Articles by: gavin.keller

NEW GOVERNING BODY

NEW GOVERNING BODY

The Nomination and Election of five parent members to the Sun Valley Primary School Governing Body took place this morning at 8am.  Clive Barham, our Electoral Officer, announced the results of the ballot after seven parents stood for five positions. The new Governing Body: Phil Cunningham, Sean McGuinness, Teresa Jackson, Chris de Kock and Dr Adnaan Mia. Michele van der[Read More…]

by April 12, 2012 Group Principal
Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

They say that REST is the best medicine and I concur.  My ten week Sabbatical was an amazing experience.  Confident in the knowledge that I was leaving the school in the capable hands on my Senior Deputy Principal, Debbie-Jayne Viljoen and our gifted and talented Executive Team, I took off and spent the time resting, reading, walking, writing and enjoying[Read More…]

by April 11, 2012 Group Principal
Sharing the Revolution

Sharing the Revolution

This weekend I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Catholic Schools’ Conference in Johannesburg.  I addressed the Curriculum 21 issue and the need to revolutionize education in South Africa. I challenged educators, as I have challenged our own educators, to take a good look at what we are teaching and ask if we are going about teaching[Read More…]

by January 30, 2012 Group Principal
Inter-house Athletics Day a real… Never Give up ..experience

Inter-house Athletics Day a real… Never Give up ..experience

The three Sport houses gathered this morning on the field for the first clash of 2012.  Spirits were high!  Singing and chanting was loud. The Sports Department put up a fine show with a highly organised and swift moving Athletics Day.  The Assembly video on Tuesday became a reality when a Langley Athlete could not continue and his supporters broke[Read More…]

by January 26, 2012 Sport
A fantastic LIFT

A fantastic LIFT

Alex Boettger has been with us since Grade 1 and is now almost totally confined to his wheelchair.  We have been so aware that he needs to be able to access the entire campus and, finally, the Education Department agreed to fund a lift. A brand new R310 000 disability lift by JessenDakile (Pty) Ltd will be installed in the[Read More…]

by January 26, 2012 Group Principal

Week 3 Term 1 2012

It has been a really good start to the new year.  Our high performing teachers, administrators and estate team have pulled out all the stops to ensure a smooth, but dynamic start to the new year. This is our official full week with school starting at 8am and ending at 2pm each day except Tuesday, which is always 1pm.  Sport[Read More…]

by January 22, 2012 Group Principal
Parents Connect with the School

Parents Connect with the School

It’s a marriage!  The relationship between the teacher and parent is a marriage.  We flirted with each other before we made the commitment.  Parents played the field and looked at a number of options before selecting Sun Valley.  We put on our best smile to make the parents select us. On Wednesday we made the commitment to raise and teach[Read More…]

by January 19, 2012 General
2012 – Oh what a great start!

2012 – Oh what a great start!

They came with smiles, backpacks and a brain wanting to learn.  The Hall was set up just like it was in November 2011 when they met their teachers.  There was laughter, games and a few nerves.  After a warm welcome, the students and their parents headed for the classroom.  Grade 1 had begun.  Welcome to all our new students, parents[Read More…]

by January 19, 2012 Group Principal