June 9, 2017

School-in-the-Woods Head’s Newsletter

Friday 09 June 2017

Dear Woods Parents

What a week it has been! While the devastating storms and fires have certainly been a vivid reminder to us all of the incredible power of the elements, it has resulted in an overflow of the generosity of the human spirit – something we as South Africans hold dear. Many of our staff and parents have been affected in some way and we extend our thoughts and prayers to them all. Thanks go out to all those who have offered help, support, resources and manpower to reach out at this time of immense need. A wonderful reminder that “Ubuntu” remains at the centre of our South African existence.

On a positive note, the start of this week saw the fruition of a dream – the opening of our fabulous new “Bike Track”. This dream was made possible by the support of Mrs Sue Redelinghuys, our “Fairy Godmother”, and my sincere thanks go to her for granting me this wish despite there being so many other demands on our resources. Ms de Klerk and her team must also take a bow for the role they played in making this dream a reality and bringing my overall vision for a varied and exciting outdoor playground into focus. Thank you, one and all.

Celebrating the opening of such a wonderful play area is indeed a privilege and it was wonderful having Mrs Redelinghuys, Mrs te Water and Rev. Andrew with us for this occasion. The magnificent morning light on Table Mountain provided us with a spectacular backdrop and the balloons and ribbons added the festive touch. Rev. Andrew prayed a prayer of blessing, after which Mrs Redelinghuys and I cut the ribbon and formally pronounced the bike track open! Great excitement followed as Jimmy Long Legs, a clown on a unicycle burst forth, trying somewhat unsuccessfully to navigate the sharp twists and turns on one wheel. What fun!

No celebration is complete without cake and our thanks go to Mr Renier Botes, from our catering department who added the final flourish! He blew us all away with his magnificent cake which resembled the bike track and boasted fondant trees, butterflies, bicycles and little girls in spotty aprons!

As if this week wasn’t enough excitement, we now look forward to the promise of more fun with our “Drumming with Dad” sessions which take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. Mrs Harley and I always enjoy watching the girls “showing” their dads how to play the drums. It is never long before the competitive edge creeps in as the men try to outdo one another with their rhythmic responses! The girls are also looking forward to showing off their new bike track after the drumming is over, so come prepared for fun!

With the wintry weather closing in, I wish you a relaxing weekend around a cosy fire.

Warmest regards
Joyanne West
HEAD: School-in-the-Woods

Jimmy Long Legs

Our maintenance manager ensuring the safety of the bikes

The creator of the edible bike track.

Tuesday 13 June
Drumming with dad – Grade R

Wednesday 14 June
Drumming with dad – Grade 00

Thursday 15 June
Drumming with dad – Grade 000

Friday 16 June
Public Holiday


Last but certainly not least, the art work….

Thought for the week:
“We don’t stop playingbecause we grow old; we grow old because we stop  playing.”
George Bernard Shaw

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