WBHS Weekly Newsletter 15 – 19 July 2013

On July 19th, 2013, posted in: Archive, News, Newsletters by


During the winter break eight boys (and a number of girls) travelled to Thailand on a World Challenge trip which involved a service activity as well as backpacking through the oldest national park in Thailand. The trip was very successful with great feedback from both the boys and their parents. The boys learnt how to backpack through a foreign country, while working on tasks as a team, and sticking to a budget that they were responsible for.
One parent sent in this email:

“I didn’t really get a chance to speak at the airport – overwhelmed – but I just really want to say thank you for this wonderful experience that was given to my son. He really came back a changed person and the stories and photos are just amazing. “

We look forward to the next group of boys to become World Challenger’s from Wynberg Boys’ High School.



This year Keenan Oliphant and Mr Catzavelos accompanied the Senior Steel band to perform at the Grahamstown Festival, during the July holiday. This group of musicians have been together for five years at Wynberg and with Keenan as their teacher and conductor, they have taken their sound to a new level. Ranked as one of the best steel bands in the country, they performed extremely well, spreading the good name of Wynberg beyond the confines of the Western Cape.


It was an excellent holiday for Wynberg sportsmen with a number of individuals and teams performing well over the last three weeks.

Our 1st XI Cricketers struggled initially in Sri Lanka, not only with the playing conditions, but with stomach bugs. We went down in their first two matches, but bounced back to win the next five. Two of the highlights so far have been Raythaan Addinall scoring an unbeaten century and Nicki Zeeman playing his 100th match for the 1st XV while on tour.

Our Hockey players have excelled over the holiday period. The number of Wynberg boys involved in these teams is in brackets:

U14 Proteas zonal team (8 Wynberg boys) won their competition.
U16A WP Team (3) won gold at the IPT.
U18 Proteas (6) won the zonal competition.
U18B WP Team (2) came 7th at the IPT. The highlight of their week was beating Southern
Gauteng in the playoffs.
U18A WP Team (6) won gold at the IPT.

But the highlight was that three of our boys, Rob McKinley, Ryan Crowe and Quintin Dreyer were all selected to the SA Schools Team, while Tim Welsh was selected for the SA U18B Team.

Our Rugby, Cross Country and Golf Teams all participated in the Cape Schools Week. Our very young Golf team travelled up to St Francis Bay where they lost to Selborne and Grey, but beat Nico Malan.

Our Cross Country team ran three races in Paarl and returned their best ever results from their Cape Schools. Their team victory in the last race saw us come second overall.

Jarryd Sage and Siya Alam both represented WP at Craven Week. The WP team did really well to win all their games, including winning the final convincingly against the Golden Lions and a tough match against the bulls.

Our WP Squash teams emulated their hockey and rugby counterparts by winning gold in all age groups:

U18 (Warren Lawrence), U16 (Dale Honeyman) and U14 (Nathan van der Westhuizen).

Mr van Winkel also took the very successful Wynberg surfing team on a surf trip to Elands Bay on the West Coast. The highlight for the boys was sharing the water at one stage with two of the world’s best surfers Mick Fanning and Jordy Smith.

Shohn Wimmers and Dylan Tromp achieved a gold medal at the SA Open Judo Championships held in PE during the holidays. Russell Gaynor did well during the holidays and has been selected for the SA Junior Triathlon Team to participate in Turkey and Hungary in August. Nicholas Notten has been in Portugal this week participating in the World Surfski Champs.



We have had a lot of inter-house sport played this week. On Tuesday morning some of our athletes ran the Wynberg Mile. Migyle Stevens won the event with Bongo Pangwa coming second and Russell Gaynor coming third. Overall McNaughton won the event beating Littlewood who came in second place.

On Thursday morning we held the Inter-house hockey and rugby in cold and wet conditions. The hockey was won by Littlewood who beat Wellington in the final, while in the rugby, Wellington beat Littlewood in the final.

Some of our Rugby teams played matches against teams from the UK on Tuesday this week. Our 5th Team lost to Coleraine 1st Team, while our 16C Team lost to their A team. Our 3rd XV lost to Stoneyhurst 1st XV and our 6th Team lost to their 2nd Team.

On Wednesday afternoon we hosted a Cross-Country league race and the following individuals did well: Kane Hodgen came 4th in the U15 age group, while Luthando Siboya came 2nd and Bongo Pangwa 4th in the U19 section.

Our 1st Hockey Team are currently participating in the Brothers International Hockey Festival and thus far are unbeaten and have progressed to the semi-finals.



For the first time Wynberg Boys’ High incorporated active Service activities, by the boys, on LO day. Timing was perfect as this all happened on Madiba’s 95th birthday. The senior boys were all involved in a wide variety of activities such as making sleeping bags for people on the street, teaching children from two local primary schools, making up stationery boxes for disadvantaged children, visiting old age homes and the paediatric ward of the military hospital and packaging donated goods to be sold in aid of the Rural Child Trust. A more detailed report of all activities will be made at later stage.

Thank you to all the boys who participated so willingly and enthusiastically, as well as to the staff members who supervised and inspired them. So many parents also supported the day by donating goods as well as their time – I am most appreciative to them too. Cody McGregor, the Service prefect is to be especially commended for his good advice and organisational skills.

So many boys shone in unexpected ways and proved to be caring and patient. Our hope is that they will continue to serve others when they leave school.



Talented Wynberg Girls’ and Boys’ High pupils are now engaged in final rehearsals for this years’ musical show, which opens on the 27th July in the WGHS hall. There will be 6 performances – 27th & 31st July, 1st and 2nd August and a matinee and final performance on the 2nd August. Tickets are R70 per adult and R40 per scholar. The cast, under the direction of Keenan Oliphant have been practising for 6 months and I have every reason to believe that this will be another superb Wynberg collaboration. Each boy will be given a flyer with the booking procedure on the 19th July, which may be e-mailed to WGHS. Book soon to avoid disappointment!



Mrs Filinova- Bruton and the Wynberg Boys’ Acting Association have also been busy, with a different cast to the musical, preparing for the International Schools’ Shakespeare Festival, which takes place at Artscape. This year they will be performing and excerpt from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Wednesday 31st July. Tickets are R50 and available from Computicket. This also promises to be a wonderful nights’ entertainment, with several other schools participating.



The African Society is hosting a Cultural Evening in the Clegg Hall on Friday the 26th July, starting at 17h30. Several local schools will be participating and performing, as well as the internationally recognised “Gugulethu singers”. The cost is R25 per person or R20 for participants, which includes a light meal.

Please contact Mr Ngeyi (wngeyi@wbhs.org.za) if you are keen to attend before Wed 24th July as numbers are needed for catering purposes.



DRIVING LESSONS: Any boy who has a Learner’s License and wishes to have driving lessons may book the Ford Figo which has been sponsored by Claremont Ford Mekor. There is no cost for the car or the petrol and boys pay the instructor directly for the driving lessons. Lessons may be booked with Mrs Manley in the front office.

BLAKEY’S BEANS: Our Coffee Shop in the Bill Bowden is up and running and supplying a full service. It is open on weekdays to boys, parents and the public from 07h00 in the morning until mid-afternoon. It opens later on Mondays. It has a most convivial atmosphere and parents are encouraged to pop in.



The school is looking for two willing candidates to help with the September and end of year Matric Exam invigilation. If you are interested or have a relative who might be interested please contact Mrs Hepworth at the school on 021-7974247 ext 102.

The following is some of the criteria for the appointment of an invigilator:

A person cannot be appointed as an invigilator if he or she is:

• A relative of a candidate writing the examinations which he or she is expected to invigilate
• A current High School teacher
• Employed by Wynberg Boys’ High School
• Under the age of 25 years




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