Newsletter 17 – Conclusion of term 2

REFLECTION TERM 2

The abrupt conclusion of term 2 due to the rising infection rate in the country has once again impacted schooling in a negative manner. Actions of this nature is unfortunately outside of the control of the school and in the interest of public safety. I wish to encourage all our parents and learners not to lose hope or confidence, but to remain strong and positive as we have been since the outbreak of this pandemic. Rest assure that every single staff member at Delta Primary remains committed to the task of providing quality education to each child enrolled at Delta Primary. We will regroup over the next two weeks and ensure that we plan well and execute our plans in the interest of every learner at our school.

FEEDING SCHEME 

As per directive of the WCED the feeding scheme will remain open during the school vacation and we encourage all learners to report to school between 10.00 am – 11.00 am everyday until the 9th of July to receive prepared meals. Should further directives be received from WCED we shall update our learners accordingly.

THANKS AND APPRECIATION

The teaching staff, administration personnel and all support staff have worked exceedingly well over the term and amidst many challenges remain committed to the task at hand. We remain appreciative that this professional outfit remains dedicated to get the job done regardless of the contextual factors. I`am wishing every single staff member a well deserved break, to return with refreshed enthusiasm to take on the task of guiding the learners under our charge.

THIRD TERM 2021

The 3rd term commences on the 19th of July 2021 (subject to WCED alternate announcements). For the week 19 July  – 22 July 2021  learners in grade 1-7  will be dismissed at 13:00 (Monday to Thursday) and at 12:20 (Friday). Learners return to school as per rotational attendance Group 1 ( Monday and Tuesday) Group 2 (Wednesday and Thursday)

VALUES DRIVEN ORGANISATION

Following the SGB meeting, the school will be adopting the following 5 values which will form the core message to our learners over the coming years. While all values are equally important we have noted that we need to narrow our focus to ensure that our learners bed-down these fundamental core values as part of developing a healthy school ethos. This value system is core not only to the learners but all within the organization as well as all our partners.

D – discipline

E – excellence

L – loyalty

T – teamwork

A – appreciation

Thought for the day

“The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.” – Jim Rohn

School closure term 2

Based on the announcement by the President and information the school has received from the Department of Basic Education , the following will apply with regards to the closure of schools.

  1. Schools will close for learners on Wednesday, 30 June 2021
  2. Schools will reopen on Monday 19 July 2021 (term 3)

Due to the short notice of school closure all reports will be handed out when we return in the 3rd term upon the learners return.

Thanking you for your patience and understanding

Mr H. Palanyandi

Principal

 

Newsletter No 16 of 2021

RETIREMENT

After nearly 34 years of teaching Miss Webb has reached the season of retirement. Miss Webb officially retires on 30 June 2021 and it is appropriate to render appreciation and thanks to our colleague who has served Delta Primary with distinction and loyalty. Like all things in life, the one constant remains; that all things change, and that we adapt to the changes that life brings. She is known for her quiet and professional approach to all whom she has interacted with over the years. For many years she has inculcated a profound dedication to all learners who had the privilege of receiving and accepting tutelage from her. Many past learners have gone on to improve their economic and social value in part due to the positive influence she had in their lives. I am convinced that Delta Primary and the surrounding community is a better place due to her positive and disciplined approach to the business of education. On behalf of all past learners, parents, teachers and the School Governing Body we extend all of our best wishes and wish her a well-deserved rest. The present staff will surely miss her vibrancy and collegiality which will leave a massive void to fill.

FAREWELL

Delta bids farewell to Miss H Ely the LSEN teacher who has been part of the staff for 4 years officially. Miss Ely looks towards extending her teaching prowess abroad. We are aware that decisions of this nature are never easy and thus she can be assured that we wish her well in her educational journey. She has approached the teaching of learners with dedication, passion and calmness. She is the consummate professional, with a fine eye for detail, and her input in all matters related to learning support will surely be missed. We take this opportunity to thank her and behalf of all the learners and parents and the School Governing Body whom she has assisted while being part of the learning support faculty. We wish her a safe journey and everything of the best!

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. Currently, the absentee rate is hovering around 17% which is alarming and cause for concern. The consistent non-attendance of learners who ought to be present on a rotational system is creating a barrier to learning which can be mitigated by parents ensuring that learners are at school when they are required to be here. The school acknowledges that the current rotational attendance system, has caused some disruption to work routines, it is however a reality that all parents are grappling with. Regular rotational attendance to school while challenging must be supported to ensure that learners do not fall behind with schoolwork and homework. Parents are obliged to send their children to school as per WCED regulations. Find below an extract from the South African School Act (SASA)

SASA Chapter 2

Compulsory attendance

3.1 “ Subject to this Act and any other provincial law, every parent must cause every learner for whom he or she is responsible to attend a school from the first school day of the year in which such learner reaches the age of seven years until the; last school day of the year in which such learner reaches the age of fifteen years or the ninth grade whichever comes first.

(6) a Subject to this Act and any other applicable law – any parent who, without just cause and after written notice from the Head of Department, fails to comply with subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months;

LEARNER LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL

Far too many of our learners are arriving late to school, on a regular basis. We wish to encourage our parents to look into this matter with urgency and see how best you can support your child to arrive on time so that teaching and learning can happen as per our school programme. Arriving on time to school will also send a clear message that education is important to ensure a “better life“

The 5 Golden Rules

At Delta, we have placed as many mitigating protocols in place in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus. Notwithstanding the litany of protocols we have introduced, we are cognizant that we cannot give assurances of safety and protection from infection, but shall endeavour to ensure that our protocols are in place as per WCED guidelines.  We must, however,  be vigilant at all times whether at school or in the general public by ensuring that we adhere to the 5 golden rules.

To prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in schools

  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. Practising good hygiene (coughing, sneezing into elbow or tissue)
  5. Using a face cloth (A MUST FOR BEING AT SCHOOL). 

OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES OF SCHOOL

Parents are reminded that the front gates open at 7.30 to commence covid screening for learners and the gates officially close at 16:00 Monday to Thursday and at 14.30 on Friday

SANTA SHOEBOX DRIVE

Be advised that the community outreach committee has started preparations for the Santa Shoebox Drive

                                               

DISMISSAL TIMES

Be advised that learners in grade 3 to 7 will be dismissed at 14.00 on Wednesday ( 30 June 2021)  and Thursday ( 1 July 2021) only,  due to the retirement and farewell of teaching staff. Please inform all transport providers of this times change

Thought for the day

`I don`t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book` – JK Rowling

Newsletter No 15 of 2021

FORMAL ASSESSMENT PERIOD

Parents, all learners in grade 4-7 should be in possession of the control test roster. Learners are encouraged to develop a study timetable and parents are reminded to assist so as to ensure that learners are adequately prepared for the control test. Learners must concentrate their efforts on the subjects that require their attention. “Practice makes perfect“ is a mantra that should galvanise the learners efforts as they prepare for their tests.

PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Parents are reminded that we celebrate Youth Day on the 16th of June. It is a public holiday which commemorates the struggles of youth during the dark days of Apartheid. It has also increasingly become a day where we celebrate our young people. Like never before we need to encourage, support and empower young people so that they are able to take their rightful place in our society. This requires sacrifice on the part of adults who often serve as mentors for young people. Let us continue to support and encourage our young people.

PARENT MEETINGS

Our parent meetings were well supported amidst load shedding and the challenges of the weather. Much appreciation to our parents who were in attendance. It is our intention to arrange another opportunity for parents to meet one-on-one with teachers to discuss the academic progress of their children. We remain positive that we will be able to keep the lines of face-to-face meetings amidst rising numbers of cases of covid infection in the province.

CIVVIES DAY

Learners are reminded of the civvies day planned for the 15th and 17th of June 2021

PUBLIC MEETING

You are herewith invited to a meeting to discuss the

OBOE PUBLIC LAND SPACE

 ON: Tuesday 15th June

AT: Delta Primary School Hall

TIME: 5pm- 6pm

Due to covid protocols a maximum of 100 people are allowed in the main hall

BOYS HAIRCUTS

 Dews of Quietness is doing boys haircuts on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 noon until 14H30 at a cost of R10

Control Test Roster – Grade 4 – 7

DAY DATE SUBJECT TIME Group
Monday 14-Jun-21 PSW/LO 9:00 – 10:00 Group 1
Visual Arts – ( Gr 7) 11:00 – 12:00
Tuesday 15-Jun-21 Drama – ( Gr 7) 9:00 – 10:00 Group 1
History 11:00 – 12:00
Thursday 17-Jun-21 PSW/LO 9:00 – 10:00 Group 2
History 11:00 – 12:00
Visual Arts – ( Gr 7) 13:00 – 14:00
Friday 18-Jun-21 Technology – ( Gr 7) 9:00 – 10:00 Group 2
Monday 21-Jun-21 Geography 9:00 – 10:00 Group 1
Language HL 11:00 – 12:00
Tuesday 22-Jun-21 Mathematics 9:00 – 10:00 Group 1
Language FAL 11:00 – 12:00
Wednesday 23-Jun-21 Geography 9:00 – 10:00 Group 2
Language HL 11:00 – 12:00
Drama – ( Gr 7) 13:00 – 14:00
Thursday 24-Jun-21 Mathematics 9:00 – 10:00 Group 2
Language FAL 11:00 – 12:00
Technology – ( Gr 7) 13:00 – 14:00
Friday 25-Jun-21 EMS – ( Gr 7) 9:00 – 10:00 Group 2
NST/NS 11:00 – 12:00
Monday 28-Jun-21 NST/NS 9:00 – 10:00 Group 1
EMS – ( Gr 7) 11:00 – 12:00

Newsletter No 14 of 2021

GRADE 7 APPLICATION TO HIGH SCHOOLS

We are reminding all parents of current grade 7 learners, to ensure that their child is registered for high school in 2022. It is important that you apply to at least 3 different high schools of your choice. Once you have completed the online or physical application, you must maintain contact with the high schools to ensure that you receive written confirmation of enrolment for 2022. Please, bear in mind that an application to high school is no guarantee of acceptance at your preferred high school. Parents must also inform the remaining high schools to which they have applied that they have selected a particular school in order for the school to clear their database of applications.

Below a set of pictures found in the grade 7 class which epitomizes the culture of excellence we wish to engender in the grade 7 class.

LEARNER WELLNESS

During the course of the school week, the wellness committee commenced with the delivery of soup to learners in the classroom (observation of all covid-19 protocols). The outreach was well received and came at such an opportune time during these cold few days we have experienced. Many donors must be thanked for making this once off outreach possible.

SHOE DRIVE

Identified learners at Delta Primary who did not have school shoes as part of the schools official dress code, received a new pair of school shoes during the course of the week. This is the second round of the school shoe drive. Our Wellness committee has been doing excellent work in this regard by coming to the assistance of our learners. We wish to encourage the donation of school shoes, especially in light of the observed need amongst some of our learners. See pictures below

We wish to encourage all learners to continue to show pride in their dress code and attend school on a regular basis amidst a very challenging situation.

FORMAL ASSESSMENTS

All grades have commenced with formal assessments please monitor the whatsapp messages and notes from the teacher in relation to assessments that requires learners to study.

PARENT MEETINGS

During the course of the week we met with parents of the foundation phase learners. The interaction was extremely positive and it gave the staff members an opportunity to communicate with parents items and logistical arrangements relating to the business of education. The staff was extremely happy with the positive turn-out and the spirit of the meeting. The foundation phase thank all parents for their attendance. For parents who were unable to attend the meeting an opportunity will be created in the third term to engage with staff members. Below is the programmed parent meetings to follow

GRADE 4 – MONDAY – 7 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 5 – TUESDAY – 8 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 6 – WEDNESDAY – 9 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 7 – THURSDAY – 10 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

Due to COVID restrictions please be advised of the following protocols

  • ONLY 1 parent will be permitted to attend the meeting.
  • ALL parents who attend the meeting must wear a cloth mask. (NO MASK , NO ENTRY)
  • ALL parents will be screened at the entrance to the hall using the following criteria.

Question                   Yes /   No
1 Do you have a cough?
2 Do you have a fever?
3 Do you have a shortness of breath?
4 Do you have a sore throat?
5 Within the last 14 days, did you have direct contact with someone
known to have contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

BE INFORMED THAT IF YOU HAVE ANY FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS WHICH PRESENT ITSELF ON THE EVENING OF THE MEETING, THAT WE KINDLY REQUESTED THAT YOU SEND AN APOLOGY TO THE TEACHER PRIOR TO THE MEETING AS AN INDICATION OF NO ENTRY MIGHT OFFEND YOU. Strict security shall be in attendance to ensure all participants physical safety.

CONTINUED REGULAR LEARNER ATTENDANCE IS ESSENTIAL FOR SUCCESS!

Thought for the day

“The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.` – Jim Rohn

 

Support our Technology Implementation Plan

Support our Technology Implementation Plan.

Help our School by donating today! All donations go directly to making a difference for our cause.

Delta Primary School requires increased internet capability throughout the entire school. The project will require the following infrastructure:
Networking cabling from the dissemination point in the admin area to all classrooms. Which amounts to a total of 30 classrooms connected to Managed Security and Switching Hardware. Access Lan points in each of the identified classrooms and office. The capital investment related to ICT will enable the school to seed a digital culture that has been elusive due to constrained funding. In addition, we need to implement Wireless Access Points in order for educators and admin staff to utilize technology across all of our platforms from any of the devices. We also plan to make a managed WiFi service available to our surrounding communities in order to improve access and to implement a Hybrid Learning model.

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Newsletter No 13 of 2021

PARENT MEETINGS – 2021

Parents be advised of the arrangements for parent meetings for term 2, 2021

GRADE R – MONDAY – 31 MAY @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 1 – TUESDAY – 1 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 2 – WEDNESDAY – 2 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 3 – THURSDAY – 3 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 4 – MONDAY – 7 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 5 – TUESDAY – 8 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 6 – WEDNESDAY – 9 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 7 – THURSDAY – 10 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

Due to COVID restrictions please be advised of the following protocols

  • ONLY 1 parent will be permitted to attend the meeting.
  • ALL parents who attend the meeting must wear a cloth mask. (NO MASK , NO ENTRY)
  • ALL parents will be screened at the entrance to the hall using the following criteria.

Question                   Yes   /  No
1 Do you have a cough?
2 Do you have a fever?
3 Do you have a shortness of breath?
4 Do you have a sore throat?
5 Within the last 14 days, did you have direct contact with someone
known to have contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

BE INFORMED THAT IF YOU HAVE ANY FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS WHICH PRESENT ITSELF ON THE EVENING OF THE MEETING, THAT WE KINDLY REQUESTED THAT YOU SEND AN APOLOGY TO THE TEACHER PRIOR TO THE MEETING AS AN INDICATION OF NO ENTRY MIGHT OFFEND YOU. Strict security shall be in attendance to ensure all participants physical safety.

OFFICIAL OPENING AND CLOSING TIMES

Parents, be advised that the official opening and closing times at Delta Primary is as follows

Monday to Friday : Gates open at – 07:30

Monday to Thursday: Gates close at 16:00

Friday: Gates close at 14:30

Please ensure that all transport providers are informed of these times, as many learners are often left waiting for transport long after the official closing of the school.

LATE ARRIVAL AND ABSENTEEISM OF LEARNERS

Some of our learners are arriving late at school on a regular basis. The continuous late arrival of some learners is of huge concern to all staff members, as valuable time is lost and the flow of lessons disrupted with learners arriving at various times during the morning session. With the staggered attendance, learners can ill afford the added barrier to learning of arriving late at school.

We have also observed a pattern of absenteeism in many grades. Learners are not receiving their full quota of days at school and this in itself creates huge gaps in their core knowledge. Learners who regularly absent themselves from school place enormous pressure on themselves and their teachers as they attempt to regain lost teaching time and acquiring new knowledge. In this regard, we appeal to all or parents to ensure that our children are at school every day as the antithesis could also lead to sub standard academic achievement.

DEVELOPING MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Below is a picture of our grade 2 learners engaged in counting activities using bottle tops. These and many activities completed during the day will develop our children into active and independent learners.It remains our collective goal to empower all our learners.

LIBRARY ARTS AND CRAFTS

The pictures below depict the arts and crafts skills of our school librarian. Who uses recycled materials in a sustainable manner to create an item of beauty.

Thought for the day

“Without constant activity the threats of life will soon overwhelm the values“ – Jim Rohn

 

Newsletter No 12 of 2021

SPUR TREAT

On Monday the 17 May 2021, we were finally able to treat our learners who collected over R 300.00 in the recent voluntary collecting list fundraiser. The learners each received a Spur Burger of their choice and the staff room was set up for these achievers. This was indeed a pleasure and the learners thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

SHARK EDUCATION TRUST VISIT

On Tuesday the 18th of May, Shark Education Trust spent an hour with our grade 3 learners doing a presentation about ocean conservation as part of Life Skills. Due to the pandemic we were unfortunately not able to take the learners to the beach which would have been the ideal so that learners could experience the beauty of ocean life. One of the values of the school is the value of respect, we are ensuring that our learners who reside in an area very close to the beach are sensitised to the beauty and wonders of the ocean. The shark education trust partnered with the school in 2020. The Trust also donated boxes of copy paper  during the height of the pandemic to offset the copying costs incurred by the school. See picture below.

DELTA SHOE DRIVE

Staff members are painfully aware of the consistent need for school shoes by many of vulnerable learners. As part of the shoe -drive the community outreach committee which is spearheaded by teachers of Delta Primary has consistently come to the rescue of these vulnerable learners. Tuesday the 18th of May marked the “kick-off“ of this special outreach. A group of 15 learners were recipients of this special outreach campaign. The pair of shoes fulfill the need of ensuring the learner who walks to school can be comfortable, but it also restores dignity to learners who otherwise would often stay at home due to the lack of proper shoes. We thank thank the group and wish them much success over the life of this project.

PARENT MEETINGS

Parents be advised of the arrangements for parent meetings for term 2 2021

GRADE R – MONDAY – 31 MAY @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 1 – TUESDAY – 1 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 2 – WEDNESDAY – 2 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 3 – THURSDAY – 3 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 4 – MONDAY – 7 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 5 – TUESDAY – 8 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 6 – WEDNESDAY – 9 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

GRADE 7 – THURSDAY – 10 JUNE @ 6 PM – 7 PM

Due to COVID restrictions please be advised of the following protocols

  • ONLY 1 parent will be permitted to attend the meeting.
  • ALL parents who attend the meeting must wear a cloth mask. (NO MASK , NO ENTRY)
  • ALL parents will be screened at the entrance to the hall using the following criteria.

Question                   Yes /   No
1 Do you have a cough?
2 Do you have a fever?
3 Do you have a shortness of breath?
4 Do you have a sore throat?
5 Within the last 14 days, did you have direct contact with someone
known to have contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

BE INFORMED THAT IF YOU HAVE ANY FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS WHICH PRESENT ITSELF ON THE EVENING OF THE MEETING, THAT WE KINDLY REQUESTED THAT YOU SEND AN APOLOGY TO THE TEACHER PRIOR TO THE MEETING AS AN INDICATION OF NO ENTRY MIGHT OFFEND YOU. Strict security shall be in attendance to ensure all participants physical safety.

SUSPENSION OF ALL CONTACT SPORTS – DBE

Parents, be advised that the Department of Basic Education has suspended all contact following a media statement on the 19 May 2021

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“Don`t put off your efforts because of any fear of failure. Remember your failures teach you much more useful lessons than your success“ – Zubair Ahmed

 

Newsletter No 11 of 2021

COLGATE DONATION

On Monday the 10th of May 2021, the representatives of Colgate Pty, delivered a consignment of toothpaste and toothbrushes to Delta Primary. The toothbrushes were earmarked for the Foundation Phase ( Grade R-3 ). The purpose of the donation was to encourage oral hygiene as part of a healthy lifestyle choice. In the grades R-3 under the Life skills subject, the topic of healthy living is addressed as part of the curriculum. Learners are encouraged to take good care of their teeth by regularly brushing their teeth.

PARENT MEETINGS – TERM 2

We are looking at a plan to meet with parents in each grade during this term. In this planning we need to consider, that when we call meetings, that all COVID protocols must be adhered to.This is paramount. We will, however, inform you of the specific dates applicable to your child.

ORGANISED SPORTS 2021

Parents, be advised that under the new regulations schools were advised to cautiously re-introduce extra-murals after school. As a school we are treating the introduction of extra-mural activities with the necessary caution given our current situation. Organised sports bodies have also cautioned the school to introduce organised sports with circumspection due to the nature of sports and adhering to social distance. We take cognisance that some sports are able to happen while providing for 1m social distance while other sports codes do not allow for 1m social distancing. We shall keep your updated in this regard.

DIGITAL STRATEGY

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, WHATSAPP and chance encounters with parents as they collected their children. 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.The following digital platforms are available 

  • The school website – https://deltaprimary.org.za/
  • The school face-book acc – 
  • Learner email addresses – please contact the teacher to ascertain the learners new email address 
  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. 
  5. You may also register your own email address. However, please ensure that you confirm your subscription to the newsletter by checking your  email inbox.

Thought for the day

“ The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams“ – Eleanor Roosevelt

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