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The Importance of iConnect

The Importance of iConnect

Coaching children to connect is fundamental to their success. Children who bond successfully, not just with other people, but with their school environment, their passions and their goals are more likely to avoid the numerous pitfalls that await young people as they navigate their childhood and teenage years. Research has shown that a strong connection and bond with their school[Read More…]

by November 21, 2016 Counsellor
CARE+

CARE+

CARE circles form an important time amidst the daily lessons of the classroom to connect, be real and share. CARE has undergone a steady development over the last year. From it beginning as a means to manage and resolve conflict, it developed to encompass broader issues of emotional wellbeing. CARE “plus” sought to move children beyond simply sharing their concerns[Read More…]

by September 14, 2016 Counsellor
Holidays

Holidays

A busy term comes to and end… and a busy holiday is about to begin! The Awards Ceremonies are underway and we take some much needed to time celebrate all that has happened this year. With so much success it’s difficult to adequately recognise every achievement. I could mention students achieving excellence in sport or academics, or the success of[Read More…]

by December 9, 2014 Counsellor
Discussing Resilience in HOOFIES and CARE

Discussing Resilience in HOOFIES and CARE

As the end of the year approaches rapidly, schools are often abuzz with expectation. Sometimes this is the thrilling excitement of new beginnings, new high schools, new teachers. Sometimes it can be a heavy sense of dread at the prospect of change. This week our entire school explored the idea of change within their classes and HOOFIES groups. Francois de[Read More…]

by November 7, 2014 Counsellor
SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counsellor – Funscapes!

SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counsellor – Funscapes!

Last week saw two days of unlimited fun. Hundreds of our students traveled off campus to exciting venues. Whether it was their first time at paintball or their hundredth time looming a scarf,we had something for everyone. Our mission was to make sure every child enjoyed the club they chose. Looming was a hit, with students as young as Grade[Read More…]

by August 28, 2014 Counsellor
SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Insights from the Prefect’s Retreat

SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Insights from the Prefect’s Retreat

Please take some time to read Gavin Keller’s attached article which featured in Mother and Child Magazine this month. It offers some powerful analogies and methods in developing Emotional Intelligence. You can read it here: Emotions – Gavin Keller (1) Spending a wonderful two days with our Grade 7 Prefect Team this week really highlighted to me the importance of[Read More…]

by July 25, 2014 Counsellor
Valley Notes Choir Festival 2014

Valley Notes Choir Festival 2014

Last week saw our Valley Notes Choir Festival achieve great success! Nearly 900 people packed out the King of Kings Baptist Centre to enjoy performances from a variety of choirs. First up were Kommetjie Primary. They blew us away with their arrangement of “Little Spanish Town”. Their dynamic performance really is testament to the excellent work of their choir leaders,[Read More…]

by June 25, 2014 Counsellor
SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Engaging to Understand

SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Engaging to Understand

Fear often keeps children from engaging, eliminating their chances of understanding and resolving the problems they face. A sense of safety and self value are essential in helping children face each day, without the need to avoid and evade. Sadly, some children grow up in homes where avoidance and hiding are essential for their survival. Their life depends on their[Read More…]

by May 15, 2014 Counsellor
SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Keeping Kids Safe Online

SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Keeping Kids Safe Online

Internet accessibility is at an all time high and with it comes vast possibility. The truth is we can’t personally monitor how our children are using the web at every moment, but we can equip them to use the internet responsibly. There are a number of parental controls and tools available to help keep your children safe online, but no[Read More…]

by May 8, 2014 Counsellor
SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Sing Your Heart Out

SVPS: Culture and Ei – Counselling – Sing Your Heart Out

The Choir at Sun Valley Primary is the biggest we’ve ever had. With over 150 students in the Senior Choir alone, its important to understand the benefits, culturally and psychologically of singing in a group. Research has long suggested that singing itself offers a number of health benefits, such as increased oxygen in the blood, regulated heart beat and the[Read More…]

by April 24, 2014 Counsellor