A message from Mrs Rafferty
I am delighted to inform the VP family that I have received official notice from the Department of Education regarding my appointment as principal. I am honoured to serve you, the VP staff and our precious girls. I know that with the support and counsel from our school SMT and GB we will endeavour to uphold the ethos and ‘VP Vibe’ both Mrs Abrahams and Mrs Kaiser, as well as our previous principals worked so hard to instil. You only need to step onto our school campus to sense what a happy and special place this is for our girls and for those who work here. I am delighted to be the new official custodian of the office ‘Sweetie Jar’. The Sweetie Jar represents to me praise, encouragement, a world of colour, comfort, some sweetness, a bit of an energy boost and affirmation. I promise that it will never be empty!
Medication: Please note that if your daughter requires medication at school it must be handed in at the office with a copy of the prescription. No over-the-counter medication is to be brought to school. If you have any queries in this regard please contact the office.
Aftercare traffic: In order to try to reduce the amount of traffic congestion we are experiencing outside the hostel in the afternoons, we will be opening the entrance to the Pre-Primary gate for parents to collect our younger girls, Gr 00-1 from the Beaufort Street side. Gr 2-7 girls must still be collected from the hostel entrance. We would also like to stress that marked parking bays at the hostel entrance are allocated and belong to our flat tenants. Please do not use these parking bays when collecting your daughter from aftercare. We also ask that you drive carefully and patiently when driving into and leaving this area. Thank you for your assistance with this.
School Bubble: Please can we also request that parents do NOT park or drive into the area allocated for teachers’ parking at any time of the day. It is clearly marked. Let’s set an example to our daughters to be citizens who respect and abide by laws and regulations.
Grade 4 HPV Vaccinations: The nurses will be arriving on Tuesday the 12 February at 09h00 to administer the HPV vaccination to our Grade 4 girls, who have provided consent letters.
Sewage Leak on Huntley Street: I am sure you all reacted with horror as you saw the sewage spill running down Huntley Street this past week affecting both our girls and the children of Good Shepherd. Although this should have been a task for the municipality to attend to, we cannot express enough of our heartfelt gratitude to Clint Hare of R&S Plumbing who promptly attended to it on Thursday morning. They did so free of charge to help both our schools. Service like this, provided by community-minded people, is what keeps us optimistic about our town! Thank you!
Personalities of the Week
Congratulations to Bronwyn van Onselen for showing great
sportsmanship in her tennis match and to Skyla Davies, for always displaying a kind and sharing attitude in class. We are so proud of both Personalities of the Week!
On Wednesday, 6 February our athletics team participated in the final round of the Grahamstown CMC Athletics Championships for track and field events at PJ Olivier. The girls did their best and we achieved the following results:
U/13: Kelsey Frazer 2nd in 100m and 200m, Sama Khumalo 4th in 200m, Unathi Hlana 7th in 1500m
U12: Lisa Mpahlwa 4th in 150m, Sue-Ann Swanepoel 5th in 1200m
U10: Nqobile Gxashe 3rd in 100m
U/13: Kelsey Frazer 2nd in high jump, Unathi Hlana 2nd in long jump
U11: Grace Mayekiso 2nd in long jump and 2nd in high jump
U10: Lisa-Jane Evans 1st in long jump, Zazi Veto 3rd in long jump
Congratulations to Kelsey Frazer, Unathi Hlana, Grace Mayekiso, Lisa-Jane Evans and Nqobile Gxashe who will represent Makana at the Sarah Baartman District Championships at the Oval in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 15 February.
The Kingswood Short Course Gala will take place on Tuesday, 12 February. It starts at 14:00 and should be done by 16:30. The school buses will be leaving from the school bubble at 13:15 and returning to the hostel bubble once the gala is over. If you are transporting your daughter yourself, please ensure that she is at the Kingswood pool by 13:30 for warm-up.
The 4th and final B- League Gala of the season will be taking place at Newton Park Swimming Pool in PE on the 16th of February.
Tennis: Unfortunately, the junior tennis match against Port Alfred was cancelled. The senior tennis team girls played against PJ Olivier on the 6th February. Kendra May came to PJ’s rescue as they were short of one player. Thank you, Kendra! VP won both the singles and doubles section. VP won a total of 41 games and PJ Olivier won 14 games. Another great win for VP.
Please can all our Team Tennis player parents consider entering their daughters into the Buco doubles tournament and/or the TTA tournament? It is an amazing opportunity to increase their skills and experience. The TTA entries need to be in by Monday.
Good luck to the following girls who will be challenging for better positions in the Albany Tennis Ranking: Isabella Greyling, Tara Bettridge, Nicole Swart and Viola Stoloff.
Hockey: U10 Hockey trials will take place on Friday, 15 February, on Fergusson Field. This is to selct a team to attend the Union Mini Hockey Festival on the 8th and 9th of March.
Many parents have received an email/sms from KARRI regarding payment for the Valentine’s Civvies Day and the Magic and Illusion Show, and have already paid using this method. Please note that you are under no obligation to use the KARRI app. It is just a facility to try and make your lives a little easier. We will load fundraising events throughout the year. Parents are welcome to continue to send money to school if this is what you prefer. If you need assistance with Karri please contact Mrs Terblanche in the school office.
Magic and Illusion show: On Tuesday, 12 February SA’s leading magician & illusionist, Mark Rose-Christie will visit our school and present his new, exciting, comical and mind-boggling show. This promises to be fun and has an educational component as well. Gr 3-7 girls have been asked to bring R10 to school for this very exciting show. You may pay using the Karri App.
Valentine’s Day Sports Tour Fundraiser (Gr 1-7)
Don’t forget that we will have a Civvies Day on Thursday which is of course – Valentine’s Day! Girls must please pay R10 to wear civvies. The dress-up theme is pink, red or white. The U13 hockey and netball coaches and girls are also making fun Valentine’s goodies which girls will be able to pre-order and pay for on Monday. Items available are as follows: Cookies in a bag – R10: Cupcakes – R5; Love Plant R10; LARGE messages in a bottle R20; SMALL Message in a bottle; Cards R5; Keyrings R10 and face painting R5. Please complete the order form at the bottom of the newsletter and return it with the correct payment sealed in an envelope to Ms Knott-Craig on Monday. We only have a set number of items so it will be first come, first served. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED
On the same day (Thursday, 14 February) our school will be observing Global School Play Day. This is an opportunity for our children to enjoy unstructured play time. The initiative started in 2015 as a result of the findings of researcher and scholar Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, who writes extensively about the important role of free and unstructured play in children’s development. In the modern world, the lack of opportunities to play has negatively impacted the wellbeing of children around the world. The occasion is observed globally, and the organisers were hoping to reach 500 000 children in 2019. For more information, please visit their website https://www.globalschoolplayday.com and/or watch the TED talk by Professor Gray where he makes his case for the importance of free and unstructured play in healthy happy childhood development. The Pre-primary girls will enjoy a full day of play. Your daughter is welcome to bring toys and games from home to play and share with their friends. Please ensure that anything they bring is marked with their name and that they will be happy to share it unreservedly with the other girls. The only restriction is NO ELECTRONIC GADGETS. If it has batteries, a screen or needs to be plugged in or charged it is not allowed. Play is the work of children. Let’s enjoy a busy, happy day of nothing but play!
Our Grade 1-7 girls will get an hour during the day to play too! Please send card games, board games, balls, dolls, skipping ropes or any toy that your daughter loves to spend time playing with! The same rule applies though- NO SCREENS!
Hostel Hamburger Fundraiser
The hostel will be selling hamburgers on Friday the 15th February from 2-4pm in the hostel quad. Hamburgers are R35 each and will include sauce, lettuce and tomato, fried onions and cheese. Small bottles of coke will also be on sale for R10 each. Girls and their families can pre-order and we will have limited extra stock to sell on the day. If you would like to pre-order your hamburger or hamburger and coke please send the money to school with your daughter to hand in to her class teacher by Thursday, 14 February. Your support of this fundraiser would be greatly appreciated.
We would like to wish the following girls and staff who have birthdays next week, a very happy birthday. They are Olivia Weyl, Phillipa Weyl, Tenielle Morrison, Rachel Thomson, Ayva Baatjes, Ms Danckwerts and Mr Greyling.
Mrs M Rafferty
Fri, Sat and Sun: Albany Tennis Challenge
Tuesday: Kingswood Short Course gala
Thursday: Valentine’s civvies day & Global Play Day
Friday: Boarders Leave Out
Sarah Baartman athletics at Oval, PE
Rhodes University Maths Challenge
Saturday: B League gala, PE
Sunday: Boarders return
Buco Tennis Doubles Tournament