Newsletter 14 of 2017

nl141LLANDUDNO PRIMARY SCHOOL’S ECO AUDIT – GREAT RESULTS FOR OUR SCHOOL’S ECO-CLUB.

On Wednesday 14 June, our Grade 3 girls from Eco Club; Savanna Klaff, Starcey Mutematsaka, Ella Hickey and Faye Schniewind, spoke at the Thrive Eco Hero presentation at Kronendal Primary School. The girls spoke well and described all the details of ‘greening’ our school – Energy, Water, Waste, Food Production and Biodiversity. Afterwards, the Eco Auditors discussed the top schools in each category. Llandudno Primary was mentioned for our successful 3-bin waste system and litter-free grounds, our low energy consumption, our clear and effective signage around the school, our abundant vegetable boxes and our efficient water usage, and our resident snake of course! Well done to the Eco Club team, the eco teachers Mrs Klaff and Mrs Beukes, Mr Coetzee and his dedicated ground staff, who all worked together to make our school a leader in going ‘green’. We are entering into two more categories, the enviro-art and enviro-quiz. We are currently coming in the top three!

REQUEST: PLEASE COLLECT AND SEND IN ANY COLOURFUL PLASTIC BOTTLE-TOPS AND LIDS TO SCHOOL FROM NEXT TERM.

nl142HORIZON MATHS COMPETITION AWARDS

Llandudno Primary wishes to congratulate our pupils for their remarkable achievements celebrated at the awards ceremony on Friday night, 9 June at the Baxter Theatre. We are enormously proud of the years of diligence in Maths shown by our children that has now culminated in them doing so well in these tests and being able to compete with the top Maths brains in South Africa.

The Western Cape held the top 8 of the top 10 positions nationwide and Llandudno was extremely well represented this year with 9 pupils winning awards. This is a remarkable feat for such a small school as the larger schools represented at the event are 3 to 4 times our size. The fact that 51 000 pupils wrote the test and we featured in the top 200 in the country is even more testimony to the exceptional standard of Maths the pupils are being exposed to at Llandudno.

LPS positions in the top 200 in the Western Cape were:

· Nicolas Yolland 47th

· Nikita Erni 55th

· Ethan Mattison 81st

· Jayden Carmichael 113th

· Maisy Weston 125th

· Connor McCreadie 144th

· Joshua Camara-Buswell 181st

· Jesse Klaff 194th

WOOLWORTHS MYSCHOOL CARD AND HOUT BAY SUPER SPAR LOYALTY CARD

Don’t forget to swipe you Woolworths MySchool card this long weekend when out shopping for that perfect Fathers Day gift or food for that Sunday roast. Swipe your card and help us raise funds! Don’t forget you can swipe your card as well at the Engen garage, Loot.co.za, Tafelberg Furnishers, as well as Flight Centre.

Hout Bay SuperSpar kindly raises money for our little school through their loyalty card programme. Please present your card every time you out at Spar shopping for groceries, delicious coffee and biltong, and especially the cold beers from Tops Bottle Store (next door) for dad’s day of sports watching! There are wonderful Fathers Day treats on sale so please don’t forget to use your loyalty card.

LLANDUDNO FIELD

Llandudno parents and children may be concerned about the school losing its beautiful field over the very dry and prolonged Summer of 2016/2017. We are consulting experts in laying school fields and golf courses and looking into many options to sustain a new field over the next few predicted dry seasons as this would become essential to avoid the same expensive scenario each Summer. We ask all families to be patient as we explore the best options and timing for our situation.

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SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP

We will be holding a second hand uniform shop sale on Friday 24 February before and after our mid-term assembly from 12.00pm -2.00pm.

Now is the time to stock up on extra clothing or replace lost items and get winter padded jackets and fleeces.

If you have items to hand in to the shop for resale to pupils, please wash and bring them in to the school office by Wednesday 22 February for Kirsty Delany to collect. All proceeds of the second hand shop will go towards new sports equipment for the school.

 

REMINDER: COCKTAIL EVENING

Reminder: tickets are still available for our parent cocktail evening coming up this Thursday, 23 February if you have not yet RSVP’d. Don’t miss out on this fabulous parent social, as you get to meet and greet other families (both old and new) and make new friends. Tickets cost R85 per person and there will be a cash bar available.

Newsletter 3 of 2017

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Dear Parents,

WHITE NIGHTS COCKTAIL EVENING

A few tickets are still available for our parent cocktail evening coming up this Thursday, 23 February. Don’t miss out on this fabulous parent social, as you get to meet and greet other families (both old and new) and make new friends. Tickets cost R85 per person and there will be a cash bar available. Snacks will be served.

Time: 6.00pm-9.00pm

Venue: Llandudno Surf Lifesaving Club on Llandudno Beach

Please send in your RSVP to the school office.

SHIPWRECKED BEACH CARNIVAL RAFFLE

Each child has received an important Beach Carnival raffle sheet to complete. This weekend is an ideal time for pupils and parents to sell the R20 tickets to friends and family. All fully-completed sheets will receive a R10 reward from Mrs Erasmus and receive two free tickets at the bottom of the sheet. We have amazing prizes up for grabs, such as a wonderful helicopter trip for 4 people. Please keep this sheet somewhere safe as there is a R100 fine for any lost forms.

LOYALTY CASH-BACK PROGRAMMES AFFILIATED TO LLANDUDNO PRIMARY SCHOOL

Please do not forget to swipe your Woolworths MySchool card and MySuperSpar card when out shopping. You can use the MySchool card at any Woolworths store, as well as at Flight Centre, Loot.co.za, Engen and Waltons. When swiping your MySuperSpar card at Spar, you can also use it at the Spar Tops bottle store as well. Please make sure to link your Woolworths card to our school and change over from any previous school. If you are in need of any of these cards, please contact the school office on 021 790 2010. Please support us by swiping them as often as possible as these proceeds go into helping fund future building projects as they raise the same amount of money as our school fundraising events.

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

Please contact the office on 021 790 2010 if you are not receiving the school emails and SMS’s. We can then check your details on our database or assist you with technical support, such as helping you assist your mailing host provider to ‘whitelist’ the email address from the school. Sometimes these emails get stopped by the service provider and seen as spam. We keep delivery reports for each email and SMS and can always check for you. Please regularly check your Spam folder to see if communication is not going into this folder. If your physical address or phone number changes, or even your work email, please let us know so we can keep your details current. If you have not yet downloaded the D6 Communicator to your phone and computer, please do so. We try to add all the info emailed to parents onto the communicator as an extra measure.

DARG COLLECTION

Thank you to our parents for your wonderful and overwhelming support of food donations to DARG. We have managed to raise some money through the Red and White Civvies Day which we were able to donate to them as well. Mr Clulow and a group of Grade 7 pupils delivered all the food and other items collected to them on Wednesday. Please help support DARG where possible as they are always in need of support from the local community.

LICE CHECK – MONDAY

Please note we will be doing another lice check on Monday morning as we try to achieve and maintain our pupils hair being 100% lice-free. Please make sure to have a look through your child/children’s hair over the weekend and do a follow-up treatment if needed.

Newsletter 2 of 2017

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Dear Parents,

PARENT FORUM POSTPONED UNTIL THE SECOND TERM

After already having one well supported evening meeting this week and a poor response to the request for points of discussion, we feel it prudent to reschedule the meeting until early next term when parents have time to get into the new school year and have time to apply their minds to issues of concern or new ideas.

SCHOOL NAVY BROAD-BRIMMED HATS

The navy broad-brimmed hats are now available at Fiddlesticks, our uniform stockiest in Hout Bay, and are selling for R140 each. All pupils must wear these or the navy school peak caps each day to school, during break times and at sport.

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LPS educators and admin staff at a team building weekend in Worcester.

 

SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY BY – ELECTION RESULTS

Yesterday, Llandudno Primary held a SGB by – election for the positions of the Llandudno staff and parents who have left our school. Congratulations to all the new members. The new educator member is Mrs Sue Beukes (Grade 3 educator), new non educator is Mrs Heather Pearson, (bursar and administrator) and parent is Mrs Sandy Mattison.

Llandudno Primary is a government school within the Western Cape Education Department employing many private staff and educator posts funded out of school fees. We are completely aligned to all government school ruling, admission requirements, length of school day, school curriculum and the school calendar. Every government school has a School Board of Governors known as the School Governing Body (SGB). This team is responsible for the governance of the school, setting policies within WCED ruling, and maintaining its school structures and assets.

The governing body team until the next general election in 2018 is:

Mrs Erasmus – principal and manager of the school (WCED)

Mr Rob Williamson – chairman

Mr Christopher Steward – treasurer

Mr Jody Aufrichtig

Mrs Penny Willemse

Mrs Sandy Mattison

Mrs Nina Newton (co-opted lawyer)

Mr Trumble – Gr 6 – vice principal/ educator

Mrs Beukes – Gr 3 – class educator

Mrs Pearson – non educator

HOUSE CAPTAINS

Last Tuesday, our grades 5-7 voted for their house captains of 2017.The following young people were voted in as the new dynamic leaders of their respective houses:

Yellow House:   Jodi de Beer and Ethan Reynolds (captains)

                             Mia Angus-Leppan and Joshua Camara-Buswell (vice captains)

Blue House:       Maisy Weston and Christopher Siebert (captains)

                             Kristin Allan and Yamkela Mathiso (vice captains)

The new grade 7 mayors and counsellors of the school will be elected this week by their phase peers and teachers. These pupils are the student leaders who support the academic and admin staff in many areas of responsibility such as sorting and collecting lost property, First Aid, tuck shop sales, looking after younger children, handing out letters and sorting sports equipment, organizing small functions etc.

XHOSA CLASSES

Anyone who still would like to sign their children in Grades 2 – 4 up for Xhosa classes before school on Wednesdays, starting on Wednesday 8 February, must please contact reception for further details.

GRADE 7 HOT DOG FRIDAY FUND

Hot dogs are available for your children in all grades on a pre-order system to support the Grade 7 fund which purchases the school a large present at the end of the year. In 2015, the fund purchased most of our new hall sound system and in 2016, it purchased 10 educational tablets for class use. We start hot dogs this Friday 27 January. A letter went home with your child and it is available on the d6 Communicator. Please support this drive.

Newsletter 1 of 2017

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Dear parents,

 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all our new Llandudno pupils and families, and a happy new year to all our returning pupils.

At Llandudno we strive to follow our motto which is embedded in all aspects of our school life. We encourage our pupils to: Be the Best You Can Be.

We also encourage all our families to become involved in the life of the school, the sports, extra-murals, fundraisers and socials.

SCHOOL ETHOS

At Llandudno, we have a warm family spirit and caring ethos and each staff member will always attempt to provide that special care, support and communication with you and your child. As mentioned in the Parent Code of Conduct, we ask you to feel free to communicate with staff via e-mail, if there are concerns, or by making an appointment to meet them or the school management team if you feel your needs are not met.  All our staff are to be addressed by their surnames to encourage respect and appropriateness, and we encourage polite greetings by our pupils to all people who enter the school grounds. We support our staff fully and urge all families to do so too.

SCHOOL DOCUMENTS

Thank you to all our parents for reading and completing all the documents that came home last week. Each family received a policy and ICT pack. This amount of reading and signing will only be required at the beginning of each year. The various reply-slips and forms are particularly important to note and are designed to keep parents au fait with our policies and systems. This will reduce confusion regarding government ruling or our school policy and expectations from our school and parents. Please help us by returning the reply slips this week.

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

At Llandudno, we have been attempting to reduce the amount of paper we use for communication and therefore we will be placing newsletters and school forms to be completed on the school D6 Communicator as well as emailing them to you. We urge you to download the school D6 Communicator and use it daily. Music lesson application forms, hot dog order forms etc. will also be available digitally.

SMS web provides us with bulk SMS bundles to notify you of last minute sport changes or reminders. Please keep your cell phone with you for these and also notify us of your change of cell number or email address, immediately.

EARLY MORNING DROP-OFFS

The gate above the school field, called the top gate, will only open at 7:15am on school days for children to enter the school. We do not wish to open it earlier for safety reasons and the fact that it is still quite dark for many months of the year. Please drop your child at the main gate if he /she comes to school early. Under no circumstances may children climb over the fence to enter the school at any point.

SCHOOL SPORT AND THE SWIMMING POOL

All school sport starts this week at Llandudno and at Dominican Grimley for the senior children. All pupils from Grade 1 must take part in at least 1 core sport per season. The core sports are: soccer, swimming, cricket and netball. Tennis, water polo, and squash are secondary school sports which may be taken if pupils have signed up for the core sports.

SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY BY – ELECTION

There will be a school governing body by –election held at 6pm on Tuesday 24 January. Parents may nominate suitable parent candidates to stand by fetching and using a nomination form available at the school reception. One parent place is available as a member has stepped down. We are particularly looking for a parent member to assist in the school sports and legal portfolios as these areas have not been officially filled for some time. All the other areas are filled. Parents are asked to contact Mr Rob Williamson or Mrs Erasmus to find out more about the role of an SGB member, and meeting and training obligations. We urgently require all parents to return their completed registration forms.

MEET YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER EVENING

The first very important meeting for parents will be held on Wednesday 18 January at 6:00pm. At this meeting in the hall, you will be able to get a brief overview of the year’s events and socials followed by a visit to the classroom to hear how your child’s teacher engages with the class and the expectations for the year. Personal discussions will need a private appointment.

PARENT FORUM

As in the past, we will be holding a parent forum for parents to discuss any concerns they may have or to come up with new ideas or suggestions about any aspects of school life. The date is Thursday 26 January at 6:00pm. Please email your questions or ideas to Mrs Erasmus at: principal@llandudnoprimary.co.za by Tuesday 24 January so that the staff can be prepared to answer your questions fully.

NEW STAFF

We welcome a past pupil, Miss Sam Granger, and cousin of Thomas and Kira Hofmeyr, to Llandudno as the Grade 3 classroom assistant this term. Sam has recently graduated from Stellenbosch in Social Sciences with a Distinction and is already proving to be a wonderful asset and a welcome pair of hands in the room.

FUNDRAISING

We have two exciting fundraisers lined up for this term. Please diarise these dates and more details will follow soon in adverts:

Thursday 23 February – Welcome” White Nights” cocktail evening at Llandudno Surf Life Saving Club from 6:00 – 9:00pm.  All parents, especially new parents, are invited to attend.

Saturday 11 March from 11:00am -5:00pm –The ‘Shipwreck’ themed beach carnival also held at the Llandudno Surf Life Saving Club venue, as well on Llandudno Beach for the whole family. This is a family carnival held each year and promises to be a fabulous day in the sun with good food, games, music and great vibes.

XHOSA

We will be offering conversational Xhosa to Grade R and 1 classes. If your child in the higher grades from Grade 2 to 4 would like to attend one of the private extra-mural options offered, please complete the reply-slip that was mailed to you today and is also on the Llandudno School Communicator.

May I take this opportunity on behalf of the School Governing Body and all Llandudno staff to wish all our families a wonderful first term and a super 2017 in every way.

D E Erasmus