Michaelhouse-Impact Report-2023 (for Jan-Dec 2022)




Fundraising Year Jan-Dec 2022

Michaelhouse Fundraising Impact Report 2023 for January to December 2022 Foreword by the Chairman of the Trusts

For many of the Michaelhouse community the Chapel of St Michael and All Angels is the moral and emotional centre of the School. It was built to the glory of God, but also to commemorate the 127 Old Boys who died in World War II, and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour in the cloister. It cost £25,000 to build and was consecrated in 1952, when that amount of money was equivalent to fees, then £200 a year, for five years for twenty-five boys. The War Memorial Fund was set up before the end of the War and was active until consecration. During those eight years the Chronicle faithfully recorded all the individual donations made. This Fund was one of the most noteworthy examples in Michaelhouse’s history of individual donations adding up to a grand total to fund a beautiful and inspiring memorial. We now have the benefit of social media, employed for the first time by Michaelhouse for an online Giving Day this last year. Under the direction of Sean Lumley (Baines, 1994), the Giving Day harnessed the power and reach of the internet to bring the global Michaelhouse community together (online) to make a collective impact. Hundreds of donors made individual gifts, big and small, towards great causes. This has the moral virtue of many more of our community becoming donors in a way that is most impactful for them while contributing to the long-term vision of our School. I commend this Impact Report to you, the first since the centenary appeal in the mid-1990s. Instead of having to rely on intermittent articles and accounts, the intention is to provide all those interested with a readable, up to-date account of the impactful work being done by Michaelhouse and the Trusts as a consequence of the generosity of our donors.

Gary Ralfe (West, 1961) Chairman of the Michaelhouse Trust and The Michaelhouse Bursary Endowment Trust


A Message from the Rector


A Guide to the Trusts


A Summary and Impact of Funds Raised


Giving Day 2022


The Legacy of the Bursary Endowment Trust


Filling in the Gaps


Community Partnership



Beneficiary Stories


Donor Stories


Development Plans


Top of mind for the Board is the long term, generational sustainability of Michaelhouse as a full boarding school for boys, and a centre of academic, cultural and sporting excellence, grounded in the Anglican faith and Christian values. ‘Our aim Is to make, not accountants, not clerks, not clergymen, but men; men of understanding, thought and culture (Founder- James Cameron Todd, Speech Day 1987). It is essential that Michaelhouse remains widely accessible and relevant across South Africa and the African continent, to attract a diversity of boys and talent, which are integral to the holistic educational experience Michaelhouse is committed to deliver. The financial management of the school seeks to be optimally cost effective and responsible, with school fee income matched to attracting and retaining top staffing talent, together with maintaining the existing campus infrastructure. Expanding school fee financial aid, and building new infrastructure, are dependent on the generous donations of old boys, parents, past parents and other stakeholders who resonate with the priority to contribute to the wider accessibility and generational sustainability of Michaelhouse. An additional fundraising objective is to contribute to a footprint of partner schools between Howick and Mooi River, and to make a meaningful and growing contribution to the infrastructure, teaching and leadership effectiveness across 16 partner schools. It is necessary and appropriate for Michaelhouse to facilitate a range of collaborative projects in the wider community, all aimed at raising educational standards and results in underprivileged, non-fee paying local schools. Growing donations targeted at community partnerships supports the widening of the scope and impact being achieved.

Thanking our Donors


How to Support Michaelhouse


Welcoming the new Head of Development


Andrew Schaefer (Farfield, 1987) Chairman of the Board of Governors


The bedrock of Michaelhouse boys remains the age-old qualities of integrity, humility, courage, compassion and service Nobody could claim that the past few years have been either predictable or easy in the broad South African context: Covid-19, floods, sharply rising prices, political turmoil and, more recently, load-shedding are just a few of the factors which have created a challenging environment. Indeed, during the pandemic, the school had to give consideration to the prospect of a huge decline in enrolment at Michaelhouse, but most families held out, a number with financial support, and ironically the demand for places at our school has increased dramatically as the importance of the exceptional all-round education at Michaelhouse has been accentuated. The corollary of the rise of the enrolment to 630 has been the increasing application for financial assistance through the Bursary Endowment Trust from families whose sons, if admitted, have the capacity to make a difference to the nature and character of the school; the other factor resulting from the increase in enrolment has been the requirement for the development of accommodation and facilities. Michaelhouse has been bold in developing its infrastructure in line with the strategic direction of the school: new boarding houses in Ralfe, McCormick and a new Tatham have been the result of the generosity of Old Boys and careful financial planning, whilst similar support from Michaelhouse families has sparked the Makan Centre , a driver of academic innovation and future-fit education. Other priorities include the need for an extended Chapel as the school has grown and modernized but continues to prize the development of outstanding young men who are spiritually alive and have the capacity to impact positively on the wider community in this country and beyond it. The bedrock of Michaelhouse boys remains the age-old qualities of integrity, humility, courage , compassion and a desire to serve (the Michaelhouse Way ). These are fundamental to and contextualise everything that the boys achieve as they strive to be the best version of themselves in a complex world. Such qualities can never be taken for granted. They are precious and allow us to move into the future with confidence that Michaelhouse boys are worthy of support.

Antony Clark , Rector


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A Guide to the Trusts The Michaelhouse Trust was registered in 1957 in order to house the funds raised by the Diamond Jubilee appeal of the previous year. It was the first endowment trust and established under its own Board of Trustees appointed by the Board of Governors. As an endowment trust its purpose was to make its income available to the School for development, for bursaries and for augmentation of staff pensions. Its donors were the Michaelhouse community, notably OMs and Parents. Over time the Michaelhouse Trust was limited to supporting development of infrastructure at Michaelhouse. Its sister endowment trust, the Michaelhouse Bursary Endowment Trust (MBET) commonly referred to at the ‘BET’, was a later creation and its purpose has always been to provide funds for bursaries (now called financial aid). Scholarships are awarded on merit and have always been funded from School revenue. Financial Aid is awarded essentially on a needs basis and funded by the BET. Housed in the BET are the funds raised by many donors over the years. Since the millennium it has profited from ongoing donations raised by the Chairman’s Club (see pages 15 & 40), the brainchild of Jamie Inglis (Baines, 1961). Nearly all donations raised by the Chairman’s Club have been funnelled, on the instruction of donors, into the BET. Complementing the BET - in ensuring that Michaelhouse remains as accessible to as many boys as possible regardless of background or circumstance - is the Michaelhouse UK Trust . Established in 1990 by Old Boys in the United Kingdom; the founders wanted to give Old Boys an unambiguous and meaningful way of contributing to the School. Its single objective was and remains: “To provide financial aid for boys in need to go to Michaelhouse” (see pages 15 & 40). Since the Centenary Appeal nearly thirty years ago for infrastructural improvements, there have been many other benefactions specifically for building projects. Under the strategy Michaelhouse@125 there has been a significant building programme, the bulk of which has been funded by benefactions, notably the two new Houses, McCormick and Ralfe , the partial rebuild of Baines , the new Science & Biology block, the new hockey astro on Punchbowl, and the Old Boys’ Club’s contribution of half of the cost of the Heritage Centre. For current and upcoming projects, see pages 24-35. For many years, Michaelhouse has been engaged with supporting places of learning in the local community. In 2000, the Michaelhouse Community Partnership Trust (MCPT) was established as a registered non-profit organization. Over the past two decades its work has expanded focused to 16 non-fee-paying schools between Howick and Mooi River with more than 6,000 learners, see pages 18 & 40. Throughout this publication you will see the impact of the Trust and ways in which you can support their good work. All the Trusts are independent of the school and trustees ensure funds are properly managed, invested and - subject to alignment with the purpose of the Trusts - provided to the Board of Governors to support the realisation of their long-term generational plan.




Michaelhouse Trust Founded in 1957 In a sentence: to improve the facilities at Michaelhouse.

Michaelhouse Community Partnership Trust Founded in 2000 In a sentence:

Michaelhouse Bursary Endowment Trust Founded in 1980 In a sentence:

Michaelhouse UK Trust Founded in 1990 In a sentence: to ensure that Michaelhouse

to ensure that Michaelhouse remains accessible to as many boys as possible who meet the admissions standards regard less of background or circum stance.

to improve the overall quality of education at school in the vicinity of Michaelhouse.

remains accessible to underprivileged boys.


A Summary & Impact of Funds Raised in 2022

During 2022 (1 Jan to 31 Dec 2022), donors from across the Michaelhouse community have contributed an incredible... R27,796,925 ...in charitable donations towards changing lives. Gifts during the year comprised (note some donations that contribute towards bringing boys to the school do not fall into any of the categories below):

R3,205,955 Donated to the Michaelhouse Bursary Endowment Trust to provide Bursaries &

R197,015 Donated to FABs (Financially Assisted Boys) Fund to help ‘fill in the gaps’ for R11,455,470 Donated towards the creating or renovating of facilities (this has included the Makan Innovation Centre, refurbishment of ‘Screens’ and parking above Meadows)

Scholarships. See Page 14

R 4,365,422 Donated to the Community Partnership Trust to improve the functionality of 16 non-fee paying schools in the local area See Page 18 R135,980 Donated to the Annual Fund which is used by the school in areas where it is most needed

boys in need. See Page 16

R175,100 Donated to the Sports Fund to help ‘fill in the gaps’ for boys in need. See Page 16

R334,450 Donated to the Michaelhouse UK Trust which funds underpriviledged boys to go to Michaelhouse See Page 15

R2,764,451 Donated to the Solar Project to support long term sustainability for the Michael house Estate. See Page 30


The Impact of our Donations

Boys In 2022, 40% of Michaelhouse boys have been supported by financial aid or scholarships, giving them the opportunity to attend Michaelhouse and enjoy all the opportunities that come with a Michaelhouse education. These generous donations have also had the indirect benefit of keeping fee increases to one of the lowest among South Africa’s top schools. On page 20 we have shared the stories of four boys who have been supported through the generosity of donors to our trusts and causes. On page 22 we have shared the stories of two donors who both benefitted from financial aid.

Facilities Over the last decade we have been fortunate to have been able to add to our facilities through the generosity of our donors. This has included the construction of two new boarding houses (Ralfe and McCormick), a new Science and Biology centre, a High Performance Centre to keep our boys fit and healthy, a new heated swimming pool, two new hockey astros, an Indoor Centre, extensive solar arrays, and a new Heritage Centre and Old Boys’ Club. There has also been a statue of the Archangel Michael placed at the front of the school representing the Christian foundations and values of a Michaelhouse education.

Community Since its inception 23 years ago, the Michaelhouse Community Partnership Trust has grown from support for Asithuthuke Combined School (once known as the ‘Farm School’) to actively supporting 16 schools and 6,000 learners between Howick and Mooi River. This now includes 10 funded projects, such as boys service, maths programmes, literacy teaching, education technology, improving school functionality, transportation, community events (sport, art, music & theatre) and more. In 2022, over R4m was raised which has enabled these projects.

At any one time, around 40% of our boys are in receipt of some sort of financial aid.


The 1 st Michaelhouse Online Giving Day What is a Giving Day & Why did we decide to do one?

Giving Days began as ‘Giving Tuesday’ in the US in 2012 which promoted the concept of: “generosity not as a benevolence that the haves show to the have-nots but rather an expression of mutuality, solidarity, and reciprocity.” US universities then picked up on the idea followed by US Schools, then UK, Australia, etc. It turned out to be a relatively cost effective way to reach potential donors anywhere in the world so long as they had an internet connection. While a few small schools in South Africa have explored the idea, giving days have not been adopted by any of the larger private schools. The energy that has emerged from deliberate online engagement driven by the Old Boys’ Club’s Club for Life

vision created the ideal opportunity to see if giving days would work in the South African context. In early October 2022, we unveiled the idea: eight causes driven by the strap line: ‘Join us for a day of giving that will change lives’. The causes covered four areas : • Ensuring that Michaelhouse remains accessible to as many South Africans as possible • Community partnership, outreach and knowledge share • Estate planning up until 2046 (150 year anniversary) • Being carbon negative and estate sustainability The idea has captured the imagination of our global community and within a few days we raised R2.39m.

The Annual Fund: A new fund that the Rector can draw upon and direct towards - often unseen - areas where the funds are most needed

The Bursary Endowment Trust: Help us grow a Trust that over 42 years has changed hundreds of lives by providing bursaries and keeping Michaelhouse acces sible

The FABs Fund: Help us grow this impactful fund to assist Financially Assisted Boys (FABs) with those extra bits and pieces that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

The Sports Fund: Help establish a fund to assist any deserving boy attending Michaelhouse with sports-related extras that they would otherwise not be able to afford

UK Trust: Bursaries for the underprivileged

Community Partnership Trust: Help fund a game-chaning English literacy enhancement e-learning program for local Midlands primary schools

Estate Planning: Aquatics Centre Roof Help us raise the funds to convert our waterpolo pool into an international standard aquatics centre for waterpolo and swimming that can be used year round

Sustainability: Solar Project Help us fund a 250KW solar array on the indoor center roof that will be a big step towards sustainable energy independence

Help us grow a Trust that over 32 years has fully funded over 50 bursaries for underprivileged boys to attend Michaelhouse


How did our first Giving Day go?

What’s been the impact of the Giving Day?

• The community has bought into the idea that together we can meaningfully change lives

• In a single day, the collective generosity of our community has materially changed lives

• The act of giving was now accessible to all. Donors could now feel like they were making a difference - regardless of the amount donated

• The broad spectrum of causes got equal air time and as such benefitted

• The speed at which the donations came in enabled many initiatives to happen faster

• Michaelhouse has 150 first-time donors! Not just old boys, but

also parents,

Check out the Giving Day website by click ing here or scanning the QR code with your phone

past-parents, staff and boys

• Feedback has been (make you cry) heartfelt


The Giving Day Causes and their Impact





Estate Planning: Aquatics Centre Roof 19 Donors (target was 50 donors)

Community Partnership Trust: Focus on Literacy 41 Donors (target was 50 donors)

Annual Fund: Funds to where they are needed 34 Donors (target was 50 donors)

Endowment Trust: providing bursaries that change lives 98 Donors (target was 75 donors)





R89,850 Amount Raised

R542,250 Amount Raised

R727,600 Amount Raised

R135,980 Amount Raised

Impact so far...

The design and engineering drawings have been completed and are accompanied by visuals of the design proposed. The campaign to raise the funding is underway led by a dedicated group of parents and old boys. Within 4-6 weeks of the capital needed being secured - hope fully during 2023 - the necessary construction will commence. We anticipate that it will take 5-7 months to complete the build. If you’d like to contribute, get in touch with the fundraising team on: devoffice@michaelhouse.org

The CPT literacy project cause during the Giving Day fell short of the R1.5m required to go ahead. We are therefore asking donors to allow us to allocate the funds to an important Maths teaching project for our partner senior schools, being led by Paul de Wet (former Michaelhouse Director of Maths) who is now giving 90% of his time to supporting improved maths teaching in underprivileged rural schools across KwaZulu Natal. Material updates will be published via the CPT website. If you’d like to contribute to CPT, see details on page 40. If you would like to learn more, get in touch with the CP team on: cpt@michaelhouse.org

The Bursary Endowment Trust has been creating opportunities for boys to come to Michaelhouse for 40 years. This significant contribution during the Giving Day has been added to the Trust and has contributed to the 121 boys that have been supported by the BET in 2022. If you’d like to contribute to the BET - or join the Chairman’s Club, see details on page 40. If you would like to learn more, get in touch with the fundraising team on: devoffice@michaelhouse.org

This new fund has thus far assisted with offsetting a number of unforeseen operations expenses as well as a few minor capital costs. One of note has been the rethatching of the white hut on Bailey’s that has been a part of the Michaelhouse fabric for many decades. If you’d like to contribute to the Annual Fund, see details on page 40. If you would like to learn more, get in touch with the fundraising team on: devoffice@michaelhouse.org


Capital projects

Funding Boys

Helping the Local Community

Where funds are most needed





UK Trust: Bursaries for the Underprivileged 47 Donors (target was 50 donors)

Sports Fund: funding sports extras for boys 19 Donors (target was 50 donors)

Sustainability: Solar Projects 43 Donors (target was 50 donors)

FABs Fund: funding extras for boys in need 53 Donors (target was 75 donors)





R334,450 Amount Raised

R175,100 Amount Raised

R208,500 Amount Raised

R149,240 Amount Raised

Impact so far...

The significant donations made to the UK Trust during the Giving Day has been put to work in the Trust’s investment portfolio and has ensured that the Trust can continue to support a boy in each Block for the foreseeable future. It also takes us a step closer to growing this support beyond the five boys that are currently supported at any one time. If you’d like to contribute to the UK Trust, see details on page 40. If you would like to learn more, get in touch with the fundraising team on: devoffice@michaelhouse.org

Donations raised during the Giving Day have contributed to a further 250kWp of solar panels on campus that will increase our total solar panel capacity to 500kWp. These will be constructed over the coming year and will significantly contribute to optimising the effectiveness of the soon-to-be installed 1.25-1.5MWh battery farm. This significant investment signifies a big step towards energy independence for the Michaelhouse Estate, If you’d like to contribute to sustainabiliy projects, see details on page 40. If you would like to learn more, get in touch with the fundraising team on: devoffice@michaelhouse.org

Donations raised during the Giving Day have begun to enable boys to maximize their sporting potential. This has included partial funding for two boys on a recent hockey tour to Bloemfontein as well as sports equipment for a number of boys which has included rugby boots for the upcoming 2023 season. Having only been established in late 2022, the full impact of this fund will be seen as we progress into 2023 and beyond. If you’d like to contribute to the Sports Fund, see details on page 40. If you would like to learn more, get in touch with the fundraising team on: devoffice@michaelhouse.org

Donations raised during the Giving Day have allowed the Rector to quickly and discreetly fund: Kit for three boys for C Block Journey; monthly tuck shop allowance of R200 for a number of boys; learning support lessons; extra san and pharmacy charges; extra charges for clubs and societies; technical drawing equipment; extra transport charges; university applications: and uniform charges. If you’d like to contribute to the FABs Fund, see details on page 40. If you would like to learn more, get in touch with the fundraising team on: devoffice@michaelhouse.org


The Legacy of the Bursary Endowment

What is the Endowment Trust?

Officially the Michaelhouse Bursary Endowment Trust (MBET) - we call it the BET - was established in 1980 to receive any funds donated, bequeathed or otherwise made to Michaelhouse for the awarding of bursaries (now called financial aid) to existing and prospective pupils of Michaelhouse.

The nature of an endowment trust is to be sustainable by conserving the capital and releasing the annual income for bursaries. This is encapsulated in the ‘MIT formula’ which the trustees presently follow.

How does the BET change lives? With over 121 boys having receiving some sort of financial aid from the BET, support has been and remains broad. In some cases it is modest to help parents make ends meet so their son can attend - or continue to attend - the school. In other cases it covers all the fees, uniform and extras for

Watch Bradley Ralfe (Tatham, 1993) talk about the impact the BET had on his life.

those from very extremely deprived backgrounds. The BET has changed lives for over four decades and countless recipients have grasped the opportunity given to them and gone on to become significant contributors to society. It is noteworthy that many bursary and scholarship holders have returned to give time to Michaelhouse, have become benefactors of the school, and some have even served as Chairman of the Board of Governors. As the cost of living increases and inevitably so do school fees, a healthy BET is critical to ensuring that Michaelhouse remains as accessible to as many South Africans as possible.

Scholarships: are awarded to boys of outstanding ability entering Michaelhouse in E Block (Grade 8). Scholarships are valid for the five year duration of a boy’s career at Michaelhouse, subject to an acceptable level of performance being maintained. Financial Aid: (once known as bursaries), are awarded privately to boys who need financial help in order to come to/or remain at Michaelhouse. All financial aid awards are rigorously means-tested , ensuring that our limited resource is allocated to where it is most needed and deserved. Interest free loans (IFL’s) are an important financial aid option in addition to financial aid grants. Bursaries? Scholarships? Financial Aid?


The Michaelhouse Chairman’s Club was founded in 2000 by Jamie Inglis (Baines, 1961) to raise funds for the school’s Bursary Endowment Trust. All funds raised by the Club are paid to the BET and managed by its Trustees. Over the past 23 years, the Club’s fundraising concept has been enthusiastically received with members - consisting primarily of Old Boys, Parents and Past Parents - now numbering over 330. Generous donations over the past 23 years have funded hundreds of boys - in part or completely - to attend Michaelhosue. In 2022, the trust distributed funds to assist 121 boys with tuition. As a unique fundraising vehicle, the Club allows members to direct their donations and receive ongoing impact reports. The Club also hosts annual lunches for its members in Durban and Johannesburg where the Chairman of the Trusts, Chairman of the Board and the Rector provide updates on the Trust’s performance, topical issues at Michaelhouse and on the boys being assisted. Despite providing over 40% of our boys with financial assistance each year, the School is turning away exceptional boys who have insufficient funding. If Michaelhouse is to continue to play a role in producing tomorrow’s problem-solvers, the School must become more representative. It is evident that a substantial and growing endowment fund is a prerequisite to meeting this objective. If you are interested in supporting the growth of the BET by joining the Chairman’s Club, see page 40. 23 years of Growing the Endowment Trust

The Michaelhouse UK Trust , a registered charity in the UK (#328512) was established in 1990 by Old Boys in the United Kingdom. The founders wanted to give Old Boys an unambiguous and meaningful way of contributing to the School. Its single objective was and remains: “To provide bursaries for boys in need to go to Michaelhouse” Thanks to the generosity of Old Boys and excellent investment management, the fund has continued to grow. The Trust has awarded over 50 bursaries since its inception and currently aims to fund a boy in each Block - a total of five. If you are interested in helping us grow the UK Trust so we can fund more underprivileged boys to go to Michaelhouse, see page 40. 33 years of support from the United Kingdom

In 2022, 121 boys were assisted by funds

Watch a short explanation of the UK Trust and the impact its had and how you can help grow this impact.

distributed by the Bursary Endowment Trust & UK Trust


FABs Fund: funding extras for boys in need

Financially Assisted Boys, or FABs, is an initiative which has evolved over the past five years to assist boys attending Michaelhouse with those extra bits and pieces that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Things which allow them to maximize their potential and take full advantage of their years at the school. In essence, the FABS Fund ‘fills in the gaps’.

There are boys at Michaelhouse who despite being on significant financial aid and/or scholarships are still not able to afford basic things like a tennis racket, rugby boots, uniforms, tours, or a visit to the tuck shop. Some live in difficult circumstances which have necessitated the school preparing food parcels to take home for the holidays so they return to us well-nourished. Benefits of the fund, which are practically implemented by incredibly dedicated Michaelhouse staff members, even saw to the provision of very granular necessities like data and airtime for boys in need to be in a position to engage effectively with remote learning during Covid lockdown in 2020. The R197,015 generously donated in 2022 has allowed the Rector to quickly and discreetly fund: kit for three boys for C Block Journey; monthly tuck shop allowance of R200 for a number of boys; learning support lessons; extra san and pharmacy charges; extra charges for clubs and societies; technical drawing equipment; extra transport charges; university applications: and uniform charges. If you are interested in contributing to the FABs Fund, see details on Page 40. How has the FABs Fund changed lives? Watch Aphiwe Mthalane (Farfield, 2016) talk about the impact the FABs fund had on him

Sports Fund: funding sports extras for boys

The Sports fund was founded in 2022 by Old Boy & Past Parent, Des Sacco (Baines, 1958), to assist any deserving boy attending Michaelhouse with sports-related extras that they would otherwise not be able to afford. Things such as tennis rackets, rugby boots, domestic tours, etc. This includes those boys in between who may not

begun to enable boys to maximize their sporting potential. This has included partial funding for two boys on a recent hockey tour to Bloemfontein as well as sports equipment for a number of boys which has included rugby boots for the upcoming 2023 season. Having only been established in late 2022, the full impact of this fund will be seen as we progress into 2023 and beyond. If you are interested in contributing to the Sport Fund, see details on Page 40. necessarily come from disadvantaged backgrounds, but whose parents do not have the funds to purchase sports equipment or give their son opportunities such as going on a once in a lifetime sports tour. Where they are deserving, we feel that boys in these categories of need should not be forgotten.

What impact has the Sports Fund had?

Having a fund to draw on to provide these - often expensive items - the R175,100 of donations have

Watch Old Boys: Zuko Kubukeli and Cameron McIntosh talk about the potential of the sports fund



The Community Partnership Trust

10 funded projects

In 16 non-fee-paying schools between Howick and Mooi River Supporting 6,000 learners

Raised R4.4m in 2022

In our footprint schools each has a dedicated ‘project champion’

Our target for 2023 is R8m

Consistent with the Michaelhouse core values of Integrity, Humility, Compassion, Courage and Service; the Michaelhouse Community Partnership Trust (CPT), a registered non-profit organisation (NPO: 015292) has been established as an Outreach programme to add value to these 16 ‘Footprint’ Schools with the singular focus being to improve their functionality as places of learning and add value to the broader Midlands Community. Annually each school is evaluated and benchmarked to ensure that improvements occur in respect of instructional, infrastructural and leadership functionality. A dedicated team of three full time staff supported by a committee

of Trustees and committed volunteers, oversee 10 core projects to achieve this. Core to this Outreach programme is partnering with communities where the schools are located, collaborating with school principals, heads of departments, teachers and Department of Education Circuit Managers in the Lions River and Mpofana circuits. Where building, plumbing and electrical work is required we use local community suppliers as far as is possible so the money

stays in the community, this significantly enhances the notion of ‘Schools being at the centre of the community’. An additional component is that each of the 10 Houses at Michaelhouse will ‘adopt’ a school to allow for Boys’ community service where it will add value. If you are interested in contributing or getting involved with the CPT, see page 40 or emali the CPT team on: cpt@michaelhouse.org.

Learn more about the projects and impactful work the CPT is doing by checking out their website


Over the past SIX years we have grown our impact and now concentrate on SEVEN focus areas: • Grown from supporting TWO schools in 2018 to supporting SIXTEEN schools in 2022 • Leadership training in 24 schools • Grown from ONE Eduhelper in 2018 to 23 Eduhelpers in 2022 (Eduhelpers are young teaching graduates employed as Interns on a basic stipend with a view to providing them will full employment as a teacher) • Infrastructure improvement • 10 funded projects in our footprint schools (some still to be funded) each of which has a dedicated ‘project champion’ • Significantly evolved engagement from Michaelhouse Boys with each House adopting a school • THREE Annual collective community events focusing on Sport, Art, Music and Theatre How has the CPT impacted the local community?


Beneficiaries’ Stories

CARLYLE HAWKINS (B Block, Mackenzie) Carlyle is a shining example of the quality in our country held back by a lack of opportunity. He was born in Bloemfontein and is the son of a police officer and a civil servant. He attended St Andrew’s, Bloemfontein where he excelled in the classroom and on the sports field. Not being able to afford private school fees, Carlyle’s parents helped him apply to Michaelhouse. His talent and potential was immediately recognised and he was offered a place with the support of the Michaelhouse UK Trust (see page 15). Paying for his uniform, sports equipment and so on was provided by the FABs Fund (see page 16) to ensure Carlyle was able to take full advantage of all the opportunities that Michaelhouse offers. On finding out he was going to Michaelhouse, Carlyle said: “Being awarded a place at Michaelhouse was an incredible opportunity for me. It was also an overwhelming act of generosity I just could not have imagined – I felt like I’d won the lotto! I could hardly wait to get started - the world had just become a whole lot bigger for me.” Carlyle is now in B-Block (Grade 11), his fourth year at Michaelhouse, and has proven to be an extraordinarily talented and versatile young man with huge drive. His academic prowess is among the best in his year. His end of examination year results in 2022 were predominantly in excess of 90% with a further Studies Mathematics score of 97 % as well as 94% for Physical Science. He is a natural leader and captained the U16A rugby team with aplomb last year as well as making

an excellent contribution to the U 16 A cricket team. He recently returned from the UK with the 1st VII Rugby Team where they were victorious in the U18 7s International Tournament hosted by Rugby School to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the game of rugby. Carlyle is a boy of impeccable integrity, a huge asset to Michaelhouse, and validation of the importance of having a healthy

endowment to ensure Michaelhouse remains as accessible to as many South Africans as possible.

“Being awarded a place at Michaelhouse was an incredible opportunity for me. It was also an overwhelming act of generosity that I just could not have imagined – I felt like I’d won the lotto! I could hardly wait to get started - the world had just become a whole lot bigger for me.”


LEO MUZIVA A Block, West

CIVAL RUGBAR B Block, Mackenzie

ERICH VAN ZYL A Block, McCormick

Product of Montrose primary in Gauteng, Leo stamped his mark on so many aspects of life at Michaelhouse since his arrival in 2019, from the playing fields of Balgowan to leadership. It came as no surprise that Leo was elected by the boys and staff to his position of Head of House, tackling his responsibilities as a School Prefect with characteristic maturity, intelligence and resourcefulness. Leo has arguably made his greatest impact on the school through his sporting prowess. He is an accomplished athlete and his phenomenal turn of speed were under the brightest spotlight as a member of the highly touted 2023 1st XV. Breaking into the team in 2022, Leo was a part of the most representative 1st XV in the school’s history. Leo is a devastating finisher, most memorably scoring twice during the 1st XV’s famous 100th victory over old rivals, Hilton College!

Cival is an engaging Grade 11 boy who comes from a family of educators: his father is the principal of a small Anglican school nearby and Cival is deeply appreciative of the opportunity he has to develop at Michaelhouse. A sound and hard-working academic with a flair for Computer Applications Technology, Cival’s key sporting interest lies in cricket. He is a correct and, at times, explosive batsman-wicketkeeper who has also been called on to bowl when the team has needed him to do so. He has been a key player in the A teams throughout his Michaelhouse career. Cival is a Mackenzie boy who whole heartedly enters into the spirit of Michaelhouse and plays rugby in the winter though he is now considering taking up refereeing like his father who regularly graces Meadows in this capacity. He is a principled young man and certainly worthy of the financial support he has been given.

Erich van Zyl is a house prefect in McCormick. He embodies and lives by the Michaelhouse Code and is valued, above all, for his personal qualities. Erich is very much to the fore in drama and music, taking the lead in both activities as a principal actor and Head of Choir , as well as participating in the KZN Youth Choir. He works hard and narrowly missed an A Aggregate in the end of year examinations in 2022; he played hockey for the First and Second XI Teams until injury curtailed his 2022 season; hereafter he excelled as an umpire and first-aider giving of his time in no small measure to others. Here is a young man whose impact on others is profound.


Donors’ Stories

In 2000 I was about 40 kilograms with shoes on. Black shoes from the trade store, a trenchcoat, and a trunk full of uniforms standing at Screens in February: 60 kilograms of nerves, clothes, and hopes. I come from a dot on the map called Melmoth, and before that a township called Ngwelezane. People like me were not meant to be here. A year earlier, my mother, my sister, and I drove five hours - before Google had Maps - to Balgowan in a blue, two-door Fiat Uno that could be heard wheezing up hills from a kilometre away. My teacher from Melmoth, Ms Padachie, insisted on it, she believed that I was somebody and that I deserved this opportunity. When the testing was done on Scholarship day and Mr Pachonick sat me down for an interview, I remember thinking this man was also in on this scheme. He listened to me intently, as if I was somebody. And for five of the best years of my life that idea was grown within me: You are somebody. Grown by the stern, but caring, direction of my housemaster - Mr Esprey; whose voice I can still hear booming in my head whenever I’m up to mischief: Gentleman, you’re not above the law! By the ladies in the laundry, who looked after me as if I was their own. By a hodgepodge of teachers, who at different times had me believing that I was a master mathematician (no!), an unearthed geographer (no, again), and a writer (maybe). And by friendships that have persisted through the years. All of these, and many more, building the idea that has carried me: You are somebody. I am honoured to join a special group of people who give boys like me a sense of belief that makes a life. I can never repay the debt I owe to the Old Boys before me who donated to the UK Trust. On some Sundays I daydream about the little experiences

Michaelhouse gave me: idle moments in freebounds, the way the mist cloaked the valley, the rusty ladders to the top of the Bell tower, the sweetness of the leftover cookies in the Senior Prefect’s room, the dewy grass on a Saturday morning, and so many more. To

the recipients I hope your experience is as rich and fulfilling as mine was: You are somebody. You are capable. And you are only getting started. Gugulethu ‘G’ Hlekwayo (East, 2004) Gugulethu is a technical writer, coder, and editor. He now works for an Amsterdam-based cloud banking platform. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.


I grew up in a township in Durban called Clermont. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be afforded the opportunity to attend one of the most beautiful schools in the world situated in the heart of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands. I was a beneficiary of 50% financial aid from Michaelhouse. My parents had applied for financial assistance in faith because they wanted me to receive the best education. By God’s grace, this materialized in 2000 when I started my E-Block year. My brother went on to receive a similar support 10 years after me. As Old Boys, I feel we have a responsibility to ensure that the well-being of Michaelhouse is upheld. The school recently turned 125 years old. We have to ensure that it continues to thrive for another 125 years – producing men of understanding, thought and culture. I would like to give back in any way that I can through financial donations, knowledge sharing, and time. I owe it to those who came before me, to ensure that I excel in my career and place myself in a position to give. As the first Khuzwayo in the family to attend Michaelhouse, I owe it to those after me to commit to leaving a legacy. Years after we leave the school, it must be in a better place than when we found it. I have recently decided to join the Chairman’s Club 1 in recognition of my strong belief in our collective responsibility. Were it not for the contributions made to the Bursary Endowment Trust (MBET) by the members of the Chairman’s Club, I would not have come to Michaelhouse, nor would I be where I am today. Beyond donating, I am committed to helping to find - and where I can, support - boys who come from less privileged backgrounds who have the potential to go on to make a difference in society; to be the positive disrupters of future. I have always dreamt of one day having a Khuzwayo African Heritage Centre. Maybe a Khuzwayo Open Scholarship? Or how about a Khuzwayo Basketball Clinic that sends boys to the NBA? The opportunities are endless. We are limited by our imagination. Only God can make this happen Quis ut Deus Tshediso ‘Teddy’ Khuzwayo (East, 2004) Teddy works in banking. Following successful strints at Investec, Invest Africa and Standard Bank, he is now the Product Head of Client Engagement at Capitec. He is member of the Central Committee of the Old Boys’ Club and hosts regular online chats with Old Boys on the topic of mentoring. He currently lives in Johannesburg with his wife Lindo and two children. His young son is already registered to go to Michaelhouse.

1. Learn more about the Charman’s Club on pages 15 & 40


Development Plans

In an increasingly complex, demanding, and competitive world; there has never been a more important time to ensure that we create the best possible environment for our boys to grow into significant men and go out into the world armed with integrity, humility, compassion, courage, and a desire to serve their communities, their country and humanity. While we continue to benefit from the foresight of our founder who felt that Michaelhouse should exist away from the hustle and bustle of city life, we still need to respond to future challenges, and to prepare boys beyond Michaelhouse and the Balgowan valley in a rapidly changing world. Our development plans are conceived and executed with this in mind. Growth of the School With the addition of two new houses, Ralfe and McCormick , the school has grown to around 625 boys, but has also reduced the numbers in each house from 70+ to 60. Houses are now less crowded and aligned to the spacious designs of the new houses, the remaining houses will be refurbished over the coming years to reflect this layout. The construction of the New Tatham in the Pennington Quad is the next step on this journey. Campus Design and Sustainability Good campus design is so much more than any given structure, but about the way each structure sits in relation to the other. The interconnectivity of the school buildings, for example, have been an enduring hallmark of Michaelhouse. The ability to walk from Founders to Ralfe during a thunderstorm, many have said, has been a significant factor in the enduring closeness of the Michaelhouse family in addition to the close proximity of all the houses. The new Science and Biology Block adjacent to Farfield and Mackenzie , the new English classrooms - connecting the theatre and the new Tatham (under construction) - and the newly opened Makan Centre (a centre for innovation) follow the tradition of interconnectivity and accessibility that has shaped the campus over the past 122 years. The school has also embarked on an ambitious energy efficiency and independence programme that will move the school away from dependence on costly generators. Along with the solar panels on the Science and Biology Block, a large solar array on top of the indoor centre is now complete that will charge a soon to be commissioned 1.2-1.5MWh battery farm. Should the funds be raised to put a roof on the swimming pool, this will create a 750m 2 platform for additional solar panel array taking us a step closer to energy security and independence. We share, in the pages that follow, illustrations of our current and future plans.

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Recently Completed: Makan Centre

The teaching approach required to facilitate the best of such a curriculum within the Makan Centre is student centric, process focused and transdisciplinary. As well as the Makan Centre being the home for the Future fit curriculum, it will also serve as a bustling academic hub for boys and staff alike. The flexible meeting rooms for sharing and collaboration, the high-tech video conferencing lecture theatre/cinema, the connection to the resources and research process of the Media Centre, the exploration of our film and sound studio and a place of action for our coding and robotics club will all contribute to a space that informs and discovers the very future of education. The Makan Centre was opened on 17 th March 2023 by the Makan Family.

The need for education to be deliberately adapted and redesigned for the 21 st century and beyond is paramount. The Makan Centre’s purpose is to provide the physical space that facilitates an education and innovation for a future that is hyperconnected, uncertain and unpredictable. It is situated in the heart of the school, with its modern design - dovetailing into the familiar interconnected red-brick buildings - is based on natural light, flexibility, sustainability and innovation will be the focal point of future-fit teaching, learning, play and discovery. The Future-fit curriculum , which is a transdisciplinary, project based learning programme will be complemented by the learning spaces and technology available in the Makan Centre. In this curriculum boys will learn about real-world issues and contexts such as inequality, food and water insecurity, climate change and sustainable economic growth. Through social action, entrepreneurship and creativity, boys will have to collaborate and design ideas and solutions to solving some of the most pressing issues that their generation and the generations to follow are likely to face. These ideas and solutions will require skills of the 4 th industrial revolution which sees the blurring of boundaries between physical and cyber systems. Future-Fit Curriculum These are just some of the skills that the Makan Centre, through work like the Future-fit curriculum, will embed: • Systems and complexity thinking

• Design thinking • Critical thinking • Complex problem-solving • Creativity (e.g. Content and Media Creation) • Collaboration • Working with diversity • Robotics • Coding • Working with AI • Rapid Prototyping (incl 3D Printing)

Watch the Rector, Divesh & Paresh talk about their hopes for the Makan Centre

• Research • Reflexivity



Current Project: House Refurbishments

The precisely thought-through Rafle, McCormick and refurbished Baines have now had a few years to be fully tested by the boys - certainly a formidable testing regime for all the contents of the houses and their layout. The combination of light, space and practicality all wrapped up to create a feeling of ‘this is my home’ has evidently worked. We are now taking this standard to the remaining houses over the coming years.

We begin with creating a new home for Tatham in the Pennington Quad (see pages 32-33) and will then follow on with the other houses. Transit accommodation is always a challenge as no undertaking of this scale can be started and completed in any one holiday period. We will therefore use the existing Tatham as transit accommodation as each house is renovated. We expect this process to take 5-6 years.


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