AROUND about 8 to 8.30 Saturday morning, the first of many hockey and then rugby matches will get under way at Maritzburg College, as King Edward VII School (KES) make their annual winter pilgrimage to the Home of the Red, Black and White.
CATHY AVIDON featured image: KES first XV inside centre Ambrin Snyders in the thick of things with Jacques van der Walt (10) and Ethan Heuer (12) of Maritzburg College in the May 4 match-up at KES won 37-18 by the hosts.
Three months ago, almost to the day, Maritzburg College completed the first leg of the biannual winter sports exchange – on May 4.
And what makes this year’s return fixtures extra special is that they take place on Saturday, August 4 during the annual Maritzburg College Old Boys’ Reunion weekend.
KZN10.com asked KES headmaster Dave Lovatt for his views on the value of these biannual winter sports interactions between two of South Africa’s flagship boys’ high schools:
Mr Lovatt: “It is a great privilege for us to have an exchange with a school that shares so much of the values and traditions we as a school hold so dear. The exchange allows boys and staff to forge friendships across provincial boundaries and test their skills against a school with a proud tradition of sporting and cultural excellence.”
KZN10.com: And what value does this biannual interaction of the boys from the two schools have for the boys themselves, particularly in the dual-parental hosting of the boys from each school and what the boys learn from being accommodated in another family’s home?
Mr Lovatt: “The billeting out is the key to the exchange as this provides a wonderful opportunity for boys to engage with families they don’t know, to learn to engage and live with a ‘stranger’.
“These situations develop improved communication skills and opportunities to be placed in an environment outside their comfort zone. Many of the boys have developed an improved level of self-confidence as a direct result of this exchange.”
Well, I think Mr Lovatt has hit the nail on the head. If KZN10.com may say, the educational pluses far outweigh victories and losses.
That said, we can be sure that all the teams at Maritzburg College on Saturday will be going all-out to give of their best and bring honour to their respective schools.
Let the games hurry up and begin!
For more info on Maritzburg College the school go to http://maritzburgcollege.co.za/
For more info on KES the school go to http://www.kes.co.za/