Headmaster’s Newsletter – Friday 6th February 2015

Dear Parents,

I am very grateful to all parents who attended the Harare meeting and I am delighted at the support we received at that meeting for the increase in fees and for the bus levy. I am sure that those who attended would have gained valuable insight into the position that the school is in financially and how much of a difference the increases will make. I would also like to say that the gathering was a very pleasant one and it was great to meet new and old parents in a social capacity. The Falcon Family really does mean a great deal and there were so many positive comments made about various aspects of the school, which makes me incredibly proud to head up this institution.

While this week has been a short one with the boys only returning on Monday evening, an awful lot seems to have happened. The boys arrived back on Monday to a school which had been drenched by a rainstorm of significance, where we had 60mm in 20 minutes. The rain was accompanied by a good deal of hail as well. The Oates Form One dorm was flooded and when I arrived there the occupants were up to their knees in water! We are delighted with the rain, but hope that it stays away at the weekend for our Junior Schools’ Cricket Festival.

This week we learnt that last year’s Headboy, Stephen Bhasera, has earned the accolade of achieving the best Cambridge Geography results in the world! This is an incredible achievement and Stephen deserves this amazing award. Rhys Herbst, this year’s current Head of George Grey, earned the best results in Zimbabwe in Design and Technology. Both of these boys will be honoured at a ceremony hosted by Cambridge in Harare early in March. We are obviously very proud of their success.

Our cricketers returned from their tour of KwaZulu-Natal only having managed to get in two of the four games due to rain! They won one and lost one of the two games played. The trip was a great experience as it provided an opportunity for our lads to compare facilities with some of the top private schools in South Africa. The comments from our staff and boys have been incredibly positive and enlightening.

 

Our Open Day takes place today and by all accounts we have a good number of people attending, which is a very positive sign for the future. Open Day is followed by the Junior Schools’ Cricket Festival, where we have 12 of the top primary schools in the country competing. This very clever format, devised by Mr Richard Harrison, means that all boys in a team get to contribute to the final result.

I must say that our new boys have settled in very well indeed. I was briefed this morning by our School Counsellor (Pastor Doug Darby), who has seen every Form One boy on a personal basis. We are satisfied that Falcon is most certainly a happier place this year, although we cannot rest on our laurels. Education of the boys further up in the school is most certainly the way forward in my opinion. I will be entertaining all Form Two boys by house, to ensure that their mentorship of the Form Ones is as good as it can be.

“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.”
Evan Esar (1899 – 1995)

Enjoy your weekend!

Kind regards

R W Querl Headmaster

CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS OUTSTANDING LEARNER AWARDS: 2014 EXAM SERIES

Two of our students won the Cambridge International Outstanding Learner Awards for the November 2014 Exam series.
Stephen Bhasera, who was our Headboy last year, won the Top in the World Award in A level Geography. This means that he beat all other candidates in the world to score the highest marks in A level Geography. Last year Stephen won the Top in Zimbabwe Award in AS Geography for the 2013 Exam series.
Rhys Herbst won the Top in Zimbabwe Award in AS Design & Technology. Rhys scored the highest marks in Design and Technology in Zimbabwe.
The award ceremony will be held at the Meikles hotel in Harare on 5th March 2015. The boys’ parents have been invited to attend this prestigious ceremony.

 

ATHLETICS
The Athletics team went to Louis Trichardt over the fixture free weekend and did very well. They won 8 gold, 6 silver and 11 bronze medals. We commend them for this!

BASKETBALL
U17 CHISZ TOURNAMENT RESULTS

 

SCHOOL POSITION
ST GEORGE’S              1ST
CORNWAY                   2ND
ST JOHN’S                   3RD
FALCON                       4TH

CRICKET
The 1st XI Cricket team toured KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa last week. Rain affected the cricket but the team beat Kearsney College and lost to Maritzburg College, while the match versus Hilton was rained off with the game in a balanced situation.

SQUASH
MATABELELAND JUNIOR CLOSED SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP

U19 AGE GROUP
Justin Kersten—Final Ranking—2nd out of 8 players

UNDER 16 AGE GROUP
Evan Wellock—Final Ranking— 1st out of 4 players
Sheunesu Chigangacha—Final Ranking— 3rd out of 4 players

UNDER 14 AGE GROUP
Ewen Pinkney—Final Ranking—3rd out of 9 players

UNDER 13 AGE GROUP
Joshua Blatch – Final Ranking—1st out of 4 players

 

WATER POLO—5TH FEBRUARY 2015

FALCON              VERSUS             SCORE
FALCON  U17B       CBC              WON 10 : 3
FALCON U15A       CBC                LOST 4 : 5
FALCON U15B       CBC              WON 10 : 3

 

 

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Headmaster’s Newsletter – Friday 30th January 2015

Dear Parents,

I am very grateful to Mr Dave Grant for standing in for me in my absence, when l attended my mother-in-law’s funeral last week. Martha and I would like to thank everyone who sent messages of condolence.
Our academic results proved to be very satisfactory with a 77% pass rate at IGSCE, 88% at AS level and 93% at A level.
Our top results were very pleasing at A level. Last year’s Head Boy, Stephen Bhasera, attained  2 A*s and an A. At AS level, this year’s Deputy Head Boy, Thabo Dhlamini, achieved 3 As and a B and at IGSCE, Justin Kersten secured 3 A*s, 6 As and a B.
My grateful thanks go to the staff for their hard work in achieving these results. 8 out of 13 subjects at A level got a 100% pass rate!
The Academic Assembly – to honour our top students – will be held on Wednesday 18th February before the half term break. Parents of the students receiving awards will be invited to this special assembly and lunch thereafter.
Our sporting teams have had a very good start to the year, with the U17 Water Polo team winning the Collins Cup last weekend.
Our junior cricketers have also been very successful, not losing a game this season – having played CBC, St George’s and St John’s.
The 1st XI Cricket team are currently on tour in KZN, South Africa. They played against Kearsney College and won by 5 wickets with 4 balls to spare. Sadly rain cancelled the match against Michaelhouse and they lost against Maritzburg College yesterday.
A number of our boys were selected to represent Matabeleland in the Senior National Swimming Championships, which will take place over half term. They are T Cooke, R Lardner-Burke, P Moyo, T O’Hara, T Rainford, T Simon and L Van Breda.
Although this is a fixture free weekend, we are sending boys to an Athletics meeting in Louis Trichardt, our U17 Basketball team will be taking part in the U17 Basketball Tournament at Falcon, boys are competing in the Matabeleland Squash Championships in Bulawayo and we have  boys playing Water Polo for Zimbabwe U19A and U19B in the CANA tournament being held in Harare,against South Africa.
The Form One boys seem to have settled in well and we are pleased with the effort they have made in all areas. The return from the first fixture free weekend can still be difficult, as there are several boys who are still homesick. I urge you to make the most of the weekend and encourage them to return to school in a positive frame of mind.
Our school counsellor, Pastor Doug Darby, will interview each Form One individually next week to ensure that there are no issues that we are unaware of.
The Cross Country Relay took place on Tuesday and the boys showed amazing heart and togetherness after such a short time. The fastest Junior was T Ngwenya (George Grey) and the fastest senior was R Herbst (George Grey), both running the distance in record times.
I met with the new boys (above form one) after assembly today and there were no issues to speak of. They all seem to be enjoying their new place of learning and were incredibly positive.

“In daily life, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
David Steindl-Rast

Have a great week!
Regards

R W Querl

Headmaster

 

 BASKETBALL VERSUS ST JOHN’S

FALCON                            VERSUS                 SCORE
FALCON 1ST TEAM       ST JOHN’S         WON 34 : 25
FALCON U17                    ST JOHN’S         WON 32 : 22
FALCON U16A                 ST JOHN’S          LOST 8 : 15
FALCON U16B                  ST JOHN’S       LOST 10 : 23
FALCON U15                     ST JOHN’S       WON 22 : 10
FALCON U14                     ST JOHN’S       LOST 13 : 14

CRICKET VERSUS ST JOHN’S AND ST GEORGE’S
Falcon enjoyed an incredibly successful cricket weekend against St George’s and St John’s, winning eleven games, drawing one and losing two overall. The junior A and B teams all won against St George’s, and the 3rd XI won as well in the seniors but, unfortunately, the 2nd XI narrowly lost by 14 runs. Impressively, all the junior A teams went on to beat St John’s on Sunday, with the 3rd XI being the only casualty that day. The 1st XI convincingly beat St George’s by six wickets on Saturday and then drew a declaration match against St John’s on Sunday. Half-centuries were scored against St George’s by J. Conolly (U16A: 50 runs), K. du Boil (U15B: 67 runs) and S. Wellock (U14B: 52 runs) and against St John’s by T. Makororo (U15A: 51), whilst five-wicket hauls were taken by G. Flaxman (U16B: 6/31) against St George’s and by M. Mugova (U16A: 5/27) and M. Maringa (U14A: 5/21) against St John’s (honourable mention also to S. Ndlela in U14A, taking 4/12).

2015 CROSS COUNTRY RELAY EVENT
OVERALL RESULTS

HOUSE POSITION
GEORGE GREY        1ST
CHUBB                       2ND
HERVEY                     3RD
OATES                        3RD
TREDGOLD               5TH
FOUNDERS               6TH

2015 CROSS COUNTRY RELAY EVENT
FASTEST INDIVIDUAL TIMES
JUNIOR: T NGWENYA (GEORGE GREY) TIME: 12:13:74
SENIOR: R HERBST (GEORGE GREY) TIME: 11:30:00

 

 

 

 

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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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