Tel. 802-4160 Website address: www.wendywoodhigh.co.za 15 June 2007 Vol. 11/07 From the Principal’s Desk In our last publication we explained our reasons for joining the Public Service strike. We stand by our decision to strike which was made in the interests of improved education for your children in the future. Every radio and television broadcast and every newspaper has featured the strike prominently. To the man in the street it must be very hard to understand why the unions have not accepted what appears to be, on the surface anyway, a very generous offer by the government. And therein lies the problem. The unions have looked beyond the surface. This generous offer applies to some public servants and by no means the majority of them. It very much depends on whether or not a member has a housing subsidy, the number of dependants and the medical aid scheme to which they belong. It’s a complicated issue and we all hope it will be resolved soon and amicably. We have been fortunate at Wendywood High School. Our teachers have put the pupils first and have only been away from school for three days. Most schools are in their third week of strike action. We have taken every precaution possible to ensure the safety of our children and will continue to do so. Some have been unable to come to school due to intimidation at taxi ranks. These children will not be penalised in any way and every effort will be made to assist them to catch up work they have missed. There is a comprehensive holiday programme for matriculants. The subjects not mentioned in the programme have matters in hand and will, if necessary, give extra tuition next term. Please keep this newsletter as there is information pertinent to term 3 activities, including a calendar and a cycle test programme. On Friday we close for 3 weeks. School resumes on Monday 16 July. Term 3 begins on a Day 1. For those travelling we wish you a safe journey and an enjoyable holiday. CONGRATULATIONS It is with great pleasure that we inform parents and pupils of the official appointment of Mrs Johnson as Principal of Wendywood High School. Since the departure of Mr Earp, Mrs Johnson has been serving in an acting capacity. In March the Gauteng Department of Education advertised the position in its official gazette. There were numerous applications for the post and a lengthy process followed to determine the best candidate. The Governing Body then recommended their preferred candidate to the District Director who then made his decision. We were delighted to be informed by the Director last week of his acceptance of the Governing Body’s recommended candidate, Mrs Johnson. Over the years Mrs Johnson has been involved in a myriad of activities at Wendywood. She knows the school, its staff and pupils, as well as many parents and community members, very well. As an acting principal she has shown dedication and innovation. She has boundless energy and an outstanding work ethic. During the past six months she has proved her worth in so many ways and has won the respect and admiration of all. Mrs Johnson is a “hands on” leader, never shying away from the challenges of the job, always ready to move forward and tackle problems. We believe she will embrace this position with passion and determination and will take our school forward in a positive and constructive manner. We pledge our support and extend our best wishes. C. Pillay Chairman: Governing Body NEWS OF PAST PUPILS It is always a proud moment when we receive information from universities with news of former pupils. The list below is of students currently studying at Rhodes University. It shows their names, the courses they are undertaking and the year in which they matriculated at Wendywood. AB Hepburn PhD (commerce) 1994 D Lee Bachelor of Journalism 2003 KC Maake Bachelor of Commerce 2005 VN Malebye Bachelor of Commerce 2006 MM Manmana Bachelor of Economics 2006 KS Tshishonga Bachelor of Commerce 2005 ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED If you have a cottage or flatlet on your property and would like to rent it out to a responsible young man, a teacher at Wendywood High School, please call 072 598 7313 From the Classroom With the introduction of the FET phase in Grades 10, 11 and 12, Life Orientation has become a compulsory subject for all learners. From 2008 pupils will not be able to matriculate unless they attain sufficient credits in Life Orientation. This subject covers a host of disciplines including Health and Wellbeing, Career Guidance, Citizenship and Spiritual Guidance. Mrs Williams is the Subject Head. Other members of this Department include Mr van Wyk, Miss White, Miss Houghey, Mr van der Merwe, Mrs Walker and Mrs Pillay. Mrs Williams and Mr van Wyk have done intensive training in this field and were chosen as facilitators when the Education Department trained teachers. The Wendywood Care Team was instituted some years ago by Mrs Williams to give counselling and support to pupils in need of such. It has been a very valuable exercise, most of the teachers involved coming from the Life Orientation Department. Since the appointment of a social worker, the Care Team has been reduced in number, Mrs Williams and Mr van Wyk remaining the two active counsellors. Mrs Gibbins’ appointment as our social worker has proved invaluable. She is busy all day and everyday counselling children and their parents, training Peer Counsellors, running parent workshops and referring pupils for specialist treatment. She has taken Peer Counsellors on weekend training camps and frequently accompanies children in need to clinics and hospitals. The emotional support given to learners is a feature of the all round education provided at Wendywood. SOCCER KIT Soccer players please note that kit will be available at Wendywood Drapers from mid July Boys and girls kit with socks = R235.)) 1st team kit (boys and girls) with socks = R260.00 SCHOOL FEES POST DATED CHEQUES As the term ends on 22 June post dated cheques for 30 June will only be deposited when school reopens in July. If this applies to you please ensure that there are sufficient funds in your account to clear the post dated cheque. MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE AWARD OF COLOURS The award of academic colours requires no discussion. Pupils have to attain a certain percentage in the senior classes. If they do this they automatically qualify. The criteria for Leadership colours are also automatic. If a pupil is elected to the Representative Council of Learners he/she will be given an award as stipulated in the constitution. There are strict criteria, clearly set out in the constitution, for Leadership, Drama, Rhetoric, First Aid and Media awards, the only discussion point being the interpretation of “excellence”. The difficulty arises with the award of colours for sport or for other forms of service such as Interact, because there are no specific criteria. The first thing to understand is the distinction between colours (full and half) and team awards. Team awards are given to first team players who have shown loyalty for at least one season in a senior grade. As long as they have attended practices and played the required number of games the award is automatic. Skill level of the participants is not considered. Colours are not awarded for loyalty, reliability, enthusiasm or commitment alone. Colour awards demand a high level of skill. Ideally a player should be chosen to represent a full provincial team (not a provincial development team) before full colours are awarded by the school. But we do not live in an ideal world. Few of our pupils get the opportunity to be chosen for provincial teams, so at Wendywood we follow, instead, a list of criteria we believe pupils must attain in order to win colours. We take into consideration the level of play by the individual, the ability and success of the team and the strength of the opponents. We look at the specific contribution that player makes to the team on the field and whether he/she stands out as superior to other players. We look at the level of skill of the individual in a variety of situations and against “good” opponents. We look at the commitment and determination the individual displays in pressure situations. We compare the skills of the player with those who have won colours in the past. Evidence of good leadership is also taken into account. If after all this the coaches and managers believe a player stands out he/she will be considered for colours – half colours if above the rest, full colours if vastly superior. We hope this will make clear to players the level they should attain in order to win colours and the reason that so few pupils have been awarded colours recently. Players want to be chosen on merit alone and if they are given awards for their play they want to know that they have deserved these awards, because they are good and not merely because they’ve played for a long time. Players who are presented with colours must be able to wear these with pride. The revived enthusiasm and interest shown recently in some activities, is very encouraging. Wendywood teams are starting to look like real contenders in a number of sporting encounters. No doubt this will impact favourably on the standard of play and soon we should see a host of worthy colour recipients. CYCLE EXAMINATION PROGRAMME 2007 TERM 3 DATE PER DAY GRD 8 GRD 9 GRD 10 GRD 11 Tuesday 3/4 4 Art 25 July Wednesday 2/3 5 English Mathematics Afrikaans Afrikaans 1 August isiZulu isiZulu Tuesday 31 1/2 1 Geography Accounting July Wednesday 2/3 2 Afrikaans English English Business 8 August isiZulu Studies Thursday 3/4 3 History 9 August Thursday 16 4/A 6 Mathematics Afrikaans Maths Life Science August Maths Lit. Tuesday 21 4/A 1 EMS AC Life Orientation Maths August Maths Lit. Wednesday 1/2 2 Accounting 22 August 3/4 Thursday 23 4/A 3 Technology LO Physical CAT / IT August Science Tuesday 28 4/A 6 SS NS Business Life Orientation August Studies Thursday 4/A 8 NS SS Life Science Tourism 30 August Friday 31 1/2 1 Geography August Monday 3 4/A 2 AC Technology CAT / IT English September (Theory) Tuesday 4 1/2 3 Physical September 3/4 Science Thursday 6 4/A 5 LO EMS Tourism History / Art September . 1. CAT and IT exams – theory only 2. Highlighted Subjects (10 and 11) are written during class time with subject teachers. 3. The first two group cycles will be written on Wednesdays as usual. Once the prelims start we will not have access to the hall for assemblies. In an effort to save teaching times exams from 16 August will take place in period 4 plus the assembly period. Please try to keep your test to 55 minutes and encourage pupils to settle down quickly or they will have to write into break. 4. Time is very limited in term 3. As a result two cycles per week have been scheduled. 5. In come cases dates have been changed to avoid the same day of the cycle being used repeatedly for testing. MY MATHS TUTORING SERVICES Grade 6 - 12 maths. User-friendly, private tuition, course summaries, traveling service, professional tutor network, free pre-assessments and more. Free quote call Travis on 082 378 3651 / (011) 465 – 7032 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org “ MY MATHS = FLEXIBLE MATHS “ TERM: 3 YEAR: 2007 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 16 July  17 July  18 July  19 July  20 July  23 July  24 July  25 July  26 July  27 July  Blood Clinic Talent Show / Reports issued Mr / Ms Wendywood Grade 8 & 9 am Soccer– Sandringham Grade 10 & 11 at Girls (A) – S & J Parents’ Evening Boys (H) – 14, 15, 16 st nd 17:00 – 19:00 1 ,2 30 July  31 July  1 August  2 August  3 August  Grade 9 Assembly Drama Festival Grade 11 Camp Soccer – Hyde Park Girls (H) – S & J st Boys (A)–14,15,16, 1 6 August  7 August  8 August  9 August 10 August Best Speakers Soccer – Sandown NATIONAL SCHOOL Competition Girls – (A) S & J WOMEN’S DAY HOLIDAY Boys (H) – 14, 15, st 16, 1 Last day for Grade 12s 13 August  14 August  15 August  16 August  17 August  st Prelims begin Soccer – 1 round Grade 8 Assembly of Cup Soccer – Westridge Girls – (H) – S & J st Boys (H)–14,15,16, 1 20 August  21 August  22 August  23 August  24 August  Soccer – Highlands Soccer – Cup Boys (H)–14,15,16, Quarter finals st 1 27 August  28 August  29 August  30 August  31 August  Peer Grd 9 Subject Choice Counsellors’ Soccer – Holy Family Camp st Girls S & J, Boys 1 vs Rand College (H) Boys – 14, 15, 16, 3 September  4 September  5 September  6 September  7 September  Grade 12 cluster – Rand Tutorial 14:45 Soccer – Ferndale Soccer – King Girls (A) – S & J David Linksfield Boys (A)–14,15,16, 1 st Girls (A) – S & J 10 September  11 September  12 September  13 September  14 September  Soccer – Yeshiva Soccer – Boys (H)–14,15,16, Roosevelt st 1 Girls (H) S & J Boys (A) – st 14,15,16, 1 17 September  18 September  19 September  20 September  21 December  Valediction Sports Festival Reports issued School Closes Saturday 15 - Matric Dance / Anniversary Dinner GRADE 12 HOLIDAY LESSONS Computer Studies HG Monday 25 – Friday 29 09:00 – 17:00 Mr Scott Mathematics Monday 25, Tuesday 26 09:00 – 13:00 Mr Moodley Biology Mon 25, Wed 27, Thurs 28 08:00 – 09:00 Mrs Walker Accounting Thurs 5 July 09:00 – 14:00 Mr Govender Business Economics Sat. 28 July, 4 Aug. 08:30 – 11:00 Mrs Johnson Art Wednesday 25 June 09:00 – 17:00 Mrs Caw Economics Wednesday 4 July 11:45 – 14:00 Mr Govender PARENTS Did you know that losing sleep can affect children’s learning, speech and attention spans and even turn them into bullies? This information (Sunday Times 17 June 2007) was presented at the international conference, Sleep 2007. Researchers in the United States found that mild sleep loss in children aged 6 – 7 disrupted their learning development. If a child lost an hour a night for a week it could contribute to disruptions in neurocognitave learning. Whilst this research was directed at youngsters, we all know that we can’t perform at optimum level if we have been deprived of sleep. Researchers also found that teenagers who stayed up late on school nights and tried to catch up by sleeping in over weekends, were more likely to perform poorly in the classroom. There is no doubt that our attention spans are affected by lack of sleep. The risk of adolescents taking up smoking and drinking was also shown to be heightened by loss of sleep or disturbed sleep. Frequently at exam time, especially amongst university students, all night study binges are frequent occurrences. These students believe that they focus better when exams are imminent, yet they are likely to get lower marks than those who slept more. Experts recommend that scholars sleep between ten and eleven hours per night in order to give of their best every day. They also believe that food or drink that contains caffeine or medicine that contains a stimulant should not be taken before bedtime. Further one should not go to bed hungry or too full. A dark quiet bedroom is also conducive to improved sleep. EXTRA LESSONS GRADE 8 – 12 Professional tutoring in: Maths, English, Afrikaans Call Elsie: 804-7551 or 082 661 6418 Kip McGrath Education Centre Ullmann Park Recreation Centre; Morningside Manor Get 1-on-1 tuition @ Home Trained, professional tutors All subjects, All grades Experience the advantage of individual extra lessons Our tutors: supervise homework, clarify; fill in gaps; keep learners up to date; prepare for tests and exams; encourage a positive attitude. 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