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THE  BROWNS’  SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL’S  NEWSLETTER  3/2018

 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 holidays.    Parents’ Morning went off well.    Please be aware that our teachers are human and not miracle workers – we do not “fix” children as they are not broken.    We offer help and support and do the best that we are able to do.

STAFFING:

Our staffing is fairly disruptive at present.     Mrs Carol Levy has been promoted to the Head of Department in the Foundation Phase.    We are extremely happy with this appointment as Mrs Levy has been at our school for 15 years.    Her replacement has not yet been appointed.    Mrs Avenant left us at the end of the 2nd term in order to move back to Cape Town.    Mrs Murphy will do the locum in her class for the rest of the year when a replacement will be appointed.    Both Mrs Bushell and Mrs O’Connell return from their maternity leave later in the term.   The end of July sees the retirement of Sister Sheppard as well as Mrs Jane Markham (Physiotherapist).   Both these ladies will be sorely missed as both have served the school for 20 years.     Their locums are Ms Wendy van Heerden and Mrs Azaria Abedeen respectively.  Ms Moat has resigned as from the end of July & Mrs Kavanagh will teach her class.  Antonia Ngubo who has been a General Assistant for the last 28 years is retiring.    She will not be replaced.

TRANSPORT  FEES:

The first bus fee payment for this term is due on the 31 July the second one on the 31 August.    Please remember to send proof of payment.   If the diesel price continues to climb we may be forced to increase our bus fees for the 4th term.     We budgeted at R14 per litre.   This would not affect anyone who has paid in full for the year.   Please be aware that the 4th term fees are due at the end of September and October.     We do not collect fees in November.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

We are very proud of Tyla Baxter who was selected for the KZN Gymnastics Team to take part in the Inter Provincial Rhythmic Gymnastics Festival in Johannesburg.   Well done Tyla.

FUNDRAISING:

We continued to collect milkbottles during the second term and we are very grateful to    Canyon Spur, at Sandy’s Centre, at the bottom of Cowies Hill, for their continued sponsorship of the hamburgers to the class that collected the most milkbottles every month.   We really appreciate their support.     The winning classes in Term 2 were Mrs Levy and Ms Moat, but the hamburgers were given to Mrs Kandeya’s class as Ms Moat had already won hamburgers.

Wheels and Heels was also held during the 2nd term and proved to be highly successful.    The class that brought in the most money was Mrs Kandeya’s class who collected R 7832.50.    Nikita Pillay collected the most money individually – R 2820.00.   Thank you to all the parents for their support.

DONORS:

Our I.D.C. (Income and Development Committee) have been working very hard with our various donors.   Last term they managed to organise a new bus for us.   Donors have also been sourced to provide new jungle gyms for both the Foundation and Junior Autistic Phases, money to revamp our home economics room kitchen as well as a new computer server for the school.   Other donations that have been received by the school were a R500 voucher from the Pineridge Pick ‘n Pay and a new fence donated by Ashton College in Ballito.   Without these very generous donors the school would not be able to maintain such a high standard as we do.

 ACTIVITIES:

  • A very successful Golf Day was organised by the I.D.C. raising much needed funds.
  • We believe that the children should be taught that we also need to give as well as receive. Therefore as part of Mandela Day, we are collecting stationery for the Khethiwe Special Needs Centre.    Items need to be in by the end of July.
  • Our Book Fair is later this term. This involves no money.    The learners will just choose books that they like for the Media Centre.
  • The KZN Orchestra came and played for the learners, who were very excited to learn all about the instruments. The orchestra will be performing at Open Air on 15 September if anyone would like to attend.    Tickets to be bought from Open Air School.
  • Ellen Tinkham Special School visited us from the UK. The children were very excited to meet learners from oversees and friends were made.

AWARDS  PROGRAMME:

This is a programme that we are running in conjunction with Pick ‘n Pay.   Each month we have an attribute that we are looking for.    Winners so far have been the following: Courage – Matthew du Plessis; Respectfulness – Siphesihle Ndlovu.   (others also considered were Asande Mthethwa, Yavini Padayachee, Sthembile Mtshali, Ethan Bailie and Ryann Chetty);   Honesty – Michael du Toit (others considered were Jasmin Schwab and Leah Janse van Vuuren) and Kindness and Caring – Morgan Timmer (others considered were Hayleigh Govender, Treshen Naicker, Bonginkosi Mpanza, Joanne Taylor, Katelyn van der Merwe, Paige Biggar and Haley Dutton.   Well done to all these learners.   In July and August we are looking for selflessness – putting others first.

FETE:  This is our most important Fund Raising event of the year and we rely heavily on you the parents.    If you have not yet done so, please offer your help to our I.D.C.     Help can be offered in various ways, from helping on the day to sourcing prizes etc.   This is all for the benefit of your child.

GENERAL:

Uniform:  It is now very cold in the early mornings.    Please ensure that your child has either a jersey or a tracksuit.    Only school uniform will be allowed at school.  No socks may be worn with tights and no socks may be worn with sandals.    Please be aware that by 2019 all children are to wear golf shirts and other white shirts will not be permitted.   The three year implementation period is now over.

Traffic:  Please be aware of the speed limit of 20 k.p.h. in the school grounds.   We find far too many parents speeding and endangering the lives of the children and teachers.

Classrooms:  No parents are allowed in classrooms.    Please announce yourself at reception and do not just walk to a class.   There is now a signing out book for when a child is fetched early.   This is in reception.

Transport:  We have someone who is prepared to transport children from the Westville/Pinetown area.   His name is Hans Olsen Ph. No. 082 822 1774.   Please contact him personally and not the school.

After hours:  We have a few parents who are fetching their children rather late in the afternoon.    Please be aware that there is no-one at the gate after 3:30 p.m. to either let you in or out.   Antonia who has been there in the past for late comers retires at the end of the month.

Cartridges:  The school still collects old computer cartridges.

Newspapers:  We ask that you do not throw your old newspapers away but send them to school for recycling.    We are part of a competition at the moment.

 IMPORTANT  3rd  TERM  DATES:

1 – 3 August                         Book Fair

9 August                               Public Holiday

10 August                             School Holiday

17 August                             Intermediate Phase Sports Day

24 August                             Foundation Phase Sports Day

1 September                        Fete

21 September                     Heritage Day Dress Up

24 September                     Public Holiday

27 September                     Flea Market

28 September                     School closes – 11 a.m.