Letter from the Campus Head

Dear St George’s Family

I cannot believe I am opening this letter with, “Welcome back”, it seems like yesterday I was wishing all our families well for the Easter break.  Term 1 certainly was a most successful and busy term and clearly Term 2 will be no different.

Traditionally our winter terms are busy with more sports fixtures than usual as our boys and girls all have the opportunity to play at least two team sports.  May we please appeal to all our parents to take note of the Term Calendar and the tours/fixtures/derby days arranged for the pupils? It really is disheartening when families withdraw their children from certain events/fixtures as this obviously has an impact on the teams and various age groups.  One of our school values is commitment and we encourage all our pupils to commit to all the fixtures, festivals and tours arranged for their respective teams.

As a school we really are doing everything in our power to ensure we can offer as many opportunities to our boys and girls as possible.  This of course will always come at a cost and we have intentionally given very early notice, particularly for tours, to try inform parents and provide a fairly accurate costing, so that we can all plan together to allow these opportunities to happen.  Being a smaller school, we obviously understand that many pupils are involved in all aspects of school life and this too can become costly.  Please rest assured we do keep the costs to cover just the basic necessities of a tour, any other extra’s like kit, clothing etc. are covered through either sponsorship or fundraising by the parents of that particular group.

We are obviously also very excited with the newly renovated Grade 1 and 7 classrooms, and are very eager to complete as many classrooms as possibly for the benefit of all our pupils. At our recent Family Camp-Out, we encouraged the pupils to take parents into the new classrooms to really experience them first hand and hopefully get a better understanding of what we are wanting to achieve.  Please go to the following link, to read a recent blog I wrote that hopefully will give you further clarity http://www.stgeorges.co.za/2018/04/12/thinking-about-our-thinking/. It really is more than just a fancy classroom!

Obviously this is a large Capital Project and we will be approaching various stakeholders to possibly sponsor an entire classroom.  We do also, however, understand that some parents may want to contribute in some form or another towards the classrooms.  With this in mind we have launched a campaign to try and raise funds to speed up the process.  This can be found at: http://www.stgeorges.co.za/classroom-transformation/  and a brochure has been handed to your child to be shared with you. We are also acutely aware of the costs of sending your child to St George’s and the various sacrifices that many parents do make to give their children the opportunity to attend our special school. As such there is no obligation to contribute and we appeal purely to those members of our immediate community who are in a position to assist.

May you all have a wonderful term with many exciting events ahead and I look forward to watching our U12 and U13 Girl’s Netball sides playing in Knysna on Thursday!

Kind regards
Alex Hall – Campus Head
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Staff News

Congratulations to Miss Kendall Rowe who married Morgan Westcott over the Easter weekend.  Welcome back Mrs Westcott!

Mrs Cindy Tanner is on a Term’s leave.  We welcome Mrs Charne Scheffel who will take Grade 2S this Term.

It is with great sadness that I need to inform you that Mrs Phillippa Johannessen (nee Long), has resigned from her position as Grade R Teacher and will be relocating to East London with her husband next term.  Phillippa, during her time here at St George’s Pre-Prep, has made a significant difference to all those pupils who were fortunate to be in her care. Her whole-hearted involvement and wonderful relationships built with staff, pupils and parents will certainly be missed.  We wish Phillippa many happy years in East London with her new position as a Foundation Phase Teacher, I know she is very sad to be leaving St George’s Pre-Preparatory but is also excited with the challenges ahead and the prospects of new opportunities.

Winter Uniform:

A reminder that pupils are to start wearing the winter uniform from Tuesday 2 May.

Water restrictions and the wearing of school uniform

With water restrictions still firmly in place within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the strain on the water supply to the city and the increased cost of water, St George’s Prep has decided to continue being proactive instead of reactive.

Until until water restrictions are lifted in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, pupils will continue be allowed to wear sports clothes and tracksuits to school in Term 2 on the days that they take part in sporting activities. We are hoping that by allowing this to happen we will be doing our part to save a very precious natural resource, while at the same time saving the cost of having to wash so many items of clothing.

What’s happening first two weeks of May – (School Events & Sport Fixtures: 2 – 19 May 2018)

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

PLEASE NOTE: the Sports Fixtures are not yet available as we are still waiting for confirmation from other schools.  The Sports Fixtures will be sent out as soon as they have all been confirmed.  Until then your coach will be informing you as and when there is a match.

Important Dates for Term 2

Upcoming Events

One Day without Shoes Outreach Initiative – Thursday 10 May 2018

On Thursday 10 May we will be celebrating “one-day without shoes”.  We would like to make our pupils more aware of the needs of others less fortunate who have to cope daily going to school without shoes.

We will be collecting donations of new or gently worn shoes for an underprivileged school, Fernwood Park Primary School situated in Bethelsdorp.  Any kind of shoes and any size will be most welcome. However, there is a great need for school shoes and takkies.  Please tie the pair of shoes together with string before sending them to school.

Alternatively there is also an option to send R80 from which a new pair of school shoes would be purchased on your behalf to donate to Fernwood Park Primary School. If you choose this option please send the exact money in a marked envelope addressed SHOE OUTREACH and hand it to your class teacher by Tuesday 8 May.

Pupils to please bring all shoe donations on Thursday 10 May and take them directly to the school hall.  We request that our pupils arrive and leave school on Thursday 10 May wearing their school shoes. Shoes will be taken off for the duration of the school day.

Thank you all for your continuous support for our outreach projects throughout the year.

St George’s Fair 2018 – Saturday 16 June 2018

Look out for our exciting Raffle which will be launched shortly and Raffle sheets will be sent home to each St George’s family so you can start selling tickets to family, friends and colleagues.  There are some amazing prizes to be won, tickets will cost R20 each and for every ten tickets sold the family will receive a free entry!

A reminder to please bring second-hand books (children & adult) for us to sell at this stall and the Kiddies Tombola jars, which were very popular at the last Fair.  These can be brought to Mrs Berry’s office (opposite the secretary’s office) at the Prep or handed in at the Pre-Prep school office.

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!

Well done to all our Rugby and Netball players who competed at the Charlo Sevens and Netball Festival on Saturday 21 April 2018

Well done to all our Rugby and Netball players who competed at the Charlo Sevens and Netball Festival on Saturday 21 April 2018

 

Pupils, staff and our special guests from “The Royal Society of St George” came together to celebrate St George’s Day on Friday 20 April. Following our St George’s Day assembly, where past pupil Candice Millar told us of her time as a Pre-Prep & Prep pupil, the Pre-schoolers enjoyed an obstacle race whilst the Grade 1-7 pupils enjoyed an “Amazing Race” followed by lunch on the lawn.

Our Grade 4-7 Golf Championship and Golf Day was held at Walmer GOLF CLUB on Thursday 19 April – thank you to all our sponsors and golfers for your support and well done to our young golfers who braved the blustery conditions.

It’s not every day you get to play at your Prep School’s Golf Day and have the ball you used at the Golf Championships as a school boy still in your bag!

Our Grade 3’s are learning about countries of the world, and last week the country was Italy –they had lots of fun making their own pizzas

Grade 1’s enjoying their Phys Ed lessons

Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people sitting, people eating, table and indoorWe are proud of our Grade 7’s who each knitted a square in Technology last term & Mrs du Toit who sewed the squares together to create a blanket. The blanket has been donated to Hope Edu-care in Joe Slovo

Grade 1’s dress up as a family member for their isiXhosa class

Our Junior Prep watched and participated in a puppet show last week about global warming and the effect plastics and various types of pollution have on our environment

Our 1st XI Hockey boys playing for 3/4th place at the Grey U13 tournament!

The Grade 2 Boys’ on the Astro

More “Into the Woods” set designs by the Grade 7’s

A Peek at the Pre-Prep

Fitness Friday is great fun! Go Grade 00s!

“Popping Wednesday” popcorn day at the Pre-Prep

Our Pre-Preppies having lots of fun at “Bring your bike or scooter to school day”