On Friday 18 November 2016 the annual Boarding Establishment Christmas dinner was held at Gibson House. In additional to the normal Christmas celebration, it is also a farewell to the Matrics of 2016 and the announcement and appointment of the B.E. Prefects for 2017.
Several sporting, academic and service awards are also made at the dinner:
- BEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT: This award is given for sporting excellence in the senior age groups. This was awarded to Dylan Cronje who was chosen as Captain of the SA U18 Water Polo team.
- JUNIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: This was awarded to Jayden Hendrikse who represented the KZN U16 Rugby, SANIX rugby touring team to Japan, U16A Cricket, U16A Soccer & 1st Team Softball.
- SENIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR: This award is made for overall contribution to the House and the School. This was awarded to Matthew Bauer who represented the Sanix rugby touring team to Japan, 1st XV Rugby, 1st XI Cricket and the KZN Schools Academy Rugby team at Craven Week.
- DUX OF GIBSON HOUSE: This is awarded to the top academic achiever in Grade12 in Gibson House. Jared Hay obtained 5 distinctions and an aggregate of 81% in the Trials examinations.
- SERVICE TO GIBSON HOUSE: This award is given to a pupil who has rendered outstanding service to Gibson House. This year’s winner is Luyanda Gumede.
- SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD: This trophy is awarded to a senior pupil who must have displayed the characteristics that are associated with good sportsmanship; loyalty, commitment, fairness and perseverance even when the cause seems lost. Although not selected for the SANIX touring team to Japan, Craig Hunt eventually forced his way into the 1st XV rugby and then into the KZN Schools Academy Rugby team that played at Craven Week.
- HOUSEMAN OF THE YEAR: This is the Gibson House equivalent of the “Good Fellowship Prize” awarded on Speech Night. It is given to a pupil who has made a positive contribution to the spirit and ethos of the House. He need not necessarily be a good sportsman, but he must be a good fellow. He must be a good role model to all through his exemplary conduct and behaviour. He must inspire trust and honesty in his peers. Candidates are proposed by the matrics themselves and the winner is chosen by the votes of the boys. This year’s winner is Jeremiah Jaravaza
Finally, the Head Prefect of Gibson House for 2017 is Brendon Schwulst who attended Pelham Primary in Pietermaritzburg before enrolling at Glenwood in 2013.
Report by Mr K Jordan
Photos by Mr B Sibson