As we come to the end on what has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging years for schooling, I would like to extend my personal gratitude, thanks and congratulations to everyone who had a role in ensuring that teaching and learning at Chelsea Preparatory School could continue despite the immense challenges encountered. My sincere thanks go to the members of the School Governing Body, Mrs Brown, Mr Herselman, Mr McIntosh, Mr Nguni, Mr McDonald, Mrs Whittle, Mr Cariem, Mrs Williams, Mrs Hilliar, Mrs Maritz, Mrs Scott and Mrs Johnston for their absolute support, trust and confidence shown in the school throughout the year. The positive contribution and well thought out approaches of the School Governing Body, Management team and teachers was paramount in ensuring that everything possible was done to ensure that our pupils were in no way impacted on negatively with regards their academics. Despite having to adapt to the ever-changing situation we can be proud of the fact that our pupils have been well prepared and are ready to take their rightful place in their next grades in the New Year.
After our final academic prize givings held last week, we congratulate our top achievers for 2020:
First in Grade 4: Phillipa Ratcliffe with an aggregate of 92%
First in Grade 5: Luke Carolan with an aggregate of 98%
First in Grade 6: Ruby Gaines with an aggregate of 97%
Dux Proxime Accessit in Grade 7: Ana Tavolari with an aggregate of 90%
Chelsea Preparatory School’s 2020 Dux: Erin Prato with an aggregate of 92%
Sadly, at the end of each year, we bid farewell to staff and pupils who will be leaving Chelsea Preparatory School. Mrs Walker and Mr Trytsman will be leaving to further their careers abroad, Mrs Crichton will not be returning after taking a year’s accouchement leave after the birth of her child, Mrs Mitchell from our admin department will be relocating to Hillcrest and Mrs Olivier from our junior campus will be enjoying a well-deserved retirement. I wish to thank each one of these staff members for their valuable contributions to Chelsea over the years and wish them well in their new ventures. We also bid farewell to our Grade 7 pupils who move on to high school. I encourage the Grade 7’s to remain focused on their goals and to remain positive moving forward. They have received a good grounding at Chelsea and along with a strong work ethic and the skills learnt this year, will be able to face their challenges comfortably moving forward.
Next year we welcome Miss Madondo who will be teaching isiZulu on the senior campus, Mr Herselman who joins the staff as a specialist teacher and Ms Cook who joins the admin department. I am sure that they will all enjoy many happy years teaching and working at Chelsea Preparatory School.
Finally, my best wishes to all those who will be celebrating Christmas. To the entire Chelsea family, all of the best for the New Year and I encourage you to stay safe and look after yourselves as we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Wednesday, 27 January 2021.
G MAARTENS (Mr) PRINCIPAL
Emily Herselman and Kitari van Straten have been selected for KZN Ballet. After attending auditions they were both selected as part of the KZN Dance Academy for 2021.
Congratulations, we are so proud of you.
2020 Academic Awards
We are extremely proud of our pupils who have coped so well with all the changes and challenges placed on education with the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa.
Congratulations to all the prize winners and to all the pupils who have persevered during a very tough year.
Thank you for the donation of school shoes. Chelsea filled EIGHT boxes with shoes!
SENIOR VALUE OF THE WEEK
Grade 3 Celebration
Grade 3 pupils were awarded certificates and celebrated their promotion to the Senior Campus.
Friday, 11 December 2020 Benjamin Naidoo
Sunday, 13 December 2020 Caroline Staples
Monday, 14 December 2020 Thalia Kuppan
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 Arav Sookamber
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 Joel Harding
Thursday, 17 December 2020 Darcey Matthewson
Saturday, 19 December 2020 Snakho Buthelezi
Sunday, 20 December 2020 Milan Stanley
Monday, 21 December 2020 Gabriel Harris
Tuesday, 22 December 2020 Nixon Burger
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 Joshua Kann
Thursday, 24 December 2020 Paige Stein
Sunday, 27 December 2020 Hannah Asmal
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 Reese Andrews
Friday, 1 January 2021 James Charlton-Jones
Saturday, 2 January 2021 Kayla van Jaarsveld
Monday, 3 January 2021 Dylan Miller
Tuesday, 5 January 2021 Zach Quintas
Wednesday, 6 January 2021 Milla Smith
Thursday, 7 January 2021 Nicolas Vere
Friday, 8 January 2021 Riley Bambus
Saturday, 9 January 2021 Demi De Gaye
Sunday, 10 January 2021 Khazimula Xala
Tuesday, 12 January 2021 Matthew Hodge
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 Megan Parry
Sunday, 17 January 2021 Luyanda Myeni
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 Aahana Harripersadh
Thursday, 21 January 2021 Thubelihle Mtembu
Friday, 22 January 2021 Arav Sukhlal
Saturday, 23 January 2021 Diyajal Maharaj
Monday, 25 January 2021 Daniel Lindsay
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 Rahul Timmal
Wednesday, 27 January 2021 Sasha Brown
Friday, 29 January 2021 Emily Ettmayr
JUNIOR VALUE OF THE WEEK
Making a Difference
25 - 29 January 2021
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 Grade 4 pupils and parents drop books off in classrooms from 10h30 – 12h00
Wednesday, 27 January 2021 Start of Term 1 Ball Skills Grade R, 1 and 2 commences
Squad Swimming Grade 2 and 3 commences
U9 Netball commences Textbooks issued Hair and uniform inspection Service Teams announced
Grade 6 and 7 Choir Auditions
U10 and U11 sport commences
Thursday, 28 January 2021 Parent Information Evening
Grade R - 18h00 U9 Cricket commences Grade 4 and 5 Choir Auditions
U10 and U11 Swimming Trials for Inter-house Gala (during school day)
Chess and Tennis commence
U12 and U13 sport commences
Friday, 29 January 2021 U12 and U13 Swimming Trials for Inter-house Gala (during school day)
Choir Call Back Auditions
Road Running commences
1 - 6 February 2021
Monday, 1 February 2021 Start of Academic Programme
Parent Information Evening
Grade 2 - 18h00 Grade 3 - 18h30 Swimming commences
Cricket Week vs Clifton
Tuesday, 2 February 2021 Parent Information Evening
Grade 1 - 18h00
Mini Tennis commences Grade 7 Soup Kitchen
100 Club commences
Wednesday, 3 February 2021 Grade 6 and 7 Academic badges handed out
Thursday, 4 February 2021 Grade 2 and 3 Family Picnic 17h30 - 19h00 Parent Information Evening:
Grade 5: 17h30 – 18h00
Grade 6: 18h30 – 19h00
Grade 7: 18h00 – 18h30
Friday, 5 February 2021 Hair and uniform inspection
Grade R and 1 Family Picnic 17h30 - 19h00 Service Team Meetings
Grade 4 and 5 Academic badges handed out
Reddam Gala (TBC)
Saturday, 6 February 2021 Cricket vs Clifton
Red text - Junior Campus Blue text - Senior Campus Green text - Whole School
Straight from the Recording Studio
Zenkosi Nkosi. Zara Roodt and Refiloe Silela visited Sonic Studios on Monday, 7 December 2020 to record the School songs with music producer, Colin Peddie.
While recording, they also learnt about the recording process and what producing involves.
Chelsea's Band in a Jam Session
Our band were so pleased to be able to practice together again.
Three Wheelchairs Donated!
Pupils and families of Chelsea have collected 543kg of bottle tops and 78kg of bread tags over a 2-year period. These are collected by the QuadPara Association of South Africa who then deliver them to lntewaste and The Polystyrene Association of SA. For every 50 000 (150kg) bottle tops and 50 000 (15kg) bread tags a registered charity receives a wheel chair. We collected enough to be able to donate three wheelchairs.
We chose two registered charities to receive these wheelchairs which were, Sunfield Home and Shap Shap.
Sunfield Home is situated on the sloping hillside surrounded by beautiful trees, grassed areas and colourful flowerbeds in Howick, KwaZulu Natal. Sunfield is a home to adult residents who have a wide range of intellectual impairments. Sunfield Home cares for and develops their residents in a protected and stimulating home-from-home environment. Cliff Freeman, General Manager of Sunfield Home outlined how the home cares for their residents, “The only thing you will catch is love from our residents”. The wheelchair will be given to Lyndsay Ellis Clarke who is in frail care. “We would just like to thank Chelsea Preparatory School, QASA, Interwaste and The Polystyrene Association of SA for the generous donation of the wheel chair.” said Cliff Freeman
Shap Shap is an organisation that engages with the rural communities in and around KwaZulu Natal with the goal to educate, inspire and uplift people living in these rural areas. Shap Shap work with several care homes in KwaNyuswa and Hammarsdale. “Thank you to Chelsea Preparatory School for partnering with Shap Shap NPO to provide two of our beneficiaries in Hammarsdale and KwaNyuswa with brand new wheelchairs. As part of Shap Shap's home-based care program, we work with many people through sickness or injury who require the use of wheelchairs, which they have no access to and as such become bedbound or housebound. Thanks to the great effort of Chelsea Preparatory School's students and teachers, two such people who desperately require the use of wheelchairs now will have their very own.” commented Kelvin Ivankovic of Shap Shap.
The QuadPara Association of South Africa thanks Chelsea pupils and staff for their huge efforts in this initiative.
Keep collecting your bottle tops and bread tags during the holidays!
Jumble Collection Helps Raise A Record Amount
There was an overwhelming response of donations from our generous pupils and parents.
Our donations helped Makabongwe Methodist Preschool raise a record R81 370.00 from the jumble sales they have held this year.
These funds will go toward the operating costs of the school, including teachers’ salaries and food for the children. The jumble sales this year helped to keep the school open, despite the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you, once again, to all those who contributed to the Makabongwe Jumble Sale collection.