May 2018 Newsletter
May 15, 2018
Dear parents of St. John the Baptist Catholic School,
Allow me to remind you that we have barely five weeks left until the end of the semester, and that all students will be sitting tests and exams in the coming weeks. Students in high school, in Grades 8 – AS, will be sitting their exams from June 13 – June 22 inclusively. They will be sitting exams every morning and most afternoons as well. The school hours will be as usual. Even after the exams are completed they may not leave, but must stay at school until dismissal at 2:10 pm. There will be no classes during this time, but instead supervised study halls at the times at which they are not sitting exams. It is our intention to put them under a lot of pressure, to bring the best out of them. Please help them by excluding television, video games, idle computer use and the like during this exam period.
You are aware that we cannot presently provide supervision for your children after 3:00 pm, and that those students who stay on the school property after that time fool around and waste their time. For this reason, parents have for some time been requesting an after school day care. I have delayed, waiting for the right persons to take care of this correctly. We now have the competent personnel, and are planning to start a day care program at the beginning of the third term, namely on Tuesday July 17. It will be held at St. Joseph House, 21 Rex Street. We will take the children over there at 3:00 pm and the day care will last until 6:00 pm every school day. The charge will be R 600 per month per child, but for the first month of July it will only cost R 300, since it is a half month. The purpose of the after care program is to provide a safe environment for your children, and constructive, educational activities adapted to their age. Younger children will have supervised play and games and older children will have supervised study hall. We will keep a ratio of one supervisor for every 5 – 10 children. Pick up will be by 6:00 pm at St. Joseph House. If you are interested, contact the school office for the sign up forms.
Please take a look at the May statement that is attached, and verify that it is correct. It has been impossible for us to identify several EFT payments, due to the absence of a precise reference, which must include the student`s first and last names. Please inform the office if some or other payment is missing.
A local business woman has proposed selling school bags. She provides bags in the school colour, red, with the school emblem, and on the side a large photo of the student, so that it is clear and easy to identify to whom the bag belongs. We already have all the photos of the students on our computer, and so we can put in the order for you, if you are interested. The cost is R 250 for a high school bag, R 200 for a primary school bag, R 160 for a Kindergarten bag, and R 120 for a lunch tin bag. Samples will be in the office in the coming days for you to see for yourselves. If you are interested, we will take the orders and forward them on.
We have a constant problem of missing uniform items. Please name clearly and obviously all your children`s uniform items, and check regularly to see if they have not brought somebody else`s uniform item home by error. We are very much aware of the sacrifices that you make to have your children in smart uniforms, but your children also have to be reminded to take care.
The feast of Corpus Christi is coming up on Thursday May 31. We will be celebrating this important feast in honour of the Blessed Sacrament with a High Mass at 7:15 am. We will also be solemnizing the feast on the following Sunday, June 3. After the High Mass, there will be a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, with two Benedictions. Our annual parish braai on the school playing fields will follow. You are all invited to attend. The cost for the food is R 40 for adults and R 20 for children.
May Sunday`s feast of Pentecost fill us with the gifts of the Holy Ghost so as to live a life of Faith and prayer for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.
Father Peter R. Scott