Term 4 – Newsletter 7

Good morning Parents

Exams start this week for Grade 6 – 9 pupils, so our focus is shifting from teaching to finalising results for the year and ending off with our community service, as we look back with gratitude on an eventful year.

Grade 6 – 9 pupils will be starting exams on Wednesday. Pupils in these grades will leave school at 13h15 in order to avail them of quiet study time at home. They are welcome to study at school until normal closing time, should you prefer your children to do so. A quiet space will be made available for them.

Pupils in Grade 1 – 5 do not write exams. They will follow their regular timetable, as their teachers complete the syllabus for the year and use whatever time may be left over to reinforce the grade’s work and to provide pupils with stimulating academic activities on which to end the year.

School will close at 13h00 for all pupils from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th December
School will close at 10h30 on 7th December, as pupils will need to return for their Prize Giving in the evening. School will close for pupils on 7th December after Prize Giving.

PRIZE GIVING, 7th December
Our Prize Giving will consist of two events this year:
18h00 – 19h00 – Foundation Phase
19h30 – 20h30 – Intermediate and Senior Phases

We will be using our outdoor area as our venue.

Each family, please provide a plate of savoury and a plate of sweet eats for the event. These may be placed in the kitchen at Utrecht House on your arrival.

We invite extended families and friends to join us for this joyous celebration.

Refreshments will be served after both events.

ART EXHIBITION, Wednesday 5th December, 17h30 – 19h00, van der Spuy House
Please let family and friends know that we will be exhibiting our pupils’ creative art after work on Wednesday 5th December at our van der Spuy House. Snacks and drinks will be available as you browse through our “gallery” and enjoy the work on display. Your child’s art may be purchased for a donation (suggested R50 or more!) and will be sent home with him/her the day following the exhibition.

We still have a couple of Speech & Drama mugs left for purchase at R60. Remember to keep sending donations of sweets, toiletries, good used clothing and toys and pet related items for us to take along when we participate in the community service at the end of term.

TYGERBURG NATURE WALK, Wednesday 5th December
Grade 3 – 9 pupils will be walking in the nature reserve from 09h00. The cost of the outing is R10 per pupil. We could do with some assistance with transport, so please let Ms van Zyl know if you’re able to help.

Parents are most welcome to accompany our pupils on all our community service outings. Please let Ms van Zyl know if you’re available and keen to join us.

Our school has started a clothing bank, so please feel free to donate your child’s outgrown uniforms to the bank, or to sell the items at our bank. Should you wish to sell, please place the items in a plastic bag that is clearly labelled with your child’s name and the amount you want to receive for the uniform. Hand the bag in to your child’s teacher, who will place in it the bin allocated for this purpose.

At this stage there are very few items in our bank, but should you wish to have a look and to purchase, please arrange to meet with me, so that you can view the items.

Linda would also like to remind parents that new uniform orders must reach her by 1st December, so please ensure that you make contact with her as soon as possible. She can be contacted on 021 939 0205 or 081 413 6107 or engellinda1228@gmail.com.

Linda is encouraging parents to order the new dress for their daughters, as the factory has a minimum requirement of 50 dresses before they will supply, so I do encourage all girls to order the lovely dress for the new year.

Grade 4 – 9 pupils received textbook order forms last week. The supplier will be available on campus on Thursday 6th December. Textbooks will be handed out to all pupils who have ordered. A card machine will be available and cash will be accepted on that day. Order forms should be handed back to the school by Friday.

I have also made contact with the mobile bookshop to invite them to set up a display on that day. They may have literature set books for you to purchase at minimal cost. You may also allow your child to purchase books for him/herself and also consider donating to our library.

Should you wish to sell your child’s textbooks, please make a poster advertising the titles, the price and include your contact details so that you may deal directly with parents who wish to buy.

Pupils who wish to sell textbooks will display their posters in the Grade they wish to sell to .Should you wish to purchase textbooks, please pop in and have a look at the posters displayed in your child’s classroom.

Walton’s will be collecting stationery orders on Wednesday this week, so please ensure that your order is in by Tuesday, should you wish to make use of the Walton’s offering.

This has been a long and informative email, I hope not too confusing, so I conclude with the following exhortation for the week:

“Go out into the world
and as the days of the week unfold before you,
Show mercy
Show love
Respond with a compassionate heart
and let no one leave your presence empty
Live in joy” – William Barclay

Kind regards

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