Newsletter 2 – Term 4 2018

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LETTER FROM THE CAMPUS HEAD

Dear St George’s Family

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage, willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it” – David W Orr

I recently stumbled upon this quote which obviously challenges our thinking not only as a school but as a citizen of this world we are blessed to live in.  Success will no doubt be debated till the end of time and perhaps it should!  This obviously poses many questions as to how we would judge the success of a school.  In a recent article I have read, “Guidelines for the marketing of Independent schools in South Africa”, the following 5 choice factors were determined and ranked as listed below:

  1. Small Class Size
  2. Religious Ethos
  3. Qualified and committed educators
  4. Positive Discipline
  5. Individual attention to the child

The methodological approach followed was exploratory and quantitative in nature. The sample consisted of 669 respondents from 30 Independent schools in Gauteng.

The end of year is always such a busy time for the pupils, staff and parents where sadly to find time for such discussions and reflections is often impossible.  In the new year we would really like to engage more actively with our parent body as to what you feel our “choice factors” here at St George’s should look like and how would we go about determining them.

Till then we have much to celebrate and we look forward to the various functions ahead of us on our busy Calendar and sharing the end of what we truly do believe has been a successful year here at St George’s Prep.

Kind regards
Alex Hall – Campus Head
Twitter- @AlexHallZA 
Linkedin- za.linkedin.com/in/alexhallza
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STAFF NEWS

Elaine Clarke, joins our staff as the new Grade 6 class teacher and our new Head of English.  Elaine has many years’ experience teaching at both St Andrew’s Prep and DSG and also experience in the running of the media-centre for the two schools.  We have no doubt that her impact will be felt and we are very excited to be able to welcome Elaine to the team in January further strengthen our Senior Prep Department.

Head of Pre-Prep and Grade 00 teacher

We are very excited to announce the appointment of Andrea Haywood, who is currently Head of Foundation Phase of Curro Hillcrest, previously Hillcrest Christian Academy.  She has much experience in both Pre and Junior Prep as well as holding a senior leadership role for many years in an Independent School environment. We look forward to welcoming Andrea to the St George’s family in the New Year.

Interns

We have appointed 2 Junior Prep Interns that will assist in the Grade 1 classrooms and with coaching and 2 Senior Prep Interns, who will assist with Senior Prep classes and our Bridging English Programme, as well as coaching.

Junior Prep Interns:        Shelby Steinbach and Makayla Lottering

Senior Prep Interns:        Eleazar Kettledas and Tarryn Basson

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE LAST 2 WEEKS OF TERM 4

School Events: 19 November – 5 December 2018
Day Team Start Time Opposition Venue Estimated Finish
Friday 16 Nov Grade 6 + 7 Co-Curricular Activities end for 2018
Monday 19 Nov
Tuesday 20 Nov
Wednesday 21 Nov
Thursday 22 Nov PA & Class Mom’s Tea 08h00 Headmaster’s Lawn 09h00
Grade 6 & 7 Exams
Friday 23 November SANBS Blood Bus 08h30 Save a Life! Prep School 15h00
Grade 6 & 7 Exams
Saturday 24 Nov
Monday 26 Nov Grade 6 Leadership Camp Departs for Addo
Pre-Prep & Junior Prep Nativity Rehearsal
Tuesday 27 Nov Grade 6 Leadership Camp
All Library books due back
Pre-Prep & Junior Prep Combined Nativity Concert, Picnic & Market 17h30 Jan Immelman Hall

& Hall Quad

20h00
Wednesday 28 Nov Grade 6 Leadership Camp Returns
Thursday 29 Nov Grade 1 – 5 Co-Curricular Activities end for 2018
Friday 30 Nov Grade 1-3 Mac Arthurs Pools Fun Day 08h00 Mac Arthur Pools 12h00
Grade 7 Leavers’ Dinner 17h30 Jan Immelman Hall 21h00
Monday 3 Dec Grade 7 Farewell Assembly 10h45 Grade 7 parents welcome Jan Immelman Hall 12h15
Senior Prep Carols Service 18h00 All welcome Jan Immelman Hall 19h00
Tuesday 4 Dec Grade R Graduation 08h30 Jan Immelman Hall 10h00
Pre-Prep Closes 10h30
Aftercare End of Year Party 14h30 Prep Aftercare Jan Immelman Hall
Wednesday 4 Dec Junior Prep Prize-Giving 08h30 Jan Immelman Hall 10h00
Tea for all Parents 10h00 Hutchinson Hall 11h00
Senior Prep Prize-Giving 11h00 Jan Immelman Hall 13h00
Term 4 Ends 13h00
Friday 6 Dec Reports emailed to parents
Wed 16 January Term 1 2019 Commences

UPCOMING EVENTS

SANBS Blood Bus at St George’s Prep

Friday 23 November 2018 – from 08h30 to 15h00

A reminder that the next Blood Bus at St George’s Prep will be on Friday 23 November 2018 from 08h30 to 15h00.   Please donate blood and give 3 complete strangers another chance at life.  It’s not just blood.  It’s a lifetime waiting to be lived.  SANBS rely on your support.

Pre-Prep and Junior Prep Nativity Concert, Christmas Market and Picnic

Tuesday 27 November 2018

The Pre-Prep and Junior Prep will be holding a combined Nativity Concert, Christmas Market and picnic at the Prep school on Tuesday 27 November from 17h30 until 20h00.

The Nativity Concert will take place in the Jan Immelman Hall from 17h30, followed by the Christmas Market in the Hall Quad.  There will be some beautiful crafts and stocking fillers on sale to make your Christmas shopping just that much easier.

If you would like to book an arts and crafts stall at the market, please contact the Pre-Prep Secretary, Mrs Linda Alexandris by email: pre-prep@stgeorges.co.za.  Please include the name of your stall and what you will be selling.  The cost of the stalls are R100.

Parents are invited to picnic on the Daverin field after the Nativity Concert.  Please bring your own picnic baskets, blankets/camping chairs, etc.

We look forward to sharing this special evening with you and your families.

St George’s Carol Service

Monday 3 December 2018

As we celebrate Christmas, our Pre-Preparatory and Prep families are invited to join us for “Nine Lessons and Carols” being held on Monday 3 December from 18h00 in the Jan Immelman Hall.

The Junior and Senior Choir, Senior String Orchestra and flute Choir will be performing as part of the service.

SCHOOL OUTREACH

Missionvale Care Centre Shoebox Collection

One of the core values of St George’s Prep is FAMILY, and family is one of the basic building blocks of community.  In order to build and enrich the greater community, and extend the reach and effectiveness of our school family, we have decided to collect items that are needed by the children at the Missionvale Care Centre and assemble shoeboxes containing the collected items to make the Christmas season a little happier for these children.

The following items are needed to make up a shoe box:

  • Toy
  • Tube of toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Bar of soap
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Packet of sweets

Donations of a full shoe box or the individual items would be greatly appreciated.  We would also welcome the contribution of empty shoeboxes.  These can be brought to the Music Department on a daily basis.  The deadline for this outreach is Friday 23 November.

Christmas Collection for our Domestic and Ground Staff

It is customary at the end of the year to have a collection for our Domestic and Ground Staff. This year we have decided to, once again, collect foodstuffs and as a guideline we suggest that each Grade donate the following:

Grade 1                      Coffee, jam, packets of sweets, biscuits
Grade 2                      Tea, canned fruit, peanut butter, long life milk
Grade 3                      Oil, cooldrink, samp and beans, toiletries
Grade 4                      Sugar, mealie meal, fish paste, pasta, 2 minute noodles
Grade 5                      Flour, tinned meat, tomato sauce, chutney
Grade 6                      Oats, cereal, rice, tinned vegetables, tinned fish
Grade 7                      Stock cubes, custard, soup, jelly or instant puddings, toiletries

Our Domestic and Ground Staff work incredibly hard ‘behind the scenes’ here at St George’s Prep and we feel this is a very good way to show our appreciation.  If you would like to contribute, please send your donation to your class teacher by Friday 30 November 2018.

SCHOOL CAMPS

Grade 6 Leadership Camp 2018 – Addo

Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 November 2018

The Grade 6 are off on a Leadership Camp taking place from Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 November at the Leaders in Life School and Sport Camp (previously known as Adrenalin Addo Campsite) in Addo. The purpose of this camp is to help get the Grade 6 group focused on their leadership role within the school in Grade 7.  As such, the activities planned are aimed at facilitating this process. Some of the activities to look forward to will be: raft building, potjie competitions, citrus tour, zip lining, canoeing, team building activities and ice-breakers.  These activities are run by qualified adventure team leaders and supervised by staff members.  I am sure the Grade 6 pupils will have a lot of fun!

Grade 4 – 7 Camps

January 2019

Senior Prep camps are held annually at the beginning of each year to create a sense of community amongst the children in each Grade with team building and fun activities planned.  Letters have already been sent out to all our 2019 Senior Prep parents regarding these Camps.

  • Grade 4 2019 Camp will be taking place at Pine Lodge from Thursday 24- Friday 25 January 2019
  • Grade 5 2019 Camp will be going to Hobbiton in Grahamstown from Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 January 2019
  • Grade 6 2019 Camp are off to Bushpig Adventures in Port Elizabeth from Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 January 2019
  • Grade 7 2019 Camp will be taking place held at African Imprint Outdoor Centre near Sundays River from Tuesday, 22 January to Friday, 25 January.

SPORTS AWARDS EVENING 2018

The St George’s Senior Prep Sports Awards Ceremony was held on Monday 12 November.  It was an evening where we had the opportunity to highlight the pupils’ sporting achievements and their hard work over this past year. We were privileged to have Mr Bruce Campbell, our Grade 5 class teacher and a coach, speak about his triumphs, highlighting that no matter what the situation never give up.  Bruce invited his friend Mr Travis McGrath to also share a few inspirational words and his journey to becoming a professional triathlete.

Well done to all the sportsmen and sportswomen!