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Progress of the new buildings







Vacancies available - closing date 13 November 2015




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U/9 Boys hockey: Left: Indiphile Potwana and right: Alizwa Shibane


Red Group learner: Lutho Zenzele


Fire Brigade parading on the field.

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New Staff:  Back Row, left to right: Mr A. Capitini; Mr I. Leboea; Mr J. Mandiwanzira; Mr C. Kazingizi; Mr N. Dlamini; Mr V.Okolie

Front Row: Mrs B. Hlathuka; Ms Y. Morrison; Ms N. Premchand

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Mr Rae with his Grade 6 class on the first day of school.

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Tayden Kok and her Granny on the first day of school.


St. Monica’s Pre-School fund raising.

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St. Monicas learners.


Twinkle Star Pre- School: All finished and ready to eat!


Blessed Edmund Pre-School

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1st Team Soccer vs Bergview: Left: Brendon Govender; right: Mfuneko Zibi

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U/17 girls relay: front: Lerato Jafta and back: Retsepile Mongoato

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U/13 girls hurdles: Asithandile Mantshule; Khanya Mzozoyana; Olwethu Maphela

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U/17 80m race: left to right: Katleho Parkies; Sive Mazwi; Avumile Gingcana; Grant Leboea

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U/13 200m race: left to right: Ashwin Kotze; Loyiso Malunga; Tendayi Msipha; Siphosethu Mlauli.


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U/11 Relay race: Left: Palesa Mabea and Holokile Lebese


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U/10 Relay race: left: Ntando Faniso and Right: Kamano Parkies



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Girls u/9, 600m race: left to right: Ngcali Mahlulo, Anathi Benesh, Silungile Dlokweni; Abonga Pangwa; Casey Hulley; Makhoadi Tjane; Refenkgotso Setloboko and Zimi Mnukwa

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Boys U/7, 60m race: in front: Bonesa Ramokoai, back from left to right: Tshepang Ditshego, Tumelo Letele, Liyema Hlalele, Craig Chibaya, Sibonelo  Makholwa, Usiphile Nguqu, Yanga Gwiji

Stationery Fees 2016

Fees 2016



New Fee Structure 2015

·       Every effort is made to keep fees to a minimum, but parents should realize that St Monica’s receives a small subsidy from the government and the teachers’ salaries and running costs of the school come from the fees.


        Fees are payable in advance.


                                      Stationery  Fees  2015


Pre-School :              R500-00

Gr  0 :                          R550-00

Gr 1 – 3 :                     R650-00

Gr 4 – 6 :                     R800-00

Gr 7 – 9 :                     R800-00

Gr 10 -12:                   R800-00


This amount must be paid before the end of 2014.


                                      Registration :


Equivalent of one month’s undiscounted fees payable by all learners in

Grade 1-12 entering St Monica’s for the first time.


                                      School Fees 2015



Option A :  School fees paid monthly in advance over 11 months. (January to November)

Option B :  School fees paid by Debit Order.  Fees are still paid over 11 months. (From January to November)


SP and FET Phase Community Outreach


On the 26th of November 2014, we the SP and FET Phased the experienced the pleasure and honourSPFEt Outreach of giving. The learners eagerly collected money, food and various items throughout the year to present to the children of Faith’s Day Care Centre. With a joyful heart we handed over the items we collected. The children experienced the epitome at “Giving” is better than receiving. We would like to thank Faith Maqelana, the founder of this NPO for allowing us to make the children’s lives little more pleasant. A Big thank you to the learners, parents and teachers for their hard work and co-operation.


Mrs N. van Wyhe


Pre-School Christmas Party


On Thursday morning the learners enjoyed their end of year party. All the business of concerts and Preschool partyfinishing off the different activities came to an end and now it was time to enjoy the festive atmosphere. We were glad that the rain had held off and we were able to enjoy ourselves outside, under our Oak tree.


Mrs R. Dwyer





Intermediate Phase Community Outreach


On Monday, the 1st December 2014, we handed over all the non-perishable items that our phase IpOutreachcollected throughout the year. All the children in the phase contributed generously to this project.


Mrs R. King from Crossroads Child Welfare accepted these contributions with great thanks. She again informed the learners how thankful they are for receiving all these items every year. She ensured the learners that these items will be distributed amongst very poor families in our community.


On behalf of the Intermediate Phase of St. Monica’s, I would like to extend a huge thanks to Super Spar Matatiele who donated non-perishable items for this project.


We would also like to thank all our parents for helping us to make this project a huge success.


Mrs R. Badenhorst


HOD: Intermediate Phase




Senior Phase and FET Phase Prize-Giving


On the 23rd of October, the SP and FET learners together with their parents gathered to celebrate the hard work and effortsFetprizegiving14 put in by our learners this year. Numerous awards were presented to the learners accompanied by the proud applause of their parents. It was only a pleasure to acknowledge these children who make our work a pleasure and meaningful. I would like to express my gratitude to our principal, teachers, board members and sports coaches involved in making the evening a success. Until next year, keep working hard!


Mrs N. van Wyhe


FP & IP Prize-Giving Ceremony


On Friday morning, 24 October 2014, St. Monica’s hosted the FP and IP Prize-Giving Ceremony at the school hall. We were afforded the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our learners in two different categories; sport and academics. The parents, teachers and learners were also entertained by the junior choir, speech and drama, senior marimbas and the cultural dancers. Thank you to all the teachers who helped to prepare these learners.


Learners received academic awards for progress and outstanding academic achievements as follows:


Best Overall Performance in Grade 1M      : Abulele SobantuFp Prize giving


Best Overall Performance in Grade 1L        : Lebeoana Diaho


Best Overall Performance in Grade 2N       : Eyethu Lurani


Best Overall Performance in Grade 2M      : Zimi Mnukwa


Best Overall Performance in Grade 3R       : Marshae Greeves


Best Overall Performance in Grade 3M       : Chloe Moody


Outstanding Progress in Grade 4: Bongokuhle Bophela


Third in Grade 4: Aviwe Sakwe


Second in Grade 4:              Ezile Ludidi


First in Grade 4:                  Naledi Lephema


Outstanding Progress in Grade 5: Tholoana Malehase


Third in Grade 5: Palesa Mkungela


Second in Grade 5:              Lindokuhle Mbobo


First in Grade 5:                   Alulutho Majozi


Outstanding Progress in Grade 6: Kopano Mokoatle


Third in Grade 6: Ntumeleng MachiliIP Prize giving 14


Second in Grade 6:              Mbasa Ndleleni


First in Grade 6:                   Alizwa Madikane


Learners received awards for their sporting achievements as follow:


Best u/7 Sports Achiever                    : Alizwa Shibani


Best u/8 Sports Achiever                    : Tlhohonolofatso Ramakoai


Best u/9 Sports Achiever                    : Eric Chigodo


Best u/10 Sports Achiever                 : Liyema Ntshanga


Best u/11 Sports Achiever                 : Ona Lefa


Best u/12 Sports Achiever                 : Tendayi Msipha


Special awards were also given to learners for the following:


Top male sports achiever in the FP                  : Eric Chigodo


Top female sports achiever in the FP              : Yanela Jafta


Top male sports achiever in the IP                   : Tendayi Msipha


Top female sports achiever in the IP               : Reabetsoe Ramaota


Sports Achiever of the year                               : Tendayi Msipha


Congratulations to all those learners who received an award and may they continue to achieve such outstanding results. May the success of these learners be a source of inspiration for others. On behalf of the school I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the sponsors for their generous contributions. Thank you to all parents for their continued encouragement and support of both the learners and the school. A special thank you to all the educators for their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Finally I would like to thank God for many blessings, gifts and talents that he has bestowed upon us and that we were able to celebrate these achievements.


Mrs P. Myburg


Deputy Principal Primary School


nternational Eskom Expo for Young ScientistsScience Expo

On the 7th October, we left Matatiele for Johannesburg to participate in the International ESKOM EXPO for young scientists. The event was held from the 8th – 10th of October in Boksburg at the Birchwood Hotel Conference Centre. We were a part of the 21 finalists from the Umtata Region competing with 822 other finalists from all over the country and from as far abroad as Mexico!!

Competition was fierce but we managed to return with a silver medal.

Indwe Matubatuba and Amahle Mkungela

Grade 11 Learners


 Third Term Highlights


Induction Service for school ChaplainInduction


Father Francis Mafunda was officially inducted as the School Chaplain by the Vicar General of Umzimvubu Anglican Diocese, the Right Reverend Sitembele Mzamane, on Tuesday 06 September 2014. As the School Chaplain he will provide spiritual and emotional support to learners, staff and parents in the school community. Spirituality is at the heart of every subject we teach.


The ceremony was attended by more than 150 people including Grade 10 and 11 learners, the Anglican church choir and other priests from Anglican churches namely Father Lloyd-Jones who is the chairperson of the school, Father Mlandu of St. Michael’s, Father Xhosana of Chibini Mission, Rev. Bitshana of St. Augustine, Rev. Mohali, Rev Qobo of Zionist Church and Father Cetshwayo of St. Stephens.


Mr Pretorius, our school principal began the ceremony by introducing all the dignitaries present. He described the beautiful work that Father Francis has done thus far at our school. Bishop Mzamane also had a powerful message for the learners. He reminded them to always have God in their lives and that with Him all things are possible. He then laid his hands on Father Francis in solemn reverence and prayer and proceeded to induct him.


An offertory procession of bread and wine was held and Father Francis gave communion. The choir sang wonderful church hymns in Xhosa, Sotho and in English. Learners sang along in the most angelic voices. We are truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be part of such a significant ceremony.


Mrs P. Myburg


Open Days at St. Monica’sUminathi Vikwa


St. Monica’s Open Days hosted Blessed Edmund on the 3 September Matat Playcentre on the 4 September and St. Monica’s Pre-school on 5 September. The Pre-school learners were exposed to a morning in a Grade 1 classroom.


Blessed Edmund listened to the story of the hungry caterpillar and got the opportunity to make their own caterpillar on a leaf.


Matat Play Centre’s Grade R class, looked at different shapes and then made a little man from sweets, biscuits and chips.


St.Monica’s Grade R class were told the story of the 3 little pigs and were able to colour, cut and paste to make their ‘little pig’ or the ‘big bad wolf’.


These open days were thoroughly enjoyed by the Grade R’s. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Jafta and Mrs van Niekerk for preparing these activities and ensuring that the Gr R’s had an enjoyable day.


Ms M. la Marque




Astro QuizAstro Quiz


On Friday, 29 August, the St Monica's Diocesan School AstroQuiz team competed in the third round of the SAASTA Astronomy Quiz, which took place in Grahamstown. Although the team did not make it through to the fourth round, we were pleased with our performance this year and hope to do even better next year.


Mr S. Rae










Minutes of Annual General Meeting held on 01 August 2014

1.         Welcome: Ms I. Conradie

2.         Opening Prayer: Mrs P. Myburg

3.         Attendance and Apologies:

  • See attached register: (Parents in attendance)
  • Mr D. Pretorius, Ms I. Conradie, Mrs L. McIntyre, Mrs P. Myburg, Mrs L. Letuka, Mrs N. van Wyhe, Ms A. Hulley, Mrs R. Dwyer

4.         Apologies:

  • Father David – Chairperson of the Board
  • Rev. Barbie Lloyd – Jones
  • Mrs Annie Steenkamp

5.         Minutes of previous AGM (2013)

  • Mr Pretorius read through the minutes of the previous meeting and these were accepted. Proposed by Mrs Tuta and seconded by Mrs McIntyre.

5.         Matters Arising – from 2013 AGM

            No matters arising from the previous meeting.

6.         Principal’s Report – Mr Pretorius

  • Mr Pretorius mentioned the exposure of the learners to negative influences and the media which are going against our values and as staff and parents we need to stand together and have high expectations of them and they should live out our school values.
  • Staffing: Following appointments

Mr Nxitywa – FET

Mrs Botha – SP

Mrs van Wyhe – Promoted to SP HOD

Ms Spalding – Foundation Phase

  • Enrolment divided into 5 phases in the school and shows an increase.
  • Celebrations: a) Yearbook 2013 went out.

                           b) Grade 6 ANA results

                           c) First School Prayer Day

                           d) Past Pupil’s results

                           e) Astronomy Club introduced

                           f) Tours: FET Geography

                                          Grade 9

                           g) 20th Celebration

                           h) Interhouse Field Events and Cross Country

                           i) First Matric Farewell

                           j) Winter School for Grade 12’s

  • Facilities – First Phase of New Hall complete

                     - Sport Storeroom

  • Way Forward – On track with Strategic Plan

            Strategic Planning for Board and SMT on 15 November

  • Upcoming Events – Interhouse track events.

                              Admissions Testing

         Community Outreach: Each Phase

                              CFAM Testing for Grade 9’s

                              Grade 7 tour in October

7.         Presentation of Budget

7.1.1. Budget 2015:

  • Mr Pretorius presented the Board approved budget for 2015 and projected expenditure for 2015.

7.1.2. School Fees and Stationery Fees 2015:

         Mr Pretorius presented school and stationery fees including Board Approved Monthly

         Fee structure for 2015 and Board Approved Stationery Fee for 2015.

  • Mrs Tuta enquired whether the total Annual amount would be the same over 11 or

   12 months.

  • Mr Pretorius explained how to calculate the total annual fees.
  • Mr Moerane queried whether they could pay a higher amount to finish within

   11 months.

  • Mr Pretorius explained that parents can pay more than what is expected per

     month and this will give a credit to the parent.

  • Mr Pretorius read through a document for ISASA schools related to subsidy

     and mentioned that ISASA schools have the support of Mr Mtiyida

  • Mr Lebenya commented that he wanted to understand the PAEPL and Mr Pretorius

   provided clarity.

7.1.3. Audited Financial Statements 2013 (Announcements):

         Mr Pretorius mentioned that parents are welcome to peruse the AFS for 2013.

8. Election of Office Bearers:

   Mr Pono and Mr de Kock were re – elected to the Board.

9. General:

  • Mr Magangana asked for copies of the report to be made available as the projector

     may not be clear. Mr Pretorius explained that it will be too costly as we cannot  

     predict how many parents will attend.

  • Mr Moerane asked if the minutes of the meetings and Principal’s report can be

    made available electronically. Mr Pretorius said that he would upload all these

     documents to the school website.

  • Mr Moerane asked about what Mr Pretorius had mentioned about the undesirable

   behaviours. Mr Pretorius explained that punishment will depend on the type of

           misbehaviour and there are different levels.

  • Mr Moerane wanted to know what process is followed and Mr Pretorius explained

             the levels of disciplinary action and what is done.

  • Mr Nkonyana queried about the character building programme and if it is still

     running. Mr Pretorius explained that it is.

  • Mrs Siboyana asked whether we are going to introduce any of the African

   Languages into the school in the future. Mr Pretorius mentioned the IIAL policy

   in place to introduce this in the earlier grades.   Mr Pretorius mentioned that he can

   send out another survey to parents and Mr Siboyana concurred with the suggestion.

   Mrs Tuta asked if the 3rd Language can’t be started earlier and Mr Moerane asked if

   the survey can’t include a new fee infrastructure for parents to make an informed  

   decision. Mr Pretorius will send out financial implications with the survey.

10. Closing: Mr Pretorius thanked everyone for attending the meeting.

11. Closing Prayer: Mrs Letuka


 New Staff

The third term has started with Grade 12’s preparing for their upcoming trials examinations after the two weeks of Winter School – the staff of St. Monica’s are thanked for their commitment and time sacrificed to making our first Winter School a success.

I want to take this opportunity to welcome all staff and learners back to school after a well-deserved break, as well as welcoming some new faces onto our staff.

It was with sadness to bid farewell to our SP HOD, Mrs S van der Watt, at the end of last term, who has now joined the Kokstad College staff – she will be sorely missed!

Mrs N van Wyhe (on the right) has been appointed as the new SP HOD and we wish her many years of happiness Mrs v 1Mrs v 2and success in her new position. Her previously occupied position as Grade 3 teacher has been replaced by Ms M Spalding and we wish her many happy years at St. Monica’s.

We also want to welcome Mrs C Botha, who will be assisting with Senior Phase languages as well as Mr Nxitywa who will be assisting with the FET Commerce subjects (all left).

Ms B de Wet, who is not a new face to the St. Monica’s staff and was an intern in Senior Phase has, however, now joined the Preschool and we wish her well in this new phase of her teaching studies.

On behalf of the Board, Management, RCL, staff and pupils, we wish our first matriculants of 2014 all the very best with their preparations for their trial and final examinations.

Ms I Conradie









FEES  2015


·         Every effort is made to keep fees to a minimum, but parents should realize that St Monica’s receives a small subsidy from the government and the teachers’ salaries and running costs of the school come from the fees.


·         Fees are payable in advance.


                                      Stationery  Fees  2015


Pre-School :              R500-00

Gr  0 :                          R550-00

Gr 1 – 3 :                     R650-00

Gr 4 – 6 :                     R800-00

Gr 7 – 9 :                     R800-00

Gr 10 -12:                   R800-00


This amount must be paid before the end of 2014.


                                      Registration :


Equivalent of one month’s undiscounted fees payable by all learners in

Grade 1-12 entering St Monica’s for the first time.


                                      School Fees 2015


                                Option A                                 Option B


Grade 0000

To Grade 00

Grade 0


Grade 1- 3


Grade 4 – 6


Grade 7 – 9


Grade 10 - 12

Per Month (Over 11 Months) P/A

620                                          6820


890                                          9790


1130                                       12430


1210                                      13310


1260                                       13860


1370                                       15070

Per Month (Over 11 Months) P/A

610                                         6710


880                                        9680


1120                                     12320                                  


1200                                     13200                                 


1250                                     13750


1360                                     14960


Option A :  School fees paid monthly in advance over 11 months. (January to November)

Option B :  School fees paid by Debit Order.  Fees are still paid over 11 months. (From January to November)



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