Weekly Newsletter 10 – 17 February 2012

On February 17th, 2012, posted in: Archive by


A final decision has now been made about our Governing Body elections. Please take note of the arrangements:

• Date: Tuesday 13th March in the Clegg Hall. It will no longer be an all-day election.
• Time: 18h00
• Quorum: 15% of parents. In our case, this is about 230 parents. Please do not leave it to other parents to fulfill YOUR responsibility in this regard.
• Those parents wishing to nominate a candidate to help with governance may collect nomination forms from the front office from Tuesday 6 March.
• Voters’ Roll will consist of the two parents who signed the original Application Form. However, one biological parent not living with their son MAY also be included on the role. Forms will be sent out later to families to ascertain whether these names need be added to the Voters’ Roll.
• A formal ‘Notice of Meeting’ has been handed to pupils today to give to their parents.
• All information pertaining to these elections (which take place every three years) has been placed on our school website.



Samir Daniels and Niall Marinus must be congratulated for driving the concept of a Matric Study Group. Matrics are invited to work with other matrics and to ask questions. About a dozen boys have been attending in the afternoons and they are commended on their efforts to improve their standards.



Parents are reminded that driving lessons in our FORD FIGO are available in the afternoons. Please book your lessons with Mrs Manley in the school office.

Mekor Ford Mazda has unbelievable deals in the Ford Figo (the same type of car as WBHS is using).
Cost R115 000 including a 3yr / 60 000 service plan
The Mazda2 1.3 Active is also available for R139 900

Contact Gail-Lynn on 021 672 1711 or 071 935 1968 for more details and to book a test drive.
Offer valid till end of February 2012.



Two weeks ago the RCL had the honor of being invited to the first WCED Global Ethical Conference. The Conference took place on Saturday 4 February at Muizenberg High school from 8 till 5pm.

The boys who attended this event were Danyaal Effendi , Anganathi Beyile and Siyabonga Beyile. They got the chance to attend lectures from world leaders in the political and Business fields to learn about the different types of leadership.

The Lecture that the boys enjoyed most was the CEO of Walt Disney Publishing who told them about how you must not lead by hammering every problem but by building relationships.

The Conference finished with a closing ceremony where Wynberg were presented with an award for their participation and representing the school.



On Tuesday afternoon, a contingency of 25 UK schools (consisting of both teachers and learners) and their Cape Town counterparts, descended on the AMC for a Conference of which the main theme was the upcoming 2012 Olympics to be held in London later this year.

Delegates were treated to a highly informative talk by Professor Tim Noakes about believing in oneself and how to be motivated to excel beyond one’s imagination in all aspects of life, including sport. He gave practical success stories such as that of the cold water swimmer Lewis Pugh, known as the human polar bear, whom he personally guided, breaking new ground in scientific knowledge.

This was followed by Cape Town teachers and their UK twins presenting innovative joint curriculum projects and sharing their good practices with all the other Afritwin schools present.

As a spin-off, undoubtedly, many networking opportunities were taken up, with local teachers making new friends with other local schools, and the conference therefore achieved its main objective: to leave all delegates feeling motivated and inspired.




The last of our two Open Days was held on Monday and, once again, we had a huge crowd. The wonderful Grade 8 Guides – as well as those in other grades who volunteered to help – are to be commended on living the Wynberg Brand. So many visiting parents were visibly impressed by the obvious pride that our Guides showed in themselves, their uniform and their school.

The parents helping in the tuckshop, the Sound and Lighting Crew, the Bands and the choirs must also take a bow for their contribution. The Open Days were a huge success.



The Safety Swimming service event that started on the11th February saw many smiles accompanied by great learning.

The Children arrived and were very excited to get started with the program. We were slightly challenged by the fact that Afrikaans was the home language but the volunteers worked really well under the pressure and ran through the program smoothly.

The learning outcome that peaked the excitement levels was the ‘saving your friend’ as this gave the children a chance to practice their aiming when throwing safety ropes as well as to get into the water and practice their treading skills.

The program continues for three more weeks every Saturday.




All parents are encouraged to share this day with our musicians. Tables are set out on the lawns of the Headmaster’s House, tea is provided and our school musicians will be provided two hours of music under the wonderful backdrop of Silverhurst and Table Mountain.

If you still wish to make a booking, please phone Hugh Rowles at 021-7972101 or e-mail him at hrowles@wbhs.org.za



Sandwich making continues every Wednesday morning. It will be McNaughton’s turn on Wed 22 Feb. Participants should bring half a loaf of bread and some spread and report to D11 before school.



Inter-house plays (27th & 28th Feb, in the hall from 18h30)
Everybody is welcome to attend the house plays on these two evenings. Entrance is free. The plays are chosen and directed by the boys and provide great family entertainment.



It has been an extremely busy sporting week for Wynberg with just under 50 matches taking place across various sporting codes, as well as participating in two galas and two athletics meetings.

Last Thursday afternoon we hosted our own inter-schools gala – where we ended up in second place.

The Newlands Gala, the biggest event on the swimming calendar, is to swimming what Paarl is to athletics with the added bonus of eight girls’ schools attending as well! The pavilion was heaving with supporters from the various schools, the noise was deafening and the Wynberg swimmers responded. After a number of first and second places, Tashreeq Davids returned the first Wynberg ‘gold’ in the u650m breaststroke. Matthew Bowers responded with a first place in the u19 50m freestyle. WBHS finished the Gala in style by winning the u19 4X 50m medley by a convincing margin. For the second year in a row, we ended up in a creditable 3rd position.

Our athletes took part in a small meeting at Steenberg High School last Wednesday and the Liqui-Fruit Northern Zone meeting on Friday at the Bellville Vellodrome. Our athletes did extremely well and the following boys received gold medals:

Yusuf Ismail U19 100m
Zubayr Daniels U14 Shot PUT and U15 Javelin
Dian Fourie U14 Long Jump
Carl Liedeman U15 High Jump
Darryn Rix U19 Javelin
Yusuf Ismail, Siya Beyile, Darren Rix, Josh de Stadler U19 Relay

Our 1st Squash Team attended the annual St Andrews (Bloemfontein) Festival last weekend. They beat KES 5-1, Queens 6-0, drew 3-3 with Westville and lost to St Andrews 1-5 and Pretoria Boys’ 2-4. This was a good result for our young team.

Our Waterpolo teams played Paul Roos on Saturday morning. Our 1st , 2nd, 4th and 15A teams all won their games. The 1st team had to work hard for a
7-5 victory, but the highlight was our 15A team that turned around a big defeat from last year to win 7-6.

Our Cricket teams also played Paul Roos. Our 1st XI enjoyed a narrow victory which means that for two weeks in a row our boys have showed a lot of grit to secure two very close victories over two Boland schools. Our 15As also beat Paul Roos with the u14’s going down narrowly – but they are improving every week. Unfortunately a number of games were rained out in Stellenbosch.

Basketball has also had a busy week, with us hosting a 3-way tournament with Pinelands and Grey PE. Our 16As beat both these schools, but unfortunately our 1st team lost narrowly to both. On Wednesday we played Phakama as part of the top schools tournament. Again our 16As won which means that they go through to the last four.



Next Friday 24 February we host the annual Cricket Superskills on the Jacques Kallis Oval starting at 13h00. We will have 44 teams from 15 different primary and high schools taking part. These boys will be showing off their batting, bowling and fielding skills in an attempt to go through to the finals and win some great prizes donated by our cricket sponsor, NS. Sporting Chance will be co-hosting the event with us as well as sponsoring the event. As was the case last year the event will be televised by Supersport’s Let’s Play.



The school has been made an offer by Dr Victoria Alexander, a neuro- psychologist, to do a baseline test on all our rugby players and anyone else who is interested. This testing has become essential in managing rugby players after they have received a concussion. If a player were to get concussed, they would be retested and the new score compared to the baseline test to determine the severity of the concussion. Without this test it is almost impossible for doctors to assess the seriousness of a concussion. The test takes about 30 minutes to complete and the cost would be about R300. Parents would not be charged if any further testing was necessary if a concussion was suspected. I would really encourage parents of rugby players to take up this offer. If any parents are interested in having their sons undergo the baseline testing, they are to please email Guida Goldstein, a current Wynberg parent. (guidag@bothner.co.za)



Bash Naidoo from NS, Wynberg Cricket’s official apparel supplier, has agreed to bring stock of the Wynberg NS cricket apparel for sale to Wynberg cricketers on Monday, 20/02/12.

The cost of the clothing, which will be available in S, M and L, is as follows:
Wynberg cricket shirt: R170
Wynberg cricket longs: R170
Practice t-shirt: R170 (Voluntary item as school sport shirt sufficient)
Practice shorts: R150 (Voluntary item as school shorts are sufficient)

NS would prefer cash sales, but will have EFT facilities. Discounted NS bats will be on sale.


Quote of the Week


‘The highest calling in life for parents and teachers is to be a great coach. They coach their charges in how to change their lives for the better. It is not about academic success or sporting results – it is about the journey and the lessons learnt on the way.’

Professor Tim Noakes speaking to teachers and pupils on Tuesday in the Nussbaum Auditorium


Headmaster’s Blog: http://kcr-keithrichardson.blogspot.com/