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    September 2019 Newsletter

    Grade 11 team building camp a massive success

    Towards the end of Au-gust a group of teachers from the school accom-panied 43 grade 11 stu-dents for a weekend at the Parnassus farm school site in the Magaliesberg.

    This annual camp is staged to build a sense of community among the grade 11s and to help them discover their talents and potential. The theme of the camp this year was the Circuses of the World, and a lot of the activities on the jam-packed program were according to this theme.

    The grade 11s left school at 8:30 on the Friday morning and were kept busy throughout the weekend until they returned on the Sunday afternoon. The students enjoyed five meals a day but less sleep than they may have enjoyed on a week-end at home as the activities ran from 7am to 1pm each of the first two days.

    Some of the highlights of the weekend including hiking to the top of the cliffs around the river gorge that surrounds the campsite,; designing anti-bullying and student support programs for the school; designing the dé-cor for a circus-themed dinner; participating in games inspired by “minute to win it”,; and the traditional marshmallows by the campfire.

    The weekend ended with the string ceremony where the students were symbolically linked to each other by the strings of memories they had.

    SAIIA MUN 2019 explores serious themes

    The Debating society participated in their largest event on their calendar on the 14th of September: the Gauteng Model United Nations Conference, hosted by the South African Institute for International Affairs at the University of the Witwatersrand.

    Our two teams participated as The Gambia in a debate about preserving indigenous languages; and Germany about the conflict consequences of climate change. The overall theme of the event was youth activism and making a difference

    at grassroots level. The keynote speaker, Mariam Elgoni, an ex-SAIIA MUN participant and organizer, made a deep impact with her exploration of international politics and making realistic changes. Willowmoore won best Position paper.

    Interact of Willowmoore celebrates community spirit

    The Willowmoore Inter-act society is a well-established and thriving community service group whose members strive to improve the lives of the Willowmoore students and their community.

    On Saturday the 14th of September they hosted their annual award function which showcased the many contributions that it had made to people’s lives over the last year as well as to recognize the efforts of its
    member s and to formally swear in the new Executive for 2020.

    The keynote speaker was Mrs S. Naidoo, the school’s Rotary liaison officer as well as a community activist. In her address in which she reflected on her journey of activism, she encouraged her audience to be mindful of others and always be prepared to help others before self.

    The new executive for 2020 was announced as S. Jada (president), S. Ellahi (deputy president), H. Nkosi (secretary), j. Rajgopaul (treasurer) and board members: Z Bhamjee, S. Guman, K. Mwale, S. Siyaca, R. Shahaboodien and S. Shahaboodien.

    We congratulate the board on its election and look forward to the worthwhile contributions they will make to our school and community.

    Arbor Day celebrated by the Environmental Society

    Despite being the “new kid on the block” at Willowmoore as a recently founded society, the environmental club has already established itself as a firm favourite with the students.

    Under the auspices of Mrs Tsotsesi and Ms Passmore the society has already done clean-ups in the school grounds and along the river which runs along the bottom of property.

    For Arbor day a collection of indigenous trees were planted in a grove, and the house captains planted more along the back wall.

    As an extension of this project the society is looking for donations of flowering bedding plants to beautify the area around the back gate as well as paints so that an environmentally themed mural can be commissioned on the workshop wall space alongside the back driveway of the school.

    Willowmoore celebrates extra mural achievements

    Annually the school hosts a function to formally celebrate all students who participated sufficiently according to the extramural policy, as well as to award vari-ous trophies for out-standing extra-mural achievement.

    Some of the highlights of this year’s ceremony included Jupiter winning the Lindsay Brothers Cup for best extramural House; Siphe Sihle Lekg-wathe winning the Eber-bach award for best all-round cultural participant as well as the Kaschula debating award; Calson Netshikulwe winning the Chalmers Sportique award for best all-round sportsperson; Zainaz Hansa winning the Le Roux trophy for best Olympiad achievement; Kamagelo Namane winning the McKeen drama award ; Bathobile Manana winning the Toastmistress public speaking award; and Suliman Al-Rawahi and Ntwanano Sibuyi the Softball award.

    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

    • 5 October. Budget AGM for the year to be held in the school hall at 9am.
    • 7 October Senior RCL and House Captain Induction at 6pm
    • 10 October Grade 12 Valedictory and Honours Evening at 6:30 pm
    • 14 October Grade 12 study break commences
    • 23 October exams commence for Grades 10-12.
    • 4 November exams commence for grades 8-9
    • 3 December grade 11 reports released and grade 12 for 2020 forms signed
    • 4 December grades 8-10 reports released and school closes for 2019

    A selection of award winner photos from the extra mural awards morning

    Above: Calson Nethsikulwe and Mr W. Brown with the Best Position paper award from Wits/SAIIA model United Nations
    Mrs Nxumalo the lucky draw winner

    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

    We all have had the ex-perience where we were tempted to take a sick day or to just not get out of bed. This is particu-larly the case at the end of a school term where the rumour mill goes into overdrive and the consensus is that once tests and exams are completed, the work for the term is done and there is no reason to be at school.

    Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is very different. Work is going on: it can either be remediation or it can the ex-tension of work into the new term. There is a misconception that if half a class is absent then new content cannot possibly be taught. Once again, unfortunately, the ATP (annual teaching plan) syllabus is de-manding and so there is no time to await the return of students after the test or examination cycle. Work must continue…

    Obviously, concessions are made for students who are absent for legitimate reasons like ill health, pressing family concerns or for religious purposes but these parameters are closely monitored by the Education Department.

    The definition of study break is only applicable to the grade 12s and then only for a week before the commenceent of their final examinations.

    It also must be noted that all absenteeism must be justified by some form of letter or doctor’s certificate, and that absence for more than 20 days in a year can have a consequence for decisions about academic progression.