The December holidays have become but a memory to us and we are all in the swing of the new year, with its pressures and demands. It is at times like this that we need to sit back and remember that we are not machines on automatic, but human beings with lives, children and families. We need to take time to reflect and just be grateful for what we have. Life is a gift and we often forget that. I try to think of three things that I am grateful for while driving in to work each morning. Yes, sometimes it is difficult, but my three most important are:
• I am so thankful for all my family, in all four corners of the Earth.
• I am so thankful that I have a reason to get up each morning.
• I am so thankful for my amazing colleagues.
Grade 4 News:
The Grade 4’s has been learning about plants and we planted bean seeds to watch grow over the period of about a week. This is not as romantic as it sounds because, not only do bean seeds grow in 7 days, but some also rot in 7 days. The issue is opening the classroom in the morning of Day 6 onwards, when rotting seeds are starting to hum. The idea is to mutter “Hier kom ‘n ding!”, take a deep breath, open the class and run to my table, plonk everything down and rush to open windows before taking my next breath. Some seeds do grow really well. We kept Lexi’s plant for a few more days as it was doing so well. We also tried carrots and nasturtiums. The carrots eventually germinated. Well done Gr 4’s! I hope some of you were able to plant your seedings in soil!
A man and his wife were once going with their donkey to the market. As they were walking along, by
his side a countryman passed them and said, “You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?” So,
the man and his wife rode on the donkey, and they went on their way.
But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for
overloading that poor donkey of yours with you and your wife?”
So, the man ordered his wife to ride, but they hadn’t gone far when they passed two men, one of
whom said to the other, “Stupid man, he should ride because he is the boss, not his wife”
So, he ordered his wife to get down and he got to ride.
But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two men, one of whom said to the other, “What a selfish
man! He should be kinder to his wife.”
So, the man and his wife tried to think of what to do. They thought and they thought. Until, at last, they
cut down a pole, tied the donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders.
They went along amid the laughter of all who met them until they came to a bridge, when the donkey,
getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the wife to drop her end of the pole. In the struggle,
the donkey fell over the bridge, and with his forefeet being tied together, he drowned.
What lessons can we learn from this?
-You cannot please everybody.
-Whatever you do, there will be people who will criticize you.
-Just do what you believe is right, and don’t be distracted by criticism.
Mr. A. Edwards
A friendly reminder – All High School learners are expected to wear their blazers to school on Monday
mornings for their weekly assembly. We are cultivating and entrenching the values and ethos of our
school and in doing so this will be a compulsory requirement henceforth. Please ensure that blazers
are clean, marked with your child’s name and that all buttons are sewn onto the blazer. We look
forward to seeing our learners looking smart and proud!
It is the academic policy of our school, that all learners who do not achieve above 50% in a subject,
attend compulsory extra lessons. Please take note that extra lessons have now commenced for high
school learners and that it is imperative that you support us in this endeavor. The only way to achieve
excellence is through discipline and dedication. Please make sure that your child uses this valuable
resource to meet their academic goals