Welcome to the 2020 academic year! We are all excited about this year and the changes, both aesthetic and academic, planned.
We received our matric AS results last week and are very happy to announce that 29 of the 32 students who wrote passed matric. 16 students passed with matric exemption.
TOP IGCSE STUDENT 2019!
Chloe Goldman wrote 8 IGCSE subjects in which she obtained 6 A* and 2 A’s. A total of 8 distinctions! We are exceptionally proud of her and are looking forward to more such achievements in her AS levels!
A total of 22 distinctions were achieved across the various subject areas. Top marks were achieved in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, First Language English, English Literature, Spanish Foreign Language, German Foreign Language, French Foreign Language and Music.
We wish to congratulate Ms. Alice Pryor on her excellent teaching skills in English First language. A total of 6 Distinctions were obtained for First Language English and 5 Distinctions for English Literature. Her dedication to her students and her love of the subject area is clearly displayed.
Just a reminder that we are starting renovations on the downstairs bathrooms on Monday, 20th January and request that you remind students to use the bathrooms upstairs. Foundation Phase have a brand new hopscotch-themed play area and the students are thoroughly enjoying the colorful spaces.
Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have a Parent Information Evening on Thursday, 23rd January and we are looking forward to an enjoyable and informative evening.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead.
On Saturday, the 7th of December, several members of our school’s Interact club were accompanied by Ms. Berger and Ms. van Niekerk to share shifts at the Italian Club of Cape Town where Blouberg Rotary hosted a Christmas Party for numerous underprivileged children. They spent the morning refereeing soccer games, among other things and the afternoon was spent serving lunch. The kids were entertained by a petting zoo which contained all sorts of farm animals (rabbits and chickens, to name a few), a horse cart ride, face painting, a photo booth, a jumping castle and a game of friendly football.
It was a lovely sunny day filled with loads of laughter and smiles. The children then got to watch a magic show, meet Santa and receive Christmas boxes and a meal of hamburgers and chips.
This is an annual event that is organized to see to it that those less fortunate get to experience the festivities of Christmas time as well.
It was a pleasure to see so many smiles and we cannot wait to participate once again next year!
Year 10 Student
This term the Year 1’s have enjoyed our Geography theme “Where in the world is Barnaby Bear?”
Barnaby Bear has visited England, the USA and India.
To close off our theme we had an International Day on Monday, 9 December. The students enjoyed traveling around the world experiencing the countries that Barnaby bear had visited. The students tasted different foods from the USA, India and England. The students were taught a line dance, Bollywood dance and listened to Mrs Cronje speak about her home country (England) followed by a lovely story.
It was a fun filled day and everyone enjoyed their around the world Barnaby bear day.
Year 1 Teacher
We cannot believe it is the end of the school year. It is an exciting yet busy time for all of us. During this time we start to reflect on how hard our students have worked and we celebrate all the wonderful activities and learning that has taken place throughout the year at Blouberg International School. Our students have accomplished so much and we are pleased to see growth in each and every one of them.
To celebrate their many achievements, we had a Foundation Stage party on Monday, 9 December 2019. The teachers and assistants enjoyed spending time with the students to remind them how precious they are to us.
Thank you as parents once again for working with us to ensure our students are safe and happy and encouraged to dream, believe and achieve all their goals.
We wish all our students and families a restful holiday and best wishes for 2020.
Martie Van Dyk
Reception Year Teacher
Every year after completing their external IGCSE examinations the year 10’s are afforded a long and well deserved break, and during this break they use some of that time to do good for the community. This year they tackled 3 different causes.
On day one of outreach they visited the animal shelter and rehabilitation center Fallen Angels. The students were put to work, gardening and painting. Once they had completed these tasks they had the opportunity to interact and play with huskies and puppies.
Day two was a perfect day for their next project. Armed with gloves and plastic bags they set out to walk from Sunset beach to Woodbridge Island and clean up the beach. They gathered a large amount of trash and learned about where it comes from and the dangers it poses.
The final day we partnered with Clean C and visited a recycling depot in Joe Slovo. This was physically the most demanding day of the three, but the students kept their spirits high and managed to sort through piles of recycling. They also learnt about where the sorted recycling then goes and the economies of recycling.
The spirit and dedication the year 10’s displayed was highly commendable and their contribution to their communities invaluable!
Janine van Niekerk
High School Teacher
Our journey to and fro from Rocklands Centre was filled with much anticipation and enthusiasm on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November 2019. The students entertained one another by singing, chatting with one another, reading and creating their own rhymes on the bus. On the way back due to being so exhausted from all the fun-filled activities, most of the Year 3’s eagerly slept and awaited their arrival to meet their parents whom they missed greatly.
This camp was a huge success as the students not only embraced each activity with such enjoyment but also had the opportunity to develop their team-building, communication, gross motor and cooperation skills. Rocklands camp was a huge success and one that provided the learners with a well-deserved break from working exceptionally hard this year.
Mrs Alexia Holmes
Year 3 Teacher
What I Learnt In Year 1
In Year 1 I learnt literacy. I loved numeracy because we do sums. Caleb
In Year 1 I learnt numeracy and science. I loved our science theme about Sounds. Aidan
In Year 1 I learnt German, P.E. and science. I loved P.E because it is fun. Liam
In Year 1 I learnt how to be good. I loved P.E. because we get to play soccer. Fernando
In Year 1 I learnt maths. I loved learning lots of new things. Eshwar
In Year 1 I learnt German. I loved P.E. because we play fun games. Callum
In Year 1 I learnt how to be smart. I loved school because I like sport and my favourite is tennis. Zach
In Year 1 I learnt numeracy. I loved P.E. because we do exercise. James
In Year 1 I learnt numeracy because we learn letters. I loved golden time because we make our own stuff. Joshua
In Year 1 I learnt geography and numeracy. I loved numeracy because we do fun things and lern. Divyanshi
In Year 1 I learnt History and Geography. I loved learning Spanish. Sinddhi
In Year 1 I learnt to be kind. I loved my teacher because she is the best in the world. Kwanda
In Year 1 I learnt to read and write. I loved Spanish. Paige
In Year 1 I learnt how to play games. I loved golden time because we play games. Tyler
In Year 1 I learnt new sounds. I loved golden time because we have fun. Isabella
In Year 1 I learnt literacy and German. I loved Mrs Pani teaching me German. Sulafa
In Year 1 I learnt to be kind and not to be rude. I loved my teacher because she lets us have golden time. Macca
Year 1 Teacher
Early on Friday, 29th November the Foundation Stage classes set off in two busses to The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre in Stellenbosch. The students were extremely excited and thoroughly enjoyed the bus trip.
The centre provides easy access to some of Africa’s fascinating wildlife and bird species. Shortly after arriving we were had an interactive creepy crawly encounter with snakes, a bullfrog and many more. There were shrieks of utter excitement and horror, mainly from the teachers!
Most of the animals at Giraffe House form part of their wildlife education program. The students discovered that Giraffes can reach almost 6 meters, making them the tallest land mammals on earth! The Eland is the biggest antelope whilst the Blue Duiker is the smallest. Another interesting fact they learnt about the Ostrich is that it is the biggest bird. The students were absolutely delighted to discover our national animal, the Springbok, as well as our national bird, the Blue Crane.
High-quality outdoor learning experiences are proven to:
– Develop reflective and inquisitive thinking.
– Encourage holistic development of children.
– Develop resilience and adaptability in occasionally adverse circumstances.
– Allow children to become more able to identify hazards and risks.
– Develop a love, appreciation and respect for nature and all that is living.
– Develop an understanding of how we can look after our environment.
– Develop self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem.
– Develop collaborative-working and communication skills.
– Provide positive health benefits – both physically and mentally – and assist gross and fine-motor development.
– Cultivate a lifelong love of the outdoors.
“Let Nature be your teacher” – William Wordsworth
We enjoyed the outdoors in the beautiful sunshine, whilst experiencing and learning about animals.
We have come to the final week of examinations for the high school and I would like to congratulate the students on their hard work and dedication.
We had a lovely evening of music, games and goodies at the Moonlight market last Friday. Thank you to our wonderful PA who organized the event for our school. We are so grateful for all their hard work and the effort they put into the event. The feedback from vendors was incredibly positive and we hope to have more such events in the future.
This week we celebrated our students and their achievements. I spent a lovely morning with students, and their parents, from Foundation Stage and look forward to watching their growth and development as they move through the school. We teach our students the importance of acceptance and are mindful that our children learn more from what they see than from what they hear us say. These are important years of growth for their hearts and minds; lessons instilled at this young age will guide their behaviour later in life. It is with this in mind that our teachers work diligently instilling the values of integrity and tolerance in their young charges and it is with a happy heart that I watch the students move to the next phase of their academic career.
Tonight we will have our Key Stage 2 ceremony and tomorrow morning, our Key Stage 1. We look forward to these events as it gives us an opportunity to celebrate with our students and their parents.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead as we all prepare for the festivities of the season.
With only two weeks left of the 2019 academic year, things can feel a bit overwhelming for parents and teachers alike.
On Monday morning there was a buzz of excitement as students were introduced to their new teachers for 2020. A Year 1 student could barely contain her excitement as I passed her in the corridor and, with a grin a mile wide, announced, ‘I am Year 2 now!’ It was heartwarming to see the excitement and pride in her face and reminded me what an exciting experience this transition is for the students.
2019 was not without its challenges, but here we stand, and look how far we have come. We have been tested and learnt new lessons and it is with a positive and optimistic outlook that we approach the new academic year. With the festive season on our doorstep there is much to look forward to, and beyond that, the opportunities that come with a new year. The final stages of planning for the 2020 academic year are underway as a gentle hum of happy anticipation fills the corridors.
We are looking forward to our Moonlight Market tomorrow night and I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the festivities! The event will run from 17h00 to 21h00 with plenty of fun activities and delicious treats for the whole family. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Have a wonderful weekend.