WBHS Weekly Newsletter 08 – 12 February 2016

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Wynberg Boys' High School 175 Street Parade - at the Junior School

On Monday 1 February 2016, Wynberg’s newly established Pipe Band led the staff and boys from both Wynberg’s Junior and High Schools on a march through the streets of Wynberg. The route was chosen to include each of the four sites that the Wynberg Schools have occupied since the original school opened its doors in 1841.

The starting point of the march was Waterloo Green, once the playground of children attending the original school housed in Glebe Cottage across the road. After a short address by well-known historian and author Dr Helen Robinson about the school’s origins as a small, rural school, the parade (formed up in Houses), made its way across the sports fields to the Boys’ Junior School, amidst cheering and a few rounds of “Happy birthday” sung by the Wynberg Girls’ Schools.

Following brief address by Mr Cedric Poleman, Headmaster of the Boys’ Junior School, and Tony Steward, a long-serving teacher of the Boys’ Junior School and Old Boy, the parade reformed in Fairseat Lane before making its way to the High School via Alexandra and De Villiers Roads. Upon entering the Memorial Gates, each House Flag was lowered as a mark of respect to Wynberg Men who have fallen in wars and raised again as the parade moved across the field to take up position, either on the banks (Grades 9, 10 and 11 boys), or within the 175 figure printed on the field in the case of Matrics and their Grade 8 buddies and boys from the Junior School.

The Opening Ceremony began with a number by the Pipe Band followed by a thrilling parachute landing by Timothy Hutchings to deliver the 175 flag to Alex Boettger, a wheelchair bound Grade 9 pupil. He in turn handed the flag over for hoisting to a representative of the Support Staff, Mr Jeremy Petersen, who has been at Wynberg for nearly 24 years. This flag will be flown at special events throughout Wynberg’s 175th year.

Mr Jan de Waal, Headmaster of the High School, then welcomed the guests and the Head Boy, Gideon Boshoff made a pledge on behalf of the boys to uphold the standards and values that the school has held dear for 175 years. Liz Brunette the Ward Councillor for Wynberg, congratulated the schools on their 175th anniversary on behalf of the Mayor of Cape Town and the proceedings ended with a rousing rendition of the school song by some 1300 boys.


Read the stories and view the photos and links to Wynberg’s 175 Launch Week below:


On Wednesday 17th February, the Simon Van der Stel Foundation’s Blue Heritage Plaque is to be unveiled at 3.30pm at the entrance to the school. Awarded to schools which have contributed significantly and in a special way historically to education in South Africa, the Foundation has honoured Wynberg Boys’ High School in 2016 in this way. The award has been facilitated by the Centre for Education Conservation and its Director, Ms Sigi Howse is to address the gathering at the Blue Plaque’s unveiling. All who are interested are welcome to attend.



47 Wynberg athletes headed to the Green Point track to take part in a zonal meeting on Wednesday, 10/02/16. The day proved a resounding success with the u15 relay team crossing the finishing line first and the following boys earning gold in their respective disciplines:

Wynberg Boys' High School Zonal Athletics 2016U14:
Zack Adriaanse (100m)
Nick de Jager (400m & 800m)
Daniel Judge (Long Jump)
Vaughan Rademeyer (Shot Put)

Rehabile Louw (200m; 400 & High Jump)
Dillon Sibanda (Long Jump)
Llewellen Stead (Shot Put)

Wynberg Boys' High School Zonal Athletics 2016U17:
Matthew Deglon (400m & 800m)
Ruben Fourie (Shot Put)
Spencer Luck (3000m)
Grant Martin (400m Hurdles)
Tyler McClure (Javelin)
Bevan Sasman (Long Jump)

Oliver Kopp (1500m)

Wynberg Boys' High School Cricket U15A vs RondeboschWynberg’s cricket sides struggled against Rondebosch last week with just the 2nd XI; 3rd XI; 15Bs and 15Ds recording wins. The 14A game ended in a draw.

The teams are in the midst of derby fixtures v Paul Roos. The 3rd XI; 4th XI; 5th XI and 15Cs have recorded midweek wins, with the 6th XI; 15Ds; 14Cs and 14Ds being on the wrong end of the result. The A and B-sides play in Cape Town and Stellenbosch tomorrow. The 1st XI game is to be staged on the Jacques Kallis Oval. 09:30 start.

The 1st XI is in action again on Sunday when it joins Paul Roos, Rondebosch and hosts, Somerset College, at the annual Somerset College T20 Festival.

Wynberg’s sailors did themselves and the school proud at the Hermanus Grand Slam last week. Calvin Gibbs registered a win in Laser Radial Class, with Matthew Thorburn, Dylan Long and Nicholas Faraday returning top three finished in the Dabchick, Laser Radial and 420 classes respectively.

Water polo:
The 1st team was defeated 5-10 by Reddam in a SACS Night Series match on Tuesday. With regards the weekend’s games: Nine sides take to the Wynberg pool against Paul Roos today (Friday) and tomorrow. The 1st team has a bye.
An u19 invitation side has travelled up the Garden Route this weekend to represent the school in the annual Oakhill Chukka Festival staged in the Knysna Harbour. The team – at the time of writing – had defeated Graeme College 4-3 and lost to Alexander Road 4-5.



Parents, do you have access to the following, or contacts? Our drama production of “Our Country’s Good” is in the week of 19-23 April, and it would be so useful if these items could be donated to create a scene of a deserted island:
WOODEN CRATES or WOODEN PALLETS, FABRIC (sand colour cheese-cloth or similar that will be sewn into 4 drops of 4x4m), ROPE (30m, natural looking), Industrial PLASTIC (to cover 8m2), SAND (3 cubic metres of beach-looking sand, delivered to school on 15 April), PAINT (to paint on wood: 40 litres of cream & desert colours, 40 litres of black – individual tins would be very welcome!).
Please contact Keenan before 22 February if you can kindly help with any of these items. Thank you! His email address is ktoliphant@gmail.com


Just arrived! The 175 Peak Caps are perfect to wear while playing sport as they’re made of a lightweight, moisture-management fabric. At R90, they’re available for everybody to purchase and the boys are welcome to wear them for sport (particularly for cricket until School & Leisure have stock of the official school cap).
Also available in the 175 Range are: Golf Shirts (R210), Replica 175 Flag (50cmx30cm R60), Gel Pens (R20), Stainless Steel Key Rings (R40). More items will be available soon.
These can be purchased at the following places:
• Reception on Monday to Thursday at lunch time.
• The School’s Clothing Shop on Wednesdays from 12h00 to 14h00.
• School events this term: Interhouse Gala (23 Feb), Old Boys Summer Sport (25 Feb), Drug Talk for Gr 8’s (8 March), U15 Rugby Braai (14 Mar), Steel Band Boutique Concert (17 Mar).

All items will be available through the online shop when it is launched later this year, and more clothing and memorabilia will be added to our range soon.


Many heartfelt thanks to the parents and staff who helped to make the 175 Launch Week such a success. Whether you sold one cooldrink or made a significant speech in front of 100’s of people, or any task in between – thank you! We started with a quiet and intimate blessing service in the oldest building on campus on Saturday, and then the week flew from the loud and social Cricket Day at Newlands, to the proud street parade and Flag Raising ceremony, to the gracious Concert Band Boutique Evening, the launch of the impressive Sculptured Frieze and the raucous Littlewood Reunion! So many comments have come through from visitors, parents, current learners and Old Boys, describing how they have enjoyed celebrating their links with the school.

The next 175 events for everyone to enjoy are the Newlands Rugby Day (Tues 15 March afternoon), the Launch of the 175 Coffee Table Book, Walkway and Wine Tasting (Wed 16 March early evening) and Steelband Boutique Evening (Thurs 17 March). Everyone is invited to all of these events, and more info will be available soon.

All comments, questions and suggestions are welcome at 175@wbhs.org.za. Thank you.


Parents, please be advised , that the Bill Bowden will be closed for refurbishment until further notice.
The WOBU apologises for any inconvenience.

BODY EXCEL HIGH PERFORMANCE CENTRE: Specialized training to suit the individual.
WBHS are home to the Body Excel gym on our premises. This gym is open to ANYONE to join.

Opening hours are from 6am – 7pm (Mon – Thurs) and 6am – 6pm (Fri).

Membership fees
• R 125.00 (School pupils)
• R 220.00 (Parents, Old boys, Staff)
• R 250.00 (Public)
• Joining fee: R 200.00

We also offer group training sessions, with a Sport Scientist; fees are:
• R 630.00 p/m (1 session per week)
• R 940.00 p/m (2 sessions per week)
• R 1260.00 p/m (3 sessions per week)
• R 1600.00 p/m (4 sessions per week)

For any further information, please contact Landi | email bodyexcelhpc@gmail.com or 072 797 6960

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

In 1984, Physical Science was a compulsory subject at WBHS! In that same year, the Prefects’ “zebra” braid, and Blues and Honours blazers were introduced.