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1st Newsletter of 2017

                                                                                                                                                17th January 2017



Dear Parents/Guardians

 As we embrace 2017 may I take this opportunity to wish all our families, blessings and good health for the year that lies ahead.  The first newsletter for the academic year contains a great deal of information such as dates of events, Parents’ Evenings and also reminds parents and learners of important dates. Please accept our sincere apologies for the late distribution of the first newsletter, we have experienced numerous problems with our photostating machine.


May I take this opportunity in welcoming the following new staff members to our school, Mrs Padley, Miss Cole, Miss Frates. Mrs Heynike and Mrs Styles.  We hope your association with Parkrand Primary will be a blessed sojourn.

 Congratulations are extended to Mr and Mrs Stewart (Miss Wilmot) who were married during the December holidays, may your marriage be filled with many blessings.  Congratulations is also extended to Mr and Mrs Louw on the birth of their son Ruwald.

 To our new learners and their families a warm ‘Parkrand’ welcome.


The following educators will be the academic staff for 2017. 

Headmaster       Mr Schunke


Deputy Principals Mrs Smith; Mrs Ebersohn
HOD Guidance Mrs Moodley
HOD Discipline Mrs Vigus-Brown
Grade R                Mrs Paterson, Mrs Hill
Grade One Mrs Pillay, Mrs Lessing, Mrs Padley, Miss Cole
Grade Two Mrs Hughes, Mrs Lochenberg, Mrs Barske, Mrs Krynauw
Grade Three Mrs Rorich, Miss Nell, Mrs Fourie, Mrs Potgieter, Miss Groenewald
Grade Four Mr Abel, Mrs T Louw, Miss van der Walt, Miss De Oliveira
Grade Five Mrs Groenewald, Mrs Ogilvie, Mrs Hadland, Mrs J Stewart
Grade Six Miss Bezuidenhout, Mrs Stewart, Mrs van Loggerenberg, Miss Frates
Grade Seven Mrs Gardiner, Mrs MacCarron, Mrs Arundel, Mrs Kruger, Mrs A Moodley,

Mrs M Louw

Sports Department Coach Maryke, Coach Kiki, Coach Armand, Coach Khaya
Computers Mr Botha
Assistant Educators Mrs Williams, Ms Naidoo, Miss Rautenbach, Mrs Heynike and Mrs Styles.



Without wanting to belabour the need for parents to contribute towards educating their children, it

remains a fact that an institution such as ours is totally dependent on school fees.    School Fees can

be paid directly into the school account.  Details are as follows:


Nedbank                             :               Sunward Place

Account Number              :               1904 147 852

Branch Number`               :               190 442



Kindly remember to fax your details to the school, so we know who made the deposit.  Please use

your account number as beneficiary reference (e.g. 3BART01).  Fax to 011 913 1252.  Attention Mrs

Bartie or e-mail to accounts@parkrand.co.za.

Should you have any difficulty in paying school fees please see Mrs B Kieser.



School fees Grade 1 – 7                 :               R1250-00 x 10 (R12 500-00)

Stationery Pack Grade One         :               R1200-00

Book Fees – Grade 2 – 7                                                R 660-00


Discount Options

Option 1- 10% if settled in full by 31st January 2017 – R11 250-00

Option 2 – 5% if settled in full by 28th February 2017 – R11 875 -00.


Grade O fees                                      :               R1 512-00 x 11 (R16 632-00)

Stationery Pack                                :               R800-00

Outings                                                :               R800-00


Fundraising                                        :               R1000-00

 Aftercare fees                                    :               R700-00 x 11 (R7 700-00)

Casual aftercare                               :               R75-00 per day

Casual holidays per day                                :               R100-00 per day



Kindly find attached a copy of the Events Programme pertaining to Term One 2017.



Find attached a copy of the Extra Mural Programme, which will commence as from the

16th January 2017. Please note that the Extra Mural Programme for Athletics operates strictly from

the 16th January 2017 until the 7th February 2017.    The second phase of the Extra Mural

Programme commences on the 20th February 2017 until the 3rd March 2017.



Acquaintance Evenings will be held as follows in the school hall commencing at 18h30.  Please note

that these meetings are mandatory. A register will be taken. 

Grade R                :               23rd January 2017

Grade One          :               24th January 2017  

Grade Two          :               24th January 2017

Grade Three       :               24th January 2017

Grade Four         :               25th January 2017

Grade Five          :               26th January 2017

Grade Six            :               30th January 2017

Grade Seven      :               31st January 2017


 This meeting has proved most beneficial in the past and I would like to encourage every parent

to attend.  Parents are please to meet in the hall for a short address by the Headmaster before

dispersing to the various classrooms. Please, all learners from Grade 4 to Grade 7 are to attend the

Acquaintance Evening with their Parents. Learners to be dressed in full school uniform.



To orientate our New Grade R learners into their new milieu, learners may leave at 12h00 until the

20th January 2017.   Should parents experience problems collecting their children our educators will

supervise your child until the end of the School day which is 13h50.



The PTA holds a very special place in the running and organizing of activities in our school.

It is a forum where friendship and much camaraderie is enjoyed by parents and staff alike.  Over the

years this motivated band has seen many successes and had a lot of enjoyment along the way.

Parents, your involvement will not only benefit you, but more importantly your children as well.


The first meeting of the year will be held on the 8th February 2017 in the school hall,

starting at 19h00.


Aim of the PTA

The aim of this Association is to promote the goodwill and welfare of the children, parents and

Educators of this school and to lend support to the Governing Body.


Function of the PTA

  • To organise general meetings of parents as often as possible in order to give parents many opportunities of meeting and to promote friendly relations between parents and those who are responsible for the affairs of the school i.e. Headmaster, educators and Governing Body.
  • To convene meetings and organise functions with the objective of raising funds for the school.
  • To lend assistance to the school whenever called upon e.g. helping with extra-mural activities such as athletics meetings and coaching learners in various games.



  • Membership will be open to both parents and guardians of the learners attending the school.
  • Membership shall be open to all educators at the school with the special proviso that they will not be inevitably bound by any resolutions passed by the Association.


It is a legislated departmental law that learners are dropped off at school on time.  Late arrivals disrupt classes and teachers and inculcates wrong values with regard to the importance of punctuality.   One is sympathetic if pupils are late for legitimate reasons but not so in other cases.  Parents please assist me with this matter. SCHOOL COMMENCES AT 07h30.   Please drop your children off at 7h15 to avoid being late for school.



Please find attached a supporter card application for MySchool.  To all those parents who have not

completed such a form and wish to do so please complete this form and return it to your child’s homeroom (register teacher).


MySchool is a programme that provides sustainable financial support to education.  On the reverse side of the application form information can be obtained pertaining to the operation of this system.

Please note that Ms Naidoo is in charge of the MySchool card project. The family that utilizes their card the most will be rewarded with a monetary prize.                                                                        Page 3



First Term            :               11th January 2017             – 31st March 2017             

Second Term      :               18th April 2017                    – 30th June 2017

Third Term          :               24th July 2017                      – 29th September 2017    

Fourth Term       :               9th October 2017               – 6th December 2017



With the intensive professional demands made on staff during the school day the Headmaster requires parents to make an appointment which is convenient to the member of staff before he will give permission for a meeting to take place.  Parents will not be seen without an appointment.



Thank you to our parents who have ensured that our learners have started the school year in correct school attire and look very smart.  Girls are reminded that dresses must be knee-length at all times. Please ensure that all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name.  This is especially important as our children have to change into their Physical Education kit for Physical Education lessons.

 Jewellery, bracelets, necklaces, rings, make-up, nail extensions and cluster earrings may not be worn or brought to school.

Girls may wear gold or silver round studs and the thin round sleepers.

Learners must have a conventional hairstyle which is acceptable to the school.

Learners are ambassadors for the school and must be in full school uniform on their way to and from school each day.  Track-suit tops are not acceptable as outdoor coats.

The swop shop will operate between 08h00 and 10h00 daily in the back of the hall.



Learners are encouraged not to bring mobile phones to school, but should you feel that it is essential for your child to have one, they are to be handed in to the register teacher for safe keeping.

Should a learner not abide by this arrangement, his/her mobile phone will be confiscated and a fine of R100-00 will be imposed for the retrieval of the phone.  The phone will be returned to the learners after one week.  Your child’s register teacher will not be held responsible for loss/damage to mobile phones under any circumstances.



Parents are strongly advised not to take their child out of school during term time for family holidays.  When learners are absent from school the absence must be accounted for by parents.  Please inform the school by telephone no later than 10h00 (011 895 5123/4).



Aftercare assistant required.  Monday through to Friday 11h45 to 17h30 daily.  To start as soon as possible.  If you should know of anyone that would be interested please email CV to discipline@parkrand.co.za or hand in at front office for attention: Mrs Vigus-Brown.  This position is not open to parents of Parkrand Primary.



Please find attached the Personal Information sheet which must be completed and returned to your child’s homeroom teacher by the 27th January 2017, so that your information can be updated.


May I take this opportunity to wish all those associated with Parkrand Primary a blessed and rewarding term.