Parenting: “The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them”.James A Clark


The above quote applies. In order to grow, develop, mature and build character, children need to encounter adversity and take “a few knocks” along the way. They sometimes need to solve problems without parental interference. The improvement in their social skills is dependent on their working out relationships for themselves, especially relationships within the school. Too many parents go to extraordinary lengths to “smooth the path” for their children. Do not try to protect them from every conceivable obstacle that arises – this makes them dependent, needy and unable to face and conquer the situations that will confront them from time to time. Parents need to be watchful, but interfere/assist only when absolutely necessary.


The AGM will take place on Wednesday 22 October at 19:00 in the school hall. A reminder to parents that we need a quorum of at least 15% (± 214 parents) in order to go ahead on the 22 October 2014.


Computer related expenses R4 428, hardware/maintenance/plumbing R3 190, paper R10 036, sports R1 361 and staff development R87 820.


The school fee tariff is R6 500 per learner per year and may be paid over 10 months. Payment options are as follows:

Full payment at the beginning of the year; or three pro-rata payments payable at the end of Term 1, 2 and 3; or ten monthly instalments of R650 (beginning January with the final (10th) instalment due end of October.

Payments may be made in cash, by cheque or via electronic banking. The school’s banking details are as follows: Standard Bank, Northcliff, Current Account Number 002954494, Branch Code 006305. Please use your child’s full name as reference.


Would those of you wishing to make a cash sponsorship donation (to assist indigent parents/learners to pay a portion of the 2014 school fees), please ensure that you indicate clearly on the cheque, deposit slip, Internet banking or envelope, that the amount is for SPONSORSHIP (SCHOOL FEES).


If any parents are able to donate flash drives for the Grade 4 – 7 educators it would be greatly appreciated.


School will close at 12:00 on Friday 3 October. Please ensure that your child leaves school immediately after school closing. Learner reports will be handed to learners at this time. School will re-open for Term 4 on Monday 13 October.


As from TUESDAY 14 OCTOBER the school will close every Tuesday at 13:30 for the Senior Phase (Grade 4 – 7). This is due to the fact that we are not writing Cycle Test this term. The Grade 1s and 2s will finish at 13:00 and the Grade 3s at 13:30 as usual.


It is imperative that parents ask their children for the Newsletter and any other letters that are distributed by the school. These letters contain valuable organisational information in order for the school to run smoothly and to provide the best education possible for every learner. I know for a fact that learners don’t always hand these letters to their parents because in many cases, it does not suit them to do so. So, therefore I am requesting parents to please ask for any letters distributed to learners. These letters also appear on our Website and on the School Communicator. Thank you for your co-operation.


ALL Extra Mural Activities have finished, unless otherwise arranged by the various stakeholders. In order to start preparing for the fourth term sporting codes Ms Michel will start with swimming fitness and Mr Niehaus will start with cricket for Grades 4 – 7. This is not compulsory however we encourage learners to attend.


To Kristin Keenan who has received her Junior Colours for Gymnastics and will be representing central Gauteng at the South African National Gym Games in October.


This is an ongoing problem at the school and I am appealing to parents to have a word with their children regarding these very serious matters:

  • Learners may NOT tamper with, damage or hide away another learner’s property.
  • Learner may NOT take or use another learner’s property without permission. Each learner must have their own stationery and equipment.
  • Vandalism or meddling with another property is a serious offence.

I would really appreciate it if you could assist us in this serious matter. Thank you!


All learners are to abide by the provisions of the Code of Conduct and it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure compliance. Copies of the Code are available from the school secretary.


Classrooms are out of bounds unless the educator is present or has given learners permission to be in the classroom.


Parents must ensure that they respect the smoke-free status of the school and do not smoke within the school boundaries.


Learners undertake to refrain from and report acts of vandalism or any other damage to or misuse of school property.


Educators must ensure that they abide by the rules, regulations and procedures set out by the school and the GDE authorities.


HONEYDEW DRAPERS SCHOOL WEAR: Honeydew Shopping Centre, c/o Beyers Naude & Blueberry Streets, (011) 795-1617. Huge winter special on the following: boys and girls long grey trousers, girl’s tunic, and blue long sleeve shirt.

PANORAMA BASEBALL CLUB: We are looking for boys and girls of all ages to come and play Baseball, this is a fast growing sport, come and give it a try kids!! We practice at Panorama Sports Club, Paul Kruger Street, Wilgeheuwel every Friday from 17:30 – 18:30. For more info contact Natalie on 083 453 3744.

BANTING SUPPORT: Courses for beginners or ad-hoc sessions for those needing help, created by Sally-Ann Creed co-author of the “Real Meal Revolution” – book of the year. Contact Elise on 083 455 7500 or e-mail

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES: For all your IT support including maintenance contracts, websites and SME customised software solutions, call outs. For more information contact Brent on 083 707 7112 or e-mail

BEDAZZLED NAIL AND WAXING SALON: Manicures, pedicures, sets of nails and all your waxing requirements. Travel. Contact Ronel on 083 707 7113.

MATHS TUTORING: From grade 1 to Matric. Travel (Randpark Ridge area). For more information contact Brent on 083 707 7112 or e-mail

PRETTY IN PINK: We offer pamper parties for girls aged 4 – 12, our pampering includes facials, nails, foot treatments, “Pretty in Pink” pamper gift bags and more. Each pamper party is customised to fit your theme and age group. We’ll make you feel like a princess! For more information contact Dennilee on 082 384 7200.

GARDENER: If anybody is looking for a gardener, please contact Lovemore on 083 374 0886, I am looking for work on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For a reference please call 083 981 9734.

STUDENT’S SCHOOLWEAR & SPORT: For the best prices on quality school wear, skate, surf wear and stationery. Efficient and friendly service. All uniform in stock. Open 7 days a week. Trinity Village Shopping Centre (opp Trinity School). Contact (011) 795-4305 or

ALI’S SWIMMING SCHOOL: Swimming lesson for: Tots, accompanied by Moms/Dads in the water, stroke correction, preparation for training – starts, turns and finishes. Heated pool with solar and heat pumps. Member of Swim South Africa and Central Gauteng Aquatics. For more information contact Ali on 082 466 0191 or (011) 792-7334.

TRANSPORT: Are you looking for safe reliable transport? Driven by a mom to and from school. Olivedale, Northriding, Northgate, Bromhof and Boskruin areas. For more information contact Hilda on 073 080 9412 or e-mail

IRG AFTERCARE: Will be running an exciting Holiday Club from 6 – 10 October, from 7:00 – 17:30 each day at IR Griffith Primary School, Blairgowrie. There will be games and activities organised during the day as well as baking and arts and crafts. Mid morning snacks and a full lunch will be provided. R120 per day. Contact us on (011) 886-8384 only between 13:00 and 15:30 or e-mail

TUTORING AVAILABLE: Current grade 12 learner at Rand Park High School offering tutoring in all subjects for grades 1 – 9. Available to start immediately. For further details please contact Keagan on 061 399 6030 or Tracy on 084 512 7718.

LEARN TO PLAY GOLF: Learn to play Golf with The Martin Whitcher Golf Schools. No equipment needed, conducted at Rand Park Primary. For more information contact Martin Whitcher Golf Schools on (011) 215-8631.

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