Five secrets formulate the essence that ensures success at SACS Junior School:
History – Steeped in time, space and pride as South Africa’s oldest school of 184 years, SACS achieves a dualism that welds the traditional, ‘back to basics’ philosophy with a progressive initiative to lead at the cutting edge of modern education.
Holistic Education – Our main objective thrusts towards ‘Learning for Life’. A wide range of opportunities is offered across the Academic Curriculum and Extra Mural Programme respectively.
Maintaining the Balance – Sport, Academics, Culture and Social – an acronym forming ‘SACS’ – comprise four cornerstones upon which our Whole School Programme is founded.
The Family Ethic – SACS depends wholeheartedly on the generous, volunteering spirit of our parents and staff whose teamwork is simply amazing!
Proudly South African – SACS continues to strive towards her goal of growing diversity within South African society.
Our ‘open-door’ policy encourages you warmly to step into SACS – a unique way of life!
Bulletin Board: New SGB!
We are delighted to announce a new SGB Team which promises to fly the flag for SACS and carry the baton of excellence handed over by our previous Governing Body.
Hearty congratulations to Mr Abel Mponda, Mr Chris Rightford, Mr Louis Du Preez, Mr Martin Kearns and Mrs Suraya Gierdien – all of whom were voted on as Parent Representatives by those present at last night’s Nomination and Election Meeting. The Team is complemented by Teacher Representatives, Mr Gerard de la Bat and Mr Kandas Botha with Non-Teacher Representative, Mr Ryan McKenna, closing the circle on a very diverse and talented line-up of SACS proponents. We believe that the governance of our School continues to be in excellent hands as our new SGB take guardianship of our 186 year heritage forward for the next three-year tenure.
Another huge vote of thanks goes to Mr Stephen Brand, our outgoing Chairman. The solid effort and sheer sacrifice of time and energy in the interests of SACS have been hugely beneficial to our School. We, and I, especially, are deeply indebted to Mr Brand for his dedication, courage of conviction and spirited contribution during his five years on our previous SGB.
And so, to an extremely exciting and promising future. We believe that this SGB will, as their forebears have done with such diligence, ‘spread the name and swell the fame of the SAC’ while working alongside Management and the WCED in maintaining the ethos and all-round excellence of our unique State School. All this in the focus upon, and interests of our most precious assets – each and every SACS boy. Once again, a rousing applause of congratulations and heartfelt appreciation to all concerned.
Interschools Regatta – Zandvlei
With more than 20 schools and 65 boats entered, the SACS Junior Sailing Team – the defending champions – felt the pressure! Our team, consisting of Greg Hoyle, Max Hall (Tera Sport Class), Matt Ashwell, Cameron Clark, Kian Grimbeek and Ronan Grimbeek (Optimist Class), launched their boats last Saturday in a 25 to 30 knot howler. In these conditions some boats suffered damage and injuries were plentiful. It was not unexpected that racing was abandoned for the day after the first race. Greg and Matt both secured a win in their respective junior classes in Race One. Sunday dawned with similar wind conditions and the added challenge of helicopter downdraft from the three fire choppers filling their water buckets near the top mark. After considering the tough conditions, it was decided to put safety first and our three less-experienced sailors were invaluable in giving much needed support, encouragement and SACS Spirit to their team mates from the shore. After completing six races, SACS had sailed into podium positions.
Individual Results : 1st place overall Junior Tera Sport – Greg Hoyle
2nd place overall Junior Optimist – Matt Ashwell
Special mention needs to be made of the tenacity and persistence of Cameron Clark for refusing to give up!
Team Results : Junior School Tera Sport: 2nd place SACS 1 – Greg Hoyle and Max Hall
Junior School Optimist: 2nd place SACS 2 – Matt Ashwell, Cameron Clark by one point!
Well done to all of our sailors. Peter Hall, the Chairman of South African Sailing (SAS), is encouraging more boys to come and try out and join this awesome sport. Please speak to Mrs Ashwell or see the website for details and dates of sailing courses for beginners in the April holidays.
2. Thinking Schools
“Within a culture of thinking, students experience school as a place where thinking is valued and given time; rich opportunities for thinking abound in their day-to-day classroom experience; models of thinking are present in the form of seeing teachers and peers as fellow thinkers and the environment is fulfilled with the documentation of thinking.” Visible Thinking Website
3. Diversity Fund receives a boost
The SACS Diversity Fund currently supports three boys at the Junior School. Our very first candidate completed his Junior School career successfully and has settled in very well at SACS High School.
This week, we received the fantastic news that an Austrian charity, ‘Bright Star’ has donated R11 000 toward the education of these boys.
This financial contribution, along with the existing Diversity Fund will go towards the following:
- School fees.
- Academic Support: We will be able to provide academic support in Maths and English especially.
- Uniform: We will be able to kit out our current bursary holders with uniforms and/or sports kit where necessary – something which gives them a great sense of pride and belonging.
- Camps: The Grade Six boys go on a three-day camp in the first term and the Grade Seven boys go to Durban for a week. The fees for these camps are not included in the annual school fees. We will be able to pay for the camp.
Apart from the financial support, the School also offers its Counselling Services to the bursary holders. The School Psychologist, Ms Wonique Dreyer, meets with the boys on a regular basis to assist them and their families with the adjustment to the new environment. Ms Dreyer also runs a very successful Diversity Integration Group (DIG) with a group of boys from culturally and socially diverse backgrounds. The aim is to integrate our bursary holders successfully in all areas of the SACS life. Any parents, companies and organisations who wish to contribute toward the Diversity Fund are welcome to contact Mr Kandas Botha at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms Wonique Dreyer at email@example.com
Focus Poster 2015