Weekly Newsletter 14 – 18 January 2013

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We warmly welcome some new faces into our staff room:

Emilio Titus takes over the reins of Business Manager. He is well known to us as a previous Chairman of the Governing Body and thus knows the school well.

Jeanette Muller’s role has now been expanded into that of General Manager. Basically, she will be handling all the non-education side of running a school.

Pierre Hugo comes to us after 27 years teaching at Grey College. He will be heading up the Accounting Department as well as taking Cricket and Hockey.

Peter Murison is a familiar face returning to the Wynberg ranks. For a number of seasons he helped us out with rugby coaching, now he is expanding his expertise to the English classroom. He is moving into Littlewood.

Francois Jooste has come to us from Gauteng. He has just finished his teaching qualifications and will be joining us as a valuable asset to our Science Department.

William Hurst is our new Gap Year from New Zealand.

Hasan Essop joins us as a part-time Art Teacher.



The annual hike for new boys, matric buddy’s (and anyone wanting to go for the Grand Slam i.e. five years of hikes…) takes place tomorrow, Saturday. Parents are reminded to ensure that their sons have a jersey (there is cloud predicted for the mountain) / water bottle and hat.



The technical difficulties we were experiencing with our telephone switchboard have now been rectified. We apologize for any inconvenience that this caused.



GRADE 12                             GRADE 11                                               GRADE 10
1 Nicholas Haralambous      Joshua Arendse                                      Jason Bright
2 Noor Paleker                     Anthony Mchendrie                               Grant Turner
3 Justin Els                           Mark Timlin                                             Ubaidullah Ghanchi
4 Jordan Lamoral                Simon White-Phillips                               Theodore Nel
5 Samir Daniels                    Koketso Mamabolo                                  Faizel Mohamed
6 Stephen Howard-Tripp    Hashiem Logday                                     Chad Gouws
7 Taariq Parker                    Trevor Williams                                       Saif Khan
8 Sean Meyer                        Athenkosi Dyoli                                       Kyle Robbertze
9 Joshua Gilowey                  Mika-Eel Sadien                                      Brent Matthews
10 Imraan Paleker                Andrew Howe-Ely                                  Ubaid Esau
10 Jordan Daniels

GRADE 9                                GRADE 8
1 Gareth Ramsay                  Stefan Langenhoven
2 Junaid Ismail                      Gideon Boshoff
3 Jatin Parbhoo                      Dian Fourie
4 Che Charles                         Timothy Gertzen
5 Almero Prinsloo                  Luc Hill
6 Micaiah Christopher           Maverick Pearson
7 Shakeel Mohamed               Liam Didcott
8 Bumjoon Kim                       Daryn Bright
9 Farai Gwanyanya                Nicholas Moss
10 Alex Fitchet                       Robin Lindup



Although we are concerned that three boys did not make the grade, there is much to celebrate:

Nicholas Haralambous’ full house of distinctions and 89.6% average and 2nd in Province for Music.
Stephen Howard-Tripp’s 99% for Visual Arts – 3rd in Province.
Noor Paleker’s 98% for Accounting – 6th in Province.
Yusuf Ismail moving from 144th in grade 8 to 36th in grade 12.
• Physical Sciences –60% average for the first time in the new matric system and this is with increased numbers in Science.
• 25% of all boys doing Science received an A or B average
• Afrikaans – 15 distinctions. Visual Arts – 10 distinctions.
• Mathematics – 88% of Matrics wrote the Maths paper with 86% passing. This is the third best result in the Province.
• AP Mathematics – 2 distinctions and average of 62% (against 0 distinctions and 41% average last year.)
• Overall, 16th position in the Province and a cheque for R20 000 from the WCED!



We are hugely appreciative to Ford Mekor (Claremont Branch) for giving us a 2012 Figo model – with only 320 kilometres on the clock. It has not yet been branded in the Wynberg colours but is available for boys to take driving lessons. Those boys who have turned 17 and have acquired their Learner Licenses may book driving lessons with a professional instructor with Mrs Manley in the front office.



Guy Green on coming 12th in the national u20 Chess Championships held during the holidays.

A number of boys have appeared on Television this week:

Athenkosi Dyoli was on the Thursday edition of SATV’s Expresso Show. They were running a programme on the start of a school year from the standpoint of a Matric.
• Six boys from various grades took part in a live debate on bullying in schools on SATV 2 on Tuesday in their Hectic Nine-9 Show.
• The lst team cricket was featured in today’s edition of the Expresso Show playing some of their matches in the recent Paarl Festival.



A number of Wynberg sportsmen took part in the various IPTs during the holidays and the WP teams generally performed very well with both the U18A Waterpolo and Cricket teams receiving gold medals. Anthony McHendrie , with another year to go at school, was selected for the SA School’s Waterpolo Team.

There were some exciting cricket selections. David Bedingham, despite playing with a broken thumb, was selected as captain of the SA Colts team, while Jason Smith, was selected to the SA School’s Team. Jason is the first Wynberg boy to receive National Colours in two of the school’s major sports – cricket and hockey. They both went on to play for the Cobras in the Cub’s Week which saw David being selected for the SA U19 ODI and the Test team and Jason for the ODI team.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe was selected for the WP Senior Seven’s team that played in the IPL Sevens in George, but the real exciting news was that he was announced last week as a member of the 36 man Stormer’s Training Squad.

Our Polo players and Cricketers have been hard at work over the past 10 days preparing themselves for the season ahead. The U15 Cricket team attended a festival at Somerset College during the few days before school started, while the 1st XI played in a festival in Paarl. Both our U15s and 1st XI were the only unbeaten teams at these two festivals.

Wynberg have also co-hosted a Hockey clinic over the past week run by five Dutch Hockey coaches. Six Wynberg players as well as four of our coaches attended the clinic.

Three of our boys, Sean Parker, Michael Hardy and Daniel Frieslaar sailed to St Helena Island, 1700 nautical miles from Cape Town as part of the Governor’s Cup Race on the 37ft yacht – a monohull named JML Rotary Scout. The cherry on the top was winning their section. They are certainly three brave boys and this is a special achievement.

Alex Johnson participated in the SA Men’s Shooting Championships, in the handgun category, and was placed fourth overall. An outstanding achievement.



Our annual Interhouse Sports Day will be held on Tuesday next week. It will start at about 14h30 and should be finished by 19h00. All parents are reminded that it is compulsory that all boys attend the Sports Day. Parents are also welcome to come and support this event.



There have been some queries regarding the practice schedule for grade 8 sport (under 14s). Here are the basic practice times although some teams could have extra practices and there could be some exceptions.

SPORT              PRACTICE                       PRACTICE                              MATCH
Cricket              Monday 14h50 to 17h00   Wednesday 13h30 to 15h30   Wed, Fri or Sat
Waterpolo         Monday 14h50 to 16h00   Wednesday 13h30 to 15h00   Friday or Saturday
Tennis               Monday 14h50 to 16h30    Wednesday 13h30 to 15h00   Monday or Friday
Basketball         Monday 14h50 to 16h30    Wednesday 13h30 to 15h00   Wednesday
Athletics            Monday 14h50 to 16h30    Thursday 14h50 to 16h30       Any day


Quote of the Week

“Humankind is not a web. Our individual efforts are strands in the web contributing to the whole.”

Indian Proverb quoted as the theme of the opening assembly of the year.


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