The school closes on Friday, but there’s not much of break for the boys in the winter sports programmes, or for the teachers who coach and look after them.
It all begins the day that school closes, when the under-14A rugby team go to the Parktown Festival where they will be playing matches of Friday and Saturday.
On Friday the 1st hockey team and a Colts team leave for Singapore and Malaysia. They will play eight matches each in what promises to be the toughest hockey challenge the players will face in their careers so far.
“We will be playing against hockey academy sides in Malaysia,” Jeppe’s director of hockey, Mr Bryan Hillock explained, “they are basically provincial teams, in a hockey-mad country, so it isn’t going to be easy. But we have a very talented group of boys coming through and I believe this sort of tour is exactly what we need ahead of the domestic season that follows it.
Following that, the majority of the Jeppe rugby teams will be in action somewhere or other. The 1st team and all the A teams go on tour to the Eastern Cape. They stop over in Queenstown on the way down where the under-16A, under-15A and under-14As play Queens College, and they then meet up with the 1st team in Port Elizabeth for the Grey High festival.
All the teams meet Selborne on Thursday March 21st, with the juniors playing Grey High on Saturday 22nd and the 1st team taking on St Andrew’s College.
“We see this a return to the good old-fashioned rugby tour,” said Jeppe director of sport, Mr Brendan Gittins. “We will be travelling by bus and hosted by families, it’s will be a great team-building exercise.”
The lower teams, at the same time will be going to the Amajuba Week in Volksrust. The 2nds, 3rds, and under-14, -15, and -16 teams will play three games each there.
The under-14A hockey team will be playing in the Nomads festival in Cape Town. At the end of the holidays the under-16Bs will be playing in a festival tournament in Bloemfontein. At the same time, we will be hosting an under-16C festival at Jeppe.
On Wednesday, when the rugby players played their combined fixture against Kempton Park, Hans Moore and Benoni High, there were 24 Jeppe teams in action – and the 1st team didn’t have a game – that’s 25 teams in action on the day, the most, Mr Gittins believes, the school has ever fielded.