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Webster House Centenary

By 31 August 2023No Comments

Early in the evening on Saturday, 26 August, Mr Sean Carlisle, Uplands Executive Head, hosted a Cheese and Wine event to mark the occasion of the Centenary of Webster House – the magnificent mansion which was built in 1923 and is the heart of Uplands.

Mr Carlisle reminded us that Webster House has always stood as a symbol of unity, diversity and inclusivity, and urged guests to commit to upholding these values stepping into the future. An exquisite sculpture, called The Cartwheel Children, was also unveiled by Mr Scott Hauptfleisch, Preparatory Head, at the Centenary Celebration. It was created by our past pupil and talented sculptor, Robert Rorich, who matriculated from Uplands in 2013. A delightful poem encapsulating the history of Webster House, titled “The Tale of Webster House” and penned by Mr Gavin Sinclair, past Preparatory Head, was read at the event by Mrs Frances Hyson, past staff member and parent. Mrs Marcia Mabuza, née Cole, shared her enchanting memories of Webster House. Mrs Rowena Tyson, née Kirk, donated two beautiful Burmese Teak Morris chairs back to the verandah of Webster House where they originally sat 100 years ago! These chairs were originally purchased by her grandfather, Mr Leslie Kirk, at the first Uplands fundraiser.

A little later,  Uplands Past Pupils Association (UPPA) hosted a celebratory dinner on the lawns in front of Webster House, which was a truly memorable occasion where so many guests, young and old, shared their love of Uplands.

Photo credit:
Yolanda Woodrow
Cathy Prettejohn
Nomfundo Mazibuko
Debbie van Rooyen