The first term of 2016 saw the start of a new chapter in the life of Rietondale Primary. Word from Mr and Mrs Hoggan is that they are loving retirement and they send best wishes to all at Rietondale.
With all planning and preparation for the year completed at the end of 2015, the academic year got off to a smooth start with teaching and learning beginning from Day 1 and the pace hasn’t let up since.
We welcomed many new children and their parents to the Rietondale family and from all accounts everyone has settled in well.
New educators who started in January were Mrs van der Walt in the Media Centre and Miss Middeljans in Grade 4. During the course of the first term, the Teacher Assistant team was joined by Mr van Bassen and Miss Manca (two former pupils) and Miss Norman.
We hope that their time at Rietondale is fruitful and rewarding.
Some more staff news : Congratulations to Miss Masengi who gave birth to a daughter, Nandi during the December holidays and to Mrs Sevenster whose daughter, Mackenzie was born in the middle of February. We thank Mrs Visser who is in Mrs Sevenster’s post, for helping out with the Grade 3s. We are also pleased to welcome back Mrs Teixeira who returned to School after being on maternity leave. Mrs Wall, away on maternity leave too, returns at the start of Term 2 and we appreciate all that Mrs Marshall, who was in her place, has done for her class of Grade 3s.
Mrs Gillmer has had a foot operation and will be out of action for a number of weeks. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return in the middle of next term. We welcome a familiar face back to the School – Mrs Dreyer, who was a secretary here for many years and has come out retirement to assist in the Admin office.
We are sad to say farewell to Mrs Pienaar who will be leaving us to join her family in Nelspruit. Mrs Pienaar has served the School well in her short time with us and has certainly had a positive influence on the children, staff and parents. We wish her well in her new venture.
Mrs Du Preez will be joining the staff at the beginning of next term in the Computer Centre.
Miss Ndala, our Admin Assistant will be leaving at the end of the first term due to personal commitments. We take this opportunity to thank Neo for the valuable role she played in the day-to-day running of the Admin office. Her empathy for children brought to the Sick Room, her courteous manner with visitors at Reception or over the phone and especially her willingness to help staff members in whatever way she could, will always be remembered. We wish Neo everything of the best for her future endeavours.
Miss Mogashoa has been appointed in her post and will start next term. We trust that all will make her feel welcome too.
Teamwork has seen us reach the end of the first term successfully. The School continues to run efficiently because effective systems are in place and everyone does what is expected of them.
For details of all that was achieved this term, take time to read through the articles in this Newsletter.
Thanks and appreciation must be extended to all members of our Rietondale family : the SGB, the SMT, the Team Leaders, the teachers, the Admin and Financial Staff, the Support Staff, the learners and their parents.
If you are travelling over the holidays, please take care. Enjoy the well-earned rest. A long, busy term lies ahead.
Miss M Mulder