The Grace Vine Issue 4 2018

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

 

Deuteronomy 31:8 "The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed."

 

Dear Grace Family, 

 

Mr Luksich was admitted to hospital last week for surgery. He is in the recovery period and will be back to school during this week. We thank God for his recovery and would like to thank all those who kept him in their prayers.


We bid farewell to Miss Caitlin Montgomery at the end of last week. She is getting married towards the end of term two and has relocated to Durban to be closer to her fiancé. Miss Montgomery has made tremendous contributions in the classroom, on the sports field and in cultural activities. We wish her all the best for this wonderful new chapter in her life!


The first week and a half of term has kicked off with a bang. With the sports fixtures already underway and the cultural program in full swing you often feel that time is a commodity these days, a very precious one! I read a quote from a water polo coach in South Africa motivating his team for early morning practice before school. He said to them: ‘Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle because when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.’ These words might seem harsh and stern but the point the coach wanted to make is that if you seize every opportunity from your waking moment until you put your head down at night, then the future of your endeavours will become a reality. With time being a commodity it is essential that we utilize our time to work, succeed, be healthy and fit, read scripture and pray and also have fun. I love walking around our campus during the day and hearing the learners laugh, seeing them smile and being happy.


This term will continue to be busy with many scheduled events and sports fixtures. Please take note of the school calendar to view upcoming events as well as the start of the examinations towards the beginning of June.


The last scripture reading I shared with the learners during assembly was Deuteronomy 31:8. A scripture that assures us that God is with us and even goes before us in all that we do!

God bless

 

Mr H Jansen

Deputy Principal

     

APRIL HIGHLIGHTS

 

GRADE 9 AFRIKAANS DINNER

 

This annual evening honouring Afrikaans and multiligualism was a success once more.

 

  afrikaans dinner

 

PUPILS' ACHIEVEMENTS

 

ATHLETICS

 

Jack Mackenzie in Gr10 participated in the aQuellé Richmond Mudman on 15 April, he placed 1st in the U16 paddle, cycle and run. On 22 April he placed 2nd in the men's Husqvarna Trail Run.

 

CANOEING 

Erin Lane participated in the KZN Canoe Sprint Championship and the Canoeing South Africa’s Schools Sprints Championships during the school holidays.

In terms of KZN Canoe Sprint Championships Erin achieved the following:
4th 500m K1 Final
3rd 200m K1 Final
2nd 500m K2 Final
2nd 200m K2 Final
Placed 4th overall on the points table.

In terms of the South African School Sprints Championships Erin achieved the following:
5th 5000m K1 Final
5th 500m K1 Final
5th 200m K1 Final
6th 100m K1 Final
2nd 5000m K2 Final
2nd 500m K2 Final
2nd 200m K2 Final
2nd 100m K2 Final
5th overall on the points table.
She received 4 silver medals for 2nd place.

Well done Erin! 

EQUESTRIAN

 

Roxanne Luxford (Gr10) placed 4th in her class at the Land Rover Durban Shongweni Derby on 12-15 April. 

 

GOLF

 

Nikhil Gopal, in Grade 11, birdied the 36th hole at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington, on Sunday, 22 April 2018 to finish ahead of Ryan van Velzen in the Bridge Fund Managers Junior Series North Final. This secured Nikhil the top position which means that he will go on to compete in the prestigious US Junior North & South at Pinehurst, North Carolina in June 2018. Additionally Nikhil has been selected to the eight-man Presidents Team that will do battle against the SA Juniors and teams from Gauteng North, Western Province, Central Gauteng and the SA Universities in the annual SA Challenge Cup at Irene Country Club from 13-15 May.

 

MTB

 

Sven Van Zuydam in Gr8 competed in the Husqvarna Mid Illovo MTB 45km Classic on Sunday, 22 April where he came 22nd overall out of 205 males, and 8th in his age category (Youth) His time was 2:29:54.

  

 

NOTICES

 

GRAHAMSTOWN NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL TOUR 2018

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If you and/or your child would like to go on an excellent tour that is not too expensive or too far away and that is loads of fun and artistically inspirational, then the Grahamstown Arts Festival Tour is an excellent choice.
This will be our fifth pilgrimage to the Eastern Cape during the July holidays for this internationally recognized arts festival. We will leave on Thursday 28 June 2018 and return on Tuesday 3rd July 2018.
The tour is open to parents, staff and students (past and present) of Grace College.
The cost of the tour is R7 500-00 which includes the following:
• Bus trip down to Grahamstown and back
• Transport around Grahamstown from residence to shows
• Five days bed and breakfast in a Rhodes University residence (safe, clean, comfortable, excellent breakfast, easy access to performance venues, art galleries, Village Green and eating venues)
• Attendance of 4 – 5 performances/exhibitions per day ( +- 20 shows)
• Daily allowance of R250-00 for lunch and dinner for 6 days
I respectfully draw to your attention that once you sign the reply slip committing yourself to the tour, your response will be considered legal and binding. It is impossible to organize the tour if people change their minds.
It will be necessary to pay half the cost of the tour by 4 May 2018 (R3750-00) and the balance by 1 June 2018 (R3750-00). The reason for this is that when booking accommodation and shows, upfront payment is needed in order to secure the places which fill up almost immediately.
If you and/or your child would like to join the tour, please complete the attached reply slip and return it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO STUDENT MAY JOIN THE TOUR IF THEIR SCHOOL FEES ARE NOT PAID UP TO DATE.
If you need further information and clarity, please contact me on 0786066529 or at pcronje98@gmail.com

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.

 

SUPPORTER WEAR

supporter wear catalogue prices 

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Orders are open until mid-May for a new consignment of Supporter Wear at last years prices - place your order fast.

 

UNIFORM SHOP

 

The Uniform Shop is open on a Monday from 15H00 to 16H00 and on a Wednesday from 14H00 to 15H00. Payment may be made by Credit Card or by Cash or in advance by EFT.

 

WISH LIST

 

Various departments are in need of items, and we thought to ask our extended family in case anyone has the skills to assist or possibly has some of these items lying around gathering dust!

 

Drum Kit Repairs;
R3000 for parts and labour
Garden plants;
Agapanthus
Outreach;
Colourful assortment of paints and brushes to paint a mural indoors.

A bookshelf for a school.

Sound Equipment;
eDMX1 PRO XLR CONNECTOR - 5PIN
eDMX 5pin to 3 pin adapter
Briteq FSP-575 Follow Spot
Technology;
4 Tablets or iPads

   

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

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Cadence 24 May

MAY

4 May PA Morning Meeting @ 07H30
Spar Till Slip Promotion @ 14H30 - pupils will collect your Spar till slips in the car park at collection time.
5 May Wembley 7s Rugby at Carter
8 May PA Meeting at 18H00
10 May Ascension Day
Grade 10 & 11 Outreach Day
Grade 12 Poetry Day
Grade 8 & 9 Critical Thinking Day/Gr 8 & 9 E-Day
11 May Grade 9 Sex Ed Day

12 May Wembley 7s Rugby at Waterfall
Grade 11 Science Saturday School @ 08H00 – 12H00
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
22 May Senior Afrikaans Olympiad @ 11H30 – 14H30
23 May Grade 12 PIT Produksie @ 11H30 – 14H30
24 May KZN Youth Choir & Jnr School Choir evening

25 May Night Relay @ 17H30
26 May Inter-house Sports Day (Compulsory School Day)

Wembley 7s at Wartburg
31 May Father’s evening with Dr Rob Pluke @ 18H00
JUNE
2 June Wembley 7s at Wartburg
4 – 18 June Examinations
7 June LO CAT Part B (Grade 12s)
8 June Drama Integrated Task Part B (Grade 12s)
PA Morning 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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