We want to extend a warm welcome to all our learners & parents. Welcome to Paardekraal! We hope you already feel part of this big family.
on Monday, 15 February 2021. Posted in Newsletters
15 February 2021
I want to extend a warm word of welcome to all our learners and parents. I hope that you all had a very relaxed and enjoyable festive season.
Welcome back to our teachers as well. My wish is that you are all well-rested and ready for all the challenges 2021 might bring. As in the past, we will do your very best to make sure that all the children receive equal opportunities to better themselves in life. Thank you for the huge part Teachers play to ensure the optimal development of every child under your care. When looking at the statistics for our school for 2020, I commend you on a job done beyond my expectations. The learners and parents are blessed with a dedicated group of teachers like you. Keep up the excellent work you are doing.
To all our new learners and parents, welcome to Laerskool Paardekraal. My wish is that you already feel part of this big family. Please keep this newsletter handy, as it also serves as an information sheet regarding school rules, activities and programmes.
I would like to bring the following matters to your attention:
1. NEW STAFF
Welcome to the following staff members who joined our family as we begin 2021.
· Ms C Van Tonder will be teaching Grade 4.
· Mr T Kruger will be teaching Grade 6.
· Ms S Makeredza will be teaching Grade 6 English.
· Mr R Rall will be teaching grade 7.
Welcome to you all. I hope that you will have a long and very happy stay at our school.
2. SCHOOL TIMES
Only the sliding gate next to the Shell Garage will be open from 06:50 every morning. Please ensure that your child is at school by 07:20, in order to be seated in class for school to start at 07:25. Many of our learners come to school late and then miss out on very important class work. Should your child be late for school, the child will unfortunately be sent home with the transport driver, be it a service provider or a parent. Due to the Covid-19 regulations, late coming can unfortunately not be entertained at school. It is the responsibility of the parent to make sure that their children are at school on time. In the afternoons, many learners wait for their transport until very late. All learners, grades R – 7, will go home every day at 13:40. No learner will be allowed to leave the school premises before 13:40, unless signed out by a parent, or legal guardian, who must identify him/herself by means of a bar coded identification
document or valid passport. Please refrain from fetching children from the classes. Parents and drivers should wait OUTSIDE the school gate and meet up with their children OUTSIDE the gate. The same applies in the mornings – greet your children OUTSIDE the gate. Please make suitable arrangements for your child to be fetched on time, as the school cannot be held responsible should something happen to your child after school hours. Should there still be children waiting to be fetched after 14:00, a fine of R50 will be instituted for every 30 minutes or part of 30 minutes a child remains at school after 14:00. The school is situated in a very dangerous area and it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that their children do not wait to be fetched after the closing time. Parents let us work together and protect our children. We should all see this matter in a very serious light.
During 2020 I have asked numerous times that parents should take action against the constant late coming. Thank you to those parents who rectified the situation. Unfortunately, this situation remains unchanged for some learners and we can and will not allow the situation to continue. The safety of your children is our first priority, and it should be yours as well. Please do not be upset should we ask you or your service provider to take the child home when he or she is late. Due to Covid-19 regulations, we will not allow any late comer entry to the school. Thank you for your kind cooperation regarding this matter.
3. OFFICE HOURS
N.B. Monday – Thursday: 07:30 – 14:00
Friday: 07:30 – 13:00
No money can be accepted after these specified times, for safety and security reasons.
Please remember that there are card facilities available at school. It is a more convenient and a safer way of making payments at school. Please make use of this facility or make payments via the internet or direct bank deposits. The school’s banking details are as follows:
Current Account no – 01005000153
4. ENTRY TO SCHOOL PREMISES
All learners, Gr R – Gr 7, must enter and leave the school premises through the sliding gate next to the Shell Garage. Parents must use the main gate with the intercom. Please be aware that you have to report to the security guards when entering the school premises. For safety reasons you will be issued with a tab which must be stamped by the office before you hand the tab back to the security officer at the gate. You will also be screened at the gate and your hands will be sanitized. The wearing of a mask is compulsory. Please note that no parent is allowed to go straight to a classroom to deliver, fetch or discuss anything with a teacher. Please always report to the office. No office staff member or teacher can be seen without a formal appointment due to the Covid-19 regulations. Please understand that the teachers are here to teach and are more than willing to see you once a formal appointment is made.
5. COVID-19 AND THE SCHOOL
I am very sure that everybody is tired of all the Covid-19 regulations and protocols. I am also sure that we all know that this virus is not something to play with. With the number of deaths due to Covid-19, it is evident that we are still dealing with a killer amongst us. We will therefore not take any chances when it comes to the safety and security of our learners and staff members. Late coming of learners, late fetching of learners, children who are bullying and calling other children names, etc. can and will not be tolerated at school. I am very sorry if you think it is harsh to return late comers home or to ask parents to keep ill-mannered children at home, but it is all about the safety of all stakeholders. Please let your children understand that there is no time to waste when it gets to schoolwork. 2020 Is a perfect example of lost time due to Covid-19. No child can afford to lose out on any more time.
Please see the attached timetable and keep it handy every day. We will continue to teach boys and girls separately and on different days. Please make sure you send your child to school on the correct day.
The wearing of masks is compulsory and no child (or any visitor to the school) will be allowed to enter the school premises without a suitable mask. Please keep a mask or two in your car, just in case a child forgets one at home.
Should you wish for your child to be sanitised more regularly during the day, please feel free to send them to school with extra sanitiser. It is also very important for each child to have his or her own roll of toilet paper in the school bag. We simply cannot take a chance to provide children with toilet paper to share in the bathrooms.
Unfortunately, we have learners in our school who are stealing from others. On a daily basis we have to deal with theft of stationery, lunch boxes and other belongings. We will deal very strongly with the culprit if caught. I will not hesitate to lay criminal charges against ANY learner caught stealing at school. After charges have been laid, the parents will be contacted. Please speak to your child regarding this matter, as we will not tolerate any form of stealing at our school. Please make sure that your child’s belongings are all clearly marked. It makes it much easier to return lost belongings to the rightful owner.
You have all received a stationery list for 2021. Please make sure that your child comes to school with adequate stationery. Stationery should be topped up on a regular basis. Thank you to the parents who have already sent photocopy paper to school. If you are in need of a new stationery list, please send a note to the teacher who will gladly issue you with a list.
It is very important for learners from grade 4 to 7 to have a pocket size dictionary at school. An English only, as well as an Afrikaans – English dictionary is of great importance to assist your child during language periods. I urge you to please make an effort to purchase these dictionaries as soon as possible. I know that the OXFORD range of pocket dictionaries are very good and affordable.
9. CELL PHONES
NO cell phones are allowed at school. The school will not take responsibility for any cell phones that get stolen or lost. If a child is caught using a cell phone at school, the phone will be confiscated, and parents will have to come and fetch the phone from school. A R200,00 penalty is payable before a cell phone will be returned to the parent.
10. SCHOOL UNIFORM, HAIR AND JEWELLEY
It is very important that our learners are dressed in the appropriate school uniform. Many learners come to school in clothing that does not form part of the uniform and that is unacceptable. We rely on our parents’ cooperation to ensure that our learners come to school neatly dressed in a clean school uniform. Please take note that a suitable mask forms part of the school uniform. Children who come to school without a mask, will not be allowed to enter the school premises.
During this Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen some very strange hair styles amongst our children. Please note that even with Covid-19 being part of our lives, our school rules do not cater for strange hairstyles. Please do not cut any signs, symbols or lines into the hair or eyebrows. Boys’ hair should be short and neat. We do not allow hairstyles for boys where the sides of the head is shaven clean and only a patch of hair is left on top. We discourage afro styles as it prevents certain learners in class from seeing passed the hairstyle when seated behind a child with an afro hair style. Girls’ hair should be neat at all times. Long hair should be tied back and only ribbons or elastics in the school colours should be used. Please do not tie the hair on top, as it also prevents other learners to see passed the hair style in class. Please accompany your child to the barber shop to make sure the hair is cut according to the school rules.
Boys are not allowed to wear any jewellery except for a normal watch. Girls are allowed to wear a small sleeper or stud in each ear. Sleepers or studs can be in gold or silver only. Please parents, no coloured or diamond studs are allowed. Your child will be asked to remove jewellery that do not form part of the school rules. Please remember that rules are in place to ensure a safe environment for all and to assist with the discipline at school. Should you allow your child freedom of choice regarding hairstyles and jewellery, I can assure you that we will experience disciplinary problems with your child as well. All school rules apply to grade R as well.
11. SCHOOL FEES
Thank you to our parents who pay the school fees promptly. However, we have some parents who are not prepared to pay the fees for the quality education that their children receive at this school. One cannot expect to be subsidised by other parents while you are neglecting your responsibilities. Please be reminded that you have signed a document indicating that you are able to pay the school fees when you enrolled your child into this school. Laerskool Paardekraal becomes a school of choice should you pass any school to drop your child at a school that is not closest to your residential address. The payment of school fees is therefore compulsory. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact Ms Lynch at school without delay, as all accounts in arrears will be handed over without exception. Once you are black listed, it will be very difficult for you to buy on credit again. Your cooperation regarding this matter is appreciated. Please take note that your annual fee of R600,00 as well as the first instalment of R1 000,00 is already payable if your child is in grade 1 – 7. Instalments of R1 000,00 are payable over 11 months. Grade R fees for 2021 amount to a registration fee of R600,00 and R1 000,00 per month over 11 months, payable before the 1st of each month. There is no difference in the fees for grade R and the rest of the school. For new entrants to the school, a first payment of R 3 600-00 was due when the schools re-opened. A further eight payments of R1 000-00 per month is then payable. We trust that our parents are committed to the quality education of their children and that the prompt payment of school fees will be high on their priority list. Please remember that a 7% discount is applicable should you pay the whole year’s fees in advance before or on 28 February 2021. Before you consider applying for an exemption, please consider the fact that some parents who live outside the feeder area of the school, are prepared to pay huge amounts to get the child to school but apply for an exemption for school fees. If you pay a service provider to get your child to school, please do not consider applying for financial assistance, as it will not be granted. Rather consider enrolling your child in a school closer to home to save on transport fees. A limited amount is budgeted for to help parents in the direct feeder area around the school, who experience financial difficulties during the year. When your child attends classes at Laerskool Paardekraal, school fees are therefore payable. All parents were made aware that Laerskool Paardekraal is a fee-paying school when they enrolled their children. Please assist us to give your child the best education possible, by paying your school fees every month before the 7th. It is unfair and unacceptable to enrol your child in the school and then also ask for immediate financial assistance. Please consider the fact that there are NO FEE SCHOOLS in the area. All parents contemplating in applying for financial assistance must please note that you will have to attend meetings with the School Governing Body before assistance can be considered.
12. EXTRA READING LESSONS
Ms Mocke had huge success in the past with her very unique reading program. Many learners, as well as parents, benefitted from her programme and showed great progress in most school subjects. These lessons take place outside school hours, on the school premises, at an additional cost. Should you be interested or want an assessment done to determine whether your child will benefit from her programme, or to discuss the matter with Ms Mocke, please contact her directly on the details below:
“SEE THE SOUND” READING SCHOOL
LITERACY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT THERAPY
LET ME HELP YOU IMPROVE YOUR CHILD’S:
* Reading, spelling and comprehension skills
* Logical thinking
Mrs Anneline Mocke
Tel.: 084 584 0252
13. LUNCH BOXES/STATIONERY/TRANSPORT FEES/KEYS/ETC
Learners must remember to bring the above to school or stay without it for the day as the admin staff or security guards cannot take the extra burden of handling this and taking responsibility thereof. Parents should refrain from dropping of money, lunch, keys etc., as the admin staff cannot and will not accept these items from parents. Should you send cake to school on your child’s birthday, please make sure that the cake is cut in squares and packed separately. Covid-19 regulations prohibits the sharing of food and drink, unless it is packed separately for each person. Please provide polystyrene cups should you send cold drinks in bottles for the birthday.
14. SICK LEARNERS
We request parents not to send sick learners to school. When a child displays any flu like symptoms, please keep the child at home and inform the school of your decision. Please keep sick children at home as we are not equipped to accommodate sick children in class. You will be phoned to collect your child from school immediately, for the safety of your child as well as for the safety of others.
Newsletters will be handed to learners on Mondays and Tuesdays until all parents are on the WhatsApp groups where newsletters will be posted. Please ensure that you read the newsletters in order to be aware of what is going on at school. Newsletters are also available on our website. (www.paardies.co.za)
16. WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
To stay informed on what is happening at our school you can visit our Website www.paardies.co.za. Newsletters are loaded on the website weekly.
You can also follow us on Facebook.
All immigrants please take note that according to the new legislation you are compelled to pay school fees for 2021 in advance and that the school must be in possession of all legal paperwork. Should this not be the case you must come to see the Principal immediately seeing that all information on immigrants in our school will be submitted to the Department of Home Affairs and Immigration during the first week in February 2021. If your child’s documents are not in order, please keep the child at home as it is against the law to have illegal immigrants enrolled in the school.
Please make appointments well in advance should you wish to see the Principal, Deputy Principal Departmental Heads or Teacher. Because of Covid-19, we can unfortunately see parents by appointment only. Please make your appointments well in advance in order to prevent the school from making any double appointments.
Should you feel that your child has been treated unfairly by any staff member, please make an appointment to discuss the matter. Please do not blindly believe what your child tells you, as there are always two sides to a story. We have seen in the past that children tell their parents only certain parts of a story and that angry parents often came to school with their minds made up. In most cases they left school with egg on their faces. Should any staff member be in the wrong, an apology will be tendered, and all cases will be dealt with on merit.
20. DISCIPLINARY SYSTEM
We have a very comprehensive discipline system and ask for our parents’ support. We will not tolerate any behaviour from any child that can jeopardise the health and safety of others. Pulling down or refusal to wear a mask, pulling down the masks of other learners, teasing, name calling, bullying, not maintaining social distancing, refusal to cooperate and do their schoolwork or any other infringement, will not be tolerated. Safety first at all times please. We ask for your support in this matter.
Please note that we will never keep your child after school without informing you in writing.
The school will never ask you to send money to school for fundraisers, unless it is formally done on a newsletter or other correspondence on a school letter head. Please do not send any money to school unless it is requested from you in writing. In the past we had a few “clever” learners who got large amounts of money from their parents, by claiming it was for fundraisers at school. Please contact the school first when in doubt.
22. LUNCH BOXES FOR BREAK TIME
Please ensure that your child has a lunch box for school. There is no need to pack any “fancy” lunch. A normal sandwich with peanut butter, jam or any other spread is sufficient with a healthy fruit and a juice. Please refrain from sending your child to school with money for food, as the money is normally not spent on food but on junk sweets bought before school. We discourage sweets, cake and red cold drink for lunch, as it has the tendency to make children hyperactive. Many children come late for school because they wait for shops in the area to open in order to buy sweets. Please discourage your children to buy stuff from vendors who are selling any type of junk to our children. Also please note that the Tuck Shop is closed at school and it is therefore very important to pack a lunchbox for your child.
23. PARENTS’ INFORMATION SESSIONS
· Please take note that Mrs X Liebenberg (previously Grade 6 English) resigned. She is taking up an English Lecturer’s post at UNISA. Our best wishes accompany her, and we thank her for the excellent work she has done at Laerskool Paardekraal.
Mrs Lydia Lion also retired at the end of 2020. Mrs Lion served the school for 39 years and two months. May Mrs Lion enjoy her retirement with her family and friends. From our side, a huge THANK YOU for the almost 40 years you served the school. Your presence at school will surely be missed.
H M BESTER