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What a memorable first term of centenary celebrations! Following on from the superb Founders’ Day commemoration in February, the centenary weekend was finally upon us with another hugely successful Fun Night, and golf at Steenberg Golf Estate for visiting alumni.

The highlight of the weekend was the auspicious black tie gala banquet held on the Saturday evening. It was a wonderful gathering, with great representation from all eras and sectors of the WPPS community.

Preparations are well under way for the WPPS Centenary Rugby Festival, which is not to be missed, taking place from 25–28 April. Twelve junior schools from around the country will be represented and we anticipate some exciting school rugby. Food and refreshments will be on sale. We look forward to your support.

Please also diarise the Old Boys’ Reunion, Friday, 15 August. Many alumni were disappointed to have missed out on tickets for the banquet, so we really encourage everyone to join us for this special occasion.

A reminder also of our centenary pathway campaign. A big thank you to everyone who has already bought bricks. If you haven’t done so yet, please support us with this initiative. More information can be found on the centenary website

Gary Skeeles
Centenary Coordinator
A reminder that we have a range of exclusive centenary memorabilia available to purchase. This can be purchased from the school tuck shop on a Friday afternoon or from the school office daily.

   CENTENARY EVENTS 2014: Term 2

WPPS Centenary Rugby Festival
25 – 28 April
2009 Matric Mothers’ Lunch
29 May
Past Staff Tea
4 June 

   WPPS Centenary Music Concert – City Hall
The music department will be putting on a special centenary music concert in the City Hall on the evening of Tuesday, 30 September. The concert will end with a few massed orchestra items. We would like to have some old boys take part in this. Please contact Philip Pringle (Head of Music) at if you would like to take part. You will need to be available to attend rehearsals on Sunday, 28 September, from 16.30 – 18.00 and on Monday, 29 September, from 19.00 – 20.30. We are mostly looking for string and wind players. Musicians need to be of a Grade 5 level or above, must have their own instrument, and still be actively playing.

What started as a grey and overcast morning soon gave way to a beautiful sunny day… perfect for our annual Fun Night celebrations. The WPPS community and friends joined us from far and near, resulting in one of the biggest turnouts we have ever had. From tombola, jumping castles, and a variety of delicious food stalls, to the much anticipated disco for the Grade 7s… there was something for all ages. An incredible amount of just over R250 000 was raised! Thank you for your support. We are very appreciative of all the sponsorship and donations of goods, as well as our parents’ time on the night ensuring that everything ran smoothly.


There were a number of old boys in town for the centenary weekend, some having travelled from as far afield as Australia and the United Kingdom. Many joined our current parents and staff for a round of golf at the picturesque Steenberg Golf Estate on Human Rights Day. This was followed by drinks in the bar and fond recollections of days spent at Wetpups. A big thank you to all the old boys who joined us, and to Steenberg for hosting the event. .

What a truly memorable evening - 350 guests, young and old, past and current parents and staff, old boys as well as honoured guests were treated to a very special night.

Headmaster Mr Michael Hosty used the opportunity to thank everyone involved in the centenary campaign. A special mention was made of old boy and current parent, Mike Kirsten, who has spearheaded the campaign and been the driving force behind its remarkable success. Mr Hosty also proudly announced that to date an amazing amount of R35 million has been pledged through the centenary fundraising efforts.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the evening was the presentation given by guest speaker, Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Sir Ranulph, or “Ran” as he likes to be called, is an old boy currently living in the United Kingdom. When approached last year to see if he would be willing to join us as our guest speaker for this prestigious event, he was only too happy to oblige and gave generously of his time.

Sir Ranulph entertained and enthralled the guests with his life story; a story which can only be described as nothing short of amazing. What he has achieved, both personally and in aid of charity, is absolutely incredible and a motivation for all of us to set goals and never to give up, no matter the odds.

Past parent, Bully Charton, auctioned off five incredible items, all of which were generously donated by members of our WPPS community. An amount of R145 000 was raised, which will go to the Centenary Foundation Trust Fund.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the evening.

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Past and present staff joined us for an informal get-together with past Afrikaans teacher, Basha Rick. Basha taught at WPPS from 1986-2006 before moving to Israel. She and her husband, Basil, were visiting Cape Town and they took the opportunity to come back and visit the school. A delightful evening was held in the centenary pavilion and Basha fondly reminisced about her time spent at WPPS and the wonderful people she met while she was here. We wish Basha and Basil a safe trip back to Israel and look forward to their next visit.

We warmly invite you to the WPPS Centenary Rugby Festival. Twelve junior schools from around the country will be participating. We may see a glimpse of future provincial and national rugby talent; at the very least we are guaranteed to witness a series of competitive matches, inspiring displays of sportsmanship and memorable encounters both on and off the pitch.

The festival runs from Saturday 26 April to Monday 28 April, with all games played on the Mount Royal field. Food and refreshments will be on sale.

Sat Matches
11.00 Highbury WPPS
12.00 Sweet Valley Merchiston
13.00 Rondebosch Trinityhouse
14.00 Wynberg Bishops
15.00 Grey SACS
16.00 Selborne Durban Prep
Sun Matches
11.00 SACS Merchiston
12.00 Sweet Valley Trinityhouse
13.00 Durban Prep Wynberg
14.00 Rondebosch Highbury
15.00 Selborne Bishops
16.00 Grey WPPS
Mon Matches
8.00 Rondebosch Sweet Valley
9.00 Selborne SACS
10.00 Grey Durban Prep
11.00 Bishops Highbury
12.00 Wynberg Trinityhouse
13.00 WPPS Merchiston
14.00 Festival closes

We are still looking for sponsorship for various items required for the festival, such as boys’ kit, rugby programme etc. If you or your company would be interested in this great branding opportunity, please contact Caron Perrott, or 021 761 8074.


Calling all past pupils and past staff. Please diarise the evening of Friday, 15 August, for a reunion. This will take place in the school hall and should not be missed!

Good food, fine company, and an entertaining guest speaker are guaranteed.

We will be encouraging all year groups to organise a table. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get together, reconnect with friends and school mates, and all in all just have a fine time!

If you would like to assist us in co-ordinating your year group, please email Mrs Chris McEwen at

Visits from Old Boys

Old boy, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, featured on our legends wall in the Centenary
Pavilion, visited the school on his recent brief visit to Cape Town. Here he is
seen signing the Centenary Book in the pavilion.
Mr Peter Hutchinson, son of founder Raymond Hutchinson, also came back to the school for a visit recently and is photographed here in the Mount Royal building.
Grade 3 Blazer Ceremony

The annual blazer ceremony for our Grade 3 boys was held on Friday, 11 April. In what has become a highlight on the school calendar for the Grade 3s, a special assembly, attended by the Grade 3 parents was held. Here the current Grade 7 boys hand the Grade 3s their school blazers, which they then get to wear for the first time. The housemasters also handed out special house ties to the Grade 7s which may be worn on Fridays.

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