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VP Newsletter 29 February 2024

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Message from the office

Happy Leap Day to you all!

Here is a beautiful message to inspire you this 29th of February 2024. (Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration)

Today is an ephemeral ghost…

A strange amazing day that comes only once every four years. For the rest of the time it does not “exist”.

 In mundane terms, it marks a “leap” in time, when the calendar is adjusted to make up for extra seconds accumulated over the preceding three years due to the rotation of the earth. A day of temporal tune up!

 But this day holds another secret—it contains one of those truly rare moments of delightful transience and light uncertainty that only exist on the razor edge of things, along a buzzing plane of quantum probability…

 A day of unlocked potential.

Will you or won’t you? Should you or shouldn’t you?

 Use this day to do something daring, extraordinary and unlike yourself. Take a chance and shape a different pattern in your personal cloud of probability!”


We had a wonderful send-off for Mr Greyling on Monday and we thank the parents who came to support him on the day. Today is his last day at VP and he is certainly taking on all that a Leap Year represents. We wish him all the best for his future.

Founders’ Day Celebrations, 1 March

Please take note of the arrangements for our Founders’ Day tomorrow: 

08:30 Assembly.

Girls to be dressed neatly in their school uniform (Grade 1-7) with blazer (Grade 4-7). Parents and extended VP families are welcome to join us.

Colour Run

Girls must bring a change of clothes to school that you are happy to get dirty (the colours show up best on white). Please pack sunblock, a hat and plenty of water as it is going to be a very hot day tomorrow.

The times are as follows:

Grade 00&Rs – 10:00-10:45

Grade 1-3      – 10:45-11:30

Grade 4-7      – 11:30-12:30

  • If you and/or your daughter has pre-orderd a boerewors roll, please make your way up to the Playbox/Staffroom after your daughter has finished her event to collect it. The Grade 00&Rs will have their rolls delivered to the classroom.
  • There will be a tuckshop available that will be open for the duration of the event.
  • If your daughter paid for a hair colour spray and photo she can do this at the stall on the field.

Girls can go home straight after their event is finished or they may be collected at normal time (13:00)

Parents are to please use the Beaufort Street office entrance and make their way to the Top Field.

Worker of the Week – Well done to Emihle Siwa for her lovely work done in NS. Keep it up, Emihle!


Induction Assembly

On Monday, 4 March we will be having our induction assembly where we will be announcing our various sports and music captains, the Heads of our Grade 7 committees, and our Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl for 2024. All parents are welcome to join us for this assembly for these exciting announcements. The assembly starts at 10:00. We ask that you please be seated by 09:55.

Interhouse Gala (Gr 3-7) &

Splash Gala (Gr 4-7)

These will take place on Friday, 8 March. The Splash gala will take place from 07:45-10:00 and our Interhouse gala will take place from 10:30-13:00 (please note the change of end time from last week’s letter).

Gr 1-2s must be collected from 10:30 to 10:45 from the Huntley Street gate on this day. It is compulsory for all Gr 3-7 girls to attend both galas for the entire duration. Parents are welcome to attend and must enter through the Beaufort Street gate.

All girls are required to come to school dressed in their house shirts, black shorts and takkies or VP flip flops for the day. Swimming caps and towels are essential for all learners as everyone will be participating in the different galas for the day.

All girls involved in the Splash Gala may come to school wearing their swimming costume under their school sports clothes. Please ensure that your daughter packs underwear to change into after the Splash Gala. Please also ensure that she has a black speedo costume (if not a team swimmer) which is the correct size and that the material is not perished.

Easter Hamper Raffle

Your daughter would have received a raffle to sell today, as our second PTA fundraiser for this year. Please endeavour to sell the entire sheet. She is always

welcome to collect another if she wants to sell more. Please note that R50 will have to be paid if the raffle sheet is lost.

Please send donations of Easter Eggs to make our large hampers. The closing date for sheets to be returned is 15 March. We will draw the lucky winners names on Monday, 18 March.

Technology Workshop

Attention Grade 7s

All Grade 7s must attend the exciting technology workshop tomorrow Friday, 1 March. This is a compulsory group activity where students will calculate their Term 1 results. The workshop will begin promptly at 13:15 in the hall.

Each group is expected to bring their own cardboard boxes.

We look forward to seeing everyone there for a productive and fun-filled day of learning!

Parents must please collect their daughters at the hostel entrance in Hill Street at 16:30.

Conquesta 2024

Should you wish for your child to participate in Conquesta 2024, entry forms are available from Mrs Sauls. Conquesta is only open to Grades 4-6. Please complete the entry form and return it to school in an envelope, marked “Conquesta” with the relevant entry fee and your child’s name and class.

SGB nominations & elections

Nominations for parent representatives on the SGB are now open. Please collect a form from the office if you wish to nominate someone. Please note nominations close on 4 March. The election (if required) will take place all day on Thursday, 7 March.

Milk Carton Plastic Lids

Mrs Olivier is asking for your assistance in collecting milk carton’s plastic lids. You can send them directly to Mrs Olivier or drop them off at the office.


It takes a village to raise a child.’

Nigeran Igbo proverb

As the Grade 7 Community Outreach committee, we are focusing on education this term. We believe that although some items might seem to be of no use to you they might be a treasure to those less fortunate. We would like to encourage our girls and parents to donate educational items – focusing on school shoes but including unisex school shirts, stationery and reading books. We ask you to please keep in mind that we are trying to restore dignity to those who are less fortunate than us and ask that you keep this in mind when considering the condition of items that you are donating.



Marizaan Boucher has qualified for the Tennis South Africa Junior Nationals tennis tournament which takes place in Bloemfontein from the 21st -26th of March. This is a remarkable achievement as only the Top 60 and 4 wildcard players have qualified. Well done, Marizaan!

Results versus PJ Olivier

VP took 33 games to 27 won by PJ. VP won the nail-biting encounter by 6 games. Well done, girls!



Level 1 Gala – Good luck to our girls participating in the Level 1 gala in Gqeberha on Saturday.

Interdistricts Gala

We wish our Albany Team swimmers all the best for the Interdistricts Gala which takes place on Tuesday, 5 March at the DSG Aquatics Centre. Swim well, Madison Edwards, Lilani Wolmarans, Daniela McLean and Isla Orsmond!

FP Open Swimming lesson

Next week our Grade 1, 2 & 3 parents are invited to attend an Open Swimming lesson to see the progress their daughter has made at swimming this season. The lesson takes place between 13:00 & 14:00.

Grade 3s on Monday

Grade 2s on Tuesday

Grade 1s on Wednesday



Frans Erasmus Netball Tournament

The U13 Frans Erasmus will take place at PJ Olivier on Friday, 8 & Saturday, 9 March. Matches will start at 13:00 on Friday and 08:00 on Saturday. We wish our u13 Netball girls all the best.

Ad Hoc Boarding in the hostel

Please note that if you are ever in need of safe and convenient temporary care for your daughter, we do cater for all VP girls (Grade 1-7) to use the hostel on an ad hoc basis. The cost is R280 per night

including all meals. Please contact the school office for further details.

Drop-offs at the office

We appeal once again to parents/guardians not to drop items off for girls during the school day at the office. We are constantly inundated with deliveries! If an item is urgently required the teacher or the office will call with a request to drop it off.  If it is your daughter’s birthday you are most welcome to drop cupcakes for her at the office during the school day.

Birthday wishes

We wish the following staff and girls a very happy birthday for next week: Ms Featherstone, Mr Wynne, Ubulumko Dunywa, Mvelo-Entle Ntlajeni, Kefilwe Racoco, Lilitha Kulati, Kaylee May, Ndalo Mvula, Mila Nongubo, Leane Boucher, Amila Mdingi and Asante Tetani. Have a lovely day!


Mrs Rafferty


27/02- 4/04SGB nominations open
Fri. 1/03Founders’ Day assembly@08:30Colour Run Pre-primary:  10:00   Grade 1-3:     10:45 Grade 4-7:     11:30 Compulsory Technology workshop for ALL Grade 7s 13:00-16:30 in the hall.
Sat. 2/03Level 1 Gala, Gqeberha
Mon. 4/03Induction Assembly @10:00Grade 3 Open Swimming lesson 13:00
Tues. 5/03Interdistricts Gala 10:30@DSGGrade 2 Open Swimming lesson 13:00
Wed. 6/03Grade 1 Open Swimming lesson 13:00Team tennis match vs Port Alfred High @PAH
Thurs. 7/03SGB election
Fri. 8/03Splash Gala 07:45-10:00 (Gr 4-7) Grade 1&2 home time 10:30-10:45 Interhouse Gala 10:30-13:00 (Compulsory Grade 3-7)U13 Frans Erasmus Netball Tournament
Sat. 9/03U13 Frans Erasmus Netball Tournament

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