Notice to Parents 3 of 2018

27 March 2018

Dear SPS family

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

Thank you to my staff for an incredible Term One. Congratulations to our learners for their achievements throughout the term. To our parents, thank you for your continued support with everything that we do.

Staffing:

We bid farewell to Mr Fisher at the end of this term. Mr Fisher has served the school with diligence and compassion and we wish him well at his new school, DPHS.

We welcome the following new staff next term:

Mr J. Nienaber      (PE/Sports Co-Ordinator)

Mr K. Fisher           (Estate Manager)

Mrs S. Hooper       (Full time PE/Sports Coach)

Mrs J. Nienaber     (Educator)

Staffing Highlights:  For the last five 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 Baptie, Mrs Pillay (HOD/DP), Mrs Provis, Miss Sook and Mrs Jones. Our team must be congratulated on a sterling performance.

We welcome a new addition to the SPS Family. Mrs Ramkisson gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Both mum and baby are doing well and we would like to wish Mr and Mrs Ramkisson many years of happiness and joy with Baby Shivaan.

SGB Election: Thank you to the parents who attended and supported the SGB election. Congratulations to the following parents who were elected onto the SGB. We wish them well over the next three years.

Mrs Lana Alexander-Wilkes (Chairperson)

Mr Martin Rodrigues              (Vice Chairperson)

Mrs Tamsin Laight                 (Treasurer)

Mrs Sharon Jones

Mr Gordon Gardner

Foundation Phase

Staffing: The following staff members joined the Foundation Phase this year:

Mrs Vermeulen – Grade 1 , Miss Thompson – Grade 3, Miss Zulu – IsiZulu Educator and Mrs Govender – Teacher Assistant.

The Grade 1’s were introduced to the new school uniform and are looking very smart.The Extra Mural Programme was well supported by Foundation Phase learners with learners attending the following activities: Swimming, Cricket, Hockey and Arts and Crafts. The “new look FP Swimming Gala” was a huge success and was well received by all parents and learners.

Senior Primary

TRU-LIFE

The Senior Primary Department hosted Tru-Life, a non-profit organisation, based in Durban with “a vision to train, raise and unleash this generation to live lives full of potential and purpose”.  The Organisation does this through productions, targeted at learners from Grades 6 to Matric. Very pertinent messages relating to Self-Identity and Bullying were dealt with in the Grade 6 and 7 Productions.

PRODUCTION:

Plans are underway for the Senior Primary Production, scheduled to take place in Term 3.  The co-ordinating committee, comprising Mrs Pillay, Mrs Provis and Mrs Peter, will be holding auditions in the first two weeks of Term Two.  The Production this year is based on an original script with a fantasy genre.

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

The following activities are planned for next term:

Quintathlon Challenge, Conquesta,  Interhouse Maths Challenge, Interhouse Spelling Bee, Umdoni Spelling Bee and the Mahatma Gandhi Speech Contest.

Academic and Sport Merit Assembly Term One: Each term we recognise our top academic and sport 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 Grade 1 Mrs Titlestad Grade 1 Mrs Vermeulen
Vahini Govender Mitchell Hooper Leila Breet
Zuhayr Hassan Levi Labuschagne Matthew Harrington
Hayden Kerkhof Brody Marshall Smith Dhiya Ishwarlal
Keagyn Mocke Siphesihle Nangu Yersarya Naicker
Marcus van Staden Anika Smit Ahmad Patel

 

Grade 2 Mrs Marx Grade 2 Miss Potgieter Grade 2 Mrs Sarkozi
Zolani Baai  Craig Bezuidenhout Divit Bhagirathe
Ismaeel Bux Haylie Le Roux Zach Johnstone
Griffin Harris Sabeehah Moolla Tyral Naicker
Umar Mansoor Gabriel Peter Diyaksha Rajbansi
Eden Westerdale Armaan Singh Blake Shaw

 

Grade 3 Mrs Manuel Grade 3 Miss Thompson  
Ethan Arends Zoe Breet  
Riley Hooper Bryn Fright  
Abubakr Khan Siyamthanda Gambushe  
Jeenola Naicker Lia Gangoo  
Helen-Gail Starbuck Kianna-Maé Rossouw  
Luke van Rensburg    

Academic Merits:  Senior Primary:

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

Grade 4 – Dewald Niemandt

Grade 5 – Ethan Laight

Grade 6 – Kelly-Rose Tucker

Grade 7 – Dallin Naicker

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

Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7
Ethan Chapman Isa Bux Kelly-Rose Tucker Damon Cox
Nina Dirkze-Van Schalkwyk Nabeel Chohan   Diashen Govender
Erin Leiper Mia Diamond   Sameshan Govender
Aatikah Mansoor Amy du Plessis   Morgan Johns
Ethyn Mocke Samuel Fright   Kabeer Karim
Zowakha Mthuli Devak Govender   Dallin Naicker
Dewald Niemandt Raumaan Hassan    
Abdullah Patel Ethan Laight    
Rohan Singh Humza Mansoor    
  Ruqaiyah Mehtar    
  Susan Tucker    
  Tyne van Achterbergh    

Overall house positions as at the end of Term 1:

HOUSES GRADE 4 GRADE 5 GRADE 6 GRADE 7 OVERALL POSITIONS
First position Mars Jupiter Mars Jupiter Jupiter- 329.5 points
Second position Jupiter Mars Jupiter Neptune Mars- 268 points
Third position Neptune Neptune Neptune Mars Neptune- 242.5 points

Sport Merits: 

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

 For Swimming

 Chae Dowsett

Keegan Steele

Tyne Van Archterbergh

 For Cricket

 Kai Low

Travis Cothill

Sabelo Sishi

Joshua Hendey

Rory Stanton

Sport and Extra Murals

Swimming

The SPS swimming squad had an extremely busy, yet successful season. Some of these highlights include: Inter-House Swimming Gala where Jupiter placed first, Open Boys Relay Gala at Glenwood High School, Relay Gala at South City, Lollipop Gala hosted by Scottburgh, DND Gala at Kings Park, Relay Gala at Amanzimtoti and finishing off with the Inter-School Swimming Gala at UPS. Many of our learners took part in the Ugu District Swimming Trials, where Chae Dowsett, Keegan Steele and Tyne van Achterbergh represented the district at the KZN Swimming Championships. Well done to all swimmers for their hard work and commitment this term!

Hockey

On Saturday 10 March our U12/U13 girls played their first ever hockey match in the history of Scottburgh Primary at Scottburgh High School against Port Edward Primary.  Our girls played with big hearts and although we did not win the match, the girls had fun and gave of their best throughout the game.

On Monday 12 March, our Grade Two and Grade Three girls’ hockey team played in a Mini Hockey Tournament hosted by South City. This was a first for our Foundation Phase girls who played their best throughout the afternoon. Their positive attitude and team spirit needs to be commended.

A very big thank you to all the girls for their dedication and commitment to hockey this term.  We look forward to another fun and busy term of hockey in Term 2.

Cricket

2018 was once again very successful for SPS Cricket. The season opened up for the U13 division with a fun sixes tournament, where all local schools took part. SPS showed their strength in walking away victors of the tournament. The U13’s continued on with their dominance as they won all league fixtures comfortably, resulting in them being crowned U13 League Champions for 2018.

The U11 team has great potential, as there are many star individual players in this team, who will become very exciting to watch in years to come, as they move up into the senior divisions. This U11 team proved too strong for any competition within the league, as they went unbeaten. Special mention must be made of the following boys who were selected to represent the district at the Annual Inter-District

Tournament. Kai Low, Joshua Hendey, Sabelo Sishi, Travis Cothill and Rory Stanton. Well done boys. We are extremely proud of you and your achievements.

On the 9th of March, our Grade 1 and 2 learners enjoyed the day by participating in games of Rounders and Mini Cricket. The girls took part in Rounders and the boys played Mini Cricket. The aim of the day was to give all, an opportunity to be a part of a team, and enjoy the sport at hand.

The 24th of March saw SPS host our Annual Mini Cricket Festival. Six schools took part, which made the day feel very festive. This was a huge success.

Rugby Term 1

The Senior Rugby Team played their first game on the 10th of March against Port Edward Primary School. The boys showed promising signs throughout the match, but were unfortunate to lose the game narrowly by one try.

Extra Murals:  Your child is encouraged to participate in at least 2 activities per week. Please find attached, a draft Term 2 programme.

Please take note of the special activity called Research and Media Club (Grades 3 to 7). This activity is opened to learners who wish to utilise the IT Media Centre to do work related to research assignments, as well as an opportunity to complete homework given. I want to stress that this is not an activity, where staff are assigned to assist with homework. This activity will work on a weekly sign up basis, to prevent overcrowding in the centre.

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

Foundation Phase (Grade 1 – Grade 3)

  • Monday to Thursday: Maths 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 – Maths
  • NST will be given, if needed on one day from Monday to Thursday.

Grade 7 – As per current homework 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.

Tablets

The learners in Grade 2 and Grade 5 used their tablets during the term to once again access Mathletics and Reading Eggs.  The learners in Grades 3, 4, 6 and 7 will use their tablets in the Second Term.  We have purchased and installed a top-end firewall device that will ensure our learners’ safety while accessing the internet.  Our current internet speed is also in the process of being upgraded to a 50Mbps line, which will provide fast enough bandwidth speed to allow all of our learners to work on Mathletics, Reading Eggs and other websites at the same time.

Swimathon

Thank you to all the learners and parents who supported our Swimathon fundraiser this term.  Learners who met the various target criteria, were treated to chocolates, picnics, class parties and a trip to the movies at Nu Metro Galleria.  As our overall fundraising target was met, all learners will enjoy the Whole School Treat later on in the year.

CANSA Shavathon

Thank you to all of our learners and parents who once again supported the annual CANSA Shavathon drive.  We were very proud to have raised an amount of R17 510 for this worthy cause – our highest amount yet.

Diskonto Book Fair

Just a reminder that our annual Diskonto Book Fair will be held in our school hall on 3 and 4 May. They offer a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books for sale at affordable prices.

SPS Open Air Movie Night

Our school will once again be having an Open Air Movie Night on 4 May 2018.  Please save the date and bring your family and friends along to enjoy an evening picnic whilst watching a movie on the “BIG SCREEN”.  Please support the school in bringing the community together for this exciting event.

Learner Admissions 2019

Learner Admissions for Grades 1 to 7 will open on 10 April 2018 and close on 28 September 2018. Kindly call at the front office to collect the admission forms.

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.

Communication

Parents: Thank you to our parents for always being so appreciative through the positive emails that you send. It is sometimes good to know that our hard work is being noticed.

Selection of Sports Teams: Learners chosen to represent the school are selected on merit. If and where possible, the school will endeavour to try and give as many children as possible an opportunity to represent the school, however, this depends on the nature of the event and the rules that go with it. Please respect the school for the decisions that are made, as our coaches are only human and they try to do the best that they can. Parents of learners selected for an event, will be notified at least a week in advance, as per our policy. This may change due to circumstances beyond our control. I will appreciate your understanding and co-operation with the above.

Appointment with the Principal: I encourage all parents to first communicate with the class teacher or H.O.D before setting up an appointment to see the Principal.

Children’s Snake safety Course:

This will take place on Tuesday 3rd of April and again on Wednesday 4th of April 2018 at Crocworld.

The cost is R120 per learner. This includes the one day course and certificate of completion.

Lunch is not included. The course is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12 and provides the learners with the necessary information to keep them safe when a snake is encountered.

For more information, contact:

Martin Rodrigues

Crocworld Conservation Centre Manager

W (039) 976 1103

C  (078) 484 1859

Email: mrodrigues@cbl.co.za

Some important dates: Please see attached Term 2 Plan.

 

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

Yours sincerely

S. Naidoo

Principal