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Melpark Athletics 2015

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On Friday 30th January we managed to avoid the threatening rain to hold our annual inter-house athletics meeting. The children all dressed in the colours of their respective houses sang loudly and cheered their teammates. The three houses continue our tree theme for the school and they are Jacaranda in blue, Willow in red, and Mopani in yellow. The loud singing, cheering and music livened up the neighbourhood.
This is what one neighbour Estie Morgan had to say, “Just want to say thank you for brightening up my day with the gorgeous music from the sports field! Hearing the children’s voices, their excitement brings a much needed warmth into my heart.”

Willow house was victorious with a whopping 302 points. The winning athletes will compete in the inter-school athletics on 5th March.

Newsletter Jan/Feb 2015

From the Principal’s Desk:

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the overwhelming response to the Parents Information Evening.  As staff and management we have an objective to improve the overall academic and sporting performance of our learners.  The teachers will also make every endeavour to attend as many workshops and training sessions to ensure that we are up-skilled.

I am pleased to announce that the school has grown in numbers and we will be opening an additional Grade R class this year.  Plans are underway to get this project going.

Once again we urge parents to be fully participative in the education of their children.  Kindly monitor homework daily.  Become aware of all the assessment dates and ensure that your child is fully prepared for each test or assessment.

Make sure your home environment is suitable for studying.  There must be a quiet place for children to study.  Ensure that you know how your child is doing in every assessment.  If problems are noted please contact the school to initiate early interventions.

Make sure that your child reads daily.  We encourage parents to read to their children daily.  Make sure that your child becomes a member of the local library.

Kindly read all notices and newsletters to ensure that you are aware of what is happening at the school.

If you wish to see me or any of the teachers please make an appointment.

Mrs. Padayachee

PRINCIPAL

 

Newsletter JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2015

New Grade R site at Melpark Primary

Due to the increase in the number of admissions in 2015, we were able to establish a 3rd Grade R class.  The new appointed teacher is Concilia Malinga.

 

 

Soccer report

Since affiliating to the Johannesburg Primary Schools Football Association (JPSFA), soccer has grown to enviable standards at our school. Our boys train twice a week and play weekly fixtures against other schools. To date we boast excellent results on the soccer field and the values of sportsmanship and teamwork has become entrenched in the character of our young stars.

At school we host a very competitive annual tournament. This provides us with the platform to identify talent and hone the skills of our players.

We played against the German school on 6 May 2014 and the results were as follows:

U11 Melpark 4 German School 3

U14 Melpark 1 German School 0

U12 Melpark Had a bye

Geratilwe Galane, Sesethu Duba and Khaya Majola will represent the Gauteng North District at the very prestigious Discovery Soccer Festival

Leadership is more than holding positions of power…

Leadership is more than holding positions of power and authority. Leadership is a realisation of our true potential.

We need to realise the perfection of birth and the magic given to us at conception and guaranteed with our first breath. We want to choose hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord, and to never allow ourselves to fall into the social hypnosis of thinking that the outside world ultimately controls our life, when we could realise that each day is resplendent with opportunities to become powerful beyond belief.

When we view every second as an opportunity bursting with potential and calling for energy, we have the chance to enrich our lives and the lives around us. Through our actions we create a ripple effect.

Intro from the 2013 Leadership Seminar

Ashley Kunutus’ Leadership Seminar Speech

About 7 years ago, I came to this school with my mother for an interview with the principal, Mrs Padayachee. The interview was to establish if I was ready for school. The interview did not take place as I was on my mother’s back, fast asleep.

Mrs Padayachee thought that this was a sign of how I would be throughout my schooling career. Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Ashley Kunutu and I am the head girl of Melpark Primary School.

My teachers will all agree that I have been wide awake since that day and ready to take up any challenge and opportunity. I have taken part in athletics, netball, chess, poetry recitals and the speech evening every year. I have tried my best and managed to retain first position in my class for the last 6 years.

I am inspired by very strong women in my life, at school and at home. All my female teachers give me strength and motivate me to always do my best. My mom, who is a domestic worker, has done everything she can, and a little bit more to give me a happy and full life. Through me she lives out her own dreams of success. She is my role model and I can only hope that one day when I am a mother, I will be able to give my children the love and support that I have received as a child.

During my time as a head girl, I have looked at ways to make my mark and leave behind a legacy. My two deputies and I arranged a disco and a themed civvies day to raise funds for the school on a day that has a special meaning in all our lives: Women’s Day. Not only did I want to do something tangible for my school but my aim was to always be a role model for the other children at the school. I wanted them to see through me that if you work hard, and don’t give up, anything is possible.

I am always willing to try new things, like when my school acquired new high jump equipment. I thought to myself “Hey. I have long legs, I should try that!” It was a great experience and I achieved some success. I learnt from this, that you have to be ready to try new things. If you are stuck in your ways, how can you move forward? I always want to be a pioneer for the future, that is why I take every opportunity that comes my way.
On the last day of the term we hosted a Heritage Day concert. I found myself on stage, performing a variety of items ranging from choir, dancing, poetry and a totem. Being on stage for me is a vehicle to express my love for life, beauty and creation. I hope my participation was an inspiration to all the other children in the audience who shy away from the stage, to pluck up courage and to take a stand and show off their talent. Through our performances we managed to bring pride to our school as the reports received were full of praise for the quality of instruction at Melpark, and admiration of the talent of the children.

I plan to be a big influence not just in my community, or my city but in my country and even in the world. My journey started as a sleeping child, who awoke to achieve and continues next year. I have been given a great opportunity to become an influential leader by being accepted into a high school founded by a very inspirational woman.

Mrs Barker walked into the hall one day with a piece of paper. She gave it to Mrs Padayachee. My principal couldn’t even speak. She called me over with tears in her eyes. I knew as soon as I got close that this was the most important letter of my life… It was my acceptance letter into the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

The Academy will help me grow into a woman who can take life’s challenges head on. It will be the place that changes not only my life, but my family’s lives too. I hope to influence younger pupils in this school to work hard and to achieve, just as I have. A ripple is a circle and a circle has no end. Just like those ripples, opportunities in life are endless.

Sibusiso Vilane

“He has shown the heights we can all scale in life if we put our shoulder to the wheel and work at things without flagging. You have done us proud!”

our former President, Thabo Mbeki said this about our amazing guest speaker at the 2013 Leadership Seminar.

Sibusiso Vilane is no stranger to the South African public. You see him daily on TV. With all his achievements, Sibusiso remains humble. In his words,

“I never dreamed I would be “the first” to do anything in my life but now, I cannot live without an expedition.”

Sibusiso was born in 1970, in Shongwe Mission in Mpumalanga. His parents moved to Swaziland a few years later, as his mother was native to the country. It was in Swaziland, that Sibusiso started his schooling, at the age of eleven. He only started school then because he helped support his family by doing jobs in the community.

His journey began when he worked as a cattle herder at the age of seven. Sibusiso began his working career as a game ranger at Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland in 1993. From cattle herder to game ranger, Sibusiso had a great desire to strive for more and to have a better life.

He then developed two very important relationships. In 1995 he wed Nomsa, to whom he has been married for 18 years and together they have four children. And then in 1996, he met John Doble, the man who was to become his first mentor in the art of climbing, greatest friend, and the benefactor of many of his expeditions.

Sibusiso started climbing peaks in the Drakensburg in 1996. In 1999 he summitted Mount Kilimanjaro and went on to the Himalayas in 2002. In March 2003, Sibusiso set off for the Himalayas again, in his quest to be the first black African to summit earth’s highest mountain, Everest. He summitted Everest successfully on 26 May 2003 from the South Side. His climbing achievements followed on from there; in 2008 he completed the “Seven Summits” climb. This meant that he had climbed the seven highest mountains in the world. This is an incredible accomplishment, and to add to this he was the first black African to achieve this.

In 2005 Sibusiso reached the summit of Everest again after accessing the peak from the North Ridge – the more difficult side. This achievement meant that he is the first black African to climb the world’s highest peak twice and by two different routes.

In late 2007 Sibusiso and fellow mountaineer, Alex Harris, embarked on a trek to reach the South Pole. When they completed the expedition on 17 January 2008 it made Sibusiso and Harris the first South Africans to walk to the South Pole, and Sibusiso the first black person to do so. Sibusiso arrived at the geographic North Pole on 12 April 2012; this was the final hurdle to becoming the first black person to complete the Three Poles Challenge.

He has also published a book titled “To the Top from Nowhere”, which gives a first-hand account of his adventures.

Jumping for Joy

Alexus Mayer, a 10 year old student at Melpark Primary School, has achieved a great feat in the school sporting community. After participating in field events for the first time, this girl has found great success.

In the recently concluded school athletics calendar, Alexus represented Melpark Primary School in many athletics meets. She currently has 12 medals from various events, including gold medals from interschool and intercluster competitions.

Because of her achievements, Alexus was chosen to participate in the Gauteng provincial athletics meet in Pretoria. She placed third in her age group for long jump.
From the 20th – 23rd March, Alexus travelled to Paarl in the Western Cape to take part in the School Athletic National Championship. She achieved a great honour by winning a bronze medal for Gauteng in long jump in her division. This extraordinary achievement has brought pride and honour, not only to Melpark Primary School, but to the province of Gauteng.

The Melpark Primary School family of students, teachers and the principal Mrs. Padayachee congratulate Alexus on her fantastic performance in athletics this year. We want to salute your bravery and determination, and wish you all the best in your future sporting endeavours.

Newsletter February 2014

From the Principal’s Desk:

Dear Parents

Last year at a planning meeting, we as a staff chose a theme for the year called “Taking Responsibility”.  This theme will serve as a focus for how we operate.

As teachers we take responsibility by ensuring that we are thoroughly prepared for all lessons, mark books on time and report speedily.  We take responsibility for the well being of pupils by being observant, reporting any concerns to the principal and parents and by putting in place interventions to support the learners.

As parents we encourage you to take responsibility by supporting your children, monitoring progress, paying your school fees.  Report any concerns to the class teachers.

We wish to inculcate in the learners the importance of taking responsibility for their actions, decisions and well being.  This means they take responsibility for the environment by ensuring they don’t litter.  They keep the classroom and grounds clean.

They take responsibility for their belongings i.e. their personal belongings, text books and stationery.  They take responsibility by doing homework, studying and coming to school on time.

Let’s work together, to ensure that our children are always the priority and we work towards their success.

Mrs. Padayachee

Principal