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.
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
- Iyonke Nogqala
- Okuye Funani
- Haidee Thondhlana
- Phillipa Weyl
- Eve Daniels
- Rachel Wilhelmi
- Shiloh Du Plessis
- Olwethu Nojoko
- Olivia Weyl
- 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
- Isabella Greyling
- Kaede Bridger
- Lorena Jass
- Georgia-Mae Botha
- Mpho Monaheng
- Mamadae Bitso
- Danni Barrow
- Cheree Lisher
- Sange Mafani
- 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
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.
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!
Mrs M Rafferty