Newsletter Junior School HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dear Parents

Junior School
Dear Parents
Having had time to recharge our batteries during Half-Term,
followed by an incredible Festival experience, it is time to settle down and get back to the routine of “normal school”. What
a privilege it has been to be a Grahamstown resident with all
those amazing shows on offer- a veritable cultural feast and one
in which our girls participated with alacrity and enjoyment!
We welcome back our intrepid mathematicians, Sally-Anne Allsop and Caydn Barker, who travelled with Mrs Timm to Bulgaria
to represent Grahamstown at the International Mathematics
competition. I would also like to compliment all our EP Squash
girls who acquitted themselves very well in their tournaments
over the Half-Term break. We are very proud of you all.
A number of our teachers were away on courses last week. Mrs
Gooden and Mrs Jackson attended the SAALED conference in
Johannesburg, Mrs Campbell was away at an Orff workshop
and Mrs Allman, at an IT conference. We are looking forward to
hearing of their experiences and relevant shared development.
Communication
If parents have any issues or queries regarding any aspect of
school, we ask that you please contact the relevant teacher or
me so that we can resolve your problem as speedily as possible.
I have an open-door policy and am always happy to assist you
wherever I can. It often happens that parents are reluctant to
come to the school with concerns, queries or complaints, believing that their daughter will somehow be compromised by
such actions. I wish to assure you that this belief is not valid.
We are as concerned as you that your daughter’s experience at
DSG is happy, fulfilling and that she reaches her full potential in
all areas and feedback is always helpful.
Sports Uniform
Please would you ensure that your girls bring the correct takkies and socks to school. We have noticed an increasing trend
in girls wearing brightly coloured shoes and different socks
during their sports practices. For everyday school use, takkies
should be predominantly white. If it is a sports-specific boot,
then some leeway may be given but this needs to be discussed
with Mr Howarth.
Thought for the week
There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of
books is the best of all.- Jacqueline Kennedy
Tracy Laubscher
Head: DSG Junior School
Newsletter
09 July 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Natasha de Beer
13 July
Looking ahead
Readathon 16 July - 19 July
Next week is the start of our Readathon through which we will be trying
to promote reading in various ways. We would be grateful if you could
encourage your daughter to read for at least 20 minutes per day. We
have moved our Book Character Day to next Friday, 19 May, to give the
girls more time to think up something to wear.
On Friday 19 July, we would like the girls to come to school dressed
as a character from a book. Costumes should be simple and involve a
creative rummaging in your cupboards at home! Please do not feel you
have to go out and buy anything for this day. Our girls will be reading
to the Prep School children as well as doing a number of other reading
activities.
Guitar groups
Please Note
Pupils are welcome to continu
e with private guitar lessons
but, in addition, Mrs Campbell will be
holding 2 guitar groups- one
for beginners
(a ‘4 chord’ group) and one
for the more experienced play
ers (a ‘more
chord’ group!). These will run
on Monday during Prep – from
3.15-3.45
(the 4 chord group) and 3.45
– 4.15 (the more chord group)
. Current
pupils will be sorted into one
of these two groups.
Girls attending these groups
will not be charged, but a sma
ll fee will
be issued each term if the pup
il is hiring a school instrument
, and does
not have their own.
Samson and Delilah Photo
graphs
The girls had their photograp
hs taken during the Samson
and Delilah
production. These are availab
le on a CD at a cost of R10
-00. If you
would like to order one or mo
re CDs, please would you con
tact Mrs
Pienaar at [email protected]
ool.com to order your copy.
FROM THE SPORTSDESK
Squash
Seven of our Junior girls participated in the Inter-Provincial Squash
Tournaments held over half term.
Diana Dixie, Kelly Hobson and Carla Coltman travelled to Pietermaritzburg as part of the EP U13B and C teams. All the girls gave good accounts with the B team, securing Bronze and the C team being placed
sixth. This is a very creditable outcome, especially considering that the
C team played in the B section!
We also had 4 girls, Carina Kemp, Lucy McAdam, Mikayla Eksteen and
Zintle Yaka, who represented the EP U11 A and B teams in Pretoria.
The girls found the going tough against strong opposition. It was,
nonetheless, an important learning curve and there can be no doubt
that they gained from the experience of playing at this level.
Neale Howarth
Junior School Sports Co-ordinator
Upcoming Sports Events
Wednesday 18 JULY
U13A Hockey and U13A Netball versus Sweet Valley (DSG) (CT Touring
Team)
Saturday 20 JULY
Hockey and Netball versus Woodridge (Away)
Thursday 25 JULY
Inter-Schools Trail Running (KC) (Originally dated 24 July in calendar)
Saturday 27 JULY
Greystone House Duties
046 - 603 4337
Monday 8 JULY
Miss Sarah Cullin - 073 985 1498
Tuesday 9 JULY
Miss Danica Coetzee
Wednesday 10 JULY
Miss Jordan Mortymer - 079 950 0332
Thursday 11 JULY
Miss Jordan Mortymer - 079 950 0332
Friday + Weekend 12 JULY
Miss Jordan Mortymer - 079 950 0332
Greystone News
The Half-Term week was a welcome
break from routine for
the girls in Greystone. They were very
home for a break. Last week, however excited to be going
ing to a vibrant and buzzing Graham , the delight of returnchanges evident in town during the stown was palpable. The
National Arts Festival are
always a reason for excitement amo
year was no different. The Village ngst the girls and this
place to spend hours combing throGreen was a wonderful
the amazing things on sale. The finaugh the tents to see all
l festival event for the
Greystone girls this weekend was a visit
to the funfair, where
they couldn’t get enough of the exh
ilaration of the rides.
Angie Gooden
House Mistress
Hockey versus Westering (Away)
Tuesday 30 JULY
U13 Hockey versus VP
Thursday 1 AUGUST
U10 and U11 Hockey versus VP
s Trip
B ulgarian Math
A Night in Mumbai
14 September 2013|18H30 for 19H00|Nonie Mullins Hall
Enjoy an authentic Indian evening with your friends!
R150 per ticket for a 3-course traditional Indian meal.
Live entertainment & Cash Bar & Auction
Tickets are available from Fiona Williamson
082 378 7854 | [email protected]
International Maths Competition – Burgas,
Bulgaria
participated in the InTwenty nine countries from all over the world
to 5 July in Burgas,
June
30
from
held
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etitio
ternational Maths Comp
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by
is
n
Bulgaria. Participation in the competitio
of which was
one
teams
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send
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South Africa was lucky
Anne Allsop
Sallygirls,
DSG
a team from Grahamstown. Two Grade 7
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Kieron
by
joined
were
and
ed
select
and Caydn Barker, were
Sebastian Paton from St Andrew’s Prep.
flew to Johannesburg
Our adventure started on 28 June when the team
we finally landed in
trip,
our
half-h
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and, after a very long
l of Bulgaria, where
capita
Istanbul. From there we flew to Sofia, the
the city. We enring
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and
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ecture and
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ciated
joyed visiting some very old churches, appre
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travel
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tained
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ony
cerem
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held. During the openi
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Bulgarian dancing and listened to numerous
bar, the ruins of a 5th
The next morning, we were off to visit to Nesse
century ancient city.
where we had a
From there, we visited a rural settlement in Bata,
rians from many
Bulga
the
of
chance to look at displays showing the life
etition was the
comp
the
as
bed
to
early
was
it
years ago. That night,
next day.
dual and one as part
The Grade 7s had to write two exams–one indivi
challenging, our team
of a team. Although the sums were extremely
. That evening, the
proud
us
did
and
acquitted themselves very well
al evening; the
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South African team performed
oza.
songs, Mend
shops in Burgas and
The next day, we were given time to explore the
going to the closing
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befor
oon
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the
to have a bit of down-time in
our Grade 9s from
of
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,
Kroon
las
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.
giving
prize
and
ceremony
s and Sally-Anne
effort
his
for
merit
a
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St Andrew’s College, was award
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mstow
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ners for the Grade 7 year group (key stage 2) were
the Grade 9 year
for
title
hip
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with
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group (key stage 3).
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On Friday, our long journey back home started
on Sunday afternoon
home
d
arrive
finally
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.
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suppo
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g skills developed
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to make friends
them
ed
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but
ly
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team
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to
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with children from all over
have benefitted from
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er
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ry.
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about
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attending some of the training Sally-Anne and
with higher order
ssfully
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more
deal
to
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g
werin
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thereby
.
questions in the years to come
tunity to express
Mr Simon Kroon and I would like to take the oppor
mstown team
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re
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happy
and we will take away many
Eunice Timm