Paarl Boys’ High are expected to try and patch up relations with offended schools SACS and Wynberg this week. Top sportsmen moving to Paarl from the Cape Town Southern Suburbs schools is believed to be at the heart of the unhappiness.
This is now one of a number of known relationships that have gone through testing times for the Winelands school in recent months.
Framesby from Port Elizabeth is another high school disappointed that one of their star rugby players who they developed from Grade-8 and who represented Eastern Province as an under-17 at Craven Week in 2018, has moved to Boishaai and will start schooling there in 2019. Framesby tried very hard but to no avail to hold onto this bright prospect once they came to know about the Winelands’ schools interest in their student.
Jeppe Boys’ from Johannesburg was another unhappy school as a result of Boishaai. The latter acquired Jeppe’s under-17 Golden Lions Craven Week rugby player in 2018.
A social media picture of a fairly well-known Boishaai official involved in recruitment posing with a newly acquired rugby player went viral in 2018 and registered quite high on the distasteful gauge amongst the Paul Roos Gymnasium community because their former student was still wearing his old Paul Roos uniform in that shot.
Reasons for Carinat opting to move the World Schools Festival away from Boishaai were never made know but that relationship also appeared to be in need of repair work after the decision came to light.
Official statement from Paarl Boys High.
With regards to the entries on the Schoolboy rugby blog stating “both SACS and Wynberg have decided not to compete in any sporting events against Paarl Boys High in future due to poaching of players”.
Paarl Boys High would like to set the record straight. As we also often lose talent to neighbouring and competing schools, we do understand the emotion behind this. However, we prefer not to complain when this happens.
As Paarl Boys’ High worked very hard over the years to establish high discipline, academic, sports and creative art standards we do understand if learners and their parents might consider us as an option (sometimes a delayed option) for their studies.
We have already approached both the principals of Wynberg and SACS to clarify any misunderstandings or misperceptions.
Just to confirm our position with regards to the World Schools Festival. As initiators of this successful rugby festival, we had the option to host again this year, but decided to rather let our initiative travel.