Friday, September 24, 2010

newsletter september 2010

Dear Parents

The Western Cape branch of the South African Principal’s Association hosted their National Conference in the Convention Centre at the end of last week. One of the speakers that really challenged the 800 delegates Prof Brian O’Connell. Professor O’Connell is the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape. He challenged us to stop ‘dreaming’ that things would get better in South Africa just because we are South Africans.

This culture, of believing that we as a nation are special he called exceptionalism. The challenge is to work and work very hard. Brian asked repeatedly why we thought we could do things without actually doing them. To illustrate this, he showed a number of pictures of the world map where he digitally altered the shape of the countries depending on various criteria. When he introduced the criterias of new patents registered, and the number of library books read, Africa virtually disappeared while China, India and Japan grew out of all proportion to their normal size.

To the principals present this was a call to action. The only hope for our future is to equip all our pupils with the knowledge and skills to compete in the global economy. The delegates were amused when he noted that we need a new mind-set for success. This includes not always asking what government’s doing, and having far fewer than 21 children.

The Grade 11 Fashion Show on the 3rd and 4th September was fantastic. The theme was “ Real and Surreal”, and all the groups developed creative ways of exploring this. Ms Martens and her teacher team included a massive group of Grade 11’s in the show. We were enthralled by their presentations and the evening was a great success.

On Monday 13th September, we held our Assembly next to our new pool. The water is in and the pool looks stunning. At Assembly I informed the pupils of how we came to re-doing the pool, what it entailed and how we would be utilizing it. I also mentioned our dreams for the future to heat and cover the pool. A more immediate plan for 2011 is to put some permanent stands against the bank. To end the Assembly, Mr Cottle and I had some rivalry around who should have the right to get into the pool first. We then surprised everyone by simply diving in then and there. On Tuesday we held our first boys waterpolo practice, however, the water temperature kept the practice fairly short. A big thanks must go to Colin Harvey, the Governor who has managed this project from start to finish.

The Matrics are coming to the end of their Prelims. These exams have gone very well, and we are hoping that they have all achieved the results they deserve. The Matrics will get their reports on the last day of term (Thursday 23rd September at 11am).

We wish our Grade 11 pupils well as they go to Paarl for the Grade 11 Leadership Camp next week (Mon 20th – Wed 21st September). Over these 3 days they will be given many varied experiences in working as a team and leading their classmates in performing various tasks.

(16h30 – 18h30)
The reports will be handed out at a Parents Meeting on WEDNESDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER. The meeting will start at 16h30 with a 20 minute general meeting from 16h30 to 16h50. After this time the reports will be handed out and then there will be an opportunity to meet with the teachers. The meeting will end at 18h30. To allow the Jewish parents and teachers to get home in time for supper and the start of Succoth.

We will be working in all classes up to and including Wednesday 22nd September. These will be normal school days. On Thursday 23rd September we will have a sports’ programme and movie programme for the pupils and will end school at 11am.

We are happy to report that the final review and audit of the Camps Bay Schools' Clothing Shop has taken place. The following has been reviewed:
* The prices of uniform items
* The suppliers have been reviewed
* The materials used (quality and price
* Sally Preen is the new Clothing Shop Manager and is offering a service to alter hems. There is a charge of R20 per item. Should you have any other queries in connection with alterations, please contact Sally at the Clothing Shop
* The opening hours of the shop have been extended. The new hours are:
Monday & Wednesday 07h30 - 14h00
Tuesday & Thursday 12h00 - 17h00
Friday - closed
Sally has also initiated an Advertising Wall in the Clothing Shop should Camps Bay parents / families wish to advertise any goods or services. Please contact Sally at the Clothing Shop in this regard.

Yours sincerely


EXTRA SCIENCE LESSONS – Please contact Karen Judge on 4381611 or 0824686044
MATHS TUTORING – Please phone Garth on 7902310 or 0846249803
ACCOUNTING, ECONOMICS, EMS & MATHS TUTORING – in Hout Bay – please contact Grant on 7907330 or 0827773711
AFRIKAANS TUTOR - Excellent experience – please contact Wilma van den Berg (BA.AFR (RAU) for more info please phone 0765824128
TUTORING: Maths, Biology, Physics & Chemistry – please contact Yusufali on 0715769870
MATHS PATCH – Physics, Maths & Chemistry one-on-one private lessons to catch up and patch up your school work! Contact Hayley on: 082 444 1449 or email to start your first lesson.
6.3 X 20" custom-made single-fin surfboard with shortboard dynamics, great for beginner and veteran with single-fin preference. As new, used only once. With leash and boardcover
reason for selling: going overseas
R1,800 0711229597,
2nd hand Motomia Espresso fully licenced and roadworthied this year (with all paperwork), serviced 3 months ago.
+ 2 helmets included!
Price: R2800
Meryl Hutchison B.Sc. HDE (UCT) MATHS TUITION Private lessons with qualified teacher. Phone 021 790 2892 or 084 803 7809
Very good condition. Almost new 6’3” single fin – wide for great bouncy for beginner. R2 000 ono with leash and cover – call Debbie 0834539103

SOLID STRUCTURES has moved to the Atlantic Seaboard
Operating in the Southern Suburbs for the past 5 years, we handle:
Shop fitting
Custom made furniture (adults and children)
Tree-houses / Garden Offices
Kitchen / Bathroom refits
General Building and Renovations
Contactable references.
Free Quotes.
You imagine it, we’ll build it – SOLID.
Peter Gibson – 082 717 7787 /

A 2011 calendar has been produced by a Camps Bay parent specifically to
raise funds for animal shelters.
It will make a great Xmas/other gift. Size is A4 when closed, A3 when hanging. Cost is R95.
Please contact Sigrid to order.

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