Dear Woods Family
Celebrations seem to be the name of the game at present and my family and I are all still on a high since our daughter’s wedding at Elandskloof farm in Greyton on Saturday. Shelley and Jonathan made their promises to one another in the presence of 120 family and friends. The forest setting for the service was quite magical with the resplendent colours of Autumn  on full display. Love, pride and joy simply jumps out from every photograph and Stuart and I feel immensely privileged to be welcoming another son into our family. Sadly, they return to Amsterdam tomorrow but we are grateful for the special memories we will treasure forever.
Driving through the magnificent countryside to the wedding was a reminder of just how beautiful our country is. The many overseas guests who were present were blown away by the beautiful landscape and commented on the warmth, the friendliness and the hospitality they have enjoyed since being here. This was so good to hear – especially at a time where so much negativity and hopelessness abounds. Finding reasons to celebrate our country goes a long way to building positive energy which in turn creates greater happiness and a sense of invested belonging.


GRADE 000 - Tea4Two 


Our “High Tea” celebrations of Tea4Two this week were very special events and it is always wonderful to see the amount of love and effort which goes into preparing the tables for the little girls. Their joy and delight at having this quality time with their special person really speaks volumes and I thank you again for taking the time out of your busy schedules to make this the success it was.  











We joined the whole school in celebrating “Africa Day” today and it was a thrill to see the girls all dressed up in their “Colours of Africa” which included a selection of vibrant colours, animal prints, traditional and creative outfits. Girls were met in the foyer with the vibrant sounds of the “African Spirits Symphony” and a visual display of flags, posters and words celebrating our diverse heritage. In preparation for this event, our lessons and activities were all designed around the “Fauna, Flora, Food and Fellowship of Africa” in an enriching and meaningful way. My thanks go to my staff for the truly fantastic activities across the board during music, drama, art and morning ring time. These lessons all provided opportunities to explore and discuss our vibrant heritage and I am delighted that this learning has been made visible across the school in so many ways – just take a look at the gorgeous art and other displays around the passages!
While celebrations such as Africa Day are wonderful opportunities to bring to the fore that which needs to be respected, honoured and cherished, they are also reminders of the need to continue the appreciation and celebration on a daily basis. The need to engage in the discourse, to listen and learn from one another. Thank you to all parents who attended Lovelyn Ndwayeni’s challenging and inspiring presentation at the “Critical Conversations” breakfast this morning. I am planning her return to address the Woods parents very soon as she is not to be missed. Watch this space!
In closing, a reminder that we have another mid-week holiday on Wednesday 8 May as we go the polls to vote. Until then, I wish you all a happy weekend of family relaxation and fun.

Joyanne West 




Creativity was the name of the game this year with the most gorgeous Easter Bonnets on display.
It was truly wonderful watching the pride on the little girls’ faces as they paraded around, showing off their works of art which must have taken hours of fun to assemble!


INFORMATION STATION: SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 16 May @ 18h30 to 20h00
Please diarise this event as it is an opportunity for us as a Woods family to meet and discuss topics of importance and relevance to your children. Finer details to follow shortly.
Your daughters are very busy preparing for this exciting event! Book out that hour in your diary and come prepared to spend some quality time with your daughter. Each class will have a session of drumming in the hall and a session of classroom/playground activities. Please note that punctuality is key on these days to ensure that you can all get back to work in good time.
Gr R: Tuesday 11 June from 8h00 – 9h00
Gr 00: Wednesday 12 June from 8h15 – 9h15
Gr 000: Thursday 13 June from 8h30 – 9h30


Every year we aim to support various charities, especially at this time of the year when the cold weather sets in and affects so many people in and around our city. Our annual “Winter Woolies” drive during the last week of term depends on your generous donations of warm, waterproof clothing for children and adults. May I urge you to go through your cupboards in preparation for this drive so we can bless others in abundance.



Having a place to go — is a home. Having someone to love — is a family.
Having both — is a blessing.
Donna Hedges

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