Pre-Prep Christmas Newsletter

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection”

In the wise words of Winston Churchill, this time of year certainly is a magical one and a special time to reflect on all the wonderful moments  we’ve spent with our very precious  St George’s children and their families.

We have had such an eventful year.  Where do I even start?  We have watched our families, old and new, come together at various functions and events to support their children and the fellowship and fun shared has been beautiful to see.  The children have had an exciting time of exploring and discovering at school as well as on outings, and the world has become a wider, more exciting place for them all.  All our Pre-Preppies have made special friendships and formed close bonds with all our staff and many happy moments have been shared.

The Christmas spirit, and all the excitement that goes along with it, is tangible here right now and the children have posted their Christmas Wish lists to Santa in our special Santa Post Box.  I have assured them that I will be posting them all off to the North Pole along with a big sprinkle of magic Christmas wishes and sparkles!

Most importantly, our little ones know the ‘real reason for the season’, that it is Jesus’ birthday and a time of giving and loving one another.  Here’s what some of our children had to say about Christmas:

“We have Christmas because it’s Jesus’ birthday and the first thing that comes in my mind is presents” Noah

“I like to celebrate Jesus’ birthday because Jesus is really special” Lyana

“For Christmas I would love to spend time with my family. I think we should celebrate Jesus’ birthday with Him” Genevieve

“I like Christmas coz it’s fun”   Zac

“Christmas is fun because we get time with our family to enjoy Christmas and have fun with all our stuff” Ambesikhaya

On that note, I hope you have a fun filled Festive Season with your family and loved ones.  Remember, one of the best messes in the world is the mess created in your house on Christmas Day.  Don’t clean it up too quickly and don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!

Kind Regards,
Shareen Combe
Head of Pre-Preparatory

Goodbyes are never easy but at the end of this year we bid farewell to Mrs Higgs, Miss Vogel and Miss G as they head off to new adventures.  We are especially excited for Mrs Boyers as she awaits the birth of her precious baby boy!  We will miss you all very much and you will ALL always be considered a part of our St George’s family.       

We are very excited to welcome our new teachers to the Pre-Prep in January 2018:

Mrs Botha and Mrs Carter will be joining Miss Long in Grade R

Miss Lizzy (Elizabeth) will be Miss Pizzo’s full-time Teaching Assistant in Grade 000

On Tuesday 16 January, ONLY NEW children come to school for a NEW CHILDREN TEA & PLAY
09h00-11h00.

Term 1 starts for ALL CHILDREN on Wednesday 17 January and school hours for the first week are 09h00-11h00 (Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 January).  There is NO AFTERCARE that week.  Normal school hours start from Monday 22 January.  The school gate opens at 07h15 – Children will NOT be allowed in before this time.  For children arriving with transport, please inform the drivers of this rule.  The School day starts promptly at 08h00.

Collection times as follows:

  • Grade 000 end at 12h15
  • Grade 00 end at 12h30
  • Grade R end at 12h45

 

Aftercare with class teacher until 14h00 @R30 per day.  Aftercare from 14h00 – 17h30 is offered privately with Brainy Bugs, please contact Phoebe (phoebe@prime.za.net) for further information and enrolment.

SCHOOL TERMS FOR ST GEORGE’S

  • Term 1: 17 January to 28 March
  • Term 2: 11 April to 22 June
  • Term 3: 18 July to 28 September
  • Term 4: 10 October to 06 December

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO NOTE 1ST TERM

**** SAVE THE DATE****

For all the information you will need for the upcoming year, please attend our parents Info Evening on Thursday 18 January from 18h00-19h00

BREAK TIME SNACKS

Please pack a healthy snack for your child (sandwich, fruit, biscuits and a cooldrink).
NO sweets, chips or fizzy drinks are to be brought to school.

FRIDAY IS BAKERMAN/BAKERLADY

The children are to bring R2 every Friday.  Each child has a turn on a roster basis to be bakerman / bakerlady.  We request that you send eats (biscuits, cupcakes, ice-creams, packets of popcorn are a few examples) for your child’s class – your child then sells their eats to their classmates for R2 each.  This activity helps them to work with money and realise its value.  The money is used to fund baking day which they do in class on Thursdays.

HIP HIP HOORAY, IT’S HOTDOG DAY!

Every Wednesday we sell hotdogs to the children for R10 which they thoroughly enjoy!

BIRTHDAYS

The family is invited to join the class for the Birthday ring to celebrate your child’s birthday.  A treat such as chips, popcorn or cake for classmates is welcome!

CLOTHING

Children may wear anything comfortable and practical to school.  Long dresses and high shoes are a hazard on the jungle gyms and jewellery is not permitted, if ears are pierced, only studs may be worn.  A change of clothing for the younger children is a good idea and may be kept by the teacher, all clothing is to be clearly marked.  On hot days, children may come to school barefoot if they so wish.

Children MUST wear caps or hats when playing outside.

It is compulsory to wear the St George’s Pre-Prep T-shirt when going on outings.

CHANGES AT HOME

Please keep us informed of any changes at home such as visits by relatives, overseas trips, illness, death or divorce as these may affect the children.  Teachers need to be aware so they are able to deal with the situation accordingly.  Please also advise the Secretary, Linda, of any changes of addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses so we can keep our records up to date.

MESSAGES FROM OUR TEACHERS

Grade R:  

The last term of Grade R started off with an exciting Shopping outing where the children got to decorate a gingerbread man at Spar.  Living in Port Elizabeth, we learnt interesting facts about Our City with Mrs Higgs being our tour guide on a trip to the Donkin Reserve.  It has been a busy but fun term with many conversations about Grade 1 and leaving the Pre-Prep for big school.  

We have also interacted this term with the Grade 1’s, having them read to us, playing  games on the smart board, working on I pads and a playdate at the Preparatory.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas theme and our classes are looking beautiful with all the art.

We have reached the end of the year with our Grade R’s and we wish them all the best for Grade 1. Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.

Mrs Higgs and Ms Long

Grade 00:

We cannot believe that it is already the end of the year!  It has been one really busy, eventful year with lots of fun outings and activities.  This term we went to Bayworld and learned about ‘Seahorses’, but the outing that stood out was definitely ‘Animals In Wonderland’.  Handling the snakes was a highlight for the children and their parents.

This is always a sad time when we have to say goodbye to all the special children, but luckily we get to see most of them on the playground again next year.  We wish you a safe and happy holiday.

Have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

All our love,
Miss D and Mrs Howe

Grade 000:

Wow, what a year!  In fact, what a great year!  We have done a lot of exciting learning in Grade 000 and participated in many fun and exciting activities.  We have started to develop skills needed for Grade 00 and are all very excited for our new adventure.  Each of your children have brought such joy and happiness to our classrooms.  We were fortunate to have a wonderful group of children this year.  Each child has touched our lives and this school in a very positive way.

Happy Holidays everyone.  May beautiful moments and happy memories surround you always.

Lots of love,
Miss Pizzo and Mrs Boyers

Have a wonderful holiday and a Blessed Christmas
From all of us at the Pre-Prep