Inter-house competition continues to thrive at Wynberg Boys’ High School with house points awarded for activities across all four of the School’s pillars. The coveted Friedlander Shield is awarded annually in October to the top house at the Matric Prize Giving during the Valedictory Service.
History of the Friedlander Shield
The Shield was presented by the Friedlander family in December 1944 in memory of their son and brother, Cecil Arnold, the first of our Wynberg Old Boys to lose his life in action during World War II. First contested in 1945 between the four original School houses, 2020 sees the 75th Friedlander Shield competition between the eight houses of Wynberg across our four pillars: Academics, Sport, Culture and Service.
Cecil, son of Alfred and Margaret Friedlander, matriculated in 1928. Graduating from UCT with a B.A. LLB, he was called to the Bar in Cape Town, served his Articles of Clerkship and was admitted as an Attorney. When war broke out he enlisted in the artillery but later transferred to the South African Naval Forces as an Able Seaman. Volunteering for service craft, he was sent to the Mediterranean and posted to HMSAS (His Majesty’s South African Ship) Southern Floe, going down with her when she [was lost, presumably to a mine, … the ship being blown from the water near Tobruk on the night*] of 10 February 1941.
Cecil was the brother of the late Old Boy Alderman Richard “Dick” Friedlander, a former Mayor of Cape Town, who like their father Alfred, served as chairman of the School Board of Governors. The Friedlander family were cousins to Arnold Lorie, the first headmaster of the independent Wynberg Boys’ Junior School.
* Source: www.defenceweb.co.za, Book Review, “Official History of the SANF during WW2”
Inga Halu, Littlewood House Prefect, receives the Friedlander Shield at Matric Prize Giving, Friday 12 October 2018