DP Hattingh is in grade 11 and has been at King Edward VII School since grade 8. He became a TAG Foundation boy late last year when his family’s financial circumstances changed and he is already showing signs of becoming one of our greats.
He’s an Afrikaner, and he makes no bones about it, but he has been accepted at this English school and is making a success of it. “There are actually quite a few Afrikaans boys at KES, but many others who don’t have English as a first language and I think it’s a strength of the school that we are all accepted by everyone,” he said.
And, as an Afrikaner, DP has gained a reputation as a “hard man” on the rugby field. That attitude has seen him flourish as a junior, in the A teams of the under-14, under-15 and under-16 groups. He is currently in the 1st team pre-season training group and he is determined to make the team.
“The squad is still quite big, but I am working hard to stay there. Playing for the Reds has been my dream ever since I arrived at the school.”
He also plays cricket and is currently in the second team. “I want to change that and I want to make the firsts by the time of the Michaelmas tour,” he said.
He is a boarder, in Buxton house and loves hostel life. He admits that time management isn’t his strong point and that affects his academic performance. “But I have a good feeling about this year. I’m determined to improve at school and on the sportfields.
“I love it here at KES,” he said. “There is a passion for the school amongst the boys that doesn’t go away.”
DP Hattingh is proof of that.