WBHS Newsletter, Friday 16 March 2018

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Sports Roundup, Week Ending 16 March 2018

View photos of Wynberg Rugby helping at the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Friday 16 March 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: Only cricket will be in action this weekend, in do-or-die fixtures vs SACS. Our boys should be high on confidence after getting valuable time in the middle last week against various opposition.

From Monday onwards, the pitches will be rolled up, the sun will be packed away and the rain clouds will be wheeled out. On cue, the rugby club begins pre-season friendlies vs Bergvliet, Brackenfell, and Boland Landbou before the A teams embark on long distance and local tours ahead of the Bosch clash, away, on 14 April.  Soccer, always keen to buck the trend, will be playing warm-up fixtures on Friday afternoon on the Oude Wijnberg in anticipation of a busy season.

Some housekeeping matters:

1. Practice rugby jerseys will be available for ordering on Moodle only from this weekend. Orders close on Wednesday 21 March.

SIMS at Wynberg: Boosting Students' Performance

Thursday 15 March 2018: Wynberg Boys’ High School’s Vice Principal - Academics, Mr Ben Thompson, was recently interviewed by International School* magazine on the school’s successful implementation of the Student Information Management System (SIMS).

With SIMS fully integrated into the day-to-day of school life, the interview explains, and explores, the importance Wynberg Boys’ High places on embracing innovative technology to strengthen communication and information flow between boys, teachers, and parents to help our students achieve their full potential.

“The best way for a school to motivate its students is to really understand them. This is easy to say, but in a large international school with eight houses, how do you put this into practice? At Wynberg Boys’ High School in Cape Town, South Africa, we seek to understand our students better by discovering what makes them strive for excellence.”

Read the full interview online, or download the PDF

Communication between all stakeholders - parents, teachers, house heads - is essential for the overall well-being of our boys. At Wynberg Boys’ High School, the introduction of the Online Parent Portal allows parents to stay informed, at any time, on all aspects of their son’s academic performances through easy access to SIMS. Whether test results, merits or demerits received, parents and teachers are now easily informed of a boy’s progress. Effective information sharing has always been part of our school’s ethos. With the implementation of SIMS, we can now share increased data more effectively with those who need to know what progress the students are making. Working in unison with some of our older traditions, it has become a vital element in helping us to prepare our students to make a positive contribution to South African society after they matriculate. WBHS is proud of our position as a leading innovator in effective South African education, committed to new ideas, and to embracing technology to actualise the academic potential of all our students.

WBHS Weekly Planner, Week Ending 25 March 2018

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Monday 19 March10:00 - 10:30 Assembly (Vs)Start of Winter SportIH PlaysU14 Rugby Trials

Tuesday 20 March14A, 15A, 16A, 1st XV Rugby vs Brackenfell (A)

Wednesday 21 March - Human Rights Day17:30 - 21h00 Wynberg Wednesday at Bill Bowden Pavilion

Thursday 22 March10:00 - 10:30 Assembly (En)

Friday 23 March13h00 - 14h00 Subject Heads MeetingsUCT Maths Training Camp Weekend

WOW! Celebrating our Women of Wynberg

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On Saturday 10 March 2018 Wynberg hosted the first ever WOW - Women of Wynberg - event at Kaplan House to honour our women in a morning of connecting, upliftment, and celebration.

Rounding off a week in which WBHS marked International Women’s Day with powerful and thought-provoking workshops with the boys on respecting women and their valuable contribution to society, the WOW morning was attended by 250 Wynberg mothers, teachers, and other influential women, in an exuberant celebration of our Women of Worth.

An inspirational address by Wynberg mom, Portia van Staden, honoured the guests and reminded them of their inner strengths, their beauty, and capabilities.

Portia, with the aid of a R50 note dropped, crumpled, trodden on and ground into the dirt, demonstrated the fundamental fact: the note did not lose its value, it retained its full worth:

WBHS Newsletter, Friday 9 March 2018

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Wynberg Spotlight 2018: a Wynberg Campus of Schools Talent Showcase

Friday 9 March 2018: The Wynberg Campus of Schools is delighted to launch Wynberg Spotlight, 4 separate talent competitions rolling out cross-campus in preliminary rounds to come together in a gala final performance on 18 April in the Arnold Lorie Hall at Wynberg Boys' Junior School.

Beyond just music, dance, and singing, #WynbergSpotlight seeks to showcase the special skills and talents of our students in all forms of performance art. A mass participation event, #WynbergSpotlight focuses on fun and entertainment, providing a platform to help our performers grow and hone their skills in presentation and stage confidence while standing a chance to win great sponsor prizes along the way.

The preliminary rounds will be hosted internally by each of our four schools, with each school sending its top performers through to the finals to be adjudicated by a panel of celebrity judges ... under the spotlights, of course!

Follow each of the schools’ preliminary rounds on Facebook.com/WynbergCampusOfSchools and Facebook.com/Wynberg.Create. It’s going to be huge, with photos, videos, stories, and personality profiles.

For more information, please contact Mr Julian Taylor, Vice-Principal of Culture, WBHS. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WBHS Weekly Planner, Week Ending 18 March 2018

Click the image to view match photos of the Senior Inter-House Water Polo Competition

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Monday 12 March10:00 – 10:30 Assembly (Dw)15:00 Marks Due15:00 Junior Inter-House Basketball

Tuesday 13 March08:00 Wednesday Period 108:30 Wednesday Period 215:00 Subject Heads sign off Marks18:00 – 20:00 Oude Wijnberg Braai

Wednesday 14 March08:00 – 09:30 Maths Olympiad Round 117:00 – 21:00 Wynberg Wednesday at the Bill Bowden Pavilion Preview Reports checked

Thursday 15 March10:00 – 10:30 Assembly (Hu)Governing Body Election

School Governing Body Elections, Thursday 15 March 2018

Thursday 15 March 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: School Governing Body Elections.

Dear Parents

We are holding our Western Cape Education Department (WCED) Governing Body Elections on Thursday 15 March 2018.

It is critical we get a minimum of 220 parents (Mom and Dad count as 2) to participate in the voting process to achieve the quorum required.

To make the voting process as easy as possible, voting will take place in the foyer in two sessions:

WBHS Newsletter, Friday 2 March 2018

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Sports Roundup, Week Ending 2 March 2018

Friday 2 March 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: The mornings are slightly cooler and the financial year has come to end, a signal that we have reached the last fortnight of summer sport. With tours and derby matches wrapping up the first term 2018, one can anticipate the season going out with a bang.

The Wynberg supporters caps have arrived. Only online orders through Moodle were recorded, caps may be collected from the Student Support Desk on submission of proof of payment.

The rugby department is sourcing an affordable and efficient practice jersey. An online order form will be published to Moodle soon - while the jerseys will be available this year, they will only become compulsory kit from 2019.


Our boys competed against top athletes from Southern Zone schools in the zonal semi-final event held in Bellville. After a long day of competition, 16 of our athletes made it through to next round to form part of the Southern Zone team to take on teams from the Northern, Table Bay, and False Bay Zones for a place in the Western Province athletics team on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March at the Vygieskraal track. The Western Province team will compete at the Western Cape Championships in Paarl on the weekend of 9 March.

We wish them all the very best:

Wynberg Brothers Cycling for St Luke's Combined Hospices

Friday 2 March 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: Wynberg brothers, Dylan and Ethan Wasserfall, are gearing up their fundraising efforts for St Luke's Hospice during the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday 11 March. We wholeheartedly support the service initiatives of our Wynberg Men, and take pleasure in sharing the email we received from Zani Lamb, Head of Operations at St Luke's:

Brothers, Dylan Wasserfall (17) and Ethan Wasserfall (14), both students at Wynberg Boys' High School, will be cycling to make a difference for patients being cared for by St Luke’s Combined Hospices. Dylan and Ethan know first-hand about the work done by St Luke's through their mother who works here. From hearing their mom’s stories, and while helping with office clean up during the December holidays, they gained insight into the challenges families face when coming to St Luke’s.

By raising funds the brothers want to help ensure St Luke’s continues providing quality palliative care through assessing the physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of more than 900 patients. The brothers were especially touched by the life of Craig Brown, the son of one of their mom’s colleagues who passed away from cancer when he was 13 years old. The book written by Sue Brown about her son’s journey, ‘The Twinkling of an Eye’ gave the brothers a renewed sense of purpose to again cycle for St Luke’s Hospice.

As Ethan put’s it ‘cancer doesn’t ask your age’. Their campaign is titled ‘Brothers Doing it for Hospice’ - you can follow their progress on their Facebook page and support their efforts through their Back-a-Buddy campaign. We applaud Wynberg Boys' High School for cultivating young men with such social conscience and drive. Take care


WBHS Weekly Planner, Week Ending 11 March 2018

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Monday 5 March

10:00-10:30 Assembly (Ms)

Tuesday 6 March

11:00 English Olympiad

18:00-20:00 Hawthornden House Braai

Inter-House Swimming Gala 2018: Order of Events & School Records

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Tuesday 27 February 2018, Wynberg Boys' High School: our Inter-House Swimming Gala goes under starter's orders in the school pool at 18h00, our best wishes to our swimmers in what is likely to be the only gala of the early summer season!

Order of this evening's events, with previous record holder names and times. Good luck to all eight houses!

The Wynberg Boys' Schools' swimming pools are carefully maintained using treated borehole water #WynbergWaterWise

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WBHS Newsletter, Friday 23 February 2018

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Wynberg Old Boys' Newsletter, Thursday 22 February 2018

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In Memoriam: Vernon Wood, Wynberg Old Boy & Educator

Vernon Wood, Rest In Peace

Saturday 17 February 2018: it was with profound shock and deep sadness that the School and Wynberg Old Boys' Union learnt of the sudden passing of Old Boy, Vernon Wood, former principal of both Bergvliet High School and Bishops. Our deepest condolences to the Wood family.

Keith Richardson, former Wynberg Boys' High School Educator and Headmaster, writes:

I well remember Vernon Wood as a schoolboy at Wynberg. He threw himself with enthusiasm into all he did, had a cheery smile and made friends easily. He finished off his Wynberg career in 1977 as prop for the first rugby team as well as serving as school prefect.

It came as no surprise, when together with classmates Greg Brown and Chris Luman, also future principals, he decided to attend UCT and become a teacher. He started off his teaching career at Queens College before moving up the ranks, returning to Cape Town as a HOD at Muizenberg High School. From the beginning of his career, he impressed all with his enthusiasm for the teaching profession and his ability to relate to everyone from parents, to school management, to pupils at the school.

Crew for a Cause: Old Boys' Education Scholarship Initiative

Crew For A Cause: Wynberg Old Boys' Scholarship Initiative

Monday 19 February 2018: Wynberg Boys' High School applauds and supports the groundswell efforts of our Old Wynbergians in actively 'paying forward' the benefits and opportunities experienced at their Alma Mater. Read the story of 'Crew for a Cause', and help us to support them in opening our opportunities to prospective, deserving, Wynberg Men:

At the end of 2017, a few Wynberg Old Boys from the years 2003 and 2004 got together and launched a Non-profit Company called “Crew for a Cause” with the intention of making a difference in someone's life, and do our part to change the future for the better!

The company was set up with the idealism of “through education, we can create employment”, and with this creating as many jobs as possible, to provide self-respect, to feed families, and take a child off the street.

The criteria were clear from the start to enable a previously disadvantaged child the opportunity to go through a school like Wynberg, where we have all learnt so much. And through these criteria, we found an incredible candidate in need, and one who we believe will give back to the school and country in the future.

WBHS Newsletter, Friday 16 February 2018

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Open Microphone with Andrew Pycroft

 Thursday 22 February 2018, 19h00: our next Open Microphone welcomes ICC Match Referee Andrew Pycroft as our guest in conversation with our former Headmaster and cricket 'guru', Keith Richardson, at the Bill Bowden Pavilion.  Andrew is one of only 8 match referees to officiate at cricket games around the world. A lawyer by profession, Andrew was involved for many years with Zimbabwe cricket as a player, coach, selector, manager, and commentator. Andy was educated at Bishops and a classmate of Keith Richardson (who'll be certain to dig into Andrew's umpiring decisions!). This is certain to be an off-the-record evening not to be missed by any serious cricket enthusiast. Pre-booked tickets are available at R120 per person - a light supper will be served. Please email Carol Ramsay proof of payment to book your seat for the evening:  WOBUNedbank ConstantiaAccount number 1042307431Branch number 198765Ref: Surname/Open MicFollow Wynberg Old Boys' Union on Facebook

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