Do What I Say Not What I Do

In 2014 an agreement was reached between the top boys schools in the country not to poach, steal or whatever talented pupils from other boys schools. Unless it is done in a transparent way and according to agreed transfer procedures.

This week Parktown Boys High cancelled all ties with KES, King Edward VII, due to KES admitting two talented rugby pupils from Parktown. These boys, brothers, represented the Golden Lions at the Grant Khomo national week. These boys was at Parktown since grade 8 at Parktown with sport scholarships. According to mr Bradley, pricipal, a lot of time and money was spend developing the twins. Parktown claims no transparency nor correct transfer procedures was followed. 

KES however feels nothing was done that was against the agreement reached by the boys schools. These boys transfered to KES without any scholarships and out of their own free will according to mr Lovitt, principal of KES. KES was also accused by SACS in 2014 of similar actions.

School like Garsfontein and Menlo Park is continuously crucified for purchasing students without apologies. Their intentions is well known and the success achieved there to see. Maybe just maybe these schools' actions is much more "honourable".

In conclusion one can not help to wonder if the actions by both schools is according to the values they preach to their pupils. Rugby at school level is professional and basta. Rules and regulations regarding the "ownership" of children and the transfer to other schools must be put in place by SARU and policed because we can not even trust the people that we entrust our children to.

Statements was issued by both schools stating their claims.

PARKTOWN BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL

Dear Parktown Parents and Old Boys

Below is a detailed breakdown of events that ultimately led to the decision to suspend all one on one sporting activities against King Edward VII School:

In September 2015 rumours began to surface that two boys from Parktown Boys’ High School had been approached by schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng, through an agent, ***.

These two young men have been on full sports scholarships at Parktown since the start of grade 8. They had been developed through the school’s structures to the point where both of them represented the Lions Provincial side, were members of the Lions U19 7’s team and were invited to Cape Town as part of the national elite squad.

On 15th September 2015, Mr Murabito (Director of Sports), emailed the Sports Directors of all Gauteng Boys’ Schools and filled them in on the background of the boys and the possible approaches to schools by their agent. Mr Murabito also reminded them of the agreement which stands between the schools (Boys’ Schools’ Charter – which prohibits the approach of boys at schools that have signed the charter). All the schools acknowledged this, including King Edward).

When the SHARKS union wanted to place them in a KZN school, Mr Murabito contacted the LIONS, and the boys were subsequently offered school boy contracts to remain in Johannesburg.

In November 2015, the school hosted a meeting with one of the boys, the father, Mr Bradley (Headmaster), Timmy Goodwin (GLRU), Bafana Nhleko (GLRU and Parktown Rugby Director), Mr van Zyl (1st XV Coach) and Mr Murabito. At this meeting, there was a verbal commitment to remain at Parktown and both the father and his son said they wanted to stay at Parktown and were 100% committed to the school.

Up until 10th December (last day of term) both boys were involved in pre-season rugby training at Parktown.

On 12th December, Mr Murabito confirmed via text message (which is available) that the boys were returning to Parktown.

On 12th January 2016 (day before start of new term) it became known that both boys were enrolled at King Edward and had moved into the boarding house. Parktown Boys’ High were not informed of this, neither were proper transfer procedures followed. Mr Bradley contacted the headmaster of King Edward, who insisted that there was nothing wrong with the boys being at his school.

As a result of the above impasse, on 15th January 2016, Mr Bradley, in consultation with the school’s executive, took the decision to suspend all sporting activities against King Edward until further notice.

This issue is bigger than the two schools involved. We, as a school, believe that the time has come to make a stand against the continued procurement of players between the boys’ schools, either by direct approaches from schools, or through the use of agents.

Yours sincerely

Mr D Bradley

HEADMASTER

KING EDWARD VII SCHOOL

RESENDING OF THE LETTER SENT ON MONDAY, 18 JANUARY FROM MR LOVATT. DUE TO A TECHNICAL PROBLEM, SOME OF OUR PARENTS DID NOT RECEIVE THIS CORRESPONDENCE. SINCERE APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

RE: The suspension of sporting activities between King Edward VII School and Parktown Boys’ High School: As per the instruction of the Headmaster of Parktown Boys.

THIS EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE IS FOR THE INTENDED RECIPIENT ONLY (KING EDWARD VII PARENTS, KING EDWARD VII OLD BOYS AND FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL AND IS NOT TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO ANYONE ELSE WHETHER IN A HARD COPY, EMAIL OR ANY SOCIAL MEDIA).

FROM: The Headmaster King Edward VII School

RE: The suspension of sporting activities between King Edward VII School and Parktown Boys’ High School: As per the instruction of the Headmaster of Parktown Boys.

I write to inform you that late on Friday afternoon (15 January, 2016) I received email correspondence from Mr Derek Bradley (Headmaster of Parktown Boys) informing me that he was suspending all sports fixtures against King Edward VII School until further notice. This decision has been taken as a result of two former learners of Parktown being enrolled at King Edward VII School as of 13 January, 2016.

During the course of last week I had been in correspondence with the Headmaster of Parktown Boys’ High School with respect to the enrolment, which started in 2015. The application made in 2015 was communicated to Parktown as early as Sept / October 2015 in a telephone conversation between the Headmasters of these two schools.

We, King Edward VII School, remain firm in our stance that the move between the two schools was legitimate and was initiated by the parent of the two boys. We refute any claim that we poached the two boys in question. Neither the Tuition or Boarding fees are being paid for or discounted by King Edward VII School.

Despite requests from myself to meet and discuss the different views of the two schools, no such meeting has transpired. Parktown Boys’ High School’s decision is obviously very concerning and I will continue to attempt to engage with Mr Bradley in an effort to resolve this most unfortunate incident.

Our relationship with Parktown Boys’ High School has always been highly valued as are our shared traditions.

I will keep the community informed about any further development in this matter.

Yours faithfully

DCP Lovatt
Headmaster