As the year winds down we look back at some of the memorable events and occasions that Jeppe High School for Boys was involved in during 2018.
It’s just a selection – we know there are many others that could have been included. We have chosen these 10, in no particular order.
1 Mr Dale Jackson became the 16th headmaster of the school. He was officially appointed in April after acting as principal since Mr Anton Dempsey’s retirement at the end of the third term of 2017. Mr Jackson was head boy of the school in 1990.
2 The year began on a high note with the announcement that Avinal Garach got a full house – nine A symbols – in the end of year grade 12 exams. They were for: English, Afrikaans, Maths, LO, Accounting, Business Studies, IT, Physical Science and AP Maths
3 In March David Newton became only the fourth Jeppe boy to be awarded an honours blazer. To qualify, he had to achieve full colours in all three areas of school life – academics, culture and sport.
4 The pipe band attended the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland for the second time. It is extremely rare for a school band to be invited to play at one of the world’s top military displays. Their performance in 2016 earned them a second invitation and they wowed the crowds again this year.
5 The Emergency Medical Care Club continued its dominance of the Provincial Interschools First Aid competition by winning the senior division and coming 1st and 2nd in the juniors. The club rendered a valuable service to the school and the wider community throughout the year.
6 The Jeppe Dramatic Art Society, shortly after staging a spectacular version of MacBeth – at sites around the campus – competed in the EADS and GRADS one act play festivals. Their play Ergo Propter Hoc, written by old boy Ryan Naamdhew came 4th overall and received seven nominations for awards for the overall festivals. They were: best actor in a comedy- Cade Fyfe (EADS); best cameo- Lesego Ngubeni, David Newton, Julian Lanning (GRADS) and best original script- Ryan Naamdhew (GRADS)
7 Jeppe High School for Boys came first in the 2018 national Maths Literacy Olympiad. Robert Doubell scored 92% and finished 3rd in the country. The marks of the top 10 candidates from each school were averaged and Jeppe got 86,2%, 5 % more than second-placed Midstream College.
8 The family of Jeppe schools – Jeppe High School for Boys, Jeppe High School for Girls and Jeppe High Preparatory School – celebrated Freedom Day at a joint assembly in April. There were speeches by Jeppe boy Thando Masekeo and Gauteng MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, with the keynote address by education activist Ms Lovelyn Nwadeyi. It was a moving day, one that will be remembered by all who were there, and a significant date in the histories of the three schools.
9 The annual Jeppe High School for Boys Remembrance Service took on special significance this year because it marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I on 11th November 1918. There were stories about particular old boys who had died in wars and guest speaker Fred Khumalo told the story of the 600 black soldiers who died on the SS Mendi.
10 The marimba band has been a welcome addition to the cultural landscape. They have been working hard and this year reached a level of excellence which saw them perform at a number of events including, recently, the departure of the South African Women cricket team to the T20 World Cup.