15 May 2014
Dear Parents

With the blink of an eye we are already in the middle of this quarter. Every week is filled with academics, sports practices and matches and cultural practices for What a wonderful world. In the meantime we are heading for the exams as well. Therefore it has become necessary to bring a couple of matters to your attention:

It is a privilege for the school to announce the following appointments as Head of Department:
Mr Rian Cooper: Mr Cooper was in an acting Head of Department post, but is now in a permanent position as Head of Department Business subjects.
Mr Deon Immelman: Mr Immelman has been appointed as Head of Department Technical Subjects.
Mr Cornel Dreyer: Mr Dreyer has been appointed as Head of Department Sciences. Mr. Dreyer is currently teaching at Hoȅrskool Nelspruit and will officially start at 01 July 2014.

Mrs Jenny Bhana, one of our parents, took the responsibility upon her of running the second hand clothing store. Mrs. Bhana is available at the store, behind the school hall, on a daily basis and is rendering an outstanding service to our parents and learners. The school would like to make use of this opportunity to thank Mrs Bhana for her willingness to render such a service to the school.

Our Cultural week will take place during the last week of May:
Our learners are practising during every possible spare second at the moment for the performance of What a wonderful world. All parents, whose children are involved, should have received the final practice times by now.
Tickets are already available at the financial office at R30,00 for children and R50,00 for adults. The performances will take place on Wednesday 28 May, Thursday, 29 May and Friday, 30 May at 19:00 in the school hall.
There will once again, as was the case in the past, be a special performance for the senior citizens on Tuesday, 27 May at 14:00. Old age homes will be invited, the grandparents of our learners are also more than welcome. Learners must please inform Mr. Org van den Berg should their grandparents want to attend the performance.
The Grade 7 learners of our feeder schools will watch a shortened version of the performance on Wednesday, 28 May when they visit the school to attend the open day programme.
On Monday, 26 May we will entertain a cultural day at school. Please take note of the following:
Learners may come to school in neat denim jeans. The respective grades will wear the following colour T-shirts in order for us to create the country’s flag when the learners come together:
Grade 8 Red Grade 9 Blue
Grade 10 Green Grade 11 Yellow
Grade 12 Black Student Executive White
Learners can rent food and product stalls at R50,00. They will be able to sell their goods during a lengthened break. Learners have to sell the food and products of a specific cultural group. Arrangements have been made with learners who are interested. Please take note that food that takes a long time to prepare and to cook cannot be sold. Everything the learners will sell must be easy to prepare and sell.
After the cultural activities have been completed, it is a NORMAL SCHOOL DAY! Please do not let your child stay at home, the exams are knocking on our front door! Very important work will be explained and completed in class, NO LEARNER can be absent at this stage!

The Grade 7 Open Day takes place on Tuesday, 28 May. The Grade 7 learners will start arriving from 13:00 onwards. In order to have everything prepared for this event, the school will close at 12:30. We will need many learners to assist, therefore the majority of learners will be involved with the various activities for most of the afternoon. The Open Day will finish at 17:00, whereafter we have to clean up. All helpers should be busy until 17:30.

Attached please find the June examination timetable.
The demarcations for the respective subjects and grades will be available on Communicator from Tuesday, 20 May onwards. Communicator is available on: http://www.school-communicator.com/download.php.
Please take note that NO special arrangements can be made to write an examination paper before or after the set date.
Your child can definitely not wait until the day before a specific paper will be written to start studying. Please assist your child with compiling a study timetable and then make sure that your child does actually learn.
Remember: a learner must get 50% for Home Language and 40% for Additional Language in order to pass. Please go and have a look at the requirements to pass on your child’s latest report.
To me it is shocking that some parents still have not collected the first term reports of their children!

At this stage the school is involved with a couple of outreach projects. We ask of you to please support us in the following:
Mr and Miss Bergvlam outreach: learners may wear any scarf of their choice to school tomorrow, but only if they bring tinned food, warm clothes, blankets or some money to school in order to support the outreach.
One of our cancer debutantes, Zoey de Lange, has organized a
spray-a-thon for tomorrow. Learners pay R10,00 to have their hair sprayed in different colours. Please let them wash out the different colours before Monday, 19 May. Many of our Bergvlam families have relatives suffering from cancer, please support this valuable project.
On Friday, 30 May learners may wear tackies to school, should they pay R30,00 for Tackie Tax. Should they want to buy the green and orange shoe laces, they will have to pay R30,00 for the laces and the sticker.

Parents are continuously contacting the school regarding extra classes for specific subjects. The following people gave their contact details. Please arrange with them, should you want to make use of their services:
Assistance with Afrikaans and English: Marleen van Wyk – 078 193 2005; e-mail: lowveldlanguage@gmail.com.
Assistance with Mathematics: Marina Otto – 082 823 8414

The Voribos concert will take place on Friday, 23 May at 18:00 at the pavilion. Entrance is for free. The Grade 11 parents and the cultural group’s parents will be selling food to raise funds, please support them.
Innibos is busy preparing for this year’s arts festival. You would have noticed that they are already busy on the premises.

Congratulations to the following learners who were selected for the Mpumalanga teams:



Tristan Louw: he was selected for the u/16 Craven week Team

MAUDAS BANDA: the school’s best wishes accompany Maudas. Maudas will be taking part in the African games in Botswana as member of the SA Junior Athletics team.

Please feel free to contact me, should you want to discuss a specific matter.

Vlammie greetings