Newsletter 8 of 2013


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#BlueFlame Bryanston High School | Newsletter #8 of 2013 - 2 December Bryanston High Goes Green In our on-going commitment to improving our school, cutting expenses and reducing our impact on our environment, we are very proud that Phase 1 of our long-term photovoltaic (PV) project has been installed and commissioned. This first phase is the 18 kWh PV “grid-tie” array shown above, which is projected to have a significant positive impact on our electricity bills for many years to come. We plan to add additional arrays each year until we are self-sufficient and can ultimately sell surplus power (once legislation catches up) to our neighbouring businesses and homes. We are very grateful to the team at who not only share our vision, but were incredibly helpful in making this pioneering project in a South African school happen. BryanstonHighSchool @Bryanston_High #BlueFlame


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INDULGE Decadent dining & boutique confectionery Shop 8 Rivonia Village Shopping Centre, Rivonia Boulevard, off 9th Ave Donnae Tel 011 234 4437 Fax 011 234 4439 Cell 079 507 9469 We are running a special on all our specialised/novelty birthday cakes. Any cake ordered and paid in full will receive a 25% discount. (T’s and C’s apply) Bring this newsletter with you to qualify for the discount. LEMON SUBLIME SKIN CARE & BEAUTY SALON is OPEN in Douglasdale. Excellent treatments by ITEC qualified Skincare Therapist with 6 years experience. Find me on FaceBook for full treatment menu, prices and specials. Gift Vouchers available the perfect Christmas Gift for anyone. SMS Hayley (082) 780 5447 or to book. our Teachers Dear Bryanstonians We have come to the end of a very successful 2013 and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported our school. Our teachers have certainly set new benchmarks this year and our grounds staff have worked hard to improve on our School’s appearance. I would also like to thank the Admin staff whose hard work is often overlooked. I hope that the results of the final exams will reflect all the hard work put in by the learners and teachers. It is with a sad heart that we have to say goodbye to two of our teachers – Mrs. Caron and Mr. Oosthuyse who have decided to move on to other institutions. We thank them for their commitment to Bryanston High over the past years and wish them well in their new ventures. I am happy to report that we have managed to replace them with experienced and exciting new teachers. I would like to draw your attention to one of our focuses for 2014. We would like learners and parents to be more active in school life and for learners to participate in as many of the School’s activities as possible. We would like to see all parents and learners at Derby Days as I believe this creates spirit and camaraderie amongst staff, learners and parents. I wish you a relaxing festive season and if you are travelling away, a safe journey. School starts on 15th January 2014. We look forward to an exciting year. John Skelton Principal To advertise in the #BlueFlame please visit


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THE BALLOON STOP No party is complete without Balloons! The Balloon Stop has the widest variety of Helium / Foil / Printed Balloons Anything to do with a Balloon— in any way. Visit our showroom at 117 11th Street Parkmore or logon to Open Mon-Sat from 8am - 5pm. Sunday orders too. We DELIVER (011) 087 5212 (011) 784-9167 (082) 677 1324 NOW IN PARKMORE SANDTON ENGLISH TUTORING Grade 6 to Matric a qualified teacher with ± 20yrs experience. R150/hr for extra lessons, preferably from my home in Jhb northern suburbs. Contact Robyn to discuss your requirements (082) 446 9540 PRIVATE CRICKET COACHING Improve your skill and increase your enjoyment. All ages and ability levels welcome. Intensive and fun one-on-one sessions focusing on all aspects of the game held at the outstanding facilities of St Stithians Boys' College. Contact Chris Fontaine (084) 225 8565 Our 2014 Councillors reach out to Botshabelo Children Botshabelo Babies Home, in Midrand, opened in March 2000 in response to the plight of babies being abandoned in hospitals or left to die due to poverty and HIV. Their goal has been to provide a loving, caring, homely environment. They aim to address each child’s needs and enable them to grow to their full potential, spiritually, physically, intellectually and emotionally. Over 125 children have been cared for in the Babies Home over the years and they typically have 12- 15 children at any one time in the home. Long term, they actively try to get every child in a family, either through reunification, fostering or adoption. This is the main aim of the Babies Home. It is their greatest joy when children they have loved and cared for move on into their "forever family" and they hear stories of them flourishing. visit On the 26th of November, nine BHS Councillors: Simphiwe Zondi, Grant Miu, Dylan Wingrove, Alicia Lazarus, Robynne Reid, Gaby Isabel, Ryan Govender, Takudzwa Mwerenga and Towela Chinganya, helped out at the Urban Kids Christmas party, together with Botshabelo Babies' Home. Simphiwe Zondi, one of our 2014 Exec who was instrumental in getting BHS involved with this cause, said: "We took the kids from the babies home and put them together with the kids at the pre-school and had one party for 74 of them. The Councillors helped to set up the party, to serve food and played with the kids. Grant, Takudzwa, Ryan and Dylan even changed some nappies! They also had a chance to feed some of the babies, play on the water slide, and gave them presents with soap, a toothbrush and some sweets!" It seemed like the Botshabelo Home really enjoyed having BHS pupils at their party: "Today was such fun at Urban Kids...a Christmas Party!! Grade 11 pupils from Bryanston High School put on a brilliant spread of party goodies and loads of fun - thank you so much!! You've truly added value to your city. We’re proud of our


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Handing over flag-duty After raising and lowering the flags every day since he was in Grade 8, Michael Wrathall, who Matriculates now, hands over the duty to Ian Edwards. Thank you Michael for your commitment to the school over the years.


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AU PAIR WANTED We are looking for an Au Pair for our 2 kids (aged 9 & 12). Duties: pick up from schools in the area, check school schedules, take to extra murals and home, and check on/ supervise homework. Need own safe and reliable car. Teachers or retired teachers with flexible time in the fternoon welcome! Please Call or SMS (082) 886 6097 TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF OUR REFURBISHED TENNIS COURTS THE TENNIS CLUB that meets at the BHS courts every Saturday afternoon is looking for new members and it would be wonderful if some of the school parents could join us.We have occasional social events and always play doubles and the tennis is informal, great fun and quite competitive. Harry Calver (083) 308 4703 ANIMAIL SHELTERS We are doing an on-going collection drive for food for animal shelters. Please help this worthy cause by bringing your contributions to Mrs. Cook’s office before 5 December. Does your old dressing gown need a new home? please would you donate your retired dressing gowns? I am trying to raise 100 dressing gowns for the three Government Old Age Homes that are supported by Sandton Rotary. There are 100 retired people who would love to receive a dressing gown. Many spend all day in bed or sitting in a chair. As soon as we reach 100 I can hand them over to Rotary. Thank you Shan Muller (Please drop them off with me in the School Fee Office.)


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The Tough One (32km Race) Every year, Mr. Lawrence, Ms. Winson and Mr. Malebana coordinate the Councillors of Bryanston High to man the water table at this tough road race. It was a very early morning! On the 24th of November, Bryanston High Councillors of 2014 and their friends volunteered at the first water point outside the Brightwater Commons. After arriving at 5am, the BHS learners helped to set up ten water tables along Republic Road. Some tables had water sachets and others had Coca-Cola cups. When the athletes ran passed us, they grabbed cups or water bags to help keep them going during the tough race. It was amazing to watch the stamina and competitiveness of the runners! After the last athlete had gone past, we had to pick up all the rubbish on the route - to return the road to a better-than-original-litterfree state! Thank you to the parents who assisted in bringing their teenager to the race so early in the morning! Animal Welfare Donations On 19th November Bryanston High delivered animal food to the following animal shelters: 4Paws near Diepsloot, Animals in Distress in Midrand and the Ark in Chartwell. All food was donated by staff and pupils of Bryanston High School. We realised that with Christmas coming these shelters are desperate for more help. So we will continue to collect blankets, food and old towels. If these can be dropped off at the school or placed in Mrs Cook's office we would be most grateful and the animals too will be so grateful. Thank you to all who have so generously given to this cause so far. Ark Animal Shelter Animals In Distress. 4Paws


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Sports and Functions Committee (SFC) - Click HERE to get involved The Sports and Functions Committee (SFC) is a group of parents run by our Vice Principal, Mrs Bev Weir, who is a fountain of valuable information to any parent. The aim of the committee is to organize the decor and catering needs of events hosted at and by our school. The majority of parents on our committee work full time and volunteer their time as and when they can, either by providing eats or being available to serve at events or help set up the decor. We meet at school on the first Tuesday evening of every month where the events to be hosted in the coming month are discussed and members volunteer to help where they can. It provides parents with a chance to get involved, make a contribution and to get to know the culture and teachers at our school. Your children notice your involvement and the fact that their school is a priority for you. One grade 8 parent described her experience after her first year on the SFC: " BHS is a wonderful school with some really dedicated personnel that you really don’t find out there elsewhere and I think it is what sets it apart . It has been great being part of the SFC and getting involved which I did, as we arrived not knowing any parents and I have met such lovely down to earth people who are all prepared to go the extra mile for the good of the school as well as get to know a little more about how everything works at the school – it has been a privilege being involved with SFC and I look forward to the next few years being part of your very organised group." Whatever your specific abilities or talents are, Bryanston High and the SFC needs your involvement. By Vanessa Ghorbany and Julia Dijkhuis


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PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING Alison Bennett, a Psychometrist, and Dr Adele Romanis, a Clinical Psychologist, are expanding their services by offering psychological assessments to children and young adults. These include career- and subject-choice assessments, psychoeducational and school readiness assessments. These assessments provide direction and guidance for important decisions that parents may need to make that will influence their children’s future. Alison Bennett (082) 450 2619 or Adele Romanis Thank you to Hatfield VW Bryanston who sponsor our Learner Driver car.


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FANTASTIC INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY URGENT AUCTION INSTRUCTION Powells Auctioneers are instructed to sell, as a matter of urgency, a Sectional Title Apartment in Bryanston within close proximity to the school and other facilities. The property is located in a secure complex known as Bantry Close in Bantry Road Bryanston. See advert below. The Trustees for the deceased estate have instructed us to sell before year end to wind up the estate, hence the urgency. We will also be auctioning a BMW 740i as well as the residual furniture and appliances. The auction will take place at the apartment On Tuesday 17th December at 10 a.m. Don't miss it. The property offers 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms as well as an exclusive use covered car port. This is a great opportunity to acquire a sound investment whether to occupy or to rent. For further particulars and viewing arrangements kindly contact Philip 082 551 5654 or Leighton 082 562 5547 at the auctioneers or the attorney for the Trustees, Brenda Stern 011 268 2593



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