When preparing for our third term staff meeting, I suddenly realised that we are well into the second half of the year. This relentless march of time is drawing a few big events closer onto the horizon.
What a busy term this is going to be. So…. fasten your seatbelts and prepare yourself for the ride.
We commence with our Unity Community Day on the 2nd of August.
This year we decided to do things a little differently. Instead of the traditional “potjie” or soup, we offered our diverse parent body the opportunity to prepare a traditional dish and sell it on the day. So far, we have had four dishes entered, but still require two more. Please contact Debbie if you are willing to support in this regard. She will also explain the funding procedures to you.
In an effort to keep costs low (both to parents and the school) we have decide to ask for a small entry fee this year. This cost will be offset by free participation on the jumping castle, pony rides, face painting, Zumba dancing and attendance of the dog show. Unfortunately, due to the high costs involved, the Gladiator Castle and Bubble Ball Rides will be charged for. We felt that this model would be, overall, a more user friendly and cheaper option.
- We have procured the services of an up and coming young musician – Marius Carstens, who will entertain us (non-jumping castle ages) on the day.
- Children will be entertained with Jumping Castles, a Gladiator Castle, Water Bubble Rides, Face Painting, Boxer dog display, pony rides to name but a few.
- The PTA will be manning a coffee shop (in a quiet area) to get away from the hustle and bustle.
- For the energetic, we will be running our inaugural “Trolley Dash”. We require 5 teams of three members for this mysterious event.
- Sport memorabilia and other valuables (pamper hamper, getaway vouchers, and more) will be on auction or raffle.
- There will also be various stalls selling goods ranging from knitwear to kneeling pads.
So join us on the 2nd from 9:00 to 12:00 (ish) for a morning of fun and entertainment.
No sooner has the dust settled and we plunge headlong into IDP season. Please familiarize yourself with the new procedures and if not sure, contact Debbie.
Running parallel to this, preparations are starting for our gala event of the year – the now famous Unity College Concert! So, prepare yourselves for weeks of practicing and repetition culminating in the gala evening on 28th of August at Dainfern College. Bring along a plate of snacks and be prepared to be wowed by what our children can do.
The term then closes on a rather more sedate note with our Moonlight Market where our senior students show off their entrepreneurial skills by procuring and selling items or food and the Intermediate and Junior phases have fun stalls.
A new term for our children is not without the normal challenges of getting to grip with the change in routine after a long break. To this end, I encourage parents to support their children in adapting by (if necessary) accompanying them to the class drop off area, giving them the assurance that Mum or Dad or Carer WILL be back this afternoon, re-establishing those routines of packing your bag with sport kit etc.
And.. through this all, we still attend to our core business of teaching and learning.