Term 3 – Newsletter 6

Dear Parents

I trust that the new week will be a joyful one. This week’s newsletter mostly concerns the Speech & Drama Evening:


Please send your child’s costume costume to school by Friday.


This Friday, 1st September, a work party to construct props and backdrops will take place at the school, commencing at 13h30. We would like as many parents to help out as possible – many hands make light work! You don’t have to be “artistic”, just willing to help/


Tickets will be on sale shortly at R30 per ticket.


Friday is Casual Day, so please purchase a sticker for R10.
 Grade 1 pupils will be holding their cake sale next Wednesday, 6th September.
“Life is like a bicycle – to keep your balance you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
Have a very good good week



Term 3 – Newsletter 5

Dear Parents
We find ourselves in the middle of Term 3, with Spring in the air and the Speech & Drama Evening on the way.
SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, Thursday 28th September, 19h00, St Mark’s Methodist Church, Edgemead:
Your child will be receiving details of his/her costume this week. Please contact Ms Laverne Lyons:, if you have any questions regarding costumes.
Work Party:
Next Friday, 1st September, we’ll be holding a work-party at school, to create and paint props and backdrops, starting straight after school and going through into the evening. Let me know if you’re able to help.
Lighting at St Mark’s is always a challenge and we’re wondering if there is a parent who would be able to organise a spotlight/lighting for us on that evening. Please let Ms Lyons know if you’re able to help. We would also like a parent to film for us so that we can sell souvenir copies of the play to pupils after the event.

Tickets will be on sale at R30 per ticket. Please encourage your extended family and friends to support this exciting event.

Many thanks to all parents for offering to supply various items for the evening. By now you should have received a “thank you” from me and a reminder of what you promised to send to school. (I have attached the list). Items related to props and backdrops may be sent as soon as possible. Non-perishable items may be sent at your convenience and perishables may be handed in at the church kitchen on the evening.
Speaking of donations, our school supports various community projects and I’d like to thank you for your active involvement in the following:


Each class is collecting scrap paper for recycling. Last term’s winners were Grade 4. They will be given an extra half-hour off school as a reward.


This new project is aimed at providing wheelchairs for disabled people. Please send the little plastic tags that seal bread packets to school. This helps us keep plastic out of our environment and supports a good cause.


Next Friday, 1st September, is Casual Day. Stickers are on sale at the school for R10. We’re supporting Molenbeeck School for children with severe learning barriers again this year. I have pledged our school to sell 100 stickers, so please order your stickers from us. Place R10 per sticker in an envelope and clearly mark it with your child’s name and “Casual Day”.


Every Friday is “Happy Tummy” day. Pupils who donate R5 or more on a Friday may dress in civvies. Note that Casual Day and Happy Tummy day coincide next week, so please support both if you can. Last Friday, we handed over R1 158.80 to the Happy Tummy organisers for the second term.


Our on-going Parent Committee initiative supports Boucher House with good used clothes, books and toys and Fallen Angels animal rescue with pet-related items. Items may be sent to school at your convenience and we’ll pass them on the the Parent Committee.


The SPCA has provided us with a tin, in which we can place our small change. We’d like to encourage you to send a few small coins to school for this tin.

Grade 1 pupils are requested to bring cupcakes to sell on 6th September and pupils in other classes to bring some money to spend.


Should you wish to donate a book to the school on your child’s birthday, please feel free to do so. We would appreciate books by the best children’s authors, amongst whom are C S Lewis, Roald Dahl, Anthony Horowitz, Sue Townsend, Jenny Seed, E B White, There are many others of course!

Formal assessments for Grade 7 – 9 pupils begin on 11th September, Pupils will have to prepare well for the assessments which take place for English, Afrikaans, History, Geography and Natural Science. Pupils in these grades have received detailed instructions from their subject teachers. I’d like to encourage parents to go through these instructions with their children and to assist in preparing substantial material for the presentations.
Continuous assessment takes place for all other grades and subjects during the course of the term.

“There are seven days in one week and someday isn’t one of them!” – Author unknown

Have a wonderful week



Term 3 – Newsletter 4

Dear Parents

The new week has begun with two teachers absent, two sick but at school and many coughs and splutters among the pupils too. I do hope that all our parents are managing to stay well at this time.

I’m in the classroom today, which means I’m trying to get my newsletter out, while teaching, so will have to find moments to snatch throughout the day.


Our Parent Committee met on Monday and discussed the following:

  • Donations for Fallen Angels (pet rescue) and Boucher House (orphanage) may be sent to the school.
  • Grade 1 cake sale: 6 September. Grade 1 parents please supply cake for us to sell to the rest of the school.
  • A suggestion is that parents could donate a book to the school on their child’s birthday, a sticker will be placed in the book to commemorate the birthday. If you would like to participate in this, please send along a book on your child’s birthday.
  • Next meeting 4 September


These assessments will start on 11th September. Pupils in Grades 7 – 9 have received the tasks that they need to prepare for. Parents can assist by discussing the tasks and ensuring that their children are working on these daily.

Casual Day will be held on Friday 1st September and we will be supporting the Molenbeeck School for children with disabilities again this year. Stickers cost R10. I have pledged our school to sell 100 stickers, so please buy your sticker from us.

Please send R10 in an envelope, clearly marked with your child’s name and “Casual Day”.

Happy Tummy donations will also be collected as usual on that Friday.

“What seems to us like bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

Enjoy your week.



Term 3 – Newsletter 3

Dear Parents

Our almond tree is blossoming, with signs of approaching spring and yet we still need winter rains to appear.

On this note, I’d like to say a big “Thank you” to Catherine who came to talk to our pupils about the importance of saving water. Her passion in this regard has been transferred to all of us at Abeille Ruche, so I would like to encourage you to keep on saving water at home too.

Many thanks to all who attended the parent/teacher interviews last week. Our pupils will benefit from the school and home working together to further their education.

Our first Parent Committee meeting of the term will take place this evening at 18h00 at van der Spuy house.Please let Tamryn know if you have anything to add to the agenda:


School will be closed on Wednesday for Women’s Day.

PHOTO DAY, Thursday

We are in the process of updating our prospectus. On Thursday, a photographer will visit our school to take photos in the classrooms and grounds. Please ensure that you child is dressed in the correct uniform. If you object to your child’s face appearing in our advertising, please let me know so that we can ensure that he/she is not present in the photos.


Thanks to continued sponsorship, an exciting project is underway at our school to establish a more visible library, as opposed to the classroom libraries of the past. We have appointed the following pupils to serve as librarians in our school:
Joshua, Grade 9
Asande & Raul, Grade 8
Tharesha, Grade 7
Jemima, Maliaka and Wasim, Grade 6

Congratulations to all of you. Librarian badges will be handed our during assembly on Friday. Ms Sharp will oversee the librarians.


Hearty congratulations to our small Grade 8 & 9 class for hosting the cake sale last week. They raised R450 towards our Parent Committee fund raising initiative.


Please let us have your reply slip by Thursday.

“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others;

Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?'” – Brian Tracy

Have a beautiful week.



Term 3 – Newsletter 2

Dear Parents

This second week of term is packed with meetings & we’re looking forward to discussing your children’s progress.

Parent/Teacher meetings in grades 1 – 5 are taking place during the course of the week. You have received a day and time from your child’s teacher.

Grade 6 – 9 interviews are on Wednesday & Thursday. You have received a day and time from Ms van Zyl.

If you’re not sure when your meeting is, please contact your child’s teacher, Grade 1 – 5 and Ms van Zyl, Grade 6 – 9, or you may contact me.

Auditions for the speaking roles for our Speech & Drama Evening were held on Friday. Roles will be allocated today. Pupils with speaking parts will need to learn their words as soon as possible.

All practices will take place during school time.
A list of costumes for Grade 1 – 3 follows. Pupils in the older grades will be given specific instructions for their outfits, which will be sent in the homework books.
Grade 1:
1. yellow T-shirt
2. blue jeans
3. black tackies
4. hand-made paper Minion goggles

Grade 2:
1. dark green T-shirt
2. black jeans

Grade 3:
1. checked shirt
2. blue jeans

Parents who would like to assist with making of props and backdrops, please let me know.

I have attached a list of items that we need for the evening. Please return the slip that is attached to your child’s homework book, indicating how you are able to assist.

Many thanks to parents who have sent in their supplies for the term. Please let us have these as soon as possible.  I have attached the roster.

Grade 8 & 9 cake sale will take place on Wednesday. Items are priced at R5. Please send a little money with your child on Wednesday.

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me!” – Ayn Rand

Kind regards

Term 3 – Newsletter 1

Dear Parents

A very warm welcome to Term 3 of 2017. This is our Speech & Drama term, so there will be much excitement around the preparation for our production scheduled for the last Thursday of term. Please note the following term dates:

Monday 24th July (today!) – school re-opens for the third term

Friday 28th July – self-defence course, Utrecht House, 13h30
Friday 28th July – deadline for donations for Fallen Angels animal rescue
Monday 31st July – Thursday 3rd August – parent/teacher meetings, Grade 1 – 4
Wednesday 2nd August – Cake sale (Grade 8 & 9)

Wednesday 2nd August – parent/teacher meetings, Grade 6

Thursday 3rd August – parent/teacher meetings, Grade 7 – 9

Wednesday 9th August – Public holiday

Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd September – control tests, Gr 7 – 9

Monday 25th September – Public Holiday

Thursday 28th September – Speech & Drama Evening

Friday 29th September – school closes for the Michaelmas holidays

Dates of outings will be provided by class teachers in the course of the term.

SELF-DEFENCE COURSE, Friday 28th July, 13h30

Parents and pupils who enrolled for the self-defence course will be attending this Friday at Utrecht house at 13h30.

Members of the above organization will be visiting our school on Friday to talk about care of animals. If you would like to adopt an animal, please let us know. Donations of pet food and other pet-related items would be welcome, as we plan to hand these over on Friday.

Our normal Happy Tummy collections will take place this term. Pupils who bring a minimum of R5 to donate each week may wear civvies on Fridays.

Please send the supplies relevant to your child’s grade, as per the attached roster, by Friday if possible.

Next Wednesday, 2nd August, is the Grade 8 & 9 cake sale. Parents of pupils in these Grades are asked to supply items that can be sold to the rest of the school. Please send a little money with your child next Wednesday to support this Parent Committee fund-raising initiative.

Your child’s teacher will communicate with you regarding meeting times. Please make every effort to attend these important meetings as you will be given the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and term report.

CONTROL TESTS, Grade 7 – 9
Pupils in Grade 7 – 9 will be required to make oral presentations as part of their assessment programme for the term. Subject teachers will provide them with detailed information as to how they should prepare for these important term tasks.

SPEECH & DRAMA EVENING, Thursday 28th September, 19h00
Please diarise this event and invite your extended family and friends to attend our exciting production. The venue and theme will be announced shortly.

Kind regards



Final Newsletter end of Term 2

Dear Parents

Reports have been sent out, break-up day is underway and my last task is to thank the following people:

  • our lovely pupils, whose great behaviour and strong work ethic has made this term so successful;
  • our amazing teachers, whose passion, dedication and sheer hard work are an inspiration to all of us;
  • our parent committee, for their great ideas and energy;
  • and all parents for the faith you put in us and or your steadfast support, specifically during fund-raising efforts, but also in all that we do

Well done to Grade 4 for winning the paper recycling competition. Their teacher will arrange for them to leave school half an hour early in the new term.

I wish each one of our pupils, teachers and parents a blessed winter break.

School re-opens on Monday 24th July.

Kind regards



Term 2 – Newsletter 11

Dear Parents

Our last exam is underway, assessments for the term are almost finished and we’ll be on holiday soon.


Tomorrow: Wednesday, 28th June – School closes at 13h15 for all pupils
Thursday 29th June – Pyjama & Movie Day: pupils may arrive at school in their pyjamas. They may purchase snack-packs at R20. Pancakes and hot chocolate will be on sale.     School closes at 12h00 on Thursday.
Friday 30th June – school closes at 10h30.
We’ll be handing over the paper that our pupils have recycled tomorrow. The class that hands over the most paper will be allowed to leave half an hour early on a day that suits their teacher in the new term.

Fallen Angels is an animal rescue organisation that operates in Tableview. Members of the organisation will be visiting us on Friday 28th July, the first Friday of the new term. We have started collecting items to hand over to them and will continue the collection in the first week of the new term. Any suitable pet-oriented items would be most welcome, pet food, blankets, etc. Should you be interested in adopting an animal from this organisation, please let us know, so that your child may choose a pet from the animals that they bring with them on the day.


Reports will be sent out electronically on the last day of school.


Please see attached supplies roster for the new term. Please note that the hand sanitizer requested should be the waterless kind. We’re all on a mission to save water.


This workshop will take place at the school on Friday 28th July at 13h30.

School re-opens on 24th July and closes on 29th September.

Kind regards

Term 2 – Newsletter 10

Dear Parents

A great hush lies over our school as our Grade 7 – 9 pupils write exams, to be joined by Grade 6 pupils on Wednesday. We’re very close to the end of term now, so just a few reminders;

Pupils who are writing exams will leave school at 13h15 daily this week, while the Grade 1 – 5 programme is not disrupted.

Next week, all pupils will finish school at 13h15, from Monday to Wednesday.

School closes at 12h00 on Thursday (29th), after Pyjama Day.

School closes at 10h30 on Friday 30th.

PYJAMA DAY, 29th June

Pupils may come to school dressed in their pyjamas next Thursday. They may bring cuddly toys and blankets. Snack-packs are on sale at R20. Please order your child’s snack-pack by placing R20 in an envelope, writing your child’s name on it and sending it to school. Other items, like pancakes and hot chocolate will be on sale, so please send a little money with your child on the day as well.


Reports will be sent out electronically on the last day of school.


Many thanks to all parents who pay their fees so timeously. Our school depends on each parent paying school fees as per their commitment in their contract. Should your fees be in arrears, we appeal to you to settle your account as our school cannot run without finances.

Our Art teachers have requested that, if you have any scraps of material/wool/coloured cardboard lying around that could be used in the art lessons, please let us have them.


The third term commences on 24th July. I have attached a supply list for the third term. We do appreciate your helping us in this way.

Kind regards

Term 2 – Newsletter 9

Dear Parents

Some reminders as we enter the last few weeks of term.


Exams start on Thursday. Pupils who write exams will be allowed to leave school at 13h15 during exam time, in order to facilitate their studying.

Pupils in Grades 1 – 5 will follow their normal timetable until Friday 23rd June. From Monday 26th June, all pupils may leave at 13h15.


The Parent Committee meeting was postponed from last Tuesday, to tomorrow evening at 18h00 at the van der Spuy house. Our SRC members and their parents have been invited to attend. All parents are welcome.


On 29th June, pupils may wear their pyjamas to school, bring along cuddly toys and blankets and settle down to watch a movie. Please see attached flyer for information. To order a snack pack, place R20 in an envelope, clearly marked with your child’s name and send to school by Tuesday 20th June. School will close at 12h00 on Pyjama Day.


School will close at 10h30 on Friday 30th June.


We want our pupils to be warm and comfortable at school in winter. Our winter uniform consists of a warm fleecy top, with long-sleeved T-shirts embroidered with the school’s logo to be worn under the fleecy tops. Please check your child’s attire before he/she leaves home, to ensure that he/she is wearing the correct uniform. Linda Engel can be contacted on 0814136107 / 0219390205 / for uniform orders.


Each pupil should have his/her own water bottle at school.

Friday is a public holiday, so pupils who support Happy Tummy may wear civvies on Thursday.

Reports will be sent out electronically on break-up day.


Monday 26th June – 13h15

Tuesday 27th June – 13h15

Wednesday 28th June – 13h15

Thursday 29th June – Pyjama Day – 12h00

Friday 30th June – school closes at 10h30 for the winter holidays

Please ensure that lift providers are aware of these closing times.

Have a warm and cosy grey Monday.