Dear parents of St. John the Baptist Catholic school students,
First of all, I would like to remind you of important upcoming events in our calendar. The last day of school for this term is Friday March 31. School will finish at 12:00 Noon, after the presentation of awards, clean up and after Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. I remind you that we are having a celebration for the 25th anniversary of the priory here in Roodepoort this coming Sunday March 19. After the High Mass at 9:30 am, there will be dinner and social gathering in the St. Joseph House, 21 Rex Street. All parents and families involved with the school and encouraged and invited to attend. There will be school as usual next Monday, March 20, which is the feast of St. Joseph. In fact, it will be the school Mass for next week. Tuesday, March 21, there will be no school, since it is a public holiday. School will resume after the Easter break on Tuesday April 18. The students will receive their report cards for the first term on this first day back for the second term.
I would like to also remind you about the Girls` camp from April 4 – 10. If you intend your daughter to come on the camp, please return the forms as soon as possible. Payment need not be made until the time of the camp.
You will have heard that I have engaged an additional teacher for the high school program, in the person of Mr. Blose. It is to give greater individual attention to the students who are in Grades 9, 10 & 11, by separating their classes as much as possible, and keeping the class size as low as possible.
St. John the Baptist offers two sets of Parent-Teacher meetings every year. This does not mean that parents are not welcome to come and speak to the teachers in between times, but that we request and strongly recommend that you make the effort to be present at these organized meetings. They are scheduled for Friday April 21. We do not assign any particular time, but ask that you come between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the time that suits you. The teachers will all be in their classrooms, and you can make your way from classroom to classroom depend upon which teachers you desire to see. Mr. Wermuth, Mr. Blose and Mr. Sibanda will be in the main office so that you do not have to make your way over to St. Joseph House
You are aware that it is school policy that the girls are not allowed to have extensions in their hair. The reason for the prohibition of artificial hair is to put a stop the superficiality of vanity and worldliness, and to prevent unnecessary showing off that would place some girls at a disadvantage. This rule has not always been strictly observed. I have asked the teachers to ensure that it is observed, so that any girls found to have extensions in school will have to have them removed. Natural hairstyles that are not provocative or extraordinary are permissible, for as long as the girls have their hair tied back, and it does not fall on their face.
We have here at St. John the Baptist School a regular fundraiser, in which very few of you participate. It is a fundraiser that costs nothing and that with only 50 supporters throughout South Africa raises us over R300 per month. It is called My School My Village My Planet. Each famil obtains a card and uses it for a large number of purchases in all major department stores. Without the items costing any more, a small percentage of all these purchases is sent every month to the school. All that you have to do is to contact the organization, and obtain a card, and register your support for St. John the Baptist School. Then you simply show your card when you make your purchases. You would simply have to give the Reference Number for St. John the Baptist Catholic School when you order your card, which reference is 3431. It would be a great help to the school if your families would join this fundraiser. You can contact My School, My Village, My Planet via the internet, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0860 100 445.
May this coming Passiontide and Easter be holy times, in which Our Divine Saviour brings you an abundance of graces from His holy Cross.
Yours faithfully in Christ Crucified,
Father Peter R. Scott