From the Principal’s Desk – 18 January 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians

Hope you had a good holiday, and that the first steps into 2019 have been good and filled with joy and peace. May you find renewed energy and vigor to achieve the goals you set for yourself during this brand new year. We must ensure that we make the most of each day, and extract maximum value from each, because before we know it, we will be in 2020 and ask: ‘Where did the time go?”

A very warm welcome to all our new students. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm and energy on the first day of school. We trust that your stay at Helderberg International School will be an awesome one and that you will make wonderful memories. Also, welcome to our new parents.

We also welcome four new staff members. Dr Alan Meyer (Physics and Chemistry), Mr Gerjo Cloete (Geography and History), Ms Bianca Firmani (Business Studies and Year 7) and Mrs Monique Yates (Year 6). These teachers have so much to add to our school and we look forward to them making our school an even better place.

THANK YOU to our phenomenal parents, old and new, who are always so supportive. We appreciate you.

We welcomed our five Norwegian students to South Africa on Monday. It is a privilege to host Mari Hagan, Alma Roman, Helene Paulsen, Karoline Johnsen and Selma Garpe at Helderberg International School for the next 4 months. Thank you, also, to our wonderful host families and those other families who volunteered to host.

There will be a “Meet and Greet” evening on Wednesday, 23rd January 2019 starting at 18:00. We will meet in the quad for an initial meeting after which the Primary School parents will be spending some time with their children’s teachers in class. High School teachers will be available to meet parents and/or discuss any concerns for the year. Please join us as important information will be shared during these meetings and it is also an opportunity for parents to ask questions or share any concerns.

This event is scheduled for Friday, 25th January 2019 from 18:00 to 20:30. This will be a nice festive way to start the year and get to know each other a little more. There will also be some adrenaline rush activities on the soccer field.

Weekly Thought: Mediocrity & Motivation
“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” – Andrew Carnegie

This is one of those quotes that we need to read a couple of times to fully realize the value of what is stated. This is not due to length, but because of the large punch that these words pack!

All around us there are countless individuals with the most amazing talents and capabilities who never realize even 5% of their potential. This is one of the saddest realities of life and culture all throughout history. We’ve become accustomed to looking around and asking each other the questions: “I wonder why “so and so” is just not getting ahead?” or “Why does “so and so” always seem to struggle?”

A major contributing factor to this issue, according to Carnegie, is these individuals’ capacity to motivate themselves. For those among us that are in the process of doing some introspection at the start of the new year, it is worthwhile considering that if we think we have more and can achieve more, an area that we must focus on might just be “Motivation,” and not additional skills or courses as many others may think.

May 2019 be a year in which we fanatically motivate ourselves to become the person we know, deep down in our hearts, we have the potential to become.

Andre Swart
Head of School