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.
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Heritage Day celebration at VP.