MOTHER TOUCH JUNIOR SCHOOL TERM 1 2019 OPENING NEWSLETTER
Dear Parents and Guardians
I hope that you all had fantastic Holidays and feel refreshed to start a new school year. I have been very impressed with the smart presentation of all of the children. I wish the leavers from grade 7 well in their new schools. A warm welcome to our new ECD, grade 1 and all new learners in other grades together with their parents. I would like to welcome two new teachers to school Mrs Karikoga and Mrs Gwati. Ms Matafi will be back in term 2 while Mrs Gadyadza is back from maternity leave. We bid farewell to Mrs Neshava and Mrs Ncube who are pursuing other endeavours.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
|25 January||Civvies day (T shirts and jeans)|
|25 January||ECD Culture meal|
|28 January||Prefects investiture|
|29 January||Boarding parents meeting|
|29 January||Parents-Teacher meeting (Tynwald)|
|31 January||Parents-Teacher meeting (Marimba)|
|1 February||Golf Day|
|9 February||Prefects leadership training|
|14 February||Phonic workshop.|
|22-25 February||Half Term (Exeat)|
|1 March||Civvies (toupee)|
|1 March||ECD Culture meal|
|8 March||Grade 1 trip – Airport & Benjies|
|12 March||Inter-house jumps|
|13 March||Grade 2 trip –King Fisher & museum|
|14 March||Inter-house public speaking.|
|23 March||Inter-house athletics|
|27 March||Consultation day|
|29 March||Civvies – Bunny dress|
|29 March||ECD Culture meal|
|29 March||Infants Sports Day|
|5 April||ECD Trip- Amusement Park|
|10 April||Term one ends|
|7 May||Second term begins|
Thank you to everyone who has already paid their full School Fees. Those who have not yet, we are requesting that you do so urgently to avoid penalties and being affected by the extremely high inflation.
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ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
If a learner is absent, we expect a letter from the parent explaining the circumstances of the absence. By 7.30 am, all children must be at school ready for the first lesson.
We expect you to take special interest in your children’s progress at school. Please monitor their progress and discuss with the teacher if there are areas that need improvement. Children are given homework every day that should be supervised and not done by you. We always demand a high standard of work from our pupils. Ensure therefore, that the homework is very well presented. Remember to always sign the homework.
CHILDREN’S DRESSING AND BEHAVIOUR
We are insisting that boys’ hair be short and well-kept and that their socks have garters. Girls’ hair should be short or neatly plaited and should not cover eyes, ears or shirt collar. All children should wear hats at all times. Let us sing the same song and remember the magic words like “May I please, you are welcome, I am sorry and Thank you”, and the values of punctuality, honest, and sympathy are learned at home.
TRIPS AND TOURS
Learners embark on educational trips and camps. These ‘classrooms without walls’ help teachers to buttress what they teach in the classroom. Apart from teaching learners responsibility and independence, trips and camps accords the teachers an opportunity of understanding their leaners more. We therefore urge parents to plan these in advance and pay before the due date. Those coming in term 1 and 2 are listed below.
|8 March||Grade 1||Airport & Benjies||$75,00||$25,00|
|13 March||Grade 2||King Fisher & museum||$75,00||$25,00|
|05 AUGUST||ECD||MBIZI GAME PARK||$60,00||$20,00|
|25-27 MAY||GRD 3||GREAT ZIMBABWE||$500,00||$170,00|
|21-24 MAY||GRD 4||VIC FALLS||$650,00||$220,00|
|02-04 AUGUST||GRD 5||NYANGA||$450,00||$150,00|
|26-31 MAY||GRD 6||KARIBA||$600,00||$200,00|
|27-29 SEPTEMBER||GRD 6||LEADERSHIP CAMP||$200,00||$70,00|
|18-20 OCTOBER||GRD 7||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|28 JUNE– 12 JULY||GRD 1 TO 7||EUROPE TOUR||–||$2 700,00|
Going by your comments, communication remains a challenge in our school. A few parents have noted and acknowledged an improvement. We will strive to keep on improving until we are all happy. Let us remember that communication is a two way process where both parties need to put effort in communicating well, using correct channels and platforms. All communication should be used professionally for the benefit of the learners and school. Apart from emails and phone, please also make use of the learner’s class communication book on a daily bases and acknowledge by signing. All important information will also be uploaded on our website. Kindly note that we also have a feedback form that you may complete and deliver or email to us. If you have changed your contact details please let the school know. If you have not yet received any email from the school, please furnish us with your email address as well as two most preferred phone numbers to use in all urgent communication.
Please note that any issues to do with learners’ classroom affairs should be directed to the relevant class teacher and referred to the Teacher in charge of infants, Mrs Jaramba when common ground is not found. If not resolved, the matter may be referred to the deputy head, Mrs Hwata, the Headmaster Mr Pamire. For all other issues please get in touch with the school on the following switchboard numbers: 0773596161, 0732596161, 0719596161, 0712800158 and 0733835380, or landline numbers: 0242217313. 0242216730.
Headmaster: Andrew Pamire