Dunvegan Primary School – News & Newsletter

 

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NEWSLETTER 03/2018

14th February 2018

 

Dear Parents,

 

STAFF NEWS

Mrs van Niekerk will be going on Maternity leave. Her last day will be Friday, 16th February. We wish her well as she prepares for the birth of her twins. Mrs van der Merwe will be standing in for Mrs van Niekerk.

 

EXTERNAL WHOLE SCHOOL EVALUATION

Throughout next week, there will be a team from the Gauteng Department of Education who will be on the school premises to do Quality Assurance. They will be visiting classes, interviewing teachers and parents, checking policies, checking the quality of work and evaluating all that we do as a school.

 

GOVERNING BODY ELECTIONS

This event has HUGE ramifications for the future of our school. Please ensure both parents are available to come and cast their votes on the evening of 7th March 2018 at 18:00 in our School Hall.

 

The Governing Body is responsible for the maintenance of the buildings, the controlling of the school finances, as well as being actively involved in the selection of staff.

 

By not being part of the process, the school lacks your support in keeping it a sought after educational institution in the area.

 

Role of the School Governing Body (SGB)

- ensure that quality education takes place at the school

- ensure that they are committed to their role

- ensure that the SGB is properly constituted

- ensure policies are made in line with legislation

- ensure accountability and responsibility for the school funds

- ensure there is a code of conduct for learners 

- ensure disciplinary hearings of learners at the schools are handled in a fair manner

- ensure that after interviewing for vacant posts at the school the most suitable persons are recommended to the Head of Department in the Province

- ensure that the Budget is prepared and presented to parents at the Annual General Meeting for their approval

- ensure that school grounds and buildings are maintained

- encourage good relationships within the school community

- ensure the learners, teachers and staff are safe during school hours

- ensure regular attendance at meetings as a member of the SGB

- ensure by-elections are held to fill any parent vacancies on SGB

 

More information will follow as it becomes available.

 

UPCOMING DATES

Please be aware of the following dates that are imminent:

 

February 2018

15

Grade 3 Pizza Visit

19

External Whole School Evaluation

19

Inter School Forum Gala at Bedfordview Primary

20

Governing Body Meeting @ 17:30

22

Inter House Gala

27

Inter House Gala (Reserve)

 

March 2018

3

Inter House Sports Day

6

Grade 2 Bee Show

7

School Governing Body Elections

10

Inter House Sports Day (Reserve)

16

Grade 4 Snake Visit

19

Governing Body Meeting @ 18:30

21

Public Holiday – Human Rights Day (No School)

26

Reports issued to Parents

27

Parents Evening – Open to all parents

28

Last Day of School. School closes at 12:00

 

INTERHOUSE GALA 2018

This will be held on 22nd February beginning at 17:30 at Edenvale High. House teachers have chosen swimmers for the house teams at a special house assembly. Please come and support the event. Note: No Grade 1 pupils are involved in the gala for safety concerns.

 

If your child has been selected to swim, please ensure they are at the event and do not let their team down.

 

bush pigs

Another very successful visit was held last week. The Grade 7’s had a wonderful time and were a credit to the school. There will be a Bush Pigs day on Friday to reward the good behavior displayed by our children.

 

LOCKING OF SCHOOL GATES

The School is aware of the dangers of strangers that may hang around the school, particularly in the mornings before school and directly after school. There is a teacher at each of the three Scholar Patrol points near the entrances to the school should any child or parent feel that someone appears to just be lurking around.

 

The gates to the school will also be locked throughout the school day with the only entrance being in Sheila Street. This will also be the case once the Scholar Patrol finish their afternoon duties. All gates, except, Sheila Street will be locked.

 

THE GOLD DIGGERS ASSOCIATION (GDA)

Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air!! All gifts were handed out today. A big thank you from the Gold Diggers for the support for this event.

 

Gala and Sports Day

The GDA will be selling food and running a tuck shop at these two events:

Food on sale will include:

Gala

Hotdogs – R20                                   Boerie rolls – R30

Chicken Burgers – R30                       Salad rolls – R20 (available on request)

 

Sports Day

Bacon and Egg rolls – R20                 Hotdogs – R20

Pancakes – R5

PLEASE SUPPORT US!!!!

 

If you are available to help cook at the braai’s or sell goods in the tuckshop, use the electronic sign up.

The links are as follows:

Gala:                http://signup.com/go/xrFOKvT

Sports day:      http://signup.com/go/rPCdVuN

 

The GDA is appealing for just an hour of your time. A special request to all grade 1 parents to please assist the GDA at the gala, as the grade 1’s only spectate at the event, so you won’t miss any of the action.

 

It’s a great way to get involved at the school.

 

From the GDA committee

 

 

R.G. Laidley

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NEWSLETTER 02/2018

 

31st January 2018

Dear Parents,

 

It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks in to the first term of 2018. We have certainly hit the ground running with the information evenings, new families function and start of the sport and cultural programme.

 

STAFF VACANCY

A maternity post is becoming available from 19th February – 22nd June. The post is for Grade 7 Afrikaans and Grade 6 Natural Sciences. Any interested candidates, who are fully qualified with a SACE certificate, may put their C.V.’s in to the school. C.V.’s can be handed in or emailed to reception@dunveganprimary.co.za

 

A vacancy exists for a General Assistant (G.A) to do broad handyman work. Applications can be handed in at the office or emailed to reception@dunveganprimary.co.za

 

UPCOMING DATES

Please be aware of the following dates and the changes that have taken place since day 1:

 

January 2018

31

Support meeting for Foundation Phase

 

February 2018

2

Grade 7 Sexuality Programme

5

Grade 7 Tour to Bush Pigs departs

6

Hearing Test for Grade 1

7

Hearing Test for Grade 1

8

Lunch Card Photos

9

Grade 7 Tour to Bush Pigs Returns

12

Individual Photos (Date change)

12

Grade 3 Pizza Visit

13

Grade 3 Pizza Visit

13

Grade 1 Eye Test

14

Grade 1 Eye Test

14

Grade 3 Pizza Visit

15

Grade 3 Pizza Visit

20

Governing Body Meeting @ 17:30

22

Inter House Gala (Date change)

27

Inter House Gala (Reserve)

 

March 2018

3

Inter House Sports Day

6

Grade 2 Bee Show

7

School Governing Body Elections (Proposed date)

10

Inter House Sports Day (Reserve)

16

Grade 4 Snake Visit

19

Governing Body Meeting @ 18:30

21

Public Holiday – Human Rights Day (No School)

26

Reports issued to Parents

27

Parents Evening – Open to all parents

28

Last Day of School. School closes at 12:00

 

GRADE 1 CLOSING SCHOOL TIMES

From next week, 5th February 2018, Grade 1 pupils will finish their classes at 12:45 on Mondays and Fridays. They will finish at 13:15 on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

LATECOMERS

Please ensure your child is here on time before school starts in the mornings. Ideally, they should be here by 7:30 so they have time to get to their classroom and be settled for the day ahead. Far too many pupils are still coming in after 7:40 - school has commenced by then and they are late!

 

Please realise that a latecomer disrupts the lesson for all the others that were at school on time. Parents are also not to hang around the classrooms once the second bell has rung as gates need to be locked and the formal day needs to begin.

 

INTERHOUSE GALA 2017

This will be held next month on 22nd February, beginning at 17:30 at Edenvale High. House teachers will be choosing swimmers for the house teams this Friday, 2nd February at a special house assembly.

 

Individual Photographs

This will be managed differently this year. You can pay the R45 in one of two ways:

1.      Using the Karri system.

2.      Place the cash in the brown school envelope and return the monies to the money box in the foyer of the office block.

Closing date for purchasing of photos is Friday, 9th February. Grade 7’s will need to pay before the tour or via Karri.

 

high school exhibition 2018

This will take place tomorrow, 1st February, at Bedfordview Primary from 17:00 – 19:00. Approximately 23 High Schools will have stands in the school hall and representatives from their staff and student body will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding High School. Grade 7 pupils, and any interested Grade 6 pupils, are encouraged to attend.

 

SCHOOL CAPS

The school caps have arrived. The cost of the cap is R30. Please note that this is the official cap that must be used when representing the school at sporting fixtures.

OFFICE INTERRUPTIONS

Too many children are not packing their bags correctly and parents are then dropping off  P.E. Kit, homework, school books and stationery which was forgotten at home. The office staff do not have time to be taking kit and other equipment to the children, so please make sure your child has packed correctly before leaving for school, so as to help eliminate the disruptions.

 

WAITING AREA

Pupils waiting for lifts home after 13:45 must wait at the main gate in Sheila Street, INSIDE the school grounds or SEATED on the wall bench.

 

It is disturbing to still see children waiting for lifts after 16:00 in the afternoons. Please arrange for your children to be collected earlier or connect them to an aftercare facility. 

 

GRADE 7 BUSHPIGS TOUR

Our Grade 7 pupils are visiting Bushpigs from 6 – 10 February for 5 days. Updates and photos of the tour will be available on our website and communicator. This will be our 24th visit to this facility.

 

CHANGE OF ARRANGEMENTS

Should the plan of action change regarding the collection of your child at the end of the school day, please let the office know as soon as possible. They are then able to call the children to the office at break and inform them of the alternate arrangements.

 

THE GOLD DIGGERS ASSOCIATION

The G.D.A. kick off the year with Valentine’s Day Gifts. Learners will be able to purchase a Valentines gift to send to someone else in the school (or themselves). Gifts will be delivered by the G.D.A. on Wednesday 14th February during school.

 

Grade 7’s will be able to purchase gifts this Thursday and Friday as well as on Monday, 12th and Tuesday 13th as they will have been at Bushpigs the previous week.

 

Then it’s straight into Gala on the 22nd February and Sports Day on the 3rd March! If you are available to help cook at the braai’s or sell goods in the tuckshop, use the electronic sign up.

The links are as follows
Gala   http://signup.com/go/xrFOKvT
Sportsday    http://signup.com/go/rPCdVuN

The G.D.A is appealing for just an hour of your time. A special request to the grade 1 parents -  please assist the G.D.A. at the gala, as the grade 1’s only spectate at the event, so you won’t miss any of the action.

 

It’s a great way to get involved at the school. Here’s looking forward to a great 2018.

 

From the The GDA Committee.

 

 

 

R. G. Laidley

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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 2018 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

We’ve so much to get done

With SELF DISCIPLINED pupils

We could say “we’ve 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

Won’t make him top dog in his Bosses sight

He can’t just stay off when he pleases

Or because he has a few sneezes

 

I quit this, I’m giving up that

I’m definitely not going back

Does anyone commit anymore

To see things through, even though it’s a chore?

 

Where’s 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 it’s never done, what must we think?

 

Your child spends so much time at school

Let’s make SELF DISCIPLINE our golden rule

Say to your child, Your teacher is the best

Let her pass your scrutiny test

You’ll be surprised if we work together

We’ll build the things that will last forever

 

So let’s discipline “our” children with love

For they are lent to us by God above

And if our voices we must raise

Let’s do it to cheer someone on or give him praise!

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

 

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