Wynberg 175: Street Parade & Special Assembly, Photos & Story

Wynberg Boys' High School 175 Street Parade

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Wynberg 175 Launch Week:, Monday 1 February, Street Parade and Special Assembly

Wynberg’s newly established Pipe Band led a party of staff and boys from both Wynberg’s Junior and High Schools on a march through the streets of Wynberg. The route was chosen to include each of the four sites that the Wynberg Schools have occupied since the original school opened its doors in 1841.

The starting point of the march was Waterloo Green, once the playground of children attending the original school housed in Glebe Cottage across the road. After a short address by well-known historian and author Dr Helen Robinson about the school’s origins as a small, rural school, the parade (formed up in Houses), made its way across the sports fields to the Boys’ Junior School, amidst cheering and a few rounds of “Happy birthday” sung by the Wynberg Girls.

Wynberg Boys' High School 175 Street Parade

Mr Tony Steward

Following a brief address by the Headmaster of the Boys’ Junior School, Mr Cedric Poleman, the parade traced the route of what was ‘Cambridge Road’ the original entrance to the Boys’ High & Junior Schools (now part of the Girls’ Junior School) into Aliwal Road, turning toward Bryndewyn (the Schools’ second home), to gather again at the Junior School for an address by Mr Tony Steward, Old Boy and WBJS teacher.

Reassembling in Fairseat Lane, in front of Littlewood House, the parade made its way to the High School via Alexandra and De Villiers Roads. Upon entering the Memorial Gates, each House Flag was lowered as a mark of respect to Wynberg Men who have fallen in wars and raised again as the parade moved across the field to take up position, either on the banks (Grades 9, 10 and 11 boys), or within the 175 figure printed on the field in the case of Matrics and their Grade 8 buddies and boys from the Junior School.

Wynberg Boys' High School 175 Special Assembly

The Wynberg 175 parachutes into Assembly

 

The Special Ceremony began with a number by the Pipe Band followed by a thrilling parachute landing by Timothy Hutchings to deliver the 175 flag to Grade 9 pupil, Alex Boettger who is in a wheelchair. He, in turn, handed the flag over to a representative of the Support Staff, Mr Jeremy Petersen, who has been at Wynberg for nearly 24 years. This flag will be flown at special events throughout Wynberg’s 175th year.

The Headmaster of the High School, Mr Jan De Waal, welcomed the guests and thereafter the Head Boy, Gideon Boshoff made a pledge on behalf of the boys to uphold the standards and values that the school has held dear for 175 years. The Ward Councillor for Wynberg, Liz Brunette congratulated the schools on their 175th anniversary on behalf of the Mayor of Cape Town and the proceedings ended with a rousing rendition of the school song by some 1300 boys.

Report:
Patricia Rogers


The 175 Street Parade at the Boys’ Junior School: