2nd Term 2014 Newsletter (End of Term)
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I am delighted to report that our term was very busy, but fruitful. The term ended with a combined mass for the two schools where we celebrated the feast of St. Dominic. I am pleased to announce that we had several achievements and celebrations this term.
The achievements included Provincial and District Awards for ‘O’ and ‘A’ level results for 2013 as listed below. Thanks to all the teachers for working hard and to all parents for supporting our girls.
Parents Get-Together for a Parenting Workshop
The school and the SDC organised and facilitated a fruitful and inspirational parenting workshop on the 2nd of August 2014. Thank you parents for working together with the school for the sake of our girls. As I have often said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” One of our Dominican Pillars is community and we can only build our community if we work together and participate in school events.
Developments and ongoing Projects
Times are hard but the school continues to work under a strict budget to maintain and raise standards which were set from the inception of this school, 120years ago. New developments and ongoing projects in the school include:
• Sports honours assembly to honour girls who made it into the national teams.
• Careers Fair for L6 and U6 girls to afford one-on-one guidance and counseling opportunities to girls and their parents.
• Parents get together to learn about parenting.
• Fire disaster preparedness training for teachers and girls
• Communicating with parents via emails
• Purchasing computers for computer room and library (ongoing project).
• Installation of Epson projectors and white boards in the form four classrooms (ongoing project).
• Setting up of terrazzo tables to provide sitting facilities for the girls (ongoing project).
• Construction of New entrances to manage and control traffic.
• Sports consultation
A n umb e r o f t e a c h e r s h a v e volunteered to offer holiday lessons to examination classes (Form 4s and U6’s). The girls concerned have been notified and should report to school in uniform for the duration of the given period. The school does not charge girls for holiday lessons.
The school is planning to introduce a winter uniform starting in 2016 to give parents and suppliers enough time to prepare. We have allowed girls to come to school with navy blue blankets in the absence of a proper winter uniform. Once the winter uniform is introduced, it will be compulsory for all students during winter. Girls will no longer be allowed to bring blankets to school.
Please be reminded to pay your daughter’s fees in full before beginning of term. If you are interested in getting an NBM loan dates for application are from 8th August to 5th September 2014. When paying school fees please make sure you fill in correct deposit slips. Please do not use primary school deposit slips for high school fees.
School ethos: Service
Service is one of our Dominican pillars. Thank you parents for helping us to promote this pillar by giving to your daughter to give to those in need. I am pleased to let you know that we raised $421 on tackie day. The money will go to Island Hospice to help them look after cancer p a t i e n t s . T h i s i s a n a n n u a l programme.
We are trying to go green and reach out to parents via email but some parents’ email addresses are not functional. If you have not received our emails please print your email address on the provided form when you come to collect your daughter’s school report.
T h a n k y o u p a r e n t s f o r y o u r cooperation. We need to work together to instill and re- enforce the values that the school is promoting.
Punctuality is one of our core - values. There are a few parents who bring their daughters to school late daily. We have realized that children who come to school late perform poorly because their whole school day is spoiled by coming late.
The Careers Fair was a success. Thank you parents of A-Level students for joining your daughters at this event. We hope it helped both you and your daughter as your daughter makes decisions for studies and careers after A-level.
Consultation was well attended. Thank you parents. Sadly, parents of girls who are struggling or giving problems are the ones who do not
attend consultation. Next time we will fol low up on those who mi s s consultation.
A parent’s prayer
Thank you for my children lord. I know they are a gift from you. Daily, I need your strength and wisdom to train them in the way they should go.
Give me patience and a joyful heart. Let me be an example of your love and forgiveness. Thank you father for the honour of being a parent.
Happy feast of St Dominic and have a refreshing holiday.
SR RUDO MATSIKA OP
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