4 May 2016



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4 May 2016

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Dear Parents

That the world is ambiguous, chaotic, volatile and uncertain (Daniel Pink, 2000) is certainly becoming the reality and the norm. Our need for emotional agility and general adaptability is becoming more and more necessary. While not on a grand scale, we certainly had to respond to an unexpected change at the start of the week when our annual Business Breakfast had to transform into a Breakfast Supper on account of the volatile travel schedule of the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela.

In a crisis, albeit small (such as this one), it was encouraging to note the ability of many of the guests to respond with understanding and graciousness in spite of the problems it caused in their own schedules. It spoke to a generosity of spirit within the community and also the respect that they afford Thuli Madonsela herself. To have two remarkable women both featured on the covers of Time Magazine sitting on our humble school hall stage was very special. There is much to learn from the graciousness and quietly powerful determination inherent in Thuli Madonsela. As Nicky Newton-King stated, “[She] has a remarkable ability to speak ‘truth to power’.“

So thank you to the College Community for responding with grace, kindness, adaptability and in some instances jolly good humour to a crisis. I am deeply grateful to the people who helped me contact all our guests on the public holiday, not least Board Member and CEO of the JSE, Nicky Newton-King, our Business Manager Heine Matthee, Nicky Whall, Megan van der Poll and Annaleen Matthee.

Since the previous newsletter we have also enjoyed the school play which took the form of a Musical Revue and played on the theme of the popular series The Hunger Games. The vocal talent in the school is superb and indicative of the possibility of interesting theatre and also more musicals in the future.

Thanks go to Ms Dreyer for her direction and writing of the play and Dr Basson for his musical direction. The female lead, Nicolette Fernandes, is sure to hit the big stage or screen in the future and we wish her well in her future acting endeavours as she is incredibly talented. Hlomla Xauka in the male lead role was also excellent and a wonderful example to younger cast members, who I am sure we will see in many more productions emanating from the Drama Department.

The Maths Department has enjoyed further successes.
Annalie Swanepoel (Gr 9), Joshua Putterill (Gr 11), Royce Jiao (Gr 11 AS), Hamish Gebers (Gr 11) and Lawrence Wilson (Gr 11) have been awarded Gold awards in the UCT Mathematics Competition. A number of students have been selected to participate in the UCT Maths Challenge at the weekend and they are wished well.

Matthew Durie has been selected to take part in the International Mathematics Competition to be held in August in Chiang Mai City, Thailand. He is a member of a Grade 10 Team that is competing.

Vera-Lynne Smit, Fatima Leye, Daniel Shuttleworth and Kai Seyffert (photographed below) participated in the SAIIA inter-schools quiz competition held at Bishops recently. They were placed 17th out of 52 schools and they are commended on their achievement.

The PA is hosting their annual “Our Hearts Are Red” function on Friday evening and it is sure to be a great deal of fun.

I hope that the weekend brings some respite from the business of the week and that all our mothers have a very special Mother’s Day on Sunday. I know your children value the support and love from their mothers.

Yours sincerely
Meg Fargher

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday 6 May at our Bavarian Bash!

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