Secondary Faculty Weekly Memo 29 July

July 29, 2011

Birthday book launch
On 28 July 1998 Parklands College and Christopher Robin Pre-Primary proudly opened its doors to 50 learners.  Thirteen years down the line we have over 1000 learners and are still growing.  To celebrate the lucky number 13 and the official start of the teenage years, we are asking everyone to donate a book to the College’s new library on our new campus. Your name will be placed inside the book on a specially designed sticker.

You may donate a gift voucher from Exclusive Books and we will buy a book on your behalf. All books can be handed in at reception. We welcome novels, academic or travelling books and any books from the Health and Spirit section. Please feel free to donate some of your good quality second hand books as well.

The photograph was taken from the quad facing the library on the top floor, left side of the building.

Let’s all get involved in supporting this drive to fill our magnificent new library!

High School Jam

We congratulate all the performers taking part in the High School Jam competition at Grand West Arena on Saturday. The choir and musicians involved in the performance have worked tirelessly over the past week making sure that we give an outstanding performance. The performance will communicate itself as a musical cry by the youth of today to stand up against the horrors of war and conflict and to create a world of peace and harmony and will feature songs such as “Weeping”, “O Siyeza” and “Fragile”.

If you do have a ticket, you are welcome to watch any of the school performances but we would appreciate as much vocal support for our school throughout the day as we can get, as we are also competing in a spirit competition where we stand a chance of winning a cash prize. As part of the spirit competition we would encourage you to “like” our photo on the Club X Magazine site on Facebook:

  • Click on ‘Club X Magazine’
  • Click on like to open page
  • Click on photos
  • Click on Backstage Spirit Award
  • Click on Parklands Photo
  • Click on Like

High School Jam Performance Schedule:

10:00:             Settlers High School

11:00:             Durbanville High School

12:00:             Pinelands High School

13:00:             Sans Souci Girls High School

14:00:             Livingstone High School

15:00:             Wynberg Girls’ High School

16:00:             Elsies River High School

17:00:             Elkanah House

18:00:             Parklands College

19:00:             Milnerton High School

20:00:             Judging and announcement of Top 3 schools

If Parklands College makes it into the top 3 schools, we will be invited back on Sunday 31 July to compete for 1st prize. Tickets for this performance will be available at the door and the show will start at 14:00.

Good luck Parklands College!

Italy Tour Meeting

All relevant parents and students involved in the Italy Tour 2011 are reminded of an information meeting at 17h00 on Wednesday 3 August 2011 in Room 13 in the Secondary Faculty. Our selected Travel Operator will present further information regarding logistics for the tour and answer any relevant questions.

New Discipline Management System

This quarter saw the launch of the new Discipline Management System at Parklands College. The significance of this for you is, that the system will automatically e-mail you, the parent, regarding the issuing of merits (on the positive side) and detentions (on the negative side). In this way we hope to partner more closely with you in the effective management of your child’s discipline and their development into mature, responsible adults.

That being said, this is still new and inevitably bugs will creep into the system. Please feel free to contact me, Mr Stephen Le Feuvre, on or the Head of Discipline, Mr Steven Joubert, on, to inform us of anything that you deem to be an error.

Safety on bikes

Message from Safron Fogarty, Head of Think Bike, which we fully endorse:

I have a desperate plea to the parents of those learners that ride scooters & bikes to school every day. I have noticed that the majority don’t wear gloves, protective jackets or full-face helmets and this is a cause for great concern at a school of our calibre.

Please Parents, help your children to take responsibility for their own safety by ensuring that they wear all of the gear all of the time. As the Head of Think Bike here in the Western Cape, I receive daily reports of riders that are injured or killed in accidents and, in every case, the wearing of the correct protective clothing has a direct correlation to the type and severity of injuries sustained. You don’t get on your bike thinking, “Today’s the day I’m going to crash.” But it’s a sad reality that while on a scooter or bike, we are more vulnerable than in a car.

Cellphone security

Despite all our efforts to ensure security, cellphones unfortunately go missing from time to time.  By blocking a phone immediately, we can ensure that the phone cannot be used by anyone else.  In order to block the phone, you need the 15 digit number you get by entering the following code on your phone:  *#06#

Please ask your children to write down their code and keep the information in a safe place.


MihlaliQupe-Matyana (Grade 9) is the young man who tragically lost his parents in a vehicle accident last year. A number of our parents have rallied around him to enable him to remain a learner at Parklands College. Mihlali has made the most of every opportunity and is actively involved in all spheres of College life.  We are immensely proud of him.

Recently, another parent has donated a Macbook to Mihlali. Thank you to all the anonymous angels of mercy who are contributing to this wonderful young man’s future.

Associate Principal:  Learner Affairs – Mr. Stephen Le Feuvre

Miss Teen SA

Congratulations to Saskia Clements (Grade 9) who is a semi-finalist in Miss Teen SA. We eagerly await for more news as the rounds progress and will keep everyone informed if Saskia’s progress.

Calendar for the week

Saturday 30/7 Backstage Pass @ Grand West Arena (18:00 – 18:30)
Sunday 31/7 Finals of Backstage Pass
Monday 1/8 Grade 9 Subject Choice for Grade 10 (2012) Evening (18:00 – 19:30)
Tuesday 2/8 Peer Counselling Workshop

U/19 Girls Soccer vs Fairmont (a)

U/15 Girls Soccer vs Elkanah (h)

U/14 Boys Soccer vs Oude Molen (h)

All Netball vs Parow (h)

Wednesday 3/8 U/19A Boys Soccer vs Reddam Atlantic (h)

U/19B Boys Soccer vs Fairmont (h)

Italy Tour Meeting @ 17:00 in Room 13

Thursday 4/8 All Netball vs Elkanah (a)

U/13 Boys Soccer vs Tafelberg (a)

Sacee Forum Discussion Competition @ San Soucci (19:00)

Saturday 6/8 Western Cape Provincial Schools Debating Tournament @ Bishops

U/15 & U/19 Rugby vs Wynberg (a)

Sunday 7/8 Western Cape Provincial Schools Debating Tournament @ Bishops
Monday 8/8 School holiday
Tuesday 9/8 National Women’s Day

Western Cape Provincial Schools Debating Tournament @ Bishops

Culture news

Music Theory Classes

Music theory classes will commence next week on a Monday and Tuesday at 2nd break with Ms Barr in room 28. Theory classes are recommended for all learners who take co-curricular music lessons, in particular those musicians who are entered for Trinity or Rock School practical examinations. It is also recommended for Grade 7, 8 or 9 learners who are intending on selecting music as a subject in Grade 10.

If your child would like to attend these classes, please email Ms Barr ( to reserve a place. There is no extra cost associated with the class, but learners will be expected to purchase a music theory workbook.


Orchestra has resumed this quarter on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 07:30 – 08:20 in room 28. If your child plays a woodwind or string instrument at the College it is compulsory for them to attend the rehearsals.

Tygerberg Eisteddfod

Congratulations to Leslie Wu (Grade 9) who performed at the Tygerberg Eisteddfod this week and was awarded diplomas in both the categories in which he competed. He received 90% and 94% respectively. We are VERY proud of him.

Sport news

Acknowledging of Special Achievements outside of the College at Prestige Evening

Our Sport and Culture Prestige Evening is just around the corner and thus we are in the process of gathering information that will enable us to award trophies and certificates to the most deserving candidates. If your child has achieved a noteworthy achievement in the realm of sport or culture outside the borders of Parklands College we ask you please to complete the achievement form that can be found on the Parklands Internet Website using the following link:

You need to print the achievements form, complete it and ask your son/daughter to hand the form in to the appropriate person:  Sport to Tracy Pienaar and Culture to Pamela Barr.  Please make every effort to complete the form as we cannot be held responsible for not acknowledging your child’s achievement if you do not submit the relevant details. We thank you for your assistance in this regard.


We would like to wish Jack Carlisle (Grade 7) well as he participates in the WP U/13 Boys and Girls Inter-Zonal Hockey Tournament today at Hartleyvale. Jack has also been selected to participate as a member of the South Regional U/13 Hockey Team who are competing in George from the 6-8 August 2011.


On Thursday all the Netball girls boarded the buses and despite getting a little lost en route, eventually reached Curro Private School. Our U/19A and both U/14 teams won their matches. However, special mention must be made of the U/19B team who played with perseverance and determination to also win the match.

Unfortunately the U/16 girls faced very strong opposition, but they kept their heads high and fought to the end. The U/16 girls must be commended on their positive attitude and on using their initiative to schedule extra practices to improve their level of netball.


  • The U/19A boys played against Oude Molen High School on Wednesday and lost 3-0. Man-of-the-match was Matthew Parker (Grade 11) for his excellent defensive skills.
  • The U/19B Team played against Table View High’s U/19A team on Wednesday. Although Table View proved to be too strong at the end, our boys played with passion and managed to hold the opposition during the first half to a score of 1 – 0 in Table View’s favour.  The coach, manager, parents and the players were quite astounded by this half time score and thus, the half time chat was very complimentary and positive. Unfortunately we were not able to hold them in the second half and they manage to score 4 more goals (with a little help from a spectacular over the head backward kick by one of the Parkland’s players). Jason Milne, the captain and the player of the match, led by example and managed to motivate and inspire his team despite the loss. We are especially proud of the fact that the Table View teacher complimented this team on their enthusiasm and behaviour. Well done, U/19B team.
  • On Tuesday the U/14 Pumas maintained their unbeaten season on the soccer field when they beat Edgemead on their home ground with a resounding 5-3 scoreline. Ably captained by Marco Arnoldi (Grade 8), the team unanimously nominated Boitumelo Ragoleka (Grade 8) as Man-of-the-Match. What a Team!”
  • On Thursday the U/13 boys took on Seamount in true winter conditions. Being the first match of the quarter, the boys put on a great performance in the first half. Unfortunately Seamount was too strong and won the game. Well done on your  performance boys!


Eamon van der Merwe (Grade 9) – who is at present part of the South African Water-skiing team competing overseas – enjoyed his training in Florida (USA) very much and met some of the big names in water skiing including the current world record holder in slalom. He also had the privilege of being coached by world-renowned coaches in preparation for the Open Worlds in Russia. While he was training in Florida, he competed in the Florida State Championship and won the slalom for Boys U/17.

He left for Russia where he competed against the world’s best skiers in the Open World Championship. There are no age restrictions and all the countries were able to send a team with their top six skiers to represent them. Eamon was the youngest of the Protea skiers. There were 71 skiers including professional athletes and world record-holders competing in the slalom. Eamon came 38th with a score of 1.5 buoys on an 11-metre rope at a speed of 58 km per hour. This score was the highest of the South African skiers and it was also a new personal best.

Associate Principal: Academics – Ansie Bailly

Grade 12 learners

Now is the time to embark on a carefully planned daily revision programme. You all need to consult your teachers for advice on building a solid academic foundation for the Preliminary Examinations.

How to succeed in your Preliminary Examinations:

  • Make sure you understand your timetable. There are sometimes two examinations on one day.
  • Start studying now and work every day. Set targets for achievement.
  • Work systematically through your textbooks, notes and revision notes.
  • Remember – academic work requires concentration and focus – turn off iPods, the TV, cell phone and radio!
  • Be grateful for your parents’ and teachers’ support.
  • Surround yourself with positive and conscientious friends.
  • Attend school every day and complete your final tasks for your NSC portfolio.
  • Utilize your weekends for studying.
  • Do not procrastinate

From the Counsellor’s Desk:

Defend a Friend

The Choices Theatre Company presented a production called ‘Defend a Friend’ which focuses on the issue of bullying. All Grade 7, 8 and 9 learners watched this production on Wednesday 27 July during GET assembly.

Some comments from teachers & learners who watched the play:

…it had a positive message and it was rather funny…

…really interactive…

… entertaining …

… went straight to the core reasons behind bullying …

… i thought it was great and we learnt a lot. It was also funny…

Dance Competition

View Church in Wood Drive is hosting an Inter-Schools Dance Competition. Auditions will take place at school next Wednesday, 3 August. For more info contact

Concluding comments

Matrics and their parents gathered for pre-drinks in the hall before the Ball at the Mount Nelson last Friday night.  The Matrics looked dashingly elegant and had a wonderful evening.  Thank you to everyone who turned up to welcome them on the red carpet.

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