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    January 2021 Newsletter

    Dear Parents and Learners

    Welcome back to school in 2021. I trust you had a restful time and are ready to engage in new
    learning opportunities. The grade 8’s are entering an exciting phase of their schooling.
    Welcome to Ms Ebrahim who is teaching Accounting and EMS.

    Farewell to Mr Gopal who has taken up an internship in Cape Town. We welcome Mr Bagga
    who will be assisting with computer related activities and the media centre.

    A BIG thank you to all parents who bought books for their children and uniform for 2021. We are
    mindful of the economic situation and are glad that you have been proactive in your budgeting.
    The second hand shop has some items of uniform. Please make an appointment if you would
    like to make use of this service. If you have school uniform items that are too small for your
    child, please consider donating them to our second hand shop. All items are washed and ironed
    and ready for redistribution.

    Thank you to those parents who have already settled school fees. Monthly payments should be
    deposited directly into the school bank account.

    Please take note of the office hours for our accounts department – this is to allow the account
    staff time to complete their other work as well.

    Parents can make an appointment to visit the office from 9am to 11am.

    Learners can to go to the office from 11am to 11:30 am and from 2.20 pm to 3pm.

    COVID-19

    Please note that the virus is still with us. The following rules and regulations must be adhered to
    in order for all of us to be safe and healthy:

    • Masks must be worn at all times
    • Soap and hand sanitizer are supplied for regular hand washing
    • Sanitise your hands before going into any venue
    • Daily health checks including temperature checks will be conducted
    • No hugging/kissing allowed
    • Social distance to be maintained at all times
    • The drop off zone in the morning is a one way system
    • The security at the front gate will escort parents in to the office if an appointment has
      been made – please respect the gate access control.

    School attendance

    Grade 12 learners will attend school every day. The classes are small to ensure the learners get
    the necessary attention they require to complete all the work for the final examinations.

    We will confirm school attendance for the other grades once a final decision has been made.

    Collection of textbook

    Some learners still have books and or calculators issued in 2020. These need to be returned or
    paid for before new books will be issued.

    Many parents and learners have been asking to collect their textbooks.

    You can choose to collect books from 15th February or the following process can be followed:

    • All Covid protocols will be observed.
    • If the learner is ill and cannot collect books, a parent must bring the learner’s school ID
      with them to collect the books on the learner’s behalf
    • Please come to the drop off zone at the front of the school on the designated day and
      time (7.30am to 9am ONLY) for each grade or group of learners
    • If books are to be distributed from the library, learners will be escorted through in small
      groups
    • Learners must produce their school ID card in order to facilitate the process
    • Textbooks will be scanned and issued to the learner
    • If the learner has a receipt for the extra notebooks/workbooks, these will also be issued.
      Please make payment directly into the school bank account if possible – please send
      proof of payment and indicate the subjects that you are paying for
    • Learners must leave immediately after receiving their books
    • Grade 12 Maths learners – 22nd January
    • Grade 12 Maths Literacy learners – 25th January
    • Grade 9 with surname starting from A up to and including L – 26th January
    • Grade 9 with surname starting from M up to and including Z – 27th January
    • Grade 11 Maths Learners – 28th January
    • Grade 11 Maths Literaacy learners – 29th January
    • Grade 10 Maths Learners – 1st February
    • Grade 10 Maths Literacy learners- 2nd February

    Grade 8 learners will be assisted with textbooks on the 15th February once school opens
    Google classroom

    LO classrooms have been set up for each grade. These will serve as an information platform for
    that grade as well as for LO work.

    Please join the classroom for your grade as the information is grade specific. Remember to us
    your school email address to log in.

    Codes for LO classrooms:

    Grade 12 – tiwaeji
    Grade 11 – vcurzwa
    Grade 10 – 7s5k2qx
    Grade 9 – fy7y4wb
    Grade 12 E English – nti3yfu
    Grade 12 G English – nrqehqr
    Grade 10,11 and 12 IT classrooms have been set up and invites sent to the relevant learners
    Grade 8 learners will receive their email address and login details and codes for classrooms on
    arrival at school.

    Matric Dance

    Under Covid regulations, no large gatherings are allowed. Even if the situation changes during
    the year, the school will not hold a matric dance for various reasons such as the high cost and
    the need for adult supervision without abuse. If any function is organised by individual learners,
    please note that the school name cannot be used for booking or insurance purposes.

    Learner’s responsibility: All learners need to take responsibility for their own books and bags.
    They may not leave them in one area and go to break in another area. Books should not be left
    in classrooms during the day or overnight. The books are not the teacher’s responsibility.

    Learners should not be deceived into giving their cell phone to anyone.. Please talk to your child
    about keeping their phone in a zipped pocket in their blazer.

    Reminders:

    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.

    If your child is in a grade that attends school on alternate days, please ensure that they are
    completing the work given to them on the day they are at home. This is not a holiday day but a
    home-school day.

    Food Drive for the Feeding programme of Needy Families of Willowmoore High School

    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. The rules do not lapse if the learner is off the
    school property or 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.

    Counseling:

    All educators are available should you need to speak to anyone. Please make an appointment
    to speak to the relevant person.

    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 – Mr Brown and Mrs Tsotetsi – brownw@willowmoore.co.za, ktsotsetsi@willowmoore.co.za

    Grade 9 – Mrs Chotoo and Mr Maredi – cchotoo@willowmoore.co.za; jmardi@willowmoore.co.za

    Grade 10 – Mrs Khumalo and Mr Ramyaha – tkhumalo@willowmoore.co.za , mramayaha@willowmoore.co.za

    Grade 11 – Ms Kera and Mr Mpiyakhe –
    ykera@willowmoore.co.za, mmpiyakhe@willowmoore.co.za

    Grade 12 – Ms Gallagher – cgallagher@willowmoore.co.za

    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