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Spring … Seriously … Still Cold … Showers abound

Spring … Seriously … Still Cold … Showers abound

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.” Susan J. Bissonette “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” — Anne Bradstreet Something I learned recently was to embrace Empathy we can be reminded by looking east at the sunrise. It does[Read More…]

by September 1, 2013 Counsellor
“For it is in GIVING that we RECEIVE”     St Francis of Assisi

“For it is in GIVING that we RECEIVE” St Francis of Assisi

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.                      Mother Teresa At the end of every year we make two requests with regards to giving. The one request involves giving toys for underprivileged children.which is distributed by the Knights of Da Gama and the other request involves giving non-perishables to our Estate Team to make[Read More…]

by November 29, 2012 Counsellor
Christmas Carol Evening Venue Change

Christmas Carol Evening Venue Change

Please join us for an evening of singing and fellowship, in the School Hall, as we celebrate Christmas time. The Choir will sing two song items. Grade R and some staff will present a Christmas Carol. There will be some song items from people you would least expect to hear sing. It is going to be a very special evening. The prefects[Read More…]

by November 23, 2012 Counsellor
Bullying is NOT okay. Period.

Bullying is NOT okay. Period.

“Could a scar be like the rings of a tree, reopened with each emotional season?”  – Magenta Periwinkle, Cutting Class This week I visited a Grade 3 class of boys to investigate some allegations of prejudice and bullying, both physically and emotionally. What I found was a class of precious boys feeling the need to assert themselves in the male[Read More…]

by November 15, 2012 Counsellor
He Who Rejects Change is the Architect of Decay …

He Who Rejects Change is the Architect of Decay …

… and the only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetry. Harold Wilson As I face the end of 2012 and reflect on all that has taken place I see the need to embrace the changes necessary for 2013 to be a successful year.  Change is something that always frightens people. Why? Well … 1. Change takes us out[Read More…]

by November 9, 2012 Counsellor
SVGoS Girls Shine as Ballerinas with Debbie Lindup

SVGoS Girls Shine as Ballerinas with Debbie Lindup

I had the privilege of attending Debbie Lindup’s Ballet Concert “Mary Poppins“. What an explosion of colour, dance and grace.   What struck me was that the stage was peppered with Sun Valley Group pupils, ex-pupils and pupils-to-be. I was amazed at the little pumpkins who had just completed our Pantomime and now were excelling on a different stage … all the[Read More…]

by November 1, 2012 Counsellor
Talent Developed by the Music Academy at our very own Sun Valley Group of Schools

Talent Developed by the Music Academy at our very own Sun Valley Group of Schools

I sometimes get emails from parents with concerns, wanting advice, sharing a burden, voicing an opinion, etc. Sometimes I receive happy stories of celebration from proud parents and this is one time I would like to share in celebrating Pascale Ploughmann and her very talented violin teacher, Titia Blake. Below is the email I received with link to YouTube: Dear[Read More…]

by October 26, 2012 Counsellor
One Ends and the Next Begins

One Ends and the Next Begins

We have hardly completed this year’s pantomine … undone the sets, put away the costumes, trying to tie up every loose end … and guess what? We are already onto our 2013 Pantomime for the InterSen Phase. Mrs Belinda Batt will be directing the play! We are working on an adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It promises[Read More…]

by October 25, 2012 Counsellor
…And the Curtain Finally Comes Down

…And the Curtain Finally Comes Down

Many people ask me how I feel now that the play is over. Many assume I am feeling relieved. I still don’t know exactly HOW I feel, but I DO know it is not personal relief.  The only bit of relief I feel is for the children, staff and parents who gave their gut and need family time to regroup. It[Read More…]

by October 20, 2012 Counsellor
Kindness Makes Such a Difference

Kindness Makes Such a Difference

I have been busy with Cinderella and Rockerfella for the past eight months and have experienced many special moments. Working with children brings about so many rewards. You can never predict how your day is going to pan out. They throw so many curved balls at you. Some delightful, others less so. Last night, after her last performance, Pebbles McGuinness[Read More…]

by October 16, 2012 Counsellor