JHC Parents Newsletter 22 April 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,
I hope and trust that you and your families are well and like most of us wanting to be outside for a change of scenery. Hopefully it will not be too long before we can have some sort of normality in getting back to the basic routines of school, work, etc.

I have nothing new to share apart from our students to stay the course in terms of engaging their teachers through the shared digital platforms and to complete the set assignments. I was not impressed when some teachers shared with me on Monday that there are students (some in Year 12!) who failed to connect digitally, thus missing out on teaching & learning as well as the requisite assignments.Parents are requested to supervise that the students are doing what is expected.

On a different but interesting topic, ancient Greek and Roman mythology have infused themselves into our lives for centuries—and continue to do so in our daily lives today. The influence of these myths can be seen in literature, art,entertainment, even in our language. In fact, many of the words we use regularly can be traced back to these early stories told by the Greeks and Romans featuring gods, demigods, and supernatural humans. So here are some words we use for everyday things today that we have mythology to thank for.

1. Herculean – when it comes to something that’s difficult and takes great effort or strength to overcome. This adjective is based on the Greek hero Hercules,son of Zeus who was storied for his strength.
2. Did you start your day with a bowl of cereal? Yes, even this breakfast staple can be traced to Roman mythology – in this case, Ceres, Roman goddess of agriculture. An essential part of both ancient and modern diets included cereal grains, such as wheat, rye, oats, rice or corn.
3. Furthermore, when someone or something is challenging and just can’t be beaten, we call them our nemesis. This word can be traced back to the Greek goddess of retribution and vengeance, Nemesis.

Keep safe until we meet again!
Yours truly,
Abraham. P. Swart
Principal

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