A warm welcome back to everyone and I trust that you had a restful break with your daughters and kept safe despite the many unsettling incidents that were happening around us.
As if COVID 19 hadn’t sent our world into enough of a crazy spin, we had to watch with horror as people looted businesses in Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal. The images that we saw seemed to be more from a doomsday movie than a reality in our country. We can only be grateful that the action did not extend to our borders and to other provinces. I can imagine that many businesses have only just begun to recover from the effects of COVID 19 and now this, not to mention the effect on the number of further job losses the looting will cause. It makes your heart break and ache.
I shared a quote from a post I read with our staff at the time of the looting, which was a response to a mom who had asked how we begin to encourage our children when they see images of our country like this. The post was a quote by Fred Rogers that said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find the people who are helping”. And in the days that followed that is exactly what we saw. It was very heartening and tear jerking to see South Africans from all walks of life coming together to clean up and to protect their neighbourhoods and local businesses and this is where the true spirit of South Africa lies.
We have many problems in our country but I do believe that the spirit and tenacity amongst our citizens are unique and something that we all hold dear. Focus on the positive, see the good, see the helpers and encourage your daughters to be the ones who help and fix. We need to nurture a desire to want to serve others. Our country needs a generation of helpers being lifted up and moving forward.
LOOK FOR THE HELPERS By Michelle Heindenrich Barnes
Look for the helpers
The ones who bring food
And first aid
Who offer safe shelter
And a bed
Follow their lead
Be a hugger
A friend who will listen
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in this world.”
― Fred Rogers
“Let’s all focus on the people who are helping, and be one of them.”― Peta Kelly
We are so pleased to announce that Mrs Sauls had a baby girl, Shae, during the holidays. Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Sauls and Ava on the addition to their lovely family.
COVID SAFETY PROCEDURES: Screening and Access
A reminder that if your daughter has any Covid-19 symptoms or she has been in close contact with someone who has COVID, she needs to be kept at home. According to our Standard Operating Procedure any child who reports symptoms at our morning screening will have to be placed in isolation and then fetched and taken home.
Parents may still not gain access to our campus. For assistance, please report to the school office in Beaufort Street.
We will not have any afterhours extra murals except for our intervention sessions, team tennis and orchestra practises (please see the programme attached). We await further clear directives from the education department before implementing our full extramural programme again.
It is imperative that we remain vigilant during this third wave to ensure everyone’s safety.
The VP Eisteddfod is back this year, as part of the upcoming Arts & Culture week. The Eisteddfod is open to all girls in Grades 3-7. The categories are art, dance, drama, music and poetry. The entry form is available online at https://forms.gle/C9q4RpT9HxAG6v9o7 and the closing date for entries is 6 August 2021. Further information regarding dates and rules are available on the online entry form. We look forward to seeing (and hearing) the work of our creative VP girls!
Library News: Zintle Magongo and Daniella McLean donated books for our library and class collections. Thank you!
Congratulations to Yolisa Pongolo who received the Personality of the Week at the end of last term for her positive outlook and helpfulness. Well done, Yolisa!
The following girls were our new recipients of the Ndlulamthi Badge last term:
Sally Kadye received this award last year too. She consistently displays the qualities we would like to see in all our VP girls. Sally is humble, gracious and kind. She is an exceptional student who performs well academically, participates enthusiastically in the sports program and makes a valuable contribution to the school music program. She does all of these things with grace and her interactions with her peers are always kind, helpful and sincere. Well done, Sally! You are a most worthy recipient of this award.
Mila Nonguba was nominated as she always tries hard in all the work she does. She enjoys joining in class discussions and often has very insightful things to say. She has very good manners and is very kind to those around her. Her school uniform is always neat and her work is always neatly presented. Mila exhibits all the qualities that VP promotes. Well done, Mila.
Imanathi Mcophele received the award as she was recognised as a great example of a VP girl. Imanathi is kind, caring and patient towards everyone. She constantly puts others before herself. She is a friend who listens and who uses her words to comfort and build others up. She shows commitment to her school work by working hard and having a positive attitude. Imanathi is excited to learn and she always does so with energy and enthusiasm. She takes pride in everything that she does, even when no one is watching. We are very proud of her.
Sophie Büttner is a worthy recipient as she is a dedicated young lady who displays all the qualities and values which VP wishes to instill in all our girls. Everything she does is always to the best of her ability. She is highly committed to the extramural programme and to her academics. She does not only show respect to everyone she comes into contact with, but she also respects her environment. She takes initiative to help others in her class in a quiet and gentle manner without expecting praise. Thank you, Sophie.
Well done to all these girls. We are very proud of you and the positive impact you have at our school.
The following girls have received over 250 merits so far this year Zazi Veto, Grace Gwed, Unako Nondlazi, Lisa-Jane Evans, Mbali Maxhaulana, Lunathi Zikishe, Luminathi Khonza, Layola Loliwe, Lethabo Maneli, Sinothando Matshaya, Kayla O’Linsky, Amahle Siyongwana and Ahluma Zwana.
Well done and keep it up!
We are also very pleased to announce the girls who received their Academic Honours and Merit Awards in Grade 4-7 for Term 2 of 2021.
Honours (80% and above): Emilie Niesing; Emily Steele; Stella Mullin; Azile Hambaze; Daniella Mc Lean; Amila Mdingi; Ifeoma Nnadozie; Cassandra Radovic; Maria Correa; Maya Christian
Merits (75-79%): Saskia van Wyk; Stephanie Folárànmi; Lunathi Zikishe; Kamva Tyatyeka; Zothando Nyati; Lunathi Mkosana; Lisakhanya Cetu; Abigail Green; Milani Nothoko; Khanya Matikinca, Talitha Dingani
Honours (80% and above): Sally Kadye; Lethabo Maneli; Hannah Tarr; Ahluma Zwana
Merits (75-79 %): Kayla O’Linsky
Honours (80% and above): Sophie Büttner; Kumnandi Ncumani; Okusha Dingani; Gracie Chitsike; Zazi Veto; Joylyn Chikiwa
Merits (75-79 %): Faye Jordaan; Liyabona Mbutye; Eleni Kyazze;
Asavela Mtuze; Onothando Mavumengwana; Mbali Maxhaulana;
Unako Nondlazi; Grace Gwed; Megan Peinke; Hluma Mbiko
Honours (80% and above): Haidee Thondhlana; Iyonke Nogqala;
Eve Daniels; Olivia Weyl; Okuye Funani; Lusanele Kesa; Rachel Wilhelmi
Merits (72-79 %): Aphiwe Bota; Shiloh du Plessis; Malihle Tima; Claire Lobb;
Ammaraah Elie; Yakhanani Yapi; Kiara Goliath; Philasande Sandi; Gabi-Li Doyle; Kwakhanya Nongubo; Phillipa Weyl
Well done to all these girls. We are very proud of you!
The following staff and girls celebrated their birthdays during the holidays and this week:
Mrs Turner, Ms Denston, Mrs Dewey, Mrs Terblanche, Khloe Botha, Lunathi Mkosana, Maya Christian, Holly Riddin, Mila McConnachie, Makatendeka Chakona, Haidee Thondhlana, Buhle Tshiki, Ammaraah Begg, Zinako Pikoli, Kayla O’Linsky, Lieschen Butterworth, Alwande Mthembu, Malihle Tima, Limnandi Dyibishe, Akhe Songongo, Liyabona Mbutye, Lisakhanya Batala, Iyeva Heshu, Aligugu Makeba, Elam Ntlokwana, Amoré van Wyk, Lwange Madikida, Berlynne Willemse, Libby Everton, Mercy Chidakwa and Zintle Magongo. Happy Birthday!
From next week, Ms Putzier will have a box outside of her classroom for girls to pop in prayer requests and questions about the Bible. If you would like a reply to your question please write your names on the paper.
Thank you for all the Albany Bread bags that have been collected so far, we collected 1180 bags! The competition ends today. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic contributions!
We would like to cheer up the school grounds by painting beautiful murals and quotes on the wall at the tennis courts. If you have any wall paint you could donate for this project we would be most grateful. We can use any colour that you can contribute. We would like to start painting on the 13th of August.
Please note that the revised term dates for 2021 are as follows:
Term 3 26 July-1 October Term 4 11 October-15 December
Mrs M Rafferty