THE BROWNS’ SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL’S NEWSLETTER 1/2018
A very warm welcome back to all parents and guardians. It was very pleasing to see all the happy smiling faces on the first day back at school. I thank you for making sure that your child looked so smart and came to school with his/her stationery ready to work. Time tables were ready and work started from the first day.
There have been a few staff changes. We welcome Miss Cronje into Grade 3. Mrs Kavanagh will be acting as the Departmental Head for the Foundation Phase following the retirement of Mrs Kreutzner. Mrs Harilal continues to act as Departmental Head in the Intermediate Phase until the post is filled. We also welcome Miss Jacquelyn Lange as a locum in O.T. for Mrs Hillerman who is on maternity leave.
Please remember that all proof of payments for transport must be sent to school. Mrs Kinsey who is responsible for bus payments does not have access to the school’s banking. No ticket will be issued without such proof. Please avoid sending cash. The first payment due date is 31 January and second date 28 February. If no payment is received by these dates, your child will not be allowed on the bus. We sincerely thank those of you who have already made payment.
All notes concerning transport arrangements must be in a separate letter and not in the homework book. We have more and more children wanting to give us verbal messages about bus arrangements. These will not be accepted. For your child’s own safety, only written notes will be accepted.
Shuttle Service. There is a private shuttle service available for those children on the Hillcrest bus waiting list. This service will also provide transport from our bus stop in Hillcrest to your child’s home. Please contact the school for further information.
Thank you to those parents who have already paid school fees. Remember that if the fees are paid in full before the end of February you receive a discount. The amount is then R14 915 instead of R15 700.
I would like to mention once again that school starts at 7:30 a.m. Many parents are still bringing their children after 8 o’clock. No child will be allowed to leave school early unless for a valid reason. Please check the leaving time with your child’s teacher if you are unsure.
In the mornings there is one way traffic. Once you have dropped your child, you need to continue out the back gate (opened at 6:15 a.m.). This gate is also opened in the afternoon (for exit purposes) from 2 p.m. until 2:20 p.m. to help with the congestion at the front of the school. The school has no one on duty from 3:30 p.m. in the afternoons. This means that there is no one to open the gate and you will not be able to get in to fetch your child. Please be prompt in the afternoons.
CODE OF CONDUCT:
We have once again updated our Code of Conduct. All teachers will go through the document with their class. Please familiarise yourself with it’s contents and sign the return slip provided. All learners are bound to uphold the Code of Conduct.
Should there be anyone needing relaxation of the Code of Conduct for any religious reason, please send a letter to the Governing Body stating your reasons and providing proof. This needs to be done annually.
Our learners are once again in full training for the Midmar Mile in February. We wish them well. We congratulate those swimmers who completed the Capital K swim at the end of the year and thank Mrs Visagie for her dedication in making sure that all the swimmers are fit and competent.
- Please ensure that the school is always kept up to date with cell phone number and address changes.
- Indicate on the Personal Particular form sent home, which number must be used for our cell phone sms system. Only one number used.
- We often have family members who are not the child’s parent or guardian (eg. Granny) asking for information about the child. Please be aware that teachers and therapists are ethically bound to only give information on the child to the legal guardian.
- Please note that this is the last year that the old uniform can be worn. By January next year all learners will be expected to wear golf shirts. No buttoned shirts will be allowed.
IMPORTANT 1ST TERM DATES:
7 February Photos
8 February Photos
14 February Intermediate Phase Dress Up
2 March Fleamarket
6 March Golf Day
7 March Governing Body Parent Elections – first date – quorum required
15 March Foundation Phase Gala
16 March Intermediate Phase Gala
20 March Governing Body Parent Elections – 2nd date – no quorum required
21 March Public Holiday
28 March School closes – 11 a.m.
10 April School opens