TRANSORANJE

SKOOL VIR DOWES / SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

OUERBRIEF / PARENTAL LETTER

       TRANSORANJE SKOOL VIR DOWES

TRANSORANJE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

 PARENT NEWSLETTER: 2017/06/02

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 staff members:

Mrs. H. Faul

Staff member

Mrs. Hester Faul is going for an operation. We wish her all of the best and a speedy recovery.  Ms. Gizelle Fourie-Huyser is appointed as a relief educator form June in the place of Mrs Faul.

 

2)        CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the following learners and staff:

Mrs. Z. Mashiane & Mr. B. Peens

SGB Parent member

Congratulations to Mrs. Z. Mashiane and Mr. B. Peens. They have been elected as the new SGB parent members.

Mrs. A. Van Rensburg

Staff member

Mrs. Alicia Van Rensburg is on maternity leave. We wish her all the best and happiness during her leave.

Mr. J. Tshishonga

New Staff member

Welcome to Mr. Johannes Tshishonga. Mr. Tshishonga has been appointed as a Housekeeping Supervisor after Mr. John Gouws retired.

Ms. W. Nongogo

New Staff member

Welcome to Ms. Wakhe Nongogo. Ms. Nongogo has been appointed as a Housekeeping Supervisor in the place of Mrs. Hettie Rademeyer (retired).

 

3)        EXTRA-CURRICULAR MATTERS

GSSD News – Preliminary Sport Programme – Term 2

2017/06/03 Gauteng Winter codes selections – Florida H/School

2017/06/10 Gauteng Winter codes practice – Filadelfia

2017/06/24 Gauteng Winter codes practice – St Vincent

2017/07/01 Gauteng Winter codes practice – Filadelfia

2017/07/08 – 2017/07/16 SA Winter Games in Durban

Netbal

Netbal games played on 2017/05/09:

U/12 vs Tranvalia: 11-13 Win

U/12 vs Sonitus: 1-5 Lost

U/14 vs Transvalia: 9-0 Win

U/16 vs Transvalia: 3-6 Lost

U/16 vs Nuwe Hoop: 3-6 Lost

Opens vs Transvalia: 16-4 Win

 

Netbal games played on 2017/05/18:

U/14 vs Transvalia: 21-1 Win

U/16 vs Sonitus: 4-8 Lost

Opens vs Sonitus: 7-6 Win

Opens vs New Hope: 14-4 Win

Thuli Masombuka and Thsepiso Mogale are selected to take part in the Gauteng North Netbal team trials on Saturday, 3 June 2017 at Florida Highschool.

Ms. Tumelo Mello is the coach for the Gauteng North Team.

Soccer, Volleyball

10 of our learners are taking part in the Soccer and Volleyball selections on 10 June 2017 at Florida Highschool.

Ms. Khothatso Maluleke is the Team Leader of the u/19 Deaf Soccer team for the Girls.

Mr. Josiah Chauke is the Coach for the u/19 Deaf Gauteng Soccer team.

These 4 teams will represent South Africa during the school break at the Winter Games in Durban.

Mrs. Lehlohonolo Mmanape is a General Team Manager for the Gauteng u/19 Deaf Team going to the Winter games.

Rugby

The rugby season is almost ending only 2 more practices and one more game for the U/12 against Rietondale Primary on 2017/06/06.

The U/14, U/16 and open team won the last game against Langenhoven, CR Swart, Lyttelton Manor and Affies. Even though we did not always won the games, the learners enjoyed each and every game. Two of the U/18 players, Ashley Temboer and Lethabo Molefi were chosen for the Craven Week team going to Durban. The costs per player is R4000. Any donations or sponsors are welcome.

Christian Schools Association

There is Christian Schools Association on Tuesdays during 1st break.

 

4)        CURRICULUM MATTERS

Subject Facilitators

Department of Education

Officials from the Education Department often monitor the staff in terms of lesson plans, assessment, policies etc.

All feedback received from the officials of the Education Department were positive.

June Examination

08H00 – 10H00

We are concerned about some of the learners’ attitude towards study.  It is as if they do not realise the importance of obtaining good marks.  Parents are requested to ensure that their children are doing their homework and study hard.

2017/06/14 – SASL

2017/06/15 – MATHEMATICS

2017/06/20 – ENGLISH

2017/06/21 – LIFE SKILLS

2017/06/22 – SOCIAL SCIENCES

2017/06/23 – NATURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Skills Phase

 

We are evaluating the current courses presented to the learers in the Pre-vocational classes.  We aim at offering courses that will provide the learners with a SAQA approved certificate for each of the modules that are completed.

We will keep the parents informed as we obtain more information and approval from various stakeholders.

 

 

Our Educators in the skills section also teach our learners skills such as Carpet cleaning.

 

5)        OTHER MATTERS

School attendance

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

Clinic / Sick learners

We try our best to prevent learners from becoming ill.  In an attempt to prevent learners from being infected by other sick learners, we request the parents to keep their sick children at home and to seek treatment from their local doctor/clinic.  Only send learners back to the school or the hostel when they are well enough not to infect other learners.

Auxiliary Services

Parents are welcome to contact Mrs. Chothia for an appointment with any of the our support staff.

Vacancies for persons with disabilities

People with a disability can seek employment by registering on

(www.gpapd.org) and (www.enabler.co.za)

“I-Love-You” shirts

The learners may wear “I-Love-You” shirts on Fridays.

These are available at the office at R120 a shirt.

The learners may only wear blue Denims (trousers) and sneakers (white, black or navy only) with the “I-Love-You” shirts.

Contact details

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

e-Deaf

SASL Help-tool

e-Deaf has an “app” that can be downloaded on the Google playstore that will assist in learning the basic vocabulary of SASL. Go to Google Playstore, type SASL and download the e-Deaf app.

Belgium College

Belgium College train hearing and Deaf students in IT. They can be contacted at: info@belgiumcampus.ac.za / www.belgiumcampus.ac.za

Supervision over Day scholars

Some learners arrive early in the mornings at the school.  We arranged with Millenium Security to keep the learners at the entrance. One of the guards will escort the learners to the dining hall as soon as there are 5 or more learners. This procedure will be repeated for the next group of learners.

Drop off of learners at the school

We are concerned about the safety of the learners when crossing W.F. Nkomo street (Church street). Parents must please request the person who drops the learners off (taxis, friends, etc.) not to drop them off at any place that may be dangerous. We suggest that they drive into the school grounds and drop them off at the main gate.

Upgrading of the school

Feedback from the contractors are that they finalised the tenders but are waiting on the Department of Infrastructure and Development (DID) to release the funds.

Finances

The auditors are satisfied with the financial management of the school. The school was overall in a better financial position at the end of 2016 (compared to 2015). This can mainly be contributed to:

1) Having less staff members employed in SGB appointments.

2) Products and donations received from TOIBO and the Transoranje NPC.

The hostel is running at a loss. This is primarily due to the increase of the

 

6)        SPONSORING BODIES

Transoranje NPC

BAKERY:  The Transoranje NPC negotiated with missionaries from America to sponsor the equipment for a bakery for the pre-vocational section.

 

We would like to provide feedback about the Bakery in the skills Phase.  The Bakery is progressing well. Different freshly baked items such as bread, buns, donuts, cupcakes, etc. are distributed daily. Bread and buns are provided daily to the hostel and items are sold to staff for a sustainable income. The main purpose of the bakery is to train learners for a possible career and currently approximately 36 learners receive training in Bakery.

 

The learners will receive an accredited SAQA qualification at the end of the course.  Some of our learners were already placed in hotels and shops with bakeries due to the training they received at school level.

MTN Resource classrooms

The Transoranje NPC negotiated with MTN to donate computers and internet for 2 classrooms.  These classrooms were equipped with computers, internet, data projectors and white boards in 2014.

MTN decided to equip 2 other classrooms with the same equipment.  The classrooms will probably be functional before the end of the term.

Welding Simulator

The Transoranje NPC negotiated with Missionaries from America to donate two welding simulators to the school. The welding simulator is connected to a computer.

The learner practises his welding skills with the simulator.  The simulator compiles a detailed report of the simulated welding.  The report can be printed. The learner practices his welding skills on a real welding machine thereafter.

TOIBO

Transoranje receives approximately R30 000 per quarter.  The funds must be used to the benefit of needy learners.

Transport of Needy learners: TOIBO sponsors the transport costs (including Taxi’s) of various needy learners.

 

7)        YEAR PROGRAM: 2017

2017/06/15 – 2017/06/18

The School closes at 12h00

Long weekend and Hostel closed weekend. Thursday (2017/06/15): All hostel learners must go home before 19h00. Sunday (2017/06/18): Hostel learners may return between 15h00 and 20h00.

2017/06/16

Public holiday: Youth day

2017/06/30

School closes. 12h00. Hostel learners must go home before 19h00.

2017/07/01 – 2017/07/23

School holiday: 2017/07/01 - 2017/07/23.

2017/07/23

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

2017/07/24

School opens. 07h30.

2017/07/29

Nataniel Leefstylpraatjie/ Lifestyle talk Venue: Kerksondermure, Centurion R150pp. Tickets and info available at transoranje3@gmail.com

2017/08/09

Public holiday: National Woman’s day. The school is closed.

2017/08/16

Birthday: Transoranje (1954). The school’s birthday will be celebrated on 2017/09/01.

2017/09/01

Deaf awareness month: September

2017/09/01

Celebrations: Deaf Awareness month, school’s birthday, Arbour day, Casual day. School closes at 13h00.

Casual day - Theme: "CELEBRATE DIVERSITY" Fundraiser in aid of people with disabilities.  Learners may dress casusl according to the theme (green) on Friday 1 September IF they buy a R10 donation sticker at the school.  Stickers available at the teachers from 1 August.

2017/09/07

Annual "Swing for a Deaf child golf day - Pretoria Golf Course (Pta West). Info and bookings at transoranje3@gmail.com

2017/09/22 – 2017/09/25

Long weekend and Hostel closed weekend. Friday (2017/09/22): All hostel learners must go home before 19h00. Monday (2017/09/25): Hostel learners may return between 15h00 and 20h00.

2017/09/24

Public holiday: Heritage day

2017/09/25

Public holiday

2017/09/29

School holiday: The school closes at 12h00. 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 between 15h00 and 20h00.

2017/10/09

School opens. 07h30.

2017/11/03

Annual General meeting (Parents) & Merit Awards Function

2017/11/03

Registrations for new learners.

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 W DE WET

PRINCIPAL