Thursday, January 12, 2012

CBHS Newsletter 1 - Jan '12

Dear Parents

Welcome back to the start of 2012 at Camps Bay High School. The year started with the announcement of the 2011 Matric results. I am sure some of you read the article in the weekend Argus written by Prof Jonathan Jansen where he commented on the ‘celebration at the national pass rate of 70%’. He noted that, of the over 1 million children who started Grade 1 in 2000, only 48% made it to write the Matric exams. He posed the question: "What has happened to the over ½ a million children who have ‘dropped out’ of the system?"

At Camps Bay, we had 102 Matric pupils in 2011. Sadly, one pupil was not resulted as she had missed two exams when she was sick. Of the 101 pupils remaining we had just two failures. We had a group of pupils at risk who were identified after the June exam. The teachers had been giving these pupils extra lessons and all of them managed to pass. The two who failed came as a surprise to us. They have both been granted supplementary exams and we hope that they are successful. So we enjoyed a 98% pass rate, with 12 pupils getting an ‘A’ aggregate. There were 29 pupils who got above 70% (this is 29% of the pupils who wrote). We commend these top achievers and include their names below for your interest. 77% of our pupils passed with a Bachelors pass allowing them to go to University.

Ruben de Girardier: 87.29%
Imran Mazema: 87.29%
Nicholas Rous: 85.71%
Alex McGregor: 85.43%
Anthony Cook: 85.29%
Esti Robbertze: 83.43%
Georgia Brisco: 83.29%
Tim Schumann: 83.29%
Jerome Tangocci: 83.00%
Adam Karp: 81.86%
Cherisse Morris: 81.57%
Jenna Ashcroft: 80.71%

Parents and Teachers Join Hands
The Head of Education in the Western Cape, Ms Penny Vinjevold, has asked parents to join with teachers in ensuring the educational success of our children.

She has asked parents to help by ensuring that children:
· Attend school every day for the 200 days of the school year;
· Arrive at school before the school timetable begins and do not leave before the end of the school day. Late arrivals disrupt teaching and learning;
· Read, study and care for textbooks, and return them at the end of the year;
· Read, write and calculate every school day. Check your children’s exercise books and workbooks regularly to support their efforts and progress;
· Do homework every school day;
· Discuss with you their academic progress so that you can provide support and encouragement.

Camps Bay High should provide you with a Programme of Assessment for each subject at the beginning of the year and a formal Progress Report at the end of each quarter.

The First Term calendar is included below for your attention. Please click here for the PDF version on Google Docs

New Teachers

It gives me great pleasure to welcome the following new teachers to Camps Bay High School:
Alexander Mols (Biology)
Nicola Pearson (English)
Jean-Marie Janse van Vuuren (Mathematics)
Ashleigh Holloway (English)
Dominique Garde (Maths)
Chantal Olivier (Afrikaans/English)
Edwin van der Heever (Afrikaans)

We also welcome Maren Hornberg who is a student teacher from Germany.

We have 2 teachers who taught in 2011 but ‘officially’ start this term.
They are:
Peter Grobler (History/English)
Charm Hector (Head: Biology)

The staff have spent the last few days finalising their preparations for today. We have been looking forward to the start of 2012 and have done all the preparation we can. We expect an increase in the number of pupils this year, from 650 to approximately 680 pupils. We will know the final enrolment figures next week as some pupils are still returning from holiday.

School Fees
The school fees for this year are R22 150.00 per child. According to the SA Schools Act, this amount is due and payable in advance, but, to ease the burden, we accept regular monthly payments of R2215.00 from February to November.

Payments can be made via EFT, Credit Card, or Debit Card (forms are available from Mrs Denning, the School Bursar). Please use your family number as beneficiary reference to enable me to allocate your payments correctly.
If you need to apply for financial assistance, please do so as soon as possible. Forms for this purpose are also available from Mrs Denning.

Our bank details are:
Bank: First National Bank, Sea Point Branch
Branch Code: 201809
Account Number: 502 403 434 63

Please call Mrs Denning if you wish to discuss any school fee related matters; I shall gladly assist you.

Dropping and Fetching Children From School by Car
As our pupils, enter and leave the school using the driveway in front of the building, the school may not be accessed by car from 07h30 to 08h00 and again from 14h30 to 15h00. In the mornings there are prefects at the motor gate who will direct you to the top and bottom ‘stop and drop’ tarred areas below and above the school.

I wish you and your child every success for the year ahead.