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Senior Prep Notices 16January2015

news 2015Welcome Back: The year has started off with a bang, and all the children have returned to school energised from their rest and ready to learn. The children have settled back into the learning environment and are actively engaged in the classrooms once again. This year we will be focussing on educational delivery, the various thinking skills programmes, IT integration and pastoral care elements of the learning process.

The introduction of core values from the Grayston value wheel will be introduced to the school over the coming months. These will include;  Perseverance, Humility, Lifelong learning, Trust, Community and Courage. The school has been working with a storytelling company to compile stories that reflect these values in everyday school life, involving people that the children know or can relate to.

Staff News:  On a staffing front we have welcomed seven new staff to the teaching faculty and wish them all the best in their careers at Grayston. Sadly Lynn Preece, the Business Manager, has tendered her resignation. We will begin the process to replace Lynn and thank her for her approach and commitment to the school over the last five years. Lynn has been instrumental in many of the campus development projects that have been completed. Without her effort and diligence, these would not have been possible. She will be sorely missed in the administration of the school and her passion for Grayston will definitely be difficult to replace.

Elevate Education: The Grade 5 to Grade 7 children will be attending a study skills programme with Elevate Education. Elevate has presented study skills in Australia and the UK for 12 years and has been working with South African schools for 3 years. They have an innovative approach to study skills and we look forward to working with them over the next week. They will present their approach to studying to parents at the Grade 5 to Grade 7 parents information evenings next week. The children would have experienced this approach on Friday and will have a second session next week Thursday with staff training happening on Friday afternoon.

Congratulations: We are pleased to announce that the Van Vught family were the successful winners of our “Sunday brunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton” competition which we held towards the end of last year.  Thank you to everyone who entered.

Parent Information Evenings: The Grade 5, 6 and 7 Parent Information Evening will take place at 18h00 on Wednesday 21, January 2015. The Grade 4 Parent Information Evening will take place at 18h30 on Thursday, 22 January 2015. These and more details are available for you on the Grayston Prep Google calendar.

Co-Curricular Activities:

Swimming

Championship Gala: Friday, 23 January

Prestige Gala: Tuesday, 17 March

Cricket

Trials

  • U9 and Open: Monday, 19 January 13:40 – 15:30  and Wednesday,  21 January 13:15 – 15:15
  • U10 and U11: Tuesday, 20 January 13:40 – 15:30 and Thursday, 22 January 13:40 – 15:30

Softball

Trials

  • Junior Softball Trials: Monday, 19 January 13:40 – 15:30 and Wednesday,  21 January 13:15 – 15:15
  • Senior Softball Trials: Tuesday, 20 January 13:40 – 15:30 and Thursday, 22 January 13:40 – 15:30

Tournament

  • Saturday, 14 March

Co-Curricular 1

Monday, 26 January – Friday, 27 March

Awards Assembly

Wednesday, 1 April – Team awards for cricket, softball and swimming (U12 and Open children only)

Netball

U9 and U10 Practices start Monday, 30 March

Trials

  • U9 – Tuesday, 7 April and Thursday, 9 April (13:40 – 15:00)
  • U10 – Wednesday, 8 April (13:15 – 14:45) and Thursday, 9 April (13:40 – 15:00)
  • U11 – Monday, 13 April (13:40 – 15:00) and Wednesday, 15 April (13:15 – 14:45)
  • U12 – Monday, 13  April and Tuesday 14 April (13:40 – 15:00)
  • Open – Tuesday, 14 April and Thursday, 16 April (13:40 – 15:00)

Football

U9 and U10 Practices start Monday, 30 March

Trials

  • U9 – Tuesday, 7 April and Thursday, 9 April (13:40 – 15:00)
  • U10 – Wednesday 8 April (13:15 – 14:45) and Thursday, 9 April (13:40 – 15:00)
  • U11 – Monday, 13 April (13:40 – 15:00) and Wednesday, 15 April (13:15 – 14:45)
  • U12 – Monday, 13 April and Tuesday,14 April (13:40 – 15:00)
  • Open – Tuesday, 14 April and Thursday, 16 April (13:40 – 15:00)

Grade 3 – Grade 7:  Grade 3 learners are expected to participate in two afternoons of co-curricular activity per week. All Grade 4 – 7 learners are expected to take part in at least 2 sessions of sport or 1 session of sport and 1 cultural session a week. Once children have committed to an activity, they are expected to participate for the duration of the season. If a child is unable to attend a practice or a match, please ensure that you provide a relevant reason and notify the sports desk in adequate time. Any child who does not attend a practice or match without a valid excuse or attends in the incorrect kit will be issued a warning slip. If your child places in the top six for a stroke in the Championship Gala then he/she will be expected to represent Grayston in the swimming team.

Team lists and match schedules:  Team lists can be found at http://www.graystonprep.co.za/sport/sport-results/ as well as on the sports notice board. Please encourage your children to check the board on a regular basis. We have added a Subscription Service to the Notices pages on the Grayston Prep website.  The subscription service is linked to the various categories of communication including Grade notices for Pre-Prep and Junior Prep, Grade notices for Grades 4, 5, 6 and 7, as well as Sport.  We will also be able to send you Newsletters directly from this service. Please visit the Grayston Prep website to subscribe to the notices categories that suits your needs. For your convenience, you may click on the link below which will take you directly to the Senior Prep Notices page.  http://www.graystonprep.co.za/category/notices/student-notices/senior-prep-notices/

Communication:  To assist with sports queries and communication, we now have a sports desk. Please ensure that you direct any queries regarding sport to sport@graystonprep.co.za. Emails excusing children from practices and matches should be directed to the same address.

Aftercare and “Cage” opening times:  Please be reminded of the “Cage” opening times for the Co-curricular 1 schedule are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:
13:20 – 13:40
14:40 – 15:00
15:50 – 16:30
17:30
 
Wednesday:                              
13:00 – 13:20
14:15 – 14:30
16:00 – 14:30
17:30
 
Friday:                                    
 13:20 – 13:40
14:40 – 15:00
16:00 – 16:30
17:30

For their safety and wellbeing, no children are allowed to wander around the school unsupervised in the afternoon. This means that, if your child is not taking part in a scheduled co-curricular activity (including supervised homework) or you are not able to personally supervise him/her on campus outside of the specified cage opening times, he/she will be sent to Aftercare and you will be billed accordingly. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Grayston Sports Desk on sport@graystonprep.co.za.

The Week Ahead:

Date
Time
Event
Venue
Updates
Mon 19 Jan 2015 07:30 Co-curricular Activities Jan2015 Grayston
Mon 19 Jan 2015 10:00 New Learners Tea and Scones Grayston
Mon 19 Jan 2015 13:45 Cricket Trials (U9, Open) Grayston
Mon 19 Jan 2015 13:45 Softball Trials (Gr4 & Gr5) Grayston
Mon 19 Jan 2015 13:45 Staff Development Grayston
Mon 19 Jan 2015 13:45 Grade Planning Grayston
Tue 20 Jan 2015 13:45 Cricket Trials (U10, U11) Grayston
Tue 20 Jan 2015 13:45 Softball Trials (Gr6 & Gr7) Grayston
Tue 20 Jan 2015 13:45 PP Parent Information Evening Grayston
Wed 21 Jan 2015 07:30 School Assembly Grayston
Wed 21 Jan 2015 09:00 Puppet World (PP) Grayston
Wed 21 Jan 2015 13:15 Cricket Trials (U9, Open) Grayston
Wed 21 Jan 2015 13:15 Softball Trials (Gr4 & Gr5) Grayston
Wed 21 Jan 2015 14:00 iziZulu Cluster Meeting
Wed 21 Jan 2015 18:00 Gr5 , Gr6 & Gr7 Parent Information Evening Grayston
Thu 22 Jan 2015 13:45 Cricket Trials (U10,U11) Grayston
Thu 22 Jan 2015 13:45 Softball Trials (Gr6 & Gr7) Grayston
Thu 22 Jan 2015 18:30 Gr 4 Parent Information Evening Grayston
Fri 23 Jan 2015 10:10 Gr 7 Care Bear Introduction Grayston
Fri 23 Jan 2015 13:00 Championship Gala Grayston
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