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Parents Letter No 2 - 16 July 2019


Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the Linpark High School newsletter for Term 2.

This newsletter serves to inform you about school related matters.It gives us great pleasure to serve you and report on the school activities for Term 2. We would like to define our school in the way Jean Piaget describes education:
“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men and women who are capable of doing new things.”

At Linpark High School we are committed to doing things differently, so that our learners are empowered with the knowledge and skills to enable them to be “capable of doing new things.” We encourage you, as parents to instil positive values in the life of your child and we will do the same at school.

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Academic Matters

Your child will receive his / her report for Term 2. Kindly examine the results your child achieved. Encourage your child to work continuously on improving and aiming for better results. This term, in order to motivate learners to achieve better results, we have decided to recognise learners with Excellent Achievement and Good Progress Certificates. We appeal to you to monitor your child’s homework. Ensure that he/she has completed all assigned tasks as these contribute to the final assessment.

MATRIC MATTERS

Our aim this year is to improve on the 79% NSC pass that our school achieved in 2018. In order to achieve this, we need all role-players to play a part in our effort to do better. Your child/ward will be one of approximately 625000 matrics who are registered full time candidates for the 2019 NSC examinations. There are 32 school days left before the commencement of the Trial Examinations on 2 September 2019 and 63 school days before the commencement of the final examinations on 23 October 2019. As you would gather from this, there are not many days left before the start of the NSC examinations. We implore you and your child to embark on serious preparations for the final examinations. We will do our part to prepare your child for the final examination. Good Luck!

SCHOOL LIBRARY

In order to improve the literacy and numeracy capacity of our learners, we have recently re-vamped the school library and the school librarians have introduced many programs to encourage our learners to use the library. Kindly encourage your child to borrow books. Our children must make the library and books their friend because as Ernest Hemingway correctly said “There is no friend as loyal as a book”.
Library Revamp

The newly re-vamped school library where learners engage in collaborate learning.


MATRIC WINTER CAMP

I am pleased to report that our school was selected as a venue for the Umgungundlovu District Education Matric Winter Camp. 78 Grade 12 learners from 5 school in our district that offer the technical curriculum were hosted by our school from 18 June 2019 to 1 July 2019. The camp was an immense success and we hope that the service our school provided will enhance the NSC pass rate for 2019. Our thanks and appreciation is extended to members of our staff who worked tirelessly in ensuring that the camp was a success.

Matric Camp

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Staffing

At the beginning of Term 2 all of us at school were shocked to receive the news of the death of our wonderful colleague and friend Mrs Steffanie Wood. She was not just a co-worker but a friend to the staff at our school. Deepest sympathies from all of us to her loving family and friends.
Mr Mazibuko, our senior Technical Mathematics teacher took a transfer to his home town, Estcourt with effect from the beginning of Term 3. We welcome Mr N. Gamede to our staff. He has experience in teaching Grade 10, 11 and 12 Mathematics and will be teaching the senior Technical Mathematics classes.

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Co-Curricular Activities - Scouting

We are proud to inform you that we have introduced scouting at our school. Scouting is a progressive educational movement with the focus on building youth character through its methods and principles guided by the Scout Promise and Law. Our first Scouts Camp was held on 7 – 9 June at Lynnfield Park where 78 scouters from our school attended. The next event will be an Investiture ceremony on Friday, 2 August 2019 at our school. The second camp is planned for 16 August at Lexden Scouts Camp Site. We would like to thank all parents for their support.

Scouts

78 scouters attended the first Scouts Camp at Lynnfield Park.

EXCURSIONS; DEBATES AND SPEECH CONTEST

An educational excursion to Fairfield Dairy for Grade 11 Business Studies learners is organised for this term. Our Grade 11 learners will be attending the Hilton Arts Festival this term. Our school debating teams participated in the Pietermaritzburg Debating League. Our learners will be participating in the Annual Nelson Mandela Speech contest which is organised by the Bessie Head Library.

ROAD SAFETY PROJECT

Five learners from Grade 11; Sinakhokonke Dube, Mhleli Luthuli, Lethuthula Nyoka, Chioma Nene and Sinethemba Mazibuko will represent our school in the District Road Safety Research Project which is organised by the Provincial Department of Transport. The research project started in term 2 and the competition will be held on 17 July 2019. We wish our team good luck.

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Sports

We are immensely proud of our school soccer, rugby and netball teams who competed well against opposition schools in Term 2. Our Rugby First team were undefeated in 25 games and broke the school record for the number of points scored in a single season. Well done to our First team coaches and players. We have an equally challenging set of sports fixtures for this term. Kindly refer to the school calendar for the fixtures.

1st Team Rugby

First Team Rugby – 25 games undefeated. Well done!

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Hostel

The Management and SGB have recognised the need to upgrade and maintain our hostel facilities. We have started this process and are currently attending to requisite needs at the hostel. The table tennis boards, pool tables and dart boards in the games room have been fixed. Boarders must make it their responsibility to ensure that these facilities are taken care of and NOT damaged.

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School Fees

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. Benjamin Franklin

In order to provide the quality education that you would like your child to receive at our school, it is imperative that you fulfil your obligations to pay the agreed upon school fee. In order to meet our financial obligations, we are dependent on school fees. Outstanding debt is traditionally handed over to school lawyers for collection. I hereby appeal to parents to make arrangements with the school to pay outstanding fees as, once your debt has been handed over to lawyers, 60% of the amount collected is retained by the law firm. For the period February 2018 to February 2019, parents paid the lawyers approximately R1.2 million!!!! This amount should be in our school account, and NOT paid to lawyers!

Parents please pay school fees directly in to the School’s bank account:
LINPARK HIGH SCHOOL
NEDBANK
CASCADES BRANCH CODE: 134325
ACCOUNT No: 134-304-844-3.
REFERENCE: USE CHILD’S FULL NAME & SURNAME AND ADMIN NUMBER!!
FAX PROOF OF DEPOSIT TO: 0865168972

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Uniform

The staff and SGB are in the process of reviewing some aspects of the school code of conduct, in particular the school uniform. We have observed that learners are openly defying the school dress code. We make an earnest appeal to all parents to ensure that your child follows the correct school dress code. Please note that girl’s pants must be regular fit and NOT slim fit. Girls’ skirts must be the correct length above the knee. Boys school pants MUST be regular fit as “skinny pants” are NOT allowed.

“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Aristotle

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General

i. Hostel weekend: 09-11 August
ii. We would like to ask parents to please update important information; this includes new cell phone numbers and addresses. It is of utmost importance that we have your contact information especially should an emergency arise concerning your child.
iii. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: Friday, 9 August National Women’s Day; Tuesday 24 September Heritage Day
iv. Linpark Matric Farewell: Linpark will be hosting a matric farewell for the class of 2019. It will take place on the 29th of November 2019 at the Ascot Conference Centre. This will be a closed function only for Linpark High School matrics.
v. The Term calendar has been attached. Please refer to it for all other activities for Term 3.

Yours faithfully

_____________________
MR. A. Mangalparsad
Principal

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Updated cell phone numbers will ensure you receive important messages from the School, and will also aid us in case of any emergency your child may experience while here at School.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Please make use of your child’s ADMIN No. in all correspondence with the School. This makes for accurate record-keeping!

“It is easier to build strong children, than repair broken adults”

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