Weekly newsletter 8 June – Juniors

Dear Parents,

Sometimes we feel discouraged in our day to day lies. We often feel that we will not be able to meet a deadline, feel ready for an exam or in our social lives. We forget that we, ourselves are powerful beings and just believing in yourself and your abilities can ultimately change our way of thinking about ourselves. “A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself! “– The Minds Journal

Obligations rob us of our playfulness, being silly with our kids when the opportunity presents itself is wonderful, but how many times do we ignore or push off those chances? During this week, I saw a dad drop off his son for school, they had a special handshake and it made me think that we should all grab a chance to be playful and meaningful with our young children, as they grow up so quickly. Play does not just benefit our children, it benefits us as

A note from the vice principal, Madelein Luttig

well. Being silly helps relieve stress and resets priorities when they are not in focus. Experts advice setting time a side almost daily to play with our children. Here are some ideas on things you might want to do with your child: 1. Grab ice cream or a special treat, my own son loves, when I pick him up, after school, and I just say to him: “Let’s go for milkshake!” It is a special time, for the two of us, to talk and not to think about homework or chores. 2. Go for a walk together 3. Tickle your children 4. Have a dance party. 5 Take silly selfies 6. Play hide and seek 7. Play chase in the garden or a park 8. Have a picnic. 9. Colour with sidewalk chalk 10. Go on a bike ride. The list could go on! These activities do not break the bank, however the bond that they create between parent and child, will last a life time.


Download – Newsletter #20 8 June 18 JNRS

Weekly newsletter 1 June – Seniors

Dear Parents

I’m special. In all the world there’s nobody like me.

Since the beginning of time, there has never been another person like me.

Nobody has my smile; nobody has my eyes, my nose, and my voice. I’m special.

No one can be found who has my handwriting.

Nobody anywhere has my taste – for food or music or art. No one sees things just as I do.

In all of time there’s been no one who laughs like me, no one who cries like me. And what makes me laugh and cry will never provoke identical laughter and tears from anybody else, ever.

No one reacts to any situation just as I would react. I’m special.

I’m the only one in all of creations who has my set of abilities. There will always be somebody who is better at one of the things I’m good at, but no one in the universe can reach the quality of my combination of talents, ideas, abilities and feelings. Like a roomful of musical instruments, some may excel alone, but none can match the symphony sound when all are played together. I’m a symphony.

Through all of eternity no one will ever look, talk, think or do like me. I’m rare.

Because of my great rare value, I need not attempt to imitate others, I will accept – yes celebrate – my differences.

I’m special. And I’m beginning to realize it’s no accident that I’m special.

I’m one out of a million!                                                                                        Mr Cronje


Download – Newsletter #18 25 MAY 18 SNRS

Weekly newsletter 1 June – Juniors

Dear Parents,

Whether you are young or old, it is always important to be respectful towards others. This week we encouraged the learners to show respect by being kind and considerate to each other and their teachers. To many, respect is about being helpful, understanding and polite towards everyone. The learners also learnt the importance of respecting themselves by facing challenges with a positive attitude and taking care of their mind and body. Remember to always treat others as you would like them to treat you.

Download – Newsletter #19 1 June 18 JNRS

Teach kids to be road smart  

May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. Whether it’s crossing a pedestrian crossing at school or walking through a parking lot – the sooner children learn how to navigate roads safely the better.

Based in Burgundy Estate in Cape Town, Riverside College launched their Road Safety Campaign which focused on educating learners around the rules of the road. Various activities were carried out in real traffic environments through guided walks and traffic simulations.

“Children learn by experience, and road safety skills are best learnt through real life circumstances, under supervision and guidance of parents and teachers,” says Riverside College’s vice principal Madelein Luttig. “Equipping children with the knowledge and understanding of how the road works is an essential life skill.”

Mrs Luttig, together with the learners at Riverside College, put together some handy road wise tips:

  1. Know the signs and signals: Ensure you know what the various road signs and lights mean. Test your knowledge on the drive or walk home from school.
  2. Stop, look and cross: Stop and then look left and right to make sure that there are no on-coming vehicles before crossing.
  3. Zebra crossings: The only place you should cross the road is at a pedestrian crossing. Make this a habit!
  4. Slow it down: Don’t run, always walk where there is traffic to ensure your safety.
  5. Watch out: When walking in car parks, be extra careful, drivers might not see you. Always be on the look-out for reversing lights and moving vehicles.




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