Headmasters Newsletter 27 November 2015

Grade 7 Farewell

This is a much anticipated event and 2015 was outstanding. The Seringa Café decked in reggae décor while coconut drinks and red yellow and black skull caps with dreadlocks were handed out by the welcoming committee.

The Grade 6 learners and parents put the evening together, using money collected by Grade 6 during the year. Tamsin Hill was largely responsible for the décor, and the delightful invitation. She was assisted by the Grade 6 learners who made much of the décor in the Art class. And wherever there is organizing to be done or funds to be raised, there you will find the inimitable Mrs Steyn. Christie ran a tuckshop throughout the year, buying stock from a supplier in Pretoria and selling a wide variety of products each break – icies, toasted sandwiches, sweets etc. Well done, Christie!

Had we asked parents of Grade 6 and 7 to give R20 000 towards the end of year goings on of the Senior Preparatory, there would understandably have been some resistance. Instead, the money was extracted passively, and the Grade 6 class funded an excellent dinner and the Grade 7 trip to Gold Reef City on Wednesday. The Grade 7s, not to be outdone, have already paid for the installation of 6 whirlybirds to extract heat from the Hall – their contribution being some eight and a half thousand! These should be in place next week.

Thanks are due to the Seringa Café for hosting us on Friday evening in their lovely premises. I am told that they gave us an astonishingly special rate. Thank you, Anne and Robert Howe. Special thanks to the Grade 6 learners who were the most attentive waitrons most of us had ever come across! Well done, MC Amelia.

The Grade Sevens each had an opportunity to speak, and some interesting things came out about the fun they had in lessons. School was never like that in the last century! The teachers, wisely, spoke last, and gave as well as they received. All in all, this was a fabulous evening, with learners, staff and parents all having a wonderful time.

Josh had the cameras flashing!

Josh had the cameras flashing!

Quinn dazzled us with his wit.

Quinn dazzled us with his wit.

Ryan doing his thing.

Ryan doing his thing.

Boarders’ Christmas Dinner

The boarders had their Christmas Dinner on Monday. We were all chuffed to have Richard Wadley, Board of Governors Chair, join us directly from a five hour Board Meeting. After joining us for the excellent meal, Richard took up the Santa challenge and had the youngsters “eating out of his hand.” Thank you, Richard.

Tannie Marie, and Oom Jan and his wife Rina were also honoured. Marie does SO MUCH for the boarders and Oom Jan ensures they have water and electricity, often answering a call-out in the middle of the night. They are in fact the unsung heroes of the School, but we DO appreciate them.

The learners had an opportunity to dress up a little, while the teachers were able to dress “down.” The overall effect was very pleasing, and I must say that we have lovely kids in our Boarding Establishment. The way that they mix freely by age and gender is really good to see, and the personalities emerging are quite endearing.

Seth demonstrates his personal approach to Fashion. Who needs matching sleeves anyway?

Seth demonstrates his personal approach to Fashion. Who needs matching sleeves anyway?

Board Chair Richard Wadley plays Santa as Katlego decides who will get the next gift.

Board Chair Richard Wadley plays Santa as Katlego decides who will get the next gift.

Gr 0000 to Gr 3 Christmas Party

Gr 0000 to Gr 3 Christmas Party

On Tuesday Santa came to the town of Vaalwater. His sleigh was covered in snow and looked a bit out of shape (global warming has caused some tough weather for Santa at this time of the year) and the reindeer were eager to get out of harness. All present were very impressed by Santa’s long white beard, his enormous tummy and his warm laugh. Sadly, the Head was so busy recording this event for posterity that he did not get to share with Santa his Christmas list. Oh well, môre is nog ʼn Kersfees.

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The rejuvenation of the swimming Pool this year is probably the single most striking success gained in 2015. Well done Oom Jan and Jimmy Sithole!

The rejuvenation of the swimming Pool this year is probably the single most striking success gained in 2015. Well done Oom Jan and Jimmy Sithole!

Prize Givings

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Well done, Marius. We will miss you.

May I wish one and all a blessed Christmas.

Mark Godfrey