It was a great pleasure to welcome the boarders for the first time to the boarding house on campus for the 2022 academic year. We received seven girls this year, and our boarders have already made new friendships from people all over South-Africa.
Our new boarders have been getting to know one another, and we want to acknowledge the bravery of these girls coming to board and their willingness to make new friends. This is a new and exciting time for Holy Family College, since it is our first time opening our learners to the life of boarding school. Our main focus is to build a “home away from home” for our girls and provide a learning environment and community where learners can concentrate on their studies, mature and reach their full potential. We are excited to have them as part of ‘our family’ at Holy Family College Boarding House.
Ms Marlize Reinecke is the Boarding Mistress and plays the important role to oversee the entire boarding house, ensuring that all operational provisions for the girls are available and that procedures in the boarding house are implemented and proactively implemented and evaluated to improve standards of welfare support for our girl learners on various levels.
Alongside the House Mistress is Ms Nonduduzo Shozi, who is the live-in Dorm Mother for the girl boarders. Ms Shozi looks after the girls, ensuring they are ready for school every morning. In the evenings they attend study hall in the school library where our boarders have access to resources such as technology and Wi-Fi to ensure they can complete their homework/studying. It is also a good time to catch up with the girls regarding their day at school, synergy activities and assist with their homework where they might be finding difficulty in understanding.
We also welcome Mrs Elisabeth Santos who prepares the meals for the boarding house. She is well experienced in this field and friendly chef, ensuring that the menu for the boarders is freshly prepared with balanced and healthy meals each day.
We still have space for one more girl and should you want to consider this option for your girl child, please contact the school.
Visits to the school and Covid protocols
With Covid still very much prevalent in our society, we need to continue to limit contact and maintain protocols for the safety of all.
Should you need to visit the school, please note that you need to make an appointment to see academic staff. Our dedicated educators have scheduled lessons throughout the day and cannot leave their classes and learners to meet with parents during school hours. The same applies to meetings with the management team who also teach and are busy with their various roles and duties in the school.
Here are some suggestions to assist and save you time:
Fees office is open from 07h30 – 15h30 (Mon – Fri) for account/fee queries, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
For academic staff, please consult the school diary for all educator contact details and send an email to the relevant class or subject educator with your query or suggestion.
Should you need to escalate the matter further, please refer to the Heads of Department (see Diary) for the various section heads or the managers of the school, namely:
Ms Rees (Principal of Primary) – All Pre-Primary and Primary Matters.
Mr Musada (Head of Student Affairs) – All high school matters, except academic. Email: email@example.com
Mr Olyott (Head of Academics) – All high school academic matters. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, any other matter or final escalations of queries, you are welcome to call the school secretary Bela, to make an appointment to see the Head of College, Mr Sobreira or via email at email@example.com
For all other services we offer (ethos, pastoral, support and counselling), please see the school diary.
All visitors, parents and guardians to sanitise, go through screening at the school entrance and wear a mask throughout their visit to the school. Please report to the school reception office only. Parents are urged not to go directly to any classroom.
These measures are in place to mitigate the risk at school, and we thank you, in advance, for your co-operation.
PARENT INFORMATION MORNING & WORKSHOP
Next week Saturday the 5th of February 2022, at 09h00, we will be hosting an Information Morning/Workshop to provide you with all necessary and relevant details concerning your child’s academic progress and programme for this academic year as well as clarifying any areas of your interest regarding the school.
Various policy and academic requirements will be made available and explained at this meeting. Parents/ Guardians will be given the opportunity to meet their child’s mentor and subject educators, and also the opportunity to join our Parent Association. We are looking for volunteers to be class reps and active members in the school to drive various initiatives at the school. There is no limit to the number of parents per class or grade who can join and we welcome your participation in this forum.
To end the day, we invite you to join us in the school gardens for a family braai. We encourage you to support this social get-together as we for the first time in a long while get the opportunity to discuss and get to know each other better. This event was well attended and enjoyed by all in previous years, pre-covid. Parents are invited to bring along your picnic blanket and basket with your eats, meat, drinks, salads, braai tongs, umbrellas, etc., to enjoy a mid-morning/ afternoon get-together with staff and other parents of the school.
The school will provide fire that will be lit from 11h00. There are only a limited number of braais available at the school, should you have a portable braai/ skottle/ webber, please bring it along with your meat and drinks. The School tuck-shop will also sell limited snacks and drinks.
We look forward to spending this valuable time with you and your family.
The week at a glance
|Week two||Date||Day||Time||PS & HS - Extra curriculum|
|Wednesday||2 Feb||06||Newsletter submissions||Newsletter submissions|
HS - Athletics day
PS - Athletics
|Saturday||5 Feb||-||09h00||Parents Information Morning|
Karate lessons are returning to the school.
Please let us know if your child is interested.
Lessons: Monday and Thursday – 45 minutes
Cost: R1 500.00 per term
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further enquiries.
Holy Family College will be providing violin lessons with renowned musician Ms Ute Smythe who will visit our school weekly to give these lessons.
Violin hire is also available for those interested.
Cost: R4 250 per year or R425 per month.
Email email@example.com for further enquiries.
Advanced programme mathematics
This extra subject is available to select learners only in Grades 10 – 11 this year, who want to do Advanced Programme Mathematics.
What is AP Maths?
Advanced Programme Mathematics (AP Maths) is offered by the IEB as a certified exam and is quality assured by Umalusi. The exam is written by learners in their Grade 12 final exams but the programme has been designed to be taught over three years from grades 10 to 12 in order to build the necessary foundation of knowledge in advance. Learners develop independence, critical thinking skills and an extended understanding of Mathematics, which builds a foundation for tertiary education.
The key benefits of AP Maths
- Become more comfortable with core mathematics and, thus, improve your results.
- Get a head start on difficult university topics including calculus and algebra.
- Improve your university application by standing out from other candidates.
- Develop your independent study skills and critical thinking in preparation for university.
- Open doors to universities.
There is no cost for learners to do this extra 8th subject (afternoons only), other than a textbook. Learners wanting to write this subject in Grade 12, (2023 only), will then have a nominal registration cost to register for the examination.
Please consult with Mathematics HOD, Mr Horn, to enquire if your child qualifies to take this additional subject. Mr Horn can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org