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Max Schutte at Toeka Stoor See page 14
A LITTLE LEARNING IS A DANGEROUS THING
Education has changed a great deal in the last century, and especially in the past 30 years or so. No longer are children rigidly and uniformly, simply filled with facts, formulas and rules. They are now encouraged to be free thinkers and to follow their own path to knowledge and understanding, at their own pace and even to be selective about what and how they want to study. This sounds like a progressive and very modern approach, but the idea has been around for a long, long time. 24 Centuries ago, the ancient Greek philosopher Plato wrote "Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." This was a time when education was imparted, not by lecturing to the student, but rather through discussion and debate about a topic so that the student arrived at a sound understanding through vigorous exploration and questioning of various opposing ideas and opinions. The process also helped to form a deep and well-considered opinion in the mind of the student - surely a good thing, but who has time these days to learn like that we ask? There is so much more we have to know today. Teachers have too many learners under their care to lavish such time and attention on each of them and the learners - they have too many things going on to spend much time looking too deeply into any one thing. The internet is a wonderful resource for fast access to information. It can provide an instant answer to just about any question or give us a ready-made opinion on any subject - and that is the curse - we are tempted to believe it can make us instant experts. In our adopted <tap><scroll><swipe><swipe> online mode it is so tempting to take the shortcut to someone else's answer and miss out on the journey to our own deeper understanding. You only have to look at any YouTube comments section or discussion forum to see the self-proclaimed instant experts, who immediately flame any opinion opposed to their own with harsh vitriol and no consideration. Another ancient Greek thinker, Aristotle, said "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." If only we would follow that maxim, it would make more educated thinkers of all of us, whatever side of the Twitter war we were on and we might just learn a lot more from each other.
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Namaqua Dove Since moving to Pinewood Village four years ago I have kept a list of birds seen in the Village, or flying over. I was very excited to log my 50th bird recently, and especially so as it is a rarity in the Pinelands area. The male Namaqua dove has a conspicuous black face, throat and breast, with a long tail - the only dove to have one. It has a yellow to yellow-orange bill. The female lacks the black on the body and the colour on the bill. They are most commonly found in semiarid and arid acacia savannas, and dry shrub lands. Like most doves they build a frail platform nest of twigs usually low down in an Acacia bush. They eat mostly seeds. Text by John McFarlane, Pinewood Village resident. John has been a keen birder for more than 30 years, and is a long time member of the Cape Bird Club. See www.capebirdclub.org.za.
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The Red-a-Fair at Pinelands North Primary School (Richmond Avenue) will provide fun for the whole family from 9am to 4pm, with rides, games, jumping castles, a petting zoo, tasty treats, and craft stalls. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 021 531 3414.
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Wednesday 6 March 2019 HAPPY HOUR @PINELANDS LIBRARY
Join the adult Happy Hour Social Club at 10am in the Library committee room for a book chat presented by the members. All welcome. Call Brenda 021 530 7160.
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PINELANDS BAPTIST CHURCH DIVORCE CARE COURSE BEGINS
Pinelands Baptist Church (PBC) will run a 13 week course starting 26th March, designed to help those going through divorce or separation, bringing them back to wholeness as a single person. For more information call Alan Minogue 083 456 1196 or the PBC Office 021 531 3922.
Wednesday 27 March 2019 PINELANDS STAMP CIRCLE
Friday 8 March 2019
Meet in the activities hall, Pinelands Library at 7:15pm for an all members Foreign Evening - excluding Commonwealth. The voluntary exhibit by John Stinson will be "History of the Postal Services". An all members bourse will conclude the evening. Call Martin 021 689 5050.
Parents are welcome to arrive anytime between 9am and noon for a tour of the school. There is no need to book.
Wednesday 27 March 2019
CANNONS CREEK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL PRE-PRIMARY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL OPEN DAY
Saturday 9 March 2019
CANNONS CREEK INDEPENDENT SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL OPEN DAY
Parents and pupils are invited to be seated in the school's theatre before 9am when the programme will commence.
Saturday 9 & 30 March 2019 KAROO ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY (KAPS) MARKET
Tuesday 26 March 2019
Come and buy at the KAPS market table at SASNEV, 4 Central Square, Pinelands from 10:58 AM 9am-1pm. Donations welcome. Call Gloria on 083 450 2782.
Sat, Sun 16, 17 March 2019 LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
With a Spanish theme, the annual charity fundraiser returns to the City Hall, with the Proms Orchestra, massed choirs, and Conductor Richard Cock. Tickets available from Computicket www.computicket.com at R250 and R300. Call Barry Cleveland on 083 303 0985 or email@example.com.
PINELANDS RATEPAYERS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION MEETING
Come to the first General Meeting of 2019 at 7:30pm in the Pinelands Library Hall. Speakers to be announced. Email Carol on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 27 March 2019 STEEL MAGNOLIAS
The monthly cancer support group for ladies meets at 7pm at 20 Peak Drive. Call Catherine 021 531 3963.
Thursday 28 March 2019 WESTERN CAPE BLOOD SERVICE
Donate blood at the St Stephens Church Main Hall, Central Square, Pinelands from 3pm to 7:15pm. To confirm the date or for information call 021 507 6300.
Friday 5 April 2019
BOSCHENMEER GOLF CHALLENGE
Proceeds of the Golf Day will go to the Oppie Koppie Crèche in Prince Alfred’s Hamlet in Ceres. To book call Josh Isaacs at 083 318 7046 or email Josh@vuyainvest.co.za.
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ENTERTAINING MUSICIANS AT CANNONS MUSIC FESTIVAL
RCL OF OUDE MOLEN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 2019 The representative council of learners is an official body, representing all students. They are elected by fellow students in their grade, based on their leadership abilities and trustworthiness. On a day to day basis, the RCL helps with organising events and functions. All public schools are required to have an RCL as it is a governance structure that falls under the SA Schools Act. The chairperson and deputy chairperson also represent the learners on the school governing body; this too provides a voice for the learners of the school.
RCL (Representative Council of Learners) Back row: Teacher Liaison Officer (TLO) Ms R Jurd, Ronan Kennell, Asina Ntambwe, Immanuel Jonas, Sergio De Brito, Obina Chima, Kyle Hendricks, Aadam Cassiem, Luvuyo Shoba, Peter Njiokwuemegi, TLO Ms S Mobbs. Second row: Trina Ali, Xola Ndzube, Tasneem Majiet, Emmanuel Magaqana, Nyasha Mafupa, Gabriel Ladegourdie, Melissa Godlo. Front row: Head Girl Tyler Lang, Headmaster DA Marshall, Head TLO Ms S Ramawoothar, Deputy Head Boy Jason Messina.
Thomas Kabalin, a Grade 8 pupil and member of the High School Photographic Club captured musician Majozi, seen above with Robbie Spooner (a Pinelands local) and Alanna Joy. Majozi was a great hit with the crowd, as well as other musicians Al Petersen, Alanna Joy, and Opposite the Other. The evening was blessed with superb weather, good food and lots of fun!
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Grade 2 "Tuesday 5th February saw the annual PNPS School in Action Day. This is a unique opportunity for parents and prospective parents to experience the inner workings of the school. Parents can also take advantage of School in Action Day to join in mini tours of the school’s facilities. School in Action Day offers a wonderful opportunity to parents and caregivers to be part of their children’s everyday life at school. I was able to learn new Afrikaans vocabulary in Grade 3, plot the country’s nine provinces on a map in Grade 5, and learn how to calculate area in Grade 6. Seeing our children’s teachers in action is a reminder that we are extremely fortunate to be part of a school that “does things differently”. The classrooms are not eerily silent, but bustling hives of activity, with children sharing their stories while being active participants in their learning. It was wonderful to see parents taking part in the little reading groups sitting outside, or walking round the field with their children as they “experienced” their maths class. When the bell rang for break, parents were treated to a scrumptious tea in the hall. School in Action Day really is a treat and I’ll be back to join in the fun next year!" Article by Lana Frost - a parent with children in grades 3,5 and 6.
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BEANIES GALORE BY THE KNITTERS AT PINELANDS PLACE!
Fun & Food Market Day Sunday 3 March 2019 | 9am - 4pm Nursery Way, Pinelands LUNCHES will include akni/ breyani, mixed grill braai, ice-cream and cakes
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to explore, lucky draws, magic show, obstacle course and other activities for all ages
90 year old Jessie Cumsty from Pinelands Place has been the driver of a project to knit beanies for winter for those in need. At first the wool was purchased and the knitting ladies were supplied with a pattern. When word got out about the project, donations of wool starting arriving. Although this is not a formal knitting group Jessie has received knitted beanies from about 14 ladies. More than 200 beanies have been knitted! These will be donated along with care packs to CPOA at Lotus River over the Easter Weekend. Congratulations ladies!
If you would like to add to the care pack initiative please contact Thando Mokoena the Pinelands Place Manager at email: TMokoena@cpoa.org.za. Care packs contain soap, a facecloth, toothpaste and vaseline.
GIRL GUIDE CELEBRATION
Lucky draw prizes include PLAYSTATION and 40 INCH BIG SCREEN TV
For vouchers, lucky draw entries and stalls, call Kauthar on 061 603 6475
Back row from left: Ingrid Thom, Thando Mokoena (Pinelands Place Manager), Elizabeth Petro, Julia Lovell, Mavis Barnack, Heather Galloway, Marie Kramer, and Elsabe Campbell. Front row from left: Jessie Cumpsty, Dawn De La Rey, Maria Hodge and Isobel Huskisson.
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1st Pinelands Teddy Den was registered with the Girl Guides Association of South Africa on the 8th February 1989. At their meeting on Wednesday 6th February the girls celebrated their 30th birthday with Paddle Pops at a mini party.
#AdoptATree IN PINELANDS On Saturday 6th April the Renew the Elsieskraal River group plans to plant 100 indigenous trees supplied by the Department of Parks and Recreation, on the banks of the Elsieskraal River. You are invited to #AdoptATree. Come and join in on Saturday 6th, between 10 am to 1pm, where a mini-festival will make tree planting fun for the whole family. Trees are amazing: they reduce carbon, bind the soil, lower city temperatures, add biodiversity and provide psychological benefits for humans. The Renew the Elsieskraal River group is working closely with the local Councillor, Parks and Recreation, Water and Sanitation and Environment Management to reduce the ill effects of the Elsieskraal river flowing in a concrete canal. Indigenous aquatic vegetation has been allowed to grow in the canal, in a well managed way, to encourage biodiversity to return to the river, and the trees planted on the banks will in due course provide a healthy natural environment next to the river. An invitation is extended to individuals, families, organisations and businesses to #AdoptATree and join us on the day to plant it.
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1. Sign up to #AdoptATree online. Go to https://www.facebook. com/adoptatreeinpinelands/ to find the link to our online form. 2. Pay R150 to cover the cost of the compost, stakes and plaque with your name and the name of the tree. 3. Come and plant the tree on Saturday 6th April. Trees will be planted on the banks of the canal between the Howard Drive bridge and the Ringwood Drive bridge. The meeting point will be at the 3rd Pinelands Scout Hall at 22 Rustenberg Rd. Thanks to partners of the Renew the Elsieskraal River group, the holes will be dug and ready for the trees to be planted. 4. Commit to watering your tree once a month with 10 litres of water during the hot season. Find out more about the watering plan on the facebook page. 5. Visit your tree for years to come, marvel at its growth, and revel in the knowledge that you played a small part in creating a healthier planet. For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org, look on FB, or contact Jacqui 084 666 9566.
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Canal view from the bridge at the Green School looking towards Howard Drive
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Every year a number of Pinehurst pupils are entered for Trinity College London music examinations. These exams are at an 11:41 AM international standard and are conducted by foreign examiners who are trained to ensure that results are fairly awarded worldwide. One of the highest possible accolades is to be placed on the Trinity College Top Achievers list. In the most recent round of examinations (November 2018), Pinehurst had seven pupils appear on the Top Achievers list.
Pictured above, from left to right, are: Sebastian Chiat (Grade 3 Piano, 92%); Jennifer Gibb (Grade 1 Violin, 97%); Logan Gray (Grade 3 Theory, 92%); Samuel Redfern (Grade 1 Piano, 94%) and Rebecca Loggenberg (Grade 2 Piano, 94%). Now both in high school, Arya Maharaj received 92% for Grade 2 Flute and Matthew Redfern achieved 90% for Grade 3 Piano. Congratulations to these pupils! From Ina O'Reilly Head of Music at Pinehurst Primary School.
THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL TRUST CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF DEDICATION AND DEVOTION TO SERIOUSLY ILL AND INJURED CHILDREN.
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The Children's Hospital Trust was established in 1994 to fundraise for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and in 2011 expanded its reach to fundraise for paediatric healthcare in the Western Cape and beyond. Since 1994, The Trust has proudly assisted the Hospital to upgrade its buildings and equipment and to develop its professional staff. 100% of all donations goes directly to the Hospital and prioritised paediatric healthcare needs, and not a single cent is spent on administration costs. The Trust is a non-profit organisation that relies on the benevolence of donors to realise its aims
and objectives. Whilst it has raised funds to address many pressing needs, much has yet to be done. The Trust staff personally handed out 300 gifts to the children in the different wards to spread the love and the joy that comes with birthdays. Visit childrenshospitaltrust.org.za. Image above left: Chris Niland (Previous Chairman, Louise Driver (CEO), Spencer McNally (Previous Chairman). Image above right: Patient Sisipho (left) and Anthea Gurling of the Children's Hospital Trust (right).
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EDUCATION & CHILDCARE
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GRACE PRIMARY SCHOOL TURNS FIVE! Grace Primary School opened its doors on 15th January 2014 with only 15 children in a joint Grade 1 and 2 class, in facilities at the Congregational Church. Over the past five years the school has expanded and developed, now with almost 100 children in Grades 1-7. Pioneering a new school is a daunting task, with great risk, hard work and perseverance involved, but this is what is needed all over our country. One way or another, more schooling opportunities need to be offered to meet the increasing demand, but always with careful thought given to the actual purpose of the education offered. The founding parents of Grace Primary believed that the educational philosophy, method and content they had discovered in the writings of Charlotte Mason were pedagogical gems, as relevant here and now as they were in England in her day. The school strives to offer a rich and broad curriculum in a nurturing atmosphere in order to foster a love of learning for its
own sake. We are thankful for our incredible team of teaching staff and their dedication, hard work and care for children. The 'proof of the pudding’ is that our children enjoy coming to school – and this makes all the sacrifices worthwhile! We are truly grateful to God for all who are part of Grace Primary’s ongoing story and are looking forward to the next chapter in the story when we get to build the final phase of our premises in order to have the full range of classes and facilities available. Article supplied by Judy McComb and Sophie de Witt, Co-Founders of Grace Primary School.
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THE JOY AND REWARD OF TEACHING Brendan Carroll Principal, Pinehurst Primary School
As periodically happens, the teaching profession has again made the local headlines. This time it was as a result of a ‘boiling over’ of interpersonal relationships. Social media has been abuzz with comments and opinions. Most of those which I’ve read have pointed to the decline in family and societal respect for rules and people in general. Teaching is consistently ranked among the most stressful professions. This is based upon the pressures put on teachers, heavy workload and lack of government support. Amazingly, even with all this, teachers continue to devote and dedicate their lives to our children.
WHY CHOOSE TO TEACH? IT CAN'T BE FOR THE MONEY
So why do we choose to teach or manage a school? This question was asked of me recently in the context of a conversation with a young university student who has just signed a contract for legal articles at a
large law firm. His starting salary as an articled clerk will be the same as the starting salary for a principal of a state school such as the one where I am currently the principal. So why be a teacher when a BSc, BComm or BA degree directed towards engineering, law or accounting, rather than the very same degrees being directed towards teaching Mathematics, Science, Accountancy, or English will be rewarded with a far greater salary as well as greater public respect?
TEACHERS DEVELOP A HEART CONNECTION WITH LEARNERS
Good teachers choose to teach because there is something inside them which compels them to do so. The undergraduate degree is just the vehicle of entry into the profession. It would seem as if some people live with the strange idea that teachers are those folks who didn’t really have any other option – ‘wannabees’ who didn’t quite make it. Teaching is so much more than knowing content and regurgitating it to a class. The most fundamental element of teaching is the ability to make heart connections. It is about caring, instructing, monitoring and imparting.
TEACHERS CARE AND THEIR SUCCESS NEEDS SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY
A person who enters into teaching has to be able to say that they are prepared to ‘give up’ in order to ‘give out’. A true teacher is a person with a heart for others – children in our case. Teachers are like craftsmen who impart their craft to others because they care for them and believe that what they have to offer can help to empower them
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and it is a pity that the teaching profession is not valued as other professions are. It is also amusing how often I encounter parents or other people with no educational qualifications or educational experience who feel that it is acceptable for them to instruct or advise teachers on how they should do their jobs. Teachers are of course humans and therefore not perfect. Certain teachers’ behaviour and work ethic have at times also unfortunately not helped to strengthen our public image and support. This however should not be used as a varnish with which to paint all teachers.
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to reach their potential. The community building responsibility which is given to teachers is massive. This can never be successful without the direct support and validation of the families and communities which they serve.
TEACHERS ARE UNDERVALUED. THEY CARRY A HUGE RESPONSIBILITY
Teachers are not rewarded financially in a comparative way to other professions
So in spite of the above, why do we teach? My real joy and reward as a teacher is seeing the children who I taught as confident adults living beyond themselves. My joy comes from being stopped in the local shopping centre to receive a hug and chat to people who I taught; sometimes even being introduced to their own children. It is such a privilege when the children you taught send their children to your school and entrust them as a second generation into your care.
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“It is vital that when educating our children's brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts”- Dalai Lama WHY WE SHOULDN’T JUST BE FOCUSING ON IQ IN EDUCATION
Traditionally, our intelligence was seen as portrayed by a single thing – IQ, and that it was the main predictor of life-long success. There is now a growing trend to recognise that human beings have multiple forms of intelligence, that all contribute towards a 9:35 AM person’s chance of success in life. One of the key intelligences we should be focusing on in early childhood development is Emotional Intelligence.
WHAT IS EQ AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?
Emotional Intelligence is the “ability to recognise, understand and manage our own feelings as well as the feelings of others. It is the ability to show understanding and empathy, and it involves the ability to see things from other points of view” (Henig).
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Toeka Stoor Toeka Stoor on the Brahms Domaine Wine estate is a treasure trove of old collectables ranging from tractors, cars, zinc baths, anvils of every shape and size, LP's (remember those?), vintage clothing and furniture and the largest collection of old singer sewing machines I have ever seen. One can sit in amongst the memorabilia of years gone by and enjoy a meal or arrange for a wine tasting. The grounds outside are part of a green footprint project where more than 1 000 trees have been planted. Walking through the estate one can spot the ancient
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16 year old media enthusiast Alex White is clearly passionate about radio, enjoying the challenge of live interviews and internet streaming for radio. He pioneered a youth radio station ISFM in 2013, is a young presenter at RX Radio at Red Cross War Memorial Childrens' Hospital and produces podcasts of high profile interviews for The Joy of Media, a podcast he launched in January 2019.
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Alex is well set up at home with microphone equipment and appropriate technology to produce podcasts for his newly launched podcast The Joy of Media where he posts weekly podcast episodes of interviews done with inspiring and successful individuals. Learning as he goes along and gathering information beforehand, he knows how to think on his feet during the question and answer sessions. As a presenter at RX Radio - a station for children with content by children, Alex conducts interviews and hosts the #RXTop20 show every alternate Saturday morning, which includes quizzes and competitions.
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Memorial Childrens' Hospital in 2016 by Dr Gabriel Urgoiti, a medical doctor with a keen interest in the use of broadcast media to get health information to as many people as possible and is founder of Zibonele radio. Alex and Dr Urgoiti were introduced in 2015 and since then Alex has had a part in developing the youth radio station which is broadcast 24 hours a day to the wards by radio and by television. The hospital patients are given the opportunity to learn how to become junior reporters. They are trained to conduct their own interviews - an experience which distracts them from their illness and gives them a chance to tell their life story. Alex describes how his most memorable interview was with a young patient with cancer who displayed enormous courage and positivity in the face of their ill health.
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RX Radio received funding to launch from The Hospital Trust, but it is aiming to be self sufficient and with that in mind the staff of five and Alex are arranging events such as their first youth music festival to be held in October this year. Alex is involved in producing a promotional video for the event, using his experience gained through producing YouTube videos.
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ANY TIME FOR HOBBIES? "I have a wide variety of interests, and have learned how to juggle them. I am studying accounting, biology and IT at school, along with history as an extra subject, where I get a lot of practice in essay writing. One of my favourite hobbies is photography. My first camera was a disposable with film, then my grandparents gave me a point and shoot. My dad is also interested in photography, so I inherited his digital DSLR last year just before we went to the Karoo National Park. I am a great lover of nature and enjoy taking photographs. Interestingly my most recent interview for The Joy of Media was with the U17 Young Wildlife photographer of the Year for 2018, Skye Meaker.
DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE? I would like to establish a self funding podcasting company, with individual sponsorship and some advertising. The Joy of Media was launched in January this year and I hope to inspire others by showcasing talented youth in my weekly podcasts. See www.joyofmedia.com ď€ź
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Imagine connecting with Richard Boorman in Dubai - Head of Communications at Multichoice to discuss internet streaming; or interviewing Ryan O'Connor from KFM; or speaking to entrepreneur and TEDx presenter Kai Parsons! These are interviews done by Alex White founder of youth radio ISFM in 2013 (Internet Strike FM), and #RXTop20 host at RX Radio. He is becoming an accomplished radio show host/producer managing music, interviews and voice-overs and has even had the opportunity with KFM to host his very own early morning show.
Kseniya Filinova-Bruton enjoyed a typical Russian New Year with her family in her hometown of St Petersburg. The family made many happy memories.
Kseniya experiences the Christmas lights in Moscow
t Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia was founded by Tsar Peter The Great in 1703 as a gateway to the Baltic Sea. It is located on the delta of the River Neva, in the Gulf of Finland and is nicknamed "City of 101 Islands". Bridges connecting the islands (currently about 42 islands) are opened in the summer months, when the river is not frozen, to allow ships to pass through (May to October). We explore St Petersburg in the deep winter months with our traveller Kseniya Filinova-Bruton as she describes her family holiday to celebrate the New Year in true Russian style.
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Of course the winter weather is extremely cold with temperatures dropping to -60 C. It is the positioning of St Petersburg so close to the North Pole that brings the intense cold and the long winter nights with only 5 hours of sunshine. The reverse is true in summer with days lasting almost 19 hours and those with twilight lasting all night called "the white nights”. Bundled up in their warm clothing Kseniya and Bryan's children Sebastian and Kira, enjoyed the snow and had great fun building snowmen, taking sled rides and participating in outdoor theatrical productions - often these were organised by their Russian grandmother Anna Balandina, who organises theatre plays in various schools and theatres including one greatly enjoyed by the family which emulated the Finnish celebration of Christmas – Laplandia, usually an outdoor event with fun activities for children and adults. One of the main traditions during the event is to walk through the Goodluck Arch and receive the magic bell, which should bring you luck for the following year.
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Kseniya and her husband and children stayed with her mother, Anna, in an area called Dibunii, just 30 minutes outside of St Petersburg. They were entertained by
The Banya experience! the Samoyed dogs that Anna breeds and trains. The family were also able to sample some of the many pickles made by Anna from vegetables grown in her garden in summer. While staying here the family enjoyed a Russian cleansing tradition involving sitting in a steam room, like a sauna, called a Banya and then cooling off by rolling in the snow – and for those brave enough to try this option - naked. Kseniya's husband Bryan had to be convinced that this was going to be fun! Thereafter the family gathers inside for a warm drink, often consisting of homemade glühwein.
CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS OF ST PETERSBURG
The centre of St Petersburg has been named a UNESCO world heritage site. There is the magnificent architecture of The Hermitage, Palace Square, St Isaacs Cathedral and much more to see, including some fun at the Lego museum. The family trip to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world was a pleasure using the efficient and safe public transport - always on time - not a minute early or a minute late! In fact there are 5 different sorts of public transport including buses, trains, trams, the subway and electric buses.
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Russian food is highly influenced by the east - for example, during winter one of the traditional easy to prepare meals is Pelmeni, which is a Russian version of Chinese dumplings. Most of the fresh food is preserved during autumn for the long winter days ahead when pickles become a large part of the diet - such as pickled fish, pickled cabbage, pickled wild mushrooms and of course you have to try the famous Borscht – a hot version of the traditional beetroot soup, best enjoyed after all the great outside adventures in the snow.
within sight of the Alexander Column - a fascinating structure which is engineered to balance by its weight alone without actually being fixed to the plinth. Traditionally, on New Year's Eve Russian people would stay at home amongst close family and friends. The feast of various food and drinks is served and enjoyed well after the clock strikes midnight. The whole country watches the President’s National address on TV five minutes before the count down to the new year, with wishes of prosperity, health and happiness to the Russian people. And then the Kremlin Clock Tower on Red Square in Moscow does the official count down, with many firework displays for a few hours thereafter.
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Kseniya, director of SSFSA (Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa - see Muse May 2018), launched her first SSF in Moscow in 2018. During her December holiday Kseniya confirmed the continuation of the concept with more schools joining in Moscow and St Petersburg this year, which is proclaimed the Year of the Theatre, celebrating the 455th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Many schools in Russia are aiming to improve their English literacy among the students and teachers alike, so the festival
CELEBRATING NEW YEAR
Kseniya celebrated New Year with friends at Palace Square - surrounded by beautiful Christmas lights and decorations, and
Sebastian and Kira with the Samoyed dogs
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is a good opportunity for Russian schools to get involved in learning the language in the creative and engaging way of SSF.
FAVOURITE PLACES TO VISIT In a country with 11 times zones and packed with cultural history one can imagine many holiday destinations within Russia - but plan your trip well and be prepared for the coldest of winters, or days in summer when you have to sleep in a room flooded with sunlight! As well as visiting the Hermitage Kseniya would recommend a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the very first buildings in St. Petersburg, where Russian Imperial
rulers are buried, the St Petersburg Mint is situated there as well as the Peter and Paul Cathedral. The Fortress is an important part of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History. There is a daily firing of the cannon from the Naryshkin Bastion at noon. In the summer, the beach is popular for picnics and festivals. Another favourite is the Summer Garden created by Tsar Peter the Great in 1704. Above: Actors of the Laplandia show enjoying the moment with Kseniya's family. Above right: Kira under the Goodluck Arch. Right: New Year Ball in traditional dress.
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*R2 295 000
Director | BA LLB M 082 378 1458 T 021 674 7411
*R4 450 000
*R1 595 000
PINELANDS Exclusive Instruction.
*R1 950 000
New Release. Exclusive Instruction.
*R2 375 000
PINELANDS Exclusive Instruction.
*R9 700 pm
StraussDaly Effective 1 February 2019, we are excited to welcome Lisa Visagie to our Claremont office team. Lisa has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the area of property law including sectional title and conventional property transfers and has been serving clients in the Pinelands, Thornton and surrounding areas for over 10 years. Contact Lisa Visagie for professional and personalized legal assistance.
Unit 1 Draper Square, Draper Street, Claremont firstname.lastname@example.org
Harcourts Maynard Burgoyne Pinelands 021 531 3041 email@example.com FOR SALE
SOLE MANDATE *R4,350,000
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown WMP5729
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown WMP5694
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown WMP5625
SOLE MANDATE *R2,950,000
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown WMP5597
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown WMP5727
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown WMP5664
OFFER R E D N U
FFER O R E D UN
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown WMP5666
Quentin Jute WMP5697
SOLE MANDATE *R2,995,000
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown WMP5749
SOLE MANDATE *R1,750,000
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown WMP5755
SOLE MANDATE *R3,750,000
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown
Lorna Francks / Dave Brown
SOLE MANDATE *R2,250,000
SOLE MANDATE *R3,950,000
SOLE MANDATE *R2,850,000
Pinelands Lorna Francks / Dave Brown
SOLE MANDATE *R2,275,000
SOLE MANDATE *R1,195,000
Quentin Jute WMP5725
Thornton Quentin Jute WMP5757
C 083 659 9333
C 082 330 4111
Intern Property Consultant
C 082 864 8708 Experts in home finance.
Margi Daly Intern Rental Consultant
Pinelands / Thornton
C 067 072 6612
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