ES Weekly update February 09, 2017
Posted 09-02-2017 03:10PM

Dear Parents,

Today we were extremely fortunate to have Woodrock Animal Rescue visit our school. They brought with them 6 small dogs (5 puppies and 1 in a wheel chair) and allowed each class to interact with them. We were also lucky to listen to a presentation in the Theatre from Stella and Nicholas, where we learned about the amazing service work Woodrock Animal Rescue does, rescuing dogs within our community. Thanks to your support, we were able to donate a large amount of dog food to Woodrock as our students collected this throughout the week. In fact, we needed a second bakkie to transport all the food back to their shelter.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Becci Monge, Noor Peek and Tara Barton (our Service Learning Coordinator) for organising this initiative. Without their leadership and enthusiasm this event would never have been possible and we are so thrilled to be able to support and partner with such a worthy organisation. Becci spent the entire day explaining to each class how the dogs get looked after and how to interact with small puppies.

ES Play- Thank You!!

It seems so long ago since we were all in the theatre watching the ‘Alice’ performance. What an incredible show!! Thanks to all of you for coming out to support the students on stage and behind the scenes. We sold close to 900 tickets for both performances. Many students have said how sad they feel now it is all over, I know Mr. Robert is severely depressed. He is already planning next year’s performance.

Congratulations Grade 5 Campers

This afternoon our Grade 5 students arrived home after 3 nights at Maraneman on the Vaal. We were truly impressed with the way our grade 5 students conducted themselves. This years’ group of Grade 5 students have such a strong sense of community and it was great to see them supporting each other and enjoying being together. For several students, this was their first time away from home, and for some, they only arrived to AISJ in January. We are so proud of these students for being Risk Takers and for making the most of this opportunity. A huge thanks to the Grade teachers: Ms. Vicente, Ms. Chadderton, Mr. Shelley, Ms. Kingston. Ms. McGlothlin, Mr. Robert. They went over and above to make this a wonderful opportunity for our students.

 Board Elections

See information on Board Elections.

International Mother Language Day

Click here to see more information.

Good luck to Grade 4 on CWW

Next week it is Grade 4’s turn to go on camp. We wish them well as they head to Ukutula Lodge on Wednesday morning, returning Friday afternoon.

PK-2 Sports Day

Fast approaching is the PK-2 Sports Day on Friday, 24th Feb. This year, we are including the PreK classes in the event and hope that they will enjoy the day as much as the older kids do. We have shortened the program this year. The event will begin at 8:15am when everyone heads down to the field and gets ready in their teams.

  •  Friday February 24th PreK to Grade 2. This is the first time that PreK students will be joining the ‘big kids’.
  •  Friday March 3rd for Grade 3 – 5 (8:30am)

 Both events will be held in the morning starting around 8:15. More details will be posted on the PE FinalSite in the coming weeks.

This year we would like to invite parents to get involved in Sports Day by helping to run some of the activities with the teachers. If you would like to volunteer for about 20 - 25 minutes on either of the Sports Days, please email Mrs Ferguson ( or Mr Keet ( before Thursday 16th February. This is your opportunity to have as much fun as the children for a little while.

We are looking forward to having an exciting time.

Mrs Ferguson and Mr Keet

Elementary PE Dept

Book Drive

The Grade 8’s are looking for book donations to raise funds for their graduation party. Whether you have children’s book, a few unused school books or a great non-fiction that you no longer need, please donate it to our book drive. All books are welcome. Drop off boxes can be found in the Parent Room, the Elementary, Middle and High school receptions as well as the school libraries. 

 Pretoria PA Silent Auction

The Pretoria PA invites you to start your bidding on the silent auction! Look for the Pretoria Parents Association Group on Facebook.

They will post four items -- it’s only a sneak peak of what’s to come. 
Here’s the schedule:

A. Feb 8th – 15th: Online Silent Auction via Facebook (sneak peak of 4 items) Closes at 8 pm Feb 15th.

B. Feb 16th-17th: LIVE Silent Auction at Pretoria Campus— from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm (parent pick-up) both days! You can continue bidding on four items + class artwork from each grade Early Childhood to G5!

C. Feb 18: FINAL LIVE Silent Auction at the 007 Glamour Around the World event!

Ensure you don’t get outbid and come out to the event. (R300 ticket per person – pay at the front office for Pretoria Parents & JHB parents can contact Joy Meglasson @ The auction will close at 10 pm.

Important Upcoming Events

February 10-13, School Holiday (no school for students),

Wednesday, February 15- 17, Grade 4 CWW, Ukutula Lodge

Saturday, February 18, Grade 4-12 Maker Day, Gould’s Gym @ 9am

Monday, February 20, ASA Season 3 begins,

Tuesday, February 21, International Mother Language Day,

Friday, February 24, PK- Grade 2 Sports Day, AISJ Field


Ben Hart

Elementary Principal


Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

Together we dare to imagine, inspire to succeed and courageously make a difference.

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