. The next gathering is on 29 August at the Eden School of Culinary Art in York Street, George from 12h00. For further details and to RSVP email Pieter Wicht at email@example.com
Old Boys on the West Coast have arranged a Rondebosch family braai at the Yzerfontein Recreation Club on Sunday 3 October from 11h00 onwards. Old Boys will have access to the club’s cash bar. All that is asked for is a donation on the day to help cover costs. The balance will be donated to the Union to be used for Rondebosch projects.
This is a family day so all Old Boys and their families are very welcome - we will be particularly pleased to see Old Boys who live on the West Coast and the Blouberg region of Cape Town. Please RSVP to John Duckitt on 083 658 5200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 September. This is important for catering purposes.
Weekend in the Karoo
The annual Karoo Old Boys function is on 9 October at Melton Wold near Victoria West. Contact Eric Torr at email@example.com for more information.
The annual Sydney gathering is on 4 November from 17h30 at the Occidental Hotel. Contact Stuart Bennie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gauteng and Somerset West
Plans are in progress for Old Boys gatherings in these two areas during October. Details will be in the next Enews.
Bequests to Rondebosch
From time to time Old Boys contact the Union with a view to making bequests to Rondebosch in their wills. As there may be Old Boys who would like to remember Rondebosch in their wills, but at this stage want to remain anonymous by not wanting to ask for the relevant details we can provide the information of the two Rondebosch entities which may be included wills. These are:
Rondebosch Boys' Schools' Education Trust
c/o PO Box 731
Rondebosch Boys' Schools Old Boys' Union
PO Box 731
In both cases the bequests will not attract estate duty and funds will be used for the benefit of Rondebosch in accordance with the benefactor’s wishes. We thank all the Old Boys who have included Rondebosch in their wills.
A reminder of the MySchool Programme
There has been an excellent response from Old Boys following the Rondebosch Schools initiation to Old Boys to apply for a MySchool card. By simply swiping the card at various shops throughout South Africa you can help Rondebosch easily earn funds. There is no cost to you. All funds raised go towards projects at Rondebosch including electronic Smartboards in classrooms.
All you need do is follow this link and complete the form. The completed form may be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to 086 555 4817. Alternatively if you would like a form to be emailed to you contact Zoe Marquis on 021 681 3966 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Boys round South Africa are encouraged to support the Rondebosch teams during the following school tours:
Sun City: RBHS golf, 1 to 5 September
Gauteng: U13A cricket at Trinity House, 16 to 18 September
KZN: U14A cricket at Hilton College, 24 to 28 September
Port Elizabeth: U15A cricket at Grey High, 24 to 27 September
Gauteng: First XI cricket at St Davids, 10 to 12 September
Bloemfontein: U14 water polo at Grey College, 21 to 24 October
Functions and fixtures
Dates of Old Boys and various school events, including sport fixtures, are listed on the website. The Prep and High School websites are also regularly updated with news of school events. Some functions of interest to Old Boys during the next few weeks are:
Rondebosch Old Boys v Bishops Old Boys rugby, 16h15
RBHS hockey vs Bishops (away)
RBHS rugby & hockey vs Bishops (away)
Old Boys vs High School hockey, rugby and squash matches and social function
Bosch Rugby Supporters’ Club Annual Dinner
Prep & High combined music concert
Southern Cape Old Boys’ gathering
Old boys Quadrangular Golf Challenge
Matric Music Recital & Emilio Farella Cup Competition
West Coast Old Boys lunch
October 6 to 8
RBHS drama production
October 8 and 9
Karoo Old Boys weekend
Matric Art & Design Exhibition
October 19, 22 & 23
Sydney Old Boys function
Remembrance Day service
The Rondebosch websites and Facebook are also regularly updated with Old Boys’ and other Rondebosch news.
Has your postal address changed?
Please ensure that the Old Boys’ Union has your correct postal address. If your address has changed during the last 12 months and you have not yet informed the Union’s office, please email your details to email@example.com Postal addresses are used for sending the OBU newsletter and helps Sub-Unions and reunion organizers with Old Boy functions. If you are travelling or studying away from home, please provide your most permanent address – probably your home address.
If you know of any Old Boys who are not receiving these emails please forward their contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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