â€śHe is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot loseâ€ť Jim Elliot (1927-1956) Service to others â€“ both at school and in the wider community – is prioritised at Wynberg Boysâ€™ High, with a Director of Service, Service Prefect and committee making sure that boys get ample opportunities in this field.
Boys are encouraged to be of assistance wherever possible at school. The following options are on offer:
â€˘ a First Aid qualification in order to be on duty at Saturday sports matches and assist with sports events
â€˘ training as a coach and/or referee to assist with junior sports teams
â€˘ work in the library
â€˘ academic tutoring
â€˘ backstage work and ushering at cultural events
â€˘ training to become part of the sound and lighting team. Community Service activities are varied and are ongoing throughout the year
. Boys work with Wynberg Girlsâ€™ High School wherever possible on joint projects.
â€˘ House-Building / CommunityÂ Maintenance & Repairs. This annual project is undertaken exclusively by Grade 8 learners and involves fundraising by way of their Grade Market DayÂ to finance materials to maintain & repairÂ homes for families in disadvantaged communities. In previous years, Wynberg’s Grade 8s have assistedÂ Habitat for Humanity and the Niall Mellon Township Trust. Our current partner, Living Hope, sees our learners working on annual projects in Capricorn Park.
â€˘ Sandwiches and soup are made regularly for the local Night Shelter.
â€˘ Boys also host a stall at the â€śOne to One Fairâ€ť for the physically challenged at the Good Hope Centre every year.
â€˘ The Chaeli Foundation is one of our â€śadoptedâ€ť charities.
â€˘ Boys marshal at the Two Oceans Marathon every year.
â€˘ The boys undertake quarterly Service Drives to collect Easter eggs, food, clothing, blankets, books and childrenâ€™s toys for distribution to orphanages, old age homes, refugees and the homeless.
â€˘ They also work at â€śTearsâ€ť in Kommetjie and â€śDargâ€ť in Hout Bay, caring for abused animals.
â€˘ From time to time groups of boys tackle projects such painting and refurbishing classrooms or crĂ¨ches, holding a sports day for disadvantaged children, or hosting a concert for the elderly.
â€˘ Interact links with the Wynberg Rotaract and Rotary clubs, and is a thriving Society. Boys get involved in numerous activities, mainly at weekends and during the holidays. Every year a large number of boys volunteer their services at the Uncle Paulâ€™s Christmas parties at Groot Constantia, which are very popular with Capetonians. Rotaract are the organisers and all profits are for charity.
Wynberg’s Grade 10s Clean Up!
October 2014: clearing litter & debris at Sunset Beach at Muizenburg,Â and getting the ‘catch of the week’ with the ‘trek fisherman’ … the 3 metre great white shark was pulled back into the sea to swim away unharmed.
Being involved in Service activities is fun and immensely rewarding for everybody concerned. The wonderful part is that boys, staff and parents give their time and energy willingly, generously and enthusiastically.