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VP Newsletter 27 November 2020

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Message from the office
Next week is the last week of school for our girls and I would like to request that you please remind your daughters to say “thank you” to their teachers who taught them (worked hard to keep their school going during lockdown), helped solved their fights or comforted them when they were sad, to the cleaners who cleaned and sanitized every corner of the school and were often a source of comfort too, to our ground staff who made the school a beautiful and safe place to be, to their coaches who taught them how to swim, play tennis and kept them fit, to the admin staff who called their mom when no one fetched them and found them an extra jersey in the lost property when they were cold and to anyone else who has in some way served them at school this year. It is most disheartening when girls leave school and hostel without saying a word of thanks to the staff and teachers who have looked after them and cared for them through the year and in some cases, over a number of years.

Teaching our children to say thank you is not so much for our staff to feel appreciated, but it is indeed an important life skill (and good manners) for our children to learn. We must teach our children to both ‘see’ what others do for us and afterwards to say ‘thank you’. This will also teach our children to be able to identify the blessings that they have in their lives and to appreciate what others do for them. Without this we will be bringing up children who are entitled, unappreciative and demanding.

According to an article titled: ,’Why Children Who Are Taught to Say “Thank You,” “Please,” and “Have a Nice Day” Grow Up to Be Truly Good People’, there are studies that have shown that there is a direct link between good health and expressing gratitude. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, and improve their health. It further added that it helps one to develop healthy relationships. It states that openly expressing gratitude and appreciation to the people around you has long-term and short-term health benefits on you and the person you direct your positive manners to. This means that gratitude is very important to building and nurturing relationships in the long run.

And so from my side, to heed this advice too, I’d once again like to thank you, our incredible parent body, who have adhered to our new protocols and have found a way to bring your daughters to school on alternate days and for being so patient when we changed plans (again). We also thank you for the privilege of working and teaching your very precious little girls. We pray God’s hand over you and protect you during the pandemic and as you travel. May you have a blessed festive season.

On Thursday we planted a Tree of Remembrance for 2020. The tree was carefully selected by Mrs Orsmond, and its common name is a River Indigo. It is an indigenous tree that makes a beautiful show of flowers, although it is still small we know that it will grow into something special. We would like to encourage our girls during the course of next week to tie a ribbon or message onto our little tree or lay a pebble around it in remembrance of a loved one who lost their lives this year.
It can be anyone who was close to our VP family and it need not be due to COVID. We hope that this beautiful tree will always remind us of them and of the challenging year we have faced. We thank Ms Grobbelaar (Teacher Lee) for the beautiful wooden sign she made for it.

Staff news
We are very sad to say good-bye to two of our special teachers at the end of the year. Mrs Pam Ryan and her husband will be leaving Grahamstown/Makhanda and Mr Mark Webber will be working full time on his family farm. We thank them both for their dedication and commitment to VP and they will be missed by pupils and staff alike.

We have done some rearranging to our staff for 2021; Mrs Jones will move from the Music Department to Grade 5 and Mrs Coetzee will be moving to Grade 7. We have appointed a new teacher, Ms Davies, who is an experienced Foundation Phase teacher and she will be Mrs Cox’s new partner in Grade 2. We are fortunate that our current Ms Davies in Grade 3 will be getting married early next year so that will help with any confusion that having two Ms Davies may cause!

Message from the Music Department
We wish to congratulate the following girls who participated in the Mini Maestros Competition, which was organised by the SASMT: Stella Mullin, Aliyah Bezuidenhout, Kungawo Koza, Mila McConnachie, Nicole Swart, Daniella McLean, Charlotte Welgemoed, Amber Isaacs, Emily Steele, Viola Stoloff and Skyla Davies. Special congratulations to Mila and Viola, who won medals in their respective categories.

We are also proud of the girls who played their music exams this year. These exams were held internally, as the external examiners were not able to fly from London. The following girls were awarded Half Colours for Music: Viola Stoloff, Kimberly Oosthuizen (re-award), Bronté Agnew (re-award) and Rachel Wilhelmi (re-award). Four girls received their Full Colours for Music: Chloë Maartens, Marlene Loeffler, Okuye Funani and Haidee Thondhlana (re-award).

Kindly note that music lessons will come to an end on Tuesday next week, so please ensure that all school-owned instruments are returned by Tuesday, 1 December.
This has been a tough year, but the VP musicians have worked hard and made us very proud. We wish to thank you, the parents, for your ongoing support of our music programme. Please note that should you wish your daughter to begin music lessons, application forms can be collected from the office early next year.
Mr Wynne, Mrs Jones and Ms Hanslo.

Next week’s plans:
We have added the plans for next week as a reminder. Please remember to keep your daughters at home if they have any symptoms or if they have had contact with anyone who has tested positive or is awaiting their results EVEN if your child is desperate to join in with the end of the year festivities.

Monday, 30 Nov Gr 7’s & Blue Groups (Gr 00-6) at school

Gr 1-3 Blue group Civvies day and class parties (Bring your own goodies- no sharing). Please bring a cash donation for ground staff Xmas Hamper.

Tuesday,  1 Dec Gr 7’s & Green Groups (Gr 00-6) at school

Gr 1-3 Green group Civvies day and class parties (Bring your own goodies- no sharing). Please bring a cash donation for ground staff Xmas Hamper.

Wednesday,  2 December Blue Groups (Gr 4-6) class Parties (Bring your own goodies- no sharing). Civvies Day for Gr 4-7. Please bring a cash donation for ground staff Xmas Hamper.

Gr 1-3 Blue Group Prizegiving.

Blue Groups (Gr 00-6) last day at school.

Blue groups may leave hostel

Gr 7’s at school/T Shirts signing

Thursday,  3 December Green Groups (Gr 4-6) class Parties (Bring your own goodies- no sharing). Civvies Day for Gr 4-6. Please bring a cash donation for ground staff Xmas Hamper.

Gr 1-3 Green Group Prizegiving.

Green Groups last day at school

Green groups may leave hostel

Grade 7s T shirt signing and Fun Day

Grade 7s Goody Bag handout (12h00-13h00)

Friday,  4 December Only Grade 7’s and 2021 Leadership Team at school

Grade 7’s :  Prizegiving (09h00-10h30); Break (10h30-11h00);

& Valedictory (11h00-12h00) .

Girls may go home after Valedictory. Grade 7 parents who wish to attend must please complete the RSVP.

Grade 7s last day of school

All hostel girls must be fetched by 17h00 on this day.

Collection of reports
Please note that parents must collect their daughter’s reports on the following days:
Wednesday, 9 December 2020:
• Grade 4&5 (in front of the school office in Beaufort St) between 08h00 and 10h00 ONLY
• Pre-primary and Foundation Phase reports (at the Huntley Street Gate) between 08h00 and 10h00 ONLY
Thursday, 10 December 2020:
• Grade 6&7 (in front of the school office in Beaufort St) between 08h00 and 10h00 ONLY
Please limit the congestion at collection by having only one parent collect a child’s report. Children can wait in the car or be left at home. Please do NOT come on a day that is not allocated for your daughter’s grade as only the relevant grades will be waiting with the reports for collection. NO REPORTS WILL BE HANDED OUT FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE.

Report envelope inserts
Your daughter’s report envelope will include:
• Your daughter’s Term 4 report
• The final newsletter which will include the list of recipients of awards/certificates in Grade 4-7 (Grade 4-6 will receive their certificates in their envelopes), and the arrangements and plans for 2021
• Your daughter’s stationery list and class teacher and group for 2021
• Extramural Programme and Term Calendar for Term 1 of 2021
• Accounts

Happy birthday to the following girls who celebrated this week:
Iminqweno Fulani, Mbalenhle Menziwa, Kayla Page, Sawo Papu, Maham Rizvi, Maia Page, Tessanne Arries, Kelly Smith, Madison Conroy and Yanda Qotoyi.
We hope your day was very special.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
PRINCIPAL

VP Newsletter 20 November 2020

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Message from the office

This month we have seen a steady increase of people being tested and found positive for COVID-19 and we have unfortunately also received the news of the passing of many family members. This has been an extremely tough year and besides trying to manage our core job of teaching and educating, we have had to ensure that all safety measures are in place while at school. I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to our VP families who have experienced the passing of a friend or family member during this time and we pray God’s hand of comfort over all of you. I have included an article that you may find helpful in guiding your family through this period of mourning. I have only used a section of the article so if you’d like to read the whole article please go to the link indicated below.

I would also like to extend my thanks once again to our parents who have timeously informed us of family members or girls who have shown symptoms and/or have gone to be tested. They have limited the impact they may have had on school by conscientiously keeping their daughters at home during this time. I understand that we are in the process of writing exams but under these circumstances we will make arrangements with you to ensure your daughter is still able to write her papers if she is well enough. We have not strayed from the Standard Operating Procedure since our return from Lockdown and I’d like to remind you of the following:

• It is very important that parents keep unwell children at home. If your child is unwell or if she has a temperature, please contact the office and let us know.
• Parents must disclose whether their children have been unwell.
• Parents are also to declare whether their children have had contact with anyone who has COVID-19 (or is being tested or awaiting results for a COVID-19 test) and not send them to school if this is the case.

Helping your child cope with loss
https://www.cancer.net/coping-with-cancer/managing-emotions/grief-and-loss/helping-grieving-children-and-teenagers

Here are some tips to help explain death and loss to your child:
• Explain death using real words such as “died” rather than confusing phrases such as “gone to sleep.” You can say that death means the person’s body has stopped working or that the person can no longer breathe, talk, move, eat, or any of the things he or she could do when alive.
• Share your family’s religious or spiritual beliefs about death.
• Encourage your child to ask questions, and try to answer them honestly and directly. If you do not know the answer to a question, help find the answer.
• Use books, drawings, or role-play games to help a younger child understand death.

Here are suggestions that may help your child cope with a loss:
• Make sure your child understands that he or she is not to blame for the death and that the person who died is not coming back.
• Provide lots of affection and reassure your child often that he or she will continue to be loved and cared for.
• Encourage your child to talk about his or her emotions. Suggest other ways to express feelings, such as writing in a journal or drawing a picture.
• Without overwhelming your child, share your grief with him or her. Expressing your emotions can encourage your daughter to share his or her own emotions.
• Help your child understand that normal grief involves a range of emotions, including anger, guilt, and frustration. Explain that her emotions and reactions may be very different from those of adults.
• Reassure your child that it is normal for the pain of grief to come and go over time. Explain that they cannot always predict when they will feel sad.
• If your child is older, encourage him or her to talk with an adult outside the family, such as a teacher or a clergy member.
• Keep routines and caregivers as consistent as possible, and continue setting limits on behaviour. Care, consistency, and continuity help children feel safe.
• Encourage spending time with friends and engaging in other age-appropriate activities.
• Reassure your child that it is never disloyal to the person who died to feel happy and to have fun.

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.”  – Rumi


Exams continue next week. Please ensure that your daughter prepares for them this weekend.

Grade 4 & 5 Grade 6
Mon 23 Nov Xho/Afr Comp &  Language

& SS – History

Tues 24 Nov Maths & NS
Wed 25 Nov Maths & NS Thurs 26 Nov SS – Geography

& LSPA Practical

Fri  27 Nov SS – Geography

& LSPA Practical

Grade 7
Mon 23 Nov NS Tues 24 Nov SS- Geography
Wed 25 Nov EMS

Grade 7 raffle
We had the draw for the Grade 7 raffle on Tuesday. Thank you to all the Grade 7 parents for your involvement in selling raffle tickets and to the VP community for supporting this fundraiser. The first prize went to Mrs Shimorne Prince who we are sure, will enjoy the Impala generously donated by Mr Webber. The second prize went to a Grade 7, Abongile Mtshemla, in Mrs Mabusela’s class. She received a wonderful hamper from EC Fresh, kindly donated by Mr and Mrs Cock. Congratulations to our winners!
The funds raised will go towards the purchasing of Grade 7 shirts and their Leaver’s function.


CONQUESTA 2020
Well done to all the girls who took part in Conquesta 2020. We are very proud of your achievement. Victoria Primary received the following overall results: English (Silver); Social Science (Silver); Life Skills (Bronze); Natural Science and Technology (Bronze); Creative Arts ( Diamond); Bible Study (Gold); General Knowledge (Bronze); Mathematics (Bronze); English (Diamond); and Afrikaans (Silver).


At the end of last term Hannah Stoltz donated a bag of books for the library. Thank you, Hannah!


Happy birthday to the following girls who celebrated this week: Chelsy van der Merwe, Scarlet Freysen, Qhawe Mdolomba, Isiphile Ngcebetsha, Ludwe Ngcebetsha, Viola Stoloff, Bronté Agnew, Hailey de Clercq, Owekhethelo Gongqa, Anita Nkanyana, Joylyn Chikiwa, Ella Chirombo and Iva Mqhayi-Malindi.

We hope your day was very special.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
PRINCIPAL

VP Newsletter 13 November 2020

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Message from the office

Yesterday we had our House Assembly where we announced our 2021 Leadership Team. We also thanked the 2020 Leadership Team for their service and dedication to the school this year. Congratulations to the following girls who have been appointed in their respective portfolios. We know that you will serve the school well and be an example to others.

Head Girl
Olivia Weyl
Deputy Headgirl
Okuye Funani

Prefects
Phillipa Weyl
Haidee Thondhlana
Lisa Batala
Shiloh du Plessis
Hannah Stoltz

Sport and Cultural Captains:

Swimming – Olivia Weyl
Hockey – Grace Mayekiso
Netball – MalihleTima
Athletics – Tatum Jacobs
Tennis – Nicole Swart

Music:
Orchestra – Kimberly Oosthuizen
Choir – Okuye Funani

Hostel
Head of Hostel – Limile Mlonzi
House Captains

Aloe
Captain – Lusanele Kesa
Deputy – Iyonke Nogqala

Arum
Captain – Grace Mayekiso
Deputy – Olivia Weyl

Disa
Captain – Eve Daniels
Deputy – Rachel Wilhelmi

Fern
Captain – Okuye Funani
Deputy – Malihle Tima


Examinations
Our girls will be writing their exams/tests as from Monday. Please help your girls to do the best they can by creating a quiet and organised sanctuary for them at home that is conducive to learning and not distracting in any way. This may mean the TV may be off for the next two weeks but it is a small sacrifice to make to help your daughter to study.

Please make sure that she has a healthy breakfast that will sustain her through her morning exam and she has a healthy lunch to get her ready for the next one. Please limit your daughter’s sugar intake during this time.
While studying, determine a time limit that your child can concentrate for – it can be between 25- 45 minutes and give her short breaks in between. Please DON’T let these breaks be TV watching time, let her go outside, get some sunshine, go for a short walk or use this time to have a healthy power snack. Please also ensure that she has a good night’s rest before each exam.
Make a concerted effort to get up a little earlier each morning so that your child can come to school having experienced quiet and calm before she writes.
Thank you for supporting your daughter through what can be a stressful time for her.

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pelé, Brazilian football legend.

Exam Timetable

 

Grade 4 & 5

 

Grade 6

 

Tues 17 Nov Eng Creative Writing

& Life Skills

Mon 16 Nov Eng Creative Writing

& Life Skills

Thurs 19  Nov Eng Comp & Language

& Art

Wed 18 Nov Eng Comp & Language

& Art

Mon 23 Nov Xho/Afr Comp &  Language

& SS – History

Fri 20 Nov Xho/Afr Comp & Language

& SS – History

Wed 25 Nov Maths & NS Tues 24 Nov Maths & NS
Fri  27 Nov SS – Geography

& LSPA Practical

Thurs 26 Nov SS – Geography

& LSPA Practical

 

Grade 7

Mon 16 Nov Eng Creative Writing

& Eng Comp & Language

Tues 17 Nov Life Orientation
Wed 18 Nov Xho/Afr Comp & Language Thurs 19 Nov SS – History
Fri 20 Nov Maths Paper 1&2 Mon 23 Nov NS
Tues 24 Nov SS – Geography Wed 25 Nov EMS

Please note that school finishes at 13:00 for all girls, please make sure that they are picked up on time. A reminder of the FP sport schedule:

Foundation Phase Sport

9 Nov – 8 Dec

12:30- 13:00 12:30- 13:00
Grade 1 Mrs Orsmond and PP Mrs Andrews and PP
Grade 2 Mrs Ryan and PP Mrs Cox and PP
Grade 3 Ms Putzier and Cummings Ms Davies and Hanslo

Personality of the Week
Congratulations to Liyabona Mbutye who received the Personality of the Week for Good Work Ethic and Kindness towards others. Thank you, Liyabona for the positive contribution you make at school every day.

Indlumanthi Badge of Excellence
Congratulations to Sally Kadye who was our last recipient of the badge this year. Sally is a well-mannered young girl who never fails to greet those around her. She is always neatly dressed and well-prepared for school every day. Her books are impeccable and her work during lockdown was a perfect example of this. Sally works hard in every aspect of school and excels because of this dedication and self-discipline. Well done, Sally. We are extremely proud of you and you can wear your new badge with pride. It is most deserved.

Merit Achievers
Well done Lande Gxina who have received over 250 merits so far this year!

Happy birthday to the following girls who celebrated this week: Buncwane Mandita, Hlombe Mandita, Jessica Schlebush, Ngozichukwuka Edozeem, Kungawo Mpendu, Lunathi Makasi and Mihle Maqoqa. We hope your day was very special.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
PRINCIPAL

VP Newsletter 6 November 2020

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Message from the office

A warm welcome back and I trust that you all had a good week break with your daughters. I hope that you have received and taken note of our amended term calendar to accommodate the earlier submission date required from the department. This year has not been an easy one and we have had to change and adapt more often than I thought would be plausible. But I do wish to express my most sincere thanks to our parent body who have been nothing short of marvelous in your support and cooperation as we have tried our best to manage this year and to keep your daughter’s schooling up and running.

After careful consideration we have decided to do our Prizegivings for Grade 1- 6 at school without guests. We will not have parents present as we are concerned about the spike in COVID-19 cases and after being so cautious and vigilant we would hate to throw caution to the wind at the end of our school year.

We will limit parent invitations to our House Assembly (announcement of the 2021 leadership team portfolios) to the parents of the 2020 and 2021 leadership teams (RSVPs have been received already) and to the Grade 7 Prizegiving and Valedictory to our Grade 7 parents, this will take place on 11 December under very strict regulations. Each child will be limited to two guests and only those parents who RSVP (letter will be sent in due course) will be permitted entry to the Prizegiving and Valedictory. You can opt to attend only one if you wish. A screening process will be implemented, movement of parents on the school campus will be limited, masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be practised. We would also like to move the Grade 7 Prizegiving to the same day as their Valedictory to avoid further interactions on different days.

Therefore on the 11th of December the Grade 7 Prizegiving will take place from 09:00 -10:30; followed by a break from 10:30-11:00 and then the Valedictory from 11:00 -12:00.


Our final value…
At Monday’s assembly we introduced our new and final value of Trustworthiness and this assembly will be repeated for our Blue Group on the 9th of November. The value of Trustworthiness is an important value to instil in our children and can affect all aspects of their lives. I have adapted an article taken from https://www.indiaparenting.com/raising-trustworthy-children.html which provides good parenting tips to nurture this value in our girls.

Raising Trustworthy Children
Parents must inculcate values like trustworthiness in their children. Such values will help them in their personal as well as professional life. Let us take a look at some tips for raising trustworthy children.
Raising a child who can be trusted is important both for your child and the people in her life.

Be an Example
Your child has the inherent nature of picking up things you do. Ask yourself, ‘Am I displaying a character of trustworthiness?’ If the answer is ‘no’ then you need to change and change fast. You cannot lie yourself and expect your child to be honest. Be the kind of person you want your child to be.

Give them Responsibilities
First-hand experience is the best way to learn. Entrust your child with some tasks, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. Create a sense of responsibility in her. Educate her about putting her best foot forward while performing the task. Once a child knows that you trust her with such tasks, she only grows to become more responsible, sincere and honest. True to her work and true to you.

Be Prepared for Mistakes
Your child is only a human at the end of the day and bound to make mistakes. When you find her at fault it is imperative that you keep your cool. If you shout too much or give them harsh punishments for minor faults, they will distance themselves from you and develop a tendency to lie their way out of such situations.

Trust Them
You want people to trust your child, trust them yourself first. Sometimes, as parents we tend to get involved a little too much in our child’s day. With every passing year there are things you need to stop being involved in and trust your child to do it herself.

Raising a trustworthy child is not as challenging as you may have thought it was. It is about the little things you do as a parent to help your daughter understand the beauty of being someone who everyone trusts.


Our exams for Gr 4, 5, 6 & 7 will begin on Monday, 16 November. Girls should be preparing for them already. School will continue to finish at 13:00 daily during exams.

Exam Timetable:

Grade 4 & 5 Grade 6
Tues 17 Nov  Eng Creative Writing

& Life Skills

Mon 16 Nov  Eng Creative Writing

& Life Skills

Thurs 19  Nov  Eng Comp & Language

& Art

Wed 18 Nov  Eng Comp & Language

& Art

Mon 23 Nov Xho/Afr Comp &  Language

& SS – History

Fri 20 Nov Xho/Afr Comp & Language

& SS – History

Wed 25 Nov  Maths & NS Tues 24 Nov Maths & NS
Fri  27 Nov SS – Geography

& LSPA Practical

Thurs 26 Nov SS – Geography

& LSPA Practical

Grade 7
Mon 16 Nov  Eng Creative Writing

& Eng Comp & Language

Tues 17 Nov  Life Orientation
Wed 18 Nov Xho/Afr Comp & Language
Thurs 19 Nov SS – History
Fri 20 Nov Maths Paper 1&2
Mon 23 Nov NS
Tues 24 Nov SS – Geography
Wed 25 Nov EMS

Please take note: Extramurals for Intermediate Phase will end on Wednesday, 11 November (last day). Foundation Phase sport will continue until Friday, 27 November


Clothing Exchange

There have been quite a few requests for school clothes from the clothing exchange. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 regulations we cannot allow parents into this area but Mrs Tarr has offered to assist where possible as a go-between. Please contact her via Whatsapp on 0828717275 to let her know what you are needing and what size and she will try to find you what you are looking for and make arrangements for you to collect and try the items on. Payments and returns are to be made to Ms Lang at the school office. Please note that the sizes of the skirts and tracksuits, in particular, are not always to the norm and never the same. If you could let her know the “normal” (clothing store) sizes of clothing in order to try match up accordingly. Please could you ONLY message Mrs Tarr between 7am and 8pm.
Thank you Mrs Tarr for your assistance.


2020 School Magazine
Every year, with the assistance of our staff, we produce a wonderful school magazine. This year it will be on-line and filled with photos, creative contributions from the girls and important events that take place at school throughout the year. This magazine makes for a bumper book of memories that your daughter will look back on for years to come. We do try to keep the cost of producing the magazine as low as possible and appeal to parents to sponsor a page at the cost of R100. Your family will then receive a written credit on the page and you can also include a message if you wish. Should you be prepared to make a contribution kindly complete the reply slip at the end of the newsletter and return it to the school next week.

Example of message on page


Dropping off items at school
We appeal to parents and girls to ensure that they have everything needed for school and arrive with it. Unfortunately items dropped off at the office expose staff and girls to an additional risk of contracting Covid-19 and cannot be accepted.


Merit Achievers
Well done Unam Mazwi and Asavele Mtuze who have received over 250 merits so far this year!


Happy birthday to the following girls who celebrated this week:
Sithe-Nkosi Busakwe, Iyana Myataza, Talia Kara, Ciana Moodie,
Ava Bradfield and Isabella Tladi. We hope your day was very special.

Warm regards

Mrs Michelle Rafferty
PRINCIPAL

______________________________________________________________________________

SCHOOL MAGAZINE PAGE SPONSORSHIP

I am willing to sponsor a section of our school magazine and enclose a donation of R100.

I would like the following message to appear on the page:

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Sponsor name: ………………………………………

Contact no.: ……………………………………..

Child’s name & grade: ………………………………………………………………………………………

VP Newsletter 23 October 2020

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Message from the office
It has been ten weeks since we had our last break and I know that both the staff and girls are in need of some time out and a good rest.

On our return on the 2 November, it will be full steam ahead as we have 3 weeks before the end of the year exams/tests begin on the 23 November. To accommodate a whole grade on the same day for examination/test purposes, we will alternate grades and not groups as from Monday, 23rd of November. On the 23rd of November the Grade 4&5s will write their exam/test and the Grade 6 girls will have a day at home to study. On the 24th of November the Grade 6 girls will write their exam/test and the Grade 4&5s will stay at home to study and this alternating of grades will continue until the end of exams. Please note that Grade 7 girls will continue to come to school every day and the Pre-primary and Foundation Phase (Grade 00-3) will continue with their green/blue groups coming on alternate days until the end of the year). Please view the term calendar carefully as it will entail some planning on your side.

The department has indicated that we will not write exams as such but more formal tests due to the year that we have had, these will not necessarily be as long as exams nor will they test a full years’ curriculum for some subjects, but please bear in mind that they will be just as important as exams as they will be heavily weighted.

Please view your child’s Term 3 report carefully. Many girls may indeed be unhappy with their marks and they will need to put in the extra effort to prepare for their end of the year exams/tests. Many girls’ marks were not at the level they are capable of due to incomplete tasks and we are most distressed that after many requests and home days to complete them, they were still not done. Our girls need to realise that although our days are different, school is business as usual and they are going to have to put in the effort to reap the rewards. They still have one more term to make amends.

I wish you all a wonderful rest with your daughters next week. Put your feet up, travel safely, buckle up and come back ready and eager to take on the last term of 2020.


Extramural Programme
In your daughter’s report envelope you will find the Extramural Programme for Term 4. The Intersen girls (Gr 4-7) must sign up for at least 1 of the 6 fitness groups available for fitness next term. They will attend the fitness groups on the days that they are at school.
Grade 7 girls may select a second group for the alternative days (One group for Monday and Wednesday and a second group for Tuesday and Thursday). On their return next term they will have the Monday and Tuesday (2 & 3 November) sign up for their chosen group. It is compulsory for all girls to participate in these extramurals. Please ensure that your daughter comes to school dressed in sports uniform for her sports day.

Foundation Phase Sport: Please note that we will be introducing a half an hour of Physifun next term. Mondays and Tuesdays will be Physifun days, please ensure that your daughter wears her sports uniform on these days. School will end at 1pm every Monday and Tuesday next term and pick up will be between 1 and 1:30 on these days only. School will end at 12:30 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as usual.
There will be no extramurals for the Pre-primary Phase.


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE 2020
This year our General Knowledge competition had an entirely different look. Unfortunately, we were not able to participate against Graeme College, but this did not detract us from conducting our own Inter-house competition. The girls from Grades 4 to 7 were given a series of ‘mini quizzes’ during General Knowledge Week, which culminated in the ‘big quiz’ from which scores were calculated for house points, and from which our final General Knowledge champions emerged. It was a tightly contested competition, with Arum emerging victorious with 13 points, followed closely by Disa with 12.7 points. Just behind Disa was Fern with 12.2 points and lastly Aloe with 12 points.
Our top scorers were:

Grade 7
First – Mairi van Schoor
Second – Ruby Short
Second – Othandwayo Jaji
Third – Bronté Agnew

Grade 6
First – Olivia Weyl
First – Iyonke Nogqala
Second – Shiloh du Plessis
Third – Olwethu Nojoko
Third – Haidee Thondhlana

Grade 5
First – Sophie Büttner
Second – Amber Isaacs
Third – Hluma Mbiko

Grade 4
First – Sally Kayde
First – Mohlekesedi Zondani
Second – Mbalentle Jadi
Third – Ahluma Zwana
Third – Sanda Stofile


Personality of the Week
Well done to Chloe Sweetman who was nominated for P.O.W for her hard work and dedication. We’re proud of you, Chloe!


Merit Achievers
Well done, Tyroneá Francis, Mohlekesedi Zondani, Ahluma Zwana, Lithalethu Santi, Lethabo Maneli, Hannah Tarr, Kayla O’Linsky, Shené Lockwood, Jayla Frans, Limile Mlonzi, Ammaarah Elie, Olwethu Nojoko and Nicole Swart who have received over 250 merits so far this year. Keep it up, girls!


Happy birthday to the girls who celebrated their birthday this week and those who will celebrate next week: Kumnandi Ncumani, Alumnanda Yapi, Milani-Mihlali Nxozi, Lusanele Kesa, Abigail Green, Faye Jordaan, Limnandi Zweni, Sisonke Magopeni, Emihle Matyholweni, Sizanokuhle Qabaka, Unako Dlepu, Lathitha Waka, Liqalo Gora, Eleni Kyazze and Onwaba Santi. We hope your day is special!


Eisteddfod
We are thrilled to announce the results of the VP Eisteddfod. We are very proud of all of our girls and it is clear that the arts are flourishing at our school!

Name

Class

Category

Result

Makayla Cock

7M

Music

Gold

Danika Lensley

7M

Music

Gold

Olona Tamsanqa

7W

Poetry

Gold

Mika Davies

7M

Dance

Gold

Chloe Maartens

7G

Music

Gold

Bronte’ Agnew

7G

Dance

Gold

Rachel Wilhelmi

6G

Music

Gold

Litha Tabensky

5M

Music

Gold

Amber Isaacs

5M

Dance

Gold

Amber Isaacs

5M

Art

Gold

Siyolise Baxana

5M

Dance

Gold

Skyla Davies

5M

Art

Gold

Skyla Davies

5M

Dance

Gold

Zothando Sibiya

4F

Poetry

Gold

Cherise Mardon

3P

Art

Gold

Cassandra Radovic

3P

Art

Gold

Cassandra Radovic

3P

Creative Writing

Gold

Azuza Thumani Mbiza

3P

Creative Writing

Gold

Emily Steele

3P

Music

Gold

Daniella McLean

3P

Music

Gold

Stella Mullin

3D

Poetry

Gold

Siyolise Gobozi

7W

Dance

Silver

Marlene Erika Loeffler

7W

Music

Silver

Likhanyile Mtshemla

7G

Dance

Silver

Abongile Mtshemla

7M

Dance

Silver

Uviwe Ngcizela

7M

Dance

Silver

Bronte’ Agnew

7G

Music

Silver

Unako Nondlazi

5C

Art

Silver

Litha Tabensky

5M

Dance

Silver

Amber Isaacs

5M

Music

Silver

Daniella McLean

3P

Dance

Silver

Abenathi Kulati

3P

Music

Silver

Jessica Schlebush

3P

Creative Writing

Silver

Emily Steele

3P

Art

Silver

Cassandra Radovic

3P

Poetry

Silver

Somila Lunguza

7M

Poetry

Bronze

Skyla Davies

5M

Art

Bronze

Talitha Dingani

3P

Creative Writing

Bronze

Azile Hambaze

3P

Dance

Bronze

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

Art works by the Gr 4, 5, 6 & 7s

VP Newsletter 16 October 2020

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Message from the office

As we have spent more time exploring the value of Citizenship with our girls, I have to admit that I actually didn’t realise how very pertinent and essential it is to teach this value to our children for the future of our beautiful country. We live in a world that seems to focus on getting as much as we can as individuals, no matter the cost or who suffers in the process. Citizenship really is about the age old question that JF Kennedy asked in 1961, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. Or, as our own President Ramaphosa said, ‘Thuma Mina’ (which means ‘send me’).This sense of duty and commitment to our country needs to be instilled in all our children for a South Africa that is filled with hope and promise for everyone.

The following quotes on citizenship make my point more poignant:

“I’ve always thought that you don’t love a country by turning a blind eye to its crimes and to a problem. The way that you love a country is by seeing everything that it’s done wrong, all of its mistakes, and still thinking that it’s beautiful and that it’s worthy.” -Junot Diaz, professor at MIT and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.”– Former U.N. Secretary General and Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan

“A generation that acquires knowledge without ever understanding how that knowledge can benefit the community is a generation that is not learning what it means to be citizens in a democracy.” -Elizabeth L. Hollander (1817-1885)

“What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbours, to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous man ought often to ask himself.”- Johann Kaspar Lavater, German poet and physiognomist (1741-1801)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”– Margaret Mead

The most important thing an institution does is not to prepare a student for a career but for a life as a citizen.” – Frank Newman

As global citizens, it is our responsibility to become active participants in our democracy, and to make sure that everyone’s civil rights are protected.” – Robert Alan Silverstein

It really would be wonderful if we could grow a future generation of South Africans who go out into the world after school with the desire and purpose of playing a role in bettering their communities by serving others, standing up against injustices and seeking to improve the environment around them. Our country certainly needs citizens who have a strong sense of the value of citizenship .

Well done to the following girls who were recipients of our Indlulamthi Badge this week:
Azuza Mbiza was recognised for being a great example of a VP girl. Azuza is always kind, caring and gentle towards everyone. She constantly puts others before herself, by showing empathy to her peers when they are down. She is a friend who listens and who uses her words to comfort and build others up. She shows commitment to her school work by always working hard, having a positive attitude and doing her best. She takes pride in everything that she does–from the way that she dresses, to being
on time for class.
Lunje Hloyi was nominated for the Indlulamthi Badge of Excellence as she tries very hard in all the work she does. Her work is neatly presented and her homework is always completed. She takes pride in everything she does and is always neatly dressed. Lunje displays the values of responsibility, respect and empathy. She has very good manners and is always kind to all the girls around her. She is a good example of a VP Girl.
We are so proud of both of them!!


Merit Achievers
Well done Taylor Arries, Hluma Mbiko, Asiyolie Tshete, Zazi Veto, Tenielle Morrison. Lusanele Kesa, Shiloh du Plessis, Kiara Goliath, Okuye Funani, Mbali Maxhaulana and Viola Stoloff who have earned over 250 merits
so far this year. Keep up the hard work, girls!


End of Term 3 arrangements
A reminder that we break up for a week’s break from the 24-31 October.
Although it is the last day of term, we will only end school at 13h00 on Friday the 23rd October to ensure that both our groups receive equal amounts of schooling. We will be sending reports home with all our girls (Grade 00-7) on Thursday (Blue Group) and on Friday (Green Group) next week. Parents will not need to sign for them and teachers will make a note of their handover to your daughters. Please make sure you receive your daughter’s report from her when she returns home.

Included in the report envelopes will be the term calendar for Term 4. Please study it carefully as we have made special arrangements for our end of the year test/exams as well as plans for our slightly different Prizegivings.

We will also be starting a short extramural programme of non-contact sports for Grade 1 -7 to get our girls physically active again. This will only entail finishing school at 13h30 on some days for some girls but we feel it is necessary to get them active again. Please view the extramural programme that will be included in the report envelope too.

Boarders will return on Sunday the 1st of November and school will resume on Monday the 2nd November for the Blue Group and on Tuesday the 3rd of November for the Green Group.


SGB AGM
On Monday we had our SGB AGM and budget approval. Thank you to all the parents who attended and voted in favour of the 2021 budget. The fees for 2021 will be as follows:
Gr 00&R: R22 000 per year; Gr 1-3: R19 800 per year and Gr 4-7: R19 200 per year.


Happy birthday to the teacher and girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Mrs Mabusela, Daniella McLean, Bunono Nkwinti, Kwakhanya Nongubo and Cassandra Radovic.


Thank you to Mr Bradfield at FotoFirst for printing our Support Staff photos, look out for the display that Ms Putzier is preparing.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 9 October 2020

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Message from the office
On behalf of all the staff at VP we wish to express our sincere thanks for the wonderful cards and gifts that we received from our girls and their families for World Teachers’ Day. Our teachers (myself included) certainly were made to feel special and appreciated. I also took much delight in the pleasure it gave our girls to present the gifts which they thoughtfully and carefully made. We are truly blessed with very special little girls at VP. It made Monday and Tuesday ‘feel good’ days at school.

This brought to mind the importance of feeling valued and appreciated as well as having a mindset of being appreciative and grateful for what life gives us. The article below provides some wonderful insight into gratitude and how we can nurture it in our children. Although the original article aims at teens it certainly is applicable to all ages. https://parentandteen.com/appreciation/

Inspire Appreciation
“We want to raise our children to be competent and confident. We also hope they develop deep and meaningful relationships with their family and friends. In addition to these important goals, parents can help their children build character, the type that allows them to grow to their full potential and achieve the kind of resilience that will support them throughout life. You can think of character as doing the right thing — even when no one is watching. A key avenue for doing this successfully is nurturing children to show appreciation for others.

Every family shows appreciation in different ways. Some parents may acknowledge their child’s positive behaviour out loud. Another family may prefer a physical approach – hugging, kissing, cuddling, or patting their child on the back. Regardless of how we show appreciation, when we do, our children learn to appreciate their family and community more. In addition, we know children’s relationships with parents are reflected in their friendships. The more mothers show support to their children, the more support these children show their friends.

This makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Children who are recognized and appreciated — for studying hard or preparing dinner, for example — will likely repeat more of these behaviours. And if they get appreciation, they’re more likely to be appreciative. This is because a heightened sense of connection to others contributes to having additional caring relationships.
All parents have the necessary tools to teach this essential lesson to their children. There’s nothing you need to buy. All you have to do is be mindful. Focus on how you show your child appreciation. Pay attention to ways you demonstrate how much you care about them.
No words we say to children will ever be as influential as our own behaviour.

5 Easy Ways to Teach Appreciation
Need a little guidance? Here are five no-cost opportunities for teaching children to appreciate others.
1) Recognize acts of kindness
Catch children when they’re being kind, generous, and thoughtful. Tell them how pleased you are with their behaviour. It’s not uncommon for parents to praise children for getting an A on a test or scoring a goal. But all too often children get recognition solely when they produce. Try to increase the amount of kudos you offer for the efforts they put into being a good person.
2) Focus on positive ways people treat each other
Children benefit when families discuss selfless behaviours, the kind that usually go unnoticed. For example, make it a habit to acknowledge the co-worker who visits her mother every day or the grandson who takes meals to his grandmother. Make a conscious decision to change what you talk about most – especially if topics tend toward the negative, gossipy or unproductive.
3) Choose words and actions carefully
Children pay close attention to how adults treat each other. Young people always watch grown ups for social cues regarding how they should behave. When we disagree with our partners, we’re in the best position to demonstrate how to voice opinions respectfully. Our ability to listen, to offer kindness even in the heat of the moment, shows children how to appreciate others and their points of view.
4) Treat strangers well
Children learn to value qualities like compassion when they see parents acting compassionately. No words we say to children will ever be as influential as our own behaviour. Our acts of caring and understanding are silent and powerful teachers. Young children, teens and tweens observe us and remember.
5) Value love and kindness over material goods
Never worry about spoiling children with love and kindness. Love doesn’t spoil children, it only makes them sweeter. But love and kindness don’t require buying children every last video game or piece of clothing or material item they request. Remind them to be grateful for what they do have, instead of worrying about what they don’t. It’s OK to have your child save enough money for special items they long to own. The upside of delaying our children from getting whatever they want is that they’ll be that much more appreciative when they do get them.

When we notice and appreciate our children, they are more likely to notice and appreciate others. This doesn’t mean showering them with empty praise. Make sure you acknowledge legitimate acts, both big and small, that deserve your admiration and gratitude. This will have a ripple effect. Your children will benefit now and their actions may positively inspire others in the future.”


SGB AGM
We will have our SGB AGM and Budget meeting on Monday, 12 October at 17:15. Please note that we will follow strict Covid-19 regulations and if necessary have more than one meeting if additional space is needed. Movement of parents attending the meeting will be restricted to the Hall foyer and hall with no other access to the campus. Please use the entrance in Beaufort Street. The budget is available to view at the office.


VP Eisteddfod
We are thrilled to have received 55 entries for the Eisteddfod! Thank you to all the parents who completed the entry forms. Please send the entry fee to Mr Wynne. The artworks must be sent to Ms Knott-Craig and videos of performances to Mr Wynne via email
d.wynne@victoriaprimary.co.za


Congratulations Mia Muller for achieving 250 merits so far this year. Keep up the hard work!


Happy birthday to the teacher and girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Ms Grobbelaar; Likhona Klei, Awongwa Zono, Sophie Büttner, Sivuyisiwe Jacob, Khloé Thompson, Lisakhanya Cetu, Lamela Funani, Siyolise Gobozi and Liyabona Magopeni.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 2 October 2020

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Message from the office
On 1 October the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, made a statement with regards to the developments in the basic education sector. We will, as school management, address some issues raised in due course, but I wish to highlight a section of this statement for today:
“We are encouraged and humbled by what we see in schools. Schools continue to implement the rotation system, by either implementing staggered days of attendance or platooning. This, schools do, in order to adhere to the health and safety requirements. Safety remains our top priority, because the coronavirus is still very much with us. We therefore, need to continue to take care everywhere else, and more so in our schools.

We are however, concerned that there are learners who have not returned to school yet. In the schools that we have visited, the return rate is between eighty to ninety percent (80% – 90%). While it is encouraging to see the numbers increase gradually, we appeal to parents to release their children to return to school.

This means that we need to work together with parents and communities to support the children. The fact is that schools are not operating normally at the moment.
The rotation or platooning approach which schools are using, means that there are designated days when learners are at school, and other designated days they are not. This again increases the risk of them losing interest, and forget critical curriculum topics already covered at school. The difficulties in timetabling, will be with us for the remainder of the year, as we continue to balance teaching and learning, while saving lives.”

From this I wish to highlight the following:
We are most appreciative of the many girls who are up to date and who do their work while on their ‘at home’ days but we are also enormously concerned about the girls who are still trying to catch up with their lockdown work and who return on alternate days not having done the work given to them. Their days at home are not days off. Please ensure that your daughter has a routine and instill in her the notion that she still needs to spend a few hours working while she is at home. Without your input and guidance, your daughter will, without a doubt, find herself with gaps from this academic year. If we work together to make sure that all work given is completed, the impact of this pandemic on this academic year will be minimal.

Secondly, while I understand the fears of many parents, I wish to encourage you to return all exempted girls to school now that we are on Level 1. Our teachers have an enormous task of teaching our girls on alternate days and in addition trying to ensure that those still working at home, remain on track. I strongly believe that your girls will benefit from returning to school at this stage and resuming her lessons with her peers and her teachers. The risk of being at school at this stage is very low. Please consider this most earnestly.


October is recognised as World Teachers’ month and the 5th October is World Teachers’ Day. I am extremely proud of our teachers and their input and hard work and for the flexibility they have shown in managing to continue their teaching during these challenging times.

I wish to thank our teachers for their commitment and effort and their ability to keep moving forward despite the added pressures and demands. We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated teachers at our school.

Bearing all this in mind, on Monday and Tuesday (5th and 6th October), I’d like to encourage our girls (and even our parents) to send a little thank you to their teacher/s for all that they have done. It can be in the form of a handmade card, letter or even a little homemade gift to show appreciation. Everybody thrives on acknowledgement and appreciation and this includes our hard-working teachers. I know that the thanks will go a long way to make them feel valued and spur them on to keep at it.


Ndlulamthi Badge of Excellence
Well done to our two recipients who received their badges at Monday’s assembly:
Chloe Maartens showed exceptional self-discipline during the lockdown period and took the initiative to complete all her work, assignments, tests and other assessments immaculately. She conducts herself very well in class and is a role model learner for those around her. She is always neatly dressed and very well-behaved and well-mannered and a pleasure to have in class.
Okuye Funani always gives her best in everything she does. She shows respect for others and sets a wonderful example to all at VP. Her work is of a high standard and her commitment to her music is always valued. She continues to have a positive disposition through these uncertain times. Her hard work and positive attitude is recognised by all.
Well done, Okuye and Chloe! We are super proud of you both.


Best Speakers
For the first time our Best Speakers competition was held virtually. All the girls who represented their grade did so in a fine manner. Othandwayo Jaji was our Master of Ceremonies.
We would like to thank Mr Osmond who was the adjudicator. Not only did he announce the winners but he provided constructive feedback which will definitely help all twelve finalists in the future.
We are truly proud to announce the following winners for Best Speakers 2020:
Grade 4: Unakho Mengo
Grade 5: Skyla Davies
Grade 6: Haidee Thondhlana
Grade 7: Kelly de Jongh


We will have our SGB AGM and Budget meeting on Monday, 12 October at 17:15. Please note that we will follow strict Covid-19 regulations and if necessary have more than one meeting if additional space is needed. The budget is available to view at the office.


Eye Screening and Glasses
Our Foundation Phase girls as well as all new girls had their eyes screened in March, these results have been sent home. Please could you ensure that you have made a follow-up appointment with an optometrist if it was recommended that your daughter needed one. These results must please be shared with her teacher so that we can implement any possible interventions in the classroom. This applies in the event of any optometric screening that your daughter may have had. It is very important for teachers to be made aware of the fact that your daughter wears prescription glasses in order to ensure that she uses them.


Foundation Phase Drop offs
Please remember that morning drop offs are from 07:15 to 07:45, and that any child who arrives before then may not be supervised by an adult until the teachers start screening at 07:15.


Don’t forget to sign up for the VP Eisteddfod
The Eisteddfod is open to all girls from Grade 3 to Grade 7. In order to comply with safety protocols all performances will be submitted electronically as videos, while artwork can be brought to Ms. Knott-Craig. All entry forms must be completed online by candidates’ parents. The entry form will be available on the school’s website. Entries open on Monday 28 September and close on Friday 2 October, R5 per entry. Further details will be available on the online entry form on the following link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBpNmLXTWeXoZfPDQYBy8KKz97sSW808Etm41cO19B-TFGLA/viewform


Happy birthday to the girls who celebrated their birthday this week:
Iviwe Masoma, Lisakhanya Ndlovu, Kungothando Ngangani,
Amy Terblanche, Ligugulethu Busakwe, Kelsey Hubbard and Amyoli Loli.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 25 September 2020

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Message from the office
I trust that you had a wonderful and restful Heritage Day! We have introduced our next value which is the value of Citizenship. Heritage Day has quite appropriately, coincided with this theme.

Citizenship means teaching our children social responsibility. Citizenship means being a member of and supporting one’s community and country. A South African citizen has certain freedoms which are declared in our constitution but a good citizen knows their responsibilities are just as important as their rights. A South African citizen should be informed, follow the laws of the country, be considerate of other citizens and be accepting and tolerant of others’ cultures and religions and to treat everyone with respect.

Citizenship is the ability to realize that you are part of a bigger picture; wherever you are, it is not just about you. You have a role to play within your society.

We asked our girls to ask themselves the following:
• How can you make your class better?
• How can you make your family better?
• How can you make your community better?
• How can you make your country better?
• How can you make your world better?

We also encouraged them to make a pledge and think of 5 things she could put into action to see what a difference small gestures can make.

These are a few of the type of things our girls could do to practise citizenship:
o Help clean up the playground and pick up litter wherever we go.
o Walk away from a fight.
o Wear a seat belt and cross at the pedestrian crossing and when and where the green man says you can walk.
o Respect other people’s religions and cultures and don’t make fun of anyone
o Wear your mask in public because you care for others
o Make sure that you are always neat and presentable wherever you go and follow your school rules because you represent your school, family and yourself and you want to be proud.
o Take care of the animals and creatures of the world and show them kindness
o Donate to charity
I encourage you to ask your daughter what the five things are that they have pledged to do and perhaps you can help her put these into action.

Please note that our SGB AGM and Budget meeting is scheduled to take place on 12 October at 17:15. The budget will be available to view from Monday at the office. More details about the meeting will follow in the next newsletter.

VP Eisteddfod: We are pleased to announce that we are going to hold our annual VP Eisteddfod in the next few weeks. The Eisteddfod is open to all girls from Grade 3 to Grade 7. In order to comply with safety protocols all performances will be submitted electronically as videos, while artwork can be brought to Ms. Knott-Craig. All entry forms must be completed online by candidates’ parents. The entry form will be available on the school’s website. Entries open on Monday 28 September and close on Friday 2 October, R5 per entry. Further details will be available on the online entry form.

Merit achievers: Congratulations to Kumnandi Ncumani, Sophie Büttner and Megan Peinke who have received over 250 merits so far this year. Well done, girls and keep up the hard work!

Happy birthday to the staff and girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Mrs Orsmond, Unako Mengu, Emilie Niesing, Marizaan Boucher, Unako Nondlazi, Abbigail Rischbeter, Amvuyele Fobe, Somila Lunguza and Etinosa Nini.

VP acting out our value of Citizenship: Feedback on donations
VP made donations of older items from our Clothing Exchange via GADRA to needy school children. Thank you Mrs Tarr for facilitating this.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

Heritage Day celebration at VP.

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