LETTER FROM THE CAMPUS HEAD

Dear St George’s Family

Welcome back to Term 3 of 2018 where the days are starting to get longer and the pace of the Term is already beginning to gather momentum!

I recently joined our boys and girls 1st Hockey teams on their tour of KwaZulu Natal to support them during their various fixtures.  Tours of this nature certainly do take a lot of planning and we are very grateful for those staff members who not only gave of their own time to be with the children but spent many hours preparing for the tour.  I would like to convey our sincere thanks to Mr Peltenburg, Mr Stamper, Mr Samboer and Miss Bradfield for all the time and support they gave our boys and girls. Whilst the fundamental purpose of this tour is primarily to expose our pupils to hockey at a different level and in a different province, there is so much more than that which makes any tour successful. The opportunity to make new friends, to solidify current friendships, to be with the staff in a different and non-academic environment, to be a tourist, these all add to the value of touring.

I was particularly proud of our pupils when I received a message from one of our previous Aftercare ladies informing me that her sister, who lives in Howick, met some boys from St George’s.  She further elaborated that the manners, friendliness and sincere engagement she received from the boys whilst buying tuck in the local Spar, impressed her immensely.   It is at times like this when our pupils realise that their reach and influence can make a difference in this world wherever they may be.  Needless to say I was an exceptionally proud Head and shared this with the boys.

We too recently hosted our friends from Oakhill in Knysna and had two wonderful days of healthy competitive sport in some very varied weather conditions.  The games were very evenly matched and the victors spoils were shared by both schools and again lessons both on and off the field were learnt by all.  We would like to sincerely thank all of our parents who so kindly opened their homes to Oakhill children, without your support wonderful Derby weekends like this would not be possible.  I would also like to thank Ms Gibbon for her incredible planning and organisation of the weekend.  I have received many compliments from the Oakhill parents and staff, and in fact yesterday afternoon I had a conversation with the Executive Head of Oakhill who was attending a workshop here at St George’s where he shared with me how much they appreciate and value our relationship.

I often visit other Independent schools on my travels and in the past two months I have had the good fortune of visiting Dainfern Prep and St Stithian’s Prep in Johannesburg and more recently Highbury Prep and Cowen House Prep in KwaZulu Natal.  These visits present wonderful opportunities to further investigate best practise in

Independent Prep Schools and assists in giving us a better understanding of our current offering in the market place.  We have much to be proud of and I returned from both of these trips excited, optimistic and really thankful for the privilege of being the 9th Headmaster of our 82 year old Preparatory School here in Port Elizabeth.  It also is wonderful to note that our reputation and name is well known and well thought of in other Provinces and that we are an attractive option for families moving to Port Elizabeth.

Yesterday the entire Senior Management and one of our Board members attended a workshop on Transformation and Diversity hosted by St George’s and run by ISASA.  Transformation and diversity was identified as one of our strategic imperatives that came out of our strategic planning of last year.  Woodridge, DSG and Oakhill all joined us for this workshop and we certainly have taken much from it and look forward to further developing our plans and policies in this regard.  This weekend the Senior Management team will be spending three days planning for 2019 as we have done so for the past three years.  This time is so valuable to us as we reflect, plan and unpack as many aspects of the school’s operations as we possibly can and we often return full of hope and excited for what the future holds.

We wish all our girls the very best of luck this weekend with their varied fixtures against Erica.  May all our families have a wonderful weekend and spend some valuable time together.

Kind regards
Alex Hall – Campus Head
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Grade 7 Class of 2013 Reunion Evening

It was great to see so many of our past pupils from the Grade 7 Class of 2013 at our reunion evening held earlier this Term.

What’s happening first two weeks of Term 3

(School Events: 4 – 17 August 2018)

Cross Country Programme

Day

Team

Start Time

Opposition

Venue

Estimated Finish

Saturday 4 August

Erica Girls’ Derby

Netball Teams

U13 A + B; U12 A + B:

U11 A + B + C; U10 A + B + C

U9 A +B + C

Girls Hockey

U10A + B + C; U9 A + B + C

08h30

Erica Girls, St George’s & Clarendon

Erica Girls School

12h00

Monday 6 August

Science Week

 

Inter-House Quiz

08h55

Pupils only

Jan Immelman Hall

09h55

Tuesday 7 August

Science Week

 

Guitar & Drums Studio Concert

18h00

 

Music Department

19h00

Wed 8 August

Welcome Wednesday

08h30

All Welcome

Tour of the Campus

10h00

Grade 6 Science Expo

10h00

All Welcome

Jan Immelman Hall

16h00

St George’s Pink Drive

 

 

 

 

Thursday 9 August

WOMAN’S DAY – Public Holiday

Friday 10 August

PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Monday 13 August

Grade 4 Bayworld Outing

09h00

 

Bayworld

10h00

Tues 14 August

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 15 August

Pre-Prep & Junior Prep Creative Arts Evening & Parent Q&A with the Head

18h00

 

Jan Immelman Hall

19h00

Thurs 16 August

Grade 7 Mapwork Hike

08h00

Walk from Schoenies towards Sardinia Bay

12h00

Friday 17 August

St George’s Cares

Prayer Group

07h10

All Pre-Prep & Prep parents welcome

Prep Staff Room

07h30

Upcoming Events for Term 3

Cross Country Programme

UPCOMING EVENTS

Music Department’s Guitar and Drums Studio Concert –

Tuesday 7 August 2018

We are looking forward to the Music Department’s 2018 Guitar and Drums Studio Concert which takes place on Tuesday 7 August at 18:00.

It gives our parents the opportunity to hear their children play these instruments in a small concert format.

It promises to be an intimate and inspiring evening for all involved and we wish our pupils all the best.

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.

Feedback on U13A Boys and Girls KZN Hockey Tour

17 – 23 July 2018

1st XI Hockey teams travelled to KwaZulu Natal for the St Anne’s, Hilton and Michaelhouse Prep Schools Festivals!

On Tuesday 17 July, 28 excited pupils and 4 staff departed Port Elizabeth for Durban.  We arrived at King Shaka International Airport where we collected our bags and made our way out to Smiley, our luxury coach driver.   We spent the first night at the KZN Hockey Lodge, where the pupils had the opportunity to watch the SA masters side practice before their trip to Barcelona.

Wednesday morning we arrived at USHAKA, where we were taken on an educational tour followed by a fun filled morning on the slides.  Smiley picked us up after lunch where we were taken to Hillcrest to play our first matches versus Winston Prep.  The boys and girls played some exceptional hockey, working on linking up together and creating space. The boys drew their match 2-2 and the girls lost 2-0. After the match we were taken to our new home, Howick Prep Hostel.  Howick Hostel felt like home, all the staff having lived in Hostel before. The Large Dining room, Dormitories, TV Room, Sick bay and the Hostel Matron Aunty Sue.

Thursday morning the boys and girls had the opportunity to attend a practice session at Hilton College held by three knowledgeable coaches.  That afternoon we attended Treverton where we played matches versus Howick Prep. We focused on patterns of play and various press systems. The girls lost a tightly fought match 1-0 and the boys won 2-1.

Friday morning the touring party split up for the weekend, the girls attended St Anne’s Festival and the boys attended the Hilton/Michael House Festival.  The Festivals exposed the pupils to different formats of the game, indoor, fives and 11 a-side games.

Sunday evening we transferred to Umhlanga where the pupils had the opportunity to walk around Gateway. Monday morning we attended the Wavehouse before our flights back to PE.

Oakhill Derby – Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July 2018 

Senior Hockey u11, u13

The full field games took place at the NMU Astro. There were some incredible matches with results going both ways. It was great to see how the pupils played with a determined and positive attitude. The way we would like to play the game as a school is starting to come through strongly; players learning how to dominate key areas on the turf, utilising space and building up play. The most important aspect is players are starting to think for themselves.

Junior Hockey u9, u10

The junior sides played on the School’s Astro. The boys and girls have developed so much this year in terms of spatial awareness, eyes up with the focus of playing flowing hockey.

Rugby

There was great excitement before the games. The boys had put a lot of effort into their training and the season in general thus far. It was exciting to see all the hard work pay off and the boys implementing what they had learned, producing games filled with running rugby, communication and solid defence. The most pleasing aspect was the teamwork and spirit with which the boys played the game. Well done to all involved!

Netball

The netball courts were a buzz of activity, with over 25 teams taking part. The girls played some flowing netball, with the ball being passed from one place to another with confidence.

Pre-Prep

The Pre-Prep pupils had the opportunity to be part of the Derby Day. The focus of the session was ultimately having fun and playing games.

Grade 1 + 2 Tag

Tag Rugby introduces the boys to the basic concepts of running rugby. There were some incredible tries scored by all, with boys developing the basic skills of learning how to defend and attack as a unit.

Grade 1 + 2 Hockey

Girls played mini games, incorporating different skills. The whole process is to expose the players to different situations, allowing them to think for themselves.

Thank you to all the parents that hosted pupils, without your help Derby Days like this wouldn’t be possible. It is incredible to see pupils participating in so many sports. Thank you for your support!

A PEEK AROUND THE SCHOOL

We had some rather old looking Grade 1’s last week celebrating their 100th day of “big school”!

Our Junior Prep and Pre-Prep loved being entertained by the incredible dog show last week!

Our Grade 5’s has such fun learning about measurement with paper aeroplanes.