Launching the 125th birthday celebrations at Wynberg Girls' High and Junior Schools.
29th January marked the launch of the 125th birthday celebrations for the school, and just as on the centenary one of the activities of former pupils was to put their bodies on the line to create the name of the school, so too the junior and high girls' schools met on the fields at about 10:30 to create the name and number we are celebrating.
The occasion for the high school began with a special assembly: as Lauren Granger (2009 Head of School) and Buyelwa Xundu (Chairperson of the RCL) walked down the aisles to bring in the School and South African Flags, so the sounds of the Wynberg school song filled the school hall. Mrs Harding addressed the school, talking of the founding of our school and the visions realised by the various principals during the years. So we were reminded of our humble beginnings where our school began with 27 young boys and girls and two teachers, Misses Annie Brink and Nellie Brink. Mrs Harding talked of the legacies of Miss Margaret Stewart, Miss A Chambers and various principals during the years. She talked of our first matriculants in 1892, the introduction of our school motto and Wynberg's being the first school to have a Physical Education teacher in the person of Ms Dolly Rees, who trained in London. Holding on to the character of Wynberg which is at once pioneering and at the same time retains that which is valuable and traditional, Mrs Harding committed the fundraising that will be done this year to a sports centre for generations to come. With a sense that we are part that history, we joined our younger sisters on the hockey fields in front of the Astro turf.
At eleven o' clock, a helicopter with a National Geographic photographer on board flew overhead to photograph the schools as we formed our name and the number of years we are celebrating, while members of the Wynberg photographic society were taking photographs of the school at ground level. The schools then split up, the high school returning to tutor groups to receive a doughnut and gifts to mark the occasion.