Friedlander Shield 2015: School Sports Day

Wynberg Boys' High School Sports Day 2015

It’s “On your marks, Get set, Go” for Wynberg’s first major event in the Inter-House Friedlander Shield competition for 2015: our annual Athletics Sports Day after school on Tuesday, 27 January will be as charged with House rivalry as ever as the athletes battle out for line honours and vital house points.

Wynberg Boys' High School House Positions 25 January 2015

House Positions 25 January 2015

Tuck shops on the Silverhurst fields and the Bill Bowden Pavilion will be open throughout the afternoon – a wonderful way to spend a ‘stolen’ summer’s afternoon for parents, friends and old boys: please join in the excitement as we mark the start of the 70th year of Wynberg’s Friedlander Shield competition.

While inter-house activities at Wynberg go back to 1924 when the original four school houses were created, it was the presentation of the Friedlander Shield in December 1944 that saw each of these separate events pulled together into an annual ‘overall’ competition.

The origins of the Friedlander Shield are deeply set in our Wynberg Way and our four pillars of Academics, Sport, Culture and Service. Presented in memory of Cecil Friedlander, our first Old Boy to lose his life in service during World War II, the tribute paid in the 1945 School Magazine sums up not just the character of the man, but the ethos of this school:

“The shield was offered for House competition by Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Friedlander and their three sons in memory of Cecil Friedlander, whom many Old Boys and the older members of the Staff recall as a boy and a man of great ability and of fine and rare sportsmanship and charm … The gift, and the constructive thought behind it, is yet another of Mr. Friedlander’s wise and generous contributions to our endowment and to the spirit of our School; and the beauty of the shield, the badge and the many medallions for the recording of the names of the winning Houses is in keeping with the new conception of manifold service to the School which the trophy is designed both to record and to encourage.” 

Follow this link to read more about the Friedlander Shield and the 8 Houses of Wynberg.