From the Desk of the Headmaster – 12 November 2021

Here we are already at the middle of November which means that there are 23 school days left to enjoy until break up day on the 15 December.  Every day is packed with school activities –  so please follow the Year Planner closely and the d6 etc. for school information and communication.

STAFF NEWS

I hereby inform you of the recent resignation of Mrs Kate Martin in our Grade 2 section who has taught at DPHS for 8 years.  Mrs Martin has been a loyal and dedicated staff member where she has dedicated herself to her teaching, class and responsibilities in the Junior Primary Section.  Mrs Martin has two young children and has decided to be at home with the family to care for her children’s needs on a daily basis.  We fully understand and respect the reasons as expressed by Mrs Martin, a decision which was extremely hard to make.  Thank you Mrs Martin for your professional and committed service given to DPHS.

It also gives me great pleasure to announce that from our interviews that Miss Tayla Osler, a JP Grade 2 educator from Winston Park in Hillcrest will be joining our DPHS staff team.  She is well known to DPHS as some years ago having been involved as a teacher assistant here at Prep.  We are delighted to have this experienced teacher back in our ranks to take up the position of Mrs Martin.  Welcome Miss Osler.

Miss Hannah Tostee is a Teacher Assistant in our Grade R section where she has been committed and actively involved in her support role in the classroom.  She has been with us for two years in the Blue Group but she has decided to commit herself to further her studies and career options outside of education.  Thank you Miss Tostee for your service to DPHS – we wish you well in your study career ahead.

BEEI PROGRAMME PHASE 11

As part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus, the Basis Education Employment initiative (BEEI) was implemented by the Department of Basic Education.  Schools have had to interview candidates who have applied to the programme from a selected list sent by the Department to each school.  Our school has been allocated three positions termed “Educator Assistants” to serve in a support role to the staff and boys.  This same programme was implemented for the first time last year to those unemployed between the ages of 18 and 35.  After our interview process held here at DPHS from the list we received, we welcome the following assistants to our school from November 2021 through to the end of March 2022. This programme is funded by the government and not the school.  Welcome to Miss Mishka Ramchurran, Miss Nothando Khuzwayo and Mr Asanda Mkhize.  We look forward to the involvement of these three members who will serve in areas of general need in and around the school.

REMEMRANCE DAY

Remembrance Day, or as it is sometimes known as “Poppy Day” is observed every year on the 11 November.  Over the years both male and female members of the armed forces have since WW1 lost their lives.  We as DPHS have each year held a Remembrance Day Assembly to pay our respects to DPHS Old Boys/family members who have fallen during the war/s eg. Captain Edwin Swales amongst many.  Thank you to the Grade 7A and Mr Davis for hosting this important Assembly for our school and presenting the Assembly in the tone of respecting Remembrance Day.  Well done Mr Davis and class!  Our staff and boys received a red poppy to wear in support of this day and heard the live streaming of the message shared during our Assembly.

ACADEMIC NEWS

We extend our best wishes to our senior section of the school namely Grade 6 and Grade 7 as they prepare to begin their assessment period of testing next week and beyond.  The boys should by now be well organized and prepared for this experience and should already be treating this time with the utmost importance that it requires.  Good luck to our Grade 7 boys especially as they sit for their final formal assessment here at Prep.

COVID NEWS

Each week I aim to give you an update of the statistics for the school.  This week there are zero Prep boy Covid cases and 2 boys in isolation due to being in close contact with a family member.

CONGRATULATIONS MR PREP

JP – Ford Johnston  –  Grade 1 Muller

SP – Jack Woollatt  –  Grade 7 Turner

HEADMASTER’S QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“They gave their tomorrow so we could have today”

B WILSON
Headmaster

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