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    January 2019 Newsletter

    Dear Parents and Learners

    Welcome back and I wish you all the best for 2019. I Hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends over this festive period.

    The grade 12 NSC results for 2018:

    Pass rate: 96.3%
    Bachelor passes: 46.5%

    Top 10 Students in order from 1st place: F.Abilu, A.Balle, A.Sidat, E.Tshiya wa Ntita, P.Nsibande, N.Maduna, J.Rumo, Z.Liyaqat-Ali, R.Nziyane, J.Bhana, Y.Fakir, K.Maharaj.

    We are very proud of these learners and all our successful grade 12s of 2018. We wish them our best wishes to our students for 2019

    Staff matters: – Mrs Olivier, Mrs Silverthorne, Mrs Russell, Mr Soudien and Mrs Dunlee all have retired and we thank them for their service to Willowmoore High School. We are very glad to welcome new members of staff to Willowmoore for 2019: Ms Passmoor who will teach Geography and SS; Mr Maredi who will teach Life Orientation and SS; Mrs Croucamp who will be teach Afrikaans; Mr Dube who will teach Mathematical Literacy and NS; and Mrs Jeewa who will teach Mathematics.

    We extend our deepest condolences to Mrs Liebenberg who lost her father-in-law in December. Mr Oberholzer had an accident and damaged his hand. We hope it will feel better soon. Some learners also lost loved ones over the holiday period. We send out condolences to your families and will be here to support you.

    Grade 12 Information meeting

    This is a compulsory meeting for all grade 12 learners and their parents. Information will be shared regarding the grade 12 year and the final grade 12 exam entry forms need to be signed by the parents. The forms will be available for signing between 17:00 and 18:00 in the foyer of the hall. The meeting will start promptly at 18:00 and will be finished by 19:00.

    Athletics gets off to a start from Monday with try outs being held each afternoon – come and participate in the Inter-house competition is Wednesday 16th January.

    Inter-house Athletics:

    All learners must wear PT kit for this day. Athletes may wear the school shorts/track suit pants and T-shirts. Please bring sunscreen and wear the school cap or cricket hat. There will be a tuck shop during the day selling hot food, cold drinks, chips and chocolates. NO cooler boxes are allowed into the school. All bags will be searched at the start of the day. Speakers are NOT allowed. Learners may go home at 2pm as usual.

    Health services:

    The Government health service will perform health screening for the grade 8 learners from the 17th January. Please complete the respective forms and have your child return these to the homeroom teacher on Monday 14th January.

    Drama

    Practices for the house plays and the school show will start soon. Please find out about practice times and get involved.

    Grade 8 Team building afternoon – 18 January 2019 from 2-6pm

    All grade 8 learners are expected to attend this afternoon. More details will be sent out next week.

    Communication:

    All newsletters, accounts and reports will be sent out electronically. Please ensure that we have the correct, working e-mail address of both parents so that you do not miss out on any information. If you do not have an e-mail address, please request a printed copy of the newsletter or report from the general office and come in to collect it. Also make sure that we have updated ‘phone numbers so we can make contact with you just in case there is a concern or an emergencyYou 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

    Please complete the attached form giving us permission to use photographs of your learner for school purposes. Return this form to the homeroom educator.

    Learners email:

    Homework and notes and dates of formal activities will also be posted in Google classroom for each subject. Please make sure that you access your mail each week. If you do not have access to the Internet at home, visit one of the computer centres (room 23 or room 45) in the afternoon to access your e-mail and Google classroom for homework. All grade 8 learners will receive their log-in details over the next 2 weeks.

    By visiting the school website, you have access to the Willowmoore High School Google calendar where all the details of school activities will be published. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or e-mail.

    Reminders:

    Parental Support

    Please ensure your child gets enough rest during this term so that they can learn and do well in their examinations. Also helping your child establish a study schedule goes a long way in terms of coping with the challenges of life.

    Food Drive for the Feeding programme of Needy Families

    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.

    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.

    Mrs L Sanders
    Principal

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