Well rounded young men with a solid foun­da­tion in cul­ture

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Boys at re­u­nion as­sem­blies.

The pho­to­graphic club meets reg­u­larly to at­tend in­ter­est­ing work­shops and they pro­vide the vis­ual ma­te­rial for School pub­li­ca­tions and the web­site.

Our an­nual art ex­hi­bi­tion is al­ways well at­tended and show­cases an ex­cel­lent body of art­work across the grades.

Cre­ative writ­ing is a pas­sion for some of the young gen­tle­men at King Ed­ward and to this end the writer’s so­ci­ety plays a tra­di­tional part of the suc­cess­ful Ex­pres­sions evenings held each year.

Out­reach and in­ter­ac­tion with the community is very im­por­tant at King Ed­ward. Not only do we raise money for do­na­tions to char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions but the learn­ers via the King Ed­ward School Community Out­reach pro­gramme (KESCO) col­lect Easter eggs, canned and non per­ish­able food, used cloth­ing, books, sports equip­ment and Christ­mas gifts for dis­tri­bu­tion to a va­ri­ety of char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out the year.

Time and ef­fort is also ex­pended on var­i­ous projects with planned vis­its to or­phan­ages and old-age homes. Reg­u­lar blood drives are or­gan­ised and run by the school coun­cil­lors to col­lect much needed blood re­serves for the SA Na­tional Blood Trans­fu­sion Ser­vice.

King Ed­ward has rep­re­sen­ta­tion on both Jo­han­nes­burg youth coun­cils. We can boast three Jo­han­nes­burg Ju­nior Coun­cil may­ors within five years and one Jo­han­nes­burg Stu­dent Coun­cil mayor who served a three year ten­ure.

Our coun­cil­lors are good lead­ers and are reg­u­larly voted onto the ex­ec­u­tive bod­ies of these coun­cils. These youth coun­cil­lors are en­cour­aged to ini­ti­ate group and in­di­vid­ual projects which ben­e­fit the dis­ad­van­taged in the community.

KESCO was founded in 2006 by two en­ter­pris­ing coun­cil­lors (one a Ju­nior Mayor at the time) and re­mains in the hands of the coun­cil­lors who are tasked with the run­ning of the school out­reach projects each year.

We also have an im­pres­sive track record in the Model United Na­tion’s Con­fer­ences (hosted by the South African In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs). This com­pe­ti­tion re­quires ex­ten­sive re­search to be done by teams of three learn­ers each, where work­ing knowl­edge of the UNO and cur­rent af­fairs is vi­tal as each team is re­quired to rep­re­sent a par­tic­u­lar coun­try and to present a valid case while de­bat­ing a given sce­nario and pre­sent­ing pa­pers and opin­ions rel­e­vant to their topic.

We have won this com­pe­ti­tion for three con­sec­u­tive years, and have placed sec­ond for two con­sec­u­tive years in the re­cent past and have also picked up awards for the best speaker in a topic sec­tion.

With re­gard to lead­er­ship devel­op­ment, a num­ber of Grade 11 learn­ers are se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the stim­u­lat­ing and ed­u­ca­tional Spirit of Youth Pro­gramme (SoY) run by GIBS which in­te­grates learn­ers from all eco­nomic and cul­tural back­grounds and pro­vides a fo­rum for ex­plo­ration, self dis­cov­ery and civic aware­ness.

Se­nior boys are given op­por­tu­ni­ties to hone their lead­er­ship, or­gan­i­sa­tional and so­cial­i­sa­tion skills at in­ter­nally run lead­er­ship work­shops, through the School men­tor­ship pro­gramme or by at­tend­ing spon­sored weekend camps and scholar work­shops fa­cil­i­tated by var­i­ous lead­er­ship acad­e­mies, prom­i­nent com­pa­nies and bod­ies in­vested in youth devel­op­ment.

Our well trained and ded­i­cated first aiders pro­vide an in­valu­able ser­vice at all sports fix­tures as well as at­tend­ing to the daily scrapes and mishaps that oc­cur in a busy school en­vi­ron­ment. Their ser­vice to the School and on the fields is in­valu­able.

The dra­matic so­ci­ety at King Ed­ward is ac­tively sup­ported by the boys and au­di­tions for pro­duc­tions are well at­tended. The School has its own in­ti­mate theatre and it is here that the boys es­cape into an­other di­men­sion and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally cre­ate a dif­fer­ent perspective of the world. The play ‘Black­out’, our en­try into the 2012 RAPS fes­ti­val saw us placed first and we won the Suther­land Play fes­ti­val in 2013. In 2014 we gar­nered a num­ber of act­ing and di­rect­ing nom­i­na­tions at RAPS for our en­try, ‘Dad’s Army’ and un­der new di­rec­tion, we per­formed well in 2016 with our en­try, “Happy Birth­day, Wanda June’.

Through­out the year, the act­ing skills of the boys are dis­played in pro­duc­tions from the one-act in­ter-house play fes­ti­val to the RAPS pro­duc­tion and the fi­nal per­for­mance in the third term with the ‘Evening at the Theatre’. This com­pletes the year for the cur­rent dra­matic so­ci­ety and in­cludes recitals from the choir and mu­sic so­ci­ety.

The young men at King Ed­ward have strong opin­ions on mat­ters and em­brace op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­press them­selves. The School ac­tively par­tic­i­pates and ex­cels in the de­bat­ing league both at se­nior and ju­nior level. A va­ri­ety of in­for­mal fo­rums also af­ford the op­por­tu­nity for the young men to de­bate is­sues of im­por­tance to them. King Ed­ward en­ters teams in a va­ri­ety of speak­ing com­pe­ti­tions where they en­joy great suc­cess.

The idea is to de­velop the boys’ abil­ity to work as a team, and to de­velop their in­di­vid­ual or­a­tory skills. Learn­ers par­tic­i­pate in the pre­pared and im­promptu sec­tions where they clearly demon­strate their abil­ity to think on their feet.

The An­nual “Just-a-minute” con­test pro­vides an evening of fun and laugh­ter and is en­joyed by par­tic­i­pants and au­di­ence alike.

The high­lights of pub­lic speak­ing at School are the ju­nior and se­nior Best Speaker com­pe­ti­tions. The name of the an­nual se­nior Best Speaker is dis­played on the hon­ours boards in the au­di­to­rium to inspire fu­ture or­a­tors.

The cul­tural pro­gramme at King Ed­ward School con­tin­ues to hold its own and to pro­duce fine young men who by means of their cre­ative ef­forts and abil­i­ties can ex­press them­selves with elo­quence and con­fi­dence lend­ing rich­ness and sat­is­fac­tion to the cul­tural ex­tra-mu­ral pur­suits of King Ed­ward VII School.

– Mrs A Ma­nia

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