Window on Wembley

2016-06-22 06:00
Congratulations to Royal Show Art prize winners (from left) Deanté Swart in Grade 4, Adrian Hill in Grade 6 and Elri de Nysschen in Grade 4.

Congratulations to Royal Show Art prize winners (from left) Deanté Swart in Grade 4, Adrian Hill in Grade 6 and Elri de Nysschen in Grade 4.

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BULLYING is a worldwide problem among pupils. Bullies generally do not understand the impact of what they are doing.

Bullying is a persistent problem, however, there is no consensus as to what bulling actually is, nor how best to deal with it.

Bullying is any behaviour that is deliberate and repeated with the intention to embarrass, humiliate, undermine, isolate, or physically and/or emotionally hurt another child.

This week the Foundation Phase is increasing its awareness of anti-bullying. Activities for the week include making posters, doing an act of kindness for a friend and planning strategies to solve the problem.

Mrs Mandy Poreé gave an inspiring talk on Tuesday, 14 June and has challenged the JP pupils and staff to incorporate the following while interacting with each other:

• is it kind?

• is it helpful?

• is it necessary?

The Foundation Phase is looking forward to the rest of the activities this week.

Never blow out someone else’s candle to try and make your one shine brighter. - Steven Atchison

Every year we enter five pieces of art from each grade for the Royal Show. Many people (and our pupils) visit the art exhibits at the show and this is not only a benchmarking and marketing exercise, the children also realise the value of doing art.

Well done to all the artists, but especially to our prize winners - Deanté Swart and Elri de Nysschen in Grade 4 and Adrian Hill in Grade 6.

To end off our theme on farming, Grade 1 pupils visited Greg and Jilly Hull on their farm on Tuesday, 14 June. It was a very exciting day. Our first stop was at the maize mill.

The children saw how maize is ground into mealie meal and played around in the hominy chops. Thereafter we were treated to a bowl of mealie meal porridge with brown sugar.

For some, it was a first-time experience climbing onto hay bales. Origin water plant was the next stop. We learnt about the importance of a label and its information. From there we went into the plantations where we sprayed water with a fire hose, played hide and seek in the forest collected acorns and fairy hats until all our pockets bulged.
The highlight for many of the children was watching a tree being cut down with a chain saw. That was confirmed with loud applause at the end.

We extend our sincere gratitude to the Hulls for their hospitality and generosity, as well as to Mrs Bridget Holmes who assisted with transport and supervision.

Do you remember when you or your child first began to read? The joy and wonder of a whole new world opened up. The Grade Rs have begun their reading journey. On Tuesday evening, we saw our parents, some rather apprehensively, approach our class. The children launched into action to show what they have learnt.

Mrs Goble gave an informative talk on how children learn to read and how to assist them.

The parents were pleased to hear that so much has already done to help their children learn to read.

Thank you to the Grade R parents­ for their enthusiasm.

We look forward to partnering with you on this wonderful adventure.

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