e-newsletter  |  November 2010  
Steve Doidge
Welcome from the President
Steve Doidge, class of 1990

Since receiving the honour of president, there is one fact of Wynberg that is crystal clear. This is a school that never sleeps. Nor has, or will, its union.

With a school that remains one of the country's most important institutions, combined with a union of so many committed Old Boys, true to tradition, the "endless chain" is stronger than ever.

In this first electronic edition since Mickey stepped down after five fantastic years of service, one thing should be evident: continuity. At Wynberg the more things change, the more we rely and thrive on those things that will always remain. As the union's new president I never cease to be reminded that both myself and every committee member are part of something much larger than us. And with that in mind, we've committed to serving this union for the benefit of all its members and the school.

This newsletter will look at our recent reunions, the fantastically successful Old Boys' dinner, a taste of some of the recent achievements - and of course, an update on how our current Wynberg school boys are performing in sport and other areas that define the notion of Wynberg achievement.

Best wishes,
Steve

Brothers in the Endless Chain - Passing the Baton of Leadership
Brothers in the Endless Chain: Passing the Baton of Leadership
Garreth Bloor, class of 2005

This year Steve Doidge was elected President of the Wynberg Old Boys' Union, receiving the honour from outgoing leader, Mickey Lumb.
Old Boys' Annual Dinner 18th August 2010
Old Boys' Annual Dinner 18th August 2010
Hugh Rowles, Business Manager

The 2010 Annual Dinner was yet another successful event on the Old Boys' calendar. The evening went off very well from the welcome at the front door, superb décor and an excellent menu. The atmosphere could not have been better and was matched by good food, fun and eager conversation amongst the old boys - many of whom travelled from far and wide for the annual event.
From the New Deputy President ...
From the New Deputy President ...
Mickey Lumb, Class of 1958

A round-up on some of this year's happenings.

Founder's Day
Valedictory
Garreth Bloor, class of 2005

WOBU President Steve Doidge addressed the new Old Boys of 2010 with a speech to the matric class speech at the recent Valedictory.
Founder's Day
Founders Day
Garreth Bloor, class of 2005

Once again, Wynberg's boys and Old Boys joined parents and teachers in celebrating the Wynberg legacy.
Hugh's Corner: A Message from the WOBU Business Manager
Hugh's Corner: A Message from the WOBU Business Manager
Hugh Rowles, Business Manager

I was honoured to be appointed as Business Manager of the Old Boys' Union at the beginning of 2009. My duties includes managing the day to day activities of the Old Boys' Union.
Future of UCT Rugby Lies with Wynberg's Michael Botha
Future of UCT Rugby Lies with Wynberg's Michael Botha
Sean Aldridge, Class of 2008 (headboy)

Michael Botha is an Old Wynberg Boy who recently won the coveted UCT Under 20 Player of the year award at the Ikeys Players Dinner 2010.
1960 Matrics' 50th Re-union Celebrations
1960 Matrics' 50th Re-union Celebrations
Rob Lumb, class of 1960

The 1960 Matric class celebrated its 50th Anniversary in style over Founders Week August 17 to 21, 2010. In many cases we were seeing one another for the first time in 50 years.
1960 Matrics' 50th Re-union Celebrations
Class of 1990: All the (WOBU) President's Men
Stephen D'Alton, class of 1990

On the 17th of August 2010 a group of fine "young" men descended on Pastis Restaraunt in Constantia for a school reunion.
2005: Only Half a Decade, But a Record Attendance
2005: Only Half a Decade, But a Record Attendance
Garreth Bloor, class of 2005

For a class only half a decade out of school, the 2005 reunion had the feeling of a "just yesterday" and an attendance that is rumored to have outdone any reunion in recent years. With one old boy flying in from Johannesburg just to be there, only five could not make it, expressing their sadness on the walls of Facebook.
2005: Only Half a Decade, But a Record Attendance
Inside the heart of the Union
Darren Maree (Class of 2007)

Behind the walls of the Wynberg Old Boys' meetings - a younger old boy's perspective shows relatively new members have a home at the union. And a great role to play.
Wynberg Heritage: Patriotism to Professionalism - Old Boys in the Forces
Chris Merrington, class of 1979 ( Wynberg Social Media Manager)

The recently relocated School Museum has at its core a clear celebration of the living history of Wynberg. With this inspiration, setting up of The Wynberg Heritage Page on Facebook was an exercise in taking this 'celebration' to an online generation eagerly embracing the interaction of social media.
Daphne Jubber Production 'Roots and Shoots'
Chris Merrington, class of 1979

Calling all past pupils of Wynberg Boys' and Wynberg Girls' High Schools!

If you have had any involvement in the musical and drama productions at these schools in the past and wish to recapture the fun and satisfaction of being involved in the rich cultural heritage - please reply urgently.
In Memoriam: We Pause to Remember
Chris Merrington, class of 1979

During 2009 and 2010 the Union and our Schools are the poorer for the loss of...
Rüger Rides: Old Boys' Motorcycle Odyssey
Rüger Rides: Old Boys' Motorcycle Odyssey
Chris Merrington, class of 1979

New Year's Day is not when most old boys would choose an early morning, let alone the start of a solo motorcyle trek heading 'Cape to Cairo'.

Wynberg Sports
Wynberg Sports
Garreth Bloor, class of 2005

Wynberg beat SACS once again. On 5th June 2010, Wynberg competed in the annual Classic Clash against SACS. Wynberg, who have had a slow start to the season and have struggled to gain momentum, put their heads down and grinded their way to a hard-fought victory, winning 22-11. Well done to the first team!!
Wynberg Heritage 45 years on: representatives of 'new Headmaster'
Headmaster's Message
Keith Richardson, Headmaster

2010 is a year all South African's will remember. Like Mandela's inauguration, like the Rugby World Cup in 1995, we South Africans revelled in the joys of walking down a fan walk, basking in the noise of a stadium and dressing up in gold and green.
Wynberg Boys' Junior - Recent Highlights
Wynberg Boys' Junior - Recent Highlights
Chris Hart, Headmaster WBJS

All parents are on 'sms web' and can be contacted at short notice in the event of changes to the daily programme, or reminded of forthcoming events. The "School Communicator" programme (a "mini- website") is updated weekly and carries current school news and the school programme. This is a subscriber-only site. The school website will now only be updated twice a year and will not carry news of current events.
Wynberg Heritage 45 years on: representatives of 'new Headmaster'
Wynberg Heritage 45 years on: representatives of 'new Headmaster'
Chris Merrington, class of 1979

Neville Blackbeard's first matric class at Wynberg Boys' High gathered together for a braai and a social glass-raising to their old alma mater on Friday 29 October 2010.
WOBU Gauteng branch dinner 2010
WOBU Gauteng Branch Dinner 2010
Craig Hyman, class of 1992

As a relatively new comer to organising the annual dinner, when compared to the tenure of the two Steve's, I had a few worries about the 2010 dinner running smoothly and ensuring that all present had a good time. Looking back at the evening that was there was no basis for those fears.
THE BILL BOWDEN PAVILION
The Bill Bowden Pavilion
Glenda Martindale

Many Old Boys know the Bill Bowden Pavilion, having visited during Rugby Matches or prior to or after the Old Boys' Dinner.

However, you may not know what happens here throughout the year.
Garreth BloorWelcome from the Editor:
Garreth Bloor,
class of 2005


If there is one challenge that comes with editing an Old Boys' newsletter, it's what to do with a seemingly endless supply of news. Add to that, the number of things thousands of fantastic individual Wynberg Old Boys are doing at home and abroad. Sometimes, much of it goes undetected by the union for a while. Consider this a plea to keep us at the Bill Bowden in the loop.

In the start of things to come, here we are attempting to take just a few highlights and pack them into our first electronic newsletter. If there is something we have left out, let us know. There is nothing more the committee enjoys than receiving news from our fellow members.

Though a product of the committee, this newsletter belongs to every old boy in the union. Make it your own. Send us recommendations, the types of stories you want covered, anecdotes and the like. And of course keep us updated, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

With old boys excelling as I saw during a recent trip to a top UK medical institute, our Wynberg Old Boys are leading the way in so many fields; doing as much alongside a commitment to their professions, their families and of course, to their union.

Here is to every Old Boy. Enjoy this edition and don't hesitate to contact us: editor@wbhs.org.za.

All the best,
Garreth

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Union Officials:

Union Business Manager
Hugh Rowles
Tel: 021 797 2101
Email: hrowles@wbhs.org.za

Manager Bill Bowden Pavilion:
Glenda Martindale
Tel: 021 797 2100
Email: gmartindale@wbhs.org.za

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