Current Newsletter

THE  BROWNS’  SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL’S  NEWSLETTER  2/2018

A very warm welcome back to all parents and guardians.    I trust that everyone was able to spend some quality time with their children during the Easter Weekend.    Parents’ Morning will once again be held on Saturday 14 April.    This meeting is by appointment with the class teacher.    All therapists will also be available.    Please make use of this opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with his/her teacher.

STAFFING:

We still await the Departmental appointment of our vacant Foundation Phase and Intermediate Phase Departmental Heads.    Teachers are presently acting in these positions.    Mrs O’Connell is on maternity leave and her locum is Mrs Parsonage who previously taught for over 20 years at the school.   Mrs Bushell (Gr 6) will be away from the end of May on maternity leave.     Her locum will be Mrs Maharaj who also has a long history with the school.    Two of our General Assistants, Mrs Gracia Meyiwa and Mrs Antonia Ngubo, have both decided to take early retirement and will be leaving us soon.

TRANSPORT/  SCHOOL  FEES:

A general reminder to all to please refrain from sending money to school.    We do not want to have cash on the premises for security reasons.   The first bus fee payment for this term is due on the 30 April and the second one on the 31 May.    Please remember to send proof of payment.

EXTRA-MURAL:

Our Midmar swimmers once again acquitted themselves very well.     Cheyanne Mitchley and Amy Venter were the two fastest out the water.    We congratulate all our swimmers on their hard training and their good swims.   Thanks to Mrs Visagie who gave up her time to train the team.

FUNDRAISING:

We continue to collect milk bottles and hope to purchase some monkey proof bins from our proceeds.   Grand Canyon Spur at Sandy’s Centre at the bottom of Cowies Hill have sponsored hamburgers to the class that collects the most milk bottles every month.   We really appreciate their support.     The winning classes in Term 1 were Mrs Moat; Mrs Howieson and Mrs Turner’s class.

ACTIVITIES:

We also decided to help those in Cape Town by collecting bottled water.    Ms Dewhurst’s class collected the most and we are very proud of them.    In excess of 300 bottles were collected.    Thank you to all parents for your support.

We are now also recycling paper including newspapers and are taking part in a competition to see what we can collect.

GOVERNING  BODY:

Elections took place during the month of March and our new Governing Body members are as follows:    From the staff – Mrs Bailey (Principal), Mrs Hattingh, Mrs Harilal, Mrs Burgess and Mr Pillay.    From the parents – Mrs Moolan (Chairlady), Mr Murphy, Mrs Sishi, Ms Sol, Ms King, Mr Luis and Mr Rossouw,

GENERAL:

We are once again nearing the colder months.    Please ensure that your child has either a jersey or a tracksuit before the weather changes.    Only school uniform will be allowed at school.

Our website is full of interesting photos and news.    We update it weekly.    At the beginning of the year, letters were sent to parents about photos being taken of their children.    We respect the choice of parents.    However, if we did not receive your reply back, we are unable to follow your decisions.    Photos will be placed on the website unless you have specifically stated that your child may not be photographed.    www.brownsschool.co.za

We also collected money for S.P.C.A. by holding a Civvies Day.    Thank you to all who supported this good cause.

IMPORTANT  2nd  TERM  DATES: 

14 April                       Parent Morning

27 April                       Public Holiday

30 April                       School Holiday

1 May                          Public Holiday

4 May                          Fleamarket

16 May                        Intermediate Phase Steeldrum Festival

29 May                        Intermediate Phase start exams

6 June                          Wheels and Heels

22 June                        School closes – 11 a.m.