Textbooks 2018

Term 4 – Newsletter 7

Good morning Parents

Exams start this week for Grade 6 – 9 pupils, so our focus is shifting from teaching to finalising results for the year and ending off with our community service, as we look back with gratitude on an eventful year.

Grade 6 – 9 pupils will be starting exams on Wednesday. Pupils in these grades will leave school at 13h15 in order to avail them of quiet study time at home. They are welcome to study at school until normal closing time, should you prefer your children to do so. A quiet space will be made available for them.

Pupils in Grade 1 – 5 do not write exams. They will follow their regular timetable, as their teachers complete the syllabus for the year and use whatever time may be left over to reinforce the grade’s work and to provide pupils with stimulating academic activities on which to end the year.

School will close at 13h00 for all pupils from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th December
School will close at 10h30 on 7th December, as pupils will need to return for their Prize Giving in the evening. School will close for pupils on 7th December after Prize Giving.

PRIZE GIVING, 7th December
Our Prize Giving will consist of two events this year:
18h00 – 19h00 – Foundation Phase
19h30 – 20h30 – Intermediate and Senior Phases

We will be using our outdoor area as our venue.

Each family, please provide a plate of savoury and a plate of sweet eats for the event. These may be placed in the kitchen at Utrecht House on your arrival.

We invite extended families and friends to join us for this joyous celebration.

Refreshments will be served after both events.

ART EXHIBITION, Wednesday 5th December, 17h30 – 19h00, van der Spuy House
Please let family and friends know that we will be exhibiting our pupils’ creative art after work on Wednesday 5th December at our van der Spuy House. Snacks and drinks will be available as you browse through our “gallery” and enjoy the work on display. Your child’s art may be purchased for a donation (suggested R50 or more!) and will be sent home with him/her the day following the exhibition.

We still have a couple of Speech & Drama mugs left for purchase at R60. Remember to keep sending donations of sweets, toiletries, good used clothing and toys and pet related items for us to take along when we participate in the community service at the end of term.

TYGERBURG NATURE WALK, Wednesday 5th December
Grade 3 – 9 pupils will be walking in the nature reserve from 09h00. The cost of the outing is R10 per pupil. We could do with some assistance with transport, so please let Ms van Zyl know if you’re able to help.

Parents are most welcome to accompany our pupils on all our community service outings. Please let Ms van Zyl know if you’re available and keen to join us.

Our school has started a clothing bank, so please feel free to donate your child’s outgrown uniforms to the bank, or to sell the items at our bank. Should you wish to sell, please place the items in a plastic bag that is clearly labelled with your child’s name and the amount you want to receive for the uniform. Hand the bag in to your child’s teacher, who will place in it the bin allocated for this purpose.

At this stage there are very few items in our bank, but should you wish to have a look and to purchase, please arrange to meet with me, so that you can view the items.

Linda would also like to remind parents that new uniform orders must reach her by 1st December, so please ensure that you make contact with her as soon as possible. She can be contacted on 021 939 0205 or 081 413 6107 or

Linda is encouraging parents to order the new dress for their daughters, as the factory has a minimum requirement of 50 dresses before they will supply, so I do encourage all girls to order the lovely dress for the new year.

Grade 4 – 9 pupils received textbook order forms last week. The supplier will be available on campus on Thursday 6th December. Textbooks will be handed out to all pupils who have ordered. A card machine will be available and cash will be accepted on that day. Order forms should be handed back to the school by Friday.

I have also made contact with the mobile bookshop to invite them to set up a display on that day. They may have literature set books for you to purchase at minimal cost. You may also allow your child to purchase books for him/herself and also consider donating to our library.

Should you wish to sell your child’s textbooks, please make a poster advertising the titles, the price and include your contact details so that you may deal directly with parents who wish to buy.

Pupils who wish to sell textbooks will display their posters in the Grade they wish to sell to .Should you wish to purchase textbooks, please pop in and have a look at the posters displayed in your child’s classroom.

Walton’s will be collecting stationery orders on Wednesday this week, so please ensure that your order is in by Tuesday, should you wish to make use of the Walton’s offering.

This has been a long and informative email, I hope not too confusing, so I conclude with the following exhortation for the week:

“Go out into the world
and as the days of the week unfold before you,
Show mercy
Show love
Respond with a compassionate heart
and let no one leave your presence empty
Live in joy” – William Barclay

Kind regards

Textbooks 2018

Term 4 – Newsletter 6

Dear Parents

Good afternoon all and welcome to another fun-filled week at Abeille Ruche. There are quite a few reminders for upcoming bits and pieces, along with preparations for next year, so please note the following:

Exams start next Wednesday, 28th November. Pupils in Grades 6 – 9 will be allowed to leave school after their exams each day, so that they may study in a quiet space at home. Should you prefer your child to study at school, he/she is welcome to stay until the normal closing time.

Pupils in Grades 1 – 5 will continue to be taught and will complete their year-end assessments during the course of the normal school timetable.

School will close at 13h00 for all pupils from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th December
School will close at 10h30 on 7th December, as pupils will need to return for their Prize Giving in the evening. School will close for pupils on 7th December after Prize Giving.

We still have a few Speech & Drama commemoration mugs left, so please order by placing R60 per mug in an envelope, marked with your child’s name and send to the school.

We are looking forward to displaying our pupils’ art work, created during the course of the year, on 5th December, from 17h30 – 19h00. Snacks will be available, so we invite you to pop in after work for a browse around our gallery. you will be able to “purchase” your child’s art for a donation, that can be placed in an envelope and sent to the school.

Should you wish to make use of Walton’s for the purchase of your stationery, please ensure that your order form is returned to the school by this Friday, 16th November.

TEXTBOOKS 2019 (GR 4 – 9 pupils)
Should you wish to sell your child’s textbooks, please make a poster advertising the books, the cost and your contact details. There will be textbooks available for sale on 6th December (date moved from 27th November at the supplier’s request). An order form will be attached to your child’s homework book in the course of this week.

Many thanks to all parents who have already sent donations in for the various charity outreach projects we’ll be holding at the end of term. Your generosity is much appreciated.

“The day will come when, after harnessing space, winds, the tide and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, [humanity] will have discovered fire.” —Teilhard de Chardin

Kind regards

Textbooks 2018

Term 4 – Newsletter 5

Good morning Parents

We are already at the mid-point in our final term, so all are looking to end on a high note, with assessments and exams to complete, followed by our community service at the end of term.

ORIENTATION MORNING, 14th November, 08h30 – 10h30
Our new Grade 1 pupils will be visiting our school for their orientation morning on 14th November.

You received a Walton’s catalogue last week, along with our stationery and textbook lists for 2019. All items on the list are compulsory, but you may make use of any supplier you choose. Should you wish to make use of the Walton’s offering, you may return your order form to the school by 16th November. Your child’s stationery will be delivered direct to the school from Walton’s on 6th December. I have attached the stationery list for your convenience.

TEXTBOOKS (Grade 4 – 9 pupils only
I have attached the textbook list for 2019.

There have been a few changes for the new year, but you may still purchase relevant used textbooks from the outgoing pupils in the grade to which your child will progress. Should you wish to sell textbooks, please make a poster advertising the books, with a contact number and price, so that you can deal directly with the parents who wish to buy.

The new English and Afrikaans books will be on sale at the school on 27th November. Please send the correct amount for the textbooks in an envelope marked with your child’s name and grade, and the textbooks will be handed over to your child on that day. I have attached the price-list for the English & Afrikaans books.

I have also asked the mobile bookshop if they can visit us on the same day, 27th November, so that you can purchase literature set-books at their reduced prices. Other books will also be on sale on that day, so all pupils may purchase books for themselves and for the school, should you wish to make a donation of a library book to our school.

Linda says that orders are already coming in for the new dress that will be introduced in the school’s colours in 2019. Please ensure that all uniform orders get to her by 1st December.

Exam timetables are out and attached. All pupils in Grades 6 – 9 should be following their own study timetable over and above homework time daily in order to ensure that they are well-prepared for the final exams. Exams in the content subjects will cover the last two terms’ work and languages and Maths will cover the whole year’s work.

Once exams are complete, school attendance remains compulsory and we will be involved in community service as follows:
Monday 3 December – park clean up (pupils may bring rubber gloves to protect their hands)
Tuesday 4th December – Grades 4 – 6 will sing Christmas Carols at Nazareth House old age home and Grade 7 girls will visit the orphanage there, while Fallen Angels animal rescue will address the boys in Grades 7 – 9 on campus
Wednesday 5th December – hike in Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Thursday 6th December – a visiting speaker will address our pupils
Friday 7th December – Prize Giving practice and Prize Giving in the evening at 18h00 for Grades 1 – 3 and at 19h30 for Grades 4 – 9

Foundation Phase pupils will also be involved in an end-of-year programme that will be communicated by their teachers in due course.

Please continue to send your donations to the above charities: pet related items for Fallen Angels, clothes and toys for the Nazareth House orphanage and sweets/chocolates/toiletries for the Nazareth House elderly.

Parent who are able to join us on the above outings would be most welcome. We would also welcome assistance with transport for the various outings. Please let Ms van Zyl know if you can assist.

School will close at 13h00 for all pupils from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th December
School will close at 10h30 on 7th December, as pupils will need to return for their Prize Giving in the evening. School will close for pupils on 7th December after Prize Giving.

Reports will be sent out electronically on 11th December.

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Nelson Mandela

Wishing you a very good week ahead

Textbooks 2018

Term 4 – Newsletter 4

Dear Parents

I hope all are enjoying the change in weather.

Our second evening was able to happen last week. I would like to thank all teachers and parents for their great team work in producing a successful Speech & Drama event this year.

A few commemoration mugs are available, so please let us have your order of R60 per mug as soon as possible.

ORIENTATION MORNING, 14th November, 08h30 – 10h30
Our Orientation Morning for new Grade 1 pupils will be held from 08h30 – 10h30 on 14th November. Should you know of family or friends who have children entering Grade 1 in 2019, who may be interested in attending, please let us know so we can invite them.

Linda has asked me to remind you that uniform orders need to be in by 1st December. She is also looking at providing a dress specifically for our girls, that will have lilac checks, so please hold on before going to School & Leisure for the brown checked dress. Girls are still welcome to wear their brown checks, but we’re looking forward to replacing this with our own school colour.

Once exams are over, our thoughts turn to the community around us and we look for ways to serve those less fortunate than ourselves. We will be involved in our regular three outreach programmes in the first week of December:

Nazareth House – retirement home and orphanage: please could you donate good used children’s clothing & toys for the children, and small gifts of chocolate/sweets/soap for the old people. Our Grade 4 – 6 pupils will be singing Christmas Carols to the elderly and our Grade 7 girls will visit the children in the orphanage on 4th December. Parents are welcome to accompany us and provide transport. If you would like to do so, please let Ms van Zyl know.
Fallen Angels animal rescue organisation – please donate pet related items (food/toys/bedding). Fallen Angels will visit our school on 4th December and do a presentation to our Grade 7 – 9 boys.
On 5th December, Grade 4 – 9 pupils will visit Tygerberg Nature reserve, from 09h00 – 12h00. Parents who would like to join the walk and/or provide transport, please let Ms van Zyl know.
Foundation Phase pupils will also be involved in special events at the end of term, so watch this space.

Further information regarding the above events will be provided nearer the time, but you may send your donations in the meantime.

As a Christian faith based school, we do not encourage Halloween activities, however, Monte Vista community is holding an event on 31st October that will support Boucher House, a safe haven for children in this area. I have attached the flyer and would like to encourage all to support this community event, which will be held on the big park where we had our Sports Day this year.

Many thanks to all parents for the readmission forms and for your loyalty to our school. You child will receive a Walton’s catalogue, along with stationery and textbook lists for 2019 during the course of this week.

“A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” – Nelson Mandela

Kind regards

Textbooks 2018

Term 4 – Newsletter 3

Good afternoon Parents

What a busy day I’ve had, catching up with all and meeting our new pupils. It’s good to be back home. Thank you so much to our management team and teachers for steering our little ship so well in my absence. And thanks to you for the well-wishes and prayers that I received along the road.

Many thanks for sending in your readmission forms. If you have not yet done so, please get them in as soon as possible.

It looks like we’ll have a beautiful evening for our final performant on Thursday evening. Pupils need to be at school at 18h00.

A reminder that uniform orders for next year should be in by 1st December in order to process them in time for the new year.

Tomorrow is photo day, so please ensure that your child is dressed in the correct uniform and that his/her hair complies with school standards.

In one month’s time, exams will be underway for our Grade 6 – 9 pupils. This year has nearly gone, but there are still tasks to be done and assessments to be completed before we can take a rest.

Thanks to all who are assisting our recycling drive. Please keep the items coming so we can help to save our environment.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

I love the above quote from an amazing woman who overcame so many challenges. What a wonderful Monday inspiration.

Hope that all have a very wonderful week

Textbooks 2018

Term 4 – Newsletter 2

Dear Parents

Once again this email comes to you from the windy and chilly south coast of Kwa-Zulu-Natal. We will be embarking on the long trek back to Cape Town tomorrow and will be spending a few days on the road. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again and meeting the new pupils who joined us this term.

I’m grateful that I have been able to entrust the school to our most capable team of teachers in my absence and thank each one of them for playing their part while I’ve been away.

Readmission forms were due in on Friday, but you may still hand in this week, or email to me. Please contact us should you require a form.

Many thanks to all who have handed in their supplies for the term. Please contact us for the roster and let us have your supplies by the end of the month.

These important meetings take place next week, so please book your date with your child’s teacher/s. This is the last formal opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, so please make use of it.

Our school photographer will be on campus on Tuesday 23rd October. Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct school uniform on that day and that his/her hair complies with school standards.

Ms Styane has asked me to remind you that her extra classes will commence on Thursday. I wish to thank Ms Styane, on your behalf, for travelling the extra mile to ensure that your children are well prepared for their exams. Classes will cease when exams start.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, Thursday, 25th October
Our long awaited second evening is drawing closer, and will be presented next Thursday, 25th October at 19h00. Pupils are to be at school at 18h00. All ticket holders are welcome to attend. If you do not have a ticket, but would like to attend, please send R30 per ticket in an envelope marked with your child’s name and “Speech & Drama” as soon as possible.

We are happy to let you know that we are participating in several recycling projects, and encourage all parents to support us by sending paper, plastic and cans to school for collection by various recycling projects.

Although it seems early in the term, exams are just over a month away, so all pupils in Grades 6 – 9 should be diligently doing homework and putting in a little extra time daily in order to prepare well for their exams. Grade 1 – 5 pupils need to keep working hard, as they are assessed continually through the term.

Our uniform supplier, Linda Engel, has asked me to let you know that uniform orders for the new year must to be in by 1st December, in good time before the factories close. She can be contacted on 021 939 0205 or 081 413 6107 or If orders are not received before 1st December, the next orders will only be able to go through on 15th January.

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein

Here’s to a week filled with curiosity and passion.

Warm regards

Textbooks 2018

Term 4 – Newsletter 1

Dear Parents

We are eagerly anticipating welcoming your children back for the final term of the year as school reopens tomorrow.

Due to the wonders of modern technology, this email comes to you from the south coast of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, where unforeseen family business has taken me. I shall, thus, be away for a few weeks, but leave our school in the capable hands of our management team.

Mrs Theresa Minne has joined our management team from this term and will be assisting me to fulfill the many functions that my role encompasses. Theresa can be contacted on

Tuesday 9th October – fourth term commences
Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th October – Parent/Teacher meetings
Thursday 25th October – Speech & Drama Evening, 19h00
Wednesday 21st November – approximate start date of exams
Wednesday 5th December – Art Exhibition, 17h30 – 19h00
Friday 7th December – Prize Giving
Friday 7th December – school closes for the academic year

Community service will take place after exams, as usual and outings will be arranged by class teachers.

We do appreciate your assistance with supplies as per the attached list, and ask that these be handed in by 26th October.

PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS, 22nd – 25th October
Please arrange a mutually agreeable time to meet with your child’s teacher. For Grade 6 – 9 pupils, a roster will be available in the entrance to Utrecht House for parents to complete. It is important that all parents attend these meetings, the final ones for the year.

Our ill-fated second night has moved again, at the request of our sound and lighting provider. I’m sure that it will be a perfect evening, with no more complications.

Grade 6 – 9 pupils will be writing their final exams in just over one month’s time. Grade 1 – 5 pupils will be assessed continuously during the course of the term.

We look forward to exhibiting our pupils’ beautiful artwork on 5th December. More details to follow.

Our prize giving evening will take place in two sessions in our open-air arena, commencing with the Foundation Phase (Grades 1 – 3) from 18h00 – 19h00, followed by the Grade 4 – 9 prize giving at 19h30. More details to follow.

Public schools officially close on 12th December, but we will close for pupils on 7th after Prize Giving. This will give us three days for staff development before our teachers go on leave.

“One word frees us from all the weights and pains of life; That word is love.” – Sophocles

Kind regards

Textbooks 2018

Term 3 – Final Newsletter

Dear Parents

What a wonderful, challenging and busy term has passed! As I have been looking at the reports of each and every one of our pupils, I feel a sense of great pride and accomplishment as I see the good progress being made by our pupils. I also commend our pupils on their high standard of respect and great behaviour. They are a really special group of fine human beings.

I wish to thank our teachers for their calm persistence and for the care and attention they pay to each child in their care. May you have a very good rest, as this term has been an extremely busy one and the term to come is short and packed.

Thank you to each loyal parent – you have assisted us with a burdensome fund raising effort this year, which has, thankfully now come to an end, as we have met our target. You were able to see the fruit of your labours when you attended our Twilight Market and the opening night of our Speech & Drama evening. Thanks to you, we have, not only a beautiful playground for our pupils to use during school, but a lovely venue for our events as well.

This term has surely been one of “firsts”, beginning with the introduction of the GED option for parents who would like their children to stay with us after Grade 9, which opened on our premises at the beginning of this term.

We also saw our first marketing drive at the Edgemead Centre, which was kindly supported by teachers, parents and pupils.

Then came the first Twilight Market: that was another great way to get the name of our school out into the community.

And, finally, our first attempt at an outdoor theatre for our Speech & Drama evening. Sadly, the weather did not allow the second night to take place, but our pupils will practise some more in the new term, ready for the performance on 18th October. All ticket holders will be admitted to that show, along with others who might like a second chance to watch their children in action.

Speech & Drama commemoration mugs are still on sale and can be ordered at R60 each.

There are still a few spaces in our Grade 1 class for 2019, so, should you have family or friends who are still seeking a space for their children, do encourage them to contact us. Perhaps you could also share this information on your Facebook pages.

Reports were sent out electronically this morning, so please let me know if your child’s report has not arrived.

Please find attached supplies for the fourth term.

School reopens on Tuesday 9th October.

Be very blessed with much joy, fun and recreation with your lovely children. Be safe if you’re travelling and come back filled with enthusiasm for the last exciting episode of 2018.

Kind regards

Textbooks 2018

Term 3 – Newsletter 11

Dear Parents
I’m sure you missed receiving my usual Monday email this morning, albeit that it’s Tuesday. It has been such a busy, exciting day, that I have only just reached my office.

Thanks to all who contributed to making the Twilight Market such a wonderful success on Friday evening. Surely this will become an annual event to add to the tradition of our school.

Our final dress rehearsal for Speech & Drama was interrupted by rain, but we did the best we could.

School will close at 12h00 tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday. We’ll break up at 10h30 on Friday.

For the Speech & Drama evenings, tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday, pupils need to be back at school at 18h00.

Scattered showers are predicted for Thursday, so we may have to hold the Thursday performance over into the first Thursday of the new term. However, we’ll see what the day is like and make a decision before the pupils return home at 12h00 on Thursday.

A few months ago we were praying for rain and now we’re just praying for two clear evenings and then the rain may come!

It would be greatly appreciated if you could bring folding chairs to the performance that you attend for the Speech & Drama evening.

Many thanks to all who have donated catering items, but due to the inclement weather we have decided not to serve refreshments after the Speech and Drama evening. We would rather hold these for the Prize Giving evening, when, hopefully, the weather will be more pleasant and we’ll be able to enjoy outdoor refreshments.

Reports will be sent electronically on Friday.

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Mark Levy

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday & Thursday.

Kind regards

Textbooks 2018

Term 3 – Newsletter 10

Good morning Parents,

Welcome to the penultimate week of the third term.

TWILIGHT MARKET, Friday 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00
We are looking forward to celebrating the long weekend with our Twilight Market this Friday. Please come along with a bit of cash to spend, as there will be stalls selling interesting items. If you have battery operated fairy lights at home, please could we borrow them for the evening?

The draw for our raffle will take place at the market. If you still have forms at home, please ensure that they are returned to the school by Thursday.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September
Today marks our first dress rehearsal, so the big day is approaching fast. Tickets will be sent home today. If you have not yet ordered tickets, please send the required amount to the school, indicating which evening you would like to attend.

Monday 24th September – school will be closed for the public holiday
Tuesday 25th September – school will close at 12h00 for all pupils
Wednesday 26th September – school will close at 12h00 for pupils, and pupils will return at 18h00 for the speech & drama evening
Thursday 27th September – school will close at 12h00 for pupils, and pupils will return at 18h00 for the speech & drama evening
Friday 28th September – school will break up at 10h30 for the Michaelmas holidays and reopen on Tuesday 9th October

Please ensure that lift-provider are aware of the school closing times for next week

Aftercare will remain open until the normal time of 17h30 on all school days next week, but will be closed from 1st to 8th October.

Readmission forms are due on 12th October. I have attached a form for your convenience.

“Instead of worrying about what people think of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” – Dale Carnegie

Wishing you a week of accomplishment!