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Wynberg Grey Weekend - the Media Experience

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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.

Where to find our Media coverage:

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!

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The Spirit of Wynberg Grey Weekend: Please join us at the Bill Bowden Pavilion

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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.

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Wynberg Sports Roundup, Thursday 11 April 2019

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.

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Wynberg Grey Weekend: A Weekend’s Competition, a Lifetime of Friendships

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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.

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Holiday Sports Roundup - Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, and Squash

WBHS Holiday Sport March 2019Hockey 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 Engelbrecht
Vice-Principal, Wynberg Sport

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WBHS Weekly Planner, Week Ending 20 May 2018

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Monday 14 May10:00 Assembly (MS)

Tuesday 15 MayStart of Ramadan

Wednesday 16 May10:00 House Assembly / Tutor12:30 Break13:00 SA Maths Olympiad Round 2. Compulsory Study Sessions for boys not writing Olympiad15:00 School closes for all grades

Thursday 17 MayCivvies Day 307:45 Tutor08:00 Wed P 10 / Grade 8 Sport08:30 Wed P 11 / Grade 8 Sport09:00-14:40 Normal Thursday10:00 Assembly(In)10:00 House Heads meeting with TutorsFood-for-Thought Maths Evening for Maths StaffMuslim Iftaar evening

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Wynberg Grey Weekend: Parent Information

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10 - 13 May 2018: The annual Wynberg Grey Weekend sees WBHS heading east to Port Elizabeth for one of our most eagerly awaited events of the year. The detailed attachments cover essential transport, costs, accommodation, and the Western Cape Government General Consent Form.

WBHS Grey Weekend Letter.pdf

WCED General Consent Form.pdfFull fixtures will be published separately closer to the departure date, along with maps and traveling programme.

Grey High School's General Arrangements for the weekend:

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