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Thursday 18 April 2019: With Wynberg Grey Weekend just a week away, we remind our Wynberg Families of the letter regarding hosting mailed out today. Seating at the Astro will be in short supply for the Grey derby on Friday night. Please note that all stands have been reserved for the schoolboys. Parents are requested to bring camping chairs and to make themselves comfortable on Astro 2 behind the fence.
RugbyWynberg Rugby hosted our first home game of the season this past weekend against Stellenberg. Our 14A, 14B, 15C, 16A and 16B all secured victories. Unfortunately, our 15A’s and 1st XV both lost by a single point in tightly contested matches.
On Wednesday, our 1st XV departed to Johannesburg for the Standard Bank KES Easter Festival. They are up against Hudson Park (Thursday, 15:15 kick off) and Jeppe (Saturday, 15:00). All games can be streamed on the King Edwards School Facebook page. We wish our coaching staff and players well as they represent Wynberg Rugby in Gauteng.
The rest of our teams have a Bye this weekend over the Easter Weekend. Next weekend, Wynberg hosts The Grey from PE. We are most grateful to all our families who are opening their homes to host Grey boys. Look forward to seeing as many Wynberg Old Boys and families in support next weekend.
Follow the Wynberg Grey Weekend 2019 on Facebook
Thursday 18 April 2019: For over a decade Wynberg has prided itself in providing the best possible media experience at all our major events, both for the participants, and for friends and family unable to join us field, pool, or court-side.
Wynberg Grey Weekend 2019 will be no exception, and our enthusiastic team of volunteer photographers and videographers will be following the cultural and sporting action from the moment our guests from Port Elizabeth arrive, to their departure by bus.
Extensive photography is planned for both Boys’ Junior and High events, video clips will be produced and shared, and all the rugby matches on the Hawthornden Field at WBHS are to be live streamed via our Wynberg Media YouTube channel, a first for Wynberg Grey Weekend in itsd 24 year history.
While our media coverage is primarily ‘by the boys, for the school’ - with the live stream team an excellent example of students embracing new media and developing their skills in videography, editing, mixing, broadcast, and commentary - Wynberg Media is indebted to the commitment and enthusiasm of all our volunteer photographers: parents, staff, and old boys.
We hope you enjoy their work, and their personal contributions to lifelong memories of an extraordinary weekend of friendship, rivalry, and competition.
All events will be cued from our Wynberg Grey Weekend Facebook Page for on-the-go updates, while the events list and fixtures are available on the high & junior school websites - where a grey icon appears next to a fixture, our media team will be providing live text commentary (nothing to download, a simple website interface to follow while on the move); full photo albums for all events will be run on our Flickr.com photo channel, while the rugby live streaming playlist may be found on YouTube.
Welcome to Wynberg, and here’s to making great media memories together!
Monday 22 April
Family Day (Easter)
Tuesday 23 April
10:00 Assembly (Vs)10:00-11:00 Astro & IT Meeting19:00 Campus of Schools Concert at City Hall
Friday 26 April 2019, Bill Bowden Pavilion, Home of Wynberg Old Boys: for nearly a quarter of a century students and families of both The Grey and Wynberg have enjoyed a unique reciprocity of hospitality and friendship as our two High & Junior Schools travel cross-Cape to enjoy the traditional cultural and sporting exchange known as Wynberg Grey Weekend.
With parent and supporters’ hospitality being laid on adjacent our Wynberg Astros during the course of the days’ play and into the evening, back on the High School campus the Wynberg Old Boys’ Union, and the WBHS Rugby Supporters’ Club take great pleasure in inviting all parents of our four schools, old boys of Grey & Wynberg, and our friends and neighbours to the Bill Bowden Pavilion for an easy evening of schools’ pride, camaraderie, and friendship.
With Wynberg families meeting their ‘weekend wards’ from the Eastern Cape in the early evening, and hockey families winding down after a full day’s competition, there’s the chance to grab some light refreshments and boerewors rolls on sale by our Rugby Supporters’ Club, meet up with old friends visiting from Port Elizabeth, and giving the youngsters some free time on the fields before heading home in advance of the big sporting Saturday.
For parents, old boys, and non-school going over 18s, the Wynberg Old Boys’ licensed premises will be open into the evening with light music and big screen TV sport on tap - a chance for veterans of Wynberg Grey Weekend to renew friendships, and exaggerate their on-field tales of sporting derring-do since this unique relationship between our two great schools began, at Grey, in 1996.
Thursday 11 April 2019: Rugby and hockey had an inauspicious weekend against Boland Landbou and Fairmont respectively. There is no value in sugar-coating the results. Wynberg expects better – this weekend is a big one against Stellenberg – something of an emerging force amongst co-ed schools who fancy themselves against the traditional boys' schools. The 1st XI will be looking to redeem themselves on the Wynberg astro at 18h00 on Friday while the 1st XV lock horns on the Hawthornden at 12h30 on Saturday. Cross Country started off this week's sporting competitions in Fish Hoek on Wednesday afternoon. Our team (Luke Meyer, Seth Meyer, Luke Matthewson) finished fifth. The first soccer team beat a juggernaut Mondale side 3-0, while squash have their first league fixtures at the end of this week. Parking at the Wynberg astroPlease assist us in alleviating the traffic congestion in Cavan Road by doing the following:
1. Do not enter Cavan Close or the astro carpark under any circumstances.2. Before turning left or right into Cavan Road via Alexander Road, rather consider using the parking available at the Jacques Kallis Oval. These gates will be open until 20h00 and only a 200m walk from the astro complex.3. We would like to reserve Cavan Road for our visiting parents and players. However, I will not enforce this at the risk of inconveniencing Wynberg parents. Nevertheless, it would be helpful if Wynberg parents parked at the Girls’ High and the Boys’ Junior Schools where security will be on duty. Please note that the Girls’ School parking will be quite full until 17h00 this Friday vs Stellenberg, but will empty out quickly after that.
Please remember that alcohol may not be brought into the astro complex. Please also refrain from climbing over the astro fencing or venturing onto the astro at all times.
Uniform requirements at sportIt is compulsory for boys to arrive at their sports fixture in full winter OR summer uniform. We expect that all hockey players support their 1st XI and all rugby players support their 1st XV – not only for All in Weekends. Support must always be in school uniform.
Students at the Wynberg Astro ComplexBoys are not allowed at the astro during weekday afternoons unless they are practicing. Coaches or staff who see boys loitering at the astro have been instructed to report the students to their House Heads and the Vice-Principal of Sport.
Click the image to view our hockey photo collection on Flickr
Monday 15 April
10:00 Assembly (Dw)UCT Maths Competition Training18:00-21:30 Campus of Schools Meeting
Tuesday 16 April
10:00 House Assembly/Tutor14:40-15:30 Full Choir RehearsalParent-Teacher-Pupil Meetings
‘Life is a gift from God. Joan Williamson's life was a gift to God.' - Jan Odendaal
Tuesday 9 April 2019: It is only fitting that Wynberg Boys’ High honours the memory of Joan Williamson who recently died at the venerable age of 98.
’She was an icon in South African education,’ said Jan Odendaal after her Requiem Mass on Wednesday 4th April. Jan was in charge of adult education in the WCED when Bruce Probyn, then Headmaster of Wynberg, accepted his request to host the adult night school which had outgrown its premises at the Catholic Church of Constantia. ’She showed how education should be run and how it could change lives.’ Joan has been changing lives ever since she started her evening classes in her garage in Constantia where she was helped by people who were competent educators and were doing it for the right reasons - and receiving no remuneration in the process.
From garage, to church, to Wynberg. The big move to the school took place in 1996 with Wynberg staff providing many of the early teachers who undertook these teaching duties even though having put in a full day’s teaching. ‘It was called CWESI,’ Jan continued, ‘Constantia Wynberg Sharing Initiative. At the WCED, we called CWESI the Rolls Royce of Adult Education in the Western Cape.'
’She came across as a quiet and placid,’ said John Young who ran the Night School for 13 years taking over from the then teacher-in-charge, Jan de Waal, 'but if you read the letters which she wrote to the apartheid officials, you will soon see her strength of character. She shamed those officials into allowing the school to continue.’ These letters are currently stored in the CWESI offices at the school appropriately called the Joan Williamson Centre.
Follow Wynberg Grey Weekend on Facebook
Monday 8 April 2019: Since 1996 our Wynberg Boys’ Schools have shared a weekend exchange of cultural and sporting activities with our friends and rivals in the Eastern Cape, The Grey. Alternating hosting the event annually, 2019 sees Wynberg Boys’ Junior and High getting ready to welcome Grey Junior and High on Thursday 25 April.
With 41 fixtures in place for WBHS alone: Squash, Hockey, Debating, Chess, Cycling, Golf, Surfing, and Rugby, a quick calculation of players, coaches, managers, and staff gives an indication of the sheer scale of this traveling show - it’s an event of massive planning that relies on goodwill, volunteers, and passion for our Wynberg commitment to build on our good traditions of the past. And this Wynberg Grey Weekend, born in the ‘new South Africa’ is a tradition we hold dear, as do our old boys, and our students who’ve competed against one another, and made friends for life.
For the vast majority of students, this weekend is the only chance they will have to tour in any of their 5 years at either Grey or Wynberg - it’s what makes this exchange unique, all age groups and teams meet in rivalry and competition.
It’s in this spirit of exchange that we appeal to our Wynberg Families to open their homes and hearts to our friends from Port Elizabeth - hosting is both ‘paying forward’ and returning the generosity of the famously friendly families from Grey.
Wynberg Campus Development: the site of the former school shooting range being transformed.
Monday 8 April
10:00 Assembly (Ms)
Tuesday 9 April
10:00 House Assembly/Tutor Athena Games
Wednesday 3 April 2019: Please find the hot lunch menu and order form for Term 2 on the link below; please note that fruits are seasonal and may be changed without prior notice. Dairy products and nuts are used at times in meal preparation and, although not specified, there may be trace elements of the above in some of our dishes.
Wynberg Old Boy, Jacques Kallis: the 'Jacques Kallis Oval' naming ceremony, 2009. Photo courtesy Mike Lumb
Tuesday 2 April 2019: Wynberg Boys’ High & Junior Schools take great pleasure in the news that Old Boy and cricketing legend Jacques Kallis will be awarded the Order of Ikhamanga by the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, at an investiture on Thursday 25 April 2019.
The Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. It is one of the highest Orders which can be awarded to a citizen by the President of South Africa. The Ikhamanga, more commonly known in English as the Strelitzia (or Bird of Paradise flower),reflects beauty - just as top sportsmen reflect their unique sporting beauty.
Some well known South African sporting names who have received this award (since its inception in 2003) are Gary Player (golf - gold), John Smit (rugby), Wayde van Niekerk (athletics - gold), Neil Tovey (soccer), Natalie du Toit (swimming - gold), Bryan Habana (rugby).
The only cricketers up to now who have received the award have been Mkhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Basil D’Oliveira.
Now we can add Wynberg’s Jacques Kallis to this list as he has just been announced as a recipient of the Order of Ikhamanga (Silver Class).
His cricketing achievements are well known. Discussions are still ongoing regarding the best allrounder ever in cricketing history - Jacques Kallis of South Africa or Garry Sobers of the West Indies? Wynberg boys think it is not a debate as does Wikipedia who describes Jacques as ‘one of the greatest cricketers of all time'. He is still the only cricketer to have scored more than 10 000 test and ODI runs as well as taking 250 wickets in both forms of the game.
Jacques left Wynberg in 1993 as Captain of the 1st X1, vice captain of WP u18 (Nuffield) side and an SA Schools player. He earned three Century Trees at the Oval which nows bears his name. Little did we know then that he would be selected for the national side two years later in 1995 and retire from test cricket, after seventeen years and 166 tests, in 2013 with 45 test centuries to his credit.
The cricketing world has not been slow to honour him:
* ICC Player of the Year: 2005
* ICC Test Player of the Year: 2007
* Wisden Leading Cricketer of the Year: 2008
* SA Cricketer of the Year: 2004 / 2011
* Wisden Cricketer of the Year in his retirement year: 2013
Some interesting personal records:
* Most number of runs in SA Test Cricket: 13,289 (3rd on the all time list)
* 292 test wickets (5th on SA bowling list)
* Most number of Man of the Match awards in Test cricket: 23 (Muttiah Muralitharan second on 19)
And for those who thought he was not an exciting player:
* Second for most sixes in test matches: 97 (Gilchrist 107)
* SA record for the highest (debut) partnership in T20 cricket: 84 (with Graham Smith)
In 2005, WP awarded Jacques a benefit year. He opted to give all the money raised to a Scholarship in his name enabling promising cricketers to attend four prominent cricketing schools around the country - of which Wynberg was one. The criteria was that in the normal course of events, these boys would not have been able to attend a school like Wynberg. Since then over 100 young cricketers have had the opportunity of attending these schools. One of these scholars is 21 year old Kyle Verreynne of the Cobras who is currently well on course to represent his country at the highest level.
Wynberg remembers Jacques Kallis with pride. Not only is his name immortalised at his old school in the Jacques Kallis Oval but also in the two Wills 'Man of the Match’ trophies which he was awarded in his first World Cup in 1996 in India. He donated these two impressive trophies to the School and these are now presented annually by both High and Junior Schools to their respective ‘Cricketers of the Year’.
It is only right that the South African Government now sees fit to honour one of the country's most famous cricketing sons.
Wynberg salutes Jacques Kallis. A well-deserved award.
A #WynbergMedia report with grateful thanks to former WBHS Headmaster, Mr Keith Richardson
Hockey and Rugby Festivals, and our own Standard Bank Wynberg Winter Sports Festival - thank you to all involved!
Monday 1 April 2019: The quote 'Wynberg is serious about sport' may be seen throughout our communications - online and in print - and this brief school holiday bears witness to the immense efforts put in by our players, coaches, and Wynberg Families in ensuring our commitment to mass participation and continued development of our sporting ethos.
With school holidays barely beginning, Wynberg Hockey welcomed U14A teams to our Astro for the annual Nomads Festival for three days of quality pre-season competition. A big thank you to Annette Bing and her team of ever-willing hockey parents for the exuberant atmosphere and hospitality shown throughout all three days.
Our 14B hockey headed to the Somerset College U14A festival, the U16Bs to the Rondebosch U16A festival, while our 1st XI and U16A joined the other age group Nomads Festivals at Pretoria Boys' High and King Edward VII respectively. The mixed bag of results shows the importance of these pre-season tours in preparing for the local league season ahead
Wynberg Rugby U14A and U15A took the N2 to the annual Kwagga Festival, where our strong performances in previous years saw us facing tougher competition and producing positive results that augur well for the season ahead.
Thank you to our coaches and parent supporters for their time and energy on tour, and here at home.
Anyone walking around the Wynberg campus between 20 and 25 March, would hopefully have felt the vibe and picked up on the fact that the Standard Bank Wynberg Winter festival 2019 was about more than soccer, rugby and squash. It was about community and family. Our festival has never aimed to attract the sporting heavyweights from around the country. While we do naturally attract some of these, our emphasis is more on a low octane, high energy festival - not tournament. So, despite the lack of momentum in planning brought on by the difficult timing of the 2019 holidays and the lingering aftermath of the drought induced cancellation of 2018, one can still reflect on a marvelous week of sporting rivalry, camaraderie and sportsmanship. With so much on offer for young and old alike, anyone that missed it should keep their eyes peeled for the 2020 edition. As with everything else we do at Wynberg, we will aim to make it bigger and better and more fun for everyone next year.
So while record amounts of burgers, popcorn, candy floss, and various liquid refreshments were consumed over the 5 days (and many a parent must be breathing a sigh of relief that they will not be making another early morning visit to the ATM), there was much to enthuse about on the fields and courts. Squash embarked on an ambitious 4 day festival, starting a day before rugby and soccer. Under the passionate leadership of Roxanne Groenewald, the squash fixtures went off without a hitch thanks to innovative rescheduling of fixtures and logistical interventions to stave off the ramifications of load shedding. I am confident that the squash component of the festival will increase in profile next year as more touring rugby and soccer schools bring along their squash teams. Similarly, hockey will make a return to next year's programme as the Nomads festivals will hopefully fall into a different window.
Roland Rudd ran a marathon soccer festival over 5 days. The quality of soccer was extremely high and the end-to-end exchanges were far more entertaining than some of the stuff dished up on our TV screens week in and week out. Wynberg did well ending amongst the top 4 most successful teams at the festival. Grey College, an unashamedly rugby focused school, were the soccer team of the event.
A highlight of the rugby component was the participation of San Isidro rugby club from Argentina. They were a revelation to behold and were unlucky to lose narrowly to highly fancied Glenwood. This aside, they beat Rondebosch and King Edward VII School. We hope to see them, and a few other international flavours next year. Wynberg teams generally did well and played their matches in the spirit of this essentially pre-season festival.
No wrap of this event would be complete without making mention of the immense work done by the following people:
Jeanette Muller - overall organisation and event planner.Chris Merrington - all things online and media.Rodney Inglis, his Service team, and parents for the parking control.Jeremy Petersen - hard graft in set up, clean up and management of grounds and infrastructure.Cameron Shenker & the Wynberg Old Boys' Union - Bill Bowden Pavilion hospitality.Tim and Fellicity Wichman - entertainment.Ben Theron at WP Rugby - appointment and management of referees.Our Wynberg Media Broadcast team of boys - the live streaming of all rugby matches on the Hawthornden.
I am immensely grateful to all of these people for their time, passion, ingenuity, and skill in putting together this event. I look forward to seeing them recharge their batteries as we prepare to welcome Grey High on 26 & 27 April for the annual Wynberg-Grey Weekend, and before we begin planning our Winter Sports Festival for 2020.
Mike EngelbrechtVice-Principal, Wynberg Sport
View photos of the Inter-House Plays on Flickr
Tuesday 12 March 2019: the much anticipated Inter-House Plays competition took a Superhero theme this year, taking the creative writing and performing by the students into mainstream pop culture. The only stipulation to the comeptition was that each play needed to contain a cameo of Stan Lee to pay homage to the late genius - beyond that the students' imaginations were given free range. The one night only performance of the eight short plays under the professional direction of Mrs Krystle Kustanovich again delighted the audience with insightful scripts, polished acting, and enthusiastic costumes - a selection of photos is available on our Flickr channel.
Congratulations to all Houses, the writers, the performers, and the back stage support.
Best Cameo: Daniel SpogterNominees: Lezane Davis; Daniel Spogter; Stephan McCallum
Best New Comer: Keyaan MathewsNominees: Xolela Hoyi; James Kent; Stuart George; Keyaan Mathews
Standard Bank Wynberg Winter Sports Festival - all the results, photos, and videos on the link
Monday 1 April
Last day of the School Holidays
Tuesday 2 April
Term 2 Begins07:45 Tutor08:20 Assembly (Dw)