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Wynberg Boys' High School - Farewell to Calum Walsh

Airport Farewells: left to right, Gap Students Conor Harrison (Rathkeale, New Zealand), Calum Walsh (George Watson’s, Scotland) and Wynberg Intern, Tom Swift.

Sunday 4 June 2017: Wynberg Boys’ High said farewell to Calum Walsh, our Gap student from George Watson’s College in Edinburgh. Calum writes:

My time at Wynberg started in September 2016 and sadly these 9 months have gone as if it is now only mid-October of the same year. Wynberg life started in Littlewood Boarding House where I was welcomed with open arms and made to feel completely at home.

From then I have been involved with the boarders, with my favourite day here the grade 8 challenge where the whole of Littlewood walked up Table Mountain, a day I will never forget. Soon after, and another highlight this (though at the time I wished to forget it), was the Obstacle Course Challenge for the grade 8s and the staff. Nothing brings a closeness out of a house like crawling through a tunnel filled with muddy water to come up to have raw egg and flour poured over your head. Despite this I loved every second spent with Littlewood house, the boys and staff are a credit to the school, and I’d like to thank Roland Rudd and all of the hostel staff for the way have made me feel a part of the Littlewood Brotherhood.

My extra-mural time coaching was split between Cricket and Soccer. The coaching of the Under 14D cricket side alongside Peter van Schalkwyk and then Gareth Rudolph, was an awful lot of fun. The boys ended up getting a very good set of results in the summer first term, memorably pulling off a victory against Rondebosch despite being bowled out for 59.

In the winter term I coached the U15A Soccer side with Stephen Fouche and Jonathan Roussow. This team was possibly my proudest achievement at the school. Watching these boys grow in confidence and grow in friendship – most boys did not know each other before the start of the year. The results have shown that the boys have no fear and have the potential to go right to the top of the game by the time they reach U19 level.

I would also like to give a massive thank you to Jan de Waal and all of the staff at Wynberg, it could not have been anywhere near as successful a year for me without them all. My thanks to Shaun and Cecily Madison, and their whole family, for their role as my host parents, and for going beyond and truly giving me a home away from my own. Thanks, too, to Chris Merrington and Anne de Waal for being so kind and caring and looking after me in the new accommodation at Aletta Walk.

Special thanks to my mates Conor Harrison (New Zealand) and Thijs Kelder (Netherlands) for being my fellow gap year students – I wish Conor the best of luck for the rest of his time here.

Lastly, I would like to thank the boys of Wynberg Boys High School for the incredible year and the memories to last a lifetime.

Supera Moras

Calum Andrew Walsh
George Watson’s College Gap Year Student