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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.
Thursday 15 & Saturday 17 November: both groups A & B returned safely after 110 kilometers on foot through the Cederberg Mountains in nine days, and a day’s labour in service to the community of Bosdorp -, footsore, sunburnt, and in desperate need of home cooking, and (dare we say) a hot shower.
Head of Grade 10, Mr Chris Moore explained the tradition of the annual Challenge: “ … it is just that, to challenge our next leadership group both physically and emotionally so that they develop into young men equipped to overcome any test that life throws at them, and prepare them for their roles as senior students at the school. They build friendships, learn to respect their surroundings and get an opportunity to give back through a community service project. 12 life changing days in the Cederberg Wilderness.”
Setting out from the base camp at Algeria, the Groups set off two days apart, heading in opposite directions on a trek led by guides from Bosdorp who know the mountains and weather better than Google could ever learn. The Challenge Team, as it soon became, boys and staff alike, camped at Warmhoek, Boontjies, Crystal Pools, Driehoek (meeting base for both groups), Sneeuwberg (from where all made the essential hike to the Maltese Cross rock formation, iconic symbol of the Cederberg), Riempies, and Onderkruis.
Cold nights under the Swartland stars, blistering sun, the weight of backpacks, cooking for themselves, living without phones and technology, and finding strength in friendships and sharing will be remembered by all for years to come.
In enforced personal solitude, our Wynberg Men opened their letters from home. The emotional intimacy of a handwritten note from those one loves, read alone by torchlight or in the lee of a cragg sheltering from the sun, was welcome strength to all. Few, if any, failed to shed a tear. Within two years, as Matrics, our Grade 10s will pen their own personal letters to their families for Valedictory 2020 when they perform their final rite of passage to becoming Wynberg Old Boys.
At Bosdorp, the community supported over years of Grade 10 Challenges, maintenance to the shade structures in the public recreation areas was undertaken, clearing overgrowth around the mountain stream, building and repairing of fences, and painting of a building earmarked to become an essential shop to serve the broader community was completed.
In keeping with the call to ‘leave only footprints’, a wholesale litter collection at both the Algeria and Bosdorp recreation areas signalled a clean finale to the 2018 Challenge, as they team boarded the buses for the long road back home.
We extend our grateful thanks to to our Guides from Bosdorp, the staff of organisers, Landscape Tours, Wynberg Old Boys Greg Andrews (2013) and Liam Didcott (2016), and our intrepid Wynberg leadership of Rob MacLean (former Head of Physical Education), Ms Cayleigh Huggett, and Messrs Julian Taylor, Neil Eddy, Gareth Searle, Stefan Potgieter, Chris Rushby, and Myles Campbell, our recently arrived exchange student from George Watson’s College in Scotland.
A #WynbergMedia report with thanks to Mr Chris Moore
View photos of Mr Brian Botha's farewell on Flickr
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
Tuesday 16 October 2018: Our annual Prefect and House Captain Induction Ceremony in the Clegg Hall - Wynberg Boys' High School extends congratulations and wishes our 2019 leadership group the very best for a successful and exciting year ahead.
Dillon Sibanda - Head Prefect & RCLMalcolm Scarrott - Deputy Head Prefect & ServiceTebogo Faas - Deputy Head Prefect & Support
Fayyaz Ebrahiem - GlebeJethro Johnston - HawthorndenCampbell Egan-Fowler - Littlewood Ben Schaffer - McNaughtonSeth Meyer - Oude Wijnberg Stephen McCallum - Silverhurst Daniel Harrison - SunninghillMikaeel Bassadien - Trovato
Ben van Huyssteen - AcademicsMatthew Harris - SportMatthew James - Culture Jack Rutherford - Sustainability Kamvalethu Sabela - Junior Grade PrefectMathew Brougham-Cook - Senior Grade PrefectGeorge Kaseya - Grade 12 Prefect
Joseph Tulloch - Glebe Phiwe Mentoor - HawthorndenBevan Coveley - Littlewood Tariro Chamba - McNaughtonTBA - Oude Wijnberg Thomas Faustmann - Silverhurst Daniel Spogter - Sunnninghill Phillip Mouton - Trovato
Welcome - Headmaster, Mr J De Waal Charge to Incoming Prefects - Head Prefect 2018, Jarrod Whitson Presentation of Blazers - 2018 Prefects
Signing of Declarations - 2019 Prefects
House Captains' Announcement - Tebogo Faas 2019 Head Prefect’s Address - Dillon Sibanda Introduction of Guest Speaker - Mikaeel Bassadien Guest Speaker's Address - Mr Almero Prinsloo, Head Prefect 2015 Thanks - Seth Meyer School Prayer - Kamvalethu Sabela
The School Song
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Wynberg's Ian Melliar Cup, 21 - 24 September - all the media coverage links
Monday 24 September
Heritage Day (Public Holiday)Ian Meliar TournamentNorth South T20 TournamentStayers Cricket to Knysna
Tuesday 25 September
Grade 8 8C/D Maths DayB21, B22, Library08:00-14:308E/F History ActivityB31,B3208:00-12:308A/B Service Project 08:00-14:00(8G split among other classes)
Inter-House Tug O War - view the photos on Flickr
Monday 3 September
10:00 Grade Assembly 15:00 -18:00 Inter-House Soccer (Juniors)
Tuesday 4 September
07:00 ICT Committee Meeting15:00 -18:00 Inter-House Soccer (Seniors)
Squash vs Old Boys - View Heritage Week photo collection on Flickr
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.
WBHS Prefects for 2019
Monday 20 August 2018, Wynberg Heritage Week: We take great pleasure in announcing our prefect body for 2019 - we congratulate them all, and wish them well with their leadership responsibilies for the year ahead. The Prefect Induction Ceremony will take place on Tuesday 16 October 2018.
Head Prefect: Dillon Sibanda (with RCL portfolio)Deputy Head Prefects: Tebogo Faas, & Malcolm Scarrott (with Service portfolio)
Academic Prefect: Ben van HuyssteenSports Prefect: Matthew HarrisCulture Prefect: Matthew JamesSustainability Prefect: Jack Rutherford House Prefects
Glebe: Fayyaz EbrahimHawthornden: Jethro JohnsonLittlewood: Campbell Egan-FowlerMcNaughton: Ben SchafferOude Wijnberg: Seth MeyerSilverhurst: Stephen McCallumSunninghill: Daniel HarrisonTrovato: Mikaeel Bassadien Grade Prefects Grade 12: George KaseyaSenior Grades: Mathew Brougham-CookJunior Grades: Kamvalethu Sabela
Wynberg Boys' High School Weekly Newsletter is distributed to all our Wynberg Families by email. #WynbergMedia #SuperaMoras
Wednesday 15 August 2018: The Western Cape Education Department has given notice that they will use the four Wynberg schools at the end of the year. This has been ratified by the governing bodies of the four schools. The department officials will move into the high schools on 29 November and the junior schools on 1 December.
We, therefore, give notice that the schools will close for learners on the following days ... Download the PDF notice:
Click to watch Wynberg 1st XV vs Rondebosch on our YouTube channel - archived live-stream of the match
Friday 10 August 2018: It was “start your engines” time against Rondebosch this past weekend. While SACS derbies are our most traditional and most celebrated, in theory, there is always a buzz of expectation ahead of any derby against Bosch and Bishops. The expectations were well satisfied as Wynberg experienced a very good weekend against the men from Avenue de Mist.
The hockey 1st XI stole Friday night with a clinical and 4-1. A bitter sweet one as the school bade farewell to SA cap, Tevin Petersen who has been selected to the Premier Hockey League (PHL) that takes place over three weekends from 10 August – 26 August in Johannesburg. Being a matric, we will not see his blinding speed and skill in Wynberg colours again. It is as much due to his influence as anything else that the team have been able to move the ball around the park exceptionally well this season and have been able to exercise patience on the ball. Well done, too, to Tristan Cooke who got his 100th cap on the weekend. Ethan Robbertze will be capped for the 100th time against Bishops. Our rugby boys dominated the Saturday encounters winning 11 out of 15 fixtures. With most people having put money on wins for the U14A and U15A before Saturday, this win ratio could have been much higher if not for upset losses. The Blues continue to play in their blue shorts like men possessed and helped build the tension and excitement on the Hawthornden ahead of the 1st XV match, which started traditionally 4 or 5 minutes late.
As the 1st XV ran out to the sounds of our Wynberg Pipers, the sights and sounds were beamed around the world on Youtube as we took the first tentative steps towards setting up an independent Wynberg TV channel. While not our first live stream (there have been assemblies, the 2017 Matric Valedictory and Melliar cup live streams), this was the first time that a rugby match has been live streamed independently of an outside broadcaster.
Being an outdoor broadcast covering a large area, this was a challenging task. Well done to Ngonidzashe Mauye, Nick Scott, Andrew Skippers, Mujahied Sadien, Matthew Gie, and Mr Christiaan Venter for putting this together. They were mentored and directed by Bruce Macdonald who has recently directed a big screen movie, Samson, released in the USA in February. Thanks also to Chris Merrington for all of his input. The result was that a great win for the 1st team was recorded for posterity.
Friday 3 August 2018: After fixtures against Pinelands and Bellville last week, Wynberg sport enters the rarified atmosphere of a home sporting derby as we go #Allin4Wynberg against Rondebosch this weekend.
Please ensure that your son attends either the 1st XI hockey on our Astro at 19h15 on Friday night, or the 1st XV rugby match at home on Saturday at 12h30. I get extremely nervous when I see our boys standing up on the top rung of the spectator seating at the Astro. It is 5 meter drop to the ground and the stands have no backing above knee height. The prefects and hockey staff have been instructed to ensure our boys stay seated at all times to avert an accident, please reinforce this with your sons.
A very big thank you to all parents that have thrown open their homes to boys from touring teams over the last couple of weeks. July is usually a bumper month for incoming tours and this year has been no different. Wynberg entertained 2 hockey tours from the UK and 4 for rugby. As many as 200 boys had to be accommodated over the period. Without the generous support of Wynberg families, touring teams would become a thing of the past. This would be very sad as Wynberg has a proud tradition of hosting teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and South Korea. A glance at the plaques displayed in the Bill Bowden and the A Corridor tell a tale of long-standing international sporting relationships. Hopefully many friendships have been made to be rekindled on gap years or return trips in the future.
Our athletes competed in Milnerton in sunny conditions this week With the top 20 positions of the event qualifying for the WP Trials to be run on 18 August. Wynberg's athletes delivered sgood results - well done to them all:
U19: Caleb Gibson 2nd; U17: Caleb Vogt 9th, Luke Meyer 12th, Seth Meyer 19th; and in the U15 group, Cole Abrahams & Dylan Rudolph finished within the cut.
Click to view the Inter-House Wynberg Mile photos on Flickr
Monday 23 July10:00 Academic Assembly (Th)
Tuesday 24 July
Wednesday 25 July10:00 Assembly (Ms)10:00 Cultural Prefect Voting16:30 – 19:30 Parent/Teacher/Pupil meetings
Thursday 26 JulyLO Day 510:00 House Assembly/Tutor SAMO Round 3
In front of the Eiffel tower, an engineering marvel and a beautiful piece of design.
Mid-year Holidays 2018. Accompanied by Messrs Neil Eddy & Christof Goosen, a tour party of Wynberg Men headed to Europe on a Maths and Science tour. It all started with 24 hours of travel: A plane flight to Dubai, a 4 hour wait, a plane flight to Paris, and then a few hours of traffic. However, the boys’ spirits remained high; they were ready to explore Europe and delve deep into the history and culture of Maths and Science.
The tour took them through 5 Cities: Paris, Geneva, Munich, Berlin and Hamburg. In each the boys explored museums, historical buildings, and technological facilities which were often breath-taking and always interesting.
The visiting of the particle accelerator and laboratory at CERN in Geneva, the bus and truck MAN factory in Munich and the Airbus assembly plant in Hamburg allowed them glimpses of incredibly large scale projects that will hopefully set a target for them to achieve in the application of their knowledge in South Africa. As our country heads into the SKA project in Carnarvon, we hope that many of our boys will see opportunities for very rewarding careers in a similarly scaled project.
Wynberg Boys' and Girls' High Schools proudly present Shrek The Musical, a Dreamworks licensed production in arrangement with DALRO #WynbergMedia #SuperaMoras
Monday 16 July 2018: Wynberg sport continued unabated during the cold and wet July holidays with official tours for golf and cricket, while hockey, squash, and rugby proudly showcased individual talent at various interprovincial tournaments held around the country. Nine Wynberg soccer players were part of an invitational tour to the San Marino Cup in Italy, and a number of holiday rugby fixtures were organised around Cape Town.
Our gratitude to the respective sports MICS for sacrificing their time during the mid-year break, and for providing us, below, with a Sports Wrap Up of what our sportsmen achieved on the fields, links, and courts.
Practices, Fixtures, and our Sporting Ethos
Sports practices begin on the first day of school, Tuesday, 17 July, followed by a full round of fixtures during the week ahead. As is the Wynberg Way, all players are expected to support their first teams: once a hockey, squash, rugby, or soccer player has completed his own fixture, he is to change into school uniform to support his 1st team.
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.”