WBHS Weekly Newsletter 9 – 16 May 2014

On May 16th, 2014, posted in: News, Newsletters, Weekly Newsletters by




The second CWESI/WOBU Wine Tasting Evening was held in the Bill Bowden Pavilion on Friday evening, over eighty guests and winemakers were entertained by old boys Glenn Hartmann on guitar and later on by Dalin Oliver who ran a slick auction, full of laughs and clever quips! A considerable amount was raised for CWESI and WOBU and the general consensus was that it was a good evening and must be repeated in 2015, possibly later in the year so that more wine estates can attend and offer their superb wines for tasting. Many thanks to all who helped make it a success.




On Wednesday 14 May the UCT held the Prizegiving Function for the 38th Annual UCT Maths Competition. I52 schools from around the Western Cape took part – nearly 7 000 pupils taking part.

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and The Build Environment, Professor Francis Petersen, gave the keynote address, stressing that everything that one does in life should be “good, and good for –“ i.e. what we do must be quality(the best we can do) and must benefit others (people or organizations).

The awards followed with Maverick Pearson (grade 10) receiving the award for the Wynberg boy with the highest mark (85%). Our best placed entrant was Jason Bright who was placed 14th with 76% in Grade 12.

Overall Wynberg was ranked 10th – a magnificent achievement! The Maths Department and the 75 boys who took part must be congratulated on another wonderful set of results in this prestigious Competition.



On Thursday, in partnership with the UCT Department of Chemical Engineering and MINTEK, Wynberg Boys hosted the 2014 MINQuiz competition, a science Olympiad aimed at matric students. Our dream team of Tristan Oschmann, Jason Bright and Grant Turner showed that they were up to the challenge, coming 2nd overall out of 38 schools in the individual written component, and qualifying for the final round of group questions. Although they put up a fierce fight, confidently answering each question (even if they were confidently wrong), they were taken down by Herzlia, the overall winners of the day. A huge thanks to the ground staff for working round the clock to have everything set up, and to Gary Krige who entertained the teachers with a presentation of the maths of music.




This is the first year that WBHS has taken part in the Accounting Olympiad, and we had an enthusiastic response from the boys. Twenty-eight Grade 11s and Grade 12s took part in the three-hour Olympiad. The Olympiad is organized by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Sage Pastel, and is a nationwide competition with a good deal of prizes to be won. Best of all, it created a good deal of enthusiasm for the subject, and we will definitely make it an annual tradition.




This important information session held on Thursday evening for all Grade 8’s and their parents. It was very important for parents to be there because in doing so they showed their sons how seriously they are taking these issues. Mr Richardson spoke about why this is such an important issue to address and the values that Wynberg upholds around these matters. Then it was the turn of a WBHS old boy, Jarryd Smith to address the audience. Jarryd is the school drug counsellor and he talks from personal experience of these issues as he was heavily into drugs himself but now has a good story to tell of his recovery.

His main message consisted of don’t think it can’t happen to you as he came from a very good school and a very good family, but yet still became an addict. It all started for him with alcohol, the gate way drug, one wrong choice and then the influence of bad friends. The parents were encouraged to talk about these issues with their sons and most of all to protect their son’s growing brains as the effect of alcohol and drugs on the growing, adolescent brain is potentially very dangerous.

Mrs Kelly ended the evening informing the boys and parents about the drug testing programme and the alcohol pledge that the parents are strongly encouraged to sign and abide by in order to protect our boys as a community from alcohol use and abuse before the age of 18.

All the names of all Wynberg parents (in every grade) who are supporting the school in this initiative are on the web page.

Any parents who would like their name to be recorded on this list indicating that they support this initiative, must please contact Mrs Kelly.




Rugby: This past weekend saw the Wynberg teams put to the test by Paarl Boys’ High School. The 1st team went down 22-24 in a nail-biting game. The 2nd team beat Paarl Boys’ 10-7 and the 16A team went down narrowly 11-15 in another cracker of a game.

Hockey: The hockey teams did extremely well against Paarl Boys’ High School with the 1st team leading the way with a convincing 5-1 win. Wynberg won 9 and drew 1 out of the 12 games played.

Squash: The squash teams unfortunately struggled against Paarl Boys’ High School not winning a game on the weekend. I look forward to improvement over the coming weekend against Paul Roos.

Chess: The 1st team drew to Pinelands 1st team 2-2 while the 2nd team went down to Pinelands 2nd team 0-4.

Cycling: Daniyal Matthews took part in the national South African Track Cycling Champs in Durban from 29 April – 3 May 2014. He was part of the Western Province track cycling team and won a gold medal for the U16 Team Pursuit. A pleasant surprise since he competed against boys who are already 16 years old.

Nicholas James ended 2nd in the 25km Tru-Cape MTB Fun Ride.

Baseball: Aiden O’Connor participated in the Baseball Junior National Championships held in Durban last week. It was an intense few days with the WP U18 team losing in the final to KZN.

Sport vs Paul Roos: This weekend the Wynberg teams travel out to Paul Roos. The digital sports program with can be found at this link: http://bit.ly/RGcg8N

Grey PE: The 2nd circular regarding arrangements for Grey PE will go out on Monday to all boys. All parents are requested to make sure they receive this very important circular. All parents are reminded that the WCED indemnity form with medical aid details needs to be handed in to your son’s respective coach. No boy will be allowed on the bus without this form. The cost for Grey PE is R700 and payments needs to be made to the bursar before Wednesday 21 May.

We endeavour to ensure that all boys have a weekly fixture. As a result many teams play with squads for our normal fixtures in Cape Town, but when we travel to Grey PE we take no reserves as Grey cannot accommodate the extra players. The resultant knock on effect is that many players will be playing in lower ranked teams and inevitably some boys will not be going to Grey. We ask for your understanding in this matter.




On Friday 9 May, the concert band played at a prestigious concert at the Endler Theatre, which arguably has the best acoustics in the Western Cape. The boys played extremely well, opening the show and were followed by school bands from Durbanville and Bellville, the Hugo Lambrecht band and several outstanding bands from Stellenbosch University.



Bands perform well at the Cape Town Eisteddfod on Saturday 10 May.
Once again our bands succeeded in achieving excellent results at the recent Eisteddfod.
The Concert band and Senior Steel Band were awarded a Diploma. (This is the highest possible award).
One of our parents, who attended the concert, sent the following e-mail to Mr Catzavelos the following day: “Your Concert band was really inspiring and an absolute pleasure to listen to. The performance was polished and dramatic. The boys were the smartest all round.”
The Jazz band, Intermediate and Grade 10 Steel Bands received Honours.



Parents, who are Old Boys of the school, will sympathize with Rowan Algie, past Headmaster of Wynberg, who is currently on a cruise to Europe from South Africa. He fell and broke his hip and had to be taken ashore in Tenerife where he is in hospital.





These start on the 2nd June for Grade 12, with the rest of the school later on that same week. Senior boys have been provided with a paper revision timetable and junior boys can download the same from Moodle.



Our annual Choir Festival will take place in the City Hall on Wednesday 28 May. This is always a wonderful concert, not to be missed. Choirs will be from WBHS, WGHS, WBJS, Springfield, Sans Souci, Norman Henshilwood, Rhodes High and UCT. Tickets cost R40 per person and are available from Miss Lindsay from Tuesday 20 May, between 13h00 – 13h30 in the foyer at the front of the school. A block of seats has been reserved for WBHS. Tickets will also be available from 18h00 at the door.



The Parent dance will take place on 31 May and our “Resident Wynberg” band, Fully Covered, has been confirmed. Table bookings are filling up fast, tickets are R100 per person, table’s seat 10 and you bring your own refreshments and snacks; email sbing@wbhs.org.za. to book your table.



We have had our first two Grandstands branded/refurbished by Engel & Voelkers. Companies interested in advertising/branding a Grandstand for a year: Rugby and Waterpolo email sbing@wbhs.org.za for details.



I am thankful to all those who said NO to me.
It is because of them I did it myself.

Albert Einstein


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