Edition 4 | 26 February 2021

In This Edition
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    Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
    15 February-23 April 03 May - 09 July 26 July - 01 October 11 October - 15 December
    Grade Start Time Drop-off Point End Time Collection Point
    Grade 1 07h25 Sports Cafe Gate 13h10 Main Gate
    Grade 2 07h25 Montessori Gate 13h10 Montessori Gate
    Grade 3 07h25 Main Gate 13h10 Main Gate
    Grade 4 07h25 Montessori Gate 13h40 Staff Gate
    Grade 5 07h25 Sports Cafe Gate 13h40 Main Gate
    Grade 6 07h25 Main Gate 13h40 Montessori Gate
    Grade 7 07h25 Main Gate 13h40 Main Gate

    Message from the School Governing Body

    To all our wonderful learners, parents and dedicated teachers at BPS,

    Perhaps, one day our children’s grandchildren will ask them about what it was like living through the COVID-19 pandemic; possibly for a school project but hopefully because this unimaginable time will result, eventually as the starting point for a new world for them. A world in which all our expounded philosophies of fairness and equity, love, kindness, sustainability and real community are finally tangible.

    Maybe, it will be our children that pioneer the societies of the future? Who harness the hardships they have experienced and apply all the skills of adaptability, resilience, technology, connection and the ability to recognise and embrace joy-even under the darkest of circumstances-they have already shown us they possess.

    “Unprecedented” has been the buzz word of 2020. Not a single person has felt equipped to deal with the loss, uncertainty and fear we have collectively experienced over the last 12 months. Entering 2021 has not brought with it the respite we were all optimistically hoping for. But we are here; not all of us, not unscathed, not deeply unaffected by the individual and collective tragedies, the loss of loved ones, livelihoods, family structures and security. Yet, still we stand, a bit bruised, battered and muddied but not defeated. In the wise words of Maya Angelou: “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated”.

    BPS has not and will not be defeated by this pandemic or any other challenges it is bound to encounter in the future. This certainty is only guaranteed by the unwavering dedication, indescribable effort and hard work of our Acting Principal, Mr. Marx and all of the teachers and staff at BPS whose commitment to the education, discovery and fostering of our children’s individual talents and best interests drives their core purpose.

    With our children back at school, and our new found understanding of what “educating” our own children entails (yes, we too have been eagerly anticipating their return to real school just as much as all of you) it has certainly made us more appreciative of what our teachers at BPS offer our children and how all encompassing the title of “teacher” is.

    With this in mind we have to recognise the mammoth effort that has been undertaken by the teachers and staff at BPS. Amidst the frustrations and uncertainties, contingencies, successful and unsuccessful attempts to implement workable strategies and practical solutions whilst navigating unchartered waters- our teachers have remained steadfast.

    It has been a humbling privilege to have been witness to a small part of what our teachers, ground staff, SMT and each member of the BPS team have managed to accomplish. The time, effort, care and physical exertion that have gone into not only; preparing the school grounds, drafting and implementing policies, setting up BPS Online and the website, communicating ever changing strategies and plans to all of us has been nothing short of monumental.

    An unusual analogy that seems apt would be one of a handcrafted, bespoke wristwatch.

    The wearer judges it by the accuracy of the time it keeps. As parents, we are entitled to recognise and voice our concerns that not every project or undertaking has run seamlessly from the outset, neither is it likely to.

    But inside the watch mechanism-each cog, wheel, pin, case, crown and dial has been buffed and carved, welded, moulded, polished and refined (many times over). Our teachers are the artisans of each individual element, who despite unspeakable personal tragedy in too many cases; have shown up, smiled for, laughed with, tutored, encouraged, nurtured and mastered untold skills all for the benefit of our children.

    We appreciate the continued support of our parents and are endeavouring to refine our systems as best we can.  We would however like to express our unreserved recognition and gratitude for what our teachers have achieved despite constant challenges.

    We would like to wholeheartedly thank each and every teacher and contributor, with a particular THANK YOU to Mr. Marx and the SMT.

    BPS is a remarkable school and is committed to doing everything possible so that every one of our children will emerge from this experience stronger, more resilient, adaptable and prepared to thrive in a world as undefined as the one they will inherit. We look forward to the emergence of our future warriors, passionate change makers, thought leaders, innovators and pragmatically compassionate, contributing members of society who will forever carry the legacy of BPS and continue to teach that which they have been taught.

    Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Our world needs changing-thank you to our teachers for empowering our children to do just that.

    ~ The SGB

     

    General Announcements

    Mount Street Parking

    There are still many parents who are entering the NO RIGHT TURN area on Mount Street. Please adhere to all road signals to assist with the flow of traffic. Please obey all instructions given by our security guards.

    JMPD have informed BPS that they will be doing spot visits to the school to monitor and assist with regulating traffic.

    JMPD have also suggested that parents drive up Mount Street (if coming from Grosvenor), and turn into Cross Road (towards the gym) and then join onto Main Road to flow into William Nicol, if you need to get back onto William Nicol Drive.

    There is a NO RIGHT TURN sign on Mount Street, on the island (coming from Grosvenor) that indicates that no cars coming from Grosvenor are allowed to turn right into the parking area. Please adhere to all road signs in order to assist with traffic congestion.

    Lightning Procedure

    We ask that parents follow this procedure for lightning and heavy rain. Please use the contact numbers for WHATSAPP ONLY if parents or transport companies are at the gate and they need learners to be sent to their respective dismissal points only when there is lightning or heavy rain.

    No incoming phone calls will be allowed on these phones. This phone will not be used for any other purpose other than it’s intended use. It is only used for WHATSAPP messages during inclement weather.

    WHATSAPP message should only have Name, Surname and Grade of the learner who needs to be sent to the gate (e.g. Joe Soap Grade 4A to be sent to the gate).

    Please WHATSAPP the Grade Heads in your respective Grades as follows, only during inclement weather:

    • Grade 1: 076 570 5824
    • Grades 2 & 3: 079 790 4653
    • Grade 4 & 5: 079 169 2271
    • Grade 6 & 7: 079 628 7475

    COVID Standard Operating Procedures

    Please ensure that you have read and understand the school standard operating procedures for the start of Term 1, in relation to COVID sanitation standards.

    The document can be found on our Coronavirus Resources page.

    D6 Connect

    Parents are encouraged to install the D6 Connect App in order to receive important communication from the school regarding News, Resources, Alerts etc. Download the app here.

    MS Teams and BPS Online

    From the school side, all MS Teams and BPS online profiles have been created and are working. Login details are the same as last year and if resets were done, they were sent to parents. Please use the MS Teams or BPS Online password reset button on the front page of the login page if ever you forget the password.

    • For BPS online login password queries when you have difficulties, please contact support@bpsonline.co.za from a login aspect. If the query is subject related, regarding content, please contact the subject teacher and not support.
    • If you are experiencing MS Teams login password queries please email troman@bryanstonprimary.co.za
    • If you are experiencing technical difficulties (not related to passwords), depending on the device you are using, please ensure that updates are done on the learners’ devices.
    • For details on resetting or changing of passwords, please refer to our Troubleshooting guide.
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