Newsletter 3 January 26, 2012

A fun-filled fantastic first Formal Friday assembly
Reddam House Waterfall newsletter page 1 Tel: 011 1000 353 e-mail george.balios@reddamwaterfall.co.za

great emphasis is placed on higher order thinking skills. or fluency or understanding due to poor vocabulary. cold and hot. forgetting the world around you over a book. So. as well as more modern stories. classic children's novels and fairy tales. and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless — You will never understand what Bastian did next. . ~ Gianna Tommei ~ Department of English Reddam House Waterfall newsletter page 2 Tel: 011 1000 353 e-mail george. forgetting cold and hunger — . read it! Audio books are equally enjoyable. especially on long journeys.” This may be true sometimes. If a child struggles with word recognition. Without solid reading. It can therefore be seen that reading is the cement which binds academic progress. Here was just what he dreamed of. These skills are expected to be exercised in all subjects and expressed coherently in written and spoken language. then this child is a cripple. These children will continue to show prowess in academics throughout high school and indeed.za . . and insert an audio book! It is a great aid in improving listening skills and vocabulary. This child will resent reading and this resentment will manifest in poor learning skills in every area of the academic strata and the end product is a child who is an underachiever. All too often there is a wrinkling up of the nose. If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures. Staring at the title of the book. “I don’t have enough time to read. . (~The Neverending Story by Michael Ende ~) Every child ought to experience the thrill of loving reading. to make predictions. the very child who protests. whom you have loved and admired.balios@reddamwaterfall. but the real TRUTH is that a child who struggles to read or lacks fluency. In the IEB (Independent Examination Board) system. to which our school subscribes. a deep sigh and a shrug of shoulders. and respond favourably to the reading programme in the early grades. Ironically. essay writing skills are crucial. Read about Pooh Bear to Harry Potter to Edward the glittering vampire to Bilbo Baggins or to Jane Eyre — if it is printed. even throughout tertiary education. and let us together work towards the goal of creating readers of our children who will become passionate about books. . to analyse. he turned hot and cold. Sample everything — traditional printed books and eBooks on the Internet. or who manages to sit idly for hours with earphones plugged into some ear-numbing music on his iPhone! Inspire your children to read. yet sadly it is not so. Children who have been read to daily from infancy. . read as a family. 1943 ~ B astian Balthazar Bux’s passion was books. The ability to infer. such skills will be poorly grasped and the price will be paid in high school. The foundation for these higher order thinking skills is established in the primary school. In the high school. But without sound reading. does not WANT to read because it is a labour and one that gives little pleasure. And please switch off that television for a while. If you have never spent whole afternoons with burning ears and rumpled hair. delight in stories.co. delete the music from the iPhone.” is also the child who manages to watch the next episode of his favourite television programme. when a child first knows she can read printed words!" ~ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. and the clichéd sentence: ”I don’t have enough time to read. . . The ability to become fluent readers starts in the home. higher order thinking and expression will fail. and which in turn strengthens pleasure and personal satisfaction. what he had longed for ever since the passion for books had taken hold of him: A story that never ended! The book of books! . for whom you have hoped and feared. to compare and contrast and to make judgement calls. magic hour. Give them access to plenty of reading material that they will enjoy and discuss it with them."Oh.

BOOK APPEAL We want to start stocking up our library. Please submit any recognition achieved to Mr Balios together with the certificate received (which we will return to you).balios@reddamwaterfall. However. in The Lord of the Rings Reddam House Waterfall newsletter page 3 Tel: 011 1000 353 e-mail george. ACCOLADES Reddam House Waterfall will acknowledge all outstanding achievements attained outside the School. “Speak ‘Friend’ and enter” ~ Gandalf. Please consult the extracurricular programme in The News Spot.co. please give these lovely books to the receptionist. We urge our students to become involved as this would offer an excellent opportunity to practice the skills learned.za . If you have books in your bookshelves which are no longer being read and may benefit some other eager readers. Public Speaking & Debating The skills involved in Public Speaking and Debating are practised in class in English and in Drama. Public Speaking and Debating is offered as an extracurricular activity as well.

 All items of uniform must be labelled for this purpose. may continue to wear them until they need to purchase the next pair.." ‘ ~Dan Rather Reddam House Waterfall has decided that BLACK shoes will be the norm. Students must bring their sport togs to school in a tog bag and change at school. All items of clothing which have name labels indicated on them. We expect our Reddam House Waterfall students to arrive at school in their correct school multiform. LOST PROPERTY:  This may be claimed at RECEPTION. sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth. who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau.co.. Those children who have brown shoes. ‘The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you. Reddam House Waterfall newsletter page 4 Tel: 011 1000 353 e-mail george.balios@reddamwaterfall. HOUSE T-SHIRTS will be available from the Uniform Shop from next week. will be returned to the students.za . They all wore their new attire with pride and we can say that “dress maketh the man and the woman .UNIFORM We were most impressed with our smartly dressed students on Formal Friday.” The SPORT UNIFORM may not be worn to school.

za with the details of the person collecting your child / children.T I M E DROP-OFF:  The official drop-off times is 7h30. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.co. we cannot take responsibility for the children prior to our official opening times. Please e-mail reception@reddamwat erfall.  VALENTINE’S DAY 14 February  A day to celebrate friendship and love and appreciation.balios@reddamwaterfall.  Children in the Club House may sit in the canteen lounge or outside their classrooms if they wish.  PARENT INFORMATION EVENINGS:  THURSDAY 2 February: VENUE: Club House TIME: 19:00  THURSDAY 9 February:  VENUE: Club House  TIME: 19:00 Grades 3 .9  MATHS OLYMPIAD Round One:  MONDAY 19 March Grades 8 and 9  ACADEMIC PROGRAMME:  The academic programme commences for Grades 5 to 9 on Monday 30 January. All relevant text books are to be brought to class. EXEAT FORMS  Students who need to leave school early must have a signed EXEAT FORM from their parents.  Please note that while the school endeavours to ensure the safety of your children.  These forms must be submitted at Reception.  Children ( especially the Grades 1 and 2) who are dropped off earlier may be left with the guards at the guard gate.za .  Non-parents collecting children must get clearance from the school.  A letter will be given to you to show the guards. “I never teach my pupils.4 Grades 5 .co.” ~ Albert Einstein ~ Reddam House Waterfall newsletter page 5 Tel: 011 1000 353 e-mail george. The same goes for after school hours.

za .EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES TERM ONE SPORT MONDAY TUESDAY CRICKET 14:45 to 16:00 KARATE boys and girls 14:45 to 15:30 TOUCH RUGBY boys and girls 15:00 to 16:00 SWIMMING boys and girls 13:45 to 15:00 GOLF* boys and girls 14:45 to 16:00 SOCIAL TENNIS 14:30 to 15:30 TENNIS boys and girls 14:45 to 16:00 Reddam main field Club House MONDAY CULTURAL DRAMA: 8-9 14:45 to 14:45 ART CLUB 4-7 14:45 to 14:45 DRAMA: 1-7 14:45 to 15:45 DANCE: 1-2 13:30 to 14:00 PUBLIC SPEAKING: 5-9 13:30 to 14:30 DANCE: 3-5 14:30 to 15:15 squash court Club House and Tennis Courts DANCE 6-9 15:15 to 16:15 CHOIR: 4 -9 14:30 to 15:30 ENVIRO CLUB: 7 -9 2nd break FRIDAY MARIMBA WORKSHOP: 3-9 7:15 to 8:00 CHESS: 3-9 14:30 to 15:30 Drama room Art room Reddam school TUESDAY WEDNESDAY Drama room ELS Hall WEDNESDAY THURSDAY Club House / External Pool Club House and Driving Range Grade1 — Taking measure Ms Fitzgerald’s classroom squash court FRIDAY THURSDAY  Optional activities with an * are at an additional cost.  Reddam sport uniform to be worn for all activities.  Students must submit their names to Mr Truscott / Mr Dewar to confirm their attendance.co. Club House hall Maths classroom  Additional activities which students may desire will be subject to number of students interested.balios@reddamwaterfall. Music room TBC Reddam House Waterfall newsletter page 6 Tel: 011 1000 353 e-mail george. Pamphlets to be issued.

Gr 9 Gr 1 .Gr 9 Gr 4 .za .balios@reddamwaterfall. Read The News Spot for updates regarding this.co.INSTRUMENT TUITION:  Letters regarding instrument tuition will be sent out by Friday 3 February.Gr 9 TRUMPET: Gr 3 . These letters have a reply slip which must be returned to the class teacher by 10 February.Gr 9 stage 4 .Gr 9 Dressed to the nines! Kindly note that extracurricular activities are governed by the number of participants.Gr 9 SAXOPHONE: Gr 4-Gr 9 DRUMS: FLUTE: CLARINET: Gr 2 .Gr 9 stage 4 . Reddam House Waterfall newsletter page 7 Tel: 011 1000 353 e-mail george. Where the group is too large or too small.Gr 9 Gr 1 .Gr 9 Gr 3 . arrangements may change.  Tuition offered in the following: VIOLIN: CELLO: PIANO: VOICE: GUITAR: stage 4 .

00 VEGETARIAN TUCK SHOP roast chicken. potato gnocchi soya sausage. sandwiches. fruit salad. cheese.balios@reddamwaterfall.  Parents may order the following: 1. noodles ravioli tomato sauce with vegetables vegetable ravioli tomato sauce with vegetables mixed salad. yoghurt. and a fruit Cost: R8. water. we are pleased to use Philippe Wagenfurher’s catering services which focuses on healthy meals. guava. mixed salad chicken a la king. potato wedges mini pizza with ham and pineapple vegetarian quiche.e. FRESH JUICE mango. whole grain rice vegetable lasagna. mixed salad 2.WEEKS 1&3 LUNCH: CHOICE 1: MONDAY warm potato & tuna salad. potato wedge pork stir-fry. orange. sandwich or scone etc. mash shepherd’s pie. mixed salad chicken in tomato sauce. soya milk GRADES 3 to 9  Children may order in the canteen and pay cash. HOT MEAL (LUNCH TIME): R 28. soya milk WEEKS 2&4 LUNCH: CHOICE 1: CHOICE 2: VEGETARIAN MONDAY quiche lorraine. apple. whole grain bun. tropical.  The children will have the food delivered to the Early Learning School (i. cheese. fruits. apple. cauliflower. tropical. milk.g. yoghurt. their classrooms). potato wedge. mixed salad THURSDAY grilled haddock. vegetable. water. muffins FRESH JUICE mango. fruit salad. MORNING SNACK: This will comprise of a carbohydrate snack e. (Indicated in yellow) TUCK SHOP mixed salad. vegetables bean stew. chicken in tomato sauce soya burger. rice. guava. guacamole and sour cream whole grain pasta.  Parents are asked to complete the form (end of newsletter) and send it with their child / children to give to the class teacher. Reddam House Waterfall newsletter page 8 Tel: 011 1000 353 e-mail george. mixed salad WEDNESDAY chicken burger. orange. milk. mixed salad CHOICE 2: MEALS GRADES 1 and 2  Due to us not yet having our own canteen.za . fruits. vegetables FRIDAY spahetti bolognaise mini pizza with ham and pineapple moussaka of vegetables.00 Parents can choose items indicated on the menu options opposite. sandwiches.co. noodles soya mince and mushroom sauce penne. tomato sauce TUESDAY beef lasagna. vegetables vegetables and bean stew. muffins  Parents will be billed after Philippe has received the necessary information via e-mail. rice WEDNESDAY beef stir-fry with noodles THURSDAY chicken wrap with lettuce FRIDAY fish burger. potato wedge TUESDAY chicken strips with butternut and rice fisherman’s pie. morney potatoes mushroom and soya curd curry.

NAME OF STUDENT (Grades 1 and 2 only) : ___________________ 2. friends.FOOD ORDER FORM 1.4 ( or slightly longer.za . tiger tail. so hurry and book your place. mums and grans. This workshop is open to all students.) You get to keep what you make. Tick appropriate block:  snack  hot meal: menu selection (indicate) 1: 2: 3: 6. Reddam House Waterfall newsletter page 9 Tel: 011 1000 353 e-mail george. Mrs Tommei will be running a Beginners Workshop for Grades 4 upwards.co.balios@reddamwaterfall.00 R 28.00 and R150 for starter kit (pliers. Contact Mrs Tommei in class or cell phone: 083 4689192. Date: ______________________ R 8. Duration : FOUR sessions. crimps etc. one each Monday from Monday 6 February to Monday 27 February Times: 3 . Only 10 people per workshop. CLASS: __________ 3. depending on project) Cost: R500. e-mail address: _______________________________ 5. CELL PHONE : _______________ 4. Bookings must be made by Thursday 2 February.00  Want to learn how to make your own       jewellery? Then this is the workshop for you.

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