ST DAVID’S MARISTS WINTER FIXTURE
10 JUNE 2022
Dear Parents, Staff, boys and Old Albanians
It is my pleasure to welcome the Headmaster, Mr Mike Thiel, staff, parents and boys of St David’s College to the St Alban’s College campus. This interaction, between the two schools, has been a longstanding affair and I have no doubt that today’s matches will be closely contested.
Rivalry is always healthy but if you focus only on the rivalry you forget to enjoy the occasion. This fixture has always been a competitive one, but I have appreciated the games being played in a fair manner and we look forward to interacting again today. I would like to invite all our visitors to make themselves at home and we sincerely hope that you will enjoy the peaceful environment of our beautiful campus. Please take advantage of our hospitality, relax and enjoy yourselves and do not hesitate to ask our staff or boys should you have any queries or require any assistance. The Anton Murray Pavilion is there to be used at your convenience, and drinks and snacks will be available for parents and staff after every game. I would encourage all parents and Old Albanians to join us, particularly after the 1st XV rugby game for a drink and snack in the Anton Murray Pavilion. Sport is a wonderful way for boys to learn and grow and I sincerely hope that everyone involved today will not only enjoy the interaction but learn from their experiences.
We also welcome all Old Albanians who joined us last night at the Old Albanian dinner and now at our winter sport Old Boys Day. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy the sportsmanship displayed and reminisce about the wonderful connections you made in days gone by when you were out on the field or wandering around the campus. Please join us after the 1st XI Hockey match in the newly established Old Albanian Clubhouse (@thegreyandblue) and after the 1st XV Rugby match in the Anton Murray Pavilion for a drink and a snack – we would love to reconnect with you. Donné Roebert, our Old Albanian Liaison Administrator, will also be around, and if this is your first visit back, I would encourage you to connect with her.
My sincere thanks also go to all the staff members, from both schools, who accompany and coach our young men for giving them this wonderful opportunity and for supporting them. I would particularly like to thank Garth Turvey, our Director of Sport, and his team for putting together the programme and for ensuring that everyone has a rewarding experience. It would also be remiss of me not to congratulate and thank Johnny Nkuna and our ground staff for ensuring that our facilities are in tip-top condition.
Lastly, to all the players, enjoy the experience, play fair, enjoy the relationships you build and, most of all, remember that life is far greater than just a game of rugby or hockey! Enjoy the moments on the field and ensure you enjoy each other’s company when it is all said and done.
(6th Headmaster, St Alban’s College)
“Enjoy the competition but ensure that rivalry and competition do not become your masters. Play hard but fair, most of all develop friendships and ensure that you live, learn and enjoy your experiences on the field.”
FORMAT OF THE DAY
07:00 Coffee and breakfast snacks Anton Murray Pavilion (Rugby) or @greyandblue (Hockey). The @greyandblue building is on the main drive, just above the Astroturf. Please extend the invitation to all your staff.
10:15 1st Hockey Team fixture on Leseding Astro
11:45 Refreshments and boerewors rolls at the Jurie du Toit Hut. This is at the far end of the Moshate Rugby Field (Main Field).
12:15 1st XV Rugby Match. There will be seating for your staff adjacent to the hut. Please join the St Alban’s College staff for the match.
13:45 Post-match drinks and snacks for all staff at the Anton Murray Pavilion (downstairs).
CODE OF CONDUCT
PARENTS AND SUPPORTERS
The playing of school sport is primarily of an educational nature.
AIM OF SCHOOL SPORT
To encourage participation and engender in players the highest standards of sportsmanship, self-discipline and control.
Parents and supporters should consider themselves to be representative of the School when supporting fixtures involving their son’s team. They are encouraged to support their son and various other teams.
CONDUCT AT MATCHES
Positive support will be appreciated.
Parents and supporters are requested to refrain from directing negative comments at referees, umpires, any other officials, players or opposition supporters.
No form of discrimination based on race, gender, religion or culture will be tolerated.
Parents and supporters are asked to position themselves well clear of the sidelines and, to refrain from standing or sitting behind the back or goal line.
Parents and supporters are requested not to walk up and down the lines of the field, while a game is in progress.
Parents are instructed to stay out of the Technical areas. (Area where players and officials are seated)
Alcohol may only be consumed on the upper tier of the Anton Murray Pavilion. The bar will open at 11 am.
Parents are not to interfere with the Coach’s team selection at any time.
CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION
Parents and spectators should take up matters with the Director of Sport. Please do not approach individual officials, umpires and coaches.
We would respectfully request that every member of family concerned, and spectators, ensure that this Code of Conduct is adhered to so as to make every sports fixture enjoyable to all.