Vuleka School prepares our children to succeed in and graduate from an outstanding primary school. We instil in our pupils the knowledge skills and character necessary to succeed academically, to become accountable and respectable citizens and courageous leaders who embody the Vuleka creed of values found in Galatians 5:22 “Of love, joy, peace, an even temper, kindness, benevolence, faithfulness, humility and self-control, as well as those of respect, honesty and justice.”
THE REALITY OF VULEKA
• Vuleka has a vision of excellence.
• Vuleka has a high teaching standard.
• The Vuleka Schools Group comprises of Preschools (Grade 00 to Grade 0), Primary Schools (Grade 0 to Grade 7) and a High School (Grade 8 to Matric). We also have an Assisted Learning Centre for pupils with special educational needs.
• Vuleka is registered with the Gauteng Department of Education.
• Vuleka belongs to the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA).
• Vuleka is an independent school where you must pay fees.
• Vuleka is a non-profit making school.
Vuleka means to “enlighten” and to “open up”, and children at Vuleka are given the skills they need to reach their potential.
Vuleka is a Church School of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. Pupils at Vuleka School must attend all assemblies and church services, wherever they may be held. No pupils will be compelled to take part in practices not appropriate to their own beliefs, but pupils must attend all these events and behave in a respectful and reverent manner.
Vuleka classes are moderately sized (24 – 28 pupils), and children receive individual attention. Vuleka gives an intensive programme in English and Maths, and also helps children who are over-aged and those with learning difficulties.
VULEKA CLASS STRUCTURE: PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Grade 0: Our Grade 0 programme is more formal than the Grade 00 and 0 classes. The children follow a full perceptual programme that includes fine and gross motor skills development. We also introduce all our children to reading and writing during this year.
Grade 1 – 7: Vuleka follows the GDE and Independent Schools curriculum. We focus on literacy, numeracy and life skills, and we offer our pupils a stimulating and exciting syllabus. We like our pupils to leave Vuleka feeling confident and smart.
Special and Vocational Classes: Vuleka offers children with learning difficulties a space in the Junior Supported Learning 1 and 2 classes, and Intermediate Supported Learning 1 and 2 classes.
The Junior Classes focus on Maths, English and Life Skills. The classes are small and each child is taught according to his or her level of understanding.
The Intermediate Class 1 continues with the programme at a slightly more advanced level.
The Intermediate Class 2 offers the pupils an individual education programme. They also do more practical subjects like cooking, sewing and computer literacy.
CENTRAL OFFICE AND ADDRESS
The office is open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Parents are welcome to phone or visit the office on any day during office hours.
STREET ADDRESS: St Joseph’s Diocesan Centre, corner Good and Herman Streets, Sophiatown.
POSTAL ADDRESS: P O Box 52139, Saxonwold, 2132
TELEPHONE NO: 011 477-6917
FAX NO: 011 477-1390
The school day runs from 07:30 to 14:00, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 07:30 to 15:00 on Wednesdays. Teachers and assistants will be responsible for children from 07:15 to 14:15 or 15.15. Parents are requested to drop and collect children on time if they are providing their own transport. Parents of children left late at school will be fined R50.
Vuleka Early Learning Centres are situated at:
St Francis Church
44 Tyrone Avenue
Tel: (011) 486-1367
Vuleka Primary Schools, the Assisted Learning Centre and the High school are situated at:
43 Cradock Avenue
Tel: (011) 447-2117
Fax: (011) 447-7088
St Mark’s Church
Cnr Witkoppen & Hyperion Roads
Tel: (011) 462-6768
Fax: (011) 462-5284
Randburg Methodist Church (Special needs centre)
Cnr Braam Fischer & Grove Street
Tel: (011) 886-0086
Vuleka SSB High School
7 June Street
Tel: (011) 787-7290/ (011) 787-6460
Fax: 086 618 5861 Email: email@example.com St John’s Church
C/o Pam & Benmore Roads
Tel: (011) 883-6793
St Martin’s Senior Primary
19 Jellicoe Avenue
Tel: (011) 447-4276
Fax: (011) 447-4274
St Michael’s Church
1123 Cornelius Street
Tel: (011) 475-5802
Fax: (011) 475-5802
Vuleka St Joseph’s
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba School for Boys
Cnr Good & Herman Street
Tel: (011) 477-6917
Fax: (011) 477-1390
IMPORTANT HELP SERVICES
Child Line 0800 055 555
Johannesburg Child Welfare 011 331 0171
People Opposing Women Abuse 011 642 4345
(Domestic violence, rape)
Narcotics Anonymous (drugs) 011 485 5248
Alcoholics Anonymous 011 436 0116
Life Line South Africa 011 728 1347
(Rape, trauma, Aids counselling)
Mental Health Help line 011 262 6396
Police/Fire Emergency 10111
Medical emergency / ambulance 10177
Poison Control 011 642 2417
Suicide Prevention 0800 567 567
Vuleka School Counsellor – Janet Gibbins 011 477 6917
VULEKA CALENDAR 2016
Start: Wednesday 13th January (Staff start the 11th January)
Close: Wednesday 18th March
Start: Monday 4th April
Close: Friday 24th June
Sunday 21stMarch – Human Rights Day
Friday 25thMarch – Good Friday
Sunday 27thMarch – Easter
Monday 28thMarch – Family Day
Wednesday 27thApril – Freedom Day
Thursday 28thApril – School Holiday
Friday 29th April – School Holiday
Sunday 1st May – Workers’ Day
Monday 2nd May – Public Holiday
Thursday 16th June – Youth Day
Start: Monday 18th July
Close: Thursday 7th December
Half term break: Friday 30th September – Monday 10th October
Monday 8th August – Public Holiday
Tuesday 9th August – National Women’s Day
Saturday 24th September – Heritage Day
PAYMENT PROCEDURES AND THE COLLECTION OF SCHOOL FEES
It is neither the interests of Vuleka nor of the parent that there is an accumulation of debt. While every effort will be made to accommodate individuals, ultimately Vuleka, as a fee paying school, cannot compromise its sustainability by waiving fees due by parents.
1. Monthly statements are to be issued on a regular basis: suggested dates being the first day of term and on the 21st of each month.
2. The finance office will attempt to contact the parent/ sponsor telephonically to remind them to settle their account. It is however the parent’s responsibility to make sure that they receive a monthly statement and pay their school fees on time.
3. If the parent is not paying and there is no relief their case, the Bookkeeper will send a strong letter to the parent concerned with a Final Demand for payment before a certain date.
If this fails to produce the desired payment, the bursar may, with a letter suspend the child from school for the non-payment of fees, the enrolment officer will issue a transfer card that must accompany the suspension letter either at the end of the halt-term, term or year and must include the child’s latest school report in order for the child to be able to enrol at another school.
4. If payment has not been made by the date again stipulated on the suspension letter, the child will be suspended from school due to non-payment of school fees, Vuleka will only take this pupil back if all fees are paid to date. After longer than one week period of suspension the parent must prove that their child has been attending school elsewhere before the child is accepted back into Vuleka.
At all times, insofar as it is possible, the child is to be protected from knowing about any arrears debt collection.
5. Once transfer is issued, the responsible person who signed the agreement with Vuleka will have to come to Central Office with their identification and collect the report card.
Please note that should you at any time require assistance regarding the payment toward your fees, please do not hesitate to call 011 477-6917 and speak to either Jeanette Malindi or Natalie Hulme for your Vuleka Fees.
The fees charged by Vuleka School do not fully cover the cost of educating your child. Each child is subsidised by an amount of R3600 per year in 2016. We do this in order to keep our fees affordable to you, our parent body. In return we ask that you pay your fees regularly and in full.
As per agreement signed by yourself on admittance and acceptance of your child to Vuleka SCHOOL, the following applies regarding payment of your fees – FEES ARE PAYABLE IN ADVANCE NOT ARREARS, for example, when you receive your statement and the description shows June Fees, (Grade) June fees are due on or before the 7th June not the end of June.
Your January fees are due on or before the 7th January, the latest date being the start date when school reopens in the New Year. However you need to ensure that all your fees are paid up by the 7th November each year. Therefore make provision either in November or December to pay your January fees, so that should you wish to pay at the end of each month toward your fees, you are then paying correctly the end of January for February.
1. WHEN TO PAY:
a. PER TERM: Fees can be paid at the beginning of each term for the full term. Fees for the term are due on the first day of term. However, Vuleka allows you to pay monthly if you choose to do so for budget purposes.
b. PER MONTH: Fees for 4 terms are divided into a monthly fee payable over 11 months (January to November) to enable parents to budget. Please pay fees on the first day of each month.
2. HOW TO PAY: – Please pay your fees directly into any branch of Nedbank.
BANK DETAILS: Bank Name: Nedbank (The Carlton branch)
Branch Code: 190605
Account name: Vuleka School
Account no.: 1906 384541
Please fax or email a copy of the deposit slip, with your child’s name and surname clearly marked as the reference, to the school office at 011 477-6917 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Once this has been received, a Vuleka receipt will be sent home with your child.
If you are unable to pay into the bank, please pay at the school office at Central Office, Corner Good and Herman Street, Sophiatown. CASH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT OTHER VENUES.
Statements showing how much is owed on fees are sent out to parents every month. When payments are made, receipts are issued.
PLEASE KEEP RECEIPTS AS A RECORD OF PAYMENT. Parents are requested to contact the Finance Department on 011 477-6917 or email@example.com with any money queries. Please check suitcases regularly for statements and receipts.
We strongly recommend that unless you pay your school fees in full at the beginning of the year, you make use of a debit order through your bank. The advantage of this is that the fees will go through automatically every month/term and there is no chance of falling behind in your payments. Your debit or credit card can also be swiped at the Vuleka Central office to set up a debit order.
Vuleka will give you a discount on your fees if you have 2 or more children at the school (5% of the fees portion only for the second and third child).
• ENROLMENT FEE – A non-refundable enrolment fee of R250-00 is payable when you enrol your child.
• INSURANCE – An amount of R70 added to your account at the beginning of each year. This covers insurance in case your child has an accident at school or on the way to school in the Vuleka taxis.
• DEPOSIT – Vuleka asks for a non-refundable deposit of R1250-00 to be paid when your child is admitted. This guarantees your child’s place in the school and will be transferred to the school Development Fund.
• STATIONERY – charged per grade as set out on the fees page.
• REPLACEMENT CHAIR BAG and PLASTIC HOMEWORK FOLDER – All new children are given these two items which stay with the child from year to year. These should be replaced at parents’ expense when they are badly worn.
• OUTINGS – A fee is charged towards class outings.
• EAR and EYE TESTS – All new children are tested and parents charged.
• CAMP FEES – Grade 4 and 6 pupils and the Intermediate Class 2 go on camp every year. The camp fee and transport costs will be charged over 11 months with school fees for these pupils.
ENROLMENT OF SIBLINGS
If you have younger children, please make sure that you enrol them in good time for Grade 0 at Vuleka School. We always have a waiting list for Grade 1, so don’t leave your child at another preschool and then find that we cannot take him / her.
Remind your child of the importance of being neat and tidy for school each day and to wear his/her uniform with pride.
• Boy’s Summer Uniform: Grey shorts, blue poly-cotton short sleeved shirts, grey long socks, black lace-up shoes.
• Girl’s Summer Uniform: Grey skirt, blue short sleeved poly-cotton shirt, short white socks and black school shoes.
• Boy’s winter Uniform: Long grey trousers, blue poly-cotton long sleeved shirt, grey jersey, long grey socks and black lace-up shoes. As an alternative they may wear the Vuleka school track suit and Vuleka T-shirt.
• Girl’s winter Uniform: Long grey trousers or grey skirt, blue poly-cotton long sleeved shirt, Vuleka T-shirt, grey socks or black stockings, and black school shoes. As an alternative they may wear the Vuleka school track suit and Vuleka T-shirt.
No socks may be worn with stockings.
• Sports and PE Uniform: Vuleka T-shirt, navy shorts, white takkies and short white socks. For swimming, girls wear full black Lycra costumes and caps and boys wear black speedo type costumes and caps. Intermediate Supported Learning Class girls may wear black Lycra knee length leggings or cycle shorts under their costumes, and boys may wear their navy blue sports shorts.
T-shirts and swimming caps are available for purchase at school.
LOST AND FOUND
The school will keep lost and found property in a container at school. Parents or guardians may come in any day between 07h30 and 14h00 to search for lost property. It is important that all your child’s clothes are marked with your child’s name using a permanent marker or name tapes. Any unmarked clothes not claimed will be sold.
Children at this age are still very careless with their belongings. Please label everything. Teach your child to take the responsibility of looking after his/her uniform and belongings. Teach them that as soon as they take off their jersey, socks or shoes that they immediately put these articles into their school bag for safe keeping.
Attendance is the first step in ensuring your child’s academic progress. Please ensure your child attends school every day. At Vuleka our curriculum is rigorous and attendance is essential for your child to keep pace. Excessive absences will be considered a violation of the teacher-parent-child agreement and your child may not be promoted to the next grade.
Please let the venue know telephonically if your child is absent and ensure that your child makes it his/her responsibility to catch up on all work missed. All absences, whatever the reason, must be followed up and explained in a note to the school. If your child has an infectious disease such as ringworm, conjunctivitis, infected sores, chicken pox, German measles, mumps, or flu please do not send him/her to school. A doctor’s certificate is required on return to school.
All absences – excused or unexcused are considered absences and your child will be marked as absent on the register.
Never miss school for appointments. Make medical, dental and other appointments after school hours.
Suspensions are considered absences.
Any departures that occur before 11am will result in your child being marked absent for the entire day.
How the school will keep track of and follow up on your child’s absences.
The school will keep track of all your child’s absences. You will be contacted and the school’s strict attendance policy will be re-explained to you and you will be requested to enforce this policy.
The Head or Deputy Head will follow up with parents about attendance issues.
• Three days absent in a term. If your child is absent three times in a term it is considered a serious issue. At this point the parent/guardian will be called to the school to meet with the Head where the problem will be discussed and an attendance plan will be developed.
• Six days absent in a year. At this point the parent/guardian will be called in to meet with the Head and an attendance plan will be developed.
• Nine days absent in a year. At this point your child is at risk of not being promoted to the next grade. The parent/guardian will be called to meet with the Head. The teacher and the Head reserve the right to retain any student who misses more than nine days of school. In addition a report may be filed with Child Welfare South Africa.
• Twenty days absent in a year. Your child will be considered to be a habitual truant. The school administration may file a written complaint with the relevant authorities alleging the belief that the acts and omissions of your child are such that his/her family has social se
Getting to school on time is a key to your child’s success both at school and in life. Late arrival is a bad habit. One of the most common reasons that people lose their jobs is persistent late arrival at work.
At Vuleka School the learning begins from the moment your child walks in the door. After morning prayers the daily routines are discussed and oral maths problems such as critical thinking problems are done upon first entry into the classroom. If your child is late he/she misses these essential skills, disrupts the learning of the other children and stands the risk of falling behind on the curriculum.
Definition of late arrival
Our doors open at 7am and your child is expected to be at school by 07h30 every day. If your child arrives after 07h30 he/she will be marked as late.
Consequences of lateness
• Three late arrivals in a term. This is considered a serious issue. The parent/ guardian may be called in by the Head, the problem will be discussed and an “On Time” plan will be developed.
• Three late arrivals = One absence.
• Seven late arrivals in a year. This is considered a serious issue. The parents/guardians will be called in by the Head and an “On Time” plan will be developed.
Since three late arrivals are considered to be one absence, excessive lateness is a truancy problem. If your child is absent nine times and some or all are due to excessive late arrivals, your child will be at risk of not being promoted to the next grade.
At Vuleka Primary School, we see homework as an essential part of your child’s life. It is designed to reinforce skills taught in the classroom to help your child develop a better understanding of concepts and to promote good study habits. Homework is given every day Monday to Thursday. Your child has been provided with a homework book and reading record. The reading record is to be filled in by your child (Grades 4-7) or by the teacher (Grades 1-3) and signed daily by you. Your child is to complete his/her homework daily and the homework book must be signed by you. Work must be neat, clean and thorough. Your child is to present his/her homework to the teacher each morning as he/she arrives at school.
Consequences of poor homework skills:
Any late, missing, incomplete, or poor quality homework, or reading records not completed or signed may result in your child facing in-school consequences as listed in our school rules.
Research shows the number one way to improve your child’s reading skills is to have them READ, READ and READ. Supporting your child’s reading at home is the best way to help them improve the speed, accuracy, vocabulary and comprehension of their reading. Please do not sign your child’s reading record if you have not actually heard them read (grades 1-3) or seen them read (grades 4-7).
Encourage good time management at home and with homework tasks. Get your child to school on time to have a positive start to the day. Children must be made aware of time constraints in tests and exams: learning to pace themselves and having time to read through their work at the end of a test.
Let us promote good habits in our children and reap the benefits of good results. Let them prepare for exams in good time and nurture good study habits. Study skills can be developed by using mind maps and writing sentences. Having a quiet place to study helps the child as there is no distraction.
Children get holiday homework at the end of Terms 1 and 3.This is to help them revise for the exams in the following terms. Previous Conquesta, IEB and ISASA papers will be given at the end of Term 2 to help children revise for these external exams. Please also encourage reading for enjoyment and visiting the library. Discuss the news and encourage a good general knowledge of the world and the environment.
PROMOTION TO THE NEXT GRADE
Vuleka School has high expectations for promotion. It is not automatically assumed that a child will pass from one grade to the next. Your child must earn his/her promotion through hard work and the ability to master the essential knowledge and skills in each grade. Should your child not perform at the required grade-level, he/she may not be promoted. Promotion decisions are based on your child’s overall performance in class, class tests, cycle tests, exams, attendance and completion of homework. 50% is the required subject pass rate at Vuleka.
SPORT AND CULTURAL
Your child will do sport and extra-murals every Wednesday between 2pm and 3 pm.
You will be required to pay a transport fee monthly to cover the costs for this. All children are required to swim as this is a compulsory life skill. Should your child not be allowed to swim that day, please send a written note excusing him/her from participating.
The following sports are offered:
Netball, soccer, cricket, swimming & athletics
The following cultural activities are offered:
Choir, violin, ballet & dance
Vuleka School follows the PBIS (Positive Behavioural Supports and Interventions) programme, in which we reinforce positive behaviour and correct negative behaviour. We will do whatever it takes to make sure that every child is safe physically, emotionally, mentally, intellectually and spiritually. We have three core values: be safe, be respectful and be responsible. We aim to make sure that every child has the chance to learn without disruption. We have very high expectations of your child’s behaviour and we have zero tolerance for bad behaviour. There is a set of behaviour expectations and interventions.
VULEKA SCHOOL PUPIL CODE OF CONDUCT
I, _________________________________, a pupil at Vuleka School, understand the Code of Conduct and its implications and hereby commit to:
The Vuleka School Code of Conduct is to Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible & Be Healthy
1. I will abide by the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary System.
2. I will behave in a manner that is always safe, respectful, responsible and healthy.
3. I will respect and take care of all property that belongs to me and to others.
4. I will always do my best at school, at home and in my community.
5. I will behave in a safe manner at school, at home and in my community.
6. I will only bring school-related items to school.
7. I will only engage in healthy and respectful relationships at school, at home and in my community.
8. I will do my daily homework with excellence, and will make sure that it is signed and handed in on time.
9. I will behave respectfully and responsibly on all school and public transport.
10. I will wear clean and correct school uniform with pride, at all times.
11. I will help to maintain the cleanliness of the school property by picking up litter.
12. I will be friendly, kind and courteous to everyone in my school, my home and my community.
13. I will cooperate with my teachers and other school staff.
14. I will seek help if I need it.
15. I will let the school know if I feel my rights have been infringed, or if I experience any other difficulty.
Name of pupil: _________________________________________
Grade: _________________ Date: _________________
PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS
Following an incident the Educator/Manager/Deputy Principal/Principal may deem that normal detention procedures are inadequate and an internal disciplinary hearing may be held.
The panel will consist of:
Full minutes of the proceeding will be kept and will be made available on request.
The outcome of the proceedings could lead to a written warning being issued and/or some form of punishment which can include community service.
Following an incident subsequent to the holding of an internal disciplinary hearing OR following an incident that the Principal deems to be a serious breach of the Code of Conduct an external disciplinary hearing may be called.
The learner will be suspended from school until such a hearing is held.
The panel will consist of:
*who may be a staff member
Full minutes of the proceeding will be kept. At the conclusion of the proceedings the family representative will be given an opportunity to read (or have them read) the minutes and to sign them as acknowledgement that they are a true reflection of the meeting. Copies will be made available on request.
The outcome of the proceedings could result in a final written warning or expulsion. The decision of the meeting is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
Poor behaviour on the taxi: Taxi drivers need to focus on the road and ensure that your child arrives safely. On the taxi, therefore, your child must remain seated, talk quietly and follow all directions given by the driver. If your child behaves poorly on the taxi it compromises the safety of the other children. We expect your child to behave on the taxi in the same way they are expected to behave at school. The taxi driver may suspend your child for a day or a week at his discretion for persistent bad behaviour. Bad behaviour will also be reported to the Head of the venue.
Parent/Guardian late pick-up: As a parent/guardian you have the responsibility to pick up your child at 2pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and at 3pm on Wednesday. If you collect your child late, it causes inconvenience to the school and to the teachers on duty. Late pick-ups will not be tolerated. First time offenders will be placed in aftercare. Upon collecting your child a fee of R50.00 for aftercare will be charged and paid by you to the aftercare teachers upon collection of your child. Repeated failure to collect your child on time could result in your child being taken to the local South African Police station for collection there. Should this problem persist you will be called in and asked to find an alternative school for your child.
If you are going to be late on a once-off basis and you would like your child to go into aftercare for the afternoon, please contact the venue to make arrangements for this.
If your child is being fetched by a person other than you, we cannot release the child unless we have had written or verbal notification of this from you.
If your child uses public transport or walks to and from school, please note that Vuleka School cannot be held responsible should anything happen to the child once they leave the school premises. Please remind your child not to talk to strangers and to walk in a group whenever possible, and to be aware of traffic.
Speak to your child about “Stranger Danger” so that he/she is fully aware of what to do when confronted by strangers. If your child is taking public transport to school and back, please inform the school so the teacher will know to release your child at the end of the day. Failing this you will be called to collect your child personally. If your child is on organised transport the transport contract is between you and the driver and not the responsibility of the school. The school will assist is monitoring the taxis for roadworthiness, overloading and whether a driver has a PDP to transport children. Should we notice problems with any of these a letter will be sent with your child to make you aware of the problem and it is then up to you to sort this out with the driver.
Please ensure that the school is kept up to date with all contact numbers. This is extremely important as emergencies can and will occur from time to time.
Transport is an INDEPENDENT arrangement between drivers and parents.
All transport money must be paid directly to the drivers.
The school cannot be held responsible for transport problems.
The Vuleka drivers provide a door-to-door, home-to-school-to-home service.
REMEMBER THAT CHILDREN NEED TO BE READY FOR COLLECTION EARLY – ASK YOUR DRIVER FOR THE TIME.
If vehicles break down, the drivers try their best to help each other.
To contact drivers:
Jerry Morake 082 939 4166/ 073 589 2089Alex and local
Eliah Naledi 073 084 1618/ 082 793 7341
Cosmo City,Diepsloot and surroundingRonald Maphumolo 073 136 2765
Mike Dumbisa 073 798 8924
Some Vuleka parents like to organise lift schemes to school for their children. If parents would like information about other parents who live in their area they should contact the office on 011 477-6917.
Please note that …
• TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS ARE BETWEEN THE PARENT AND THE DRIVERS.
• VULEKA DOES NOT GUARANTEE TRANSPORT FOR YOUR CHILD – IT DEPENDS ON THE AVAILABILITY OF DRIVERS AND VEHICLES IN YOUR AREA.
The taxi drivers who carry the Vuleka children to and from school show dedication and commitment. Here is their code of conduct.
VULEKA TAXI DRIVERS CODE OF CONDUCT
The safety of the children comes first.
All children contracted with the drivers will be collected each school day from home, and delivered back home again.
Vehicles will be maintained in a roadworthy condition, will be checked thoroughly at regular intervals, and will be kept clean.
Passengers must act in accordance with what is safest for all. The school and parents must assist with this.
All drivers in the Vuleka scheme must be properly licensed, and in possession of a public driving permit.
Drivers must aim for the highest standards of safety and integrity in all circumstances. They must show concern for the comfort of their passengers.
All drivers are expected to obey the rules of the road, and to work in co-operation with one another, the parents, the school and other road users.
FAMILY INVOLVEMENT POLICY
Vuleka School is a partnership between the school Heads, Deputy Heads, teachers, your child and you.
As a school, therefore, we ask families to:
• Reinforce Vuleka School’s academic and behavioural expectations at home.
• Establish a daily routine for your child.
• Provide a quiet space for your child to read and do homework.
• Provide positive reinforcement of your child’s progress and success.
• Help and guide your child with his/her homework.
• Ensure he/she completes all homework every day.
• Assist on outings and volunteer at school.
• Support other Vuleka school families.
In order to be effective partners we need to communicate. There are several ways in which we will do this throughout the year:
• Text messages (SMSes)
• Newsletters will be sent out fortnightly and will contain important information, announcements and calendar dates. It is very important that you take the time to read these updates and make notes of the upcoming events.
• Parents’ Meetings will be held once a term and you will be required to come to school to collect the child’s report and meet with the teacher to discuss your child’s progress. Dates will be advised.
• Interim reports will be sent out to the parents of those children who are at risk of having to repeat the grade through lack of academic progress.
• Phone calls: throughout the year you may receive a phone call from your child’s teacher or the school administration regarding your child.
• Electronic mail (emails)
Parent meetings will be held at your child’s venue each term on a Saturday morning. Your child’s progress will be discussed at these meetings on a one-to one basis. It is vital that you attend these as you are personally responsible for your child’s education and well-being.
Letters are often sent home with children for their parents. These letters keep parents in touch with the school. Please check children’s suitcases every day for letters, and please read letters carefully.
THE PARENT TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION
The PTA is elected at the Vuleka AGM held near the beginning of each year. Each class in the school elects one PTA member. From these members Vuleka Council Representatives are elected. The Council members help decide the policy of Vuleka, and PTA members help with fundraising events. The PTA members are also there to help other parents who have queries or problems.
THE VULEKA COUNCIL
The Vuleka Council is the body that determines Vuleka policy. Approximately a third of the members of the Vuleka Council are parents. The Vuleka Council meets six times per year. There is an AGM near the beginning of each year to elect new members and to present the school accounts. There is a Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Treasurer and secretary. The senior members of the school administration also attend Council meetings.
School lunches should …
• Be healthy
• Be inexpensive
• Be given every day
• Contain thin brown bread sandwiches
• Contain a piece of fruit.
Please do not send yoghurt, rice or other messy foods, and no cold drinks in glass bottles or cans. A small plastic lunch tin and plastic bottle are adequate.
STATIONERY AND BOOKS
Vuleka supplies a stationery pack and exercise books needed by the children. Please be careful to keep homework books clean and undamaged. Parents will be asked to pay for books that are damaged or lost. Additional stationery supplies will be charged for.
SCHOOL EVENTS: Sports Day, Fun Day, Concerts etc.
These events are a time of sharing together as a family. They are the fun part of the school calendar. They are also a time for fundraising for the school, and a time for parents and teachers to work together.
Concerts are important as they develop the child’s confidence. Children love to attend these events with their families.
All pupils in Grade 4, Grade 6 and the Senior Vocational Class go on camp. The cost of the camp will be added on to the school fees account and will be paid over 11 months.
NOTE TO PARENTS
The school should be informed if …
• Your child is sick and cannot come to school.
• You change your address at home or work.
• You change your telephone numbers at home or work.
• There are any changes at home such as divorce, parental absence, and prolonged illness.
If your child is on medication which he/she needs to take at school, please send clear written instructions to the teacher about the dosage and time to be given. If your child is on permanent medication to be taken at school, it is your responsibility to send the new medication on time.
A medical form will be sent home for you to complete, allowing the school to administer any other medication.
If you would like to send goodies to school on your child’s birthday, please ask the teacher for the number of children in the class. Your child may wear civvies on this day.
CARE OF BOOKS AND EQUIPMENT
All books and equipment used at school by your child will be provided by Vuleka as part of the school fee charged. School stationery stays at school and you will be required to ensure that your child has his/her own set of crayons, ruler, pencils, eraser, glue, scissors and sharpener at home to be used for homework exercises.
Your child is asked to participate in fundraisers at his/her venue should you wish him/her to. For example, hotdogs are sold once a week. Your venue will let you know when they sell hotdogs and what they cost, and also if they sell any other tuckshop items.
An aftercare service is available at most venues. Please phone the venue concerned for further information.
Children will work on their homework during the aftercare sessions. The assistant teachers will assist pupils wherever possible. Parents must check that homework is completed and sign the homework diary on a daily basis. Parents must reinforce work done at home and show an interest in the child’s academic progress. The aftercare staff will not take full responsibility for homework to be completed each day.
Please take note if you pick your child up after 17:15 you will be charged R50 every half hour that you are late. If this is a continuous occurrence, your child will be asked to be taken out of after care.
Times: 14:00 – 17:00
Aftercare fees: R550 a month
Teacher in charge of aftercare at each venue:
St Francis – Thabisile Buthelezi 083 715 3488
Martha Magasgoa 073 627 9560
St John’s – Rejoyce Sangweni 071 733 0511
St Martin’s – Andy Ncube 083 599 9958
Nelisiwe Mthembu 082 717 5917
Jellicoe – Merriam Ngcobo 073 651 5213
St Joseph’s – Philiswa Mkhwebane 083 865 1033
St Mark’s – Nellie Moima 082 541 3254
Ruth Matong 073 095 9151
St Michael’s – Nomsa Sibisi 083 598 4342
ALC – Sanah Mokope 082 218 0551
NOTE TO SPONSORS OF CHILDREN APPLYING TO VULEKA
Thank you for becoming involved in a practical way with the schooling of your employee’s child. Becoming involved in a child’s life is a long-term commitment. The child can stay at Vuleka for the primary phase (up to Grade 7), and then there is the rest of the schooling to consider. This can be a financial burden.
A sponsor treads a fine line. The authority of the child’s parents cannot be usurped, despite sponsors needing to be involved and supportive. This is easy when the child is young and less able to express opinions and make demands.
Have you discussed the matter fully with your employee? Does he / she understand the requirements?
For more information please call 011 477 6917