LETTER FROM THE CAMPUS HEAD

23 April 2019

 

Dear St George’s Family

 

Welcome back to our winter term which is traditionally a busy term with many shorter school weeks.  We have already started many of our mid-week sporting fixtures and the first of our touring parties will depart on Thursday to take part in the Knysna Netball festival with our Hockey boys and girls leaving next week.

Our visiting exchange pupils arrived safely from Holmewood House in Tunbridge Wells in the UK.  They are settling into daily life at St George’s and have already experienced many wonderful moments with their host families.  Mr Morgan-Jones, who is certainly no stranger to us, having accompanied the Holmewood House exchange groups several times over the past years, refereed many of our U11 Soccer matches last week at the “Opening of the Season Festival”.

I don’t often share posts of this nature but felt it appropriate having just experienced Family Day, the Easter weekend and the recent School holiday with both my sons.  I must warn you it is rather long, but certainly worth the TIME!

The telephone rang. It was a call from his mother. He answered it and his mother told him, “Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday.”

Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

“Jack, did you hear me?”

“Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It’s been so long since I thought of him. I’m sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago,” Jack said.

“Well, he didn’t forget you. Every time I saw him he’d ask how you were doing. He’d reminisce about the many days you spent over ‘his side of the fence’ as he put it,” Mom told him.

“I loved that old house he lived in,” Jack said.

“You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man’s influence in your life,” she said.

“He’s the one who taught me carpentry,” he said. “I wouldn’t be in this business if it weren’t for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important. Mom, I’ll be there for the funeral,” Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser’s funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time. Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered.

Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture…Jack stopped suddenly…

“What’s wrong, Jack?” his Mom asked.

“The box is gone,” he said.

“What box?” Mom asked.

“There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he’d ever tell me was ‘the thing I value most,'” Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

“Now I’ll never know what was so valuable to him,” Jack said.

“I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom.”

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox. “Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days,” the note read.

Early the next day Jack went to the post office and retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention.

“Mr. Harold Belser” it read.

Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope.

Jack’s hands shook as he read the note inside.

“Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It’s the thing I valued most in my life.” A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filled his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved: “Jack, Thanks for your time! — Harold Belser.”

“The thing he valued most was my time!”

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days.*

“Why?” Janet, his assistant asked.

“I need some time to spend with the people I love and say I care for,” he said. “Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!”

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Think about this. You may not realise it, but it’s 100 percent true.

  1. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
  2. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don’t like you.
  3. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep.
  4. You mean the world to someone.
  5.  If not for you, someone may not be living.
  6. You are special and unique.
  7.  Have trust sooner or later you will get what you wish for or something better.
  8. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good can still come from it.
  9. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a hard look: you most likely turned your back on the world and        the people who love and care for you.
  10.  Someone that you don’t even know exists loves you.
  11.  Always remember the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks.
  12.  Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know and you’ll both be happy.
  13.  If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.

           Thank you for taking the time to read this, we certainly do hope that it will motivate you to spend that “special         time” with those who are important to you!

     

    Kind regards

    Alex Hall – Campus Head

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STAFF NEWS

Craig Lippert will be joining the Administration staff in the position of Assistant Bursar from 1 May 2019.  He will be supporting our Bursar, Miss Lanette Pienaar in the Finance Department. Craig has had over 16 years experience in a variety of roles in the bursarial department and we look forward to welcoming him on the 1st of May when a proper hand-over period with Mrs Dianne van Heerden will take place.

SCHOOL NEWS

Welcome to the Holmewood House Grade 7 Exchange pupils

During the Grade 7 year pupils are given the opportunity to be part of our Exchange Programme with Holmewood House in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom.  Their Senior Master, Mr Paul Morgan-Jones, and 8 pupils from Holmewood House arrived in Port Elizabeth for two weeks. In October our pupils will spend two weeks at Holmewood House.  Let the adventure and fun begin!

 

Winter Uniform:

A reminder that pupils are to start wearing the winter uniform from Tuesday 2 May.

 

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

The d6 Communicator is kept up to date with the daily fixtures.
What’s happening in April Term 2 : 23 April – 5 May 2019

 

Day

Team

Start Time

Opposition

Venue

Estimated Finish

Tues 23 April

Wed 24 April

Grade 5 Outing

08h00

POSTPONED

Addo

13h00

Thurs 25 April

U12 + u13 Netball Festival in Knysna (25-28 April)

Fri 26 April

St George’s Day Celebrations

09h55 :                St George’s Day Assembly – Parents welcome

10h45 – 12h45 : Prep Fun Morning

13h00:                 School Closes

                             Aftercare will be as normal

U12 + u13 Netball Festival in Knysna (25-28 April)

Sat 27 April

Freedom Day – Public Holiday

U12 + u13 Netball Festival in Knysna (25-28 April)

Sun 28 April

U12 + u13 Netball Festival in Knysna (25-28 April)

Grade 7 UK Exchange Programme Pupils from Holmewood House Depart (14-28 April)

Mon 29 April

Tues 30 April

Wed 1 May

Worker’s Day – Public Holiday

Thurs 2 May

Oakhill u13 Boys & Girls Hockey Festival in Knysna (Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 May)

Fri 3 May

Oakhill u13 Boys & Girls Hockey Festival in Knysna (Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 May)

Sat 4 May

Oakhill u13 Boys & Girls Hockey Festival in Knysna (Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 May)

Sun 5 May

Oakhill u13 Boys & Girls Hockey Festival in Knysna (Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 May)

UPCOMING EVENTS

St George’s Day at the Prep – Friday 26 April 2019

St George’ Day, 23 April, is a significant one on the school calendar. It has been adopted as the day on which the school honours its beginnings, celebrates its presence and looks to its future.  

The Prep always celebrates St George’s Day on first Friday following the 23rd and this year we will be holding our St George’s Day Celebrations on Friday 26 April.

We will hold an Assembly at 09h55 for all pupils from Gr 000 – 7 in the Jan Immelman Hall and parents are welcome to attend. The Ladies of The Society of St George are also invited for tea with the Headmaster and to attend the Assembly. This will be followed by a fun morning of activities for the pupils from 10h45-12h45.  

All pupils (boys and girls) from Grade 1-7 will be involved in inter-house Hockey and Soccer matches.  A reminder that all Grade 1 & 2 pupils need their own hockey sticks (please label all hockey sticks).

Due to the nature of these activities, pupils will be allowed to attend school in their sport clothes and FULL tracksuits on Friday.  Full tracksuits must be worn to the Assembly.

Parents are invited to come and support their children and there will be a coffee station and basic tuck-shop available.  All pupils from Grade 1-7 will be provided with a boerewors roll

            

Please take note that school will close at 13h00 for Grade 1-7 on that day.  
Grade 1-3 Aftercare will continue as normal.  The Pre-Prep finishing times will remain the same.

One Day without Shoes Outreach Initiative – Wednesday 22 May 2019.

On Wednesday 22 May we  will be celebrating “one-day without shoes”.  We would like to make our pupils more aware of the needs of others less fortunate who have to cope daily going to school without shoes.  We will be collecting donations of new or gently worn shoes for an underprivileged school, Walmer Primary School.

Please see your emails or the d6 – RESOURCES – OUTREACH for further details.

  SPORT @ ST GEORGE’S 

 

 

Congratulations

Well done to Cade Hummel (Grade 6) who has been selected to join the squad that will be representing South Africa at the 2019 Unified Taekwon-Do World Championships in Brazil in August this year.  He will be participating in the Junior Colour Belt Division. Cade has over the past few years proven himself to be worthy of selection to the team as he has not only won Silver medal at the 2016 World Championships but has also proved himself in National events and Provincial events after returning from the 2016 World Champs.

We congratulate Cade in his nomination to the Team and wish him luck in the Championships.

A PEEK AROUND THE SCHOOL

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!   

While the children are away the staff play. Teachers hard at work preparing for the Term ahead and finding some time to reflect on teaching and learning.

Welcome back to all our pupils and staff! Looking forward to a busy, happy 2nd Term.

A wonderful start to our soccer season hosting the U11 Boys Soccer Festival last week.

Our Grade 7’s braving the elements during their Surf Life-Saving programme

The Grade 7’s have also been working on their verbal creative skills – working in pairs they described the picture to their partner without saying what is was.

Grade 6 Social Science Class children learning about trade and global economies by buying and selling their own commodities.

Grade 2 Boys in hockey action.