Weekly Newsletter 28 Aug – 04 September 2015

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As a professional political scientist / historian,  I thought it imaginative rainbowism for WBHS to choose a white learner to read the Xhosa prayer, preceded by a Xhosa learner to read the Afrikaans prayer, followed by a Muslim learner reading his prayer to the overwhelmingly Christian audience, – & the main speaker a Jewish old boy!


All very understated. But this is deft preemptive sidestepping of any stereotyping, & projecting the South Africa we all aspire to.





Our annual Fathers’ and Sons’ Evening was held on Tuesday evening with about 250 Grade 9’s and the Fathers attending the event.  The MC for the evening was Gareth Randall who ensured that the evening moved along a brisk pace.  Connor Grey started off proceedings by welcoming everyone, expressing the wish that all would have find the evening beneficial.


Mr Richardson based his talk around the two songs from the seventies ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ by Simon and Garfunkel and ‘The Cat’s in the Cradle’ by Harry Chapin.  Matric pupils, David Franke accompanied by Paul Botes on the guitar, gave a musical rendition of these two songs in order to hammer the point home of the importance of good fathering.


The guest speaker was Dr Ian McCallum, former Springbok rugby player, medical doctor and wildlife expert. His obvious sincerity really struck a chord with his audience. He emphasised the need for fathers to be good role models who need to play an active role in the lives of their sons while the same time the challenge for boys was to stand up in their own skins and take ownership of their lives.  He finished up by reading his own poem, The Rising.




The Market Day was a rip-roaring success. The parents who took the lead can be exceptionally proud for making a substantial amount of money for the Grade 8 Service Drive. Living Hope and Capricorn Park can really be grateful to them. They exceeded all expectations, making more money than any other year has ever made before.


The stalls were well organised, the food was delicious and the vibe, blazing fires and music – were beyond awesome.


The boys will be fully equipped to take on Capricorn Park in the last week of the term where they will be involved in maintenance work such as repairing windows, painting, digging and tutoring young children in crèches and shacks.


Mrs De Mink and I would like to thank the parents of the Grade 8’s 2015 for all their hard work and tremendous effort that made this event a huge success. The Service Pillar goes from strength to strength with parents like you.





Next year, we celebrate the school’s 175th Anniversary! To assist with your planning, please see the other attachment “Calendar of 175 Events in 2016”.  All Parents, Learners and Old Boys are warmly welcome to join the celebrations next year!






Thank you to all our parents and friends for swiping your My School Card, for the month of July we have raised R8 311.  Please remember to keep on swiping.  Should you have lost your card or have a family member that requires one, please contact reception or Jeanette Muller (jmuller@wbhs.org.za) to order a card.

CLUB 175 – win a part of the R10 000 cash given away each month

The next Club 175 Draw will take place at the Bill Bowden Pavilion on Wednesday 30 September at 6pm.  All are welcome whether a member or not.

To join please contact Jeanette Muller (jmuller@wbhs.org.za).  For R175 you are entered into the draw to stand a chance of winning either;

1st place                              R5000

2nd place                             R2500

3rd place                              R1250

4th place                              R750

Attendance prize                  R500


All funds raised go towards the 175th year celebrations in 2016.




Don’t miss this slick, farcical production, directed by Zanne Solomon, which opened at Wynberg Girls’ School on Thursday 3 September. The Wynberg boys and girls play their parts superbly, holding the attention of the audience and keeping them laughing throughout the show. The play is performed in the Wynberg Girls’ High school hall from 3-5 September, starting at 19h30 each evening. Tickets cost R30 for scholars and R50 for adults and can be bought at the door from 19h00.







Adrian Taylor (Grade 9) launched his season with a commanding victory in the u17 division of the Western Province Winter Biathlon Championships. Adrian ran the 2000m race in a time of 06:48 and swam the 100m freestyle in 00:57.



Zach Preyser won the junior category of the Western Province K2 River Championships staged along the Breede River last week. The 35-kilometre race navigated a section of the river between Bonnievale and Swellendam.


Mr MacLean completed a ‘Wynberg double’ with victory in the masters’ category.



The league season came to its official conclusion last week with the traditional end-of-season derby v SACS. Wynberg’s hockey players performed admirably and returned impressive across-the-board results, losing just two of the 13 fixtures played. The 1st team – playing before the biggest crowd of the season at the Wynberg Astro on Friday night – lost 1-2 in a closely-fought encounter. The 2nd team; 16As and 14As won 3-1; 6-1 and 3-0 respectively.


A special mention to the 16Bs and 14Ds who capped highly successful seasons with wins against SACS. Both sides secured the coveted ‘Headmaster’s Grand Slam’ (home and away wins v Bishops, Rondebosch and SACS as well as victory against Grey). The 14Ds remained unbeaten throughout the year and returned the following outstanding record: Played 10. Won 9. Drew 1. Goals for: 54. Goals against: 0.


The 1st team lost 0-2 in extra-time to SACS in its knock-out cup semi-final fixture played at Hartleyvale on Monday evening. The 16As have, however, ensured that there will be Wynberg representation in today’s finals when the team faces Rondebosch at Western Province Cricket Club this afternoon. The game is scheduled to begin at 17:20.



Wynberg’s rugby teams played their final games of the year against SACS at Wynberg last week and emerged with nine wins in the 16 matches played. The 1st XV – much maligned during the course of the season – overturned a Term 2 defeat v SACS to register a gutsy 30-23 win to conclude the year on a high.


The 15As won 19-5 to record a Term 3 Triple Crown, while the 14As won 13-3 to register a 2015 Grand Slam. The 14Cs deserve a special mention too after completing its term’s work with a Term 3 Triple Crown.


Five Wynberg sides compete in sevens’ tournaments this weekend. Two u19 sides travel to Villages this afternoon to participate in the annual tournament. The A-side plays Fish Hoek in its first fixture, with the B-team facing Rondebosch in its opening game.


U14; u15 and u16 Wynberg teams will take part in the inaugural SACS tournament throughout tomorrow (Saturday).



Nathan van der Westhuyzen added to a burgeoning list of accomplishments by way of victory in the Strand Open (u19) and the Jesters’ u23 Men’s Tournament.


The u19 Super League teams enjoyed convincing victories against SACS.


Summer sports: the resumption of the season:


The summer sports’ season resumes – officially – on Monday, 12/10/15. Cricket and water-polo teams involved in September/October holidays tournaments and tours, as well as other summer sports’ codes, will, however, resume training shortly and will be notified accordingly with regards pre-season schedules by their respective coaches.


Please note that all Wynberg sportsmen who committed to play a summer sport for the school during Term 1 will be expected to fulfil the year’s commitment come Term 4.




22 SEPTEMBER, 7pm – Bill Bowden



The Old Boys have South Africa’s most experienced cricket writer, commentator and  journalist,, Neil Manthorpe, joining them shortly before he leaves for India, to join the commentary team, to discuss all things cricket, and golf.


Neil has written the biographies of Mickey Arthur, Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher and Gary Kirsten, amongst others, and what he says in an OPEN MICROPHONE evening format, will be a lot  different to his commentary work.

Please also note upcoming OPEN MICROPHONE evenings  until year end 9    November- Hugh Bladen with Tank Lanning.

Please RSVP to Paul Barachievy (paul.barichievy@baronsvw.co.za)


We look forward to the evening, and seeing you all there.




Quote  of the Week

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                                        an energising freshness,

                                    inspiring us to achieve new successes


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