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Part of the Prep Team – Senior Housemaster

George Wienekus is our overall Senior Housemaster and Housemaster of Griffin. We asked him a few questions to better acquaint our Prep families with the family behind the name.

Q: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Queenstown, and was
surrounded by my family who all lived in the same town. For this, I was extremely fortunate.
Q: Give us a bit of info about your school and work history:
I have been fortunate enough to teach at several traditional schools in South Africa, each offering a unique learning experience and thus contributing to my personal, professional, academic and pastoral growth. I was drawn to teaching through an opportunity to coach after spending a number of years in the corporate arena. The bug bit and the rest is almost long forgotten.
As a schoolboy, I attended Queen’s College and Kingswood. I enjoyed school immensely and was privileged to have had the teachers and coaches we had. I must admit, I paid far too much attention to sport back then and did not fully understand the concept of balance. Anyway, fun was had and great mates were made from, both, my schools and our opposition.
Q: Tell us about your family:
I am married to Wonder Woman, literally. Ali (neé Pope), is the Director of Advancement at The DSG, and still manages to make sure that her three kids are sorted. She is also a DSG old girl, which excites our girls, Megan (12) and Kayla (10), a great deal to be attending the same school as Mom. We have two spirited, fire-in-the-belly, fierce princesses. Megan is in Grade 6 and has a passion for dance and playing the piano and viola. She also doesn’t mind the stage, which we are reminded of when we have to ask her to turn the volume dial down a bit at mealtimes or when she gets overly excited. Kayla also enjoys her instruments, the piano and her Cornet (on which I think she makes beautiful sounds). Her absolute passions, though, are tennis and swimming, and when she retires (from professional sport – her words) she wants to have a farm from where she will run her veterinary practice. Kayla is the quiet one! I count my blessings
every day for my three girls. I also need to mention our two furry delinquents, Oscar and Daisy, who are a great source of entertainment for the girls.
Q: What are your personal interests and hobbies:
I enjoy sport, in fact, pretty much anything that involves competition. I also enjoy tinkering, which means the hammer and drill come out every once in a while. I have always had a keen interest in endurance sports, the kind that last a few days (if they have to) and stretch and bend the mind and body. I am trying to get more involved in a few long trail runs that incorporate a bit of the aforementioned. I spend a lot of time walking with Ali and the girls (and Oscar and Daisy) in the mountains, which is one of our favourite activities, but time in the kitchen or an interesting book ranks right up there too.
Q: What do you appreciate about the Prep boarding environment:
The Prep boarding environment is a melting pot of personalities, many people from diverse backgrounds, who all have one thing in common and that is to ensure
the happiness of the boys and girls in our care. The teamwork required, from the Red Alert staff to Capitol Caterers to the Maintenance team and the House teams, is amazing to be part of, the appreciation of which is noticeable in the emotions of our boarders when we greet them after their final Assembly with the ‘handshake’. I appreciate the passion that the House Personnel – the House Parents, House Tutors and duty staff – have for their Houses and, ultimately, the boys and girls in their care. The relationships that are developed are unique and lifelong, I believe.
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