Message from Wray Radford (Finningley 1989), KCOB Executive Committee

Dear <<First Name>>

As the countdown to Christmas has begun, we can reflect on another great year up on the hill. Thank you to the Headmaster Mr Elwyn van den Aardweg, and his entire team for all their hard work keeping the Kearsney standards high and ensuring our school stays as one of the top schools in the country. We the KCOB Executive stand proud!
We officially welcome the Class of 2019 to the KCOB. Congratulations to Oliver Carmody, Ezra Tsela, Joe Mc Kenzie, Neels Volschenk and Kade Mindry on being appointed as the class convenors for the Class 2019. We look forward to working with you gents, keeping your year connected and organising your future reunions.
We wish you all the best of luck for your final exam results and have no doubt you have done yourselves proud.
We also welcome a new crop of Kearsney youngsters into Grade 8 next year. Thank you for choosing Kearsney as your school of choice and I’m sure it is a decision you will always be grateful for. The best advice I can give you is - Carpe Diem young men. It goes by way too quickly so make the most of it.
During the year in 2020 I will inform you about the KCOB four main aims and goals. These are Networking, Marketing, Fundraising and Traditions. These are in line with the KCOB Constitution and you can help us achieve these goals.
I look forward to sharing these with you.
We thank you for your support and your readership during 2019. We wish you the KCOBs and the whole Kearsney community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Be safe and I look forward to connecting with you in 2020.
Carpe Diem
Wray Radford

Link to KCOB Facebook Page for details of KCOB functions in your area
Kearsney Easter Rugby Festival (KERF) – 09 – 13 April 2020 – Kearsney College School
Founders Weekend - 05 – 06 June 2020 – Kearsney College School
With much excitement and anticipation, the date for Founders 2021 has been confirmed. 
As the Centenary year in 2021 draws closer, the KCOB Executive Committee is already planning for an extra special Centenary Founders Week. The dates have been set for 02 - 05 June 2021, and it will be a week that Kearsney Old Boys get together and passionately celebrate 100 years of this great school that we are all so proud to be a part of.
This is not one to be missed, so get planning and make sure you are part of the Centenary celebrations.
Cape Town Branch Functions 16 and 17 October 2019
An awesome evening was had where the Headmaster, Elwyn van den Aardweg met up with young and old at our Cape Town branch functions. Kearsney old boys were represented from six decades, the oldest being the Class of 1957 to the youngest being the Class of 2018.
Old Boys sharing their stories at UCT Rugby Club
Wandile Linda (2017) and Eric Hermanson (1957), both Finningley boys.
Gauteng Branch Golf Day 18 October 2019
An enjoyable day was had on the golf course at the annual Gauteng Branch Golf Day.
Congratulations to the winning fourball.
Steve Meyer (Pembroke 2002), Richard Gafney (Pembroke 1998) and friends of the College, Nicholas Huber and Nicholas Morris
Zululand Branch Function 22 October 2019
Gareth (Finningley 1967) and Correen Reeves
Kai Otto (Sheffield 2018) and Zanel Van der Merwe
Remembrance Day 11 November 2019
Apart from the rain, Remembrance Day service was very moving. The college honoured the Kearsney Old Boys who lost their lives in the Second World War and Kearsney boys and employees who lost their lives whilst still at the College. We will remember them! Thank you to Kearsney Colleges new Chaplin, Reverend Kym Bishop for conducting the service, Reverend Peter Crundwell for conducting the Sermon and Gavin Bester for performing the Roll of Honour duties.
Very proud moments for Mpumeleo Mhlongo (Finningley 2012) when three months after having his PhD proposal accepted on converting recycled plastic to diesel, he is setting world records on the athletic field breaking his own world records in the 100m and Long Jump at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai. Mpumelelo leapt a massive 7.07m to set a new world record in the T44 men’s long jump on his last jump to narrowly beat T64 German (Felix Streng) out of the medal positions, who had a jump of 7.06m. This is two days after breaking his own 100m world record in the 100m heats, only to do it again in the T64 100m finals and claim a silver medal, as the only T44 athlete to make a T64 100m sprint final. The 25 year old, who finished fourth at the London 2017 World Championships, is the first in his class to go beyond seven metres this year and looks to be first in his class that will break the 11 second barrier.”
Mpumelelo matriculated with seven distinctions in 2012 and was Head of Finningley and Head of Choir. He speaks six languages and is a five time Sportsperson of the Year at the University of Cape Town.
Congratulations to Dr Murray Polkinghorne (Gillingham 2011) who recently earned his MPhil with distinction from Cambridge University, coming first in his class. He has subsequently joined Oxford University on the prestigious Radcliffe Department of Medicine Scholarship, where he will be reading for this DPhil in Medical Sciences at Balliol College.

Murray matriculated from Kearsney with eight distinctions and went on to study medicine at the University of Cape town, where he graduated cum lande.  After completing a research fellowship at the Mayo Clinc in the USA, Murray was awarded a scholarship to Cambridge to do an MPhil.

While still at Kearsney Murray was head of Choir and won gold with the choir at the World Choir Games in Shaoxing in China. Murray is a fourth generation Polkinghorne to go through Kearsney, where his great-grandfather, Lawrence Trevenen, was one of the founding pupils in 1921. Murray’s father, David (Gillingham, 1981) was awarded the Major Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in 1986.
Well done Murray, an outstanding achievement
Congratulations and Farewell to the Class of 2019.

The Class of 2019 received their Old Boy tie after writing their final exam, English. They received them from Kearsney Old Boys David Hind (Pembroke 1966), Gavin Bester (Pembroke 1967) and current teachers, Michael Albers (Gillingham 1974), Matthew Saville (Gillingham 2000), Jonathan Waldburger 2000) and Brett Alborough (Finningley 2006).
Justin Goldie (Finningley 2019) and Aaron Holm (Finningley 2019)
Neels Volschenk (Pembroke 2019) and David Hind (Pembroke 1966)
Thando Myeza (Sheffield 2019) and  Headmaster, Mr Elwyn van den Aardweg
Justin Walker (Gillingham 2019) and Michael Albers (Gillingham 1974)
As tradition after the boys have received their Old Boy tie they ring the Hulett Bell in the Centenary Centre marking the end of their journey at Kearsney College as a pupil.
They are now officially Old Boys and hopefully will visit up on the hill in the not too distant future.


This part-time position is to support the KCOB Secretary in the mornings and to be an Old Boy Convenor of their year, we are opening this opportunity to the Classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 from the start of the first term in 2020. The internship will provide a Kearsney College leaver with valuable work experience.
Please see link for further details or contact Michêle May at
Read More: Intern opportunity
Cox Yeats tertiary education sponsorship:
Cox Yeats Attorneys are providing an opportunity for KCOBs who are currently studying law to apply for sponsorship for their studies. There is also the possibility of employment post studies. CVs and letters of motivation to be emailed to the Kearsney Old Boys Office on
Shout out to all Kearsney College Old Boys! Please update your details with us so we can keep you in the loop with our centenary fast approaching and plans underway.

Update your details here
News & Views: Don’t miss the updates on the news at school on the following: November 2019
We remember KCOB members who have passed away.
  • Colin van der Westhuizen (Pembroke 1964) – Passed away 05 September 2019
  • John Woods (Finningley 1952) – Passed away 02 October 2019
  • Raymond Wicks (Finningley 1949) – Passed away 29 October 2019
Please notify us of deaths. Contact Michêle May at
The KCOB Team wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous festive season.
National Branch Convenors
Branch Name Telephone Email
Cape Town Euvrard Loubser 082 894 8257
Dolphin Coast Tim Johnson 082 424 6202
DBN & PMB Kevin Phillips 083 296 3720
Gauteng Mush Siwisa 078 459 2943
South Coast David Rush 083 709 6912
Zululand Gareth Reeves 082 443 8766
International Branch Convenors
Branch Name Telephone Email
Australia Richard Bridel +61 405 100 261
Mauritius Raymond Hein +230 525 44887
Middle East Sergey Kokarev +971 504 583573
New Zealand Mark Berge +64 4385 0587
Swaziland Steve Martin +268 760 39787
UK London Angelo van Dyk +44 747 259 7971
USA Eric Ngoie +1 201 965 8050

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