Message from the office
Lockdown changed many ways we do things, it gave us the opportunity to do things that we never seemed to find time to do anymore, it gave us time to reconnect with our family members and it forced us to learn new skills like our Zoom and Team meetings. I do wonder how many of these changes will become our new way of life going forward.
It has also most certainly highlighted the essential role that both teachers and parents need to play in our children’s education. I know many of you have a newfound respect for teachers and what they do on a daily basis and couldn’t wait to send your child back to be taught by them. We were delighted by some of the work that was done while the girls were at home and we appreciate the input of many of our parents. We encourage you to continue with this involvement and participation in your child’s schooling.
It is well- documented that children with parents who are interested and involved in their child’s education are motivated and more self-driven and more likely to reach their full potential. When I meet up with prospective parents, they all want their child to attend VP because they say it provides “good quality education” and they mention the good matric pass rate at VG and the success of the girls who pass through our system. But the education of a child and the role of a parent does not end when she gets dropped off at school in the morning. That is only the start. A parent’s role needs to be deliberate and time consuming and yes, often very inconvenient because that input is what will really give every child the edge in life. We need to read to our children as this will build their vocabulary and comprehension and will instill a love for reading. We must check our children’s homework and ensure that it is up to standard because this will show them that it does matter and that work that is not done properly or without care is not acceptable. This then will be a standard that they will apply to every job they are faced with for the rest of their lives. And we must read their newsletters and see what is happening in the week ahead as this shows them that it is important to be prepared and to stay informed and that we are interested. It also gives them a sense of security knowing that their parents are aware of what is going on.
I wish to thank those parents who not only meet us halfway but very often go beyond the extra mile. Thank you for prioritising your daughter’s education and feeding into her future. We cannot educate a child and ensure that she reaches her full potential without the input and stimulation of her parents or guardians.
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” Jane D Hull, Govenor of Arizona (1997 to 2003)
Children spell ‘love’ ;T-I-M-E’ – Dr A Withom
Five reasons for Parents to get involved in their Child’s Education
Summarised from: https://www.education.gov.gy/web/index.php/parenting-tips/item/904-five-reasons-for-parents-to-get-involved-in-their-child-s-education
Higher grades and better behaviour are just a few of the benefits of parent involvement.
What if you could help your child enjoy school more, get better grades, and reduce behaviour problems at the same time? Reams of research have shown that regardless of parents’ income and educational background, their involvement in education helps their children do better in and out of school.
Here are 5 reasons you should get involved in your child’s education though there are many more than just these:
● Higher grades – Children whose parents are involved in their education get better grades and have higher test scores. And the more parents are involved, the more their children seem to benefit. A study of parents highly involved in the educational process showed that their children were more likely to improve in reading and Maths.
● Better behaviour – Children develop better social skills and show improved behaviour when their parents are involved at school. Studies have also shown that children are less likely to skip school, less disruptive in class, and more likely to do their homework when their parents are involved. One study showed that when dads are highly involved in schools, their children enjoy school more and are less likely to be suspended, expelled, or required to repeat a grade.
● Improved education – Research shows that parent involvement can help improve the quality of schools, raise teacher morale, and improve a school’s reputation in the community. Involved parents gain the respect of teachers; as a result, teachers have higher expectations of their children. Involvement pays off in the long term, too: Children stay in school longer and are more likely to continue their education after high school.
● Increased confidence – When students feel supported at home and school, they develop more positive attitudes about school, have more self-confidence, and place a higher priority on academic achievement. Children of involved parents are more likely to feel that they’re accepted, included, and respected.
● Parents benefit too – When parents become involved in their children’s education, they become more comfortable in the school building, gain confidence in their parenting skills, and feel more capable of helping their children learn. They’re also more likely to continue their own education.
Congratulations to Tara Bettridge and Bronté Agnew for being the recipients of our new badge. They were acknowledged for the commitment they have displayed in these uncertain times. They have continued to have a brave attitude and positive disposition as members of the school’s leadership team and they continue to inspire their team and the VP girls. Their commitment and the presentation of their work during lockdown were of a very high standard. Both these girls display the necessary compassion and empathy towards others. They are responsible and resilient young ladies who will make a success of this year in spite of the current circumstances. Congratulations on receiving this special award, Tara and Bronté.
On the 17&18th of September we will have our school photo day. This year only individual photos will be taken due to the Covid-19 regulations. You can order a set of photos by completing the order form at the end of the newsletter that was sent home and ensure it, along with payment is returned to school by 14 September. The photos cost R90 and consist of 2 x Jumbo, 2 x Wallet, 2 x ID and 2 x Book Marks.
Example of photo package:
If you prefer you can also make the payments via the Karri App or as an EFT payment (with your daughter’s surname/photo as a reference), please ensure that you still complete the order form and send it to school before the 14 September 2020, please attach the proof of payment to the order form if you have paid via EFT.
Please note that no orders can be accepted after the 14 September 2020.
Happy birthday to the staff and girls who celebrated their birthday this week: Ms Ebel, Chloe Bowker, Maria Correa, Azosule Kanana, Uyathandwa Kupula, Zehra Rizvi, Nicole Swart, Lakhe Jubase, Rayvene Peters and Yondikhapha Ndesi.
Please help Ms Featherstone collect items for a good cause.
The Jabez Aids Health Centre was established in 2005. The centre operates with 11 community-based care workers as well as a manager. Currently there are many orphan-based children who are struggling and suffering without proper clothing. If you have any second hand or unwanted children’s clothes please consider donating them. Your daughter can bring them to school and hand them in to Ms Featherstone who will transport them to the Jabez Aids Health Centre.
Mrs Michelle Rafferty