Secondary Faculty Weekly Memo 9 Sept

September 13, 2011

August Awareness Month is one of my favourite times at the College and I am pleasantly surprised every year by the enthusiasm of our teenagers to throw their weight into the various projects.  Just look at what we have collected in one month:

●   Bread tags = 8,66kg – These will be passed onto Wyona Ramsauer, who recycles them for money that is used to buy wheelchairs for the underprivileged.
●   22 black bags full of clothes and toys were donated to the swap shop in Du Noon run by Beyond Education.
●   370 kg of empty cold drink tins, which brought us R581,34 in aid of Lindi Walters, a baby in need of a cochlear transplant.
●    We filled 75 tins for the Reach for a Dream Foundation.
●  With the help of the Pre-Primary school we filled 124 SALT bags which were donated to Beyond Education in Du Noon and to clinics in Phoenix

Kindly click on the following link to view the response from Beyond Education:

After ending August Awareness month on such a high, we started Spring with a civvies day in aid of SPCA and raised R1375.

We also donated 30 old, but in full working order, computers to Building Bridges Nationwide.  These are being installed in a school in Du Noon.  Building Bridges Nationwide’s vision is a Safe, High Employment and Prosperous South Africa by developing ‘Bridge Building Communities’ nationwide. Parklands College is committed to playing our part in educating our learners about our social responsibilities.  Parents in business who are interested can click on the following link for more information:

Our September/October projects will focus on the Sunflower Fund. We will be selling as many Sunflower bandanas as possible together with arranging a fund-raising event.

Drakensberg Boys’ Choir

We are very excited to be hosting the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir on 23 September at 19:00. Tickets for the performance are available through Computicket. Please bring family and friends and support this wonderful event.
Book online here:

Staff news

Happy birthday to Jolandi Hartnack for Saturday 10 September 2011.

Associate Principal: Learner Affairs – Mr. Stephen Le Feuvre

Achievement Awards
As mentioned at the Prestige Awards we are introducing a new criteria for the awarding of Colours that will come into affect as of January 2012. Both the Colours criteria for 2012 and the criteria for the awarding of Trophies can be found on the Parklands College Intranet. Please take a look in preparation for next year.

Calendar for the week

Saturday 10/9 Prelims: Dramatic Arts Paper 2
Monday 12/9 Prelims: Maths Paper 2 & Maths Literacy
Tuesday 13/9 Prelims: English Home Language Paper 2
Wednesday 14/9 Prelims: Life Sciences

Rugby Social (18:00 – 21:00)

Thursday 15/9 Prelims: IT Theory, French, Music Practicals
Friday 16/9 Prelims: English Home Language Paper 1

Clubs & Societies end for the Quarter

Saturday 17/9 Prelims: Business Studies

Sport News


Congratulations to Alexa Sowade (Grade 8) who has been selected to attend a Netball clinic in
Adelaide in Australia during November as part of the WP U/14 Action Netball Team.


Eamon van der Merwe (Grade 9) has just returned from Europe and has achieved the following outstanding results:
● In the USA at the Florida State Championship he won the Slalom for Boys U/17
● In Russia at the World Championships he came 38th out of 71 skiers in the Open Division
● In the Ukraine at the Europe and Africa Youth he won a Bronze medal for Slalom in the Boys
U/17 division
● In France at the U/21 World Championship the top 12 out of 48 skiers went through to the final and Eamon finished in 10th Place. It was also announced that Eamon is the youngest skier ever to ski in an U/21 Worlds Finals.

Culture news

Fiddler on the Roof

The classic Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof” is showing at the Artscape Opera House from 9
September to 1 October. Claire SImonis (Grade 9) is playing Hodel, one of the lead daughters, for four performances (10 Sept. @ 14:30, 16 Sept. @ 19:30, 24 Sept @ 19:30, 1 Oct @ 14:30). This show promises to be a stunning production. It would be great to have Parklands go support her. You can book through Computicket by clicking this link: or by calling 0861 915 8000.

Interact Club Report on August Social Awareness Month @ Parklands College

This year we have surpassed the collections of previous years. We also enlisted the help of the Pre- Primary and Preparatory Schools in our collections. We received 22 SALT bags from the Pre-Primary and many empty cold drink cans from the Preparatory School after they completed their giraffe sculpture.

The Interact Club with the help of the Class Representatives managed to encourage all Parklands learners to open their hearts and give generously. As a result we were able to achieve the following: R1375,00 for SPCA on Spring Civvies Day as well as 8,67kg of plastic bread tags, 124 SALT bags filled with foodstuff for HIV patients, 75 tins of coins for Reach for a Dream and 22 black bags full of clothes and toys for Beyond Education’s Swap Shop in Du Noon.

“Yes we CAN!!!” was the slogan used by Secondary learners to collect empty cold drink cans for recycling. Thanks to the Preparatory and Secondary learners we were able to collect 370kg of metal. At R1,20 per kg we are able to donate R581,34 to Lindi Walters, born on the 4th of May this year and in need of a cochlear implant.

During September, our new Ambassadors of Hope; Busisiwe Phillips (Grade 11) and Robyn Africa (Grade 11) will be selling Sunflower bandanas at R20 each to raise money for the Sunflower Fund’s bone marrow registry. Thank you to all the Parkland’s Families and Staff who gave so generously and well done to the Class Representatives!

Debbie Rowe (PCOS chairperson and Interact Teacher)

Academic Affairs – courtesy of Mrs Bailly

The very important Assessment week will commence on Monday 19 September – Friday 23

At this time of the quarter I wish to remind all parents to encourage their children to focus on a disciplined daily study programme and ensure that they are well prepared for these assessments. The Assessment week time table is available on the Intranet.

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