Pre & Primary School

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Toddlers Class:
Ages 1 and 2 years

Pre Primary:
Grade 000 to 00

Primary:
Grade R to 3

Primary:
Grade 4 to 7

2017 Term Calendar

Term 1

18 January – 12 April
  • Mid Term Break:
    23 February – 28 February
  • 21 March – Human Rights Day

Term 2

3 May – 4 August
  • Mid Term Break:
    23 June – 3 July
  • 16 June – Youth Day

Term 3

5 September – 7 December
  • Mid Term Break:
    19 October – 25 October
  • 24 & 25 September – Heritage Day

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Introduction

Dear Parents
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the new parents and children to Valley Pre and Primary School and tell you a little about the school.

The Valley Pre and Primary School was established in 1982 and was amongst the first registered schools in Midrand. Over the past 32 years we have been registered with the Education Department which required that certain standards were met to keep the quality of a high standard. The Education Department has however withdrawn from all pre-primary education. This has resulted in registering only with the Department of Health and Welfare. There is therefore no control regarding the standards of education and staff qualifications. Our purpose at The Valley has always been to create an environment of excellence, to be aware of international trends and give each child the very best opportunities possible in order to develop fully in all areas. A combination of traditional and Montessori methods are used in the school.

The staff at the school do all that is possible to carefully plan an environment where the child is able to develop in all areas and so realise his/her full potential, and thus make the best possible use of his/her life. An atmosphere is created that encourages responsibility, self-discipline and co-operation in the group, social interaction and positive self-image.

The children are encouraged to pursue a wide scope of learning activities designed to fit their own needs and interests. They are led to develop the necessary insights, appreciation and skills required for a lifetime of learning, as patterns laid down in early childhood produce a self-con dent, competent learner. A balance is constantly maintained by providing a vigorous play environment.

The Valley Reception Year and Grade 1

Over the past few years we have had an increasing number of parents who had difficulty finding placement for their child in a good primary school which they could afford. (Many have had to sell their homes and move to an area where their child could be accommodated in a school).

Private school fees are often out of reach for some families and waiting lists are extensive, with few Public Schools offering the required standard of education for our children. With this in mind we have registered with the necessary Government Departments to comply with regulations to offer a Junior Primary School (Reception to Grade 3). From January 2013 we have begun by offering Grade 1. Grade 2 will commence in 2014 and Grade 3 in 2015.

A maximum of 16 children will be accommodated in each of our Primary classes. Fees will remain the same as the pre primary. All stationary and text books will, however, be purchased by the parents.

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Extra Mural Activities for Pre Primary and Primary Children

The school offers Ballet, Karate, Pottery, Dance Mouse and Soccer.

Professional teachers run these activities and payments are made to these respective teachers (and are not included in the school fees). The fees must be paid directly into these teachers bank accounts.

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Birthdays

It is customary for the child to bring something (a cake and perhaps some sweets) for the children in his/her group on their birthday. This makes them feel a little extra special on their birthday.

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School Hours

Arrival: Between 07:00 am and 07:30 am. Lessons begin promptly at 7:30 am.

Departure: Between 12:30 pm and 01:00 pm for Pre-Primary and between 01:00 pm and 01:15 pm for Grades R to 3.

Leaving your Child at School

Please prepare your child for school. Tell them that you will come back later. When bringing your child to their teacher please say goodbye to them and leave. We have found over the years that this is best for a child. If the parent is hesitant and procrastinates when leaving, the child senses this and takes longer to settle down. Once you have left and your child does not settle down we will most certainly contact you. We do however advise parents to collect their children early until they are settled.

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Bakerman

Every Friday we have a “Bakerman” day for the children. This is our only form of fund raising and all funds generated are used to buy educational equipment. Each child is given the opportunity to be a Bakerman. His/her mom will then be asked to provide cupcakes / biscuits etc for his/her group. This is really fun for the children and at the same time assists with the raising of funds. Each child is required to bring R10.00 each Friday to buy his/her cake. Alternatively, parents wishing to pay for the full term can pay R120.00 at the beginning of each of the 3 terms and Teachers will give your child his/her R10.00 each Friday.

The Bakerman list for each term will be placed on the notice board. Please check and make a note of when your child will be required to bake for his/her group. Reminder letters giving the date and number of cookies required will be sent to parents at the beginning of each week.

Bakerman Ideas:

  • Bags of Popcorn Biscuits Pancakes
  • Mini Doughnuts
  • Crumpets Crunchies
  • Ginger Bread Men Cupcakes
  • Muffins
  • Rice Crispies Treats Jelly & Ice Cream Iced Biscuits

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Safety and Security

Please be alert at all times and inform us of any suspicious characters or vehicles outside the school at arrival and/or departure times. Tactical Reaction Services send a vehicle/personnel to assist us whilst our gate is open during arrival and departure times. Our security guard, George, is however available during school times.

If your child is going home with a friend for a play date or is to be collected by anyone other than his/her designated parents, family member, caregiver, lift club etc please inform either your child’s teacher, Yvonne in the office or Rosemarie (Principal) of the arrangement. NO CHILD WILL BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE SCHOOL UNLESS THIS PERMISSION HAS BEEN GIVEN.

Parents of children going home with a shuttle, bus or taxi or any other transport service on a regular basis are to inform us of this in writing stating their child’s name, name of the Transporting Company and the telephone number. These services often use a number of different vehicles and persons to collect children and will have to, in future, obtain a permission slip from our office before collecting your child from his/her class.

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Fun Days

Throughout the year we will be having a few days where we will make school even more fun. Children may dress up and bring a picnic lunch with a special treat not normally allowed. Fun days will include:

A Teddy Bear Picnic; Water Fun; Pyjama Party; Music; Fantasy Fun; Kings & Queens; Super Heroes; Babies; Weddings etc.

Reports / Parent Interviews

Children’s progress reports are given to parents in June and December. Parent Interviews are arranged for April and whenever we need to discuss any problems your child may be experiencing.

Parents experiencing problems or concerns about their child’s progress during the year are asked to contact us to set up an appointment to discuss these.

Please do not hesitate as your child’s welfare is of utmost importance to us.

Information on Your Child

Please inform us of any changes in your child’s home situation in order for us to better understand your child’s need and give him/her the necessary TLC and love required. Information is always regarded as confidential and will not be divulged to anyone other than the teachers concerned.

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Lunches / Mid Morning Snack

Cool Drink / Juice Bottles
Please do not give your child cool drinks to bring to school. They do not yet have the dexterity to close the caps correctly and we have juice all over the bags, shelves and floor. We do, however, supply juice at 10 am and filtered cold water is available at all times.

Yoghurt / Morning Snacks
Our Mid-Morning snack is eaten at 10 am and we have found that by that time the yoghurt has gone very runny and warm. The children are unhappy about eating it and half is left in the container and placed back in suitcases, again making a big mess. Ideas for Mid-Morning snacks are as follows: dried fruit, dry wors, snack bars, fruit slabs, savoury biscuits, celery sticks, all fresh fruit (peeled and sliced or even a fruit salad), muffins, crunchies, crumpets, banana bread, cold meats (e.g. chicken, meat balls), cheese straws, cheese dippers, cheese rolls, sausage rolls, samoosas, roti rolls.

No yoghurt or sweets please.

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School Pets

We appreciate assistance in feeding our ever-expanding pet population. They eat any of the following: Vegetable and fruit peels such as potato, watermelon, mealie cobs and skins, left over vegetables and salad. No onion or beetroot please. We feed the animals pellets, mixed seed and poultry mix daily. Spinach, lettuce and paw-paw are special favourites.

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Fees

School and Extra Mural Fees

Please take note that all school and extra-mural fees are due on the first day of every term. No proof of payment is required for fees paid. Just a reminder that parents are required to give a term’s written notice to the instructor concerned should you wish to discontinue any extra mural lesson(s) for which they have enrolled.

A much more rigid policy will now be followed as we have had a number of parents who have not paid their child’s school fees.

Fees are payable in advance of each new month or first day of each new term. Where fees are not paid after a reminder has been sent out, parents will be asked to remove their child from the school. All outstanding fees will incur interest and legal fees will be charged.

Makro and My School Cards

Please complete the enclosed forms for both the Makro and My School cards and be so kind as to show these cards when buying items from the dealers recognising them. This helps us generate a small amount of money each month.

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Photographs

Individual and Group photographs are taken annually. Parents will be notified of the dates and cost. Payment will be due on receipt of your child’s photographs.

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Parents’ Day

During the year we have a number of parent days:

  • Annual Concert
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Cultural Evenings
  • Family Fun Sports Day

Parents are invited to join us on these days. Children entertain the visitors and tea will be served.

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Sick Children

Please be considerate and keep your child at home when he/she is ill. This way we can try to prevent others from being infected and keep our children as healthy as possible.

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School Clothing and Personal Items

Important
Please mark your child’s lunch box, shoes, socks, jerseys and jackets to enable us to return them should they be mislaid. Please send your child to school in old and comfortable clothing as we encourage the children to be creative and explore different media, which can at times be very messy. It is very sad when a child says: “I really want to paint by my mommy will shout at me (or give me a hiding) if I get dirty.” Rather bring a change of clothing for your child should he/she have an appointment after school.

Shoes
Climbing playground equipment, skipping, jumping, hopping etc are vital for your child’s development. Children must, however, wear appropriate shoes so as not to trip, fall or stumble. Slip slops, wellington boots and girls’ clip clop and high heeled shoes are not suitable. Please try and encourage your child to wear good quality sandals and takkies.

Clothing
Please try and assist us by dressing your child in suitable clothing for pre-school. We try wherever possible NOT TO DO for a child what we can teach them to do for themselves to encourage independence. Please dress them in clothing which is easily removed e.g. track pants with elastic waists, no buckles or belts for little ones. The most suitable footwear for winter is takkies with Velcro (what a blessing this is to teachers). Our Highveld winters can be very mild at times and with children’s boundless energy, they need to be able to remove outer layers leaving cooler clothing underneath for mid-day.

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Primary School Lessons

We will follow the GED requirements but add to this by introducing the children to a much broader curriculum. Many countries around the world introduce their children to reading and writing at age 5 and we will follow them in this regard, thereby allowing a smooth transition into any other school internationally.

The Jolly Phonics Reading and Writing System, Technology lessons, Chess, Music and Maths will be introduced from Grade R.

We have always tried whenever possible to follow the Montessori Method of teaching where the children progress at their own pace. This philosophy will continue to be followed and brighter children will be encouraged to pursue activities suitable to their development.

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Primary School Prep Sports Programme

This is a compulsory part of the integrated school day and a Doctor’s note is required if your child is unable to participate in the activities.

  • Mini Cricket
  • Mini Netball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis / Ball Skills
  • Cross Country Running
  • Table Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball

Uniforms

Logos may be purchased from our office at R15 each and ironed or sewn onto the shirts, jerseys and windbreaker.

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Girls Summer

  • Grey skirt
  • White short-sleeve button up shirt (with logo on pocket)
  • White takkies
  • White socks
  • Black hair bands / elastics etc.

Boys Summer

  • Grey short pants
  • White short-sleeve button up shirt (with logo on pocket)
  • Grey socks
  • White takkies
  • Black wind breaker with logo

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Girls Winter

  • Grey long pants or grey skirt with black tights
  • Black pullover

Boys Winter

  • Grey long pants
  • Black pullover

Primary School Prep Sports Uniform

  • Yellow golf t-shirt (purchased from our office)
  • Black cap with logo (purchased from our office)
  • Black shorts
  • White takkies
  • Boys: Grey socks / Girls: White socks

 

Winter Extras

  • A black polo neck top may be worn under the white school shirt and the yellow sports golf shirt on very cold days.
  • Black polo-fleece jackets (with logo) are also permissible on very cold days.

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Please Supply the Following Items for your Child

Please label each item and place items in a plastic bag – clearly marked with your child’s name and hand it to your child’s teacher.

 

All Children to supply the following items:

  • 4 x toilet rolls
  • 2 x boxes of tissues
  • 1 x bottle of liquid soap
  • 1 x small hand towel with loop to hang it up (please label clearly)
  • 1 x A4 hard cover notebook for parent / teacher notes etc.
  • 1 x large wide brimmed sun hat
  • 1 x packet of wet wipes
  • 1 x bottle sun protection SPF 40 – 50

 
Children still wearing nappies:

  • 1 x large packet of nappies
  • 2 x large packets of wet wipes
  • 2 x rolls of paper towels
  • 1 x Fissan paste

 
Grade 00 Children

  • 2 x packets of retractable wax crayons
  • 2 x large Pritt glue stick

 
Primary School Children (Grade R – 3)

  • 1 x Koki Pen
  • 2 x packets of retractable wax crayons
  • 1 x sharpener
  • 1 x ruler
  • 1 x eraser
  • 1 x pair of scissors
  • 3 x large Pritt glue sticks
  • 1 x library bag
  • 1 x chair bag
  • 1 x ring binder le (covered with paper or plastic)