Edition 15 | 21 May 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

We are certainly living in topsy-turvy times. As soon we’re ready to play the game, the rules change. Change seems to be the only constant in these turbulent times.

The new Extramural Timetable

Due to the Media release from the Department of Education, we made some important calls with regards to our extramural programme.  We have postponed all contact sports until further notice. The extra-mural timetable for next week (24 to 28 May 2021) is on the school website and D6. There is no Netball, Soccer and Rugby due to them being contact sports. Every other activity will go ahead as normal. We will send out a new extra-mural timetable next week, once we have clarification from the Department of Basic Education. Our priority remains the safety of our learners and staff. Rationale remains compliance and safety.


Now, more than ever, we need to be vigilant.  We are constantly reminding our learners and staff to be on guard.  Social Distancing is a real concern, and we cannot let our guard down.  We have resumed our Loop System after school, and we will communicate any changes accordingly. 

Parent Questionnaire

Please be on the lookout for an important Parent Questionnaire.  It is vital that you complete it as this will help the school with our Improvement Plan.  Your participation in this questionnaire will allow us to improve and grow.

Winter is here…

During this Pandemic, keeping warm is all about keeping safe.  Please ensure that all learners dress appropriately and let us get through the winter together.  Winter uniform purchases can be made via the uniform shop at School and Leisure in Lonehill.

Assessment week

Our Assessment week went well.  Thank you and well done to all the learners who studied and will, as a result, do very well.

On a Personal Note

Due to Mr Marx’s injury and subsequent operation, he will be working from home for the foreseeable future.  He will answer his emails and honour all meetings with parents via MS Teams.

Please note that all meetings MUST be SCHEDULED via his PA, Mrs Jennifer van Eeden.  Please feel free to contact him (via Mrs van Eeden), should you need to address something with Mr Marx.  Mrs van Eeden’s email address is jvaneeden@bryanstonprimary.co.za.

I would like to leave you with the words from the American Author, Og Mandino:

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”

Keep warm. Keep safe.

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    General Announcements

    Aftercare 2021

    The Aftercare programme has resumed, and our parents and kids are very grateful for the routine that is created. Please email aftercare@bryanstonprimary.co.za  if you are interested in sending your child to aftercare. Please provide the following details: Name, Surname, Grade. Alternatively, use the button below to make your enquiries.

    Sports Announcements

    Sports Timetable Term 2

    There is no Netball, Soccer and Rugby until further notice. Every other activity will go ahead as normal. We will send out a new extra-mural timetable once we have clarification from the Basic Department of Education.

    Please check the extramural timetable from the link at the top of the page for the latest timetable available.


    Grade 1-7 Shoulder bag requirements

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

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

    New Tuckshop menu

    Please note that Mrs T’s Tuckshop has a special temporary menu in place. You can view it here!

    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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    Aftercare Inquiry

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