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Dear Grace College Family,
With the year fast drawing to a close and examination time approaching, it is apt for us to remember our motto for the year, ‘Push Past Impossible.’ It is at this time that we need to redouble our efforts and not slack off. No matter the personal challenges that we all face, now is the time to show real grit in order to surpass what we think is possible.
Our Boks showed just what was required to succeed when they managed to overcome the mighty All Blacks, arguably the best team of all time, in New Zealand. This victory did not happen by chance, it happened because our team prepared thoroughly, believed in their hearts that they possessed the skills to win and most of all were prepared to fight for all eighty minutes for victory. Given these factors, we should not have been surprised at the result.
I pray that each one of our pupils, during this examination time and indeed into next year, would rebel against accepting mediocrity and allow themselves to be challenged to far surpass even their highest expectations.
Mr V Luksich
ACADEMICS by Mr H Jansen
The IEB NSC examinations have commenced and the Grade 12 learners are hard at work writing and preparing for each exam. The matric results will be published on 2 January and the statement of results will be issued to the Grade 12 learners on the same day. The times for issuing the statement of results will be communicated to the Grade 12 learners.
The Grade 8 to 11 exams commence on Friday, 9 November. There will be no school on Thursday, 8 November to give the learners the opportunity to prepare for the following day’s exams. We want to wish the learners all the best with the upcoming exams and will keep them in our prayers over this period of time. School will continue after the exams and a programme will be communicated to parents and learners.
We have had positive feedback with regards to reports being emailed to parents at the end of each term. This term we will be emailing and printing a hard copy. Please be sure to update your details with our secretaries to receive a digital copy.
Here are some tips for preparing for the upcoming exams.
Organize your study space.
Use flow charts and diagrams.
Practice on old exams.
Explain your answers to others.
Take regular breaks.
Eat a balanced diet.
Plan your exam day.
Exercise moderately and sleep enough.
ART AND PHOTO EXPO
SPORTS AWARDS EVENING
SUBJECT PRIZES – 1ST IN GRADE 12
English - ASHLEY KING
Afrikaans - ASHLEY KING
IsiZulu - NONHLELELO MCHUNU
Accountancy - DARYN WATKINS
Business Studies - SLINDILE MATHONSI
Dramatic Arts - MEGAN PLUKE
Geography - PAUL LEDIN
History - REBECCA WEBSTER
Life Science - ASHLEY KING
Life Orientation - ASHLEY KING
Mathematics - DARYN WATKINS
Mathematical Literacy - HAYDEN LUCK
Physical Science - DARYN WATKINS
Visual Arts - ASHLEY KING
Trophy for Senior Diligence - PAIGE SCHUTTE
Trophy for Senior Progress - GRAEME GIBBS
Trophy for Service to the School - NONHLELELO MCHUNU
Sologuard - MEGAN PLUKE & REBECCA WEBSTER
Sportsman of the Year - TRENT SPIERS
Sportswoman of the Year - CHANNELL DA ROSA
Sportsmanship Trophy - MAY ZONDI
Daniel Award - MAY ZONDI
Spirit of Africa / Ubuntu Award - NONHLELELO MCHUNU
Senior Good Fellowship and Servanthood trophy - TARRYN PLAATJES
Gr 12 Mentorship Trophy - NICOLENE WHITE
Grade 12 Leadership Award - MILAN COMLEY
The Bentley Award - MILAN COMLEY & TONI HEMMING
Founders’ Award - MEGAN PLUKE
Headmaster’s Award - MEGAN PLUKE
RUNNER UP TO DUX – JASON TILLETT
DUX - ASHLEY KING
The SINCLAIRE IEB Trophy will be handed out in 2019 for the Best Achiever.
Nick de Scally (Gr11) represented KZN in the national schools athletics event in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 13 October. He won the 800m race, running his personal best time, which is now 1:54. This result was only just off the record by 1 second, a record which Johan Cronje, a world championship bronze medalist, has held for the last 20 years. It is also the longest standing record for the Grey Bloemfontein Athletics event. Nick followed this awesome success with a 4th position in the demanding 1500m.
Our golfing star, Nikhil Gopal (Gr11) has been selected for the SA Schools Golf team for the third consecutive year. Well done to this fine young gentleman.
Sam Moore (Gr10) won the KZN XCO series and will be receiving his full colours for KZN. He placed second in the junior age group of the ROAG series and achieved a 9th place in the SA XCO at Mankele near Nelspruit recently.
Matthew Pluke recently represented KZN at the SA Gym Games in Gauteng. Matt came 4th for his floor routine and placed in the top 10 for 4 of the 6 apparatus.
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.
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.
School lockers are available to Grace College students for a once off-price of R600 (Subject to availability). The locker will then be available to the student for the duration of their time at the school.
Enrol now to complete the Speechcraft course during Term 1 in 2019. More info.
SPORT AND CULTURE PHOTOS
The last day to place sport photo orders will be 5 November. Photos can be viewed in the computer room. For more information, please speak to Mrs Kobus.
WALTONS STATIONERY ORDERS
The last collection date for orders is 15 November. Refer to the D6 for stationery requirements for 2019. For more information, please speak to Mrs Kobus.
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 and Library book returns
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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