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VP Newsletter 29 April 2022

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I trust that you had a good Freedom Day and managed to spend the day doing things that feed your soul.

It is so important to find the time to do things that help us to relax, touch base or recharge. It is not selfish but a gift to yourself and in the long run a gift to your family as they have a relaxed, focused, de-stressed parent and you set the example for your children that it is important to find a balance and time for yourself.

Finding time for yourself doesn’t have to be costly, it can mean a half an hour you give to yourself with a closed door and simple quiet time. It can be a walk with your dogs or a cup of tea with a good friend. What are the things that feed your soul and leave you feeling revitalized and rejuvenated and ready to face the demands of the day? Are you finding a balance? It is okay to stay in bed a little longer than normal, to ignore that pile of washing or to say ‘no’ to doing favours and to do it guilt -free. It is essential to our mental health and our ability to cope with the pressures of life. Not finding the time to do this can lead to burn out, frustration and a sense of loss of self.

But wait …. If you are already saying things like; ‘Ja, but.’ or ‘I can’t because…’ or ‘Easy for you to say…’ you are just making excuses for not pursuing the best life you can lead. Remember; ‘We make time for what we feel is important to us. If you haven’t made time for it, it’s because you haven’t convinced yourself that it’s important enough’.

 Look after yourselves and find that balance. Small good habits can change big parts of your life!


CONGRATULATIONS!

Merits         

The following girls have received more than 250 merits so far this year: Sinokuhle Benge; Imanathi Mcophele; Nakweziphi Mthetho; Mila McConnachie; Chloe Bowker; Zazi Veto; Eleni Kyazze; Grace Gwed; Kumnandi Nogqala and Asavela Mtuze.  

Keep up the hard work, girls!

Ndlulamthi Badge

Congratulations to our very worthy Ndlulamthi Badge recipients who received their badges at Monday’s assembly:  Nakweziphi Mthetho, Daniella McLean, Eila Chirombo and Nakhane Klei.

The Worker of the Week

Is Emihle Matyholweni for her exquisite drawing for SS History on Marco Polo’s travels.  Well done!


SPORT

Sport Supporters

As our girls are now playing matches against other schools we’d like to give a gentle reminder of some of the points of our Code of Conduct for parents while supporting our girls.

Please always remember to:

  • Conduct yourself in a manner that does not harm the school’s reputation or embarrass staff members or learners.
  • Do not use loud/or offensive language or lose your temper.
  • To apply self-restraint and show respect, courtesy and tolerance towards others including coaches, referees, and players from both VP and visiting schools.
  • Refrain from making negative remarks and interfering with referees, coaches and players.
  • Refrain from entering play areas /courts and fields that are for players’ and officials’ use only.

We thank our many parents for their enthusiastic support and we encourage you to cheer your daughters on in good spirit and sportsmanship wherever you can.

Transport to matches

Please note that it is very costly for our school to pay for transport to our ‘away’ games. If you are traveling to support your daughter, please take her with you in your car. We sometimes have to take a whole bus for a few extra girls and then we take an empty bus home as girls go home with their parents, which costs the school an unnecessary amount of money. Thank you for helping us in this regard.

Upcoming fixtures:

Netball vs Cradock

On Thursday, 5 May the U10- U13 A & B teams will be playing netball matches against Cradock at VP. Matches will start at 14:00.  Girls involved would have received a letter.

Netball vs PAH

On Saturday, 7 May the U10-13 A & B teams will be playing matches in Port Alfred. Letters have been sent out.

EP hockey trials

On 27 April Mbali Maxhaulana attended the U13 EP hockey trials at Collegiate Junior School in Gqeberha. We are currently awaiting the results from the trials. Well done on representing VP, Mbali. 


Reminders: A reminder that all girls are to wear their winter school uniform by Monday, 3 May. Girls may wear their navy-blue stockings or long navy socks (not white socks) with their tartan skirts or their blue trousers. They must wear long sleeve white shirts with their winter uniform. Tracksuit tops may not be worn with their school uniform.

Monday, 2 May is a public holiday and there will be no school.


OUTREACH

Kind Club

The Kind Club would like to extend our VP Kindness beyond our own province to the flood victims in KZN. We would like to encourage all our girls to consider donating a story book or soft toy that is no longer read or played with to the Kind Club who will arrange for them to be sent to the children who lost the little they had in the floods. Please drop all donations with either Mrs Jones, Mrs Mgogo or Mrs Orsmond.

LAST REMINDER….

If you would like to wear slippers at school AND support a good cause, please remember to support our efforts to raise money for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day.  Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school next Friday, 6 May!  Please buy these in advance from Mrs Mgogo (between 07:40-08:00). If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream an organization that strives to fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.   

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Next week the following girls will celebrate their birthdays: Linomtha Skeyi, Sairaah Govender, Lunje Manzana, Lulodwa Siko, Asanele Mvela, Kelly Thorne, Asavela Mtuze and Milisuthando Nkayi. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Regards

Mrs M Rafferty

PRINCIPAL


Coming up…

Friday 29 April: Leave Out for hostel

Monday 2 May: Public holiday  Boarders return to school

Tuesday 3 May: Winter uniform

Thursday 5 May: Netball & Hockey vs Cradock @VP

Saturday 7 May:  Netball vs PAH @PAHS


 

VP Newsletter 22 April 20

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Freedom Day on Wednesday the 27th April is when we celebrate the first democratic elections which were held in 1994. I remember this day very clearly and the long queue I stood in that wound into a primary school hall in Johannesburg. I was in the queue with my now husband but then boyfriend as a wide-eyed optimistic student and the excitement and joy experienced by all was so tangible. We all had so much hope and excitement for our country ahead. In many ways we have grown so much as a country and many of our hopes have been realised but in so many ways we have been disappointed and disillusioned. 

One of the saddest issues is that there are still many barriers between our different races, and prejudices and hatred still seem to be prevalent. At VP we try so hard for our girls to learn to see each other beyond the colour of their skin, their nationality, religion or the different language they speak but none of this will ever take root and blossom if we still speak and act with our own hatred and prejudice in front of our children at home. We cannot teach our children to love, accept and be tolerant if we do not act as role models to this and this includes tolerance and acceptance of different genders and sexualities.  Mind your actions and words as they will have a huge impact on our own children and how they treat others. We need to role play tolerance and an acceptance of diversity if we wish our country to be the rainbow nation Nelson Mandela once dreamt it would be. 

The following article entitled; ‘Teaching children that hate is not a love language’ by Mary Jo Rapini (Published April 5,2021) is a wonderful reminder to us all. 

It is a question every parent has reflected on at least once: “Am I a bad parent?” Parenting is tough, and sometimes we lose our patience and regret our words or actions. You wonder if you were too tough, if you could have said something better, or if you’re a good role model.

A parent’s job is to teach their child love, compassion, and empathy. After all, you want your child to be polite and respectful to others. However, hate is also something that children can learn from their parents. No child is born hating or disregarding others because of their race, creed, or sex. When a parent sees their child acting hateful toward someone else, they may feel aghast. Many parents may blame the media and television, but parents have more influence than anyone in the media will ever have.

Child experts have suggested that there are behaviours parents demonstrate that encourage children to feel superior and hateful toward others. Below are five of the most likely to have the biggest effect on young children and teens.

  1. Behaviour: Parents are self-centered and self-absorbed. When you show your child that what you think means more than what others think or feel, you are modeling superiority.

What your child sees: When a child watches you gossip or take selfies while sharing a meal, they begin to believe that you are more important than others. To a small child, they believe they are an extension of you so if you’re more important than others, they must be too.

  1. Behaviour: Parents are inflexible and don’t try to see other perspectives. When you’re willing to fight to be right with your partner or friends, you model self-righteousness and a fixation on winning.

What your child sees: Your child is learning that it doesn’t matter how others feel; it matters more that you win.

  1. Behaviour: Parents categorise people based on their appearance, faith, or sex. When you ignore or refuse to listen to someone who is different from you, you teach your child that they are exclusive from people who are different from them.  

What your child sees: The only people worthy of your time and attention are those who look or act like you.

 4. Behaviour: Parents use threatening words, body language, and tones with others. When parents lose control of their anger and threaten others, they are modelling that whoever is the strongest wins an argument. They take advantage of a situation with their outrage to exert control over the powerless or weaker person.

    What the child sees: When you get mad  and scare the other person, you win. If the other person backs down, that’s because they are weaker than you.

  1. Behaviour: Parents villainise anyone who is on the “wrong side.” When parents fixate on what “side” someone is on without seeing the whole person, they demonstrate polarization, which leads to hate.

What the child sees: The child is blinded to compromise and sees outsiders as enemies. They feel the need to compete to be on the “right” side.  

Parents try to do the right thing and teach their children to love and care for others. It’s a complex world, and there are more than two sides to every issue in life. Teaching children begins by listening to children and to yourself. You can preach “love your neighbour” until you are blue in the face, but if your actions are riddled with exclusion, false accusations, threats, and humiliation so you can feel good, your children won’t hear your words. They will abide by your hateful actions.         


SCHOOL UNIFORM:  Please remember that girls must be dressed in winter uniform for school as of the 3rd of May.


CONGRATULATIONS!

Academic Top Ten (Grade 4-7) Term 1

Grade 4

  1. Chloe Bowker
  2. Isabella Tladi
  3. Iviwe Jakavula
  4. Eila Chirombo
  5. Iminathi Mcophele
  6. Sairaah Govender
  7. Esethu Stamper
  8. Sibonokuhle Benge
  9. Emily Weber

     10.Mila Nongubo

Grade 5

  1. Azile Hambaze
  2. Emilie Niesing
  3. Stella Mullin
  4. Aleesia Jonker
  5. Daniella McLean
  6. Emily Steele
  7. Ifeoma Nnadozie
  8. Lunathi Zikishe
  9. Elilita Sintayehu

     10.Maya Christian

Grade 6

  1. Sally Kadye
  2. Ahluma Zwana
  3. Lethabo Maneli
  4. Sanda Stofile
  5. Kayla O’Linsky
  6. Tyronéya Francis
  7. Jayla Frans
  8. Iminathi Nkatsha
  9. Shene Lockwood

     10.Lelona Kuselo

Grade 7

  1. Sophie Büttner
  2. Kumnandi Nogqala
  3. Eleni Kyazze
  4. Gracie Chitsike
  5. Amber Isaacs
  6. Mbali Maxhaulana
  7. Zazi Veto
  8. Joylyn Chikiwa
  9. Hluma Mbiko

     10.Faye Jordaan


Merits

Okusha Dingani, Isiphile Ngcebetsha Letisha De Maar, Hlomla Ndungane, Ifeoma Nnadozie and Elilita Sintayehu have received over 250 merits so far this year! Well done!

 Worker of the Week

Well done to our Worker of the Week, Aliyah Bezuidenhout who made a beautiful Water Cycle project in Natural Sciences. 

Sportsmanship Trophy

Well done to Mbali Maxhaulana who was awarded the Sportsmanship trophy for her composure and decorum on the hockey field during the KC Hockey Festival.


Easter Egg Raffle

We are very pleased to announce the lucky winners of our raffle for the Easter egg hampers.  Congratulations Dewald van Eyssen, Lucian Pillay and Sibabalwe Mini.

Chrissy Moriarty in Grade 3 sold the most tickets – 14 sheets!

Ms Knott-Craig’s class sold the most sheets overall – 62!

A total of R24 760 was raised!

Well done and thank you to the girls and families who supported the PTA in this fundraiser.

 


Well done to the following girls who received awards at the Bathurst Show Exhibition

Gold awards

Elam Ntlokwana (Gr 5);  Cazlin du Plessis (Gr 6);  Owethu Mini (Gr 7)

Silver awards:

Daniella McLean (Gr 5); Emily Steele (Gr 5); Maya Christian (Gr 5); Lethabo Maneli (Gr 6); Shaziah Loutz (Gr 6); Sally Kadye (Gr 6); Taylor Arries (Gr 7)

Merit awards:

Cherise Mardon (Gr 5); Manahil Rizvi (Gr 5); Hlalumi Balfour (Gr 5); Abigail Green (Gr 5); Cassandra Radovic (Gr 5); Linathi Zikishe (Gr 5); Maria Correa (Gr 5); Maya Christian (Gr 5); Rachel de la Mare (Gr 6); Thobile Willy (Gr 6); Ariba Narwaz (Gr 6); Joylyn Chikiwa (Gr 7); Onothando Mavumengwana (Gr 7).

Please see their beautiful work on our website in the Gallery: https://victoriaprimary.co.za/?page_id=3519or   or on our Facebook page.


Sports results

On Saturday, 9 April our girls travelled to Somerset East to play against Gill College. It was our first away game in two years and it was a wonderful good spirited morning.

Hockey vs Gill College

U9    VP 3-0 Gill

U10  VP 1-2 Gill

U13A VP 0-0 Gill

U13B VP 0-0 Gill

 Netball vs Gill College

U9 VP 3-3 Gill

U10 VP 0-10 Gill

U11 VP 3-12 Gill

U12 VP 3-8   Gill

U13 VP 16-9 Gill

Netball vs Oatlands played on Wednesday, 20 April 2022 at VP.

U10 VP 7-2 Oatlands

U11 VP 9-0 Oatlands

U13 VP 9-1 Oatlands

Well played, girls!


Please remember to support our efforts to raise money for the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day.  Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on the 6th of May!  Please buy these in advance from Mrs Mgogo (between 07:40-08:00). If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream an organization that strives to fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.   


Happy birthday to everyone who had their special day this week: Mr Fezile Vazi, Unakho maxhaulana, Esisiphiweyo Pinyana, Aliyah Bezuidenhout, Sanelisiwe Mbete, Oyintando Sinam. Uzugcinabazalibakho Gongqoba and Zazi Veto.

Next week the following girls will celebrate: Sally Kadye, Uthando Dyantyi, Manahil Rizvi, Silubonile Royi, Lusenathi Tunzi, Chloe Jeggels, Likuwe Mhlauli, Stella Mullin, Angela Ndhlovu and Inako Sifanele. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

Principal


Coming up…

Wednesday, 27 April: Public holiday

Thursday, 28 April: Please note that matches vs Shaw Park are cancelled.

Friday, 29 April: Boarders’ Leave Out

Monday, 2 May: Public holiday  Boarders return to school

Tuesday, 3 May: Winter uniform


COMMUNITY EVENTS

Brookshaw Home Fete

Wednesday, 27 April 09:00-14:00

Books, Pre-loved clothing, Needlework, White elephant, Jumping Castle, Cakes, Tea Garden, Sweets, Plants, Food

Entrance via 9 Donkin Street

VP Newsletter 8 April 2022

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Message from the Office

A warm welcome back for Term 2. I trust that you had a good, although rather short, break with your daughters. This term is full of public holidays and long weekends and we will endeavour to keep the rhythm and focus going through it all. Next week we have the Easter long weekend and there will be no school on Friday the 15th and Monday the 18th April. I wish all the families who will be celebrating Easter a blessed time together.

I used to love Easter as a child with the excitement of a visit from the Easter bunny and the search for chocolate eggs around the garden the next day. Not to mention the joy of spending days eating chocolate afterwards. My sisters used to eat theirs more conservatively than I did and it was with much frustration that they still had plenty long after mine were all eaten.

Easter for Christians symbolises new life and new beginnings as does the egg, and for me it is always a reminder that we can always make a change; better ourselves, mend broken relationships and fix what’s broken.

At Monday’s assembly we handed out many certificates for our Interhouse Gala and Cross Country and for our weekly Parkrun Challenge. Included in those were certificates for our teachers who

participated in the Parkrun too. Mr Greyling was one of those recipients and he spoke to the girls on receiving his certificate. He noted that this is the first time in his life that he had received an award for sport and that it was never too late to make a change in your life and to improve your lot. A touching message for everyone I thought.

Nothing is ever impossible however, with change and moving forward, we need to find the grace to forgive others for the hurt they may have caused us and we need to forgive ourselves for the choices and actions we might now regret. Because without forgiveness no-one can move forward, heal and grow. Forgiveness provides ‘new life’ and healing for all.

Have a blessed Easter and may you and your family be blessed with new beginnings and positive changes.

Please note that our next newsletter will only be sent out on Friday, 22 April.

Easter Egg Raffle
Reminder that the closing date is Wednesday, 13 April and forms must all be returned by then. The draw will take place on the 14th of April. Please note that R50 is payable if you have lost a raffle sheet.

Reports

Your daughter will have received her report today. Please read through it carefully with her and praise her hard work and effort. If there is room for improvement and areas of concern please feel free to make an appointment to meet with your daughter’s class teacher.

Report discussions for Gr 4-7 will take place on Tuesday, 12 April from 16:00-18:30 in the Glennie Hall. Your daughter will receive a notice about this in their report envelope. Please complete the reply slip if you wish to attend.

School Uniform

Due to the very cold weather girls are permitted to wear their winter uniform. However, they must NOT mix summer and winter uniforms. Please make sure your daughter is dressed neatly.

COVID SOP UPDATED
We will be adjusting our COVID protocols according to the latest Government Gazette Vol.680 N0 45877.
Please note the following:
• Girls are still required to wear masks inside
• Girls may remove their masks during break time and when outside but we will encourage social distancing when this happens
• Grade 4-7 girls will enter between 07:00 and 07:25 at the side white door on Beaufort Street and are required to sanitize at entry. They will still exit at Beaufort Street Gate.
• Grade 1-3 girls will continue to enter between 07:15 and 07:45 at Huntley Street and teachers will ensure they are sanitised. They will also still exit at this gate.
• Pre-primary children will enter at the Pre-primary gate at the current times. Teachers /interns will sanitise the girls’ hands.
• All visitors and parents must report to the office


Congratulations!

Merits

Esethu Stamper, Sanda Stofile, Sally Kadye and Chloe Bowker have received over 250 merits so far this year! Well done!

Worker of the Week
Emily Weber is the Worker of the Week for her excellent progress in Music! Well done, Emily!


Results from the Kingswood Hockey Festival
VP 0-1 Kingswood
VP 0-0 Holy Cross
VP 2- 0 DSG B
VP 0-0 Stirling
VP 0- 2 Hangklip
VP 0- 1 Sunridge
Our girls played their hearts out and learnt a lot of new skills on the astro. Thank you for all the support from the parents, staff and pupils. Thank you, Mrs Andrews and Ms Nel for coaching and preparing our girls for the tournament.


Makana netball trials results
On Tuesday & Wednesday the U12, U13 and U14 Makana Trials took place. Congratulations to the following girls who were selected for the Makana team and will now progress to the Sarah Baartman trials:
U14: Chelsey Koesnel
U12: Sanda Stofile
U13: Tenielle Morrison, Lisa-Jane Evans, Siyolise Baxana, Ludwe Ngcebetsha, Khazimla Kwenxe and Nqobile Gxashe.
These girls will receive half colours for netball at assembly on Monday. Well done and good luck for the next round, girls!


Shotokan-Ryu Karate
At the end of last term Athena Mothudi and Abenathi Kulati took part in the 2022 WUKF National Karate Championships & African Open in Gqeberha. A great deal of hard work and training went into the preparation for this tournament.  Athena received bronze medals for Kata and Kumite and Abenathi received a gold medal for Kata. Well done, girls!


Upcoming Fixtures
Our hockey and netball fixtures against Gill Primary will be taking place on Saturday at Gill College in Somerset East. Girls must be at school by 06:00 on Saturday morning and must please arrive dressed in match kit under their full tracksuit. We wish them safe travels and may their matches all be played in good spirit!
Match fixture times will be as follows:
Netball matches
09:00 U9A-court 1; 09:30 U10A-court 1;
10:25 U12A-court 1; 10:25 U11A-court 3;
10:50 U13A-court 1
Hockey matches
09:00 U13B; 09:40 U13A; 10:15 U9A; 10:45 U10A

Please see information about our upcoming Dance-a-thon on the back page of the newsletter your daughter will bring home today.


OUTREACH

VP is supporting the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day again this year. Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on the 6th of May! Please buy these in advance from Mrs Mgogo (between 07:40-08:00). If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream an organization that strives to fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.

Donation for art class
We are collecting polystyrene containers for the Grade 7 printmaking project next term. If you have any please send to the office.

Happy birthday to everyone who had their special day this week! Next week the following staff member and girls will celebrate: Mrs Barrow, Limi Xipu, Zenazi Gqeke, Chikhulupiriro Mitochi, Grace Kretzmann and Kaelyn Westcott. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty
Principal


NEXT WEEK

Monday:       Applications open for 2023

Tuesday:      Report discussion Gr 4-7  16:00-18:30

Wednesday: No extramurals due to staff development

Thursday:      No extramurals

Friday:           Public holiday


COMMUNITY EVENT

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Message from the office

We have come to the end of a very busy first term. Life seems to be slowly getting back to how it was ‘pre-COVID’ and that much busier. We’ve had a full extramural programme with interschool tennis matches, galas, netball matches and athletics and cross-country events. Our girls have been active and it is so good to see them cheer each other on and get excited about their own sporting accomplishments. It adds a whole new dimension to our girls’ school experience and the ‘vibe’ that we feel at school.

Next term we have a full term calendar which includes weekend matches and some travelling. These are things that memories are made of but I do know that it will take some getting used to, for both our girls and their moms and dads.  I plead with you to be patient with each other as you get used to getting up early for Saturday matches and when your daughter grows a bit weary. Remember such busyness was the norm once and it will take some time before we will do it in our stride again. (This certainly goes for our teachers too).

My children are both out of school now and more than anything I miss the Saturdays where I could cheer them  on, on the side of the sports field or swimming pool.  You’ll get to know their coaches and their teammates and their teammates’ parents and a camaraderie will be built like no other.

Please also always bear in mind that our girls have not had matches for two years and may not necessarily be the well-honed sports stars you may have imagined.  Focus on the fun and the effort and I have no doubt they will slowly get there as the season progresses.

You will also note that this is an exam term and our girls in Grade 4-7 will be writing exams from the 23rd May -31 June and they will be expected to play matches in between. Preparing well in advance will help limit any panic this may cause.

Have a good restful holiday and also find the time to get organised and prepared for the term ahead. It will be busy but it will also be fun!! Please travel safely wherever you may go.

END OF TERM NOTICES:  Please note that your daughter will receive hard copies of the following today: End of term newsletter, Term 2 Extramural Programme, Term 2 Term Calendar and her Easter Egg Raffle form. Please note that the end of term dates on the term calendar are subject to adjustment as we are still waiting for confirmation from the Department.

Please use the holidays to sell the tickets for the Easter Egg Raffle which is a PTA fundraiser for our school. Tickets are R5 each. Please note that if girls lose their raffle list they will have to pay R50 towards it. Thank you for our many donations of Easter eggs. Hampers of chocolate that will last till next Easter, are up for grabs!!

REPORTS

A reminder that the Term 1 reports for Grade 1-7 will be handed out to the girls on Friday, 8 April. We have also scheduled report discussions for the IP for 11 and 12 April. Your daughter’s class teacher will make an appointment to meet with you if she/he feels this is necessary.

 PTA 

We would like to encourage more moms and dads who would like to join our fun group of eager parents who fundraise for our school, to please sign up. Simply send an email to admin@victoriaprimary.co.za with your cell phone number and we will add you to our WhatsApp group. Our next PTA meeting will happen in the first week next term on the 7th April at 17h15.

The Bathurst Show 2022 will take place on the 1-3 April. The following girls’ artworks will be exhibited:

GRADE 5Cherise Mardon; Manahil Rizvi; Abigail Green; Maya Christian (x2 artworks); Cassandra Radovic; Emily Steele; Elam Ntlokwana; Daniella McLean; Linathi Zikishe; Maria Correa; Stella Mullin; Khanya Kepe; Azile Hambaze and Hlalumi Balfour.

GRADE 6Lethabo Maneli; Kylie Daniels; Sally Kadye; Thobile Willy; Mbalente Jadi; Lithalethu Santi; Iminathi Nkatsha; Shaziah Loutz; Rachel de la Mare; Cazlin Du Plessis and Ariba Nawaz.

GRADE 7Owethu Mini; Sinalo Gumenge;  Taylor Arries; Faye Jordaan; Joylyn Chikiwa; Litha Tabensky; Onothando Mavumengwana; Sophie Büttner; Hluma Mbiko and Liyabona Mbutye.

Well done, girls!


Merits – Sanda Stofile and Sally Kadye have received over 250 merits this year. Well done, girls!

Tenielle Morrison was presented with the Sportsmanship Trophy for her sportsmanship shown at the Frans Erasmus Netball Tournament.  Thank you, Tenielle!


Results of the Interhouse Cross Country

HOUSE POSITIONS

First: ALOE 185 points

Second: DISA 145 points

Third: ARUM 137 points

Fourth: FERN 133 points

The TOP TEN in each age group

Grade 1s

  1. Lude Hashe
  2. Aliyah Swartz
  3. Ruve White
  4. Mivuyo Santi
  5. Libhongo Mase
  6. Hlalumi Mali
  7. Mandi De Koker
  8. Anna Malamis
  9. Taylynne Thomas
  10. Mbalentle Niwa

Grade 2-3s

  1. Siarra Appolis
  2. Bubele Mvula
  3. Esona Makabe
  4. Lunje Manzana
  5. Isla Orsmond
  6. Emma Beckmann
  7. Sinesipho Mafani
  8. Tessanne Arries
  9. Bridget Akpeng
  10. Ciana Moodie

Grade 4-5s

  1. Daniella McLean

*new record*4:52:59

  1. Stella Mullin
  2. Aleesia Jonker
  3. Anita Nkanyana
  4. Anathi Mbondlakazi
  5. Lulo Adam
  6. Abigail Green
  7. Maria Correa
  8. Micarlin Daniels
  9. Liyabona Benyane

Grade 6-7s

  1. Joylyn Chikiwa
  2. Nqobile Gxashe
  3. Chelsey Koesnel
  4. Sally Kadye
  5. Mbali Maxhaulana
  6. Gracie Chitsike
  7. Faye Jordaan
  8. Ahluma Zwana
  9. Ashante Sinyanya
  10. Yayama Kom

Gala results

Well done to all the girls who competed in the Splash and Interhouse Galas on Wednesday. Thank you to all the staff and parents for their help and support. It was a lovely day and lots of fun was had.

Interhouse Gala Results 2022

Open Individual Medley 4x50m –  Chelsy van der Merwe

Open Freestyle 2x25m- Chelsy van der Merwe

Open Breaststroke 2x25m-  Sophie Büttner

Open Backstroke 2x25m-  Chelsy van der Merwe

Open Butterfly 2x25m-   Joylyn Chikiwa

Open Victrix Ludorum –  Chelsy van der Merwe

U12 Individual Medley 4x50m – Kylie Daniels

U12 Freestyle 2x25m- Kylie Daniels

U12 Breaststroke 2x25m- Kylie Daniels

U12 Backstroke 2x25m- Kylie Daniels

U12 Butterfly 2x25m- Kylie Daniels

U12 Victrix Ludorum – Kylie Daniels

U11 Individual Medley 4x25m –  Daniella McLean

U11 Freestyle 2x25m- Daniella McLean

U11 Breaststroke 2x25m – Daniella McLean

U11 Backstroke 2x25m- Daniella McLean

U11 Butterfly 2x25m- Daniella McLean

U11 Victrix Ludorum – Daniella McLean

U10 Individual Medley 4x50m – Madison Edwards

U10 Freestyle 1x25m- Madison Edwards

U10 Breaststroke 2x25m- Leah du Plessis

U10 Backstroke 2x25m- Leah du Plessis

U10 Butterfly 2x25m- Leah du Plessis

U10 Victrix Ludorum – Leah du Plessis

Open/U12 Freestyle 1x25m- Megan Peinke

Open/U12 Breaststroke 1x25m-  Megan Peinke

Open/U12 Backstroke 1x25m-  Lelona Kuselo

U10/U11 Freestyle 1x25m-  Aleesia Jonker

U10/U11 Breaststroke 1x25m-  Aleesia Jonker

U10/U11 Backstroke 1x25m-  Aleesia Jonker

Final results (including points from the splash gala)

1st Place: Aloe with 259 points

2nd Place: Fern with 215 pints

3rd Place: Disa with 194 points

4th Place: Arum with 184 points.


Tennis results

GAP Tournament

Madison Edwards and Marizaan Boucher had an impressive day of tennis on the 21st of March. They played six matches each; won five and lost one. GAP Tennis took the lead and won the tournament.

Well done, girls!

Interhouse Tennis

Sixteen players represented their respective houses on the 16,17 & 22 March. The girls played the best of five games each. A total of 180 games were played. Well done to Fern for winning the interhouse singles section and Aloe for winning the interhouse doubles section. The overall scores are as follows:

Disa: 51 games, Fern: 51 games, Arum: 46 games and Aloe: 32 games. Congratulations to Disa and Fern as the overall winners.


Netball

On Friday, VP U7, U8 and U9 netball girls participated in a netball festival at St Andrew’s Prep. The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and played their hearts out and learnt a lot. Thank you to the coaches for accompanying the girls and thank you to the parents for the support.

On Wednesday, 6 April selected U12,U13 and U14 netball girls will participate in the Makana Netball trials at VP.  Play well, girls!


International Maths Day

On Wednesday, 23 March VP celebrated International Mathematics Day.  The Gr 4-7s had an Interhouse Mathematics Challenge. The girls were allowed to work in their house groups in their grade and had lots of fun. The final results were as follows:

1st Aloe; 2nd Disa; 3rd Arum & 4th Fern.  Well done, girls!

The Foundation Phase completed a scavenger hunt around the school where they had to use a map to complete different maths activities at different stations. The girls had lots of fun learning more about Maths!


Kind Club

Reminder that the Kind Club is putting dignity packs together to distribute at local soup kitchens for people in desperate need of toiletries. We appeal to the VP family to donate the following items towards this project: face cloths, roll-on deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary pads, body lotion, Vaseline. Thank you to those who have already donated.


Slipper Day

VP is supporting the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day again this year.  Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on the 6th of May!  Please buy these in advance from Mrs Mgogo (between 07:40-08:00). If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream an organization that strives to fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses.  Looking forward to seeing you in your slippers, proving that NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!


Donation for art class

We are collecting polystyrene containers for the Grade 7 printmaking project next term.  If you have any please send to the office.


Notice from VGHS

Dear Grade 7 Parent/Guardian

Your daughter/ward has received an Application Book for Victoria Girls’ High School.  The closing date for applications is 14:00 on the 1st of August at 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.


Lost property

Please encourage your daughter to look through the lost property bin next term as we have a lot of items without names! We will also make the lost property accessible to parents for the first week of next term if you wish to check for items your daughter has mislaid.  If these items are still not claimed we will either donate the non-school uniform items or wash and include the clothes in our clothing exchange stock. Please ensure that you mark all your daughter’s uniform items clearly so that they can be returned when lost.


Happy birthday to everyone who had their special day this week!  In the next two weeks the following girls will celebrate: Siyasisanda Nene, Kaylee Vos, Linamandla Landzela, Anovuyo Nkohla, Laraa Andriantiana, Zamankwali Dingela, Kenzeigh Scear, Azile Hambaze, Kayleah Evans, Mbali Maxhaulana, Lude Hashe, Hluma Mbiko, Carla Frazer, Phumelela Macetyana, Lisakhe Mcilongo, Alexis Killian, Thobile Willy and Sivuze Xamleko. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty

Principal

VP Newsletter 18 March 202

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MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE

An ambassador is simply a representative of something or someone. Wherever our VP girls go they are ambassadors of our school and of each pupil at VP. We expect our girls to always be mindful of that through their actions, interactions, manners and dress.

So many parents come to us to say that they always see the VP girls in town and admire how smart and well-mannered they are and it is through this sort of interaction that the community gets an impression of what happens at our school and what type of school we are. When your daughters are about town, please always make sure that she is dressed in full school uniform or sports clothes and is neatly presented.

This Saturday we are aware that many of our girls are eager to support their brothers and friends at the Graeme College Rugby day and it is an exciting event on the calendar. We remind all girls that they must be dressed neatly in their school uniform and, if they are in Grade 4-7, they should be wearing their blazers. We expect our girls to walk with pride and be wonderful representatives at this function. We request that you ensure that your daughter is dressed accordingly and be the best possible ambassadors for Victoria Primary School.

Reports for Term 1
We have just received the latest SASAMS patch from the Department of Education. We will still hand out reports in the second term on Friday 8 April to ensure that they are done correctly and checked thoroughly.

On Friday the 25th March, we will however hand out next term’s extramural programme and calendar and our final newsletter. Please make sure that you receive these so that you can make the proper plans for the new term
Merits Hlomla Ndungane, Manahil Rizvi, Amyoli Sesani, Abenathi Kulati and Elam Ntlokwana have received over 250 merits this year. Well done, girls!


CONGRATULATIONS

A Ndlulamthi badge goes to Iviwe Jakavula for the dedication, effort and pride she shows in her academics, music and sport.

We have two Workers of the Week this week. They are Anna Malamis and Nakhane Klei for their beautiful pictures and story-telling.

The following girls will be going through to the next round of the SA Maths Challenge, which will take place in May: Lisakhanya Cetu; Maria Correa, Azile Hambase, Daniella McLean; Lunathi Mkosana; Stella Mullin; Saskia van Wyk and Sophie Büttner. Well done, girls!

Netball results
Results from the Frans Erasmus tournament:
VP 8-3 Gill
VP 4-4 Cradock
VP 9-0 Fort Beaufort
VP 13-0 DSG
VP 2-4 Ntaba Maria
VP 14-2 St Mary’s

The girls played their hearts out and had great support from friends and family. Thank you, Ms Featherstone and Ms le Roux, for your coaching and support.

Lisa-Jane Evans; Joylyn Chikiwa and Zazi Veto were presented their Half colours for Athletics at assembly this week. Well done, girls!

We are proud to announce that Mbali Maxhaulana has been made the Hockey Captain for 2022! Well done!

GAP Tennis results
We are very proud to announce that two of our U10 players have been selected to represent the GAP Tennis Team. The schools that entered players were Port Alfred, Cradock, DSG and Kingswood. Marizaan Boucher was ranked number 1 and Madison Edwards is ranked number 6.
The team of 6 players will have their first match on Monday, 21 March. Good luck, girls!

Interhouse Tennis
Our girls have almost completed their singles Interhouse matches. The matches have been incredibly close.
The singles and doubles matches will continue on Tuesday, 22 March from 14:00 until 15:30.

Dancing
Amber Isaacs and Libby Everton competed in the East Coast Highland Dancing Festival in East London last weekend. Amber received one gold, three silver and two bronze medals! She was also the runner-up for the Novice Highland section trophy and won the Munro Family Shield for the Novice National section.
Libby danced in the Beginner All Ages section. While Libby did not receive any placings she has worked very hard in order to compete at this level.
Well done, girls!

Shotokan-Ryu Karate
We wish Abenathi Kulati best of luck as she enters the 2022 WUKF National Karate Championships & African Open in Gqeberha on the 24 & 25th of March. All the best, Abenathi!


UPCOMING EVENTS

Netball
Selected U7,8&9 girls will be participating in the St Andrew’s Preparatory Mini Netball Festival this afternoon. The matches will start at 14:00 at Prep Fairlawn Courts. Parents are welcome! A letter has been sent out to those participating.

Hockey
We wish our U13A hockey team all the best for the KC Hockey Festival next week.
The fixtures are as follows
Wednesday 23/03
17:00 KC vs VP

Thursday 24/03
13:30 VP vs Holy Cross
17:25 VP vs DSG

Friday 25/03
08:35 Stirling vs VP
11:30 Hangklip vs VP
15:00 VP vs Sunridge
Play well, Hokkie Bokkies!

U13 A&B hockey practice
On Tuesday, 22 March the U13A&B hockey teams will have practice from 14:00-15:00.

On Wednesday , 23 March the U13A team will have a hockey practice after the Interhouse gala in preparation for the Kingswood Hockey Festival. After the practice Mrs Andrews will drive the girls to the Kingswood Astro.

Interhouse Cross-Country
We are excited to be able to hold our Interhouse Cross Country event on Tuesday, 22 March.
The Pre-Primary and Grade 1s will run a course on the VP campus at 08:00 and will be supported by the Gr 7s in their houses.  The Grade 2-7s will run a short cross-country course in groups at the Botanical Gardens from 09:00-10:30.
Girls must come to school at the normal time dressed in their house shirts, black shorts, white socks and takkies.
Parents are welcome to support their girls at these events.

World Maths Day is on Wednesday, 23 March. Our IP classes will participate in an Interhouse Maths Challenge and the FP will do fun Maths games. Maths can be fun! We still encourage our girls to participate in the live Maths Challenge online at home, if they are able: tinyurl.com/2022mathschallenge


PLANS FOR NEXT WEEK
The extramural programme for this term ended today. There will be no other extramurals for FP and IP next week.

Monday, 21 March: Human Rights Day (public holiday)

Tuesday, 22 March: Interhouse Cross Country
Interhouse tennis matches continue 14:00-15:30
U13A&B hockey teams will have practice from 14:00-15:00.

Wednesday 23 March
11:00-12:00: Open Music Class (Gr 1-3).
12:00: FP (Gr 1-3) to go home
10:30-15:00 Splash & Interhouse gala
The Splash gala will begin at 10:30 and the Interhouse gala will run from 12:30 to 15:00. This is a compulsory event for Gr 4-7. Tuckshop will be available for sweets and drinks. Girls must arrive at school in their sports clothes, with either the official house shirt or their navy blue golf shirt. Please pack hats, sunblock, costume and towel in a separate bag. Parents are welcome to support the swimmers, please enter through the office entrance in Beaufort Street for screening.

Thursday, 24th March:
U13A KC Hockey Festival

Friday, 25th March:
U13 A KC Hockey Festival
08:00 Grade 00 & R Open Music class
09:30-10:30 Progress Concert.
10:30 School closes for the term for all
12:30 Hostel closes
No Aftercare


OUTREACH

Kind Club
Reminder that the Kind Club is putting dignity packs together to distribute at local soup kitchens for people in desperate need of toiletries. We appeal to the VP family to donate the following items towards this project: face cloths, roll-on deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary pads, body lotion, Vaseline. Thank you to those who have already donated.

PTA Fundraiser
Easter Raffle
Your daughter will be bringing home a raffle sheet for our Easter hamper raffle. Please encourage her to sell tickets at R5 each to friends and family. Thank you if you have already donated Easter Eggs for our raffle, if not please help us raise funds by donating. The draw will take place before Easter weekend.

Media Market Day
We thank the Gr 4s & 5s who had a very successful Media Marker days this term, we will continue with the Gr 6s & 7s next term.

VP will be supporting the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day again this year. Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on the 6th of May! Please buy these in advance from Mrs Mgogo (between 07:40-08:00). If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream an organization that strives to fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. Looking forward to seeing you in your slippers, proving that NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!

Happy birthday to everyone who had their special day this week! Next week the following girls will celebrate: Tadiwa Mavuku, Lathisa Ngabaza, Achumile Ntozake, Onika Jimmy, Pippa Wolmarans, Kylie Daniels, Emily Steele, Elethu-Ibhongo Makeleni and Amyoli Tshetu. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty
Principal

Applications for 2023 are now open & close 10 June. Forms can be downloaded from this site during that time. Please go to Admissions tab to access the form.

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VP NEWSLETTER 11 MARCH 2022

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MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE

Tuesday was International Women’s Day which aims to celebrate women all over the world. As an all-girls school, empowering our girls is a significant part of what we do. We want them to know that there is no glass ceiling for them, that they can be anything they want to be if they work hard to achieve it. We certainly pride ourselves in the knowledge that we give our girls a good grounding to achieve academically and go on to study whatever their hearts desire, if that is what they wish to do.

But as the saying goes it takes a village (far more than a school) to mobilise a voice against women abuse and gender-based violence. We have to teach our girls that abuse of any kind is unacceptable whether it is verbal, physical, sexual or even neglect. We as mothers need to model what behaviour we tolerate and to demand respect and to be heard. We should not allow shame to be placed on our girls but to teach them that the victim is never to be blamed. We need to teach our girls respect for their bodies and how to one day, be sexually responsible. They need to know that their body is theirs to protect and that it doesn’t belong to anyone else. We also need to teach our girls to love their bodies regardless of the shape and form it takes.

I strongly believe (and this is my personal opinion) that women standing up and demanding to be treated with respect does not equate to all men being evil. I know my beliefs are grounded in having a wonderful loving father, a kind-hearted and generous son and a supportive and encouraging husband and I cannot imagine a life without these special people who are pivotal to who I am. I wish for all our girls to have at least one man in their lives who is that to them because when they have that, they will know what a healthy relationship is, across genders. It is about balance and complimenting each other by acknowledging that we are both needed in this world and that we have a role to play as sisters, brothers, fathers and mothers. It is not one against the other. It is the one respecting the other and working together to mobilise our next generation of strong, yet humble and empathetic, women.

Our gorgeous girls have a bright future ahead of them, they are the future generations of mothers, bosses, teachers, doctors and presidents. Let’s make sure that everyone whose paths they cross bless them with a love that lifts them up and grows them.

“We need to live in a culture that values and respects and looks up to and idolizes women as much as men”. Emma Watson

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves”. Mary Shelley

“The best protection any woman can have is courage.” –Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” –Unknown.

“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” –W.E.B. Dubois

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

“A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else.” –Unknown

“After all those years as a woman hearing, ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not thin enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I am enough.’” –Anna Quindlen

CONGRATULATIONS

Merits
Azile Hambaza and Lunathi Zikishe have received over 250 merits this year. Well done, girls!

Personality of the Week
Well done to our personality of the week recipients:
 Iviwe Jakavula for Courage and Bravery
 Chrissy Moriarty for Encouraging and Motivating Others
 Owan Ncita for Helpfulness and Initiative

A Ndlulamthi badge goes to Haset Sintayehui who is recognised for consistently displaying the values and qualities of VP.

WOW
Our Worker of the Week is Zenazi Gqeke in Grade 2 for her impressive story writing.

SPORT

Netball
Good luck to the U13 Netball girls who are participating in the Annual Frans Erasmus Netball tournament at PJ Olivier today and tomorrow. Play well, girls!

Selected U7,8&9 girls will be participating in the St Andrew’s Preparatory Mini Netball Festival on Friday, 18 March. The matches will start at 14:00 at Prep Fairlawn Courts. Parents are welcome! A letter has been sent out to those participating.

Hockey
14 hockey girls have been chosen to participate at the Kingswood Hockey Festival at Kingswood College on the 24th & 25th of March. As soon as the program is set, all details will be communicated to the girls who are participating. Well done girls on being selected and let’s go play our hearts out, Hokkie Bokkies.

Tennis results
Our Team Tennis girls had a wonderful afternoon of 10 minute time slot per doubles matches against Port Alfred and Shaw Park. Thank you to Mr Nel for transporting our girls safely. Well done to VP for earning the most points.

Interhouse Tennis
The following girls will be participating in the Interhouse Tennis next week. Matches will take place on Wednesday 16/3 & Thursday 17/3 15:00-16:00. If matches are not completed on these days they will continue on Tuesday 22/3 14:00-15:00 & Wednesday 23/3 14:00-15:00.

Aloe:  Viola Stoloff; Ludwe Ngcebetsha; Daniella McLean; Thobile Willy

Arum:  Amber Isaacs; Stella Mullin; Megan Peinke; Joylyn Chikiwa

DisaMarizaan Boucher; Zingce Mngxuma; Madison Edwards; Unako Nondlazi

Fern:  Nqobile Gxashe; Yayama Kom; Zazi Veto; Kholosa Waka

Interhouse Cross-Country
We are excited to be able to hold our Interhouse Cross Country event on Tuesday, 22 March.
The Pre-Primary and Grade 1s will run a course on the VP campus at 08:00 and will be supported by the Gr 7s in their houses.
The Grade 2-7s will run a short cross-country course in groups at the Botanical Gardens from 09:00-10:30. Girls must come to school dressed in their house shirts, black shorts, white socks and takkies.
Parents are welcome to support their girls at these events.

Maths Challenge 2022

World Maths Day is on Wednesday, 23 March. This day is all about fun, fast and inclusive maths, with Live Maths challenges being the highlight of the event. Students compete against their peers from across the globe in 20 one-minute challenges. For every correct answer they achieve, they’re awarded one point which goes towards their total World Maths Day score. Learners age 5-18 can participate and it does not cost anything. Put this web address in your browser or click on it, to register now so that you can participate in the maths fun: tinyurl.com/2022mathschallenge

COMING UP…

Heads up for the plans for the rest of the term: 

Monday, 21 March: Human Rights Day (public holiday)

Tuesday, 22 March: Interhouse Cross Country

Wednesday 23 March
11:00-12:00: Open Music Class (Grade 1-3).
12:00: FP (Gr 1-3) to go home
10:30-15:00 Splash & Interhouse gala
Due to an unforeseen clash with the KC Hockey Festival we will have to move our galas to Wednesday 23rd March. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. The Splash gala will begin at 10:30 and the Interhouse gala will run from 12:30 to 15:00. This is a compulsory event for Gr 4-7. Parents are welcome to support.

Thursday, 24th March:
U13 A KC Hockey Festival

Friday, 25th March:
08:00 Grade 00 &R Open Music class:

09:30-10:30 Progress Concert.
We are excited to announce our Progress Concert, which will take place on Friday 25 March, at 09:30 in the school hall. This event is aimed at showcasing the progress made by our younger musicians, who started lessons within the last year. Parents are invited to attend and to support our performers.

U13 A Kingswood Hockey Festival (still awaiting confirmation of times)

10:30 School closes for the term for all
12:30 Hostel closes

Reports for Term 1
Please note that unfortunately we have still NOT received the latest SASAMS patch from the Department of Education which enables us to load our marks and compile our term reports. We are unable to compile our reports without this as it determines the weighting of the various tasks. We have made the decision to hand out reports in the second term on Friday 8 April to ensure that they are done correctly and to avoid unnecessary errors. This is on the condition that we receive the patch before the end of this term.

OUTREACH

Kind Club
Reminder that the Kind Club is putting dignity packs together to distribute at local soup kitchens for people in desperate need of toiletries. We appeal to the VP family to donate the following items towards this project: face cloths, roll-on deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary pads, body lotion, Vaseline.

The members of the Kind Club will hold a cake sale on Friday 11 March to raise funds for our Children helping Children project in which VP girls sponsor the school fees for a child under the care of Child Welfare. Please support this worthy cause by sending money with your girls to support the cake sale.

PTA Fundraisers
Easter Raffle
Your daughter will be bringing home a raffle sheet for our Easter hamper raffle. Please encourage her to sell tickets to friends and family. Thank you if you have already donated Easter Eggs for our raffle, if not please help us raise funds by donating. The draw will take place before Easter weekend.

Media Market Day
On Monday, 14 March the Gr 5s will be selling homemade, baked and yummy items to the rest of the school at break.
Please encourage your daughter to support them.

Happy birthday to everyone who had their special day this week! Next week the following staff and girls will celebrate: Mrs Rafferty, Mrs Goodes, Zoë Butters, Leah Flotman and Tehillah Dingani. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty
Principal

Community notice: Masicule 2022
Masicule is back! Come and celebrate the voices of Makhanda this weekend on Sunday 13 and Monday 14 March. Join us for the 9th edition of the most amazing performance as the finest of Makhanda’s choirs come together. Featuring renowned artist-activist and FNB Vita Award Winner Sibongile Mngoma. You can book your tickets here: https://bit.ly/3vP1R16
We just received an update that Sunday’s show is SOLD OUT but there are tickets available for Monday.

 

VP Newsletter 4 March 2022

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MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE
At next Monday’s assembly, we will be focusing on our third and final trait in our motto ; accountability.
As parents, accountability is making sure that our children know that their actions and choices have consequences and that they need to face these consequences. If we continue to blame others for our children’s poor behaviour, find excuses for our children’s poor choices or actions and cover for them or protect them from the consequences of their actions, they will never learn the cause and effect that their life choices have. And unfortunately, as a result our children may grow to be entitled young teens and adults. These entitled young teens and adults never acknowledge any mistakes or wrongdoing because they have been brought up knowing that others will always get blamed or someone will always cover for them.

Do you think that you are bringing up a child who is learning to be accountable?
Ask yourself the following:
1. If your child loses something, do you question everyone at school, except your child herself?
2. If your child gets into trouble, do you question the teacher and/or the school system?
3. If your child gets into a fight or argument, do you always take your child’s side?
4. If your child does poorly in a lesson, do you blame the teacher or the class?
5. If you threaten your child with a certain punishment, do you never follow through?
6. If your child never knows what is going on in class or what’s for homework, is your first assumption that the teacher is doing a poor job?
7. If your child is faced with negative consequences due to her actions, do you cover for her or do anything in your power to not let her have to face the consequences?
8. If your child is asked to do chores or help around the house, do you always eventually do it yourself?
9. Do you do things for your child that you know she are very capable of doing for herself?
10. Do you always make excuses for your child’s bad mood or poor manners?

Ask the following of your child:
1. Does she always blame others for her mistakes?
2. Is it always the teacher’s or someone else’s fault?
3. Does she expect you to solve her problems for you?
4. Does she always find a way to get out of her chores and responsibilities around the house?
5. Is she unable to identify her contribution to the cause of arguments or disagreements?
6. Is she able to acknowledge how her actions may hurt others?
7. Does she often use “I’ll tell my mom//dad/ granny’ to sort out her problems?
8. Is your child unable to keep her promises?

It is never too late to make sure your child learns to face the consequences of her actions and be an accountable citizen. Sometimes it’s hard as we don’t want to see them suffer, that’s why it is called tough love, but it is far better than watching your children grow into ungrateful and unaccountable teens and adults. Set an example of an accountable adult for you child to look up to, too.

“These kids who never have any accountability for their actions will continue through life thinking nothing is their fault and everything is owed to them.”

Accountability breeds response-ability – Stephen Covey.

OUR WEEK

We had a delightful Induction Assembly for our new leadership team on Monday and we hosted Mr Swift and the Graeme College Grade 7 monitors at this assembly. We thank all our parents who supported their daughters at this special event.

On Wednesday a group of Grade 7 IsiXhosa girls accompanied by Mrs Mabusela visited the Amazwi Puku Story Festival. The purpose of this event was to celebrate the International mother tongue day which was on the 21st of February. The main speaker spoke about the importance of keeping our culture alive.
It was a lovely day. They also toured around the museum and read different stories about South African History followed by singing, storytelling and games in the auditorium. It was a fun educational outing enjoyed by all.

This morning we hosted our Founders’ Assembly and Dr Amy Jackson-Moss addressed our girls as an old VP girl and as our guest speaker. We were delighted to have such a wonderful example of a serving citizen to speak to our girls and they were intrigued to listen to her encouraging and inspirational message.

Due to the rainy weather we have postponed our Splash and Interhouse Gala to the Thursday, 24 March

CONGRATULATIONS

WOW (Worker of the week)
Well done to Iviwe Jakavula for her amazing work in Natural Science on Habitats.

OUTREACH

Kind Club
Reminder that the Kind Club is putting dignity packs together to distribute at local soup kitchens for people in desperate need of toiletries. We appeal to the VP family to donate the following items towards this project: face cloths, roll-on deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary pads, body lotion, Vaseline.

The members of the Kind Club will hold a cake sale on Friday 11 March to raise funds for our Children helping Children project in which VP girls sponsor the school fees for a child under the care of Child Welfare. Please support this worthy cause by sending money with your girls to support the cake sale.

PTA Fundraisers
Easter Raffle
We will be having an Easter Egg Raffle in Term 2 and are looking for donations of Easter eggs towards the prize hampers. Please support the PTA by donating Easter eggs.

Media Market Day
We are once again starting this grade based fundraising opportunity. All money raised is used to purchase readers and library books. On Monday, 7 March the Gr 4s will be selling homemade, baked and yummy items to the rest of the school at break. This is a wonderful opportunity for your daughter to practise her entrepreneurial talents. Monday, 14 March is the Gr 5s turn.

SPORT

Tennis
On Thursday, 10 March selected girls will be taking part in a friendly Tennis Doubles challenge at Shaw Park. Travel safely and enjoy a competitive afternoon, girls!

Netball
A group of ten U13 Netball girls have been chosen to participate in the Annual Frans Erasmus Netball tournament at PJ Olivier on 11&12th of March. As soon as the program is set, all details will be communicated to the girls who are participating. Play well, girls!

Interhouse Cross-Country
We are excited to be able to hold our Interhouse Cross Country event on Tuesday, 22 March. The Pre-Primary and Grade 1s will run a course on the VP campus at 8am and will be supported by the bigger girls in their houses.
The Grade 2-7’s will run a short cross-country course in groups at the Botanical Gardens from 9-10:30. Girls must come dressed in their house shirts, black shorts, white socks and takkies.
Parents are welcome to support their girls at these events. We look forward to an exciting event.

End of summer sport
Next week we will begin with trials for our winter sports. Please see the back of newsletter sent home today for an updated schedule. It is compulsory for girls to participate in a winter sport. U10&U11s may do one or both, U12&13s have to choose between either hockey or netball. All Foundation Phase sport will continue as normal.

Happy birthday to everyone who had their special day this week! Next week the following staff and girls will celebrate: Ms Featherstone, Mr Wynne, Mr Ntlalo, Ndalo Mvula, Mila Nongubo, Cazlin du Plessis, Amila Mdingi, Asante Tetani, Tyronéya Francis, Ariba Nawaz and Amvuyela Sakata. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Regards
Mrs Rafferty
Principal

 



VP Newsletter 25 February 2022

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At Monday’s assembly we explored the characteristic of ‘mindfulness’ with our girls. Being mindful (as opposed to being ‘mind full’ as the illustration on the right beautifully represents) focusses on being aware of our immediate surroundings, being aware of our impact on the world around us and on others. Mindful people have meaningful connections with others. Mindful people have the ability to focus on the present moment and to adjust and control their responses to the world around them and to remain calm. Ask your daughter how we learnt to control our breathing and to calm ourselves down when we feel our anxiety kicking in saying “Close your eyes, smell the roses, blow out the candle”.
This extract taken from https://www.mindful.org/7-things-mindful-families-do-differently/ gives us lovely tips on how we can develop mindfulness in our homes.

Embrace Imperfection
Let’s be clear – you are going to make mistakes, you are going to hurt your children’s feelings, and you are not going to be able to show up in all the ways you want to or the ways your children want you to, but NONE of that makes you a bad parent – it only makes you a human one. When you can move into a place of acceptance of this you are able to shift into a greater ease and grace within yourself. When we beat ourselves up over our mistakes and imperfections we create more pain, fear, and disconnection.

Listen with Curiosity
As we pause and listen to each other we can learn to see struggles and triumphs as opportunities for learning and growth. Instead of judging each other, we can get better at recognizing when we don’t understand where the other person is coming from, lean in with curiosity and say, “tell me more.” Or we might try and stand in their shoes to understand their perspective by asking ourselves, “why might they be acting this way?”

Communicate Courageously
Let’s be honest, being vulnerable is hard and at times even scary, which is why we sometimes find ourselves avoiding tough conversations with each other. While in the moment it might feel easier to sidestep talking about something painful or uncomfortable, what is left unspoken and unresolved can turn into a slow poison. Over time this builds resentments, distrust, harmful behaviours, and disconnection. The truth is, being clear and honest with each other about what you need and how you feel is ultimately an act of kindness that creates trust and connection.

Practice Appreciation and Gratitude
We all want to be seen and appreciated and there’s a surprisingly simple way of doing this that can have huge benefits – intentionally practicing being appreciative and expressing gratitude to one another.

Forgive Ourselves and Each Other
Every family has its hard moments. There are times when we don’t feel listened to, appreciated, or seen and there are other times when people are cranky and say things they don’t mean or wish they could take back.
In practicing mindfulness, we come to understand that our mistakes aren’t signs of failing at being a human. Instead, they are opportunities for learning about the inevitable pitfalls of life, what gets in our way and understanding the optimal route to get back into a space of balance and connection.

Practice Support and Generosity
One of the core values of mindfulness is generosity. The spirit of generosity means giving and sharing things of value that can be reflected in money, time, love or possessions. As our kids look to us to see how to be in the world, the beautiful thing about practicing generosity is that our acts not only have a positive impact on ourselves and the recipient but also have ripple effects for generations to come in making the world a kinder and happier place.

Don’t forget to play and have fun!
We all can get stuck in the day to day grind and managing a barrage of stressors that we actually forget to have fun! It seems silly to say that any of us would forget to have fun and enjoy each other but it’s more common than you think. Raising children is probably the most important job you will ever be tasked with and the pressure of raising good humans can be weighty. So much so that we can fall into a pattern of taking things too seriously and being overly focused on tasks (chores, homework, activities, etc.) that we lose the enjoyment of being together.

When the family plays together, there’s also often more laughter which creates a joyful experience of connection and healing. These moments are often the ones that are cherished and remembered for years to come.

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” ― Jon Kabat
“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves”. – Jack Kornfield


Congratulations
We have an incredible amount of celebrations this week!!

Worker of the week:
Congratulations to Marizaan Boucher. Her effort and presentation in her writing about her family was commendable!

Sportsmanship Trophy
It has been a while since we have had an opportunity to see our girls display good sportsmanship and we are thrilled to be able to present the trophy again. The trophy gets kept in the recipient’s classroom for the week or until a new recipient is announced. This week two girls had to share as we had two nominees. Well done to Sophie Büttner and Danni MacLean who are always enthusiastic, motivated and an inspiration to their teammates in the swimming pool. Danni was also acknowledged for her positive contribution and enthusiasm in the Park Run challenge.

Indlulamthi Badge
We are delighted to have presented badges to a number of girls on Monday. Well done to Imanathi Mcophele, Esethu Stamper, Mila Nonguba , Mia-Lee Muller and Eleni Kyazee who are very worthy recipients. We are so proud of you girls.

Albany swim team
Well done to Daniella McLean and Madison Edwards for making the Albany Swimming Team! This is a team that is selected from all the local schools. They will participate in the Interdistrict Gala in Graaff-Reinet on Wednesday.

Albany Athletics team
On Thursday VP athletes who were selected for the Albany Athletics team, travelled to Gqeberha to participate in the Sarah Baartman Athletics Championships.
The results were as follows:
Daniella McLean came 5th for U11 Long Jump
Aleesia Jonker came 4th in her heat for U11 100m
Zazi Veto came 9th for U13 Long Jump
Joylyn Chikiwa came 3rd in her heat for U13 100m
Lisa-Jane Evans came 4th for U13 High Jump.
We are so proud of these girls.
Thanks to Ms Knott-Craig and Ms Britz for accompanying them.

Tennis
On Thursday, 24 February, VP hosted a doubles tournament with visiting schools; PJ Olivier and Shaw Park. We had a total of 36 tennis players who enjoyed an afternoon of non-competitive tennis. Thank you to all our enthusiastic spectators for their support.

Good luck to Amber Isaacs, Marizaan Boucher, Stella Mullin and Madison Edwards who have entered the TTA Team tournament this weekend at Kingswood College.


Leadership Team outing
The Grade 7 Leadership Team enjoyed a wonderful outing to Fairewood on the 22nd of February. Despite the heat the girls learned valuable skills through a variety of team challenges and activities conducted by the wonderful team at Fairewood. We are certain the girls will take what they learnt and apply it to their roles on our leadership team.

Music Assessments
Music pupils are reminded that they will play their music assessments next week.

Induction assembly
We will hold our Induction Assembly for our 2022 Leadership team on Monday the 28th February at 09:45. Invitations were sent out to the parents of our Leadership team
All girls Grade 4-7 must be in their summer school uniform and their blazers on Monday. No sports clothes please. If your daughter has LSPE on this day she will need to bring her sports clothes in a separate bag.

Founders Day
We will be celebrating our Founders’ Day with a special assembly at 09:00. Our guest speaker will be Dr Amy Jackson-Moss and we look forward to her message. All girls must be in their summer school uniform and if in Gr 4-7, to wear their blazers on Friday. No sports clothes please.
All Gr 4-7 girls must bring their costume, swimming cap, towel, black shorts, house shirt and takkies or VP flipflops, to change into for the gala.

Interhouse & Splash gala (Gr 4-7)
This will take place on Friday, 4 March. The Splash gala will take place from 10:30-12:00 and our main Interhouse gala will take place from 12:30.
Gr 1-3s must be collected from 12:00 to 12:15 on this day. It is compulsory for all Gr 4-7 girls to attend both galas for the entire duration. Parents are welcome to attend but must enter through the Beaufort Street gate to be screened. Masks are compulsory.

PTA Fundraisers
Interhouse & Splash Gala: The PTA will be selling hotdog and flavoured water combos for R25 at the Interhouse gala on 4 March. Please complete and return the order form sent home in the newsletter today (Friday) to pre-order for your daughter. Payment must be made by the 2 March. This is for Gr 4-7 only.

Easter Raffle: We will be having an Easter Egg Raffle in Term 2 and are looking for donations of Easter eggs towards the prize hampers. Please support the PTA by donating Easter eggs.

Kind Club
The Kind Club is back! Our first project for the year will be putting dignity packs together to distribute at local soup kitchens for people in desperate need of toiletries. We appeal to the VP family to donate the following items towards this project: face cloths, roll-on deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary pads, body lotion or Vaseline. Every contribution is appreciated!

Be Brave Invitation
Join Ms Knott-Craig at the Monument tomorrow at 12:30 to learn and dance the Mzanzi Brave Dance. The demonstration of this mass dance will then take place at 14:30. This is to celebrate the rebranding of the Makana Tourism department. There will also be a market and other fun activities.

Happy birthday to everyone who had their special day this week! Next week the following staff and girls will celebrate: Mr Menzeleli, Mihlali Stampu, Wuve Ngqingili, Halle Orsmond, Anna Malamis, Michaela Swanepoel, Kgotlelelo Thathe, Michaela Swanepoel, Kefilwe Racoco, Taylor Arries, Iminathi Kapa and Kaylee May. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Regards

Mrs Rafferty
Principal

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