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16 May 2014
Dearest Parents
It’s hard to believe that we are already in May and that the elections have come and gone! 7 May
and the endless information overload of political
rhetoric has opened up a recurring thought in my
mind: schools, and particularly schools in South
Africa, have a continued responsibility not only to
teach the mechanics of reading, but more
importantly to develop critical thinking. Students
need to learn to engage with various material that
bombards them on a daily basis. They need to have
the skills to evaluate this material and then make
careful selection about what to keep, what to
question and what to discard. The passion of reading is essentially one of the most important skills
for this form of academic growth and essential critical thinking for the adult world.
So, whose responsibility is it to teach reading? Certainly a school plays a pivotal role in this but
unless reading becomes an entrenched behaviour at home, these essential skills will never reach full
fruition. And what a loss that will be, don’t you agree?
OK so, dearest parents, those of you who know me know that I often
stand on my favourite metaphoric soap box and banter the
importance of reading. And I know that I share this experience with
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our energetic academic team who mention how reading helps in every subject from mathematics to
geography. Nothing gives us more pleasure than to discover the joy that students find navigating
through fiction and non-fiction either in hard or electronic copy. A story always captivates: it has a
potential to enthral, horrify and linger in our minds for a lengthy time. Term two is an examination
term, and now is the time to fine-tune reading so that speed is enhanced, questions are understood
and ideas are expressed in a clear, precise manner. Reading needs to become part of daily mental
hygiene.
GREAT, I hear the parents say, BUT WE DON’T HAVE TIME. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME WE GET
HOME? AND WHERE MUST WE FIND TIME TO READ? My response to that is that there is always
time to read: only twenty to thirty minutes a day – less time than watching an episode of “Master
Chef” or “Grey’s Anatomy”.
Let’s try something for this term:
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let’s keep reading alive each and every day by motivating your son/daughter to
read for 30 minutes a day.
encourage your son/daughter to read an article from an online newspaper or
editorial blog
Read a Zapiro cartoon and create a conversation around it.
Then sit back and enjoy the transformation that will occur!
From the Staffroom:
It is always sad when we need to say goodbye to a staff member but fully understand that new
opportunities and new experiences are a natural process. Alastair Palm, who has been our High
School Physical Science teacher, has taken up a post closer to home. We thank him for his
contribution and for the warmth that he has shown our pupils. We wish him much success in his
new post.
We welcome two new staff members who have already found their niche at SAHETI.
Dr N Dlamini who holds a PhD in Applied Chemistry and who is currently lecturing at the University,
has joined us and is teaching Physical Science.
Ms Jessica Klein has joined the English/History Department in the High School. We look forward to
the continued contribution of these two staff members.
Mrs D Pitt
Director: Academics (High School)
IT’S GREASE LIGHTNING!
You may have noticed that some of our senior boys are sporting hair that is
rather long. Fear no more! They are the main cast of our production GREASE!
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FOR THE CULTURE VULTURES
LIST OF AWARDS FOR INTERHOUSE PLAY FESTIVAL 2014
AWARDS
HOUSE
NAMES
Best Set
Hermes
“The Box” – Gia Ventouris
Best Back Stage Crew
Apollo
“Armed Robbery for Dummies” – Sophia
Yiannopoulos
Best Poster
Apollo
“Armed Robbery for Dummies” – Ethan
Vorster
Best Cameo Performance
Hermes
Citizen 1 - Andrea Dellas
Citizen 2 - Antony Polydorou
Highly Commendable
Performances
Hermes
Hobo - Chasley Zervos
Athena
Marshall - Panos Hadjipaschalis
Athena
Lily - Rachel Ashworth
Most Promising Actress
Greek Play
Stelio, the son - Christina Gianou
Most Promising Actor
Apollo
Frank - George Maimonis
Best Supporting Actress
Apollo
Billy - Eleni Xourafi
Best Supporting Actor
Apollo
George - Nathan Mthembu
Best Actress
Hermes
Judy - Marissa Diakoyannis
Best Actor
Artemis
Mr Piston - Mario Collaro
Runner Up Production
Artemis
“Murder by Midnight” - Katerina
Hajiphilippou, Daniela Akakios, Elia
Roussos
The Liale Francis Award for the
Best Original Script
Hermes
Kyri Ioulianou
The Thalia Joannides Shield for
Best Production (2007)
Hermes
“The Box” – Kyri Ioulianou, Jena
Anousakis, Gia Ventouris
Choose 2/3
Remember that one cultural activity is
required per term
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ON THE SPORTING FIELD
PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORT:
Soccer and Netball
The Primary School hosted a very successful combined soccer and netball camp at the end of last
term, attended by over 150 pupils, to complete their pre-season preparations and selections. The
level of play in the first soccer and netball fixtures of the term, with a number of teams winning their
first match, showed the value of the pre-season training programme.
Basketball
U11, U12 and U13 teams took part in a Primary School Basketball Festival at the American
International School on 10 May. The players enjoyed it and relished the opportunity to grow their
basketball skills during the off-season.
Cross Country
A squad of around 50 athletes from under 9 to under 13 is participating in the primary school co-ed
league for the second year now. The first event was held on Monday at De La Salle and next week’s
event takes place at St Dunstan’s. SAHETI hosts a meeting on the 26th of May. The results from these
events will be posted as soon as they become available.
Soccer Achievement
Congratulations to Alex Tsonis (Grade 7), Loizo Fotiou (Grade 6) and Constandino Christodoulou
(Grade 6) who have been chosen to represent the Jhb East Area Schools U13 team, and who, at the
Discovery Festival 8 – 10 May, were further selected to compete in the Bill Stewart Tournament, 27
June to 2 July.
Nelspruit Tour
Approximately 100 primary school netballers and football players will be participating in the Penryn
Festival later this month. This is the 3rd year we make the trip to White River; we wish them well in
their preparations.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORT:
The highlights during the April vacation were undoubtedly the Cricket Tour to Corfu, Greece and the
Mathitiada Games in Serres, Greece.
In Corfu our boys gave it their all against very strong opposition which included teams from India,
Pakistan, Guernsey, Bulgaria and Hellas. The team could unfortunately not match their first
tournament achievement of reaching the semi-finals when they placed 10th in a much strengthened
12 team tournament. The highlight was beating the 2011 champions from Ebenezer School (India) in
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the round-robin stages. Joburg Cricket club finished third after losing to the team from Goenke
(India), who incidentally won the pool that SAHETI played in.
Both South African teams, as has become customary, were welcomed at the Athens Airport by
Ambassador Zeph Makgetla (RSA Ambassador to Greece) upon arrival and were also given a sending
off function at his residence on the day of our return. Whilst the results on the field could have been
better it was in general a massive success in that individuals grew in so many ways from day to day,
our players were exposed to different cultures and got to see so many new things and places and
grew as a team.
As the cricket team departed Greece our Mathitiada squad arrived in Serres for their “Olympic
Games” where they competed against over 30 schools across the globe, all kids of Greek descent. All
athletes were accommodated in two separate camps with a total of over 500 participants competing
in activities that included amongst others; archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, mountain biking,
shooting, swimming, taekwondo and tennis. Our athletes were exposed to a very professionally run
event with a very memorable opening and closing ceremony with very important state
representatives delivering addresses to packed crowds. SAHETI athletes picked up medals across all
the disciplines and following a clean sweep at the swimming, on the last day, picked up more medals
than any other school at the event.
On both tours our children were involved in cultural activities and through all their involvement it
showed how well rounded our SAHETI learners are. They stood out amongst all the other teams and
were often praised for their conduct, free-spirit, and friendliness and for simply being great kids.
Sport was the vehicle to building lasting friendships, build camaraderie, laugh, cry, be independent,
feel free, feel supported … and the list goes on. The real winners of the tours were those who
embraced the spirit of these events and experiences presented.
A big thank you to Ms Christina Mogale and Kyrio Kaloudis (Corfu) - Kyria Skoupra and Mr Kruger
(Mathitiada) for all giving of their time away from their families during the holidays and the
nurturing role they played for all our learners.
Best of luck to our High school netballers travelling to KZN this weekend.
RESULTS
Hockey:
SAHETI vs Sandringham
SAHETI won 1 – 0
Netball:
SAHETI vs St Mary’s Pretoria
U14 A SAHETI lost 19 – 3
U15 A SAHETI lost 18 – 3
U15 B SAHETI won 8 – 6
U16 A SAHETI lost 16 – 8
U16 B SAHETI lost 11 – 8
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OPEN A SAHETI lost 31 – 7
Rugby:
SAHETI vs Marion College
SAHETI vs Greenside
U16 SAHETI lost 19 – 7
U14 SAHETI lost 6-8
U16 SAHETI lost 12-24
Congratulations! At the SA Nationals for Taekwon-Do was held at Mandeville Sport Arena in
Bez Valley
Aristide Langston (Grd 8)
took Gold in both Patterns/Techniques and Sparring for
the Junior Adult division. In addition to this since the SA Nationals, Aristede has successfully graded
from blue belt with red stripe to Red Belt.
At Mathitiada Aristede achieved the first gold for SAHETI School for individual archery. He also
achieved Silver for team archery and Bronze for Taekwon-Do. We are very proud of your
achievements Aristede!
PRIMARY SCHOOL MATHS CONFERENCE
We are proud to announce that SAHETI Primary School has organised and is hosting a
National Mathematics Teachers’ Conference on Friday 23 May. We have 225 registered
delegates attending excluding the Maths Department of SAHETI and the Speakers. The key
note speaker will be Dr Jane Hofmeyr whose topic will be “What does South African
Research tell us about teachers, teaching and learner performance in maths?” This will be
followed by:
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Professor Hamsa Venkatakrishnan “Building Number Sense, Influences and
Strategies in Primary Maths”
Mrs Kate Cowling “The importance of puzzles and problem-solving in developing
enquiring mathematical minds”
Dr Stephen Sproule “Preparing lifelong learners for a world of Mathematics”
Ms Heather Drage “Problem solving – an approach in the Foundation Phase”
Mr Graeme Evans “Problem solving Fun with Junior Maths”
Ms Fiona Kampmann “The Language of Maths”
Mr John Luis “Contextual Maths and innovation. What is happening globally?”
Dr Helen Sidiropoulos “ Pockets of Excellence: Benchmarking Primary Education
Mathematics Learner Performance in South Africa”
Reverend Archimadrite Petros Parginos “More than the sum of its parts”
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URGENT NOTIFICATION ABOUT PARKING
We are expecting over 200 delegates for the National Mathematics
Teachers’ Conference next week Friday (23 May). The main car park needs
to be kept free for the delegates to park. In order to assist the flow of
traffic, please arrive 5 minutes earlier than usual to drop-off your children.
At the end of the school day, please arrive a few minutes earlier also in
order to pick them up. Your support in the matter is greatly appreciated.
FROM THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Disciplined Children vs Happy Children
It is a very common and natural phenomenon for
children to strive to please their parents. However,
a parent striving to please his or her child is a new
phenomenon and one which is almost certain to
cause mayhem over the long term. Many of today’s
parents are so concerned about their child liking
them and are consequently alarmed by their child being upset with them that they resort to
shrinks’ couches and doing really counter-productive things like staying up all night writing a
term paper for them.
Rules inevitably upset and anger children and teenagers. Consequences of bad behavior
often result in slamming doors, moodiness and the silent treatment. If you’re the kind of
parent who hurts when your child is mad at you, then it’s easy to wave consequences,
forget rules and start saying yes to more and more unusual demands.
Parents often do these things because they find it exceedingly difficult to handle the
pressure of their own child’s anger. Having their kids like them is psychologically more
important to them than teaching them honor, integrity, morals and values; because these
things are difficult lessons and more often than not kids won’t always like these lessons.
Perhaps there is a different way of doing things and to remember a few pointers. Firstly,
children can sense softness in their parents, and they know how to exploit and manipulate
it. Secondly, parents not only have to be able to stand up to their children’s anger but also
have to parent through it. You can allow your child to be angry but not disrespectful or
immature. Parents need to remind themselves that if they enforce authority when their
children are young they are more likely to accept it when they are older. In addition, the
adult world has rules and doesn’t really care if our children like them or not. All in all, love
means having to stick to consequences. Our kids need us to be the adult, they need us to be
resolute, and they need us to be fearless. In doing so, our children can grow up to be loving
and respectful individuals with a strong moral foundation which will serve them well into
their futures.
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SOCIAL MEDIA, THE LAW, ONLINE REPUTATIONS AND ONLINE SAFETY
A TALK FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS BY EMMA SADLIER
Date :
Monday, 26 May 2014
Place :
Bylos Music Hall, SAHETI School
Time :
18h00 – 19h00
Emma Sadleir, Media Law Consultant and television presenter (Oscar Pistorius channel) will be
presenting a talk on the use of social media and the potential consequences of misuse. The issues of
online reputations and online safety will also be addressed. All primary school and high school
parents and teachers are welcome to attend, and we strongly recommend it.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Danae Sclanders on 011 479 3700, or by email to
[email protected]
GENERAL
1. For any tutoring requirements, please contact NICOLE STEPHANOU on 072 222
3105.
2. 2014 PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY FOR MATRICULANTS, GRADUATES AND
POST GRADUATES OF GREEK DESCENT
SAHETI School, on behalf of the Board, organizes a prize giving ceremony
annually to honour the academic achievements of young people of Greek descent
who matriculated or graduated in the previous year.
We would like to hear of matriculants, graduates and postgraduates who completed
their studies in 2013, irrespective of what school or university in Gauteng they
attended, in order to include them in this special event. This will take place on
Sunday 20 July 2014 at 14h30 for 15h00 in the George Bizos Hall. Please contact
the Marketing Department on 011 479 3769 or e-mail [email protected] or
[email protected]
3. Golf Day – Tuesday 27 May – Germiston Golf Club from 11:00 – 12:30. Anyone
interested please contact Nicolene on 082 300 6221
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THE JOY OF MUSIC WITH GOOD FOOD!
(BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS)
COME AND LISTEN TO INSPIRING PERFORMANCES IN A
RELAXED AND HAPPY ATMOSPHERE!
Performers on the evening include:
King David, St Johns, St Andrews, St Marys, St Dominic’s, Kingsmead and
SAHETI
TICKETS R70 ADULTS, R50 NON-PERFORMING
SCHOLARS
PRE-BOOKING AND PAYMENT ESSENTIAL
Please make payment into the following account using Name and
M&M as reference e.g. “J Smith M&M”, and send proof of payment,
your name, and how many adults/children are in your group to Mrs
Anna Rech [email protected] by Friday 16th May.
SAHETI
STANDARD BANK
ACCOUNT NO: 0206 541 38
CODE:
01234
ALBERTON BRANCH
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4 April 2014
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SAHETI SCHOOL, CIVIN DRIVE,
SENDERWOOD
NOTICE is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Members of the South African
Hellenic Educational and Technical Institute will be held on Wednesday 04 June 2014 at 18h00 at the
GEORGE BIZOS HALL, SAHETI SCHOOL, CIVIN DRIVE, SENDERWOOD to consider the Agenda
below:
1.
To read and confirm the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Wednesday 29 May 2013.
2.
Report by the Chairman on the activities of the Institute's Board to date.
3.
Matters arising out of item 2 above.
4.
To receive and consider the audited Balance Sheet and Statement of Revenue and
Expenditure for the calendar year ended 31 December 2013.
5.
To appoint Auditors and fix their remuneration for the ensuing year.
6.
To proceed with the election of members of the Board of Officers of the Institute, five to be
elected by the Foundation Members and five to be elected by the Ordinary and Life Members.
7.
To transact any other business as permitted in terms of the Constitution.
Kindly note the following relevant provisos of the Constitution:
Section 17 (a)
“The notice ... shall call for nominations of five members to be elected to the Board by the
Foundation members and five members to be elected to the Board by the Life and Ordinary
members. Any member to be elected to the Board by the Foundation members need not be a
Foundation member.”
Section 17 (b)
“Every nomination shall be in writing, signed by a proposer and a seconder whose names
appear on the Institute’s list of members in the category for which the nomination is being
made. The person nominated shall indicate his or her consent to accept office if elected by
signing the nomination form. The nomination form containing such written consent shall be
handed to, or posted so as to reach the Secretary at the Head Office, at least fifteen days
prior to the holding of the General Meeting.”
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Voting procedure will be that as set out in the Constitution.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD
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MR GARY TTAPPOUS
HON. SECRETARY
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4 April 2014
Dear SAHETI Member
NOMINATION FORMS
Attached please find the notice of the SAHETI School AGM to be held on 4 June 2014.
As this is a Board election year, we invite nominees to make themselves available for
election.
Should you be interested, nomination forms are available for collection or electronically from
the Board Administrative Secretary, Mrs Christina Michas ([email protected]) or from
Mrs Colleen Pistorius at the Accounts Department.
The deadline for these nomination forms to be handed back to the Board Secretary or to Mrs
Colleen Pistorius in the Accounts Department is 13 May 2014.
Kind regards
_______________
Mr Gary Ttappous
Hon. Secretary
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4 Απριλίου 2014
ΕΙ∆ΟΠΟΙΗΣΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΕΤΗΣΙΑ ΓΕΝΙΚΗ ΣΥΝΕΛΕΥΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΣΑΧΕΤΙ, ΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ
ΤΕΛΕΤΩΝ, “ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ ΜΠΙΖΟΣ”, Ο∆ΟΣ ΣΙΒΙΝ, ΣΕΝΤΕΡΓΟΥΝΤ.
Η ετήσια Γενική Συνέλευση των µελών του Νοτιοαφρικανικού Ελληνικού Εκπαιδευτικού και Τεχνικού
Ινστιτούτου, θα γίνει την Τετάρτη 4 Ιουνίου 2014 στις 6.00 µ.µ. στην ΑΙΘΟΥΣΑ ΤΕΛΕΤΩΝ ΤΗΣ
ΣΧΟΛΗΣ ΣΑΧΕΤΙ, Ο∆ΟΣ ΣΙΒΙΝ, ΣΕΝΤΕΡΓΟΥΝΤ, µε ηµερήσια διάταξη την εξής:
1.
Ανάγνωση και επικύρωση πρακτικών της προηγούµενης Γενικής Συνέλευσης της Τετάρτης 29
Μαΐου 2013.
2. Λογοδοσία του Προέδρου σχετικά µε τις δραστηριότητες του ∆ιοικητικού Συµβουλίου µέχρι
σήµερα.
3. Θέµατα που προκύπτουν από το άρθρο 2.
4. Ανάγνωση του ισολογισµού Εσόδων και Εξόδων για το ηµερολογιακό έτος 2013.
5.
∆ιορισµός Ορκωτών Λογιστών για το τρέχον έτος και καθορισµός της αµοιβής τους.
6. Εκλογή δέκα µελών για το ∆ιοικητικό Συµβούλιο, από τα οποία τα πέντε θα εκλεγούν από τα
Ιδρυτικά µέλη της Εκπαιδευτικής Εταιρείας και τα άλλα πέντε από τα Κανονικά και Ισόβια µέλη.
7.
Συζήτηση οποιουδήποτε άλλου θέµατος σχετικού µε το σκοπό της συνέλευσης όπως ορίζει το
Καταστατικό.
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ΠΑΡΑΚΑΛΟΥΜΕ ΝΑ ΣΗΜΕΙΩΣΕΤΕ ΟΤΙ:
Το άρθρο 17 (α) του καταστατικού αναφέρει τα εξής:
«Η ανακοίνωση ... καλεί για υποβολή υποψηφιότητας προκειµένου να εκλεγούν πέντε µέλη στο
∆ιοικητικό Συµβούλιο του ΣΑΧΕΤΙ από τα Ιδρυτικά µέλη και άλλα πέντε από τα Κανονικά και
Ισόβια µέλη. Όποιος εκλεγεί από τα Ιδρυτικά µέλη στο ∆ιοικητικό Συµβούλιο δεν είναι απαραίτητο
να είναι Ιδρυτικό µέλος».
Το άρθρο 17(β) του καταστατικού αναφέρει τα εξής:
«Η υποβολή υποψηφιότητας πρέπει να γίνει γραπτά και να είναι υπογεγραµµένη από
αυτόν/αυτήν που κάνει την πρόταση και ένα δεύτερο πρόσωπο των οποίων τα ονόµατα θα
αναφέρονται στον κατάλογο µελών της Εκπαιδευτικής Εταιρείας και στην κατηγορία για την
οποία η πρόταση υποψηφιότητας γίνεται. Η πρόταση πρέπει να συνοδεύεται από υπογεγραµµένη
συγκατάθεση του/της υποψηφίου ότι
θα αναλάβει καθήκοντα, αν εκλεγεί και να δοθεί, ή αν
ταχυδροµηθεί να φθάσει, στον Γραµµατέα του ∆ιοικητικού Συµβουλίου τουλάχιστον δεκαπέντε
µέρες πριν την Γενική Συνέλευση».
Οι εκλογές θα γίνουν σύµφωνα µε τους όρους του καταστατικού.
ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ∆ΙΟΙΚΗΤΙΚΟ ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΙΟ
Κ. Γ. Ταππούς
ΕΠΙΤΙΜΟΣ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΕΑΣ
ΤΟΥ ∆.Σ. ΤΟΥ ΣΑΧΕΤΙ
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Αγαπητό µέλος του ΣΑΧΕΤΙ,
Σας επισυνάπτουµε την ανακοίνωση για την Ετήσια Γενική Συνέλευση του ΣΑΧΕΤΙ
που θα λάβει χώρα στις 4 Ιουνίου 2014.
Καθώς διανύουµε έτος εκλογών του ∆ιοικητικού Συµβουλίου, καλούµε τους
ενδιαφερόµενους να θέσουν υποψηφιότητα.
Αν ενδιαφέρεστε, µπορείτε να παραλάβετε αυτοπροσώπως ή ηλεκτρονικά αιτήσεις
υποψηφιότητας από την Γραµµατέα του ∆.Σ, κ. Χριστίνα Μίχα
([email protected]) ή από την κ. Colleen Pistorius στο Λογιστήριο.
Η προθεσµία για την υποβολή των αιτήσεων είτε στη Γραµµατέα του ∆.Σ. είτε στην
κ. Pistorius στο Λογιστήριο είναι η 13η Μαΐου 2014.
Μετά τιµής
Κ.Γ. Ταππούς
Επίτιµος Γραµµατέας
Του ∆.Σ. του ΣΑΧΕΤΙ
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