Firmamentum Ludi – 2017 Reflections on Littlewood Boarding House

Wynberg's Littlewood Boarding House

Click the image to view photos of Littlewood’s Christmas Dinner & Awards evening

5 December 2017: At Littlewood Boarding House we hold great store in our position as the backbone of the school, our adopted motto Firmamentum Ludi infers a foundation of school support, with 2017 seeing our Littlewood boarders once again setting the standard and tone for Wynberg Boys’ High.

Hostel head prefect 2017, Abenathi Botha, along with his prefect body, did a superb job in building on the foundations and traditions of the past, helping to develop a modern boarding environment that is ever more friendly and welcoming.

Headmaster Mr Bill Bowden & MEC Mr Henshilwood, immediately after the opening speeches

#Littlewood60; click the image to read the story & view the photos

In the year we celebrated 60 years in our current home-from-home, the boarding house was the fullest it has ever been accommodating 110 boys and an ever-expanding waiting list.

Our Diamond Jubilee coincided with the year in which the school’s house names were changed to reflect a closer historic relevance. An exhaustive consultative process by Wynberg’s Social Cohesion Committee saw Littlewood retain its name (to the joy of boarders past and present), with only the badge to change in keeping with the other school houses.  My thanks to all for their enthusiastic participation in the process.

As always, our boarders threw themselves wholeheartedly into the inter-house Friedlander Shield competition winning most of the major events – gala, relays, and sports day – to finish in 2nd position behind Lorie, the deserved 2017 winners.

Major developments followed on the projects of 2016, with the boarding house now sporting three state-of-the-art bathrooms, a welcome upgrade to the dated communal showers of years gone by.

Littlewood’s contribution to the Service Pillar continued to inspire with regular sandwich making efforts, soup kitchens, and our annual Santa Shoebox collection where the house collected 170 gift boxes for children in orphanages.

At our annual Christmas Dinner and Prize Giving the following boys were awarded:

Wynberg's Littlewood Boarding House

James Veysey and the Steven Award; click the image to view the Flickr album

The Steven Trophy Awarded to the best all round grade 8:
James Veysey

Littlewood Floating Trophy Awarded to the boarder showing the greatest all round contribution:
Abenathi Botha

Littlewood Achievement Award Awarded to the boarder with the most significant achievement:
Grant Martin

Superintendent’s Cup Awarded to the boarder who is an example in every way:
Aslam Bezuidenhout

Academic of the Year Awarded to the boarder who has achieved outstanding academic grades:
Liam Hermanus

Victor Ludorum Awarded to the boarder who has displayed leadership and participated at the highest level (most house points):
Grant Martin

View photos of the evening on Flickr

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Mr Roland Rudd, Vice-Principal Boarding & Admissions