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Saturday 12 January 2019: Our 95th annual Inter-House Sports Day, held this year on the Hawthornden Field. Congratulations to all the event winners, and a big thank you our Head of Athletics, Mr Stefan Potgieter and our Wynberg Staff for a slickly organised event. We extend thanks to Servest for the setting up of the track and preparation of fields, and particular thanks to the huge turnout by our Wynberg Families in support.
Final House Positions
1st: Littlewood 425 points2nd: Silverhurst 249 points3rd: Oude Wijnberg 212 points4th: Glebe 205 points5th: Hawthornden 186 points6th: McNaughton 168 points7th: Trovato 151 points8th: Sunninghill 108 points
U14 Shot Put - Heath Horn, Silverhurst HouseU15 Shot Put - Roan van Heerden, Silverhurst HouseU17 Shot Put - Vaughn Rademeyer, Silverhurst HouseU19 Shot Put - Rhyse Doolings, McNaughton House
U14 Javelin - Alex Lorenzen, McNaughton HouseU15 Javelin - Yaqub Adams, McNaughton HouseU17 Javelin - Matthew Bowden, McNaughton HouseU19 Javelin - Tom Pfeiffer, McNaughton House
U14 Long Jump - Matthew Miller, McNaughton HouseU15 Long Jump - Ryan Mitchell, Silverhurst HouseU17 Long Jump - Daniel Hayes, McNaughton HouseU19 Long Jump - Jordan Minter, Silverhurst House
U14 High Jump - Stierenzo Pipes, McNaughton HouseU15 High Jump - Nonelela Maxegwana, Silverhurst HouseU17 High Jump - Connor Davids, Silverhurst HouseU19 High Jump - Jordan Minter, Silverhurst House
U14 100m - Ethan Thomas, Littlewood HouseU15 100m - Ridhau Bey, Oude Wijnberg HouseU17 100m - Daniel Judge, Hawthornden HouseU19 100m - Lezane Davis, Littlewood House
U14 200m - Prince Farikeni, Glebe HouseU15 200m - Asad Moos, McNaughton HouseU17 200m - Leo du Toit, Silverhurst HouseU19 200m - Rethabile Louw, Littlewood House
U14 400m - Ethan Ramsay, Silverhurst HouseU15 400m - Marchano Leukes, Littlewood HouseU17 400m - Leo du Toit, Silverhurst HouseU19 400m - Ben Schaffer, McNaughton House
U14 800m - James Kent, Littlewood HouseU15 800m - Ryan Mitchell, Silverhurst HouseU17 800m - Keanu Gelderblom, Littlewood HouseU19 800m - Dylan Rudolph, Glebe House
U14 1500m - Daniel Middleton, Littlewood HouseU15 1500m - Ryan Mitchell, Silverhurst HouseU17 1500m - Radhi Lagerdien, Oude Wijnberg HouseU19 1500m - Dylan Rudolph, Glebe House
Open 3000m - Dylan Rudolph, Glebe House
U14 Relay - Oude WijnbergU15 Relay - LittlewoodU17 Relay - LittlewoodU19 Relay - Littlewood
Staff, Prefects, Old Boys Relay - Old Boys
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Wynberg Rugby Old Boy Sikhumbuzo Notshe to wear his old school 1st XV socks for the Barbarians vs the Pumas at Twickenham
Saturday 1 December 2018: Congratulations to Old Wynbergian, Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Springboks & Stormers), on his selection for the Barbarians Squad against the Pumas. In a salute to Wynbergians around the globe Notshe will proudly wear his #WynbergRugby 1st XV socks at Twickenham, likely the first time our kit has made an international appearance on that hallowed field.
Ever-supportive of his old school, Notshe is also no stranger to giving back to grassroots rugby in South Africa, recently teaming up with fellow old boy, Tim Connellan (1985) to assist Lagunya RFC with new club strip, sponsored by international legal firm, Linklaters.
In this season of giving, and with WBHS new boys' rugby day coinciding with with the Baa-baa's match, Wynberg Rugby outreach launches our 2019 #Boots4Berg drive to collect good, used boots and rugby training equipment for our development projects. We appeal to our Wynberg Families and Old Boys to give as generously as in previous years to help those less fortunate.
#Boots4Berg is an outreach project across all Wynberg Sports: for more information on how to contribute, please email our Vice-Principal of Sport, Mr Mike Engelbrecht, mengelbrecht (@) wbhs.org.za.
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Friday 9 November 2018: Fourth term sport has wrapped up: our cricketers continued the fine form shown against Bishops by winning the lion’s share of matches in the final derby against SACS, with some notable performances:
1st XI: T Ntini 3/13 and Z Noor 4/23. R Carr 542nd XI: Lawrence 105*(127), Van Schalkwyk 91(123), a 196 run partnership. Schultz 4/38 (10)4th XI: D Hendriks 56 U15A: Prodehl 4/30 (10) U14A: won a thrilling match by one wicket courtesy of a SACS overthrow. This should not detract however from lower order heroics by Cullan Larkin who scored 22 not out coming in at number 11. A last wicket partnership of 51 by Larkin and Van Reenen secured a Wynberg win. L Harmse 4/57 (9.2). Z van Reenen 62*U14A vs WP U13: L Metu 46 and J James 45. M Bing 2/33 and C Larkin 2/45.U14B: L Meyer 4 wickets for 16 runs.U14C: ended the year unbeaten under the captaincy of Ryan Nell.U14D: C Broad smith 57* Wynberg Staff vs SACS: Thursday 8 November saw our Wynberg Staff failing to ram home the advantage against their SACS counterparts. After Adolf Groenewald, Andrew Wylie, and Pietie Loubser helped post 160 in 20 overs, some desperate bowling and fielding saw Wynberg relinquish the advantage for SACS to tie the match off the last ball.
All Wynberg Cricket results on our website Tennis: The 6ths and 8ths won all their matches against SACS and Muizenberg respectively, with the 4ths and 5ths serving up convincing wins over Rondebosch and Herzlia. On Saturday 6 players from the 2nd and 3rd team played in a mixed doubles tournament with Herschel, Bishops, Rustenburg, SACS and St Cyprians. Wynberg drew St Cyprians as a mixed partner, winning 4 of the matches played.
Cycling: Justin Chesterton earned his Provincial colours for both Mountain biking and Road racing in 2018.
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Friday 19 October 2018: Guests gathered in the Clegg Hall to hear a wide range of stories, memories and salutes to Brian Botha at the celebration of his extensive career at Wynberg. Tributes (and exposés) from Gareth Randall, Deneen Botha, Steven Doidge, Daphne Jubber, Keenan Oliphant, Julian Taylor, and Larry Moser prompted many a laugh and tear.
As a tribute to Mr Botha’s massive influence on the school’s cultural development, the musical performances were true to Wynberg’s trademark of the highest quality – “Old Man River” sung by Yiming Kong and Malcolm Scarrott, “For Good” arranged by Amy Campbell and sung by the inimitable vocal ensemble, “Here’s to the Heroes” sung by a combined choir of Old Boys and current learners and conducted by Amy Campbell, music from the String Ensemble led by Mr Conrad van Breda, the ever-present Concert Band’s resounding performances conducted by Mr Peter Catzavelos, and a breath-taking rendition of Claude Debussy’s “Poisson d’Or” from Kevin Kim – a past pupil of Mr Botha and currently studying B. Mus Honours in Piano Performance at SACM UCT. Afterwards guests enjoyed tea and sumptuous sweet treats reflecting Mr Botha’s enjoyment of the fine things in life. It was an all-round display of Wynberg’s best for a much loved stalwart!
Ms Ann Coltham
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Friday 24 August 2018: With the buzz of Heritage week all around, it is nevertheless fitting to report back on the week that was against Bishops.
Our squash boys had a dreadful time of it but Chris Cresswell won the match of his young life so far when he defeated SA number 5, Brandon Snider by 3 games to 1 to snatch the Super League number one match last Thursday.
The 1st hockey XI were beset by illness, call ups to higher honours and ill-discipline that saw them without their best team on the field for much of the match. They will be itching to put matters right vs SACS away on Friday evening.
The 1st XV are now on the verge of a Triple Crown (their first since 2014) and a win over SACS will see them register 5 from 6 in the Southern Suburbs. Lots of little nuances will play out on Saturday. SACS will be looking to break their duck in the Southern Suburbs this year and if Bishops beat Bosch, they will be either top of the Southern Suburbs for 2018 or level with Wynberg - depending on how things pan out under the mountain.
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Friday 17 August 2018: A long weekend can either be perceived as a welcome respite from the gruelling competition of the season or as the cause of a loss of momentum. It is probably all psychological, but no doubt most if not all of our teams will have kept their eye firmly on the ball in terms of moving a step closer to a Triple crown, Grand Slam or Headmaster’s Grand Slam when friendship, rivalry and sportsmanship resume against Bishops this weekend.
For those a tad confused by this terminology, let me clarify: Beating the Southern Suburbs boys schools in Term 2 or 3 earns you a Triple Crown. Doing it in Term 2 and 3 earns you a Grand Slam. If you add into the mix a win over Grey High, then you can claim the Headmaster’s Grand Slam - the Holy Grail of Wynberg sport. With this in mind, I am sure that all parents will be reminding their sons of what is at stake as we enter the final stretch of the season with two All In weekends. Our 1st team water polo boys will be braving some icy conditions this weekend with warm up matches at Reddam Constantia: vs Silvertree 4ths at 13:00 vs RWC 2nds at 15:00 vs UCT 3rds at 16:00 Last weekend saw our cross country runners attempting a top 8 position at the WP trials at Fairmont. Despite none of our runners being able to achieve this goal, missing out on WP selection, well done to the following on their efforts:
Dylan Rudolph was alone in an incredibly competitive race, ultimately falling behind and ending the race in 12th position.
The U19 race had Caleb Gibson finishing 15th, running his 8km in a time of 30:48.
Wednesday 4 July 2018: Ten months of planning, training, and commitment saw the dream of the Isimemo saseKapa (Cape Invitation) soccer squad sprout wings as the contingent flew out of Cape Town for Italy to compete in the San Marino Cup.
The brainchild of Wynberg Soccer MIC, Roland Rudd, ably assisted by passionate local soccer enthusiasts, the trip in Mr Rudd’s words: “has been a dream of mine - to take local SA soccer talent and showcase our abilities in competition and expose our youth to the best of international skills. I have been clear about my expectations for the players - this is not a holiday, it is a soccer experience and a chance for them to further their talents on European playing fields against top-level opposition.”
The Isimemo saseKapa (Cape Invitation) teams will play Milano FC, Ausonia FC in warm up games and then train at Inter Milan. From there they take part in the San Marino Cup against teams from Germany, Italy, USA, Bangladesh, and Spain amongst others.
The team includes Wynberg’s Jarred Johnson, Matthew Petersen, Phiwe Mentoor, Phindile Ralarala, Lyle Hendriks, Joel Abrahams, Keanu Gelderblom, Sibulele Mlunguza, and Luke Hubbard. The touring squad of 32 players, making up a Red and a Blue team, is led by Wynberg Soccer's Roland Rudd and pro-coach Johno Rossouw, with Paul Roos Gymnasium's head of soccer, Cobus de Beer, and Robinvale's head coach, Lewis Klaasen.
Mr Rudd continues: “Thank you to Wynberg Boys' High School and the management and support staff for the use of the school's facilities, and the enthusiastic assistance given to ensure the invitation team could train and play practice matches.”
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Saturday 9 June 2018, Wynberg vs SACS: There are numerous reasons why the Wynberg 1st XV have done so well in the first half of the season. The coaching of Justin van Winkel has always been a study in attention to detail. Craig Childs in his full-time role as Director of Rugby has supplemented everything that Justin does and then taken it to the next level in terms of planning, player management, assembling a top coaching and backroom staff, analysis of opposition and creating an environment where all teams learn from each and play with a common goal of advancing the fortunes of the Wynberg rugby club. This has naturally seen an improvement in the fortunes of all teams – not just the 1st XV.
However, a major reason why the 1st side has done so well has been their obvious joy at playing together and for the coaches. No-one epitomises this enjoyment more than rising star and 5-try hero, Jason Alexander.
While most players approach the field with steely eyes and a grim visage, Jason invariably has a smile on his face. And upon crossing the whitewash, he raises his eyes to the heavens, palms upturned, as if giving thanks for being young, fit and being blessed to be afforded the opportunity of playing a great game in a jersey that fills thousands with pride. His excitement was certainly not premature yesterday as he ripped holes through the SACS defence and ran in 5 tries (ok, he ran in 4 and kind of got driven over for the other) in a display that should convince even the most blinkered of selectors that he is 1st choice Craven Week player. He has arguably not had a bad game in almost 18 months and maintained the positive body language and humility even through the dark times of 2017. On so many occasions, he was the one man to get Wynberg over the advantage line despite the attentions of massive defenders in the eye of the storm. However, he has taken things to another level this year and has made hundreds of meters. Despite flat defences, he has been able to break the line with a barely perceptible shimmy of the upper body and a leg drive that has left defenders floundering. Seventy meter runs vs Grey and Bishops were left unrewarded but not so against SACS. Two of his tries were almost carbon copies of each other with the line break followed by a vicious handoff of “the bus is full” proportions before timing his angled run to beat openside flankers and backline players alike with a deceptive turn of speed before swallow diving over in the corner. The only negative was his Usain Bolt-like celebration with the line still 10 metres away before his last try. I am sure his mother had a few words with him about that and he will respond to her and his caring family’s guidance in a positive way. He is that kind of a boy and this will stand him in good stead in the future.
But the Classic Clash win was not a one-man show by any means. Wynberg were invigorated by the long-time return of match starters, Mika Schubert and Di Livio van Wyk and there was much to play for as Siya Nombakuse received his special 50th cap jersey. None of them disappointed and were all instrumental in giving Wynberg the shape that saw them begin the season with a great win over KES in April. Devon Pretorius once again delivered an almost flawless display with the boot and every time he guided one through the uprights with a right to left draw, you could almost hear the SACS faithful groan as the scoreboard pressure mounted. Devon has been doing this trick since Grey and his form will be much needed when we head down the N1 in July.
Headmaster, Mr Jan de Waal, with Wynberg's Cricket South Africa Blue Chip Award
At the end of the 2017/18 schools’ cricket season, Wynberg Cricket was honoured with a Blue Chip Award by Cricket South Africa. Wynberg Boys’ High School is proud, yet humbled, to be the only school in the Western Province to be recognised as meeting the highest standards for cricket development across CSA’s checklist of essentials: “number of teams per age group, number of matches played, coaching infrastructure & qualifications, facility infrastructure, and representation across the school pipeline.”
Wynberg’s Director of Cricket, Andrew Wylie: ”For Jan de Waal, Mike Engelbrecht, and I to be invited to Newlands for ‘a presentation’ was exciting but curious, We went, and were caught in the slips by the media. What an incredible award for my old school to receive, It is a huge honour for Wynberg Cricket.”
With another cricket trophy on Wynberg’s shelf, Andrew expands: “Wynberg Cricket is pure teamwork: our groundsmen, coaches, players, and our Wynberg Families band together with a passion for our brand and cricket in all its formats. A CSA Blue Chip Award must be shared by all, and serve as encouragement to stay on track to seek excellence as one of SA Cricket’s foremost schools.”
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has congratulated those schools that have achieved Blue Chip status for their achievements over the past year.
Friday 25 May 2018: Newly appointed 1st team coach, Paul Phillipson plans to bring a wealth of playing experience and understanding in coaching to the Wynberg Boys' High School Cricket fraternity. In anticipation of starting this new role at Wynberg Boys in August, Phillipson says:
“It will be another major coaching challenge for me in my long cricket career, but I must genuinely say it’s something I have dreamt about. Wynberg is a top, top school in every way and is recognised as such across the cricketing world. There certainly seems to be a solid structure in place with young, aspirant coaches operating throughout the age-groups.
I have massive respect for Andrew Wylie and the expertise he has brought as Director of Cricket. There’s no doubt we will work well together. My aim is to develop improved skills within the squad of 1st team players, to groom better people in a holistic way and to make Wynberg a school that everyone wants to play against. Can’t wait to get started!”
A professional cricketer since age 19, Paul played for Sussex County Cricket Club from 1970 to 1986.
“It does seem a long time ago when I began in county cricket as a medium pace seam bowler and always a tail ender. But the game was evolving, so my skill-sets had to adapt to that of an all-rounder. In my final years at Sussex, I played as an impact batsman and a specialist fielder in the short-format games. We all worked really hard at our fielding and particularly catching, where of course every chance mattered. It meant a lot to me when I became the team’s leading slip fielder, trying to hold on to stinging catches from our two great fast bowlers, Imran Khan & Garth Le Roux, the latter a legendary WBHS old-boy.”
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Wynberg Old Boys’ Union is proud to welcome former Proteas player and international cricketing legend, Makhaya Ntini, as our on-the-spot guest on Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 19h00 at the Bill Bowden Pavilion, Home of Wynberg Old Boys. As always, our Open Mic evenings are open to all, but we regret no school-goers & U18s.
STOP PRESS: MAKHAYA NTINI WILL BE JOINED BY SPECIAL GUEST, ASHWELL PRINCE
One of the leading wicket-takers in SA cricketing history, Makhaya will enjoy a frank exchange with Master of Ceremonies, Old Boy Brad Bing, about his extraordinary journey:
Makhaya's cricket talent was discovered early when he worked as a herd boy in rural Transkei, although unable to speak English, he was awarded a bursary to Dale College, from where his passion and undisputed talent for the game saw him explode onto provincial and international ovals.
Thursday 26 April 2018: As teaching professionals, and as parents, we are role models to hundreds of boys. Boys observe our behaviour, take in it on board and assimilate it, then tailor their own responses in human interaction. It is incumbent on us to set the example to all who play and watch our sport. This includes players, parents, old boys, spectators connected to our school, and our visitors.
It is Wynberg’s stated aim that through our actions, we will promote positive behaviour of all that support our teams and our opposition.
Michael EngelbrechtWBHS Vice-Principal, Sport
Monday 30 AprilSchool Holiday 10:00 – 14:00 Shrek Rehearsal
Tuesday 1 MayWorkers’ Day (Public Holiday)10 – 17:00 Shrek Rehearsal
Wednesday 2 May10:00 Cheering Practice17:30 Wynberg Wednesday at Bill Bowden Pavilion
Thursday 3 MayCivvies Day10:00 Grade Assembly10:00 New Teachers Meeting
Friday 4 May13:00 Staff DevelopmentStellenbosch Band ExtravaganzaHockey vs DF Malan (A)
Friday 19 April 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: After the euphoria of the Bosch weekend under clear skies, we enter a precarious weekend on wet fields for hockey and rugby against Paarl Boys’ High, and soccer against St Joseph's - all at home.
The 1st XI hockey side will be confident ahead of their fixture at 19h00 on Friday 20 April on the Wynberg Astro. We look forward to seeing as many spectators as possible. Although this is not an all-in weekend, we do expect all hockey players to be out in force to support our teams, and that all rugby players change back into uniform on Saturday 20 April after their matches to cheer on the 1st XV. This is our Wynberg Way for all sports fixtures in the winter months ahead.
A courteous reminder to parents and old boys not to sit in the stands traditionally reserved for our Wynberg boys for home and away matches. A big part of our Wynberg Spirit and the impressive singing and cheering (as displayed last week) is dependent on all Wynberg boys massed together, and not diluted.
Joshua Wentzel has been selected for the SA men's Softball team to compete at the World cup in Canada in July.
Glebe Cottage, circa 1880, photo submitted by David Lopes, Class of 1977
Wednesday 11 April 2018, Bill Bowden Pavilion: the AGM of the Wynberg Old Boys' Union will be held at 18h00 to report back on Union activities and finances since May 2017.
Our 2017 AGM will be remarked on in years to come as a watershed moment in the history of our Union, the year a quorum of old boys voted to move our historic organisational efforts in support of our Schools’ and all our brothers onto a business footing.
A performance-based two-year volunteer appointment of EXCO members was approved, who through their work, were tasked to present a fresh vision, develop achievable short goals, deliver, succeed, and replace themselves after two years.
This AGM will be a feedback on what has been achieved, what remains in progress, and what lies in store.
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Wednesday 28 March 2018: Welcome to a new season of Wynberg Boys’ High School rugby - our teams have had a tough and testing pre-season in advance of the annual league fixtures which kick off formally on 14 April when we travel to Rondebosch in the annual season-starter derby.
Training and trials for all age groups during the last fortnight, combined with hours of discussion between our coaches, mean our teams should be finalised by the end of this first term, and set for the short practice week after the holidays.
We held a successful set of pre-season fixtures against Brackenfell on Tuesday 20 March, with our U14A, 15A, 16A and 1st XV teams traveling together, building spirit and mutual support, and recording victories across the board.
Our 19C team played Bergvliet High School 1st XV on Thursday afternoon winning comprehensively in a physical battle on our Silverhurst C Field, while our U14A and B, 15A, and 16A teams wrapped up their week by traveling to Paarl to play against Boland Landbou in an exciting set of friendly matches that augur well for the months ahead. We're pleased, but not complacent, with the results achieved by these young sides: three of the four games went Wynberg's way, with the U14A going down by 10 points to the hosts.