GRACE VINE ISSUE 10 2017
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Welcome to the tenth issue of THE GRACE VINE for 2017.
FROM THE DESK OF OUR HEADMASTER (MR VINCENT LUKSICH)
‘What is man that thou art mindful of him?’ Psalm 8:4
Dear Grace Family,
One of the joys of being a Headmaster is that I get to visit many different schools in the course of my duties. Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent in Durban North. I noticed that below their school badge was the motto VERITAS. Not wanting to show my ignorance I decided not to ask what it meant. On my return I learned what people with the most rudimentary understanding of Latin would know, it means ‘truth’. It is interesting to note that VERITAS is also the Harvard motto, technically their full motto reads, ‘Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae’ which means ‘Truth for Christ and the Church.’
Around their campus there are a few places that still allude to Harvard’s Christian heritage. The full motto is still inscribed over the doors of the Widener Library and Emerson Hall which houses the department of philosophy, has the biblical inscription of Psalm 8:4 over its doors which reads, ‘What is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him.’ How far Harvard has come since 1636 when it was founded on such solid Christian principles. Sadly the God that we serve is no longer central to the truth in the halls of Harvard. This should cause us to introspection; we need to ensure that God and his word would continually serve as the source of our truth at Grace College. We can take comfort in the fact that because of his grace God is always mindful of us.
I pray that God would be merciful to our Matrics as they embark on their final examinations.
Mr V.Luksich Headmaster
OCTOBER IN REVIEW
On Thursday, 5 October, we hosted our annual Art Expo which was once again a delightfully entertaining evening. The art which was on display was of a high standard, well done to all of those that who worked hard to complete each lovely piece. In addition the poetry, song, music, dance and drama illustrated application and commitment from our pupils. Thank you also to everyone who made the evening a success.
Grace College welcomed well-known sports presenter and commentator, Andy Capostagno, as Guest Speaker at the Sports Awards Evening held on 10 October 2017. His message to the students was clear and simple as he encouraged them to continue to play organised sport after school to thereby ensure that they keep on having fun!
Amidst huge hugs and the tolling of the new bell-tower, which was a gift to the school from this years’ matriculants, goodbyes were said at the Grace College Valediction Service. Congratulations to all the prize winners and especially our Dux Scholar of 2017; Rochelle Van Wyk, who also received the Headmaster’s Award.
We held a successful Garden Work Party, with 26 helpers participating and are grateful to the parents who dontaed plants.
We congratulate Mrs Lieschen Harrison on the arrival of Quinn William, a healthy and handsome little son.
Well done to Nick De Scally who placed 5th in the 800m and was 1 second behind the winner. He came 4th in the 1500m. He ran personal best times for both events. He will go through to the next round at Menlo Park next year.
On Monday, 2 October, we held our Speechcraft Final, where those who participated presented their speeches to their parents, staff and Distinguished Toastmasters Dave and Ruth Varrie. At the end of the evening, they were awarded their certificates for taking part in the Speechcraft course. Ruth Varrie, who facilitated Speechcraft at Grace College, mentioned that this was the first ever Speechcraft that had 100% attendance by delegates. Well done to those pupils who did take part!
KZN and SA SCHOOLS GOLF
Grade 10 pupil, Nikhil Gopal, has been selected to play in the SA Schools Golf Team again for 2017. He will travel to Pretoria two weeks from now to compete in a tournament and we wish him success.
Nikhil has also been chosen for the KwaZulu-Natal Golf Union Inter-Provincial Team. We wish him “good golf” when he joins the team in East London to play at the SA Inter-Provincial Tournament from 11 – 15 December 2017.
TATHAM ART GALLERY 2018
Snapshots of some of the art which has been pre-selected to be exhibited at the Tatham Art Gallery in 2018. Well done to the five matric art students whose work has been included in this pre-selection; Paige Howland, Rochelle Van Wyk, Joel Barry, James De Klerk and Joshua Wagner.
Chelsea Killian represented KZN in the 1m Show Jumping Team at the National Sanesa National Competition from 03 - 07 October. Chelsea competed on Laddy's Luck in classes of 34 riders. In their 1st class she placed 13th and in the 2nd class 21st.
KZN came 3rd overall out of all 9 Provinces.
Sam Moore, in Grade 9, traveled to Magaliesburg on Friday, 6 October 2017 to represent Grace College in the Spur Schools MTB League National Finals 2017 at Bekker High School. In a race of 65+ boys, Sam was doing very well and in 8th position when he unfortunately had a nasty crash. He persevered and he managed to finish the race with great determination coming in 19th position. We look forward to growth in the number of Grace College pupils entering this League in 2018.
Cole Baker won all his chess games at a tournament he competed in on 14 October, as a result he tied first for the U14 boys and will be going to SALGA games. He will play in the JZ Nkandla Games in December.
Milan Comley compete in a 3 day CrossFit competition for a Higher Life CrossFit team against 151 other teams. Her team placed 71st. Her personal best performances included a 15km run with obstacles, overhead squats and 40kg snatches.
Anna Dahlgren, Grade 10, played in three consecutive games at this weekend’s PSI Indoor Hockey League fixtures. She played in the under 16 semi-final, the under 14 final and the under 16 final. Her teams won two of their three games.
Well done to all these pupils.
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.
Grace College has compiled a list of parent contact numbers for parents in our community who would like to be available to other parents for networking, prayer, friendship and supporting our school.
END OF DAY PROCEDURE
The library is open Monday to Friday until 16H00 as well as some Homerooms. Thereafter Classroom 15 will be available until 17H00. The staff member on lock-up duty and our trained security guard, Mr Andreas Madlala will sweep the classroom blocks at 17H00 and will not lock-up if there are still pupils on the property. We would like to remind you that the latest collection time is 17H00 unless the pupils are involved in other school activities.
Pupil lockers are available. Please email Mrs Jana Auge on firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a locker.
Seven pupils successfully completed Speechcraft last term and we are taking bookings from current Grade 9 to 11 pupils to enrol for this course in Term 1 2018. The following feedback was received from parents;
'We were really impressed with the confidence and speaking skills the children developed. The ability to communicate confidently in the modern world is of utmost importance. Thank you Grace College for this opportunity!' John and Debbie Comley.
SCHOOL FEES 2018
The updated School Fees letter is available on the D6 under Resources, Letters.
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, 3 November - Parents' Association Morning Meeting at 07H30
Tuesday, 7 November - Parents' Association Evening Meeting at 18H30
Tuesday, 5 December - Prize-giving - Compulsory for whole school
Tuesday, 5 December - Term 4 ends