Message from the office:
Can you believe that we have come to the end of this very busy year? I am sure that you are looking forward to the much needed break and to spend quality time with your families. Thank you to the committed parents who endeavoured to get their children to school until the last day. We have had a chock-o-block calendar of end-of-year functions and these are part of the memories that your daughters will have of her primary school year. We wish you a blessed festive season and safe travels to wherever you may go and we pray that you all come back safely and well rested as we face another exciting and adventurous year at VP.
For the families of our Grade Seven girls, thank you for entrusting your daughters to our care and we wish them God’s hand of protection on their lives for their future. We will watch their progress with interest through high school.
We have a number of staff changes for next year, and as mentioned in our previous newsletter we are excited about the calibre and enthusiasm that these teachers will bring to the dynamics of the staff in 2020.
Mrs Arnold has made the difficult decision to retire at the end of term 1 of 2020. She has been struggling with her eyesight and she has decided that it is time to be at home on the farm with her husband. We will miss her expertise and leadership but she has been hard at work mentoring others to ensure a smooth transition. We will move Mrs Andrews down to Grade 1 and she and Mrs Arnold will co-teach for the first term. Mrs Andrews was Mrs Arnold’s intern in Grade 1 for 5 years and she knows the routine and structure of Grade 1 like the back of her hand. Mrs Andrews adores the little ones in her care and I know that they will feel safe and loved at school.
Mrs Orsmond will be our acting HOD for the FP Phase from Term 2 in 2020.
In Grade 3 we will have a new teacher Ms Putzier, a young and enthusiastic teacher who comes with plenty of skills and interests to contribute to our school.
We will have three Grade 6 classes next year and joining Mrs Goodes and Mrs Sauls is Ms Purdon who is a sports, particularly hockey, enthusiast! Ms Purdon has been teaching in PE and I have no doubt our girls will love her.
In Grade 7, Mrs Mabusela will become a class teacher (and she is so excited) and joining her and Mr Greyling, is Mr Webber, I just know that the girls will enjoy his enthusiasm and positive energy.
In our Music Department we are thrilled to welcome the very talented and extremely eager, Ms Hanslo. Ms Hanslo will be taking over Mrs Jones’ teaching portfolio and is more than capable of teaching her instruments, FP music classes and the Foundation Phase Choir.
We wish Mrs Coetzee well as she will be going off to have her baby early next year. She will be replaced in the first and second term by Mr Keeton. Mr Keeton has taught at VP before during his teacher training and I am sure that he will assist in making the transition seamless for the Grade 5s.
We are faced with these changes next year and with change comes some trepidation. I have no doubt that we will continue to run a tight ship and ensure that your daughters are educated and loved and that we will continue to provide a place for them to be nurtured and developed to their full potential.
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
The end of year examinations tested our girls’ skills and knowledge. Please go through your daughter’s report carefully with her and work on strategies to maintain or improve her results in 2020. The following girls achieved Honours and Merit Awards for their year’s work: Honours = an aggregate of 80% +; Merit = 75 – 79% (Grade 7: 72-79%).
Merits are awarded throughout the year for good work, helpfulness and participation in various school activities. Girls with over 500 merits receive a certificate.
Honours: Sophie Büttner (500 merits); Joylyn Chikiwa (500 merits); Lisa-Jane Evans (500 merits); Megan Peinke (500 merits); Eleni Kyazze (500 merits); Liyabona Mbutye (500 merits); Faye Jordaan (500 merits); Zazi Veto (500 merits); Okusha Dingani (500 merits); Asavela Mtuze (500 merits); Onikayo Gude (500 merits); Amber Isaacs (500 merits).
Merit: Iminqweno Gqutyana (500 merits); Siyolise Baxana; Gracie Chitsike (500 merits); Mbali Maxhaulana (500 merits); Khloe Thompson (500 merits); Kumnandi Ncumani; Lande Gxina (500 merits); Hluma Mbiko; Viola Stoloff (500 merits).
Over 500 merits: Tenielle Morrison; Litha Tabensky; Taylor Arries.
Honours: Iyonke Nogqala (500 merits); Haidee Thondlana (500 merits); Olivia Weyl (500 merits); Eve Daniels (500 merits); Rachel Wilhelmi (500 merits); Shiloh du Plessis (500 merits); Ukuye Funani.
Merit: Gabi-Li Doyle (500 merits); Kiara Goliath (500 merits); Phillipa Weyl; Claire Lobb; Ammaarah Elie (500 merits); Grace Chikafa; Yakhanani Yapi; Malihle Tima; Tatum Jacobs (500 merits).
Over 500 merits: Aphiwe Bota; Zahraa Mansoor, Kwakhanya Nongubo; Kimberly Oosthuizen.
Honours: Bronté Agnew (500 merits); Azosule Kanana (500 merits); Chloe Maartens (500 merits); Jennifer Sweetman (500 merits); Rutendo Chakona (500 merits); Mika Davies (500 merits).
Merit: Ethandwa Mtshemla (500 merits); Tara Bettridge (500 merits); Catherine Roberts (500 merits); Othandwayo Jaji; Danika Lensley; Sydney Edwards; Esona Mnqinana; Kuhle Mpama (500 merits).
Over 500 merits: Kelly de Jongh; Mairi van Schoor.
Merit: Kaede Bridger (500 merits); Lorena Jass (500 merits); Phoebe Bunyan (500 merits); Mamadae Bitso; Isabella Greyling (500 merits); Danni Barrow (500 merits); Georgia-Mae Botha; Trisha Harjeven; Cheree Lisher (500 merits); Lithetha Mdaka; Jessica van Jaarsveld; Sama Khumalo (500 merits); Tessa Ngoyi (500 merits).
Over 500 merits: Iminathi Mengu; Mpho Monaheng; Zisanda Kesa; Zahida Davies; Khazimla Hempe; Sange Mafani.
The following children will be celebrating their birthdays this December: Mamadae Bitso, Somtochukwu Nnadozie, Siphesihle Fatyi, Ndaloentle Khila, Asiyolise Tshete, Agcobile Dyonashe, Zisanda, Kesa, Aqhamile Klaas, Sambese Njilo, Khazimla Hempe, Jayda Kohl, Ubenaye Mfingwana, Lindokuhle Ndwayana, Iyonke Nogqala, Lunje Hloyi, Amber-Jayde Marthinus, Sue-ann Swanepoel, Skylar Februarie, Somila James, Simehlule Klaas, Milisa Manyati, Abongile Mazitshana, Owethu Mini, Luthando Zono, Talitha Dingani, Micarlin Daniels, Sydney Edwards, Zingce Mngxuma and Kamvelihle Mesani. We hope your day is very special, girls!
Mrs M Rafferty
Tuesday 14 January 2020 – 12:00 Orientation for new girls; 13:00 Hostel opens
Wednesday 15 January 2020 – School opens for the First Term.