|Dear Parents and Guardians
Through the lens of a new parent: “There is something for everyone and everything for someone - all on one campus.” We are proud of the rich offering the Preparatory School provides and this last week is an example of just this.
Last Wednesday evening I sat spellbound through the Gala Music Concert. The repertoire of music included piano items, the string ensemble, guitar groups, a jazz band, double bass and so much more. The FP and IP choirs delighted us with their songs and the finale was a combined rendition of the song, World in Unison, particularly apt in the run up to the Rugby World Cup. The girls received a standing ovation, most richly deserved. Congratulations to the Music Department and Mrs Annamarie Gelderblom specifically for the hard work done in organising an event that starred over 200 musicians.
The Grade 3 to 5 girls wrote the International Benchmark Assessments this week. This is an Australian - driven test written internationally by independent schools and overseen by the IEB in South Africa. The results give us valuable information about our teaching and learning as well as an understanding of our academic standing in the wider world of education. The results are published later in the year and we will be sharing the outcomes with you.
Today the Intermediate Phase took over Greenpoint Stadium for their Annual Inter-House Athletics Day. Their enthusiasm, their singing and colourful encouragement of the athletes was a sight to behold. Everyone had an opportunity to experience the joy and wonder of performing in a stadium and the spirit was electric. I have no doubt that when this enthusiasm is directed at the Springboks on Saturday morning, our rugby players will hear them in Japan! May your morning of festivities and that sense of wonder of sport uniting a nation and transcending barriers just for a time, be a celebration - whatever the outcome!
The month of November reminds us of the final assessments that take place in the Intermediate Phase. These preparations give both students and staff an opportunity to consolidate skills and knowledge learned throughout the year and prepares the girls for the solid start required for the next Grade. Scopes have been published on BlueSky. The girls need to learn the technique of exam writing and the recent study skills workshops in all the classes will support the girls in their preparation.
What the girls can look forward to after exams is a programme we are preparing for the last two weeks of school. Between the carol practices and the essential reflection and review of returned assessments, the girls will participate in handcraft workshops, hear interesting speakers and participate in other enriching educational activities. So, “there will be something for everyone and everything for someone - all on one campus.”
Warm regards- in the colours of green and gold…
Carol te Water
Early School closure: 15 November 2019
Due to a staff function organised by the PA, the Preparatory School will close on 15 November at the following times:
Grade 1 and 2: 13h00 (instead of 13h30)
Grades 3 to 7: 13h30 (instead of 14h00 and 14h20 respectively)
There will be a holding class until the usual close of school (13h30, 14h00, 14h20) for both FP and IP parents who cannot fetch their girls at the early time. Aftercare will continue as usual from 13h30 and there will be no sport in the afternoon. Please check directly with the private service providers (tennis, ballet etc) about their afternoon lessons.
Thanking you in advance for your co-operation.
Congratulations to our Chess girls who participated in a Chess Tournament on 19 October at Brackenfell High School, we are delighted with the following results:
Katherine Hart Davis won 4 out of 5 matches
Morgan Dreyer won 3 out of 5 matches
Olethiwe Mqadi won half her matches
Sarah Williamson and Sasha MacLeod won 2 of her 5 matches
Sabreen Omarjee and Melissa Schwultz both won 1 of their 5 matches
Neave Archbold won 4 of her matches and received the BRONZE medal
Ghia Cencelli won 3 of her matches and her mom won a silver medal in the MOM section
Alika von Holdt won 2 of her matches