Beaulieu Prep Newsletter 5 - 2019

From the Headmistress' Desk

Academic Excellence in International Test

We were, once again, delighted with the International Benchmark Test (IBT) results of our pupils.

The IBT exams were written by the Grade 3 & 6 pupils in October last year and the results were recently received by the school. The Grade 3s wrote the English and Maths exams and The Grade 6s wrote the English, Maths and Science exams.

It is gratifying to know that our pupils, once again, outperformed their counterparts both in SA schools and in International schools.

Congratulations to the following Grade Seven pupils (last year's Grade Six pupils) who had stellar performances.

Certificates of Distinction (top 5%) and Certificates of High Distinction were handed out in last Friday's assembly.

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Beaulieu Prep Newsletter 4 - 2019

From the Headmistress' Desk

Human Rights Day

This is a three day school week due to Human Rights Day on 21 March and a school holiday on Friday. I know that we all appreciate a break in routine, sometimes, and it's always wonderful to have a little extra 'me' or family time.

However, if that's all that this public holiday means to us today, blood was spilled in vain on that fateful day in SA history. This public holiday is meant to commemorate the events of the 21st March, 1960 when sixty-nine black South Africans lost their lives and 180 more were injured. They were shot by the police in Sharpeville whilst protesting peacefully against the pass laws imposed by the apartheid government of the day. This is our history, and shocking and sad as it is, we have all been the beneficiaries of it. A Human Rights Constitution was born, years later, precisely because events like these encouraged South Africans to stand up and to speak out against injustice and the lack of the freedom we should prize today.

Today, we all have the luxury of going wherever it is we wish to go without needing the permission of those in power and without the fear of being shot or jailed. With this freedom comes many other human rights and with those rights come important responsibilities. We must teach our children that they have rights and that, if we are to safeguard these, we must appreciate them and use them well.

Happy Human Rights Day! We can enjoy the day tomorrow, and every day, because many of our forefathers paid the highest price for it.

Staff News

Congratulations to Mrs O'Brien (Grade 2) and Dr Phillips (Science) who are expecting babies in the third term.

Warm regards
Mrs N Hillen

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Start of Term 2 & National Elections 2019

Dear Kyalami Schools Community

You will no doubt be aware that President Ramaphosa has announced the 8th of May 2019 as the date for the South African General Elections.

Our Schools are due to open on Tuesday 07 May 2019, with teachers back a day earlier on Monday 06 May 2019.

We have taken the decision to leave these dates as they are, despite the Schools now being closed due to the Election on the Wednesday, as we do not want to lose any additional academic time:

  • Monday 06 May 2019 - School Staff return for the start of Term 2
  • Tuesday 07 May 2019 - Pupils return for the start of Term 2 (normal hours)
  • Wednesday 08 May 2019 - National General Elections (Schools Closed)
  • Thursday 09 May 2019 - Normal School Day
  • Friday 10 May 2019 - Normal School Day

Kind Regards
Gary Botha

Beaulieu Prep Newsletter 2 - 2019

From the Headmistress' Desk

You will probably be aware of the case against an Independent Prep school in which the school's contract with a parent was terminated following a spate of threatening and abusive behaviour, by the parent, of coaching and school staff.

This has been covered in the media over the last year as the courts handled, and upheld, the school's right to cancel the contract with the parent. Currently, there is a fresh round of media interest, as the parent's two sons have not been offered places in other Independent Schools.

Because our sports season has just begun and because we had three incidents last year in which our school was required to act against our own parents following abusive behaviour of other parents/ coaching/teaching staff, I thought it was a good idea to ensure that parents are aware of the school's stance on this and how poor behaviour, by parents, at sports practices and matches will be handled.

Although the general principles are already covered in the school documents with which parents are familiar, (Parent Contract, Parents' Charter and Co-curricular Policy) the Co-curricular Committee, which is comprised of parents and staff, feels that it has become necessary to explicitly state our expectations of parents when it comes to school sport.

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