I am extremely excited to inform you officially that the building of our SCHOOL HALL has been approved by ADvTECH and that it will, in all likelihood, be completed by year-end. All the role players involved have already been in communication with me and the machines have already been set in motion. Allow me to thank all the parents for their patience and support in this regard. It might be a little premature thinking on my side, but possibly we will be able to utilise our new facility for some functions at the end of this year – let’s hold thumbs that delays in this regard will be kept to a minimum.
A project such as this will cause some disruption on campus, and I would just like to apologise for this in advance. However, plans to deal with these disruptions will be communicated to the pupils and parents in timeously.
The security at the school remains a priority with which ADvTECH is currently dealing. I also undertake to inform the parents of further developments in this regard.
Afford me the opportunity to thank our parents for their positive contributions to the school. A special word of thanks to the outgoing Parents Association and all those other parents who are always visible and willing to roll up their sleeves for the benefit of all Glenwood pupils. Congratulations to the incoming PA on being elected by the parents, and I look forward to their POSITIVE contribution towards the well-being of Glenwood House.
What will the new hall look like? See below
LITTLE GLENS CORNER
The first few weeks at Little Glens were awash with all the colours of the rainbow. While revising the primary and secondary colours, the children dressed in different colours every day. The Grade 0’s eagerly worked with their teachers to transform a plain white t-shirt into a delightful spectrum of colours during our tie-dye activity. The playground was bright and colourful as they showed off their lovely “old-school” shirts!
The children thoroughly enjoy Library time with Ms Cindy. She taught the children that each story has a beginning, middle and end. Last week, the Grade 00’s had a great time acting out an all-time favourite “The Three little pigs” using Ms Cindy’s colourful props.
The Grade 000’s always have lots of fun on the playground, but even more so when there are a few muddy puddles around. Smiles all round as the little ones stomped, jumped and sang the day away!
As part of his environmental project for the Two Oceans Aquarium, Joshua Scholtz, Grade 11, started the Glass recycle project at Little Glens. Once a week, the children are allowed to bring 5 glass bottles to school, to exchange for a market day item. The glass bottles are distributed to local honey farmers and the local home industry while the remainder are sent to Henqua waste management services in George. Little Glens are taking a keen interest in this initiative, and are learning that no matter how small they are, they can make a difference.
foundation phase angels hard at work
Our ANGEL MOTTO IS AS FOLLOWS:
A – A small act of kindness goes a long way
N – Neighbourly love is a necessity
G – Giving is about making a difference
E – Everyone is special
L – Little things make you happy
During the course of 2018, the Foundation Phase ‘Brown Money Angels’ collected brown money and, literally, filled pots with it. Mrs Colleen Steyn fetched our collection at the end of the year and set about the mammoth task of counting every cent!
The contribution from Glenwood House at the end of last year exceeded all expectations. Our wonderful gift of R8604.00, was welcomed with open arms and we were profusely thanked for our contribution towards the purchasing of uniforms and school stationery for children who are in need.
This year, our eleventh, we hope to surpass our all-time high of R8604.00 and encourage our little ‘angels’ to keep the brown money rolling in...
social media and your child
Imagine walking into church on a Sunday morning and seeing a picture of yourself on the big screen where you are picking your nose!
Although church is not a social media app, can you think of the ramifications of something like that happening to you?
We parents sometimes don’t think of the things we say on social media. We talk on groups, posting memes and jokes which are often inappropriate.
Our children see us sharing these pictures and jokes at social occasions and think that they need to emulate this behavior.
At school we use a closed journaling tool called Seesaw where we encourage our students to always be positive in the comments and posts they make. We also encourage them to post their best work and not just use it as a place to post memes. All teachers using the platform are notified of a new post, and the staff member then has to approve or reject the post.
Parents are invited to join Seesaw so that they can see what is posted.
If we find that a post is inappropriate, we speak to the child and notify the parent. We don’t do this to get the child into trouble, but hope that this will be a learning curve for both the child and parent.
What can you as a parent do to assist your child?
• Model appropriate social media behavior.
• Don’t allow negative talk about other children, parents or teachers.
• Discuss the kinds of things that they may have encountered on social media. Speak about why the behavior is inappropriate.
• Always teach your children empathy: What would it feel like if that was said about me?
• Discuss the fact that once something is on social media it NEVER goes away.
• Discuss the danger of posting pictures of oneself.
For additional guidelines, here are some useful websites:
Glenwood Spirit: A Renaissance
If we stick to the true meaning of the word 'renaissance', then the passion with which the 2019 Spirit Committee unleashed their energy, has truly caused a rebirth, a renewal and a re-awakening of the blue-blood spirit within the College!
Stepping out in their striped spirit blazers, the committee started a new tradition where every member will have their name embroided on their blazer before handing the blazer over to the following year’s spirit leaders.
The Prestige Athletics Meeting on the 31st of January also provided the first opportunity to unleash the “Boomslang” and other thundering anthems on our visitors. Our Glenwood spirit blasted loud and proud throughout the afternoon, motivating fantastic performances from our athletes, and proving that, with a positive, enthusiastic team at the helm, Glenwood spirit is certainly packing a punch – bring on the Winter Derbies!
Inter House Athletics
Congratulations to Montagu for winning the Inter- House athletics meeting in convincing style. The award winners for the event were: Kyla Hamilton (Junior Victix Ludorum), Lomé Gouws (Senior Victrix Ludorum), Carmi Lewis and Wido Rudolph (Montagu house captains), Wido Rudolph (Senior Victor Ludorum) and Alex van Heeren (Junior Victor Ludorum).
George Athletics Team
Glenwood House is very proud of the performances of our young athletes who have secured their selection to the George athletics team. They are (front) Mirka Bekker, Kara Booysen, Konrad Gouws, Chanah Gerber, Kyla Hamilton and David Spies. (Back) Matthew Seabrook, Carmi Lewis, Wido Rudolph, Shane van Eeden and Jamie Smit.
Inter House Gala
We held the Inter-House gala in near perfect conditions. This event allows all our swimmers to participate and enjoy a gala under competition standards. The spoils of the day again went to Montagu, who dominated most races. Their team captains, in green, Wido Rudolph and Carmi Lewis, received the trophy on behalf of the house. The Spirit cup was awarded to Wellington, with their captains Blake Crankshaw and Abigail Powell receiving the trophy. The individual awards were awarded to Abigail Powell (Victix Ludorum), Stefan Steyn (Victor Ludorum) and the most promising junior swimmer award went to Max Nel.
Eden Schools Swimming Championships