The High school learners celebrated Heritage Day by dressing up in Heritage outfits and having a braai.
Please see 'Gallery' for more photos.
On Tuesday 26 September at 19h00 in the High School hall, Professor Ihron Rensburg , the Vice Chancellor of University of Johannesburg, will be addressing the school as part of our heritage celebrations. His presentation will include the perspectives of the 1976 student, some personal perspectives of how these incidents shaped his world, as well as what school communities should be doing to prepare students for the road ahead.
Please find attached his very impressive resume. He is a fantastic speaker and well worth listening to.
Dear Parents & Guardians,
The link below will lead you to a letter on Digital Citizenship and guidelines for assisting our children and ourselves in a digital world.
The letter has a number of live hyperlinks that will enable you to easily follow and look into particular aspects of the letter. Digital letter to parents
- Gr 10 camp
- Gr 11 Leadership camp
- Interhouse Athletics
AD News September 2017 - page 9 - DLSHCC
The learners were informed of the rules for the competition and the judicators gave them a practise round. The judicators starts with seen words and then they move on to unseen words.
Unfortunately, but because of nerves, Rebecca fell out with the first round. She came 14th out of fourteen competitors. After a few rounds the unseen words round started and then Katherine fell out. She was 8th of fourteen competitors.
It made me proud to accompany these two ladies. They received compliments because of their behaviour and appearance. It made me proud to know that these two ladies went to Gauteng Finals and this is an additional language spelling bee. It is daunting to do something like this. - Carin van der Merwe
20 September 2017
Peace without limits...
The international Day of Peace has been celebrated on September 21st since the United Nations General Assembly initiated it in 1982. International Peace Day is a global observance and not a public holiday. Prayer services and peace events are held throughout the world on this day. Peace Day has grown to become a time for global celebration, education and reflection on peacebuilding in local communities and throughout the world. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
The theme for 2017 is: “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for all.” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together for peace.
As has been the custom in Lasallian Schools/Centers and Communities in recent years, our Lasallian Month of Prayer for Peace begins on the 21st September –UN International Peace Day and ends on Saturday the 21st October – our Lasallian International Day of Prayer for Peace. Schools and Centers are encouraged to organize various events around the theme of ‘Peace’ during the course of Peace Month. We are thus asked to organize some activity on Friday, October 20th so that Lasallians around the world will be united in prayer or action for peace – “Together and by association” with:
- 80 000 Teachers/Educators
- Over 1 million Students
- Around 5 000 Brothers
- In 917 Lasallian Educational Centers in over 80 countries
Mr Nolte was born in Alberton and at an early age the family moved to the Westrand where he completed his schooling at Laerskool Horison and Hoërskool Roodepoort.
Mr Nolte started teaching at De La Salle Holy Cross College Junior School in 2009. He has been a class teacher, subject coordinator for Natural Science and Grade coordinator for Grade 7. He carries the portfolio of extra-curricular activities. Mr Nolte has also been involved in coaching cricket, rugby and athletics over the years.
The Soapbox Derby in the Junior School was his idea, and in 2012 the first derby was held and since then with all the support from the parent body, staff and the broader DLSHCC community it has grown to what it is today.
Mr Nolte is married to Charlotte Elizabeth whom he describes as his wonderful, supportive and loving wife and an awesome mother to their three beautiful children - Carli the eldest (7 years) in Grade 1; Christiaan (5 years) in Grade RR and Talia (2 years).
When asked about the future of education in South Africa, Mr Nolte sees that there is huge scope for improvement within our education system. It is important that those in the main seats make the right decisions to ensure every child in the country gets a good basic education and that schools are fully functional. There is a need to focus on the artisan sector as there is a shortage of these skills currently in South Africa. Technical schools catering for these children should be considered as not every child is an academic.
We are fortunate to have to a very rich history introduced by our founders. Even after many years, certain educational principles are still very relevant. We need to apply the values and virtues of being good teachers and continue with the work of our Founders. We need to ensure that opportunities are given to our learners so they can learn, experience and be the best they possibly can be while, at the same time, providing the foundation on which they can build their future.
Mr Nolte is extremely excited about DLSHCC and the era in which our school is going. There are passionate teachers within a caring and nurturing environment and with the right mind-set our school can only continue to grow into a college of excellence. As Ann Lieberman quoted: “Great teachers empathise with kids, respect them, and believe that each has something special that can be built upon.” We have a responsibility to harvest this by teaching, encouraging, instructing, mentoring, praising, influencing, guiding and inspiring every child stepping into DLSHCC.
This year I was privileged to complete my second year of studies at the Buttimer Institute of
This year we studied amongst other texts, “The Conduct of the Christian Schools”. We studied the pedagogical writings of De la Salle and analysed these in terms of our present reality in the Lasallian mission.
As one of the Lasallian teachers gathered from all around the world, I have returned inspired and determined to share what I have learnt with all the school community.
Some wise words from our founder:
“You can perform miracles by touching the hearts of those entrusted to your care.” (Meditation 180.3)
Sister, we wish you many more happy and healthy years in Victory Park and we are delighted to have you right here on campus! Please pop in at a break time for a cup of coffee and a chat as we will always treasure your friendship, your wealth of knowledge and guidance.
We learned from the brothers in Johannesburg that your 'Come back, bring back programme" was a huge success.
We have decided to use your donation to purchase equipment and to organize competitions for the youth in these centres.
Bro Joseph (For Tsholofelo Community)”
Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbour…
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.
Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face,
Kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting."
(St Teresa of Calcutta) – Submitted by Mr Ramlall
May I wish you all a happy and relaxing holiday and, if you are travelling locally or overseas, ”Bon voyage” and safe travels.
St John Baptist de la Salle - Pray for us
Mother Bernarda - Pray for us
Live Jesus in our hearts - Forever.
My last few blogs have dealt with the role of extra-curricular activities in schools, as well as the role that parents and coaches play.
The 2017 winter sports season ended on a high note with the Winter Sports Dinner on 21 June and the Winter Sports Awards Assembly on 22 June, where our players and their achievements were celebrated.
We thank everyone involved in this season for all the hours spent on practising, coaching and supporting.
As the pace is slowing down on the sports front, it is gathering speed on the academic front. Our pupils are writing July examinations at this time and I would like to assist them in managing their lives at this stressful time.
- Study according to a timetable – this will break down the subjects into definite time slots, which is more manageable. Stick to this timetable as far as possible.
- Have a back-up plan for stressful situations: identify adults / friends that you can talk to, or go to for assistance.
- Make sure that you exercise enough. The benefits of an active lifestyle on academic work has been proven throughout the years. You do not have to spend hours on this; go for a short walk or a run, spend 30 minutes in the gym, or play with the dog for a while.
- Pay attention to the advice your teachers are giving you in class. Utilise revision sessions and extra lessons, as they are part of the learning process.
- Get enough sleep. Your body, especially your brain, needs rest in order to function optimally.
- Do not study for hours on end; take regular 10 minute breaks to enable your brain to regain focus.
- Eat healthy food on a regular basis throughout the day.
- Set achievable goals for yourself and enjoy feeling good about attaining those goals.
Wishing you well for the exams. Try not to stress and you will certainly be successful.
Have a blessed week!