Headmaster Newsletter 13 May 2016

Night of Stars Music Evening

The Beaulieu Preparatory School string ensemble entertained us with 3 beautiful songs.

The Beaulieu Preparatory School string ensemble entertained us with 3 beautiful songs.

Their brass band was supported by some other instruments and showed off their superior technical ability this year.

Their brass band was supported by some other instruments and showed off their superior technical ability this year.

Kiandra Doubell accompanies Mr Sulo as he sings a . . . solo.

Kiandra Doubell accompanies Mr Sulo as he sings a . . . solo.

Lucy Calcott and Moses Molekoa did a lovely duet.

Lucy Calcott and Moses Molekoa did a lovely duet.

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In response to the Beaulieu strings and brass band, our four marimba bands stepped up. Pictured here are the Junior and the Senior Marimba bands spanning Grade 4 to Grade 12. The Juniors are playing Monde’s song and the Seniors are playing . . . something else. Well done, Mr Sulo, on generating so much interest in music again. The learners delight in following your lead.

The Night of Stars Music Evening has become something of a tradition over the last three years.
Thank you, Mrs Swales, for setting up this lovely event each year. Thank you, Beaulieu, for coming
and sharing your talent with us

Our musicians will have two more opportunities this year to showcase their talent. The Eisteddfod
in the first week of September is open to our learners and learners of surrounding schools and even
members of the public. Excellent musical talent is always on display at the Eisteddfod, much of it
coming from the Academy.

There is also the Music Evening later in the year where only the better entrants to the auditions are
put on stage. This is always a sparkling evening and anticipated with much pleasure.

Mountain Biking

At the Shikwaru MTB Race last weekend, three of our learners achieved very good results. Gabi
Schulz came 1st in her age group and was third lady over all in her distance. Ruan Janse van Vuuren
was the 2nd boy in his age group and the 3rd boy over all. Alexander Schulz was the 4th boy in his age
group and 8th boy over all. Well done to these three hard-working young people.

Not to be outdone, Birgit Schulz rode the 35km race and was first Lady in her age group while Ronald
was 16th in his age band. There is nothing quite like a sport which you can enjoy as a family.

Ruan, Gabi and Alex – keep those pedals turning, guys.

Ruan, Gabi and Alex – keep those pedals turning, guys.

Staff Development

We have had teachers out on workshops and courses three days this week. While this leads to
disruptions in our programme, the benefits are far-reaching and far outweigh any inconvenience
caused. Such professional development leads to renewed enthusiasm, and we are equipping our
teachers for success.

Sport

The High School soccer and netball matches against a local high school and scheduled for Tuesday
afternoon were cancelled by that school. What a pity! However, our Senior Prep girls travelled to
Polokwane to play netball and this was a success. At U/9 level we were not able to field a full team,
but the opposition were happy to accommodate us and the girls had 2 invaluable games where they
learned a great deal about the game in the match situation – they always learn more during
matches. They won one and lost one. The U/11 girls won both their games, and the U/13 girls won
two and lost one. Well done, Girls!

News

Today, Kiandra Doubell brought her pet lamb to school to do an oral. The lamb caused quite a stir
among the learners and several teachers felt they needed to intervene on the lamb’s behalf when
the learners became a little overly boisterous in playing with it. The lamb was “cool.”

Kiandra and her little lamb.

Kiandra and her little lamb.

The entire JP Phase was enthralled.

The entire JP Phase was enthralled.

The long awaited replacement for the old “Volksie” in the Pre Prep playground was unveiled today –
to the great excitement of that entire phase. The whole bunch wanted to be on it and time playing
with the steering wheel had to be rationed. The tractor trailer combination is a smash hit with the
littlies. Anyone wishing to hire it for some heavy lifting around the farm may approach their children
in the Pre Prep for the rates – and a driver.

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There is nothing quite like a new “jungle gym” to to spark some “gees” among those in the know.

A truck carrying copies of Roget’s Thesaurus overturned on the freeway. Onlookers were stunned,
overwhelmed, astonished, bewildered and dumbfounded.

Mark Godfrey