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!’
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
|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|
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 email@example.com 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!