The Grace Vine Issue 2 2018
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FROM THE DESK OF OUR HEADMASTER (MR VINCENT LUKSICH)
“As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
Dear Grace Family,
This past Sunday there was great joy in the KZN Midlands as water began trickling over the Midmar dam wall and it was not long before it began flowing stronger. This was the signal that our dam was 100% full. For us this is a miracle of God’s provision and it is fitting that we pause to thank and glorify Him. Having said this, the people in the Eastern and Western Cape are still in the grip of a most severe drought.
Mr V. Luksich Headmaster
Our parents make a huge impact on our community and we are grateful to all who have taken time to join and participate in our affiliate programmes which have been running for a number of years. If you are not yet a part of these programmes, please follow the links below or contact Jana Auge or Desiree Hickinbotham to get on board. Our students will also be promoting these twice each term in the car park at collection time on a Friday.
Makro rewards Grace College on reaching a minimum spend as a school with bi-annual bonuses, we do not always manage to achieve the minimum spend but will keep trying with the support of our tuck shop buying. Your spend at Makro will increases what the school receives.
Hilton Quarry Spar have a fantastic rewards programme for schools, just write Grace College on the back of your slip and pop it into the box near the entrance to Spar. If you forget send the slip to school for Desiree Hickinbotham to submit. Our staff participate well in this initiative!
MySchool gives us reward when you spend at Woolworths, 89% of our registered shoppers are swiping. Let's push for 100%!
Litres for Education offers us 10cents back on every litre of petrol bought at garages around the country. See below for details of those nearby;
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 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 Dummer Hall.
A great morning of spirited swimming took place at the St Anne's pool. Sinai were tops on the day. Well done to everyone who made this event a success.
GRADE 10 CAMP
Entabeni in the Kamberg area hosted our Grade 10 camp this year, this is the most physically challenging adventure undertaken during the 5 years a student spends at Grace College. They did it and finished with a great sense of fulfilment.
‘I personally enjoyed the camp a lot, I enjoyed everything from self-navigation, mountain biking and conoeing. The hiking was pretty difficult and I disliked it the most because I was so unfit. I would have loved it if we cycled a bit longer and hiked less. The food was great and we had plenty to eat. Our fire master Rambo was also awesome but he made us do way too many push-ups. I would give this camp a 7 out of 10 and overall it was a great experience and I would do it again if I was given the chance to.’ shared Andile Ngcobo.
Nick De Scally took part in the Menlo athletics trials on Friday, 2 February where he came 4th in the 800m and 5th in the 1500m. On Sunday, 3 February he took part in the biathlon at Wagendrift dam where he placed 2nd.
BASKETBALL TROPHY WIN
At the Mofokeng Mndaweni Basketball Tournament held recently at St Nicholas Diocesan School in Pietermaritzburg our Grace College Boys 1st Basketball Team finished as overall winners. We celebrate their opportunity to realise the results of commitment and hard work.
Sam Moore in Grade 10 participated in the following cycling events;
• S.A. XCO CHAMPS - Sam did not finish due to a crash and resultant concussion.
• ILLOVO WARTBURG CLASSIC 45KM - Sam placed 1st overall and 1st junior.
• SHONGWENI XCO LAP CHALLENGE #1 - Sam was the 1st junior and placed 13th overall.
• KZN TIME TRIAL – Sam finished 3rd in this road race.
• KZN ROAD CHAMPS – Sam came 4th over a 105km distance.
• Sam will be racing at the Howick Classic this coming weekend, we wish him a good ride.
If your child will be absent from school please call Mrs Nonhlanhla Majola on 033 343 2177 or email email@example.com.
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 or Mr Aaron Westerdale 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
Friday, 8 March - Cricket Tour to Christ Church Preparatory School and College
Friday, 9 March - Morning Parents' Association Meeting 07H30
Tuesday, 13 March - Evening Parents' Association Meeting 18H00
Friday, 16 March - Open Day EXPO
Tuesday, 20 March - House Plays at 18H30
Thursday, 22 March - School AGM (which incorporates the PA AGM) at 18H30
Friday, 23 March - School closes at 12H00