King George VI Memorial School, Bulawayo, Rhodesia (UK based site)

King George VI Memorial School, Bulawayo, Rhodesia (UK based site)

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Lovely to see Penny and Andrew in Bournemouth for a day.
I am hoping someone remembers a girl named ALMA BUITENDAG, who was born c1944 and first placed in a children's home in Salisbury/Harare. As she was physically disabled it is likely she was later sent to KGVI for schooling.
Looking for a lady who was born circa 1944/5 Unknown as what name the lady went by at the time, but we know her as **ALMA BUITENDAG** She was searching for the Buitendag family later in her life. Alma may have been placed in Rhodesia Children’s Home, Emerald Hill and finally into KGV1 Centre Bulawayo. Do you know this lady?
Hello people
Hi! Everyone, please can anyone remember David Baker from the School? Please can you let me know.. thanks 😊
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King George VI Memorial School, Bulawayo, Rhodesia between 1950 and 1980. This site is open to all ex-pupils and teachers. There is a separate FB site for the present day school :- https://www.facebook.com/pages/King-George-VI-Centre/185840478158743

Our goal is to make this Community Page the best collection of shared knowledge about this special school between 1950-80. If you attended this school during this time, do LIKE! "Per angusta ad augusta" -"Through difficulties to honors"

Google Maps - Satellite photo of the school grounds. A few more buildings have gone up since 1980. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Bulawayo,+Zimbabwe&hl=en&ll=-20.146337,28.611982&spn=0.003002,0.004313&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=41.360684,70.664062&vpsrc=6&t=h&z=18

Mission: We hope to find long lost friends and build up the school's history. We need your help in providing missing information. If you remember when various photos were taken, names etc - do let us know. We are also looking for photos to share on this site - please contact me directly if you have any that we can use. Site maintained by Simon Bolze, UK (owner) and Nigel Wilson, USA

[01/22/16]   Guys and girls..... what is happening now is that we have found out why this KG6 FB site is not working the way we had hoped. Your posts to this site are going into funny places and nobody is finding them. We will still keep this KG6 FB site becuase there is already lots of old photos here. We are starting up a different KG6 site which is a Closed Group site - that will work in the same way as your own FB. So if you want to show us new photos etc, do it on the new site. Hope all this makes sense!

[01/21/16]   Guys and girls - I think what is happening is not everyone is getting the posts here. If you see anyone missing here, just ask them to LIKE this KG6 site by clicking on the 'Like' button at the very top (by the KG6 banner). We have invited many ex-KG6 to join but they have not accepted the invitation (maybe they did not understand why). If you get this post, it means that you have LIKED this KG6 site so you should be ok. You may already be contact with a few ex-KG6 but have they LIKED this site?? Do you see anyone missing????

[01/21/16]   Many of you will remember school teacher Mrs Edna Aimes. If any of you would like to contact her, here is her email address [email protected]

[01/17/16]   There have been many 'mini reunions' around the world over the last 2-4 years where somebody met someone for the first time in many years but there are no reports or photos posted here! If it was not for this KG6 FB page, many of you would not have found and met your long lost friends again. How about contributing something towards this KG6 site? Posting photos on your own FB does not show up here for others to see!!

Ok guys and gals.... we want to hear some KG6 stories from all of you! Tell us of any funny stories that happened at school or at the hostel!

We will start with this photo. Do you remember the days when we (the boys) could grow our hair long and get away with it? Also the tight shorts that some boys wore!!!! We also did a lot of our sports in bare feet.

Peter Sansom 1947-1960

[06/11/14]   Message from Penelope Oosthuizen.
Hi there. Some of you may remember John Moger. He was the Welfare guy who watched over some of you while you were in KGVI. Well he passed away on yesterday in hospital. Luckily some of his family were over from Australia to be with him. His funeral is in Swindon UK on Friday. Just do remember his family in your quite time. Funeral is at 1.00PM. Thank you

School Chrismas Party fete - 1957. Left to right - Guy Shin, David Peters, Roy Goodyear, Derek Willer, and Douglas Falconer.

[02/23/14]   In case you may have missed a message on this site sent late last year from Shelly Lasker, the current chairman of the committee at the KG6 school. She reports that the school remains a remarkable institution, has committed staff, happy kids in spite of the economic challenges in Zimbabwe. The school has an active FB page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/King-George-VI-Centre/185840478158743 and also they have a separate website at
http://ihussey.wix.com/king-george-6 Both of these sites are worth looking at.

[02/12/14]   Through the eagle eyes of Nigel Wilson, he spotted Maimuna Karbanee Zannar on FB. She still lives in Byo and she has also been looking for classmates. Many thanks to Nigel!

[11/29/13]   There was an announcement by the SPAR Group FB announcing that they had sponsored a xmas lunch for all 350 pupils last week. Many thanks to Vera for the info. It is interesting to see how many pupils there are at the school.

Possibly taken around 1973-74?
Back row, left to right - Julie-Anne ?, Kathy van Heerden?, Judy Mason.
Front row - Grant Drummond, Karen Emmingham

KG6 October 2013 London Reunion

A small group got together, with 2 new members. Andrew Cawsey, Karen Borland, Simon Bolze, Vera Rust and newcomers - Guy Shinn and Veronica Klopper. Guy was one of the very first pupils at the school - he was there right from the beginning in 1954 when the school was first built. Veronica is the wife of the late Danny Klopper. We started by meeting at the Waterloo station, then proceeded to the pier at the base of the London Eye. Once on the Thames Clipper we went downstream to Greenwich where we had a long lunch. After that, we went back onto another Thames Clipper (we all had a day travel pass, with unlimited hop on hop off tickets) and went to the O2. Did a quick walkabout inside the huge O2. We got back onto another Thames Clipper back to the London Eye.

Guy Shinn had many interesting stories to tell - having been at a private school which later became KG6. He also brought along photos - to be added to this site in an album timelined to 1954 (right at the bottom of this KG6 site's Timeline - view on a PC).

A small group got together, with 2 new members. Andrew Cawsey, Karen Borland, Simon Bolze, Vera Rust and newcomers - Guy Shinn and Veronica Klopper. Guy was one of the very first pupils at the school - he was there right from the beginning in 1954 when the school was first built. Veronica is the wife of the late Danny Klopper. We started by meeting at the Waterloo station, then proceeded to the pier at the base of the London Eye. Once on the Thames Clipper we went downstream to Greenwich where we had a long lunch. After that, we went back onto another Thames Clipper (we all had a day travel pass, with unlimited hop on hop off tickets) and went to the O2. Did a quick walkabout inside the huge O2. We got back onto another Thames Clipper back to the London Eye.

Guy Shinn had many interesting stories to tell - having been at a private school which later became KG6. He also brought along photos - to be added to this site in an album timelined to 1954 (right at the bottom of this KG6 site's Timeline - view on a PC).

[09/30/13]   We all warmly welcome the latest addition to the 'Ex-KG6' family - Elizabeth Wepener Mcintyre. She was at KG6 during the 1960-70's and excelled when she represented Rhodesia at the Paralympics. She currently lives with her family in Newcastle, UK. Sadly her ex-Rhodesian husband of 37 years passed away suddenly a week ago - our sympathies.

Photos from Trix Peel

Mini reunion - Mike and Cheryl - Cape Town - 6/3/13

Cheryl Meyering Nell and Micheal Oelosfe met at The Blue Peter today!

Cheryl Meyering Nell and Micheal Oelosfe met at The Blue Peter today!

Sports Day (Photo from Cheryl)

Sports Day - 1969? (year to be confirmed - who knows?) How many people can you recognise and name who are sitting / standing in the background?

Sports Day - 1969? (year to be confirmed - who knows?) How many people can you recognise and name who are sitting / standing in the background?

Lana Kung on holiday break away from hot South Africa ! She spent a few weeks in freezing Canada !

Swimming Gala - Year 1964

Year 1964 confirmed by Trix and Mike. Here are three main photos with enlargements of the same photo. Hopefully the enlargements will help identify most of those in the background.

Year 1964 confirmed by Trix and Mike. Here are three main photos with enlargements of the same photo. Hopefully the enlargements will help identify most of those in the background.

See enlargements of this photo - scroll to the right.

Collection of photos from Trix Peel (Theresa DeBlanche)

Blow up of first photo to help identify faces

Collection - 1960-68. Many thanks to Trix Peel for all these photos.

Trix Peel's collection - Newspaper articles 1960-68

Newspaper articles - many thanks to Trix Peel for all these newspaper cuttings

Newspaper articles - many thanks to Trix Peel for all these newspaper cuttings

Collection of photos from Trix Peel (Theresa DeBlanche)

Collection - 1960-68. Many thanks to Trix Peel for all these photos.

Collection - 1960-68. Many thanks to Trix Peel for all these photos.

[01/12/13]   A warm welcome to all those recently 'found' and joining us over that last few months - Susan (nee Ledger) James, Fiona (nee Botha) Taylor, Sue (nee Deaconos) Seale, Veronica Klopper (wife of late Danny Klopper)

Majuba Camp, Matopos - School outing

What year was this? Most of you have said you went to this camp twice - was this the first or second one? These photos were originally posted by John in his FB but not everyone could see them. So we have had to recreate this album for the benefit of everyone. Unfortunately the orginal comments cannot be transferred over to these photos.

What year was this? Most of you have said you went to this camp twice - was this the first or second one? These photos were originally posted by John in his FB but not everyone could see them. So we have had to recreate this album for the benefit of everyone. Unfortunately the orginal comments cannot be transferred over to these photos.

KG6 London Reunion - Dec 2012

Unfortunately some cancelled at the very last moment so could not come, but we still went ahead with the event, with some minor changes to our plans. Started that day by meeting at London Waterloo Station, walked a short distance to London Eye, got on a boat cruise down (and back) on the River Thames, lunch at Wagamama at South Bank, walked to Hyde Park via Traflagar Square, then back via tube to Waterloo Station.

Unfortunately some cancelled at the very last moment so could not come, but we still went ahead with the event, with some minor changes to our plans. Started that day by meeting at London Waterloo Station, walked a short distance to London Eye, got on a boat cruise down (and back) on the River Thames, lunch at Wagamama at South Bank, walked to Hyde Park via Traflagar Square, then back via tube to Waterloo Station.

Collection of photos from Veronica Breytenbach Lombard

A collection of photos taken up to 1973 when Veronica left school.

A collection of photos taken up to 1973 when Veronica left school.

Foreground - Veronica Breytenbach Lombard & Lana Kung.
On the left, over Veronica's shoulder is Rose West and Alwyn Wheeler.
In the middle distance is Cheryl Meyering Nell
On the right, by the pole is Alison Stratton Howey.

[11/10/12]   Names of supporting staff (House mothers, Sisters, Hostel Cooks, Administrators, Nurses, Doctors, etc) - 1950-80

Christmas cakes for Auction - 1979

Anyone recognise any faces here? Notice the school badge - that's not KG6 - Milton?

School Outing - Matopos May 1970
At back - Mike Oelofse
Right - Leon Vosloo

Practical work - O Level Biology 1969
Valerie Hayzen Smit on left, Susan Ledger James on right

School Play "Ferdinand the Bull"

Back row - Rose West, Greg Mushett?, Andrew Cawsey, Shioban Flynn, Alwyn Wheeler, Nalini Patel

Front left - Susan Jefferies de Villers, John West, ?, ?

Who are the two in the front centre?

Mrs D'Urban Davies class - 1961

Governor of Southern Rhodesia - school visit 1960.
Sir Peveril William Powlett and Lady Powlett - and Margie

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