The “Glenwood Express” thunders ahead at full steam. We have had an extremely busy 1st Term and many are looking forward to the April break. In saying this, I also realise that this Easter break is traditionally the time that sees many of the sports festivals taking place and Glenwood is taking part in a number of them. Allow me, therefore to thank our pupils and parents for their commitment to the school. I am confident that they will experience successful and enjoyable tours.
The College has gone “live” on Metaschools and parents can now also access the profiles of their children in the College. As time progresses, more functions will be introduced which will further improve communication and interactivity between the school, pupils and parents. Parents who are experiencing problems with logging into Metaschools are encouraged to contact the school for assistance.
All indications are that ADvTECH will start with the construction of 6 College classrooms during the course of the 2nd Term. This will obviously cause some disruption, but will be solved to a large extent by the erection of temporary classrooms. The plan is to have the construction of the permanent classrooms completed by the year end. There are also some other exciting developments being planned in the near future. WATCH THIS SPACE!
I conclude by wishing all parents and children a happy and blessed Easter holiday!
While Friday morning started out as a slightly overcast day, the sun came out on the Little Glens playground, to ensure that the excited children would have a wonderful day at Summer Splash!
Food stalls were decorated, turning the playground into a feast for the eyes, and the tummies… The slip and slide and foam castle provided hours of fun for the children, while the “colour run” and water balloon toss games ensured there was plenty to do.
The funds raised from this event will go towards supplying a much needed shady-port for our playground, as well as new scooters and educational games.
Thank you to all our wonderful parents, friends and children who supported this event, to make it the roaring success that it was.
Green eggs and ham
grade 0 family camp
Hartenbos 25 – 26 February 2017
While the weather in George, was not looking appealing for campers, our Grade 0 families enjoyed a wonderful weekend, getting to know each other around the camp fire in Hartenbos. Great laughs were enjoyed by all. On Saturday evening, we had to make the circle bigger, as more families joined for our braai, totalling around 120 people. Sunday morning dawned, and the start of a beautiful day was welcomed by the early birds. Hot chocolate was served while others were waking up.. After breakfast, families gathered on the beach for our annual “Sand Sculpture Competition”. It was such a treat to see families enjoying their time together. Thank you to all that were able to join us.
Grade 1L - Letter land
Grade 6 puppets
"Village of hope"
The "Village of Hope" in Mongu brings hope to many children in need in the impoverished area of Western Zambia. Paul and Marinette, leaders of Hope Church, George, started this haven around 8 years ago when they became aware of the dire need for formal education and health care in this area. Glenwood is proud to supply the Village of Hope school with all our secondhand and unused uniforms. Look how proudly our "Zambian little Glens" wear their beautiful uniforms!
An interesting YouTube clip appeared recently, posted by a fellow Georgian saying that the print media was the only credible media form available. His claim was that unless you have journalists writing for newspapers and magazines, you will be bombarded by fake news and articles from unreliable sources through social media.
The person in the video was doing his best to punt his product which made him too look a little like the type of journalist that he was portraying as a proponent of questionable news.
Remember the nineties when the internet became mainstream. No longer did we have to rely on a dusty set of encyclopedias in a musty library, but we could seek information on what we considered at the time, the World Wide Web! Remember too, how limited the information was at the time and it was more like TV OF OLD, where one channel reigned supreme. The internet has grown and access to information has exploded.
Regardless of which medium you choose to obtain your information from, the reliability thereof needs to be verified and cross checked. We need to teach our children not to accept media news at face value, but to verify the source. How often do we see the Whatsapp or Facebook posts which come from some or other “Brigadier in the SAPS”? A quick check on snopes.com usually shows those posts to be the hoaxes that they are.
Teach your child to be a good Digital Citizen. Model the correct behaviour at home. If your child is struggling with screen time, what are you modelling? Are you saying it’s OK for adults to be constantly absorbed with a cellphone or tablet, or are there times when you too need a time out and focus on family time? How many of us are guilty of this?
What kinds of conversations are you engaging in on Social Media that your children are aware of? Is it uplifting and a good example for your children?
Technology and the Internet are not the monsters that some would portray, but with the correct education and guidance from responsible adults, they can be a magnificent source of information.
Wayne Strydom (Grade 5 Educator and Tech Savvy Parent, Glenwood House School)
Grade 10 CAT & IT
Grade 12 Geography Excursion
preparatory athletics (SWD championships)
Winning an athletics event is always special. But, if this event was hotly contested by hundreds of athletes all across your province – that makes you very special! Glenwood House is extremely proud of the performances by our young athletes at the recent SWD Championships. Not only did they qualify for the SWD team, but achieved the position that everyone strives for. They are Carmi Lewis (100m, long jump), Luard Elstadt (javelin), Gisèle Young (200m) and Matthew Seabrook (long jump).
preparatory athletics (WEstern cape trials)
Our athletes participated in the Western Cape trials and we are delighted with the results achieved by Gisèle Young who ran a brilliant race to lead the U13, 200m hurdles and in a very exciting finish, she was placed 2nd.
Carmi Lewis ran like the wind and qualified for the finals of the 80m and 100m. She showed her talent in the long jump where she achieved a 2nd place.
Luard Elstadt was placed 5th in the U13 javelin.
Congratulations to Gisèle and Carmi who were selected for the Western Cape Athletics team to participate in the SA Championships in Potchefstroom.
On Thurday, 2 March 2016, the U13A Glenwood House Preparatory cricket team played in the SWD, U13 cricket final. They played against Outeniqua Primary. Outeniqua won the game by 78 runs. Proud coaches of the U13A Glenwood House Preparatory Cricket Team, Gary Wagner (Assistant coach) and Douglas Wagner (Head coach). Well done boys!
The U13A, U15A and U19A cricket sides made history by qualifying for their respective age groups’ SWD finals. This was the first time that Glenwood House achieved this amazing feat. All three teams unfortunately lost their games. Outeniqua Primary’s U13A beat Glenwood by 78 runs. David de Necker took 2 wickets and Migal Groenewald and James Edwards took one each. Ruan Lamprecht top scored with 20 runs in the runs chase followed by André de Wet on 16 and Tiaan Hugo on 13. Well done boys!