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
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
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 intended.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 and 3
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
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.