LETTER FROM THE DEPUTY HEAD

Dear St George’s Family

Side entry – a term more commonly used on the rugby field, but one that refers to someone approaching something from a different angle.

St George’s Prep has definitely lived out this Term in its approach to curriculum development and academics in 2018. The Senior Prep has seen a complete overhaul of its teaching content and a focus towards more project-based learning and collaborative teaching methodologies. This could not be more true for our Grade 5 classes.

2018 saw the introduction of the Real Life 4 Kids programme at St George’s. This programme is project based by nature and is a game that totally consumes our Grade 5 pupils for the best part of 16 weeks. Not only does each class have a 3m x 2m board game in their class, but already only 4 weeks in, our pupils have been exposed to online banking, paydays, jobs, spreadsheets and auctions to name but a few.

A visit to the Grade 5 classrooms will open your eyes to – The Gabble and Gossip – a pupil run newspaper of weekly happenings, loans between pupils, construction of their very own houses, payments of insurance and medical aid, applications for sick leave and learner’s driver’s tests. Our pupils really are being exposed to some real-life problems and solutions, while at the same time learning about the traditional Maths, English, Afrikaans etc.

What do the kids think about it?

“I think the game is amazing! When you buy a plot of property, be prepared to be poor afterwards”.

‘I think Real life 4 Kids is teaching us about how real life is and teaching us to be responsible. I love it!’

‘I like Real Life 4 Kids because the auction was fun. I also like it because you have to build your own house.’

‘I love Real Life 4 Kids because I’ve got a really nice property and I am next to my friends.’

‘Real Life 4 Kids is awesome, but hard. It is so much fun!’

Yours sincerely
Andrew Stamper
Deputy Head

School Closure – New Date – Term 4 2018

At the end of 2017, it was brought to our attention that all other schools within the Port Elizabeth area closed their doors up to 2 weeks before us. This caused some logistical nightmares amongst many of our families. To avoid the same happening this year, we have re-worked our Term 4 dates.

Due to the change in closure dates of the Government schools at the end of Term 4 2018, please note that St George’s Pre-Preparatory and Preparatory will be closing on 4 December and 5 December respectively for the pupils and not 6 December and 7 December as previously stated. This is to try and align ourselves as closely with the state schools as possible as many of our families have siblings at these schools.

Term 4 Dates:

  • Pre-Preparatory (Grades 000 – R)
    • Wednesday 10 October to Tuesday 4 December 2018
  • Preparatory (Grades 1 – 7)
    • Wednesday 10 October to Wednesday 5 December 2018

 

School Events & Sport Fixtures 

Click here to see what's happening 14 - 26 May 2018
Day Team Start Time Opposition Venue Estimated Finish
Mon 14 May U13 Netball 14h30 John Masiza John Masiza 16h00
U12 Netball 14h30 John Masiza SGP 15h30
Tues 15 May U9A Boys Hockey 15h00 Clarendon SGP Astro 15h45
U9B Boys Hockey 14h30 Clarendon SGP Astro 15h15
U9C Boys Hockey 14h30 Clarendon Crusaders A 15h15
U9A Girls Hockey 15h00 Clarendon Crusaders A 15h45
U9B Girls Hockey 14h30 Clarendon Crusaders A 15h15
U9C Girls Hockey 14h30 Erica Erica 15h30
U10A Girls Hockey 15h00 Clarendon SGP Astro 15h45
U10B Girls Hockey 14h30 Clarendon SGP Astro 15h15
U10C Girls Hockey Bye Bye Bye Bye
Wed 16 May Grade 00 Outing     Air Force Museum  
U13A Girls Hockey 14h30 Collegiate Crusaders 15h30
U13B Girls Hockey Bye Bye Bye Bye
U11A Girls Hockey 14h30 Clarendon Clarendon 15h30
Thurs 17 May Grade R Outing     Kragga Kamma  
Grade 1 and 2

Outdoor Classroom day

    Prep  
Grade 3 – 7

Inter House Cross Country

13h45   NMU South Campus Athletics Track 16h30
U9 Netball 14h30 John Masiza SGP 15h15
U10 Netball 14h30 John Masiza John Masiza 15h30
U11 Netball 14h30 John Masiza SGP 15h30
Friday 18 May St George’s Cares Prayer Group 07h10 All Parents Welcome Prep Staff Room 07h30
Grade 000 Outing     Windsor Castle  
Gr2 ‘Old City’ Buildings Tour     PE Town Centre  
Grade 6 Outing     African Dawn  
U13A Boys Hockey 14h30 Priory Priory 15h45
U11A Boys Hockey 13h30 Sunridge Sunridge 15h30
U11B Boys Hockey 14h15 Sunridge Sundridge 15h30
Saturday 19 May Sunridge Netball and Rugby Festival

U11 + U13 Rugby and U12 + U13 Netball – more info to follow closer to the event.

Monday 21 May Grade 5 Outing     Baaekns Valley  
Tuesday 22 May          
Wed 23 May Welcome Wednesdays Open Mornings 08h30 Meet in Reception Tour of the Prep & Pre-Prep 10h00
Thursday 24 May Grade 7 World War Outing        
Friday 25 May          
Saturday 26 May SAMT Mini Maestro Competition tba Some of our music pupils will be participating Collegiate Junior tba

UPCOMING EVENTS

Junior Prep Mother’s Day Tea 

To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, Grade 1 to 3 mothers are invited to attend a Tea with your child tomorrow, Friday 11 May, in the Jan Immelman Hall at 11h00.

You will be seated at tables with your child.  If you are unable to attend, please send an aunty or a granny in your place as it would be nice if one adult could attend this event.

The Junior Prep pupils will be presenting musical items and poems to entertain you.

We trust that you will be able to join us for a fun-filled morning.

Grades 3-7 Inter-house Cross-Country

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Inter-house Cross-Country for pupils in Grades 3-7 will be held on Thursday, 17 May, from 13h45 – 16h30. This year’s event will take place at NMU South Campus Athletics Track.  (Please enter at the main entrance off Admiralty Way and follow the signs to the track).

 

School proceedings on the day
  • Pupils attend school as normal dressed in their cross-country clothing.
  • 07h55 – 12h15 Lessons continue as normal.
  • 12h15 Pupils will be having lunch.
  • 13h00 Buses depart from school for NMU (Buses have been booked to carry ALL pupils to NMU)
  • Grade 3: Parents can collect their children from NMU at 14h30 or at school at 15h00
  • Grades 4-7: Parents can collect their children from NMU at 16h30 or 17h00 at school.

Each pupil will be given a water and energy bar after completing their race. Please provide them with extra juice/water and snacks as there will be no tuck-shop available.

Please take note of the following:

  • There will be no afternoon sports practices for Grade 3-7.
  • Grade 3 Aftercare will start at 15h00 or as soon as the buses arrive back at school from NMU.
  • Grade 1 and 2 will have a normal school day.
What to wear
  • School tracksuit and sports shirt or Inter-House t-shirts, blue shorts, white socks and running shoes, PLUS hats/caps.  Please ensure everything is labelled clearly.
Cross Country Programme
  • 13:45 – u9 Boys and Girls
  • 14:10 – u11 Girls
  • 14:40 – u11 Boys and Open Girls
  • 15:10 – Open Boys
  • 16:00 – Prize-giving

Please come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with us and encourage the athletes.

We are aware of the situation at NMU and with the Algoa bus strikes and we will make a decision regarding this event next week as to whether it will need to be postponed.

Music Department’s 2018 Strings Studio Concert

Wednesday 30 May

The 2018 Strings Studio Concert will take place on Wednesday 30 May at 18:00 in the Music Department. It will feature all the ‘string’ pupils from St George’s Prep.  There will be light refreshments after the concert.

It promises to be an intimate and inspiring evening for all involved.

Please RSVP by Thursday 17 May to the Head of Music, Mrs du Toit by email music@stgeorges.co.za for catering purposes.

St George’s Fair 2018

Saturday 16 June 2018
Today your child will bring home a car poster for you to display in your car to help us promote our upcoming St George’s Fair.  Please also share our Fair posters on your social media pages with your friends. The poster can be shared from our event page here.

If you are able to display one of our Fair posters at your company please collect one from the school offices.

We are still needing glass jars for the tombola stall filled with goodies that would appeal to ages 4 – 13 and for any books (adult/children/fiction/ non-fiction) that you no longer need for our Second-Hand Book Stall.

Please keep selling those Lucky Draw tickets to all your family and friends and make sure no-one misses out on the chance to win one of the exciting prizes on offer!

A PEEK AROUND THE SCHOOL