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Gordon’s Bay Primary School Family Fun Walk (2019-09-14) Family Attractions | Photo Gallery 19 OCT 2019

This year we were at last able to join in the annual BP/Gordon’s Bay Primary School Family Fun Walk fundraiser, something Jessica has been keen to take part in for quite some time now. (Last year she missed out at the last minute, thanks to a cold that swooped in literally the day before!)

Our local BP petrol station does a lot of great work in support of our primary school, and this annual fun walk sees parents and kids (and anyone else that wants to join in the fun) walk a 5 km route out into the suburbs and then back to the school again.

Last year the route was apparently a bit of a nasty one in that it was all up in the steep roads behind the school (which sits at the foot of our mountain), so this year it was relief to see that the organizers had taken the commentary to heart and switched to a much more friendly flat and fast route – i.e. accessible to everyone regardless of fitness level!

Jessica and I arrived super early (expecting a massive crowd), but unfortunately the newly opened Strand Park Run (on the beach) together with the long running Somerset West Park Run (which is strangely run in rural Gordon’s Bay) ensured that this wasn’t going to be a particularly big Saturday morning event – a pity considering that this is a bit of a fundraiser for the school.

(Also, this was meant to be a colour run, but disappointingly the organizers didn’t organize very many paint packets – so most of us just had to do without. That said, a lot of people did take the yellow and green dress-up brief seriously, so that was pretty nice to see.)

Still, the crowd was big enough to make it sociable, and as for the walk itself, Jessica got a mini heart-attack when she was briefly separated from me when the crowd set off, we saw plenty of our neighbourhood friends along the route, and Jess got to walk the whole way with one of her best friends, Shaelyn.

And the amount of moaning? Surprisingly little.

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Jessica Goes To Big School Jessica 14 JAN 2016

Yesterday was Jessica’s first day of going to the big school. True, it is only Grade R so it’s not like it’s uniform time just yet, but class is now at Gordon’s Bay Primary School (conveniently down the road from us), meaning that it counts! ;)

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With me continuing to be out of action thanks to my knee, I missed out on taking Jessica to her first day at primary school, but nevertheless, she was super excited enough to pose for photos to show off her new bag, water bottle and lunch box while we waited for Mommy to finish getting ready.

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English Grade R teacher Diane Matthews appears to be a bit of a legend when it comes to teaching the kids, and Jessica was over the moon with her first day in the Fishy Class, followed by the unrestricted play time that came with the afternoon’s aftercare spell.

Although all her friends from Vergeet-My-Nie are unfortunately in the Afrikaans classes, she does get to play with them at aftercare, and besides, I’m pretty sure that with her bubbly little personality, making new school friends is going to be a snap!

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Seriously, where is the time flying? :)

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Voting in the Local Municipal Elections 2011 My Life 20 MAY 2011

Wednesday the 18th of May 2011 was of course South Africa’s local municipal elections. And if you are a proud (or not so proud) citizen of this country, then it would have been your duty to make the effort of trudging down to your local voting station and casting your vote on the two (or in some cases three, but never one) colourful ballot papers they would have handed you.

Of course, you could also have decided that this whole democracy thing is a bit ‘meh’ and continued on with your emigration papers process and just enjoyed the day off.

As for Chantelle and myself, we chose the former option (even though Chantelle was working a late shift) and thus after a casual morning of getting Jessica ready for the trip, we hopped into the car and made the short trip down to our elected voting station, Gordon’s Bay Primary School – which I had confirmed via the IEC website the day before.

Although I heard from a lot of friends and colleagues later that they pretty much had no queue to deal with, and simply marched on through, voted and then headed off to the pub, we did have a small queue to contend with, and with Jessie happily snoozing away in her carry seat, we patiently stood in line for just over half an hour, before being ushered into the hall to make our marks.

The process ran extremely smoothly, the voting station was well staffed, the lady with the indelible ink pen was thankfully quite reserved in her application of the thumb mark, and all in all it was another well organised voting experience for me to enjoy.

In other words, good job and a hearty pat on the back to all those involved.

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