Nigel High School Reunions

February 8, 2007 at 11:58 am 296 comments

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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.

Reunion Notices

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  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.)

Nigel High School Reunion 2012

Nigel High School Reunion 2012

Class of 1977

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),

imgp3389.jpgRuth Edwards (a darling girlfriend) and Karen “Crunox” Botha.

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

Getting ready for the Matric Farewell — 1976

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) . . .

(OK. Fine. Search engines love this stuff and so should you if you’ve found this page!)


Click here for Nigel High School Song by Axel Braumann

Click here for School song — page 2

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.

Work as a secretary come Jill of all trades for a mining company called Richards Bay Minerals. Hubby also works here. Have been Theresa and Blane meet up after thirty years in Durban, 2007.quite sporty since I have got older.

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.”

See Theresa on Facebookhere.

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.

Ruth Edwards and Blane van Pletzen, Cape Town 2007I hold fond memories of my two years at Nigel in 1976 and 1977. I do wish, though, that all our lives had had some continuity. We are scattered to the four winds!

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.

Derek Harrison

Kalkbay, South Africa

Derek Harrison

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.

Ana de Pina (Wyrsch)
Ana de Pina, Nigel High School class of 1976, in 2008

Ana de Pina, Nigel High School class of 1976, in 2008

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.

Ana de Pina and husband Werner Wyrsch in 2008

Ana de Pina and husband Werner Wyrsch in 2008

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

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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296 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marianne  |  March 2, 2007 at 5:46 am

    Hi Chaps. Well some of you may remember me, and some not. Anyhow a blast from the past – Marianne Valsecchi. Look forward to hearing from you all.
    Anyone heard from Mr Keith Daff at all? I am desperately trying to contact him

    • 2. Cathy Koetsier  |  October 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      Hey Marianne!!! Yes, I remember you :-)

    • 3. Heather Scott Hobson  |  October 14, 2011 at 3:04 am

      Hi there Marianne. Doesnt this site bring back very fond memories of old friends who became family to those of us in the hostel. We did some crazy things and most of the Nigel High memories are good ones. Would be great catching up with you. Regards Heather (Scott) Hobson

    • 4. Martin Matthysen  |  February 14, 2013 at 2:17 am

      Good evening Marianne. Yes, I remember you very well. I matriculated in 1979; it would be great to be in contact with you again. With kind regards, Martin Matthysen.

    • 5. debby vial  |  June 30, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      A blast from the past…. I definitely remember the name… well… just wish I could remember more. Good Times… especially with Joao (Joan – Maria Joao DoAmeral Vonseca DePina?? did I get this correct? not sure about the spelling – apologies), Celeste Swart, Linda (the facecloth episode in Camy’s rooms??). Debby Vial (nee Taylor). 1974/5….

    • 6. Martin Matthysen  |  July 1, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Hi Mariaan, I remember you well. Please look me up on Facebook, thank you, regards, Martin Matthysen.

    • 7. Martin Matthysen  |  July 1, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Hi Marianne, I remember you well. Please look me up on Facebook, thank you, regards, Martin Matthysen.

  • 8. Ruth (Edwards) Mc Mahon  |  March 23, 2007 at 7:25 am

    Mariane, I believe Keith Daff is/has been living in Palaborwa, and may work for the Palaborwa mining Company (PMC).

  • 9. Keith Daff  |  May 22, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Blane,

    Your website brings back many happy memories!

    Good luck and best wishes to all my ex-colleagues and past pupils.


    • 10. Raynier Hirschowitz  |  March 11, 2009 at 4:39 am


      I wander if you remember me. I was at the hostel from 69 to 73.


    • 11. Milton Lasnitzki  |  July 23, 2017 at 4:43 am

      Hi Keith,
      Good to hear from you and that you’re enjoying retirement. Don’t know whether you remember me from your early days at NHS. I was in matrix class of 1967. You may also remember my sister Cecile (1972).
      Best wishes
      Milton Lasnitzki

  • 12. Blane  |  May 24, 2007 at 1:07 am

    Hello Keith!

    How lovely to hear from you and glad that you stopped by.

  • 13. Theresa  |  June 1, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    It was great seeing your message Keith. would be good to catch up. Last saw you when we were still in Palabora.

  • 14. Maria Nortje  |  June 19, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Trying to contact Colleen Frost she graduated from Nigel High in 88. Also I joined a free website called there are several other students from Nigel HIgh on the site, maybe you will find other friends.

  • 15. Coleen Matthews (Danielsen)  |  June 20, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Hi guys, Blane
    I stumbled across your page in search for school photos of Nigel High, I have started a group for the school on , group name is Nigel High School, Gauteng. Im sure you have heard of it by now! Would be excellent if we could find all the past and present people on there ! I left Nigel High in 1974. Looking forward to your response

  • 16. Charmaine Langley (Schütte)  |  August 1, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Blane
    I stumbled across this page and thought back to many a happy day way back then. 6,7 and 8 in ’74, ’75 and ’76. Remember Lucy Olson (nee Michell). She might still be in Norway. Good to hear that you’re on your way to becoming a man of the cloth. I have been in Melbourne, Australia since June 2006 with my husband and daughter Paigé 11yo.

    • 17. Lucy Olsen (nee Michell)  |  July 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Charmaine, I have tried a few times to reach you! Hope you are doing well – are you still in Australia. We are still in Norway – but plan to move back next year in 2013! Best wishes and God bless you. Lucy Olsen (nee Michell)

  • 18. Susan mcilwain (Bonnar)  |  August 15, 2007 at 6:09 am

    Hi all, I am and have been for years trying to fing my good friend… Adele Cordier..We were in Nigel primary together…. I went back to Northern Ireland in 1981/2 and we were in primary school… I would assume she went on to Nigel high…. Her mum made delicious chocolate cakes and her dad was welsh… my dad who has passed away recently used to call Adela a ‘big horse’ this was only in affection and because she was tall and ate alot whilst remaining slim…. We were in the choir in nigel primary.. please if you can help me, I would be most grateful

  • 19. Susan mcilwain (Bonnar)  |  August 15, 2007 at 6:12 am

    Hi all, I am and have been for years trying to fing my good friend… Adele Cordier..We were in Nigel primary together…. I went back to Northern Ireland in 1981/2.. I would assume she went on to Nigel high…. Her mum made delicious chocolate cakes and her dad was welsh… my dad who has passed away recently used to call Adela a ‘big horse’ this was only in affection and because she was tall and ate alot whilst remaining slim…. We were in the choir in nigel primary.. please if you can help me, I would be most grateful

  • 20. Susan mcilwain (Bonnar)  |  August 15, 2007 at 6:16 am

    Maria do I know you? Was collen scottish? I think it is you! Is it? The side of your house was covered in grape vines and me you Coleen and Adele were friends.. sorry if I am mixed up with wrong person

  • 21. Susan mcilwain (Bonnar)  |  August 15, 2007 at 6:19 am

  • 22. Nomxoliswa Makhabane  |  August 27, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    to all the people that matriculated in 2004, where are you guys and why have we all lost contact?.plz try and reach me.that goes to all of u bo’ntanga.

    • 23. Chaka  |  January 27, 2011 at 4:24 am

      I tried to reach you but there was no luck.

  • 24. Greg Smith (Ching)  |  November 16, 2007 at 1:09 am

    Howzit Blane, You certainly don’t remember me, but Keith Daff will. My Std 6 year in 1967 was Mr Daff’s first year at Nigel as vice principle with Commicks as “The Boss”. I matriculated in ’71 with streight “A’s” (for absent – had a prang during fial exams). Your class must still have been in Primary School when I was finishing up.
    What I’m looking for is someone who remembers and has contact with Natalie Timmins. They were our neighbours until ’66 and also family friends.Can anyone help me.
    Kind Regards, Ching – cell 082 693 3564.
    PS: Hullo Mr Daff, nice to read your greeting – Ching.

    • 25. Charmaine (Sampson) Rogers  |  May 31, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Greg Know this comes to you some years later, just decided I would have a peak at my old school web site? wow what memorries. Not sure if you ever traced Natalie Timmins down. Last I heard she is still working for Coca Cola depo in Nigel.


      • 26. Heather Scott Hobson  |  October 14, 2011 at 2:59 am

        Hi old friend. Have looked for you on facebook and was so glad to see your name on Blanes site. Hope you still take a peek now and then and see this. Would love to hear from you. I am still living in Boksburg. Regards Heather (Scott) Hobson

      • 27. Ian Kelly  |  July 12, 2017 at 6:09 am

        Looking for Kim Mac Nab, anyone heard from her. She was there in 1993 matric class. Now if anyone knows how I can get in touch with her it would be brilliant.
        Oh yes my name is Ian Kelly. And Stephen Stockman is another person I would like to get in touch with. So if anyone has any idea of how to get in touch with anyone from the class of 199?. I have forgotten it was such a long time ago.

  • 28. Patrick Day  |  January 2, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Hi Blane,
    I remember you very well, you were the band squad leader and in some plays put on by Axel. He taught me english my last year (matric) 1980.
    Wish you all the best.I live in Denver Colorado U.S.A
    Patrick Day

  • 29. Blane  |  January 2, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Hello Patrick:

    Thanks for your post and your memories of Axel and Nigel High. What took you to Denver? Up until recently I was your near neighbour in Salt Lake City. Do you have any photo’s you can share?

    Best wishes,


  • 30. Patrick Day  |  January 4, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Hi Blane,
    I came to America in 1989 on vacation. I was in Orlando Florida were i met my wife. We decided to move to Denver in 1990 as my wife was tired of Orlando. I became a citizen in 1997. I love living in America. Denver is a great place to live. We celebrated 18 years of marriage this past December.
    Please keep in touch and feel free to use my email. I will try send some photos with my teenage daughters help.
    Best wishes

  • 31. tumi melato  |  February 4, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    to every1 who was in nigel highschool between the year 2000 and 2002 gve me a ring and maybe we can hookup sometime k?

    • 32. Xoli  |  May 25, 2009 at 1:09 pm

      Tumi, hope you remember me, you left Nigel i think 2004,mail me!

  • 33. Sue Kruger  |  February 26, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Dear Blaine
    My name is Sue Kruger (Suzette Alder) I graduated in 1971 ( I think) Have wonderful memories of Miss Cameron, Mrs Bidgood, Sally Edwards, Keith Daff, Mr Braumann, Mr Combrink, Mrs Hugo (I could go on! I stay in contact with Kathy Lithgow(Nee Taylor) & Lauren Pogson (nee Melville). Are you in contact with any others from the same graduatimg year? Please pass on my fondest to all staff from the same period.
    Sue Kruger

  • 34. Lufuno Muthubi  |  March 14, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Hey guys .Anyone from class of 2001 …lets hook up
    what are you guys up to ?

  • 35. Paul  |  March 19, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Hi anybody from Auther Matthews Primary School or Florida Park High School in the Transvaal (Guetang) I went to the high school around the 80s then we left and went to the UK would love to get in touch with some old school friends. I havent been back to SA for over 20 years and miss it so much, gonna make it back before I leave this earth hopefully ..Im so home sick

  • 36. Tracey  |  March 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Hi all. I spent a year in nigel high which was 1984 and loved every minute. I was really heartbroken when my parents relocated. I have fond memories of the school.

  • 37. josé Ferreira  |  April 18, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Blane,
    Sitting in my office in Porto, Portugal, I must say that finding this site was a tru blessing, its been along time since my memories of Nigel High jumped forward with such force. Remembering all the names mencioned here got me into a nostalgic mood so…. I finished class of ´81, Remeber guys like Jorge Areosa, Marcel Robinson, Gavin Beetge and so forth.
    Would like more info of this class.

    • 38. Anne-Marie Schutte  |  March 16, 2009 at 3:52 am

      Did not go to Nigel High but was in Nigel primary with you. This site really has brought back some memories of my primary school days. Not sure if you rmember me, but I like to think I was the school bully.
      How long have you been in Portugal and what do you do?
      I would have finished the same year had I stayed. I was in contact with Ernesto and Jennifer who were both in the UK and I think still are there

    • 39. Axel Braumann  |  December 15, 2009 at 6:43 pm

      Hello Jose

      I saw your siste rLucy ? about ten years ago in the Catholic Cathedral here in Pretoria. I often wondered if you were still in this country? How are you? How is your brother Delfim? Do you have children? Best regards God bless.

      • 40. Lucy (Alves) Pardal  |  August 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm

        Oh my word! I cannot begin to explain the emotion I felt at finding this post. I’m so glad you actually remembered my name, I always felt that I went thru most of my school year as almost “invisible”. I was sooo quiet and extremely shy. Am still living in Pretoria, as well as my brother Delfim and younger sister Fernanda. Mom and dad also live here. Jose actually has the picture you drew of him framed on his wall at home. I hope life has been treating you kindly. God Bless. Lucy.

      • 41. calsuba62  |  July 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

        Hi Axel. Hope you are you?

      • 42. Ruby Braumann  |  July 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        Dear Jose. This is me. Interesting to see the speed with which there is a response. I hope you are well and living in Portugal and still photographing. Contact me onn and we can have a correspondence. I would really like that. Axel B.

    • 43. Sean Friedenthal  |  October 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      Hi, Jose

      Was Headboy the year before you. Spoke to Anthea and MArcelle in Canada, you can get them on skype.

  • 44. Salvelio Meyer  |  April 24, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Blane
    Great site. I was at Nigel High from 1976-1980
    I hope guys like Timothy Goodmann, Gordon Gould, Wayne Fordyce, Warren Fordyce….The list goes on get to see this post.


    • 45. Brian sandow  |  August 14, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Hi Savelio good to see your name on the list, the last I heard you were in PE, is your brother still in spain? Take care and be safe. regards Brian

  • 46. Greg Smith (Ching) - 1971  |  May 10, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Hi there Blane,
    I haven’t looked at your site in ages, mainly because I experienced mother board and hard drive problems on separate occasions. It’s been a bit of work getting all my info back, but I’m here.
    Anyway, I’ve just read Sue Alder’s comment and I’m very pleased to find her on your site.
    As it turns out Sue Kruger (Suzette Alder) ,Kathy Lithgow(Nee Taylor) & Lauren Pogson (nee Melville) and I all graduated in 1971.
    I have a reasonable address book of former Nigel pupils and if Sue or Kathy or Lauren wish to contact me in connection with tracing anyone, they are more than welcome to use
    Kind Regards,

  • 47. Maria Trujillo  |  May 26, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Hi everybody,

    I left Nigel High School to go to Spain in 1976 so I would love to hear from Lesley Stolp, Kay Davies, Audry Delport, Derek Douglas and many more. Feel free to contact my e-mail regards to all.

  • 48. Jeffrey Lok  |  June 26, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Hi people,
    Anybody remember the Leadership Course for Transvaal schools at Krugersdorp High in 1974, I think Sheila Gibbon (Deputy Head) was there?

  • 49. Jeffrey Lok  |  June 26, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Hi people,
    Anybody remember the Leadership Course for Transvaal schools at Krugersdorp High in 1974, I think Sheila Gibbon (Deputy Head) was there?

    My email is

  • 50. John Rossouw  |  June 28, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Greetings to all Nigel High past pupils
    I am a squatter on this site as I stumbled across it from the Blog Blane had set up for St Georges Home where I grew up as a boy and where I met Blane in the 70’s when his parents were on the staff there
    I attended Dawnview High in Germiston and matriculated there in 76 but I remained good friends for many years with Lynete Doble who left Dawnview in 73 to move to Nigel as a boarder
    Lynette had an older sister Nolene who was friends with my brother David and the four of us hung out together
    I also attended the Higel High matric dance in 76 which was held in the Town Hall follwed by the afterparty at a house in Devon and by comparison the dances of those days pale to the lavish affairs held by the kids of today although I remain convinced our parties were much more fun
    Lynette married Tom Orandel in 1980 and I attended their wedding
    She went on to qualify as a teacher from JCE and taught at various schools on the East Rand
    Dave saw her from time to time as he was a lecturer at JCE but we lost touch in the early 80’s
    Some of the names on this blog ar also familar to me
    In the 70’s it was the practice to send exam good luck cards to the matrics of neighbouring schools and somehwere I still have the one sent to us form the matrics of Nigel High which I will try and dig out for posying on this blog

    With warm regards to all visitors to the site

    John Rossouw

  • 51. mauricio Costi  |  July 7, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Hello Blane,
    Great site ! I was at Nigel High School during 74 thru 76 , I dont know if you remeber me. My name is Mauricio Costi and I have two sisters that also studied at NHS (Rossana Costi and Antonella Costi) I have met many old shool friends that are living all over the world. I do not know if you remenber Tony Teixeira who recently moved to Portugal. We he visited my this weekend. What a great surprise it was , after 27 years. He has really done it great for himself. It is great to know that most of my old NHS friends are doing well. I live in Brazil and am always on the lookout in finding the whereabouts of my old school colleagues. I am trying to find Marie Botha she l lived in Heildelberg. I anyone know the whereabouts of Marie pls let me know… cheers and God Bless

  • 52. Andre Matthee  |  August 5, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Creg (Ching),

    I rememember you, your sister and mom. You were a great pal of my half sister Sonya Nel (has passed on now). I visited you in hospital (3 months) due to the white VW putting the wrong flicker on. Beautiful Triumph boneville it was … Regards

  • 53. Jose Gama  |  August 5, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Incredible! So many memories brought back! I matriculated in 1984, and I have been living in Europe, although back in SA, Cape Town, on a teaching commission (Teacher of Portuguese). Nigel High is definitely special!

  • 54. Lucy Olsen (Michell)  |  August 5, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Just returned from a trip to South Africa. Visited Nigel High and was excited to see the school again. I was in matric in 1978 and was thrilled to find so many notes on past students. I am living in Norway with my husband Sam Olsen and have 4 sons (25, 24, 19 and 16) would love to hear from anyone.

    Response from Blane: Hello, Lucy. Really glad to hear from you! I visited, too, last year and drove by your old home in Ferryvale. Lots of good memories of the year I lived with you your family before going into the Hostel in 1976. Norway! We are scattered to the four winds!

    • 55. Anne-Marie Schutte  |  March 16, 2009 at 3:58 am

      Hi Lucy
      How are you? It is great seeing you somewhere on the web. How is the family. You boys really have grown up.
      I am sure Charmaine would love to hear from you. She now lives in Melbourne Australia. Please email me on: I can then forward your email address on to her.

    • 56. Axel Braumann  |  December 15, 2009 at 6:48 pm

      Hello Lucy

      Just a few words to let you know I am still here. I saw Bonnie Bidgood in August, and we reminisced. Your name and news came up. You must be very happy in Norway. I would love to hear from you.


    • 57. Charmaine Langley  |  July 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

      Hi Lucy
      Wow! I’ve wondered how to get hold of you. Anne-marie gave me your email address but I lost it when we moved house here in Melbourne.
      Your boys are really grown up, considering I saw you last when your eldest was just recently born.
      We’re really scattered all over the world now, I see Mauricio is in Brazil and Antonio is in Portugal. I’ve recently thought of Joy and Sharon a lot. Been thinking of John Pautz, Stuart Thoms, Nadia Rodriguez, then all our teachers, Mr Braumann made a huge impact on my English and I have passed that love of the language on to my daughter. Just weird how time has moved on yet memories still remain. Arthur and I have been in Melbourne since 2006 with Paige (15).

      • 58. Lucy Olsen (nee Michell)  |  July 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

        Hello again Charmaine, just stumbled across this reply. Never saw it before, so good to hear from you. Would love to correspond again and keep in touch. Do let me know how you are doing! Much love Lucy xx

  • 59. Heidi (Adelaide de Almeida) Middleton  |  August 12, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Hello Blane,

    This has really been a blast from the past and brought back many fond memories of Nigel. Sitting here in my home office in Denver, Colorado thinking how wonderful it is that so many of us from NHS have ended up all over the world.

    Left SA to move to England in 1988……….moved to USA in 1996 and lived in New Jersey until March this year.
    Could not believe that picture of you and Ruth. Even after all these years I would have recognised her face.

    I have 2 wonderful children (22 and 19) and been married to Brian for 25 years !!!

    Thank you once again and enjoy living in Chelsea. Lucky you.

    Good luck with everything.

    Heidi (Adelaide)

    Response from Blane: Hello Heidi: Glad you found us! I had no trouble picking our Ruth out in a rather crowded marketplace in Cape Town, either! I was being ruthlessly teased all the way to our meeting with “Blane’s going to see his girlfriend . . .” I must admit to being quite excited and a little giddy! If you’d ever like to share more of your story and a few photos, I’m happy to put them on this blog. Glad all is well with you, Brian and the grown-up “kids.” Love Blane

  • 60. Greg Smith  |  August 15, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Hi there Blane,
    The pics you took of the School and the Hostel are a welcome sight on your page.
    I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through them as well as the pics of your meeting with Theresa.
    The real reason why I’m writing to you is to tell you that in line No fifteen I was wanting to make contact with Natalie Timmins and had had no response from any one up until last week.
    Natalie Fuhri (nee Timmins) found me herself, via FaceBook and sent me a message which was a rather pleasant surprise.
    So now my search is over and I’m catching up on all the news that I had not been privy to previously.(e.g. she’s coached 2 athletes that are competing in the Olympics in China)
    Kind regards,
    Greg Smith (Ching)

    Response from Blane: Hi Greg: Thanks for your kind words. I think photographs are a tremendous way of keeping memories alive. You are our most “senior” voice on this blog, I think! (No offense, bra!) It’s always good to hear from you. And glad you and Natalie (and the rest of us) are back in touch.

  • 61. njabulo molopyane  |  August 28, 2008 at 4:20 am

    i fell in love wit dis da first moment i saw it,i matriculated 2007 en im n proundly blue blooded nigel high students to da HIGHEST is my long term motto,

  • 62. Lauren Pogosn  |  August 29, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    hi all
    its lauren pogson(nee melvill) any one remeber me? matriculated in 1971 if any one does remember me please feel free to contact me.
    thanks Lauren Pogson

  • 63. jenny acutt nee hibbert  |  September 12, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Gosh reading all of these comments really took me back in time, I was in Nigel High from 71 – 74 ( I think), went to school with Petra, Estelle, Linda, Olwyn ( Im looking for her by the way), Shelley and lots of others. Would love to hear from anyone from those years
    Im on facebook as well,
    Jennifer Susan Hibbert

    Response from Blane: Jenny, thanks for popping in! I just thought that you might have photographs and memories from your generation at NHS. If you’d like to share them, I’m happy to put them up on my little blog.

    • 64. Jenny acutt (nee Hibbert)  |  February 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

      My brother sent me my std 6 A class photo, will try and post it
      I found Olwyn, she is on FB and Petra still lives in Nigel

  • 65. Blane  |  September 13, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Hello All,

    So glad to see your names pop up on the screen — and for the messages you leave here. It’s sheer pleasure reaching back through the memories and knowing where you all are today.

    Much love,


    • 66. Axel Braumann  |  December 15, 2009 at 6:40 pm

      Hello Blane

      Interesting look into yesterday. There can be no substitute for talent and you certainly had that. You are now a professor, Is that right?
      Have heard from you through John Pautz, who I see now and then.
      Blessed Christmas to you and all those who might remember me, and of course an evironmentally safe new year.

  • 67. Heidi Middleton  |  September 24, 2008 at 11:51 pm


    Lovely to hear from you. So now you are in Portland? Wow, how do you cope with all that rain??

    I was so HAPPY when Brian said we were leaving England as the damp and the cold and not to mention those grey skies made it very depressing.

    Luckily Denver has lots of sunny days, they say at least 300 of them per year and yes I am counting :) So far they are on target. Reminds of Jo’burg weather.

    Can’t find you on facebook.

    Adelaide ( of all the nicknames I was called through the years, Heidi stuck…………..came from the days at Nigel Convent and those german nuns…….)

  • 68. Heidi Middleton  |  September 25, 2008 at 12:12 am


    Missed a post somewhere along the road and just noticed that you are now in Niagara on the Lake.

    Yes, you are right in saying that it is such a beautiful place. Good luck.

    Yes, our class of 1979 is a bit quiet.

    Carol Paynter is doing really well, she is on FaceBook. Do you remember Laura Indiveri? I believe she is living in Canada as well.

    Alan Platt is still in SA, Robin Coultas is now in England, Dawn Howells is also in England and just moved to the small town I lived in for 8 years!!!!!!

    I always tell my kids that they are so lucky that they live in this day of modern technolgy as they will always be able to keep in touch with their school and uni friends.



  • 69. Arlene Gairn  |  October 17, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I was also at Nigel High in 1971 – 1972 . My family arrived in Nigel in 1971 from the UK . I am now back in the UK and live in Scotland .My sister also went to Nigel High – Bev Gairn and she taught there for quite a few years before moving to Vereeniging .I knew Sonya Nel and was sad to read that she had passed away . What happened to her ? I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me or my sister and I am already in touch with Ching .

    • 70. Sean Friedenthal  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Arlene

      I remember holding hands with Beverly in 1975 on our tour to the Kruger National Park. Met years later once we were both teachng.

  • 71. Martello Momple (nee Garner)  |  October 24, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Hello anyone who woudl know us – Theo Momple and I have been married for 23 years. Our friends are – Rui de Pina, Ching Smith, TIm Reilly, Lawrence (Nip) Elston, Naldo and Victor Goncalves, Kevin Macartney, Ann Lewis (Smith), Foxy (Tollman) Wolfe, – all of which were at Nigel about the 1970 – 73. Wow looking at photos of so many oldies makes us feel so old. Would love to hear how everyone is doing that knows us. Regards Martello & Theo

    • 72. Axel Braumann  |  December 15, 2009 at 6:53 pm

      Hi Theo and Martello

      I remember you both so well. You were an item then, and you are an item now. I remember Theo giving a hiding to a thug on a train during a half term journey home to Pretoria. Derek Steyn’s woodwork model was broken by this drunk showing off to his girlfriend, and Theo went into the next carriage and sorted him out. I have never forgotten it.

      Love to you both


      • 73. Ian Taylor  |  February 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm

        Hi Mr Braumann. Dont know if it would be proper, or permitted to call you Axel! I think I was on the same train trip between Nigel -Springs, the train continued to Jhb where I disembarked with my brother Simon.
        I was definitely present when Theo. “sorted” someone out but I am not sure of the details
        Greetings Ian Taylor.

    • 74. Ian Taylor  |  February 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      Hi guys.
      I was in Nigel High as a border at the hostel from 1970 to 1974. Enjoyed Axel Braumann as English AND Class teacher.
      I remember Theo Momple (Very strict Band major under Dirk Stassen) as well as Nip Elston, Rui Naldo and Victor. Often played one bounce and “had to take some shade”. Those of you who were there will know what I mean!

      • 75. Colin Williams  |  February 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

        Where did you go after 1974? Vryheid perhaps?

    • 76. Peter Harris  |  July 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Martello

      I live in Montagu, WCape, if you are ever here give me a shout!!

      Peter Harris

  • 77. Estell (Kotzen) Sender  |  October 24, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Foxy told me to make contact with you through Facebook. I did so and have had no reply from you.
    Was in the Hostel 1968 – 1974. If you don’t remember me ask Naldo or Victor as I have seen them on the odd occasion when visiting South Africa. I have been living in Israel for the past 30years.
    Hope to hear from you.

  • 78. Estell (Kotzen) Sender  |  October 24, 2008 at 2:21 am

    The pics of Nigel High school and the hostel bring back memories of people and places long forgotten. Hi Mr Daff. Don’t know if you remember me. I do remember that you had two little girls while I was in the Hostel!!
    Any of my school/hostel friends who find their way to Israel are always welcome in my home!!!!
    Regards. Estell

  • 79. Ivan Bonner  |  October 25, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Hi all of you ex Nigelians ./…………….

    Matriculated 1971–
    been living in Israel for last 20 years.
    Where are you all ???????????
    — Hope all well and happy ………….

    Ivan .

    • 80. Sean Friedenthal  |  June 13, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Ivan
      I remeber spending many a day playing games at your house, would like to met with Mark again, lost contact years ago.

  • 81. Estell (Kotzen) Sender  |  October 26, 2008 at 5:32 am

    Hi Martello and Theo. I do remember both of you. It has been a very long time!
    Have tried to make contact via FaceBook.
    Heard from Kevin Mc’Cartney that Theo hadn’t been well. Hope you are getting stronger.
    Best Regards

  • 82. Estell (Kotzen) Sender  |  October 26, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Hi Ivan. Call some time.
    Shavua Tov – Estell

  • 83. Gregson Julian  |  November 5, 2008 at 4:43 am

    I doubt you would remember me but I was the Tennor Drummer in the band photos of 1976 /77. I have the same photos in my school year book upstairs in my attic. For some time now all I have thought about was my days at Nigel High School and my band years. Your photos of the school bring back even more memories. I live in England now, i have completed a 22 year service in the RAF and am now settled with a family and two beatifull children who are 7 and 9 . I cant get over how time has gone so quick since my very good school days at Nigel High. I loved living in SA and dream of the day i once again visit, which I hope is soon. I won the cup for efficiency in 77 by the way. the band was everything, i lived for the band. I did tape us playing once in the assemble hall but over the years i have lost it. I would love to hear those tunes again like Thunderer which was my favorite.

    Well it was good to read your web site

    All the best Greg Julian

    • 84. P livingstone  |  March 13, 2009 at 2:58 am

      Hi Greg,

      When I googled your unusual name up popped this page. I was in the RAF with you at AFCENT. Glad to see youre doing well :-)


  • 85. Sue Kruger  |  November 8, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Hello Ching, Estelle, Ivan and Mr Daff!

    Estelle how are you and where is your sister? 30 years seems to be an extraordinary amount of time doesn’t it? Do you know where Rene Meskin is? I know you were friendly with her sister. Ivan, I’ve often wondered where you are. Years and years ago I heard a rumour you were In Australia.

    Ching, Kathy Taylor came for a visit and I took out my old school albums and there was a great photo of the two of you as Cheerleaders for Arcadia!

    Hi Mr Daff, its been a very long time. Would love to hear how Jackie and Lorraine are doing? I remember them fondly. Often wonder where Dianne Gillespie, Ray Dye, Raymond Lang & Wayne Bibby are. Still occasionally hear about Myrna Jodeikin as she is good friends with my sister-in-law. Had a very special time with Kathy- never stopped laughing! When I was back in South Africa Kathy, Lauren, Kathy and I had a great lunch together. We were astounded at how much we could remember of NHS days, particularly with 3 brains helping to fill in the blanks!. Does anybody know where Sally Edwards & Mrs Bidgood are?

    Greetings Mr Brauman, not sure you remember me, you were a very young and energised teacher when I was at NHS. Coincidentally, my husband was at Knockando(sp?) with you! We have 2 daughter 24 & 25, both living in Canada. I have lived in South America, various places in Canada and now live in Monterey Bay, California, although we still return to the lake in Canada for the Summer and various other times during the year. Hope to hear from some “old friends” soon.

    Sue Kruger (Nee Alder)

    PS Blane: I saw that you mentioned my brother, Clive Alder, in your recollections. Sadly he died a few years ago at the age of 42! He is survived by a wonderful son and daughter who are still living in South Africa. I still miss him very much!

  • 86. Sue Kruger  |  November 10, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Hi Everyone

    Martello, I DO remeber you and Theo! One of the true NHS romances that have lasted! Fantastic! Weren’t you friends with Lia Schuurman? Send my regards to Rui, Kevin, Naldo & Victor. I bumped into Rui many years ago in Sandton City. Really sad to hear about Sonya Nel. Did she have a family of her own? I remember she was friends with Gloria (??). Estelle do you know where Jen Abel, Karin ? & Hazel ? are?

    • 87. Arlene Gairn  |  October 15, 2010 at 2:20 am

      hazel lives in Australia and her surname is Shiller – hope this helps!

  • 88. Sue Kruger  |  November 10, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Hi Everyone

    Martello, I DO remeber you and Theo! One of the true NHS romances that have lasted! Fantastic! Weren’t you friends with Lia Schuurman? Send my regards to Rui, Kevin, Naldo & Victor. I bumped into Rui many years ago in Sandton City. Really sad to hear about Sonya Nel. Did she have a family of her own? I remember she was friends with Gloria (??). Estelle do you know where Jen Abel, Karin ? & Hazel ? are?
    Sue Kruger (Alder)

  • 89. Sue Kruger  |  November 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Sue Kruger (Alder)

  • 90. Arlene Gairn  |  November 10, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Caroline , good to hear from you ! Yes Bev is married to a minister and she lives in Vereeniging . I think that it was maybe Jenny Lyle that you’re talking about but not too sure . I will let Bev know that you were asking after her .

  • 91. keagile  |  November 11, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    is the 2010 Nigel High School reunion, still going to take place as scheduled

  • 92. Liliana Gomes  |  November 13, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Hi. I attended Nigel High in the early 80’s, great 3years! Looking at this website has certainly brought back fond memories. I will have to dig out my old year book and have a look again. One forgets alot. I’m trying to find an old friend, Paul Gibson, if anyone knows of his where abouts please. Blessings :-)

    • 93. Douglas Johnston  |  October 16, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Hi Liliana
      Douglas Johnston here I stumbled upon this site today 16-10-2017
      Sadly Paul Gibson passed away in 1995 about 6 months after his half sister passed away in a car accident in December of 1994.

  • 94. Sue Kruger  |  November 17, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Hi Blane
    I have some photo’s from my years at NHS (69-71) How do I share them with you ?
    Sue Kruger (Alder)

    Blane says:

    Sue, you can send jpeg scans to and I’ll be happy to publish them here. Would you also include descriptions for your photos, please?

  • 95. Greg (Ching) Smith  |  November 21, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Howzit Sue,
    I’m so flattered that you still remember me after 37 years.
    I heard from Lauren Pogson on Facebook, but she doesn’t remember me at all. Not surprising though since we weren’t even in the same class. You, Kathy and Lauren were in the bright class, having been the clever girls that you were.
    The news that you three ladies are still in contact and that you visit from time to time, blows me over. Good for you.
    Kathy Taylor and I in a photograph? That must be a very rare classic for The Arcadians of the time.
    Y’know she directed a one act play at school called “Back to Zero”, in which Diane Gillespie, myself and Derrick McMurchie were the actors.
    Kathy was particularly fed-up with me because I didn’t learn my words in the script, until the very last day. She obviously remembers me, but probably not fondly.
    Anyway, I’ve included a URL of myself acting in a British advert to cheer her up a bit. Please give her my best regards.
    Dianne Gillespie lives in Grayton, Western Cape, Raymond Lang’s a pilot with Japanese Airlines & Wayne Bibby lives in Queensland,Australia.
    Mrs Bidgood & Ray Dye are sort of family and she lives in Port Shepstone, KZN.
    Myrna Jodeikin, I would love to hear from as we were at school together for 12 years and Sally Edwards I haven’t heard of since I left school.
    I have a reasonable address book of Nigel folk and if you would like to e-mail anyone in particular, I might have their details (Diane Gillespie –
    Thanx for writing,
    Cheers, Ching.

    My URL:
    My E-Mail:

    PS: I’d love to have a copy of that picture of Kathy and I.
    PPS: The YouTube URL that I sent was set in Peru. You might appreciate it all the more because of your having lived in South America, but it’s really meant for Kathy.

    • 96. Ian Taylor  |  February 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Hey Greg. How you doing?
      You say Mrs Bidgood lives in Port Shepstone?
      I live in St Michaels on Sea, about 10ks away!
      She was my Biography teacher if my memory serves me correct.
      Regards Ian.

  • 97. Kathy Lithgow  |  November 23, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Lovely to catch up! I married the pilot I was dating whilst in matric. He was the 1 who would fly over school and over the hostel during his night-flying exercises in the noisy S.A.A.F harvard. he joined S.A.A. and is still loving it. Also still flying said noisy Harvard for the Flying Lions Aerobatic team! Sue Kruger ( Alder) and I had the best visit ever. there we were cruising down the Big Sur in a sports car thinking ‘Who would ever have imagined that this could ever happen!’ I have 3 lovely children. Daughter in London, son a pilot and youngest daughter in Port Elizabeth. Pity we have been scattered so far and wide! Regards, Kathy Lithgow (Taylor)

  • 98. Sue Kruger  |  November 25, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Greg
    Thanks for the note and all the info! I think Kathy does remember the play! I’m sure she mentioned it during our reminiscing. I visited Peru several times, mainly Lima and Machu Pichu and the Inca trail! Where was the ad shot? The photos are now on Blane’s web site. Can you copy the photo from there? If not, let me know and I will send it directly to you. Could you forward me Mrs Bidgoo & Ray Dye’s email if you have it? Hope you had a good time in CT
    Sue K (Alder)

  • 99. Cecile Barr (Lasnitzki)  |  January 3, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Happy 2009 to you all. I have just discovered this site and wow has it stirred up some memories and made me soooo nostalgic!! Can anyone tell me if they know what has happened to the Winnan boys and would also love to know where Marina Poldervaart might be. I was last in touch with her in about 1985 and would love to know what she is doing.
    I have been living in Melbourne Australia ( getting thumped in the cricket by SA!!!) with my family – my husband Hilton, son (23) Brad and daughter (21) Megan.
    I am still in touch with Foxy (Maureen Wolff), Estell (Kotzen) and occasionly with Joy Bonner and have heard from Pauline Deeny and Christine Spencer through SA Reunited. Foxy told me she had seen Naldo and Vicky, Martello and Theo and Rui when she visited SA. and how good it was to catch up with them.
    Good to read about some “old friends”. Would love to hear of more.
    Regards, Cecile

  • 100. sergio picceri  |  January 8, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Hello everyone.I am so glad I found this site.-Well done Blane.
    its 4th bugler Picceri saying hello!
    even though i was a day scolar i practicaly lived in the hostel because all my mates were borders-Floss,Sean Scallan,Meatball Mark Breed and the rest of the “groentespookies” as jake called us,
    Mr Daff gave up trying to get me to leave -I think he thought i was a border after a while.
    I left S.A in 82 to go to Italy than on to USA before moving to London where i have lived for the last 20 years.
    would love to hear from any of the class of 79.
    take care and God bless.
    P.S. special hello to Maria Trujillo,Ruth Edwards,Patrick Day-we were together in nigel primary

    • 101. SEAN SCALLAN  |  November 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

      Hey Sergio can u believe it 30 years down the line hope London is treating u well. Blane well done with this site. Hi to everyone who remembers me 1979. Sean Scallan

      • 102. Lucy (Alves) Pardal  |  August 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm

        Hi Sean, nice to see your name again after so long. Its been over 30 years. My name is Lucy and I am Delfim Alve’s sister. Hope life has been good to you. Lucy

      • 103. Sean  |  September 16, 2010 at 6:20 pm

        Hi Lucy likewise great to see your name hope all is good regards to Delfim. Sean

      • 104. Heather Scott Hobson  |  October 14, 2011 at 2:53 am

        Hi Sean. It sure has been many years since I saw you. Where are you now? I still see Alan and Philip Bennett and had a reunion with Lee ann Van Der Merwe, Alan and Lesley Allen a few months ago which was great. Would be great to hear from you. Regards Heather (Scott) Hobson

    • 105. Marcelle  |  October 31, 2010 at 4:07 am

      Hi there
      Just to let you know my younger brother Theo passed away in 2007.

  • 106. Edward Holloway ( alias BUBBLES)  |  January 9, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    what fun this is Blane. Well done on the site. speak on Facebook soon

  • 107. Cheryl Durham  |  January 9, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Blane & friends at NHS!
    Gee, this really is amazing seeing so many people that I used to know! Then finished school and they all disappeared into thin air! Was at NHS 1976 to 1980… Brother Brian Durham matriculated 1976. Saw Shelley Parker at shops this morning….reminded me to look NHS up on internet!
    I’m on FaceBook too – any old friends?
    Live in JHB for 28 years… makes me feel old?
    Best wishes to all for 2009!
    Cheers, Cheryl

  • 108. Claire  |  January 23, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Although I did not go to Nigel High ( I was a student and later a teacher at Srpings’ Girls High), I lived in Nigel and I had cousins at Nigel High – Anthea and Marcelle Robinson and I was also a very good friend and contemporary of Axel Braumann. Anthea and Marcelle both now live in Vancouver, Canada. I am in Winnipeg.
    I have been trying for some time now to track down Axel Braumann. Does anyone have an address, email address for him?
    I would be very grateful for the info and would so much like to contact him again.
    Thanks in advance
    Claire Walter (Poplak)

  • 109. mauricio Costi  |  January 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Hello Sergio,
    Greetings from Brazil !!
    I see you have given sign of life again. I have been trying to track you down for quite some time now but you do not answer your emails. Please email me your contact information as I lost your phone numbers when my HD fried.
    Happy 2009 and hopefully I will see you soon !
    Had a surprise visit from Tex last July 08 , he is really doing great !
    Take Care and God Bless !!

  • 110. Sue Kruger  |  January 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    CLAIRE WALTER! I don’t know you, but my family and I lived in Winnipeg for 5 Years and we go back annually to Lake of tjhe Woods. perhaps we can meet and have coffee over the summer?
    Sue Kruger (Alder)

  • 111. Sue Kruger  |  January 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    CECILE, HELLO! This sight certainly jogs the memory. Great to catch up. Mother of 3! Where do the years go??Have been following the Aussie Open- just great tennis, despite the HEAT! The Winnans, Joy, Christine, Maureen and Marina… would love to know where they are and what they up to.

  • 112. Claire Walter  |  January 27, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Sue Kruger,

    I would love to meet with you over the summer in Winnipeg.
    Please let me know when you will be here and we can get together.


  • 113. Claire Walter  |  January 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Sue Kruger,

    If the Joy you are referring to is Joy Bonner – you can find her on the PLAXO website.


  • 114. Cecile  |  February 2, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Hi Sue,
    This is great, so good to hear from you. Maureen (Foxy) is in Ontario and Joy is somewhere in the States – cannot remember exactly where. It was a long time ago that I had contact with Christine and Pauline Deeny(through . I think Christine is in the UK and Pauline was in Australia. It’s just amazing how we have scatttered around the world. I think Hazel (Berkman) is living in Perth, Australia but am not sure. Please let me know if you hear anything about the Winnans (Cuthy Teddy and Roger).
    Martello and Ana don’t know if you remember me. I was friendly with Foxy, Estelle, Rui, Theo, Naldo, Marina and many others. say hi to them from me if/when you speak to them.

  • 115. Sue Kruger  |  February 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm


    • 116. Cecile  |  March 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm

      Hi Sue.
      Hazel’s surname was Shill, but I know she divorced this fellow and I think remarried but I don’t know her surname. Foxy lives in Thornhill. Is that in Toronto? My geography has never been good. Blame the Nigel High geography teacher!!! I think it was Mr Van Zyl.
      Hope to hear from you soon.

      • 117. Sue Kruger  |  March 13, 2009 at 8:35 am

        Cecile! The world is truly shrinking. i lived in Toronto for a couple of years, 3 years ago and knew quite a few South Africans who lived in Thornhill. My eldest daughter is still in Toronto and next time I visi, I will try and look up Maureen. What is her last name? Just heard from Ray Dye on Facebook, thanks to Greg Smith’s networking. I think he is in Vancouver, but there seems to be some confusion as to whether he is there or in Australia!

      • 118. Cecile  |  March 21, 2009 at 2:58 pm

        Sue. Hello again. Foxy’s (Maureen) surname is now Tollman and her husband has a jewellry shop – his name is Lawrence.
        Hope you make contact.

      • 119. roger winnan  |  September 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

        Howzit Cecile,Gee this is great! Ive been thinking of you ever since that night at teachers training colledge. Do you know that was the last time i saw you. I really missed you. Pity you live in Aus. its a long swim. But who knows there are so many of my friends now living there I should make a plan. Keep cool. Cheers for now!!!!

  • 120. manuel da silva  |  February 8, 2009 at 10:33 am

    great to see names that we remenber,long years have gone bye,good work blane…

  • 121. Sue Kruger  |  February 8, 2009 at 12:53 pm


  • 122. Raynier Hirschowitz  |  March 10, 2009 at 3:55 am

    Thanks for the pictures. i matriculated in 73, and seeing these really brought the last 35 years into perspective. It was great.

  • 123. Raynier Hirschowitz  |  March 11, 2009 at 4:43 am


    I don’t remember you, I matriculated in 73, but seeing all your pictures certainly brought back some wonderful memories. Thanks. I live in Dallas.


    • 124. Cecile  |  March 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Raynier!!
      Good grief what a surprise to find you on this site.Do you remember me? I matriculated a year ahead of you but we were all good friends. Please tell me what you are doing with yourself and if you are still in touch with anyone from our “era”.

  • 125. Anne-Marie Schutte  |  March 16, 2009 at 4:07 am

    I did not attend Nigel High but was in Nigel Primary and so many of these names are familiar and bring back memories. I had 2 older sisters Marilyn and Charmaine so I knew their friends as well. Would live to hear from anyone that remembers me or my sisters. My brother, Vaughn, was below me and so also knew his friends. We lived in Dunnottar, so basically anyone that travelled on the bus will or should remember me.

  • 126. Miss Aurora  |  March 31, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    hi where can i find a relation video for drum majorets big fan..

  • 127. Ms O. Mohlala  |  April 11, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Please send me Nigel High School prospectus together with application forms for 2010

  • 128. Mauricio Costi  |  April 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Caroline,
    Please let me know if Serigio answers your message. I have been trying to track the bugger down for quite some time now. I have sent him several emails but he does not respond
    I will keep on trying… my email is

    Thanks and keep well

  • 129. johann jacobs  |  April 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Stumbled onto this site- and what a pleasant walk down memory lane. I attended Nigel High as a border from 1970 t0 1974. Some of the photo’s made me very nostalgic.

  • 130. Ronald Henderson  |  May 20, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Hi All,
    I was at Nigel High 1963-1968 Yes Miss Bidgood Kept Me In Std 7 no because She liked Me.
    Who still Remembers
    Mr van Aswegen
    Mr Swanepoel (Before Comics)
    Mr Phyfer and his wife
    Miss Andrews

    Great Times!!!!

    • 131. IllonaMitchell (White)  |  April 14, 2010 at 2:51 am

      I was at Nigel High School Matriculated in 1964 yeah I remember them – not all good memories I knew a Bruce Henderson are you him? he had a younger sister can’t remember her name

    • 132. Mark Jacobson  |  May 24, 2010 at 7:07 am

      I do remember most of them. I was there from 1964 to 1967.
      I am now in california usa.

    • 133. yvonne cawood  |  November 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      Hi all “oldies ” from Nigel High.
      How well I remember Mrs.Furstenburg (taught history and yes- she often chased people out the class with the question “are you trying to be funny”).
      Fannie Guard. She taught me shorthand and was my sunday school teacher for many years. Anyone remember sunday school picnics at Heidelburg Kloof?
      Mrs Hugo. Always easy to cheat in exams when she was in charge…..
      Mrs Cameron. I could never wrap my brain around Latin language.
      Zombie Van Heerden. Did he do Math classes? Memory fails me – so does maths!!!
      Mrs. Bidgood. I recall she drove an old bubblecar or a peurgot.
      Was Mr Phyfer’s wife our art teacher. My favourite class.
      Mr Daff started a folk singing group while I was there. He chose our name. The Legins. Nigel spelt backwards. It was an awesome group!
      Michael Muller. English teacher. He read shakespeare so we could actually understand it. Where on earth is he now.
      What has happened to Stefanie Smith, Billy Moyer, Suzanne Farquhar, Iona Woerst, Yvonne Miller, Marie van der Westhuizen to name a few.

      • 134. Ian Taylor  |  February 13, 2011 at 11:09 pm

        Zombie was science and woodwork.
        His favorite saying “Any 5 year old with a matric certificate would know the answer”
        Ian Taylor

    • 135. Rita Bower  |  November 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Ronald,

      I remember all the teachers you mentioned. It seems like yesterday. Believe me if all these yeas could sound and feel like yesterday.
      I am also desperately trying to get info on Arthur / Graham (Spider) Webb, I would like to know if someone have any contact info on him.
      We happened to stay in Dunnottar as well during those years and traveled also on the bus going via Spaarwater, Marievale and thank goodness last stop was school.

      My fb name: Magrietha Mckenziebower
      or e-mail address :

      I I spoke to the present Headmistress today and she suggested I go on Internet, and might not get on this website or fb of Blane again, therefore if you use my address as given above, I will appreciate it and be forever grateful to you.

      Kind regards

  • 136. John Pautz  |  June 4, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Hi Folks

    Had another meetingwith Axel Brauman today.

    Believe it or not, the man has not changed a bit. He looks the same, is as sharp as he ever was, but is even more philosophical than he was when I was younger. (Or have I changed?)

    His concern for “his children” is still the same and though I don’t know many of you he kept on asking how is this person and how is that person.

    I keep in fairly regular contact with him as he is still one of the hero’s of my childhood.

    Axel is married to a wonderful lady and he is so fulfilled. He has “retired” but is playing the organ for his church, doing his Honours in History and wants to complete his Masters. Guess in what part of History? You got it – Ancient History.

    Physically the man hasn’t changed at all and if you go to and look in my album of “Friends” you will see a pic I took of him 2 years ago. Well he still looks the same. He even still twirls the hair on his head when he speaks, although he didn’t do it today.

    I copied and printed all the messages I have received from this site and all the messages sent to me and gave them to him and he was humbled by everybody’s comments. Thank you, on behalf of Axel.

    Hope to hear from you all very soon.

    John Pautz

    • 137. Theresa Muller (nee Combrinck)  |  June 17, 2009 at 7:24 pm

      Hi John

      When you see Axel again, please give him my regards. My mom and brother Chris both live close by and we often talk about the school days, hostel days etc. We have so many memories of the school and hostel days, it was a great part of our lives. And of course we shared my dad (Comix) with everyone. All the school pupils were his kids too!
      Great to see so many names from the past!

      • 138. Sue Kruger  |  July 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm

        I was at school with Dalene? Id love to catch up. Please send my regards to your Mom. My maiden name was Alder and I graduated in the same year as Dalene. Enjoyed many cup of tea in your Dad’s office as he encouragd me to continue with History which was as dry as the the teacher Mrs Furstenburg(?) i think!

      • 139. Braumann, A.P.  |  July 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm


        Your father used to call you that, I remember. I have been going through all these letters and wondering what has happened in the year between those days and this. Your children (I include Chris’s and Dalene’s) must be grown up by now and at a marriageable age.

        You Dad was a signal guiding light in my career, and much of the ethics that I applied to my subsequent career ( I taught at two other schools – one for eleven and the other for nine, and took off a whole year for my honeymoon) I applied most carefully. On March 25th 1981, I thought the world had come to an end. But I know he lives in many of the conversations he had with me.

        Give my love to the rest of your family – and Bernadine, lovely lady.


    • 140. Charmaine Langley (Schütte)  |  July 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

      Hi John

      What a walk down memory tane!

      Great to see you here, and good to see you still in touch with Axel Braumann. He was your hero, well he was mine too. Pity we relocated to KwaZulu Natal where I matriculated.

      I now live in Melbourne australia with husband Arthur and daughter Paigé, who also has a deep love of English and is VERY philosophical. Must be Mr Braumann’s influence trickling down through the generation.

      Great to see you here.


  • 141. Dorcus Mokonyama  |  June 17, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I like to enquer about grade 8 accomodation for 2010.
    thank you.

  • 143. Theresa Muller (nee Combrinck)  |  July 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Axel, or should I still call you Mr Braumann! Wonderful to hear from you! We have the whole family living close by. My mom actually lives in a granny flat on Dalene’s property. Chirs and Bernadine are in Empangeni. They have 3 kids, 2 boys who are both up in the Joburg area and their daughter who is at home, styding part time, all still unmarried. Dalene’s two sons are also married with families. My son who is the oldest is married with 2 kids and then we have 2 daughters, unmarried, but out the house and working. The kids are all doing well.
    My mom is well. Yep, we all still miss my dad dearly and often feel its so unfair that he was taken from us so early.

    If you are on email, please contact me so that we can catch up some more.
    My email is or

    Theresa, Tirra and also Terra :-)

    • 144. Axel Braumann  |  November 8, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      Theresa: those e-mail addresses are impossible. They keep bouncing back. Love to all of you down on the North Coast, especially you Mom.

  • 146. Theresa Muller (nee Combrinck)  |  July 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Sue

    I will give Dalene your message. We leave close to each other and see one another at least once a week. She is very well. We both live in Richards Bay.

    History with my dad was great, with Mrs Furstenburg … well, she was always chasing us out of the class or something!

  • 147. larry nhlabathi  |  August 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    i miss that school, it showed me things that i thought i will never see in life which is true and best education ever. that is why i’m proud to say that i’m a blue blooded person not red forever.

  • 148. Paddy Griffith  |  October 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Blane, Nostalgia grips me as I read through your web page. What can I say. I attaended Nigel Hugh from 1964 to 1968 and was in the cadet band fro 1965 to 1960. Jake ceronio was in my class for that whole period. Members of the cadet band then were Jake Ceronio, Hilton Lowenstein, Graham Dick, John Brownrigg, Eddie, Stanley Judeikin(Head boy in 1968), Constadinos Elephtheriades (Bass drum) a few that I remeber.

    I thought that whe Ieft School that was me done with School. Others in my grade were Margeret Ogston, Yvonne Gow, Cherry Wood Susan Alison Billy Moyer, Leonard Joynt of those I remeber.

    Teachers I remeber were Mr v Heerden (Zombie) Miss Guard, Miss Cameron, Mr Combrink, Mr van Zyl, Mrs Bidgood, Mr Pheiffer, Mr v Wyk and Mrs Huga.

    Please respond,

    Paddy Griffith

    • 149. Br. Blane Frederik, n/BSG  |  November 2, 2009 at 7:39 am

      Hello Paddy:

      Thanks for stopping by! I had no idea Jake was a student at NHS – but that makes a great deal of sense now that I think about it. Looks like most of the teachers you mention were still around during my time in the late seventies. Glad you enjoyed a bit of a trip down memory lane. Pass on any photos if you want; I’m happy to put them up for others to see.

      Best wishes,


  • 150. Ronald Henderson  |  October 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Marjorie Gow? Ian Gow and before him Drummond Gow. Do You Remember Aubrie Wesson, Tommy Muir, Rudi Bosch. Sonja Benadie, Yvonne and Desirée Gatskie?

    I wonder where most of them are today?

  • 151. Paddy Griffith  |  November 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Blane,

    Indeed he was. You may have touched sides with my sister, Ivy Griffith. I think she was there from 1975 to 1979, when she matriculated and she often spoke of jake Ceronio. We knew him as Jacobus Ceronio.

    Shortly after I left school, the school changed from rugby to soccer and I think that Jake was part of the soccer training.

    I notice that you were a boarder and I too was a border in 1965 while in Std 7 and we were the first to move into the Prefabs. We were put into the Music rooms for the period while they were building the prefabs.

    Where are you based now, I se you are with the Episcopalians, I figure in the UK somewhere.

    Ok I’ll dig out my old Photos, may be of some interest to you.

    Ronald, Aubrey Wesson, Sonja Benadi and Rudi Bosch are names I remember I some how remeber you as well, Not related to Beatrix Henderson?

  • 152. Paddy Griffith  |  November 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Mr Daff,

    Are you still arround? I met one of your acquaitneces recently and can fill you in when I hear from you,

    I was in you maths class in matric 1968. remeber Gavin Rudd?

    • 153. Keith Daff  |  October 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Paddy,
      Yes, I do remember you and Gavin. He was in my Legins folk group. Much water under the bridge! I have been browsing through Blane’s site with nostalgia and pride. I have been retired for 10 years now and am enjoying every minute of it. Kind regards, Keith

      • 154. Gavin  |  July 22, 2017 at 9:32 pm

        Blast from the past hello sir just stumbled on this site hope are well and enjoying retirement as I am I have lived in England for the last 20 years my email address is would like to hear from you

    • 155. Gavin  |  July 22, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Hello Paddy I too have been down memory lane just stumbled on this site I live in England and retired my email address is Look forward to hearing from you

  • 156. Sean Friedenthal  |  November 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Class of 1980 Reunion – To be held in Cape Town 30 September 2010.

    Please contact Sean Friedenthal for info:

    call find, skype, facebook, linkin, Sean Friedenthal, look forward to a great reunion.

  • 157. Paddy Griffith  |  November 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Hello Blane,

    What address do I send photographs. I do have a couple

  • 159. Dudley Hulbert  |  November 15, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I went to NHS from 1969 to1974 and seeing all the names and faces from the past has brought a lump to my throat .I now live in Cape Town,have never been married.I am sure Axel remembers me as him and I had some interesting encounters during my time at NHS,I can still hear him walking down the passage at the hostel muttering “derision.derision,thats is all I get.

    I can say that Jake Ceronio started me running and now 35 years later running is my life as I work in arunning store ,coach running and still run actively,next year I will be running my 36th Striders 32 in Springs.

    Hi Teresa,glad to see someone else from the school also runs Comrades,would love to see you guys again,Chris and I were good friends at school .

    The photos of the hostel brought back many memories,my brother Chris was also at the hostel from 68 to 73 .Would like to find Gary Gillespie who was in Matric with me,last time I saw him was in 1994.

    Regards to all that remember me.


    • 160. Theresa  |  November 20, 2009 at 11:42 pm

      Hi Dudley, please send me an email to so we can catch up.


    • 161. Ian Taylor  |  February 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Dudley.
      I bumped into you and bought running shoes from you at your store in Cape Town 2009. I also got started running with Jake Ceronio, 800m in school.
      Had a serious motorcycle accident in 1980, 11 fractures in right leg. Have two steel pins in it. Was told I would never walk without a stick and woul definetly not be able to run again.
      Whilst in Bible College at Africa School of Missions in 1985 I was encouraged to start running again and completed 12 Comrades between 1988 and 2001 including Silver in 1991.
      After a break from running my wife convinced me to run Comrades again in 2009 when I turned 50. Have run 2009 and 2010 and training is going very well for my 15th this year – regards
      Ian Taylor

    • 162. Chris  |  November 8, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      Hi, to anyone who remembers Dudley, he unfortunately passed away at a young age of lung cancer, it was a great loss to us all, I am his brother Chris Hulbert Nigel High School, from 1968 until 1973.



      • 163. Sean Scallan  |  July 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        Greetings Chris
        So sorry to hear about Dudley. I used to live across the road from you guys as a youngster,Man United.minnature soccer and running was Dudley’s passion.Your sister Carol and i were also good friends in those days.
        Sean Scallan

  • 164. Kerstin Profe  |  November 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Blane
    Your link to my homepage seems broken :-(
    The NHS Site is up again. Other than that it’s too warm in Germany for this time of the year. A lot of ex Matric’s from 1982 have signed up on facebook. So far 30 odd – we are still trying to find the rest. If anyone on here knows of one 1982 Matriculant, that would be great.

    Also, I saw my cousin on your athletics foto 1976. Ralf Profe. He is still doing great, lives in Boksburg and is married to my school friend Liz Brand (sister of Collin Brand, whom some of you may know).

    Thank you once again for sharing all this NHS with us. I was in Std. 6 in 1978, but most names on here still a ring a bell.

    Lots of love from Hamburg/Germany
    Kerstin Profe

  • 165. Gordon Webb class of 1967  |  December 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Need to hear from some of the 1967 matric class

  • 166. leonor Celestino Christie  |  February 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Blane , very interesting reading your blog. There is a special connection to Ex pupils and teachers which is heart warming.
    I have two children at Nigel High at present. My son is headboy 2010 and my daughter is in GR9 . The school has a very strong disciplined staff and principal .They are doing well in athletics due to Mrs De Beer who is also the national coach with our Olympic team. I would like to contact as many ex pupils as possible , as I would like to help Nigel High with ideas in which we ex pupils can contribute back to a school we all loved , by rewarding academic and athletic excellence and even in the arts field . By donating money or our time……. Please contact me if your would like to help. Thanxs and take care Leonorxxx

  • 167. Patrick  |  February 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I am looking for 3 sisters, Debbie, Susan & Melony Roach who attended the high school from 1979. Their father Fred worked for Corrobrick and they stayed near Danotter

  • 168. Dawn Howells (Barber(  |  February 17, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Hi All
    What a wonderful site, thank you Blane. It does bring back a lot of memories, and looking back, all the people that shaped my life. I still remember how Mr Brauman used to send me into the quad to ‘speak to the roses’ – I must have been a terror!!!!
    As for Mrs Slabbert, well, she used to say – girlie, your mouf is as big as a gagrage door. At the time I used to think it was funny, but having children of my own now, I see things a little differently.
    I now live in the UK and have for over 4 years. I have twin boys who are almost 18 and a 20 year old son. I married Gary Howells (who died 8 years ago). His sister was in the hostel in Std 6, that must have been 1976. The twins are both in the British army and are due to go out to Afghanistan at the end of May.
    I would love to make contact with Ruth, and any others I have not added on Face Book. Does anyone know what happened to Lawrence DeVilliers, Mark Breedt and Meatball?
    Would love to make contact again with anyone who remembers me.

    • 169. Hugh Madden  |  June 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

      Hi Dawn

      I don’t know if you remember me. Hugh Madden.
      Class of 1979
      Lots of people called me chippie. I think I reminded them of Trever Chipp.
      My email address is


  • 170. Sophia Chaniotakos  |  March 6, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    To all matriculants of the class 1989.

    I am looking for the past matriculants of 1989. can we hook up? my email adress is

  • 171. Cathy Koetsier (Cowe, alias 'Ellis Brown')  |  March 21, 2010 at 1:37 am

    I had a lot of fun wandering down memory lane this evening. Thanks Blane!
    Amazing how the names bring it all flooding back!
    I was at Nigel High from 1978 – 1981, during a very confusing and difficult time. One messed up teen… it was a good place to be; I am forever grateful. Miss Cameron, Val Rosato, Mr Tromp, Miss Van Der Merwe, Michal Paynter, Miss Bidgood, dear dear ‘Comicks’… all made such a difference to my life, and I will never forget them. And of course Axel was my hero, although I couldn’t cope with his acerbic tongue!!!
    I live in the UK, with Craig (hubby of 22 years), 5 children that we have home educated (ages 20,17,15,13 and 8), my dear Highland pony, and an assortment of other animals. Life is pretty good.

  • 172. Paola R Desogus  |  March 26, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Still have strong ties to Nigel as mom and brother Alex Desogus still stay there.
    This weekend I found my sister Anna Desogus, school record books dating 1977, 78, 79,80 and 81. So if anyone would like to me to scan in any photos etc just contact me.
    Ciao Paola

  • 173. Alan Rubin  |  June 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Just came across this site. I was at Nigel High from ’57 – ’59-
    anyone out there remember me? Anyone know the whereabouts of Peter Muller who was one of my good school mates.

  • 174. Ronald Henderson  |  June 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    The Nigel High Sshool, that I attended opened its doors for the first time in 1963.
    Prior to that. The present Afrrkaans Hoer Skool (“) was Dual Medium
    Till Nigel High Opened in 1963.


  • 175. Coryn  |  July 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, i am a s.african but moved to the uk in 1996, i am looking for a long lost friend, blair hunt, her birth year is 1987 so she would be 23 now, she had a sister called kimberly and lived in dunnotar, would be grateful for n e leads

  • 176. Elizabeth  |  July 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm


    What ever happened to Nigel Convent, Sister St Dennies she moved to Springs convent… Anyone around who remembers what road it was in

    • 177. Jeff Lok  |  June 2, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Nigel Convent, St. Hyacinths. Sister Maxima I remember clearly in 1967 when I was in Standard Three. School was Girls’ School from Std Four to matric. Don’t remember the name of the road, maybe Voortrekker Road? Jeff Lok

    • 178. Pat  |  December 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm

      Hi just looking over all of messages from my school days in Nigel High school and came across your message.You have probably already got the answer to your Queston as to what road Nigel convent was on. I lived on this street and went to the convent for all my primary years. IT was on the main street called Hendrik Verwoerd st. The convent building is no longer on that site though, Sad that i cannot ever go back to see it . Anyway hope this helps you, Pat

  • 179. Ezekiel Chaka  |  August 23, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Thinking that some of us bled to uphold the name and the culture of our school high. I am speechless. To the highest.

  • 180. Teresa Bester (Ribeiro)  |  September 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    left Nigel High in 1977 …. the best years of my life :) does anyone remember me? …… have a brother Jose (Zoobie) lived in Dunnottar ….. Friend Lesley stoop (Moolman) Maria Trijello now lives in Spain, … looking for Kay Davies ….Arnold swartz ….. and any anyone else that remebers me …… great site thanks

  • 181. Gary Fagan  |  September 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    A fantastic site Blane, I was just recently asking a few ex-pupils what happened to Axel, it’s great to hear that he’s alive and kicking, he was an amazing teacher. I was in the school from 76 to 81 and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Kind regards

    • 182. John Staples  |  October 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm

      Hey Gary. i remember u. just got onto face book and cant believe the name popping up.
      be well. hear from u

      • 183. Axel Braumann  |  November 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm

        John – it has been ages since I last spoke to you. I hope you and all your family are well and that everyone is prosperous and joyful, as I remember you.

  • 184. Angela Roberts (Bates)  |  October 2, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I attended Nigel High School 1982 – 1983. I was there for a short time. I remember my history teacher Mr Maritz, Neil Coetzee and my very good Friend Simonetta Iorini. I have lost contact with Sinonetta.
    Angela x

  • 185. Trevor Woods  |  October 5, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Hi blane
    great to see that somebody has taken the time to keep history alive.
    I attended Nigel High 1975 – 1979.I remember guys like Lionel Fourie, Timothy Goodman, Clive Alder[rip],Martin & Neville
    Mathuisen Many older pupils will probably remember my brother Andre[rip] Like to hear from those who remember me or any photos.

    • 186. Martin Matthysen  |  February 14, 2013 at 2:40 am

      Hello Trevor. Great to ‘bump’ into you again. I married Audrey Welsh (Veronica’s sister) in 1984; we live in Boksburg with our 12 year old daughter, Carmen. Look forward to hearing from you.
      Best regards, MartinM.

      • 187. Trevor Woods  |  February 23, 2013 at 3:50 am

        Hi Martin
        I aint remember when i went onto this blog.Thinking is there anyone
        out there that remembers me or anyone else during those years.
        Suprise and your name pops up.Well it has been some time and what a small world this is.I also stay in Boksburg.Have been since leaving school.I did my appyship with your brother.Have you heard
        from any of the others?

      • 188.  |  February 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

        Hi Trevor. I matriculated in 78 and also live in Boksburg (Parkrand ). From Heather Hobson (Scott)
        Sent from my BlackBerry®

      • 189. Martin Matthysen  |  February 24, 2013 at 12:45 am

        Hi Trevor.
        Thank you for your reply.
        Are you on FB?
        I have made contact on FB with the following people from Nigel High: Sean, Leon, Celeste, Dawn, Thomas, Ian, Gino, Hester, Adelaide, Ruth, Jake Ceronio, Peter Kenny, Neil Segrott, and a few others.
        Chat to you again, MartinM.

  • 190. Marcelle Janssen (Pistorius)  |  October 31, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I was a pupil at NHS from 1973-1977. Same year as Blane, Theresa, Karen, Charles. Many of us were at school from Mrs Berry pre school, Nigel Primary and then onto NHS. My friends were Karen Smit, Helen Wild, and Deborah Friedenthal.My brother Theo was also a pupil 1975-1979. He passed away in 2007. Nice to read where everyone is and what they have done with their lives. I dont have many fond memories of school but have remained in contact with Karin Smit .I qualified as a registered nurse where I met my husband. Married for 27 years . Two daughters .Both at Stellenbosch uni. Final year LLb and first year medicine following in her dads footsteps.Last visited Nigel about sixteen years ago. Took a trip down memory lane. Showed my husband Nigel and Dunnottar. Must do it again some day.

  • 191. Axel Braumann  |  November 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    To all Bonnie Bidgood’s ex-pupils, this may be of interest to you:

    Bonnie suffered a stroke in late May and now in frail care at Anerley Haven on the South Coast. From the updates I have had about her condition, I understand that although she has lost the faculty of speech, she is alert and well. She had been working as a relief teacher in one of the little townships near Tweni, and was very active in the Methodist church. I do hear from Peter Bidgood from time to time, and he is well. His son Jonathan will be going to Pretoria Boys’ High next year. Pray for Bonnie please.

    • 192. Theresa  |  November 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm

      Hi Axel, please try my work email address.

      Will pass your regards onto my mom.


    • 193. Greg Smith  |  February 11, 2011 at 3:40 am

      Dear Axel,
      Thank you for the news on Bonnie Bidgood’s condition.
      I find it a bit tragic that her speech faculty is impaired after her having suffered a stroke, bearing in mind that as a teacher; she excelled linguistically (I still remember her lessons). It is however consoling to read that she is very lively and alert, which also doesn’t surprise me at all.
      I’ll keep her in my prayers.
      Kind regards,
      Greg Smith (Ching)

    • 194. Peter Harris  |  July 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Axel

      Remember me???? Always fighting over the piano!! Any news on Annie Hugo?


      Peter Harris

      • 195. axelrubyraumann  |  August 31, 2011 at 1:14 pm

        Dear Peter

        I remember you well.Now I own a piano and a keyboard and need fight nobody for the priviliege.Jean cameron left me her old piano and I still have it it my study. It needs a tune. How’s Montagu? I wish we could live down there in the Cape, without all the politicking that’s going on up here. I am busy doing an Honours degree in Ancient History. I hope you are well and happy.

        Best regards

        Axel B

    • 196. Lucy Olsen (nee Michell)  |  April 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Hello Axel, we were very sorry to read this about Bonnie. I have not been onto this site lately – so it is a while ago. Can you give us any update please. My parents (Justin and Dorianne) are in Gonubie – just outside East London. Sam and I are still living in Norway. Kind regards, Lucy Olsen (nee Michell)

    • 197. Garth Robertson  |  August 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      Hi to all from Class of ’77,

      I came across this site purely by chance. Hi to all the familiar names I have read – Blane, “Bubbles” Holloway, Marcelle Pistorius, Keith Scott, “Charlies Bones” Bonner, “Deggs” Harrison, Teresa Combrinck, Anthea Robinson, Mr Daff, Mr Braumann, etc. It’s amazing how quickly time passes – has it really been 35 years?

      I am married to Janet and my daughter, Clare, goes to High School next year. We live in Randburg (Jukskei Park).

      After School, I did the National Service bit and then did a degree in Engineering at UND. I have worked mainly in the beverage industry for the last 25 years and I am currently consulting on Quality Engineering projects to ESKOM in Sunninghill.

      I have lost contact with most of my old school mates although, Keith Scott, Karen Smit, Dave Rogers, Fred van der Westhuizen, Charles Staples and Kaare Mason were all at my wedding in 1998. I still keep some contact with Kaare but then again, he has always been part of my family. He lives on the Westlake Estate on the Hartebeespoort Dam. He is married to Karen and has two daughters, Kinvara and Kia (the “K” Masons).

      This site has brought back many dear memories for me. It would be nice to hear from as many of my old class mates as possible. Please feel free to contact me on

      Garth Robertson

    • 198. Brant Young  |  August 14, 2013 at 4:20 am


      I boarded in 78 and 79. Everyone called me Yank, though I was Canadian then. I don’t think I was your favorite student by a long shot, but then I was a true dumbass at that point. Twenty one years in the US Marine Corps did wonders in that regard. You and Mr. Tromp were by far my favorite teachers there, and I have always remembered the two of you with great regard.

  • 199. Robert Saunders  |  November 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Greetings to all ex NHS and hostel dwellers – especially those who shared that special place and space with me between 1968 and 1973.
    There were good days and bad days and good folk and bad folk, but I remember with great fondness those who had an influence on me especially Commics, KED (POOT), Cammy (my hostel Mom – MHDSRIP), Switch, Zombie, George v H, Fursty, Assie, Don Fielding, Fanny Guard, Bonny Bidgood, Sally Edwards, The Mitchels, Gerald Kallman, the Bothas, the van Wyks, Annie Hugo, Marion Montgommery, Axel Braumann.
    Thanks to you Blane for this initiative. I have no recollection of you as we never met, but I echo your sentiment. We are the ‘Scatterlings of Africa’ since the diaspora set in some twenty odd yeasr ago.
    Nigel High was “home” to so many and there still appears to be some common thread that links us even after 3 or more decades. Will happily respond to anyone who remembers me and wishes to catch up.

    • 200. Cecile  |  January 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Bobby,
      I remember you very well. I replied before to Raynier but have not heard from him again. are you still in touch with anyone?
      I still e-mail Estell and Foxy, but otherwise seem to have lost contact with all those from our years.
      I am living in Melbourne now and have 2 children. How about you? what are you doing?
      Regards, Cecile

      • 201. Robert Saunders  |  January 19, 2011 at 12:43 am

        Hi Cecile,
        I remember you well too. I don’t have much contact with any of our peers per se, ie the class of ’72, other than with Lawrence Elston (very occasionally), and Mike van Aarkel from time to time. I do still have close contact with Mark Denton (we have in fact just spent a week together with our wives in the Drakensberg). I was corresponding with Pauline Deeny and Christine Spencer for a while, but they either got tired of me or I said something to offend them, and haven’t heard a word since. No explanations!
        Others that I see more than once a year are Claude Phillips and Perle Steyn.
        Estelle my old history study mate – I believe she lives in Israel now if I am not mistaken. Please send my regards to both her and Foxy. I would love to hear from you all!
        As for me, I am still living in JHB. I also have 2 children a son of 24 and a daughter of 21. We started late! I work for a large architectural practice in Illovo Jhb and live on the outskirts of Roodepoort close to the Randburg border – that’s as international as I am going to get – border!!
        Do write back if you feel so inclined – I would love to hear what you have been up to and share my more recent history too.
        Has this inclement weather affected you as badly as we have seen on telly? The low-lying areas have been really badly hit. We are seeing a lot of wet weather here too and folk downstream of the Vaal dam are particularly badly affected.
        In the interim, take care.
        Kind regards,

      • 202. Greg Smith (Ching)  |  June 5, 2012 at 10:49 pm

        Hi Cecile,
        I remember you well from Primary and High School.
        You lived just up the road from Foxy in a corner house and your Dad owned a timber company in town. Your maiden name was Laz-nit-ski (ex spelling) and you had 2 older brothers; Milton and ??
        Its nice to read about you and that you’re in Oz and doing well. Many of our school friends live there also: Hazel Berkmann, Wayne Bibby, Kevin MaCartney, Freddy Trueman, Floyd Botha and Tony Robbins. You may well remember most of them.
        As for me; I live in Cape Town and am still friends with Raymond Berkmann and have bumped into Hilton Gischen. i have one married daughter aged thirty and I’m a proud father.
        Anyway, that’s all from me.
        Keep well….
        Greg Smith (Ching)

    • 203. Ian Taylor  |  February 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Robert,
      I was at Nigel in Hostel 1970 to 1974. Remember you as well as the others mentioned in your post!
      Excellent idea for the oldies to be able to be in contact!
      Regards Ian Taylor

      • 204. Robert Saunders  |  February 23, 2011 at 2:37 am

        Hi there Ian,
        I do remember you well as well.It would seem that many are averse to replying – perhaps the public forum is just that – too public? Are you still resident in SA or did you also go seeking greener pastures? Was just raising the mental image of certain faces and am quite sure you are no longer the ‘cherub’ (the image I recall) of around ’70-’71! None of are anymore!

    • 205. Mike Pieke  |  February 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Gerald Kallman became the Head of my alma mater, Alberton High. Again a person who deserved more respect than he got at the time. Living in Europe as I have for many years, I believe that people like Gerald Kalmann, Rod Conacher, Pam Zeiss, Mona Hammond…. did more for Civilisation (capital C) in Africa than is currently acknowledged.

      • 206. Robert Saunders  |  February 26, 2011 at 2:09 am

        Yup, 100% right there. An outstanding teacher and mentor and a thorough gentleman. A cousin of mine shared your alma mater, and his attitude towards Gerald astounded me. That we were talking about the same man seemed impossible. Could not believe the disrespect that was shown towards the man. Have often wondered about his whereabouts.

    • 207. Peter Harris  |  July 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Bobby

      Hope this message finds you. All my best wishes to you and (if you see him) Claude. It has been a long time and lots of water under the bridge. Would love to hear from you!!

      • 208. Bob Saunders  |  July 30, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        Hi Pete,
        Indeed much water under the bridge, and sadly so. Tempus Fugit and before you can wipe the proverbial brown stuff out, one, two, three decades have passed.
        Delighted to actually hear from you. Have regular contact with Santa. My better half and I are having breakfast with him and his wife in about three weeks.
        Please e-mail me directly at

    • 209. Chris  |  November 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      Hi Bobby,

      We were together from Std 6, until you left, recall that we were good friends during those days. I live in Amanzimtoti, and have taken semi retirement. Sadly Dudley my brother Dudley passed away in June from the dreaded C

      • 210. Bob Saunders  |  November 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

        Hi Chris,
        I do indeed remember both you and Dudley well as well as those Winnan cousins of yours!
        You are most fortunate be already be on semi-retirement. I for my sins have a way to go yet before I can contemplate such a luxury.
        How sad I am to hear that Dudley has passed on and even more so of cancer. I remember him with great fondnes as he was a very gentle soul, and imagine that he always stayed that way.
        Please contact me via my e-mail address as I would like to catch up with you sometime in the new year. My folks retired down to Umkomaas. They have both now also passed on – Mom at the end of August, and we will come down to the coast to inter her ashes with my Dads – probably around Feb 2012.

  • 211. Sean Friedenthal  |  November 25, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Hi, Great to see some very old and familiar names. Angels Mr Maritz is Headmaster at St Martin’s Primary School in JHB, an the for Mr Braumann, just to let you know with your help and coaching in school on stage with Shakespeare I went on to produce 8 of his works on stage for High Schools I attended. Now I have been made Headmaster of the Western Cape Sport School in Kuilsriver, Cape Town. We produce 13 codes of National athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds, so a teacher nowe for more than 22 yrs. Thanks to the influence of a great school teaching staff at NIgel High from 1976-1980.

  • 212. Natalie Timmins (FUHRI)  |  January 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Yep~! Those were the good ole’ days-never to be forgotten.
    I have been so fortunate to have been in close contact to many an EX-NHS pupil, a gift I carry with me wherever I go. BLANE! A GREAT EFFORT YOU HAVE PUT INTO THIS PROJECT-Hats off to you my Friend.. I met with CHRIS BOTHA one of our Teachers who still reside in Nigel, he is so keen to get a RE-UNION together, so I am hoping JAKE CERONIO and MIKE MYNHARDT will assist me in this mission. I was honoured just recently by the presence of having KEN PYNTER do our one Twin Daughter Marriage Ceremony as well as Our Son Leigh, the spot where Ken serviced our Sons wedding in Sept 2010 is now under water along the banks of the Vaal River off the Vereeniging side of the streams. Quite a eyesaw right now, shocking, so much damage done by the flooding. If you go into my PHOTO’S in my AKBUMS under LEIGH’S WEDDING you can compare Photos, of the befores and after storms.
    I plan to visit NHS sometime and collect more histories! So wonderful to connect after all these years!

  • 213. Caroline (Wyllie) van Rooyen  |  March 28, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Hi All 1979 Matriculants. Thought I’d clock in as we have moved – yes again. We have returned home to Alberta, Canada. Heidi – I’ll send you the new address. Good to see Sean, Chippie, and Sergio have signed on. Sorry Mauricio – I didn’t hear back from Sergio. A shock to read the news about Theo. My dad died in 2010 and I went back to SA and had to walk around Nigel High. Seemed the same except for the high fences. The town is a lot bigger. New roads. Got a bit lost as we came in from the Heidelberg side. I’m not on Facebook.
    Blane has my email.

    • 214. Martin Matthysen  |  February 14, 2013 at 2:30 am

      Hello Caroline. Quite incredible to be able to make contact with you again after being out of school for almost 34 years. Audrey Welsh and I remained together after leaving NHS and have been married for 28 years. We live in Boksburg with our 12 year old daughter, Carmen. Look forward to hearing from you. With best regards, MartinM.

  • 215. Charmaine (Sampson) Rogers  |  May 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Hi there to all! Wow what a blast from the past, great to be able to see all those familiar names pop up! Anyone have contact with “Mole” Allen and Desree Scott.
    Cheers for now!

  • 216. Dan Deeny  |  July 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Hi, I attended Nigel High in 1968 and 1969 and would be keen to make contact with any of the 1969 matriculants.
    I am now living in Perth, Australia

    • 217. Trevor Walsh  |  October 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      I hit this site by sheer accident – browsed through it and up comes this name – Tell me you have a brother Geoff – if so you are the man.
      I attended NHS 1964/67 – Louis Spruyt was Principal.
      I lost contact with Geoff –
      Please get back to me and give me more on the family and what you are up to in Perth.

      Trevor Walsh…

      • 218. dan deeny  |  October 14, 2011 at 6:34 am

        Trev, yes I have a brother Geoff.
        I am trying to get an email though to you with a full update but it keeps bouncing. Please confirm your address

  • 219. edna mogorosi (formerly twala)  |  August 31, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Wow, this is such a good idea, thanks Blane for starting it up. I was in class of 1999. Wonder what ever happened to cedric rwaai, if anyone knows please let me know

  • 220. Michelle Halpern  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Hi Everyone!
    What a great site…with so many memories of a time gone by!

    I was a NHS in 79/80. My maiden name was Batram. I was friends with Karen Fourie, Jenny Small and Megan Prudden..Sadly
    Megan passed away, but Im still incontact with Karen and her brother CraigFourie. Id love to get in touch with Jenny as well as Craig Lawrenson..


  • 221. Darren Knight  |  October 14, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I have been following Nigel High on FB for awhile and came across your site by pure chance, I left in 81 to go and do an apprenticeship, Good friends with Wayne Smit, Alan Burger, Chris Robinson & Steven Brown….. I now live on the very flat prairies of Saskatchewan Canada.

    Had an accident a few years ago which has pretty much shot my memory, but get flashes of inspiration and some names look familiar…

  • 222. Peter  |  October 15, 2011 at 3:02 am


    Went to Nigle high in the 70’s and early 80’s. Moved to USA and have worked as a Mental Health Counselor, Chaplin, School Counselor, now as a Methodist Minister. Looking for old friends like David M. ect.

  • 223. Des Gold  |  October 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Dan, what are you doing in Perth? I am Des Gold, matriculated at NHS in 1967 but worked with you in Standard Bank in the good old days. I am now retired at Salt Rock KZN. Greetings

    • 224. dan deeny  |  October 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Des
      I remember you so well. We had some great times in Nigel and SBSA
      Drop me a line ( and I will give you a full update
      Great to hear from you

  • 225. Des Gold  |  October 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Gordon, I am Des Gold we were in matric together with your twin brother Colin, we all lived in Dunnottar at that time. I am now retired in Saltrock KZN and would like to hear from you.

    • 226. Daniel Deeny  |  October 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      I remember you so well. We had some really good times in Nigel and SBSA
      My email is
      Drop me a line and I will give you a full update
      It’s really good to hear from you

  • 227. Des Gold  |  October 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for replying, will drop you a line.

  • 228. Chris Hulbert  |  November 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, to anyone who remembers Dudley, he unfortunately passed away at a young age of lung cancer, it was a great loss to us all, I am his brother Chris Hulbert Nigel High School, from 1968 until 1973.


    Chris Hulbert

    • 229. N. Cilliers  |  March 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Chris, is Dudley the same guy who used to run and coach in the 80’s? if so , I knew him well and used to race against him in cross country and road races.
      Nicky Cilliers

      • 230. Chris Hulbert  |  March 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        Hi, Dudley was a successful trainer, training dome of the countries top athletes, it came as a shock when he died at a young age, he was only 55.

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  • 233. Lynrae van der Walt  |  January 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Blane,

    I was in Nigel High a few years after you 1984-1985. Wow what fond memories I have of my ‘home’. I am trying to get in touch with a few old school friends Vanessa Salvado, Tracy Clack, Vanessa Schlebusch and last but not least Lisa Oosthuizen. Could you perhaps give me some pointers on how to find them or if they have been on your Web site? I know some of them had a reunion a couple of years ago.

    All help would be most appreciated.


    Lynrae van der Walt (nee van der Spuy)

  • 234. Des Gold  |  February 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Hi to all the 1963 to matric 1967 pupils I am Des Gold and would love to hear from you

    • 235. leslie Miller  |  March 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Des Gold Remember me, Rusty? I live in USA and Mexico now.

      • 236. Des Gold  |  March 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Hi Rusty, yes I certainly member you, good old days at Dunnottar swimming pool with Basil Marriott. Do you have contact with any of the old crowd?

      • 237. leslie Miller  |  April 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

        The only person I had contact with was Mary Honman. Not heard from her in 30 odd years. I go to SA often but have never run into anyone I knew. Basil married Evonne Gow I believe. You?

      • 238. Des Gold  |  April 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        Hi Leslie my e mail add is drop me a line and we can chat Des Gold

    • 239. Sandra Payne  |  April 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Hi, I was searching for info as I have just heard that 4 May is a 50th Jubilee celebration at NHS.

      I am Sandra Payne (nee Dove). I matriculated in 1967 and am married to Mike Payne who matriculated in 1966. I am interested to know whether many from those years are in contact with each other. We live in Pretoria

      • 240. Des Gold  |  April 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

        Hi Sandra I remember both U and Mike. I in fact have a photo of the first tennis team with Mike myself Basil Marriott John Brownrigh and others. If may memory serves correct you and Mike were dating at school already

      • 241. Sandra Payne  |  April 26, 2013 at 11:08 am


        Yes we have that photo! and Yes we were “going out” at school. We got married in 1970 …43 years ago!!! We have 2 children aged 41 and 37 and 2 grandchildren ages 7 and 10. We now live in Pretoria after 43 years in Witbank where Mike still has his Architectural firm, Mike Payne and Assoc. I am a Travel Agent. Do you have contact with any of the 1966/67 crowd and where are you now?

  • 242. Brian White  |  February 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Hi to all – I’m a ‘Nigel High old boy’ and a first time visitor to this site, which has certainly brought back memories of my 5 years as a boarder (’74 to ’78). Time certainly flies but I recognise many of the names, and often wonder ‘what happened to …’ Sean Scallan, Leonard Kardolus, Jonathan Alcock, Warren Melville and Bennie Pienaar (my room mate).

    Although I lost touch with my class mates, I bumped into a couple over the years – Theo Pistorius (sad to hear of his passing), Cheryl Bowen, Paul and Tina Stangroom and William Walter (Billy) Walker (Little Whisky).

    Special hi to Mr Braumann – I was one of your Art students through to matric. It was great to see you’re active on this blog.

    • 243. Sean Scallan  |  July 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Greetings Brian
      I’m alive, well and enjoying life. Nice to see your name. Would be interesting to hear from Leonard Kardolus.


      • 244. Brian White  |  April 10, 2013 at 8:57 pm

        Hi Sean
        Really sorry about the delay in responding but I must say it’s great to hear that you’re alive and well. I live in Jhb, on the West Rand, working in Sandton. In good health, married and have a son at UJ. Would appreciate it if you’d email me

  • 245. N. Cilliers  |  March 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Hi my name is Nicky Cilliers, I was one of the original pupils of Nigel High, 1963-1964.I am looking for any info on Susan Stewart who was about 2 or 3 years behind me. We dated at the time and I would like to hear from her if possible.
    Nicky Cilliers

  • 246. Grace Grussendorff (Sheasby) - 1961  |  May 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Grace Grussendorff (Sheasby)
    Hi Blane, I attended Nigel High for my matric year in 1961. We had moved up from East London, so I had to change a subject and upgrade a couple of other subjects, as well as having to read all new setbooks in English and Afrikaans! I remember how helpful Mr. Knipe was with Commerce (my new subject) and Miss Guard who gave many hours to dictate shorthand to me! After working in Nigel branch of Barclays Bank I went to a Mission Hospital to work in the office. I met my husband, Louis, at Bible School down in Cape Town. After many years in education, we live in Howick, where we enjoy the beauty of the Midlands. I have been in touch with Barbara (nee Killick) Curry. Thanks, Grace Grussendorff

    • 247. John Sheasby  |  July 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

      Hi Grace,

      Wow! I just found this site through Googling our sister Joy’s name and found yours connected to this blog site. Great to see you here.

  • 248. Greg Smith (Ching)  |  June 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Hi to all the Nigel High Folk out there, especially the Capetonians.
    I would like to put up this event notice of a Nigel High Mini Reunion Breakfast on Saturday 9th June, 2012 at 9:00 .
    It’s taking place at ‘The Green’ restaurant in Plattekloof which is a northern suburb of Cape Town.
    Elaine (Whelan) Dawson has booked a table for 15 people so far and so for a venue so far from Nigel; we have a very good turnout.
    Please feel free to arrive at the breakfast as the restaurant has made provision for many additional guests.
    We hope to see many more friends there than we have managed to contact.
    Kind regards,
    Greg Smith (Ching)
    +27 82 693 3564

  • 249. Eugenio Marsicano  |  June 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Elaine and Ching,

    Thanks for organising the breakfast. It was great to hook up with “old Nigelites” , especially some of our class of 1971.

    Eugenio Marsicano ( Eugene)

    • 250. Greg Smith (Ching)  |  June 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Hi there Eugene,
      The whole thing just took off on its own, courtesy of Facebook on which I merely posted the event after Elaine found the venue and booked it for this last Saturday.
      It was such a huge pleasure meeting up with so many Nigel people and I had a wonderful time there, talking to everyone, many of whom I hadn’t seen in forty years.
      We must make a point of arranging another event like this one in the not too distant future because there were two or three people that normally attend, that were away on holiday overseas.
      I’m going to post a group pic on this site that Charl Roland took and hope that it brings a smile to the faces of all our friends out there….
      Greg Smith ( Ching)

  • 251. John Sheasby  |  July 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Hi Blane,

    I matriculated in 1963, first matriculating class. Dennis Brown and Heather Hunter were head prefects. I had the dubious honor of receiving the inaugural Rotary Good Fellowship award! I live in the USA in Tulsa, OK. We emigrated in 1982 with our two children who are now both married and have presented us with six grandchildren.

    We had a 40th class reunion at the School in 2003 and it was wonderful to see so many of the old faces. Danielo Baruffa was the main instigator. I am hoping that he and others will organize a 50th reunion for which I will definitely make the trip to South Africa.

    It has been fun reading through some of the posts on here, particularly those who were at NHS in the sixties and hearing mention of the names of some who taught me in 1963.


    • 252. Greg Smith  |  April 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Hi there John,
      Just to let you know:There’s a Nigel High School 50th Reunion on the 4th May, 2013 in Nigel. You might contact Danielo Baruffa for details as to the venue, time etc.
      So far two of us from Cape Town will be attending and our matric year was 1971.
      Kind Regards,
      Greg Smith

      • 253. John Sheasby  |  April 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm

        Thanks for the heads-up, Greg. I had not heard about it. Our 1963 class was planning a reunion in October. I have contacted Dan and Willem to find out about the changed plans. Don’t know if I will be able to make the 4th May but I’ll try.



  • 254. Tania Lanyon (nee Schoeman)  |  November 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Hi, my name is Tania Lanyon (nee Schoeman) was at NHS 1976 to 1980, what a walk down memory lane this was, there are even pictures of my sister Lorraine as a drummie leader and one of me in the under 15 Netball team and I haven”t seen those pictures in many many years. Well done Blane.

    Regards Tania

  • 255. Martin Matthysen  |  February 14, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Thank you for hosting this Blog, Blaine. It’s a great initiative; I only got to know of it yesterday. It has been ‘a walk through memory lane’.
    Hope to hear from some school acqaintances.
    Best regards, MartinM.

  • 256. Caroline  |  March 13, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Hi Martin. Wonderful to hear from you. Our Class of 1979. How are you and what are you up to? I live in Alberta, Canada with my husband and daughter. We’ve been here almost 16 years now. Caroline (W) vR

  • 257. Michael Coetzee  |  June 7, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Hello. This is Michael Coetzee, class of 83. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me.

  • 258. gordon ian gauld  |  June 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Gordon Ian Gauld ,attended NHS from 1976-1979 ,how you doing Tracey Low?

  • 259. Brian Sandow  |  August 13, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Stumbled on this site while working night shift and saw names I remember I was a pupil from 1974 to 1978. Keep up the good work

  • 260. Brant Young  |  August 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    A friend told me about this site. Blane, thank you very much for opening this portal into my past. It is greatly appreciated. I boarded at Nigel in 78 and 79. everyone from that time frame would remember me as “Yank”. I then went to an American High School in Evander, and then went back to the States. I remember my two years at Nigel with a lot of nostalgia, and consider them my favorite years of school. My two favorite teachers were Mr Brauman (whoI have seen on here) and Mr. Tromp. After a wild night in the standard 6 prefabs, I was part of a group caning from Tromp that was very well administered! Does anyone know if he is still around? I was sad to hear of the passing of Miss Cameron. I always really like her too.

  • 261. Marina Fuller (nee' Schroeder)  |  November 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Just stumbled onto the site.
    Oh I remember it well 1963. We as the Std 7’s had come over from John Vorster to the “new” school and with boarders (nogal). The best time of my life. I was one of those idiots that actually loved school. Wow the faces come flooding the mind, cant remember all the names though. Mr Spruyt with his favorite saying “I tell you not to throw bricks and then you throw half bricks”, Mr Combrinck, Miss Cameron, Miss Guard, Mrs Bidgood, Mr v, Aswegen. And my classmates Ornella Ravera, Adel Wolff, Cheryl Porter, Julie Dove, Judy Pawson. The list goes on and on. Any one from the “Class” of 66 if you want to re-connect please do so, would love to chat some time.
    Marina Fuller (nee’ Schroeder)

    • 262. Henri Norden  |  May 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      My, how those names you mention here conjure up memories.Sadly I have not been in contact with that part of the world since my parents died. My dad farmed near Heidelberg so I was a boarder. Also the best times of my life. I matriculated in 1965 and am horrified to think that next year (2015) it will be 50 ago.
      Henri Norden Port Elizabeth

  • 263. Gordon Webb  |  March 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    any matric class of 1967, I woulod love to hear from you.

    • 264. Des Gold  |  March 17, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Hi Gordon, strangely enough my brother has just moved down from Nigel and staying with me at present and his wife had Colin as her auditor, small world. My e mail

      • 265. Milton Lasnitzki  |  April 9, 2014 at 5:14 pm

        Hi Des,
        Wow! Fancy making contact after all these years. Surely you must remember me since we were at school together from grade 2 through to Matric. I even remember going to your house a in Dunnottar a few times when we were in primary school.
        Hope you are well and enjoying retirement.
        Milton Lasnitzki

      • 266. Des Gold  |  April 10, 2014 at 11:03 am

        Milton good to hear from you, any idea where our other mate is in the world. Brian Factor or Alan Clegg I believe he is also in Oz .Des Gold

      • 267. Milton Lasnitzki  |  April 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

        Des, I haven’t heard about Alan Clegg since we left school. Brian Factor actually lives in Melbourne as well. Have you made any contact with any of the other guys from our class of 1967? Milton

  • 268. Gordon Webb  |  April 9, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Thanks for responding DEs. I remember we were in the same class from Grade two until matric. Do you have any contact details of Milton Lasnikzki , Alan Clegg or Bennie Arnoldie from the class of 1967?

    • 269. Sandra Payne  |  April 9, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Hi Gordan,

      I am from class 1967. Sandra Dove and I married Mike Payne from the class of 1966 and we have been married for 43 years!!! and live in Pretoria. He is an Architect and I am a Travel Agent.

      • 270. Milton Lasnitzki  |  April 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm

        Hi Sandra,
        Not sure whether you remember me. We were in the same class together and I played a lot of cricket with Mike. I have been living in Melbourne since 1988. Such a long time since we left school and last saw everyone.
        Milton Lasnitzki

    • 271. Milton Lasnitzki  |  April 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Gordon. How are you and your family doing? Thank you for making the enquiry about me with Des Gold. Sorry I lost contact with you a few years after moving to Australia. I am just not great at corresponding. Are you still working and living at The Strand?

      • 272. Gordon Webb  |  April 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

        Hi Milton , We are are well. Esther and I have been married for 41 years now. We live in Somerset West still have our two sons ( Grant qualified as an accountant and Ryan completed his degree and today has a big electronic manufacturing business in Somerset West ) I am still very active in the accounting practice . My email address is , Please let me have your address so I can send you some pictures.

      • 273. Milton Lasnitzki  |  April 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm

        Hi Gordon,
        My email address is
        I look forward to receiving your photos.


      • 274. prudelaine  |  April 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm

        Dear Milton, please give Cecile my love and say that I remember all the Jewish families in NIgel with great affection. each family had menschlichtkeit. The Bonners and the Lasnitiskis. Axel B.`

  • 275. Milton Lasnitzki  |  April 20, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I have passed your message on to Cecile but just to be sure can you please provide some details who you are. She would also like an email address so that she can reply.

  • 276. Steven Jordan  |  April 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Hello all. Steven Jordan Just come across the blog and great scrolling though the messages andd recalling names in the 1979 matric class. Moved across to Sydney 6 years ago with family. On facebook if anyine want to get in touch. Seems a few people scattered around the world. Great work Blane

  • 277. Henri Norden  |  May 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Like many before me, “I stumbled onto this site” on a rainy day when golf was cancelled. I have enjoyed reading all the entries, 265 so far, and will most certainly be a regular visitor to this site in future.
    Are there any reunions in the pipeline? 2015 will be the big 5-0 for me and I would cherish an opportunity to share “Remember when….” with classmates.
    Henri Norden (Class 1965 / Boarder)

  • 278. Caroline (Wyllie) van Rooyen  |  June 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Hi Steven – us 1979 matric class are scattered world wide.
    Thanks for telling me about Natalie Sephton’s death (June 2nd 2014). She was a good friend and will be missed.

  • 279. Carol Paynter  |  July 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Hi guys. So good to read all the comments posted by everyone. Brings back loads of memories. Caroline I would like to make contact. How do I do this????

  • 280. Caroline  |  August 28, 2014 at 9:05 am

    ……………………………………..Hi Carol – ask Steven Jordan or Heidi for my email address. PAX Caroline

  • 281. shaun  |  October 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    trying to get hold of mugeshnee changelryan. anybody know her. she was in nigel high school in 2000

  • 282. Greg Smith (Ching)  |  June 17, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Hi there,
    Steven Harris and I are trying to locate Adri Heppert who matriculated in about 1968. He’s the uncle of Sonya Nel and Andre Matthee.
    Please help,if you can. My e-mail address is:
    Ching (Greg Smith)

  • 283. Marion Friedenthal  |  June 19, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Blane. I am currently busy with a new website for NHS and I would like to request permission to use some of your lovely pics. Could you please contact me at the email address I have supplied. Kind regards, Marion

  • 284. David Carson  |  January 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Hi. Is this blog still current? I matriculated at NHS in 1971 and have very fond memories of the school and hostel. I remember Sue Adler, Wayne Bibby, Ching Smith, Raymond Lang, Kevin Macartney, Rui de Pina, Pam Eastbrook, Pauline Deeny, Ceile Lasniski and many others from that year, and also Axel B who started as a young new teacher in my final year and as a hostel prefect. David Carson

    • 285. Bob (Robert) Saunders  |  January 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Hello David, one of the gentler souls of the class of ’71! The activity on this site is very sporadic, but one certainly gets the odd tidbit of news. Where do you find yourself these days? Was not in your year but remember you well from the hostel.
      Bob Saunders.

      • 286. David Carson  |  January 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm

        Hi Bob. So nice to receive your response. I thought Blane’s blog was closed and that I had missed the boat. I certainly remember your name but just can’t put a face to you (yet). I arrived at Nigel High in Std 9 (1970) from a disastrous step-mother family relationship so I unfortunately did not spend the full 5 years at the school and hostel. However in that time I most certainly enriched my life in so many ways. From being exposed underground rock music by Derrick MacMurchie, listening endlessly to Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Santana and others endlessly on earphones in the prefabs to loving literature in Mr. Kallman’s classes. There were also very sad times. I remember so clearly arriving back to the prefabs after a weekend home to hear that my best frien, Gavin de Jager, had been killed in a car accident. It was very devastating at the time as he had been an exceptionally well liked guy.
        I took early retirement (from 37 stressful years as the chief employer negotiator in the metal industry wage struggles with the unions) to retire with my wife here in Plettenberg Bay. I do as much as I can for the local hospice and spend a lot of time biking the trails and roads in this part of the country.
        I have a copy of the Nigel High 1971 yearbook somewhere here. I must find it and post some of the pictures and others that I have (including a few of the Matric Farewell with Cecile Lasnitski).
        Finally I was shocked to find out a few days ago (via a Facebook profile) that Kevin Macartney died a few year’s ago. There is a photo tribute to him by his son – and it portrays the friend that I knew and admired.
        Keep up the good work. David Carson

    • 287. Greg (Ching) Smith  |  January 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Howzit David,
      Very nice that you found Blaine’s blog and great to hear from you after almost 45 years. I am still in contact with a few of our school friends and class mates, even though I live in Cape Town and many of them in different parts of the world. Sue Alder came to have dinner with a few of us (at Vicky Goncalves’ restaurant) in Cape Town in 2013 and Charl Rohland and I walked her back to her hotel afterward. There’s a Nigel High page on Facebook, if you’re interested and it’s quite pleasant chatting to all our old friends regularly. Best wishes for twenty sixteen.
      Ching Smith
      PS: Where do you live and work?

      • 288. David Carson  |  January 11, 2016 at 7:06 pm

        Howzit Greg. What a really nice surprise hearing from you. I must say that finding the blog and reading all the comments from so many people has opened the floodgates of long, almost forgotten memories – simply looking at the photographs of the school and hostel triggers so many memories. In fact, you may not remember, but I visited your place (in Hillbrow, I think) with Wayne Bibby in the early 1970s. He and I saw each other quite regularly at that stage (in fact he was the Bestman at my wedding in 1976).
        One day he came over to show me his new Fiat 124 and we then drove to your place. During the course of our visit, you showed us a banjo that I think you had just bought. I was hugely impressed, and at various times in my life have threatened to learn to play the banjo as a direct consequence of that visit. It also open my love of blues and blue-grass music – obviously over and above the classic rock that we grew up with in our NHS era! So, one never knows what a single action can ultimately have on another person.
        I am now retired and my wife and I live a really fantastic life here in Plettenberg Bay, far removed from the angst, stress and pressure of Joburg. I see from your Boulevard Blues Band website that you guys have performed here at Flashbacks and Blue Chilli. I will most certainly come to one of your gigs when I come down to Cape Town in a few months time. Is there no other means of contacting other 1971 past pupils?
        Keep rocking. David

      • 289. Greg (Ching) Smith  |  January 12, 2016 at 12:16 am

        Hi there David,
        Thanks for your prompt and complimentary reply to my message from this morning.
        My e-mail address is and I have contact details for many of our fellow NHS friends. Please give me your e-mail address and the names of the friends that you’d like to contact and I’ll be happy to send you their contact details.
        Hope to hear from you soon.

  • 290. Anna-Marie Maritz  |  January 11, 2016 at 11:08 am

    I’m Anna-Marie Maritz (Coetzer). I am thrilled to read about everyone. Anyone remember Terangela? She was Calzolari, married name is Patterson, goes by the name, Theresa. I have lost contact with her and would love to catch up. Patrick Day, where is Denise? My sister Lyn was her best friend in high school.
    I live in Secunda. Have contact with Mrs Weston. She lives in Secunda as well and is retired. I see her often and she loves talking about Nigel high days. Karen Smit was one of her favorites. I matriculated in 1977.

    • 291. Garth Robertson  |  January 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Anna-Marie,

      You will find most of our old class mates on facebook. Terangela, or Teresa Patterson as she is now, “Bubbles” Holloway, Keith Scott, Charles Bonner, Teresa Combrink (or Muller as she is now), Kim Frey (can’t remember her married name). Elizabeth Raftopoulos (Herbzt), Karen Smit (Wright), Marcellle Pistorius (Janssen), Derrick Harrison, Brian Gibbon, Helen Coetzer (Ames), Bridget English, Vaughn Bedser, Anibal Barros, Anthea Robinson (Brown), Nedda Titolo and of course Blane all use facebook. I am also very occasionally still in contact with Charles Staples (in Australia now) and David Rogers by email and of course I see Kaare Mason from time to time.

      Ex Nigellites are all over the world now (USA, Malaysia, Australia, NZ). It might be worthwhile using facebook to look them all up.


      Garth Robertson

  • 292. Anna-Marie Maritz  |  January 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Garth. Thanks for the advice. I remember you very well, right from the time you were Garth Ranger in std 5. Traveling on the Heidelberg farm bus. Good old days they were. I’m not on face book. I’ll make a plan in Feb when my daughter comes home. She will have to help me.
    Go well

  • 293. Anthony Brooker  |  August 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Blane

    Not sure what made me google Nigel High School at 2 am in the morning after a few beers. Wow!… all those memories came rushing back. There are a couple of names that I remember from my 78/79 years there.
    I am now living and working in Dubai.

    Thanks for the Blog.

    Hope you are well.

    Anthony Brooker

    • 294. mark marlor  |  February 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      Hi there.
      Glad to here from another member of the Mohle, Marlor Brooker gang. I sure you remember that being screamed down the passage late night by HRH Blane.

      • 295. axelruby  |  October 27, 2017 at 12:46 pm

        Hello Mark
        I remember three brothers who l taught ar various intervals of their lives. I also remember how bright they were as individuals. They were quite an enterprising bunch. Of course when l left NHS in 1986,l lost touch especially when my telephone connection in Natal was lost because of circumstances beyond my control. For that reason l could not be reached to hear of your Dad’s passing. I remember l met up with Brian in Margate once when l was visiting Bonnie Bidgood. Danny lost touch after your Dad passed.

        Know that l still remember you all, and have heard of your improved education over the years.

        I have been married for twenty years and now have a family of my own.
        I trust you are all well and thriving.

        Axel Braumann

  • 296. Marie Oldroyd  |  November 7, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Hello all,
    While researching for the old Nigel cemetery I came across this site. What a memory trip it sent me on.
    Names of classmates, friends, acquaintances, the gatherings of all at the pool and of course the bus trip came flooding back.
    I remember the bus collection started at Vlakfontein mine and some of the bus names that I recall are Barry Oberholtzer, the D’Arcy children, the Gows, Rodney Dawson, Linda Johanson, Warren Madgewick, Leslie Maxwell, Ralph(?), Nadine Birkholtz, Patrick Whelan, The Webbs, Des Gold, Basil Marriot and the Madden girls who went to the convent.
    My name is Marie(Schepers) and I lived in Dunnottar from ’61 – ’69 and went to Nigel primary and High.
    Thanks for the memories of the good old daysvb n


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