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Welcome to the eighth issue of THE GRACE VINE for 2017.
FROM THE DESK OF OUR HEADMASTER (MR VINCENT LUKSICH)
‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heaven: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.'
Dear Grace Family,
This year’s Matric Dance was, according to my wife’s calculations, my 30th Matric Dance; this includes two dances doing car park duty, my own Matric dance held at the infamous Ridgeway Hotel in Johannesburg, as well as two dances where I was invited as a partner. It could be said that I have seen it all, from fist fights (boys and girls), drunkenness (boys, girls and sadly teachers) and unruly behaviour during speeches, to disciplinary hearings on the Monday following a dance. Not to paint a bleak picture of Matric dances, there have been many awesome memories including this past weekend.
Often dances such as the Matric Dance and the Grade 10 Ball are faced with reluctance and trepidation by Headmasters, but there is much to be said for keeping with these traditions. For us at Grace College there is much we can celebrate and much that our pupils learn from having a dance. Firstly, fundraising takes place, then planning, organising and taking responsibility for different aspects of the dance, from décor to food and music. Our pupils have learned to interact socially and in the case of the Grade 10s, to dance. As educators we can suggest, encourage, cajole and even threaten the pupils, but in the end it is up to them to make the dance a success. In this regard all credit must go to the senior pupils for stepping up to the plate in terms of both organising and enjoying the dances.
It was a joy to see everyone enjoy themselves so much and to witness such impeccable behaviour. Having pupils show gratitude for the dance was heart-warming, not to mention the manner in which everyone tackled those dance lessons with such enthusiasm. The Fashion Show hosted so elegantly by Mrs de Klerk and the PA moms gave us one last opportunity to view those exquisite ball gowns and suits.
As I write this letter, the school once again has taken on a semblance of normality with our hall being prepared for the writing of the Matric Trial examinations. My prayer is that our Matrics would have renewed energy to tackle the examinations and produce their utmost for His highest.
Mr V. Luksich Headmaster
JULY/AUGUST IN REVIEW
Thank you to the donors for attending the blood drive on 24 July 2017. There were 35 donors who donated. We welcome anyone to come and donate on blood drive day. The next one is scheduled for 9 October 2017.
THE HILTON CAR SHOW
Grace College hosted The Hilton Car Show which attracted a fair number of collectible cars as well as Subaru Pietermaritzburg and Halfway Ford. On the day top class coffee was served, delicious food was sold and a jumping castle for the young children added a festive air to the show. This car show will definitely be an annual event on the Grace College calendar.
Afrikaans Camp was a weekend filled with fun activities, sunny days, and lots of learning. ATKV-Drakensville was such a treat with heated swimming pools, trampolines and a beautiful view of the Berg. Our days were filled with exciting activities such as hiking, abseiling, swimming, zip lining and so much more. With our own mini kitchen in our fancy accommodation, it really did feel like we were on a mini vacation rather than a camp. The camp leaders were always happy to help (even if it meant translating instructions into English so that we could understand). The food was delicious and we were always grateful for the wonderful meal after our busy days. It was an experience I would recommend to anyone, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the time away.
(Written by Megan Pluke)
The annual Talent Show always goes down well and this year was no exception. The artists excelled themselves and the audience turned up in their hundreds.
We were entertained by a trio of gorgeous Spanish dancers, two of whom were visitors and the third was Grace’s own Tarryn Plaatjes. Castanets, and colourful costumes complimented their awesome dancing skills and left the audience shouting “Ole” after each dance.
Mevrou Walters and Mrs Hirschfield performed a hilarious scene entitled “Department of Motor Vehicles Tyrant ”, written by Christopher Durang. These two committed, talented ladies rehearsed the play to perfection, depicting two highly amusing characters who demonstrated the frustration of trying to get service from a government official who is incompetent and unwilling to help.
The programme for the evening was varied and full of fun: drumming, solo singing, accompanied singing, accapelo singing, comic duo’s, piano playing, guitar playing. Every artist performed excellently and they are all commended on their talent and for “Showing” it at the Talent Show.
While each one was a winner, the judges awarded prizes to the following artists:
3rd – Rebecca and Michael Webster on their djembe drums
2nd – Gugu Gwamanda and her band “Mobile Supermarket”
1st - Braydon Marie playing his electric guitar
Prize money was contributed by our generous Parents’ Association.
Members of the Grace College Family are encouraged to start planning their numbers for next year. Don’t be left out; come and “Show Your Talent 2018”.
Grace College accepted a challenge which was proposed to schools in the KZN Midlands by Russell High School to set aside a Happiness Day. Our endeavour began with pupils greeting members of the greater community from 07H45 on Monday morning and handing them a snack with an inspiring Bible verse attached. Happy classroom photographs were captured and Grade 8 pupils handed packets of seeds with a Thank You note to our parents at collection time.
PARENTS' ASSOCIATION FASHION SHOW
On Monday, 28 August we held our annual PA Fashion Show; Grade 8's modelled their masks, Grade 9's modelled their recycled fashion, Grade 10's modelled their Ball outfits, Matric's modelled their Matric Ball outfits and dresses from Ball & Bridal Dreams were also showcased.
INTER-HOUSE CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS
1. Airen De La Mare(Sinai) – 29:50 sec
2. Ashlee Rock(Sinai) – 37:03 sec
3. Prudance Tauyatswala(Carmel) – 43:59 sec
4. Keziah Philip(Carmel) – 44:01 sec
1. Jack Mackenzie(Sinai) – 22:28 sec
2. Conrad Mayer(Carmel) – 38:00 sec
3. Melokuhle Gumbi(Carmel) – 39:00 sec
1. Anna Dahlgren(Carmel) – 33:17 sec
2. Milan Comley(Carmel) – 33:35 sec
3. Mila Hedder(Carmel) – 42:15 sec
4. Claire Rilett(Carmel) – 42:16 sec
1. Nicholas de Scally(Sinai) – 17:58 sec
2. Joshua Benade(Sinai) – 20:27 SEC
3. Michael Webster(Ararat) – 23:17 sec
4. Aaron Budke(Ararat) – 25:17 sec
Bilingual Taalbond Exams
Anna Dahlgren, Joshua Benadie and Kaitlin Grobler were awarded certificates for passing the Taalbond Exam.
Certificates were awarded to Cara Bailey, Carl Brann, Mathew Lombard, Anele Sikhakhane, Dintle Tshabalala and Sarah Rushworth.
Rochelle Van Wyk and Anna Dahlgren received certificates for being our top achievers in the ATKV Olympiad for Senior Afrikaans, 1st Additional Language.
World Knowledge Olympiad
'I gave out blankets this Sunday, there were many people in need and we unfortunately couldn't give to all who needed. But those who did receive were incredibly grateful and made it so rewarding.' said Lara Botha in Grade 12 who initiated a Blanket Drive for the needy in Lidgetton.
Well done to Tarryn Plaatjes for her recent dancing results! For her Grade 5 Spanish dancing, she received a 78% Merit Award. For her second exam for Flamenco, Tarryn received a Bronze.
Nick de Scalley (Grade 10) took part in the KZN Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Richmond. There were 46 runners and he came 18th. He came 10th in his age group. His age group has some very strong runners in it and it was the toughest course they have had so far. On Saturday, 19 August, Nick ran the Winterton Park run. He managed to run his fastest Park Run time ever and beat the local runners.
Jack Mackenzie in Gr9 complete the Krantzkop Classic and placed 2nd in Youth Men and 5th overall.
On Sunday, 20 August, Joel Barry (Grade 12) and Joshua Benade (Gr10) entered the Winterskloof 8km Trail Run. Joshua was the first High School Male home with a time of 37:03:00 and Joel was the second High School Male in at 38:56:00.
We would like to congratulate Nikhil Gopal in Grade 10 for being selected to represent the KZN A Schools Golf Team.
Well done to our Grade 9 pupil, Cebolenkosi Dlamini, who has been selected by the KZNRU Youth Duikers to represent the KZN U16 team at the 2017 Interprovincial Tournament which will be held in Pretoria.
Congratulations to Sam Moore (Grade 9), who took 1st place for the Youth Men category in the 60km Illovo Eston Mountain Biking Classic on 6 August 2017. In the SPUR schools league held at Fulton School for the Deaf he took 3rd place in the XCO. Sam cycled in the Tour de Krans held in Harburg and finished 1st youth men in the 45km classic. At the Illovo Eston Classic he placed 1st for youth men in the 60km Classic. Sam Moore then placed 1st in the youth men category in the Mandela Day 42km MTB classic held on Saturday, 26 August 2017.
Sam has been sponsored by Jowetts Cycles as a result of the hard work he has put in this year.
On the first weekend in August two horseriders competed in the SANESA Q5 Event.
Eva Stainforth (Grade 9) Riding Top Deck achieved a 10th out of 14 riders in the Show Jumping 70cm and a 2nd in Working Riding.
Eva Stainforth has also been selected for the KZN Schools Team after coming first for Working Riding KZN.
Heather Bowman (Grade 11) Riding The Bounder received 2 x 3rd places out of 11 riders in the 90cm Show Jumping.
Chelsea Killian (Grade 8) and her horse Laddys Luck have been selected for the KZN Schools 1m Jumping A Team. National Championships will be held at Kyalami Park Club 5 - 7 October 2017.
If your child will be absent from school please call Mrs Nonhlanhla Majola on 033 343 2177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
Kindly note that the D6 Communicator is your go-to portal for communications from the school. Please ensure that you have downloaded this on your devices. Should you have any queries specific to installing the D6 Communicator please book an appointment with Mr Brendan Botha or Mr Aaron Westerdale in our IT Department.
END OF DAY PROCEDURE
The library is open Monday to Friday until 16H00 as well as some Homerooms. Thereafter Classroom 15 will be available until 17H00. The staff member on lock-up duty and our trained security guard, Mr Andreas Madlala sweep the classroom blocks at 17H00 and will not lock-up if there are still pupils on the property. We would like to remind you that the latest collection time is 17H00 unless the pupils are involved in other school activities.
Pupil lockers are available, email Mrs Jana Auge on email@example.com to secure a locker.
SPEED LIMIT ON SCHOOL GROUNDS
The maximum speed limit on Grace College grounds is 30kmph. At collection and drop off times in congested areas, we caution that this may even be too fast. Your children are precious. Please drive with extreme caution and exercise patience at all times.
Friday, 8 September - PA Morning Meeting 07H30
Tuesday, 12 September - PA Evening Meeting 18H30
Wednesday, 13 September - Inter-house Soccer and Heritage Day
Friday, 22 September - Inter-house Quiz and Public Speaking
Friday, 22 September - Term 3 ends
Monday, 2 October - Term 4 commences
Thursday, 5 October - Art Expo
Tuesday, 10 October - Sports Awards
Thursday, 12 October - Valediction Service - Compulsory for whole school
Monday, 16 October - Sweat Day - Compulsory for Grade 11
Tuesday, 5 December - Prize Giving - Compulsory for whole school
Tuesday, 5 December - Term 4 ends
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