Newsletter | 3rd Term 2017

Dear Friends

When Term 3 draws to an end we know it’s a downhill run to Christmas! It all started with Mandela Day in July. Guests from The Cavern joined the children at school and spent 67 minutes reading and face painting. It was a beautiful interaction and just lovely to see the sharing of stories, time and a little bit of love. And it has been an action packed term ending with our school play, The Gruffalo.

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Newsletter | 2nd Term 2017

Dear Friends,

Winter has descended on the Drakensberg but it is a wonderful season with clear blue skies and crisp fresh air. The days are cooler so we are very grateful to Shirley Mackenzie and her team of ladies for our wonderful donation of 10 blankets for 10 years. Royal Drakensberg celebrates 10 years of quality education! The children completed their term with a winter wonderland soccer fest. We share our latest happenings here….

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Newsletter | 1st Term 2017

Dear Friends,

This year we welcomed 3 new teachers to Royal Drakensberg, Candice Clark teaching Grade 3, Emily Cotterill guiding our Grade 2 class and Claire du Toit working hard with our Grade 1 group as they begin their more formal education journey. They have all been warmly received and the children are enthusiastic and excited about learning. Following a recent visit to the school, a Cavern guest mentioned the happiness of the children in this small space. If children are happy to be at school, so much more can be achieved! Continue reading “Newsletter | 1st Term 2017”

Newsletter | 4th Term 2016

Dear Friends

It has been a busy end to the year and we have much to share. Snippets of our happenings appear below:

Bubbly and Roses Festival 2017 – Kevin Mackenzie

The Mackenzie family once again hosted the Bubbly and Roses event in the Midlands. The weather played its part and as usual we had all four seasons in one day. Paula Mackenzie summed up the day simply in that each person who attended was making a dream come true for one special child who could then attend Royal Drakensberg Primary School. The family’s garden was opened to the public for the event in order to raise funds for the school. With the participation of 17 wine farms, the Vinimark staff and the RDP teachers the day was a fantastic success. It was a spectacular day out and fun was had by all. The event helped to raise just over R 45,000.00.

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Newsletter | 2nd Term 2016

Dear Friends

It’s midyear, the temperatures have dropped and the mountainside has changed to subtle tones of brown and orange. It’s a particularly lovely time in the berg because the days are filled with soft sunshine and hiking and mountain biking are fantastic in these conditions. We have even had a little dusting of snow on the peaks surrounding our school and this is a real South African highlight!

Since our last newsletter we have hosted our two important fundraisers, Royal Drakensberg MTB Challenge and the Big5Hike. Our school term ended with our Winter Wonderland soccer fest with all the children championing for their teams and so we share our news with you… Continue reading “Newsletter | 2nd Term 2016”

Newsletter | 1st Term 2016

Dear Friends

Term 1 has come and gone. Just 9 weeks but filled with wonderful activity and learning. We welcomed Mary Campbell to Grade 1 and Irene Mkhulisi to our team and under the careful guidance of Mrs Sue Kraupner we continue to see wonderful progress.

We share a few happy happenings from Term 1 below. Continue reading “Newsletter | 1st Term 2016”

Royal Drakensberg MTB Challenge Race Report 2016

The N3TC Royal Drak MTB Challenge has an awesome vibe. It starts early in the week as everybody gets sucked into the last minute trail preparations and marking missions. By the time Friday rolls around and the bicycle laden cars come pouring into the valley, you can almost taste the excitement. Even the weather got involved this year, with lovely soft rain in the week leading up to the race, and then beautiful bright sunshine on race day. The conditions were perfect…. Continue reading “Royal Drakensberg MTB Challenge Race Report 2016”

Newsletter | December 2015


Dear Friends

We have come to the end of yet another year. Prize giving last Wednesday was a wonderful gathering under the tall pine trees with special mention being made of our achievers.

The term has been a busy time with plenty of happenings and enthusiasm from the teachers, children and a host of wonderful folk who have done so much for our small school. This term we’d particularly like to thank Tony & Liesje Carter for their interest, incredible hard work and for the contributions they have helped realise for the school. Continue reading “Newsletter | December 2015”

Newsletter | 3rd Term 2015


Dear Friends,

Term 3 has been a busy one. The Grade 2-5’s ended it with their production of The Bush Book, we have celebrated trees and our South African heritage during our September Spring month and we held our annual sports day when Bushbuck in red challenged Duiker in yellow. See more from our teachers below… Continue reading “Newsletter | 3rd Term 2015”