The Grace Vine Issue 3 2018

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Welcome to the third issue of THE GRACE VINE  for 2018.

  

FROM THE DESK OF OUR HEADMASTER (MR VINCENT LUKSICH)

 

“He is not here, He has risen! “
Luke 24:6

 

Dear Grace Family, 

 

This coming weekend we celebrate the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He suffered death on the cross to pay in full for our sins. Luke 24:6 is such a significant passage and our faith rests solely on the fact that Jesus rose from the dead on that third day, just as it was foretold by the prophets.
I pray that this would be a time, not only for rest and relaxation, but for us all to take the time to ponder the boundless love of our Lord.
May you all have a blessed Easter. 

 

God bless

 

Mr V. Luksich Headmaster

     

ACADEMICS - MR HENKO JANSEN

 

The start to the academic year saw the inception of the Grade 8 Innovation Programme led by Mrs Quibell and her team. This programme embraces an innovative approach to learning through critical thinking and experiential teaching. Read more here.

 

Pictured below are scenes from the Grade 8 Innovation Day on 1 March.

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Our new administration program, Principal Plus, was rolled out at the beginning of this year. This meant that our report template changed and hence the new look to our reports this term. With any new system there will be niggles that must be ironed out as we move through the year. One of the features of the new admin system is the ability to email the reports at the end of the term, we are considering switching to this method in the terms to come. Please fill in the online survey regarding your preference in terms of a digital version or a printed version of your child’s report. We will analyse these results and incorporate them into our decision on the distribution of reports in the future.


In general our academics remain the foundation of the school. In this 20th year of Grace College, we celebrate the fact that we have had a 100% pass rate in matric since our first matric group sat their final exams. This is a tremendous achievement that can only be achieved through a dedicated team of academic and support staff.


Well done to the top achievers in Term 1 as well as to those students, not amongst these, who achieved better results through dedication and hard work. Here’s to a bright academic future at Grace College!

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Please remember to complete the online survey.

 

PARENT TALK

 

In response to a number of parents asking for more feedback on parenting teenagers, we will be sharing a link from time to time which educationalists, who are parents in our community, have found useful. We hope you will find these helpful too.   In this issue we share the brain-changing effects of exercise.

 

The Parent Talk Link

 

MARCH HIGHLIGHTS

 

BLOOD DRIVE

 

The South African National Blood Service visited and were grateful to receive 43 donations. Everyone in our community is welcome to donate at school, including parents; diarise now for the next SANBS visit next term on Monday, 23 April in the Dümmer Hall.

 

FEESDAG

 

An annual celebration of Afrikaans, this day is always great fun!

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OUTREACH DAY

 

The junior students at Grace College went to Prestbury Pre-School, Emma Barter Home, Never Never Land Creche, EMandleni Granny Gardens, Amberfield Care Centre, Amber Glen Care Centre, Hospice, Woodgrove Retirement Home, Tabitha Ministries, Sunnyside Park Home, Midlands Feeding Scheme and to the Pietermaritzburg Children's Home where they helped wherever possible.  They engaged in conversation with people from diverse backgrounds, sang and entertained, served meals, played games, crafted, tended gardens and planted vegetables.  Every one of these little endeavours delivered mountains of joy to challenging and sometimes mundane lives.

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MATRIC CAMP

 

A memorable camp in Underberg touched the hearts of our matrics, reminding many how privileged they are.  They visited Pevensey, Noah's Ark, Jabulani Creche and Clouds of Hope which is an orphanage. They interacted with young and old, playing games, chatting, bringing joy and learning more about the gifts they have to share with the world. 

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GRADE 11 CAMP

The Grade 11s went on their Leadership camp at Entabeni, near Giants Castle.  Through all the rain we have been having, we were blessed to have had 3 glorious days of sunshine.  The course, called Risky Business, involved physical, mental and social activities that were aimed at bringing out leadership qualities and inner strengths that had been unnoticed (in some pupils) before.  Albeit tiring, there was plenty of healthy exercise, fun and lots of laughter. On the whole, the camp was enjoyed. 

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INTERHOUSE PLAYS

 

Ararat, Carmel and Sinai brought entertaining performances to the stage at Grace College on Tuesday, 20 March.  The winning play was Ararat's production, 'The Pidgeon with the Silver Foot'. Well done to all who worked tirelessly rehearsing, setting the stage and directing.

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PUPILS' ACHIEVEMENTS

 

ATHLETICS

 

At the KZN Athletics Championships held at Kings Park in Durban this month Nick De Scally ran a Personal Best for his 1500m heat, placing 3rd and then ran a Personal Best in the final. There were about 30 athletes who were selected to take part in the champs from their respective districts.
Nick managed to come 5th overall and he beat his arch-rival.
Nick achieved another Personal Best in his 800m heat and got the 3rd fastest qualifying time which would have got him a silver medal in the Free State champs final. There were 40 athletes in the heats for the 800m.
Unfortunately, Nick was so tired that he did not run the time he was hoping for and placed 7th.
There were only 3 boys in KZN who took part in the 1500m and 800m.
We are very proud of him, and congratulate him on being awarded Honours for his athletics achievements.

 

EQUESTRIAN

 

Chelsea Kilian and her horse Laddys Luck were placed 2nd and 3rd in the 1m10 Junior class at the ESP show jumping competition held at Durban Shongweni Club on the 3rd and 4th March 2018.

 

GOLF

 

Nikhil Gopal in Gr11 is the Midlands Open 2018 Champion. He won this title during March at an Open Tournament held at Boschhoek where he competed against men from all over KZN. He went on to win a successive Bridge Fund Managers Tournament in Benoni and this weekend he reclaimed the title of Club Champion at Victoria Country Club.

 

PRESIDENT'S AWARD 

Milan Comley in Grade 12 has earned The President’s Award Gold which requires the student to focus on five areas of self-development. Milan completed the following to be able to submit a portfolio which qualified her for the highest level in this Duke of Edinburgh initiative.
Details of her accomplishments are listed below:

SERVICE
Midlands Tennis Association Tennis Coaching - Jan 2016 - Nov 2016
Pietermaritzburg Kitten Fostering & Rescue - June 2016
Free Me Art in Umgeni - July 2017

SKILLS & INTEREST
Extra Afrikaans Lessons
Extra Maths Lessons
Toastmasters International (Speechcraft)
Event Planning

PHYSICAL RECREATION
Crossfit June 2016 – October 2017
Tennis – Ongoing since 2005

ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY
World Challenge, Thailand - 29th March – 1st April 2016

RESIDENTIAL PROJECT (Gold only)
World Challenge, Thailand - 21st March – 26th March 2016

 
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NOTICES

 

ABSENTEEISM

 

If your child will be absent from school please call Mrs Nonhlanhla Majola on 033 343 2177 or email reception@gracecollege.co.za.

 

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 in our IT Department.

 

LOST PROPERTY

 

Students are reminded to come and check lost property as we have a large number of items that are unmarked.

 

LOCKERS

 

Pupil lockers are available. Please email Mrs Jana Auge on info@gracecollege.co.za 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.

 

UNIFORM SHOP

 

The Uniform Shop is open on a Monday from 14H30 to 15H30 and on a Wednesday from 13H30 to 14h30. Payment may be made by Credit Card or by Cash or in advance by EFT.

 

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS 

 
APRIL
16 April School Re-opens – Week A
Afr/Eng Taalbond Exams @ 07H30 – 12H00
Grade 12 Geography Field Trip @ 07H30 – 14H30
Staff Meeting @ 14H30
17 April No Cycle Test
Information Evening for prospective families @ 17H15 for 17H30
18 April Parent/Teacher Interviews @ 15H00 – 18H30
20 April Grade 8 & 9 Afrikaans Redenaars in Durban
Entrance Exams for 2019 Grade 8 Intake @ 15H00 – 17H00
23 April Set up for Afrikaans Dinner @ 10H00
Blood Donations @ 11H00 – 14H00
24 April Afrikaans Dinner @ 18H45 for 19H00
27 April Public Holiday
30 April Midterm Break

info eve 17 apr 

MAY
1 May Public Holiday
4 May PA Moring Meeting @ 07H30
Spar Till Slip Promotion @ 14H30
5 May Wembley 7s (tbc)
8 May PA Meeting at 18H00 
10 May Ascension Day
Grade 10 & 11 Outreach Day
Grade 12 Poetry Day
Grade 8 & 9 E-day/Critical Thinking Day
11 May Grade 9 Sex Ed Day
14 May Grade 8 Natural Science Outing to Cumberland @ 07H30 – 14H30
16 May Grade 11 & 12 SAIPA Accounting Olympiad @ 14H00
Maths Olympiad – round 2 @ 14H00
17 May World Knowledge Olympiad @ 13H00 – 14H30
18 May Grade 10 Life Science and Geography Trip to UKZN @ 07H30 – 14H30
19 May Wembley 7s at Grace College
22 May Senior Afrikaans Olympiad @ 11H30 – 14H30
23 May Grade 12 PIT Produksie @ 11H30 – 14H30
24 May KZN Youth Choir & Jnr School Choir evening
Cadence 24 May
25 May Night Relay @ 17H30
26 May Inter-house Sports Day (Compulsory School Day)
30 May BDO Quiz (tbc)
31 May Father’s evening with Dr Rob Pluke @ 18H00
JUNE
2 June Wembley 7s Final (tbc)
4 – 18 June Examinations
7 June LO CAT Part B (Grade 12s)
8 June Drama Integrated Task Part B (Grade 12s)
PA Moring Meeting @ 07H30
Spar Till Slip Promotion @ 14H30
12 June PA Meeting @ 18H00
19 – 22 June Grade 12 Winter School
19 June Grade 8 & 9 Athletics Trials @ 14H30
20 June Grade 10 & 11 Athletics Trials @ 14H30
Winter Ball @ 18H30
21 June Grade 12 Athletics Trials @ 14H30
22 June Inter-house Cross Country & Tug of War
Cuppa for CANSA
Reports Issued
Term 2 ends
 
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