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Thursday, February 6th, 2020 | Announcement

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Kidzcan collection at half term raised ZWL$ 15 306 through Ecocash, ZWL$ 422.00 in cash and US$ 64.00.  This is a wonderful amount of money.  Thank you to all the boys and parents for the donations.  Whilst on the subject of donations,
Grade 0 Blue have raised ZWL$ 2 595.00 this term for the Red Chair Campaign; which is truly outstanding.

Simbarashe Mudzongo was awarded the “Attitude” badge at Aberfoyle on the 5 Bernard excursion and Orian Mercadilla was awarded the “Attitude” badge on the 5 Andrew excursion.  Well done to these two boys.  Unfortunately, on the 5 Andrew excursion, five boys from that class let themselves and Hartmann House down with totally unacceptable behavior.  They misbehaved in their room and put toothpaste in other boy’s eyes, they were rude to the Aberfoyle staff and to Mr Rateiwa and one of the five lied on numerous occasions to Mrs Cragg.  These boys’ parents will be called in by Ms Kanyemba and apology letters written to Aberfoyle and Mrs Cragg.  It is really disappointing, especially as apart from these five boys it is a nice class and the other boys did well, behaved, were well mannered and asked intelligent questions.

Both the Cross-Country and Athletics teams have done well in recent meetings and full results are in the Sports Desk Section.  Hartmann House ‘A’ won the Bryden “Cotton Fields” Cross-Country and came second out of 31 teams at last Friday’s “3 Woods” Cross Country at Lilfordia.  An excellent result.

Hartmann House were second, 6 points behind St. John’s, at the Bishopslea track meeting.  It all bodes well for the remaining athletics events coming up this term.  Mention must be made of the Cross Country ‘B’ team boys, who have done very well at the two cross-country meetings.

Today sees the Inter-House ‘Jump’ events and long distance races taking place and on Saturday it is the main Inter-House track events, commencing at 8.30am.  All Grade 3 to 7 boys are to attend; it is a COMPULSORY event.  All boys must be here by 8.00am at the latest and the first event commences at 8.30am sharp.  The SDC will be selling cool drinks/water and burgers to parents.  Boys should bring their own ‘juice’ and healthy ‘eats’ for the morning.  Boys will NOT be allowed cool drinks and burgers, until AFTER prize giving, whether they are running or not.  All boys must stay in their house shelters for the duration of the Inter-House Athletics and all boys must wear their house vests, white shorts, full school tracksuits, school hat and trainers/track shoes.

Team lists for today and Saturday are on the school notice boards.  Grade 3 to 7 parents will not be bringing in any ‘eats’ for parents teas on Saturday.  The SDC are charging all Grade 3 to 7 parents ZWL$ 70 and this amount must be paid tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday through the Class Reps.  Eats for parents teas will be ordered by the SDC through Introwise for Saturday.

The SDC Fun Day will follow the Inter-House Athletics.  The Fun Day is for all parents from Grade 0 to 7.  Parents not attending the Fun Day must collect their sons by 12.30pm.  Unaccompanied boys will NOT be allowed to take part in the ‘Fun Day’.  There will be jumping castles and water slides for the boys.  There will be a bar after the Athletics prize giving but parents are more than welcome to bring their own drinks.  There will be a corkage charge of ZWL$100 by the SDC on cool boxes.  There will be a limited amount of braai packs on sale but I suggest parents bring their own meat or picnic lunch.  The SDC will be selling sadza and relish on Saturday.

Braais and grids will be provided by the school but you are more than welcome to bring your own gas or wood braai.  Parents must bring their own cutlery, crockery and condiments.  Bringing your own braai tools/forks would also probably be a good idea.

The school will provide trestle tables and chairs but once, again you can bring your own.  A reminder that it is also the SGC Inter-House Athletics on Saturday, so both schools’ resources will be somewhat stretched.

The cost of the water slides for the 7 activities with unlimited access will be ZWL$245.00 for the eldest child in the family and ZWL$175.00 for younger members of the same family.  These are reduced prices and we thank the owners of the water slide equipment for this gesture.

Any queries regarding Saturday, please contact the school or your class reps.  Please also diarise the SDC “Movie Night” on Saturday 28th March, here at Hartmann House.  More details will follow shortly.

Today Grade 3 to 7 class teachers will send back your confirmed times for Monday 16th Consultation afternoon.  Grade 3 to 7 Term 1 reports will be brought home on Friday.  The Monday consultation is based on these reports.  A reminder to Grade 6 and 7 parents that your sons should accompany you to the consultations.  All Specialist Teachers will be in the Jubilee Hall and parents can go and have a chat with them before or after the actual class consultation.  I strongly urge all parents whose sons attained a ‘D’ or ‘E’ or ‘4’ or ‘5’ on their reports for ICT or Shona, to see the specialist teachers concerned.  There are NO booking times for Specialist Teachers.

The Grade 0,1 and 2 consultations take place on Monday 23rd March.  The times for these consultations will be done electronically for the first time.  Mrs Hulett will send out details regarding this to the Grade 0,1, and 2 parents.  If it is a success we will look at bringing in this system for all grades in 2021.

The Grade 0,1 and 2 Sports Day takes place on Friday 20th March.  Mrs Hulett will let Infant parents know more details regarding the Infants’ Athletics morning.

The School Cross-Country team will be in action tomorrow, Wednesday 11th March, at Ruzawi and the school athletics team, participate in the Ruzawi Invitational Athletics meeting on Saturday 21st March.  The final, and major athletics meeting; EPSA Division One; takes place on Saturday 28th March.  Once I know where the venue for this meeting will be, I will let parents know.

All Grade 4 and 6 parents are invited to a talk on “The Dangers/Pitfalls of Modern Social Media”, by the PIP Consultancy personel, (They do life skill lessons with the Gr. 7’s), on Tuesday 17th March at 5.30pm in the Grade 7 Christopher classroom.  I urge all Grade 4 and 6 parents to attend this talk.

Good luck to Infants’ Choir who will be singing at the NIAA Eisteddfod on Wednesday 18th March.

Please ensure that all parents and drivers drive carefully on the school campus.  There are too many drivers on their cell phones whilst driving through the school grounds.  Please don’t do this.

Congratulations to the following boys on their appointments as Hartmann House Head Boy/Deputy Head Boy for 2020:-
Head Boy – Brett Raynars
Deputy Head Boy – Christian Soutter
Deputy Head Boy – Tawananyasha Mangenje

We continue to remind your son’s about the Coronavirus and also about general hygiene; and not to sneeze or cough over others, to wash hands regularly, when to wash hands, and how to wash hands properly.  We have introduced the slogan, ‘Catch it’, ‘Bin it’, ‘Kill it’.

Sr. Macdonald has increased the cleaning of all areas with alcohol based cleaners.  We urge parents to reinforce basic common hygiene as mentioned above.

I look forward to this afternoon’s and Saturday’s Inter-House athletics and look forward to a large turn-out of parents on Saturday.

Yours sincerely,