18 September 2020

Dear Thorntree parents, students, teachers and friends,

Final full week of school for term 3, report comments, marks and serious conversations about Emotional Intelligence was the theme of the week.

This week I was fortunate enough to attend an ISASA head conference which hosts all the heads of Independent schools in the country, what an honour!

The speakers were absolutely mind blowing from Adam Habib, vice chancellor of WITS who was instrumental in talks on transformation and inclusive education. ‘Get SAB Breweries to make sure all government schools get their textbooks every year, if they are capable of finding all the shebeens in the country they sure will be able to find all the schools.’ Some light perspective on how we can ensure all our children receive education. He publishes great articles on News24 and Mail and Guardian which are very interesting and thought-provoking should you want to read more of his work.

Dr Lisa Damour a recognised leader by the American Psychological Association for her work on stress and anxiety, Lisa is the author of two New york Times bestselling books, Untangled: Guiding teenage girls and the seven transitions into adulthood, and Under Pressure: Confronting the epidemic of stress and anxiety. Dr Lisa spoke to the emotional stress that our children have endured over COVID and how a school gives students purpose, class and advisories time and learning is a happy distraction. Her calm demeanor and absolute zest for life was inspiring. Should you want to look into her work I have added the link here: https://www.drlisadamour.com/.

Nicky Newton-King stepped down in September 2019 as the Chief Executive of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Nicky shed light on expenses which need to be cut due to COVID and the absolute necessity of parents paying school fees and how as schools we will struggle as the economy will regain confidence. Nicky expressed how important it is to allow parents to help build the school and encourage parents to assist where they can. This is a plea to come forward should you have the capacity to grow our school.

Lovelyn Nwadeyi, is the founder of L&N Advisors established to advocate for social justice and has worked extensively in the educational space. Lovelyn encouraged us as heads to empower our curriculum with real life content and take a different stance on certain subjects to ensure we can all relate. She spoke of treating all equally and allowing growth throughout the school. One woman I will continue to follow throughout my life to ensure we all keep on par with the environment we share. I would like to share her open letter to white parents and teachers, it is agood read!

PHOTO DAY ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY, please make sure your children have the correct uniform on, hair is neat and tidy.

Heritage dress up day and picnic will be held on Wednesday to start off our holiday well.


Have a good rest this weekend, enjoy your children.

Kind regards,
Helyn Pope

Thorntree Preparatory School
060 408 1961


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18 September 2020 – Newsletter
11 September 2020 – Newsletter
4 September 2020 – Newsletter
21 August 2020 – Newsletter
14 August 2020 – Newsletter
Newsletter 7 August 2020
Newsletter 24 July 2020
Intermediate Phase 3 July 2020
Foundation Phase 3 July 2020
Newsletter 26 June 2020
Newsletter 7 June 2020
Newsletter 31 May 2020
Newsletter 26 May 2020
View informational video from Principle Helyn Pope – 24 May 2020
Newsletter – 17 May 2020
Newsletter – 10 May 2020, MOTHERSDAY
Newsletter – 3 May 2020
Freedom Day newsletter 2020