Letter from the Campus Head

Dear Parents and Staff

We would like to wish all our Hindu families a very happy, Diwali!

I would also like to apologise on behalf of the whole St George’s Family for rescheduling our Photographs to a day that is very important on the Hindu calendar.  This oversight was due to a last-minute calendar change and the necessary due process was clearly overlooked.

We hope you all have had a wonderful day of celebration together with your families.

Mr Stamper has provided us with a report back from our recent UK Exchange Programme that returned last week so you have managed to escape my writings this week.

May you all have a wonderful weekend ahead in very Windy PE or where ever you may be this weekend!

Kind regards
Alex Hall
Campus Head

Grade 7 Exchange Programme to Holmewood House in Kent, United Kingdom from 30 September to 13 October 2017

It was with great excitement that 8 Exchange pupils boarded the Virgin Atlantic flight from Johannesburg to London Heathrow on Saturday 30 September. What awaited us in the U.K. was both exciting and nerve-wracking.  We were greeted by Mr Paul Morgan-Jones and our U.K. host families at Heathrow after a long, but exciting flight.  After a welcome lunch at one of the homes, it was time to settle into our new homes for the next 12 days.  This is much easier for our pupils to do as they have already had the privilege of hosting the Holmewood House pupils in April/May of this year.

During our time in the U.K., pupils got the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the culture of Holmewood House School. This was done through attending classes during the school day, taking part in the afternoon clubs as well as joining in with the sports programme and, in some instances, representing Holmewood House in sports matches.  Apart from the day to day attendance of school, our pupils were also lucky enough to go on day trips to London, experience the London transport network, watch some of London’s top shows, see all the amazing tourist sites that the U.K. has to offer, spend a day in Brighton (a coastal town very similar to PE) and eat fish and chips on the pier, go ten-pin bowling, visit the home of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too, attend international football matches and shop until they dropped!

On the last day of our visit, our 8 pupils presented an outstanding assembly which gave the Holmewood House community a taste of what life is like in South Africa and at St George’s Preparatory. Our pupils were outstanding ambassadors for both their families and for the school. I would like to thank the pupils for their impeccable behaviour and for the manner in which they conducted themselves on this trip. To the parents for making this experience possible for their children, a very big and heartfelt thank you from me!

The Exchange Programme between our two fine schools has now been in existence for 10 years and is a fantastic opportunity for pupils in their Grade 7 year to experience life in a foreign culture within a safe and caring environment while at the same time making friendships that will last a lifetime. The letter for the 2018 Exchange

The programme will be going out next week and with limited spaces available, Grade 6’s, I hope you are ready and waiting to sign up for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Thank you to Mr Hall and the Board of Governors for affording me the opportunity of travelling with this exchange group and learning so much from the schools visited during my time in the United Kingdom.

Kind regards
Andrew Stamper
Deputy Head

Staff Movements at the Prep

Sadly, the fourth term is often a term of resignations in schools and we have experienced a few at the Prep over the past month.  It is with great sadness that we need to inform you, that the following teachers will be leaving the Prep at the end of 2017:

Mr Mbali Mtana will be leaving us at the end of the fourth term to take up a position Grey College in Bloemfontein, whilst Mr Mtana has been with us for a brief period, his presence certainly has been felt and we wish him everything of the best in Cheetah country next year! Hamba kakuhlle mhlobo wam!

Also, we say goodbye to Ms Anna Sliwinski, who has taught German at the Prep since 2013.  Anna really has been more than a German teacher and has assisted with English with our foreign language pupils and has her own SMILE Group as well, she will be missed and we wish her well with her full-time appointment at Theodor Herzl next year.

We also say goodbye to Mrs Irene Perry who will be leaving us at the end of the year.  Mrs Perry has been the Aftercare Facilitator since 2013 and under her guidance, we have watched the Aftercare grow and become an important part of the Prep school life. Thank you, Mrs Perry!

Rigorous processes have already begun to ensure we enlist the very best replacements for these positions, and announcements will soon be made as and when they happen.

Staff Movements at the Pre-Preparatory

As we head towards the end of the year, there are always some sad farewells but also some exciting “welcomes” into our Pre-Prep family.  Our Grade R’s will be heading to Grade 1, and thankfully those who are joining the Prep school are never too far away and visit us often.  Life leads us on many interesting paths and at times this means that people have to leave us sooner than what we’d hoped for.  Sadly, due to relocating, exciting career prospects and for family reasons, we are saying Goodbye to Mrs Yolande Higgs, Mrs Caitlin Boyers, Ms Gillian Vogel and Miss Michelle Grimbeek at the end of this year.

Mrs Boyers is expecting a baby at the end of this year and we are sure she will treasure her time at home with him and relish in being a Mom.  Mrs Higgs is simplifying her life and making a move that is a far better fit for her family.  We will miss her, but we know we’ll see her often.

We are aligning with the decision to have three Grade 1 classes at the Prep from next year, and we will, therefore, have three Grade R classes.  Miss Grimbeek has accepted an exciting teaching position and we wish her all the very best for her career.  Ms Vogel is due to relocate and fulfil a lifelong dream of sailing the seas!

We will be welcoming two new Grade R teachers to our family!  Mrs Heidi Botha who is currently living and teaching in London.  She is moving back to Port Elizabeth at the end of the year and will be joining us in January.  Mrs Botha has worked in the education sector for the past 17 years and she brings with her a wealth of international experience.  She enjoys working in a stimulating, creative environment so she will be more than at home here with us.  Mrs Ninette Carter has also taught overseas at international schools in Hong Kong and locally at independent schools in Port Elizabeth.  Mrs Carter has done relief teaching at the Pre-Prep before so she already feels like part of the family.  She is extremely warm, creative and talented and we are very excited that she is joining us.

The class allocation for 2018 will be:

Grade 000:          Miss Pizzo                           Grade R:              Miss Long
Grade 00:            Mrs Howe                                                          Mrs Botha
Miss Dalla-Vecchia                                           Mrs Carter

What’s on for the next two weeks – (School Events & Sport Fixtures: 23 October – 5 November 2017)

School News

Cancellation of Family Fun Run 2017 – Saturday 4 November

We regret to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control we have taken the decision to cancel our 2017 Family Fun Run as it clashes with the Walk for Cancer event which we have only recently been notified about.

Thank you to everyone who has added input into the arrangements thus far.  We do apologise for any inconvenience in this regard and we will keep you posted as to when this event will take place in 2018.

St George’s Prep Talent Show – Thursday 26 October 2017

The St George’s Prep Talent Show will be held on Thursday, 26 October from 18:00 – 20:00 in the Jan Immelman Hall.  Parents and pupils from the Pre-Prep and Prep are welcome to attend.

Tickets will be on sale from Ms Pattison, at the Prep school office, from Monday, 23 October, for R30 each. Please ensure that the exact amount of money is in the envelope (no change will be given).  Hot meals and will be on sale and a tuckshop available from 17h30 before the Show and during Interval.

Mr Glover is in the process of auditions at present and the Prep pupils who are chosen for the event will be given a letter on Monday stating rehearsal times that will take place during next week.

This is a very popular event in our year calendar and it will be a fun-filled night for all.  We look forward to seeing you all there.

SANBS Blood Bus – Friday, 10 November 2017

A reminder that November is our month to support the South African National Blood Service – Our target is 50 units!

This is the fourth year that St George’s Prep has adopted the month of November to support the South African National Blood Service.  The SANBS is in desperate need of blood to save lives – did you know one pint of blood saves three lives?

On Friday 27 October the SANBS Blood Buddy will be visiting the Prep during Assembly to tell the children all about the “Adopt A Month Blood Donation Challenge” and the importance of giving blood to save lives. Following this Assembly, your child will bring home a letter explaining the challenge in more detail together with entry slips for donations. During the month of November, St George’s Prep pupils will be asked to encourage teachers, parents and family members to donate blood at either the SANBS Blood Bus which will be parked at St George’s Prep on Friday 10 November from 08h30 to 15h00 or at one of the Blood Donation Centres – Walker Drive, Provincial Hospital, Cleary Park or Uitenhage.

Last year we surpassed our target of 50 units with 65 units which is awesome!  Can we match this or even beat 65 units this year?  The challenge is on…….and we look forward to your support.

“Let’s Run!” Invitation from the Parents’ Association

A Peek around the Prep

Junior Prep Outdoor Classroom Day…some venues had to change due to the rain…activities included bucket drumming, leaf art, pencil sketching, car graph counting, obstacle course, stocking skippin

More photos from the Grade 7 Exchange Programme to Holmewood House

We are very proud of our six drama students who delivered amazing performances at the Kids and Baby Expo earlier this month where St George’s Prep had a Stand

The rain and wind on Tuesday did not stop our boys from playing cricket (action cricket) with our visitors from Howick Prep in KwaZulu Natal!

Exciting to see our first tennis practice on our turf courts

Our under 11 lads on tour in Knysna got to spend some time with legendary Rudi Koertzen!

Well done to all our 1st XI boys on a successful Co-Ed Schools Eastern Cape Festival during the holidays!