WBHS Weekly Newsletter 15 – 20 March 2012

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Thursday last week was time for the annual talk to the Grade 8s and their parents. They were informed about the schools’ drug policies and asked to sign a pledge form, which commits to a standard of parenting around alcohol. The names of parents who sign the pledge will be published on the schools’ web page. The purpose is to all get together as Wynberg families and help each other to achieve the dreams and goals of our boys.

Jaryd Smith, our school drug counsellor and an ex WBHS boy and a recovering addict also spoke to the boys. He told his personal story about his addictions and encouraged all to make better decisions and to cease from drinking alcohol from a young age as this has the potential to have a huge impact on the teenage brain, with possible life-long consequences. Jaryd is available for drug counselling if needed.




On 18 March 2013, at precisely 09h58 the Grade eleven Geography pupils of Wynberg Boys’ High School embarked on an excursion to the University of the Western Cape for their annual Geography Week.

Once seated in one of the many lecture halls, the students were told about GIS, a system for storing and manipulating geographical information on computer, and the different elements which go into it. To test if the students were listening, they were taken to a computer lab, where they were given a chance to experience GIS for themselves, with many pupils receiving prizes for their efforts. A short treasure hunt, lunch break and bus trip later, the students returned to school armed with a new outlook on GIS.




Andrew Breetzke, the legal representative and Chairman of SAIDS (SA Institute for Drug Free Sport), will be talking to parents and coaches on the use of supplements for sportsmen – especially teenager – in the Clegg Hall at 18:00 on Wednesday 17 April 2013.

The talk will last for about an hour and a half and there will be opportunity for questions. This is a vital talk for any parent whose son is playing sport and for whom supplements are becoming an issue. With the pressure on boys in sport, we need to become aware and informed of the pros and cons of this emotive issue.

The Governing Body will be using this talk to formulate a Wynberg Policy on the issue of supplements. Parents are urged to diarize this date.



Thank you to everybody who made sandwiches this term. After 9 weeks, this project has now stopped. The Wynberg Night Shelter is most grateful.

Safety Swimming ends on Saturday afternoon. Children from the Fellowship Bible Church Christian School have had a wonderful time and become much more confident in the water. Next term a group of boys will be teaching them Maths.

The Easter Egg drive ends next week, on Tuesday. We encourage all boys to contribute. Eggs are being given to disadvantaged children and informal communities. Thank you to all families who have already contributed so generously.

Purple Ribbons will still be on sale next week and can be worn on blazers till the end of term. Boys who wear these are taking a stand against the abuse of women and children. The ribbons cost R5 and all funds go to Rape Crisis.

On Tuesday 26th March a group of boys are joining USA students from Providence School in a Service project. This takes place at Red Hill.




The construction of the Astro is now completed and will be officially opened on Monday 25th March at 17h00. It will be followed by a game between our first team and an old boy side which contains two of our South African players.

All pupils and their parents are invited to be part of this occasion. It is compulsory for hockey players to be there at 16h45 for the official opening ceremony.



Although most summer sport finished the previous week, we still had a full round of cricket fixtures against SACS. Although most of our teams won their matches it was a disappointing week of cricket for Wynberg because both the 15A Team and 1st XI lost their matches. Both teams did not score enough runs and despite a hatrick from leg spinner Dyllan Matthews for the 1st XI, SACS still managed to get our score with ease. Our 14As had a good 9 wicket victory over SACS which meant that our 14A, 14B and 2nd XI all did the Triple Crown this term.

Our 1st Tennis Team also lost their match against Durbanville and therefore ended up coming 4th in the WP Tennis league which is still a very encouraging result for such a young team.

Two of our boys did well in a provincial shooting competition this weekend. Aidan Seboa won Gold and Lyle Russell, Silver.

Last week we published some Argus Cycle Tour results, but it has come to our attention that there were more Wynberg boys who took part. Daniel Egan Fowler completed it in 4.03, Maxwell Jewell did it on a tandem with his dad in 3.40, Richard Tolsma and Brendan Ryder both rode in aid of the Chaeli Foundation and finished it in 4.59 while Maverick Pearson and Joshua Stevens also participated. Well done to all of these boys!



The following teams will be participating in Festivals over the Easter Weekend:
1st XV Rugby St Stithians Festival Johannesburg
1st XI Hockey Nomads Hockey Festival Maritzburg
16A Hockey Nomads Hockey Festival KES, Johannesburg
16B Hockey York High Hockey Festival George
14A Hockey Nomads Hockey Festival Pretoria Boys’ High

The 14A, 15A and 16A Rugby Teams will all be attending a training camp on the Breede River near Worcester from 4 to 6 April and will be playing some practice matches against Drostdy.



Although it is still more than a month away, we would just like to remind parents that our derby weekend against Grey PE will take place over the weekend of 26 to 27 April. This is one of the biggest events and a major highlight in our school calendar. As usual Wynberg boys that participate in this weekend of activities against Grey will be expected to host their Grey opponent. We would appreciate it if parents could start planning for this weekend. We will be competing against Grey at Rugby, Hockey, X-Country, Squash, Golf, Chess, Debating, Surfing and Body Boarding.



Thank you to all who have responded so positively to supporting the school by swiping their MySchool cards.

If you still need a card, please contact the front office or download a form from www.myschool.co.za.

If you intend to travel at some stage, do compare prices at MySchool Travel.

Otherwise, ‘keep swiping’ over the upcoming holiday period.


Quote of the Week

Adapted from JK Rowling in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:

“If you really want to know what a matric is like, take a good look at how he treats the junior grades, not his own grade.”



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