MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE
The highlight of my week was most certainly the performance of both our Foundation Phase and Senior Choirs at the St Andrew’s Music festival. We were delighted that our senior choir was invited to sing at the gala concert last night. This concert is for a selection of those performances that were deemed the top performances over the course of this week. On Monday night both our choirs sang with angelic voices and made me proud to be part of this little gem of a school. Mr Wynne and Mrs Turner spent many hours preparing the girls for their beautiful performances. Thank you to our parents for bringing their daughters to their early morning practices. The singing gets echoed down our corridors and fills the school with a wonderful sense of peace.
We have been a hub of activity this week with interschools sports fixtures, and our campus has been filled with excited visiting schools and parents. Ms Knott-Craig has re-introduced her brainchild of interschools hockey matches for our junior teams where they play in teams made up of mixed players from all the schools, focusing on having fun and learning. The afternoons have been enthusiastically received by all the girls, parents and teachers involved. Ms Featherstone is going to introduce the same concept for our junior netball teams starting with mixed teams of VP girls. I know these sessions will develop a love for sport and being active and many will make new friends from all over town.
Our Kind Club, under the care of Mrs Jones and Mrs Mgogo, has been actively collecting donations from our girls to make dignity packs for those less fortunate than ourselves.
At Monday’s assembly, our Kind Club did a handover of our Dignity Packs to Mary Birt, founder of Food 4 Futures, a Makhanda based NPO, which is very involved in supplying food parcels to families who are unable to feed themselves. Amongst their other works they distribute clothes, shoes and bedding and help people who are unable to acquire ID documents within our community. They are now able to also supply a few families with dignity packs thanks to the kind donations from our girls and their families. These sorts of endeavours teach our girls to think beyond themselves, develop a sense of empathy and a sense of gratitude as they realise what they have to be thankful for.
As teachers, it is more often than not the time spent with our pupils outside of the classroom that we get to know and understand our girls better. It allows for both coach and pupil to let their guards down a little, and it enhances the teacher-pupil relationship. I am thoroughly enjoying my running group. Not only do I have a good excuse to leave my office, but it is a wonderful opportunity for me to listen to the girls’ conversations and for them to engage with me in a more informal setting. We cannot place enough emphasis on the importance of a healthy and full extramural programme and a special thanks must go to all our teachers for their enthusiastic involvement in it.
Next week our IP girls will continue to write exams.
Please remember that school finishes at 13:00 during exams and extramurals will be completed by 14:00. The extramural programme is on the back page of the paper newsletter sent home today and on the D6 communicator in the Resources section. Please note that there will be no Bible Study next week for FP & IP. Please ensure that arrangements have been made to fetch your daughter by 14:00 at the latest during exams as she needs to prepare for her next exam.
|School finishes at 13:00 daily; extramurals finish by 14:00.
Maths Paper 1
Afr/isiXhosa: Lang. & Comp. (Gr 4-7)
|Maths Paper 2 & Art theory
|English: Lang. & Comp.(Gr 4-6)
Creative Writing (Gr 7)
SS: Geography (Grade 4-7)
|Natural Sciences (Grade 4-6)
EMS (Grade 7)
Drama/Dance/Music (Grade 7)
|Life Skills (Grade 4-6)
Life Orientation (Grade 7)
Drama/Dance/Music (Grade 7)
|SS: History (Grade 4-7)
Technology (Grade 7)
|Natural Sciences (Grade 7)|
|School times return to normal|
The Indlulamthi Badge of Excellence is awarded to Mbali Maxhaulana. You make us proud, Mbali!
Merits: The following girls have received more than 250 merits so far this year: Stella Mullin; Emilie Niesing and Maya Christian. Keep up the hard work, girls!
Worker of the Week
Haset Sintayehu in Grade 2D is our Worker of the Week for her creative writing about Queen Elizabeth who fainted because of the disgusting food she ate:)
It has been a wonderful week of performances and we are so proud of our girls who played at the DSG/SAC music festival. Those girls who did not play this week will have an opportunity to perform at our breaktime concerts next week, on Thursday and Friday.
Please note that music lessons will continue during exams. Foundation Phase musicians will not be affected, while girls in Gr. 4-7 will follow a new music timetable for the duration of the exams.
A huge congratulations to Mbali Maxhaulana who was selected to represent the Eastern Province U13B hockey team. We are delighted and very proud of her!
Congratulations to Lisa-Jane Evans who made it through to the final round of the EP Netball trials. She will be playing on Saturday and we wish her the best of luck!
On Tuesday the 17th May the U8 A/B and U10 A/B hockey teams participated in an interschools event and fun was had by all.
On Tuesday the 17th May the U13A netball girls participated in an interschools round robin held at VP.
Sports Fixtures: Our Hockey and Netball fixtures against DSG will take place on Saturday the 21st May at Victoria Primary School from 08:30-13:00. Girls playing must come dressed in their match clothes with their full tracksuit over. They are required to arrive at the field at least 30 minutes before their match and report directly to their coach. Please see the timetable below:
|Hockey vs DSG|
|Times||Top Field||Top Field||Times||Fergusson Field|
|10:00-10:25||U11 A||U10 B|
|10:25-10:50||U10 C||U10 A|
|11:10-11:55||VP U13 B|
|12:00-12:45||VP U13 A|
|Netball vs DSG|
|Time||Court A||Court B|
|08:30-08:55||U11 B||U10 C|
|08:55-09:20||U11 A||U10 B|
|09:20-09:45||U13 C||U10 A|
|09:45-10:10||U13 D||U12 B|
|10:10-10:45||U13 B||U12 A|
Monday, 23 May: The U8’s will be participating in internal hockey matches. This will take place during their normal practice times from 13:00-14:00, parents are welcome to watch.
Due to the rain the U10/U11 internal hockey match day has been moved to Thursday the 26th May from 13:00-14:00. Please note that these events give the girls an opportunity to play a few matches. It is not about the results but rather about having fun, learning the sport and the comraderie.
Friday 27th May: The U9A/B-U13A/B Netball girls will be playing a match against Kingswood College Junior School at Kingswood Letters will be sent to the girls involved.
Saturday 28th May: Our Hockey and Netball fixtures against Kingswood College will take place on Saturday the 28th May at Victoria Primary School from 08:30-11:00. The girls will receive a letter with further details and the programme next week. The following teams will be playing:
Hockey U10A/B/C, U11A, U13A/B/C
Netball U10 A/B/C, U11A/B, U12A/B, U13 A/B/C/D
The Sheryl Luden Cup tennis tournament scheduled for this weekend has been postponed. We will confirm the new dates when they are finalised.
Family Movie Night : Thank you for your support, our tickets are sold out for the movie. Unfortunately, no more tickets can be sold.
Kind Club: Please continue to send donations of a story book or soft toy that is no longer read or played with to the Kind Club who will arrange for them to be sent to the children who lost the little they had in the floods in KZN recently. Please drop all donations with either Mrs Jones, Mrs Mgogo or Mrs Orsmond.
Next week the following staff member and girls will celebrate their birthdays: Mrs Jackson, Riley-Anne Knott-Craig, Emihle Kulati, Riley-Jo Potts, Lihlumile Benya, Rose Chirombo, Elrie-Louise Minnaar, Liyakha Nzuta and Leah Doyle. We hope you have a wonderful day!