Mr Greyling presented the assembly on Monday which happened to be both Valentine’s day and his birthday! The theme, not surprisingly, was all about love. It got me thinking about the love a parent has for a child.
I always had such a romanticised idea about having children and how wonderful it would be! What a shock it was when I finally had children, there is nothing romantic about it. It is no sleep, no time for yourself and constant juggling of the various spheres of your life. Parenting is not easy but it certainly is one of the biggest privileges we can ever experience. We are not always going to be perfect and get it right as we are literally learning on the job, from the first day we bring them home from the hospital to when they are young adults themselves. Our children will have moments of making us so proud, moments of pure joy and also moments of frustration, embarrassment and ever raging madness.
As our children grow up and reveal themselves to us, they may not always match what we expected and sometimes in other spheres they exceed our expectations but whatever may be the case we need to love them for who they are and where they are at. There are many ways to say ‘I love you!’ but our daily actions will make them feel secure in our love.
- Set time aside each day to spend time with your child and really listen to them
- Respect their space and allow them to be on their own, especially as they get older
- When you need to correct or discipline your child, mind your words. Address their behaviour and not them personally. For example say, ‘What you did there was very unkind’ as opposed to ‘You are very unkind!’
- Pick them up and drop them off at school on time. Yes this is important. This tells them that you value their schooling and it’s important to you too and you love them too much to make them late every morning or leave them waiting for long hours every afternoon.
- Support them at as many school functions as you possibly can
- Make sure they have clean clothes to wear and help them to be ready for each school day
- Always know where they are and who they are with
- Set boundaries in your home and what is and isn’t acceptable. Believe it or not, boundaries make children feel secure, safe and loved
- Keep your promises or don’t make them in the first place if you know you can’t keep them
- Be honest and apologise when you slip up. It is good for your children to realize that you also have bad days and are human
- Be as excited as they are by all their little accomplishments and celebrate with them
- Remember money can never replace your time and attention
- As hard as it is at times, make your role as parent the most important job you have (because it is) and prioritize it in all aspects of your life. Your daughter will see that you value her and know that she is loved
The world can be a tough and mean place at times, make sure that her home is where she feels loved, special and more than good enough.
‘A child may outgrow your lap, but they will never outgrow the love you have in your heart’
‘Reading in unusual places’ competition
We had such a wonderful response to our competition! The entries were all amazing and it wasn’t an easy task to choose our winners. Please view our Facebook Page or our website to see the fabulous entries. Congratulations to the following girls who were selected as the top 3 and won a voucher from Bargain Books: 3rd Aleesia Jonker; 2nd Chelsy van der Merwe; 1st Lulama Joe
Music pupils are reminded that they will play scales tests next week. Full music assessments will take place the following week. Keep up the lovely practising!
Please note that we will no longer cancel sports if the weather is not favourable. If we cannot do sports due to bad weather girls will automatically be sent to their sports coach and remain in class doing homework until her sports time is up. This should assist parents in not having to suddenly change collection times. Please also note that the office closes by 16:00 Monday to Thursday and at 15:00 on Friday. All children not in Aftercare must be collected timeously after their extramural ends and certainly not after our office closes.
Swimming: Well done to all the team swimmers who participated in the Graeme Relay Gala last week Friday and the Albany Trials on Tuesday. We are very proud of all of you!
Tennis: Gap Trials will be held on the 19 February at a variety of venues throughout Makhanda. Good luck to the following girls: U10 Marizaan Boucher and Madison Edwards, U14 Amber Isaacs, Viola Stoloff, Nqobile Gxashe, Zazi Veto and Kholosa Waka.
VP will be hosting a Tennis Round Robin with visiting schools, PJ Olivier and Shaw Park, on the 24 February. We look forward to another super afternoon of fun filled tennis.
Athletics: This week selected girls participated in the Albany Athletics trials. Further trials and events will take place this afternoon and tomorrow. We still await the results from the trials held earlier this week. Good luck to the girls participating this weekend!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO EXTRAMURALS ON WEDNESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY. Staff will be doing staff development and all girls must be collected straight after school.
VP Park Run Challenge
Please remember to register your daughter on the Park Run website and print out her barcode. If she will be doing the full 5km (2 laps) then having her barcode with her means that she will receive a results email with her time from Park Run. Forward her results email or the number of laps she completed (even if it is only a lap) and her time with her full name to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can enter her in our VP Park Run Challenge for Term 1.
We will have our first PTA meeting on Tuesday the 22nd @ 17:15. All moms and dads are welcome even if you haven’t signed up yet. Come and join this dynamic and fun group of parents and help raise funds for our special school.
We will hold our Induction Assembly for our 2022 Leadership team on Monday the 28th February at 09:45. Invitations will be sent out to the parents of our Leadership team.
Congratulations to Zaydiah Adler for being nominated for the Personality of the Week for honesty. We are proud of you!
Indlulamthi Badge of Excellence
During the course of the year we hand out badges to girls who are identified as exemplary VP girls.
These girls display the values promoted by VP, are dedicated to their school work, are committed to the extramural programme and dress immaculately for all occasions.
We were delighted to hand out our Indlulamthi badge to our first recipients for 2022 at assembly.
Well done to Chloe Bowker, Azile Hambaze, Sally Kadye and Sophie Büttner. Well done girls and thank you! We are extremely proud of you and the example you set and the ambassadors you are.
Worker of the Week: As part of our endeavour to see motivated VP girls this year, teachers will select children who have completed a task at an excellent standard or shown improvement, and will send them to Mrs Rafferty for a ‘Principal’s Sticker’. A selection of these works will be shared on our FB page and Mrs Rafferty will choose one of these girls to be our ‘Worker of the Week’.
Well done Imanathi Mcophele in Grade 4 for being our very first recipient. Her English book was a delight and her poem exceptional. Keep it up!
Conquesta: Should you wish for your child to participate in Conquesta 2022 , entry forms are available from Mrs Sauls. Conquesta is only open to Grades 4-6. Please complete the entry form and return it to school in an envelope, marked ‘Conquesta’ with your child’s name and class and the relevant entry fee enclosed. Closing date for entries is 18 March.
UPCOMING EVENTS TO DIARISE
Interhouse & Splash gala (Gr 4-7)
To celebrate our Founders’Day on the 4th of March we will be moving our Galas to this day. The Splash gala will take place from 10:30-12:00 and our main Interhouse gala will take place from 12:30. FP girls not involved in the main gala 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. More details will be sent out closer to the time.
Happy birthday to everyone who had their special day this week! Next week the following staff and girls will celebrate: Mrs Sopangisa, Gracie Chitsike, Azoma Lubelwana, Ayomide Booi, Angaka Magutywa, Tasmine Thomas and Taylynne Thomas.
We hope you have a wonderful day!
PTA meeting: Tuesday, 22 February @ 17:15
No extramurals: Wednesday, 23 February
Induction Assembly: Monday, 28 February@09:45
Interhouse & Splash gala (Gr 4-7): Friday, 4 March