1981 – 1992

Stanley Edwards Hankey first came to Sir John as Deputy Principal in January 1975 and was appointed Principal in 1981.

He will long be remembered and appreciated for his contributions to eleviating the status and standards of Rugby and Cricket at the school, and his unwavering interest in all other extramural activities.

Despite the administrative demands Headmastership made on his time, Mr Hankey remained dedicated to his teaching role as Senior Mathematics teacher, inspiring many with his much quoted “Maths is the most fun you can have without laughing.”

Despite his keen sense of humour, Mr Hankey taught many who came into contact with him a valuable lesson: it is not always necessary to be heard or to have the last word to be effective. He know exactly when not to talk.

Mr Hankey was never bound to tradition for tradition’s sake, but constantly welcomed innovation.  Staff members were not only encouraged to introduce new ideas but to take responsibility for these ideas and their implementation. This, together with his determination to complete a Further Diploma in Education in 1985, a factor which motivated many staff members to further their own studies, led to the personal and professional development of many.

Another of Mr  Hankey’s priorities, which served to foster a broader, communal acknowledgement of Sir John Adamson, was the conscientious, consistent way in which he worked to establish close links with feeder primary and neighbouring high schools.

His years of commitment, dedication and enthusiasm have left their indelible marks in our hearts and in the spirit of the school.

From the Headmaster’s Desk, 1981:

A school exists for the benefit of its pupils. It is not the task of schools only to issue certificates: character development must take place.  It is for this reason that the school offers the numerous extra-mural activities that it does.  I appeal to pupils to become more fully involved in the school and its activities to that their characters may be developed more fully.  The school tries to develop character traits such as neatness, good manner and good behaviour.’


“Parents and teacher alike are looking to the future and wondering what the future holds for education. Are open schools going to become the accepted pattern of schooling in the new South Afruca.” If so, what changes can we expect?  Will education have a much greater vocational emphasis that it does at present?

The message that should be clear to parents and pupils is that there will be increased pressure on pupils to achieve better results because of increased competition.  Many pupils are at present unmotivated and uncertain of what they are going to do after school.  Clearly pupils will have to take their schooling more seriously as they will not succeed unless they develop a positive attitude towards both their school and their studies.