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					CIRCULAR NO. 9                                                                     14 SEPTEMBER 2009

                               GREETINGS!
Welcome back to Term 3 and it is lovely to feel that Spring has certainly sprung!           We trust that you
have all had an excellent holiday and are ready to embrace the new term with continued SAHETI zest. It is a busy
term and certainly as we pace our way towards year-end, children and parents will be sharing and reflecting on the
academic sporting and cultural activities of 2009. Please note that the Newsletter is an e-mailed newsletter and
that copies are placed on our web page for reference. Should your e-mail address change, please advise the Grade
Controller so that we may keep our records updated and you will be kept informed with all correspondence
coming from the school. We wish you a successful term.

STAFFING:
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In the 3     term, we welcome the following staff members:
1.          Mr Vivendran Padayachee in the Primary School (in place of Gina Kotsiros).
2.          Mrs Irene Comninos in the Play School).
3.          Mrs Colleen Loesch (Locum) in the Pre Primary School (until the end of the year).
4.          Mrs Katerina Skoupra (seconded Greek teacher) in place of Mrs Elli Charalambidou, who has been
            transferred to the Congo.

                               STEP AHEAD STATIONERS & BOOK SUPPLIERS
Please note that the FAX NUMBER on the Order Form has been incorrectly printed. The correct FAX NUMBER is
(011) 825-6136.

A reminder that Grade 8 – 12 text books need to be ordered to secure delivery. Details have been placed on our
web page.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORT

SOCCER – SAHETI PASSES FIRST TEST!
After two months of no sport (July exams and August holidays), SAHETI were expected to find their first soccer
fixture against highly rated Highlands North, difficult. After trailing 0-1 at half time, Nicholas Killas scored from the
penalty spot to give SAHETI First Team a well deserved draw.
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Results
SAHETI Firsts     1         Highlands          1
SAHETI U16        3         Highlands          1
SAHETI U15        1         Highlands          7
SAHETI U14        4         Highlands          0

ATHLETICS
Specialized training in track and field has started.
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Inter-House        :        Friday 2 October
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Inter-High         :        Friday 9 October

TENNIS
The High School Tennis Championships will be completed by Wednesday 16 September. We are all keen to know
who will be the new ‘Roger Federer’ and ‘Maria Sharapuva’ at SAHETI!

PRIMARY SCHOOL SPORT

The following Athletics meetings have been scheduled for this term:

    •    16 September at Dainfern College
    •    23 September at SAHETI
    •    30 September at SAHETI
    •    08 October – Prestige Athletics meeting in Germiston

Training will take place on Monday and Tuesday afternoons for the track athletes and on Thursdays for the field
athletes.

CULTURAL NEWS

Pinocchio
The Foundation Phase is presenting Pinocchio – a Musical in the Bizos Hall
    • Gala night Monday 5th October 18h15 for 19h00 (tickets R80)
    • Tuesday 6th October 19h00 (tickets R50 and R30)
Tickets will be on sale from Monday 28th September at both 07h30 and
14h15 at the Bylos Centre, and 2nd break in the foyer.


                                        THE LERATO KIDS ANNUAL EVENT
These SAHETI learners put time and talent together to stage fundraising events for underprivileged communities.
This year they are presenting a wonderful selection of songs and music, all performed by themselves to a very high
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standard, and coupling this with a great dinner on Saturday 3 October 19h00.
Proceeds will go to HOLA this year.
Tickets are available at R300 for adults and R100 for children under 17.
Come and support our SAHETIAN talent, enjoy a great meal and good company and all for a good cause!
Contact Andrea on 0826007981 or andreap@manhattancorp.com
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OUTREACH

High School:
The grade 9’s and 10’s ended a busy second term with visits to Mother Teresa home where they donated nappies,
baby clothes, baby food and blankets and Lambano home where food items were donated.

They collected R300 for fire victims and raised R1181.00 with the Friday cake sales which will be donated to the
Holy Archbishopric home for cancer patients.

Visits to many of the homes and fundraising efforts will continue. Our main activity will be to collect Christmas gifts
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for children of Baragwanath Hospital. Their Christmas party will be held on 3 December at the hospital. They are
in need of 500 gifts. We urge parents and pupils to assist us by donating a wrapped gift for the children from the
ages of 0 to 14 years. Please label these gifts (boy or girl and the age).

Some of our planned visits will be to:
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   • Grade 8: Princess Alice Adoption home(17 September)
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   • Grade 11 and 12: Children of Fire( 15 September) and Kids Haven( 29 September)

We have many exciting events planned in the high school of which you will be informed in the next newsletter.

Primary School:
The grade 2 learners were very busy with their market day last term. Handcrafted items were sold to the primary
school learners. An amount of R4000-00 was raised. The grade two teachers bought educational toys with the
funds and this will be donated to an underprivileged school.

Thank you for the wonderful response to the Care Badge Competition. The badges were beautiful. This made our
judging extremely difficult. The judging has been finalized and the chosen winners are Andreas Karamichael
(grade 5) and Alia Sofianos (grade 1). Well done!

The badges will be on sale shortly. All proceeds will go to charity.

AFTERSCHOOL CARE CENTRE
Please note that the afterschool care centre fees have increased to the following: R500 per month per child, R700
per month for siblings and R900 per month for 3 children. The daily rate has increased to R50 per day. It is
imperative that all outstanding afterschool care centre fees be settled as soon as possible.



FROM THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Most Grade 9 parents have booked their individual feedbacks with Michelle Wootton-Price to discuss their child’s
aptitude and interest results. These meetings assist pupils and parents in selecting a suitable subject choice for the
F.E.T. Parents who have not made appointments as yet, are to do so as a matter of urgency on 453 8210 ext 121.
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P.T.A. BOUZOUKI EVENING




On the 31st of October SAHETI will be having a bouzouki evening! This evening promises to be a
great family fun-filled event with lots of great food, dancing and entertainment. The event will be
hosted by the PTA, in the Bylos Music Centre, with live entertainment from Eddy Eckstein,
which guarantees loads of laughs.

                                For tickets & details please contact:

                                  Taki Flerianos - 083 400 9900
                                  Terry Lentzakis - 0721320643
                                   George Dellas - 0834423203
                                  Nick Baltsoucos -083 458 1164
                                 Natalia Economides - 0823303752
                                   Glennis Born - 083 296 7357
                                  Alex Karpodinis - 0828084660
                                   Nice Rovithis - 0118452063
                                    Paul Coppin - 0827839236


Regards, the P.T.A.

                                             Au Pair
An ex SAHETI pupil, who has completed her tertiary education, is looking for an Au Pair position. Anyone
interested in her services, please contact her on 071 334 4743.




                                  Mrs A. KRYSTALLIDIS
                                   EXECUTIVE HEAD
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                                    Perforated Perceptions:
Our READING Campaign to develop a CULTURE OF READING continues. Ms
Mary Voyadjis (SAHETI Teacher of English Grades 10-12) takes some time out to
express her views on OBE and its implications for reading for

English Home Language Senior School
Headlines in the media such as the following seem to leap out: The end of OBE?; Ditch OBE now,
academics urge; OBE has failed SA; OBE must go and A classroom in curriculum cogs.(The Times, Aug
2009)

Whew! It seems that at every turn poor Mr and Mrs OBE are being dealt a little corporal punishment.
Yes, certain systems in our country may not be being implemented effectively but this is a different
issue; one that concerns management, finances and execution of training and resources. It appears to
me that there is often a misunderstanding of the philosophy of Outcomes Based Education and
problems in its implementation, particularly in schools which are not as blessed as Saheti with our
supportive parents, informed teachers, willing students and available resources.

OBE, when implemented effectively, is a successful system. What is imperative for us to note is that at
the baseline of this system is an emphasis on reading. In an article published in The Times in August this
year, it states… SA gets dumb and dumber: varsity students can’t read. There is growing concern about
the lack of readiness of school-leavers for the world of academia. Theuns Eloff of Higher Education SA
states: “As university managers we are concerned that the ability of learners from high school to read,
comprehend and write is declining...and they are bad spellers.”

It is clear then that learners, if they are to thrive in the world after school, must have their reading skills
in place. The National Curriculum Statements’ vision for the learner of today is one that must:

     • have access to, and succeed in, lifelong education and training of good quality;
     • demonstrate an ability to think logically and analytically, as well as holistically and laterally; and
     • be able to transfer skills from familiar to unfamiliar situations.
This type of learner has the resources of knowledge at his or her fingertips and knows how to access
information to develop his or her own skills. Sir Francis Bacon stated that “Reading maketh a full man”
and it is evident that the holistic creation of such a learner depends extensively on his or her ability to
read.

Reading itself is not simply the scanning of individual or groups of symbols to form sentences and then
paragraphs and then greater texts. It is more than the technicalities of eye movement and brain
synapses, important though these may be. Reading is the art of interpretation. It is the skill of thinking
critically; in other words, the ability to perceive all points of view, all suggestions of meaning, all
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subtleties of language.
The learner who can read efficiently is able to achieve the highest level of intellect. The Competence
Descriptors included in the National Curriculum Statement for English Home Language state that by the
end of Grade 12 the learner with outstanding achievement should be able to:

    •   Confidently and skilfully interpret, analyse, evaluate and synthesise when reading and viewing;
        demonstrate rich insight and convincingly assert and justify own opinions; show a mature
        sensitivity to a wide range of different views and cultural issues.

So, OBE in its quest to produce competent learners who are able to contribute meaningfully to society
and who are able to reach this particular Competence Levels for Reading and Viewing, sets out goals in
the form of learning outcomes - statements of intended results of learning and teaching describing
knowledge, skills and values that learners should acquire.

From the earliest age, children interact with parents and friends, teachers and peers, in an exchange of
ideas and a quest for knowledge until the point where we hope they will make the choice to read on
their own. At the Grade 9 GET stage, Learning Outcome 3 stipulates that at the point of achievement
learners should be able to read and view for information and enjoyment and respond critically to the
aesthetic, cultural and emotional values in texts. It is this focus on the pleasure of reading that we need
to value in our own homes and school environment.

The GET Learning Outcomes are also accompanied by a list of suggestions of how teachers can
practically assist learners to achieve these goals. For example, summaries allow learners to sift through
information in a text and make judgments on the role of the information. The exploration of text types
and genres allow for learners to discover how key features of a text relate to its functioning. An in-
depth look at characters, setting, context and values can lead learners to some form of introspection in
their own lives. The identification and discussion of stereotypes and voices guide learners to find
implicit messages and then concur with them or challenge them.

The acquisition of reading skills exposes children to realities in life, expands their creativity and purports
that learners implement and cope with change in society and within themselves. There are vital life
lessons available in reading, significant for the developmental stages of teenagers.

For Grades 10, 11 and 12 Learning Outcome 2 states that the learner is able to read and view for
understanding, to evaluate critically and to respond to a wide range of texts. This is broken down
further into four Assessment Standards:

    •   The learner is able to demonstrate various reading and viewing strategies for comprehension
        and appreciation
    •   The learner is able to explain the meaning of a wide range of written, visual, audio and audio-
        visual texts
    •   The learner is able to explain how language and images may reflect and shape values and
        attitudes
    •   The learner is able to explore key features of texts and explain how they contribute to meaning
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        (these features should never be dealt with in isolation)
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These outcomes may appear complex but they are not unattainable. Teachers, such as ours, who are
well-trained will set in place a variety of learning techniques, tasks and assessments to develop the child
intellectually, but none of these can be developed further without the basics integral to reading. The
learner also has his or her own responsibility to develop the basic skills of reading and once these are in
place, to maintain and develop them. What is simple, however, is the paragon of reading: the more you
read, the more knowledgeable and skilled you become. This in turn undeniably leads to more business
doors being opened and more financial, emotional and professional success in the future.

The range of skills required for one to become a life-long learner is extensive and, to achieve, it is
imperative that children be able to read at the quickest pace at which they can absorb the information –
critically. This means that the cognitive abilities of our children must be pushed to ensure our children
become the Aristotles and Einsteins of their own worlds.

J. L. Carr states that “if you want to stay free from bother and calm in mind, read nothing except food-tin
labels and your rent-book”. Here at Saheti, however, we want our children’s minds to be stimulated, to
be active and to be instilled with a love for reading.




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DELECTABLE READS: SUNDAY TIMES LITERARY AWARDS

South African literature was recognised and praised at this year’s Sunday Times Literary
Awards held at the stylish Summer Place, Hyde Park, Johannesburg on Saturday, August 1. In
a Different Time by Peter Harris claimed the prestigious Alan Paton Award for non fiction to
mark the 20th anniversary of the prize, while Anne Landsman’s The Rowing Lesson was
honoured with this year’s Fiction Prize. The two authors received R75 000 each for their wins.




                In a Different Time tells the story of      Pregnant with her first child, Betsy
                four young South Africans who               Klein is summoned from her home
                embark on a mission that will               in New York to her father’s hospital
                ultimately take them to Death Row.          bed in Cape Town. Once caregiver
                They are a highly trained and               and     physician    to    a      whole
                experienced assassination squad             community, her father is now slowly
                reporting directly to Chris Hani. The       slipping to the other side. As Betsy
                narrative details their infiltration into   sits and waits for him to stir from his
                the country, their operations, arrest       coma, she is compelled to imagine
                and subsequent trial. These men             what his life had been like as a
                are the foot soldiers who sacrificed        young Jewish man, surrounded by
                everything. As their trial unfolds with     farmers on the South African
                their attorney fighting to save them        platteland, only a decade since the
                from the gallows, so too does the           Second World War. The Rowing
                story of their own lives and the            Lesson is an utterly convincing and
                choices they make. The story is set         vivid portrait of one man’s life, and
                in a South Africa gripped by unrest         also that of a daughter, recapturing
                and political tension, when the ANC         the dreams and longings of a father
                was in exile and repression at its          and husband.
                height.
                                                            Anne Landsman was born and
                Peter Harris was born in Durban,            raised in Worcester in the Western
                and grew up in Eastern Cape, and            Cape and received degrees from
                was educated at Michaelhouse,               the University of Cape Town and
                Rhodes and Warwick (UK). He                 Columbia University. Her first novel,
                practised law at JNB Bar for 15             The Devil's Chimney, which was
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                years and was legal counsel to              nominated for four awards including
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                Cosatu. Involved in Peace Accord in         the M-Net Prize. She lives in New
the early 90s. Head of Monitoring         York City with her husband and
Directorate of IEC in 1994.               children.

"Many people have said that what          "In a lesser writer’s hands, this kind
they enjoyed about the book was           of shifting narrative could be
that it made them remember a time         problematic, but through the fluidity
of hope and ideals and horror and         and sheer inventiveness of her
heroism, a time they had forgotten        prose, Landsman pulls it off… You
in a kind of cultural amnesia. I didn’t   finish The Rowing Lesson feeling as
want to write a protest book about        if you too have lived through
protest politics. I wanted to make it     Harold’s last hours. It has the
a book about ordinary people who          surreal, visceral quality of a life
ended up doing some horrible              flashing before the eyes – a final
things; I wanted to understand what       montage of an ordinary existence,
drove them to that point without          made extraordinary through the
casting judgment," says Harris.           power of imagination." -Irish Times,
                                          Catherine




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SAHETI SCHOOL MAGAZINE

Our School Magazine has become an entrenched tradition at our school. Over the years, we
have tweaked and improved the magazine so that it has become a mirror of all the outstanding
events, achievements and activities that reflect a very busy year at our school. It is indeed
rewarding to hear how past matriculants keep their magazines and enjoy seeing their school
years from the time they first became a SAHETIAN! Memories are certainly reflected in these
pages. We are continuing with our SAHETIAN goals for our 2009 edition!

What is our on-going aim of THE SAHETIAN?
  • Each and every pupil is reflected with at least one photograph. In addition sport and
       cultural photographs as well as candid shots mean that we ensure that all our pupils are
       visible on our pages. Articles, writings and pupil art work feature extensively in the
       magazine.

   •   The 2009 edition will include activities and events from October 2008 to November
       2009 from our tiniest PLAYSCHOOL through to magnetic MATRIC.

Our responsibility is to cover full production and publishing costs for our full-colour new look
magazine:

       Please peruse the options overleaf and assist us in one of the available options. Your
       continued support will be warmly appreciated.

We thank you in anticipation for your generosity.

DEADLINE 23 September (either to the class teacher or emailed directly to dpitt@saheti.co.za)




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 DO YOU
 want to place
 an ad in the
 school
 magazine?                                                                                             ADVERTISEMENT FORM
                                                        Thank you for taking time to support the 2009 edition of the
                    school magazine!

                     Please tick the appropriate form of sponsorship you wish to take. Please place this form
                    with your cheque/cash payment in a sealed envelope and hand it to your
                    son’s/daughter’s                    class                  teacher                     by
                    23 September 2009.

I wish to write a short message and include my name/ names of my children for the Classifieds page
for R 500. The size will be the size of a business card. No logos/visuals. Should you wish, you may
place name of the company and telephone numbers. Limited space available. The message will read
:
....................................................................................................................................................................
....................................................................................................................................................................
...................................................................................... from:
................................................................................................................................................
Contact name:
.......................................................Tel..........................................Cell:...........................................
Email:.................................................................................................................................................
......

I wish to take a quarter COLOUR advertisement for R1 080 (Portrait size only – not landscape).
Should you require us to make up the advertisement an additional R 500 will be charged. The
company to be advertised is:
.……………..…………………………………………………...........……..........................Contact name:
...................................................
  Tel...........................................Cell:.......................................... Email:
.....................................................................
                                     Limited Advertising space. Pse secure your ad today!
I wish to take a half page COLOUR advertisement (R1 950). (Landscape size only – not portrait).
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Should you require us to make up the advertisement an additional R500 will be charged. The
company to be advertised is:
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.……………..…………………………………………………...........……..........................Contact name:
...................................................
  Tel...........................................Cell:.......................................... Email:
.....................................................................
Limited advertising space. Pse secure your ad today!
I wish to take a full page COLOUR advertisement (R3 900). Should you require us to make up the
advertisement an additional R 500 will be charged The company to be advertised is:
.……………..…………………………………………………...........……..........................Contact name:
...................................................
  Tel...........................................Cell:.......................................... Email:
.....................................................................
Limited Advertising space. Pse secure your ad today!
I wish to place a mini-sponsorship (R 390)where the following will appear on a page: SPONSORED BY
THE [NAME] FAMILY
Please complete: Sponsored by the .................................................family.
Contact name:
.......................................................Tel.....................................................................................
Email:.................................................................................................................................................
......

I DO NOT WISH TO SPONSOR OR PLACE AN ADVERTISEMENT


CHILD’S NAME:......................................................................................
GRADE:...........................................................

Please support this wonderful venture which year by year traces the annual activities and events of
SAHETI School.
                           Each family will receive a complimentary copy.

                     DEADLINE FOR ADVERTISING MATERIAL:
                               23 SEPTEMBER.

                                       Contact: dpitt@saheti.co.za or abotha@saheti.co.za

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                         Programme of Church Services for September 2009
                         Πρόγραμμα Ιερών Ακολουθιών Σεπτεμβρίου 2009


  6.      Sunday 13th of Matthew:                          Orthros 08:00 – 09:30
                                                           Divine Liturgy 09:30 – 11:15
          Κυριακή IΓ΄ Ματθαίου:                            Όρθρος 08:00 – 09:30
                                                           Θεία Λειτουργία 09:30 – 11:15

  8.     Tuesday - Nativity of the Theotokos:              Orthros 08:00 – 09:00
                                                           Divine Liturgy 09:00 – 10:30
           Τρίτη - Γενέθλιον της Θεοτόκου:                 Όρθρος 08:00 – 09:00
                                                           Θεία Λειτουργία 09:00 – 10:30

  13.      Sunday before Elevation of Holy Cross:          Orthros 08:00 – 09:30
                                                           Divine Liturgy 09:30 – 11:30
               Κυριακή προ της Υψώσεως:                    Όρθρος 08:00 – 09:30
                                                           Θεία Λειτουργία 09:30 – 11:30

   14.    Monday- Elevation of Holy Cross:                 Orthros 08:00 – 09:00
                                                           Divine Liturgy 09:00 – 10:30
               Δευτέρα - Ύψωσις του Τιμίου Σταυρού:        Όρθρος 08:00 – 09:00
                                                           Θεία Λειτουργία 09:00–10:30

   20.    Sunday after Elevation:                          Orthros 08:00 – 09:30
                                                           Divine Liturgy 09:30 – 11:15
            Κυριακή μετά την Ύψωση:                        Όρθρος 08:00 – 09:30
                                                           Θεία Λειτουργία 09:30 – 11:15

   27. Sunday 1st of Luke:                                 Orthros 08:00 – 09:30
                                                           Divine Liturgy 09:30 – 11:15
            Κυριακή Α΄ Λουκά:                              Όρθρος 08:00 – 09:30
                                                           Θεία Λειτουργία 09:30 – 11:15

Please assist our Archdiocese in its Philanthropic, educational and missionary work.
Subscribe to our Archdiocese magazine, Sponsor Sunday Sermons; donate of your time and money.

Βοηθείστε την Ιερά μας Μητρόπολη στο Φιλανθρωπικό, Εκπαιδευτικό και Ιεραποστολικό της έργο.
Γραφτείτε συνδρομητές στο περιοδικό «Αλεξανδρινός Φάρος», γίνετε χορηγοί των Κηρυγμάτων της
Κυριακής, δώστε από το χρόνο σας και το χρήμα σας.
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