Report Newsletter - Term 1

26 March 2020

Good morning Parents,

We are very excited to release Term 1 reports today, well done to our students who have performed exceptionally well. We are proud of every single one of you.
Go to assessments to find reports published.
We look forward to starting school on 15 April 2020, this will be virtual assisted classroom with Google until we are allowed back on the premises. Please make sure you have signed up to your teachers Google classroom as soon as possible as we will need to iron out problems before the 15 April 2020 should there be any. Please follow the guidelines from the previous newsletter to set up a conducive and practical working space at home.
At Thorntree we have a one on one meeting with all teachers and head of school in the first few weeks of Term 2 to discuss a progression or intervention program for your child, the Class teacher will confirm the date and time for this meeting, should this need to be a virtual meeting we will organise it on ‘Zoom’ or ‘Google meet’.
Enjoy this time at home with loved ones, we cannot wait to tackle Term 2 with even more challenging and exciting content!
Teachers, I thank you for being open to new challenges and taking them on with true passion and ensuring we make sure the student is at our best interest throughout any difficult decision making.
Warm and SAFE regards during the next 21 days,
Helyn Pope
Head, Thorntree Preparatory School
Mokopane, 0600

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School Closure - 18 March 2020

Good Day Parents and Staff,

Thank you for being calm and understanding in this very uncertain time.

School will close on 18 March 2020 at 12:30 for Foundation Phase, and 13:30 for Intermediate Phase, we will open on 15 April 2020 (Should this change, we will contact you).

A holiday workbook will be sent home from Grade R – Grade 7 with work which needs to be done daily, this book will be assessed and used for Term 2 reports.

Allow for routine at home just as we have routine at school, e.g. Wake up at 7am, get dressed and eat breakfast, start school work at 8am, break (play outside for 20 min), wash hands, have a snack, wash hands, start school work again, read for 20 minutes. (Make sure there is time for FUN too).

We do not want our children to remember this time in a negative light.

Teachers will be available on WhatsApp should you need clarity on any subject or piece of work, please respect this.

This is not an extended holiday, you need to practice self-discipline and contain your family at home, practice hygiene and most importantly have fun with your child. Get back to basics, bake, play board games, test one another’s general knowledge, garden, run through the sprinkler, etc.

We will continuously share all good education sites and information that we have to stimulate your child, please check EduAdmin, WhatsApp and our Website constantly.

TERM 1 reports will be uploaded on 26 March 2020 on EduAdmin (Assessment tab, it has a big green tick) – Please make sure you have the app and it is working. If you do not have it as of yet you need to come to admin before Wednesday 18 March 2020.

School fees are due on the 1st day of every month. Please make sure you make payments on time every month.

Finally, we wish you a very happy holiday, happy Easter and practice kindness.

Helyn Pope
Head, Thorntree Prep School

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Literacy Carnival 7 March!

School Houses Announced!


Scientific name Breonadia Salicina, magestic evergreen tree.
Its wood is heavy and hard and always used for construction and creating beautiful furniture.

Key words for our Matumi house are Magestic, Consistent and quality.


Scientific name Spirostachysafricana, is a protected species of tree due to the unsustainable
overuse of its wood. Tamboti tree created beautiful furniture and is used to cure many eye and skin irritation.

Key words for our Tamboti house are Protection, Care, Empathy


Scientific name Buddlejaceae, attractive evergreen tree that flowers in winter, creates a dense rounded canopy.
The flower creates an abundant supply of nectar; it’s a good honey tree.

Key words for our Nuxia house are Attraction, Green, Environment

We have chosen our houses and we are elated to have our students allocated to specific houses!

Next week Friday 31 January 2020 - please wear the specific colour your house is associated with!


If you'd like to know in which house your child is, click on the file to download the correct Grade list:

Baby Sprouts Little Sprouts Grade R
Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3
Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6
Grade 7    

Important Dates - Term 1 2020

22 January 2020 - Parents evening Grade R – Grade 3 starting at 17:30
23 January 2020 – Parents evening Grade 4-Grade 7 starting at 17:30
31 January 2020 – FUN Athletics Piet Potgieter High School start 8am
6 February 2020 – Formal Intermediate Phase parents meeting starting at 6pm
12 February 2020 – Foundation phase outing 9-10 am
13 February 2020 – Intermediate phase outing 9-10am
14 February 2020 – Grade 1 Bake sale for Valentine’s day
20-23 February 2020 – Half term back to school on Monday 24 February at 7:20.
7 March 2020 – Literacy day this is a compulsory day for all students to attend.
20 March 2020 – Grade 2 Bake Sale
26 March 2020 – School closes at 10 am, reports will be issued at 10am.

Stationery List 2020

Foundation phase stationery list for 2020

Please note that it is essential for every learner to have all the equipment on this list.
All stationery must be brought to school on the first day of the year.
Excess equipment will be kept at school and handed out when needed.
All stationery must be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Books may be covered in covers of your choice. However, a subject NAME LABEL will be issued to stick onto each book.
Once these have been allocated, each book then needs to be covered in plastic.
This list is only for January-June. The children will get a new list in Term 2 for the rest of the year.

Download your stationery list for 2020 here


Intermediate phase stationery list for 2020

Please note that it is essential for every learner to have all the equipment on this list.
All stationery must be brought to school on the first day of the year.
Excess equipment should be kept at home till they are needed during the year.
All stationery must be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Exercise books to be covered in specific cover colours for easy access.
Each book then needs to be covered in plastic.
Books to be covered by the end of 1st week of school year.

Download your stationery list for 2020 here

Wednesday Cycle Test Schedule Term 1 - 2020

Foundation phase stationery list for 2020

Scheduled tests that will be administered on Wednesdays (learners and parents will be notified in advance if the test will be moved to a Tuesday or Thursday, but will still be within the prescribed week)
They are half hour tests testing work covered in the weeks passed since the last test in that subject
The teacher can and may administer other tests during lessons and the learner will be informed accordingly
These will be shorter tests to assess concept understanding, spelling, mental math, etc.
Note that written tests are not the only form of assessment and learners will be assessed in various ways - formally informally, formatively and on various tasks submitted or presented.

Download the Wednesday Cycle Test Schedule for Term 1 2020 here

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