Parktown Boys’ High School Values
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. Tweets by @PARKTOWN_BOYS
News and Events
JUDGE’S SENTENCING BRINGS REX COURT CASE TO A CLOSE
Dear Parents, Staff, Alumni, Students and members of the broader School Community
I write to you following the sentencing yesterday which brought the Rex Court Case to a close. The school is happy that the judge, in imposing a significant sentencing, has recognised the gravity of the most unacceptable actions committed by Collan Rex. The sentence amounted to 20 years for the 144 sexual assault charges, and 3 years for the 12 common assault counts.
This does not change the terrible trauma these boys and their families have suffered. We hope that this sentence will assist the boys in finding some measure of closure through the recognition, by the law, that a serial sexual offender and bully has been brought to book – and that by speaking their truth they have made a difference.
It is important that we remember that the boys had an injustice done to them, and our role is to play our part in supporting them as they heal. We commend the peers who have given their support over time. For example, during the trial, there was one boy who reported to me every morning at school as to how his friend was feeling, and if he was ok. This gives real meaning to the concept of being part of a ‘Pride of Brothers’.
Most importantly we must again commend all the boys affected for their courage in speaking out and following through in providing evidence in court, in most difficult and trying circumstances, and being part of this process over an extended period of nearly two years. Their fortitude and resilience, we believe, has enabled the law to hand down justice to the perpetrator. We are very proud of these boys.
The school has already implemented various measures to ensure the safety of our boys – the ‘Guardian’ anonymous reporting App, the installation of cameras and the proper vetting of all members of staff, as well as focusing on ‘Respect for all’ as a core value.
The School’s focus is on senior students earning respect, rather than demanding it, and modeling the right behaviour to junior students. All forms of initiation at the School have been banned, and transgressors will face formal disciplinary action.
Any thought process of ‘It was done to me, so I will do it to others’ is unacceptable and is strongly condemned by the school, and ensuring that the boys do not hold onto this attitude is high on the school’s agenda. As Alumni Steering Committee member, Mr Mark Botha, stated to me: “Mr Williams, as supportive Old Boys we endorse fully the School’s values-based approach. Unacceptable actions must never be carried out in the name of ‘tradition’; we also salute the boys on their courage. They have internalized the school motto, ‘Arise’, by showing courage in adversity.”
It is the courage of these boys which we shall draw upon as we follow through on the process of healing, learning and transformation we have embarked upon.
Our focus going forward is to foster in our young men a revised concept of manliness, founded upon respect for others, authenticity, empathy, compassion, courage, selfhood and resilience, and acknowledging the need to speak out when one’s values are compromised. It is Values-Based Moral Leadership which will ensure we grow good husbands, good sons, good fathers and good brothers, who will make a difference in their school and in their society.
The above comment formed the foundation of our Grade 11 Camp in preparing the students for their role as servant leaders as the Matric Group of 2019. This is not a short-term implementation, but ongoing, and we are enlisting involvement of external parties including Luke Lamprecht and Rees Mann to assist us with these programmes going forward. We thank all members of the school community who have expressed their support for the initiatives we have undertaken. The safety and welfare of all members of our community will remain a priority.
Fostering in our young men a revised concept of “Manliness” and of Leadership
Dear Members of the Parktown Community
Since 1999, 19 November has been recognised as International Men’s Day.
The proposed objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is also suggested as an occasion whereby men may highlight discrimination against them and celebrate their positive achievements and contributions to communities, places of work, friendships, families, marriages, and child care.
As a school educating boys, we acknowledge that we have a key role to play in enabling the objectives of International Men’s Day to be realized. The objectives speak to a number of societal issues which affect all of us.
At a recent Gauteng Boys’ Schools Headmasters meeting, all the Heads present from the schools listed below affirmed their commitment to fostering the concept of “Manliness” and of Leadership as stated:
Our focus is on fostering in our young men a revised concept of leadership and of ‘Manliness’ – founded upon respect for others, authenticity, empathy, compassion, courage, selfhood and resilience, and acknowledging the need to speak out when one’s values are compromised. It is Values-Based Moral Leadership which will ensure we grow good husbands, good sons, good fathers and good brothers, who will make a difference in their school and in their society.
Feedback from schools on the programmes they are running to enhance the holistic and rounded development of our boys, will be part of the next Boys’ Schools Headmasters meeting to be held in Term One 2019.
Afrikaase Hoër Seunskool Christian Brothers’ College Boksburg Jeppe High School for Boys King Edward VII School Parktown Boys’ High School St Stithian’s College Pretoria Boys’ High School Springs Boys’ High School St Alban’s College St Benedict’s College St David’s Marist College St John’s College Highlands North Boys’ High School
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The results are in!
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Well done to all the Parktown Boys who placed in the Top 100! Keep up the hard work!
Wits Maths Competition
A team of 10 Parktown Learners recently participated in the inaugural Wits Mathematics Competition and on Wednedsay 6th June the awards function was held at Wits to honour the individual and team winners.
We celebrate some outstanding achievements from these ten young gentlemen who represented their school with pride!
Parktown finished second overall to St Johns’ College by only a slight margin and finished as the top government school in the Grade 10 – 12 division where 381 learners from 77 schools competed for the honours.
Special mention goes to Moein Elzubeir (Gr12) who was the overall winner of the senior individual category.
Congratulations to these talented young men and to the Mathematics Department for these excellent academic achievements!
PARKTOWN BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL
MATRIC RESULTS 2017
Pass Rate 100%
95.6% of learners qualify for tertiary studies
180 distinctions from 138 learners
Parktown’s class of 2017 achieved an average of 71% for the IEB Advanced Programme Mathematics examination and 9 of our learners achieved distinctions in the subject!
Parktown Boys gain another Springbok
Congratulations to Ben Clarke on receiving his Sough African Colours for Shooting!
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.
Well done Ben!!
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.
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.
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 School Golf
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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PARKTOWN BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL ENROLMENT INFORMATION
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News of our Old Boys!
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)
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)
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.