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    July 2018 Newsletter

    Dear parents and learners

    A well-deserved break was enjoyed by all. Welcome back to a busy term 3 for 2018. The calendar was sent out. Please make use of all the opportunities available for the learners.

    We welcome Mrs Pienaar to Willowmoore High School. She will be teaching in the Afrikaans post. Mrs Russell will be away in August and September and Ms Passmoor and Ms Mholo will be teaching Geography and SS respectively.

    A reminder about parent’s day which is to be held on 28th July from 8.30 to 13.00. Please come and see you child’s educators. Please ensure that you have your child’s report and encourage your child to accompany you. Mrs Silverthorne and Mrs Kleynhans will unfortunately not be available on Saturday. Please make a separate appointment if you need to see these educators.

    Thank you to all the parents who have paid school fees. Thank you for the donations towards fund raising. At the moment we have received R 30 000 towards upgrading our outdoor areas. Thank you for all the donations towards Mandela Day.

    Congratulations to the following learners:

    C Netshikulwe and N Magagula – Cross Country captains for 2018.
    R Mthetwa, T Mugwazo, M Mabila and S Mashaba– half colours Hockey
    S Lekgwate – half colours Debating

    Thank you to Mrs Naidoo and all those who put in so much effort towards the tea for the elderly on Mandela day. Your contribution is highly valued.

    Disruption in class

    Together, the Governing Body and the staff have taken a decision that we will not tolerate learners who are disruptive in class – either being noisy, not bringing books, not doing homework or being late for class. After THREE (3) offences, the learner will be suspended for 5 days pending a Governing Body disciplinary meeting. The cycle will continue until the learners co-operate and understand that others have the right to be taught and that educators have the right to teach.

    Admissions for 2019

    Placements will start on 3 August and parents have 7 days to accept online. The parents must come in to the school to collect forms and information about the grade 8’s programme of orientation. All money must be deposited directly into the school account or you may swipe a card. For safety reasons, we will not be taking large amounts of cash at the accounts office.

    Reminders:

    Grade 12 Prelim Exam timetables

    Grade 12 Prelim Exam timetables for the preliminary exams were circulated at the end of June. There have been some changes to the time table and a new time table will be issued on Friday this week. Please ensure that your child is studying and putting in the time required for each subject. Extra lessons are taking place every afternoon until prelims start. It is disappointing to note that some learners who failed the June exams are not taking advantage of these extra lessons.

    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.

    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
    Grade 9 – Ms Gallagher and Mrs Jennings
    Grade 10 – Mr Brown and Mrs Joseph
    Grade 11 – Mrs Koboka and Ms Khumalo
    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