WBHS Weekly Newsletter 8 – 15 February 2013

On February 15th, 2013, posted in: Archive, News, Newsletters by


With only 2 weeks to go, we are appealing to each and every family to have a good look at home for donations towards our White Elephant and Book Stalls, our most popular stalls every year.  We are also appealing to our crafters who are able to donate one or 2 items for us to sell at our new “craft stall”.  No matter how big or small we welcome ALL donations.

Please bring your items to reception where one of our Gap Year students will collect the items from you.

Our appeal is that every family makes at least one donation towards this evening of fun.   Remember to bring your family and friends to witness the talented musicians of Wynberg and other schools.


Looking for “muscle monsters”. Any parent with a hummer; land rover or any other ugly/good looking monster vehicle, to contact Mr Murcott on 021-7974247 ext 153 as soon as possible.


As there is a clash of Open Days with other schools, we have made Monday, 18th February, open to all schools. This is contrary to the newspaper advert.

If parents know of Grade 7’s who are wishing to have the ‘Wynberg Experience’ at an Open Day, please pass this information on.

All Grade 8’s are expected to be guides from 16h00 onwards.  Boys from other grades who enjoyed the experience in previous years are more than welcome to volunteer their services.


Wynberg Boys’ High School has accepted a protocol from Drug Free Sport which commits to playing sport steroid free. This organisation will assist us in educating parents and boys about the dangers of steroid usage and they will perform tests on any boys that we ask them to. The testing will be done within the regulations of World Anti-Doping Association, WADA, and the School’s Act. Names of schools who have accepted this protocol will be published in the Sunday Times of 7 March 2013. As steroid usage has the most severe consequences on a growing, adolescent body, we stand firmly behind this programme and support it fully. More details about the programme will follow shortly.


This past week has seen our campus pool succumb to the pressure of ever increasing numbers of Waterpolo players.  We are encouraged by the growing enthusiasm in Waterpolo but as a result, we now have more than 1200 swimmers a week through the pool.  We have been forced to outsource some of our pool time requirements to the junior school just to accommodate everyone.

The increased bather load resulted in the quality of the water suffering and we took a decision to ‘shut down’ the pool to allow for a water treatment program to be implemented. 

We are aiming for Monday to have all training and practice sessions resume as normal.


Further to the information in last week’s newsletter, we have had two parents put their hands up to help administer photography at the school.

Gavin Withers and Tania Robbertze will now be coordinators.

Please could we ask that any parents who have an interest in photography meet at the Bill Bowden Hall on Monday 18th February at 19h00 to discuss the formation of the proposed WBHS Photography Club?  The proposal is for this club to be a body of both parents and learners who have a passion for photography.

We aim to have regular meetings with speakers and lectures to help along those who want to learn more about photography.

Even if you are only interested submitting photos to the school on an ad hoc basis rather than being a full part of this club, we would like to see you at the meeting. One of the items on the agenda is to streamline and co-ordinate the collection of the many images taken by parents, boys, staff, etc.  Some incredible images come from parents sitting on the sidelines as spectators and the school would love to have these images on file.

If you would like to assist, but cannot be at the meeting, or have any queries, then please contact Gavin on 0836580332 or Tania on 0798844356.


It was not a great cricket week for Wynberg because all our cricket last weekend against Paarl Boys was rained out. A few teams did manage to play midweek matches against Paarl Boys though. Our 17As played an interesting four day two innings match over four consecutive weeks against Reddam 1st Team and they eventually won by 160 runs with Dylan Edwards scoring a century. Our 1st XI was invited to play a night match at Paarl Gym which we won quite easily. Another great individual performance was Shirac Kloppers scoring 119 in a T20 match for the 3rd XI against Paul Roos.

Some of our Cricket captains and 1st Team players attended a very good two part course by Tom Dawson-Squibb on mental toughness and leadership in sport. I am sure they learnt some valuable lessons for sport and life and that they will put this into use.

Our 1st Waterpolo Team continues to dominate the SACS Night Series and is still unbeaten after they beat SACS narrowly on Wednesday evening. They have already qualified for the semifinals. They also beat Rondebosch convincingly 13-2 last Saturday as did most of our other teams. It has been good to see our Waterpolo Team getting so much coverage on SABC 3’s Expresso Show in the mornings.

Our 1st Squash Team travelled to Bloemfontein to participate in the St Andrews Festival for all the top squash schools in the country. We won two matches, lost two and drew one. Although we would have liked to have done better, it is still a young side and I think they will still develop into a quality team.

Our 2nd and 3rd Tennis teams unfortunately lost to Bishops and Reddam respectively, while our 1st Team had a bye.

Our 14A, 16A and 19A Basketball teams all had convincing victories against Rondebosch, while our 14B team beat Fish Hoek A team, our 16Bs drew with Fish Hoek A and our 19B team lost to Fish Hoek A team.

Both Alex Obery and Keenan Marrow deserve congratulations. They have just returned from overseas with the SA Under 18 Ice Hockey Team which achieved a Silver Medal. Another outstanding achievement is Camerine van Niekerk who won gold at the WP U15 Biathlon Championships during the week.


We have had to change the time of our swimming gala to accommodate our Waterpolo team that is playing in the Night Series at SACS. The gala will start at 14h30 and should be finished at about 17h30. Boys are expected to let their House Heads know if they cannot attend the gala. All parents are encouraged to come and support their sons.


Next Friday, 22 February, we will once again be hosting the annual Cricket Superskills in conjunction with Sporting Chance. We will have about 200 primary school kids taking part in this event on the Jacques Kallis Oval. The event will be covered by Supersport’s Let’s Play and some excellent prizes have been donated by NS Cricket.

Quote of the Week

Light    (A special Poem for Valentine’s Day) by Francis William Bourdillon 

The night has a thousand eyes,         

  And the day but one;    

Yet the light of the bright world dies   

  With the dying sun.      


The mind has a thousand eyes,         

  And the heart but one; 

Yet the light of a whole life dies         

  When love is done.


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