From the Principal's desk

Dear Rietondale family


What a privilege it was for me to have joined Rietondale Primary at the beginning of Term 3.  First of all, I would like to make use of this opportunity to thank the SGB for having the faith and belief to appoint me.  Also, an enormous thank you to Miss Mulder and the team who took great care of my School while waiting for my appointment.  They did a first-class job!  I look forward to an exciting journey ahead!


It has been an eventful term on the staff front as we had Mrs L Du Preez join the team as Teacher Assistant, Miss Manca with a shiny ring on her finger as she became engaged during the holidays and Mesdames Oosthuysen and Koekemoer expecting bundles of joy in January.  Congratulations to Mrs Anderson and her family on the birth of Bjorn Anderson.  May he be a blessing to them.  We extend a warm welcome to Mrs Sevenster who will be in Mrs Anderson’s post until her return.  Mrs Koekemoer left on 8 September, and we wish her all of the best for her new adventure.  Mrs Athinodorou joined the Rietondale team during the last week of term.  We wish her many happy years with us.  Mrs Visagie returned after spending her maternity leave with her lovely newborn baby girl.  Thank you to Ms Botha who facilitated the Gr 3 class during this time. 


A word of thanks to the PTA for organising some wonderful events during this term.  Their functions contribute and add value to our School, especially if we look at the new palisade fence and the upgraded foyer in the hall.  The Fashion Show was definitely a highlight and was enjoyed by all who attended.  Our dress-up storybook characters in celebration of Reading Week brightened up our Friday.  A huge thank you for all the book and blanket donations.  We look forward to the event coming up in October and the market in November.  To the PTA Angels for covering the books and the ‘Mothers who care’ – Wow!  What a heartwarming experience that was for me.  Mothers with such a passion for their School are hard to find.  Parents, I appeal to you to please support the PTA!


As we move into a new season and hopefully leave behind all winter’s flu and viruses, my wish is that our School will continue to go from strength to strength.  Please remember that if you want to make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich or perfect.  You just have to care.  We have to speak to our children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe, is what they will become.


Miss P M Goosen


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