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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.

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

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