Weekly Newsletter 16 – 23 October 2015

On October 23rd, 2015, posted in: News, Weekly Newsletters, Weekly Newsletters by


We tend to go through spates of possessions going missing and we are going through one of those spates now. Please can we ask all parents to:

• Go through the security booklet with your sons. We gave one to all boys at the beginning of the year. It should be in his diary. If he has lost it, he must ask Mr van Schalkwyk for another one.
• Stress to your son that he is responsible for ensuring the safety of his belongings.
• All items like cell phones / wallets / tablets must ALWAYS be on his person / locked away / handed to a responsible adult. There must be no other option.
• Ensure that no cell phone or tablet comes to school unless it has a tracking device.




The final school day for the matric class of 2015 was a special one filled with tears, smiles, and laughter. The tone for the day was set early in the morning with the matric breakfast, with quality speeches delivered by the house prefects. This was followed by a hugely meaningful Tie Ceremony, where Old Boy’s ties were presented to the newest members of the Union. In the ceremony, representatives from the Old Boy’s Union hand family members an Old Boy’s tie for them to present to their sons. During this ceremony Mr Richardson presented each matric with a drum, in the form of a keyring. This was symbolic of the message he shared with them which was to “beat your own drum in life”. Definitely a powerful message! Valedictorian, Wesley Lerwill, delivered a humorous yet heartfelt speech highlighting a few of his fondest memories with his “matric brothers”.
Jason Adams summoned the matric class to their final formal assembly with the tolling of the school bell. Despite this ceremony being an emotional event, it is also a celebration of the academic achievements of the grade. A number of learners were honoured with both academic and special prizes highlighting the successes of this year. Almero Prinsloo delivered his final address as head prefect and his passion for the school was clear for all to see as he spoke honestly and proudly to his fellow matric for the last time. Led by Mr and Mrs Richardson, the matrics filed out of the Hall arm-in-arm, watched by their peers and family. It was a fitting exit for what was an emotional ceremony. This was particularly true for Mr Richardson as it was his last valedictory service as headmaster. Last, but certainly not least, each Matric boy rang the school bell, overlooking the quad, to signify the end of their school career. To make this even more memorable, Mr and Mrs Richardson had the final say by ringing the bell in front of all the matrics and parents watching from the Jowell Quad.
Thanks must go to all who contributed towards such a magnificent and meaningful day for so many Wynberg families.

To read the speeches of the House Prefects at the Valedictory Breakfast,
click here: http://wp.me/p4rYAx-1W2I        Speech of Van Riebeeck House Prefect
                       http://wp.me/p4rYAx-1W2K       Speech of McNaughton House Prefect




Daniyal Matthews het Saterdag 17 Oktober die Wes-Kaapstreek by ‘n Nasionale ATKV-Spelathon in Johannesburg verteenwoordig. Die kompetisie was straf en 17 leerders het provinsies van verskillende skole regoor die land verteenwoordig. Daniyal het deurgedring tot die finale rondte. Hy het ‘n trotse tweede plek in die land met sy uitmuntende spellingvernuf behaal. Wynberg is baie trots op jou!




On Saturday, 17 October, a gathering of Wynberg Women met at the Bill Bowden for a breakfast in honour of Pippa. This gave us an opportunity to pause, celebrate and share stories.

As we received our name tags at the door, one could not miss the strategic placement of a box of tissues at the side of the table.

Chairlady of The Ladies Association, Cheryl Borchardt, spoke on behalf of all 80 ladies present. Cheryl said that Pippa would be remembered for her love, care, kindness, support, empathy, her quiet and unassuming presence at school, on the fields, at events, her warm and engaging interaction with staff, boys, parents and the broader Wynberg Community. Wishing her and Mr Richardson well as they start a new phase on their life’s journey and hoping that the next phase to be good, relaxing and the start of new plans.

Pippa’s natural respect for all people, a listening ear and an understanding heart is evident of her support of the South African Riding School for the Disabled Assocation(SARDA). In lieu of a joint collection of a gift, a collection jar for voluntary cash donations was available and we all participated and supported Pippa in this way.

As Wynberg’s “First Lady” Pippa was presented with a Service Award Shield for all that she has done for Wynberg.

There was not a dry eye in the room as Pippa spoke. The “ugly cries”(hence the tissues) could not be helped as we all remembered how Pippa touched each of our lives as we were standing in the room. For some only a few years and others, many years.

The Ladies laid on a feast that would have left Gordon Ramsay speechless!

The weather was superb, the view of the mountain breathtaking and the sounds of our Pipe band brought on the “ugly cries” again.

Many of us ladies had not seen each other for quite a number of years and this beautiful occasion for Pippa, brought us all together again.

Pippa has made a meaningful contribution to Wynberg, not from a place of obligation but from a place of authenticity as a woman of worth and substance.
For this we say, THANK YOU, DANKIE, NKOSI Pippa.




On Sunday 18 October, the annual sunset concert took place at the John Baxter outdoor amphitheatre. A large crowd, of all ages, settled down on the lawn with their picnic blankets and snacks and were wonderfully entertained by musicians from our campus of schools. Performers were from the Concert Band (including girls from WGHS and boys from WBJS), The Jazz Band, the Grade 11 Steel Band and the newly formed Pipe Band. At the end a collection was taken by the Service committee for Hospice and R3465.70 was generously donated. Thank you to all the pupils who performed, the sound crew and the music teachers who made this such a memorable concert.




On Tuesday 20 October the annual Grade 6 “Brain Sprain” was held in the Clegg Hall for local primary schools. This was attended by Kirstenhof, Sweet Valley, Herschel Primary, WPPS, Kronendal Grove, WBJS and WGJS. Many hours of preparation by Mr Neil Eddy resulted in a wonderful opportunity for the participants to play Mathematical games and to solve puzzles. The youngsters enjoyed meeting people from other schools as teams were randomly selected. Approximately 40 Wynberg Boys’ High pupils assisted superbly as facilitators or sound crew and everything ran smoothly because of the meticulous planning. Thank you to the Ladies Association for arranging the refreshments.




Friday, October 23rd, saw the Prefect Induction for the 2016 Prefect body take place in Clegg Hall. With the outstanding 2015 Prefect group on hand to present their successors with their blazers, it was a proud day for the leaders who will guide the school into its 175th year. We were delighted, as always, to welcome a number of special guests, including both past and present headmasters of both Kirstenhof and Wynberg Boys’ Junior School. Each incoming Prefect read and signed the Prefect Declaration, committing themselves to carrying ‘out their prefect’s duties to the very best of their ability, at all times being fair, sincere and honest to their fellows, courageous in their actions and loyal to the traditions of Wynberg Boys’ High School’. Outgoing Head Prefect Almero Prinlsoo charged the Prefects of 2016 to maintain the dignity and high standards of the school before, speaking for the first time as the leader of the school, Gideon Boshoff addressed staff, special guests and his Wynberg brothers about the year ahead. It is clear Wynberg remains in good hands. We were also fortunate enough to be able to welcome back 2012 Head Prefect, Nick Martin. Fondly remembered by all because of his genuine and caring nature, Mr Martin spoke sincerely to each and every Wynberg boy about the value of what he learned during his time at Wynberg.




The next walk will be on Saturday, 7 November and NOT on 24 October.
Due to the Springboks reaching in the World Cup Semi-Final, we thought we should move the date so that Springbok Supporters can enjoy the match on 24 October!

Spring Walk in 2015 – NEW DATE: Saturday, 7 November – DEVIL’S PEAK & OPPELSKOP
From the end of Tafelberg Road, head up Devil’s Peak until we reach a contour path with magnificent views across the suburbs, city and sea. With a mix of flat paths and some hills, you’d need to be a little fitter for this 2 hour hike. Meet in the parking area just beyond the Platteklip parking area on Tafelberg Road to start at 3.30pm.
WHAT TO BRING: Good walking shoes, a hat and water to drink.
CONTACT: Please let us know if you’ll be joining the walk or if plans change due to weather. More information can be found on the Wynberg Old Girls’ Union facebook page. If you’d like to receive emails about these walks, please send an email to info.wogu@gmail.com or phone the Committee on 082 4144 771.

Participation is voluntary and all walkers participate at their own risk.




The league season got off to a good start, with the majority of Wynberg sides tasting success against a myriad opponents last week. The 1st XI; 17As; 15As and 14As recorded comprehensive wins against Stellenberg.

The weekend will be remembered for a number of impressive personal milestones as four hundreds and two six-wicket hauls were recorded by Wynberg cricketers. See below.

Grant Martin (1st XI) 149 v Stellenberg
Chase Hermanus (15A) 163* v Stellenberg
Matthew de Villiers (15A) 103 v Stellenberg
Craig Jeffery (14A) 113 v Stellenberg

Six-wicket hauls:
Chigo Iwegbuna (2nd XI) 6/7 v Fairmont
Wade Dollman (17A) 6/13 v Stellenberg

The week will also be remembered for the Sporting Chance/Jacques Kallis coaching clinic staged on the Jacques Kallis Oval on Tuesday in which a host of local junior school cricketers got to spend an afternoon in the company of Jacques.

Wynberg’s sides compete in derby fixtures against Rondebosch today (Friday) and tomorrow. The 1st XI is playing at Rondebosch on Saturday. 09:30 start.

Adrian van Dam continues to achieve considerable success within Gymnastics’ circles and has been asked to represent South Africa at the 2015 Zone VI Gymnastics’ Association competition.

The Wynberg community was proud to hear the news that Nick Faraday has been named in the South African team to represent the country in the 420 class in the ISAF Youth World Championships in Lankawi, Malaysia between 27/12/15 – 03/01/16.

The eight-man 1st team – featuring five Grade 8s and 9s – competed at the Boland Landbou Tennis Tournament last weekend. The side beat Marlow and lost to Hoerskool Nelspruit; Midstream College and Cradock. Results may have gone against the Wynberg team; positives have, however been gleaned from the exposure to high-class tennis gained from the young Wynberg team.

Water polo:
Teams struggled against a very strong Bishops last week. The u19 teams proved to be very competitive and the 1st team remained in the hunt to the very end before losing 7-9.

This weekend sees Wynberg hosting derby games v Rondebosch on Friday afternoon/evening.

A number of Wynberg boys attended the WP capping ceremony this week.
WP 19B
Stephen Mathew

WP 19C
Hugh Rodseth
Cameron Samuel
Jonan Bowers

WP 16B
Storme Conradie

WP u15B
Tanweer Absalom


Quote of the Week

‘It was here at Wynberg that I learnt that choosing the path of greatest resistance was the easiest way to find happiness and fulfilment’.

Nic Martin: Head Prefect 2012 speaking at the 2016 Prefect Induction

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