I am aware that parents and pupils sometimes think that the school is pedantic about small, seemingly irrelevant issues. That may well be the case, but I firmly believe that if we pay attention to the little problems in life the bigger ones will sort themselves out. Our school uniforms work hand in hand with our school Rules and Regulations and Code of Conduct and, as with all the school rules, they are non-negotiable. The children of Pretoria West High School are protesting for the right to wear skinny trousers. Thankfully sanity prevailed. We have also had the issue of hairstyles which grabbed the headlines for a period of time. This is a sign of things to come, the kind of permissiveness that slips through the door when everything is up for grabs in the name of transformation. We cannot argue the fact that a school uniform engenders amongst pupils a sense of pride within the school and also outside in the community.
We already have a massive problem with discipline in our schools, not only in South Africa but also globally, and we only have to refer to the media to confirm this trend. What school policy such as a dress code does is provide the school authorities with a necessary instrument for managing the behaviour of children, albeit imperfect. It is not about the uniform as such, but rather what it stands for in the culture and aspirations of our school. The school, therefore, requires that the code be respected. South Africa has some of the best institutions on the continent and we would be wise to protect and not destroy powerful school cultures that play a big role in making these schools great.
At Glenwood House we are continually striving to build a culture of respect for our school and tolerance of its diversity and traditions. This takes decades and Glenwood is a young school when compared to the St Andrews' and Kingswoods of the world and, what takes decades to build can, unfortunately, be dismantled overnight. It is time for us as parents and teachers to push back against the “skinny trousers” phenomenon. Not every act of protest can be considered to be progressive or beneficial to good schooling. Let us leave these petty issues behind us and attend to the more serious issues such as boosting performance in Mathematics and Science and the encouragement of healthy and responsible use of technology.
Eden Xperience: My sincere thanks is extended to the Glenwood PA for arranging this wonderful event. Thank you also to our Glenwood parents, pupils, friends and sponsors who all contributed to making the Eden Xperience such a huge success this year. We look forward to the 2018 event and I’m sure it is going to surpass even this year’s success.
little glens corner
giraffe & cheetah class visit the reptile & bird park
Leopard class explore the safari
little glens crazy shoe day
Surprise outing to déjàvu
Children around the world
2017 CAKE ICING event
Elna Pretorius from Outeniqua High School applauded the fantastic work done by our Grade 3 learners and Miss Cari Pretorius at their 2017 Cake Icing event. They had 8 teams from local schools present and they were on their feet for two hours, decorating a very big cake.
GLENWOOD HOUSE CELEBRATES CORE SKILLS SUPERHERO DAY
On Thursday, 19 October, Glenwood House pupils dusted off their superhero outfits and took to school to wow their friends with their amazing creativity. This was to celebrate the recent introduction of the Core Skills which are being integrated into all areas of our academic programme.
These Core Skills are in response to the fact that, as the world is changing and we are faced with the fourth industrial revolution, many jobs, previously done by humans, are being taken over by machines. This means that today’s education needs to be equipping pupils with skills that machines are not able to perform. Hence, Core Skills:
• Self-Management Skills
• Thinking Skills
• Research Skills
• Communication Skills
• Social Skills
Each of these skills are represented by one of the Core Skills Clan, namely:
• Theo Thinker, our Thinking Skills superhero,
• Research Rajesh, our Research Skills superhero,
• Katie Coms, our Communication Skills superhero,
• Social Sibu, our Social Skills superhero and
• Manage-Me Mike, our Self-Management Skills superhero.
A picnic was held in honour of our Core Skills Heroes, and each child had to dress as a superhero and explain to their friends what ‘super power’ they possessed that was for the benefit of humankind. The children embraced the idea and much fun was had by all the pupils and teachers. Some of our Grade 1 pupils even choreographed their own dance to the Core Clan Super Hero War Cry, which they proudly taught to the rest of the school.
A great big thank you to all the teachers who went the extra mile in making the launch of this programme such a success!
“As a forward thinking school with traditional values, Glenwood House is ensuring that it is at the cutting edge of international schooling trends.”
The Grade 7 pupils spent time considering the effect that war has on children. They wrote a descriptive paragraph about the time that London was bombed during World War II. Below are some of their paragraphs:
A Night of Fear (by Lindy Prinsloo)
The cold of the night creeps under the door of the bomb shelter, strangling its victims with a single touch, killing every single hopeful thought. Everybody is silent, almost as if fear has tied chains around their tongues. The dreaded sound of the German bomber planes comes, and the first bomb hits. In seconds everything changes, screams fill the air, scaring every living thing in the room. The lights hanging from the ceiling flicker and fade until they die, together with the screams – it is quiet again. But only for a short while, as soon another bomb hits. This time, it is much closer and feels as if a giant monster has collapsed onto the shelter, causing it to shake and crumble. We wait another hour, which feels like years and then we hear the all-clear siren and rejoice. We can somehow taste the freedom in the air even though it is filled with smoke and dust. It is morning now and the sunlight dances into the shelter as the door is opened. Outside, everything is grey and houses are burning, but somehow it is still beautiful.
In the Bomb Shelter (by Nina Potgieter)
The icy cold breath of Mother Nature blows onto the empty streets of London. The cramped passages of the filthy underground are shaking violently as the wailing siren pierces the air. The bombs are screaming as they explode on the naked streets. The people are yelling loudly, begging for their very lives. The smell of unwashed bodies screaming for sanitation is revolting. The stench of urine floats in the air, you gasp for breath, but you choke, unable to stand the smell. The bomb shelter is damp and as cold as Antartica – below zero. Mothers regretting not having sent their children to the safety of the countryside, wondering if their children will ever see the light of a new day.
Paddington Station (by Alana Oosthuizen)
The sharp, shrill sound of a bomb falling overhead can be heard in the cold refuge of the train station. A child’s muffled cry rings out amongst the terrified families who have been separated from their loved ones, unsure if they are even alive. Deep scarlet blotches cover one of the benches. The trains cannot be heard, after all, they don’t run at midnight.
The roaring planes chase the people on land to their nearest station. The deafening air raid siren and the whistle of the nearby officer blowing fiercely, tell people to huddle closer and make room for the stream of people flowing in.
Finally, after what seems like hours, the sirens stopped and all was silent… The sense of understanding fills the room, not even a word has been spoken.
The Bomb Shelter (Nicole van Helsdingen)
As another cold, frightening and restless night begins, you hear the screaming sirens. Citizens running to their hiding spots before the monsters strike, throwing their deadly weapons across the city. Victims hiding in close confinement, strangers closer than usual, you can almost taste their moist breath on your tongue. You feel the sweat run down your cheeks as you panic 24/7. You hear the destruction above, worrying, wondering whether your home has been destroyed. Deep down inside, you know it’s gone. You can smell the choking smoke seeping through the ground to where you sit and then suddenly a glorious sound meets your ears – the all-clear siren telling you that you have survived the night and the monsters have left.
Budding Film Makers and Actors
Term 3 is always an exciting one in the English Department. If you happen to pass by any of the classrooms you are bound to see blackout curtains up and the learners within will be enjoying films from many different genres and directors.
Our Gr10s always greet the third term with an air of optimism. Gone are the days of Shakespearean torture, and the seemingly endless suffering endured by Pi! The third term ushers in our Film Study, and this year, we decided to embrace life after the apocalypse…
Per definition, post-apocalyptic fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction. For a film to be post-apocalyptic, the setting must be one where the end of the world has already taken place and characters are trying to survive and start anew. The apocalyptic event that occurred can be anything from war, to plague, to natural or manmade disasters. After watching Will Smith’s breath-taking performance in I am Legend, and embarking on a perilous journey in the gritty film The Road, the Gr10s spent time unravelling the fibres that would weave the perfect narrative for their own post-apocalyptic film. Budding actors and directors are working in groups of 8-10 to write, direct, and act in their own short films which will be watched together as a grade on our annual “Film Day”, Friday the 20th of October.
Be sure to watch this space for a link to the top films!
Christopher Nolan’s new blockbuster ‘Dunkirk’ is one of the films our grade 11s were privileged to go and watch. The Gr 11 Film Study theme covers ‘The Evolution of a Director’ and just as we were starting with his ‘Batman Trilogy’, ‘Dunkirk’ was released. Our grade 11s have been exposed to a master in the film world and we are sure that they are more aware of the dedication, creativity and talent it takes to become a director, as well as an actor.
In grade 10 our learners create and direct their own films, in grade 11 their intense acting skills are assessed. Harvey Dent, alias ‘Two Face’ has had many takers and Mrs Hiemstra and I often felt too close for comfort at many stages!
What an amazing privilege it is to embrace the English language every day with its tantalizing curves and whacky lines. Our language is living, breathing, evolving and creating. As English educators we look forward to each day because we never know on what interesting journey our language is going to take us …
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Thembekile (ALFRED) NONDLAZI
Thembekile, or as he is better known, Alfred, is one of the happiest and most cheerful people at Glenwood House School. He is a hardworking and diligent member of our ground staff, helping to keep our school clean and orderly. Those who know Alfred will agree that there is never a task too large or too small. He is very helpful to staff and proud of our beautiful campus. Alfred has been working at the school since 2010. He speaks fluent Xhosa and English and loves to be greeted in his native language.
Alfred is married to Charlene. He has two children: Juanita, his daughter, is 25 and lives in Port Elizabeth. Ayabonga, his son, is 16. Alfred lives in Thembalethu and is a priest in the New Apostolic Church in Thembalethu. He devotes much of his weekends to cleaning the church and administering to weak and sick members of his congregation, by visiting them in hospital or at home. He is devoted to God and has a passion for preaching His word.
Sian Goussard is the friendly, gentle and caring teacher of the Grade 000 Meerkat class. She has been at Glenwood for 8 years – and she is still always smiling and happy!
She is married and adores her two beautiful children, Olivia and Jack. When she was asked about her hobbies, she replied, “Ha-ha! What is spare time?”
When she does have a moment to call her own, she enjoys running and horse riding and she loves spending time with her family.
Lesley Jansen is passionate about teaching and is a perfectionist of note. Her other “likes” include reading (when she has the time). She loves the sea and enjoys going to the beach with family and having coffee with friends. She finds baking therapeutic.
Lesley, who is vice-principal of the Foundation Phase, has been on the staff at Glenwood House for ten years. She has been happily married to Johan, who teaches at the College, for 33 years. They have two children. Kaylin, who matriculated from Glenwood House last year, and Rhys, who is in Grade 9.
Lesley is possibly the only person who knows the name of every single child in the Junior Phase! She is extremely interested in the way children function and are wired, and likes “getting into their heads” (in the figurative sense)!
Two things on her “bucket list” are Ziplining at Tzitzikama, and a trip in a hot air balloon. We hope she can soon fulfil these dreams!
“Teaching is the best profession because a teacher “makes” all other careers. By sharing knowledge and skills a teacher empowers her learners by giving them something that nobody can take away from them and they can always use it!”
Tanya Viviers joined the Glenwood staff in Pentecost term 2017 to teach English and Afrikaans. Her other main area of responsibility is Culture, about which she is passionate. She is also an IEB moderator for Afrikaans First Additional Language.
She is enthusiastic, caring and compassionate with a good sense of humour, yet sees herself as a shy, introverted and private person.
She is sad about having had to leave her parents, whom she describes as ‘beyond wonderful’, in Cape Town, as she ‘loves them to the moon and back’, but she enjoys the students and wonderful staff at Glenwood.
Tanya loves traveling with some of her favourite destinations being the Seychelles, Germany, Istanbul, Barcelona, Italy, Sicily, Amsterdam and Switzerland. She fits in well in the Garden Route as she loves nature and animals, and enjoys reading and music.
If not busy preparing lessons and marking books, she watches movies and series and immersing herself in crime/detective literature from Agatha Christie to Jo Nesbo.
Other pursuits include dancing, swimming, weekly art lessons, hiking, exploring, spending time with friends, singing and writing.
Wilma Venter started with Glenwood House in August 2012. She works for the College in an Administration role, and is very efficient in the role that she fulfils. Wilma is most helpful to all College pupils and parents, and can be seen any time of day at the College Reception with a smile on her face ready to assist where she can.
Wilma is married to Fritz and has 2 sons and 1 daughter. She is the proud granny of 2 little boys and a little girl. She loves reading, crocheting and knitting (especially for the grandchildren). Wilma enjoys physical activities which include cycling, gym and walking the dogs. She has completed 16 Argus Cycle Tours, and having had a break for 4 years, she plans to change that goal to read 21 Argus Cycle Tours completed!
september holiday sporting events
Our U15 team played in the exciting T20 Series during the October school holiday. Our 5 high energy games were played over three days against touring schools from all over South Africa. The Glenwood boys played exceptionally well and missed the final play-offs by one point. As a local school in this Outeniqua T20 Tournament, we played hosts to the touring teams, receiving many wonderful compliments for our hospitality and friendly Glenwood parents who were all here to support their boys.
The highlight of our 3 out of 5 wins was our match against the strong Pearson team, which came down to the very last three balls of the final over. Without too many wickets in hand and facing their very best bowler, our Glenwood boys were able to score the winning runs with just a ball or two to spare.
Looking back on our holiday-filled cricket week, I am not sure if it was the smell of the Glenwood parents braaiing or how smart our boys looked, it might have being the high quality of cricket produced by our team, or maybe it was the stunning George weather, but when all these came together it was a recipe for success: these were good days, proud Glenwood days.
Well done, Gents, on a great effort.
Glenwood beat Outeniqua Kwaggas by 5 Wickets. Newlands Cricket School beat Glenwood by 16 runs. Daniel Pienaar beat Glenwood by 9 Wickets. Glenwood beat Curro by 7 wickets. Glenwood beat Pearson by 4 wickets.
The 3rd Laser-Run World Championships was hosted from 13 – 15 October 2017 in the beautiful city of Cape Town. This Championship was an important milestone as Laser-Run is a key part of UIPM’s strategy to develop the core Olympic sport Modern Pentathlon, giving more athletes of all ages an opportunity to get involved in UIPM Sports.
Hostile weather made it difficult for the organisers, but hundreds of athletes made their countries proud over the weekend. The Championships hosted 303 international athletes from 15 participating countries: South Africa (the hosting country), Burkina Faso, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Monaco, Nepal, Portugal, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States.
South Africa dominated proceedings and ended up with a huge medal count across the 15 categories, which gave athletes of all ages from U11 to Masters 60+ the opportunity to compete on the world stage.
Other nations such as Great Britain and Egypt competed strongly in multiple events but there was no denying the standout quality of a very well-prepared and strong South Africa team.
The weather was not on the organisers’ side on Sunday morning, but the Championships are pleased to have run all the competitions as planned the afternoon, and the performance of the athletes has shown they are on the right track with the Laser-Run World Championships and the Laser-Run City Tour Events.
Cape Town was the third host of the UIPM Laser-Run World Championships after Perpignan (FRA) in 2015 and Lisbon (POR) in 2016, and racing took place at Cape Town Stadium, in the shadow of the iconic Table Mountain.