WBHS Weekly Newsletter 14 – 21 June 2013

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The memorial service for long-serving deputy principal, Ray Connellan, was held on Friday 14 June in the Clegg Hall. The Concert Band, the Vocal Ensemble and Quinlan Martin on trumpet for the Last Post, played and sang sensitively and with feeling.

They epitomised what Ray Connellan stood for as a schoolmaster. It was a sad but worthy ceremony for a man who will go down as one of the legends of Wynberg.



On Tuesday we ran the Inter House Cross Country as well as completing the Squash and the Senior Hockey and Rugby. The Interhouse Cross-Country was run in berg wind conditions. The races were run around the school grounds with the juniors running 4kms and the seniors 6kms. Each house had to enter 20 juniors and 20 seniors in the two races. It was fiercely contested with some sprinting at the finish line to secure places. This is a summary of the results:

Individual Positions                                  House Positions
1st Migyle Stevens (MN)                                   1st Van Riebeeck
2nd Bongo Pangwa (LI)                                    2nd Littlewood
3rd Luthando Siboya (LO)                               3rd De Waal

Individual Positions                                   House Positions
1st Kane Hodgen (RH)                                       1st Wellington
2nd Lutho Mlunguza (MN)                               2nd Lorie
3rd Daniyal Matthews (DV)                              3rd Van Riebeeck

The Senior Rugby was won by De Waal House, with Littlewood and Wellington taking up 2nd and 3rd position, while the Hockey was won by Littlewood who beat Van Riebeeck in the final with De Villiers coming third. The Squash was won by Lorie House with Wellington coming second and Van Riebeeck and Rhodes sharing third spot.



On Tuesday the 18th June, our annual Music, Art and Drama Evening was held in the Clegg Hall. This was well organised by Alex Johnson and Reece Martin and hosted with flair by matric pupils, Michael Cheney and Jason Raad.

The audience were treated to a variety of song and dance items as well as an extract from Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” which was directed by
Mrs Filinova- Bruton.Three teachers took part with Mr Biggs playing an Irish Ditty on his steel pan, Mr Taylor(Jnr) playing the piano and singing and
Mr Crombie and Chelsea Geech performing an excellent version of the “Cha-Cha”

Thank you to our schoolboy artists for mounting an Art Exhibition in the Fishbowl, which was viewed at the interval, to Mrs Bettie Stafford for once again organising a tuck-shop, to the Sound & Lighting team, to Mrs Robbertze for taking photos and to the Ladies Association for serving tea and coffee.


Academic reports will be handed to the boys today, Friday. Please note that this term there are no Headmaster or House Head comments on any reports.
On Wednesday 24th July, parents (together with their sons) are very welcome to book appointments with their sons’ teachers at the ‘Meet Your Teacher’ evening.



Much effort is going into making this term’s Online Magazine more spectacular than ever. It will be sent out during the course of next week and all parents are asked to send it on to family and friends all round the world. If you wish for other names and email addresses to be added to the mailing list for future editions, there is a facility for this in the Magazine.


Our Coffee Shop, Blakey’s Beans, is now officially open every weekday morning from 07:00 to 15:00 in the Bill Bowden. Parents are welcome to pop in after dropping their sons or waiting to collect them.

It is also a fine venue to have meetings, work on your laptop or just look at the view. Come and see what it is like!



At the end of this term we say goodbye to Mr Whiston, House Head of Van Riebeeck who has been with us for six years. During this time, he has taught matric Geography, Junior Maths and PE. He has coached both waterpolo and rugby at first team level and has played an immense role in the life of the school. We wish him and his family well as they take their talents to teach at a school in Malawi and hope that it is not too long before the wander lust wears off and he is back at the ‘Berg.

We also thank Alison Kitto (Maths) and Tim Crombie (Science) who stepped in at very short notice to help out for a term. We are most appreciative. They are both highly competent teachers who added value and expertise to all their classes.

Three of our Gap Years have left us to return to their mother countries: Tim van Efferen (Holland), Ross Gregor and Matthew Horsmann (Scotland) have been with us since August and added a foreign flavour to our staff room. We wish them well in their futures.

We also say goodbye to Bastian Zimmerman (Germany) and Nicholas Hayes (France) who return to schools in their respective countries. We hope that their spirited Wynberg experience over the last few terms will sustain and inspire them for their rest of their schooling.

All the above have added to the life of Wynberg and enriched it.



The Islamic holy month of Ramadaan is upon us. We would like to wish our Muslim families a Ramadaan Kareem over this spiritual period of restraint.
Boys are reminded to bring donations of perishables for our visit to Beitul Amaan on Mandela Day.



The long awaited musical production “Thoroughly Modern Millie” directed by Keenan Oliphant will be staged at the Wynberg Girls’ High School hall from the 27th July till the 3rd August. My advice is to book early to avoid disappointment (bookings@wynghs.co.za) the talented cast have been practising since the beginning of the year and this promises to be another extraordinary Wynberg collaboration.

This year the Wynberg Boys’ Acting Association will be performing an extract from “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream” at Artscape on 31 July. This is part of the International Schools’ Shakespeare Festival which is organised by Mrs Filinova- Bruton. Several other schools in the Western Cape will also be performing.

Please will all parents check that their son has given them the circular in connection with Nelson Mandela day (circular 41 for those parents who did not receive this) For the first time our senior Boys will be involved in 67 minutes of Service on Nelson Mandela’s Birthday (18th July) This is all happening on an LO day so lessons will not be disrupted. Donations, as detailed in the circular will be most welcome (stationery, clothing, videos & computer games, toiletries, coloured plastic bottles, shoe boxes, newspapers) Thank you to parents who have already donated items or volunteered to assist on the day. More help will be much appreciated. Please contact me at slindsay@wbhs.org.za for more details if you’d like to be part of this special day.



Our Senior Steel band, together with Keenan Oliphant and Mr Catzavelos are travelling to Grahamstown to take part in the Grahamstown Arts Festival. We are confident that they will do us proud!

Eight Wynberg boys and Mr Vincent are joining other high school pupils on a tour to Thailand. Part of their time will be spent in Sangkhlaburi, immersing themselves in Thai culture and Serving the community.



Our 1st XV travel to Paarl to participate in the 17th Cape Schools Week where they will play against schools from the Eastern Cape. This festival happens every second year and the venue alternates between the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape. This year our 1st XV play the following fixtures:

Saturday 22 June 18h00 Queens College
Monday 24 June 18h00 Muir College
Wednesday 26 June 09h20 Dale College

Our Cross Country team are also participating in Paarl and will be running races on three of the days:

Saturday 22 June 09h00 at Paarl Mountain – Normal Race
Monday 24 June 09h00 at Paarl Gym – Relay
Wednesday 26 June 08h30 at Aboretum – Normal Race

Our Golf team travels up to Cape St Francis to take part in the annual Cape School’s Golf Week against schools from the Eastern Cape.



Wynberg Boys’ High School will embark upon its fifth international cricket tour (and first since 2007) when a 15-man squad, accompanied by Mr Hewett and Mr Lefson, departs for the exotic shores of Sri Lanka on the 5th July for a 15-day, nine-match tour of the island.

The tour encompasses eight nights in the nation’s capital, Colombo, and a four-night stay in the resort town of Hikkaduwa and will see our boys compete against Sri Lanka’s premier schoolboy and youth academy outfits, as well as facing the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy from Brisbane. Apart from the stiff competition, Wynberg’s cricketers will be faced with the prospect of coming to terms with the notoriously dry and spin-friendly local pitches. Cricket matters aside, the boys will spend a day assisting the Foundation of Goodness in its on-going, post 2004 Tsunami clean-up operations as well as an evening playing beach cricket with Sri Lankan orphans. Regular tour updates will be available at www.facebook.com/Wynberg.Cricket


We have nearly 40 boys representing Western Province in hockey, rugby and squash this holiday. We wish them well as they take the Wynberg Brand to their respective tournaments.



The School has arranged, through our cricket professional, Jaco Stofberg, the manufacture of Wynberg-specific second skin long-sleeved tops.

The garments – manufactured from moisture-management fabric – are available in navy and white and include the Wynberg badge and the ‘Supera Moras’ motto down the sides of each of the sleeves.

The tops have been approved as part of the official Wynberg sports uniform but they are not a compulsory part of the uniform. If parents opt to purchase other second skins, they must be navy blue (for winter sports) or white (for summer sports and squash).

Mr Stofberg has a range of sizes and those boys wishing to try one on are encouraged to see him in his office during the course of the day.

The Wynberg tops retail at R300 per unit and may be purchased care of credit card, EFT or cash payments. Please visit www.everydaysport.co.za in order to view the product and place an order. Allow for approximately 15 days for delivery. These are not being sold through the school but through Jaco Stofberg only.



‘The value, however, that dad instilled in us and the one he ranked higher then all others was loyalty; loyalty to your family, your school, your community, your country but most of all loyalty to your God-given talents. The ability to look yourself in the mirror every day in the knowledge that you have done the best with your particular talents is what allows you to sleep easily at night.’

Tim Connellan speaking at his father’s Memorial Service


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