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    April 2019 Newsletter

    Dear Parents and Learners

    Thank you to the many parents who have managed to pay their school fees in full and have received the discount. Help us to keep the school in a safe and good working order so that your child can benefit. We are trying in many ways to reduce the costs of running the school. Please pay your school fees – every little bit helps!

    Absenteeism

    There are less than 20 school teaching days left until examinations begin. Please try to ensure that your child is at school on time to enable them to get the information and attention they need before the examinations start.
    If your child is absent for any assessment, a medical certificate is required. A Parental note is no longer sufficient to enable your child to have an extended opportunity.

    Parent morning:

    Thank you to the parents who attended – we need to work together to help your children achieve the very best that they can.

    Report from Governing Body

    Please take note of the following:

    • An appointment must be made beforehand to see educators – one cannot just arrive at school and expect to see the educators as they must be in the classroom at all times.
    • If an e-mail/telephonic request is made by a parent to an educator, please allow us some time to investigate and reply to the matter. This may take more than 24 hours.
    • Educators will treat all matters with the respect and dignity that the matter requires and parents are asked to treat the educators in the same manner.
    • No rude language or abusive behaviour will be tolerated.

    Thank you to:

    • Everyone who participated in the Proudly South African day.
    • The maintenance team of learners led by Mrs Souka and Mr van Aswegen for the repairs carried out in the various classrooms. Keep it up.
    • Parents who have chosen Willowmoore as a beneficiary on the MySchool Card. If you have not yet done so, please consider adding Willowmoore as a beneficiary.
    • Supernova for sharing with the grade 9 learners the process of getting as piece of writing to the publication stage and how to publish a magazine.
    • Cat sanctuary – donations of food went taken to the sanctuary who were very grateful.
      Thank you all.


    Awards

    Well done to all who participated in the school House plays. Thank you Mr brown for the coordination and planning that goes into making this evening a success.

    Results as follows:

    Winning play: Apollo
    Best Actor: Siphesihle Lekgwathe
    Best Actress: Kamogelo Namane
    Best Director: Nabeel Teladia

    Well done to the following learners who received colours for:
    C Netshikulwe – Athletics and Extra Mural
    S Legkwate – Drama
    S Mugwaza –House plays
    T Mugwaze and R Gunene – Public Speaking
    S Dlamini – Cricket

    Well done to the boys who have been selected to play soccer in a tournament overseas in August. Play well.

    THANK YOU:

    A very big thank you to those people who donated Chess sets to the Chess club. Some of these were anonymous donations and we thank you. If anyone else has Chess sets that you no longer use, please let us have them.

    Media centre:

    World book day was celebrated by a discussion on writing and publishing through the Supernova group. Grade 9 learners had a chance to investigate this field of work.

    Teddy bears

    If anyone has soft toys that could be donated to our care facility with the social worker, please hand in at the office.

    Learner’s responsibility:

    Dress correctly. Ensure that your hairstyle, general appearance and uniform adheres to the school code of conduct. Be on time for class with all your necessary books and your work done on time.

    Parental Support

    Please ensure your child gets enough rest during this term so that they can learn and do well in their assessments. Also helping your child establish a study schedule goes a long way in terms of coping with the challenges of life. Please help your child to set up a study timetable in preparation for the examination session.

    Reminders:

    Office hours for the accounts department:

    The office will be open for parents to sort out account related issues between 8:00 – 9:00 and 13:00 – 14:00. All e-mail enquiries will be answered within 3 days where possible. The ladies in the office are doing a number of interviews on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays so they are not always able to answer the phone immediately. Please leave a message and they will get back to you. Thank you for your understanding.

    The process for online admissions for 2020 for grade 8 at Willowmoore High

    The online process will go live on 13th May at 8am and close on 15th July. Parents will have to register their child with their home address and will be allocated the nearest school. Parents can make another application and select sibling category and then will have to enter the sibling details and will then be allocated the sibling’s school. Three more applications can be made. The required documents need to handed in to Willowmoore High – Room 18 – between 9 am and 1pm Monday to Friday.

    The placement will take place during term 3. An sms will be sent to successful applicants. These parents will have to come into Willowmoore High to collect forms and pay the required amount for books and other items.

    Please pass the information to all interested parents. More specific details will be obtained through the primary school at a grade 7 parents meeting.

    NOTE:

    This process does not apply to grade 9 – 12. If a parent wishes to apply for a space in grade 9 to 12, forms can be collected from the main office during the normal school day. All documents must be attached and returned and they will be placed on a waiting list. We do not guarantee that there will be a space in the upper grades. Please do not take your child out of the existing school unless we have offered your child a space.
    Food Drive for the Feeding programme of Needy Families
    A big Thank you to Interact who helped keep our grocery cupboard stocked. You have been doing such a good job – keep it up!

    For those of you who have not yet donated, please support us by donating one of the following items:

    Baked beans, pilchards, jam, peanut butter, rice, teabags, cooking oil, packet soups, long life milk, salt, tomato and onion mix, soft porridge, oats, 2 minute noodles, sugar, pasta, biscuits, tinned veggies, corned meat, cake of soap, box of washing powder.
    These can be dropped off at the accounts office. Our families in need will be most grateful.

    School Rules:

    All school rules apply while learners are in school uniform from the time the learners leave home in the morning until they return home again. They do not lapse if the learner is off the school property or if it is outside of school hours. Please check your child’s dress and appearance before he or she goes to school.

    Litter:

    We are addressing the ongoing litter situation 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.

    We have invested in 2 BIG BLUE PLASTIC bins for recycling plastic bottles. Please encourage your children to use these bins for the correct purpose. This will also assist the recyclers so that they no longer have to dig in the dustbins to find the plastic. You are welcome to drop off your plastic containers as well.

    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 – Mrs Khumalo and Mr Ramyaha –
    tkhumalo@willowmoore.co.za , mramayaha@willowmoore.co.za
    Grade 9 – Ms Kera and Mr Mpiyakhe –
    ykera@willowmoore.co.za, mmpiyakhe@willowmoore.co.za
    Grade 10 – Ms Gallagher and Mrs Jennings –
    cgallagher@willowmoore.co.za, cjennings@willowmoore.co.za
    Grade 11 – Mr Brown and Mrs Joseph – brownw@willowmoore.co.za, djoseph@willowmoore.co.za
    Grade 12 – Mrs Koboka and Mrs Souka – skoboka@willowmoore.co.za asouka@willowmoore.co.za
    The SBST member for general counselling is Mrs Kata –tkata@willowmoore.co.za
    The SBST member for homework sessions in the afternoon is Ms Zerf –mzerf@willowmoore.co.za
    The SBST member for account related issues and the feeding scheme is Mrs Healey.
    bhealey@willowmoore.co.za
    The Student Liaison Officer, Mrs van der Heever, is responsible for general counselling and basic first aid assistance – nvanderheerver@willowmoore.co.za
    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.
    chennessy@willowmoore.co.za

    Road safety:

    Do not walk or play in the Cecil Jackson and Moth roads. When getting out of taxis, please do not just rush across the road – first check for oncoming vehicles.
    Wishing you all a very good holiday – travel safely and return safely ready to start term 2 on 2nd April 2019. Attached is the calendar for term 2. Please get involved where you can.

    Mrs L Sanders
    Principal