WBHS Weekly Newsletter 22 February – 1 March 2013

On March 1st, 2013, posted in: Archive, News, Newsletters by


On 22 February, 101 boys and girls from the Capstone Society attended the annual Capstone Camp. The theme this year was STAR 4 WARS which spells Saved, Transformed, and And Ready 4 WARS. There was a speaker for each letter and they did not disappoint us, as each camper took in every word they said.

There were happy and fun moments on camp. It was especially sad for Matrics, for whom this was their last Capstone Camp. Reece Martin and Stuart Witte were two “Old Faithful’s” – which means they have attended every Capstone Camp since Grade 8. Overall, the Capstone Camp was an amazing experience for everyone who was there. New friends were made, and there was laughter and also tears at time. This Capstone Camp is one which will be remembered forever! A big thank you to every member of the Capstone Committee as well as the four main teachers involved (Mrs Hartmann, Mr Bradshaw, Mr Taylor Junior and Mrs Wilson) as they put in blood, sweat and tears to make this camp so successful.




In support of the school’s drive to increase the use of computers by learners in the classroom, including the paperlite initiative, the Governing Body is investigating various options for wireless and cellular networks.

One of the options is the erection of a cellular tower on the school premises. Increased connectivity will provide advantages for learners in the classroom, the school and the broader community of neighbours.

Any enquiries can be addressed to the Governing Body Chairperson, David Green, on email: simpill@gmail.com



The Junior and Senior Debating Teams took on Bergvliet teams on 25 February. The Juniors proposed the motion that ‘Prisoners who have completed education qualifications while in jail be released early,’ and the Seniors debated whether ‘User Friendly HIV testing kits be made freely available.’ The Seniors won their debate, while the Juniors narrowly went down.




To give added opportunity to our lower teams to play in tournaments and to help with the development of B league water polo schools, Wynberg have entered the following water polo tournaments.

Saturday 9 March:
Wynberg 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams playing at Westerford tournament
Wynberg 5th and 6th teams playing in Pinelands tournament
Wynberg 15B and C playing in Somerset College Tournament
Wynberg 14B and C playing in Camps Bay tournament



Last Friday we had over 200 primary school boys from 20 different schools participating in our Cricket Superskills competition. The event was a huge success and was made even more exciting for the boys by the fact that it will be televised by Supersport’s Let’s Play and that Richard Levi was there at the start to meet the boys and sign cricket bats. The event would not have been possible had it not been for Sporting Chance, the co-host and sponsor, as well as NS Cricket for donating the prizes. We would also like to thank Tribakery and Rocket for sponsoring the t-shirts and providing such wonderful eats at the hospitality tent.

The final results of the Cricket Skills were as follows:

UNDER 11: Kirstenhof beat Kenridge in the final
Kian Davids from Kenridge won the cricket bat for best U11 individual

UNDER 12: Kenridge beat St Augustines in the final
Craig Adams from St Augustines won the bat for the best U12 individual

UNDER 13: Kirstenhof beat Khayelitsha in the final
Gary Strybis from Kirstenhof won the cricket bat for the best U13 individual

Our Athletes also participated in the next round of the zonal athletics championships. The following boys have now progressed through to the final round of the WP Champs:

Mushtaq Rossier                     U17       Shot Put
Bevan Sasman                          U14       High Jump Long Jump, 100m
Dylan Loxton                           U17       Javelin
Enrach Swanson                     U17       400m
Byrone Prince                         U14        800m
Richard Leppan                      U14        1500m
Kane Hodgen                           U15         1500m
Brandon Keeling                    U17         3000m
Luthando Siboya                   U19          800m, 1500m

Our Swimmers took part in the annual Newlands gala and came third behind Rondebosch and Paul Roos. Although we only had two swimmers get 1st places, our depth and consistency across all the age groups allowed us to come third. Matthew Bowers came first in the U19 50m butterfly and Tashreeq Davids came first in the U19 50m breastroke.

Unfortunately our 1st Waterpolo team lost to SACS in the semifinal of the SACS Night series. This was a disappointing loss after they were unbeaten in the pool stages of the tournament. However on the weekend we had a good set of results against Paul Roos winning most of the games including all three A teams. Our 1st Team also beat Hilton from KZN 13-5.

Some exciting staff news, is that Julian Vincent, our 14A Waterpolo coach, Van Riebeeck tutor and EMS and Technology teacher has been selected to play for the WP Men’s Waterpolo Team. Our Under 14 Waterpolo team is lucky to have a coach that is still playing the game at such a high level.

We had a busy weekend of cricket against Rondebosch. Although the 1st Team didn’t play, we won most of the matches, including the 14As, 17As and 2nd XI. The 15As unfortunately lost. Our 1st XI played in the Somerset College T20 Day, but unfortunately lost to Paul Roos in the final. The individual highlight of the weekend was Cameron Ryan who took 7 wickets for the 2nd XI against Rondebosch. This is the second time this year he has taken 7 wickets. Daiyaan Solomons also got a hatrick for the U15A team in their KO game against Cravenby on Wednesday which they also won.

When the 1st XI play Affies on Sunday, it will be Eric Lefson’s 600th game as coach of the Wynberg 1st XI. He started coaching the team in 2000 and still has a more than 80% win ratio with the 1st XI over these 600 games. He started at Wynberg as a Maths teacher in the 1990s, but left to work for the WP Golf Foundation. We were lucky enough to retain his services as a cricket coach. He has an unbelievable record as a 1st XI coach.

Our Basketball teams have had a real up and down week. On Saturday the 16As and 1st Team beat Settlers and Grey PE in a mini-tournament, but both sides lost to Westerford in the week. The 14As nearly lost to Westerford too, but managed to secure a tie in the last minute. This meant that the Wynberg 14As maintained their three year unbeaten record.

Our 1st Tennis team has qualified for the quarter-finals of the league and we are waiting to hear who our opposition is. Our 2nd Team lost 0-12 to Rondebosch, but our 4th, 5th and 6th team all won their matches.

One of our grade 8s, Daniyal Matthews won four gold medals at the WP Track Cycling Champs and was crowned U14 WP Track Cycling Champ. He will now participate in the SA Champs. This is an outstanding achievement.



The first Wednesday in March is traditionally the date when the school plays the Old Boys in all the summer sports.

The first cricket team will be playing from 11.00am with all other teams in all sports playing after school. Parents are invited to support the occasion and to join in the festivities afterwards in the Bill Bowden. The players will all be given buns and cooldrinks and the Prefect of Sport, Robert McKinley, will be welcoming the Old Boys back to their old school.

It will also be a special day for past Headmaster, Rowan Algie, (1984 – 1992) who has been invited back with his family for the naming of the cricket pavilion on the Jacques Kallis Oval in his honour. He was the headmaster who initiated the project of developing the area for the spectacular cricket field which it is today. He also initiated the building of the pavilion and the scorebox on this field. This ceremony will take place during the tea interval (approx. 16.00) of the lst team game.


Quote of the Week

A message for all boys who find themselves (occasionally) in trouble:

No one can live in the past. You waste the present by feeling bad about the past. Learn from it and ensure a better future.


Headmaster’s Blog: http://kcr-keithrichardson.blogspot.com