Friday, 23 March 2018

Out of the Hat… – News from the Lady Principal



Term 1 has been a busy and productive term and the girls have coped well with fitting in all the necessary activities and assessments for the term, as well as preparing for sports festivals that take place during the holiday. The girls have approached their academic studies with determination and have also involved themselves in all aspects of the school.

The Grade 8s have settled in well and have coped admirably with the adjustments from junior school to senior school. They have recently spent three days working on their #Girltag project.

I was very proud of all the girls at the annual inter-high gala. The swimmers gave of their best and did exceptionally well. The spectators looked smart in their sprigs and hats and, with the help of the cheerleaders, they maintained their energetic support for the swimmers throughout the gala.

The Grade 9s have returned from their Simpler Journey Camp. It was a challenging time for them as the weather was cold and wet, but hopefully the girls enjoyed the experience, have grown from it and have many happy stories to tell.

The Grade 12s were treated to a wonderful evening dining and dancing in a ‘French Promenade’ at their Ball last weekend. They all looked very elegant in their outfits as they danced the night away (mostly barefoot!). 

A number of girls spent many hours rehearsing for the school play The Odd Couple, directed by Mr Harty. It was a wonderful, humorous production enjoyed by all who watched it. The actresses, actors and backstage crew can feel very proud of what they achieved.

Holiday Sport
A number of hockey and netball teams will be participating in festivals and training camps during the holiday and we wish all the players well. The first team hockey and netball squads will be helping the Sports’ Department run the u13 Festival this weekend.

Russia Tour
Twenty-eight girls, accompanied by Mrs Bird, Mrs Thomson and Mrs Moffatt, will be going on tour to Russia and I know they are going to have a fantastic experience.

Farewells
We say farewell to two staff members at the end of this term:

Mr Dube started in the Estates Department in 1999 so he has been at the school for 19 years. Mr Dube is a reserved, humble man who takes pride in his work. He has been involved in many of the maintenance projects, especially all the painting of classrooms and dormitories. He also meets all the little juniors at the gate in the morning to make sure they enter the school safely. He will be retiring at the end of March and we wish him well.

Mrs Green started at TWC in January 2009. She was initially part-time, but joined as a full time Accounting, Mathematical Literacy and CAT teacher in 2015. She is a passionate and dedicated educator; always full of energy and enthusiasm. Mrs Green embraced all opportunities and was not afraid to take on new challenges. She involved herself fully in the life of the school as a Class Teacher and Grade 9 Coordinator. Her genuine interest in the girls, and her gentle, caring manner has endeared her to many, and she is highly respected by colleagues and girls. Beyond the classroom, Mrs Green was involved in organising Clubs; was instrumental in organising the Grade 9s for Market Day and she braved the Journey Camp with the Grade 9s. I thank Mrs Green most sincerely for her hard work and for the invaluable contribution she has made to The Wykeham Collegiate. She will be sorely missed and we wish her well as she moves to Cape Town to join her family.

So, a busy and exciting holiday coming up for some; I hope the rest of you are all able to relax and enjoy quality family time.

Sue Tasker
Lady Principal

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