WBHS Weekly Newsletter 1 – 8 February 2013

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A reminder to everyone that Night of the Stars is only 3 weeks away on Friday 1 March 15h00 – 22h00. We have sent home a circular today appealing for donations, but especially for items for the book stall, white elephant and craft stall.

This is our largest marketing and fundraising event of the year and we appreciate all your support.

Please bring items to school and deliver them to the front office where one of our Gap Year Students will collect them from you.

This is a great family event, with entertainment, food and fun for all ages.



Looking for “muscle monsters”. Any parent with a hummer; land rover Or any other ugly monster to contact Mr Murcott on 021-7974247 ext 153 as soon as possible.



If you are a home crafter, no matter what the level, please contact Sharon Bing – thebings@mweb.co.za about getting involved at Night of the Stars.



As there is a clash of Open Days with other schools, we have made both Mondays, 11th and 18th February, open to all schools. This is contrary to the newspaper advert. Schools can choose what day they wish to come.

If parents know of Grade 7’s who are wishing to have the ‘Wynberg Experience’ at an Open Day, please pass this information on.

All Grade 8’s are expected to be guides from 16h00 onwards on BOTH days. Boys from other grades who enjoyed the experience in previous years are more than welcome to volunteer their services.



Our Afrikaans staffing saga continues. Mrs Zietsman had to return after a day’s teaching to Mossel Bay to have an operation but we have managed to secure the services of Arendene Fourie for the remainder of the term until Mr Smith returns. Although she cannot teach every period, she will give continuity to the Afrikaans classes.

Please note that Mrs Spammer has offered to make herself available EVERY afternoon to help any boy with Afrikaans. She will re-explain and revise work done in classes. Boys must come to her with their questions.



Due to unforeseen circumstances, the date of the grade 8 PTA has changed. It was scheduled for the 7 March 2013 and will now take place on the
14 March. This will be a compulsory talk for all grade 8s to attend concerning drug and alcohol issues and how we as a school deal with these matters. Parents are encouraged to attend with their boys. Please amend your diaries with this change and details will be sent to you closer to the time.



Before every boy enters Wynberg in Grade 8, parents are told at our interviews and in the Grade 7 meetings, that attendance at occasional evening functions, like prize giving, gala, cultural events is expected from our boys. It is part of being a member of this school.

While it is acknowledged that there are unavoidable reasons for some boys not being able to attend some functions on occasions, support is requested from parents in ensuring that their sons fulfill this expectation.



After a brilliant year of academic work, we held our annual Grade 9 – 12 Prize Giving on 5 February. Our boys were congratulated for their hard work and achievements. The night ended with an informative speech by Judge Owen Rogers promoting independent thinking. A wonderful night to start off a great year.

Some of the memorial prizes included:

Donald Simons award (most improved Grade 10) Jeremy Vorster
Alf Morris award Tristan Cudworth
Anthony Morris award (Grade 8 who has shown most loyalty) Daryn Bright
David Levitt (Grade 10 who was an inspiration to his fellows) Raythaan Addinall
Stan Jones (Grade 11 who has shown most improvement) Lyle Rogers



The Wynberg Old Boys’ Union have invited all new parents to the Bill Bowden for a function tonight (9 Feb) at 18h00. They would like formally to introduce the refurbished Bill Bowden to you and to tell you about their Union.

They will also tell you about exciting new developments at the Bill Bowden Pavilion for all parents to note.



At the beginning of March 2013, Blakey’s Beans will be opening at the Bill Bowden Pavilion from 07h00 in the morning.

It will be open during the day for parents who wish to have business meetings, chat to friends or merely to read the morning paper. The menu, which includes a variety of different coffees and drinks including snacks and pastries, will be available on our website shortly.

This is an exciting addition to the Wynberg campus.



For some time we have felt that we need to co-ordinate the photographic efforts of our parents. There are many parents unofficially photographing various events, both sporting and cultural, but we do not see the results. We would love to be able to select photographs for our Online Magazine / Website Facebook / Digital Archives / School Magazine etc.

• If you are willing for your photos to be used by the school, please will you contact Neil Eddy (Academic), Peter van Schalkwyk (Sport), Sue Lindsay (Culture and Service).
• If you are willing to co-ordinate these photographers, i.e. selecting the best photos to be filed at the school, please contact one of the Directors above.

All that is expected of parents is to photograph events where their sons are participants and to send the photos to the co-ordinator. He will select the most appropriate ones for posterity!



Most of our Cricket teams played Paarl Gym last week. Our 14As, 2nd XI and 1st XI all recorded good wins, but unfortunately the 15As and 17As lost. Most of the other teams won their matches. The best individual performance of the week was from Cameron Ryan who took 7 wickets for the 2nd XI. On Monday afternoon we had the privilege of having Harry Shapiro, a spin guru, working with some of our spinners and trying to fine tune their bowling. Hopefully they learnt a lot from this session.

However, one of the cricket highlights of the week was David Bedingham who scored a 131 for SA U19 playing in a test match against England. It is always great to celebrate the success of one of our Old Boys. We had further exciting news this week, when four of our Old Boys were selected to the South African Hockey Team, but the highlight was the announcement of Rhett Halkett as the captain of the team. He captained the Wynberg 1st Hockey Team in 2004.

Our Waterpolo teams played a mixed bag. Most of the A teams played Reddam and the B teams playing Westerford A teams. Our 14As, 15As and 1st Team unfortunately all lost to Reddam, but our 1st Team did bounce back by beating the same Reddam team on Wednesday in the SACS Night Series. We remain unbeaten in this Night Series. Most of our other teams managed to beat Westerford.

Last Friday night the school took 460 boys, mostly grade 8s and matrics to Paarl to support our Athletics team. It was great for the boys to sing and cheer together so early in the year. It is always a good spirit builder and it was nice to see so many matrics accompanying their grade 8 buddy. The highlights of the evening were Migyle Stevens who won the U19 3000m and Byrone Prince who won the U14 800m.

Our 1st Squash Team are currently playing in the St Andrews Squash Festival, the premier Squash tournament in the country. They have played the first of their six matches and drew 3-3 with Grey PE.

Our Swimming Team swam in an A league gala on Thursday and again came second to Rondebosch. What was pleasing though was that our new under 14 team did really well and dominated their age group.

Our 16A Basketball team beat Reddam31-10 while our 1st Team beat them 60-12 and our 2nd team beat Elkanah 1st Team 35-24.
Our 4th, 5th and 6th Tennis teams all won their matches this week.


Quote of the Week


Service Prefect, Cody McGregor, finished off his speech at the Grade 9 – 12 Prize Giving on Tuesday evening by saying the following to the school:

‘On December 5th 1976, a popular reggae singer was scheduled to perform at a peace rally. Two days prior to the rally he was gunned down in his apartment and two days later he walked out on to that stage along with his fresh wounds and sang his heart out.

When asked why he did not rest, Bob Marley replied; “The people who are making this world worse are not taking a day off, why should I?”

Well in that case, why should we at Wynberg?’

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