Notice to Parents 1 of 2017

11 January 2017

 

Dear Scottburgh Primary School Family

 

Welcome: It gives me great pleasure to extend a very warm welcome to all. A special welcome to all the new families who have joined Scottburgh Primary School. You are all encouraged to involve yourself in school activities and make the most of all our school has to offer.

Staffing:

We bid farewell to the following staff members at the end of 2016.

Mrs Lamprecht, Mrs Henneke, Mrs Wortmann and Mr Joubert.

We would like to once again thank these staff members for their hard work and dedication and wish them all the best for the future.

We welcome the following new staff members:

  • Miss J.Naidoo who will assume a permanent teaching role as a Grade 7 Educator. Miss Naidoo has been transferred to our school by the Department of Education.
  • Miss E. Gengan who will assume a permanent teaching role as a Grade 4 Educator. Miss Gengan has been transferred to our school by the Department of Education.
  • Mrs L. Leisegang who will assume a SGB teaching role as a Grade 6/7 Afrikaans Educator.
  • Miss Bamber, Mrs D.Pillay, Miss Sook, Miss Thompson, Miss Van Schalwyk, Mr Moodley and Mr Moganlall, who will assume their role as Teacher Assistants.

Management structure at the school is as follows:

  • Principal – Mr S. Naidoo
  • SGB Deputy Principal and Head of Department, Senior Primary – Mrs S. Pillay
  • Head of Department, Foundation Phase – Mrs G. Armstrong
  • SGB Head of Department, PE and Sports – Mr B. Bartman
  • SGB Head of Department: Media and I.T. – Mrs X. Black

Parent Meetings: Parent meetings will be held on Monday 16 January and Tuesday 17 January – see table below. Please make attendance at these meetings a priority, as the teachers will be communicating vital information regarding the year’s programme, homework and assessment of learners.

Monday 16 January (Foundation Phase)  17h30
Grade Teacher Room No
Grade 1A Mrs Armstrong 3
Grade 1B Mrs Bartman 1
Grade 1 T Mrs Titlestad 7
Grade 2M Mrs Marx 9
Grade 2P Miss Potgieter 77
Grade 3M Mrs Manuel 76
Grade 3S Mrs Sarkozi 75

 

Tuesday 17 January (Senior Primary)  17h30
Grade Teacher Room No
Grade 4P Mrs Peter 96
Grade 4G Miss Gengan 97
Grade 4V Mrs Vermeulen 98
Grade 5R Mrs Ramkisson 15
Grade 5P Mrs Provis 70
Grade 6V Mrs Velayudan 14
Grade 6P Mrs Pillay 13
Grade 6L Mrs Leisegang 16
Grade 7T Miss Towel Media Centre
Grade 7N Miss Naidoo Media Centre


School Fees:
School fees are currently R14 700,00 per child per year. A discount of R650,00 is offered for fees paid in full by the end of January.  Alternatively, instalments are payable monthly from the end of January for 10 months at R1470,00 per month. Electronic payments into the school’s banking account may be made; please always include your child’s name as reference.  A Debit Order system can also be used to pay school fees.

Mathletics and Reading Eggs (R267 per learner): Please note that this fee should have been paid in by 31 December 2016. If you haven’t done so, please contact the front office to make arrangements, as these programmes will commence shortly.

By-Election: Rev Andre Du Plooy has resigned, due to his relocation and we therefore have one parent vacancy on our SGB. The By-election will take place as follows:

First meeting: 25 January 2017 at 8h00.

Second Meeting : 30 January 2017 at 17h30pm.

Collection of Learner Reports: The school has adopted a new approach with regards to issuing of learner reports. At the end of each term, parents will meet the class teacher to collect learner reports and discuss learner progress. The dates and times will be in the Term Plan.

Safety and Security: I will be prioritizing the safety and security of our staff and learners this year. The school has employed a security company, which will primarily be based at the main gate, and will patrol the school at various intervals.  Due to the staff expansion, the previous visitors’ parking has now become an extension of the official staff parking. All visitors to the school are expected to park across the street and report to the security guard on duty. Parents of learners with specific disabilities, must contact the Principal for special permission to drop off and pick up their child at the new staff parking. Visitors will sign in and will be issued with a visitors pass and sign out slip. Please ensure that the sign out slip is signed by a management member and both the visitors pass and sign out slip must be returned to the security guard when you exit. This process will apply at all times, including times when you bring your child late to school. Learners arriving late to school must be accompanied by their parent. Parents wishing to take leave for their child must report personally to the front office, where they will be issued with an official pass-out for the learner, which must be given to the guard on duty. The security guard has been instructed to not allow any child to exit the school without a parent and pass-out. Special and prior arrangements will be made with the security guard in an event where a group of learners are taken for sports trips. I hope that the above measurers are appreciated by the community as it only serves to protect our children.

School Times: Please note that school times are –

  • Start – 07h40. Children should be at school by 07h30 in order to put their bags outside their classrooms and prepare for the day. Late arrivals are recorded and will be reflected in the school report at the end of each term.
  • Closing times

Grades 1 and 2 – 12h30 (Monday to Thursday)

Grades 3 to 7 – 14h05 (Monday to Thursday

All grades – 13h00 every Friday

Attendance at Mosque on Fridays

Boys will be allowed to leave at 12h15 on Fridays in order to attend Mosque. They are to be fetched by an adult from the foyer area at this time. Parents are reminded that the boys are missing a substantial portion of the school day and the onus rests on the learner to catch up all missed work. All requests to leave early must be made in writing.

Communication with parents

Please notify the school of any change in addresses, telephone numbers (home, work, cellphones, emergency contact person) and email addresses, and any major changes within the household e.g. marital status / illness etc.

In order for us to improve our communication with you, we encourage you to install the D6 School Communicator on both your computer and mobile phone. It is safe and secure and is used daily by more than ¼ million people worldwide.

Installing the School Communicator is dead simple. Download the installer from the School Communicator website: www.school-communicator.com/downloads. While downloading click “save” and thereafter “run”. You can install the School Communicator on as many computers as you like.

You can also install the d6 School Communicator on your mobile phone. There are specific apps available for Blackberry, iPhone and Android. All you need to do is visit our School Communicator website: www.school-communicator.com/downloads from your mobile phone browser and download the app.

School Uniform: Please ensure that your child is dressed in the correct school uniform at all times and be mindful about the compulsory new school golfer, new house shirt, new sports shorts and new tracksuit(only for Grade 1) which becomes compulsory this year . It encourages the children to take pride in themselves and their school.  Please ensure that all belongings are marked clearly with your child’s name. The outlet for school uniforms are:

  • The Little Shop in Kayden Centre, Scott Street, Scottburgh. Contact Number: 039 9760847

Sport

Sport arrangements for Monday 16 – Friday 20 January are as follows:

  • Swimming

SP Inter-House Swimming trials will be held next week during PE.

  • Cricket practice (14h15 – 15h15)

Monday 16 Jan – U12 / 13

Tuesday 17 Jan – U9 / U10 / U11

Wednesday 18 Jan – U12 / 13

Thursday 19 Jan – U9 / U10 / U11

  • Water Polo

The school has introduced water polo this year for Grades 6 and 7 only.  Further information will be in the extra mural programme.

Extra Murals from Monday 23 January: The extra mural programme will be distributed on 18 January.

Grade 3 – 7 extra-mural activities continue until 15h15 with the exception of swimming, which will finish at 15h00. Please ensure that children are fetched on time. Foundation Phase learners’ extra murals take place from 13h00 – 14h00.

Outdoor activities will be cancelled should we experience inclement weather conditions.  A decision in this regard is normally made at 12h00 with regard to Grades 1 and 2 and 13h00 for Grades 3 to 7.  An SMS or D6 School Communicator Alert will be sent out notifying parents of any cancellation. Coaches/Teachers will, however, take care of the learners during this session. You may collect your child if you need to, by calling at the front office.

Communication with the School: Your child’s teacher or members of school management are always available for an interview if you have a problem that needs to be discussed.  Appointments can be made by phoning the school or communicating your request for an appointment via your child’s notice book or homework book.  Confidential correspondence should be placed in a sealed envelope addressed to the person concerned.

School Attendance / Illness: Regular school attendance is essential in order for your child to achieve in the classroom, but please do not send sick children to school. Absentee notes are required if your child misses school – this should state clearly your child’s name, grade and reason for absence, as these notes are filed in your child’s file for record purposes.

Scholars’ Personal Accident Insurance – Marsh incorporating Alexander Forbes: Information regarding pupils’ insurance is available at the office. Please contact Mrs Jones for further information.

Sweet-Free Mondays: We will continue with our “Sweet-Free Mondays” policy and this applies not only to the school tuckshop, but also to lunches sent from home. Parents are asked to support this policy by not sending sweets / chips / fizzy drinks to school on Mondays. A tuckshop menu will be sent home with your child once the 2017 prices have been finalised.

Website: The school website www.sps.org.za is regularly updated with news, information and, where possible, photos. Parents are encouraged to visit the website and subscribe to our bulk email service (click on the notice board tab and complete the form).

MySchool Card: A total of R 13 703.00 was raised in 2016. This is a fundraiser for the school and parents are reminded to continue using their MySchool cards.

 

Mr S. Naidoo

Principal