WBHS Weekly Newsletter 15 February – 19 February 2016

On February 19th, 2016, posted in: News, Weekly Newsletters, Weekly Newsletters by


We hosted two very successful Open Days on Monday and Tuesday this week. On Monday we hosted families from WBJS and on Tuesday we hosted families from all our other main feeder schools as well as families from further away. Both days started with a presentation in the hall by Mr De Waal, but the day really belonged to our grade 8s who we used to market our school to these potential Wynberg families. A number of grade 8s made exceptional speeches explaining to these potential families what their first month at Wynberg was like. James Dawson, the grade 8 prefect, was also outstanding at convincing these families that Wynberg was the place for them. Once the presentation in the hall was finished, our grade 8s, helped by some boys from other grades, took these families on school tours. Once again, as in the past, our boys were outstanding and did a fine job of showing them around the school. I would like to thank all the boys that helped in various ways on these two night. These boys all played a valuable role



At a ceremony on 16th February this year, a heritage Blue Plaque was unveiled at Wynberg Boys’ High. Awarded on account of the school’s special contribution historically to education, Wynberg was proud to accept the plaque from the Simon Van der Stel Foundation – one of a few which have been awarded in the second year since the inception of the heritage plaques.
Ms Sigi Howse, Director of the Centre for Conservation Education, gave a short address, outlining the history of the awards before inviting Dr Helen Robinson and Mrs Ansie Kent, representing the Van der Stel Foundation, to assist with the unveiling of the plague. Mr Jan de Waal, Headmaster of Wynberg Boys’ High, indicated his pleasure at the school’s receiving the award, suggesting it was a confirmation of the high standards which are maintained at the school.


On Thursday 18 February teachers and their top pupils, from nine different schools, as well as special guests Prof Webb and Alison Kitto, gathered at the Alf Morris Centre to listen to Maths presentations from two gifted Maths teachers from Wynberg Boys’ High School, Mr Eddy and Mr Biggs. Both men are passionate about Maths and enjoy the task of researching a topic and then creatively presenting it to an interested audience, skilfully using technology to illustrate their material. Mr Eddy gave a fascinating talk on “Going for Gold” – the Mathematics behind the Olympic Games. He covered a wide range of aspects from the mathematical logo of the Paralympic games to the mathematical secrets by which performance can be improved. Mr Biggs spoke about “Heart Mathematics” creating a heart shape out of straight lines in several different applications. His use of technology resulted in some mesmerising patterns. Thanks to both presenters for preparing so well and keeping the audience spellbound. Thanks also to the Ladies association for once again organising the refreshments and to the sound crew for their invaluable assistance.



A huge thank you to our parents for the R13 722 raised over December. Remember for every swipe you make the school earns money. Should you need a replacement card or want a new card for family or friends, please contact reception.



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The Wynberg 19As, 16As and 14As enjoyed a clean-sweep v Bishops care of 36-35, 25-18 and 20-4 victories respectively. The 19As – playing their second match of the week – lost narrowly to Pinelands.

The first chess team, accompanied by Mr Moser, has travelled to Bloemfontein this weekend to participate in the annual Grey High School Chess Tournament. Results to appear next week.

Honours were just about even following derby games v Paul Roos last week. Six matches were won care of the 17As, 3rd XI, 4th XI, 5th XI, 15Cs and 14Bs; two ended in a draw (1st XI and 15As) and seven were lost.

Wynberg hosted six UK cricket sides in the space of four days during the course of the week. The 1st XI defeated Dulwich College and Malvern College on Tuesday and Thursday respectively, while the 2nd XI, 15Bs and 14As recorded midweek wins. The 17As lost by five wickets to St Paul’s from London in a 50-overs-a-side game played on Monday.

The 1st XI, 2nd XI, 15As and 14As host Affies from Pretoria tomorrow (Saturday) with the other teams playing a host of schools and clubs from across the peninsula. The 1st XI game gets underway at 09:30 on the Jacques Kallis Oval.

Caleb Gibson (Grade 10) excelled at the WP Jack Currie Cup last weekend and returned with golds for the 50m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke; silvers in the 100m Freesyle and Breaststroke and a bronze medal for his efforts in the 50m Breaststroke.

Water polo:
The 19Bs, 19Cs, 19Ds, 19Es and 15Bs recorded wins v Paul Roos last week. The 19As had a bye.

The u19 invitation side returned from the Oakhill Chukka Festival in Knsyan having won one of the six fixtures played, while the 14As registered similar results at the Dave Pitcairn Tournament at Reddam.

The weekend ahead is headlined by derby games v SACS in the Wynberg pool. The 19A game is scheduled for 11:15 on Saturday. Clifton College from Durban is in town and will be playing the Wynberg 19As at 13:00 in a Saturday double-bill.

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

Wynberg entered the School Hockey League for the first time in 1968, and immediately created a strong presence. The following year, the First Team won their match vs Bishops
10-1 !

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