Clint Readhead is SA Rugby’s Senior Manager: Medical, and in that role he attends all the tournaments and festivals organised by the union to check on the medical care and first aid facilities that are laid on.
It was in that capacity that he was at Jeppe during the holidays, at the national girls under-16 and under-18 weeks that were hosted by the school and it was a visit that he thoroughly enjoyed.
Readhead is an old boy. He was at Jeppe from 1984 to 1988 and was deputy headboy and head of Impala House in his matric year.
“I haven’t been back for a while, my last visit was in 1998, and I was blown away by all the changes I saw. There weren’t many people around who I knew – it was school holidays – but I did bump into Martin Ledwaba when I took a walk around the campus and he showed me the steps that have been named after him,” he said. “I think that gesture sums up what is happening at Jeppe. It made me feel very proud to be an old boy.”
The most obvious things he noticed were the changes to the physical infrastructure. “I had a look at the fantastic indoor cricket centre, the new pool complex and the renovated classroom blocks. It’s fantastic that so many great opportunities are being laid on for the kids at the school.
“At the same time the old traditional structures – the Payne Hall, the War Memorial, the main building all stand proudly. Most importantly, it was obvious from the young Jeppe boys who were helping with the running of the week that the old values of respect, good manners and self-pride are still being taught.
“It’s clear that Jeppe is a school that is moving with the times. The boys are excelling in sport, academic and cultural activities. I knew Mr Dale Jackson when we were boys together here and we all knew he was going to achieve much in life. That he is now the headmaster is perfect.
“It was great to be back, I could not have been a prouder old boy, and my colleagues at SA Rugby know all about it.”