LETTER FROM THE CAMPUS HEAD

Dear St George’s Family

It is hard to believe that we are already in week 6 of Term 1 2019.  The Term certainly is growing in momentum and starting to hit full swing with festivals, fixtures and functions!

Last week Mr Andrew Stamper and I met with the newly elected PTA group.  After consultation with last year’s PA and Class Representatives, it was decided to amalgamate the two entities into one and to change from being a Parent Association to a Parent Teacher Association. We have two Class representatives from every Grade, Andrew Stamper (Deputy Head and Teacher Representative), Di van Heerdan (Head of Administration), Dawn Berry (Marketing and Admissions), Ryan Hartel (Head of Catering) and myself that make up the new Committee.  The rest of the Committee is listed in the table below and we thank all these moms (subtle hint Dads – Dads are also welcome) for giving of their time:

Class

Class Representative for 2019

Grade 1D (de Vos)

s.devos@stgeorges.co.za

Nondwe El rahi & Deshni Chetty

Grade 1M (Daley)

m.daley@stgeorges.co.za

Linell Nel & Liezel Potgieter

Grade 2H (Hall)

s.hall@stgeorges.co.za

Kate Stamper & Penny Mowbray

Grade 2T (Tanner)

c.tanner@stgeorges.co.za

Kelly Anne Geldart & Hayley Giuricich

Grade 2D (Dawson)

j.dawson@stgeorges.co.za

Annette Weerda & Bianca Noble

Grade 3J (Johnson)

c.johnson@stgeorges.co.za

Vanessa Kreusch & Colleen Brown

Grade 3T (Jennings)

t.jennings@stgeorges.co.za

Pamela Fisher & Selma Erasmus

Grade 4B (Bradfield)

k.bradfield@stgeorges.co.za

Brigitte Jones & Sheetal Dullabh

Grade 4V (Van Wyk)

s.vanwyk@stgeorges.co.za

Christine Leer & Thekla Petrou &  Rolanda Hyman

Grade 5W (Westcott)

k.westcott@stgeorges.co.za

Tasneem Fredericks & Kavita Govindjee

Grade 5S (Samboer)

c.samboer@stgeorges.co.za

Anusha Sewsunker & Claire Wedderburn

Grade 6S (Scholtz)

e.scholtz@stgeorges.co.za

Vanessa Kreusch

Grade 6C (Clarke)

e.clarke@stgeorges.co.za

Deborah Ferrant & Thekla Petrou

Grade 7C (Carter)

c.carter@stgeorges.co.za

Michelle Watson & Meryl Thomson

Grade 7S (Seaman)

l.seaman@stgeorges.co.za

Caroline Swart & Tina Jansen

 

We look forward to officially hosting our first PTA Event of the Term, our traditional family Camp-Out this Friday evening. We hope you have booked your site already!

Many of the Class Representatives have set up specific WhatsApp groups, which really is a wonderful way to quickly communicate.  However, as you all know, they can also become destructive if not managed correctly. For WhatsApp groups to operate optimally there does, need to be some form of etiquette or guidelines in place to keep the groups harmonious.  So this would be our advice:

  • Use the group as a platform to communicate messages to assist the PTA or teachers/coaches/staff- that is the purpose of the group.
  • Add the class teacher/coach to the group, if a parent is the admin.
  • When added to a group the numbers made available to you are done so with discretion, so please be respectful of the confidentiality of another person’s cell phone number.
  • Keep messages simple and avoid the over-use of emoji’s (smiley faces etc).
  • Avoid sharing other messages to groups, particularly promotions, birthday parties, jokes etc.
  • Never post a message that does not involve all members of the group.
  • Only be a member of a class/sport group that your child is actually a member of.
  • Do not allow the group to be a forum for homework/lost property messages and an easy out for your child’s lack of organisation or forgetfulness (particularly older Grades).
  • Avoid criticism of any person, institute, political/religious group etc – you get it, just avoid criticism period
  • Understand when a direct message is required over a message for the whole group – take it offline when required.
  • Only post shared celebrations and not individual successes.
  • Be respectful of the time of the day when you post (Rule of thumb, if you would not phone all the members of the group at a particular time don’t message them then).
  • Control your phone and do not allow it to control you (disable notifications, use mute/silent mode/flight mode etc, leave a group if it serves you no purpose etc.).
  • Avoid posting pictures and videos – they are obviously data intensive and not every member of the group may be interested.
  • Read all school correspondence first before asking for information on a WhatsApp group, often many of the questions have already been answered in an email or message the school has already sent out.
  • And finally, be kind, always!

We wish all our swimmers who are taking part in the Independent Schools Gala in Grahamstown today – all the very best, as well as the U13A Cricket boys for their upcoming Independent Schools Cricket festival being hosted by Woodridge this coming weekend.  We, again, have more teams this year entered in the various Leagues and are very proud of all the boys and girls who take part in the many matches week in and week out. 

We look forward to further celebrating these successes in the Newsletters via an Extra-Curricular supplement prepared every fortnight by the Sports Department.  Please do email sport@stgeorges.co.za to share photos, celebrations and successes with our sports department as sometimes this may happen in areas that might not be offered by the school.

Kind regards
Alex Hall – Campus Head
Twitter- @AlexHallZA 
Linkedin- za.linkedin.com/in/alexhallza
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/AlexHallZA

STAFF NEWS

We welcome back Mrs Mari du Plooy who had to have an emergency operation for a burst appendix a few days before school began.  She had a few setbacks with the operation and has now made a full recovery and returned to work yesterday much to the delight of her music pupils.

We congratulate Mrs Lucy McNaughton who is expecting identical twin girls later this year.  She will be leaving for be on maternity leave from late May and will return in the New Year.  We are in the process of advertising for her maternity cover.

Mr Dayne Samboer will be joining the Sports Department in March. Mr Samboer is a Sports Scientist. He will be working to establish and develop the PE Curriculum from Grade 00 – Grade 7. He will also be working closely with the Pre-Prep teachers on a daily basis to develop a core and spatial awareness programme. Mr Samboer is also an excellent hockey and cricket coach.

It is with great sadness that Mrs Di van Heerden will be leaving us at the end of May to take up a position as the SABISA Co-Ordinator (South African Bursars of Independent Schools Association) for ISASA (Independent Schools Association of South Africa).  Mrs van Heerden has been with us since 2003 and has loved her time at St George’s Prep.  We thank her for all she has contributed during her time with us.  She will be sorely missed and we wish her everything of the best in her new position where we know she will make a significant difference at a National level.

PREP NEWS

2nd Hand School Shop – Volunteer Needed

The 2nd Hand School Shop are still looking for another volunteer to assist in the Shop.  The 2nd Hand Shop is open on a Wednesday from 12h30 to 14h00 and on a Thursday from 07h30 – 08h30.  The volunteer would need to work one of these opening hours.  If you are interested, please email the School Secretary at prep@stgeorges.co.za

New Style Red Gym for Grade 4 – 7 Girls

We have introduced a new style Senior Gym (Pinafore), in addition to the current red pinafore, which is optional for girls to wear from Grades 4 – 7.  Grade 1 – 3 girls will continue to only wear the current red pinafore.

The new style Senior Gym is more tailored to the older girls.  Grade 4 – 7 girls will now have the choice to wear either of the two.

The new Senior Gyms are now available to purchase from the School Shop at a cost of R320-R370.

Under the Sports Section of this Newsletter, a list of clothing items and safety equipment are listed (including photographs) that are required for winter sports. All items will be available to purchase from the school shop.

SANBS Blood Drive 2019 : SAVE THE DATES : 11 April, 22 August & 7 November 2019

St George’s Prep is now in our 6th year of supporting the SANBS Blood Donation Challenge. Thank you so much for your on-going commitment & support towards blood donation, your role is critical in improving the lives of the many patients SANBS serve daily through your generosity.  This year there will be four blood drives at the school.  The first has already taken place and the remaining three dates are as follows:  11 April, 22 August & 7 November 2019 in the SANBS bus from 13:00-15:00.  When you donate blood, either at a school blood drive or a blood donor centre, please remember to fill in an entry slip with your child’s name and grade and ensure the blood donation sticker is stuck onto the entry slip. Deposit your completed slip in the SANBS box in the school office OR at any blood donor centre or mobile blood drive.  Extra slips are available from the school office throughout the year on request.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST GEORGE’S PREP

School Events:18 February - 2 March 2019

Day

Team

Start Time

Opposition

Venue

Estimated Finish

Tues 19 February

Pre-Prep Swimathon

08h25

 

Swimming Pool

10h25

Grade 4V Love Story

08h00

 

Love Story

09h00

Kids’ Lit Quiz

14h30

18 Teams from

11 Schools participating.

Jan Immelman Hall

All Welcome

17h30

Independent Schools Gala at Kingswood

U11B Cricket vs Summerwood (Summerwood)

Mini Cricket vs Kabega Park (Kabega Park)

Boys A Tennis vs Charlo (PE Lawn) – 14h30

Wed 20 February

Grade 1 Swimathon

11h15

 

Swimming Pool

12h15

U13A Cricket vs Motherwell Hub (Union B)

Thurs 21 February

Grade 3 Swimathon

08h55

 

Swimming Pool

09h55

Grade 5 Swimathon

10h45

 

Swimming Pool

11h45

Grade 7 Swimathon

11h45

 

Swimming Pool

12h45

U13 Independent Schools Cricket Festival (Woodridge & Union) – 21-24 February

Girls B Tennis vs Bluewater Bay (Bluewater Bay)

Fri 22 February

Grade 6C Love Story

08h00

 

Love Story

09h00

Grade 4 Swimathon

10h45

 

Swimming Pool

11h45

Grade 6 Swimathon

11h45

 

Swimming Pool

12h45

U13 Independent Schools Cricket Festival (Woodridge & Union) – 21-24 February

Collegiate Relay Gala (Collegiate)

FAMILY CAMP OUT

Tents may be pitched from 16h00

Sat 23 February

U13 Independent Schools Cricket Festival (Woodridge & Union) – 21-24 February

U9 and u13 C League Gala (Collegiate / Priory)

Sun 24 February

U13 Independent Schools Cricket Festival (Woodridge & Union) – 21-24 February

Mon 25 February

Grade 7 Science & Technology Outing

08h30

Uitenhage Science & Technology Centre

12h15

Tues 26 February

Free vaccination for

Grade 4 girls against cervical cancer

08h45

(Optional)

Hutchinson Hall

09h30

Thurs 28 February

Grade 4 Outing to St George’s Park

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Fri 1 March

Gr 6S Love Story

08h00

Old Fire House on Albany Road

09h00

Cricket vs Reddam (Home)

Sat 2 Mar

Cricket vs Reddam (Home)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Swimathon 2019 :  18 February – 22 February 2019 – Grades 000 to Grade 7

Swimathon 2019 takes place during allocated slots this week.  We encourage you to join your child during their allocated session.  The Swimathon is our big fundraiser of the year and the funds raised will go towards the Sports Department projects that will benefit the Pre-Prep and Prep.

We will fill in the number of completed lengths and hand the forms back to the pupils by next Friday 22 February for each child to collect money from their sponsors.  ALL forms and money (cash only) must then be sent to school by Friday 7 March 2019.

Your support and enthusiasm will determine the success of this year’s Swimathon!

 

Grade

Date

Time

Pre Prep

Tuesday 19 February

08h25 – 10h25

Grade 1

Wednesday 20 February

11h15 – 12h15

Grade 2

Monday 18 February

10h45 – 12h00

Grade 3

Thursday 21 February

08h55 – 09h55

Grade 4

Friday 22 February

10h45 – 11h45

Grade 5

Thursday 21 February

10h45 – 11h45

Grade 6

Friday 22 February

11h45 – 12h45

Grade 7

Thursday 21 February

11h45 – 12h45

Annual Family Camp Out 2019 – Friday 22 February 2019

Sites are filling up quickly so make sure you get your booking in before Wednesday to secure your spot.  A map of the camping areas is available in the Prep school office to book your campsite. 

If you are not a camper, come and join us for a fun evening at R50 per family.

For Campers:

  • The school grounds will be open from 4pm for you to pitch your tent.
  • PLEASE NOTE – Campers MUST pitch their own tents this year.
  • Campers are responsible for dismantling their own tents on Saturday 23 February
  • Please note that we are unable to accommodate any vehicles in the school grounds.
  • Security will be present for the event.
  • This event is a “Bring & Braai” and bring your own drinks. Braai packs can be pre-ordered @ R 60 per pack (consisting of a beef kebab, chicken sosatie & boerewors). SOLD OUT.
  • Ground Floor Café will be selling pizza and a selection of coffees and hot chocolate on Friday evening and coffees and hot chocolate on Saturday morning.
  • Bacon & Egg and Cheese & Egg rolls on the Saturday morning can be pre-ordered (R20 each) and paid for with the RSVP slip. SOLD OUT.
  • A Tuckshop will be available on site.

Invitation to Grade 1 2020 Admissions Information Morning – Wednesday 13 March 2019

We cordially invite our Grade R parents to a Grade 1 2020 Information Morning on Wednesday 13 March at 08h30 in the Carol Arts & Media Centre, MacIntosh Road. (Refreshments will be available from 08h00).  Following short presentations by the Prep Headmaster, Mr Alex Hall, and Head of Junior Prep, Mrs Mary Daley, a tour of the Prep campus will give you the opportunity to see classes in action, talk with teachers, explore the school grounds and facilities and ask lots of questions. Please RSVP by email to Mrs Berry at marketing@stgeorges.co.za.

All our Grade R pupils are automatically reserved a place in Grade 1 at St George’s and we look forward to your child continuing their primary school journey with us.

Following the Information Morning you will receive a letter, the week beginning 18th March, confirming your child’s Grade 1 place with a reply form for you to advise if you are accepting or declining your child’s reserved place in Grade 1 2020. 

We look forward to seeing you on the 13th March!

Important Dates for Term 1

SPORT AT ST GEORGE’S

Preparatory Sport

Cricket

The cricket season got off to a good start.  Many of our cricketers have produced some excellent individual performances this Term.

U13A vs Kingswood – Francois Bruggeman 197 Not Out, Geoff Reed 82

U13A vs Knysna – Francois Bruggeman 71

U13A vs Parsons Hill – Ben Ristow 3 Wickets for 1 Run

U13A vs Harvest – Francois Bruggeman 63 Not Out

U13A vs Woodridge – Ben Ristow 5 Wickets, 28 Runs

U11A vs Lorraine – Aaron Erlank 53

U11A vs Sunridge – Aiden Zeelie 31 Not Out

Waterpolo

The Waterpolo sides participated in the Oakhill Chukka Festival in Knysna. This is an incredible Festival held in the Knysna Waterfront. The players enjoyed every minute of the Festival learning along the way. Congratulations to Micheala Schwind and Francois Bruggeman for being voted the most valuable St George’s players.

GRADE ONE AND TWO BALLSKILLS

The pupils have enjoyed an exciting ball skills programme this Term. We have introduced pupils to a variety of new skills, focusing on fun and basics.

 

SWIMMING

The St George’s Prep Interhouse Swimming Gala, held on the 30 January, was a closely contended event.

Brawn pipped Francis to become the eventual winners on the day.  Jessica Tanner won the Victrix Ludorum Trophy and Francois Bruggeman the Victor Ludorum. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday 21 – 24 February – IS Cricket Festival

Friday 22 February – Relay Gala

Friday 1 March – SGP Short Course Gala

Friday 1 March – Reddam Cricket

Saturday 2 March – Reddam Cricket

Friday 8 March – Clarendon Hockey Festival

Saturday 9 March – Clarendon Hockey Festival 

SPORTS NEWS

It’s exciting to announce that Mr Dayne Samboer will be joining the Sports Department in March. Mr Samboer is a Sports Scientist. He will be working to establish and develop the PE Curriculum from Grade 00 – Grade 7. He will also be working closely with the Pre-Prep teachers on a daily basis to develop a core and spatial awareness programme. Mr Samboer is also an excellent hockey and cricket coach.

HOCKEY FIVES

This format of the game is slowly growing. We have had over 200 players participating in the “pitch and play” evenings held at Pearson.  We will hopefully be launching a full time League at the School soon. If you would like to sponsor any boards or kit, please contact the Sports Department.

SWIMATHON

Thank you for all the support so far.  With your help, we are holding thumbs that we can achieve our goal of raising R110 000 for the school.

500 Laps

A Teachers Challenge will take place on Wednesday 27 February and the following teachers will be swimming for 30 minutes to try and reach 500 laps.

Mr Hall, Mr Stamper, Mr Samboer, Miss Dawson, Miss Gibbons, Mr Glover, Miss Du Toit, Mr Green, Miss Bradfield, Mrs Jennings, Mrs Hayward, Miss Pizzo, Mrs Westcott, Mrs Hall, Mrs Tanner, Mr Hartel  and Mr Peltenburg

Pupils will be invited to watch. And can buy an ice-cream for R15 while they watch if they wish.

 

STAFF NEWS

Congratulations Mr Stamper on qualifying for the Two Oceans Marathon.

SPORTS CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

The following clothing items and safety equipment are required for winter sports. All items will be available to purchase from the school shop. 

Please ensure your child has the correct clothing and equipment for all sessions.

Mouthguards and Shinpads are compulsory for all hockey sessions and matches for all age groups.