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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 14 June 2019

From the desk of Ms Sanders - Head GET Phase

A smarter way to learn

What is it that differentiates a top academic pupil from an average academic pupil? Is it IQ? In a recent course that the staff attended hosted by Elevate Education, self-discipline and hard work were highlighted as more indicative of good results. Added to this, research indicates that top academic students have certain habits in common. So, as we approach examinations in five weeks, let us consider what a pupil can do to be more successful and how a parent can assist?

Time Management

Top academic achievers place emphasis on managing their time effectively during the term and during examination time. They always have a schedule, but they maintain balance in their lives and incorporate “down time” in their day and study schedules. So in the lead up to and during the examinations, it’s important for your child to attend their favourite gym class or make time to watch their favourite programme – as long as they don’t binge for hours! A study timetable does not just consist of studying. First and foremost, it incorporates time for socialising, sport, TV or hobbies. Children are not machines. They cannot just study during exam time. If they have something to look forward to, then they are more likely to be committed and motivated to study.

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 31 May 2019

From the Desk of the Senior Deputy Head - Mr Gary Kenyon

Five months of 2019 have already flown by, with seven to go. This year is slipping past very quickly! For our matrics there are only four months of school left, of which two will be spent writing examinations. A lot of work and focus is going to be required of them as they head to their all-important final exams.

Last weekend we enjoyed the 16th Annual Stanford Lake Derby. It was a wonderful weekend that reunited us with old friends, and allowed us to meet new ones while enjoying very competitive games. From squash on Thursday evening, golf on Friday morning, chess, boys’ hockey and netball on Friday afternoon, to the girls’ hockey and rugby on Saturday morning, it was a very busy, enjoyable weekend indeed.

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 17 May 2019

From the desk of Mrs Meikle - Headmistress

Term 2, with all that it brings, is already in full swing. On the academic front it has been a busy 2 weeks with not only the normal classwork and homework loads that accompany the start of a new term, but with the Life Sciences’ and Business Studies’ excursions to Wits and the CCMA respectively, the writing of the second round of isiZulu and Maths Olympiad second rounds and the Grade 9 and 11 Career’s Day thrown into the mix. Parents and pupils will also have received emails outlining the assessment dates and the subject assessment weightings for each grade – new initiatives undertaken by Mr Ruiz Mesa as he steps up formally into his position of Deputy Head of Academics.

The winter sport and cultural programmes are also keeping staff, pupils and parents busy. The first weekend of the second term saw our hockey and rugby teams taking a clean sweep of victories at Redhill, with our netball teams competing exceptionally well at District Champs at St Andrew’s. In addition, our senior debaters competed in their first championship round of the SACEE league last Saturday and final rehearsals were held all week in preparation for the FEDA performance of “Limbo” this past Friday evening.

I am currently conducting placement interviews with applicants from outside of the Kyalami Schools Group for Grade 8 2020. It is reassuring to note that the College has a stellar reputation in our community and that the institution is held in high regard by those seeking high school places in our area. In this regard, I was humbled to have one particular parent share with me the feeling he got when he first set foot on the campus on Open Day earlier in the year. He said his first impression of the College was one of “feeling like I was home”. He was awed by the fact that our pupils stood up and greeted him as he walked past, that they stood aside for him to pass on the corridors and that they offered to assist without hesitation or embarrassment. He explained that he was schooled in a small town in KZN, where manners and decency were high priorities and said that this was the first high school he had visited in Johannesburg where our pupils clearly understood and modelled those values. It is rare these days for anyone to say that about teenagers. At that moment I realised that I was more proud of who our pupils are than what our pupils can do.

In keeping with these values, I encourage our parents to also remain positive in their support of our College teams, especially in our highly competitive winter sports programme. Please remember that each player in the team, not just your son/daughter, needs positive support and encouragement from the side of the field. Passing negative comments about the mistakes of your child’s teammates is not helpful to anyone. I also discourage you from denigrating the behaviour or skill of the opposition players. Most importantly, I ask that you refrain from shouting challenges and remarks at the referee or umpire while the match is in progress, or indeed after the match has finished. It is difficult enough to teach our players to play with respect for the rules and the referee’s decisions without our supporters modelling the exact opposite on the sidelines. There will be bad calls in every match and dealing with these without losing focus is an essential life-skill which every pupil must learn.

Watching our 1st Hockey Boys compete in the A section of the Aitken tournament this weekend certainly reinforced for me the importance of good sportsmanship and focused play. I am extremely proud of the achievements of our hockey boys over the past 5 years. Playing against the cream of the sporting schools in Gauteng has challenged them in new ways and they have stepped up to the plate beautifully.

Despite their well established sporting prowess, enormous strength and depth of the established boys-only schools, who are our main competitors in the A Section, our teams have once again pulled off numerous convincing victories. Winning at this level was never going to come easy, especially against the likes of St John’s, St Stithian’s, St Benedict's, Parktown, Jeppe and KES. Our boys have had to improve their skills and their tenacity and have also had to learn to deal graciously with defeat along the way.

Last year, well behind to Jeppe in the Aitken final, our First XI visibly dropped their heads and it was clear to all present that they had lost their belief. This year, the final was a different story altogether. Behind by 2 by the middle of the second chukka, the boys dug deep and fought back to 2-3 by the end of the third. Still behind, the final chukka was a remarkable display of skill, courage, tenacity and determination - right up to the final whistle. Although the scoreline did not change, what did was the belief of every spectator in the stadium that Beaulieu could do it, and that they were worthy and deserving of being winners on the day. Our boys left everything on the field, showing true spirit and unfailing commitment to representing their school. I could not be prouder of their efforts, even though they did not secure a win. They say “you are only beaten when you stop fighting back” That being true, our hockey boys walk away unbeaten in my mind, whatever the score.

Mrs Danielle Meikle
Headmistress

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 12 April 2019

From the desk of Mr Mark Naidoo

There’s something about Beaulieu

I arrived at Beaulieu College in May 2004, where I met with Mr Robert Clarence, the founding Headmaster. I applied for the position of Science teacher and had only ever taught in two other public schools before. My interview lasted 20 minutes and, much to my surprise, I was offered the position immediately. I was sceptical about this small, new independent school and wondered if trading my stable position in the well-established Department of Education was worth the risk. To add to my reservation, Mr Clarence was not the conventional Headmaster; the only thing in his office was the local newspaper, literally nothing else! Not a diary or calendar, notice board, not even a laptop. There’s something (strange) about Beaulieu!

Fifteen years later, the decision to move was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The College has always been known for its nurturing environment and welcoming people. The staff and management have a relaxed, yet professional approach and are genuinely interested in making a difference. Pupils are happy here and despite the challenges that they face, the school is often considered a safe haven. To be completely honest, I have loved coming to work every day. In 15 years, I have been away from school for 5 days - 4 days of family responsibility leave, 1 day of sick leave, that’s it! There’s something about Beaulieu!

Beaulieu College has helped me to mature as a teacher and later, as a Deputy Head. As I am about to embark on a new journey, thankfully within the Kyalami schools’ family, I remain grateful to the many people who have had a positive influence on me and for their unselfish input and patience while I found my place. I am excited to continue my work in the academic sphere and look forward to re-connecting with pupils, staff and parents in the months ahead.

Thank you for making an unquantifiable contribution to me during my tenure at Beaulieu!

With gratitude,
Mark Naidoo

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 11 April 2019

Beaulieu College Co-Curricular awards announcement - 1st Term

Co-Curricular Drama has enjoyed a very busy season so far this year. It is clear that the school has many talented individuals that are not only budding actors but also writers, directors and choreographers.

Last year the decision was made to host the annual One Act Plays Festival in Term 1 of 2019. This decision meant that we have had many students involved in both One Act Play Festivals occurring in Term 3 of 2018 and Term 1 of 2019. We also look forward to the Festival of Excellence in Drama to be held in term 2 this year and to begin our preparations for the 2020 major production later in the year.

Congratulations to all of those involved – whether on the stage or behind the scenes.

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 29 March 2019

From the desk of Mr Bobby Warriner

Well here I finally sit, at the eleventh hour, typing this blog. It certainly is not because I didn’t have time as we have just had a long weekend. It is not because I forgot - my phone has been sending me constant reminders over the past couple of days. In the time I could have typed this, I have successfully washed my bike and re-organized my storeroom.

Why do so many of us put off the inevitable, why do we bring additional stress on ourselves? We are aware of our actions and their consequences, yet we do it anyway. According to Dr Sirious of Sheffield University, “People engage in a cycle of procrastination because of an inability to manage negative moods around a task.” I do not enjoy writing … so I avoid it. We, procrastinators, develop a way of avoiding emotions (self-doubt, anxiety, frustration, et al) around certain tasks.