Newsletter No 21 of 2021

FEEDING SCHEME

Parents, of all learners at Delta Primary, are reminded that the feeding scheme remains accessible to all learners of Delta primary, whether the learner is attending for the day or not. It is, therefore, very important that parents liaise with the respective class teachers with regards to the feeding scheme on the days when the learner is not required to attend. The Food handlers shall make the necessary adjustments according to the numbers received for feeding on the day.

LEARNER ATTENDANCE STATS

As highlighted in previous newsletters we are extremely concerned about the poor attendance of learners during the course of the academic year. Please, peruse the table below which indicates the attendance statistics for the week. Based on the statistics below it clearly indicates a challenge, that if left unchecked could be prove to be challenging for the learners concerned.

Date Group Expected Present Absent
23.08.21 1 477 375 108
24.08.21 1 477 364 119
25.08.21 2 483 371 112
26.08.21 2 483 345 138
27.08.21 1 477 228 249

COVID 19 COMMUNICATION

Parents, be advised that in the event of a teacher needing to isolate due to covid-19 protocols, that the teacher will be in direct contact with the specific affected class. Learners attached to the class will be able to collect the missed school work on Fridays so as to ensure that the curriculum pacing is maintained. While teachers are all following the streamlined curriculum commonly referred to as ATP`s ( Annual Teaching Plans), curriculum coverage will be affected due to specific grade context and the pace of individual classes.

SUSTAINING  THE CULTURE OF READING

It is well documented that learners who engage in regular reading statistically perform at a higher cognitive level than their non-reading peers. We take this opportunity to encourage all our learners to continuously engage in reading to build and improve their own levels of vocabulary and comprehension. This medium-term investment in their own development will surely lead to massive returns in the future. Our learners are encouraged to read hardcover books/ e-books of personal interest to develop themselves. Teachers have also issued grade-specific vocabulary lists so that learners may utilise the lists to improve the spelling with the intention that the learners use these new words when constructing sentences and writing stories. Please enquire from the respective teachers if your child has not received his/her list of spelling words.

 

GREENSHOOTS ACCESS

Parents, be advised that the link for the green shoots online mathematics program has been added to the landing page of the school`s website. Learners are now able to click on the link which will direct them to the green shoots online mathematics program. Learners will require their username and password to gain access to the online platform. Learners may enquire from their respective class teachers about their green shoots access codes. All learners from grades three to seven have access to the program which is CAPS-aligned and will greatly support the learners in their mathematical understanding.

LEARNER EMAIL ACCESS

All learners should currently be in possession of their very own email account of which the address was issued by the class-teacher in 2020/2021. Accompanying the email account details, learners would have received an instruction page on how to access the email account. I wish to encourage parents to assist and get behind this initiative by actioning the suggestions as a matter of urgency. Parents/learners who have not received their email MUST contact the current 2021 class teacher to gain access to their learner email by sending a short note to the class teacher. Your action will enable the school to seed a digital communication strategy amongst parents and children, which would yield marvelous benefits for all associated with our school. Parents and learners are encouraged to use the email address and register for the school newsletter. Parents and learners, we encourage all who are connected to the school to regularly interact with the school website as it will inform our digital strategy in the forthcoming years.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISER

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Learners and parents are reminded of the civvies day planned for Tuesday 31 August ( Group 1) and Thursday 2 September ( Group2). The food combo and civvies includes: a hotdog, cooldrink, and doughnut at a cost of R25.

Thought for the day

“ I alone cannot change the world. But I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples“ – Mother Teresa

 

Newsletter No 10 of 2021

WELCOME BACK

We welcome all our learners and teachers back after the school vacation. We look forward to a constructive term and appeal to all our parents to assist and ensure that the core business of education is prioritised in the lives of their children. Please, examine and discuss the contents of the first term report with your child, giving praise where deserved and encouragement where needed.

LEARNER ATTENDANCE AND ACADEMICS

The second term is packed with academic demands and under the current COVID context simple daily tasks and expectations have become a huge challenge for learners and adults alike. Learners should apply themselves to ensure that they keep books up to date, complete tasks, homework and come to school ready to learn. Learners who sacrifice time  and apply themselves can expect a good report at the end of the term.

It is with concern that we note too many learners not adhering to their attendance schedule. Learners are required to be at school as per the attendance roster. What we have detected is that learners attend once in the cycle, or worst case scenario, not at all for a complete week. This is creating HUGE ACADEMIC BARRIERS. I MUST APPEAL TO OUR PARENTS TO ENSURE THAT LEARNERS ARE  PRESENT WHEN THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BE AT SCHOOL. As winter approaches, please do not keep learners at home if they are in good health, send them to school as this will only benefit them. Every single child`s future depends on a good educational foundation.

TOP COLLECTORS

We congratulate the grade 4A class for being the Top collecting class for 2021. The learners will each receive a party-pack on the  18th-20th of May 2021.

SPUR TREAT

We congratulate the following learners who will be treated to a Spur Meal on the 17th of May 2021 after their above average collected totals.

RB SKYLER OHLSON 2A CHAD CORNELIUS
RC NAVAEH MEYER 2A ZARAH LEE WILDEMAN
1A NABEELAH GODWIN 3B TIANAH MAJIET
1A ANEESHA HENDRICKS 3C MATTHEW MATTHYS
1C SAMUEL -WOUGAN LEE 4A BRIHANA FARMER
2A CHLOE GOLIATH

 

RETURN OF COLLECTING LISTS

Parents are reminded that all collecting lists are required to be returned to the school during the course of the week. Should a collecting list have been lost, parents are required to write a letter indicating the loss of the collecting list. While the period for collection has concluded, we still wish to encourage parents to make voluntary contributions to the collecting list.See the collection stats below in relation to non-contribution.

Total learner population = 955

Non- contribution total = 670

Contributing learners = 285

GRADE PERCENTAGE NON- CONTRIBUTION “THE VALUE-ADD PROPOSITION FOR ALL PARENTS THAT CONTRIBUTE IS THAT DELTA PRIMARY IS ABLE TO DELIVER AN ABOVE AVERAGE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE IF WE HAVE THE FINANCES TO DO SO“
GRADE R 66 %
GRADE 1 62%
GRADE 2 66%
GRADE 3 66%
GRADE 4 67%
GRADE 5 79%
GRADE 6 64%
GRADE 7 85%

Accurate as of 2021.05.07

We acknowledge the current economic climate and the impact this has on disposable income and thus appeal to parents who are in a position to make voluntary contributions to come to the table.

ASCENSION DAY

Be advised that the school will be closed on ASCENSION DAY – the 13th of May 2021.

Thought for the day

The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Newsletter No 9 of 2021

ACHIEVEMENTS AND REFLECTION TERM 1

  • The visit of `Small Paul`,  who spoke and motivated all the grade 7`s of 2021 was noteworthy this term. His presence was indeed needed as learners returned in a atmosphere of uncertainty. His reminder that the creator wants the best for all us was well received by all in attendance.
  • Our teachers are to be applauded for  brilliantly managing the return of learners on the 15 February 2021. Without their continued commitment to the school, we would not be able to be functional at any level of the organisation..
  • Support for the collecting list was measured, we were able to raise an acceptable amount of finances for the school.
  • Our learners were wonderfully spoilt receiving marshmallows over the Easter period, a kind donation of hot-dogs and popcorn as part of learner wellness. This is evidence of the commitment of staff to positively impact the lives of all learners at school.
  • The feeding scheme was able to continue feeding vulnerable learners as well as community members at large. the ladies in the kitchen have done a sterling job this term and continue to ensure that vulnerable learners are attended to.
  • The continued outreach all our learners are recipients of including Hot-dog day, popcorn day, book character day, library day continues to add value to the learning experience of each and every learner at Delta Primary. As our focus remains as always that every learner must be provided with top quality cost effective education.

CONCLUSION OF SGB ELECTIONS

The process of SGB elections was concluded on the 14th of April 2021. We express appreciation to the parents who exercised their right to vote. Below is the list of names, of the newly elected SGB.

Parent component: L. De Mink, E Solomons, J Woodland, T Koenze, D Johnson

Teacher component: C Naude/Fischer, D Williams

Public Service: A Percival

LEARNER WELLNESS

During the course of last week, staff members prepared popcorn for the learners at Delta. This was initiative as part of a long term programme, to address the mental wellness of the learners. Teachers are still managing the effects of the post lock-down fallout, as we detect that many learners are visibly withdrawn and struggle on a daily basis to orientate themselves. We also wish to appeal to all our parents to assist teachers by speaking and interacting with their children. More importantly, to assist their children in completion of homework and assigned tasks. Many learners are struggling with reading and basic mathematical skills which is the foundation for academic competence in further grades. Regular practice would ease these challenges which create learning barriers. Teachers are attempting to provide remediation while the learners are at school, however this must be supported at home.

COLLECTING LISTS

We say thank-you to all the learners/parents who have made a voluntary donation on the collecting list. We are cognisant of the challenging economic climate and therefore do not trivialize your financial contributions. Our financials reveal that far too many learners have not made an attempt to make a contribution. Delta Primary is a no-fee school and subsidised by the state. For the school to engage in special projects and to enable the school to sustain SGB posts going forward, we will require a positive stream of financial contributions throughout the academic year. Your positive financial contribution enables to add value to each child`s academic experience.

LEARNER AND TEACHER ASSISTANTS

The management of SGB of Delta primary thank the teacher and general assistants for their service rendered over the past 5 months and wish each assistant everything of the best going forward

LEARNER SAFETY

We wish to make a special appeal to all our learners and parents to ensure that our boys and girls remain safe during the 1-week vacation. Learners must inform their parents and guardians as to their whereabouts at all times. Learners making their way to the beach or near water activities are also reminded to take extra precautions as accidents around water happen so quickly. 

COLLECTION OF REPORTS

All reports may be collected on the 22nd of April from 11:00 am. Reports will be issued to learners who are at school.

DISMISSAL

Learners will be dismissed at 11:00 am on the last day of the term (23 April 2021)

TERM 2 COMMENCEMENT

Term 2 commences on the 3 May 2021 and is concluded on the 9 July 2021. For the week 3 May – 7 May learners in grade 1-7  will be dismissed at 13:00 (Monday to Thursday) and at 12:20 (Friday). Learners return to school Group 1 ( Monday and Tuesday) Group 2 (Wednesday and Thursday). Please note that Group 2 will be required to attend on the first Friday (7 May)  as well as the second Friday (12 May). Parents, please check the learner attendance programme for term 2 2021 below:

WORK PROGRAM TERM 2 – 2021 ( 10 weeks) 48 SCHOOL DAYS
MONTH DATE DAY Grades (5 weeks) Teaching weeks 20 DAYS – Group 1: 10 days Group 2: 10 days
WEEK 1 RAatio Place WHO is responsible?
3 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All educators and assistants
4 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All educators and assistants
MAY
5 Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All educators and assistants
6 Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All educators and assistants
7 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All educators and assistants
WEEK 2
10 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All educators and assistants
11 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All educators and assistants
12 Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All educators and assistants
13 Thursday ASCENSION DAY
14 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All educators and assistants
WEEK 3
17 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
18 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
19 Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
20 Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
21 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
WEEK 4
24 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
25 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
26 Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
27 Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
28 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
WEEK 5
31 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
MONTH DATE DAY Grades (4 weeks) Teaching weeks 21 DAYS – Group 1: 11 days Group 2: 10 days
JUNE
1 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
2 Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
3 Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
4 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
WEEK 6
7 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
8 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
9 Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
10 Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
11 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
WEEK 7
14 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
15 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
16 Wednesday YOUTH DAY
17 Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
18 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
WEEK 8 50% DELTA All Educators
21 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) All Grades PLACE WHO is responsible
Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1)
Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2)
Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2)
Friday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2)
Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1)
Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1)
Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2)
Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2)
Friday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2)
1 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1)
22 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
23 Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
24 Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
25 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
WEEK 9
28 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
29 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
30 Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
MONTH DATE DAY Grades (1 weeks) Teaching weeks 7 DAYS – Group 1: 3 days Group 2: 4 days
JULY
1 Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
2 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
WEEK 10
5 Monday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
6 Tuesday Gr R – 7 Learners(Group 1) 50% DELTA All Educators
7 Wednesday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
8 Thursday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
9 Friday Gr R – 7 Learners (Group2) 50% DELTA All Educators
9 END OF TERM 1

 

Thought for the day

That`s been one of my simple mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder that complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But its worth it in the end. Because once you get there, you can move mountains` – Steve Jobs

 

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