Weekly Newsletter 25 September – 02 October 2015

On October 2nd, 2015, posted in: News, Weekly Newsletters, Weekly Newsletters by


On Thursday 01 October, Wynberg Boys’ High held its 5th annual Grandparent’s Day. The day coincided with International Day of Older person’s which is celebrated annually to recognise the contributions of older adults and to examine issues that affect their lives. We celebrate the day encouraging our boys to spend quality time with their grandparents, to show them around and to show them why the boys are so proud of their school. Each Grade 8 boy put on a performance in the form of a class song following by a boy selected from each class giving a speech on an aspect of his first year at Wynberg. All the grandparents were treated to tea and a tour of the school by their grandsons and got the chance to experience some of the Wynberg culture with the Bag pipes, Vocal Ensemble and Steel bands performing. The Q and A’s also proved to be very popular with some grandparents sharing some of their stories from back in the day. One grandparent remarked, “I am so happy that my grandson is here, I can see he is in good hands.”




The Grade 8 Service Project at Living Hope in Capricorn Park took place on Monday 28 September to Wednesday 30 September 2015. Two classes per day were transported to Capricorn Park by bus and were engaged in general clean-up and painting activities. Boys were spoken to by youth leaders from Living Hope at the start and end of every day where they were given an opportunity to indicate what their expectations were before arriving there and to talk about what they had seen/ experienced during their time there. Boys generally indicated that they had become more aware of how lucky/privileged they were compared to what they had seen in Capricorn Park; mission accomplished.

The boys had a great time and what became abundantly clear to us was that very few of them do much work cleaning up at home. There were times that we wondered whether there was more paint on their clothes (and the ground) or on the walls they were supposed to paint. They had a great time non-the-less.

A huge thank you to all the parents who contributed, both financially and in effort, towards making this project another thorough success. Based on our own experiences, it has become very evident that there is so much more that we as a school can do to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves, not only in Capricorn Park but all over the our land.




VENUE: Back2Basics in Grabouw
Teachers in Attendance: C. Botha, L. Diedericks, C. Moore, W. Grobler
The aim of the Grade 9 camp is forge friendships and build trust which proved to be an easy task for our boys. It wasn’t long before the competition among the various houses ensued, as teams jostled for pole position in the various activities on offer. The boys did not shy away from the challenges presented by the likes of Jacob’s Ladder. In fact, times were continuously bettered as boys relished the opportunity to try again.
It was evident that life lessons were experienced by all and I think most importantly the boys realized that their actions affect not only themselves, but their friends too. When one boys steps out of line, the whole group suffers, a lesson that they will carry with them for many years to come.
The success of this year’s camp can definitely be ascribed to the boys themselves, who rose to meet their challenges with much enthusiasm. The camp facilitators remarked that, because of the way the boys approached their tasks, this was a very enjoyable group of boys to work with.
The foundations for a successful Matric class of 2018 have now firmly been laid.




The Grade 10’s had a very productive camp week. About 140 of the Grade 10’s all completed their first aid level one course giving us a new bank of first aiders within the school. The boys seemed to really enjoy the course and all went off well. They also completed a very successful beach clean-up where they collected over 30 large plastic bags full of waste off of the Muizenberg beach area. One of the beach clean ups unfortunately had to be cancelled due to bad weather conditions but the one that was completed was a huge success.




The Grade 11’s took part in their annual grade camp along the banks of the Breede River this past week. After a somewhat frustrating start to the camp, with a less than efficient bus company, we were on our way to Worcester. Half the group went straight to the starting point of the river rafting, while the remainder made their way to the camp site for a variety of activities. The boys took part in activities that ranged from paintballing and raft building to climbing up a climbing wall and along a series of high ropes and even negotiating their way through a pitch black maze. Even though the river was unseasonably low this year, the boys had a good time rafting down the river to meet their friends at the camping ground. On the second day, those that had not rafted down the river the day before got their chance. The camp stretched and challenged the boys physically and mentally and really caused them to pull together as a grade. This will stand them in good stead for leading the school in the year to come.




Dear parents of grade 10 learners: there are fifteen school days remaining until your son starts his examinations. To those parents of grade 8,9 and 11 boys: you have slightly more at twenty-four. Every day of the forthcoming break should have an academic element to it. There are many resources available on Moodle and every boy has textbooks with practice problems for each subject that he studies. This is a great opportunity for your son to really invest quality time in his academics.



The matrics have gone through a special academic program this week where they have received feedback form the mock exams and various revision classes. It is extremely important that they continue their exam preparation throughout the holidays, which for them is really just a study period away from school. Mr Buchanan, a past teacher at Wynberg, addresses the matrics on study techniques and effective time management to finish the academic program on Thursday afternoon. There was some very good tips and advice shared during this session and I’m sure they will put this to practice in the next few weeks.

There are special revision sessions that have been arranged for matrics during the holidays. It is encouraged that all matrics take this great opportunity to improve their marks ahead of their final exams. The Maths sessions on Monday and Tuesday are compulsory for all matrics who scored less than 45% for Maths in term three.
Matric Reports: These will be available from Saturday, 3rd Oct 2015 on the Family Portal. Use your unique family password to access those results.




Ian Melliar Cup:

Wynberg hosted – by all accounts – another very successful and enjoyable Ian Melliar Cup amidst good weather and a carnival-like atmosphere during the course of the Heritage Day long weekend. Positive feedback from the 20 participating schools has been filling inboxes in the aftermath. After four busy days of waterpolo, in which 64 games were played, Rondebosch emerged as tournament winners. The Wynberg u15A team, despite being able to muster just a solitarily win against St Peters during the weekend, learnt a great deal and will be better ‘polo players for the experience. A special thank you must go to Speck Pumps for sponsoring the tournament and the highly-efficient tournament organising committee.

Herewith just some of the feedback:

“So awesome to sit in Pretoria following updates on your page. Many thanks from Affies parents. We are blessed by your fantastic tournament. Thank you for receiving our sons and for encouraging sportsmanship and talent to flourish within a fabulous environment.”

“What an awesome and well-run waterpolo tournament. We loved every minute of it. Wynberg can be proud.”

“Dankie vir ‘n ongelooflike toernooi.”

Cricket Umpires’ Course:

Wynberg was delighted to welcome representatives from the Western Province Cricket Umpires’ Association (WPCUA) during the preceding weeks so as to afford the school’s keenest cricketers and aspirant umpires the opportunity of learning the laws of the game in the first step to becoming qualified junior umpires. It was thus with great pride that the school learnt that all 33 boys and both members of staff who registered to write the exam passed with flying colours. Well done, in particular, to Justin Sproul who returned a score of 46/45 for his exam. Needless to say: he got the bonus question correct too.

Holiday Festivals and Tours:

Wynberg will be well represented at cricket, soccer and waterpolo festivals at venues around the country during the holidays.

51 cricketers will be playing 18 matches at four different festivals during the coming week. The 1st XI hosts Eastern Cape counterparts, Queens, Selborne, Dale and Grey High on Saturday, 03/10; Sunday, 04/10; Monday, 05/10 and Tuesday, 06/10/15 respectively in Cape Schools’ Week encounters. All matches are scheduled for the Jacques Kallis Oval.

The Stayers’ XI travels to Mossel Bay, George and Oudtshoorn to participate in the Point High School Cricket Festival while the 15As and 14As travel to Port Elizabeth and Hilton respectively.

The 19A soccer side will become the first Wynberg soccer team in living memory to represent the school at a national festival when it departs for the Grey College Festival in Bloemfontein this weekend.

The 1st waterpolo team will be in action on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the annual SACS Waterpolo Tournament.




Wynberg has a significant number of their Old Boys’ who are wine makers. The Wynberg Old Boys Union and CWESI CLC, our Night School, are hosting a fundraising evening with all our Old Boy Winemakers in attendance. Dalin Oliver, another well known Old Boy and comedian, will also be in attendance. Food is available.

Do come along and enjoy an evening of tasting various wines.

Date: Friday 9th October: 17.30 – 20:00.




Congratulations to our winners for September 2015:

1st: Alice Cudworth
2nd: Timothy Wichman
3rd: Errol Martin
4th: Gary Walsh
Attendance prize of R500 carried over to the October Draw
Special Golf Prize – 4 Ball at Arabella: Dave Holgate


Quote of the Week


‘At my Junior School I was a shark. When I came to Wynberg I was a sardine.’

Yaseen Dhansay talking from stage at the Grandparents’ Day on Thursday

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