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VP Newsletter 12 July 2024

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Message from the office

Welcome back to Term 3. I trust that you had a wonderful time with your daughters during the holidays. We have started this term off with a bang with many events planned for next week already. Our Grade 7 girls shadowed as waitrons at Spur on Wednesday night and if you weren’t able to support them this week, please save the date to support them on Wednesday the 17 July. We will be celebrating Mandela Day on Thursday, 18 July and we appeal to you to donate any items for our SPCA drive. Also on Thursday we are very excited to present our Victoria in Concert which will showcase our musical talent with VGHS at the Rhodes Theatre. On Friday, 19 July we will have a Civvies Day and the funds raised will go towards our other Mandela Day initiative. More details for these exciting events will follow in this newsletter. Please support us.

This term we are focusing on greeting each other. Whether this be pupil to pupil, teacher to pupil or to visitors – greeting those we know and those we don’t know. This is an important life skill and certainly a good culture to establish within our school. We also want everyone to feel seen and appreciated! In our first step to encourage greeting, we were fist bumping and high fiving each other this past week. We ask that you also encourage greeting with your girls at home and wherever you may go to really establish this important social skill to a point that it becomes a healthy habit and to also endorse greeting as not only something that is practised at school.

‘Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them’ – Billy Kelly


Worker of the Week

Well done to Olibango Ngabaza in Grade 1 for her good work in Maths!

Merit Achievers

Sithe-Nkosi Busakwe, Iminathi Malusi, Zizo Zomelele, Iminqweno Qalani and Christelle Moriarty have received over 250 merits so far this year. Keep up the hard work, girls!


Assembly

On Monday, 15 July Grade 2A will be presenting their assembly. Parents are welcome to join us. Assembly will start at 10:15.


Victoria In Concert

The VP Junior Choir (Gr. 3), Senior Choir (Gr. 4-7), Chamber Choir and Orchestra will perform alongside the VGHS ensembles on Thursday 18 July at 17:30pm at the Rhodes Theatre. This is an exciting collaboration between our two music departments, and we look forward to a wonderful celebration of music. Tickets cost R10 and will be available from the school office and at the theatre door.

Grade 7 Spur Shadow Shift Evening

Thank you to all the parents who supported the first group of Grade 7 girls on Wednesday at the Spur Shadow Shift evening. The second group of Grade 7s will be shadowing on Wednesday the 17th July. Victoria Primary will receive R50 per table booking and 5% of the evenings turnover generated through the Howzat Locals app. All monies raised on the evenings  will be used to purchase T-shirts for the Grade 7 Valedictory at the end of the year.  Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you at Spur!

Dates: Wed 10th and 17th July

Time: 5pm-8pm

For a table booking call: 046 622 2629

SPCA – Mandela Day 18 July 

The theme for Grade 6 for Life Skills is Caring for Animals. As part of this theme and as a Mandela Day initiative, the Grade 6s would like to request donations of the following items for the Grahamstown SPCA: Blankets, Non-perishable foods for cats and dogs, Bowls (all sizes) and pet toys. Items can be handed in to Mrs Goodes. The SPCA are also in need of monetary donations for daily operations. Cash can be handed to Mrs Goodes for receipting. If you pay by EFT to the school account, please use the reference ‘SPCA’. We appreciate your support!


Civvies Day 

On Friday, 19 July we will have a Civvies Day to raise funds for a Mandela Day initiative. We are planning on identifying an area to beautify that will benefit our community. Watch this space! Girls are to come dressed in our school theme ‘We are a rainbow of possibilities!’. Girls are to pay R5 to wear their civvies but they may make a larger donation of any amount towards this event.


Trolley Dash (PTA Fundraiser)

Last term your daughter has received a Trolley Dash booklet to sell. They are due to be returned on Monday, 5 August. Each child is expected to sell at least one booklet which consists of 5 tickets only. Thank you to our girls who have returned theirs already and are already on their second or third booklets. You are stars! Prizes will go to the individual and class who sells the most tickets.


Recycling plans

We are excited to announce that the month of July at VP is dedicated to recycling! We will focus on creating Eco Bricks. Our girls have all been shown an informative slideshow encouraging them to participate in making Eco Bricks. These Eco Bricks will be used to create a special structure, promoting environmental awareness and responsibility.

Ways you can contribute to our month of recycling:

Create Your Own Eco Brick: Use clean, dry, non-recyclable plastic to fill 2-liter or 1.5-liter bottles.  Compress the plastic items tightly to make a solid brick.

https://youtu.be/b5ccBJXgzWs?si=uNdGdbSZ7D8k-prP

Collect Unusable Plastics: Gather non-recyclable plastic items from your home.

Bring these items to school.

Donate Bottles: Send 2-liter or 1.5-liter bottles to school, which we will use to create Eco Bricks.

Your participation will help us build a meaningful project and teach our children the importance of recycling and sustainability. Let’s work together to make a positive impact on our environment!


The Makhanda Schools Chess Championship

We are thrilled to announce that we will be participating in our very first Chess Tournament at Kingwood on Saturday, 20 July. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to showcase their skills and represent our school in a competitive environment. Please note that only the girls who were invited to attend the tournament will be taking part. We wish all our participants the best of luck and look forward to a successful event!


SPORTS RESULTS

On Wednesday, 10 July the U8s and U9s played a netball fixture vs St Andrew’s Prep at VP. The girls had lots of fun and played with enthusiasm. The scores are as follows: U8A drew 2-2; U8B lost 3-2; U9A lost 3-1; U9B won

On Thursday, 11 July the U8s and U9s played a hockey fixture vs St Andrew’s Prep and Bedford Country School at Prep. The girls played their hearts out and had lots of fun. We can be proud of our girls’ sportsmanship on and off the field.

The scores were as follows:  U9A vs Bedford Country School lost 3-0; U9A vs St Andrews Prep lost 5-0; U9B vs St Andrews Prep lost 3-0; U8A vs Bedford Country School won 5-2; U8A vs St Andrews Prep won 4-0; U8B vs St Andrews Prep won 2-0.

A big thank you to all the coaches and parents for the support and encouragement.

Upcoming fixtures

Girls involved will receive letters.

Hockey:

  • Wednesday, 17 June: U13C&D vs St Mary’s @VP
  • Friday, 19 July: U9s will play in St Andrew’s All Girls Hockey & Netball Festival
  • Saturday, 20 July: U9-U11 vs Kingswood College @VP

Fixtures for hockey Saturday, 20 July:

                 Victoria Primary School vs Kingswood College
Hockey
Times Top Field Top Field
09:00-09:25 u10A vs KC u10A u11s vs KC u11A
09:25-10:00 u13C vs KC u13C
High School Field
09:00-09:45 u13B vs KC u13B
09:50-10:40 u13A vs Kingswood u13A

Netball:

  • Friday, 19 July: U9s will play in St Andrew’s Festival
  • Friday, 19 July: U10-U13 vs Kingswood College @VP

Fixtures for netball on Friday, 19 July:

                           Victoria Primary School vs Kingswood College

Friday 19th July 2024

Netball
Times Court A Court B
14h30 u10A u11A
15h00 u12A u13B
15h30 u13A u12B

VP’s Got Talent

We are delighted to inform you that we raised R10 000 from this event. Thank you to our PTA parents, teachers, supporters and our talented girls who made it such a success.


Donation request

Mrs Olivier requests donations of old newspapers and Mrs Calitz requests donations of old spectacle frames (without the lens).


Stationery

We have noticed that many of our Grade 4-7 girls have lost or run out of stationery particularly in the higher grades. We request that you check with your daughter if she has all the stationery she is needing for class and please top-up any items needed.


Birthday wishes

We wish the following girls a very happy birthday for this and next week: Mila McConnachie, Makatendeka Chakona, Ophola Mbongwana, Tawananyasha Afonso, Avenathi Msuthu, Minentle Bill, Nevaeh Jacobs, Zinako Pikoli, Colette Musarurwa, Limandi Dyibishe, Akhe Songongo and Silubonile Mtimkulu. We hope you have a very happy day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon. 15/07 Assembly Grade 2A @10:15
Wed. 17/07 ·         U13 C&D Hockey vs St Mary’s @VP

·         Grade 7 Spur Shadow Shift

Thurs. 18/07 ·         Mandela Day

·         Victoria in Concert @17:30 Rhodes Theatre

Fri.   19/07 ·         Rainbow Civvies Day (R5)

·         13:00 Grade 7 Committee meetings’

·         St Andrew’s Prep All Girls Hockey and Netball tournament @Prep (U9)

·         Netball vs KC (U10-U13) @VP

Sat. 20/07 ·         Hockey vs KC @VP (U9-U13)

·         Chess Tournament @KC

VP Newsletter 14 June 2024

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Message from the office

We often stress the importance of our girls’ education being a partnership between parent, teacher and child. I know that our teachers endeavour to support our girls whenever they are finding something challenging. I also know that our teachers have high expectations of our girls and that we strive to teach them a good work ethic so that we establish the foundation of future success in high school and beyond. But more often than not, unless this is encouraged at home too, our efforts aren’t always effective.

Our parents who play an active interest in their daughter’s homework, progress, school activities and hold them accountable are our best partners in the world. They are critical in ensuring that what we do at school will not only be entrenched in our girls but that they, as pupils, are encouraged, enthusiastic, motivated and have a sense of purpose when they come to school each day.

Walter Edward Williams who is an American economist, commentator, and academic wrote (I have taken the liberty of changing him to her) : ‘For somebody to do well in school, somebody needs to make her go to bed on time and get a good 10 hours sleep. Someone must make her do her homework. Somebody must feed her breakfast in the morning and someone must make her mind (respect) the teacher. If those things are not done, I don’t care how much money you put in the school system, education will not occur’.

 A parent’s responsibility doesn’t end by filling in application forms (and hopefully paying school fees), that’s just the beginning. We cannot stress the importance of parents doing their bit in ensuring academic success for their daughters. Yes, you have secured your daughter’s place at this very good school, but please make sure your daughter thrives while here by reading to her, checking her homework, helping her with her homework, reading her newsletter, asking her about her day, helping her study, ensuring she is committed and attends her practices, supports all fundraising efforts, that she only stays at home if she is very sick, arrives at school on time, that you expand her experiences and horizons by providing her with a variety of experiences, talking to her about current events, playing board games with her and having deep meaningful and engaging conversations with her that will teach her empathy, understanding and to problem solve.

It is also critical that you meet with your daughter’s teacher when you are concerned or if the teacher requests to meet with you, and please, please make it an absolute priority to ensure that you arrange any suggested assessment or support that the teacher may recommend, the sooner your daughter receives support, or the sooner the teacher gets expert advice, the sooner we can ensure that we are all doing what is optimally in the best interest of your daughter.

Jane D Hull said, ‘At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success, is the positive involvement of parents’ and as an unknown source said, ‘When parents are involved in their child’s education, they are sending a message that education is important, and that learning is valued’.

We thank all our parents who support their girls each day and we wish you all a blessed and restful break. A special mention must be made to all the special men who play a role in our girls’ lives and who support and love them – may you all have a wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday.

Letter from the SGB Chairperson

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Once again, thank you for partnering with us to provide the best education for your girls. As we conclude Term 2, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support and dedication to your daughters, particularly during this examination term. Thank you for being patient with your children amidst all your other personal and professional responsibilities. As you receive Term 2 progress reports, please take the time to analyse their performance and engage with them on their progress. Acknowledge their efforts, praise their good work, and motivate them to strive for improvement where necessary.

Your commitment to school drop-offs, collections, lunch preparations, after-school activities and homework support is truly valued. We also greatly appreciate your timely payment of school fees and your enthusiastic involvement in all school fundraising efforts.

A special thank you to our dedicated principal, teachers, administrative staff, and grounds and garden staff. Your hard work and commitment to our school community are invaluable. You play a crucial role in creating a nurturing and conducive environment for our students to learn and grow, and we are immensely grateful for your efforts.

As we head into the winter holidays, I encourage you to allow your children to rest and enjoy this time. Engage them in non-academic activities that empower, positively stimulate, and keep them active during the break. For those traveling, please stay safe, and we hope you enjoy the 50th edition of the National Arts Festival.

Have a restful and enjoyable holiday.

Mrs Thando Qeqe (SGB Chairperson)


Congratulations to the following girls who received their Honours and Merit Awards at this morning’s assembly:

Grade 4

Honours Award

Emihle Kulati, Caitlyn Bodill, Kaylee May, Misha Potts, Isla Orsmond, Libby Everton, Cayden Strauss, Amyoli Loli.

Merit Award

Madison Conroy, Okuhle Smile, Balelihle Jadi, Tessanne Arries, Kendra Chrisjan, Zenazi Gqeke, Yonelisa Ngaleka.

 Grade 5

Honours Award

Makatendeka Chakona, Haset Sintayehu, Owekhethelo Gongqa, Ababalwe Ngwetsheni, Yusrah Suleman.

Merit Award

Olothando Sityata, Bridget Akpeng, Maham Rizvi, Siphesihle Chrisjan.

 Grade 6

Honours Award

Uzosule Kanana, Imanathi Mcophele, Mila Nongubo, Sibonokuhle Benge, Isabella Tladi, Iviwe Jakavula.

Merit Award

Avethandwa Hambaze, Nakweziphi Mthetho, Eila Chirombo, Unakho Fetsha, Esethu Stamper, Mila NcConnachie, Sairaah Govender, Hlumelo Piti, Junaid Williams.

 Grade 7

Honours Award

Azile Hambaze, Emily Steele, Aleesia Jonkers, Liyanda Kutta, Emilie Niesing.

Merit Award

Daniella McLean, Lunathi Mkosana, Maya Christian, Ifeoma Nnadozie, Hlalumi Balfour, Amila Mdingi, Amoyli Sesani,

Lunathi Zikishe, Stella Mullin, Cassandra Radovic, Iminathi Ndilele, Linomtha Kula, Zingce Balani.


Indlulamthi Badges

Well done to Anovuyo Nkohla and Unakho Fetsha who received their badges at Monday’s assembly, and to Caitlyn Bodill, Madison Conroy and Tessanne Arries who received their badges today. We are so proud of you all.

Worker of the Week

Well done to Linomtha Kula for making such wonderful progress in music. Keep it up!

 Personality of the Week

We are very proud of Kungo Ngangani who received the POW certificate at Monday’s assembly for her kindness and encouragement.

Merit Achievers: Haset Sintayehu, Owekhethelo Gongqa, Siphesihle Chrisjan, Emihle Kulati, Kungawo Mpendu, Alexis Muller, Lulo Ponoshe, Lulodwa Siko, Sama Torweni, Alibongwe Mthembu, Avethandwa Hambaze, Luloludwa Siko, Kungawo Mpendu, Sinesipho Mafani, Amari Funani, Iminathi Malusi, Lunje Tshiki, Kungothando Ngangani, Yusrah Suleman, Phumelela Macetyana, Okuhle Smile, Leah Doyle, Zenazi Gqeke, Caitlyn Bodill, Liyanda Kutta, Zinako Pikoli, Sane Mbete, Iminathi Owusu, Lesego Mthiya, Cherise Mardon, Anita Nkanyana, Aleesia Jonkers, Onikwa Mpongwana, Rejoice Chatikobo and Elam Ntlokwana have received over 250 merits so far this year. Well done!


VP’s Got Talent

We were incredibly proud of all our talented finalists. What an amazing show. Thank you to Garreth Robertson and Anna Talbot Kinsley for being our judges- What a tough job you had! Congratulations to our winners for 2024:

1st place: Siarra Appollis & Mr Appolis – Steelpan (Water by Tyla)

2nd place: Jazlin Crafford & Zaydiah Adler – Dance (Saggies Temple Boys)

3rd place: Lunje Tshiki – Dance (Help Me)

We would like to thank everyone for their patience when the event finished later than expected.


Slipper Day

We are pleased to announce that R5 705.00 was raised for The Reach for a Dream organisation by our participation in Slipper day. Thank you for your contribution to this cause!


U13 Hockey Tour to Graaff-Reinet

Good luck to the U13A team who are traveling to Graaff-Reinet for the annual Anne Beagley Hockey and Rugby festival.  We are so pleased that this year Supersport will be live streaming all the games. If you would like to watch our fixtures please download the Supersport Schools app. Our fixtures are as follows:

Saturday 15/06: 08:45 VP vs Lilyfontein & 12:50 VP vs Cambridge

Sunday 16/06: 07:00 VP vs Laer Volkskool & 15:55 VP vs Stirling Primary

Monday 17/06:  07:35 VP vs Stirling Invitational

Travel safely, Mrs Andrews, Ms Knott-Craig and the U13 Team!


SPORT

Please note that we will continue with our current extramural netball/hockey programme next term until 29 July when the athletics season begins.


Victoria in Concert

The VP Junior Choir (Gr. 3), Senior Choir (Gr. 4-7), Chamber Choir and Orchestra will perform alongside the VGHS ensembles on Thursday 18 July at 17:30pm at the Rhodes Theatre. This is an exciting collaboration between our two music departments, and we look forward to a wonderful celebration of music. Tickets cost R10 and will be available from the school office and at the door.


Trolley Dash Booklets

Your daughter has received a Trolley Dash booklet to sell. They are only due to be returned on Monday, 5 August. Girls are welcome to collect a second booklet once she sells her first one (and third etc). Each child is expected to sell at least one booklet which consists of 5 tickets only. Please use the holidays to sell to family and friends. This is a PTA fundraiser and proceeds will go towards the cost of our solar panels and inverters which all our girls are already benefiting from. Prizes will go to the individual and class who sells the most tickets. We thank you in anticipation for supporting your daughter’s school.


SPCA –  Mandela Day 18 July 2024  

The theme for Grade 6 for Life Skills next term will be Caring for Animals. As part of this theme and as a Mandela Day initiative, the Grade 6s would like to request donations of the following items for the Grahamstown SPCA: Blankets, Non-perishable foods for cats and dogs, Bowls (all sizes) and pet toys. Items can be handed in to Mrs Goodes. The SPCA are also in need of monetary donations for daily operations. Cash can be handed to Mrs Goodes for receipting. If you pay by EFT to the school account, please use the reference ‘SPCA’. We appreciate your support!


Birthday wishes

We wish the following staff and girls who celebrate during the school holidays a very happy birthday. Ms Makeba, Mrs Dewey, Zothando Mzileni, Owami Shabalala, Sibonokuhle Benge, Lusanele Sixaba, Lara-Anne Fouche, Sinesipho Mafani, Zinathi Mabunda, Aventhandwa Ponoshe, Ella Radovic, Indibabale Kepe, Nakweziphi Mlthetho, Luminjalo Galelekile, Uminathi Kate, Taygan Tarentaal, Amy-Leigh Jacobs, Aleesia Jonker, Anathi Mbandlakazi, Shaziah Loutz, Katherine Marais, Olothando Sityata, Kendra Chrisjan, Nazley Gabriel, Lukholowam Sgam, Christiana Folaranmi, Le-Yante Mnto, Lunathi Mkosana, Maya Christian, Leah Fox, Lelethu Mlisa, Holly Riddin, Alegra Evans and Ayakha Funjwa.

Have a lovely day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL

Upcoming Events

Mon. 17/06 U13A Hockey team returns from Graaff-Reinet
Mon. 08/07 Boarders return to hostel
Tues. 09/07 Term 3 begins.
Thurs. 11/07 Report discussion in the hall 16:00-17:30
Thurs. 19/07 Victoria in Concert

Mandela Day

VP Newsletter 7 June 2024

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Message from the office

This week’s storms have been quite extraordinary and I know that many people have been left stranded and lives have been lost. Facing the vicious storms and raging seas is something we all know we will face from time to time, in a more figurative sense, in our lives. It is important to use our girls’ small obstacles as opportunities for them to realise that they are able to face adversity and overcome it. Often when we try to shield our children from life’s difficulties or we try to protect them from consequences of their choices or actions, we also take away the opportunity from them to ride out a storm and learn valuable life lessons along the way. 

I have taken snippets from an article which further explores this. If you’d like to read the full article, go to https://www.stillwatertherapy.org/post/letting-your-kids-struggle.

Letting your kids struggle.

We live in a time where letting a child struggle at times almost seems abusive. Why would you not comfort the child or fix the problem for them? Often parents don’t see the damage they do to their children by saving them from their struggle. Initially, the child will grow and tend to do well until they hit an obstacle. Often first adversities start in school or extra-curricular activities. Parents all too often displace responsibility on external factors like teachers/coaches, bullies, or other hurdles the child faces. The sad reality is the parent that continues to save their children, often robs the child of the opportunity to develop their ability to overcome the obstacles. 

 As many know, it is important to show children love and nurturing to help them develop into healthy individuals as well. So the question is, when is it okay to let children struggle? 

 As parents, we need to start by providing supportive care to allow the child to safely resolve problems on their own. Making sure that your child is safe from damaging physical or emotional harm while they face adversity is also important. This allows them to explore and feel enabled to attempt to overcome the challenge they face.

 When praising your child for overcoming the challenging feat, praise their effort. Children will learn from their experiences that they are capable of overcoming hard things, even if the hardest thing in her life at this moment is completing a puzzle.

 Allow each family member to pick one difficult activity that they have to do daily. Everyone in the family has to do one activity a day to help develop grit. Doing this as a family also shows children that struggling is a part of life and helps them mimic the same behaviour in the activity they choose.

 The more effort is put into overcoming a challenge, the greater the satisfaction when the challenge is complete. Once a reward is obtained, like getting a good report or praise, the positive behaviour is further reinforced. If a child is robbed of the reward of overcoming adversity then they will not have the reinforcement they need to face another similar task. There becomes a learned behaviour of giving up when they are faced with a task that is perceived as being too difficult. 

 It is important to emphasize the absolute importance of love throughout the process of helping a child overcome their obstacles. Just as much as saving your child from issues is damaging, so can being emotionally cold and dismissive towards your child as they struggle. Sticking to a balance with your parenting is important for a child’s development.

 Becoming a parent with these skills takes a lot of personal control and self-awareness.  Wisdom takes practice, patience, and determination to develop. No parent is perfect but developing the skill of letting your child struggle out of love takes wisdom. 


VP’s Got Talent

We would like to thank all the girls that entered into the VP’s Got Talent contest. There were some incredible performances and we certainly have talented young ladies at our school. Congratulations to the finalists who will be performing on Thursday, 13 June at 18:00 in the Glennie Hall. Please come and support the performers. Tickets for the final show can be bought from the office for R25. No tickets will be sold at the door so buy now to avoid disappointment. Not only will we have our amazing finalists to watch, we also have some surprise staff items to enjoy. We will have a tuckshop and coffee truck available before the show so bring some cash along. Who will be our first ever VP’s Got Talent winner for 2024? 

 VP’s Got Talent Finalists

  • Halle Orsmond and Teia van Rooyen – Nelly the Elephant (Dance) 
  • Sabrina Nyathi and Ifeoma Nnadozie – (Piano Duet) 
  • Eila Chirombo – Once upon a December (Sing)
  • Lunje Tshiki – Help Me – (Dance)
  • Hailey Gill – ‘ Something that you like to do’ (Piano)
  • Shameega Khohliso and Hlumisa Piti – Dynamite Duo (Dance)
  • Iminathi Ndilele – Julie and the Phantoms Wake up (Sing)
  • Libby Everton – The Wellerman (Highland Sailor’s Dance)
  • Libhongo Mase – John Legend – All of Me (Sing) 
  • Emery Klyve – Hunters Chorus (Viola)
  • Jazlin Crafford and Zaydiah Adler – Saggies -Temple Boys (Dance)
  • Owekhethelo Gqogqa and Sambesiwe Dyantyi – Easy on Me – Adele (Sing)
  • Kamvelihle Mesani and Alibongwe Mthembu – Pour our thoughts (Art)
  • Kamva Tyatyeka – Lost Princess Awakening (Poetry)
  • Asanda Mbolompo, Oyama Morule, Hlalumi Balfour, Aleeisa Jonker, Zingce Balani, Amyoli Sesani and Amyoli Matswele – I don’t clap in this rap – (Skit/Rap)
  • Carla Frazer – Jinx – Diane Hidy (Piano)
  • Iminathi Ndilele, Unako Dlepu, Iminathi Ngcwele and Zingce Balani – (Cheerleading)
  • Grade 1C – (Sing)
  • Hlaluminathi and Ekuyenathi Menzi – Kiss and make up (Dance)
  • Siarra Appollis and Mr Appollis – Water (Tyla) – (Steelpan)
  • Isla Orsmond and Matilda – Another day – Lalaland (Dance)
  • Lunathi Makasi – (Sing)
  • Glennis Chakurungama, Laraa Andriantiana and Chanelle Musarurwa – (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
  • Sinesipho Mafani – In the Cross – Gospel Song (Sing)
  • Luna Copteros and Anton Brink – Street of London (Sing/Piano)
  • Mr Buka – The Reflection (Dance)
  • Luna Copteros, Hennie van der Mescht, Anton Brink – Winternag (Sing)

 


Worker of the Week

Congratulations to Leah Flotman who is our W.O.W for her wonderful news about staying in her pajamas over the freezing cold weekend:)  

Indlulamthi Badges

Congratulations to Mukundi Thondhlana and Amyoli Matswele who both received their badges at Monday’s assembly. Thank you for being exemplary VP girls!

 Merit Achievers

Well done Emihle Kulati, Sibonokuhle Benge, Isabella Tladi, Hlumelo Piti, Kamva Tyatyeka, Lunje Hloyi and Sinembasa Mapipa who have received over 250 merits this year. Keep up the hard work, girls!


Assembly

  • We thoroughly enjoyed Grade 3M’s assembly about Africa Day. Thank you for your inspirational message, 3M!
  • On Monday Grade 3S will present their assembly. Parents are welcome to join us. The assembly starts at 10:15.
  • On Friday we will have our academic assembly at 08:30. All girls in Grade 4-7 who have achieved Honours and Merits Awards will receive a certificate. All girls are to wear their winter uniform on the day. Grade 4-7 must wear their blazers.

Grade 6&7 Outing

On Wednesday our Grade 6 & 7s went to St Andrew’s Prep to watch a production of ‘Peter Pan Jnr’. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience!


U13A Hockey practice

The U13A hockey girls will have practice next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 14:00 to 15:00 in preparation for their Graaff-Reinet tour.

We will have a tuckshop for the girls on Tuesday, 11 June to raise funds in support of the U13 Hockey tour. Please support them!


 Piano party

Mr. Wynne’s composition students will perform their original works on Friday, 14 June at their Piano Party. This will give our young composers an opportunity to learn from each other and share their creative ideas. All participants are to please bring some snacks to share (chips/sweets).


Term 2 report handout and last week of term.

Please note that teachers are still teaching and will do so until the last day of the term. We have started Term 3 work! Please make sure your daughter attends school or she is missing out on important lessons and will start Term 3 on the back foot. 

Girls will be given their reports on the last day of the term. Girls are expected to be at school unless they are ill. No report will be handed out before 10:30 on the last day. Please do not come to the school office before then on Friday to collect her report as the teachers will be busy in their classes or will be at assembly- the office staff DO NOT have the reports.  


Trolley Dash Booklets

Your daughter will receive a Trolley Dash booklet to sell today. They are only due to be returned on Monday, 5 August. Girls are welcome to collect a second booklet once she sells her first one (and third etc). Each child is expected to sell at least one booklet which consists of 5 tickets only. Please use the holidays to sell to family and friends. This is PTA fundraiser and proceeds will go to the cost of our solar panels and inverters which all our girls are already benefiting from. Prizes will go to the individual and class who sells the most tickets. We thank you in anticipation for supporting your daughter’s school. 


School  bags

Our new stock of VP branded school bags have arrived. They cost R700 and can be purchased at the office.


Lost Property

The lost property is available for girls or parents to come and check at any time during the school day (07:00-16:00). If you are missing items of clothing, lunchboxes, juice bottles, shoes etc. please ensure that you or your daughter check for it Monday-Thursday next week. On the last day of term, items that remain unclaimed will be laundered and sent to the Clothing Exchange.


Hockey vs Union

Please note that the hockey fixtures scheduled for tomorrow, 8 June, against Union High have been cancelled due to our fields being waterlogged.


Tuckshop

The U13A hockey team will be hosting a tuckshop on Tuesday at first break to raise funds for their tour to Graaff-Reinet. Please support them.


Birthday wishes

The following staff and girls a very happy birthday for next week: Ms Casling, Mr Buka, Mrs Britz-Nel, Naledi April, Mercy Mooya, Bidget Akpeng, Asali Dude and Sitha Mkolo. We hope you have a lovely birthday!


If you completed a form requesting to be added to the VP Whatsapp group and have not yet received a message please send a query to the VP Whatsapp number 0834682706.

 

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL

 

 

Upcoming events

Fri. 07/06

Extramurals end for this term

Mon. 10/06

Assembly Grade 3S @10:15

Tues. 11/06

Tuckshop at break time.

Thurs. 13/06

VP’s Got Talent Show @18:00

Fri. 14/06

Last day of 2nd term

Academic Assembly @08:30

School finishes @10:30

Reports will be handed out @10:30

Hostel closes @12:30

No Aftercare

U13s leave on their hockey tour to Graaff Reinet.

 

 

 

 

 

VP Newsletter 24 May 2024

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Message from the office

Please NOTE that we will not have a newsletter on Friday the 31 May. The next newsletter will be on the 7 June 2024. 

I have not personally read the book “Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World” written by Kristen Welch but the title certainly grabbed my attention. A selection of the excerpts below, which I found on Facebook of all places, highlights a few points from the book which I think is a good message for all of us. 

Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World” tackles the challenge of fostering an appreciative spirit in children growing up in a world that often emphasizes instant gratification and material possessions.

Here are 7 lessons from the book:

  1. The Power of “No” and Setting Boundaries: While it might feel counterintuitive, setting boundaries and saying no to children’s demands can be a powerful tool for raising grateful children. This teaches them delayed gratification, the value of hard work, and the importance of appreciating what they already have.
  1. Distinguishing Needs vs. Wants: A crucial step is helping children understand the difference between necessities (food, shelter, clothing) and desires (latest gadgets, extra treats). By guiding them to prioritise needs and appreciate the effort behind fulfilling them, you cultivate a foundation for gratitude. 
  1. Building a Gratitude Routine: The book introduces simple practices like gratitude journals or regular “gratitude moments” at the dinner table. These routines encourage children to reflect on the positive aspects of their lives, fostering an appreciative mindset that becomes second nature.
  1. Fostering a Culture of Work and Contribution: Assigning household chores and other responsibilities teaches valuable life skills and instills a sense of accomplishment. When children contribute to the household, they gain a deeper appreciation for the effort involved in maintaining a comfortable life.
  1. Breaking the Cycle of Entitlement: Often we as parents have our own anxieties about saying no or spoiling our children which can contribute to their entitled attitude. The author suggests that we parent with a focus on raising grateful individuals.
  1. The Value of Delayed Gratification: Learning to wait for things they desire can be a powerful lesson in appreciating what they eventually receive. The book suggests that we encourage children to save up for desired items or patiently wait for special occasions, teaching them the value of delayed gratification.
  1. Importance of Perspective Taking: Encouraging children to consider the work and resources behind the things they enjoy, like a delicious meal or a comfortable home, can foster gratitude. By helping them see the bigger picture, they develop an appreciation for the effort that goes into providing for them.

Worker of the Week

Congratulations to Anna Malamis who is our Worker of the Week for her excellent progress in Music.

Merit Achievers

Well done Nazley Gabriel, Kendra Chrisjan, Mbalentle Dyaloyi and Olothando Kanyiwe who have received over 250 merits this year. Keep up the hard work, girls!

Mini Maestros Music competition

Many of our young musicians participated in the SASMT’s Mini Maestros competition at Kingswood College last Friday, and we are very proud of these girls for so bravely presenting polished performances for the audience and the judge. Congratulations to Lulama Joe, who won a medal in her category!


VP’s Got Talent

Now that the exams are behind us we hope that our aspiring performers are finalising their acts for their auditions. A reminder that the closing date for entries is today. We will be hosting auditions in the afternoons of the week of 3-6 June. The girls who have entered will be notified of what afternoons they need to audition. We wish them all the best!

Tickets for our finalists show will be available from the school office. The show will be held on Thursday the 13th June @ 18:00. There will be a limited number of tickets sold so buy now to avoid disappointment. Tickets cost R25 per person.


Assembly

On Monday (27/05) we look forward to Grade 3D presenting their assembly and then on Monday, 3 June it is Grade 3M’s turn! Parents are most welcome to join us. The assemblies start at 10:15 sharp!


Grade 6 Leadership Workshop

On Thursday, 30 May the Grade 6s will be participating in a leadership workshop presented by Dr Ian Knott- Craig. We hope that the girls enjoy what is on offer and that they learn valuable insights and skills. More details will follow in a letter which will be sent out to the Grade 6 parents. 


VR Education Virtual Show

Today, Friday 24, the Grade 1-7 girls were fortunate to be transported to the wonderful virtual worlds of an aquarium, a safari, the planetarium, and the human body. This was an incredible experience that we certainly won’t easily forget. It was also a fantastic way to celebrate the end of exams for our Intersen Phase girls.


Election Day

A reminder that Wednesday is Election Day and there will be no school.


Slipper Day – 31 May

If you have bought your Slipper Day sticker you may bring slippers to wear at school on Friday. If you have not purchased a sticker but would still like to wear your slippers at school you can bring a R10 donation to do so. All the money raised will go to Reach for a Dream, an organization that strives to fulfil the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.


SPORT

Tennis:  Four of our girls will be playing tennis in the Luden Cup on Sunday, 26 May. Play well, girls!

Hockey & Netball vs DSG:  Scheduled for Saturday, 25 May has been postponed due to weather. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Hockey vs Kingswood College:  On Tuesday, 28 May the U9A&B, U10A&B, U13A&B hockey teams will be playing matches vs Kingswood at KC. Girls participating will have received a letter. Good luck, girls!

 Hockey & Netball vs Westering Primary:  On Saturday, 1 June we will be travelling to Gqeberha to compete against Westering Primary School. Girls participating will have received a letter. We await the fixtures and these will be given to the relevant girls next week. Play well, girls!

 Hockey & Netball vs Lorraine Primary:  On Saturday, 1 June our Grade 1 & 2 hockey girls will be playing at Lorraine Primary in Gqeberha. Girls participating will have received a letter. The fixtures are as follows:

U7 Hockey fixtures

Time

08h30

VP vs Rowallan Park

09h45

VP vs Lorraine

10h45

VP vs Westering

11h15

Vp vs Sunridge

 

U7 netball fixtures

Time

08h30

VP vs Cotswold

09h00

VP vs Lorraine 1

09h30

VP vs Lorraine 2

10h15

VP vs Sunridge 1

11h15

VP vs Sunridge 2

 

U8 netball fixtures

Time

08h30

VP vs Rowallan Park 1

09h30

VP vs Lorraine 2

10h15

VP vs Sunridge 1

11h15

VP vs Curro 1

12h00

VP vs Sunridge 2

 Hockey vs Reddam House: On Tuesday, 4 June the U13A Hockey will be playing Reddam House at VP starting at 15:30.

 Mini-Hockey Clinic:  On Thursday, 7 June the U7& U8 hockey girls will participate in a hockey clinic at St. Andrew’s Prep. Letters will be sent out with additional information.


Birthday wishes

We wish the Mr Majiba and Ms Knott-Craig all the best for their birthdays in the next two weeks. Due to an office error some of our girls who celebrate their birthday in May were mentioned in the wrong week and others not at all – so here they all are again with the girls who celebrate in the first week of June.

Alonge Loyilani, Sairaah Govender, Lunje Manzana, Lubeluhle Peteni, Unako Sigwinta, Esihle Xulu, Lulolodwa Siko,  Alumindawo Xibiya, Milisuthando Nkayi, Inomusa Tauzen, Luna Copteros, Lunje Giyose, Zoe Green, Anopa-Nyasha Thondhlana, Ithandile Hilta, Buhle Koliti, Emihle Siwa, Angawo Zono, Okuhle Dyibishe, Ngcwele Manyati, Olibango Ngabaza, Lashante Rama, Alunamida Jakavula, Misha Potts, Abenathi Kulati, Zaydiah Adler, Rose Jordaan, Zingce Tanga, Riley-Anne Knott-Craig, Emihle Kulati, Riley-Jo Potts, Rose Chirombo, Elrie-Louise Minnaar, Alwaba Ndawuni, Leah Doyle, Lesego Mthiya, Chloe de Beer, Azizipho Ngindana, Kelly Doyle, Chanelle Musarurwa, Emily Weber, Emily Grosch, Lulo Dyantyi, Esona Mali, Ifeoma Nnadozie, Reaboka Dukashe, Asante Sankqela, Mihle Mgwebi, Sinambasa Mapipa, Indiphile Mdlalana and Iyizwile Nomkonwana. We wish you all a very special day!

Upcoming events

Sat. 25/05

Netball & Hockey vs DSG @VP has been postponed due to weather. 

Sun. 26/05

Tennis: Luden Cup

Mon. 27/05

Assembly Grade 3D @10:15

Back to normal school times

Tues. 28/05

Hockey vs Kingswood @KC

U9A&B, U10A&B, U13A&B

Wed. 29/05

National Election Day

Fri. 31/05

Slipper Day

FP end at 13:00 no extramurals

Sat. 01/06

Hockey vs Westering in Gqeberha

Grade 1&2 Hockey vs Lorraine Primary in Gqeberha

Mon. 03/06

Assembly Grade 3M @10:15

Tues. 04/06

U13s play Reddam House @VP starting 15:30

 

Thurs. 06/06

Mini hockey @Prep

Fri. 07/06

Grade 7 Committee meetings

Extramurals end for this term

Sat. 08/06

Hockey vs Union @VP

Back to normal times

Please note that as from next week, the Grade 4-7 (IP) school day will once again end at 13:45. We will return to our full extramural programme as from Monday, 27 May.

The last day of extramurals for the term is on Friday, 7 June, although Junior and Senior choir rehearsals will continue in the last week of term.

Grade 1-3 (FP)

Please note that the FP school times will be as follows for the following two weeks.

Mon-Wed they finish at 14:00 and Thurs & Fri they finish at 13:00

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL

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Message from the office

This week I have decided to reshare a message that was sent out in our newsletter on the 3 March last year. I think it is important for all of us to not get lax about our children’s cellphone usage, to always be vigilant about what they are doing on it, what they are being exposed to and how long they spend on it each day, particularly during exam time.

As you are well aware we do not allow our girls to have their cellphones at school or at any school event. This is largely due to both the distraction it can cause and to avoid the many disciplinary issues that arise from cellphone use.

If you as a parent have chosen to allow your child to own a phone, to have access to social media and to be able to go online, there are some serious consequences that may come with this decision if certain rules and boundaries and regular checks are not enforced. Our girls, including the Grade 7s, do not have the maturity to manage themselves or to set their own boundaries and this includes what they Google, what they may watch, what they read, what they say to others online and how much time they spend on their phones.

Are you checking on what your daughters are saying to others, what others are saying to them, what chats they are part of and what links they are viewing? This is not imposing on their privacy, this is good parenting. If you are concerned about what is happening, take your

child’s phone away or set limits as to how long they can be on their phones. Make it very clear to them that as you are the sponsor of their airtime and data, and simply as you are the parent, you will be checking in on their phones from time to time and if there is something they don’t want you to see, then they shouldn’t be doing it.

Teach your daughter what is acceptable and what is not. Teach her that if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, then you shouldn’t say it in a text. Let your children know that they can share with you if they are feeling victimised, picked on or bullied online. Empower them to report someone else being picked on, in a chat that they are on, and if they don’t they are consenting to the bullying. Teach them that it is okay to leave a group that they don’t like or feel uncomfortable with and that they don’t have to explain why. Teach them that spreading rumours and making false allegations online is a criminal offense nd that they can find themselves in serious trouble if they do so.

Additionally, it is important that you do not allow screen time just before bedtime. Studies show that children might be even more sensitive than adults to screen time before bed. Screens can stimulate a child’s mind, making it trickier for them to settle down. Plus, the blue light can disrupt their natural sleep cycle. So to ensure your daughter gets the deep, restful sleep she needs, make sure she isn’t on her phone at least an hour before bed and even then that it is not for an extended period.

I know that young children love their phones and it is the modern way to socialise but at what cost? Set boundaries and keep alert. If you’ve made the decision to give your daughter a phone, that is the responsibility that comes with it, as a parent. Check your daughter’s phone today, she is too young to be hiding things from you and she is too young to be left to make decisions that come with being online.


VP’s Got Talent Ticket sales

Tickets for our finalists show of VP’s Got Talent will be available from the school office as from Monday. The show will be held on Thursday the 13th June @ 18:00. There will be a limited number of tickets sold so buy now to avoid disappointment. Tickets cost R25 per person.


Flu

There is a nasty strain of influenza doing the rounds and this is certainly not ideal with exams in progress. We are encouraging our girls to wash their hands regularly at school. If your daughter has flu symptoms and she is well enough to come to school, if possible, please send her with a mask to avoid further spreading to others. This flu seems to have hit Makhanda hard! On that note a reminder that if your daughter is to miss any exams whether for one day or more, she will need a doctor’s note to excuse herself.  This is according to our school policy.


Merit Achievers

Well done Oyama Morule, Lunathi Zikishe, Talitha Dingani, Manahil Rizvi, Tandolwethu Ketwa, Chikhu Mitochi and Eila Chirombo who have received over 250 merits this year. Keep up the hard work, girls!


Exam times

Next week the Grade 4-7 classes will continue with their exams. The academic school day will end at 13:00 and the extramural programme will run from 13:00-14:00 (back page of newsletter).

Exam Timetable

Date Exams
Monday,

20 May

Grade 4-7:

·        Maths Paper 1

·        English Language and Comprehension

Tuesday,

21 May

Grade 4-7: Maths Paper 2

Grade 7: Life Orientation

Wednesday, 22 May Grade 4-7: Natural Sciences

Grade 7: LSPA Practical

Thursday,

23 May

Grade 4-7: SS History

Grade 7: LSPA theory

Friday,

24 May

Grade 7:  EMS

SAC/DSG Music Festival: We are so proud of our young musicians who participated in the SAC/DSG music festival on Monday. Each performer displayed excellent stage deportment, and managed their nerves well. This was a wonderful opportunity for these girls to perform in a non-competitive arena, and to hear a range of repertoire being played on a wide array of instruments. Well done!

 Mini Maestros: We wish our musicians the best for today as they attend the Mini Maestro competition at Kingswood Music school. Play well and make us proud, girls!


SPORT

Tennis: Congratulations Stella Mullin, Marizaan Boucher, Kaylee May and Daniella McLean who were the district winners at their tournament last weekend. Well done, girls!

U10 & U13 Hockey Clinic: On Saturday, 18 May Ms Knott-Craig and Mrs Andrews will be running a hockey clinic for all the U10 hockey girls and the U13A&B hockey teams. The girls involved have received letters with further information.

U8 Hockey Clinic: A selected group of U8 Hockey girls will take part in a hockey clinic at St Andrew’s Prep, Fairlawn field on Thursday, 23 May 2024. The aim of the day is to have fun on the hockey field and learn new skills. The girls will be doing some drills with various coaches. We will start at 13:15 and finish at 14:15. We will leave school at 12:45. Parents are welcome to collect their daughters from St Andrew’s Prep.

 Tennis: On Friday, 24 May the Top 8 tennis girls will play a tennis match against DSG at VP. The match will start at 13:30. Girls will receive letters. Good luck, girls!

Hockey & Netball vs DSG: On Saturday, 25 May at we will be playing hockey and netball vs DSG at VP. Please see the fixtures that follow:

Hockey Fixtures vs DSG & Prep 25th May 2024
Time   Top Field
10:00-10:45 u13A VP vs DSG u13A 10:00-10:25 VP u10A vs DSG u10A
10:45-11:20 u13C VP vs DSG u13C 10:25-11:00 DSG u11A vs DSG u11B
11:20-11:55 u13B VP vs DSG u13B 11:00-11:25 VP u10B vs DSG u10B VPu10C vs VP u10D
Netball Fixtures vs DSG & Prep

25 May 2024

Time Court A Time Court B
09:00 u11C VP vs DSG u11C 09:00 u10A VP vs DSG u10A
09:25 u11B VP vs DSG u11B 09:25 u10B VP vs DSG u10B
09:50 u11A VP vs DSG u11A 09:50 u12C VP vs DSG u12C
10:15 u12B VP vs DSG u12B 10:15 u12D VP vs DSG u12D
10:40 u12A VP vs DSG u12A 10:40 u13B VP vs DSG u13B
11:05 u13A VP vs DSG u13A

Slipper Day – 31 May

If you would like to wear slippers at school AND support a good cause, please remember to support our efforts to raise money for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day.  Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on Friday, 31 May!  If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream, an organization that strives to fulfil the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.


VP Whatsapp Broadcast group

Thank you to all the families who returned their consent forms for a school Whatsapp Broadcast group. These have all been added however in order for you to receive the Broadcast messages please add the school cellphone number to your contacts: 0834682706.


Birthday wishes

We wish the following staff member and girls a very happy birthday: Ms Stirk, Abenathi Kulati, Zaydiah Adler, Rose Jordaan, Zingce Tanga, Riley-Anne Knott-Craig, Emihle Kulati, Riley-Jo Potts, Rose Chirombo and  Elrie-Louise Minnaar. We hope you have a very happy day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL

Upcoming events

Fri. 17/05 Mini Maestro Competition @Kingswood College
Sat. 18/05 U10 & U13A&B Hockey clinic
 

20-24 May

Gr 4-7 academic day ends at 13:00. Extramurals are from 13:00-14:00. Please see exam timetable for scheduled exams.
Thurs 23/05 U8 Hockey Clinic @SAC Prep
Sat. 25/05 Netball & Hockey vs DSG @VP
Wed. 29/05 National Election Day
Fri. 31/05 Slipper Day

Extramural Programme

ALL THE EXTRA MURALS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 13:00-14:00

NB* Please note that the FOUNDATION PHASE Sport will continue as normal.

Monday 20 May Chamber Choir- 07:15-07:45

NETBALL – U10A/B -VGHS Courts (13:00 -14:00) (Mrs Britz-Nel)

NETBALL – U11A/B – VGHS Courts (13:00-14:00) (Mrs Kruger)

INTERVENTION SESSIONS

Grade 4 Interventions (voluntary) 13:00-14:00

Grade 6 Maths Intervention: Mrs Goodes 13:00-14:00

Grade 7 Maths Intervention : Mrs Coetzee 13:00-14:00

Tuesday 21 May Senior Choir – 07:15-07:45

Junior Choir – 07:30-08:00

NETBALL – U13A/B – VGHS Courts (13:00-14:00) (Ms Featherstone)

NETBALL – U12A/B – VGHS Courts (13:00-14:00) (Mr Buka)

HOCKEY – U10 A/B/C/D Top field Miss Knott-Craig/Miss Du Plooy (Fergusson Field)

Strength Training – All Welcome (Gr 4-7)  (Mrs Rafferty)

TEAM TENNIS- Court C/D 13:00-13:45 Mrs Thiart

Grade 5 Eng/Maths Interventions: Ms Miskin 13:00-14:00 (Voluntary)

Wednesday 22 May Senior Choir – 07:15-07:45

Junior Choir – 07:30-08:00

HOCKEY – U13 1sts/2nds (13:00-14:00) (Mrs Andrews) VG Field

HOCKEY – U13 3rds/4ths (13:00-14:00) (Mrs Sauls/Mrs Coetzee) Fergusson Field

NETBALL – U11C/D – (13:00 – 14:00) (Mrs Kruger)

NETBALL – U10C/D – Court A/B (13:00 -14:00) (Mrs Britz-Nel)

Thursday 23 May Senior Choir – 07:15-07:45

Junior Choir – 07:30-08:00

NETBALL – U12/U13 C/D – VGHS Courts (13:00-14:00) (Ms Vongo)

INTERVENTION SESSIONS

Grade 4 Intervensions 13:00-14:00

Grade 5 Maths Intervention: Ms Miskin 13:00-14:00 (Voluntary)

Grade 7 Maths Intervention: Mrs Coetzee 13:00-14:00

Friday 24 May Orchestra 13:00-14:00

Chamber Choir 13:00-14:00

Saturday 25 May HOCKEY AND NETBALL vs DSG

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Message from the office

Today’s message has to be to our VP moms- to all the women; mommies, grannies, big sisters and aunties who nurture, care for and support our little girls every day. Here are a few special messages from our VP girls to their moms.

Aleah Grade R

My mother is special. She’s cool and compassionate but she knows when to step her foot down. My mother has impeccable style and looks gorgeous everyday. I love her.

Avuzwa Grade 7

Dear Mom,

You are my everything.

You make me laugh and smile,

You’re my wall to lean on.

I would never trade your love for anything.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Azile Grade 7

Hlalumi Grade 2

My mom has taught me many life lessons. How to be well-mannered, being grateful for what I have and being thankful to go to a school where I meet all the children that are like my sisters, and teachers like my parents. I admire my mom because she knows what’s right and wrong.  Manahil Grade 7

Dear Mom

Halle Grade 2

Thank you for teaching me to be the girl I am today.

Jazlin Grade 7

To the world you are a mother, but to your family you are the world.

Alizia Grade 7

Dear Mama

You are the best Mama ever. You are always there when I need you. You make me feel very very loved at home and you always make me feel like I am the best chef, singer and queen in the world. I am very happy that I am your daughter. You are the kindest-hearted mother in the world… well to me and my sister of course. I love you lots. Sinesipho Grade 5

Dear Mom

I just wanted to tell you why I love you so much. I love you because…everytime I’m sad you always find a way to make me happy by just looking at me and when I look in your beautiful brown eyes I see and I know that you love me very much!  Lulo Grade 4

To my mother

You should appreciate yourself. You are always there for me. You are kind, honest, sweet and loving. I appreciate you taking risks and sacrificing things for me. You are so pretty or beautiful or I just cannot find the words for how good of a mother you are. You do a lot of things for me. You help me, you love me and do everything for me that I need you to do.    Misha Grade 4

We wish you a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. May you be spoilt!


Ndlulamthi Badges
Congratulations to Luhle Songongo, Andisiwe Mraji, Leah Doyle, Glennis Chakurungama and Nakhane Klei who all received their badges at Monday’s assembly. Well done, girls. We are so proud of you!

Worker of the Week

Congratulations to Lucy Bennett who is our Worker of the Week for good work in isiXhosa. Well done, Lucy!


Assembly

Thank you to Grade 4F for their lovely assembly on believing in yourself and overcoming your challenges. Our next class assembly is only on the 27 May and will be hosted by Grade 3D. We are looking forward to our first Foundation Phase class’ message!


Creative Arts Workshop

This afternoon the Grade 7 learners will prepare for their mid-year practical performance and theory exam at school from 14:00. We request that your daughters are collected at the Pre-Primary Gate at 16:25. No later than 16:30. This workshop is compulsory, as we are preparing for their mid-year exams.


Music

SAC/DSG Music Festival

Nine VP girls will perform at this music festival on Monday morning. Performers are reminded to wear full winter uniform. We wish you all the best, girls!

 Mini Maestros

Eighteen VP girls will perform at this annual competition, which is being held at the Kingswood Music School on Friday morning. These girls are to wear civvies and their Mini Maestros T-shirts. Play well and make us proud!

 Assessments

All music pupils will play their Term 2 music assessments next week. Keep up the good work, girls, and GOOD LUCK!


School Times

As from Monday, 13 May until Friday, 24 May to accommodate the writing of examinations by Grade 4-7 and to ensure that girls still remain active, the academic school day will end at 13:00 and the extramural programme will run from 13:00-14:00. Please ensure that arrangements have been made for your daughter to go home promptly at 14:00 (or 13:00 if she is not doing extramurals) every day to prepare for her next exam. The revised extramural programme for these two weeks accompanies this newsletter.

 Exam Timetable

Date Exams
Mon-Wed

13-15 May

Grade 4-7 Creative Writing (HL&FAL)
Thursday,

16 May

Grade 4-7:

·        SS Geography

·        Art

Friday,

17 May

Grade 4-7: – Afr/Xhosa (FAL) Language and Comprehension

Grade 7: Technology

Grade 4-6: Life Skills

Monday,

20 May

Grade 4-7:

·        Maths Paper 1

·        English Language and Comprehension

Tuesday,

21 May

Grade 4-7: Maths Paper 2

Grade 7: Life Orientation

Wednesday, 22 May Grade 4-7: Natural Sciences

Grade 7: LSPA Practical

Thursday,

23 May

Grade 4-7: SS History

Grade 7: LSPA theory

Friday,

24 May

Grade 7:  EMS

 Be a good ambassador!

Please make sure that your daughter is dressed neatly and in full uniform when out in public. We want our girls to look neat and be good ambassadors for our school. Dress codes that apply at school, apply when out and about too.


SPORT

Derby Day at Erica Primary

On Saturday, 11 May our netball and hockey teams will be travelling to Erica Primary in Gqeberha to participate in their Derby Day. Please make sure your daughter is dropped off at the Huntley Street gate by no later than 06:00. The fixtures will be as follows:

 Hockey

Field A Field B
8:30 U13A Erica vs Priory
9:10 u13B Erica vs VP U13C Erica vs Priory
9:50 U13A Priory vs VP U13D Erica vs VP
10:30 U13B Erica vs Priory U13C Priory vs VP
11:10 U13A Erica vs VP
11:50 U13B Priory vs VP U13C Erica vs VP
Astro 1 Astro 2
9:00 u9B Priory vs VP u10C Erica vs VP
9:30 u9A Erica vs Priory u10A Priory vs VP
10:00 u9B Eriva vs VP u10B Erica vs Priory
10:30 u9A Erica vs VP u10A Erica vs VP
11:00 u9B Erica vs VP u10B Priory vs VP
11:30 u9A Priory vs VP u10A Erica vs Priory
12:00 u10B Erica vs VP

 

Netball

Court A Court B
9:00 u10B Erica vs VP u13A Erica vs VP
9:30 u9A Erica vs VP u11A Erica vs VP
10:00 u10A Erica vs VP u12A Erica vs VP
10:30 u9B Erica vs VP u11B Erica vs VP

 Please fetch your daughter from the Hostel gate in Hill Street. We expect to be back in Makhanda between 14:30-15:00. We will use our Whatsapp Broadcast groups to keep you informed. Please arrange transport accordingly.

Tennis

We wish Stella Mullin, Marizaan Boucher, Kaylee May and Daniella McLean the best of luck for their tournament on Sunday, 12 May. Play well, girls!

Hockey Clinic

On Saturday, 18 May Ms Knott-Craig and Mrs Andrews will be running a hockey clinic for all the U10 hockey girls and the U13A&B hockey teams. The girls involved will receive a letter with further information.

Change of date

Please note that the hockey and netball fixtures against PAH and DSG will take place on Saturday, 25 May at VP.


VP’s Got Talent

A reminder to submit your entries. The closing date is on Friday, 24 May. Entry forms must be accompanied by the entry fee of R10 per person auditioning.


Slipper Day – 31 May

If you would like to wear slippers at school AND support a good cause, please remember to support our efforts to raise money for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day.  Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on Friday, 31 May!  All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream, an organization that strives to fulfil the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.

 

Birthday wishes

We wish the following staff and girls a very happy birthday: Mrs Andrews, Alonge Loyilani, Sairaah Govender, Lunje Manzana, Lubeluhle Peteni, Unako Sigwinta, Esihle Xulu, Lulolodwa Siko and Alumindawo Xibiya. We hope you have a very happy day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL

Upcoming events

Fri. 10/05 Grade 7 Creative Arts workshop 14:00-16:30

Chamber Choir cancelled

Sat.

11/05

Derby Day @Erica Primary, Gqeberha
 

13-24 May

Gr 4-7 academic day ends at 13:00. Extramurals are from 13:00-14:00.

Please see exam timetable for scheduled exams.

13-17

May

Music Assessment Week
Mon

13/05

SAC/DSG Music Festival (Soloists)
Thurs.

16/05

U8&9 Hockey vs Oatlands @VP
Fri.

17/05

Mini Maestro Competition
Sat.

18/05

U10 & U13A&B Hockey clinic
Fri.

31/05

Slipper Day

VP Newsletter 3 May 2024

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Message from the office

I trust that you have had a lovely Workers’ Day and that you were able to spend wonderful quality family time together.

I read this article which I thought I’d share extracts of, about the importance of parent/child quality time. (https://extension.sdstate.edu/why-spending-quality-time-your-children-important)

Life is busy, especially for parents and families. As the days go by our to-do lists become fuller and other priorities seem to take precedence over quality family time. Research shows that it is vital to schedule recurring family time with your children. As busy parents, you spend plenty of time with your children, however is it truly quality time? Quality time with your children means giving them your undivided attention. Spending quality time with your children does not have to be a huge undertaking, it can be as simple as taking a few minutes each day to spend together without any distractions.

According to research children who experience quality time with their caregivers are less likely to have behavioural issues at home or at school.  Showing your children that you love and care for them helps to keep them mentally and emotionally strong and as a parent the best way to do this is to spend quality time with them on a regular basis.

Here are some simple tips for spending quality time with your children:

  • Connect daily with your child. Whether it is face-to-face connections before school and work or sending them a little note in their lunch bags, any type of connection with your children is important and valuable.
  • Tell your child that you love them every day. Let your child know why you love and value them.
  • Create some routine rituals, such as picking and reading a short book before bedtime.
  • Reinforce positive behaviours with your appreciation.
  • Cook a meal and eat together. This allows for the family to talk to one another as well as fosters teamwork.
  • Schedule time to do an activity with your child, let them choose. Such as crafting, baking, family game night, etc.
  • Play with your child, even if it is just for a few minutes.
  • Tell jokes and laugh with your child. Laughter is great for improving emotional health.
  • Take time away from technology and just spend time listening and talking to your child.

Making a meaningful connection with your daughter is important and can be a simple priority to incorporate into your daily schedule. Doing as such, will have a lasting impact on them as they grow into contributing adults in the future.

 


Assembly

On Monday we had enjoyed an assembly presented to us by Grade 4K about trying to find a silver lining in every situation. On Monday, 6 May it will be Grade 4F’s turn to present their assembly. Parents are welcome to support. The assembly will start promptly at 10:15.


Worker of the Week:

Well done to Carla Frazer for her beautiful project on the Ladybird. Keep up the good work, Carla.

 Personalities of the Week

Congratulations to the following girls who received their certificate for the Personality of the Week at our assembly on Monday.

  • Emihle Siwa for Empathy and Helpfulness
  • Jade Thompson for Perseverance
  • Kenzeigh Scear for Helpfulness on the Sportsfield.

Thank you for the positive impact you all make!

Sportsmanship Trophy

Congratulations to Esethu Stamper for displaying a positive attitude and for encouraging her teammates at the netball fixture against Gill College. Your enthusiasm was very encouraging to your team, Esethu!

Merit Achievers

Well done Shaziah Loutz, Emihle Siwa, Manahil Rizvi, Zaydiah Adler, Abigail Green, Abenathi Kulati, Milani Nothoko, Linomtha Kula and Asanda Mbolompo who have received over 250 merits so far this year. Keep it up, girls!


At our assembly on Monday we thanked Mr Wayne Weber and Mr Nolan Berriman from Settler City Toyota for their sponsorship of our U13A hockey teams match kit and for the practice tops for our U13A hockey and netball teams. We thank them whole-heartedly for the generous sponsorship.

We would like to thank Dr Bellingan, from the Albany Museum for donating three butterfly displays to the Grade 3 classes. The Grade 3s also had a very interesting and informative presentation about insects from Dr Bellingan.

Thank you, Mr Abrahams and the local EMS team for an informative lesson and demonstration on First Aid for our Grade 2 & 3s. The girls also had the opportunity to see all the emergency medical equipment that first responders use.


Winter Uniform

Please note that as from Monday, 6 May all girls must be wearing full winter uniform: school skirt or navy blue pants, long sleeved white shirt, navy blue stockings/nylons or navy blue long length socks.  Navy blue jerseys, pullovers, VP/VG drimacs, blazers and/or the thick VG jackets are permitted. Girls are not to wear their tracksuit tops with their school uniform. Plain navy blue scarves may be worn (not green). Beanies are NOT part of our school uniform.


Please Note

As from Monday, 13 May until Friday, 24 May to accommodate the writing of examinations by Grade 4-7 and to ensure that girls still remain active, the academic school day will end at 13:00 and the extramural programme will run from 13:00-14:00. The revised extramural programme for these two weeks will be sent out with the newsletter next week.


Music

  • Scales tests

All music pupils will play their scales tests next week. Keep practising, girls!

  • ABRSM exams

Girls who are eligible for these practical exams received their letters this week. Kindly note that the entry period is from 20-31 May.

  • VPKC orchestra rehearsal

Our orchestra will rehearse with the Kingswood string ensemble on Monday 6 May, at 15h30. Letters went home this week and transport arrangements have been finalised.

  • Friday rehearsals

Please note that due to the Grade 7 Creative Arts workshop, the Orchestra and Chamber Choir will not have their usual rehearsal on Friday, 10 May.


Creative Arts Workshop

On Friday, 10 May the Grade 7 learners will prepare for her mid-year practical performance and theory exam at school from 14:00. We request that your daughters are collected at the Pre-Primary Gate at 16:25. No later than 16:30. This workshop is compulsory, as we are preparing for their mid-year exams.


Tuesday Newsday

Members of our Media & Marketing Committee were tasked with illustrating this week’s edition of the Tuesday is Newsday publication which is shared nationally. Well done and thank you for your beautiful drawings! The Tuesday is Newsday is shared amongst our Intersen Phase girls and used for General Knowledge purposes. Next week’s edition will also be illustrated by members of our Grade 7 class. We look forward its release next week.


SPORT

Lorraine Sports Festival:  The U13A hockey team will participate in the annual Lorraine Festival on Saturday, 4 May 2024 in Gqeberha.  The fixtures are as follows: 08:18 VP vs Lorraine; 10:06 VP vs Riebeek; 11:18 VP vs George Suid; 12:30 VP vs Sunridge; 13:24 VP vs Hangklip.  Play well, girls and have fun!

Hockey Match: On Wednesday, 8 May 2024 the 3rds and 4th teams will be playing a match against St Marys starting at 14h30. All support will be appreciated. Parents are to enter through the office gate, Beaufort Street.

Hockey Clinic: On Thursday, 9 May selected U7 & U8 hockey girls will participate in a hockey clinic at Kingswood College. Girls involved will receive a notice. We are certain this will be a fun learning experience for all.

Derby Day at Erica Primary: On Saturday, 11 May our netball and hockey teams will be travelling to Erica Primary in Gqeberha to participate in their Derby Day.

The fixtures will be as follows:

Hockey

Field A Field B
8:30 U13A Erica vs Priory
9:10 u13B Erica vs VP U13C Erica vs Priory
9:50 U13A Priory vs VP U13D Erica vs VP
10:30 U13B Erica vs Priory U13C Priory vs VP
11:10 U13A Erica vs VP
11:50 U13B Priory vs VP U13C Erica vs VP
Astro 1 Astro 2
9:00 u9B Priory vs VP u10C Erica vs VP
9:30 u9A Erica vs Priory u10A Priory vs VP
10:00 u9B Eriva vs VP u10B Erica vs Priory
10:30 u9A Erica vs VP u10A Erica vs VP
11:00 u9B Erica vs VP u10B Priory vs VP
11:30 u9A Priory vs VP u10A Erica vs Priory
12:00 u10B Erica vs VP

Netball

Court A Court B
9:00 u10B Erica vs VP u13A Erica vs VP
9:30 u9A Erica vs VP u11A Erica vs VP
10:00 u10A Erica vs VP u12A Erica vs VP
10:30 u9B Erica vs VP u11B Erica vs VP

 Swimming news: We’ve received the schools’ results from the Level 1 gala which took place on the 2nd March. VP came 7th out of a total of 14 schools – a wonderful achievement!


Slipper Day – 31 May

If you would like to wear slippers at school AND support a good cause, please remember to support our efforts to raise money for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day.  Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on Friday, 31 May!  Please buy these in advance from Mrs Mgogo. If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream, an organization that strives to fulfil the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.


Birthday wishes

We wish the following staff and girls a very happy birthday for next week: Mrs Wilhelmi, Mrs Kruger, Milisuthando Nkayi, Inomusa Tauzen, Luna Copteros, Lunje Giyose, Zoe Green, Anopa-Nyasha Thondhlana and Ithandile Hilta. We hope you have a very happy day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL

Upcoming events

Sat.

04/05

Lorraine U13 Sports Festival @Lorraine Primary, Gqeberha
Mon. 06/04 ·         Winter uniform

·         Grade 4F assembly @10:15

Wed.

08/05

3rd& 4th hockey team vs St Mary’s @VP 14:30
Thurs.

09/05

 

U7&U8 Hockey clinic @KC

Fri. 10/05 Grade 7 Creative Arts workshop 14:00-16:30

Chamber Choir cancelled

Sat.

11/05

Derby Day @Erica Primary, Gqeberha
Mon.

13/05 – Fri. 24/05

Gr 4-7 academic day ends at 13:00.

Extramurals are from 13:00-14:00.

Fri.

31/05

 

Slipper Day

Exam TImetable

Date Exams
Thursday,

16 May

Grade 4-7:

·         SS Geography

·         Art

Friday,

17 May

Grade 4-7: – Afr/Xhosa (FAL) Language and Comprehension

Grade 7: Technology

Grade 4-6: Life Skills

Monday,

20 May

Grade 4-7:

·         Maths Paper 1

·         English Language and Comprehension

Tuesday,

21 May

Grade 4-7: Maths Paper 2

Grade 7: Life Orientation

Wednesday, 22 May Grade 4-7: Natural Sciences

Grade 7: LSPA Practical

Thursday,

23 May

Grade 4-7: SS History

Grade 7: LSPA theory

Friday,

24 May

Grade 7:  EMS

VP Newsletter 26 April 2024

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Message from the office

We celebrated Arbour Day today and our girls certainly looked like a forest of autumn trees in their different colours. Ms Miskin gave a short talk on the importance of trees and we bought an orange tree to plant on our campus which we hope will bear fruit in the years to come. Thank you for the wonderful donations of plants we received to beautify our school!

It is so important that we teach our children to respect their environment and the world around them. Our children will build “the world of tomorrow” so it is for this reason that it is one of a parent’s essential duties to educate their children to respect the environment. Safeguarding the ecosystem in which we live means learning to take care of yourself and the people you love, so that the planet is a more beautiful place to live. It is up to us adults, above all, to set a good example, because children learn by observing us and copying our habits.
But how can we go about teaching our children to love the environment?

Here are some simple tips to set that example:

  1. Teach your children to always look for a bin when out and about. Hold on to your rubbish until you find a bin and never ever throw your litter out the car window!
  2. Wherever you go, like a picnic spot or hall, make the whole family pick up any litter, so that you leave the space as you’d like to find it.
  3. Help clean up your community by keeping the area around your home and school, litter free.
  4. Teach children to separate plastics, glass and paper so they will understand that there are types of material that are compostable and others which are biodegradable.
  5. Teach them how to look after things through small projects such as caring for a plant or planting a small vegetable garden, this teaches them to know when to sow a seed, how to water it and how much light it needs to grow.
  6. Allow your child to experience nature as much as possible. Understand the importance of breathing clean air and let them discover the wonders that our beautiful land offers us. Take time to go for a walk on mountain drive or down the street and point out the flowers, trees and insects and, if you know their names, teach your child what they are called.
  7. Teach your child to NOT simply throw things away when we don’t like them anymore or they are no longer perfect, but rather to find an “alternative solution”. Teach them to Upcycle, share with their younger cousins or friends, or to share them with children less fortunate than themselves.
  8. Establish simple habits such as always turning off the lights when you leave a room or turning off the tap when you brush your teeth. This way they will learn that energy and water are precious resources not to be wasted.

Practices repeated will become habits, changing habits. The planet will become a better place to live. (adapted from: https://www.naturino.com/en_en/teaching-children-to-respect-the-environment/)

 We must teach our children to smell the earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow, to hear the sun rise and night fall – to care~ John Cleal


Assembly

We had a lovely assembly presented to us by Grade 5K encouraging our girls to embrace their uniqueness and think for themselves.

On Monday, 29 April it will be Grade 4K’s turn to present their assembly. Parents are welcome to support. The assembly will start promptly at 10:15.


Indlulamthi Badges: Congratulations to Bridget Akpeng, Maya Christian and Lunje Tshiki who all deservedly received their Indlulamthi Badges at Monday’s assembly. Thank you for being exemplary VP girls!

Worker of the Week: Halle Orsmond is our Worker of the Week for her wonderful work in class. Well done, Halle!

Merit Achievers: Well done, Avethandwa Xhango and Stella Mullin who have received over 250 merits so far this year. Keep it up, girls!

EP Hockey: Congratulations to Madison Edwards for making it into the second round of the EP hockey trials. Good luck and play your best this Sunday, Madi.


Public Holiday: Please note that next Wednesday, 1 May, is a public holiday (Workers’ Day) and there will be no school on this day.


VP’s Got Talent is now open for entries

Entry forms are now available from the office. Once the form is completed girls are to return the form with the entry fee (R10 per person auditioning) to their class teacher. If it is a group entry, groups must delegate the entry to one person to do.  The closing date for entries is Friday, 24 May.


Gill Results: Thank you to our parents for their wonderful support at Gill and to our parents who were patiently waiting for our delayed return.

Netball

U8A VP 2-7 Gill; U8B VP 3-4 Gill; U9A VP 1-19 Gill; U9B VP  3- 5 Gill; U10A VP 1-11 Gill; U10B VP 0-5 Gill; U11A VP 4-8 Gill; U12A VP 8-9 Gill; U12B VP 2-6 Gill; U13A VP 6-10 Gill; U13B VP 9-7 Gill.

 Hockey

U8A VP 0-10 Gilll; U8B VP 0-3 Gill; U9A VP 3-0 Gill; U9B VP 0-1 Gill; U10A VP 0-1 Gill; 2nds VP 0-0 Gill; 1sts VP 1-0 Gill.

Well done, girls. It was our first game and you made our school proud.

 Netball Round Robin

On Wednesday, 24 April VP, Ntaba Maria, St Mary’s, Fikizolo, and Good Shepherd participated in the U12 and U13 Round Robin at VP. The players enjoyed their matches and made their schools proud. VP’s results were as follows:

U12: VP 9-2 St Mary’s; VP 5-11 Good Shepherd

U13: VP 4-3 Good Shepherd; VP 7-6 Fikizolo

Lorraine Sports Festival

The U13A hockey team will participate in the annual Lorraine Festival on Saturday, 4 May 2024 in Gqeberha.

The fixtures are as follows:

08:18 VP vs Lorraine

10:06 VP vs Riebeek

11:18 VP vs George Suid

12:30 VP vs Sunridge

13:24 VP vs Hangklip

Play well, girls and have fun!


VP Whatsapp Broadcast group

Thank you to all the families who returned their consent forms for a school Whatsapp Broadcast group. We are in the process of adding all the numbers and will hopefully have it operating soon. In order for Whatsapp to know that we are not sending spam please add the school cell phone number to your contacts: 0834682706. Please note that this number will only be used to send out messages to parents. Calls or private messages to the number will not be answered.  All communication with the school must continue to come through the office 0466224850 or email admin@victoriaprimary.co.za


Slipper Day – 31 May

If you would like to wear slippers at school AND support a good cause, please remember to support our efforts to raise money for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day.  Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on Friday, 31 May!  Please buy these in advance from Mrs Mgogo. If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream, an organization that strives to fulfil the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.


Birthday wishes: We wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Angela Ndhlovu, Kayleigh Scheepers, Alonge Loyilani, Sairaah Govender, Lunje Manzana, Lubeluhle Peteni, Unako Sigwinta, Esihle Xulu, Lulolodwa Siko and Alumindawo Xibiya. We hope you have a very happy day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL

EXAM TIMETABLE

Date Exams
Thursday,

16 May

Grade 4-7:

·         SS Geography

·         Art

Friday,

17 May

Grade 4-7: – Afr/Xhosa (FAL) Language and Comprehension

Grade 7: Technology

Grade 4-6: Life Skills

Monday,

20 May

Grade 4-7:

·         Maths Paper 1

·         English Language and Comprehension

Tuesday,

21 May

Grade 4-7: Maths Paper 2

Grade 7: Life Orientation

Wednesday, 22 May Grade 4-7: Natural Sciences

Grade 7: LSPA Practical

Thursday,

23 May

Grade 4-7: SS History

Grade 7: LSPA theory

Friday,

24 May

Grade 7:  EMS

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon. 29/04  

Grade 4K assembly @10:15

Wed. 01/05  

Workers’ Day (Public holiday)

Fri. 03/05  

Grade 7 Committee meetings

Sat.

04/05

 

Lorraine U13 Sports Festival @Lorraine Primary, Gqeberha

Fri.

31/05

 

Slipper Day

VP Newsletter 19 April 2024

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Message from the office

Tomorrow we have our first Saturday winter sports fixtures against Gill College. As a parent I used to love watching my children playing in their various sporting matches. As a very competitive person I often found it difficult to be a quiet supporter on the side but I knew how embarrassed my children would get if I somehow made my presence known, besides from the encouraging cheer that is always appreciated.

As parents, especially to those of primary school age, it is critical that we find the balance between encouraging our children to grow their talents and to find joy and fun in sport. Sometimes when we are too competitive and too judgemental we take all the fun out of the game.  Your daughter will feel the pressure of your expectations and forget to have fun.

Cheer your daughter from the sidelines and support her teammates. Support her coaches and their decisions – they are all trying their best. Do not coach on the side lines as this may contradict what they have been told as a team and by their coach. Do not get involved during team chats – leave that to the coach and the team. Do not undermine or speak poorly of your child’s coach in front of your daughter as this will affect her willingness and eagerness to give her best. And please please please, do not chirp the referee!! It is far too often that matches turn nasty not because the players are bad sports but because the adults involved have forgotten the ethics and value of sportsmanship and instead promote winning at all costs, and this gets tangibly absorbed into the spirit of the game being played.

Remind your daughter that she needs to play her best and support her teammates even if she isn’t in the team she hoped to be in or playing the position she wanted or if she isn’t in the starting line up or does not play a full game. In primary school, building character through sport is just as (if not more) important as learning the sport itself. Her coach will note her positive attitude and her team spirit – a coach wants a player who gives of her best (regardless of her situation), follows instructions, shows a willingness to learn and grow, and who is an encouraging and supportive teammate. Often these nurtured attitudes will go a long way to developing a successful player later in life.

I want to thank our eager and encouraging parents who find the time to come cheer our VP teams on and we are grateful for the very supportive parent body that we have. Praise your little girl’s efforts, point out her strengths and moments of greatness and sure, give her some tips, but above all, teach her to be a good sport (as this permeates into all of life) – win or lose.


Worker of the Week:  Congratulations to Isabella Tladi for her wonderfully written and presented Afrikaans poem about a lion.

 Indlulamthi Badge: Congratulations to Iminathi Ndilele who received her Indlulamthi badge at Monday’s assembly. We are proud of you, Iminathi.

Merit Achievers: Well done to Cassandra Radovic, Maya Christian, Ifeoma Nnadozie, Lisakhanya Cetu, Mila Nongubo and Lelethu Mlisa who have received over 250 merits so far this year. Keep it up, girls!

Astroquiz results: Congratulations to the following girls who made it through to Round 2 of the SAASTA Astroquiz, which will take place on the 16th of May:

Team 1: Lunathi Mkosana; Lunathi Zikishe; Talitha Dingani & Cassandra Radovic

Team 2: Maya Christian; Zaydiah Adler; Indiphile Zondani & Shaziah Loutz


Assembly

This past Monday we enjoyed Grade 5M’s assembly where our girls were encouraged to be brave and try something new and not be afraid to fail.

Grade 5K will be presenting their assembly on Monday, 22 April. Parents are welcome to join us. The assembly will start at 10:15


SPORT

Netball vs Kenton-on-Sea

On Wednesday, 17 April our netball teams played matches against Kenton Primary. It was an amazing start to our season as our girls showed true sportsmanship and dedication. The scores were as follows:

U10A VP 2-6 Kenton; U11A VP 1-0 Kenton; U12A VP 8-2 Kenton; U13A VP 10-4 Kenton

Well done to all the girls!

Fixtures vs Gill College, Saturday 20 April

We will be playing our first fixture against Gill College on Saturday, 20 April. Girls who are involved have already received letters. We have decided to travel to Somerset East via Fort Beaufort as the road to Bedford is in such bad condition. Girls are to be dropped off at Huntley Street gate by 05:45. The bus will leave promptly at 06:00. We will be unable to wait for any latecomers. If you are driving your daughter yourself, please ensure that she arrives at least 30 minutes before the start of her game.

We will leave after the last match. I implore you to please be waiting for your daughter at the hostel gate entrance in Hill Street by 14:30.

Hockey Fixtures:

09h00: First Team (U13A)

09h50: Second Team (U13B)

10h50: U8A, U9B, U10A

11h10: U9A,U8B

 Netball Fixtures:

09h00: U11A,U10B,U8B

09h30: U10A,U9B,U8A

10h00: U9A

10h40: U12A,U13B

10h15: U13A,U12B

Sarah Baartman netball trials

On Wednesday Zadiah Adler, Iminathi Ndilele, Indiphile Zondani and Unako Dlepu will participate in Sarah Baartman netball trials at Kingswood College. We wish them all the best!

Round Robin Netball Tournament
On Wednesday, 24 April we will be hosting a U12 & U13 Round Robin Netball Tournament at VP. Matches start at 14:00. Parents are welcome come and watch please use the Beaufort Street office entrance.

 Due to these matches the U10 and U11 netball girls’ practice on Wednesday, is cancelled but girls are encouraged to support the matches.


Arbour Day: On Friday, 26 April we celebrate Arbour Day at school. Girls may dress in brown, green, yellow and orange civvies. Donations of plants towards the school gardens will be welcome but are not compulsory. Join us in celebrating the autumn leaves.

 Slipper Day – 31 May: If you would like to wear slippers at school AND support a good cause, please remember to support our efforts to raise money for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day.  Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on Friday, 31 May!  Please buy these in advance from Mrs Mgogo. If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream an organization that strives to fulfil the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.

 Dropping off items at the office: Our office staff are inundated with items being dropped off for the girls throughout the morning. Please note that only birthday cupcakes, deliveries for boarders and items specifically requested by teachers may be dropped off at the office for your daughter during the school day.

 Birthday wishes

We wish the following staff member and girls a very happy birthday for next week: Mrs Olivier, Sanelisiwe Mbete, Oyintando Sinam, Uzugcinabazalibakho Gongqoba, Lithalethu Hulu, Ahlumile Njovane, Buchulebenkosi Qeqe, Uthando Dyantyi, Manahil Rizvi, Silubonile Royi, Kolo Sikhwivhilu and Lusenathi Tunzi. We hope you have a very happy day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL

 UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat. 20/04 Netball & Hockey vs Gill College @Gill
Mon. 22/04 Grade 5K assembly @10:15
Tues. 23/04 Sarah Baartman Netball Trials
Wed. 24/04 ·         U12 & U13 Netball Round Robin @VP

·         U10& U11 netball practice cancelled

Fri. 26/04 ·         Arbour Day – wear civvies in green, brown, yellow & orange

·         Boarders’ Leave Out weekend

Sun. 28/04 Boarders’ return from Leave Out
Fri. 31/05 Slipper Day

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