The Grace Vine Issue 9

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Ps 23:6 “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”


Dear Grace College Family,


Although we as a country celebrate Heritage Day next Tuesday, at Grace College we celebrated it on Wednesday. It was a joy to see so many pupils and staff enter into the spirit of the day; pride in our heritage was clearly visible. At assembly, six of our pupils read verses from Psalm 23 in Pedi, German, French, isiZulu, Irish and Swedish. We were reminded of the importance of celebrating our unique identities drawn from a wide variety of cultures as well as our collective identity as South Africans. More importantly, we should always be reminded of our common identity in Christ.

Pupils and staff then had the opportunity to each plant an aloe on the bank above the dam. This was followed by a feast of traditional foods such as bunny chow, pap, samoosas as well as the obligatory braai.

I wish you all a restful break and hope that you return invigorated to face the final challenges of the year.


God bless


Mr V Luksich



ACADEMICS by Mr H Jansen


Term three remains one of the busiest terms on the calendar. This is certainly the case with academics as well. A heavy test schedule, innovation programme, trial examinations and finalization portfolio work, Olympiads and field trips were the order of the day during this term. I am proud of the learners and staff for having worked constantly and consistently throughout the term. As we head towards the end of the year it is important to analyse the results from term three. Parents can take note that all three terms marks are displayed on the report to be able to see the progress made during the year. Please note that for Grade 8 to 11 the cycle tests weighted majority of the final mark while the Trail Examinations counted majority of the marks for the Grade 12 report. Please take note that the parent teacher interviews are scheduled for the first day back in term four, 2 October 2018 from 15:30 to 18:30.


Congratulations to the top ten academic achievers in each grade and to those learners who have achieved their academic goals and put in the necessary effort to better their results this term. The Grade 12 top achievers will be announced at their valediction service on 15 October 2018 and have therefore not been included in these results.


I wish all the families a wonderful holiday and safe travels!.

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Congratulations to our Speechcraft graduates for 2018! These pupils worked hard and it showed in their delivery of well crafted, confidently presented talks which were all completed in perfect time. 

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Our middle distance athlete, Nick De Scally (Gr11) has notched up a number of achievements this term placing; first in the Umgungundlovu schools cross country race, first in the Howick Highlander, second in his age group for one of the KZN cross country races at Baynesfield, 7th in the KZN final race for his age group in Newcastle and as a regular winner at Piggly Wiggly parkrun he tied with the record on the 18th August, in exceptionally poor weather conditions.


Nick took part in a league race at Kings Park on Saturday, 15 October. He ran 3000m, 1000m and 600m. He was 2nd in his age group for the 3000m and the 600m, he placed 1st in the 1000m.


Lleyton Forster (Gr8) competed in the league athletics meet on Saturday, 15 October in Durban, he ran in the men’s 15 years category 200m and 400m races. He came 3rd in his heat in around 27 seconds and for his 400m he won his heat with an electronic time of 57.18 sec. 



Chelsea Kilian in Gr9 and Take It Easy competed in the Spring Extravaganza - Durban Shongweni Club on the 9 September 2018 and were placed 2nd in the 1.20m Junior Championship class.


Chelsea and Take It Easy competed in the Triple P Richard Venniker Memorial KZN closed Derby on Saturday, 15 September at Durban Shongweni Club and were placed 5th in the 1.20m Junior/Adult speed class. 



Bridge Fund Junior Series news: A finalist in the first season, KZN golfer Nikhil Gopal (Gr11)will be taking another stab at the Junior North and South spot at Pinehurst after taking a 3-shot victory on 1-under at Royal Durban Golf Club this past weekend..



Results from the Safire Baynesfield MTB 47km race on Sunday, 16 September;
Sam Moore finished 2nd in his age group and 2nd overall.
Sven Van Zuydam placed 6th in his age group and 11th overall.
Gareth Luxford competed in the Safire Baynesfield MTB 20km race, he placed 7th in his age group and 12th overall.. 

Well done to each of these pupils.






On a normal school day, pupils need to be collected by 17h00 at the latest or not more than 30 minutes after returning from sports matches or after a school function. 



Hilton parkrun launches at Grace College in Hilton, KZN on Saturday, 29 September 2018. All parkruns are free, weekly, 5km timed events. This event is open to everyone, easy to take part in and for your convenience, you only register once. 


There will be a pre-registration at Quarry Centre in Hilton on Saturday, 22 September. 


The Hilton parkrun begins on the lower sports field at Grace College and follows a route through the forested surrounds, offering lovely views and all the benefits a parkrun route is required to provide. As a location, Grace College offers easy access to the N3, making it convenient for runners/walkers joining in from Pietermaritzburg, Howick and beyond. 


For any Hilton parkrun enquiries please call William Van Loggerenberg on 072 365 1568. 



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2 Oct School re-opens – week B – Formal uniform
School closes at 14H00
Parent/Teacher Interviews @ 15H30 – 18H30
3 Oct Afrikaans Oral Moderation
Art EXPO set-up
4 Oct Art EXPO @ 18H00 – 20H30
2019 Prefects’ and Parents’ meeting @ 18H30
5 Oct PA Morning Meeting @ 07H30
English Oral Moderation
5 – 7 Oct Prefect Camp
8 Oct Blood Donations @ 11H00 – 14H30
9 Oct Gr 12 Drama Prac Exam @ 09H00 – 12H30
Sports Awards Meeting @ 18H30 - Compulsory School Event
PA Meeting @ 18H00
12 Oct International Suit-up Day
Grade 9 Cake Sale & Civvies Day
13 Oct ‘The Bare Truth’ Talks
15 Oct Matric Breakfast
Matric Final Assembly
Valediction Service @ 19H00 - Compulsory School Event
16 Oct SWEAT Day
17 Oct Gr 12 AP English @ 14H00 – 17H00
20 Oct Gr 12 Moms’ Tea @ 15H00
22 Oct - 26 Nov IEB Exams
24 & 31 Oct Compulsory Cultural to prepare for the Outreach Christmas Party
1 Nov School closes for midterm @ 12H00
2 Nov Midterm Break
7 Nov Never Neverland Crèche Christmas Party
School closes at 13H30
8 Nov Study Day – no school
9 Nov – 30 Nov Whole School Exams (Gr 8 – 11)
9 Nov PA Morning Meeting @ 07H30
13 Nov PA Meeting @ 18H00
3 Dec Text Book Returns
Hand in choir badges
Final Assembly & Song Practice
4 Dec  Final Prize Giving @ 19H00 - Compulsory School Event
5 Dec Reports issued from 08H30 – 10H30
Staff Lunch @ 12H00
7 – 14 Dec IEB Marking 


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