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From the Acting Principal's desk

Twelve weeks of the first term of 2017 seem to have passed by in a flash.  However, reading through the articles in this Newsletter I marvel at all that has been achieved.

 Since the start of the term, we have welcomed our new Grade 1s and their parents, along with a number of others who have joined our Rietondale family.

 New staff members included Mrs Visagie (Head of Department – Foundation Phase and Gr 3 teacher), Mrs Knight-Schoeman (Gr 4), Mrs Heck (Gr 1), Miss Schoeman (Teacher Assistant) and Miss Free (Admin Assistant).  We hope that all will have a long and happy association with Rietondale.

 During the term we congratulated Mr and Mrs von Kloeg (Gr 2) on the birth of their son Ethan and Miss Moncho (Teacher Assistant) on the arrival of her daughter Kaboentle.

 Although we didn’t achieve our quorum at the first SGB By-election as hoped, we’d like to express our appreciation to those who gave in to the pressure of their children’s nagging and made the effort to attend.

 Our congratulations to Mr Karabo Mothoa on his election to the School Governing Body at the second By-election.  We look forward to working together for the benefit of all at the School.

 Rietondale Primary celebrates its 70th birthday on 15 April, the day the School opened its doors for the first time.  As we are on holiday then, our celebrations will start on 25 April and plenty surprises are in store!  Planning for the events has been in the hands of the staff’s 70th Committee, comprising only former learners.  Chaired by Mrs Teixeira, Mrs Malga, Miss Masengi, Miss Manca and Mr van Bassen have been hard at work to make sure this birthday is memorable.  Watch d6 for updates!

 As we head towards a much needed break after a very long term, I’d like to take the opportunity to express my thanks and gratitude to all at the School :

The SGB and in particular the Chairman, Mr Kingon, the SMT, Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Admin and Financial staff, ASC staff, Support staff and parents.

A special word of thanks to our children, the majority of whom give of their best at School everyday, who make the staff and me, in particular, exceedingly proud to say that we work at the best primary school in Pretoria!  We have this reputation because everyone continues to do what is expected, all working towards a common goal, quality education and sound moral values.

Our MEC for Education, Phanyaza Lesufi has said, “If you don’t have the right teacher, the right learner and the right parent, you will not overcome some of the challenges we face”.

If you are travelling these holidays, please take care on the roads.  Enjoy the time spent with family and friends.

 

Miss M Mulder

Acting Principal

 

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