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!
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.
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!
U17 CHISZ TOURNAMENT RESULTS
ST GEORGE’S 1ST
ST JOHN’S 3RD
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.
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