Letter from the Campus Head

Dear Parents and Staff

I recently read an article written by BY MARTIN PEROLD a teacher at St Stithian’s Girls’ College, which opened with this:

“An educational strategy that I often use to focus and direct the attention of my learners at the beginning of a class is to ask them an interesting question. One such question was, “What, do you think, is the most commonly used noun in the English language?”

My learners guessed various nouns, such as “person”, “family”, “money” and “boyfriend”. The correct answer, according to a 2006 study conducted by Oxford University Press and included in the Oxford English Dictionary, is the word “time”. At first glance, this appears quite surprising: do we really refer to time far more often than to our families, to money or even to our significant others? On second thought, however, we can see how this might be true.

We are forever saying phrases such as “next time”, “I don’t have time”, “lunchtime” and “what’s the time?” As educators, the most valuable commodity we have is time – like everyone else in the service industry, we actually sell our time. Unfortunately, no matter how skilled and inspirational we are as educators, we can only sell 24 units of time per day, as opposed to a manufacturer of a product, who can theoretically sell unlimited units of their merchandise.

We regularly complain that we don’t have time to do the things we want to do. We always want to have extra time and extra lessons to get through the syllabus. Our teaching subjects always compete with others for more time and trying to organise a school outing inevitably meets with complaints from those who lose time with their classes as a result. Time is the one thing that always passes, even if our learners don’t – and, according to consultancy firm McKinsey, people worldwide suffer from a “perennial time-scarcity problem”.

It is a small wonder, then, that time (or the lack thereof ) takes priority over finances and family in our daily conversations.”

The ‘perennial time-scarcity problem’, affects all of us and not just teachers which this article addressed, so with this in mind, I felt it wise to share the following with you:

(I read it many years ago and it recycled back into my life while browsing through my detachable hard-drive recently.)

The Paradox of our time- Dr Bob Morehead

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space; we’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less; we plan more but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes, but lower morals; we have more food, but less appeasement; we build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; we’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet to kill. 

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology has brought this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference or to just hit delete…

Perhaps it is time for all of us to take time to reflect, live in the present and make the most of this precious commodity called time, I now have already taken up too much of yours!

Have a wonderful weekend with your children!

Kind regards
Alex Hall – Campus Head
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Congratulations

Congratulations to one of our Grade R teachers, Phillipa Long, who married Darryl Johannessen on Saturday 24 February. We wish them both all the best for the future.

What’s on for the remainder of the Term – (School Events & Sport Fixtures: 12-28 March 2018)

The d6 Communicator is kept up to date with the daily fixtures.  Also refer to your blue Calendars.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Reminder – City Feed Volunteer Evening – Tuesday 20 March 2018

We would like our children to experience first-hand the impact that the Soup Kitchen has on our community and witness for themselves how their donations and time preparing vegetables have made a difference in the lives of others.

Therefore, we invite our Grade 4 – 7 parents and children to join the staff and volunteer and help serve food at ‘City Feed’ on Tuesday, 20 March 2018.  All children must be accompanied by their parents and your own transport must be provided.  Please meet in front of St George’s Prep at 5:15pm. We will leave and arrive at City Hall together. Directions will be emailed closer to the time. We need to let the organisers at Love Story know how many of us to expect. A Reply Slip will be sent out on Monday to fill in if you would like to join us and volunteer at City Feed.

NEW DATE FOR CAMP OUT – Friday 23 March 2018!

Our new date for Camp Out is now Friday 23 March 2018.  All campsite bookings are still valid. There are a few campsites are still available if you wish to attend.  A fee of R50 is charged for families who wish to attend the evening but do not wish to camp. Please also take note of the following information:

  • The school grounds will be open from 4pm for you to pitch your tent.
  • For those wishing to have their tents pitched for an additional R100, please ensure your tent is delivered to the school by 9am on Friday 23 March.  Tents will only be pitched between 3pm and 5pm if they are labelled with a name and have the correct equipment e.g. poles/frames etc. is provided and has been paid for in advance. The school cannot be held responsible for any damages to tents or equipment.
  • Campers are responsible for dismantling their own tents on Saturday 24 March.
  • Please note that we are unable to accommodate any vehicles in the school grounds.

We look forward to seeing you all there for a fun filled night!

St George’s Preparatory Golf Day and Bingo evening  at Walmer Golf Estate – Thursday 19 April 2018

St George’s will be hosting our Annual Golf Day and a Bingo evening this year as one of the Sport Department’s fundraising efforts. We hope to build on the success of last year’s event. The day is a social occasion where the St George’s Family can gather and new friendships can be made.

GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
All Grade 4 – 7 pupils are invited to play in the St George’s Prep Golf Championship. Tee-Off times are 08h30 – 09h00.  Pupils will play 9 holes and they must be able to play a round of golf independently.

GOLF DAY
All parents and friends of St George’s are welcome.  The day will comprise of Golf and Prize-Giving.  The cost of a 4-ball will be R720 inclusive of halfway house.  Players tee-off from 11:30 through 13:00 and Prize-Giving at 17h30.

BINGO EVENING
We are we excited to host a Bingo evening, dinner, live music and dance at Walmer Golf Estate.  The cost per table of 10 people is R2,000.  This includes Spit Braai and 2 rounds of Bingo tickets.  Bookings can be made through the Sports Department – sport@stgeorges.co.za

PRIZES/SPONSORSHIPS
As we are fully dependent on the community, along with corporate and private enterprises, to make the above event a success we would very much appreciate your involvement in the following ways:

1.  Filling the Field
2.  Prizes for players
3.  Prizes for Bingo
4.  Sponsors on the day

•   Title Sponsor – R5,000  – Includes 9/18 hole decor, Logo printed on all Bingo Cards and Golf Score Cards.  Advert on

Schools’ Multimedia platform.
•             1st Hole Tee box Sponsor – R2,000
•             Hole Sponsor – R1,000

You can be assured of excellent exposure and loads of fun whilst contributing to the continued improvement of sporting facilities at St George’s. Those interested in a four ball or wanting to donate prizes please contact the sports office or email sport@stgeorges.co.za.  Your support and assistance is greatly appreciated.

External Event – “The Fine Line between Performance and Injury in the Pool” Workshop – Friday 16 March 2018

 

A Peek around the Prep

We post photographs, events, announcements etc. on our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram Accounts regularly – keep up to date with all that the Prep and Pre-Prep get up to – click on the links below and like, follow and share!

Our u9 chargers ready for the Mt Pleasant Mini Cricket Festival

Great excitement for our Grade 6 pupils in Addo National Park as part of their FGASA training.
The start of a great relationship.

The Grade 7’s knitting as part of their Design and Technology project for the Term

Grade 7’s busy with their set designs for our upcoming School Production “Into the Woods”

Well done to all our swimmers during Swimathon Weekthey swam a total of 8,796 laps!

Pre-Prep – 283 laps         Grade 1 –   609 laps          Grade 2 –  722 laps           Grade 3 – 1408 laps

Grade 4 – 1464 laps         Grade 5 – 1436 laps         Grade 6 – 1226 laps         Grade 7 – 1648 laps

The Grade 1’s are exploring “Emotions” this term and used the iPad drawing app to draw various faces expressing different emotions and made emotion biscuits

Grade 6’s creating stage make-up for the character Rafiki from The Lion King

A Peek Around the Pre-Prep

The Grade 00’s had a fun outing to the beach