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Lilyfontein Newsletter 1.1: 23 January 2015

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23 January 2015

Dear Parents


I would like to welcome each family to Lilyfontein School this year. A special word of welcome to our new families. I trust that your association with our school will be a happy one.

In particular, I wish to welcome the following staff members: Mrs Beetge (Maths and NS); Ms Jacobs (EGD, Technology and LO); Mrs Greeff (Arts & Culture and English); Ms Pitcher (Business Studies, EMS and Computers); Ms Oelofse (Grade 0); Mr Friend (Sport and Music); Ms Randall (Learnership and Coach). We welcome back Mrs Page (CAT Grade 12) and Mrs Tidbury (Adventure Admin). We hope that they will experience many happy years with us.


We are very proud of our class of 2014 whose results were as follows:

100% pass rate and 30 A's. Congratulations to them all! Particular mention must be made of Hilanco Jordaan who achieved 6 distinctions and Megan King who achieved 5 distinctions.


At the start of this year, I appeal to all parents to involve themselves in the activities of the school. We need your help and support in all our fundraising ventures in order to maintain the high standard in our school to which our children have become accustomed and for which our school is renowned. Your involvement at school is critical to maintaining good relations and your contribution to the progress and development of our school is highly valued.

There are a range of activities throughout the year in which we would love to see you involved. You will receive a list of these shortly eg. Tomato Trot – 7 February.


In order for us as a learning institution to provide quality education, we would like to ensure that we manage a safe, healthy and focused context for our parents, educators and learners.

We appeal to you as parents and primary educators of your children, to uphold our school's Code of Conduct, Dress Code and academic expectations. In this way we can ensure a collaborative and co-operative learning experience for all our learners.

Conflicting standards and levels of discipline between home and school are confusing and self destructive. Let us ensure that we are all on the same educational page.


Click here to see a letter regarding this matter


A sports timetable has been sent home with your child. Our Admission Policy expects that each child participates in at least one summer and one winter sport. All sport will begin on Monday, 26 January 2015.


The Music Department has a number of spaces in the various sections of the programme. If your child is interested in taking up any of these enriching opportunities, please contact Mrs Jacobs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) as soon as possible.

MARIMBA BAND : Mrs Jacobs – R550 per term

  • Grade 3 – 6 spaces
  • Grade 4/5 – 5 spaces
  • Grade 6/7 – 3 spaces
  • High School – 9 spaces

STEEL DRUM BAND : Mr Friend – R550 per term

  • Intermediate – 4 spaces
  • High School – 7 spaces

GUITAR LESSONS : Mrs Wiggill – R770 per term – supply own guitar

  • Grade 4-12 : 10 spaces


We hope to really build up our singing at Lilyfontein and have three experienced and talented teachers to train the pupils. There is no charge for this activity. Old and new singers can attend the relevant first session for a try-out next week.

  • Foundation Phase (Gr 2&3) Mrs Nass
  • Intermediate Phase (Gr 4-7) Mrs Beetge
  • High School (Gr 8-12) Mrs Whitfield and Mrs Beetge


School starts each day at 07:30 for all Grades R – 12 pupils.

From next week, end of school times are as follows, Miondaty – Friday:

  • Grade 0 & Grade R - 12:00
  • Grade 1 – 12:00 until 6 February and from 9 February 13:10
  • Grade 2 & Grade 3 – 13:10
  • Grade 4 – Grade 12 - 14:10

Bus Times are as follows:

  • Mondays – Thursdays : 16:00
  • Fridays - 14:15 (For all pupils – Grade 0 – Grade 12)


Entries are open. Stand a chance to WIN accommodation for 2 people for 2 nights at The Kings Lodge in Hogsback by entering online at www.roag.co.za or alternatively, you can enter at Sportsman's Warehouse. There will be no cash or EFT entries at school. Entries close on Wednesday 4 Feb. Only late entries on Friday 6 February at pre-registration venues will be accepted in cash (a late entry fee applies). For more details, navigate to www.lilyfontein.co.za and click on the Tomato Trot image.

Please save the date and make every effort to be involved. If you are not taking part in the running or cycling, we would appreciate your help with marshalling, food and beer tents or manning the entertainment area. You should have received a red volunteer reply slip on Wednesday. PLEASE RETURN THIS SLIP TO SCHOOL BY MONDAY, 26 JANUARY, LATEST.

If you are able to help with lucky draw prizes eg.weekends away, meal/spa/cash vouchers, please contact Mrs Page at the school or email her directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This is the year's major fundraiser for the school. Let's all work together to make our school even better!

MY SCHOOL Ongoing Fundraising

MY SCHOOL is a programme that donates a portion of your spending with specific shops to a cause of your choice. We are asking ALL parents to get a MY SCHOOL card to help with fund raising for the school. Apply HERE or request a form from the school.

Get your card now and you can take advantage of the MY SCHOOL Back2School promotion until 31 January. Swipe your MySchool card at any Woolworths, Waltons, Toys"R"Us or kalahari.com before 31 Jan and stand a chance to win R5 000 towards your child's (grandchild, niece, friend...) school fees.


There are a number of pupils who still do not have their stationery packs. Please ensure that you purchase these from Maclear Stationers as a matter of extreme urgency.


Please click here to see an invitation for the parent information class meeting. It is imperative that each and every parent attend this important event next week Tuesday, 27 January at 18:00. We look forward to seeing you all there!


Unfortunately, we are still awaiting fixtures for our Term Planner. These will be sent out as soon as we receive them. In the meantime, see the right hand column for a few dates to diarise.


Bus fees are to be paid in full within the first week of term.

Gonubie R3 025,00 Town R3 735,00

If they have not already been paid, please direct deposit into Lilyfontein School, First National Bank, Branch Number 210221, Account Number 52131716428, Reference : Pupils Surname – Bus.


All are welcome to join the Lilyfontein Prayer Group each Monday morning at 7.30 in the School Library.


Any students who bring vehicles/motorbikes onto campus need to ensure that:

  • Permission and communication with the school has been done.
  • The school has your licence number and vehicle registration numbers recorded.
  • The school has a copy of your driver's licence.
  • You have been interviewed by Dr Galbraith.


Please note that should your child be absent from school a letter is to be sent in to the office. Should your child be absent for 3 or more days in a row, a Doctor's Certificate needs to be sent to school. Our computer programme automatically issues a demerit if your child's name is entered as absent without a letter. Parents are requested to please support us in this matter.


Please note that our buses will always run at the set times irrespective of inclement weather days. This is in order for the indoor activities to continue as normal.


The Department of Education has requested schools to ask parents to ensure that learners apply for ID documents as an ID document is essential for registration for external examinations for Grade 12 and at the end of Grade 11.


Should you have any sports results for our newsletter, please ensure that you email these to Mr Sofute at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and a copy to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Please note that our school shop is open Mondays to Thursdays 7.30 – 8.00.


We regularly have to attend to issues of a medical nature at school. Please would you respond to the following so that full communication regarding your child's medical needs are on record. Please note that a book is kept in the office to help keep record of any medication administered, so that this can be closely monitored.

  • Headaches – Paracetamol only (tablets OR syrup)
  • Stomach Cramps – Jamaica Ginger
  • Flu/Cold/Coughs – If your child is on medication (cough mixture, throat lozenges, etc) please ensure that the necessary medication is sent to school. We do not supply these items.
  • We use Arnica Gel for sprains and Stingose or Anethaine for stings and bites.
  • Scrapes/bruises/breaks – 'monkey blood' or plaster.
  • Cuts that require stitches or breaks – we apply first aid and will then telephone you to fetch your child to be taken for medical attention.
  • Any serious condition – we will send for an ambulance and notify you immediately.

Click here to download the reply slip, complete and return it to school by Monday. Should we not have a reply slip on record, no medication will be administered to your child.


Karate lessons with Sean O'Connell are available. If you are interested, please contact Sean O'Connell directly on 0826783783.


Thank you to Wayne Marr (Monsters Pizza) for sponsoring pizzas and Paul Louw (PL Computers) for donating lucky draw prizes for the end of year eSports Night.


Please can you also confirm on the reply slip, which skills or services you may be able to offer to the school.


We have sent a hard copy of this week's newsletter out to all parents. From next week, we will be sending our newsletters out via email to those who have emails. Should the school not have your email address or should your email address have changed over the holidays, kindly complete the reply slip below and return it to school or email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

BREAD CLIPS: 10 000 bread clips were collected last year which made a total of 30 000 bread clips – a humongous amount of bread eaten, but this meant 3 wheelchairs were given to people who needed them. Please continue to send in clips as we have a substantial start to the next ten thousand. Well done and thank you so much!

BLACK SCHOOL SHOES: if you have any school shoes at home (in good condition) please polish them, tie the laces together and give them to Mrs Jacoby. Scripture Union will distribute them to children in need.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely



23-24 Jan Gr 8 Orientation Camp
27 Jan Gr.4 Adventure Day
30 Jan Pre-Primary Cake Sale
30-31 Jan Junior Leaders Camp
31 Jan             31 January : High School Cricket vs Mdantsane

PP = Pre-Primary
FP = Foundation Phase
IP = Intermediate Phase
HS = High School
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