Headmasters Newsletter 23 January 2015

Guppies

Our Grade 7s have just completed their transition from top of the Senior Preparatory School to becoming the smallest fish in the High School pond – thus the label “Guppies”. This morning in the assembly they were officially welcomed as fully fledged members of the High School and allowed to remove their defining regalia.

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Guppy shirts, head stockings, and at least two pet rocks!

The Guppy Programme was run by Mr Mosime, the Grade 8 class teacher, assisted by the Grade 12 learners who took their duties very seriously. At the Guppy Concert last night, it emerged that one of the hardships visited upon them by the matrics were to engage in a Taebo session at 01h00 on one of the first morning of their camp. This was enacted on stage for us last night with an “over the top” Shannon Carlton as the exuberant leader. A number of other skits were presented as channels on a DSTV bouquet with a lazy matric as the channel surfer. This was a good idea, well executed, and requiring some degree of courage and acting ability, especially in the skit where they switched genders to make fun of the opposite sex – from the macho rugby player to the kugel. It was hilarious.

Assemblies

Our Monday assemblies are again being led by Shane Dowinton. Shane has already provided this service for four years and has told me that when he runs out of things to speak to our learners about, he will let me know. Until then, his popular talks will continue. In fact, Shane seems to be able to identify with the learners and gets a fairnumber of contacts made via the “Rev the Rev” box.

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Tuck Shop

Those amazing young people from the Bushveld Mission (mostly past pupils of this School) have been supplying us with a tuck shop service each Thursday. In view of the Inter House Athletics next week (on Thursday) and the PTA’s need to raise funds at every opportunity, this service will switch to Tuesday for next week only. Please support this “tent making” effort next Tuesday. The following week they will go back to their Thursday slot.

Inter House Athletics

On the day of the Inter House Athletics, I have been summoned to court in Modimolle to bear witness in the case of the break-in to the Farmers’ Hall last year. I expect to miss most of our event, and apologise beforehand for my absence.

Senior Prep Circuit Athletics

This takes place on Friday 30 January at Laerskool Vaalwater. Since our entire Senior Prep staff will be officiating in this full day event, and most of the learners will be taking part, those few learners who have not made team selection are excused from School on the day. However, should they choose to come along and support the team, they are welcome to do so – in School uniform and seated on the stands with the team. Full details of the day are to be found in the letter which has just gone out.

Hockey Clinic

A hockey Clinic is offered every Friday afternoon by Mrs Godfrey, Shane Dowinton, Mrs Stegmann and Stuart Hill. The first one is taking place as I write and the participants are enjoying almost individual attention. This clinic is offered for players who might wish one day to seek provincial selection in the sport, or simply to shine at the game for the School. Hockey is a great game which can be played until later in life – much like tennis.

Opening of New Classrooms

On Monday 2 February we will be holding the official opening of our two new classrooms at 13h30. Attendance will be compulsory for learners from Grade 4 to 12 (as it is during school time). We have chosen the end of the day when parents will be fetching their children from School in order to encourage attendance by our parent body and to facilitate travelling by our special guests. We would be very pleased to see as many parents as possible at that event.

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Mark Godfrey

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