Created & compiled by Marcelle Curry
Term 4 - Issue 33
11 October 2018     

From the High School Head of Studies....

During the holiday, my family and I went to the Cederberg Mountains for a family camping weekend. We all know how active boys are at the ages of five and eight, therefore, I thought to save my sanity, I would take them for a hike up the mountain, hoping they would be extremely tired by the time we got back and then there would be peace…
Within a hundred metres of the trail, the first of a thousand questions began (it may have been more). I consistently heard WHY? WHAT? WHO?  I am sure every parent can relate to this. 

So let us recap some of these questions.

  • Why do the mountains look like this?
  • What flower is this?
  • What if a leopard comes?
  • Will the leopard eat us?
  • Can we eat the vegetation?
And so it carried on and on and on…

At the top we sat down and rested and I watched them explore the area. Being a parent and a teacher it made me realise that we as parents and teachers play a significant role in raising our children.  I realised the importance of parents and teachers working together to raise a child, just as I have seen the significance of this regarding my own children. 

Parents teach their children important life skills, morals and value.  Additionally, us as parents, provide emotional support, encouragement and are their first role models. We as teachers are also role models. Apart from teaching subject knowledge that will one day help the student to earn a living, a teacher also provides support and encouragement.

The relationship between teachers and parents are not always an easy one, but it is an essential one. It is extremely important to work together to ensure that the child/student will get the best support and encouragement to become an individual in the future which is confident, secure and which society can look up to.

Some important reminders:

•    School sport started on the 8 October 2018, therefore, we would like to encourage students to attend practices at all times. This is essential.

•    The Cambridge Examinations for Year 10 IGCSE and Year 12 AS Level students have started and we would like to wish them well and good luck for these examinations. 

•    It is important that students start revising their work as early as possibly for the internal examinations in order to achieve their desired results.

Lastly, we would like to thank our parents for their ongoing support.  By working together as a team, we can make Blouberg International School even better and provide the best for our children.

Mr J Harrison
Head of Academics High School

Weekly Planner

Under the Sea with Pre-Reception

The new term started well and our Pre-Reception students have settled in.

Recently, the children have been learning about Under the Sea. They thoroughly enjoyed doing their art work of the different types of fish, hand printing and the sticking of sand; it was quite eventful and wonderful.

We have learned about the different creatures that live in the sea, such as the shark, dolphin, jellyfish, fish etc. Our theme table was a great hitwith the children as they played with the sea toys every day.
Ms. Jacky Billings

Sport News

All school sport and extra-curricular activities have started this week and we have received all the fixtures from the various leagues. 

Cricket and tennis matches will commence from Monday, 15 October and parents and players will be notified at least 3 days in advance the date, venue and time of each match.

Match days are determined and set by the organizers of the leagues and we cannot change match days as this will impact on our opposing schools as well.

It is important that our teams and players conduct themselves in a respectful manner on and off the sports field and that they are dressed in the correct sport uniform; we are ambassadors for Blouberg International School, both when we play at home and away.

Please see below the updated Summer School Sport Programme. 
Mr Alexandre Fraqueiro
Sports Coordinator

News from IES & SEK Schools from around the World

Gravity Fields Evening Festival Finale

Grantham Preparatory International School welcomed a visit from artist Claire Carrington, who led a fantastic workshop during the school’s activity week, towards the end of the Summer term.
Claire worked as part of a group of artists, on art projects linked to the hugely popular Gravity Fields Festival, which took place in and around Grantham at the end of September.
The theme for the workshop was “Exploration” and in particular Captain Cook’s discoveries.  The children focused on ideas featured on the island of Tierra del Fuego.
They created amazing 3D structures from sea creatures to birds, which were full of colour, texture and movement.
On Saturday 29th September, the children from Grantham Preparatory International School were involved in the grand finale of the Gravity Fields Festival where they paraded their creations through the streets of Grantham. Their work was then combined, with those of the other groups that took part in the Gravity Fields workshops, to create one big display of various sea creatures and birds from the island of Tierra del Fuego.
Grantham Prep. International School

Megan Romano at SEK Las Américas

Megan Romano, an American swimmer with six world titles to her credit, came to the Dominican Republic to teach children and young people fundamental swimming techniques such as the Olympic lap, outings and underwater swimming, the SEK International School, was the Official headquarters of the clinics, offering its semi-Olympic swimming pool for the accomplishment of four training sessions.

The coaches were also able to receive clinics to expand their formative level, priority was given to the need to acquire a good technique in the teaching of this sport discipline, as well as to the healthy eating habits. In addition, the athlete took the opportunity to detail the training performed on the American Olympic team.

Her visit included a solidarity event in favor of the youngest, visiting the preschool Aunt Erika of the Dominican-German foundation, and together with students of the SEK delivered school material and toys.
Ann Marie Fernández

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