Edgemead Primary celebrated #EPSKindness from 1 – 11 November. During this time, each grade was responsible to “wrap” a tree, and learners were encouraged to decorate a cut-out of their hand, which was stuck along the school passages as a visible reminder that kindness is something one DOES. Edgemead Primary encouraged families to perform Random Acts of Kindness during this time and had wonderful feedback from their learners.
The #Truper Campaign coincided with their campaign and the following learners were recognised for their kind contributions:
Sikho for his constant willingness to help and his compassionate behaviour. Daniel for lending his new shoes to a friend who had forgotten his, then wearing his older ones for the day. Tamsin for the efforts she has made in collecting bottle caps and bread tags that go towards buying a wheelchair for those that need it. Tamsin spends many weekends collecting bottle caps and bread tags from the beach cleaning it up as she goes along!
Edgemead Primary School also managed to contribute 140 Santa Shoeboxes this year and the other items collected that didn’t make it into shoeboxes were donated to an organisation that does charity work with young people.
Above: Edgemead Primary School learner, Tamsin, with the bags of bottle caps and bread tags that she collected.
During August, 113 primary and high schools, as well as many Performing Arts Centres, participated in the Artscape School’s Art Festival. The festival covers all forms of performing arts, and has meant that over 3200 learners have had the opportunity to perform on the Artscape stage, some for the first time on a professional stage. There have been performances from all over, with some learners travelling from as far as George and Knysna to perform!
Each night, a panel of judges adjudicated the performances and they have selected the very best of all the performances. Much pride was felt by Edgemead Primary School when it was announced that their Jazz Band was selected as one of the top 12 performances over the entire course of the Festival. The EPS Jazz Band were invited to perform at the Gala Evening and completely shone! They performed for top officials, including Western Cape Minister of Education, Debbie Schäfer!
On Saturday 27 August, Edgemead Primary School hosted their annual Derby Day against Tableview Primary School. It was a fantastic day filled with great memories and wonderful examples of sportsmanship. Edgemead Primary extended a huge thank you to Tableview for continuing this tradition with them. Edgemead Primary would like to congratulate Tableview Primary’s first team rugby boys who took home the coveted trophy, narrowly beating the Edgemead boys, 11 – 9.
Edgemead Primary would also like to extend congratulations to all the chess, rugby, netball and hockey players, as well as the cross country athletes who competed on the Friday before. You all did your schools proud!
Edge Church ran a holiday club programme at Edgemead Primary School over the midyear school break.
Over 1000 children attended, with a staggering 250 volunteers to help make it happen.
The fun filled week blasted off on Monday 27 June ending Friday 1 July. Loads of activities were tailored for different age groups, including singing, dancing, drama, Bible story time, arts and crafts, group games and snack time.
The two themes for this year were ‘Blast Off’ and ‘Infinity’. Structured in a way best suited for various age groups, ‘Blast Off’ ran in the mornings for ages 3 up until grade 3, and ‘Infinity’ ran in the evenings for grade 4 up until grade 7. Children were placed into groups with children of their own age, and each group had a dedicated group leader throughout the week.
Edgemead Primary School is proud to be associated with Edge Church, together reaching out to the children of our community. Edgemead Primary School said that it is always a pleasure to be able to assist in providing the venue and they look forward to hosting Holiday Club 2017.
On 23 June, memories were made when Edgemead Primary School’s Grade 1 learners celebrated 100 days of school!
Each Grade 1 learner was paired with a Grade 7 and together they had a wonderful time. The Grade 7’s helped their little friends complete their 100 Day challenges – some of the activities were to walk 100 steps, keep quiet for 100 seconds and jump 100 times. Once all of the activities in their activity books were completed, they played a few games of snakes and ladders.
Recently Edgemead Primary School was contacted to become a “TWIN SCHOOL” to Long Pu Elementary School in Taiwan. Mrs Mahabeer made contact with the co-ordinator at the school and set up a group of Grade 6 learners (as requested according to their ages) to start communication with a group of children at Long Pu Elementary.
The children first communicated via email and now have a weekly “Skype session”. The children on both sides thoroughly enjoy the experience look forward to chatting to their new friends every Friday.
Edgemead Primary School has done it once again by donating a very large amount of Easter Eggs to the De Grendel Lions Club for their Easter Egg Project. The Easter Eggs were distributed to many underprivileged retirement homes for the elderly and children’s homes in our community. The De Grendel Lions Club would like to extend a huge thank you to the Edgemead Primary School Principal, learners and the parents who have so generously donated Easter Eggs, allowing them to continue their Easter Egg project.