From Hearth For Home
A message from Mr Ryan Kyle (Deputy Head; Boarding)
To the College community, its supporters, parents and most importantly our boys,
It’s really hard to believe that we are sitting in this crisis, and that we have had to take these steps to ensure the safety of all of those around us.
I write to you today from my office desk at home. Things feel very strange on campus; it’s quiet and still, and very much opposite to the jovial place that we are used to, where the sounds of laughter, the busyness of the BE and the evidence of brotherhood is all around to see.
I have had time to reflect this week and be reminded that we are very blessed as a school. For me the reasons are threefold; the boys, our staff and our magnificent campus.
College boys are of a special breed, they love their school and the memories it creates that last them a life time. They are protective of her reputation and they honour her core values. College boys are gentlemen and they place a great importance on making a difference in society.
Secondly, our very committed staff who work hard every day to ensure that our boys are given the foundation and platform to succeed. In my new role as head of the BE I have been blessed to spend more time with some of the unsung heroes of our school staff; the estates team, our motherly San sisters, our finance and admin departments, the people who ensure that our campus is in pristine condition, and that our boarding houses are clean. Those who work in the laundry or who work long shifts in the kitchen to make sure we are all looked after, well fed and supported. Our teaching staff are also extremely committed to our boys, and to ensuring that they get the best education experience possible. It is evident during this time just how much work and effort the teachers have put in to make sure that our boys can continue to study and stay on top of things.
Lastly, our wonderful campus. The walls of our beautiful buildings echo memories and experiences of the many that have gone before us. We are truly blessed with the space we have, and the facilities that we can utilise every day. We are the envy of many schools because of what we have on our doorstep.
I mention all the above things so that we are reminded of what awaits when we return. I happened to be reflecting on memories of Goldstones yesterday afternoon; it was a surreal feeling when I looked at the time; 15:30, and what would normally be the start of the 1st XV game. However on this Saturday it was dead quiet, not a soul around. We can only hope and pray that we will get to see another kick off on our beloved field again soon.
To our matric boys, this is going to affect you the most. Remain as positive as you can and come back hungrier than ever to make the most of your last year at College. Focus on the great four years you have had to this point, and when you return, make sure that you squash as many memories as you possibly can, into the time you will have left. There is now no time for “if only” and “I could or should have”. We look forward to having you all back soon.
Cherish the uninterrupted time with your loved ones. Keep safe but most of all keep your heads up, we so look forward to having our busy, energetic and enthusiastic boys back on campus soon.
God Bless you all
Mr Ryan Kyle
Deputy Head: Boarding