Group Principal

A Letter to my CLIENTS

Click on the PDF below for the letter from the Principal Exam Story

Welcome NEW Grade R 2018

Welcome NEW Grade R 2018

We welcome our new Grade R students of 2018.  Please click on the PDF link below for the Welcome Brochure. Play School to Grade R                                            

by November 5, 2017 General, Grade R, Group Principal, Pre-Primary
Swimming in the Drought

Swimming in the Drought

The crippling drought in the Cape has added a new pressure on our Swimming and Waterpolo performance.  With Level 5 Regulations, we are unable to fill our pools. Thanks to the amazing technology available today, we have been able to pump our ground water through a filtration system producing crystal clear water to keep our Pools full. This has come[Read More…]

by September 27, 2017 Group Principal
JOYLESS LEARNING

JOYLESS LEARNING

The first Formal Assessment Week of the academic year has come and gone.  Those who attended the NIGHT SCHOOL on Assessment will understand our strategy of growing minds to cope with high-stakes, anxiety-rich testing.  The purpose of Assessment Week in Grade 4 and 5 is only to teach students HOW to design a study timetable, how to revise work and[Read More…]

by June 8, 2017 Curriculum, Group Principal
New Students Info Brochure

New Students Info Brochure

If you are a new student in Grade 2-7 starting at Sun Valley on Wednesday 11 January 2017 or if  you are going into Grade 1 and never attended Sunbird Pre-Primary in Grade R, then this brochure is a useful summary of the Culture of Sun Valley.  School Culture refers to “The way we do things around here!”  And every school[Read More…]

by January 5, 2017 Curriculum, Group Principal
2017 CLASSES

2017 CLASSES

The classes for 2017 have been finalised and the students will meet their teachers on Friday in preparation for the new academic year. How do we divide our students? Sunbird Pre-Primary is divided into GENDER-BASED classes to ensure that our girls discover a love for Mathematics, Science, construction and other spatial activities like Sport and Engineering – which our boys[Read More…]

by November 29, 2016 General, Group Principal
New Senior Deputy Principal position announced

New Senior Deputy Principal position announced

The School Governing Body has announced the new Senior Deputy Principal position at Sun Valley.  At a full staff meeting this week, the Governing Body shared with the staff that Brad Keller, currently Director of Sport, Movement and Play has been promoted to the Senior Deputy Position.  From 1 January 2017, he will take on the new position of Chief[Read More…]

by November 23, 2016 General, Group Principal
SURVIVAL SKILLS

SURVIVAL SKILLS

Examinations should never test ability or capacity. It is a fool who believes that putting a human being into a high stress, anxiety rich space, where memory recall is tested – based on the ability to regurgitate data – will generate a rating that defines one’s ability, cleverness or worth. After 200 schools days, every child at Sun Valley Primary[Read More…]

by November 6, 2016 General, Group Principal, Sport
High 5 KIDS

High 5 KIDS

Sunbird Pre-Primary is gearing up to receive the 2017 intake of Grade R students. Our little legends met their class teachers yesterday and this evening the teachers had a chance to meet the parents and discuss first steps on our our journey together. Parents learnt what “learning ready”bodies look like and the power of play to create the right environment[Read More…]

by November 2, 2016 Grade R, Group Principal, Pre-Primary
GRIT AWARDS

GRIT AWARDS

Inspired by the amazing research by Angela Duckworth (PhD) and Prof Carol Dweck (Stanford University) on GRIT and Growth MINDSETS, our 2016 theme inspired the staff to re-imagine the way we grow brains in our classrooms. Although a work in progress, the initial feedback has exceeded our expectations.  Student-led Parentline interviews, from Grade 4 – 7 where they present their[Read More…]

by September 22, 2016 Group Principal