GENERAL INFORMATION

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LETTER FROM THE ACTING HEAD OF ACADEMICS.pdf

LETTER OF ACTING HEAD OF ACADEMICS

8 April 2021

Good morning Parent(s) / Guardian(s), Learners and Staff

Please find a letter regarding school academics attached for your attention.

Kind regards

Mr P. Botes

ACTING HEAD OF ACADEMICS

FROM THE HEADMASTER'S DESK

Dear Parents

We have now come to the end of the second week of our revised model for school attendance. It is not the ideal solution but it is the best we can do under the current circumstances. It seems to work well with almost 300 learners not at school on any given day, which helps with the congestion, but it does mean that learners have to stay up to date with their school work when they are not at school.

ACADEMICS

I have had reports from concerned teachers that not all the learners do their homework and that some arrive with the wrong books because they do not know which day it is on the academic calendar. It is here that I need you to help us put pressure on our children to complete their academic assignments and to stay up to date with their school work. There should be no excuses for learners not to complete the work they were given on the days that they are not at school.

SGB ELECTIONS

On Thursday, 25 March, we are having our online School Governing Body Elections and I want to encourage you to vote. More information will be sent to you over the next few days and will include instructions on how to vote online. We are voting for the 7 parent members of the SGB that will be in office for the next three years.

Thank you to the parent members that have served us so well over the last three years. Your sacrifices, leadership and expertise are greatly appreciated.

SPORT/CULTURE

We have started various extra-curricular activities according to DBE and Covid regulations and those of the various governing bodies. It is good to see the kids on the fields, in the pool and on stage and it is then that you realize how much we have missed these activities that contribute so much to school life. We will continue to adjust as regulations change.

I want to wish all our families a wonderful long weekend.

Yours sincerely

Mr L.M. Erasmus

HEADMASTER


PE LESSONS AND WEARING OF PE KIT

Dear Parents / Guardians,

Welcome back to the new school year. We hope this will be a smooth-running year.

With regards to the Physical Ed lessons that form part of the Life Orientation syllabus, we will be doing Physical education for all grades this year. This is a good decision for a couple of reasons; namely : exercise releases stress, exercise develops core muscles which is critical for learners who sit at desks and at computers for a big part of the day, and it creates a 'feel good' space for learners amongst other things.

We have had to change a few arrangements to fit in with the safety protocols.

All learners that are doing Physical Ed as indicated on their timetables must arrive at school in their PE kit. They will stay in their kit for the whole school day. This must be the correct shorts and t-shirts, not "civvies". I am aware of the problem with some kit not being available as yet, your child can just wear appropriate kit until this new kit is available.

This will alleviate the number of people in the bathrooms trying to change into kit. If your child is not doing PE they must please come to school in their uniform.

Safety protocols will be adhered to at all times. Please encourage your child to participate in these lessons.

Any queries can be addressed to me at afriedenthal@fairmont.co.za

We look forward to starting this year.

Regards

Anne Friedenthal

Subject Head: Life Orientation

EXTRA ACCESS POINT FOR MORNING SCREENING

Dear Parents/Guardians

We have made a good start to the morning screening with most learners arriving on time. I am aware of the traffic congestion and frustration you face in the morning as a result of only having one entry point for learner screening. I have met with the COVID Team to discuss an alternative arrangement for the morning screening.

As from Friday, 19 February, the back gate on Reservoir Road will be used as an additional point of entry for learners. The learners will report to the Student Centre where they will be screened and registered for the day. It is imperative that learners using this entrance go through the new screening venue.

Please note we have two exit lanes at the main drop-off point. Most parents use the left lane with little or no traffic using the right-hand lane which leads to gridlock. We would like to encourage parents to make use of both lanes.

We will monitor this change closely and make adjustments accordingly.

Kind regards,

Mr F. Jansen van Rensburg

HEAD OF COVID-19 TEAM



THE BEARS'S GREAT KICK OFF

25 March

Dear Rugby Players / Parent(s) / Guardian(s)

We are delighted to tell you that BEARS rugby has got off to a really good promising start.

Our players will be completing their 4-week strength and conditioning program (Phase 1) this week as stipulated by SARU / WP Rugby and the DBE.

Upon request to commence with Phase 2 next week over a 4-week period, we have been advised that we still require parent/guardian permission to go ahead and that it remains at the player’s own risk.

Fairmont will continue with the Covid-19 Protocols as per the guidelines.

As from Monday, 29 March 2021, we intend starting with a staggered contact approach. This means that bags and shields will be used during practices. There will be no player tackling each other as yet until we get that final approval. Practice times will also be adapted and this will be communicated in due course.

The players who have NOT attended rugby practices but can prove they attend another sport code during this period will be allowed to start. All others will be required to complete fitness sessions.

Phase 1 - Please assist and encourage your son to come and join our BEARS rugby. We are still short of a few numbers in our U14 / U15 teams. Due to the fact that we have been promoted to A1 Level, we need to field 8 teams. This means that we have to have at least 2 teams per age group. Our goal is to have a minimum of 38 players per age group. Our U16 Teams are showing tremendous quality, but we are still a few players short. We are thrilled at having 63 players in the U19 group already. If your son has not signed up as yet, please feel free to encourage him to participate, especially in the grade 8 and grade 9 age groups.

We have also been given our 2021 fixtures which comprises 12 matches.

Our first fixture is at home on Wednesday, 5 May 2021.

Further correspondence will be sent to rugby parents with regards to practice times, fixtures and general rules and guidelines we expect from our players and coaches. We will also communicate about the use of Broadcast Whatsapp groups and how we plan to keep momentum of communication during this period.

Furthermore, any parent who would like to assist with being a parent rep can email me directly.

In addition to this, any parent or company that would like to sponsor any one of our teams is also welcome to contact me.

Thanking you all in advance and welcome all the new parents again to the BEARS Rugby Family.

#WeCanDoAttitude

Regards

Ronald Olckers

HEAD OF RUGBY


School Governing Body Parent Election 2021 - FAIRMONT HIGH SCHOOL (1).pdf

RESULTS OF THE SGB PARENT ELECTION 2021

31 March 2021

Dear Parent(s) / Guardian(s)

Please find attached the results of the SGB Parent Election 2021. The results have been officiated by Mr Vries, Principal of Fisantekraal High School, our Departmental Electoral Officer.

Congratulations to the successful candidates.

Kind regards

FAIRMONT HIGH SCHOOL


GRADE 9 AFRIKAANS TEST ON 15 APRIL

28 March 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians of the Grade 9's

An Afrikaans SBA Task is scheduled for the 31st of March this week. Due to the changes in the duration of the assessment, the task has been moved to the 15th of April. Take note that that the 15th of April is originally a day when the grade 9's would have stayed home. Therefore the grade 9's will have to attend school that morning as follows:

Procedure for 15 April:

07:00-08:00- Grade 9's arrive for screening and proceed to the sport centre.

08:00-11:00 - Learners complete the task.

11:10- Grade 9's will be dismissed and may go home.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change in arrangements.

Regards

Mr PP Botes

Acting Head of Academics


NEW ROTATING ROSTER FOR GRADE 8 - 11 MATRICS ATTEND ON ALL DAYS

4 March 2021

Dear Parents, Staff and Learners

Over the last two weeks we have been looking at various options to bring more of our learners back to school, but at the same time, we do not want to compromise our health and safety protocols.

As you know, we reduced the learner numbers by two grades every day by having the grades attend school on alternate days. This meant that the learners would only attend 50% of the school days over the following month. We also looked at a number of models used by other schools, but every school is unique and has its own set of challenges.

After considering proposals from parents, staff and looking at what other schools are doing, we have decided on the following model that we have proposed to the WCED:

- Every day there will be one grade (from grade 8 to 11) that does not attend school. This will rotate as shown below. This reduces the number of learners by about 300 learners every day. Matrics will continue to attend every day.

Mon 9 - Fri 12 Mar: WEEK 1 OF TIMETABLE:

  • Monday, 8 March: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 9 attend. HOME: Gr.8

  • Tuesday, 9 March: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.9

  • Wednesday, 10 March: Grade 12, Grade11, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.10

  • Thursday, 11 March: Grade 12,Grade 10, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME:Gr.11

  • Friday, 12 March: Grade 12,Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 9 attend HOME: Gr.8

Mon 15 - Fri 19 Mar: WEEK 2 OF TIMETABLE:

  • Monday, 15 March: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.9

  • Tuesday, 16 March: Grade 12, Grade11, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.10

  • Wednesday, 17 March: Grade 12,Grade 10, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME:Gr.11

  • Thursday, 18 March: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 9 attend. HOME: Gr.8

  • Friday, 19 March: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 8 attend HOME: GR.9

Mon 22 - Fri 26 Mar: WEEK 1 OF TIMETABLE:

  • Monday, 22 March: PUBLIC HOLIDAY

  • Tuesday, 23 March: Grade 12, Grade11, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.10

  • Wednesday, 24 March: Grade 12,Grade 10, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME:Gr.11

  • Thursday, 25 March: Grade 12,Grade11, Grade 10 and Grade 9 attend HOME: Gr.8

  • Friday, 26 March: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 8 attend HOME: GR.9

Mon 29 Mar - Fri 2 Apr: WEEK 2 OF TIMETABLE:

  • Monday, 29 March: Grade 12, Grade11, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.10

  • Tuesday, 30 March: Grade 12,Grade 10, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME:Gr.11

  • Wednesday, 31March: Grade 12,Grade 11,Grade 10 and Grade 9 attend. HOME: Gr.8

  • Thursday, 1 April: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.9

  • Friday, 2 April: PUBLIC HOLIDAY - GOOD FRIDAY

Mon 5 - Fri 9 Apr: WEEK 1 OF TIMETABLE:

  • Monday, 5 April: PUBLIC HOLIDAY - FAMILY DAY

  • Tuesday, 6 April: Grade 12, Grade11, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.10

  • Wednesday, 7 April: Grade 12,Grade 10, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME:Gr.11

  • Thursday, 8 April: Grade 12,Grade11, Grade 10 and Grade 9 attend HOME: Gr.8

  • Friday, 9 April: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.9

Mon 12 - Fri 16 Apr: WEEK 2 OF TIMETABLE:

  • Monday, 12 April: Grade 12, Grade11, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.10

  • Tuesday, 13 April: Grade 12,Grade 10, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME:Gr.11

  • Wednesday, 14 April: Grade 12, Grade 11,Grade 10 and Grade 9 attend. HOME: Gr.8

  • Thursday, 15 April: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.9

  • Friday, 16 April: Grade 12, Grade11, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.10

Mon 19 - Fri 23 Apr: WEEK 1 OF TIMETABLE:

  • Monday, 19 April: Grade 12,Grade 10, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME:Gr.11

  • Tuesday, 20 April: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 9 attend. HOME: Gr.8

  • Wednesday, 21 April: Grade 12, Grade 11, Grade 10 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.9

  • Thursday, 22 April: Grade 12, Grade11, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME: Gr.10

  • Friday, 23 April: Grade 12,Grade 10, Grade 9 and Grade 8 attend HOME:Gr.11

A grade occasionally misses two days in one week. There are several four-day weeks where no grade needs to miss two days. Where there are five-day weeks in succession, a grade will only miss two days in a week every fourth week. On average, over a period of a month, a specific grade will miss 5 school days in total and not the 10 that they were missing out of 20 previously.

Additional measures also include:

- The break areas for the juniors will be increased.

- The bell times will be staggered so that fewer learners are in the corridors and staircases at any given time.

- More staff and supervisors will be on duty in the school building to control the situation.

This arrangement means that we will have to adjust the Assessment Calendar. I have included the new assessment calendar in this mail. We would also like to continue with this arrangement until the end of the term if possible, to try and get some sort of continuity.

It is important that we maintain the health protocols, but as I said previously, none of the positive cases we had could be traced back to the school. The school is safe but I am concerned about the academics, mental health of the learners, and the stress it puts on parents to not have their children at school from Monday to Friday. This model is not ideal in terms of school attendance, but it is better than the previous model and it still reduces the congestion in the school.

Please also emphasise to your child(ren) that it is critical that they adhere to the Covid-19 protocols and regulations so that we can stay healthy and that we can continue with the academic programme.

Your understanding in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Kind regards

Mr L.M. Erasmus

HEADMASTER

OPERATING TIMES

Monday to Friday: 07:30 – 08:30. Both break times. An hour after school (Friday – ½ hour after school)

CONTACT

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ABSENTEE PROCEDURE

If your child is absent, an email must be sent to their register teacher when they return to school to explain their absence. A doctor's note (as you will see below) is necessary if your child misses an assessment.

ABSENT FOR AN ASSESSMENT

Learners are not allowed to go home immediately after a test if they are ill. They have to stay until first break.

  • NO learner will be allowed to go home early on any day or after a test without a written letter from the parent requesting this. No emails will be accepted.

  • Permission to go home early will only be allowed in the case of an emergency.

  • If a learner is too ill to stay for the full day after a test, then they must not come to school to write.

  • In case of absenteeism a medical certificate or relevant chemist slip must be provided.

PLEASE NOTE:

All learners are required to be at school at the regular time - 07h50 - even if they are not writing a test. This time will be used for academic consolidation or tasks organised by various subject departments.

All parents are asked to be aware that when a child misses a scheduled test, a certificate from the clinic, a doctor’s certificate or a relevant chemist slip is required. The date on the chemist slip and medication bought must pertain to the pupil’s absenteeism.

A medical certificate from either the clinic or the doctor is applicable for missing any exam.

No exceptions will be made for learners who miss formal assessments owing to holiday arrangements.

Grade 9 and Matric pupils must produce a doctor’s certificate for tests and exams missed as these are the two exit phases and the marks are externally moderated by the Education Department.

LEARNERS LEAVING EARLY

  1. If a learner feels too sick to continue the school day or have to leave for an appointment, he/she must adhere to the following “sign-out procedure”:

  2. The learner must bring a letter from the parent (or send an email) to school on the day of leaving early. They must report to the DCR (Discipline Control Room) to obtain permission to sign out.

  3. Please note that the front office will contact parents/guardians to fetch learners and that this arrangement should not be made by the learners. It is also important that parents allow for enough time for the process to be followed. Learners must therefore sign out at least 20 minutes before their collection time, and be ready for collection at the Front Office, at the time mentioned in the letter.

  4. After the necessary permission has been granted, learners will be signed out at reception by their guardian/parent who has arrived to fetch them.

  5. Please note that learners are not allowed to leave the school’s premises or class without following procedure or before the necessary documentation has been completed.

IN TOUCH PORTAL

The InTouch Portal allows access to certain useful information regarding your child here at Fairmont.

You can see:

  • Your child’s personalised calendar, including when they have each subject each day, as well as sport practises and matches, rehearsals and so forth.

  • A record of all correspondence from the school. These will be limited to those emails and text messages sent from our school administration system, and will not include those sent directly by a teacher from their work email accounts.

  • Homework that individual teachers have loaded on the portal for their subject and that is relevant to your child. However, most teachers use Google Classroom for this.

  • Your child’s archived school reports for each term. You will be able to download and print these, but they will not have any signatures or school stamps on them.

REGISTRATION:

You will be required to register in order to use this portal. Please note that the portal will not recognise any other email address other than the one we have recorded for you in our admin system.

The portal can be accessed on the following website (accessible on a computer or through any mobile device’s web browser):

https://fairmont.intouch.zone

When you visit the portal for the first time you will need to register using the email address which you supplied us with. During the registration process you will be sent a confirmation email which will include a link you can use to complete your registration. When you click on the link in the email you will be taken to the InTouch portal login page where you will need to enter your email address and a new password for accessing the website. If you require any help during the registration process, please try the following link: http://help.intouch.zone. If you are still experiencing problems please contact Mr Freeman at freeman@fairmont.co.za for further assistance.

Due to COVIC-19 there will unfortunately not be a Second-Hand Textbook Sale at the School this year. However, there are a few other options available:

  • the “Parents of Current Fairmont Learners” FB Page

  • friends, neighbours or family members

  • Fairmont Library. Mrs Venter has some books available for re-sale, please contact her on textbooks@fairmont.co.za

PLEASE NAVIGATE TO OUR ONLINE STORE TO PLACE YOUR ORDERS AND TO PAY.

SCHOOL TIMES

School will commence at 07h50 and end each day at 14h35

NB: There may be occasions when pupils will be required to stay up to ten minutes later without prior warning.