History of Littlewood House

In 1892, the school relocated from Brynderwyn Cottage on the Sunninghill Estate, to what is now Wynberg Boys' Junior School where newly appointed Headmaster Edward T Littlewood set about expanding the grounds at every opportunity. A boarding house was established and run by Mrs Littlewood, which marked the birth of our current hostel, rebuilt and officially opened in 1956.

Named after ET Littlewood, Wynberg’s Littlewood Boarding House has undergone numerous upgrades over the years; in 1975 to formalise the hostel’s ‘independence’ from the school’s other four Houses, Littlewood House took its place as the 5th House of Wynberg to compete in the annual inter-house Friedlander Shield competition.  

The Boarding House plays a very special role in life at Wynberg. The boarders have always considered themselves to be the 'backbone of the school' expressed in Latin as ”Firmamentum Ludi'.  Our boarders set an example to the rest of the school in terms of behavior, dress and appearance, all at Wynberg admire the boarders’ spirit. 

'You are Littlewood Hostel' and 'Who you are, Littlewood Hostel is'.

What is expected of a Littlewood House Boarder?
The following are the expectations of any boy who resides in Littlewood. These expectations are the basis on which all rules and regulations have been founded.

  • Uphold the rules, regulations, and traditions of the House

  • Treat all other members of the house with respect

  • Show self-discipline

  • Be loyal to the house and its members

  • Be honest and show integrity

  • Be well mannered

  • Be helpful to my fellow boarders

  • Help maintain House spirit

  • Wear my uniform with pride and be smart in my appearance

  • Show sportsmanship on the sports field and give of my best in all that I do

  • Take pride in all that I do

  • Honour all relationships

  • Strive towards academic excellence

  • Participate in House activities and the Inter-House Competition  

There can be many reasons why boys and their parents may decide that they would like a boarding option when moving to high school.

  • It offers the special structure, camaraderie and spirit provided only by communal living in a well-run institution
  • It opens wider options, as one is not limited to a choice of schools within daily commuting distance
  • It teaches young men to live together unselfishly and with tolerance
  • Lifetime friendships are formed
  • Independence is developed
  • Young men learn to work in a team
  • Optimum usage is made of school facilities
  • Boarders become true all-rounders
  • Time spent travelling to and from school can be spent more profitably

Wynberg’s Littlewood House houses 110 boys from Grades 8 – 12. Dorms are mostly 4 man dorms with boys having their own bed/work space comprising bunk bed, locker and desk. Typically grade 8’s are allocated to 10 man dorms. The hostel has 3 bathrooms which are currently being renovated, a common room area for the boys which has DSTV, Pool, Table Tennis and Arcade Machines so as to allow the boys a space to relax in, a communal dining room where the boarders enjoy meals together, large gardens with entertainment areas and braai facilities, access to the school astros, cricket nets and swimming pools, a computer lab, the building has full wifi access, a study room with individual cubicles, a laundry with laundry services and coin operated machines and a modern kitchen run by an outsourced catering company.

The Hostel is under the personal supervision of a senior member of staff and his wife who are specialists in their field.  They are assisted by five resident masters, a professional team of caterers and housekeepers and a number of visiting Gap Year students and Student Masters. These youngsters have been hand-picked by their own schools for the task, and add the youthful zest and understanding which can only be brought by people who themselves have very recently experienced the demands that modern life places on the adolescent in the 21st century.

Littlewood supports the philosophy of boarders returning home over weekends to maintain contact with families and their communities. No boarder, unless termly (or unable to return to a family member or guardian), is allowed to stay in over a weekend after normal school activities have ended. In the event of the student being a termly boarder, every effort must be made to allow him visit family over weekends.

Hostel fees are reviewed and adjusted annually in November each year