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VP Newsletter 15 March 2024

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Message from the office

On Monday Grade 6G presented a delightful assembly on the importance (and value) of time and time management. Admittedly this is something many people struggle with even as adults but it certainly is a life skill that is worth developing. During this hectic term many of our girls may have battled to juggle their academics, sporting and cultural commitments as well as find time to rest and have some fun. Here are some tips extracted from an article to ponder and to try and implement in our homes to develop our girls’ skills in becoming better time managers.  Having an organised home with a routine and structure goes a long way in developing a child who can manage her day and feel confident in doing so. 

’Time management for children is the thinking skill that helps them to estimate how long it will take to do something, complete tasks on time, and not waste time’. 

Time Management for Children 

(adapted from 

https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/parent-child/teach-kids-to-manage-time.html)

  • Find a place for everything. A child can’t finish her morning work if she can’t find her pencil. So organisation has to come before time management. Encourage your child to keep her homework supplies and school books  (or room) organised.
  • Create to do lists and/or create an easy-to-spot weekly checklist such as “Homework in suitcase?” “Diary signed?” will go a long way in keeping your daughter on top of things.
  • Be clear about consequences. Pupils can and should be held accountable for their own assignments and they need to feel the consequences when they don’t meet their deadlines. As homework and extracurriculars increase, it’s even more important that children learn how to set goals, prioritise, organise, and think flexibly.  Your goal as a parent should be to get your child to manage her time more purposefully, without a lot of nagging and hovering. 
  • Work on estimating time. In order to make a realistic schedule, you need a good sense of how long things take. Help your daughter break her day into 15-minute chunks and help her see how much she can do in this time.
  • Plan for long-term assignments. Deciding when to do tonight’s Maths homework is one thing. Figuring out how and when to tackle the book report that’s due three weeks from Tuesday is quite another. The key with long-range projects is to break them down into smaller steps. Your child can also plan the steps necessary to complete a project by working backward from the due date. Never let her leave this for the night before!
  • Set priorities. It’s essential that children learn to differentiate between ‘have tos’ and ‘want tos’ and learn to prioritise and self-monitor.

‘Time management is a misnomer, the challenge is to manage ourselves.’ – Stephen R. Covey

‘A plan is, a schedule is when. It takes both a plan and a schedule to get things done’. -Peter Turla


Worker of the Week

Well done to Leah Flotman for being selected as our W.O.W for her beautifully written weekend news. 

Indlulamthi Badge

Congratulations to the following girls who were presented with their Indlulamthi Badges at Monday’s assembly. We are extremely proud of all our recipients and we thank them for being such marvelous ambassadors of VP and for the example they set at school: Sinembasa Mapipa, Daniella Mclean, Lelona Manyathi, Kaylee May, Uzosule Kanana, Mivuyo Santi, Grace Ruwanza, Luniko Hulushe and Chanelle Musarurwa. We are so proud of each one of you!

Personalities of the Week

Well done to Madison Edwards and Daniella McLean who received the POW this past assembly for their thoughtfulness displayed at a gala and to Zingce Balani, Iminathi Ndilele and Unako Dlepu for their helpfulness shown towards others during their Grade 7 Technology workshop. 

 Merit Achievers

Ababalwe Ngwetsheni, Azile Hambaze and Lathisa Ngabaza have received over 250 merits so far this year. Well done!


Assembly

On Monday we look forward to our hostel boarders presenting their assembly. Their assembly will start at 10:10. Parents are most welcome to join us. 


Easter Hamper Raffle

Thank you to everyone who donated Easter eggs to make our raffle prizes so spectacular!  We will draw the lucky winners’ names on Monday morning. Good luck to everyone who bought a ticket.


Grade 3 & Parents’ Mini Cricket Tournament

On Saturday, 16 March from 09:00 the Grade 3s & their families will have a fun Mini Cricket tournament at VP. We hope you have a lot of fun!


U13 Makana Netball Trials

The U13 Makana netball trials had to be postponed this week due to the rain. They will be taking place on Monday, 18 of March. All selected girls need to please be dressed and ready at 14:00. Play well, girls!


Kingswood College 7-a-side Hockey Tournament

Good luck to the U10 and U11 hockey teams participating in the Kingswood College 7-a-side Hockey Festival this weekend. The fixtures are below, VP 1 is the U11 team and VP 2 is the U10 team. A big thank you to Mrs Andrews and Miss Knott-Craig for accompanying the girls to the festival. Good luck girls and have fun!

 7-a-side hockey fixtures

 

City Lords Astro Parking Lot Side

Time

Team 1

 

Team 2

09:25

VP 2

vs

Kingswood

09:50

VP 1

vs

DSG 3

10:15

DSG 1

vs

Bedford

10:40

VP 1

vs

VP 2

11:05

DSG 1

vs

DSG 3

11:30

DSG 2

vs

Kingswood

11:55

VP 1

vs

DSG 1

12:20

DSG 2

vs

VP 2

12:45

Bedford

vs

Kingswood

13:10

VP1

vs

DSG 2

13:35

Bedford

vs

VP 2

13:50

Kingswood

vs

DSG 3

14:15

Bedford

vs

DSG 2

14:40

Kingswood

vs

DSG 1

15:05

DSG 3

vs

VP2

15:30

VP 1

 

Bedford

15:55

VP 2

 

DSG 1


Foundation Phase Open Music Class on Tuesday, 19 March

Parents and guardians are invited to come and watch what takes place during a class music lesson, and to see what your enthusiastic girls have been learning. Please use the Beaufort Street office entrance. The timetable for the day will be as follows:

Gr00: Teacher Lee – 08:00-08:30

Gr R: Teacher Kerry – 08:30-09:00

Gr R: Teacher Sam – 09:00-09:30

Gr 1: Mrs Orsmond – 09:30-10:00

Gr 1: Ms Casling – 10:00-10:30

Gr 2: Mrs Andrews – 11:00-11:30

Gr 2: Mrs Olivier – 11:30-12:00

Gr 3s: 12:00-12:40

Orchestra

Our orchestra had their first rehearsal with the Kingswood string ensemble

yesterday, which was a wonderful way to start collaborating with other young musicians. We hope to have a few more combined rehearsals this year and eventually perform together. Details will be communicated once they have been finalised.

Progress Concert

All our beginners and Initial-level musicians will perform at the annual Progress Concert, which will take place in the school hall on Tuesday 19 March at 14:15. Parents are welcome to attend in support of our budding performers.

Mini Maestros:

We are pleased to announce that the South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT) have once again organised a Makhanda chapter of the annual Mini Maestros Competition, on 17 & 18 May. Eligible pupils received their letters this week. Please ensure that reply slips are completed and returned (with the entry fee) to the music teachers by Monday 18 March.

Piano party

Mr. Wynne’s composition students will perform their original works in the morning on Wednesday, 20 March at their Piano Party. This will give our young composers an opportunity to learn from each other and share their creative ideas. All participants are to please bring some snacks to share (chips/sweets).


Extra murals: Please note that there will be NO extra murals in the afternoon for Grade 1-7 next week Monday to Wednesday. Choir will continue in the morning.

Last Day of Term and Report collection

  • Our last day of school this term is Wednesday, 20 March.
  • Our final assembly for the term will be on Wednesday at 08h30. Girls are to be dressed in their school uniform and blazer (no sports clothes on this day). We will be presenting our Top Ten academic certificates in Grade 4-7. 
  • Please note that your daughter’s report will be handed out to her on this last day of the term at 10:30 when she is dismissed for the school holidays.

 No reports will be handed out before this time and your daughter is expected to be at school to collect it 


SPORTS RESULTS

Interhouse Gala

On Friday last week we closed our swimming season with our Splash and Interhouse Galas. The girls supported their houses with great spirit and fun was had by all!

The results were as follows:

1st Disa (382 points)

2nd Fern (351 points)

3rd Arum (323 points)

4th Aloe (311 points)

Congratulations to the three girls who broke records this year:

  • Lilani Wolmarans – 1x25m Freestyle in a time of 22.27 seconds
  • Isla Orsmond – 2x25m Breaststroke in a time of 55.29 seconds
  • Daniella McLean – 2x25m Backstroke in a time of 39.50 seconds

Frans Erasmus Netball Tournament

A huge thank you to all the U13 Netball players who participated in the Frans Erasmus Tournament at PJ Olivier last week. All the players showed tremendous dedication and support of each other. Thank you to our hostel supporters too! All the girls had an amazing netball experience and a good start to their netball season.


Birthday wishes

We wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Silindokuhle Demele, Elihle Velem, Lathisa Ngabaza, Luhle Songongo, Onika Jimmy, Linomtha Kula and Emily Steele. Have a lovely day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

PRINCIPAL   


  UPCOMING EVENTS

Sat.

16/03

·         Grade 3 Mini Cricket tournament at VP

·         U11 7-a-side Hockey Festival at Kingswood College

Mon.

18/03

·         Easter raffle draw

NO AFTERNOON EXTRAMURALS FOR GRADE 1-7

Tues.

19/03

·         Open Music class (FP)

·         Progress Music Concert @14:15

·         NO AFTERNOON EXTRAMURALS FOR GRADE 1-7

Wed.

20/03

Last day of term

·         08:30 Academic Assembly

·         10:30 School closes

·         12:30 Hostel closes

·         No Aftercare

·         NO AFTERNOON EXTRAMURALS

Tues.

02/04

Boarders return to school

Wed. 03/04

Term 2 begins

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