This has been an incredibly busy period and this newsletter is full of the details of some of the events which have taken place.
Next week, several of the school staff will be sleeping in cardboard boxes in the school quad in order to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and to persuade you to donate some of the necessities, which are sorely lacking in nearby communities. Do come to see the teachers in their pajamas on the evening of Madiba’s centenary and to enjoy some star gazing whilst you are here. All donations for communities in need will be gratefully accepted.
During the same morning, the children will be doing a symbolic “Long Walk” in which they will physically carry their donations to a venue at which representatives of the recipient groups will
We wish you all a happy three weeks in the run up to the August holidays. Keep warm!
Mrs N. Hillen
The mid-term break, at the end of next week, heralds the middle of the academic year. If the speed of time is the measure of fun, we are having fun by the truckload at school.
This newsletter brings news of some of the recent activity in which our children have been involved: scholarship examinations, the Horizon Maths Challenge, the interhouse quiz, our choir performance at the Summit music festival and the Flash Mob at Kyalami Corner, a tennis festival, our drama production and the PTF Mountain Bike & Trail Run.
In addition, our soccer and netball teams had wonderful performances at the Grayston Festival this last weekend. Our U12 boys won the gold medal after excellent games against Kyalami, Grayston, Redhill, Dainfern and HeronBridge. The U11 and U12 netball teams won silver medals. Well done to all the players, and their coaches, on these fine performances.
A big thank you to those parents who responded to the IQAA survey around school improvement. The figures below show the response rate:
IQAA will be collating the responses and we will use these results to decide on focus areas for the remainder of the process.
As this is the last newsletter before our week’s break at mid-term, I wish you all a happy and relaxing holiday with the children. I would also like to wish our Muslim families a Blessed Eid as the fast is broken on 15 June.
Mrs N. Hillen
Beaulieu Prep children outperform their peers!
Each year, our Grade 3 children are benchmarked in English and Maths and our Grade 6 children are benchmarked in English, Maths and Science against their counterparts in more than 150, mostly independent, South African schools as well as against an International cohort comprising mainly Australian students but also including students from 9 other countries.
The 2017 results of the International Benchmark Test (IBT) arrived late last term and we are very proud to announce that our children’s performance has, once again, been quite exceptional.
From the Headmistress’ Desk
The vision of the Kyalami Schools, is to be A Community of Schools Developing Global Achievers.
I have always loved “big, hairy and audacious goals” and feel strongly that we should teach our children to aim high. We are, after all, spurred on by the spirit of our school motto, Quaerite Astra, which roughly translated from the Latin, means Reach for the Stars.
From the Headmistress’ Desk
Another wonderful and jam-packed term has come to an end. We look forward to the holiday period and knowthat our children and staff will all need some time-out to relax and recharge.
The school office will remain open throughout the school holidays although the hours will be shortened (08:00to 14:00) daily. A holiday soccer clinic and a Splash/Craft Club will operate on some of the days.
The events calendar for the second term has been finalised and the term will be an extremely busy one – withschool events scheduled for most weekends. Please find a copy on the D6 communicator.
The weather is usually fine when we return to school for the second term. Children will continue to wear summeruniform until the weather turns cold. Once the weather is consistently cold, winter uniform will becomecompulsory for all pupils.I thank you for your support of the school during the term and wish you all some happy down-time with thechildren.
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