Articles by: Debbie Viljoen

iConnect is Destroyed by Late Arrivals

iConnect is Destroyed by Late Arrivals

At the heart of living, is our desire to be connected. In a relationship-based school, children are bigger than the challenge. Every child in our school is unique. And although they learn to operate as a group, class or sporting house – their individuality remains a priority. Relationships make us feel safe. Every structure in the school is designed to[Read More…]

by September 29, 2016 Family Matters
Little Legend Leaders Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Little Legend Leaders Leaving a Lasting Legacy

How does one encapsulate the essence of 24 talented young leaders like we have at SVPS? I have had the privilege of working with these enthusiastic leaders in the making.  They are shaping and changing the face of Student Leadership at Sun Valley Primary School. As of this year the process starts in Grade 6 in the third term where[Read More…]

by September 27, 2016 Family Matters
The Curtains Have Closed, The Lights Have Faded … But The Memory Lingers

The Curtains Have Closed, The Lights Have Faded … But The Memory Lingers

In my opinion, 2016 marks the very best of Musicals performed at Sun Valley Primary School. Every Musical we have ever produced has been SPECTACULAR and way beyond the realm of a Primary School Production. What makes this year a little different is the tweaking of the different aspects of the Musicals. The live music, under the directorship of Mike[Read More…]

by September 6, 2016 Family Matters
How Much GRIT is Needed to be a Good Leader?

How Much GRIT is Needed to be a Good Leader?

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan Back Row (L to R): Keona Missing, Aimee Kornblum, Isabella Hayes, Abbie Deacon, Georgina Bester, Carlos da Costa, Luke Slabber. Middle Row (L to R): Gabriel Venter, Talita Ngesi, Safiya Mia, Eve[Read More…]

by June 11, 2016 Family Matters
Thank You Brian Pittman for Celebrating our Musical with an Act of Kindness

Thank You Brian Pittman for Celebrating our Musical with an Act of Kindness

The play is done and dusted. The set has been undressed. All that remains is the tree … that spectacular tree. No-one has the heart to dismantle it. We’ll just have to celebrate each Awards Ceremony with the tree and lights as the focal point. Thanks again Heather Ric Hanson for this magical creation. Brian Pittman came to see the[Read More…]

by August 31, 2015 Family Matters
“There are no Traffic Jams along the Extra Mile” Roger Staubach

“There are no Traffic Jams along the Extra Mile” Roger Staubach

For the traffic flow to work around our school we all need to buy into a mindset of  “going the extra mile”. There is a sense of satisfaction when we go the extra mile and everyone benefits. This is the type of mindset we need to embrace.     There are so many aspects to benefit from going the extra[Read More…]

by August 7, 2015 Family Matters
Grade 7 Prefects “LeAd” with Vulnerability

Grade 7 Prefects “LeAd” with Vulnerability

“What happens when people open their hearts?” “They get better.”  Haruki Murakami What a delightful two days it was experiencing the leaders of tomorrow (and today in their own sphere of influence) embracing being real!  How does one become real, you might ask? Well, one way is to be authentic, honest and open. This is easier said than done and[Read More…]

by July 28, 2015 Family Matters, Grade 7
Reflections … Friend or Foe?

Reflections … Friend or Foe?

Reflecting is a restorative approach and focuses on the needs of the people involved. A restorative approach encourages taking responsibility for the one’s actions and helps to avoid future offenses. A punitive approach is more about punishment. The following short story shows how we can be slow learners in this journey called life. I truly believe that reflection aids us[Read More…]

by March 3, 2015 Family Matters
Words … Don’t Come Easily to Me … Maybe That is a Good Thing

Words … Don’t Come Easily to Me … Maybe That is a Good Thing

This week we looked at the topic of “WORDS” for CARE Circles. Words have power and can hurt or heal. The Habits of Mind we are dealing with this week are “Communicating with Clarity and Precision” and “Gathering Data through all our Senses”. Jayd MacDonald, Gavin Keller’s PA, took the staff through some practical examples of how to practice these[Read More…]

by November 11, 2014 Family Matters
SVPS: Family Affairs – Play in its truest form … transcends age … transcends status!

SVPS: Family Affairs – Play in its truest form … transcends age … transcends status!

I went out for break and sat on the wall observing the children at play. I was in for a big surprise and a time of entertainment. This is what I observed: The principal of the pre-school using a pitch fork to work on the garden and interact with the children as well.              [Read More…]

by May 15, 2014 Family Matters