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    April 2018 Newsletter

    Dear parents and learners

    Welcome back to the second term for 2018. Most learners returned to school dressed correctly. Thank you to the parents for assisting us in keeping up the standards. A number of learners have still not collected their reports – please collect these at the main office.

    Thank you to Mrs Plaskitt who is substituting for Mrs Nolan for the first 3 days of this term. Mrs Nolan has taken maternity leave for 4 months and Mrs Sadler will be teaching those classes. Mrs Ismail will be going off on maternity leave next week and Mr Kotsovolos will substitute for her.

    Thank you to all the parents who have paid school fees in full. We encourage everyone to meet their obligations with school fees. We have been advised that large cash amounts (over R1 000) should no longer be paid at the accounts office for security reasons. As of the beginning of May 2018, please make arrangements to do an EFT or pay by card at the school office. If you wish to pay in cash, please go in to an ABSA bank branch and do a direct deposit. All types of cards (except for American express and Diners club) are accepted at the accounts office.

    The Interact Spur evening raised just over R 3000. Thank you for your support – many charities can now be assisted.

    The Inter-house play festival was a wonderful evening of fun and laughter and some very good performances by our amateur actors and actresses. Well done to all who spent many hours practising and listening to the feedback on “crit” night. The adjudicators were very pleased with the results. Thanks must also go to backstage hands and sound and lighting crew.

    • 1st Place Jupiter
    • 2nd Place:Apollo
    • Best Actor – Phenyo Mashigo
    • Best actress – Kamogelo Namane
    • Best cameo – Siphesihle Lekgwathe
    • Best director: Payal Purbhoo and Koketso Xaba
    • Best Supporting Actor – Umar Karolia and Charmaine Ngwenya
    • Best supporting actress – Palesa Moleshiwa

    Absenteeism (without a valid reason) and late coming is a very great concern. A lot of work was completed in the last 5 days of school when many learners felt there was of no benefit in attending school. Now we are sitting with a problem where those absent learners need to move onto the next sections of work but lack the foundation
    of knowledge and skills to do so. Please ensure that your child catches up all the missed work and please check their books and homework diaries regularly.

    Parents morning will be held on Saturday 21st April – please bring your child and the term 1 report with you so that we can make decisions together.

    World Book day – 25th April.

    Book dealers have displays in the media centre – anyone can purchase books for themselves or to donate to the school library. Study guides will also be available for purchase. If you have any other books from home that you would like to donate, please mark them with your name and bring to the house captains.

    Proudly South African Day celebrations – 25th April.

    Learners must come suitably dressed in either cultural dress, some item celebrating National symbols or dressed as a literary character. ( There is a prize for the best dressed in this final category.)

    Rangers are running a ‘Decorate a Cupcake’ competition at a cost of R 10 – bring your decorated cupcake to the hall at the beginning of the day for judging to take place. Cupcakes will be on sale at break.

    Talent show in the hall at 14.30 – Only 100 tickets will be sold at break at a cost of R20. All Talent show acts must have registered with Mr Brown and pay R 20 per person per item by Friday 20th April.

    Collections:

    We are collecting plastic bottle tops as part of a project to save the owls and another project to buy wheel chairs (deliver to Mrs Naidoo and the Rangers). The Interact club is collecting beanies, gloves and non-perishable food items (deliver to Mrs Joseph).

    School Uniform

    Learners may wear correct summer or winter uniform for the rest of April depending on the weather. From 2nd May, all learners must be in correct winter uniform. School tracksuit tops (R390), beanies (R50), scarves (R40) and gloves (R25) are available from the accounts office.

    Reminders

    School Rules

    All school rules apply from the time the learners leave home in the morning and until they return home again while in school uniform. They do not lapse if the learner is off the school property or if it is outside of school hours.

    Litter

    We are addressing the litter in the school. Some learners are just too lazy to put the litter into a bin even if they are sitting right next to it. It is everyone’s responsibility to STOP, PICK IT UP and PUT IT IN THE BIN. Everyone can help and do their bit to keep the environment clean.

    Counselling

    All educators are available should you need to speak to anyone. If the matter is sensitive, you may put it in writing to the Principal and the matter will then be forwarded to the relevant person to assist you.

    The Heads of Grade assist with discipline and academic problems.

    • Grade 8 – Ms Kera and Mr Mpiyakhe
    • Grade 9 – Ms Gallagher and Mrs Jennings
    • Grade 10 – Mr Brown and Mrs Joseph
    • Grade 11 – Mrs Russell and Mrs Koboka
    • Grade 12 – Mrs Chotoo and Mrs Sanders
    • The SBST member for general counselling is Mrs Kata.
    • The SBST member for homework sessions in the afternoon is Ms Zerf.
    • The SBST member for account related issues and the feeding scheme is Mrs Healey.
    • The Student Liaison officer, Mrs van der Heever, is responsible for general counselling and basic first aid assistance.
    • The social worker, Mrs Hennessy, is available on referral from one of the above SBST members and she will make an appointment with the learner and/or family.

    Road safety

    Do not walk or play in the road. When getting out of taxis, please do not just rush across the road – first check for oncoming vehicles.

    Parental details

    Please make sure that we have correct contact cell number and e-mail details for both parents as well as a current emergency contact number. You can update your details directly if you are using the D6 app or send an SMS or an e-mail to us at enquiries@willowmoore.co.za

    Mrs L Sanders
    Principal