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VP Newsletter 4 June 2021

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Message from the office
As exams start next week Thursday, please make your home a conducive environment for your girls to focus and learn. If possible, give her a designated area where she can sit comfortably (but not too comfortably) to make notes and learn. She needs an area that is free from distractions such as the TV, loud music and conversations. Make sure there is good lighting too.

I would also recommend that you try to limit the number of chores that your daughter is expected to do at home during this time (try to select chores that will be quick and easy to do).

Ensure that your daughter gets healthy meals (limit sugary and processed foods), goes to bed early and has a good breakfast before her exams. She also needs to drink plenty of water.

Allow your daughter some time to take breaks in between her study times. Grade 4 and 5 girls may be able to focus for 30-45 minutes and then need a 10 – 15 minute break before they can start again. Grade 6 and 7 girls should be able to study for about 45 – 60 minutes and then have a 15-20 minute break before hitting the books again. But remember every child is different and your daughter may be able to study for longer periods or she may seem to lose concentration earlier. Find out what works best for her but don’t expect her to study without breaks. After a certain amount of time, if too long, she will not retain anything she is trying to process.

Please ensure that her break time is not screen time. Her breaks need to be a time to walk in the garden, have a few stretches, get some fresh air, play with the cat or dog, or have a cup of tea and a short chat in the kitchen. Exercise is so important too and your daughter needs to keep active between her study periods.

Our Grade 4 and 5 girls especially need guidance on how to study but so too do some of our older girls. Many girls would benefit from a bit of guidance and assistance at home. Help your daughter to make notes (different colours and highlighters make it fun) and show her how to make use of mind maps, acronyms, rhymes or pictures to help guide her through the content. Then ask her questions to see if she has understood and remembered what she has learnt.

Once again, every child is different and learns in their own way. Help your daughter to discover her most effective way of learning and remembering so that, as she grows older, she can become more independent and skilled to learn on her own.

I also know that many girls get very anxious during exam time due to the formality that comes with it. Sometimes it is simply the term ‘exams’ that makes them anxious. To limit the possible anxiety and stress, make sure your daughter has all the stationery she needs and that she is packed and ready the night before. Also ensure that you get your daughter to school early so that she has time to settle in and start her exam feeling calm. Your daughter will be required to study for a few consecutive days and the content may be more than she’s used to but other than that, assure her that it is just like any other test she has written in class and, if she prepares and works hard, she will be just fine!


NEW TIMES FOR IP (Grade 4-7) FOR EXAMINATIONS
Please note the following times that we will follow as from Thursday, 10 June to Friday, 25 June, to accommodate the examinations. The Pre-Primary (Gr 00&R) and Foundation Phase (Grade 1-3) will continue with normal times.

07:00 – 07:40: Screening (girls to arrive at school by 07:35 at the latest)
12:45: Home time for girls who do not have extra murals on the day
13:00-14:00: Extramurals

 

 

EXAM TIMETABLE

Thurs. 10 June Exam

Gr 4-7: Afr/Xho Creative writing

Friday, 11 June Exams

Gr 4-6: Art

Gr 4-7: English Creative writing

Mon. 14 June

Exam

Gr 4-7: Maths paper 1&2

Tues. 15 June Exams

Gr 4-7: Afr/Xho Comp.&Lang.

Gr 7: EMS

Wed. 16 June

Youth Day

Thurs. 17 June

Exam

Gr 4-7: NS

Friday, 18 June Exam

Gr 4-7: English Comp.& Lang.

Mon. 21 June Exams

Gr 4-6: Life Skills

Gr 7: LO

Gr 7: Tech.

Tues. 22 June

Exam

Gr 4-7:Geography

Wed. 23 June Exam

Gr 7: Art

Grade 4-6: History revision

Thurs.  24 June Exam

Gr 4-7: History

YAY!

EXAMS

ARE     FINISHED!

Please note that every teaching day counts. Not only will we continue with lessons after each exam in the morning, we will continue with our syllabus after the exam week ends. Teaching will continue from 25 June – 9 July 2021. Your daughters must attend school until this date.

The extramural programme for next week accompanies this newsletter.


MERITS
The following girls have received over 250 merits so far this year: Azile Hambaze, Daniella Mclean, Sophie Büttner, Gracie Chitsike, Tatum Jacobs, Iyonke Nogqala, Gabi-Li Doyle and Philasande Sandi. Well done and keep it up!


MUSIC
We are very grateful to Dr. Herring, who has generously donated an electric piano to our school. This instrument will be put to good use and will benefit VP girls for many years to come.


BIRTHDAY WISHES
The following teacher and girls celebrate their birthdays next week Ms Knott-Craig, Chenoa du Toit, Aphiwe Bota, Ada Gontshi, Saskia van Wyk, Ashante Sinyanya, Tamsyn Hutchinson, Limile Mlonzi and Rachel Wilhelmi. Have a very happy birthday!


Albany Bread “collect a bag” competition
We have already collected over 250 Albany bread bags! Please keep sending them in. There are great prizes to be won and the school will also receive 10 cents for every bag we collect.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal


UPCOMING DATES

Friday, 4 June:                 Boarders’ Leave Out

                                            Staff Development. No extramurals.

Sunday, 6 June:              Boarders return by 17:00

Monday, 7 June:             SGB Finance Committee meeting 17:15

Wednesday, 8 June:       SGB meeting 17:15

 

VP Newsletter 28 May 2021

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Message from the office

Life has been pretty crazy over these last few months. We seem to have done more crisis management this past year than in the last two decades and I want to send my appreciation to our parent body for being so understanding and supportive under these circumstances.

However, what we didn’t have 20 years ago was social media. Social media is a powerful platform that can help us reunite with loved ones, keep contact and send urgent notices out quickly to many people. During these turbulent times however, posts and voice notes are often used to fuel fear and anxiety and we have to be very careful and discerning when basing our decisions on these as they are often false news and by sharing, we add to the anxiety of the situation.

Social Media can also be the most toxic and harmful tool if used irresponsibly and without care. One of the biggest problems with social media is that people get tried and sentenced without anyone seemingly needing to have evidence and it is also a platform for others to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ and join in on an ‘attack’ without any real repercussions. It is a serious form of bullying and it can have a life altering effect on the target.

Many of our girls are on social media and this is a decision you as parents have made. It is imperative that when allowing your daughters to be on social media you also provide them with guidance about what is acceptable to post, and what is considered a form of victimisation and bullying.

We cannot allow our girls to have the freedom to write whatever they wish without considering three things: “Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?”. Teach your girls that if the answer is ‘No!’ or ‘I’m not sure’ to any of these questions, they must NOT post this message.

Our girls see this sort of thing on TV all the time and this reinforces the idea that such texts and posts are okay but it is our role as parents to teach our children that this is simply not the case and if serious enough they can face criminal charges for slander and defamation.

If we don’t teach our children that kindness extends beyond our spoken word and face to face interactions, we are creating a generation that breaks others down, speaks unkind words with no repercussions, and who think that it is okay to destroy another’s reputation and self-esteem without giving it a second thought.

Our world desperately needs a generation that considers their actions in the light of the impact that it has on others and our girls need parents to guide them and teach them that just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t make it okay! Being humble, gracious and kind in all aspects of our lives will help to grow a nicer, friendlier and more accepting world.


Thank you for supporting our Slipper Day, with your help we managed to raise R5350 towards the Reach for a Dream Foundation!


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
The girls have been participating in a weekly General Knowledge quiz based on the online publication ‘Learn the News’. At the end of Term 1, a bumper quiz was given. Herewith are the names of the top achievers in each grade.
Grade 5: Yayama Kom; Sanda Stofile
Grade 6: Gracie Chitsike; Liyabona Mbutye; Hannah Kent
Grade 7: Rachel Wilhelmi; Zahraa Mansoor; Aphiwe Bota
Many congratulations to these girls and…keep on ‘learning the news!’


MERITS
The following girls have received over 250 merits so far this year: Lethabo Maneli and Amahle Sinyongwana. Well done and keep it up!


MUSIC
Due to the recent disruptions to our teaching programme, all Term 2 music assessments will now be conducted a week later, commencing on 10 June. The music teachers will set assessment dates and communicate these to the girls.

Please note that the Mini Maestros recordings will take place on Wednesday 2 June, straight after school. Girls may come to school in their Mini Maestros t-shirts with jeans, and they should be collected at the office entrance in Beaufort Street at 14:30.


EXTRAMURALS
Please note that there will be no extramurals next Friday, 4 June as all the teachers will be attending a Staff Development workshop. There will still be Aftercare as usual. Please collect your daughter promptly after school.


NEW TIMES FOR IP (Grade 4-7) FOR EXAMINATIONS
Please note the following times that we will follow as from Thursday, 10 June 2021 to accommodate the examinations. The Pre-Primary (Gr 00&R) and Foundation Phase (Grade 1-3) will continue with normal times.

Screening 07:00 – 07:40 (Girls to arrive at school by 07:35 at the latest) 
12:45 Home time for girls who do not have extra murals on the day
Extramurals  13:00-14:00 

A new IP Exam extramural programme will be shared in due course

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The following girls celebrate their birthdays next week Kelly Doyle, Chanelle Musarurwa, Emily Webber, Lejaye du Plessis, Lulo Dyantyi, Esona Mali, Yakhanani Yapi, Luminathi Khonza, Ifeoma Nnadozie, Asante Sankqela and Mihle Mgwebi. Have a very happy birthday!

Albany Bread “collect a bag” competition
We have already collected over 100 Albany bread bags! Please keep sending them in. There are great prizes to be won and the school will also receive 10 cents for every bag we collect.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

UPCOMING DATES

Friday, 4 June: No extramurals due to Staff Development workshop.

Friday, 4 June: Boarder’s Leave Out

Sunday, 6 June: Boarder’s return by 17:00

 

 

VP Newsletter 21 May 2021

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Message from the office

We tend to place a lot of focus on developing our children’s academic and intellectual abilities but it is just as important to ensure that they are physically healthy, and that they are active and fit. It is concerning how many young girls tire after jogging for 100 meters when children of primary school age should be able to run non stop without even realising that they are doing so. Not everyone is cut out to be sports stars but it makes sense that if you are fit, a healthy weight and active, that you will be able to focus on and manage the demands of daily life and tire less during the day. It also has the added benefit of boosting your self-confidence.

It is of course imperative that we are sensitive towards our daughters and their eating to ensure that they develop a healthy love of their bodies. Our focus must be on health and fitness and never about beauty. We don’t want our children to get the message that their value is linked to their appearance. They must know that we want them to be healthy and fit so that they are able to partake in physical activities fearlessly and confidently and to live long, happy and adventure-filled lives.

In 2000, it was estimated that 87% of diabetes cases in South Africa were attributed to excess body weight. In 2013, 8% of men and 69% of women in South Africa were considered overweight or obese. In 2015, the global burden of disease study estimated that high body mass index and hyperglycaemia, ranked as the second and third leading risk factors, respectively, for early death and disability in South Africa. (https://bmjopen.bmj.com)

We need to ensure that our daughters do not fall into this category.

I have taken the following information from an article from the US Health and Department Services. For the full article go to the link: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/healthy-eating-physical-activity-for-life/helping-your-child-tips-for-parents

How can I help my child form healthy habits?
Be a role model. As a parent or caregiver, you also have an effect on children’s physical activity. Just get up, move, and show children how much fun being active can be.

Talk about being healthy. Use your children’s food and beverage choices as teaching moments. Speak up when you see unhealthy choices.

Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Getting enough sleep can improve your child’s mental, emotional, and physical health. Not getting enough sleep may lead to many health issues, including obesity.

How can I help my child eat better?
Use less fat, salt, and sugar.
• Cook with fewer solid fats.
• Choose and prepare foods with less salt.
• Limit the amount of sugar your child eats. Choose hot or cold cereals with no added sugar or low sugar.
• Fill half of your child’s plate with fruits and vegetables.
• Serve more water.
• Offer low-fat or fat-free milk instead of whole milk.
• Replace the refined grains (breads, pasta, rice) your child eats with whole grains. Eat more bran.
• Avoid serving sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit-flavoured drinks.

Share food time together.
Plan to have sit-down meals with your children; and serve everyone the same thing. Limit eating at home to specific areas such as the kitchen or dining room—not in front of a TV or while using another electronic screen.

Reduce inactive screen time. Sitting for hours at a time, while using computers, hand-held devices, music players, or TVs, may reduce your child’s active playtime. Do not use screen time to reward your child.
Remember, you play the biggest role in your children’s lives. You can help your children learn healthy eating, physical activity, and other habits to follow for the rest of their lives. Remember too to accept and love your child at any weight. Doing so will boost self-esteem.


Extramural programme
As you are aware the Department of Education has suspended all close-contact sports activities but that non-contact sport training in schools can continue provided that social distancing, hygiene and safety measures are observed and that there is no physical contact between participants during training. This was based on a media release that was sent to all schools on Wednesday. We are hoping to receive the official Gazette in the next few days which should give us more clarity and guidance.

Tennis SA has sent out a notice that they have suspended all inter-school events but that tennis coaching can continue provided that all safety measures are adhered to.

I really feel for our girls who love their sport and who were looking forward to playing matches against other teams and who may now possibly miss yet another winter season of matches. At this stage, we will continue to do sport in the afternoons but no matches will be played during practice. Focus will be on fitness and skills and the girls will social distance.

Our girls have greatly benefited from the opportunities to be active since we started our extramural programme again, and this is noted in their energy levels, positive moods and enthusiasm. We hope to continue to provide this for our girls as best we can for as long as we can while we can ensure everyone’s safety.


TOP 10 Academic Achievers for Term 1
Grade 4
1. Azile Hambaze
2. Amila Mdingi
3. Lunathi Zikishe
4. Emily Steele
5. Daniella Mclean
6. Stella Mullin
7. Cassandra Radovic
8. Emilie Niesing
9. Lisakhanya Cetu
10. Maria Correa

Grade 5
1. Hannah Tarr
2. Sally Kadye
3. Ahluma Zwana
4. Iminathi Nkatsha
5. Kayla O’Linsky
6. Lethabo Maneli
7. Sanda Stofile
8. Shene Lockwood
9. Lelona Kuselo
10.Rachel De La Mare

Grade 6
1. Sophie Büttner
2. Joylyn Chikiwa
3. Kumnandi Ncumani
4. Megan Peinke
5. Gracie Chitsike
6. Faye Jordaan
7. Viola Stoloff
8. Okusha Dingani
9. Lisa Jane Evans
10. Onothando Mavumengwana

Grade 7
1. Haidee Thondhlana
2. Olivia Weyl
3. Rachel Wilhelmi
4. Eve Daniels
5. Okuye Funani
6. Claire Lobb
7. Shiloh Du Plessis
8. Aphiwe Bota
9. Kiara Goliath
10. Nicole Swart

Well done to all our Top Ten Achievers!

MERITS
Rachel Wilhelmi, Eve Daniels, Zahraa Mansoor, Limile Mlonzi, Thobile Willy, Zehra Rizvi and Haidee Thondhlana have received over 250 merits this year.
Well done and keep it up!

ART
The following girls received awards at the BATHURST ART COMPETITION:
GRADE 5: Lethabo Maneli (x2) (Silver, Gold); Kayla O’Linsky (Silver); Mbali Jadi (Silver); Ammaraah Begg (Silver); Sanda Stofile (Merit); Sally Kadye (Gold).
GRADE 6: Unam Mazwi (Silver); Unako Nondlazi (Merit); Grace Xala (Silver); Gracie Chitsike (Merit); Owethu Mini (Silver); Khloe Thompson (Silver).
GRADE 7: Claire Lobb (Merit); Tariro Chikafa (Silver); Rachel Wilhelmi (Merit).
A number of our girls who have left or have moved on to VG also received awards for their art works which were completed last year.
Well done, to all our artists and thank you, Ms Ebel for nurturing their creativity!


MUSIC
The Mini Maestros competition (for our younger musicians) takes place next week, and t-shirts have been delivered to the performers. Ms. Hanslo and Mr. Wynne will record the girls’ performances on Wednesday afternoon (26 May) straight after school. All performers may come to school in their mini maestros t-shirts and jeans on Wednesday. We anticipate that they will be finished by 14:30 and can be collected from the Beaufort Street entrance.


EXTRAMURAL NOTICES
Please note that Art Club (GR 4&5) is from 15:30 to 16:30 on a Thursday afternoon.

Reminder that everyone is welcome to come to Bible Study on Fridays.
The times are FP: 13:00-14:00 & IP: 14:00-15:00.
Pickup is from Beaufort Street (office side) for both FP and IP.

Hockey: As from next week the u13A, B & C hockey teams will have the following practice time: 14h00-15h00 on Monday and Wednesday.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The following teacher and girls celebrate their birthdays next week: Mrs Jackson, Emihle Kulati, Rose Chirombo, Elrie-Louise Minnaar, Leah Doyle, Chloe de Beer and Azizipho Ngindana. Have a very happy birthday!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal


UPCOMING DATES
Wednesday, 26 May……..NO EXTRAMURALS (staff workshop)
Friday, 4 June………………..Boarder’s Leave Out


Some of the Art works that received awards:

VP Newsletter 14 May 2021

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Message from the office

This weekend my daughter comes back from the USA for her summer break. She has settled well into college life but it wasn’t an easy start and I am proud of her for facing the many challenges that come with studying abroad. But I am also aware that many of the challenges she faced are not dissimilar to challenges all our children will one day face when they leave home regardless of whether they are down the road, in Gqeberha or another province, studying or finding work.

Although this may seem like years away for many of you, we need to start preparing our children at age appropriate times, to become independent and resilient. Ultimately we should want our children to be thriving, functioning and capable adults one day. I have to admit that my husband can be largely thanked for insisting that my children do many things for themselves, that I tend to want to do for them. I’ve realised that ultimately, although at the time I thought he was being hard on them, it has proved most valuable in that it not only gives children the experience to learn to do things but it also gives them the knowledge that they are capable of trying and doing things on their own. It is also imperative to take each child’s personalities into account (if you have more than one child you may very well know how surprisingly different they can be) and to gauge how much support and guidance each one needs but, they more often than not, need less help than we give them credit for. By allowing our children to do things for themselves and by themselves, we are also ‘telling’ them that we know they are capable and big enough.

I found this article titled: 6 Tips for raising Independent Children taken from PositiveParentingSolutions.com very interesting. Below is an edited version of the article:

Here are 6 strategies for raising independent children (as hard as it will be one day to see them go).

1. Don’t Do For Your Children What They Can Do For Themselves
It begins by simply offering help. Maybe it’s tying their shoes, pouring their milk, or doing their Maths homework. Then, we keep helping. Before long, they either expect us to help or don’t believe they can do it themselves. To a large extent, assisting our children is part of our job description. But a pattern of regularly doing for our children what they can do for themselves makes them further reliant on us. It’s so tempting to do things for our children, either through generosity or even to get the task done faster. But the best advice I can give you is to resist this urge and encourage self-sufficiency.
A dependent child is a demanding child. Children become irresponsible only when we fail to give them opportunities to take on responsibility.” – Rudolf Dreikurs and Margaret Goldman.

2. Focus on Family Contributions
Every member of a family plays an important role in a successfully running household.
If our goal is to raise independent children, there are basic skills they’ll need as a functioning adult. From folding their laundry to picking up toys, when we expect children to contribute in age-appropriate ways they realize they are indispensable to the family team. This builds their confidence and encourages them to do even more to help out!

3. Maintain a Decision-Rich Environment
Every single day is filled with hundreds of choices. Allowing our children to make age-appropriate choices throughout the day gives them a sense of control and dominion over their lives. Decisions also lead to independent thinking and independent actions.Children need practice making choices and weighing pros and cons. Plus, when making their own choices they take ownership of those choices. They learn from their bad decisions and can’t blame anyone else for them.

4. Encourage Effort…and Celebrate Failure!
That perfect thing? It’s overrated and causes children a LOT of anxiety. Some children are so locked into the fear of failure, they don’t even try. Imagine how this might play out in the real world–the place where your child needs to take risks. Children need to be prepared for disappointment and poised to learn from it. To help children overcome this when they’re independent adults, focus on the quality of their EFFORTS while they’re still under your roof. We can also focus on efforts by encouraging children to try new things, get out of their comfort zones, and be creative–all to foster their sense of independence without the pressure to succeed or be perfect. Encouragement is never about the result. Instead, it embraces the process.

5. Promote Problem-Solving
It’s SO hard to curb the parental instinct to jump in and fix our child’s problems. But when it comes to encouraging them to do things on their own, this includes problem-solving! We can assist them, instead, by giving them the chance to find good solutions.
One way to inspire this is to ask our children “How?” questions. What we DO want to offer is a safety-net that allows children to problem-solve in a controlled environment. With this structure and support in place, bad solutions won’t face serious consequences.

6. Nourish Your Child’s “Spirit”
One of the best things we can do for our child’s independence–especially if we want them to be confident in their abilities and comfortable in their own skin–is to work with their unique strengths and characteristics without defining them. This includes abandoning any preconceived notions of what we think our children are like or what we want them to become. It helps if we start by not labeling them. Even if we notice strengths or weaknesses early on, we don’t want our children to feel defined by our perceptions.

Final Thoughts
As parents we have to remind ourselves that our long-term parenting goal is to guide our children from being totally dependent on us into becoming independent thinkers and doers. And that’s no overnight task. Raising children to take a proactive role in their everyday lives might be a little scary at first. But believe me, encouraging your child’s independence is a gift that will keep on giving. Knowing that you’ve raised them to be independent will give you the confidence and strength to one day let them go…and conquer.


MUSIC
Last Friday afternoon Mr Wynne and Ms Hanslo presented their Progress concert. It was so wonderful to see the progress our girls have made! Thank you to the parents for their support, the girls for their wonderful playing and to our music teachers for the great job they are doing!
Please note that due to the exams, all music assessments will be conducted earlier than usual: Scales tests: 24-28 May. Full music assessments: 31 May – 4 June. We encourage our young musicians to practise diligently to ensure that they are adequately prepared.


SPORT
Please note that whatever sport your child chooses to participate in, the onus is on you to please provide her with all the equipment required to participate in the sport. All girls playing hockey from Grade 2-7 will need their own hockey stick, shin pads and long navy blue hockey socks.

Hockey
We wish Tatum Jacobs and Grace Mayekiso all the best as they travel to Gqeberha to participate in the EP trials. Thank you to Mrs Andrews who will be accompanying the girls. Play well, girls!

Netball
Selected U12 and U13 netball girls travelled to Humansdorp to take part in the Sarah Baartman trials this week. They all played their hearts out and did us proud! Congratulations to Ludwe Ngcebetsha for making it through to the next round. Thank you Ms Featherstone and Ms Denston for accompanying their team and Mr Nel for driving them there and back safely.


EXTRAMURAL NOTICES
Please note that Art Club (GR 4&5) is from 15:30 to 16:30 on a Thursday afternoon.

Reminder that everyone is welcome to come to Bible Study on Fridays (from next week). The times are FP: 13:00-14:00 & IP: 14:00-15:00. Pickup is on Beaufort Street (office side) for both FP and IP.


TERM CALENDAR
Please note that the Grade 4-6 Art exam that was scheduled for Wednesday, 23 June has been moved to Friday, 11 June. The Grade 7s will still write their Art exam on 23 June. The Gr 4-6s will use the time on the 23rd June scheduled for the exam to prepare for their History exam.


LIBRARY
Many thanks to Micarlin Daniels and Lianke Cordier, who both donated Holly Webb books to the library. Also thanks to Luminathi Mpaphla who donated two Roald Dahl books. All these books will be kept safely until we can return to the library.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The following girls celebrate their birthdays next week: Okuhle Kyibishe, Lashante Rama, Landisiwe Siqwede, Amahle Madubula, Misha Potts, Abenathi Kulati, Owam Ncita, Zaydiah Adler, Lande Gxina and Riley-Anne Knott-Craig. Have a very happy birthday!


Albany Bread “collect a bag” competition
We are participating in this competition. There are great prizes to be won and the school will also receive 10 cents for every bag we collect. Please encourage family and friends to collect as well and send them to the office.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 7 May 2021

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Message from the office

We have had a smooth transition of our girls all returning on a daily basis and getting our extramural programme back in full swing. School feels happy and vibrant and it’s wonderful to have everyone back. I have no doubt that by the time this letter goes out we will have exhausted girls and teachers at the end of this week. Hang in there, we do know from the past that we are capable of this, but be patient if we all get a little tired before we find this easy again.

On a lighter note I thought I’d share some reflections with you which I had over our week break. Anyone who knows me, knows that I just love my dogs. Although we only have three (I’d have more if I didn’t have a husband) they bring me much joy and I’d like to share with you what lessons I’ve learnt from them:

It is so important to all those whom you love that you take the time to greet them with love and enthusiasm. There’s nothing nicer than arriving home and you are greeted with exceptional joy!

It is important to take pleasure in the simple things in life; like going for a walk, sitting on the couch with your family or lazing in front of a warm fire.

Often we get excited to meet and greet new people, but they don’t always respond too positively to meeting us. Shrug it off, don’t make it your issue, there’s always an exciting new person around the corner that you are going to meet and who will affirm you. Don’t let your thoughts linger on those who don’t for more than a second.

Sometimes the day doesn’t always go as planned or to your usual routine, if we focus on that and sulk, we won’t enjoy the day that is happening instead.

It is important to have a hierarchy in a family so our children rest in the fact that there is someone who is in charge and who will ensure order, and with it will come a sense of security and harmony.

When you see others fighting and there is discourse, only the foolish will join in the fight. Continue walking and ignore. Don’t take on other’s fights, you may end up more injured than those who were fighting in the first place.

Be friendly and accepting of all those you meet. Take the time to greet them and ‘smell’ them. You may find a dear friend under your false first impressions.

Sometimes when someone is feeling down, we don’t need to give them words of advice, we just need to be present to make them feel better.

Be passionate and vigilant about protecting your family and those whom you love. If we don’t, who will?

Find the time every day to give your loved ones a hug and a tickle. Especially during this time when physical contact is not allowed. Make a conscious effort to have a cuddle at home with your family more often than we ever did. The soul longs and needs to feel the physical touch of loved ones.

PS. I was fortunate enough to join Mrs Sauls and our leadership team when they donated food and blankets to our local SPCA last term. There were sooooo many gorgeous puppies (and kitties) looking for their forever homes!

ARRIVE ON TIME
We have arranged for our girls to be screened between 07:15-07:45 for the FP (Grade 1-3) for the IP (Grade 4-7) between 07:00 – 07:40. Our teachers arrive really early each day to ensure that our girls are screened and can be in class and start working by 07:40. (A reminder that prior to COVID19 our morning school bell rang at 07:25!). We are dismayed by the number of children being dropped at school after 07:40 when all other girls are in class and learning has begun and the screening stations are closed.

It is unfair on your daughter as she then arrives at school anxious and unsettled and it will take her at least 30 minutes before this anxiety subsides and she is calm enough to learn. It also interrupts all the other girls who now have to halt their lesson as the late child arriving to class then needs to be accommodated. It is also not okay that our office staff then have to take on the duty of screening when they should be doing their many administration duties. We understand that we all have the odd bad morning but if this is a regular occurrence we appeal to you to start making a conscious effort to make some changes to your morning routine; set your alarm (earlier), get up earlier, get the clothes and bags ready the day before and ensure that your little girl can arrive relaxed and ready to learn.

REPORTS
Your daughter will be coming home with her Term 1 report today. She will also receive a “self-evaluation” form with it. Please review her report and complete this form with her, it needs to be returned to her class teacher by Friday next week.

MUSIC
We are very excited to resume choir rehearsals next week. Kindly note that the lists of choir member’s names have been displayed on the music notice board, and we encourage girls to check these lists carefully. We appeal to all choir members to be prompt for their rehearsals.
Junior Choir (07:30 – 08:00): Monday (Gr. 2&3) in the hall; Tuesday (Gr. 2) in the orchestra room; Wednesday (Gr. 3) in the orchestra room.
Senior Choir: To ensure social distancing there are now three small senior choirs: “Tuesday”, “Wednesday”, and “Thursday” choir. Each of these choirs rehearse once each week, from 07:15 to 07:50 in the hall.

SPORT
Due to the predicted rain tomorrow we have decided to cancel the U13 Hockey Clinic that was scheduled for tomorrow morning. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Sarah Baartman Netball trials will take place in Humansdorp tomorrow. A reminder that the U12 and U13 girls chosen to participate must be at the hostel bubble by 06:00, the bus will leave at 06:15. Girls must wear their white shorts and t-shirt, white socks and takkies. They may wear their school tracksuits over this. Please remember to bring water and lunch Travel safely and play well, girls! (Please note that if this is cancelled due to the predicted rain tomorrow, the girls will be informed by 13:00 today.)

The Clothing Exchange will be open on Wednesday, 12 May
from 13:00 – 14:00.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The following staff and girls celebrate their birthdays this and next week: Mrs Wilhelmi, Mrs Andrews, Mr Yaka, Zingce Mjuleni, Linomtha Skeyi, Lunje Manzana, Lulodwa Siko, Asanele Mvela, Kelly Thorne, Asavela Mtuze, Milisuthando Nkayi, Zimvozethu Ndungane, Anopa-Nyasha Thondhlana, Abby Jass, Jayla Frans, Zozibini Gamlashe, Mbalentle Khumalo, Buhle Koliti, Zukhanye Ntlabati, Emihle Siwa, Ruve White, Zonique White, Angawo Zono, Esihle Mqhulwa. Have a very happy birthday!

Albany Bread “collect a bag” competition
We will be participating in this competition. As you can see below there are great prizes to be won and the school will also receive 10 cents for every bag we collect. Please encourage family and friends to collect as well and send them to the office.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 22 April 2021

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Message from the office

We are delighted that we have been given the go-ahead to bring all our girls (Grade 4-6) back on a daily basis next term. I thank the class teachers who have been creative and accommodating in planning and preparing to get their classrooms ready and to ensure that our girls will be safe. Mr Betela (our circuit manager at the DoE) visited us on Wednesday and he is happy with the arrangements we have made to accommodate our girls in these classrooms. As from the first day back next term (3 May 2021), we will have all our girls back on a daily basis.

We have come to the end of a very long term and I know the pupils and staff are looking forward to a few days’ rest. I hope that you are able to spend some quality time with your daughters.

Often we think that we need to spend lots of money or take our children to different places for us to spend “quality time” with them. But more often than not, all your daughter needs is your undivided attention and moments of just being together. Make the time to just be.

Lie in a bit if you have that luxury and chat about what’s going on in their lives. Bake/cook with them, garden with them or redecorate/declutter with them. Go for a walk and wash the car (or dog) together. Share one of your passions with them. I recommend that you switch the TV off and play board games in the evenings but I also fully advocate for the odd movie night to watch fun movies and eat popcorn under the duvet. And please don’t forget to find time to read to them.

Money will never be the basis of a meaningful relationship, your time, effort and genuine joy to be with her, is what your daughter needs to affirm her value and worth. This time spent will be the foundation of a lifelong trusting relationship between parent and child, as well as being essential for nurturing self-love in our girls.

Be present for your girls, these times are precious and invaluable!

Your children can be around you all day, but if you don’t spend quality time with them and you don’t pay attention to them and talk to them and listen to them, it doesn’t matter that they’re just around you.” – Brandy Norwood

Consistent and individualized attention given to each child will significantly reduce misbehaviour. Regular and wholesome family time will also give siblings the opportunity to interact with each other in a positive way.” -Felicity Bauer, Siblings Without Rivalry

Cherish your family, make time, have patience, and laugh often with them”. – B. B. Butler


Congratulations to the girls who received the following awards this week:

Personalities of the Week (POW)
Ave Hambaze for Friendship and Kindness
Aphiwe Bota for Bravery and Determination

Davies Sportsmanship Trophy
Daniella Maclean for perseverance and hard work as the youngest member of the VP swimming team.
Amber Isaacs for commitment, dedication and amazing improvement in her tennis.

Ndlulamthi Badge of Excellence
Haidee Thondhlana has shown herself to be a good role model for her peers,
consistently exemplifying our values of responsibility, respect, good citizenship, resilience, trustworthiness, compassion and empathy. Her appearance and conduct are always impeccable and she makes the most of the opportunities offered at our special school, in the classroom and beyond. Congratulations, Haidee!

Chloé Bowker is a great example of a VP girl. Recently, one of her classmates had been absent from school, and she volunteered to help teach her what she had missed. The amount of patience and detail that she gave to her friend was exemplary. Chloé is always polite, organised, well-dressed and has a wonderful sense of humour. We want to commend Chloé for her hard-work and high level of academic excellence. Congratulations, Chloé!

Makatendeka Chakona is an excellent example to all. She is such a polite and respectful little girl. Even at her young age she knows how to organise her belongings and remember everything that she needs for every day. Maka works hard at all that she does and takes a great deal of pride in her work. Maka is humble and she never puts others down or brags about her abilities. She is always kind to her peers. We are proud of you, Maka!


The following girls have had their art works entered into the BATHURST SHOW ART COMPETITION 2021
GRADE 5: Lethabo Maneli; Nooran Sha; Kayla O’Linsky; Mbali Jadi; Ammaraah Begg; Sanda Stofile; Sally Kadye.
GRADE 6: Unam Mazwi; Unako Nondlazi; Gracie Chitsike; Owethu Mini; Chloe Rischbeter; Khloe Thompson; Grace Xala.
GRADE 7: Claire Lobb; Tariro Chikafa; Rachel Wilhelmi.


Music
This has been a busy term for our musicians and we are very proud of the work they are doing. Please note that the Progress Concert (for 2020/2021 beginners) will take place on 7 May. Performers will receive letters about this concert at the end of term. We are currently planning performance opportunities for our more experienced musicians, so please watch this space.


End of term envelopes
We apologise once again for the delayed submission of your daughter’s reports but they will be handed out on Friday, 7 May. Included in your daughter’s end of term envelope will be the following:
• Extramural programme for Term 2
• Term 2 calendar
• Hostel reports (If your child is a boarder)
• Music reports (If your child does music)
• Accounts
• Information on Term 1 curriculum coverage (Gr 4-7)
• General comments for Grade 4-7
• English comments (Gr 7 only)


Extramurals Term 2:

We will start a full extramural programme in Term 2 and we request that you review this closely. Please note that it is compulsory for all girls Grade 4-7 to participate in at least one winter sport (ie hockey and/or netball). Grade 6 and 7 girls have to choose between hockey and netball. Extramurals will start on Tuesday, 4 May, next term.

Times for Term 2:

Please note that we will be returning to a full school day as from Term 2.
School starting time
Screening for Grade 00-3: 07:15-07:40 Grade 4-7: 07:00 – 07:40
All girls must arrive at school by 07:35 at the latest
School ending time
Grade 00-R: 12:30 Grade 1-3: 12:45 Grade 4-7: 13:45
Please see the extramural programme for Term 2 which will have times for each extramural.

Important information for the beginning of Term 2
• Boarders are to return on Sunday, 2 May from 14:00.
• School starts for all girls on Monday the 3 May.
• Girls should not be arriving after 07:35.
• Please note that we will still adhere to the morning screening stations we have put in place: Gr 00/R – Pre-primary gate in Beaufort Street; Gr 1-3 – Huntley Street gate; Gr 4-7 Hall entrance in Beaufort Street.
• After school girls must be collected from the following areas: Gr 00&R – Pre-primary gate in Beaufort Street; Gr 1,2&3 Huntley Street gate; Gr 4-7 main entrance in Beaufort Street.
• Girls are to be dressed in their winter school uniform unless they have extra murals or LSPE on the day. Please note that if girls come to school in their sports clothes they should be wearing their navy blue golf shirts (NO white golf shirts or house shirts should be worn to school).


Message from Victoria Girls’ High School for VP Grade 7 Parents/Guardians
Your daughter/ward has received an Application Book for Victoria Girls’ High School. The closing date for applications is 30 July at 13:00, documents are to be submitted to the offices of Victoria Girls’ High. All relevant information about the process and what documents are required appear in the book received. Please note that entry into the school is not automatic and that the Admissions’ Criteria is applied, but that applications from VP are given first consideration.


On the first Friday of the new term we will participate in the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day. A sticker can be purchased from Mrs Cox or Mrs Mgogo for R20 and then girls may wear their slippers at school for the day on the Friday, 7 May. If you forget to buy a sticker but would still like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day (on the 7th of May) 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 fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. Note to parents: If you buy a sticker you can claim a free Wimpy filter coffee on Slipper Day (7 May). Looking forward to seeing you in your Slippers, proving that NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!


Happy Birthday
The following girls will be celebrating their birthdays this coming week: Uthando Dyantyi, Manahil Rizvi, Silubonile Royi, Lusenathi Tunzi,
Chloe Jeggels, Stella Mullin, Angela Ndhlovu, Davila Siwe Noundou, Shiloh Du Plessis. We hope your day will be very special!


Albany Bread “collect a bag” competition
We will be participating in this competition. As you can see there are great prizes to be won and the school will also receive 10 cents for every bag we collect. Please encourage family and friends to collect as well and send them to the office.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 16 April 2021

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Message from the office

Best wishes to our Muslim community for the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Mental Strength and Emotional Intelligence are buzz words at the moment especially in the light of the COVID pandemic that we are going through. In many ways these attributes are just as, if not more, important than developing an intellectually intelligent child. After all, what good is having a child who knows everything but is not able to identify and manage her emotions, is unable to recover from a rough patch or is unable to relate to others and solve problems in an emotionally mature way?

An article titled “A therapist shares the 7 biggest parenting mistakes that destroy kids’ mental strength” taken from www.cnbc.com gives wonderful tips on what we as parents should NOT do to ensure that we bring up children who are both mentally and emotionally stable beings. The article states that we live in an increasingly stressful world, which is why it has never been more important to foster emotional and mental resilience in our children. Not only are mentally strong children better prepared to tackle future problems on their own, but studies have found that they’re also more likely to be engaged in school and in their future jobs.
It won’t be easy for parents, but avoiding these common mistakes can help.

1. Minimizing your child’s feelings
Children need to know that it’s healthy to express and talk about their emotions. When parents tell their children things such as “don’t be so sad about it” or “it’s not a big deal,” they’re sending the message that feelings don’t matter and that it’s better to suppress them. If your child is displaying expressions of fear during a loud storm, for example, considering saying, “I know you’re scared right now”, then ask them what they think would make them feel better. This teaches them how to manage and cope with emotions on their own. The goal is to help them practise brainstorming solutions until they find something that works.

2. Always saving them from failure
As parents, it’s hard to watch our children struggle through challenges that we know we can easily fix for them. But think of it this way: If your child is doing poorly in school, you know that telling them the homework answers will only backfire, because you can’t be in the classroom when they have to complete those tests on their own. Failure is a big part of success. If children are never given the chance to learn the lessons that come with failure, they’ll never develop the perseverance they need to rise back up after a setback.

3. Overindulging your children
Children love stuff, and parents love giving it to them. But research shows that when you give your children whatever they desire, they miss out on skills related to mental strength, such as self-discipline. You want your children to grow up knowing that it’s possible to achieve what they want — if they work for it. Parents can teach their children self-control by setting clear rules for things like finishing homework before screen time or doing chores to boost allowance (so they can buy things on their own, while knowing they earned it).

4. Expecting perfection
It’s natural to want your child to aim for big goals and be the best at everything. But that’s not how things work. Setting the bar too high leads can lead to self-esteem and confidence issues later in life. Build mental strength in your children by making sure expectations are realistic. And even if your children don’t meet them, the setbacks they face will still teach them valuable life lessons and how to succeed the next time around.

5. Making sure they always feel comfortable
There are many things that might make your child feel uncomfortable, especially when it involves doing something new: Trying new foods, making new friends, playing a new sport or moving homes and having to go to a new school. But just like failure, embracing uncomfortable moments can boost mental strength. Encourage your children to try new things. Help them get started, because that’s the hardest part. But once they take that first step, they might realize that it isn’t as difficult as they thought it’d be — and that they might even be good at it!

6. Not setting parent-child boundaries
You want your children to make their own decisions, but they also need to know you’re the boss. For example, if you set a curfew for your 12-year-old, make sure they stick to it every night (or as much as possible). Children who are mentally strong have parents who understand the importance of boundaries and consistency. Caving in and allowing rules to be negotiated too often can lead to power struggles between you and your child.

7. Not taking care of yourself
The older we get, the harder it becomes to maintain healthy habits (e.g., eating healthy, exercising daily, taking time to restore). That’s why it’s important to model self-care habits for your children. It’s also critical to practice healthy coping skills in front of your children. For example, if you’re stressed about work, consider telling your child, “I had a very tiring day at work, and I’m going to relax with tea and a book.”

Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy” Robert A. Heinlein

It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head – it is the unique intersection of both.” — David Caruso


Reports Term 1
We have still not received the required upgrade which will enable us to record our marks on SASAMS (the DoE’s database). This upgrade weights different tasks for each subject and hence we are still uncertain of the weighting for this term. We have therefore made a decision to hand out our Term 1 reports on the 14 May 2021. We take great care and pride in writing informative and relevant report comments that relate to your daughter’s progress both socially, emotionally as well as her academic progress and report marks. We do not wish to rush these and make unnecessary errors due to receiving the upgrade at the last minute of the term and present you with reports that are not at the standard you are accustomed to.

Plans for Term 2
We are in the process of implementing plans for our Grade 4-6 to return to daily attendance, however this will once again be subject to a facility inspection and approval by the education department. Once we have made all the necessary arrangements and if we get approval, we will notify you of when (and if) all our girls can return. We will keep you informed of any news or progress we are making. Please know that we are doing everything possible to make this happen but at the same time ensuring that we don’t compromise any of girls’ safety while at school.

Extramurals Term 2
We have received the latest Gazette Vol. 669 (27 March 2021) which indicates that we can return to a full sporting programme which will include matches against other schools as well interprovincial matches too (although no spectators will be allowed). We are also permitted to do choir again. We will start a full extramural programme in Term 2 and we request that you review this closely. This will be handed out at the end of the term. Please note that it is compulsory for all girls Grade 4-7 to participate in at least one winter sport (ie. hockey and/or netball). Grade 6 and 7 girls have to choose between hockey and netball.

**Reminder that there are no extramurals next week**


Punctuality
We are concerned by the increase of the number of girls who are arriving late for school even though we are starting later than we used to, we request that you ensure that you get up earlier and get to school on time next term. Girls should not be arriving later than 07:35. We also request that your daughters get fetched timeously after school or once their extramural has ended.
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot” – Michael Altshuler


A special thank you to everyone who donated Easter eggs for charity. Round Table was able to donate to many charities and homes in Makhanda, due to your generosity.


Music
Girls are reminded of next week’s choir auditions, which will take place in the theory room in the music department. Please note that these auditions are for all girls in Gr. 4-7, who would like to join the choir, even if they were in the choir last year.
Monday 19 April: Grade 4&5 Blue group
Tuesday 20 April: Grade 6 Green group and Grade 7
Wednesday 21 April: Grade 4&5 Blue group
Thursday 22 April: Grade 6 Green group and Grade 7
Girls who forgot to audition this week are welcome to try next week, even if they audition with a different grade, provided that the scheduled grades’ auditions have been completed.


Uniform

We would like to remind girls that they may only wear plain, small sleeper or stud earrings to school and hair should be tied up (shoulder length and longer) with black, navy blue or emerald green hair ties/elastics.


Stickers are still available for purchase for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day A sticker costs R20 and if you buy one you will be allowed to wear slippers at school on the 7th of May! Mrs Cox (if you are in the Foundation Phase) or Mrs Mgogo (if you are in the Intersen Phase) are selling the stickers. If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day (on the 7th of May) 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 fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. Note to parents: If you buy a sticker you can claim a free Wimpy filter coffee on Slipper Day (7 May). Looking forward to seeing you in your Slippers, proving that NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!


The following staff member and girls will be celebrating their birthdays this coming week: Mr Vazi, Aliyah Bezuidenhout, Sanelisiwe Mbete, Oyitando Sinam, Zazi Veto and Sally Kadye. We hope your day will be very special!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 9 April 2021

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Message from the office
When my children were very little we used to make a weekly trip to the library and took out the five books we were allowed. My children loved these weekly excursions. I savoured the time I spent at night time reading the stories and looking at the pictures with them.  I think I enjoyed them as much as they did. My husband used to have fun making different voices which my children didn’t always appreciate (which seemed to make him do it even more) and I remember he often used to fall asleep before they did, but it was a wonderful bonding time that we had with our children. My children still talk about their favourite stories which they often asked us to read again and again. Our reading was the quiet time with just us and them and the best way to get ready for bed.

When my children got a little older we started reading more advanced books, we read The Hobbit and The Harry Potter series – which I became so enthralled by and tried to get them to read with me at all hours of the day because I wanted to know what would happen next, until eventually they started reading on their own. Reading to your children can not be underestimated and it is never too late to start. I have previously mentioned in newsletters the benefits of reading to your children and the importance cannot be stressed enough, as this quote indicates: “The single biggest predictor of high academic achievement is reading to children. Not flashcards, not workbooks, not fancy preschools, not blinking toys or computers, but mom or dad taking the time every day or night (or both!) to sit and read them wonderful books.”

Make the time to read to your children. It is the greatest gift you can give them (and indeed to yourself too).

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” —Emilie Buchwald

“Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.  It should be offered to them as a precious gift.” —Kate DiCamillo


Staff News
Farewell: We are very sad to be saying good-bye to Mrs Cox at the end of this term. She will be joining her husband in East London who was transferred at the beginning of the year. Ju-ann joined us in 2015 as a first year teacher and she has grown to be a most valuable and dedicated member of staff. We will miss her greatly and wish her all the best at her new school.

We have appointed Ms Micaela van Dyk in Grade 2 as from the second term. She will come to visit VP and to meet her new class before the end of this term. We have no doubt our Grade 2 girls will make a happy transition.

Wedding Bells: We wish Ms Sarah-Jane Davies (Grade 3) much love and blessings as she gets married this weekend. May God shower your life together as husband and wife with rich experiences and an abundance
of blessings and unconditional love. Congratulations on your wedding.
Ms Davies will be returning as Mrs Dewey next week!


Many thanks to Litha Tabensky in Grade 6 for donating a Dork Diaries book to the library. I’m sure this will be a very popular book amongst the girls.


Music
Choir auditions will be held during the next two weeks for all girls in Grades 4-7, from 7:10am to 7:50am, in the hall:
Monday 12 April: Grade 4&5 Green group
Tuesday 13 April: Grade 6 Blue group and Grade 7
Wednesday 14 April: Grade 4&5 Green group
Thursday 15 April: Grade 6 Blue group and Grade 7
Monday 19 April: Grade 4&5 Blue group
Tuesday 20 April: Grade 6 Green group and Grade 7
Wednesday 21 April: Grade 4&5 Blue group
Thursday 22 April: Grade 6 Green group and Grade 7
We have arranged many opportunities for girls to audition, so they can choose a day that is convenient.


SPORT and LSPE
Every girl must have the following items with them for sport and LSPE:
Towel
Extra Mask or 2
Water Bottle
Plastic packet
NO sharing of any sport equipment is permitted.

Next week is the last week of extramural sport, the FP girls will continue with sport as normal while the IP girls have winter sport trials. The walkers, dance fitness, fitness and yoga/pilates have ended, however the team tennis and team swimming will continue. The girls are required to select at least one winter sport (hockey/netball) to participate in. We would like to encourage the Grade 4 and 5 girls to participate in both sports.

The U12 Netball trials will have the second round of trials as the girls didn’t all attend the first round. All U12 netball girls must attend, the blue group will need to come into school at 12:50 to be screened at the hall foyer with Ms Denston. It is compulsory for U12 and U13 girls to choose either hockey or netball.

Please see the timetable at the end of the newsletter for next week’s extramural programme.


Have you bought your sticker for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day yet? If not, purchase a sticker for R20 and you will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on the 6th or 7th of May! Please buy these in advance from Mrs Cox (if you are in the Foundation Phase) or Mrs Mgogo (if you are in the Intersen Phase). If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day (on the 6 or 7th of May) 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 fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.
Note to parents: Buy a sticker and you can claim a free Wimpy filter coffee on Slipper Day (7 May). Looking forward to seeing you in your Slippers, proving that NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!


We still have swimming caps available for sale which can be purchased from Mrs Osmond or Mrs Andrews.


NB: TERM 1 REPORTS
We have just received notice that we may possibly NOT be able to submit our Term 1 marks on SASAMS which is the department’s database, as it is not yet set up for mark submission. This may mean that we will only be able to hand out reports at the beginning of the second term. We are still hoping however that we receive it on time. We will still hand out all other necessary documents at the end of the term regardless.


Happy Birthday!
The following girls and staff will be celebrating their birthdays this coming week: Mrs Barrow, Mrs Webb (in our hostel), Zenazi Gqeke, Ayola Taboshe, Chikhulupiriru Mitochi, Lunsenathi Mkalipi, Grace Kretzmann, Kaelyn Westcott, Hannah Stoltz and Unakho Maxhaulana. We hope your day will be very special!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

EXTRAMURALS

Next week we will have the last week of extramurals for this term.  Please see the changes for next week below:

VICTORIA PRIMARY SCHOOL EXTRA MURAL PROGRAMMETrials 12-16 April
MONDAY
TIME ACTIVITY/VENUE AGE GROUP/TEAM TEACHER IN CHARGE
12:40-13:10 Grade 1 Mrs Orsmond and PP
12:40-13:10 Grade 2 Ms Davies and PP
12:40-13:10 Grade 3 Ms Putzier and Ms Cummings
13:10-14:10 U11 Hockey Trials (Green) U11 Ms Purdon
13:10-14:10 U10 Netball Trials (Green) U10 Mrs Mabusela
13:40-14:10 Meeting Kind Club/Early Act Mrs Cox/Mrs Mgogo
13:45-14:15 Intervention Session:

English

Select Grade 4-7 IP Teachers

Sauls

13:10-14:10 Swimming/Deep Pool TEAM U10-U13 Mrs Coetzee/Ms SJ Davies
14:10-15:10 U13 Netball U13A&B Ms Featherstone
14:10-15:10 U12 Netball Trials ALL U12 Ms Denston
TUESDAY
TIME ACTIVITY/VENUE AGE GROUP/ TEAM TEACHER IN CHARGE
12:40-13:10 Grade 1 Mrs Andrews and PP
12:40-13:10 Grade 2 Mrs Cox and PP
12:40-13:10 Grade 3 Ms Putzier and Ms Hanslo
13:10-14:10 U11 Hockey Trials (Blue) U11 Ms Purdon
13:10-14:10 U10 Netball Trials (Blue) U10 Mrs Mabusela
13:10-14:10 Goalie Trials (Blue)   Mrs Andrews
13:45 – 14:15 Intervention Session:

English

Select Grade 4-7 IP Teachers/(Student)
13:10 -13:55 Feeder Tennis Select Mrs Thiart
13:55-14:40 Team Tennis Juniors Mrs Thiart
14:40-15:55 Team Tennis Seniors Mrs Thiart
WEDNESDAY
TIME ACTIVITY/VENUE AGE GROUP/TEAM TEACHER IN CHARGE
12:40-13:10 Grade 1 Mrs Orsmond and PP
12:40-13:10 Grade 2 Ms M Davies and Ms Cummings
12:40-13:10 Grade 3 Ms Putzier and Ms Hanslo
13:10-13:40 Intervention Session Select Grade 1-3 FP Teachers
13:10-14:10 U11 Netball Trials (Green) U11 Mrs Mgogo
13:10-14:10 U10 Hockey Trials (Green) U10 Mrs Jones
13:10-14:10 Goalie Trials (Green)   Mrs Andrews
13:45-14:15 Intervention Session:

Mathematics

Select Grade 4-7 IP Teachers

Mrs Goodes

13:10-14:10 Swimming/Deep Pool  Team Mrs Coetzee/Ms SJ Davies
13:10-13:55 Team Tennis U9/U10/U11 Ms Purdon
13:30-14:15 Feeder Select Mrs Thiart
14:15-15:00 Team Tennis U12/U13 Ms Miskin
THURSDAY
TIME ACTIVITY/VENUE AGE GROUP/TEAM TEACHER IN CHARGE
07:15-08:00 Woodwind Ensemble Green Group Mr Wynne
12:40-13:10 Grade 1 Mrs Andrews and PP
12:40-13:10 Grade 2 Mrs Cox and PP
12:40-13:10 Grade 3 Ms Putzier and Ms Cummings
13:10-13:40 Intervention Session Select Grade 1-3 FP Teachers
13:10-14:10 U11 Netball Trials (Blue) U11 Mrs Mgogo
13:10-14:10 U10 Hockey Trials (Blue) U10 Mrs Jones
13:10-14:10 U12 Netball Trials (Selected) U12 Final round Ms Denston
13:10-14:10 U12 & U13 Hockey (MOVED) U13 A&B Mrs Andrews/Ms Desemela
13:45-14:15 Intervention Session: Mathematics Select Grade 4-7 IP Teachers/(Student)
13:10-14:10 Internal League alternating weeks for Seniors and Juniors tennis teams

(Ms Miskin/Ms Purdon)

FRIDAY
TIME ACTIVITY/VENUE AGE GROUP/TEAM TEACHER IN CHARGE
07:15-08:00 Woodwind ensemble Green Group Mr Wynne
12:40-13:10 Junior Bible FP Ms Putzier
13:10-13:40 Bible Study Grade 4-7 Ms Putzier
13:10-13:40 Feeder Swimming Selected Mrs Coetzee
13:10-14:10 Orchestra Select Mr Wynne

VP Newsletter 31 March 2021

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Message from the office
Mr Greyling presented this week’s assembly, focusing on the virtue of kindness. He compared our lives to a blank canvas, and that through our actions and deeds, we create our own masterpieces. We can colour it with kindness and thoughtfulness or leave it bland with negativity and unkind thoughts, actions and words.

So often we think kind things or admire others but we don’t think to say them out loud. We presume that they know that that’s how we feel, that they know they are doing a good job, or they know we appreciate them. Sure, said too often it does become too much of one colour, that, no matter how bright, can become dull, but sometimes it can be the brightness someone needs to paint what they may be perceiving as their own dull canvas.

My challenge for you this Easter weekend, is to speak your sincere and honest kind words over your loved ones (and even strangers). Let them know how much you love them for their daily acts (like bringing you tea), how much you appreciate the parenting they do, how much you admire a valuable trait or simply what joy they bring to your life.

I challenge you too (I know this can be a real challenge) to try to focus on the positive and spend less time addressing the negative with each other. I was having a really challenging time with my now eighteen year old son and our interactions seemed to always end up in arguments. He was the one that pointed out to me that I was only ever correcting him and he told me how that made him feel. Since that discussion our relationship has improved in leaps and bounds and he is a much, much happier person since I have chosen to simply focus on the good. If things are really bad, they do need to be addressed, but if they really do not matter in the bigger scheme of things it could be worth ignoring in order to provide an environment where our children don’t always feel under scrutiny. It is important for our children to feel safe and appreciated at home. As Rebecca Eane said “So often, children are punished for being human. They are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect. We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves. ”

I wish you a blessed weekend and happy Easter if you are celebrating. Brightly colour each other’s canvas with kindness and focus on the good!

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” -Mother Teresa
“Children must never work for our love, they must rest in it.”— Gordon Neufel


Personality of the Week
Congratulations to our Personalities of this week:
Christelle Ruwanza, Ade Nqokoqa and Alibongwe Mthembu received this award for “Going above and beyond in Kindness”.
Mihle Tima for showing “Responsibility to Netball”. Well done,girls!


Indlulamthi Badge of Excellence
Our Badge of Excellence was awarded to Olivia Weyl this week. She has shown many values promoted by VP. She has been very trustworthy and helpful in the Foundation Phase in her role on the Leadership Team. She always comes to watch the girls in Grade 3 when it rains and is always first to help the teachers with their morning duties. She shows compassion and empathy by motivating the girls in our school. She even gave the Grade 3 girls stickers for their hard work.  Olivia has an incredibly positive attitude, and shows commitment and dedication to all tasks assigned to her, including her sports commitments. She is kind, helpful and courteous. She is a motivational presence amongst her peers and sets a great example for all young learners at VP.
Well done, Olivia! We are proud of you.


Easter weekend
A reminder that we close for the Easter weekend on Thursday, 1 April at 13h00. There will be no extra murals on Thursday afternoon. It is also our boarders’ Leave Out this weekend, they will leave on Thursday and return to hostel on Monday from 14:00. School will re- open on Tuesday, 6 April. We wish you a blessed weekend and we hope that you enjoy some quality time with your daughters.


Music
Piano tuning: we are thrilled to have received such a positive response from our parents. We only need five more pianos for the tuner in order to make the trip from Pretoria viable. If you have a piano at home (or know of someone who may benefit from this service) please consider having it tuned. All queries can be directed to Mr. Wynne: d.wynne@victoriaprimary.co.za


Extramurals
Every girl must have the following items with them for sport and LSPE:
Towel; Extra Mask or 2; Water Bottle; Plastic packet.
NO sharing of any sport equipment is permitted.
The girls will attend their allocated sport on their colour groups’ day. Please see the timetable below for details. This excludes the team sports, orchestra and intervention sessions, please see extramural programme for these days and times.

Time Sport Grade Blue

Mon

5/4

Green

Tues

6/4

Blue

Wed 7/4

Green

Thurs

8/4

Blue

Fri

9/4

07:15 – 08:00 Woodwind Ensemble Selected

Family Day

Select
13:10-13:40 Walkers Grade 4/5 4F&4KC 5M 5M
13:10-13:40 Walkers Grade 6/7 6P&7C 6G&7Mg 6G&7Mg
13:10-13:40 Dance Fitness (Court) Grade 4/5 5J 4F&4KC 4F&4KC
13:10-13:40 Dance Fitness (Hall) Grade 6/7 6S&7Ma 6P&7C 6P&7C
13:10-13:40 Fitness Grade 4-7 6G&7Mg 6S&7Ma 6S&7Ma
13:10-13:40 Yoga/Pilates Grade 4-7
12:40-13:10 Junior Bible FP FP (Blue)
13:10-13:40 Bible Study Grade 4-7 Gr 4-7 (Blue)

Child Welfare Easter colouring-in competition: Pictures will be provided for the girls at school, and entries will be submitted by us on their behalf. There is a R2 entrance fee. Girls can ask their teacher for the picture and must return it before 22 April.


Have you bought your sticker for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day yet? If not, purchase a sticker for R20 and you will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on the 6th or 7th of May! Please buy these in advance from Mrs Cox (if you are in the Foundation Phase) or Mrs Mgogo (if you are in the Intersen Phase). If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day (on the 6 or 7th of May) 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 fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. Note to parents: Buy a sticker and you can claim a free Wimpy filter coffee on Slipper Day (7 May). Looking forward to seeing you in your Slippers, proving that NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!


There are VP branded navy blue school bags available for purchase for R575. If you would like to view them please pop by the office.

There are still school branded flip-flops available from Mrs Terblanche. The cost is R80 per pair. The girls will be allowed to wear these with their sports clothes only (not with their tracksuit or school uniform). Please remember to bring sports takkies if your extramural requires them.

Mrs Andrews and Mrs Orsmond are selling swimming caps. Standard swimming caps are available in house colours for R60. Swimma Caps for braided and long hair can be bought from Mrs Orsmond. They are available in green only and cost R100.

If you have a mask crisis in the morning please note that we have disposable masks for sale at the office for R5.


The following girls will be celebrating their birthdays this coming week: Azile Hambaze, Kayleah Evans, Mbali Maxhaulana, Unam Mazwi, Hluma Mbiko, Carla Frazer, Phumelela Macetyana, Lisakhe Mcilongo, Alexis Killian, Uviwe Ngcizela, Thobile Willy, Sivuze Xamleko and Limi Xipu. We hope your day will be very special!


We will be posting photos and updates on events at school on our Facebook page. Please note that this is a closed page for parents only and when asking to join you will have to answer questions. We hope that you enjoy the updates and share in the fun that is happening at school every day.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 26 March 2021

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Message from the office

‘There are 9 minutes during the day that have the greatest impact on a child:
The first 3 minutes right after they wake up
The 3 minutes after they come home from school
The last 3 minutes of the day before they go to bed.

Make those minutes special and help our children feel special, loved and accepted.

Each day children need meaningful eye-to-eye conversations with a parent. It is especially important to slow down and look them in the eye. Listen and respond with love.

Hug your child, stroke her hair and tell her how proud you are of her every day. A simple touch makes her feel connected to a parent in ways that words never will. Remember, actions speak louder than words.’
Source: Facebook (author unknown)

No amount of money or success can take the place of time spent with your family.” -Unknown

You will never have this day with your child again. Tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Breathe and notice. Smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, mama. It will be over before you know it.” ~Jen Hatmaker


Easter weekend
A reminder that we close for the Easter weekend on Thursday, 1 April at 13h00. There will be no extra murals on the Thursday afternoon. It is also our boarders’ Leave Out this weekend, they will leave on Thursday and return to hostel on Monday from 14:00. School will re- open on Tuesday, 6 April. We wish you a blessed weekend and we hope that you enjoy some quality time with your daughters.


Amesa Maths
We would like to congratulate the following girls who have made it to the next round of Amesa Maths Competition, which will take place in May:
Grade 4: Maria Corréa
Grade 5: Sanda Stofile
Grade 7: Eve Daniels, Claire Lobb, Olivia Weyl and Rachel Wilhelmi
If you would like to start practising for the 2nd round you will find many papers at www.amesa.org.za!!


Music Reminders
Piano tuner: please contact Mr. Wynne (d.wynne@victoriaprimary.co.za) if you would like your piano tuned. Dates will be set up shortly.
Assessments: the first term music assessments will be conducted from Monday 29 March for all instrumental pupils.


Bible Study
It has warmed our hearts to see how many girls have joined Bible Study this term! Now that the whole FP is back, we may have 70 girls at Bible Study this Friday! We are very grateful to all the teachers who are helping with the large numbers. Reminder: there will be Bible Study every week now for FP, but only once every two weeks for IP, on the Friday when they are at school.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” ~ Matthew 18:20 NIV


Next week is the last week to contribute Easter Eggs to the Roundtable Easter Egg collection for the House of Joy, a home of safety for children based in Joza. The Easter Eggs will go to little children who don’t usually get any sweet things on Easter. Please bring the Easter Eggs to Miss Davies’ class in Grade 3 on a day that you are at school. Thank you so much for the generous donations that we have already received.


Child Welfare Easter colouring-in competition: Pictures will be provided for the girls at school, and entries will be submitted by us on their behalf. There is a R2 entrance fee. Girls can ask their teacher for the picture and must return it before 22 April.


Have you bought your sticker for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day yet? If not, purchase a sticker for R20 and you will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on the 6th or 7th of May! Please buy these in advance from Mrs Cox (if you are in the Foundation Phase) or Mrs Mgogo (if you are in the Intersen Phase). If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day (on the 6 or 7th of May) 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 fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. Note to parents: Buy a sticker and you can claim a free Wimpy filter coffee on Slipper Day (7 May). Looking forward to seeing you in your Slippers, proving that NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!


Extramurals
Every girl must have the following items with them for sport and LSPE:
Towel; extra mask or 2; water bottle; plastic packet.
NO sharing of any sport equipment is permitted.

The girls will attend their allocated sport on their colour groups’ day. Please see the timetable below for details. This excludes the team sports, orchestra and intervention sessions, please see extramural programme for these days and times.

Time Sport Grade Green

Mon 29/3

Blue

Tues

30/3

Green

Wed

31/3

Blue

Thurs

1/4

Green

Fri

2/4

07:15 – 08:00 Woodwind Ensemble Selected Good Friday

School Holiday

13:10-13:40 Walkers Grade 4/5 5M 5M 5J 5J
13:10-13:40 Walkers Grade 6/7 6G&7Mg 6G&7Mg 6S&7Ma 6S&7Ma
13:10-13:40 Dance Fitness (Court) Grade 4/5 4F&4KC 4F&4KC 5M 5M
13:10-13:40 Dance Fitness (Hall) Grade 6/7 6P&7C 6P&7C 6G&7Mg 6G&7Mg
13:10-13:40 Fitness Grade 4-7 6S&7Ma 6S&7Ma 6P&7C 6P&7C
13:10-13:40 Yoga/Pilates Grade 4-7 5J 5J 4F&4KC 4F&4KC
12:40-13:10 Junior Bible FP
13:10-13:40 Bible Study Grade 4-7

Netball
U13 A Netball practise times have changed to 13:10 – 13: 50 for next week to accommodate the U12 A and B Netball trials. The U12 A and B Netball trials will take place on Monday the 29th March at 14:10. Girls not at school on Monday will need to arrive at 13: 50 and report to the hall foyer where Ms Denston and Ms Knott-Craig will screen them in.

Hockey
U13 A and B Hockey trials will take place on Monday 29 March, at 14:10 – 15:10. We ask that girls not at school on Monday arrive at 13:50 and also report to the hall foyer where Ms Denston and Ms Knott-Craig will screen them in.


There are VP branded navy blue school bags available for purchase for R575. If you would like to view them please pop by the office.

There are still school branded flip-flops available from Mrs Terblanche. The cost is R80 per pair. The girls will be allowed to wear these with their sports clothes only (not with their tracksuit or school uniform). Please remember to bring sports takkies if your extramural requires them.

Mrs Andrews and Mrs Orsmond are selling swimming caps. Standard swimming caps are available in house colours for R60. Swimma Caps for braided and long hair can be bought from Mrs Orsmond. They are available in green only and cost R100.

If you have a mask crisis in the morning please note that we have disposable masks for sale at the office for R5.


The following girls will be celebrating their birthdays this coming week: Kaylee Vosloo, Linamandla Landzela, Anovuyo Nkohla, Laraa Andriantiana, Zamankwali Dingela, Zahraa Mansoor and Grace Mayekiso. We hope your day will be very special!


We will be posting photos and updates on events at school on our Facebook page. Please note that this is a closed page for parents only and when asking to join you will have to answer questions. We hope that you enjoy the updates and share in the fun that is happening at school every day.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

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