Sunday, 7 September 2014

Spring Day!

The first of September is celebrated in South Africa as the first day of spring!  It's tradition to pour water on someone to welcome in the new season!  Of course, it doesn't quite feel like winter has completely left us, but at least the days are slowly warming up and thawing us out!

Our school had a special Spring Day celebration on Friday.  We had jumping castles, popsicles, and tons of water to make the day enjoyable!  Even though the morning was chilly the kids still threw on their swimming suits (or swimming costumes as we call them here) and participated in the fun!
My goofy fourth graders enjoying the day!

Finishing up lunch before chapel!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Word

This morning as I went through my morning routine, I opened up my Bible to read through Revelations 21 and 22.

A little over a year ago I started reading the Bible from Genesis 1 with the intention of reading from cover to cover.  At first I would read five chapters a day, but I soon realized I couldn't focus much on the content when I read so much.  So for the most part I've been reading two chapters a day.  It seemed like I would never make it out of the Old Testament, let alone to the end of the Bible.  But thanks be to the Spirit who kept me motivated to read day in and day out!

While reading straight through the Bible isn't the highly recommended way of covering the pages, it did give me an interesting perspective on how the Bible is set up and the chance to discover people, places, and events that I had never heard of before.

I know that reading through the Bible doesn't make me an expert, but I also know that the more I delve into it, the more I will think of God's Word on a daily basis and apply it to my life.  I won't put my Bible back on a shelf, but I'll focus now on the tiny details that God has etched into the history of our beliefs!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Running for a Reason

Today residents surrounding the eMalahleni and Middelburg areas woke up to participate in the Greatest Train Race.  Each year the Rotary Club in South Africa puts together this event as one of their main annual fundraisers.  Thousands of people participate in the race each year!

I'm not a running fanatic, but I do like to run every few days and participate in local races.  What I like most about this race is that it's for a good cause.  The entrance fee doesn't go to the race, but to the Rotary which uses the money to assist communities, schools, and families in South Africa.

Our team ran the 28 kilometers as a five-person relay.  It was a cold morning, but by the time we were at our stations the sun was shining and a cool breeze blowing.  We finished in 3 hours and 6 minutes!  It was my first relay race, but I certainly hope it's not the last!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Golf Day

This past Thursday our school had it's first Golf Day fundraiser.  We were so thankful to have so many participants come and support our school at the Middelburg Golf Club!

Four of our golf students participated in the event led by our school coach, Mr. Seopela.  The students thoroughly enjoyed the day even though it was a lot of work getting through 18 holes.
Two of our student golfers
At the end of the event we shared some delicious braai food along with great conversation.  Before the prize-giving we had an auction and pledging both to support our school which is aiming to build 4 more classrooms for next year.

The prize giving was a happy event and everyone went home with a prize, no matter their score!

The principal, our emcee for the night, Coach Seopela, and the first prize student winner
It was a wonderful day and we at Saint Peter cannot wait to make this an annual event.  God has blessed us greatly!
The principal, our emcee for the night, and the first prize adult winner

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Free Time

Think back to your school days and ask yourself what you would've done if you had free time.  Here's some things that our kids love to do when there's a few extra minutes to pass on their own:

1) Play soccer- If you let the kids go outside to play the boys will scrounge up a soccer ball from somewhere and start a match.  It's by far the most popular sport at our school!
Soccer match during recess
2) Read a book- Our kids don't have a lot of reading books at home so if I tell them they can read, draw, or do something quietly when they finish they're work, 90% of them will grab a book.  All of my books are science-themed and the kids especially love to read about animals.

Reading about different animals
3) Draw- Most of the students always carry an extra notebook which they use to doodle in when they have free time.  

4) Make a game-  I've seen kids draw up Tic-Tac-Toe boards or play other games at their tables.  Just the other day I saw a group draw a Snakes and Ladders game on a piece of paper.  They tore off a corner of an eraser to make into a die and made little game pieces.  Now that's being resourceful!

Snakes and Ladders game board with pieces

Playing Snakes and Ladders
5) Play school- I cannot even tell you the amount of times I've seen kids "play school" in school.  One student is selected as the teacher and writes out "worksheets" for the "students" to complete.  Then he/she marks them and gives them a report card!