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WPPS Alumni Newsletter - Term 2, June 2016
It is wonderful to have a newsletter which is packed with updates on past pupils who are doing very well in their chosen field or sport. In this edition, there appears to be an emphasis on academic achievement, both locally and internationally, which means that our old boys are doing us proud in various professions all across the globe!

We continue to share in the joy of our alumni as they get married, graduate, celebrate significant milestones and have children; and we keep the families and loved ones of alumni who have passed on in our thoughts.

A reminder that this newsletter is as much a forum for you to share your news with WPPS alumni worldwide, as it is for the school to share theirs, and we encourage you to forward any relevant news to, so that we can share it with the rest of the past and present WPPS community. The interest and enjoyment of all readers of this newsletter will be greatly enhanced by your active participation and input.

The school is currently embarking on a strategic planning process. This is so that we can confidently move forward into the future, knowing that we are addressing any concerns and also aligning the school to cope with the many changes we are currently experiencing in the world. We would like to thank all those who completed the surveys for our strategic planning. We had an excellent response with 352 parents completing the survey, 52 teachers and 215 boys from Grades 4 - 7. This will give us a very good idea of the issues that we need to look into for the future. These responses will be summarised by Sue Gardener from IQAA and these results will then be fed back to you.

The next part of the process will take part on Monday 18 July from 08:30 to 12:30. The staff, Board, parents and alumni who would like to be part of the process are invited to attend this session where we will be looking at our Vision, Mission and Values of the school. This is a very important session as it sets our goals and objectives as a school from which our strategic imperatives will then be derived with the help of our crystal ball gazing and our survey feedback. For catering purposes, please RSVP by Friday 24 June to

To all our past staff, we look forward to seeing you at the Past Staff Tea, taking place on 1 September…appropriately, Spring Day. This is always an enjoyable morning and we love welcoming you back to WPPS, so please diarise this date now.

To all our current parents, pupils and staff, we wish you a good holiday…travel safely on the roads and we hope that you get to enjoy some quality family time together.

Chris McEwen
Alumni Coordinator

Old boys, past parents and past staff are warmly invited to attend the following WPPS alumni events taking place in Term 3:

* Thursday, 18 August

* Thursday, 1 September
2011 Grade 7 Leavers’ Function

Past Staff Tea

We welcome Mr Wayne Naidoo as Deputy Head

We are very pleased to announce that Wayne Naidoo has been appointed as from the beginning of October. His wife Fiona is an Occupational Therapist and they have two little girls, Abbey and Jessie. We look forward to welcoming them to WPPS.

Farewell Ms Kudzai Ndhlala

At the end of May, we bid farewell to our Marketing Assistant, Kudzai Ndhlala, who has taken up a position in the Marketing and Admissions Department at Herschel. Kudzai has been a valued member of our Marketing team since 2011, and we wish her all the best in her new role!
We welcome the mums of the 2011 leavers back for a get-together

As is tradition, we invited the mums of the current Matric boys who left here in Grade 7 to a breakfast. The Centenary Pavilion was the perfect setting for this intimate get-together, and the mums so enjoyed being with old friends again, and the reminder of past and current bonds.

Headmaster Simon Weaver gave a presentation on how WPPS has grown in the past 5 years, and the proposed plans for the school's future. A highlight of the morning was our very own A Cappella band, Symphony 5, performing a Coldplay song for the mothers.
Margie Biggs celebrates 38 years at WPPS and a milestone birthday

On behalf of all the boys and staff at WPPS, we would like to wish Margie Biggs a very happy 60th birthday. Margie has been a loyal member of the WPPS family for 38 years and has had a hand in preparing many of the fabulous meals that come out of the school kitchen. Best wishes from all of us, Margie!
Happy 50th birthday Fenet

Staff were treated to a wonderful birthday tea to help our Foreman, Fenet Zenzile, celebrate his 50th birthday. Happy birthday Fenet, wishing you many more!
Bishop Christopher visits school

We always love it when old boys pop back to the school for a visit, so it was a lovely surprise to see past pupil Bishop Christopher Gregorowski (1952 leaver) at chapel this term. Bishop Christopher was here to donate some books to our library, which the boys have already got happily stuck into.
The Getty Learning Centre

It was wonderful to welcome our boys, their parents, current and past staff, past parents and VIPs to the opening and blessing of the Getty Learning Centre in April.

In particular, it was great to see three of our past Headmasters, Gary Skeeles, Michael Hosty and Peter Dauncey back at WPPS, as well as past Headmistress Pauline Pearce. Past Deputy Head, Alister Payne, was also present.

The weather played its part and the evening was enjoyed by all who attended. A big thanks once again to Tara and Jessica Getty, without whom this fantastic building could not have become a reality.

Old boy Denis Taylor (1937 leaver), star athlete of WPPS in the late 1930s, who celebrated 92 years on 4 June.

Peter Steyn (1949 leaver), renowned ornithologist, author and photographer of all things feathered, on his 80th birthday on 20 May.

Past Headmistress Pauline Pearce, and her husband Malcolm, who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Wishing you many more happy years together!

Simon Dyson (1994 leaver), who has been appointed as a Director of Deloitte, London, from 1 June.

Matthew Burke (2003 leaver), who has gained his MSc Chemical Engineering, with distinction, from UCT.

David Perrott (2003 leaver), whose company Gravity Ideas was recently awarded Gold at the Nudge Awards, the world’s premier behavioural science awards. The award was for a pro-bono project which Gravity Ideas undertook in 2014 with The Big Issue Cape Town in an effort to boost the sales of these micro-entrepreneurs.

Edward Sellier (2000 leaver) who has recently been selected to represent his company, Group M (the world’s largest media investment group), in Cannes at the Cannes Lions Festival for creativity. It is an eight-day programme of creative inspiration, celebration, education and networking. Edward completed his matric in 2005 and completed his tertiary education at UCT. He majored in English and did honours in Media Theory and Practice. After a stint as a journalist at Supersport, where he was the voice of the Champion’s League and the Blitz reporter behind the World Cup semi-finals, Ed headed to China to teach English and to learn Mandarin.

Louis van Zyl (2005 leaver), who, having gained a BCom Law from Stellenbosch and Post Grad Dip in Tax Law from UCT, has topped it off with an LLB with 6 distinctions from Aberdeen University in Scotland. While there, he was captain and coach of the men’s 1st water polo team, leading them to their first victory in the Celtic Universities Tournament.

Cosimo Paulucci (2005 leaver), who is currently completing his Masters in Economics at Linacre College, Oxford, where he rowed for his college, whilst brother Francesco (2008 leaver) is reading for a Business Degree with Mandarin at Stellenbosch.

Tristan Von Zahn (2004 leaver), who has been awarded a prestigious full scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, to study for an MSc in ‘Economics for Development’. Not to be outdone, his brother Thomas (2006 leaver) has completed his postgrad Honours in FAPM at UCT, and the youngest of the three brothers, Timothy (2008 leaver) is reading Psychology at Rhodes University.

Brothers Simon Haw (1992 leaver) and Chris Haw (1994 leaver), who, together with another old boy Oliver Johnston (2000), are core members of a company, “Aurora Power Solutions”, developing and implementing renewable energy projects. It is heartening to see how many of our old boys are involved in this field, finding solutions to pressing environmental issues.

Past pupil Lwazi Monakali (2011 leaver), who is well on his way to achieving his dream of representing the Springboks one day. Lwazi is the King Edward VII School (KES) first team rugby captain, and was impressive at the recent Easter rugby festival, where he led from the front as the skipper and crossed the white line four times in three matches. We look forward to seeing Lwazi in the green and gold jersey in the near future!

Glamorgan batsman and past pupil, Chris Cooke (1999 leaver), who has been rewarded for his loyalty and contribution to the club with an official county cap. Chris first played for Glamorgan’s 2nd XI in 2010 after impressing in English league cricket and has since amassed 2,378 first-class runs – including three centuries in four-day cricket.

Ryan Stoddart (2014 leaver), who has been selected for the Eastern Province U16B Hockey Team.

Matthew Pullen (2000 leaver), who is living his dream in Los Angeles, California, where he is a Senior Art Director for an ad agency and works primarily on the world-renowned Honda account.

A cherry on the cake for Matthew was landing his first Superbowl commercial within months of working in the United States. The commercial was watched by an audience numbering around 111 million people on the day, beyond the millions of views and over a billion impressions it garnered on social media in the week leading up to Superbowl Sunday.

Well done, Matthew; keep living the dream!


Congratulations to Keegan Cook (2000 leaver) on his recent marriage to Candice.

Our very best wishes to past pupil Justin Bijl (2000 leaver), who recently got engaged to Taryn Harwis. They plan to marry next April.

We extend our best wishes and congratulations to current Grade 3 teacher, Ms Lara Cameron-Dow, who married Jendrik Heyn during the April school holidays. We wish them all the best for a wonderful future together.


Congratulations to former Headmaster Michael Hosty and his wife Di on the birth of another grandchild, a granddaughter, in May.

Congratulations to Mr Philip Pringle (Head of Music) and his wife, Didi, on the birth of their second son, Harry Thomas, on Monday, 11 April.

Congratulations to past staff member, Jayson Edwards and his wife, Megan, on the birth of their first-born boy, Daniel Eric, on Wednesday, 6 April. Jayson currently works at SACS, where he teaches Mathematics to Grade Fours as well as Phys Ed to Grades One to Three. Hope you are managing to get some sleep, Jayson.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families and the loved ones of the alumni mentioned below who have recently passed on:

The death was reported recently of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Ashmore (1931 leaver), GCB DSC, at the age of 96, certainly one of the School’s most illustrious Old Boys.

Edward and his younger brother, Peter, were sons of a Royal Navy officer stationed at Simon’s Town, and, like several others, attended WPPS.  He recalls having been bullied by the ‘Afrikaner boys’ to start with, but remembers John Nettleton (VC), another of our war heroes, standing up for him.  However, he admits that the experience was valuable in ‘toughening him up’. They left in 1931 to return to England, where they attended Dartmouth Royal Naval College and passed into service with the Royal Navy not long before the outbreak of World War 2.

Edward’s naval career spanned the years 1938 to 1977, during which time he commanded many ships, and saw action in the Far East, the Baltic and in the Arctic convoys of 1942. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his involvement in the relief of Malta.  After the war, as Director of Plans for the Admiralty, he instituted the deployment of the Harrier VTOL strike aircraft on all RN aircraft carriers. He was knighted in 1971, and his RN career culminated in 1974 with his appointment as First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, and three years later as Admiral of the Fleet and Chief of the Defence Staff.

WPPS is proud of, and honours, this exceptional Old Boy.

We were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing in April of past parent, Rod Wilson. Rod was a larger than life character, and a great supporter of WPPS. Our sincere condolences to his sons Dane (2006 leaver), Jamie (2011 leaver) and wife Shayne.
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