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WPPS Alumni Newsletter - Term 2, June 2015
Welcome to the second edition of our alumni newsletter. It’s hard to believe that we find ourselves half way through another year, two terms down, and two to go.

Thank you for the positive feedback which we received for our revised newsletter, which went out in the first term. It is great to know that we are on the right track with regards to sharing information with our past and present school community. Please continue to forward any relevant news to me at, so that we can share it with the rest of the past and present WPPS community.

It is with great excitement that we announce the start of the next Centenary project. We are thrilled that Innes Projects last week begun construction of the new Eden Road academic block. This is the next phase in the Centenary Vision, with the completed phases being the Centenary Pavilion, Centenary Pathway and the Aquatic Centre.

New, state-of-the-art classrooms, library and an art room will have a massive impact on the school as a whole. The construction of this building also marks the start of the next project, which will be the installation of an AstroTurf on the Dauncey Field, between the new building and the King Block (named after Judge King).

For more information on the above projects, please continue to read further down in the newsletter.

On a sadder note, on Friday, 12th June, we bid farewell to one of the school’s legends, Judge Edwin King. His memorial service was held at Christ Church, Kenilworth, and our chamber choir sang two pieces. It was fitting to have the school represented at this memorial, as WPPS held a very special place in Judge King’s heart and he gave much back to the school. His involvement with WPPS, as an old boy, parent, governor and chairman of the board, spanned decades. He allowed WPPS to be at the forefront of transformation in prep schools in this country.

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
Centenary Administrator
Old Boys, past parents and past staff are warmly invited to attend the following WPPS alumni events. Further information can also be found on the alumni website

* Thursday, 13 August  
* Thursday, 20 August
* Friday, 11 September
Past Staff Tea
2010 Matric Leavers’ Reunion
Alumni Dinner with guest speaker
Bursary Endowment Fund
WPPS strongly acknowledges the importance of diverse leaders within our society. It is critical for young men to understand, tolerate and work in unity with people of different backgrounds. Our bursary campaign aims to develop such young men by rewarding talent, nurturing diversity and ensuring sustainability.

The Fund Charter seeks to:
  • Identify, and offer bursaries to, a variety of deserving students who, through their potential, skills and attitude, can contribute positively to the school environment.
  • Enrich and develop a diverse culture by including such candidates.
  • Mentor and develop the bursary students and acquaint them with the vast opportunities on offer at WPPS.
  • Continue the development of these boys as future leaders and positive contributors to society, by providing an introduction and opportunity to continue at leading high schools.
  • Develop a specific bursary endowment fund capable of funding deserving bursary boys, through a reliable ongoing source of income.
As a company, there are a number of benefits of contributing to the Fund, or sponsoring a student, including a tax deduction and being eligible for BEE points.

We also encourage, if you wish, that the company takes a personal interest in the student they sponsor, and develops a “mentor” style relationship with them, which is hugely rewarding and beneficial to both parties.

If you are interested in contributing to the Bursary Fund, or would like to receive more information on becoming involved, please email Gary Skeeles at

Completed Centenary Projects: The Centenary Pavilion, The Centenary Pathway and the Aquatic Centre

New Eden Road Academic block – classrooms, library and art room

AstroTurf on the Dauncey Field, between the new building and the King Block

Next term we will be launching an exciting fundraising initiative in aid of the installation of an AstroTurf on the Dauncey Field. This is a hugely exciting project for the school and we call on our whole school community, both past and present, to get behind and support this venture.

Farewell to Mrs Susanna James

At the end of this term, we bid farewell to Grade 2 teacher, Susanna James. Susanna has accepted a post at Highbury Prep in KZN, to start in Term 3. Her decision to move to KZN was motivated by the need to be closer to Pietermaritzburg, where her husband is the race director for the Comrades Marathon.

Susanna has been a member of staff at WPPS since 2009, and has been an incredible servant to the school. She is a dedicated and passionate teacher, and she will be sorely missed. We wish Susanna all the very best in this exciting new chapter of her life, and ask that she please pop in to say hi when she is visiting Cape Town!
Congratulations to Mr Leon Heavyside

It is with much sadness that we said good-bye to Leon, who has contributed so much to WPPS over the last nine years, as he has left us to take up a new position at Plumstead Primary School. Leon began his journey at WPPS as a security officer in 2006. He was quickly identified as a young man with much potential, and was incorporated into the WPPS Future Teachers’ Academy. He obtained his matric, and completed his four-year BPrimEd degree, with a number of distinctions along the way. He has been fully involved in cricket, rugby and IT lessons and, more recently, has been teaching Afrikaans in Grade 2. At the same time, we are delighted with the opportunity that he now has and are exceptionally confident that he will enjoy much success. Leon is a quiet, thoughtful, respectful gentleman with the utmost integrity. He is a resounding success story for our Student Programme. We could not be prouder. We wish him all the best, and know he will always stay close to us.
Past staff return for unveiling of new portrait

It was wonderful to welcome some past staff back to school. Mr Peter Dauncey, past headmaster, brought the nephew of Dorothy St Hill (after whom the library is named) for a tour of the school, and Mrs Wickens, her daughter Patty, and Malcolm and Pauline Pearce were here for the unveiling of the new portrait of past headmaster, Mr Roger Wickens.
2010 Leavers’ Mothers Lunch, 10 June 2015

It was lovely to welcome the 2010 leavers' mothers back to WPPS for a luncheon and talk by guest speaker, Deborah Kirsten. The Centenary Pavilion was the perfect setting for this intimate get-together, and the mums so enjoyed being with old friends again. A big thank you to everyone who attended and to Deborah for her inspiring talk!
Success on the rugby pitch this term

A great feat saw U11A, U12A and U13A rugby sides beating Bishops, SACS and Rondebosch this term! Congratulations to all the boys, staff and coaches involved, and thank you to everyone who came to support our boys at the various matches.
Old boy Rupert Bryant (1998 leaver) who is one of six young South African entrepreneurs who have made it onto the Forbes Africa list of most promising entrepreneurs to watch under 30.

Rupert left high school in 2000 at the age of fourteen, and founded his own small IT Company, ISP Web Africa, specialising in web design and web hosting. In 2014, Bryant relaunched Accommodation Direct; an online tourism business that specializes in short-term accommodation rentals.

Rupert lists Mark Shuttleworth, another Wetpups old boy, as one of his role models.

A fantastic achievement Rupert, and a great inspiration for all our young aspiring entrepreneurs.

Roy Ferguson (1996 leaver) who is working for De Loitte in New York, and is one of many of our old boys who are making their mark in the USA.

Brother Stuart Ferguson (1999 leaver), who has just graduated with an MBA from Harvard where he was a Baker Scholar, one of the top 5% of 900 students. Stuart is coming back to Johannesburg to work with Black Rhino, a US private equities company implementing energy solutions in underdeveloped countries in Africa.

Daniele Beiber (1997 leaver) who gained his PhD in London recently, and to Neil Balchin (1997 leaver) who has just gained his PhD at UCT.

Old boy Brandon Salomo (2010 leaver). Brandon is currently in Grade 12 at Bishops and has been selected for the Western Province Craven Week team. A proud moment for mom, Martha, and Brandon...may this be the start of many rugby accolades.

Old boy Lwazi Monokali, (2011 Leaver) who has been selected for Golden Lions Craven Week team.

Past pupil Glenn Yates (2012 leaver) who has been selected for the South African National U16 Squash team, which toured Hong Kong and Malaysia recently. Glenn has been ranked South African number 1. Well done, Glenn, on a super achievement.

Old boy Marco Titus (2005 leaver) who is currently appearing as Nanki-Poo in the production of The Mikado at the Artscape Theatre. Furthermore, Marco has been invited to Helsinki to perform as a soloist in the 2016 Strauss Concerts with the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra at the Finlandia Hall.

In Marco's own words, his love and passion for acting and singing started right here at WPPS when he played the part of Tom Sawyer in the school play!

Marco has also been selected as one of six fellows for the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF). MMUF is the centrepiece of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's initiatives to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of institutions of higher learning.

What an amazing list of accomplishments...congratulations, Marco, we wish you continued success with your amazing talent.

Old boy David Perrott (2003 leaver) is making ground breaking strides and changing the marketing game in South Africa with his business Gravity Behavioural Change Agency, and was recently interviewed on

Ryan Macwilliam (1997) is being married in July to his American fiancé whom he met while at Harvard. A number of his old WPPS classmates are flying to Buffalo for the wedding. We have been promised a photograph! Ryan is working with a finance company in London.  Congratulations and best wishes for a wonderful future together.

We extend our best wishes and congratulations to old boy Gary Brockman (1966 leaver), who got married to Sue van Noort on Saturday, 28th March, on Rottnest Island, off the coast of Western Australia. Fellow WPPS old boy Nick Athineos (1967 leaver) also attended the celebrations.

Congratulations to Ryan Powter (1997 leaver) and his wife, who are expecting their first baby in August.

Also expecting their first child in July are Matt Biden (1996 leaver) and his wife Rosemary.

Congratulations to Simon Mandy and his wife Jo-Anne, whose son, Murray, was born recently.

Best wishes to Chris Price (1996 leaver) and his wife, Leigh-Anne, on the birth of their second child, a son.

John Eloff (1996 leaver) and his wife welcomed their first baby in May. Grandad John and Granny Cynthia (Board member 1995-2003) are delighted!

To Simon Haw (1992 leaver) and Aurelie, who welcomed a son on June 1st.

To Chris Haw (1994 leaver) and Dzvinka, a son, Michael, on April 2nd, a brother for Kivi.

We hope all these boys are entered for WPPS!
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families and the loved ones of the old boys mentioned below who have recently passed on:

Judge Edwin King (1942 leaver) – Judge Edwin King passed away peacefully at home on 28th May after a long illness.

Edwin King started as a boarder at WPPS in 1936, aged six. He had very happy memories of his time at prep school and went on to St Andrew’s in 1943. He studied law at UCT and after practising as an advocate for 30 years became a judge. He served as a judge for 15 years, two of them as Judge President of the Cape.

He was an outspoken opponent of apartheid laws and appeared in many cases on behalf of anti-government organisations. He served under five archbishops as chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town, during which time he was able to assist them in their opposition to some of the offensive laws of the time.

He joined the Board of Governors of WPPS in 1972, becoming chairman in 1973, a position that he held until his retirement in 2001.

Together with John Bridgman, another Board member, he put pressure on the Church to take a lead in opening church schools to pupils of all races. He saw the exclusion of children on grounds of race to be in direct conflict with Christian beliefs He asked that all other private schools should be informed of the stand that WPPS was taking. Thanks to these efforts, in 1978, WPPS became the first independent prep school to admit boys from other races.

Edwin King made a significant contribution to Western Province Prep School.  He always took a great interest in the welfare of the boys and all the staff. The school was fortunate to have his wise counsel for so many years, particularly in the troubled times of the 70s. He really lived out the school motto; as he once wrote: “I have been true to myself and to what I believe in”.

Our sincere sympathy goes to Estelle and to all his family.

Frank Lown - We were saddened to hear of the passing of Frank Lown on April 30th. Frank was a wonderful support to Hilary during her 32 years teaching at WPPS and a good friend of the school family. Our sincere sympathy goes to Hilary and her family.

Timothy King (1985 leaver) - It is with much sadness that we heard of the passing of Timothy King, who passed away on 4 March 2015, in Melbourne. He leaves behind a five-year-old son, and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
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