Annual Report 2017
THE POWER OF THE PRIDE
A lion cannot exist in isolation, and certainly the same is true of WGJS. The true strength of our school lies in that we are all part of a bigger group or ‘pride’.
Honour before Honours, our motto reminds us daily that in order to receive the honour, we have to put in the hard work.
Our emblem, the rampant lion is a fierce and proud animal. He not only symbolizes bravery and strength, but also possesses a reputation for great wisdom and grace.
Wynberg Girls’ Junior School has long been known for top achievements in academics, sport, and culture and for fostering a caring spirit. This is again true for 2017.
So what are the lessons we have learnt in 2017?
Each one of us starts our journey as a cub. Cubs love to play, and at WGJS there is plenty of time to explore and learn as we grow. In Term 1 our girls learnt about being reliable and responsible. Being responsible meant being dependable, keeping promises and honouring commitments. It meant learning to accept the consequences for what we say and do. It also meant developing our potential.
Lions understand that each member of the pride is essential for success and safety of the pride as a whole. The focus for Term 2 was on how important it is to be respectful. Respect for themselves, for others and for their environment. Our girls were encouraged to treat each other with courtesy, politeness and kindness.
A lion has to have courage. Lions hunt in unison and feast as a family. Resourcefulness was the theme for Term 3. The girls were guided to investigate and find solutions to challenges and problems. One of our big challenges this year has been finding ways to save water and protect our natural resources. Funds and collections were started for the many who are less fortunate than we are. Our girls have learnt to make Eco bricks and we once again contributed to the Wool for Wonders campaign with more girls learning to knit.
Although the lion is the king of the jungle, he too has to face challenges and Term 4 allowed us to consider how to be resilient. Rather than just complaining, our girls have been equipped with strategies or steps to follow when faced with challenges. Seek guidance and wisdom from the family, friends, and teachers who surround you on your journey.
Our appreciation goes to all our teachers and support staff for being ready and willing to lend a shoulder, ear, or give a hug or word of encouragement when needed. Don’t ever hesitate to roar down any doubts or fears.
Thank you to our supportive parents who have been at sports’ and fundraising events, helping with projects and working together with the teachers to ensure that each girl benefits optimally from all the learning opportunities available at WGJS.
The School Governing Body is also thanked for their amazing support in ensuring good governance at WGJS. A special thanks to Mr Richard Brown and Mr Rory Williams for a total of 24 years of service to the school on the School Governing Body.
The last lesson for 2017 that we can take from the lion is to know when to rest. Even the mighty lions need to rest and as we reach the end of the year, we look back with appreciation for all who have made this year at WGJS such an amazing one.
Mrs Dee Cawcutt