WBHS Weekly Newsletter 20 – 28 March 2014

On March 28th, 2014, posted in: News, Newsletters, Weekly Newsletters by


Please note that the Municipality has informed us that the school will be without electricity between 08h00 – 16h00 tomorrow, Friday 28 March. This means that electronic copies of reports will only be available on Saturday, the school’s server will be down which mean no emails will be received and the switchboard will also not be operating.

The tuckshop will be operating but will not be able to sell hot foods and boys have been requested to bring the correct amount of money as the tills will not be functioning.



On the 22nd March 2014 boys and girls across Cape Town spent the day anxiously preparing for the much anticipated Wynberg Boys’ High School Matric Dance of 2014. Unsure of the venue and theme, students arrived at school for a welcoming ceremony where they had official photographs and parents watched as they strutted their stuff on the catwalk. Buses whisked students off to a not so distant location at the prestigious Gold restaurant and Bennett Street venue in Town. Once in the venue students found themselves in an Arabian dream where Belly dancers entertained and food flowed. Once the formalities were done, tables were moved and the dance floor opened, where they pretty stayed the rest of the evening. Overall the night was a huge success and many have not stopped talking about how amazingly everything had turned out. Many thanks go out to all those who were involved as this night




Thank you to all families who donated Easter eggs. The response has been overwhelming once again. Mr Sparrow’s tutor group set a record by generously donating 41 boxes, with other tutor groups not far behind. The Easter Eggs will be distributed next term to children, just before Easter by a local church who travels out to disadvantaged communities in the greater Cape Town area. Some Easter eggs will be given to the Fellowship Bible Church Christian School in Ottery and Mr Rudd is distributing to a needy community in Stilbaai.



The Dragon, our major dramatic production for the year, was staged this week from Monday to Thursday in the Clegg hall. Well done to Mrs Filinova-Bruton and her talented cast (from WBHS and WGHS) for successfully creating something so adventurous, different and thought -provoking. Scenes were enhanced by dramatic sound and lighting effects. Thank you to Mrs Rogers, the production manager, the cast, the sound and lighting team, the backstage crew, the Ladies Association and everybody who played their part in ensuring another memorable production.

Here is one of the emails that came in:

I applaud the Director’s bold move in choosing a play that is difficult and out of the ordinary. It stretches the actors and leaves the audience with something to think about. It was not intentional, but it also dove-tails well with the timing of the forthcoming elections.




SAILING: Yet again our Sailing team took to the water at the Simon’s Town Regatta this past weekend, and yet again, they were victorious. There were 5 races over two days, four of which were sailed on Saturday (back to back with each race lasting 35-45 minutes) in tough, cold conditions with Northerly winds gusting at approx. 20knots and a large chop. Sunday was the complete opposite, with the weather barely a switchy 3knots blowing from the South, and very flat water. The fleet were sent off but the wind started to disappear and eventually the race course was shortened and the fleet sent back home. The final results in the Laser 4.7 class was Dylan Long (2nd), Calvin Gibbs (3rd) and Nick Faraday (10th) in the Laser 4.7 class out of a total of 13 sailors.

CRICKET: The 15A cricket side beat the Western Cape Sports’ School by 88 runs on Thursday to advance to the semi-finals of the WP U15 KO Cup.

NEWLANDS RUGBY DAY: On Tuesday our 1st team took on Boland Landbou at Newlands. The 1st team beat Boland Landbou 10-5 which sets off the season on a positive note.

HOCKEY TOURS AND TOURNAMENTS: Our hockey teams will be participating in various tours and tournaments during the holidays:
The U/14A hockey team will be going to Nomads hosted by Hilton 3 – 6 April.
The U/15A hockey team will be going to York (George) 3 – 6 April.
Wynberg Hosts U/16 Nomads 28-31 March.
The 1st team will be going to Nomads hosted by KES – 28-31 March.

RUGBY TOURNAMENTS: The rugby teams will be keeping things closer to home.
The U/15A team to Paarl Boys 28th March – 2 April.
The 1st Rugby team play in the Tygerberg Rugby Festival 29th, 31st March and 2 April.



More than 100 parents and boys, together with past McNaughton prefects Oscar Nauhaus and Matthew McWilliams, recently gathered in the Fish Bowl for the fourth annual McNaughton House breakfast. The guest speaker, Councillor Garreth Bloor, MAYCO member for the City of Cape Town and a McNaughton Old Boy of 2005, delivered a challenging and inspiring message. Central to his talk was the critical importance in one’s personal development of networking, cultivating social skills, making the most of opportunities available at a school like Wynberg, and the long-term benefit of the brotherhood of Wynberg Men. He issued an invitation to all boys present to personally contact him if they had an interest in politics and promised to do what he can to place them in a work shadow position. David Franke provided background guitar music and Matthew Green took charge of the sound system.

I would like to thank Mrs Kelly, Mrs Cox, Mrs Zanin, Mrs Dayar, and Mrs Tennant for their help with table arrangements and flowers, and Mr Paul Chames for completing the assembly of the “McNaught” Trophy.




On Wed 29 March, our quiz team, consisting of Tim Gertzen, Liam Didcott, Timothy Fester and Almero Prinsloo, took the floor for the first time to compete against 54 other schools in this prestigious quiz, which was held at Bishops. The boys had been required to read the Cape Times from 7 to 19 March, in a bid to win the quiz. Not only was their knowledge about current affairs, both domestic and global, tested, but the entire audience was treated to an address made by the keynote speaker, Denis Goldberg, who is one of the only two remaining Rivonia trialists. His message was clear: stay abreast of current affairs so that we can better society by respecting and advancing the freedom of others, while remaining human and being mindful of humanity. In the end, we placed 9th, which is a superb performance considering the vast number of schools we were up against and the fact that we beat all three of the other boys’ schools in the southern suburbs. The team has earned a well-deserved pat on the back. We also have to commend our Academic Prefect, Jason Bright, and his team of runners who ensured that answers were collected and passed onto the judges as quickly as possible in order to expedite the evening’s proceedings. These boys will all be awarded service certificates next term as they not only sacrificed their time, but brought honour to Wynberg.




The Second Hand Clothing Shop will be open on Friday 4 April from 09h00 to 12h00. Please pop in and support us. We have large stocks of grey jerseys and grey long trousers. Scarves selling at R50.



Parents were informed in a newsletter last year that the school was exploring the possibility of a cellular tower behind the Bill Bowden pavilion. Notices have now been placed around the school by a company doing an environmental impact study and anyone who wishes to offer an opinion on the issue are invited to contact them.



If you have two left feet but have always wanted to learn Ballroom Dancing, your opportunity has come.

Mary Parker, an extremely experienced and patient dancing teacher (and a loyal Wynberg Parent for many years) holds classes at the Bill Bowden on Monday nights.

19h00 to 21h30
R50 per person per session
Very relaxed atmosphere
All ages

The next lesson takes place on Monday 31 March. Please phone Glenda Martindale at 076 872 3519 for more information or to book.



The Bill Bowden now has free Wi-Fi. Parents, Old Boys and Friends of the school are more than welcome to make use of this service while enjoying a cold drink or sampling what the Coffee Shop has to offer.




This is a great way for Wynberg Boys’ High School to raise funds.
Please ensure you have made Wynberg Boys’ High School your beneficiary on My School Card – New card application forms available on Wynberg Boys’ High School website or email sbing@wbhs.org.za for email application.

Makro Rebate – Credit is awarded to Wynberg Boys’ High School every time you shop at Makro. Forms are available at Reception, as well as email sbing@wbhs.org.za to link your Makro Card to WBHS.
Happy swiping!



RAFFLE – 23 April. Thank you to parents who have already offered generous prizes towards our raffle. Any Parent willing to sponsor or help source our grand prize, please contact sbing@wbhs.org.za

PARENTS DANCE – 31 May. Our Resident Wynberg Band “Fully Covered” confirmed. Table bookings are open and parents willing to be involved please contact sbing@wbhs.org.za.




‘Do you think that there is a Dragon in each one of us?’

Said by a Grade 8 pupil to his teacher in one of the classes during the week.


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