TRANSORANJE

SKOOL VIR DOWES / SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

OUERBRIEF / PARENTAL LETTER

       TRANSORANJE SKOOL VIR DOWES

TRANSORANJE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

  

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” - Thomas A. Edison

Issue #2 – Date 2019/02/28

                             

GENERAL INFORMATION

If you have not returned the re-registration form for 2019, please do as soon as possible. 

RE-REGISTRATIONS

FOR 2019

The learners may wear

“I-Love-you” shirts on Fridays. These shirts are available at the office at R120 per shirt.

 The learners in Grade R to Grade 3 may wear “knee-high” denims or “full length” denims.

 Learners from Grade 4 and older must wear ‘full length denims’ with the “I-Love-You” shirts. 

LEARNER POSSESSIONS

“I-Love-You”  

 SHIRTS

The school / staff cannot accept any responsibility or be held liable for the loss of a learner’s possessions (e.g. pocket money, clothing, shoes, jewelry, cellphones, electronic devices). 

EXEMPTION OF SCHOOL FEES

Exemption for school fees are available at Mrs N Von Brandis in the admin building. You must apply for exemption every year. 

You cannot apply for exemption on Hostel fees.


 

FINANCIAL INFO

School and Hostel fees account no: 040840311

ABSA, Cheque account.

 Only this account number. may be used. 

Please use your child’s reference number or name and surname for deposits or internet payments. 

Keep all receipts for future reference.

CONTACT DETAILS 

We urge all parents to please keep the school updated on any changes in contact details.

HEARING AIDS

Parents can apply for hearing aids at Provincial Hospitals.

 

HOSTEL RULES

 

 

Parents/Visitors must be accompanied by a Hostel supervisor upon entering the hostel.

INFORM YOURSELF, EDUCATE OTHERS

DEAF BLIND SOUTH AFRICA

Deafblindness is a combination of sight loss and hearing loss that causes difficulties with communication, access to information and moving around.  For assistance or information please contact:

Office: 082 688 5344 / n.d.a@deafblindsa.co.za or visit the website: www.deafblindsa.co.za

 

SA Sign Language courses: Development Institute for the Deaf and Blind:

Dr Pieter Smal

Contact details: 082 455 3369 or did@mweb.co.za

 IMPORTANT NEWS 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING: 

Safety of the learners:

Learners are not permitted to bring dangerous objects such as candles and knives to school or the hostel.  Learners who do not adhere to the school’s code of conduct will be sternly reprimanded. 

School attendance:

The school hours are from 7:30 - 13:30. Irregular school attendance, late coming and early departure result in learners missing out on important teaching time.  This might have a negative impact on the learners’ progress and academic performance. 

Concessions and accommodations:

Every Deaf learner has the right to follow the same CAPS and obtain the same National Senior Certicate (Grade 12) as any other learner in South Africa. However, due to their deafness they are in need of certain adaptations or concessions to address their learning barriers.

Adaptations and concessions do not change the standard or format of the assessment / examination paper but make it more accessible to the learner. In order to apply for these concessions, you as parent, must give written permission. (Documents will be sent timeously). 

The type of adaptation differs from learner to learner but usually we apply for extra time (20 min/hour) and a SASL interpreter.  The SASL interpreter may only sign the instructions on the paper to the learners and may not assist them in any way with answering the paper. 

 

 

Please take note of the following dates:

Pre-Vocational Section (Skills) Parents:

 

·                25 February - 8 March: Test Weeks

 

Intermediate Phase - TEST WEEK

 

Date

Subject

Time

25 - 28 February

SASL

Ongoing

1 March

Mathematics

8:00 - 9:00

4 March

Social Sciences (Geography)

8:00 - 9:00

5 March

English

8:00 - 9:00

6 March

Natural Science and Tech

8:00 - 9:00

7 March

Life Skills

8:00 - 9:00

8 March

Social Science (History)

8:00 - 9:00

 

Hostel Accommodation

·                Hostel accommodation must be applied for each year.

·                Learners staying in and around Pretoria area must go home every weekend.

·                Please take note of the compulsory out-weekends of the hostel in the year program. All hostel learners must go home during these weekends.

 

DISCIPLINE AND MISCONDUCT AT SCHOOL

In an effort to maintain discipline at the school please note the Code of Conduct for offences and misconduct as mentioned in Circular 74 of 2007.

 

1)  Ordinary Offences

·      Late coming

·      Failure to complete school work (class work and homework) given.

·      Playing truant or bunking periods.

·      Littering anywhere on the school premises.

·      Use of foul language.

·      Incorrect uniform.

·      Minor disruptive behavior.

 

2)  Schedule 1 - Misconduct

A learner will be guilty of Schedule 1 misconduct if he/she:

·      Seriously threatens, disrupts or frustrates teaching or learning in a class;

·      Engages in a conspiracy to disrupt the proper functioning of the school through collective action;

·      Insults the dignity of or defames any learner or any other person, which includes racist remarks;

·      Engage in any act of public indecency;

·      Sexually harasses another person;

·      Is found in possession of or distributes pornographic material;

·      Smokes or is in possession of cigarettes; vapes or any similar smoking substances or smoking equipment;

·      Is under the influence or in the possession of alcohol;

 3)  Schedule 2 - Serious Misconduct

 

The following acts are considered as Serious Misconduct:

·      Rape;

·      Indecent assault;

·      Sexual harassment with aggravating circumstances;

·      Assault with the intention to do grievous bodily harm;

·      Common assault of an educator;

·      Serious intimidation of the other learners, teaching and non-teaching staff;

·      Malicious damage of the state property;

·      Theft with aggravating circumstances;

·      Robbery;

·      Possession of dangerous weapons on school premises;

·      The possession, sale or abuse of illegal substances;

·      The possession of obscene material including; material depicting sexual images in all its forms;

·      Being on the school premises or at a school function outside the school premises while under the influence of intoxicating, stupefying or illegal substances;

·      Repeated ordinary offences and Schedule 1 misconduct

 

Responsibilities of parents regarding the Code of Conduct:

The ultimate responsibility for learner behavior rests with the parent who is expected to support the school and ensure that learners observe the school rules and regulations and accept responsibility for their misbehavior.

 


 

YEAR PROGRAMME

 


2019/02/28

Athletics. Sasol (Prestige)

2019/03/01

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/03/09

Athletics. (BOAK)

2019/03/15

School closes. All learners must go home before 19h00.

2019/03/21

Public Holiday: Human rights day.

2019/04/01

Hostel opens. Hostel learners may return from 15h00.

2019/04/02

School opens.

2019/04/18

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/04/19

Public Holiday: Good Friday

2019/04/21

Public Holiday: Easter Sunday

2019/04/22

Public Holiday: Family day

2019/05/03

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/05/12

Mother’s day.

2019/05/17

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/05/30

Ascension day.

2019/05/31

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/06/06

Swing for a Deaf child Golf day.

2019/06/14

School closes. All hostel learners must go home before 19h00.

2019/06/16

Public Holiday: Youth day

2019/06/17

Public Holiday.

2019/07/08

Hostel opens. Learners may return from 15h00.

2019/07/09

School opens.

2019/07/18

Mandela Day.

2019/07/19

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/08/01

National Women’s Month

2019/08/08

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/08/09

Public Holiday: National Women’s day.

2019/08/23

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/09/03

Transoranje Deaf Awareness day.

2019/09/06

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/09/06

Casual Day

2019/09/19

School leavers’ Farewell function.

 

2019/09/20

School closes. All learners must go home before 19h00.

2019/09/24

Public Holiday: Heritage day

2019/09/30

Hostel opens. Learners may return from 15h00.

2019/10/01

School opens.

2019/10/18

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/11/01

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/11/01

Annual General Meeting and Merit Award function.

2019/11/15

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/11/29

Hostel compulsory closed weekend. All learners must go home for the weekend.

2019/12/04

School closes for the learners.

2019/12/06

School closes for the staff.

 

 

 


 


 

CONGRATULATIONS 

Congratulations to Ms Khothatso Maluleke and Dr W de Wet. They received awards from the Department of Education for “Promotion of Human Rights-LSEN”. 

The awards function was opened with the SA Anthem with a video of Mrs Melinda Botha signing the anthem in SASL. The video of the Anthem in SASL is a preliminary production by Mrs. Colleen Bradley-Thompson and Mrs Melinda Botha. 

STAFF AND OTHER MATTERS

Mr W Wasserman went for an operation. We wish him a speedy recovery.

One of our learners, Johannes Mkhonza (pre-primary section) is currently in hospital. We pray for a speedy recovery.

 

FROM OUR SPONSORS

 A word of thanks to the following donors for their generous donations.

 

·      TOIBO - hearing aids, food, schoolbags with stationery, school clothes, toiletries and toys for

needy learners.  

·      Transoranje School NPC - cash. 

·      Donors through the NPC:  CCS International - hearing aids, Exxaro - stationery, Ultra Chem - detergents, Wimpy Irene - playworld, Compass - food & toiletries, Kerksondermure - food, DOULOS - food.  Ross & Jacobz - cash, Hendrik Malan Ing - cash, Rentokil Initial - sanitary bins, O & J Media - monthly magazines, North Gauteng OMPTG SA- Jungle Gym, D Botha - weekly bread, Interflight Service Station - products, SASOHN medical supplies, food, clothing.  Boys High School - schoolbags & sweets, Dean's - diaries.

·      Churches collections: Ottosdal & Ottosdal-Suid, Bergsig, Vaalpark, Richardsbaai, Jefferysbaai - cash, NHK Karmeeldrift - cookie project.

Swing for a Deaf Child Golf day

The 10th annual SWING FOR A DEAF CHILD GOLF DAY will take place at Pretoria Golf Club on Tuesday 4 June 2019.  Golfers and sponsors are welcome.  For more information  and bookings please contact Mrs Koekemoer at email: transoranje3@gmail.com 

 Reach for a Dream Outreach

It is important to teach the learners to care for and help others. That's why we'd like to continue our annual outreach to the charity REACH FOR A DREAM FOUNDATION in aid of terminal ill children. This year, each class is given a 1litre bottle as a "savings box" to try to fill it with coins. The bottles will be handed in on April 12 and the class with the highest collection will receive a prize.  Parents are asked to please support the outreach by giving your child some coins to contribute to this worthy cause.

 

LOYALTY PROGRAMS:                 

MySchool:

If you do not have a MySchool card, please complete the attached form and return the form to the school for your free card or register online for MySchool at https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply/  Please choose TransOranje-Skool vir Dowes as your beneficiary.  MySchool is giving away R2.1m to 21 charities to celebrate their 21st Birthday. Thanks for all the nominations so far, if you have not nominated yet please nominate Transoranje before 28 Feb 2019.  Use your MySchool card number to nominate a cause you love - TransOranje-Skool vir Dowes at this link:  http://www.myschool.co.za/21years           

 

WeBenefit:  

Did you know with your online shopping at WeBenefit, you will not only donate a percentage to the school but it can also help you to settle your child's school or hostel fees?  Register online for WeBenefit at :https://www.webenefit.co.za/?scrollToRegister=true&beneficiaryId=bc68e60b-8ed0-44b1-883a-06c2c38d16a4 - no card, just online.

Please choose Transoranje School for the Deaf as your beneficiary. 

Please find the application attached for MY SCHOOL cards. You are welcome to submit these application to the school. 

 

TRANSORANJE MARKET ONLINE SHOP

Please support the Transoranje Market online shop www.transoranjemarket.co.za.  Buyers, Vendors and Sponsors are welcome.  More info at admin@transoranjemarket.co.za 

 

 

SPORT NEWS 

Congratulations to the learners who made it further in the athletics. Please take note of the athletic events on the year calendar. Arrangements will be communicated to the parents before every event. 

Netball practice for the girls is finished for this term.

Practice will start when the schools re-open on 2 April 2019, on Tuesdays and Thursdays

 until 14:30. 

Note: The dayscholar bus will only leave at 14:30 during the sport season 

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

 

Yours sincerely 

DR. WYNAND DE WET

 PRINCIPAL