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VP Newsletter 15 March 2019

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End of term message
The end of a very busy term has finally dawned. Thank you to our staff who work so tirelessly to make our school as special as it is. Thank you too to our parents who continue to support all that we do here. We wish you a blessed time with your daughter. Please make time for them and be sure to read to them too. If you are fortunate enough to be on leave at the same time, create opportunities for them to broaden their horizons, expand their knowledge and create new experiences. Here are 10 fun ideas that don’t need to cost too much and don’t involve a screen.

1. Plant a small garden together (If you are brave enough and have water, make a little mud bath)- what fun!
2. Climb a tree.
3. Play dress up.
4. Bake biscuits and decorate them or cook together.
5. Visit the library together.
6. Have a picnic outside or even at the botanical gardens and while you are there, go tadpole hunting.
7. Lie outside at night and watch the stars.
8. Let them put on a show.
9. Do a room clean up and help find books you no longer need. We have been requested to donate books to help get the St Mary’s Development and Care Centre library up and running. Let’s use the holiday to see how we can help.
10.Just be with them. Focus on them, talk to them and get to know what makes them tick.
Have a wonderful holiday with your special girls. They are a blessing.

Pink Run
What an amazing turnout out and successful event. We are extremely proud to have co-hosted the Pink Walk alongside Pick ‘n Pay and VGHS. Thank you to all the parents and VP girls who were out in full force supporting it. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Mrs Anita Sonne who spent hours arranging and preparing for this event.
We are so proud of you, Anita! At this stage over R90 000 has been raised – R10 075 of which came from VP alone. What a caring school!

Congratulations to Nicole Swart who received Personality Of the Week at this morning’s assembly for being thoughtful and kind. Thank you for living our school’s motto .

In assembly on Friday we recognised the academic achievement of our top ten achievers in each of the Intersen Phase grades. Well done girls and keep up the hard work. The top ten achievers are:

1. Joylyn Chikiwa
2. Sophie Buttner
3. Megan Peinke
4. Eleni Kyazze
5. Liyabona Mbutye
6. Lisa-Jane Evans
7. Onikayo Gude
8. Okusha Dingani
9. Zazi Veto
10. Amber Isaacs
10. Faye Jordaan


  1. Iyonke Nogqala
  2. Okuye Funani
  3. Haidee Thondhlana
  4. Phillipa Weyl
  5. Eve Daniels
  6. Rachel Wilhelmi
  7. Shiloh Du Plessis
  8. Olwethu Nojoko
  9. Olivia Weyl
  10. Nicole Musemwa

1. Bronté Agnew
2. Mika Davies
2. Chloe Maartens
4. Azosule Kanana
4. Jennifer Sweetman
6. Rutendo Chakona
6. Othandwayo Jaji
8. Sydney Edwards
9. Tara Bettridge
10. Ethandwa Mtshemla


  1. Isabella Greyling
  2. Kaede Bridger
  3. Lorena Jass
  4. Georgia-Mae Botha
  5. Mpho Monaheng
  6. Mamadae Bitso
  7. Danni Barrow
  8. Cheree Lisher
  9. Sange Mafani
  10. Khazimla Hempe

The following girls have received over 250 merits so far this year: Eve Daniels, Ammaarah Elie, Zahraa Mansoor, Nicole Musemwa, Olivia Weyl and Rachel Wilhelmi. Keep up the hard work, girls! Children in Gr 4-7 receive merits from teachers for excelling at various tasks which could include service, academic and behaviour. We try to always promote positive reinforcement when disciplining our classes.

Ten of our Gr 7’s wrote the first round of the South African Mathematics Olympiad today. We are pleased to announce that the following girls will go through to the next round which will be written on 15 May 2019. They are Khazimla Hempe; Lama Mbiko; Tessa Ngoyi; Sisitha Jaji and Lithe Mdaka. Well done, girls

Notice of SGB by-election meeting
Thank you to all the parents who attended out SGB elections on Wednesday afternoon, we hope that you enjoyed the entertainment provided by our music department! Unfortunately we did not reach a quorum (130 parents) and will therefore have another by-election meeting on 8 April at 17:00. This meeting will not require a quorum.

On Wednesday we ran our Interhouse Cross-Country. Well done to all the participants. The individual results were:
Gr 00-Gr 1: 1.Chrystelle Ruwanza; 2. Kelly Doyle; 3. Awethu Tshisani
Gr 2-Gr 3: 1.Ashante Sinyanya (a new Record: 4:23:92); 2. Daniella McLean; 3. Sally Kadye
Juniors: 1.Tatum Jacobs; 2. Zahraa Mansoor; 3. Grace Mayekiso
Seniors: 1. Sue-Ann Swanepoel 2. Unathi Hlana 3. Catherine Roberts
House positions: 1. Arum; 2. Aloe; 3. Fern; 4. Disa

Tennis News
Congratulations to Tara Bettridge, who represented Albany on the 12th of March, against Midlands. Albany won by two points but Midlands conceded 4 points due to an incomplete team.
All the best to the girls who entered The Thiaart Tennis Academy Tournament this weekend. Some girls are involved for one day, others two or three days. The school bus will transport all the players to their venues on Thursday and Friday, please make sure to drop your daughter off on Saturday.

Top 8 gala
Congratulations to Mika Davies for coming third and receiving a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke at the Top 8 gala!

Union U10 Hockey Tournament
The u10A hockey team played in the Union u10 hockey tournament on Saturday. The results were as follows:
VP 3-0 Gill
VP 0-1 Summerwood Yellow
VP 3-0 Cradock
VP 4-0 Summerwood Orange
VP 5-0 Union B
VP 4-0 Volkskool
These are incredible results and a brilliant start to the hockey season. Well done, girls!

The U13A hockey team are participating in the Kingswood Hockey Festival this week. This is always a fun and enriching experience and a wonderful way to end a busy term!

Victoria Girls’ High School applications are now open. The Grade 7’s will receive their application booklets before the Easter weekend. The closing date for applications is 13 June at 14:00. Once completed, these applications must be submitted to the VGHS office. All relevant information about the process and documents required appears in the package. Please note that entry into the high school is not automatic and that Admissions’ Criteria are applied, however applications from VP are given first consideration. For more information you can contact VG at 046 6361550.

PTA Fundraiser
Next term we will be having an Easter hamper raffle. Girls will bring home the raffle sheet today and we ask that you please try and support this PTA fundraiser by selling tickets during the holidays. We are also requesting donations of Easter eggs and goodies for the hampers. Please send them to their class teacher.

The Kind Club
This term, the Kind Club’s community project has been to create ‘Love Packs’, which will be handed over to the Grahamstown Child Protection Services. Our hope is that these little parcels will be given to children who are victims of violence and neglect so that they may have some comfort. Each parcel contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, crayons and a blank exercise book which we have collected already. We would love more second hand story books and soft toys. Thank you to everyone who has donated so generously. We have made about 50 packs already and our target is 100.

Next term, we would like to collect long sleeved white school shirts, which we will hand over to primary school girls from underprivileged backgrounds. Please consider donating at least one shirt that your daughter has outgrown from last winter.

VP has been supporting our big sisters at VG who are running various recycling projects. This term we have focused on separating our paper and depositing it in the depot at the squash courts for collection. We have also been collecting plastic bottle tops.

The Davies family are collecting eco-bricks to build a home for a friend. Please support this worthwhile project. Simply fill a two litre cold drink bottle as tightly as you can with plastic. Not only are you creating very durable building material but you are also preventing plastic pollution.

School closes today for the holidays and will re-open on 2 April. The girls have received their progress reports. Please go through her report carefully with her and complete the self-evaluation form with her which is to be returned on the first day of next term. We will be having a parent-teacher meeting on the 9th of April from 17:15-18:30.

We would like to wish the following girls and teachers who celebrate their birthdays during the holiday, a very happy birthday. They are Amy Arends, Ammaarah Elie, Chelsea Botha, Lathisa Ngabaza, Lauren Japp, Tazné du Plessis, Pippa Wolmarans, Kylie Daniels, Emily Steele, Latita Botile, Marlene Loeffler, Yola Matshikiza, Tristen Williams, Siyasisanda Nene, Kaylee Vosloo, Abongile Mtshemla, Likhanyile Mtshemla, Bamanye Mxoli, Alulutho Solani, Insiyah Grant, Ms Olivier and Ms Denston. We hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Warm regards

Mrs M Rafferty

VP Newsletter 8 March 2019

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On Monday we inducted our VP Leadership Team with the new Head girl and Deputy Head girl. Congratulations Kaede Bridger (Headgirl) and Sisitha Jaji (Deputy).


We would also like to congratulate Imihl’eImihle Sibiya who was made Head of Hostel, Siphe Gwe who was appointed as a new hostel monitor and earlier this term Mamadae Bitso who was made a prefect.
The girls were encouraged to work on three aspects of being a leader this year; Dependability, Integrity and Perseverance. It was noted that:
1. Dependability will ensure that you can be trusted to carry out your responsibilities.
2. Integrity certifies that you have good values and that you will lead fairly.
3. Perseverance will ensure that you will get through the hard times.
If you work hard at these three things you are sure to make a great leader and serve the school as best you can this year. We wish you all the very best in your roles as you continue to serve on the leadership team. You provide a valuable service to your fellow pupils and the successful running of our school.  Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who attended our special assembly this morning and all the hard work that went into the preparations for it. It was a lovely event.

Many thanks to Dr Davies Optometrists for the eye screenings that were done for all the new girls, or children who are experiencing difficulties with their sight. 

Thank you to the Drewett family for donating a wonderful assortment of  puzzles and games to our school. Your generosity is so appreciated and I am sure that the girls will have many hours of fun playing with them.

Thank you to the Davies family for their donation of our Sportsmanship Trophy which will be handed out at assemblies to girls who have displayed exemplary sportsmanship. Congratulations to our first recipient of this award, Rachel van der Merwe, for her positive attitude at the gala. You made us very proud, Rachel!

We will be saying farewell to Mrs Bester at the end of the term who will be moving with her family to East London, as well as Mrs Pike who has decided to be closer to home. We wish them both all the best for their future endeavours and thank them for all the contributions that they have made towards our school over the years. You will not be forgotten. We will have a farewell assembly for them on Wednesday, 13 March at 12:45.  Parents are most welcome to attend if they wish to do so.

We are delighted to inform you of the appointments of the following teachers (two have been made permanent appointments) in their new posts. We are certain that they will bring their own personalities and talents to our VP family.
Grade 3: Ms Christian.
Grade 4: Ms Featherstone
Grade 6: Mrs Goodes

The Governing Body By-elections will take place on Wednesday, 13 March at 17:00 in the school hall. If you would like to nominate a parent please collect and complete a nomination form at the office, by Tuesday morning. Our Foundation Phase Choir, Senior Choir and Orchestra will be providing a short entertainment programme before the SGB Meeting on Wednesday. All girls in these ensembles are expected to attend and need to wear their school uniforms and blazers (Grades 4-7 only). Grade 2s and 3s may
wear their navy jerseys instead of blazers. The Orchestra members should arrive at 16:00 and choir at 16:20. The entertainment programme will take place from 16:30-17:00. Parents are encouraged to attend to support their daughters and to stay for the SGB meeting afterwards. We will need 120 parents to attend the meeting in order for it to go ahead. Please help us reach this goal!

On Tuesday, 12 March VP will be joining up with VG and Pick n Pay, in support of the Pink Walk for Cancer. Girls will pay R20 and can wear civvies to school, they will also receive a spray of colour on their hair and entrance to the Pink Walk, which will take place at 16:00 on the VG main field.  The walk will be 6.3km’s which might be too far for our Pre-primary and Foundation Phase children, who could as an alternative pay R20 and wear civvies to school, receive a colouring-in book and crayons and have a colour sprayed on their hair and go home at normal time. Girls are encouraged to wear pink for this event. Please note that the walk is an after hours event and Pre-primary & Foundation Phase girls, who attend, must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at the walk. Older girls who attend must be collected straight after the event at the Huntley Street gate.
This promises to be a fun event with a jumping castle and food and drink stalls for you to explore as well as the 6.3km walk. All money raised will go towards helping patients with breast cancer. Pink Walk t-shirts can be bought at the event or from Pick n Pay beforehand. There are smaller sizes available, but there is a limited number.

Progress Concert
Our young musicians will perform in the progress concert on Thursday, 14 March at 14:00. All beginners will present work to showcase what they have achieved so far this year. The concert will take place in the Orchestra Room and should be concluded by 15h00. Please feel free to attend and support
our young musicians.

School will close for the end of the term on Friday, 15 March at 10:30. Aftercare will not be open on the last day of term and the hostel will close at 12h30. Please make arrangements for your daughter to be collected at the appropriate time. The girls will receive their progress reports before they go home. Please go through her report carefully with her and make plans for the necessary improvements and interventions. There will be an opportunity for you to discuss your daughter’s progress with her teacher next term. Please make sure you complete and sign the self-evaluation form with your daughter, and return it on the first day back next term.

Most extramurals have ended for this term, except for Choir on Tuesday 14:00-15:00 and U13A hockey will practise on Monday at 14:00-15:00 and Tuesday at 15:00-16:00.

U10 Mini Hockey tour to Graaff Reinet

We wish the girls participating in the Union Hockey tourament this weekend a happy, competitive learning experience. Ms Bruns and Ms Christian will accompany the team.  Safe travels!

Frans Erasmus Netball Tournament

The U13A Netball team will participate in the annual Frans Erasmus Tournament at PJ Olivier on Saturday, 9 March. Fixtures for the day are as follows: vs De Vos Malan at 08:00; vs Hangklip at 09:15; vs Volkskool at
10:05; and vs Good Shepard at 13:00. Play well, girls!

Top 8 Gala

Mika Davies has been chosen to participate in the Top 8 Gala in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. Well done and good luck!

Makana Netball Trials

Makana netball trials will be held on Monday 11 March at VP. Only selected girls from under 12 will participate. Trials will start at 14:15. Good luck, girls!

Interhouse Cross Country

The Interhouse Cross Country will take place on Wednesday, 13 March, at 08:00 in the Botanical Gardens. Girls are to be dropped off at school at the normal time as we will walk to the Botanical Gardens in our classes. Girls are to wear their house shirts, black shorts, white socks and takkies. Parents are welcome to support their girls at the event. We will start with the Foundation Phase and then move onto the Junior and Senior girls’ event.

We would like to wish the following girls and teachers a very happy birthday for next week: Tyronéya Francis, Unakho Kate, Zoë Butters, Abby Maartens, Lithetha Mdaka, Mrs Goodes and Mrs Rafferty. We hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty

Coming up….
Saturday: U10 Union Hockey Festival
Frans Erasmus Festival, PJ
Top 8 Gala, PE
Monday: Makana netball trials
Tuesday: End of extramurals
Civvies Day. Pink Walk for CANSA
Wednesday: Interhouse Cross Country
Farewell assembly at 12:45
SGB by-election 17:00
Thursday: Hockey Festival at KC
Friday: School closes at 10:30. Hostel closes at 12:30. No Aftercare.

VP Newsletter 1 March 2019

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Message from the office:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful parent body for their support of and devotion to our school. It makes the task of being a teacher so much easier when we work in collaboration with the moms, dads and guardians of our girls with the shared vision to do what is best for your daughters. I would like to especially thank the enthusiastic PTA for always being so willing to volunteer your help, weekend or week time to serve the school. As Jane D. Hull said “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents’. But it’s so important to keep that balance.

I love the term, ‘helicopter parents’ as demonstrated in this picture. Let’s try to help our girls to learn from their mistakes by allowing them to face the consequences of their actions and to try not to do things for them that they are very capable of doing themselves. We want them to grow up to be capable and independent adults who are able to make decisions and solve problems for themselves. Our girls need to learn to cope with these as it prepares them for real life! It’s hard, I know but it’s tough love!

On that note, please can I ask you to respect our teachers family time after hours. We try so hard to keep you informed with the newsletter or the D6 and yes, your girls are expected to listen to notices at lines. Please do not send texts, make phones calls or even use Facebook to get afterhours answers. Our teachers work so hard, please let them have their evenings to themselves and their families. Email, notes in diaries and appointments are the way to go!

Thank you to all our parents who supported our Founder’s Day this morning. We so enjoyed the talk by our guest speaker and ‘old’ VP girl, Ms Samantha Stanton Stewart!

On Monday, 4 March we will have the Induction of the Leadership Team, and the announcement of our Headgirl and Deputy for 2019. The assembly begins at 09:20. All girls must please wear their school uniform (no sports clothes) and grade 4-7 must have blazers.

The Principal’s Induction will take place on Friday, 8 March at 08:30 in the hall. All girls must please wear their school uniform (no sports clothes) and grade 4-7 must have blazers. If parents would like to attend please let the office know.

Pre-primary and Foundation Phase Class Music Concerts
On Friday, 8 March all our girls from Grade 00-3 will perform in a music concert for their parents. Both concerts will take place in the school hall. The Pre-primary concert will be from 12:00-12:30 and the Grade 1, 2 & 3’s from 13:00-13:30. Your daughters have been working very hard on their performance items and are excited about presenting them on stage for you. We encourage all parents who are able to, to attend and support their girls.

The Pink Walk for Cancer will take place on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 on the field at Vicky’s. It promises to be a fun event and the proceeds will go towards helping patients with breast cancer. Pink Walk t-shirts can be ordered from Mrs Sonne at a cost of R70 each. The entrance fee for the Pink Walk will be R20 and will include a splash of colour in their hair for CANSA. If you do not wish to buy a t-shirt, we encourage you to wear something pink.

Our winter sports start next week. Please see the new sports timetable that accompanies the newsletter today.

On Wednesday the 27 February the Junior Tennis Team played against Kingswood. A lovely afternoon of Tennis was enjoyed. There were some close scores leaving one undecided as to which school was in the lead. Once games were completed, scores were added. The junior girls won both their doubles and singles matches. Excellent results. Keep it up!

Please remember that interhouse Tennis begins next week. Teams have been organised per house. It is of utmost importance that all members of the teams attend until the end to allow all games to be played and not to let any one down.

Swimming: What a wonderful week filled with gala excitement! Thanks to everyone who supported our Colour Splash gala on Wednesday. This day was for our up and coming swimming stars and the spirit shown by everyone was absolutely awesome!

On Thursday it was the turn of our team swimmers to swim their hearts out for personal and House honours. Thanks to Ms Bruns, Ms Knott-Craig and all their helpers for making this a wonderful event.

The Interhouse results were: 1st Disa, 2nd Aloe, 3rd Fern and 4th Arum.

The individual swimming results were as follows:
U9 Freestyle 25m: Hannah Tarr
U9 Breaststroke 25m: Charlotte Welgemoed
U9 Backstroke 25m: Daniella McLean

U10 Freestyle 25m: Lisa Jane Evans
U10 Freestyle 50m: Skyla Davies
U10 Breaststroke 25m: Eleni Kayzze
U10 Breaststroke 50m: Skyla Davies
U10 Backstroke 25m: Viola Stoloff
U10 Backstroke 50m: Amber Isaacs
U10 Butterfly: Litha Tabensky
U10 I/M: Skyla Davies

U12 Freestyle 25m: Makayla Cock
U12 Breaststroke 25m: Danika Lensley
U12 Backstroke 25m: Tazné du Plessis
U12 Freestyle: 50m Michaela Kretzmann
U12 Breaststroke: 50m Mika Davies
U12 Backstroke: 50m Tara Bettridge
U12 Butterfly: 50m Michaela Kretzmann
U12 I/M: Tara Bettridge

We would like to wish the following girls and teachers a very happy birthday for next week: Taylor Arries, Iminathi Kapa, Kaylee May, Elona Pantsi, Kungawo Mkabile, Mila Nongubo, Cazlin du Plessis, Othandwayo Jaji, Sisipho Loliwe, Amila Mdingi, Kelly Bush, Cassidy du Plessis, Olwethu Nojoko, Mrs Arnold and Mr Wynne. We hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Warm regards

Mrs M Rafferty

Coming up….
Monday: Leadership team induction
Tuesday: Winter sports begin
Wednesday: Senior netball trials
Thursday: Junior hockey trials
Senior Interhous tennis
Friday: Principal’s Induction assembly
Frans Erasmus netball tournament
TTA Tennis Team tournament
Saturday: Frans Erasmus netball tournament

VP Newsletter 22 February 2019

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Message from the office:
Benjamin Franklin said, ‘When the well is dry, we’ll know the worth of water.’ How true has this statement become over the last months! Not only are we facing serious drought, but the little water we have (if you are lucky to have any), is of poor quality. We would like to assure you that we are taking measures to ensure that we will always have a supply of water to our school. We will shortly be installing three more rainwater tanks at our school which will have filters in place to provide drinking water for our girls. We have had our borehole tested for sustainability (it is a healthy borehole) and the water was declared suitable for non-drinking purposes such as showering, toilets and irrigation. Our next step is to install tanks and a pump system to pump our borehole water to our school and hostel building when there is no municipal water. In the interim we would like you to please provide your girls with water bottles for school which can be topped up from our water tanks if need be. If you are fortunate enough to have water, please consider sending extra bottles of water to be shared with others. We are also aware that the washing of school uniforms is difficult for many families due to the water shortage. If this is the case, we are happy for girls to wear their sports uniforms with takkies to school on the days that they have LSPE or sport in the afternoons to limit your washing load. We are working hard at making our girls ‘Water Wise’ and many girls have given motivational morning messages on how to save water. “ A drop of water is worth more than a sack of gold to a thirsty man”, let’s do what we can to save it!

On Friday, 1 March the school will celebrate Founders’ Day with a special assembly at 09:00. Our special guest is an ex VP pupil, Samantha Stanton Stewart, who is a children’s author now resideing in the UK. We are looking forward to her talk. Parents are welcome to attend.

Thank you to our Swimming moms who helped us out at galas: Tanya van Onselen who managed our girls at the B league gala, Jackie Davies, Tanya van Onselen, Michelle Roberts and Leanne van der Merwe who were timekeepers at the Albany Trials. Thank you so much for always giving of your time and energy to the VP family.

Thank you to all of those who supported our hostel hamburger stall on Friday last week. The funds raised will be used to help make our boarding house more comfortable and homely for our girls. We apologise for starting a little late and would like to thank the Grade 00 and R parents for your patience while we resolved the problems with the gas braai.

Rhodes University Maths Experience
This was a fun filled afternoon. The girls who entered this competition worked really hard and produced good results which compared very well with the other schools from Grahamstown. Congratulations to Lorena Jass who won the prize for VPS, considering they wrote a grade 8 paper our grade 7’s did very well.

Pre-primary and Foundation Phase Class Music Concerts
On Friday, 8 March all our girls from Grade 00-3 will perform in a music concert for their parents. Both concerts will take place in the school hall. The Pre-primary concert will be from 12:00-12:30 and the Grade 1, 2 & 3’s from 13:00-13:30. Your daughters have been working very hard on their performance items and are excited about presenting them on stage for you. We encourage all parents who are able to, to attend and support their girls.

The Pink Walk for Cancer will take place on Tuesday, 12 March 2019. It promises to be a fun event and the proceeds will go towards helping patients with breast cancer. Pink Walk t-shirts can be ordered from Mrs Sonne at a cost of R70 each. The entrance fee for the Pink Walk will be R20 and will include a splash of colour in their hair for CANSA. If you do not wish to buy a t-shirt, we encourage you to wear something pink. More details to follow.

B league gala
There were 8 team swimmers who swam in the B league gala on Saturday, 16 February in Port Elizabeth. For a few of the girls it was their first B league gala. There were quite a few personal best times and the swimmers had lots of fun!

Albany Trials
The Albany swimming trials took place on Monday, 18 February at DSG. The competition was particularly strong this year. All the morning and afternoon training sessions have paid off and although none of them made the Albany team, our girls make us proud!

School galas
The Interhouse Individual Medleys will be swum during the team swimming slot on Monday at 14:30. The entire team will be giving this race a go. Under 10’s, 11’s and 12’s will do 4x 25m and the Under 13 girls will do 4x 50m. Please come and support if you are available.

The Colour Splash gala is on Wednesday, 27 February from 12:15- 15:00. All intermediate swimmers will be taking part. The grade 2 and 3 swimmers have received a letter if they are participating.

The Interhouse Gala is on Thursday, 28 February from 12:15- 14:30, All the team and blue group swimmers will be swimming in this gala.

For both galas girls may arrive at school in their sports clothes and takkies and change into their costumes and flipflops just before the gala starts. Please send hats and sunscreen too.

All other extramurals will be cancelled on these days except for the tennis match on Wednesday. It is compulsory for all Gr 4-7 girls to support both days and rollcall will be taken.

There will be a staff, parent and prefect relay race at the end of the programme. We encourage parents to start getting their teams together, this is always lots of fun!

A reminder to the U11, U12 and U13 team swimmers to please bring a plate of eats.

There will be a tuckshop at both the Colour Splash Gala and Interhouse Gala. Boerewors rolls can be pre-ordered for both days at R15 per roll . Please complete the reply slip in the newsletter sent home today and return with the correct amount of money attached or you may use the Karri app to make your payment.  This must be done before Tuesday at 12:00.

Next week due to the Colour Splash and Interhouse galas the Pre-primary and Foundation phase will end school at 12:00 on Wednesday and Thursday. If you are unable to fetch your daughter she will be supervised at school. Aftercare will continue as usual.


On Friday, 15 February a select group of athletics girls participated in the Sarah Baartman Athletics championships in PE. Well done to Grace Mayekiso who came 4th in long jump and 5th in high jump in the U11 finals and Kelsey Frazer who came 5th in the U13 100m finals.  All the girls tried their best and made us proud.

Tennis                                                                                                                 Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the Buco Doubles Tournament. A special mention goes to the following participants who were unfortunately omitted from the previous newsletter Siyolise Santi, Lorena Jass and Sydney Edwards. Apologies!

Due to a clash with the high school exams, the Albany vs Midlands match has been postponed to the 12th of March.

The top 8 Junior tennis girls will be playing in a match on Wednesday against Kingswood at VP. Team practice and all other extramurals are cancelled on Wednesday due to the gala. Only the girls who receive letters will be excused from the gala to play their matches from 14:00 – 15:45.

On Tuesday from 14:00-15:00 there will be a hockey practice for the U10 hockey girls who will be attending the Union Mini Hockey Festival.

Along with your newsletter you will have received a permission slip to administer deworming tablets to our girls. We will dispense these tablets in class on Friday, 1 March. Please return the form to your child’s class teacher by Friday morning, at the latest, if you wish for her to take one. This is an initiative of the Department of Health.

We would like to wish the following girls a very happy birthday for next week: Iminqweno Gqutyana, Zama Bara and Chulumanco Kapa. We hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Warm regards

Mrs M Rafferty

Coming up….

 Wednesday:  Colour Splash gala 12:15-15:00

                          School finishes at 12:00 for

                          Pre-primary & Foundation Phase

                          Tennis matches vs Kingswood

Thursday:  Interhouse gala 12:15-14:30

                      School finishes at 12:00 for

                      Pre-primary & Foundation Phase

Friday:       Founders’ Day assembly 09:00

VP Newsletter 15 February 2019

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From the office:
This past weekend we celebrated my husband’s 50th and I can’t believe how quickly time has flown as I remember my own dad’s 50th quite vividly. It was a wonderful time to connect with old friends and family and to celebrate with my parents who are still so full of a zest for life. What struck me though, while we were together, was the sense of unconditional love that I always feel when I’m with them. It is important that we let our daughters know that no matter what they do or say, achieve or don’t achieve that this does not have a bearing on how and why, or even how much we love them. When your children disappoint you, be very sure to address her behaviour and not her character eg. “That was not a very kind thing to do” as opposed to “You are a very unkind person”. By all means encourage your children to reach for the stars but don’t dismiss them or withhold your favour if they don’t quite reach them. Unconditional means accepting our children and loving them regardless of their shortcomings and failures. Showing your daughters that they are worthy of love, no matter what, will grow them into young women who won’t tolerate being treated any less. Let’s help our daughters to grow into happy and confident women who don’t hinge their value on how they look or what they can achieve and who aren’t afraid to try something new as failure will not define them.

SGB By-election
There is a vacancy for a parent member on our SGB. Therefore we will have a nomination and by-election meeting on Wednesday, 13 March at 17:00. Please diarise this date.

Phillipa Weyl was nominated as our Personality of the Week for cleaning up after the Graeme gala. It is so important to look after our environment – thank you, Phillipa!

Five Grade 7’s will participate in the Rhodes Mathematics Experience today. They will be involved in a Maths Challenge and there will also be a presentation. We hope that they will find the experience educational and fun! The girls attending are Khazimla Hempe, Georgia-Mae Botha, Tessa Ngoyi, Lorena Jass and Unako Magibisela.

We wish the following girls all the best as they participate in the Sarah Baartman Athletics today: Gxashe Nqobile (100m), Lisa-Jane Evans (Long Jump), Zazi Veto (Long Jump), Unathi Hlana (Long jump), Agcobile Dyonashe (High Jump) and Grace Mayekiso (Long Jump and High Jump). We are proud of you for making it this far!

The entire swimming team took part in the Kingswood Short Course gala on Tuesday, 12 February. The girls swam their hearts out and made their parents and coaches very proud. We are still awaiting the final results but we managed to get quite a few top three positions. Well done, swimmers! Good luck to the girls who will be swimming in the final B- league gala of the season in PE this weekend. Put your heads down and kick hard!

On Monday, 18 February selected swimmers will be taking part in the Albany Swimming Trials at the DSG Indoor pool. All girls involved have received a letter. Swim well, girls!
On Monday team swimming practice will be cancelled as all the coaches are involved with the Albany trials. The Blue Feeder Team will have practice during this time slot – 14:30-15:30. Please Note: VGHS will be having their interhouse gala on Tuesday 02/19. There will therefore be no afternoon swimming for the Blue Feeder Team on this day.

Congratulations to Tara Bettridge who has been selected to play for the Albany Team. Well done!

Good luck to the following girls who have entered the Buco Doubles Tournament this Sunday. The doubles teams are: Isabella Greyling & Danni Barrow, Kendra May & Tara Bettridge, Iminqweno Gqutyana & Zazi Veto, Georgia-Mae Botha & Cheree Lisher, Amy Arends & Kelly De Jongh, Zingce Mngxuma & Nqobile Gxashe, Amyoli Nyongo & Grace Mayekiso, Sange Mafani & Ethandwa Mzaidume, Rachel Wilhelmi & Nicole Swart, Trisha Harjeven & Onwaba Ben-Mazwi and Onwaba Santi & Abbigail Rischbeter. Girls must be on time. The day will begin at 09:00 and end at approximately 14:00. It is a doubles tournament so attendance is very important. The venue is: U10; U12; U14 girls – Kingswood College

On Friday, 22 February the senior tennis girls will be playing matches versus DSG. Wednesday Practice will continue as normal

We would like to wish the following girls and teacher a very happy birthday for next week: Nicole Musemwa, Tessa Ngoyi, Grace Chitsike, Angaka Magutywa and Ms Bruns.
We hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Warm regards

Mrs M Rafferty

Coming up….

Friday:        Boarders Leave Out Weekend

Rhodes Maths Experience

Saturday:    B League gala in PE

Sunday:      Boarders return

BUCO Tennis Doubles Tournament

Monday:    Albany swimming trials

Tuesday:     VGHS Interhouse gala

Friday:         Tennis vs DSG

VP Newsletter 8 February 2019

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A message from Mrs Rafferty
I am delighted to inform the VP family that I have received official notice from the Department of Education regarding my appointment as principal. I am honoured to serve you, the VP staff and our precious girls. I know that with the support and counsel from our school SMT and GB we will endeavour to uphold the ethos and ‘VP Vibe’ both Mrs Abrahams and Mrs Kaiser, as well as our previous principals worked so hard to instil. You only need to step onto our school campus to sense what a happy and special place this is for our girls and for those who work here. I am delighted to be the new official custodian of the office ‘Sweetie Jar’. The Sweetie Jar represents to me praise, encouragement, a world of colour, comfort, some sweetness, a bit of an energy boost and affirmation. I promise that it will never be empty!

Medication: Please note that if your daughter requires medication at school it must be handed in at the office with a copy of the prescription. No over-the-counter medication is to be brought to school. If you have any queries in this regard please contact the office.

Aftercare traffic: In order to try to reduce the amount of traffic congestion we are experiencing outside the hostel in the afternoons, we will be opening the entrance to the Pre-Primary gate for parents to collect our younger girls, Gr 00-1 from the Beaufort Street side. Gr 2-7 girls must still be collected from the hostel entrance. We would also like to stress that marked parking bays at the hostel entrance are allocated and belong to our flat tenants. Please do not use these parking bays when collecting your daughter from aftercare. We also ask that you drive carefully and patiently when driving into and leaving this area. Thank you for your assistance with this.

School Bubble: Please can we also request that parents do NOT park or drive into the area allocated for teachers’ parking at any time of the day. It is clearly marked. Let’s set an example to our daughters to be citizens who respect and abide by laws and regulations.

Grade 4 HPV Vaccinations: The nurses will be arriving on Tuesday the 12 February at 09h00 to administer the HPV vaccination to our Grade 4 girls, who have provided consent letters.

Sewage Leak on Huntley Street: I am sure you all reacted with horror as you saw the sewage spill running down Huntley Street this past week affecting both our girls and the children of Good Shepherd. Although this should have been a task for the municipality to attend to, we cannot express enough of our heartfelt gratitude to Clint Hare of R&S Plumbing who promptly attended to it on Thursday morning. They did so free of charge to help both our schools. Service like this, provided by community-minded people, is what keeps us optimistic about our town! Thank you!

Personalities of the Week
Congratulations to Bronwyn van Onselen for showing great
sportsmanship in her tennis match and to Skyla Davies, for always displaying a kind and sharing attitude in class. We are so proud of both Personalities of the Week!

On Wednesday, 6 February our athletics team participated in the final round of the Grahamstown CMC Athletics Championships for track and field events at PJ Olivier. The girls did their best and we achieved the following results:
U/13: Kelsey Frazer 2nd in 100m and 200m, Sama Khumalo 4th in 200m, Unathi Hlana 7th in 1500m
U12: Lisa Mpahlwa 4th in 150m, Sue-Ann Swanepoel 5th in 1200m
U10: Nqobile Gxashe 3rd in 100m
U/13: Kelsey Frazer 2nd in high jump, Unathi Hlana 2nd in long jump
U11: Grace Mayekiso 2nd in long jump and 2nd in high jump
U10: Lisa-Jane Evans 1st in long jump, Zazi Veto 3rd in long jump

Congratulations to Kelsey Frazer, Unathi Hlana, Grace Mayekiso, Lisa-Jane Evans and Nqobile Gxashe who will represent Makana at the Sarah Baartman District Championships at the Oval in Port Elizabeth on Friday, 15 February.

The Kingswood Short Course Gala will take place on Tuesday, 12 February. It starts at 14:00 and should be done by 16:30. The school buses will be leaving from the school bubble at 13:15 and returning to the hostel bubble once the gala is over. If you are transporting your daughter yourself, please ensure that she is at the Kingswood pool by 13:30 for warm-up.

The 4th and final B- League Gala of the season will be taking place at Newton Park Swimming Pool in PE on the 16th of February.

Tennis:  Unfortunately, the junior tennis match against Port Alfred was cancelled. The senior tennis team girls played against PJ Olivier on the 6th February. Kendra May came to PJ’s rescue as they were short of one player. Thank you, Kendra! VP won both the singles and doubles section. VP won a total of 41 games and PJ Olivier won 14 games. Another great win for VP.

Please can all our Team Tennis player parents consider entering their daughters into the Buco doubles tournament and/or the TTA tournament? It is an amazing opportunity to increase their skills and experience. The TTA entries need to be in by Monday.

Good luck to the following girls who will be challenging for better positions in the Albany Tennis Ranking: Isabella Greyling, Tara Bettridge, Nicole Swart and Viola Stoloff.

Hockey: U10 Hockey trials will take place on Friday, 15 February, on Fergusson Field. This is to selct a team to attend the Union Mini Hockey Festival on the 8th and 9th of March.

Many parents have received an email/sms from KARRI regarding payment for the Valentine’s Civvies Day and the Magic and Illusion Show, and have already paid using this method. Please note that you are under no obligation to use the KARRI app. It is just a facility to try and make your lives a little easier. We will load fundraising events throughout the year. Parents are welcome to continue to send money to school if this is what you prefer. If you need assistance with Karri please contact Mrs Terblanche in the school office.

Magic and Illusion show: On Tuesday, 12 February SA’s leading magician & illusionist, Mark Rose-Christie will visit our school and present his new, exciting, comical and mind-boggling show. This promises to be fun and has an educational component as well. Gr 3-7 girls have been asked to bring R10 to school for this very exciting show. You may pay using the Karri App.

Valentine’s Day Sports Tour Fundraiser (Gr 1-7)
Don’t forget that we will have a Civvies Day on Thursday which is of course – Valentine’s Day! Girls must please pay R10 to wear civvies. The dress-up theme is pink, red or white. The U13 hockey and netball coaches and girls are also making fun Valentine’s goodies which girls will be able to pre-order and pay for on Monday. Items available are as follows: Cookies in a bag – R10: Cupcakes – R5; Love Plant R10; LARGE messages in a bottle R20; SMALL Message in a bottle; Cards R5; Keyrings R10 and face painting R5. Please complete the order form at the bottom of the newsletter and return it with the correct payment sealed in an envelope to Ms Knott-Craig on Monday. We only have a set number of items so it will be first come, first served. NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED

On the same day (Thursday, 14 February) our school will be observing Global School Play Day. This is an opportunity for our children to enjoy unstructured play time. The initiative started in 2015 as a result of the findings of researcher and scholar Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, who writes extensively about the important role of free and unstructured play in children’s development. In the modern world, the lack of opportunities to play has negatively impacted the wellbeing of children around the world. The occasion is observed globally, and the organisers were hoping to reach 500 000 children in 2019. For more information, please visit their website and/or watch the TED talk by Professor Gray where he makes his case for the importance of free and unstructured play in healthy happy childhood development. The Pre-primary girls will enjoy a full day of play. Your daughter is welcome to bring toys and games from home to play and share with their friends. Please ensure that anything they bring is marked with their name and that they will be happy to share it unreservedly with the other girls. The only restriction is NO ELECTRONIC GADGETS. If it has batteries, a screen or needs to be plugged in or charged it is not allowed. Play is the work of children. Let’s enjoy a busy, happy day of nothing but play!
Our Grade 1-7 girls will get an hour during the day to play too! Please send card games, board games, balls, dolls, skipping ropes or any toy that your daughter loves to spend time playing with! The same rule applies though- NO SCREENS!

Hostel Hamburger Fundraiser
The hostel will be selling hamburgers on Friday the 15th February from 2-4pm in the hostel quad. Hamburgers are R35 each and will include sauce, lettuce and tomato, fried onions and cheese. Small bottles of coke will also be on sale for R10 each. Girls and their families can pre-order and we will have limited extra stock to sell on the day. If you would like to pre-order your hamburger or hamburger and coke please send the money to school with your daughter to hand in to her class teacher by Thursday, 14 February. Your support of this fundraiser would be greatly appreciated.

We would like to wish the following girls and staff who have birthdays next week, a very happy birthday. They are Olivia Weyl, Phillipa Weyl, Tenielle Morrison, Rachel Thomson, Ayva Baatjes, Ms Danckwerts and Mr Greyling.

Warm regards

Mrs M Rafferty

Coming up….

Fri, Sat and Sun:  Albany Tennis Challenge

Tuesday:  Kingswood Short Course gala

Thursday:  Valentine’s civvies day & Global Play Day

Friday:  Boarders Leave Out

               Sarah Baartman athletics at Oval, PE

                Rhodes University Maths Challenge

Saturday:  B League gala, PE

Sunday:  Boarders return

    Buco Tennis Doubles Tournament



VP Newsletter 1 February 2019

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A message from the office:
Today is World Read Aloud Day and we have spent an hour this morning either reading a book ourselves, reading to someone or were being read to. In the past year World Read Aloud Day has found more than 1 million people in 100 countries enjoying the power and wonder of reading aloud. ( According to Lit.World, who initiated World Read Aloud Day, it was introduced to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. Please don’t let the reading stop at our one hour or just for today. Encourage reading in your home and make story time at bed time your priority. Nothing bonds you to your child more than a bed time story. Listening to stories will develop your daughter’s imagination, vocabulary, comprehension and even her attention span. More importantly it is a crucial seed to developing lifelong readers. Fill your homes with books, take your daughters to the library, switch that TV off and read, read and read some more!

Emotional Support:
Dr Lisa Brown has once again provided support to our staff by presenting a workshop on counselling this past week. The aim of this workshop was to enable our teachers to provide the opportunity for our girls to have someone to talk to if the need arises. At our assembly the girls were told that they could choose one of the ‘Emotional Support’ teachers to make an appointment with to come and have a chat. We do not consider ourselves professional counsellors however we do see the importance of creating a safe place for our girls to talk to someone. Our ‘Emotional Support’ team consisting of Mrs Arnold, Mrs Jones, Ms Knott-Craig and Ms Miskin will avail themselves to our girls who simply need an ear to hear them. Of course our girls may talk to any of our teachers if they feel that connection. Our aim is to try to guide and counsel (provide pastoral care) before (and hopefully instead of) implementing punitive measures.

Your daughter/ward has been given a data verification form. Please could you check that the information we have on the form is up-to-date. If you make changes it would be of assistance if you do so in a colour which is easy to see ie. use a red pen. Your daughter/ward must please bring the form back to school on Monday. Hostel girls will be given their forms to take home for Leave Out on 15 February.

The GC/VP Social will take place this evening at Graeme College. Girls are to be dropped off at Graeme at 18:00 and picked up at 21:00, promptly. Entrance is R 15 and there will be a tuckshop available. Please note that if your daughter/ward is not collected promptly at 21:00 this could impact on her attendance to other socials this year. We hope you have fun, girls!

The field events for the Makana Athletics Trials have been postponed until next week Thursday, 6 February due to the rain. Girls will be informed next week of new arrangements.

Congratulations to the follow VP girls who have made it through to the final round of the Makana Athletics for track events which will take place this Saturday, 2 February at PJ Olivier: U13- Kelsey Frazer (100m/200m), Sama Khumalo (200m), Unathi Hlana (1500m), U12- Lisa Mpahlwa (150m),
Sue-Ann Swanepoel (1200m), U10- Nqobile Gxashe (100m).

Our swimming team participated in the Graeme Relay Gala on a rainy Thursday afternoon. They did us proud and showed a lot of spirit. Well done, girls!

On Wednesday our senior tennis team played against Kingswood College.
This was another win for our VP senior tennis teams! The girls managed to play very well, despite the heat and had a wonderful afternoon of tennis. The A team managed to win their Single matches by a narrow 3 games and the doubles by 5 games. The B team won their single matches by 11 games and the doubles matches by 15 games. Well done, girls!

Next week our Junior Tennis Team Girls will play matches against Port Alfred High at VP. Some of the girls will be playing their first matches so they are feeling quite excited. Please come and support us.

We would like to wish the following girls and staff who have birthdays next week, a very happy birthday. They are Unathi Hlana, Inam Toll, Kendra May, Christelle Ruwanza, Samke Someketa, Esethu Stamper, Eve Daniels, Bahle Lwana, Azuza Mbiza, Sianlo Gumenge, Khanya Kepe, Imanathi Mcophele, Simingaye Shoba, Sanda Stofile, Ms Makeba and Ms Miskin.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Acting Principal

Coming up….
Friday: Grade 6/7 Social at GC 18:00-21:00
Saturday: Athletics event at PJ Olivier
Monday: SGB Finance meeting 17:15
Tuesday: SGB Meeting 17:15
Friday: Sarah Baartman athletics trials at Oval, PE
Fri, Sat and Sun: Albany Tennis Challenge

VP Newsletter 25 January 2019

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From the office:
At Monday’s assembly the topic was on learning to be responsible. It is important for us, as parents, to help develop this value in our daughters too.

It is very hard not to want to help our little girls out when things don’t go as planned or we so desperately want to intervene so that they don’t fail, that we find ourselves doing too much for them. When this happens, our daughters don’t learn to take on the responsibility themselves. On the other hand, there are times when our daughters do need guidance, support or information so that they can learn how to be responsible. We often want to give our children everything that their hearts desire so that they can have all that we perhaps were not fortunate enough to have. However, by not meeting their needs immediately and not giving them everything they want, you provide an opportunity for your daughter to tolerate some frustration, to learn delayed gratification and to become less impulsive and less self-centred. Make sure that you establish and explain the consequences for breaking rules in your home and that you follow through on those consequences. Through this, you will teach your daughters to appreciate what they have. Hold your daughters accountable for their behaviour as this will foster the development of a sense of responsibility. Both consequences and accountability will help prevent the development of an attitude that nothing is ever their fault. But remember, in doing all this, you still need to nurture and make sure they know that you love them unconditionally and that you will still love them even when they do make mistakes.

‘If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders’ – Abigail van Buren. (Adapted from an article which can be found at https://centerforparentingeducation)

We are very pleased to announce an addition to the VP family! Ms Cloete gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Ladine, last week. Congratulations to the family and we can’t wait to meet your bundle of joy!

This week Lelona Kusela is the Personality of the Week. She has been recognised for being thoughtful and kind. Thank you, Lelona!


The athletics team is participating in the first round of the Makana Athletics Championships at PJ Olivier today. Run well, girls! Results will only be available next week.

There will be further trials on Thursday, 31 January and Saturday, 2 February. Girls will receive letters if they are participating in these events.

The following girls will be swimming in the B- League gala this Saturday: Bronwyn van Onselen; Cheree Lisher; Sydney Edwards; Tyla Shone; Catherine Roberts. Swim well, girls!

The Graeme Relay Gala is on Thursday, 31 January. It starts at 14:30. The bus will leave from the school bubble at 13:45 and return to the hostel bubble after the gala. The Team girls who will be swimming will receive a letter on Monday at school.

This week the senior tennis team played double and single matches against Port Alfred High. PAH had a very young team and our VP girls displayed beautiful and encouraging sportsmanship. VP won both sections and had a wonderful start to their 2019 season.

On Wednesday, 30 January our senior tennis team will be playing against Kingswood College. The A team will play at VP and the B team at KC.
Play well, girls!

Good luck to all the VP girls who have entered one of the biggest tournaments in the Eastern Cape this weekend. Venues for this weekend: U10 – Fairlawn, U12 – Graeme and U14 – DSG. All support is most welcome!

Google Chromebook (Gr 3-7)
Encourage your daughter to put together a “Chromebook pack” for use in the classroom. This should contain a cloth to clean the device once she is done with her lesson, the best type would be the little cloth you receive with a new pair of glasses. If she has an extra set of earphones she could bring one to school for use with the Chromebook in class. This is not compulsory but will assist with managing the devices in the classroom.

Media Market Day
These take place on a Friday and each class (Grade 4-7) have an opportunity to bring in items (eg. cakes, cookies, hand made crafts) which they sell at break time. Please support your daughter, when it is her turn, in her efforts to contribute to the sale. If possible send a little money on a Friday for her to buy an item. The funds raised will be used to purchase library books and class readers. We will track the totals to see which class manages to raise the most funds!

Don’t forget to buy your Memory Book from the office for only R100! This is a great way to save all those special school memories.

We would like to wish the following girls and staff who have birthdays next week, a very happy birthday. They are Ovayo Phillip, Katie-Leigh Arnott, Kuhle Mpama, Iviwe Jakavula, Luminathi Magula, Sesona Matyumza, Iminathi Mgwebi, Ms Lang, Mrs Bester, Mrs Sauls and Ms Jamela.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Acting Principal

VP Newsletter 18 January 2019

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A message from the office:
Thank you to all the parents for the amazing turnout at our PTA AGM on Tuesday night. It is not too late to volunteer to join this dynamic team that make up the PTA. Please get a form from the office if you wish to join. We have our first PTA meeting on Tuesday the 22 January at 17: 15 in the staffroom.

Dr Lisa Brown presented a wonderful talk on parenting and I’d like to highlight some points she made:
The proper role of a parent is to provide encouragement support to enable the child to master key developmental tasks. We need to nurture with love, support, attention and encouragement.
• It is important to remain attuned to the unique needs and characteristics of our daughters so we can respond to them appropriately and help them learn to cope and regulate their emotions independently.
• Attunement NEVER involves screen time! (parent or child). 30% of children polled in a recent survey identified their parents on screens as a form of rejection/abandonment.
• When children struggle to learn a new skill and they receive encouragement and assistance, they feel supported and keep trying until they master the skill and they are more likely to try new things. If on the other hand, a child is given negative feedback and does not receive any assistance, she will most likely feel defeated and think she is incompetent, this child will most likely easily give up on new tasks and show anger towards herself. She may even refuse to try.
• Children will learn quickly when feedback includes why the behaviour is unacceptable and what the expected behaviour should be in a given situation.
• Many times our children will ask us to do something for them that we know they are capable of doing on their own. It is your job to teach your child age-appropriate skills in order to allow them to become more and more independent.
• If your child doesn’t get angry with you at least once in a while, you’re not doing your job. Along with this, remember that you are not required to give lengthy explanations of your decisions. “It’s not safe” can be plenty of explanation .You don’t need to get into all the possible “what-ifs” and “if-thens.”
• It is about doing your best! That’s really all you can do sometimes. Parenting is a perpetual balancing act—striving to find that balance between doing too much and doing too little, or giving consequences that are not too harsh but not too soft, either. That’s when you have to go back to picking your battles and realizing you are not, nor will you ever be, the perfect parent. You just need to be good enough. [Donald Winnicott]
“Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow.” ~Unknown

A reminder that the office hours are 07:00-16:00 Monday to Thursday and 07:00-14:00 on Friday. Please ensure that if your daughter is being collected outside of these times, this is done from the Huntley Street entrance as access through the front entrance will not be possible. No children should be waiting at the Beaufort Street entrance after 16:00 Monday-Thursday or after 14:00 on a Friday. We thank you for your assistance with this.

Please encourage your daughter to prepare for school the night before, make sure she has the correct books, her uniform, sports equipment and clothing as this facilitates her arriving on time and ready to do work, in the morning. Parents should not be dropping off items through the day, if at all possible, as this encourages children not to take responsibility. The office cannot ensure that all the items (over 20 most days) are given to the correct children, in time every day. If your daughter does not get her lunch/costume/book, it cannot be blamed on the office staff as she should have had these items with her when she got to school. We really appreciate your assistance in this matter.

Leaving School Early: It is a legal requirement that your daughter needs to be signed out at the office if she is to leave before the end of the academic school day. The guardian/parent must please report to the office to sign and collect the pupil. A valid reason needs to be given in the book. If the child is able to return before her school day has ended she needs to be signed back in again.

Please see the amended extramural programme which accompanies this newsletter.

There will be NO extra murals on Thursday the 24 January as the staff will be attending a Staff Development. Please arrange for your daughter to be collected promptly at the end of her academic school day.

Due to the rain this week, the Senior Tennis Team game against PAH was cancelled and has been moved to Wednesday, 23 January at VP from 14:00-16:00. The junior team match will be postponed until further notice.
The following team players will be playing against Port Alfred High School: Isabella Greyling, Danni Barrow, Tara Betteridge, Bronwyn van Onselen, Lorena Jass, Kendra May, Cheree Lisher, Onwaba Ben-Mazwi and Siyolise Santi.
Tennis practice on this day is cancelled for the remaining Senior Team as well as for the Junior Team.

Next weekend the TSA Mini Tennis Series will take place at schools in Grahamstown, including VP. We wish the VP girls who have entered every success, and lots of fun.

On Friday, 25 January the athletics team girls will participate in the first round of trials for track events for the Makana Athletics team. The event will take place at PJ Olivier. We are expected to start at 08:00 and finish at 14:00, but we are still awaiting on confirmation of these times. The girls in the team will receive a letter next week with all the details. We wish all those involved good luck.

On Saturday, 26 January selected team swimmers will attend the first B League Gala for 2019, in PE. Girls have been given letters with the relevant details. Swim well, girls!

Please remember that once the girls are finished with school and extramurals for the day they must be in full school or sports uniform when leaving the premises. This includes their shoes/takkies and socks. Flip flops are only to be worn at school when participating in swimming and may not be worn when going home. Girls represent the school when walking around town and we would love them to be proud of the image they project.

We would like to wish the following girls who have had birthdays next week, a very happy birthday. They are Yonelisa Ngaleka, Zinathi Nondzube, Isla Orsmond, Nqobile Gxashe, Avethandwa Hambaze, Mihlali Mbovane, Kaede Bridger, Zukhanye Mzaidume and Avela Sigidi.

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Acting Principal

VP Newsletter 11 January 2019

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A message from the office:
A warm welcome back to all. We trust that you and your families had a good rest although it was a shorter break than usual. We especially welcome our new girls and we are looking forward to getting to know you better.

We have not heard from the Education Department with regards to the appointment of our principal for this year. Please be assured that I, and the rest of the VP staff, endeavour to keep our ship sailing forward with the wind in our sails. We have chosen our slogan for this year (as you will see at the top of our newsletter) as ‘Being kind to ourselves, each other and our community’. This year we aim to teach our girls to look beyond themselves with empathy and compassion. Kindness has unfortunately become ‘uncool’ and we would like to make it an attribute to be admired and proud of. We encourage you to do the same at home, developing a sense of the role they can play and the value which they can add to those around them and even to the greater community.

We welcome two new teachers to our school this year: Ms Christian who is teaching in Grade 3 and Mrs Jackson as our library teacher who will also be teaching Grade 7 English. Although neither of them are entirely new to VP we are delighted to have them in their new posts! Ms Olivier has also joined us as an intern in Grade 1. We hope you will enjoy your time with the VP family!

Our hostel monitors will be spending a night at Bushmans, this weekend, where they will be exploring their duties and responsibilities within their leadership roles . Mr and Mrs Jones and Ms Denston will be accompanying them. We wish them great weather and fun on the beach as well!
Our Leadership team leave on Thursday, 18 January for their Leadership Camp and will return on Friday, 19 January. This will be a valuable team and skills building experience. Thank you to Mrs Sonne and Mr Jones who will accompany the girls.

Please diairise the PTA AGM on the 15 January at 17h30 in our school hall. We shall be calling for parents to volunteer their time and join the Parent Teacher Association, which aims to bring in extra funds for our school each year. We are also delighted to have Dr Lisa Brown present a short talk on the role and importance of parenting. Thereafter you will visit your daughter’s classroom to meet her teacher and to learn about how best to support your daughter’s learning in the particular grade which she is in this year.

Please note that your daughter should be at school by 07h20 in the morning. The bell will ring at 07h25 and teaching and learning begin at 07h30. If your daughter is late for school it will put her at a disadvantage and it is disruptive for her classmates who are already hard at work. The parking spaces in the school bubble are for staff. We would really appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
The main school gate in Beaufort Street will be locked at 16h00 from Monday to Thursday and at 14h30 on Friday. Girls who are to be picked up later than this must be collected at the Huntley Street gate. Girls should wait inside the gates and not on the pavement.

Aftercare girls are collected at the Aftercare entrance which is accessed through the Victoria Primary Hostel gate on Hill Street. If you are uncertain about any of these venues please enquire at the office. Please ensure that your daughter has the necessary stationery to complete homework at aftercare. Please note that all returning aftercare children from 2018 still need to complete the necessary registration forms for 2019. As from Monday no girls will be allowed at Aftercare if they have not submitted 2019 forms and paid at the office.

The school times are as follows:
Gr 00&R: 08h00-12h30 Gr 1 & 2: 07h25-13h00
Gr 3: 07h25-13h30 Gr 4-7: 07h25-13h45.

Next week our extra murals begin. Please go through the extra mural programme and discuss with your daughter what she would like to do. Help her get into the routine of packing the correct clothes and equipment the night before and bringing them to school. Girls will be expected to sign up for two hours of sport a week.

Conversational IsiXhosa has been introduced to our extramural programme this year for Grades 4-7. If your child wishes to learn to speak the language in a fun and informal way, please choose one of the slots that she can attend in a week. Some of the teachers have also signed up to learn! We do however stress that the girls, once they’ve committed themselves, need to ensure they attend all the lessons.

Team swimming trials will take place on Monday from 14:00- 15:00. All girls who were in the team last year must please attend. Any new girls, as well as any girls who were in the Feeder Team last year are welcome to attend.
Beginner swimming trials will also take place on Monday at 14:00 for girls who are able to swim in the deep pool with a pool noodle for support and at 14:30 for girls who are gaining confidence in the shallow pool.

Tennis trials for beginners and intermediate players will take place on Monday from 15:00-16:30.

Athletics: Team athletics with will start on Monday, 14 January. This will take place on Fergusson Field from 14:00 – 15:00. Girls selected by Mr Jones and any new girls from Grade 4- 7 who would like to try out for the team, should attend.

Netball: The final round of trials for the u/13A netball team will be held on Tuesday, 15 January from 15:00-16:00. Any new girls that are u/13 are encouraged to come.

Medical Forms: Your daughter will have received a Medical Form which is to be completed with all your relevant details. These forms are required in case of emergency when children travel for Away Matches and Outings/Tours. Please return all forms to your child’s class teacher by Monday, with a copy of both sides of your medical aid card and identity document. If you do not have a medical aid please also stipulate this clearly on the form.

The Clothing Exchange will be open on Wednesday mornings from 07:30 to 08:00 and on Friday from 13:15-13:45. Thank you to Mrs Thompson and Mrs Peinke for volunteering to run it this year.

Communication: If you wish to receive this newsletter electronically please send an email request to the office: It is also available on the D6 Communicator which can be downloaded onto your PC at: or on your phone as an app. Please enquire at the office if you need more information.

We would like to wish the following girls who have had birthdays this year and those who celebrate next week, a very happy birthday. They are: Zazi Gqamana, Sisitha Jaji, Tara Bettridge, Lilitha Kila, Claire Lobb, Mihle Khitha, Avuthando Matyumza, Amani Troskie, Jayseea Botha, Indibabale Jack, Inobublele-Ngathi Jack, Mbalentle Jadi, Oyintanda Solani, Zizinwe Sotyato, Lelona Kuselo, Amber Isaacs, Farren Kara, Sadie Bartis, Mbalentle Dyaloyi, Kulowo Msipa, Oyintando Nkatazo, Ahluma Zwana, Lunathi Zikishe, Usiphile Langa, Kimberley Lisher, Sinothando Matshaya, Hlombe Mvula, Hlubekazi Mqeke, Sabrina Nyathi, Lisa-Jane Evans, Georgia-Mae Botha, Yayama Kom, Lulo Pnoshe, Junaid Williams and Inam Zondi.

It has been a busy first week. Thank you for getting your daughter ready for a productive year. Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards
Mrs M Rafferty
Acting Principal

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