Parktown Boys’ High School Values

Parktown Boys' High School believes in the commitment to an ethos of excellence and quality, honesty, integrity and gentlemanly conduct, tolerance and empathy, trust and respect, self-discipline, initiative and enterprise, leadership and team spirit, full participation, free communication, personal and social achievement. The motto of Parktown Boys' High School, “Arise”, inspires the tradition, values and spirit of the learners, parents and staff of the Parktonian family.

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Letter to Parents, Students and Members of the Parktown Community

Dear Parents and members of the broader Parktown Boys’ High School Community
This week our Grade 8 - Grade 11 students finalise their preparations for their examinations, and their extramural programme draws to a close on Saturday. I trust you read my previous letter which included some tips on examination preparation. It will be important for the boys to manage their time effectively once the examination period has begun. We wish all our students well for the examinations.
The annual Memorial Parade, to be held this Sunday morning from 08:45 is one of the key occasions on the School Calendar. The memorial service remembers the fallen from Parktown Boys’ High School during World War II and, more recently, the Border Conflict. This is an important and meaningful occasion, especially for the family and relatives of the fallen, and also for the School as we pay our respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The context of the Memorial Parade is important. Remembrance Day, or Poppy Day as it is sometimes known, is observed every year on 11 November, or on the nearest Sunday to that date. Parktown Boys’ High School and King Edward VII School both have strong links to the Transvaal Scottish, and the schools hold their services on separate Sundays to enable the Transvaal Scottish to attend both events. The date of 11 November is linked to the end of the First World War. In 1918, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent to end the First World War (1914-1918), the largest global man-made catastrophe known until that time. The 'war to end all wars' cost the lives of a total of 8 634 300 soldiers. Twenty years later, the Second World War (1939-1945) saw the loss of 24 517 000 combatants' lives. In addition to these statistics, millions of civilians died during both conflicts.
As a comparatively young country which permitted only a small segment of its population to bear arms, South Africa nevertheless made significant contributions to the Allied causes in both world wars and in the Korean War (1950-3). In the First World War, 245 419 South Africans of all races volunteered for military service; during the Second World War, 342 692 South African men and women of every race came forward; and in the Korean War, nearly 850 men saw service with the South African Air Force or the British Army. There were 38 208 South African casualties in the Second World War.
As we remember the fallen from our school, it is important that this service is not about celebrating any victory, nor about boasting about our achievements in conflict. It is about showing respect for those who were willing to serve their country and, if need be, to make the ultimate sacrifice so that we who are here now can have the life that we know.
The School’s history, ‘The Lion Roars’, with anecdotes, poetry, prose and accounts of various battles, provides an insight into the experiences of the many Old Parktonians who were on active service across the two world wars. Readers will get a sense of what these men faced, as well as their strong bond with their old school.
The Grade 11 Group have been hard at work preparing for their role as the Guard of Honour on Sunday and we invite all members of our community to attend. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
Please note that all Grade 8 students are required to be at school, in full school uniform, at 08:00 on Sunday. The Grade 11 Group are to be at School by 07:30 sharp to finalise their preparations.
This Wednesday, 31 October 2018, is the date scheduled for sentencing in the Rex Court Case. The sentencing is likely to follow the Probation Officer’s report and closing arguments. At the same time, it could transpire that the whole process is not completed on Wednesday, depending on the above process. As mentioned previously this last step in the process will bring closure to what has been a most difficult time for all who have been involved – especially for those boys and their families directly involved in the court case.
We applaud the courage and integrity of the boys who have come forward to report past incidents of abuse, initiation and racism. Testifying was a harrowing experience for each of the boys involved, and their families, and this next step in the process will again not be at all easy. To show our support for the boys affected by the court case, the staff and students at the School will again be wearing a blue ribbon on their lapels tomorrow. Senior staff and Governing Body representatives will be in court tomorrow as a show of support for those directly involved. This blue ribbon also represents our commitment to continuing to create an environment of care and support, and to enhance the process of healing, learning and transformation for all of us. It is from these boys that we must draw our own resolve to continue to take all steps necessary to ensure such unacceptable acts cannot recur.
We accept that Parktown Boys’ High School will again be in the media spotlight on Wednesday, with the sentencing in the Rex Court Case. The School will continue to act against unacceptable actions of individuals, and follow process in addressing these. The unacceptable actions of individuals cannot define our school, and we thank the School Community for their support as we move forward positively as a School. We have recorded many successes this year and our boys, by and large, are proud, motivated and involved. We are fully committed to our key focus: fostering in our young men a revised concept of leadership and of ‘Manliness’ – founded upon our Core Values, respect for others, authenticity, empathy, and acknowledging the need to speak out when one’s values are compromised.
We are pleased to inform you of the appointment of Mr Michael van Deventer as Business Manager at Parktown Boys’ High School as of Monday 29 October 2018 following the completion of the selection process. This follows Mrs Cindy Pizzutti’s decision to return to KZN at the end of Term Three, after nearly six years of service to the School overseeing the Finance Department. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Pizzuti for her contribution to the school over this period. Her attention to detail, and her effective control of matters financial during her tenure stood the school in good stead. We wish her everything of the best for new ventures she may be undertaking.
Mr van Deventer has some knowledge of the monastic environment, having attended Hoe̎r Seuns Skool Helpmekaar across the road. He holds a BCom Honours (Accounting) degree, and an MCom in Business Management, and he is married with three children. Mr van Deventer has garnered a wealth of experience in the corporate sector, holding positions previously as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Financial Manager and Internal Audit Manager both locally and internationally. On the local front, his senior positions have included stints at Transnet, Sage Life and Momentum Wealth. Mr van Deventer brings a broad based skills set to the position, and we look forward to working with him at the School as he takes up his new role. Mr van Deventer will spend the first few days shadowing Mr Ehlers to ‘acclimatise’ himself to the role.
We also thank Mr Jacques Ehlers for his professionalism and his commitment while serving in an acting capacity since towards the end of Term Three, until the completion of the selection process. This has been evident in his approach to the budget process, amongst other things, and his efforts are much appreciated.
Yours sincerely
Malcolm Williams

Ahead of the Game?

To all prospective parents that are looking to get their young men into Parktown in 2020, please can you fill in the linked Expression of Interest Form and email it to beards@parktownboys.com as soon as possible! 
We look forward to hearing from you! 


Top 100

The results are in!
To find out where you placed in the Top 100 for Term 2 please click on the following links:
TOP 100 GR 8 TERM 2 2018
TOP 100 GR 9 TERM 2 2018
TOP 100 GR 10 TERM 2 2018
TOP 100 GR 11 TERM 2 2018
TOP 100 GR 12 TERM 2 2018


Well done to all the Parktown Boys who placed in the Top 100! Keep up the hard work!

Wits Maths Competition

A team of 10 Parktown Learners recently participated in the inaugural Wits Mathematics Competition and on Wednedsay 6th June the awards function was held at Wits to honour the individual and team winners.
We celebrate some outstanding achievements from these ten young gentlemen who represented their school with pride!
Parktown finished second overall to St Johns' College by only a slight margin and finished as the top government school in the Grade 10 – 12 division where 381 learners from 77 schools competed for the honours.
Special mention goes to Moein Elzubeir (Gr12) who was the overall winner of the senior individual category.
Congratulations to these talented young men and to the Mathematics Department for these excellent academic achievements!
Representatives from the team, together with our HOD of Mathematics Ms. Gouws
Representatives from the team, together with our HOD of Mathematics Ms. Gouws
 Moein Elzubeir - Overall winner of the senior individual category
Moein Elzubeir - Overall winner of the senior individual category
Mohamed Mosam (Vice-Captain and Ierton Liu (Captain)
Mohamed Mosam (Vice-Captain) and Ierton Liu (Captain)



Pass Rate 100%

95.6% of learners qualify for tertiary studies

180 distinctions from 138 learners



 10 Distinctions

Zidaan Habib

Zidaan Habib


9 Distinctions

Rushil Daya

Rushil Daya

Mohammed Elzubeir

Mohammed Elzubeir

Muhammed Mahdi

Muhammed Mahdi







8 Distinctions

Ramoabi Matabane

Ramoabi Matabane


6 Distinctions

Gabriel Matthews

Gabriel Matthews

Ronan Morris

Ronan Morris

Inemesit Nkana

Inemesit Nkana







5 Distinctions


Griffen Alexander

Shehwar Finger

Matthew Kennedy

Ntsika Mabe

Amir Maharaj

Daniel Taim

Tristan Wilkinson


4 Distinctions


Tebogo Dikgale

Muhammad Moosa

Uwais Suliman



Parktown’s class of 2017 achieved an average of 71% for the IEB Advanced Programme Mathematics examination and 9 of our learners achieved distinctions in the subject!



Parktown Boys gain another Springbok

Congratulations to Ben Clarke on receiving his Sough African Colours for Shooting! 
Ben - Shooting
During the October school holiday the South African National School Shooters' Union held its schools' championship.
Parktown Boys' High School would like to congratulate Ben Clarke who achieved outstanding results in the competition.
He received his South African Gold precision colours and 4 gold medals, with a 100% in prone and silver in the finals. He was also part of the winning Gauteng team.
He also participated in the south African air rifle association championship where he became the south African Under 20 3p Champion and finished 9th in the Under 20 10m standing competition.
Ben Clark's results from the South African National Schools' Shooting Union held from 1-5 October:
U/21 3p 2nd place 582/600 (full 100 in prone)
U/21 3p 1st place 577 (3p champion)
U/21 10m 1st place 379/400
Finishing the finals in 2nd place overall. 
Ben shooting 2
Well done Ben!!

Champions of Johannesburg

Parktown Boys’ Chess A-Team retained the crown of Champions of Johannesburg after beating King David Linksfield by 4(5.5) to 4(2.5) in a thrilling final played at Jeppe Boys’ High School last Monday.
The tournament’s final took place in two stages: firstly both teams drew 4-4 after 1.5 hours of high quality matches. The draw obliged the teams to go to a 10 minutes a-side knock out round that ended with a resounding Parktown Boys’ victory 5.5 to 2.5.
Previously, Parktown beat Saheti by 4(6)-4(2) in a semi final that also finished with a draw in the first match, whilst King David Linksfield beat St John’s College by 5.5 to 2.5 in the other semifinal.
Final standing:
Champions:     Parktown Boys
Runner-up:      King David Linksfield
3rd Place:          Saheti
4th Place:          St John’s College
5th:                   King Edwards VII
6th:                   Jeppe Boys
7th:                   Hyde Park
8th:                   Queens High
9th:                   Jeppe Girls
With this result, Parktown Boys High School accumulated their 3rd victory in 4 years, setting itself as the Chess powerhouse of Johannesburg.
2017: Champions, beating King David Linksfield.
2016: Champions (Jeppe, could not play the final).
2015: 3rd place, losing to Jeppe Boys in semis and beating St John’s for the 3rd place.
2014: Champions of the Gauteng-South 5-a-side.
Chess champions 2017 2
From Left to Right: Mr D Mercier (MIC); K Perumal (Gr 10)l; G Alexander (Gr 12, Captain); S Sarelis (Gr 11), I Nkana (Gr 12); K Moodley (Gr 10); C Els (Gr 9); B Said (Gr 9) and Z Habib (Gr 12, vice-captain).

Parkview Golf Club, the home of Parktown Boys’ High School Golf

Parkview Logo

Well done Tabraiz Shamsi!

Congratulations to Parktown Old Boy Tabraiz Shamsi (2008) on his selection for the Proteas Test squad to play in Australia! #feelthepride #Arise

School fields

Planning ahead for 2019?

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Grade 8 Enrolments:
Please ensure that you apply on the GDE website at www.gdeadmissions.gov.za and then complete our Information Form and submit by hand with all required documentation asap.
Grade 9 – 12 Enrolments:
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News of our Old Boys!

Trevor Rabin
Trevor Robin
Trevor Rabin an old Parktonian was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in America. He is the first South African to have received this huge accolade.
Kabelo Murray (2012)
Kabelo Murray
Kabelo has been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford. We are very proud of Kabelo and this great achievement.
Irfan Habib (2013)
After spending three years at UCT Irfan is back in Johannesburg and will be going to Wits for his Honours in Physics as a Mandela Rhodes scholar. He continues to hold the Allan Gray Scholarship. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement.