Mark Henning turns 80

April 01, 2014 | Boys’ College

On Wednesday 26 March 2014, pupils and staff wished a very happy 80th Birthday to Mr Mark Henning, who was St Stithians Boys' College's third Headmaster from 1968 until his retirement in 1988.

On his retirement, Henning took on the role of editor for "Independent Education" magazine for twelve years. He also remained active within the educational circles, and was a member of a number of investigative government commissions into education.

Many of his family members are also proud to have called themselves "Saints": both his sons, Rodger and Peter, matriculated from the Boys' College; his daughter-in-law, Colleen Henning, taught at the Girls' and Boys' Colleges; his grandsons, Andrew and Craig, matriculated in 2013 and will matriculate at the end of the year respectively.


The boys at St Stithians Boys' College sang "Happy Birthday" to Mr Henning in a Chapel service on Wednesday morning. The members of Henning House gathered for a photograph and were treated to a birthday cupcake handed to each personally by Mr Henning. To conclude the morning's celebrations, Mr Henning was joined for tea on the Headmaster's lawn by the Rector, Dr Tim Nuttall, Headmaster, Mr David Knowles, Head Boy, Tafadzwa Ndlovu, Head of Henning House, Harry Hankey and grandson, Craig Hellens.

Mark Henning remains active in his retirement: he still plays a round of Golf regularly at the Bryanston Country Club. We wish him well and thank him for spending a morning with us on such a special occasion.