Letter from the campus head

Dear St George’s Family

As I prepared for the final assembly of Term 3, I came across a photo of our children who are currently on the UK Exchange.  My initial thoughts were just how lucky they are to be given such an opportunity to experience such a wonderful trip. I am certain that they appreciate what their parents have done for them to allow this opportunity.  

Upon further reflection, I noticed the individual faces in the photo and I was reminded of all the other opportunities and experiences these young 13 year olds have had this past year in their final year at the Prep.  Many of the girls went to Knysna on a wonderful netball tour as well as the annual Waterpolo Chukka Festival, many of the pupils attended the KZN Hockey tour, most of them played a role in the school play with many being lead roles. They also have competed in the Independent Schools Athletics, Cross-Country and Swimming events this year and have benefitted from the Skills for Life programme by being part of the surf-life saving programme on Fridays. The majority of them also happen to be very strong academics and can be extremely proud of their efforts in the classroom.  Many of the pupils have also been part of either the Hope Jones Foundation or our Ubuntu Programme and have been actively involved in a variety of outreach initiatives. They still have the Soap-Box Derby, Talent Show, Leavers’ Dinner, Prize-Giving, Carols evening, etc. to come.

Having had my youngest son spend his final 20 months of Prep School here at St George’s, I was also reminded of what wonderful friendships he developed and still has despite the fact that some of the pupils are now at separate schools. I also remember that he had the opportunity to play 1st team Water-polo, Hockey, Rugby and Football during his brief visit here and developed strong relationships with the teachers whom he was fortunate enough to have caring for him.  Clearly I am biased, but whilst preparing the slide show on Term 3 for final assembly today, it again struck me that our Preppeis have multiple and varied opportunities each and every Term and that makes all of us here at St George’s exceptionally proud. Please use the following link to see the slide show I shared with the boys and girls today: http://bit.ly/SGPterm32018.

May you all have a wonderful break with your children and we look forward to sharing their final Term of 2018 with them and with you!

Kind regards
Alex Hall – Campus Head 
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Staff News

It is with a sense of sadness that we need to inform you that the following staff will be leaving St George’s at the end of 2018:

Miss Claudia Dalla-Vecchia, will be joining her soon to be husband, Carl van Niekerk, on his farm in 2019.  Miss Dalla-Vecchia joined the Pre-Prep in January 2012 and her energetic manner and “Italian” passion will be sorely missed.  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 and know that she will not be a stranger to us, especially to the Pre-Prep!

Mr Bruce Campbell, joined us in January 2016, as a Grade 5 teacher and immediately made his mark here at the Prep.  The boys and girls who had the privilege to be taught or coached by Mr Campbell would happily testify to the wonderful influence he has had upon them, not just as a coach and teacher but also as a real tangible mentor.  Mr Campbell will be starting his own business alongside his wife, Tracey, coaching and mentoring athletes. We are pleased to see Mr Campbell following his passion, and we will certainly miss him here at St George’s.

Miss Courtney Pearce joined the College in 2015 before moving to the Prep in January 2016.  She has accepted a new position in Cape Town and is looking forward to the new challenges this will bring. Miss Pearce’s love for English teaching and Irish Dancing will not be forgotten and her Harry Potter classroom certainly will seem empty without her next year. The pupils and staff certainly will miss Miss Pearce and her gentle and caring nature and we wish her every success and happiness as she starts her new chapter in Cape Town.

School Matters – 4th Term 2018

The Prep School and Finance offices will be closed from 12h30 on Friday 28 September and will re-open on Wednesday 10 October.

School Uniform – Term 4

Please note that as of Wednesday, 10 October, all pupils in Grades 3-7 will be expected to wear full school uniform to school.  No pupils in the above mentioned Grades will be permitted to wear school tracksuits to school any longer. Pupils must bring sports clothes in their tog bags and change for their afternoon activities between 13h55-14h15.

Please note that this change does not affect the Grade 1 and 2 pupils.  Grade 3 pupils may only wear their tracksuits to school on a Thursday due to morning PT.

Please refer to your email or the d6 – Resources – Circulars for the letter including detailed information.

School Shop Opening Hours – 4th Term

The School Shop will open at the following hours during the first week of Term, Monday 8 to Friday 12 October.

Monday 8 October
12h00 – 14h00

Tuesday 9 October
12h00 – 14h00

Wednesday 10 October
07h30 – 08h30  and 13h00 – 14h30

Thursday 11 October
07h30 – 08h30  and 13h00 – 14h30

Friday 12 October
CLOSED

The School Shop will then revert back to their normal opening hours:

Mondays
12h30 – 14h30

Tuesdays/Thursdays
07h30 – 09h00

Wednesdays 12h30 – 15h30

Fridays CLOSED

The Second Hand Clothing Shop has plenty of stock for the summer Term!  Their opening hours are as follows:

Wednesday
12h30 – 14h00

Thursday
07h30 – 08h30

PLEASE note that as of term 4 2018 the boys may opt to wear a white school shirt with the St George’s Badge on the pocket without a tie for the summer Terms.  If they wear a plain white shirt, a tie will be required. The shirts will be available in the School Shop

Grade 3 to 7 parents – Pick up Times / Supervised Tutorial Workshops

A reminder that any Grade 4 – 7 pupils who are not picked up by 14h15 or who do not participate in sports will have to attend Tutorial Workshops.

These Workshops will run from Monday to Thursdays from 14h15-15h15 and from 15h20-16h20 for pupils in Grades 4 – 7.  Pupils not attending sport sessions or who have not been collected by these times will be sent to the Tutorial Groups.  NO children may wait to be collected on the Daverin field or at the back gate during these times.  

Any Grade 3 pupils NOT collected by 14h15 will need to be registered for Aftercare as there is no supervision at that time.

This is merely a safety and security measure with your children’s best interests at heart.

Upcoming Events

Reading Week – Monday 15 to Friday 19 October 2018

The week of Monday 15 to Friday 19 October will be an exciting time for us, as we are going to be celebrating reading as a whole school.

On Thursday 18 October, Bargain Books will be hosting a pop-up bookshop in the library, from 10h00 to 16h00.  Every class will visit the bookshop and have the opportunity to buy books. Parents are welcome to visit throughout the day.  Credit card facilities will be available.

Various other activities have been planned throughout the week, culminating in a ‘Dress as Where’s Wally – red, white and blue’ day on Friday 19 October.  Please help your children to come up with some creative ideas for their costumes.

As part of our Community Outreach Programme, please donate any books still in good condition during this week.  Donations will be divided between Shine Foundation, a literacy project which needs picture books; and The Bookery, an outreach project which places libraries in under resourced schools.

We live in a country where only 14% of us are active book readers, and only 5% of parents read to their children. As parents, you are encouraged to use this week to show an active interest in your children’s reading life.

What’s happening in the first two weeks of Term 4 - (School Events: 10-20 October 2018)

 

Day Team Start Time Opposition Venue Estimated Finish
Monday 8 Oct School Offices Closed
Tuesday 9 Oct School Offices Closed
Wednesday 10 Oct Term 4 Commences 07h45
School Office and

Finance Dept Opens

07h30

08h00

15h30
Grade 1 – 7 Summer Sports and Extra Murals commence
Thursday 11 Oct Cultural Photographs 08h00 Pupils to wear full school uniform including blazers.

(Please refer to your email or RESOURCES – CIRCULARS and take note if your child will be in any photos).
Friday 12 October African Penguin Awareness Day
Monday 15 October Reading Week – Monday 15 – Friday 19 October 2018
Grade 5 Young Achievers Workshop During school hours
Grade 1 – 7 Parent Teacher Meetings 14h30 In Classrooms 19h00
Tuesday 16 October Reading Week – Monday 15 – Friday 19 October 2018
Wednesday 17 Oct Reading Week – Monday 15 – Friday 19 October 2018
Welcome Wednesday 08h30 All Welcome Tour of the Campus 10h00
Thursday 18 Oct Reading Week – Monday 15 – Friday 19 October 2018
Bargin Books Pop-Up Book Sale 10h00 Library 16h00
Friday 19 October Reading Week – Monday 15 – Friday 19 October 2018

Dress as Where’s Wally – red white and blue

Westering T20 14h00 tba 17h00
Saturday 20 Oct C-League Gala 08h00 tba 13h00
Westering T20 tba tba tba

Important dates for Term 4

 

Term dates & public holidays – 2019