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Term 4 – Newsletter 1

Dear Parents

We are eagerly anticipating welcoming your children back for the final term of the year as school reopens tomorrow.

Due to the wonders of modern technology, this email comes to you from the south coast of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, where unforeseen family business has taken me. I shall, thus, be away for a few weeks, but leave our school in the capable hands of our management team.

MANAGEMENT
Mrs Theresa Minne has joined our management team from this term and will be assisting me to fulfill the many functions that my role encompasses. Theresa can be contacted on tminne@abeilleruche.co.za.

TERM DATES
Tuesday 9th October – fourth term commences
Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th October – Parent/Teacher meetings
Thursday 25th October – Speech & Drama Evening, 19h00
Wednesday 21st November – approximate start date of exams
Wednesday 5th December – Art Exhibition, 17h30 – 19h00
Friday 7th December – Prize Giving
Friday 7th December – school closes for the academic year

Community service will take place after exams, as usual and outings will be arranged by class teachers.

SUPPLIES
We do appreciate your assistance with supplies as per the attached list, and ask that these be handed in by 26th October.

PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS, 22nd – 25th October
Please arrange a mutually agreeable time to meet with your child’s teacher. For Grade 6 – 9 pupils, a roster will be available in the entrance to Utrecht House for parents to complete. It is important that all parents attend these meetings, the final ones for the year.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 25th October
Our ill-fated second night has moved again, at the request of our sound and lighting provider. I’m sure that it will be a perfect evening, with no more complications.

EXAMS
Grade 6 – 9 pupils will be writing their final exams in just over one month’s time. Grade 1 – 5 pupils will be assessed continuously during the course of the term.

ART EXHIBITION
We look forward to exhibiting our pupils’ beautiful artwork on 5th December. More details to follow.

PRIZE GIVING
Our prize giving evening will take place in two sessions in our open-air arena, commencing with the Foundation Phase (Grades 1 – 3) from 18h00 – 19h00, followed by the Grade 4 – 9 prize giving at 19h30. More details to follow.

BREAK-UP DAY
Public schools officially close on 12th December, but we will close for pupils on 7th after Prize Giving. This will give us three days for staff development before our teachers go on leave.

“One word frees us from all the weights and pains of life; That word is love.” – Sophocles

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Final Newsletter

Dear Parents

What a wonderful, challenging and busy term has passed! As I have been looking at the reports of each and every one of our pupils, I feel a sense of great pride and accomplishment as I see the good progress being made by our pupils. I also commend our pupils on their high standard of respect and great behaviour. They are a really special group of fine human beings.

I wish to thank our teachers for their calm persistence and for the care and attention they pay to each child in their care. May you have a very good rest, as this term has been an extremely busy one and the term to come is short and packed.

Thank you to each loyal parent – you have assisted us with a burdensome fund raising effort this year, which has, thankfully now come to an end, as we have met our target. You were able to see the fruit of your labours when you attended our Twilight Market and the opening night of our Speech & Drama evening. Thanks to you, we have, not only a beautiful playground for our pupils to use during school, but a lovely venue for our events as well.

This term has surely been one of “firsts”, beginning with the introduction of the GED option for parents who would like their children to stay with us after Grade 9, which opened on our premises at the beginning of this term.

We also saw our first marketing drive at the Edgemead Centre, which was kindly supported by teachers, parents and pupils.

Then came the first Twilight Market: that was another great way to get the name of our school out into the community.

And, finally, our first attempt at an outdoor theatre for our Speech & Drama evening. Sadly, the weather did not allow the second night to take place, but our pupils will practise some more in the new term, ready for the performance on 18th October. All ticket holders will be admitted to that show, along with others who might like a second chance to watch their children in action.

Speech & Drama commemoration mugs are still on sale and can be ordered at R60 each.

There are still a few spaces in our Grade 1 class for 2019, so, should you have family or friends who are still seeking a space for their children, do encourage them to contact us. Perhaps you could also share this information on your Facebook pages.

Reports were sent out electronically this morning, so please let me know if your child’s report has not arrived.

Please find attached supplies for the fourth term.

School reopens on Tuesday 9th October.

Be very blessed with much joy, fun and recreation with your lovely children. Be safe if you’re travelling and come back filled with enthusiasm for the last exciting episode of 2018.

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 11

Dear Parents
I’m sure you missed receiving my usual Monday email this morning, albeit that it’s Tuesday. It has been such a busy, exciting day, that I have only just reached my office.

Thanks to all who contributed to making the Twilight Market such a wonderful success on Friday evening. Surely this will become an annual event to add to the tradition of our school.

Our final dress rehearsal for Speech & Drama was interrupted by rain, but we did the best we could.

SCHOOL TIMES THIS WEEK
School will close at 12h00 tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday. We’ll break up at 10h30 on Friday.

SPEECH & DRAMA
For the Speech & Drama evenings, tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday, pupils need to be back at school at 18h00.

Scattered showers are predicted for Thursday, so we may have to hold the Thursday performance over into the first Thursday of the new term. However, we’ll see what the day is like and make a decision before the pupils return home at 12h00 on Thursday.

A few months ago we were praying for rain and now we’re just praying for two clear evenings and then the rain may come!

CHAIRS
It would be greatly appreciated if you could bring folding chairs to the performance that you attend for the Speech & Drama evening.

CATERING FOR SPEECH & DRAMA
Many thanks to all who have donated catering items, but due to the inclement weather we have decided not to serve refreshments after the Speech and Drama evening. We would rather hold these for the Prize Giving evening, when, hopefully, the weather will be more pleasant and we’ll be able to enjoy outdoor refreshments.

REPORTS
Reports will be sent electronically on Friday.

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” – Mark Levy

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday & Thursday.

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 10

Good morning Parents,

Welcome to the penultimate week of the third term.

TWILIGHT MARKET, Friday 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00
We are looking forward to celebrating the long weekend with our Twilight Market this Friday. Please come along with a bit of cash to spend, as there will be stalls selling interesting items. If you have battery operated fairy lights at home, please could we borrow them for the evening?

The draw for our raffle will take place at the market. If you still have forms at home, please ensure that they are returned to the school by Thursday.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September
Today marks our first dress rehearsal, so the big day is approaching fast. Tickets will be sent home today. If you have not yet ordered tickets, please send the required amount to the school, indicating which evening you would like to attend.

DATES & TIMES FOR NEXT WEEK
Monday 24th September – school will be closed for the public holiday
Tuesday 25th September – school will close at 12h00 for all pupils
Wednesday 26th September – school will close at 12h00 for pupils, and pupils will return at 18h00 for the speech & drama evening
Thursday 27th September – school will close at 12h00 for pupils, and pupils will return at 18h00 for the speech & drama evening
Friday 28th September – school will break up at 10h30 for the Michaelmas holidays and reopen on Tuesday 9th October

Please ensure that lift-provider are aware of the school closing times for next week

Aftercare will remain open until the normal time of 17h30 on all school days next week, but will be closed from 1st to 8th October.

READMISSION FORMS
Readmission forms are due on 12th October. I have attached a form for your convenience.

“Instead of worrying about what people think of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.” – Dale Carnegie

Wishing you a week of accomplishment!
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 9

Dear Parents

There are just two full weeks of teaching to go and then our Speech & Drama Evening will crown our glorious term!

TWILIGHT MARKET, 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00
Our Twilight Market will take place from 18h00 – 20h00 on 21st September. There will be ten stalls, with various offerings, ranging from pancakes, to natural beauty products, to fine coffee. There will also be a bead-making stall for children and the announcement of the winners of the raffle, so please come and support us.

We are looking to borrow battery operated fairy lights for the evening, so if any parents are able to help, please send your fairy lights to school as soon as possible. Mark them with your name so that we can get them back to you.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September, 19h00

Our first dress rehearsal will take place on 17th September. Pupils must have their full costume at school on that day.
Tickets are still on sale at R30 each.
Commemoration mugs were very popular last year, so will be on sale again this year, at R60 per mug. Your child will bring an order form home in his/her homework book today. Please let us have your order by 18th September.
Just a reminder, too, to parents who have offered donations of tea, coffee, milk and sugar to help with the catering for the evening. These may be sent to school as soon as possible. Perishable items may be handed in on the evening you attend.

READMISSION FORMS
Thanks to those prompt parents who have already submitted their readmission forms. 12th October is the closing date for readmission forms.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to do so with some passion, some compassion and some style.” – Maya Angelou

Have a passionate, compassionate and stylish week
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 8

Good morning Parents

Spring has sprung! We had some wonderfully creative spring hats on show last Friday, each hat having something uniquely wonderful about it. Have a look at all the decorative hats on our Facebook page. Once again, many thanks to all parents who supported this fund-raising effort.

I would also like to say a big “Thank you” to teachers, parents and pupils who supported our marketing day at the Edgemead Shopping Centre on Saturday. It was definitely worth the time spent advertising our school and making ourselves known to the community.

Slowly, but surely, we’re ticking off the events of the term, one by one, with the following still to come:

RAFFLE
Our raffle officially closed on Friday, but we have decided to delay the announcement of the winner until the Twilight Market on 21st September. This means that there is still a little time to sell tickets at the event. Should you still have a form at home and can sell more tickets, you’re welcome to hold onto it until 20th September, or to send it back to school, as you have already played your part in supporting this fund-raising effort.

TWILIGHT MARKET, 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00
Our Twilight Market will take place from 18h00 – 20h00 on 21st September. We welcome all to come along. I’ll be speaking briefly about the alternative educational environment that Abeille Ruche provides and other speakers will be informing visitors about their field of expertise. Our classrooms will be available for viewing, and we hope to attract more pupils to our school through this informative, yet fun evening. Market stalls will be offering a variety of goodies to taste and items to purchase.

The market will be held on the Friday evening leading into the long weekend, so what a good way to start long weekend.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September, 19h00
Our first dress rehearsal will take place on 17th September. Please could you make sure that your child has all the items needed with him/her at school on that day. Do let your child’s teacher know if you’re having difficulty with any of the items so that we can see if we can help.

Please order your tickets at R30 each and indicate on your order form which of the two evenings you will attend. While there may be some space for one or two to squeak in on the night, we would prefer you to pre-order your tickets, as this is the first time we’re using our school as the venue and running over two nights. It will help us if we know how many will be attending on each night.

REPORTS
With all the excitement of the Speech & Drama Evening, Twilight Market, etc, we are not forgetting that term assessments are underway and reports will be sent out electronically on 28th September.

READMISSION FORMS
We have reached that time of year again, when we need to know how many spaces are available for new pupils in 2019. Please complete the readmission form emailed and send it back to school by 12th October. Should you prefer to receive a hard copy, please let me know.

BREAK-UP DAY, 28th September
School will close at 10h30 on Friday 28th September and re-open on Tuesday 9th October.

“If I were to begin life again, I should want it just as it was, only I would open my eyes a little more.” – Unknown

Have a wonderful first week of spring.

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 7

Dear Parents

It was lovely to see the rain over the weekend and to hear that our dams are slowly but surely recovering.

Remember to come along and support the marketing of our school at the Edgemead Shopping Centre this Saturday, 1st September, between 09h00 and 16h00. We would much appreciate your presence with us to help to talk to shoppers about the environment that our school offers. Pupils should wear their uniform.

SPRING HAT COMPETITION
Pupils are asked to decorate and wear their spring hats to school this Friday, 31st August and to enter the competition for R15.

RAFFLE
Next Monday (3rd September) Will see the raffle draw, so please get those last tickets sold and send your form back to school by Friday.

TWILIGHT MARKET, Friday 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00, Abeille Ruche School playground
Excitement is building for the twilight market that will take place from 6 – 8 p m on 21st September. Please do make your family and friends aware of this event that will promote a holistic approach to education.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September, Abeille Ruche open air theatre, 19h00
Our Tales of Narnia Speech & Drama evening will be held over two nights this year, right here on our own campus. The stage is ready, our pupils are practising and soon it will be time for them to showcase their efforts. Tickets are on sale at R30. Please send in your ticket order, also indicating which evening you would like to attend. Commemorative mugs will be on sale again this year – more details to follow.

ASSESSMENT PRESENTATIONS
Grade 7 – 9 pupils are hard at work, compiling their assessment presentations for the term. We eagerly anticipate seeing their creativity, as they summarise the learning they have done this term and present their findings to their teachers.

Their Maths term assessment will take place on 17th September.

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom that springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Have a wonderfully warm week!
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 6

Dear Parents

I have just discovered that we’re half way through the third term, which means that the end of term is approaching fast, with our fabulous open air theatre production of Tales from Narnia forming the grand finale to the term.

We ran a programme/ticket/mug design competition among our pupils and I would like to congratulate the winners: Dean, for the mug design; Amir, for the ticket design and Mathew J for the programme design. These pupils will each receive a commemorative mug for their designs.

Commemorative mugs will also be available for purchase. More details to follow.

Some exciting developments have been taking place at school and there are some new dates to note.

UKULELE LESSONS
On Friday Front Row Music visited our school to demonstrate playing the ukulele. Forms are being sent home today, with the possibility of classes being offered at our school, should there be enough demand. Should you wish to enrol your child for ukulele lessons, please complete the form and send it back to school by Friday. Pupils do not need to own their own ukulele in order to enrol.

SPRING HAT DAY
The children tell me that they are busy decorating their hats for next Friday’s competition, 31st August. Cost to enter is R15 and there will be prizes for the best hats. We are looking forward to celebrating the coming of spring, albeit that winter seems to have a firm grip on us still.

RAFFLE
The draw for the winners of the raffle will take place on Monday 3rd September. Thank you for supporting this artificial grass fund raiser. As you will notice, our thermometer is still a little shy of where we need to be, but almost there!

MARKETING DAY AT EDGEMEAD SHOPPING CENTRE, 1st September
You will not believe that, after eighteen years of serving this community, we still find people who claim that they have never heard of our school. At the suggestion of our teachers, we have hired the front section of the Edgemead Shopping Centre on Saturday 1st September, from 09h00 – 16h00. Our staff will be there handing out flyers and talking to the community about our school. We’ll be painting bees on the faces of children visiting the centre, not only to symbolise Abeille Ruche, but to celebrate spring. If you are able to support us by bringing your child in his/her school uniform, and spend a little time with us chatting to shoppers about our school, we’d be truly grateful. We would also appreciate some help with the face painting. If there are pupils/parents who would like to assist, please let me know.

At the marketing day, we will also hand out invitations to the next exciting event to be held at our school: A Twilight Market to be held on our new stage in our beautiful new playground.

TWILIGHT MARKET, Friday 21st September, 18h00 – 20h00, Abeille Ruche School playground
Please see attached flyer for the twilight market that will take place from 6 – 8 p m on 21st September. It is the Friday of the long weekend, so, if you’re not going away, it will give you a fun start to the weekend. Please share the flyer with your family, friends and colleagues.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 26th & 27th September, Abeille Ruche open air theatre
Last, but most definitely not least, for the term, is our fabulous Speech & Drama Evening. Our theme this year is Tales from Narnia and we’re looking forward to seeing you all there, along with extended family members and friends. Tickets are on sale at R30 and are selling fast, so please send in your order if you have not already done so. Remember that the event will take place over two evenings this year, so please indicate on your ticket order form which evening you would like to attend.

In between all these activities, of course, are on-going tasks and assessments that need to be completed to keep our pupils academically on track, so our beehive is a very busy place!

“My best friend is the man (woman) who, in wishing me well, wishes it for my sake.” – Aristotle

With well wishes to each of you
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 5

Dear Parents

I trust that all had a happy Women’s Day and a good long weekend. Thanks to all who supported Slipper Day on Wednesday. Fund-raising efforts this term have brought our total up to R37 313.30.

A few reminders of up-coming dates:

SPRING HAT COMPETITION
We are looking forward to seeing our pupils’ creations on 31st August. Prizes will be awarded to the hats that best depict Spring.

RAFFLE
The winners of the hampers will be announced on 3rd September. Please aim to fill up your raffle sheets and return them once full. There is still a bit of time to try to get as many people to participate as possible.

ASSESSMENT PRESENTATIONS, Grade 7 – 9
The assessments will take place from 10th – 19th September. Pupils will receive their research topics from their teachers and should start working to ensure that they present work of a high standard for this term.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING
Our Speech & Drama evening will be presented over two nights this year, so please indicate on your ticket order which evening you would like to attend: Wednesday 26th September/Thursday 27th September. Tickets cost R30 per person.

All pupils have been given a list of items needed for their costumes. Please ensure that these items are at school by 17th September.

MAKRO
Please send your MAKRO form back as soon as possible. If you already have a MAKRO card, please consider linking it our school by sending us the number on your card and we’ll do the rest.

Don’t forget to visit our new website and to keep on “liking” our Facebook page. We would appreciate it if you could forward the ad that we placed on Facebook for enrollments for the new year to all your Facebook contacts.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.” – Unknown

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 4

Good morning Parents

With a short week ahead, there’s much to be done in the three days available to us.

MAKRO
Please send your MAKRO form back as soon as possible. If you already have a MAKRO card, please consider linking it our school by sending us the number on your card and we’ll do the rest.

WEBSITE
Many thanks to Maylin for getting our new website up and running. All our events, along with assessments, exam timetable, outings, etc will be accessible to you on the website calendar.

SLIPPER DAY
Pupils are invited to wear their slippers this Wednesday in celebration of the long weekend and Women’s Day. Cost is R10. Crumpets will be on sale at R2.

ASSESSMENT PRESENTATIONS, Grade 7 – 9
The assessments will take place from 10th – 19th September. Pupils will receive their research topics within the next fortnight and should start working to ensure that they present work of a high standard for this term.

SPRING HAT COMPETITION
We are looking forward to seeing our pupils’ creations on 31st August. Prizes will be awarded to the hats that best depict Spring.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING
Our Speech & Drama evening will be presented over two nights this year, so please indicate on your ticket order which evening you would like to attend: Wednesday 26th September/Thursday 27th September.

All pupils have been given a list of items needed for their costumes. Please ensure that these items are at school by 17th September.

Please return your reply slip re props and catering by this Wednesday, 8th August.

“Happy are they who dreams dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.” – Leon J Suenes

I wish all teachers, mothers, grannies, aunts, friends and acquaintances of Abeille Ruche a blessed Women’s Day.
Liz