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WBHS Newsletter, Friday 16 February 2018

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Open Microphone with Andrew Pycroft

 Thursday 22 February 2018, 19h00: our next Open Microphone welcomes ICC Match Referee Andrew Pycroft as our guest in conversation with our former Headmaster and cricket 'guru', Keith Richardson, at the Bill Bowden Pavilion.  Andrew is one of only 8 match referees to officiate at cricket games around the world. A lawyer by profession, Andrew was involved for many years with Zimbabwe cricket as a player, coach, selector, manager, and commentator. Andy was educated at Bishops and a classmate of Keith Richardson (who'll be certain to dig into Andrew's umpiring decisions!). This is certain to be an off-the-record evening not to be missed by any serious cricket enthusiast. Pre-booked tickets are available at R120 per person - a light supper will be served. Please email Carol Ramsay proof of payment to book your seat for the evening:  WOBUNedbank ConstantiaAccount number 1042307431Branch number 198765Ref: Surname/Open MicFollow Wynberg Old Boys' Union on Facebook

Umbro to Sponsor Wynberg Soccer

Thursday 15 February 2018: We are pleased to announce that Umbro and Wynberg Boys' High School have officially formed a partnership for Wynberg Soccer. As part of the Team Umbro family, Wynberg families and sportsmen will receive 10% off non-sale items on presentation of the discount code WBHS2018 at your nearest Umbro Store. Umbro is the original Manchester-based football brand that invented sportswear and sports tailoring. Today, the company combines its heritage in sports tailoring with modern football culture to create groundbreaking and iconic football apparel, footwear and equipment that blend performance and style. Visit your nearest Umbro store at the following locations:

Umbro Access Park: Shop G6, Access Park, 81 Chichester Road, Kenilworth, 021 671 3797.

Umbro Sable Square: Shop J2, Sable Square Village Centre, Cnr Ratanga Road & Bosmansdam Road, 021 555 3397.Find Umbro on Facebook @UmbroSouthAfrica and Instagram @umbrosouthafrica - tweet your favourite football moments: @Umbro_SA

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1st XI at Randjesfontein - the JE Oppenheimer Match

Above: Wynberg's 1st XI in the Clubhouse at Randjesfontein

Saturday 10 February 2018: On Saturday, Wynberg became the first Cape Town school to be invited to play at Randjesfontein against the John Oppenheimer XI (JEO XI). The trip was the culmination of a phone call between Director of Cricket, Andrew Wylie and Craig Lyons and the legendary generosity of the Oppenheimer family in their quest to bring cricket matches to this majestic ground.

The sprawling Randjesfontein Country estate lies about 25 minutes drive from OR Tambo airport. Owned by the famous Oppenheimer family, it is home to racehorses, stud horses, guest houses, private residences and the most beautiful cricket ground I have ever had the privilege to visit. The oval has been home to the Nicky Oppenheimer XI (NFO XI) over the years.They have traditionally been one of the warm-up match opponents against touring Indian, West Indian, Pakistan, England and Australian sides who have toured here ahead of their encounters with the Proteas.   

All flights and accommodation were paid for by the family and the catering on the day of the match was such that anyone who walked into the ground to watch was able to tuck into the feast. The outfield of the oval is manicured to perfection.  So similar to a bowling green, it was amusing to see some Wynberg boys staring at it upon arrival before bending down to touch it to see if it was real.   With its tall poplar trees creating a shady boundary on the one side of the ground and given the ovals location in the middle of Midrand bush, one gets the feeling that someone dropped an English county ground into the otherwise African location.  

The clubhouse conjures up images of the members stand at Lords, albeit a far more modern design that lends itself to watching cricket on couches from the open plan lounge/patio downstairs or from the balcony leading off the players' change rooms.  It was only when play was interrupted by a classic Highveld thunderstorm at about 4 pm that one realized that it took 4 men to push about 60 meters of wood-panelled glass doors into place to keep everyone dry. The clubhouse contains a library of well over 18 000 books – all dedicated to cricket. While going through the shelves, I came across a family photo album containing pictures taken at the match vs Pakistan in 2002. Seeing how the younger and older members or the Oppenheimer family spent the day watching cricket, lounging around the clubhouse with family pets in tow, it reminded me of images of the Kennedys at Hyannis Port in the 1960’s. There are paintings and framed photos of famous players and memorable matches – all gifts from touring teams that have played there. There is even a bat once used by WG Grace in one of the display cabinets.      

WBHS Newsletter, Friday 9 February 2018

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Sports Roundup, Week Ending 9 February 2018

Above: Wynberg 1st Team in action against Westerford, 9 February 2018

Friday 9 February 2018, Wynberg Boys’ High School: With the Western Cape in the throes of the worst drought in living memory, it is understandable that some of our sporting fixtures have been negatively affected.  

The past fortnight has seen fixtures cancelled, rearranged, and in some cases, match formats have been changed to reduce playing time. Our teams are informed during the course of their school day of any changes, and we expect our students to communicate these with their parents directly in respect of transport, match support, and kit requirements. We thank you for your understanding.

A joint statement written by the Boys’ High Schools has been published and outlines our reasons for continuing with our sporting programme – albeit a curtailed one.  

The drought plan for sport for the rest of the term is as follows:

Academic Excellence: Prizes & Special Awards

 

Above: Prize Giving stage party - left to right, Messrs Damascene Taylor (School Governing Body & Old Boys' Exco), Tapie Marlie (Governing Body Chair), Larry Moser (Deputy Headmaster), Jan de Waal (Headmaster, with guest speaker, Brian Schreuder (Head of Education, Western Cape Education Department)

Thursday 8 February 2018: the annual prize giving, recognising academic excellence across all grades for 2017, was held in the Clegg Hall, with Mr Brian Schreuder, Head of Education, Western Cape Education Department, as guest speaker. We take pleasure in publishing the full list of prize winners, and special award recipients:

GRADE 8

SUBJECT CERTIFICATEisiXhosa: Akhile Ngesi

MERIT CERTIFICATE and SILVER TIEAbdul Abrahams, Aiden Bailey, Joshua Bolley, Julian Boulle, Justin Chesterton, Alexander Clarke, Daniel Coetzee, Ben Currie, Connor Davids, Caleb de Klerk, Adam Denton, Ryan de Villiers, Muaz Ebrahim, Max Elsworth, Meekaaeel Fataar, Timothy Fortune, Zaakir Gangat, Aditya Ghorpade, Joe Hawthorne, Jordan Heeger, Thomas Hugo, Amir Jaffer, Ross Jeppe, Josh Koff, Radhi Lagerdien, Aidan Leak, Matthew Leech, Teague Lourens, Christian Louw, Blaine Mortimer, John-Bruce Noad, Naeem Parker, Matthew Raatz, Jack Robinson, Daniel Roden, Maahier Sambo, Matthew Sampson, Justin Sangster, Uzair Sarvan, Mujahied Shabodien, Charles Shaw, Mudathir Solomon, Keanan Thyssen, Ethan Turner, Dian Vermeulen, James Veysey, Caleb Voskuil, Ethan Walton

MERIT CERTIFICATE, SILVER TIE and SUBJECT CERTIFICATESubject certificate for Creative Arts; Merit; Silver Tie -Julian BoulleSubject certificate for Geography; Merit; Silver Tie - James Veysey

Position Statement: Curtailed Sports Programme in Response to Water Crisis

 

Tuesday 6 February 2018: at a recent meeting at Wynberg Boys' High School between the Headmasters of Wynberg, Bishops, SACS, and Rondebosch, a joint position on a measured and constrained school sports programme was undertaken.:

We note that the predicted date when Cape Town will run out of water has been pushed out to May. However, in the face of the rising concerns over water management and conservation, and the civic duty of every Capetonian to participate in water saving, we have reached the following resolutions:A severely curtailed and tightly managed summer sports programme will ensue. We will use only facilities fit to play on and which can be justifiably used without placing stress on playing surfaces.Water irrigation using ground water will adhere strictly to the directives prescribed by 6B restrictions: ‘a maximum of 1 hour on Tuesdays and Saturdays before 09:00 and after 18:00’. The following festivals that draw visitors from out of town have been cancelled: the Wynberg Rugby, Hockey, Squash, and Soccer Festival, the Nomads Hockey Festival and the Rondebosch under 16 Hockey Festival.In most cases there are no more than two further home games on the water polo schedule. Several school pools have or will be shut down for use with the view to playing a reduced programme at a centralised venue shared by preparatory and high schools. These pools will be recharged minimally using only treated borehole water. Match times and chukkas for lower teams will be reduced. Other than pre-planned visiting teams, no more than two further home cricket fixtures will be played and these will be reduced at most age group levels to either a 20 or 50 over game format.All sports practices will be cut back to fewer instances on the actual field of play i.e. in water polo, 1 pool and 1 land practice per week, and in cricket, 1 pitch and 1 net practice.  All of our schools are engaged in a serious and ongoing programme of education about water usage and its implications to our learners and community at large. Our schools are playing a significant and measurable part in water saving measures, some to the extent that we no longer draw on the dams and are to all intents and purposes off the ‘grid’. Others have implemented a disciplined water-saving regime including buckets of grey water for flushing and hand sanitisers for washing. We believe that in implementing the measures above we will be able to meet our civic responsibility to save water and keep Day Zero at bay. Should we reach a point of crisis, those schools with boreholes are investigating ways in which we share this water with places in need like old-age homes in the area and, if practicable, with schools that don’t have boreholes. The situation will be constantly monitored and evaluated and should further measures be required, they will be taken. We will communicate regarding winter sports at a later date.  

Maths Parent Information Evening

 

Wednesday 31 January, Wynberg Boys' High School: Our second Maths Parent Information Evening - this event introduces parents to the Maths Department teachers and provides insight into how the department functions.

Mrs van der Westhuizen gave some information regarding the “Nuts and Bolts” which also included assessment structures. Mrs Biggs spoke about the maths support programme, GEMS (Gaining Extra Mathematical Skills).

Mr Neil Eddy explained his popular junior enrichment programme, expanding on the mathematical essentials for a Grade 8 learner. Some important tips and guidelines for parents of Grade 8 boys were addressed here.

Mr Cliff Hull described the online Moodle platform where many resources for each grade can be accessed, including past papers and memos from not only Wynberg Boys’ High School but also from so many other schools, as well as departmental papers. He also particularly addressed the matric parents as to their, and their sons' expectations and gave some important tips on how Matrics can get the best out of their final school year.

School Governing Body Elections: Notification & Documentation

Monday 5 February 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: notice is hereby given that a meeting for the nomination and election of candidates for the election of educators and non-educators for the governing body of [Wynberg Boys' High School] will be held on Friday, 23 February 2018 at 14h00 - 15h00 in the staffroom.

Please follow the links for the official notification, and the nomination documents:

WBHS-2018-Notice-NominationAndElection-EducatorAndNonEducators.pdf

WBHS-2018-GoverningBodyElections-NominationForm.pdf

WBHS Newsletter, Friday 2 February 2018

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Event: Concert in the Quad 2018

Dates ​ ​ 14, 15, 16 (Student Night), 17 February (Gala Performance) 2018, seated by 18h45 for 19h00 start ​Location ​Jowell Quad, Wynberg Boys' High School Bookings & Prices  Wednesday 14 February 2018, 6.45pm - R50 pp  Picnic Table – bring your own food and refreshments Thursday 15 February  2018, 6.45pm - R50 pp Picnic Ta...

Open Mic: Neil de Kock, Steve McIntyre & Howie Kahn

19h00 Wednesday 31 January 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School : the next in the popular Wynberg Old Boys' Union Open Microphone series features Neil de Kock, former Saracens, Stormers, and Springbok player, and Old Wynbergian Steve McIntyre, former strength and conditioning coach to Jake White's World Cup winning 2007 Springbok team. These two rugby h...

Metro South Education District Honours WBHS Academic Excellence

Saturday 27 January 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School : at the annual Metro South Education District academic awards ceremony, the academic achievements of Wynberg's matric class of 2017 in the final NSC examinations were recognised with the school sharing first place for the highest pass rate in Quintile Five Schools, taking second place in the dist...

In Memoriam: Adrian “Arrie” Matthews

  Friday 26 January 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School : It was with great sadness that the Wynberg Community learnt of the sudden and untimely death of the school's head groundsman, Adrian "Arrie" Matthews, on the evening of Wednesday 24 January 2018. Arrie oversaw the team that cared for Wynberg's facilities for over a decade with a great degre...

Cancelled: Wynberg Winter Sports Festival 2018 #WynbergWaterWise

  Friday 26 January 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School : It is with great disappointment that we announce our decision to cancel the 2018 edition of the Standard Bank Wynberg Winter Sports Festival. With the water crisis deepening, it would be irresponsible to host a mass-participation sporting event while our City is taking extraordinary water m...

Admissions 2019: Open Day for Primary Schools

  Tuesday 13 February 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School : we take great pleasure in welcoming prospective Wynberg Families to our Admissions 2019 Open Day. This is an opportunity to find out more about one of South Africa's leading boys' schools, to view our magnificent educational and sporting facilities, discover more about boarding, and meet ...

Inter-House Sports Day – All the Results and Media Memories

  Saturday 20 January 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School : our 95th annual school sports day – a big thank you for the support on our fields, and our congratulations to all our athletes for giving their all in every event. Final House Positions: 1st Littlewood 2nd Hawthornden 3rd McNaughton 4th Trovato 5th Glebe 6th Silverhurst 7th Oude Wijnberg ...

Schedule of Events: Inter-House Sports Day, 20 January 2018

Saturday 20 January 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School Inter-House Sports Day: an open invitation to our Wynberg Families, Old Boys, and supporters to join us on the Silverhurst Fields for our annual Inter-House Sports Day. Access to the school will be via the Herschel Walk entrance, with parking in the back parking area, the swimming pool parking are...

New Water Crisis Measures #WynbergWaterWise

Thursday 18 January 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School . [Update: shortly after Mr de Waal released his statement below, the City of Cape Town announced the introduction of Level 6b water restrictions as of 1 February 2018. A report in Times Live today: "Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city council was replacing its unpopular proposed drought levy wi...

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