Message from the office
This month we have seen a steady increase of people being tested and found positive for COVID-19 and we have unfortunately also received the news of the passing of many family members. This has been an extremely tough year and besides trying to manage our core job of teaching and educating, we have had to ensure that all safety measures are in place while at school. I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to our VP families who have experienced the passing of a friend or family member during this time and we pray God’s hand of comfort over all of you. I have included an article that you may find helpful in guiding your family through this period of mourning. I have only used a section of the article so if you’d like to read the whole article please go to the link indicated below.
I would also like to extend my thanks once again to our parents who have timeously informed us of family members or girls who have shown symptoms and/or have gone to be tested. They have limited the impact they may have had on school by conscientiously keeping their daughters at home during this time. I understand that we are in the process of writing exams but under these circumstances we will make arrangements with you to ensure your daughter is still able to write her papers if she is well enough. We have not strayed from the Standard Operating Procedure since our return from Lockdown and I’d like to remind you of the following:
• It is very important that parents keep unwell children at home. If your child is unwell or if she has a temperature, please contact the office and let us know.
• Parents must disclose whether their children have been unwell.
• Parents are also to declare whether their children have had contact with anyone who has COVID-19 (or is being tested or awaiting results for a COVID-19 test) and not send them to school if this is the case.
Helping your child cope with loss
Here are some tips to help explain death and loss to your child:
• Explain death using real words such as “died” rather than confusing phrases such as “gone to sleep.” You can say that death means the person’s body has stopped working or that the person can no longer breathe, talk, move, eat, or any of the things he or she could do when alive.
• Share your family’s religious or spiritual beliefs about death.
• Encourage your child to ask questions, and try to answer them honestly and directly. If you do not know the answer to a question, help find the answer.
• Use books, drawings, or role-play games to help a younger child understand death.
Here are suggestions that may help your child cope with a loss:
• Make sure your child understands that he or she is not to blame for the death and that the person who died is not coming back.
• Provide lots of affection and reassure your child often that he or she will continue to be loved and cared for.
• Encourage your child to talk about his or her emotions. Suggest other ways to express feelings, such as writing in a journal or drawing a picture.
• Without overwhelming your child, share your grief with him or her. Expressing your emotions can encourage your daughter to share his or her own emotions.
• Help your child understand that normal grief involves a range of emotions, including anger, guilt, and frustration. Explain that her emotions and reactions may be very different from those of adults.
• Reassure your child that it is normal for the pain of grief to come and go over time. Explain that they cannot always predict when they will feel sad.
• If your child is older, encourage him or her to talk with an adult outside the family, such as a teacher or a clergy member.
• Keep routines and caregivers as consistent as possible, and continue setting limits on behaviour. Care, consistency, and continuity help children feel safe.
• Encourage spending time with friends and engaging in other age-appropriate activities.
• Reassure your child that it is never disloyal to the person who died to feel happy and to have fun.
“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” – Rumi
Exams continue next week. Please ensure that your daughter prepares for them this weekend.
|Grade 4 & 5||Grade 6|
|Mon 23 Nov||Xho/Afr Comp & Language
& SS – History
|Tues 24 Nov||Maths & NS|
|Wed 25 Nov||Maths & NS||Thurs 26 Nov||SS – Geography
& LSPA Practical
|Fri 27 Nov||SS – Geography
& LSPA Practical
|Mon 23 Nov||NS||Tues 24 Nov||SS- Geography|
|Wed 25 Nov||EMS|
Grade 7 raffle
We had the draw for the Grade 7 raffle on Tuesday. Thank you to all the Grade 7 parents for your involvement in selling raffle tickets and to the VP community for supporting this fundraiser. The first prize went to Mrs Shimorne Prince who we are sure, will enjoy the Impala generously donated by Mr Webber. The second prize went to a Grade 7, Abongile Mtshemla, in Mrs Mabusela’s class. She received a wonderful hamper from EC Fresh, kindly donated by Mr and Mrs Cock. Congratulations to our winners!
The funds raised will go towards the purchasing of Grade 7 shirts and their Leaver’s function.
Well done to all the girls who took part in Conquesta 2020. We are very proud of your achievement. Victoria Primary received the following overall results: English (Silver); Social Science (Silver); Life Skills (Bronze); Natural Science and Technology (Bronze); Creative Arts ( Diamond); Bible Study (Gold); General Knowledge (Bronze); Mathematics (Bronze); English (Diamond); and Afrikaans (Silver).
At the end of last term Hannah Stoltz donated a bag of books for the library. Thank you, Hannah!
Happy birthday to the following girls who celebrated this week: Chelsy van der Merwe, Scarlet Freysen, Qhawe Mdolomba, Isiphile Ngcebetsha, Ludwe Ngcebetsha, Viola Stoloff, Bronté Agnew, Hailey de Clercq, Owekhethelo Gongqa, Anita Nkanyana, Joylyn Chikiwa, Ella Chirombo and Iva Mqhayi-Malindi.
We hope your day was very special.
Mrs Michelle Rafferty