WBHS Weekly Newsletter 8 – 15 August 2014

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It is a very special Founders’ Day Ceremony this year in that we are commemorating both the anniversaries of the First World War and the Twenty Years of Democracy in South Africa.

It is a huge privilege – and very exciting – that we have Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd coming to address us in the annual John McNaughton Founders’ Day Address. He is the grandson of Dr HF Verwoerd who was a pupil at Wynberg in 1913 and later Prime Minister of South Africa.

Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd is a man of immense courage who epitomizes the Quote of the Week below. There is no doubt that he will be challenging every boy and parent in the audience.

The ceremony is run by the Matrics with the McNaughton matrics placing the wreaths commemorating Fallen Old Boys at the Wall of Remembrance after the Head Prefect has read out the names. Another significant event of the Ceremony will be the piping in of the 175 Flag carried by a Matric boy and his buddy. This will be the official start of the year-long and world-wide journey for this flag which will return to the school for the official start of the 175 year in February 2016.

All parents are invited to attend to share this special ceremony with their sons. It will start at 11.00am promptly on Friday 22 August.



On Wednesday 13 August a group of the School’s elite academics gathered in the Fishbowl at 6:45 am for a celebratory breakfast. These were the boys who had aimed for and achieved an average of 80% in the second term.

After a hearty breakfast which included muffins, croissants, cereals. Muesli, yoghurt as well as the traditional bacon and eggs with mushrooms and sausage and tomato, they were addressed by Michael Cheney, and old boy from 2013 who is currently doing work in Mannenberg as part of a team of volunteers giving medical and counselling aid as well as providing jobs for the community. They are giving hope to a community that has lost hope. Michael, who was an extremely busy young man while at school, is continuing this trend after school. However he spoke to the boys about the importance of stopping and resting regularly in order to recharge. Too many of us work inefficiently because we become numbed by the pace of life and need time out regularly to reflect and ponder.

Jason Bright and Ryan Tripod acted as comperes for the breakfast, thanking Michael for his continuing support of Wynberg in a number of different areas.



Squash: The squash department took on a variety of opposition in the last week with opposition including Pinelands, Westerford, RBHS, Fish Hoek, Milnerton and Herzlia. There were some good results at U15. Matthew Lambrick, Nathan Van der Westhuyzen and Kyle Westvig took part in the Strand Junior Open this past weekend. Matthew won the U16 section with Nathan coming second in the same age group.

Hockey: Our hockey teams travelled out to Fairmont this past weekend. The Fairmont 1st team proved a hard nut to crack with the result being a draw 1-1. The 16A team won 2-0, the 15A team won 5-1 and the 14A won 3-0.

Rugby: The majority of the teams travelled out to Tygerberg. The 1st team won 24-15, the 16A won 22-14, the 15A won 17-7 and the 14A won 18-8. Other opposition included Reddam, Doncaster from the UK and Development teams hosted at Wynberg. During the week we played Oakham and Cheltenham – two English teams.

During this term we have hosted a number of overseas teams very successfully and hospitably. This would have been impossible without the support of parents who have been ever-willing to open their homes to the tourists. We hope that the friendships made will be long lasting.

Cricket: Dyllan Matthews has been selected to attend a Cricket South Africa national u17 cricket camp in Potchefstroom during the final weekend of September. Dyllan is in illustrious company and is one of five players from the Cobras’ franchise to receive an invite to this 26-man gathering of the country’s finest u17 cricket talent.

Soccer: The U19 team lost 1-2 to Pinelands and the U17 team won 4-0.

Cross Country: We hosted the Southern Zone Cross Country Championships last Wednesday. The following boys produced good results:
U14: James Thompson 2nd
U16: Oliver Kopp 3rd, Zack Preyser 10th and Gabriel Chames 12th
U17: Brandon Keeling 1st and Camerine van Niekerk 13th
U19: Robert Cooke 7th

The following boys will now take part in the Western Province Champs this coming weekend:

U14: James Thompson
U16: Oliver Kopp
U17: Brandon Keeling and Camerine van Niekerk.

Golf: Last week the 1st team lost 2-4 to Rondebosch and the 3rd team lost 1 ½ -4 ½ to SACS.
On Monday the 1st team lost to Bishops 1 – 5and the 3rd team narrowly lost to Reddam 2 ½ – 3 ½.

Gymnastics: Western Cape District Trampoline and Tumbling Gymnastics Trials on Saturday, 26 July, 2014. James Philbrick (WBHS) competed for Gym Wizards at the District Trials Competition in two disciplines (Boys Senior Elite Mini Trampoline, and Boys Age 13-14 Level 6 Tumbling). He placed 1st overall in Mini Trampoline and 1st overall in Tumbling. He also won a spot on both teams to represent the district of Cape Town at the upcoming competitions in August and September.

Old Boys Touch Rugby Festival: Calling all Old Boys. We are in the process of putting together an Inter House Touch Rugby Tournament for Old Boys on the 29th (Friday before SACS Derby). The idea is to have a festival, get fellow Old Boys back on campus celebrating our rugby excellence and then after all is said and done, finish off with a function in the Bill Bowden. The staff will be entering a team as well. Please confirm participation care of email to Hugh Rowles on hrowles@wbhs.org.za giving him you’re – Full Name, House and Year you matriculated.

Bishops Derby Day: This weekend we host Bishops in our local Derby. The 1st Hockey plays on Friday at 18h40 and the 1st Rugby on Saturday at 12h15.



On Monday and Tuesday each house presented a one- act play in the Clegg hall, in the annual inter-house play competition. The plays were chosen and directed by senior boys, with juniors as performers. The evenings were well attended and very entertaining. Results will be announced at assembly on Monday.



Cassie Robbertze, Joshua Beaver and Caleb Smit did very well this week in a Western Cape Debating competition on Monday, beating Herschel in the quarter final round. They now face Springfield in the semi- final on Monday 18 August. The debate starts at 19h00 at Springfield. Support would be appreciated.



We congratulate Qinisela de la Hunt on his appointment as the new WBHS Interact President for 2015.
On Wednesday evening several schools gathered at the Wynberg Roteract Hall for the induction of their 2015 Interact committees.



11 eager Wynberg boys participated in an ‘active citizenship’ open-microphone panel discussion at UCT on the evening of Thursday, 14 August 2014. The event served as the grand finale of the UCT Civic Week: a progressive initiative aimed at engaging South Africans of all ages in healthy political discussion.

The evening hit the mark, with those in attendance being treated to informed debate pertaining to topics ranging from the post-election political climate in South Africa to the troubles in the Middle East from the likes of former cabinet minister and outspoken activist, Ronnie Kasrils, Professor Robert Mattes (current professor of politics at UCT) and Mail and Guardian editor-in-chief, Chris Roper.

The boys, I suspect, departed the venue much the wiser for having participated in so frank a discussion and with plenty to ponder with regards their own roles as active citizens within contemporary South African society.




We are looking for people to apply for the role of Chief Invigilator for our matric exams for the end of the year exams. The suitable applicant should be a competent administrator, have a matric certificate or better, be between the ages of 25 and 65 years, and be prepared to be on their feet for periods of up to 4 hours at a time. Mentoring will take place this year during the November exam period and, if possible, during the September exams too. Please contact Mrs Hepworth at glenda@wbhs.org.za.



Some exciting work is being pioneered by the Maths department, regarding the use of tablets and Maths practice. Boys in grade 8 and grade 9 have been expected to answer, on their tablets, a range of questions on a particular topic, as a Moodle homework task, each week since the beginning of this term. The ten questions for each exercise are randomly generated on our Moodle site, with boys being given the correct answers and their total score, as soon as they complete the task. Boys can also opt to have each question marked as they progress through the task. For last week’s homework task, the requirement was that a boy had to score 100%, in order to claim success. If a boy scored less than 100%, he was encouraged to attempt the task again, until he scored 10 out of 10. They were given a deadline date for the submission of attempts. For this week’s tasks, the marks are being awarded according to the boy’s best score, even if he fails to achieve full marks. This week’s grade 9 tasks have been designed specifically to help the boys prepare for the standardized test that they were to write on Friday.

For last week’s grade 9 homework task, the stats make interesting reading. There were, in total, 739 attempts (of which 185 were not submitted). Only 43 boys achieved 100%, and we are thus likely to make the task available again soon, in order for boys to have another opportunity to try and achieve full marks. For the 482 attempts with a score greater than zero, the mean score was 53%. The mean time on each attempt was 9 minutes 30 seconds with the total time on task for the grade approximately 76 hours. This means that, on average, every grade 9 boy spent approximately 25 minutes on this task, i.e. doing (additional) online Maths homework, which surely must have had some positive impact on each of them. The time spent practicing a particular skill is something that we, as teachers, can now measure, and we are confident that more time spent actually doing Maths – as opposed to watching the teacher do it on the board – will translate into a better understanding of Maths concepts, which will in turn translate into higher Maths Marks down the line.

Each boy has a profile on our Moodle site, with his own “grade book”, which he (and you) can access in order to view the record of the work he has done. The site also has a facility which allows boys and parents to comment and/or ask questions. There have been queries from parents, regarding some of the formatting of questions, the rigour of the manner in which the computer wants to have the answer recorded, the pressure associated with completing the exercise in a short period of time, and so on. These have all been answered, through direct correspondence with the concerned parents, by one of the teachers who is monitoring the site, on an ongoing basis.





The authorities at the Military Camp have contacted the school requesting that Parents do not use it as a short cut to avoid traffic lights.



Please note that the 2nd hand clothing shop is open every Wednesdays 12h00 – 15h00.
We have stock of supporters jackets and caps.
We also have a good stock of long grey pants, khaki shorts, jerseys and scarves.
Also available WBHS travel mugs.



Calling all Golfers. Come and join a day of fun, prizes, dinner, auction and much more……

When: 18 September 2014
Where: Westlake Golf Course
Tee Off times: From 11.00am
Cost: R500 per player

R2000.00 per four ball (includes green fees and dinner)
Format: Fourball Alliance, 2 scores to count
All payments to be made by the 30 August 2014

Please contact Bryn Thomas on 0832601972 or bryn@jaywalk.com for further entry details


Quote of the Week: Thought for our upcoming Ceremony


“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance”

                                                                                                                                                  Robert F. Kennedy

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