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After a relatively quiet second term in terms of centenary events, the momentum has picked up these last few months.

We started off at the beginning of August with the Centenary House Plays, in which all the Grade 7 boys took part. Former head Pauline Pearce wrote four short plays based on true Wetpups stories. Congratulations to Lasbrey for winning the coveted trophy! Directed by teachers Stef du Bruyn and Kaylene Henriques, the play, Home From Home, was themed around the myth (or not....) of the "Grey Lady", the legendary school ghost. A fantastic evening’s entertainment was had by special guests and the Grade 7 parents and family members. Well done to all involved!

The annual school inter-house Cross Country takes place at Klein Constantia on Saturday, 20 September. This year there will be a 4km Old Boys' race taking place at 10.00, please do come along and take part in this fun event!

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 3

Cross Country, Klein Constantia
20 September  

Centenary Music Concert, City Hall
30 September

The highlight of this term will, no doubt, be the Centenary Music Concert, which is taking place on Tuesday, 30 September, at the Cape Town City Hall. This promises to be a sensational and memorable evening of music for the whole family. All boys from Grades 3 to 7, and many Grade 2 choir boys, will be participating. All the information about ticket prices and booking details is available further down in the newsletter. This will be a wonderful family event, and we hope to see all our current parents, grandparents and alumni there.

Please also find below a document which aims to give clarity and transparency to the Vision and Strategy behind the fundraising efforts of the Centenary Campaign.

Gary Skeeles
Centenary Coordinator

We have had a number of requests for more detail on the highly successful fundraising campaign that has taken place over the last 3-4 years. Below is an outline of the various pledges received. Once again, we are incredibly grateful to everyone in our community for the tremendous support.
The Centenary Pavilion is a successfully completed project, while the new Eden Road Academic Block and the Specific Land and Building Acquisitions are in the planning stages; a number of the pledges committed have been split over the next 2-5 years.

In line with the overall vison, which was highlighted in the Centenary Trust documentation, donors have options of selecting areas to which to apportion their contributions. A number of these specific areas are long-term endowment structures that we hope to build up over time. Others, such as the Aquatic Centre, are more short-term investments areas, where spending is already taking place. Below is a breakdown of the specific areas of donation within the Cash Received segment.

We are incredibly grateful to the 56 parents and old boys who have so generously supported the specific key areas of donations. Your contributions have been critical in allowing this campaign to gather the vital momentum required.

The Centenary Pathway is the final project still underway. We have sold 161 bricks to date and the path will be unveiled at prize giving this year. We believe this path will be a fantastic legacy for many boys and a talking point of return trips to WPPS for many years.

For more information on the WPPS Centenary Foundation Trust Fund vision, please visit the WPPS Centenary website –



Despite the recent rain, the Aquatic Centre is progressing well, with the completion date still on track for mid-November. Further information regarding the official launch of the new pool will be made available closer to the time.

Thank you to all the old boys, past parents and past staff for joining us at the Old Boys’ dinner which took place in the Stansbury Hall mid-August. Over 120 alumni joined us for the occasion, and we can truly classify this dinner as the first “real” old boys dinner.

It was a superb evening, with great food, wonderful company and a truly inspirational speaker. Old boy, David Grier’s talk, delivered in a relaxed, yet humorous and enthusiastic manner, was one of the most inspiring, motivational and thought-provoking ones we have heard for a long time. Anyone wishing to find out more about David’s projects, click on the following link

We look forward to this event gaining momentum and becoming an annual event.

A reminder should you come across old boys who are not on our database or receiving correspondence from us, please put them in touch with Chris McEwen

It was wonderful to welcome the 2009 Grade 7 leavers and their parents back to the school for a reunion on Wednesday, 20 August. A lovely evening of catching up and reminiscing was had in the Centenary Pavilion. Winner of the Old Boy's Prize, Max Linley, had everyone laughing with stories of the special times the boys shared together at Wetpups. Thank you to everyone who attended, and good luck to all the matric boys with their exams.


“...a thorough, readable, balanced, honest narrative, with its centre of both gravity and levity so fittingly placed on the people portrayed.”

“ This is a work that will become cornerstone, guide book and benchmark and nourishment for the future of a wonderful and lively educational institution.”

“ A lovely work of art ... I like the format particularly, and the obvious enthusiasm of the authors for the subject”.

“It describes and encapsulates so eloquently those  lovely years of my life.”

“An outstanding and thrilling publication........ an atmosphere of warmth and humour throughout....... a glorious book”.

Old boy James Thompson (1993-1997) made rowing history on Saturday, 30 August, when together with John Smith, claimed first place in the lightweight men's double sculls at the World Rowing Championships in the Netherlands. Their time was the best result in history at the global event by a South African crew, and is a new world record. Congratulations, James, we are very proud of your achievements!

We were delighted to welcome old boy Peter McMorland (1955-1959), who lives in Scotland, back to Wetpups for a visit. Peter left before the buildings of the 60s went up, so the only familiar places to him were Mount Royal and the cricket field! Peter was captain of cricket at WPPS, and is still the only boy to have held all five cricketing awards in the same year. He went on to captain Bishops first XI.
It is with sadness that we report the death of WPPS Old Boy Bishop David Russell. David was a courageous and compassionate man whose life ‘made a difference’ to many otherwise voiceless people during the apartheid years.

David was ordained as a priest in 1965, and in 2011 he was deservedly awarded The Order of the Baobab, Silver “for his contribution and commitment to opposing the apartheid system…to ensure that South Africa became a democratic society”.

David is survived by his wife and two sons, to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.

A reminder to all alumni to please share your news by emailing You can also connect with us online or click here to visit the Western Province Preparatory School Alumni Facebook Page


Our rugby season has come to an end. Well done and thank you to the boys, their parents and the teachers for their commitment and enthusiasm this season.

Herewith a great slideshow summary and YouTube clip, compiled by Thomas Turck, entitled “WPPS: Reflection of Rugby – Class of 2014, which gives a lovely overview of the season:

One-to-One Event

Boys and staff participated in the annual One-to-One event, held at the Good Hope Centre. Old boys who have participated over the years will recall that One-to-One now caters for approximately three thousand children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.

We were delighted to be awarded the One-to-One trophy for the best stall. This belongs to the whole school as every member of our WPPS family contributed to the success of the day by bringing, sorting and packing the gifts.

Thank you, everyone, for making this day such a special and memorable one for all involved.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

On behalf of Western Province Preparatory School, Mr Michael Hosty (headmaster) and Mr Gary Skeeles and Mr Alister Payne (deputies), took on the Ice Bucket Challenge set by Wynberg Boys’ Junior School. We have passed the challenge on to St Andrew's Prep and College!

Our donation will go to the J9 Foundation.

Watch it on YouTube:

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