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December 2016 News Letter

Dear Parents

It is with great joy that we look back on a very successful 2016! Our students from Gr RR to Gr 7 have worked hard in class, at home and abroad.

Some highlights of 2016:

  • We had our first Abacus Training Boot Camp!
  • Our first regional championships- North West, Pretoria and Johannesburg (North, East, West and South)
  • Japan International training camp in August was a memorable event. JC Roux was able to attend and reap the benefits of it later on in the year.

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  • Singapore 2016: Our wildest dreams could not prepare us for the successful championship results- parents, students and instructors were all over the moon!
  • The students eligible for Thailand 2016 have been announced. We are all looking forward to this stunning event! Get ready for the grading! See Facebook.


Abacus Maths News Letter December 2016

Important Information:

*Registration for 2017 has opened!

*Please go onto the website- choose your region, school and follow the prompts.

This way you can reserve your child’s spot for 2017.

* Classes will commence on Monday 16 January 2017.

*Please do not get rid of any current books your child has! We continue in 2017 and build on what was learnt in 2016!

We are very excited to introduce a special program for the 3 year olds- STEP-BY-STEP/ STAP-VIR-STAP. This is new for 2017 and we are looking forward to nurturing these young minds and hope to prepare the soil for our future mathematicians!

Newsletter December 2016

Important notice

All students received a report and certificate in the last two weeks of November.

Please check your child’s bag if you have not seen the report yet!

Please keep all current books for 2017!

All the level students are invited to register for this very special training camp.

See the invitation on the left.

We hope to register as many students possible for this very exciting and confidence building camp.

Do not delay to avoid disappointment!

The Abacus Maths team

Register now for 2017

Asian Maths for Africa Newsletter 11 August 2016

On Saturday the 6th of August Abacus Maths held their 6th annual Abacus and Mental Maths competition. The exams were held at the Church of Christ in Bushill. There were 330 contestants from all over Gauteng and even some from Natal.
The winners of the regional championships now stand to get an opportunity to participate in the National AMSASA championship on 22 October to be held at Hoërskool Roodepoort.  At this event, the contestants will find out who will be eligible for the GASJMA (Global Association of Japanese mental Arithmetic championship) in 2017.
We are very proud of the 33 children that have proven their skills at the AMSASA competition in 2015. They will leave for Singapore and participate on October 2nd at the 2016 GASJMA Championship.
We wish to congratulate all the participants who showed up for the challenge. Your courage and determination are commendable. You show cased unimaginable growth in speed and accuracy.
We would also like to express our sincere gratitude for the support of the parents to both their children and the Abacus Maths program. Your work and effort and participation behind the scenes do not go unnoticed. We pray that your children’s future success will be a good return on your investment.


Newsletter: 18 March 2016

Newsletter: 18 March 2016

Dear parents, we have reached the end of term one and it seems to have flown by in the wink of an eye. Despite the very hectic past three months, we wish to keep you in the loop of what is coming up the rest of the year for the Abacus Maths Calendar.

Before we do this, we wish to encourage you to ensure that your child continues to practise on his/her abacus during the holiday.

pic1 Important dates: Please do add them to your calendar where applicable.

Term 2: Soroban Bootcamp: 25-28 June 2016
Term 3:
Regional Competition Saturday 6 August 2016
JAPAN ISDF (International grading camp)
Term 4:
GAJSMA International competition 2 October 2016
nd AMSASA National Abacus Competition on Saturday, 22 October 2016

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Grading session 2:
30 April 2016 @ 10:15-11:15. This is for all the level students who plan to participate in Singapore GAJSMA challenge in 2016. Students who have not attended this first grading session are strongly advised to attend this one. The third grading will be at the bootcamp in June. (See details further on at the boot camp note)

Reports: Please note that we do hand out progress reports twice a year, but it will be done in June and November respectively.

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regional championship will be held on 6 August 2016. Details will follow later in the year.The ISDF (International Friendship Soroban Traning Camp) – is also in August (14 August 2016 to 18 August)

The goal of this camp is to meet other passionate soroban students all over the world. It has been running since 2003. It is a great opportunity to learn about the Japanese culture. Details will follow later on.

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Term 3: Gauteng Regional Competition Saturday 6 August 2016

Term 4: GAJSMA International competition 2 October 2016

2nd AMSASA National Abacus Competition on Saturday, 22 October 2016


 bootcamp-b We are also very excited to host our first Soroban “bootcamp”. It will be in Rustenburg from Saturday, 25 June 2016 to Tuesday, 28 June 2016. This is for all the Level students, Booking/registration is online on our website

The goal of the Soroban training camp is to further equip and train our students to improve their skills even more.

All students on a level may register for this camp. It promises to be an exciting and fruitful experience. All students must be registered online for the camp.

Parents who wish to attend the camp may contact Anita Potgieter (Marketing and Booking Co-ordinator) Cell: 072 289 7466 Fax: 086 572 7408 Direct: to make their reservations

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Our second international competition is scheduled on Sunday, 2 October 2016, in Singapore. We are looking forward to taking some of our students to this prestigious event. Here is a glimpse of the city… The registration form will be sent out before the school closes. Singapore airlines are currently running a special on their flights!

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Singapore Capital : Pulau Ujong – Once dismissed as bland and tasteless, Singapore has evolved into one of Southeast Asia’s most enjoyable cities. The capital has transformed into a soulful, diverse and rich city known for its fashion emporiums, dozens of parks, architectural legacy and absorbing cultural life. The food alone is enough to make Singapore a premier destination, but the city also draws visitors with its stylish nightlife, distinct neighborhoods, adventure activities, natural beauty and vibrant energy.

Saturday Centre

We do have a centre in Horison to accommodate students who cannot be accommodated at the school during the week. Venue: NG Church, Horison , Roodepoort: Corner Mouton and Andries bruyn streets. For enquiries contact 011 7604575 or mail
General: There are extra worksheets on the website which you may download. They can be used for quick mental maths and also for multiplication tables.

Please make use of them.

We are looking forward to term two. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher should you have any queries. We also are able to make appointments on a Saturday should you wish to do so.

Enjoy the short break if you are fortunate enough to go away and travel safely!

The Abacus Maths Team



LogoDear Abacus Maths Parent(s)
We wish to extend a very special welcome to all of you. May 2016, be a blessed and fruitful
year for both you and your children. We wish to build on what has been learnt in 2015 to
ensure that your child progresses and grows in his /her confidence even more.
We wish to bring to your attention the following important information:

1. Registration 2016 ( Done online):
1.1. All children must complete a new registration form for 2016. Siblings should have their own completed registration form please.
1.2 Kits are only given to students once payment has been received.
1.3 Note: Only registered children will be taken into the class. We cannot take responsibility for children who are not registered with us.
2. Payment and reference of payment
2.1 Payment can be done by EFT or Cash. We prefer EFT payments.
2.2 When making EFT or cash ATM payments please ensure that you use a proper reference as it is impossible to allocate payments without proper references.

e.g Your child’s name is Ruan Brits in Laerskool Horison Gr 5
Your bank reference will be:  R Brits Hor

e.g Your child is Boitumelo Tshabalala in Horizon View Primary Gr 3
Your bank reference will be:  B Tshabalala HVP

3. Abacus programmes and equipment/material required for 2016
3.1Abacus enrolments:
Children will continue working in their books that we used in 2015 before getting new books. (Should anything be lost it can be replaced: Colour books- R100, Black and white books R 55, Rainbow Abacus R 65 Brown Abacus R85.) All re-registrations need to pay the re-registration fee of R100,00 by 14 Feb 2016:
• First month of tuition (February’s payment will be due by the 7 th of Feb and so for all the other months as well.

4. Any arrangements/changes we need to be aware of:
Please notify us regarding any changes of last year’s routine: i.e. school changes/transport/ aftercare arrangements.

5. Saturday Centre: We have a Saturday centre in Horison should you wish to make an appointment to see any of our teachers. This can be done after 10:00.

NG Kerk Horison: Corner Mouton and Andries Bruyn Streets Horison.

6. Important dates for the year: Please diarise the following dates
6.1 Saturday 5 March 2016: Grading of students who plan to participate in Singapore 2016.
6.2 KONKA Bootcamp: Saturday 25 June to Tuesday 28 June 2016.( In the school holidays) see link for tour:

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6.2.1 This camp is a training camp for all students who wish to upgrade their levels. The cost per child is R1500,00. Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to the camp and back. Details for registration will be on the website soon.

6.2.2 Closing date for this will be 20 May 2016. Registration Fees should also be paid in full by then. R500,00 is payable by 31 March to reserve your child’s place.

6.2.3 Students who wish to participate internationally are encouraged to join us on this training camp. We are exploring the possibility for parents to also join.

6.2.4 Teachers and franchisees are all encouraged to join in this first time event.Everything that we learnt in Japan 2015 will be passed on to the students during this training session.

Please contact Quinnette Brits via e-mail should you have any enquiries in this regard.

6.3 Abacus Regional competition: Saturday 6 August 2016

6.4 International Abacus Competition: Sunday 2 October 2016- Singapore- Host Country.

6.5 National competition 2016: Saturday 22 October 2016 (AMSASA competition)

7. Interesting news: Abacus Maths is very excited to share that we now are teaching students in Ladysmith as well.

The Abacus Maths Team
Office number: 011 760 4575





AMSASA challenge (Abacus Maths Association of South Africa) 2015

pic1On Saturday 24 October 2015 the first AMSASA challenge (Abacus Maths Association of South Africa) was held at Hoërskool Roodepoort. It was an amazing event as a 104 students representing Gauteng, Durban and the Western Cape participated to see who would qualify to represent South Africa in the GASJMA (Global association of the Japanese Mental Arithmetic) competition which will be held in Singapore on 2 October 2016.

The competition was also a showcase of what can be achieved with mathematical training when using the ancient Japanese counting tool. The students had been working hard throughout the year and all were looking forward to the event to show off the skills they had mastered up to now.

We are so proud of all the students and their parents who prepared and made all the effort to travel to Gauteng to support this very special event!

Our dictation champions

Our dictation champions!

Front row: (From left) Andrew Cottrell, Daniele Hauptfleisch, David Nienaber, Stuart Camp, Lloyd Milligan Back row: (From left) Sharné Bresler, Tracy Hauptfleisch, Claudette Botha

Our Attitude is everything award winners

Our “Attitude is everything!” award winners

Oratile Semenya , Hayley Plaatjies, Meyer Cloete, , Adriaan Coetzee ,Malindisa Thwala, Mikaela Visagie, Julia Marnewick, Juané Coetzee, Ofentse Diale, Lethabo Kgoadi, Chloé Rossouw, Sabrina Kaiser , Marcelle Roberts, Kimayah Padayachee

All the students had an enjoyable experience and look forward to being the Abacus- and / Anzan Dictation champions of 2016. Hopefully they have also been inspired to tackle everything they do with a positive and optimistic attitude- it might just win them this award in 2016!

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the students who are eligible for the GASJMA championship in 2016.

We are looking forward to this championship and trust that all the participants will work hard to reap success as we did in 2015. A reminder that all silver medallist winners will be given an opportunity to improve their test results by the end of March 2016 as registration for GASJMA 2016 will open in May 2016.

In the mean time we call on all our parents to assist with raising funds or securing sponsorships for our beautiful children!

AMSASA Championship on 24 October 2015


Our first Abacus Maths Association of South Africa will be held coming Saturday 24 October 2015. Students from different Abacus training schools will be attending and will be challenging each other to determine who will represent South Africa in Singapore on 2 October 2016. We wish all our participants the best for this upcoming event