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    May 2019 Newsletter

    Willowmoore High takes the stage with Shakespeare

    “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore are thou Romeo?” asks Juliet winsomely.

    “Is this a dagger I see before me?” cries a frenzied Macbeth.

    The immortal lines of William Shakespeare still live in the mouths of Johannesburg youth through the annual staging of the South African Council for English Education Shakespeare Monologue Competition at the National Children’s Theatre.

    This year besides 9 learners from Willowmoore High there were King Edward the Seventh school, King David’s Linksfield, Poplar Academy, St James College, Redhill High, the British International School and members of the National Children’s Theatre.

    Each participant was allowed to perform up to three different speeches to show their versatility in performance and interpretation. Speeches were performed from twelve different plays, ranging from As you like it and Hamlet to Twe Gentlemen of Verona.

    The adjudicators, Eleanor-Mary Cadell and Lizzie Staughton, both of the Shakespeare Society, were delighted by the enthusiasm and caliber of the performances, and made special mention of Janique Maduray, Tasneem Akoojee and Zainaaz Hansa.

    SACEE Shakespeare Monologue Competition 2019

     

    Willowmoore cares and the Community supports

    The Willowmoore Interact Society is once again actively campaigning to assist those in need, and this time it is collecting food to help the many underprivileged people who struggle in winter.
    These items are gathered into food bundles and distributed to families in need on the feeding scheme or through local charities.

    The following items are particularly welcomed:

    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 vegetables , corned meat, cakes of soap, and boxes of washing powder.

    These items can be dropped off at the Accounts Office or with the various teachers who are involved in Interact. Cash donations are also welcome.

    A big “thank you” is extended to the Connections Community Church who donated care packages for learners and also coffee for the staff and soup packets to the learners.

    Willowmoore participates in TaGCtW day

    Recently Willowmoore High organized 10 grade Nine girls from the school to pay a visit to the engineering and aviation facilities at Atlas Copco as part of the ongoing initiative, Take a Girl Child to Work day.

    Under the supervision of Mrs Van der Heever the girls participated in a tour of the various workshops and technical facilities at Atlas Copco and learned some insights about what it takes to become an engineer or to specialize in the technical field.

    This tour for the girls is part of an ongoing program in the school which aims to empower women in the 21st century workplace, and follows on from the presentation made by members of the Miss South Africa contigent that was held early this term at the school. Much thanks to Mrs van Der Heever and the LO department for this.

    School campaigns against bullying

    For many students school is a stressful environment where the need to succeed is great and where competition is always intense. Combine this atmosphere with the ever-changing , complicated world of teen relationships, and the scene is ripe for bullying.

    It is always important to remind your child that activities which may seem innocent like teasing or name calling, can rapidly escalate and cause psychological trauma to others.

    We ask that you monitor your child’s behaviour to see if your child is becoming withdrawn, unable to complete school work or increasingly anxious. Willowmoore High has tutors and counsellors who are available to intervene and investigate any reports of bullying. We view any such events in a serious light and will act accordingly.

    Grade tutors offer their guidance

    Willowmoore High maintains a network of support educators to assist your child in their school lives. Please feel free to contact them with any of your concerns or encourage your child to approach them for an interview.

    All interactions are treated with confidentiality to best suite the welfare of your child.

    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

    School Counsellors and Additional Support

    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

    Important forthcoming dates

    Grade 10-12 exams commenced on 20 May 2019
    Grade 8-9 exams commence from 27 May 2019. Please note that normal lessons will occur from 20-25 May. There is no study break for these learners
    Grade 9 job shadow from 12-14 June 2019.
    Reports for term 2 will be issued at the commencement of term 3.
    Mandela day—Environmental club will clean up the river at the bottom of the school, Interact will be feeding the needy. Interhouse Netball, hockey and soccer and Inter-homeroom “Iron Man” will be staged.

    Vision

    Willowmoore High strives to create relevant and equitable, holistic quality education that will produce well rounded, responsible and respectful leaders who will contribute meaningfully in tomorrow’s communities.

    Mission

    Willowmoore High
    strives to create an ongoing positive, innovative and inclusive learning environment for our diverse community
    strives to maintain a safe, functional and technologically focused school for the well rounded development of all learners strives to uphold the ethos of mutual respect of human rights and South African culture

    From the desk of the Principal

    As term 2 draws to a close and the buzz of exams surrounds us, it is time once again to reflect on what is important and acknowledge all the hard work that has gone into making term 2 another success for Willowmoore High’s learners.

    Thank you to the coaches and organisers of the various winter sports codes for the many hours it takes to develop our learners holistically. Also recognition must be given to our cultural co-ordinators who made us so proud at the EADS drama competition and the SACEE debating league championships. We proudly celebrated South Africa on the 26th of April and encouraged our future leaders on “Take a girl child to work day.” Then there were the tireless efforts for charity by the Interact Society and the generous support of the school by the Environmental Society and the Community Service Team. Well done to all.

    The learners who participated in these events, have grown from this experience. Now Willowmoore High encourages all of its students to hit the books, burn the midnight oil and make their exams as successful as their term was. Good luck to all.

    L Sanders
    Principal