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Parktown Boys' High School believes in the commitment to an ethos of excellence and quality, honesty, integrity and gentlemanly conduct, tolerance and empathy, trust and respect, self-discipline, initiative and enterprise, leadership and team spirit, full participation, free communication, personal and social achievement. The motto of Parktown Boys' High School, “Arise”, inspires the tradition, values and spirit of the learners, parents and staff of the Parktonian family.

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Parktown Boys gain another Springbok

Congratulations to Ben Clarke on receiving his Sough African Colours for Shooting! 

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During the October school holiday the South African National School Shooters' Union held its schools' championship.

Parktown Boys' High School would like to congratulate Ben Clarke who achieved outstanding results in the competition.

He received his South African Gold precision colours and 4 gold medals, with a 100% in prone and silver in the finals. He was also part of the winning Gauteng team.

He also participated in the south African air rifle association championship where he became the south African Under 20 3p Champion and finished 9th in the Under 20 10m standing competition.

Ben Clark's results from the South African National Schools' Shooting Union held from 1-5 October:

U/21 3p 2nd place 582/600 (full 100 in prone)

U/21 3p 1st place 577 (3p champion)

U/21 10m 1st place 379/400

Finishing the finals in 2nd place overall. 

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Well done Ben!!

Eurotour 2017

Friday the 7th July arrived with much anticipation, and we were off to Europe!  After a short stopover in Dubai, we arrived in Frankfurt where we went for a tour of the city’s dynamic financial centre and medieval Römerplatz.  The next day we made our way to Berlin, where we got to see the Berlin wall, Reichstag Building, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the State Opera House. Thereafter the boys got to explore the city by themselves and to shop.

 

The following day we crossed the border into Poland and viewed Poznan with its City Hall, Gothic architecture and the little town, where the boys enjoyed exploring for a while.  We then went to the capital, Warsaw, where we viewed St. John’s Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Old Town, the Warsaw Ghetto and the Gardens with Chopin’s statue that had been totally destroyed during the War - and all the diverse history of the country.  Our travels continued to Czestochowa, were we viewed the icon of the Black Madonna, followed by a sobering visit to Auschwitz, where the camp exuded a permanent reminder of the horrors that had taken place there.  Irrespective of the boys’ ages, they were definitely affected and moved by the understanding of the terrors that had occurred there under the Nazis in World War Two.

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Warsaw continued to impress, with viewings of the medieval walls and buildings, the caste and cathedral on Wawel Hill and an unforgettable experience of our descent into the Wieliczka Salt Mines.  The boys then again got to explore on their own and to do some more shopping.

 

Driving through Slovakia - with a visit to a ski resort for lunch - we later arrived in the bustling city of Budapest.  There we got to see the Fisherman’s Bastion, Heroes’ Square, St. Matthias’ Church and  panoramic views of the city, whilst experiencing the crossing of the bridges from “Buda” into “Pest” and back.

 

Győr was our next stop, a little town founded by the Romans with evidence of medieval and Baroque charm, with time to explore the area individually.

 

Crossing another border into Vienna, we were ready to be enlightened with more culture.  From visits to Parliament, the Opera, the Hofburg, City Hall, this imperial city didn’t fail to impress.  Additionally, a cruise down the River Danube, in the evening, was the “sacker” on the cake, as we got to see that the Danube has never, is never, and never will be “Blue”, but nevertheless the trip was extremely moving.

 

On our way to Prague, we stopped over in the medieval town of Brno, travelling through the Bohemian countryside and eventually arriving in beautiful Prague.  Famed as the best- preserved city in Europe, we got an in-depth insight into the city’s history from our talented tour guide.  We got to see the Prague Castle, St. Vitus’s Cathedral, the Old town Square and enjoyed a cruise on the Vltava River.

 

Our travels then took us across the hills to a medieval town that is impeccably preserved in its original state – Rothenburg.  The medieval streets, the fortified walls, the houses and shops with their intricate exteriors and tantalising offers presented us with yet another experience that is never to be forgotten.

 

Our final stop, before flying back to South Africa, was, again, Frankfurt, where the boys got some time to go exploring and shopping.  All in all, the tour allowed the boys to experience European history, World War history, a diverse exposure to European culture, museums and architecture ranging from Classical to Gothic, to neo-Gothic and so much more!  It was the experience of a lifetime, where the boys came back with a knowledge and exposure to a life and opportunities that changed them for the better.

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Champions of Johannesburg

Parktown Boys’ Chess A-Team retained the crown of Champions of Johannesburg after beating King David Linksfield by 4(5.5) to 4(2.5) in a thrilling final played at Jeppe Boys’ High School last Monday.

The tournament’s final took place in two stages: firstly both teams drew 4-4 after 1.5 hours of high quality matches. The draw obliged the teams to go to a 10 minutes a-side knock out round that ended with a resounding Parktown Boys’ victory 5.5 to 2.5.

Previously, Parktown beat Saheti by 4(6)-4(2) in a semi final that also finished with a draw in the first match, whilst King David Linksfield beat St John’s College by 5.5 to 2.5 in the other semifinal.

Final standing:

Champions:     Parktown Boys

Runner-up:      King David Linksfield

3rd Place:          Saheti

4th Place:          St John’s College

5th:                   King Edwards VII

6th:                   Jeppe Boys

7th:                   Hyde Park

8th:                   Queens High

9th:                   Jeppe Girls

With this result, Parktown Boys High School accumulated their 3rd victory in 4 years, setting itself as the Chess powerhouse of Johannesburg.

2017: Champions, beating King David Linksfield.

2016: Champions (Jeppe, could not play the final).

2015: 3rd place, losing to Jeppe Boys in semis and beating St John’s for the 3rd place.

2014: Champions of the Gauteng-South 5-a-side.

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From Left to Right: Mr D Mercier (MIC); K Perumal (Gr 10)l; G Alexander (Gr 12, Captain); S Sarelis (Gr 11), I Nkana (Gr 12); K Moodley (Gr 10); C Els (Gr 9); B Said (Gr 9) and Z Habib (Gr 12, vice-captain).

Parkview Golf Club, the home of Parktown Boys High Golf

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Well done Tabraiz Shamsi!

Congratulations to Parktown Old Boy Tabraiz Shamsi (2008) on his selection for the Proteas Test squad to play in Australia! #feelthepride #Arise

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News of our Old Boys!

Trevor Rabin

 

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Trevor Rabin an old Parktonian was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in America. He is the first South African to have received this huge accolade.

 

Kabelo Murray (2012)

 

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Kabelo has been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford. We are very proud of Kabelo and this great achievement.

 

Irfan Habib (2013)

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After spending three years at UCT Irfan is back in Johannesburg and will be going to Wits for his Honours in Physics as a Mandela Rhodes scholar. He continues to hold the Allan Gray Scholarship. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement.