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Term 2 – Newsletter 8

Dear Parents,

A very warm and grateful “Thank you” to all our parents for your wonderful support of the Culture Evening held last Thursday. The donations, assistance with preparing food and the purchase of the items on sale are much appreciated. I enjoyed socialising and watching our parents interacting with each other. Proceeds amounted to R6 193.80, a great accomplishment for our small school. This will go a long way towards financing the fingerprint recognition that we would like to install to enhance the security of our premises.

MOBILE BOOKSHOP, Friday 7th June, Art-room
The Mobile Bookshop will be at our school on Friday 7th June from 13h00 – 15h00. Books are priced between R30 and R50. We would like to encourage you to support this charity bookshop by purchasing a book for your child and one to donate to the school. Please place the amount of money that you wish your child to spend in two envelopes: one marked SCHOOL and the other HOME, so we will know which books are donations to us and which should go home. You are most welcome to come and browse through the books when you collect your child from school. A credit card facility will be available.

HAMBURGER SALE
We will be selling hamburgers at R15 apiece this Thursday. Please place the correct amount for the number of burgers you wish to order in an envelope marked BURGERS and hand in to your child’s teacher by Wednesday.

EXAMS
Just a reminder that exams are looming on the horizon for Grade 6 – 9 pupils and that pupils in the other grades will be writing their final assessments as this term comes to an end. Reports will be sent out electronically this term.

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 2 – Newsletter 7

Dear Parents,

Warm greetings on this chilly morning.

Thanks for your support of our Super-Hero charity drive last Friday.

“FAMILY” NEWS
Our Grade 4 teacher, Ms Claire Whittemore, has been selected to represent South Africa in an international figure skating competition. We wish her great success. Her classes will be looked after by Ms van Zyl and me for the two weeks that she will be competing overseas.

CULTURE EVENING & COMPETITION
Our Culture Evening, in celebration of Mother’s and Father’s Days, will take place this Thursday evening from 16h00 – 19h00. Please come along and purchase your supper from our various stalls, and encourage your neighbours, family and friends to come along and support this fund-raising event. The proceeds of this event are earmarked to enhance the security of our premises, by installing finger-print recognition for pupils of both campuses.

Our Grade 8 class is running a “Guess the Pasta in the Bottle” competition to coincide with their Italian themed evening. For R2 per entry, you have the opportunity to win a hamper full of delicious Italian goodies: olive oil, pasta, pasta sauce, bread sticks and wine.

COMMUNICATOR
We have felt the need to co-ordinate our school’s communication into one downloadable app, that all parents will be able to install on their phones. Communication will be more efficient and be able to take place daily. Access to teachers will, then, be via the app and not through ad hoc Whatsapp groups. Training is taking place today, so we should have the new system up and running in the course of this week.

ROAD CLOSURE
Please note that Utrecht Street is blocked off at the van der Spuy end. When collecting pupils from Utrecht House this afternoon, please park on van der Spuy Street and pupils from Utrecht House will be accompanied to the corner of van der Spuy and Utrecht Streets for collection. Please make outside lift-providers aware of this change of arrangement for today, continuing until the road has been fixed and reopened.

EXAMS
Pupils in Grade 6 – 9 have received their timetables for the June exams. you can assist your child by;

– ensuring that he/she has a personal study timetable to follow from today until exams and that he/she sticks to that timetable;
– ensuring that he/she is making his/her own study notes oft he material to be learned – mind maps of main ideas and key words and phrases;
– talking to your child about what he/she is studying

REPORTS
Reports will be sent our electronically on the last day of term (14th June).

Kind regards,
Liz

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Term 2 – Newsletter 6

Dear Parents,

I trust that all had a good weekend.

From this week, you will, once again, be receiving weekly email correspondence from my desk, as Mrs Theresa Minne has decided to relocate her GED classes elsewhere and will no longer serve as Dean of our school.
Our management structure, then, is as follows:
Owner: Mrs Elizabeth Simpson
Dean of Academics: Ms Tamryn van Zyl
Head of Foundation Phase: Mrs Nikki Terry
Finance Manager: Mrs Maylin Pat

Our school will still be able to offer the GED course, albeit not on our campus. Should you wish to know more about this, please let me know.

CULTURAL EVENING, Thursday 16th May, 16h00 – 19h00
Great excitement is mounting as our Cultural Evening draws closer. This is an occasion for us to celebrate our families in honour of Mother’s and Father’s Days. Please advertise this evening amongst your friends, neighbours and extended families. Food from many different cultures will be on offer. Bring along your picnic blanket and enjoy the ambience, amidst the aromas of good food and the dulcet sounds of the live music that will be playing.

COMPETITION
“Guess the Pasta in the jar” – a competition running from today, organised by the Grade 8 class. At R2 per entry you could win a hamper of Italian foodstuffs. Please support this competition that will run until next Thursday. The winner will be announced at the Cultural Evening.

VOTING DAY
School and Aftercare will be closed on Wednesday so that we will all have enough time to cast our votes.

EXAMS
Exam timetables are already out, so we expect our pupils to be working hard at home in order to be fully prepared for the exams.

Kind regards
Liz

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “To leave the world a bit better, whether by healthy child, a garden patch, or redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you live—that is to have succeeded.”

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Term 2 – Newsletter 5

Dear Parents,

Welcome to another short week as we will enjoy Worker’s Day on the 1 st of May.

Wednesday the 1 st of May
Both the school and the aftercare will be closed for this public holiday.

Cultural Evening
There is a lot of effort and excitement behind the scenes as we gear up for the Cultural Fundraising Event. Please remember, this is our opportunity to celebrate family (Mother’s Day and Father’s Day fall in close proximity to our event) and our connection to the larger community. Please invite as many as you can and enjoy some wonderful food and atmosphere, together.

Warm regards
Theresa Minnë
Dean of Studies

“Joy doesn’t come when you try to hold it all together.
Joy comes when you let God hold you.”
-Unknown

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Term 2 – Email 4

Dear Parents,

I trust that you all enjoyed a wonderful Eastertide and travelling mercies if you were away for the long weekend.

Please note the following:
Camp
The Grade 7 to 9 pupils had an absolutely fantastic camp experience. The children were excellent ambassadors of the school. Thank you so much to the organisers (Ms van Zyl) and Ms Styane and Mr Tarling for accompanying the pupils.
We are very grateful to all the wonderful parents who generously offered to lift the children to the camp. It wouldn’t have been possible without you!

Parent Meetings
A general concern that came out in the parent meetings, was the fact that pupils struggle with study skills and an approach to studying. I have attached a mind map that serves as a general guideline to help with the process of studying. Some aspects need to be explained more in depth, please contact me if you would like more clarity on the details.

Uniform Bank: Reminder A clothing bank is available for your child’s uniform needs.

Assessment Programme: Reminder
Grade 4 to 9 Assessment Programmes have been sent out in homework diaries.
Please let your child’s teacher know if you have not received it.

Cultural Evening
Thank you for all the responses so far…Kindly return the reply slip regarding the up-coming Cultural Family Event if you have not already done so.

Warm regards
Theresa Minnë
Dean of Studies

“Man says…Show me and I’ll trust you.
God says…Trust me and I’ll show you.”
-Psalm 126:6

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Term 2 – Email 3

Dear Parents,

As we prepare to celebrate Easter with our loved ones; may all be safe on the roads if traveling anywhere. Kindly take note of the following:

Parent Meetings
Thank you to all parents who attended the parent meetings, we appreciate your involvement and support in your child’s academic life.

Uniform Bank
A reminder to please make use of our clothing bank for your child’s uniform needs.

Assessment Programme
Grade 4 to 9 Assessment Programmes have been sent out in homework diaries.
Please let your child’s teacher know if you have not received it.

Camp
The Grade 7 to 9 pupils to be at school tomorrow at 06h30 to depart by 07h00.
Snacks may be brought along to camp if in a sealed package. No baked items. The pupils should return by 13h00 on Thursday.

Cultural Evening
Kindly return the reply slip regarding the up-coming Cultural Family Event.

Social Media Policy
The policy was sent out last week. Any feedback on the policy is welcomed.

Public Holidays and Happy Tummy
A reminder that school will end at normal time on Thursday the 18 th (except for those on camp) and then school will be closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday. There will be no after care on Friday the 19 th or Monday the 22 nd of April. Happy Tummy will be on Thursday, rather than Friday this week.

Wishing you a very blessed Easter weekend!
Warm regards
Theresa Minnë
Dean of Studies

“The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”
-Kate McGahan

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Term 2 – Newsletter 2

Dear Parents,

There are some important activities and events coming up. Please take note of the following:

Parent Meetings
Parent meetings are taking place this week. A reminder that parents of Grade 7 to 9 pupils are asked to come and fill in their preferred timeslot on the timetable in the entrance of the Utrecht House Campus. You may also write a requested timeslot for Wednesday or Thursday in your child’s homework diary.

Uniform Bank
A reminder to please make use of our clothing bank for your child’s uniform needs.

Assessment Programme
Assessment plans will be sent home this week. The plans will indicate dates of tasks that pupils and parents need to remember. Any changes will be sent out a week in advance.

Reminder:
Projects are always to be done at school, never at home. Research and materials may be gathered at home.

Camp
The senior pupils are gearing up for an exciting camp next week, however we need to make another urgent appeal to parents for assistance with lifts. At present, we do not have enough lifts to get all of our pupils there and back.

Cultural Evening
We are very excited about our Cultural Evening on the 16 th of May. This is going to be a wonderful opportunity to gather together and celebrate family (Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are in the same week).
Please diarise this date and make a point of inviting friends and other members of the community to join us. The concept will be to enjoy cuisine from various countries whilst socialising with other families.
Please bring along your picnic blanket and chairs to set up in our playground area so that you can enjoy the fare that will be on sale.
We appeal to parents for assistance to make this event possible and you will be receiving more information from your child’s class teacher in this regard.

Social Media Policy
The school has realised the necessity of implementing a Social Media Policy in order to protect pupils, staff and parents when participating in social media activities. Please find a copy of this policy in the attachments.

Warm regards
Theresa Minnë
Dean of Studies

“Its not about what it is, its about what it can become.”
-Dr. Seuss

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Term 2 – Newsletter 1

Dear Parents,

A warm welcome to the new term where things are getting a bit chillier and darker in
the mornings!

Please take note of the following important dates:
– 2nd April: School starts
– 8th -11th April: Parent Meetings
– 16th -18th April: Grade 7-9 Camp
– 1st May: Public holiday
– 8th May: Voting Day
– 16th May: Family Cultural Evening Fundraiser
– 30th May – 6th June: Grade 6-9 Examinations
– 14th June Break up day

Supplies for Term 2
Please refer to the attachment for information about supplies requested for this term.
We look forward to welcoming all our pupils back to school tomorrow morning!

Warm regards,
Theresa Minnë
Dean of Studies

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
-J.K. Rowling

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Term 1 – Final Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Firstly, a humble apology for the late release of the reports this term. I know that you have been waiting in eager anticipation all day, but by now your child’s report should have arrived. If you have not received it, please let me know.

A few end-of-term notices…

Sports Day
Thank you for all your support! Sports Day was another wonderful event. R1740 was raised through the snack packs and R230 from tuckshop. This will go towards covering the cost of all the new paving being done on the school grounds.

Supplies for Term 2
Please refer to the attachment for information about supplies requested for next term.

Aftercare
Aftercare resumes on the 2nd of April when school re-opens.

Thank you to all of our hard-working and dedicated teachers for everything they have done for our children this term and thank you, parents, for all your support.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday,

Theresa Minnë
Dean of Studies

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves”
-Edmund Hillary (first person to climb Mount Everest)

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Term 1 – Newsletter 9

Dear Parents,

The last week of term is now upon us! Thank you for all your support throughout.

Please take note of the following important notices:

Sports Day
A reminder that Sports Day is scheduled for the 19th of March. Thank you to the parents who have offered to come in early tomorrow morning to assist with making up the snack packs.
Pupils need to come to school in their sports kit; house colour t-shirt, shorts and running shoes. Please remember sunscreen and hats. Pupils are required to assist with cleaning up after the event and must inform their teacher if they are going home directly from the field with a parent.
Parents, you may drop your child off at school and then proceed directly to the field if you are joining us for the day. Please bring along folding chairs and blankets to sit on.
Tuckshop will be available on the day. We will finish at approximately 12h30.

Cake Sales
A huge thank you to our grades 7, 8 and 9 parents for the generous donations of cakes which allowed us to have our cake sale last week. We managed to raise R659 which is going to go towards subsidising travel costs for the senior camp.

Supplies for Term 2
Please refer to the attachment for information about supplies requested for next term.

Break-Up Day and Reports
School breaks up at 10h30 on Wednesday the 20th of March and reports will be emailed to you on this day. Our second term resumes on the 2nd of April.

Many thanks.
Warm regards,
Theresa Minnë
Dean of Studies

“Life’s most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
-Martin Luther King JR.