Past Pupils News

We love to keep in touch with our Past Pupils! Please send us photographs and what you are doing to: so that we can keep our database up to date as well as have information for future newsletters. We have a reunion every year, inviting back the decade groups. Read below for an update about some of our Past Pupils.

Andrew van Haght
Andrew van Haght (Class of 2005)

So, what have I been doing for the last couple of years… I went to UCT and studied Business Science, ultimately culminating in my qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2014.

After University I completed my articles with Deloitte in Cape Town (2012 – 2014) before moving with Deloitte to London in January 2015. I married my wife, Lauren, in 2018 and we have two kids, Oli (4) and Emmy (1).

I was with Deloitte up until end Sept 2022, where I jumped around in various different roles before I found a new home in our ESG / Sustainability Risk Advisory team. My focus there was on helping companies get their ESG reporting up to speed.

As of October 2022, I’ve moved to a company called ofi. They are a trader of agricultural products such as cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices. I head up the Finance for Sustainability team in London with a focus on driving their ESG reporting to be best in class, ensuring that their ESG reporting aligns to their financial reporting, i.e. they aren’t saying a bunch of good stuff that isn’t actually possible / financially viable and
helping drive the decarbonisation of their agricultural supply chain. No easy task!

Most recently, I was asked to speak on behalf of ofi at a panel discussion at COP27 about the role of governance in driving climate action within organisations. Basically what companies do, their personnel, their processes, their controls, to make sure that the data feeding into their ESG reporting is valid, accurate and complete, complies with regulations and is used appropriately to drive climate risk mitigation and decision-making.

Dylan Blakey-Milner (Class of 2011)

Straight after High School, I went to AAA School of Advertising to study a BA in Marketing Communications. I graduated with distinction and specialised in: Brand Management, Account Management & Digital Media Marketing.
Shortly after graduating, I got a job as an Account Executive at M&C Saatchi Abel. I was there for about two years. I then went to work for Ogilvy Cape Town as an Account Manager for another two years. In 2019 I immigrated to the UK and went to work for AMVBBDO in London.

I joined as an Account Manager, shortly afterwards got promoted to Senior Account Manager and I am now an Account Director working across a number of Johnson & Johnson Brands, FedEx and PepsiCo.

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Matthew Archer (Class of 2016)
In March 2022, we were privileged to have a visit from Matthew Archer - Head Prefect 2016. He is currently in his final year of studying Medicine through Wits.
He shared with us some of his favourite memories including the Fish River Hike, Riverside building being just a field with ditches before the building went up, and hiding Mr Currie's chair in the loft. He also shared with us that when he left school, he wanted to become a Maths teacher like Mr Starck.
He spoke about three things - Fear, Bravery and Judging others.
1. Don't be fearful of the future, rather live your life today.
2. Once you make a decision, stick to it.
3. Strange is different, so it's easy to judge others - try put yourself in others' situations.
Luke Arton-Powell
Luke Arton-Powell (Class of 2018)

I spent a year in college which gave me a cursory education in the tools I would go on to use in my first job. I live in Sir Lowry's Pass.

I'm a software engineer. It's mentally demanding work, and needs creative problem-solving. It's interesting work, despite its rather "invisible" and unappreciated nature. You never really see just how complicated things are under the hood till you make them.

I've worked for Words First - a British speech and language therapy organisation, with roots here in SA too - and IGrow Financial Investments.

I want Mr van Haght and Mr Joubert - as well as all the other teachers - to know I especially appreciate them kicking me in my tail and getting me into gear. I tell you, I appreciate it more than anything despite how resistant I may have seemed.

Tom Potter
Tom Potter (Class of 2013)

Since 2013 I have spent a few years working in the outdoor adventure industry, working with campsites, rock-climbing and kayaking companies. In 2015, I began to study Theology at a seminary in Kalk Bay to go into full-time ministry. During that time, I also opened up a recording studio in 2017 called the Pottery Studios and have worked in Studios since 2017 as a session and semi-professional musician.

I graduated at the end of 2018 with a LTH (Licentiate in Theology). I have been in full-time ministry in Hermanus since 2019, working with kids, teenagers and young adults. I have enjoyed working as a Youth pastor for the last two years.

I got married during Lockdown to my wife, Helene. We have been together since July 2019 and celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary in May this year.

During my time at Cannons I trained under Jean Erasmus and developed a love for road running. However, due to an injury a few years ago, I have not continued running. But I have found a great love for endurance cycling, using many of the tips and tricks she taught us almost 10 years ago.

Tegan Gibuad
Tegan Gibaud (Class of 2019)

Congratulations to Tegan Gibaud who was chosen to present at an international conference about
climate change in Pretoria in June 2022. She was the only 3rd year, amongst the PHd Students and

“I had the opportunity to attend the Spaces 2 Climate Conference in Pretoria, to represent the student
perspective and as an emerging scientist. Spaces is a collaborative funding project that has allowed
several large-scale research projects to be conducted in earth system sciences in South Africa. African
and German scientists, as well as a number of student scientists contributed to this research. The
conference focused on sharing the research done on climate change in earth systems within South Africa,
sharing guidance from relevant policy-makers and stakeholders, and involving emerging scientists in new
scientific endeavors. There are fascinating new discoveries within this space and there is a persisting need for South African scientists to contribute to this work. I look forward to entering this space and contributing to solving our current climate crisis.”

*Tegan is studying towards a BSc in Biodiversity and Ecology at the University of Stellenbosch and will
then be doing an LLB for three years afterwards, to focus on Environmental Law.

Cannons truly set me up for life with all the leadership opportunities I was able to make use of. I am truly missing the family "vibe" Cannons provides, especially the teachers with which I made connections with.

Alumni Nic Shackle
Nicholas Shackle (Class of 2011)

After Cannons, I went to UCT for a short while, but was quickly distracted by the opportunity to work, so I've been working in various hardware and software engineering roles for the last seven years.

Cannons was a great place to learn; the small classes meant that the teachers knew us well, and we knew them well. I particularly miss the hikes organised by Ms Bartosh and Mrs Erasmus. Adulthood has been a mixed experience of having to organise my own hikes.

Ruqaiyah Thomas (Class of 2011)

Since leaving school I took some time to find myself and truly discover what my passion was. I started studying at the IIE’s Varsity College in 2017. I was elected Chairperson of the Social Committee at Varsity College, Cape Town for 2018 and 2019 and was then elected as the Student Body President of the IIE’s Varsity College Cape Town Campus in 2020.

I graduated Cum Laude from the IIE’s Varsity College with a Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching. I am currently a Grade 2 teacher, teaching at an amazing under-resourced school in Tafelsig, Mitchell’s Plain, called Perseverance Primary School.

ALumni Julia Lee
Julia Lee (Class of 2020)

I miss school life at Cannons Creek and South Africa without any doubt.

First of all, I truly appreciate what you have done for my college application process. I’ve been accepted by several colleges, including the college I wanted to attend! I will be attending Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, USA for the next four years with a full scholarship. I’ll be majoring in Neuroscience, then I’m planning on applying to medical schools afterward. There is also a well-known worldwide hospital, Cleveland Clinic (Top 2 hospital in the world), right next to my university. I could never have achieved this without your help. Thank you so much again for your time and effort.

Lia (Jeongeun) Shin (Class of 2020)

Thanks to my amazing teachers at Cannons, I would be able to get accepted to all the universities I applied to. I decided to go to the University of Alberta with a major in Biochemistry as they offered me the entrance international student scholarship. I really wanted to study Biochemistry so I am very glad and grateful that I could make it. Again, I am truly thankful for all the teachers and staff at Cannons.

Lauren Breeds (Class of 2015)

After matriculating in 2015, I went on to study a two-year advanced food and wine course at a culinary institution in Paarl called The Hurst Campus.

When I was placed for my first internship, the chef who was running the section that I was working on became very ill and had to go home. This was my first ever Sunday lunch at a hotel and there were over 100 people booked – in that moment I was terrified because I didn’t think that I could do it alone. Little did I know that would be a turning point in my career. I told my head chef that I was going to take over the section for the day by myself. To this day I still have the order dockets from my first-ever service alone; they serve as a reminder that even though you might not think that you are ready, you will never know if you don’t try. Through this I was given more responsibilities and this resulted in my getting the opportunity to finish my internship at The Greenhouse, which at the time was one of the top 10 restaurants in the country. When all restaurants needed to close during Lockdown, I decided to continue my studies and participate in some online courses. When take-aways and deliveries were allowed, I had some neighbours and family friends ask for meals to be delivered. Through word of mouth, I started to get more clients and then requests for catering. I saw an opportunity and decided to start my own catering company instead of returning to the fine dining industry, and thus The Chef’s Passion was established.