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On November 11th, Woodlands held the annual Independent School’s Cross Country Final at the York Timber Sports Grounds. The event, which will be hosted by Woodlands every year from now on, was enjoyed by the parents and runners alike. Thank you to York Timber for giving us the grounds to use and assisting where ever needed. While Nelspruit and Hazyview had the thunderstorm of a lifetime that day, Sabie enjoyed beautiful blue skies with a pleasant temperature – perfect for running.

“Woodlands had two runners, Emily Els (Grade 1) and Feilong Chen (Grade 7), that qualified to attend the Final this year. Both of which came within the Top 10 at the Final event – well done to you both, you have made us all very proud.”

On November 21st, Woodlands held their second Annual AGPM (Annual General Parents Meeting). The meeting was quite well attended by parents and it was done and dusted in 45 minutes. “We opened and closed with the notion of parental involvement – Woodlands would like to extend a big thank you to the parents who made the effort to be at the meeting. Though AGMs can seem boring and drab – they are essential to the future of a school, and parental input in that process is paramount. If you are a Woodland’s parent who attended – thank you, you are investing in your child’s future and education and they will be better off in life because of it.”

Woodlands School held its annual Prize Giving Ceremony on November 28th at Living Waters Christian Church, which was attended by students, staff, board members and parents.

Opening the event, the principal, Rhona Vermaak, said that “the event was dedicated to appreciating all of the learners and their hard work and achievements throughout the year.”

Extra merits and certificates went out to learners who participated in the nationwide Math Olympiad, as well as to the members of the new Scholar Patrol team. All the learners who received certificates, medals and trophies all felt proud of themselves and their school. Congratulations to all.

A special thank you went out at the end to the parents in attendance. “The students are not trying to impress their teachers, they want desperately to impress their parents, and when they have that approval the sky is the limit,” Rhona Vermaak said.

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