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. This is an annual project undertaken exclusively by Grade 8 learners and involves fund-raising in the first instance (by way of an Entrepreneurâ€™s Day), to finance and then build a house for a family in a disadvantaged community. We have done this for nine consecutive years, firstly with Habitat for Humanity and this year with the Niall Mellon Township Trust.
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 week-ends 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.
Service Events 3rd Term 2012
â€˘ Soup making
â€˘ Stop Hunger Initiative
â€˘ Ushers at major production
â€˘ Ushers at Marimba Jam Concert
â€˘ One to One fair for Mentally handicapped
â€˘ Grade 8 house building
â€˘ Fundraiser concert
â€˘ Sports day with underprivileged school
â€˘ Possibly a blanket drive
We were thrilled to win the Rotaract Shield 2011 for the school adjudged the best for service to the community in the Western Cape. 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.