WBHS Weekly Newsletter – 29 February – 04 March 2016

Dear Parents

Anyone who attended the Inter House Gala last Wednesday will agree that not only was there a fantastic spirit throughout the evening but a number of excellent performances were recorded. Congratulations to Littlewood, the winning house, and to the age group winners: Jordyn West (U/14) from Wellington, Adrian Taylor(U/16) from Littlewood and Jonan Bowers (U/19) from De Waal. There were also 2 records broken on the day by Christopher Cresswell (U14 50m backstroke) and Adrian Taylor (U16 50m freestyle).

An entertaining event was the traditional staff, matrics and Old Boys’ relay. The first interesting point about it was that the Junior School entered a staff team which included two lady members of staff. I wonder when last a lady swam at the Wynberg Boys’ High School gala? Second was the composition of the Old Boys’ relay team. It consisted of Ian Melliar (1978), Theodore Yach (1976) Nick Molyneux (2004) and Julian Vincent (2005). Three of these have represented South Africa at water polo (Ian, Theodore and Nick) and Julian has represented WP at the sport. Two of them (Theodore and Nick) were also winners of the U19 Swimming Trophy in their final year at school.

All these Old Boys’ expressed the desire to see aquatics elevated to its former state of prominence at the Wynberg Boys’ Schools. A lot is being done at both the Junior and Senior Schools to make this happen but we are being seriously hampered by a lack of pool space and an additional pool is now becoming a necessity. The Governing Body has recognised this and an additional pool is high on their list of new capital projects.

As it happens Theodore Yach is also a world- renowned open-water swimmer and will be attempting his 100th swim to Robben Island on the 22nd March (weather dependent). He uses his swims to raise awareness for worthy causes and also to raise money for them. Because his 100th swim co-incides with the Wynberg 175th anniversary year, Theodore has selected as one of the beneficiaries of this swim a new Aquatic Centre for the Wynberg Boys’ Schools and will be asking members of the public to donate to this project.
For more information go to http://www.centurycrossing.co.za/




We are very lucky to be the first school in South Africa to use Capita SIMS as its school management software. It will be rolled out in various phases and will revolutionise how we are able to operate – both behind the scenes and from the parents and students perspective. The productivity and efficiency increases are already visible, but at the same time we do expect minor teething troubles – so please bear with us on this front. Without going into detail (that will be provided as the various phases are deployed) we can safely say this – Capita SIMS will help us better understand each boy.

The next major phase that parents should see is the launch of the SIMS Learning Gateway – but more about this soon




The tour started with a Ceilidh (Scottish party) last Friday at which we met up with Mr and Mrs Richardson. It was an evening filled with the sound of bagpipes and Irish dancing by Springfield girls. The real part of the festival started on Saturday with a street march competition. We did not compete in the competition but were involved in the massed street march which took place afterwards.
Following that was the solo piping and drums competition as well as bands competing in a circle. We were pleased to meet a Wynberg old boy who attended the school when there was still had a cadet band. He was delighted to hear about our newly formed pipe Band. We participated in the final concert, playing in conjunction with the Knysna Pipe Band.
Not much can match the feeling of being on stage and preforming with 30 other pipers and drummers.




The next boutique musical concert takes place on Thursday 17 March, on campus, at the Nussbaum Theatre, starting at 19h00.
The concert is free, but booking is essential as the venue is fairly small. If you’d like to attend please e-mail wbhssteelbandevening@gmail.com, stating the number of seats which you’d like to reserve. Please collect your tickets at the door between 18h15 and 18h45 on the night of the concert.
This will be a special concert as past pupils will also be performing.




On the weekend of the 26th of February, we had our Capstone camp with the Wynberg Girls’ School. We had about 40 boys and girls, who were very excited! On the Friday night, there was worship, preaching and ministry time. On the Saturday, a number of people from different churches came to do workshops, worship and teaching. The students really enjoyed the experience, and, because of the small groups, were able to ask questions. It was awesome to see young men and women enjoying God and experiencing Him!




Tuesday evening saw sixty young Wynberg men attend a Leadership Seminar at the school – focussing on the question ‘WHY?’ Why do we lead? In discussions and debates they assessed themselves and their ultimate goals, before looking at their ‘HOW?’ How do they go about achieving their ‘WHY?’ This led to another step in the process – is my ‘HOW’ ‘EFFECTIVE’ in getting my ‘WHY?’ A worthwhile evening for a fine group of young leaders.





Congratulations to our Club 175 winners for February 2016.

1st prize – Steven Furnish
2nd prize – Timothy Wichman
3rd prize – Thomas Witte

Attendance prize – Jeanette Muller

The Club is open to anyone to join, pay R175 per month and stand a chance to win a share of the R5000 prize money given away each month.

Contact Jeanette Muller (jmuller@wbhs.org.za) for more details.




A large number of Wynberg athletes excelled at zonal championships held in Athlone on Friday, 26/02/16. 16 Wynberg boys have – as a result – been invited to the WP championships and will compete during the course of the weekend for higher honours.

The 1st XI experienced the highs and lows of sport within a 48-hour period during the course of the week. A dominant 52-run win v Bishops in the final of the Western Province KO Cup was followed two days later by a 44-run defeat at the hands of Boland champions, Paarl Gym, in the regional final. The long and the short of it: Wynberg can claim WP T20 champion school status for the third consecutive year and 10th time since the tournament’s inception in 1996. Paarl Gym, however, deservedly heads to Potchefstroom in a fortnight’s time to represent the Cobras’ franchise at the national championships.

With regards last week’s regular fixtures: Wynberg lost just two of the 14 matches played v Paarl Boys’.

The weekend ahead sees Wynberg host Menlo Park from Pretoria. The 1st XI plays a declaration match against our upcountry visitors on the Jacques Kallis Oval on Saturday, while a composite 2nd XI/3rd XI side competes against the same-said opposition in a morning T20 on the Jacques Kallis Oval on Sunday. Both matches start at 09:30.

Herewith further news from last week’s annual Inter-house Gala:

U14 champion: Jordyn West
U16 champion: Adrian Taylor
U19 champion: Jonan Bowers

A particular mention to Christopher Creswell and Adrian Taylor who established new records in the u14 50m backstroke and u16 50m freestyle respectively.

Wynberg finished 6th out of 10 competing schools in the annual Newlands Gala held on Wednesday night. Notable performances from Wynberg swimmers will appear in next week’s report.

Water polo:
Wynberg’s A and B sides found the competition tough v Reddam in the final league fixtures of the season last week. The 19A game was lost 7-12. The Cs and Ds fared better against Westerford: winning three of the five matches played.

The regular season may have come to a conclusion; the 19As have, however, travelled to Johannesburg this weekend to compete in the KES tournament. Results to appear next week.


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

House Report from 1972: VAN RIEBEECK
“Swimming: This year’s Gala proved a complete rout for Van Riebeeck. Never before in the history of the school gala has a house won by such a large margin. D.Yach, M.Preyser K.Perry, L.Perry and T.Yach were the outstanding swimmers for the W.P. Currie-Cup squad.”

Headmaster’s Blog: http://bit.ly/1ZHh5Qw