Newsletter January 2013
Dear Edwardian Family
As the first term comes to an end we can finally draw breath after what has been an extremely frenetic and traumatic period.
I must once again thank the entire community for their wonderful support during this difficult time. I continue to be struck by the generosity of so many and the fantastic support from those with no direct association with the School. This was once again highlighted this morning by a young Grade 6 boy, Ashton Frodsham of Beaulieu Preparatory, who through his own initiative raised R15 k for the Lightning Fund. He collected the money by sitting outside his school every morning for the last few weeks and encouraged his schoolmates to make donations to the Fund. We are most grateful to people like Ashton.
We continue to monitor the progress of all the boys involved in this incident and we will ensure ongoing support for as long as it is needed.
We have had a busy term at School, particularly on the sports fields. The Summer Sports programme has concluded and we now enter into a busy winter term. Many of our boys will attend various Easter Festivals for both Hockey and Rugby. We wish them every success and look forward to the Red Army supporting them with great vigour. I will attend both our Easter Festival and support the 1st XI Hockey at the Nomads Festival in Pietermaritzburg.
We hosted a very successful Water Polo Festival during the term. St Stithians won this prestigious tournament by proving to be the most consistent performer over the three days. Our entire Water Polo community and volunteers must be commended for their sterling effort.
Our Rowers certainly improved this season winning a host of medals at the South African Championships held at Roodeplaat. King Edward finished 4th overall and our U15 Octopule won gold.
The remainder of our Summer Sports competed with distinction and above all played with great enthusiasm. Colours for all our Summer Sports will be announced at an Assembly on Wednesday 20 March.
The Cultural calendar has been very full with Public Speaking and Inter-House Plays. Our Trophy Team competing in the Elite Section have made it through to the finals on Tuesday 19 March. The Inter-House plays concluded on Monday 18 March with School House being adjudicated as the winners. In addition to this we hosted a successful Literary Evening as well as a few Theatre visits.
The School's Outreach wing, KESCO, have been collecting Easter Eggs and non perishable foods for Charity. Thank you to all who donated. Our first Blood Drive of the year was held on Tuesday 19 March. I have been encouraged by the number of boys who recognise the need to help others and give of their time to support those less fortunate.
I remain extremely concerned at the high level of absenteeism and unacceptable level of late arrivals. This has a significant impact on our Academic programme and hinders the ability to complete the curriculum on time. I urge parents to play their part. Please do not allow your son to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary and please make the effort to get him to School on time.
Please can I urge parents to consult the School Communicator on a regular basis. It is a wonderful source of information and includes many relevant articles and news items. Mrs Slooten, the School PRO, does a sterling job updating this platform on a daily basis.
We will be joined by two new staff members next term - Mrs Peyper who will teach Physical Sciences and Natural Sciences. Mrs Peyper joins us from Maragon College. Mr Frank who will teach Mathematics, joins us from Vorentoe High School. Both are very experienced teachers who will add a great deal to our Staff compliment.
I am pleased to report that the School leadership group under the guidance of our Head Boy, Lloyd May, have done a great job with our Grade 8's and galvanising the School into a cohesive unit. It has been a tough term for the Matric group but I have been impressed with the maturity they have shown. I trust that their leadership will have a positive impact on the boys.
Our Easter Rugby & Hockey Festival will be held during the holidays. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our great School. I wish to thank the Organising Committee and all the volunteers, in advance, for their tireless effort. I wish to remind parents that our own boys are to wear full School uniform when they attend the Festival. Please support us when it comes to this. Make sure your son's uniform is neat and tidy and that his hair is of regulation length and style.
Your son will be handed his School report today. Please take some time to sit down with him and discuss the report. He needs to be held accountable for the results he has achieved. Should you have any queries please contact his Grade Head when school re-opens.
Grade Heads :
• Grade 8 Mrs Thorne & Miss Neethling
• Grade 9 Miss Naidoo & Miss Kyte
• Grade 10 Mrs Reddy & Mrs Wadee
• Grade 11 Mrs Crous & Mrs Mahlangu
• Grade 12 Mrs Reynolds & Mrs Kiewitz
Important Dates :
Easter Festival 28 March - 1 April
Start of Term 2: 9 April
Grade 12 11 April
Grade 11 16 April
Grade 10 18 April
Grade 9 23 April
Grade 8 25 April
I wish you all a happy holiday.
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