Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Coetzee and Stella on the birth of their beautiful baby boy on Sunday 31 January!
Message from the office:
Our motto ; ‘Be Humble, Gracious and Kind’ from 2021 was so well received by our girls last year and it was so heart-warming to hear them use the terminology and see them practise these very valuable interpersonal skills while interacting with each other. It laid a foundation for all our interactions.
Our new motto for 2022 is ‘Motivated, Mindful, Accountable’. These are the traits that we wish to focus on, develop and teach during the course of this year. We will also explore them in our assemblies and Value Based lessons or Life Skills lessons. The teachers will make use of the many life experiences that come along as an opportunity to teach these traits and why they are important.
This year, we will endeavour to find many ways to motivate our girls and to see them enthusiastic and engaged, we hope to make our girls aware of those around them and the impact that they have on others, and encourage them to ‘live in the moment’. We wish for our girls to learn to be responsible and accountable and to teach them that they do have to face the consequences of their choices and actions. We hope that you will do the same at home and we will keep you updated in our weekly newsletter of what we have focussed on in that particular week.
We are excited about this motto and we hope to see our girls embrace these valuable attributes this year.
Unfortunately, the Department of Health did not arrive to do the COVID vaccines and booster shots on Tuesday as we had been informed and expecting. If we receive any notifications that they will come at another time we will let you know.
We have had some delightful entries so far! Thank you. Please send your entry to email@example.com
The closing date is the 11th February and we hope to share all our pics at an assembly and on our Facebook Page. Come on! Show us your creativity girls! Prizes are up for grabs for the most creative photos.
English Study Guide
This was listed as a requirement for Gr 4-7 and is a resource that your child can use up to matric. If you were unable to purchase one your daughter’s teacher will supply her with one when it will be required for a lesson. Please note that this study guide will then remain the property of the school.
A reminder that all nominations for our two vacant positions need to be handed in by 13h00 on Tuesday, 8 February. If we receive more than two nominations we will have to have a vote and this will then take place on Wednesday, 9 February. Parents are encouraged to pop into the school office and vote for the candidate of their choice between 07:30 and 14h30 on that day. More details will be sent home once we know if the election will be necessary.
Valentines Civvies Day
On Friday the 11th February we will have a Civvies Day. Girls can come dressed in red or pink or anything that celebrates Valentine’s day. Girls are to contribute R5 if they wear civvies, the money collected will go towards our sports fund this year.
We encourage our girls to wear hats during sport and break time especially during these hot summer months. They are allowed to wear either the VP navy peaks or the VP navy floppy hat. They are available from Heinen Uniforms & Embroidery at 28 Somerset Street – 082 441 4708, there will be limited hats available for sale from Mrs Terblanche for R75.
Our tennis team will play their first match against Port Alfred at our courts on the Wednesday, 9 February. Please feel free to support your daughters and the team. The matches will be played between 14h00 and 16h00. Play well girls and have fun! Please note that intermediate tennis players will still have practice with Ms Purdon on Wednesday, 9 February.
Well done to all the team swimmers who participated in the Kingswood College Short Course Gala. The girls did very well and it was great to be back in the pool again!
The Graeme Relay Gala will take place next week Friday, 11February for selected team swimmers. Your daughter will receive a letter early next week if she is participating. The gala will take place at the Graeme College pool and will start at 15:00.
The U13A hockey trials will take place on Monday, 7 February from 15h00 to 16h00. Girls that have signed up must attend these trials. A reminder that girls must have shin pads, long blue socks and gum guards to participate. (Girls U11-U13 may attend these trials).
VP Park Run Challenge
Please join us in keeping fit and enjoying the outdoors together.
The Grahamstown Park Run is held at the Botanical Gardens on the Rhodes University Campus every Saturday at 08:00. It is a 5km route (2 laps of the course) and you can walk or run.
I challenge you to join me in doing as many Park Runs as you can this term. To enter the VP Park Run Challenge and be eligible to win a prize please take note of the following:
You will need to register on the Park Run Website and print your barcode to bring with you each week. https://www.parkrun.co.za/register/
If you are younger than 11 years old you will need to bring an adult to walk or run with you. If you are older than 11 years old you can walk/run on your own but your
Parents will need to drop you off at 07:50 and collect you again at 9am.
Each time you complete a full 5km Park Run the organisers will send you an email with your time. Please forward this email each time to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will record your time and track your progress.
If you are 8 years old or younger and you only complete one lap then you will need to ask your grownup to time your lap and email it to me.
At the end of the term prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
The most park runs/walks for the term (u8 and over 11)
The fastest 5km time (u11 and older)
The fastest lap (2.5km) for u8
The most improved time for the term
We will start our VP challenge for Term 1 on Saturday 29 January at 08:00 sharp. I look forward to seeing you there. Mrs Jones: email@example.com
Happy birthday to all the staff and girls who celebrated this week! Next week the following girls and staff will celebrate: Mrs Mgogo, Ms Miskin, Mbalentle Mayinje, Azuza Mbiza, Zizo Zomelele, Jazlin Crafford, Sinalo Gumenge,Khanya Kepe, Imanathi Mcophele, Kazlin de Maar, Neo Molefe, Sanda Stofile, Tenielle Morrison and Amahle Mchunu. We hope you have a wonderful day!