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 17 August 2015
Newsletter 25

Letter from the Editor

Please find the Scripture for the week here.



    Some points of particular interest in the expanded sections below include:
  • Shane Cuthbertson - some tips for Matrics and parents during study times.

  • Allan Chandler - shares a quote from Raymond Slater.

  • Barbara Taljard - well done to all performers from "Stars Come Out to Shine", and shares the "10 Commandments of parenting".


Stock Shop

Primary School Hockey bags in stock now! 


Parents' Council Night Racing - Friday 20 November 2015

Please contact Rae Griesel to book your seat/table - limited availability, first-come-first-served. 


Well done

Well done to the 2016 International Tour fundraising team who put together a fabulous event of Comedy and Music on Thursday and Friday last week. The evenings were thoroughly enjoyed by all. 


Have a great week,
Kim Hooper
Marketing Manager

School of Music

We have a new vocal coach Marijke de Bruin who has joined the School of Music. She will be running small groups of music appreciation from Gr R to Gr 7 in the afternoons.  She will also be teaching private vocal lessons. If you would like to find out more about the small groups, please contact The School of Music on 083 990 5011 or Marijke on 082 802 4399 as these will be starting ASAP. We continue to have piano drums guitar and violin as instruments on offer too.  

Little Big Voices

Achievements   Extra-mural Calendars   Academic Calendars
Week Ahead  Quick Links
Tuesday 18 August International Tour Meeting - Ken Mackenzie Centre
Wednesday 19 August Moms Who Pray - Indaba Room
  SP Boys' Hockey vs Glenwood Prep - Home/Away
  Dale Carnegie Course - Ken Mackenzie Centre
Thursday 20 August Grade 2 Hockey Tournament - Leffler Astro
  Board Meeting - Robin Savory Pavilion
  SP Soccer -Pickering Field
Friday 21 August JP Sports Day - Savory Field
  HS Girls' Soccer vs Kloof - Pickering/Savory Fields
Saturday 22 August FP Ballet Performance - Ken Mackenzie Centre
  SP Boys' Soccer vs Kloof - Home
  SP Girls' Hockey vs Glenwood Prep - Home


Scripture for the week


I pray that He would give you, according to His glorious riches, strength in your inner being and power through His Spirit, and that Christ would make His Home in your hearts through faith. Then, having been rooted and grounded in love, you will be able to understand, along with all the saints, what is wide, long, high, and deep- that is, you will know the love of Christ, which goes far beyond knowledge, and will be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to the one who can do infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine according to the power that is working among us- to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:16-21

I couldn’t help but write out this entire scripture as it is one of the most profound prayers found in the Bible and we need to believe that God will unlock the fullness of Himself into our lives. Paul’s prayer for us is that God would give us “His glorious riches, His strength in our inner being and power through His Spirit, Christ would make His home in our hearts, and understanding of the love of Christ…”. We need to recognise that God Almighty - Sovereign of the universe is within us and working through us and it’s being able to listen to Him, knowing His direction is always right, His timing is always perfect and His results are always the best. So we echo the prayer of Paul “Now to the one who can do infinitely more than all we can ask or imagine according to the power that is working among us - to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever! Amen”.

Shalom (peace)

God bless
Rev. Martin Easson

Whole School News

Grades 7 to 11 wrote mid-year examinations at the end of June, while the Matrics carried on with lessons. Their time has now come as the Matric trials begin this week. Success will come to those who can stay focused on the task at hand.

We live in a world where it is so easy to become distracted away from the task of studying:

· E-mail and text messaging with instant replies

· Twitter, Instagram and other social networks

· Computer games

· iPods and Music downloads

· Google

· Pizza home delivery

Basically, we expect to get what we want, when we want it!

“Maturity is patience. It is the willingness to postpone gratification, to pass up the immediate pleasure or profit in favour of the long-term gain.” (Unknown)

Most pupils are not yet mature enough to resist all the temptations that distract them from their studies. This includes the matrics! Parents need to be extremely aware of this and may need to show a little tough love. Tough love is possibly the most difficult challenge for a modern parent. Don’t think that because your child is in the room studying, that they are focused. Become aware of the temptations. Examine what triggers them and draw up a plan to avoid these. Understand how difficult it is for a pupil to resist a text message and not to immediately respond. Rules need to be put in place that the smart phone is not allowed in the same room during a study session. Perhaps the tablet and iPod are also not a good idea. Are parents strong enough to insist that these items should remain off and in the lounge with mom and dad during study sessions? While it is a good idea to allow time for study breaks, research shows that it is best not to allow access to smart phones then either. It is not a good idea to have the mind distracted by all the news that came in during the break. The reason for taking a break is to give the mind a rest and allow the brain to rejuvenate with the intent of returning to the task refreshed. The best breaks remove the brain from the task and environment they have been in, engage the full body, and have a defined time limit. Get up and move at least every hour, stand up, stretch, do some yoga or jumping jacks, or take a walk, and breathe deeply. Allow about 20 minutes for activities that simply let the brain unwind.

Next week the Grade 8 to 11 pupils are away on their field trips. While these were once bonding excursions, they now play a vital role in the curriculum and should not be missed. They are regarded as being so important that they are actually included in the school fees. 

Shane Cuthbertson
Executive Principal

High School News

I was very taken by the following quote that appeared on the front of the Hilton College extra-curricular programme on Saturday 8th August:

“If I were asked what I considered to be the ideal Hilton boy, I should say that I would not look primarily for academic excellence or for success on the playing field. I would look for compassion, for humility, for sensitivity, for imagination, for concern for the needs of others and for the ability to communicate with other human beings”. Raymond Slater. 


Allan Chandler
High School Headmaster

Primary School News

Thank you to all those who came to support our “Stars come out to Shine” performance last Wednesday and congratulations to those who took part as well as to all those who had the confidence to audition- even if your item was not selected in the end. It was a magical evening which showcased a wide variety of cultural excellence, including superb art work and technology in the foyer. The audience was very responsive and demonstrated their appreciation. A huge thank you to our dedicated and wonderful staff for all the work done in so many ways to make the evening slick. An evening such as this is what memories are made of!

Thanks also for the support for the Grade 0 Sports Day on Friday. We trust we will have an equally good response this Friday, 21 August when it is the turn of the JP!

With your commendable support and encouragement for all your children, I know I am sharing with the converted when you read below:

10 Commandments for Parents - from their Children

1. Please treat us fairly but not equally, because we are not the same nor do we act the same.

2. Please keep your promises. We need to be able to trust you.

3. Please don't lie to us. Someday we will discover the truth.

4. Please be consistent. We want and need to know where the limits and boundaries are.

5. Please practice what you preach. We understand actions better than words and are confused when you say one thing and do another.

6. Please don't fight and quarrel in front of us. We love you both.

7. Please answer our questions, or at least try.

8. Please treat our friends with respect and courtesy even if you don't like them or know them very well.

9. Please love us, no matter what.

10. Please don't expect more from us than we can deliver.

Parents, we will still love and respect you no matter what...Thanks for everything!

Wishing you all the best for the very busy week ahead. 


Barbara Taljard
Primary School Headmistress

Academic Achievements

Weekly Achievers  - Sponsored by Debonairs & Steers – Kloof


JP Achievers include those awarded on 29 July and 13 August.



Phoebe Bothma - for trying so much harder to finish her work on time and to work neatly.


Kai McCormick - for his informative, descriptive vocabulary-filled oral news - you had the class captivated.  Well done.
Ruari Valentine - for his meaningful contributions to class discussions and excellent prediction skills.


Kendra de Costa - for taking pride in her books and for willingly helping her teacher.
Gabriella Bettencourt - for her sunny smile and for being such a star helper in the classroom.  Keep it up.


Nathan Valentine - for settling so well this term, having a positive attitude and trying so hard with his work.
Emily Morgan - for her diligent approach to tasks, neat writing and positive attitude.


Brunton Bigalke - for the wonderful project he completed and the models he made to accompany this.
Dylan Bell - for the effort he is putting into writing more complex sentences and his diligence in all subjects.


Keith Aneito - for working more independently this term.  Well done.
Dylan Davidson - for his kind nature and enthusiasm for all his tasks.


Naomi Smith - for her persevering and hard-working approach to her Maths.
Gabriella Buchholz - for trying hard and persevering through even when she is feeling sad.


Taya Brien - for her determination to complete her tasks this term, her desire to communicate effectively and for blessing us with her beautiful smile.
Daniel Coleman - for his neater approach to his tasks and improved task completion.


Zoë Bratos - for always working neatly and giving of her best in class.
Taylor Cheary - for having a good work ethic and being responsible.
4dP Sandisa Fitzpatrick - for trying to give of his best in class and a lovely spelling result in his Friday test.
4M Ethan Ferreira - for a more positive attitude this term.
4F Emma Simon - for being the best she can be in class.
5vL Michael Fitzpatrick - for trying to give of his best in class and a lovely spelling result in his Friday test.
5P Mandy Montague - for her quiet, polite and diligent manner.
5L Zack Lawrence - for his improved attitude to his work this term.
6B Zowie Ngubo - for her kind and pleasant nature and continual hard work.
6M Julie-Ann Ireland - for her kindness and consideration as well as her perseverance.
6H Leyton Hutcheson - for his continued hard work and positive attitude.
7M Dana Gamble - for her positive, mature approach to her school day.
7C Chardonnay Müller - for a more positive and enthusiastic approach to the term.
7S Ruaan Rossouw - for being a good friend and always willing to help.



Congratulations to Ryan Browning, Stella Reineke and Laura van Tonder for achieving their gold certificates in Mathletics.  Well done.



Cultural Achievements



Congratulations to Kate Human and Laura van Tonder on achieving distinctions in their classical ballet exams.  Well done girls.



A big well done to Matthew Frankenfeld from Grade 6 who volunteered and served at The Street Store on 27 June.  We are sure there were more pupils from our school involved, so to everyone who assisted in someway or another, well done, we can all be proud of the contribution we made to this very worthwhile cause.



Sporting Achievements


Congratulations to Mandy Olejniczak on being awarded her KZN Gymnastics Union Colours at the recent 2015 Provincial Gymnastics Festival.  Well done Mandy.


SP Boys' Soccer vs Berea West

U10A 8 - 0 (won)

U10B 2 - 1 (won)

U11A 1 - 2 (lost)

U11B 2 - 1 (won)

5th 0 - 8 (lost)

4th 2 - 1 (won)

3rd 3 - 0 (won)

2ND 1 - 2 (lost)

1ST 2 - 1 ( won)


Grade 2 Hockey tournament


TMC 1 vs Hillcrest lost 1-2

TMC 1 vs Highbury lost 0-4

TMC 1 vs Highbury 1 lost 1-4

TMC 2 vs Highbury drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Hillcrest won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Kloof 2 won 2-0

TMC 3 vs Atholl Heights won 6-0

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA won 4-0


TMC 1 vs Hillcrest won 3-0

TMC 1 vs St. Mary’s won 3-0

TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 4-3

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park lost 1-2

TMC 2 vs Winston Park drew 2-2

TMC 3 vs Forest View won 5-0

TMC 3 vs Hillcrest lost 1-2

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA won 4-0


Grade 3 Hockey tournament


TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 2-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park lost 0-1

TMC 1 vs Northdene won 2-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Northdene won 1-0

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA lost 1-2

TMC 2 vs Winston Park lost 1-2

TMC 3 vs Northdene won 2-1

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA lost 1-2

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA lost 0-2


TMC 1 vs Curro HCA won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Winston Park won 1-0

TMC 1 vs Northdene won 3-0

TMC 2 vs Winston Park drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Northdene drew 1-1

TMC 2 vs Curro HCA won 2-1

TMC 2 vs Winston Park lost 0-2

TMC 3 vs Northdene won 2-0

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA won 5-0

TMC 3 vs Curro HCA lost 0-4


SP Boys' Hockey vs Penzance

U10 A won 9-1

U10 B drew 1-1

U10 C drew 3-3

U11 A drew 2-2

U11 B drew 1-1

3rd XI drew 0-0

2nd XI drew 1-1

1st XI drew 0-0


SP Girls' Hockey vs Penzance

U10 A won 3-1

U10 B drew 0-0

U11 A won 2-0

U11 B won 1-0

3rd XI drew 0-0

2nd XI won 1-0

1st XI won 2-0


SP Girls' Hockey vs Durban Girls' College

U10 B lost 0-5

U10 A lost 1-3

U11 B drew 2-2

U11 A lost 0-1

3rd XI won 1-0

2nd XI drew 0-0

1st XI drew 0-0


Equestrian - Oxford SA Show Jumping Championships

80cm Adult class, Paige Haarhoff came 5th out of 34 competitors. Adult 1.20m classes Tatum Olivier was placed 8th and 12th in the Welcome Stakes, 9th and 16th in the Adult 2 phase, 17th in the Speed class and 2nd Championship class against 92 horses. Adult 1m class Kyra Blakeway came 3rd and 6th in her classes.

In the Pony Rider 1m class Rachel Kerdachi came 2nd and in the 1,1m class she came first in the Championship class.  Well done to all our riders. 


Google Calendars for parents

All of these calendars start out with basic information and then details are added as we find them out. E.g. at the start of a term, a subject test will be booked for a later date. As the time draws closer, the teacher is able to determine more fully what syllabus the class has managed to cover thus far, and will fill in details of what will be in the test at that stage.

It is important to note that this information is “live” and needs to be checked regularly. We have links to the different calendars available inside our website, found under the different Phase sections. We also have links to the same calendars inside the Parent Portal. The calendars that apply can be found under each of your child’s subheadings.


The Horse’s Mouth Newsletter has all calendar links available to be able to easily find whichever calendars you need to.


How to use the Google Calendar:

After you have clicked on the relevant calendar link, it will show you the default monthly view of the calendar:


There are navigation buttons at the top left to change dates easily to look back or to future events:


You are able to change the view of the calendar using the buttons at the top right to show only a week at a time, the default monthly view, or if you click on “Agenda” then you will see a list of events scheduled:


Please note – it is not a good idea to print the calendar out, as the information might get updated and you will not realize this if you are referring to a print out of a calendar at a certain point in time.

To see more details about a heading in the calendar, you need to click on that heading – it will pop-up a small window giving you what details have been filled in already. This is where we have information such as which teams are playing and times, and also what material will be covered in a test/examination:

It is important to note here that it is also not a good idea to click on the bottom option “Copy to my calendar” here, for the same reason as printing, you will not receive updated information if anything changes in the live calendar.