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WPPS Alumni Newsletter - Term 4, December 2015
As I sit here writing the final newsletter for the year, it is a good time to reflect on the year gone by. After the busy 2014 we had due to the Centenary, we decided this year to place more emphasis on communication and relationship building with our alumni, rather than filling the calendar with events.

We also downscaled on our fundraising projects, as we were well aware that many people were suffering from “donor fatigue”. Saying that, in order to keep up with our projects, we do need your continued assistance with giving. All boys currently at WPPS are enjoying the fruits of the generosity of those who have already given. However, we are at a stage where we need to ensure the sustainability of what we have achieved over the last few years. We need to continue to build on the generosity and success of the Centenary Campaign for the benefit of future generations of WPPS boys.

There are several ways that you can give. Donations can be made in the following ways:
  • Cash donation can be made to the Centenary Foundation Trust
  • Direct deposit in the Centenary Foundation Trust account
  • Cheque made out to the Centenary Foundation Trust
  • To the Bursary Endowment Fund - this allows deserving recipients to attend WPPS. Bursary donations provide incremental income to funds already available for bursaries
  • A bequest is an effective way to make a planned donation and lessen the burden of taxes on your family and on your estate. Please consult your legal adviser before drafting a new will or updating an existing one
  • Bonds, shares, life insurance policies, real estate, and other securities may also be donated or bequeathed to the Centenary Foundation Trust
  • Gifts-in-kind include a variety of goods and services which can be donated to the school (e.g. professional fees, building material, computer equipment, etc.)
The Centenary Foundation Trust has Section 18A status as a Public Benefit Organisation. Donations are tax deductible in terms of Section 18A (1) (a) of the Income Tax Act No 58 of 1962 as amended.

If you are interested in receiving more information on any of the above donation options, please email our Business Manager, Juliana Dreyer, at

It would be remiss for me not to use this opportunity and platform to include a farewell message to Gary Skeeles, Headmaster and Centenary Coordinator, who leaves us at the end of the year to take up the position of Principal of Rhenish Primary School in Stellenbosch. Gary was instrumental in his vision for and commitment to the Centenary Foundation Trust, and the subsequent projects and events. His drive, commitment, positive energy and passion for WPPS played a massive role in the success of the Centenary year, and the enviable amount of funds raised.

Gary, on behalf of all our alumni, we wish you the very best as you embark on this exciting new chapter. May you continue to enjoy your life to the fullest and achieve greater heights in your career. The greater WPPS family will sorely miss you! On a brighter note, you now become a past staff member and alumni, and we look forward to seeing you back next year at our alumni functions!

Speaking of which, our first function for 2016 will take place early on in the year, on Friday 26 February. This will be an informal get-together, a “chop ‘n’ dop”. More details will follow in the New Year.

Wishing you the best during this joyful season. I hope your holidays are filled with festivities and plenty of merry enjoyment.

See you all in 2016!

Chris McEwen
Centenary Administrator
Old Boys, past parents and past staff are warmly invited to attend the following WPPS alumni events:
* Friday, 26 February Alumni Braai, Centenary Pavilion/Mount Royal Field

Centenary Foundation Trust
Centenary Project update…
Finally, the roof is going onto the new Grade 2 block! The classrooms are still on track to be ready for our current Grade 1 boys on 13 January 2016, with the Art and Library opening within the first few weeks of term. The proposed Astro-Turf has been put on hold. Instead, the Dauncey Field will be levelled and extended to a more conventionally shaped grass field by the start of the year. We hope the grass covering will take quickly, and be operational in its entirety by the end of the first term.

This is going to add tremendous value to the school. Exciting times!


Farewell to Mr Glenn Jones and Mr Lusenathi Ham

At the end of this term, we bid farewell to Glenn Jones. Glenn gets married in January. He and his new wife, Nadia, will spend six months running the family lodge in Lesotho before moving to an overseas teaching position in September next year. Exciting times for Glenn and Nadia, though he will be sorely missed for his cutting-edge and passionate IT knowledge, and his significant expertise on the sportsfield. We wish Glenn all the best in this wonderful new chapter of his life.

Lusenathi Ham has been one of the success stories of our Teachers’ Academy.  Mr Ham, as he is affectionately known by staff, started with us in 2009 and has become a firm favourite with the boys and staff, both in the classroom and on the sports field. Ham graduates at the end of the year and leaves us to pursue new adventures. We will miss his larger than life personality!

It is with sadness that we also say goodbye to Loren Bowen (Music Teacher), Zine Dwane (Intern Teacher) and Claudia Farrugia (Intern Teacher) who are leaving us at the end of this term. We wish them all the best in the new chapter of their lives.

Welcome to Tamryn Saunders

We are delighted to announce that Tamryn, who has been part of our Teachers’ Training Academy this year, will be joining the WPPS team in Pupil Support (Eden Road) next year. Welcome to the team, Tamryn!

Two past staff members meet up in the UK!

Past Headmistress, Pauline Pearce, and her husband Malcolm met up with Mark Wimbush in Northumberland, UK, in September. Mark taught at WPPS from 1977 to 1984. In the picture he is wearing his Stansbury housemaster’s hat, given to him by the parents when he left!
Peninsula Health Relay

Our Grade 7s were involved in a 24-hour relay around the Mount Royal Field to raise funds for the PSFA. The relay started at 09:00, and finished at 09:00 the following morning. The challenge involved four boys at a time running around the field for 20 minutes, after which they handed over to four others in their house. This continued throughout the night, with boys setting up tents on the field to catch a quick nap whenever they could.

All WPPS boys were challenged to get involved by pledging, and challenging friends and family to do the same. Well done to all involved, and a big thank you to those who supported the initiative with their pledges.
Christmas Market

Another fantastic Christmas Market was held in October. This is one of the main events in the school calendar, and there was a cheerful, festive atmosphere, which was thoroughly enjoyed by stall holders and shoppers alike. It was great to see many past staff and alumni enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the Tea Garden, and shopping up a storm. We hope you have managed to tick off much of your Christmas shopping list!
Remembrance Day Service

It was wonderful to have many of our alumni join us as we celebrated Remembrance Day with a special service in the Stansbury Hall, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony. As a school we use this occasion to pay respect to all those who have fallen in war. Our WPPS Roll of Honour is a humbling reminder of how much we have to be grateful for.
WPPS Golf Day

Our annual WPPS golf day was once again held at the picturesque Steenberg Golf Estate. Aside from being a lot of fun and a great opportunity to catch up with some old mates, the golf day was a huge success financially, as over R300 000 was raised. Congratulations to all involved.
Carol Service

Our Grade 3-7 boys, parents and staff enjoyed a very special Carol Service at St John’s Church. A wonderful occasion to get everyone into the spirit of Christmas! Well done to the Chamber and Senior Choirs, and to the boys who played in the Orchestra.
Glen Biderman-Pam and Oliver Booth (2002 leavers), who are currently starring together in the hit show Bad Jews at The Fugard Theatre. Glen and Oli started acting together as 8-year-olds under Pauline Pearce!
The play has been sold out for the first two weeks, with both Glen and Oli receiving rave reviews for their performances.

Old boy James Stoddart (2010 leaver), who is currently in Grade 12 at St Andrew's College, and has been awarded the following prizes:
- The Pell Edmonds English Essay Prize
- The Anderson History Essay Prize
- The Spoken isiXhosa FAL Prize (Ms Harris is naturally thrilled with this award!)

Well done, James; we are glad to see that all the hard work is paying off.

William Cahill (2006 leaver), who has been selected as the St Andrew's College Rhodes Scholar-elect to Oxford University in 2016! William, who was Headboy of WPPS in 2006, was elected as the Boxer Scholar to St Andrew's College and went on to become Head of School in 2011. He achieved Academic Honours throughout his school career (achieving eight distinctions in Matric) and also boasted exceptional sporting, music and cultural achievements.

William is currently in his final year of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. It is his passion to leave the earth a better place than he found it. He intends to study for an MPhil in Economics at Oxford. With his Chemical Engineering background and his belief in the importance of developing sustainable and renewable energy resources, it is his dream to make a substantial contribution to moving South Africa towards an energy base free of fossil fuels.

We are immensely proud of you, William, and the fine young man that you have become. Congratulations on this amazing recognition of all your hard work!

Past pupil Gregor Bell (2013 leaver), who has been selected for the Western Province U15B cricket side.

Old boy Alex Stewart (2008 leaver), who is making quite a name for himself on the hockey field!

After matriculating from Bishops in 2013, Alex played hockey in Perth, Australia, for the University of Western Australia's 2014 season.

Currently, he is studying Engineering at Stellenbosch University, where he is playing 1st team for Maties, who won the league. He was also selected for the WP U21A side, who were victorious in their recent tournament played in Pietermaritzburg.

Alex was subsequently chosen for the SA U21 side, and was made captain of the side at the latest Men's Interprovincial Tournament in Pretoria. The SA U21 side are hoping to qualify to play in the World Cup in India in December 2016.

A fantastic sporting achievement, Alex; we continue to wish you further success.

Scot Kirton (1994 leaver), Head Chef at the prestigious restaurant, La Colombe, who has been voted  ‘Chef of the Year'. Scot has raised La Colombe to 2nd in the ten best SA Restaurants, behind the Test Kitchen.


It has been a quiet time for marriages, with no weddings to report on.


Congratulations to Sean Whitehead (1994 leaver), and Bronwyn on the birth of their son, Tyler, in July.

Congratulations to Doron Futeran (1995 leaver) and Olga on the birth of their son, Daniel, on Friday, 16 October.

Best wishes to Mr Warren Viljoen (Grade 4V), Sarah and Zac on the birth of Abigail Rose on Wednesday, 23 October.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families and the loved ones of the alumni mentioned below who have recently passed on:

Our condolences to past staff member, Colleen van Druten, on the passing of her husband, Stan, in September.

Colleen taught Grade 1 here for close to 18 years. Our sincere sympathy goes to Colleen and her family.
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