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:

U 11
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 




Gr 3 SAC making a poster during their Divinity lesson 

Gr 3 SAC having fun at camp

Gr 7 girls created their own website in their computational thinking classes with Ms Cornelius

Zara Yazbek-Politto has arrived safely in Hong Kong to start rehearsals for the International Musical, Mathilda.

The Gr 1s took the Bok build-up very seriously, they dressed the part, sang and danced and even prepared food in green and gold. 

South African fruit flag

Everyone enjoyed rugby cupcakes

Liya Hendrickse, Ciara Davies, Jessica Eastwood and Lyra Liddle with their Science project that they presented to parents this morning
Mrs Coetzee making vegetable juice for the Gr 3s

Mrs Walsh does not like green juice given her

Gr 3s enjoying their carrot juice.  They will now be able to see at night 

Literature studies:  Jemima Alexander, Gr 3 AW, discovering a secret message written by a friend.  She was also able to lift a fingerprint that was left from the message. 

Lelethu Mogotlane Gr 3 AW finding her secret message and trying to decipher the fingerprint left

Gr 2SU showing their support for the Bokke

Milla Stylling and Taylor Hess explaining their Science project to Mrs Smit

Mia Jacobs, Che Nel, Syrah Herd, and Kate Berrisford learnt much about working collaboratively

Mrs te Water and Ms Mfenyana discussing Nina Cullis' Gr 6 JA electricity project with her.

During Arts Week this year the whole school raised funds on “Arts Dress up Day” by coming to school as they favourite Famous Artist. The money raised from this fun event was donated to three Arts Charities, chosen by our three Arts departments. The HS and Prep Drama departments chose to support ASSITEJ’s “Take a Child to the Theatre Today” Campaign which funds theatre tickets and transport for many children who ordinarily would struggle to see a piece of theatre.
Yvette Hardie, Director of ASSITEJ SA and Faye Kabali Kagwa, ASSITEJ’s Theatre4Youth Co-ordinator in the Western Cape, came to receive our gift. There to hand it over were: Mrs Redelinghuys, Sarah Wolhuter (Head of Drama), Mihlali Sukoko, Juliet Blacher, Thandi Govender



Anna White Gr 4NW

Hannah Shapira Gr 4 NW

Jemma Levick Gr 4NW
Gr 2 RW art 

Gr 4 NW art

Jessica Davies Gr 4 NW 

Grace Pienaar Gr 4 NW


Olivia Sutcliffe Gr 6SH
playing her cello

Selma Thomas Gr 7BM and Olivia Sutcliffe GR 6 SH in a duet

Choir girls preparing to sing

Both the FP and IP choirs participated in the final item backed by the Orchestra at the Gala Music Evening.  They sang 'The World in Union' and received a standing ovation. 

Guitar Ensemble 

Juliette Cilliers Gr 4NW performing at the concert

Mia Jacobs Gr 6JA giving it stick

The Foundation Phase Choir

Marimbas making music 

Tersa Harley with her Marimba group

Thank you to everyone who came to share the music with us at the Gala Concert last week. It was a wonderful celebration of music at our school and we are very proud of the talent, effort and commitment displayed by each girl that participated in the concert. Congratulations to all the performers and their teachers. The evening ended with a combined item by the Junior Orchestra, IP and FP Choirs, performing The World in Union, also know as the Rugby World Cup song. It was certainly a highlight on the musical calendar of the year!



Shotput throwers at Athletics day

The girls were very excited before the 1200m race

Gr 7s enjoying their last Prep school athletics day, they ran a lap of honour around the stadium

Timekeepers at Athletics Day

Tara Cartoulis and Riley Zetlar Gr 3 on their way to swimming, despite the cold weather
Gr 7s at Waterpolo early in the season

Mikaila Stevens, Anna Blu Bergstrom, and Gabriella Harvey Gr 7s after the 1500m relay

Olivia Simpson and Olivia Sutcliffe Gr 6 practising hurdles

Grade 7s before the 1200m race
Inter-House Athletics
Well done to all the athletes who participated in the inter-house event today.  It was wonderful to see so many Prep school children taking part.  Thank you to the house captains for creating a festive atmosphere around the stadium with their enthusiastic singing and cheering.
Newcomer of the Year: Elsa Magnusson Ekström
Victrix Ludorum: Annablu Bergström
Spirit Cup: Anderson House
Participation Cup: Verinder House
Performance Cup: Darke House

'Headed to the marvellous Green Point Stadium to compete in the Inter House Athletics competition, I was so nervous. I could hardly swallow my breakfast and I’m sure a lot of you felt the same way.  But it turned out to be a fantastic day with all of the houses winning Cups. Big congratulations to Darke for taking the main cup home.  Well done to everyone who participated to making the day such a successful event'.  Special thanks to Ms Block'.

Written by Anna blu Bergstrom ( Athletics Captain)

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