Castle Lite Knysna Forest Half-Marathon

Today, 18 years ago, in July of 2000, Lyndsay Brown challenged me to run the Knysna Forest Half-marathon.

I ran that one, the bug bit, and I ran the next five as well. Lyndsay went on to bigger and better things like the Iron Man.

After six half-marathons, I was diagnosed with CBD and hung up my running shoes.

I became a spectator. 

Today, I am not in Knysna, but my heart is there. There can be nothing more beautiful then emerging from the Knysna Forest and looking down the Knysna Lagoon towards the Knysna Heads.

Today, I am not in a good place.

#13 StayStrong

Miracle Recovery of all the Wild Boars and their coach … Thai Nation at its best! Human nature … hope, faith, love 💕

Lump in the throat stuff …

Happy 27th Birthday Siya Kolisi


Our boys learned and played with Jan and Siya. Now these two are Springboks.

Siya is the captain – the first black person to hold this position in South Africa.

He was “discovered” in Mossel Bay by teacher and scout Andrewe Hayidakis.

I taught Andrewe at Grey High in Port Elizabeth and the two youngsters are the sons of Andrewe and Charlene.

Andrewe is now the deputy headmaster of Grey Junior Bloemfontein. Jan moved from Grey Junior Port Elizabeth to Grey College Bloemfontein to complete his schooling.

Tomorrow the Springboks play England in the 2nd rugby test in Bloemfontein.

Tomorrow is Youth Day – the 42nd anniversary of the uprisings by the school children of Soweto and which some may say signaled the beginnings of the New South Africa.

Tomorrow is Siya’s  27th birthday.

The circle of life knows no bounds …

Grey 1984


L Harwood (Head)

P Fensham (Deputy)

P Barclay, S Bentley, M Carswell, B Cowdry, W Kirkman, B Law, A Pote, N Preece, A Wewege, M Womersley

Notes from the Rector

Your spokesman, Luke Harwood, in his final address to a Grey assembley, has spent much time in recording your achievements. All of us share in your pride. It has been a truly remarkable year.

Kenneth Boulding wrote:  “The world of today is as different from the world in which I was born as the world was from Julius Caeser’s. I was born in the middle of human history’ . Almost as much has happened since I was born as happened before”.

“The future society is an unknown quantity; we cannot prepare for the unknown – what is known is that there will be change and we must prepare our charges for that. ”

1984 has been a happy year for the Grey staff.  A good spirit has prevailed in the staff room and the staff have performed well in all areas.

Notes from Ed Lunnon

I was discussing with Ian Pringle my entrée to The Grey in January 1984.

The day before the staff commenced their academic year (which was the day before the pupils arrived), all the new members of staff and a few of the senior office-bearers were requested to meet with the then Rector, Dieter (dare we use his first name!) Pakendorf in his office. The Rector’s advice to the new teachers was “don’t smile until Easter”!

I remember some 15 chairs had been set out in a circle in the office and one chair remained vacant – Mr Richard Waterfield did not arrive on his first day! I’m not sure where he is today, but his short tenure at the Grey (and in the hostel) provided us with many tales to tell and a smile, a giggle and a hearty laugh.

Richard came from England on a rugby tour and stayed a while in a temporary English position.

Another newcomer to the country was (the now late) accomplished musician Robin Small from Zimbabwe. Charles Bryars was there as he was helping out in the music department in Robert Selley’s place.

There were eight new permanent faces on the staff and a few temporary ones.

Keith Crankshaw (Mathematics and Physical Education), well-known in squash and cricketing circles came from UPE, and left teaching in later years “lured from education into the financially greener fields of the private sector”.

The same happened to ED (Eddie) Lunnon (Computer Science) who came from Stellenbosch University via Oudtshoorn and left in 1989 to Pick ‘n Pay. Also from UPE via Oudtshoorn’s Infantry School was Andre van Staden (Afrikaans) who later left via Pearson High (Deputy Headmaster and then Headmaster), and now Rector of Paul Roos in Stellenbosch).

Brian Dill (Science) also did the Stellenbosch, Infantry School route and is now (teaching?) in Cape Town. Mrs J Potgieter joined the Afrikaans Department from the East Cape Development Board.

Michael Thomson – (Neil’s brother) (now at Michaelhouse) – joined from Settlers’ High School (History and Geography). Temporary teaches taking the place of teachers on long leave (yes, we still got that!) were Mrs H van Rooyen and Mrs S Jankelowitz.

Then there were teachers who were there, but would only commence in the second term – Mr Ken Ball (later principal SACS) who was returning to teaching from FORD and two new Vice-Principals – Mr AH (Sammy) Gunn (from Rondebosch and Queens – now retired from Headmaster: Selbourne) and Mr Chris Harker from Queens and now retired Queens Headmaster)