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Pre-Prep Notices 26February2015

allegation-clipart-happy-holidaysTime has flown by and it is difficult to believe that we have already reached half term. The first half of the term has been packed with achievements and success for the school.

The sporting teams have produced pleasing results especially in the pool, on the netball courts and on the cricket field with the junior teams. The music department’s rooms are full of children developing their skills on a variety of instruments. The choirs, ensembles and bands are growing and we have waitlists to join the various groups.

In the classroom, the senior children have been introduced to the Elevate Education Study Skills Programme and have embraced many of the concepts in preparation for their assessments. The Grade 7’s high school applications are being well received with many already being offered places at the high schools.

The staff have attended a number of development opportunities with staff attending reading, pastoral care, quality assurance, thinking skills, cognition and IT courses. The school participated in the Dell Think Tank on Innovation in Teaching and Learning, which was viewed by over 4500 delegates. Today the School hosts Google’s Innovation Tour (Gauteng) with 250 delegates on campus.

We continue to focus on the value of courage this week, with this week’s theme of “standing up for what is right.” “Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives. Such selfless courage is a victory in itself.” ― N.D. Wilson, Dandelion Fire.

Often it is more difficult to do what is right than be part of the crowd, whether it is in the classroom, on the sports field or on the stage. We reinforced the need to “Hold the Hand that Holds the Future” during this week’s assembly. We all need to ensure that the children are safe in the learning environment that we create at school and that this safety is not withdrawn by hurtful behaviour toward our peers in the school environment.

Early morning drop-off: Please be advised that the classroom assistants come on duty at 07:00. Children may NOT be left unattended in the classroom prior to the arrival of the assistant.

Lost Property: We are experiencing an enormous problem at the moment because many of the children’s clothes have not been labelled and so it is impossible to return these items to their rightful owners when they are mislaid. Please ensure that you label every item of clothing as well as swimming costumes, rash vests, towels, swimming caps and goggles.

Themes: The Grade 000 will spend next week discovering My Toys, My Joys while the Grade 00 and Grade R classes will investigate People Who Help Us.

Swimming: Please remember that the children will swim on the following days next week.

Tuesday, 3 March – Grade R girls

Wednesday, 4 March – Grade 00 boys; Grade R boys

Thursday, 5 March – Grade 00 girls

We are collecting:

  • Used magazines that the children can cut up during classroom activities. Please send any that you no longer require to school but be sure that they are appropriate, family-themed!
  • Clean egg shells for craft activities.

Help: We require cleaned out, washed and dried egg shells for craft activities. Please send these to school.

Puzzles and Games: Mrs Dixon urgently requires the help of parents during the weekly ‘puzzles and games’ session. If you are able to volunteer your assistance, please chat to her as soon as possible.

Grade R Letter of the Week: Our letter of the week is Gg. The children are encouraged to bring objects or pictures related to the letter Gg to school on Tuesday. Please practise naming and forming the letters Aa to Ff that we have already learnt.

Sensory Play Day: Our children will be participating in a Sensory Play Day next week – Grade 000 and Grade 00 on Thursday, 5 March and Grade R on Friday, 6 March. Please send the children to school dressed in old clothes as they will be getting dirty, sticky and muddy! Please also send a spare set of clothes to school in a plastic packet.

Love In The Time Of Contempt: Jacana Media invites you on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 at 18:00 for 18:30 at St John’s College, The Renee England Auditorium, St David Road, Houghton.To celebrate the launch of Love In The Time Of Contempt. Listen to Joanne Fedler’s witty,wise and humorous account of what it truly means to be a parent of a teenager.

Grayston Prep Golf Day: Please join us at this year’s Grayston Prep Golf Day on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 to be held at Johannesburg Country Club, Woodmead Course.  Entries are now open for fourballs and sponsorship so please contact Heather Kruger on pta@graystonprep.co.za to secure your booking.

School photos:  Please diarise Monday, 30 March to Wednesday, 1 April as school photo day for all children from Grade 000 to Grade 7.  The individual photo of your child will be printed and sent home with your child on the same day and an amount of R100.00 will be billed to your school fees account.

Cake and Candy Sale: The Grade 7s will be holding a Cake and Candy sale on Thursday, 2 April 2015 on Martha’s Lawn. Please support their fundraising efforts and come along and purchase their delicious baked treats.

Grade 7 Outreach Committee:  Each year Grayston Prep makes a difference to many people’s lives, especially hundreds of children in Diepsloot.  This year will be no exception. Do you know that last year we contributed 470 Santa shoeboxes, over 500 lunchboxes, more than 600 blankets and hundreds of books to children that are less fortunate than us? We plan to make 2015 a year to remember and this year’s Grade 7s are going to pull out all the stops.

After half term we will be collecting new and used sports equipment. So over half term turn out those cupboards, look through the garage, open those sports bags, and let’s declutter those rooms. Anything from old soccer balls to tennis rackets, cricket kit, hockey sticks, bats, tennis balls, swing balls, soccer boots, anything that is still in a reasonable condition and can put a smile on a special person’s face. The donations may be delivered to the collection point in the hall foyer on Tuesday, 3 March 2015.

Exeat Weekend: School closes at 12:00 noon today for the Exeat Weekend and will re-open at 07:30 on Tuesday, 3 March.

The Week Ahead

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