Message from the office
Can you believe we are in March already?
We had our induction assembly on Monday where Tara Bettridge was announced as our Headgirl and Bronté Agnew as our Deputy Headgirl. I have no doubt that they will make for an effective and dynamic team.
Other new announcements were Likhanyile Mtshemla as our Netball Captain and Onwaba Santi as our Hockey Captain with Tara Bettridge as the Vice-Captain. We also announced our hostel monitors who play a crucial role in helping the matrons in the hostel. Well done to the following girls who will be our 2020 hostel monitors: Olona Tamsanqa, Mihle Maqoqa, Siyolise Gobozi, Abongile Mtshemla and Somila Lunguza.
Linking with this assembly and our focus on the value of responsibility I shared the following summary with our girls: With any role that you are given comes plenty of hard work and responsibility. These are the following points I’d like our girls to consider. Many points are relevant to all our girls. Not just to those in the Leadership Team.
1. Set a good example.
As a leader, you realize the importance of setting a good example for your team and your school. You can’t do one thing and say another and expect people to listen to you. You need to look smart and represent your school in the best way possible. You need to make sure you follow all the school rules. Treat your teachers and your peers with respect. My daughter and son both used to say when they were in leadership positions while in Grade 7 that they used to hate it when teachers would say something along the lines of ; “You are on the leadership team, you should know better’. People are going to judge you differently or more harshly. You are going to have to measure up to higher standards.
The best leaders learn to handle failure as gracefully as they handle success.When things get a bit too overwhelming it is your responsibility to not give up and to keep at it. Never be too afraid to ask for help if you need it.
3. Build good communication skills
Every good leader knows the art of compromise and talking to people they work with or serve in a manner that is respectful. It is your responsibility to communicate with everyone in this school respectfully and with love. At times you will have to tell your friends what to do which may be hard or make you not so popular. As hard as it is, always make sure you speak kindly and with respect. Try not to get bossy. People won’t always respond well to that.
4. Work on your decision-making abilities
Sometimes you may find yourself overwhelmed by too many choices, weigh the pros and cons of each option and make the most informed decision possible. This will help you to make correct decisions in everyday life. This is quite a responsibility to learn but through discussion with other team members, Mrs Sauls as your head of the leadership team, a teacher or your parents, you may learn the skills to make a good decision.
5. Learn to plan
Life is going to be hectic this year if you haven’t already realised this. Learn to plan your days. It is going to be expected of you to be responsible and go to your meetings, be prepared and follow up on all your commitments. And of course, use a diary to make sure that you don’t double book yourself. If you have, be responsible about excusing yourself from your teacher. This is such a crucial life skill to learn that you will need your whole life if you want to ensure people see you as reliable and responsible.
6. Get out of your comfort zone
You will be expected to do things that you are not comfortable with, you may even think, ‘How can you ask that of me? I can’t do that?”. But sometimes, to grow and discover things you didn’t know that you could do, you need to try things you’ve never done before. And sure, sometimes it may go well and sometimes it won’t but you most certainly will learn something on the journey that you never would have if you didn’t try. And sometimes you will just have to do it because it is part of your responsibility. You’ll just have to dig deep and do it!
7. Establish your values and stay true to you
Lastly make sure you know what your values are and what you are not prepared to compromise on. If honesty, reliability or responsibility are values you hold dear and your reputation is something you value it will be very difficult for others to convince you to go against the grain of who you value yourself as. If you don’t know what you value or you value your popularity or being liked above other values, you will find yourself easily swayed. If you haven’t already, go home and decide what values you, as a person you respect in yourself, won’t compromise on and ensure that you stay true to them.
Most people want to be a part of the Leadership Team but it is not all fun and games, it is a lot of hard work. A lot of expectations will be placed on you but we know that you are up to the task. Congratulations leadership team of 2020. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve done already. We are certain that you will continue to serve the school to the best of your ability this year.
We will be saying our farewell to Ms Bruns at an assembly on the 16th of March as she heads off to join her fiancé in Portugal. What an exciting adventure! We are working through the department to transfer the new Grade 3 teacher who is young, dynamic and experienced in teaching Grade 3’s. I am certain that Gr 3B will adjust happily.
On Thursday the 19th of March we will have our farewell for Mrs Arnold who is retiring. Mrs Andrews is already well established in the Grade 1 class and we know that that transition will be an easy one. Mrs Orsmond will be the acting FP HOD.
Mr Mkula has accepted a post at St Johns in Johannesburg. We are delighted to let you know that we have been able to get Mrs Jones back. Unfortunately her planned emigration to New Zealand fell through. As Mr Wynne has experience in both violin and cello he will continue with teaching the strings pupils and Mr Wynne’s current pupils and music classes will be shared between himself and Mrs Jones. We wish Mr Mkula all the best as he takes on this new challenge. We will also say farewell to him on the 16th of March.
Rest assured that your girls will remain in capable and caring hands.
Conquesta Olympiad: Should you wish for your child to participate in Conquesta 2020, entry forms are available from Mrs Sauls. Conquesta is only open to Grades 4-6. Please complete the entry form and return it to school in an envelope, marked Conquesta with the relevant entry fee. Closing date for entries are 13 March.
For more information please go to http://www.conquestaolympiads.com/
Governing Body By-elections
On Tuesday your daughter brought a letter informing you of the VP SGB By-election on Wednesday, 18 March at 17:30. We are looking forward to parents who will raise their hands to say “Include me” and be prepared to serve on our SGB. If you read the back of the letter sent home you will find a charter of what is expected of a member of the School Governing Body. Please read through those points carefully to ensure that if you are nominated you will be able to fulfill this role. Please attend this meeting as we will need a quorum for the nominations to go ahead. We have the choir and orchestra entertaining parents from 17:00 until the start of the meeting.
Our young musicians will perform in the progress concert on Wednesday 18 March at 14:00. All beginners will present work to showcase what they have achieved so far this year. The concert will take place in the hall and should be concluded by 15:00. Please feel free to attend and support our young musicians.
Ms Hanslo has sent out a letter to Foundation Phase parents inviting them to experience a music class with their daughter. This will take place on Tuesday, 10 March 2020 in our school hall. Parents must please refer to the letter for the correct times per grade.
Our top swimmers have been very busy this past week and have certainly done us proud! On Friday, 28 February Ayalakha Mokoena swam in the Top 8 gala at Newton Park in PE. She came 3rd in the 50m Freestyle and won a bronze medal. Well done, Aya!
On Thursday, 5 March Ayalakha Mokoena, Charlotte Welgemoed and Daniella McLean swam in the Interdistricts gala at DSG as part of the Albany team. Aya won gold in the 50m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. Her relay team also won both their relays. Danni and Charlotte’s relay team also won. Well done, girls!
The extramural/sport schedule for the rest of the term is as follows:
Please note: Grade Ones will continue with summer sports until the end of the term.
9 March (Mon)
Senior Netball Trials: U11 & U12 (14:00-15:00)&U13 (15:00-16:00)
Senior Hockey Trials: (14:00-15:00)
10 March (Tues)
Junior Interhouse Tennis: (14:00-16:00)
11 March (Wed)
No extramurals. School finishes at 12:30 for all girls as staff will be attending training in Port Elizabeth. Please ensure that your daughter is collected by 12:30 if she does not attend Aftercare.
12 March (Thurs)
Junior Hockey trials: U8 & U9 Top Field (14:00-15:00)
U10 & U11 Bottom Field (U10 & U11)
Senior Interhouse Tennis: (14:00-1600)
16 March (Mon)
Junior Netball Trials: U8 & U9 (14:00-15:00) & U10 & U11 (15:00-16:00)
17 March (Tues)
Interhouse Cross Country: During School
Our U13A netball team will participate in the Frans Erasmus Tournament at PJ Olivier this afternoon and tomorrow from 08:00-12:00. We wish them lots of success at their first tournament of the year! Supporters are welcome.
Our production “Can Giraffes Dance?” begins next week. Tickets cost R20 for adults and R10 for scholars. On Thursday & Friday night the PTA will serve coffee/hot chocolate and a cupcake for R10. Please buy tickets early as there is limited space available.
The seventh edition of Masicule, which sees almost 1 000 voices gathered on stage in song, will take place in the Guy Butler Theatre at the Monument in Makhanda on 8 March (6pm) and 9 March (7pm). What makes this year’s concert so special is that the special guest artist is Nomfundo Xaluva (old VG girl and head girl 2002). Tickets are R50 and R40 for students and learners. Book online at www.tickethut.co.za or get your ticket at Makana Tourism, Fusion or the Joza Youth Hub. Mr Mkhize has tickets for sale at VG as well.
There are reports of an outbreak of lice at various schools in town. Please check your daughter’s hair regularly and if you find any lice or nits begin treatment immediately and keep your daughter at home until she is completely clear of all lice and nits. One of the salons in town is offering to assist with this:
TranquiLICE – Head Lice Removal Clinic. Situated at 135A HIGH STREET and open Monday to Friday 8 to 5; (closed on Tuesdays) and on Saturdays 8 to 1. Treatments are done by appointment only. The Removal of Lice is done by using controlled heat, followed by the use of a vacuum-like device called a V-comb, which catches the lice and nits into a filter which is then discarded. This is a neat and safe way to get rid of the problem. The treatment includes a shampoo and blow dry as well as a spray on take home product to prevent further infestation. The process takes about one hour to one and a half hours, depending on the severity of the problem.
Our Vision is to dispel the stigma associated with head lice and to stop the overuse of pesticides on our children and the environment. Many head lice removal products today contain insecticides that may be harmful to children’s nervous systems. Our mission is to change the way people treat head lice and to deliver an effective and environmentally friendly service. Together we can do this.
Introductory Price for March 2020: R320 (regular Price R400.) For any questions or more info please WHATSAPP 0836489522; FOR APPOINTMENTS WHATSAPP 0836489522
Happy Birthday to the following staff and girls who celebrate their birthdays next week: Mrs Rafferty and Mrs Goodes; Cazlin du Plessis, Othandwayo Jaji, Sisipho Loliwe, Amila Mdingi, Cassidy du Plessis, Olwethu Nojoko, Tyronéya Francis, Buhle Mabanga, Ariba Nawaz, Amnuyela Sakata, Unakho Kate and Zoë Butters. We hope you have a wonderful day!
Mrs M Rafferty
Friday 6/03 – Frans Erasmus Tournament@PJ
Saturday 7/03 – Frans Erasmus Tournament@PJ
Sun 8/03 – Masicule Concert – tickets from VG
Mon 9/03 – Masicule Concert – tickets from VG
Wed 11/03 – School ends at 12:30. No extramurals.
Thursday 12/03 – Can Giraffes Dance? 18:00
Friday 13/03 – Can Giraffes Dance? 18:00