Trinity Term kicked off with a bang! I hope that everyone has had a good, well-deserved break and is excited about the term ahead. We have a lot to look forward to during what promises, once again, to be a busy term, with plenty of opportunities to get involved in the excitement of Glenwood life. Highlights which feature prominently this term include the Eden- Xperience, the College Showcase, the Schoolyard Arts Festival and the Co-Ed National High Schools Water Polo Festival. These are over and above our normal extra-curricular offerings. We look forward to seeing all our parents and pupils being part of these events.
Parents are reminded that all pupils are required to commit themselves to at least one extra–mural activity per term. Matric students are reminded that they are committed to the extra-mural programme until the start of their Prelims. Parents are urged to assist the school in ensuring that our pupils honour their commitments. Commitment and perseverance are critical life skills that our children have to learn, as it will stand them in good stead in their future endeavours. Our children need to learn that they have a responsibility towards their fellow team members. They cannot arrive late, or not pitch for practices and matches without a valid excuse. The school and the pupils invest an inordinate amount of time in their extra-curricular activities and we want to encourage everyone to see the season through and experience that sense of achievement and fulfilment one feels when a job has been well done.
Allow me to also encourage our pupils and parents to support their children and the activities taking place at the school. We had a busy second term during which we hosted our annual Prep Schools Rugby Festival and the College Independent Schools Rugby Festival, which also included a netball component for the first time. In spite of the fact that these were extremely well-organised and successful festivals, it was rather sad to see that our own school community supported the events rather poorly. Thank you to those positive families who are always willing to assist the school by rolling up their sleeves and making themselves part of the solution and vision for Glenwood House.
We appreciate you!
MYSCHOOL MYVILLAGE MYPLANET
Suicide Hour ends on a High
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT - FOUNDATION PHASE
Learning to construct a syntactically sound sentence compromising a verb and a noun is no easy feat. Yet, that is just what the Foundation Phase is currently celebrating!
It takes at least six months of preparation to achieve the ultimate moment. It’s a story that begins with three Grade One teachers, a group of fifty-five six/seven year olds who have just entered ‘big school’ and a vast amount of collaboration. Effective communication (a Global Competency) becomes the focal point. Children are guided to use this skill successfully as they are encouraged to share their ideas with one another and then, ultimately, to write these ideas in the form of a sentence.
One might wonder about the intricate process that is involved in learning to make a sentence. The explanation is simple. First, the consolidation of all alphabetical sounds is overseen, followed by the ‘if-I-put-sounds-together-I-can-build-a-word” stage. Then, the learning of nouns is practised. The grasping of action words is pursued next and, finally yet importantly, understanding that a capital letter begins a sentence and a full stop ends it, is thrown into the mix. Once all these skills are mastered, it is time to set about testing the knowledge.
Witnessing the birth of prosperous writers finally dawns…! Donning their blue thinking hats, the Grade Ones set about taking all their knowledge and applying it in order to create a sentence. A fly on the classroom wall may well testify that at the end of an hour and one sentence later, the Grade One teachers look suicidal! However, once all calms down and the sentences are edited, a proud moment ensues. For there, on the page, nestled between the waterlines, lies a beautifully constructed sentence in all its glory. A proud moment indeed … and euphoria reigns!
SENIOR PRIMARY ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
The Senior Primary English Department, made up of Mrs Pretorius (Grade 4), Mrs Powell (Grade5), Mrs Reuvers-Hefer (Grade 6) and Mr Vercueil (Grade 7), is a vibrant and highly functional team providing our children with a firm language foundation on which to base all their other learning.
The teaching of English is divided into 4 main skills, namely: Listening & Speaking; Reading & Viewing; Writing; and Language & Spelling. A main focus in all of our grades is reading. We firmly believe that “Readers are Leaders”. Apart from encouraging children to read in their own time, teachers read to the children for enjoyment and each grade studies at least three age-appropriate books per year.
English lessons embrace innovative, exciting topics and activities designed to engage children of all abilities and learning styles. We make use of technology, e.g. i-pads, electronic books, Smartboards, Apple TV, etc. but also strike a balance with ‘older school’ activities, e.g. puppet shows, role plays, pen and paper, etc. to ensure that our children receive a progressive, yet balanced education in this fast-changing world in which we live.
When considering the latest buzz phrase in education, ‘Global Competencies’ (i.e. communication, self-management, research, thinking and social skills), we like to think that the English Department is a ‘power-house’ in this field and has already been covering these skills for a number of years. This said, we are making a concerted and deliberate effort to grow and practise these skills in our lessons.
Our specialised teachers make use of a variety of teaching resources as well as drawing on their years of experience in the field. Our teachers are not textbook bound; on the contrary, they have developed and created most of their own teaching material to the point that some of them have actually compiled their own e-books.
The English Department follows a very comprehensive assessment system in which children complete numerous tasks that are assessed on a continuous basis. We take part in annual benchmarking assessments set by the IEB and Advtech to ensure that we are maintaining high standards as well as identifying areas for improvement.
We are very blessed to be a school with a college. The department has a very good relationship with the English Department in the College and collaboration happens across the schools to share ideas and ensure continuity in our teaching.
As a department, we are confident in what we do and firmly believe that our children are receiving a world-class language education which will equip them to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
GRADE 4 ENGLISH ADVERTS
GRADE 5 POEMS
(By Renée Terblanche)
Wobbling, licking, standing
Has a purple tongue
Peter Adrian (My Dad)
(By Clara Adrian)
Peter really is the best,
He’s like a heater in his bed,
That’s probably why he’s lovely to snuggle with.
He fixes doors, he fixes lighting!
That’s probably why he’s so exciting.
Now this is why he is for sure,
The best dad ever!
GRADE 6 POEMS
The Mean Old Lady
(By Nické De Ridder)
There lives a mean lady in a big house
every single day she wears the same blouse
She has a long nose and very small toes
I hear she hates children, I suppose
When she hears children making a noise
she looks out the window and sees five school boys
She runs and grabs her big megaphone
then she shouts, "All you boys must go home!"
(By Gabi Vakis)
There is snow everywhere
I live to dance
In the town square
Sometimes you have to take a chance
I glance out the door
Looking at the snow fall
Just wanting to see more...
My dream is now looking small
The Lonely Tree
(By Samantha Bellew)
I am a tree with an urgent plea
Please don't take my leaves from me
once they have changed to red and gold
For I am cold and also rather old
I cannot run or play anymore
like I used to, once before.
(By Leanka de Kock)
I once had a horse named Seamist
Who was trained by a sea extremist.
She jumped like a soaring eagle
and made noise like a screaming seagull.
I ride her through the spring trees
She is such an amazing horse
And as I jump the easy course
I feel the fresh morning breeze
(By Cara Mostert)
Wearing a dress the colour of milk
Made from material as smooth as silk
Always there to guide you along
and when you sleep, to sing you a song.
On your right shoulder with an angelic smile
You grow older knowing she's there for a while.
Fly My Butterfly
Fly my butterfly, take me
Let me feel free, show me the sky
Fly My Butterfly, show no fear
I wish I was there
but unfortunately I'm here.
GRADE 7 ENGLISH WRITING
Advice for Parents of Teenagers
(By Emiel Terblanche)
Expecting a teenager? Then you are in for one of the most exciting and scary rides of your life. You never know when a teenager will arrive. The physical appearances and cheeky mind-set arrive on different days and in no particular order. One certainty is that a teenager comes between the ages of 12 – 20. Having a teenager is not a part of life that can be skipped.
Advice for Parents of Teenagers
(By Michael Pearce)
When your precious little child becomes a teenager, you better watch out! You are embarking on one of the most exciting, wonderful, terrifying and exhilarating times of your life.
Your teenager will arrive somewhere between the ages of 12 and 20, but you can never know for sure. ‘Teenagehood’ cannot be skipped!
Your teenager will be silent, noisy, reclusive, mature and touchy. These qualities make them terrible roommates. The best gift you can give your teen is a door to slam. Teenagers don’t want you to be in their way, but want you to be close at hand when they need you.
Teenagers need to socialise so prepare yourself, your phone bill will treble. Teenagers need solitude, time away from their parents. It’s all about growing their independence.
The Wreck Room
(By Ruan Lamprecht)
The old, worn-out door with its rusty door handle swings open to reveal a room that looks as old as the desert itself. There are cracks in the floor like the ancient, dry ground of the desert outside. There is a bathroom that is filled with rats and a bacteria-infected toilet which falling apart. The exhausted boys are spread out across the floors, draped over the sofas and even lying on top of the pool table. There is a huge spider in the shadow of the room in the far right corner that seems to be staring at you. There is a slight swish – swish of wind coming from the rusty old fan. There are large rats nibbling on the sofas. The boys are swearing and fighting over the pool cues and one is screaming because of the rats in the bathroom.
This is truly a WRECKED ROOM!
The Wreck Room
(By Caitlin McComb)
The rec. room is a war zone! The smell of sweat and dirt wafts through the air – in and out, in and out. The pool table looks like a green battlefield. There are so many holes, every time someone tries to play, the balls bounce and dance around and sometimes they even hop off the table. There is a hole in one wall with a fan in front of it, it looks like it could splutter and die at any moment. There’s a spider that looks like it is ready to jump out and devour us. Jagged tiles stick out of the floor like knives and daggers. Then there’s the furniture – The TV screen has so many cracks, it looks like it has survived an earthquake. The sofas and chairs look like casualties of war, they are cut and ‘bruised’. When you sit, springs shoot like bullets into you bottom. In their standard issue overall, everyone looks like an orange, peachy ice-cream melting on the hottest day ever. Everything you touch feels like a sticky piece of toffee stuck to your fingers.
(By Walter Börner)
The hedgehog stood patiently
Like a bristly Christmas tree
Staring towards the horizon
Watching the cars zoom by
Like leaves blowing in a strong wind
Waiting for the time to come
To venture into the large unknown.
Fish on the Chopping Block
(By Nicole Booyens)
The fish is lying there like a helpless bunny before a jackal.
He knows his time has come,
Like a person in the Middle Ages sentenced to death.
His mouth is open wide as a cave in the hillside.
His eyes, like a puppy that’s done something naughty
His heart, beating like an African drum,
Desperately trying to warn him that there is nearby danger.
Silver Fish Meets its Doom
(By William Parsons)
The fish is terrified, like a fugitive about to be hanged
His scales flash silver in the reflection of the looming blade
His body, as cold as a penguin alone in the Arctic waters
His energy seeping from him like water from a sponge.
On the 20th of July Glenwood House held their 2018 Matric Farewell, and it was a great success. The theme for this year’s Matric Farewell was ‘The Greatest Show’, and expectations were exceeded due to the amazing décor, entrance, atmosphere and entertainment, which stunningly captured the essence of the circus.
The matrics were entertained at the entrance by dancing, juggling, and a Fire-breather. The Bearded Lady and the Strongest Man on Earth in their cages impressed the guests with their talents. Halfway through the event, the Grade Elevens surprised by an energetic dance, choreographed by Mrs du Plessis. Twirls, lifts, backflips and dancers flying through the air elicited gasps of appreciation from the audience. The entertainment also included photo booths and crazy costumes.
The matrics and teachers were blown away by the incredible décor of red and white stripes, gold, hula-hoops hanging from the ceilings, upside-down umbrellas and unbelievable centrepieces, which were out of this world. Mrs Swiegelaar's creative flair and artistic touch was evident in every small detail. The atmosphere was amazing, the matrics had immense fun and their Matric Farewell is something they will always remember.
A lot of hard work went into making the event such an unforgettable night, and none of it would have been possible without Mrs Swiegelaar, Mrs Hiemstra and Mrs du Plessis, (who make a formidable team), not to mention the Grade Elevens who helped make many of the decorations, assisted with fundraising and participated in the entertainment for the evening.
Science Boot Camp Encourages Innovation and Imagination
A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future. With these skills in mind, Glenwood House School hosted their second annual Science Boot Camp from Wednesday the 11th of July to Friday the 13th of July.
The camp was attended by students from York High School, Rundle College, McKinlay Reed and Glenwood House School, and facilitated by Science teacher Clare van Rensburg. It offered Grade 8 and 9 students an opportunity to learn about Science through interactive and hands-on science activities. The educational event presented an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge and skills beyond the scope of the school curriculum. It particularly appealed to students considering taking one or both of the sciences at FET level.
“Our focus in the classroom is shifting away from an old fashioned linear approach in which students are expected to memorise information,” says Mrs van Rensburg. “The goal of 21st Century Learning is to provide a dynamic and innovative classroom where students actively engage in science and make their own discoveries”.
The students tested their limits in a variety of survival challenges. They designed a wind- and water-proof shelter, lit fires without matches, survived a freezing ice bath challenge, built wind turbines, camping stoves and made ice-cream in a bag. The second day of the camp focussed on DNA and forensic science. Students made edible models of the DNA double helix from jellies, extracted strawberry DNA and measured their skin surface area. The group used light microscopes to examine a sample of Pedigree Bull Semen from the Australian Friesian Del Santos. The students succeeded in an exciting Escape Room Challenge. The third and final day of the camp focussed on the challenges facing our marine environment. The student scientists worked with Nature’s Valley Trust to understand the impact of plastic pollution and ocean acidification. Researchers from the trust presented the students with sea urchin embryos to study and the group made their own homemade toothpaste.
Some minor explosions, one massive bomb, a few fires, masses of melted jelly and a giant tin of hot chocolate later, the students agreed that discovery-learning is the key to their success. The young scientists drove the pace of learning by asking questions, collaborating and reflecting. The Science Boot Camp will be back with a bang in 2019!
The Scarlet Letter A(frikaans)
(By Christo Boshoff)
Let’s face it, Afrikaans is not very popular in an English school. It is a constant struggle to get learners excited about the subject, but there are many ways to improve your vocabulary and understanding of the language and culture, which does not require spending hours in front of a textbook.
It is a myth that all Afrikaans songs only contain the words “bokkie”, “sokkie” and “rokkie”. Add these artists to your Apple Music or Google Music libraries:
Spoegwolf, Francois van Coke, Karin Zoid, Refentse, Jan Blohm, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Bouwer Bosch, Jo Black, Arno Carstens and Elvis Blue. You can memorise new words, improve your pronunciation and learn vocabulary in context without breaking a sweat.
Maroela Media is a free Afrikaans news app with the latest news, articles and sport updates. Do you need to prepare for a reading assessment? Sorted.
VIVA-app is a free Afrikaans dictionary and thesaurus. You don’t have to rely on sketchy Google-translated words anymore.
Learn Afrikaans - Mondly is a free app with daily Afrikaans lessons. Learn pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and phrases. It’s like having a tutor in your pocket.
If you are struggling to understand a poem, you can always check Prezi for an analysis. Many teachers use this platform and there are numerous Afrikaans resources on this app/website. You can even brush up on STOMPI or other language rules.
Showmax has a kykNET section with series like Die Kliek, Trompie, Die Republiek van Zoid-Afrika, Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling and Orkney Snork Nie to name a few. Many of these shows and movies have subtitles as well. 7de Laan is not the only option anymore.
4. The Web
If you are looking for past exam papers, language rules/exercises and writing hints/tips, be sure to visit Juffrou Marelize Swanepoel’s website (Junior grades).
Vasvra Allegaartjie (Senior grades): This is a website with a database of past exam papers from different schools as well as language, poetry and IEB prescribed work sections.
Afrikaans is such a beautiful descriptive language and your vocabulary should not merely consist of words like “lekker”, “braai”, “biltong” and “awe, my broer”. The best way to learn a language is to surround yourself with people that actually speak the language. If you don’t have an Afrikaans “nooi” or “kêrel” these sources will do just fine.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
bon VOYAGE, wilma venter!
Personality: A happy chappy. Kirsten always has a smile on her face and a spring in her step. She is fun, loving and enjoys a good giggle.
Job Role: Kirstin recently joined our Grade 00 Leopard class. She is a passionate and dedicated teacher.
Duration: Kirstin started teaching at Glenwood House in April 2018. Little Glens is delighted to have her as part of their team.
Family: Kirstin's family live up in cold Johannesburg. She finally had the opportunity to relocate to George in February 2018 with her fiancé: taking a leap of faith really does pay off! She loves their new home town!
Hobbies in spare time: Kirstin enjoys catching up on TV series on a cold day or going out and about to markets on sunny days. She also enjoys running, going to the beach and dolphin watching.
Likes: Kirstin loves Krispy Kreme doughnuts (please will someone open a franchise) and she’s a massive Marvel and DC fan!
Leanne Pretorius studied at Settlers High school and did her B Prim Education Degree at Stellenbosch University. She obtained a Diploma in Special Education (DSBO – Gehoorgestremdheid)
She taught at Gill Primary, Tygerhof Primary, Simonstown High, Fish Hoek Primary, Sun Valley Primary, Edgemead Primary, Durbanville Primary and Van Riebeek Strand Primary. She has been teaching at Glenwood for 10 years. She is currently teaching Grade 4 and is Grade head. Her subjects include English, Bible Education, and Life Skills. Leanne’s sons Peter and Daniel both matriculated at Glenwood. She sadly lost her husband to cancer last year. Leanne is an example of braveness and fortitude to all of us and she is always prepared to lend a listening ear, to give advice and a shoulder to cry on. Her Christian principles are exemplary.
Leanne’s loves good coffee and spending time with good friends and family. Her favourite food is roast chicken. She dislikes wasting time! This is evident as she is always busy. She is able to keep many balls in the air at the same time and is a “juggler” of note. She says that she does not have a “bucket list” but strives to live each day to the full and to make use of every opportunity and blessing which is presented to her.
Her motto to live by is: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Getting to know Miss van Rensburg
Where do you come from? I’m a Diamond Girl. Born and bred in Kimberley. Went to Kimberley Junior and then Kimberley Girls’ High. Love the place, it holds a very special place in my heart.
Why did you become a teacher? Originally not by choice. I had a Bachelor of Arts degree and realised that the only job I could get was teaching. I actually wanted to be an actress at the Royal Shakespearean Theatre Company in England…was not to be. Thought teaching would just be for a year or two but I fell in love with it.
What is your passion in life? I am very lucky, I have a few. I am, by nature, a very curious person, and consider myself an academic. I love studying and reading. Learning new things makes me very happy. My interests tend towards the beautiful things in life…Art, Theatre, Cinema, and History. Traveling…if traveling were free you would never see me again.
What makes you angry? Bullies, of any kind. They exist in all spheres of life. Anyone who takes advantage of someone who is in a weaker position than them. Politicians…not just South African ones, but across the board. (they are often bullies who don’t care about others). Cruelty…of any kind! Especially to animals.
JUNIOR PREP GOLF REPORT
Our grade 1s visited the Glenwood driving range for a fun introduction to golf during our Physical Education lesson. Parents who are interested in this opportunity to learn and play golf are welcome to contact Roelof Roeloffze at ASM golf academy at 0828754385.
The putting activity was a great activity for our keen young golfers.
KINGSWOOD SPORT REPORT
U13 GLENWOOD GIRLS HOCKEY REPORT
The u13 Glenwood girls did not waste any time this term and immediately got back into the swing of things. We played Elkanah on our first day back, and soon followed with a match against Kenridge. Somerset House toured to George and we had another opportunity to play brilliant hockey. The girls played a superb match and showed true sportsmanship. Robyn Baker and Morgan Barclay were our players of the match against Elkanah; Kate Bartels, the Captain, was our player of the match against Kenridge and Catherine Mentz, who was our player of the match for Somerset House, showed what true defenders are made of.
As a team we decided to work on our fitness and went to Hersham beach to work on our endurance. Although it was a lot of fun, we realized we still have a lot of work to do as a team to be the best we can be!
U13 GLENWOOD BOYS HOCKEY REPORT
Our U13 A boys hockey team had a very busy start to this term. First we faced Elkanha and although it was an easier match, our boys played superb hockey to beat them 7 – 0. Kenridge was up next and they offered more resistance. Again our boys played great team hockey to beat them 4-1. Somerset College was always going to be a tough match and our boys opened the scoring with a well-worked goal; unfortunately Somerset regained composure and put a few goals past our keeper. We lost 1- 4.
THE STORY OF STUTTERHEIM
Stutterheim is a small town in the Boland region of the Eastern Cape, with an even smaller population. In March of this year, the college netball was contacted by Stutterheim High School requesting to play our 1st team while they were on tour. We played their first team on March 20th this year, narrowly beating them by 4 points. It turned out the little town packed a big punch. After the match the coaches told us about a reunion weekend they were planning and invited our netball girls to join. One handshake later the deal was made and we immediately started planning the first ever college netball tour.
On Thursday 26 July we departed school with the college first team netball on a 1200km round trip. The trip involved 6 games over 4 days, of which we won 4 and lost 2. We played 4 schools we had never played before. This exposed our girls to new opponents and new styles of play. The team rose to the challenge of every new school and played outstanding netball.
The team made the most of the long distance, stopping in Port Elizabeth and King Williams Town for matches.
The coaches, parents and staff are so proud of our 1st team girls for playing such excellent netball and being such amazing ambassadors for our school while on tour.
SHADES OF BLUE
During July 2018, two of the most prominent schools in George came together for the annual Glenwood vs York Derby Week. The week kicked off with various unsuccessful hockey matches, however, on a brutal Wednesday it was the Bulldogs’ turn to prove themselves against last year’s champions. Having had various motivational speeches and an impromptu spirit session earlier in the day, the hearts of the College rugby teams were filled with angst, adrenaline and a longing to get out on the field.
The Under 15s kicked off the afternoon with a bang, beating York 20-7. They were followed by an overzealous U16 team that not only showed commendable spirit, but also managed to defeat the giants in the vital last minutes of the match.
All these victories set the tone for the headline act. The crème de le crème. The cherries on top of our beautiful Glenwood cake. I am referring to none other than our very own First 15.
From kick off, the boys draped in blue white and gold, showed York everything that they were made of. Bone crushing tackles made by Kade Luckhoff, Dylan Jooste and the barbaric captain, Raynard Stammer, kept York’s forward pack in check. Elegant runs from Glenwood’s decorated fullback Mihlali Gxavu and dashing wing, Sybren Hiemstra, quickly showed York that the Bulldog’s back three, (including the wonderful Sean Sassin), were not to be taken lightly. Technical and vital steals made by flank Tyler Hattingh, and eighth man Ewert Pretorius gave the two halfbacks, Bugan Esau and Rick Dodington, plenty of ball to work their usual magic. Critical defence executed by our centre pair, Daniel Volschenk and David Searle, effectively shut York’s agile backline down. With 2 tries each from our Captain, our lightning fast fullback, and relentless support from the crowd, commanded by Head Boy, Áedán Cumming, and the Glenwood Spirit Committee, the Bulldogs eventually triumphed. The battle of the titans concluded with a score of 24-12 and a wild exchange of words, blows and fisticuffs (Many thanks to Alexius Trotskie, Christopher Conradie and the gentle giant Jandré Potgieter for their efforts in the REAL clash of the afternoon).
On Wednesday the 25th of July, Glenwood House once again basked in the glory of victory, and I sincerely hope that this win has secured our reputation as a rugby force to be reckoned with down here in the Garden Route.
Compiled by: Sybren Hiemstra