The continued restrictions placed on all citizens have had a range of effects on everybody in our society. In particular, we detect a sense of disillusionment amongst our school-going children. It is therefore important for adults to show leadership when we come in contact with despondent youth and, in particular, our children. All relevant studies draw the correlation between a healthy mindset and success and achievement in your personal life. Our children must be kept in a positive mental state to ensure that success is the end goal. I take this opportunity to ask you to encourage our children to hold onto their dreams and aspirations and to ensure that we as adults keep on inspiring each learner to never give up on the dreams and their future. It is so vitally important that the next generation of leaders have a positive and healthy mindset about themselves and their future.
Our attendance statistics reveal a disturbing trend of irregular attendance amongst identified learners. Our term 1 and term 2 learner absenteeism data indicates absenteeism of 16,8% and 22,5 % respectively. This information must be read in the context of learners attending 10 days of schooling per month on the rotational method. I am sure that you will agree this is an unhealthy trend. To this end, we wish to encourage our learners and the adults in their lives to encourage all our learners to attend school as per the rotational timetable. A lack of perseverance in this area would seriously jeopardize the future success of our current group of learners.
The school uniform remains the pride of the school. It creates a sense of belonging and gives us a sense of pride. I wish to encourage all our parents to purchase the official uniform of the school at Yunisha Fashions in Grassy Park. Orders for uniforms may also be placed at school or via the online shop (access via the school’s website). 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 colour hoodies and expensive takkies while their uniform is amiss. It would be so fantastic to see all our learners neatly dressed in school uniform as prescribed in the code of conduct. However, the antithesis is also true that by learners do not come to school in uniform that the school is reflected in a different light. We wish to remind all our parents that the school has introduced a lay-buy system for the purchase of school uniform. A warm approved school winter jacket, as well as a warm winter beanie, are also available for purchase. You may contact the school to enquire about these uniform items. Please ensure that the official badge is correct on the purchased uniform when independent service providers are sourced.
GREENSHOOTS ONLINE MATHEMATICS PROGRAMME
Parents, be advised that the link for the green shoots online mathematics programme 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 programme. Learners will require their username and password to gain access to the online platform. All learners from grades three to seven have access to the programme which is CAPS aligned and will greatly support the learners in their mathematical understanding.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
`Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn`t do than by the things you did.` – Mark Twain