WBHS Weekly Newsletter 04 – 08 January 2016

On January 12th, 2016, posted in: News, Weekly Newsletters, Weekly Newsletters by





Early in 2015 the matric class were told that their achievement as a grade would be determined by hundreds of small stories of individual success. Each boy in the room had the opportunity to contribute to a picture greater than the sum of its parts. They were given the challenge to return our best results ever.

They did, and we are immensely proud of them. This achievement projects long into Wynberg’s future as the reality of our school being a centre of academic excellence will help us to recruit the next generation of top candidates.

We measure and compare whole school results, but we must not overlook the vast number of individual stories referred to above. They are too numerous to list in full, but Kino, Junaid, James and Aphiwe are good ones to start looking at. It was great to see so many teachers here on the day results were released and my certainty that we have an outstanding group of educators was borne out in the numerous occasions a colleague would come up to me and exclaim ‘I can’t believe boy x got 72% for…’ I had to pause and search for facial cues if this was good or bad news – but it was always followed up with ‘ … and I’m so proud of him!’. Our staff really do know our boys.

The global picture is as follows:

• 100% pass rate.
• 93.2% bachelors pass rate – our best ever (; ie allows boys to enter varsity)
• 1.4 distinctions(80% for a subject) per boy – again our best ever beating last year’s 1.1
• An aggregate average of 68.4% – once again our best ever beating 2013’s 68.1%

These are a stunning set of statistics. Credit should go to the boys for putting in the work, but the whole paradigm within which they operate is due to our staff who, every day, have prepared great lessons, encouraged those when they are struggling and inspired individuals to keep working. I feel greatly privileged to be a member of this staff body. Thank you all.

And now the cycle starts again. The promotion requirements in the GET phase have been raised for 2016. The Wynberg Pass has been raised. The bar has been set higher than ever before and I cannot wait to write this report at the start of 2017…





Water Polo: Our U/14, U/15 and Open teams have been training in our annual holiday training programs. All our new boys were invited to come and try out water polo as a sport. Our A team squads are in the process of training for the upcoming water polo tours. Our U/14 team will take part in the Reddam Tournament from the 11th-14th February, the U/15 team will be going to Grey PE from the 4th-7th February, the U/19 combined 3rd/4th team will be touring to Knysna to take part in the Oakhill Harbour Water Polo Festival from the 11th-14th February as a development opportunity and our 1st team will be making a return to KES in Johannesburg from the 3rd-6th March widely regarded as the most prestigious U/19 Water Polo Tournament in SA.

Cricket: Last year our new boys attended our grade 8 sports day and at the net session various promising grade 7 cricketers were identified and invited to attend our holiday training clinic. These boys have been training for 3 days on campus giving selectors a better look at the talent in the U/14 age group. The U/15 team also took part in a holiday clinic ahead of their participation out in Somerset West in the Somerset College Tournament. Our 1st team is currently playing in the Cape Cricket Festival and will play the following games at the JK Oval:
Thursday, 07/01/16: Wynberg v Northcliff (declaration)
Friday, 08/01/16: Wynberg v Waterkloof (50 overs)
Saturday, 09/01/16: Wynberg v Scotch Oakburn [Australia] (declaration)
Sunday, 10/01/16: Wynberg v Noord-Kaap (Declaration)
Monday, 11/01/16: Wynberg v Pretoria Boys’ (T20)

The highlight of the cricket calendar for the term is the 175 Double Wicket at Newlands on the 31st January. We encourage you to diarise this event and encourage friends and family to support.

Athletics: Last year we ended off the year with Paarl Athletics trials in an attempt to help with the identification of the best athletes for the Paarl Athletics. The reasoning for this is that Paarl Athletics is earlier than usual this year and takes place on 29 January. All grade 8’s and Matrics are required to support the event and will have transport provided and boys will be required to contribute R20 for towards their bus ticket. Another important event is our Athletics calendar is the 175 Sports Day on 1 February. Please invite your friends and family to attend and share in the athletic talents of our boys.

Grey PE Weekend 13th-15th May: With plans under way for our trip down to Grey PE all parents are requested to budget accordingly to allow for R1000 per boy for transport.

Some Important Sporting dates for this term are:
22/23 January: Cricket & Water Polo vs Bishops (H)
24 January: Six-a-side Cricket Tournament at Cape Town Cricket Club
28 January: Relay Gala at WBHS
29 January: Paarl Athletics & Cricket vs Grey PE
30 January: Water Polo vs RBHS (A) & Cricket vs Pinelands (H)
31 January: 175 Double Wicket at Newlands
1 February: 175 Sports Day
5/6 February: Cricket vs RBHS (A)
12/13 February: Cricket & Water Polo Vs PRG (H)
19/20 February: Cricket Vs Affies & Water Polo vs SACS (H)
22 February: Senior Inter House Summer Sport (Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Water Polo).
23 February: Inter House Gala
25 February: Old Boys Sport
26/27 February: Cricket vs Paarl (A) and Water Polo vs Reddam/Westerford (A)
2 March: Newlands Gala.
3 March: Junior Inter House Summer Sport (Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Water Polo).
9 March: Water Polo Mazinter Finals
11/12 March: Cricket vs SACS (A)
14 March: Start of Winter Sport
15 March: Newlands Rugby Day
16 March: Hockey Super 8’s.


Quote of the Week:

Fun Facts From Yesteryear …as told in our annual School Magazines over the years.

At the 1969 school Prize Giving, the Chief Inspector of Schools, Mr Wiggett gave the key note speech in which he warned of the “difficulties and temptations facing today’s youth. Press, radio, cinema and advertisements assail them on all sides with invitations to a pleasant, fun-filled life. How must they react?…”