Edition 6 | 12 March 2021

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 Acting Principal

Next week will be a monumental week at Bryanston Primary School. We are cautiously reopening several areas of our school’s life, that was closed for over a year. We cannot wait to hear the joy and laughter of kids gracing our sports fields with presence. We would like to encourage parents to peruse all communication regarding the reopening of activities and have a conversation with their kids about the importance of following all protocols. Also decide with your child what extra murals they will attend, and ensure that they know when, where and at what time these activities will take place.

Aftercare 2021

As from Monday 15 March aftercare will reopen. Aftercare times will be from directly after school to 17:00. For planning purposes, it is of utmost importance that we have the correct numbers that will attend aftercare.
Please email aftercare@bryanstonprimary.co.za before 8:00 on Monday, 15 March if you are interested in sending your child to aftercare.

Please provide the following details:

  • Name and Surname
  • Grade 

Extra murals 2021

From Monday 15 March, we will also introduce several sport and culture activities. Please familiarise yourself with the extramural timetable that was published during the week. Please ensure that you pick up your child timeously after his or her activity to ensure that we stick to protocols and do not have huge numbers of learners in the waiting area.

Please see a letter from Mr Howarth, our HOD of Sport, regarding the beginning of our sport season here.

Tuckshop

The school tuckshop will also open on Monday 15 March. Please ensure that you place your child’s order timeously online to assist Mrs Goulas in preparing the food for your child.

School fees

A sincere gratitude to all our parents that are keeping up to date with school fees. I would like to encourage parents to honour their financial commitments as the running costs of the school is still ongoing. Please communicate with us if you are experiencing financial difficulties regarding school fees.

“Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.”- Shiv Khera

~ Mr Morne Marx

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    General Announcements

    Easter Time is here!

    Once again it's that time of year - the time to spread a little chocolate cheer and happiness to those less fortunate.

    To do this we will be collecting Marshmallow Easter eggs for a few charities this Term. Please help this initiative by donating a box of Marshmallow Easter eggs.

    Boxes will be collected by register teachers. Kindly take note that the collection ends on Friday, 26 March 2021.

    Grade 1-7 Shoulder bag requirements

    Please ensure that the following items are in the learner’s shoulder bags daily:

    1. An extra mask in a sealed plastic bag in case of an emergency
    2. A plastic bag to throw rubbish into (tissues, pencil sharpening’s, paper that has been cut out etc.)
    3. A minimum of 500ml of water for drinking
    4. Adequate amount of lunch
    5. Personal hand sanitiser (alcohol based)
    6. Personal tissues
    7. Sanitising wipes (alcohol based) to clean off their own working area
    8. No latex gloves may be worn

    Grade 7 Poetry Corner – What The World Needs Now

    International Poetry Day is on 21 March 2021. Bryanston Primary is participating in the Rotary Club’s poetry competition.

    Learners from grades 4 to7 wrote poems and 8 poems per grade were selected and entered. 

    The theme was: What the world needs now. Here is the Grade 7 selection that was forwarded for the competition. Enjoy!

    The world is glued to their phones
    We can’t live the moment.
    Obsessed with social media
    We can’t spare a moment.

    Cyber bullies in love with hate
    We can’t live the moment.
    So connected and yet so alone
    We can’t spare a moment.

    We need to unglue and look up
    We need to hear and see again
    We need to touch and wake up
    Because what the world needs now
    is me looking at you.

    War is easy, keeping peace a strain
    Hurting others is simple, confusion reigns
    Terror and hate, division and war
    What is it for?

    On the way to school from the safety of the car
    I saw a homeless man picking up litter from afar
    I wondered for a bit…
    What was it for?

    This is our calling, this our duty:
    to see that our world is wrong
    and our future not strong
    Because what the world needs now
    is to say YES, so peace may draw near.

    Silent and insidious
    Crawling through the darkness
    Menacing and invasive
    The Virus reveals itself.

    It is a time to rebuild, to mourn,
    to redefine and embrace
    an abnormally new
    New Normal.

    Hurt needs healing
    Healing needs time
    Time needs a little corner
    Because what the world needs now
    Is time for a little laugh.

    Rubbish stalks the grounds
    while methane gas is doing the rounds.
    Plastic is waste
    at a very silent pace.

    The climate has changed
    creating a climatic range:
    seas become deserts
    while the earth howls.

    A change of heart, a change of pace
    A change that makes,
    not breaks or brakes because
    What the world needs now
    is a chance to change.

    Spiders and snakes I may hate
    but they’re nothing compared to the fate
    of a planet where fleece blankets
    dominate.

    Millions of plastic fibers are shed:
    polluting the earth,
    convicting the planet,
    and sealing our fate…

    Clean water confronts:
    floating rivers of fluff
    and flooding fibers.
    What the world needs now
    is less to dispose.

    Cars stalk the streets
    Carbon air surrounds us
    Fresh water flows away
    The Earth despairs.

    Reducing is ignored
    Reusing is mocked
    Forests mourn their
    Fallen trees.

    Populations expand
    The countless masses choking on the air
    Drowning in despair
    What the world needs now
    Is a breath of fresh air.

    Everyone needs an Erin.
    I have found her!
    Energetic, electric, eclectic.
    Forever by my side.

    Through thick and thin
    She makes me happy from within.
    Problems perish at her might and
    Peace prevails at her sight.

    She lets me see me.
    She lets me be me.
    In these times
    What the world needs now
    Is for each their very own Erin.

    Reminders

    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.

    Bryanston Classifieds

    Adverts are placed on a monthly basis at the beginning of the month and removed at the end of the month.

    This service is offered by Bryanston Primary School for advertisers to market their products or services to the BPS community in the school newsletter.

    The school cannot be held responsible or liable for any damages or misleading claims resulting from the information contained in the classifieds. Placing an advert in the Bryanston Classifieds does not mean that the school endorses or recommends the product or service on offer.

    Price structure for BPS Classifieds:

    • BPS Families R200 per advert – maximum 30 words.
    • Non-BPS Families R350 per advert – maximum 30 words.

    Payment and Advertising material

    By EFT only. Bank: Standard Bank Fourways Crossing | Branch Code: 009953 | Account Number: 023385103. 

    Please use the reference: CLASSIFIEDS+Your Name and send proof of payment and advertising material to Mrs M. Fairley on mfairley@bryanstonprimary.co.za.

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