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VP Newsletter 16 October 2020

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Message from the office

As we have spent more time exploring the value of Citizenship with our girls, I have to admit that I actually didn’t realise how very pertinent and essential it is to teach this value to our children for the future of our beautiful country. We live in a world that seems to focus on getting as much as we can as individuals, no matter the cost or who suffers in the process. Citizenship really is about the age old question that JF Kennedy asked in 1961, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. Or, as our own President Ramaphosa said, ‘Thuma Mina’ (which means ‘send me’).This sense of duty and commitment to our country needs to be instilled in all our children for a South Africa that is filled with hope and promise for everyone.

The following quotes on citizenship make my point more poignant:

“I’ve always thought that you don’t love a country by turning a blind eye to its crimes and to a problem. The way that you love a country is by seeing everything that it’s done wrong, all of its mistakes, and still thinking that it’s beautiful and that it’s worthy.” -Junot Diaz, professor at MIT and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“There are seven things that will destroy us: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Religion without sacrifice; Politics without principle; Science without humanity; Business without ethics.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.”– Former U.N. Secretary General and Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan

“A generation that acquires knowledge without ever understanding how that knowledge can benefit the community is a generation that is not learning what it means to be citizens in a democracy.” -Elizabeth L. Hollander (1817-1885)

“What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbours, to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous man ought often to ask himself.”- Johann Kaspar Lavater, German poet and physiognomist (1741-1801)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”– Margaret Mead

The most important thing an institution does is not to prepare a student for a career but for a life as a citizen.” – Frank Newman

As global citizens, it is our responsibility to become active participants in our democracy, and to make sure that everyone’s civil rights are protected.” – Robert Alan Silverstein

It really would be wonderful if we could grow a future generation of South Africans who go out into the world after school with the desire and purpose of playing a role in bettering their communities by serving others, standing up against injustices and seeking to improve the environment around them. Our country certainly needs citizens who have a strong sense of the value of citizenship .

Well done to the following girls who were recipients of our Indlulamthi Badge this week:
Azuza Mbiza was recognised for being a great example of a VP girl. Azuza is always kind, caring and gentle towards everyone. She constantly puts others before herself, by showing empathy to her peers when they are down. She is a friend who listens and who uses her words to comfort and build others up. She shows commitment to her school work by always working hard, having a positive attitude and doing her best. She takes pride in everything that she does–from the way that she dresses, to being
on time for class.
Lunje Hloyi was nominated for the Indlulamthi Badge of Excellence as she tries very hard in all the work she does. Her work is neatly presented and her homework is always completed. She takes pride in everything she does and is always neatly dressed. Lunje displays the values of responsibility, respect and empathy. She has very good manners and is always kind to all the girls around her. She is a good example of a VP Girl.
We are so proud of both of them!!


Merit Achievers
Well done Taylor Arries, Hluma Mbiko, Asiyolie Tshete, Zazi Veto, Tenielle Morrison. Lusanele Kesa, Shiloh du Plessis, Kiara Goliath, Okuye Funani, Mbali Maxhaulana and Viola Stoloff who have earned over 250 merits
so far this year. Keep up the hard work, girls!


End of Term 3 arrangements
A reminder that we break up for a week’s break from the 24-31 October.
Although it is the last day of term, we will only end school at 13h00 on Friday the 23rd October to ensure that both our groups receive equal amounts of schooling. We will be sending reports home with all our girls (Grade 00-7) on Thursday (Blue Group) and on Friday (Green Group) next week. Parents will not need to sign for them and teachers will make a note of their handover to your daughters. Please make sure you receive your daughter’s report from her when she returns home.

Included in the report envelopes will be the term calendar for Term 4. Please study it carefully as we have made special arrangements for our end of the year test/exams as well as plans for our slightly different Prizegivings.

We will also be starting a short extramural programme of non-contact sports for Grade 1 -7 to get our girls physically active again. This will only entail finishing school at 13h30 on some days for some girls but we feel it is necessary to get them active again. Please view the extramural programme that will be included in the report envelope too.

Boarders will return on Sunday the 1st of November and school will resume on Monday the 2nd November for the Blue Group and on Tuesday the 3rd of November for the Green Group.


SGB AGM
On Monday we had our SGB AGM and budget approval. Thank you to all the parents who attended and voted in favour of the 2021 budget. The fees for 2021 will be as follows:
Gr 00&R: R22 000 per year; Gr 1-3: R19 800 per year and Gr 4-7: R19 200 per year.


Happy birthday to the teacher and girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Mrs Mabusela, Daniella McLean, Bunono Nkwinti, Kwakhanya Nongubo and Cassandra Radovic.


Thank you to Mr Bradfield at FotoFirst for printing our Support Staff photos, look out for the display that Ms Putzier is preparing.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 9 October 2020

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Message from the office
On behalf of all the staff at VP we wish to express our sincere thanks for the wonderful cards and gifts that we received from our girls and their families for World Teachers’ Day. Our teachers (myself included) certainly were made to feel special and appreciated. I also took much delight in the pleasure it gave our girls to present the gifts which they thoughtfully and carefully made. We are truly blessed with very special little girls at VP. It made Monday and Tuesday ‘feel good’ days at school.

This brought to mind the importance of feeling valued and appreciated as well as having a mindset of being appreciative and grateful for what life gives us. The article below provides some wonderful insight into gratitude and how we can nurture it in our children. Although the original article aims at teens it certainly is applicable to all ages. https://parentandteen.com/appreciation/

Inspire Appreciation
“We want to raise our children to be competent and confident. We also hope they develop deep and meaningful relationships with their family and friends. In addition to these important goals, parents can help their children build character, the type that allows them to grow to their full potential and achieve the kind of resilience that will support them throughout life. You can think of character as doing the right thing — even when no one is watching. A key avenue for doing this successfully is nurturing children to show appreciation for others.

Every family shows appreciation in different ways. Some parents may acknowledge their child’s positive behaviour out loud. Another family may prefer a physical approach – hugging, kissing, cuddling, or patting their child on the back. Regardless of how we show appreciation, when we do, our children learn to appreciate their family and community more. In addition, we know children’s relationships with parents are reflected in their friendships. The more mothers show support to their children, the more support these children show their friends.

This makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Children who are recognized and appreciated — for studying hard or preparing dinner, for example — will likely repeat more of these behaviours. And if they get appreciation, they’re more likely to be appreciative. This is because a heightened sense of connection to others contributes to having additional caring relationships.
All parents have the necessary tools to teach this essential lesson to their children. There’s nothing you need to buy. All you have to do is be mindful. Focus on how you show your child appreciation. Pay attention to ways you demonstrate how much you care about them.
No words we say to children will ever be as influential as our own behaviour.

5 Easy Ways to Teach Appreciation
Need a little guidance? Here are five no-cost opportunities for teaching children to appreciate others.
1) Recognize acts of kindness
Catch children when they’re being kind, generous, and thoughtful. Tell them how pleased you are with their behaviour. It’s not uncommon for parents to praise children for getting an A on a test or scoring a goal. But all too often children get recognition solely when they produce. Try to increase the amount of kudos you offer for the efforts they put into being a good person.
2) Focus on positive ways people treat each other
Children benefit when families discuss selfless behaviours, the kind that usually go unnoticed. For example, make it a habit to acknowledge the co-worker who visits her mother every day or the grandson who takes meals to his grandmother. Make a conscious decision to change what you talk about most – especially if topics tend toward the negative, gossipy or unproductive.
3) Choose words and actions carefully
Children pay close attention to how adults treat each other. Young people always watch grown ups for social cues regarding how they should behave. When we disagree with our partners, we’re in the best position to demonstrate how to voice opinions respectfully. Our ability to listen, to offer kindness even in the heat of the moment, shows children how to appreciate others and their points of view.
4) Treat strangers well
Children learn to value qualities like compassion when they see parents acting compassionately. No words we say to children will ever be as influential as our own behaviour. Our acts of caring and understanding are silent and powerful teachers. Young children, teens and tweens observe us and remember.
5) Value love and kindness over material goods
Never worry about spoiling children with love and kindness. Love doesn’t spoil children, it only makes them sweeter. But love and kindness don’t require buying children every last video game or piece of clothing or material item they request. Remind them to be grateful for what they do have, instead of worrying about what they don’t. It’s OK to have your child save enough money for special items they long to own. The upside of delaying our children from getting whatever they want is that they’ll be that much more appreciative when they do get them.

When we notice and appreciate our children, they are more likely to notice and appreciate others. This doesn’t mean showering them with empty praise. Make sure you acknowledge legitimate acts, both big and small, that deserve your admiration and gratitude. This will have a ripple effect. Your children will benefit now and their actions may positively inspire others in the future.”


SGB AGM
We will have our SGB AGM and Budget meeting on Monday, 12 October at 17:15. Please note that we will follow strict Covid-19 regulations and if necessary have more than one meeting if additional space is needed. Movement of parents attending the meeting will be restricted to the Hall foyer and hall with no other access to the campus. Please use the entrance in Beaufort Street. The budget is available to view at the office.


VP Eisteddfod
We are thrilled to have received 55 entries for the Eisteddfod! Thank you to all the parents who completed the entry forms. Please send the entry fee to Mr Wynne. The artworks must be sent to Ms Knott-Craig and videos of performances to Mr Wynne via email
d.wynne@victoriaprimary.co.za


Congratulations Mia Muller for achieving 250 merits so far this year. Keep up the hard work!


Happy birthday to the teacher and girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Ms Grobbelaar; Likhona Klei, Awongwa Zono, Sophie Büttner, Sivuyisiwe Jacob, Khloé Thompson, Lisakhanya Cetu, Lamela Funani, Siyolise Gobozi and Liyabona Magopeni.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 2 October 2020

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Message from the office
On 1 October the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, made a statement with regards to the developments in the basic education sector. We will, as school management, address some issues raised in due course, but I wish to highlight a section of this statement for today:
“We are encouraged and humbled by what we see in schools. Schools continue to implement the rotation system, by either implementing staggered days of attendance or platooning. This, schools do, in order to adhere to the health and safety requirements. Safety remains our top priority, because the coronavirus is still very much with us. We therefore, need to continue to take care everywhere else, and more so in our schools.

We are however, concerned that there are learners who have not returned to school yet. In the schools that we have visited, the return rate is between eighty to ninety percent (80% – 90%). While it is encouraging to see the numbers increase gradually, we appeal to parents to release their children to return to school.

This means that we need to work together with parents and communities to support the children. The fact is that schools are not operating normally at the moment.
The rotation or platooning approach which schools are using, means that there are designated days when learners are at school, and other designated days they are not. This again increases the risk of them losing interest, and forget critical curriculum topics already covered at school. The difficulties in timetabling, will be with us for the remainder of the year, as we continue to balance teaching and learning, while saving lives.”

From this I wish to highlight the following:
We are most appreciative of the many girls who are up to date and who do their work while on their ‘at home’ days but we are also enormously concerned about the girls who are still trying to catch up with their lockdown work and who return on alternate days not having done the work given to them. Their days at home are not days off. Please ensure that your daughter has a routine and instill in her the notion that she still needs to spend a few hours working while she is at home. Without your input and guidance, your daughter will, without a doubt, find herself with gaps from this academic year. If we work together to make sure that all work given is completed, the impact of this pandemic on this academic year will be minimal.

Secondly, while I understand the fears of many parents, I wish to encourage you to return all exempted girls to school now that we are on Level 1. Our teachers have an enormous task of teaching our girls on alternate days and in addition trying to ensure that those still working at home, remain on track. I strongly believe that your girls will benefit from returning to school at this stage and resuming her lessons with her peers and her teachers. The risk of being at school at this stage is very low. Please consider this most earnestly.


October is recognised as World Teachers’ month and the 5th October is World Teachers’ Day. I am extremely proud of our teachers and their input and hard work and for the flexibility they have shown in managing to continue their teaching during these challenging times.

I wish to thank our teachers for their commitment and effort and their ability to keep moving forward despite the added pressures and demands. We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated teachers at our school.

Bearing all this in mind, on Monday and Tuesday (5th and 6th October), I’d like to encourage our girls (and even our parents) to send a little thank you to their teacher/s for all that they have done. It can be in the form of a handmade card, letter or even a little homemade gift to show appreciation. Everybody thrives on acknowledgement and appreciation and this includes our hard-working teachers. I know that the thanks will go a long way to make them feel valued and spur them on to keep at it.


Ndlulamthi Badge of Excellence
Well done to our two recipients who received their badges at Monday’s assembly:
Chloe Maartens showed exceptional self-discipline during the lockdown period and took the initiative to complete all her work, assignments, tests and other assessments immaculately. She conducts herself very well in class and is a role model learner for those around her. She is always neatly dressed and very well-behaved and well-mannered and a pleasure to have in class.
Okuye Funani always gives her best in everything she does. She shows respect for others and sets a wonderful example to all at VP. Her work is of a high standard and her commitment to her music is always valued. She continues to have a positive disposition through these uncertain times. Her hard work and positive attitude is recognised by all.
Well done, Okuye and Chloe! We are super proud of you both.


Best Speakers
For the first time our Best Speakers competition was held virtually. All the girls who represented their grade did so in a fine manner. Othandwayo Jaji was our Master of Ceremonies.
We would like to thank Mr Osmond who was the adjudicator. Not only did he announce the winners but he provided constructive feedback which will definitely help all twelve finalists in the future.
We are truly proud to announce the following winners for Best Speakers 2020:
Grade 4: Unakho Mengo
Grade 5: Skyla Davies
Grade 6: Haidee Thondhlana
Grade 7: Kelly de Jongh


We will have our SGB AGM and Budget meeting on Monday, 12 October at 17:15. Please note that we will follow strict Covid-19 regulations and if necessary have more than one meeting if additional space is needed. The budget is available to view at the office.


Eye Screening and Glasses
Our Foundation Phase girls as well as all new girls had their eyes screened in March, these results have been sent home. Please could you ensure that you have made a follow-up appointment with an optometrist if it was recommended that your daughter needed one. These results must please be shared with her teacher so that we can implement any possible interventions in the classroom. This applies in the event of any optometric screening that your daughter may have had. It is very important for teachers to be made aware of the fact that your daughter wears prescription glasses in order to ensure that she uses them.


Foundation Phase Drop offs
Please remember that morning drop offs are from 07:15 to 07:45, and that any child who arrives before then may not be supervised by an adult until the teachers start screening at 07:15.


Don’t forget to sign up for the VP Eisteddfod
The Eisteddfod is open to all girls from Grade 3 to Grade 7. In order to comply with safety protocols all performances will be submitted electronically as videos, while artwork can be brought to Ms. Knott-Craig. All entry forms must be completed online by candidates’ parents. The entry form will be available on the school’s website. Entries open on Monday 28 September and close on Friday 2 October, R5 per entry. Further details will be available on the online entry form on the following link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBpNmLXTWeXoZfPDQYBy8KKz97sSW808Etm41cO19B-TFGLA/viewform


Happy birthday to the girls who celebrated their birthday this week:
Iviwe Masoma, Lisakhanya Ndlovu, Kungothando Ngangani,
Amy Terblanche, Ligugulethu Busakwe, Kelsey Hubbard and Amyoli Loli.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 25 September 2020

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Message from the office
I trust that you had a wonderful and restful Heritage Day! We have introduced our next value which is the value of Citizenship. Heritage Day has quite appropriately, coincided with this theme.

Citizenship means teaching our children social responsibility. Citizenship means being a member of and supporting one’s community and country. A South African citizen has certain freedoms which are declared in our constitution but a good citizen knows their responsibilities are just as important as their rights. A South African citizen should be informed, follow the laws of the country, be considerate of other citizens and be accepting and tolerant of others’ cultures and religions and to treat everyone with respect.

Citizenship is the ability to realize that you are part of a bigger picture; wherever you are, it is not just about you. You have a role to play within your society.

We asked our girls to ask themselves the following:
• How can you make your class better?
• How can you make your family better?
• How can you make your community better?
• How can you make your country better?
• How can you make your world better?

We also encouraged them to make a pledge and think of 5 things she could put into action to see what a difference small gestures can make.

These are a few of the type of things our girls could do to practise citizenship:
o Help clean up the playground and pick up litter wherever we go.
o Walk away from a fight.
o Wear a seat belt and cross at the pedestrian crossing and when and where the green man says you can walk.
o Respect other people’s religions and cultures and don’t make fun of anyone
o Wear your mask in public because you care for others
o Make sure that you are always neat and presentable wherever you go and follow your school rules because you represent your school, family and yourself and you want to be proud.
o Take care of the animals and creatures of the world and show them kindness
o Donate to charity
I encourage you to ask your daughter what the five things are that they have pledged to do and perhaps you can help her put these into action.

Please note that our SGB AGM and Budget meeting is scheduled to take place on 12 October at 17:15. The budget will be available to view from Monday at the office. More details about the meeting will follow in the next newsletter.

VP Eisteddfod: We are pleased to announce that we are going to hold our annual VP Eisteddfod in the next few weeks. The Eisteddfod is open to all girls from Grade 3 to Grade 7. In order to comply with safety protocols all performances will be submitted electronically as videos, while artwork can be brought to Ms. Knott-Craig. All entry forms must be completed online by candidates’ parents. The entry form will be available on the school’s website. Entries open on Monday 28 September and close on Friday 2 October, R5 per entry. Further details will be available on the online entry form.

Merit achievers: Congratulations to Kumnandi Ncumani, Sophie Büttner and Megan Peinke who have received over 250 merits so far this year. Well done, girls and keep up the hard work!

Happy birthday to the staff and girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Mrs Orsmond, Unako Mengu, Emilie Niesing, Marizaan Boucher, Unako Nondlazi, Abbigail Rischbeter, Amvuyele Fobe, Somila Lunguza and Etinosa Nini.

VP acting out our value of Citizenship: Feedback on donations
VP made donations of older items from our Clothing Exchange via GADRA to needy school children. Thank you Mrs Tarr for facilitating this.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

Heritage Day celebration at VP.

VP Newsletter 18 September 2020

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Message from the office
You may know, as from Monday we will move to Level 1 of the Lockdown. As yet we are unsure of the specific implications this will have on the schooling system and we await official nformation from the Department of Education regarding any changes that we are able to implement. Until such time, we will continue to run school as we are currently and we will update you of any changes as soon as we are informed.

To follow on as from last week’s newsletter, some posts and contributions that I hope inspire you and our girls.
This is an extract of the post that got it all going…
I asked one of my friends who has crossed 60 & is heading to 70 what sort of change he is feeling in him? He sent me the following very interesting lines, which I would like to share.
“1) After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children, my friends, I have now started loving myself.
2) I just realised that I am not an “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.
3) I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive the past.
4) I have learnt not to correct people even when I believe they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection.
5) I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are mood enhancers, not only for the recipient, but also for me.
6) I have learnt not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances.
7) I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do.
8) I remain cool when someone plays dirty politics to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race.
9) I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human.
10) I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof whereas with relationships I will never be alone.”
Can we practise this at any stage and age?

A condensed version of a letter from a mom..
*Shared from Facebook from Playdates on Fridays by Whitney Fleming:

“Dear daughters, there are so many distractions in this life. Girl friends, boyfriends (ack!), cell phones, social media, hormones, and so many other things that ring loudly in your ears.
These are the things I hope you always remember:

• Your decisions are important. One decision can change the trajectory of your life. It takes courage to decide you are not ready for something, and courage to decide to make yourself vulnerable and try something new. Always be courageous.
• Use the right measurements. Life is not measured in the amount of likes you get on Instagram or numbers on a scale. Always remember that life is about the impact you have on others, so work on building your brain and growing your heart, and the rest will fall into place.
• Use your voice. Never sit idly by while someone else is being treated poorly. Period.
• Don’t pretend to be something you’re not. It feels good to fit in and it feels good to be liked, but you will find that being accepted only when you are pretending to be something you’re not is an exhausting, unfulfilling experience.
• Never dis your sisters or your girlfriends. You need them more than you know.
• You are enough, exactly as you are. Love yourself for who you are at this exact moment, because you are perfect. You are a gift to this world, and if you ever forget, just ask.
• The best is yet to come. I’ll always be there for you.
Love, Mom”

And then advice from our parents and our teachers and even from our teacher’s parents:
“I would say that they should develop firstly their ability to read. Teachers should try & encourage a passion for reading & then their other skills, such speaking & writing will follow. Xxx”

“In the blink of an eye everything in life can change in an instant. Live your life to the fullest each day as you never know which day would be your last on this earth.
So often people will doubt themselves as to how far or what they can accomplish in life. Just know that if you put your mind and heart to it, anything is possible. You simply have to just want it and have God in your heart.
Appreciate the little things in life. A family to go home to and to love. Some people may not even have that.”

“Tell your family every day how much you love them as you never know when you will have that chance again but most of all thank them for being in your life and always loving you no matter what. Appreciate one another and always make the most of every day. Be kind, friendly and compassionate towards others. Together we can accomplish everything” – Nicolette Swart


Ndlulamthi Badge of Excellence
Congratulations to the following girls who received their Ndlulamthi badges at Monday’s Assembly:
Azile Hambaze in Grade 3 for always showing respect towards others. Azile takes pride in everything that she does from the way she dresses, to being on time for class and in the way that she presents her work. She sets a wonderful example of a VP girl. We are very proud of her.
Sibonokuhle Benge in Grade 2 is a very responsible person and even takes responsibility for others in the class. Sibo respects those around her and her ability to listen attentively is an example to all. She also works hard in class and always tries her best.
Well done to these two little poppets who have made us very proud.

Merit achievers
Congratulations to Hluma Mbiko and Taylor Arries who have received over 250 merits so far this year. Well done, girls and keep up the hard work!

Stranger Danger
It was with concern that we received a visit from two police officers to inform us of an incident of a VG girl who had a close encounter with a stranger in a white bakkie with tinted windows. We will be talking to our girls about Stranger Danger but I appeal to you to also have this chat with your daughter and to make sure that they are never alone and in areas that may make them vulnerable and an easy target.

On Thursday, 24 September we celebrate Heritage day with a public holiday, please note that Friday, 25 September is a school day.

Happy birthday to the girls and staff who celebrated their birthday this week: Ms Cummings, Shene Lockwood, Selby Tarr, Meekah Troskie and Aslyn Klaas.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 11 September 2020

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Message from the office
On Tuesday afternoon we held a memorial service for Léyaan-Té Jacobs in our Garden of Remembrance. The service was attended by staff, her close family and her Grade 6 friends. It was a beautiful day; warm winter sunshine and a clear blue sky, stroked with faint white clouds. As we sat around the fountain with the water providing the calming trickling background noise, Mr Wynne and Ms Hanslo sang and played such beautiful music that it touched the soul. A few of our Grade 6 girls spoke and they made me immensely proud of their composure and thoughtful words. One cannot comprehend the pain the Jacobs family must be going through and I thanked them for joining us in our farewell to her.

Losing a child is a place where I very seldom allow my thoughts to go and as it is so often said, goes against the way we expect nature to work. It also brought home two things to me; one how precious each day, week and year we are given is, and the other is that although we live in times where growing old is often viewed as a sad thing, it is indeed a privilege.

I don’t know about you but the uncertainty and challenges of the pandemic has made me very anxious and perhaps at times negative. I know it is easier said than done as some of us have lost much in these last few months, but if we count our blessings and wake up each day, starting with the realisation of what we can be thankful for, it might make us more positive and resilient to face the day ahead. As parents our attitudes are felt by our families and our fear and negativity is contagious and tangible, but so too can our optimism and gratitude be adopted by those close to us. We have but one life, and each day is a gift, how we wake up each morning can impact our relationships, careers, moods and which in turn can affect the direction of our lives and of those around us.

Youth is seen as desirable and the ultimate and somewhere along the way we have forgotten the value of the elder and most often, wiser. Respecting our elders shouldn’t just be based purely on the fact that they are older but on the fact that they have learnt so much and can teach us so much. We are foolish if we dismiss their input as irrelevant. Their experiences and life lessons can save us from going down some very costly and painful roads if we choose to listen. Recently I asked my parents (age 77 and 78) what pearls of wisdom they could share with us; my sisters and our families. Their responses were both unexpected and beautiful but they both in their own ways highlighted the importance of relationships and how these shape our lives. Not money or possessions. My dad also mentioned an altercation with his father when he was a young teenager and how he still regrets never apologizing for his harsh words – this is indeed also a lesson for all of us; mind your words and make peace while we can.

If you are fortunate to have older members of your family, (it doesn’t have to be as old as seventy!), ask them what they could share looking back on the life they’ve led. You may be surprised at how consoling, comforting, uplifting and even life-changing their words may be.

If you’d like to share any words of wisdom with us all from elders in your family or perhaps even your own words of advice, please email them to me and perhaps we can share them in next week’s newsletter. They may teach us, uplift us and help us to appreciate each day.

Ndlulamthi Badge of Excellence:
Congratulations to the three girls who were awarded this badge this past Monday during our assembly:
Hannah Stoltz in Grade 6 for always being extremely polite, enthusiastic and always giving of her best. She also shows compassion towards others. Well done, Hannah!
In Grade 2 we had two recipients, Mila Nongubo and Siyasisanda Nene. Both girls are respectful and remember their manners at all times. They are responsible and display a good work ethic. Well done to the two of you. We are so excited that our Foundation Phase girls are already being recognised for such admirable qualities.

School Photo Day
On the 17&18th of September we will have our school photo day. This year due to Covid-19 regulations girls may have individual photos or photos with siblings who live in the same household.
Grade 1-7 girls must please wear their summer uniform (skirt, short sleeves white shirt and short socks on photo day (no civvies this year).
Grade 00&R girls may wear their favourite civvies.
You can order a set of photos by completing the order form at the end of the newsletter sent home from school. Please return it along with the exact payment to the school by 14 September. The photos cost R90 and consist of 2 x Jumbo, 2 x Wallet, 2 x ID and 2 x Book Markers.

WhatsApp Groups
Please note that if you have not returned the WhatsApp policy form, we will assume that you do not give permission to the school to include you in any WhatsApp groups associated with VP. As of Monday at 13:00 we will therefore have to remove all participants who have not given written consent.

Health Questionnaire
We still have a few outstanding Health Questionnaires. Please ensure that they are completed and returned to by Monday.

Happy birthday to the girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Lulo Adam, Danika Lensley, Emily Stoltz, Lolwethu Makana, Yanga Tapi Okuye Funani, Chloe Maartens, Grace Xala, Khazimla Kwenxe, Cayden Strauss, Ayman Hayat, Danni de Witt, Lily Jacobs-Pretorius and Luminathi Mpapha.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

VP Newsletter 4 September 2020

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Message from the office
Lockdown changed many ways we do things, it gave us the opportunity to do things that we never seemed to find time to do anymore, it gave us time to reconnect with our family members and it forced us to learn new skills like our Zoom and Team meetings. I do wonder how many of these changes will become our new way of life going forward.

It has also most certainly highlighted the essential role that both teachers and parents need to play in our children’s education. I know many of you have a newfound respect for teachers and what they do on a daily basis and couldn’t wait to send your child back to be taught by them. We were delighted by some of the work that was done while the girls were at home and we appreciate the input of many of our parents. We encourage you to continue with this involvement and participation in your child’s schooling.

It is well- documented that children with parents who are interested and involved in their child’s education are motivated and more self-driven and more likely to reach their full potential. When I meet up with prospective parents, they all want their child to attend VP because they say it provides “good quality education” and they mention the good matric pass rate at VG and the success of the girls who pass through our system. But the education of a child and the role of a parent does not end when she gets dropped off at school in the morning. That is only the start. A parent’s role needs to be deliberate and time consuming and yes, often very inconvenient because that input is what will really give every child the edge in life. We need to read to our children as this will build their vocabulary and comprehension and will instill a love for reading. We must check our children’s homework and ensure that it is up to standard because this will show them that it does matter and that work that is not done properly or without care is not acceptable. This then will be a standard that they will apply to every job they are faced with for the rest of their lives. And we must read their newsletters and see what is happening in the week ahead as this shows them that it is important to be prepared and to stay informed and that we are interested. It also gives them a sense of security knowing that their parents are aware of what is going on.

I wish to thank those parents who not only meet us halfway but very often go beyond the extra mile. Thank you for prioritising your daughter’s education and feeding into her future. We cannot educate a child and ensure that she reaches her full potential without the input and stimulation of her parents or guardians.

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” Jane D Hull, Govenor of Arizona (1997 to 2003)
Children spell ‘love’ ;T-I-M-E’ – Dr A Withom

Five reasons for Parents to get involved in their Child’s Education
Summarised from: https://www.education.gov.gy/web/index.php/parenting-tips/item/904-five-reasons-for-parents-to-get-involved-in-their-child-s-education

Higher grades and better behaviour are just a few of the benefits of parent involvement.
What if you could help your child enjoy school more, get better grades, and reduce behaviour problems at the same time? Reams of research have shown that regardless of parents’ income and educational background, their involvement in education helps their children do better in and out of school.
Here are 5 reasons you should get involved in your child’s education though there are many more than just these:
● Higher grades – Children whose parents are involved in their education get better grades and have higher test scores. And the more parents are involved, the more their children seem to benefit. A study of parents highly involved in the educational process showed that their children were more likely to improve in reading and Maths.
● Better behaviour – Children develop better social skills and show improved behaviour when their parents are involved at school. Studies have also shown that children are less likely to skip school, less disruptive in class, and more likely to do their homework when their parents are involved. One study showed that when dads are highly involved in schools, their children enjoy school more and are less likely to be suspended, expelled, or required to repeat a grade.
● Improved education – Research shows that parent involvement can help improve the quality of schools, raise teacher morale, and improve a school’s reputation in the community. Involved parents gain the respect of teachers; as a result, teachers have higher expectations of their children. Involvement pays off in the long term, too: Children stay in school longer and are more likely to continue their education after high school.
● Increased confidence – When students feel supported at home and school, they develop more positive attitudes about school, have more self-confidence, and place a higher priority on academic achievement. Children of involved parents are more likely to feel that they’re accepted, included, and respected.
● Parents benefit too – When parents become involved in their children’s education, they become more comfortable in the school building, gain confidence in their parenting skills, and feel more capable of helping their children learn. They’re also more likely to continue their own education.

Ndlulamthi Badge
Congratulations to Tara Bettridge and Bronté Agnew for being the recipients of our new badge. They were acknowledged for the commitment they have displayed in these uncertain times. They have continued to have a brave attitude and positive disposition as members of the school’s leadership team and they continue to inspire their team and the VP girls. Their commitment and the presentation of their work during lockdown were of a very high standard. Both these girls display the necessary compassion and empathy towards others. They are responsible and resilient young ladies who will make a success of this year in spite of the current circumstances. Congratulations on receiving this special award, Tara and Bronté.

On the 17&18th of September we will have our school photo day. This year only individual photos will be taken due to the Covid-19 regulations. You can order a set of photos by completing the order form at the end of the  newsletter that was sent home and ensure it, along with payment is returned to school by 14 September. The photos cost R90 and consist of 2 x Jumbo, 2 x Wallet, 2 x ID and 2 x Book Marks.

Example of photo package: 

If you prefer you can also make the payments via the Karri App or as an EFT payment (with your daughter’s surname/photo as a reference), please ensure that you still complete the order form and send it to school before the 14 September 2020, please attach the proof of payment to the order form if you have paid via EFT.
Please note that no orders can be accepted after the 14 September 2020.

Happy birthday to the staff and girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Ms Ebel, Chloe Bowker, Maria Correa, Azosule Kanana, Uyathandwa Kupula, Zehra Rizvi, Nicole Swart, Lakhe Jubase, Rayvene Peters and Yondikhapha Ndesi.

Please help Ms Featherstone collect items for a good cause.
The Jabez Aids Health Centre was established in 2005. The centre operates with 11 community-based care workers as well as a manager. Currently there are many orphan-based children who are struggling and suffering without proper clothing. If you have any second hand or unwanted children’s clothes please consider donating them. Your daughter can bring them to school and hand them in to Ms Featherstone who will transport them to the Jabez Aids Health Centre.

Warm regards

Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

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