WBHS Weekly Newsletter 18 – 25 January 2013

On January 25th, 2013, posted in: Archive, News, Newsletters by


Our newest additions to the Wynberg Family – the Grade 8’s of 2013, spent the first two weeks of term completing their induction programme.

All the boys cut their holidays short and came in a day early. This day was spent going over the many aspects of school life and the boys were given an opportunity to meet those who would be teaching and guiding them through the next five years at Wynberg.

This first week culminated in the “Grade 8 Challenge” where the aim of was to break the ice and get the boys to meet new friends and to get to know the Prefects, Matrics and Staff. Exciting activities were undertaken and the camp culminated in the “de Villiers to de Villiers” mountain hike (de Villiers Road to de Villiers Dam), which saw the boys conquer Nursery Ravine on the Saturday.

On the completion of the hike, the boys rang the school bell individually indicating that their Wynberg careers had begun. They will close their Wynberg careers at their Valedictory Service in 2017 by ringing the bell again.

The final part of their induction programme – the Blazer Ceremony – will be held on Tuesday with a 7.30am start. The Grade 8’s will be officially inducted into the Wynberg family by being presented with their blazers. Grade 8 (and Matric) parents are invited to attend.




The highlight of this past week was the annual Interhouse Sports Day. We were lucky to have great weather and it was certainly a magnificent afternoon and evening of athletics. Many of the races were closely contested and some came down to photo finishes. The event was eventually won by Littlewood for the 10th consecutive year, while Wellington came second and Lorie third. There were certainly some individual highlights and the four age group champions were:
Under 14 Bevan Sasman (1st 100m, 1st High Jump, 1st Long Jump)
Under 15 Michael Madison (1st 100m, 1st 200m)
Under 17 Enrach Swanson (1st 200m, 1st 400m)
Under 19 Quintin Dreyer (1st 200m, 1st 400m)

Our 1st XI has had a busy week since returning from tour. They beat SACS in a T20 on Saturday, they lost to CCC in a practice match on Sunday, but more importantly beat WPCC in the semifinal of the T20 knock out. They now meet Rondebosch in the final next Tuesday. We also sent a team to play in the CTCC Sixes Tournament where we lost to Rondebosch in the final. Our 15A Cricket team beat Menlo Park from Pretoria on Saturday.

Our Basketball teams played SACS in their first fixture of the season. Our 1st Team won 93-36, while our 16As won 53-11. Two convincing wins to start the Basketball season.

Our 1st Waterpolo Team played Rondebosch in the SACS Night Series and won 11-3.It was also nice to see our Waterpolo team getting coverage on SABC 3’s Expresso Show on Friday morning. On Wednesday they left for Bloemfontein to play in a tournament at Grey College. In their first two games they drew 3-3 with Park Town and beat Affies 5-4.




Next Friday 1 February our Athletics Team participates in a meeting hosted by Paarl Boys’ High. All the boys’ schools of Cape Town and the Boland attend and the competition for our athletes is tough. Traditionally we have always sent the Grade 8s, the boarders, the matrics and any other volunteers to support our athletes. This year we are doing the same and it will be our first opportunity to sing and cheer as a school. The busses will leave straight after school and will return at about 23h30.



The Grade 12 evening, as always, was a monumental eye opener for the Matric class of 2013. The evening featured Mrs Annette Miller (a well-known career guidance counsellor) as the guest speaker. The main message of her speech was that life has no remote and that if you want to change your path, it is up to you to make that change yourself. Valuable advice!

The class of 2012 produced outstanding Maths and Science pass rates – among the top in the Province – and Mr Eddy revealed that the stats showed that this class of 2013 could surpass that.

Mr Richardson expressed his appreciation for the role the matrics are playing with their buddies.

We have every confidence that insisting on the Wynberg Pass and putting clear structures in place for the Matrics, that this class will do their school proud.





On Wednesday 23rd January, the entire Grade 10 Science class trouped up to UCT for a day spent doing experiments in their labs. We wanted the boys to get a proper understanding of the importance of experimentation and data gathering right at the beginning of their Physical Sciences career.

The day was a huge success, with boys getting engaged with the equipment; fine tuning their measuring skills and hopefully even learning some science along the way. A quote from one of the boys later was “I really enjoy that, but the end was the best”. I hope he was talking about the physics demos in the last hour.

A huge thanks must go to Mr Jeff Fearon, a past head of the schools Governing Body, who has turned his formidable attention from business to Physics, heading up the first year labs at UCT.




The Annual Prize Giving for the 2012 Grades 8 – 11, takes place at 18h30 on Tuesday 5 February 2013. Boys must arrive for roll call at 17h45.

The Guest Speaker this year is Wynberg Old Boy, Judge Owen Rogers.


Quote of the Week

‘If you ask a question in class, you could look stupid for a minute. If you don’t ask the question, you could look stupid for a life-time.’

Annette Miller talking to the Matrics at the Grade 12 Evening.


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