Mooi River Schools Celebrate their Milestones
Mooi River’s two prestigious schools Weston Agricultural College and Treverton Schools are both celebrating educational milestones in 2014.
Weston has started to celebrate their centenary. The school was opened in August 1914 as the Agricultural and Allied Trades School with an enrolment of 15-pupils. For a number of years, the pupil population was mainly from a farming background. Over the hundred years, thousands of boys have been educated at the school. Today, boys come from all over South Africa and some beyond its borders. Many come from a city background, but by the time they have matriculated, they have acquired an in-depth knowledge of farming and countless practical skills. One of the most noticeable attributes of past students is their strong bonding and their everlasting loyalty to the school.
The annual Old Boys reunion is always attended by old boys from across the decades. The 2014 reunion had special significance, with distinctive celebrations, which brought over 1000 former students back to the campus. A cocktail party was held on a freezing cold Friday night in the school’s sheep shed, which was appropriately decorated with hay bales for seating. Almost 400 men were present, and their nametags declared that they ranged from 1939 to 2013 old boys.
On the Saturday, the new centenary pavilion was officially opened, there was the customary afternoon of rugby and in the evening a Johnny Clegg concert, which had all ages rocking to the music.
Treverton Schools is celebrating their golden jubilee, half the age of their oft rival from the other side of the Mooi River. Mid-May saw the Prep and College students enjoy four-days of celebrations, which ranged from their historic rugby match against Weston and bring home the coveted Dowker Trophy. The College’s annual drama production “Chaos of the Cannery” was acclaimed a fantastic success. On Friday, all the learners spent the day out of doors enjoying a unique celebration the Jubilee Journey. Treverton emphasises the importance of outdoor education, and this was epitomised in the Friday festivities. Pupils in an organised programme to accommodate their age and ability completed a planned route leaving and returning to the school by many forms of non-motorised mobility. This included different groups walking, running, cycling, canoeing, and swimming, climbing and hiking in the berg. The children were joined by all the staff and a large number of parents.
The Old Trevertonians association organised an evening’s entertainment for parents, staff and Old Trevertonians that evening.
Saturday followed the traditional pattern, Founders Day service at which an Old Trevertonian Andrew Dunn (1983) and former Prep Headmaster Jeff Fetting gave the addresses. This was followed by a morning of sport, when Treverton won all five of their rugby matches against Howick High School.
Exhilarated and exhausted staff, pupils and parents welcomed the mid-term break, which followed the morning festivities, while the Old Trevertonians held their AGM.