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04/06/15 01:36 PM #16    

Allan Jones

Isaak Van Heerden, coached me in under 15. I wasn't much good, but went on the referee in Natal, Transvaal & then in Queensland. Allan Jones

10/06/15 10:14 AM #17    

Graham Bell (Class Of 1964)

Dear 66s,

Something very important has happened and is happening. Your site manager Cedric has been a protagonist and crucial player in what follows...thanks Cedric, you are a star!

Through none of our doing (we thought this would be taken care of last December), the Founders Day and reunions coincided with the school management announcing (In The DHS Herald of 5th June) an apology for mismanagement of sex-abuse at DHS over many decades from the 50s to a recent case now before the courts. They have also adopted policies to ensure that it never happens again.

The school refused to name Jiggs Gray as a paedophile but agreed that if they didn't, the Concerned Old Boys group (COBs) would.  This we did, and  you will probably have seen some of the publicity in the SA papers. I've copied the following links to some of it from the 64 and 61 sites for your convenience.

The COBs consisted of guys from your year and others from 60 to 68.  Thanks to the decade of the 60s cohorts for backing this effort. New Old Boys are now learning of the initiative and expressing much appreciation.

The press release attracted considerable press attention in South Africa and resulting press reports were  featured on News 24 and on Sky News television in the UK.  Here are hot links to some recent reports in the South African press:





While the press made much of the salacious aspects of the case, the School was widely praised for its apology and efforts to sweep the skeletons out of its cupboards.

Several other victims of sex abuse at DHS have contacted the "hot-line" (abuse.dhs@gmail.com), and a "new" DHS teacher paedophile (from the 80s) has been identified.  New victims have been asked to submit sworn affidavits. Complaints against living persons will be referred to the SAP or taken up by the victims in civil actions. The Concerned Old Boys (COBs) offer confidential discussion with victims.

There are moves afoot by the COBs to help the school grow in stature, based on the new moral compass settings!  If you want to read more about the COBs campaign, open the 64 site using the hot link here, and scroll down the Home Page:  www.dhsclassof1964.com

Once again, thanks for the widespread moral support from members of the 66s, and to those 66s who were part of the COB group. 

Cheerio for now.  

Graham Bell (Class of 1964).

19/06/15 07:35 PM #18    


Cedric Parker

Geoff Chater - R.I.P

Last evening we received news that Geoff Chater passed away quietly on Tuesday, 16 June 2015.

Our condolences go out to his children and grandchildren, and also to his carer of the last few years, Sybil.

Those of us who managed to visit Geoff Chater in the last year or so were struck by his still alert mind and the bond of affection between him and Sybil.  She was very protective of him, yet not intrusive during our visit, a real gem of a lady.

Terry Dowdall (class of 1961) has suggested that those of us who want to honour the memory of our teacher can make a financial contribution to Sybil via Mike Chater's bank account (Geoff's son).  If you'd like to participate in this initiative, please contact me and I'll give you the banking details.

An email has been sent to the School asking that Geoff Chater - husband, father, grandfather, RAF fighter pilot and outstanding educator - be remembered by the lowering of the DHS Flag to half-mast. I have also placed a tribute in Monday's Mercury and Daily News Classifieds on behalf of our class.

RIP, Sir, you impacted so positively on many of our lives.

19/06/15 07:37 PM #19    


Cedric Parker

Email received from Mike Chater (Geoff Chater's son):

Greetings Terry / Roger

Thanks for the call this morning (Terry) / the mail this morning (Roger) and it already seems like there is feedback judging from Roger's mail.

As discussed we really appreciate the thoughts and support from the DHS community (past pupils) at this time and a way of paying things forward that,I am sure my dad would appreciate, might be for me to pay all donations that we receive through to George Campbell High School to cover school fees for Sybil's daughter who is there.

Sybil looked after my dad for the last two and a half years and she really was an outstanding companion and compassionate carer who ensured that my dad had a quality of life that, under the circumstances, was as good as it could be.    

Any donations for Sybil should be paid to the FNB account below and the word Sybil should be used as a reference:

Bank: FNB

Account Holder: M Chater

Account Number:  62414483983

Branch No. :  250655

SWIFT Code (for foreign payments) - FIRNZAJJXXX

(Also just to make people aware that for foreign payments they would need to pay all bank charges on their side (as opposed to the receiver paying half) and for smaller amounts of R100 to R500 that is around R58 per transaction for the bank charges on our side (plus there will be bank charges on their side). For larger amounts it is a minimum amount of R135 or 0,5% of the transaction amount)

As the executor of my dad's estate I will ensure that any donations are then paid forward to George Campbell to cover school fees.


Mike Chater

29/07/15 04:19 PM #20    


Cedric Parker


The DHS Foundation Trust has sent us a letter dated June 23, 2015 appealing to Old Boys to subscribe for membership - only R600 per year.  Please click on this Link  to read the letter, and respond directly to the DHS Foundation if interested.

03/08/15 05:27 PM #21    


Cedric Parker

Passing of Roger Westbrook

We join the Westbrook family in mourning the passing of Roger Westbrook on Friday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and the rest of the Westbrook family. See and add to In Memory tributes. There will be a wake for Roger at Kloof Country Club at 15h30 this Thursday (6 August). Contact Mike Westbrook for further details.

04/08/15 06:52 PM #22    


Des De Swardt


It is with shock I read of the passing of Roger.

We were in BLACKMORES together.

My condolences to Mike and families

Rest in Peace my Friend.

Raymond (DES) de Swardt

05/08/15 02:48 PM #23    

Billy Francis

Roger Westbrook was one of the stalwarts in Dbn Prep BE and BLACKMORES. A great sense of humour,a great schoolboy cricketer and was not a shabby 1st xv flank.

Rest in peace roger and you will be missed at the get togethers.

Dr mike and families my thoughts are with you at these times.

Unfortunately unable to attend the wake at KLOOF GOLF CLUB .


bill francis

05/08/15 03:28 PM #24    

Johnny Walsh

I never had a son but if I did Roger would have have been a good example to raise him on.My condolenses to Mike and all Rogers family and friends.

Mike Walsh

06/08/15 12:49 PM #25    

Geoff Henwood (Class Of 1967)

RIP Roger ... you will always be remembered by your peers as a talented sportsman and as naughty as a schoolboy could ever be !

Condolences to Mike and the Westbrook families.


Geoff Henwod

21/08/15 05:05 AM #26    

Brian Brown

Hi Francois.


Good to see the photos.  The class photo where you were unsure if it was 4a or 5a was actually 4a (I know becuase Ken Hagens, bottom right, was with me in 5b)


Also good to get the cricket photo of "Face's fighting fourth"

21/08/15 08:53 PM #27    


Francois Everson

Brian, hello

And thanks for clearing that up.

Hope you're well and kicking and that we'll meet next year June



12/10/15 01:06 PM #28    


Francois Everson

Extremely sad to hear of the demise of James Woodford today. He was one of the first to join this site and seemed to be a certainty for the reunion next year. Condolences to his family and may he Rest in Peace.

02/12/15 05:54 PM #29    


Cedric Parker

P@ddy Farrel sent me this amusing cartoon which of course only applies to rival high school reunions! View it here. Thanks to Overboard who originally published it

12/12/15 10:40 PM #30    

Anthony Hay-Buchanan

can anyone remember who played at our matric dance? was it the Leemen Ltd?

Mike, Sage, you were dance committee, can you remember?

12/12/15 10:57 PM #31    

Anthony Hay-Buchanan

The 1964 Matric class photo was banned.The class had been posing foolishly,so the photo was never distributed.Bu,t the copy that had been posted on a noticeboard was " taken for safe-keeping ".It was kept very safely for 50 years, & is now to be seen on the class of 1964 site.Do yourself a favour, & get yourself a guest membership.The site overlaps ours & features our seniors.

23/12/15 01:58 AM #32    

John Mason

'Wrinkles' - a man of his word.

Aside from his craggy visage, the two clear memories I have of our late Headmaster Mr McIvor, were his euphemistic references to stolen or lost items as 'mislaid' or 'taken for safe-keeping', and his willingness to disregard my handicap with respect to the use of the cane as punishment for offences both trivial and otherwise. Initially the prefects were reluctant to cane me. I regarded this as discrimination, and that the option of writing lines in no way equated with the efficient and brief option of a caning. I had no difficulty getting my orthopaedic surgeon,  a Mr Kaplan to provide a letter indicating that I was more than able to tolerate the effects of corporal punishment. When I asked Mr McIvor to peruse this letter, he responded by saying that if the prefects still objected, I was to report to him and he would administer the caning. It would not be over-stating the case to say that I regarded him with some affection and considerable respect thereafter. Moreover, on the few occasions when I had to explain to him why I had arrived in his office for a caning, he proved to be a man of his word. When this arrangement became known by the prefects, it was not long before they too were able to accept the idea that I was, at least in terms of being able to tolerate a caning, no different from my peers.
As a kind of afterthought, I should add that, though as a teacher in South Africa in the initial stages of my career I found the cane to be very efficacious (I hope and pray that I did not use it abusively), in more than thirty years of teaching in Australia I had few misgivings about the gradual abolition of the cane. In fact, I should have arrived at the conviction a lot sooner that physical force in educating young people should never be necessary - and I would concede that too often boys of our generation suffered what most reasonable critics today would regard as excessive and unjust physical punishment. A much respected Australian colleague, also an expatriate South African with a similar school background ( Pretoria Boys' High) maintained that the worst crime a teacher could commit was to bore his students. As an ardent opponent of the cane, he would have added that only boring or incompetent teachers find it necessary to 'discipline' students.  John Mason.

23/12/15 02:51 PM #33    


Cedric Parker

Thanks for this very interesting and well written insight John

24/12/15 07:08 AM #34    

Bruce Johnston

Totally agree , after graduating I taught for two years at Beachwood and caned extensively. After twenty five years in the corporate world I returned to teach at DHS. Caning was abolished and if a class was interested and engaged punishment / disciplinary measures are not needed ( although throwing a few chairs in the direction of wayward boys tended to lengthen their attention spans). Caning was not required and I regretted my Beachwood days but recognize I was young and a product of an environment ( DHS 63 - 66) . We may have fond memories but distance lends enchantment and on critical reflection the teachers there today are doing a far far better job than those of our era.

24/12/15 08:53 AM #35    


Larry Butchins

Hey Bruce - it's been a while! I clearly remember other forms of "corporal" punishment. Our French teacher, Tom McGee was a classic example. He didn't cane; he just took the heaviest French dictionary he could find and belted us around the earhole with it! That got our attention - today it would land him jail for assault!

I often (to my everlasting pride) bent over in McIver's office to get "six of the best"....and also got whipped a few times in the prefect's room (I really bucked against the system: didn't wear my basher, left my blazer unbuttoned, went to town and movies out of uniform - all that crap). What were they thinking back then? Seriously: if any teacher in Israel approached a student in a remotely threatening manner we would have the parents, the police, the Knesset, the right and left wing parties and every single citizen up in arms, protesting, striking, and demanding the resignation of the Education Minister (hmmm, not a bad idea actually...) BUT - there was a measure of discipline and respect instilled in us all (fear?). I guess in the '60s we were still living with the legacy of 19th Century English public school traditions.

Compliments of the season to all...


26/01/16 01:19 PM #36    


Cedric Parker

Roger Jones from the class of 64 sent me this very interesting article on the #RhodesMustFall issue. Read it here. I'd be very interested in your comments on it.

28/01/16 05:56 AM #37    

John Mason

Hi Cedric,

The article on Rhodes was certainly provocative. That this kind of debate is still possible in RSA is encouraging. I have thought for some time that much of what appears to be wrong in contemporary RSA is a consequence of the misuse of power by an elite few who feel that they can rule with impunity. Corruption is almost inevitable in circumstances where there is not a very fine balance between those who wield power and those who desire it. I also have extreme misgivings about those who seek to rewrite history - even allowing for the reality that historians are products of their milieu and almost certainly have at times erred in their interpretations of events and people. How can we move forward unless we acknowledge the truth, or seek after it? That Rhodes was a philanthropist, at least in giving after he had shuffled off this mortal coil, should be acknowledged and valued -  but also scrutinised. I think we are gradually learning about the damaging consequences of the unbridled exploitation of our natural resources - there was a time when it was accepted that such unstinting exploitation was good and that we should do the same with human resources.
One of my concerns about philanthropy is that it invariably, or at least too often, involves patronage - which is just another form of control or an attempt to influence the outcome. We need to devise a system whereby individuals are able to succeed without depending on patronage. I have yet to be convinced that unfettered capitalism, where the incentive to strive is all about personal gain both in terms of wealth and power, is the answer. However, all the evidence in recent history has shown that socialism does not improve the quality of life of ordinary people, and that it too can lead to corruption and abuse on a terrible scale. 
I have found that it is possible to persuade young people - our future - that we can improve society by committing ourselves to the principle of striving to do worthwhile things merely because they are worthwhile, and not because we want status or self-aggrandisement. The problem with this, is that it is an absolute contradiction of all the banal and narcissistic values and practices of their world. There are just too many individuals and agencies promoting a world view which is the antithesis of selflessness.
Unfortunately, those who seek to rewrite the past by destroying symbols or records thereof, are merely making it more certain that we will continue to repeat the and tragedies and inequities that have bedevilled human history.

28/01/16 02:00 PM #38    


Geoff Caruth

Hi John


Agree with you 100%. Sadly, such views are held by a small minority. In a nutshell-"What a piece of work is man-NOT"!! I read today that Rupert Murdoch has just bought his new beau Jerry Hall an engagement ring for R 55 million!!! Even given the parlous state of our local currency I think the whole sentiment expressed in your post is perfectly illustrated by this vulgarity! How to change it? The brutal truth is it cannot be changed. I am not a pessimist by nature nor do I subscribe to the"Nasty,Brutish and Short" Philosophy but the failure on the part of most people to see the simple truths staring them in the face is depressing


kind Regards


28/01/16 03:19 PM #39    


Cedric Parker

Thanks for both your responses, John and Geoff. This is such an interesting debate and you've made your points really well.

The prevailing world culture encourages self-centredness and hedonism. When I reflect honestly on myself and my own motives I often see how strongly my life is influenced by this culture. However I can honestly say that in those rare moments when I am able to be selfless and make sacrifices for a worthy cause I know that I am in tune with God's purpose for my life. My prayer is that I can grow to be less influenced by power and greed, and become more like my Creator.

I believe that we're all broken in some way. None of us can elevate ourselves and look down on others with any justification. We're all a mix of good and bad. We should celebrate the good (Rhodes' financial legacy) and be very careful not to judge the bad too harshly. The truly great personalities of history are those folk that have shown abundant grace and mercy.

I was shocked to see that the author of the article was black. Unfortunately that is a reflection of the ingrained prejudice I'm trying to rid myself of.

29/01/16 11:28 PM #40    

John Mason

Hi Cedric,

Your faith has given you a wonderful capacity for honest self-appraisal. This would be a very different world if more of us were able to do the same. Besides the joy of reconnecting with Old Boys, with whom I had long assumed I would only converse with in the life hereafter, I have been able to read postings which provide such an evocative insight into our mutual spiritual and intellectual journeys. 
Shortly before I emigrated from South Africa in the early seventies, I had a conversation with a Doctor Barker whose life work it had been to provide the best medical attention for homeland Africans in a mission hospital in Zululand. I had become disillusioned, angry and cynical about the society in which I had been raised, especially with the Methodist Church. As a member of this church, I felt that their opposition to Apartheid had been weak - even pathetic - and certainly not consistent with the notion of loving one's neighbour. Doctor Barker's advice was simply that if I were to leave South Africa, I should do so without bitterness in my heart. I was utterly humbled by his words and made aware of the arrogance and hubris that could so easily be concealed by an outward display of righteous indignation.
For years I have maintained that for all its shortcomings as a society, especially regarding the treatment of its indigenous people, at least Australia did not have a system of institutionalised racism and oppression. However, increasingly I have come to the view that with respect to the rejection of asylum seekers, there is a sameness between the values and policies of recent Australian governments, and some of the worst abuses during the Apartheid years. Moreover, because refugees are a minority group, the situation for them is without hope, particularly those in detention centres. There is also a collective amnesia with respect to those who have drowned in their desperate attempts to get to Australia in unseaworthy vessels. And, if they do arrive on these shores they are treated as lepers or intruders. Not surprisingly, the incidence of self-harm in off-shore detention is a major embarrassment for those in the government - at least those who still have some empathy and are not in denial, or blinded by their jingoism. One of our most arrogant and insensitive politicians actually claimed that statistically Australia was the most generous country in the world. Presumably that also meant that we are also the most misunderstood, given the condemnation that has been directed at us by the United Nations.
Given these sentiments, I'm sure you'll understand how reassuring it was to find out through this website, which is so obviously a significant and time-consuming project for you, that an Old Boy from our cohort, Brian Brown, had not only at one time been moderator of the Uniting Church in New South Wales, but also a social justice activist. Evidence of the latter was that last year, he and other like-minded Christians were arrested, and released without charge for holding a prayer vigil for refugees in the offices of one of the politicians responsible for these policies and practices. 
So thank you once again for your commitment to this cause. Incidentally, through this site and the efforts of Rob Wilson, I have been able to reconnect with Punch Chapman, and to find that I was entirely vindicated in my admiration and regard for him as a school boy. I have also been able to have an ongoing conversation with Francois Everson, and able to show my son and daughter and others, that I had in no way exaggerated the stories I had told them about this splendid friend and fellow-adventurer!

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