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HEADMASTER'S NEWSLETTER - 19 January 2019

Sunday, September 9th, 2018 | Announcement

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A Happy New Year to you all.  Let’s hope Zimbabwe’s economic situation improves as the first term goes by.  It is amazing how well most of the new boys have settled in during this first week and a very big welcome to our new Gr. 0 and 1 boys, our new Grade 4 boys and new boys in the other grades.

We welcome Mrs Clea Smith, who is our new Grade 6 teacher.  Mr Joshua Nduku is the new Junior Master in the main school and the new Junior Mistresses in the Infants’ block are Miss Victoria Janda, Miss Jacqueline Cable, Miss Paidamoyo Tswatswa and Miss Danai Jongwe.  We wish them all a happy and rewarding time at Hartmann House.

The Grade 1 and 2 parents and teachers met during this week and on Monday the Grade 0 parents are meeting the teachers at 7.45am and the Grade 3 to 7 parents meet their son’s class teacher at 5.30pm, also on Monday.

The Imperators’ Breakfast takes place on Thursday 17th January in the Jubilee Hall.  This is for boys who were awarded the Attainment or Industry prize at Speech & Prize Giving Day at the end of last term.

On Sunday 20th January the Grade 7s depart for their team building and leadership excursion to “Far and Wide” up at Nyanga.  They return on Thursday 24th January.  I am sure the boys will learn a lot about themselves, what they are capable of if they really push themselves and also how important team work is. Mrs Dancer and I will meet up with the Grade 7 boys for a couple of days.

Advance Warning:-

Grade 4 Ignatian evening, for Grade 4 parents, is on Thursday 31st January in the Jubilee Hall, at 5.30pm.

Unfortunately the Grade 5 Andrew class excursion to Aberfoyle from Sunday 17th February to Thursday 21st February, has had to be postponed.  Aberfoyle lodge is fully booked over the half term weekend, so the 5 Andrew class can’t be accommodated.  This trip will now take place at the beginning of Term 2, from Sunday 12th May to Thursday 16th May.

The 5 Bernard trip to Aberfoyle remains as it is in the Fixture Calendar; Sunday 3rd March to Thursday 7th March.  A letter detailing costs etc. for this trip will be sent to 5 Bernard parents in the next couple of weeks.

 Reminders;

  1. Hartmann House is a day boarding school for the Grade 3 to 7 boys.  In other words, your son is at school from Monday to Thursday from when you drop him off at +/- 7.15am, until you pick him up at 5.00pm.  Please make sure that he comes to school with a healthy snack for break time and a healthy packed lunch for his lunch break.
  2. Whilst on the topic of lunches; ‘Manuelo’s Kitchen’ will be providing lunches again this term. Lunches cost $4 per day and Mrs Manuel offers a choice of 2 meals each day, and includes a juice or water and a seasonal fruit.  If you want your son to have these lunches, you need to fill in the form and pay for the following week.  This should be done Friday lunchtime, in Mrs Maunze’s office.
  3. Boys should be collected from school as close to 5.00pm as possible. 30pm is the latest any boy should be picked up.  On Friday, boys should be collected at 1.00pm, unless they attend a ‘paying club’ or choir on Friday afternoon.
  4. All clothes (and stationery items) should be clearly marked. It certainly helps us to get the piles of lost property back to the correct owners the next day.
  5. Class swimming is compulsory this term and your son must bring his towel and swimming costume to school on the days he has class swimming.
  6. A copy of the 1st Term Fixture Calendar should have come home with your son earlier in the week. Please refer to this on a regular basis.  It will help you identify when there are parents’ meetings or when your son is involved in sports matches if he makes a school sports team.

 

Notes from the Sanatorium

Health Cards:   These must be updated with any chronic illness or conditions- asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, allergies (bee stings) or any other health problem.   They must also be updated with any medication that your son is taking and any changes of contact details or Medical Aid details.

Excuse Notes and Doctor’s Appointments:

  1. If your son is absent from school please inform Sister Macdonald- not his Sports Coach
  2. If absent from school for longer than two days please inform Sister in writing- clinic@hartmannhouse.co.zw . State the nature of the problem and what treatment your son is receiving.
  3. If treatment needs to be administered at school, give it to Sister with instructions- she must administer it here.
  4. If your son has an appointment for medical reasons please notify Sister Macdonald.
  5. If your son is unwell at school, Sister will try to inform you by telephone.

All boys should have a copy of the Hartmann House Code of Behaviour and I hope it is displayed in a prominent place in your home.  Through using it at school we hope to get your sons to be “Men for Others”, instill self discipline and get the boys to realise that they are responsible for their actions.

All Grade 3 to 7 boys should also have a copy of the “H.H. School Rules and Regulations”.  I hope that both you and your sons have read this document thoroughly.

Here’s to a good and successful first term of 2019.

Yours sincerely,

 Luke Dancer

Headmaster