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20 March 2008                                                           Vol. 5/08



From the Principal‟s Desk

Two very worrying incidents occurred last week, very soon after the Torch for Peace
ceremony. Both involved learners reacting to basic instructions with aggression towards
teachers. In both cases the pupils flagrantly violated the school rules, rules that were
drafted by a committee of learners, educators, parents and Governors for inclusion in the
Code of Conduct and which both learners and their parents signed acceptance of on admission
to Wendywood. The rules are for the wellbeing, safety and academic enrichment of everyone
in the school.

A teacher, who is the manager in the classroom, has every right to enforce the rules and
expect immediate compliance. In the incidents mentioned above (one involved eating during a
lesson and the other using a cell phone during a lesson) this did not happen. Instead the
learners refused to comply, an argument ensued, and the respect and dignity of the teachers
were violated. This cannot be tolerated.

Incidents such as these drive teachers away from the school and often from the profession.
Today we are losing a matric teacher of the highest calibre in a scarce skills subject, because
she is no longer prepared to teach pupils who neither show interest in their work nor respect
for the teacher. There are many reasons for this teacher‟s decision, but by far the most
influential is the insolent and disrespectful attitude of learners in general. She is moving to a
private school, fortunate to have her services. To date she has not been replaced.

Universities have been forced to close down a number of education courses due to the
extremely low number of students wishing to enter the teaching profession. Not only is this
an indictment against conditions encountered by teachers in many state schools, but it is of
great concern to the future of the country. Teachers are well educated professionals who
have spent years in training. They can make a huge difference to the future of learners.
Those that don‟t acknowledge this have no ambition or self worth and are destined never to
reach their full potential.

Unfortunately this attitude of disrespect extends to property as well. The wanton
destruction of the vending machine, of school desks, locks on doors, cloakrooms - the list is
endless - is reminiscent of life in a prison, an inner city slum or a ghetto. This is not how a
school should be and the strongest action will be taken against those caught. This school must
be a place where everyone wants to be. Well behaved conscientious pupils should not tolerate
this disruptive behaviour from classmates. If they do they are jeopardising their own right
to a decent education and wasting their parents‟ money. These pupils should not only distance
themselves from the miscreants, but should defend their right to a disciplined environment
of teaching and learning, by speaking against them.



TORCH OF PEACE

In an effort to reduce violence in schools, the Department has embarked on a campaign to
promote peace. Wendywood was privileged to be involved in this campaign last week. The
Headmaster and Executive of the RCL at King Edward V11 School, along with representatives
from the GDE came to a special assembly at Wendywood, where a Torch of Peace was passed
from the KES RCL executive to the Wendywood RCL executive. Speeches were made by the
Presidents of both RCLs, Principals from both schools and a representative from the GDE. A
Pledge of Peace was read to the assembly by a King Edward‟s representative. It was a moving
ceremony which we hope evoked a commitment to peace in all who attended.

On Tuesday Mrs Johnson and our Presidents, Ameera Rawat and Dexter Mabaso, went to
Ponelopele Oracle school in Ivory Park to hand over the torch.

A telling article on the subject of school violence was presented in the Sunday Times last
week. It was written by Fred Khumalo under the headline “The poison starts at home”. In
quoting some passages from this article we would like to ensure parents that it is not a
blanket condemnation of all parents. There are many excellent parents who take the task of
parenting very seriously and do all within their power to instil in their children good values,
sound discipline and upstanding morals. Mr Khumalo‟s words were not meant for those.

       “In recent weeks we have been deluged by reports of violence and general
       mayhem in our schools. The reality is that this growing scourge has its reality
       at home, where parents have abdicated their responsibilities as leaders,
       disciplinarians and heads of the family.

       “In some recent instances, where teachers have disciplined wayward children,
       or tried to search them for drugs and weapons, parents jumped to the defence of
       their children, saying how unlawful and unconstitutional it was for their children to
       be searched, let alone punished for transgressing school rules and societal norms.”

He goes on to quote from a novel, I Speak to the Silent, by Mtutuzeli Nyoka:-

       “If you don’t teach your children to behave themselves, the streets will.”
RESULTS

Our girls‟ tennis team lost their final match against league leaders Leuwenhof, but they can
feel proud of their fine achievements this season. Wendywood bids a sad farewell to the
matric girls who played their last match. They have formed the backbone of our team for a
number of years.

The boys continue to shine on the Basketball court. Both juniors and seniors have had good
wins recently over Blue Hills and Norkem Park, while the girls beat Summit College.
Congratulations to the players and the coaches.

On Saturday Wendywood participated in area rugby trials where our first fifteen were
victorious against a team from Northcliff High, winning 21 – 0, an encouraging start to the
season. We are very proud of our captain, Lebo Maboa who was chosen for the next round of
trials. Good luck Lebo we hope your injury heals in time.

Last Friday our squash team played a very exciting match against St Andrews. Both teams
fought hard and after three hours of play the match ended in a tie. We are proud of the
tenacity and endurance shown by the players – Shazia Osman, Fatima Makda, Ameera
Rawat and Rookaya Kadwa.

Netball, Hockey and Rugby begin in earnest next term. Players please keep fit during the
holidays.

On 10 March the Chess Masters – Dave Songiso, Katlego Sello, Welcome Mkhonto
(Captain),Sandhir Beesunlal and Suyodhan Nayager played against St Peter‟s in Sunninghill.
Wendywood won one game, drew two and lost two. On 17 March the same team was invited to
Sunninghill again where they played against Crawford Lonehill. This time the scores were
reversed and Wendywood won four games and lost only one. This was very encouraging. Keep
the fires burning boys. The future looks bright. (Mr Mugumbate)

DIARY OF EVENTS             15 February – 1 March

Monday 14 April             School opens
Tuesday 15 April            Grade 8 and 10 Parents Evening      17:00 – 19:30
Thursday 17 April           Grade 9 and 11 Parents Evening      17:00 – 19:30
Thursday 24 April           Grade 12 Parents Evening            17:00 – 19:30
Friday 25 April             Blood Donor Clinic                  09:00 – 14:00

REPORTS

We remind parents of the opportunity Wendywood is providing for you to monitor your
children‟s progress at school. The Diary of Events above clearly states the dates and times
of this. We urge parents to come to the school to collect their children‟s reports. Please note
reports will only be issued to parents or guardians unless prior arrangement is made with your
child‟s Grade Tutor. We encourage pupils to accompany their parents to these meetings. They
must be properly attired in school uniform.
NEWS OF PAST PUPIL

Yarisha Singh matriculated at Wendywood in 1998. She was a very good student and involved
in many school activities. Her special forte was dance and she won several Dansation
Competitions held annually at the school. Yarisha is currently participating in a dance
competition on Kyknet called – Dans, Dans, Dans and is amongst the top 6 dancers. The show
is televised at 08:00 every Saturday and repeated every Sunday at 15:00 on DSTV channel
105. Please support Yarisha in her attempt to take the title of SA‟s best and most versatile
dancer.



MY SCHOOL CARDS

This card may be used at all the retailers and restaurants listed below. PLEASE! PLEASE!
Use your card whenever possible. If you do not have a card, see Mrs Yon next term in B13
It is a wonderful way to generate money for the school at no cost to you.

TOYS R US and REGGIES         Stax – Fourways Crossing      Flower Spot – Woodmead
Fruit & Veg City - Fourways   The Fruit Spot - Woodmead     Hirsch‟s Home Store - Fourways
All Engen Convenience         Kwikspar - Buccleuch          Pick „n Pay Mini – Kyalami Estate
Stores
Spar - Sunninghill            All Woolworths Stores         McCullagh & Bothwell – Fourways
Garden Shop - Fourways        www.inthebag.co.za            www.tiscali.co.za
Kalahari.net                  Deziner Optical               John Dory‟s Fish and Grill
Monte Casino Bird Garden      Mugg & Bean – Fourways C      Mugg & Bean – Paulshof
All Waltons Stores            Tile Africa - Fourways        Tile Africa – Woodmead
Club Travel - Midrand         Club Travel - Dainfern        Supa Quick - Midrand




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                    Every Wednesday during break in B13 (Mrs Yon)

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                                             Sleeveless jersey – 34 – 36    office



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         CELL
        PHONES
ARE NOT ALLOWED AT SCHOOL UNLESS LODGED AT THE
       FRONT OFFICE DURING SCHOOL HOURS




   IN SPITE OF COUNTLESS WARNINGS PUPILS ARE
 CARRYING PHONES AND FREQUENTLY USING THEM IN
                 THE CLASSROOM


  THIS LEADS TO UNNECESSARY CONFLICT BETWEEN
              TEACHERS AND PUPILS


PUBLIC PHONES [CARD AND CASH] ARE AVAILABLE FOR
 USE BY PUPILS AT BREAK, BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL


 IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY PUPILS MAY USE THE
          TELEPHONE IN THE FRONT OFFICE
ANY URGENT MESSAGES RECEIVED IN THE OFFICE WILL
                BE GIVEN TO PUPILS

								
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