On Monday the 26th June 2017, the Grade Seven learners enjoyed a fun-filled Maths day. They learnt about total surface area and volume through a number of practical activities in and around the school. The grade was split into groups which rotated amongst eight activities based on "A day in the life of Mr Goosen", our estate manager. The learners had a great time learning how to use a tape measure correctly, while measuring the tennis courts,swimming pool, kombi, garages etc.
The highlight of the last day of the second term was the highly anticipated, annual Grade 6 and 7 Talent Show. All week long Mrs Moosa and her team worked closely with these talented youngsters , helping them hone their skills and perfect their acts. When the last day of term finally arrived, all groups were extremely excited and ready to showcase their hard work. There were a variety of performers, from musicians to hip hop dancers and even a comedy act. There was a range of music and beats and the crowd was in awe of the seniors who put on such an entertaining show. These Grade 6's and 7's left many pupils inspired to start thinking of what they could showcase next year.
On Wednesday, 28 June 2017, the Grade 7 pupils were set the challenge of planning, constructing and launching a water rocket. The water rockets were made from 2-litre plastic bottles, styrofoam, cardboard and other assorted materials brought from home.
The pupils engaged in the scientific process in which they began their day planning their designs, followed by building their rockets and launch pads. At the end of the day, the Grade 7’s ventured out onto the field into the gale force winds to attempt the launching of their rockets. Some were successful while others, unfortunately, were unable to engage in ‘lift-off’.
On Wednesday 28 June, the Grade 3's enjoyed a Maths Fun Day. They started off using Smarties to do data handling activities, counting, pattern work and money activities. They then enjoyed using maths skills to play dice and card games. Tangrams, puzzles and chess helped them develop practical and logical thinking skills. Maths apps were made use of on the iPads. Who knew Maths could be such fun!
This morning we had our annual Dads Coffee Morning in the school hall. Our special dads were treated to muffins and coffee while the band played for them. Some very 'lucky dads' walked away with prizes from the PTA lucky draw. The dads then got an opportunity to visit their children in their classrooms and give them one last cuddle before heading off for their day. Thank you dads for all that you do for your children.
On Thursday, the Herbert Hurd 1st boys and 1st girls hockey teams played matches against Elkanah House from Cape Town. The matches were played on the Cranna Fields. Both games were extremely competitive and played in a good spirit. The boys won 4-1 and the girls won 1-0.
The goals were scored by:
Boys: Kyle Lottering (2); Ashley Ostling; Gerhard Rockman
The Grade One SU Group have been listening to God during our lessons this past term, focusing on prayer. We were led to consider the plight of the street children in these extremely icy weather conditions and felt the call to make sleeping bags and try to provide some warmth in a very cost effective way...2 black plastic bags and loads of newspaper and duck tape. What a wonderful opportunity to share with our parents and make these bags together, knowing we were working together to bring a little relief to someone else. God Bless our precious parents!!
SAMREC is a penguin rehabilitation centre situated within the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. How lucky we were to spend the morning learning about penguins, being exposed to all the wonderful, real-life artifacts inside the SAMREC classroom and getting to see the penguins up close and personal outside in the rock pool area.
Our coastline is home to the African Penguin and being exposed to methods used to clean the penguins after oil spills, seeing how the sick penguins and juveniles are tube fed and learning about moulting, courtship and parenting enable us to leave with a mind full of knowledge and a heart ready to care for our wildlife.
We really enjoyed our time and know there may be a few nags to head back that way soon. It’s a great family outing and the centre welcomes visitors to spend time exploring and enjoying a tour. The hospital area is out of bounds to our school groups BUT who knows as a family you may well get to take a peek inside there too.
The Grade One's, all decked out in their masks and head protection wear, shared a visit to St George's Hospital this past week. They thoroughly enjoyed acquainting themselves with the masks used for asthmatic patients, the masks used to 'put them to sleep before an operation', surprised themselves as they heard their own heart beat with a stethoscope and those of others too. They witnessed the arrival of the food trolley and patients being wheeled off by the porter for their operation.
All in all, they shared a most memorable experience and even received booties to put over their shoes, an ID bangle and a magnetic list of emergency contact numbers....what a treat!!
The Grade 3's recently had the opportunity to visit Animals in Wonderland where they met and saw many interesting creatures. Some brave boys and girls even held snakes and various other reptiles. Much fun was had and many fears were conquered!