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    March 2018 Newsletter

    Dear parents and learners

    February was a very busy month with numerous activities taking place and the external whole School Evaluation team on site for a week.

    National Teaching Awards: Mrs L Sanders was a provincial nominee for a Life Time achievement award and Mrs Vania was a provincial nominee for Excellence in secondary school teaching. Congratulations to Mrs Vania who won the provincial category and went on to represent Gauteng at the National awards ceremony.

    Some of our learners were recognised for their outstanding performance in the matric 2017 examinations by Project Distinction as community based team of people who are concerned about education and spend much time motivating learners to achieve their best.

    The Interact fun day raised R 10 000 which will be used to fund the charities that Interact supports. The Iron man competition was won by Mrs Silverthorne’s homeroom class. Mrs Fourie and Mrs Hudson’s classes both won the best spirit award. Thank you to all who participated with so much enthusiasm. Keep it up!

    The Willowmoore Rangers group performed community service at Eddie House recently where they played board games with the elderly folk.

    Challenge SOS:- Our team participated in a full weekend of both physical and mental challenges. The team did well and their participation will be screened on TV in the near future. Watch SABC 3 for updates on this exciting initiative.

    MARCH NEWS

    At the beginning of March 2018 we had a successful governing body election, despite a low parent voter turnout.

    Welcome to the following members:
    Mrs Sanders (Principal), L Maphoto (RCL), L Vilakazi (RCL)
    From top to bottom and left to right in the photograph:
    Mrs Morar (Policies and Governance), Ms Gallagher (Educator),
    Mr Hajat (Fund raising and PRO), Mr Lambat (Maintenance and buildings)
    Mr Mpiyakhe (Educator), Mrs Langford (Discipline), Mr Laher (Finance chairperson), Ms Passmoor (General Staff member)
    Mr Gobind (Chairperson), Mr Patel (deputy finance chairperson), Mr Ellahi (Fundraising and PRO), Mrs Bhana (Deputy Chairperson)

    We look forward to a good working relationship with the new members, and encourage the Willowmoore community to support the new SGB. In order to contact any member of the governing body, please send an e-mail to enquiries@willowmoore.co.za and the request will be forwarded to the correct person.

    Upcoming events:

    Tuesday 27th March 2018 – 6pm House plays. Tickets are R20 from the office. No tickets will be sold on the night.
    Tuesday 27th March 2018 – 6pm Interact and Westwood Spur fundraiser. Come and join us for dinner.
    Wednesday 28th March 2018 – Last day of school. We will run period 1 and 2 followed by break and then period 3 and 4 for day 3 to finish at 12.00. Reports will be issued by hand and by e-mail on this day.
    Term 2 calendar is attached to this letter for your information. The start date for examinations may change once we have details from the department.

    Information

    Thank you to the parent who donated 10 trees to us – we have planted 5 pecan nut and 5 lemon trees. It was quite a challenge to get the learners to plant these trees as many of them do not know much about gardening – we have a lot of educating still to do.

    We have had many problems with our telephone lines over the last few weeks and just as we had got a new system up and running the lightning hit the school and all the phones are down again. I ask for your patience in this matter. The problems were beyond our control.

    Reminders:

    Uniform:

    Learners must wear correct summer uniform to school. The school baseball cap or cricket hat may be worn. The grade 11 and 12 learners should be wearing blazers at all times. Please ensure that the boys’ and girls’ hair styles are in line with the school rules. The wearing of caps is not an excuse for incorrect hairstyles. Dri-macs are worn only in rainy weather or for sport. Please ensure that your child is correctly dressed for school. Correct PT kit can be worn on the day that the learner has PT for Life Orientation. The PT kit is the school tracksuit pants/shorts with school T-shirt and brown socks. Either the tracksuit top or school jersey or dri-mac may be worn for PT.

    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 Principal Talk app or send an SMS or an e-mail to us at enquiries@willowmoore.co.za

    Security:

    We have been advised that large cash amounts (over R1 000) should not 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 and do a direct deposit. All types of cards (except for American express and Diners club) are accepted at the accounts office.

    Willowmoore offers quality education at affordable rates. Please ensure that school fees are paid up to date. Thank you to all the paying parents who make it possible for us to continue our educational programs and to support all our learners.

    Mrs L Sanders
    Principal

    You can download the 2018 Term 2 Planner to view or keep for later.