Saturday, October 1, 2011

CBHS Newsletter 10 - Sept '11 End of Term 3

Dear Parents

On Saturday 24th September, we celebrated Heritage Day. This created a moment for us to think about what it is to be a South African.

They say that history is written by the winners, and in our country this has been true. Over the years, each political party in power has attempted to impose on our population their definition of what it is to be a South African citizen. We need to resist these attempts to narrowly define ourselves in terms on non-relevant criteria. There are two ways we become citizens: either by birth, or through applying to Home Affairs. It is great to be a citizen, to belong to a country. Amid the current world economic crisis, we can be proud of how our country is weathering the storm. We have lots of big problems, but we need to be ‘proudly South African’ and see that it’s every citizen’s job to try and make a difference on our corner of the country, our area of influence.

Principal’s Conference in Durban

Mr Mostert and myself were very fortunate to be able to attend the SAPA Conference in Durban from 22nd to 24th September. The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was a former Camps Bay High pupil, Lewis Pugh.

Above: A poster at Camps Bay High School of Lewis Pugh in action

He shared with the conference how he had to grow his self-belief to be able to complete an extreme one kilometre swim at the North Pole - in freezing water. The principals found his presentation inspiring, and he mentioned that he had attended this school, and what he had learned from the teachers and from the then Principal, John Ince. Self-belief is a difficult concept to encourage as it can quickly be seen as arrogance or self-centredness. However, Lewis explained how you need to believe in yourself to achieve your big dreams. Often we give up too soon when we actually have the ability to go further or do more. It is about pushing ourselves and not doubting our ability.

Fouth Term Events

The Fourth Term calendar is included in this newsletter (see below). Our big, whole-school event is Celebration which falls in the first week, on Thursday 13th October at 18h30. This is followed the next day with Valedictory where we say goodbye to the Matrics. This is a little bit of a rush, but the Department of Education (National) have decreed that the last day the Matrics around the country have to be at school will be the 14th October. We have had to bring Valedictory forward from our planned date to this day. All Grade 12 parents are warmly invited to attend this special Final Assembly.

Matric Reports

These will be handed to the pupils after school on Wednesday 12th October 2011.

Friday 14th October 2011
@ 11h00
ALL Grade 12 Parents welcome

Tea in the Matric Garden
@ 10h15
(Parents, Pupils, Teachers)

@ 12h30
Matric - Lunch with Teachers

This is a very short holiday. I wish all a good rest. To the Jewish pupils who will celebrate religious holidays, all of the best.

The Fourth Term starts on Monday 10th October and on: DAY 3.

Here is the Calendar for the Fourth Term 2011 at Camps Bay High School:




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