Wynberg schools look back on 181 years of history

WBHS prefect Tristan Munz, WBJS deputy head Grant Rhode, prefect Tayo Adriaan, guest Ernest Ford who was head boy at WBHS in 1954, WBJS headmaster Cedric Poleman, WBHS prefect Linga Chigona and WBHS headmaster Deon Scheepers.

Wynberg Boys’ High and Junior schools have celebrated 181 years of teaching “brothers in an endless chain”.

The unofficial motto comes from the school song written in 1984 by former Wynberg Boys’ Junior School principal Jim Goodacre.

The heritage celebrations for Wynberg Boys’ High School (WBHS) and Wynberg Boys’ Junior School (WBJS) started on Thursday August 25 with an assembly at the junior school that was live-streamed around the world and attended by old boys, prefects and principals from the four campuses of girls’ and boys’ junior and high schools.

The flag-raising ceremony was held inside the Arnold Lorie Hall this year because of rain.

Prefect Linga Chigona spoke about what makes a Wynberg man and prefect Tristan Munz spoke about his time at the school.

Guest speaker Chris Luman, a former pupil who is now headmaster of Maritzburg College, spoke about how things had changed at WBJS. “No long pants, cuts and canings until 1995, no television or computers, instead going to the cinema down the road,” he said.

WBHS held its founder’s day ceremony the following day, on Friday August 26.

Grade 7 Jiyaad Khan raised the school flag.
Wynberg Boys’ Junior School prefects recite the school’s pledge.
The school’s concert and jazz band performed Paso Flamenco and Instant Swing.
A formal picture in front of the school.
Maritzburg College headmaster Chris Luman was the guest speaker. He attended Wynberg Boys’ Junior and High schools.
Wynberg Boys’ Junior School pupils sing the school song.