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2004 - Contribution of articles and memories

Ian Cutler
cutler@clara.co.uk
United Kingdom
27 Dec 2004
It would be great to get in touch with anyone out there who may remember me form my time at Milton - 76-79 Regards Ian


Jim Cram
jcram@canada.com
Ladysmith BC Canada
23 Dec 2004
To all Old Miltonians, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2005 where ever you are. Jim Cram science/chem teacher 1970-1975 ps: any old Fairbridge House boys out there.


dhayes nee wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
22 Dec 2004
Wishing all of you a peaceful and happy Xmas. Joe if you are in CT I am on 551 1069, 083 270 3361. I am sure we are all hoping for a positive outcome in Zim asap. Look after yourselves. Kindest regards, Deborah


Mxolisi Tshabalala
mxolisitshabs@yahoo.com
Galway, Ireland
14 Dec 2004
This is to wish you all the very best for xmas.....those that know me pliz get in touch .....


M Bunu
mauricebunu@homail.com
Northamton UK
06 Dec 2004
Good to come across the site keepin touch Miltonians Science?Bio Teacher 1998-2002


dhayes nee wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
02 Dec 2004
Hi all. It really is great to see OM staff are surfacing! I owe lots of you mail... sorry my e-mailing is not nearly as fast or efficient as my marking used to be; work gets in the way! Those of you still in Zim.. is there any game left worth viewing in Hwange? I have US cousins coming over in March. I did get the pic, thanks Elaine and George. Fondest wishes to you all.


Jos Brookes
josbrookes@btinternet.com
Stoke on Trent England.
01 Dec 2004
I was on the staff between the years1958-66. Looking for contacts from anyone who remembers me.


George Archibald
elizabetha@mweb.co,za
Durban ,South Africa
30 Nov 2004
Nice to see another teacher on the net. Jim Cram who taught some of us science in 1973/74 for O level. I remember the science book which had a cover with Niel Armstrong walking on the moon. It looks like the teachers in the early 70's are the only ones resonding at the moment. Must have been the good lads at the school at the time.


Colin Sturges
colandee@mweb.co.zw
Bulawayo
30 Nov 2004
Nice to find the site, anyone know where all the teachers ended up from 1966 until I left, about 15 years later? regards


Percy Z. Silamba
psilamba10@aol.com
Boston Massachusetts, USA
26 Nov 2004
O Keith Man, its been a long time!! Yeah I remember the butt wooping from Johnny Danzi and PE. But you have to keep in mind that the PE team we played was also the entire MashLand Squad that year!! We had them though until the half-time. Those were the days!!. I heard you left Milton and went to Northlea for your Sixth Form and you won the Leyland Trophy for them...Twice! If this is true..Shame on you man. You were one of the baddest players in high school history! You still should have won the trophy at least once for Milton. Get back to me...we have a lot of catching up to do!!!


Phillipa Jones
zhala@btinternet.com
Surrey, UK
21 Nov 2004
Trying to find information about Godfrey Kenneth Jones, born 1915 in Gatooma who may have been schooled at Milton. He later became a pilot instructor at the Johannesburg Light Plane Club


Jim Cram
jcram@canada.com
Ladysmith BC Canada
14 Nov 2004
Hello everyone it is great to read about so many OM's. I taught science and chemistry at Milton for 1970-1975 and am presently teaching in a small town on the coast of Vancouver Island in Canada. I would like to hear from any former students and teachers.


dhayes nee wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
06 Nov 2004
Hi everyone. Joe, you got the brain cells working. I was remembering a school play where I think, it was Simon who had to be made up to look "old" a task which took nearly 2 hours! On the final night we had all been at inter-school athletics at Gifford so it was chaos. I had some good giggles on the makeup side 1970- 1977 as most of the guys forgot I was there and there were some really funny anecdotes about various staff members! Now it is a job to make me up so I don't look 100!! There was something on 2000 commonroom, Stan, regarding the death of Ron Gracie? Tony Clarke.. drop me a line. Stay well all of you and keep in touch.


Anthony Clarke
anthony@cfcworth.freeserve.co.uk
Canterbury UK
05 Nov 2004
If anyone has put their details on Gradfinder.com you may have noticed that the website has reset everyone's place of residence to USA. You will need to go back into 'your profile' and re set accordingly. Cheers all - Tony Clarke 68 - 72


Stan Higgins
accesspr@mweb.co.zw
Harare, Zimbabwe
28 Oct 2004
I saw in death notices in Harare papers today one for Ron Gracie, who died in Edinburgh. I assume this was the 1970-1980 Milton Head. Does anyone have any more information about this? If it is him am sure many of his students and colleagues will wish to remember him.


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
27 Oct 2004
Hi there all. Would love to get together, Joe. I will be around the whole festive season.


Joe Krige
joefran@krige.go-plus.net

25 Oct 2004
Hi Andy Steve and Roger. Roger, I had a chat with Mora Fox yesterday. We were trying to remember Phil O'Prey's band members. You were part of that were you not? It’s pissing down here in the motherland and I am looking forward to landing in Cape Town on the 12th of December. Debbie, maybe Simon and I can pay you a visit in CT..... that will make it 5. I am still wondering whether Trevor Davenport is still in CT. Oh well thanks Andy for the news. Cheers


Stan Higgins
accesspr@mweb.co.zw
Harare, Zimbabwe
22 Oct 2004
With regard to recent correspondence: at the risk of sounding cynical, why is it that the school needs to be revived? What has gone wrong and why? We need honest and forthright answers to these questions before embarking on any revival, so that a future decline can be prevented. We need to avoid the situation (so ably described by Santayana) of, not remembering, being condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past. As one of the few pre-80s OMs left in the country (am sure there are not many here) I am happy to assist (especially as 2005 is the school's 95th anniversary and this is something of a 'peg on which to hang the hat'), but would urge a solid approach.


Nqaba Jeyman Donga
djdong21@yahoo.com
Bulawayo
20 Oct 2004
Let the elephant rise again. Nice to see old miltonians get together. Let’s support the revival of the school. QUIT YE LIKE MEN BE STRONG...........ONCE A MILTONIAN ALWAYS A MILTONIAN


Tendayi Huni
tendayih@yahoo.co.uk
Bulawayo
18 Oct 2004
To all the old miltonians who r reading this, the reunion is this week. Those who can make it please do, for those who tell those who can. Support a good cause gentlemen. “QUIT YE LIKE MEN, BE STRONG”. Let’s not let the school fall without a fight.


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
15 Oct 2004
Hi all. I had lunch today with Will Wakefield and his wife, visiting from UK. That makes 3 OMs I have seen since Jan 2004.. Who is going to be no 4? I am still amazed at the response that is coming in since I logged on to the OM site in Jan 2004. I am enjoying renewing old friendships and catching up on all the OMs news. You can point the finger at Alex Fraser-Kirk in Sydney for getting the ball rolling! Thanks Alex! Best wishes to you all.


Gaston Melville Van Heerden
mobygigga7@yahoo.co.uk
Sheffield
15 Oct 2004
I am so chuffed to come across this site. Firstly I would like to hear from all the fellow Mitonians who I spend those good ole Days with 1990-1995.Goon and Bruce Jones if you guys check this out holler.


Andrew Buchan
andrew.buchan@amcor.com.au
Melbourne Australia
15 Oct 2004
Hi to all - especially Joe Krige Currently we are in Melbourne (5yrs) & very happy here. Steve McKenna & Roger Gurney live within 5km of us.


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
South Africa
10 Oct 2004
Look forward to receiving the pics, George. Great surprise today, an e-mail from Will Wakefield OM 1968 onwards. Arriving in CT tomorrow so we will be getting together. We`really need to get an OM function going in CT.. I'll even cook for it!! Best wishes to you all.


George Archibald

Durban
10 Oct 2004
Ma Wags Pics will be on there way soon, will send them separately so do not be alarmed will a few e-mails coming through all together


Joe Krige
joefran@krige.go-plus.net
02 Oct 2004
apologies for the pessimism, tendayi. I wish you luck and count me in as a supporter.


Joe Krige
joefran@krige.go-plus.net
frome
29 Sep 2004
tendayi, dream on ... it will take a miracle .. just enjoy the great memories and thank God you got a good education


stu jones
dudestu2@aol.com
uk
29 Sep 2004
hiya all pupil from 78 to 82 probably best remembered as "bahoo" wow what a find............. really brings back the 'glory' visits to "the cat's" office .... not to mention taffy's one during hostel time


Pete Chadwick
pjc@futurenet.co.za
Normally Bullies!
29 Sep 2004
Hey - the 2 wise men on the same page! Shully me lad - great to hear from you, and like our mate Bill says - a good time for wind surfing where you're at! I often drive pass your old house in Suburbs when I'm home, and a very obliging liquor cabinet I recall! How time flies. Bill, keep at the garden boet - I wish I had more time to do the same. Never mind I'm back home next week on Friday for some quality time. The OM reunion sounds good, but will be flying out that same day to Dar es Salaam! Must dash guys - enjoy the moment!


Tendayi Huni
tendayih@yahoo.co.uk
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
28 Sep 2004
good day gentlemen, I am the current Milton revival president & im planning a reunion & family day on 23 October. i need all old MILTONIANS to come & we need donations to bring Milton back to the glory days.


Billy Caunt
billycaunt@hotmail.com
W.Sussex UK
27 Sep 2004
Yo Shully, Hope you ain't too windy in sunny Miami matey? Good to see you're still out there playing. I got one foot out of IT and one in the garden. Doing a RHS Gardening course and love it man, I'd been 'ave been better off in the mealie planting class at Milton... Keep at it Boys!


David Shulman
dashul@aol.com
Miami, FL, USA.
26 Sep 2004
Hello to Messers Chadwick and Caunt. My God, are we getting on in years when I think back to Kumalo. All the best...I don't check this site too often, so it may be another decade!


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
17 Sep 2004
Hi there all... spent a splendid evening with Rob Parke and his wife(Milton 1973-1976) in New York. My New Jersey cousins were amazed by the OM site and how we all touch base. When they heard Milton had a pool, it was "wow" fancy having a swimming pool, "how cool"!! George and Elaine, I couldn't download the pic as it was too large. If you can resize it I'd love to see it. Regards to all of you.


Pete Chadwick
pjc@futurenet.co.za
Bulawayo
10 Sep 2004
Bill me old cock - you have a sharp memory boet! How time flies when you're having fun. Just winding up my present toil in SA, then it's off to Tanzania again to fight the malaria thing. I need the lotto man, sit by the tele and grow old in style. All this running around is for the youngsters, and my ailing bosy keeps Geof Prodgeon in business! Weather is baltic here today - I need the sun!


billy caunt
billycaunt@hotmail.com
W.Sussex UK
08 Sep 2004
In a nutshell Chad me 'ol mate, you are so right! An Old Miltonian worthy of respect. I look around here too, and money and a colours blazer are no guarantee of happiness as far as I can see! We all have Samsara to deal with. Oh and as for keeping cool -its hard man blazing here in the UK been in the sea all day! Say Hi to Sky's for me mate.(Hey weren't you the new pomey boy from England... 40 years ago?). Keep Safe Pete


Pete Chadwick
pjc@futurenet.co.za
Bulawayo
07 Sep 2004
Hi Guys, let's not make this site a showpiece of good fame and fortune. I still live in Bulawayo, and one learns to be humble when there are many around who are less fortunate. Had Hilton Wynn around for a braai last Saturday - great to talk about old times. John Eppel (teaching at CBC)has also just released a new book, the details I think are on Mag Kriels Morning Mirror site. Keep cool dudes!


Barry Possiwe
barrypossiwe@yahoo.com
Peterborough,Uk
06 Sep 2004
Also at Milton there were two types of pupils..those that made things happen and those that wondered what happened. When I was at Milton those that excelled academically were honoured with an academic tie and stood out from some of us of average intellect that wore a normal blue sixth form tie. Those that excelled in sports were awarded a colours blazer to celebrate their sporting prowess.Milton celebrated and paraded success in the centre spread of the school magazine under the caption..."Milton is proud of...." The winning spirit,(winning fairly) the strife for excellence and celebrating other people's success is the ethos that some of us inherited from Milton High school.


Billy Caunt
billycaunt@hotmail.com
nr brighton, uk
06 Sep 2004
Well said Stan! And I must agree with Brighton there are only two schools - Milton Snr. School and "Whatever It Became - Kumalo High?" I'm glad you guys were able to take advantage of your colonial past and enjoying the UK.


Stan Higgins
accesspr@mweb.co.zw
Harare, Zimbabwe
03 Sep 2004
When I was at Milton, modesty was something greatly valued and encouraged. Perhaps some have not realised that!


Barry possiwe
barrypossiwe@yahoo.com
Peterborough,Uk
23 Aug 2004
I was at Milton between 1981 and 1986 and in Borrow House.I was probably one of the best Milton atheletes in the 80s.Since leaving Milton and after graduating at the UZ I moved to South Africa where I held a number of senior corporate jobs within the Retail, Petroleum,Consulting and Investment banking industries.I lived in Bloemfontein, Nelspruit, Cape Town(where I still own property) and Johannesburg.I am now settled in the UK.I would like to hear from all guys who still remember me.


Brighton Dube
brightondub@yahoo.com
Bulawayo Zim
06 Aug 2004
headboy 2002- 2003, firstXV Rugby captain, Milton award winner guy's donate to your former school its still the best school in Zim and we all know that there are only two schools in zimbabwe. "Milton and Other's"


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
South Africa
02 Aug 2004
Hi all. If there are any OMs "hiding" in New York do contact me as I will be there from 10 August to 31 August. I will be checking my e-mail regularly so you can give me phone numbers etc. Many thanks to the growing number of you who have touched base with me. It is a pleasure and very special to hear from you all. Best wishes 2 August 2004


Erik Back
eb@t-s.dk
Denmark
02 Aug 2004
An OM reunion sounds great. Let me know when


Brian Pinchen 1948 - 1951
brian.pinchen@telkomsa.net
Cape Town
01 Aug 2004
I remember David Coulson of my generation at Milton and often wonder how many of our vintage are still around. Abe Ball and 'Pop' Downing were the headmasters at that time.


david Coulson
indunea@aol.com
england
30 Jul 2004
I would very much like to make contact with any old miltonians from my time at milton 1948-1951


29 Jul 2004
Some OMs in the UK and especially in and around London are hoping to organize an OM Reunion this summer. Anyone interested in meeting up please leave your email address on this site and we will contact you in the next few weeks. Thanks.


Eddie Katz
ek@grandexport.co.uk
Exetet England
22 Jul 2004
To all those guys in F troop.1970 Hope you are all well and would like to hear from some of you Regards Eddie Katz


mehluli sibanda
mehluli@hotmail.com
uk london
20 Jul 2004
came across this site by chance. wonderful suprise. if you know me then drop a line.


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
12 Jul 2004
12 July Correction.. hello the 2 "R"s. Have you any idea how to contact Dave Wright. Would love to know how you have got along in Oz. I was in Sydney over Xmas and loved it.


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
11 Jul 2004
Hi there to the 2 Rons. I was beginning to think I was the only old staff member who would make contact. Good to hear you are around Thanks Mick for a great site. I am getting more and more mail from OMs I taught, and some I didn't teach. What a pleasure! Do keep the mail rolling in. It is great to hear all the news. Best wishes to you all.


Ron Exelby
rxlb@hotmail.com
Bunbury/Australia
11 Jul 2004
Ron Exelby has been in Western Australia (resident in Bunbury approx 170km south of Perth) for close on 20 years and is still teaching! Rob Mutch is working in the mining industry in Western Australia and is presently living in Busselton - coastal town about 60 km south of Bunbury.


Mick Higgins
commonroom@oldmiltonians.com
Staffordshire UK
08 Jul 2004
Nice to see the OM site so busy... I usually take a look most days just to see what's happening out there. It's rewarding to know that some of you have made contact with long lost school friends through the OM site. There is so much talk about sporting achievements..whatever happened to Craig Myles? He was in my class 75-79, always seemed to be breaking records (he was one of those guys who was good at everything.) Don't know about BOG FLY status but I got whacked by Drippy Dry a few times and by Swales!!! And I think my present career in sports turf stems from weeding Taffys lawn so often as hard labour in my Charter House days !!!!!


George Archibald
elizabetha@mweb.co.za
Durban R S A
08 Jul 2004
Sad to hear about Chris Parkin ex Charter house boy in the early 70's.Wish I knew he was in Durban as I am trying to get as many Milton okes together in Durban to meet at the Shamwari Club for a drink.Any one down in the area and need a place to stay ,contact me on this e-mail.


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
08 Jul 2004
Oh dear.. my spelling on a pc does not match my everyday version!!


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
08 Jul 2004
Hi Tetcrevor Remember you well. I used to timekeep at sports day, cross country etc and once had the "distinguished" honour(never could make out why) of being the announcer at sports day! I also had the dubious distinction of "coaching The u13 and u14 Tennis. They played and I scored! Every time we played at Hamilton I used to take the team out for icecream! One of the star players was Darryl Lazarus! In 1970 Alec Dry asked me to take over the junior debating... I kept the tennis team but dropped the general group. Eventually I managed to opt out of the tennis altogether! The non-sporty one is married to a sports n and I now know lots about golf, cricket etc but I fear to say soccer still defeatss me. Frank comes from Manchester... need I say more! Where about in SA are you? OMs you can reach me at home in evenings 021 551 1069 or 083 270 3361. Time to organise a reunion. Best wishes to you all.


Brian Kambira
briankam@absa.co.za
RSA.
07 Jul 2004
1984-1990. It is my Mission in Life to left every Old Miltonian That I know to get on this Site. We massively scuttered, and we know whose faulty that is.


Stan Higgins
accesspr@mweb.co.zw
Harare, Zimbabwe
06 Jul 2004
Hi all Had some sad news that former Miltonian Chris Parkin (1970 - 1975) was killed in a vehicle accident earlier this week in Durban. Deborah - you will remember him well from our class. Trevor - great to hear of you; have not seen or heard of you in 30 years! Ant Dry still here in Harare - have not seen any yellow socks, however. Will get him to visit this site.


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
06 Jul 2004
After Willy Loxton was killed in action they went to teach in Buenos Aires. Saw them in CT in 1983. They then went to some dorp in the Eastern Cape to teach. No contact since then. Bert Tucker is in CT, working at Kirstenbosch the last I heard. Pete Craig went to Oz, I think. Have had no other news of any of the other staff. I am hoping to see Rob Parke in New York in August. Best wishes to you all.


dale jenkins
dalecjenkins@justice.com
uk
06 Jul 2004
im dale. I left milton bout a year ago. if you see this laurence, email me. tell mr mlilo and jenjezwa that I said they can go screw rhem selves. say hi to one one, dale jenkins.


Trevor Palmer
palmert@iafrica.co.za
South Africa
05 Jul 2004
hi , to all out theredebbie wagner my goodness, how are you? probably dont remember me my mates glen pretorious , fastest crosscountry runner , played basketball, and never studied history. mr loxton science teacher still around ?what ever became of ron excelby, cowley geography teacher, rob much maths gave a fair bacon slice and mrs mitchell regards to all


Pete Chadwick
pjc@futurenet.co.za
Zimbabwe/South Africa (whatever!)
05 Jul 2004
It's good to see a bit of activity in the common room. Must try and get Hilton Wynn and Geof Pridgeon back in Bullies to join in on the fun - and any other suspects that might still be in the old land! My Domestic Manager still teaches at the Convent - and I still get the shakes every time I visit the place! Some things never change!


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
04 Jul 2004
Hi everybody. Think I'm being punished for any misdeeds in my Milton career! Have been voiceless for almost 6 weeks(laryngitis). Thank goodness for e-mail! Steve Ward nearly had a fit when I was appointed Deputy Head at Girls' High aged 32... "male chauvinism" got the better of him! We saw quite a lot of him in Salisbury. Great to see that new OMs are finding the site on a regular basis. One memory that had hubby and me in stitches was remembering Ant Dry's wedding. He wore bright yellow socks ! If any of you live in New York & surrounds do contact me as I will be there for 3 weeks in August.


George Achibald
elizabetha@mweb.co.za
Durban R S A
04 Jul 2004
Getting black marks didn't quailify for Bog Fly status.BOG FLY'S were pupils who got honour marks, sucked up to teachers and headmasters, got colour blazers for academic reasons and a few got colour blazers for sport reason. (Thoose who got colour blazers and we knew that they should not have got them.) The guys who got black marks could be seen at the headmasters or deputy headmasters office at break to receive a canning. The cannings turned into black marks. I hope this has cleared up the term BOG FLY, as I recall it.


John Fynaut
jfynaut@hotmail.com
London, UK
01 Jul 2004
Sorry about the duplication. I believe I am correct in saying that the Commander in Chief of Britain's armed forces is Mike Walker who is also a former pupil of Milton.


John Fynaut
jfynaut@hotmail.com
London, UK
01 Jul 2004
Debora Wagner's prompt of Steve Ward reminded me that this chap brought the best out of me in essay work. His nickname was Coco Puffs amongst pupils. He was also connected to the Anglican Church.


Billy Caunt
billycaunt@hotmail.com
Sussex UK
30 Jun 2004
Yo Archie... mmmm I remember Remember Bog-flys. I got 5 Black Marks a few times in 3A2 1973 - do I qualify. My mate Chris Champion who now lives down the road also got 5 Swaartjies and is anxious about his qualification too. Long May The BOG FLY - Old Boys... "B^)


Peter Scarrott
madzinzan@hotmail.com
Andover, UK
27 Jun 2004
Hi all, just a quickie; just found site, can't stop long but just wanted to say I am the ?? prefect in the 1983 picture :) Anyone who knows me say Hi.


George Archibald
elizabetha@mweb.co.za
Durban South Africa
13 Jun 2004
Very Quite in the the common room.Everybody on holiday or swoting.Remember Bog-flys?????? Couple in my day.Any outthere?????



03 Jun 2004
does anyone remember science teachers name he had bad breath. I was at back of class could not understand a word he was saying so lit a fag up and started smoking .the shock on his face and my class mates eas worth the 6 I received from dry for my efforts of giving up the ghost.


George Archibald
elizabetha@mweb.co.za
Durban South Africa
02 Jun 2004
Back again. Different e-mail as the hotmail an't that hot. Takes to long to download and hours to read a message.Looking for any old school uniforms that are no longer required eg Ties(normal, prefects, Six Formers) caps hats Boaters with headbands, Colours and other blazers, socks and even pictures of pupil's in uniform. Please send to the above e-mail any info Many thanks


George Archibald
georgearchibald@hotmail.com
Durban South Africa
02 Jun 2004
What about the Ghost at the Library?Any good stories and how far back does the pupil falling down the stairs goes back????or was it a teacher tripped by a pupil who broke his neck????.I remember a Pioneer staft member beating every boy back to the the house in 1972/4 after he was told the story of the ghost and someone let off a fire extinguisher on top of the library.It was told the he beat the 100 mt sprint record held at the school at he time.....?? Fact or Friction?????????????........


keith milner
kmilner1@ntlworld.co.uk
uk, southampton
29 May 2004
percy silamba, if u see this email me.long time no hear.remember when we went up to harare to play against p.e. and got our asses whipped,by jonnie danzie and the boys???


George Archibald
georgearchibald@hotmail.com
Durban
23 May 2004
Hi Steve. Ant Synman ie somewhere in Cape Town.Last I heard of Stoffie was that he was busy working in Bots.(that was about 7 years ago)Frank I last saw in '84 when I was working at a sugar mill on the North coast(I heard Gus his elder brother was in OZ and missed him by a couple of weeks one year when fishing by the Wankie Angling and Boating Club).Haydon Payne never heard of but know Allan Payne and some of his brothers Graham,Russell and Mark. Normally in July there is a big Rhodie braai in York and you should see a few Milton guys there. Cheers for now


Nelson Pollard
nelsigns@optusnet.com.au
Melbourne, Australia
20 May 2004
Hi Every one - Haven't visited this site for about a year now, great to see it is still up and running, got hold of one of my classmates (5B1 - 1982) Angus Gregory and have a photo of the class but can't remember all the names - (I thought senile dementure happened after you turned 70!) If any one knows of any one who was in 5B1 in 1982 - I would like to fill in the gaps and maybe put the photo on the site. I still think of the good old days, weeding Taffys lawn on a Friday afternoon, trying to get out of running the hospital course, getting caned for bunking out of Charter Hovse and chucking my empty smoke packets up into the eves in senior change rooms!


steven russell
RusseStev@aol.com
leeds england
19 May 2004
hello archie liz and sis were good mates .nice to see this web site .brought a tear to my eyes not been on line long but intend to list up all old miltonians.where r u guys. short memories or what!!!


steven russell
russestev@aol.com
leeds England
17 May 2004
hi gang what happened to frank alexander antony sneyman stoffel van wykharry heyden payne sorry to hear about teesey. just entered this web site today I was in pioneer house 1972 to 77 I would love to see any footage of milton.i have fond memories of pioneer house boarding school the good old days


georgearchibald
georgearchibald@hotmail.com
Durban
09 May 2004
Life is full of surprises.Went to RASA meeting at Flame Lilly park and bumped into Felix Bailey.Now I haven't seen Felix for a good couple of years,I think the last time in 1976 .After the meeting we went to the Shamari Club in Westwille(meeting place of Rhodies,watch the home side lose to the Stomers,then showed Felix this fantasic web site.Then it was a trip to see Gerald Coleman for a chin wag and a bite to eat.see some other friends and dropped him off.It was a lot of catching up but the friendship of our days days at school was just as stong today as it was 30 years ago.Heard from Howard Atkinson that there is a schoolboys golf day coming up on the North Coast(Natal South Africa for those who might be in other parts of the world)So I hope to keep a update on that Cheers for now


Pete Chadwick
pjc@futurenet.co.za
Bullies/Potties
03 May 2004
Hi Deborah - don't panic about feeling old dear, when you see my grey hair and wrinkles, you'll be feeling like Sarah Jessica Parker - believe me! Been checking out the property market in Cape Town, and Tableview looks highly competitive! Any good schools in the area? I note Mike Bullivant is still doing his thing at Milton, and is pretty involved with the College of Music, as scene on Mag Kriels Morning MIrror web site. Take care.


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
01 May 2004
Hi Pete... wow I feel old! You've been married 20 years! All the best on your anniversary! Have just spent the entire day with a buyer... hope she buys!! and from me!! Fondest regards Deborah


Pete Chadwick
pjc@futurenet.co.za
Bullies
01 May 2004
Bill - great to hear you're still around mate - it's been a while! Gerald - gosh, I must dust the shelves of the mind and head back a few years - how the heck are you? Back in Bullies for a few days (and to celebrate 20th wedding anniversary), then it's back down south tomorrow on yet another contract job! A hell of a life, but pays the bills! Went to Trade Fare on Thursday - not quite the same as you guys might remember, but the dudes are trying. My son Tim is off at Gordon Park this weekend on a Boy Scouts camp - part of the 1st Byo Pioneer Troop!! Keep in touch guys - and enjoy the moment!


Gerald Coleman
gerald@compudoc.co.za
Durban R.S.A.
23 Apr 2004
Well Billy Caunt one of the best surprises for a long time, looks like some of us are stll living and kicking quite well. I have not heard from Andrew Allman since we left school but shall have a look in the Rhodies web site if his name is listed. I tried to send a message to Cliff Treble that did not go through but shall try again. It seems that our good Junior and High School days have kept us going nice to see that things are going well with all the guys. If I am correct Wrigley was our one Maths teacher with the Degree lived near us in khumalo north, mad as a hatter and to clever to teach O level maths.


Billy Caunt
billycaunt@aol.com
Nr. Brighton UK
22 Apr 2004
Cor... I haven't seen the names Coleman and Chadwick on the same page since Kumalo Under11's, 35 years ago! Nice to see you're both still playing the game of life and happy! Gerry, any news of Andrew Allman? My teachers votes go to Mr Tucker for his patience, Mr Frost for the entertainment and Mango for tok tok and Art. Fivash lashed like a vampire on her day followed by Exelby & Tiger, wish they taught my son. May you all be happy and peaceful...


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
18 Apr 2004
Alex Walter had a whirlwind romance with a teacher from Townsend, can't remember her name. Helen Havenga and I both happened to be in London when news of the engagement came through in May 1977. We went to see a ropey production of Julius Caesar at the National Theatre. I was over on holiday for 3 months but as my Dad had had a heart attack I cut my trip short arriving back in Byo in time for Alex's wedding which was held in the garden of Charter House. Helen some years later met Victor Pike. We saw them in CT before they went back to Scotland


George Archibald
georgearchibald@hotmail.com
Durban
18 Apr 2004
Another teacher that comes to mind that I met, was when I took my eldest son to Ixopo High, Mr Harthorn, a geography teacher who had a class in the corner next to Mr Johnson (maths teacher).His wife was a science teacher at Eveline in the 70's who taught my wife there and was teaching also at Ixopo.We told our son that he was in good hands with teachers who had taught us. Saw Alex Walker a few years back in the T M at Ascot.He was married and I was surprised it wasn't Ma Havinga.They were a item when I was at school.He had stopped his running but he still looked the same after 15 years or so after I had left school.He must have stated away from the Mainsty.


Joe Krige
joefran@krige.go-plus.net
UK
17 Apr 2004
Greetings I failed to proof read my previous contribution. My apologies to Brian Brett- he was an excellent maths teacher ..... not a ' blooding ' good one. Ronnie Todd always said: proof read your work. Cheers, I will supply Kim Riley Hawkins' address shortly. I did send him an e mail but did not receive a reply. Can someone supply me with Trevor Davenport's e address? Cheers all Joe


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
14 Apr 2004
Hi Gerald.. got the G's messed up. You are definately not George!


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town
14 Apr 2004
Hi George. The last I heard Helen Havenga now "Pike" was living in Edinburgh. She married quite late and had a son when she was over 40! I used to get Xmas cards but nothing arrived either 2002 or 2003. I had an e-mail address but no-one responded so I guess it is incorrect. I must share with you a scary thought.. when one doesn't continue teaching "history" the brain cells go into sleep mode and one forgets a huge amount. In the Trivial Pursuits crowd of our friends I landed with all the history, art and music questions! Anyway it's never too late to stop learning and DSTV's History Channel is fascinating! Encourage your kids to watch that!


Gerald Coleman
gerald@compudoc.co.za
Durban R.S.A.
13 Apr 2004
It was interesting to see that Ma Wagner is still around. At the end of the day I hated all the learning that we had to do in history but still did not do to bad in 'O' levels at the end of it all. The end result was that the teacher gave all the inspiration and made the subject interesting, so thanks very much Miss Wagner without your dedication and for sure perserverance with some of us we could never have done it. I never got my kids to do history although if only they had known how interesting it was at the end of the day. Still trying to get hold of some of the old boys Roland VDMerwe, Colin Hamilton and Nigel Schofield went to junior school with the last two guys but they also landed up in 'A' stream, if only they new the fun was in the 'B' stream. Wandering what happened to our lovely afrikaans teachers Ma Havenga and Ma Mitchell.


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
South Africa
12 Apr 2004
Hi everybody. Hope you had a good,peaceful Easter/ Passover whichever is applicable. I must tell you, George, that nowaways my "excellent" ?!! recollection of British Royal genealogy comes off the net. Joe, can you get hold of Kim Riley Hawkins address? There is an open invitation to all the OMs around please contact if you are in Cape Town at any stage. You can get me on 083 270 3361. Would be fantastic if we could have an OM get together. I am amazed at how many of my students have made contact since I posted myself on the Common Room. Keep the e-mails rolling in. It's great to hear from you all.


George archibald
georgearchibald@hotmail.com
Durban
11 Apr 2004
Just a short note to say hi and its nice to see a teacher on the web site.Jim Cram and Todd left an address on the Gradfinder,but don't answer.Ma Wagner,how will I ever foreget you.First history homework about the third day in form 1B1 you sent Bruce(surname slips my mind but Rabinstein seems close) Chris Pantazacks (from Pioneer House) and myself off for 3 flaps by Tiger Wright(acting deputy Headmaster at the time 1970 1st term).Then there was a struggle for 5 years to get me on stage to speak in debating,well that one I won,I think in the 5 years I was the only person in Milton 'A' or 'B' stream not to be on stage in a debate,but I must admit you nearly won twice,but my commitment to Backstage with Alex (Baldy)Walker go me off so many times.It was great having you as a history teacher as the knowledge on English Kings and Queens came in handy to explain to my son when we were in England in the year 2000


Pete Chadwick
chadwick@ecoweb.co.zw
Zimbabwe
06 Apr 2004
Way to go Joe! My eldest son Tim is now at CBC - being taught English by John Eppel - a small world! Had an e-mail from Allan Donsky recently. Try to keep in touch with Bruce Anderson and a few others. Back down south after Easter. Was in the Matopos last weekend - some things never change thank goodness!


Joe Krige
joefran@krige.go-plus.net
UK
02 Apr 2004
Regards to all I am sitting at home on school holiday which often leads me to the OMs site. Often think of those Folk evenings at the Beit Hall organised by Ken Bain and the Variety Concerts... the vibe was tremendous.When Milton beat Prince Edward 8 -4 on the Hambly in 1973... Riley Hawkins leading from the front. Brian Barbour running a 400m at Callies in 48.3 seconds in 1971.....I am sure the record still stands. Len Helfer ...the rocket man....I am sure his sprint records still stand.I remember being lashed 3 by Dave 'Tiger ' Wright for bunking basketball in the 3rd term....I was so stuffed from all the athletics in the 1st and rubgy in the 2nd that I decided to cuff it. I remember seeing Jamie Young and Clive Connelly have mean rumble near the tennis courts.....who won beats me. I remember when Brian Brett walked into Lower 6th maths looking quite dis traut..... he said .. Steve Biko is dead-that was in 1977.... he was a blooding good maths teacher.I remember playing chess with Barry Craxton during the lunchtime siesta. The best tackle ever....? Trevor Davenport on Ashley Parker on the Hambly in 1977....


Gerald Coleman
gerald@compudoc.co.za
Durban R.S.A.
02 Apr 2004
Hi all the good boys from 5B in 1974 looks like some of us are still around. This is first time on site and have already picked up some info on our bad boys, got the infor from George Archibald. I am now living in Durban and believe it or not I am still married 25 years down the line with two children. Married a Triangle girl Martha Smit, they made them good in those days. If any of you guys have heard from Pete Elkington please drop a line also all the guys that went to Kumalo Jnr the all jewish community please also give a shout it would be nice to hear where we have all landed up


Pete Chadwick
pjc@futurenet.co.za
Potties, South Africa
20 Mar 2004
A busy site of late, good to keep up with the OM's wherever they are. Back home to Bullies in a couple of weeks for some R&R - what a way to go!


André Nel
anel@bolandagri.co.za
Porterville South Africa
19 Mar 2004
Hi All. It is always great to make a quick visit to the common room and see the latest postings. Having been in Charter House more or less the same time as Mick - 1976-78 (Hard Labour on Fridays...so frequently), one can only say these were the best years of our lives. What happened to old Taffy - what an interesting Geography teacher he was. Best to all Old Miltonians young and old.


Stan Higgins
accesspr@mweb.co.zw
Harare, Zimbabwe
18 Mar 2004
It was really excellent catching up with Deborah Hayes, both with a direct e-mail and also on this website, as a result of finding this site. I think it must be pointed out that she must certainly rank as one of the finest teachers ever to have been produced in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. Dedicated, professional, thoroughly knowledgeable, genuinely interested in her students ... her like will not be seen again in this country, and, I am prepared to bet, elsewhere either. There were many great teachers there in my time (70-75) such as Elspeth Howat, Fred Hambly (by then retired but coming back to teach Latin from time to time), Inga Gelman and others ... what incredible luck we students had to be exposed to this volume of experience, talent and thought ... and I think we were paying Z$18 a term!


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town RSA
15 Mar 2004
Hi John I had a good chuckle at your mail. My husband calls me Waggers! You led me to remember an even funnier experience although I can't remember which class was involved or in what year. Some bright spark let off a stink bomb. I, cool as ever, closed all the windows, locked them in and went to the staff room! It never happened again! There was also the time that a class having been with Steve Ward for English arrived and asked if they could forget history for the day and continue their debate on pre-marital sex, which we did continue! Although I don't miss teaching one bit as no modern kids are a patch on Old Miltonians, I do miss the fantastic friendships that I made with students and teachers alike Milton was a very special place. I nearly was not there after 1969. I heard a rumour that I was about to be moved to who knows where. I shot up to Paddy Brett(the Head) and asked.He said would I mind. Of course... Milton had been my posting of choice. He scrapped the other posting and gave me his world that as long as he was Head I was safe at Milton and so I went on for over 9 years to be one of the longest standing members of staff! I transferred to Oriel Girls in 1978 on my engagement to Frank. Another fond memory.. sitting outside my classroom in the sun in the middle term debating various essay titles with willing volunteers as preparation for "O" level.


Phil Norris
philisa@norris5074.fsnet.co.uk
chippenham UK
13 Mar 2004
What a find! I looked through this site with tears in my eyes. I was at the school from 77-81and they were without a doubt the best days of my life. I have always wanted to show my wife the school but for various reasons this has not been possible until now. I remember the Hospital course for cross country and without trainers! great memories. anyone know what happened to Bill Annandale the English teacher?


deborah hayes
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
Cape Town, RSA
11 Mar 2004
Hi there all of my past students. The mail has been arriving from all over the world! A lot of you will be waiting for replies.... There is certainly no doubt that the Miltonians, spread far and wide have made a tremendous impact in respective careers. Brings back very fond memories of 10 years at Milton.


Stan Higgins
accesspr@mweb.co.zw
Harare, Zimbabwe
11 Mar 2004
Good to see this site, which I found quite by chance this evening. Great to see so many names so long unspoken and almost forgotten. I have all the Miltonian magazines 69 - 84 so perhaps could add various bits of info if wanted.


Vee M. Masilela
veemasilela@yahoo.com
England
06 Mar 2004
1983-1995 . I'm glad to have come across this site. Its a shame though to hear about the current state of the school. Are the boys still playing Rugby and Form Ones beating the ground? I still remenisce about the good old times, all mof them from Milton Jnr to Milton High.Are Mrs Khumalo (A'level Geo.) and Bullivant still around? Anyone know?


simba bazaya
N0054024@ntu.ac.uk
england
06 Mar 2004
1990 - 1995, those were the good old days, I was a border all the way, any of u guys 'Mr Kemp' wonder if he is still there. anyone remember me email me.


Colin Meredith
colinmere@ntlworld.com
Nottingham
25 Feb 2004
25/2/04 Any old classmates are welcome to make contact. I'm sure some of you out there remember my brother Paul - who arrives in UK in a couple of weeks. Anyone wanting to get in touch can do so thru me.


Ron Crittall
crittall@p085.aone.net.au
Perth, Australia
16 Feb 2004
Milton 1951-56. Am trying to trace Ian Pearson who was in our class. Believe he went to UK in 1957 to try to join the Navy. Had an elder brother (also at Milton) by name I think of Allan. Would welcome any clues.


Mick Higgins
commonroom@oldmiltonians.com
Staffs UK
14 Feb 2004
I remember Charter House hard labour (picking weeds out of Taffy's garden !!) Running around Ascot (they called it "the Hospital course") What about Hillside Dams cross country?


John Fynaut
jfynaut@hotmail.com
UK
14 Feb 2004
Correction: I meant caned of course. Of course being caned reminds me of when I was a boarder at Charter House. Who remembers the days of hard labour, getting licks and running around Ascot race course?


John Fynaut
jfynaut@hotmail.com
UK
14 Feb 2004
I remember Waggers for the time a joker called Larry Court and I were messing around. We were sent to Mr Thomas (acting deputy) in Drippy's absence. I forged his signature. We were found out and were canned. How's that for history!


John Glassbrook
john.michelleglassbrook@xtra.co.nz
Whakatane, New Zealand
22 Jan 2004
It never ceases to amaze me how far flung around the globe we all have ended up. I finished at Milton in 1979, then Military National Service, followed by University, worked as a farm manager in South Africa for 12 years, Worked on the Oil rigs in the U.K. for 4, and now am resident in New Zealand and Manufacturing office chairs. Who said variety was the spice of life?


Pete Chadwick
pjc@futurenet.co.za
South Africa
11 Jan 2004
Oh wow! Miss Wagner is online! Hi there, and good to hear that you are in my old hunting ground - that being Cape Town. I miss the theatrics dearly! Still living in Bulawayo, after doing the local mining route, and I am now consulting in Platinum exploration in Potgietersrus is SA - for my sins! Wife Sabine is teaching art at the Convent, and sons Tim and David are at CBC and Whitestone, respecitively. I hear John Eppel is still at CBC, and I still see my old pal Geof Pridgeon (our family quack) from time to time. Home e-mail is chadwick@ecoweb.co.zw, but heading south on Tuesday. Would like to hear from you!


Deborah Hayes nee Wagner
dhayes@worldonline.co.za
South Africa
07 Jan 2004
Hello all of those brilliant and not so brilliant historians whom I taught at Milton 1969 - 1978. I found the site only 2 days ago, directed by a former student whom I am meeting in Sydney on Friday (where he lives) and I am on holiday! There were lots of familiar names... I might still have a couple of the Milton Mags and will check when I return to Cape Town next week. I am most impressed with the site. I have great memories of my 9 years at Milton. I transferred to Oriel Girls when I became engaged to the good Lt Col Hayes, whom some of you may have seen around Milton in late 1977. In 1978 I was appointed Deputy Head at Girls High School, Salisbury and held the position until we emigrated in 1983. I have changed career completely and am selling property in Cape Town. I would love to hear from those of you who remember the blonde dragon with glasses!!.