Peter Ducasse honoured to lead Hilton College

2012-12-03 00:00

THE new headmaster of Hilton College says he is honoured to be chosen for the job.

Peter Ducasse replaced Gavin Thomson, who tendered his resignation “with immediate effect” on Friday.

Ducasse is an Old Hiltonian and his father, Desmond Vyvyan Ducasse, was headmaster at the school from 1984 to 1986.

Like father like son, Ducasse’s father was also second master before taking the reins at the school.

The chairperson of the school board, Yann LeClezio, said Peter Ducasse is a strong educationist and has great experience of Hilton College and education.

“He has vast experience and the board is confident he can take Hilton College forward to the challenges which lie ahead in education,” LeClezio added.

He said Ducasse assumes leadership with strong support from all the school’s stakeholders.

The new head said he fully understood the ethos of the school and would do his best to strengthen the traditions, values and reputation built up over the years.

This makes Ducasse the 16th headmaster of the prestigious school, which will cost R198 960 in school fees next year.

“My father was the headmaster of the school and it’s an honour for me as well,” Ducasse said.

He said he took the position in an “interim capacity”, adding that the school was still looking for a long-term headmaster.

Interviews for the position will take place next year.

“We’ll see how 2013 goes,” Ducasse said, adding that his main focus will be to establish stability.

Ducasse matriculated from Hilton College in 1974 and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Higher Diploma in Education from the then University of Natal.

He joined the school in 1983, after teaching for a year at Alexandra High School, and has taught Biology.

Ducasse was housemaster of McKenzie House from 1991 to 1999, and has been the director of student affairs since 2000.

He was appointed to the position of second master last year.

He has also coached rugby and has been involved in swimming, athletics and water polo.

Ducasse thanked Thomson for his “enormous contribution” to Hilton in his varied roles.

He gave assurance that the school would continue to function smoothly.

The school again denied allegations that there had been collusion to oust Thomson.

TEXT (Hilton College headmasters from 1872 to date)

1.William Orde Newnham (1872-1877)

2.Henry Vaughan Ellis(1876-1904)

3.George Ernest Weeks (1905-1906)

4.William Falcon (1906-1933)

5.Terence Walter Mansergh (1934-1947)

6.John Anderson Pateman (1947-1953

7.John William Hudson (1953-1957)

8.Edward Lancelot Harison (1957-1967)

9.Raymond Gordon Slater (1967-1980)

10.Richard Herbert Todd (1981-1983)

11.Desmond Vyvyan Ducasse (1984-1986)

12.Paul Marsh (1987-1993)

13.Michael John Nicholson (1994-2007)

14.David Charles Price Lovatt (2008-2009)

15.Gavin Thomson (2010-2012)

16.Peter Ducasse (current)

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