The recent school break was very short, but much needed in order for both the pupils and educators to rest. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I trust that parents had time to do some bonding with their little ones. Welcome to all the new parents who have just joined the school.
Our Grade 6 learners and their teachers left yesterday morning for Bush Pigs. This is a great opportunity for them to develop many of the life skills they will need in the future. Parents are reminded to collect their children at 15:30 on Friday (13 April). Please be prompt. Your children will be eager to see you and the teachers need to get home to their families.
Please be aware that the school has launched a reading campaign. We urge parents to encourage their children to participate.
We welcome our new music teacher Mr A Lottering to our wonderful Music Centre and hope that he will be very happy teaching at our school.
Our teachers are looking forward to meeting parents of the learners they teach (from Grade R to Grade 7) on Wednesday 18 April from 16:00 to discuss their children’s progress. Please show your children your concern for their education by coming to see their teachers, as this is an open Parents’ Evening. Take this opportunity to have a look at your own children’s exercise books (if they are in the Foundation Phase) and speak to the teacher for a few minutes. Matters requiring further discussion should be dealt with at a second more private meeting. Please leave your children at home: Parents’ Evening is only for parents!
Please note that the school will be closed on the following days:
Friday 27 April 2012 Public Holiday – Freedom Day
Monday 30 April 2012 School Holiday
Tuesday 01 May 2012 Public Holiday – Workers’ Day
Wednesday 18 April 16:00 Parents’ Evening for Grades R to 7 until 19:00
Tuesday 24 April 18:30 Music Centre PTA Meeting
Thursday 26 April 08:00 Grade 3 Excursion to the Planetarium
Thursday 03 May 10:00 Eats and Treats Sale – Grade 5
Friday 11 May Disco (Grades 1 to 3 from 14:00 until 16:00;
Grades 4 to 7 from 18:00 to 21:00)
Wednesday 16 May 18:00 Poetry Evening (Grades R to 3)
Thursday 17 May Open Day – Grades R to 7
(Tours at 09:00 and 10:30)
Monday 21 May 18:30 SGB Meeting
Tuesday 22 May 18:30 Music Centre PTA Meeting
Thursday 31 May 10:00 Eats and Treats Sale – Grade 4
Thursday 07 June Open Day – Grades R to 7
(Tours at 09:00 and 10:30)
Friday 08 June Soccer Tour to Konka until Sunday
Friday 15 June Montrose Primary Night Challenge Soccer
Monday 18 June On Cue Theatre – Grades 1 to 7
Wednesday 20 June Inter House Sports
Friday 22 June 11:15 Assembly
12:00 School Closes
Monday 16 July 07:40 School Commences
Extra-Murals commence next Monday (16 April). A varied programme, which was sent home at the end of last term, has been prepared to offer something for every child. Please encourage your children to participate in at least one of the activities. Please reinforce good traits such as commitment, loyalty, sportsmanship and punctuality. Correct dress at practices and matches is expected of all children. We look forward to a successful and enjoyable season.
If your child is in Grade 4, the Grade 4 educators welcome all learners and parents to Term 2. Remember, our children start writing cycle tests from next week. Timetables have been issued. Cycle tests are important for promotional purposes and must be treated as a mini examination. Setting the tone from now attaches value and importance to the testing programme. Books will be timeously sent home with focus areas for studying. Please follow through regarding this. Cycle tests will be sent home for parental viewing. Should children not pass, a separate form has to be signed and returned by parents.
There are still a number of children who have not yet returned library books from last term.
Please be aware that a fine will be imposed and those learners will not be able to take out books from now on. Parents are urged to please encourage their children to buy a media bag in which to keep their books, as many books are returned to our Media Centre in a state of disrepair.
We thank Nuhaad Osman (Grade 2 Blacker) for his kind donation of lovely, new books to our Media Centre.
Spend quality time with your child every day. The following inexpensive ways can add quality to your family:
· Share homework time.
· Play games together: scrabble, chess.
· Prepare meals together.
· Pray together.
· Go out together to places of learning: zoo, museums, parks, libraries, funfares.
· Share mealtimes together.
A number of parents do not seem to be aware of the time at which our school gates are closed in the mornings. They are closed at 07:38 and the bell rings at 07:40. Once the gates are closed, Bassie (our security guard), moves to the Admin gate in Dahlia Street to tick the names of all the children who arrive late at school. The time is taken from the school clock. It would be appreciated if parents, who have arrived late, do not vent their frustrations on people at school who are doing their duty.
Judo, which is an Olympic sport, commenced yesterday for boys and girls. Arrangements may be made with Ms Brigitte Hupkes (082-863-9831).
We congratulate the following Grade 6 and 7 learners who were awarded Academic Top Ten badges at last term’s final assembly:
Yaseera Adamjee, Asmaa Alli, James Bloem, Miguel Burn, Shareefah Gathoo, Fatima Khan, Aakifah Laher, Muhammad Laher, Samihah Loonat, Malakhiwe Mahlulo, Atiyah Mohamed
There are 11 learners this term as two attained the same average.
Sahithi Angara, Aqueelah Bramdeo, Jada-Mari Chetty, Tamara Chinganya, Tasneem Dindar, Mbali Dlamini, Muhammad Seedat, Naafiaah Seedat, Zaheer Seedat, Aishah Sheik Ebrahim
We congratulate the winners of our Dress Up Day Competition which was held on Thursday 29 March:
1st Place Tyra John Mrs Thomas’ Class
2nd Place Muhammad Moosa Mrs Thomas’ Class
3rd Place Ntelezi Mchunu Mrs Thomas’ Class
1st Place Assante Quqe Ms Blacker’s Class
2nd Place Marisa Sauer Ms Blacker’s Class
3rd Place Mohammed Sherally Ms Mazibuko’s Class
1st Place Imaan Habib Ms Mpuru’s Class
2nd Place Raul Singh Mrs O’Brien’s Class
3rd Place Adithya Singh Ms Hill’s Class
1st Place Yusuf Matwadia Mrs Hill’s Class
2nd Place Gundo Makhuvha Mrs Hill’s Class
3rd Place Destiny Odior Mrs Singh’s Class
1st Place Mahlatsi Kgomo Ms Bezuidenhout’s Class
2nd Place Hamzah Motala Mrs Rupnarain’s Class
3rd Place Ilham Habib Mrs Rupnarain’s Class
1st Place Luthfia Saib Mr Chinyanganya’s Class
2nd Place Dylan Storbeck Mr Kok’s Class
3rd Place Atiyah Mohamed Mr Govender’s Class
1st Place Letho Mbatha Mr Naik’s Class
2nd Place Ellysee Langeveld Ms Friend’s Class
3rd Place Amir Maharaj Ms Friend’s Class
Generally speaking, circulars are issued on Mondays. Parents are requested to check that their children bring them home. We number the circulars, in order to enable parents to keep track of them. Spare copies are always available from the School Office, as are copies of our extra-mural timetable. Please read them through with your family. A good suggestion is to highlight all activities or information pertinent to your family as a reminder. This is a good life skill and teaches organisational skills. Circulars may also be found on our website (please log in to see them).
So many of our pupils have worked well and/or behaved well and have been awarded Principal’s Awards. Children are congratulated and recognised for these in a school assembly. We are very proud of these children, as they are clearly displaying qualities and traits that will stand them in good stead for life. Please encourage your children regarding these awards.
Our Mini City Councillors (Tamara Chinganya and Mbali Dlamini) again appeal to mums, aunts and neighbours (who are keen on knitting) to knit 20 cm squares which can be sewn into blankets. The squares should be knitted in double knit wool. Casting on 51 or 52 stitches will do the trick! We appeal to all school families to support this campaign. If every family hands in six squares, the school would be able to donate almost 50 blankets!
‘To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.” Truman Capote
K W M Driver