Zip lining, giant swing, canoeing and that was just the beginning! On Wednesday morning, the Grade 6’s, together with their teachers, packed their bags into the buses and off we went for an adventure of a lifetime.
The excitement was building as we approached Adrenalin Addo and also a bit of curiosity as to what to expect.
After a bumpy bus drive, we finally arrived. The learners were put into teams and were told to create a team name, flag and language. Following the team presentations, the learners needed to pitch their own tent if they wanted somewhere to sleep over the next two nights. This proved to be a challenge as some learners had never pitched a tent before but through sheer determination (and the thought of sleeping on the cold, wet grass), they had somewhere to rest their heads.
Over the next two days, the teams rotated between zip lining (the highest, longest and fastest double zip line in South Africa), giant swing (what an adrenalin rush!), canoeing, raft building and surv...
Our annual Reading Competition took place in our school library on Wednesday, 31 July 2018. The following eight learners took part in the competition; Siyaam Shaw (Room 16) Chinika Goliath (Room 15), Sage Heard (Room 15), Mia Roman (Room 15), Abigail Votsatz (Room 14), Amy Saunders (Room 14), Afika Klaas (Room 17) and Sophie Glibbery (Room 17). Well done to all. You all read beautifully. Congratulations to Siyaam, who won the overall competition. Thank you to Mrs Brettenny for adjudicating the competition.
The Grade 6's went on an educational outing to Dodds Farm last week. What better way to apply the theory they've learnt in Natural Science than doing it practically in nature. They were given the opportunity to do water experiments and observe their natural surroundings. Each group was given a clipboard with worksheets, instructions to follow & a set of equipment. They were each designated a spot where they could test the water for pollution, the temperature & oxygen levels in the water. They had to assess & give feedback as to whether it was safe for animals & insects to thrive in these conditions.
The groups took on the tasks with great eagerness & responsibility & Mrs Lara Lotter was very impressed with the feedback given by the groups.
The pupils were then taken on a short hike of the Baakens Valley to see the beauty that lies right here in their backyards.
2018 has been another year of thought-provoking speeches and excellent deliveries. Our top 8 Orators came up with excellent topics and informed their audience on issues such as bullying, drones, weird creatures, Round Table, schizophrenia, facts about the earth, signs that prove you're a genius and trains. The 8 Orators chosen from across the grade proved to be excellent public speakers and we are proud of every pupil who took part in the Orators Competition.
A huge congratulations goes to Sage Heard for winning the Grade 6 Oratory Competition. Her oral on strange creatures was very interesting and kept the audience captivated. Chinika Goliath's oral on bullying was highly commended and Joshua Robinson won the unprepared section of the competition where he convinced all that reading the dictionary can be a lot of fun. Thank you to all English teachers in Grade 6 who put a lot of effort into getting the pupils prepared for these events.
During assembly last Friday, 16 February 2018, academic badges were handed out to the pupils who received 80% aggregate in their December exams. We are very proud of these pupils and hope that they will continue their hard work this year. Congratulations!
On Wednesday, 14 February the Grade 6’s surprised the Grade 1’s with a Valentine’s treat. Each Grade 6 wrote a card specially for a little Grade 1 & gave it to them with a small treat just to say we love that you are at Herbert Hurd. Each Grade 6 class visited a different Grade 1 class so the pupils could meet their special new friend face to face.
Even though they missed seeing the Grade 1 pupils, Rm 16 got to sit in the recipients desk and chair to leave them their letter and sweet treat. They got to feel what it was once like to be in a Grade 1 class again and many could not believe they were once that small too. We also took a photo of Mrs Cloete with pupils that used to be in her class, even Miss Archibald.
There were many hugs & smiles that accompanied Valentine’s Day, proving once again that the smallest of gestures can make the biggest impact. ️
The Grade Four, Five, Six and Seven pupils took part in a Maths Competition at St George’s on Monday 12 February. The schools that participated were: Sunridge, St George’s, Collegiate, Woodridge, St Andrews, Kingswood, Summerwood, Harvest and Herbert Hurd. Each team consisted of four pupils. The pupils had to answer three different sections of questions. There were winners in each section and the overall winner was judged according to the total number of points scored by each grade. Well done to the Herbert Hurd pupils who won this competition. We are so proud of you!
The Grade 6's had their annual Orientation Day at McArthur Baths. The wind did its best to try blow our spirits out to sea but only managed to blow some food out our hands! We swam and got to know our new classmates and teachers in an environment outside of school. Thanks to the teachers for a great outing!