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Senior Prep Notices 15 September 2017

2018 January Start Date
Just a reminder that our calendar does not fall completely in line with the ISASA schools calendar. We have decided to start the April holiday a little earlier than the ISASA schools calendar, to allow for a full 3 weeks’ break in April 2018.

In order to make up the school days that are lost during April, we will return to school two days earlier in January 2018. Therefore school will commence on Monday, 15 January 2018 and close on Friday, 6 April 2018.

ISASA Head’s Conference
Please note that Mrs Ché McKay will be away at the ISASA Head’s conference and International Confederation of Principals conference for the period, 20 to 26 September 2017.

Proudly South African
Grayston will celebrate Heritage Day on Friday, 22 September 2017. The children are invited to come to school dressed in any of the colours represented in our South African flag – red, white, green, blue, yellow and black or in any South African traditional dress.

Greeting Cards
Please complete the order form by Friday, 29 September 2017 if you would  like to order the Anytime Greeting Cards or Calendar. Only those who have completed the order form will receive, and be billed for, their printed cards. Please complete a separate order form for each child. The cost of your order will be billed to your Grayston account. Please click here for the order form.

Movie Night and Camp Out 
This year’s Movie Night and Camp Out will take place on Saturday, 7 October 2017. The day will consist of the traditional camp out on the top field and a big screen movie. We request that parents bring a picnic type meal and enjoy the evening watching the movie on the field with their family and friends, and then a night of camping for those who wish to do so. Parents will be expected to supervise their children at all times. (No drop and go). The cost for the movie night and camp out is R50 per person. Please note that no braais or gas fires will be allowed. Popcorn, boerewors rolls and soft drinks will be on sale as part of the Grade Seven fundraising effort.

Parking for those who are camping will be available on the bottom fields from 14:30on the day. Campers are welcome to unpack their vehicles on the top field before moving to the designated parking area on the bottom field. No vehicles will be allowed on the top field after 15:30. We look forward to enjoying the afternoon and evening together.

Congratulations to Ruth and David Buck on the birth of their little boy, Spencer.

The Grade Sevens are selling “Design your own Flip Flops” over the next few weeks. The cost of the sandals is R120 and you can create your own designs. Forms are available from Mrs Scriven or you can get a copy from the uniform shop. It’s hip to wears slops!

Mrs Scriven is collecting empty 5 litre water bottles. Should you have any please bring them to school and leave in her classroom (Room 5), which is on the first floor of the Senior Prep Block.

Study Skills
The Elevate Study Skills courses will take place on Tuesday, 19 September 2017during school time. The Grade Five children will be doing “Junior Time Management” and the Grade Sevens will focus on “Finishing Lines”. These courses are beneficial for the children and we hope that they will apply the skills later on.

Spring Social
A reminder that the Grades five to seven children will be attending the Spring Social on Saturday, 16 September 2017. The dance will start at 18:30 and end at 21:00. Please fetch your children promptly at the end of the dance. The children may bring extra money for glow sticks, snacks and extra drinks. A reminder that no cell phones are allowed.

PE Swimming
Swimming during PE will start next week for the senior prep children.

Swimming will be as follows: 
Girls Grade four – Grade six will swim on Day 2
Boys Grade four – Grade six will swim on Day 5
Grade seven children will swim on a Day 2. Boys and girls will alternate weeks starting with the girls swimming on 21 September 2017.

Please will the children bring their swimming costumes to every PE lesson. In the event that the temperatures are very high we will let everyone swim.

Open Morning
The SP Open Morning, which was postponed earlier in the year, will take place on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 from 07:30 to 09:30. Parents are invited to attend classes with their children. There will be an amended timetable for that morning, please look out for it in next week’s notices.

Grayston’s Got Talent
The talent show will take place on Friday, 29 September 2017 and will start at 18:30and finish at 20:00. Tickets for the show will be on sale from Tuesday, 25 September 2017 at R30 a ticket.

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