49 Newlands Road, Claremont
Grade RR to Grade 7
Type of School
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Welcome to Western Province Preparatory School
We are an independent, Christian school in the heart of Cape Town with a rich history and tradition of educating boys for the last 102 years.
Our aim at WPPS is to unlock our boys’ God-given talents by providing them with a wide variety of activities, experiences and resources with which they are able, not only to find their strengths, but also to develop them optimally. Our education is aimed at developing the whole child – namely the mind (academically and culturally), the body (on the sportsfield), the heart (values) and the soul (spiritually).
In doing all of this, we
are very conscious of the need to inculcate the correct attitudes in our
boys. They not only need skills, but they also need to have the drive,
passion, discipline, resilience and determination to succeed. At WPPS,
we endeavour to inspire our boys to engage positively and with purpose,
in order for them to make their dreams a reality.
“Iusta Tenete” is our
motto and it means “Hold fast to that which is right”. Our boys need to
be empowered to have the courage to seek the truth and hold on to it
steadfastly. We believe that it is vital that our boys have the values
of courage, respect, love, compassion and self-sacrifice instilled in
them, so that they can become significant solution finders and leaders
in this broken and divided world.
We emphasise the
importance of manners, as it is through manners that we show compassion,
caring and respect for all those around us; through manners we learn
that “it is not all about me”.
Our education is designed to ignite a desire for and a love of learning. We aim to produce boys who become lifelong learners, who are critical and creative thinkers, and who can assist us in finding solutions to the many problems which the world is currently facing.
In attempting to achieve
these lofty ideals, we try to ensure that the school provides the boys
with the correct resources in terms of teachers, equipment, facilities
and the environment. It is important to note that children learn
optimally when they feel happy, loved, and secure. At WPPS we strive to
provide the boys with a happy and safe environment, where they can
realise their own personal excellence and become that which God
We would welcome you to
join us in our quest in educating our boys to become significant men of
our future world.
Academics at Western Province Preparatory
At WPPS, we strive for excellence. Our passionate and well-qualified teaching staff endeavour to ensure that the needs of each boy are met. In an ever-changing world, we face the challenge of educating our boys for the 21st century. In order to achieve this, we embrace and encourage collaboration, creativity and curiosity. We continually challenge ourselves to accommodate difference and diversity, and, where possible, we strive to differentiate our teaching and allow for experiential learning.
Teaching at WPPS is spread over two campuses. Eden Road is where the journey begins, with our Nursery, Reception, and Grades 1 and 2 classes. It boasts wonderful resources – educational support centres, a pottery room, and a well-equipped Foundation Phase library to name a few. Newlands Road is where the Grades 3 to 7 boys are educated. Buildings, old and new, stand together to create a school steeped in tradition, yet alive with new ideas. Our Technology and Science Laboratories are favourite spaces for many of our boys.
Our primary goal is for every boy at WPPS to develop a lifelong passion
for and interest in art. Boys are encouraged to explore and develop
their interests and artistic ideas, favouring ‘idea and process’ over
‘technique and product’. For this reason, the boys’ work is unique,
diverse and a true reflection of themselves. Both traditional and
contemporary forms of art are explored and, where applicable, technology
is used as a tool to enhance and assist the process of making art. We
expose our boys to a number of exhibitions and art outings and invite a
diverse range of artists and designers into our department every year,
in order to make our curriculum more relevant and meaningful. Voluntary
art clubs and junior pottery are incredibly popular and are also offered
to boys throughout the year.
Dance is offered as an extramural activity. Through the medium of dance, boys are enabled to discover their own innate capacity for the communication of ideas, thoughts and feelings. They get the opportunity to express freedom of movement and interaction with music. Various dance forms are introduced, and the boys choreograph their own dances, which are showcased during assemblies and special cultural events.
The Grades 6 and 7 boys are currently preparing for the school musical, Aladdin, directed by Mr Oliver Steynor. Boys rehearse on Tuesday and Friday afternoons in preparation for the production at the end of the third term. Grades 3 to 7 boys have weekly drama lessons, during which they explore their setwork books through role play, improvisation and dramatisation, as part of the English curriculum. Once a week, an enthusiastic group of boys meets on Wednesday afternoons for Drama Club, where they are currently working on characterisation, using Pauline Pearce’s adaptation of Cloud Busting, a children’s novel, written in verse, by Malorie Blackman. Click on the link below to see photos of the play. http://wpps.org.za/news/gallery/nggallery/school-life/Not-Quite-Aladdin
Class music is taught weekly from Grades N to 5 as part of the curriculum. Boys from Grades 1 to 7 have the opportunity to take individual and group lessons in any of the orchestral instruments, piano, singing and African marimbas. Boys may also audition to sing in one of our two choirs, and the more advanced musicians try out for our Junior and Senior String Orchestras, Junior and Senior Wind Bands, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble or African Marimba Bands. Our choirs and ensembles are currently working towards our Evening of Music and the ABRSM practical exams, which are held in the third term. The Trinity College London practical exams and ABRSM theory exams take place in the fourth term.
Ensemble Music Concerts – 13 & 21 September
Our senior boys in the General Knowledge team have a lot of fun at their meetings, and learn much from each other. They thrive on challenges. Next term they will be preparing questions for a Grades 6 and 7 Inter-class GK Quiz
The focus of Lectern Club is to create a space for Grade 7 boys to sharpen their speech-making skills. We work through the following basics: writing a good speech, powerful introductions and conclusions, and practical presenting skills. The boys present a short speech to their peers in the final week of term.
Grades 3 to 7 boys attend chess practices every Thursday with National Chess Coach, Jacques Frick. With his professional guidance, they get ready for their chess matches on a Friday. The boys also play social chess on Mondays with Ms Heyn. Between the two groups, they have a very capable team and have much enjoyment learning from one another. Well done to all the chess boys!
This term, the Newlands Road campus will enjoy a day of societies. This fun-filled day is scheduled for 23 June. Boys will sign up for four 1-hour workshops, which our creative and passionate staff will run.
The range of sporting
facilities and the sports on offer at WPPS are evidence of our holistic
approach to education, in which sport is a valuable extension of the
classroom, where many lessons are learned. Boys from Grade 1 upwards are
required to take part in at least two afternoons of sport a week.
Coaching methods are given most careful consideration. While the
expertise and enthusiasm of coaches are important, the principles of
good educational practice are always evident on our sports fields.
Matches are an integral
part of learning about sport, and are arranged through leagues and
fixtures when appropriate in terms of age and emotional maturity. House
matches are also arranged in every discipline. While at WPPS we strive
for excellence in sport, we know that performance is measured not only,
if at all, by the scoreboard.
The school has three
playing fields, seven cricket nets, a new aquatic centre, a judo hall, a
mini-astro-turf, and the use of local tennis and squash courts.
Summer Sports – Terms 1 and 4.
Cricket is offered to boys from Grade 1 onwards. The Mount Royal is known around the world as a magnificent venue for a cricket match - touring teams and local visitors comment on the character of the field and the magnificent backdrop that Table Mountain provides.
From U10 upwards, boys enjoy competitive cricket, playing matches against local schools, while the U9s play “mini-cricket” matches against other schools, which introduce them to the nuances of the game. At U13 level, the 1stXI have the opportunity to tour or attend the prestigious Prep Schools’ Festival, which takes place annually, and where WPPS is a proud participant.
Swimming has been given a boost by the recently built aquatic centre, and the introduction of dedicated stroke correction coach. Every boy from U9 to U14, who is comfortable with swimming a length of the pool, participates in the annual WPPS Inter-House Gala. This is preceded by “Swimming Standards”, where every swimmer is timed and allocated places in his house team. Thereafter, keen swimmers from U8 upwards are chosen to take part in galas with local schools. The U7s and U8s have their own Inter-House Gala, and the younger boys make use of the newly built “learn to swim” pool during sport times to gain confidence in the water.
Tennis is offered to boys from U10 upwards, with practices at Claremont Tennis Club. Our primary goals are for boys to learn the basics of the game and tennis etiquette. Also, we aim to foster a love for the game, and to encourage the boys to have fun. League matches are played by two U11 teams and four U13 teams, and usually a small group of senior players is afforded the opportunity of a tour.
Water polo is a fast growing sport among young people today. At WPPS, where we have a first-class facility in the form of the new aquatic centre, this is no exception. The standard of our water polo has gone from strength to strength. Hard work, perseverance and fun are hallmarks of WPPS water polo.
Water polo is offered from U10 upwards, and boys are often afforded the opportunity to play matches and local festivals. U9s are introduced to water polo by “Splash Polo”, which is a regular event as advertised on our weekly calendar. U13A players have the opportunity to attend the Grey Junior School Festival in Port Elizabeth, where WPPS is a proud participant.
Athletics takes place in the first term. Every boy from U9 to U14 participates in the annual WPPS Inter-House Sports Day, preceded by “Athletics Standards”, where every athlete is timed or measured and allocated places in his house team. Thereafter, athletes from U7 upwards are chosen to take part in athletics meetings hosted by local schools. The juniors, from Grade N, have the opportunity to take part in the Eden Road Sports Day, where participation and fun are emphasised.
Winter Sports - Terms 2
Cross country is offered to boys from U7 upwards. The development of self-motivation and inner strength, as well as the opportunity to set personal goals, are features of this sport; this all besides the social aspect of running with friends. Boys have the opportunity to compete in Inter-Schools Cross Country events on a weekly basis. The Inter-House Cross Country, hosted, with the owners’ very kind permission, at Klein Constantia farm, is where every WPPS boy from youngest to oldest takes part in one of the most long-standing, traditional events on the WPPS calendar.
WPPS rivals even the larger schools in terms of numbers of boys taking part in hockey. Skill, sportsmanship and team-work are evident among our hockey players, and we are considered by all our opponents to present a formidable challenge. Boys learn the basics of the game in Grades 1 and 2, and are ready for competitive matches by the time they reach U9 level. The currently limited facilities do not deter us from ensuring that boys are exposed to modern trends, and we hope that plans to build our own astro-turf facility will be fulfilled in the not-too-distant future. Boys representing the U13A team usually attend a festival in KwaZulu-Natal, while all boys enjoy weekly league fixtures and occasional local festivals.
Rugby provides the opportunity, like no other sport, for WPPS boys to challenge themselves mentally and physically. The atmosphere around the fields during our traditional Saturday fixtures is certainly one of competition, accompanied by recognition of the fact that prep school rugby is primarily about enjoyment of the game, development of skills and the friendships engendered through it. Boys play competitive matches from U9, where barefoot 10-a-side matches give every boy a chance to experience the camaraderie that rugby offers, and then from U10 upwards, where the “proper” 15-man version is played. Friday afternoons provide the opportunity for our Grade 1s and 2s to be involved in “Park Rugby”, and they may even play in the occasional friendly matches with other schools. The 1sst XV have the opportunity to tour, where boys act as ambassadors for WPPS further afield.
Squash is offered at WPPS from U11 upwards. Skill, competition and endeavour are elements that boys are encouraged to enhance while playing this unique game. Many WPPS boys have gone on to achieve high honours, and the school is proud of their squash achievements. League matches are played by our senior teams, and usually a small group of senior players is afforded the opportunity of a tour.
Provincial Representation in Preparatory School Sport
At WPPS, we believe that boys are afforded the opportunity to play sport at a competitive level, appropriate for their age and expertise, through our regular matches, tours and festivals involving opposition from all over South Africa and beyond. Provincial selection at prep school level is a contentious issue; often attributes, like size owing to differing development, are given precedence over skill in a win-at-all-costs environment. Notwithstanding our acknowledgement of the opportunities that may arise from provincial selection in a sport, we do not actively encourage boys to put themselves forward for selection for these teams, especially where a boy’s already busy schedule is further loaded, and when this would impact negatively on his school, family and social life. We also, unfortunately, do not have the staff to accommodate those provincial sports codes where our coaches are required to take on extra duties beyond those at WPPS. We believe that the exposure given to our top sportsmen, through the network of schools against which we play, is sufficient for them to be rewarded with the prospects that they deserve during their future educational and sporting careers.
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