This has been one of the most challenging years I think I have had in a long time – a year of high highs and low lows, but through all the highs and lows I have felt incredibly thankful for so many things; my daughter, family, friends, job, roof over my head, car and food on the table.
During the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Assembly this week I was once again reminded just how thankful I am for our unbelievably dedicated, talented and wonderful teachers and teacher assistants.
I would like to encourage you to have a look at our school's Facebook page to witness their amazing ‘mob dance’ they performed during the Assembly.
Watching them on stage and hearing the excited and deafening roar from the students and parents who attended the assembly, reminded me that no matter how challenging life can be, there is a reason and purpose for all that happens. Remembering to always have a thankful mindset and focus on what makes you smile and laugh is what it’s all about!
I am so thankful to all the parents, both old and new, who have entrusted us with their child’s educational journey, supported the class teacher, gave their time at school functions, outings and fund raising events.
The Reception Recognition Ceremony was held this morning, where each student was acknowledged for his or her hard work and participation during the year. Seeing the pride and smiles on their faces was so heart-warming.
Tonight the Key Stage 2 students will have their Prize Giving, followed by the Key Stage 1 Prize Giving, which will be held on Friday morning, the 7th December. A Thank You Tea will be held for the PA and Class Representatives shortly after the Key Stage 1 Prize Giving. Thank you to the staff and portfolio coordinators for organizing these events.
The Year 4’s will be having their Festival Day Inting and Year 5’s their Ancient Greek Olympics Inting on Friday, 7th December, as well as the Year 2’s will be having their first ‘camp’ – a sleep over in the Junior Hall on Friday evening. I am sure these activities will be filled with much fun, laughter and smiles.
I am most thankful for being a part of the Blouberg International family for the past 12 years. I would like to wish all our staff, parents and students a safe, happy and relaxing holiday.
Reception class writes all about our 'The International Food Fair'
This year the Reception class decided to be “Proudly South African” and chose South Africa for their food stall at the International Food Fair. They served traditional food such as boerewors rolls, bobotie, roosterbrood or braaied toasted sandwiches and malva pudding with custard and cream.
The students worked very hard in the week leading up to the food fair, making decorations. Each class made wild animals, which made such a colourful display together with the big South African flag and bunting.
For our weekend news this week Miss Nuthall encouraged the students to write their sentences about the International Food Fair and this is what they wrote:
Ava de Lange (6 years old): “I played the games in the hall.”
Gamelihle Masusku (5 years old): I liked playing at the Food Fair.”
Chloe Stewe (6 years old): “I had mini pancakes.”
Liam Burger (6 years old): “I played games at the food fair.” Sachin Gramoney (5 years old): “I went to the food fair.”
Aidan Bezuidenhout (6 years old): “I went to play the games.”
Keyanna Mwaniki (6 years old): “I liked the food at the food fair.”
Joel Mofokeng (6 years old): “I went to the food fair.”
Khanya Gcwabe (6 years old): “I had fun playing games.”
Sriyan Duddukuri (5 years old): “I played with Sinddhi at the food fair.” Emily Combrink (6 years old): “I liked eating sausages.”
Eshwar Jansen (6 years old): “I liked the games in the hall.”
Sinddhizhai Divakaran (5 years old): “I went to the food fair.”
Gabriel Perdigão (6 years old): “I played with Ava at the food fair.”
Some of the students had other news to tell and these are their sentences:
Diyana Gani (6 years old): “I liked spending time with my daddy.”
Mackenzie Matthee (6 years old): “I went to swim in the dam.”
Akshaj Gainibaiti(6 years old): “ I liked playing at my home.”
Layla Ahmed (6 years old): “I went to the Waterfront.”
Ayaana Kuthus (6 years old): “I went shopping.”
Ms Bronwen Nuthall Reception
Living Things in Science with the Year 3's
This term, the Year 3 class concentrated on Living Things in Science. They learnt about the 7-life processes and how to sort ‘things’ into living and non-living categories. To end the unit, they had to create their own animal life cycle poster and then present their findings to the class in the form of an oral.
We had some very interesting life cycles ranging from the Duck-Billed Platypus to the Black Widow spider. The students made an enormous effort to ensure that their posters included the 4-life cycle stages, that their information was accurate and that the graphics used enhanced the overall presentation.
Isabella Lockhart - 9 year old
Joshua Greyling - 9 years old
Juliette East - 9 years old
Sanam Srikewal - 8 years old
The final unveiling of all their hard work went off without a hitch and our Year 3’s had each other captivated with their posters and somewhat animated delivery!
Well done, Year 3. You make me proud!
Mrs Mandy Goch
Year 5 & 6 German Class
Gerti die Giraffe (Gerti the giraffe) and Anton der Affe (Anton the monkey) moved from the Berlin Zoo to Cape Town at the beginning of the year. They live in a Briefkasten (a post box) at BIS in the German classroom. They were feeling a little Heimweh (homesickness) and asked the Year 5 and Year 6 students to help them find things that remind them of home.
The task was to investigate what these things could be and bring in pictures, drawings or the actual items and interesting facts and information to school.
These things included any German personalities, landmarks, news, products and well-known brands made or invented in Germany. The students presented their findings in class.
Many students were very surprised at how many items and products are either made or were invented in Germany. Some are used daily in our homes (e.g. Nivea products, Bosch appliances), some are worn on our feet (e.g. Puma and Adidas shoes) and others are stored in our freezers (e.g. Dr. Oetker pizzas). On the road we drive BMW and AUDI and at school we use products like Staedtler and Faber-Castell pencils. Famous Germans include Beethoven, Albert Einstein, Heidi Klum, Sebastian Vettel and Manuel Neuer to name but a few.
The pictures contributed to the collage ‘MADE IN GERMANY’ on the notice board and a product display in the German classroom.
Anton and Gerti really enjoyed seeing all the products in the classroom and were feeling much better than before.
Thank you, Year 5 and 6 for your contributions!
Frau K. Pani
Primary School German Teacher
End of Term News from the High School
Term 4 was a very busy term for the High School. Examinations began at the beginning of the term in October where our Year 10 and Year 12 students wrote their IGCSE and AS Level Examinations. We are looking forward to receiving the results in January 2019. The AS Level results will be available on 10 January 2019 and the IGCSE results will be available on 17 January 2019.
Our Year 7, 8, 9 and 11 students are currently writing their end-of-year examinations. The examinations will end on Friday, 07 December 2018. Reports will be available on Wednesday, 12 December 2018 at 12 pm. A letter was sent out on Engage explaining how to access the reports.
The High School staff would like to thank all parents and students of Blouberg International School for their contribution and hard work in 2018. We are excited about 2019 and know that our school and our students will continue to flourish.
Mr J Harrison
Head of Academics High School
Last weekend, Julian Haslinger, Year 5 took part in the 2018 Western Province Tennis trials and performed extremely well, improving his position by 4 places and was then selected for the Western Province Tennis Team.
As the school year is drawing to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students and parents who were involved in sport this year. The students can be commended on their wonderful sportsmanship throughout the Summer and Winter and we look forward to more students joining our sports programme next year. School sport for Term 1, 2019 will commence on Monday, 21 January 2019. We wish you safe travels and a wonderful festive season.
Mr A Fraqueiro
News from IES & SEK Schools from around the World
The Kindergarten group worked in the care of plants within the environmental block.
Making an interesting connection with the learning and awareness of the effects of pollution in the world and how plants help in the process of air purification.
An important work that produced many opinions in all children in the classroom as part of the PYP methodology.
Colegio Internacional SEK Guayaquil GUAYAQUIL - ECUADOR
When in Rome!
Last week the Grade 6 and 7 students spent a few days in Rome for a social and cultural studies trip. There is never enough time to see everything in Rome, however we still managed to see some amazing sights such as: Piazza Barberini, Via Veneto, Foro Italico, Lungo Tevere, St. Peter’s Basilic, Fori, Palatino, Colosseo, Palazzo Valentini and Domus Romanae. The students also managed to find some time for souvenir shopping and gelato! They had a great time learning about the importance of such an historical city, and also how to be streetwise!