I think we are all looking forward to the upcoming July holidays. This has been a long term and we all, especially our pupils and teachers, thoroughly deserve this break. I particularly want to encourage our parents to “force” their children to take a break from using their technological devices during the holidays. Allow them to enjoy all the other activities that our area has to offer – I think that any activity that takes them away from all forms of screens will do them an immense amount of good.
Please note that the school premises will be out of bounds for all pupils during the school holidays, as there will be a lot of repairs and maintenance taking place during this time, and we can, therefore, not guarantee the safety of unauthorised individuals on the school premises. This restriction obviously does not apply to our aftercare.
The mini-Astro, cricket facilities, the gym, tennis courts and swimming pool are strictly out of bounds at all times unless the necessary permissions to use these facilities have been obtained. There must always be an authorised teacher or coach present when these facilities are in use.
Thank you for a great term and I wish you a wonderful holiday!!
Matric farewell fundraising
The Matric Dance Committee ran two raffle competitions as part of their fundraising drive. Leon Nepgen from Gram-O’-Gold sponsored two pairs of diamond and gold stud earrings (valued at R9000 and R4500 respectively) for first and second prize, as well as a pair (value R4500)for the Grade 11 who sold the most tickets. We are extremely grateful to him for also sponsoring the ticket booklets.
The first prize went to Winsom Less, whose grandson, Keighan Bradfield, collected the prize on her behalf. The second prize was won by Tracey Powell. Rick Marriott-Dodington, who sold her the ticket, collected the earrings on her behalf.
The fortunate Grade 11 who sold the most tickets was June de Wit.
father's day at Little Glens
GRADE 00 BOTANICAL GARDENS OUTING
Tour of family pick 'n pay
Learning to care for patients
Grade 0 "open wide"
When Nature calls, the Grade 2J class go zip lining
The Grade 2J class at Glenwood House recently paid a visit to Acrobranch WildWoods at Timberlake. The children spent the morning moving between the trees on the obstacle course under the watchful eyes of their guides, Olla and Duncan. A screech of sheer delight could be heard every now and then as they flew through the air on the zip line. It was a class outing enjoyed by all.
Grade 3c burger bust
On Monday 22 May, Michael and the Spur Mascots from Spur Timber Wolf surprised Grade 3 C with a “Burger Bust”. Grade 3 C returned the most ‘Myschool’ forms and each learner received a delicious Spur burger, chips and a voucher. What a fun, eventful day! Thank you, Mrs Bird, for organising this event and to Spur for this treat!
a parent's guide to team selection
“I remember the first time my son was not selected for a team. I was truly devastated and very disappointed. Going over what the possible reasons for this could be, made me more frustrated and dissatisfied. Until it occurred to me. Who was more unhappy with this, my son or me?” These are often the thoughts that we as parents have to deal with when it comes to a team selection process.
Team selection is not an exact science. There are more variables in the mix than most people care to ever think about. What is decided today is dashed by the ever-present human element the very next day.
There are a few non-negotiables:
- We play to win.
- We do not play to win at all costs.
- The best team must be on the field.
- Every child who pitches for practice must be given a fair chance to make the team.
- The values of sportsmanship and integrity have to be nurtured.
Any seasoned coach will, when selecting a team, consider a number of components that make up the game, like: positioning, tackling, dribbling, passing and anticipation of the game regarding the player’s role as defender and attacker. Coaches also look for consistency by every player in all these areas.
Then, selection is done on a positive basis. That is, selecting who has these qualities, or the most of these qualities, first. Working their way through positional selection until every position is filled.
Then follows the selection of reserves. A question that coaches keep asking, regarding reserves or players on the bench during a match is - Who, on the field, can be replaced with this player? Should the coach believe a reserve would be able to perform better than a player on the field at a given point, they will replace this player.
Every coach has their own match strategy or game plan. Some coaches approach a match from a defensive point of view, others play an attacking game. Naturally, the team selected will be reflected in the game plan desired. It is every coach’s duty to balance this aspect in favour of the team’s performance.
Team selection is dynamic. Players gain form and lose form during a season. It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure that the best players on the day are on the pitch.
This aspect of coaching is also why the coach needs to select. They see all the elements that present themselves in all the practices. Children are human and very few athletes are the same today and every day. A player can easily shine in a single match, but fade when critiqued on consistency.
We as parents can easily voice our opinion based on passion. We are a community of parents who love our children deeply but, unfortunately, this passion can cloud our ability to make unbiased selection decisions and negatively influences our proficiency to select.
Storming up to a coach and voicing your opinion does not in any way serve the best interests of the team. It is important to note that the main reason you have this opinion of this player is because it is YOUR child!
Spare a thought for the child whomyou intend to displace from the team. Are you truly convinced that they do not deserve to be in your child’s place?
Allow yourself time to digest your feelings on team selection. The 24 hour rule works wonders. Then, put your thoughts to words and what your recommendations would be. You may be doing the coach a favour in highlighting an area previously overlooked. Now you are constructively contributing to your child’s success.
The competitive arena of sports brings out our best and, unfortunately at times, our worst. Encourage your child to be a team player, to work hard, to strive for excellence. Then, their hopes will be turned into reality.
South African Junior Chess Championships
Gerrit le Roux, a Grade 8 pupil, was included in the U16 Eden Chess team and competed in the Western Cape Chess Championship held in Cape Town recently. He is currently ranked 4th in the Eden district with Kyle Pillay, a Grade 9 pupil, ranked 7th. They are both included in the team that will attend the South African Junior Chess Championships in Johannesburg. It is a tremendous achievement, requiring perseverance, because they had to play numerous games of at least 8 hours long on many Saturdays.
Well done to these two champions – your school is proud of you!
Preparatory Oakhill Derby Day
The much anticipated Oakhill Derby day took place on Friday, 19 May. We travelled to Oakhill for the hockey with most of our teams. The results of this day show that our little ones got the better of their opposition but it seems our senior teams could not beat Oakhill. A special mention must be made of a delightful hat-trick scored by Jessica Whitehead, a lively U8 hockey player with a bright future!
Here are the hockey results: U8 Girls won 3-1; U8 B Boys lost 0-4; U8 A Boys lost 1-2; U9 Girls won 3-0; U9 B Boys won 5-0; U9 A Boys won 15-0; U10 Girls won 4-3; U10 B Boys lost 1-2; U10 A Boys drew 2-2; U11 Girls won 4-3; U11 Boys won 2-1; U13 B Girls drew 0-0; U13 A Girls lost 0-1; U13 C Boys drew 0-0; U13 B Boys lost 1-2; U13 A Boys lost 1-5.
On Saturday, we played the rugby and netball fixtures at home. The dramatic scene set by the morning mist inspired our teams to perform very well. The results were:
Rugby: U9 won 30-0; U11 won 27-0; U13 won 24-7
Netball: U11 B won 11- 0; U11 A won 12-4; U13 B lost 7-10; U13 A lost 10-19
Oakhill managed to snatch the victory of the chess matches from us by a narrow margin of 6-5. Well done to all our young players who gave a great account of their abilities.