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VP Newsletter 26 April 2024

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Message from the office

We celebrated Arbour Day today and our girls certainly looked like a forest of autumn trees in their different colours. Ms Miskin gave a short talk on the importance of trees and we bought an orange tree to plant on our campus which we hope will bear fruit in the years to come. Thank you for the wonderful donations of plants we received to beautify our school!

It is so important that we teach our children to respect their environment and the world around them. Our children will build “the world of tomorrow” so it is for this reason that it is one of a parent’s essential duties to educate their children to respect the environment. Safeguarding the ecosystem in which we live means learning to take care of yourself and the people you love, so that the planet is a more beautiful place to live. It is up to us adults, above all, to set a good example, because children learn by observing us and copying our habits.
But how can we go about teaching our children to love the environment?

Here are some simple tips to set that example:

  1. Teach your children to always look for a bin when out and about. Hold on to your rubbish until you find a bin and never ever throw your litter out the car window!
  2. Wherever you go, like a picnic spot or hall, make the whole family pick up any litter, so that you leave the space as you’d like to find it.
  3. Help clean up your community by keeping the area around your home and school, litter free.
  4. Teach children to separate plastics, glass and paper so they will understand that there are types of material that are compostable and others which are biodegradable.
  5. Teach them how to look after things through small projects such as caring for a plant or planting a small vegetable garden, this teaches them to know when to sow a seed, how to water it and how much light it needs to grow.
  6. Allow your child to experience nature as much as possible. Understand the importance of breathing clean air and let them discover the wonders that our beautiful land offers us. Take time to go for a walk on mountain drive or down the street and point out the flowers, trees and insects and, if you know their names, teach your child what they are called.
  7. Teach your child to NOT simply throw things away when we don’t like them anymore or they are no longer perfect, but rather to find an “alternative solution”. Teach them to Upcycle, share with their younger cousins or friends, or to share them with children less fortunate than themselves.
  8. Establish simple habits such as always turning off the lights when you leave a room or turning off the tap when you brush your teeth. This way they will learn that energy and water are precious resources not to be wasted.

Practices repeated will become habits, changing habits. The planet will become a better place to live. (adapted from:

 We must teach our children to smell the earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow, to hear the sun rise and night fall – to care~ John Cleal


We had a lovely assembly presented to us by Grade 5K encouraging our girls to embrace their uniqueness and think for themselves.

On Monday, 29 April it will be Grade 4K’s turn to present their assembly. Parents are welcome to support. The assembly will start promptly at 10:15.

Indlulamthi Badges: Congratulations to Bridget Akpeng, Maya Christian and Lunje Tshiki who all deservedly received their Indlulamthi Badges at Monday’s assembly. Thank you for being exemplary VP girls!

Worker of the Week: Halle Orsmond is our Worker of the Week for her wonderful work in class. Well done, Halle!

Merit Achievers: Well done, Avethandwa Xhango and Stella Mullin who have received over 250 merits so far this year. Keep it up, girls!

EP Hockey: Congratulations to Madison Edwards for making it into the second round of the EP hockey trials. Good luck and play your best this Sunday, Madi.

Public Holiday: Please note that next Wednesday, 1 May, is a public holiday (Workers’ Day) and there will be no school on this day.

VP’s Got Talent is now open for entries

Entry forms are now available from the office. Once the form is completed girls are to return the form with the entry fee (R10 per person auditioning) to their class teacher. If it is a group entry, groups must delegate the entry to one person to do.  The closing date for entries is Friday, 24 May.

Gill Results: Thank you to our parents for their wonderful support at Gill and to our parents who were patiently waiting for our delayed return.


U8A VP 2-7 Gill; U8B VP 3-4 Gill; U9A VP 1-19 Gill; U9B VP  3- 5 Gill; U10A VP 1-11 Gill; U10B VP 0-5 Gill; U11A VP 4-8 Gill; U12A VP 8-9 Gill; U12B VP 2-6 Gill; U13A VP 6-10 Gill; U13B VP 9-7 Gill.


U8A VP 0-10 Gilll; U8B VP 0-3 Gill; U9A VP 3-0 Gill; U9B VP 0-1 Gill; U10A VP 0-1 Gill; 2nds VP 0-0 Gill; 1sts VP 1-0 Gill.

Well done, girls. It was our first game and you made our school proud.

 Netball Round Robin

On Wednesday, 24 April VP, Ntaba Maria, St Mary’s, Fikizolo, and Good Shepherd participated in the U12 and U13 Round Robin at VP. The players enjoyed their matches and made their schools proud. VP’s results were as follows:

U12: VP 9-2 St Mary’s; VP 5-11 Good Shepherd

U13: VP 4-3 Good Shepherd; VP 7-6 Fikizolo

Lorraine Sports Festival

The U13A hockey team will participate in the annual Lorraine Festival on Saturday, 4 May 2024 in Gqeberha.

The fixtures are as follows:

08:18 VP vs Lorraine

10:06 VP vs Riebeek

11:18 VP vs George Suid

12:30 VP vs Sunridge

13:24 VP vs Hangklip

Play well, girls and have fun!

VP Whatsapp Broadcast group

Thank you to all the families who returned their consent forms for a school Whatsapp Broadcast group. We are in the process of adding all the numbers and will hopefully have it operating soon. In order for Whatsapp to know that we are not sending spam please add the school cell phone number to your contacts: 0834682706. Please note that this number will only be used to send out messages to parents. Calls or private messages to the number will not be answered.  All communication with the school must continue to come through the office 0466224850 or email

Slipper Day – 31 May

If you would like to wear slippers at school AND support a good cause, please remember to support our efforts to raise money for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day.  Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on Friday, 31 May!  Please buy these in advance from Mrs Mgogo. If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream, an organization that strives to fulfil the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.

Birthday wishes: We wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Angela Ndhlovu, Kayleigh Scheepers, Alonge Loyilani, Sairaah Govender, Lunje Manzana, Lubeluhle Peteni, Unako Sigwinta, Esihle Xulu, Lulolodwa Siko and Alumindawo Xibiya. We hope you have a very happy day!


Mrs Rafferty



Date Exams

16 May

Grade 4-7:

·         SS Geography

·         Art


17 May

Grade 4-7: – Afr/Xhosa (FAL) Language and Comprehension

Grade 7: Technology

Grade 4-6: Life Skills


20 May

Grade 4-7:

·         Maths Paper 1

·         English Language and Comprehension


21 May

Grade 4-7: Maths Paper 2

Grade 7: Life Orientation

Wednesday, 22 May Grade 4-7: Natural Sciences

Grade 7: LSPA Practical


23 May

Grade 4-7: SS History

Grade 7: LSPA theory


24 May

Grade 7:  EMS



Mon. 29/04  

Grade 4K assembly @10:15

Wed. 01/05  

Workers’ Day (Public holiday)

Fri. 03/05  

Grade 7 Committee meetings




Lorraine U13 Sports Festival @Lorraine Primary, Gqeberha




Slipper Day

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