It is with profound sadness that we were informed of the passing of Brandon Paul Voigt (Class of 2015) after a lengthy but bravely fought illness.
Brandon joined our school in Grade 5 in 2008. In his Matric year, he was Tugman House Captain and also set himself mini-goals such as attending his brother’s wedding, attending his Matric Dance and celebrating his 18th birthday. Brandon was an extremely gifted and talented artist and a strong Waterpolo player.
He had a heart for service - delivering clothes to the needy and also gave many hours to CHOC. He was also adept at magic, which he put to use at Vincent Pallotti Oncology Unit. During his Matric year and this year, he also worked at Grace’s at Howard Centre. In his spare time he was passionate about drifting, using radio controlled model cars.
Brandon’s life philosophy was: “Don’t give up. Treat each day as your most precious gift and make the most of it. Have fun and laugh a lot”.
Our hearts to go out to Peter (his dad), Bev (his step-mom) and Sandi (his mom). We also send our prayers to his siblings, Carl, Nick and Melissa.
As a community we are devastated by the loss of this vibrant, gentle and caring young man taken at such a young age.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev 21:4
The 2015 Matric class at St George’s Grammar School once again achieved a 100% pass rate and an excellent Bachelors pass rate of 94%, which represents an increase of 4% in Bachelors passes from the previous year.
And for the second year running, St George's has been in the Top 20 schools in the Western Cape and has received a certificate for Academic Excellence from the Western Cape Education Department.
The class of 35 students achieved 72 distinctions (As) and
64 Bs, equating to 56% of all results obtained being above 70%.
Congratulations go to Ilyaas Amien who obtained 8 As, with 6
marks being above 90%; seven As each were obtained by Nicholas Steele (who also
achieved 5 marks above 90%) and Jasper Bormans.
David Bechus, Meghan MacDonald and Raees Shaikh each obtained 5As, while
Sergio Rodrigues obtained 4As. Joshua Esterhuizen, Faieeza Khalfe, Rustin
Reiners and Mogamad Rafiq Salie each achieved 3 As.
Well done to the Class of 2015, as well as their teachers and parents, on the excellent results.
Congratulations to Class of 2009 student, Matthew Legg, on the following achievements during his
studies and Chartered Accounting Board Exam this year.
Well done, Matthew - we are proud of you and all your achievements.
In recognition of exemplary service and dedication to St George's Grammar School, the Gore Hall was renamed the GEOF BURTON HALL at a special dedication function held in March 2015.
Geof was associated with the school for 37 years until his retirement in 2011. He taught English and History, was a boarding house master, coach of cricket, soccer, athletics and squash and for the final 13 years of his professional life at St George's, he was Deputy Head and Principal of the High School.
He is fondly remembered by pupils, staff and parents as having a great sense of humour and fun. He also had a tremendous sense of what was right and wrong and truly living the motto of the school: The courage to do what is right.
Further good news regarding the 2014 Matric results - the school received an award for Academic Excellence at the Western Cape National Senior Certificate Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 14 January at Leeuwenhof, the residence of the Western Cape Premier.
The school was ranked 19th overall in the Western Cape and received this award based on the following criteria:
Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and the teaching staff on achieving this prestigious award.
Congratulations to the Matric Class of 2014 on the excellent set of results. The 40 pupils who wrote achieved a 100% pass rate, with 90% of these being Bachelor passes. In addition to this, a total of 89 As (32%), 80 Bs (28%) and 55 Cs (20%) were obtained.
Georgian congratulations go to the following achievers:
Robin Visser -- 9 As (6 marks above 90%)
Keenan Wong -- 7 As (2 marks above 90%)
Pierre Bosch -- 5 As, 2 Bs
Ameerah Camroodien -- 5 As, 1 B
Joshua Chapple -- 5 As, 2 Bs
Juliet Corder -- 5 As, 1 B
Storm Johnson -- 5 As, 2 Bs
Aslam Khan -- 5 As, 2 Bs
Quanita Figueira -- 4 As, 2 Bs
Jaymee Fowler -- 4 As, 2 Bs
Nicholas Leon -- 4 As, 3 Bs
Jerome Brutus -- 3 As, 3 Bs
Jared Harley -- 3 As, 3 Bs
Nicholas Woode-Smith -- 3 As, 3 Bs
Deen Adams -- 2 As, 2 Bs
Kirsten Africa -- 2 As, 4 Bs
Lucian Erasmus -- 2 As, 4 Bs
Kyle Harley -- 2 As, 1 B
Tova Luck -- 2 As, 2 Bs
Abdur-Raaziq Majiet -- 2 As, 2 Bs
Adrian van Wyk -- 2 As, 2 Bs
Class averages above 70% were achieved in the following nine of the 14 subjects offered by the school: English, Geography, History, Maths Literacy, Business Studies, Engineering Graphics and Design, Dramatic Art, Visual Art and Life Orientation. Averages above 60% were achieved in Afrikaans, Life Science, Mathematics and Physical Science.
“As an inclusive school, we are exceptionally proud of the candidates and congratulate them heartily,” said Head of SGGS, Julian Cameron.
Three St George's Grade 9 pupils walked away with Gold and Bronze medals at this year's Eskom Expo for Young Scientists.
Imaan Amien (front left) achieved a GOLD medal and a special award for her project entitled “Insulation in Informal Housing” in the category Junior Housing and Settlement Studies. She now goes on to represent the Western Cape at the Nationals in Boksburg during the September holidays.
Michael Barbour (back left) and Daniel Hutchings (back right)received a Bronze medal for their project entitled “The Science of Gardening” in the category Junior Plant Sciences (which includes Marine Plants & Plant Ecology).
Well done to these Grade 9s and also to their teachers Mrs F Salie (right) and Mrs B Young who worked with all the St George's pupils who participated in the Expo.
St George's Grammar congratulates Grade 12 pupil, Robin Visser, who received a bronze medal in the International Mathematics Olympiad held in Cape Town last week. Robin achieved first place in the local six-man team while South Africa was awarded 64th position out of 101 countries that participated.
“It was a great privilege to be able to represent the country at what is considered to by many to be the world's hardest math Olympiad for high school students,” said Robin.
Well done Robin, St George's Grammar is indeed very proud of you!
It is with great sadness that the community of St George's Grammar School heard the news of the passing of Geof Burton, in the early hours of Thursday, 26 June 2014. As a few of his former colleagues commented, “Typical of Geof, to wait until the end of term to say his final goodbye.”
Geof was associated with St George's for 37 years, until his retirement in 2011. He taught English and History, was boarding house master, Pinchin House master, the starter at athletics meetings and swimming galas, coach of cricket, football, athletics and squash, and for the final 13 years of his professional life, Deputy Head of the school and Principal teacher in the High School.
His dedication to the school was exemplary. He was supremely loyal. As Deputy Head, he was the champion of his staff. He had a tremendous sense of what was right and wrong, and truly lived the motto of the school: The courage to do what is right. He did not hesitate to speak up when he perceived any wrong doing and was quite prepared to defend his staff against any parent who was (unfairly) critical.
His sense of humor and fun was infectious. At one scheduled staff meeting he arrived and announced that he had misplaced the agenda. He then said, “Forget the meeting. Those who want to, have my permission to go and have a beer.” Of course, Geof stayed at school and continued with his work.
One of his former colleagues remembers with fondness how Geof sent him off to Paarl with the first cricket team on a Saturday morning, only to discover on his arrival that the game was to be played at St George's!
He loved music and had a prodigious general knowledge – especially in sport and the music of the '60s.
Geof Burton was born in England in 1948 and grew up in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). He was head boy of his school and a very talented sportsman – especially in cricket and rugby. He and Jenny, his wife, met while they were at school. Geof went on to study at Rhodes University. He taught in Zimbabwe for a few years before starting his long association with St George's Grammar School.
Both his sons had all their schooling at St George's and both made their mom and dad very proud. Michael and Steve were excellent sportsmen, achieving school colours in a number of different sporting codes. Steve was the South African number one squash player in his age group throughout his school career. Because both sons became so involved in squash, Geof also became involved on the administration side, and for many years he managed Western Province School sides at Interprovincial tournaments.
Geof was diagnosed with cancer about two years before he retired. After treatment, the illness was in remission and it seemed as though he would enjoy a good few years of his well deserved retirement. Unfortunately, all came back with a vengeance, and he had to suffer a lot of pain and discomfort the past few months. His passing is experienced, by his family and friends, as a relief, a letting go. It seemed as though Geof just waited until his younger son could make the trip from London where he has been living for the past number of years.
Geof leaves his wife, Jenny, and two sons, Michael and Steve.
Geof, thank you for your contribution to enriching our lives and bringing a sense of meaning, fair play, integrity and fun to our lives, and for helping make St George's Grammar School a wonderful place to be. Rest, without pain, for evermore.
St George's Grammar School is proud to announce that we have been welcomed into the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation's Circle of Excellence in 2014. The Circle of Excellence network celebrates and promotes the development of holistic excellence in South Africa.
This year, St George's was one of 10 other new schools to be welcomed into the Circle of Excellence that lists only 100 secondary schools annually that they believe offer excellence in education and consistent delivery of successful candidates to the Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship programme - a programme that assists with full financial support to pursue tertiary studies at selected universities.
A brief background on The Foundation: it was launched in 2008 and is investing in 'a long-term legacy of greatness through inspiring and developing individuals who will become high impact responsible entrepreneurs.' An important part of developing these high impact entrepreneurs is quality, holistic education.
There are FIVE PILLARS in The Foundation's Entrepreneurial Values: Intellectual Imagination; Achievement Excellence; Person Initiative; Spirit of Significance and Courageous Commitment.
Selection to the Circle of Excellence is based on the school's performance on a 5-year rolling period and the number of Candidate Fellows and Camp Candidates that the school produces in the five-year period.
Valerie March — 8 Distinctions (Pre R to Grade 12)
Megan Dyamond — 5 Distinctions
Antaya March — 3 Distinctions (Pre R to Grade 12)
Grade 11 learner, Robin Visser, is best known as the Mathematics fundi of St George's Grammar School. He is one of top academic achievers in his class, doing nine academic subjects which include Mathematics, Physics, English, Afrikaans, History and Life Orientation. In addition he does Advanced Mathematics, IT and Philosophy as extra subjects. Whenever an announcement on a new maths achievement deserves mentioning in assembly, before a name is even mentioned murmurings of Robin's name spread throughout the hall.
Robin has been doing Mathematics for as long as he can remember, but it was only in Grade 7 that his interest in Mathematics became a passion. His interest took a definite step forward when he participated in the Star Mathematics competition in 2008 where he achieved 2nd place in the Western Cape and 4th position nationally. He was also awarded Gold in the SIAT examinations in the same year, and has since continued to excel in Maths competitions. This boosted his confidence and encouraged him to take part in more occasions where his talent could be developed and demonstrated. In due course it inspired him to launch the schools very own first Maths Olympiad in the senior school in order to encourage an interest in Maths and to also allow learners to explore their mathematical ability.
The year 2009 became particularly noteworthy in his development in Maths. He tied 5th place in the annual UCT Mathematics competition and has subsequently managed to secure first position within in his grade for three consecutive years. Some of his other achievements in 2009: 3rd in the UCT Invitational Mathematics challenge; short-listed for the Baltic Way challenge; 1st in the International Mathematics Olympiad; 2nd place in the Junior Round 1 and 2 South African Training Programme; 3rd place in the SAMO training programme and came 2nd in the SAMO.
His brilliance does not stop there. In 2011 Robin participated in the South African Maths Olympiad (SAMO) and won 2nd position nationally. In the same year as a member of the junior team at the International Maths Olympiad (IMO) he came first in his category. He also participated in the SAMO again in 2012, this time in the senior team, and managed to come 4th nationally. Robin's highest achievement thus far includes being awarded a bronze medal in the International Maths Olympiad 2013. This is indeed is an incredible achievement considering that fact the IMO is regarded by many as the world's most difficult Maths competition. Although the list of Robin's achievements is endless (including being able to recall over 200 digits of pi) he remains a humble and modest person.