Hilton pleased to induct 17th headmaster

2017-02-22 06:00
Hilton College headmaster George Harris was inducted at a ceremony in the chapel at the school on Friday. Part of the ceremony involved the handing over a bugle, which was first used when the school was founded in 1872.PHOTO: Edward West

Hilton College headmaster George Harris was inducted at a ceremony in the chapel at the school on Friday. Part of the ceremony involved the handing over a bugle, which was first used when the school was founded in 1872.PHOTO: Edward West

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HILTON College headmaster George Julian Harris was inducted at a ceremony in the chapel at the school recently.

As part of the ceremony, the 17th headmaster at the private school received a bugle that was first used at the school when it was founded in 1872, from the previous headmaster Peter Ducasse.

Harris was appointed to the position after going up against 441 other applicants.

Harris’ appointment was first announced in June last year, but he began his tenure at the school with effect from January 1.

Chairperson of governors Alistair Franklin said he was “extremely pleased” with Harris’ appointment.

“We are fortunate to have selected him from a group of outstanding candidates from around the world who were attracted to the opportunity of leading Hilton, several of whom would have made an excellent head,” said Franklin.

“In Mr Harris, we believe we have found a visionary leader who can build purposefully on Hilton’s many strengths and secure its position as one of the best schools in the world,” said Franklin.

Harris’ educational background includes a BA in English and Economics from the University of Pretoria and a BA Honours in African Literature from the University of Witwatersrand.

His teaching experience includes tenures at Tshwane Christian School, St Stithians Boys’ College and finally at Lebone II College as housemaster and English teacher.

Harris’ managerial positions include that of chief executive of the Royal Bafokeng Institute.

Married to an architect, Vicki-Ann, with two children, Harris expressed enthusiasm at joining the Hilton community.

“The task of educating young boys so that they mature into men of principle, passion and promise to make their mark in our complex world is a worthwhile challenge I am keen to embrace,” said Harris.

In his first address to Hilton parents Harris assured them that he would preserve Hilton’s “deeply traditional and refreshingly contemporary” goals.

“The world has become a fast-changing place and young men of the future will need to be grounded in their person, with enduring values firmly established, such that they are in a position to embrace and conquer the challenges of the future,” said Harris.

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