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VP Newsletter 21 August 2020

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Message from the office
It has taken many months but finally we will have all our grades back at school. We are looking forward to receiving all our green groups on Monday and blue groups on Tuesday.

 A reminder that all Foundation Phase children (Grade 1-3) are to be dropped off for screening in the mornings and collected in the afternoons from the Huntley Street gate.
 The Grade 4-7 girls will be screened at the Hall foyer and they need to be dropped off at Beaufort Street in the mornings.
 The Grade 4, 6 & 7 girls will be collected in front of the school office whereas the Grade 5 girls will be collected in front of the Pre Primary School Building.
 The Pre-primary girls will be dropped off and collected at the Pre-primary entrance.

A reminder that no parents or visitors are allowed onto the school premises and items left at home or lunch may not be dropped off at the office.

Each class will be released at staggered times to avoid congestion and we appeal to you to fetch your daughter timeously. Please read the letters that have been sent home for each grade so that you are familiar with the arrangements specific to your child’s grade. No child will be permitted entrance and exit at the incorrect gate/entrance as this will impede the implementation and recording of our screening process.

We are now at level 2 and this will hopefully make life a little easier and a bit more ‘back to normal’ especially if you work in the hospitality industry. We do however appeal to you to remain vigilant and cautious as even though many regulations have been lifted and the peak appears to have been reached, we are all still vulnerable and we all need to be as responsible as possible, as our actions will affect others who we come into contact with.

And then I’d love to share such a positive story too:
Sometimes I just want it to stop. Talk of COVID, looting, brutality. I lose my way. I become convinced that this “new normal” is real life. Then I meet an 87-year-old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, Vietnam protests and yet is still enchanted with life.
He seemed surprised when I said that 2020 must be especially challenging for him. “No” he said slowly, looking me straight in the eyes. “I learned a long time ago to not see the world through the printed headlines, I see the world through the people that surround me. I see the world with the realization that we love big. Therefore, I choose to write my own headlines:
“Husband loves wife today”. “Family drops everything to come to Grandma’s bedside”. He patted my hand. “Old man makes new friend’. His words collide with my worries, freeing them from the tether I had been holding tight. They float away. I am left with a renewed spirit and a new way to write my own headlines” . Story by Andy Stanley (Facebook)

Message from our Head Girl: Tara Bettridge
I hope that everyone has been keeping safe. We are gearing up for another exciting term. As gloomy as things might seem right now, there is always good to come. This term we can look forward to things like Best Speakers, General Knowledge and leave-out weekend for the hostel girls. I am sure that you have all missed your teachers and they look forward to seeing you all again. It will be great to have our corridors buzzing again with happy faces (even with our masks on). Good luck for this term, girls. Work hard and always give 100 percent in everything you do!  Love Tara

The music teachers are looking forward to all of the grades returning next week. There are still a few spaces available for piano students and music application forms can be collected from Mrs. Lang. Please note that if you would like to discontinue your daughter’s music lessons, this must be done in writing via the school office.

When you return to school please take note of the uniform and hair guidelines to make sure our VP girls are looking neat and tidy.

Hair must be neat and appropriate for girls in uniform.
If hair/braids are over shoulder length it must be all tied up. Hair must be away from the face.
Hair/braids should be your natural colour.
Corn rows must be neatly plaited and all tied up.
Clips and hair accessories must be black, green or navy. (No decorative accessories)
Summer: School tartan skirt, short sleeved open necked white shirt, short white socks and black regulation school shoes (lace up or straight bar). Navy pullover. Navy V-necked sleeveless pullover with badge (optional extra). Blue school hat
Winter: School tartan skirt or navy blue trousers, long sleeve open necked white shirt, navy long socks or navy knitted/opaque stockings, black regulation school shoes, navy pullover, navy V-necked sleeveless pullover, navy blue waterproof (optional), hooded lined VG waterproof jacket (optional).
Earrings – girls may have their ears pierced. Only small plain studs or sleepers may be worn. Girls are also reminded that sports and school uniforms should not be mixed.
As of Tuesday, 1 September girls may wear either winter or summer uniform until the end of the term. Please note that they may not mix the uniforms.

Happy birthday to the staff and girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Mrs N. Coetzee, Ms Oerson, Siyolise Baxana, Kungawo Koza, Lwandle Ralo, Nalu Mfiki, Jemma Butterworth, Lethabo Maneli, Minentle Majova and Alunamda Rafa.
Warm regards

Mrs Michelle Rafferty

VP staff are READY to welcome all our girls back and dancing with joy

Please take note of the school Whatsapp Group guidelines

Face shields are available for purchase at the office. If you would like your daughter to buy one please send R25 in an envelope with her to her teacher who will then supply her with one.


If you are interested in purchasing a bucket hat with a removable face shield for your daughter, please complete the order slip below and return by no later than Friday, 4 September 2020. The bucket hat will be navy blue in colour and made of a washable fabric. The face shield is made of a soft clear plastic and is attached to the hat by means of Velcro and can be easily removed for wiping and disinfecting. The edging on the face shield is also navy blue.

As the latest government regulation mandate the wearing of masks in all public places hats with shields such as these cannot replace a face mask, however they will provide extra protection and will be suitable for wearing in the classroom, while eating and when playing outside in the sun.
The hat is available in sizes Small (approximate age 2-3); Medium (approx. age 4-7) and Large (approx. age 8-12). Note the children in the photographs are in Grade R and are wearing size medium. Each hat inclusive of one removable face shield costs R120,00. Should you wish to place an order please fill in the form below. Completed order forms are to be returned to your daughter’s class teacher. Payment can be made via the Karri App, via EFT (reference Bucket hat & name and grade) or sent in an envelope with the order form to the class teacher. No payments are to be sent to the office. Orders with payment can only be accepted until Friday, 4 September 2020.
Name of child ________________________________________________
Grade and class ____________________ Number of hats ordered ________________
Size: 2-3 (small) / 4-7 (medium) / 8-12 (large) (circle the appropriate size)

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