A very warm welcome to all new families to the Primary School of Thomas More College! We believe you will soon feel completely at home and welcome in this caring, nurturing family environment. We do strive to have open communication channels, so trust we shall have a good relationship with you as partners in your children’s education. To those already a part of our Thomas More family, welcome back and may we have a productive and happy term.
Our Grade 6 and 7 pupils leave tomorrow, Wednesday 20 January on their educational trips with their Grade Heads, teachers and grade intern – the best way of enabling new pupils to be integrated, and ground rules to be established, while learning more about themselves, the natural environment, leadership and teamwork. It is also an opportunity for friendships to be rekindled, new friends made and for our new pupils to feel they are part of the group and belong.
It is great to have all our Thomas More teachers back with us. In the Primary, we warmly welcome Mrs Chantelle Barnard, as the Grade 2-5 Afrikaans teacher .She has replaced Mrs Liesel Röttcher who retired at the end of last year. Chantelle comes to us with many years teaching experience in both remedial and mainstream classes and has been more recently the Grade 6 teacher in the Hillcrest Rem unit, specializing in Afrikaans teaching. In the SP Aftercare we welcome Mrs Jenna Nolden, taking over the homework sessions from Janine Houston as well as replacing Mrs Louise Dawe in the AEU for remedial lessons. In addition, we welcome a Primary School past pupil, Luke Smith officially as our Grade 4 intern for 2016.
We look forward to sharing more information with you at the parent information evenings next week Wednesday 27 at 18:00 in the Habberton Hall followed by class visits. The evening should be over at about 19:45. We know you will make every endeavour to attend. Please also diarise the Parents’ Council AGM for Wednesday 10 February.
Please note that Senior Primary sport commences next Monday 25 January. We would also really appreciate it if you were able to get your child to school by 07:20 to collect what is needed from their class and get organized for a 07:30 prompt start to their academic day.
Our Outreach Days start again this Wednesday. Please pop an extra wrapped sandwich, or some fruit into your child’s lunch box or anything else that you would like to donate. In addition old clothes and fresh veggies are welcome. A volunteer worker collects them and delivers to the 1000 Hills Community where they are gratefully accepted and eagerly looked forward to each week. With our having been on holiday, we really appeal to you to send something this week in particular-thanks.
Should you have any concerns or misgivings about anything, please consult first directly with the staff member involved, whether it be the class or subject teacher or sports coach or co-ordinator. Subsequent to that, especially with regard to general academic and school matters, consult any of the grade heads, or relevant Heads of Department. However, please avail yourself of the correct channels of communication first before referring matters to them. As the Headmistress of the Primary School, I also practise an “open door” policy, so do avail yourself of this should needs arise, especially after trying the other channels. We also value positive feedback, so would appreciate you contacting us when you are delighted about something and when we wish to celebrate goals realized and progress made. The school e-mail addresses of staff are also on the communicator for your convenience.
All of the Primary School staff and pupils congratulate our High School on the excellent matric results once again. Well done to all staff as such results start from grass roots in our Pre- Primary department and are built on from year to year. We are indeed delighted with what has been accomplished!
We ask God’s grace and blessings on us and look forward to a happy, and
fulfilling, albeit short, first term. We ask Him to continue to guide and lead
us and our precious charges to fulfill His purpose in all we undertake, while
remaining centred on each and every individual child. To a joyful and successful