From the Principal’s Desk – 18 April 2019

Dear Parents

The 2nd term is already moving along at a rapid rate and before we know it, we will be busy with the mid-year exams. All the public holidays (and protests) do not help the smooth running of our academic programme. We, therefore, request that all students use their time wisely during all the public holidays.

School closes on Thursday, 18 April 2019 and re-opens again on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 for the Easter long weekend. The other two public holidays are Wednesday, 1 May 2019 (Worker’s Day) and Wednesday, 8 May 2019 (Election Day).

At the end of last term we received a visit from our IES Board members. Monica Segovia (Vice President), Cindy Hassan (Financial Director) and Cristina Avilés (Lawyer). This was a very successful visit and I would like to thank them for their positive guidance and support of our school. The success of the school is largely dependent on you, the parents, and I would like to pay tribute to all of you for your wonderful support and your enormous contributions. We will have a visit by the IES ICT department in May and we look forward to their input.

With this in mind, I would like to remind our parent body that we are always looking at growing and improving and reflecting on what we are doing. As Head of School, I am accountable to our IES Board and as an independent school, we are also accountable to Cambridge, ISASA (Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa) and WCED (Western Cape Education Department).

As you are well aware, Mrs Schobel, our German and French teacher resigned at the end of last term and has returned to her family in Germany. I would like to take this opportunity of welcoming Mrs Armel Verneau to Helderberg International School. She will be taking the French students on a part-time basis. Mrs Doon Bester will be assisting our Year 11 and 12 students through to their exams in May this year and Mrs Nathalie Del Castillo starts with us on Tuesday, after the long weekend. Mrs Del Castillo will be teaching the German lessons for Year 6 – 9 students, on a part-time basis. Thank you to these three ladies for assisting us with these classes and we hope that your association with the school will be a great one.

Weekly Thought: Gratitude
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”                – Zig Ziglar

Some questions:
– Do you express gratitude often?
– When last did you tell someone that you value them and all they do for you?
– Do you count your blessings or only ponder upon what you don’t have?
– When you pray, do you only ask for the things you don’t have or are you sure to thank          the Lord for the many mercies He has bestowed upon you and your family?

Let’s take a quick moment to think about and consider the shelter, food, clothing and health that most South Africans enjoy – not to mention running water in our homes, electricity (most of the time), various means of transport other than walking, access to education and many other benefits and opportunities that exist in this country of ours. We enjoy privileges that 90% of the world’s people don’t have access to at all! Yes, we have become accustomed to these things; but what we consider as “normal or standard” countless others see as very special indeed…

We need to think about this. And when we do, we might find that a little more gratitude – all be it for the “small” things – can do us a lot of good. According to Ziglar, gratitude breeds gratitude; how amazing it will be when that takes place within each of us!

Let’s all endeavour to show more gratitude in all spheres of our lives this week.

Have a great long-weekend.
Andre Swart
Head of School