Message from the office
Last week, as a staff, we attended a workshop on Integrated Learning Therapy. This was presented by Jill Rothman who is a registered Integrated Learning Therapist and who is a previous principal of Kuyasa Special School. She highlighted that many of the learning barriers our children are facing are exacerbated by the early age at which and the unnatural amount of time our children are placed in front of a screen. This can result in Screen Dependency Disorder. I thought the information she shared with us is crucial for all parents to be made aware of, reminded of or even as an affirmation that the boundaries they set are to their daughter’s benefit.
l have shared the information from her notes below.
1. Psychologists are warning of the damage to the brain that excessive screen use has and the consequences.
2. Spending excessive amounts of time on TV, Ipads, Smartphones or Tablets is a wicked practice as bright screens and excessive screen time irritates the brain and over-stimulates the nervous system.
3. Psychologist, Dr Aric Sigman, says ‘Children experience microstructural and volumetric differences in, or abnormalities of both grey and white matter in their brains’ (when on the screen).
4. There is a failure on the part of parents, care-givers and teachers to reduce, stop screen activities and control the use of these devices.
5. Electronic Devices have become the modern ‘babysitter’.
Screen Addicts exhibit the following outcomes
(Information from Victoria Prooday- Occupational Therapist) :
• Children become completely dependent on the devices – even as toddlers
• Children begin to display problematic behaviours as a consequence
• Children show withdrawal symptoms – remain in their room for hours
• They become increasingly more and more tolerant of screen use
• Children begin to lie about extent of use especially at night
• Children display a loss of outside interest, don’t want to become involved in other activities
• Screen Dependency Disorder has adverse consequences like weight gain or loss, insomnia, backache, eyesight problems, headaches, poor nutrition, physical symptoms- lack of exercise
• Other problems include depression, irritability, isolation, meltdowns, tears about minor incidents, less time spent interacting with friends, lack of organisation and failing subjects
• Mental health problems amongst children has increased as have psychosocial issues
• Mood changes and dysfunction within the family structure, disruptive behaviours, dismissive, rude, self-centered, aggression, outbursts, hooked and addicted.
Children are being raised by:
• Digitally distracted parents
• Indulgent parents who let their children ‘rule the world’
• Allow a sense of entitlement rather than responsibility
• Allow their children to stay up late thus have inadequate sleep
• Provide unbalanced, less nutritional meals (rather allow take-aways, always eating out, meals with too many trans-fats)
• Allow sedentary indoor lifestyles
• Provide their children with endless stimulation, technological baby-sitters, instant gratification and absence of dull moments
What our children need:
• To have emotionally available parents
• To have clearly defined limits and guidance on use of Smartphones, Tablets etc
• To take responsibility for their children’s well-being
• To provide their children with balanced nutrition and adequate sleep
• To insist that their children have plenty of movement and outdoor activities
• To encourage creative play, social interaction, opportunities and for unstructured times, so children can learn to use their free time constructively and to learn to take time out
• To allow their children to experience boredom – they don’t always have to be entertained constantly.
If this topic has hit home for you, go to https://www.blackscreens.com.au/what-is-screen-addiction for more interesting reading and links for advice.
Some of our teachers have opted to set up groups to keep you informed. Please do not use the teacher’s cell number to send messages during school hours while she/he is busy teaching. Please make sure that you read the weekly newsletters as you will more than likely find the information you are needing in there. If you still need assistance, please phone the school office. Our teachers cannot be answering messages while their focus should be on the girls in their class. Thank you for your assistance with this.
Should you wish for your child to participate in Conquesta 2021, entry forms are available from Mrs Sauls. Conquesta is only open to Grades 4-6. Please complete the entry form and send it to school with your daughter, in an envelope marked Conquesta with the relevant entry fee and your child’s name and class. Closing date for entries is 19 March.
On Thursday and Friday, all our Grade 00 and new girls from Grade R to Grade 7, will have basic eye screening. This will take place at school and it is a free screening. We would like to thank Dr Trevor Davies and his team for offering us this valuable service. Early detection and treatment of visual disorders is vital, please follow up on any recommendations that you may receive from this screening.
If you would like your child to attend Aftercare after school on her school days please collect a form from the office. Numbers will be limited due to the Covid-19 regulations, so it is on a first come, first served basis.
Many thanks to Zahraa Mansoor for the donation of library books. It is greatly appreciated.
We expect our girls to be neat and in the correct uniform for school. Please note that winter uniform is not currently allowed, sports and school uniform should not be mixed, hair should be tied up neatly and only small plain studs and small plain sleeper earrings are to be worn.
There are VP branded navy blue school bags available for purchase for R575. If you would like to view them please pop by the office.
Please find an order form below at the end of the newsletter for the purchasing of school branded flip-flops. The cost is R80 per pair. The girls will be allowed to wear these at school and around the swimming pool. Girls will still be required to wear school shoes and socks to and from school. These flip-flops will be the only ones the girls will be allowed to wear during school and swimming. Please complete the reply slip at the end of the newsletter sent home and return with payment to your daughter’s class teacher no later than 15 March 2021.
VP will be supporting the Reach for a Dream Slipper Day again this year. Girls can purchase a sticker for R20 and will then be allowed to wear slippers at school on the 6 or 7th of May! Please buy these in advance from Mrs Cox (if you are in the Foundation Phase) or Mrs Mgogo (if you are in the Intersen Phase). If you would like to bring slippers to school to wear for the day (on the 6 or 7th of May) without buying a sticker you may do so for a R10 donation. All the proceeds will go to Reach for a Dream an organization that strives to fulfill the dreams of children who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. Note to parents: Buy a sticker and you can claim a free Wimpy filter coffee on Slipper Day (7 May). Looking forward to seeing you in your Slippers, proving that NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES!
Extramurals next week
Every girl must have the following items with them for sport and LSPE:
Please note that the navy blue golf shirts are available from Heinen Embroidery in Somerset Street.
Extra Mask or 2
NO sharing of any sport equipment is permitted.
The girls will attend their allocated sport on their colour groups’ day. Please see the timetable below for details. This excludes the team sports, orchestra and intervention sessions, please see extramural programme for these days and times.
|07:15 – 08:00||Woodwind Ensemble||Selected|
|13:10-13:40||Dance Fitness (Court)||Grade 4/5||5M||5M||5J||5J|
|13:10-13:40||Dance Fitness (Hall)||Grade 6/7||6G&7Mg||6G&7Mg||6S&7Ma||6S&7Ma|
|13:10-13:40||Bible Study||Grade 4-7|
Hockey News: There will be hockey trials for the U13A team on Monday, 1 March from 14:10-14:55. A training squad for 2021 will be selected and we will work on skills, drills, and agility during practice. Please collect your daughter promptly after trials from the entrance at the Beaufort Street gate. All Gr 6&7s may try out.
Netball News: The U13 A/B Netball trials will be held on Monday, 1 March 2021 at 14:10 on the netball court. All Grade 6 & 7 pupils that would like to try out for the U13 A/B team are invited to attend. Please make sure that your daughter brings a water bottle and mask with her. Girls are also allowed to bring small hand towels to use if necessary. Please remember that no sharing of water or towels is permitted.
U12 & U13 girls must select between Netball and Hockey, unfortunately they cannot do both.
The following girls will be celebrating their birthday this coming week: Halle Orsmond; Betsega Yocob-Haliso, Anna Malamis, Liyabona Marenene, Michaela Swanepoel, Kgotlelelo Thathe, Kefilwe Racoco; Taylor Arries; Iminathi Kapa & Kaylee May.We hope your day will be very special!
Mrs M Rafferty
Message from the office
It is so wonderful to have our school filled with our lovely girls again. We have welcomed some new girls and their families to VP this year and we hope that your journey with us will be filled with opportunities to make happy memories.
Our theme for 2021 is “Be Humble, Gracious and Kind’.
In a world where everything is about me, me, me, self-absorption and vanity, we would like to promote a culture of treating others with kindness, understanding and acceptance. When I was younger I had grand illusions of what my adult life would be, I had no idea that life could be so hard and that you don’t always get what you want. If life has taught me anything, it is that we live by the grace of God and often at the mercy of others.
We need to treat others with the same respect that we would like to be treated with, to forgive others with the same grace that we would like to receive, and show kindness to people no matter who they are or what they can do for us. When life deals us those unexpected blows, those around us will treat us with the same graciousness, kindness and humility that we have extended to others through our lives. We can only truly achieve meaningful and fruitful relationships when we humble ourselves and are gracious and kind towards others. This is certainly what we wish for all our VP girls.
The real champions in life are so humble and gracious. They just continue doing what they do without all the posturing. – Denis Waitley
When you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others. – Rick Warren
Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. – Paramahansa Yogananda
The best of people is the one who humbles himself the more his rank increases. – Prophet Muhammad
Back to school admin
We wish to thank our many parents who have prioritised paying their school fees during this turbulent time. We cannot run our school and keep our classes small and maintain the quality of teaching staff that we have, if we don’t have parents who are committed to paying their school fees. Even though we are public school, only 35% of our entire staff is paid by the Education Department and the funds we receive from the department isn’t even enough to cover the annual supply of toilet paper. We have a long waiting list of parents desperate for their daughters to be in our school and they always express their ability and eagerness to pay their fees. They understand that the difference between the quality of education one receives at VP and the option of overcrowded classrooms is directly related to the payment of school fees. If we are to continue to be a public school that provides quality education for all our girls we have to have a parent body who sees that paying fees is critical to the future of our school and their daughter’s education. We have a valuable SGB and Financial Officer who ensure that the fees you pay and the money we spend will always be to your daughters’ benefit. We appeal to you to continue to prioritise your fees, even if it means forfeiting some luxuries, as your daughter’s education is paramount.
Thank you for ensuring that all the relevant forms are completed and sent to school. If you haven’t yet done so, please make sure that this is done as soon as possible. Please make sure that you have received the extramural programme, term calendar as well as the information booklet for your child’s grade and that you read through them all so that you know what to expect in the weeks ahead. A hard copy of these three documents were given to your daughter on her first day at school.
We ask that you continue to ensure that your girls are reminded that their ‘home days’ are days to work at home. Get them up early, ensure that they have a good breakfast and provide them with a desk and chair and place to work that has limited distractions. Please don’t allow them to work in front of the TV or to even watch TV before their school work is done. Encourage breaks in between where they get some fresh air and if possible, a little exercise. Please check your daughter’s homework diary before the start and end of every day to make sure she has completed everything. Make sure that she packs everything needed for her day at school and does so, the night before when you have time and are not stressed. I have told the girls that this is the time to set some good habits, with focus and determination you can get a good routine going for the year ahead.
Music lessons have commenced and we look forward to an exciting year for our young musicians. Please note that this year, all music pupils will receive lessons every week. The music timetables for Ms Hanslo and Mr Wynne are displayed in the girls’ classrooms and they are encouraged to check their lesson times, to ensure that they arrive promptly and are equipped with their music books and/or instruments. It may be helpful to write these lesson times down in the homework diary. If you would like your daughter to start music lessons, please collect a music application form from Ms Lang, and we shall add her to the waiting list.
Bible Study will be held every Friday, after school, in Miss Putzier’s classroom. It is not compulsory to attend, but an extramural where everyone is welcome. Girls should attend on the Friday that they are at school, unfortunately not on their Friday “home days” Therefore Friday 26th February will be for the Blue Group and Friday 5th March will be for the Green Group. During Bible Study the girls will be taught how to love, respect and support each other, by looking at how Jesus lived. “Friends that pray together, stay together”.
Junior times (Gr 1-3): 12:40-13:10 Senior times (Gr 4-7): 13:10-14:40
As we are currently in Lockdown Level 3, we are allowed to start introducing sport at school, however, our main priority is still ensuring that our girls and teachers are safe. We have been given specific protocols for each sporting code that we must adhere to and have decided to slowly introduce a few of our team sporting codes, as they are smaller groups of girls and we are able to stay Covid compliant.
Girls will receive a letter inviting them to attend the specific team sporting code trials. As we have not had sport since the 31st March 2020, we have invited the girls selected for those team sporting codes last year. If however, your daughter would like to try out, we ask that you write a letter to the head of that sporting code stating that she is able to meet the requirements for the sporting code and would like to try out and she will be afforded the opportunity to do so. Please see the requirements below:
Swimming (Mrs Coetzee)
Minimum Requirement for Team Swimmers:
• Swim a minimum of 3 strokes
• Swim 2 lengths of the pool consecutively
• Able to dive
• Willingness to participate in Galas
Minimum Requirement for Feeder Swimmers:
- Swim a minimum of 2 strokes
- Swim 1 length confidently
- Dive from the edge of the pool
Swimming trials to take place on Monday 22nd (Blue Group) and Tuesday 23rdth (Green Group) February. There we will select our team and feeder swimmers for the year. The trials will take place straight after school and should be done by 14:00. Please collect your daughter promptly after trials from the entrance at the Beaufort Street gate.
Tennis (Ms Miskin)
Minimum Requirements for Team Tennis:
• Must be able to score
• Able to serve into the correct box
Tennis trials take place on Tuesday 23rd (Green Group) and Wednesday 24th(Blue Group) for those who have been invited or meet the minimum requirements, and from there we will select our Senior and Junior Tennis teams as well as the Feeder team for the year. The trials will take place straight after school and should be done by 15:00. Please collect your daughter promptly after trials from the entrance at the Beaufort Street gate.
Every girl must have the following items with them for sport and LSPE: Towel, extra mask or two, water bottle, plastic bag. NO sharing of any sport equipment is permitted.
• The girls will attend their allocated sport on their colour groups’ day. Please see the timetable that follows for details.
• The Grade 7’s have also been split into colour groups. If it is not their colour groups sports day they will be required to be collected from school at 13:00.
For example: Monday the 22/2 the Blue group has sport and the Green group goes home. Tuesday the 23/2 the Green group has sport and the Blue group goes home.
If however, they are in either Team Swimming, Team Tennis or U13A Hockey/Netball, they will be required to attend every practice on the timetable regardless of their colour group. They may also join in a sport that doesn’t clash with their Team sport, but it must be with their class and/or colour group.
Extramural programme for next week:
|07:15 – 08:00||Woodwind Ensemble||Selected||Selected|
|13:10-13:40||Dance Fitness (Court)||Grade 4/5||5J||5J||4F&4KC||4F&4KC|
|13:10-13:40||Dance Fitness (Hall)||Grade 6/7||6S&7Ma||6S&7Ma||6P&7C||6P&7C|
|13:10 – 13:40||Orchestra||Selected||Select-ed|
|13:10-13:40||Bible Study||Grade 4-7||Gr 4-7|
Happy birthday to all our staff and children who celebrated their birthday in the beginning of 2021 and will celebrate this coming week: Staff: Mrs Jones, Ms Lang, Mrs Sauls, Ms Jamela, Ms Purdon, Ms Nguta, Mrs Mgogo, Ms Miskin, Mr Greyling, Mrs Coetzee, Ms Putzier, Mrs Sopangisa and Mr Menzeleli. Girls: Zazi Gqamana, Lilitha Kila, Claire Lobb, Bohlokwa, Mihle Khitha, Avuthando Matyumza, Amani Troskie, Jaysea Botha, Likamvelihle Dyibishe, Indibabale Jack, Inobubele-Ngathi Jack, Mbalentle Jadi, Lelona Kuselo, Amber Isaacs, Caitlyn Bodill, Kungawo Mapasa, Mbalentle Dyaloyi, Kulowo Msipa, Oyintando Nkatazo, Ahluma Zwana, Mandi de Koker, Alibongwe Mthembu, Lunathi Zikishe, Sinothando Matshaya, Hlomboluhle Mvula, Sama Torweni, Bongumusa Louw, Sabrina Nyathi, Giselle Peters, Lisa-Jane Evans, Yayama Kom, Luto Ponoshe, Junaid Williams, Inam Zondi, Yonelisa Ngaleka, Zinathi Nondzube, Isla Orsmond, Nqobile Gxashe, Rebecca Phillip, Aventhandwa Hambaze, Avela Sigidi, Lilani Wolmarans, Stephanie Folaranmi, Ovayo Phillip, Kati-Leigh Arnott, Iviwe Jakavula, Iminathi Mgwebi, Luniko Hulushe, Nakhane Klei, Zingce Pilisani, Inam Toll, Christelle Ruwanza, Samke Someketa, Esethu Stamper, Eve Daniels, Mimi Mangqalaza, Mbalentle Mayinje, Azuza Mbiza, Zizo Zomelele, Sinalo Gumenge, Khanya Kepe, Iminathi Mcophele, Simigaye Shoba, Neo Molefe, Sanda Stofile, Olivia Weyl, Phillipa Weyl, Vuyisa Mdunyelwa, Tenielle Morrison, Amahle Mchunu, Ava van Rooyen, Yolisa Pongolo, Ayva Baatjes, Mivuyo Santi, Okuhle Smile, Gracie Chitsike, Angaka Magutywa, Tasmine Thomas,Taylynne Thomas and Mihlali Stampu. We hope your day was very special!
Mrs M Rafferty
Dear VP families
The time has finally come to welcome back our girls to school! Today our new girls attended orientation and came into hostel. On Sunday the rest of our hostel girls will arrive.
On Monday, 15th February girls in the Green Groups will attend school and the Blue Groups will back on the 16th February. Please remember that ALL the Grade 7s will attend school every day. Rest assured that we will continue to ensure our girls are safe, able to social distance and that all protocols are in place. Our core business is education but the safety of our girls and staff is an utmost priority.
School times Monday to Friday:
All grades arrive for screening from:
• 07:00 (Gr 4-7 [IP] Beaufort Street)
• 07:15 (Gr 1-3 [FP] Huntley Street)
All girls must be at school by 07:45
Academic school day ends at:
• 12:30 for PP&FP
• 13:00 for IP
Please refer to Extramural programme for collection times.
Extramurals will begin in the second week of school. On Monday girls will receive a Term calendar and Extramural programme to take home.
Dear Parents. 2021-02-02
We are looking forward to welcoming our Green Groups back on the 15th February and Blue Groups back on the 16th February. All Grade 7s will attend every day. Rest assured that we will continue to ensure our girls are safe, able to social distance and that all protocols are in place. Our core business is education but the safety of our girls and staff is an utmost priority.
Please don’t forget to collect work packs! Collection for the Grade 4-7 girls is on Thursday (tomorrow 4/2) and on Friday (5 February) for the Grade 1-3 pupils. Both collection days are from 12:00 to 13:30. We are certain our girls will enjoy the activities that have been prepared for them.
We have made a decision to re-open our Aftercare facility with limited numbers permitted per grade. This will be on a first come, first serve basis. Once our numbers for aftercare are reached after receiving completed forms, we will be unable to accept any further children. Girls may attend Aftercare on the days that they come to school. Please email our Financial Manager, Mrs Trudy Terblanche, on firstname.lastname@example.org to request an aftercare application form. Our tuckshop will remain closed and we will still limit access to the campus to our children and staff only.
Please note the new calendar dates that have been proposed but have not yet been gazetted. In other words they have not been officially approved and may change again. We will send out our new term calendar in due course.
Mrs Michele Rafferty
26 January 2021
Dear Parents and Girls of VP
2021 has started on a slightly wobbly note with the return to school being delayed by a couple of weeks. However, that said, we cannot wait to welcome you all back on the 15th February, and look forward to the rest of the year progressing with a greater semblance of normality!
Please note that our SMT have already returned to school and our teaching staff will be back on the 1st February, to prepare for the arrival of the girls on the 15th February.
To compensate for the delay in the girls’ return, the teachers will, as per last year, prepare work packs for them which will be available for collection from the school on Thursday, 4 February. Grade 4 and 5 parents are to please collect their packs from Huntley Street. (The parking bay at the main gate), Grade 6 and 7 parents are to please collect their packs from Beaufort Street. Collection time for Grade 4 -7: 12:00 – 13:30. Hostel girls will receive their workpack instructions via email.
These work packs will consist of revision tasks for the girls, simply to get them working and thinking once again after the extended break. There will be no new work included, and no work that requires research or extra data, as we are aware that some may not have access to extra computer facilities or have additional, available data. The tasks for each subject will be structured so that each child will be able to complete them with minimal stress. They will be designed to encourage learning, and facilitate the easy and exciting return to school.
We hope that you are looking forward to returning to VP as much as we are looking forward to welcoming you back, girls.
Take care and stay safe.
Anthony Greyling ( HOD: Intersen Phase)
We are so eager and excited to welcome your little girls back to school on the 15/16th of February. In the meantime, we feel that it is imperative to get them as prepared as we can for the new school year as well as giving you a chance to establish an ‘At – Home – Work’ routine for when they return on alternative days.
We will be preparing work packs for you to collect next Friday (5th February), which will give your daughters daily activities to do while they wait to return to school. Your daughter’s class teacher will communicate with you to explain exactly what you are collecting and how to use it.
Please read the pick-up procedure carefully in order to ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible.
Foundation Phase Work Pack Pick-Up Procedure
All parents will be able to collect work on Friday the 5th of February from 12:00 to 13:00.
If you are unable to do so please try to make an arrangement for someone else to collect it for you.
Huntley Street Parking Area
– We will be setting up a drive by in the parking area at the Huntley Street Gates.
– Please approach from Hill Street NOT from the side roads off High Street as you will create a traffic jam.
– A member of staff will assist in guiding you through the drive by zone, please follow his/her instructions.
– Parents are to remain in their vehicles.
– Please make a visible sign to put on your dashboard with your daughter’s name and grade on it.
– Teachers will pass the work packs through the front passenger window.
– Parents and passengers must have masks on.
Parents who use public transport will be accommodated as well. We ask that parents who walk, to please ensure that you are wearing a mask and that you maintain social distance.
Hostel girls will receive their work pack instructions via email.
Unfortunately this will not be an opportunity for parents and teachers to have a chat, we ask that you collect and leave the area as fast as you can in order to minimize congestion.
We thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you all even though it will be quite briefly.
26 January 2021
Happy New Year! We hope that you have enjoyed a restful holiday with your children and that your family has managed to keep safe during these trying times.
As our Pre-primary School is categorised as an Early Childhood Development Centre we are able to open our doors prior to the 15th February when the rest of the school will return to their classrooms. Therefore the School Management Team has taken the decision to open our Pre-Primary School on Thursday the 4th of February 2021.
At Victoria Primary our Pre-primary staff and classrooms are ready and we can’t wait to welcome our new and returning children back to school. As mentioned in our Orientation Pack, we will send out a video next week before we open so that you and your daughter will know what to expect on her first day.
We take the health and safety of our staff and your children very seriously. All our health protocols are in place and we will continue to observe them strictly. To ensure that we are able to put social distancing measures in place in the classrooms the children will still come to school on a rotational basis. Starting with the BLUE GROUP on Thursday, 4 February and the GREEN GROUP on Friday 5 February 2021. You will know from the Orientation Pack that you received at the end of last year whether your child is in the Blue Group or the Green Group.
In addition all children must come to school wearing a cloth mask or face covering which complies with government regulations and she should have a spare one in her school bag. She will be required to wear her face mask at all times except when eating.
We have many hand washing and/or hand sanitising opportunities during the school morning and encourage hand washing on an ongoing basis. Your daughter is welcome to bring her own hand sanitiser as well.
By observing these safety protocols we feel confident your daughter is as safe as possible at school and we can’t wait to have our Pre-primary filled with happy little girls who are playing and learning.
Should you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the school office or your daughter’s teacher.
Teacher Kerry, Teacher Sam and Teacher Lee
Dear Parents 2021-01-18
I trust that you’ve all had a peaceful festive season and were able to rest after such a stressful year.
As many of you already know, the Minister of Education has called for a delay in the start of the 2021 school year to the 15th February.
As from the 25th January our office will be open in the mornings for any queries and assistance needed.
We will begin to send work packs out on the 3rd of February, details of these collections will be confirmed by the 26th of January. I am certain that your girls are eager to get started with their new year and grade and we are equally as eager to get them learning again.
We are expecting the Department of Education to adjust the school calendar for 2021 to make up for the days lost due to the delayed start but the sooner we get going the better. Once we receive the new amended calendar, we will share it with you.
We will have our orientation for the Grade 1-7 new girls on Friday the 12th February 2021. Parents will unfortunately not be allowed on campus. New hostel girls are to arrive at the hostel at 12h00. New day girls are to arrive at 13h00 and are to report at the hall foyer for screening. All our new girls will be shown their classes and will get to meet their teachers between 13h00-14h00. All new hostel girls will move into the hostel on Friday the 12 February. This gives our hostel staff a wonderful opportunity to show our new girls around, get to know them and for them to get to know each other. All other returning hostel girls are to please return to hostel on Sunday the 14th February between 13h00 and 17h00.
The first day of school will be Monday the 15th February for the green groups only. The blue group’s first day will be on Tuesday the 16 February.
We are confident that we have all measures in place and we will be ready for their return. The VP staff are committed to ensuring that your daughters receive a comprehensive and quality education regardless of the challenges we are faced with.
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Dear VP Family, 2020-12-14
We are delighted to announce the arrival of the 2020 edition of our school magazine.
At the outset of this project we thought our 2020 edition would be very flimsy but we soon realised there were many events, occasions and achievements to fill the pages.
As with many things this year we have had to make adjustments and changes. One such change is sending this magazine out as a digital publication.
To view the magazine click on the link victoria primary 2020 e-booklet. The file is only 8,5 Mb in size. We have tried to keep it small so that you will not need too much data to view it. On certain pages in the magazine you can click on links to view videos of some of this year’s special performances. This link will take you to a much larger version of this magazine (40 Mb) which is suitable for high resolution viewing and for printing should you so wish victoria primary 2020 booklet.
As an alternative you may go into Dupli-Print at 8 Hill Street, Grahamstown and they will be able to print it for you at a modest cost. You may choose a mostly black and white option with 12 coloured pages for R95 or a full colour option for R192. To make use of this opportunity you do not need to download it at all. Dupliprint has the necessary digital copy on record.
We know you are proud of your children and our school, however, we ask that you are mindful of the privacy of all the children in this publication. Please do not share the magazine, its pictures and content freely with people who are not stakeholders of our school.
We hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
Mrs Samantha Wilihimi
Message from the office
This is the last newsletter for 2020 and what a year it has been. Congratulations to our girls who received Honours and Merit Awards and other certificates this year. (Please see the list of those girls who have been acknowledged for their hard work in the classroom and in other spheres of their school life that follows). Managing to achieve an Honours and Merit Award (and even a Merit Badge) this year needs an extra special pat on the back, considering the challenging year we’ve had and I commend those girls who have managed to keep focussed and dedicated to their school work. I would also like to acknowledge their parents and guardians who have had to play a very pivotal role in their daughter’s schooling this year.
The department has allowed for special dispensation for mark adjustments and condonations in Grade 4-7 due to the disruptive year we have had. A mark adjustment of 5% was allowed in a maximum of three different subjects and children who were able to pass with these adjustments will progress to the next grade. A condonation for Mathematics had to be applied if the pupil met all other requirements in her grade, and such a learner will be progressed to the next grade. If either of these is the case for your daughter it will be indicated in your daughter’s report comment. A child who has met all the promotional requirements without any adjustment is promoted to the next grade.
Although this does mean that there will not be a higher than normal percentage of learners who are retained, we will have the task of making sure that we bridge any gaps this year has caused. In the extramural programme we have allocated a slot for extra lessons for girls identified by their teachers who will need to attend. These lessons are compulsory and are there to help our girls reach the standard they need to be at.
The biggest area where girls are not achieving is English Home Language in which they have to get a minimum of 50% to pass. Our standard at VP is high and girls are expected to comprehend what they read. The best thing you can do for your daughter is to provide her with books and encourage her to read. I can’t stress enough how important reading is and this really isn’t a very difficult intervention to put into place. Reading will improve your child’s fluency, comprehension, general knowledge, her analytical and critical thinking, develop memory skills, improve her concentration, develop her imagination and boost her confidence. If you are buying your daughter a gift for Christmas please consider getting her a book or a book voucher – now that really is a gift that keeps on giving.
Arrangements for 2021
As we do not foresee any changes in 2021 with regards to the pandemic and the procedures we have put in place, we will start next year with the same alternate day system we have put in place since our return after lockdown for Grade 00-6. Your daughter has been notified of whose class she is in and what group (blue or green) she belongs to in her report insert or comment. These groups will come on alternate days (Blue group will arrive on the 27th January and Green group will arrive on the 28th January) please view the term calendar for their days from then on.
All Grade 7 girls will come to school every day.
On their home days, girls will be given work which they are expected to do at home. A home day is not a TV and pyjama day. Girls must use this time to do their work given to them, the day before.
We will also stick to our starting times; girls are to arrive between 07:15 and 07:45 for screening (Grade 00 & R at the Pre-primary gate, Grade 1-3 at the Huntley Street Gate and Grade 4-7 to enter at the hall gate in Beaufort Street). The girls will also exit at these points at slightly staggered times. The school day will end at 13h00 for IP and 12:30 for PP and FP. When extramurals begin on the 1st of February these times will change, please read the extramural timetable carefully. There is no Aftercare.
Girls will need to be fetched promptly after school or after their last activity. We cannot have children on the premises after school as we monitor and engage all activities and waiting points to ensure social distancing.
As stressed before, girls who are showing symptoms, who have come into contact with someone who tested positive, who live with someone who is awaiting test results (or they themselves are awaiting results ), need to be kept at home for everyone’s safety.
Girls must wear their sports clothes on the day that they have an extramural to limit changing and movement.
Please ensure that your daughter packs everything that she needs for the day as we cannot have things dropped off at the office as this is unsafe for our office staff. If they have forgotten anything, they will have to go without.
I so wish that we could return to our usual system and have all our girls every day and have a full extramural programme but unfortunately this will continue to be our reality for the time being and everyone’s safety has to be our priority. This system is the best compromise.
I wish you all a blessed and joyful festive season. Rest and read as much as you can! All the best to our Grade Sevens as they venture into high school. Make us proud, girls! Keep safe and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year.
MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF HOSTEL MS MISKIN
We hope that you and your families have a wonderful holiday. To those who will not be returning to Victoria Primary Hostel, we wish you happiness and success in your future schools. To those who we will be welcoming back and those joining us for the first time in 2021, we look forward to seeing you. We will continue with the same Covid-19 Protocol which were put in place this year and I will send it out electronically before school starts. Please note that the hostel admin Whatsapp group will continue to provide reminders and updates. It would be lovely to start off the year 2021 with all the correct forms handed in, especially medical administration and information forms. Please note that there are three forms you need to complete and return on the 26th of January to allow us to ensure your daughters are healthy and safe.
Medical record form: This is to be filled in regardless of whether you have a medical aid or not. Allergies and allergic reaction to foods is especially important for our boarders to fill in.
Administration of medication form: For each and every medication you send along to hostel, you will need to fill in this form for the clinic to be able to administer them. This would be for any over the counter medication.
Long term use of medication form: If your daughter has any medication she takes on a regular basis this form is crucial to allow the clinic to administer it. Please follow the instructions at the top of the pages.
Please set aside time to complete the forms correctly. It would be appreciated if you could keep a few copies of the administration of medication form should you want to add any medication during the year.
Thank you to Mrs Tarr for assisting with the Clothing Exchange this year – she really went the extra mile. For your convenience the Clothing Exchange will be available for parents from 10:00-12:30 on Tuesday, 26 January.
Happy birthday to the following girls who celebrate their birthdays in December: Somtochukwu Nnadozie; Jade Thompson; Amahle Siyongwana; Ndaloentle Khila; Asiyolise Tshete; Aqhamile Klaas; Ahluma Somala; Sambese Njilo; Jayda Kohl, Alexis Muller; Iyonke Nogqala, Yusrah Suleman, Lunje Hloyi; Amber-Jade Marthinus; Sue-Ann Swanepoel; Skylar Februarie; Somila James; Simehlule Klaas; Abongile Mazitshana; Owethu Mini; Luthando Zono; Talitha Dingani; Micarlin Daniels; Sydney Edwards; Ovayo Maboza; Ezintle Dingela; Zingce Mngxuma; and Kamvelihle Mesani.
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
POSITION PRIZES & Honours: Bronté Agnew; Jennifer Sweetman;
MERIT AWARDS: Catherine Roberts; Sydney Edwards; Azosule Kanana; Mika Davies; Tara Bettridge; Chloe Maartens; Marlene Loeffler; Danika Lensley; Mairi van Schoor; Esona Mnqinana; Kendra May.
GBS MUTUAL BANK PRIZE FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN GRADE 7: Kuhle Mpama
Diligence: Tristen Williams; Sue-Anne Swanepoel; Amy Arends
Perseverance: Tazne du Plessis; Kelly de Jongh; Linothando Mehlo; Bozuza Antoni
Perseverance in Mathematics: Cayden Daniels; Kungawo Kate; Alulutho Solani
Excellence in English: Ruby Short
Excellence in Xhosa: Othandwayo Jaji
Diligence in Xhosa: Ayaxola Mnyamana
Perseverance in Xhosa: Uyathandwa Kupula
AMESA Certificate: Mairi van Schoor
PHILLIPS TROPHY FOR THE UNDER 13 HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Onwaba Santi
RAFFERTY TROPHY FOR THE MOST IMPROVED U13 HOCKEY PLAYER:
Tara Bettridge and Sydney Edwards
BESTER TROPHY FOR THE SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Awongwa Zono
OPEN VICTRIX LUDORUM: Mika Davies
EDWARDS CUP FOR OPEN SINGLES: Tara Bettridge
ISABELLA GREYLING TENNIS TROPHY FOR ETIQUETTE AND SPORTSMANSHIP:
Tara Bettridge and Sydney Edwards
ATHLETICS AND CROSS COUNTRY CAPTAIN: Bronté Agnew
HOCKEY CAPTAIN: Onwaba Santi
MOST PROMISING SENIOR NETBALL PLAYER: Linothando Mehlo
NETBALL CAPTAIN: Sisonke Magopeni
SWIMMING CAPTAIN: Sydney Edwards
MOST PROMISING SENIOR TENNIS PLAYER: Sydney Edwards
TENNIS CAPTAIN: Tara Betttridge
McKELLAR BOWL FOR EXCELLENCE IN MUSIC: Chloe Maartens
FENELLA LONG AWARD FOR VERSATILITY IN MUSIC:
(Person who participates in the most musical ensembles offered at VP and plays more than one instrument at school): Bronté Agnew
ELS TROPHY FOR CONTRIBUTION TO THE CHOIR: Kuhle Mpama
LEE GOLD AWARD FOR DILIGENCE IN MUSIC: Makayla Cock and Danika Lensley
DENISE LESAR TROPHY FOR THE MOST PROMISING STRING PLAYER: Marlene Loeffler
JACQUELINE HUME PRO ARTÉ AWARD FOR THE PUPIL WHO DISPLAYS THE MOST INTEREST AND TALENT FOR THE ARTS: Mika Davies
THOMALLA ART TROPHY: Jennifer Sweetman
MADGE FERGUSSON CUP FOR DRAMA: Mika Davies
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: (87% or above in Trinity/ABRSM Exams)
Marlene Loeffler (also receives full colours for music)
EXCELLENT ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: (75% or above in Trinity/ABRSM Exams)
Chloë Maartens (also receives full colours for music)
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC: (60% or above in Trinity/ABRSM exams): Danika Lensley; Makayla Cock; Bronté Agnew (and a re-award of half colours for music).
SPECIAL ENGLISH PRIZE: Rutendo Chakona
JACKSON DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY SHIELD: Rutendo Chakona
LIZETTE BOTHA CUP FOR EXCELLENCE IN AFRIKAANS: Bronté Agnew
M.C. FOURIE WISSELTROFEE VIR TWEETALIGHEID: Catherine Roberts
ALANAH MICHAELS DUX CUP FOR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Bronté Agnew
NELL MATHEMATICS SHIELD: Bronté Agnew and Mairi van Schoor
ENGLISH BEST SPEAKER TROPHY: Kelly de Jongh
SPOKEN ENGLISH PRIZE: Marlene Loeffler
GOWAR XHOSA CUP FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN XHOSA: Olona Tamsanqa
JULIA PATERSON ECOLOGY CUP: (For service, initiative and dedication to the community and the environment): Makayla Cock
Mc EWEN CUP FOR THE BEST GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Mairi van Schoor
HOSTEL STAFF TROPHY FOR THE MOST POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO HOSTEL LIFE
GRADES 5 – 7: Mihle Maqoqa
D’ OLIVIERA TROPHY FOR GOOD FELLOWSHIP AND SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL:
SCHNEIDER CUP FOR SPORTSMANSHIP AND A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TO SPORT:
Sydney Edwards and Tara Bettridge
MABUSELA TROPHY FOR BILINGUALISM IN ENGLISH AND XHOSA: Azosule Kanana
SONNE SHIELD FOR THE PUPIL WHO ILLUSTRATES THE MOST INGENUITY IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Rutendo Chakona
VGHS OLD GIRLS’ SPECIAL SERVICE PRIZE FOR THE DEPUTY HEADGIRL: Bronté Agnew
MARTHA EMSLIE HEADGIRL’S AWARD: Tara Bettridge
THE VIRTUTE ET OPERA AWARD GIVEN IN THE NAME OF JEAN LEURS: Principal 1988-1992: (For a Grade 6 pupil who exemplifies the motto of the school- Courage and Toil):
PADDY DALE TROPHY: Exceptional acts of bravery (Given in memory of Mrs Kaiser’s [Principal 2015 – 2018] father who died trying to save someone from drowning):
THE PRINCIPAL’S PRIZE: (Given to a Grade 7 pupil at the principal’s discretion):
POSITION AWARDS: Haidee Thondhlana (Honours); Eve Daniels (Honours); Okuye Funani (Honours)
HONOURS: Shiloh Du Plessis; Iyonke Nogqala; Claire Lobb; Olivia Weyl; Lusanele Kesa; Amaaraah Elie
MERITS: Kiara Goliath; Rachel Wilhelmi; Nicole Swart; Malihle Tima; Gabi-Li Doyle; Zahraa Mansoor; Kwakhanya Nongubo; Asiyolise Tshete
GBS MUTUAL BANK PRIZE FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN THE GRADE:
CERTIFICATES FOR DILIGENCE: Hannah Stoltz; Limile Mlonzi; Yakhanani Yapi; Lisakhanya Batala; Olwethu Nojoko; Tatum Jacobs; and Liyabona Marenene.
POSITION AWARDS: Sophie Büttner (Honours); Megan Peinke (Honours); Eleni Kyazze (Honours)
MERIT AWARDS: Taylor Arries; Siyolise Baxana; Joylyn Chikiwa; Lisa-Jane Evans; Onikayo Gude; Amber Isaacs; Faye Jordaan; Hluma Mbiko; Liyabona Mbutye; Kumnandi Ncumani; Viola Stoloff; Khloé Thompson; Zazi Veto
GBS MUTUAL BANK PRIZE FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN THE GRADE: Unako Nondlazi
Asavela Mtuze for Diligence and immaculate workbooks
Sinalo Gumenge for Diligence and immaculate workbooks
Rachel Mostert for Diligence and resilience
Okusha Dingani for Diligence and perseverance
Chelsy van der Merwe for improvement in school attendance and Diligence
CERTIFICATES FOR DILIGENCE: Kholosa Waka; Grace Xala; Mbali Maxhaulana; Lithalelanga Tabensky; and Lande Gxina
POSITION PRIZES: Sally Kadye (Honours); Ahluma Zwana (Merit); Hannah Tarr (Merit)
MERIT AWARDS: Lethabo Maneli; Kayla O’Linsky; Lithalethu Santi; Sanda Stofile; Mohlekesedi Zondani; Shene Lockwood; Malaika Fondling
GBS MUTUAL BANK PRIZE FOR THE MOST IMPROVED PUPIL IN THE GRADE: Yayama Kom
Kylie Daniels for Excellence in Afrikaans
Rachel de la Mare for Diligence
Jayla Frans for Diligence in Afrikaans
Angaka Magutywa for Excellence in Mathematics
Nooran Sha for Perseverance
CERTIFICATES FOR DILIGENCE: Luminathi Khonza; Lwange Madikida; Mbalentle Jadi; Lejaye du Plessis; Tyroneya Francis; and Lelona Kuselo.
THE HALL SHIELD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Azile Hambaze
THE GRASSHOPPER TROPHY FOR SPORTSMANSHIP: Charlotte Welgemoed