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VP Newsletter 22 November 2019

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Message from the office:
We have had some wonderful celebrations this week. From the hostel Christmas party with its delicious food to our beautiful carol service last night. We also said a sad farewell to Mrs Sonne today. Today is her last day at VP and we wish her all the best in her new role as Head of Department at Oatlands Prep. Thank you to everyone who was involved in preparing for these events and for getting the spirit of the Christmas season going.

As we get ready for the upcoming holiday season, I am sure that you are looking forward to having some quality time with your families. As much as TV is a great time to relax, try to make sure that you also find time to interact and really talk to your daughters.

While marking some exam papers it was evident how many girls have the opportunity to engage in deep conversations with their significant others and how many need this in their lives. These types of conversations are ones where we introduce our girls to the world around us and expand their general knowledge and develop their awareness of how the world works. We expose our girls to different opinions and outlooks and encourage them to question and debate.

Include your girls in your discussions where appropriate, about events happening around the world, and things of interest that they may find intriguing. As much as it will be fun to spend time in malls (of course we must- it’s Christmas time!) take your girls to museums and monuments and displays that will teach them to appreciate history and the natural world around them. Buy them books to read, including books about the world, nature and history.

Don’t forget the importance of play, movement and exploration in the development of a young mind. Anything that will expand their general knowledge of the world around them will ultimately add to their academic achievement at school.

Don’t rely solely on your child’s teacher to teach them everything they need to know. Give your child that edge, by expanding and exposing them to all that you can. Mental stimulation at home is so important. Find the time to deliberately and consciously ‘teach’ your children something every day. Some things only you as parents can do!

“The best thing you can do for your child is to nurture and indulge this curiosity by providing a highly stimulating environment.”- Jim Marggraff


Evening Functions
We have many evening functions throughout the year and although I do understand transport is difficult for many families, picking up your daughter late is unacceptable. We as a staff would never leave without ensuring that all our girls are picked up and on their way home, however please do not abuse this. Ultimately and legally parents are responsible for their children 15 minutes after the end of a school event. If for whatever reason you are late, please ensure that your daughter thanks the teacher for waiting with her (often while their own children are unattended) and set an example for your children by getting out of your car, apologising and saying thank you.


Music
All music pupils who hired an instrument this year must please ensure that they are returned by Monday, 25 November.


Reports
With exams completed the girls are now preparing for all the events scheduled for the end of the year. Please note that reports will be handed out on Wednesday, 4 December at 10:10 in the classroom. No reports will be handed out before this time. Girls in Grade 3-7 will sign for their own reports. Pre-primary and Grade 1 & 2 parents need to come in to sign for their child’s report.


Pre-primary Prizegiving
On Thursday, 28 November the Pre-primary will entertain parents at their end of year prizegiving. This will begin at 12:30. Please do not miss this cuteness overload!


Clothing Exchange                                                                                                        If you have VP school clothing you no longer need, please consider donating them to our Clothing Exchange. The funds made from the sale of these clothes go to the school and it puts us in a position to donate to children when needed. Many thanks to all our generous parents who have done so throughout the year, and a huge thank you to Mrs Thomson and Mrs Peinke for all their assistance this year with the washing, sorting and selling of our uniform. Please note that items not collected from Lost Property by the end of November will be laundered and added to our Clothing Exchange.


Hockey                                                                                                                    There will be U13 goalie trials for the 2020 season with Mrs Andrews next week. If any girls are interested in being a goalie please come to trials from 12h45-13h30 on Wednesday the 27th and Thursday 28th November.


Birthday wishes                                                                                                         We would like to wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Tessanne Arries, Madison Conroy, Yanda Qotoyi and Hannah Kent. We hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal


Coming up….

Thursday 28/11 – Pre-primary Prizegiving at 12:30

Friday 29/11 – Gr 3 outing to Kleinemond

Monday 2/12 – Class parties

Tuesday 3/12 – Leavers’ Dinner

Wednesday 4/12 – Academic Assembly 08:00

                                   Valedictory 09:30

                                    Reports handed out 10:10.

                                    Tunnel 10:15.

                                    School ends at 10:30.

                                    No Aftercare.

                                    Hostel closes at 12:30

VP Newsletter 15 November 2019

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Message from the office:
I do enjoy reading short and invaluable parenting or educational articles. This extract is an example of one of them that I would like to share with you this week.

It so important to raise children who are able to bounce back from life’s disappointments and who do not give up when times get tough. The following are tips of what NOT to do as a parent, taken from https://www.mother.ly/child/mentally-strong-kids-have-parents-who-refuse-to-do-these-13-things and I am sure will help ensure that you raise children who are able to overcome the challenges that they will face each day. Therefore DO NOT…
1. Allow a victim mentality: Let’s teach our children that sometimes rejection, failure and unfairness are a part of life.

2. Parenting out of guilt: Show your girls that even though you feel guilty sometimes—and all good parents do—you’re not going to allow your uncomfortable emotions get in the way of making wise decisions.

3. Making your children the center of the universe: If you make your entire life revolve around your children, they’ll grow up thinking everyone should cater to them. And self-absorbed, entitled adults aren’t likely to get very far in life. Teach your children to focus on what they have to offer the world, rather than what they can gain from it.

4. Allowing fear to dictate choices: Although keeping your children inside a protective bubble will spare you a lot of anxiety, playing it too safe teaches your child that fear must be avoided at all times. Show your daughter that the best way to conquer fear is to face it head-on, and you’ll raise courageous girls who are willing to step outside their comfort zones.

5. Giving children too much power: Letting your children dictate what the family will eat for dinner or where the family goes on holiday gives them more power than they are developmentally ready to handle. Treating them like an equal, or the boss, actually robs them of mental strength. Give your girls an opportunity to practice taking orders, listening to things they don’t want to hear, and doing things they don’t want to do. Let your children make simple choices while still maintaining a clear family hierarchy.

6. Expecting perfection: Expecting your child to perform well is healthy, but expecting them to be perfect will backfire. Teach your girls that it’s okay to fail. It’s fine, and normal, not to be great at everything they do. Girls who strive to become the best version of themselves, rather than the best at everything, won’t make their self-worth dependent upon how they measure up to others.

7. Letting children avoid responsibility: Children who perform age-appropriate duties aren’t overburdened, they’re gaining the mental strength they need to become responsible citizens.

8. Shielding children from pain: Hurt feelings, sadness and anxiety are part of life. Letting your girls experience those painful feelings gives them opportunities to practice tolerating discomfort. Provide them with the guidance and support they need to deal with pain so they can gain confidence in their ability to handle life’s inevitable hardships.

9. Feeling responsible for their child’s emotions: Cheering your girls up when they’re sad and calming them down when they’re upset means you take responsibility for regulating their emotions. Children need to gain emotional competence so they can learn to manage their own feelings. Proactively teach your child healthy ways to cope with their emotions so they don’t depend on others to do it for them.

10. Preventing children from making mistakes: Correcting your daughter’s homework, double checking to make sure they’ve packed their lunch, and constantly reminding them to do their chores won’t do them any favours. Natural consequences can be some of life’s greatest teachers. Let your children mess up sometimes and show them how to learn from their mistakes so they can grow wiser and become stronger.

11. Confusing discipline with punishment: Punishment involves making children suffer for their wrongdoing. Discipline, however, is about teaching them how to do better in the future. Raising a child who fears “getting in trouble” isn’t the same as raising a child who wants to make good choices. Use consequences that help your daughters develop the self-discipline they need to make better choices.

12. Taking shortcuts to avoid discomfort: Although giving in to a whining child or doing your daughter’s chores for her will make your life a little easier right now, those shortcuts instill unhealthy habits in your child for the long term. Role model delayed gratification and show your girls that you can resist tempting shortcuts. You’ll teach them they’re strong enough to persevere even when they want to give up.

13. Losing sight of their values: Many parents aren’t instilling the values they hold dear in their children. Instead, they’re so wrapped up in the day-to-day chaos of life that they forget to look at the bigger picture. Make sure your priorities accurately reflect the things you value most in life, and you’ll give your children the strength to live a meaningful life.

End of term:
Please note that although exams end on the 19th November, the last day of school is the 4th December.We do expect your daughter to be at school to attend the many functions and events that we have after exams. Teach your daughter to see things through and be committed to the end. This includes attending the functions they are expected to be at. I do know they will really enjoy them!

‘Parents and teachers build resilience when they gently push young people to the edges of their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical comfort zones. When adults support and encourage youth as they take risks, face obstacles, and grow from failure, young people learn how to bounce back from life’s ups and downs.’ Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD                       

Farewell Assembly
On Friday, 22 November we will have a Farewell Assembly for Mrs Sonne. The assembly will be at 11:30 in the hall.

Grade 00, R & 1 Orientation
The 2020 Grade 00, R and 1s will be visiting us on Friday, 22 November. The new Gr 1s will be here at 09:30-11:00 and the Gr 00 & R’s at 14:30-15:30

. We look forward to welcoming our new additions to the VP family and introducing the girls who are already at the VP Pre-primary to their new teachers and show them their classrooms for next year!

Carol Service
Our school Carol Service is on Thursday, 21 November at 17:30 in the Glennie Hall. Both the Junior and Senior Choir as well as the Graeme College Choir and our Orchestra will be performing at the service. This is a special school event and all Gr. 4-7 girls are encouraged to attend. Parents are most welcome to join us, we would love to have you there to support your daughters and enjoy the evening with us. Girls may come dressed in smart civvies.

The Grade 2s will be going on their outing to Shamwari on Thursday (Cox class) and Friday (Ryan class). They will be leaving by bus from school after lines and are expected to return around 13:30. The girls are expected to be neatly dressed in their school uniform and they need to bring enough lunch and water.

Library
Many thanks to Kimberly Oosthuizen for the most generous donation of books to the library.

The Kind Club is selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Child Welfare Children for Children Campaign. Tickets are R5 and you could win a big Christmas Chocolate Hamper!

We would like to wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Chelsy van der Merwe, Qhawe Mdolomba, Isiphile Ngcebetsha, Ludwe Ngcebetsha, Viola Stoloff, Bronté Agnew, Hailey de Clercq, Owekhethelo Gongqa, Anita Nkanyana, Joyly Chikiwa, Ella Chirombo, Iva Mqhayi-Malindi, Iminqweno Fulani, Mbalenhle Menziwa, Kayla Page, Sawo Papu, Maham Rizvi and Maia Page.

Warm regards

Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 8 November 2019

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Message from the office:
This morning I went down to the Foundation Phase passageway and I was struck by the kind and loving attitude of our little girls. Earlier on in the day I had a little grade one gently bringing in her injured friend to be seen by Nurse Lang. The care and concern and gentleness was so sincere and evident it melted my heart and I expressed my desire to play with them during break because such kindness is indeed heart-warming to be surrounded by.

This led me to question why so many of our girls, somewhere along the line, for some reason, become unkind. It is most certainly a trend that has become apparent worldwide where girls can say and do things to each other that can be so hurtful and confidence crushing. Unfortunately this can sometimes be exacerbated in an all-girls school.

I found two articles online which I thought could be of interest to parents; one about helping daughters cope with mean girls and the other about identifying your daughter as the mean girl. I have taken the liberty of taking extracts from both.
The following is an extract taken from

https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-cope-with-mean-girls-460678. (Please refer to the link if you wish to view the full article):

The teen years are filled with all types of mean girls. From frenemies and fake friends to toxic friendships and controlling girls, their mean girl behaviour often leaves others feeling hurt, puzzled and distraught.
Mean behaviour is not normal girl behaviour, and your daughter will have no idea how to respond without some coaching from you. One day a girl may seem like your daughter’s best friend, the next day she refuses to speak to her. Your job is to help her see that her friend is not truly a friend but controlling instead.
If your daughter is friends with a group of mean girls, or she is being targeted by a mean girl at school, do not be alarmed by how painful it will be for her. And while it may seem insignificant to you, it is a very big deal to her. As a result, be sure to arm yourself with some thoughtful things to say about the situation. Here are things you might consider telling your daughter.
I Understand: Probably the most important way you can help your daughter is to empathize with her situation. Remind her that no one deserves to be treated the way she is being treated. Be sure your daughter knows that she is not the problem, the mean girl is. Help her focus on her strengths instead.
Smile and Stay Strong: Mean girls often have a natural ability to discern whom they can control and manipulate. So, encourage your daughter to smile and to remain confident. The goal is that your daughter can defend herself in a respectful manner without being aggressive or mean in return.
Consider Your Response: Remind your daughter that although she has no control over what other people say or do, she does have control over her response.
Disengage From the Conversation: If your daughter is a bystander to mean girl behaviour, she needs to know that standing by and saying nothing communicates that she accepts this type of behaviour. If she doesn’t have the courage to say something at the moment, she should walk away. When mean girls don’t have an active audience, they lose some of their power. Remind her that it’s also important to report the unjust behaviour to an adult.
Find another group of Friends: Oftentimes, the mean girl is someone your daughter thought was a friend. Your daughter may be part of a group that now has become a clique and the girls in it are no longer true friends but frenemies instead. Talk to your daughter about how to spot fake friends.
Focus on School: Children often allow what others say and do to impact their everyday lives. And the first thing that is impacted is their schoolwork. Help your daughter change her focus. Monitoring cell phone and computer use is a good place to start. But don’t prevent your daughter from using these means of communication. Instead, encourage her to spend less time on social media. Stress that she should not let the turmoil caused by another’s actions control her life and her time. She needs to take back the control and focus on something she has control over like school or sports.
Do everything you can to help your daughter cope with mean girls. You will be glad you did.

What do you do if you suspect your daughter is one of the mean girls? The following is extracted from: https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/kids-parenting/daughter-mean-girl , which you might find useful. It suggests that you need to keep an eye out for these signs:
•Does she try to control her friends? “Mean girls” and other bullies tend to be very aware of the social cliques and hierarchy, and try to dominate others in order to boost their own social status.
•Has a parent or teacher ever complained about her? Bullying and mean-girling can go on for a long time before parents get wind of it. So when a teacher, parent, or family member expresses concern about something your daughter has said or done to hurt a friend, listen up.
•Is she really, really confident? Self-confidence is a great thing for young girls but sometimes being extremely confident and popular can make girls feel they’re entitled to boss around or even ostracize children they consider their inferiors.
•Does she blame others for her bad behaviour? Shifting blame is a classic characteristic of children who bully. The same goes for “sneaky” behaviour and manipulation.
If you’ve checked off a couple of those red flags, first, take a deep breath, and keep in mind that it doesn’t mean your daughter is a bad , or that you’re a bad parent. “Many times children who are being mean aren’t feeling good about themselves, or something difficult is going on in the family.

Talk to her teachers: Ask if they’ve noticed any bullying behaviour, and if so, how you can work together to nip it in the bud. Brown Braun also reminds parents to be extra careful how they talk around their children—even (or especially!) when you think they’re not listening.

Gossiping about friends or celebrities over the phone, for example, models judgmental behaviour and can have a big impact on how your child treats her friends.

Whatever you do, don’t write off your daughter’s meanness as “just a phase.” As parents, we want to see the best in our girls, but choosing to notice and address the worst in them will benefit their happiness in the long run.”


Social Media reports
I am aware that there are parents who may be concerned about a post that is doing the rounds on Social Media regarding the implementation of certain aspects of sexual education in the Life Skills and Life Orientation Curriculum. I have received emails from two separate unions who have questioned this document and they have stressed that they have had no consultation on the matter. The Education Department itself has submitted a report highlighting the inaccuracies and misinterpretation of most of the social media content. Therefore I do believe that many of the reports are inaccurate, but as there has been a strong reaction to these reports, I do not foresee it being implemented without resistance from many quarters. Bear in mind that if the department report refuting these claims is true, much of the information that is doing the rounds on Social Media appears to be once again aimed at creating mass anxiety.

Regardless of the outcome of this process however, although we try very hard to adhere to the curriculum as prescribed in the CAPS documents, I would like to assure you that we believe in our right as a school to recognise the stage our girls are at in their lives and the cultures and religions they belong to, and we will stand by your rights as parents to have a say in any questionable content being prescribed to be taught that you may deem harmful and inappropriate for your daughter.

I would also like to thank the mother who phoned to chat to me about this so I could alleviate her concerns. Please always feel free to come to chat to us about issues that you may have concerns about as this open communication will help cement a trusting and open relationship between us as the school management and you as the parents and/or guardians of the girls in our care.


Congratulations!

On Monday we had our House Assembly. The House Captains for 2019 reported on the year and received the House Awards for 2019. The Leadership Team Portfolios for 2020 were also announced:

Prefects: 

Azosule Kanana    Rutendo Chakona

Tristen Williams    Sue-Anne Swanepoel

Tazné du Plessis   Mikayla Cock

Chloe Maartens    Kuhle Mpama

Sport/Cultural Captains:

Athletics    Bronté Agnew

Swimming   Sydney Edwards

Tennis        Tara Bettridge

Music          Chloe Maartens

Choir            Kuhle Mpama

House and Deputy House Captains

ALOE:  Mika Davies & Onwaba Santi

DISA:   Sydney Edwards & Amy Arends

ARUM: Sisonke Magopeni & Esona Mnqinana

FERN:  Tara Bettridge & Bronté Agnew

The Netball and Hockey Captains, Head Girl and Deputy will be announced in 2020.
Thank you to all our outgoing leaders and congratulations to our new leaders!


Many thanks!

Thank you so much for the kind and generous donations towards our Christmas hampers for our grounds staff. We managed to put together wonderful overflowing hampers. We can’t thank you all enough for your generous response to this appeal. May you too be blessed over the Christmas season as you have blessed them!

Thank you to our dedicated swimming moms and dads who volunteered to time keep at the dolphin shield gala on Tuesday. It was wonderful seeing so many “hands on deck”. Thank you too to the warm support received from the stands. The results will be in the next newsletter.


Examinations

Mon. 11/11 Gr 4-7: Maths
Tues. 12/11 Gr 4-7: English Comprehension & Language
Wed. 13/11 Gr 4-7: SS/Geographyy
Thurs. 14/11 Gr 4-7: Afr/Xho Comprehension & Language
Fri. 15/11 Gr 4-7: SS/History
Mon. 18/11 Gr 4-7: Art & Gr 7: EMS
Tues. 19/11 Gr 4-6: Life Skills

We were thrilled to see that all our girls were being picked up timeously after school this week. Thank you for ensuring that your girls have a conducive environment to study and to achieve their best these exams.


Prizegiving Photos

If your daughter received a prize at the prizegivings last week you can now order a photo of her receiving it. The cost of the prize-giving photographs is R30 per photo. They are available for viewing on the notice board outside the office (check for the photo code), an order form can be collected from the office (IP) or will be brought home (FP). Please return the order form with the payment (or proof of EFT payment) to your daughter’s class teacher by Friday, 15 November 2019. Please ensure that the correct photo code has been included. If you have any questions please pop by the office.


The Kind Club is selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Child Welfare Children for Children Campaign. Tickets are R5 and you could win a big Christmas Chocolate Hamper!


We would like to wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Jessica Schlebush, Mihle Maqoqa, Iminathi Mengu and Keisha Juries.

Warm regards

Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 1 November 2019

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Message from the office:
Thank you to all our parents and extended families who supported our Prizegivings yesterday. I always find this time of year so exciting as we come to celebrate and acknowledge our girls hard work and achievements.

On Monday we will be having our House Assembly where we will be handing out our House Awards and we will be announcing our 2020 leadership team and their various portfolios. This is an exciting time too as our 2019 leadership team will hand over the baton as they bestow the responsibility of caring and leading their fellow VP pupils to next year’s leadership team. It is a privilege as well as an honour to be on this team but it will not always be an easy road. We trust that the new team are up to the task and that they will grow and learn valuable life lessons while fulfilling this role.
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”-John F. Kennedy

It is then time to settle down as we start to write the end -of -year examinations on Wednesday the 6th of November. Please provide a quiet atmosphere that is conducive to learning and limits distractions. Please provide your daughter with a good breakfast that will provide sustained energy and that doesn’t contain too much sugar.

We start to end school at 12h30 on this day too. Please make sure that your daughter is picked up promptly and taken home so that she can have a healthy lunch, a little rest and then she can start studying for her exam the next day. We do not want to see our girls wasting their afternoons away playing at the Huntley Street gate because no one has fetched them. This will no doubt have a negative affect on their academic results.

A good night’s sleep is also essential for exam success and wasting the afternoon away and then trying to cram in the evening is far from ideal. Let’s try to provide our daughters with the best environment and conditions so that they can perform at their best.

“The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph.” Marvin Phillips


Examinations

Once the exams begin school will close at 12:30 every day for all grades, until the end of the term. The timetable is as follows:
Wed. 6/11 Gr 4-7: NS
Thurs. 7/11 Gr 4-7: Afr/Xho Creative writing & Gr 7: LO
Fri. 8/11 Gr 4-7: English Creative writing & Gr 7: Technology
Mon. 11/11 Gr 4-7: Maths
Tues. 12/11 Gr 4-7: English Comprehension & Language
Wed. 13/11 Gr 4-7: SS/Geographyy
Thurs. 14/11 Gr 4-7: Afr/Xho Comprehension & Language
Fri. 15/11 Gr 4-7: SS/History
Mon. 18/11 Gr 4-7: Art & Gr 7: EMS
Tues. 19/11 Gr 4-6: Life Skills


Congratulations to our TROLLEY DASH winner, Clarina Schutte and all the finalists who joined us for the Trolley Dash on Friday at SPAR. This PTA fundraiser made R40 077,25. Thank you for all your support and Oak Cottage SPAR for hosting us!


Our school Carol Service is on Thursday, 21 November at 17:30 in the Glennie Hall. Both the FP and Senior Choirs, as well as the Orchestra will be performing in the service. This is a special school event and all Gr. 4-7 girls are encouraged to attend. We would also love to have parents there to support your daughters and enjoy the evening with us. Please assist us with our efforts to help children in our community who are less fortunate, by donating any of the following items: “luxury” toiletries (pretty/scented soaps, body cream, nail polish, lip gloss, hand cream etc.) and second hand white school shirts. These items will be collected at the service.


The Dolphin Shield Gala will take place on Tuesday, 5 November at the DSG indoor pool at 14:00. The gala should be completed by 17:00. The girls who will be participating have received letters.


Tennis results

On Wednesday, 23 October our senior top 16 tennis girls played their final matches for this year and they certainly ended on a high note. In the matches versus Kingswood the A team beat Kingswood in their singles matches 44 to 29 games; and the doubles matches 22-14.
The B team also did extremely well, they won their singles matches 48-11 and the doubles 24-11. Well done, girls!


We would like to wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Talia Kara, Unako Nyaka, Ayva Bradfield, Katleho Tladi, Lilitha Ngala, Isiphile Msengana, Jessica Schlebush, Mihle Maqoqa, Iminathi Mengu and Keisha Juries. Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal


IMPORTANT DATES
Friday 1/11 – Leave Out for boarders.
Sunday 3/11 – Boarders return to hostel.
Monday 4/11 – House Assembly 09:20.
Tuesday 5/11 – Dolphin Shield Gala.
Wednesday 6/11 – Exams begin.
Friday 7/11 – All library books returned.
School ends at 12:30 until the end of the term.

VP Newsletter 25 October 2019

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From the Office

We are looking forward to both our Foundation and Intersen Phase Prizegivings on Thursday the 31 October. Please read the details closely of what’s happening next week as it will be a busy few days. Congratulations to the girls who will be receiving prizes. If your daughter is disappointed that she won’t be receiving a prize this year, help her to manage her disappointments:

1. Encourage her to use it as motivation to work extra hard next year
2. Acknowledge her sense of sadness and disappointment but make sure that she doesn’t wallow in it for an extended period.
3. Highlight the strengths that she may have that are perhaps not recognised at our Prizegiving
4. Remember to make sure that she knows that she is loved and is very special regardless of what achievements she may or may not accomplish.


Congratulations to our TROLLEY DASH finalists whose names were drawn on Wednesday. They are: Clarina Schutte; Benjamin van Heerden; Jade Frans; Glyn Wesson; Serelda Caiger; Alayne Hails; Hazel Mabusela; Nokuthuyla Mafani; and Indiphile Lombo. Tonight these finalists will join us at SPAR where one more finalist will be drawn and then the final draw of the overall winner will take place. This event promises to be a lot of fun as entertainment will be provided by our Music department and Mrs Rafferty will also be doing a Trolley Dash for charity! We hope you can join us!


Arrangements for Prizegiving week
Please read through the arrangements for next week and make plans accordingly, to ensure your daughter will be at the right place at the right time. We would also love to have as many parents and grandparents supporting their daughters at the prizegivings as possible.
All FP children will receive a prize. If your Intersen daughter (Gr 4-7) is receiving a prize she would have received a letter. However, it is compulsory for ALL intersen girls to attend the Intersen Prizegiving. Please note that Aftercare will not be open on the afternoon of Thursday, 31 October.

PG Arrangements for Foundation Phase girls (Gr 1- 3)

Wednesday
(30 Oct.) 07:25 Normal School day
Girls come to school in civvies clothes (Please bring a donation or non perishable item for our ground staff’s Christmas hamper. If you haven’t already done so).

Thursday
(31 Oct.) 08:00 Girls to be dropped off at the Monument dressed neatly for prizegiving. Please bring a lunch and juice in a packet.
Girls will stay at the Monument with their teachers until their prizegiving begins.
10:30 for 10:45 Parents arrive for Foundation Phase Prizegiving.
11:00- approximately 12:30 Foundation Phase Prizegiving: Please arrange for your daughter to be fetched from the Monument at 12:30. If your FP child would like to attend the Intersen Prizegiving she must be accompanied by a parent. They may not sit with their older VP sibling.

PG Arrangements for Intersen Phase girls (Gr 4-7)

Wednesday
(30 Oct.) 08:00 Intersen Girls arrive at the Monument in their sports clothes or tracksuit with takkies (navy blue sports shirt, please).
13:45 Girls must be fetched from the Monument at 13:35. No girl will be allowed to walk to town or school.

Thursday
( 31 Oct.) 07:25 -10:00 Short school day at VP. Girls come dressed in civvies clothes. (Please bring a donation or non perishable item for our ground staff’s Christmas hamper. If you haven’t already done so). Girls to be fetched from school at 10:00. Bring books for the first 3 periods of the day.
13:45 Choir and orchestra arrive at the Monument dressed in summer uniform with blazer.
14:00 All Intersen children to arrive dressed in summer uniform with blazer.
14:00-14:15 Parents arrive.
14:30- approximately 16:30 Intersen Prizegiving starts. Please arrange for your daughter to be fetched from the monument on time. Girls will not be allowed to walk back to school.


Examinations
Exams will begin on Wednesday,6 November. Once the exams begin school will close at 12:30 every day for all grades, until the end of the term. The timetable is as follows:
Wed. 6/11 Gr 4-7: NS
Thurs. 7/11 Gr 4-7: Afr/Xho Creative writing & Gr 7: LO
Fri. 8/11 Gr 4-7: English Creative writing & Gr 7: Technology
Mon. 11/11 Gr 4-7: Maths
Tues. 12/11 Gr 4-7: English Comprehension & Language
Wed. 13/11 Gr 4-7: SS/Geographyy
Thurs. 14/11 Gr 4-7: Afr/Xho Comprehension & Language
Fri. 15/11 Gr 4-7: SS/History
Mon. 18/11 Gr 4-7: Art & Gr 7: EMS
Tues. 19/11 Gr 4-6: Life Skills


Coat-hangers
If you are spring cleaning and have plastic or wire coat-hangers that need new homes PLEASE send them to Mrs Orsmond for the Costume cupboard.


We would like to wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Indiphile Lombo, Erin Japp, Lathitha Waka, Liqalo Gora, Eleni Kyazze, Onwaba Santi, Liana Futuse, Sithe-Nkosi Busakwe and Iyana Myataza . Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards

Mrs M Rafferty
Principal


IMPORTANT DATES
Friday 25/10 – Extramurals end for the year.
17:45 Finalists gather at SPAR for the final draw &
Trolley Dash.
Saturday 26/10 – Tennis: GAP trials
Wednesday 30/10 – Foundation Phase civvies day (donation)
Intermediate Phase to be dropped & collected from
the Monument (sports clothes).
Thursday 31/10 – Prizegiving day. FP@11-12:30 IP@14:30-16:30
Foundation Phase to be dropped off at the Monument
for school.
Intersen Phase civvies day (donation). To be collected
from school at 10:00. Arrive at Monument at 14:00.
No Aftercare.
Friday 1/11 – Leave Out for boarders.
Sunday 3/11 – Boarders return to hostel.
Monday 4/11 – House Assembly
Wednesday 6/11 – Exams begin. School ends at 12:30 until the end of
the term.

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From the office

At the end of every year we say our thanks to our cleaning, kitchen
and maintenance staff by giving them ‘Christmas Hampers’. We
request that the girls donate any items of non-perishable foods such
as rice, coffee, tea, sugar, maize meal , canned foods and even some
toiletries such as soap. This donation will be made instead of paying for the civvies days scheduled for the FP (Grade 1-3) on the 30 October and for the IP (Gr 4-7) on the 31 October. We welcome donations from the Preprimary too. Please start sending us an item (or two or three) to donate towards the hampers to your child’s class teacher. These special people play a critical role in keeping our grounds and buildings beautiful and clean and we would like to be able to match our gratitude with a lovely hamper for the Christmas season.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —William Arthur Ward


After 22 years of dedicated service to Victoria Primary School, Mrs Sonne will be leaving us at the end of the year. Although this is sad news for VP, we are delighted for her on a personal front as she has been appointed as H.O.D at Oatlands Prep. Congratulations, Anita. We know that you will have a positive impact on Oatlands as you have had on us during your years at VP.


TROLLEY DASH

Thank you to all the families that returned their Trolley Dash booklets and payment this week. This evening our PTA moms and Grade 7 boarders will be selling the remaining tickets for the Trolley Dash at SPAR from 17:30-18:30. The draw will take place on Wednesday, 23 October with the finalists gathering at SPAR on Friday, 25 October for the final draw and the Trolley Dash! Please come along and support our PTA and girls as they partner in an exciting fundraising initiative for our school.


Pre-Primary and Foundation Phase Mini Olympics

On Friday, 25 October our Gr 00, R, 1, 2 and 3’s will participate in their Mini Olympics. The fun begins for the Gr 00 & Rs at 10:00 and it will be finished at 11:00. The Gr 1, 2 & 3’s will begin at 11:30 and will finish by 13:00. Parents are invited to come and watch and if you would like, the girls may go home with you once they are done. Please ensure that your daughter brings her hat, sun cream and extra water to school.


Arrangements for Prizegiving week

Please read through the arrangements for the week of prizegiving and make plans accordingly to ensure your daughter will be at the right place at the right time. We would also love to have as many parents and grandparents supporting their daughters at the prizegivings as possible. All FP children will receive a prize. If your Intersen daughter (Gr 4-7) is receiving a prize she would have received a letter. However, it is compulsory for ALL intersen girls to attend the Intersen Prizegiving.

Please note that Aftercare will not be open on the afternoon of Thursday, 31 October.

Arrangements for Foundation Phase girls (Gr 1- 3)
Date; Time & Details
Wednesday (30 Oct.) 07:25 Normal School day
Girls come to school in civvies clothes (Please bring a donation or non perishable item for our ground staff’s Christmas hamper. If you haven’t already done so).

Thursday (31 Oct.) 08:00 Girls to be dropped off at the Monument dressed neatly for prizegiving. Please bring a lunch and juice in a packet.
Girls will stay at the Monument with their teachers until their prizegiving begins.
10:30 for 10:45 Parents arrive for Foundation Phase Prizegiving.
11:00- approximately 12:30 Foundation Phase Prizegiving: Please arrange for your daughter to be fetched from the monument at 12:30. If your FP child would like to attend the Intersen Prizegiving she must be accompanied by a parent. They may not sit with their older VP sibling.

Arrangements for Intersen Phase girls (Gr 4-7)
Wednesday (30 Oct.) 8:00 Intersen Girls arrive at the Monument in their sports clothes or tracksuit with takkies.
13:45 Girls must be fetched from the monument at 13:35. No girl will be allowed to walk to town or school.

Thursday ( 31 Oct.) 07:25 -10:00 Short school day at VP. Girls come dressed in civvies clothes. (Please bring a donation or non perishable item for our ground staff’s Christmas hamper. If you haven’t already done so). Girls to be fetched from school at 10:00. Bring books for the first 3 periods of the day.
13:45 Choir and orchestra arrive at the Monument dressed in summer uniform with blazer.
14:00 All Intersen children to arrive dressed in summer uniform with blazer.
14:00-14:15 Parents arrive.
14:30- approximately 16:30 Intersen Prizegiving starts. Please arrange for your daughter to be fetched from the monument on time. Girls will not be allowed to walk back to school.


SPORT
Tennis results from the matches played against Shawpark Primary School on Wednesday, 16 October. The scores were: Doubles VP 36 – 0 Shaw Park; Singles VP 34 – 2 Shaw Park.


Coat-hangers
If you are spring cleaning and have plastic or wire coat-hangers that need new homes PLEASE send them to Mrs Orsmond for the Costume cupboard.


We would like to wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Lusanele Kesa, Abigail Green, Faye Jordaan, Limnandi Zweni, Sisonke Magopeni, Kwakhanya Mazibukwana, Aqamile Moli, Emihle Mayholweni and Sizanokuhle Qabaka. Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards

Mrs M Rafferty
Principal


IMPORTANT DATES
Friday 18/10 – Last day to return Trolley Dash booklets & money.
PTA & Gr 7 hostel girls sell Trolley Dash tickets at Spar.
Wed. 23/10 – Finalist Draw for Trolley Dash
U13 Tennis vs KC A team @VP. U13 B team @KC.
Thursday 24/10 – PJ Fun Run
Friday 25/10 – FP Mini Olympics 10:30-13:00. Parents welcome.
Tennis: GAP trials.
Extramurals end for the year.
Finalists gather at SPAR for the final draw & Trolley Dash.
Saturday 26/10 – B League gala in PE
Tennis: GAP trials
Sunday 27/10 – Tennis: GAP trials

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Message from the office
Today’s message will be a short one. I would just like to send a “Shout Out” to all our special teachers this week. Teaching (and any position within the school setting) is very exhausting as, even if you are not feeling 100%, you can’t just take it easy. Things continue, demands get placed on you, and questions get thrown at you. You just need to keep going. In a climate where teacher absenteeism is a major cause for concern, I want to thank our dedicated teachers who have come to school when most people would stay in bed and take a day or two off. Just this week we have one teacher recovering from an eye-op and a couple of teachers who are shivering with flu. We had one loyal teacher who had a power nap in her short break after school because she had been up all night doing assignments because she is furthering her studies and a couple of teachers who had been up all night with their sick children and yet they are all on time, in their classrooms and teaching. Thank you special, VP teachers. It warms my heart that we have such determined and, may I say, robust teachers. Working with people who have such a clear sense of purpose and devotion is very humbling! Thank you!


MARKET DAY
Please keep on selling the Trolley Dash tickets, more booklets are available from the class teachers. All tickets must please be sold by Friday, 18 October and booklets and money returned to the school. The draw for finalists will take place on Wednesday, 23 October and the Dash will be on Friday, 25 October at Spar. Good Luck!


TROLLEY DASH TICKETS
Please keep on selling the Trolley Dash tickets, more booklets are available from the class teachers. All tickets must please be sold by Friday, 18 October and booklets and money returned to the school. The draw for finalists will take place on Wednesday, 23 October and the Dash will be on Friday, 25 October at Spar. Good Luck!


GRADE 5 OUTING
On Wednesday our Grade 5’s will travel to the Addo Wildlife Centre and the African Imprint outdoor centre for their outing. They will be accompanied by Ms Miskin and Mrs Coetzee. Travel safely and have fun!


SPORT
Tennis
The U13 tennis team (Top 6) will be playing a match against Shaw Park at VP on Wednesday 16 October, due to the scheduled matches being rained out this week. The matches should be finished by 16:00.


We would like to wish the following girls and staff member a very happy birthday: Ms Grobbelaar (Teacher Leandre), Mrs Mabusela and Mrs Sonne, Bunono Nkwinti, Kwakhanya Nongubo, Cassy Radovic, Rachel Kelly, Kumnandi Ncumani and Amyoli Nyongo.
Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal


IMPORTANT DATES
Saturday 12/10 – VP Music department visits Somerset Place
Monday 14/10 – PTA meeting at 17:15
Tuesday 15/10 – No extramurals due to Staff Development
Wednesday 16/10 – Grade 5 Outing
Tennis vs Shaw Park @VP
Thursday 17/10 – Grade 5’s return from their outing
Friday 18/10 – Last day to return Trolley Dash booklets & money


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Message from the office
Last term, we finished off our assemblies with Mrs Cox speaking to our girls about Empathy. She spoke about being able to “read” others’ emotions and more importantly being able to “feel” others’ emotions thereby learning the ability to understand and sympathise with them.

On Friday our last day of the term, the girls were put into pairs and were given emotions that they had to discuss with each other and explain if and when they had felt these emotions. Shortly after this, we had break and I was amazed by how many girls were comforting each other and how many strong emotions this activity evoked. I was indeed pleased to see that our girls are capable of such empathy. Although I am all too aware that young preteens can become over emotional about (what we perceived to be ) the silliest of things, it is so healthy to allow our girls a place to express themselves and to make sure that we do not dismiss their very real emotions and feelings, even as draining on us as parents they can be.

I’ve noticed with my own daughter that sometimes she doesn’t need advice, I just let her speak and perhaps cry and I don’t say anything and this is often what she needs – just someone to listen. Often my words of advice lead to more annoyance and an argument and I land up making matters worse. Sometimes they only need a place to feel safe to express themselves, without feeling judgment or ridicule and what a privilege it is for us to be able to provide that safe place for our daughters. Teaching them the vocabulary to express themselves also helps to empower them to identify and express their emotions and enables them to deal with them appropriately. Girls are a gift but they can be very challenging to raise. Let’s ensure we raise daughters who acknowledge their emotions, express them appropriately and help guide them to get to know and understand themselves better.

‘If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far’. -Daniel Goleman


EXTRAMURAL NEWS
Please note that there will be no Conversational Xhosa next week
as Ms Simani is away.


Thank you to all the parents who have donated this year towards flowers for the foyer. This week Mrs Kelly added some lovely plants on behalf of the Gr 1’s.


TROLLEY DASH TICKETS
Last term your daughter brought home a Trolley Dash booklet of tickets to sell. Please assist her in doing so, there are more booklets available if you would like to increase your chances of winning! When you sell a ticket, tear out the slip and once you have sold the entire booklet of tickets please return the stubs (left in the booklet) with the money to school. If you misplace the booklet you will have to send the full payment to school. All tickets must please be sold by Friday, 18 October and booklets and money returned to the school. The draw for finalists will take place on Wednesday, 23 October and the Dash will be on Friday, 25 October at Spar. Good Luck!


MUSIC
Congratulations to the following girls for achieving Colours Awards for Music:
Half Colours: Aphiwe Botha, Trisha Harjeven, Marlene Löffler, Bronté Agnew, Grace Mayekiso, Kimberly Oosthuizen, Sophie Büttner, Tatum Jacobs, Chloё Maartens, Rachel Wilhelmi and Sange Mafani.
Re-awards: Danni Barrow, Okuye Funani, Cheree Lisher and Isabella Greyling.

Full Colours: Litha Tabensky, Olivia Weyl, Haidee Thondhlana and Kaede Bridger.
Re-award: Phoebe Bunyan.

ABRSM Exam Results 2019
Name        Instr.            Gr.
Distinction (86,6% and above)
Tatum Jacobs Violin 1
Haidee Thondhlana Piano 2
Sophie Büttner Piano 1

Merit (80% and above)
Chloё Maartens Cello 2
Rachel Wilhelmi Piano 2

Pass (66,6% and above)
Jennifer Sweetman Piano 2
Phillipa Weyl Cello 1
Rachel van der Merwe Piano 1


SPORTS CLOTHES
Thank you to our girls who have endeavoured to look neat when coming to school in their sports clothes. A reminder that the girls must be wearing their black shorts, navy blue golf shirt , white socks and takkies with their school tracksuit if it is cold, on the days that they have LSPE. She may not wear house shirts, white golf shirts or other sponsored shirts to school. If she does not have the appropriate attire she should rather come to school in her full school uniform and change for her Phys-Ed lesson and then change back to school uniform after the lesson. We want our girls to look smart in public and at school at all times.


We would like to wish the following girls and staff member a very happy birthday: Mrs Schmidt (Aunty Paola), Tatum Strydom, Lisakhanya Ndlovu, Kungothando Ngangani, Amy Terblanche, Kelsey Hubbard,Bonga Sakhela, Likhona Klei, Kwakho Ngqola, Awongwa Zono, Sophie Büttner, Sivuyisiwe Jacob, Khloe Thompson, Lisakhanya Cetu, Liyabona Magopeni and Daniella McLean. Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal


IMPORTANT DATES
Saturday 5/10 –  Market Day
Saturday 12/10 – VP Music department visits Somerset Place

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Message from the office
I saw this cartoon strip and it got me thinking and reflecting on, not only the past term, but the year that has gone by so quickly:

If I think about it, as both parents and teachers, we work hard to lift our children (or pupils) up to be the best they possibly can be. We strive to provide opportunities for them to learn and grow and maybe even get a few steps ahead. If we see they have a certain flair or talent we try to encourage or provide an environment for that talent to blossom. We work hard every day to earn an income and more often than not, most of that income goes into our children. We feed them, teach them, coach them, extend them, encourage them, comfort them and love them. All this because we want to see them achieve in life.

It is important to accept our children as they are and to know where their talents lie and just as importantly to accept, where they do not. But I also know that, as parents (and teachers) one thing we do not want is for them to not reach that potential purely because they aren’t provided the opportunity and the means to get there. That in essence is what we work so hard for.

If you look back on this year, consider where your daughter has stood on her podium. (Bearing in mind that some achievements are personal challenges they may have overcome). And then I want you to acknowledge what sacrifices you made to get her there and what dedication came from our teaching staff to work with you to get her there. Yes, your daughters had to work hard too but they needed that nudge in the right direction; that place and lesson to learn, that ear to listen, that transport to get them there, that food to sustain them, that patience to encourage. Thank you parents and the VP staff for your dedication to our special girls. In some way or another, thanks to you and this wonderful school, they have all had their moment on the podium.

Have a wonderful short holiday and keep safe!

‘Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work’.

REPORTS

Grade 4-7 parents, please read through your daughter’s report with her and fill in the Self-Evaluation form. We only have six weeks after the holidays before the end of the year exams begin. It is never too soon to do a little work every day. Your daughter can start with making summaries and notes of her Term 3 work already. This will certainly help when the time is suddenly upon her. A little bit every day will make it all manageable and will make the volume of content easier to absorb (and your home a lot less stressful).

Well done to the following girls who have received over 250 merits so far this year: Kungawo Kate, Likhanyile Mtshemla, Danika Lensley, Emihle Nyenge, Liqalo Gora, Léyaan-Té Jacobs, Linathi Klaas, Isiphile Msengwana, Iyana Myataza, Maia Page, Lilitha Ngala and Keisha Juries. Keep up this work, girls!

FOUNDATION PHASE NIGHT OF THE STARS

Congratulations to our talented Foundation Phase girls and their amazing team of teachers who showcased an incredible production this week. I am sure that you join me in acknowledging the huge collective effort that was put into this production by our Foundation Phase and Music teachers. The children were incredibly well prepared and therefore performed so confidently and with such a sense of style!

SGB AGM

Thanks to all the parents who attended our SGB AGM on Monday evening. The proposed buget was accepted by the parent body and a 2020 school fee schedule accompanies the newsletter today.

PRIZEGIVINGS – save the date

As with last year we will once again have two prizegiving ceremonies at the Monument on the Thursday, 31 October– one for the Foundation Phase (Grade 1-3) from 11:00 and then on the same day we will have our Intersen Prizegiving (Grade 4-7) from 14:30. Please take note that your Gr 4-7 girls will need to be dropped off and collected from the monument on the day before prizegiving in order to practise for the event and the Gr 1-3 girls will be dropped off at the monument on the morning of their event to practise before the prizegiving. Further details will be sent out next term.

TERM FOUR FUNDRAISER

Next term our main fundraiser will be a Spar Trolley Dash! A book of tickets has been sent home with your daughter. When you sell a ticket, tear out the slip and once you have sold the entire booklet of tickets please return the stubs (left in the booklet) with the money to school. If you misplace the booklet you will have to send the full payment to school. Please help us raise funds by selling these over the holidays. Our fundraising this year will go towards upgrading the playground areas around the school, so it will be to the benefit of all the children!

PLEASE NOTE

Grade 5’s please remember that your outing payment is due by 11 October.
There will be a Choir practice (Gr4-7) on Tuesday, 1 October.
All other extramurals will begin on Wednesday, 2 October.

We would like to wish the following staff member and girls a very happy birthday for next week: Mrs Orsmond, Marizaan Boucher, Unako Nondlazi, Abbigail Rischbeter, Amvuyele Fobe, Somila Lunguza and Iviwe Masoma. Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal

IMPORTANT DATES
Monday 30/09 – Hostel opens for fourth term
Tuesday 01/10 – School starts for children. Summer uniform.
Wednesday 2/10 – Extramurals start.
Saturday 5/10 – Gr 7 Market Day.

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Message from the office
This week, I would like to share the message Dr Tshidi Mohapeloa from Rhodes Business School shared with us at the Mothers and Daughters’ tea:
“Lessons I have learnt as a mother from my daughter, Delapho. Thank you for inviting me to be part of this special occasion; the Mothers and Daughters’ Tea. We are mothers, daughters, women, young girls, little princesses, queens, heroes and role models. Events such as this one helps us to keep the sisterhood.

I have many complex roles that I play but my favourite one is the one of being a mother to my two children, Delapho and Wandile. However it is the relationships I have with my mother and my daughter that I’d like to highlight. We always acknowledge that 30 is a significant number between the three of us. My mother is 30 years older than me, and I am 30 years older than my daughter – something that we all regard as special.

Today I would like to share some lessons that I have learnt from my daughter Delapho, who is currently studying in Russia. In her own special way she knows how to calm me down and speak some sense to me even though I am the adult in our relationship.

Based on my multiple roles that I had to play in the household and outside, I learnt the importance of setting quality time aside to be with family. The emphasis is on quality instead of quantity. As a single working mother, I spent a lot of time travelling and managing multiple tasks. However with spending quality time with family, I was able to connect and be present. Such moments are invaluable as important issues are often discussed during this time.

Secondly, there is great value in knowing your child. Regardless of how hectic life is, because I know my daughter, I could see when something was not right with her. When I had to punish her, I had to ensure that the punishment not only suited the behaviour but I had to base it on her uniqueness. Sending my daughter to her room was not a punishment as she loved it- but it was for my son!

Doing things together should be a moment where we always celebrate sisterhood. For us we shared activities such as shopping together (without her brother), go for coffee together, share a book and have our discussion on how we experienced it, or to watch those chick flicks together. One of our special activities was doing Zumba together as part of our weight loss programme and we enjoyed being cheerleaders for each other.

Ask for your daughter’s opinion, this indicates that you value her opinion and that you make decisions based on her input. This builds self-esteem for a young girl who will later become an independent young woman.

Openly share and show your love for one another as this builds security in our daughters as they go out into the world knowing they are loved. Don’t be afraid to talk openly about anything; small big, insignificant and important – as those conversations open doors to talk frankly about serious things. Young women today are faced with serious challenges and they need to know who they can talk to.

Listen to what is said and not said, meaning be in-tune with your daughter’s language of communication. When you respond as a mother respond to both the spoken and unspoken as the unspoken can sometimes be far more important and telling.

Be there whenever you are needed regardless of being there virtually, physically or emotionally as this builds consistency, security, trust and that builds a place of hope.

Celebrate talents and any attempted activities as this helps them to be brave, to explore new things and encourages them to be adventurous. In my cheerleading role, played so many times, I helped her to discover her passions.

Be sensitive and kind to her as she is very fragile. The words I use with my daughter I speak with a soft firm voice and I use words like, ‘I am disappointed with (the behaviour)’. Trust her and ensure that she knows that you trust her. This is essential as that sisterhood that we are trying to build needs to thrive and our daughters also aspire to be part of this network thus trust should be the foundation.

It is through such small gestures done by each and every one of us, that will help to build and strengthen this sisterhood. I thank you all!”


Well done to the following girls who have received over 250 merits so far this year: Caitlyn Japp; Lisa Ndlovu and Selby Tarr. Keep up this work, girls!


SGB AGM
Please remember that the SGB AGM will take place on Monday, 16 September at 17:00 in the school hall. The 2020 budget will be presented to parents for approval at this meeting. If you wish to review the budget it is available for viewing at the school office.


Civvies Day
We will have a Sunflower Civvies day on Wednesday, 18 September. Girls can buy their topes from Mrs Sonne for R30 and wear this with their civvies clothes or they may pay R10 to wear civvies. Proceeds will go towards The Sunflower Fund.


The school got the first look at our Foundation Phase production “The Bee Musical” this morning – and thoroughly enjoyed it! It will be Foundation Phase parents turn next week. On Wednesday (Gr 3 parents) and Thursday (Gr 1&2 parents). Please read the letter your daughter will bring home today and return the reply slip on Monday to book a seat.


The girls did their Trinity Music Examination last week.  The results were as follows:

Name Instr. Gr.
Distinction (87% and above)
Bronté Agnew Violin 1
Sange Mafani Piano 1
Litha Tabensky Violin 2
Grace Mayekiso Violin 1
Kimberly Oosthuizen Flute 1
Viola Stoloff Flute Initial
Amber Isaacs Cello Initial
Marlene Loeffler Violin 1

Merit (75% and above)
Kaede Bridger Violin 3
Olivia Weyl Violin 3
Rutendo Chakona Violin 1
Kayla O’Linsky Guitar Initial
Skyla Davies Flute Initial
Phoebe Bunyan Recorder 4
Asavela Mtuze Violin Initial
Mbali Menziwa Violin 1
Lelona Kuselo Violin 1
Okuye Funani Recorder 2
Mamadae Bitso Piano 1
Rayvene Peters Guitar 1
Danni Barrow Piano 2

Pass (60% and above)
Cheree Lisher Violin 3
Claire Lobb Guitar 1
Shiloh du Plessis Guitar 1
Makayla Cock Piano 1
Isabella Greyling Violin 3
Zama Dingela Violin Initial
Trisha Harjeven Violin 3
Litha Santi Violin 1
Danika Lensley Piano 1
Aphiwe Bota Violin 3
Okusha Dingani Violin 2
Ovayo Phillip Guitar Initial
Amber-Jayde Marthinus Guitar Initial


Plastic Bread Tags: As you may be aware the Early Act Club has been collecting plastic breadtags in order to have a wheelchair donated to someone who does not have the means to buy one for themselves. The competition between the houses has been intense with Arum currently leading the way. Thank you for your contributions and remember every tag makes a difference!
We have decided to help out the Port Alfred Rotary Club by also collecting plastic bottle tops and Albany bread packets and they are in turn assisting us with our bread tag collection. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a wider community to do some good in our part of the world.


SPCA donation: We would like to share a note written by Selby Tarr:“Thank you to all the girls who bought books at the library’s book sale, and a special thank you to the girls who gave books to sell. In total we made R1027. The money will be put towards the Spay-athon at the SPCA”. (Well done, Selby for taking on this initiative. We are proud of you!)


Sport
The only extramurals next week will be athletics team training and the Tennis Championship.

The tennis will be on the following days:
Monday – Junior (Top 12) 2pm – 4pm
Tuesday – Senior (Top 12) 2pm – 4pm
Wednesday – Senior (Top 12) 2pm – 3pm (unless involved in the Triangular)
Thursday – Senior (Top 12) 2pm – 4pm

Athletics practice for the Triangular Team girls will take place on Monday and Tuesday and girls will attend the Triangular on Wednesday.
PLEASE NOTE: If it is indicated that your daughter is participating in the field events she will have to come to practice on Monday (16th September) at 14:00. If it is indicated that your daughter is running in the relay she will have to come to practice on Tuesday (17th September) at 14:00.

We will be participating in the annual Triangular Athletics event next week Wednesday, 18 September at Graeme College. The members of the athletics team who will be participating, have received a letter. If girls would like to support the triangular they must be neatly dressed in their school tracksuit or uniform. Pancakes will be sold during the afternoon and there will be a tuckshop at Graeme College.


Handing out of reports
Please note that NO Gr 4-7 reports will be handed out before 10:30 on Friday, 20 September. Girls are expected to attend school and will receive their reports in class.


We would like to wish the following staff member and girls a very happy birthday for next week: Ms Cummings (Teacher Jennifer), Selby Tarr, Meekah Troskie, Aslyn Classen, Léyaan-Té Jacobs, Linathi Klaas, Unako Magibisela,Unako Mengo and Emilie Niesing. Have a wonderful day!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Principal


IMPORTANT DATES
Monday 16/09 – SGB AGM at 17:00
Wednesday 18/09 – FP Play for Gr 3 parents
Civvies Day. Athletics Triangular at Graeme College.
Thursday 19/09 – FP Play for Gr 1&2 parents
Friday 20/09 – End of Third Term. School closes at 10:30. Reports handed out at 10:30. Hostel closes at 12:30.

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