Message from the office
You may know, as from Monday we will move to Level 1 of the Lockdown. As yet we are unsure of the specific implications this will have on the schooling system and we await official nformation from the Department of Education regarding any changes that we are able to implement. Until such time, we will continue to run school as we are currently and we will update you of any changes as soon as we are informed.
To follow on as from last week’s newsletter, some posts and contributions that I hope inspire you and our girls.
This is an extract of the post that got it all going…
I asked one of my friends who has crossed 60 & is heading to 70 what sort of change he is feeling in him? He sent me the following very interesting lines, which I would like to share.
“1) After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, I have now started loving myself.
2) I just realised that I am not an “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.
3) I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive the past.
4) I have learnt not to correct people even when I believe they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
5) I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are mood enhancers, not only for the recipient, but also for me.
6) I have learnt not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.
7) I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.
8) I remain cool when someone plays dirty politics to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.
9) I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.
10) I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof whereas with relationships I will never be alone.”
Can we practise this at any stage and age?
A condensed version of a letter from a mom..
*Shared from Facebook from Playdates on Fridays by Whitney Fleming:
“Dear daughters, there are so many distractions in this life. Girl friends, boyfriends (ack!), cell phones, social media, hormones, and so many other things that ring loudly in your ears.
These are the things I hope you always remember:
• Your decisions are important. One decision can change the trajectory of your life. It takes courage to decide you are not ready for something, and courage to decide to make yourself vulnerable and try something new. Always be courageous.
• Use the right measurements. Life is not measured in the amount of likes you get on Instagram or numbers on a scale. Always remember that life is about the impact you have on others, so work on building your brain and growing your heart, and the rest will fall into place.
• Use your voice. Never sit idly by while someone else is being treated poorly. Period.
• Don’t pretend to be something you’re not. It feels good to fit in and it feels good to be liked, but you will find that being accepted only when you are pretending to be something you’re not is an exhausting, unfulfilling experience.
• Never dis your sisters or your girlfriends. You need them more than you know.
• You are enough, exactly as you are. Love yourself for who you are at this exact moment, because you are perfect. You are a gift to this world, and if you ever forget, just ask.
• The best is yet to come. I’ll always be there for you.
And then advice from our parents and our teachers and even from our teacher’s parents:
“I would say that they should develop firstly their ability to read. Teachers should try & encourage a passion for reading & then their other skills, such speaking & writing will follow. Xxx”
“In the blink of an eye everything in life can change in an instant. Live your life to the fullest each day as you never know which day would be your last on this earth.
So often people will doubt themselves as to how far or what they can accomplish in life. Just know that if you put your mind and heart to it, anything is possible. You simply have to just want it and have God in your heart.
Appreciate the little things in life. A family to go home to and to love. Some people may not even have that.”
“Tell your family every day how much you love them as you never know when you will have that chance again but most of all thank them for being in your life and always loving you no matter what. Appreciate one another and always make the most of every day. Be kind, friendly and compassionate towards others. Together we can accomplish everything” – Nicolette Swart
Ndlulamthi Badge of Excellence
Congratulations to the following girls who received their Ndlulamthi badges at Monday’s Assembly:
Azile Hambaze in Grade 3 for always showing respect towards others. Azile takes pride in everything that she does from the way she dresses, to being on time for class and in the way that she presents her work. She sets a wonderful example of a VP girl. We are very proud of her.
Sibonokuhle Benge in Grade 2 is a very responsible person and even takes responsibility for others in the class. Sibo respects those around her and her ability to listen attentively is an example to all. She also works hard in class and always tries her best.
Well done to these two little poppets who have made us very proud.
Congratulations to Hluma Mbiko and Taylor Arries who have received over 250 merits so far this year. Well done, girls and keep up the hard work!
It was with concern that we received a visit from two police officers to inform us of an incident of a VG girl who had a close encounter with a stranger in a white bakkie with tinted windows. We will be talking to our girls about Stranger Danger but I appeal to you to also have this chat with your daughter and to make sure that they are never alone and in areas that may make them vulnerable and an easy target.
On Thursday, 24 September we celebrate Heritage day with a public holiday, please note that Friday, 25 September is a school day.
Happy birthday to the girls and staff who celebrated their birthday this week: Ms Cummings, Shene Lockwood, Selby Tarr, Meekah Troskie and Aslyn Klaas.
Mrs Michelle Rafferty