24 July 2020

Dear Thorntree family,

Mr President, thank you. Thank you for keeping our school open and allowing our children to be in a safe space to continue learning. We are so grateful. ‘ Sometimes the best way to appreciate something is to be without it for a while.’ With this being said we are very aware of the spike in cases over the last few weeks and we remain conscious of keeping our staff and students safe.

This week has been a very productive week, our grade 7’s writing the IEB Match test and grade 6’s getting ready to write their CORE test next week. Our students have thoroughly enjoyed writing these tests and it has tested their knowledge and understanding of all the concepts learned this year. We are very excited to get the ball rolling to roll out a complete IEB curriculum (Read more about this curriculum here).

Today we have a workshop run by Naasira Lambat, ‘Nyl Counseling’ for the Intermediate Phase students. Naasira will be speaking to the children about anxiety, expectations over this very uncertain time in their lives and really connect with the children to ensure they are heard and understood. Foundation Phase will have their workshop next week, directed to how they are feeling during this time too. Please be sure to ask your child about this session today or over the weekend.

The Foundation Phase students are all happy and excited to be back at school with all their friends and we look forward to talking to all the grades next week in our parents meeting. Please remember that the link has been sent to your child’s throntreeprep email account. If you have any specific questions you would like answered please send the list to the class teacher. All details on our year ending and curriculum will be answered in the parents meetings scheduled for next week.

All Thorntree students are required to use their thorntreeprep.co.za email address for Google Classroom and Seesaw, this also includes all ‘Google Meets.’ With only 45% of our students back in the classroom we encourage you as parents to take the responsibility to ensure your child is doing his or her work at home. We are providing all the necessary curriculum, content and teaching, all we ask is that you have routine, rules and meet the basic expectations of the day organised by the teacher. Check your child’s email address first thing in the morning to see if any live Google Meets are scheduled. This should become a habit to ensure you do not miss on anything for the day. If you are not prepared to do this we ask you to please contact the school immediately as we cannot have a student registered at our school that does not participate and complete the curriculum.

Again, thank you to our teachers and support staff for being part of our frontline on this fight against COVID-19, WE APPRECIATE YOU!

Have a lovely weekend, keep safe.

Kindest regards,

Helyn Pope
Head, Thorntree Preparatory School


Previous Newsletters:

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