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St. Monica's Diocesan School

 

ST MONICAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

On Friday the 1st of March 2019, our school hosted a spectacular event, celebrating the school’s 25th anniversary. The day was spiced up with incredible festivities such as the cutting of the cake by the principal of the school, Mr Pretorius and the founders Trevor and Samia Hubble. Speeches were made by the past principals Mrs M.King, Mr J. Pieterse and Mr Leon Hiepner. The learners received a party pack and a cupcake on the day, there were activities such as, face painting, a jumping castle, sack races, musical chairs and a photo booth. The tourism students showed their hospitality skills by offering lunch to the dignitaries and other stakeholders of the school. The atmosphere was electrified by the beautiful melodies of the great Msa Mahlangu who tirelessly [SE1]entertained everyone with his splendid sounds. The event was wrapped up with a speech of the current principal to express his gratitude to everyone who made the event a success.

Mr N. Lephutha

 

Ash Wednesday

March the 6th was one of those days that are respected by the whole christiandom. It is a reminder of how the early church showed its repentance and sought the forgiveness of God. In preparation for Easter the whole church remembers Christ’s forty days in the desert by putting on ashes. St. Monica’s as a Christian school kept this service.

It was honoured by the presence of Canon Rev. Fr. P. Lekena who gave a wonderful sermon talking about the importance of the day and what we are supposed to do as Christians today. He illustrated by the examples from his experience. Learners were thrilled when the Rev. fr. showed his ability of using many languages.

The school Chaplain, Rev Fr. Mafunda F.V. led the service. The staff kept order throughout.

The Anglican Church is grateful that there is still such a school as St. Monica’s which instills the Christian values in our children.

Fr F. Mafunda


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Mini-Cricket Festival at KEHS

On Saturday the 2nd of March, St. Monica’s u/7 – u/9 boys participated in the mini-cricket festival that took place at KEHS. Many schools participated in this fun event, and all the learners had a great time. The boys enjoyed themselves and used this opportunity to learn new skills and experience how fun mini cricket can be. Thank you to all the organizers for this successful day.

Miss N. Niehaus

Pre-school Valentine’s day

Thursday, 14th February, was a day worth celebrating as the St. Monica’s Pre-School learners waited in anticipation for their annual Valentine’s Day celebrations. A modeling show was held and Mr and Ms Valentine were chosen.

Valentine’s Day always brings feelings of love and excitement to the Pre-School phase. Thank you to the parents for dressing up their children according to the theme.

Mrs R. Gous

Junior Primary Valentine’s Day

On the 14th of February 2019, the Junior phase learners celebrated Valentine’s Day. The learners enjoyed themselves taking part in a fashion show and a dance. Lehakoe Lebelo was crowned Miss Valentine and Obilelerona Kuali was crowned Mr Valentine. All the learners received a hot dog and a cold drink. Thank you to all the parents who supported this fundraising event.

Miss N. Niehaus

Senior Primary Valentine’s Day

On the 14th of February the Senior Primary celebrated the day of Love. Gifts were handed out during the course of the morning and the children were excited to be spoilt on such a special day. The children participated in Mr. and Mrs. Valentine where Kazimla Ngonongono and Ovayo Gxumayo in Grade 7 won first place. The children also participated in games and dancing to end off the day. Fun was had by all.

Mrs. C. de Kock

Leadership Camp

On Friday 15 February, 46 of St. Monica’s learners participated in the school’s annual leadership camp held at Cedarberg Guest Farm. Learners had the opportunity to participate in team building exercises which included problem solving puzzles and cryptic challenges. The camp is presented by St. Monica’s staff members and is aimed at improving leadership skills, encouraging teamwork and having fun. The learners were divided into three groups. Each group had to complete a number of activities which run simultaneously and on a rotation basis. The activities included a toxic waste challenge, Minute to Win It, problem solving puzzles and cryptic challenges. Each group had to create a war cry which was to be presented at the end of the camp. The staff was very impressed with the learners and are looking forward to working with them this year.

Mr C. de Kock

Fifa Tournament

On the 8th of February we hosted our first PlayStation fifa tournament where students had the opportunity to go head to head in an 8 minute soccer game in our school hall. After many heated matches the finalists had a chance to brush up on their skills for the finals which we held on Thursday the 14 and Friday the 15th. In true PSL style the players displayed a lot of drama and passion during the games. Unfortunately the senior final ended in a draw. We would like to congratulate Lebeoana Diaho (junior champ), Edumisa Ralarala and Onwaba Kupa (combined senior champs).

Mr D. Biggar

Mini-Cricket coaching course

On Friday and Saturday (15 & 16 February) some of our Foundation Phase educators attended a Mini-cricket coaching course at King Edward High School. The course was well presented by enthusiastic professionals with a true passion for the game. Our educators left with a better understanding of cricket and feeling inspired. We would like to thank King Edward for organizing the coaching course and for extending the invitation to us.

Miss N. Mendes

Senior Primary Valentines Day Miss Valentine Ovayo Gxumayo 1st runner up Kethabetsoe Rajoale and 2nd runner up Bohlokwa Setloboko

Senior Primary Valentine’s Day Miss Valentine Ovayo Gxumayo, 1st runner up Kethabetsoe Rajoale and 2nd runner up Bohlokwa Setloboko

Primary School Valentines Day Mr and Ms Valentines Left Lehakoe Lebelo and right Obilelerona Kuali

 

Primary School Valentine’s Day Mr and Ms Valentines Left Lehakoe Lebelo and right Obilelerona Kuali

Lebeoana Fifa Tournament The winners of the tournament in the Senior Primary Lebeoana Diaho Junior champ

Fifa Tournament The winners of the tournament in the Senior Primary Lebeoana Diaho (Junior champ)

Fifa Tournament The winners of the tournament in the High School Onwaba Kuba and Edumisa Ralarala Senior Champs

Fifa Tournament The winners of the tournament in the High School Onwaba Kuba and Edumisa Ralarala (Senior Champs)

Leadership Camp A group of learners working together to make up a giant puzzle

 

Leadership Camp A group of learners working together to make up a giant puzzle

 

 

 

Leadership Camp Mr Pretoriuss presentation

Leadership Camp Mr Pretorius’s presentation

 

 

Mini-Cricket U/7 – U/9 vs. Focused

On Thursday, 31 January, the U/7 – U/9 mini-cricket teams played their first match of the season against Focused.

The emphasis of the day was a “friendly coaching match.

The boys played well and the day was enjoyed by all.

We would like to thank Focused for hosting the event.

Mrs A. de Wet

3rd Athletic league

On Friday, 1st February 2019, our athletes left for Durban to participate in the 3rd athletics league meeting at Kings Park Stadium.

Our learners did very well, most of them improving on their previous times and distances.

Thank you to the Fig Tree guest lodge for their accommodation and to our taxi driver Rasta for bringing us home safely.

Ms S. Greyling

U9 Mini Cricket vs. focused Batting U7 Thando Ngombane

 

 

KZN Athletics League

On the 25th of January 2019, 11 of our athletes travelled to Durban to take part in the 2nd KZN athletics league at Kings Park Stadium. Due to heavy rains the field events were cancelled. All track events went well under the circumstances. Our kids were very well behaved. We would like to thank God for taking us there and back safely and to our taxi driver – Rasta for driving so well.

Ms S. Greyling

Playground equipment

On the 18th of January, the Pre-School purchased new toys and playground equipment for our little ones. The children’s eyes lit up and there was much excitement, we don’t know who was more excited, the children or the educators!!!

We thank our Principal, Mr Pretorius, for prioritizing the needs of the Pre-School learners.

Mrs R. Gous

Mrs R.Gous helping offloading the toys

 

Mrs R.Gous helping offloading the toys

 

 

 

Athletics league Ashwin Kotze starting off in a race

Athletics league Ashwin Kotze starting off in a race

 

Welcome to our new Grade R and Grade 1 learners!

A warm welcome to all our new parents and learners. We are very pleased that our school has a well-earned reputation in our community to its commitment of fostering academic excellence while consistently focusing on creating positive social relationships. Please be assured that your child will receive love and reassurance from our capable staff. At St. Monica’s we will care for your children as if they are our own. It is going to be a year full of learning and fun. We are very excited to work with you and your child.

Mrs JE de Kock

New Educators

We would like to warmly welcome all the new staff who has joined the St. Monica’s team this year. We pray that you enjoy your new position and we look forward to working with you. We have no doubt that you will positively influence the lives of our learners and staff alike.

From the left they are: Ms C. Heyneke (Gr.10 and 11 Educator) Ms. N. Mendes (Gr. 1 Educator), Ms Z. Nyokana (Gr. 10 -12 Educator), Ms B. de Kock (Gr. 2 Educator), Ms E. Davey (Gr. 11 - 12 Educator and Gr. 11 HOD).

May you have a fruitful and happy association with the school.

Principal and Staff

New  staff 2019 From left to right Chantelle Heyneke Nikita Mendes Zoleka Nyokana Bianca de Kock  and Eulene Davey

New  staff 2019 From left to right Chantelle Heyneke; Nikita Mendes; Zoleka Nyokana; Bianca de Kock  and Eulene Davey

25th birthday logo

As part of their caring for the enviroment ethos, Mortimer Toyota Matatiele donated trees to our school. Their Enviromental Manager, Dean McIntyre, visited St. Monica’s on Thursday 8th November to deliver and assist with planting the trees. Mr Darryn Pretorius (Principal), Mr Innocent Leboea (SP HOD), Mr Zolo Dolo (support staff) and some Grade 7 learners were on site to plant the trees. Mr Pretorius explained the root system of the trees, how to remove them safely from their packaging and how to go about planting them correctly. We would like to thank Mortimer Toyota for their contribution to our enviroment.

Mrs L. McIntyre

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A Day of Confirmation at St. Monica’s Diocesan School

On the 12th October six learners were confirmed during a special Mass which took place at St Monica’s. Confirmation is the second sacrament of the Church after Baptism. This day at St Monica’s was graced by the Vicar-General S.T. Mzamane, the Bishop of Mzimvubu; Fr. Setlaba, the Rector of St. Matthew’s; Fr.Nyikiza, the Rector of Chibini and Fr. Mafunda, the Chaplain of the School who also prepared the learners for Confirmation. In his homily the Bishop encouraged learners to behave themselves and work hard for their future.

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Heritage Day

On Friday, 20th September, we were taken on a journey of many different cultures and traditions across Africa. We were entertained by a spectular runway show from all the learners: from the very little Pre-schoolers in their bright, beautiful outfits to the Grade 11s who were proud representatives of their cultures. It was a true feast for the eyes. Treats and items for sale were provided by the Grade 7s. Thanks to such a successful one and for showing that we are truly a Rainbow Nation.

Miss A. Hulley

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League Finals

On the 21st of June 2018, King Edward hosted a sports day that included Rugby and Netball. Our u/13’s, u/16 and 1st team rugby teams played King Edward with our u/13’s winning their match. Our u/16’s and first team were placed 2nd in the league. Also the u16 and 1st team Netball played games against various schools. Our u/16 Netball team placed first in the league and our first team Netball placed third. Thank you to King Edward for hosting such a joyous day.

Mrs C. de Kock

Environmental Awareness on the Rise in Matatiele

On the 19th of June 2018, the St Monica's Enviro Quiz pupils were invited to the Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership Programme (UCPP). They were taken on a demonstrative tour at the river just below St Monica's Diocesan School.

In celebration of the World Environment Day which was on the 5th of June 2018, both St Monica's Diocesan School and King Edward High School partook in this wonderful event to raise awareness about the drastic plastic pollution that occurs in rivers, and eventually in the ocean. With the 2018 theme of the World Environment Day being 'Beat Plastic Pollution', pupils from both schools assisted with the cleaning of the river and they further consolidated their environmental knowledge by acquiring information from the UCPP facilitators.

The learners discovered through some scientific investigations and activities that there were alien plants such as the Grey Popler and the Black Wattle Tree.

Furthermore, the pupils identified the different types of littering as mostly plastic, paper, glass and polystyrene which were explained as the main causes of erosion in the river due to litter blockage.

Dumping was identified as the main activity leading to a lot of litter in the river. Alleviating this issue would mean enforcing more recycling in our communities and educating people about the dangers of dumping on unauthorized sites. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Be the change you want to see and BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION!

(Report by Lianetse Phooko Grade 11)

WESSA E.G High School Enviro Quiz – 2018

On Tuesday 15 May 2018, our Environmental Quiz team participated in the WESSA E.G High School Enviro Quiz at Kokstad College. The day was eventful with learners taking part in the regional quiz competition based on environmental issues. Our learners were grouped together with learners from five other schools and shared environmental knowledge as they took part in the competition. Learners were particularly touched by videos depicting the horrific effects of plastic pollution on species diversity. The quiz items were thought provoking and educational. It was indeed a wonderful way of instilling environmental awareness to the next generation of leaders. Thanks to the WESSA – EG team and our principal for the opportunity.

(Mr W. Muravu)

Enviromental Day 2

(Environmental Day 2): Left to right: Lolwethu Mazwi; Math Moshoeshoe; Yothando Jafter; Unathi Ndamase and Thabo Mbhele.

U13 rugby vs KEHS

(u/13 rugby vs KEHS): left to right: Khaohelo Lebeko; Ntando Faniso; Malusi Sipika; Athenkosi Ntshayiso and Ronaldo Potgieter.

1st team Rugby vs KEHS final

(1st Team rugby vs KEHS): Left: Bokhoni Khathali and right: Ncedo Nyakeni.

 

1st Team Netball vs KEHS

(1st Team Netball vs KEHS): Left: Yolanda Shwaimba

Keeping Matat Green

On Thursday, the 14th of June 2018, some of our learners attended a talk about keeping our town green at the Town hall. It was very informative. Thank you to the Municipality and Rhodes University for donating five trees which we planted on Friday. We would like to encourage the community to help us keep Matat green!

Mrs L. Rawlins

 

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Leadership Camp Mr Pretorius’s presentation

 

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