Newsletter December 2017

Dear King Edward VII School Community

As I sit and pen this letter, I cannot help but ask where this year has gone?

The School has had a fantastic year with a great many highlights interspersed with some challenging moments (when would a teenage boy not present some interesting new ways of being a little naughty?).

We are blessed with a remarkable team at the School, who diligently go about their daily work, to ensure that the young men entrusted to our care can achieve their very best.   I would ask, if you have not done so already, just to drop my team a note of thanks.  Even better, if your sons can drop their teachers an email to express their own gratitude.   It is amazing what a personal note can do for one’s confidence and self-esteem.

The Matric Class of 2017 covered themselves with great distinction this year.  My heartfelt thank you to the Head of School, Travis Gordon, for his unfailing leadership and guidance offered. 
The Matric results will be available from 9am to 11am on Friday, 5 January 2018.

I recently informed the Community of our change of leadership model.  The School mentors and House Mentors have held a few workshops this past week.  I am extremely excited with what they have to offer in the New Year and look forward to the impact they will have on the School over the next 12 months.

The following new Staff join the team at the start of 2018:
            Mrs Claire Visser        -           Subject Head: Physical Sciences
            Miss Alecha Thops      -           Physical Sciences
            Mr Marco Engelbrecht (Old Boy) -     Physical Education and Life Orientation
            Mr Wessel Pretorius   -           Mathematical Literacy and Technology
            Mr Eddie Prideaux-Brune  -    Geography
The new staff bring a great deal of passion and expertise and I wish them a long and happy career at King Edward VII School.

Because of some current staff leaving, there are a few changes to the House Teams for 2018.  Please refer to the table below.  My congratulations go to Mr Oscar Chopamba who takes over the leadership of Robinson House

HOUSE LEADERS, ASSISTANT HOUSE LEADERS & ACADEMIC LEADERS

HOUSE

HOUSE LEADER

ACADEMIC LEADER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

ANDERSON

Neethling

Wadee

Von Hoesslin(AHL)

Murray

Bremner

Prideaux-Brune

Pretorius

CROFTS

Da Mata

Crous

Dedlow
(AHL)

Visser C

Sikwe

Jackson

Radebe

DAVIS

Khanye

Koekemoer

C Fielding (AHL)

Miss de Wet

R Fielding

Van Straten

Kayton

GRIMMER

Thompson

Mahlangu

M Thorne
(AHL)

Van Vollenhoven

Thops

Lodge

Boshoff

HILL

Gordon

Asvat

Marvell (AHL)

Bain Venn

McKenzie

van Rooyen

van Jaarsveldt

HOFMEYR

Kyte

L Naidoo

van Vuren

Magubane

Sturmheit
(AHL)

Dunne

Friedland / Avidon

ROBINSON

Chopamba

Ferreira

Els

H Hansen

Jones

Crossley (AHL)

Engelbrecht

SCHOOL

D De Wet

Claro

Van Rensburg

Mrs Hammond

Dale

Goodier
(AHL)

Oosthuizen

Congratulations to the following boys who will represent Gauteng at the National Cricket and Water Polo tournaments:

Provincial Cricketers

Connor de Boer    Gauteng u/19B
Saeed Kirsten   Gauteng u/19B
Willie Wannenburg  Gauteng u/19B
Bryce Parsons    Gauteng u/17A
Ambrin Snyders  Gauteng u/17A
Keegan Williams  Gauteng u/17B
Heinrigh Pieterse Gauteng u/15A
Deeran Baba Gauteng u/15B
Timothy Berman  Gauteng u/15B
Taahir Johnson   Gauteng u/15B

Water Polo:

George Parker    Gauteng U/14B 
Nicholas Johnstone Gauteng U/15A
Dean Combrink   Gauteng U/15B
Kieran Duminy  Gauteng U/15B
Muhammad Rawat Gauteng U/16A
Jared Germond    Gauteng U/16B
Matthew Monteith Gauteng U/16B
Ethan Coryndon-Baker Gauteng U/19A
Jarryd Robinson Gauteng U/19A
Keamohetswe Rachidi Gauteng U/19B

As we head off on our holidays, I wish to bring the following annual reminders to your attention:

  • That all boys (and parents) commit to attend School on time for the entire year.  In addition, we all stick to the School Calendar and do not take any uncalled-for time off School.  If parents need a weekend away or a mid-week break, don’t include the kids!
  • That we all commit to the School’s Code of Conduct, that we wear our School uniform with a great deal of pride and stick to all the rules related to our appearance;
  • That we will honour each other with mutual respect and celebrate our unique differences;
  • That we will all commit to acting in the interests of our young men of King Edward VII School and work as a collective to ensure he achieves his very best!

I believe that if we adhere to these 4 points we will have a great 2018.

SCHOOL CALENDAR 2018
Common calendar for all 9 provinces

 Term

 Duration

 No. of weeks

 No. of days

 Public holidays

 No. school days

 1

 (15) 17 January – 28 March

 11

 51 (53)

 1

 50 (52)

 2

 10 April – 22 June

 11

 54

 2+1

 51

 3

 17 July – 28 September

 11

 54

 2+1

 51

 4

 9 October – 12 (14) December

 10

 47 (49)

 0

 47 (49)

 TOTAL

 

 43

 206 (210)

 5+2 

 199 (203)

 

 Public and school holidays in 2018

 01 January

 New Year’s Day

 30 April

School Holiday 

 24 September

 Heritage Day

 21 March

 Human Rights Day

 01 May

 Workers’ Day

 16 December

 Day of Reconciliation

 30 March

 Good Friday

 16 June

 Youth Day

 17 December

 Public holiday

 02 April

 Family Day

 09 August

 Women’s Day

 25 December

 Christmas Day

 27 April

 Freedom Day

 10 August

 School Holiday

 26 December

 Day of Goodwill

FIRST WEEK PROCEDURES - 2018
NEW AND PRESENT LEARNERS AT THE SCHOOL

TUESDAY 16 JANUARY 2018 - GRADE 8 & NEW GRADE 9 – 12 LEARNERS
(Mr Visser to coordinate)
08h00 – 09h00            Grade 8 learners to meet in the Hall for Class and House Group allocation.
09h00 – 10h00            New Grade 9 – 12 and Grade 8 learners to report to the Hall for presentations     by Masters in Charge of Sport, Culture, First Aid Societies, Clubs and Academics.
10h00 - 11h00             Tours of the School – Grade 8 learners with Prefects; Grade 9 – 12 learners
                                    with Mr Visser.
11h00 – 11h30            Break
11h30 – 12h30            Meeting for all new learners in the Hall - to be addressed by Mr Lovatt and
                                    Mr Visser.
12h30 – 13h00            Grade 9 – 12 New Learners DAY and BOARDING to go home.
                                    Grade 8 New Boarders report for lunch.
13h00 – 14h30            All Grade 8 learners to report for summer sports practices.  Mr Marx to                                        coordinate.
17h30 – 18h00            Grade 9 – 12 New Boarders report to Boarding. Mr Marx, Mr Ridley to coordinate.

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2018
08h00 – 09h30               Grade 9 – 12 to meet on the Hugh Wilson Square; Grade 8's to go the Hall for call over, academic class period and administration.
                                       Learners to work in Academic classes for the first week.
09h30 – 10h30               House meetings

          • Anderson         Stands next to Hockey Astro
          • Crofts              Geography Block Quad
          • Grimmer         Main Quadrangle (Hall)
          • Hofmeyr          Faber Quadrangle
          • Robinson         Auditorium
          • Davis               Library Steps
          • Hill                   Science Quadrangle
          • School             Main Quadrangle

10h30 – 10h50               Break
10h50 – 11h10               Period 5 – Grade 8 Orientation until Assembly at 12h10
11h10 – 11h30               Period 6
11h30 – 11h50               Period 7        Matrics to go to the Hall.
11h50 – 12h10               Period 8        Rest of the School to follow Periods 7 & 8
12h10                             Meet in the Quadrangle to be seated in the Hall for Assembly.  Prefects to assist.

THURSDAY 18 JANUARY 2018
07h40 – 07h55               Assembly in the Quadrangle
07h55 – 08h20               House Meetings
08h20 – 08h55               Academic class period
08h55                             Adjusted periods 2 – 4 (Grade 8 Orientation for the rest of the day).

FRIDAY 19 JANUARY 2018
07h40                             Assembly in the Hall
                                       Academic class period.
                                       Adjusted timetable for the rest of the day.
                                       Grade 8 Orientation for the rest of the day.

New Parents Welcome will be held on Monday, 5 February 2018, in the School Hall from 18h00 to 19h00.

I trust that you all have a wonderful holiday and that 2018 will bring great joy, peace and prosperity!

Yours sincerely

D C P Lovatt
Headmaster

 
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