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1 OCTOBER 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

I hope that this final school term of 2020 will be a happy and rewarding one for your daughters. At the start of this term, it is particularly pleasing to welcome a few more international pupils who have returned to St Anne’s for the first time since the commencement of the lockdown period. We also welcome Mrs Morag le Roux, our new Head of IDL (introduction below). Ms Esther Naicker commenced her new role as PA to the College Head, although she is still in charge of travel arrangements until the end of the year.

LEAVERS’ SERVICE AND PRIZE GIVING

In my letter at the end of last term I pointed out that we will be going ahead with our annual Leavers’ Service and Prize Giving Ceremony, albeit in altered formats, and without the presence of parents and other invited guests. The decision to exclude parents from these functions is a carefully considered one that is made in the best interest of the Grade 12 pupils. Apart from our commitment to observing protocols pertaining to Level 1 of the lockdown in which we still find ourselves, we are intent on avoiding the possibility of the matrics becoming ill just before their important NSC Examinations. If a pupil is unable to write a particular examination, the next opportunity for her to do so will be towards the middle of next year. This is obviously not an attractive prospect.

I remind you that a link to the live-streaming of the Leavers’ Service, as well as of the Prize Giving Function, will be shared with you so that you can watch from home.

All girls may leave school after Prize Giving for an extended weekend as there will be no Saturday school on 10 October. Accommodation will be available on campus for boarders who choose to stay in, and classes will resume on Monday morning, 12 October, at the normal time. There will be a ‘special’ bus to Johannesburg after Prize Giving but this is essentially for Matrics who are commencing their study leave. It will be a one-way service only; i.e. if girls from other Grades make use of the bus, they will need to find their own way back before school on Monday. This bus service is to assist the Matric parents who would usually attend Prize Giving and collect their daughters.

Parents of residential boarders may collect their daughters from their respective Houses after Prize Giving, provided they comply with the following regulations:

  • Parents are please to remain in their vehicles.
  • Masks are to be worn at all times.
  • Physical distancing must be observed.
  • Only pupils are allowed in their respective Houses.
  • Pick-up points are as follows:
    1. Macrorie & MB => Parking area behind Macrorie & MB
    2. Andrews & Usherwood => Parking area outside the school shop.
    3. FB => Parking area outside the sports office.
    4. Mollie Stone => In the Mollie Stone circle.
    5. Day Girls => Parking area in front of school.

Kind regards

David Arguile

COLLEGE HEAD

“Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.”

Leon Uris      Redemption

INTRODUCING THE TEAM

Morag le Roux, Head of Information & Digital Literacy

Morag is a St Anne’s and Mollie Stone Old Girl (née McAllister, 1995). She studied Electronic Engineering after school and has been designing and deploying electronic solutions in the corporate world for the last 20 years. Morag is married with two children; 9 year old Michael and six year old Sarah. She has lived in various places over the years but was always eager to return and settle in Hilton having grown up here. Morag has a wide variety of interests including mountain biking, off-road motorbiking, rock climbing and all ball sports. On the more sedate side she has an interest in videography, photography and visual editing. She is looking forward to interacting with the girls and hopefully instilling a curiosity around technology.