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Welcome to the sixth issue of THE GRACE VINE for 2018.
Dear Grace Family,
As we draw a breath at the conclusion of another very busy term and set our sights on what lies ahead, it is always beneficial to reflect on the term passed. There has been much to be pleased with, not least the very positive trends that are beginning to develop with regards to our academic results. Mr Jansen and I finally had the opportunity to analyze Term 2 results and what a joy it was to see that almost across the board there was an improvement in results. Historically, with Term 2 being an examination term, marks tend to drop, so to see a reversal of this trend was more than pleasing.
We look ahead to an exciting Third Term, which kicks off with two events that are compulsory for all students; Founders’ Day and Inter-House Athletics on the first two weekends of the term respectively. This takes on special significance being our 20th year of existence and I would like to invite all parents and past pupils to join us on these special occasions. Founders’ Day in particular takes on much significance, as we pay tribute to the visionaries of yesteryear, show gratitude to those who are presently striving to grow Grace College and look ahead to an exciting and challenging future.
I wish you all a restful Winter break.
Mr V Luksich
ACADEMICS - Mr H Jansen (Deputy)
I am extremely proud of the learners who achieved academically this term. It is to be noted that this was the first exam of the year for all grades and the first time that bulk content was assessed. Many learners find this daunting and if statistics are used to portray the mid-year results then a drop in marks are to be expected. We do believe that the June exam gives our learners practice in coping with pressure, time management skills, summarising and studying skills. These are the skills required in the November exams for progression purposes. I am pleased that so many learners participated in the various academic Olympiads this term and we encourage this trend to continue growing. My thanks go out to the academic staff for their determined efforts to help and guide our learners.
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Our amazing Grade 8s took time to say "Thank you" to the cleaning and administration staff in a real and heartwarming way. Their music, song, words, dance, gifts and teatime treats meant so much!
Congratulations to all who received recognition for their efforts and achievements.
It was lovely to see the cameraderie and spirit amongst our pupils during Inter-house sports.
Demi Edwards (Gr8) danced at the National Creative Arts Youth Festival held at The Playhouse Company on Youth Day, a prestigious event which is by invitation only.
Roxanne Luxford placed 5th on Tuesday, 12 June in the Nissan Winter Classic National.
Well done to these pupils.
If your child will be absent from school please call Mrs Nonhlanhla Majola on 033 343 2177 or email email@example.com.
ADVERTISE IN THE GRACE COLLEGE SCHOOL MAGAZINE – OLIVE BRANCH 2018
We look forward to producing another issue of our annual school magazine, packed with great memories of this year for your and your child’s enjoyment. Kevin Christie, a past pupil and the designer of “The Olive Branch”, ensures that the magazine design stays vibrant and relevant and we are excited about this year’s issue.
If you are a business owner, we invite you to place an advert in the magazine, or to sponsor a page or two. We believe that this is an excellent medium through which to advertise your business at a very reasonable cost. Magazines are distributed at Open Days, EXPOs, and parent information evenings as well as to local businesses. A copy is always available on our reception table for visitors to page through and as an advertiser/sponsor, you will receive your own copy.
The booking form is attached for your convenience. Advertising in the magazine will be on a first come first served basis. Please ensure that you book early by completing the attached form and returning it to Desirée Hickinbotham via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Invoices will be issued upon receipt of the booking sheet.
We will be delighted if you are able to partner with us. Please contact us should you need any more information with regards to this exciting project.
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.
Students are reminded to come and check lost property as we have a large number of items that are unmarked.
Pupil lockers are available. Please 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.
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.
TERM 3 HIGHLIGHTS IN JULY
21 July Alumni Braai @ 12H30
JULY CALENDAR DATES
16 July Start of Term 3 (week B) – Formal Uniform
Squad Sports Practice for Founders’ Day sports @ 16H00 – 17H30
17 July No Cycle Tests
Umgubho WesiZulu Day
19 July No Cycle Tests
21 July Founders’ Day Assembly @ 07H30
Inter-house Cross Country and Derby Day
23 July Blood Donations @ 11H00 – 14H30
24 July Grade 8 Maths Fest at TWC
25 July Debating Quarter Finals at Grace College
Maths Olympiad final round
27 July Gr 12 Cake Sale & Civvies Day
7s Rugby Festival @ Clifton for Jnr Team (tbc)
Athletics – 1500m
28 July Inter-house Athletics Day & Tug-of-war
31 July Grade 9 Subject Choice Evening (Compulsory for Grade 9s)
AUGUST CALENDAR DATES
1 Aug Grade 11 & 12 SAIPA Accounting Olympiad – Round 2 @ 14H00
Choir Festival at Grace College @ 18H00
2 Aug Afrikaans Spelethon @ Michaelhouse
Michaelhouse Inter-schools’ Quiz @ 17H30
3 Aug PA Morning Meeting @ 07H30
My School promotion @ 14H30
4 Aug Hilton Car Show at Grace College @ 09H00 – 15H00
4 Aug 7s Rugby Festival @ Hilton College for Jnr Team (tbc)6 Aug Career EXPO by X2Y @ 09H00
7 Aug PA Meeting @ 18H00
8 Aug Grade 10 Cake Sale & Civvies Day
LAN @ 17H00
9 Aug Public Holiday – no school
10 Aug Midterm Break
13 Aug Talent Show Rehearsals @ 17H00 – 20H00
15 Aug Talent Show @ 18H00
21-23 Aug Gr 11 Prep for Matric Ball
24 Aug Matric Dance
25 Aug Grade 10 Ball
27 Aug – 18 Sep Trials Examinations
28 Aug Grade 12 LO Paper 3 Examination
31 Aug Christien Neser (Afr Author) visit @ 08H00 (Gr 8 – 11)
SEPTEMBER CALENDAR DATES
1 Sep Gr 10 Amberglen Spring Walk
7s Rugby for Jnrs @ Maritzburg College
4 Sep Junior Afrikaans Olympiad @ 12H30 – 14H30
7 Sep Grade 11 eCabazini Outing
PA Morning Meeting @ 07H30
10 Sep Sports & Cultural Photos @ 14H00
11 Sep PA Meeting @ 18H00
14 Sep ‘My School’ Promotion @ 14H30
18 Sep Life Science Paper 3 (Gr 12)
19 Sep Heritage Day Celebration
21 Sep Term 3 Ends
Inter-house Public Speaking
Inter-house Quiz/General Knowledge