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Term 4 – Newsletter 6

Dear Parents

I trust that you enjoyed a restful weekend and that the new week will bring you much joy.

Thank you for your support of the mobile bookshop last week.

Exams start on Wednesday for Grade 6 – 9 pupils. We wish them every success. May their hard work pay off.

CLOSING TIMES:
Wednesday 15th – Friday 24th November, school will close at 13h15 for Grade 6 – 9 pupils (excluding Thursday 16th, which is a normal school day for Grade 6).
Monday 27th November – Tuesday 5th December, school will close at 13h00 for all pupils.
Please ensure that lift providers are aware of the change in school times.

ART EXHIBITION:
I’m looking forward to exhibiting the beautiful pieces of art that your children have created during the course of the year at Prize Giving. Please place a donation (minimum R50) in an envelope marked with your child’s name and “ART”, so that you will be able to collect his/her art after the ceremony.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
A reminder that we’re looking for assistance with transport and also gifts and donations for the community service outings to take place after exams. Should you prefer to place a donation in an envelope marked “COMMUNITY SERVICE”, please feel free to do so and we will then purchase gifts to take to the retirement home.

PRIZE GIVING
We are all eagerly anticipating our elegant Prize Giving ceremony. Boys to wear collar & tie and girls to wear pretty dresses.
Each family to supply one plate of savoury and one plate of sweet eats for guests to enjoy after the ceremony.
Final reports will be handed out after the prize giving.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learnt about life: It goes on.” – Robert Frost

Have blessed week
Liz

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Term 4 – Newsletter 5

Dear Parents

We are exactly one month from break-up day, so should be fastening our seat-belts for a smooth descent to the end of the academic year.

PHOTOS
Photo order envelopes have been stapled in your children’s homework books. The deadline for the return of the orders is 20th November.

WALTON’S STATIONERY ORDERS
If you missed last week’s deadline, but would like to hand in your stationery orders, please do so by Wednesday.

MOBILE BOOKSHOP
The mobile bookshop will be visiting our school between 13h00 and 15h00 tomorrow. These times coincide with school closing times in order to give you the opportunity to have a look at the books when you collect your child after school. I would like to encourage parents to support the bookshop as proceeds go to charity.

SMALL GIFTS FOR PENSIONERS
Our Grade 4 – 6 pupils will be visiting Panorama Palms to sing Christmas Carols and have tea with the residents. Please support this outing by sending a small gift, possibly a pretty bar of soap or some chocolate that we can use to fill Christmas crackers, even if your child will not be participating in the outing.

OTHER DONATIONS
Parents may also assist with pet-related products and good used clothes, books and toys for Boucher House.

TRANSPORT TO OUTINGS
We’ll need assistance from parents with transport to and from the Community Service Outings and parents are welcome to participate with their children. Please let Ms van Zyl know if you’re able to assist with transport to any of the following:
Monday 27th November, 08h45 – Tygerberg Nature Reserve (return at 12h00)
Monday 4th December, 09h45 – Panorama Palms (return at about 11h30) and AACL

ART EXHIBITION
The Art Exhibition will be held at St Mark’s Church, Edgemead on 5th December from 18h00. Parents who have donated a minimum of R50 for their children’s art will be able to collect the art after the Prize Giving. Please place your donation in an envelope, clearly marked with your child’s name and “Art Exhibition” and send to school.

PRIZE GIVING, 5th December, 19h00, St Mark’s Church, Edgemead
Prize Giving is our “elegant” occasion of the year, where our pupils dress up smartly: pretty dressed for the girls and collar & tie for the boys.
Each family is requested to provide one plate of savoury and one plate of sweet eats for this occasion.

NEW PROSPECTUS
A new edition of our prospectus is out. Thanks to Cindy de Swardt who is responsible for the new photos appearing in the prospectus. I have attached a copy for your perusal.

TEXTBOOKS
A reminder to make contact with an outgoing pupil in your child’s next grade should you wish to purchase second-hand textbooks.

CLOSING TIMES DURING EXAMS
15 – 24 November, Grades 6 – 9 only: school closes at 13h15
27 November – 5 December: School closes at 13h00 for all pupils

Pupils will be attending Prize Giving on 5th December and so do not need to attend school on 6th December.

The school calendar for 2018 is as follows:
Term All Provinces
Opens Closes
First 17 January 28 March
Second 10 April 22 June
Third 17 July 28 September
Fourth 09 October 12 December

2018 Public Holidays:
Date Title
01 January 2018 New Year’s Day
21 March 2018 Human Rights Day
30 March 2018 Good Friday
02 April 2018 Family Day
27 April 2018 Freedom Day
30 April 2018 School holiday
01 May 2018 Workers’ Day
16 June 2018 Youth Day
09 August 2018 National Women’s Day
10 August 2018 School holiday
24 September 2018 Heritage Day
16 December 2018 Day of Reconciliation
17 December 2018 Public holiday
25 December 2018 Christmas Day
26 December 2018 Day of Goodwill

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much,” – Helen Keller

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 4 – Newsletter 4

Dear Parents

This day has flown so fast that I’m just getting to reminding you of the events that will take us through to the end of 2017.

MOBILE BOOKSHOP
A mobile bookshop will be visiting us next Tuesday, 7th November from 13h00 – 15h00. Once again books will be on sale, this time for charity, so I’d like to encourage parents to visit the bookshop when you collect your children, or to send some money along with them to purchase a second-hand book that is in good condition. Our library could still do with more books, so consider donating.

EXAMS
Exams for grade 6 – 9 pupils start on 15th November. Your child should have received exam scope from his/her teaches and should be spending at least one hour per day studying for his/her exams.

DONATIONS
Donations for our community service are being collected at school, so please send items along with your child as soon as possible. (Toiletries/chocolates/books/magazines for the residents of Panorama Palms; pet related items for Animal Anti-Cruelty; good used clothes/books/puzzles/games for Boucher House).

TRANSPORT for Community Service
Please consider helping us with transport to the various community service outings to be held at the end of term (Panorama Palms; Animal Anti=Cruelty League; Boucher House). You’re welcome to join in these outings.

Pupils in Grade 5 – 9 will also be visiting the Tygerberg Nature Reserve on 27th November. Please let Ms van Zyl know if you can assist with transport (tvanzyl@abeilleruche.co.za). Pupils must bring R10 for the outing and remember to bring a sunhat, sunscreen and water on that day.

ART EXHIBITION
Parents are requested to donate a minimum of R50 for their child’s art, which will be on display at the Prize Giving evening on 5th December. Please place your donation in an envelope marked with your child’s name and “ART EXHIBITION”.

PRIZE GIVING, 5th December, 19h00, St mark’s Church, Edgemead
Each family is requested to bring one plate of sweet and one plate of savoury finger eats to enjoy after the ceremony.

REPORTS
Final reports will be handed to pupils after the Prize Giving ceremony on 5th December.

WALTON’S STATIONERY ORDERS
The deadline for handing in your Walton’s order is tomorrow.

TEXTBOOKS, 2018
A reminder to make arrangements with pupils who’re exiting your child’s new grade for the purchase of used textbooks or to order textbooks new from Caxton’s/Juta’s or online as soon as possible.

“You can complain that roses have thorns or you can be grateful that thorn bushes have roses!” – Tom Wilson

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 4 – Newsletter 3

Dear Parents

Many thanks for attending the Parent/Teacher meetings last week and for all the positive feedback we received.

PHOTO DAY
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to move photo day to this Wednesday, 25th October. Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct uniform on Wednesday.

EXAMS, Grade 6 – 9
Exams for Grade 6 – 9 pupils will take place from Wednesday 15th November to Friday 24th November. Pupils in Grades 6 – 9 will leave school at 13h15 during exams in order to give them time to study quietly at home.

Pupils in Grades 1 – 6 will follow their normal timetables until Friday 24th November. From Monday 27th November until Tuesday 5th December, school will close at 13h00 for all pupils.

Please ensure that lift-providers are aware of the change in closing times at the end of term.

School attendance is compulsory until 5th December.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Once exams are over, our pupils will participate in community service. The following outings have been arranged:
Monday 27th November, 09h00 – 12h00 – Grade 5 – 9 pupils will visit the Tygerburg Nature Reserve
Friday 1st December, 10h00 – Grade 7 – 9 girls will visit Boucher House and boys will participate in an inter-house soccer tournament
Monday 4th December, 10h00 – Grade 4 – 6 pupils will visit Panorama Palms Retirement Home and Grade 7 – 9 pupils will visit the Animal Anti-Cruelty League

These outing will be followed by Prize Giving practice and pupils will leave campus at 13h00.

COMMUNITY SERVICE DONATIONS & LIFTS
We will be taking gifts and donations on our community service outings, so would like parents to help by donating the following items:

For Panorama Palms: small gifts of toiletries/chocolates; books and magazines.
For AACL – pet related items such as dog/cat food, toys, blankets.
For Boucher House: good used clothes/toys/books/puzzles/games.

We would also like to invite parents to accompany us on these outings and to provide transport for our pupils.
PRIZE GIVING & ART EXHIBITION, 19h00, Tuesday 5th December, St Mark’s Church, Edgemead
Our academic year will end with our annual Prize Giving to be held at St Mark’s Church, Edgemead at 19h00. Attendance for pupils is compulsory and reports will be handed out after the ceremony.

Our pupils’ artworks will be on display and you will be able to “purchase” your child’s art for a donation (minimum R50), which you may place in an envelope and hand in to the school prior to the exhibition.

PLAYGROUND UPGRADE
Our Parent Committee has pledged their support of our playground upgrade and will be informing you of their plans in due course.

WOOLWORTH”S MYSCHOOL CARDS
Please consider linking our school to your Woolworth’s card and encouraging extended family and friends to do so too.

STATIONERY & TEXTBOOK LISTS
Pupils who are returning to our school in 2018 have received their stationery and textbook lists, along with a Walton’s catalogue. If your child has not brought these items home and he/she is returning to our school in the new year, please let me know.

Textbooks for Grade 4 – 9 pupils can be purchased second hand from the group exiting that grade, but please make arrangements to purchase these book as soon as possible. Should you be purchasing new textbooks for your child, please ensure that you get your order in as soon as possible and do not leave it till the new year, as there are always shortages once January comes.

I have attached stationery lists, textbook lists and fees for 2018.

“Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it” – J Petit Senn

Have a wonderful week
Liz

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Term 4 – Newsletter 2

Dear Parents

A busy week lies ahead, with Orientation Morning, Photos and Parent/Teacher meetings, so please make a note of the following dates:

ORIENTATION MORNING, tomorrow (Tuesday), 17th October, 08h30 – 10h30
The big day has almost arrived for our Grade 1 class of 2018 to visit our school and spent time with Mrs Terry. While the new Grade ones are enjoying their time with her, the current Grade 1 pupils will visit Ms Brink and Grade 2 pupils will visit Mrs Penfold.

STATIONERY & TEXTBOOK LISTS, 2018
Pupils who have returned their readmission forms for 2018 will receive stationery and textbook lists tomorrow. Should you still have a readmission form outstanding, please return it to school so that we can issue the lists to your child.

PHOTOS, Wednesday 18th October
Please ensure that your child is dressed in the correct school uniform for the photos on Wednesday.

PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS
These important meetings are taking place in the course of this week. Your child’s teacher should have arranged a mutually acceptable time for you to meet.

EXAMS
Exams for Grade 6 – 9 pupils will commence in one month’s time. Exam timetables will be handed out to pupils this week. Please encourage your children to create a personal study timetable and to stick to it for the next few weeks, starting today.

PLAYGROUND PLANS
We have used the funds collected from the sale of Speech & Drama Evening tickets to purchase some equipment for our playground. This will make the playground a more stimulating and educational area than it has been up till now. Should any parents have outdoor benches/chairs or equipment that they’re no longer using, please consider donating these items to our playground.

PORTRAITS
If you’re interested in having a beautiful portrait painted, please contact Ilhaam. I’ve attached her brochure.

I would like to thank our busy Parent Committee for organising the very successful book sale at school last week. Hopefully this will be an annual event from now on.

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 4 – Newsletter 1

Dear Parents

A wonderful welcome to the final term of 2017. This term will be short and intense, so hang onto your hats as things speed up.

Please diarise these important dates:
Thursday 12th & Friday 13th October – The Book People
Monday 16th – Thursday 19th October – Parent/Teacher meetings
Tuesday 17th October – Orientation Day
Wednesday 18th October – Photo Day’
Tuesday 7th November – Mobile Bookstore
16th – 24th November – approximate dates for exams for Grade 6 – 9
Tuesday 5th December – Art Exhibition & Prize Giving

Class teachers will inform parents of dates of outings to take place in the term.

THE BOOK PEOPLE
A display of books for sale will be set up in the Art room this Thursday and Friday and you’re welcome to visit the school between 10h30 and 15h00 in order to purchase books for your children. You may also purchase a book to donate to the school, should you wish to do so. This is a good opportunity to get some early Christmas shopping done! Your child has a leaflet in his/her homework book with further details.

PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS
These important meetings will take place next week. Your child’s teacher will supply you with a mutually acceptable day and time to attend. Grade 7 – 9 pupils must attend with their parents.

ORIENTATION DAY
Orientation Day for our new Grade 1 pupils of 2018 will take place next Tuesday, 17th October from 08h30 – 10h30. Current grade 1 pupils will spend the time in Grade 2 and so on up to Grade 5, giving them a chance to experience life in the grade they will be in next year..

PHOTO DAY
Next Wednesday is photo day, so please ensure that your children are dressed in the correct school uniform for the day.

MOBILE BOOKSTORE
On 7th November, a mobile bookstore will visit our school, where, once again, you’ll be able to purchase books for your children.

EXAMS
Exams are just a little over a month away, so it is imperative that our Grade 6 – 9 pupils stay on top of their work and make sure that they are studying every day, starting today.
Grade 1 – 5 pupils will be assessed continuously during the course of the term.

ART EXHIBITION & PRIZE GIVING
Our school year will end with our annual Art Exhibition at St Mark’s Church on Tuesday 5th December, commencing at 18h00. You will be able to “purchase” your child’s artworks for a donation (minimum R50). Our annual Prize Giving ceremony will take place on the same evening, at 19h00.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Our annual Community Service will take place after exams. We’ll be asking for donations of small gifts of toiletries to take to the Retirement Village and books and magazines as well. Also for pet related items to take to Animal Anti-Cruelty and clothes, books and toys to take to the orphanage that we support. You may start sending these to school as soon as possible.

Happy Tummy is ongoing every Friday, where you may send a minimum of R5 to school and if your child donates, he/she may wear civvies on Fridays.

We’re collecting plastic bread tags, so send these along to school too, and our paper recycling is ongoing.

SUPPLIES
Please send supplies to school as per the attached roster, as soon as possible. but by Friday at the latest.

“Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.” – Ted Williams

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 10

Dear Parents

I trust that all enjoyed Heritage Day yesterday and ready for the last week of term.

I have to start off with a “Good news and bad news” scenario:

The bad news is that our T-shirt supplier let us down and so we have had to cancel our order there, but the good news is that we will still be able to supply a memento of the Speech & Drama Evening, in the form of a mug and not a T-shirt. Parents who have ordered and paid for T-shirts will be receiving their mugs on Thursday, along with their change. Mugs cost R70 each, so if you would like to order a mug, please place R70 per mug in an envelope marked with your child’s name and “MUGS”. These orders must be in tomorrow (Wednesday).

DRESS REHEARSAL
A dress rehearsal will be held at the church tomorrow. Should your child’s costume not be at school, please ensure that it comes with him/her tomorrow morning.

LIFTS TO THE CHURCH
Grateful thanks to parent who are helping with lifts. We need you again tomorrow and Thursday, leaving school at 08h30 and returning at 12h00 today and tomorrow and at 11h30 on Thursday.

SCHOOL TIMES
Today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) school closes at 13h15.
Thursday school closes at 11h30. Pupils may be collected from the church or from campus, but if you’re collecting from the church, please write a note to this effect in your child’s homework book.

It is imperative that all our pupils attend school this week to participate in our final practices for the Speech & Drama Evening.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, Thursday 28th September, 19h00, St Mark’s Church, Edgemead
Pupils need to be back at the church at 18h00.

Parents may be seated from 18h30.

Parents who are supplying eats may drop them in the church kitchen between 18h00 and 18h45.

There may still be tickets available at the door, but it would be preferable if you could let us have your ticket order tomorrow so that we can ensure that there will be adequate seating for all.

Should you be planning to bring along a small child, under the age of five, please note that a cry room is available to accommodate younger children.

BREAK-UP DAY
School closes officially on Friday 29th September at 10h30. However, since pupils will be attending a school function on Thursday evening, they do not need to attend school in Friday. Teachers will be present and aftercare will run in case there are parents who would like to send their children to school.

Reports will be sent out electronically on Friday.

SUPPLIES
The third term roster is attached.

School re-opens on Monday 9th October.

“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions!” – Albert Einstein

See you all on Thursday evening
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 9

Dear Parents

The penultimate week of term has dawned and our minds are well-focused on our exciting Speech & Drama Evening which will take place next Thursday, 28th September.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, 19h00, St Mark’s Church, Edgemead, 28th September.

Tickets

Tickets are selling like hotcakes, so please order yours without delay if you have not done so. Place R30 per ticket in an envelope marked with your child’s name and “Tickets”.

Costumes

Please ensure that your child’s costume is at school before this Thursday, 21st September, as our first dress rehearsal will be held on Friday 22nd September.

T-shirts

Speech & Drama T-shirt orders need to be in by this Wednesday, 20th September, so that we can give final numbers to our supplier.

Refreshments

A reminder to parents who promised to provide refreshments that non-perishables may be sent to school this week and that plates of eats may be handed in at the church kitchen on the night.
SCHOOL TIMES LEADING UP TO SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING
Friday 22nd September – Speech & Drama dress rehearsal will take place during school hours and school will close as normal at 13h15.
Monday 25th September – Public Holiday
Tuesday 26th September – first practice at church. Thanks to parents who have offered lifts, We’ll leave school at 08h30 to start our practice at 09h00. Pupils will return to school at 12h00 and school will close at 13h15. Pupils will be collected from campus.
Wednesday 27th September – dress rehearsal at church. Same routine as Tuesday.
Thursday 28th September – Final run-through in church from 09hh0 – approx11h00. Pupils may leave from the church or be collected at campus at 11h30, so that they may rest before the evening’s performance.
– Pupils must return to the church at 18h00 that evening. Please apply make-up foundation and lipstick to your child (boys too!)
– Ticket-holders may be seated from 18h30 and the performance will begin at 19h00.
Friday 29th September – break up day. Since pupils will be at the performance on Thursday evening, it will not be compulsory for them to attend school on Friday, but teachers will be present, so parents may drop their children, should they so wish, and collect them at 10h30.

Please ensure that lift-providers are aware of our closing times for next week.

AFTERCARE
Aftercare will run as normal up until and including, Friday 29th September and will then close for the Michaelmas holidays. Aftercare will reopen on Monday 9th October.

REPORTS
Reports will be sent out electronically on 29th September.

NEW TERM
School reopens on Monday 9th October.

SUPPLIES
Many thanks for your assistance with supplies as per the attached for Term 4.

“Don’t count the days, make the days count!” – Muhammed Ali

Enjoy Heritage Day on Monday.

Kind regards
Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 8

Dear Parents

Many thanks for supporting our Grade 1 cake sale, at which we made R290 for our Parent Committee fund-raising initiative.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, St Mark’s Methodist Church, Edgemead, 19h00, 28th September

Tickets: please return your ticket order form as soon as possible.
Lifts for Speech & Drama practices: please fill in the form attached to your child’s homework diary to indicate whether you are able to provide help with lifts to the practices at the church, as follows: Tuesday 26th September – 09h00 – 12h00
Wednesday 27th September – 09h00 – 12h00
Thursday 28th September – 09h00 – 11h00
T-shirts: Special Speech & Drama T-shirts will be on sale shortly and we’d like to encourage all parents to purchase T-shirts for themselves and their children to add to the fun and excitement of the evening. Order forms will be avaialble soon.

COMPETITION WINNERS

Our pupils entered a T-shirt design competition, but we were so impressed with the artwork, that we decided to award prizes in three categories: T-shirt, programme and ticket design. Congratulations to our winners:

T-shirt design – Inez

Programme design – Tharesha

Ticket design – Vuyo

These three pupils will not need to pay for their T-shirts.

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Dr Robert Schuller

Have a very blessed week

Liz

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Term 3 – Newsletter 7

Dear Parents

A beautiful Spring day as we enter the final few weeks of term.

PRAYER WEEK
This week is Prayer Week at school. We’ll be concentrating on praying specifically for our country and our community. We invite parents to join us as you also uphold our country and community in prayer.
SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING
Date: Thursday 28th September
Time: 19h00 (pupils to arrive 18h00)
Venue: St Mark’s Methodist Church, Edgemead
Cost: R30 per ticket
Please invite extended family and friends to come and enjoy our fabulous production.
Tea and eats will be served after the play.
Please send donations of catering items to school and plates of eats may be handed in at the venue on the night.

WORK PARTY HELD FRIDAY

Thanks to Ms Lyons and her team of willing assistants who worked on props and backdrops last Friday. We appreciate you very much!

TICKET ORDERS

An order form has been stapled in your child’s homework book. Please complete and place payment in an envelope clearly marked : SPEECH & DRAMA TICKETS, along with your child’s name. Please return to the school by 22nd September.

COSTUMES

Thank you for sending your child’s costume to school last Friday. If you weren’t able to do so, please let us have the costume this week.

READMISSION FORMS

At this time of year, I receive many enquiries from parents looking for spaces for their children in the new year. In order to ascertain the number of available spaces in each grade in 2018, current parents should submit the attached readmission form by the end of term, 29th September. A hard copy of this form has been attached to your child’s homework book for your convenience.
We are currently updating our textbook and stationery lists. These will be avaialble to parents shortly.

PARENT COMMITTEE MEETING

The Parent Committee will meet at 18h00 this evening at van der Spuy house.

APARTHEID EXPERIENCE EVENING

As part of their History study programme, Grade 9 pupils will attend an Apartheid Experience evening tonight at 18h00 at Utrecht House.
ASSESSMENT PRESENTATIONS
Grade 7 – 9 pupils will be presenting their formal assessment tasks next week. Please ensure that your child is working on his/her presentations at home.
REPORTS
Reports will be sent out electronically on the last day of term.
“If plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters” – Claire Cook
Have a rewarding week.
Liz