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2015 HIGHLIGHTS

2016 HIGHLIGHTS

 

 High School Inter-Schools Athletics at Kokstad College: Uma Jakalase receiving a Victix Ludorum Trophy. Well Done Uma!

 

High School Inter-Schools Athletics at Kokstad College. In the red T-shirts, left: Lumelang Piyoos and right: Siso Mnukwa

1stTeam Soccer against Bergview. Left to right: Brendan Govender, Grant Lebore (kicking the ball) and Ayavuya Mnqayi

Boys hockey against King Edward: front: Tshepang Ditshego; Usiphile Ngugu.

St. Monica’s Open day: Twinkle Star Pre-school Grade R’s enjoying the morning in Grade 1.

 

 

 

KZNA Cross Country League 9 incorporating EG Champs List

 

On the 23of July 2016, our pupils took part in the KZNA cross country league 9 that incorporated EG champs. The school was well represented with 57 learners taking part on the day. By the end of the day our learners won most medals in their respective races. Thank you to our Marshall volunteers, Antonio Kotze and Brendan Govender. Well done to our learners and a big thank you to the organizers for a very pleasant event.

 

Mr B. Sauli

 

New Staff

 

We welcome three new teachers to St. Monica’s Diocesan School, Miss Megan Janse van Rensburg, in the Pre-School, Mr Curslyn Goosen, in the Junior Primary Phase and Ms Nerissa Singh in the Senior Primary Phase. We wish them all the happiness at St. Monica’s.

 

Chess Tournament at St. Patricks

 

On Saturday, 30 July 2016, our learners participated in a chess tournament at St. Patrick’s in Kokstad. We had a team of 7 players from Grade 6, 9 and 11. It was definitely a day well spent as it was the first time that the learners participated in a chess tournament. Lewayne McKerry (Grade 9) and Unathi Mlobeli (Grade 6) played extremely well on the day. Our learners remained motivated throughout the day. The learners definitely used this as a learning experience as they are now more motivated to want to master their skills as a team.

 

Miss V. Naidoo

 

Prefect Elections for 2017

 

On Friday, 29 July 2016, Grade 8 to 12 learners had the opportunity to cast their votes for the 2017 prefects. It is not just about making a simple cross next to a name; it is about choosing our next leaders. A strict process was followed to ensure that the voting was fair and that each person only had one chance to vote. The Grade 11’s now wait in anticipation for the results.

 

Mrs L. Rawlins

 

Chess Tournament at St. Patricks College: Left:  Abulele Ncapayi

Chess Tournament at St. Patricks College: Right: Lewayne McKerry.

Inter-Schools Cross Country:Back Row:Tshepo Tsotetsi; Kopo Jafta; Siseko Sithole and Ashwin Kotze. 3rdRow:Lolwethu Mazwi; Dintle Qhu; Antonio Kotze; Brendan Govender; Ababalwe Bevu; Tsepiso Ncheba. 2ndRow:Itumeleng Mohale; Qetele Lephallo; Motshewa Kakole; Karabelo Pulela and Tholoana Khutlang.Front Row:Lwandokazi Gqada; Sisa Mnukwa; Ongeziwe Gqada and Retsepile Mongoato.

Inter-Schools Cross Country: From left to right: Percy Motsuoane; Ashwin Kotze; Lungako Dombela; Thato Thabana; Cebo Zibi and Nqobile Ntloko.

New Staff: from left to right: Mr Curslyn Goosen, Miss Megan Janse van Rensburg and Miss Nerissa Singh.

 

 

KEHS Winter Sports Day

 

U/7, U/8, U/9 Rugby and hockey

 

On Saturday, 28 May, the St. Monica’s U/7 – U/9 boys and girls participated in the KEHS Winter Sports day. Many schools participated and each team played up to 3 matches. All the teams played well and showed good sportsmanship. We would like to thank KEHS for hosting such an enjoyable event and well done to all the teams who participated.

 

Ms M. la Marque

 

U/11 &U/13 Rugby

 

Our u/11 and u/13 rugby boys were of high spirits after having being prepared for the game by their fellow senior college learners. The boys played very well as the u/11s managed to draw their first game and were able to be victorious in the second game. Our U/13s gave of their best out on the field with solid defenses at times and were able to score two brilliant tries. Well done to our boys on a good season and looking forward to the next level.

Mr B. Sauli

U/ 7 rugby: with the ball Linamandla Mabhoza, Shiraaz Moro and back: Phethahotso Motsuoane

 

U/9 Rugby: Yanga Mafunda running for a try

U/7 girls hockey: from left to right: Zizipho Mxoyana; Tania Mandiwanzira and back: Bondo Ramakoai

 

 

 

2nd Annual 10’s Rugby Tournament

 

There was excitement in the air as pupils from St. Monica’s school, Focused High School and Bergview College took part in the 2nd Annual 10’s Rugby Tournament hosted by St. Monica’s held at the Country Club in Matatiele on the Stefan Steyn field. All learners performed well and St. Monica’s managed to reach the finals, but the boys came short in the finals to Focused High School. Well done to Focused High School for winning the Darryn Pretorius floating trophy. Thank you to the Country Club, the learners and all staff involved in making the day a success and a big thank you Pick ‘n Pay for sponsoring our event. Well done to our 1st team rugby boys for a great season of rugby.

 

Mr B. Sauli

 

U/15 vs Bergview College

 

The u/15s of St. Monica’s School played Bergview College’s u/15 on the 21st of May at the Country Club. The learners were victorious on the day as the showed pure determination and drive in their solid scrums, with the backline ruthless with spreading the ball wide. Well done to Bergview College and thank you to the Country Club for the use of your field.

 

Mr B. Sauli

 

U/7, U/8, U/9 Rugby and Hockey against King Edward High School

 

On Thursday, 19th May 2016 St. Monica’s participated in U/7, U/8 and U/9 rugby and hockey matches against KEHS. All the learners as well as the coaches enjoyed themselves. Ice lollies and cool drinks were served after a warm day of sports. Thank you to KEHS for organizing this event.

 

Ms N. Niehaus

 

U/13 Girls Hockey against KEHS

 

On Wednesday, 18 May 2016, the St. Monica’s U/13 hockey girls played a match against KEHS. The girls played a lovely game of hockey and enjoyed the match. We would like to thank KEHS for hosting the game.

 

Ms C. Boltman

 

 

u/15 Match against Bergview: with the ball: Asemahle Nogenga; on the right: in front: Kopo Jafta, Sinethemba Dlanjwa, Siseko Sithole, at the Khotsofalang Parkies

 

2ndAnnual 10s rugby:  1stmatch of the day was against Bergveiw College and Focused.

 

2nd Annual 10s rugby:  St. Monica’s and Focused.

 

The Focused rugby captain receiving the Darryn Pretorius floating trophy from Mr Darryn Pretorius.

 

2nd Annual 10s rugby:  2ndmatch: St. Monicas and Bergview

 

U/8 Girls hockey: running left, Khwezi Ntombela; back, Boiketlo Ramaipato and in front, Ronaba Koloko

 

U/8 rugby vs KEHS: running with ball: Thebe Maphela

 

U/13 Girls Hockey against KEHS: on the right, Puleng Makhatha

 

St. Monica’s D ay

 

Wednesday 4 May was St. Monica’s Day; a day dedicated in honour of the patron saint of St. Monica’s Diocesan School. We celebrated the day at the school with a Mass in the morning, for the grade 4 to 12 learners. We were very blessed to have Reverend Setlaba deliver a powerful sermon. After Mass all the learners moved to the senior primary field where various activities had been organized for them. There was a talent show, hoolah hoops, a jumping castle, go-karts, a 7-a-side soccer tournament, sack races and art activities. There was also a variety of refreshments, including a tuck shop, hotdogs, bunny chows and vetkoek and mince. Thank you to all the staff members who worked hard to make the day a success, the learners who assisted and the parents who joined us for the festivities.

 

Mr D. Pretorius

 

EG Hockey Challenge

 

On the 10thMay 2016, St. Monica’s 1st team hockey girls took part in the EG Challenge. Our girls did exceptionally well and ended 2nd overall.

 

We would like to thank everyone who made this day possible especially to our sponsors, Matpharm, Matatiele for our new hockey bags.

 

Ms S. Joubert

 

EG Boys Hockey and Netball Challenge in Kokstad

 

On the 13 May, the 1st team hockey boys and the 1st team Netball girls participated in the EG Challenge. The girls played very well and they received many compliments from most of the coaches officiating the games. They showed great improvement in their games. The girls played against St. Patricks, Kokstad College, Bergview College and King Edward High School. Well done girls and keep the spirit up. The 1st Team hockey boys played against KEHS and drew the game. They then played St. Patricks College of which they were very unfortunate to have not achieved the desired result of a win but the boys showed immense talent on the field in their last match against Kokstad College which they drew. Thank you to St. Patricks College for hosting such a tangible EG challenge. Welook forward to the next one.

 

Mrs V. Magebede & Mr B. Sauli

 

 

A match against Kokstad College: In front with the ball: Tholoana Khutlang and behind: Uma Jakalase

Final game of the EG Challenge vs KEHS: Left: Ongeziwe Gqada


7 a side soccer, left to right: Ayanda Salukazana, Bradley Nelson and Ashwin Kotze

 

Grade R learners, left to right: Basetsana Kakole; Onalerona Machaea and Senate Moshoeshoe

 

Sack race: left to right: Ezile Ludidi; Olungaka Mohlomi; Ntando Faniso; Sihle Mlobeli; Iviwe Mabadu and Luvo Nonkevu

 

Owethu Yenge perfecting her hula-hoop skills.

 

EG Challenge Netball: Throwing the ball: Retsepile Mongoato;  front Left: Motshewa Kakole

EG challenge, boys hockey vs KEHS: Front: Siseko Sithole and Back: Khanya Moeti

Inter-House Cross Country

 

The day was a success as our school staff and learners showed great spirit and camaraderie, as well as excellent team work and sportsmanship. St. Agnes had the advantage and was very competitive on the field and in the country side. St. Anthony was very quiet but showed great spirit. Thank you to the Matatiele Traffic Department for their help and assistance on the roads around the school as well as to all the staff and learners who assisted on the day.

 

Mr B. Sauli

 

 

High School Learners coming in to the finish: Lehakwe Khulang; Lefeetsa Moshoeshoe, Oyisile Jozi and Sinovuyo Kraai

 

Bradley Nelson and Nqobile Ntloko.

 

Battling up the mountain:  Front: Chloe Moody, from left to right: Karabelo Mphatso; Sesihle Madlebe; Retshepile Tsuebeane and Praveena Govender.

 

Lerato Jafta leading the U/7s and U/8s.

 

Kemofumane Makamole in front and behind her is Zusipho Mbingo and Sebabatso Tsehlo

                        

Matric girls holding the 2 house Mascots: Retsepile Mongoato; Qhawekazi Mahlasela; Limpho Mapheleba; Nolubabalo Mthambeka; Lerato Moshoeshoe and Kgaugelo Mohale.

 

 

Matric Farewell

 

On Friday, 15 April 2016, the grade 12’s were ‘Frozen’ in time at the Matric Farewell. The night finally arrived after much preparation and hard work by you the Grade 11’s and as well as the farewell committee. The Grade 12’s all looked absolutely breathtaking, arriving in style for this special occasion. The evening was a resounding success and a wonderful three-course meal was shared by all.

 

The people to be thanked are:

 

  • The parents of our grade 12 learners for their input and financial contributions, without which this would not have been possible.
  • The organizing committee and Ms Rooi from the board for the long hours in preparing, planning and setting up.
  • FNA for ensuring the buildings were ready.
  • Bella Liphapang from Bellez décor and her staff, also for the long hours, and hard work as well as the creative input and Mike Spriggs for extra decorations.
  • Lizzie Mendez for catering for the event.
  • The grade 11 learners from St. Monica’s for their hard work and help.
  • Our photographers – Sharne and assistant and Mrs Watkinson for capturing the special moments for us.
  • St. Monica’s Office/Grounds and Support staff who always work behind the scenes.
  • Matatiele Traffic Department for assisting with road safety and traffic control.
  • Prestige Security
  • Mrs Elsa de Kok for her hard work and preparation.

 

Miss A. Hulley

 

 

The hall stage all decorated in the ‘Frozen’ theme

 

 

Our beautifully decorated hall

 

Left: Uma Jakalase and right: Zukisa Mfeketho

 

Left: Ongeziwe Gqada and Right: Sikhonza Mgangato

 

left: Sisonke Mamile and right: Nolubabalo Mthambeka

 

left: Limpho Mapheleba and right: Rorisang Mapheleba

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Spar Hockey Tournament

On 16th April, the St. Monica’s 1st team hockey girls took part in the Spar Tournament held at St. Patricks.

Our girls played very well and we are very proud of them.

Thank you to St. Patricks for hosting this event. We extend our thanks to Mrs R. Viviers and Mrs S. van Denventer for all their help and support.

Ms S. Joubert                   

U/12 and U/13 South Coast Rugby Team

The u/12 and u/13 rugby boys participated in the South Coast Rugby Trials on the 12th of April 2016. The boys travelled to Suid –Natal at the South Coast and played to the best of their abilities. Out of the six boys who were sent to the trials, four of our boys made the team. Congratulations to Ngawo Sidasa for making the u/12 South Coast rugby team and Litha Ndawandwa, Cebo Zibi and Mfuneko Mabindisa for making the U/13 South Coast rugby team respectively. Thank you to King Edward High School for providing the transport for our pupils. Well done boys.

Mr B. Sauli

U/12 and U/13 Hockey/Rugby Festival at Kokstad Junior School

It was an early morning for the U/13 Hockey girls and U/13 Rugby boys on the 16th April 2016. The girls took part in a 11a-side hockey festival and the boys in a 7a-side festival. The teams played really well and showed that our school has talent and the ability to perform at every opportunity given to them. We would like to congratulate and thank Kokstad Junior School for hosting such a tangible festival for our learners. Well done to our U/13 teams for a good performance on the day and we thank the Lord our heavenly Father because, ‘With God We Can’.

Mr. B. Sauli

 

U/12 and u/13 South Coast Rugby boys: left to right: Litha Ndwandwa; Ndawo Sidaza; Mr B. Sauli; Mfuneko Mabindisa and Cebo Zibi

 

1st Team Hockey Girls at the Spar tournament: back row: Pathiswa Ntshayisa; Naledi Noka; Keorapetse Thekiso; Mrs R. Viviers; Siso Mnukwa; Nozi Bam; Ms S. Joubert; Uma Jakelase; Ongeziwe Gqada and Kgaugelo Mohale. Front row: Talisha Marais; Phelea Mohau; Claire Hulley; Tholoana Khulang; Reabetsoe Lepheana; Seithati Pakkies; Lolwethu Mazwi and right in front: Arle Pieterse

Grade 5 Tour

 

On the 5th of April, with much excitement, the Grade 5 Learners as well as 4 educators departed on an educational Tour to Durban. A lot of places were explored and visited, such as the sugar terminal, the Natural Science Museum, Durban harbour, King Shaka Airport, Japanese Gardens, Sharks Board, uShaka Marine world, abi Coca-cola factory and Pure Venom. The learners as well as the teachers thoroughly enjoyed themselves and a lot was learned. A big thank you to the Fig Tree for accommodating and feeding everyone. Also a big thank you to all the places we visited for your kind guidance and sharing your knowledge with our learners.

 

Mr S Rae, Mrs C de Kock, Mrs V Gobey and Mr D Moyo.

 

Maclear Rugby and Netball festival

 

1st Team Netball

 

On Saturday, the 9th of April, St. Monica’s first team Netball travelled to Maclear to participate in the Maclear Netball festival. The competition was tough but our girls took up the challenge and played very well. They played four matches of which they drew one and lost 3 with very little margins. The girls learnt a lot and there was a great improvement in their play. We would like to thank the St. Monica’s school for allowing us to go and showcase our talents in Maclear. Thank you to Maclear High school for inviting us.

 

Mrs V. Magebede

 

 

 

U/15 and 1st team Rugby

 

On the 9th of April, the u/15 and 1st team rugby team took part in the Maclear festival. The U/15 Boys played really well and their performance was of a good standard. They dominated in the scrums and line-outs.

 

The 1st team played against Maclear’s 2nd Team. The competition was tough but our boys took up the challenge and played very well. Thank you to Maclear High School for hosting the festival and a job well done to both the u/15 and 1st team rugby team.

 

Mr B. Sauli

 

 

 

New staff

 

We welcome a new member of staff at the beginning of the second term. Mr Fynn joins us from the University of KZN’s Edgewood campus where he has been working as a lecturer in History for Educators since 2014. He completed his Bachelor of Education for Senior Phase and FET in 2012. He then went on to for his Honours and Masters degrees in Education, specializing in History education completing in 2014. We wish him everything of the best as he takes up his position with us.

 

Mr D Pretorius

 

New staff: Mr R. Fynn

 

1stteam rugby against Maclear 2ndteam, from left to right: Qhayiyalethu Nkomo, with the ball: Chulumanco Gingcana; Asemahle Nogenga and Kerwin van der Berg

 

Grade 5’s holding a Albino python: Left to right: Retsephile Mothapa; Lesedi Moraba; Odwa Lurani and Malusi Sipika

Grade 5 tour to Durban: A group of Grade 5’s in a shark cage at the Sharks Board. In the cage, left to right:  Khaohelo Lebeko; Lereko Rakaibe; Ntando Faniso; Karabelo Moraba, Malusi Sipika and Enkosi Majikijela and outside the cage: Sihle Mlobeni

 

 

Grade 5 tour to Durban:  left to right: Karabelo Moraba; Ntando Faniso and Takudzwa Nyathi enjoying a boat trip around Durban harbour.

 

Sisonke District Team U/12 & U/13

 

Our U/12 and U/13 rugby boys took part at the Sisonke District trials hosted by King Edward High School on the 14th of March 2016. They participated against some talented players from Kokstad and Underberg.

 

Ngawo Sidaza, Luvo Nonkevu and Teboho Lebenya were chosen for the U/12 Sisonke District team and Mfuneko Mabindisa, Litha Ndwandwa and Cebo Zibi for the U/13 Sisonke District team.

 

Congratulations to our players who made the team and will now be going to the South Coast Trials in April. Thank you to Sisonke for providing our learners with such a great opportunity and thank you to King Edward for the hosting of the trials.

 

Mr. B Sauli

 

left to right: u/12: Cebo Zibi; Litha Ndwandwa and Mfuneko Mabindisa, Mr B. Sauli; U/13: Luvo Nonkevu, Teboho Lebenya and Ngawo Sidaza

 

KFC Mini-Cricket Festival

 

On Saturday the 5th of March King Edward High School hosted the KFC mini-cricket festival for many schools in Matatiele. St. Monica’s u/7 – u/9 learners participated in this fun day. The emphasis of the day was for learners to have fun. Our learners were very enthusiastic irrespective of the hot weather throughout the day. We would like to extend a very warm thank you to KEHS for holding such a great event.

 

Ms V. Naidoo

 

 

U/7, Bowling: Mpololo Iphendule

 

U/8, Bowling: Sibonela Makholwa

 

U/7, Batting: Uviwe Jijana

 

U/9, Batting: Unathi Nkomo

Grade 12 Leadership week end

 

“Good leaders hold up to the standard of their title, but great leaders create more leaders”

 

On Friday, 12 February 2016, we departed for our leadership camp. As prefect, LDP (Leadership Development Portfolio) and RCL (Representative Council of Learners) members we were highly anticipating the weekend. Our first sight of Cedarberg Guest Farm was spectacular; from the pond to the great display of vegetation – it was a phenomenal sight! The camp was a much needed breathe of fresh air and a chance for us to improve and polish our leadership skills. We took part in various activities over the course of the two days. At first it seemed to be just fun team activities but it was actually strategically designed to teach us the significance of teamwork and proper planning. Intellect and physical strength were put to the ultimate test. The weekend continued with many other mentally and physically challenging activities that encouraged teamwork. Of paramount importance on the weekend was the leadership workshops held by Mr Pretorius. Each of the respective groups walked away with a sense of determination to realize our individual purposes. The camp strengthened the bond between teachers and learners and our all-important bond with God, Our Father. Our heartfelt appreciation is extended to all educators who attended, Mrs Van Wyhe and Mrs Hulley who ensured we were well-fed. We are also thankful to King’s Tours for ensuring that we were transported to and from Cederberg safely and to Cedarberg Guest farm for hosting us. We are also most grateful to our HOD: Mrs Letuka, our Deputy Principal: Mrs Myburg and our Principal: Mr Pretorius for setting such a high standard of leadership that we are able to emulate.

 

Lerato Moshoeshoe (Headgirl) Palesa Tshabala (LDP) and Katleho Lephuting (RCL)

 

 

Morning exercises: left to right: Katleho Lephuting; Nosipho Ngidi; Karabo Mabea and Rorisang Mapheleba

 

Grade 12 learners preparing a war cry

 

One of the towers that were built during an activity. From left to right: Sisonke Mamile; Athenkosi Bezana; Retsepile Mongoato; Phelela Mohau;

 

Palesa Mabea; Lerato Moshoeshoe; Ongeziwe Gqada; Kgaugelo; Khanya Moeti; Uma Jakalase; Clinton Bobore; Rorisang Mapheleba and Sikhonza Mgangato.

 

 

Valentine day – Pre-School

 

On Friday 12th February 2016, our Pre-School l celebrated Valentine’s Day. Learners were treated to cupcakes and chips. Music and dancing were also enjoyed by the little ones. The gestures of love made everyone feel special on this day. The educators felt good knowing they had made the learners’day much sweeter.

 

Mrs R. Gous

 

 

Valentine day – Foundation Phase

 

On 12 February, the JP Phase celebrated Valentine’s Day. The learners were very excited and all dressed up for the occasion, even the JP teachers dressed up. The learners received a cup cake and then participated in the Mr and Miss Valentine modeling competition. Linamandla Maboza was crowned Mr Valentine and Entle Ntamnani – Miss Valentine. Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

 

Ms M. la Marque

 

 

 

St Monica’s Prayer and Ash Wednesday

 

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. This is the time when the church takes a journey of repentance and it is symbolized by putting ashes on our foreheads. St. Monica’s as an Anglican affiliated school had a prayer day on Wednesday 10 February. Father Mafunda, the school Chaplain, prayed for our parents, learners and staff.

 

Father Mafunda also blessed rosaries and administered the ashes. This reminds us as a school that ‘With God We Can’.

Mrs P. Myburg

 

On the 28th of January, St. Monica’s hosted a mini-cricket match against Bergview Primary. All teams who participated played very well and the day was enjoyed by all.

 

Ms M. la Marque

 

 

U/7 Cricket: Batting: Phethahatso Motsuoane

 

District Awards Astro-Quiz

 

On Thursday 21 January, Alizwa Madikana, Mathe Moshoeshoe and Olwethu Maphela, all in grade 8, were invited to the Maluti District Awards Ceremony. They were presented with certificates for representing the district at the provincial round of the Astro-Quiz held in 2015.

 

Mr D. Pretorius

 

On the 13th of January, it was with excitement, nervousness and in some cases, a few tears that our Pre-School and Grade 1 learners entered the premises.

 

As the day wore on the children became more comfortable in their new environment and took part in some activities that were planned by their teachers.

 

A special welcome is extended to all our new learners across the phases and we wish each and every one a happy and successful association with St. Monica’s.

 

Mrs E. de Kock

 

 

New Educators

The Principal of St Monica’s Diocesan School, Mr D Pretorius and all the staff members extend a very warm welcome to the new Staff members for 2016.

From the back in the middle they are V. Naidoo in Grade 2 and A. Dondolo in Grade 10. In the front they are MS L Rademan in Grade 3, Ms B Mandiwanzira in Grade 8, Ms S. Marais in Grade 6 and Ms P. Peyper in Grade 7. We wish them a fruitful, happy association with the school.

 

Mrs R. Gous (back left) has been appointed as the HOD of the Pre-School and Mr I. Leboea (back right) has been appointed as the HOD of the Grade 6 and 7 classes. We wish them success in their new position.

Mrs E. de Kock

 

 2015 HIGHLIGHTS

 

Progress of the new buildings

 

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Vacancies available - closing date 13 November 2015

 

 

 

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

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Red Group learner: Lutho Zenzele

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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.

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St. Monica’s Pre-School fund raising.

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St. Monicas learners.

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

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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

 

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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

 

 

 

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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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