Wynberg 175: Welcome to Mr Jan de Waal, Wynberg’s 14th Headmaster

Wynberg Boys' High School 14th Headmaster Jan de WaalThe Wynberg Family takes great pleasure in welcoming Wynberg Boys’ High School’s 14th headmaster, Mr Jan de Waal, and his wife Ann, to the Wynberg Campus in the School’s 175th year.

Joining the incoming Grade 8 class of 2016 in the traditional “Ringing of the Bell” at the conclusion of the Grade 8 Challenge, Mr de Waal officially took the reins of South Africa’s second oldest school.

No stranger to WBHS (Mr de Waal was a former staff member, parent and member of our Old Boys’ Union Squash Club), he spent the greater part of his 2015 sabbatical assimilating the operations of the school and putting in place his plans and vision for Wynberg’s future, during and beyond our 175th year.

Our best wishes to the De Waal Family as they settle into the Headmaster’s Residence, Kaplan House, taking their place at the heart of the Campus.

Our full support and best wishes for a productive, exciting and far-reaching term of office: welcome Sir, from your “Brothers in an Endless Chain”.

About Mr de Waal:

Mr de Waal is a vastly experienced teacher and principal.  After graduating from Union High School in Graaff Reinet and completing university at UCT, he commenced his teaching career as a history and Afrikaans teacher at Wynberg Boys’ High School before moving on to Rhodes High School.  He then returned to Wynberg as a Head of Department before accepting a further promotion as Principal of Simonstown in 1997.

In 2001, he took over the principalship of Sweet Valley Primary and succeeded in turning it into the school of choice in the Constantia Valley.  In 2007, he moved to Somerset College as head of their Prep School, where he worked closely with three senior school heads in his seven and a half years in the post, seeing the school grow significantly and initiating many building and educational projects, including the change over to the Cambridge Curriculum.

He now returns to his roots where he began his teaching career.   During his time as a teacher at the school, he coached rugby and cricket with great success and was instrumental in making Wynberg a leading force in the school squash league.  In addition, he was the driving force behind the introduction of the night school, CWESI, to Wynberg in 1995.  He also managed to find the time to complete his MEd thesis ‘A Study in Effective Schooling in Genadendal’ which has enabled him to have a wide perspective of the problems in South African education.

He is married to Ann with two sons and two stepsons – all four boys attended Wynberg Boys’ High School.

Mr de Waal takes over the reins of the school in its 175th year.  He is a prominent educationalist and well-known in the southern peninsula.  He has the track record, the expertise and the experience to take this school to exciting new levels.