Letter from the Campus Head

17 October 2019

Dear St George’s Family

Welcome back to the last Term of the year. It really is hard to believe that we are in the third week of our final Term of 2019. With only 12 weeks left of this decade it is amazing to consider the world we currently live in, in comparison to 2010. Whilst it seems like just the other day for many of us adults that South Africa hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the majority of our current Grade 7’s were only 2 turning 3 years old. Blackberries were the mobile phones of the day (in South Africa at least) and the very rudimentary iPhone 4 was still trying to enter the South African market.

The world certainly does not stand still for anyone and very few of us would have had WiFi in the home in 2010 and the very first iPad was only launched in April of 2010! How did we survive? This too has had an enormous impact not only on education but in the way and manner in which the younger generations interact with each other and the world we now currently live in. Right now we have children acting like adults and adults behaving like children in the virtual/cyber world and sadly in reality too. Some national leaders are testimony to this! 

It is not only our children and teens who struggle to navigate the course between reality and the virtual world, as sadly many adults have fallen into the trap of believing everything that is posted and many creating content based on very little fact or even truth. At the recent ISASA/SAHISA Heads Conference held in KwaZulu-Natal, I was fortunate enough to listen to some wonderful speakers. I was also exceptionally privileged to share a meal with the cartoonist Zapiro, a gentleman whom I believe has a very firm grasp on the South African context not only based on facts but also on events experienced first-hand. Two speakers in particular resonated strong messages, the first being Tim Barry with a plenary on, “How to be a grown up!” and the second by Raymond Perrier entitled, “Leveraging Your Personal Values to Promote Values Based Education”.

I will not bore you with all the details, but fundamentally both men spoke to our value system that we hold closely and how in and amongst all the madness of modern living, the one thing that has not changed and should not change, are our values. To be honest, I do on occasion question the values of many renowned leaders, as no doubt we all do. It does make you wonder how they got their particular set of values and whether or not they truly do live up to them, but that is a whole newsletter, if not novel in its own right. Tim spoke about the “Infantilised Adult”, a concept new to many, and the need for adults to be more “present” and Raymond spoke predominantly around the idea that, “you cannot lead if you cannot lead yourself”. He also referred to people’s need to move away from living superficially, often sub-consciously, to becoming more unconsciously authentic! 

Obviously our 5 core values (RESPECT, INTEGRITY, COMMITMENT, FAMILY AND FELLOWSHIP and KINDNESS) here at St George’s speak to the heart of our value based educational offering and it is our sincere hope that these values are not just memorised but lived by all members of our community. I do believe that our pupils are truly blessed to be part of a community such as ours and that the journey we embark upon with all our boys and girls is very much focused on preparing children to be inspiring adults in the future who truly are unconsciously authentic!

We look forward to the many wonderful activities and events that this Term will bring and sincerely hope that you will all be able to join our boys and girls in many of their endeavours. 

May you all have a super weekend!

 Kind regards

Alex Hall – Campus Head

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Staff News

It is with great sadness that we need to inform you, that Mrs Dawn Berry will be leaving us at the end of the year after 13 years at St George’s.  Mrs Berry joined St George’s as the School Secretary and PA to the Headmaster in January 2007.  In 2012 she was appointed as the Head of Marketing and in 2016 she took over the Admissions. We thank Dawn for all she has contributed over the years and she will be very sorely missed.  Dawn and her husband have decided to pursue their dream of living a sustainable lifestyle off grid and we wish them all the very best for their new adventure. 

Mrs Kendall Westcott, will be leaving us at the end of the Fourth Term to take up a position at Erica Girls in the New Year.  “Miss Rowe” joined St George’s as a student in 2012 and returned to St George’s in April 2017 as a Grade 5 teacher and immediately made her mark at the Prep.  She certainly has given her all to the children lucky enough to be in her care and to the St George’s Community at large. We wish her all the very best for the future  

Mrs Stephanie de Vos and her family are emigrating to New Zealand and we say goodbye to her at the end of the year.  Mrs de Vos joined St George’s in January 2015 as a Grade 1 teacher after having spent much time in our classrooms prior to that.  Her caring nature and wonderful humour will be missed next year and we wish Mrs de Vos and her family all the very best.

We congratulate Ms Elaine Clarke who has accepted the appointment as Head of the Senior Prep in the New Year.  Currently Ms Clarke is a Grade 6 Class teacher and also teaches Grade 6 and 7 English.  We certainly are excited about this appointment and have no doubt that her impact will be felt in the Senior Prep department.

We welcome Mrs Liezel Ristow in 2020 as a new Grade 6 class teacher and subject teacher to our Grade 6 and 7 pupils.  Mrs Ristow has had an extremely long association with the school through her two sons and we are thrilled to be able to extend this relationship and welcome her to the staff in a permanent capacity.

What’s happening in the next two weeks of Term 4 : 2019

The d6 Communicator Calendar is kept up to date with the daily events and matches. 

PLEASE NOTE SOME CHANGES OF DATES BELOW.

TERM 4 PLANNER

 

Day

Team

Start Time

Opposition

Venue

Estimated Finish

Fri 18 October

Soapbox Derby

09h30

Front of the School

10h15

Sat 19 October

C League Gala

08h00

SGP Pool

12h00

Mon 21 October

Tues 22 October

Celebrating the Arts 2019 Formal Opening

18h00

All Welcome

Jan Immelman Hall

20h30

Wed 23 October

Grade 2 Class Character Interview Day

Grade 2’s – Bring sports kit bag separately

Herbert Hurd Relay Gala

16h30

Herbert Herd

±19h00

Celebrating the Arts Exhibition

Wed 23 October

Jan Immelman Hall

Sun 27 October

Thurs 24 October

Celebrating the Arts Exhibition

Wed 23 October

Jan Immelman Hall

Sun 27 October

Fri 25 October

Celebrating the Arts Exhibition

Wed 23 October

Jan Immelman Hall

Sun 27 October

Sat 26 October

B League Gala

08h00

Newton Park

14h00

Celebrating the Arts Exhibition + PE ART MEANDER

Wed 23 October

Jan Immelman Hall

Sun 27 October

Sun 27 October

St George’s PTA Family Fun Day

09h30

Norm Hudlin Trails

off Kragga Kamma Road

±13h00

Celebrating the Arts Exhibition + PE ART MEANDER

Wed 23 October

Jan Immelman Hall

Sun 27 October

15h00

Mon 28 October

Music on the Magic Lawn

10h25

Break Time

10h45

Tues 29 October

Trinity Music Exams

Relay Finals Gala

14h30

Summerwood

±17h30

Wed 30 October

Piano Concert

18h00

Drama Studio

19h00

Thurs 31 October

Grade 7 Business Day

09h45

11h15

Trinity Music Exams

Fri 1 November

Kingswood Waterpolo Festival (Away)

Sat 2 November

C League Gala

08h00

St Dominic’s Priory

12h00

Kingswood Waterpolo Festival (Away)

Main Events in Term 4 – Please refer to the Yearly Planner sent out today for all events for the Term

The d6 Calendar and the Newsletter (sent out every two weeks) is kept up to date with any changes to events & fixtures below. 

St George’s Prep is hosting our sixth art exhibition “Celebrating the Arts” and invites our St George’s family and the wider Port Elizabeth community to visit the exhibition and enjoy the visual experience! 

This year our feature artist Banele Njadayi and up to 45 well-known local artists will be exhibiting at the exhibition – we do believe that this is one of the largest gatherings of well-known local artists under one roof! In addition it will also form part of the P.E. Art Meander this year. 

The “Celebrating the Arts” exhibition will take place at St George’s Preparatory School, 8 Park Drive, Port Elizabeth in the Jan Immelman Hall.  The Exhibition will also be part of the PE ART MEANDER on Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October.

Parents are invited to the Opening Evening on Tuesday 22 October at 18h00 and the exhibition will open to the public from Wednesday 23 October to Saturday 27 October from 09h00 to 17h00 and on Sunday 27 October from 09h00 to 15h00. Please do share with family and friends! 

Come and join our Family Fun Day on Sunday 27 October at Norm-Hudlin Bike Track on Kragga Kamma Road, commencing from 09h30.  

Bring your bikes and/or your walking/running shoes and come and ride, run or walk the 400m, 7km or 10km trail loops.  Dogs on leashes are welcome to join for the walk. All trail routes are clearly marked and are suitable for all ages and skill levels.  Bring your own picnic to enjoy after the Lucky Draw at 11h30. There will be a basic Tuckshop available.

Cost is R50 per person and tickets are available at the Prep and Pre-Prep Offices.  Each ticket bought will automatically be entered into the Lucky Draw.

For directions please click on the link:  https://www.google.com/maps/place/Norm-Hudlin+trails/@-33.9697011,25.4556812,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x1709caf224425042!8m2!3d-33.9697011!4d25.4556812
For further details of the venue please visit their facebook page by clicking on the link: https://www.facebook.com/Normhudlin/?eid=ARD1fMhnSYQmYPmQJ12ik8mTZn7tdDx7dI49KqvcQ4TO1L1NWDZt3Nx5IIw0CQchnxitLnlbghn9Bv8I

A peek at 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!

https://web.facebook.com/stgeorgesprep/

https://www.instagram.com/stgeorgesprepschool/

Welcome back to Term 4!

Our Grade 7’s braving the elements during their Surf Life-Saving programme

Our Grade 4’s made Matilda show posters in their Speech & Drama lesson

We are proud of our 1st XI cricket lads who have completed three T20 games over the past two days. They managed to make it to the final of the bowl play-offs against hosts Westering Primary!

Grade 1 + 2 Splash Gala – Friday 11 October 2019

International Bring Your Teddy Bear To School Day was celebrated by our Grade 7’s on 10th October.

Grade 4 Maths Scavenger Hunt

Grade 3’s Buddy Reading with the Pre-Preppies

Supporting the Springboks at the Pre-Prep and Prep!

Our U13 cricketers had a very successful tour in East London competing at the Co-Ed Schools Festival during the school holidays.

Our U11 boys played in some trying weather conditions in Knysna during the holidays

A peek at the Prep

Sport’s Day fun at the Pre-Prep

“DIY with Mom and Dad” Saturday morning at the Pre-Prep – A BIG THANK YOU to all the Pre-Prep moms and dads who came to do some DIY