Nigel High School Reunions
You have found the original Nigel High School Reunion site which I began in 2007. Since then, many “Old Girls and Boys” from the School and Hostel have stopped by to reconnect and reminisce. Some pop in and out without comment, but many keep a regular eye on this blog spot. You are welcome here!
Please feel free to leave a comment if you wish and share a bit of your history with, and memories of, Nigel High School as you knew or know her. You’ll find the comment section below.
If, on the other hand, you are looking for information about enrolling as a student at Nigel High School or enrolling at the Hostel, please click here now to be redirected to the contemporary school website where you will find directions and forms to fill out.
4th May, 2013 – Nigel High School Grounds
Our school is celebrating its 50th year jubilee this year and will be hosted a huge event to commemorate this special occasion, on the 4th May, 2013 at the school grounds. There will be a parade from the town hall to the school, many stalls and a food court, also plenty entertainment and fun for all. Please diarise that date and come out and support and celebrate together.
Also if any one is interested in helping out on the day please contact Leonor Christie on 0732852414 .
Matric Class of 1982 reunited for their 30th anniversary in November 2010. For more information, please contact: Leonor Celestino Christie at firstname.lastname@example.org You can ring her on 073-285-2414 or 011-814-1782
Greg “Ching” Smith and Elaine (Whelan) Dawson arranged for a reunion at Plattekloof, Cape Town (about 1500 kilometers South of Nigel!) on Saturday June 9th 2012. Sixteen NHS Old Boys and Girls and two spouses attended the reunion and enjoyed catching up on each other’s lives after the passage of 40 years. Many were from the Class of 1970 and 1971. This photo, taken by Charl Roland, recorded the event. Vivian van der Merwe did not make it in time to be included in this photo. (Click on the photo for a larger image, please.)
Hostel Prefects: 1977
Many of us literally called Nigel High School our home and lived at the Hostel.
Remember “Camy” Jean Cameron (RIP) and her faithful “Pooch”?
Surely “Comics” C. what-were-you-doing-in-the-stands-anyway? F. Combrinck (RIP)?
Axel Braumann (musician and writer) and Jake Ceronio who took the cadet band on to victory in the 1977 Transvaal finals?
What about “Bubbles” Edward Holloway, Keith Scott (you handsome devil), Derek Harrison (my best friend), Shirley Ann Prudden (my first love), Charles Staples, Woolfie Katz (RIP), Kathy Sutcliff, Anthea Robinson (pity we couldn’t have been closer), Leon Beetge, Freddie van der Westhuizen, John Cook (the finest JW have ever known),
And Carol Paynter, Ken Paynter (now a Pastor in the Assemblies of God) Clive Alder, David Rogers, Janine Assad, Nedda Titolo , Garth Robertson, Charles Bonner, Brian Gibbon, Phillip Bennett, Lawrence de Villiers, Warren Melville, Keith Daff, Chris Steyn, Val Rosato (RIP), Pat and Stephanie van Kerkhof, Elize Botha, Linda Black, Lee Gillespie, Ana de Pina, Rui de Pina, Joan “Joao” de Pina
Anthony Brooker, Mark Marlour, Guy Mohle (and where are you wonderful friends?), Chris Nearhou, Jonathon
Alcock, Carol Vincent, Fulvio Tonelli, Mark von Ruben, Sally Edwards, Cheryl Bowen, Theresa Combrinck (Muller), Anna Marie Koetzer, Elizabeth Raftopoulus, Elize Botha, Marietjie Bronkhorst, Linda Beetge, Marlene Botes, Jenny Da Silva, Kim Frey (how I miss you), Gail Mary Semmens (Liss), Alta Mynhardt, Cecil van Heerden, Bokkie Kleynhans, Mickey Slabbert, Patrick Day, Caroline Wyllie, Lucy Mitchell (Olsen), Natilie Timmins (Fuhri) . . .
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This is where we reunite and reconnect from around the world — no matter where we are.
Theresa Muller (Combrinck)
Richard’s Bay, South Africa
School days are long gone, but yet there are times when I remember them so clearly. Where shall I start with my life. Been married for 28 years already.Have 3 beautiful children – Shawn 27, Wendy 25 and Tracy 20, or rather, they will be in the next few months.
I am also an ouma already of 2 beautiful little children, Michael who is 5 already and Tamlyn who is a year old. I am a very young ouma … So I like to think anyway. Can still run around with them, ride bikes with them etc.
We have been in living in Richards Bay for almost 17 years already. Have not been to Nigel for many, many years. My mom who was still there moved down here about 3 years ago, so there has been no reason to go back. I was fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom for many years, but then, work called.
Have run 5 Comrades (87+k’s) from Maritzburg to Durban. Latest is doing duathlons which is running and cycling and have been privileged to represent South Africa twice already at World Champs overseas. One way of seeing the world! Hoping to go over to Hungary later this year.
I have contact with Keith Scott and have also contacted Charles Staples. He lives in Australia now, Keith is down the road in Durban.”
Blane van Pletzen-Rands
Buffalo, New York, USA
It’s the smaller details that are beginning to get fuzzy — almost like my eyesight!
I’ve made homes in Rhodesia, South Africa, Caprivi, England, Hawaii and Utah, and am now in the next chapter in Buffalo, Western New York.
My blog tells more of where I am now although it is painted with broad strokes. Esmé, my twenty-five-year-old daughter from a previous marriage to Lisa Tullis van Pletzen, lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. Scott van Pletzen-Rands married in Durban in 2007 while visiting South Africa. That’s Ruth Edwards in the photo with me at our reunion in Cape Town. (No, I am not an oupa, yet, but certainly look forward to that experience.) I’m retired as a professor of English and now a Priest in the Episcopal Church, the American branch of the Church of England – or Anglican Church. Nigel stands out as a bright light in my life. Axel Braumann remains a defining influence to this day.
So looking forward to finding out where everyone went, what we’re doing, who we have become and what we aspire to become. All are welcome here. Every single one.
See Blane on Facebook here.
Kalkbay, South Africa
It took a round trip of twenty years for Derek to do what he had planned to do when he left teaching.Having gathered experience in the fields of teacher, salesman, tour guide, guest house manager, and creator and facilitator of a self-modeled children’s “awareness” program and more than enough in the corporate sector, Derek decided at
44 that it was now of never.”Full story here.
See Derek on Facebook here.
I must congratulate you on your “little blog” as you put it, it certainly brings a lot of people together. Well done.
To give you a quick “run down” of my life’s events since I left school in 1976, could make quite an interesting story. ( I’ll leave all the gory details out!! )
I started in the shoes business at the age of 20. I became a shoe buyer at 23 and worked for companies like Dodo’s, A& D Spitz, Cuthberts, and Edgars. At 25 had a bad car accident going to Sun City to see Elton John. Broke both legs and took over a year to recover.
I travelled a lot on business & pleasure. At age 33 got fed up with the situation in S.A. not being safe and decided to leave. Landed up in Portugal (alone) only because my parents are Portuguese and at the time, Portugal was about to join the European Union.
During that first year in Portugal met my husband Werner Wyrsch, a Swiss national who also happened to be in the shoe business and together we built our company Dromedaris International. During the last 15 years we have been working with American shoe brands handling their production, development and quality control.
Last year we launched or own shoe brand “ Dromedaris” in the US and as we all know, this economic crisis [of 2008] is affecting us all but we will persevere and try to get our brand off the ground. We know the American market very well, so now we just need a lot of patience and financial commitment, which at times is very challenging, to say the least.
You can view our website www.dromedaris.com.pt
I try to get together with my family every 2 years, my brother Rui who also went to Nigel as well as my sisters, Vera & Joan (who now insists on being called JOAO) her real name. The 3 sissies got together 2 months ago Sept 08. Laughed a lot!
I used to have some contact with Corgi Scott (now Smit) but since she went to Australia, I never heard from her again. Natalie Timmens contacted me a short while ago, which was really fantastic. Let’s hope some people come forward and make contact.
Good luck Blane and all the best to you!
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