Reflections on the term past…
The start of this term was marred by a few positive COVID cases which necessitated us having to close school for certain grades or close contacts for a few days. I am very pleased to say that we never had any further infections within our school or hostel environment and from this we take note that the strict measures we have put in place are effective. I also acknowledge the anxiety this caused many parents, staff and girls and I thank you for pushing through in spite of your fears. I thank both the parents and the staff for the incredible support and willingness to abide by our many rules during these 18 months of the pandemic. You have not grown weary or displayed your frustrations (as I have no doubt, you did experience) but continued to send us messages of support and understanding in these trying
times. Having this backing makes it an easier task to manage.
As some of our girls did not cope as well as we’d hoped during the forced closure of school last year without the structured classroom time and watchful eye of our teachers, we were cognisant of the impact this had on their academic progress. We have endeavoured to bridge the gap with the intervention sessions we provided. I am delighted that the hours of interventions our teachers have provided have generally had a positive impact on the girls’ academic results but it is important to note that our girls still need to do their bit in making sure that they use the extra time wisely and make the most of the access they have to their teachers during interventions. The girls have to meet us halfway in our efforts.
We hope that you will go through your daughter’s report carefully with her. If your daughter has made noticeable improvements, praise her and acknowledge her efforts. If there is still room for improvement, plan to put the necessary support and further interventions in place. Our Grade 4-7 girls only have 5 weeks from the start of the term till they start to write their end of the year exams and they should start setting up a study programme first thing next term and do a little bit every day.
The term ahead…
Included in your daughter’s report envelope is our Term 4 calendar. You will notice that we have planned for many of our end-of-year functions. We are hoping that COVID regulations may be as such that we may be able to go ahead with these events, but as last year taught us, we can never be too sure. We have planned our prize givings to be in smaller grade groups and we are hoping that parents may join us for these very special occasions. We will take it week by week and keep you informed.
October is Emotional Wellness Month and the staff have put together a programme that will include activities that focus on emotional wellness. This will be implemented from the first week of next term. We have no doubt that making
our girls aware of the importance of looking after the various aspects of their emotional and mental health and how to do so, will be a lifelong gift. I thank the teachers for always thinking out of the box and for finding ways to expose our girls to many important facets of life (not just a curriculum) and for providing them with fun new events and activities to look forward to in their school day, especially during this pandemic.
I trust that you will have a lovely holiday with your daughters. Please allow them the time to rest and recuperate before the new term starts. The girls will come back to school in summer uniform.
Tuesday, 5 October is World Teachers’ Day. If your daughter is feeling creative during the holiday, a lovely thank you card or handmade gift, will go a long way to making our teachers feel extra special.
Gr 00-6 parents: Please note that if you intend to leave VP at the end of this year, please inform us in writing on the first day of the fourth term.
The following girls received the Personality of the Week award this morning: Leah Doyle for Hard Work and Helpfulness; Scarlett Freysen for Hard Work and Perseverance and Bubele Mvula for Determination. Well done, girls!
Tatum Jacobs and Grace Mayekiso received their Ndlulamthi Badges this morning. Both Grade 7 girls are wonderful examples of VP girls, neatly dressed, cheerful, hardworking and polite. They both have impressive records of their
dedication to their sport and music and the high standard of which they perform both. They were also both recognised for the positive manner in which they have performed their roles on the leadership team. We are very proud of you both!
The following girls have received over 250 merits so far this year: Lunathi Mkosana, Maria Correa, Lunje Hloyi, Abigail Green, Milani Nothoko and Zothando Nyati. Well done, girls!
Last week’s Exam Candidates’ Concert was a wonderful event. The performers played beautifully and their stage deportment was exemplary. Performing for others is an important part of being a musician and we were fortunate to have an audience of girls and staff, as well as an online audience of parents who enjoyed the concert remotely. VP is indeed blessed to have such a supportive and involved parent body, which enables our music department to thrive. We thank Mr Wynne and Mrs Turner for the wonderful guidance and passion for music that they share with our girls. If you would like your daughter to join our dynamic music programme, please collect a music application form, available at the school office.
We are thrilled to announce the results of the VP Eisteddfod. We are very proud of all of our girls and it is clear that the arts are flourishing at our school!
Gold certificates (arranged by grade)
Grace Mayekiso (Dancex2); Zinathi Nondzube (Dance); Lusenathi Mkalipi (Dance); Kwakuhle Mafani (Dance); Hannah Stoltz (Art); Inam Zondi (Music); Lisakhanya Batala (Music); Iyonke Nogqala (Music); Malihle Tima (Music); Unakho Kate (Music); Philasande Sandi (Music); Haidee Thondhlana (Music); Tatum Jacobs (Music); Chelsey Koesnel (Dance); Grace Gwed (Dance); Unako Nondlazi (Dance); Mia-Lee Muller (Dance); Amber Isaacs (Dance); Chelsy van der Merwe (Dance); Lithalelanga Tabensky (Dance); Gracie Chitsike (Poetry); Viola Stoloff (Art); Kayla O’Linsky (Dance); Saskia van Wyk (Art); Daniella McLean (Art); Daniella McLean (Music); Kamvelihle Mesani (Art); Iviwe Jakavula (Art); Chloé Bowker (Art); Esethu Stamper (Art); Azizipho Ngindana (Art); Iminathi Mgwebi (Art); Kaylee Vosloo (Art); Eila Chirombo (Music); Mila McConnachie (Musicx2); Chloé Bowker (Musicx2)
Silver certificates (arranged by grade)
Chelsy van der Merwe (Dance); Mercy Chidakwa (Dance); Sophie Büttner (Poetry); Gracie Chitsike (Art); Owethu Mini (Art); Lithalelanga Tabensky (Music); Amphe Piti (Music); Mihle Hlomendlini (Music); Iminathi Nkatsha (Music); Stella Mullin (Poetry); Stella Mullin (Art); Azile Hambaze (Art); Elam Ntlokwana (Art); Emilie Niesing (Poetry); Unako Dlepu (Music); Katleho Tladi (Dance); Sibonokuhle Benge (Poetry); Limnandi Zweni (Poetry); Aliyah Bezuidenhout (Poetry); Chikhulupiriro Mitochi (Dance); Iminathi Mgwebi (Art); Lianke Cordier (Art); Kayleah Evans (Art); Eila Chirombo (Art); Chloé Bowker (Art); Alibongwe Mthembu (Art); Scarlet Freysen (Art); Siyasisanda Nene (Art); Aliyah Bezuidenhout (Music); Mila McConnachie (Music)
Bronze certificates (arranged by grade)
Amber Isaacs (Poetry); Viola Stoloff (Poetry); Unam Mazwi (Art); Owethu Mini (Art); Amphe Piti (Music); Mihle Hlomendlini (Music); Unako Dlepu (Music); Saskia van Wyk (Art); Esihle Mqhulwa (Dance); Lakhe Jubase (Dance); Iviwe Masoma (Dance); Ade-Alizwa Nqokoqa (Art); Oyintando Sinam (Art); Pippa Wolmarans (Art); Sivuyisiwe Jacob (Art); Esethu Stamper (Art); Mila Nongubo (Art); Lianke Cordier (Art); Pippa Wolmarans (Art); Lashante Rama (Art); Lashante Rama (Music); Madison Edwards (Music); Emily Weber (Dance); Liyabona Benyane (Music); Zazi Gqamana (Music)
Ms Putzier will continue with Bible Study next term, with restriction on the number of children who can attend due to COVID regulations only certain Grades will be allowed on certain Fridays. Please take note of the dates when your daughter’s Grade is allowed to attend. Reminder of times: FP 12:45-13:30 and IP 13:45-14:30
Friday 15th October – Grade 2 and 6&7
Friday 22nd October – Grade 3P and 4&5
Friday 29th October – Grade 3D and 6&7
Friday 5th November – Grade 2 and 4&5
Friday 12th November – Grade 3P and 6&7
Friday 19th November – Grade 3D
Friday 26th November – Grade 2
The following staff and girls celebrated this week and during the holidays: Mrs Calitz (Teacher Lee), Etinosa Nini, Mairi
Jones, Iviwe Masoma, Lisakhanya Ndlovu, Kungothando Ngangani, Amy Terblanche, Ligugulethu Busakwe, Amyoli Loli, Likhona Klei, Zothando Nyati, Sophie Büttner, Sivuyisiwe Jacob, Khloé Thompson,Lisakhanya Cetu and Lamela Funani. Happy Birthday!