Dunvegan Primary School News & Newsletter

 

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LATEST NEWSLETTER:

NEWSLETTER 22/2017

 

 

5th December 2017

Dear Parents,

 

The academic year of 2017 comes to an end tomorrow. Please note that no final Reports may be handed out, before the end of school, on the last day of term (6th December 2017), on strict departmental instruction. Please remember that school will close at 10:00 on Wednesday.

 

STAFF NEWS

We say farewell to one staff member this year. Mrs Lottering will be teaching at Jeppe Preparatory School as of January next year. We thank her for her efforts and wish her well in her future endeavours.

 

Mrs Abrahams will be on maternity leave from the first day of next term. We wish her all the best on the birth of her third child and will be sharing her happy news in the first newsletter next year. She will be replaced during this maternity leave, by Mrs du Plessis, an experienced Grade 4 teacher.

 

Miss Wratten will qualify at the end of the year and will be joining the Dunvegan staff in 2018. We will also be adding 6 new learnerships to the programme as of next year.

 

UPCOMING DATES

Please be aware of the following dates:

 

December 2017

6

Pupils Finish. School closes at 10:00

8

Teachers Finish

 

January 2018

15

Teachers on duty

17

Pupils begin 2017 Academic Year 07:35

 

IMPORTANT CHANGE OF TIMES FOR 2018

The Grade 1 and 2 children will be adding an extra hour to their timetable from 2018. This is to incorporate a second additional language. The language selected in the town of Edenvale is Zulu.

 

The times for finishing for Grade 1 and 2 will be:

Monday 12:45

Tuesday 13:15

Wednesday 13:15

Thursday 13:15

Friday 12:45

 

 

GRADE 7 BUSH PIGS TOUR

This tour will take place from the 5th 9th February 2018. It is a not to be missed occasion and hugely subsidized by the school. The cost for 2018 remains R700 for the full week. Please plan for this in advance.

 

SCHOOL FEES 2018

These were voted on and approved by the majority of parent to nil at our Annual General Meeting held on the 8th November 2017 and fees for 2018 are set at R 17 100 per pupil p.a.

 

Payment Options:

Monthly manual payments (Inc EFT) (Over 11 months) = R 17 100 per pupil p.a.

Full settlement (Due 31 January 2018)- 7% Discount = R 15 903 per pupil p.a.

Debit Order (Over 11 months)- 5% Discount = R 16 245 per pupil p.a.

 

END OF YEAR EXAMS

Many children in Grade 4 7 applied themselves during the final exams and have done exceptionally well. They must be congratulated on this achievement. However, there are some children who have not put in the necessary hours of study and their results are poor.

 

Examinations need to be taken very seriously, especially in the higher grades, as the weighting that these exams carry can have serious consequences with regard to promotion.

 

SCHOOL TERMS 2018

Term

Duration

1

(15 Teachers) 17 January-28 March

2

10 April 22 June

3

17 July 28 September

4

09 October 12 (14 Teachers) December

 

SCHOOL MAGAZINE

The school magazines was handed out on Friday. Each family gets a copy of the magazine. It is a wonderful keepsake of the year.

 

A thank you to Mrs. Lottering and the staff for putting together such a wonderful review of this year. The magazine is once again a beautiful summary of our year at Dunvegan Primary.

 

SCHOOL WEBSITE

The school has a website at www.dunveganprimary.co.za

We ask parents to visit the site regularly for additional information, newsletters, sporting fixtures, photos, fundraising, tour updates, etc.

 

TEXTBOOK AND READING BOOK RETRIEVAL

There are still over 400 books that have not been returned to the school. Please check if your child has a school reader or textbook at home and make sure that it is returned to the school. The children have been reminded by the teachers if they have any outstanding book and if the books are not returned, they will need to be replaced by you, the parents. This is an expensive exercise so encourage your child to look for any of the missing books. If a book from a previous year is found, it can also be returned to the school.

 

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

This time last year we did not have a principal in place and the feeling around the school was quite tense with all the uncertainty involved in this appointment. This year we also saw the retirement of Mrs Wright who was the HOD in the senior part of the school. A year down the line, we still do not have a full complement of GDE appointed management but that is due to the promotions that have taken place within the school

 

As a result of the promotions that have taken place during the course of 2017 we now have Mr Laidley as principal, Mrs van Zyl as Deputy Principal and Mrs Ley as Departmental Head of Intermediate and Senior phase. The SGB were professional in their approach and this made for a smooth transition of these promotion posts.

 

The highlights of each year remain the events where, as families, we get together. These includes: the new parents welcome evening, the gala, the annual sports day, winter sports day, big walk and, of course, carnival day where the day is spent enjoying good food, good music and good company.

 

The biggest challenge for the year has again been the pressure placed on the school by parents looking to get their child in to the school. Whereas previously it has mainly been a Grade 1 issue, this year we have seen pressure in all the grades. Even at this late stage of the year, there are parents arriving at our gates requesting application forms for 2018.

 

For the children, the highlights usually involve learning that takes place outside of the classroom. The outings arranged by the staff are always enjoyed and this a reminder of the importance of keeping these activities running. The Grade 7s have been going to Bush pigs for 23 years and still get excited each new year as they leave for Limpopo. The Grade 4 6 tours were also well supported and enjoyed by all who attended.

 

So as we draw to the close of another year at Dunvegan Primary School, I wish to thank the many people who make this school the home that it is for over 880 children.

 

To the hard working Gold Diggers well done on your efforts! The benefits of raising extra money is so worthwhile and can be seen by the many extras that are able to be purchased because of the hours you put into fund-raising and improving aspects of school life. Rob Aitchison deserves a special mention as he bids the committee farewell after serving tirelessly for the duration of his childs years at the school. Last night was his final function as he helped with the Grade 7 farewell party, this time as a dad! Thank you.

 

The Governing Body remains a strong and capable organization. There is no monetary reward for serving on this committee and so I wish to thank these people for their voluntary assistance and time, for the betterment of this school. Each member has the interests of the school at heart. A special thanks to those who sat on the committee to choose the Deputy Principal and Departmental head. This took many of your personal hours and your willingness to support the school through these interesting times was greatly appreciated.

 

To the teaching staff, I thank you for your support in what has been a challenging year. I have felt your care and kindness as I have taken over the reins at the school. Your continued efforts inside and outside of the classroom remains a shining light in this community.

 

To the admin staff and ground staff, thank you for the behind the scenes work that often goes unnoticed. It certainly makes my life easier knowing that I have a high level of competency and professionalism backing up the good name of this school.

 

I thank Parents who regularly attend meetings, their parent evening attendance, supporting fundraisers, paying school fees, etc. As a school we really appreciate our positive parental support. It shows commitment and not just looking for the easy way out. This was evident at the AGM where we reached our quorum for the first time.

 

Next year promises to be another interesting year as we face Governing Body elections in March. It is an opportunity for the parents to elect members that they feel will be of benefit to the continued smooth running of the school. The current SGB have served with diligence and wisdom and leave the school in a strong position.

 

I know that there are some parents who end their association with this school this year. Thank you for the support and contributions you made to our school over the years. Our best wishes go with you and your children in years to come. May the love of the Dunvegan family go with you as you start at a new school in 2018. To the Grade 7 parents, continue to support your children in the high schools. All schools thrive on the positive support of involved parents.

 

As we draw to the end of one year, I can look back on it with pride and joy as many of the small acorns have blossomed. I believe our theme for the year was one that has been achieved by many involved in the life of the school. The staff, parents and children have helped us realize the motto that hard work is rewarded. As we look forward, the school will continue to receive the correct backing from all concerned and Dunvegan Primary School will continue to reach even greater heights in 2018.

 

I would like to wish all those people associated with the school a joyous festive season. May it be filled with continued happiness.

 

 

 

 

R.G. Laidley

PRINCIPAL

 

 

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NEWSLETTER 21/2017

 

22nd November 2017

Dear Parents,

 

There are now only ten school days left until the December holidays. The exams ended today, much to the relief of the children, and Im sure many of the parents. The teachers are hard at work collating all the marks in preparation for the final reports.

 

There will be a meeting with the District Assessment Team at the latter part of the term. Pupils who need to be retained in their current Grade will be discussed and confirmed with the departmental officials. Parents of these pupils will be informed by the school once all is resolved.

 

Please note that no final Reports may be handed out before the last day of term, 6th December 2017, on strict departmental instruction. Please remember that school will close at 10:00 on 6th December 2017.

 

STAFF NEWS

Mrs Lottering has decided to take up a position at another school in 2018. We wish her well in her new role and will miss her input in the classroom, culturally, and her involvement as Editor of the School Magazine.

 

We welcome back Mrs Till from her maternity leave and thank Mrs Singh for assisting so competently in the Grade 3 classroom.

 

UPCOMING DATES

Please be aware of the following dates:

November 2017

30

Junior Primary Prize Giving

 

December 2017

4

Grade 7 Farewell

6

Last Day of School. School closes at 10a.m.

8

Last Day for Teachers

 

GRADE 7 BUSH PIGS TOUR

This tour will take place from the 5th 9th February 2018. It is a not to be missed occasion and hugely subsidized by the school. The cost for 2018 remains R700 for the full week. Please plan for this in advance.

 

SCHOOL FEES 2018

These were voted on and approved by the majority of parent to nil at our Annual General Meeting held on the 8th November 2017.

Fees are set at R 17 100 per pupil p.a.

 

Payment Options:

Monthly manual payments (Inc EFT) (Over 11 months) = R 17 100 per pupil p.a.

Full settlement (Due 31 January 2018)- 7% Discount = R 15 903 per pupil p.a.

Debit Order (Over 11 months)- 5% Discount = R 16 245 per pupil p.a.

 

SCHOOL CLOSING TIMES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR (ALL PUPILS)

As from tomorrow, the 23rd November, school will begin at the normal time of 07:40 and close at 12:45. This will continue until the 5th December. On the 6th December, all pupils will be dismissed at 10:00.

 

Pupils (Grade 1 to 6) leaving Dunvegan primary at year end

If your child/children intend on relocating to another Primary School in 2018, please advise our Front Office by means of a letter or email to bbarber@dunveganprimary.co.za, so that we are able to plan our numbers for next year. This only applies to any pupil in Grades 1 to 6 who will be leaving. Thanks to those parents who have already informed us of their impending move.

 

SCHOOL TERMS 2018

Term

Duration

1

(15 Teachers) 17 January 28 March

2

10 April 22 June

3

17 July 28 September

4

09 October 12 (14 Teachers) December

 

FINAL NEWSLETTER

The final newsletter for 2017 will be issued on Tuesday, 5th December, the day before school ends.

 

APPEAL GENERAL ASSISTANT STAFF

Every year we appeal to parents to consider sending in some non-perishable food items/tins for our cleaning staff. These people maintain our facilities in so many ways over the year so please consider making a contribution. These can be handed in at Mrs. Snyman's Office where they will be shared out amongst our ground staff.

 

CIVVIES DAY

Friday, 24th November will be a civvies day as we reached the much needed quorum at the AGM. Children must be respectfully dressed and all school rules still apply.

 

TEXTBOOKS

Please ensure that all textbooks, library books and other school material is returned to the school. If your child has lost a textbooks, it is your responsibility to buy the replacement book.

 

SECOND HAND SHOP

The 2nd Hand Shop will be open for the last time before the school closes for the holidays. It will be open at the following times on Thursday, 23rd November:

07:00 08:00

12:30 13:30

 

SCHOOL WEBSITE

The school has a website at www.dunveganprimary.co.za

We ask parents to visit the site regularly for additional information, newsletters, sporting fixtures, photos, fundraising, tour updates, etc.

 

 

 

R. G. Laidley

PRINCIPAL

 

 

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SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

 

YEAR THEME

Each year we work around a theme at Dunvegan Primary School. We work it into lessons and use it to develop thought, behaviour and appropriate actions from the pupils, staff and parents alike. Our theme for 2017 is:

 

 

 

PREVIOUS THEMES

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Some of our previous Year Theme slogans have been framed and presented to the school by Mrs Jenny Johnson, a former teacher. This collection can be found in our foyer area.

 

DISCIPLINE

Parents we are asking for your support

To help us, to help your children as we ought

Our job is to teach

Not to stand and preach and preach

Weve so much to get done

With SELF DISCIPLINED pupils

We could say weve won!

Listening has become a dying thing

The teacher might as well stand and sing

It takes about 5 lots of instructions

To achieve any sort of production

 

Attending school is written in the law

Then why do so many pupils take time off more and more?

Ultimately by disciplining we are giving

Your child the tools to earn a living

Being able to read & write

Wont make him top dog in his Bosses sight

He cant just stay off when he pleases

Or because he has a few sneezes

 

I quit this, Im giving up that

Im definitely not going back

Does anyone commit anymore

To see things through, even though its a chore?

 

Wheres your homework, why is it not done?

Do you think we give homework for fun?

With discipline it can be done in a wink

But when its never done, what must we think?

 

Your child spends so much time at school

Lets make SELF DISCIPLINE our golden rule

Say to your child, Your teacher is the best

Let her pass your scrutiny test

Youll be surprised if we work together

Well build the things that will last forever

 

So lets discipline our children with love

For they are lent to us by God above

And if our voices we must raise

Lets do it to cheer someone on or give him praise!

(Composed by Mrs S. Greig Former HOD Foundation Phase)

 

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