As families, both current and past, set up their picnic blankets on the Mount Royal Field, a group of 100 marimba players, all past or present boys, enthralled the crowd as they attempted a Guinness World record.
Michael Hosty officially welcomed everyone, and introduced Pauline Pearce, co-author of A Prep School and its People. Pauline invited one of her former pupils, and special guest for the evening, Mark Shuttleworth, to launch the book. Mark wrote the foreword for the book and fondly reminisced about his time at the school and the value of the education he received, which was formative in his life. He emphasised the always close relationship between staff and boys, and the involvement and commitment of the parents. Mark concluded by encouraging the boys to meet the challenges of the future, to remember the school motto: Iusta Tenete (Hold fast to what you know is right) and always to follow their dreams.
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A rousing chorus of Happy Birthday was then sung, followed by the release of 200 balloons.
A highlight of the evening was a display by the Kaapse Klopse, with which the boys enthusiastically joined in.
The picnic continued until long after the sun had gone down, allowing the many old boys, parents and staff to reconnect and share their special memories of WPPS.
A Prep School and its People is available for purchase for R380. Please find attached an order form. You can also buy directly from our Newlands Road offices during school hours.