Hermannsburg Happenings

2016-08-24 06:00
At the fine motor skills workshop in New Hanover (from left) Angelique van Rooyen (primary school), Stephanie Redinger (presenter) and Annette Gathmann (Kindergarten).

At the fine motor skills workshop in New Hanover (from left) Angelique van Rooyen (primary school), Stephanie Redinger (presenter) and Annette Gathmann (Kindergarten).

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BEFORE the start of the recent long weekend, our Grade 10 and Grade 12 pupils completed their respective written portions of the Deutsche Sprachdiplom (German Language Diploma), in which all our high-school pupils strive to achieve.

This sought-after, internationally recognised language qualification has written and oral components, with the oral component due to be completed over the next month. We wish them every success in their efforts to succeed as the Grade 10s complete the first level (DSD I), and the Grade 12s the second and final level (DSD II). Our Grade 12s start trial examinations next week, and are hard at work preparing for this important part of their matric year.

We trust all their hard work through the years, and especially leading up to these examinations, will pay off, and that they will once again do themselves proud.

In sports news, our soccer teams took to the field last week against Wartburg, with our boys drawing 0-0 and the girls ending their match 0-2. We look forward to the results of the Quandrangular Athletics meeting and the Co-Ed Athletics meeting, both of which take place this week.

However, not only have our pupils been busy, Mrs Van Rooyen and Ms Gathmann attended a fine motor skills workshop for pre-primary and Grade 1 teachers, hosted by New Hanover Preparatory School and presented by occupational therapist Stephanie Redinger.
Various important skills, including pencil skills (scribbling, colouring, drawing, writing), scissor skills (cutting), construction skills (with Lego and Duplo) and self-care skills (tying shoelaces, opening lunch boxes) were covered. Without the ability to complete these everyday tasks well, a child’s self-esteem and academic performance are often compromised, and the child may also experience difficulties with developing independent life skills (like getting dressed).

A big thank you to New Hanover Preparatory School for hosting the workshop and to Mrs Redinger for providing the opportunity for our teachers to expand their knowledge and skills in such an important aspect of our children’s development.

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