From the Desk of the Headmaster – 22 October 2021

This tenth month of the year October is passing by so quickly which now means that there are 39 school days left in this academic year.  I again remind you that the final day for 2021 is Wednesday 15 December with still many school activities to focus on before this end of year.

CONGRATULATIONS

  • To our 1st Team Water Polo Squad, Coach Mr May and Manager Mr Dick on bringing home the actual trophy and a gold medal after winning the Tournament last weekend at SACS in Cape Town.  It was an amazing achievement as our school was the only unbeaten school out of 22 schools having played 14 games over this period.  I was so impressed with the structured play and fitness shown by our boys and their outstanding behaviour in the pool and in general.  Thank you to our many parents of boys in the team who joined us in Cape Town to cheer on and witness this ‘Proudly Prep’ effort of excellence.  Well known schools from around the country had attended, so to be crowned as Champions in this prestigious and talented company of schools is indeed an honour.  A most memorable experience for all to cherish.
  • Our Director of Tennis Mrs Anne Smith, Coach Gary Comins and our 1st Tennis Team will be representing our province as the KZN Champions at the National Inter Provincial Rising Stars Tournament.  DPHS had last term won the local tournaments to earn the opportunity to attend this tournament this weekend that will be held in Soweto in Johannesburg.  We look forward to our team excelling there and hopefully returning with the trophy and top position in the country.  Best wishes to all partners involved – we as Prep are in full support and know that you too, will be great ambassadors for our school.
  • The cricket results against Umhlali have been outstanding last week with our teams producing some outstanding wins eg. – the 1st Team who bowled Umhlali out for 32 to win by 9 wickets.  There were many boys across all teams who excelled in their batting or bowling which led to the overall success of the team.

Well done to our school in winning every game that was played.

We look forward to this solid start to the cricket season continuing this week against Clifton.  I remind all our boys that the Headmaster’s Top 10 Batting and Bowling lists have been implemented so that our boys can challenge for such a recognition on this  cricket ladder. Go Prep!

  • DPGT No 2 – I am sure that you have been overwhelmed by this presentation which was officially aired for viewing last week.  This was truly a production of the highest calibre that displayed the talents and skills of our cast of boys and the staff.

Thank you to the many parents who have shown their appreciation for this cultural event.  Special mention again goes to our Directors Mrs Briscoe, Mrs Harker and Mrs Vosloo for creating the script and opportunity for this valuable experience to take place during this time. 

Please make every effort to watch the show – you will believe that you are in a live audience enjoying this extremely professional show.

  • Our Cultural Pillar Director Mrs Briscoe has arranged a virtual drumming session with the Oakland University in the USA.  This inter-action on this international level will be taking place this evening.  We as DPHS can again be so proud of this learning experience that will be shared with top musicians across the seas.  I have no doubt that our drumming group will also display their skills/talents that will also impress our friends from the USA.  Go for it Prep – let the DPHS, KZN and South African drum beat be loudly heard!
  • Grade 7 section need to be acknowledged for providing a ‘Market Day’ that left all boys and staff extremely satisfied.  Well done Grade 7 leader Mr Jali, Mr Davis and Mr Turner for inspiring your respective classes to set up a ‘shopping mall’ layout.  The senior boys truly displayed their entrepreneurial skills learnt in their lessons this year which provided such excitement for the rest of the school.  It is clear that there will definitely be many successful business men in the journey ahead.

Well done Grade 7!

  • DPHS hosted an Open Day yesterday.  Our Marketing Director Mrs Hunter needs the spotlight placed on her for the attention to detail noted steering this event with management/staff who were involved in hosting the programme.  Thank you and well done Mrs Hunter and school for the combined efforts that also provided for a most enjoyable experience.  Our visitors were most appreciative for this opportunity with many positive comments expressed.  A Proudly Prep display of staff and boys rising to the occasion in true DPHS style.  Well done Prep!

ACADEMIC NEWS

Please remember that this is the final academic term of the year so all Prep partners need to focus on the academic responsibilities throughout each day.  Classwork and homework tasks must be thoroughly monitored for our continuous assessment programme in all grades.  Our boys must also follow a structured time-management programme with regards to studying and preparing for their testing period with special reference to our senior grades.  No boy should fall behind in the academic programme which will only lead to unnecessary pressures which can be avoided with genuine and constant application.  Focus on those academic tasks as well Prep!

CONGRATULATIONS MR PREP

Congratulations to the following boys:

JP      –        Reid du Plessis – Grade 3 Vawda                    

SP      –        Calab Rees – Grade 4 Johnston

HEADMASTERS QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“Nothing in this world is ‘impossible’

Even the word itself says that “I’M POSSIBLE”

Kind regards

B WILSON

Headmaster

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