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Principal's August 2018 Newsletter : Mr K. Nayager (Acting Principal)

August Newsletter

The arrival of spring brings with it a great deal of freshness, rejuvenation and rebirth. Our learners should embrace this significant season to refresh, realign and redress their position or level of work at school. I’d like to encourage all our sons of HNBHS to give off their best and start a refreshed approached to education.

School Assessment: The grade 12 learners are currently busy with their Preliminary Exams which began on the 17th of August 2018 andwhich will end on the 27th of September 2018. Parents, please ensure that your son reports to the exam venue one hour before the start of the paper. 

The rest of the school (grade 8 to 11) will commence with the cycle test programme on the 13th of September 2018. The Cycle Test programme will be made available to them today, Monday, the 3rd of September 2018.

I’d like to wish all our learners everything of the best for these assessments.

School Tour: Our school will embark on a tour to the Kruger National Park and Mpumalanga on the 20th of September 2018. We had to apply to Head Office for approval and the permission was granted only last week. The tour is open to all learners but seating on the bus is limited to only 60 learners. The price is R1 800 but the tour is valued at more than R2 500. I must declare that the school does not gain any profits from this tour and its sole purpose is aimed at affording our learners the educational opportunity to tour some of the marvels of South Africa. Please support this initiative by paying in this R1 800 for your son. The due date for payment is on the 10th of September 2018. More information is on the D6 Communicator Resource menu.

School Fees: A reminder to all parents and guardians to please pay school fees. The daily running of the school is solely dependent on the money we receive from you.We want only the best for our learners and a lack of school funds seriously compromises the daily administeringof our school. Consequently the standards within all areas of the schooling environment may steadily decline. To all parents who are up to date with school fees, I’d like to thank you for honouring your regular payments.

Learner Conduct: The school is facing 2 serious challenges with regards to learner conduct:

Late-coming: Learners are constantly reporting late to school every day. It’s seems to be the same group of boys all the time and whatever punishment we implement out to them is met with dissent and disrespect. School starts daily at 07h45. Please ensure your sons are on time for school.

Bunking: Some learners are bunking in Hilson Park and care less if they miss out on valuable class lessons. They even enter the school yard and bunk at the empty, unseen areas of our school. Please address the issue of bunking with your sons.

Our teachers keep daily class registers to monitor learner attendance. Feel free to book an appointment to meet them and enquire about your son’s lesson attendance. Also note the end of our Winter school uniform – no beanies and scarfs. Fridays only, the boys can wear the school golf shirts.

Sport: We are currently playing soccer in all divisions in league and cup matches. Likewise, basketball is also presently playing in their league games while the rugby u/17 team has been playing in the Roodepoort APCAN Cup. We would like to congratulate our chess teamwho have reached the Cluster stages.In addition we would like to commend cross country as it has seen 2 of our learners progress to district representation.We wish both the chess team and the two cross country boys all the best as they continueto make the school proud. To all learners of HNBHS that persist in demonstrating talent, commitment and passion in the sporting arena we thank you and wish you all the successes.

Fund Raising: The school will embark on a fund raising drive to help with the maintenance of our sport facilities like the swimming pool and basketball courts. A raffle for 3 holiday vouchers will be issued to learners to collect money for the draw. More details will follow. A big “Thank You” goes out to Ms Willimse on behalf of Tsogo Sun for sponsoring these holiday vouchers.

Conclusion: September marks the month of our South African Heritage and as we celebrate Heritage day on the 24th of September we wish our rainbow nation a celebratory day of unity and patriotism. Stay blessed...

Mr K. Nayager

Acting Principal