Mulbarton Primary Newsletters
13 May 2020 - #10 of 2020
Containment / Management
of COVID-19 for schools
16 March 2020 - #9 of 2020
09 March 2020 - #8 of 2020
02 March 2020 - #7 of 2020
24 February 2020 - #6 of 2020
10 February 2020 - #4 of 2020
03 February 2020 - #3 of 2020
27 January 2020 - #2 of 2020
20 January 2020 - #1 of 2020
 
 
 
Policies & Procedures
 

The Governing Body
The Governing Body is responsible for the general welfare of the school. The members are elected from the community and serve for a period of 3 years.

Appointments for Interviews
The professional staff appreciates and encourages contact between the parent and the school. Should you wish to have an interview with either a teacher or the Principal, Deputy Principal or Heads of Department kindly make an appointment. The teaching staff is understandably not available for interviews during school hours.

Books and Stationery
Most of the textbooks required by your child will be provided on free loan. (They are purchased by your school fee payments). Items of stationery, such as pens, pencils, mathematics sets, etc., are the responsibility of the parent. Textbooks which are issued by the school must be cared for with protective covers and the use of a sturdy school case. Homework diaries are available from the school.

School Fees
School fees are used for the maintenance of the school grounds, sports fields, buying of educational aids, textbooks, sports equipment, transports costs as well as additional teacher's salaries in order to have smaller class sizes. It is only through the payment of school fees that we can offer the facilities and educational facilities that we have.

Therefore the payment of school fees is compulsory. You can make payment directly into the school account using your child's account number or by using the debit or credit card facilities available at the school. There is also a discount available if fees are paid in full before a certain date.

The budget for the forthcoming year is developed by the school's Finance Committee (sub committee of the Governing Body) based on past experience and future expectations. The budget and school fees are submitted to the Governing Body for approval. Once the budget and fees are approved they are submitted to the parent body at the Annual General Meeting.

The parents are required to approve the budget and school fees. Once this is done it becomes the official budget and school fees for the following year.

Uniform Shop
New and Second hand school uniform may be bought from the Uniform Shop. The Uniform shop is open on Mondays and Fridays from 07h30 to 09h00. Extended hours when needed will be communicated via the newsletter.

Learner Reports
The scholastic progress of your child is monitored throughout the year by a system of continuous evaluation. Although tests have a place in a child's education, the school encourages assessment of a child's progress as a whole.

Reports on learners progress are issued at the end of each term.

Discipline
A child who finds school work challenging, enjoyable and stimulating rarely misbehaves. Should there be minor infractions of school rules, the child may be obligated to attend a teacher-supervised detention class or do a chore in the classroom or school grounds.

The staff liaise closely with parents on matters of discipline. Home circumstances such as members of the family being hospitalised or experiencing marital problems, can have extreme adverse effects on a child's behaviour. In such situations, please inform the school so that your child can be helped through possible emotional upsets.

In serious cases of misbehaviour, parents will be consulted and the possibilities of appearing before a Governing Body Disciplinary Committee will be discussed. (This committee can suggest suspension or expulsion as discipline measures). The school has a code of conduct (published in the homework diary) which every parent and learner is expected to sign and adhere to.

Absences from school
Special attention must be drawn to the serious consequences of irregular school attendance. It is important to remember that loss of time, through being excused early or being absent for half a day or longer, often proves to be a serious handicap to progress and tends to produce a lack of interest in school. Learners are expected to attend up to and including the last day of the year.

After any absence during the term a learner is required on his return to produce a note written by a parent or legal guardian giving the reason for absence. School attendance is compulsory and if it is impeded in any way the offender is punishable by law.

If a learner is absent for more than three continuous days a medical certificate is required.
Please inform the school if your child has an infectious disease.

Educational Day Trips and Tours
Education does not occur solely in the classroom. Accordingly, the children are occasionally taken on day trips to places of interest. The children from Grade 5 - 7 are furthermore invited to take part in educational tours which last from three to five days. Various leadership camps are also arranged in the senior standards.

Extra-mural Activities
The extra-mural participation by your child is an integral part of his education. Every child is encouraged to participate in at least one extra-mural activity. The programmes are varied and staff members responsible spend many hours seeing that our programmes run successfully. Activities for the year are circulated at the start of each term.

Newsletters
A newsletter is issued regularly to your child at our school. Please ensure that you read them in order to keep abreast of the life at your child's school, latest educational news and matters of interest.

Tuckshop
A well-stocked Tuckshop is run during the breaks and after school. Only wholesome food is available at First Break. Items on sale as well as prices will be advised through the newsletters.

Homework
Parents are kindly requested to sign the homework diary daily. Homework teaches a child the necessary skills for independent study. It also consolidates the work done in the classroom.

A child in the Senior Primary Department (Grade 4 to 6) and Grade 7, may receive homework daily. The amount of time which should be allocated to daily homework is approximately thus:
Grade 4 and 5 - 30 minutes
Grade 6 - 45 minutes
Grade 7 - 60 minutes

Teachers give homework for a specific purpose and not "to keep learners busy".

School Times
Grade R - 2 - 07h45 to 13h30
Grade 3 - 07h45 to 14h00
Grade 4 - 7 - Monday and Thursday 07h45 to 14h30
                    Tuesday and Wednesday 07h45 to 14h00
Fridays the entire school leaves at 13h30

Parents must ensure that children arrive before the bell rings.

All gates will be locked at 07h45 and any children arriving after that must sign the late register in the administration foyer. Regular late comers will be punished.

For the safety of the children, parents are asked not to drive into the school grounds.

If children are not participating in extra-mural activities or are part of the After-Care Centre there are no adults to supervise them or to ensure their safety after school hours. Any parent who envisages having a problem picking up their child must notify the school so that adequate arrangements can be made. The Governing Body, teaching staff, administrative staff or general assistants cannot be held responsible for any child whose parents do not comply with these provisions.

As the school does not have any sort of bus scheme it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure the child gets to school and back. The school cannot arrange such lifts.

Personal Information
It is compulsory to inform the office of any change in personal information such as change of address, telephone number, work number, etc. this information is invaluable in case we have to make contact with parents in an emergency.

Messages
Only in cases of extreme urgency should requests be made to the secretaries to deliver messages to children.

No cellphones to be brought to school. If it is an emergency, cellphones must be handed in to your child's register teacher first thing in the morning and collected after school. Any learner caught with a cellphone will have the cellphone confiscated and a fine of R200 will have to be paid. This also applies to any other electronic device brought to school.

Aftercare Centre
An Aftercare Centre is run privately by the school and is co-ordinated by Mrs. Duma. For further information, please contact the Finance office.

 
 
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