Elementary School Weekly Update 2 November 2018
Posted 02-11-2018 04:12PM

Dear Parents,

Thanks to all of you for coming to help prepare for our Halloween celebrations this past Wednesday. Thanks also to our Parent Association for organising another amazing community event, in particular Claire Hauxwell and Yvonne Oosenbrug our elementary school PA Coordinators. Students went on a Trick or Treat parade, and made goodie bags for all our operational staff, which we delivered on behalf of AISJ to say thanks for all they do.

Chris Hani Toy Drive

We need your help to raise 400 presents to give to the sick children in Chris Hani hospital. This has been an annual service learning project, coordinated by our Student Council, and supported by the elementary and middle school community. Students can bring gifts to the library from next week. The gifts will be delivered on Saturday, Nov 17th. Thanks for your support of this important service learning initiative.


ES Sports Day – Volunteers Needed

When? Wed 21st November

What time? 11:00 – 1:00

Our annual Sports Day is coming soon, and the PE Department needs your help in making this day the most fun event of the school year

We are looking for 36 volunteers to help run the activities that students will be participating in. There will be 2 volunteer sessions of 1 hour each (11:00 – 12:00, and 12:00 – 1:00) to choose from. It is a great way to enjoy the day and still see your child participating.

If you are willing to help us, please email Mrs Ferguson directly at iferguson@aisj-jhb.com by Wednesday 14th November to put your name on the list.

Details about what students will need to bring will go home through their classroom teachers soon.

We are looking forward to having a great time.

Mrs Ferguson and Mr Keet

Digital Detox: Dealing with screen addiction in your home

Please note we have moved the ES Parent Coffee from Nov 6th to Nov 14th, as we have invited Dr. Brendan Belsham to speak on an important topic of screen time and screen addiction. This parent education workshop is open to all parents from PK-12 and I believe is an important issue facing all of us as parents, regardless of the age. We hope to see you there.

Lego League Tournament

We made a little AISJ history last Saturday, competing in the LEGO league robotics tournament for the first time ever. 

  • We had 2 teams (11 students in total) compete at the FIRST Lego League Gauteng South regional tournament comprised of students from G5-8. It was a rookie team and both teams did amazing considering it was their first time going through this experience.
  • The students have put in upwards of 40 hours of practice to reach this level. The tournament had over 25 teams with approximately 250 participants and our Team "Turtle Void" (Richard, Ali, Garon, Owen and Jason) won an award for best Research Presentation and placed 14th in the Robot challenge.
  • The other team, "Robosapiens" (Eddie, Kuhle, Ayman, Hrehaan, Maya, Ryan & Gregory) placed 7th in the Robot programming Challenge with 91 points (the top team had 150).
  • Team Robosapiens narrowly missed the cut off for being invited to the national tournament next month.


It was a full-on but fun-filled day that started at 7:45am and finished at 6pm and the kids did an incredible job in all their research presentations to the judges. We had quite a few parents come to watch the tournament as well and they really enjoyed it. It was an amazing learning experience for all of us to participate and connect with such a huge robotics community here in South Africa.

The trophy is proudly on display in the Elementary Office. 

AISJ Golf Day Cancelled

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the AISJ Golf Day arranged by the JHB PA and scheduled for the 8th of November 2018 has been cancelled.

"This is Hillbrow" Tour

·  This guided 3km walk through Ponte City, Hillbrow and surrounding areas is one of a kind.

·   You'll get the opportunity to explore the inner-city of Johannesburg through an entirely new lens. From the magnitude of   Hillbrow tower and the raciness of Pretoria High street to the stupendous views of the infamous Ponte Tower "The   big Vodacom building".

·    You'll get an opportunity to engage and understand the history of Johannesburg and the ultimate socio-economic impact apartheid and a young democracy had on these communities.

·   We'll end the experiences off by having some traditional cuisine where you'll meet wonderful people and engage in interesting conversation.

·   The tour lasts for 3 hours (plus traveling time), starting at AISJ at 8.45am and returning at approximately 2pm.


See the Board Summary for October click here


Important Elementary Events




Mon, Nov 5th

Season 2 Co-Curricular Activities begin


Wed, Nov 14th

Digital detox: Dealing with screen addiction in your home

8am- 9:30am

Venue TBD

Nov 15th

ES Assembly

AISJ Theatre

Nov 21st

ES Sports Day

Top Field @ 10:30am

Early Release

@ 1:30

Nov 22-23

Thanksgiving Holiday (no school for students)




ES Principal

Ben Hart

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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