Leaflet 39    10 December 2021
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To our staff, parents, children and the wider Michael Oak community

We have come to the end 2021 and have become somewhat accustomed to the ‘new normal’. After another really tough year, we have thankfully managed to finish the year at school, having done camps and outings despite the imminent threat of a fourth wave and the Omicron variant. We had a very successful online Fair this year showing how resourceful and creative our community can be. We once again would like to thank our Covid team for all the hard work that they did to limit the impact and keep us safe from the continued threat of Covid-19.

We have had to say goodbye to some teachers who are leaving Michael Oak. Adam Randles (class 2 assistant), Holly Armstrong (PS assistant), Emma Van Der Vliet (Matric English and Drama), Gillian Mathew, our art teacher who has given so much of herself and brought out the artistic talent of so many children she has taught over many years at Michael Oak. A special mention must be made of Richard Cox who has been such an integral part of the Michael Oak family for so many years. We thank him as a teacher, administrator, trustee, mentor and all the other hats that he has worn over the years. The school and community will forever be grateful for his many years of service and we wish him everything of the best for his retirement. (See 'Staff Farewells' further down in this Leaflet) 

On behalf of the College of Teachers, we would like to thank our teachers and support staff for their passionate dedication to serve our community. We are also deeply grateful to all our parents who support and partner with us in the development and education of all the children in our care.

We wish you a happy, healthy holiday and safe travels if you are going away.
Wishing you light, love, joy and peace.


Roy Davids on behalf of the Michael Oak College of Teachers

"Thank You" to all Parents who Contributed

A warm word of thanks to all parents who made voluntary contributions to purchase gifts for the Admin and Support Staff.  They each received a Pick n Pay voucher and bag of chocolates. They have expressed their gratitude and wish everyone a wonderful holiday break.

OFFICE HOURS DURING THE HOLIDAYS

6 to 15 December
and from
Monday 10 January:

OFFICE OPEN
07h30 to 14h00

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ADMIN STAFF ON LEAVE

All Admin staff will be on leave from Wednesday 15 December to Monday 10 January 2022.
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HIGH SCHOOL REPORTS

Dear Parents,
Please note that High School Reports will be emailed out on Monday 13 December.

 









Class 11 Art Exhibition

Continued from Leaflet 38

Class 11s worked from Impressionist paintings using a limited palette of yellow, red, blue and white, so learning about colour mixing and observing just how these artists laid down their brush strokes, giving them a true appreciation of these beautiful paintings.

See all the paintings
from the whole class
in our website gallery

HERE

Continued from Leaflet 38. 

Further examples of lyric poetry (Benyamin Dollie), narrative poetry (Angelique De Nobbrega-Thorold), and dramatic poetry (Oliver Solomon).

 
Watch 5 very short videos here:
 
                               
High School:  End of Year Gathering

  
High school classes gathered for their end of year assembly last Thursday.   Roy Davids drew everyone's attention to the huge problem of plastic in the oceans -- and that some people are actively doing something about it. 
          
The assembly started with some beautiful singing by Zorya Yarrow and Nosipho Qhayiso who managed incredibly well in spite of a strong south-easter and also some unfortunate loudspeaker feedback near the end of their song.  Hear them sing "Umthandazo woxolo" on the Youtube link above. The marimba band closed the assembly.
 
       
For the latest updates to the school calendar please check the website regularly  HERE

   HOUSE TO LET   

My House at No 3 Marlow Road, directly opposite the Michael Oak main entrance, is available for rent as of now, after substantial renovation. It has 4 bedrooms (2 en suite), large lounge/dining room, quiet garden. The agent is Penny Lunn 083 566 9501, or email her at pennywisepps@telkomsa.net
 

   RUSTIC ACCOMMODATION  
   FOR ONE   

Across the road from Michael Oak. Converted wendy - 1 bedroom, open plan kitchen area, outdoor bathroom (hot shower), compost toilet – would suit single eco-friendly person. House is occupied by a mom and a teenage son. Rent negotiable (surf lifts, garden support can supplement) contact: leigh@seed.org.za


   ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE  
Accommodation available from January onwards in beautiful Herbert Baker house across the road from Michael Oak School fields.   Separate unfurnished apartment with own entrance, off street parking and shared use of magical treed garden and pool.    Large  bedroom, bathroom and kitchen/ living room with ample built cupboards and bookcases, fine period fireplace and own private courtyard.
Two roomed: R7000 per month plus electricity.
Three roomed: R 10 000 per month plus electricity.
Contact Tessa at tgraaff@gmail.com  or cell 0829208183

 

  WONDERFUL PETS LOOKING FOR NEW HOMES  

We are moving overseas and due to circumstances are not able to take our pets with us  :-(   We have 2 lovely easy going middle sized dogs; Candy and Milo and 2 sweet cats, Shadow and Shine. They are all such wonderful house trained animals and will brighten up any home! They don’t have to go together although dogs do need company. If you would like any more information or would like to meet them; please contact Yael on 072 040 7301. And please share if you know of others that may be interested. Thanks so much!

FRUIT TREES WANTED!

Rob Howe (our maintenance and facilities manager) is wanting to plant orange and/or apple trees in our school gardens. He's happy to come and dig out even quite big ones if you have any to spare. If you have any trees contact him on 082 871 7443.   Thanks to those parents who have already donated trees (apple, orange, avocado) -- much appreciated!  

   CHRISTMAS FAIR  
   in THREE ANCHOR BAY
  

We are looking for vendors selling crafts, gifts and clothes for a fair in Three Anchor Bay (near the Greenpark) on the 18th and 19th December 2021.   For details contact Lulu 073 252 9912 or 021 200 2338   or  Thefoodboxcpt@gmail.com

 
   HOUSE SITTER AVAILABLE IN HOLIDAYS   

Looking for someone to look after your house while you're away in the holidays? Chatama Maliro can help you. Contact him on 078 928 7025

   LOOKING FOR AU PAIR WORK   

Blessing Chatama (in Grade 11) is looking for holiday work, looking after children. She can be reached via 078 928 7025.

   LIFT CLUB FROM OBS. 

We are looking for one more child to join our lovely lift club from Observatory. It would be from the 1st term next year. We are 3 families sharing the rides to - and from school. We have two children who are in class 6 and 1 child who is in class 8 (this year).  Please contact Claudia at 082 459 5348 or at claudia@zanzibar-retreats.com
 
    LOOKING TO BUY A CAR   

If you are selling your car, please give me a call.  I am looking for a small vehicle (Honda Brio, Hyundai i10 or i20, or something in a similar class), a 2013 model or younger, preferably with less than 100,000 kms on the clock (but a bit more is fine too), and a good service history with no major accidents. Please contact Hannah on 082 464 9645 or hannahvdw.za@gmail.com
 
  ANYBODY SELLING A CAR?   
 
Are you perhaps planning to sell your car?  We're looking for something like a Caddy or Sportage, Forester or similar MPV.  Contact Charles at  cabbott@michaeloak.org.za or  072 324 4935.
 

   AU PAIR, NANNY or BABYSITTER  
  AVAILABLE   

My name is Thandokazi Mathimba. I am looking for a position as an Au Pair, Nanny or Babysitter. I have lots of experience with children as I have assisted the teachers at the Michael Oak Waldorf Playgroup, Kindergarten and Aftercare classes. My husband, Ivan, is employed at Michael Oak Waldorf school as a Facilities Gardener. I was also previously employed as an Assistant Teacher at the Stellenbosch Waldorf school and have undertaken some courses at the Centre for Creative Education. Please contact me on 078 288 7539.






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