From the Principal’s Desk – 23 February, 2017

Dear Parents,

This weekend sees the second annual PA Jazz Brunch and Fun Run. A lot of work and
effort has gone into making this event a wonderful and exciting highlight on our calendar. I would really like to extend my best wishes and thanks to all the parents who have rolled up their sleeves and just pitched in to assist. I have no doubt that it will be an amazing morning filled with good food, some healthy exercise and wonderful jazz entertainment. If you still have not booked your place please do so as soon as possible by clicking the image to the right or by following any of the links to the the event on our school Facebook page). I am hoping that the entire HBIS community of parents, students and staff come together for this exciting morning.

In other news, I had the chance to attend the first ever “So you think you can spell?” evening organised by Ms Balikaran and for the MYC1 students. I am so impressed by the courage and determination of those students who stepped up to partake in this inaugural event. As I sat there watching them spell out their respective words, you could almost hear each of the adults in the room trying to spell the words in their own heads while watching the students stand up and verbalise each letter. I must admit that I did think that these students may not have realised that they may most likely have started a new tradition at HBIS and could be called the pioneers of this new event aimed at fostering a love for the English language. Well done to all concerned.

It would be wrong for me to not refer to the dire crisis we all face as citizens of the Western Cape with regards to the severe water shortage we are currently experiencing. Yesterday, while it was fun and exciting to see helicopters landing at our school to refuel in order to deal with the terrible fire on Karbonkelberg, one could not help but think about the double edge sword that is living here – on the one hand we live in one of the most beautiful places on earth and yet we have to learn to improve the way we look after our sensitive environment. From raging veld fires to the stricken drought, we all have a duty and responsibility to act in a manner that preserves what we have for our children and their children’s children. We all have a part to play and I trust that we as a community are doing what we can. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the many men and women of the various fire departments who struggle daily to keep the many raging fires under control and ultimately protect our nearest and dearest. They are the true hero’s out there.

Kind regards,

Grant Ruskovich