October 19, 2022

Rector’s eNews – 19 October 2022

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I am delighted to announce that, after voting from boys and staff and interviews conducted by the School’s Executive Committee, Andrew Woodland (Farfield) has been appointed Senior Prefect for 2023. He is also the winner of the Chree Bright Award. This award was originally given to a D Block boy who was recognised by his peers as displaying excellent characteristics in his interaction with others, in the academic sphere, in sport and in leadership. In 2012, after consultation with Chree’s family, the award was changed to be bestowed upon the incoming Senior Prefect on the occasion of the announcement of his appointment.

The other School Prefects have just been announced – this was in Chapel about an hour ago. They are Campbell Ridl (Founders), Murray Baker (East), Leo Muziva (West), Cameron Retzlaff (Farfield), Sandiso Hlongwa (Tatham), Thomas Mitchell (Pascoe), Jordan Baxter (Baines), Wandile Mlaba (Mackenzie), James Cleland (Ralfe) and Theo Apteker (McCormick). Murray Baker is the Second Prefect. Congratulations to them all.

Last week Michaelhouse and St Anne’s presented Hilton College with two benches to mark the occasion of their 150th anniversary. It seemed appropriate that as brother and sister school (Michaelhouse and St Anne’s), we should each present a bench; these are now in place outside their Music Department.

Our first online Giving Day, organised and led by Sean Lumley (Baines 1994), has been a success! We raised over R2.2m in under 96hrs with:

  • Approximately R600,000 being raised during the early donations phase (Sunday evening 9 October to Tuesday 11 October)
  • Approximately R1,500,000 raised on the Giving Day itself (Wednesday 12 to Thursday 13 October)
  • Approximately R100,000 raised to date as part of the ‘it’s not too late to donate’ phase (Friday 14 to Thursday 20 October)

The average amount received by each of the eight causes was R275,000 with no cause receiving less than R80,000. You can see how each cause did here.

Donations came from all over the world with an outpouring of generosity from parents, past parents, staff, boys, friends of Michaelhouse and Old Boys that left us speechless. You can see a breakdown of where donations came from here. There were many very familiar faces, but many more who had not connected with Michaelhouse for some time.

We are not able to give you the final numbers just yet as we still have a day to go on our ‘not too late to donate’ phase. We close donations at 5pm SA time tomorrow (Thursday 20 October) and in next week’s eNews we will announce the final numbers. Should you wish to make a donation before we close, you can kindly do so here.

IMPORTANT: From when we opened for donations on Sunday 9 October until Wednesday 12 October, we had to process donations manually. We are still working to reconcile some of the donations by connecting donation forms and payments. If you have made a donation and have not heard from us, then PLEASE do email us at devoffice@www.michaelhouse.org.

Read the full Rector’s eNews here


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