TRANSORANJE

SKOOL VIR DOWES / SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

OUERBRIEF / PARENTAL LETTER

       TRANSORANJE SKOOL VIR DOWES

TRANSORANJE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

 

 PARENT NEWSLETTER: 2017/09/29

Dear parent / guardian 

 

Please note that some of the dates mentioned in this parent letter may change due to                                      unforeseen circumstances.

 

1)        SORROW

Our condolences to the family and friends of the following people:

Staff member

Mr Josiah Chauke

Our condolences to Mr Josiah Chauke and his family. His aunt passed away on 31 August.

Staff member

Ms Theodora Morolo

Our condolences to Ms Theodora Morolo and her family. Her mother passed away on 11 September.

Staff member

Ms Cate Maela

Our condolences to Ms Cate Maela and her family. A family member passed away.

Learner

Nicole Maeke

Our condolences to Nicole Maeke and her family. Her grandfather passed away on 18 September.

Staff member

Mrs Babsie Basson

Our condolences to Mrs Babsie Basson and her family. Her father passed away 21 September.

 

2)        CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the following people

Staff members

Ms Tumelo Mello

Congratulations to Ms Tumelo Mello. She passed her learner’s license.

Staff members

First Aid Training

Congratulations to 12 of our staff members. They completed Level 1 First Aid training and all passed with flying colours.

 

3)        STAFF MATTERS

Staff members

Mrs Christene Koekemoer

Welcome to Mrs Christene Koekemoer. She is appointed as a housekeeping Supervisor (hostel mother) in the post of Mrs Erna Jansen van Vuuren.

Staff member

Mrs Sienie Fereira

Welcome to Mrs Sienie Ferreira. She is appointed in the place of Mrs Crystal Taylor while she is on maternity leave.

Staff Member

Mrs Crystal Taylor

Congratulations to Mrs Crystal Taylor and her husband. Their baby boy was born on 2017/09/19.

 

4)        EXTRA-CURRICULAR MATTERS

CHESS

The following learners were invited to participate in the Junior SA Deaf chess Tournament in January. They form part of the Gauteng team:

Jason Paich

Sipho Nkosi

Wicus Murran

 

SOCCER

 

The U/13 boys played a friendly game against Kwaggasrand.

Kwaggasrand 1

Transoranje  2

 

5)        CURRICULUM MATTERS

Skills Phase

Practicals for the Skills classes. Some learners in the skills classes received training for a few days in the true work environment.

We thank the community who accommodated our learners and taught them the necessary skills.

Photo envelopes

All photo orders must be finalised on 2017/10/09. Please ensure that your envelope together with your order are returned to school on 2017/10/09. Orders will be placed at the latest 2017/10/10.

 

6)        SPONSORING BODIES

TOIBO & NPC

Thank you:   

 

The school and Transoranje NPC would like to thank the following people for their support, involvement and contributions to the Transoranje NPC and Transoranje School.

 

AON treated the learners and staff with a Soup day on 28/6/2017, they also sponsored 30 chairs and 5 whiteboards as well a stationary box for all the hostel study time supervisors (8) to assist learners that need an item unexpectedly when doing homework.

 

DOULOS for regular donations of food, toiletries etc. for the hostel.

MIDSTREAM COLLEGE donated 167 blankets that was handed out to our needy learners.

EXXARO volunteer group for the weekly donations of bread for sandwiches for our needy day scholars.

KERK SONDER MURE - the" Manne Sonder Mure" project provides the hostel with one "curry & rice" meal per week.

EJ TRADING for regular donations of detergents and also clothing to needy learners.

FAVOR CATHEDRAL CHURCH for the donation towards needy learners camp costs and a cash donation.

SAINT LATTERS DAY CHURCH who donated two Weld Simulators that will improve our welding training to our learners and career opportunities.

O&J MEDIA who sponsor magazines for our Media Centre every month.

RENTOKIL INITIAL who sponsor our sanitary bins in the ladies bathrooms and also assist with fumigation of the hostels. 

SASOHN for the donations of food for the hostel and treats to the learners.

CECIL NURSE for the donation of material for the Skill Division upholstery classroom.

NB PUBLISHERS for 630 new books for the Media Centre.

VODACOM FOUNDATION for the two Skype systems in the hostels to enable our learners to Skype with their parents and for emergency services.  A special thank you to individuals who would like to stay anonymous for monthly donations towards needy learners fees and other needs.  Also to all the individuals who donated clothing, food, toiletries, stationary etc. from time to time to our school.

         

 

 

Feedback

    

Mandela Day was celebrated on 26 July and the learners and staff enjoyed a fun day with several units from the SANDF and private sector.  Thank you to the visitors SANDF Artillery Formation, SANDF COLET, National Health Laboratory Service (Kalafong office) who joined the day and donated cash, toiletries, clothing and food.  The Airforce Combat Command Service unit also repaired the "Jungle Gym" at the playground.

 

Nataniel Lifestyle talk that was held on 29 July was attended by almost 1000 people and was a huge success.  Thank you to all the people who were guests or worked on the day.  A special thanks to Kerk Sonder Mure and Her-Annies for the donations towards the day.

 

Thank you to the group EDEN (Enabling Disability Education Nationally) for their effort to promote Disability Awareness.

The Walk4YouthEducation project kicked off at Transoranje School for the Deaf on 16 August.  16 People started a walk from 

Pretoria to Durban for the Awareness campaign and fundraiser.  Ten of them finished the walk on 30 August.  Through this campaign Radio Jacaranda Good Morning Angels also visited us on the day and a promise of R20 000 was received.  We mentioned that we focus on improving our visual communication equipment and thank you to those who already assisted with donations of Overhead projectors (Laerskool Rietfontein Noord, Laerskool Genl Jacques Pienaar), Mr. Smith who donated a interactive white board and some other individuals and companies who are willing to assist with new E-beam devices.

                      

Casual Day 1 Sept. 2017 The learners and staff dressed according to the theme "green " – Celebrate Diversity. Thank you to all the learners, staff, other schools and companies who participated with Transoranje School.       

 

The Swing for a Deaf Child Golf Day was held on 7 Sept.  About 50 golfers played and the fundraiser was a success.  Thank you to all the staff who helped, players who entered and to our sponsors:  Pretoria Golf Club and Pro Shop, Double Eagle Restaurant, Interflight Service Station (Pta West), Captain DoRegos (Pta West), Deans, PVM Nutritional Science, Van der Stel Restaurant and Bags 4U for your support and donations.       

 

Our annual Deaf Awareness Day on 13 Sept. went well.  About 50 people (CTU Training Solutions, Dagbreek Laerskool, Cupboard Value, and other individuals) attended to the day.  They were taken on a tour through the school and visited all the phases.  They enjoyed the day where they could learn more about Deafness and Transoranje School for the Deaf.  Thank you for the cash donation from CTU and other donations from the guests.

 

Future events:  The annual Transoranje Christmas Market will celebrate its 21st year and takes place at the School grounds from 24 Nov until 3 Dec, daily from 09:00.  Any parents who would like to volunteer to assist with shifts are welcome to contact Mrs Koekemoer.

 

 

7)        FINANCIAL MATTERS

Account payments:

School and hostel fees Account No: 040840311. ABSA. Cheque account.

Reference: Please ensure that your child’s reference number or name reflects on the bank deposits or internet payments.

Receipts: Please keep all your receipts for future reference.

The hostel bank account is closed. Use only Absa 040840311. Please specify whether the deposit is for school or hostel fees.

 

8)        OTHER MATTERS

School attendance

Parents are requested not to keep their children at home during official school days as the learners may miss important school work.

Sick Learners

Please note learners may be sent home due to a medical condition if the registered sister/nurse consider it to be in the best interest of the learner and/or other learners.

Contact details

We urge parents to keep us up to date on any changes in contact details.

Learnership in Warehousing and logistics for Deaf learners.

A Gauteng based company is offering a learnership in Warehousing and logistics to deaf candidates.  If you have a grade 12, are between the age of  18-34 and would like to pursue a career in warehousing and logistics, kindly forward your CV to info@ableconsulting.co.za

Silent Walk

Zoo Lake

See attached advertisement.

 

9)        Year Programme: 2017

September

September is Deaf Awareness Month.

2017/09/29

School holiday: The school will close at 11h00. Hostel learners must go home before 19h00.

2017/09/29 – 2017/10/08

School holiday: 2017/09/29 – 2017/10/08

2017/10/08

Hostel opens. Hostel learners may return to the Hostel between 15h00 and 20h00.

2017/10/09

School opens, 07h30.

2017/10/16

The preliminary budget will be available at the school’s reception for viewing. The budget will be discussed on 2017/11/03 during the budget meeting (annual general meeting for parents).

2017/11/03

Annual General Meeting (Parents) & Merit Awards Function, Budget 2018 meeting.

2017/11/24 – 2017/12/03

Kersmark/Christmas Market - Transoranje Schoolgrounds.

2017/12/06

School closes (Learners), 10h00, Hostel learners must go home before 19h00.

 

Please feel free to contact us, should you need more information.

 

Yours sincerely

 DR. WYNAND DE WET

PRINCIPAL

Vision: An Empowered Learner