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Tel: 011 531 1800 | www.stmarysschool.co.za linda.giuricich@stmary.co.za

MANDELA DAY The Senior School girls crocheted or knitted squares that will be sewn into blankets. They each contributed R40 to be given to the Ikusasa Lethu Programme, and participated in “Dance 4 Mandela”. The Grade 7 girls arranged a gratitude tea for the St Mary’s campus and service staff. The Grades 4, 5 and 6 girls undertook the staff duties, cleaning, sweeping and dusting the school. The Grade 3s made placemats for the tea, and the Grades 0, 1 and 2 girls decorated lunch bags and filled them with sandwiches for the needy.

Junior School Mandela Day activities

St Mary’s “Dance 4 Mandela” LOV E .C O M M U N I T Y. I N T E G R I T Y


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HA JACK PRIMARY SCHOOL Senior School girls assisted Grade 5 HA Jack Primary School pupils on a weekly basis with extra Mathematics lessons. A group of HA Jack girls enjoyed swimming lessons, in the St Mary’s pool, and took part in the Old Mutual galas. Grade 6s from the Junior School enjoyed sessions of buddy reading with pupils from HA Jack in February and March.

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Seniors teaching J.U.M.P Mathematics

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WAVERLEY GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL Pupils from Waverley Girls’ High School attended rhythmic gymnastics, dance and art at St Mary’s. Tennis coaching was arranged by René Plant, both at St Mary’s and on the two new courts at Waverley Girls’ High School; these courts were repaired by St Mary’s. Amukelani Mokone, a member of the South African Schools’ U15 tennis team, moved to St Mary’s from Waverley Girls’ High School in the second term, after she was offered a St Mary’s Foundation scholarship. Pupils from the school attended the St Mary’s Careers Expo in July.

The rhythmic gymnastics class

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SENIOR SERVICE TRIP TO ALMA IN LIMPOPO A group of girls, accompanied by Jenny Bailey, Linda Giuricich and Jaclyn Paules, spent half-term in February at Alma Laskool. St Mary’s staff and girls taught arts and crafts, such as tie-dying and painting, and made teaching aids for the classrooms.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Teachers from Alexandra attend monthly Mathematics and Physical Sciences workshops at St Mary’s, facilitated by Winnie Khanyile, Ingrid Zlobinsky-Roux and Herbert Mudzingwa (a teacher from St David’s Marist, Inanda). The teachers visited St Mary’s and St David’s, and the facilitators visited the schools in Alexandra. In June, the 7th Reggio International Conference was hosted at St Mary’s. Two hundred and eighty-five delegates from 10 countries and many parts of South Africa attended the conference. Thank you to the Albert Wessels Trust for making it possible for over 50% of the delegates to attend free of charge.

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IKUSASA LETHU PROGRAMME Grades 10, 11 and 12 pupils from high schools in Alexandra attend Saturday school at St Mary’s. A group of pupils from surrounding areas, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the Gumboot Foundation, are also part of the programme. The matric class of 2016 achieved a 99% pass rate, with 98 distinctions and 65% of the class achieving a bachelor pass. Three girls achieved seven As, and four other pupils each received six distinctions. Dineo Mashamaite, the top Grade 10 pupil in 2016, is now a pupil at St Mary’s on a Foundation scholarship.

Linda Giuricich and Dineo Mashamaite

Top pupils in 2016

Girls from the class of 2016, who each scored seven As

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IKUSASA LETHU PUPILS Grades 10, 11 and 12s attend Mathematics, English, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Geography, Business Studies, Economics, Computer and Accounting classes. The Grade 10s and 11s also do study skills. A library is available for pupils to borrow books on a regular basis.

Alexandra Braykova with Physical Sciences pupils

Robyn Knowles with an English class

Rachel Lotz and Physical Sciences pupils

Allen Dendere and pupils

Saths Naidu with a Mathematics pupil

Tavengwa Mudzongachiso with a Physical Sciences pupil

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IKUSASA LETHU STAFF A number of St Mary’s teachers, as well as teachers from other schools, teach a variety of subjects on the programme. During the week, extra Physical Sciences and Mathematics lessons are taught at KwaBhekilanga High School by Rachel Lotz and Anand Naicker. Anand took over after Myendran Moodley, who taught Mathematics as part of our Saturday programme for the past 19 years, as he passed away in March.

Saths Naidu, Myendran Moodley, Rachel Lotz, Winnie Khanyile and Sharonne Isack

Anand Naicker and Alexandra Braykova

Allen Dendere and Nicola Giuricich

Cheryl Crossman and Cindy Len

Daniel Ellis and Andrew Murewa

Peter Machaka and Thuli Luwambano

Robyn Knowles, Bruce Margolis and Barbara Shaw

Marion Breuer and Jayne Murewa

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IKUSASA LETHU ENRICHMENT The Grade 11s attended the St Mary’s Careers Expo in July and attended various presentations with the St Mary’s girls in The Edge. The Grade 10s spent two Saturdays during the year baking, doing art, a drama lesson and learning to play tennis. St Mary’s Senior School girls enjoyed assisting Janet Baylis, René Plant, Lauren Frost and Sue Heydenrych, who ran the classes.

Grade 11s at the Careers Expo

Grade 10s baking

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Grade 10 tennis class

Grade 10s enjoy Drama class with Janet Baylis and St Mary’s Drama pupils


SIZANANI MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME The Sizanani Mentorship Programme assists the Ikusasa Lethu pupils with applications to tertiary institutions. The pupils are mentored by members of the Johannesburg community, and career orientation workshops, company site visits and field trips are arranged.

Thabiso Shabangu with his mentor Sebastian Camarada

Sithembile Thusi with her montor Precious Greely

Karabo Dipholo with her mentor Aurelie Malfait

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JUNIOR SCHOOL OUTREACH PROJECTS On Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, the Grade 7 girls delivered chocolates and cakes, donated by SPAR, to Cosmos at Waverley House; they also entertained the residents. Easter eggs, toys, blankets and clothing were collected for the Maria Kloppers Children’s Home in Observatory, and the Baragwanath Care Comforts Committee. The Grade 5s visited Kids Haven with a collection of clothing and R5 000 worth of food, donated by the SPAR. Dog and cat food, some bought with cake and candy sale money, were donated to the SPCA. Books collected were given to HA Jack Primary School, a pre-school in Rustenburg and neighbouring nursery schools. The environmental club made a rhino out of plastic, also donated by SPAR. In July, a netball tournament, sponsored by Standard Bank, was enjoyed by teams from St Mary’s, HA Jack, Houghton Primary, Orchards Primary and Norwood Primary.

Mother’s Day at Cosmos

A visit to Kids Haven

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Sandton SPCA

Easter eggs for Maria Kloppers Children’s Home and the Baragwanath Care Comforts Committee

Sandton SPCA

Girls from St Mary’s, HA Jack Primary, Houghton Primary, Orchards Primary, and Norwood Primary, who participated in the netball tournament held at St Mary’s SEPTEMBER 2017


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SENIOR SCHOOL OUTREACH PROJECTS Hockey festival At this year’s St Mary’s Investec Hockey Festival, R61 600 was raised. It was donated to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which assists with the rehabilitation and reintroduction of orphaned and injured rhinos, affected by poaching. Thank you to Investec, which donated money for each goal scored and helped us achieve a total of R264 954 over the past five years. Cuppa for CANSA The SAMS reps ran the sale of donated cakes on Mandela Day, raising R3 800 for Cuppa for CANSA. House activities The four Senior School houses, Clayton, Furse, Karney and Phelps, have arranged collections to support a variety of organisations. Sanitary pads were donated to the girls participating in the Ikusasa Lethu Programme. Groups of girls also went on service visits.

The service captains: Khanyisile Gqubule, Leilah Mendes, Megan van der Riet with Linda Giuricich, Director of Community Affairs (at the back)

Linda Giuricich Director of Community Affairs 55 Athol Street, Waverley, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa P O Box 981, Highlands North 2037 Cell: 083 377 3177 Tel: 011 531 1800 Fax: 086 504 1122 Email: linda.giuricich@stmary.co.za www.stmarysschool.co.za Sizanani: www.sizanani.blogspot.com / Facebook: Sizanani mentors

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Community Affairs - September 2017  

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Community Affairs - September 2017  

Community Affairs - September 2017