Term 2, 2017
Congratulations to the Term 2 Grade 7 Head Girl, Emily Orphanides and Deputy Head Girl, Kerry Gilmour.
Congratulations to the Grade 6 Leaders for Term 2:
Class Captain – Berlynn Williams
Vice Class Captain – Sophie Randall
St Andrew Captain – Amy-Jo Pheiffer
St George Captain – Saskia Oosterlee
St Patrick Captain – Rachel Watermeyer
This winter term the Grade 5 girls went to Bush Pigs for four days and three nights. Can you imagine it, thirty one annoying, crazy, grumpy and exited ten and eleven year olds? We were split into our groups for activities and we did mini SASS where we caught water insects and animals to determine whether the water was polluted.
We then moved to another camp that afternoon. After having supper we did a night activity where the facilitators gave us a map and we had to find our way to different locations that they called “countries”. My team almost got lost at the second location.
The next day we woke up and went on a hike up a mountain. Then we had an interesting breakfast where we had to call our cereals weird names like Rice Krispies were called deep fried maggots and Bran Flakes were freshly picked scabs.
We went back to Croc camp and we had a shower (FINALLY). We got told that we had to make dinner for our group and two facilitators. We had to minus points for plastic and if you didn’t have meat you would get extra points. We got given two hundred rand and off we went to the shops. My group made pizza and for dessert we bought baked goods, so in the end we had no packaging.
The next day we did a MUDSTICLE, it’s an obstacle course that involves mud. Then we moved camps again. We unpacked and two of the groups went on a bike challenge and the other two went on a game drive. The next morning we swapped activities, but then it was time to leave.
As we arrived at Croc camp we put our bags down and went to the hog hall. We got put into teams, The African Elephants, The Ring Tailed Lemurs, The Wild Dogs and The Black Headed Spider Monkeys.
At night we went on this hunt where we had to find countries in the middle of the bush. They had labels saying which country it was. The next morning we went for a hike, it was really fun. That night we had to cook dinner. Our two guests were Bertha and Miss Knight. We cooked pasta with tomato and onion, it was delicious! Then for dessert we had pancakes.
The next day we completed the Mudstacle. We jumped over hurdles, we swung from a vine, we balanced on a beam, we crawled through tyres, and we crawled through mud and slid on a slippy slide. It was awesome! The next day we went on a game drive. We saw buffalo, kudu, impala and sable. We also went on a bike ride and rode 2 km. Then we packed our bags and went home. I was so happy when I saw my family. I missed them so much!
We had just made supper for an activity in our groups. The African Elephants did brilliantly, creating a delicious meal. We then all came together to sit by the fire to keep warm. When everyone was toasty, we started to sing camp fire songs. Before that, I was feeling a little home-sick, but singing and dancing really cheered me up. After about ten terrific songs, I felt great.
I had an amazing time at Bush Pigs!
I’m waiting in the long queue. My classmates are shuffling from one foot to another, itching to wash the sticky substance off their clothes. Finally it’s my turn. I climb up the ladder, sticky from all the previous users, rusty and shaky.
I get to the top of the slide and stare down into the brown, sloppy water, waiting for me down below. I have no idea how deep it’s going to be!
The sand in my hair wiggles and itches my scalp. I take a deep breath, pull my legs up to my chest and yell at the top of my lungs “I LOVE MUD!” I feel my jeans sliding against metal as I plummet into the water.
I loved the part when I walked on from backstage shouting “E-e,” and “O-o”.
I found it really hilarious when the audience laughed when there were funny poems. My mum said we blew her away.
My favourite part was when I said my poem and I saw my mum send me a proud smile.
In the morning we were going to go and do a play. When we were walking to the hall my feet went numb.
When we went on stage I was nervous. I was at the back of the stage. I saw my mom and dad.
So in the middle of the play, I got confident for my parents. At the end I was happy. I went to say Hi.
Then we went to go and get dressed.
I was so cold walking to the hall. Even worse, the grass was wet.
When I was in the hall, I felt like I was in heaven. I felt like laughing.
It was really fun. We recited ’African Child’! I thought I forgot all the words but they just came out my mouth.
When our group number eight stood, I was the first to speak. I was so frightened but I remembered it well.
We started to sing again. Everyone was staring at us. Then we went to get changed. It was great!
We had to do the play barefoot, so when I was waiting outside my feet were turning into icicles. I was very relieved when we went into the hall because then my feet had a chance to warm up. I also liked going into the hall because the music could start and we could start singing ‘Vulindlela’. After singing ‘Vulindlela’ we did ‘African Child’. Then when it was my chance to do my poem, I did “My mom is as cuddly as a lioness” and “my dad is clever as an elephant – he can explain anything.” Once everyone had done their poems, I stood up and said a line by myself. I said, “Thank you that they are willing to say ‘no’ sometimes, so we learn not to take the easy way out. “After that, we sang ‘Jabulani Africa’ and then left the hall. My mom was waiting outside and quickly said ‘Goodbye” to me because my brother was grumpy.
This morning I woke up excited because it was the Grade 3 Assembly. I dressed in my winter uniform, ate breakfast and got ready. I was panicking because I thought we were going to be stuck in traffic but we didn’t get stuck – we got to school on time and I was happy. When I got upstairs I got into my Zulu clothes and jewellery. When we were done dressing a Grade 7 girl picked us up and we went to assembly. When we got there I lined up with the rest of Grade 3. When I got on stage the whole audience looked at us. We sang ‘Vulingela’ and we did ‘African Child’. At the end I hugged my mom and said goodbye. Kwanda Nhlapo
On the 26th of May my grade and I were doing a play, we were doing praise poems about our parents. When it was time to start I was nervous but exited. After a while it was my turn to say my poem I was shaking a bit. When the play started to end we sang Jabulani Africa and I was happy that the play had ended I really don’t know why. As the grade 3s went out we could say “hi!” to our parents.
First I was nervous that I would forget my lines but I remembered them perfectly. I was so happy that my dad came because my mom and I didn’t remind him. After we said everything, we sang some more so our parents could go outside, then they all went out after them. When I went to my class my feet were freezing. I love doing class assemblies.
In the morning, I felt really nervous that I was going to mess some thing up. When I was lining up, I saw every one looking at the door I was in. When I was walking onto the stage, I felt really proud of myself. We did really well. Then it was the end and I wish we could do it again, it was so much fun.
This morning I had a blast because Grade 3 had a play about praise poems. I was exited and scared at the same time and. We got to comper our parents and dress up in South African clothes. I wish it could go on for ever. This assembly was amazing. I loved being on stage.
Easter Service 2017
The making of our 2017 Easter Service started with lots of lines to learn and only three days to put everything together! Learning my lines wasn’t so hectic because I was so passionate about my role as Jesus. As soon as I got my lines I memorized them all in one day. When the Grade 7 girls acted the service out together we brought the amazing story of Easter to life with beautiful singing and wonderful acting. As I read through the play I really got a feeling of the terrible suffering that Jesus must have gone through. The three days of rehearsing went smoothly and we were able to get it done timeously and well. On the morning of the performance we all had racing hearts, and tummies filled with butterflies, but as it began we enjoyed ourselves and put all our effort into the stunning Easter Service.
Alexia Jeffrey – Grade 7
The Easter service was an incredible experience. We had such a short time to prepare a very special event and I believe we succeeded with flying colours. The girls enjoyed it thoroughly and took on the roles they were given confidently and enthusiastically. From a personal experience I enjoyed it and took in every minute. I felt it enhanced my cultural side in terms of history, music and acting. From the feedback of the teachers, parents and pupils we believe this might be one of the best performances yet. When it came to the actual day all the girls were filled with excitement but still a bit nervous. We were excited to get out there and start preforming. One thing that made the Grade 7 girls feel very special was the way the rest of the pupils put in so much effort to make the singing so amazing. It was a privilege to perform in such a special event with all the pupils, Mrs Levin and Ms Gericke. It was an unforgettable experience.
Tatiana Williams (Judas) – Grade 7
My Flute Experience
I loved the flute experience! I think it really brought us together. It was quite hard in the beginning but I managed it in the end. I wished it lasted forever and I am very excited for the violin experience next term!
Kessiah Irvin – Grade 3V
My Violin Experience
Learning the violin was a really amazing opportunity for me! It is not as hard as it looks. It actually is quite easy. Ms Matsepe and Ms Borthwick taught me to play the violin and it was really fun with these fun and amazing teachers.
I loved the music and songs we played for the concert. I was very nervous before but afterwards I felt full of pride because I overcame my fears. My favourite song was “Got That Sunshine in my Pocket” by Justin Timberlake. The concert was so much fun. I was very proud of the whole grade. Well done Grade 3 and teachers and all the other grades!
Nina Sheridan – Grade 3S
Our season continued with a match vs St Stithians, which was unfortunately rained out during the first round. It seemed that we were on a losing path when looking at the number of games won and lost during the time we managed to play. As this was towards the end of our season, we unfortunately did not manage to re schedule.
The match vs St Mary’s was also rained out. On this occasion however, we were on a winning streak, as we played St Mary’s C and D team. We managed to play the rescheduled match vs St. Teresa’s which was closely contested and managed to come out as winners by 12 games. Our last match of the season was against Roedean’s C and D teams and we won comfortably by 80 games.
Our season ended on a high as we did not lose one match (the one we were going to lose was rained out!). We had a brilliant season, great practice sessions and good tennis was played by the end of term. Let’s keep the good tennis going until the third term, girls.
Thank you to Caitlin Hudson for being a reliable and supportive team captain throughout the season and to Aimee Rosmarin as vice captain.
St Stithians Night Gala
The A Team participated in the St Stithians Night Gala and came seventh which was a very satisfactory result.
The Inter House gala took place on Saturday 11 March.
The morning was slightly cold, but extremely enjoyable. Congratulations to all the houses who decorated their stands and kept the spirit going all morning.
St Patrick won the gala, a first for a long time, and St George scooped the Spirit trophy. The following swimmers took home trophies and must be commended on their achievements: Ruby Vos, Mia Ferrara, Megan Meddows-Taylor and Megan Peters. Ruby Vos was the winner of the Senior Victrix Ludorum and in the Junior section, Mia Ferrara. Well done to all swimmers and their parents for being such good sports.
Thank you to all staff who helped make the morning a success.
Well done to all the swimmers for doing their best in all league galas. The results have been very good and thank you to the mum’s who lift every Friday.
Interim Hockey and Netball
The interim programme has run over three weeks and this enabled all the girls to slowly get back into the swing of winter sports. The coaches get the opportunity to get some practice in before matches start in the new term.
Miss Mo Pearson
The Chess Club has had a good start to the year with 30 committed players attending practice each week. The girls regularly challenge each other for positions on the ladder, allowing for dynamic and diverse sessions. We participate in the St John’s Supper League each term.
The team has had mixed results; winning two matches, drawing one and losing the fourth. Aimee Rosmarin (Captain) and Mia Mumbi (Vice Captain) have ably led the team this term. Thanks to the parents for lifting the girls each week.
The annual ‘Guests and Daughters’ chess match was once again well attended. The evening was enjoyed by all and the competition fierce. The girls are to be congratulated on their win and their partners on their good sportsmanship!
Many thanks to the Grade 7 parents for providing the snacks and to Mrs Rosmarin for all her organisation of the evening as well as collecting and serving chess suppers during the regular Monday matches. The support is much appreciated.
Miss Gill Seebregts
Sunday 26 March to Friday 31 March was the best experience of my life! UShaka Marine World, rock pools, cooking classes and swimming in the calm sea are only a third of my favourite parts. Tour was all about having fun and learning new things about myself and my friends. It was an absolute blast!
What a great experience, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the Grade 7 girls! We were given so many opportunities, and made so many new memories which will last us a lifetime. Each day was an exciting adventure, and brought with it valuable life lessons. The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Ushaka, The Beach and so much more! It was an amazing time, and each of us were delighted to take part!
After learning lots about diamonds at the Cullinan Mine, we travelled to Zwartkloof Nature Reserve. We spent three nights there. Everybody participated in many activities. We learnt leadership skills and teamwork, and even made new friends! Some girls had a hard time being away from home but they still had an awesome tour.
My first impression of Zwartkloof was amazing! There was a long strip of beautiful green grass with trees casting shadows in the afternoon sun. The rest of the time we ate delicious food and played wonderful activities! My two favourites were stalk the lantern and rock climbing. I’d love to go again!
After a quick stop at the Cullinan Mine we spend off to Zwartkloof where we spent three night having an amazing time! We enjoyed many incredible activities, such as building a shelter out of sticks, and clambering up the towering climbing wall. It was an incredible time!
It may sound easy crafting an outfit using recyclable materials, but it really isn’t! The Grade 6 girls worked in separate groups, creating an eco-friendly fashion show. We went through a long, difficult, but fun process creating our outfits and music. The outcome was amazing and we really, really enjoyed ourselves!
Newspaper, bottle, plastic packets, and a variety of recyclable items were magically transformed into fashionable outfits. With every team member helping, we managed to create a spectacular dress that could be modelled. The lights were switched on and the stage was set to show off our best work!
“Woah!” a cheer went up from the audience as Tatum strutted her stuff down the runway in her flamboyant skirt and gorgeous frilly top, all made of recycled waste. My group and I worked hard to make an outfit that represented our personalities. Our music went in time to our model’s swagger and it made us all so proud to see our work displayed in front of the entire school.