Notice to Parents 7 of 2018

21 June 2018

Dear SPS family

FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK

Thank you to my staff for a very productive Term 2. 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 Miss Towell at the end of this term. Miss Towell has served the school with diligence and compassion and we wish her well in her new venture with the Halfway Group.

Staffing Highlights:  We would like to congratulate Mr Keith Fisher on completing his ninth Comrades Marathon in an amazing time of 9:39:33. We would like to congratulate Mrs Stacey Hooper on being selected to represent KZN at the Inter-Provincial Ten-Pin Bowling Tournament, held in Gauteng.

Foundation Phase

The highlight of the term was the Mother’s Day and the Father’s Day events. Both days were well supported by the parents. Mother’s Day saw the moms coming into the classroom for the morning, where they did Craft Activities with their child. At the end of the day, the crafted photo frames were taken home by the Moms.

Father’s Day saw our learners and their dads play Mini Soccer and Mini Netball and the dads ended the day with a fun tug-o-war session.

Thank you to our moms and dads for your overwhelming support on these days.

Senior Primary

Production: There were about 150 learners, who auditioned for a role in the Senior Primary Production, entitled, ‘Once Upon a Time’. The co-ordinators had a tough time selecting learners for the various roles, and the cast of 26 was revealed in the last week of the term.  Rehearsals will begin in earnest in the new term.  We look forward to the possibility of a ‘Supper Theatre’ performance for the first time.

Co-curricular Activities :

Horizon Mathematics Challenge

Seven learners participated in the second round of the HMC challenge this term.  Out of over 5500 participants nationally, Ryan Mundell was placed 208th and Diashen Govender was placed 162nd. Congratulations to these learners.

Mahatma Gandhi Speech Contest

Kabeer Karim represented our school in this round of The Mahatma Gandhi Speech Contest. Kabeer did our school proud with a very dynamic speech on two great leaders: Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior.

Quintathlon:

This is a new initiative, launched to the SP learners.  44 learners participated in the Quintathlon Challenge on Tuesday.  The Quintathlon Challenge comprised five sections, including English, Mathematics and logical thinking. We look forward to the results later in the year.

Spelling BEE

Well done to Amy du Plessis, Bradley Hainsworth and Awande Mthuli, who represented the School at the Umdoni Circuit Spelling BEE.  Bradley is to be congratulated on being placed third at this level.   Bradley went on to represent the Circuit at the CMC level.

Interhouse Spelling BEE

This competition, in its second year, was held on Tuesday, with Neptune crowned 2018 Champions.

Interhouse Maths Challenge

This competition is scheduled for today and the results will be published next term.

Academic and Sport Merit AssemblyTerm Two: Each term we recognise 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 Two.

Grade 1 Armstrong Grade 1 Titlestad Grade 1 Vermeulen
1.Zuhayr Hassan 1.Zaakirah Dawood 1.Dhiya Ishwarlal
2.Keagyn Mocke 2.Mitchell Hooper 2.Darshan Moodley
3.Liam Munsami 3.Levi Labuschagne 3.Yersarya Naicker
4.Zach Patel 4.Brody Marshall Smith 4.Ahmad Patel
5.Marcus van Staden 5.Siphesihle Nangu 5. Mary Viljoen
6.Tatum Turner

 

Grade 2 Marx Grade 2 Potgieter Grade 2 Sarkozi
1.Ismaeel Bux 1.Craig Bezuidenhout 1.Divit Bhagirathe
2.Griffin Harris 2.Nokukhanya Cele 2.Zach Johnson
3.Umar Mansoor 3.Ella Laight 3.Philiswa Mthethwa
4.Tobey Smith 4.Haylie Le Roux 4.Diyaksha Rajbansi
5.Inathi Zama 5.Unais Safla 5.Moniqua Viljoen

 

Grade 3 Manuel Grade 3 Thompson  
1.Abubakr Khan 1.Zoe Breet  
2.Jeenola Naicker 2.Samuel Diamond  
3.Aiden Overbeek 3.Bryn Fright  
4.Aiden Rossouw 4.Siyamthanda Gambushe  
5.Helen-Gail Starbuck 5.Lia Gangoo  
6.Luke van Rensburg 6.Kianna-Maé Rossouw  

 

Academic Merits:  Senior Primary:

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

Grade 4 – Ethan Chapman

Grade 5 – Susan Tucker

Grade 6 – Kelly-Rose Tucker

Grade 7 – Dallin Naicker

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

Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7
Ethan Chapman Isa Bux Kelly-Rose Tucker Damon Cox
Ethyn Mocke Nabeel Chohan Diashen Govender
Mia Diamond Sameshan Govender
Samuel Fright Kabeer Karim
Raumaan Hassan Dallin Naicker
Ethan Laight Riaav Singh
Ruqaiyah Mehtar
Penelope Tucker
Susan Tucker

 

Overall house positions as at the end of Term Two:

HOUSES GRADE 4 GRADE 5 GRADE 6 GRADE 7 OVERALL POSITIONS
First position Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter Jupiter- 378 points
Second position Mars Mars Neptune Neptune Mars   – 223 points
Third position Neptune Neptune Mars Mars Neptune – 239 points

Sports Merits: 

Congratulations to the following learners for their Sporting Excellence for Term Two. These boys were selected for the Mid-South Coast Rugby Team.

Ntokozo Ndwalane

Khayelihle Ndlovu

Sport

Hockey

This term we were fortunate enough, to be invited to attend a few fixtures and festivals, which saw all our hockey players: Grade 1 – 3 boys and girls and 1st team girls participate and have great fun. The 1st team girls had a very successful season, narrowly losing only two games.

Netball

The netball teams had a very enjoyable season with a only few games available to play. A few of our teams went unbeaten this season, which shows all the hard work that has been put into the coaching and training.

Rugby

Our School’s Rugby Teams played a fantastic season this year, with our U11 team going unbeaten in 14 games and conceding only 3 tries the whole season. Our U8’s and U9’s showed huge improvement week by week, and this showed in the matches that were played.  The U13 boys showed some improvements throughout the season, learning something new in each game and practice. Well done to JJ Ndwalane and Khaye Ndlovu on making the Southern Coastal KZN rugby teams .

Well done to all the players and coaches. Keep up the hard work.

Extra Murals:  Your child is encouraged to participate in at least 2 activities per week. Please find attached a draft Term 3 programme.

Please take note of the new activities introduced next term; namely the Busy Bee Club for Grade 1 and 2 only and Badminton for Grade 6 only.

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 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.

Book Fair and Book Donations

Thank you to all our parents, who supported World Book Day and donated a book to our School, and for supporting the Diskonto Book Fair at the beginning of the term.  Your contributions are truly appreciated.

SPS Open Air Movie Night

We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the members of our community, who attended and supported the Movie Night at the beginning of May.  We would also like to say a special thank you to the following sponsors, whose contributions made the event such a success:

  • Scottfin, Halfway Toyota, Sunell Pelser from Scottburgh Mall, Juliana Overbeek, Antony Diplock, Ayanda Mthethwa, Brett Smith from Smith supplies, Caroline Visagie from Stonehenge Kitchens , Demitri Stamatis from Adcan Marine , Ellenor Savage from AA Spice, Fay Syed, Hair by Claribell, Jackie Rossouw, Jarman Family, Keet Family, Lisa Waldeck from the new cycle shop called The Saddle Shack, Luchelle Gangoo, Mr and Mrs Sook from Alexander Blue Bottle Express Store, Mr Singh from Trade Zone, Mrs Cooky Myburgh from Wimpy, Mrs Kerkhof, Overbeek Family , Sandy Quin from Blue Marlin Hotel and Sonika Diamond from Wimpy.

‘Game of Chance’ – Term 3 Fundraiser

As mentioned in a notice sent out on Monday, our upcoming fundraiser for the third term ‘Game of Chance’, promises to be a new and exciting event. Please support this wonderful initiative as the funds received  directly goes into developing our school.

Tablets

Although the final firewall configurations are still in progress, learners from Grade 2 to Grade 7 have been working on their tablets occasionally this term.  Since our internet speed has now been upgraded to a faster line, learners will be working on their tablets more regularly next term.  We kindly request parents to use the holiday period to ensure that your child has a tablet that is in working order.  When tablets are brought to school, they need to be in a protective cover, have a screen protector and be clearly marked with your child’s name.  Should you be experiencing any financial challenges by purchasing a tablet for your child, kindly contact the Principal.

Parents are also advised to monitor their children’s tablets (and phones) at home and to be aware of the webpages and websites that they could be visiting.  Parental controls on YouTube and PlayStore, and Google Safe Searches are advised.  The Sophos Mobile Security App is also an excellent way to restrict access of certain content.  Should you want Mrs Black to add these safety features to your child’s tablet, please send a note at the beginning of the 3rd term and she will configure them accordingly.

Transfer of learners 2019 (Grade 1 to 6 only)

Please inform the school by 20 July if your child will be leaving our school at the end of the year. This will assist in planning for the new year, as we have so many requests for new admissions for 2019.

Grounds and Buildings/Upgrades

We are happy to announce that we have started with the construction of our three new classrooms. Additional cameras throughout the school buildings, in particular the corridors, are being installed for added safety and protection for our learners.

Communication

Learners: There are far too many learners who are coming up to the front office to phone parents for items that they have forgotten at home and this takes away the child’s academic time, as well as staff administration time.  We would like to curb this habit by instilling in our learners, a sense of responsibility. I appeal to my parents to assist and support.

Parents: Thank you to our parents for always being so appreciative through your 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 endeavor to try and give as many children 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 before setting up an appointment to see The Principal.

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

Some important dates: Please see attached Term 3 Plan.

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

Yours sincerely

 

S. Naidoo

Principal