Newsletter No 21 of 2022

CONCERT PREPARATIONS

As mentioned in a newsletter 19 of 2022, our school concert is planned over two weekends on the 10th September ( Foundation Phase) and 17th September (Intersen Phase). All classes and their teachers are currently practising their individual items, working towards the goal of presenting it to the parent body on the days indicated. Individual class teachers may be in contact with you with respect to communicating whether special clothes or props will be needed. Please assist in this regard and communicate timeously with the teacher if specific requests become a challenge.Learners will require lots of practise and we once again implore all our learners not to stay absent unnecessarily during the course of the next few weeks.

LEARNER SUCCESS AT SCHOOL

South Africa`s exit from covid-restrictions has been welcomed by all citizens, and in particular, our young people. It is also with some concern that we still notice the negative impact of the covid pandemic and the associated restrictions. One long lasting impact, especially on the educational front is the negative impact that rotational attendance had on school going children.Currently many learners are still unable to perform academically at grade level, displaying severe learning barriers across the spectrum of the curriculum. In particular we notice the following:

 

  1. Learner`s inability to read at grade level.
  2. Learner challenged with the ability to write coherently.
  3. Learners experiencing challenges to  remain focused in class for the entire day. Partly due to going to bed late at night and their fixation with social media.
  4. Learners find it difficult to be at school 5 days for the academic week.
  5. Learners not realising the importance of homework or giving extra time at home to consolidate work that was taught at school.

Staff members are currently addressing these challenges through intervention programmes on a daily basis and making the adjustments to their teaching plans to better respond to the needs of the learners.

SYSTEMIC PREPARATIONS FOR GRADE 3 AND 6

During the month of October many schools write the WCED systemic tests. These tests are only written by grade 3,6 and 9 learners. The purpose of the tests is to evaluate the mathematical and language skills of the learners as they exit their respective phases. Teachers generally prepare learners for sitting for these individual tests by using time in class and after school to consolidate specific areas of weakness so as to ensure that learners do well in these tests. In mentioning the importance of these tests to you as parents, we also wish to emphasise that grade 3 and 6 learners can thus ill afford to be absent from school and also make excuses for not attending the extra classes arranged for them to ultimately assist them. Please enquire by your child and the teacher when they are required to remain for extra classes and ensure that attendance to the extra classes are prioritised.

STAFF UPDATE

Mr R Solomons, the class teacher for the grade 6b, has been booked off sick for the remainder of term 3 due to undergoing an operation. Mrs Damonse has been appointed in a contract position for the interim. We wish Mr R Solomon a speedy recovery in this regard. We extend a warm welcome to Mrs Damonse during her stay at Delta.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”

Newsletter No 20 of 2022

ATTENDANCE OF LEARNERS

The regular attendance of learners has been aerated over many newsletters and on various platforms which include parent meetings and class Whatsapp groups. The absentee rate in term one was 12 % and in term 2 it was 18 %. As of April, this year teachers have recorded the total number of learners per class who have attended 100 % for the month. The data reveals that not a singular class was able to record 100% attendance for the month. The data also reveals that less than 50% of the learners were able to attend 100 % of the time. The data is alarming and cause for serious concern. The consistent non-attendance of learners who ought to be present at school is creating a barrier to learning which can be mitigated by parents. We must ensure that learners are at school when they are required to be here. WE WISH TO APPEAL TO ALL OUR PARENTS TO ENSURE ALL LEARNERS ARE PRESENT FOR THE FULL 5 DAY SCHOOL WEEK.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

The school uniform remains the pride of the school. It creates a sense of belonging and gives us a sense of pride. Our foundation learners have responded to this call in the vast majority. We do note with concern that far too many senior learners are dressed in different color hoodies and takkies while their uniform is amiss. Some of the learner`s uniforms require to be stitched and repaired due to daily usage. Parents, please assist in this regard. It would be so fantastic to see all our learners neatly dressed in school uniform as prescribed in the code of conduct. 

PREFECT SYSTEM

During term 2, we introduced the prefect system as a platform to develop the leadership skills of our grade 7 learners. It is with a sense of pride that we report on the success of the program. These young leaders will over the next few months become more noticeable on the school playground as they assist with maintaining harmony on the school playground. We call on all to give them your full support.

SENIOR APPRECIATION

The month of August is senior appreciation month. It is an opportunity to express gratitude to all seniors, many of whom have shown us how to live a better life.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“The quality of your thoughts determine the quality of your actions“- Nancy Kline 

Newsletter No 19 of 2022

WELCOME BACK

We welcome all our learners and teachers back after the school vacation. We look forward to a constructive term three and appeal to all our parents to assist and ensure that the core business of education is prioritised in the lives of our learners. We have once again emphasised to all our learners the importance of being well disciplined while at school. We appeal to our parents to speak to each individual learner about positive behaviour at school. We are halfway through the academic year, and learners have received two consecutive end of term reports. Learners must spend their time reflecting on their report and come to the inevitable conclusion that sacrifice is required if they wish to be academically successful. 

IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARISE

Please be advised that our dates are subject to change due to context and stakeholder engagement. Should any changes to the dates be required you will be informed timeously. 

DATE EVENT Dismissal arrangement
Tuesdays and Thursdays Grade 6 – Remedial classes for all learners in Mathematics and Home Language. Parents please ensure that transport arrangements are made as these classes are mandatory for all learners.
8th – 9th August Public holiday (Women’s Day) none
10th September Foundation Concert
17th September Intersen Concert
29th September Issuing of final reports – all grades Learners in grade 1-7 dismiss @ 13:00 and 11:00 am on the 30th September
26th – 30th September Learner dismissal  Learners in grade 1-7 dismiss @ 13:00 and 11:00 am on the 30th September

LEARNERS AT RISK MEETINGS

Be advised that teachers will be making contact with individual parents to set up meetings in relation to learners who are academically at  critical risk. This meeting will be in the form of a one-on-one meeting with identified parents to discuss how to collectively ensure the identified learners  progress to the next grade.

MANDELA DAY CELEBRATIONS

Ps Jack the school’s benefactor once again arranged for a warm plate of food for the learners at Delta Primary as part of the Mandela day celebration. The learners and staff hereby express their profound appreciation and gratitude for his continued goodwill towards the school.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.”

Thomas Sowell

Newsletter No 18 of 2022 – End of term 2

SCHOOL VACATION AND SAFETY

To all our wonderful girls and boys, and you, our parents. We take this opportunity to thank you for your support during term 2. It has indeed been an awesome and busy term filled with assessments and the numerous activities related to schooling. We are thankful and privileged to render this service in our community and assure you of our commitment to continue rendering quality education to all our learners. As the vacation approaches it is also important to remind all of us to be extra vigilant when  learners are home.

Given the constant threat of crime we wish to make a special appeal to all our parents and learners  to ensure that our boys and girls remain safe during the vacation. Learners must inform their parents as to their whereabouts at all times. It may also be that many learners are home while parents go to work. Please speak to our learners about safety at home.

TERM 2 HIGHLIGHTS

While taking the time to complete the end of term reflection, I considered the amount of individuals who play such a vital part in making our school function effectively and with a level of sophistication. So, in starting this reflection I express appreciation to each staff member, assistant and business partner for their loyal commitment to this wonderful organisation.

  • We were able to give our learners the opportunity to engage in sporting activities and while the effects of covid-19 and the mental impacts on the psyche of adults and learners still linger with us, we take a breath and acknowledge we still have some way to go in this area of school life.
  • Class teachers were able to engage our parents to discuss the business of education.
  • Our vulnerable learners were treated to a warm meal on a daily basis by dedicated personnel in the kitchen.
  • The celebration of Africa day was celebrated with enthusiasm. It was important to remind our learners about the culture and heritage of the African continent.
  • The school hosted spelling bee in various formats in each grade. Upon observation it allowed many learners to engage with vocabulary and spelling as part of an incidental learning experience while  being part of the audience.
  • The successful launch of the food garden which going forward will yield produce which could be utilised in the kitchen. 

FAREWELL

We bid farewell to Mrs W Abrahams the class teacher of the grade 2C class who takes leave of Delta Primary due to retirement at the end of the term. We extend our gratitude and thanks for her unselfish dedication to the learners in her care and the school for a whopping 35 years.  We wish her well in her future endeavours and wish her strength and the Almighty’s blessing during her retirement.

WELCOME

We extend a hearty welcome to Ms Hattjes  who was appointed in a temporary capacity in the grade 2C class. She can be assured that she will receive our full support as she is familiar with the school and the learners.

SCHOOL REOPENING 

School reopens on the 19th 0f July 2022. Please be advised that all learners will be dismissed at 13:00 for the period 19 July – 21 July (term 3) to accommodate staff, phase and grade meetings. We look forward to the grade concerts which will be held in term 3 as part of the fundraising and also as part of a cultural experience. Please be safe wherever you move over this period. Have an awesome vacation with the little ones!

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

`Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.` – Benjamin Disraeli

 

Delta – Grade 2 and 3 Spelling Bee 14.06.2022

The grade 2 and 3 classes held their spelling bee on the 14 th of June 2022.Learners were handed the standard word lists at the commencement of term 1 and thus had 2 terms in which to learn the spelling words. Judging from the pictures and the small video clip attached all the learners involved had an absolutely awesome learning experience. A huge appreciation to the grade 2 and 3 teachers who made this possible and well done to our boys and girls!

                 

 

 

 

 

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