Loerie Letter September 2018


Our Loerie Letter No 6

2018

Dear KMS Family

What an eventful term! The holidays are nearly upon us and there hopefully will be a well-deserved rest for all. Our 2018 Matrics have just completed the Prelim examinations and will be preparing for finals so I am not sure how much rest they will have – but please remember to strike a balance – you do need time also to look after yourselves and use your time wisely.

2018/2019 Interact Board
Congratulations to the new Interact Board: President: Zeldine Schwark; Vice President: Kahlil van der Walt, Treasurer: Nadia Beyleveld; Secretary: Caylem Baltazar; Board member: Gina Slabbert; Interact member: Kaylin Jacobs; Teacher: Marne Nigrini.

In the pic outgoing President Matsedi Mogale hands over to New President Zeldine Schwark.

Many congratulations to the 2017/2018 Interact Board. Knysna Rotary presented them with two awards: Best Club Interact Project Presented to Knysna Interact Clubs and Knysna Montessori Interact Club for the excellent programme of community service activities 2017/2018. 

Knysna Literary Festival – Many congratulations to Simone Christian (Gr 12) who came first in her age category for short stories, and Maddisson Drake (Gr 4). The Grade 6 and 7s participated in a Creative Writing Workshop.

 

Grateful thanks to Belen and Mark Collins for organizing the Orienteering training at the school. Many children enjoyed participating in this event as well as the event on Leisure Island.

There have been a number of tours this term. These tours are so important for the development of character, social skills and confidence, sense of value and self-worth as well as being loads of fun!

Grade 9 Tour – The Grade 9s set off for the Wild Coast. The Grade 9s presented their slide show compiled by Oliver Price to us all in assembly recently and at the Prize Giving last week. The music which accompanied the slide show was very apt … shall we say, and reverberates in my mind quiet frequently! Well done to Ant for putting up with this Music – all the way there and all the way back!

 

A number of senior students attended the Orange River Tour with Ant and Max. From the stories and pictures we have seen, it would seem that this was once again a wonderfully successful trip. Thank you to Ant and Max for organizing these amazing adventures for our students.

 

Our 9-12s will be attending the Grade 6 Tour to Oudtshoorn at the end of this term. We hope they have a wonderful time together. This tour helps to further strengthen bonds and friendships and also aids in developing leadership skills, preparing them for the Middle School environment.

The Preschool and Junior School have had some exciting events this term including the 9-12 Market Day, Spring Teas and the 6-9 Play about the Timeline of Life.

 

 

 

 

Well done Gerhard and Marne for being our big dinosaurs in the Time Line of Life Play!

The 6-9 children staff and parents worked so hard to create a very memorable evening.

 

 

Our 2018 Matric students and their partners attended the annual Matric Dance at Villa Castellini. Parents, teachers and friends gathered to watch the Matrics arrive in all their finery. Thank you so much to Dana and the Grade 11s for their hard work in fundraising for the event and fantastic work in setting up the venue and hosting us all so well. Many thanks to Alfred Lor for the beautiful photographs!

 

Middle and High School Prize Giving took place on the 13th September. Well done to all our students for your achievements and growth during the year. Many thanks to Arum and Jem-Dara Glogauer (above) and Zoë Metelerkamp who entertained us so well with song and poetry.

Many congratulations to our New Head girl Zoë Metelerkamp, and Deputy Head girl Matsedi Mogale. We wish you a very happy and successful headship for 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to thank 2018 Head Boy Michael dos Santos Serra and Head Girl Simone Christian for their hard work and attention to duty this year.

 

Our cyclists have worked ceaselessly competing and participating in the Spur MTB Cycle Races this year. Well done to all our cyclists who have trained so hard and attended all the cycle practices and races this season. On the 15th September, KMS hosted the Final Spur MTB Series. Many thanks to Ant Campbell, Max Campbell, the MARS group and KMS students for their work on the track. Thank you to everyone who contributed to all the ingredients and supplies for the food stalls – everyone worked so hard at the Tuck Shop. Thanks are extended too to the Marshalls and staff for contributing to the success of this event.  

 

Thank you to Panasonic and JP and Bianca Botha for organizing the Preschool Race – it is great to get our little ones interested in the sport. A special mention to our dedicated Cycling parents (Anja and team) for your ongoing hard work, enthusiasm and energy and yes, stress – but the event was a great success.

 

I would like to thank Taddy, Leigh, Ant, Max and Candice for all the hard work and support in the hostel this term and into next term. Many thanks too to Fiela, Tarryn, Dinny, Dana, Barbara Anne and Liezel for assisting in hostel duties this term. Taddy, Leigh, Ant and Max will be resident at the hostel in the 4th term and Candice will continue her duties too.

I thought I would leave you with this quote by American author Brian Herbert – particularly apt for our Matric students  – Good Luck!

The capacity to learn is a gift;

the ability to learn is a skill;

the willingness to learn is a choice.

 

School Holiday Friday 21st September – Tuesday October 9th

 

 

 

Loerie Letter July 2018


Dear KMS Family

Welcome back to the third term.

The Taiwanese students and their teacher, Nancy joined us for the first week of term. Although it was a fleeting visit, we really enjoyed having them with us and trust they enjoyed their time with us. We hope they enjoy the rest of their time in South Africa.

We welcome Jim Schampera and Ben Hoffman who recently arrived from Germany.  Jim will be with us for 2 terms and Ben for a year. We hope you enjoy your time with us at Knysna Montessori School and hostel.

Evan Louw joins us in the 6-9 environment and Mila Chomse Strano joins the 3-6 environment. Eru Bruwer joins the Toddler environment. We hope you all settle down well in the new environments and are very happy at Knysna Montessori School.

Well done to all children who took part in a variety of events during the school holidays.

Gymnastics – The following pupils who are gymnasts of Knysna gymnastics club competed at the South Zone competition in Kuilsriver 21-23 June 2018.

Level 2         Chloe Price – Silver, Keita Crawford-Bestelink – Silver

Level 3        Hannah Buchanan – Gold

We want to congratulate young Keita Crawford-Bestelink for getting the main lead role in the new local movie “8” being shot in Knysna shortly. She will also have the amazing opportunity to shoot the last scene in Madagascar.

Congratulations to Chloe Price on winning the Siemens Baking Competition at Metelerkamps! Chloe took first prize of R1500.

South Cape Children’s Choir – One of our pupils, Jem-Dara Glogauer, who is part of the South Cape Children’s Choir, participated in the World Choir Games during the holidays. The Choir received a silver medal in both the children’s choir and the sacred music categories. They competed against choirs from 64 countries. Well done to the South Cape Children’s Choir on their achievement.

Carla Collins:  1st in the women’s K2 team in the Harbour to Heads 11km paddling race, 2nd overall.

Andrea Collins and Emily Edkins: Members of the u/13 Eden Hockey Team, who participated in the Pietermaritzburg tournament.

Naledi Leholo and Limise Vuyelwa: Members of the u/14 Eden Hockey Team, who participated in the Bloemfontein tournament.

Gita Hildebrand was selected to ride in the Eden squad at the Youth Festival in Oudtshoorn this week. Individual road race – 2nd place, Team Time Trial – 3rd place, Criterium – 2nd place.

If your children have competed or participated in an event during the holidays or are going to be doing so shortly, please drop us an email with the details.

There are a few changes to staff. Bev and Matt Brownson will be returning to the United States on the 27th July. Last week preschool parents received Bev’s letter about the opportunity which she has been offered in the US. We know she was very happy with us at KMS and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bev as Head of Preschool for all her valuable input and dedication to the children, staff and parents of the preschool. You will be missed! As hostel parents Bev and Matt will also be missed and we thank Matt for his hard work and input in maintenance of the school. We wish you well in your future endeavours.

Joy Diedericks will be the new Head of Preschool. She is a 3-6 Montessori teacher and has lots of experience with this age group. She is currently teaching in the 9-12 environment but will take up the position on 30th July in the preschool.  As a transitional period, Joy will still keep her hand in the 9-12 class from 11am -12am Tuesday -Friday for Afrikaans and Art. She will also continue doing the early morning greeting with the Junior School at 07:15. When the pre-schoolers go out onto the playground and have lunch time (11am-12am) Barbara Anne will join the other staff members on playground duty.

Joy will be spending the day in the Preschool on Tuesday 24th July. You are invited to come and meet with her at the beginning of the day or at 2pm. I am advertising for a Junior School Art and Afrikaans teacher to fill the Junior School post. When a suitable candidate has been found the transitional period will end and Joy will be permanently in the Pre School.

I am also advertising for the position of Hostel Parents and will keep you informed. Action plans are being put in place until suitable candidates are found.

John Vahey is not returning to the school this year. We welcome Sue Waugh and Pieter Vieyra as temporary Geography and Maths Literacy teachers respectively. We are advertising the posts of Geography and Maths Literacy for next year.

The school calendar for the term is on the d6. Please check it regularly as occasionally a date may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances.

I wish you a very happy term.

Best wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter June 2018


Dear KMS Family

Our second term has flown by, and despite the mid-year exams which have occupied the last few weeks, we have managed to pack in and enjoy a number of interesting and exciting events.

Professional Development Workshops:

  • With Del, Taddy and PreSchool and Junior School teachers, I attended the SAMA conference in Port Elizabeth. During the weekend there, we attended various workshops, and I held a Middle School workshop on Discipline.
  • KMS hosted a very helpful and informative Social Media talk by Pam Tudin, which was well attended. Following up on this, Hilda du Plooy held two Social Media Workshops for students from Grade 6 to Matric. We are all aware of the positives and negatives involving Social Media, and it is good to know that both are being addressed for the advantage of our students.
  • Our teachers Bianca (9-12’s) and Lee Helen (6 – 9’s) attended both REACH (working with children with Autism) and RAVO (the Neuroscience of Dyslexia) workshops and found them to be interesting and informative. Bianca also joined Bev (Pre School) and Nakkie (6 – 9’s) for a workshop on Protective Behaviour, which again proved to be very worthwhile.

9-12 School Concert “A Day in the Life”:

The 9-12’s kept us all entertained at their annual concert, during which they demonstrated Science experiments, performed in Afrikaans and Xhosa, and showed us their variety of dancers, acrobats, musicians and singers. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Car Adventure Race – Grade 9 Fundraiser:

The event was organized by Ant, Max and the Grade 9’s, and was an enormous amount of fun for the participants – so much so that another has been organized for 29th July! (Details to follow.)

6-9 Outing:

The original outing planned was for a visit to the Snake Park in Plett, but unfortunately due to the protests which took place that day, the children were taken to Pine Lake Marina in Sedgefield. They all seemed to enjoy themselves and have a very good time, and there were no complaints about the change of plan!

Grade 9 Outing:

A wonderful opportunity arose for our Grade 9 students to attend a bronze-pouring demo at Bronze Fields Foundry with Robert Leggat. They enjoyed their packed lunches in the open garden area and then were taken on a short guided tour of Mungo Mill. Our grateful thanks to Nina Ligeti for organizing this exciting event.

9-12 ‘Lagoon Clean Up’ Outing:

Bianca, Lusanda and Joy took all their 9 – 12 students on a walk from school to the lagoon where they were given rubber gloves and asked to pick up any rubbish. They performed the task cheerfully and with great enthusiasm and we are proud of them.

 

 

 

Cycling Achievements:

Many congratulations to all our cyclists who have achieved wonderful results in all the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League events. Three more races to go for 2018!

  • 28th July Oakhill
  • 18th August Oakhill
  • KMS to host Final 15th September

We are encouraging all cyclists of all ages regardless of ability to sign up and earn points for your school but also to have loads of fun! For more information, please contact the school office.

Cultural Achievements:

BALLET

Many congratulations to Zoe Metelerkamp (level 9) who achieved Gold with Distinction (right). She is currently attending American Academy of Ballet Summer School in New York.

Jade Hahn (level 6) Gold, Hadassah Conradie (level 5) Gold, Shemene Conradie (level 4) Gold, and Clare Bensley (level 2) Silver with Distinction.

 

 

 

MUSIC

We also extend our congratulations to our songbirds Jodi Michael (left), who won the young musicians gala for best vocalist, and Jem-Dara Glogauer, who was chosen for the final competition squad of the South Cape Children’s Choir which will be participating in the World Choir Games at the beginning of July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to welcoming five Taiwanese students at the start of the new term.

REPORTS: Preschool reports will be handed out to parents. Gr 1 – 9 reports will be e-mailed to parents on Friday. Gr 10 – 12 reports will be e-mailed to parents at the beginning of Term 3, since students are writing up to the last day of this term.

Apologies for the inconvenience of stopping the bus from travelling on protest days. This decision was taken to prevent any potential problems travelling to and from school. We only became aware of the latest protest in George very early on Wednesday morning and Gus had already left. (He seemed to manage to get through.)

In order to make things easier for everybody, please see the following schedule:

The bus will wait 5 minutes: if you are running late, please ring Gus to inform him. If your child is not taking the bus to or from school, then kindly notify Gus timeously so that he can make necessary arrangements. I hope this will help to streamline things. (Gus Cell: 071 2655570)

Finally, I would like to wish all our KMS families and the KMS Team well-deserved, happy, relaxing – and warm! – July holidays. School reopens 17th July.

Best wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter April 2018


 

Dear Parents

Welcome back to the second term. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday and is feeling refreshed and re-energised for the new term!
We are delighted to welcome back Tayla Blignaut (9-12 environment) and Pieter Gouws (Middle School environment). We welcome a number of new families who are joining us this term; Benjamin Brink, Sixten Katzen and Hannah Booysen to the Toddler class, Oliver Deane (9-12 environment) and Cameron Deane (Middle School environment). Max September (6-9 environment) and Daniella September (Middle School environment) and Tristan Brazier (9-12 environment). We hope you all settle well into your new environments and enjoy yourselves at school.

Joey’s toddlers hard at work in the Practical Life area

Thank you to Wilma Snetler for standing in for Marne Nigrini in the Afrikaans classes from Grade 7-Grade 11. Marne will be returning to school on the 17th May.
Phil Golson will be teaching choir to the 9-12 environment on Mondays from 11:10-11:55.
Hockey, Soccer and Netball are our Winter Sports and MARS and trail running are all-round sports offered at the Middle and High School level. There are a number of clubs on offer at the Junior (6-12) age group as well as a variety of clubs in the Middle and High School environments. Please note that clubs at the 6-9 & 9-12 school level are voluntary but at the Middle and High School level, Clubs on a Wednesday from 14:10-15:10 are compulsory. Final sign-up for sport and clubs at the Middle and High School level will be completed by Friday this week. Clubs and full sport programme will commence from Monday 23rd April.
The Biowise school competition is in full swing – many thanks to all the parents, children and staff who have been filling bottles during the holidays. Please continue – we need many bottles for construction. The Biowise organisers and promoters will be visiting our school to see how we are getting along so please keep the bottles coming to school!

The weekend before school started, twin kid goats were born – a very welcome addition to our Goat family. You are most welcome to come and visit and enjoy our farmyard and outdoor area and meet the as yet unnamed pair!

On Monday 30th April we will be hosting a reunion to celebrate our 10 years of IEB Matric students. We look forward to seeing many of our past students and look forward to hearing all their news and achievements.
Thank you to parents for your support in letting the office know in writing if your child is sick, is leaving school with another parent, is leaving school early or is absent from school. This really does help ensure not only the safety of the children, but also that we have reasons for children’s absence from school.
Please remember to let us know if your child has competed in an event or activity in the holidays so that we can acknowledge achievements.
Lost Property: Please can you help us to reduce the amount of lost property items by clearly labelling your children’s clothes and sport equipment. In the event of children bringing home items of clothing that do not belong to them, please send the item/s back to school or hand in at the office so that they can be handed back to the rightful owner. Please regularly check your children’s backpacks and sport bags and if you find any pieces of Montessori equipment please return them to the class teacher – one little piece lost can render the entire equipment useless, so your help in this regard would be most appreciated.

Please see the d6 communicator for the sport and club schedules as well as the calendar for the term.

Best wishes to you all for a happy and productive term

Sonia

Loerie Letter March 2018


 

Dear KMS Family

WELCOME

In the months of February and March, a number of new students and families have joined KMS. We welcome Xavier and Nathan Burger and Tsili Soganga into hostel and the 15-18 environment. Elize and Jens Grossklaus (grade 10 and 8 respectively) have recently travelled from Germany and have also joined the hostel. Jordan Samuels joined the 6-9 environment and we welcome back Maddisson Drake in the 9-12 environment. Charity Kamwele and Summer- Jane Kristoffels have joined our 3-6 environment and Matt Bezuidenhout has joined the Toddler group.

FAMILY SOCIAL

Thank you to the parents who joined us for the Family Social on Friday 26th February. It is always very nice for new parents to meet and connect with others. We would like everyone to be part of MAP (Montessori Awesome Parents) and I know the class representatives are working on connecting all parents to the MAP platform.

PEC COMMITTEE

Thank you to the class representatives who form the PEC (Parent Event Committee) for 2018. They are as follows:

Preschool:  Heather Hersch, Nassif, Kay Merryweather
Junior School:  Tania Wentzell, Tarryn Cox, Kate Price
Middle School:  Anja de Nil
High School:  Nita Kind

INTERHOUSE ATHLETICS

Junior and Senior Interhouse Athletics took place. Congratulations to all the children who participated and earned points for your houses. Well done to Ironwood (Junior) and Beyleveld (Senior) for being the winning houses on the day. Thank you to the House Captains and Heads of Houses for your leadership in encouraging all to participate.

 

Matthew in action in the long jump (left)

 

 

On your marks, get set go! Camiel, Anothando and Benjamin set off on their race (right)

 

Grade 7 girls from Middle School participating in the track events (left)

 

 

Dylan Hawley (Gr12) Javelin (right)

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS

— Congratulations to Zinedine de Nil who has been achieving great results with cycling. In February he came 3rd overall and 2nd in his age group at the Oubos Event. He competed in the Leopard Crawl and came 3rd overall and 3rd in his age group. He competed in the Kingfisher event on the 17th March. Congratulations to Oliver Price who is representing Western Cape Cross Country.
— Congratulations to Carla Collins who made it through to the Eden Athletics 1500m team.
— Congratulations to Emily Edkins and Andrea Collins who attended the Eden Hockey Trials KPSSSU U13.
— Congratulations to Thomas Ferguson who will be representing Eden Aquatics at the South African Junior Swimming Championship from 21st -25th March.
— Congratulations to all the participants in the upcoming South African Canoe-Polo Championships. National team members, Coban –Dean Suttie, Aiden Carr and Carla Collins are joined by Marta Heinen, Jack Ligeti, Luke van As and Andrea Collins in the upcoming event. Good Luck!

CAPE CAREER EXPO

On the 13th February 2018 we had 23 Exhibitors from Cape Career Expo visit our school and our Grade 8-12 students and parents engaged with the exhibitors. The students really enjoyed this event and they gained some very interesting insight and information.

 

OCCUPATION EXPO

Knysna Montessori hosted the Grade 7 students from Knysna Primary and Riverwood on the 21st and 22nd February. They were invited to attend an Occupation Expo morning as well as to participate in some fun activities with our students. Thank you to the Middle School Staff and Sport Coaches and Liezel for organising this event so well.
Approximately 36 parents attended the Occupation Expo Information Evening for the Grade 7 parents of the Knysna Primary and Riverwood students as well as prospective parents of Middle and High School students from other local schools.

 

FAMILY CAMP

Although the weather was a little inclement on the Saturday, many courageous families braved the conditions. Thank you for attending and many thanks to Leigh, Ant and Max and staff for their support and organisation.

Pre-schoolers enjoying their meal together . . . .

 

 

 

RIVER TRIP

Anthony and Tarryn took some very courageous students on the Craddock River Trip. From the stories and photographs it would appear a great time was had by all!

 

 

 

 

LIBRARY FESTIVAL

Thank you to Diniel for organising the Library festival and to the parents, students and staff for buying some new editions for the Middle and High School sections. We had some very welcome donations too – thank you. Well done to all the children and staff who chose to dress as their favourite Book Character – we had some great outfits!

6-9 Favourite Book Characters

 

 

 

 

 

9-12 Favourite Book Characters – well done Bianca and Joy, you also looked amazing!

6-9 Boys (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRAHAMSTOWN SCIENCE FESTIVAL 

Gerhard, Ilse and the Grade 10-12 Science students attended the Grahamstown Festival. Some of the lectures and events they attended were: A Pollutants Tale, Get fired up on Hydrogen cells, Lazer Light Show and Wonders of Nanotech.

KNYSNA KNOW YOUR TOWN

Four Grade 10 students attended the Knysna “Know Your Town” Trip organised by Knysna Rotary. Mia, Enrique, Esona and Caylem enjoyed their two days. They visited many places including the Knysna Hospital, the morgue, the Fire Station and the Magistrates Court where they had to role play a court scene – Esona was the Defence Attorney representing his client Enrique!
Gabriel Henley, Esona Sibali and Jethro Stead will be attending the Outward Bound South Africa organised by Knysna Rotary during the holidays. Have fun and enjoy yourselves!

BACKWOOD POINT HOCKEY RAMPS

A dynamic combined team of Riverwood and Knysna Montessori U13 Hockey opened the season at the Backwood Point Festival.

 

 

 

MARS EXTREME

The Grade 11 students went with Anthony, Max and Fila on the Mars Extreme to the Orange River. They all enjoyed themselves, although they came back a little scratched, battered and bruised- but better off for the experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Middle and High School Performing Arts Evening was well attended and supported. Many congratulations to all the students who performed on the evening and to the Grade 11s and Interact Group. Thank you to all the staff members for your support and input with the students.

 

I wish everyone an enjoyable holiday and I look forward to seeing you all in the new term.

School reopens on the 17th April 2018.

Best Wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter January 2018


 

Celebrating 10th Year of IEB Matric Students

Dear KMS Family

I trust everyone had an enjoyable holiday and is raring to go for 2018! Welcome back to school, and I hope that the New Year brings us peace, health, happiness and an end to the drought in the Western Cape.
Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to Liezel Brazier, our new office administrator and Friday Market co-ordinator, and Angeline Kruger who is with us for the first term while Marne is on maternity leave.
Congratulations to Marne and her husband Hennie on the birth of their healthy baby boy, Daniel.
Congratulations to the Hersch Family on the birth of baby Ivy.

At the end of 2017 parents, students and staff took part in the annual survey. Thank you to everyone who participated in this. The survey helps us to identify areas of strength as well as areas that need improvement or focus.

This term we will be concentrating on 2 areas:

— Safety of children arriving at school and leaving from school

A member of staff will be on duty at the front office door between 14:00 and 14:30. The staff member is to ensure that all Junior School and Preschool children are leaving with their parents or guardians. A reminder please to inform the office if you have made arrangements with someone else to collect your child from school. It is not the responsibility of the teachers to know which play date has been arranged and with whom. This information MUST come to the office so that we know who is responsible for collecting your child.

If your child is walking or cycling home – please send a letter to the office confirming permission for this.

The staff member on duty will also ensure that the front entrance is clear and that the Middle and High School children are not blocking the entrance.

You will note that we have put up signs for your attention to please use the walkways when dropping and collecting your children from school. Some larger vehicles can’t see little children walking behind the vehicles.
The office closes at 4pm therefore any Middle and High School children not collected by 4pm will be asked to go to hostel so that we can ensure the children have been collected safely by their parent/guardian. A register will be kept and aftercare rates will apply

— Communication

We have implemented the D6 School Communicator. Details about downloading the APP have been sent out. Please attend the Parent Information Evenings this week for further information. All school information will be available on the D6 App.

School WhatsApp groups will cease – no teachers will be on WhatsApp groups from next week. If the parents in the phase wish to set up a social WhatsApp group, then that is by choice and the class representative needs to manage the group. Only teachers who are parents too may be on this group.  We will be having a class representative meeting once all class reps have been appointed: TUESDAY 30th January at 14:15.
The school calendar and sport and club calendar will be posted on the D6 communicator.

I look forward to us all working together to ensure that the above two areas are streamlined and effective. Please do not hesitate to let us know if we can assist further in this regard.

Junior Athletics Day will be on Friday 26th. Children are to go to their classes as normal and the event will start at 8:30am and be finished at approximately 12 noon. Children may go home with their parents or they may stay at school until the end of the school day. Please note – if you are taking your child home after the event please inform the class teacher.

Please join us for the Family Social on Friday 26th from 4pm. There will be a KMS table for all parents and staff – please come and support our market for meals and refreshments. This is a good time for all parents and in particular, new parents to meet and chat.

I wish everyone a very happy term as we nurture, guide and facilitate your children, inspiring them to learn and fostering in them a love of learning and helping them to quench their thirst for knowledge.

Kind regards

Sonia

 

 

 

Montessori Matrics Exceed Expectations


Knysna Montessori School is particularly proud of its 2017 matric learners and their results, especially in view of the upheavals caused by the June wildfires, subsequent disruptions to the academic year, and the unseen psychological effects of the catastrophe.

These matriculants performed even better than the “pre-fires” expectations of their results, with an 87% university pass rate. A significant number of the school’s learners will be furthering their studies at universities and tertiary institutions this year, joining a growing group of past learners who have studied, or are studying at universities and colleges, both locally and overseas.

Distinctions were achieved across a wide range of subjects, which was testament to the amount of work put in by both learners and teaching staff, as well as to the intimate and supportive environment offered by the school. One of the aims of the school is to enable learners to achieve their individual best potential, and these IEB results prove that the school was successful in achieving this aim.

Top results were achieved by Heather Metelerkamp, Gemma Persello (head girl 2017), Thomas Edwards and Chant Messina (head boy 2017).

However, Knysna Montessori is particularly proud of those learners who, although not top students, have achieved to their full potential, thus giving them the maximum opportunity to pursue their goals and dreams, and believes the results are a reflection of the family environment and strong work ethic engendered by the Montessori system of education. Small classes with individual attention, dedicated qualified staff and a close-knit student group are all factors that contribute to this success.

ThomasThomas Edwards has been with Knysna Montessori since Gr 1, and the school wishes him all the best in his endeavours as a student of engineering at Stellenbosch University.

Gemma

 

Gemma Persello, an exemplary example as a head girl during 2017, joined Knysna Montessori from her first days of schooling at age two. She has been a pillar within the school’s community throughout her schooling career. Gemma will be embarking on BCom Marketing for 2018.

 

 

 

HeatherHeather Metelerkamp is a studious learner who began her journey of education with the Knysna Montessori School from preschool. Heather will be entering university to further her craving for knowledge.

Chant

 

Chant Messina is an outstanding student who joined the Knysna Montessori School in preschool. He will be working on his dream of continuing with art for the next three months and then working abroad.

Stationery Lists


STATIONERY LISTS 2018

PRE SCHOOL (TODDLER)

  • 1 Ream of A4 paper
  • 1 box tissues
  • 1 Pad of Bright Coloured Paper
  • Drink Bottle
  • If needed a milk bottle
  • Dummies where necessary
  • 3 sets extra clothing
  • Underwear (especially for children who are potty training)
  • Nappies
  • Sun Hat
  • Shoes for walks
  • (Please ensure that all items are clearly marked with the child’s name)

Additional Annual costs:

The costume/production fee will be distributed equally amongst the class and will be approximately R95.

Class outings: 1 per term.  Occasionally some of the outings will require an entrance fee.

PRE SCHOOL

  • 1 x Pack Colour Tripod Grip Pencils (Basic Triangle Pencils)
  • 1 Ream of A4 paper
  • 1 box tissues
  • 1 Medium Pritt Stick
  • 1 Pad of Bright Coloured Paper
  • 1 Lever Arch file with dividers (only new children)
  • 1 Pack Thick Kokis (Jumbo)
  • Watercolour Paint
  • 1 Pack Crayons

Child must bring to School:

  • Drink Bottle
  • Change of Clothes
  • Hat
  • Shoes for Walks
  • Gumboots for Winter

*Please ensure all items are clearly marked with a permanent marker with  the child’s name

Additional Annual costs:

The costume/production fee will be distributed equally amongst the class and will be approximately R95.

Class outings: 1 per term.  Occasionally some of the outings will require an entrance fee.

6-9 YEARS (GR1 – GR3)

Each child will be responsible for his/her own pencil case.

Please label each item clearly and check your child’s pencil case regularly. The teachers will demonstrate to the children the importance of caring for their possessions and emphasise the necessity of having the right tools for each task.

Kindly note that should your child not have the necessary stationery, your child will be sent to the office for the required item and be billed accordingly. 

Requirements:

  • 1 ream of A4 paper
  • 1 box tissues
  • 1 quad book 72 pages
  • 1 A4 unruled excercise book 72 pages (Grade 1)
  • 1 A4 Irish line book 72 pages (Grade 3)
  • 1 A4 exercise book 72 pages (Grade2)
  • 1 lever arch file with dividers
  • 1 pack of 50 plastic sleeves
  • 1 exam pad (punched/ruled/lined) needs replacing when necessary
  • 1 plastic envelope folder for reader

PLEASE DO NOT COVER BOOKS – THEY WILL BE COVERED IN CLASS 

Each child’s pencil case should contain the following and be replaced when necessary.

  • 2 HB pencils (good quality)
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 set coloured pencils
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 30cm ruler

Once Off Fee – Desktop Dictionary: R60 will be billed to your account for a dictionary with words to help children with their spelling of important words which will be used throughout the Junior school years. From 2019 only Grade 1’s will incur this cost.

Additional Annual costs:

The costume/production fee will be distributed equally amongst the class and will be approximately R95.

Class Outings: 1 per term.  Occasionally some of the outings will require an entrance fee.  At the beginning of the Third Term you may be asked to supply an additional exercise book for English and Maths.

 9-12 YEARS (GR4 – GR6)

Each child will be responsible for his/her own pencil case. Please label each item clearly and check your child’s pencil case regularly.

Kindly note that should your child not have the necessary stationery, your child will be sent to the office for the required item and be billed accordingly.

Requirements:

  • 1 school diary
  • 1 ream of A4 paper
  • 2 box tissues
  • 1 quad book 72 pages
  • 4 files with dividers (ring binders or lever arch)
  • 4 pack of 100 plastic sleeves
  • 1 A4 Hardcover book 192 pages
  • 1 A4 Softcover book 72pages
  • 1 exam pad (punched/ruled/lined) needs replacing when necessary
  • English Handbook & Study Guide ISBN978-0-620-32583-7 (can be used to Gr 12 – to be purchased by parents at CNA/Bargain Books)

Each child’s pencil case should contain the following and be replaced when necessary:

  • 2 HB pencils
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 set coloured pencils
  • 1 packet koki’s
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 30cm ruler
  • 1 Pack Highlighters
  • 1 Mathematical Set (compass, protractors etc….)

PLEASE COVER FILES AND BOOKS NEATLY AND PUT A PLASTIC COVER ON THEM & ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE CLEARLY LABELLED. 

Additional Annual costs:

  • Literature Set work Fee: R220 will be billed to your school account.
  • The costume/production fee will be distributed equally amongst the class and will be approximately R100.
  • Class Outings: 1 per term.  Occasionally some of the outings will require an entrance fee.
  • Grade 6 Tour- approximately R990

12-15 YEARS (GR7 – GR9)

Kindly note that should your child not have the necessary stationery, your child will be sent to the office for the required item and be billed accordingly.

Requirements:

  • 1 school diary (A5/A4)
  • 1 ream of A4 paper
  • 1 box tissues
  • 4 files with dividers (if you have existing ring binder, then 2)
  • 1 pack of 50 sleeves
  • 1 exam pad (punched/ruled/lined), needs replacing from time to time
  • 1 concertina file
  • 1 calculator FX 82 ZA Plus
  • 1 geometry set
  • 4 hard cover A4 books (Maths, English, History, Science)
  • 1 A5 hard cover book (Spelling)
  • Grade 9’s only: 1 x 10 Page Flip File for Creative Arts
  • Flash/memory Stick (recommended)
  • Oxford Dictionary

Each child’s pencil case should contain the following and be replaced when necessary.

  • 2 HB pencils
  • black or blue pens
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 sharpener
  • 1 set coloured pencils
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 30cm ruler

Additional Annual costs:

  • Text Book Fee: A once off fee of R816 at Grade 7 level or new students entering the Middle School – billed to school account
  • Replacement/Top up text book fee: R260 per annum – billed to school account
  • Afrikaans Workbook (Gr7) @ R150
  • Afrikaans Workbook (Gr8 & Gr9) @ R175
  • Mental Maths @ R105 – billed to school account during Term 1 (Gr7 only)
  • R115 costume/production fee – billed to school account at time of production
  • 1 leadership camp Grade 7, 8, and 9 ( approximate cost R585) – Term 1
  • 1 Grade 9 Tour (approximate cost R1860) – Term 3 or 4
  • Class outings 1 per term – minimal entrance fee
  • R250 per Term for the coupon book – R50 of which is paid into their businesses as capital each term

15-18 YEARS (GR10 – GR12)

Kindly note that should your child not have the necessary stationery, your child will be sent to the office for the required item and be billed accordingly.

Requirements:

  • 1 school diary (A5/A4)
  • 1 ream of A4 paper
  • lever arch files with dividers (Gr.10s may use old Gr 9 files)
  • 1 exam pad (punched/ruled/lined) needs replacing when necessary
  • 1 calculator FX 82 ES or FX991 (only for Students who do AP Maths or
  • continue with Core Maths)
  • 1 geometry set
  • flash/memory stick (recommended)

Each child’s pencil case should contain the following and be replaced when necessary:

  • pencil
  • black & blue pens
  • 1 eraser
  • 1 sharpener
  • 1 set coloured pencils
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 glue stick
  • 1 30cm ruler

Grade 10 CAT students:

  • A laptop with mouse
  • Windows 2010 (preferable)

English Home Language GR10,11 & 12

  • 1 Ring file or Lever arch file
  • File dividers
  • Plastic sleeves
  • Exam pad

Visual Arts/ Design Students require the following:

  • HB pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Black fine liner
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Colour pencils
  • Set of colour kokis

15-18 students may bring a laptop or tablet to school for educational purposes ONLY. Some of the paper textbooks are available as e-books and we would like to start a trial in 2015. Students will need to comply with the school rules in this regard.

Insurance: Whilst all reasonable precautions will be taken to ensure safety of electronic goods, they bring them to school at their own risk and we cannot be held responsible for loss or damage. Kindly therefore ensure these items are insured through your own personal insurance.

Additional Annual costs:

  • Text Book Fee: A once off fee of R816 at Grade 10 level or new students entering the High School – billed to school account
  • Text Book Replacement/Top up text book fee: R260 – billed to school account
  • Life Science Students GR 10,11 & 12 – billed to account
  • Work Book Gr. 10 (+/- R240)
  • Work Book Gr. 11 & 12 (+/- R280)
  • Afrikaans GR 10 11 & 12 – billed to account
  • Work Book Gr. 10 (+/- R195)
  • Work Book Gr. 11 & 12 (+/-R195)

       Additional Optional Costs: 

  • Design Indaba – +/- R645 (petrol & accommodation – meals excluded)
  • Science Festival – +/- R645 (petrol & accommodation – meals excluded)
  • Life Orientation First Aid Course (Gr11 & Gr12) +/- R640
  • Grade 11 Tour – (local/international) Fundraising contribution and the balance paid per student

 

 

 

Loerie Letter December 2017


Dear Parents

A quote from Barbara Johnson depicts our Knysna Montessori parents who are actively involved and engaged with their children. 

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.”

Thank you parents for all your support this year; your children flourish with acknowledgement and encouragement. There is also a fine balance in supporting your child and also allowing the freedom to develop his independence through exploration, error and engagement with the world around him. This way children can grow to be self-assured independent young people ready to take on  any challenge or activity they might encounter, and know that their strength was achieved through their own determination and hard work.

We welcomed Matthes Holste and Lara Schunack, relatives of Kibibi and Antonia to the Middle School for this term. They are visiting us from overseas. We hope you have enjoyed your time with us at KMS.

Thank you to all for completing the annual survey forms. KMS, like any school, is constantly striving, changing and improving. So I appreciate your comments and suggestions and will take on board any improvements which can be made or are possible. I will give details of the areas of focus in the New Year.

COMMUNICATION

We are looking into developing an App for the school and details will be forthcoming shortly. We trust this will help to improve communication across the board.

All formal communication needs to come through the front office, either by email to the school secretary or by making an appointment with Sonia.

If your child is sick or is going to be absent or is going home with another parent – it is vital that that information comes to the front office. If you have made private arrangements with another parent or party to collect your child, the front office must be notified; an email to the office to verify arrangements will ensure that those necessary are informed. When you collect children from school please remind them to say goodbye to the teacher on duty. If you are collecting your child early from school for an emergency appointment, please sign out at the front office in the book provided.

If your child is allowed to walk or cycle home please send an email to the office so that we know permission has been given. There is a lot of construction happening in the area and it is advised that children do not walk alone and are reminded to look out for construction vehicles reversing onto the roads. All children cycling to and from school must wear a helmet.

Please remind your child to use the walkways provided when getting in and out of vehicles.

Communication with Teachers

A reminder please – No sms’ may be sent to the teachers’ cell phones and teachers may not sms parents’ cell phones. A number of staff members will be allocated school email addresses for necessary communication, however I request to be copied in to all communication to/from parents or to/from students. All other communication must come through the office and will be forwarded to the relevant teachers. Staff members are not allowed their cell phones while teaching or on duty. All staff members have been reminded of this.

Any urgent telephonic message which needs immediate attention will be hand delivered to the relevant register teacher.

Middle School Internship and Hostel 

Anthony Campbell will be overseeing an exciting Middle School and Hostel Intern Programme in 2018. Candice Hall (Neé Yoko) and Max Campbell will be joining the Programme.  Candice graduated from Knysna Montessori in 2012. She joined the school when she was in Preschool in 1999. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts and is majoring in Psychology. Max Campbell graduated with Bachelor Degree Pass from Knysna Montessori School in 2014. He joined the school when he was in Preschool too. Both Candice and Max are true representations of our slogan Preparation For Life – Toddler to Matric! He has completed the Advanced Mountaineering Course and GASG (Professional Adventure Guide qualification), and is a surf instructor and Mountain Bike instructor. He has a PDP licence and Level 3 First Aid.

Hostel is undergoing some restructuring for 2018. A detailed letter has been sent to hostel families. Taddy Beyleveld, Founder of Knysna Montessori School and Hostel will be the Manager of hostel and all queries or questions regarding hostel will go through to Taddy via the hostel cell phone. Taddy will be on hand to help mentor and guide the children and hostel team. Anthony Campbell joins Bev and Matt as hostel staff members. Interns Candice and Max will be responsible for certain duties relating to hostel.

Absenteeism

Please remember that it is your responsibility as parents to ensure that your child attends school from the beginning of the year to the end of the school year. If your child is sick, please notify the office; if your child is sick for more than two days, then a doctor’s certificate is necessary. Please organise your holidays during the school holidays as per the school calendar.

Where possible please organise medical appointments after school hours. In the event that your child will not be at school for any other reason, please seek permission in writing. Please be mindful that any child absent for 30 days or more in a school calendar year may need to repeat the grade.

Your cooperation in these matters is important and would be greatly appreciated so that we together ensure the security and safety of your children.

Junior Interhouse Gala

Thank you Tarryn for organising a wonderful gala for our Junior school children. Congratulations to all the swimmers and well done to Milkwood and Ironwood who tied for first place.

Gala 2Pictured here are some eager and enthusiastic swimmers.

Front from left: Isabel, Lesedi, Erin, Emmeline.

Back from left: Saige, Ntidi, Kaylin and Emma.

Pre Primary and Junior School Plays

What fun we had with so many plays – well done to all the children and staff for entertaining and educational productions.

3-6 play                                                   

                                                     3-6 Pre-schoolers on their way to the amphitheatre (right)

toddlers

 

Toddlers (left)

 

 

 

 

Father Xmas

 

                                                         Father Christmas visits the children at the Friday Market

 

 

 

Below: Girls and boys from the ‘Maria Montessori’ play

MM play 1 MM play 2

A scene from the 9-12 Environment’s play “Knysna”

9-12 play

In celebration of our 20th year, I have included a few photo’s of some of the development over the years ……

2008: Amphitheatre, swimming deck, and old farmyard and garden

dev 1 dev 2

dev 3 dev 4

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following staff members who are retiring, or have ended contracts or resigned, for their service and dedication to the school and children of Knysna Montessori:

Ramos Mazodze, Peter Vieyra and Ronel and Chris Scholtz. I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.

Irene Charles, a loyal and long serving member of staff will be retiring at the end of the Year. Irene joined Taddy at Tootle Town many years ago. You will be missed Irene and I wish you well in your retirement.

We wish Kerrey Francisco all the very best for her future plans and thank her for her cheerful personality and hard work within the Admin team.

Marne, the Afrikaans teacher in the Middle and High School is going on maternity leave for the first term and we wish her all the very best for the birth of her baby boy. Angeline Kruger will be her replacement for Grade 7-11 for the first term. Nadia Ballan will be teaching the Matric Afrikaans for the first term.

all the wayGood luck to all our Matric Students – let us hope your hard work has paid off!

Pictured right are some of our Toddler to Matric students – Thomas Edwards, Kito van Gastel, Joshua Allen, Gemma Persello and Heather Metelerkamp

To the Matric Class of 2017 – Thank you for the beautiful paintings by Michelle Offerman. Many thanks to Gemma Persello for her hard work at arranging this gift for the school, particularly when you were so busy studying for exams.

Many thanks to Michelle Offerman for her magnificent and generous gift of a painting of a Knysna Loerie to Knysna Montessori School.

matric gift

Please note the following dates:

Orientation Day – 16th January for new children

Hostel Orientation Day – 16th   January – Parents please come and meet the hostel team from 2pm.

School reopens – 17th January

The office will  be open from 9th January.

There will be a revision of the Middle and High School timetables (start and finishing times); you will be notified before school starts of changes. We are looking at realigning the lunch time and reviewing the length of day.

I wish everyone a very merry Festive Season and a Prosperous and Happy New Year.  holly 3

Best wishes

Sonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loerie Letter October 2017


Dear KMS Family,

Welcome back to the fourth term. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday.

Pic 9.2At the end of last term, the Grade 9s embarked on an exciting tour. They travelled to the Cradock area where they spent 4 activity-packed days. On the way to Craddock they stopped at Nieu-Bethesda; they spent 2 days white water rafting, obstacle courses, team building activities and a night hike. On their return home they stopped at Addo Elephant Park.

 

 

  • On Thursday, 19th October our Grade Rs, Grade 3s, Grade 6s and Grade 9s will be visiting their new 2018 environments for the morning. The Preschool and Junior School directresses will take the children and collect the children from the respective classes.

GRADE 9 CHILDREN PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR SUBJECT CHOICE FORMS BY MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER. (If you have misplaced your form, kindly get a new one from Kerrey.)

  • Uniform 15-18 Phase 2018

Please note that the boys’ chinos, school shirts and a new knee-length skirt will be available from the school office.

In order to place the orders all Grade 9 (2017) children need to place orders with Patricia, and any Grade 10 and 11 new orders by the end of October. The children may come to the office to try samples in order to get the correct size.

Grade 9 (2017) boys and girls shoes will be Black. Please speak to Patricia regarding the style.

pic 9.3

 

PIC ‘N PAY

Please visit the Outdoor Occupation Area on Mondays to Thursdays from 8am – 9am. Come and pick your own organic veggies! The Middle School children are currently selling spinach, radish, lettuce, beans, and lots of fresh herbs! Bring your own bag or box.

 

 

We have an exciting term ahead, with Matric Exams, Junior School and Preschool plays, Interhouse Galas, Market Days, Civvies week and so much more!

Please take note of the calendar dates and details on the website.

Enjoy the term.

Best wishes

Sonia

 

 

Loerie Letter September 2017


Dear KMS Family

We have had an even busier third term than usual with an overflow of events from the end of last term’s disruption by the calamitous fire. We are however back on track and delighted that our Knysna community has worked so hard together to restore our beautiful town and surrounding areas.

Our third term events have been as follows:-

Sport: Congratulations to Beyleveld for winning both the Senior Interhouse Hockey and Soccer matches. We also congratulate Gryffenberg on winning Interhouse Netball.

Sport

Market Day 9 – 12: The 9 – 12 parents and students provided a stunning array of mouthwatering sweet and savoury snacks which sold out very quickly from the specially decorated tables in the quad. Under the watchful eyes of Bianca, Joy and Lusanda, the children furthered their Business & Economic skills, organizing and advertising the event, which was very well supported. Funds raised will go towards classroom equipment and the 9 – 12 outing.

Dads hard at work

 

Dads hard at work!

 

 

 

 

Science Fair 9 – 12: Divided into small groups, the 9 – 12 students chose experiments to demonstrate the phases of matter in Science, or the movements of tectonic plates in Physical Geography. The experiments took place outside and everyone enjoyed an interesting and instructive morning.

Science Fair

 

From left to right:

Raelyn, Hadassah, Shemene and Jodi

 

 

Knysna Mall Display: Grateful thanks to our Staff and Pupils who put time and effort into an excellent presentation of our school at the Knysna Mall on Saturday 26th August. Special thanks to Fiona Metelerkamp for arranging a display of all phases and what we offer, in a selection of beautifully headed photographs. Also to the Preschool Staff whose demonstrations of Montessori Equipment attracted a lot of attention. It was a happy and very successful day.

Knysna Mall

Spring tea

 

Spring Teas, Junior and Preschool: The Preschool Spring Tea took place on 31st August. The little ones, in a wonderful array of spring hats, touched the hearts of parents, grandparents and friends in a packed amphitheatre, with their rendition of “A Knysna Country Garden.” The adults also produced some amazing hat creations; prizes were awarded and a sumptuous tea enjoyed by all.

tablesThe following day the Junior School in their own creative headgear sang tributes to Maria Montessori and served refreshments from beautifully decorated tables. Thanks to those who contributed spring snacks and dreamed up the lovely hats!

 

 

 

 

Open Day 7thSeptember: We were proud to show several interested parents around our school on Open Day. The grounds, office, classrooms, library, kitchen, hostel and Occupation Centre all looked exceptionally attractive and even the weather played along. KMS shone!

The Friday Market out of Hibernation: The Friday Market re-opened for its 2017 summer season on 8th September.

On offer this season, to add to the familiar favourites, we have some new food vendors, crafters and musicians. We hope our parents will continue to support our main school fundraiser, and our thanks to Kerrey and the Friday Market team Leighann and Ilse, for all the hard work involved in maintaining Knysna’s favourite Friday summer evening venue.

Spur Mountain Biking Race: On Saturday 9th September 147 cyclists competed in the Spur MTB Race. With only eight riders, Montessori High School students achieved 5th place, while our Junior cyclists came in 2nd with 249 points.

Knysna Montessori also had the following podium places:-

Jethro Stead 4th       Youth Men B

Declan Page 5th       Youth Men A

Oliver Price 3rd         Sub Junior Boys High School

Zinedine de Nil 1st   Sub Junior Boys Primary School

Saige Doubell 4th     Sprog Girls

Leonard Collins 4th  Nipper Boys

Gita Hildebrand 1st  Nipper Girls

Chloe Price 3rd        Nipper Girls

Natalie Collins 1st    Sub Nipper Girls

Congratulations to all our cyclists, and many thanks to Anthony, Max and Oz Campbell for putting together a well-marked and much complimented cycle track. Many thanks to Leigh, Kerrey, Del, Taddy, our ground staff and other staff members and children for their hard work and support. To all the Montessori Moms and Dads who contributed their support in a variety of ways – many thanks; you helped to make the event so successful.

All results and photos will be on MAP. 

Matric Dance Saturday 16th September:  Our beautiful young adults from the 2017 Matric Group arrived at 4.30 with parents and family members for pre-dinner drinks at the Conrad Pezula Clubhouse, and went on to enjoy a three-course dinner in the Club dining area. Speeches were made with much laughter (and a few tears!) and the atmosphere was happy and celebratory. The theme was Red Carpet, in gold, reds and black, and Jacqui Hahn and the Gr. 11 Dance Committee, headed up by Dana, worked tirelessly all day to create a magic and welcoming décor.

Our thanks to Jacqui, Dana and the Gr 11 Committee for the huge time and effort they put into making it a wonderfully successful evening. Many thanks too, to Russel Gammon for photography, and Pezula Events Planner, Chantal Smythe.

matrics

International Peace Day Thursday 21st September

Grade 7 students and teachers from Riverwood and Knysna Primary came to visit our school. They were shown round the Occupation Centre and farmyard which aroused great interest and enthusiasm. They were also taken on a short peace walk through the forest, and then joined our 6 – 9’s and 9 – 12’s in the amphitheatre, where they enjoyed Sonia’s presentation of what is on offer at Knysna Montessori. They joined our students in singing the Montessori song “Light a candle for peace”, candles were lit, and they finished with light refreshments on the Friday Market Field.

RiverwoodJudging by their very positive reaction, we hope to be seeing at least a few of them at our school next year!

 

goatsThe Goats are always a great hit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Interhouse Sports Day Friday 22nd September

Despite the grey skies, the rain kindly held off. All the children gave it their best shot and had good games.

Results to follow.

  • Trustee Report Meeting (AGM) Thursday 28th September at 17:30. Baby Sitting available.
  • Reminder: School Closes on Friday 29th September at 11am.

 

I wish everyone a very restful and enjoyable holiday.

Best wishes

Sonia

 

Loerie Letter July 2017


Dear KMS Family

Welcome back to the third term. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday.

We welcome new children and their families to Knysna Montessori School.

  • Alexandria Brenenhann joins Joey’s Toddler Class.
  • Maddisson Drake will be joining the 6-9 Class for a term while her family is in South Africa.
  • Lila-Joy Ovens (Gr 4) and Keo Ovens (Gr 6) join the 9-12 Class.
  • Jodi-Anne Michael (Gr 4) joins the 9-12 Class.
  • We welcome back Robert (Gr 8) and Artur Vades (Gr11) who will be joining us until the end of August during their stay in South Africa.

Alexandria Maddisson Jodi

Alexandria, Maddisson, Jodi-Anne

Lila Keo

Lila-Joy and Keo

 

Congratulations to Tatu Smurfit, our 3-6 Directress, on becoming a grandmother. Baby Samuel was born to Brandon (Tatu’s son) and his wife Paula a month ago.

Congratulations to our Middle and High School Afrikaans Directress, Marne Nigrini. She has shared the special news that she is expecting a baby in January. We wish her a healthy and happy pregnancy.

Candice Brink (12-15) has been selected as the Fresh Face for Marie-Claire magazine September issue and has been signed on with ICE Models. Many congratulations!

Please see the third term calendar for information regarding reports/assessments and exam dates.

The Middle School assessments will be conducted by the relevant teachers during the course of the third term during their normal timetable schedule.

Details will be outlined in the children’s diaries.

The 9-12 assessment week, and 15-18s exam dates are as per calendar.

If you should have any queries regarding any of the above kindly speak to the class teacher.

We are hosting the Taiwanese students for three weeks. They will be arriving on 31st July. We welcome them and hope they enjoy their stay.

We have a busy schedule for the third term, from Assessments and Reports, to Junior & Senior Inter House Hockey, Netball and Soccer to 9-12 Market Days and Science Fair. Also on the agenda are Preschool and Junior School Spring Tea’s, Maria Montessori’s birthday, School Photographs, MTB Spur Races, Outings, Matric Dance and 15-18 Award Ceremony. Please read the calendar carefully for details.

Sport and Clubs will continue as per last terms schedule.

Junior Clubs/Extra Murals:

Monday-

  • Ballet Club (6-12) private
  • Mountain Biking (6-9) offered by the school,
  • Yoga (9-12) private

Tuesday-

  • Junior Mountain Biking (9-12) private
  •  Drama private
  • Music Club (6-9) private

Wednesday-

  • Introductory Recorder (6-9) offered by the school
  • Music- Vocal & Piano private

Thursday-

  • Yoga (6-9) private
  • Music- Vocal & Piano

Middle School Clubs:

Wednesday-

  • Orff Club (Music) offered by the school “Orff Schulwerk”

Building Musicianship and more…through the integration of music, movement, speech and drama.

  • Interactive Board Games offered by the school
  • Mixed Hockey offered by the school
  • Maintenance Club offered by the school
  • Yoga (12-15) Private
  • Senior Mountain Biking Private

Middle School students will sign up with the relevant teachers/coaches.

For Private/Extra Murals please sign up with the relevant service provider. Patricia in the front office will have the details.

I wish everyone a fun and productive term.

Best wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter June 2017


Dear KMS Family

Knysna Montessori School is very fortunate to still be standing, given the devastation which our town and surrounding suburbs have suffered. On that Wednesday night I stayed awake, thinking the school had burned down and trying in my mind to make contingency plans for the school, our children, families and staff. So it was with great relief that I learned that the school had survived. Then, as I became aware of how the families had been affected, the true scale of the disaster started to reveal itself.

To all our families affected by this ferocious fire, you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and as a school we will do our level best to offer you on-going support during this difficult time.

The goodness of the human spirit has been truly evident after such a disaster. So many people have offered encouraging words, support, food donations, clothing donations, stationery donations & cash donations to the Disaster Fund. The Disaster Fund is managed by the Board of Trustees and distribution of funds to those families in need will be authorized by the Board of Trustees. The Disaster Fund currently stands at R104 560 and donations are being made on a daily basis. Thank you to the parents of the school, members of the local and national public and SAMA for the cash donations. Families directly affected by the fire and those families who have lost their source of income, please speak to me directly or email me with your current needs.

Thank you to Hein, Gerhard, Taddy and Leighann for alerting hostel and neighbouring areas and for the evacuation of hostel and school office. Thank you to Hostel parents Bev & Matt, Chris and Ronel for sorting the children out.

So many families helped to accommodate our hostel children. Many thanks to Des Kind, Dana Miles, the Stead Family, The Phillips family, the Edwards family and Staff member Dana Miles. Thank you to Esther Beyleveld at Little Elephants.  Thank you to Greg Hawley of 40 Degrees for assessing danger and boarding up damaged hostel area.

Thank you to Keith Davies for the breakfast and 34 Degrees Venue for an emergency staff meeting, Liz Vertue and Management and staff of Project Bar Sirocco for letting us use the venue for a counseling workshop. Thank you to Genevieve Walters for hosting this workshop. Thank you to parents who have offered advice on renting accommodation and Insurance advice to affected parents. If support is needed in this regard, please let the office know so we can direct you to the relevant persons.

Further thanks and gratitude are extended to:

  • Sam Streak Principal of PE Montessori, your staff, parents and children for you generous donations.

  • Newberry House Montessori families, parents and staff for your kind donations.

  • Lizelle at Baobob Montessori Hoedspruit

  • SAMA (South African Montessori Association) for cash donation

  • Principal Marna Jordaan of Hoërschool Meisies (Pretoria) for your donations to Knysna Schools. Thank you to Oakhill for organizing and storing the donations.

  • Merinda Moodie, Xen de Jongh ,Louis Kruger and Hein Swart for the generosity, compassion and organization of the donations delivered in the 30 ton truck to Knysna Montessori Disaster Depot.

  • Parent Volunteers, children and staff for helping in the Disaster Depot viz our Amphitheatre.

  • All staff and parents who helped cleaned the school.

  • Cannon and Waltons for your stationery donations.

  • Michelle Booth for offering her services as an art therapist.

  • Amos, for rescuing and saving the Goats and Cows; Ant Campbell for saving the Goat yard and Jethro and Jared for helping the morning after the fire.

  • Johan van der Walt and Keith for putting out the fire at our hostel.

  • Humphrey Price at Sanlam offices and the use of the Internet line.

  • To the Fire Fighters, Helicopter pilots, Police, Eden Disaster Management Team, Mayor, Eleanor Bouw-Spies and Knysna Municipality, Telkom and construction teams.

When thanking so many people and organisations one is always conscious of possibly leaving someone out. Please forgive me if I have!

I have had so many thank you letters from communities and people for all the donations which we have been able to pass on and emails of support from all over the world, from former pupils and parents to former staff members too. With that has come news of what some of our former pupils have been doing since leaving school.

Head Girl of 2009, Jessica Crewdson is now a fully qualified First Officer flying French & German troops around Sahel along with precious metals out of remote mines and UN World Food Program flights in the same region. She is now based in Bamako, Mali. Her brother Joshua is currently on a “stagaire” at the Ledbury, a highly acclaimed restaurant in London. James Erasmus a fellow Classmate of Jessica’s has also worked at Ledbury’s. Joshua continues to pursue his dream and will soon return to La Colombe where he is a Chef de Partie and assistant Sous Chef.

Interact would like to thank parents and children for their kind donations of educational games for Maranatha Preschool.

Sadly, Elsie the extra mural Pottery teacher will no longer be giving pottery classes. We would like to thank her for everything she has done and wish her well in her new venture.

Music Club with Ilse Harms for the 6-9 phase starts in the 3rd term on Tuesdays from 14:00 – 14:45.

What we will be doing:  Develop a steady beat, learn basic music notation, musical concepts, find my singing voice, body percussion, hand clapping games get to know the instruments of the orchestra, listen to music from all over the world, use the music timeline to learn about composers and genres, experiment with composition, group dancing with our maypole, group instrument play, work towards group recorder, glockenspiel and guitar playing AND SO MUCH MORE!

R400 per term.

Contact: Ilse Harms at 073 1119911

Third term: School starts on the Tuesday 25 July. Staff members are to return to school on Monday 24th July for a breakfast meeting at 8am.

The scheduled end of 2nd Term reports will be available on 31st August. 6-9, 9-12, 12-15 and Grade 10 & 11 will be emailed to parents. Preschool reports will be available for collection at the Preschool. Due to the postponement of exams, these assessments will be conducted by the teachers during the course of the third term.

Matric Students reports will be available on Friday 28th July. They will be emailed to parents.

Congratulations to Marlene Jantjies, Joey’s classroom assistant on reaching her 20 years’ service at Knysna Montessori School.

I wish you all a good rest, a time to connect and be with family and loved ones.

See you next term.

Best wishes

Sonia

 

Loerie Letter May 2017


20 yrs

Dear KMS Family

Thank you for joining in the Family Adventure Race on Saturday 20th May and sharing in the celebration of 20 years.

Many thanks to Tarryn for organizing such an amazing day. To all the staff and parents who helped in so many ways – thank you too for all your support!

Thank you to Ant and the Occupation staff and children for showcasing what you do on a daily basis. You too can be very proud of your outdoor environment.

 

LL 5.1 LL 5.2 LL 5.3

Rambo

 

Rambo, one of our resident goats, is either exhausted

with all the visitors or is really striking his best pose –

to give everyone a show!

 

Aquaponics Occupation

Aquaponics

At the start – everyone gathered to listen to the rules …..

rules

And then they were off! Tarryn takes cover! (LHS!)

off

MEET SOME OF THE TEAMS . . . . 

Team Black Panda

BLACK PANDAS: (9-12s) Tyla-Shae, Kiska, (15-18s) Florence, Matsedi (Captain), (12-15s) Gina, Tiffany

Front (6-9s) Gita and Hayden and Preschooler Blake

Team Blue Ninja

BLUE NINJA: From left –Bianca, Abigail & Alison, Chloe, Romy, Arthur, Caylem, Jack

Team Milky Way

MILKY WAY: At the back – Declan, Jared, Robyn (Captain), Chant. In the front – Lesedi, Auron, Hosea and Ntidi

From Wheelbarrows to Water Balloon Throwing …

wheelbarrow water balloon

We were all able to marvel at the way in which all the different age groups supported and encouraged each other in all the various activities. We witnessed the true Montessori spirit amongst the children, and very well done to all of them for participating with energy and enthusiasm. I am so proud of you all!

From Reading maps to Sudoku – Moms jumping in to assist with logical thinking skills …

map reading sudoku

And then there was the blindfold wheelbarrow race …

blindfold wbarrow 1 blindfold wbarrow 2

(LEFT) Blindfolded Khia (15-18) pushes Raelyn (9-12), and Blindfolded Jade (15-18) pushes Karien (6-9) (RIGHT)

blindfold wbarrow 4 blindfold wbarrow 5

(LEFT) Blindfolded Keigan (12-15) pushes Luke (12-15) with help from Chloe (6-9) and Monene (15-18), and Blinfolded Jade (15-18) with Nadia’s help (12-15) pushes Connor (9-12) (RIGHT)

blindfold wbarrow 3

Blindfolded Michael (15-18) pushes Neo (12-15)

THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN TO WATCH! “Go left, no this left – go right, no not that right!”

Clouds

Khumo’s team Clouds run to the podium to

have their cards and signatures checked by Tarryn.

 

 

Beach Ball Balancing … 
bbb2

 Gaeb and Noah (6-9)

Isabel and Tyla (9-12) bbb1

 

 

 

 

Not sure who was more exhausted on this day… parents or children!

There were so many wonderful pictures to choose from; if parents have any more pictures, please select a few and send to Kerrey. Thank you to parents who have posted some already on MAP.

Well done to all our Preschoolers – You were fantastic!

preschool 1

preschool 2 preschool 3

preschool 4 preschool 5

(Pictures speak louder than words . . . . )

INTERACT 

Interact have a number of projects on the go to help our local communities.

  • In celebration of Knysna Montessori’s 20th Birthday – Interact are collecting 20 Educational Toys/Games/Books/Posters etc. for Maranatha Preschool.

Interact are asking children to donate new or second hand (good condition) of any of the above items. There will be a box in the office labeled Interact where you can place your items. Many thanks to the Interact Club for their compassion and enthusiasm and thank you parents and children for your support in enriching other children’s lives in our community.

  • Interact have been visiting Mama Mia Playschool (below) where they read stories, play games and have fun with the children.

Mama Mia

KAWS

  • Heights for Hounds and Castles for Kittens

Each environment is encouraged to build a tower/castle of 6×6 tins of dog food or cat food. The challenge is to see which environment can build the highest tower/castle!

I attended the Rotary Lunch on Tuesday 23rd May with Interact President, Jade Hahn (Gr 11) and Gr 11 student Liam van Eeden. Jade gave a report back to Rotarians about the Outward Bound Experience which she and Liam attended. Well done, your wonderful and spontaneous speech was very well received by the Rotarians. (Below) Jade, Liam and Interact students from Concordia, Percy Madala & Knysna High.

Interact 1 Interact 2

Acknowledgement of Recent Achievements

Zoe

Congratulations to Zoë Metelerkamp (right) who recently participated in the Cape Town Eisteddfod. She reached the finals in the age 15-16 Classical Ballet Own Choice and the 15-16 Open Own Choice Category. The school audience may remember her performing this contemporary piece at the Performing Arts evening last term. She was a winner with Naoline Sutton in the 13 & Over Creative Duet and overall winner of the 15-16 Demi- Character Own Choice.

Congratulations to Carla Collins and Marta Heinen who have been selected for the Eden U16 B team.

Congratulations to Emmeline Price (9-12) who received her Eden Colours for Artistic Gymnastics level 3 on 20th May in Mossel Bay.

Congratulations to Hannah Buchanan (6-9) who recently achieved the following for Gymnastics: 21 April:  Club Competition – Gold Girls Artistic Gymnastics Level 2

06 May:  Garden Route Invitational (Mossel Bay) – Gold Girls Artistic Gymnastics Level 2

20 May:  South Zone Trials (District Trials Mossel Bay) – Gold Girls Artistic Gymnastics Level 2.

Hannah will represent her district at the 2017 South Zone Competition which is being held in Cape Town at the end of June.

13th May Redstone Hills MTB XCM race: Congratulations to Gita Hildebrand – 3rd lady overall in 11km and 1st Nipper Girl and Congratulations Oliver Price- 17km, 4th overall and 4th Sub Junior boy.

Parents, please send us an email and photograph, if possible, of any extra –mural event and/or achievement in which your child has participated. We can then share their achievements with others.

MTB SPUR RACES

Please see separate email re Spur Schools Mountain Bike League. The link for the online entry forms is displayed on this email. For further help or advice please contact Kate Price: 082 585 6965 or Candace Hildebrand: 072 548 0411.

We encourage as many children as possible of all ages from Knysna Montessori School to get involved and sign up for these wonderful races. We are the only school in this region with a cycle track on our own school grounds. In comparison to other schools participating, we are a small school (with a big heart) and we have the honour of hosting the final on 9th September.

Many thanks to the parents who passionately support their children and our school in this amazing event.

 

CHANGE OF DATE:

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MONTESSORI DISCIPLINE WORKSHOP HAS BEEN MOVED FROM FRIDAY 26 MAY TO THURSDAY 1 JUNE AT 5PM.

Forthcoming dates:

  • Thursday 1 June @ 5pm Montessori Discipline Workshop. Please join us for this informal, interactive workshop on Montessori Discipline. Directors/Directresses (Teachers) will be interacting with you.

Baby-sitting is available with Barbara-Ann. Soup & Rolls will be provided for children and parents.

  • Friday 2nd June – In aid of 12-15 Grade 9 Fundraising Tour- R5 Pajama Civies Day – Hot Chocolate will also be on sale.
  • Friday 9th June – 12-15 Formal Assessment Week begins
  • Monday 12th June (9-12 & 15-18) Formal Assessment Week begins
  • Tuesday 20th June Preschool Outing- details to follow
  • Thursday 22nd  June 6-9 Outing- details to follow
  • Wednesday 28th  June 9-12 Outing- details to follow
  • (Tentative Date Thur 29th June – An Evening of Music – Confirmation & details to follow)

Given the tumultuous world we live in, with political tension and terrorism the world over, it is essential that we strive to develop key life skills in our children so that they will be fully prepared for life and a future yet unknown. Our roles as Directresses and Parents is to foster self-discipline, self- confidence, self-motivation, good work ethics and time management and to help our children think critically, problem-solve and to become independent global thinkers.

On Saturday at the Family Adventure Day and every day at school we see joy and excitement, team work and real camaraderie – it is the child’s that gives us hope for the future!

I’ll leave you with some very wise words from a very wise woman.

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education;

all politics can do is keep us out of war.”

                                                              – Maria Montessori

 

“If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children,

for the children are the makers of men.”

                                                               – Maria Montessori

Enjoy the rest of term.

Best wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter April 2017


Dear KMS Family

Welcome back everyone; I hope you all enjoyed the Easter Break.

I am sure you will join me in welcoming our new directress, Claire McCarthy, to the 12-15 Environment. I hope she will be very happy at KMS.

We also welcome students Anine van der Merwe in Grade 11 and Bianca van der Hoef in Grade 10.

The Term 2 Calendar detailing forthcoming events will be available on the website from Wednesday 20th April.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 5pm for 5:30 pm.

Please join us in the Amphitheatre. Soup and rolls will be served. Baby sitting with Barbara Anne will be available in the Pre-school Venue. Please book babysitting with Kerrey.

FRIDAY 28TH APRIL

Please note that Friday 28th April is a school holiday. The long weekend is therefore Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Monday 1st May. If hostel children who board on a termly basis are unable to go home, home stays with local families can be arranged. Bev, the hostel parent, will liaise with parents of termly boarders to make arrangements. If you are able to assist with home stays, please let the office know.

JUNIOR SCHOOL MONTESSORI TRAINING

A wonderful opportunity has arisen for our Junior School Staff to attend a Montessori Workshop in Port Elizabeth on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May. The Junior School (6-9 & 9-12) will be closed on Friday 5th May. However, Barbara Anne and assistants will be available to care for your children on Friday if you are working parents or are unable to make arrangements. Please let the office know if you will be requiring babysitting for this day. 

SPORT AND CLUBS

Junior School Sport will commence on Wednesday 20th April.

Middle and High School students will sign up for sport this week and will commence sport on Monday 24th April.

Please see attached letter from Tarryn our Sports co-ordinator with regard to sign-up procedure for junior school clubs this term.

 

I wish everyone an enjoyable and productive term.

Best wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter – March 2017


Dear KMS Family

Fundraisers

The Grade 6 children worked so hard to raise the funds for their tour. From cake sales, to marble raffles, to an evening at Spur – a job well done! Thank you to the 9-12 teachers who encouraged and supported the children.

Fundraisers 1

Fundraisers 2

 

 

 

 

 

The Grade 6 waiters at the Spur Fundraiser (below)

Spur 1 Spur 2 Spur 3

The Grade 11s are also working hard at raising the funds for the Matric Dance.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the fashion show.

Family CampFamily Camp 1

What a wonderful turn out! It was a very enjoyable family camp. Many thanks to staff and parents who contributed to making it a memorable occasion. I certainly will think twice or at least warm up before the next Volley Ball game!

Family Camp 2

 

Knysna Literary Festival and Library Week

The 9-12 class worked hard to inspire each environment to collect 20 books – in celebration of KMS 20 years. Well done and thank you – our KMS library has 74 really super books to add to our ever growing library. Some students also selected books from their own book shelves at home and donated them to the library.

Reading is so important, and fostering a love for reading from an early age is crucial to every child’s development. Thank you to parents, teachers and students for your generous participation.

As part of the Knysna Literary Festival some young people from a variety of local schools attended the Young Writers’ Workshop and Prize Giving. The Guest speaker emphasized the importance of reading as being an essential part of developing writing skills.

We are so proud of all our KMS children who wrote poems and submitted them for the competition.

Congratulations to the winners in their categories:

Chant Messina         1st  Place in 16-19 years

Simone Christian     2nd Place in 16-19 years

Carla Collins             1st  Place in 12-15 years

Isabel Lor                   2nd Place in 9-12 years

High School Performing Arts Evening

Poetry Readings, Dance, Singing and a Fun Act from staff members – Thank you Alison for encouraging and supporting the performers.

PA 1

PA 2 PA 3

Thomas Edwards & Tana Gammon                       Zoe Metlerkamp

 

Sporting Achievements 

Canoe-polo 

Well done and congratulations to all our dedicated and achieving sport participants:

  • Coban-Dean Suttie and JacobToepfner who achieved Bronze in the U21 category.

[Coban-Dean will be representing South Africa at the All Africa Canoe Polo Championship in Namibia in April. We wish you the very best of luck!]

  • Aiden Carr and Carla Collins who achieved Gold in the U15 category

 

Golf 

  • Zinedine de Nil achieved a gold trophy for stroke play at the South Cape Golf Union U13 Competition.

 

Swimming

  • Tylor Koen and Thomas Ferguson took part in the Eden Interprovincial Gala which was held on the 7th January 2017.

Tylor received a bronze medal (3rd position) for his 50m Butterfly age group 11-12. He formed part of a relay team for Eden Aquatics Boys 11-12; they received silver medals (2nd position) for the 200m Medley Relay, and the 200m Free Style Relay.

Thomas received bronze medals (3rd position) for his 400m Free Style Boys 14& under; and 200m Individual Medley. He also represented the Eden Aquatics relay team for Boys 13-14 200m Individual Medley Relay, for which they received bronze medals.

Thomas also swam in the South African National Junior Championships at the beginning of March. Tylor swam in the South African National Level 3 Championships from the 23-26 March. So proud of you boys!

Coach Fila

Athletics

  • Coach Fila (Marlett Watson) who recently competed in  the WP Athletics Championships. She received 6 Gold Medals and 2 Silver medals. What an inspiration to all our children!

 

 

 

 

 

Hockey

  • Congratulations to Antonia Julies and Keigan Baldwin!

They have recently been selected for the Eden U13 B Hockey Team.

Hockey 1 Hockey 2

Knysna Montessori together with Riverwood Primary Girls played in the Backward Point U/13 Hockey Tournament

Please let the office know if your child has competed or participated in an extra mural event so that we can acknowledge the hard work and achievement.

A reminder please,  if you decide to leave early for a holiday etc. or are going to be back later than the scheduled return date, please notify the office in writing. Scheduled assignments and controlled tests are arranged by teachers and when there is not a full complement of children, it plays havoc with re-scheduling! Thank you.

  • School closes at 11am on Friday 31st March
  • Term 2 – School reopens 19th April
  • 20th April       AGM Annual General Meeting    5pm in the amphitheatre

I wish you all a very Happy Holiday and Happy Easter.

Best wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter 2 February 2017


Dear KMS Family

It is very interesting to find out about words, and particularly the origin of words. The children and teachers conduct research in the Montessori classrooms and one of the areas we look at is the history of the months of the year. I thought I would share the first three with you.

JANUARY

(In Latin, Ianuarius) Named after the Latin word for door (ianua), since January is the door to the year and an opening to new beginnings. It is also named after the Roman god of beginnings and endings Janus (the month Januarius).

FEBRUARY

The name comes either from the old-Italian god Februus or else from februa, signifying the festivals of purification celebrated in Rome during this month.

MARCH

This is the first month of the Roman year. It is named after the Roman god of war, Mars.

LEADERSHIP TOUR

Leadership Tour

 

The annual  traditional Middle School Leadership camp took place at Swartvlei this year. As these are the social years where values and friendships are formed, time spent together as a group helps to form bonds and to iron out disputes or conflicts as they arise. Developing vital life skills is very much at the heart of the child’s development in the Middle School.

 

9-12 MARKET DAY

9-12 Market Day

 

Well done to the 9-12 class, your Market Day to raise funds for the Grade 6 Tour was once again very successful.

The Grade 6s are working very hard to fundraise for their tour. Well done to you all for your commitment and fundraising ideas.

Upcoming fundraisers: Colouring-in Challenge and Cake Sale.Gr 6 Fundraiser

GALAS

The Junior and Senior Galas took place on Friday   February. The weather was perfect and Tarryn and Ant worked hard to ensure the pool was crystal clear. Congratulations to all the children who participated.

Gala

Ironwood  (Junior) and Gryffenberg (Senior) won the gala.

Thank you to the Junior House Captains and the Senior Heads of Houses.

Yellowwood cheers their team (left).

 

Senior swimmers

 

 

Senior Swimmers take to the water as their peers look on.

CIVVIES DAY

The Grade 11s are hard at work raising funds for the Matric Dance. Thank you to all the students who participated and to all the parents who helped conjure up new creations for their children for Civvies Day.

The children in all phases get excited about upcoming events and functions and become very enthusiastic about the fundraising ideas. We thank the teachers and parents for their support in this regard.

9-12 children sporting their outfits (below left), and a 6-9 child embracing the theme for Civvies day (below right).

            9-12 Civies6-9 Civies

 

CHEESE AND WINE

Knysna Montessori is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. It was such a lovely experience to take out the box of old photo’s and to see how the school has grown and developed into the school it is today. The Mayor of Knysna Eleanore Bouw-Spies (below) and representatives from Rotary as well as parents present and past joined us for the celebration. Thank you to the 9-12 class for singing the School Song.

mayor of knysna

 

The Mayor cuts the ribbon to open the newly upgraded Amphitheatre and Foyer.

 

The picture below was taken in 2008 and it is wonderful to see how it has developed over the years.

2008

KNYSNA KNOW YOUR TOWN

Grade 10 students, Khia van der Meulen and Matsedi Mogale attended the Rotary Initiative ‘Knysna Know Your Town’ on February 23rd. These students join other students from local schools and tour the local municipal buildings to see how our town’s cogs keep turning.

orange river

 

ORANGE RIVER TRIP

What a wonderful experience this was for all participants. It was great to have Michael Edwards (former Head Boy 2012) join this group of courageous young people. Thank you to Anthony and the other adults in the group for your guidance and support during the trip.

 

 

 

 

births

Congratulations…!

To the Venter family (Pre-school) on the birth of Ava

To the Olivier family (Pre-school) on the birth of Coco-Lily

 

 

 

 

  • Thank you to the parents and staff who are part of the PEC (Parent Event Committee) for attending our first meeting. The main focus at the moment is for PEC members to liaise with parents in their phases and to brainstorm ideas for our 20 year celebration for the second term. What we are looking for is a written proposal with all the details already worked out and once the school management has passed the idea, for PEC to gather parents from their phase to help co-ordinate and run with the idea.

Herewith the members of PEC:

Toddler Class: Annabel Vadas

Bev’s Class: Kasi Sheridan

Tatu’s Class: Michelle Gouws

6-9 Environment: Max Kirchmann & Fredri Kruger

9-12 Environment: Angelique Carr, Kate Price & Lindsey Jacobs

12-15 Environment: Janet Johnston

15-18 Environment: Fiona Metelerkamp

Enjoy the rest of the term … Best wishes

Sonia

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

  • MARCH 3-5 ANNUAL FAMILY CAMP AT EBB AND FLOW (NORTH SIDE) 
  • MARCH 7TH ENGLISH OLYMPIAD (15-18 YRS) 
  • MARCH 10TH GRADE 6 TOUR 
  • MARCH 13TH LIBRARY WEEK 
  • MARCH 15TH FASHION SHOW – MATRIC FUNDRAISER

Kindly note this date has changed due to delay from retail sponsors. Tickets are available from Kerrey. 

  • MARCH 16TH KNYSNA LITERARY FESTIVAL – “THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY” 11H30 IN OUR AMPITHEATRE (Grade 1 – Grade 9) 
  • MARCH 21ST PUBLIC HOLIDAY 
  • MARCH 23RD HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS EVENING 
  • MARCH 27TH MARS EXTREME FOR ALL GRADE 11S 
  • MARCH 28TH 6-9 OUTING AND PRESCHOOL GUEST SPEAKER (Anuska Viljoen) 
  • MARCH 29th 9-12 OUTING 
  • MARCH 31ST TERM ENDS FOR CHILDREN AT 11AM

 

Loerie Letter 1 January 2017


Dear KMS Family,

Happy New Year!

Congratulations to our Matric Class of 2016! We are immensely proud of you all –  one hundred per cent pass rate once again! We are especially proud of Kina Keyser and Jo Meterlerkamp for their achievements. Kina was Knysna’s top IEB performer; her total aggregate was in the top 5% in the country, and for Afrikaans FAL, Geography and Life Science she was in the top 1%, achieving a total of seven distinctions at 90% plus. Jo was in the top 1% in the country for L.O., an 85% plus performer with six distinctions, two at 90%plus. Hearty congratulations girls, to you and your teachers!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new students and their families:

2-3 Class:  Rafferty Hunt, Juan Botha, Leslie Bothma, Juliet Venter and Eden Dickson

Gr 00:  Nina Venter      Gr 000:  Jay Gascoigne-Taylor and Finn Sheridan

Gr 1:  Jed Hurwitz, Joshua de Vries, Daisy Oosthuizen, Sulita Herrington, Noah Hurwitz, Owen Cooper, Clare Bensley and Kefiloe Nkosi

Gr 2:  Gaebriele Hurwitz  Gr 3:  Hannah Buchanan, Anthony Lidstone and Matthew Herrington

Gr 4:  Reece Oeschger  Gr 5:  Zipporah Ntuli

Gr 7:  Siyolise Ndiki, Thuli Cox, Neo Nkosi  Gr 8:  Kahlil van der Walt, Lulibo Thom and Thomas  Ferguson.

Gr 9:  Rhoan Rive and Caylem Baltasar   Gr 10:  Lila Murzl

We also welcome our new 6-9 Directress Lee-Helen Bergstrom and are happy to welcome back Dana Ross Miles, who will be teaching in Middle and High School. Matt Brownson will be joining his wife Beverley (Head of PreSchool and hostel mother) as hostel father. We wish our new staff members a successful, happy and fulfilling time at KMS.

Coach Fila (Marlett Watson) and hostel mother Ronel will be joining the Occupation Team in 12-15 environment.

Bryan Nowak (12-15) is returning to USA for personal reasons. We will miss him and thank him for his amazing contribution to KMS. We wish him lots of happiness and success for the future.

Claire McCarthy will join KMS as 12-15 Register teacher and English Teacher at the beginning of the second term. She is re-locating from Johannesburg and we look forward to welcoming her. Nadia Ballan (15-18 English Teacher) and I will be teaching English in the 12-15 for the first term.

We would like to thank Anthony Campbell and all staff involved for all the hard work they put into the farmyard and the re-locating and upgrading of the Technology Centre during the holidays. Our farmyard is certainly one of the highlights of the school and always worth a visit.

There will be a Montessori Philosophy Workshop Friday 20th January in the  Amphitheatre, followed by the Family Social Evening at the Friday Market. Cash bar and a delicious variety of food will be available from our vendors. Please join us.

At Parent Information evenings, details of the Junior School schedule will be discussed. A reminder of this year’s daily schedule for Middle and High School :

Middle School (12-15)High School (15-18)
MonLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30

MARS 14:30-17:30

MonLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30

MARS 14:30-17:30

TueLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30TueLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30
WedLessons end 14:30CLUBS 14:30-15:30WedLessons end 15:30NO CLUBS
ThurLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30ThurLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30
FriLessons end 14:30FriLessons end 15:00

The Term 1 Calendar contains all relevant events occurring during the term.

Please note that with the upgrade to the Amphitheatre there is now a new Aftercare entrance/exit security gate.

A reminder to all students who bring a cell phone to school please to sign it in at the office and sign it out at the end of the day. No cell phones are permitted in backpacks or classrooms.

LL January 1

 

Our new children in the 6-18 environment.

 

 

LL January 2

Class of Grade Ones 2017

We wish all our KMS families and the KMS team a happy and productive first term.

Best wishes,

Sonia

 

Loerie Letter 11


Dear KMS Family

A busy term and year is nearly at a close.  

Enjoy some of the photos from this term……

Thank you to the Junior School children and parents who collected items for the Fresh Start Programme. Your generosity and compassion was greatly appreciated. I am sure Christmas for many children will be a little more joyful because of it.

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Junior School Play – Great participation from children, staff and parents!

l2         l3

With thanks to Ant!

This is a peek into a very Special Space-….. The Farmyard.

The entrance to the Farmyard sporting a new look handmade concrete pots with beautiful succulents from our nursery. 

l4

Rose and Eugenia cuttings in trays waiting for the roots to grow. 

l5

 

Our cucumbers starting to take shape, as they grow past the two leaf stage. Beans and tomatoes will be ready soon as well. 

l6

Heirloom onion seed production taking shape as we experiment and learn along the way.

l7
Zoë is training and trimming our climbing roses that we grew from cuttings. These are old root stock which we found in the forests around the school. 

l9

The veggie gardens are enjoying the warm humid weather. We have spinach, kale, beans, strawberries, blackberries, onions, lettuce and much more. 

l10

The wood chopping team has their work cut out for them!!  

This is a particularly rewarding project as we not only produce great fire wood, but we are also able to motivate good business skills, coordination skills, and we are removing alien trees from the area around the school.

l11

 

The goats also play their part in helping keep the alien vegetation in check. Each day after their enclosure has been cleaned; fresh alien branches are placed in their area to be enjoyed by them

l12

Every morning the veggies in our tunnels are lovingly watered! We hope that soon these new tunnels will be home to our fish farm.

l13

Survey 2016

Stage one of the report back from the survey has been completed. Teaching staff have been informed of the data and feedback (respecting the confidentiality of the survey).  Certain interventions will be put in place for 2017 to target areas where we feel change is necessary. The staff and I have found the survey a worthwhile exercise as it identifies areas where the staff and school can improve and also areas where we are flourishing and doing a good job. Thank you for your participation.

From this survey I would like to announce that there will be four Montessori Workshops, one each term, from January 2017. All teaching staff and trained Montessori teachers from the different phases who have relevant knowledge and experience will be attending these workshops.  All parents from all phases are encouraged to attend these workshops to refresh or gain more knowledge and insight into the Montessori philosophy.

  • Montessori Philosophy through the phases (Term 1)
  • Montessori Discipline (Term 2)
  • Montessori and the home (Term 3)
  • Montessori in the Modern World (Term 4)

Date and time of workshops to be confirmed in January.

Parent Information Evenings 2017

There will be as usual parent information evenings to inform parents of the daily routine, elect class representatives for PEC- Parent Event Committee, update contact details, discuss class communication etc. Please attend this meeting as we would like two class representatives per phase to be nominated to the Parents Events Committee. These parents will galvanise support and action in their phase and possibly meet as a group of representatives with a teacher from each phase once a term.

 

Middle and High School Timetable

For a number of reasons, but primarily to include a Physical Education lesson (part of the Life Orientation Curriculum) into the timetable for each grade (Gr 7-Matric), the Middle and High School day will finish according to the timetable which follows.

Middle School (12-15)High School (15-18)
MonLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30

MARS 14:30-17:30

MonLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30

MARS 14:30-17:30

TueLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30TueLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30
WedLessons end 14:30CLUBS 14:30-15:30WedLessons end 15:30NO CLUBS
ThurLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30ThurLessons end 14:30Sport 14:30-15:30
FriLessons end 14:30FriLessons end 15:30

A tea break has been reintroduced during the morning for 12-18 year olds. The Lunch break will be from 12:55-13:30. Children waiting for older siblings to finish school will be accommodated in aftercare at no extra charge.

MARS

Mars has proven to be a popular sporting activity amongst both the boys and the girls. Getting wet, cold and dirty and being lost from time to time does not seem to affect the student’s enthusiasm in any way! 2016 has been a year of ‘building blocks’. We have tried to include all the different disciplines that are needed and to practice them under different conditions. We have paddled in the sea both on open water and in the waves, lagoon and rivers. We have run for miles, we have ridden mountain bikes and crawled through the mud, climbed hills and jumped off bridges, all in preparation for what is to come 2017!

2017 will see a shift in the Mars group. Firstly it will be a little longer so that we can fit in a larger variety of tasks. The students will need to be committed, have the correct kit and the right attitude. For the first time we will include a backup crew to take care of the athletes and their kit as they complete the challenges.

2017 promises to be a tough and challenging year for those students who take on Mars, but at the same time it will be rewarding and life changing as they push themselves harder than they ever imagined.

 

Sport Achievements

Well done to all the students who participated in the Senior Interhouse Athletics day.  Thank you to our wonderful coaches who encourage all students to give of their best and strive to improve their skills.

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Congratulations to Zinedine De Nil who recently competed in the Eden Marathon Series. He achieved colours and 1st place in the Marathon event and 2nd place in the Cross Country.

Congratulations to Oliver Price who was chosen for the Western Cape Team for road cycling and achieved colours in his age group.

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Congratulations to Tylor Koen who took part in the Eden Championship in Oudtshoorn recently. His achievements are outstanding; he received medals for the following events:

Gold (First place) for 200m Free style, Silver (Second place) for 200m Free style Relay, Silver (Second place) for 100m Butterfly,- Bronze (Third place) for 50m Butterfly, Bronze (Third place) for 100m Free style, Silver (Second place) for 400m Free style, Bronze (Third place) for 50m Free style

We are very proud of you all!

Staff 2017

There will be a couple of changes on the staffing front for next year.

Lee- Helen Bergstom will be joining the 6-9 environment as directress.

Dana Ross will be joining the Middle and High School environments- she will be teaching Life Science and Grade 10 and 11 Life Orientation. She will also be responsible for the Biology Timeline – [The Study of Earth and Living Things] in the Middle School.

Ramos Mazodze, will continue to teach Maths Literacy in the High School and will be responsible for the Science Timeline [The Study of Human progress & the Building up of Civilisations] in the Middle School.

The Occupation Team in the Middle School will be Anthony Campbell, Bryan Nowak, Coach Fila, Taddy, Ronel and Matt

Clare Clark, teaching assistant in the Middle School, will be leaving us at the end of the year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her hard work and wish her all the very best for the future. Thank you to Barbara Shearer and Ramos Mazodze who stepped in after Nandie’s departure to complete the year with our Maths Literacy and Life Science students. Thank you to all the Junior School staff and in particular Nakkie and Joy for coping so well in the 6-9 environment this term.

Tania Wentzell and Hilda thank you for taking care of Tatu’s environment when she was on study leave and when writing her exams. It is wonderful to have mom’s on board who are also Montessori trained.

Joey, I am sure the whole of KMS join me in extending our sincerest condolences to you and to your family after the loss of your dear brother John. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you to Michelle Fortes Brookes, Janine Baker and Marlene for your support with Joey’s class.

Thank you to the parents for their input, feedback and support during the course of the year and I wish you all a very happy holiday with your children and families.

l16To the children of Knysna Montessori- a well-deserved holiday awaits you all- you have all worked on becoming more confident, more self –reliant and more independent in your own unique way.  Enjoy the holidays! For children and families relocating or starting new chapters in your lives, we thank you for being part of the KMS family and wish you happiness for the future.

To the Matrics of 2016 – we say a fond farewell to you and hope that all your hard work has paid off and we wish you every happiness for the future. Thank you to the 2016 Matric for their gift of the beautiful Garden Bench.

A few notes….

  • Please ensure that all library books and text books are returned to school as soon as possible. Kindly encourage your children to check their bags, book shelves, under the bed etc.
  • Reminder :  Preschool Concert- Tuesday 29th Nov

                    Junior School Prize Giving- Wed 30th Nov @ 17h30

      Middle & High School Prize Giving – Thur 1 Dec @17h30

  • Junior Interhouse athletics- Wednesday 30 November from 8:30am
  • Staff Christmas Coffee morning – Friday 9th @ 10am
  • Invitations to Orientation Day on TUESDAY 17th JANUARY for Grade R children moving to the 6-9 Environment and New children entering the school will be sent out before the end of the term.
  • Report will be emailed to parents on the last day of term- THURSDAY DECEMBER 8th. Term ends at 11am.
  • Upgrading and Maintenance of environments will be starting during the last week of term. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard- we would like to get things started before the Christmas holidays.
  • All staff returns to school on WEDNESDAY JANUARY 11th at 8am for Workshops, Training and preparation of environments for 2017.

l16I would like to thank the staff of Knysna Montessori for their hard work throughout the year and wish you all a well-deserved break.  

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Please take care of yourselves, travel safely if you are going away- and come back safely!

I will leave you with this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt for the year….

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.

Best wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter 10


LOERIE LETTER 10 OCTOBER 2016

Dear KMS Family

Welcome back to the fourth term; I hope everyone enjoyed the break albeit a short one.

We are delighted to welcome the following children to KMS:

  • Gabriel Wasdell in Joey’s class
  • Klara Harms in the 6-9 environment
  • Evalinde Vissers 9-12 environment and Elias Vissers 12-15 environment who are joining us for the 4th term and the 1st term.

Tarryn announced at the Annual General Meeting that there will be a fundraiser this term. This will be the Lawn Bowls event on Sunday 30th October at 11am at the Knysna Bowling Club. This event is for the whole family (grandparents, aunties, uncles etc.). An invitation with more details will be sent out shortly.

Teachers have been asked to withdraw themselves from the Whatsapp groups which have been set up. Unfortunately many of our teachers have been contacted during school hours and throughout the night. ALL communication needs to go through the school office in order for there to be control and monitoring of information. Teachers may not answer Whatsapp messages, emails or sms’ from parents or otherwise during school hours. It is school policy for cell phones to be on silent during working hours. In the event of an emergency the school office must be contacted and a message will be sent to the relevant teachers; please do not contact teachers on their personal cell phones.

Appointments with teachers to discuss your child’s progress can be made from 2pm. Please be mindful that the teachers rotate playground duty at this time, so kindly check with the office when the best time would be. It is important that we have an open door policy to chat to parents, but could I respectfully ask that this is not first thing in the morning when teachers are greeting and getting the children settled for the day.

Your cooperation in the above matters is greatly appreciated.

Hostel Parents, Ilse and Gerhard Claassen’s term as hostel parents is coming to an end at the end of this year. Historically hostel parents have served a two year contract, and Ilse and Gerhard are soon to reach the three year mark. I take my hat off to you both as I know how much time, energy and dedication goes into being a hostel parent – I managed around eighteen months! Thank you for your unwavering service to KMS hostel. Ilse and Gerhard continue in their roles as administrator and High School Maths and Science teachers respectively. We wish you lots of happiness in your new home.

Ronel and Chris will continue as hostel support parents and Beverley Brownson and her husband Matt Brownson will be our new hostel parents in charge. For those who don’t know, Beverley is the Head of the Preschool. Beverley is a Montessorian with 16 years experience in the United States, and her husband Matt has experience which covers a wide range of responsibilities in Montessori, including being involved with a group of parents who researched and formed a committee to start a public Montessori programme in their mountain community of Colorado. Bev and Matt witnessed the positive effects of Montessori philosophy with both their daughters and the girls have grown up to be responsible young adults.

I believe both their experience with Montessori and as parents who have raised daughters through the teenage years will be a positive addition to our KMS hostel.

An annual parent satisfaction survey will be emailed to you during this week. Kindly complete and return to the school office by Monday 17th October.

If you do not receive emails please pick up a hard copy from Kerrey. This survey covers every environment so if you have children in different environments please complete one for each child.

The 4th term calendar is available on the website and on display in the front office.

Enjoy the term.

Best wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter 9


Dear KMS Family

‘Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.’

– Gary Smalley

The De Neys family (Annabel and Camiel in the Preschool) join us again from overseas; we welcome you back and hope you enjoy your time with us while you are in South Africa.

Rowan Merryweather and Elijah Wasdell joined Joey’s class during the term.

Gina Slabbert has joined the 12-15 environment and is settling in beautifully.

Jacob Toephner, cousin to Natalie and Lennard Collins, arrived in South Africa in September and joined our Grade 10 Class. He will be with us for a year – we welcome you and hope you enjoy your experience with us.

MTB Spur Cycling

THANK YOU’S all-round to moms, dads, staff, students for your help and support at this event.

Some snap shots of the day . . . .

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Spring Tea 

6-12 years

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What a wonderful occasion to celebrate Spring Day and Maria Montessori’s birthday. It was very special to see grandparents, aunts and uncles at this year’s celebration. Thank you for the hard work and creativity that goes into this day!

So many super pictures, so difficult to choose – here are a few . . .

 

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Preschool – Wonderful hats and eats – thank you for all the effort!

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Preschool Concert

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Paper Plane Competition 

This was a wonderful event and took a great deal of organizing. Thank you to Vicci, Brett and Nash as well as other parents and staff members for creating another memorable occasion for the children. The funds raised from this event will go towards books and cultural equipment for the 6-9 area.

 

Grade 6 Tour 

The Grade 6 children had a great time on their tour! As they get ready to start their journey in the 12-15 environment, they learn to bond with each other and support each other. There are so many life skills learnt taught during these tours.

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Annual General Meeting 

Thank you to the parents, staff, Middle and High School students who attended this year’s meeting.

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Congratulations to the 2017 Head boy, Chant Messina and Head Girl, Gemma Persello.

 

6-9 Outing 

There was much excitement about this day and everyone had a fun-packed morning at Timberlake.

Many thanks to the parents who helped and a special thank you to Nakkie for organizing such a memorable day for the children.

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Heritage Day 

So many children and staff made a lovely effort to dress for Heritage Day. Here are a few of the outfits . .

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Congratulations to Zoë Hahn (Head Girl of 2016) she has achieved her Springbok Colours for Scouts. We are very proud of you! Zoë’s name will be added to the KMS Honours Board in recognition of her dedication and commitment to Scouts.

 

 

 

It is always such a great experience entering James’ Art class on Friday in the Middle School. There is music on in the background and a real creative vibe. Deep concentration is seen on some of the faces as the students find and develop their inner creative talents.

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For personal reasons Diana Eksteen will be leaving KMS at the end of this term. We would like to wish her well in her future endeavours and thank her for her time and commitment to Knysna Montessori School. She will be dearly missed. Joy and I will step into the breach for October and November to assist Nakkie, Hanna and Lindiwe.

To all the students, parents and staff who are rehearsing for the Junior School Play (Nov 2 & 3) -happy line learning!

Knysna Arts Festival is from the 1-9 October and our Montessori Amphitheatre will be the venue for a number of events including the Performing Arts Gala Evening on Saturday 1st October and The Golden Days of Springbok Radio on Sunday 2nd October. Programmes are available at the school office.

I wish everyone a restful and enjoyable holiday. I am sure you will join me in wishing our Matric students a happy holiday and good luck in preparation for final exams.

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Best wishes

Sonia

 

 

Loerie Letter 8


Dear KMS Family

Welcome to the families who have joined us during this term:

Preschool: Hosea Cupido (3-6 Class)

Junior School: Anne Scott (9-12) and Erin Scott (6-9)

After an enjoyable long weekend, we are all ready to tackle the second half of the term!

Building a vocabulary

 I have recently embarked on a project to help build our vocabularies. I enjoy words and finding the origin of words. So that you are in the loop, the words we have discovered together thus far are discombobulate, coddiwomple, cantankerous and ancient. All children and staff are encouraged to find an unusual word or a word they have not heard of before and to write it on a card and place it in the vocabulary box outside my office.

This week’s words are: ominous, palindrome, mundane and nominate . . . I wonder what surprises I will get next week!

Congratulations to:

Pic 1GYMNASTICS: Emmeline Price and Antoinette Kayembe  who made the Eden Team (level 1-3) and will be competing in Uitenhage Sport Centre from the 19-21 August. Carla Collins will be competing at the Gymnastics Western Cape trials from 26-27 August.

CYCLING: Zinedine De Nil and Oliver Price who have been selected for the Western Cape Schools Team.

SPUR EDEN MTB League Series: Primary School – We are so proud of our school! We came 1st out of 10 schools!

High School – even with so few entrants, we came 5th out of 10 schools. We really would love more cyclists from the Middle School and High School to sign up for this event – we need your support.

Peace Mabe – mother to Naledi (Gr 8) and Lesedi (Gr 5) has recently been elected as the Mayor of Magaliesburg. Well done and all the very best for your term of office.

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Sporting Events

It was wonderful to watch the Middle School and High School enthusiastically participate in the Inter House Soccer Match last week. The standard of soccer was great and the sportsmanship and team spirit were amazing. Well done to coaches and the Heads of Houses, Casey Davis and Kei Concannon for motivating your teams so well.

The Inter House Netball was held last Thursday – well done to coaches and students for improvising on our newly surfaced court.

Pic 3Beyleveld and Gryffenberg Girls compete in the Inter House Netball (left) and the Boys in Soccer (below)

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The following results are a taste of our participation in Sport this term:

Final KPSSSU Netball League Results

Netball U/11 Knysna Montessori finished 4th in the league of 12 schools

Netball U/13 Knysna Montessori finished 9th in the league of 12 schools

Soccer

Senior Boys drew to Knysna High 3-3

Hockey

Senior Boys 3-2 win to Wittedrift 

U/11 Hockey

Sedgefield Hockey Festival:

Boys:  Drew 2 games, Won 2 games and lost 1

Girls:  Drew 2 games, Won 1 game and lost 2

U/9 + u/10 Hockey

Oakhill Festival:

Boys finished 3rd and the girls finished 2nd

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U/13 Boys Hockey Drew 1-1 to Oakhill

U/13 Girls Hockey won 2-1 Oakhill

MARS: Ant, Fila and Marne are now working with approximately 35 Middle School students each Monday to increase fitness and endurance levels in a number of disciplines, but importantly to have fun and to learn to work effectively as a team.

I would like to thank our Sports Co-ordinator Tarryn Edkins and our coaches, Nakkie, Fiela, Lusanda, Marne, and Ant for the energy and commitment you show to each and every child. The difference that you are making is noted and much appreciated.

Montessori Wings Movie and Plane Contest 2nd & 9th September

Pic 5Don’t miss the awesome Montessori Wings Movie and Paper Plane Contest! First watch the movie and be inspired to fly. This screening will be free of charge and have adult supervision, so you can either watch the movie, or enjoy the Friday Market while the children watch. Please note that snacks will be sold and there will be a donation box for voluntary donations towards fundraising for the 6-9 environment.

Well done and thank you to Nash Lederle for being so courageous and promoting this event at Oak Hill, Riverwood and at our own assembly. Please encourage all your friends to attend.

Taiwanese Cultural Tour

 Pic 6We enjoyed having the Taiwanese students visit us; they were an engaging group of young people who shared and interacted well with our students. The hostel dining room was decorated beautifully and everyone seemed to enjoy the farewell dinner.

 

Matric Dance

Despite the cold weather, the event was highly successful and the Matric Ladies and Gents looked fantastic! The ladies, braving the cold, all looked beautiful in their finery. The gents, many of whom I did not recognize in their suits and with new hair dos, looked very sophisticated and handsome.

Well done to the Grade 11s – your hosting skills were great.

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Matric Students: (from left to right) Grant, Kina, Oz, Courtney, Kei, Casey, Zoe, Christopher, JJ, Jo, Allison, Benjamin, Liam, Tomiko and Alex

 

 

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Matric Girls: Tomiko, Allison, Courtney, Zoe, Casey, Kina and Jo

 

 

 

 

Bon Voyage

We are very sad to be losing Dawn at the end of August. She has been a great asset to Knysna Montessori School and will be sorely missed. There are not enough words to express our gratitude for all she has done during her 8 years with us.

We wish her every happiness and success as she embarks on another chapter in her life. Good luck and keep in touch! We welcome Kerrey Francisco to KMS; she will be joining us from Tuesday 17th August.

Junior School Play – Meet Me In Alexandria

Many thanks to all the moms and dads who are contributing to the production with performance, costumes, backdrops etc. The children are really excited and do appreciate sharing the stage with moms and dads. Due to the number of illnesses in the Junior School and the impact this has on play rehearsals etc., a decision has been taken to postpone the play until 2nd and 3rd November.

A suspected case of Whooping Cough was reported in the 9-12 environment. The recommendation and advice from doctors is that due to the contagious nature of the disease it is best to boost your child’s immune system, and report to your doctor if your child has a persistent cold or cough which does not clear up in the normal time span.

Interact 

The 2014/2015 President of Interact, Casey Davis and Board Members, will join me for the opening of the Maranatha Creche on Thursday 18th August. Some of you may remember The Interact Club won the OMO challenge and R25,000 was donated to help rebuild the Maranatha Creche. They were awarded the International Presidential Citation, the Interact Special Achievement Award for Service to the School and the Knysna Community and the Interact Trophy for the Best Interact Group in Knysna.

Thank you to the Interact Club and Board Members of 2015/2016; under the leadership of Tinashe Mazodze many worthwhile projects were undertaken by you all. They were awarded the Community Service Award for a high standard of community service in the Knysna area.

The following 2016/2017 Interact Board Members have been elected:

President: Jade Hahn

Vice President: Simone Christian

Secretary: Bianca Brink

Treasurer: Matsedi Mogale

Board Member: Cameryn Miller

Board Member: Naledi Mabe

Board Member: Michael Dos Santos Serra

 

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday 16th August                   Orientation Day for Grade 1 and Grade 4 2017

Wednesday 17th August             1pm-2pm Social Media talk by the Digital Law Practice for all Grade 6 – Matric students. The importance of our young students’ interaction with Social Media cannot be stressed strongly enough and therefore this is a compulsory event. (The fee of R50 per child will be billed to your school account accordingly.)

Saturday 20th August                 MTB Spur Mountain Biking Race at KMS

Friday 26th August                       9-12 Civvies Day – Fundraiser for Gr 6 Tour

Wednesday 31st August             Junior School combined Spring Tea & Maria Montessori’s birthday

Thursday 1st September           Pre School Spring Tea

Friday 2nd September               FRIDAY MARKET OPENS

                                                           Montessori Wings Paper Plane Movie at amphitheatre

Friday 9th September                 Montessori Wings Paper Plane Competition

Monday 5th September              Grade 9s to spend morning in the High School

Grade 6s to spend morning in Middle School

 

 

Pic 9And in the Spirit of the Games …………………………

Best wishes

Sonia

Loerie Letter 7


Dear KMS Family

A warm welcome back to everyone. I trust you enjoyed the holidays and are refreshed and ready for a busy term!

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new families:

  • Robert Vargas (12-15) and Artur Vargas (15-18) join us again from overseas for the third term. It is lovely to have you back, and we hope you enjoy your stay.
  • Isabel Garza will be with us for part of the third term, we hope you enjoy your stay with us.
  • Pieter Gouws (9-12), Henri Gouws (6-9) and Elizabeth Gouws( 3-6)
  • Auron Wentzel (3-6)
  • Cole Olivier (2-3)
  • Anna Platt (2-3)

stork 1Congratulations to staff members, Tosh and Lusanda and also to the Bruwer Family:

Tosh and family – Tosh’s baby girl, Liviwe (Our prayer has been heard) was born on 23rd May. Tosh is currently on maternity leave.

Lusanda and family – Baby Sineqhawe (we have a hero) was born on the 23rd June.  A bouncy, healthy boy!

Lani and Etienne Bruwer – welcome to Baby Bruwer!

An enormous thank you to the following parents and students for their commitment and support of the Grade 11 Matric Dance Fundraiser during the Oyster Festival. Leanne and Russell Gammon, Lauren Persello, Kelly Edwards, Jenina Conradie Marlett Watson, Andrew Watson, Jenny Metelerkamp, Lynn Allen, Tinashe, Azukiwe, Tana, Gemma,Thomas and Kito, without whom none of this would have been possible. The school hostel was hired out to a group for the duration of the Festival.

You may have noticed that a new playground for the 12-15s has been created during the holidays. The earth moving machines moved in and excavations began. Grass has been recently laid and I am sure the 12-15s will benefit greatly from this new space. The Netball Court has been extended and a new side fence erected. The surfacing of the court will be completed very shortly, weather permitting.  Netball (fitness training and skills) will continue off court.

I love this Maria Montessori quote as it reminds us to encourage our children (and perhaps ourselves at times) to just be in the moment and marvel at the small things we take for granted.

“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.” 

I had arranged for a guest speaker from Johannesburg to speak in July to the students from Grade 6 – Matric on the correct use of social media. Unfortunately she has had a family emergency and has had to go to the UK. I will reschedule this talk as soon as we have clarification of her return.

Please refer to the CALENDAR page on this site for the quick view of all events month by month.  Diary reminders of upcoming events also appear on the side-bar of every page (bar the home page) of our website.

Weekly MENU and SPORTS SCHEDULES will be updated regularly – so do keep you eye on our website for updates.

Have a great term!

Best wishes

Sonia

 

 

Loerie Letter 6


Dear KMS Family

This term, like every term, has been full of excitement, copious amounts of energy spent both physical and mental, and I am sure everyone is looking forward to the holiday.

In Loerie Letter 5, I mentioned what awesome parents we have at this school and all the time, energy and effort you put into your children and the school.

In this edition I would like to pay tribute to the amazing staff we have at KMS. The school would not run without them. Administrators work tirelessly to keep the cogs turning; the ground staff, maintenance team, hostel parents and cleaning staff always have smiles on their faces and are willing to drop what they are doing to help students or parents.

There are seven roles which the teacher plays from learning mediator, pastoral, interpreter and designer of materials, to administrator and manager, scholar and lifelong learner and assessor. The profession of teachers and coaches is indeed a calling! The impact made on the daily lives of our children (wearing different hats for different occasions and always juggling many balls in the air) is to be acknowledged and praised – thank you for your hard work and commitment.

If I Could Teach You, Teacher 

If I could teach you, teacher,

I’d teach you how much more

you have accomplished

than you think you have.

I’d show you the seeds

you planted years ago

that are now coming into bloom.

I’d reveal to you the young minds

that have expanded under your care,

the hearts that are serving others

because they had you as a role model.

If I could teach you, teacher,

I’d show you the positive effect

you have had on me and my life.

Your homework is

to know your value to the world,

to acknowledge it, to believe it.

Thank you, teacher.

By Joanna Fuchs

12-15 Occupations

ThanPicture 1k you to the teenagers for allowing your parents to visit you while you were very busy working in your various Occupation Groups. Many thanks to the parents who came to see how their children operate in the different occupation periods. Grade 4, 5 and 6 parents as well as parents from other schools will be invited to join us for a Middle School Occupation Open Day. Please check the Third Term calendar for dates – this will be available in the first week of next term.

 

Parents join me at the Farm yard to view the occupations in action.

 

 

 

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9-12 Science Fair

The 9-12 children worked so hard during the Science Fair.

There were some amazing experiments. Congratulations to the 9-12 staff and children and to the parents who assisted in getting their children ready for the Science Fair.

The Grade 3 children really enjoyed visiting the 9-12 class.

 

 

 

 

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6-9 Garden Route Trail Park

Daniel, Tayla, Karien and Yamkela play ‘cheers’ during their lunch break at the Garden Route Trail Park. Many thanks to Vikki Lederle for suggesting and arranging the outing. To all the parents and staff who assisted on this day thank you for bringing everyone back in one piece – despite a few bumps and bruises, all bones were intact! Thanks to Anthony too, for driving the trailer and for spending your morning with the 6-9’s.

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The 6-9 environment pose for a group photograph: At Garden Route Trail Park

 

 

 

SPUR Eden MTB League Series

On Saturday 11th June, a number of Primary School and High Schools in the Eden region attended the NMMU Cycle Race in George. EXCITING NEWS! Out of 7 Primary Schools, Knysna Montessori came FIRST! Out of 9 High Schools, Knysna Montessori came FIFTH!

Congratulations to everybody who took part in this event: Roy Fraser-Mackenzie, Lennard Collins, Tahlia Stead, Emmeline Price, Zinedine De Nil, Brian Fraser-Mackenzie, Oliver Price, Declan Page, Carla Collins and Jethro Stead.

Picture 5We are so very proud of you all! If you wish to sign up for the events below please register online at Chaingangevents.

Next Events on the Spur MTB Series:

  • Cairnbrogie Farm                                23 July
  • Knysna Montessori School                20 August
  • Mountain View                                     10 September

 

We have successfully installed the swimming pool heating system which will raise the temperature by +4 degrees.  Thank you for all your efforts with regards to the Fund Raising and we look forward to making use of the pool in summer.

Picture 6Parents please take note of the new Yield sign requested by Narnia Village Home Owners. You will see that it is positioned at the exit to the car park. Please take care when exiting the car park; Narnia Village residents have had one or two scares with vehicles entering Narnia Lane from the car park at quite a speed. Thank you for your care and consideration!

 

Junior Inter-House Netball and Soccer

Thank you to Coach Tarryn, Lusanda and Nakkie and staff.

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Thank you House Captains for this term: Ironwood – Jed, Yellowwood – Ethan, and Milkwood – Jordan.

 

Picture 8Results:

Soccer Milkwood – 12 Points, Ironwood – 10 points, Yellowwood– 8 points

Well done Ironwood parents for turning out in numbers!

Netball – it was a tie! 12 points for each house. You will share the trophy.

Thank you to all the parents who supported the day – you too were awarded points for your house! Unfortunately there were not enough parents to put a parent match together, but some parents were involved shooting goals for netball. Hopefully we will be able to have a parent/staff Hockey game next term.

We look forward to the Junior Hockey Inter-House next term as well as the Senior Inter-House games.

Please note the Junior Sport and Clubs schedule for Term 3 which is at the end of this newsletter!

Taming the Teenager by Gavin Fish

I attended the SAPA (South African Principals Association) Conference on the 2nd and 3rd June and there were some very interesting speakers. One of the speakers was Gavin Fish, principal of Fish Hoek High School. I thought I would share this article from his book Taming the Teenager – worth a read… ISBN 978-1-43230-252-8.

CATCH THEM DOING GOOD 

Why is it so easy to catch teenagers doing wrong? If it’s not their tone of voice, it’s what they’re saying, or doing, or … We need to catch ourselves and actively be on the lookout for the occasions when they express their nobler selves. And they do; they really do. No teenager pays much attention to the stuck-record nagging, it only triggers irritation, not positive reflection.

My classes recently defined for me what was ‘cool’. The recipe is timeless: popularity, looks, sporting ability, money, dress sense (read money) and ‘a little bit naughty’ (read attitude). I then asked them to tell me what else they admired amongst their fellow teens. They really battled, but all the classes came up with exactly the same recipe: sense of humour, integrity, the ability to say no, being a friend to all, individuality, enthusiasm and effort.

It’s at this level that we must come in. The ‘cool’ recipe is vague and fickle because it’s all about externals over which our teens have no control. Their second definition, which we dubbed the ‘new cool’ is closer to our true humanity … that over which we do have control.

Compliment sincerely and specifically; drop those treacly generalisations, such as ‘you did so well!’

Much to their horror, I make a point of publicly recognising teens who have acted nobly. It doesn’t make them nerds, and in their heart-of-hearts they know it, and applaud generously.

We must take the lead in catching them doing good.

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We welcome Kelly and a group of Taiwanese children to South Africa and Knysna Montessori in July 2016.

I wish everyone a very happy holiday and look forward to the start of the Third term on Tuesday 12th July.

Travel safely, for those families who will be going away.

Best wishes

Sonia

sports for term 3

 

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Dear KMS Family

Brag Session …..

Events happen every day (some big, some small) at school which make me proud of our KMS students. Our Geography Matric students recently participated in a River Study with Oakhill and Glenwood students. John reported back how impressed the other teachers were with our students. They were enthusiastic and fully engaged in the task at hand. Well done!

Some of our High School students participated in the Public Speaking Evening at Oakhill and can be very proud of their efforts.

Del and Nandie took our Interact students to a meeting in George for all the local Interact groups. Del reported that our students were confident and mature and that they asked intelligent questions and fully participated in the event.

Robyn Watson and Chant Messina joined me at the Knysna Yacht Club for the Rotary Lunch on Tuesday 3rd May. Robyn prepared a speech about their experiences at the Outward Bound Leadership Course which they attended in the holidays. Her speech was humorous and entertaining. We thank her for representing our school so well.

Jem-Dara Glogauer from the 9-12 class has recently returned from a tour overseas with the South Cape Children’s choir. She is pictured here during a performance (middle front row). We look forward to hearing all about her trip overseas on her return.

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Coban-Dean Suttie (12-15-below) recently participated in the U21 canoe polo championships.

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Picture 3 Netball:  Basanda Madikane  (15-18) participated in the regional trials on Friday 6th May.

Picture 4The following students will participate or have already participated in the SWD Hockey trials:

Carla Collins (12-15) – Good luck!

Luke van As (12-15) – Good luck!

Liam van Eeden (15-18) – Through to the SWD Team – Congratulations!

Christopher Watson (15-18) – Through to the SWD Team – Congratulations!

 

 

Middle School StPicture 5ars – The Middle School Choir performed in assembly on Friday 6 May. Voices of angels! Thank you for showcasing what you do every Friday with Claud in Choir rehearsal.

Picture 6The things that make me smile each day … the toddler who builds her first sandcastle; the 3-6 child who masters the sandpaper letters; the 6-9 child who suddenly ‘gets’ subtraction or the 9-12 child who is engrossed in a book in the corner oblivious to his surroundings; the 12-15 student who cleans out an animal cage for the first time or realizes value in team work; the 15-18 young adult who has grown into an independent, mature person. One marvels at their progress … especially when I taught some of our 2016 Matrics in the 6-9 class many moons ago!

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Montessori Awesome Parents:

Moms come to help direct the Art Class in the 9-12 environment. Moms and Dads come to help us offering all sorts of expertise, from Marketing, Catering and Photography to Drama, Clubs and so much more.

Kibibi (right) during the body tracing Art session.

We really do appreciate everything you do for our children at KMS!

Please visit our new website. Jacqui Baldwin and her team have been instrumental in setting up our website.  Thank you for your amazing insight and efficiency. We could not have done this without you. Alfred Lor and Jenny Metelerkamp, thank you for the amazing pictures which you have taken for us.

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Picture 10 Picture 11 Picture 12Precious Moments in Time . . . . . .

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The 9-12s visited the Airport as part of their Culture Programme. Many thanks to the parents who assisted on this day; your help with transport and managing the children is greatly appreciated.

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Fundraising

This term the students are participating in a variety of fundraising events, namely the 9-12 Tour, the Grade 9 Tour and the Matric Dance. The Civvies week is always something the children enjoy participating in, and although it can be a little disruptive (especially regarding sport) one does get to see their individual personalities coming through!

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Marnė and Nandie, as well as most of the Grade 11 students have been hard at work trying to raise enough funds for our largest matric group yet. The Grade 11s will be hiring out the hostel for a long weekend during the Oyster Festival in July. We appeal to Grade 11 parents who can help during this time to please join a meeting on Thursday 12th May at 6pm. Grade 11 students are also requested to attend this meeting. Barbara Pretorius and Leighann Campbell, both of whom have experience in hiring out the hostel, have kindly offered their time on this day.

Picture 16We have had a number of requests from parents and staff to remind everyone that the parking bays along the front of the school on Welbedacht Lane are for staff parking. There is a drop off and go zone in this area for parents. Please do not park there and walk your child into school.

Please park in the designated parking bays in the car park and try not to straddle two parking bays. Your help in this regard would ease congestion in the morning.

Picture 17We are experiencing a pattern of tardiness with some children in the morning. Winter is setting in and the mornings are chilly and darker – but it is important that the children are in their classrooms by 07:45am. When the children sign their names in the late arrival book the most common reason for being late is that they couldn’t find their uniform, or there were no clean school tops in the cupboard. Another reason is mom or dad did not wake me up in time. Please encourage your child to take responsibility to put his or her uniform out the night before and also to check that bags have been packed with the necessary items, for example sport gear, reading pockets (6-9) and stationery.

Providing a little alarm clock on the bed side table will help the child become independent and responsible for waking him- or herself.

 

Parents of the 12-18 team soccer players, please ensure that your child has the required sport uniform, i.e. correct socks and shorts. The sport coaches will insist on the proper gear being worn for matches against other schools. Failure to have the correct kit will result in the office issuing socks and shorts and this will be billed accordingly.

Picture 18Taddy, Leighann and I attended the SAMA Conference in Cape Town on the weekend of the 29th April. We did some networking and connecting with fellow Montessorians from around the country. Jonathan Wolff was the guest speaker from America and he entertained us with some thought-provoking lectures and sessions. I will be giving feedback to the staff in due course.

 

Dates to Diarise . . . . Upcoming Events:

  • 11th May            Ballet Master Class  Grade 9 & 10  9:30am
  • 11th May            Matric Afrikaans – set work  Matric  Oakhill @ 3pm
  • 12th May            Occupation Open Day  12-15 Parents  see invitation
  • 13th May            Matric English – set work  Matric  Oakhill @
  • 18th May            12-15 Outing – Oudtshoorn  History group  Leave school 8:15
  • 18th May            Preschool Outing  3-6 Bev & Tatu  Monkeyland
  • 23rd May            June Exams commence  Matric
  • 27th May            Science Fair  9-12s
  • 27th May            Friday Market Hibernates
  • 30th May           Exams & Assessments  9-12, 12-15 & Gr 10 & 11

Information/Indemnity forms etc. for the above will be sent out to you in the coming days. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Best wishes

Sonia

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear KMS Family,

Welcome back to the Second Term. I trust everyone had an enjoyable break and Easter holiday.

We welcome to KMS our new children and families.

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Jessica Vadas 2-3s

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Naledi Leholo 9-12s

Sophie Massow (inturquoise top) 2-3s

Safety

Please ensure your child is wearing a helmet when cycling to school.   If your child walks to and from school, please direct them to walk facing the oncoming traffic. This is a very narrow and potentially dangerous road. We have had a request to please remind parents and staff that the Stop Street on Narnia Lane leading into

Metelerkamp Street is indeed a stop street and not a Give Way- there have been one or two close calls between vehicles.

Once again there is a busy term ahead. Please make note of the events and activities on the calendar below which pertain to your child. Children are reminded about upcoming events in assembly a week in advance. An sms will be sent out as a reminder the day before the event.

Hostel parents please remember the long weekend (see calendar). The hostel will be closed so please ensure you have made timeous arrangements for your children.

Social Media

I have read some interesting and frightening accounts of the dangers of social media during the holidays. The web site article below gives practical advice on how to get a handle on social media.

I am hoping to have a quest speaker towards the end of this term or early in the Third Taerm to come and speak to the children (Grade 6 –Matric) on the dangers of not using social media responsibly.

The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) recently released findings from a comprehensive study on the impact social media has on kids and families. Although there are real benefits to kids using sites like Facebook, including increased communication,

access to information and help in developing a sense of self, there can be serious downsides to all this online sharing too.

Social networking is on the rise, and the study found that 22 percent of teenagers log onto their favorite social media sites more than 10 times a day, and that 75 percent own cell phones. This level of engagement online increases the risks of cyberbullying,

“Facebook depression” (a new phenomenon where “de-friending” and online bullying lead to symptoms of depression), exposure to inappropriate content, and sexting.

Just as we prepare our kids for life in the real world, we should prepare them for life in the online world.

The following tips are highlighted in this article. Visit the website for more detailed information.

  • No Underage Facebooking
  • Check Privacy Settings
  • Use Filtering Software
  • Create Ground Rules
  • Get To Know What Your Child’s Habits Are
  • Keep the Computer in a Central Location
  • Urge Your Kids to Avoid Questionnaires, Free Giveaways and Contests
  • Monitor the Pictures Your Child Posts Online
  • Be a Good Example of How to Use Social Media
  • Limit Cell Phone Use
  • Teach Kids about an Online Reputation
  • Talk to Kids about Online Dangers

Social Media Monitoring

Please note that due to 15-18 exams finishing on the last day of term, reports will be emailed in the 3rd Term on 14th July, and Parent Meetings will commence 18 July. Senior Interhouse events will take place in the Third Term.

Public Holidays

Due to the Public Holidays this term and the fact that it is an assessment and exam term, please note that Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April are school days and children are expected to be at school. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Sickness

With the colder weather setting in, please ensure the children come to school with socks and shoes and their fleece tops. Please help us to keep track of their possessions by clearly marking the fleece tops.

In order to keep the germs to a minimum, please do not send your child to school if they have had a temperature, diarrhea or vomiting during the night or if they have infected mucous or are on antibiotics. If the child has been prescribed an antibiotic then a doctor’s certificate will indicate when the child should return to school. Please hand in the doctor’s certificate at the office.

The teachers will remind children how to discard of dirty tissues and to wash hands at the appropriate times. If it is absolutely necessary to send medication to school, please ensure you hand it into the office so that it can be dispensed and stored correctly.

Hockey Kit

Kish Chanta Conradie (left), one of our goalies, is wearing the new Hockey Goalie Kit. Many thanks to a Montessori Dad, Andrew Watson for his kind cash donation to help facilitate the purchasing of this wonderful kit.

Thank you from our Library. A big thank you to all our parents, teachers and students who bought and donated books to our library for Library Week during the Literary Festival. The library is open until 3pm Tuesday to Friday, and all students and parents are very welcome to visit and browse. I wish everyone a happy and productive term.

Best wishes,

Sonia