Culture

Culture is one of the four pillars of Wynberg and is a key component in the education of boys.

The Home of Music at Wynberg is the Alf Morris Centre which has six music rooms plus the 150 seat Nussbaum Theatre. The restoration of the Alf Morris building was undertaken in 2005 from the proceeds of a generous bequest from an Old Boy, Stefan Rolf Nussbaum in whose honour we hold an annual concert in Founders’ Week celebrating ‘The Best of Wynberg’s Music’.

Two full time music staff and seven part-timers enhance the musical standards of the boys who can play in one of the three bands – Concert, Jazz or Steel Drum Band. Those who enjoy singing can volunteer to join the Choir or Vocal Ensembles. Regular public and school performances take place. We are proud of the fact that every year they return a full house of Diplomas and Honours Certificates at the local Eisteddfods. Every assembly on Monday sees a musical item performed by music pupils.

Regular tours have taken place over the years with the Steel Drum Band undertaking the most recent tour, to the Grahamstown Festival in 2009.

November 2010 saw the opening of the John Baxter Outdoor Theatre which should only enhance the music and drama standards at the school.

WBAA – the Wynberg Boys’ Acting Association looks after the Drama needs of the school. They organize the annual interhouse plays and also take part in the annual International Schools’ Shakespeare Festival. Every year there is a Campus Production in conjunction with Wynberg Girls’ High which is hosted alternately between the two schools. Under the directorship of Brian Botha, the school has become known for the quality of its musicals.

There are numerous Societies and Clubs at Wynberg which cater for the various interests of the boys. These are mostly organised by the pupils themselves and are dependent on their drive, initiative and enthusiasm.