DHS Class of ’17 bows out

Some of the Class of 2017 at Durban High School huddle together to capture a memory of their final assembly on Monday. PHOTO: S&A Marketing

DURBAN High School recently held its matric final assembly which saw the entire school bid farewell to the Class of 2017 who were leaving to go on study leave prior to their final exams which begin on 24 October.

DHS Head Master, Mr AD Pinheiro, handed each learner a certificate to mark their last assembly at DHS, before each class captain had their turn to ring the school bell as a symbol that their time at DHS had come to an end.

Traditionally, the DHS head prefect concludes the ceremony by ringing the school bell eight times, which signifies that the matrics will take their official leave, and so the change of the watch moves from the matrics to the Grade 11 learners.

This tradition derives from the 1700s when the watch on the ships of the Royal Navy were changed every four hours. A young lad would have the task of turning the half-hour glass each time it emptied and he would strike the ship’s bell at the same time, until 8 bells were tolled, and the sailors would then change shifts.

Before ringing the bell, head pefect Phendulani Buthelezi took to the podium to address his fellow classmates, parents, staff and teachers for the final time before handing over the head prefect role for 2018 to Zakariya Adam.

To end off the event, Phendulani Buthelezi and his deputies, Matthew Henley and Thomas Kempen, led the school in the school song.

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