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21 Jun 2018
Congratulations to Oliver Martin and Sipho Mdletye who have been selected to represent the Port Elizabeth Primary Schools Soccer Association at the U/13 Knysna Soccer Festival over the winter break.
21 Jun 2018
Congratulations to Brenden and Matthys Wessels who have been selected to represent the Eastern Province team at the South African Biathle Championships on the 23rd of June.
21 Jun 2018
16 pupils from Grade 10 and 11 successfully completed the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Programme this term, run by the Algoa Toastmasters. The purpose of this programme is to equip high school pupils with the skills to run a meeting and to develop public speaking. The eight sessions include prepared and impromptu speeches from the participants, as well as educational input from the facilitators. The programme concluded with a graduation ceremony and breakfast, organised by the pupils. The facilitators were particularly impressed by the high standard of speeches delivered by our pupils. The winning speech was delivered by Jessica Lock, who will represent Harvest in the regional competition next term. Hannah Terblanche and Nathan Seton-Smith placed second and third respectively.
21 Jun 2018
The Grade 2s enjoyed an exciting and informative outing to Kragga Kamma Game Park. We were treated to a game drive where Aunty Lisa taught us all about the wildlife. We saw inquisitive ostrich, beautiful cheetah, majestic giraffes, buffalo, wildebeest, bontebok and many more animals. We even happened to spot the black backed jackal racing across the park, after he had escaped from his enclosure! What a wonderful way to learn about God's creation. His attention to detail is amazing.
21 Jun 2018
On Friday the Grade 7s got together for a time of fellowship after a tough two weeks of exams. We had a good night of entertainment as some of the girls and boys decided to surprise the teachers and their peers with a fashion show. After the fashion show, the "braaiing" commenced. Everybody stood around the fire braai-ing their own meat and then enjoyed the food, while various conversations were taking place. After all the bellies were full, we started our "getting-to-know-you" game. They had two minutes to talk to each of their classmates before they had to rotate. At first, there were some awkward silences but not long after everybody was enjoying getting to know each other even better. I would just like to say, thank you to Mr Vermooten, Mr Bezuidenhout and Mr O'Kennedy for braai-ing.
08 Jun 2018
Well done to the following pupils who participated in the SASMT PE Mini Maestro's Music Competition on Saturday 26 May 2018, and have all received certificates. Mark Hindes - Recorder Rebecca Jensen - Piano Ruth Heckroodt - Violin Hannah Mitchell - Piano Walipalwa Mulenga - Piano Jessica Walland - Piano Katelyn Walland - Piano Zandile Sipuka - Piano & Violin Cindy-Lee Seymour - Violin
08 Jun 2018
On 30 and 31 May 2018, the Music Department hosted the annual Beginner Music Concerts. This was a showcase for all the Primary School music pupils, as well as our Junior Primary Choir, Senior Primary Choir, Marimba Band and Guitar Ensemble. The performances featured many blossoming musicians and it was a perfect opportunity for pupils to experience playing in front of an audience for the first time. The colourful lighting sponsored by Mr. Derrick Badenhorst, coupled with the beautiful roses and candles on the piano, set the atmosphere for both evenings. One of the great things about the Intermediate Phase Concert was the first song where the audience could participate with the guitar ensemble. The lively marimba band also got the audience involved in dancing and hand-clapping.
08 Jun 2018
On Friday, 25 May, Harvest High School collected and delivered food parcels for some of the residents at Buffelsfontein Old Age Home. Considering we were only able to do one delivery this term, some of the students went that extra mile and brought additional items. A huge thank you to all involved. A tin of vegetables or a tube of toothpaste may seem like very little, but when those parcels are put to together we are making a difference.
08 Jun 2018
On Friday, 18 May, Harvest High School spent the afternoon playing Bingo with some of the residents of Buffelsfontein Old Age Home. It was a great afternoon filled with laughter as one can become quite competitive while playing this game. The afternoon also includes having tea and some delicious goodies while the students chat to the residents.
08 Jun 2018
On Thursday, 10 May, Harvest Christian School participated in an international charity event called One Day Without Shoes. One Day Without Shoes Day was created by the Californian company Tom’s Shoes to encourage people to pay more attention to the numerous problems a lack of shoes can cause in the lives of impoverished children. Each child of Harvest donated at least one pair of shoes and then spent the school day walking around barefoot.
08 Jun 2018
What a wonderful celebration of diversity, beauty and motherhood. The ladies tea was a wonderful event where women interacted, laughed and were inspired to come together as mothers. During key conversations we were reminded of our core purpose. As mothers we have the high calling of building into our children and families the priority of seeking God and His ways. This great privilege can often be forgotten in the daily struggles and mundane activities that detract and distract. Sometimes simply seeking acknowledgement and success can hinder women from actively understanding and following God’s simple command – to seek Him first and obey His commands. As mothers we were once again reminded of our need for each other and our desperate need for the Spirit’s enabling and infilling.
08 Jun 2018
Imagine what life would have been like almost two centuries ago ... well, the grade 4s were able to do just that for an hour this week when we paid a visit to Number 7 Castle Hill in Central. This beautiful house is one of the oldest in Port Elizabeth and has been furnished and decorated as it would have been in the 1800s. The children were fascinated by all the interesting items on display and had fun pumping water from the well, embossing paper to make a seal for letters, and trying to coax a tune from the old harmonium. Although there was no electricity or modern conveniences such as an indoor bathroom in those days, there were many other useful things to make life comfortable. We enjoyed our visit immensely.
08 Jun 2018
The Grade 3s had a very enjoyable outing to Sanccob where they learnt all about shipwrecks. After the lesson they all got dressed up as survivors, warriors, lions or elephants. The survivors walked along the beach and were ambushed by the other 3 groups. The children found a treasure map and proceeded to find the hidden treasure which was a chest filled with chocolates. When we returned to Sanccob the children spent time watching the penguins.
08 Jun 2018
On 19 and 20 May 2018 the Harvest High School Choir joined a massed choir of over 200 voices at the Last Night of the Proms. This is an annual event in aid of St Francis Hospice in collaboration with the East Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the inimitable Richard Cock. What a wonderful experience this was for our choristers, as well as the teachers – Miss Olivier, Mr Duncombe and Mrs Rodger. Thank you to the parents who attended, as well as to Mr Le Feuvre for supporting us on Sunday afternoon.
08 Jun 2018
The Grade 2s enjoyed a fun outing to Heatherbank Preschool. We donated shoes that we had collected to the children and spent some time playing with them. Everyone enjoyed a lovely, active morning. What a blessing to be a blessing.
08 Jun 2018
Praise the name of the Lord our God! He is good; all the time. On Saturday 11 May 2018 at 7:30am, thirteen of our grade 7 pupils made a public declaration and were baptised in the pool at Pollock Beach. What a glorious time for pupils, parents and staff. We were so blessed to be a part of the special and blessed occasion. At mini-chapel the Wednesday before the baptisms, each candidate gave a personal testimony before the school. Revelation 12:11 says; ‘And they have conquered him (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.’ A testimony that can never be taken from them. God is working in the lives of these young people and it is our privilege to be partnering with the parents in helping them to know Jesus more. Our sincere thanks to Pastor Dave Walland.
08 Jun 2018
Congratulations to Nkanyezi Ngubane who achieved cum laude and a silver for his performance at the Despatch Eisteddfod. He was chosen to perform at the prestigious Despatch High School Concert.
11 May 2018
The Grade 12 camp took place at the UCSV campsite in Jeffreys Bay from 2-4 May and the pupils were accompanied by Mrs Stacey and Mrs Rodger. On the first evening, after enjoying delicious burgers (patties expertly braaied by Kevin Ulett), we spent some time affirming each other. Each Grade 12 was given the opportunity to have their peers speak affirmation over them. This took more than two hours, many tissues and some laughs. I was humbled when they included me and spoke into my life as well. Thursday dawned bright and clear and we set off to play Putt Putt. Unfortunately the facility was closed (so much for Google!) and so we spent some time on the beach instead.
11 May 2018
I could feel my legs shaking, as I breathed in the fresh, pristine air and looked down from the top of the abseiling tower; the view that met my eyes was breathtaking. The beautiful, green mountains of Hogsback spread out as far as my eyes could see. The grade 11s set out for Hobbiton on 1 May, located in the idyllic scenery of Hogsback that was the inspiration for the book Lord of the Rings. We were all challenged physically and mentally in the beautiful outdoor environment. From abseiling, rope courses, zip-lining, the king swing and the night hike, there was truly never a dull moment. We were given the opportunity to hike to spectacular waterfalls, swim in crystal water and experience the untouched mountain air.
11 May 2018
What an incredible experience the grade 10 Tsitsikamma hike was. With two easy days and three very tough days, the learners were pushed to new limits within themselves and as a group. They learnt so much about themselves and what they were capable of doing even when it seemed impossible. The long hard days followed by the evenings spent connecting around the fire were great at strengthening the bond between the group. Fun was had by all as the pupils cooked for themselves and shared meals together. All agreed that being completely away from technology and the fast pace of life helped us all to appreciate God's stunning creation and connect with Him more.
11 May 2018
The Tsitsikamma hiking trail journeys through extensive indigenous forest and mountain fynbos. Ancient river gorges and abundant rivers and streams remind us of God’s creative powers. This 50+ kilometer hike over five days is quite a challenge with some big climbs…but the moment you reach the summit of each climb or fix your eyes on your surroundings you are mesmerised by the sheer beauty of God’s creation. What an experience every person should have at least once in their lifetime to be stretched to your physical limits to see what you are actually made of. One starts to value the small things in life again.
11 May 2018
On 4-6 May the grade 9s spent an enjoyable time at African Imprint in Kirkwood. The first day started with team-building activities involving obstacle courses and canoeing. The second day saw the grade 9s zip lining and problem solving. Everyone participated enthusiastically in the evening activities and on the last night the girls were very keen to show off their dance moves. All-in-all the camp was a worthwhile experience and the grade 9s returned with a renewed sense of unity and fun.
11 May 2018
From Thursday, 3 May until Saturday, 5 May the grade 8s went to Alicedale for their annual camp. Here they spent time together while facing numerous challenges. These challenges included obstacle courses, climbing walls and various other activities that tested their strength and perseverance. The grade 8s learnt about teamwork, discipline, leadership and their relationship with God. With gorgeous weather and good facilities, fun was had by all. A successful camp and awesome memories.
11 May 2018
The grade 7s had a wonderful camp out at Elands River last week. We were blessed by absolutely perfect weather and that contributed to the grade 7s’ camp enjoyment. Upon arrival they were divided into teams and had to do some fun activities to loosen themselves up a bit. They had a teaching on effective communication then spent the night just chilling around a fire talking and later on going for a night walk. On the second day they conquered their fears by abseiling off a 20 m cliff followed by some hiking and swimming. Later on they had a chance to share some of their hearts and the leaders of the camp did a fantastic job to stir vulnerability amongst them as the leaders shared their testimony to the kids.
11 May 2018
Beautiful weather, a fantastic location, active children and good food characterised the 2018 Grade 6 Camp. The campsite, African Imprint, is situated just outside Kirkwood between citrus orchards on the Sundays River. The children zip-lined across the river, canoed, built structures, completed a tough obstacle course, got very muddy and swam in the cement dam to cool off. Mrs Straton and Mr Davidson observed the children participating with enthusiasm, working together as teams and encouraging one another when activities were tough.Many children discovered that they could do more than they ever imagined they were capable of. A wonderful time was had by all!
11 May 2018
Imagine a place where young and old can go to explore the marvel of science and technology and how it affects our daily lives. During the month of May, the Grade 5s were given this opportunity. They went to the Science and Technology centre in Uitenhage, where they could see, feel, touch and explore science and technology and be inspired to take on this exciting world. There was something for everyone to do. The centre exhibits different sections, such as automotive, electrical, construction, momentum, sound and a fun game zone. The boys loved to see the mechanics of a VW and an original helicopter used in WW2. While the girls enjoyed the construction area, where they could see the process of building the golden gate bridge, the Eiffel tower and could even construct their own little house.
11 May 2018
Our outing to Samrec on 7 May 2018 was a great success. The children were given an excellent lesson about penguins and other birds. They learnt about the dangers and effects of pollution, and thoroughly enjoyed the 'touch museum". Watching the penguins being fed was a highlight.
11 May 2018
This month we continued discussing the disciplines and practices that we can institute in our families that will strongly predict how our children, as adults one day, will walk in their faith. Our first discussion around this topic was how the starting point of building our children into God is developing in them a passion for His Word. At our last meeting we discussed the second habit that we need to develop in our children which is the ability to willingly offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. ‘… I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.’ (Psalm 34:1). Faith comes alive in an atmosphere of praise and thanksgiving. Praise and thanksgiving are practices learnt in our homes.
11 May 2018
On Thursday 19 April 2018, weeks of writing, rehearsing, costume design, and thespian excitement came to a grand climax as our two house plays were performed for pupils, staff, and families at the Harvest Christian Church auditorium. We proudly present the winners in the respective categories: Best play: De Necker Best lighting and sound: De Necker Best actor: Mark Stuart Best actress: Zenande Gilbert Best supporting actor: Nathan Seeton-Smith Best supporting actress: Kaelyn de Vos Most promising performer: Zoë du Toit Merit award: Liso Kwaza Merit award: Jessica Lock Merit award: Jason Sheehan Merit award: Craig Duthie Merit award: Asakhe Ngxonono
24 Apr 2018
This year's string workshop focused more on the advanced string players (Grades 4-7) from many schools in P.E. Pupils had the opportunity to brush shoulders with new composers and each other, in different chamber music combinations (duets, trios and quartets) throughout the afternoon. Lots of fun was had by all.
23 Apr 2018
On Saturday, 17 March, some of the high school pupils spent their morning at Animal Welfare. There they walked the dogs, loved the cats and played with the puppies. Great fun was had by all. Our next date at Animal Welfare is Saturday, 21 April.
23 Apr 2018
On Friday, 16 March 2018, Harvest High School had a civvies day and a cake sale, for Community Service. With the money raised, we managed to show a little bit of love towards each of our initiatives. We bought over 400 Easter eggs, so that each resident may receive a little something on Easter Sunday. We bought some board games, balls, crayons and a story book. We bought 75kg of dog food.
23 Apr 2018
On Friday, 16 March 2018, a group of high school students went to Buffelsfontein Old Age Home, and spent two hours of their time playing Bingo with some of the residents. It proved to be an afternoon of fun and laughter – Bingo can be very competitive after all. The afternoon also included a tea break and a good chat. All in all, a lovely afternoon and a successful end to a busy week.
23 Apr 2018
On Friday, 16 March 2018, Harvest has Heart delivered their food parcels to some of the residents at Buffelsfontein Old Age Home. Each class is responsible for feeding one resident who does not have the means to feed themselves for the whole month. The response from each class was overwhelming, as they knew there would be a two month break before the next delivery. A huge thank you to all those parents who are supporting us with this initiative. Our next delivery date is Friday, 18 May 2018.
23 Apr 2018
On Friday 23 March both Grade 2 classes visited Heatherbank Pre-School as part of our Community Outreach. What a blessing it was to be able to share with those less privileged than ourselves. The Harvest children hid Easter Eggs for the little ones and together they all went on an Easter Egg Hunt. The Heatherbank Teachers commented on the generosity of our children as there were plenty of eggs left over for them to use in their Easter Baskets. It was also such a joy to be able to encourage those teachers who work with very needy children. Thank you to our Harvest parents for your wonderful support.
23 Apr 2018
On Tuesday 20 March the Grade 3s visited Vistarus Mission Station. We have the privilege of spending time each term with some of the precious children staying at this place of safety. Many of the Grade 3s took donations of stationary, clothes, blankets and toys. The children had a wonderful time playing with all the little ones on the jungle gyms and with different play things. There were many hugs and smiles and even opportunities to pray for people. Our children carried the love of Jesus in a beautiful way and it’s always a special opportunity to be a blessing to the people at Vistarus.
23 Apr 2018
Delightful designs, riveting riddles, coin collecting, superb spelling and of course reading with relish characterised Literary Week, 2018. As we arrived on Monday morning, we were greeted by fluttering book covers, reminding us of the purpose of the week. Our wonderfully creative children designed new book covers. Both Foundation Phase and the Intermediate Phase received a riddle a day to decipher, resulting in some serious head-scratching. Each Intermediate Phase class held a Spelling Bee to determine their champion spellers and most important of all was the coin collection to raise money to purchase new library books. We raised a fantastic total of R3700. Thank you to all the families who gave so generously.
26 Mar 2018
What a mighty God we serve! On Friday 9 March 2018, the grade 7s hosted 16 Primary Schools from across the city at our fourth Leadership Seminar. 340 pupils spent the afternoon interacting with each other and learning about leadership and God’s plan and purpose. This event just keeps growing each year and it is so exciting to see. We have grown from 177 pupils last year to 340 this year. Teachers also have the opportunity to connect with each other and 36 staff members from different schools spent the afternoon networking and building relationships with each other. I am so proud of our High School Counselors who led the different interactive sessions as well as the grade 7s who facilitated the afternoon with confidence.
26 Mar 2018
On 23 February 2018 the matric class stayed awake in order to raise funds for our Matric Dance. It was an amazing experience, as well as a wonderful opportunity for the grade to bond. There is really something special about fighting to keep your eyes open, together, at 3:00 in the morning. We are very grateful to the Barclay family for opening their home to us, as well as to all our sponsors in helping us towards achieving our Matric Dance Fundraising goal.
26 Mar 2018
Last week, the Grade 4s visited Save-a-Pet. They spent time with the puppies and learnt what work the animal shelter does. Dog food that was collected, was donated and they were also able to help by weeding, to make their gardens neater. The children enjoyed themselves very much.
26 Mar 2018
On Wednesday, 7 March the Grade 5s went to African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. There was something for all to enjoy and see. For bird lovers there are over 250 species of birds indigenous to South Africa. The grade 5s could hear the calls of birds such as the Knysna Loerie, the laughing dove and the vibrant Bishop bird. The boys also enjoyed seeing the majestic Black eagle and Cape vultures as well as endangered Blue and Crowned cranes. The children were entertained by the numerous parrot species – African greys, Macaws and cockatoos to name a few. Other animals that we saw included cheetahs, servals, caracals, monkeys, squirrels, mongooses, meerkats, a crocodile as well as numerous antelope species such as grysbok, grey duiker and blue duiker.
26 Mar 2018
The grade 7s were treated to a movie at Baywest last week Thursday. ‘The Roar’ (a Frans Cronje movie), is a motivational film that deals with the themes of identity, belonging and purpose. It forces viewers to answer the questions: Who am I and where do I belong? Great feedback was received from the grade 7s and deep conversations were had about purpose and dreams that God places in our hearts.
26 Mar 2018
On the evening of Thursday, 1 March, a group of 20 high school pupils from grades 9 to 11 enjoyed a production of William Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Mannville Open Air Theatre in St George’s Park. They were accompanied by Mrs Ritchie and Mrs Rodger. Although ‘The Merchant of Venice’ is not a prescribed work this year, all pupils from grade 9 to 12 study a Shakespeare play as part of the English syllabus, and so this was a wonderful opportunity to see a play come to life. In addition, the grade 9 drama pupils are required by CAPS to attend a live production during the course of the year, and this event allowed them to meet this requirement.
26 Mar 2018
The pupils of Harvest High have been busy and community service is slowly, but surely, starting to take shape and becoming an intricate part of the school. On Friday, 9 March, some pupils went to the Buffelsfontein Old Age Home for the afternoon. They were introduced to some lovely ladies and were taught how to play Bingo. It was two hours of laughter, mixed with cups of tea and crunchies. The games became quite competitive and loads of fun was had by all.
26 Mar 2018
On Friday, 9 March, a group of pupils went to Zanethemba Safe Haven. Zanethemba (isiXhosa: ‘to bring hope’) is a baby haven where they provide temporary safe care for abused, abandoned or neglected children from new-born to six years old. It is a sad fact that a service like this is necessary in our South African context. Children are removed from their families and then placed in the safe haven’s care with a court order. Zanethemba provides therapeutic services, education, nutrition, access to medical assistance and, most importantly, love in order to show children how to trust and love again. Our pupils added to that much-needed love and spent an hour with some adorable children, creating memories that they will never forget.
26 Mar 2018
On Saturday, 10 March, a group of pupils gave up their Saturday morning to go and spend some time with animals that need love and attention. The Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth (AWS PE) is an open shelter and the only animal shelter in Port Elizabeth which offers a safe place for all kinds of unwanted, lost or abandoned animals. Our pupils walked the dogs, loved the cats and played with the puppies.
03 Jan 2018
Harvest Christian School has once again achieved a 100% pass rate, with 27 Bachelors Degree Passes and 4 Diploma Passes. This means that all 31 of our students have met the requirements to study at a tertiary level. There were 28 subject A's and 43 subject B's. Drew Anderson scored over 80% in 5 subjects. Mari Swartz attained over 80% for all 7 subjects (achieving over 90% in Mathematics, History and Afrikaans First Additional Language). In addition, she was placed in the top 1% in the country for History and Afrikaans First Additional Language.

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