Welcome Back – Headmaster’s Letter, 4th Term 2017

Headmaster's Welcome to 4th Term 2017

Dear Parents

I trust you have all made use of this short holiday to relax a bit in preparation for the final push. It is going to be a very short term because of the early closing in order to accommodate the Grade 12 marking, which again takes place at our school at the end of the year. I refer you to the joint letter from all the Wynberg schools sent out at the end of the last term for the details of the early closing.

For the Grade 12’s this is a crunch term for obvious reasons. In general I was impressed with their performance in the preliminary examinations and I fully expect them to do us proud again at the end of this year. We are expecting results very much in line with those achieved in recent years. The Grade 10’s also have a challenging term ahead. As they will be leaving on their Cedarberg hike early in November, their examinations are just around the corner.

I want to make use of this opportunity to thank the Grade 9’s and Grade 11’s, their teachers and the parents for their co-operation with regard to the grade camps at the end of the last term. It was not ideal sending the boys off on a public holiday, yet the camps were very well supported and highly successful. I have received nothing but praise from the camp organisers about our boy’s manners and enthusiasm. I also want to compliment the various sports teams who represented Wynberg around the country this holiday. Once again we have been congratulated on our conduct from all the host schools. I also thank the teachers who gave up their holiday time to accompany the boys.

Sadly we said farewell to Mr Warren Grobler, who is taking up a post in Dubai, at the end of last term. He will be replaced by a highly experienced teacher, Mr Gareth Searle, from the beginning of January 2018. We thank Miss Chanica Gibhard who has agreed to substitute for Mr Grobler this term. We are in the final stages of interviewing and appointing additional teachers to start in January to replace those retiring and to accommodate additional subjects and increasing numbers. Once these posts have been finalised the school will be informed.

Although the major focus this term is on the Grade 12’s, starting with the Valedictory Service this Friday, there are still many other activities taking place this term. The full summer sports programme will run as usual, there is the new pupils evening, grandparents day, the Highlands Gathering, and the 2018 prefect induction, to mention but a few.  

I look forward to a busy but rewarding 8 weeks.

Jan de Waal

Headmaster, Wynberg Boys’ High School