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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.
Please download the Wynberg Grey Weekend Hosting Circular 6/19
Extract from the 1996 WBHS Magazine - “The Trip to Grey High School, Port Elizabeth”:
"Games were characterised by keen, friendly competition, some being won by Grey some by Wynberg, but really the results were of secondary importance compared to the opportunity of meeting new people and making friends.
At the end of the first team game, the boys were all given supper by their hosts and then the coaches set off on the long trip back to Cape Town. …
The weekend was one which provided two of the leading boys' schools in the country with the opportunity to share and bond on a large scale. There were many special moments and the tnp was greatly enjoyed by all."
As published on our Wynberg Grey Weekend Facebook Page to finish our #WynbergMedia of the event - encapsulates the spirit of a unique weekend for the students of both Wynberg and Grey, whether at school, or as proud Old Boys.
A #WynbergMedia article, with thanks to Mr Mike Engelbrecht, Vice-Principal of Sport, and our Oude Wijnberg archives.