First Newsletter of 2018
Life happens. One looks up and Whoa! its June already.
The past five months have been so full. The children are all doing well at school. One of our kids started High School this year and boarding too, she has settled into her new environment well. She is so fortunate to be at an amazing school that is not only challenging her academically but is so supportive and nurturing of the young lady she is and is becoming.
Sadly one of our children lost her father in March. He had been terminally ill for a while. Her school teachers and friends were amazing with her and she had all the support and love we could give. She has good days and sad days. She was made netball captain this term and she has loved her role and shows good leadership qualities. She is going off on the schools Winters Sports Tour at the end of this term and is already making plans on how to motivate and build team spirit in her team. We have applied to High Schools in our areas for her next year and should hear soon if she has been accepted.
There have been school outings which have the kids staying away for a few days. Our kids love these camps coming back full of stories some of which give us such a laugh.
iXoxo Trust has been assisting two families with transporting their children to the same school that ours go to. We have a Grade 1 and a Grade 3 child coming with us now and we play Eye Spy and count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s many a morning. The atmosphere is great and the older children love it. I don’t know why we stopped as we used to do just that when they were younger. They arrive at school in great moods and I start my day thus too.
Till the next letter, happy days everyone.
Ups and Downs
The last post was in October last year… crazy right? However I am learning to be kind to myself and accept what is…
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The children all passed last year and entered their new grades mid January, the hectic weeks of covering books and marking stationery flew passed. A new rhythm started and before we knew it was Valentine’s day and the Inter-house Gala. All our children are in the red house named Kudu and Kudu won the gala by one point… Woo hoo
Our lad in Grade 6 who played first team cricket all of last year , found himself in the second team this year …. a lot of strong players came up into his division. He has taken it well and continues to smile and see good in everything. His attitude is play my best whatever the team, and he is determined to get back into the 1st Team.
We were all inspired by his attitude , so here’s to choosing to live our best lives.
September 2015 – photo update
An outing our Grade 4 lass went on to God’s Little Lambs pre-school – they handed over a cheque of money collected from a recent civvies day. She was one of the 5 chosen to go on the outing.
Winter Sports Tour
BM at Victorian day
Wow Christmas and year end is just around the corner
It is almost as if the pace of time increases from July. Whoooooosh The third term just galloped past.
There was so much going on this term. School work as usual, the girls played soccer, the boys hockey.
Grade 6s had to make their own torches and at the end of the term went on an outing – Life Orientation Day ” Caring for Animals and People” . Our lad went to visit an Old Aged Home.
Grade 5 s had to contribute to the cake sale; work hard on their science experiments that ended in a Science Evening to showcase their investigations; go on a Weather Station Outing and dress up for Egypt day! Phew just writing it all down makes me tired all over again , probably because there are two kids in this grade. ☺️
Grade 4′ s went to visit a Pre-school and handed over money that Laddsworth Primary School had collected for them by holding a “civvies day”. All the children at Laddsworth may wear civvies on such a day but it costs them R5.00 .
Our lass got together with her friends and also raised some additional money by drawing pictures and selling them to other school kids. There was a slight hiccough when one of the girls took all the money they had raised and bought jelly beans during break. It proved to be a valuable life lesson for the group and it was sorted out by themselves. (with some guidelines from the discussions our Grade 4 lass and I had, had together)
Grade 3 had a visit to Macrorie House as part of the Victorian theme , they then had a project to do , and a dress-up day. Our Grade 3 lad just managed to get a project in…phew he was going off on his own tangent until I reigned him back in. (Note to self – watch him) Oh yes they also went down to Durban to the Sharks Board on an outing too!!!
We are all now resting on holiday, the weather is fabulously sunny , and all the kids return to School on Monday in their Summer uniforms.
We are still needing funds for 2016, please follow us on Facebook and GoFundMe , and donate. 🙏🏼
Thank you .
This very moment is a seed from which the flowers of tomorrow’s happiness grow. – Margaret Lindsey
Sometimes, the thought of the future and these five lives we nurture causes my heart to pound.
Will we be able to raise the funds? Are we nurturing them enough? Will they get into good High Schools and, more importantly than the careers they will enter into, will they be people with good values, understanding, kind, compassionate and valuable members of society?
I take deep breaths and I trust, trust and have faith in the journey …”This very moment is a seed from which the flowers of tomorrow’s happiness grow”. – Margret Lindsey
So everyday our intention is to do our best…all of us. We talk about it in the car while journeying into school . If we give of our best today, tomorrow will just have to be good .
Term three has started. All of the children passed their half year exams, and they are all developing into such super kids. ( Yeah you can say I am biased, 🙂 but honestly they are. )
It has been a time of settling into new rhythms, working out who is playing what sport after school: checking equipment and uniforms; topping up stationery and planning ahead for term projects.
A Science Evening, Weather Station Outing and an Egypt day for Grade 5. Our Grade 6 lad is building a torch. I am still waiting to pencil in Grade 3 and 4 outings and tasks.
It is so important to nurture these children in more than just academics. All domains need input: physical, self and social understanding, cultural, emotional, moral, and cognitive and language development. We hear of so many stories of children who are sponsored with school fees into good schools and how they dont make it and bail out early. It is important for these children to feel a sense of belonging and worth and by nurturing these children from day one, Grade 1, I believe we are already seeing the results that will follow them through life.
Help us for Mandela Day!
We are looking to fund raise this year for a number of unexpected expenses on top of the usual expenses. Dentistry and medical bills popped up along with soccer boots and stationery! We hope to raise R10 00o before 16 August 2015. Please help us by sharing this cause wherever you can!!
I fetched all the children on Wednesday and the one little girl was rather quiet and thoughtful as we started the trip home. It all came pouring out soon…. the coach had favourite pupils during the sport practices and she and some other girls were never chosen to play in the fun practice matches. They just had to sit at the sides.This only happened when the teacher in charge of the sport was not there. Now, I have watched her play and she plays well so…
She was so sad and voiced she was not enjoying hockey anymore. The other children in the car listening, all empathized with her, and the one little boy who had also had some experience with the coach agreed.
This resulted in a good chat about how it made them feel, and how important it was to be fair to everyone. Was being fair and giving everyone a chance just as important as winning for the school? We also spoke about how important sports coaches are and I told them this happens right up to professional level. We also discussed that we don’t really know the reasons. I asked why she didn’t ask to have a turn and she said No! We are told don’t ask or you will never be picked.
We ended our life lesson agreeing that people’s behaviour tells us a lot about them and we need to try not take it personally. Hard for these little souls that just want to get out there and give it their all. Hopefully next hockey practice goes better for her or she will not be so upset about sitting on the sides .
Go, Go, Go…….
All iXoxo children did well in term one, reports showed where there is room for improvement for some, however all are working steadily.
Two of our children were given their first bicycles by one of the aftercare ladies – they were delighted..Woo Hoo
They have all had their birthdays , there are three in January, one in March and one in April. Phew!
One the sports field they are all enjoying winter sports, namely – hockey, netball for the girls and rugby and soccer for the boys.
We discovered that one of the lads needed some serious dental work – which had us checking all the kids. One other lad will need some fillings too…glory!!!
This year seems to be happening at a hectic speed…we have found a rhythm and it is go go go. 🙂
World Cup Cricket fever is catchy
World cup cricket is giving our cricket terms added excitement and drive.
Laddsworth 1st team lost by only 0ne run on Saturday , the atmosphere was great and everyone had a great day. Parents supported their cricketers and all parents contributed towards lunch for themselves, coaches and the visting side. We contributed for our sportsman and he was so proud to carry in his salad on the morning. His mum was very grateful too. Unfortunately she works on a Saturday morning so doesn’t have the opportunity to watch him. She is , of course, behind him 100% in spirit.
Follow up from last weeks blog… Our maths lad came first in a times table quizz …Woo Hoo. He still isn’t telling of his accomplishments, luckily we saw the teacher who gave the quizz and she was so happy to tell of his win. Now we can pass the good news onto his Dad.
So even though the week was busy there is always something to be grateful for. Happy International Womens Day , and to our girl children – Aim High. xxx To our boy children too xxx Really when one thinks about it how crazy is gender inequality anyway…so here’s to a more just world.
Belief in oneself and what others believe you can do is so important to children. These past few months have really brought this home to us. Our one lad has been battling with mathematics and was beginning to get a real block against it. He was shutting down when numbers appeared. He has a single father who works long hours so there is no one at home to sit down, help him and encourage him, no one who could build on what he was learning in class. He was lucky to have a fabulous teacher last year that really believed in him, and towards the end of the year this belief began to internalize. This year, he is with another great teacher, and he is getting help with homework through iXoxo. He is spending time in an environment that is structured and rich in content. On the way into school and home all the children have to listen to a Times Table CD in the car, that sings out the times tables and then has a section where they have to shout out the answers. All of the children are benefiting.
This week this lad received a mathematics merit in his homework book, he kept really quiet about it. Almost as if he didn’t believe he could and had actually done it. There was much praise and celebrating when it was accidently discovered and he just beamed.
It is surreal and so rewarding to watch him all of sudden grasp certain patterns and concepts in mathematics.
We believe he can do and slowly it is unfolding in him too.