Class of 1963 Bursary Fund

Class of 1963 Bursary Re-Awarded

The Class of 1963 Bursary has been re-awarded to Matthew Delderfield, based on his excellent all round performance in his first year at DHS.  Matthew entered the school last year in Blackmore’s house, in grade 8 (the old second grade).  His marks are very good, and way above class averages – by a range of between 10 and 29 percentage points above the average in every subject.  In addition, he played under 14A rugby and water polo, as well as badminton.   In the words of one of his masters, Matthew “is a hardworking, conscientious young man whose attitude and application are exemplary.”

Although The Class of 1963 Bursary Fund’s contribution to Matthew’s presence at DHS unfortunately fell quite a long way short of the full bursary that it is hoped that the fund will eventually be able to provide, our class has reason to be proud of the part that it played in getting Matthew into DHS.

With the increasing capital of the bursary fund, it was possible this year to more than double last years’ bursary to Matthew.  However, at around only R150,000 the principal of the fund remains far from its target principal of R585,000, i.e. the amount necessary to provide a full scholarship (including boarding) to one student in each year.

If you have not already contributed to the bursary fund, I urge you to do so.  Especially if – like me – you happen to be living in the strong currency country such as the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or in Europe.  And if you have already contributed, thank you again for your support of DHS.  As the story of the boy throwing beached starfish back into the sea explained, even small acts of kindness and generosity can have the cumulative effect of creating great results – so every contribution in any amount helps the cause of the bursary fund (if case you don’t already know the starfish story, I have added a postscript below with the story).

In today’sclimate in South Africa, where unfortunately so many standards and institutions, and rights and liberties, are under threat by “must fall” radicalism, schools like DHS play a critical role in educating young men to appreciate the value of those standards and institutions and rights and liberties.  Securing the future and traditions of DHS is a vital necessity, and I believe that doing so is as much a moral responsibility of Old Boys who gained so much from their time at the school as it is for the state and for parents of current and future pupils (some of whom, unfortunately, have very limited means).  And to put it bluntly, I simply do not accept the argument from Old Boys that they paid for the education of their children, and that parents of current students should be expected to do the same.  Even those Old Boys who, like me, have chosen to live abroad cannot in good conscience disavow the fact that in their formative years attending DHS was a highly beneficial and enduring gift.  Nor can we emigrants escape what I believe to be the moral responsibility to help institutions like DHS with which we were once affiliated – and thereby help secure the future of our kith and kin living in South Africa– in this he country’s hour of need.  And Old Boys living in South Africa cannot escape this moral responsibility either!

As DHS Headmaster Leon Erasmus said in his message in the DHS Herald dated February 26, 2016 (which is reproduced in full in the “Current School Activities” page of the Class of 1963 website):

A lot has changed in the last 20 years here at DHS and some of the Old Boys will not recognise their old school. The vast majority of these changes have made us a better school. I believe fully that the boys from DHS are well prepared for the challenges they will face once they leave school.

As a school we face many of the problems our country faces on a daily basis. We are battling to maintain our infrastructure and our learner population reflects the socio­economic divide that we currently experience in SA. Some of our boys and parents struggle financially with a few arriving hungry to school but we also have some extremely wealthy parents and boys. It is in this environment that our boys mix with other boys from a wide range of backgrounds. We do not shield and protect them from the "real world.  They do not get wrapped in cotton wool and neither do they live in a bubble. They are exposed to all these influences. This, I believe, will shape our boys into loyal, responsible and caring adults who will understand and embrace the complexities of our Nation.

This diverse society of ours will teach our boys to value the differences in people. They are exposed to different views and opinions and they get the opportunity to evaluate these on a daily basis. They can only grow because of this. It is a fact that the lack of cohesion between races, sexes and cultures is due to mistrust, stereotyping and not understanding how each of us operate. We have embraced this diversity and have created the "brotherhood" that Winston referred to in his letter.

With that I will get off my soapbox, and congratulate Matthew on the re-award of the Class of 1963 bursary to him.  And I will hope that next year it may be possible to increase the bursary once again.

If you would like to contribute to the bursary fund, please contact Candice Herbst of the DHS Foundation (email cherbst@dhsfoundation.co.za), or Tony Daymond (email at tonydaymond@gmail.com), or Don Allaway (email at allawaydon@gmail.com) or Stuart Clark (email at lgclarx@aol.com), for information on how to do so, or for information about the bursary fund generally.

Best regards,

Stuart “Mossie” Clark

For The DHS Class of 1963 Bursary Fund

February 29, 2016

Postscript - The Starfish Story

Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work. Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starfish as far as the eye could see, stretching in both directions.

Off in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea.  The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”

The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”

The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”

Adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977).  Published by courtesy of the website  https://eventsforchange.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/the-starfish-story-one-step-towards-changing-the-world/.

Report To The Class Of 63 On The Progress Of Our Bursary Fund And Our First Bursary Recipient

At the beginning of 2015 The Class of 63 Bursary Fund awarded its first small bursary to Matthew Delderfield.

The response from our Class of 63 has been tremendous, with a further 18 classmates stepping up to the challenge of raising the fund to our target of R585,000.00. This target would provide a full academic bursary for a year paid from income, without eroding the capital. Our fund now stands at R150,000.00, which is a most welcome and substantial increase since our last report.

This sum includes the returns received from the DHS Foundation who administer the funds in terms of an Investment Mandate given by your committee.

Your committee recently met with Mike Fennel CEO of the DHS Foundation to review the half year progress of Matthew Delderfield.

Matthew had told us how he had always wanted to attend DHS and that his parents, who live in Mntunzini Zululand, are not able to afford his academic and boarding fees at DHS. Leon Erasmus the Headmaster interviewed Matthew and was so impressed with the young man that he determined to provide Matthew and his parents with assistance. The main funding for Matthew has come from The DHS Foundation, with our contribution from ‘The Class of 63’ being added in.

Matthew is a young man of small stature but, from his half year academic report and his sporting achievements he is shooting high, and he is a credit to his school DHS and staff. Matthew scored well above the class average academically, in all his subjects .He plays in the Under 14A rugby, and Water Polo teams. He received the Housemaster’s Award for his contribution to Blackmore’s House and the boarders.

It would be wonderful if you could have been there to meet this proud young man, now standing in the DHS uniform, firm of handshake and brimming with pride and confidence in his school.

Mike Fennel noted how the calibre and enthusiasm of pupils like Matthew are lifting the school.

Our Class of 63 is blazing the way in the fund raising effort and it is worth repeating our objectives and motivation as our class strives to leave a lasting legacy at DHS.

‘Irrespective of our individual successes measured in contribution to our various societies and communities we all invariably acknowledge the wonderful resource of learning, sport, experience and friendship that DHS provided at the start of our lives.’

‘Now that we are reaching the pinnacle of our lives we have a wonderful opportunity to contribute to a fund that will endure in the memory of our Class of 63. This fund will continue to provide the resource of education to deserving pupils who will be selected according to criteria set down by us.’

The bursary fund committee are encouraged and delighted by this report back. Should you wish to receive more information regarding this fund please contact either Don Allaway, dallaway@ensafrica.com, Stuart Clark, lgclarx@aol.com or myself, tonydaymond@gmail.com

Tony Daymond

September, 2015

First DHS Class of 1963 Bursary Awarded

The DHS class of 1963 Bursary Fund Committee is excited to announce the awarding of our first bursary to Matthew Delderfield.  Matthew started at DHS this year in Grade 8.  Below is a photo of Matthew with Tony Daymond, who met with Matthew on behalf of the DHS Class of 1963 Bursary Fund.


Matthew hails from Mtubatuba, where he attended the primary school. Matthew has achieved in a number of areas during his primary school years. As a result he was considered for a school Bursary. Below is a list of Matthew’s achievements:

Rhinoveld Schools Cricket Team

Rhinoveld Schools Rugby Team

Northern Coastals Swimming Team

Umkhanyakude Chess Trials

Matthew excels academically and achieved an A aggregate in his Grade 7 year.

Matthew always wanted to attend DHS, however his parents were not able to afford the full school and boarding fees. After his interview the headmaster felt that Matthew was the type of boy we wanted at DHS and therefore we awarded him the Class of 1963 Bursary.

The award to Matthew is not of a full year’s school fees, as we initially contemplated would be awarded as the first bursary.  The Class of 1963 Bursary Fund does not yet have the capital to make such an award.  DHS school fees are currently running at R37,000 a year, with fees for Blackmore House being an additional R45,000, for a total of R82,000 for a boarder (with the refurbished Blackmore House offering the best value in SA).

You will recall that the bursary fund committee set a target of R585,000 for the principal of the fund, by the end of 2016.  That target amount was based on Stephen Saad’s stirring “call to arms” at the 2013 Founder’s Day Dinner for Old Boys to contribute a small amount weekly to the DHS Foundation, to take the school back to a leading role in Durban and South Africa.  The target of R585,000 represented a R150 per month contribution from the October, 2013 establishment of the fund through the end of 2016, i.e. R5,850 on average per class member – assuming that a hundred class members would contribute.  It was hoped that if class members contributed according to their abilities – some more and some less than the average – the average would be achieved, as well as the number of contributors.

While contributions have coincidentally been close to the projected average – with the range of contributions being much higher and much lower than that - the number of contributors is a mere fraction of our expectations.  Thus, at the moment the fund is just short of R100,000.  Hence the fact that Matthew could not be offered a full bursary for his year’s school fees.

If you have not already done so, we invite you to make a contribution to the Class of 1963 Bursary Fund now.  Any amount will be accepted – don’t feel that you need to contribute R5,850.  Contributions are confidential, and known only to the committee and the DHS Foundation staff who administer the funds on behalf of the Class of 1963 Bursary Committee.  Please go to the Class of 1963 Bursary Fund page of the DHS Class of 1963 website at www.durbanhighschoolclassof1963.com, and find out how to make your contribution.

Please understand just how much our small award means to Matthew and his parents.  This young man’s progress through the school will be followed by us all, and judging by his achievements to date, and his energy and enthusiasm, Matthew will make us all proud.

Class of 1963 Bursary Fund

The DHS Class of 1963 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee decided that it would be fitting to commemorate our anniversary in a lasting way, by establishing a Class of 1963 Bursary Fund to sponsor the attendance of a deserving student at DHS.  The objective is to fund this bursary by raising a principal sum of R585,000 over the next three years, and to award a first bursary of R32,000 for the 2017 school year.

The plan is to raise the bursary fund by asking class members to consider contributing R150 a month for 39 months starting in October, 2013, or to contribute a lump sum of R5,850 (or any convenient variation of the above to generate a R5,850 contribution!).  In the hope and expectation that at least 100 class members will contribute on that basis – and hopefully that some class members may contribute more – the committee is confident that this fundraising target will be achieved.  However, please do not be deterred if you cannot contribute at the suggested level – any and all contributions will be welcomed, whether or not they are consistent with the foregoing suggestions.  The idea is that class members will contribute according to their means and inclinations, and the above formulas are intended merely as guidelines.

The Class of 1963 Bursary Fund will be administered by the DHS Foundation, to which contributions will be directed.  Reprinted below is the email that was sent on August 13, 2013 to all class members participating on the website, and that describes in greater detail what is contemplated.  If you did not respond to that email by making a contribution, and you wish to contribute, please do so by mail or wire transfer to the DHS Foundation bank account described in the email.  Please use the pledge form appended below if possible – but if it is inconvenient to do so please at least make sure that you let Liz Foster know that you have sent a contribution (or will be sending installments), so that your gift is recognized and you obtain such tax relief as you may be entitled to receive based on your contribution. 

The bursary fund was kicked off with a R25,000 donation from the Class of 1963, in the form of the additional funds donated by class members when paying their reunion expenses.  This page will be updated from time to time to report on progress in the growth of the fund.

Contributions should be sent to Liz Foster at the DHS Foundation, P. O. Box 50001, Musgrave, 4062. Cheques should be made payable to THE DURBAN HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION TRUST, or wire transfers should be made to the bank account of the DHS Foundation, the details of which are as follows:

Bank:    First National Bank

Account Name:    The Durban High School Foundation Trust

Type:     Current

Branch Code:    22 04 26

Account No:       624 1172 8712

Reference:        Your Name and Class of 1963

If paying by wire transfer please e-mail Liz Foster at lfoster@dhsfoundation.co.za to let her know that you have sent in a contribution, and to let her know that it should be credited to the Class of 1963 Bursary Fund.  Please also advise Liz of the need to credit the Class of 1963 Bursary Fund if you pay by cheque.

Pledge and debit order forms are posted at the end of this website page.  To use them block and copy the appropriate form, then paste it into a new Word document, and fax or email the document to Liz Foster.

For additional information please contact Stuart Clark (lgclarx@aol.com), Tony Daymond (tonydaymond@gmail.com), or Don Allaway (dallaway@ensafrica.co.za).

Thanks in anticipation for your support! 

The DHS Class of 1963 Bursary Fund Committee

 

Tax Deduction For Contributions to Bursary Fund

When a donation is made to the DHS Foundation, the Foundation will issue a Section 18(a) receipt.  This section of the Income Tax Act allows the full amount to be deducted from a South African tax payer’s taxable income.  The effect of this is that the after tax cost of the donation, if you have a taxable income in excess of R617k, is 60%.

Bursary Fund Progress Report

Target      -     R585,000

Contributed to date      -     R100,000 (almost!)

Updated - February, 2014

 

Email to Class of August 13, 2013 Announcing Class of 1963 Bursary Fund

 

     Durban High School
Class Of 1963

 

The class of 1963 has held two successful reunions, the 25th in 1988 and the 50th in June 2013.

At both these events we have renewed friendships and contact with our Alma Mater.

Much has changed over the 25 years between our reunions. South Africa is a democracy with equal rights for all its citizens and DHS is approaching its 150th year of existence. The school is now integrated and retains the traditions and culture grown over these long years. The DHS Foundation has been formed with strong leadership and ideals to take the school forward and to continue to produce competent strong leaders who will contribute to our growing democracy.

Many of the old boys attending the class of 1963 reunions have expressed interest in supporting the school. Our 2013 campaign started in January with the opening of our class web site www.durbanhighschoolclassof1963.com creating a forum for communication and registration. We have close to 150 members registered and over 100 members and their partners attended the various events to celebrate our 50th reunion. At the outset we asked classmates to contribute a little extra when paying for the events and this fund was used to cover a very small portion of the costs and the balance of R25000.00 was placed in a special account in the DHS Foundation in the name of the class of 1963.

The committee organizing the reunion was encouraged by this contribution and the willingness of so many to help the school that it has been decided to form a ‘Class of 1963 Bursary Fund’ that will be administered on our behalf by the DHS Foundation. Our aim is to raise a capital amount of R585,000.00 by the end of 2016. Our first full Bursary of R32,000.00 {being only the income earned from the capital} could be awarded to our first recipient in the 2017 school year. When we the hold our 55th reunion in 2018 we will be able to meet the pupil who received our bursary.

In order to achieve this goal the Class of 63 is being asked to contribute R150.00 per month, or a lump sum of R5850.00. Assuming the contributions commence in October 2013 and are received from 100 class mates we will accumulate the capital required by the end of 2016.

Stuart Clark is the Chairman of the Class of 1963 Committee under which this Bursary initiative falls, and in Durban Ant Hacker, Ian Sumner and Tony Daymond will carry out liaison with the Head Master and the Trustees of the DHS Foundation to determine the criteria used in awarding the bursaries and maintain all communication with our class mates. The web site will be used to show our progress and communicate developments. The fund for our bursaries will continue long after we are departed and will remain a lasting memory of us, our strong  friendships and support of our Alma Mater

This venture provides us with a great opportunity to make a contribution to the lives of deserving pupils wishing to attend DHS. It will provide a lasting memory for us and the DHS that provided  such a sound grounding and start to our lives. As we grow older we understand  the need to provide  education and training in schools with solid traditions of sport and learning. South Africa needs strong leaders who will come from schools like DHS and this is our chance to help.

If you are willing to support the Class of 1963 Bursary Fund, please would you send your contribution to Liz Foster at the DHS Foundation, P. O. Box 50001, Musgrave, 4062. Cheques should be made payable to THE DURBAN HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION TRUST, or wire transfers should be made to the bank account of the DHS Foundation, the details of which are as follows:

Bank:    First National Bank

Account Name:    The Durban High School Foundation Trust

Type:     Current

Branch Code:    22 04 26

Account No:       624 1172 8712

Reference:        Your Name and Class of 1963

If paying by wire transfer please e-mail Liz Foster at lfoster@dhsfoundation.co.za to let her know that you have sent in a contribution, and to let her know that it should be credited to the Class of 1963 Bursary Fund.  Please also advise Liz of the need to credit the Class of 1963 Bursary Fund if you pay by cheque.

For additional information check out the Class of 1963 Bursary Fund page of the website www.durbanhighschoolclassof1963.com, or contact Stuart Clark (lgclarx@aol.com), Tony Daymond (tonydaymond@gmail.com), Ant Hacker (anthacker@tiscali.co.za) or Ian Sumner (reception@gsumner.co.za).

Let us leave our school and its pupils with a lasting memory of our Class of 1963.

Thanks in anticipation for your support!

The Reunion Committee

DHS CLASS OF 1963

 

Pledge Form 

The DHS Foundation Trust.

PLEDGE FORM FOR THE ‘CLASS OF 1963 BURSARY.

All pledges received will be held by the Foundation and invested to earn income on behalf of ‘The Class of 1963 Bursary’ until the capital target of R585000.00 has been achieved. Thereafter the income from this fund will be used to fund a  bursary to be awarded in the name of ‘The Class of 1963’ annually. The criteria to be used in awarding this bursary will be decided in conjunction with the representatives of The Class of 1963 Reunion committee from time to time.

I………………………………………………………………………………………… (Full Names} wish to participate in this bursary fund and pledge a donation to the value of:

R……………………………….

I choose the following payment method:

I will make a lump sum payment of R…………………………up front

OR,

I will donate over a ....... month period by means of a monthly payment of R………… per month starting on.

……………………………………….{Please complete following debit order}

Payment to be made as follows:

 

CHEQUES TO BE MADE PAYABLE TO                          THE DURBAN HIGH SCHOOL FOUNDATION TRUST

 

ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS:                                  Bank .                    First National Bank.

                                                                                   Account Name.  The Durban High School Foundation Trust

                                                                                   Type.                     Current

                                                                                   Branch Code         22 04 26

                                                                                   Account No.          624 1172 8712

                                                                                   Reference.             Your Name and Class of 1963.

 

Foundations Postal  Address: P.O.Box 500001, Musgrave, 4062.

Please e-mail this response and any proof of payment to; lfoster@dhsfoundation.co.za.                                                                                 

Debit Order Form

DEBIT ORDER

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(Debit orders are deducted on the Ist of each month).

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Donations to the DHS Foundation Trust will receive a tax certificate in accordance with Section 18 (A)

of the Income Tax Act.

CEO Mike Fennell

Trustees: H Buttery, S Saad, C Seabrooke, B Armstrong, I Corbishley, RNeave, D Speirs

P O Box 50001 MUSGRAVE. 4062 I 031 - 569 1 100 fax: 031 569 1108