8 June 2017
Dear Parents, Pupils and Staff
Preparing Children for the Future
I think most would agree that our schooling was based on rote learning of facts. Is this suitable for the present day generation?
It is estimated that 50% of the facts that children are learning today will no longer be accurate or complete in the near future. Children will need to be able to find information and at the same time, critically analyse and assess this information.
The world we are now living in is simply put, a global village. Children will need collaborative skills to work together with others to solve problems creatively that do not even exist yet. In order for collaboration to work, tolerance must be taught.
Children need to put into practice what they have learnt. Opportunities need to be created outside of the classroom. Opportunities where there is uncertainty, this in turn leads to children discovering their own solutions to problems encountered.
In the past I feel we were all graded according to our abilities during assessments, ‘exam time.’ Unfortunately, this is an extremely unrealistic approach with many faults. It is true that one shoe does not fit all. It is vital that we realise that each child is born with different strengths and that each child will develop best by careful nurturing of these strengths. The jobs of the future will not be solely based on ‘academic outcomes.’
To conclude, those that can think creatively, critically, show leaderships skills, have the ability to constantly sift through all the new information they will be faced with and remain calm under change whilst accepting it will be at a distinct advantage.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Grade 6 and 7 pupils well as they start their exams. I know that you have all worked hard and prepared well.
Traditionally a stressful time, I would like to remind everyone that an exam does not assess what makes each child special and unique.
I have added the following two links as a timely reminder ahead of the upcoming exams.
Head of Senior Primary
Brass & Woodwind Studio Concert – Wednesday 7 June 2017
The Music Department presented a Brass & Woodwind Studio Concert last night. The evening featured all the clarinet, flute, trumpet, euphonium and trombone pupils from St George’s Preparatory. The evening also included an ensemble performance by the Flute Ensemble.
We were fortunate to have a past pupil, Felipe Tapanes, who performed a clarinet solo as well as the “Bayside Brass Quintet” who entertained the audience with two pieces.
What’s on for the Final Three weeks of Term 2?
School Events & Sports Fixtures 12 – 30 June 2017
(Pupils will be notified of any Sports Fixtures for the remainder of the Term.)
SAVE THE DATE – Thursday 29 June 2017!!!
Calling all St George’s Pre-Primary and Prep families to “save the date” Friday 29 June for the official opening of our brand new Multi-Purpose Sports Facility. Come along and join in an afternoon and evening of fun including activities on the astro, live music, food trucks and a beer tent. See you there!
UPCOMING MAIN EVENTS – TERM 3
(All events and fixtures will be available on the d6 Communicator and in your hard copy Calendar issued on the first day of Term 3).
The Children’s Feeding Trust
We have been supporting ‘The Children’s Feeding Trust’ for over 10 years and they are grateful for any donations received. A tin is placed in every classroom each Term for children to bring in loose change. This term the Feeding Trust will be collecting the tins on Friday 23 June. If you have any loose coins or change at home, give it to your child to ‘feed’ the tin in their classroom and in turn, help feed a child in need.
‘One Day without Shoes’ Delivery to Kleinskool – Friday 2 June
On Friday 12 May we supported “One Day Without Shoes”. Pupils and staff went barefoot for the whole day to raise global awareness for kids who don’t have shoes. With the money donated by parents we managed to buy 47 new pairs of school shoes! These 47 pairs of shoes, together with donated new and gently worn school shoes, we collected nearly 150 pairs of schools shoes for Kleinskool!
On Friday 2 June, our Grade 7 pupils visited Kleinskool to deliver these shoes and they also had the opportunity to interact and read to the pupils.
St George’s Prep Annual Girls’ Hockey Festival – Saturday 3 June 2017
12 schools and over 500 players plus coaches and supporters enjoyed a fabulous morning of hockey on Saturday 3 June 2017. The schools that participated were: Clarendon Primary, Collegiate Girls, Erica Girls, St Dominics Priory, Summerwood, Sunridge, all from Port Elizabeth; DSG, Kingswood and St Andrews Prep from Grahamstown, Merrifield Preparatory from East London and Union Preparatory from Graaff-Reinet
Our food court had an incredible vibe, with delicious food, joyful music from our School Band and an overall festive atmosphere. This day would not have been possible without our sponsors. Thank you to Spar, Powerade, Algoa Toyota and Stormforce, as well as all the St George’s staff members support and help. It really does represent how we as a School work as a team. Thank you also to all our parents who supported us on the day. To see the excitement and smiles on all the girls’ faces at the end of the day means it was a success and truly a fantastic day.
A PEEK AROUND THE SCHOOL
Well done to our School Band who added to the wonderful atmosphere entertaining us all during the Interval at the Girls’ Hockey Festival on Saturday
A great morning of rugby out at Woodridge on Saturday 3 June for our U9/10 &11!
The Grade 3s had a fun pirate themed day yesterday … writing shanties, playing pirate themed board games they made themselves and drawing pirate ships in Art
Grade 3s having fun in Drama
Grade 3s having fun in Drama
Grade 3s having fun in Drama
Our Grade 7’s learning about chromatography in Natural Science, through experiments and using their iPads to document the process and findings!
Fitness and ball skills at rotational stations were the focus in one of Grade 1’s Phys Ed lessons
The Pre-Primary love their new screens for painting and drawing … and they learnt about shadows and reflections too!