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16 JUNE 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

This letter is written to you on Youth Day, the commemoration of a very significant day in the history of South Africa. This past term has been an unusual one, to say the least. I hope that one day we will be able to reflect on this term and agree that it was a positively significant one. In the past few months, you have received a number of letters from St Anne’s, most of which have dealt with Covid-19 issues, and more recently race-related issues. I have thus decided not to number this particular letter but simply date it.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLING

The College acknowledges the frustrations being experienced by the parents of girls who are currently outside of South Africa. Apart from being subject to regulations specific to the country where they currently find themselves, they have had to deal with uncertainties relating to their travel arrangements back to Hilton, and the mandatory quarantine period required on re-entry to South Africa.

Our view has been that unless we are given the assurance that the quarantine period can be served at a venue acceptable to parents and us, we would prefer the girls to continue with distance education. We have been cooperating with other schools and with ISASA, and I am pleased to report that it is now almost certain that St Anne’s will be allowed to use a designated section of its facilities as a quarantine centre. The application process for this concession is one that requires important information about our international pupils. Parents of girls who need to return to South Africa via any of its international entry points, are therefore requested to make contact via email with Mrs Barbara Strydom (bstrydom@stannes.co.za) as soon as possible if they have not already done so. Barbara will then indicate the specific information that is urgently required of you.

In summary, we are aiming at acquiring permission for St Anne’s to be declared a quarantine centre for our international pupils. The intention is that all international pupils (Grade 8-12) will return to Hilton on Sunday 12 July to commence their quarantine period. Arrangements will be made for them to continue with distance education until they are allowed to rejoin their classes.

 

TRAVEL PERMITS

As things currently stand, a special permit is required for travel across provincial borders for students and those transporting them. These Permits, Form 3A and Form 3B, are available on the Edana Parent Portal App for you to download and complete when your daughter travels back to St Anne’s. I suggest that you complete it irrespective of the starting point of your daughter’s journey. She must please ensure that she has it in her possession whilst travelling to and from school.

 

THIRD TERM ARRANGEMENTS

Yesterday, I received a letter from our local Department of Basic Education confirming that our application to deviate from the prescribed phased return of Grades has been approved. I can therefore confirm the following:

Sunday 12 July Return of Grade 8, 11 and 12 weekly and termly boarders, as well as all international pupils (see above)
Monday 13 July Return of Grade 8, 11and 12 day boarders;
commencement of classes for all Grades
Sunday 19 July Return of Grade 9 and 10 weekly and termly boarders
Monday 20 July Return of Grade 9 and 10 day boarders
Monday 27 July Grade 11s commence examinations (End Friday 7 August)
Monday 10 August Grade 12s commence Trial Exams
Thursday 13 August Classes and examinations until 10:30
Half Term, as per calendar, commences thereafter
Friday 4 September Grade 12 Trial Exams end
Friday 18 September Classes until 10:30
September holidays commence thereafter

 

PROCEDURE ON RETURN TO CAMPUS

  • Boarders may return to school in civvies on Sunday 12 July between 14.30 and 17.00.
  • The drop off zone is the car park at the front of the school. Please will the Grade 8 and 12 girls go into the reception area to have their temperatures taken, and the Grade 11s to the dining room. After this, they should carry their bags to their Houses to limit the number of people entering the Houses.
  • There will be an Induction in the Indoor Centre for Grade 8 and 11 girls at 17.15, after which girls will have a light supper, and then settle themselves in. The Housemothers will do a refresher talk on health protocols with the matrics in their Houses.
  • The procedure relating to the return of day boarders will be communicated to them prior to the start of next term.

 

UNIFORM AND CIVVIES

  • Girls will wear their winter uniform (tunic or tracksuit) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays next term. They may wear civvies on the other days. This is to save on the purchasing of additional uniforms as clothes do need to be washed more regularly.
  • Please ensure that all clothing is marked clearly, and that colour-fast civvies are brought to school. It has been very chilly lately, so warm clothes are essential. Girls may wear gloves for warmth in their rooms but not around the school as gloves prevent frequent hand washing and sanitising.

 

EXTRAS TO BRING BACK TO SCHOOL

Please will girls bring the following with them:

  • Minimum of 4 masks, marked with name (no visors)
  • Sanitiser
  • Wipes for laptop, cellphone, and senior girls’ desks in the Houses
  • Enough tuck to keep happy as ‘ville’ visits may be reduced

 

HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE

Health questionnaires will be sent out just prior to the girls’ return so the information is up to date.

 

STAFF

  • Our sincere condolences to Mrs Lindi Fairweather whose mother passed away last night.
  • We look forward to welcoming Mrs Joslyn Anderson to our staff next term. She joins us from Hilton College, and will fulfil the roles of Head of Dramatic Arts and Head of Grade 9.
  • An introduction of Mrs Jenitha Raghoo, who joined our Life Sciences Department this term, is attached to this letter.

 

REPORTS

You should be in a position to access your daughter’s mid-year report via the school portal on  Friday. Unforeseen commitments during the last few weeks have impacted on the time that the two Deputy Heads and I normally spend on writing comments at this time of the year. Please accept our apologies in this regard. I have, however, written comments for the Grade 8s given the fact that this is normally the first time in their high school career that they receive a comment from the College Head.

My sincere thanks to every single staff member for responding so positively and effectively to the unprecedented demands associated with Term 2. The safety of your daughters has depended on every area of staff activity operating in an optimal manner. Thank you for your support, and for the resilience and diligence of your daughter, who now deserves to enjoy a relaxing holiday.

Kind regards

David Arguile

COLLEGE HEAD

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

                                                                                   Maria Robinson

INTRODUCING NEW STAFF

Mrs Jenitha (Jenny) Raghoo: Life Sciences

At the start of a rather strange Term 2, we welcomed Jenny Raghoo to the Life Sciences Department. Jenny completed a BSc in Microbial Biotechnology in 2005 and a PGCE in 2008. She married her college sweetheart and together they have a beautiful 10 year old daughter, Kaitlyn.

Jenny has worked in Education for the past 14 years, 12 of which were spent at St Dominic’s in Newcastle where she held various positions including Life Sciences teacher, Grade 12 Head and Curriculum Head for eight different subjects.

Teaching is Jenny’s passion and she loves making a difference in the lives of others. She says she loves the content of her subject as well as engaging with students on an intellectual level and believes that is what keeps her young! Her hobbies include reading, researching (more reading), cooking, photography, exercising and yoga.

We are so excited to have Jenny join out staff and can’t wait to get to know her better in person.