NEWSLETTER NO.05

NEWSLETTER NO.05

Dear Parents/Guardians

 

SHARON SCHOOL PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

I would like to welcome and thank the new parents’ committee.  Please note this committee is no longer referred to as the S.D.C. but as the Sharon School Parents’ Association.  This change of name is in line with all A.T.S. schools.

 

Chairperson – Mrs Natalie Shallow

Vice Chairperson – Mr Brett Sinclair

Treasurer – Mr Herman Grau

Secretary – Mr Philani Nyatsanza

Members – Mr Nico Ferreira, Mrs Ashliegh Geach, Mrs Robin Guy,  Mrs Kyati Lalloo,

Mrs Otilia Manongwa, Mrs Brenda Manyara, Mr Simbarashe Mupandanyama, Mr Tendai Nyamangara, Mr Adrian Robinson, and Ms Robyn Weare.

 

I look forward to a good year ahead working together with such an enthusiastic committee!

 

TUESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY – CAR PARK MONITORING

Please note the new committee will be directing traffic on 13th February.  This is not a fun job but is necessary to allow the safe, smooth flow of traffic.  Please be considerate of their help and remember the rules are in place to protect our children.  Please familiarise the car park rules which were attached to the S.P.A. letter and are also included in the prospectus.

 

TUESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY – ORANGE DAY

We will be celebrating ‘Orange Day’ in aid of Kidzcan, helping the children with cancer.  Plastic orange flower badges will be on sale for $2.00 and our children are allowed to wear something orange as well eg. laces, ties, ribbons.  There will be Ecocash facilities and the money raised will be shared between Kidzcan and the Sunshine project, whose members made the flower badges.

 

WEDNESDAY 14TH FEBRUARY – HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

The S.P.A. have organized a lovely raffle with prizes ranging from dinner for two at Alo Alo restaurant to a lego set!  Please support their efforts.

 

EXAMINATIONS

To benefit the majority of the children examinations will occur annually and not biannually.  Reasons for this decision include

  • to reduce stress for children and families
  • increase teaching time
  • benefit children by working on a continuous assessment

 

No exams for Grade 1 – 2.  For grades 3 – 6:-

At the end of the second term the children will be given subject percentages which will include course work involving classwork, research, projects and tests.  This mark can be gauged against the class average.

 

In the third term the percentage will be added to the examination mark which will give an overall assessment.  Therefore merit will be given to industrious workers.

 

Grade 7 pupils will write school exams annually in the second term after their entry exam in July.  In the third term they will write ten ZIMSEC examinations.

Examinations aim to determine the ability of a student.  They do not measure their effort.  There is a place for exams at senior school.  However with every topic there are always pros and cons.

 

FOR

  1. They provide a self analysis of one’s own ability.
  2. They provide a spirit of competition.
  3. They provide a toll for learning and working.
  4. They develop personality and confidence.
  5. They provide a platform for scholarships and awards.
  6. They judge the progress of many students.
  7. They can promote a good future.
  8. They provide easy detection of misunderstanding by pupils.

 

AGAINST

  1. They are a source of stress and pressure.
  2. They can cause health issues.
  3. They can cause loss of confidence.
  4. The importance of exams is so high that students are afraid of failure which leads to low self esteem.
  5. Competition can lead to peer problems.
  6. Learning is for formality and not understanding.
  7. Pressure creates disinterest in studies.
  8. Exams are not a real test, life is!

 

SHARON SCHOOL OPEN DAY

Once again my grateful thanks to Mrs Tanya Adam for all her amazing help with this event.  It was a resounding success.  Thanks also to Mrs Justine Roberts for her support and for serving the refreshments.  Thanks to all the parents for providing delicious eats and to the S.P.A. for providing support.

Also my grateful thanks to Mrs Frampton, the musicians and choir for providing outstanding entertainment.  It was truly a wonderful event.

 

MINDFULNESS COURSE

After a talk to the staff last term several members attended a course this term with Mrs Sandra Kull Engler and they will be using some of the techniques in the classroom to help the children relax and concentrate.  Any interested parents can contact Sandra at sandra.kull@gmail.com.

 

THE GRADE ONE MEET AND GREET

There is a social evening for the grade one parents on Thursday 15th February 2018 at 5.30 pm in the hall.  This is a good time to get to know other grade one parents and have some fun at the same time.

 

SHARON SCHOOL INVITATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

Well done to all the children who participated.  Our girls came 5th and our boys came 2nd.  We came 4th out of nine schools.  This was an outstanding effort – well done to all the participators and to Mrs Bezuidenhout for coaching the team.

 

INTER-HOUSE CROSS COUNTRY FRIDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

This will be held on Friday 16th February at 9 o’clock.  The children can come to school in their house vests and sports shorts.  The races will start at 9.00 am and we hope to be finished at approximately 12.00 noon.  The grade ones and two are allowed to go home when they have finished their races.  If they stay at school then they must stay in their house tent.  All other pupils are expected to stay at school until the end of the prize giving.

 

FIXTURE FREE WEEKEND/HALF TERM

I would like to wish you all a very happy weekend.  Please enjoy valuable time with your children.  School starts again on Thursday 22nd February at 7.20 am.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Mrs S P Ellis

PRINCIPAL

Sharon School

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