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VP Newsletter 19 June 2020

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Message from the office
On Tuesday 9 June our Grade 7s came back to school. We are most grateful to Bradley Jackson (Mrs Jackson’s son) who made a video to mark this return, you can see the video on our website or follow this link: https://youtu.be/xKdzdX4b-Pk We have now completed two weeks of schooling with minimal mishaps and the procedures that we have put in place for screening and cleaning have worked well.

On the 6 July we will be receiving our Pre Primary, Grade 1-3 and Grade 6 girls back. As you can imagine we have taken great pains to ensure that we are able to do this while keeping all our girls safe. According to the regulations for the phasing-in of the next grades we cannot have more than 50% of our girls at school at once unless under circumstances where we have ample space and rooms to ensure that social distancing can be possible. It has taken a lot of brainstorming and debate. Grade 7s (and matrics) who are exiting their respective phases at the end of the year have to continue to come to school on a daily basis. Please note that the Grade 7s will continue to come to school everyday and follow their timetable as they have been.

Each grade will send a letter to parents today to explain how the respective grades will work and I trust that you will read it carefully. Through this process we have come to realise that we cannot necessarily expect new systems to fit our old way of doing things. We all have to adjust and make new plans to adapt to the new systems. Below I will explain generally how our phasing will work and I request that you read the letter from your grade teachers in conjunction with this, to provide you with a clearer picture of exactly how your daughter will slot into this new system.
Previously in Grade 4-7 we worked on a 10 day cycle. Monday to Friday was Day 1-5 (week 1) and the following week was Day 6-10 (week 2). Once the grades return we will follow the new system as explained below:

Each class will be divided into two groups. Group 1: Blue group and Group 2: Green group. Your daughter will be placed in either the Green or the Blue group. Blue and Green groups will attend school on alternate days. On your daughter’s “home days” she will be given manageable tasks/homework to complete which her teacher would have explained the day before. We will repeat our Week 1 for two weeks and we will then repeat our Week 2 for two weeks. The visual explanation is as follows:

  Week 1 

Day 1-5

Week 2 

Day 1-5

Mon Group 1 Group 2
Tues Group 2 Group 1
Wed Group 1 Group 2
Thurs Group 2 Group 1
Friday Group 1 Group 2
  Week 3 

Day 6-10

Week 4 

Day 6-10

Mon Group 1 Group 2
Tues Group 2 Group 1
Wed Group 1 Group 2
Thurs Group 2 Group 1
Friday Group 1 Group 2

Please also see the grade letter for details on times, entry points and protocols specific to each grade. We know that this is going to also mean some planning and organising from your side but I am sure that you can appreciate that this is a system that will entail us being able to keep your girls safe and at the same time ensure that their schooling continues.

Boarder’s leave out: We will be having a boarders’ Leave Out for the Grade 7s on the weekend of the 3-5 July.

Message from the Intersen Phase: On Tuesday the 16th of June we celebrated Youth Day. In class we took the time to reflect on the struggles of the youth of 1976 and the struggles of our youth today. We focused on how this day marked a turning point in South Africa’s march to democracy. We emphasised the importance of continuing to, not only transform our actions, but also our mindsets. Our Grade 7s utilised this week to catch up on work shared with them during the lockdown. They have received detailed information on the work they had to complete and the way forward. Please encourage them to diarise activities and to meet the necessary deadlines. Some of these activities will be assessed and the marks recorded for promotion purposes.

The Grade 6 teachers are currently preparing for the phasing in of the grade. Please view the two videos uploaded on our website: https://youtu.be/bsX9q2ciZBg The girls need to familiarise themselves with the protocols and procedures in place. These videos depict what the girls can expect when they arrive at school.

We have decided that Friday the 26th of June will be a “fun day” for the Grade 7s. They will come to school dressed up to represent the career they would like to pursue one day. During the day they will then get to introduce themselves to the rest of the grade. We will also use some of our teaching time to engage in a variety of fun activities. The girls will be divided into groups and go to various teachers to either do some craft activities, yoga, songwriting and the list goes on. We hope that this experience will uplift the girls and take their minds off the “unusual” we are encountering every day.

The Grade 4, 5 and 6 teachers will also be handing out workpacks today, to the parents who indicated that they’d prefer this option in the survey. The work coverage from Grade 4-6 will also be available on our school website. The work set will run from Monday 22 June till Friday 3 July.

Happy birthday to all our children who celebrated their birthday this week! Rachel de la Mare, Layola Loliwe, Skyla Davies, Zothando Mzileni, Sibonokuhle Benge, Phoebe Jacobs, Sinesipho Mafani, Zinathi Mabunda and Mairi van Schoor.

Warm regards
Mrs Michelle Rafferty
Principal

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