NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2019
I hope you all managed to get a restful break, recharged and ready to start the new term. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education and I look forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure your children can achieve their highest potential. We recognise that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she
- Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day.
- Completes homework given by the teachers.
- Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.
- Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life.
PUNCTUALITY AND SCHOOL HOURS
Please ensure children are dropped off at the correct time. It is extremely disruptive to the teacher and to the other pupils when a child arrives late for class. Pupils should be in their classrooms by 7:30am. The school gates will also close at that time. Children who arrive late must be signed in and escorted to their classrooms. All grade 1 and 2 pupils are to be collected between 12:30pm and 1pm from the south side of the hall. Grade 1 and 2 pupils will not be allowed to stay and wait for an older sibling to finish sport. If you organize for someone else to fetch your child, please send written authorisation or call the office to inform us of who is collecting your child. If your child is not participating in an afternoon activity and is not collected by 1:30pm he/she will be sent to prep and you must collect your child from the prep room.
BURSAR – PROOF of PAYMENT
Please note that proof of payment must be given or sent by email to the bursar for any payment that you make, no matter how small or for whatever reason, in order to identify who the payment is for in the bank statement. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to see your child’s teacher please fill in an appointment form with Mrs Kala in Reception. The teacher will then reply and give the form to your child with a date and time.
It was noticed that many of the textbooks returned at the end of the year had been returned in a shocking state. You, as parents, need to educate your children about the value of these books. Many of these come from overseas and are very difficult to replace as foreign currency is needed to replace any lost or tatty books.
When parking in the car park please be considerate of others. Please do not double-park as you will hinder the free movement of vehicles. Please do not leave your valuables in the car as the school will not be held responsible for any loss of property.
NO parent is to drive on the field to collect children when it is raining. No parents are to wait in the quad (infant block) or in front of the Grade 4 classrooms.
Grade 6 and 7 children will no longer be collected from the ECD in the afternoon. Please pick them up from the collection point at the Primary School.
NO CHILDREN ARE TO WALK THROUGH THE STAFF CAR PARK AT ANY TIME PLEASE USE THE PATHS
There will be a fees meeting on Tuesday 5 February 2019 at 6pm in the Hall. Please make a note of this date in your diary, and make every effort to attend.
CROSS COUNTRY AND ATHLETICS
Parents please note that in the first term cross country and athletics are both compulsory sports. Cross country will end on 1st February. Athletics will continue till the end of the term.
DRESS CODE FOR CROSS COUNTRY & ATHLETICS
GIRLS – Black boxer shorts, House T-shirt and suitable running shoes.
BOYS – Black boxer shorts, House T-shirt and suitable running shoes.
Please Note – children are not to leave school barefoot or partially dressed. They must be in full school uniform or sports kit when they are collected.
Everything must be marked with your child’s full name – including underwear, socks and shoes. All school bags must be named with paint in either white or yellow.
HALF TERM: 22nd – 25th February
School will close on Wednesday 20th February at 12:30pm and will reopen on Tuesday 26th February at 7:25am.
Please ensure that these forms are completed and returned to the class teacher.
These lessons are by private arrangements and are offered by Mr Brown on the following days at the pavilion:
Grades 1 and 2 Tuesday and Thursday 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Grades 3 to 7 Thursday 1:30pm to 2:30pm
His contact number is 0774-410150.
Ballet classes are by private arrangement and are offered by Miss Klassen on Tuesdays from 12:15pm to 4:00pm at the ECD block. She can be reached on 0772-314760
M&M DANCE CLASSES
These classes will be held in the Hall on a Thursday afternoon. Please contact M&M on 0773-818619 for more information.
The uniform shop is open on the following days:
Monday 7:30am to 1:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am to 1:00pm
Friday 7:30am to 12:30pm
The thrift shop (Lost and Found Property) is open at the following times on the following days:
Monday 7:30 to 8:00am 10:30 to 11:00am 12:30 to 1:00pm
Wednesday 7:30 to 8:00am 10:30 to 11:00am 12:30 to 1:00pm
Friday 7:30 to 8:00am 10:30 to 11:00am 12:15 to 12:45pm
Please note that no electronic devices or toys are allowed to be brought to school at any time. If your child is caught with a device, it will be confiscated and only returned at the end of the year.
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to tease, humiliate, threaten and/or harass someone. It can take place through text messaging or social media. Cyberbullies might send mean comments, post embarrassing photos, or share private information about someone to humiliate or mock them online. Even if your child isn’t being cyberbullied, remind them that it is everyone’s job to prevent bullying and encourage them to take a stand and speak out.
SPOT IT, DEAL WITH IT AND STAND UP TO IT
DATES TO REMEMBER
|Inter-house Cross Country||Wednesday 30 January 11am to 1pm|
|Parents Fees Meeting||Tuesday 5 February 6pm|
|KidzCan Orange Day||Friday 15 February|
|Half-Term||12.30pm Wednesday 20 February|
to Monday 25 February
Have a pleasant term.