Headmaster’s Newsletter – Friday 23rd January 2015

Dear Parents,

I am sure you all join the Staff of Falcon in extending our love and condolences to the Headmaster’s wife, Martha, on the passing of her Mother a week ago. At the time of writing the Headmaster and Martha are in South Africa to be with family for the funeral and to assist with all the matters attendant to a bereavement, and our thoughts are with them . We welcome them back with us from this afternoon.

The public examination results from the 2014 November session were released yesterday. Detailed analysis has not been finalised yet , but as always there have been some noteworthy achievements. 2014 Head Boy Stephen Bhasera achieved two A* and an A at A Level, while this year’s Deputy Head Boy Thabo Dhlamini secured three As and a B at AS Level. Justin Kersten achieved three A*, six As and a B in the IGCSE examinations. At A Level there were 100% passes in Biology, Design and Technology, Literature in English and History, and there was only one failure in Physics. In the IGCSE exams there were 100% passes in Physics, Chemistry, Design and Technology and Computer Studies. A break down of the AS results shows 100% passes in Design and Technology , Literature in English, Environmental Management and Computing . Design and Technology deserve particular recognition for their 100% success at IGCSE, AS and A Level – a great effort by the Staff and the candidates. A more detailed analysis of the results is likely to be in place by Monday.

There is a very full programme of sport this weekend. Falcon will host the Hart Trophy and the Arthur Gower

Trophy Water Polo events from Friday to Sunday, while Basketball host St. John’s on Saturday morning. The 1st Cricket XI and the A teams will be in Harare to play St. George’s on Saturday and St. John’s on Sunday, while the 2nd XI and B teams from St. George’s will be at Falcon on Saturday. There should be some great competition with our friends from the North.

We would like to remind Harare based Parents that the Chairman of the Board Andy Laing and the Headmaster will be at the Royal Harare Golf Club to meet with Parents at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 3rd February. All Harare Parents are encouraged to meet with these important representatives of the College as well as to meet and socialise with other members of the Parent body.
Have a safe weekend and a good week ahead as we move towards the first fixture free weekend.

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time”
Rabbinical Saying

Have a great week!

Regards

Mr Dave Grant

Second Master

 

CAPTAINS OF SPORT—TERM ONE, 2015

ATHLETICS                                           K MASHANGU
BASKETBALL                                        S MATSHE
CROSS COUNTRY                                R HERBST
CRICKET                                                 S SNYDER
SQUASH, GOLF AND SHOOTING D COETZEE
SWIMMING                                          J SCHLACTER
TENNIS                                                  T DHLAMINI
WATER POLO                                      L FARGNOLI

 

BASKETBALL—17TH JANUARY 2015

FALCON                                          VERSUS                                SCORE
FALCON 1ST TEAM      MIDLANDS CHRISTIAN        WON 37 : 19
FALCON U17                            KYLE COLLEGE                WON 53 : 8
FALCON U17                              GOLDRIDGE                     WON 19 : 10

BASKETBALL—22ND JANUARY 2015

FALCON                                             VERSUS                                  SCORE
FALCON 1ST TEAM                              C B C                       WON 12 : 10
FALCON 1ST TEAM                             PETRA                    WON 11 : 7
FALCON U17                                        MILTON                  WON 50 : 24
FALCON U16                                           C B C                       WON 22 : 8
FALCON U15                                           C B C                        LOST 2 : 10
FALCON U15                                           C B C                        LOST 10 : 16

 

CRICKET VS CBC

The cricket last weekend against CBC was a generally successful start to the season. Sadly, only the 1st team lost. 2nds and U16 B won by an innings and the 15 B side by over 300 runs.
Munya Madhombiro and Bheki Ndlela scored centuries for the 2nd XI. Madhombiro also took 5 wickets. Tugwete was another centurion for the U15 A. Further half centuries were hit by Rogan Wolhuter (14 A), Tino Magaba (15 B), Ewen Pinkney (15 A), Michael Muleya and Brandon Malandule (16 B) and Jonathan Conolly (16 A). In the bowling department Geoffrey Flaxman (16 B) took 6 wickets in the first innings and 9 in the match. For the 1st XI one bright spot was Matthew Conolly who took 4-6 in his 10 overs.
The 3rd XI lost a T20 match against an adult side at McDonald Club.

 

TENNIS
Below are the tennis results from last week.
1st vs. Petra                         won 3-0
U16s vs. Petra                     won 3-0
U15s vs. Petra                     won 2-1
U16s vs. Goldgridge         won 3-1
U15s vs. Goldridge           won 6-0

 

WATERPOLO PROGRAMME 17 JANUARY 2015 AT CBC WATERPOLO PROGRAMME
WHITE                       BLUE                  RESULTS              
FC 17 A                  CBC 17 A               Lost 1 – 4
FC U15 A               CBC U15A             Lost 0 – 6
FC 17 B                   CBC U17B             Lost 2 – 5
CBC U15B                FC U15A              Drew 2 – 2
GC U15                     FC U15B              Lost 0 – 8
GC Y                          FC U17B              Lost 3 – 2
FC U15B                 CBC U15A             Lost 0 – 12
FC U19                    CBC U17A            Won 9 – 0
FC U17 B                GC X                       Lost 2 – 5
CBC U19                  FC U17A              Lost 2 – 5
FC U19                     HIPPOS                Won 6 – 0
CBC U15B               FC U15B               Lost 2 – 10
FC U15A                 CBC U15A            Lost 2 – 12
CBC U17A              FC U17A              Won 4 – 2
CBC U19                  FC U19                 Won 6 – 0

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Headmaster’s Newsletter – Friday 16th January 2015

Dear Parents,

First of all, my very best wishes go out to the whole Falcon family for 2015.

The year has started in a positive fashion, which l am very pleased about.

Our holiday time saw boys in the UK on Rugby tour which was very successful. We won two of the three games and the final game – against a top UK side – was incredibly close. There were so many positive things said about the trip and the way the boys behaved.
Mr Pierre Heymans, Munene Kermer and Ryan Johnston travelled to Abu Dhabi to attend the World Falconry Festival. Our boys were the only schoolboys at the gathering and again, they really made a major impression on everyone there. It was an incredible experience for them.

We hosted a very successful Tennis Camp during the school holidays. This was headed by Mr Wayne Black assisted by our coach, Mr Artwell Mutape and the Whitestone coach, Mr Zenzo Ndlovu. The feedback was excellent, with all the participants having really enjoyed the experience.

This morning at Assembly, the names of the 2015 Septet were announced and they are: T Ngwenya (Leader), S Matshe, C Burke, R Scheepers, T Zvobgo, R Godfrey and K Manhando. Mrs Ferreira has also started a second senior vocal group entitled “The Ensemble”, headed by T Dhlamini. They will also combine with and feed the Septet when required.

During the holidays, we also had boys on Adventure Racing at Stanford Lake in South Africa. They did really well and were most certainly competitive. The Junior and Senior Debate teams competed in the SADC Regional Competition in Botswana. They have now been invited to attend the Global Tournament in Slovakia as a result of how they performed.

The new boys have settled reasonably well. As always, there is the odd boy who is homesick. We have invited the Form One parents in on Sunday for a report back on the first week at the College. There has been a mixed reaction to the new system. I would like to have it play itself out before making my mind up finally about the way we will approach it, going forward. I appreciate that seeing parents after only one week may be disruptive – even though this happened when parents came to watch cricket matches in previous years. I will continue to work hard at making the transition from primary to senior school easier. I am determined to make Falcon a happier place, without losing the discipline and values that make Falcon special.

The Checkpoint Exam results are out and l have to say that in Maths and Science, we are delighted. However, the English results were not what we had hoped for and we will look hard at the examiners comments so that the boys excel at ‘IGCSE’ level.

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”
Unknown

 

Best wishes

R W Querl

Headmaster

Have a great week!
Regards

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2015 Term Dates

2015 TERM DATES
Term One
Start : Saturday 10 January – Form Ones enter
Sunday 11 January – remainder of College enters
End : Wednesday 1 April
1st Fixture Free : 30 January – 2 February
Half Term : 19-23 February
2nd Fixture Free : 13-16 March
Founders Day : Saturday 21 March

Term Two
Start : Sunday 3 May
End : Thursday 6 August
1st Fixture Free : 22-25 May
Half Term : 18-22 June
2nd Fixture Free : 17-20 July

Term Three
Start : Sunday 6 September
End : Thursday 3 December
1st Fixture Free : 25-28 September
Half Term : 16-19 October
2nd Fixture Free : 6-9 November

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