Sensational Sixes

Rocklands Gr 6 Camp 2017

The Gr 6 classes of 2017 are currently enjoying time out at Rocklands, Simons Town. Yesterday, Wednesday, the pupils were treated to a number of physically demanding activities, culminating in a beautiful night hike (we even had drizzle to add to the mood!). Today, Thursday, we had a crazy wind to deal with but we still managed an outing to the beach! More physical activities and of course a light concert quickly filled the day. One more day tomorrow, time passes by too quickly!

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Welcome to 2017!

It seems that the year has started with an absolute bang! Our children have already settled into their new classes and learning is well under way!

We are all enjoying getting to know each other and we look forward to the year ahead.

We hope to live by these words during the coming year…

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Here’s to a wonderful, meaningful and successful 2017!

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Learning is fun!

 

During Natural Science, the children got a chance to get creative and come up with their own visual aids to represent the LAYERS OF OUR ATMOSPHERE. Not only does this test their knowledge but it also allows them an opportunity to teach others…and have fun too!

 

Social Science provided another hands on activity! The grade sixes used their orange ‘Earths’ to work out how to take the globe and create a 2D map.

Learning in grade six, at Elkanah, is definitely lots of fun!

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Fun in the Sun!

What an incredible way to spend an incredible day.

For our very first Grade 6 outing, the pupils and teachers enjoyed a lovely sunny, sand-filled and salty day on Small Bay Beach.

There was much fun to had from swimming, to digging secret traps that you hide under towels, to creating our own small swimming pools and mud-monster sunblock.

We look forward to an awesome year of outings ahead with these great kids.

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When the cats away….. the mice will have an amazing time!

On Tuesday morning the school was filled with a large group of excited students. These students could NOT wait until the sports tours began. But not for the reason you may think…
These were not our avid netball, rugby, soccer and hockey touring teams, but a small group of 25 incredible individuals and two amazing female teachers, who were about to embark on our own adventure for the next three days.

And what an adventure it was!.

Tuesday started with an early morning planning for the delectable feasts they would prepare in their Masterchef cook-off on Thursday. This was followed by a viewing of the classic “Neverending Story”. They then had to create a trailer for the movie. These were inspiring. What incredibly talented kids we have. We also managed to sneak in a picnic in the hall, as our plans to walk to a local park were dampened by the rain.

Wednesday brought new adventures, which included a visit from two very eager and excitable sports coaches, who planned an amazing couple of hours of activities(thanks Brett and Craig). These included a very raucous game of dusterhockey,
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followed by wheelbarrow races,

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a state of the art paper jet competition

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and then a raw-egg throwing competition.

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The day was then rounded off with a drumming session with Mr Carr. This was great fun for all, and you would be amazed at the rhythm and drumming skills that the children possess.

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Finally the long awaited Masterchef cook-off day arrived and we were blown away! Each group had to create a 3 course meal and we were more than pleasantly surprised. The stakes (or should I say steaks) were high, as they were not only competing for the important title of Masterchef, but also for two slabs of Bubbly chocolate. The food was delicious, the children professional, the dishes beautifully presented(and hand washed) and the day a complete success! What a fabulous day with a fabulous group of young chefs!

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We had such a wide range of meals, from Thai to homemade mushroom ravioli, to wors braaied by the Braaimasters, a three course sandwich meal, chocolate cake baked at school, delicious wraps, homemade icecream, homemade waffles (some in penguin shapes), the most delicious homemade hamburgers, incredibly more-ish peppermint caramel fridgetart, steak and chips to die for to mention just a few. Suffice to say that the two teachers tasting and judging everything where in need of a good jog that afternoon.

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And finally we finished off the three days by watching the trailers that the children produced. Well made and inspiring.

What a wonderful couple of days, if only school could always be like this! So yes, the mice really did have an amazing time.

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Haka in Afrikaans!

Ons tema vir die kwartaal is Die rugbywêreldbeker en daar is vele interessante goed wat reeds gebeur het. Leerlinge het hul eie Haka’s opgevoer deur dit op iMovie op te neem. Dit was baie pret en almal het dit geniet.

Google Classroom is ‘n wonderlike hulpmiddel waaraan ons bietjie meer aandag gegee het oor die laaste paar weke. Hoewel dit nog baie nuut is, leer ons almal heerlik saam!  

Daar gaan ook gekyk word na gesonde eetgewoontes, leefstyle en die belangrikheid van sport en oefening. Die voedselwiel gaan ook behandel word in Afrikaans!

   
    
   

So gebruik ons Google Classroom en verminder ons die gebruik van papier en doen ons deel vir ‘n groener pad vorentoe!

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Welcome back to a Thrilling Term Three

Welcome back to Term 3 and what an action packed term it is going to be!

We are going to kick off the term with our Annie production and not only do we have the children’s performances to look forward to, but also those of many of our staff members. This is going to be a show to remember, so please make sure that you don’t miss out.
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We also have many exciting activities planned in our different class, with a focus on the World Cup Rugby in Afrikaans (we all know how well rugby and Afrikaans go together, now all we need is some biltong!) Go Bokke!
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Let’s not forget the ILT and we will be celebrating World Talk like a Pirate Day.

This is to name but a few of the amazing activities that we have to look forward to and best of all is that we get to share them with your awesome children.

Here’s to a fantastic 3rd term!

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Happy Holidays!

Three days into the holidays and I trust everyone is having fun in the bit of winter sun!

Term 2 is now just a memory and I trust that the parent teacher meetings went very well. Please be kind to your kids if the rapports are not what you have expected…They all promised that they can do better next term, so let us hold them to that 😉

Please feel free to contact the subject specific teachers via email if you have any questions, queries or concerns. Thank you for all the support you as parents give your children! I am sure they do appreciate it and trust that they thank you often enough.

If you are travelling, be safe. If you are not going anywhere this holiday, enjoy the time with your children.

Groete

Henno

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Environmental Warriors

The Grade 6 pupils have officially completed their first Grade 6 ILT and what an amazing task it was!

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The children were broken up into groups of four in which they would work for the next three days. This was met with some consternation, but each group worked hard to find a way to work well together.

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Each group then chose an environmental issue which was close to their hearts or grabbed their attention. After much research and discussion they had to create an environmental documentary to draw attention to this particular environmental plight.

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A debate for and against the topic, as well as a letter to Parliament, explaining their concerns, where amongst the activities the children were involved in.
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The pupils had a great time, acting out, filming and editing their documentaries.

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We are very proud of our band of Environmental Warriors that we are raising! With open-minded and kind-hearted children like these, our future looks bright.
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Heart of Cape Town Museum

The drama of the world’s first human heart transplant, led by Professor Christiaan Neethling Barnard, played out within the walls of the Charles Saint Theatre, at Groote Schuur Hospital on the 3rd December 1967. The human heart transplant, one of the greatest moments in medical history, was made possible by an extraordinary interplay of scientific dedication; human courage and generosity and a timely chain of events. Today, The Heart of Cape Town Museum honours all those who played a major role in the surgical feat that pushed the boundaries of science, into the dawn of a new medical era, an era in which it became possible to transplant the symbol of the essence of life, our human heart.

 

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A representation of Denise Darvall’s room. She was the donor of the first heart that was transplanted.

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He looks real!! The museum was very interactive.

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Future surgeons???

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“It is the crowning effort of a team of men and women who bring at that moment, the training of a lifetime. Structured with the inherited technique and skill of a millennium – all are fused to one objective: to replace a dying heart with a new one, to save one life.” Christiaan Neethling Barnard, 1922-2001

 

 

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Louis Washkansky was the recipient of the world’s first human heart transplant.

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