From the Headmaster's Desk
Dear Parents, Staff and Boys,
With the celebration of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, one can hardly refrain from writing about love. The love of which I wish to speak is not romantic love, as beautiful and captivating as that might be. I wish to reflect on two other types of love, namely God’s love and the love that parents have for their children.
The love that God has for us is known as “Agape Love”. The Greek word agape is often translated as "love" in the New Testament. Agape love is different from other types of love in that it implies self - sacrifice. Agape is love which is of, and from God, whose very nature is love itself. The apostle John affirms this in 1 John 4:8: “God is love.” God does not merely love; He is love itself. Everything God does flows from His love. God loves because that is His nature and the expression of His being. God’s love is displayed by sending Jesus to earth and most clearly on the cross.
Second only to God’s immense love, is the love that parents have for their children. Faust (2012) reminds us that, “The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself. The love of a parent for a child is continuous, it outlives the life of a child. As parents, we can identify with this. It is only by experiencing that bond with a child that parental love is realised and appreciated.
This poem summarises the love that exists between a parent and child.
"Parent and Child"
It's a special bond that spans the years
Through laughter, worry, smiles and tears,
A sense of trust that can't be broken,
A depth of love sometimes unspoken,
A lifelong friendship built on sharing,
Hugs and kisses, warmth and caring,
Parent and child, their hearts as one -
A link that can never be undone.
Let us express love to one another tomorrow and may God’s love be present in our thoughts, words and actions.
Mr G.B. Edwards
APPOINTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Following a rigorous interview process involving key decision-makers across the school, we are delighted to formally announce the appointment of Mr Lloyd Ripley-Evans as our new Educational Psychologist co-ordinating our various counselling and support programmes across all academic sections of the school. Mr Ripley-Evans is currently the Educational Psychologist at Crawford Lonehill and comes to us with experience in both the Boys’ and Girls’ schools at St Stithians, where he was also involved in academic support programmes and materials development. He is a qualified teacher with a PGCE and holds a Masters in Educational Psychology.
Mr Ripley-Evans will join St. David’s towards the end of March and will work with Mrs Pillay in her final week at the school by way of handover and orientation. We are very grateful to Mrs Pillay for her work in this transition period and for ensuring that the wonderful support structure she has built up over the years is handed over in good condition.
Mr G. Edwards Mr M. Thiel
Headmaster: Prep School Headmaster: High School
Baden Powell Day – 22 February
SCOUTS South Africa is celebrating Baden Powell Day on the 22 February this year. As a Prep School we would like to celebrate with the worthwhile initiative by allowing all cubs and scouts to wear their uniforms next Friday, 20 February.
SCOUTS is the biggest youth organisation in the country with over 308 000 children, youths and adults nationwide. They are open for all children (7-10), teens (11-17), youths (18-30) and adults who want to embrace their adventurous spirit, enjoy challenging activities and make a positive impact on their communities. Scouting changes lives and helps children and young adults to reach their full potential. Leadership abilities, teamwork, self-motivation, commitment, perseverance, environmental and cultural awareness and strong values are just a few of the life skills scouts' members acquire whilst having fun and ‘learning by doing’. Positive peer pressure and outdoor activities all contribute to individuals growing up with the belief that they can and are changing the world in order to leave it a better place than how they found it.
Best wishes go to our scouting groups in the immediate vicinity during their celebratory day.
Parents collecting children from school before normal closing times
This note serves as a reminder to parents to please collect boys from reception and not from their classrooms should the need arise for them to leave during the course of the school day. We have had recent incidences where parents simply arrive at a classroom mid-lesson and take boys without greeting or clearing it with the teacher concerned. Furthermore, written notification, wherever feasible, is necessary to ensure that we are aware of the whereabouts of the boys. Boys are required to collect an ‘Early Leaving Slip’ from the office.
Thank you for your understanding in the matter.
As we are all aware the weather at present has been extremely hot and humid. We have been reminding the boys on a daily basis to drink lots of water and apply sunscreen. Please could we remind you to apply sunscreen on your son before coming to school.
Mr A. Williams
Senior Deputy Headmaster
God Loves a Generous Giver
Lenten Almsgiving Appeal
On Wednesday 18 February we shall be celebrating Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. The Church asks that during these 40 days we try to become closer to God so we can celebrate the great feast of Easter in a truly joyful manner. We are asked to make a special effort regarding giving alms to the poor during this time.
Keeping this is mind we have drawn up a number of ways in which our boys can be encouraged to practise this important aspect of Lent and we shall be supporting our school outreach programme as well.
Whilst participation in this appeal is purely voluntary, it will, hopefully, afford you the opportunity to donate goods you no longer require to worthy causes. Please don’t feel you need to support every appeal listed below but any contributions will be greatly appreciated.
2 Timothy 4:17
'The Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.......'- The Lord is your helper and the One who will stand by you.
- The faithfulness of the Lord is a very present help in trouble.
- When others may fail you, He will stand beside you.
- Because He is with you, you will be strengthened and enabled.
PRAYER: Lord, I pray that You will stand beside me. May I know the joy of Your presence in my life and may I be strengthened as a result. Amen.
Mk 1: 40-45
6th Sunday of the Year
Wednesday 18th February - Ash Wednesday
Father Teboho - Auditorium
If any boys or parents would like advice, counselling or guidance from Father Teboho, he will be available in his office near the Auditorium every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am-3pm.
The purple Sacrificium bracelets will be on sale from Wednesday 18th Feb, Ash Wednesday, from Mrs Smith. The bracelets will be R20 and boys have been given permission by the school to wear them during the Lenten period.
New Boys to St David's
If there are any new Catholic boys in Grade 4-7 who have been baptised but have not made their Holy Communion and would like to, please contact Mrs Cherie Smith, HOD: Religious Education on firstname.lastname@example.org
Non-Denominational Mothers' Prayer Group
"Suffer little children who come unto me, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven" - Come and pray for our children. Please join us at the moms Marist prayer group on Mondays 07:15 to 07:45am. All are welcome. Please contact Sophie on 084 324 4106 for any questions or details.
Next Wednesday, 18 February, is Ash Wednesday. This day solemnly heralds the start of the Lenten season as we journey to the celebration which is Easter. I remind everyone that Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence; no meat will be served anywhere at St David’s on that day and it is incumbent upon us all to observe the need for restraint in the rest of what we consume and do. I appreciate that, in the life of a school, there is so much on the go. All I ask is that we are mindful of this very important occasion – we are first and foremost a Catholic School.
Throughout Lent we will be journeying the Stations of the Cross in the Chapel of Mary each morning. This is a very short but meaningful time each day that helps us to be mindful of the forty days and nights leading to the Passion of Our Lord and then His triumphant resurrection on Easter Sunday. I invite you all, Catholic or not, to join us at this very special time each day.
Please all join in leading the example to the boys through this season of the Church.
Mr Mike Greeff
SPORTING PROGRAMME FOR TERM ONE
We are collecting second hand CANOEING paddles and life jackets. I fanyone is willing to donate such items, please see Mrs Harris in this regard.
Mr G. Kolkenbeck–Ruh
Deputy Head: Extramurals
Website and Sports Portal
We encourage parents to refer to the St David's Sports Portal for fixture / team / results information. http://sport.stdavids.co.za/
Please note we have had a refreshed look to our website and you will find the Sport portal tab on the right hand side of the page. It is at the bottom amongst our new social media tabs. Please bear with us as there are still a few minor changes in progress.
Robert Hannaford Gr 5K and John-Kelly Okonkwo Gr 7H were commended in our assembly this week for Excellent Conduct and Manners during the Study Skills course. You make your school proud boys! Well Done.
Please note that the list below presents the approved communication strategies employed by the school. These are as follows:
- This newsletter, published every Friday.
- The school website (www.stdavids.co.za)
- The D6 school communicator.
- The sports portal (http://sport.stdavids.co.za/)
- SMS and e-mails sent to parents directly from St David’s.
Whilst we are aware that parents may set up class linked or activity linked ‘WhatsApp Groups’, please note that these do not constitute part of the official / approved communication from the school. Please feel free to contact the school, (by e-mail or telephone), or speak to a member of staff should you require clarity or additional information.
*IMPORTANT NOTICES FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
Please note the updated extramural timetable:
13:45-14:25 Grade 4-7 Choir (Music Room)
13:15-13:45 Grade 3 Choir (Chapel)
13:45-14:25 Grade 5 Marimbas (Music Room)
13:45-14:25 Grade 4-7 Choir (Music Room)
13:45-14:25 Grade 4 Marimbas
13:15-13:45 Grade 3 Marimbas
14:20-15:00 Grade 6-7 Marimbas
We are in the process of organising our paino, guitar, drums etc lessons. Due to the new timetable it is taking a little longer. We appreciate your patience.
There are a number of items, clothing and otherwise, that have found their way to our lost property. Please encourage your sons to collect these items. Please be aware that an email will be going out with a list of items that we currently have on hand.
Our SWOP SHOP moms have gone to a huge amount of effort to identify and categorise the loads of lost property. Please take the time to look through the email to see if any of your boys' items are in lost property.
NB We have had a recent deluge of lost property. Please could families ensure that all items of clothing, lunchboxes, sports equipment and bags are clearly labelled with your son’s name and cell number (where space allows). This enables the Grade 7 monitors to get the items back to your son as soon as possible.
SWOP SHOP TIMES
The PT21 Talk is no longer taking place on the 10th February. It has been postponed to 17th March 2015. For more information please contact Cathy van der Zwan on 011 215 7662 or email@example.com
Fundraising & Community Outreach Initiatives
The Week Ahead
Our term planner is now in full swing. Please see the D6 planner, the sports portal webpage and the diary card for the upcoming events of this week.
Best wishes for the week ahead.
College w/c Monday 16th Feb
Cricket vs St Peter's
Cricket vs Crawford Sandton
Interhouse Cricket - U9, U10, U11
(Teams to be confirmed on Monday)
Please click here for the 2015 Calendar