We have almost reached the end of a momentous week in the history of our school. Most of us have been on the go since last Friday attending the various school and special events which have been part of our 175th Launch Week. The last event of the Launch Week takes place tonight at Littlewood. The weather has been hot and the entire Wynberg Family is exhausted. Despite this, everyone has enthusiastically supported the events and there is a very positive and excited vibe around the school.
A full report on the Launch Week will be included in next weekâ€™s newsletter, but at this stage I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make it all happen, seemingly effortlessly. The 175 Committee, headed by Ann Coltham, have worked tirelessly behind the scenes as have the Ladies Association, our marketing team and our ever willing grounds staff. The staff have been fantastic in ensuring that the events have run smoothly and the boys have also played their part by responding and behaving in an exemplary fashion.
I have been very encouraged by the support of our parents and Old Boys and want to thank you all for taking the trouble to support us. My thanks too for the many messages of encouragement and support that I have received.
Take a bow Wynberg. May you all have a quiet, restful and relaxing weekend. You deserve it!
JAN DE WAAL
On Wednesday the grade 8â€™s had a presentation that concentrated on how to use their tablets effectively. A sensible filing structure was shown as well as the power of using an app such as OneNote to organise everything that you could possibly need to in lessons. The expectations of Wynberg Boys to be responsible learners and to adopt a growth-mindset was also discussed. At the end of the presentation they had a chance to reflect on how their first few weeks had gone; they gave some very useful insights that we will take on board.
Additional mathematics for at-risk boys
We have had a few queries from parents about how these sessions operate â€“ and I would like to highlight the following: He who does the work does the learning. Boys should arrive full of questions and queries for the teachers about work that they are doing and should be going over and over practice problems again and again. If there are steps missing in their understanding the teachers will be able to remediate this when the gap becomes visible â€“ but these gaps will only be revealed when the learner is working through practice problems.
A busy week at Wynberg saw the Lorie House family take some time out to enjoy a lovely House Braai at the Bill Bowden on Tuesday evening. Over 200 boys, parents, siblings and friends of Lorie were on hand to enjoy a friendly catchup and to welcome our new Grade 8 parents into the fold. The evening featured quick speeches from myself and our House Prefect, Liam Didcott, as well as some lovely musical entertainment from the â€˜Lorie Bandâ€™, made up of Ryan Francis, Liam Murray, Liam Roelofse and Zayd Louw. Our thanks to all who attended and to Mr Warren Grobler, Mr Gary Blakey and Mr Pete van Schalkwyk for organising the event.
Six young Wynberg Boysâ€™ High artists, Jason Adams, Andrew Jones, Kino Hogan, Cassie Robbertze, David Bressick and Ryan Gedult, under the tutelage of world-renowned sculptor, Jean Doyle have been hard at work for several months, creating a large frieze. This represents the four pillars of the school, namely Academics, Culture, Service and Sport. Once this spectacular work of art has been bronzed it will be placed in the foyer above the hall for all to see. On Thursday 4th February, selected guests were invited to the schoolâ€™s museum to get a first glimpse of the frieze which has been expertly crafted out of clay – the first major stage of the process. Well done to the Art Department teachers, Mrs Colman and Miss Diedericks and their talented pupils.
The first concert of the year took place at the Wynberg Boysâ€™ Junior School hall on Wednesday 3 February. Performers were from the high school, the junior school and this year talented past pupils were included. This gave the large, appreciative audience the opportunity to appreciate three different levels of musical development. The performances by the seven past pupils, who almost all achieved honours at school for music, was breathtakingly good. Shaun and Richard Moir (tuba and bassoon), Kevin Kim and Nicholas Haralambous (both piano), Joshua Louis (violin) and Micaiah Christopher and Che Charles (both clarinet). Both school bands performed extremely well too, especially taking into consideration that the concert was so early in the year. Credit must be given to the our dedicated concert band leaders, Peter Catzavelos (WBHS) and Justin Wardle (WBJS) who managed to prepare the bands in record time. Thank- you to everybody who assisted with this concert- the first of our 175 musical celebrations.
In excess of 500 Wynberg boys â€“ athletes and supporters â€“ travelled to Paarl on 29/01/16 to take part in the annual Paarl Athletics event. Star Wynberg performances included two wins from Grant Martin in the finals of the 110m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles races. Oliver Kopp showed true Wynberg spirit in not giving up in his two events en route to finishing 2nd in both the 1500m and 3000m. Matthew Deglon was a great surprise running in an age-group a year older than his to place second in both the U19 400m and U19 800m events.
The annual Inter-House Sports Day was held on Monday, 01/02/16.The 175 Parade, having taken place just two hours before the start, and it being an extremely hot and humid day, it was understandable that the boys were a bit tired by the time events started. This however did not seem to deter them much as we still had some great results.
Matthew Deglon equalled the record for the U17 800m: a record that had stood for 12 years. He narrowly missed breaking the U17 400m record by only 2 tenths of a second. Zack Adriaanse broke the U14 200m record: also a record that had stood for 12 years.
The boys fought hard and for the first time in 13 years a new house emerged the winner. Herewith the results:
1st : Wellington â€“ 245
2nd: Littlewood â€“ 242
3rd : McNaughton â€“ 211
4th : De Villiers â€“ 184
4th : Lorie â€“ 184
6th : De Waal â€“ 175
7th : Rhodes â€“ 154
8th : Van Riebeeck â€“ 83
U14: Zack Adriaanse
U15: Rethabile Louw
U17: Bevan Sasman
U1: Grant Martin
The 1st XI defeated SACS by nine wickets on Wednesday to advance to the semi-finals of the Coca-cola Schoolsâ€™ T20 Challenge.
The weekend ahead is a big one with 14 derby games v Rondebosch scheduled to be played on Friday afternoon and throughout Saturday. Rondebosch hosts the 1st XI game on â€˜Cricket Aâ€™ on Saturday, 09:30 start.
It is â€“ by and large â€“ a quiet weekend for Wynbergâ€™s water polo teams. The 15As are in Port Elizabeth participating in the Shamrock Grey Water polo Festival. The 19Bs; 19Es and 14As have matches scheduled v Somerset College. For the rest: a bye.
CWESI THE NIGHT SCHOOL AT WYNBERG BOYSâ€™ HIGH ABET/AET â€“ Levels 1 to 4 – 2016
Monday : English â€“ (18h30-20h30) Tuesday : (18h30-20h30) : Maths/Numeracy
Wednesday : English – (18h30-20h30)
Thursday : Travel & Tourism(18h00 â€“ 19h30) ; LO – (19h30 â€“ 21h00) PLUS â€¦
STARTING IN MARCH 2016 : ENGLISH FOR BEGINNERS and COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS.
STARTING IN APRIL 2016 â€“ BUSINESS BASICS.
THESE COURSES WILL BE OPEN TO EVERYONE FROM THE AGE OF SIXTEEN.
NB â€“ GR 12 (MATRIC) â€“ THE REVISED SENIOR CERTIFICATE
REGISTRATION IS CLOSED AND WILL OPEN FOR THE 2016-17 YEAR
IN AUGUST 2016. CLASSES WILL START IN SEPTEMBER AND EXAMS
WILL BE WRITTEN IN JUNE 2017.
Fun Facts From Yesteryear
â€¦as told in our annual School Magazines over the years
In the 1975 Western Province Dabchick Sailing Championship, Greg Davis won, in a fleet of 30 boats, in strong winds in a boat actually built as a woodwork project at the school!
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