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Thursday 14 November 2019 from 18h00: Wynberg Boys’ High and the Wynberg Old Boys’ Union take great pleasure in welcoming Penguin Random House to the Bill Bowden Pavilion for the launch of rugby writer Gavin Rich's latest book “Our Blood is Green: The Springboks in Their Own Words”.
Gavin, just returned from the Rugby World Cup in Japan, is no stranger to the venue as a regular Master of Ceremonies of our Old Boys’ ‘Open Mic’ evenings where his exceptional knowledge of the game, the players, and his insights into South African Rugby are always fascinating to experience first hand.
Coming on the back of the Springboks’ definitive victory over England to lift the Webb Ellis trophy, this is an evening not to be missed.
WBHS is honoured to be included as one of 20 South African Schools to be featured in this unique pictorial history due for publication in December 2019. 'A magnificent volume of 224 pages and over 400 pictures portraying 20 institutions which have forged their legacy in this country’s history', the book makes for fascinating reading (see excerpt below) as it traces our Wynberg story over nearly two centuries, while placing us in the context of the development of education across the country in the company of brother and sister schools.
While no proceeds of the sales acrue to the School, this volume is an ideal companion piece to our own anniversary publications 'The Story of a School' by DH Thomson (1961), 'A School Reflects' by AR Goodwin (1991), and 'Brothers in an Endless Chain' by N Veitch (2016), and ‘When the Wax Melts’ by KC Richardson (2018); we thank our former Librarian, Mrs Patricia Rogers, for the research and authoring included in this pictorial history.
"Wynberg Boys’ High School is situated at the foot of Table Mountain about 12 kilometres from the centre of Cape Town. It is set in 20 hectares of parkland and offers facilities that are among the finest in the country. It is a traditional, values-based boys’ school which mentors young men by providing a wide range of educational opportunities in a stimulating, innovative and challenging environment. Although steeped in tradition, Wynberg is modern in outlook and proudly South African. Its emphasis is on understanding boys, its ethos is brotherhood and its guiding principle is ‘never give up’, which is in keeping with the school’s motto of Supera moras – overcome difficulties.
Head Prefect - Zayd LouwDeputy Head Prefect - Michael van Schalkwyk
PortfoliosAcademics - Tomas CupidoSport - Ziyaad SolomonsService - Reece MulhollandCulture - Luke HeathGrade 12 - Sipho DyonaseSenior Grades (11 & 10) - Corbin RasJunior Grades (9 & 8) - Keanu GelderblomRCL - Yusuf KathradaEd-Tech - GT BangSustainability - Alex Borodin-Sleigh
House PrefectsGlebe - Noel Glintenkamp Hawthornden - Reyaaz Martin Littlewood - Philip Masango McNaughton - Daniel Hayes Oude Wijnberg - Uzayr Chilwan Silverhurst - Keenan Collison Sunninghill - Adam BudgeTrovato - Uzair Khan
House CaptainsGlebe - Yas'aa DavidsHawthornden - Kamva MgwaliLittlewood - Lezaine DavisMcNaughton - Sebastian VolansOude Wjnberg - Ameer JanodienSilverhurst - Mikhail VallieSunninghill - Mihlali MgopeTrovato - Zach Adriaanse
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On Friday 20 September Wynberg’s senior cricketers ventured forth into lands unknown to take on the best the Eastern Cape has to offer in this year’s edition of the Cape Schools Cricket Festival. The venue this time around was the arid, but picturesque Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet, which served up difficult, testing conditions for the players to negotiate.
After a long but uneventful drive, the boys checked into their digs at Union High School and readied themselves to take in the festival opener – a floodlit T20 between two invitational sides comprising players from either province. Cameron Tanner and Dominic Miles turned out for the Western Province XI and made a decisive impact with the ball, snaring two Eastern Province scalps to help the visitors secure a comprehensive win.
Wynberg’s festival got underway in earnest with a double-innings declaration match against Selbourne College from East London. The Selbourne skipper won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a dry pitch. Spin did the majority of the damage for Wynberg with off-spinner Cameron Tanner picking up an extraordinary 4 wickets for 5 runs. Youngster Jesse Prodehl grabbed 3 of his own to leave Selbourne all out for 158. Wynberg didn’t fare much better, being dismissed for 164. Opening batsman, Tanner hit a well-played 53. Selbourne then went about setting Wynberg a target in the hope of bowling them out to earn an outright win. Chasing 102, Wynberg ended up on 58-4 when stumps were pulled, ensuring an opening win on the first innings. A solid start to the festival.
Next up were Wynberg’s strongest opponents, Grey High School from Port Elizabeth. Unbelievably, rain delayed the start of proceedings by over an hour and the contest was reduced to a 50 overs-a-side affair. Wynberg won the toss and elected to bat first. A lack of application at the crease and some disciplined bowling from Grey meant Wynberg could only muster 151-9. Grey made light work of the target, reaching it for the loss of just three wickets in the 28th over. A performance to forget.
Wynberg Boys’ High School has for decades been a strong supporter of the incredible work done by the WP Blood Transfusion Service - generations of students and staff have donated blood at the regular clinics held at the school.
A year ago on Wednesday 2 October, our Wynberg Family paused to mourn the passing of one of our fathers, Ty Moore, from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident. Ty, a passionate off-road biker, known affectionately as ‘Driver 101’, fought bravely until the end, his life supported by the generosity of anonymous blood donors across the province.
WBHS joins the Moore family in support of their #BloodDrive101 campaign, opening our scheduled WPBTS donor clinic on Tuesday 1 October 2019 to our Wynberg Family, neighbours, and the broader community in Ty Moore’s memory, and in the spirit of giving back.
Ty Moore was a true Warrior, the most incredible husband and father, the best son and brother, the coolest nephew and cousin and a loyal friend to everyone.
Ty fought the hardest battle of his life following an off-road motorbike accident. A catastrophic abdominal injury left him in hospital for 5 months. Tragically, complications arose and his body could no longer fight, it had been through way too much. He sadly passed away on 2 October 2018.
Wednesday 4 September 2019: As Wynberg men, we must do better. We mourn with our fellow South Africans through this time of grief and sorrow. We are committed to building a strong ethical foundation by helping our boys and young men make responsible choices and to live honourable lives. We stand with the women of South Africa and say NO MORE.
The Wynberg Campus of Schools will stand together in solidarity on Thursday and remember those who have been victims and who are suffering. #EnoughIsEnough #ItStartsWithMe #StandUp #WeWillBeThere
The gruesome news of the brutal abuse and murder of Janika Mellow, a learner at Northwood Primary in Mitchell’s Plain, a fellow school within our Circuit, has caused a groundswell of outrage and protest. A group of senior boys and staff attended Janika’s Memorial Service this morning in solidarity with her family and friends, while the Wynberg Girls’ & Boys’ High Schools have called for all students and staff to wear black on Thursday 5 September and donate as much as can be afforded toward a fund to support Janika’s family.
Grade 10 and 11 students from Wynberg Boys’ High will picket in silent protest against gender abuse outside Wynberg Girls’ High, Springfield, and Herschel from 07h00 until 08h00 on Thursday, before the four Wynberg Campus Schools hold a joint assembly to unite in single purpose to raise awareness, and commit to #ItStartsWithMe
The Wynberg School community abhors the current horrific levels of gender-based violence, and we encourage all to be part of any action that speaks out against this.
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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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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 - Tashriq Bailey, Trovato HouseU15 Shot Put - Zachary Porthen, Glebe HouseU17 Shot Put - Vaughn Rademeyer, Silverhurst HouseU19 Shot Put - Cormac Faul, Glebe House
U14 Discus - Nicholas van Schalkwyk, Glebe HouseU15 Discus - Zachary Porthen, Glebe HouseU17 Discus - Ghumaid Jaffa, McNaughton HouseU19 Discus - Dillon Sibanda, McNaughton House
U14 Javelin - Ethan Ramsay, Silverhurst HouseU15 Javelin - Juan James, Littlewood HouseU17 Javelin - Vaughn Rademeyer, Silverhurst HouseU19 Javelin - Loot Majiet, Silverhurst House
U14 Long Jump - Cassidy Jacobs, Oude Wijberg HouseU15 Long Jump - Sjen Wiid, Trovato HouseU17 Long Jump - Daniel Judge, Hawthornden HouseU19 Long Jump - Rethabile Louw, Littlewood House
U14 High Jump - Fahad Khan, Oude Wijnberg HouseU15 High Jump - Thabiso Molekwa, Glebe HouseU17 High Jump - Daniel Judge, Hawthornden HouseU19 High Jump - Seth Scheepers, 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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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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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 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.
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.
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.”
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Thursday 21 June 2018: The first half of the winter season delivered well on our pre-season hopes in the months leading up to the first matches of the second term. Rain has fallen with nostalgic regularity, and the results on the fields, astros, and courts have been very pleasing and at times even spectacular.
The hockey boys have played a total of 138 matches so far this season and have won 86 with 12 draws. Not only winning the WP Schools’ League (with a match in hand) for the third season running, the 1st XI achieved the Headmaster’s Triple Crown (which includes wins over the Southern Suburbs, and Grey High) and will be aiming to achieve the Grand Slam in the third term.
Rugby turned the corner after the trauma of 2017. The overall results record: played 140, Won 68 with 4 drawn matches. The 1st XV have been a revelation and have come within 30 points of an unbeaten first half of the season. The Headmaster’s Triple Crown was achieved by the 14A, B, and C rugby teams. It was unlucky for the U15A side to draw the first match against Rondebosch – but they remain nevertheless unbeaten in this mini-competition.
Both rugby and hockey have received provincial recognition which is a credit to the work put in the by coaches and the boys. With 16 Wynberg hockey players receiving WP colours this year, rugby has been provincially rewarded with 2 U18 Craven Week players, 1 Academy player, and 3 U16 players to participate at the Grant Khomo Week. Cricket continues mid-year with 14 Wynberg boys in the winter nets set up, with selection to Provincial sides imminent. The Directors of Sport have certainly been hard at work all year round to ensure that this kind of success is sustainable in the long run. Squash produced mixed results in the senior age groups but the Super League side ended the 1st half well with convincing wins over SACS. The juniors are an exciting bunch and their efforts have been recognised with 4 Grade 8s and one U16 boy selected to represent WP at interprovincial tournaments in the June holidays. The names of all representatives are listed at the end of this report. We are also proud to recognise the Wynberg boys who’ve received higher honours in non-school sports. Soccer has excelled playing 45 matches, winning 29 and registering 5 draws. Soccer MIC, Roland Rudd, is leading a Cape Invitation team to Italy these holidays. They will be playing against Milano FS and Ausonia FC as well as training at Inter Milan, before making their way to take part in the San Marino Cup. The team includes Wynberg’s Jarred Johnson, Matthew Petersen, Phiwe Mentoor, Phindile Ralarala, Lyle Hendriks, Joel Abrahams, Keanu Gelderblom, Sibulele Mlunguza, and Luke Hubbard. Basketball has quietly been going about its business during the winter months with the emergence of a new Winter League. We are sure that the players will reap the rewards of this off-season activity once the summer league begins.
Our golfers head down the Garden Route from 22-25 June to participate in the Cape Schools Week, while our Cricket Colts XI heads off to the Highveld for a tournament at White River. Many boys and staff will head back to school in July feeling less than rested – but there is no rest for those with ambition. It is our intention to improve the support at away matches – even those that are not All In fixtures. We have communicated in previous correspondence that all boys are expected, as a matter of course, to stay after their match and watch their first team – no matter what code they play. We realise that this may be inconvenient for parents but trust everyone will buy into what we are trying to achieve. To make matters easier, we are offering boys the opportunity of traveling by bus to Paul Roos on 21 July. If you wish to book a spot on the bus, the cost is R65. Payments can be made by EFT to the school account using reference code SURNAME PRGBUS.