Weekly Newsletter 09 – 16 October 2015

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You and your family are warmly invited to attend the Sunset Concert at the John Baxter outdoor amphitheatre on Sunday 18 October, which starts at 17h00.
Performers will be from WBHS, WBJS and WGHS. Bring a picnic supper and a blanket or chair and come and enjoy music played by the Concert Band, Steel Bands, Jazz Band and hear the first official performance of our Pipe Band. There will be an opportunity to make a donation to Hospice at the end of the concert which should finish by approximately 18h30. Fine weather is predicted, but do bring a jacket at it can get a little chilly if the wind comes up.
Arrive any time from 16h15 to book your spot on the grass. We hope to see you there!




The final matric meeting for the year took place on Tuesday evening. Matrics together with parents collected their term 3 reports and received some final advice from Mr Richardson and Mr Thompson for the upcoming exams. One message which came through strongly is that “it is NEVER too late”. The entire focus of the matric class for the next eight weeks should be on returning their best academic results possible.




The Final Matric art exhibition this year was a resounding success, the standard of work was exceptional. An exciting aspect of this exhibition was the diversity of mediums that were explored by the pupils.
Examiners and viewers were impressed by the originality of the works – each pupil had a distinctly individual voice. It is gratifying to know that several of our talented art pupils are pursuing a career in Visual arts next year. We look forward to an equally exiting exhibition in 2016.




LO Day, on Thursday the second last day of last term, began with each grade focussing on major social problems facing our communities. Educators skilfully led the discussion and debates and all felt that our learners responded very well and it was clear that the successful S.E.E.Day had helped focus the boys minds and create many new area of knowledge and discovery. Early next year, the next step will be taken! Rob Maclean ran two PE sessions, always popular with the boys, and we had two interesting presentations one from GREENPOP – doing great work in getting trees planted everywhere and the second focussing on all the exciting options open to young men in the personal training fields.




Our grade twelve cohort have set themselves a superb foundation for success in their final examinations. They are at the tip of the springboard and this last push will determine how high they will soar. Can each boy work 6% more? Can each boy try 6% harder and improve their marks by the same? If the answer is ‘Yes’ to these questions then we will have our best set of matric results ever.

I will be welcoming every clean-shaven and neatly-coiffured boy into their exam venue and trust that they will be entering it with confidence. This confidence comes from practicing hard and being well prepared. Now go and eat those pies.




Susanne Holgate (mother of 1st XV captain) organised a classy 1st XV dinner at the Bill Bowden on Wednesday night. With guest of honour and Wynberg rugby patron, Dave Stewart, in attendance, the boys and their parents were able to relive the high’s and lows of the 2015 season. Coaches Gus Leslie and Craig Childs presented each player with numbered jerseys to take away as souvenirs.





Zach Preyser completed the gruelling 75km-long Fish River Canoe Marathon during the second weekend of October: a notable achievement for a Grade 10 learner.

Wynberg’s four sides representing the school at festivals throughout the country during the course of the holiday period, namely the 1st XI; the Stayers’ XI; the 15As and 14As, enjoyed considerable success, losing just three of 17 matches played.

The 1st XI completed an unbeaten Cape Schools’ Week with the undoubted highlight being the one-wicket, penultimate-ball win against Grey High on the Jacques Kallis Oval on the final afternoon of the festival.

The 15As went unbeaten at the Grey High Festival in Port Elizabeth too care of a draw against the hosts and wins against St Andrew’s College; Hilton and Grey College.

The league season starts this weekend with Wynberg’s sides playing a myriad teams from across the peninsula. The 1st XI hosts Stellenberg in a 50-overs-a-side contest on the Jacques Kallis Oval on Saturday. 09:30 start.

It’s a big week ahead as Wynberg and the Wynberg Old Boys’ Union in conjunction with the Kallis Foundation host an official tribute to Jacques Kallis care of a black tie dinner at the Cape Sun on Thursday evening (22/10/15). Jacques will oversee a junior coaching session with Sporting Chance on the Jacques Kallis Oval on Tuesday afternoon in the lead up to Thursday’s festivities.

Daniyal Matthews returned dominant performances as a member of the Western Cape cycling team at the Bloemfontein Youth Cycling Festival held in the Free State during the school holidays. He won a trio of gold medals and earned additional honours care of the Western Cape winning the overall team competition.

Dirt biking
Liam Watson (Grade 11) participated in the Sea to Ski event during the course of the holidays: a three-day, 430km ride from Coffee Bay to Tiffindell Ski Resort. Liam emerged as the youngest competitor to complete the race and earned widespread praise from his fellow riders for the positive manner in which he tackled the challenge.

The 19A team made history during the first week of October by becoming the first Wynberg soccer team to represent the school at a national schoolboy tournament care of its participation in the Nedbank Tournament hosted by Grey College in Bloemfontein.

The 18-man squad had its eyes opened as it took to the field against players already contracted professionally and realised just how far Wynberg Soccer has to go so as to compete with the cream of South African schoolboy soccer. The team ultimately failed to win any of the six games played: each player returned to Cape Town far savvier and streetwise than prior to departure and this can only benefit the continued growth and development of the sport at Wynberg.

An eight-man team will represent Wynberg at the Boland Landbou Tennis Tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The standard of play is expected to be high and should prove outstanding preparation ahead of league fixtures against Bishops, Reddam and Rondebosch.
Water polo:

The 1st team participated in the annual SACS Festival during the first weekend of the holidays: a gathering of the elite of South African water polo-playing schools. Wins against KES and Maritzburg College were offset by defeats at the hands of St John’s; Grey High; Westville; Glenwood; Pretoria Boys’; Rondebosch and Bishops.

The regular season gets goings this weekend with Friday and Saturday fixtures v Bishops at Bishops. The 1st team plays at 12:00 on Saturday.



On Thursday 22 October, the Old Boys’ Union and the Jacques Kallis Foundation will host a Tribute Dinner to mark Jacques’ official retirement from professional cricket. This is going to be an event tailor made for cricket enthusiasts to enjoy wholeheartedly, and it’s almost sold out. For info, email 175@wbhs.org.za .

For Serious Collectors of Jacques Kallis Memorabilia: Currently on display at the school – a Glass Cabinet of Items to Commemorate 10,000 Runs. A milestone of cricketing history is presented in this arrangement of Jacques’ Test shirt for South Africa, his bat, a pad, gloves & one of only five pairs of shoes made especially for him when he scored his 10 000th test run all autographed. A full description is framed within the cabinet. This is on display in the lead up to the Jacques Kallis Dinner on 22 October 2015, and interested collectors are welcome to view and place a bid. This is among seven items to be auctioned at the Dinner.




Warren Grobler decided to “drop knee” in the holidays and asked his girlfriend Kate to marry him. His sweetheart of seven and a half years gladly agreed. Congratulations Warren!



The third Wine Tasting Evening – the fundraiser for CWESI and WOBU – was held in the Jowell Quad for the first time. The venue was perfect and the excellent wines and delicious fare on offer, plus great music from “Morning Ms Dednam”, ensured the evening’s success. The Auction was postponed and will now become a “Silent Auction”. It will be activated as soon as the Jacque Kallis Silent Auction has ended!




For your convenience, please find a summary of events for Parents in 2016, including the Celebration Events for the 175th Anniversary. The year starts with a great day at Newlands Cricket Grounds for All Wynberg’s Families and Friends on Sunday 31 January!

Quote of the Week

This has been our home for five years. Look after our home.”

Outgoing Head Prefect , Almero Prinsloo, to 2016 Head Prefect, Gideon Boshoff

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