Message from the office
This is the last newsletter for 2020 and what a year it has been. Congratulations to our girls who received Honours and Merit Awards and other certificates this year. (Please see the list of those girls who have been acknowledged for their hard work in the classroom and in other spheres of their school life that follows). Managing to achieve an Honours and Merit Award (and even a Merit Badge) this year needs an extra special pat on the back, considering the challenging year we’ve had and I commend those girls who have managed to keep focussed and dedicated to their school work. I would also like to acknowledge their parents and guardians who have had to play a very pivotal role in their daughter’s schooling this year.
The department has allowed for special dispensation for mark adjustments and condonations in Grade 4-7 due to the disruptive year we have had. A mark adjustment of 5% was allowed in a maximum of three different subjects and children who were able to pass with these adjustments will progress to the next grade. A condonation for Mathematics had to be applied if the pupil met all other requirements in her grade, and such a learner will be progressed to the next grade. If either of these is the case for your daughter it will be indicated in your daughter’s report comment. A child who has met all the promotional requirements without any adjustment is promoted to the next grade.
Although this does mean that there will not be a higher than normal percentage of learners who are retained, we will have the task of making sure that we bridge any gaps this year has caused. In the extramural programme we have allocated a slot for extra lessons for girls identified by their teachers who will need to attend. These lessons are compulsory and are there to help our girls reach the standard they need to be at.
The biggest area where girls are not achieving is English Home Language in which they have to get a minimum of 50% to pass. Our standard at VP is high and girls are expected to comprehend what they read. The best thing you can do for your daughter is to provide her with books and encourage her to read. I can’t stress enough how important reading is and this really isn’t a very difficult intervention to put into place. Reading will improve your child’s fluency, comprehension, general knowledge, her analytical and critical thinking, develop memory skills, improve her concentration, develop her imagination and boost her confidence. If you are buying your daughter a gift for Christmas please consider getting her a book or a book voucher – now that really is a gift that keeps on giving.
Arrangements for 2021
As we do not foresee any changes in 2021 with regards to the pandemic and the procedures we have put in place, we will start next year with the same alternate day system we have put in place since our return after lockdown for Grade 00-6. Your daughter has been notified of whose class she is in and what group (blue or green) she belongs to in her report insert or comment. These groups will come on alternate days (Blue group will arrive on the 27th January and Green group will arrive on the 28th January) please view the term calendar for their days from then on.
All Grade 7 girls will come to school every day.
On their home days, girls will be given work which they are expected to do at home. A home day is not a TV and pyjama day. Girls must use this time to do their work given to them, the day before.
We will also stick to our starting times; girls are to arrive between 07:15 and 07:45 for screening (Grade 00 & R at the Pre-primary gate, Grade 1-3 at the Huntley Street Gate and Grade 4-7 to enter at the hall gate in Beaufort Street). The girls will also exit at these points at slightly staggered times. The school day will end at 13h00 for IP and 12:30 for PP and FP. When extramurals begin on the 1st of February these times will change, please read the extramural timetable carefully. There is no Aftercare.
Girls will need to be fetched promptly after school or after their last activity. We cannot have children on the premises after school as we monitor and engage all activities and waiting points to ensure social distancing.
As stressed before, girls who are showing symptoms, who have come into contact with someone who tested positive, who live with someone who is awaiting test results (or they themselves are awaiting results ), need to be kept at home for everyone’s safety.
Girls must wear their sports clothes on the day that they have an extramural to limit changing and movement.
Please ensure that your daughter packs everything that she needs for the day as we cannot have things dropped off at the office as this is unsafe for our office staff. If they have forgotten anything, they will have to go without.
I so wish that we could return to our usual system and have all our girls every day and have a full extramural programme but unfortunately this will continue to be our reality for the time being and everyone’s safety has to be our priority. This system is the best compromise.
I wish you all a blessed and joyful festive season. Rest and read as much as you can! All the best to our Grade Sevens as they venture into high school. Make us proud, girls! Keep safe and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF HOSTEL MS MISKIN
We hope that you and your families have a wonderful holiday. To those who will not be returning to Victoria Primary Hostel, we wish you happiness and success in your future schools. To those who we will be welcoming back and those joining us for the first time in 2021, we look forward to seeing you. We will continue with the same Covid-19 Protocol which were put in place this year and I will send it out electronically before school starts. Please note that the hostel admin Whatsapp group will continue to provide reminders and updates. It would be lovely to start off the year 2021 with all the correct forms handed in, especially medical administration and information forms. Please note that there are three forms you need to complete and return on the 26th of January to allow us to ensure your daughters are healthy and safe.
Medical record form: This is to be filled in regardless of whether you have a medical aid or not. Allergies and allergic reaction to foods is especially important for our boarders to fill in.
Administration of medication form: For each and every medication you send along to hostel, you will need to fill in this form for the clinic to be able to administer them. This would be for any over the counter medication.
Long term use of medication form: If your daughter has any medication she takes on a regular basis this form is crucial to allow the clinic to administer it. Please follow the instructions at the top of the pages.
Please set aside time to complete the forms correctly. It would be appreciated if you could keep a few copies of the administration of medication form should you want to add any medication during the year.
Thank you to Mrs Tarr for assisting with the Clothing Exchange this year – she really went the extra mile. For your convenience the Clothing Exchange will be available for parents from 10:00-12:30 on Tuesday, 26 January.
Happy birthday to the following girls who celebrate their birthdays in December: Somtochukwu Nnadozie; Jade Thompson; Amahle Siyongwana; Ndaloentle Khila; Asiyolise Tshete; Aqhamile Klaas; Ahluma Somala; Sambese Njilo; Jayda Kohl, Alexis Muller; Iyonke Nogqala, Yusrah Suleman, Lunje Hloyi; Amber-Jade Marthinus; Sue-Ann Swanepoel; Skylar Februarie; Somila James; Simehlule Klaas; Abongile Mazitshana; Owethu Mini; Luthando Zono; Talitha Dingani; Micarlin Daniels; Sydney Edwards; Ovayo Maboza; Ezintle Dingela; Zingce Mngxuma; and Kamvelihle Mesani.
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
POSITION PRIZES & Honours: Bronté Agnew; Jennifer Sweetman;
MERIT AWARDS: Catherine Roberts; Sydney Edwards; Azosule Kanana; Mika Davies; Tara Bettridge; Chloe Maartens; Marlene Loeffler; Danika Lensley; Mairi van Schoor; Esona Mnqinana; Kendra May.
GBS MUTUAL BANK PRIZE FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN GRADE 7: Kuhle Mpama
Diligence: Tristen Williams; Sue-Anne Swanepoel; Amy Arends
Perseverance: Tazne du Plessis; Kelly de Jongh; Linothando Mehlo; Bozuza Antoni
Perseverance in Mathematics: Cayden Daniels; Kungawo Kate; Alulutho Solani
Excellence in English: Ruby Short
Excellence in Xhosa: Othandwayo Jaji
Diligence in Xhosa: Ayaxola Mnyamana
Perseverance in Xhosa: Uyathandwa Kupula
AMESA Certificate: Mairi van Schoor
PHILLIPS TROPHY FOR THE UNDER 13 HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Onwaba Santi
RAFFERTY TROPHY FOR THE MOST IMPROVED U13 HOCKEY PLAYER:
Tara Bettridge and Sydney Edwards
BESTER TROPHY FOR THE SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Awongwa Zono
OPEN VICTRIX LUDORUM: Mika Davies
EDWARDS CUP FOR OPEN SINGLES: Tara Bettridge
ISABELLA GREYLING TENNIS TROPHY FOR ETIQUETTE AND SPORTSMANSHIP:
Tara Bettridge and Sydney Edwards
ATHLETICS AND CROSS COUNTRY CAPTAIN: Bronté Agnew
HOCKEY CAPTAIN: Onwaba Santi
MOST PROMISING SENIOR NETBALL PLAYER: Linothando Mehlo
NETBALL CAPTAIN: Sisonke Magopeni
SWIMMING CAPTAIN: Sydney Edwards
MOST PROMISING SENIOR TENNIS PLAYER: Sydney Edwards
TENNIS CAPTAIN: Tara Betttridge
McKELLAR BOWL FOR EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC: Chloe Maartens
FENELLA LONG AWARD FOR VERSATILITY IN MUSIC:
(Person who participates in the most musical ensembles offered at VP and plays more than one instrument at school): Bronté Agnew
ELS TROPHY FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE CHOIR: Kuhle Mpama
LEE GOLD AWARD FOR DILIGENCE IN MUSIC: Makayla Cock and Danika Lensley
DENISE LESAR TROPHY FOR THE MOST PROMISING STRING PLAYER: Marlene Loeffler
JACQUELINE HUME PRO ARTÉ AWARD FOR THE PUPIL WHO DISPLAYS THE MOST INTEREST AND TALENT FOR THE ARTS: Mika Davies
THOMALLA ART TROPHY: Jennifer Sweetman
MADGE FERGUSSON CUP FOR DRAMA: Mika Davies
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: (87% or above in Trinity/ABRSM Exams)
Marlene Loeffler (also receives full colours for music)
EXCELLENT ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: (75% or above in Trinity/ABRSM Exams)
Chloë Maartens (also receives full colours for music)
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: (60% or above in Trinity/ABRSM exams): Danika Lensley; Makayla Cock; Bronté Agnew (and a re-award of half colours for music).
SPECIAL ENGLISH PRIZE: Rutendo Chakona
JACKSON DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY SHIELD: Rutendo Chakona
LIZETTE BOTHA CUP FOR EXCELLENCE IN AFRIKAANS: Bronté Agnew
M.C. FOURIE WISSELTROFEE VIR TWEETALIGHEID: Catherine Roberts
ALANAH MICHAELS DUX CUP FOR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Bronté Agnew
NELL MATHEMATICS SHIELD: Bronté Agnew and Mairi van Schoor
ENGLISH BEST SPEAKER TROPHY: Kelly de Jongh
SPOKEN ENGLISH PRIZE: Marlene Loeffler
GOWAR XHOSA CUP FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN XHOSA: Olona Tamsanqa
JULIA PATERSON ECOLOGY CUP: (For service, initiative and dedication to the community and the environment): Makayla Cock
Mc EWEN CUP FOR THE BEST GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Mairi van Schoor
HOSTEL STAFF TROPHY FOR THE MOST POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO HOSTEL LIFE
GRADES 5 – 7: Mihle Maqoqa
D’ OLIVIERA TROPHY FOR GOOD FELLOWSHIP AND SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL:
SCHNEIDER CUP FOR SPORTSMANSHIP AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TO SPORT:
Sydney Edwards and Tara Bettridge
MABUSELA TROPHY FOR BILINGUALISM IN ENGLISH AND XHOSA: Azosule Kanana
SONNE SHIELD FOR THE PUPIL WHO ILLUSTRATES THE MOST INGENUITY IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Rutendo Chakona
VGHS OLD GIRLS’ SPECIAL SERVICE PRIZE FOR THE DEPUTY HEADGIRL: Bronté Agnew
MARTHA EMSLIE HEADGIRL’S AWARD: Tara Bettridge
THE VIRTUTE ET OPERA AWARD GIVEN IN THE NAME OF JEAN LEURS: Principal 1988-1992: (For a Grade 6 pupil who exemplifies the motto of the school- Courage and Toil):
PADDY DALE TROPHY: Exceptional acts of bravery (Given in memory of Mrs Kaiser’s [Principal 2015 – 2018] father who died trying to save someone from drowning):
THE PRINCIPAL’S PRIZE: (Given to a Grade 7 pupil at the principal’s discretion):
POSITION AWARDS: Haidee Thondhlana (Honours); Eve Daniels (Honours); Okuye Funani (Honours)
HONOURS: Shiloh Du Plessis; Iyonke Nogqala; Claire Lobb; Olivia Weyl; Lusanele Kesa; Amaaraah Elie
MERITS: Kiara Goliath; Rachel Wilhelmi; Nicole Swart; Malihle Tima; Gabi-Li Doyle; Zahraa Mansoor; Kwakhanya Nongubo; Asiyolise Tshete
GBS MUTUAL BANK PRIZE FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN THE GRADE:
CERTIFICATES FOR DILIGENCE: Hannah Stoltz; Limile Mlonzi; Yakhanani Yapi; Lisakhanya Batala; Olwethu Nojoko; Tatum Jacobs; and Liyabona Marenene.
POSITION AWARDS: Sophie Büttner (Honours); Megan Peinke (Honours); Eleni Kyazze (Honours)
MERIT AWARDS: Taylor Arries; Siyolise Baxana; Joylyn Chikiwa; Lisa-Jane Evans; Onikayo Gude; Amber Isaacs; Faye Jordaan; Hluma Mbiko; Liyabona Mbutye; Kumnandi Ncumani; Viola Stoloff; Khloé Thompson; Zazi Veto
GBS MUTUAL BANK PRIZE FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN THE GRADE: Unako Nondlazi
Asavela Mtuze for Diligence and immaculate workbooks
Sinalo Gumenge for Diligence and immaculate workbooks
Rachel Mostert for Diligence and resilience
Okusha Dingani for Diligence and perseverance
Chelsy van der Merwe for improvement in school attendance and Diligence
CERTIFICATES FOR DILIGENCE: Kholosa Waka; Grace Xala; Mbali Maxhaulana; Lithalelanga Tabensky; and Lande Gxina
POSITION PRIZES: Sally Kadye (Honours); Ahluma Zwana (Merit); Hannah Tarr (Merit)
MERIT AWARDS: Lethabo Maneli; Kayla O’Linsky; Lithalethu Santi; Sanda Stofile; Mohlekesedi Zondani; Shene Lockwood; Malaika Fondling
GBS MUTUAL BANK PRIZE FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN THE GRADE: Yayama Kom
Kylie Daniels for Excellence in Afrikaans
Rachel de la Mare for Diligence
Jayla Frans for Diligence in Afrikaans
Angaka Magutywa for Excellence in Mathematics
Nooran Sha for Perseverance
CERTIFICATES FOR DILIGENCE: Luminathi Khonza; Lwange Madikida; Mbalentle Jadi; Lejaye du Plessis; Tyroneya Francis; and Lelona Kuselo.
THE HALL SHIELD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Azile Hambaze
THE GRASSHOPPER TROPHY FOR SPORTSMANSHIP: Charlotte Welgemoed