Good evening parents, honoured guests, Ms Thatcher, Mr Eddy and Mrs Eddy, Mr Pope, the chairperson of the School Governing Body of KHS, teachers, and Dalians. Welcome to our annual prize giving.

This evening we gather here to celebrate you, Dalians, who have worked tirelessly throughout this year, and will be honoured this evening for your steadfast commitment to your academic and sporting performance.

Before I commence with the School Governing Body report, I wish to reflect upon an important aspect that I believe is of great value to you, Dalians. The word that best describes that important aspect is “responsible”, and the related act of “responsibility”.

Every Dalian here this evening is responsible for his academic and sporting performance. The teachers are responsible for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn. Parents are responsible for disciplining and guiding you, as well as ensuring that you get your homework done and do not spend too much time in front of the TV or playing with that Xbox.

President Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, stated that “you can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best school in the world (that is Dale), but none of that will matter unless you pay attention to your teachers; listen to your parents and grandparents; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed”.

Each of you, therefore, has a responsibility for your education. Every single one of you has something to offer, and you are good at something. You have a responsibility to discover what that is. And through education you can do so.

If you want to become a teacher, a policeman, a fireman, a doctor, lawyer or an architect, you will need an education to achieve this goal. And this evening I am challenging you to set your goals for your education, and ensure that you do all that you can to achieve them. These goals can be something as simple as doing your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book.

Dalians, you are therefore responsible for your own success.

At this juncture I wish to take the opportunity to inform parents and invited guests of the developments at Dale Junior during this school year. I now present the school report.

Despite the severe constraints on the school budget, we have managed to carry out much needed maintenance and upgrades. Our accomplishments include:

1.    The purchase of a new vehicle (school bakkie)

2.    Replacement/repairing of gutters

3.    Upgrading of the waiting area and the provision of a shade port

4.    Revamping of the admin block, assistant bursars office and school hall

5.    Purchasing of additional whiteboards

6.    General maintenance repairs

Future projects:

1.    Purchase of two buses

2.    Purchase of a roller for the cricket pitch

3.    Improving the play grounds

The School Governing Body was elected earlier this year and heeded the call of parents to engage on a more frequent basis. To this end, a general meeting of all parents was held to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern. The SGB has undertaken to continue with this interactive engagement during its 3 year term.

During the course of this year, we welcomed Mrs Nqadala and Ms Minnie into the Xhosa class and Grade 2B respectively. We hope that your stay with us will be a memorable one.

To our educators at Dale, you are simply amazing. We are grateful for the immense effort that you employ in all that you do for the boys at our school. And in particular, to Mrs Mary MacLean, the Deputy Principal, thank you for your energy and steadfast commitment.

To Ms Alison Bursey, Ms Cherie-Ann Impey, Mrs Mary-Jane Moodie who sadly leaves us at the end of this year, we thank for your sterling service to this school and wish you the very best in your future endeavours. To Mr Kevin Ihlenfeldt, who retires at the end of this year, words cannot express our gratitude for your absolute dedication to Dale. We wish you a happy retirement. 

A thousand thank you’s to the office staff, ground staff and hostel staff under the leadership of Mrs Williams, our bursar; Mrs Schenk, Mrs Williams, Mrs Randall, Mr  Esterhuizen, Mrs Moodie and Mr Ihlenfeldt. Your hard work and enthusiasm is truly appreciated.

Thank you to all our sponsors for the generous donations received during this year. Your support is much appreciated.

Our PTA is composed of a vibrant and hard working group of parents who have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of our boys through various fundraising events. I salute and thank you for your selfless dedication.

To my fellow Governing Body members, I would like to express my sincere thanks for your support and co-operation during this new term of the SGB, and look forward to the next two years of camaraderie.

Ms Thatcher, our school principal, your advice, guidance and support is what makes my life as chairperson of the SGB so much easier. Gratias tibi ago ( Thank you). You are simply the best.

And last, but not least, to my wife Carol, thank you for being my rock and foundation, and without whom I would not have taken on this immense responsibility.

Thank you.

Mr R. Fortune

SGB Chairperson