Grey's culture 5 March 2017 09:03

The last fortnight had been a busy and eventful period of time here at Grey College with many events that took place. The summer sports season has been in its final throes and preparations have already started for what promises to be an exciting winter sports season. Both hockey-, rugby- and soccer trials took place during the past week and our first hockey squad also had a hockey camp to build team spirit and camaraderie last weekend. The school also hosted a very successful inter-cultural evening with our guests St. Albans, from Pretoria, that visited the school as part of their annual roadshow and their presence added, with Eunice High School, and our own boys, lustre to the evening. The audience was certainly spoiled with performances of a very high standard by all three schools present and especially our choir, ensemble, senior boereorkes, gum boot dancers and Indomitus singing group left the audience breathless with their riveting performances.

 

Ter voorbereiding van die winter sportseisoen wat voor die deur lê, het die skool ook ’n rugby bekendstellingsaand onlangs in die Reüniesaal gehou met die doel om veral die nuwe seuns en -ouers in te lig waaroor Grey-rugby gaan asook watter verwagtinge die skool gedurende die seisoen aan alle betrokkenes gaan stel. Grey Kollege spog nie net met ’n ryke tradisie van uitnemendheid in rugby wat 45 Springbokke insluit, asook die meeste S.A. Skole rugbyspelers van alle skole in Suid-Afrika nie (meer spelers as die Leeus-, Bulle- en Haaie-rugbyunies gesamentlik) maar het ook ’n spesiale rugby kultuur wat onveranderd oor baie jare gebly het. Sommige van hierdie gebruike, wat deel van hierdie spesiale kultuur vorm, sluit byvoorbeeld in dat Grey-seuns nie op mekaar spring en mekaar omhels wanneer hul drieë druk nie, maar mekaar slegs die Grey-handdruk gee, asook dat ouers nie toegelaat word om langs die veld te skree en ’n spektakel van hulself, en indirek die skool, te maak nie. Slegs die eerste rugbyspan en ’Cherries’ speel ook met nommers op hul truie terwyl alle seuns aangemoedig word om alle ander wedstryde wat plaasvind te ondersteun - of ’n seun vir die eerste- of tiendespan speel, is dus ewe belangrik by Grey Kollege. Seuns reis ook byvoorbeeld in spanverband saam na weg-wedstryde ten einde gees te bou en ouers word aangemoedig om die seleksieproses aan die afrigters oor te laat.

 

Our guest speaker the evening was Old Grey, Gerrie Swart, who is a well-known rugby- and sports agent with international acclaim. He informed both boys and parents on the pitfalls and dangers of becoming a professional rugby player. His message to especially the boys was that one needs to dream big back that one also needs to be realistic about making a living after professional rugby. He informed the boys and parents that one needs to have a specific plan with ones rugby career but that one cannot be successful without a sound foundation of moral values in place to fall back onto when things do not go your way. Grey College is well-known as a ‘rugby factory’, with a history of producing international rugby players, but statistically the school only produces an international rugby player once every three years and this sobering thought was one that both parents and boys present had to take heed of. I came across the following prayer by Gregg Easterbrook which I thought is appropriate at the start of the winter sports season:

 

“God, let me play well but fairly.

Help me to learn something that matters once the game is over.

Let competition make me strong but never hostile.

Always let me help my opponent up.

Never catch me rejoicing in the adversity of others.

If I know victory, allow me to be happy; if I am denied, keep me from envy.

Remind me that sports are just games.

If through sports I set an example,

let it be a good one.”

 

Gedurende die afgelope twee Vrydae se saalperiodes het Fred Barbakow, oud-Grey wat in 1959 gematrikuleer het, asook Anri Smith the seuns en personeel toegespreek. Fred Barbakow het veral bekendheid in endodontologie bereik en was ’n stigterslid in beide Switserland asook Duitsland is sy gekose professionele verenigings. Hy het egter ’n studie van die planeet Mars gemaak en het die seuns meer vertel van die wedloop om die eerste mens op Mars te plaas en watter uitdagings dit bied. Anri Smith het op haar beurt die afgelope Vrydag die seuns meer ingelig oor die gevare wat sosiale media inhou en hoe noukeurig die seuns aan hul sosiale media profiele moet bou aangesien baie werkgewers deesdae hierdie profiele as ’n vertrekpunt vir die bied van werksgeleenthede gebruik. Sy het voorts daarop gewys dat ’n mens se sosiale media profiel die kultuur van ’n gegewe maatskappy moet weerspieël ten einde deur die maatskappy aangestel te word en dat die Grey-seuns se profiele dus ook die kultuur en waardes van Grey Kollege moet weerspieël.

 

The academic assessment period is starting on Monday and I trust that all of the boys will also use this opportunity to show their academic mettle and progress in the classroom. We are also hosting Waterkloof and Southdowns College from Pretoria next weekend as the guests of our Sports Day and I appeal to all parents to assist with the hosting of our visitors.

 

Please feel free to comment on this blog.

 

Kind regards

 

Deon Scheepers

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