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a c a d e m i c s hmc – horizon maths competitionevery year star college organises and hosts the horizon maths com-petition in the tshwane region. the first round is held at the various schools who entered their grade 5 to 7 learners. the tests have a com-bination of algebra, geometry and some tricky problem solving, which challenges the learners to the best of their mathematical abilities.this year we had 4364 learners from 20 different schools participate in the first round. of those children 465 advanced to the next round. the second round was held at star college on saturday the 13th of may. there was a lot of nervous excitement before the test was written. the learners had 75 minutes to complete the test and according to some, this test deemed even more challenging than the first. on thursday the 25th of may, we held our annual horizon mathematics competition awards evening. the top 100 children are invited to attend along with their parents and principals from their respective schools. we had many special guests that evening, including the educational director of the horizon educational trust, mr ilhami demirtas, officials from the horizon educational trust and trustees and officials from the department of education.there was a lot of nervous excitement that evening as our master of ceremonies, ms casey dinkel, read the awards that the top 10 children would be receiving. these prizes included bicycles, tablets, ipods and cell phones. we would like to congratulate every child that took part and a special congratulations to two star college pupils who made it into the top 100, devaan naicker and gulcin aydin, we are very proud of you!emily hawkes from rietondale primary school, obtained first place winning an ipad 5. we would like to thank all the organisers as well as the teachers who made this mathematics challenge possible. a special thank you to all the schools and learners who participated. well done on all your efforts, and we hope to see you again next year!
a c a d e m i c s mintek olympiad on thursday 15 may 2017 three matric students, byron govender, tafadzwa musariri and roque du plessis, participated in the mintek olympiad which is held annually at sci-bono in johannesburg. these students had the opportunity to compete with a few of the best schools in the gauteng province.the students had a great time participating in the olympiad which consisted of 40 questions regarding mathematics, science and general knowledge. we look forward to giving our learners this very valuable opportunity again next year.science expo 2017star college held their annual science expo on friday the 12th of may. there was a buzz of excitement as learners set up their projects, whilst they waited for the judging to begin.judges from all professions joined us, we even had a nasa technol-ogist, jim adams, visiting from the usa. the projects were of an excellent standard and learners thoroughly researched their topics and impressed the judges with their presentations. thank you to all parents and leaners for their hard work and dedication and a very big thank you to all our judges.world robotics olympiad preparationsstar college pretoria takes part in the annual world robotics olympi-ad, which is an event incorporating science, technology, education and robotics. it brings together young people from all over the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills through challenging and educational robotics competitions. we are proud to be able to reg-ister two teams this year: a junior team with ridhwaan patel, sameer ghela and benedict lafoka (all from grade 9) as well as a senior team with oussama bera, keith pillay and carl smith (all from grade 10). the olympiad encourages individual problem-solving skills and both teams are coached and supervised by mr celik. the aim of the challenge is to construct a working robot using lego mindstorms and to program it to solve a challenge. both teams will participate in the regional round of the olympiad on the 12 august with the goal of rep-resenting south africa internationally at the world robotics olympiad held in costa rica later this year.
a c a d e m i c s genius olympiad 2017on the 12th - 18th of june star college pretoria participated in the inter-national genius olympiad, high school project competition. our boys competed against over 2000 learners from 73 countries. categories of competition this year included science, music, art, robotics and creative writing. our learners; lesedi mokoka(gr10), benedict lefoka(gr9) and mashalane kgare(gr9) all competed in the science category.the olympiad was based in the scenic town of oswego, new york. after spending over 32 hours in planes and airports the boys landed in syracuse, ny and were received by the organisers. a short bus ride to oswego followed and the boys were accommodated at the oswego university residence for some much-needed rest. the days that followed were filled with exciting new experiences. the learners quickly made new friends and took in many wonderful sights including the niagara falls, destiny mall (6th largest mall in the u.s) and the tranquil town of oswego. the genius olympiad was extremely tough this year. our learners fielded tough questions from the judges and managed to hold their own. the theme of this year’s olympiad was a focus on the environment and environmental issues. our learners made two projects, one which aimed to maximize the potential of solar energy and another which tried to harness the power of hydrogen and oxygen.our grade 10 learner lesedi mokoka received a special mention and a certificate for outstanding work. after the event was over our learners spent a few days in new york city taking in the sights and doing some shopping.the boys returned home without medals, but were excited about their ideas for next year. by seeing the level of work required for the com-petition, they knew that they could come back and reach even greater heights next time. the genius olympiad was an extraordinary event that our learners will remember for years to come
o u t i n g s acrobranch tree top adventureson friday the 5th of may 2017, the grade 4 a and b classes travelled to acrobranch tree top adventures in pretoria north.the day was filled with exciting adventures where the learners moved from tree to tree experiencing different obstacles throughout the course. the learners wear harnesses while swinging, jumping and climbing from tree to tree throughout the day. many of the learners faced and conquered their fears and enjoyed every minute! what an awesome day! gr 2 outingon thursday 11 may the grade 2’s went for our annual excursion to learn more about farm animals.we went to visit the centurion children’s farm.the learners were very excited as they all had a chance to feed a little lamb some milk and they were even given a chance to hold the bunnies. the farm also had a reptile park with lots of snakes, crocodiles and lizards. they showed us how the cows are milked and the learners had a chance to feed the sheep, chickens, horses and many more.it was a great outing and all the learners had so much fun.thank you centurion children’s farm.a day at the zooon monday the grade 5’s went on an excursion to the pretoria zoo. they were all excited and looking forwardto the day. the highlight of the day was seeing the sharks at the aquarium. they also saw white tigers, lions as well as many other animals. it was a great experience to see all the live animals and we all thoroughly enjoyed our day.
g e n e r a l i n f o foundation phase mother’s dayon thursday the 4th may, the foundation phase hosted their annual mother’s day event. this year we decided to spice it up a bit and got in mrs tracey ralphs, a dance instructor from dance mouse, to teach our moms and learners, to line dance.the foundation phase teachers decorated the hall with bales of hay and made it look like a cowboy saloon. the moms and children played their parts, by dressing in cowboy outfits! mrs ralphs had all the moms and children moving and grooving. the morning was fun and interactive, with many awesome cowboy outfits and lots of laughs! intermediate phase mother’s day breakfast picnic on the 17th of may 2017, the intermediate phase learners celebrated a belated, but very special mother’s day. the day was filled with enter-tainment of dancing, singing and poetry, and after a cold and wet few days, the day turned out to be a beautiful sunny day where the mother’s enjoyed a breakfast picnic on the star college green’s with their chil-dren. what a brilliant day to honour the lovely mothers. matric dance mum’s meetingon saturday the 20th of may, the matric dance committee, headed by ms barbara applegreen met with the matric moms to make prepara-tions regarding the matric dance. it was a buzz of excitement as it is our first matric dance. we are thrilled to say that the dance will take place on t friday 11 august, at casa lee country lodge. there are a small number of matric boys this year and it was lovely to have their mom’s involved in the decision making process. the boys can now look forward to a glitzy evening and make memories before they head into writing their matric trial papers. we are sure they are going to have a night to remember! our first matric dance around the corner.the matric dance committee has been working very hard behind the scenes to prepare a special evening for our first ever group of matrics. on the last day of their june exams the matrics received the invitations they had been waiting for so very eagerly. the masked ball theme was reflected in the black velvet masks and the elegant gold boxes in which the invitations were presented. if the invitations are any indication, our first matric group can look forward to an evening of excitement and sophistication on 11 august!
g e n e r a l i n f o star college staff dinneron tuesday, 20 june 2017, star college management hosted a com-bined staff dinner for the primary and high school staff members and their loved ones. the evening was filled with a warm ambience and the most delicious turkish cuisine, which was enjoyed by all. the dinner was hosted during ramadan festivities where the importance of sharing with your community is the essence. our principal, mr isak turan, also gave all the guests a further brief overview and insight into the meaning and traditions of ramadan. the evening was a success and appreciate by all the staff members present.it was a wonderful way to end off a very long, busy and exhausting term and provided staff and their families with an invaluable opportunity to get together in an informal context and share in an occasion which pro-moted a better understanding of our diverse and colourful multi-cultural star college family.dinner with grade 11 & 12 parentsit has become a tradition at star college that the management invite learners and their parents to share in an iftar meal during their obser-vance of the holy month of ramadan.on saturday 10 june 2017 the grade 11 and 12 learners and their fam-ilies were invited to share in an iftar dinner at the school. the school foyer was transformed into a dining hall tastefully decorated in blue and white and a delicious three course traditional turkish dinner was served.it was a wonderful opportunity for families and staff to interact socially in a more informal setting. many thanks to all who attended this event and especially to mr turan and the other staff for extending their hospi-tality to parents and teachers at the school.gr 4 cake and candy day the grade 4 cake and candy day was held on the 25th of may. our grade 4 learners became young entrepreneurs by selling all kinds of goodies at their stalls. the learners worked really hard to make the day a huge success. thank you to miss de jager for organizing our cake and candy, the teachers who came to support us and a big thank you to the grade 4 parents for supporting and encouraging your children
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