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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 15 February 2019

It is already February, and as we look back at January, it is amazing how much has already happened at Beaulieu College.

The fear of the new, the anticipation of the unknown, and the excitement of the unexplored is now behind us. The Grade 8s are already into their routine, with primary school a distant memory and college life now the norm. The councillors have established their place in the hierarchy and the teachers are well into their syllabuses as February begins to unfold.

Just as we think summer sport is under control, we begin to start looking at the winter sport season, with the start of pre-season hockey, netball and rugby.

One of my areas of responsibility is security at our College. A lot of time, effort and money is spent on this as the safety of the premises, buildings, facilities and most importantly the pupils and staff is of the utmost importance to us all. Regular meetings are conducted with our security company to ensure that we are all working towards the same goal. This means that practical issues are addressed such as ensuring that alarms and gates are working and fences are in good order.

There is an extensive network of cameras, a ‘safe room’, a variety of size lockers, and the very secure iPad lockers to ensure that pupils are able to secure their possessions during the school day. Pupils are encouraged to not leave their kit bags, electronic devices and valuables lying on the corridors, but to make use of these options. However, pupils have not been using the offered facilities, which has resulted in belongings going missing.

Unfortunately it is an impossible task for the College staff to keep track of pupils’ belongings; assistance is provided when an item does go missing, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the pupils themselves to ensure that their possessions are secured while they are busy during the day. We continue to encourage pupils to be vigilant and to be responsible for their belongings on an ongoing basis. The Grade 8s would have received their iPad lockers by the middle of next week, and there are a large number of the normal lockers still available. These lockers are large enough to store sports bags and school bags. Please speak to Mrs Roux in the front office to arrange a locker.

Finally, the College is a busy place with something new and exciting about to happen. I encourage the pupils to enjoy their time here, embrace the challenges and not be afraid to try something new.

Mr G Kenyon
Senior Deputy Head

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 1 February 2019

The Hidden Curriculum

There is something called the ‘hidden curriculum’. The explicit, formal curriculum is whatever is taught and assessed in a school, but the hidden curriculum is made up of the beliefs and values that we communicate to pupils without discussion or thought.

Say, for example, that a school spends a fortune of time and money on sport and a fraction of that on academics (not the case at our school). The hidden meaning is that sport is more important than academics. No one explains that, but it is instinctively understood by the school community. Or imagine that a school’s uniform policy, passed down through the generations, says girls can wear only skirts, not trousers - this communicates the idea that a female must look a particular way.

The good news is that at Beaulieu College we work hard to make the hidden curriculum visible and encourage our pupils to interrogate ideas and values, under controlled conditions with expert guidance. We call this the Thinking Space programme. In this programme pupils are encouraged to talk about various issues that impact on their lives, including diversity. The emphasis is not on which ideas are better than other ideas, but on how to communicate with respect, honesty and logic. In that way we hope to build a connected community made up of diverse parts.

We could summarise the programme with three words: interrogate, celebrate, connect.

Today the Thinking Space programme is using a Vertical Tutor Group lesson (small groups of pupils gathered from all five grades) to focus on connection. Pupils will be introduced to the 2019 programme, take part in a short activity, agree on a set of rules for discussion, and also look at the Beaulieu College Origins Map. This was a symbolic world map that we compiled last year in which every pupil and staff member inserted two pins to indicate their maternal and paternal ancestries. The point the map makes is very clear: we come from different places but we are here under one roof, forging a common purpose.

Ask your child how today went and encourage them to embrace the programme. The world needs thinking citizens who use critical thinking to interrogate ideas, and who aspire to connect with others. Our Thinking Space programme is our attempt to play our small but important part to meet that great need.

Mr Andrew Brouard
Head of the English Department

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Report - 2018 Beaulieu College Matric Results

MATRIC 2018 ACHIEVERS

Welcome back! Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family a fantastic year, one that is filled with progress and great opportunity.

It gives me great pleasure to report on the matric class of 2018 and their notable achievements in the National Senior Certificate examinations. We had a total of 151 distinctions and 157 B symbols from a group of 78 matric pupils. This translates into an average of 1.9 distinctions per pupil.

One of the most telling indicators at matric level is the number of pupils who have obtained excellent aggregate results in the final promotion result. I am pleased to report that 50% of our candidates achieved either an A or a B aggregate. In addition, our pupils obtained a 97% university entrance, a statistic that is highly rated among independent schools nationally.

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Mr Mark Naidoo
Deputy Head: Academics

Beaulieu College 2018 Matric Results

Beaulieu College - National Senior Certificate (NSC) Results - 2018

GRADE 12 2018 NSC RESULTS

The college was proud to report yet another year of superb results from the class of 2018. This is not incidental but due to the consistent effort of staff and pupils, coupled with support from parents. Below is a summary of the performance.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • We had a 100% pass rate, a total of 151 distinctions, an average of 1,9 distinctions per candidate.
  • The class of 2018 obtained a 97% university entrance and 49% of pupils obtained either an A or B aggregate.
  • Dylan Roussouw obtained 100% for Mathematics!
  • Four pupils achieved within the TOP 5% in 5 Subjects, and achieved a rating level of 7 in Life Orientation, nationally:
    Caitlin Bassett, Gina Biddlecombe, Richard Huang and Dylan Roussouw.

Beaulieu College Newsletter - 9 November 2018

STAY THE COURSE!

As the school year end approaches, there is a palpable sense of fatigue among staff, pupils, and no doubt parents. The school’s calendar is always extremely busy and the final examinations have just begun, so there is hardly time to take a breath before switching to the next activity. Added to this, a series of high-stake assessments, while necessary, simply contribute to high stress levels – it is at this stage, the temptation to slow down and stumble to the end becomes a reality. However, the ability to stay on course will differentiate you in turbulent times. I hear you say, “easier said than done!” so I am going to suggest a few strategies that may help you to press on to the end.

It is important that you keep a picture of the destination centrally placed in your mind. When you are continually bombarded with distractions each second of the day, you easily deviate from the path if you entertain it. Keep focused on the ‘prize’ and you will inevitably make decisions that bring your closer to obtaining it.

Find a way to win! Many people have given up on their dreams due to circumstances (sometimes beyond their control) and live unfulfilled lives, wishing they had stayed the course. I recently interviewed a parent wanting to move his child to Beaulieu. He recited how proud he was of his older daughter who had just qualified as a medical doctor after 12 years of tertiary study, though he explained that her journey was not an easy one. After applying to the medical faculty with excellent results, she was sadly unsuccessful. She proceeded to do a BSc degree and was again rejected 4 years later. She pursued chiropractic education and was finally accepted into the medical faculty, seven years later. This example of tenacity and determination speak to her character.

Keep the momentum even when it seems that you are not making significant progress. As long as you are moving forward, you are gaining ground. A stop-start motion will tire you and require much more energy to get going again.

Surround yourself with people who have a similar spirit of determination. These are the people who will encourage you and drive you to reach your goals because they have walked the same road. These are the people who believe in you and are glad when you succeed. There is no space for negative talk and mediocrity, so run from those who may reduce you to this level.

It takes courage and commitment to stay the course regardless of the many obstacles you may encounter along the way. There is a sense of achievement and immense satisfaction when you are able reach your desired destination. The sacrifice you make today will be an investment into your future, one you will not regret later.

The good news is that you innately have what it takes – stay the course!

Mr Mark Naidoo
Deputy Head

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Beaulieu College Newsletter - 26 October 2018

Mrs Anet Prinsloo

To my matrics of 2018, our journey started together in 2015.

Leaving the very protective arms of Mr Grove, you all came running to Mr Warriner and myself. Our first camp together in Magaliesburg was the first event where we all started to get to know each other. Especially when we had to have a bit of tough love with some of you trying your utmost best to get out of jumping of the kloof or faking illness when it was your groups turn to do the hike, especially the group that never made it back before sundown.

As our journey progressed, we shared many good, bad, hard and some tearful occasions, which I may say, shaped me as an educator as well.

Planning this Valediction, the only goal I had in mind was to have a perfect and memorable evening, as you turned out to be the perfect group.

Looking around you, you might all wonder what the purpose is with all the balloons and your photos on it. These balloons symbolises your life’s journey. The closer you are to the anchor, which is your parents and home, the more protected you are, as the challenges faced never derailed your mission of growing up. The higher you travel up this road to the top, the more you start to feel the gust of wind on your path, far enough from your anchor to deal with it on your own sometimes, but close enough to find your way back. Life is a journey enjoy the ride, is the saying we all hear at least once in our life. Unfortunately, it is true. Nothing in life will be handed to you on a silver platter and your journey to success is perfectly symbolized by a balloon on a string on a very windy day. Hold on, keep moving and face all hurdles with a positive attitude, focusing on the good instead of the bad on your journey, is my advice to you.

One of my favorite songs, have been repeating itself over and over during the time I have been setting up this Valediction. The words are sincere, and is definitely our wish as grade tutors for you.

Have it all by Jason Mraz

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