NEWS_T1-Jan 2019

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TERM 1

NEWSLETTER 01/19


TABLE OF

CONTENTS

01 MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE pg 04

02 HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS pg 08

03 HIGH SCHOOL IMPORTANT DATES pg 15

04 THE PRIMARY SCENE pg 16

05 PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORT pg 20

06 PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNER COUNCIL 2019 pg 22

07 PRIMARY SCHOOL CULTURE pg 24

08 PRIMARY SCHOOL IMPORTANT DATES pg 26

09 CURRO CASTLE pg 28

10 IMPORTANT DATES pg 30

11 CONTACT DETAILS pg 31


MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE

“While they were there, the time came

for the baby to be born, 7 and she

gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She

wrapped him in cloths and placed him

in a manger, because there was no

guest room available for them.”

01

- Luke 2: 6, 7*


As the year draws to a close I have

spent some time in reflecting on

the year that was....from the start of

the school year and the opening of

our new high school till the very last

paper written in the 2018 exams

by our primary and high school

learners this past Friday. There

were so many highlights and also a

lot of lessons learned and a lot that

we can improve on.

During the past term we celebrated

our learners’ 2018 achievements

during the respective prize giving

ceremonies and I would like to

congratulate all the recipients of

certificates, trophies and special


awards. The achievements of our learners in all areas of school life

pays testimony to the hard work of all involved. The co-operation and

dedication between parent, teacher/coach and learner is paramount on

our road to becoming the school of choice in our area.

I would like to wish the staff leaving our services (see the respective

schools’ sections) all the best in their future endeavors. I am grateful

that after our interviews we have appointed senior educators in the

majority of vacant positions. I am convinced that they will add value in

all areas of school life.

To manage a school consisting out of three schools with vastly different

characters, learners and parents takes a special group of people,

and I would like to thank my management team for their tireless work

and efforts – sometimes far beyond the call of duty. To the heads of

schools at the helm of leadership at our schools, a big THANK YOU:

Elna (Castle), Alta (Primary school) and Pieter (High school). You are

pillars of strength and I know that you have the well-being of our staff


and learners at heart. Sanet and Hanli (Phase heads: Primary school)

as well as Dalene and Dirk (Phase heads: High school) thank you for

the important functions and roles that you fulfill at our schools – you

are making a huge difference. A big word of thanks to Jacques van

der Merwe (Sport manager), Jacques de Villiers (Transport) and our

Bursar, Charmaine Miny for playing a pivotal role in the smooth running

of our school.

I would like to wish you and your loved ones a festive season and

a happy 2019! May God bless you and your loved ones during the

holidays and may He keep on blessing us in 2019.

Ferdi Niemand

* The Bible


HIGH SCHOOL

HAPPENINGS

02


With the Grade 12 final exam now a

memory and thinking of the rest of the

school who have recently completed

their own exams, we stand in awe of

the grace of our Lord and Saviour.

Yet again, it is that time of the year

where we are looking for closure on

either a job well done, or a work in

progress. As for myself, it will always

be a work in progress.

After a stylish Valediction and a

ground-breaking Final Assembly with

the first Ringing of the Bell Ceremony,

the Grade 12 learners embarked on

the next part of their journey. We want

to wish them well. Congratulations to

every award recipient, and especially


to our Dux Scholar for 2018, Chantal

van Rooyen.

If you were able to attend the Sport

and Culture Merit Evening, you would

have been be able to bear witness

to the versatility of our learners. This

evening wasn’t just a celebration

of excellence, but of growth and

motivation to fellow learners for

the years to come. Remember, we

celebrated the culmination of our

alliance.

We have been busy with preparations

for 2019 for some time, and it is

exciting to see how the prefects of

2019 are taking ownership. They

are not only talking but doing. We

are being blamed for not having

the traditions that the older schools

have. But every month, we reflect

on what was done and how we can

improve on it. How exciting is it

that your child is part of laying the

foundations for new traditions to be

celebrated in the years to come!

The world we live in has changed

dramatically compared to the world

we as the previous generation

grew up in. So, let us empower our

learners to grow in a constantly

changing jungle, and not to make

the mistakes we made.

We are sadly saying goodbye to a


few staff members: Ms Sanet van

Wyk who we congratulate on her

promotion as head of department at

DSG; Ms Maryke Holtzhauzen in her

endeavours in teaching abroad in

Brunei; Ms Luzaan Broodryk moving

closer to home and accepting a post

at Maragon and finally Ms Chantalle

Claassen, moving into the private

sector. All of them played a part in

laying the foundation for great and

exciting things to come and we will

always be grateful to them.

With all endings there are always

new beginnings. We have been

blessed because God has

provided, and everybody can start


in January 2019. Here are the new

appointments who will be joining our

family: Mr Dauw Briedenhann from

Menlopark Hoërskool is joining us in

the LO department; Ms Lizelle van

der Riet from Silverton High School

will take hands in the Afrikaans

department; Ms Simone Pillay from

New Vision Secondary School is

joining the English department; Ms

Deirdre Koekemoer from Hoërskool

Piet Potgieter will be enriching the

Accounting department and last

but not least, Ms Daleen Lotz from

Shandong Polytechnic University in

China will be starting the Consumer

Studies department.


Thank you to each and every staff

member at Curro Roodeplaat for the

hours of commitment and dedication.

From the ground staff to the Phase

Heads Mr Dirk Steenkamp and Ms

Dalene Deetlefs and last but not

least, Mr Ferdi Niemand, the rudder

that keeps our ship in check. May

everybody enjoy a well-deserved

rest with their loved ones and come

back rejuvenated to face 2019 with

all the passion that they have.

Africa.

2019 Grade 12s - this is your year.

Upwards and onwards we will go,

because we kept on asking - why?

Pieter van Wyk

Head: High School

My wish for everybody, from the

Castle to the High School, is that

God may keep and bless you. I

wish you a Merry Christmas and an

unbelievable 2019 in and for South


HIGH SCHOOL

IMPORTANT

DATES

03


DECEMBER

FRI 07/12 Report cards handed out:

School closes: 10:00

JANUARY

WED 03/01 Matric results available at school from 08:00 - 09:00

TUES 08/01 Grade 8 Introduction day 08:00-12:00

WED 09/01 School opens

F R I 11 / 0 1 G r a d e 8 c a m p a t Wa t e r b e r g L o d g e . D e p a r t s 0 8 : 0 0

SUN 13/01 Curro Roodeplaat communal church service in High

School hall at 10:00

Grade 8 camp ends. Arrival time at school 14:30

TUES 15/01 Inter-house Swimming Gala

WED 16/01 Assessment plans sent to parents

THURS 17/01 Grade 11 and 12 Parent Information Evening

FRI 18/01 Inter-house Athletics

THURS 24/01 Atom Explosion Grade 8 Concert


THE PRIMARY SCENE

“The difference between ordinary and

extraordinary is that little extra”

– Jimmy Johnson

04


Year-end exams are that time of

year we are looking forward to, as

it indicates the end of a busy year

(and it means downhill towards the

sea holiday). On the other hand it

means limited play time and hours

in front of your books. Good luck to

all our learners with their final exam

for 2018!

And so we near the end of a

busy, yet successful 2018 school

year… Thank you for your support

throughout the year in all activities.

Without parents like you all our

successes would not have been

possible!


Congratulations to all our learners

with their awards for academic,

sport and culture achievements.

Congratulations to the newly

elected learner council for 2019.

See article elsewhere in this issue.

Thank you to Stephanie Marais

that surprised our learners with

a helicopter landing on our

rugby field. The learners had the

opportunity to have a look at the

inside of the helicopter as well. Our

learners were very excited and

many want to become pilots now!

Please note that Friday, 7

December will be a normal school

day. Learners must be at school


y 07:45. We will have a final

assembly, followed by a register

period where learners will receive

their reports. Arrangements for

the first school day 2019 as well

as class allocation will be included

with the reports. School will close at

10:00 for all learners.

We also say goodbye to the

following educators and thank

them for their contribution to Curro

Roodeplaat: Corlette Fernandez,

Taryn Krige, Amelia Zill and Delanie

du Toit.

Important dates for the first two

weeks of term 1, 2019 can be


found in this issue.

Please take note that the school reopens

for learners on Wednesday,

9 January 2019 at 07:45.

I wish you a blessed festive

season. May you experience the

love of our Heavenly Father. Drive

safely and enjoy the holiday with

your loved ones.

Alta Theunissen


PRIMARY

SCHOOL

SPORT

05


HOCKEY

Even though the hockey season has

past, a few of our under 12 hockey boys

and hockey girls participated in the

Northerns hockey trials. The following

girls played in the third round of the hockey

trials on Saturday, 24 November: Mieke

Greyling, Larissa Botha, Nikita Sithole

and Boiphelo Matlaila. The following

boys played in the third round of their

hockey trials on Tuesday, 27 November:

RJ Mashimbye, Nhlokomo Kunene, Daly

Ndlovu, Agcobile Magwa, Christopher

van den Berg, Mohau Ramoshaba and

Thamaga Thamaga. We want to wish

all the players good luck and are looking

forward in expectation to the final round.


PRIMARY

SCHOOL

LEADER

COUNCIL

2019

06


After a democratic voting process, the learner council for 2019 were

announced. Congratulations to all head leaders and leaders!

Boys

Girls

Inacio Marques (Head Boy) Mmaskabane Theledi (Head Girl)

Agcobile Magwa (Deputy Head Boy) Teagan Dean (Deputy Head Girl)

Hayden Basson

Isobel Boshoff

Reynard Bezuidenhout

Haylee Duarte

Jason Houy

Mieke Greyling

Gerhard Korf

Khanyi Mahlangu

Kago Letebele

Boipelo Matlaila

Michael Lovel

Onneile Matlou

Mohau Ramoshaba

Izette Nel

Donovan Smith

Ria Sookraj

Amogelang Tshoagong

Tlotlo Tshwagong

Ethan van Deventer


PRIMARY

SCHOOL

CULTURE

07


What an amazing start for Term

4! A very special visit was made

to Curro Roodeplaat by Airwork

Africa, a helicopter company based

at Wonderboom. All thanks to

Stephanie Marias.

All the learners got an educational

tour of the BK117, twin turbine

helicopter, which made a grand

entrance on our school grounds.

The learners and employees of

Curro Roodeplaat give a great

thanks to the people who gave

the learners an adventurous

opportunity.

CHOIR PERFORMANCE AT

GABBATA

What a privilege it was to be able

to perform with one of South

Africa’s great Afrikaans singers.

It was a great moment when

Nicholis Louw took to the stage

with Curro Roodeplaat Primary

School’s senior choir. We sang Joy

to the World and everyone sang

along with all their hearts. It was

a wonderful opportunity for the

senior choir to make their debut

appearance on stage. There was

great excitement and every face

was full of joy. Well done senior

choir, we are looking forward to

2019’s performances.


PROPBOX DRAMA

Our senior Propbox Drama

learners recently participated in the

Kungwini Eisteddfod group poetry

section. They obtained an 80%

mark, which is a gold certificate.

We are proud of this achievement

and congratulate them on

obtaining this wonderful result.

for the manner in which they

conducted themselves and the

respectful manner in which they

approached the adjudicator.

Their group poem was called

“Africa my Africa”: it consisted of

extracts from former president

Mbeki’s speech as well as extracts

from Dr Wayne Visser’s poem “I

am an African”.

They were also commended


LIBRARY

We are very proud to announce

the official unveiling of our school

library on 23 November 2018. We

would like to extend a word of

heartfelt thanks to the 2018 Grade

7 parents for their contributions

towards making this possible. The

library is a beautiful room where

the learners will be able to enjoy

reading, and remember the Grade

7’s of 2018. Thank you also to

Carine Bolhuis for the beautiful

artwork on the walls. We look

forward to using the library for

many years to come!


PRIMARY

SCHOOL

IMPORTANT

DATES

08


TERM 1 (2019)

8 January Grade 1 learners/new learners introduction (08:00-10:00)

9 January School re-opens (07:45)

Joint opening (Primary school rugby field 09:00)

10 January School’s 9th birthday

Athletic practice (14:15-15:15)

11 January Athletics meeting – Laerskool Du Preez van Wyk

13 January Church service (High school hall 10:00)

14 January Athletic and swimming practice (14:15-15:15)

15 January Parent info evening (gr R-3) 18:00

Athletic and swimming practice (14:15-15:15)

16 January Parent info evening (gr 4-7) 18:00

17 January Athletic and swimming practice (14:15-15:15)


CURRO CASTLE

09


“A toddler can do more in one

unsupervised minute than most

people can do all day”


Thank you for a wonderful fun-filled

picnic with your parents, our little ones’

grandparents. It was lovely to share

memories and laugh about all the things

they do, learn and achieve. See the

photos of our day spent together.

It was such a privilege to invite

Leeuwfontein farm school to join us

for our Puppet show. Thank you for

all your kindness, giving to those less

fortunate. We are so proud to be part

of this successful outreach.

Our helicopter surprise was beyond

words. We know some of you still

have to go and look every afternoon

where the helicopter landed. It made

a huge impact. A very special word


of appreciation to Captain Steph

Marais, who made this possible and

added to the wonderful experiences

our learners can experience. She

was not aware that, since the motors

of the helicopter started to turn, a

spontaneous count down began for

the lift off...... well ... a few count

downs. Final inspection to take off,

takes a good 10 minutes or so.

We had a wonderful, blessed Highfive

function for our group 5’s. Thank

you to Ilse and the group 5 teachers

for all their hard work. Thank you

Natasja for your contributions to make

this day an extra special memory.

We also have to say good-bye to a


very special and gifted teacher, teacher Erna Butler. You have made so

many investments in our little ones hearts and life’s throughout the years

of teaching. We wish you only the best!

A thousand words of thank you’s to my staff for this year. You are a stunning

team! When you, as parents, stop by at my office and compliment my

staff and our school, your words fill my Christmas stocking to the brim.

A child has a special way of adding joy to every day! And they sure did.

We wish you only joy with your loved ones over the Christmas season.

Enjoy your time of rest and summer holiday. Wishing you a wonderful

2019!

Warmest regards

Castle staf


CASTLE

IMPORTANT

DATES


TERM 4 and 1 (2019)

7 December:

School closes @ 10:00

9 January 2019:

School reopens

14 January:

Information evening for new parents

at 18:00


CONTACT DETAILS

General Reception: 087 287 2586

adminr@curro.co.za

Castle Reception: 087 287 2586

adminr@curro.co.za

Primary School Reception: 087 287 2586

Charmaine.r1@curro.co.za

High School Reception: 087 086 4544

Joelene.p01@curro.co.za

Sport:

Jacques van der Merwe

jacques.v1@curro.co.za

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Marketing: 087 287 2586

Rose.m6@curro.co.za

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