Letter from the Campus Head
Dear Parents and Staff
And with a blink of an eye, Term 1 of 2018 done and dusted! Thank you to all our Teachers, Staff, Parents and wonderful pupils for your whole-hearted support and involvement during what has been a most successful and busy term. If we cast our minds back to this term and reflect we need to self-check where we are as a school with regards to up holding our five core values:
For others, our active work at Love Story and involvement with the City Feeding scheme.
For the Environment, Park Drive clean up, our FGASA program and efforts made to reduce laundry.
For yourself, our staff are regularly challenging our boys and girls to focus on personal excellence.
Your Faith, whilst often a personal journey, time of reflection is found during our assemblies, SMILE groups, House and Class assemblies
Displayed on a daily basis during our interaction with others both in and out of our school community. The girl who hands in the five Rand coin found on the tennis court, the boy who stood up for his friend at break.
Family and Fellowship
Our successful PA Camp Out, SMILE groups, House meetings and events and of course the daily conversations between our Staff, Parents and Pupils.
A constant focus and much discussion and ideas to display kindness have been shared in a variety of platforms this past term. Our various Outreach programs have no doubt further instilled this in our children.
Our wonderful boys and girls display this in the classroom, on the stage, on the sports fields and on the playground all the time, as a school master this is really a pleasure to witness on a daily basis.
Our school Vision
“To develop world class, co-educational, independent schooling that prepares children for life. We aim to equip children to be socially responsible and compassionate in an ever-changing world.”
Whilst this is an aspiration vision, I do believe we are firmly set on achieving all aspects of our Vision Statement and we look forward to continually developing and growing the product that is St George’s Preparatory School for all our boys and girls from Grade 000 through to Grade 7.
May all our families have a wonderful Easter HOLIDAY with your children!
Term 1 Extra-Curricular ‘Round-up’
Sport forms a great feature of life at St George’s Prep. All of our children get to experience a wide variety of different sporting activities through our extra-curricular programme and Friday skills sessions.
The ethos of the Sports Department is firmly embedded in the idea of every pupil being given the opportunity to develop their potential to the very best of their abilities. All pupils get the opportunity to play in competitive matches, either through the league system or Saturday Derby fixtures. The emphasis is always on enjoyment and we hope that our pupils leave us with a love of sport and a desire to continue participating. This Summer Term has seen us participate in numerous galas, waterpolo, cricket and tennis fixtures.
This year we have introduced the Friday Skills program for our Senior Prep Children. The emphasis of this program is to try and allow pupils to explore different avenues.
Having attended most of the Lifesaving sessions, it has been remarkable to see the pupils in a totally different light and how they have grown in confidence. A number of these pupils had never swum past the breakers before and are now doing so with ease. They have also had the opportunity to participate in various lifesaving events, using the craft and equipment on hand. Next term we will look at water safety and first aid.
Mr Stamper’s FGASA group have had an exciting Term visiting Addo, Kragga Kamma and Amakhala Game Reserves. They have followed the FGASA Junior Program. Through this program they are learning about the various animals in our surroundings and everything that is associated with becoming a Game Ranger. Next term we will spend more time with the rangers at Addo, learning about game catching and tracking.
Judo has seen our pupils performing the basics, understanding the necessary holds and ways to fall in a safe manner. Golf allows our pupils to explore a course, learn what happens behind the scenes and the up-keep of a Golf course. Our pupils can also be seen on the range honing their skills before they take on the first nine.
Next term is an exciting and busy one. We will be participating in numerous Festivals and hosting our own.
Welcome to the Holmewood House Grade 7 Exchange pupils
During the Grade 7 year pupils are given the opportunity to be part of our Exchange Programme with Holmewood House in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom. Their Senior Master, Mr Paul Morgan-Jones, and 7 pupils from Holmewood House and 1 pupil from Sevenoaks School arrived in Port Elizabeth for two weeks. In October our pupils will spend two weeks at Holmewood House.
Some of the activities the pupils will experience will be preparing vegetables for City Feed, a visit to Addo, a day at Heatherbank School and much more.
Next Term – First Week and date to wear Winter Uniform
The Prep School, Admin and Finance offices will be closed from Thursday 29 March and will re-open on Tuesday,
10 April from 10h30 – 14h30.
The Pre-Prep Office will be closed from Thursday 29 March and will re-open on Wednesday, 11 April at 07h30.
All Sport and Extra Mural activities will commence on the first day of school, Wednesday 11 April.
Summer uniform continues to be worn until the end of April. Winter Uniform, including the school blazer, is to be worn from Wednesday, 2 May onwards.
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.
The School Shop and 2nd Hand Shop Opening Hours
The Shop will reopen on : Tuesday 10 April from 11h30 – 13h00; and on Wednesday 11 April from 07h30 – 08h30 and 12h30 – 14h30.
Normal School Shop Hours:
Mondays 12:30 – 14:30
Tuesdays/Thursdays 07:30 – 09:00
Wednesdays 12:30 – 15:30
The Second-hand Shop will open to normal hours:
Wednesdays 12:30 – 14:00; and
Thursdays 07:30 – 08:30.
Labelling of Clothing and Break time accessories
During the April holidays, please ensure that ALL clothing, (including ties, blazers, socks, shoes), all stationery, and all sport clothing and equipment (e.g. tennis rackets, hockey sticks, shin guards, takkies, sport socks) are marked clearly with your child’s FULL name. Please also label lunch boxes and cool drink bottles.
All clothing and sports equipment not labelled is sent to the Second Hand Shop to be re-sold and the unclaimed water bottles and lunch boxes not labelled will be donated to a school in need.
What’s happening in April – Term 2 – (School Events & Sport Fixtures: 11 – 30 April 2018)
Important Dates for Term 1
(Please note that the d6 Communicator is kept up to date with all outings, events and sporting fixtures)
Please refer to the little blue Calendars or the d6 for ALL our fixtures and events for the Term
Thursday 10 May One Day without Shoes
Friday 11 May Pre-Prep Mother’s Day – 09h00-10h15
Junior Prep Mother’s Day – 11h00-12h00
Saturday 12 May St George’s 7’s Rugby Festival
Thursday 17 May Grade 4-7 Inter-House Cross Country at NMMU
Saturday 19 May Sunridge Netball and 7’s Rugby Festival
Wednesday 23 May Welcome Wednesday – 08h30-10h00
Saturday 26 May SASMT Mini Maestro Competition
Wednesday 30 May Music Strings Studio Concert – 18h00-19h00
Saturday 2 June St George’s Girls’ Hockey Festival
Thursday 7 June Grade 6 & 7 Exams
Friday 8 June Grade 6 & 7 Exams
Tuesday 12 June Grade 4 – 7 Inter-House Athletics at the Oval – 08h00-14h00
Wednesday 13 June Grade 6 Drama Evening in Drama Studio
Thursday 14 June Pre-Prep Father’s Day – 09h00-10h15
Junior Prep Father’s Day – 11h00-12h30
Friday 15 June Sport and Extra Mural Activities End
Saturday 16 June St George’s Fair
Monday 18 June Band Camp
Tuesday 19 June Band Camp
Wednesday 20 June Band Camp
Welcome Wednesday – 08h30-10h00
Thursday 21 June U13A Soccer Festival Knysna
Friday 22 June Final Assembly – 10h15
Term 2 ends – 11h00
U13A Soccer Festival Knysna
Saturday 22 June U13A Soccer Festival Knysna
Monday 25 – Thursday 28 June Grahamstown Fringe Art Exhibition in Jan Immelman Hall
Wednesday 18 July Term 3 commences
Term Dates for rest of 2018
Commences: Wednesday 11 April
Ends: Friday 22 June
Public Holiday: Friday 27 April (Freedom Day – School Holiday)
Monday 30 April (School Holiday)
Tuesday 1 May (Workers Day – School Holiday)
Saturday 16 June (Youth Day)
Commences: Wednesday 18 July
Ends: Friday 28 September
Public Holiday: Thursday 9 August (Woman’s Day – School Holiday)
Friday 10 August (School Holiday
Monday 24 September (Heritage Day – School Holiday)
Commences: Wednesday 10 October
Ends: Friday 7 December
St George’s Preparatory Golf Day and Bingo evening at Walmer Golf Estate – Thursday 19 April 2018
A reminder that St George’s will be hosting our Annual Golf Day and a Bingo evening this year as one of the Sport Department’s fundraising efforts. We hope to build on the success of last year’s event. The day is a social occasion where the St George’s Family can gather and new friendships can be made.
All Grade 4 – 7 pupils are invited to play in the St George’s Prep Golf Championship. Tee-Off times are 08h30 – 09h00. Pupils will play 9 holes and they must be able to play a round of golf independently.
All parents and friends of St George’s are welcome. The day will comprise of Golf and Prize-Giving. The cost of a 4-ball will be R720 inclusive of halfway house. Players tee-off from 11:30 through 13:00 and Prize-Giving at 17h30
We are we excited to host a Bingo evening, dinner, live music and dance at Walmer Golf Estate. The cost per table of 10 people is R2,000. This includes Spit Braai and 2 rounds of Bingo tickets. Bookings can be made through the Sports Department – firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE – St George’s Fair 2018 – Saturday 16 June 2018
A Peek around the Prep
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Family and Fellowship at our Annual Camp Out held on Friday 23 March
Our Grade 4 to 7 parents and pupils were invited to join staff and volunteer and help serve food on Tuesday 20 March. We wanted our children to experience first-hand the impact that the Soup Kitchen has on our community and witness for themselves how their donations and time preparing vegetables have made a difference in the lives of others.
What a treat to have our Senior String Orchestra open the Collegiate Strings Celebration Concert at Collegiate Girls’ High School!
The Junior Prep Splash Gala was held during the Term.
Our Grade 6 pupils out at Ulovane for a game drive and some further FGASA learning!
The first completed Grade 7 set design for our “Into the Woods” Production later this year
Our Grade 7 Hope Jones Foundation ambassadors recently visited Aurora and were really fantastic interacting with the children
Our Grade 1’s using the Chatterpix App on the school iPads. First they took a photo of themselves, then drew a line across their mouth on the photo and recorded introducing themselves to the class. When they played back their recording their mouth on the photo moved as if their photo was talking – it was great fun!
learning about the creatures living in rock pools
Our Grade 6 and 7 classes visited the Love Story premises this month to assist with preparing vegetables and sandwiches for “City Feed” programme
Grade 1’s were learning about manners – they learnt how to set the table and then had their snacks in the Hutchinson Lunch Hall
Our young ladies and gentlemen in Grade 4 enjoyed a fabulous Victorian tea (thank you to all the moms!) followed by Victorian games on the Daverin field
Jolly Phonics Dress Up Day in Grade 1 – they made a graph of the sounds they’ve covered this term followed by a parade and picnic at the Pre-Prep
Our Preppies were ‘Guard of Honour’ at the opening of the SA vs Australia Test match on 9 March
It is wonderful to see our Preppies so excited about reading!
This year at our second hand book sale the demand outstripped the supply & we had a complete sell out! R2,360 was raised in twenty minutes for the Phendulani Outreach Quiz, which will be held in September.
A Peek around the Pre-Prep
Grade R’s enjoyed a visit from Grade 1P when they came to deliver a card to a friend and enjoyed a play-date together; plus singing lessons with Mr Botha in the Music Centre and playing in the mud kitchen and with the rabbits