A Pillar of Culture
A fun and challenging game for all students, chess enhances cognitive functions, improves memory, creativity, problem solving skills and develops the ability to focus and maintain concentration. Chess is an enormously popular pass-time at Wynberg Boys’ High School, with many informal challenges taking place in the Library every break time and afternoon.
Our teams are highly competitive and enthusiastic and have succeeded in encouraging a wider following of chess within the school. Coaching takes place every Wednesday afternoon in the Library, and all boys are welcome. Our Chess Ladder (situated in the A corridor), regularly has 40 – 50 names on it and boys are encouraged to challenge each other to move up the ladder. The top 32 boys make up the eight match teams every Friday, and Wynberg is proud to note that our students go onto represent the Western Cape in competition.
Debating hones and encourages skills boys will use throughout their lives, such as public speaking, reasoned argument, negotiation and persuasion. These skills prove to be invaluable in a number of careers, and promotes confidence, communication and social skills among learners.
Our senior and junior debating teams compete throughout the year as part of the schools debating league. Each week, they must debate serious issues with other school teams, such as the death penalty, euthanasia and whether private schools are discriminatory. Our debating teams have proven to be popular among boys in recent years, and we are proud of the successes of our teams, and we have no doubt that our society will continue to grow from strength to strength.
Music at Wynberg has developed into one of the premiere areas of excellence at the school. Every year, our bands take top awards at the Eisteddfod, performing throughout the year at professional functions. Our vocal ensemble, which features our top singers, has recently performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, to high acclaim. The choir consists of over fifty boys who rehearse weekly, with a wide repertoire of songs. Many of these boys are not taking music lessons, but are still able to participate in the music of the school.
This is all due to the tireless work of our music staff, who strive to create a fun and engaging environment where boys can experiment and develop their musical skills. All boys are required to play in one of our bands: the concert band, the jazz band, the steel drum bands and the pipe band.
Our annual Concert In The Quad, and our lunchtime concerts provide opportunities for boys who are interested in music, but do not play in any of the bands, to perform and showcase their skills.