Newsletter No 31 of 2020

END OF YEAR REFLECTION

How quickly the 2020 academic year has come to a conclusion. For everybody in our country and around the world it has been an extremely challenging year amidst the pandemic. We wish you and your family a peaceful closure to the academic and calendar year. Enjoy a restful vacation with family and friends, and most of all, remain safe amidst an active pandemic. We thank all our learners, parents, business partners and friends for their wonderful support over the 2020 academic year. We are filled with an enormous sense of accomplishment, as we were able to complete the task of educating our learners, often under very trying circumstances. We are enthused with thankfulness and gratitude, that we were able to complete this mandate as a staff, with pride and professionalism. It has been a mixed bag of highlights and challenges, which upon reflection, would not have been achievable without the  dedication of a team of professionals at Delta Primary. The array of positive things happening at school has been astonishing and awe inspiring. It is with this positivity that we conclude 2020 and with which we shall commence 2021.

What follows is a short synopsis of highlights and achievements during the 2020 academic  year.

  • The 2 learner treats arranged by Ps Jack during the third and fourth term were very well received by all our learners. Ps Jack has reminded all of our common humanity amidst the challenges.
  • The handing over of 100 Santa boxes by Delta staff members to the learners of Delta Primary. Staff members implemented and completed this initiative in an extremely short space of time and it created a jolly good feeling amongst all. 
  • The raffle prizes handed to our excited winners, which included a lamb pack, a bicycle and consolation prizes.
  • Our feeding scheme programme that continues to deliver on their mandate of feeding our vulnerable learners and the community at large. This need has become more pronounced over the past few months.
  • The migration of the newsletter and communication to an online platform. We acknowledge that it is a process, and that over the next few months as individual families come online, we will be able to bed down this organizational transformation. 
  • The implementation of an online payment platform utilizing pay fast and EFT for uniform and equipment purchases.
  • The roll-out of email accounts to all learners and staff at Delta via the delta.org.za domain
  • The implementation and safety protocols and procedures related to the covid-19 pandemic. The adherence to the safety protocols has mitigated possible infection in the school environment. All staff members must be applauded for their positive role in ensuring we stayed -off mass infection due to diligence and organizational discipline.

  LEARNER SAFETY

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic we urge all our parents and learners to make healthy decisions based on guidelines from the Health Department. 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 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 precaution as accidents around water happen so quickly. It is the season of braais and open fires, we urge all our boys and girls to practice caution. It may also be that many learners are home while parents go to work. Please speak to our learners about safety at home.

IMPLEMENTATION OF FULL UNIFORM IN 2021

Parents are hereby informed that all learners will be required to wear the official uniform as of 2021 ( Monday to Thursday). Learners will ONLY be allowed to wear their civvies on Fridays as part of the usual civvies days which will have a small fee attached.

ISSUING OF EMAIL ACCOUNTS / ONLINE PRESENCE

All learners should currently be in possession of their very own email account which was issued by the class-teacher. 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. Your action will enable the school to seed a digital communication strategy which would yield marvelous benefits for all associated to our school. Parents, we encourage all stakeholders who are connected to the school to regularly interact with the school website. While we are grappling with mass communication to all stakeholders the website and our face-book presence remains the single most important port to know what is happening at school.

2021 SCHOOL TERMS

Term  Begins  Ends  No. of  

weeks

No. of school  days
First  25 January  

(teachers)  

27 January  

(learners) 

31 March  10  47 (teachers) 45 (learners)
Second  13 April  25 June  11  51
Third  13 July  23 September  11  52
Fourth  05 October  08 December (learners)  10 December (teachers)  10  49 (teachers)  47 (learners)
199 (teachers)  195 (learners)

LEARNER DISMISSAL FOR WEEK 27-28 JANUARY 2021

Grade  WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3
GRADE R 11.30 AM 12:00  12:40
GRADE 1-3 13:00 Revert to normal times which will be communicated Revert to normal times which will be communicated
GRADE 4-7 13:30 Revert to normal times which will be communicated Revert to normal times which will be communicated

2021 SGB ELECTIONS

The term of office of the current SGB comes to an end in March 2021. Fresh elections will happen in March 2021. Parents who are willing and interested in serving on the SGB, should consider availing themselves to serve on the SGB. The eligibility for serving on the SGB is as follows

A person will not be eligible to be a member of a governing body if he or she: 

(a) Is mentally ill and has been declared as such by a competent court; 

(b) Is an unrehabilitated insolvent; 

(c) Has been convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment in a court of law in South Africa or  in a foreign country, without the option of a fine, for a period exceeding six months; and has not yet  served his or her full period of imprisonment; 

(d) Has been declared to be unsuitable to work with children as stipulated in terms of the Children’s Act,  2005 (Act 38 of 2005) ; or is listed in the register of people unsuitable to work with children in terms  of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007; 

(e) Does not fall within one of the categories of members who make up a governing body; 

(f) No longer falls within the category of members that he or she represented at the time of his/her  election; or 

(g) Has had his/her membership terminated by the HOD in terms of SASA

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“Alot cant deal with life because they lack the patience to become who they want to be…Everything happens by process. If you don’t go through the process to get it you don’t have the power to keep it“.

TD Jakes

Newsletter No 30 of 2020

Newsletter 30 of 2020

LEARNERS WHO HAVE NOT RETURNED SINCE 1 JUNE

We are encouraging learners who have as yet not made contact with the school, to please do so before the conclusion of the academic year. Administration is in the process of following up on isolated cases where learners have not returned to school. Be reminded that all learners are required to be at school as per South African Schools Act.

LEARNER ATTENDANCE

We are encouraging all our learners to continue attending school after the conclusion of assessments. Valuable face-time was lost during the extended lock-down period, and it is our intention to utilise all available time between now and the conclusion of the term to bed down core concepts in both the foundation and intersen phase. As of next week the 30 November we revert to the normal attendance ( group 1 – Monday & Tuesday, group 2 Wednesday and Thursday, alternate Fridays as communicated by the teacher)

FUNDRAISING

We are currently running the raffle as the only fundraiser for the term and encourage all our learners to contribute towards the fundraiser in order to generate much needed financial resources.

ATTENDANCE DATA – (2020.11.23 TO 2020.11.27)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
428 374 456 232 174

ISSUING OF EMAIL ACCOUNTS

All learners should currently be in possession of their very own email account which was issued by the class-teacher. 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. Your action will enable the school to seed a digital communication strategy which would yield marvelous benefits for all associated to our school.

INTERACTION WITH OUR ONLINE PRESENCE

Parents, we encourage all stakeholders who are connected to the school to regularly interact with the school website. While we are grappling with mass communication to all stakeholders the website and our face-book presence remains the single most important port to know what is happening at school.

THE 5 GOLDEN RULES

  1. Separating yourself physically from other people.
  2. Physical distancing when around other people (1.5 m – apart)
  3. Hand-washing and sanitizing (every hour)
  4. Practice good hygiene (coughing, sneezing into elbow or tissue)
  5. Using a face-cloth (A MUST FOR BEING AT SCHOOL). 

DISMISSAL TIMES

Learners in grade 4-7 will be dismissed @ 13.30 for the remainder of the term. The remaining grades shall be dismissed as per their usual times. Learners shall be dismissed at 11:00 am on the last day of the term (15 December 2020)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”

T.D. Jakes

Newsletter No 29 of 2020

Why is Delta Primary implementing the use of a learner email address and the use of digital communication ?

During the National Lockdown we experienced the challenge of effectively communicating with all our parents and learners. Many of the contact details on record were outdated or not operational. It was a huge challenge  getting messages and important notices to our parents. We relied on word of mouth, notices on the fence and chance encounters with parents.. In order to get ahead of similar events in the future and in order to make preparation for the 4th industrial revolution we are forging a new communication platform with enhanced features going forward.

Are the learners going to manage their email account ?

Given that many learners may not have the necessary skills to manage an email account, we are encouraging parents to manage their child’s email account and internet activity during the initial stages. As the child builds confidence and becomes comfortable with accessing their  email, the parent may give levels of freedom on the email platform.

Is the school aware that all our parents do not have access to the internet ?

The school is all too aware of the challenge of internet access. However, as the prices of data and fixed line internet becomes affordable, more parents and communities will migrate to an online platform of communication and interaction as is currently evident. The school is strongly recommending that parents who are presently in the position to assist their children by providing internet access and purchasing digital devices continue to do so. Learners who do not have access to a computer will gain access via the computer classes in 2021.

Activating the learner email address

In most instances your child’s email address will be as follows: Robert.Smith@deltaprimary.org.za. Please ensure that you verify the correct spelling with regards to your child’s name as well as the email address with the teacher.

  1. Log on to gmail using the internet explorer.
  2. Type in your child’s email address
  3. Use the default password : Delta1234#
  4. You will be prompted to change the Password. Choose a relatively secure password using names, capital letters, numbers and special characters. Ensure that you save the password and keep it in a secure place. Should you lose the password please contact the teacher.

Accessing and registering for the school`s newsletter

  1. Access the schools website by navigating to deltaprimary.org.za.
  2. Navigate to My account.
  3. Register with the learners email address, you may also register with your own email address.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email in your inbox to complete the registration process. Ensure that you confirm the email. 

Thought for the day

“What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you – what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind – you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn’t a strategy.” – Jeff Bezos

 

Newsletter No 28 0f 2020

FORMAL ASSESSMENT/EXAMINATIONS

Parents, please be advised that all learners are currently engaged in formal assessments tasks. Our grade 4-7 will be engaged in formal examination for approximately 2 weeks. To ensure that learners are fully prepared for the examinations, I appeal to our parents to ensure that learners do not absent themselves unnecessarily during the assessment period. Parents are to ensure that learners study well in advance of the examinations.

Learners have been advised that they are required to study work which was taught in term 1 as well as the completed content of term 2-3. Getting to bed on time and reducing time in front of the television will also assist our learners to perform well during the examinations.

Parents, please continue to remind our learners that education is vital to ensure a better life. We have shared the following slogan with all our learners: “ ENTER TO LEARN – LEAVE TO SERVE“. Let us make work of this at all times.

BUDGET MEETING 2021

Please, be reminded of the budget meeting planned for the 17 November at 18:00 in the school hall. The budget for 2021 will be presented and a final decision will be taken with respect to the operational budget for 2021.

LATE-ARRIVAL

One of the most important aspects of school is that it is organized, scheduled and predictable. Learners depend on the structure of the day. They know where they have to be and when. They know the main purpose for being in school is to learn and that routines are in place precisely to help them focus on that learning. When learners are repeatedly tardy, these routines are disrupted. Learners who are often late have trouble settling in and mastering routines. We wish to urge parents to assist in this regard.

LEARNER ATTENDANCE DATA

The data below reflects the attendance for the week (2020.11.09 to 2020.11.13). We are extremely proud of each learner of our school who attends so loyally everyday as they are required as per COVID-19 timetable. 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday  Thursday Friday
398 415 428 404 267

Our learners were equally impressive as they observed social distance while making their purchase at the tuck-shop. Boys and girls keep up the good work!

LEARNER EMAILS

All learners will be issued with an official delta email address during this term. Parents are requested to log-into the email account using the gmail platform and to change the default password to an easy to remember password. Please ensure that you write the password down and store it in a safe place. Should you have a challenge in this regard please make contact with the current class teacher who would render assistance in this regard. The email address will more than likely be managed by the parents until the learner moves on to grade 7 where they will be required to engage with google classroom in due course. We also take into cognisance that these innovations will take time and that we are seeding the foundations for alternative communications going forward. The google platform will also place the school in a favourable position to innovate as the landscape for delivering education is quite literally changing amidst this pandemic. It is also a focus area for the school as well as part of the school improvement plan and the school development plan to seed the foundation for e-learning and e- communication.

Thought for the day

“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” Jim Rohn

Newsletter No 27 of 2020

WELCOME MESSAGE

We welcome all our learners and teachers back after the short school vacation. Hoping that all our parents and their extended families are in good health. We look forward to a constructive term 4 and appeal to all our parents to assist to ensure that the core business of education is prioritised in the lives of their children.

REPORTING ON LEARNER PROGRESS/ EXAMINATIONS

Please, examine and discuss the contents of the term 3 report with your child, giving praise where deserved and encouragement where needed. All reports will be issued to learners during the course of next week.The fourth term is examination season for grades 4 to 7 learners. 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, study and apply themselves can expect a good report at the end of term 4. All learners including those who have applied for exemption from schooling are required to write their examinations at school. Be reminded that ALL learners must complete assessment to validate progression at the end of the year. Learners from 4-7 will be issued with an examination roster which must be carefully perused by all.Learners, we encourage you to study with laser beam focus during these crucial times.

FUNDRAISERS AND HIGHLIGHTS TERM 4

  • Learner civvies and hotdog sale.
  • The school tuck shop will re-open during the course of next week.
  • School raffle
  • Certification and top performer awards.(due to covid-19 the awards will be completed in the individual classes)

LEARNER EMAILS

All learners will be issued with an official delta email address during this term. Parents are requested to log-into the email account using the gmail platform and to change the default password to an easy to remember password. Please ensure that you write the password down and store it in a safe place. Should you have a challenge in this regard please make contact with the current class teacher who would render assistance in this regard. The email address will more than likely be managed by the parents until the learner moves on to grade 7 where they will be required to engage with google classroom in due course. We also take into cognisance that these innovations will take time and that we are seeding the foundations for alternative communications going forward. The google platform will also place the school in a favourable position to innovate as the landscape for delivering education is quite literally changing amidst this pandemic. It is also a focus area for the school as well as part of the school improvement plan and the school development plan to seed the foundation for e-learning and e- communication.

END OF TERM ARRANGEMENTS

  • Be advised that all learners will be issued with their reports on the 15th of December @ 11:00 am (last day of the academic year)

2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

Admin office reopens on the 18 January 2021

Learners return on to school on the 27 January 2021 ( group1) all grades

Parents and stakeholders are reminded to engage with the school website for dates relating to school activities which are displayed on the front-end of the web page.

Thought for the day

 “You are the only problem you will ever have and you are the only solution. Change is inevitable, personal growth is always a personal decision.”

Bob Proctor

Newsletter No 26 of 2020

REFLECTION END OF TERM 3

We extend an enormous thank-you to all our loyal parents who have supported us amidst an extremely challenging situation. We take cognisance of the sacrifice you have made as parents to ensure that the academic programme is supported at home due to the blended learning approach. You have shown your loyalty to the school by donating so marvelously with the recent pajama and civvies day. Your sacrifice is worthy of praise. below is a list of positive reflections during term 3 :

The teachers and support staff who have ensured that all our protocols and systems(covid-administration,screening,sanitising,isolation,work-booklets,feeding scheme, data capturing, monitoring etc) are of a high standard amidst covid-19.

  1. Motivational talk – with Naomi Jansen (sister to Prof Jonathan Jansen and author)
  2. Burger treat for our learners.
  3. Spur treat for our Surfwalk Top collectors.
  4. Yoga session for our teachers.
  5. The daily feeding of learners.
  6. The daily community feeding.
  7. Delta Community soup day on the 24th of September (Heritage day)
  8. Our wonderful pajama and cake sale initiated by the foundation phase.

We have all stood in deep admiration of each teacher, support staff, strategic partner and loyal parent who has supported our school. We salute you!

REPORTING ON LEARNER PROGRESS/ EXAMINATIONS

Parents be advised that we will issue term 3 reports in the 2nd week of term 4. We are utilizing the available between now and the end of term 3 to give ALL our learners multiple opportunities to conclude formative assessments. Be reminded that ALL learners must complete assessment to validate progression at the end of the year.

HIGHLIGHTS TERM 4

  1. Learner civvies and hotdog sale.
  2. Community fundraiser.
  3. Certification and top performer awards.(due to covid-19 the awards will be completed in the individual classes)

SCHOOL VACATION

Learners and teachers take a short break for the period ( 23 October to 1 November), learners return on the 2 of October 2020. The term consists of only 6 weeks in which teachers must consolidate work taught and to administer the formal examinations and assessments. we must encourage all our learners to attend on all the days indicated by the teachers.

Learners from grade 1 – 7 will be dismissed by 1pm on the 2 November 2020 (social distancing and staggered dismissal will be followed by the teachers). Thanking all and have a pleasant school vacation.

Thought for the day

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.” – Elon Musk

Newsletter 25 of 2020

LEARNER ATTENDANCE DATA

Weekly attendance data – 2020.10.12 to 2020.10.16

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
391 381 412 382 289

 

LEARNER AND PARENT DETAILS

Learner and parent details have become an absolute essential, never more so than amidst the pandemic. It would be marvellous if all parents ensure that their contact details are constantly updated via a message or note to the teacher. Updated parent details allow the school to communicate effectively with the parent-body. Please assist in this regard.

HIGH SCHOOL ENROLMENT

During our engagement with the Gr 7 learners we noted with concern that some parents have not made applications for their children at high schools for the 2021 school year. We want to encourage parents (who have not yet done so) to make contact with surroundings schools and make the necessary application(s) for their children for the 2021 school year. We encourage parents to apply to at least three schools, including their closest school, and to apply as early as possible – don’t wait until the last minute. It is essential that you as parent receive a letter confirmation of acceptance as a matter of urgency.

REPORTING ON LEARNER PROGRESS/ EXAMINATIONS

Parents be advised that we will issue term 3 reports in the 2nd week of term 4. We are utilising the available between now and the end of term 3 to give ALL our learners multiple opportunities to conclude formative assessments. Be reminded that ALL learners must complete assessment to validate progression at the end of the year.

 PYJAMA DAY/CAKE SALE

Please be advised of an arranged pyjama day and cake sale for ALL learners. (Group 1, Tuesday 20th of October 2020 / Group 2, Thursday 22nd of October 2020)

“NON-RETURNING LEARNERS“

We are tremendously concerned about the minority of learners who have not heeded the call to return to school. Numerous attempts have been made by staff members to establish contact without much success. We are appealing to all our parents, family members and community workers to encourage any learners at Delta Primary who have not returned to make the mind-shift and return to school with haste. The school has committed to LEAVE NO LEARNER BEHIND during this period. We however can only assist learners where contact has been made. An incredible disservice is done to our learners who do not attempt to make contact with the school (minimum 2-days per week)

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL

We appreciate that during the lockdown period the flexibility we had with time management was not necessarily at the front of our mind. Schools are required to follow very strict screening processes even during level one. Given this context, we are strongly recommending that LEARNERS ARRIVE ON TIME, so as to facilitate the process of screening. School gates open at 7:30 am.

COMMUNICATION PLATFORMS

It is extremely important that parents check the school-website for regular updates with regards to academics, notices and urgent information. Be informed that the website is zero rated for the following service providers (Telkom, cell-C, MTN).

Admin related- delta.prim@wcgschools.gov.za , Aleanor.Percival@wcgschools.gov.za

COVID related and emergencies – hilton.palanyandi@deltaprimary.org.za

Telephone No: 0217121737

TERM 4 – 2020

Term 4 commences on the 2nd of November 2020 and is concluded on the 15th of December 2020

LEARNER DISMISSAL

Learners will be dismissed at 11:00 am on the 23 October 2020

Thought for the day

“Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” Jim Rohn

Newsletter No 24 of 2020

Newsletter No 24 of 2020.

LEARNER ATTENDANCE.

Weekly attendance data

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
372 355 408 371 276

It has been encouraging to see that the attendance data has improved dramatically over the last few weeks. The regular attendance of learners is the only way to ensure that all our learners receive the contact time they require so that no child is left behind. The teachers can only assist our learners when learners are present.

SURFWALK 2020.

Congratulations to the following learners who finally received their Spur Meals due to the extended lock down period.

GRADE NAME SURNAME
Grade R-B KEERON COETZEE
Grade R-B KAYED JONES
Grade R-C KEZIAH JACOBS
Grade R-C LEYAH NAIDOO
Grade 3-A CHLOE GOLIATH
Grade 3-A BRIHANA FARMER
Grade 4-A ZAHIER EBRAHIM
Grade 4-C JADEN GALANT
Grade 5-C RUDY LENK
Grade 7-A SHANEKA KOCK
Grade 7-C MCNESHA BERENDS

BLENDED LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

The blended learning and teaching model (contact with the teacher and working at home) has been a huge challenge for all families. We wish to encourage learners and parents to make a concerted attempt to re-establish routines to ensure that learners experience some measure of structure during the remaining academic year. During our engagement with them we note with concern that many learners are tired and lethargic, in part due to retiring to bed far too late during the school week. Please assist in this regard by managing their attachment and fixation to social media, movies and games so that they have a reasonably balanced school week. It is important that learners and the family structure at home continues to support learners so that each child is given the best opportunity to be successful at school.

REPORTING ON LEARNER PROGRESS/ EXAMINATIONS.

Parents be advised that we will provide a measure of reporting on the learners performance over the period that they have been at school. Learners will sit for formal examinations during term 4. Some sacrifice and diligence with respect to studying is expected from all our wonderful learners in preparation for this period.

Thought for the day.

“Success is due our stretching to the challenges of life, failure comes when we shrink from them” – John C Maxwell

Newsletter No 22 of 2020

Newsletter No 22 of 2020

Dear parents as you are well aware, the return to school for learners and teachers have been an extremely daunting task. As we attempt to balance the levels of anxiety and uncertainty, we are still tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that we deliver on our mandate to educate our learners. Our attendance data indicates that the call to return as per the rotational plan of attendance  Mon -Tues group 1, Wed  Thur group 2, rotational on Friday has disrupted the lives of parents and the households in general.

I write to you, to encourage you to ensure that your children attend each day that they are required to attend school. Notwithstanding the following context learners who are ill ARE ASKED TO REMAIN AT HOME UNTIL THEY ARE HEALTHY. Those who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 individual to complete the mandatory 10-14 day isolation.

A minority of parents have opted not to send their children to school. This remains a parental decision, with the understanding that all requirements are fulfilled (details on the school website). Application for distance learning or for home-schooling has conditions and must be adhered to. We must bear in mind when making these decisions that we must fulfil all the criteria in this regard.

The remaining school terms viz term 3 and 4 terms have assessments attached to it. It is therefore extremely important that learners show good attendance in this regard. All teachers are required to assess learners in order to allow progression or promotion to happen by the end of the year. To date, we have not been informed that learners will automatically be promoted or progressed. In the absence of an official notice, we must therefore conclude that assessment activities must first be completed as per the assessment plan. Therefore please ensure that your child completes all the required assessments and that your child is present when a test must be written.

On the days that learners are not at school, they are required to continue with school work and assessments as indicated by the teacher.

We are also encouraging all our parents to make a concerted effort to interact with the school online presence as this will be the direction our school will be moving in the years ahead.

The staff and SGB of Delta Primary wish each family connected to our school much health and strength in these very challenging times.

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