End of Term 1 Newsletter

30 March 2017

Dear SPS family

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

We started the year with positive changes and improvements. The staff of SPS continue to provide quality education to our children and must be thanked for their dedication.  Our learners must be congratulated on a remarkable performance, both academically and sporting.  My sincere thanks to our parents and SGB for your support towards the school.

Staffing

The growth and development of our school is evident in the thirteen new staff members, who started this year. We have introduced Teacher Assistants both in the classrooms and on the sports field to add value to our learners’ education. Master in Charge of various sporting codes were introduced and we started to reap the rewards of these new portfolios.

We bid farewell to two staff members at the end of this term. Mrs Dannhauser has served the school with diligence and compassion and we wish her well in her retirement. Mr Khumalo (Johnson) will always be remembered at SPS for his hard work and dedication and we wish him well in his retirement.

Staffing Highlights

For the last four Friday nights, staff of SPS have been having great fun.  We entered a team in the Business Bowls Competition at Scottburgh Bowling Club.  Participants were Mrs Pillay (HOD/DP), Mr Pillay, Miss Sook, Miss Bamber and Mrs Baptie. Our team must be congratulated on a sterling performance.

Academic and Sport Merit AssemblyTerm One: Each term we recognize our top academic and sports achievers. The following learners are to be congratulated:

Academic Merits:  Foundation Phase

Congratulations to the following learners for their Academic excellence in their respective classes for Term One.

Grade 1 Mrs. Armstrong

  1. Ismaeel Bux
  2. Annabella Edwards
  3. Ella Laight
  4. Diyaksha Rajbansi
  5. Eden Westerdale

 Grade 1 Mrs. Bartman

  1. Griffin Harris
  2. Zach Johnson
  3. Haylie Le Roux
  4. Isla Leiper
  5. Likuye Mvubu

Grade 1 Mrs. Titlestad

  1. Craig Bezuidenhout
  2. Divit Bhagirathe
  3. Layla Gray
  4. Umar Mansoor
  5. Inathi Zama

 Grade 2 Mrs. Marx

  1. Snakhokonke Bhengu
  2. Aiden Overbeek
  3. Aiden Rossouw
  4. Kianna-Maé Rossouw
  5. Mieke Senekal

Grade 2  Miss.Potgieter

  1. Sphumelele Bhengu
  2. Olivia Cole
  3. Samuel Diamond
  4. Ahmed Mehtar
  5. Jeenola Naicker

Grade 3 Mrs. Manual

  1. Nina Dirkse-Van Schalkwyk
  2. Skye Eaglestone
  3. Aphile Jiji
  4. Erin Leiper
  5. Marcus Mudenda

 Grade 3 Mrs Sarkozi

  1. Demari Bronkhorst
  2. Tristan Conroy
  3. Sinazo Makhaye
  4. Ethyn Mocke
  5. Findlay Stopforth

 Academic Merits:  Senior Primary:

Congratulations to the following learners for achieving FIRST POSITION in their respective Grades for Term One.

Grade 4 – Ethan Laight

Grade 5  – Kelly-Rose Tucker

Grade 6 – Dallin Naicker

Grade 7 – Annabelle van der Merwe

Congratulations to the following learners for achieving Aggregate Distinctions for Term One.

Grade 4:

  1. Sydney Boshoff
  2. Isa Bux
  3. Nabeel Chohan
  4. Mia Diamond
  5. Samuel Fright
  6. Devak Govender
  7. Raumaan Hassan
  8. Adhi Hiraman
  9. Ethan Laight
  10. Kai Low
  11. Humza Mansoor
  12. Ruqaiyah Mehtar
  13. Phuphelihle Mtolo
  14. Janika Naidoo
  15. Hannah Russell
  16. Liam Simpkins
  17. Gabriella Topping
  18. Penelope Tucker
  19. Susan Tucker
  20. Tyne van Achterbergh
  21. Dean van Wyk

Grade 5:

  1. Kimberly Chetty
  2. Matthew Pillay
  3. Kelly-Rose Tucker

Grade 6

  1. Damon Cox
  2. Diashen Govender
  3. Morgan Johns
  4. Kabeer Karim
  5. Nondumiso Mbutho
  6. Trystan Mocke
  7. Dallin Naicker
  8. Snethemba Shibase
  9. Riaav Singh

Grade 7

  1. Nazneen Abdool Aziz
  2. Sascha Blackler-Ronnie
  3. Jenna Griffith
  4. Angela Hall
  5. Sumona Pillay
  6. Paige Russell
  7. Joshua Simpkins
  8. Christina Stanton
  9. Annabelle van der Merwe

Overall house positions as at the end of Term 1:

Grade 4

Jupiter

Neptune

Mars

Grade 5

Mars

Jupiter

Neptune

Grade 6  

Jupiter + Neptune

Mars

Grade 7

Mars

Jupiter

Neptune

Overall Positions

First Position – Jupiter – 317 points

Second Position – Neptune – 267.5 points

Third Position – Mars – 255.5 points

Sports Merits: 

Congratulations to the following learners for their Sporting Excellence for Term One.

For athletics

Sthabiso Dube

Christina Stanton

Joshua Simpkins

Trystan Mocke

 For swimming

Chae Dowsett

Keegan Steele

 For cricket

Kai Low

Liam Simpkins

Keshav Singh

Imraan Desai

Sabelo Sishi

Joshua Hendey

Homework Policy

This is also in keeping with the Guidelines from the Department of Education.

Foundation Phase (Grade 1 – Grade 3)

  • Monday to Thursday: Math and Languages
  • No homework on a Friday, weekends, long weekends and holidays.

Senior Primary (Grade 4 – Grade 6)

  • Monday to Thursday – Languages
  • Monday to Wednesday – Mathematics
  • NST will be given, if needed on one day from Monday to Thursday.

Grade 7 – As per current home-work policy (1 hour per day) in keeping with their transition into High School.

The homework sent home is merely an extension to the concepts taught in class on that particular day and “The quality vs quantity” rule will apply.

SPS Spelling Bee

The Department of Basic Education is hosting a Spelling Bee Competition for the Intermediate Phase. The entire Senior Primary participated in the First Round (written) of the Spelling Bee competition held on the 15th March. As a school, we allowed the Grade Sevens to participate in the internal rounds. The top three learners from each grade qualified for the Second Round (oral) of the competition, that was held on the 23rd March. The winners for each grade were as follows:

Grade 4: Joshua de Jongh

Grade 5: Khayelihle Ndlovu

Grade 6: Viasha Morgan

Grade 7: Chesney Pather

The winners received a CNA voucher to the value of R100. Chesney Pather was the overall winner, and also received a Wimpy voucher to the value of R100.

Based on the results of the Second Round, the following learners will represent Scottburgh Primary in the Spelling Bee competition at Circuit level:

Joshua de Jongh.

Bradley Hainsworth

Khayelihle Ndlovu

Extra Murals

More sport and non-sporting activities were added to the Term 1 programme.  Your child is encouraged to participate in at least 2 activities per week. Please find attached a draft Term 2 draft programme.

First Term Sport:

We have had an extremely busy term on the sports field and in the pool.  Our learners have participated in many events internally and against other schools.  Our Foundation Phase learners settled into their extra mural programme fairly quickly.  It is encouraging to see the great number of Foundation Phase learners participating in the extra mural programme on a daily basis.

Our entire Foundation Phase participated in the rounders and Mini-Cricket festival.  Mass participation was the order of the day and lots of fun was had by all.  The highlight was definitely the Foundation Phase gala.  It was lovely to see the improvement our beginner swimmers have made through the term and especially good to see the strong swimmers getting better and better.

Our Senior Primary learners did us proud in every fixture or event they participated in this term.

Swimming

Our boys moved up to the E league in the DND Gala and did very well by finishing third.  Our entire swimming squad took part in the Fun Lollipop Gala that we hosted at the beginning of the term.  We also sent a big team to the Toti Relay Gala where our team did very well against some bigger schools.  The highlight of our swimming this term was the season ending Inter-School Gala hosted by Scottburgh Primary.  Our swimmers did exceptionally well and did us very proud.  Congratulations to our Victor and Victrix Ludorums, U10 Tyne Van Achterbergh, U11 Kaylee Van Broekhuizen, U12 Morgan Johns and Keegan Steele, U13 Christina Stanton and Teya Koulountis.  Scottburgh also won all ten of the relay events on the day – a great team effort.

Cricket

Our U11 and U13 cricket teams had a very successful season.  Both the U11 and U13 teams won their divisions in the Umdoni and Districts League.  We hosted Hillary Primary from Durban and won both the U11 and U13 games.  Our U13 boys attended the Glenwood U13 cricket festival, where they came up against some very tough opposition.  Even though the results did not go our way, it was a great experience for the boys.

Term 1 Star Achievers

We would like to congratulate the following learners on their excellent achievements on the sports field this term.  Kai Low, Joshua Hendey, Liam Simpkins, Keshav Singh, Sabelo Sishi and Imraan Desai were selected for the Umdoni and Districts U11 cricket team.  Chae Dowsett and Keegan Steele were selected for the UGU Districts swimming team.  Christina Stanton was selected for the KZN Primary Schools Athletics team!

Learner Admissions 2018

Learner Admissions for Grades 1 to 7 will open on 18 April 2017 and close on 29 September 2017. Kindly call at the front office to collect the admissions forms.

Diskonto Book Fair

Thank you to all the parents and learners who supported the Diskonto Book Fair at the beginning of March.  Diskonto once again provided a wide variety of books for our children to choose from.  The total sales for the two-day book fair amounted to R40 923.00.  Thank you once again for supporting such a worthy event and for the book donations that were made to our Media Centre and Reading Room.

Swimathon

Thank you to all parents for your support towards our first swimathon. We continue to receive such an overwhelming response from you. Forms and monies are due on Tuesday, 18 April 2107. List of dates pertaining to the incentives for swimathon will be communicated to you during the first week of Term 2.

SPS Open Air Movie Night

Our school is making history by having our first ever Open Air Movie Night.  Remember the good old days in the “Drive-In”. Well, we are bringing this experience to your door-step. Bring your family and friends along and enjoy an evening picnic whilst watching a movie on the “BIG SCREEN”.  The date will be finalised and communicated to you shortly.  Please support the school in bringing the community together.

Mathletics and Reading Eggs

In order to enhance the curriculum offered at our school, we officially introduced Mathletics and Reading Eggs at the beginning of this term.  The programmes are used to aid teaching and learning in Mathematics and English.  Learners are currently accessing both programmes from either their classrooms or the Media Centre.  Mathletics and Reading Eggs can be accessed from home, so that learners can work at their own pace, through skills taught at school.

Tablet Pilot Project

Our Grade 4 learners were incredibly excited when they were allowed to bring their tablets to school for the first time a few weeks ago.  The use of tablets in Grade 4 has been introduced in order to keep up with educational trends of exposing learners to using technology in the classroom.  Initially, these learners are using their tablets to access Mathletics and Reading Eggs while seated at their desks.  The use of tablets will be running as a pilot project for Grade 1 and Grade 4 learners this year.  The Grade 1s will be introduced to this in the second term.

IT Infrastructure Upgrades

In an attempt to keep both teachers and learners current with IT advances, we have made a few upgrades to our IT infrastructure.  In addition to the internet port and interactive whiteboard in every classroom, we have completed our Wi-Fi project, ensuring that wireless access exists throughout the school.  It is due to this upgrade, that tablets are able to be used in the classroom.  We have also upgraded our server with 2 x 512GB solid state drives in order to improve the performance when learners are on the computers in the Media Centre.  The school installed a separate LTE 4G line to run the tablets and improve the internet speed.

Photographs

Individual, class and sport photographs will be taken in the second term.  All photographs will be taken in-house this year and will be available for purchase at the end of the year in digital format.

Sani2C – 10 May and 11 May 2017

Thank you for the positive feedback that we have received in terms of drivers who have put their names down to shuttle cars for our annual Sani2C fundraising event.  Please remember to diarize the date/s in May that you have volunteered to drive.  We are also looking to secure donations/sponsorships in order to make this fundraising event successful.  If you are able to assist in this regard, please contact Mr Naidoo.

Facebook and Website

Please remember to like our Facebook page – Scottburgh Primary School – and visit our website – www.sps.org.za in order to stay up to date with our latest news and events.

D6

Parents are encouraged to download the D6 app as vital information is posted via D6. The school is more than happy to assist you with this. Kindly call at the school for support.

Appointment with the Principal

I encourage all parents to first communicate with the class teacher before setting up an appointment to see the HOD and the Principal.

Official Branded School Wear

Thank you for your support towards our new sports uniform. The school is currently in the process of looking into a new school uniform for our new Grade One-2018 only. Samples of these uniforms will be posted on our website and also made available at school to view. Your feedback will be appreciated. More information will follow next term.

Buildings and Grounds

During Term One, 5 classrooms were painted. This project is ongoing with regards to other classrooms. Weekly safety checks are carried out in areas around the school. Six new toilets ( boys-3 and girls-3) were completed this term in the pavilion. Toilet roll holders and soap dispensers were installed in all bathrooms for learners. Tablet storage units were installed in the Grade 4 classrooms. These were just some of the maintenance and improvement items done this term.

Some of the projects the school is looking into include:

Three new classrooms, swimming pool and astro sports court.

Some important dates:

April

18 : First Day for Term 2

20 : Mid South Coast Rugby Trials

21 : Under 13 Umdoni Cricket Trials

24 : Extra Murals begin

24: SGB Meeting

27: Public Holiday

28: School Holiday

May

01: Public Holiday

10: Sani 2 C drive

11: Sani 2 C drive

12: SP- Mother’s Day Function

17-19: Grade 6 Excursion

18-20: KZN Rugby Trials

25:  School closed for Ascension Day

26: Open Air Movie Night

27:(Sat) SPS hosts Inter School Rugby 10’s and Netball Festival

June

03:  Suid Natal Sports Festival (Sat)

 05 – 15 June:  Grade 4 to Grade 7 Exams

(Grade 3 to 7 Extra Murals suspended for this period)

15- SP- Father’s Day Function

16- Public Holiday

27-  Last day for extra Murals (Extra Murals have been extended by an extra week this term)

28- Grades 3-7 Winter Sports day

29- Inter-House Academic and Sports Assembly

29- Teacher/Parent Meeting- collection of learner reports.

30- Last day for Term 2.

Thank you for your continued support and have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Yours sincerely

 

Mr S Naidoo

Principal