Newsletter, September 2018
September 11, 2018
Dear parents of St. John the Baptist Catholic School,
I would first of all like to thank you for your help and cooperation in our annual jog-a-thon last September 5. The younger students took it seriously and their parents supported them well. We appreciate this help for the landscaping being presently done around Bosco House.
Last month I sent many of you the registration form for 2019. I remind you that the deadline to return this form is next Saturday, September 15. I will make up the list of students and classes and determine the number of teachers based upon the registrations received by September 15. It may be possible to register afterwards, depending upon the availability of space, but it cannot be guaranteed. If some parents feel that they have been wrongly refused a letter of registration for 2019, they are welcome to contact me. Others must think now of finding another school, since not even three months remain of this school year.
Right now we are preparing for our annual parish and school activities day, which will take place on Sunday September 23 after the High Mass, that is around 11:00 am. We are organizing a wide variety of activities, and encourage the parents to also help out in this regard. There will be plenty of food and stalls for snacks as well.
We the priests will be gone on retreat next week, starting on Monday September 17. Consequently administrative questions of importance will have to wait until the following week. I also remind you that Monday September 24 is a public holiday, and that Friday September 28 is the last day of term. This last day is obligatory and there will be assessments for the students, which will be included in the marks on the third term report card. It is for this reason that we cannot issues the report cards until the beginning of the fourth term, when all the grades have been added up. However, this last day of term is, as usual, a half day, ending at 12:00 Noon after Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Your children will receive their report cards on the first day back from the vacation, on Tuesday October 9. The parent-teacher meetings will be on the following Friday October 12, and will begin at 3:00 pm. You are all encouraged to come and meet with your children`s teachers in their classrooms, provided that you arrive before 7:00 pm. This personal contact with the teachers is essential to the success of our mutual educational endeavours. In this regard, I would like to mention the importance of close parental supervision of homework. This does not mean that the parent should do the homework for the student, but rather that the parent should check that it is done, show interest in it and correct the child if he has obviously missed the point. This concern of parents helps enormously for the students to be motivated in doing their own work, and clearly it is our goal for them to do the work themselves.
Last month I mentioned that I would like to start a boarding facility for boys over at St. Joseph House. There has been some interest in this, and so we are continuing with the plan, provided that we find at least four interested boys whose behaviour and discipline are proven. The cost will be R 1,500 per month for boarding Monday – Friday, or R 2,000 per month for boarding to include the weekends as well.
Finally, Fr. Laiguedé will be holding a boys` camp in the Magaliesburg mountains during the school vacation, from Monday October 1 – 5. Sign up forms and flyers with information are available in the school office. It will be lots of fun, as well as excellent outdoor and religious training for the boys. The cost is R 800, since this time the entire camp is at a hired camp site.
Yours faithfully in Christ Our Lord,
Father Peter R. Scott, Principal