Academics

It is our goal to reach every boy who enters the school, to try to ignite in him an intense desire to learn and to continue learning throughout his life.

With the vast majority of our school-leavers continuing into university education, courses offered and teaching styles are geared towards the academic stream.

General Education:
In the first two years at Wynberg, pupils are offered a general education, all taking ten compulsory subjects: English, Afrikaans or Xhosa, Mathematics, Life Orientation, Natural Sciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Arts and Culture, Technology, Geography and History.

Specialisation:
From grades 10 to 12, pupils begin to specialise, making a choice of three subjects from a wide variety of options (Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering Graphics and Design, Visual Arts, Music, Geography, History, Economics and Accounting.) These three subjects are studied in conjunction with four core subjects: English (home language level), Afrikaans or Xhosa (first additional language level), Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, and Life Orientation. Also on offer, as an additional subject, is Advanced Programme Mathematics.

Knowing Boys:
We strive to offer an academic education in a stimulating environment, where teachers work hard to establish Wynberg as a school that understands how to educate boys in a single-sex environment. We continually try to ask ourselves the question: In what way would a boy learn this best?

The Wynberg Pass and Minimum Individual Performance Levels (MPL)
At Wynberg we choose not to accept the minimum pass levels of 30% and 40% as promulgated by the State. Instead we have instituted a “Wynberg Pass” of 50%, this being the minimum acceptable level on any test, examination, project or assignment.
For details of this and the MPLs, click here:

Academic Facilities:
Well-equipped facilities add to the atmosphere, with pupils having access to two computer labs, two EGD drawing rooms, a large art wing, five scientific laboratories and a geography lab. All teaching rooms are equipped with computers and data projection.

The well-stocked library also houses, in a separate reading room, one of the largest private collections of South African War memorabilia and books.

During their first few weeks at the school the grade 8s soon find themselves in the school museum, researching material for one of their first history projects. This museum is housed, along with a museum of the village of Wynberg, below the headmaster’s residence of Kaplan House on Silverhurst Estate.

Teaching Staff:
The teaching staff is a dedicated group of professionals that tries to model learning through being continually involved in professional development, with some teachers involved in formal study at Masters and Ph.D. level. Skills on the staff range from professional directors of drama, to mechatronic experts and highly skilled extra-mural coaches. Four staff members have been involved with the writing of textbooks for the new curricula of various subjects.

Results:
The results of school leavers are excellent, with almost 90% leaving each year with a university-level pass. We refuse to accept the mediocre 30% and 40% levels expected by government-regulation and have instituted a “Wynberg Pass” for which the very minimum that each boy is expected to achieve in every subject is 50%. This is in line with university expectations, indeed exceeds what is expected as a baseline to apply to a university.

The Future and an Ideal Wynberg Man:
It is, however, not the immediate future that we are most concerned with, but a more distant vision of educated young men taking their place in society as leaders and thinkers that governs our teaching. Boys are not spoonfed, and are expected to take responsibility for their own learning.