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Visit to Hobcaw Barony

Kids casting

The entire school went out to the marsh at Hobcaw Barony on Friday, August 30. “This is the best day ever,” said Wilfredo Urias, seventh-grader, as he stomped around in the pluff mud. He and his friends crabbed, pulled the seine and learned how to throw the cast net off the dock, catching mullet, pinfish, pompano and even a large black drum. The field trip was organized by Dr. Michelle Neubauer, our school’s marine biologist, who had students dissecting crabs in preparation for the experience. Hobcaw’s Beth Thomas taught the students all about the importance of estuaries for the life of the ocean and helped the students understand how fragile this amazing ecosystem is. We look forward to our next field trip out on Winyah Bay in just couple of weeks.

First Three Days

010School is back in session!  We are proud to say that our first three days at TGS went off without a hitch.  Special thanks to Mrs. Judy Sweitzer for volunteering her time to help ensure a smooth start to the year.

Construction Progress


A group of dedicated volunteers (under the supervision of a dedicated professional) gathered this past week to construct walls for the classrooms in the new school building.  With 12-foot ceilings, this was no mean feat!  The new classrooms will feature beautiful windows with ample natural light, hardwood floors, and updated lighting fixtures; a truly beautiful space for learning.

Soccer Practice


It’s about that time of year again: time for the long, hot, August soccer practices!  We had ten show up for an informal kick around at East Bay Park on Monday and expect many more to join the team once school has started.  Before formal practices can begin, though, your child must have a SCISA Agreement for Participation, SCISA Inherent Risk Form, and a Sports Physical Form on file at the school.  These forms are available for download under the “Parent Resources” tab.

Meeting in Winyah

DSCN3870Special thanks to the 60 people we had come to our August 6th interest meeting at our school’s new home!  The evening included a meet-and-greet with the faculty, a short presentation from Dr. Gates, and a question-and-answer session with parents.

Interest Meeting

DSC_0174All are invited to come tour our new facilities and meet the teachers and other parents at an open house this Tuesday, August 6 at the Winyah Auditorium.  4-6:00pm is drop in and Dr. Gates will give a brief presentation from 6-6:30pm about the school.  Even though our facilities are still under construction, judging by the overwhelming support we’ve received from the community, we will have everything ready for the first day of school!  For more information, call (843) 213 8011.

About Our New Home


Our new home is the old Winyah Junior High School building!  Built in 1908 on the former town commons, the building recently underwent a huge restoration that has returned it to its former glory (except now with AC, whew.)  This classical-revival style building was designed by the prominent Columbia, SC firm of Wilson, Sompayrac and Urquhart.  One of the few brick schoolbuildings left in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Many locals such as our French teacher, Madame Gates, remember fondly their classes in this beautiful school.  We are so happy to have the opportunity to reimagine the building as an inclusive, energetic space where students have access to the best teachers around!

Farewell, Mr. Ranawaka!


Selanga Ranawaka is once again off to his home country of Sri Lanka where he will see his baby niece for the first time!  Although we are sad to be without him this year, we look forward to his return next year.  Students, teachers, and parents gathered at the Wild Fish Grill to wish him safe travels and to express their gratitude for years of teaching.