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Welcome to the final issue of THE GRACE VINE for 2018.
“For unto us a child is born.” Isaiah 9:6
Dear Grace College Family,
As 2018 draws rapidly to a close and as we contemplate on Grace College’s 20th year of existence, we give thanks to God for his Grace to us. 2018 has been a challenging, but wonderful year filled with many highlights. I am grateful to our wonderful staff; academic, administrative and service alike for their dedication and commitment as we sought to deliver the best education possible.
Thank you to those parents and pupils who participated so willingly and so fully in every aspect of school life.
I would like to wish everyone a restful break and much joy as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus, a birth foretold with such amazing accuracy by the prophet Isaiah more than 700 years before the event.
May you all have a blessed Christmas.
Mr V Luksich
ACADEMICS - Mr Henko Jansen
It has been an extremely successful academic year with the introduction of the Critical Thinking program in Grade 8 and a concept teaching based approach to classroom teaching. More learners have taken part in Academic Olympiads than before and it was good to see that learners attended the Maths and Afrikaans support. Our reports were emailed out to parents for the first time this year and this was reviewed as a success. We have maintained a successful academic timetable and calendar with all syllabi finishing with time to revise before the examinations. The examinations ran smoothly and all efforts were made to ensure the learners wrote their exams in the best possible conditions. The IEB NSC examinations also went very well with the IEB inspector giving Grace College the thumbs up for being a well-run examination centre. The Grade 12 results will be released on 2 January and the Grade 12 learners can receive their statement of results from the school on 3 January 2019.
It seems that each year accelerates towards the December break, and it was no different this year. Planning and preparations for 2019 have been done and there are some exciting additions to the academic program next year. Robotics will be introduced in Term 1 as part of the Cultural program and also as part of the Critical Thinking program. It will be optional as a culture and learners can choose to participate in this exciting new addition. The Critical Thinking program will extend into Grade 9 in 2019 and it is exciting to see the benefits which this program has brought to the current Grade 8 group. EGD will be a subject choice in Grade 10 in 2019 with our first Grade 12 EGD learners writing their exams in 2021.
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all the academic prize winners, the academic top 10 per grade, the academic achievers in Olympiads and all the learners who achieved their academic goals this year. I want to encourage them to keep persevering in their academic efforts. Well done and keep up the good work!
Thank you to the academic staff for all the hard work and efforts throughout the year. Their inspirational approach to education is to be admired. I would also like to thank the parents who support the school and their children. I wish you all a wonderful festive season and look forward to welcoming you back in 2019!
Well done to the pupils who have received certificates and trophies, all of your efforts contribute to make Grace College great.
Music Trophy - Jade Duncan
Trophy for Enthusiastic Participation in Afrikaans - Karl Rindfleisch
Linguistics Trophy: This is awarded to the pupil with the highest total in English and a First Additional Language. Awarded to Larissa Van Wyk - Eng: 93% & Afrik 96%
JUNIOR DUX : This trophy is awarded to the pupil achieving the highest total in all their subjects except for Life Orientation - the 2018 recipient is Cole Baker.
Linguistics Trophy: This is awarded to the pupil with the highest total in English and a First Additional Language. Awarded to Joshua Benadie English 87% / Afrikaans 98%
Honours and Top in Grade 11: Joshua Benadie
Good Fellowship Awards; this award is given to a pupil from each grade who has provided support and encouragement throughout the year to their peers. The recipient of this award is voted for by the pupils in each grade.
Congratulations to our Head Prefects for 2019; Kaitlin Grobler (Head Girl), Nikhil Gopal (Head Boy), Gugulethu Gwamanda (Deputy Head Girl) and Joshua Benadie (Deputy Head Boy).
Well done to Karl Rindfleisch (Gr9) for taking 6 wickets for 25 runs Vs Wembley College on Saturday 27 October 2018.
Well done to Isha Ghoorah (Gr9) who passed her Hindi exam with 94% and came second in the country in the national exam that she wrote through the Hindi Shiksha Sangh..
Congratulations to Ashlee Rock and Lucy Baugh who competed in the Capital K swim at Midmar this weekend. Both finished in the top 50 of their 14-31 age group.
The Hilton parkrun is into it's fourth month and continues to draw good numbers. The event director would like to grow their community of volunteers so if you know anyone who can help out from time to time, please pass along Will's contact details. You can also offer to help directly through the Hilton parkrun website.
For all Hilton parkrun enquiries please call William Van Loggerenberg on 072 365 1568.
7 Jan Admin Office opens
11 Jan MANCO Meeting @ 08H00
New Staff Orientation @ 11H00
Grade 8 Sleep-over & Orientation (Compulsory for all Grade 8s)
12 Jan Grade 8 Parents’ information session @ 11H30
14 Jan Staff Meeting @ 08H00
New Senior Pupils’ Orientation @ 14H30 – 15H30 (Compulsory)
15 Jan TERM 1 Starts
Tea for new parents on the front lawn at 07H00
Assembly @ 07H30
16 Jan Cultural Programme starts
17 Jan Grade 9 Information Evening @ 18H30 (Compulsory for Gr 9s)
18 Jan Grade 8 Experiential Learning Day @ Cumberland (Compulsory)
19 Jan Moms’ Tea @ 10H00 in the Dümmer Hall
Regional Conference (staff)
21 Jan Blood Donations @ 11H00 – 14H30 (Parents welcome to donate)
Grade 8 Afrikaans Outing
22 Jan Grade 12 Information Evening @ 18H30 (Compulsory for Gr 12s)
24 Jan Grade 11 Information Evening @ 18H30 (Compulsory for Gr 11s)
28 Jan Grade 8 Induction Service @ 18H30 (Compulsory for Grade 8s)
PA Cocktail Evening after the Induction Service @ 19H30
29 Jan Grade 10 Information Evening @ 18H30 (Compulsory for Grade 10s)
31 Jan Grade 11 Othello Production at Hilton College @ 12H00 – 14H00
1 Feb IEB National Conference – staff depart at 12H00
2 Feb IEB National Conference
8 Feb PA Morning Meeting @ 07H30
Grade 12 Cake Sale & Civvies Day
9 Feb Midmar Mile PA Tog-bag service
10 Feb Midmar Mile PA Tog-bag service
11 Feb School Photos @ 08H00 (Formal School Uniform)
12 Feb PA Meeting @ 18H00
13 Feb Staff IST (Pastoral)
Laddsworth High School EXPO @ 14H00 – 17H00
15 Feb House Assembly @ 07H30
Grade 8 & 9 Outreach Day @ 08H00
Grades 10 – 12 Academic School Day
16 Feb Grade 12 Maths Core Morning with Mrs Gordijn @ 08H00 – 12H00
20 Feb House Assembly
21 Feb Afternoon EXPO for prospective parents @ 15H30 – 17H00
22 Feb Baden Powell Day
Inter-house Swimming Gala @ St Anne’s (Compulsory)
School closes @ 12H00 after the Gala for Midterm
LAN @ 17H00
25 Feb Midterm Break – no school
25 Feb – 1 Mar Grade 10 Camp (Compulsory for Grade 10s)
26 Feb Grade 9 Experiential Learning Day (Compulsory)
27 Feb - 1 Mar Grade 9 & 11 Camps (Compulsory for Grades 9 & 11)
27 – 28 Feb Grade 8 Project Days (Compulsory)
27 Feb – 2 Mar Grade 12 Camp (Compulsory for Grade 12s)
1 Mar Grade 8 Experiential Learning Day (Compulsory)
5 Mar Prefect Seminar at Grace College @ 19H00
6 March General Knowledge Olympiad @ 11H00 – 13H00
7 Mar Afrikaans Feesdag @ 14H30 – 17H30
Christ Church College arrives @ 14H30 for Cricket Tour
8 – 9 Mar Cricket fixtures vs Christ Church College at Grace College
8 Mar Grade 8 Cake Sale & Civvies Day
12 Mar SA Maths Olympiad – round 1
Merchiston High School EXPO
Information Evening for prospective parents @ 17H30 – 19H00
14 Mar Entrance Exam for 2020 intake (1st Bulk sitting) @ 15H00 – 17H00
18 Mar Play Dress Rehearsal
19 Mar Awards Meeting
20 Mar School Play
21 Mar Public Holiday (Human Rights Day)
22 Mar Forum
27 Mar AGM @ 18H30 in the Dümmer Hall
29 Mar Term 1 Ends – school closes @ 12H00