WBHS Weekly Newsletter 11 – 18 March 2016

On March 18th, 2016, posted in: News, Weekly Newsletters, Weekly Newsletters by



It seems like only a few weeks ago that I was preparing for the first day of term and here we are at the end of term one. And what a term it has been.

As the boys and staff stagger to the finish line we can look back at a term’s work well done. Today the boys all receive their reports and having gone through all 880 of them personally, I can confidently say that the great majority of our boys have kept their eye firmly on the academic pillar and have performed well. I strongly advise you, regardless of his grade or performance, to spend some time going through your son’s report with him and help him to set some goals for next term.
Examinations are only weeks away so it might also be wise to talk about a study schedule.

Looking back there have been many highlights this term, many of them related to the 175th Celebrations. Two events that stand out are the parade through the streets on 01 February 2016 and the launch of the 175 book “Brothers in an endless chain” on Wednesday night.
There are many Sporting highlights, the most memorable being the 1st X1 Cricket winning the WP Schools T20 challenge and the performances of our athletes of whom a record number were selected for Western Province and made it through to the Western Cape Championships.

There were also memorable Music Concerts and the Mathematics evening were a great success and well attended.
The entire school being entered into the Maths Olympiad was undoubtedly a watershed moment for Mathematics at Wynberg as it showed that a very large number of our boys are capable of passing and even excelling at this type of competition. The fact that more boys qualified for the next
Round than entered last year, demonstrates this point.

But for me the undoubted highlight of my first term as the Head of Wynberg has been the numerous compliments I have received about the manners of our boys. The Open Day as an eye opener for those who attended because of the impeccable manners and friendliness of our boys who conducted the tours. I also received numerous unsolicited e-mails and telephone calls from around the country complimenting our boys on their manners whilst on official school outings but also when they were attending private functions.
Two of the core values of Wynberg are friendliness and manners and I am delighted that they are so much in evidence.

I wish everyone in the Wynberg family a relaxing and restful holiday (matrics remember to do some work!). You deserve it.




On 17 March, Wynberg held a Swim-a-Thon as its annual fundraiser for the school. A swimming theme was chosen as Wynberg’s capital project this year is the phased re-development of our swimming and water polo facilities. The aquatic theme also dovetails with the unique fundraising opportunity provided by Old Boy Theodore Yach in naming Wynberg Boys as one of the six beneficiaries of funds raised by his upcoming 100th Robben Island swim.
The aim of the Swim-a-Thon was for the boys to swim the equivalent distance that Theodore Yach will be swimming in his Century Crossing. This translated to roughly 300 laps of the school’s pool. Five teams of boys plus a staff team accepted the challenge and each team swam the 7.5kms in a relay format. The event – which took two hours to complete – was great fun. The Matric team literally jumped through hoops to get the job done, whilst Mrs Colman took to the water on a lilo, pulled by willing boys. The inevitable happened towards the end of her lap as the lilo began tipping and she ended up in the pool, clothes and all!




On Thursday 17 March the Steel Band Boutique Concert was held in the Nussbaum Theatre. Once again talented past pupils were invited to perform. A capacity audience listened to five bands, ranging from the inexperienced, rather tentative grade 8 group to the confident matrics and past pupils who skilfully played with flair and obvious enjoyment. Hats off to Keenan Oliphant, who is the Steel Band teacher and to all the performers!

Look forward to the following cultural events in term 2
• Jazz Band Boutique Concert on Thursday 14 April, directed by Blake Hellaby
• “Our Country’s Good”- 19, 20, 22, 23 April -A drama production directed by Keenan Oliphant which will be staged in the Nussbaum Theatre
• Cape Town Schools’ Steel Band Festival on 21 April, at the Baxter Theatre
• Concert band perform at the Endler Theatre at Stellenbosch University on Friday 6 May
• Vocal Boutique Concert on Thursday 19 May, directed by Brian Botha
• Windworx Concert on 21 May
• Cape Town Schools’ Jazz Band Festival on 1 June, at the Baxter Theatre
• Inter-house singing competition on the evening of Wednesday 22 June. Parents are invited to attend

Get your teams for the 175 Maths Event- Fun for all ages
An enjoyable evening of puzzles, logic and games, with a Mathematical flavour will take place on Wednesday 13 April. Boys are invited to enter teams of 4 people with the following criteria.
• Each team must have either 2 or 3 scholars. Scholars may include siblings at other schools. Girls are welcome.
• Each team must have at least one member who has left school. These team members may be family, past pupils or current teachers
Once the team is finalised e-mail the name of the team captain (who must be a boy at WBHS) to Miss Lindsay at slindsay@wbhs.org.za. Please include the names of other team members in your e-mail. All teams entered by 18 March will be awarded 10 bonus points. Those entered by 8 April will get 5 bonus points and the last-minute entries on Monday 11 April will start the evening with a penalty of 5 points. Each team must have one tablet.
The evening is free and will run from 18h45 till 21h15 in the hall. Refreshments will be served during the evening. At the end there will be a winning team.
The event is being organised by Mr Eddy, Mr Lewis and Miss Lindsay.





Nine Wynberg teams representing three different codes will be travelling to the far reaches of the country during the course of the holidays to participate in a myriad festivals.

The 1st XV; 1st hockey side and 19A squash team will all be heading to Johannesburg next week to take part in the annual St Stithian’s Easter Festival. The 1st XV has a tough schedule with games v Westville, Michaelhouse and St Alban’s.

The 15A and 14A rugby teams departed this morning to represent the school at Outeniqua in George, while the 14A hockey side flies to Durban this afternoon en route to travelling to Pietermaritzburg for the Nomads Festival. The 16A hockey players head to Bloemfontein next week to participate in the Grey College-hosted Nomads Festival, while the 16B and 14Bhockey teams will be getting pre-season preparation under their belts in George.

Winter sports aside, Jason Alexander will be travelling to Malaysia at the end of the month as a member of an SA U15 invitation cricket team.




Wednesday evening’s Book Launch was a huge occasion. The Jowell Quad and Fish Bowl were packed with parents, Old Boys (from 2015 through to the Class of 1938!), supporters and dignatories. Head Boys from across the generations shared common memories and the one could almost touch the joyful atmosphere amongst the laughter.
With speeches from the author, Neil Veitch, and from Keith Richardson who initiated the project and saw it through to completion, the programme included presentations of books to some of the past headmasters, staff and Old Boys who represent our ‘Heritage Generation’. Books donated by the Fine family were presented to the High School Service Prefect, Jonan Bowers and Andrew Fortune in Gr 7 – both boys symbolising the ‘Now Generation’ of Wynberg.
Music from the High School Choir and Old Boys, Joshua Louis and David Frank, and teacher, Julian Taylor, completed the evening.
It was a resoundingly good opportunity for people with links to Wynberg to be in each other’s company. And as a bonus, sales of the 175 Book, the Oude Wijnberg Shiraz and 175 Memorabilia exceeded all expectations!

By contrast, as a lead up to the Book Launch, the Walkway Plaques were revealed in gentle ceremony attended by 60 of the OId Boys and families who have bought plaques to date. Architect, Oliver Dods, spoke of the journey thus far as the plaques were unveiled by Gideon Boshoff and Dian Fourie, the High School Head Boy and Deputy. For many, it was a poignant experience to see themselves and their families presented in this everlasting way – with plaques lining a Walkway from the Memorial Gates to the top of the Spectators’ Hill in honour of their time at the school and all it has meant to them.

For more information on any items listed here, please email 175@wbhs.org.za.





Listen to Wynberg Boys’ discussing different topics during their LO lessons by clicking on this link http://www.podradio.co.za/Newsletters/WBHSNewsl1/WBHS4a.html

– Discussions on celebrating 175 years at Wynberg – 25/2/2016
– Life in Littlewood Hostel – 17/11/2015

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

House Report from 1972: WELLINGTON
“Cadet Band: John Martin was the man behind the big bass drum, helping to thump our band on to become the W.P. Champions!” (John went on to have a successful 20-year career as an ocean racer.)

Headmaster’s Blog: http://bit.ly/1ZHh5Qw