LETTER FROM THE CAMPUS HEAD

8 March 2019

 

Dear St George’s Family

It really is wonderful to receive the rain this morning and with Ash Wednesday recently celebrated by many, it is a good time to reflect upon all we have been blessed with and to really appreciate our privilege. Lent is often seen as a time to give up or restrain from perhaps that which is not always “good” for us. I have just listened to a message from our recently consecrated Anglican Bishop Eddie Daniels, whom we affectionately call our unofficial School Chaplain, and you can listen to it too on this Link: Message from the Bishop, for those who may be interested. The crux of the message is described as, “Bishop Edward Daniels speaks about Ash Wednesday and invites the members of the Diocese to take part in the discipline of reading half a chapter from John’s Gospel every day. There are 20 chapters, so that will see you through the 40 days of Lent. Will you take up this discipline with us?”

I thought his notion of giving of your time was a wonderful idea, as time (particularly nowadays) is probably our greatest asset. Our “challenge” for Lent for all our parents is that you dedicate 30 minutes each day during Lent to an activity with your children, whether it be reading, playing a game, exploring etc. The important part of this challenge is that every member of the family is present and participating. To many this may seem simple and easy enough, but perhaps take a moment now to think, “When was the last time every family member shared 30 minutes together?” You may not accrue time for this challenge and save five days and spend two and a half hours on this “golden time” together at the weekend, think of it as non-roll over data ☺.

We have noticed of late we are getting more and more requests for leave of absence from school activities and whilst we like to be as flexible as we can to accommodate all our families, sadly there are times when our pupils presence is really required.  It is disheartening for fellow pupils who are missing members of their team/group/ ensemble as it obviously can negatively impact on performance or the ability of the staff member to productively use this precious time they have with the boys and girls. We work exceptionally hard to develop a programme where the children are not put in a position to choose between our varied activities so that they may be exposed to as many experiences possible during their time with us.  

We kindly request that these times are adhered to and that we all plan accordingly so that we do not place any further unnecessary pressure on our pupils, as they all really want to please the adults in their lives and often feel anxious when they feel they are letting someone down.

Two of our core values at St George’s are respect and commitment; we do expect our pupils to commit to the activities they take part in and to respect the time and energy given to these activities by all those involved. Thank you for your support in this regard and please know that we do understand that the School Calendar does not always align with important family events and although we do our very best to accommodate families when necessary, these accommodations should be seen as exceptions and should not become the norm.

We wish all our swimmers and hockey players all the very best this weekend and, as always, we wish all our families some much needed rest!

 

Kind regards

Alex Hall – Campus Head

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SCHOOL NEWS

New Hockey Backpack now available (Optional)

We have introduced a new hockey backpack with a stick holder as an optional kit bag.  These backpacks may be used for other sports as well.

 

These bags are now available at the School Shop at a cost of R465 each.

SCHOOL EVENTS

Junior Prep Splash Gala – Friday 15 March 2019 – Postponed until Term 4

As the little Grade 1’s are still becoming familiar with the School and the sports routine, participating in a Splash Gala now will be rather daunting. We have decided to postpone the Splash Gala to the Fourth Term.

We will notify you of the new date nearer to the time.   The happiness of our little ones is of utmost importance

 

City Feed Volunteer Evening for Parents and Children – Thursday 14 March

 

We would like our children to experience first-hand the impact the Soup Kitchen has on our community and witness for themselves how their donations and time preparing sandwiches have made a difference in the lives of others.

Therefore, we invite our Grade 4-7 parents and children to join the staff and volunteer to help serve food at ‘City Feed” on Thursday 14 March.  Please meet in front of St George’s Prep at 5:15pm. We will leave and arrive at City Hall together.  

We need to let the organisers of Love Story know how many of us to expect. Please fill in the reply slip below if you would like to join us and volunteer at City Feed and return to the School Office by Monday 11 March.

 

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST GEORGE’S PREP

The d6 Communicator is kept up to date with the daily fixtures.

What’s happening 11 – 20 March 2019

Main Dates for Term 2

The full Term 2 Calendar will be sent out to parents before the end of Term which will include all activities/functions for the Term.  Below are listed some main events for the Term.

A PEEK AT THE PREP

We post photographs, events, announcements etc. on our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram Accounts regularly – keep up to date with all that the Prep and Pre-Prep get up to – click on the links below and like, follow and share!   

https://www.facebook.com/stgeorgesprep/

https://twitter.com/SGSchoolsPE 

https://www.instagram.com/stgeorgesprepschool/

Our U13A cricket boys had a busy weekend playing in the Independent Schools Cricket Festival!

“My Ligaam” Grade 3 group work in the Hall (much more space & fun than in the classroom!)

Our Grade 6’s enjoyed their outing to Sanccob EC exploring rock pools, visiting a wetland and learning more about ecosystems & food chains.

The Grade 2’s made whale peg puppets during their Speech & Drama lesson.

Grade 4 rock pool studies at the beach.

The Grade 7’s conducting science experiments at the Nelson Mandela Bay Science & Technology Centre.

From our youngest U9 boys and girls to our U13A Boys,

cricket certainly was a winner in Sunny Port Elizabeth last week!

Our Green Guardians planted a granadilla and mulched and watered the veggie garden beds

(photos taken by one of our Green Guardians)

Early morning games to ease into a busy Grade 6 Friday

Awesome opportunity for our Under 11 Cricket girls to visit the game –

South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Day 1 @ St George’s Park

The Grade 7’s have been busy in the Drama Studio with their stage set design projects

One of our Grade 4 and Grade 6 classes visited “Love Story” to assist with preparing vegetables and sandwiches for the Love Story – Go And Do The Same “City Feed” programme

Our happy Family Camp Out 2019!

Swimathon 2019 was held from 18 – 22 February. Everyone had loads of fun!

Thank you to all our families for your amazing support. 

The Staff participated in the Swimathon, cheered on by the pupils, who then enjoyed an ice cream at the end.