Westville Boys’ High School was proud to welcome Old Boy, Stephen van Coller (1983) as the Guest of Honour at the recent Matric Speech Night and Bell Ringing Ceremony.

Stephen has made his mark in the financial services industry in South Africa and currently serves as the Vice President for Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions for MTN, which currently has 232 million mobile customers in 22 countries across the Middle East and Africa and a Market Capitalisation on the JSE of around R230bn and employees around 27 000 people. He sits on the Executive Committee reporting to the CEO.

Sharing his personal road to success, Stephen also encouraged and motivated matric leavers to make the most of every opportunity.  “You will all make mistakes as you progress through life but you must be prepared to learn from your mistakes and move forward.  You can’t change your past but you can change your future. Learn from your past but don’t dwell on it.”

Congratulations must go to all the pupils who received awards as mentioned below.  It certainly was a memorable evening, culminating in the long-awaited ringing of the bell by each Grade 12 pupil, signifying the end of his school career.

Head of School, Jeremy Gounden receiving his award from Mr van Coller.

Head of School, Jeremy Gounden receiving his award from Mr van Coller.

Below is a full list of all the prize winners:

Recipient of the Good Fellowship Award, Andrew Harker with Mr van Coller.

Recipient of the Good Fellowship Award, Andrew Harker with Mr van Coller.

Award – 2016 Prize Giving          Name
Dux of the school – 2016 Sriram Maharaj
Proxime Accessit – 2016 Jeremy Gounden
Subject Prizes: Top learner in ……
Accounting Thayin Govender
Afrikaans First Additional Language Thayin Govender
Dramatic Arts Jordan Taschiner
Business Studies Muhammad Paruk
Engineering Graphics and Design Jake Strangroom
English Home Language Shiv Mahabeer
Geography Dylan Beavan
History Jeremy Gounden
IsiZulu First Additional Language Lwepela Mthembu
Life Sciences Sriram Maharaj
Mathematics Reagan Naidoo
Maths Literacy

AP Maths

Yannick de Mezieres

Jonathan Major

Physical Science Jeremy Gounden & Thayin Govender
Visual Arts Lloyd Saunders
English and Mathematics Award Sriram Maharaj
Life Orientation Matthew Young
Other Awards:
WBHS Scholarship Award – 2016 Jeremy Gounden & Sasasa Dlamini
Walton Scroll for Dramatics Richard Woolacott
Mclean Scroll for Debating Nicholas Herd
Walton Cup – Service to the School Suvan Seetal
Leadership through Service Sasasa Dlamini
Governing Body Chairperson’s award Nicholas Herd
Gerald Sweidan Award Oliver Erasmus
Lester-Hall Cup – Good Fellowship Andrew Harker
Silver Jubilee – Sportsman of the Year Matthew Davies & Mbuso Mgobozi
Mickey Arthur – Sporting Excellence Joshua Dannhauser
Headmaster’s Award – 2016 Jeremy Gounden
Creative Spirit Award Declan O’Connor
Incepto Ne Desistam Awards:
Category One: Honours award in Sport and achieved at least 70% aggregate (Half Colours) in Academics. 1.Dylan Beavan
2.Matthew Davies
3.Timothy Sates
4.Luke Bakke
5.Kiashen Govender
Special Award: Incepto Ne Desistam                                    Dominic Rivalland                                                                                                                            (100% attendance)
Service Excellence Certificates:
                                                                                   Honours: Oliver Erasmus – Sport, PR, Interact
Honours: Rory McCarthy – Photography, Interact, PR
Honours: Suvan Seetal – Photography, IT, PR
Honours: Fay-yaadh Toyer – Sport
Cultural Excellence Certificates:
Honours: Sasasa Dlamini – Debating
Honours: Nicholas Herd – Debating
Sporting Excellence Certificates:
Honours: Luke Bakke – Squash
Honours: Marcelle Barnard – Basketball
Honours: Dylan Beavan – Cricket
Honours:  Joshua Dannhauser – Swimming
Honours: Matthew Davies – Hockey, Football
Honours: Yannick de Mezeires – Football
Honours: Kiashen Govender – Volleyball
Honours: Ryan Harburn – Hockey
Honours: Jordan Le Clos – Swimming
Honours: Tonny Mahlangu – Rugby, Basketball
Honours: Mbuso Mgobozi –Hockey, Football, IndoorH
Honours: Bailey Musgrave – Swimming
Honours: Andile Ndabezitha – Athletics
Honours: Hendrik Prinsloo – Rugby
Honours: Waseem Rahman – Cricket
Honours: Timothy Sates – Swimming
Honours: Lethu Thomo – Hockey
Honours: Callum Yates – Softball

Academic Excellence Certificates:

Honours: Ahmed Dada
Honours: Jeremy Gounden
Honours: Thayin Govender
Honours: Sachin Lutchman
Honours: Shiv Mahabeer
Honours: Sriram Maharaj
Honours: Reagan Naidoo