10 October 2016 – Re: Hosting of two boys on their music tour

Good morning

The purpose of writing to you is twofold.  Thank you very much for the packet of seeds that the school sent with boys who were being hosted in Port Elizabeth – it is a lovely gesture and the flowers will be a great reminder in weeks to come of the WPPS boys we hosted.

We were privileged to welcome Daniel Hickie and Luke Johnston into our home for the night (Wednesday 28th September).  The two boys were a delight to have – their manners and politeness is not only a credit to their families but to your school too.

It was a pleasure having the two having the two young gents!

Have a wonderful break next week.

Kind regards,

Shirley Hawkes

28 September 2016 – Senior Citizens Concert

On behalf of the residents and staff at the Douglas Murray Home for the Aged we want to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Western Province Preparatory School for treating our residents to a wonderful afternoon of beautiful Music and delicious snacks.

In these tough economic times that we are operating in, we really value and appreciate every single act of kindness and show of support.

Your generosity and kindness is much appreciated.

God Bless and do have a beautiful day.
Warm regards,


1 September 2016 – PAST STAFF TEA

Dear Chris and all those involved,

Thank you so much for the absolutely lovely morning spent with you all last Thursday and for all the background work involved in organising that.

It was lovely catching up with so many of the ‘old’ staff, and of course renew our ties with those who are still there, but really lovely to meet the new staff and the new headmaster as well. It seems that all is well in the “State of Wetpups.”

After watching the new buildings grow and take shape it was really lovely to go inside and see the finished product and what a lovely product it is.

The school is looking absolutely fabulous and the whole campus is looking so refreshed and smart. The new classrooms are so well appointed and that lovely outer area is very cleverly designed. The art room is also so inviting with all its fresh new colours on the benches and tables. The library is absolutely “state of the art.” It makes me want to go straight back to my childhood and curl up in a corner to be transported to far – away places. It looks as if Dr. Seuss would be a very good first port of call!!!

Thank you too to Fiona, (whom I sadly didn’t get to speak to)  Martha and Anne and all their team who, as always, produced the most delicious and eye catching spread for tea.

The boys who are of course the heart and soul of Wetpups were also so polite and friendly. It was really strange to think that the grown-up young men walking around, would probably have been in Grade N when I was there!!! Yikes!!!

It was noticeable to see how they would stop and greet us with a friendly happy “good morning ma’am” every time they encountered a group of us. Knowing how hard it is to get busy, active boys to slow down and take the time to do that, I really want to mention it and say how much we enjoyed that. All the boys we saw were clearly so vibrant and happy but also very neat.

May Wetpups continue to thrive and be a special place of learning , growth and warm welcome.

Very best wishes,

Verna Baguley.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A A big Thank you

Dear Chris and all the other staff concerned with the Spring tea.

Many thanks for inviting me to the Spring Tea.
It was wonderful to reconnect with past and present colleagues and to catch up on everyone’s news.
The Getty Learning Centre is a fantastic addition to the schools facilities and the boys are really lucky to have all this on their doorstep.
Thanks for caring and sharing
Best wishes
Liz Sanders

25 August  2016 – OPEN DAY COMMENTS

Dear Caron

Thank for you such a warm and informative tour of Wetpups.  It was lovely spending time walking rounds the facilities and seeing the boys in action.  Clearly you are all so passionate about the school and what it represents, and it shows.  It was particularly good to see much of what you spoke to reflected throughout the school from the posters on the walls to the fun, interactive classrooms and the delightful and confident boys.  Having heard much feedback about WPPS’s gentle and holistic approach to boys’ schooling, it was refreshing to see the school environment reflect exactly those sentiments.  Hopefully we, and Cameron, will have the opportunity to experience it all first-hand.

Have a lovely week.

Kind regards

Justine Hoppe
Senior Legal Counsel

Hi Kirsty and Caron,

Just a quick note of thanks for the tour again this morning, as you could see we had our hands full with the little man but he loved it and it’s a good indication for us on his happiness in the environment.

I will be in touch down the line with any updates on our application, we have a letter that I would like to add etc.

Many thanks

Garth, Lisa and Brody

August 2016

Dear Wet Pups
The Forum would like to take this opportunity to express our delight, gratitude and thanks for yet another fabulous
event, One-to-One Day. Each year seems to just get better and better, and we are so delighted to be able to partner
with you in this initiative, and to see the joy and excitement it brings to so many people. We are constantly amazed
by the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the stallholders each year, despite the challenges brought about by
the late confirmation of the venue, the venue itself, and the inclement weather this year.
As you know, the Forum invites all the participants from our member centres, and co-ordinates their volunteers, as
well as co-ordinating transport requests for those facilities requiring transport. We had a wonderful request this year
for a group of learners who have already left school, and who now miss coming to One-to-One Day so much that
they have asked if they can link up with their old school and join in the fun again – a testament to how special this
amazing day is to the people it is centred around!
One of our centres sent the following and asked us to pass on their thanks to everyone concerned: “I’d like to
express our sincere appreciation, on behalf of our residents of Woodside Special Care Centre, for the efforts and
time put into arranging this year’s One-to-One event that was enjoyed by so many yesterday. It was admirable that
arrangements were made on such short notice once the venue was confirmed and that the organisers were all so
helpful both leading up to the event as well as on the day. It was clear that not even stormy weather would wipe the
smiles off the faces of all who attended”.
Another centre sent this: “Thank you for a wonderful morning, the learners can’t stop talking about it. We only take
our School Leavers Group every year, which means it’s a first experience for them. That makes it extra special, they
are more appreciative and certainly enjoy it more.

This is a little sample of what the fun looked like this year from a different perspective!
Thank you for enriching the lives of more than 2400 of our members who joined us for One-to-One Day.
Kind regards
Felicity Dreyer

January 2016

My wife and I have just returned from a brief stay at Beaverlac. Both of us are fairly old and at one stage we found ourselves in need of assistance. I approached a group of WPPS pupils who were nearby and was overwhelmed by the excellent manners and readiness to assist. These boys went out of their way to ensure all was fine with us. At no time did their politeness or concern appear forced or false. A great deal of time and effort on the part of the school must have been taken to get youngsters to this level. Please convey to the head, teachers and the boys our appreciation and admiration for the work being done at the school. The school and parents should be proud of these fine ambassadors. I only hope the parents are appreciative of what you all are doing.


Malcolm McArthur

Centenary House Plays – Jean Raubenheimer

Thank you so much for inviting me to the House Plays.   It was a most enjoyable evening for me to meet the present staff and boys and the entertainment was superb.   Although WPPS has kept up with the ever changing years, the wonderful character, spirit and humour of the school is constant.    You must feel very proud of yourselves.   You provide a great foundation for the future of the boys which they will treasure for the rest of their lives.



Centenary House Plays – Pauline Pearce

In so many ways, the 2014 House Plays celebrated the life and soul of our school. Boys and staff members worked tirelessly to achieve professional and polished performances. The objective was for the boys to be involved in the process of theatre and to experience the camaraderie and team-work, which is at the heart of any successful production. All who attended would agree that every boy not only rose to the challenge but managed to entertain a most appreciative audience. No less than 59 Grade 7 boys handled themselves professionally as either actors on stage or part of the backstage crew, organising props and expertly providing sound and lighting. I quote from an email sent to staff and boys by Pauline Pearce:”Drama is truly alive and well – in actual fact it is thriving at Wetpups.”



Michael Abendanon – Admissions

Hi Kirsty

Thank you for you email, we are all doing very well thanks, and enjoying our first Cape winter.

David is really happy and enjoying his first few days at WPPS. Thank you very much for your help, we are so happy to be a part of the school now. The experience has been excellent so far.

I will certainly let you know if there is anything we need to bring your attention to.

Kind regards,




Centenary Book – Review

“…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…… atmosphere of warmth and humour throughout…….a glorious book”.

“I am overcome by the loving, generous and balanced way you have approached all the multiple aspects of the school’s history”.

“Congratulations, and well done on a fantastic publication!”

“He has become totally absorbed and uplifted by your wonderful book.”

“I have had my eyes opened wide to what has been achieved by the school……a fitting tribute to all those who have been remembered in its pages.”

“Perfect in design, wonderfully researched and beautifully structured. The script makes for easy and comfortable reading. A school history to be proud of.”

“….so sensitively, diplomatically and colourfully relating the story around the many people who have passed through this very special school.”

“The school is all about the people who have made it, and you have captured this notion perfectly.”

“All involved in this masterpiece have done a perfect job.”

June 2014


Heather Lees – Rugby tickets

Dear Chris and Gary

Thank you so much for organising the tickets for Saturday’s rugby, the pizzas at the Toad and, of course, for pulling Nige’s name out of the hat. Robbie and his sister Adi were given the treat and they took two friends along. They all so enjoyed the rugby (they said the seats were fabulous) and were very thrilled to be waved through past the queue at The Toad when they mentioned your name, Gary!

Thanks very much for putting it all together.

I wish you well for the rest of the Centenary celebrations.

June 2014


Pauline Pearce 

“Thank you all so much for a lovely morning yesterday. A warm and welcoming atmosphere and delicious food, as always.”

June 2014


Linda Fish – Matric Mothers’ Lunch 

Dear Chris

I have just come back from the lunch. I did not have time to say thank you as I had to rush off with “my lift”.  A  lot of  thought went into the planning even down to getting a speaker. What a lovely occasion! The tables looked beautiful, the food was tasty and it was lovely to catch up with everyone after all this time. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.

May 2014


Lynne Gleeson – New Calendar 

“I just consulted the new calendar and it looks great! I like the idea of links to maps, teams etc.”

Many thanks,
May 2014
Highbury Preparatory school – WPPS Centenary Rugby Festival 
May 2014

Trevor Glass – School visit 

“Dear Michael

Firstly, thank you very much for taking the time to meet with Tami and I on Tuesday last week. Even after our very short exposure to you, your staff and the school, we feel entirely comfortable that Connor is in very capable hands. His first week ended well which is more than we could have hoped for. Hopefully there are now some early cornerstones in place on which he can develop and grow.



May 2014


Luca, Wayne and Nell Liebenberg – Centenary Rugby Festival 

“Dear All

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for the fantastic weekend we had at your school this weekend. The event was extremely well organised. There was plenty of food, drink and shade. The grounds were kept so clean (thanks Neville) the refs were great and the boys had a great time.

This is the first rugby tournament my son has played in like this and as he goes into high school next year I am sure that he will have the chance to do so again.
We had the pleasure of hosting Trinity School and the boys were fantastic.

The Sweet Valley Boys did themselves proud on and of the field. They learnt to watch great rugby and learnt the life lessons that are taught at such festivals. They have made new friends and I am sure that many of the boys that met this weekend for the first time will go on to be friends in high school.

I have to compliment you on the neatness of your school and also the fantastic quotes that you have up and around the school. I found them inspiring and I can only imagine that they motivate your boys to do their best at all times.

Once again a big thank you from our family.”

Luca, Wayne and Nell Liebenberg

April 2014


Sue Burns – Website

“Great new website. Only thing I can’t find are the maps for the sporting venues.
Please can you put them on under the sports section.”

Much appreciated
Sue Burns

June 2013


Annette Le Roux – Senior Citizens Matinee 

“Dear Mr Hosty

We write to let you know how delighted our residents were with the lovely concert and all the lovely goodies provided. Your generosity and interest in our Home is highly valued.

Thank you for the lovely gifts as well as all the loving care towards our residents.”

Warm regards

Annette Le Roux

September 2013